tropical print skirt, stella mccartney inspired

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


 


 

Probably one of the best bargains I've managed to find online is this tropical print skirt that is actually part of a set (as seen in a previous post) that I bought from Jhajing a couple months ago. The entire set cost me roughly around P500 and I've been rotating and mix and matching them endlessly since that day.

Been spending a lot of time with my Mamita lately since she's scheduled to leave the country in a couple of days and won't be back for some time. Helping her out with last minute errands and stuff. Eversince I was a little girl, I was always expected by her to dress according to a certain standard which used to irritate me a lot during my 90s grunge phase but by which I now apreciate a lot. So I wore this outfit during one of our day-long trips together and I'm happy to say that it got the stamp of approval from her though she did say that I was a little bit too colorful; her being a fan of neutrals and more conservative shades.

On other topics, Happy Halloween! What have you guys got planned for tonight? I'm attending a costume party later but I still have to decide on who I'm going to be. Planning to wear something homemade. So far, I've narrowed down my selection between Imelda Marcos and Axl Rose, I know polar opposites but I have this old Maria Clara dress from an "Aguinaldo" affair some time ago and you all know about my leather pants, so there. Who do you think I should go as? Who are you dressing up as? :)


TTYL!




skirt and accessories from Jhajing | shoes CMG | pinkbox hair puff





esprit timewear fashion show 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Esprit launched their fall/winter line of timepieces through a fashion show held at the Atrium of the SM Mall of Asia yesterday.

Stylish people from all over the Metro attended the event but this particular pair took home the cake for being best dressed of the night:


Yay Seph! (Seph is the other half of the blog lovechic) His better half Shai, was so cute cheering him on in the sidelines while he took his runway walk.

After the fun and games, it was time for the actual show to begin.

Gorgeous models in beehives and retro-cool styling strutted the runways while showing off the latest timepieces from Esprit:




I fell in love with the gorgeous motorcycle trench below:


After the pro models, it was time for fellow bloggers Patricia, David and Vern to take the stage:



The Esprit tweed jacket/skirt on Vern is something every woman should have in her closet! An updated classic with brown leather accents. Super gorgeous!

The new timepieces from Esprit's fall/winter 2012 line feature affordable luxury that promise to spruce up any outfit. They are comrpised of large face watches versatile enough to be worn for both day and night.\

A perfect gift to give this Christmas that will surely bring a smile to the face of any man/woman in your life.

As an avid watch collector myself, I personally fell in love with this white and gold number(my first white!). It makes a perfect base for stacking jewelry don't you think? It goes so well with my wire art bracelet from Anagon.

esprit watch in white and gold



for first dibs on promos + more info on the brand, follow them on these social networking sites:

Esprit Timewear on Twitter

http://www.watchrepublicshop.com/


don't forget to join my Monotheme birthday giveaway :)

kris van assche for eastpak + incase bags


Finally, backpacks and tote bags designed especially for the mature and sophisticated set!

This latest collaboration between Eastpak and Kris Van Assche features modern styling in block colors of black, dark brown and blue in luxurious leathers and 100 percent cotton fabrics.


In case you didn't know...Van Assche is well known in the Paris fashion scene for his works in installation art and costume design used in famous dance companies. He is also the artistic director of Dior Homme.


Each item in this Kris Van Assche line is remarkable with its strong and durable design, while maintaining a very luxurious look.

only 1 piece per design made it to our shores!

Functionality naturally plays into these pieces – all bags in the Kris Van Assche line come with a smooth, mat-coated thermo formed bottom. 




And my favorite out of the entire collection, aside from the extra large tote, is this miniature backpack worn on the waist:


Its really adorable and puts a whole different meaning into the word "back-pack", don't you think?

In addition to travel pieces, the Van Assche line also includes backpacks, shopping totes, and messenger bags fit for the discerning individual. Ideal for the local scene, those who possess street smarts will definitely identify with the line’s pieces. 

The Eastpak x Kris Van Ascche Fall Winter collection is exclusively available at Bratpack Greenbelt 5, Robinson’s Ermita and Alabang Town Center.


IN other news....

These incase backpacks will have all the Mac lovers out there drooling....



Incase creates bags that are sepcially designed to hold and protect all your Mac gadgets in one ingenious bag.


perfect for school and work!


Incase humanizes their designs by envisioning the lives of their consumers. They think about how they can improve our lives through product design and product experiences that simplify and enrich our busy lives.


And once in awhile, they come out with a special collection like these Andy Warhol tribute bags...




Incase and Eastpak are available in all Bratpack Stores.

for more info, follow them on these social networking sites:

Follow us on Tumblr www.bratpackstore.tumblr.com
Follow us on Pinterest www.pinterest.com/bratpackstore



don't forget to join my Monotheme giveaway!

marni inspired headband, plum dress

Saturday, October 27, 2012



anagon infinity bracelet



view DIY post here:  marni inspired leather rosette headband tutorial


I can't exactly pinpoint what it is but something has got me going through my old clothes lately. This plum shift dress from Episode is even older than the zebra maxi dress I wore in my previous post. If I'm not mistakened, this dress was bought for me by my mom around 12 years ago. Circa 2000, if I'm right.

Shift dresses will probably never be at the top of the list for the younger set anytime soon since it's classic silhouette is anything but trendy. However, if you're the type who doesn't enjoy going shopping for clothes every season and would just prefer to invest in a few key pieces, then this piece is a must-have for you. It will never go out of style. I see its quality of being simple as it's strongest asset. You can dress it up in a multitude of ways giving you almost endless styling options. And the fact that it's plain will make it less obvious when you repeat. Wear with heels for a more glammed up effect or dress down with flats and a denim jacket for an outfit that's perfect for strolling around in.


episode plum shift dress | DIY headband | aldo wedges | cmg bag | jhajing necklace | anagon infinity bracelet


surprise winner of a monotheme gift box!


If you follow me on twitter you might remember that I mentioned giving away a monotheme gift box to one lucky commenter.

I didn't announce it on the blog because I wanted the comment to be genuine and not giveaway driven.

So anyway, since my Monotheme Birthday Countdown Giveaway is already up and running, I decided to finally anounce the first "surprise winner" of a highly coveted monotheme luxury fragrance gift box in Rose.


And the winning comment comes from...


Ana Gonzales!

Congrats babe, your comment made me laugh so hard when I first read it. Thanks for supporting my blog throughout all these years even before we became friends.

Guys, this is not luto, lol. Don't you think her comment was really funny and unexpected? :)


Keep posting those comments guys....you never know when the next surprise winner might be!


or...


you can also enter my Monotheme giveaway where I'll be picking a winner of a fragrance set weekly!


lucena to boracay on jetski - sun we can do anything

disclaimer: this is a sticky post, please scroll down for new blog entries


Back in 2005, my friends and I decided to take a trip to Boracay. Instead of booking flights and ferries, we got our jetski's loaded up with gas…


It all started one seemingly ordinary night while at a bar enjoying drinks.

We were all jet ski hobbyists by then spending most of our weekends riding around Taal Lake but none of us have ever attempted a cross-island trip. Like most people, we would normally have our cars tow the ski’s until our final destination and from there disembark and ride around to our hearts delight. We always saw it as a big sort of toy, never a proper and acceptable mode of transportation…until that day.

I didn’t think much of it at first. I thought it was just one of those things you plan and get all excited about while drinking and then forget the following day. But I guess it was just too much of an adventure to resist because soon after, I received a text from my friend asking if I wanted in.

It took me awhile to reply because a) it would mean travelling alone as the sole female with a bunch of men b) being a castaway wasn’t exactly in my immediate plans and c) I didn’t know how to swim and this time, it wouldn’t be just about a lake, I would have to conquer miles and miles of open water.

After much deliberation, I finally said yes. I knew in my heart that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity I couldn’t possibly pass up. Everybody felt the same way because soon after, rigorous training began and plans started pouring in.

Fridays meant going to bed early in preparation for a lengthy Saturday that would be spent back on the lake, but this time, it wasn’t just  for fun but to prepare ourselves for the long arduous journey we had ahead of us.

There was one instance during an afternoon of training that my hands and legs cramped up so much from being constantly wet and overworked that I couldn’t grip the throttle anymore. I didn’t have my cell phone on me then so I couldn’t call anyone to  tell them something was wrong. All I could do was wait until somebody noticed I was missing and trackback to find me. I didn’t have to wait that long then but I learned a valuable lesson: I needed to be able to pace myself if I wanted to do this but more importantly, to buy a dry bag for my phone and to always have it on me no matter what. Getting stranded on the lake scared the bejesus out of me but it wasn’t enough for me to back out. If anything, it probably even drove me to work harder and prove myself to a bunch of testosterone driven males.

After several weeks of planning and logistics, the day of our departure finally arrived.

We made our way bright and early to the port of Lucena in Quezon where a Boston Whaler carrying our extra gasoline and supplies was waiting. This would mark the beginning of our record-breaking journey.


By now, everyone was in high spirits. The excitement of what we were about to accomplish was overwhelming, we couldn’t wait to hit the open water. Unfortunately, the boatmen were having trouble with the whaler. Our boat refused to accelerate speed. An hour passed and the mechanic was still working on the problem. Frustrated, we finally asked him how much longer it was going to take. According to him, it would be done in a matter of minutes. With that in mind, we decided to split into two groups. The first group would wait until repairs were done while the second would get a headstart. We were to rendesvous on an agreed island via GPS for lunch.


I was part of the second group and couldn’t be happier. As I put on my lifevest and slipped the key into the ignition, a wave of exhilaration unlike any I have ever felt washed over me.  This was it. I was going to be recorded as part of the first ever group to travel to Boracay solely on jetskis and I couldn’t believe my luck. More over, I was the only girl and the first ever female to do it. Now I finally understood what it meant to be truly ‘stoked’.


After a couple of hours, we finally made it to the island. It was tiny, barely inhabited and shaped like a key with a sandbar that extended as long as a block and as wide as four cars parked side by side. It was perfect. It was private, it was ours. I imagine it was the same way Magellan felt when he first stepped foot on our shores.


Our little island was in the middle of nowhere, a definite beauty with its crystal clear waters and a very gradual shoreline. It was barren aside from a little hut perched right in the middle of it. A great place to relax and gain back our strength after hours on the ski.
It was nearing noon by then  and our stomachs were beginning to grumble but still, no sign of the boat. We’ve been waiting on the island for over an hour and we were starting to get worried. Our fate lay in that boat getting fixed. We didn’t have enough gas to make it back and our food supply was low and consisted only of a pomelo and a pack of pan de sal. Good thing we all had our phones with us this time, working and dry in their respective cases.
A few months before our trip, I switched to sun cellular because of their reasonable rates and that afternoon, while stranded on the island, I couldn’t have been happier about my choice. I was the only one with a decent signal that could get through.

After making the call, I found out that the rest of our group was on their way and would arrive within thirty minutes. You can’t imagine what a relief it was for us to know that fresh drinkable water and a warm decent meal was finally on it’s way.


With our boat working magnificently and our group intact, we were finally able to drive the last few miles to Boracay together without further incident. The entire voyage took us about nine hours to complete. Along the way, we saw schools upon schools of tiny jellyfish in every color you can imagine (they looked almost like jell-o), several adorable dolphins that took the time to frolick around us, and a shark which swam so beautifully alongside our skis it was almost hypnotizing. It was nature in its purest form, nature that you only get to experience during trips like these.

all Lucena to Boracay photos are from  http://www.jetski.com.ph/

 It’s been 7 years since then and all I can think about as I type this is how pleased and proud I am of  myself for sticking to my guns and going through the entire ordeal despite its many setbacks. 
The bond created among individuals during times of trial are strong and irreplicable.

With the right amount of passion, perseverance and determination, no goal is impossible to achieve, we can do anything.


Want to go on an epic journey with your barkada as well???

Then enter SUN Cellular’s Fun In The Sun Video Contest where you and your barkada get the chance to win 4 Blackberry phones and an ultimate dream vacation for four.


 To enter, simply whip out your video cams and create a spin-off of the official music video featuring Maja Salvador and Never The Strangers:





Make sure to creatively incorporate all Sun Blackberry features such as unlimited Sun calls and texts, BBM, mobile internet and social networking. Don’t have a video cam? No problem. There are Sun Blackberry video booths set up in selected areas where you and your friends can make an on-the-spot video.

#YOLO isn’t such a cliché anymore when you’re living it. Now is not the time to hesitate, go gather your friends and start making that video!!!

For more information, visit www.sunblackberry.com.ph

zebra maxi dress + gold for premio

Friday, October 26, 2012


 

zebra maxi dress + black and gold accessories

 

 

Something I learned through the years...animal prints never go out of style so it is wise to invest in a couple of pieces that have a classic cut to them. Point proven with this old zebra maxi dress from Get Laud that I've had in my closet since 2006.

The Premio dinner I had with some blog friends last week required us all to wear black, white and gold outfits. I had this laying on my bed from the previous day since I was supposed to wear it for an "old hollywood" shoot that we never got to do cause we decided to go with the Blues Brothers for Rayban instead. Long story short, it was black and white, comfy, plus roomy enough for a binge fest that I naturally decided to go with it. Dressed it up for the night with a vintage belt and some black and gold accessories from Jhajing. I thought I looked fairly decent but I never expected a dress this old would win me the title of being the best dressed blogger of the night, but I did! Which won me a dinner date for two. Yippe, more excuses to go out on a romantic date with le partner.


*premio review to follow....



don't forget to join my Monotheme birthday countdown giveaway okay? good luck!



get laud zebra maxi dress | zara sandals | jhajing accessories


special thanks to Premio and Kelly Medina for my pictures


donut bun and hair puff by pinkbox

Pinkbox isn't just for little girls anymore...

This is what I learned during the press launch of Pinkbox's Donut Bun and Hair Puff  which was held at Aria Cucina Italiana in BGC. The modern cafe was trasformed into a pink princess paradise fit for an afternoon of hair and beauty talk.


Stepping inside made me feel like I was attending someones super sweet sixteen birthday party....


The event was short, sweet and direct to the point. After a little bit of socializing and having our fill of the delicious food at Aria, it was time for the hair demos to begin.

A corner of the restaurant was transformed into a fantasy dressing room:

 The first model for the demo was Verniece who sported the Donut Bun and finished it off with one of the bows from her signature "Veniece" collection for Pinkbox. Doesn't she look like a Disney Princess?



Up next was Martha who modelled the Hair Puffs...


Let me tell you, these 2 velcro hair inserts are making me miss my long hair even more. According to Pinkbox, these 2 babies have the ability to make bad hair days a thing of the past. Like a lousy ex-boyfriend you don't care to recall anymore. 

I seriously, seriously want to get permanent hair extensions for these. I love love love the donut bun. Been dying to fix my hair into a topbun for quite sometime now and these are soooo easy to use they're making me even more desprate.

Easy topbun tutorial 


Pinkbox Donut Bun - P189.75 for 2 pieces in 2 sizes

On the other hand, the hair puff promises a perfect beehive each time. (I waaaant, I used to love Amy Winehouse so much and her beehives). You can also tone it down a bit for a super glamorous look perfect for any nightitme affair.

easy beehive tutorial

The Pinkbox Hair Puff is the answer to limp, lifeless hair!

Pinkbox Hair Puff - P119.75 (small) P129.75 (medium) P149.75 (large)

So remember, never ever have a bad hair day again with these new offerings from Pinkbox!


Find the Pinkbox Hair Puff and Hair Donut in the following locations: 

Greenbelt 5, EDSA Shangri-la, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Trinoma, SM North EDSA, Alimall, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Harbor Point, Alabang Town Center, Starmall Bulacan, SM Pampanga, SM Clark, SM Baliwag, SM Valenzuela, SM San Lazaro, SM Bicutan, SM Molino, SM Dasmarinas, SM Las Pinas Center, SM Sucat, SM Southmall, SM Sta Rosa, SM Lipa Batangas 

Visit a store now and follow them on Facebook (http://facebook.com/PinkboxAccessories) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/ PinkboxPH).


*****before you go, don't forget to join my MONOTHEME Birthday Countdown Giveaway :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

tropical print skirt, stella mccartney inspired


 


 

Probably one of the best bargains I've managed to find online is this tropical print skirt that is actually part of a set (as seen in a previous post) that I bought from Jhajing a couple months ago. The entire set cost me roughly around P500 and I've been rotating and mix and matching them endlessly since that day.

Been spending a lot of time with my Mamita lately since she's scheduled to leave the country in a couple of days and won't be back for some time. Helping her out with last minute errands and stuff. Eversince I was a little girl, I was always expected by her to dress according to a certain standard which used to irritate me a lot during my 90s grunge phase but by which I now apreciate a lot. So I wore this outfit during one of our day-long trips together and I'm happy to say that it got the stamp of approval from her though she did say that I was a little bit too colorful; her being a fan of neutrals and more conservative shades.

On other topics, Happy Halloween! What have you guys got planned for tonight? I'm attending a costume party later but I still have to decide on who I'm going to be. Planning to wear something homemade. So far, I've narrowed down my selection between Imelda Marcos and Axl Rose, I know polar opposites but I have this old Maria Clara dress from an "Aguinaldo" affair some time ago and you all know about my leather pants, so there. Who do you think I should go as? Who are you dressing up as? :)


TTYL!




skirt and accessories from Jhajing | shoes CMG | pinkbox hair puff





Tuesday, October 30, 2012

esprit timewear fashion show 2012

Esprit launched their fall/winter line of timepieces through a fashion show held at the Atrium of the SM Mall of Asia yesterday.

Stylish people from all over the Metro attended the event but this particular pair took home the cake for being best dressed of the night:


Yay Seph! (Seph is the other half of the blog lovechic) His better half Shai, was so cute cheering him on in the sidelines while he took his runway walk.

After the fun and games, it was time for the actual show to begin.

Gorgeous models in beehives and retro-cool styling strutted the runways while showing off the latest timepieces from Esprit:




I fell in love with the gorgeous motorcycle trench below:


After the pro models, it was time for fellow bloggers Patricia, David and Vern to take the stage:



The Esprit tweed jacket/skirt on Vern is something every woman should have in her closet! An updated classic with brown leather accents. Super gorgeous!

The new timepieces from Esprit's fall/winter 2012 line feature affordable luxury that promise to spruce up any outfit. They are comrpised of large face watches versatile enough to be worn for both day and night.\

A perfect gift to give this Christmas that will surely bring a smile to the face of any man/woman in your life.

As an avid watch collector myself, I personally fell in love with this white and gold number(my first white!). It makes a perfect base for stacking jewelry don't you think? It goes so well with my wire art bracelet from Anagon.

esprit watch in white and gold



for first dibs on promos + more info on the brand, follow them on these social networking sites:

Esprit Timewear on Twitter

http://www.watchrepublicshop.com/


don't forget to join my Monotheme birthday giveaway :)

kris van assche for eastpak + incase bags


Finally, backpacks and tote bags designed especially for the mature and sophisticated set!

This latest collaboration between Eastpak and Kris Van Assche features modern styling in block colors of black, dark brown and blue in luxurious leathers and 100 percent cotton fabrics.


In case you didn't know...Van Assche is well known in the Paris fashion scene for his works in installation art and costume design used in famous dance companies. He is also the artistic director of Dior Homme.


Each item in this Kris Van Assche line is remarkable with its strong and durable design, while maintaining a very luxurious look.

only 1 piece per design made it to our shores!

Functionality naturally plays into these pieces – all bags in the Kris Van Assche line come with a smooth, mat-coated thermo formed bottom. 




And my favorite out of the entire collection, aside from the extra large tote, is this miniature backpack worn on the waist:


Its really adorable and puts a whole different meaning into the word "back-pack", don't you think?

In addition to travel pieces, the Van Assche line also includes backpacks, shopping totes, and messenger bags fit for the discerning individual. Ideal for the local scene, those who possess street smarts will definitely identify with the line’s pieces. 

The Eastpak x Kris Van Ascche Fall Winter collection is exclusively available at Bratpack Greenbelt 5, Robinson’s Ermita and Alabang Town Center.


IN other news....

These incase backpacks will have all the Mac lovers out there drooling....



Incase creates bags that are sepcially designed to hold and protect all your Mac gadgets in one ingenious bag.


perfect for school and work!


Incase humanizes their designs by envisioning the lives of their consumers. They think about how they can improve our lives through product design and product experiences that simplify and enrich our busy lives.


And once in awhile, they come out with a special collection like these Andy Warhol tribute bags...




Incase and Eastpak are available in all Bratpack Stores.

for more info, follow them on these social networking sites:

Follow us on Tumblr www.bratpackstore.tumblr.com
Follow us on Pinterest www.pinterest.com/bratpackstore



don't forget to join my Monotheme giveaway!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

marni inspired headband, plum dress



anagon infinity bracelet



view DIY post here:  marni inspired leather rosette headband tutorial


I can't exactly pinpoint what it is but something has got me going through my old clothes lately. This plum shift dress from Episode is even older than the zebra maxi dress I wore in my previous post. If I'm not mistakened, this dress was bought for me by my mom around 12 years ago. Circa 2000, if I'm right.

Shift dresses will probably never be at the top of the list for the younger set anytime soon since it's classic silhouette is anything but trendy. However, if you're the type who doesn't enjoy going shopping for clothes every season and would just prefer to invest in a few key pieces, then this piece is a must-have for you. It will never go out of style. I see its quality of being simple as it's strongest asset. You can dress it up in a multitude of ways giving you almost endless styling options. And the fact that it's plain will make it less obvious when you repeat. Wear with heels for a more glammed up effect or dress down with flats and a denim jacket for an outfit that's perfect for strolling around in.


episode plum shift dress | DIY headband | aldo wedges | cmg bag | jhajing necklace | anagon infinity bracelet


surprise winner of a monotheme gift box!


If you follow me on twitter you might remember that I mentioned giving away a monotheme gift box to one lucky commenter.

I didn't announce it on the blog because I wanted the comment to be genuine and not giveaway driven.

So anyway, since my Monotheme Birthday Countdown Giveaway is already up and running, I decided to finally anounce the first "surprise winner" of a highly coveted monotheme luxury fragrance gift box in Rose.


And the winning comment comes from...


Ana Gonzales!

Congrats babe, your comment made me laugh so hard when I first read it. Thanks for supporting my blog throughout all these years even before we became friends.

Guys, this is not luto, lol. Don't you think her comment was really funny and unexpected? :)


Keep posting those comments guys....you never know when the next surprise winner might be!


or...


you can also enter my Monotheme giveaway where I'll be picking a winner of a fragrance set weekly!


lucena to boracay on jetski - sun we can do anything

disclaimer: this is a sticky post, please scroll down for new blog entries


Back in 2005, my friends and I decided to take a trip to Boracay. Instead of booking flights and ferries, we got our jetski's loaded up with gas…


It all started one seemingly ordinary night while at a bar enjoying drinks.

We were all jet ski hobbyists by then spending most of our weekends riding around Taal Lake but none of us have ever attempted a cross-island trip. Like most people, we would normally have our cars tow the ski’s until our final destination and from there disembark and ride around to our hearts delight. We always saw it as a big sort of toy, never a proper and acceptable mode of transportation…until that day.

I didn’t think much of it at first. I thought it was just one of those things you plan and get all excited about while drinking and then forget the following day. But I guess it was just too much of an adventure to resist because soon after, I received a text from my friend asking if I wanted in.

It took me awhile to reply because a) it would mean travelling alone as the sole female with a bunch of men b) being a castaway wasn’t exactly in my immediate plans and c) I didn’t know how to swim and this time, it wouldn’t be just about a lake, I would have to conquer miles and miles of open water.

After much deliberation, I finally said yes. I knew in my heart that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity I couldn’t possibly pass up. Everybody felt the same way because soon after, rigorous training began and plans started pouring in.

Fridays meant going to bed early in preparation for a lengthy Saturday that would be spent back on the lake, but this time, it wasn’t just  for fun but to prepare ourselves for the long arduous journey we had ahead of us.

There was one instance during an afternoon of training that my hands and legs cramped up so much from being constantly wet and overworked that I couldn’t grip the throttle anymore. I didn’t have my cell phone on me then so I couldn’t call anyone to  tell them something was wrong. All I could do was wait until somebody noticed I was missing and trackback to find me. I didn’t have to wait that long then but I learned a valuable lesson: I needed to be able to pace myself if I wanted to do this but more importantly, to buy a dry bag for my phone and to always have it on me no matter what. Getting stranded on the lake scared the bejesus out of me but it wasn’t enough for me to back out. If anything, it probably even drove me to work harder and prove myself to a bunch of testosterone driven males.

After several weeks of planning and logistics, the day of our departure finally arrived.

We made our way bright and early to the port of Lucena in Quezon where a Boston Whaler carrying our extra gasoline and supplies was waiting. This would mark the beginning of our record-breaking journey.


By now, everyone was in high spirits. The excitement of what we were about to accomplish was overwhelming, we couldn’t wait to hit the open water. Unfortunately, the boatmen were having trouble with the whaler. Our boat refused to accelerate speed. An hour passed and the mechanic was still working on the problem. Frustrated, we finally asked him how much longer it was going to take. According to him, it would be done in a matter of minutes. With that in mind, we decided to split into two groups. The first group would wait until repairs were done while the second would get a headstart. We were to rendesvous on an agreed island via GPS for lunch.


I was part of the second group and couldn’t be happier. As I put on my lifevest and slipped the key into the ignition, a wave of exhilaration unlike any I have ever felt washed over me.  This was it. I was going to be recorded as part of the first ever group to travel to Boracay solely on jetskis and I couldn’t believe my luck. More over, I was the only girl and the first ever female to do it. Now I finally understood what it meant to be truly ‘stoked’.


After a couple of hours, we finally made it to the island. It was tiny, barely inhabited and shaped like a key with a sandbar that extended as long as a block and as wide as four cars parked side by side. It was perfect. It was private, it was ours. I imagine it was the same way Magellan felt when he first stepped foot on our shores.


Our little island was in the middle of nowhere, a definite beauty with its crystal clear waters and a very gradual shoreline. It was barren aside from a little hut perched right in the middle of it. A great place to relax and gain back our strength after hours on the ski.
It was nearing noon by then  and our stomachs were beginning to grumble but still, no sign of the boat. We’ve been waiting on the island for over an hour and we were starting to get worried. Our fate lay in that boat getting fixed. We didn’t have enough gas to make it back and our food supply was low and consisted only of a pomelo and a pack of pan de sal. Good thing we all had our phones with us this time, working and dry in their respective cases.
A few months before our trip, I switched to sun cellular because of their reasonable rates and that afternoon, while stranded on the island, I couldn’t have been happier about my choice. I was the only one with a decent signal that could get through.

After making the call, I found out that the rest of our group was on their way and would arrive within thirty minutes. You can’t imagine what a relief it was for us to know that fresh drinkable water and a warm decent meal was finally on it’s way.


With our boat working magnificently and our group intact, we were finally able to drive the last few miles to Boracay together without further incident. The entire voyage took us about nine hours to complete. Along the way, we saw schools upon schools of tiny jellyfish in every color you can imagine (they looked almost like jell-o), several adorable dolphins that took the time to frolick around us, and a shark which swam so beautifully alongside our skis it was almost hypnotizing. It was nature in its purest form, nature that you only get to experience during trips like these.

all Lucena to Boracay photos are from  http://www.jetski.com.ph/

 It’s been 7 years since then and all I can think about as I type this is how pleased and proud I am of  myself for sticking to my guns and going through the entire ordeal despite its many setbacks. 
The bond created among individuals during times of trial are strong and irreplicable.

With the right amount of passion, perseverance and determination, no goal is impossible to achieve, we can do anything.


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Friday, October 26, 2012

zebra maxi dress + gold for premio


 

zebra maxi dress + black and gold accessories

 

 

Something I learned through the years...animal prints never go out of style so it is wise to invest in a couple of pieces that have a classic cut to them. Point proven with this old zebra maxi dress from Get Laud that I've had in my closet since 2006.

The Premio dinner I had with some blog friends last week required us all to wear black, white and gold outfits. I had this laying on my bed from the previous day since I was supposed to wear it for an "old hollywood" shoot that we never got to do cause we decided to go with the Blues Brothers for Rayban instead. Long story short, it was black and white, comfy, plus roomy enough for a binge fest that I naturally decided to go with it. Dressed it up for the night with a vintage belt and some black and gold accessories from Jhajing. I thought I looked fairly decent but I never expected a dress this old would win me the title of being the best dressed blogger of the night, but I did! Which won me a dinner date for two. Yippe, more excuses to go out on a romantic date with le partner.


*premio review to follow....



don't forget to join my Monotheme birthday countdown giveaway okay? good luck!



get laud zebra maxi dress | zara sandals | jhajing accessories


special thanks to Premio and Kelly Medina for my pictures


donut bun and hair puff by pinkbox

Pinkbox isn't just for little girls anymore...

This is what I learned during the press launch of Pinkbox's Donut Bun and Hair Puff  which was held at Aria Cucina Italiana in BGC. The modern cafe was trasformed into a pink princess paradise fit for an afternoon of hair and beauty talk.


Stepping inside made me feel like I was attending someones super sweet sixteen birthday party....


The event was short, sweet and direct to the point. After a little bit of socializing and having our fill of the delicious food at Aria, it was time for the hair demos to begin.

A corner of the restaurant was transformed into a fantasy dressing room:

 The first model for the demo was Verniece who sported the Donut Bun and finished it off with one of the bows from her signature "Veniece" collection for Pinkbox. Doesn't she look like a Disney Princess?



Up next was Martha who modelled the Hair Puffs...


Let me tell you, these 2 velcro hair inserts are making me miss my long hair even more. According to Pinkbox, these 2 babies have the ability to make bad hair days a thing of the past. Like a lousy ex-boyfriend you don't care to recall anymore. 

I seriously, seriously want to get permanent hair extensions for these. I love love love the donut bun. Been dying to fix my hair into a topbun for quite sometime now and these are soooo easy to use they're making me even more desprate.

Easy topbun tutorial 


Pinkbox Donut Bun - P189.75 for 2 pieces in 2 sizes

On the other hand, the hair puff promises a perfect beehive each time. (I waaaant, I used to love Amy Winehouse so much and her beehives). You can also tone it down a bit for a super glamorous look perfect for any nightitme affair.

easy beehive tutorial

The Pinkbox Hair Puff is the answer to limp, lifeless hair!

Pinkbox Hair Puff - P119.75 (small) P129.75 (medium) P149.75 (large)

So remember, never ever have a bad hair day again with these new offerings from Pinkbox!


Find the Pinkbox Hair Puff and Hair Donut in the following locations: 

Greenbelt 5, EDSA Shangri-la, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Trinoma, SM North EDSA, Alimall, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Harbor Point, Alabang Town Center, Starmall Bulacan, SM Pampanga, SM Clark, SM Baliwag, SM Valenzuela, SM San Lazaro, SM Bicutan, SM Molino, SM Dasmarinas, SM Las Pinas Center, SM Sucat, SM Southmall, SM Sta Rosa, SM Lipa Batangas 

Visit a store now and follow them on Facebook (http://facebook.com/PinkboxAccessories) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/ PinkboxPH).


*****before you go, don't forget to join my MONOTHEME Birthday Countdown Giveaway :)