August 31, 2014

10A Alabama Handmade Arts and Crafts Fair

I have seen and heard about 10A Alabama Handmade Arts and Crafts Fair from a college friend of mine and I immediately search the internet about it. I always see these types of fairs only in the U.S. and it's nice that these types of events are now happening in my country and that Filipinos have an avenue to showcase their talents and make some income out of it. Although not many people make a living out of their passions and I bet you know the cliche saying that artists are usually broke; but now that is not usually the case. And we owe this to more people appreciating, supporting and patronizing the handmade creations of our local artists.

10A Alabama is a quarterly gathering of artists-sellers in an old house converted into an art and furniture gallery in Quezon City. The gallery got its name from its address which is No. 10-A Alabama St., New Manila, Quezon City. It is the homebase of Resurrection Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery. From the outside it looks like a small compound but you'll be surprised to know that the place is actually huge; the garage is spacious (where most of the artists display their goods) and the main house is probably a 1940-50s bungalow house with a big big backyard.

August 30, 2014

Bahay Pastulan's New Home in Tagaytay

I bet every Pinoy who has been to Baguio (well every Pinoy for that matter) knows what Good Shepherd is and how good their ube jam is.  I am such a fan of ube (purple yam), that I eat anything with ube flavor, ube cake, ube candies, ube pastilas, ube ice cream, name it it's my favorite.

I only knew that Good Shepherd has a branch in Tagaytay when my bestfriend Kristina came to Manila to look for a wedding venue back in 2011. I accompanied her and her family to Tagaytay to check out possible venues for their wedding and we did a side trip to Good Shepherd to buy delicacies. And from there on, a trip to Tagaytay had always been incomplete without a visit to that place.

August 29, 2014

Pamana: A Filipino Heirloom Restaurant

Every time we go up to Tagaytay and pass by Aguinaldo Highway we always notice a lot of parked cars in front of Pamana, especially on weekends and holidays. There was once a time that we tried eating there but we were told that the tables were already reserved until around after lunch time; we didn’t know that it was by reservation so we looked for another place to dine instead. But Pamana is always jampacked which says something about this restaurant, it is either the food is really good or there’s just an prolonged ongoing hype. Although this place has been operating for quite some time now so the former may have been the reason why it’s hard to get a table there if you didn’t call to reserve for one.

So when we made a quick getaway to Tagaytay one Monday in June this year, we decided to go there and see if we can finally try it out. And since it was a Monday, it is expected that not many people is in Tagaytay for a vacay, it wasn’t a holiday either. This time around we were lucky that it was almost like we have Pamana all to ourselves (but it wasn’t the case, there was another family dining there).Pamana belongs to the group of restaurants from the same creators of the well-known Barrio Fiesta that is the home of the best crispy pata and kare-kare in the Philippines. It is a Filipino restaurant that serves timeless heirloom recipes handed down from generation to generation, collected by the owner Happy Ongpauco from friends, families, family friends, house helps etc.

August 27, 2014

Vintage Dressing by Rosegal + Coupon Code

Do you agree with me when I say that old has got a new name these days and it’s called Vintage? And dressing up in vintage style doesn’t have to look like costume-y. Including classic pieces and clothes with timeless cuts into one’s wardrobe will definitely help achieve a vintage feel. You can never go wrong if you’re thinking of having a vintage style of fashion. There is also a modern take or interpretation of vintage fashion that won’t make you look like you’ve come out from a history book.

I love anything vintage, shabby-chic or quirky; I believe I have an old soul and if I were to be asked if what era to live in the past, I would probably choose between the Rennaissance, the 1920’s or 1950’s. For me, those times are the most fashionable eras. As much as possible I want to incorporate something vintage-looking and preppy into my wardrobe, and believe I would definitely fit in that style category.

August 25, 2014

Weekend Getaway: One Tagaytay Place

I decided to make a quick getaway to Tagaytay. Well, I think it was just timely since we have been working (and I doing sideline work on top of my regular job) for the past 6 months. We were blessed with a one night stay One Tagaytay Place voucher which we planned to use supposedly on July 4th weekend. But unfortunately the voucher can't be used on weekends, so we thought what the heck, we'll just use it on a Monday and just apply for a vacation leave from work. We were both fine with it, because you know how Mondays can be dreading for people like us who work on night shift. This is because coming from a weekend where we can sleep like normal people at night, during Mondays it gets pretty hard for us to sleep at noon in preparation for our work at night, and we usually don't get a proper sleep even if we desperately try hard to. I've been in this industry for more than 5 years and I'm still not used to it, I'm still wondering why...

So on a Monday morning we drove all the way up to Tagaytay after passing by BGC to do an errand at Ford Global for our car Ticoy. It was surprising that SLEX was not congested which made our trek up to Tagaytay super fast.

August 23, 2014

Earn your first $5 Just By Registering as a SheInside Publisher Program Member

Hi all, did you notice the title for this blog post? I bet you don’t believe it but it’s actually true! If you have a blog (even if you’re just starting) and it doesn't have to be a completely fashion blog, I am inviting you to join as a SheInside Publisher Program member and you will earn your first $5 with no questions asked, you just need to follow a few quick steps to be able to get your first earning as a blogger.

SheInside Publisher Program is a venue for bloggers to promote SheInside products regularly on their own blog sites and to their readers. You might say, “But I am not a Fashion Blogger”, well so am I dear readers. If you have noticed my blog entries are a mix of everything under the sun, but that didn’t hinder me from joining this program, earning and buying the clothes that I love from SheInside.

August 21, 2014

Prep For The Sweater Season with SheInside’s Fall/Autumn Labor Day Sale!

*Sigh*… How time flies so fast… It seemed like yesterday we were all just celebrating the start of the new year, then there was valentine, then graduation, then summer, and who would have Known, the year is about to end again in a few months. A few weeks from now, it’s already the “ber” months and that signals the Holidays and the of course the cold season. But before we get too excited, let’s not forget about Fall or Autumn.

Fall or Autumn may be short, but it is as equally beautiful as all the other seasons. Especially when the leaves turn to bright reds and oranges and they start to fall off from the branches of the trees in preparation for the winter season. Unfortunately, here in my country we only experience 2 seasons, rainy and dry season. But when it rains, it tends to get pretty cold too and the cold wind coming from the north during October to December also gives us Filipinos a taste of the winter weather. So we still have a reason to get into the bandwagon of wearing layers, sweaters and jackets.

August 20, 2014

Weekend Getaway: Best Western La Corona Manila

I have only seen a handful of reviews about Best Western-La Corona Hotel Manila that’s why I am writing this review because like me months back someone might looking for a comprehensive review about this hotel.

We booked a room at Best Western-La Corona last April to use it as a place to prepare for our friends' wedding. It is because the venue was far from our house and I have to be at the venue as early as 8am to set it up. I don’t think it will be a good idea to go home after setting up the venue and drive all the way back to manila after freshening up. The couple also booked a room at Best Western-La Corona as their prep venue as well. I was the one who booked it for them after scouring the net for hotels near Manila Yacht Club. Most hotels near Manila Yacht Club  were kind pricey or looked like any typical hotel;  Best Western-La Corona’s rooms were modern and chic and would perfect for photo ops, so they agreed that this was the best place to do their preps.

August 18, 2014

My YOYOMelody Wishlist!

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I had the time to window shop online (been busy for the past two weeks and surfing the net was least of my priorities) and it's one of the things that I love to do when I'm connected to the internet. Even if I don't buy all the things that I see online, I still love keeping them on my wishlist. And you all probably know by now, if you've been constantly visiting my blog, that there's a couple online stores that I love checking out regularly. Now I think I'm adding a new one to my favorite online shops, introducing YOYOMelody.

YOYOMelody stands for "You're On Your Own", it is owned and operated by Alliance International Venture Inc. which is actually a  a leading wedding dress and occasion dress manufacturer. Having their own factory, they have been in the wedding dress line business for more than 11 years (since 1999). All their items are of high quality and they guarantee quality service as well as profitability, making your dreaming wedding come true. is focusing on occasion dresses (such as prom dresses, graduation dresses, etc.) wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl’s dresses, mother of the bride dresses, accessories, and women’s casual dresses, bags and shoes.

August 17, 2014

Win $100 Coupon from YOYO Melody!

It has been a super busy past two weeks for me because I had to finish a lot of DIY stuff for my friend's daughter's birthday (which I will help style), that's why my regular blogging went to a full halt. I had a couple of advanced blog entries that only need publishing, but for this week I've ran out of write-ups. As of the moment I still have around 6-7 blog entries to write and photos for these posts to sort and edit.

So as not to completely go dark in the blogosphere I'm sharing with all you all this good news I've recently came across [which I read from another blogger :-) ], which I thought would only take me just a couple of minutes to write and share with you guys and girls.

August 15, 2014

Laser Cut Outs

Sometime last month, I checked all the online stores that my blog is affiliated with to check if I still have any store credits/coupons left unused and I was kinda excited to learn that I still have some left in my  Jollychic account and I was just in time to check it because it was about to expire.

Jollychic is one of the online stores that I really like because of the high quality of the items that they sell and how their shipping is. You want to see proof? You can scroll down to see or read my first haul from Jollychic here: JOLLYCHIC.COM HAUL + REVIEW , to be convinced that I was really satisfied from what I got from them the first time.

August 12, 2014

Garden Party Themed iHomecoming Celebration

I enjoy themed events because I believe it’s what makes a party or a gathering unique and memorable. A themed party creates a different atmosphere and will definitely get guests to be excited and interested to attend. Themed events doesn’t have to be just for weddings and birthdays; school gatherings like prom and homecoming could also need some sprucing up and acquire a theme that will engage students and alumni.

Although I haven’t got to attend any homecoming event, because it is not too much of a big deal here in my country, but if ever I will have to organize one for my alma mater, I would love to have a Garden Party Themed Homecoming Celebration. I have tons of ideas flooding my mind right now on how to style and conceptualize the entire event. That’s gonna be super exciting! As with the attires of guests, I would suggest ala Gossip Girl men’s fashion for the men, khakis, pastel shirts and brogues that will make them look dapper. And striking pastel dresses for the women which will make them look fresh and blooming. The dresses should mimic the beautiful colors of the flowers in any well-taken-care-of garden.

August 8, 2014

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

I love weddings! for me they are one of the most beautiful events in someone’s life because they signify a new chapter in a person’s life. It’s a celebration of two people’s love for each other having their loved ones as a witness as they vow to love, care and be patient for one another for as long as they live.

Although the attention of wedding should be central to the bride and groom, we must also take in to consideration the people that surround them that made them who they are today. That is I think the foremost reason why a bridal party is included in any wedding. Although when I got married, I didn't have any entourage at all because our wedding was just a small and intimate one. We didn't also have any formal processional march during our wedding ceremony. Even though we didn't have a bridal party during our wedding, on the other hand, I have experienced being flower girl, a bridesmaid and a maid of honor (and then eventually a bride *winks*). It is such an awesome experience to be part of a bridal party and being invited to be one should and always be an honor. This is because you will know how a couple values you as a friend or a family member.

August 6, 2014

I'll Let You In On A Little Secret on How to Be A Successful Sheinside Publish Program Member

When we believe in certain products and services that we are using, it’s so easy for us tell convincing stories to others about them and we usually are so excited to share.  Well, that’s exactly how I am about You may notice that I always feature SheInside products in my blog, aside from being part of their Publisher Program it is because I believe in and like what they have to offer.

I, too, am a customer of SheInside and I have firsthand experience when it comes to purchasing items from their site and so far I am not disappointed with what I’ve purchased. I’ve seen so many online clothing stores, and I frequent these websites; I mean there’s not a day that I don’t check online stores. I love buying from online stores because they save me the time and effort to go to the mall. And SheInside is one of those that I  visit almost everyday because they sell the trendiest clothes at reasonable prices and they always update their stocks.

August 3, 2014

The Lace Love Affair...

What does come to mind when you hear the word Lace? Well I don't know for you, but I associate it with elegance, femininity,  something very intricately done and old world. And I am pretty much sure some of those words have crossed your minds too. Aside from those that I have mentioned, Lace is such a timeless  item, it's probably one of those textile pieces that has been used in a thousand and one ways since time immemorial. So here's a little history on how Lace came to be...

Lace is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand. The holes can be formed via removal of threads or cloth from a previously woven fabric, but more often open spaces are created as part of the lace fabric. Lace-making is an ancient craft. True lace was not made until the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A true lace is created when a thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a backing fabric. Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber. A few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread.

August 2, 2014

Dress Like a Royalty or Celebrity with Aviva Dress

Who says you can’t enjoy dressing up like a million bucks or a Hollywood star without paying huge amount of money? Spending less doesn’t mean you need to compromise the style and quality of your apparel especially if you’ll be wearing it to a special event like prom, formal banquets and weddings.

Eli Saab, Jenny Pakham and Zuhair Murad are the three current designers I totally adore because of their design aesthetics. That's one reason why I wanted my wedding dress be inspired by the designs of these  three. At my current financial status I am far from owning any dress from any of these three designers. But that doesn’t mean I can wear something that looks like it is taken directly out of their fashion show racks.

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