Thursday, November 29, 2012

I was part of fashion history!: The New Glorietta Vibe Launch

Two weeks ago Liz sent me an email asking if I would be interested to join Ayala x AVA's attempt to break the record of having 2,500 models walk the runway for the launch of Glorietta's new wing. I hesitated and declined, my reason being that runways aren't my thing (I am quite shy and self-conscious beyond belief) and if I trip, it would be recorded in history for all the world to see.

Liz persisted. She texted and messaged me on Facebook Really, really. A week before November 29th, Liz's persistence paid off as I finally said yes on one condition: that someone had to apply makeup on me because for the love of God, I can only apply foundation, lipstick and eyebrow pencil. Thankfully, Mira Villanueva of Estee Lauder agreed to do makeup for the bloggers. Whew, what a lifesaver.

Now, my problem was the dress. We were required to be in all black, and I didn't want to look like a plain Jane so I scoured Greenhills and found this lovely black A-line (perfect!) dress with a sheer panelled skirt (more on this later). Since Ferretti was sponsoring the shoes, it was great that I was also able to choose the wedge that I wanted. So everything was basically falling into place.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Photo Story: Quick Dinner at Cafe Mediterranean

Before watching "Breaking Dawn" (thanks Paul for the free tickets!) in SM Mall of Asia, my sister and I decided to have dinner in Cafe Mediterranean. I've blogged about it before (check this link) declaring that I am so in love with their garlic sauce.

On this particular day, however, they ran out of beef kebabs (sob!) and the waitstaff suggested trying their Beef Shawarma Rice saying that the taste is very similar to my beloved Beef Kebab Rice (and even Php 100 cheaper!). She even offered to include the same veggies but I declined. I was so okay with trying this dish on its own.

The dishes we happily devoured:

Pita Bread

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A peek inside my Glamourbox

I wasn't able to attend the official Glamourbox luncheon with fellow beauty bloggers due to a change in work sked that day, but I am glad that the team decided to send my premier box to the office. Thank you so much guys :)

After almost 2 months of waiting, it's finally time to unveil my Glamourbox! Oooh...let's take a peek, shall we?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sample Room: Try Before You Buy!

For someone like me who has sensitive skin and who's pretty loyal to skin care products that work, product samples do have a *sneaky* way of creeping into my skin care routine.

Wouldn't it be great if we could sample products for free? I admit, I've purchased one product too many relying mostly on blogs and online reviews, only to experience nasty allergic reactions and breakouts. At the end of the day I'm stuck with an expensive full-sized bottle I want to dispose of and I'm left thinking of ways to get my money back! I'm sure, it has happened to all of us! How frustrating!

Sample Room, the first and only sampling site to hit Manila, aims to solve all these problems by offering samples we can patch-test and road-test for FREE!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Christmas Cards from the Association of Mouth & Foot Painting Artists, Inc.

My Christmas stash has arrived! Even in this digital age, my Mom still does not have Facebook and prefers to send Christmas greetings to our relatives abroad via cards. For the past 2 years, she's been purchasing cards, calendars and gift tags from the AMFPA or Association of Mouth & Foot Painting Artists, Inc.

The AMFPA is a group of handicapped men and women, who either through illness, accidents, or congenital disability have no use for their hands. They paint using their mouth or feet. Let me show you some of the stuff we received in the mail:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

2012 has certainly been a year of huge changes. I shan't go into the nitty gritty but overall, I have a lot of things to be thankful for.

I am thankful that at the end of the day...

...I have a roof over my head...

Monday, November 19, 2012

From Curly to Wavy: My Digiperm Hair Story

When I bit the bullet last year and had my hair digipermed, I was so happy with the results that I don't want to go back to having straight hair EVER again. Here's a quick recap, see how my perm has unravelled over the course of 11 months:

my peg in December 2011: Maggie Gyllenhaal curls
Since this was my first perm ever, I was still learning the ropes on how to properly style it. I used mousse at first which left my hair crunchy (I didn't know any better then, haha). After 10 days the curls started to slowly unravel -- goodbye Goldilocks curls and hello wavy, sexy hair:

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bargain Shopping in Hong Kong

A month after my Hong Kong trip, I still can't stop thinking about where to go next. Ahh....travelling is such an adventure, everyone should experience it at least once a year. We've got 4 destinations plotted for 2013 and hopefully I can squeeze in a quick trip to Singapore (just because I love it there!) and eat kaya toast.

Anyway, the most memorable thing about Hong Kong for me was shopping for bargains along the famous Nathan Road (where I bought my ankle boots), Jordan Street and in CityGate Outlets. Oops, I am getting ahead of myself. Here are some photos of where we shopped last October:

walking along Nathan Road
the Bossini outlet store
Crocs outlet store

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mochiko is now in Glorietta and SM North Edsa!

Last year I blogged about my favorite mochi dessert of all time which I found while nonchalantly looking for stuff to buy in Mercato Centrale. I haven't had the time to go visit Mercato again, and I totally forgot about Mochiko until I got a craving recently (more specifically, after I tried Ma Maison's Green Tea Mochi).

notice my no-kilay look back in 2011
After a quick web search, I discovered that I didn't have to travel to The Fort to get my fix as they conveniently set up shop in Glorietta (and SM North Edsa, yippee!) already. That same day, I rushed to Glorietta immediately after work, I couldn't wait to dig my teeth into their creamy caramel ice cream and munch on their chewy mochi.

Voted by Yummy Magazine as one of the "50 Best Desserts of 2012", I'm happy that Mochiko is finally available for everyone to try! This is their stall in Food Choices, Glorietta 4:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Birthday Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who joined! I truly enjoyed reading all your answers, and it is with great pleasure that I announce the much-awaited winner of my Birthday Giveaway:

Congratulations EUNICE ALCALA!

Additionally, I was also inspired by the things you've done on your bucket list that I really had to beef up mine (pressure, haha!). See, I am so scared of heights and rollercoasters but maybe, just maybe, I can cross those off next year. Oh the horror....

Eunice, I'll send you an email within the week and let's meet up so I can give you your prizes. Stay tuned folks as I'm cooking up another giveaway for December!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kalye Juan by City Delivery

I was stuck at home during last week's very long weekend. Don't get me wrong, I actually did enjoy sleeping long hours, catching up on blog backlogs and just being a couch potato watching all the scary movies on cable. Long weekends are also the perfect time to bond with the family and pets, and if you read my previous entries, you know that I took Pnut out for Halloween and he truly enjoyed it.

Another way to bond with family and loved ones is over food, and this time we were invited to try out City Delivery. City Delivery is a food delivery service that caters to mid-range and upscale restaurants within the metro. I've heard of it before but never got around to actually ordering anything. This time was as good a time as any.

We were craving for Pinoy food so we decided to order from Kalye Juan. After registering on, we submitted our orders and scheduled the delivery for November 5 (Monday), 8pm. The good thing about City Delivery's service is that you can order days in advance, so convenient for parties, business meetings, etc.!

On the day itself, we felt so hungry waiting for our food to arrive (oh 8pm, please come faster!). Then before we knew it, we heard a familiar buzzer and looked out the window -- our City Delivery guy has arrived! And 30 minutes early, too! Hooray!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Ear Candy: My Purple Accutone Earphones

I've learned that I am most productive while listening to music. I prefer zoning out at work and listening to my playlists while doing reports or typing away whatever task has been given to me. One of my most recent finds is the Accutone Aquarius Purple In-Ear Headset (Php 1,800) given to me for review by AVA Fashion.

Accutone is a brand known for producing professional headsets for call centers and they recently came out with these elegant jelly-colored earphones. Bored with basic black and white earphones? Then these pretty colored ones may just be the perfect one for you!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Review: Human Nature Nourishing Facial Wash

I prefer toting facial washes in bottles or tubes when travelling because soaps can be cumbersome to pack. I purchased the Human Nature Nourishing Facial Wash with Tomato Extract last month before my Hong Kong trip, hoping that it can also replace our favorite Aloe Vera & Guava facial wash.
Even the most beautiful and fragile face needs to be nourished! Because everyday, we expose ourselves to oxidative stresses and free radicals, our skin becomes prone to damages. Preserve your healthy skin condition and give your skin the proper care to fight the dangers of everyday free radicals. Nurture it with the goodness of tomato extract, from our all-new Nourishing Facial Wash. It’s one of the most powerful antioxidants that soothes and helps repair skin leaving it unbelievably smooth, soft and healthy – inside and out.
Price: Php 189.00 / 200ml

Thursday, November 1, 2012

P-nut's First Halloween at The Appraisery

I took Pnut out to The Appraisery yesterday after work. I thought it would be a great opportunity for him to flaunt his costume and get some real exercise, too. It was an expensive trip (I had to cab to and from Annapolis) but Pnut enjoyed every bit of it!

I've tweeted and shared on Facebook that Pnut was so well-behaved yesterday, he was let loose inside the store and didn't bother anyone. He was shy at first but the artsy and chill interiors got to him, so much so that he let the customers pet him (I brought him to Tiendesitas before and he got overwhelmed with the noise and the crowd, he refused to walk and wanted to be carried). Yesterday, he was more than happy to hang out with the people at The Appraisery. If he was in "trouble", he would follow me around and stare at me with those pleading eyes. Awww....

my teeny tiny little man :)