Adele Dazeem on The Tonight Show

Okay, okay, I’m a loser. I missed the Academy Awards last Monday morning. But I was pretty updated via Twitter and one of the highlights of the night — wait, it’s not a highlight. It’s a major blunder! HAHA! And don’t we just ABSOLUTELY LOVE blunders made on live television?! Watch how John Travolta makes quite the fuck up by calling Frozen’s Idina Menzel by a totally different name. This Vine is from Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet – make sure to click the audio button on the upper left to play the sound!

I know most of my readers are young girls who probably know Idina Menzel as Rachel Berry’s mom on Glee


But she is much more than Rachel Berry’s mom!!! She is the original Elphaba from the musical Wicked. If you are from the Glee generation, the song Defying Gravity is from Wicked FYI! I just recently watched it with my family and I cried talaga! I loved the book by Gregory Maguire and the musical was just absolutely perfect.


Some people say her performance at the Oscars was not her best. Others say she had an asthma attack and that’s why she was rushing through the song. Well, I have yet to catch the replay so I don’t really know but here she is singing live with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. I LOVE IT!!!

John Travolta finally spoke about his flub to CNN and here’s what he’s got to say:

“I’ve been beating myself up all day. Then I thought… What would Idina Menzel say? She’d say, Let it go, let it go! Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!”

You can feel like a star too by having your name Travoltified:

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Click here to do your name, too. Have fun!

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Dogs Shaking to Mayer Hawthorne

The best video ever. So far. Song is Shiny and New by Mayer Hawthorne.

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Giveaway: Trendsetter’s Bazaar Passes!

Hey fashionistas! I’m giving away a lot of passes to this weekend’s Trendsetter’s Bazaar happening this weekend, May 7-9 at the Metro Tent Convention Center!

trendsetter's bazaarSome of the participants are retailers, celebrity bloggers and independent designers such as Candy Andi (Andi Eigenmann), Coexist (Camille Co), Say Alonzo, Sperry Top-Sider, Keds and Love Koi Swimwear. Learn more about the brands and bloggers who will be present at the event by checking out @trendsetterteam on Instagram :)

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Join now because I’m going to announce the winners by Wednesday!:) 20 lucky readers will win 2 passes each!


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Spell Saab Book Club: Saga Volume 1

I was shopping at Fully Booked with my boyfriend Jim when we bumped into our friend, beauty columnist Regina Belmonte. She saw us scoping out the graphic novel section of the store and eagerly recommended the comic book Saga. Since I trust her taste, I immediately got volumes 1 and 2.


Grabe, it’s so awesome!! It’s strange, sexy, funny, dark, disturbing – everything a comic book for adults should be.

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When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. This specially priced volume collects the first six issues of the smash-hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls “the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make.” Voted one of the top graphic novels of the year by the NYT, IGN, the Examiner, and SF Weekly. Voted Best Comic of the year by MTV Geek and Best New Series by Paradox Comics. Voted a finalist in the GoodReads Best GN of 2012 contest.

I am hoping a lot of you will also enjoy this so I’m giving away 5 copies of Saga Volume 1!

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Eat Buy Try: Diet Diva + Komono + DeconstrucTees

Yay, the second Eat Buy Try blog post!! Haha. Read the first one here. Once again, to remind you all, this is not necessarily to encourage you to eat, buy, and try the things I write about here. My aim is to simply share with you the things I’ve recently eaten, bought and tried.



I tried ordering Diet Diva a couple of weeks ago and I’ve decided it’s perfect for me. I don’t really know how to cook and when I do groceries, most ingredients just go bad because I don’t use it all up. It’s pretty hard to cook for one. With this diet delivery service, it’s not just a go-to for weight loss or maintenance but also for convenience at home. The daily breakfast, lunch and dinner amount to 1,200 calories a day – just the right amount for me to gradually lose the weight I recently put on. They deliver food to my doorstep every morning from Monday to Friday so weekdays are for dining out and cheating! It only costs P1,900/week too!



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I got my KOMONO watch just last week and it’s the cutest!! I’m obsessed with my Wizard Print Series Expressionist design. KOMONO is a brand founded by Belgian designers Anton Janssens and Raf Maes who aim to make retro-futuristic accessories. They have the cutest designs!


Price range is between P4,000 – P5,250. You can purchase it locally through online retail shop – it’s where I got mine.


Okay, this is nothing new. I’ve cut up some shirts before but I did this particular one just yesterday. I bought a cute Simpsons shirt from Topman and it didn’t fit great because I guess men have weird shoulders or something… Haha blame it on the men.


I cut along the neck, sleeves and lower hem of the shirt.


I used to have the problem of “showing too much side boob” with my previous cut up shirts – I always had to wear a bandeau underneath. With the help of the magical world of the Internet, I learned that the simple way to fix this problem is to use either a ribbon or some of the cut-up fabric from the shirt to tie the back straps of the shirt together.


Here are the instructions I followed. Want other T-shirt cutting ideas? Here are 30 more from BuzzFeed! Use your old shirts as cover ups for beach trips!!:)

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The Hairflip

Who did it better:

Taylor Swift?



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Just kidding. Thanks for the photo, Cecilia Forbes! Check out more of her cool photos on Flickr.

Cheats has a gig tonight at Saguijo (Guijo st. Makati) with Sandwich, Imago and Squid9!

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Pao and Tia’s Best Day Ever

Last weekend was technically a long weekend for me! Isn’t it funny (sad, actually) how long weekends still feel so short? Anyway, the plan was to go to Tagaytay Thursday night after band practice for our friends’ wedding on Friday then from Tagaytay straight to Clark, Pampanga for 7107 International Music Festival. That meant I had to seriously pack everything I needed. I made 2 PACK THIS sheets for separate places. Hehe. 2PACK.

DSC09777 DSC09778I got this at Fully Booked, along with other similar check lists. I find them very useful! Available at the check out counter of their Bonifacio High Street branch :)

Maxx, Chino, Jim and I got to Tagaytay around 1AM of Friday since we left Manila past 11PM! The bride and groom got our whole barkada a house to stay at during the trip. And it was a huge house at Splendido. ACK, I can’t believe I didn’t get to take photos of it!!


The morning of the wedding was very very busy. You see, it’s not just a wedding – it’s 2 weddings! Paolo Roco and Kristia Bulan had separate Catholic and Christian weddings to honor each other’s religions.

The morning wedding was the simple Catholic one held at Chapel On The Hill, Tagaytay. It was very intimate and sweet, only family and the closest of friends were invited. I realized I had never been to a wedding as an adult. The last wedding I remember attending was over a decade ago when I was junior bridesmaid at my cousin’s wedding. That marriage didn’t last long so I don’t really count that. It means a lot to me that the first wedding I witnessed as an adult is one I’m part of and is in fact the best I’ve been to. I know I don’t have anything to compare it to but, guys.. Everything was just so beautiful.

The newlyweds, Pao and Tia!!!:’)




Maxx and Chino


The bridal car!


Such an awesome view!


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On to the next one!!


I wore a dress from Topshop for the church wedding :)


In between weddings: quick brunch at Breakfast at Antonio’s – I had yummy tapa, Jim had eggs ben




The boys


Then we all had to get ready for the garden wedding! I didn’t get to take photos at the garden wedding because I really wanted to enjoy everything. Huhuhu I cried so much! Most of the photos from hereon after were taken by wedding photographer, Nicolai Melicor.

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Dresses made by Patricia Santos


Pao with his brother and his dad. Awwww

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Kristia’s beautiful sisters were her maids of honor!

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The beautiful wedding dress was also made by Patricia Santos


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Almost everything was handcrafted by the bride!! So yes, the signs are her handwriting!:D


Here comes the bride

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CONGRATULATIONS!!! Here’s the couple with the entourage!

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The reception was the cutest!! While waiting to be seated, the guests could fill out things for the couple to read later on. Once again, all D.I.Y. by the bride!





Even the table runners and cutlery holders were made by Tia!! I love it!


This is a photo taken on the day Pao and Tia met each other for the first time.


Little did we know, it wasn’t the first time Pao had seen Tia. He saw her even before that, at a coffee shop and thought she was the most beautiful girl. His vows revealed that at the soiree this photo was taken, he cheated during the games just so he could spend more time with her. 8 years later, they exchanged vows at the altar. It’s the sweetest love story and I melt at how meant to be these 2 are.

If you’re a long time blog reader of mine, you’ll definitely know this couple. I will always be here for the both of them because I believe so much in their love. Can’t wait to meet your future babies!!!

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Click here to see Pao and Tia’s pre-nuptial photo shoot
Click here to see the onsite photo video (please wag niyo pansinin yung isang shot ko na nakatingin sa camera. ANYARE?! Di ako nag-pose for that ha!!!!)

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Giveaway: HP Deskjet Ink Advantage Printer

A single ink cartridge of the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 2520hc All-In-One Printer can make up to 1,5005 prints, producing superb quality documents and photos minus the mess of old tank systems.


Ink tank printing systems require manual handling, which often means a big mess, wasted ink and more importantly, wasted time. Users could waste up to 13 minutes each time refilling the ink manually and over 20 minutes when they need to clean clogged nozzles. Plus, users of ink tanks may also waste hundreds of pages worth of ink every time they clean the print heads.

Hi, Joey! She’s also curious about the new device. Haha!


Set up took just about 3 minutes, including installing the software needed. The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage hc printers deliver high-quality and reliable printouts, perfect for professionals and students who don’t like stress. Who does?! I can totally relate to it because I was once a college student with last-minute requirements I needed to print out and I didn’t have a printer so I had to go to school way early to line up at the computer lab. HASSLE.

It’s no surprise that this printer was so stress-free since HP Deskjet has been celebrating more than 20 years as the world’s top-selling printer brand.


It’s got an icon LCD display so it’s much easier to print, scan, and copy high-quality documents and photos!



I tested it out by printing monthly calendar lists I got from and the quality was amazing – high quality black lines and sharp, vivid graphics!

HP-5 HP-6 HP-7It’s so impressive it actually looks like store-bought stationery!

I also test-printed a Valentine card. Look, so cute!

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Giveaway: For The Beliebers

I know Justin Bieber has been breaking a lot of rules lately and people have been hating on him more than usual. I honestly think all the bullying got to him as a tween – he was called a faggot and many other names that boys his age aren’t capable of just brushing off. So now he’s succumbed to peer pressure, hanging out with the wrong crowd and overdoing it. I think he just needs to go home to his mom and seek professional help.

I still enjoy his music, I really like Confident featuring Chance The Rapper – oh hey I just featured him in my first Eat Buy Try post!

For all those who still love him and “belieb” this is just a phase, I’m giving away 2 bottles of his fragrance, The Key, and a Justin Bieber case perfect for 13-inch laptops.

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Chos. Pero sige, please pray for him nga!! Haha <3 I’m giving 1 winner a bottle of The Key + JB laptop case and another winner will win 1 bottle of The Key.

Here’s the Rafflecopter widget! You know what to do!

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I think this is my favorite photo (technically video still hehe) of JB :p


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Eat Buy Try: The First One!

Since my blog is now officially under (yay!) I’ve decided to adopt one of their regular topics: EAT, BUY, TRY!’s EAT BUY TRY section is usually for recommendations but to make things different (and easier haha) for my blog, mine will not necessarily be things I enjoyed. It’s simply what I’ve eaten, bought and tried recently!:) So let’s try this out and hopefully keep this going weekly!


My BFF Candy just blurted out the name of the restaurant on our way home Monday night and Jim & I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The name sounded magical. We went there for lunch the very next day.


It’s located at Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City – across Center of Gravity and Bugsy’s.

The owners are obviously Breaking Bad fans.

BurgersAndBrewskies-1I’m also a big fan of Walter White a.k.a. Heisenberg so I got suckered into ordering it.

heisenbergUnfortunately, kung ano ang kina-bad ass ni Heisenberg, yun ang kina-waley ng Heisenburger.


Bleu cheese aioli, jicama celery slaw (jicama is singkamas FYI), with bacon vinaigrette. Personally I thought it lacked flavor. They don’t really serve it cut in half but Jim and I requested for it so we could share each other’s burgers. He wanted to get another Breaking Bad character, Hector Salamanca. But it was advertised as really spicy and my tummy wasn’t in the mood for it. He got one of their best-sellers, Call The Nurse, instead.

BurgersAndBrewskies-3Spiced mustard aioli, B&B cheese sauce, seared mac and cheese, and bacon. This one was definitely better than the Heisenberg. I fucking love Mac and Cheese! Plus, it was easier to eat than the other burger that literally dripped the WHOLE time I was holding it.

BurgersAndBrewskies-5The service wasn’t great either. Our waiter was pretty “presko” you know what I mean, right? We asked what the best sellers were and he heavily just poked the 2 boxed items on the menu with his index and middle fingers making us feel like idiots for even asking. Hello, malay ko ba kung layout lang yung dalawang box na yun noh, wala namang nakalagay na yun ang best sellers. And then while we were eating na and asked for ketchup for our potato wedges, he just quickly said “Ay, wala kaming ketchup. Di kami nagse-serve ng ketchup dito.” So I automatically thought ANG PRETENTIOUS HA! but dismissed the thought immediately because it’s just the way the server said it that was annoying. Pwede namang “Actually, the use of ketchup is discouraged in order to taste the blah blah blah” and it was understandable because the potato wedges dip they gave us was delicious.

ANYWAY. The place was nice and cozy.

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I especially liked the beer bottle chandelier


I’d like to go back and taste the brewskies they have to offer!


I was very happy with my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 but I got envious of LTE-capable phones that’s why I switched to iPhone 5 about a year ago. LTE was amazing, I enjoyed it immensely until about a month ago when my 3G OR LTE would completely stop working for about 30mins and then come back for maybe 5mins. I got so frustrated for 2 weeks, I didn’t think it was Globe’s fault because Jim didn’t have any problems with his 3G/LTE. I figured it was the sim card so I looked forward to replacing it. Then I started obsessing over the Note 3 because I missed having a stylus and a big screen. I traded in my iPhone 5 and iPad 2 (which I never used anymore) and only added P5,500 for a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Thanks to my suki in Greenhills Theatre Mall!

DSC09771I’m VERY happy with it except it didn’t solve my 3G/LTE problem even if I changed my sim card. Huhuhu. So I still have the same problem but at least I have a bigger phone screen. I love looking at big pictures.

DSC09772Hassle lang kasi ang pangit ng camera :( You have to be REALLY steady when in low light conditions or else most photos will really be blurry.

Here’s an example of an indoor photo (with the curtains drawn in the afternoon).


Chaka… Pero this is a photo I took outdoors, it’s super clear!

20140218_145324It’s also annoying how the camera seems to be automatically zoomed. I don’t know, maybe I need to tinker with it and find the right settings. I like how the back case is no longer made of plastic. It’s more susceptible to dirt but it’s easily cleaned unlike permanent scratches!




So obsessed with this album right now. My favorite tracks are Cocoa Butter Kisses, Juice, Lost (feat. Noname Gypsy), Favorite Song (feat. Childish Gambino), Smoke Again (feat. Ab-Soul), Acid Rain.. Who am I kidding – I love all the songs.

I really enjoyed this interview Nardwuar did with him. So funny!!

There you go, the first edition of my version of Eat, Buy, Try!:) Check back next week for another one!

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