Saturday, April 30, 2011

ROYAL WEDDING MISHAP

Some may say it's the 1-sec long royal kiss.
Some may say it's the 1.5-sec long take two of the 1-sec long royal kiss.
But for me...

It's deciding to look like this on the date of the royal wedding itself.





No, I was not part of the entourage...
and yes, I've heard this same joke already and more!







Since I've already been teased all day long...
...might as well make the most out of my 'royal-wedding-ish' ensemble.






Got some attention away from the royal duchess...
Unlike the oh-she-looks-so-amazing-aww stares she got...
I received oh-look-there's-a-weirdo-over-there looks!




No matter...
I still feel like a princess...
...even if you put me in the middle of a parking lot! :)





Now all I need to do is...
wait for my prince!





If only wishing on a star would be enough? :)


in Get Laud's green Synnove dress
bag - thrifted
shoes - parisian
accessories - divi :)


So for now...
I'll just be thankful for friends who love to eat just like me...





...and friends who could even strike a meaner pose than me! :)


My photographer, Lauren :)
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

OH MY! HOW YOU'VE CHANGED

My first visit after four years...
Oh my...how you've changed...




Your house which used to be my second home...looks more like a rest house now.
Still homey, yes ...but different.






The backyard where my sister and I used to play seems bigger...
The aratilis* tree which we used to climb...
...and the bahay kubo* which we transformed into our playhouse...are all gone now.






The familiar picture frames still adorn your newly renovated home...




But more faces have been added to the bunch...
...signifying just how much our family have grown in the last four years.






But there are some things that remained the same...

You still pamper us with kiddie party treats as if we're still your 7-year old grandchildren who go gaga over your sweet-style spaghetti, hotdogs on stick with marshmallows, chicken lollipops and cupcakes.








Your son still makes a mean shrimp dish...






...and our other lolas* still love to help you out in the kitchen.






I don't know what I've done to deserve a day with you my dear Lola...
On that Black Saturday date, I didn't even reflect as much as I should have to get such a blessing from Up Above.

But I'm not complaining.
With my job requiring me to work even on Christmas Day...
I know such visits are rare...

So to our good and gracious God, THANK YOU!


We love you, Lola! :)


Were you able to spend your Holy week break with the people you love?


lola -- grandma
bahay kubo -- nipa hut
aratilis -- muntingia
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

IDEAS AND RISKS

Entrepreneurs, including me, have a love-hate relationship with ideas.
We love them because ideas drive innovation.
We hate them because acting on any of these ideas is downright scary.

Why...you ask...
Because putting any idea into action is costly.
Not only will they entail capital...
They will also cost you time and effort.

The worst part...
...if you realize your "Eureka" thought is actually a bad idea.


Image from here


From afar, this shop looks like any typical clothing outlet...





It is not though...
It's one of the branches of "Metropole," one of the leading laundry shops in the Philippines.





The change must have cost quite an investment from its owners.
Not only did they change the store's outside look...




Inside...they even put up a dressing room with newly washed clothes on display...




They even invested on paper bags for their clients' clothes.
Their rationale:

The shop uses detergents that instead of damage...make clothes look and feel brand new.





Costly?
YES!

Risky?
YES!

Bad idea?
This is something we have yet to see.

But hey...life is about taking risks, right?
So yes, I only have good words for entrepreneurs who go out of the box.

A bad idea is better than a good idea that remains just an idea!

Why...you ask...
Because WHEN YOU ACT and TAKE RISKS...
YOU LEARN AND YOU GROW! :)




POPJUNKLOVE's scrabble pillows,
a product of my sister's Eureka moment :) 
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

ONE AND ONLY

It was my first time to watch I am Number Four yesterday.
It was a nice film to watch with family and friends...
...but being the hopeless romantic that I am...my siblings weren't surprised I was gushing over the lead actor, Alex Pettyfer, more than the film's technical aspects or substance.




Enduring my family's endless 'rolling of eyes', I disclosed my favorite line...


When we love, we love forever.


The lead character's guardian said this to explain why Alex can't seem to get over Glee's Quinn, Dianna Agron
Apparently, Alex's kind only falls in love once. 

Yes, yes...cheesy...I know.
One review even described it, "hilariously hokey line"...
But I don't care...
...it's what struck home so I have no plan of downplaying its significance.




BUT HONESTLY GUYS...
Don't you want to be the type who loves one person forever?
or find the person who's just like that as well?

But alas...even I know that our so-called soulmate could fall out of love as well.
I admit...all of us could sincerely say, "I love you", more than once in our lives...

This, however, also means that heartbreaks are inevitable.
If you loved sincerely, of course...the world seems to end if the person you thought is the one...finds someone else.

This doesn't stop us from trying, right?
...because while we might not be the type who loves only one person forever...
eventually...we'll find that one person who'd choose to make the relationship work no matter what and choose you to be his/her one and only...
...FOREVER. :)


We must get our hearts broken sometimes.
This is a good sign...
...having a broken heart.
It means we have tried for something.
                                             -Elizabeth Gilbert, "Eat Pray Love"
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

HAPPY ENDINGS

As we grow old, some of us become cynics of "happy endings"...
Well, I'm sure they have their reasons and I'm not here to judge.


Just wanted to share that I AM A BELIEVER :)


OUR GOD IS A GOD OF HAPPY ENDINGS.
IF IT IS NOT YET HAPPY,
THEN IT IS NOT YET THE END. 

                    -Fr. Carmelo Arada


A wonderful quote in time for Holy Week, don't you think? :)
Another reason why I believe...




 HAPPINESS IS A CONSEQUENCE OF PERSONAL EFFORT.
         
                                      -Elizabeth Gilbert, EAT PRAY LOVE



...which means even if we haven't reached our happy endings yet...
We could still make an effort to be happy NOW.
Despite the hardships, we could still be a RAY OF SUNSHINE for everyone around us like the colleague of my good friend, Lei.

Yes, it may seem like a daunting task especially during trying times...
But we could 'be happy' easier by surrounding ourselves with things we love the most! :)


trollies, tennis, eating out with friends, book sales, books,
sky high heels, iron, frisbee, pouts, fashion blogs :)


What are the top 10 things you love the most?
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Monday, April 18, 2011

TO CRITICIZE OR NOT TO CRITICIZE

Last Saturday, my friends and I tried out "Toast Box" in Trinoma.
Immediately, we noticed some customers complaining about delayed orders...one even went home not waiting for the boiled eggs that come with her meal set.
I usually write personal assessments of new places I've visited...so even before entering the specialty restaurant, I already thought of writing a review of the place on this blog.




After experiencing what other customers were complaining about earlier, I suddenly felt hesitant to write an entry about it.
Being an entrepreneur myself, I could easily imagine the owner's reaction after reading a bad review of his restaurant.
Such reviews are not good for business and I, myself, would feel so down if I read anything bad about my product whether or not the criticisms were constructive.


In POPJUNKLOVE's booth in Rockwell with my sister


But then again, they say the TRUTH will set us free...hence the entry.
Also Trump University's Marketing 101 book insists feedback is key to the success of any business so I'll just console myself with the thought that I'll be able to do them more good than harm in the long run.




For me, I think the owners of "Toast Box" in Trinoma should improve their system of handling orders.
The staff there are still using the archaic method of laying out all receipts on the table then just crossing out one by one orders that have already been served.
The problem with the system is that the order of priority is compromised.
Some late customers get their food first, for instance.




In terms of quality and taste of food, I'll just give a personal review of my order and will inhibit myself from assessing my friends' meals based on their feedbacks.

For the night, I had their chicken noodle soup with sausage.
There wasn't any distinct Singaporean taste to it.
It actually tasted very similar to the country's version of chicken mami.




I checked its website and found out that the original version of the soup is called "Mama's Special Mee Siem". Instead of sausage, the original version has crispy fried bean curd to complement its 'zesty tamarind gravy'.
The owners may have reinvented the soup to suit the Filipino taste.
While this is a usual strategy, personally, I would have wanted to taste the Singaporean version.




The serving was big so I only had that one meal for the night.
If I still had room in my stomach though, I would have wanted to try its "Laksa Mee Tai Mak" and "Kopi".





Toast Box was first established in Singapore in 2005.
Singaporeans love their toast so the resto's coffee-and-toast combos were instant hits there.
Filipinos are not newbies to toasted bread but what makes the resto's toasts different is their thickness.
They're 2.5 cm thick...enough to make the surface crusty while maintaining the bread's soft inside.

It also serves Singapore's national breakfast, Kaya toast.
In it is butter and Kaya, also known as coconut jam.


More about Toastbox here


*sigh*
I'm sure I've lost many of you somewhere in the middle of this very long entry.
My only hope is that this could reach those who really needed to read this.
To the owners of "Toast Box",  I really do wish you all the best!
I'll come back to try out your Kopi.
That's a promise! :) Pin It Now!

Friday, April 15, 2011

FRIDAY'S A BLESSING

Being given another day to live is a blessing...
I'm sure everyone would agree with me on this point...
But with work and all that usually accompany our MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS and THURSDAYS...
...it's easier to see the day that ushers in SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS as a blessing! :)

There are days though when...regardless of the next day's workload...friends find time to get together.

For the wonderful Thursday night...
thanks Team Manila Rogers and friends!
I FEEL SO BLESSED! :)





Tishie overwhelmed by our pending orders! :)



When's the last time you had a night out on a workday? :)
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