My 2014 Year-Ender + New Blog Look

31.12.14


FIRST OF ALL: What do you think of my blog's new look? :) Made everything simple, easy, and more "me". Leaving the "Fashionista Commuter" title out will take a lot of getting used to. Nakakasenti and nakakamiss, but also exciting! Do check out even my About section, cinareer ko pati yan, haha! 


Year-ender! Had to create another one, year after year, just so I have an assignment (a mission!) to look back at each month of the past year, and realize all the blessings 2014 has given me. A practice of gratitude! Made it a bit more challenging by posting fewer favorites for every month (coz kung ako lang, lalahatin ko talaga hanggang mag mala nobela tong blog post nato! Haha!). So! Here goes...

JANUARY

I still can't believe it has been a year already... Di na ako nakamove on! Lol. I will never forget New Year's Eve in New York City, where I started the year freezing but feeling ECSTATIC along with my sisters (the 3-Go) roaming around the streets around Times Square while waiting for the ball drop. I also spent my 28th birthday in the States, and then, after almost 2 months of vacation, went home to a 2-page magazine feature. Great start, 2014, great start...


FEBRUARY

I have to say, one of the BEST music festivals I've attended this year is 7107! The Clingies had a roadtrip to Pampanga to witness several local and international bands in our own version of Coachella. Aside from the classic Red Hot Chili Peppers, I must say MEETING a member of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus while buying merch from their stall was EPIC! Your Guardian Angeeeel! Hehe. Luhaan ang emo kid in me from circa 2006-2007!


MARCH

One time someone asked me for my FAVORITE EVENT EVER, and one of my top-of-minds is this Dove Event. Aside from the special treatment in Sofitel (no less!), we also had photo shoots and empowering conferences on self-love. Best (2-day) event everrr!


APRIL

Summer started early for me, when I won Ayos Dito's Summer Siren hotel accommodation + Zambales beach party passes. Went with 2 of my closest high school friends on a road trip, and spent our 2 days there just being champion beach bums. Also, surprising dad during his 60th birthday by bringing all our family and friends in one venue is a memory that still warms my cheesy heart.


MAY

Early 2014, I was also busy with my MadTV hosting gigs, and my most favorite assignment with the Madhouse group was our out-of-town coverage for Century Tuna Superbods in Boracay. Co-hosted the segment with the David Guison, who is really wacky and riot IRL.


JUNE

June kicked-off another school year with my fashion club, so it was busy but productive Thursdays with Miss Ana again. It was also during this month when I finally bought a Macbook Pro, after years of using jurassic PC and a 2nd hand laptop. Money came from hard-earned cash, and so far I think this is one of my best investments for the year.


Aside from that, themostepicshithappenedtome when Cornetto contacted me to WATCH AND MEET TAYLOR SWIFT LIVE FOR HER RED TOUR CONCERT IN MANILA (all caps para mas intense, lol). I don't know what or why, but I must have done something good to be chosen for this limited gig... I saw that even friends of artistas were not allowed inside the meet-and-greet hall. Thank you Selecta Cornetto!!! Felt like reuniting with an old friend, haha!


JULY

I guess the most special thing that happened to me last July was being introduced to the normcore style, and actually finding myself in it. At home ako when I wear comfortable clothes, so it's a big thing that sneakers, slides, shirts, and simple clothes all became trends this year. Naging acceptable mag sneakers sa events, WOOT! Haha! Also, I had a BLAST eating, swimming, drinking, laughing, and even crying with these girls during our Luxent Hotel staycation. One of my best hotel overnights this year, and to think 3 pieces lang kami niyan!


AUGUST

August was a colorful month: went to Zambales for trekking and surfing and stayed in a cool hippie hostel, watched the EPIC Air Supply concert that brought so many good tears and feelz while I sang along with their classics (Here I Am, All Out of Love, etc), and I also taught crafting during the first Instax DIY Day - a big thing for me as a teacher and most especially as a big fan of the brand. :)


SEPTEMBER

Another memorable concert: throwback night while singing On Bended Knee with BoyzIIMen. Also last September, a big deal in my whole blogging career happened when I signed for Sun Cellular as one of their first blogger brand ambassadors. Felt sooo proud and honored to be part of this family, thank you!


 OCTOBER

The month that started it all! How I was almost always never home during the latter part of the year, haha! "Adventure is out there" felt like my motto last October, when I went to Baguio for ukay, art, and food trip, and Baler to camp and sleep with the stars next to the sea, and of course, to surf! I feel that a person can only grow when pushed to her limits, and madaming pushing ang nagaganap when traveling especially to the unfamiliar.


NOVEMBER

Although I LOVE all the past trips, I am always a "barkada girl", so obviously this trip to CamSur with my Clingies was double fun for me. We arrived and partied on a Halloween night, tried wake boarding, and slept and told secrets in our own barkada log cabin. Good times!


I also decided to change my haircut--with no second thoughts and second opinion. Liberating!

DECEMBER

Never thought I'll have an abroad thing this year after all the over-spending, but my Ate is the best. Aside from talo niya ako sa shoppingan (mas magastos siya), she allows me to have my OOTDs, and she understands my eating preferences (vegetarianism, junk food binging pag stressed out, lol). Had shopping, culture, and food trip in Taiwan -- one of the countries I'd LOVE to go back to again because of the cheap legit sneakers and cool weather. I miss the shabu-shabu and their no-judgments fashion culture!


Like the BEST culminating activity for the travel and adventure series I had since October, I went to Boracay early this month to try reef walking, giant slides, pool surfing, and mermaid swimming. And, of course, I am happy to say that great friendships were created during this trip. :)


Did you know that it was raining during my Baler, Baguio, Camsur, Taiwan and Boracay trips, and worst--there was a threat of MALAKAS na BAGYO last Bloggers United? Heck, even when I was in New York there were constant drizzles! In short, life isn't all rainbows and sunshines, but look at the things that I can only remember when I put together a year-ender. 

If there's one thing I've learned this year, it's that NO ONE CAN RAIN ON MY PARADE. And it's true! You may meet deep-sinking rejections, be challenged by difficult people, "great" plans to you may not be reciprocated well by others, or simply you are not gonna be liked by people you like, but that's just, like, less than 10% of life! I chose to make the 90% CRAZY and RIOT and THE BEST for me. So at the end of all these, you'll look back on New Year's Eve and think, "What a year! Hashtag Blessed!" Haha!

Happy New Year, dear friends, and here's to 2015!!!
I know in my heart that it can only get better. For me, and also TO YOU. :)


Best Christmas at Best Western Antel Hotel

30.12.14


This Christmas, one of my favorite parties was the one with my Boracay blog friends--a staycation in Best Western Plus Antel Hotel last December 18-19. Most probably because (aside from the good company) we had an instant nice and luxury venue, and everything's accessible from the hotel (a mini grocery, spa and parlor, a mall, several restaurants and bars, etc). But for sure it was because hotel sleepover parties meant a more intimate and quality time with my friends, with no worries on what time we're ending or how much intoxicated I can get (haha), or how I will I be able to go home.


I arrived at the hotel a few minutes late from check-in, but still too early for the party. When I got there, Tracy, Seph, and Trice were already settled so sorry for these room photos! Haha!

Living room and kitchen when you get in the suite. There are plates, glasses, and utensils available (or you can request more if needed), a ref, coffee maker, complimentary water, tea, and coffee--the usual. Tracy preparing her coffee:

There are 2 rooms in this suite, both have their own CR (yey!). Here's one of the rooms, a bit smaller, decent, and with a single bed:

While I occupied the room with queen size bed, along with Christine. Both rooms have their own TV, cabinet, bedroom slippers, etc. Everything's clean and actually homey.

Since it was still too early to party, Tracy and I conveniently wasted time in the hotel's poolside (they have 2 pools) and people-watched and also took our paandar photos. Ahhh da life!

The other pool:

I also met different families, and their cute kids or pets. Best Western Antel Hotel houses 3 towers including the A. Venue Suites, the Antel Spa Suites, and the Serenity Tower (where we stayed). They have conference rooms, fitness center / gym, spa, a restaurant and cafe, etc.

Granvia Cafe, where we had our buffet breakfast the next day:

A good friend of Seph and Paul was in Century Mall's new dining area - Hole in the Wall, so we went there for dinner. BEST DECISION EVER! Btw, Century Mall is just walking distance from Best Western.

"A Good Food Gathering", Hole in the Wall is like a level-up food court. The place looks really nice and photogenic, while the food selections are all new, exciting, and really appetizing. Follow them on Instagram @holeinthewallph for more artsy food and restaurant photos, hehe!




It was like entering a huge house with the tastefully mix-and-matched chairs, tables, lamps, and walls. A communal hall you'll enjoy going around in:

Bad Bird was a blockbuster:

Tracy recommends the Green Cheese milk:
  
Liberation Shawarma. I love the fries, the dips, and the vegetarian option. So good!

Black Bird - giant chicken with either safe, spicy, or chemical flavors, and Japanese / Korean sidings.

Mister Delicious, Phobobo, Kwong's Provisions. So much to try here, so little time! :P

We just have to take "snowing" pictures in their Christmas installation after our dinner! Hehe! I feel that people were judging us, pero ang saya e! Our complete family photo when everybody arrived na from their work. :) Special thanks to Oya for having us!

We went back to our hotel room for the night's actual agenda! WOOT! FYI lang, Maltesers and chocolates from Paul, alak c/o Christine! HAHAHA!

Days before the get-together, Seph introduced us to a high-tech Secret Santa website where, pag lahat kami sa group nakapag input na ng wish list, we all receive our "baby" and his / her wish list via email. Ang galing! During the revelation time, I got a Happy Skin Lip and Cheek Tint from Pax the Christmas Grinch who can't keep a secret (haha! Benta!), while I gave Angela her "music festival-ready" sling bag! :) Ang saya!

 We handed gifts, had drinks, and played a riot version of charades / Head's Up. Fun night!
From Tracy, Sarah, Christine, Nico, Paul, Papa D, Pax, Trice, Alyssa, Angela, Seph, and yours truly: Hope your holiday parties were as merry and bright, spent with people you love! :)

Have any New Year's Eve plans yet? Check out Best Western Plus Antel Hotel's promo below. Special thanks to Jeoff Solas and Seph Cham for organizing this for us, my friends and I really had a great time. :)


For more info, visit http://www.antelhotel.com/.

Anagon