Hey sunbeams!


We had a meeting yesterday and a friend noticed that I look pale. I tried to put on a lipstick, I hurriedly applied one but since I don’t like the way it looks on me, I decided not to apply anymore.  I have this idea that maybe I look pale because I don’t get enough sunshine. They say that you need to get a little exposure of sunlight; it’s good for the health. I’ve been sleeping late & waking up late too. Last night, I decided to sleep early (I did, slept around 12AM LOL) & should wake up early to get some vitamin D.  I woke up early today, hurray! Actually, I woke up because of the noises I heard.  Omo, my family is really noisy early in the morning! I heard familiar voices in our living room, I realized that my aunt & uncle arrived early from Bohol (I’m not sure what their business here in CDO, maybe they have important event to attend to).  I woke up around 6AM, I jumped on my bed cause I have to get some sunshine!

To my surprise the weather is gloomy, and then my aunt says there’s a low pressure, wrong timing eh? I didn’t even know there’s a low pressure; I don’t like watching news (too much negativity there), that’s why I can’t keep up with the latest updates, especially the weather. This weather is an epitome of appreciating little things, we miss the sunbeams when it rains & vice versa.  Ooh, this kind of weather makes me a lazy. 

10 Movie Soundtracks

Here are some soundtracks that I love from movies. Yes, I pay attention to soundtracks, and there are other pretty songs out there too, but I just like these songs so much. 

Once in my Life (Stevie Wonder), Shrek 4 - I heard this one in an ending song from Shrek 4 movie. At first, I kinda like it cause it was upbeat, catchy & you can tell by the melody that it was a classic song, I didn't know who the artist at that time. But the more I listened to it, the lyric & meaning of the song is beautiful, makes you warm all over. The song is about finding that special person you've been looking & dreaming for your whole life. A person who gives you bundle of happiness & joy. I love it to be my wedding song.

Little Wonders (Rob Thomas), Meet the Robinsons - A song that tells you to move on. Everything that you've deal with the past or decisions made are over and gone. You have to live by the present moment. Our lives are made by small hours and little wonders.

Iris (Goo Goo Dolls), City of Angels - This song is so popular during my high school years that makes me annoyed how people like the song so much. I didn't even like the song back then since I cannot understand the meaning behind it. During my college years, a friend told me that it was a soundtrack of the movie City of Angels. I haven't seen the movie yet but that friend recommended me to watch it. After watching the movie which is so tragic by the way, I clearly understand the meaning then started to like the song. The song was about the perspective of Nicolas Cage's character in the movie. Cage was an angel; they help those humans who died transition to the afterlife. Unexpectedly, he falls to a human which is played by Meg Ryan. He was torn to choose between his love for Meg, or give up his immortality. It's a heavy decision though but he's willing to give up everything for Meg, sweet.

Somewhere only we know (Keane), He’s just not that Into You -  I like the movie cause Drew was there, I love her! I like the song because of the melody. At first, I thought it was kinda sad song, since I heard this line "this could be the end of everything." For me, the song is about a secret place whom you shared with a special someone, where you've had a lot of happy memories with that person.  How you would wish those happy memories would somehow be back to the way it used to be. You'll find strength as you remember those moments.

500 miles (The Proclaimers), Bridesmaids - Bridesmaids is one of my fave comedy movie ever!! But I love the song 500 miles more. The song is about a man being devoted to a woman, who would do anything just to spend the rest of his life with her. I love the meaning of that song, I even tried to make my man sing it for me LOL but he doesn't know the lyrics though haha! You will fall for this song, who wouldn't?

At the Beginning (Richard Marx and Donna Lewis), Anastasia - I know I've seen this movie but I just couldn't remember seeing it on DVD, will watch it again, if I have time. The song is really popular back then. I remembered one of my office-mate played the song & I like how the message of the song would reach your heart. The song is about finding your one true love. 

You got me (Colbie Caillat), Leap Year - I love this movie so much. Amy Adams is really adorable here and the guy is a real cutie. Ireland is one of those places I want to visit, magical and serene place. The song you got me was played at the end of the movie, where the guy proposed to Amy. The scene is super romantic & the view is stunning!!! The song is about a guy whose in-love with a girl, does everything to make her happy. The girl on the other hand can’t resist and can't get enough of the guy. The girl is looking forward to seeing him. Imagining life without him would be dull, crazy right? It's the best feeling you can't ignore, though.  

When you say nothing at all (Ronan Keating), Notting Hill - The song is like the proverb "action speaks louder than words", even if you don't say anything at all, everything reflects on your actions, you can't hide it from your special someone. 

Grow Old with You (Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore), The Wedding Singer - This is the most mainstream song ever, I've heard a lot of covers of this on YouTube. Who wouldn't love the song? You would do anything for the person you love, even if you can’t watch your favorite TV Show (WHAT?!). You can watch at Netflix.

Way Back into Love (Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore), Music & Lyrics - The song is about moving on from a past relationship. Lonely and blue cause you’re still trap from the ghost of your past. Hopeful that you will find your way back into love but of course time can only tell. 

Bookshelf Inspiration

Hooray for the month of October! How time flies and I love it! I'm looking forward to 2015 actually. I was browsing through tumblr and found these bookshelf photos which make me come up with this post. I love books so much that I hoard a lot. They say when you read a lot of books, you tend to have good writing skills. A tip which I read over a thousand times on the internet. Sadly, it doesn't have an effect on me. As much as I dream of, I don't have that skill. I love reading and writing too, but my writing is not improving at all. I wish grammar police would visit my blog often so that I can collect more tips from them. I read grammar sites every now and then but forgot most of the grammar rules. Too many rules to consider and you don't even know yourself you're doing it right. I get lost a lot of times. I will do better and just continue writing even though I'm bad at grammar.

Photos below are my bookshelf inspiration. I love the idea of having one, where I can arrange them, have that cute couch and lay around all day just reading. These photos are not mine, credit goes to the owner. (see below for image sources)






image sources
  1. http://books-cupcakes.tumblr.com/post/97606294026
  2. http://books-cupcakes.tumblr.com/post/95083464446/staystrongreadbooks-books-cupcakes-im-about 
  3. http://teachingliteracy.tumblr.com/post/94666634083 
  4. http://books-cupcakes.tumblr.com/post/96028292570/amor-librorum-new-bookshelves

25 Things to do before my 25th Birthday!

Here are the 25 things I want to do and have before my 25th Birthday! I'm just too excited to post them all here so that I can read them from time to time and update it LOL.

Personal:
  1. Get a Passport - done
  2. To get SSS, Pag-ibig and Tin # - done
  3. Water Rafting
  4. Zipline in Dahilayan and try other rides
  5. Parasailing 
  6. Learn to invest and manage my finances - starting to invest (wish me luck!)
  7. Buy a laptop, preferably 10" laptop (Asus or Sony Vaio - I prefer vaio)
  8. To have my own Iphone or Note 3 
  9. To have a Fujifilm Instax (color blue/yellow)
  10. To have my own pair of Keds (TSwift Colletion or Keds X Kate Spade New York Pointer)
  11. To have my own pair of Nike shoes.
Travel:
  1. Go to Dahilayan Adventure Park - done
  2. Stay for 3-4 nights in Dahilayan Gardens & Resort
  3. Visit Fantasyland and Dakak Beach Resort  - done
  4. Go swimming in Enchanted River
  5. 4-5 days vacation in Boracay
  6. 4-5 days travel abroad (I would love to visit Japan, Hongkong and Korea)
  7. Go to Disneyland Hongkong!
  8. 4-5 days vacation in Coron, Palawan
  9. Visit Samal Island in Davao
Health:
  1. I have to lose 35 lbs before my 25th birthday! (lost around 17.8 lbs - as of Aug 2014)
  2. Learn YOGA
  3. Exercise Regularly
  4. Eat Clean - no more CRAP food (Carbonated drinks, Refined Sugars, Artificial food & Processed  food)
  5. Aim for PHD (YESSS!)
Hello Universe!! You know what to do! Lovelots xxoo

Bedroom Inspirations

I've always wanted a room of my own. It gives me the privacy and comfort I need on a daily basis since I'm working at home. Unfortunately, our home is limited of space. There are 8 people living in our cute house and we only have two bedrooms. Our kitchen and living room are connected, we have one bathroom which is inside the master's bedroom. Anyway, one thing that I wish is having my own room, a private and cozy space where I can run to when I wanted to hide away from the world. A room where I can run my imagination freely. I love decorating and cute wallpapers. I love lively, colorful and warm bedroom. Below are my bedroom inspirations, these photos are not mine and credit goes to the owner. 







15 Random Things


1. I’m inconsistent – When you want to achieve something you have to be consistent every single day, but I am not doing it now. I need more PDT, prayer and wisdom.
2. I have weight plateau.  I’m convinced that I have lost some inches on my thigh area and my tummy looks better than before. *insert song Happy*
3. Exercise Routine: M.W.F – Jog at Gaston Park with sis Jai and Ms. Chen. Back to Cardio, I was thinking to schedule it T.TH.S.
4. I can’t pretend that I’m okay, if I went out of the Book Sale without buying one book.
5. I want to buy The Happiness Project book of Gretchen Rubin. I can’t find one in National Bookstore.
6. Know the Types of procrastination and how you can fix them. Read this one here http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/types-procrastination-and-how-you-can-fix-them.html, it’s a fun article. Under type of Procrastination by specific habit or action: I’m the List Maker, The Napper, The Internet Researcher, and The Watcher.
7. Finally, I’ve received and enrolled my BPI More Fun Card. I can deposit and pay online hassle free.
8. I love reading Daily Guideposts 2014. I’m still in January; I have to read at least 10-20 pages a day.
9. I should finish reading Eat, Pray, Love. It has been sitting on my desk for months now. I tried to read 4-5 pages though. I admire her (E. Gilbert) writing skills so much.
10. We have another Team Outing this year! Yay! This year is amazing and full of sweet surprises.
11. Remember: Delaying Gratification – one of the most valuable traits of successful people.
12. I’m learning to apply make-up on my eye brows.  I tried to apply eyeliner but I’m such a mess.
13. I’m obsessed with image editing applications. Cymera app is love. I will install VSCO if I have my iphone real soon.
14. Slowly watching 250 Top Movies of all time.  I’m happy that Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is on the list.
15. Infatuated with Self- Help Books. Currently reading, The Power by Rhonda Byrne.

Dreams and Realizations



I think there will come a period in your life where you'll ask yourself, what do I want to do with my life? what are my dreams? what will be my future? what is my passion? I have no idea what to do next, afraid that I'll make wrong decisions and scared of the unknown. I never imagine myself going out of my comfort zone.  I guess, this is what they called a quarter life crises. I would tell myself back then that I should never worry or think about the future. I was hopeful that the stars will reach out to me real soon. Life isn't a race though so I'll just take my time and enjoy every moment while I'm still at it. But, I have asked God for a sign.

Something great happened to me last month (July). This is the main reason why I haven't posted anything on my blog. I was really busy but not because of my work. I was busy working on my dreams and my mission. I mentioned up there that I've asked God for a sign, I guess, I was desperate back then. I want to know fast where I'm headed. I just want to know what's my mission in life. I wasn't expecting that He would gave me what I am asking. I knew that day what He wants me to be. I just smiled and thanked Him. I felt like I wanna hug someone because my emotions are overwhelming. I just told someone about it, I can't contain it to myself or else I'll go mad. I never told my boyfriend about this haha! Maybe, I just forgot that I already told him. Anyway, I'm busy right now working on it. It is really happening! I'm so amazed! I don't have to doubt myself anymore. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Father God for this wonderful life and for giving me this chance to work on my dreams. I know I can fulfill my mission as long as you'll always there to direct and guide me every step of the way. I love you, I love you, I love you!!!!! I am happy and more grateful of my life right now. I know the reason why I love this song so much.



[1] image source http://quotes-lover.com/picture-quote/go-confidently-in-the-direction-of-your-dreams-live-the-life-youve-imagined-2/
[2] Lady Antebellum: I was Here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koRUgTNJdLs

Gloria de Dapitan: Gloria's Fantasyland







going to the Horror House!




This is a photo post for now. I love everything about theme parks. I love the rides and people are just happy. I had so much fun here, my exhaustion was gone and I'm just excited to try the rides. We've entered the Horror House first, It wasn't really scary at all but it was my first time, so I get along with others shouting as if they're scared haha! It was the most memorable ever! The Horror House is the best  for me. We've tried also the Bumper Car, I'm such a noob. My brother would always bump me and my mom, she's really enjoying it. I did not enjoy since I cannot operate the car well. Poor me. It is not everyday that I got the chance to have fun and travel. I can't complain. I am very grateful and bless for these experiences and I will treasure these memories forever.

Dapitan City Tour and Dakak Beach Resort


http://www.fodors.com/news/travel-quote-of-the-week-on-the-stories-of-travel-7420.html

I’m so glad I got the chance to travel again but this time with my parents and youngest brother. Every year the company where my Papa works has their summer affair. My Papa and his friends decided to spend the summer in Dapitan City. It was a two days and one night stay in Dakak Beach Resort. It was a very long journey; I just slept through the whole ride since my body is pretty tired with the 2 hrs waiting for the bus and my bag is really heavy! I should have known better, Filipino time is always LATE. Anyway, I did not enjoy the 9 hours trip; it was my first time to travel that long and I didn’t sleep well.  When we arrived in Dapitan, the people are excited to take pictures on the City’s Landmarks. We have a tour guide as well in the bus.

Dapitan City is our National Hero’s place, Jose Rizal. He lived there and stayed on that place. Dapitan City is a non commercial place. You can’t find Jollibee or Mcdo and other fast-food chains like CDO have. It’s a great city with pretty view and very peaceful. The tour guide was really busy throwing trivia and information about Dapitan City. I really can’t process all of the information since I was busy looking outside my window. We had the chance to take photos of the Landmarks we’ve went and everyone was thrilled. At first, I wasn’t very interested to take photos since I’m still exhausted. However, I pulled myself up and took photos of Dapitan’s old church and Rizal Shrine.  







Dakak Beach Resort




with my mama :)





travel period: Jun 2-3, 2014
Dakak Beach Resort is a beautiful place. It has a lot to offer to tourists and vacationers. 

List of Books to Finish

I was really distracted these days that I don't even finish what I've started. Talking about being a Gemini,eh? I've downloaded a lot of pdf books but I keep on ignoring them, as well as my paperback books. When will I start reading all of them? I have 2 classic books pending: Bronte and Austen, and I just give up reading Pride and Prejudice. I started listening to the audio book but I dozed off everytime I tried. I have no patience when it comes to audio books, my imagination is poor compared to reading it and seeing the words, it has more effect on me.  Anyway, below are the books I have to finish.

Eat, Pray, Love: Elizabeth Gilbert -   I'm enjoying every chapter of Elizabeth's journey  and I don't want to end it right away. You can see a lot of progress on her character in this journey, she's bold and I like it so much for being her. I love to check her development on finding enlightenment and love.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: Robert Kiyosaki - I realized I haven't finish reading this one. 

The Help: Kathryn Stockett - I started reading the pdf book since I was really curious after watching the movie version. The movie moved me a lot. I was surprised of the dialect of the book (it was the same as the colored people used to speak in the movie). Imagining I'm watching the movie through the book. I know this book is good despite the vernacular issue. I'm still looking forward to know the characters more. 

Bared to You and Entwined with You:Sylvia Day - The Crossfire Series. I started reading the two books in pdf but I skipped a lot of pages. It was boring sometimes, too many detailed scenes. I started reading this one out of curiosity. The guy is hot and really sweet but nothing compares to Christian Grey *hahahahaha*

8th week: weight loss challenge

Our weight loss challenge ended last April 19 and I can't believe I survived! Yay!! I should give myself credits for working hard. I didn't expect to lose a lot of weight during this challenge. I've started at 62 kgs and my final weight after the 8 weeks challenge is 58 kgs. I have lost a total of 4 kgs during the process. You can check my IG account to view my before and after photo. I had some rough weeks but the challenge made me changed a lot of my bad habits. There are a lot of times when I just want to nap during my break (I just love napping so much that it takes me an hour napping haha! I know, it’s not a nap already) but I opted to exercise. I woke up early to jog even though I slept late the other night. I was really highly motivated to be active whenever possible. Amazingly, I've been drinking more water a day (2-3 ltrs). I've been taking my bfast smoothie every single day without a missed and I've been practicing to eat slowly. I have a food diary to keep track of my progress and I read nutritional labels religiously. I'm making right choices when it comes to food. I'm making myself a priority now, taking charge in controlling my weight, my destiny and I'm making sure that I enjoy my journey no matter how hard it is at times. I will never stop until I achieve my ideal weight.  I know this is only just the beginning to change my outlook in life, habits and to stay focus on my goals. I really have to believe in myself, put my mind into it and be positive no matter the setbacks.

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We celebrated our wlc graduation at Pryce Plaza Hotel. I had fun time with good and happy people. It’s nice to be around cheerful people.  I’m so happy that my contender Eva won the challenge! She’s really doing a great job, hands down to her.  

7th week: weight loss challenge

My update is super late since our weight loss challenge ended last week. Anyhow, I can still clearly remembered our 7th weigh-in. Are you familiar with the 5 stages of grief? The stages where you got into a break-up or loss of a loved one? These are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. I got this one while watching the RomCom K-Drama "My Love from Another Star" (haha!). Well, it was somehow relevant to this post. My point here is, I am depressed! I have gained .8 to my previous weight! waaaaaaaa. I've seen it coming though. I was totally reckless and I know it was totally my fault, my FAULT *cries* . The thought of gaining a little weight is so depressing to me. I should be thankful that it was just .8, right? I should do better next time. Fighting!Fighting!Fighting!Fighting! Never ever give up!!!

a little something to cheer myself up.

http://fitnesstreats.tumblr.com/post/29396922620

6th week: weight loss challenge

Yay! The 6th week weigh-in was great! I've lost a total of 1.2 lbs weeeeeeee I wasn't expecting that. And Oh, I pretty messed up my week today, I was idle and I feel so blue. We will have our 7th weigh-in tomorrow and I am nervous already waaaaah, anyway, fingers crossed*


Not relevant to this post but I better share it. I've been like this hmm I mean, I can relate to this. 

http://pleasestopbeingsad.tumblr.com/post/71227952558

5th week: weight loss challenge

I am so happy that finally I have lost 2 lbs on our fifth weigh-in. *progress is progress* I remembered last time I did not lose weight. My current weight now is 128.4 lbs and my weight before I started this challenge was around 136.4 lbs, so I have lost a total of 8 lbs already which is a total of 4kgs. weeeeeeeee I am super happy! I have a meal plan but you know sometimes I can't follow it because of food shortage hahaha! we are not rich, ya'know. But I always opt to healthy alternatives like protein rich food: eggs and tuna (sardines). Plus, I have crazy cravings once in a while which I blame to hormonal changes or maybe, I just lack discipline. hehe 

Here's a sure way to resist my cravings. I will, I mean I should try to remember this 4 Ds.

http://fitnesstreats.tumblr.com/post/80673152400

4th week: weight loss challenge

Yay! 4th week had passed and I was really anxious of my result. The thing here, I forgot to be mindful with my eating habits (i'm trying to). I was having fun chatting with a very dear friend at their house (since I have to attend a General Assembly of Ficco and she's also a member), and when we had our lunch, I forgot I shouldn't eat "lechon". Gaaaaah! It was a Sunday and I considered it to be my cheat day (eat lots of YOLO meals, hahaha!). Anyway, when I got a chance to visit the office, I hurriedly went to the Nutrition Club to check my fat % and weight. I was super relieved that I just gained .4 to my weight and .8 to my fat %, but I still have to get rid of it. Amazingly, after the 4th weigh-in last Saturday, I retained my current weight. I did not lose nor gain pounds!Yeheeeey! I have to take this mindful eating seriously, It's hard to maintain a new habit, shifting my mindset and getting out of my comfort zone. I know I can do it, but it is hard when you don't have a strong support system hehe. I'll try and try and try and do my best.

weheartit.com

3rd week: weight loss challenge

My 3rd week of this challenge is fine. I'm still proud that I have lost 2 lbs. It wasn't the way I wanted it to but it's still a progress. I have done well this week, I make sure to exercise 5x/day through cardio. Maybe because I have had refined carb consumed this week, I felt lethargic after eating it actually, I shouldn't eat sweets and refined carbs!!!! I will look for more ways to burn these restored fats. I'll make sure these fats will weep. I still have 5 more weeks to go! I've messed up my plan this week ugh! I will make it up, I have to!!!!

http://teenshealthandfitness.tumblr.com/post/79854511114/life-of-pie-teenshealthandfitness-tumblr-com.

2nd week of weight loss challenge

Yay!The week had gone by so fast. The 2nd week was over and I'm guilty that I have only lost .4 to my previous weight. I've been to the office this week so I was really busy, super busy that I forgot to update my challenge. Anyway, here's an update:

  1. Drink Herbalife Smoothie and follow strictly my program - I've been drinking my smoothie every morning, my day is not complete without it really. I have managed to have smoothie bfast for 2 weeks straight. yehey! Ive been trying to follow my program however I've been to the office and temptations are everywhere. I can feel that my period is coming so I was craving for siomai, japanese siomai to be exact. I have fed myself with lots of "bawal". 
  2. No sweets, bread and sodas - I managed to have no sodas for 2 weeks straight now. I managed to hold myself on bread and sweets haha! I am so proud of myself. My father would always bought bread, my family love simple carbs and I can't do anything about it. 
  3. Drink more water at least 2 ltrs a day - I am so proud to tell that I am now consuming 2 ltrs of water a day. 
  4. Pilates for Beginner this week - No pilates for this week since I went to the office *sad*. 
It was really my fault. I am not prepared that's why temptation consumed me and messed up my week. Anyway, enough of blaming myself, I am still thankful that I've lost .4 hehe. I got to exercise for 32 mins though last Wednesday. I am a work in progress so I think it's okay to messed up (a little motivation for myself). I will just do  better this 3rd week and return to cardio for awhile. The most important thing is...

http://loose-skinnyjeans.tumblr.com/post/42114776537/dont-give-up.

Vintage Blogger Crushes

I have been a huge fan on vintage outfits (i don't know why?), I'm such an old soul. While looking for outfit icons, I've found these amazing and lovely women who knock-out their outfit each day. Ever since then, I have followed and read their blogs whenever I can and just look at their vintage outfits. I would love to be one of them. I wanted to be a vintage lover like them, vintage with a touch of fresh modern style. I have been looking for more vintage outfits on thrift shop here in our place, I've found a lot! I actually bought three vintage dresses from a thrift shop and made slight modifications to it. I actually wore the two vintage dresses already but I'm too shy to post my outfit here hehe, maybe next time. 

Annika Victoria from . Who wouldn't love her? I mean, she's super smart and talented. She even sew her own dresses, she's brilliant! Below are some outfits that I love. You can visit her blog or her lookbook account.






Steffy Kuncman from . She's practically the best vintage fashion blogger I look up to. I visit her blog and her lookbook for outfit inspirations. She had this smart casual chic look, which is pretty good to wear at work. She is awesomeness!! Her outfits were colorful and it's super cute, lovely and dandy. I love most of her outfit, but I have selected a few to place here. She recently got married, best wishes to her!








The Clothes Horse - She's also a vintage blogger. I found her on Modlcoth Blogger Spotlight (if my memory is right). I like her vintage dresses and the style of photography. She got this cutie pixie hair which suits her very well. 






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