Monday, August 31, 2009

bags come unexpected :)

If you'll review my blog entry entitled "home shoppin'", you'll find there that I got two new bags (chain bags in particular) for myself and one pouch (my gift for my bestfriend), unexpectedly. Thanks again to my grandma (father's side) who kept these stuff in a huge suitcase she brought home from Japan. haha! It came in a perfect timing because I haven't bought new bags for a long time already.

And now, I got a new clutch bag unexpectedly. I just went to my grandpa's house (mother's side) for his despedida before he leaves for the US in two days. Then my mom was also there (i'm not living w/ my mom), and she asked me if I like clutches. She said my Tita from the US sent it to her but she didn't like it 'coz it's violet so she's giving it to me instead. Since I love collecting bags, I immediately said yes, no matter what color it is. haha! So she gave me this violet clutch from Axcess, a Liz Claiborne company.


Well it's actually my first time to hear about this brand. When I saw its tag, I didn't like it that much, but when I've read the label inside the bag saying it's also from Liz Claiborne, I became happier because I'm a fan of Liz Claiborne wallets. hehe.=)

Originally I planned to get a new clutch from Code-Limited to make use of my gift certificate worth P500. But now, I'll just get a new pair of sandals instead. (That is if I won't be lazy to go to Rockwell tomorrow...it's my GC's expiration day haha!)

Friday, August 28, 2009

just sharin'...

1. Globe sort of steals my load. I dunno how and why but it happens a lot of times. I'm growing more impatient with it each day. Imagine, there were times wherein I just had loaded, (about 15 or 25) then after two messages, the load was gone! Well I don't load cards or something higher than 50 anymore 'coz I'm scared that Globe will eat them all up. Errr...

2. Makati streets in ultimate flood! My bestfriend and I came out of Cityland in Pasong Tamo beside Waltermart and it was drizzling that time. We walked to her apartment just in McKinley St. somewhere behind Eurotel. That walk was supposed to take us about 5-10 mins only, but it rained so hard while we were already halfway so we had to stop for a few minutes under a condo's parking space. But the rain still didn't stop so we proceeded. When we got to her place, i fixed my stuff and she changed her clothes, which took us just about 15-20 minutes. We were in a hurry because we'll be having a late dinner in Greenbelt. Good thing the rain stopped. But when we looked outside, the place was totally flooded! We tried walking at different streets to find our way out to Pasay Road (the road from Pasong Tamo to Glorietta). OMG! thanks to a pedicab driver who saved us. haha! But when we got to Pasay Road, the sidewalks weren't visible anymore, so we had to step straight to a jeepney's door from inside the pedicab. We were charged 30 but I gave him 40 'coz he's our savior. haha! While traveling along Pasay Road (which was totally flooded too), a Honda Civic from the opposite direction came rushing towards us and SWOOOOSH! It splashed flood water towards the jeepney driver and the two people at his back. It's not just flood water, it was a really smelly flood water! Ewww! And I won't lie that I was the 2nd girl seated from the driver's back. So thanks to the girl beside me for she was showered the most, which meant that I only got some drizzles. haha! So we (including the other passengers) just laughed while we were wiping ourselves dry. haha! Errr Honda's driver was really an asshole. My bestfriend even joked about Mayor Binay's Makati infommercial..."Ganito kami sa Makati...BAHA!" hahaha!=))

3. I just realized I never loved the taste of Teriyaki Boy. Well I love eating Japanese food, but Teriyaki boy is something I have never enjoyed. I have dined there a lot of times already, trying to find it's best dish, but nothing suited my taste. I mean, as compared to other Japanese restos, it's something that didn't stand out for me. I even enjoyed Tokyo Tokyo more. Something's really lacking with Teriyaki Boy's taste...or I just have weird taste buds? haha! I dunno...what do you think? Actually I appreciate their ambiance and staff more that their food. hehe.=P

4. I'm now seeing the future of our new bag business. More prospective clients come our way each passing day...plus more bags being ordered and produced. This is really exciting. I'll post here the details of our soft launch, big launch, and the online shop soon. You better wait for it.=)

5. My previous boss is a good career adviser. I really appreciate how much he's trying to help me. He's already like a second father to me (well besides having the same age as my real dad) 'coz he's always there whenever I feel like consulting me. He also never fails to inform me of good opportunities I might be interested in. Wow, really cool.

Monday, August 24, 2009

home shoppin' :)

yeah, you've read it right...
not home TV shoppin', but home shoppin' haha!
wanna know why?

my grandma called me to her room 2 days ago and i saw her sitting in front of a huge suitcase with lots of boxes inside. then i found out it contained a lot of stuff they bought from Japan during their trip (w/ aunts & cousins) just last summer. haha well my grandma is very much known as someone who keeps newly bought stuff and just brings them out after a few months of buying them. haha!

so she showed me all the stuff and told me to get what i want...then i ended up with these:

chain bag with a round furry body

red glittery clutch w/ short chain strap

a pair of mini hankies

baby heart perfume

pocket mirror

purse with hanky (my gift for my bestfriend's birthday)

...and i got all of these for FREE! hahaha! thanks a lot to my grandma, and to my cousin who personally chose some of these stuff for she knew what my taste was like. hehe!

'til my next home shoppin' haha!=P

Sunday, August 23, 2009

1st ever Us Girls August Awards

When it comes to beauty, wellness, and fashion, the Us Girls TV show at Studio 23 is very reliable. The show tackles a lot of topics that are very relevant for the girls. Its hosts Iya Villania, Angel Aquino, and Megan Young (temporarily substituted Cheska Garcia-Kramer who had just given birth), are all really talented and reliable. I like the way they influence their audience when it comes to beauty, style, fashion, and in a lot more aspects in life.

Just last August 20, Thursday, the Us Girls had their very first August Awards. It's called that way because August didn't just mean the 8th month of the year, but it's also an adjective meaning inspiring, majestic, something high-ranking, or grandeur. So, in this event, Us Girls awarded several personalities who were recognized for their great contributions in fashion and beauty.

Some awards included Makeup Artists of the Year, Stylists of the Year, Most Fashionable Women, Faces of the Year, and the Us Girls Icon of the year. For each category, the top 4 nominees who got the most votes (via Multiply) were awarded, except of course for the Icon of the year, because it was someone who embodied Us Girls' idea of a modern Filipina.

Cheska (Us Girls host too) with Anne Curtis and Iya

Us Girls hosts Iya, Angel, and Megan w/ Icon of the Year KC Concepcion

Here's the complete list of awardees:

Makeup Artists of the Year
Jigs Mayuga
Bobby Carlos
Krist Bansuelo
Stylists of the Year
Rey Ilagan
Pam Quiñones
Liz Uy
Bianca Santiago
Most Fashionable Women
Anne Curtis
Divine Lee
Marie Lozano
Bea Soriano
Bianca Valerio
Faces of the Year
Kim Chiu
Isabelle Daza
Tweety de Leon
US Girls Icon of the Year
KC Concepcion
*got the complete list from http://www.sunstar.com.ph
*grabbed event photos from Sir Tony Santos' Multiply site.

Kim Chui wasn't able to come but a VTR of her message was shown on the big screen.

The event went on and off because of the rain pouring once in a while. But the guests all stayed and finished the event. There were also performances from Ballet Philippines, De La Salle University Innersoul, Ronnie Liang, and Princess. A fashion show by three designers: Tippi Ocampo, Charina Sarte, and Reian Mata was also done.

Besides the nice performances and awards, guests were served yummy food and beverages during the show. Some of these were: buffet catered by MICAH (culinary school), and alcoholic drinks from Shooters, Sober Club, and The Bar. BlowUp Babies also had a booth there where the guests had some souvenir photos taken.

I was actually there as one of the usherettes of the event, with four of my co-models too. We were the ones who used to get featured at several Us Girls segments and we've already become friends with their staff that's why we got into this event.


Other sponsors which benefited us as models were: Binalot & Magnolia Fruit Drink (lunch), Waffle Time (snacks), Code-Limited (gift certificate), Zen Zest (cologne), Loreal, (shampoo & sun block), Piandre Salon (our hair, plus some mini bottled shampoos from Kerastase), and Shu Uemura (our makeup).


The entire event was really fun. It's been an exciting experience 'coz I met a lot of popular personalities, I gained new friends, and I had a lot of photos! hahaha!=))

Catch the airing of the 1st ever US Girls August Awards on AUGUST 30, Saturday, 7pm at Studio 23!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Rockwell Urban Bazaar (August 2009)

AUGUST 28-30, 2009
11:00 am-9:00 pm

ROCKWELL TENT


Available Brands:

Trove

Cakes by Moonshine


Glitterati
Dean & Trent


BeCe Manila


AND MANY MORE!!!

See you there!:)

so...what did i miss?

I've got a lot of things going that's why I missed a lot of fashion events last week. I got so much preoccupied by my job hunt, modeling stints, and new business. These events were all done at night, and I wasn't able to attend 'coz it's either I was too tired in the day or I just chose to stay home and attend to some urgent matters.

This is a list of those events I got invited to:

Aranaz Party (Aug.12, Wed. 9pm) at Members Only, The Fort

Fabric by Kaye Morales, Nino Angeles, and Nicee Atienza (Aug. 15, Thurs. 9pm) at Embassy SuperFly, The Fort

Prive II Fashion Series Joanna Lhuillier (Aug. 19, Wed. 9pm) at Members Only, The Fort

Face2Face: A Beauty & Style Exhibit (Aug. 21, Fri. 7pm) at Fiamma, Makati City


Yikes, I wanna say sorry to the event hosts/organizers for not making it during the event, despite having an RSVP. I just hope you'll still invite me next time.

Congratulations to the party hosts for the success of your events (based on what I've seen on the event photos). Congrats to all the designers! I'm gonna see your designs in your shops and online sites soon.=)

yummy krushers


Just sharing...

Yummy! I got this cookies and cream Krushers from KFC during a dinner meeting at KFC Blue Wave Macapagal.

Next time I'm gonna try the two other flavors: Strawberry Banana and Karamel Krunch.=)

Go get yours now!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

"Dance to Inspire Not to Impress"

This is more than just a statement shirt...

my friends dani & ryan (Limited Edition instructors)
[wahaha sorry guys if i had to use your photos, you'll thank me for this someday haha]

'Coz it's the real advocacy of Mickey Perz and his group: Limited Edition...To share their talents, most especially to those who have been dreaming to be awesome dancers. Yes, they are impressive, but are more inspiring, as they influence a lot of dancer wannabes to keep exploring their potentials. They're definitely role models...even the most professional dancers admire them for that.

So...do you love hiphop?

Well if not, then you must! And if you already do, enjoy it even more!

Come to Studio Planet Jupiter and enjoy hiphop classes with Mickey Perz and the rest of the Limited Edition Manila. They're really talented, nice, and fun to be with.

[hey mickey, you owe me for doing this promotion, haha kiddin' :p]

They now got new rates...without membership needed. You can go walk-in! Here's a map:

Check out their Multiply site: http://planetjupiterstudio.multiply.com
And be their fan in Facebook

Also, keep watching ASAP in ABS-CBN because it is Mickey and his co-instructors from Limited Edition who choreograph some of the dance productions. You can also see Limited Edition Manila perform there. Just like what you can see on this video. (just click the link 'coz i'm having troubles downloading the video)See more of their performances in Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/l3manila
Follow them in Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/l3manila
You can also add them in Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/l3manila
Or in Multiply: http://l3manila.multiply.com

So there...Take your hiphop lessons now! Don't forget to tell them you've read my blog. haha! Aww, I simply miss hanging out with these guys.

Let's dance! Or I must say..Let's party!=)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

1st Pinoy Video Channel Online

It was launched last 2nd of July. I was invited but I wasn't able to make it at the party for some reason.

So, why Flippish?

flippish \fli’-psh\ adj [fr. Filipino]
1. anything that has Filipino flavor
2. fickle minded or indecisive
3. odd, crazy or weird.

What's nice about this is that, the shows are produced just like how you see some other shows on TV. It's just that, here, you can watch it over and over again. It's like regular shows that you get to watch on TV every week because new episodes of the shows here are released every week. It definitely has a nice team--producers, talents, directors, etc.

I don't get to watch much from this channel, but as far as I have watched some of its shows, I would say that my most favorite is the "Girl Next Door" by Chrina. It is very helpful for girls in dealing with fashion, beauty, wellness, and other similar matters. I really enjoy the topics it tackles plus its episodes don't bore me 'coz they just take about 3 to 5 minutes of my time. Girls, I suggest you watch it too.

Try also "Corny"...I swear, it's not funny, it's really corny haha! But I'm not saying that I like the show. Just try it and see for yourself whether it would make you laugh. haha!=))


But anyway, let's just support this Filipino endeavor. Keep watchin'.=)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

on pursuing a new dream...

When I was in pre-school I wanted to be a teacher. When I was in High School, I wanted to be a lawyer. When I was in college, I wanted to be a diplomat or a businesswoman. But after graduation, I just wanted to build a stable career that would give me a sense of fulfillment and that would earn me enough savings before getting married on my late 20's.

I've been hunting jobs since late June. Most of the jobs I've been trying to get into are actually inclined in Advertising, Marketing, Business Development, and PR/Communications; because I believe that this is where I'm good at. So I've already attended a couple of interviews and I've also turned down offers from several companies since I didn't want to choose a job that I won't enjoy, whether it's paying good or not. Then I came across the ads of Cebu Pacific about their recruitment campaign every Wednesdays of June and July. I always planned to attend but it always had a conflict with other job interviews. Yeah, I prioritized the other jobs; not realizing that my plans would change.

It was just last week when a guy friend of mine convinced me to pursue being a flight attendant. I can't remember how the conversation (via YM) started but it had something to do with 'me still unemployed now aka bum'. Well not totally 'coz I do modeling jobs at times and he's also supportive when it comes to that, but what made him convince me was his mom being a flight attendant at Cathay Pacific for 16 years. He explained to me that I deserve such a glamorous job (oh yeah, not glamorous in duties/work, but in perks haha). And then I remembered my relatives from my mother's side used to convince me also since a cousin of my mom is a PAL FA. And another flashback was just last summer when I was with my Iloilo friend in Boracay who told me to email my resume to her FA friend in Oman Air 'coz they've got openings that time.

Right after all the flashbacks, plus my conversation with my guy friend, another guy friend talked to me (via YM) and I mentioned about my confusion. He then told me the story of his ex-gf who got rejected by PAL, Cebu Pacific, JAL, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, but eventually got accepted by Emirates through IPAMS! I was inspired by his story, plus the support he's giving me. So after all the inspirations, I searched for IPAMS' website and immediately found their advertisement on the upcoming Open Day Screening by Qatar Airways at the IPAMS Extension Office in New Manila. Then I consulted this with my grandma and uncle and they pushed me to do it so I called up my bestfriend and convinced her too to come with me. She actually didn't wanna try anymore 'coz she got rejected before by Oman Air, but I said, she must not give up her dreams, just like me.

It was already late when I learned about the Air Asia opening but I tried to catch it. I planned to come in their last day (last Friday), which meant that I had to wake up at 6am to arrive there by 8am. Unfortunately, my insomnia didn't allow me to have enough sleep so I woke up at 10am, and when I called the agency, they told me I can't catch it anymore 'coz the finals batch was already taking the exam at the time I was calling. So I said to myself, ok it wasn't for me.

But the Qatar Airways was still my priority. So I woke up early on the screening day and we arrived at 7:30am, only to find out that there were already 300 girls ahead us, and at 9am, there were already 400 girls behind us. I was shocked to see that a lot of girls wanted the same job that I want. Yay! I almost lost hope after seeing everyone, so pretty in their corporate outfits. My bestfriend and I we're done by 10:30am. We just passed our photos and resume to one of the three evaluators, and we were just asked a few questions such as "How are you? How old are you? Is this your number?"; and after that, "We will just call you." So it really left me puzzled on what could be their basis in choosing those who will be shortlisted.

We didn't expect to get a call anymore, but somehow we were hopeful. Anyway, we just had a buffet lunch at Guilly's in Glorietta 5, and we took a nap at my bestfriend's apartment. Then we had a meeting with our client somewhere in Mall of Asia, and a business meeting in Blue Wave.

The whole day was tiring yet really fun. On my way home, I had been praying to receive a call from IPAMS...and at about half past 6pm, i received the magic call! Unfortunately my bestfriend didn't but I told her she must not give up. But what I really appreciated most from her was her support. Also, my grandma was so glad to hear the news, as well as my friends who pushed me to apply. haha!

Come the second day of screening or the assessment. I belonged to the PM batch. We were supposed to be 39 but 1 girl wasn't able to come. So we got oriented about Qatar and the lifestyle of a QR Cabin Crew. We also had a reach test, English exam, and group discussions. And basically, the evaluators (who used to be QR FAs) just observed our actions, body languages, and our total package. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, not all names got called to advance in the final interview....and I was one of them.

Well, it was sad, yet not enough reason to lose hope. I've reached that stage during my 1st time of application in any airline and to think that there were more than a thousand who came there on the 1st day and I got shortlisted for the 2nd day was more than enough blessing. It even took about 4 times of application for others to reach that same stage, so I'm somehow luckier. There are still a lot of airlines out there. Just like the other, I'll keep on trying.

There is no way to give up when it comes to our dreams. Our own success is always worth fighting for.=)

New York means Sex & the City!

It was the New York Festivals International Advertising Awards Night here in Manila last 23rd of July. This event which took place at Establishment, The Fort was sponsored by Adobo Magazine.

The event organizers invited the School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA), as well as Ms. Kate Torralba to hold a fashion show of their designs. And since the event was a New York thingy, the theme of the fashion show was Sex and the City. So there we were, dressed up like Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte. By the way, the models were provided by Mukha Models International, and some were students from SoFA. The makeups were done by The Makeup Forum and Mac; while the styling and direction was by Ms. Amina Aranaz-Alunan.

Here's a video of the Sex & the City fashion show, as we wore the designs of the young and talented designers of SoFA:

Video - School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFa) Fashion Show at the New York Festivals Premier Awards Night in Manila

More event photos are available at the NYF website: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com

This is actually my most favorite ramp experience so far.=)

Monday, August 17, 2009

jolliBEER? that's insane! haha

It's funny when my friend in Canada asked me this question, "Is it true that Jollibee there in the Philippines now sells beer?" And so I said "Are you crazy? Hello?!"

Then he sent me this photo, which was sent to him by another friend from the Philippines:

Haha it actually seems real. It's looks like something that's posted on the menu board of Jollibee. Then I told my friend: "Haha...the power of Photoshop!"

It's really funny how Filipinos get so much creative!=P

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Ninoy's last love letter to Cory

*my friend tagged me in her Facebook Note, and this is what it contains:

My Dearest Cory,


In a few hours I shall be embarking on an uncertain fate, which may well be the end of a long struggle. I slept well last night for the first time since I left Boston -- maybe because I'm just plain tired or I'm really at peace with myself. I want to tell you many things but time is running out and I do not have any machine. After a few more paragraphs, my penmanship will be illegible.

All the things I want to tell you may be capsulized in one line - - I love you! You've stood by me in my most trying moments and there were times I was very hard on you. But if anyone will ever understand me, it is you, and I know you will always find it in your heart to forgive -- and unfair and ironic as it is -- it is because of this thought and belief that I often took you for granted.

Early on I knew I was not meant to make money -- so I won't be able to leave anything to the children. I did what I thought I could do best, which is public service, and I hope our people in time will appreciate my sacrifices. This would be my legacy to the children. I may not bequeath them material wealth but I leave them a tradition which can be priceless.

I realize I've been very stingy with praise and appreciation for all your efforts -- but though unsaid -- you know that as far I'm concerned, you are the best. That's why we've lasted this long. There will only be one thing in the world I will never accept -- that you love me more than I love you -- because my love for you though unarticulated will never be equaled.

If all goes well I should be back in my cell before sundown. Should I be detained do not rush to get home. Take your time and enjoy a side trip to Europe with the girls.

I'll try to call you tonight if the authorities will allow me. Otherwise just remember me in your dreams.

Love,
Ninoy

P.S. I offered a special rosary for Papa and I asked for his intercession. You know he never failed me (Ninoy here is referring to Cory's father, Jose Cojuangco, who died on August 21, 1976)"
*I was moved by this letter because it's really impressive how much Ninoy loved Cory. This love never died even when they're apart, even when death separated their ways. And now that they're together in heaven, their love will live on forever...

tequila lovin' =)

Tequila, is my favorite liquor. I don't exactly know why, but maybe because it was my aunts who taught me how to drink alcohol the first time, and they used Jose Cuervo tequila. I loved it, plus I enjoyed the way it's drank--salt-shot-lemon! Kinda fun and exciting.

I got used to drinking Jose Cuervo that I never enjoyed the taste of other tequilas, especially the cheaper ones. I've never been drunk with Jose Cuervo, even after 11 shots, and maybe I have mastered it as a skill already. Haha!

But it was only now that I knew about several tequila classifications. It varies on how long it's been aged, resulting to variation in its taste also. Well I thought it's only wines that are being aged for years.

And my latest discovery was about this Asombroso Tequila, which has been awarded as the Top Tequila in the 2008 SF World Spirits Competition for its El Palitino. It was also awarded Gold for its Extra Aged Anejo, and another Gold for its unique and extra special 11-Year Aged Anejo. Wow cool!


Well, here in the Philippines, I've seen a TV feature showing that the Ambrosio Tequila is available at Maya Bar in Cebu. It costs Php 9,000.00 per shot, or $2,400.00 per bottle. It's super expensive! But still, I wanna give it a try someday. Well, even just a shot will do.=)

Check out their website: http://www.asombrosotequila.com/home.html

Friday, August 7, 2009

i want nobody nobody but you!=D

Currently, this is my most favorite YouTube video.

It's super cool and amazing. I'm wondering how intelligent and patient the person behind this is.

I'm not really a fan of the Wondergirls, but i like the way they executed their dance in the original music video, plus it's impressive how they've influenced the creator of this one.

Wee! Let's go Wonderbots! See how these mini robots dance using exactly the same steps of the Wondergirls
in their video. These Wonderbots are making it right to the beat of the music; doing pretty well. haha!=))



Just in case you wanna compare the performance of the Wonderbots to that of the Wondergirls, check this video:


Why would Wonderbots win over Wondergirls? It's the robot's solo break dance towards the end of the video! hahaha! definitely a winning moment!=P

But wait there's more! Wonderbots just won't stop! Look at this version with that looks like a disco party because of the lights of the robots while they dance. Cool!



Thanks
YouTube!

And so I lo
ve the Transformers even more!=D

living in a typhoon country

So it's been raining non-stop for two weeks already so a lot of streets have been flooded. This is the scene every time there's a typhoon hitting the Philippines.

When I was a child, I loved the rainy season because it means suspension of classes. It's the best news for me because I really hate going to school on a very stormy weather. But when I stepped college, I kinda hated it a bit already because most of the time, college classes were not suspended, and it's really hard to transfer from one building to another inside the campus. And now that I'm in the working group (well right now, I haven't got a new job yet, but I will soon), I hated it even more because it's really not motivating to drag myself to office or somewhere I have to go to. Actually, even if you have a car, it doesn't help that much because heavy rains create heavy traffic.

Oh, and I remember hating living in a typhoon country when I was in Boracay just last summer, wherein half of my month's stay there was filled with heavy rain. I hated walking on wet sand (or should I say, muddy sand? haha) while shopping or going to the party places. Well, I kinda appreciated some light rain and quite strong winds when I was there because it allowed me to swim while riding huge waves, without getting painful sunburn. haha! But believe me, I got sick there during the times that it was sunny at daytime and stormy at night time.

Anyway, I'm posting this because I failed to attend a few appointments today because I wasn't motivated to get out of the house due to heavy rain. Oh, I must say, I appreciate typhoons when they allow me to sleep very well. I love sleeping on rainy days. haha!

Well I don't have plans of going out yet since I find the weather very unstable now, but let's see what the weather's gonna be tomorrow. Look at how a weather report goes:

Source: PAG-ASA (http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/wxfcst.html)

24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST

Note: Please refresh the page to ensure that the information is up-to-date.

Issued At: 5:00 p.m., 06 August 2009
Valid Beginning: 5:00 p.m. today until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow

24-hr Mean Sea Level Pressure
Predicted Mean Sea Level Pressure
Analysis for 8 p.m., 06 August 2009
24-hr Mean Sea Level StreamliSEs
Predicted Mean Sea Level Wind
Analysis for 8 p.m., 06 August 2009
Satellite Image
Satellite Image
for 10 p.m., 06 August 2009

Synopsis:
At 4:00 p.m. today, Typhoon "KIKO" (MORAKOT) was located based on satellite and surface data at 450 kms Northeast of Basco, Batanes (23.3°N, 125.9°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near center and gustiness of up to 170 kph. It is forecast to move West at 22 kph. Southwest Monsoon affecting Luzon and Visayas.

Forecast:
Batanes, Babuyan and Calayan group of Islands will experience rains and gusty winds while the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas will experience monsoon rains. The rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago with moderate to rough seas.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

dinner meeting at Bistro Mateo

The meeting was supposedly after lunch but I haven't got a call from the person I'll be meeting until 5pm. So when he called me to confirm, he's already at our meeting place, while I was still home and haven't even taken a bath yet. haha! Well I didn't hurried myself too much 'coz I knew he'll be meeting someone else as well.

So I prepared myself for less than an hour and took a cab to Tiendesitas. Travel time was about 30mins, including some traffic. Actually, when he called me, he said he's at Mario's Cafe in front of SM Hypermart so that's what I looked for when I got at Tiendesitas. I wasn't able to receive his text message saying he's at Bistro Mateo 'coz my cellphone died (as in nothing appears on the screen, which means it has to be repaired). Good thing I asked the guard in the parking lot, and he told me that Mario's Cafe was replaced by Bistro Mateo. Thank God, or else I'll get lost haha.=P

photos from ClicktheCity.com

There were only a few people there so it's easy to find out who he was. Oh I forgot to tell that it's my first time to meet him 'coz he's a brother of my previous employer, and we're meeting up for a marketing job he's offering me. Anyway, when I got there, he was with two other men, and he informed me that he's in a meeting so he ushered me to a table at the other end of the room and asked the waiter to give me the menu.

photo from ClicktheCity.com

The place was nice and cozy. Most people there were business people, more of mid-30s to mid-40s, more especially because it's a weeknight. Anyway, I ordered the Ines pasta, which actually tasted good; and a strawberry lemonade. While waiting for my order, I browsed my Cosmo Date Book to check my schedule and to list some of the things I have to do.

photo from ClicktheCity.com

After finishing my meal, he asked me to transfer to their table so we could start the informal meeting, or should i say, the get-to-know each other meeting. haha. The other man already left so it was only the two of them, and I got introduced to this lawyer who's a manufacturer of local firearms, which actually is the product I am supposed to market for this job. Wow, sounds interesting. It's gonna be me, in a business with a market of mostly men. I think I better practice my shooting skills now. haha!

After the meeting, I took a cab home; and we actually took a different route since there's this traffic in Libis caused by a huge trailer truck that got stuck there.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

facebook lovin'=)

I created a Facebook account about 2 years ago, when a friend of mine asked me to create one so I could add up to his force in the Vampires application. But that was the time I wasn't able to appreciate Facebook because there were so many applications & stuff that I can't really understand.

It was last year when I tried to familiarize myself with Facebook. I added up friends and installed a few applications. But I didn't upload pictures yet 'coz I still found Multiply as a perfect haven for my photos.

Eventually, I was able to appreciate Facebook because it kept me closely connected with my friends and colleagues. Actually it has a better approach on privacy as compared with other networking sites. So in Facebook, I only add people whom I have close connections with, and some who belong to the same industry/institution as mine whom I am interested of meeting soon.

It was this year when I was able to appreciate Facebook even more. Now I've already uploaded lots of photos in my account, plus thanks to my friends who keeps tagging me in some photos too. Also, I really love how Facebook relaxes me when I'm stressed and how it saves me from boredom through its really cool games, quizzes, and other applications. Some of the applications I'm using are: Sorority Life, Fashion Wars, SuperPoke, Mafia Wars, Vampires, Pet Society, Restaurant City, Drinking Wars, Yoville, Roller Coaster Kingdom, and Friends for Sale.

I also like the fact that you can see and chat with your online friends on the web page. Plus you always get reminded of the latest updates or responses to your posts and friends' posts. It is also easier to make announcement and invite people to events through Groups and Event Invitations. Facebook assures that you're always updated about your friends' lives, the upcoming events/happenings, and the latest trend. You can also share videos, photos, links, or any random thoughts to your friends to keep them updated about you as well.

So that's it. Bottomline: I love Facebook! haha!=)

cravin' for Royce

So I've been craving for Royce chocolates for a couple of days already. Unfortunately, I can't drag myself to Greenbelt 5 for some reasons, just to buy Royce. I just wish they have a dial 8-R-O-Y-C-E delivery like Mcdo. haha! Well, another option is to have a boyfriend or a "boylet" who would buy for me and deliver it to my house all for free! haha! But unfortunately, I'm currently not interested with guys. Well, let's just say, I just need a break.

Anyway, I remember the first time I've tried Royce Chocolates. It's actually just in February of this year, when my previous boss stocked one box in our office's fridge. Usually we're having it after we eat. But sometimes when I get too stressed while working, I grab some to relax me. hehe! My boss even asked me to keep the box wrapper 'cause it has my name, "Royce", plus its pink! haha!I really liked this specific variation because it's sweetness is just right. So when my family went to Japan last summer, I asked them to bring me this and the chocolate-coated potato chips but they weren't able to bring one because they weren't able to find the specific store that sells Royce there and that they were able to find some only at the airport; but what they found was just the variation which has liquor.

To summarize everything, I didn't have a choice but to grab the available chocolates at home. So I landed on having the Pastel Colored Easter Mix Plain M&M's from the States, just to satisfy my chocolate cravings. haha!Good enough.=)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

on losing a 2nd mother...

It has been a tough fight for former President Corazon Aquino, trying to survive colon cancer. Just like how she fought for the democracy of all Filipinos during the EDSA Revolution in 1987 until the end of her term.

President Cory Aquino never surrendered in her battle as she tried to survive every kind of treatment given to her, no matter how painful it was. Well that's how we've known her--a woman of courage. It has also been proven of her continuous presence and support to all Filipinos as we face the greatest challenges in our country. She's been there at the moments we needed her most. She's always there uniting all of us, just like a mother bringing her children together.She didn't give up as she's been optimistic that someday, we'll live in a peaceful nation. But for now, it is her who has achieved peace before we do. She may not have given up her battle against colon cancer, but it's her bodythat has become weaker and weaker and eventually has given up. Even in her last breath we would know that it was peace that she really wanted, as she peacefully died with a look of contentment on her face.

I know how much our entire nation is in sorrow right now. It feels like we lost a second mother, someone we all listened to and looked up to, someone who has greatly influenced our actions and decisions, someone who has been an inspiration to all of us, and someone who never stopped caring for our nation. But let's just be happy now that she's already resting in peace, with God, who has been the center of her life when she was still alive.Indeed, Pres. Cory has been a historical icon. She has greatly influenced Philippine history, most especially 'people and politics', in a very good way. Thus, we shall give everything back to her as we continue the fight she has started. Let's wear our yellow ribbons forever as we unite and work hard to achieve a democratic and peaceful nation.

President Corazon Aquino: a phenomenal woman.

Goodbye to you, our second mom.

Monday, August 31, 2009

bags come unexpected :)

If you'll review my blog entry entitled "home shoppin'", you'll find there that I got two new bags (chain bags in particular) for myself and one pouch (my gift for my bestfriend), unexpectedly. Thanks again to my grandma (father's side) who kept these stuff in a huge suitcase she brought home from Japan. haha! It came in a perfect timing because I haven't bought new bags for a long time already.

And now, I got a new clutch bag unexpectedly. I just went to my grandpa's house (mother's side) for his despedida before he leaves for the US in two days. Then my mom was also there (i'm not living w/ my mom), and she asked me if I like clutches. She said my Tita from the US sent it to her but she didn't like it 'coz it's violet so she's giving it to me instead. Since I love collecting bags, I immediately said yes, no matter what color it is. haha! So she gave me this violet clutch from Axcess, a Liz Claiborne company.


Well it's actually my first time to hear about this brand. When I saw its tag, I didn't like it that much, but when I've read the label inside the bag saying it's also from Liz Claiborne, I became happier because I'm a fan of Liz Claiborne wallets. hehe.=)

Originally I planned to get a new clutch from Code-Limited to make use of my gift certificate worth P500. But now, I'll just get a new pair of sandals instead. (That is if I won't be lazy to go to Rockwell tomorrow...it's my GC's expiration day haha!)

Friday, August 28, 2009

just sharin'...

1. Globe sort of steals my load. I dunno how and why but it happens a lot of times. I'm growing more impatient with it each day. Imagine, there were times wherein I just had loaded, (about 15 or 25) then after two messages, the load was gone! Well I don't load cards or something higher than 50 anymore 'coz I'm scared that Globe will eat them all up. Errr...

2. Makati streets in ultimate flood! My bestfriend and I came out of Cityland in Pasong Tamo beside Waltermart and it was drizzling that time. We walked to her apartment just in McKinley St. somewhere behind Eurotel. That walk was supposed to take us about 5-10 mins only, but it rained so hard while we were already halfway so we had to stop for a few minutes under a condo's parking space. But the rain still didn't stop so we proceeded. When we got to her place, i fixed my stuff and she changed her clothes, which took us just about 15-20 minutes. We were in a hurry because we'll be having a late dinner in Greenbelt. Good thing the rain stopped. But when we looked outside, the place was totally flooded! We tried walking at different streets to find our way out to Pasay Road (the road from Pasong Tamo to Glorietta). OMG! thanks to a pedicab driver who saved us. haha! But when we got to Pasay Road, the sidewalks weren't visible anymore, so we had to step straight to a jeepney's door from inside the pedicab. We were charged 30 but I gave him 40 'coz he's our savior. haha! While traveling along Pasay Road (which was totally flooded too), a Honda Civic from the opposite direction came rushing towards us and SWOOOOSH! It splashed flood water towards the jeepney driver and the two people at his back. It's not just flood water, it was a really smelly flood water! Ewww! And I won't lie that I was the 2nd girl seated from the driver's back. So thanks to the girl beside me for she was showered the most, which meant that I only got some drizzles. haha! So we (including the other passengers) just laughed while we were wiping ourselves dry. haha! Errr Honda's driver was really an asshole. My bestfriend even joked about Mayor Binay's Makati infommercial..."Ganito kami sa Makati...BAHA!" hahaha!=))

3. I just realized I never loved the taste of Teriyaki Boy. Well I love eating Japanese food, but Teriyaki boy is something I have never enjoyed. I have dined there a lot of times already, trying to find it's best dish, but nothing suited my taste. I mean, as compared to other Japanese restos, it's something that didn't stand out for me. I even enjoyed Tokyo Tokyo more. Something's really lacking with Teriyaki Boy's taste...or I just have weird taste buds? haha! I dunno...what do you think? Actually I appreciate their ambiance and staff more that their food. hehe.=P

4. I'm now seeing the future of our new bag business. More prospective clients come our way each passing day...plus more bags being ordered and produced. This is really exciting. I'll post here the details of our soft launch, big launch, and the online shop soon. You better wait for it.=)

5. My previous boss is a good career adviser. I really appreciate how much he's trying to help me. He's already like a second father to me (well besides having the same age as my real dad) 'coz he's always there whenever I feel like consulting me. He also never fails to inform me of good opportunities I might be interested in. Wow, really cool.

Monday, August 24, 2009

home shoppin' :)

yeah, you've read it right...
not home TV shoppin', but home shoppin' haha!
wanna know why?

my grandma called me to her room 2 days ago and i saw her sitting in front of a huge suitcase with lots of boxes inside. then i found out it contained a lot of stuff they bought from Japan during their trip (w/ aunts & cousins) just last summer. haha well my grandma is very much known as someone who keeps newly bought stuff and just brings them out after a few months of buying them. haha!

so she showed me all the stuff and told me to get what i want...then i ended up with these:

chain bag with a round furry body

red glittery clutch w/ short chain strap

a pair of mini hankies

baby heart perfume

pocket mirror

purse with hanky (my gift for my bestfriend's birthday)

...and i got all of these for FREE! hahaha! thanks a lot to my grandma, and to my cousin who personally chose some of these stuff for she knew what my taste was like. hehe!

'til my next home shoppin' haha!=P

Sunday, August 23, 2009

1st ever Us Girls August Awards

When it comes to beauty, wellness, and fashion, the Us Girls TV show at Studio 23 is very reliable. The show tackles a lot of topics that are very relevant for the girls. Its hosts Iya Villania, Angel Aquino, and Megan Young (temporarily substituted Cheska Garcia-Kramer who had just given birth), are all really talented and reliable. I like the way they influence their audience when it comes to beauty, style, fashion, and in a lot more aspects in life.

Just last August 20, Thursday, the Us Girls had their very first August Awards. It's called that way because August didn't just mean the 8th month of the year, but it's also an adjective meaning inspiring, majestic, something high-ranking, or grandeur. So, in this event, Us Girls awarded several personalities who were recognized for their great contributions in fashion and beauty.

Some awards included Makeup Artists of the Year, Stylists of the Year, Most Fashionable Women, Faces of the Year, and the Us Girls Icon of the year. For each category, the top 4 nominees who got the most votes (via Multiply) were awarded, except of course for the Icon of the year, because it was someone who embodied Us Girls' idea of a modern Filipina.

Cheska (Us Girls host too) with Anne Curtis and Iya

Us Girls hosts Iya, Angel, and Megan w/ Icon of the Year KC Concepcion

Here's the complete list of awardees:

Makeup Artists of the Year
Jigs Mayuga
Bobby Carlos
Krist Bansuelo
Stylists of the Year
Rey Ilagan
Pam Quiñones
Liz Uy
Bianca Santiago
Most Fashionable Women
Anne Curtis
Divine Lee
Marie Lozano
Bea Soriano
Bianca Valerio
Faces of the Year
Kim Chiu
Isabelle Daza
Tweety de Leon
US Girls Icon of the Year
KC Concepcion
*got the complete list from http://www.sunstar.com.ph
*grabbed event photos from Sir Tony Santos' Multiply site.

Kim Chui wasn't able to come but a VTR of her message was shown on the big screen.

The event went on and off because of the rain pouring once in a while. But the guests all stayed and finished the event. There were also performances from Ballet Philippines, De La Salle University Innersoul, Ronnie Liang, and Princess. A fashion show by three designers: Tippi Ocampo, Charina Sarte, and Reian Mata was also done.

Besides the nice performances and awards, guests were served yummy food and beverages during the show. Some of these were: buffet catered by MICAH (culinary school), and alcoholic drinks from Shooters, Sober Club, and The Bar. BlowUp Babies also had a booth there where the guests had some souvenir photos taken.

I was actually there as one of the usherettes of the event, with four of my co-models too. We were the ones who used to get featured at several Us Girls segments and we've already become friends with their staff that's why we got into this event.


Other sponsors which benefited us as models were: Binalot & Magnolia Fruit Drink (lunch), Waffle Time (snacks), Code-Limited (gift certificate), Zen Zest (cologne), Loreal, (shampoo & sun block), Piandre Salon (our hair, plus some mini bottled shampoos from Kerastase), and Shu Uemura (our makeup).


The entire event was really fun. It's been an exciting experience 'coz I met a lot of popular personalities, I gained new friends, and I had a lot of photos! hahaha!=))

Catch the airing of the 1st ever US Girls August Awards on AUGUST 30, Saturday, 7pm at Studio 23!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Rockwell Urban Bazaar (August 2009)

AUGUST 28-30, 2009
11:00 am-9:00 pm

ROCKWELL TENT


Available Brands:

Trove

Cakes by Moonshine


Glitterati
Dean & Trent


BeCe Manila


AND MANY MORE!!!

See you there!:)

so...what did i miss?

I've got a lot of things going that's why I missed a lot of fashion events last week. I got so much preoccupied by my job hunt, modeling stints, and new business. These events were all done at night, and I wasn't able to attend 'coz it's either I was too tired in the day or I just chose to stay home and attend to some urgent matters.

This is a list of those events I got invited to:

Aranaz Party (Aug.12, Wed. 9pm) at Members Only, The Fort

Fabric by Kaye Morales, Nino Angeles, and Nicee Atienza (Aug. 15, Thurs. 9pm) at Embassy SuperFly, The Fort

Prive II Fashion Series Joanna Lhuillier (Aug. 19, Wed. 9pm) at Members Only, The Fort

Face2Face: A Beauty & Style Exhibit (Aug. 21, Fri. 7pm) at Fiamma, Makati City


Yikes, I wanna say sorry to the event hosts/organizers for not making it during the event, despite having an RSVP. I just hope you'll still invite me next time.

Congratulations to the party hosts for the success of your events (based on what I've seen on the event photos). Congrats to all the designers! I'm gonna see your designs in your shops and online sites soon.=)

yummy krushers


Just sharing...

Yummy! I got this cookies and cream Krushers from KFC during a dinner meeting at KFC Blue Wave Macapagal.

Next time I'm gonna try the two other flavors: Strawberry Banana and Karamel Krunch.=)

Go get yours now!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

"Dance to Inspire Not to Impress"

This is more than just a statement shirt...

my friends dani & ryan (Limited Edition instructors)
[wahaha sorry guys if i had to use your photos, you'll thank me for this someday haha]

'Coz it's the real advocacy of Mickey Perz and his group: Limited Edition...To share their talents, most especially to those who have been dreaming to be awesome dancers. Yes, they are impressive, but are more inspiring, as they influence a lot of dancer wannabes to keep exploring their potentials. They're definitely role models...even the most professional dancers admire them for that.

So...do you love hiphop?

Well if not, then you must! And if you already do, enjoy it even more!

Come to Studio Planet Jupiter and enjoy hiphop classes with Mickey Perz and the rest of the Limited Edition Manila. They're really talented, nice, and fun to be with.

[hey mickey, you owe me for doing this promotion, haha kiddin' :p]

They now got new rates...without membership needed. You can go walk-in! Here's a map:

Check out their Multiply site: http://planetjupiterstudio.multiply.com
And be their fan in Facebook

Also, keep watching ASAP in ABS-CBN because it is Mickey and his co-instructors from Limited Edition who choreograph some of the dance productions. You can also see Limited Edition Manila perform there. Just like what you can see on this video. (just click the link 'coz i'm having troubles downloading the video)See more of their performances in Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/l3manila
Follow them in Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/l3manila
You can also add them in Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/l3manila
Or in Multiply: http://l3manila.multiply.com

So there...Take your hiphop lessons now! Don't forget to tell them you've read my blog. haha! Aww, I simply miss hanging out with these guys.

Let's dance! Or I must say..Let's party!=)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

1st Pinoy Video Channel Online

It was launched last 2nd of July. I was invited but I wasn't able to make it at the party for some reason.

So, why Flippish?

flippish \fli’-psh\ adj [fr. Filipino]
1. anything that has Filipino flavor
2. fickle minded or indecisive
3. odd, crazy or weird.

What's nice about this is that, the shows are produced just like how you see some other shows on TV. It's just that, here, you can watch it over and over again. It's like regular shows that you get to watch on TV every week because new episodes of the shows here are released every week. It definitely has a nice team--producers, talents, directors, etc.

I don't get to watch much from this channel, but as far as I have watched some of its shows, I would say that my most favorite is the "Girl Next Door" by Chrina. It is very helpful for girls in dealing with fashion, beauty, wellness, and other similar matters. I really enjoy the topics it tackles plus its episodes don't bore me 'coz they just take about 3 to 5 minutes of my time. Girls, I suggest you watch it too.

Try also "Corny"...I swear, it's not funny, it's really corny haha! But I'm not saying that I like the show. Just try it and see for yourself whether it would make you laugh. haha!=))


But anyway, let's just support this Filipino endeavor. Keep watchin'.=)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

on pursuing a new dream...

When I was in pre-school I wanted to be a teacher. When I was in High School, I wanted to be a lawyer. When I was in college, I wanted to be a diplomat or a businesswoman. But after graduation, I just wanted to build a stable career that would give me a sense of fulfillment and that would earn me enough savings before getting married on my late 20's.

I've been hunting jobs since late June. Most of the jobs I've been trying to get into are actually inclined in Advertising, Marketing, Business Development, and PR/Communications; because I believe that this is where I'm good at. So I've already attended a couple of interviews and I've also turned down offers from several companies since I didn't want to choose a job that I won't enjoy, whether it's paying good or not. Then I came across the ads of Cebu Pacific about their recruitment campaign every Wednesdays of June and July. I always planned to attend but it always had a conflict with other job interviews. Yeah, I prioritized the other jobs; not realizing that my plans would change.

It was just last week when a guy friend of mine convinced me to pursue being a flight attendant. I can't remember how the conversation (via YM) started but it had something to do with 'me still unemployed now aka bum'. Well not totally 'coz I do modeling jobs at times and he's also supportive when it comes to that, but what made him convince me was his mom being a flight attendant at Cathay Pacific for 16 years. He explained to me that I deserve such a glamorous job (oh yeah, not glamorous in duties/work, but in perks haha). And then I remembered my relatives from my mother's side used to convince me also since a cousin of my mom is a PAL FA. And another flashback was just last summer when I was with my Iloilo friend in Boracay who told me to email my resume to her FA friend in Oman Air 'coz they've got openings that time.

Right after all the flashbacks, plus my conversation with my guy friend, another guy friend talked to me (via YM) and I mentioned about my confusion. He then told me the story of his ex-gf who got rejected by PAL, Cebu Pacific, JAL, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, but eventually got accepted by Emirates through IPAMS! I was inspired by his story, plus the support he's giving me. So after all the inspirations, I searched for IPAMS' website and immediately found their advertisement on the upcoming Open Day Screening by Qatar Airways at the IPAMS Extension Office in New Manila. Then I consulted this with my grandma and uncle and they pushed me to do it so I called up my bestfriend and convinced her too to come with me. She actually didn't wanna try anymore 'coz she got rejected before by Oman Air, but I said, she must not give up her dreams, just like me.

It was already late when I learned about the Air Asia opening but I tried to catch it. I planned to come in their last day (last Friday), which meant that I had to wake up at 6am to arrive there by 8am. Unfortunately, my insomnia didn't allow me to have enough sleep so I woke up at 10am, and when I called the agency, they told me I can't catch it anymore 'coz the finals batch was already taking the exam at the time I was calling. So I said to myself, ok it wasn't for me.

But the Qatar Airways was still my priority. So I woke up early on the screening day and we arrived at 7:30am, only to find out that there were already 300 girls ahead us, and at 9am, there were already 400 girls behind us. I was shocked to see that a lot of girls wanted the same job that I want. Yay! I almost lost hope after seeing everyone, so pretty in their corporate outfits. My bestfriend and I we're done by 10:30am. We just passed our photos and resume to one of the three evaluators, and we were just asked a few questions such as "How are you? How old are you? Is this your number?"; and after that, "We will just call you." So it really left me puzzled on what could be their basis in choosing those who will be shortlisted.

We didn't expect to get a call anymore, but somehow we were hopeful. Anyway, we just had a buffet lunch at Guilly's in Glorietta 5, and we took a nap at my bestfriend's apartment. Then we had a meeting with our client somewhere in Mall of Asia, and a business meeting in Blue Wave.

The whole day was tiring yet really fun. On my way home, I had been praying to receive a call from IPAMS...and at about half past 6pm, i received the magic call! Unfortunately my bestfriend didn't but I told her she must not give up. But what I really appreciated most from her was her support. Also, my grandma was so glad to hear the news, as well as my friends who pushed me to apply. haha!

Come the second day of screening or the assessment. I belonged to the PM batch. We were supposed to be 39 but 1 girl wasn't able to come. So we got oriented about Qatar and the lifestyle of a QR Cabin Crew. We also had a reach test, English exam, and group discussions. And basically, the evaluators (who used to be QR FAs) just observed our actions, body languages, and our total package. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, not all names got called to advance in the final interview....and I was one of them.

Well, it was sad, yet not enough reason to lose hope. I've reached that stage during my 1st time of application in any airline and to think that there were more than a thousand who came there on the 1st day and I got shortlisted for the 2nd day was more than enough blessing. It even took about 4 times of application for others to reach that same stage, so I'm somehow luckier. There are still a lot of airlines out there. Just like the other, I'll keep on trying.

There is no way to give up when it comes to our dreams. Our own success is always worth fighting for.=)

New York means Sex & the City!

It was the New York Festivals International Advertising Awards Night here in Manila last 23rd of July. This event which took place at Establishment, The Fort was sponsored by Adobo Magazine.

The event organizers invited the School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA), as well as Ms. Kate Torralba to hold a fashion show of their designs. And since the event was a New York thingy, the theme of the fashion show was Sex and the City. So there we were, dressed up like Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte. By the way, the models were provided by Mukha Models International, and some were students from SoFA. The makeups were done by The Makeup Forum and Mac; while the styling and direction was by Ms. Amina Aranaz-Alunan.

Here's a video of the Sex & the City fashion show, as we wore the designs of the young and talented designers of SoFA:

Video - School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFa) Fashion Show at the New York Festivals Premier Awards Night in Manila

More event photos are available at the NYF website: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com

This is actually my most favorite ramp experience so far.=)

Monday, August 17, 2009

jolliBEER? that's insane! haha

It's funny when my friend in Canada asked me this question, "Is it true that Jollibee there in the Philippines now sells beer?" And so I said "Are you crazy? Hello?!"

Then he sent me this photo, which was sent to him by another friend from the Philippines:

Haha it actually seems real. It's looks like something that's posted on the menu board of Jollibee. Then I told my friend: "Haha...the power of Photoshop!"

It's really funny how Filipinos get so much creative!=P

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Ninoy's last love letter to Cory

*my friend tagged me in her Facebook Note, and this is what it contains:

My Dearest Cory,


In a few hours I shall be embarking on an uncertain fate, which may well be the end of a long struggle. I slept well last night for the first time since I left Boston -- maybe because I'm just plain tired or I'm really at peace with myself. I want to tell you many things but time is running out and I do not have any machine. After a few more paragraphs, my penmanship will be illegible.

All the things I want to tell you may be capsulized in one line - - I love you! You've stood by me in my most trying moments and there were times I was very hard on you. But if anyone will ever understand me, it is you, and I know you will always find it in your heart to forgive -- and unfair and ironic as it is -- it is because of this thought and belief that I often took you for granted.

Early on I knew I was not meant to make money -- so I won't be able to leave anything to the children. I did what I thought I could do best, which is public service, and I hope our people in time will appreciate my sacrifices. This would be my legacy to the children. I may not bequeath them material wealth but I leave them a tradition which can be priceless.

I realize I've been very stingy with praise and appreciation for all your efforts -- but though unsaid -- you know that as far I'm concerned, you are the best. That's why we've lasted this long. There will only be one thing in the world I will never accept -- that you love me more than I love you -- because my love for you though unarticulated will never be equaled.

If all goes well I should be back in my cell before sundown. Should I be detained do not rush to get home. Take your time and enjoy a side trip to Europe with the girls.

I'll try to call you tonight if the authorities will allow me. Otherwise just remember me in your dreams.

Love,
Ninoy

P.S. I offered a special rosary for Papa and I asked for his intercession. You know he never failed me (Ninoy here is referring to Cory's father, Jose Cojuangco, who died on August 21, 1976)"
*I was moved by this letter because it's really impressive how much Ninoy loved Cory. This love never died even when they're apart, even when death separated their ways. And now that they're together in heaven, their love will live on forever...

tequila lovin' =)

Tequila, is my favorite liquor. I don't exactly know why, but maybe because it was my aunts who taught me how to drink alcohol the first time, and they used Jose Cuervo tequila. I loved it, plus I enjoyed the way it's drank--salt-shot-lemon! Kinda fun and exciting.

I got used to drinking Jose Cuervo that I never enjoyed the taste of other tequilas, especially the cheaper ones. I've never been drunk with Jose Cuervo, even after 11 shots, and maybe I have mastered it as a skill already. Haha!

But it was only now that I knew about several tequila classifications. It varies on how long it's been aged, resulting to variation in its taste also. Well I thought it's only wines that are being aged for years.

And my latest discovery was about this Asombroso Tequila, which has been awarded as the Top Tequila in the 2008 SF World Spirits Competition for its El Palitino. It was also awarded Gold for its Extra Aged Anejo, and another Gold for its unique and extra special 11-Year Aged Anejo. Wow cool!


Well, here in the Philippines, I've seen a TV feature showing that the Ambrosio Tequila is available at Maya Bar in Cebu. It costs Php 9,000.00 per shot, or $2,400.00 per bottle. It's super expensive! But still, I wanna give it a try someday. Well, even just a shot will do.=)

Check out their website: http://www.asombrosotequila.com/home.html

Friday, August 7, 2009

i want nobody nobody but you!=D

Currently, this is my most favorite YouTube video.

It's super cool and amazing. I'm wondering how intelligent and patient the person behind this is.

I'm not really a fan of the Wondergirls, but i like the way they executed their dance in the original music video, plus it's impressive how they've influenced the creator of this one.

Wee! Let's go Wonderbots! See how these mini robots dance using exactly the same steps of the Wondergirls
in their video. These Wonderbots are making it right to the beat of the music; doing pretty well. haha!=))



Just in case you wanna compare the performance of the Wonderbots to that of the Wondergirls, check this video:


Why would Wonderbots win over Wondergirls? It's the robot's solo break dance towards the end of the video! hahaha! definitely a winning moment!=P

But wait there's more! Wonderbots just won't stop! Look at this version with that looks like a disco party because of the lights of the robots while they dance. Cool!



Thanks
YouTube!

And so I lo
ve the Transformers even more!=D

living in a typhoon country

So it's been raining non-stop for two weeks already so a lot of streets have been flooded. This is the scene every time there's a typhoon hitting the Philippines.

When I was a child, I loved the rainy season because it means suspension of classes. It's the best news for me because I really hate going to school on a very stormy weather. But when I stepped college, I kinda hated it a bit already because most of the time, college classes were not suspended, and it's really hard to transfer from one building to another inside the campus. And now that I'm in the working group (well right now, I haven't got a new job yet, but I will soon), I hated it even more because it's really not motivating to drag myself to office or somewhere I have to go to. Actually, even if you have a car, it doesn't help that much because heavy rains create heavy traffic.

Oh, and I remember hating living in a typhoon country when I was in Boracay just last summer, wherein half of my month's stay there was filled with heavy rain. I hated walking on wet sand (or should I say, muddy sand? haha) while shopping or going to the party places. Well, I kinda appreciated some light rain and quite strong winds when I was there because it allowed me to swim while riding huge waves, without getting painful sunburn. haha! But believe me, I got sick there during the times that it was sunny at daytime and stormy at night time.

Anyway, I'm posting this because I failed to attend a few appointments today because I wasn't motivated to get out of the house due to heavy rain. Oh, I must say, I appreciate typhoons when they allow me to sleep very well. I love sleeping on rainy days. haha!

Well I don't have plans of going out yet since I find the weather very unstable now, but let's see what the weather's gonna be tomorrow. Look at how a weather report goes:

Source: PAG-ASA (http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/wxfcst.html)

24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST

Note: Please refresh the page to ensure that the information is up-to-date.

Issued At: 5:00 p.m., 06 August 2009
Valid Beginning: 5:00 p.m. today until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow

24-hr Mean Sea Level Pressure
Predicted Mean Sea Level Pressure
Analysis for 8 p.m., 06 August 2009
24-hr Mean Sea Level StreamliSEs
Predicted Mean Sea Level Wind
Analysis for 8 p.m., 06 August 2009
Satellite Image
Satellite Image
for 10 p.m., 06 August 2009

Synopsis:
At 4:00 p.m. today, Typhoon "KIKO" (MORAKOT) was located based on satellite and surface data at 450 kms Northeast of Basco, Batanes (23.3°N, 125.9°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near center and gustiness of up to 170 kph. It is forecast to move West at 22 kph. Southwest Monsoon affecting Luzon and Visayas.

Forecast:
Batanes, Babuyan and Calayan group of Islands will experience rains and gusty winds while the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas will experience monsoon rains. The rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago with moderate to rough seas.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

dinner meeting at Bistro Mateo

The meeting was supposedly after lunch but I haven't got a call from the person I'll be meeting until 5pm. So when he called me to confirm, he's already at our meeting place, while I was still home and haven't even taken a bath yet. haha! Well I didn't hurried myself too much 'coz I knew he'll be meeting someone else as well.

So I prepared myself for less than an hour and took a cab to Tiendesitas. Travel time was about 30mins, including some traffic. Actually, when he called me, he said he's at Mario's Cafe in front of SM Hypermart so that's what I looked for when I got at Tiendesitas. I wasn't able to receive his text message saying he's at Bistro Mateo 'coz my cellphone died (as in nothing appears on the screen, which means it has to be repaired). Good thing I asked the guard in the parking lot, and he told me that Mario's Cafe was replaced by Bistro Mateo. Thank God, or else I'll get lost haha.=P

photos from ClicktheCity.com

There were only a few people there so it's easy to find out who he was. Oh I forgot to tell that it's my first time to meet him 'coz he's a brother of my previous employer, and we're meeting up for a marketing job he's offering me. Anyway, when I got there, he was with two other men, and he informed me that he's in a meeting so he ushered me to a table at the other end of the room and asked the waiter to give me the menu.

photo from ClicktheCity.com

The place was nice and cozy. Most people there were business people, more of mid-30s to mid-40s, more especially because it's a weeknight. Anyway, I ordered the Ines pasta, which actually tasted good; and a strawberry lemonade. While waiting for my order, I browsed my Cosmo Date Book to check my schedule and to list some of the things I have to do.

photo from ClicktheCity.com

After finishing my meal, he asked me to transfer to their table so we could start the informal meeting, or should i say, the get-to-know each other meeting. haha. The other man already left so it was only the two of them, and I got introduced to this lawyer who's a manufacturer of local firearms, which actually is the product I am supposed to market for this job. Wow, sounds interesting. It's gonna be me, in a business with a market of mostly men. I think I better practice my shooting skills now. haha!

After the meeting, I took a cab home; and we actually took a different route since there's this traffic in Libis caused by a huge trailer truck that got stuck there.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

facebook lovin'=)

I created a Facebook account about 2 years ago, when a friend of mine asked me to create one so I could add up to his force in the Vampires application. But that was the time I wasn't able to appreciate Facebook because there were so many applications & stuff that I can't really understand.

It was last year when I tried to familiarize myself with Facebook. I added up friends and installed a few applications. But I didn't upload pictures yet 'coz I still found Multiply as a perfect haven for my photos.

Eventually, I was able to appreciate Facebook because it kept me closely connected with my friends and colleagues. Actually it has a better approach on privacy as compared with other networking sites. So in Facebook, I only add people whom I have close connections with, and some who belong to the same industry/institution as mine whom I am interested of meeting soon.

It was this year when I was able to appreciate Facebook even more. Now I've already uploaded lots of photos in my account, plus thanks to my friends who keeps tagging me in some photos too. Also, I really love how Facebook relaxes me when I'm stressed and how it saves me from boredom through its really cool games, quizzes, and other applications. Some of the applications I'm using are: Sorority Life, Fashion Wars, SuperPoke, Mafia Wars, Vampires, Pet Society, Restaurant City, Drinking Wars, Yoville, Roller Coaster Kingdom, and Friends for Sale.

I also like the fact that you can see and chat with your online friends on the web page. Plus you always get reminded of the latest updates or responses to your posts and friends' posts. It is also easier to make announcement and invite people to events through Groups and Event Invitations. Facebook assures that you're always updated about your friends' lives, the upcoming events/happenings, and the latest trend. You can also share videos, photos, links, or any random thoughts to your friends to keep them updated about you as well.

So that's it. Bottomline: I love Facebook! haha!=)

cravin' for Royce

So I've been craving for Royce chocolates for a couple of days already. Unfortunately, I can't drag myself to Greenbelt 5 for some reasons, just to buy Royce. I just wish they have a dial 8-R-O-Y-C-E delivery like Mcdo. haha! Well, another option is to have a boyfriend or a "boylet" who would buy for me and deliver it to my house all for free! haha! But unfortunately, I'm currently not interested with guys. Well, let's just say, I just need a break.

Anyway, I remember the first time I've tried Royce Chocolates. It's actually just in February of this year, when my previous boss stocked one box in our office's fridge. Usually we're having it after we eat. But sometimes when I get too stressed while working, I grab some to relax me. hehe! My boss even asked me to keep the box wrapper 'cause it has my name, "Royce", plus its pink! haha!I really liked this specific variation because it's sweetness is just right. So when my family went to Japan last summer, I asked them to bring me this and the chocolate-coated potato chips but they weren't able to bring one because they weren't able to find the specific store that sells Royce there and that they were able to find some only at the airport; but what they found was just the variation which has liquor.

To summarize everything, I didn't have a choice but to grab the available chocolates at home. So I landed on having the Pastel Colored Easter Mix Plain M&M's from the States, just to satisfy my chocolate cravings. haha!Good enough.=)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

on losing a 2nd mother...

It has been a tough fight for former President Corazon Aquino, trying to survive colon cancer. Just like how she fought for the democracy of all Filipinos during the EDSA Revolution in 1987 until the end of her term.

President Cory Aquino never surrendered in her battle as she tried to survive every kind of treatment given to her, no matter how painful it was. Well that's how we've known her--a woman of courage. It has also been proven of her continuous presence and support to all Filipinos as we face the greatest challenges in our country. She's been there at the moments we needed her most. She's always there uniting all of us, just like a mother bringing her children together.She didn't give up as she's been optimistic that someday, we'll live in a peaceful nation. But for now, it is her who has achieved peace before we do. She may not have given up her battle against colon cancer, but it's her bodythat has become weaker and weaker and eventually has given up. Even in her last breath we would know that it was peace that she really wanted, as she peacefully died with a look of contentment on her face.

I know how much our entire nation is in sorrow right now. It feels like we lost a second mother, someone we all listened to and looked up to, someone who has greatly influenced our actions and decisions, someone who has been an inspiration to all of us, and someone who never stopped caring for our nation. But let's just be happy now that she's already resting in peace, with God, who has been the center of her life when she was still alive.Indeed, Pres. Cory has been a historical icon. She has greatly influenced Philippine history, most especially 'people and politics', in a very good way. Thus, we shall give everything back to her as we continue the fight she has started. Let's wear our yellow ribbons forever as we unite and work hard to achieve a democratic and peaceful nation.

President Corazon Aquino: a phenomenal woman.

Goodbye to you, our second mom.