Things I Love Saturdays

>> Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lounging in bed at 4:22 PM, surfing the net to my heart's content.
Playing Angry Birds on my iPhone, drinking blueberry tea and falling into a nap.

Eternally cute web finds. [Tell me you didn't die of cuteness!]
Girlfriends who are super sweet, they cut off magazine layouts
to give to you because they think the outfit is SO YOU. :)
Thanks, T!

Adam Lambert's What Do You Want From Me?
Just because he doesn't sound gay here :) 
Speaking of which, Happy Gay Pride Day!

Japan Fans at the World Cup

Dr. Sheldon Cooper's Friendship Algorithm

And speaking of World Cup, I die:

Spain's Iker Casillas, FTW.

Friday Night Lights

Even more napping. Even more playing and more app-downloading.
Watching and catching up with Glee {I seriously need to watch more series!}
I teared up on the season finale :|

This luxurious weather we have in Manila right now, all day.
Commuting from the city's end to end just to see the BFF and her new bar.

Zync's Menu: My favorite drink so far is the Boston Sidecar.

And OOTD from last Monday:
Dress: Promod
Shoes: Charles and Keith
Bag: Bijoux Terner

What do you love this Saturday?
*Photos belong to respective owners. No copyright infringement intended. 

Bear hugs and bunny kisses,


Odorless and Ammonia-less Hair Coloring?

I've colored my hair for the most part of my adult life ---- an activity I keenly started the day I graduated from university because, unlike most cool schools, my school doesn't believe in beautiful, colored mane. True story.

And so, month after month (rather 3-4 months) since, I troop over to favorite salons, some even back in my hometown of Las Pinas, some near my workplace in Makati, and some where I currently live in Quezon City, so that I never have to go back to black (hair, that is.)

My biggest peeves when it comes to coloring my hair is definitely A) the hassle of doing it every now and then (it has certainly become a chore, ack! B) I have to schedule treatments in between this and getting my hair permed [the perils of being too high maintenance] and C) the darn smell. I try to succumb into the milder versions of coloring hair but alas! My hair still smells like an ammonia factory even a day or two after!

 How I look like after my normal coloring session

I was having Bo's Green Tea Freeze at Glorietta 5 with Frances, Shen and Nikki, when they got up to stand and invited me to come with them to the L'oreal INOA Launch happening next door at ICON at the Hotel Intercontinental. Nikki said it was for a L'oreal hair product and so I immediately obliged. After all, this girl is a fan of their products!

 The night's host was the lovely (and super stunning!) Bianca Valerio.
Dress and shoe lemming alert!

Robbie Lizares, L'oreal Professionel's Senior Product Manager
explains what's new with INOA [Innovation No Ammonia]

Robbie says, "The secret (not-so-secret now) behind INOA is its Oil Delivery System [ODS], which is based in an oil-rich system that boosts the action of the hair color system, unlike the classic, oxidative hair color," we have all grown to hate. In this case, does it mean there will be no more stingy eyes, stingy nose and burnt skin? Hell yeah!

L'oreal INOA says:

With the ODS and a no Ammonia formula, INOA’s benefits are unparalleled. They are:

Indulge in an unprecedented hair color experience for the senses
  • No more odor. No ammonia.
  • Optimal scalp comfort
  • Rapid self-emulsifying mixing
  • Incredible velvety texture; A REAL HAIR CREAM
  • A better-preserved hair fiber, application after application
  • Hair is as smooth as before the hair color
  • 44 predictable shades: true neutralizing cool shades, vibrant and luminous warm shades
  • Lightens up to 3 levels
  • Exceptionally even color from roots to ends
  • Sublime shine
Luc Marquet, L'oreal Philippines President says this product is safe 
even for preggy women (Maybe we should go together, F? :)
Oh and he reminds me so much of my friend O. 

And can you see the model's hair color (on the backdrop?)
THAT will be my next hair color.

Salon experts rally and proudly pledge their allegiance to the power of INOA

And of course, beauty bloggers do, too! Thanks for the photos, Nikki!
[Not in photo: Me, Shen and Frances]

Sheesh, with all these exciting things coming from L'oreal Professionel, I would have to stave off being lazy for a few hours and get my hair colored with that lovely, lovely shade of red. And when I do, I will definitely post my photos here. Stay tuned!

L'oreal INOA is initially available in select salons in the metro, such as Regine's Salon, Emphasis Salon and where I'm getting mine, Straight and Smooth Salon in Amorsolo. Get yours now!

Bear hugs and bunny kisses,

*Photo credits: Nikki Tiu
Product info: L'oreal Professionnel


What If?

>> Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dear Claire,

“What” and “If” are two words as non threatening as words can be. But put them together, side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life. “What If?” “What If?” “What If?” I don’t know how your story ended but if what you felt then was “true love”, then it’s never to late. If it were true then, why wouldn’t it be true now? You need only the courage to follow your heart. I don’t know what a love like Juliet’s feels like; a love to leave loved ones fore, a love to cross oceans for. But I’d like to believe if I ever were to feel it, that I’d have the courage to seize it. And Claire, if you didn’t, I hope one day that you will.

All my love,

Requited un-requited love. I have a thing for love that seems to be hopeless or extremely inconvenient. Why else would I cry buckets to movies like Same Time, Next Year, Chances Are and Serendipity if I wasn't? It wasn't easily just because they were chick flicks. It was because it seemed so impossible to have it --- to want it, but they still went for it.

I was having an easy day, despite the turbulent weekend I had [12-hour TVC shoots, a collision with a motorcycle and minimal sleep] so I decided to cap it off with the perfect ending to a lukewarm night ---- a movie. My friend L had been blabbing about Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael Garcia Bernal [my original Mexican lover] and Vanessa Redgrave, saying it was a very good movie. And a great movie it was.

I have no intention of going over the movie's storyline as I don't want to give away too much detail. What I really want to say is that if you're a girl like me, looking for the perfect feel-good, let's-be-in-love movie for a date with the girls, then this is for you.

Egan and Seyfried

Loved the fashion bits of the movie! And the OST, too!

My original Mexican amore, Gael Garcia Bernal, plays
Sophie's food-crazed fiance, Victor.

To me though, it meant so much more with all the current events of my life [one that needs me to make certain decisions], eliciting advice from older people in my life, advice such as "If you think the battle is worth it, then go ahead and fight!" For a while there, the movie had be dabbing my eyes when Charlie (Egan) asked Sophie (Seyfried) to just flip a coin so they would know where they will stay, in his words: the vibrant and fresh London or the overrated New York City. If you know me in person, you would know why this makes me cry. :)

Truthfully, I had never been one for the do-all-you-can, at least I don't think so. I have always kept something for myself, never the one to give up so much for a relationship. Over the years, the word 'love' had evolved so much that each time I take a look at my life, I realize I have never really been in love----which current definition in my book is a conscious effort to extend oneself, to choose to be with that person. I used to believe that for every girl out there, there's a man for her and I used to believe this applies to me, too. But over the years, too, I realized that every guy who came in my life could've been the one. But I chose to get out of the relationship for varied reasons. I chose to discontinue my commitment and see the flaws for what they were. And that is where love ended.

"When you're in love, there isn't any more thinking than there is feeling," says my wonderful friend, T.When the desire to do overcomes the fear and everything else, then there is nothing else left to do but to undertake those steps to wipe away the questions that 'What if?' brings.

I don't know if this is being in love I am being right now, I just know that I will die if I never get to do what I have to do and tell myself that I did everything so I won't have to ask 'What if?' for this particular segment of my life.

Do you have 'What if?' moments in your life?

And if only to remind myself {this can be rather irrelevant to the whole post but whatever}:

So many times when I've tried to hold on to things, to people, to moments, I just became miserable because I knew that they were no longer mine to possess. I think it is very human - to want to possess everything beautiful, to keep them always close in order to preserve that happiness. But life teaches us constantly that nothing in this world is permanent. Buddhism teaches us that impermanence is the only constant. And accepting that marks the true signs of growing up, and growing wiser.


Bear hugs and bunny kisses,

*All images belong to respective owners. No copyright infringement intended.



>> Monday, June 21, 2010

When Carrie dropped the word 'sparkle' to Mr. Big, John James Preston in the movie Sex and the City 2, I wasn't thinking of sparkle, as in sparkle in a relationship. Always the first thought for the word --- jewelry.

I love jewelry. I must have gotten it from my mother (who else?). There is nothing more fulfilling than adorning yourself with jewelry (either you bought for yourself or from your man) and *sparkle.*

But my third world salary cannot buy a Tiffany or a Cartier anytime soon, and really, I'm happy with anything that piles on the sparkle and doesn't tarnish.

Thank heavens for Filipino-owned stores such as Cryst Jewelries who make sparkly things available to us Pinays who want to adorn ourselves without breaking the bank.

"Cryst Jewelries' mission is not only to offer exquisite jewelry, but to also offer the experience of glamour and elegance. I also believe that each woman have the right to wear a jewelry that is truly unique and which she won't find anyone else wearing, and that is why all the pieces in my collection are meticulously handcrafted, exclusive and one-of-a-kind." -- Crystalyn Yason (Owner & Designer, Cryst Jewelries)

Cryst Jewelries is available through its website:

Happy Monday!

Bear hugs and bunny kisses,


We Broke Up.

>> Wednesday, June 16, 2010

It was a five-year relationship.

We were with each other, during my triumphs, my saddest, most frustrating moments.
He was there when I needed a break from monotony.

He was there when I needed a conversation starter or an ice breaker.
He made me go out there and start making friends.

He was there to entertain me when I'm tired and exhausted beyond words
from work.

But soon I realized that he was no good for me (as I have known in the beginning of
our relationship).

And that I can actually live without him.

Many times, I noticed time passes by and no second is wasted missing him.

It's a mystery how one just falls out of love, really.
But I'm glad I did.

I will always remember you, but like I did with all my exes,
I will not look back. Not now.

Goodbye, my Marlboro Lights

This is not a poem, just random sentences of how I felt when I was quitting my
nasty habit of smoking --- a five year old affair with nicotine.

Photo Via


On a Layover

>> Sunday, June 13, 2010

Well, for the past two weeks, I have been queen of layovers (four for a one-way flight) and by now, my body has been so used to it, the exhaustion from a 26-hour flight is not wearing me down.

I am baaaaack! But not for long. I am actually throwing clean swim suits into my white overnight bag and heading to Boracay in two hours. I am still a bit heady from my adventures from Mexico and my stories have all been written on paper, to be osmosized to this blog whenever I finally have the time. Thank you for all your well-wishes, my family and I did have the most wonderful time sipping tequila sunrises, Corona, spending time as a family, meeting people from all over the world, exploring places I have only seen in Wikipedia and canoodling with kissy men.

Speaking of which, here's a photo of a kiss I had in Cancun:

My lover in Mexico --- Ich.

I have so many photos from the trip [400+, geez] and I'm so excited to post them all here in my blog. But for now, I'm off to rest from a vacation [who the hell does that??] in Boracay.

Happy long weekend, loves!

Bear hugs and bunny kisses,


All Systems Go

>> Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I leave tomorrow, as the dawn breaks in.

Travel essentials:
My connecting flight tickets, my passport, my iPod, a book I like reading in planes
and my camera [obviously not in photo]

I know it wouldn't have been too big a deal if I wasn't having this weird feeling in the pit of my stomach, also known as separation anxiety with my work. My mother told me that if I brought along any semblance of a laptop and my VPN, she would disown me. After all, we are going on vacation and it would be 8 days of family time and bonding with my Mama. I do not deserve to work for even a minute during those 8 days, she says.

But I seriously have these weird feelings. Add to that my relationship with the internet [myself being the only person I know who still feels butterflies in her stomach while opening Firefox like it was 1994], I can barely breathe as I leave my precious laptop at home.

Anyhoo, since I just said I will be incommunicado [or not, surely I will be sneaking in some internet time with Mama's BB], I will definitely be missing reading all your blogs when I wake up. Not to fret, at least I have a lot to read and catch up on when I come back, yay!

Oh. After I return from Boracay that is [where I'll be en route to, as soon as the plane descends in Manila].

Will miss you all terribly,



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