Friday, June 29, 2012

It's Showtime!

A few days ago, my officemates and I went to ABS-CBN to watch Showtime. We're lucky to get reservation and didn't experience much hassle in waiting. I was excited since it's my first time to watch a noontime show LIVE! Didn't even hesitate 'coz I'm a kapamilya fan since birth. lol. I grew up watching most of their shows. Anyhow, the show starts at 11am. We were inside the studio at around 10:30. I was so surprised to see how small the studio was. It looks like Araneta on TV right? Pero swear anlitt lang  ng space. Amazing how technology can turn a small room into a big dome.
The room was filled with fancy lights and camera. I can already feel the energy. A guy led us to the left side of the stage. We were first in the row. Sitting in front would be better though.(arte?). Minutes before the show, Mel Feliciano gave the audience some briefings and a dance rehearsal. Everyone is required to participate all throughout the show. I enjoyed the part where we sang this line:
                                                             Tayo’y tumalon (heeeyy!!!).
 tayo’y sumigaw (ooh!!!).
 Maghawak-hawak tayo’y sumayaw. 
This is your show, this is your time, 
magpasikat na, it’s Showtime!”  
With actions pa yan ha. haha. That was so much fun. Everyone cooperated. Bawal KJ dun.Then the hosts came out. Woah! I finally get to see Karylle in flesh. She is so pretty in person. Anne wasn't around yet. She came back the day after. Also,Vice was so friendly and his wicked jokes are still super benta. We laughed hard. 
I was with Rod, Jea, Jeanne and Aileen. Thanks for the hitch, guys! ;)
Ryan Bang and Vhong Hilario
Too bad we weren't able to take decent pictures of the hosts. Masyado silang mailap sa aming camera.lol
scarf: Hang Ten ; top: Oxygen; pants: Lee ;earrings: F21

I'm looking forward to watching ASAP LIVE naman! That for sure is more exciting!  Hello connections, come to mama.hahaha. ;)
Good night, y'all! 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

tote

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bag: Plains & Prints ; top: SM ; shorts: thrifted; shoes: Converse; 

i love wearing prints. hindi halata ang bilbilish.bwahaha
You may have seen this tote bag a few times already. Currently, it's my favorite. It's a good casual bag especially for weekends. I love it to death. It is pretty spacious that's why I can just put anything in it. It's really convenient and yeah, stylish too. 


On the other note,  I learned from somewhere this software that can turn your photos into vintage. 
It's Pixlr-o-matic, my friend! You can edit online or you can download this app. I've been playing this tool for a while now. Try it. It's cool!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, lovelies! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

tv series galore


I spend most of my free time watching tv series. Thanks to my ever reliable source. ;)

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Revenge

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Scandal
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The walking dead

                                                                      Game of Thrones 



Not to mention, Walang Hanggan. haha. 

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coming up: Mad men and Awkward

Sunday, June 17, 2012

work chic



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I don't like wearing formal/corporate attire to work. For me it's boring. A touch of style and colors will do. ;)
I want these pieces from  Romwe

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friday: The Collective

My officemates have been telling me a lot about The Collective. I was so ecstatic to visit the place. I wanna experience the ambience that they've been telling me about. The place is just 15 minutes away from my office, so my boyfriend and I decided to finally dine in there.

The place was still quiet when we got there. It was only 6pm.haha. Only a few restaurants were open. I recommend you come here at around 8pm.(pang night life effect). I was already thinking of the Wabi-SAbi noodle house but boyfriend protested.He doesn't like it there because everything is vegetable.He doesn't like Gulay.Kainis! Ang dyahe naman kung separate kami ng kainan dba? so pinabigyan ko sya.We then settled to eat pizza instead. We found cute pizza restaurant, The Calda Pizza. They offer more than 15 flavors of pizza and in different sizes. The biggest is 36 inches.
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We waited for about 15-20 minutes before pizza was served. It was worth the wait. The pizza was so delicious and we enjoyed every bite. Jonathan even declared it's the best pizza he has ever tasted.over.haha. Our stomach was full. We can barely move.
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We then took a walk around the place. The place is pretty cool and is half-full of designs. There are areas that are empty and are yet to be developed. Nonetheless, I salute the people behind the concept. Some walls are painted with graphic patterns. There are also clothing stores for someone who wants to go shopping.
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I love this old bike. 
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Honestly, I was not that satisfied. Maybe because some shops and bars are still closed, I didn't see any crowd plus it was a rainy night. But we enjoyed the food. We'll come back when everything is set. ;)

Friday, June 15, 2012

call me, baby


I just need to share this. It may brighten up your day. hahaha! Ang hoooooooot lang. whew!


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Minsan May Isang Puta

Minsan May Isang Puta
Tingin ng mga bobong kapitbahay ko, puta daw ako. Nagpapagamit, binabayaran. Sabi nila, ako daw ang pinakamaganda at pinakasikat sa aming lugar noon. Di ko nga alam kung sumpa ito, dahil dito naletse ang kinabukasan ko.
Tara, makinig ka muna sa kwento ko, yosi muna tayo.
Alam mo, maraming lumapit sa akin. Nagkagusto at naakit. Ang hirap pag lahat sa iyo, virgin eh. Tinanggap ko naman silang tao, bakit kaya nila ako ginago? Hindi ko maintindihan ang mga nangyari sa akin. Bukas palad ko naman silang pinakitunguhan, ni hindi ko nga itinuring na iba. Iniisip ko na nga lang na kasi di sila taga rito kaya siguro talagang ganoon.
Tatlong malilibog na foreigners ang nagpyesta sa katawan ko. Sabi nila na-rape daw ako.
Sa tatlong beses akong nagahasa, ang pinakahuli ang di ko makakalimutan.
Parang maski di ko ginusto ang mga nangyari, hinahanap-hanap ko siya. Kasi, ibang-iba ang hagod niya. Umiikot ang mundo ko sa tuwing ginagamit niya ako. May mga pagkakaton na nasusuka na ko sa mga nangyayari sa aming dalawa. Parang ‘pag humahalinghing siya, nararamdaman ko na nalalason ako.. Gusto ko mang umayaw, hindi ko makuhang humindi. Hindi ko din alam kung bakit. Ibang klase din kasi siya mag-sorry eh, lalo pa at inalagaan niya ako at ang mga naging anak ko.
Alam mo, parating ang dami naming regalo – may chocolates, yosi at ano ka! May datung pa! Nakakabaliw siya! Alam kong ginagamit niya lang ako pero pagamit naman ako nang pagamit. Sa kanya namin natutunan mag-inggles, di lang magsulat ha! Magbasa pa!
Nung kinasama ko siya, guminhawa buhay namin. Sosyal na sosyal kami! Ewan ko nga ba, akala ko napapamahal na ako sa kanya. Akala ko tuloy-tuloy na kaligayahan namin, yun pala unti-unti niya akong pinapatay.
Punyetang buhay! Sa dami ng lason na sinaksak niya sa katawan ko, muntik na akong malaspag. Ang daming nagsabi na ang tanga tanga ko. Palayasin ko na daw. Taon ang binilang bago ako natauhang makining sa payo. Iniisip ko kasi na parang di ko kakayanin na mawala siya sa akin… Sa amin! .
Sa tulong ng ilan sa mga anak ko, napalayas ko ang demonyo pero ang hirap magsimula. Hindi nga ako sigurado kung nabunutan ako ng tinik o nadagdagan pa. Masyado na kasi kaming nasanay sa sarap ng buhay na naranasan namin sa kanya, kaya eto nabaon kami sa utang. Lubog na lubog kami sa pagkakautang, kulang yata pati kaluluwa namin para ibayad sa mga inutang namin.
Nakakahiya man aminin pero hanggang ngayon, sa tuwing mabigat ang problema ko, siya ang tinatakbuhan ko. ‘Yun nga lang, kapit sa patalim sabi nga nila. Para akong isang aso na nangagat ng amo, na bumabahag ang buntot at umaamo kapag nangangailangan.
Usap-usapan ako ng mga kapitbahay ko. May nanghihinayang, namumuhi at naaawa. Puta na kasi ang isang magandang katulad ko. Ang dating hinahangaan at humahalina ay nabibili sa murang halaga. Alam mo maski ganun ang mga nangyari sa akin, nilakasan ko pa rin ang loob ko. Kailangan makita ng mga anak ko, na masasandalan nila ako maski ano pang mangyari.
Maski ano pa ang sabihin ng iba, sinisikap namin na maging maganda ang buhay namin. Nag-aambisyon kami at nangangarap. Ayun, may mga anak ako na nasa Japan, Hong Kong, Saudi. Yung iba nag-US, Canada, Europe. ‘Yung iba ayaw umalis sa akin. Halos lahat, wala naman silbi. Masaya daw sa piling ko, maski amoy pusali ako.
Sa dami ng mga anak ko na nagsisikap na tulungan ang kalagayan namin, siya din ang dami ng mga anak ko na nanamantala sa kabuhayan at kayaman na itinatabi ko para sa punyetang kinabukasan naming lahat. Eto na nga ang panahon na halos di na kami makaahon sa hirap ng buhay. Napakahirap dahil nasanay na kami sa ginhawa at sarap.
Alam mo, gusto ko na sanang tumigil sa pagpuputa kaso ang laki talaga ng letseng utang ko eh. Palaki pa ng palaki! Paano na lang ang mga anak kong naiwan sa aking puder? At paano na lang ang mga anak kong nasa abroad? Baka di na nila ako balikan o bisitahin man lang? Hindi na importante kung laspagin man ang ganda ko, madama lang ng mga anak ko ang pagmamahal ko. Malaman nila na ibibigay ko ang lahat para sa kanila.
Sa tuwing titingin ako sa salamin, alam ko maganda pa rin ako. Meron pa din ang bilib sa akin. Napapag-usapan pa din. Sa tuwing nakikita ko ang mukha ko sa salamin, nakikita ko ang mga anak ko. Tutulo na lang ang mga luha ko ng di ko namamalayan. Ang gagaling nga ng mga anak ko eh, namamayagpag kahit saan sila pumunta. Mahusay sa kahit anong gawain. Tama man o mali.
Sa dami ng mga anak ko, iilan lang ang may malasakit sa akin. May malasakit man, nahihilaw pa.
Mabigat dalahin para sa akin, ang katotohanan na ni minsan ay di kami naging isang pamilya. Halos lahat ng mga anak ko, galit sa isa’t isa. IIlan ang gusto magtulungan, naghihilahan pa. Madalas kong itinatanong sa sarili ko kung naging masama ba akong nanay para magturingan ng ganito ang mga anak ko?
Kanino bang similya ng demonyo nanggaling ang mga anak kong maituturing mong may mga pinag-aralan pero nakakadama ng saya at sarap sa paghihirap ng kapatid nila? Di ko lubos maisip kung saan impiyerno nanggaling ang kasikiman ng ilan sa mga anak kong ito. Sila pa naman ang inaasahan kong magbabangon sa amin. Nakakabaliw isipin na natitiis nila ang kalagayan ng kanilang mga kapatid na halos mamatay sa hirap ng buhay. Parang di sila magkakapatid sa tindi ng pagkaganid at walang pagmamalasakit.
Ang di ko akalain ay mismong mga anak ko, ang tuluyang sisira sa akin. Kinapital ang laspag na ganda ko. Masaya sila sa mga nabibili nila mula sa pinagputahan ko. Buong angas nilang pinagyayabang ang mga pansamantalang yaman at ang kanilang hilaw na pagkatao sa mga makakakita at makikinig. Talaga bang nakakalula ang materyal na kayamanan at mga titulong ikinakabit sa pangalan? Hindi ko maintindihan.
Minsan sa pagtingin ko sa salamin, ni hindi ko na nga kilala sarili ko.
Dadating na naman ang pasko, sana maalala naman ako ng mga anak ko. Ilang linggo pa, magbabagong taon na. Natatakot ako sa taong darating. Ngayon pa lang usap-usapan na ang susunod na pangbubugaw sa akin. Gagamitin pa nila ang kahinaan ng mga kapatid nilang alipin sa kalam ng tiyan. Sa tagal ng panahong ganito ang sitwasyon namin parang eto lang ang sulok na gagalawan ko. Sana may magtanggol naman sa akin. Ipaglaban naman nila ako. Gusto kong isigaw: “Ina ninyo ako! Pagmamahal nyo lang ang kailangan ko!”
Sensya na, ang haba na ng drama ko. Masisira na ang make up ko nito eh. Salamat ha, pinakinggan mo ako. Malaking bagay sa akin na nakausap kita. Ang tagal nating nag-usap, di man lang ako nagpapakilala.
Ay sorry, di ko nasabi pangalan ko.
Pilipinas nga pala.
 written by Mike Portes 

Got this from Saab's blog. I learned that it has a film adaptation entitled "Ganap na Babae". Watch the trailer below.



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

dinner date



Had fun hanging out with my best friend, Irish. We're planning to do this once a month, at least. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Chelsea


I know I have to limit my sugar intake to avoid gaining weight and diabetes. But I'm too weak to resist. Look at these cakes. They are so tempting I wanna die. And so we satisfied our sweet tooth with these yummy creations.Worth every calorie.Delicioso!  
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Chelsea Market Cafe which is located in Serendra, is an awesome place. The interior is cool and elegant. Their staff is extra friendly but patience is a virtue here. Medyo matagal sila mgserve ng food. Pero oks lang, masarap naman. ;)

Exploring Fort Santiago

Jonathan and I went to Intramuros, particularly Fort Santiago to tour our friends from Japan. It was also my first time to visit Fort Santiago. Knowing more about our national hero is fun. Our friends understood everything because we chose a tour guide that can speak Nihongo. We saw Rizal's prison cell, The Reliquary room, his poems which are written on the wall, his clothes, photos of his girlfriends and other Rizal stuff. The tour gave us a lot of "AHA moments".


negra much
top: thrifted ; bag: Plains and Prints ;denim pants: Giordano; shoes: Ferretti
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at Rizal Shrine
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Some of Rizal's memorabilia. 
His clothes are really small. And that beautiful woman is  Seiko Usui or O'sei San. She's one of the many women who were romantically linked to Jose Rizal. 
nak ng pasig naman kayo...
Fort Santiago Dungeons and The Pasig River
According to the tour guide, many Filipinos were tortured and tormented here. Sad.
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I wanna take more photos but it's scourging hot outside. But we did enjoyed the tour. If you happen to be in Manila, please do visit Fort Santiago.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Perfect Escape

I haven't updated my blog for a month. Blame it to my love-hate relationship with my blog. But now, I'm sooo back to blogging.swear.chos.

I will write about my summer getaway in Calaguas happened a month ago.
My barkada has this summer tradition of going to beaches every year. And this is our 4th. Yahoo to that!

Calaguas group of islands is located in Camarines Norte. We opted to travel by bus. We left Pasay at 9:30pm and arrived in a place near Daet at 5am. That was a long bus ride. My butt ached bigtime. I was freezing too(oa) kasi anlamig sa bus. Then we took a trike going to Port Paracale for 20 minutes. We had breakfast in the karinderia and bought some food and utensils in the market. We rented a boat going to Calaguas . It was a 2-hour boat ride.
the gang ginanggang at Paracale port
These are my travel buddies. You might have seen them already in some of my posts.



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top: boutique; fedora hat: SM; shorts:thrifted; bag:Plains and Prints; shades: Dickies
pose muna while waiting for the boat
hindi yan ang boat namin...yun oh! pero kasing liit din nyan.tapos sampu kami. gowd luck!
Hindi yan ang boat namin. Yung isa sa malayo. Pero same size. Imagine ngkasya kaming 12 sa maliit na boat na yan? buwis buhay indeed!
dyan...dyan kami titira for 2 days and 1 night!
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Now we're in heaven. Breathtakingly beautiful. We were totally amazed. The water is so clear like that of a swimming pool. The sugary white sand makes it more perfect. Serenity at its best. You can view some of the photos here.



inihaw na isda, kinilaw and liempo for lunch! yum!
Kinilaw, inihaw na isda and liempo for lunch. 

We spent the rest of the time swimming, picture-taking, playing,eating and savoring the beauty of the island.
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i have to include this..bahala na si batman
kudos to Rod Lor! he has a good eye in photography.
survivor-ish pose
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with my one and only. nux
We stayed there for 2 days and 1 night. No electricity and no hotels, which is good because I'm sure development will only ruin the paradise. I wish it'll stay virgin. It is absolutely my most favorite beach by far. 
You should come and visit this place too.