Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The SM Store x Mastercard Swipe and Win Promo!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ANMA Giveaway Winner

Congrats to:
Danica Manansala!

Emailing now as to how you can claim your prize! Thanks to everyone who joined!

Special thanks to Anma Lifestyle for hosting this blog contest.:)

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Dove Beauty Patch

Here's my picture taken during the Dove Summit by professional photographer Pilar Tuason! Lahat kaming guests, after they made us remove our makeups, were lead to an impromptu photo shoot! Nobody expected this, kaya ako naka t-shirt lang (haha). I am actually happy with the turnout... The event was really uplifting, read more on the 2-day beauty summit HERE and HERE.

And now, Dove is at it again! Releasing another viral-worthy video wherein psychologist and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Ann Kearney-Cooke (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology) guided an experiment with Dove's Beauty Patch.  Watch how the body image and self-esteem of the participating women were affected while wearing the patch:

"When a woman feels beautiful, she radiates happiness and confidence, which inspires her life in a significant way,” said Dr. Kearney-Cooke.  “These women, like so many others, struggle to recognize their own beauty and it severely affects their daily lives. This ground-breaking experiment was designed to illustrate that beauty is a state of mind and that the power to feel beautiful comes from within.”

Dad's 60th: "When I get older losing my hair..."

Palm Sunday was a day of love (sorry ang cheesy wala na akong maisip! Haha!) for the family. As planned, we booked a staycation at the homey Somerset Olympia Makati so we can have an excuse to have dinner in Conti's (where dad's surprise birthday was held). But before that, so the sisters went ahead and checked-in on time. When I got there, the room was invaded na... Thus #BloggerProblems ang ganap that I don't have a choice but take pictures of our upgraded room (thank you!) with "personal touch" na, haha!

Nice kitchen / counter area where--hindi lang ref and initan ng water ang provided--kundi SETS of kubyertos, plates, bowls, a neat sink, and a MICROWAVE! ;) Lovet.

Our desk and TV area:

The rents with Cea enjoying afternoon TV:

So, bilang personal space kid forever, I occupied this tiny but lovely couch-corner (with divider, hehe)

And then spent hours here in the pool area before we went to Palm Sunday mass and then before the "game plan"!

I went ahead sa party venue to fix the set-up and welcomed the early guests, while Cea and Ate picked up the Beatles cake and cupcakes (party souvenirs). Dad is the BIGGEST Beatles fan na I know--A big influence in my music-life. I love the band nadin because dad overplayed these guys ever since kid pa ako! "Black bird singing in the dead of niiiight..."

The hardest part in holding a surprise birthday is keeping the kids inside the function room, haha! Ate talking to the hyper pamangkins, involving them in the game plan to surprise Lolo Mon:

Sinisilip nila from the second floor if anjan na si dad, haha:

My favorite part was when dad entered the venue, clueless! Tatawa-tawa pako while taking this vid, but in actual, choking na ako nyan trying hard not to look like a crybaby hehehe:

Dad thanking all our relatives for being there! :)

After eating (sarap ng Conti's food!), Cea prepared this super nice vid with dad's throwback photos and Beatles songs sa background music.. And of course the highlight, messages from people in dad's life like our brothers/Feast builders sa church, and relatives abroad! Remember my Maryland family? :) I miss my teenager cousin and of course my UP lookalike cousin!

Talagang ma hawak kay mom while watching, dad? Haha!

As seen sa vid, my musical cousins sang Beatles songs for dad. Dad also went onstage--being his usual mic-hogging self, and also sang along. Si mom pinipilit din kumanta but ayan ngiti ngiti lang sa stage (alam ko na san ako nag mana hahaha)

With the birthday boy and the organizers, hehe!

Thanks to all our family and friends who celebrated with us! :) LOVE LOVE LOVE, indeed!

The next day....

The sisters went ahead, to their offices, since Monday nun. We had the buffet all to ourselves! Somerset's breakfast buffet is clean and yum!

Ended the staycation and dad's extended celebration by the pool. Ako lang naman nag swim nyan, while si dad and mom binantayan lang ako while reading the newspaper, parang bata baka malunod? Haha!

Btw, the title of this post is the first line of Paul Mccartney's (of The Beatles) When I'm 64. Dad said Paul Mccartney composed this song when he was a teenager palang (and peak pa ng band nila when he recorded it), and nung mag 64 na nga siya, coincidentally, his wife left him (ang sad!). Dad turned 60 palang, enjoying his (small) discounts with his new senior ID (first time he used it was in the grocery and got a whopping Php 35 off sa kanyang total--wow big diff! Joke). We guarantee him, though, that he will not go through a Paul Mccartney four years from now. ;)

Happy birthday to the most selfless and loving and funny guy that I know! :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

Hello folks!!! How was your Holy Week? 

In fairness it wasn't all rest for me since the family had to attend an 8am half-day recollection since Thursday. The reco was organized by The Feast Alabang, and was held at the Filinvest Tent, where we listened to series of uplifting talks. The family also had Visita Iglesia last Thursday night, and then kahapon, Friday, I got sick with Allergic Rhinitis, triggered after cleaning my closets nung Thursday before Visita! :p Bibo kasi masyado, hassle... Slept for the rest of my Friday after the reco... As in nagising ako 7am na pala! :p

Anyway, here's a very summery outfit from last week! Hindi ko naman alam na pool party ang venue for the Praiaz event, but tignan nyo nga naman ako, blending well with the setting :p

 Dress and Denim Polo (worn as cover-up) - Paper Dolls | Sneakers - SM Shoes and Bags | Photos - Sarah

Sana hindi ako maubusan ng 50s style inspi, I love its vibe!

Anyway, some kwento from last week. After a Crossfit Greenhills class, I headed to The Collective Malugay to facilitate a BRIDAL SHOWER! But before that, I had to make a stop-over in my favorite Wabi-Sabi vegetarian restaurant (also in The Collective) to satisfy my veg siomai cravings!

After 2 servings (haha)... off I go to the CraftMNL headquarters:

The bridal shower is unlike the usual naughty parties (hehe), for this group, they opted for a crafts class! I brought along several jewelry components and tools like beads, pliers, and wires... And that flower with mint green veil was my little gift for the bride:

...At kung nagkataon nga naman! Ang sinet na theme (which I didn't know till that day) of the barkada of the bride for this party was under-the-sea!!!

The cake and cookies were baked by one of the friends, ang galing noh!

Saw packs of this lakas maka throwback Stay Fresh mint pellets sa candy buffet:

Refreshments, tried a glass of the drink with green apples before class started-- na may alcohol pala lol:

The buffet table, with CraftMNL's backdrop worthy shelves of thingamajigs: 

And then finally, the girls plus the soon-to-be-bride arrived na:

My very masipag students! We finished two projects! I taught them how to make a wire "bouquet" ring and a leatherette "cord" bracelet--still wedding ang theme. Nakakatawa din that they called me "Teacher Ana". Happy bunch!

Class ended way past dinner time na. They also had rubber stamps class c/o CraftMNL's Nikki, while I had dinner (sa Wabi-Sabi uli! Adik. ;p) and waited for them to finish narin. It was a productive day! When I posted a photo sa Instagram ko about this class, may nag comment na she remembered me posting before about attending CraftMNL as a student.. And now I teach there nadin! :) In a way, ang fulfilling din palang isipin how in sync padin all the things I do for several years na. I will be holding a first regular class na later (Easter Sunday!), and sobrang ready and excited na ako! :) Thank you CraftMNL for giving me these teaching opportunities!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

All-Black Summer

Finally, long break na for the people who have 9-to-5 jobs! The sisters were inviting me to "celebrate" with them after office hours (lol) with a dinner at the Magnum Manila, but I declined muna at ang aga natapos ng day ko and can't wait for them na ng 6 earliest.

Nung morning, I was able to pick up (fuss free!) an international package in our Post Office, tapos I had an exciting project lunch meeting with Primer's Ean and fellow blogger Christine. After that, I spent useless hours trying on pairs of Birks sa store in Glorietta... And its shameless copy sa Landmark which is (not only half) but almost 1/5 lang ang price sa orig Birkenstocks! :p

Anyway, so here's my Summer 2014 uniform! Haha! Parang nawiwili ako masyado with the shoulder cut-outs and maxi skirts. Ang presko talaga kasi!

Anyway, back to the Birkenstocks kwento... I decided na palipasin muna ang buong Holy Week before making a decision! Speaking of which, what are your plans for the Holy Week? Kami like for the past years, the family will attend the Feast Alabang recollections starting tomorrow morning till Easter Sunday. Aside from these talks, I also have a personal plan to DETOX.

This "detox" is a 3-way thing: my first goal is to eat CLEAN food (no rice, less sugar). The second part is to CLEAN my room, at parang mooonths worth of kagulo na sya! And lastly, I hope to set things straight again when it comes to my life plans--to remove siguro the unhealthy and derailing activities, and to find my focus and priorities again. :)

Top - Herbench | Maxi Skirt with Slit - Crazy About Maxi | Bag - Vera Wang | Shades - Sarabia Optical | Sandals - Naleigh | Necklace - Metro Department Store and Stockton Row | Photos - Paul

So there! May your week be blessed, restful, and productive! :)