Thursday, December 19, 2013

OOTD Post: School Day Outfits

Happy holidays girls and bekis! Time flies so fast, right? Who would have thought that it's almost Christmas! Heck, it didn't even hit me until 2 weekends ago when I saw this bigass parol in Palma Hall where my Nihongo classes are being held every Saturday.

Of course it ain't UP without the aktibista art. 

Anyhoo, I'm working both Christmas Eve and on the day itself, but was lucky to pick the New Year's Eve and January 1 vacation that was raffled off in the office.

I hope you were able to get your holiday shopping done, because I sure still have a lot of names not yet crossed out on my list.

So here goes another kapal muks OOTD post these were taken on two separate Saturdays before and after the last two meetings for Nihongo.

Outfit #1:

Black top & denim cutoff shorts - both from St Francis Square
shoes - beat up Chuck Taylors

This is one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe. It's not shown in the picture (must get a phone with better cam quality) but the lace detail on the sleeves and hem are definitely something.

Outfit #2: Kunyare Fasyown Bloggers Tayes


I'm with Willy Wonka's intern. HE HE HE.

Nirvana shirt - TTEES
Skater skirt - Forever21 (calm your tits, I'm not claiming to be a skater it's just that that's how they call this skirt)
shoes - ever reliable beat up Chucks

And I'd like to introduce my boyfriend - Jiro. Yep, the guy with pink hair who's game enough to do the "fasyown blogger" pose.

So, there you go. I still have a couple of pending posts for product reviews.

また ね!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

What's In My Bag: November 2013

Hello hello hello! I've been busy with work and school. The account I'm handling just acquired a new LOB and I was transferred to the pioneer set of agents in it. plus Nihongo Module 2 is ending this December and I'm dreading the final exam which would cover the book from end to end.

Anyway, here's a random post about the contents of my purse. There was a time when my boyfriend joked that if ever I got stranded in a deserted island, I could live in my bag.

Well... I guess he's sort of right. 

This is what I'm currently using. A blue satchel with beige straps from bargain heaven St Francis Square for only Php500.

Company ID, pink power bank, keys, Fibrosine (I've been trying to have more fiber in my diet, which is quite challenging since my workplace is teeming with fast food places), fan, wallet & coin purse.

Kikay kit, BBW's Sea Island Cotton, mouthwash, lotion

Contents of said kikay kit: ELF Contour Blush & Bronzing Powder, Skin Food concealer palette, ELF Eyebrow kit, CoverGirl Fresh Complexion Pocket Powder in Buff Beige, SeptoClear contacts drops, Lip Smacker in Cotton Candy, ELF Matte Lip Color in Rich Red, Elfar Lipstick in Peach, ZA Pure Shine Lips in Lady Red, Marionnaud pointed tweezers, Forever 21 face & crease brush, alcohol in atomizer, Vicks and Katinko.Not shown: spare underwear and liner

School stuff. I usually stuff these in my bag from the midweek onwards in case of spur-of-the-moment study dates at Starbucks with the boyfriend.

Pens, correction tape, Staedler eraser I've had since I was 15 - this one has so much sentimental value to me. My dad got it for me when I took the UPCAT (no, I didn't attend UP for my undergraduate studies), sharpener and giant paper clip to hold my vocabulary flash cards together.

Scissors (because you never know when you'd need one), highlighters and kiddie ruler. I've always learned better if I color code the stuff I review and organize tables.

Messy Bessy Little Warrior sanitizer in Green Tea, mentholated personal wipes, LED flashlight, mints tin that serves as my meds container, earphones (gotta have my music), O+ mobile, Forever21 sunnies. 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Food Adventures in West Kapitolyo: RamenCool & Epic Cafe

One overcast October Friday morning, instead of going the usual end-of-the-week study date with the boyfriend, we got a lunch invite from a good friend. So we headed to West Drive in Kapitolyo, Pasig.

First stop was RamenCool.

I swear to god, this is total gluttony heaven. An order of their rolls/sushi doesn't go over Php200 and it's already good for sharing.

Even if it's raining (typhoon Santi was letting it's presence known), I didn't order ramen. Instead, I opted for the usual Chicken Curry and an order of Spicy Tuna rolls.

Boyfriend got ramen and our friend got one of their rice meals along with an array of side dishes like gyoza, mapo tofu and california maki. Plus, unlimited house tea which prevents umay.

Guess what? The bill was only Php1500 and look at what we ended up with. Pang-fiesta ng baranggay ang peg!

Chicken Curry, house tea and Spicy Tuna roll

Gluttony Galore: Gyoza, Mapo Tofu, California Maki
For desert, we walked a few steps more towards Epic Cafe which is a coffee shop that encourages people to ride bikes as part of their lifestyle. I'd seriously love to do that except I live all the way in Antipolo and work all the way in Ortigas.

Anyhow, here's what I had for desert. Homemade ice cream in Kapeng Barako flavor for only Php90. It's packed with flavor. And since I'm a notorious coffee fiend, I'm starting to get cravings.

Kapeng Barako Homemade Ice Cream - Php90


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Plus Size OOTD: Primary Colors for School

I guess I will always be partial to the midnight blue shade.  You can take the girl out of  St. Scho Marikina, but you can't take St. Scho out of the girl

This is what I wore to my weekend Japanese class. Photo taken at the garden of Palma Hall. 

Cardigan - Forever21 Plus
Dress - Forever21 Plus
Pink studded purse - Tomato (the studs are lining the bottom)
Pink ballet flats - Tomato
Skull necklace - Saizen


Monday, October 7, 2013

Sad sad news

Our 6th Grade Selves: At St Scholastica's Academy of Marikina's iconic rubber tree
(Denise is the spunky girl at the left showing off her fierce Guess socks)
Last week, I lost a very dear friend who knew me before Jiro, before my anime and Japanese culture fascination, before my pathetic attempts at creative writing. She knew me at the time that I was still trying to establish my identity. 

She is Denise Miñoza (the girl on the leftmost part of the picture). This was taken when we were in 6th grade. The girl next to her is Pinky Cruz and the fat one in red was et moi in my butchesa days and that’s Charisse Alvarez next to me. 

The location on this picture is at St Scholastica’s Academy Marikina. If you’re wondering why Charisse and I were not in uniform, this was taken after class. On a Friday afternoon if I’m not mistaken since we had a mandatory overnight activity at school. 

I feel so sad because I had always ALWAYS  admired her from the get go. She was one of the brightest girls in our batch. I’ve always admired the way she expresses her opinions and her taste in music. You see, she was a huge Side A fan and thought that the bands I liked were too "jologs" HAHAHA! 

Sometimes on Saturdays after one of those mandatory school activities, or on those Saturdays that our periodical exams would fall under - I would drop by her house. We’d hang out in her room or prowl Sta Lucia (hey, Megamall was too far for us back then). Growing up in a time when cellphones were clunky and were only available to executives, pagers/beepers were all the rage. 

We spent many lunch hours paging radio stations like RX93.1 and Magic 89.9. There would also be times when we'd even try to get through the hotline so we can send shoutouts to our Scholastican classmates. I can't help but smile because even if it was so jologs, we had a blast. And for the record, we spoke English over the phone. Oh and by the way, every time I would update my directory, it's her home phone number that gets listed first.

The last time we spoke over the phone was during my freshman year in college. I asked where she was going and she said “Miriam, school of putas.” with a laugh.

I found out that she eventually went on to become a DJ at 96.3. I vaguely recall listening to that station on my way to work when I was still employed at Transcom and chalked it up to coincidence that the girl who calls herself Denise on-air and sounded like her as well. 

Mid-September 2013, I rediscovered her on Facebook through one of our other batchmates whose on my friends list. 

She passed away on the first week of October. One of our batchmates sent me a PM about it whilst I was at work. 

I’m still trying to come to terms about what happened. I feel like my heart has been wrenched out of my chest. 

You will be missed, Denise. For what it’s worth, I owe you a lot. Thank you for the friendship. This is not goodbye. I have faith that someday, we will see each other again. We have a lot to catch up on. 


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

OOTD: Polka Dots & Beribboned Flip Flops for The Phantom

Over the weekend, the boyfriend and I along with friends decided to go watch a screening of The Phantom of The Opera at the Shangri-La. And this was the silent film version. But what gave this a twist is that the musical score was performed by Razorback.

Yes, kids. THE Razorback. One of the bands that made the 90s local music scene awesome.

Boyfriend and I with Manuel Legarda and Tirso Ripoll. So surreal.

With drummer Brian Velasco super keeleeeeeg fangirl moment itey mga teh!

It was a great experience. I never thought I'd enjoy watching a silent film since I usually chalked it up as something that appealed to a certain group of people (which I referred to as the hoity-toity, artsy-fartsy kind). I guess the soundtrack made all the difference.

So, anyway. Here's my OOTD. Yes, yes. I DO look like an adult version of a Cabbage Patch Kid. :D

Polka dot dress - Forever21
Grey cardigan - Forever 21
Flip flops - Saizen
Purse - Kipling

Oh and here's my NOTD. Nail polish is from Forever21. Since, well, I do have a fixation for blue nail color.

Nail polish from Forever21 - Php180

Here's a closer look at my flip flops. So girly, yes?

Flip flops from Saizen - Php85


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The 90s Are Back

Whilst I'm writing this, can I just say I'm sporting the hugest grin in weeks?

The fashion gods (aka Teen Vogue and British Vogue) have spoken: the 90s are back this fall.


Growing up in the 90s where everything seemed so simple. All you had to worry was about school, and if your schoolbus crush who goes to the neighboring all-boys school likes you too. HAHA! This was what I like to refer to as my formative years in the development of my taste in music. As a 6th grader, I listened to Nirvana, Pearl Jam and eventually progressed to Smashing Pumpkins once I hit high school. By the time I hit my junior year in high school, I turned into a full-blown Hanson fangirl. HAH!

Back then, we didn't have iPhones, tablets or what-have-you gadgets. Cinderella was our Forever21 and finding cute clothes for plus-sized girls was HARD, sister.  Back then the designs were soooooo matronly. So I guess it's safe to say I have quite a bone to pick with that decade. The 90s were the ultimate make it work moment for me. Going through adolescence as a hefty girl was not easy.

I am so happy about this trend because this time around, there are clothes that are accessible to girls my size. I guess even at 30, I could still pull it off, yes?

Here are some looks taken from Teen Vogue and British Vogue September 2013 issues.


Forever21's Ultimate Brush Set + Chocolate Body Butter + New Book = Bliss

Hello. It's been a while, right? I went to Forever21 post-shift during Eid Al Fitr with the mere intent on getting my fat, grubby hands on their eyebrow palette. Unfortunately, it's already out of stock. I'm not really in the mood to get new clothes since I just purchased a couple some weeks ago. So... this brush set caught my eye. It's ideal for makeup beginners or those like me who are junkies in denial. I like how each brush is labelled.

My verdict? The brushes are much softer compared to ELF's. 

And in addition, I threw a bottle of nail polish to my purchase. I had always been a sucker for the color blue, which stemmed from growing up in an all-girls Catholic school where the nuns were a huuuuuge fan of minimalism and insisted that we keep our accessories in shades of white, black or blue.

Lastly, I finally decided to purchase an actual copy of The Red Pyramid. That's my current game plan in buying books: get a pdf copy and if it's so good that you're annoyed that you're reading a PDF version, go purchase the actual book. I'll make a review once I'm done since I'm reading this before going to bed.

Weekend purchases included Vanilla & Co's Chocolate Hazelnut body butter (smells soooo good! so good it's boyfriend-approved!) and the much-talked about BL Cream.


Forever 21's Ultimate Brush Set - Php385 (Forever 21 SM Megamall)
Forever 21 nail polish - Php180  (Forever 21 SM Megamall)
The Red Pyramid - Php345 (Powerbooks SM Megamall)
Vanilla & Co Chocolate Hazelnut Body Butter - Php235 (Sesou, Robinson's Galleria)
BL Cream - Php65 (Chinese drug store, Robinson's Galleria - I got another one at Century Drug Store SM Megamall for only Php30)


Sunday, August 18, 2013


Hello. I know the last post was very sad and personal. Some might find it shallow, but I'm not apologizing. He was like a child to me. I may not have the right to put it that way since I've never had any children (or any siblings!) to compare it to. But, whatevs.

Life goes on, but it doesn't mean totally forgetting the departed. Right? I just find it a bit timely that I'm writing about this during Ghost Month.

Here's a picture that perfectly describes how I felt for the past few weeks:

All storms do blow over in time.


You might wonder what's with the title. "Tadaima" is Japanese for "I'm home.", usually said when, well, one returns home. It's written this way in Hiragana:


A lot has happened. But I'm happy that I passed Nihongo 1 and am about to enroll for a second term which starts September

I think I'm ready to start blogging again. So... expect more entries.


Friday, July 5, 2013

Goodnight Ching...

My dog Ching went to doggie heaven as of 10:30pm on July 3, 2013. He passed away in his sleep.

He’s been confined in the vet since June 25 since he hasn’t been eating. Then we took him home the afternoon of July 2.

For one, I am glad that he passed away peacefully and knowing that he was able to get home. I have no regrets with the money spent - I could earn that back.

I am just sad. Really sad. I know this can be quite hard to understand, but he was family. I’m still trying to get a grip on myself and accept what happened.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: Etude House's Collagen Moistfull Cream

Greetings, ah ah ah! *laughs like Sesame Street's The Count*

I'm currently home-bound on a 3-day sick leave as per the doctor's orders because of an asthma attack and I lost my voice.

Today's entry will be a long over due review on Etude House's Collagen Moistfull Cream. I bought my first bottle around December last year and for some reason I quit using it during the summer..

So this was the first one I purchased, I do not really get what makes this a "special set". Except, perhaps it doesn't have any English instructions at the back.

Lost in translation, eh?

The Moistfull Special Set cost around Php750 at the time that I bought it and it contains these:

- a 50ml tub of moisturizer
- a tube of wash off masque

The moisturizer lasted for MONTHS because a little goes a really long way. It made an excellent base for makeup, and even on its' own. Plus it's not sticky.

The second set I purchased recently costs a bit more. Php898 perhaps because it contains 10ml more of the moisturizer.

The second kit contains the following:

- 60ml of the moisturizer
- a small bottle of the "first essence"

No thanks to shaky hands because of my asthma medication, the pics are really blurry. But like most Korean skin care regimen, this has a LOT involved in the process. Check this out:

1. First Essence
2. Facial Freshemer
3. Essence
4. Firming Eye Cream
5. Emulsion
6. Cream (the one included in this kit)
7. Facial Mist

Yezzzz, ladies and bekis. Count 'em all, 7 steps in the regimen. I don't think I can do that. I think I'm good with the First Essence and the moisturizing cream.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: ELF Matte Lip Color in Rich Red

An effortless way to look pulled together is to wear red lipstick. This has been mentioned ad nauseam by many fashion magazines. Although, I never really had the guts to do this since I've always stuck to shades of beige, peach and the occasional pink.

But then again, since I'm pushing my boundaries this year, I got myself a tube of red lip color just for the heck of it. So, I purchased ELF's Matte Lip Color in Rich Red. It costs Php 249.99 and looks like a retractable lip liner. 

This is how it looked like when I put it on, here's me and the boyfriend:

Not PBB Teens, sorry that's jologs. Peachy and Wacks from TGIS. HAHA!

This was taken before having any meals. Now here's another swatch after drinking and eating post-class. Oh and that monkey with its' eyes popping out? That's Unggoy-kun, my pen who drives everyone in my Nihongo class crazy. LOL.

Hooded Hello Kitty Shirt - Php150, Ukay Ukay
Here's my take on this product so far: 

  • Reasonable price (hey, I just noticed most of my makeup are from ELF recently)
  • Non-drying (although I still use lip balm out of habit)
  • Wonderful punch of color (compliments my skin tone) without making me look like a drag queen
  • Sleek packaging, so whether you're hauling a backpack or strutting around with your most ferosha clutch bag, it'll fit right in.
And some random shots during the weekend: 

Post Class review/homework time with the boyfriend at Jamba Juice SM Megamall. I'm a huge fan of their strawberry smoothie.

Lunch at Cajun Red Rock. This one is the boyfriend's meal - Parmesan-crusted Calamari,  the one in the back is my order: Cajun Fried Chicken. 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Lemon Water How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways (plus other random stuff)


Yes, all caps.

I haven't posted for quite some time because it's that time of the year once again. Yep, it's time for my frequent asthma attacks. So I guess I'd have to kiss my perfect attendance incentive goodbye for this cutoff.

If you are an asthmatic or know someone who is, you'd know that it's no joking matter. I've had asthma since birth (it runs in my Mom's family, actually skipped her generation and manifested on me and my cousins), what usually triggers my attacks are the following:

  • Dust
  • Sudden change of weather (ahem, hot and cold?)
  • Stress/intense emotions
Here's what usually happens when you have a bout of asthma. You have a hard time breathing since your air passages tighten and you cough. A lot. There would also be times when there would be that prickly feeling in your throat. Of course there's medication, but the best way to get rid of all the coughing is usually drinking a lot of water. And boy, did I drink this A LOT.

Since I started working in the call center industry in 2010, I'd been adding lemon slices in the tumbler I bring to work. It adds a kick to my water and unknowingly it increases my intake. Lately, I'd been adding mint leaves since my Dad has a mint plant in our garden as well.

And what's great about this is that it does not cost much. You can get lemons for as low as Php20 in groceries.
*Picture not mine


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Kenko: Cheap Thrills Heaven

You guys are all aware I'm taking classes after my shift in the office is done, right? And of course, you gotta have school supplies. Since I am now aware of how hard it is to budget (perhaps the reason why I don't want to have kids, yet), I usually buy my stationery/office supplies at Saizen or any of those Daiso stores.

I've always passed by Kenko's in Robinson's Galleria since it's right beside Saizen and a store away from Japan Home. So, last weekend after class the boyfriend and I went to check it out (just so I could finally satisfy my curiosity as well).

The store is a mishmash of different finds ranging from clutchbags, school supplies, lampshades, stuffed toys, accessories (which start at Php10, I kid you not ladies and bekis). So here are my finds, grand total of my purchase? Php100.

Pencil case - Php20 (had to change since my sharpener won't fit in the other pencil case I got from Saizen)
Pens - Php10 each
Wooden pins - Php30
Bear hooks - Php30

I bought the hooks and the wooden clips to hang my pictures on one of my bedroom walls, but that is for a different post.