December 12, 2011

December Wish #3

ThisClaimer: It's not my fault that it was an impossibility to go unnoticed!

"I just saw my December Wish #3! Screw you, shopping malls!" One after the other, it's not fair! I wasn't even looking, let alone searching, I was just passing through Debenhams' perfume isle, when I spotted a brightly and deliciously colored stack on display that demanded and screamed for attention. What with it's bold packaging - a blonde girl with the reddest lippies in town in a little black dress, hot fuchsia pink background and a sorbet-colour-blocked container. Not to mention it's gold logo that read: PRADA. It was just all too pretty to go unnoticed, too pretty!

Not going to lie, I'm one of those girls who's default image for Prada is Miranda Priestly. A picture of a classy, sophisticated woman who's already living the fabulous life of the rich, the famous and the powerful. So it was a surprise for me to see something with bold elements and colours that are youthful and vibrant with Prada on it!

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Aside from the obvious fact that it's too pretty and yummy from the outside, definitely a welcome addition to my existing bottled up scents collection on my antique dresser, the scent's actually a huge turn on!!! It's a mixture of sweetness and sensuality yet only to a certain desirable level. You'd want to just catch a faint smell of it once in while and not drown in it. You'd want to be constantly lured by the scent yet you won't get tired of it. It's staying power lasted for approximately 4 hours, but that's just on me because I sprayed it on my hands, I had to wash mine later on the day so basically, I washed it off. But the faint smell lasted longer on my pockets, where I kept my hands most of the time that day.

I'm not quite sure though if I can consider it a daily scent. I thought maybe it'll be good for special occasions like a date night, a holiday, during a well-deserved vacation. Some event you'd waited and anticipated to happen and you'd want a certain smell to magnify the effect of the situation and carry with you a lasting memory of it all. Aaaaahhh! I can smell my memories already!!!

If you failed to read between the lines, and if you feel like making me a happy and a bit candy-licious girl for the holidays, I'd love to have this for Christmas! I promise to make the most of every spray and make sure each puff is going to hold a lot of sweet and golden memories! Fair enough? You know you love me! You know you do! HOHOHO!

December 10, 2011

How To Spend A Friday E06

Random Fridays are the unplanned ones. The kind you don't plan for the night before. The kind that's brought about by spontaneity, say maybe decided over lunch on the day itself. The kind we had for this week.

We just had lunch and while finishing up the kitchen chores, I remember my Auntie asking me, out of nowhere, if we'd like to check out the "HyperPanda offers" and handed the brochure for me to have a look. She pointed out two things and I was quick to say yes! Believe it or not, we were actually aiming for the *waitforit* tilapia and bangus! HAHAHA! Price's ridiculously low as compared to what we usually get them for at the fish market! Kidding aside, not going to lie, recession has hit the Emirates too so when offers like these are available, be sure to check them out! The feeling of having been able to save even just as low as 5AED differential from the product's original price can make a lot of difference! Discounts on food and grocery's always a good thing. Always!

Something Blue | 102nd Dalmatian
Finally had a chance to go out with my new baby! I'm in love with it and the way it instantly adds a burst and pop of color to my outfit! The scarf was something I managed to wrapped around the handle, a personalized touch from my limited-artsy-self. It frustrated me that I even had to Google a "how tie my scarf on my handbag" tutorial cos I can't figure it out at first! I used to be a lot more creative than that! I loved how it turned out though, don't you? Not bad, limited-artsy-self, not bad at all! 

Whenever I wear this tennis shoes from F21, I can't help but think I'm the lost dalmatian! Decided to wear something comfortable since we'll basically walk around from one grocery aisle to another hence the flats, shortsies, and a loose white shirt. Threw on a jumper to keep me warm since the winter chills' almost here!

Nomnomnom. 'Nuff said.
I cannot even remember the last time I actually bought chocolates on purpose! I blame the coming holidays! It's making me feel a bit child-like! My Auntie even caught me smiling while walking through the isle full of chocolate options! Obviously, it's not my first time in there but I don't know! Last Friday's a different one! I usually just go for M&M's, Cadbury and Snickers but I ended up with Lindt and Reese's this time! Must be my alpha female hormones. And maybe PMS. There. I said it.

iPadpaper | Book One
How cool is this iPhone/iPad inspired twin wire notebook? I've ran out of blank pages on my notebook which I always carry around with me so I needed a replacement. Well I guess for me, some things are still better off handwritten on paper.

Finally got hold of the first book in the series of George R.R. Martin's fantasy novels, A Game of Thrones! This is something new for me in a long while! I just finished watching the television series and that made me decide to start reading while waiting for the next season which will air this Spring 2012! This time I liked the fact that I watched the series first to get a heads up on the setting. It's hard to calibrate and relocate the setting of my alternate reality from something like Forks to an entirely different dimension like Winterfell. Harhar! I'm sure you get my point! ;)

Needless to say, I was one happy girl at the end of the day! I love grocery stores and bookstores! So glad I ended up spending my random Offriday inside both! We went to Dubai Festival City (DFC) by the way, Hyper Panda and BOOKPLUS particularly! Life's simple joys and little surprises, you gotta love 'em!

December 08, 2011

The Anti-Social Diaries

03 december 2011
alone. in one corner of a cafe just a twenty-minute-walk away from my workplace. don't ask why. it's one of the things i just have to do for and with myself. with no apparent or logical reason. i already spent a good half an hour walking around the mall by myself. it has always been therapeutic for me. so now for the second part, a cuppa coffee. for and with myself.
first thing i did was to check my favorite corner, someone beat me to it. there's already an opened book and a whole pad of paper on the table but no one's around. what are the odds. there's an arab lady reading a magazine with a Christmas drink in the opposite corner. a couple of lads seated on the area outside plainly chatting. i headed to the counter and my fave barista was there to take my order. i kind of miss giving out my name to have it written on my cup and brag about misspelling it after. it's not the same here, they call out your coffee as it is: one tall toffee nut latte with extra caramel whip.
the cafe isn't crowded so it's not going to be hard shutting the world before me and creating one of my own in 30 minutes. i sat there on the couch, headset on, cuppa joe in one hand, pen on the other, mind elsewhere, i was on my own in every sense of the word.
let the anti-socializing begin.

While the term anti-social can be deceiving, don't let it fool you. Because that's just what happens to me when I choose to shut down the world before me and enter one of my own. It's where being an anti-social stops being such a negative thought and becomes my twisted definition of alone time. Which I find extra amusing when done in public places, coffee shops, amusement parks, fast food chains, etc. I did say a twisted definition sooo...

In case you're wondering if my anti-socializing ended up successfully, here's what happened:

1) I figured why you don't try western ways on Jaihoers, you just don't. I asked a kiddo if she wanted an m&m while we were standing next to each other waiting for the signal to turn green. Her mother declined my offer and was quick to say no. I understand the little girl's got cough but what set me off was the plain "no" response sans any pleasant emotion. C'mon now, woman. In case you didn't notice, I was trying to be nice. apparently, you're too busy trying not to be. Noted and appreciated. I shall never ever try thy western ways on you, Jaihoers. You never fail to disappoint.

2) I learned about the reason why I never choose latte over frappuccino before. Latte will take extra everything. Extra time to cool down from hot to tolerable hot. Extra companion to talk to while you wait for the tolerable hotness level. Extra effort to finish since it can get pretty overwhelming down the stretch. so, that's why. Keyword is extra. something I cannot afford.... just yet. That's why it's always been frappe.

3) I realized that a mall without a bookstore inside is a mall not worth going to. Or at least a mall not worth spending my afternoons at. Never again.

4) I fully embraced the walker in me. I am such a walker. I walk to my work. To the mall when it's possible. Then walk around inside it some more. To the grocery store across instead of just ordering in. there's something about being a walker that makes a lot of what i am. Whatever that means.

5) How a pair of earphones on you can be such a powerful weapon! I'm not saying no one will try to go against the power it has to shut people out, because apparently lots of them will still try. But at least you've got an excuse for your I-could-not-care-less face and it will be justified.

When I stepped out of the coffee shop and headed back to my workplace, I knew deep inside my head this ain't going to be the first and last. This thing is going to happen again if only for and with myself. I'd probably end up doing this over and over again, once a month perhaps now that I've started. Maybe inside a bookstore next? Hmm. This is going to be an addiction, if not a habit, or new favorite hobby.

I leave you with this. I found out about this video today, while randomly browsing thru blogs. And then it hit me. How appropriate. This entry's been on draft for a week now, I found it lacking of something. Well, not anymore.

Solitude is blessed. Alone is okay. 
Alone. Is. Okay.

December Wish #2

That even if wishing is probably just a waste of time, I still feel like it's valid during this time of the year! So here I am presenting to you my Twisted Grown Up Christmas List, which is basically about the things I really want for Christmas, doesn't get any deeper than that! Plus the last time I did, a happy accident happened and I got exactly what I wished for. So here I am trying my luck and striking whilst the iron is hot!

A little black dress is something any woman must have in her wardrobe, at least that's one of the basics I remember from watching a Tim Gunn make-over-show by accident some time back. Made a mental note to check mine if I do have one and lo and behold, I don't! Panic!!! For your reference, here's an article I found online and the LBD is listed first: Tim Gunn's 10 Essential Elements (Must-Have Basic Wardrobe Pieces for Any Woman).

I can't believe I don't own one. At 25. In a foreign land. In a city of millions at that. I can go on and rant about the reasons why I may not have considered buying one, but that's beside the point now. Because last night, Zara has proven its irresistible charm on poor little me once again - right smack in the middle of my craving-for-LBD-self. I happened to spot these pretty things on their TRF rack and they've never left my imaginary shopping cart since!

Zara TRF Combined Lace Dress
Zara TRF Lace Dress
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I think I forgot to mention what I was actually looking for is a little black lace dress. I've been on a hunt for the longest time and I've had other options too but these two are my current picks! Which one do you like better? I loved the pointed collar on the first one but totally adore the lace brocades and details on the second one especially the drapes on the dress' hemline. (I don't even know if I got the terms right, haha!)

All fingers crossed I'd be able to get me one for the holidays! Even if it's not going to be the choices I've made here. If you know where else I can find them, please feel free to help me out! I'd love that a lot! I could use a little help since I know for sure there is no way Zara is going to be on sale any time soon! HOHOHO! Unless, another dreamgiver will come along! HA, I wish!!!


24 May 2008
Cubao Bus Station // Atimonan Port // Perez Quezon

6AM, we were walking along the busy streets of Cubao to the bus station that will take us to Grand Central Terminal Lucena City. We were relieved to know Ate Cla had reserved us seats already via JAM Liner. So we just met the bus halfway. By 645Am or so, we were off to a long ride to QUEZON PROVINCE! YAY! :D

Approximately a 4-hour travel from the metro, we arrived at the Grand Central Terminal around 1030AM and had our breakfast at Chowking. From the terminal, it's still an hour bus ride to Atimonan Port where we'll be riding a ferry bound to Perez Quezon. Php1/ head, for the tourist fare sum'n, then Php 70 ferry ride. 1230PM, we boarded the ferry scheduled for 1PM departure. And the rest was history.

But of course, it was ALL BLUE! HAHAHA! To the left, right, front, and back. Endless. :) In totale, it was almost a 2-hour ferry ride from Atimonan before we found ourselves inside Sir Ed's humble abode at Perez, Quezon! 315PM, we had our late lunch but gahd! The food's awesome! There's even a lechon! This is what I love most about celebrations and out-of-towns, it;s always BONGGA! Everything is just BONGGA! HAHA!


This is where EVR's place is located, as in nasa bakuran 'yung island. Having a rest house by the beach, complete with the "poso" and "duyan" drama! The good ole probinsyano life! The good life, period! Gusto ko din ng "island home" in the future, like Isle Esme and/or Isle of Capri. The beach is within twenty steps and you even get to have the whole thing to yourself if you'd want to - coolest things ever if you'd ask me!

Across Pacific Ocean
Baliscar Island aka "ROCK ISLAND"

Island's located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean! Our bangkero made sure we'd get to see the place even from afar so he situated our route towards it. The waves scared the hell out of me but the lighthouse was the catch. I just love lighthouses!!! Too bad you can't step on the island itself, it's not even a possibility! It's kinda dangerous since you can either get smacked by the birds or worst, snakes! So all we have are distant shots, trying to do the *insert your face here* shots! HAHA!


If you have a Philippine Map with you, you'll easily spot the island I'm talking about!!! Yes, everyone! Been to Balesin Island - located across the Pacific Ocean!!! And I still can't believe I sailed across PACIFIC OCEAN! WUHOOO! Bucket list!

From Alabat Island, it was an hour boat ride to the Hidden Boracay of Quezon Province. The ride was cool, it wasn't shaky at all! Though it raned in the middle of our trip. I figured the weather tends to change about three to four ties during a ride from one island to another. Nature's little secrets, I guess! We were soaked wet and we weren't able to see the island itself until we were too close. From a distant, it looked so beautiful already! Like a paradise waiting to be conquered! The moment I stepped my feet on the sand, WOW! It's BREATHTAKING. The fine white sand, the cool clear water, everything is just breathtaking!

The island is privately owned by The Tordessilas clan, officially, The Balesin Corporation. Though we weren't able to explore the whole island, we just settled in a particular place and swam the hours away! We did try to build a sand castle but we failed, haha. And then they buried me deep down, hahaha! Minutes before we left the place, I took my time out and took random photos of myself and the very pristine beach. Thanks to the logs around the place that served as my tripod! Also, shortly after we landed on the sand of Balesin, little miss sunshine showed up! Nature's miracles! So yes! SUNBURNNNNNN!

This remains as one of the most memorable escape for me. It's not everyday you get to sail across the Pacific Ocean with some beer and good company on the side! I can still remember the feeling and I still relive that moment in my mind whenever I can! It's one of the things I've been blessed to experience in this lifetime, one of the many things I am grateful for! That's why sharing the whole thing with y'all is in order! ;)

The Happy Island Hopper! From Alabat to Rock to Balesin back to Alabat! 
Quezon Province, Philippines

December 05, 2011

Story of a Sunday


Early morning mass. Random roadtrip to the beach. Open beaches. Sand on my feet. Sun against my eyes. Slight winter breeze upon my cheeks. Sound of the rushing waves. Shirtless sixfooterish with the sexiest accent in town. Suddenly Santorini backdrop. Burj Al Arab. Atlantis Hotel. The Palm Jumeira. Breakfast dates at Ikea. Cuppa joe of my choice. Adorable kiddo next table. His "see you later" to his momma. Kiddo watching slash eavesdropping. Dubai's skyscrapers under the Emirates morning sun. Michael Learns To Rock playlist. Quality time with the family. Quiet time with The Main Man. WOW. I could get used to Sundays like these.

December 04, 2011

December Wish

ZARA Basic Handbag in blue
Well, the long list has to start somewhere...

I saw this basic handbag from our local Zara shop last month. I wanted to buy it right away - the color, the structure, the texture, the size and the style, it's exactly what I've been looking for to replace Redherring the Duffel Bag as my everyday companion. But I was quickly reminded of my concert splurge aka The Script at Sandance already happening on the same month. I strictly follow an unwritten pact about my retail therapy, I only get to spoil myself once a month and under a certain budget. So, with all the self-discipline I wasn't aware I have in store, I put the pretty little thing - which happens to be the last piece of its kind in blue - back on its rack and told my sister I will just come back for it next month and prayed so hard for it to still be available by that time.

Fortunately, upon my December store visit last time, it's still there!!! So any wish-granters out there? Yuhoo!

You know you love me,

Wishing y'all a grand finale for 2011, all-December-long! Love and blessings! xx
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