Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012


How about an update? :)

Both in my excitement and in my conscious effort to break my OC-ness towards this blog, I am fast-forwarding to a recent dream-come-true moment. *wide grin*

After two freakin' years.. I finally got to change my hair color! Hahaha! You know I'm shallow like that sometimes but heeyyy, really, I am so happy!

Remember this?

I guess I'm just getting bored with my eternally black, long and straight {ok, rebonded} hair. I first thought of hair perming. But life happens and some cool gals out there had a shot at it first. So it'll have to wait until 2012 for me. {hantagaaaal} Exactly while I'm thinking of anything, just anything, to do with my hair, I bumped into a beauty blog featuring Loreal INOA, Innovation No Ammonia.No ammonia hair color. Reviews are good and so I'm convinced. Target is before the year ends. December, don't come yet. I still have to prepare myself to endure humiliation in case it doesn't go well. 

And this?  

dream and do update

Can you give me until the end of August to tick this off? And can you wish me enough determination to visit the salon? I am sooo lazzeehh.

And lastly this? 

some leftovers and new goals for 2012

4. Experiment with my hair color
Here's the story. I've been sporting dead rebonded hair for as long as I can remember and I cannot just dye my hair or they'll be double dead. Haha! This March, I swear I'm going to seek for some expert's advice and finally tick this off my list. 

Kadiri 'diba? It was such a struggle when really it was just easy. See what procrastination can do? But long story short, I'm no longer sporting long jet black hair. It's now some sorta auburn with hits and misses here and there. Hehehe! xP You have to understand guys, I made it myself and it's my first time. Promise to do better next time. And that next time is not too far from today because I'm enjoying this 'kulay ng buhok' thing.

By the way, I used Revlon Colorsilk #42, Medium Auburn. It's for P395 at Watsons. I used three boxes for my hair because it's not just long but it's also damn thick! I'm still not contented with the result so I got one more box {well I wished for it from our exchange gift}. It's not too much of a risk because it's not that drying nor does it hurt the scalp. I probably ask my sister to do some retouch on the ends because they're darker than the roots. We'll see what happens.

meanwhile, here are some behind the scenes

And of course, this post cannot end without me showing you what it looks like now. Tadaaah! Hindi obvious yung kulay dba? Hahaha! Took these in my cube at the office which probably explains why.. Excuses, I know! :P

now I wish I have brown eyes too :P

PEROOO.. whether I succeed or I failed.. whether it suits me or not.. Goal #4. Experiment with my hair color - CHECK! 

Happy Holidays everyone! I accept gifts in the form of comments. :)


Saturday, December 15, 2012

random rants and a birthday celebration

I realized how this blog became sorta kinda my journal and scrapbook at the same time. Just so you know, I used to maintain a scrapbook until I stopped after I graduated from college. It pains me that I have to abandon that but at least I have my blog now. My point is that.. no matter how I get excited to post recent happenings {or feelings if you'd believe I have that}.. I cant.. until I have accomplished everything that's on my draft. And add to that chronologically as they took place in my life. My OCD is not helping with this, really. :P

All I want to say is that, I have lots on my mind right now like 2013 goals - career wise and personal, thoughts about life and so on.. BUT my draft says I should blog about my niece's birthday celebration at TongYang so here I go. But please don't get me wrong, I want to blog about this too. It's just that my mind, and probably my heart and soul too {hehe}, wants to explode already with all sorts of things. Alam mo ba yun?!! If you've gone through quarter life crisis, you'd understand. But if you're yet to experience that, I say you prepare yourself big time. Soon you'll thank me for warning you. And oh, baby sister, hope you're reading this. 

Enough of the drama. Because really, I hate drama. My friends can attest to that. But sometimes, life has its special way of forcing you into things.. hence my drama. But as I've said, ENOUGH. So tama na. Pwede ba? Jusme, loka loka!

*shifts to normal self to continue* So mid last month, we celebrated my niece's birthday at TongYang. The day before that, they had a kiddie party back at home that I wasn't able to attend. The second time around though, I made sure to fly from Eastwood to Fairview. I made it, albeit a little late. What's new with that anyway?

yet another pig out session

happy birthday, dearie :*

Like the usual, we headed to Tom's world for some amusement and singing. xD Perfectly for the occasion, my niece was the star of that videoke session. She sang and danced to the tune of Reflection - her current favorite song. Oh how I miss that darling. It's more than a month already since I last went home. I miss everyone of course, but I always, always, miss her the most.

when will my reflection show? ♫♬

And sorry if this blog post doesn't have coherent thoughts. I promise in 2013 - NO MORE MESS! Who thinks I should change my twitter username and tumblr URL, like right NOW!?

Update 07.28.2013
I've recently changed my tumblr URL. Let's keep it a secret for now. I need you to understand, please. Hahaha! Nagdrama na?


Thursday, December 13, 2012

treats here and there

I really shouldn't be blogging right now for obvious reasons that it's 11am already and it's only Thursday, meaning I have work to attend to but.. my dysmenorrhea is currently killing me and only my hands and brain can function. Picture me lying in bed almost in comatose but still using my laptop. Kawawang bata. And before I completely surrender, let's now make this quick!

Couple of treats from last month. And why not? It's the season of giving already. ♥ :)

First one's from my former team lead. She's back in the PI for her second wedding. They managed to meet us several days before their big day for a quick Starbucks treat. We went nuts for the stickers. Hahaha! And by the way, their wedding is also on my long list of drafts. You've got to wait for that! Minsan nyo lang ako makikitang mukhang tao. xP

thanks Ags and Jon!

Next, Silina's treat! She also visited PI last month but she's back in the US now. I regret not pushing with my plans of getting inside her maleta to be carried abroad too. Hahaha! Moving on, we had dinner at Blufish then we headed to Starbucks for more chika plus coffee on the side. It's also the night that I got my Starbucks planner. Yahooo! Worthy of my few thousands and occasional palpitation and some other coffee jitters. Sinabi naman kasing bawal sa 'yo and kape, neng! 

thanks Silina! :*

Again, Christmas is the season of giving. This is the perfect time for us to show how grateful we are for our blessings. Giving is more fulfilling than receiving. At ako, willing akong ibigay ang fulfillment nyo. Guys, what are you waiting for? Ilibre nyo na 'ko! Libre libre libre! :))

*Blabbed before I unintentionally dozed off.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

staycation ♥

stay•ca•tion/ ˌstāˈkāSHən/
Noun: A vacation spent in one's home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

One of the perks of living in a condooow in the metrooow, staycation!! Being the mall rat that I am, I hardly stay at home during the weekends. Back in Caloocan, weekends are for SM Fairview. Here in Eastwood, weekends are for SM Megamall. {Hello there, Henry Sy!} Good thing I developed the love for swimming. Weekends now are for staying at home - doing bubbles and kicks, floating and freestyle.

And another perk? Pictorials! ♥
See? Who said weekends need to hurt the pocket to be fun?! xD


Sunday, December 9, 2012

remember, remember, the second of november

Hi guys! I'm so back from Boracay. I'm still confused whether I love or hate my sun-kissed skin but let's just leave that for another post. Meanwhile, let me work on my unfinished businesses back in the month of November. So last month but hell yeah, better late than never!

Remember, remember, the second of November. Ring a bell? Got that from a nursery rhyme that actually says "remember, remember, the fifth of November". Forgive me for all the non-sense. Apparently, my brain cells got toasted in Boracay too. Depleted na nga, na-toast pa! xP

Enough of my non-sense. All I wanted to share are some photos from our visit to Manila Memorial Park. It's where my departed loved ones from the father side lie. We used to visit two cemeteries every All Soul's day but this time we weren't able to go to Sanctuario de Paz. Mom opted to schedule our visit to lolo this month since his birthday is on the 14th. We'll see about that, mother.

fam bam ♥

crazy foools!

papi's angels

the parentals


family extension

Woot! One down! More November fever comin'.  Then my grand week-long vacay at Boracay! Can't wait to share stories of my recent trip with y'all!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

calaguas-bagasbas: itinerary, expenses and some link loving ♥

Blogger Apple reporting for duty from the islands of Boracay. :) We're currently stranded here, thanks to bagyong Pedro {I really meant Pablo. Teehee. Thanks, Tiny!}, so I thought of doing something productive.

From this point on, I'll be coming up with an "itinerary, expenses and some link loving" post of my trips. You like that? You like that? Huh?

Fortunately, Melvic's site already got my responsibility covered so all I have to do is to repost them. :D

Package Cost
2D/1N - P3200
Although I think I spent around five thousand due to the exclusions.

Inclusive of:
- Boat Transfers
- Land Transfers
- Tent Accommodation
- Camp Meals
- Life Jackets
- Environmental Fees
- Complimentary Drinks

Exclusive of:
- Breakfast on the first day
- Dinner on the last day
- Boat for Island Hopping, P2500 (optional)
- Surf Board Rental and Tutorial P400/hr (optional)


Day 0
20:00 - Bus Station
20:30 - ETD- Manila-Daet

Day 1
07:00 - ETA Daet/ Breakfast (own pax Account)
08:00 - ETD for Calaguas Island (tentative) or side trip Macolabo island
10:00 - ETA Calaguas Island/ set camp explore
12:00 - Lunch
13:00 - Siesta/ swimming/ explore/ picture happy campers
18:00 - Dinner
19:00 - Socials
22:00 - Lights out

Day 2
06:00 - Wakeup call
07:00 - Breakfast
09:00 - Break Camp
10:00 - ETD Calaguas - Daet
12:00 - ETD Daet
13:00 - Late Lunch
14:00 - Surfing Bagasbas
17:00 - Rest
18:00 - Dinner (own pax Account)
20:00 - ETD Daet-Manila


Link Lovin'
day1: i left my heart in calaguas
day2: this surfing thing in bagasbas

And that's all for tonight. I have to sleep a little early since we were given the hope we can parasail and helmet dive tomorrow. We need all the good vibes in the world, please. :)


Saturday, December 1, 2012

day2: this surfing thing in bagasbas

And I'm baaack! More Calaguas stories for y'all!! Brace yourselves for my exciting first time surfing experience. Here I go again exaggerating but anyway let's begin where we should begin.

good morning, Calaguas

We all woke up early on our second day but there's no beating Ruel with regards to this matter. As soon as I opened our tent I saw him running around playing frisbee. Move over Gary V, he's our own version of Mr. Pure Energy. Hahaha! More proof? I invited them to go jogging and tadaahhh.. only Monique and Ruel went with me. Monique got tired a little past our starting line {hehehe} and I went on with Ruel. I thought I can make it 'til the other end of the island but you know how sometimes we fail ourselves. Haha! So there, only Mr. Pure Energy finished until the other end. Partida naman sa 'kin, I still jogged on our way back. 

After that, Jun and I had our fair share of 'kada' moments. That's how we call each other by the way. So highschool I know, but who careeess!? *taas kilay*

We were also teasing Ruel and Sheena the whole time hence their picture below. Once and for all Ruel, hindi ka crush ni Sheena kaya wag kang masyadong suplado. I-add mo na sya sa Facebook. Hahahaha! Uh-oh, I'm losing control over my words but I'm definitely not taking them back. Friends, this is what happens when I blog feeling hyper. Yes, at 3 in the morning. Nocturnal person, right heerreee! xD


Breakfast followed but we were not able to take 'breakfast' pictures. The whole time we were in Calaguas we ate like hungry dinosaurs - not minding we have blogs waiting for the littlest detail. I apologize. I promise to do better next time. Pinky swear, anyone? :)

Knowing that we were heading to Bagasbas by around 9am, we squeezed in a short pictorial. We also took our last dip in Calaguas waters. Too bad we didn't have underwater cameras. As understandable as it is, everyone's scared to bring their cameras near the water. Better luck next time dearies, I wish we have an underwater camera in Boracay.

fave shots ♥

We allotted ample time for preparing our things and probably ourselves too. We were the first group, again, to ride the boat. We took the same good seats as we had on our way there. It took a while before we left as we waited for the others to arrive. If I'm not mistaken, which I hope I'm not, we left Calaguas at around 10am. The boat ride this time is way better. The waves were more calm and according to them, we are no longer against the current. You can roll eyes as you please, I felt the same when I'm being refreshed of my Physics. {Or was that Chemistry? Hehe. I kid!}

We were almost back in the port at around 1pm but luck was against us. The water was too shallow for us to dock so we waited until we can pass. We arrived at the port almost an hour after. At the port, several jeepneys were waiting for us. They brought us to where we can transfer to the bus that will bring us to Bagasbas. We were there at around 3pm.

We had our super duper mega late lunch at Surfer's Inn. It was still included in the package. Sulit trip is sulit. :) We hurried to finish our food to make way for the day's highlight.. surfing!!  We availed of their 1 hour surfing tutorial for 400 pesos inclusive of the surf board rental and the kuyang instructor services.

in case these will be our last photos
As expected, we were briefed first - types of surf board, parts of the surf board, techniques, tips and horror stories. Hahaha! They were sorta sexist as they keep on reminding about girls' faults when it comes to actual surfing. Kesyo after the semplang inuna pa magtali ng buhok bago hanapin ang surf board.. Common guys, I know I proved you wrong. xP

How's the surfing experience, you may ask. It was difficult and frustrating at first. I thought I won't be able to stand at that damn board. But after a few tries, and slowly learning the techniques.. I made it!! It feels so good to have reached the shore standing at that surf board. Heaven, pare! I felt so proud of myself. Hahaha! I have this feeling I get judged when it comes to physical activities because I look fragile and pa-girl, but I see to it that I prove everyone wrong.

with kuya bob, thank youu!!

Moving on, at around 5pm, we're done with our first time surfing experience {except for Jun who's tried it already in La Union.. or Baler?!} We freshened up at Surfer's Inn and had our dinner there too. It's no longer included in the package, by the way. We only ordered in advance before we went surfing so that as soon as we're done, our dinner's ready.

We all thought that we have to hurry to make it to Melvic's van transfer to the bus terminal.. but we're wrong! We had quite a lot of time waiting for our departure. Good thing they provided rooms where guests can rest or take a quick nap. We really can't ask for more from this package. :) 

The moment we were able to charge.. we were hyper kids again. Kung kelan pauwi na, that's when we had our group shots. Magaling!

 now let me see those funny faces

At around 8pm, we left Bagasbas. Several vans brought the guests to the bus terminal where we caught our ride back to Manila. It was another 9pm to 8am bus ride but we didn't mind, nevertheless. We all went back to our home cities happier kids with another travel milestone in life.

Aaaanndd speaking of milestone..Goal #11. Surf in Calaguas - CHECK!!

Stay tuned for my itinerary, expenses and some link lovin' post.. that's up next! :)