Wednesday, May 28, 2014

the magic of fancy rings and nail paints

Just thought of stating the obvious -- I've totally gone bonkers {again} over fancy rings and boho nail paints. I can only imagine my Instagram followers nodding in agreement. Hehe! As they say, "The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of things, they simply appreciate what they have." Or at least something to that effect! Hahaha basta! My point is, it's just a matter of perspective, folks! Now that I can't go places, splurge on clothes or buy whatever {because I still can't freakin' work, but I'm still a-awesome, ok? :P}, I find bliss in the cheapest of cheap things. See? A new shade of polish, or another set of knuckle rings for that matter, and I'm solved! But of course, it isn't all about the beautiful tangible things, people; there's this equally amazing intangible ones too aka the love of yerr family and the shallow -- yet fun, if you'd ask me-- stuff you do together. Blabbed 'em HERE, by the way. So I guess I'm good. Yes, yes, I'm good! :)



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Thursday, May 22, 2014

rac x cheap sunglasses

Immersed in a good book and a fun indie playlist these days. And while I strategically plan how to spoil the book for y'all, I'll keep you busy with my fave song from the linked playlist -- RAC x Cheap Sunglasses. RAC stands for Remix Artist Collective. It's a remixing agency, meaning, the people behind it create remixes for other artists. Ho-huumm. Now who thinks I'm bright? :P Anyway, this one's done with Matthew Koma. Come onnnn, let's sing and dance togethaaa! Lemme show yahh my lola moves. Hehehe! :)

video
RAC feat. Matthew Koma
Cheap Sunglasses

Lyrics
You're packing magic and ah
You're making habits and ah
You're automatic, you are
The way you are
You glitter, sparkle, and ah
You glow in the dark and ah
Make everybody go ah
The way you are

Blue skies, white highs
Won't blind me, everything you hide
Your shades can't shade in the sunlight
In the sunlight

Your limousines get stuck in traffic
And we all know you're made of plastic
And you may seem like something classic
But you're cheap sunglasses
You're cheap sunglasses
And I see right through you

And I see right through you

You're so dramatic and ah
I want it badder than ah
You're super radical ah
The way you are
You're double vision and ah
A new religion and ah
We're hers and his and then ah
The way you are

Blue skies, white highs
Won't blind me, everything you hide
Your shades can't shade in the sunlight
In the sunlight

Your limousines get stuck in traffic
And we all know you're made of plastic
And you may seem like something classic
But you're cheap sunglasses
You're cheap sunglasses
And I see right through you

And I see right through you

Your limousines get stuck in traffic
And we all know you're made of plastic
And you may seem like something classic
But you're cheap sunglasses
You're cheap sunglasses
And I see right through you

And I see right through you
And I see right through you
And I see right through you
And I see right through you


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Monday, May 19, 2014

same old silly kids

So ze girls of the fambam visited lolo late last month at Sanctuario de Paz and if there's one thing I realized that day, it's this -- we're still same old silly kids lolo left seven years back. Seven yearsss, yet sometimes I still can't believe it's been that long. Perhaps 'cause nothing much has changed since, or nothing grand at least. Of course I've graduated already, worked for a couple of years, transferred from one crib to another, been to places and tried whatever; but now that I'm back to square one, I feel like I'm back to my 20-year-old self & that I have all the rights to be silly all over again. Pause muna with trying so hard to be mature as demanded by my then role. Ang saya kaya magloka-lokahaannnn! Mwahaha! And loka-lokahan was what we did exactly -- perpetual laughing, piggy back rides, hilarious make face-ing, and a serious case of posing posing. Hehehe! I'm pretty sure lolo understands, happy even, to witness his apos go cray-cray around him just like the old times. And because I'm having a hard time putting my thoughts into words, I'm leaving you with a ton of photos ahead. I edited them a little well for y'all! Bask in! :)

chillin' with lolo ❤

generation gap right thurr!
can't get lolie to smile :)






here's to choosing happiness -- always!



my girls ❤

never too old for piggy back rides
 
dumb & dumber ✌




How'd you like 'em?


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

our kiddie crew in action

A few weeks back, my niece joined McDo's Kiddie Crew Workshop. To give you an idea of the said program, and to make my life easier, I stole these lines from their website.. "The McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop is a 5-day summer program specially designed for kids ages 6-12 years old. During each workshop day, Kiddie Crew members will get to experience on-floor training like greeting customers and assisting the crew at the drive-thru and front counters; showcase their skills through creative art workshops; and learn the importance of hard work, discipline and teamwork, through values formation lessons." Whew! Got that? :) My niece is actually just four but if I understand it correctly, they assess the kids as they register. She obviously got in 'cause yah knoww, she isn't your typical four-year-old. Have I mentioned she'll be a prep student come the next school year? #stageauntforeverrrr

Anywayyy, I was down with cough and colds when it started so no matter how psyched I was, I just couldn't go with them. I promised my Wednesday instead and on top of that, I announced to the world via my numerous social media accounts what my niece is up to. "Hear ye, hear yeee! Faye gets a taste of the real world today." Hehehe!

first day ❤

I honestly can't recall what happened exactly but the next day {that's Tuesday}, I found myself tagging along with Yags {her daddeyyy} and Faye -- sniffing, sneezing and all! I seriously hope I didn't infect anyone that day especially the kids. Oh well, I'll never know. Hehehe! But what I know for sure is that I documented that day like crazy. What's new with that, anyway? :)

Their second workshop day started with the usual assembly where they greet each other, pray, practice their lines, and fall in line to have their uniforms checked and their hands washed one by one. At syempree, aliw na aliw na naman ako watching her interact with the other kids. Whatever she lacks in height, she makes up for it with her cuteness. Heehee! The other kids were obviously fond of her too. Kurot ditoo, kurot doon! Aguy! She even had an "ate" from her co-kiddie workers who looks after her. Both of them were assigned in the counter first.

ayun langgg
#shortgirlproblems

In the counter, each kid was paired up with a real crew. Their task was to help out in preparing the orders -- fries, burgers, chicken meals, sundaes, drinks. Too bad they weren't allowed to touch the cash register. I know deep inside my niece was dying to play pera-perahan. Hehehe! Remember I helped her beg for a cash register back when was two {turning three in a month, actually}? Despite that, she seemed to enjoy being in the counter. She was all smiles and she kept on waving. Seeing the customers entertained made me ecstatic too. Haayy. Can you tell I'm my niece's #1 fan? :P



Among the bajillion photos I took, those in the next three collages are my favorite. (1) They had to carry her in order to fill the sundae's cup with soft ice cream. Hashtag small girl problems ulet! Hahaha! They had a ladder for the small ones during the first day but I have no idea why they ditched it for the second day. Ayan tulooyy! Hehehe! (2) I just find her so koyoot carrying two soft drink cups at once. No spills! Although obviously, hirap na hirap! Aww. Our poor little worker. :P (3) And lastly, her effort to put the chicken on the tray. Everything's just too high for her but there's no denying her perseverance. Nakakatuwa!




chika time! :)


Then the two groups switched places. It was Faye and her group mates' turn to greet the customers with "Hi, good morning! Welcome to McDonald's!" or "Thank you for cominggg! See us agaiinnnn!" Hehehe! And with hand gestures pa yun, ah! Although she cooperated, it was obvious that she loved being in the counter better. After a few minutes of standing by the entrance, she showed signs of boredom aka hikab, yuko, squat and playing with her shoesies and fingers. She just couldn't stay put! Hahaha!

half of her group mates
that's her "ate" on her right :)




yet another chikahan!

Next was eating timee! They served the kids burger and iced tea and Faye went like "di ko favorite yan" referring to the burger. Hahaha! Such a frank kiddo! But even before that, Yags anticipated what's gonna happen and bought her fries instead. It was our chance to rest and eat too!


After their break, they practiced the song they're going to perform on their recognition day. Then shortly after that, they painted their own aprons! I loved how McDo injected art to their daily activities. Aside from the apron, they also took home a hat on the fourth day to paint at home. Super sulit for P595! For more information on this program, check out their website. It's still ongoing!


I'll try to hunt for more photos from the rest of their workshop days. I also haven't seen her "Let It Go" performance during their recognition day so we all have to wait until her parentals get to post the vid. I taught her the lyrics so I can't wait to see how it turned out. As for the tune, we have to thank YouTube for that. Wala na kong kinalaman dun. And no, I'm not kidding. Hahaha! :)


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Saturday, May 10, 2014

tekken nights and ice cream fixes

I have to admit I sorely miss the "grand" life. Not that I literally lived a grand life but I know you get it.. travel and adventures, shopping, daily dose of expensive coffee and well, everything else in between my then corporate duties. For the record, I've been a bum for fifteen freakin' months already. Soon enough, I'll have the audacity to let everyone know exactly what I'm going through but for the meantime, let me tell you one among probably a hundred of life lessons this drama taught me. People, LITTLE THINGS MATTER.

Here's another truth: I've always been so difficult to please. I laugh at funny quips easily; I laugh way too often but ironically, hindi talaga mababaw ang kaligayahan ko. In fact, I've always had high standards for each and every single thing. Those who know me personally can attest to that. Then, this whole life drama happened. A lot of things were stripped from me -- good health, fast-tracked career, the luxurious living. I couldn't really say that I reached rock-bottom because my family and friends kind of saved me but for someone who's never went through trials growing up, susss, ang hirap nito! Anywayyy, my point is that after I've lost so much, I learned to be more appreciative. It feels good din pala to get giddy over the simplest things. Nowadays, a good playlist, a nice quote I can relate to, a twitter mention, an instagram like, or a blog comment can make my day. Also, I now look forward to simple days out with the fam bam or friends. Hindi na kailangan ng 3 days, 2 nights out of town trips to get me excited for the next day. Haha! And although I'm praying to get back the life I used to live, I ought to keep the wisdom I got & will still get from this tough phase. :)

Andddd, speaking of little things.. Here are two nights of Tekken and ice cream fix that I happen to appreciate a lot! See what I did there? Aminin nyooo! Ang galing ko sumegueee!! Hehehe! So first night, it was just us four -- the kids, I mean. We started with my all-time favorite basketball shooting. I'm just sooo glad I have my not-so-bebe brother to share this addiction with. The sisters joined in the fun too but of course, with a different level of enthusiasm, if you get what I mean.

my score right thurrr

my brother's :)

Then Anit and Gigi, my sister and brother respectively, introduced Tekken to me and Dana. I know I know, we're losers like that. Personally, I was never a gamer! I remember being taught Counter Strike way back God knows when and all I did was to shriek like crazy. Hahaha! I'm a self-confessed reyna ng hysteria so what can you expect? And with Tekken, it's no different. I was in total panic the first time I tried. Bummer! I was screaming; I was shaking. Even Dana was in sweat out of nervousness. Talk about being first-timers. Pero eto ang twist! I actually won once and guess against who?!! Bwahaha! Against my brothaaa!!! There's hope, after all.


gotcha, bebeee! ✌

Next stop: another videoke sesh! None of the songs we sang survived my poor memory but I do remember that we danced our way towards the end of our one hour session. And oh, we took groufies too. Yep, if there's such a thing as selfie, these days, meron na ring groufie. Self-explanatory, right? But if you don't quite get it, come onnn, it's about time you wake up those braincells! Hehehe! Kiddingggg! :)


We capped off the night with an ice cream fix. You see, a FamilyMart branch just opened in Fairview Terraces. They're known for their twirl-all-you-can pakulo and we obviously weren't able to help it, we just had to jump on the bandwagon. It's worth a try if you ask me! For 25 pesos, you get a sweet belgian cone and the chance to fill it up with ice cream as high as you can. Twirling was fun actually! In the end, Dana and Gigi did a good job while Anit and I sucked at it. Tawang-tawa kami especially with Anit's work! It would have been a genetic freak ice cream serving if it was living. That bad!


Second night of our Tekken + ice cream night, we were able to drag our dear mommaa with us. We made her twirl her own ice cream with the help of Dana. Funny how she kept on whining while we were waiting in line. Yes folks, may pila! Mom said something like, "first and last, first and last". Hehehe! Meaning she has no plans of ever lining up again for the sake of a single ice cream serving. Her work turned out fine though. Wheww!


Then it was Tekken time once again. It was mama's turn to try the game for the first time. As expected, she's even more hilarious than we were. I actually got the tarantahin genes from her so just imagine. She was sooo confused with the keys and she was laughing non-stop to the point she momentarily stops playing from time to time. I even took a video of her and it kind of went viral over Facebook 'cause get this -- she's a teacher! Hahaha! Sorry, mom! :P



Now, here's what I've been waiting for! The chance to brag that I was the most improved player of the night. Hahaha! I was on a winning streak just before we left. I beat them allllll! Mwahahaha! And mind you, I really didn't know what I was doing. The pindot-bahala technique plus the random choosing of characters did the trick. The pros weren't able to use their fave characters and so the lucky one {eheeeem} prevailed! It wasn't a walk in the park though, dugo't pawis, at maraming nerbyos ang puhunan. Hehehe!


ito ang sinasabi kooo
nerbyoooos! :P


These nights were fun, yes, but I'm definitely looking forward to having papi with us the next time around. That would be twice as hilarious, I bet! Help us convince him to tag along next time, mmkaay? :)


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Friday, May 2, 2014

my silver lining

Discovered this song earlier today and I fell in love instantly.
Someday soon, I'll find my silver lining. ❤

video
First Aid Kit
My Silver Lining

Lyrics
I don't want to wait anymore I'm tired of looking for answers
Take me some place where there's music and there's laughter
I don't know if I'm scared of dying but I'm scared of living too fast, too slow
Regret, remorse, hold on, oh no I've got to go
There’s no starting over, no new beginnings, time races on
And you've just gotta keep on keeping on
Gotta keep on going, looking straight out on the road
Can't worry 'bout what's behind you or what's coming for you further up the road
I try not to hold on to what is gone, I try to do right what is wrong
I try to keep on keeping on
Yeah I just keep on keeping on

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I've made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won't take the easy road

I've woken up in a hotel room, my worries as big as the moon
Having no idea who or what or where I am
Something good comes with the bad
A song's never just sad
There's hope, there's a silver lining
Show me my silver lining
Show me my silver lining

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I've made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won't take the easy road

I won't take the easy road
The easy road, the easy road

Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on


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