Monday, September 30, 2013

Let "The October Daily" begin!



Day 1 of The October Daily - Why I blog

Wow, it's already October 1st! It's really amazing how time flies. Today is extra special cause it marks my 23rd birthday! At this point of my life, I believe I still have many things to learn and I have yet to find the career path which is both intellectually and financially rewarding. I'm currently focusing all my efforts on achieving my personal goals and I'm grateful for my family for supporting me along the way. 


So to commemorate my birthday and the whole month of October(obviously my favorite), I decided to participate in this challenge, The October Daily. Thank you Ms. Mary.  :) 


1. I'm rather new to this actual blogging thing, which I started only last September 7th, and the main reason why I decided to join the blogging bandwagon was because I wanted an outlet for my thoughts and interests. I was always a silent reader; visiting countless of blogs and silently wishing I also had one. I was raring to enter the blogosphere but I never really had the opportunity before since school works took most of my time. But now that I just recently graduated, I now have the freedom to do so. Hence, the birth of Wanderlust. It is a beautiful place for writing my thoughts and feelings. 

2. Blogging is a fantastic and ideal way to brush up on my writing skills! I have this penchant for beautifully written articles and I'm always looking for more ways to improve my writing. You see, writing for me is therapeutic.

3. I'm an incredibly sentimental person and I've always loved the notion of keeping something that was created by me so that someday, I will look back upon these works and be utterly proud. 


4. I get to know different types of people and interact with them. I find joy in meeting new and exciting people, be it in person or in cyberspace. Bonus points if we have a lot of things in common! 


5. I'm perpetually inspired by my favorite blogs which is one of the things that keeps me sane nowadays. It gives me some sort of escape from the pesky thing called reality. 


Join the link up here

The October Daily

Since October is my birth month, I thought why not join this wonderful challenge by Ms. Mary for a change. :) Also, I think it's a great way to know more fellow Filipino and international bloggers. I never thought I'd be interested in blogging but I'm sure glad I decided to create one and so far, I've enjoyed immensely. I always discover something new and exciting everyday such as this challenge. And if you like, you can also join the link up here.






The Rules:
  • The main goal of this challenge is to be able to blog daily this October. But then, you may choose whether or not to skip a day, and you may or may not make-up for it. 
  • I'd really appreciate it if you put the little "October Daily" button (found below) that I made for this challenge. You may place it after your posts or on your sidebar. ♥
  • Don't forget to link-up below so others can find your blog and read what you have to say, too! 
  • If you joined in late, don't worry! Nothing's ever too late! 

Here are the topics. Now it is important that you read the prompts for Days 7 & 17 so you can prepare for it. Happy blogging everyone!


The Topics/Prompts 

  1. Share at least five reasons why you blog.
  2. Get a certain or favorite lyric/s from your favorite song, and tell us how it inspires or describes you. 
  3. Share a high school memory that you will never forget.
  4. Share your experience during your first few weeks/months in blogging.
  5. Complete the sentence: If I had a _________, I would __________. You can make as many sentences as you'd like.
  6. Dig out a childhood photo and share something you remember happening during that time the photo was taken. You can post as many photos and describe as many events if you like.
  7. Go without something (e.g. phone, twitter) for a day and tell us what it feels like.
  8. Share a blogging/photography tip or tutorial.
  9. What are 5 songs that elevate your mood?
  10. Pick 3 random blogs from the link-up below, describe their blog, and tell us what you think about it! Share a snippet/screen capture of their blog too!
  11. What are the things you love to do during rainy days? List them down!
  12. Your day in photos.
  13. Comment on this: If you cannot find a way out, look up.
  14. What are your Top 5 favorite posts in your blog? Don't forget to share a link so we can check it out!
  15. Post you favorite word and describe it in photos.
  16. What are your goals and dreams for the future? You can share to us your dream house, dream workplace, or even your bucketlist before you turn 25!
  17. Time for Throwback Thursday! Raid your archives and re-post something you want us to read!
  18. Name at least 3 scents that trigger a good or bad memory.
  19. Write about something you believe in. It can be anything at all!
  20. Show us what's in your bag!
  21. Guest posting! Write 5 questions, ask someone from the link up below to answer it for you, and post theiranswers on your blog! To make sure everyone is invited to guest post, ask the blogger whether he/she's invited for a guest post already. If not, then you can ask another blogger. If you've been asked to guest post more than once, do all of them! :) 
  22. Post a review about a book, lipstick or anything you like! Rate it in a scale of 1 to 5.
  23. If you could hang out with a celebrity for a day, who would that celebrity be? Why did you choose to hang out with him/her? What would you do or where would you spend that day?
  24. Write a letter to someone whom you judged by first impression. It can be a serious or a humorous one! :)
  25. Tell us a bit about the place where you grew up. Don't forget to include a couple of photos!
  26. Enumerate the ways that a guy can win your heart.
  27. Imagine you are only seventeen right now, and your big 18th birthday bash is happening next month. How are you going to plan for it? Like: What would the theme be? How many people are invited? Will it happen at the beach? Be creative! It's your birthday after all. Don't forget the photos! :)
  28. Outfit post! Show us your favorite or your usual get-up!
  29. How would you define 'Happiness'? 
  30. Share a generous act that you did to a complete stranger. (e.g. helping an old lady with her luggage and getting asked to join her for a snack!)
  31. Who are the people you miss? What are the things that you miss doing together?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Life Mantra

"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded." 
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.“ -
(Elizabeth Kubler Ros)

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
(Steve Jobs)

This too shall pass.

The Sunday Currently, vol. 2



Finally! The sun is shining beautifully outside after experiencing frequent rainstorms for weeks. But the weather remains unpredictable really; one moment the sun is shining brightly but come nightfall, it'll start raining again. I dislike rainy days cause it makes the place gloomy and all I want to do is to just coop myself up inside my room all day especially when I have to be out and about. Well, maybe except for those days when I know I'll just stay inside the house, then raining is acceptable for me. So anyway, I think I'm gonna go run later, I'm so loving the weather! :)

C  U  R  R  E  N  T  L  Y  .  .  .  

R E A D I N G The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. My sister gave me the whole set of Nicholas Sparks novels and I'm so glad cause it'll keep me occupied for weeks to come. Although many people think that whilst the author is a talented and beautiful writer, his books follow the same format. And I have to agree, but being an obsessed book reader and a hopeless romantic, I think I'm gonna enjoy this one!

W R I T I N G  a list of my wardrobe essentials. I seriously need a wardrobe make over, one that is budget-friendly and versatile so I can mix and match with my current pieces. I need to be mindful of my purchases though as I tend to be swayed by fancy looking pieces.

L I S T E N I N G to my little brother playing Bohemian Rhapsody on the piano

T H I N K I N G about the next anime or manga that I'll devour. My addiction to anime was reignited after Sword Art Online and Attack of Titan

S M E L L I N G the wonderful scent of the coffee brewing 

W I S H I N G there'd be a new opportunity for me to take with regards to my future career. And this time I'll definitely strike while the iron is hot! 

H O P I N G  I could finally reach a decision regarding my future endeavors, career wise. There are so many options to choose from and I'm having trouble deciding which one should I take.

W E A R I N G a white with teddy bear design daster

L O V I  N G this wonderful feeling of knowing that no matter what happens my family will always be there to support and love me unconditionally.

W A N T I N G a road trip with my family

N E E D I N G to toughen myself up whenever I'm facing a problem. Also, I need to let go of the things beyond my control and accept myself completely.

F E E L I N G lost and confused but I counter them by occupying myself with the things that I love doing

C L I C K I N G the next episode of the anime that I'm watching right now which is Fate/Zero

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Life | Think, Act, Feel Positive




I think it is very important to have a positive mindset no matter what you're going through in life. There will be times when you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders and suddenly it all becomes so unbearable. The answers we seek are nowhere to be found and we are left immobilized by our fears and limitations. But to me these challenges are essential for us to develop a powerful defense against them. It is an essential part of our being, whether we like it or not. As the saying goes, "When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure." Challenges are inevitable. That is reality. Scary as it may seem, you just have to believe in yourself and always remember to see the silver lining in every problem. Be strong and always have faith. I've had my share of negative experiences and that horrible sinking feeling you get every time is an all too familiar feeling to me. There are times when I seriously want to give up but faith, love and optimism helped me immensely. Granted, we may have different experiences but one thing remains the same, it can either make you or break you. It's all up to you.

The point of this post today is to share some inspiring ways that has really been helping me lately to lead a better life. I'm really into self-development and everyday I try to become the best version of myself so hopefully I could inspire you to lead a better life with this. I admit, I'm rather negative most of the time - in my head anyway. I project a positive aura whenever I'm around other people but deep inside my head is full of negative thoughts. So here are helpful tips that you can also incorporate in your everyday life:




+ Pray and have faith. When you believe that God will always be by your side, you will never go astray. All you have to do is open your heart and receive his grace and leave the rest to Him.



+ Surround yourself with positive people and activities. Its so easy to coop up yourself in your comfort zone and shut the people out of your life when you are going through a rough patch but remember this doesn't work. Its okay to be sad for a while but don't get too caught up on your problems to a point that the situation is the one controlling you. Get out there and enjoy yourself and be with the people who genuinely care for you and do activities that you love. Read a book, shop, eat your favorite treats, get a massage, by all means go and spoil yourself. Smile! Love yourself completely and utterly. It's also a good idea to have someone in mind that you idolize for inspiration.

 

+ Exercise. Studies show that there are numerous benefits of regular exercise. Even just a 30 minute walk will do wonders for your mind, body and health. 


  + Stop comparing. "Comparison is the thief of joy" - I repeat this mantra every time I find myself comparing my life to others. Remember you are a unique individual, your life/life progress/life development and career advances are not the same with others so comparing as it is a waste of time, energy and emotions.

 

+ Be bold, brave and never stop learning. I know this takes time but you have to challenge yourself in order to progress. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" - one of my favorite quotes. Empower yourself and then you will find there is so much beauty within you.

 


+ Collect things that inspire you. I love to collect quotes, books about positivity and photographs and I keep them in easily accessible places.Doing so will remind to be strong and have faith and that everything will turn out okay.

Let me end this note with some of my favorite quotes:


Life is never stagnant. It’s not going to flatline at a certain age and continue to be that way for the rest of our lives. It’s going to spike up and it’s going to plummet down, but it’s all a part of the journey.


Human Beings have a unique trait… in so far as when they’re at the bottom, they realize that the only way to go is up… and then they mobilize.



And lastly,


May the blue bird of happiness visit your way! :)
 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Happy List



Here's another round of The Happy List. Its such a joy to come up with things that makes me utterly happy which are mostly simple but still the best!



1. Clothes fit better which means I've lost some weight


2. Dunkin Donuts' Chocobutternut paired with their signature brewed coffee


3. An outdoor run


4. Listening to Justin Timberlake songs


5. Munching on cashews and almonds


6. Arrival of a balikbayan box full of goodies from a loved one


7. Extreme rides at amusement parks


8. Eating little fruits like lansones or rambutan


9. Fresh from the oven pizza


10. Unplanned adventures


11. Watching good animes late at night


Join the Happy List Link-up!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Book Review | Safe Haven

Honestly, I expected a lot from this even though the author pretty much follows the typical love story with an unusual twist and some sort of tragedy thrown in the mix. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, Nicholas Sparks' novels are a must-read. I found out about this from one of my favorite bloggers saying that it has a good story so I made a mental note to check it out and last week, I had a day off, so I thought why not give this book a try.

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.


Its the kind of story that makes you excited and intrigued about what fate awaits each character therefore, you flip the pages through its completion even if the story is kind of predictable. It actually reminds me of the movie "Sleeping With The Enemy" starring Julia Roberts(which is one of best movies in my opinion). Don't get me wrong though, there are many unexpected surprises and twists in the story which makes it unique. Nicholas Sparks did a great work in injecting his signature suspenseful and appealing style, making it his own.

Although, it doesn't involve many romantic moments between Alex and Katie, it compensates on the equally intriguing story of the other characters wchich gives the story more depth.

A little side note: I especially like the part where Katie and Alex had their first date together. Katie prepared the dinner and she served bacon-wrapped brie with raspberry sauce as a starter and the inner foodie in me came alive. Just the thought of it sounds amazingly delicious so I looked up the recipe on the internet, and I found it here. I'm planning on making some of these on Christmas. :)


My rating: 3.5 stars

The Sunday Currently, vol. 1



Here's my first The Sunday Currently entry, a wonderful idea by Ms. Lauren, where you get to share the current happenings in your life. It's getting rather chilly and overcast here in the Philippines and I hope the storm's gonna pass soon. Feel free to join the fun! Join us us in The Sunday Currently Link-up.

C  U  R  R  E  N  T  L  Y  .  .  .  

R E A D I N G The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I'm going to re-read this book right after finishing it simply because it has an incredible story.

W R I T I N G my short and long term goals(aside from this TSC). I realized I need to have some sort of plan in getting my life back on track so that I'll have my sanity intact.

L I S T E N I N G to Japanese music from my favorite animes

T H I N K I N G about the steps I should take to bring me closer to my goals in life. I need to look for a job that is financially rewarding and challenging at the same time.  

S M E L L I N G the freshly baked cookies that my mom made

W I S H I N G I could find peace in my heart and be happy. 

H O P I N G I can pull myself together with the challenges ahead.

W E A R I N G a white top with an over-sized jacket(I think I'm coming down with a flu) and black shorts

L O V I  N G the jacked I'm wearing right now that my sister gave me

W A N T I N G a full-body massage

N E E D I N G to find myself a job while fixing my documents for my visa application

F E E L I N G excited about the future. I try to be optimistic everyday and see challenges as opportunities for me to grow and become more confident.

C L I C K I N G my favorite blogs! I feel inspired and motivated just by reading them.

Have a great week ahead. God bless! :)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Currently addicted to....

Baby Lips Glow in Pink Blast
I heard a lot of raves about the Maybelline Baby Lips for quite some time now and I wanted to know what the hype was all about. So I recently purchased my first Baby Lips Glow in Pink Blast and it did not disappoint! It was love a first swipe! haha Basically, this balm reacts to the pH levels of your lips, it applies clear and changes to a slight pink tint. Before purchasing this, I was visually accosted by Lip Ice Sheer Color which does the same thing so I contemplated a bit on which one to purchase first. In the end, I went with Maybelline. I guess I'll check out Lip Ice some other time. For now, I'm very satisfied with this. :)







Etude House Happy Tea Time Facial Wash in Green Tea
This is my new HG Facial Wash!  I ran out of facial wash(I can't use soap!) last week so I immediately went to the mall to purchase my usual Pond's facial wash but then I decided to stop by Etude House(oh the lure of that baby pink store!).While checking out their products, this particular line of facial wash caught my eye because its inexpensive and the packaging looks neat.I asked which variant is the best seller and they told me Green Tea.This was an impulse buy that I don't regret at all making. It does an impressive job in making my face squeaky clean! 
 I'm planning to buy the other variants after I finish this one but it'll take a long time as there's a lot of product it inside this tube. 



The Face Shop BB Cream Power Perfection
I received some samples of this from TFS after I visited and bought some of their items for a friend of mine. After trying it out, I was amazed at how it instantly made my skin smoother and my blemishes less noticeable. Although, I find it quite hard to spread all over my face(the solution: apply moisturizer first), it does a great job in covering my imperfections. I think I found the perfect BB cream for me. :)
Palmer's Cocoa Butter
I recently discovered this wonderful lotion through my sister who lives abroad. She gifted me with 2 full sizes of these and ever since I tried it, I became totally addicted! It soothes and soften my dry and sensitive skin plus the chocolatey scent is heavenly. I highly recommend this one.







Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
My friend recommended this book to me and I'm almost done with it. I'm planning on re-reading this right after I finish because that's what I always do when I thoroughly enjoy a story. 













My Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
A guide to welcome more happiness in your life! It also includes guidelines on how to start your own Happiness Project. This is such a great book and I recommend this to everyone who wants to improve their outlook in life.














Shingeki no Kyojin
I cannot even begin to describe my addiction to this series! All thanks to my little twin brothers, I'm hooked! From the very 1st episode of this anime up to the latest episode, the action never stops. This anime is mind-boggling, skin tingling, outrageous and incredible!












Muse

I especially love their songs Madness and Undisclosed Desires. 


Book Review | The Perks of Being a Wallflower


After learning that my favorite actress, Emma Watson, played the character Sam, I couldn't stop thinking about this. Luckily, my 16 year old little brother brought the book home for me one day after asking his friend to borrow it. I always prefer to read the book first before watching the movie adaptation as I believe its best to do so. I really enjoyed reading this book and I finished it in a day. Here's a short summary:

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

The book is a compilation of letters written by the main character, Charlie, addressed to his anonymous "friend". I think he's referring to the reader as his "friend" as I felt that he was expressing his thoughts and feelings directly to me. He writes about his struggles as a teenager, his family, social life, love interest, and most importantly his thoughts. 
Coming from an Asian country, at first I thought the way the characters behaved were intensely bizarre and outrageous because they were too young for those kinds of things(sex, drugs, wild parties, etc.) I had to remind myself that the book was originally written in 1999 and there's a huge difference from the way teens behave then and of course we're talking about Western culture. It also has many humorous situations which tones down all the seriousness and drama of the story line.
I found myself relating to Charlie's introverted ways because its so me. I prefer spending time alone, both in school and at home, and I'm not so comfortable with social gatherings.  I wish I'd read this during my teens but overall, I think its great and I enjoyed it immensely. 

My rating: 4 stars

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Happy List





1. Unexpected surprises from loved ones

2. Baking delicious pastries and cakes with my mom

3. Reading a good book with a cup of hot chocolate on the side

4. Girly/bonding time - makeup, movies, dressing up, coffee - with my close friends

5. Watching an episode of Shingeki no Kyojin after waiting for a week

6. Lovely conversations with family and friends

7. Getting to know a new friend and you found out you both clicked right away

8. Winning a raffle contest

9. Smell of freshly brewed coffee in the mornings

10. Smell of a newly opened can/box of coffee

11. Beautiful sunset by the beach

12. Out of town road trips 

13. Memorable photos

14. Reminiscing with old friends

15. That feeling you get when you had a good workout .

16. Traveling with my mom


Try it out to see your own source of happiness and realize that there are so many blessings in you life. Join us here.





Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Make-Up Tag



I found this makeup tag while browsing some of my favorite blogs and I love answering questions! Disclaimer: I am not fond of make-up because I don’t know how to use it. I’m more on the skin care area and DIYs… I really enjoy watching youtube videos and if monetary restraints weren't a problem, then I would probably spend more on makeup but for me skin care comes first because if you have good skin, you can get away with minimal make up. 
Here we go…
  1. How many times do you wash your face daily? ——-> Twice a day: upon waking/during bath and upon arriving home/before going to bed.
  2. What skin type do you have? Dry, oily, or combi skin? ——-> I have Normal Skin. 
  3. What is your current facial wash? ——-> Etude House Green Tea. I bought this yesterday and the results are great. Its my new favorite facial wash. :)
  4. Do you exfoliate? How often? ——-> I exfoliate once week.
  5. What product do you use to exfoliate? ——-> St. Ives Apricot Scrub
  6. What moisturizer do you use? ——-> I use Pond's White Beauty Daily Spotless Lightening during the day and I love that it has SPF. Olay Complete Night Cream before going to bed.
  7. Do you have freckles/sun spots? ——-> Nope. I find freckles cute though. :)
  8. Do you use eye cream? ——-> Not yet.
  9. Do you or did you have acne prone skin? ——-> I used to have plenty of acne during my teens but I'm sure glad I'm over that phase, my self-esteem plummeted downwards during that time! Now I only have 2-3 pimples during my cycle.
  10. Did you ever have to use pro-activ? ——-> Nope, maybe my teenage self would've as I literally bought tons of anti-acne solutions back then just to rid myself of pimples but now I'm all good.
  11. What foundation do you use? ——-> I really like using powder foundations, the one with the pink compact from In2it.
  12. How about concealer? ——-> I don’t have a concealer anymore. 
  13. Do you know your undertone color? ——-> Yes, I have a yellowish undertone. 
  14. What do you think of fake eyelashes? ——-> I was only able to use them once during my sister's wedding but its not my thing when it come to everyday wear. I'm good with mascara and curler.
  15. Did you know that you’re supposed to change mascara every 3 months? ——-> Yes, but mine lasts up to a year because I don’t use it often. 
  16. What brand of mascara do you use? ——-> I use Clinique.
  17. Sephora or Mac? ——-> I've heard a lot of raves from Mac, so I'd go for that one but since its kinda expensive(I'm stingy when it comes to make up as I prefer skin care products) I think I'll try it once I have my own job.
  18. Do you have a Mac pro card? ——-> Nope.
  19. What makeup tools do you use in makeup application? ——-> I don't have one...
  20. Do you use makeup base or primer for your eyes? ——-> No. 
  21. For the face? ——-> BB cream is already the primer and foundation.
  22. What is your favorite eyeshadow shade? ——-> I love neutrals...
  23. Do you use pencil or liquid liner? ———> I rarely wear liner because it makes me look mature. I only use them during occasions when I want to amp up my look.
  24. How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? ——-> I used to but not anymore! Practice makes perfect. :)
  25. What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? ——-> I'm not so sure as I prefer to stick to my neutral colored ones.
  26. Do you use mineral makeup? ——-> Nope but I will try someday.
  27. What is your favorite “go-to” lipstick? Why? ——-> Maybelline Mocha! Its my MLBB shade and I love it to bits! I'm not a lipstick person but I'm glad my mom bought it for me because its the perfect shade for my natural look that I always go for.
  28. How about lip gloss? Why? ———> I am happy with just my Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm
  29. What is your favorite blush to use and why? ——-> Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush! Its such a travel friendly blush and I just love the shade!
  30. Do you buy your makeup on ebay/ebay.ph? ——-> No.
  31. Do you like drugstore makeup? ———> Yes! I'm frugal when it comes to cosmetics so drugstore make-up is the bomb. 
  32. Do you go to cosmetic company outlets? ——-> I haven’t been to one…
  33. Did you ever consider taking makeup classes? ——-> I used to! But I'd rather invest on actual make-up and practice applying myself. Youtube videos are awesome!
  34. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? ——-> Sometimes haha
  35. Name a makeup crime that you hate. ——-> 'Clown looking make up' Blush applied too much and wasn't blended properly. 
  36. Do you like colorful shades of makeup or neutral ones? ——-> I prefer neutral ones mainly because I'm into natural looking make-up. I'm also a firm believer that less is more.
  37. Which celebrity always has great makeup? ——-> Emma Watson. I love how she can pull off barely there make up and she still looks absolutely gorgeous.
  38. If you could leave the house using just one makeup item, what would you use? ——-> My BB cream or Olay hint of foundation of course! It’s the best item for lazy people like me. 
  39. Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? ——-> Actually, I often do. 
  40. In your opinion, what is the best makeup line? ——-> MAC, Shu Uemura, Maybelline and NYX
  41. What do you think of makeup? ——-> Make-up should only be used to improve one’s appearance and not hide imperfections - there’s proper skin care to fight it. But one should never rely too much on make-up. You have to be confident in your own skin.
  42. What is your favorite “quote” related to makeup? ——-> Less is more.
  43. If you were a makeup tool/product, what would you be and why? ——-> I’d be a lip and cheek tint! I'm so into multi-tasking and it makes life more interesting. :)

Book Review | Fault In Our Stars


I've been wanting to read this book ever since I saw the cover from my sister-in-law's IG and she found it really good. The inner bookworm in me immediately searched for a summary online and read a lot of raves from other people.(By the way, if you love books I suggest you check out www.goodreads.com so you can keep track of the books you've read and you can even rank them and they give suggestions too)  I finished this last week and I'd like to share my thoughts about the wonderful that is Fault In Our Stars:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.


Initially, I thought this book follows the common plot of boy-meets-girl, they fell in love and then something tragic happened but I was in for a great surprise! I never expected this book would be so wonderfully written that I became a  huge John Green fan right after finishing it. Everything about this book: the characters, the plot, the words are brilliant. Also, you can easily relate to the characters and their circumstances - plus there are plenty of quotes which add dramatic flair to the already engaging story. Whenever I find myself completely engrossed in a book to a point that I actually put myself in a character's shoes, that's how I know a book is incredible. And Fault In Our Stars made me feel exactly that. If you want to be inspired to a whole new level, I suggest you give this a try. :) 

My rating: 4.5 stars




Friday, September 13, 2013

Bookworm



I've always been fascinated with books. I found this cool website - http://bookshelfporn.com/ - it has been chosen as one of TIME's  best blog of 2012! It's no wonder really, the photos are unbelievable, check it out! A bookworm's paradise! :) I'm currently reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and I'm going to write a review after I finish it.


My thoughts exactly.


Reading makes immigrants of us all.. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds home for us everywhere - Jean Rhys


A ginormous library.


Simply beautiful.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nostalgia

Feeling nostalgic today so I decided to post photos of my favorite things, hobbies and interests when I was a kid. If you're a 90's kid like me, you'll surely recognize some, if not all, of these! Growing up, I pretty much spent my time doing whatever I wanted - watching anime/cartoons, reading mangas and fanfiction, playing video games, etc - and my parents gave us freedom to do so. I also consider myself lucky because I had the privilege to play the typical Filipino games with my siblings or cousins and sometimes neighbors(some of them are called "taguan", "patintero", "tumbang preso") which are slowly becoming unpopular due to the rise of numerous computer and iphone/ipad games the kids these days prefer. So, let's proceed!

1. Final Fantasy 8 - By far, the most memorable and special Playstation 1 game for me! My addiction for RPG(Role Playing Game) started with this one. The storyline, characters, quality, animations, everything's perfect! Other RPG games that I was highly addicted to are Legend of Dragoons, Chrono Cross, Chrono Trigger, Lunar 1 & 2, Breath of Fire. I know there many new games which have better quality and game experience but for me, nothing beats the old games from PS1.

2. Pokemon Games - Who isn't familiar with the line "Pokemon, gotta catch em' all"? If you're like me and grew up in the late 90s/early 2000, you will remember Pokemon with fond memories. Back when Gameboy console was all the rage, thousands of youngsters from all over the world got hooked to this game which started with the anime. I remember fighting with my brother on who's turn is it gonna be to play the Gameboy and I always end up crying just so I could gain the favor. (Being the youngest, I'm spoiled like that haha)

3. Fushigi Yuugi - When online anime streaming wasn't popular yet, we relied on local television to satisfy our anime addiction. Everyday at  the same time, my siblings and I would patiently wait for our favorite animes to air on AXN channel like Slam Dunk, Vandread, Boys Be, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, and many more. I even memorized some of their Japanese theme songs even though I do not understand the lyrics lol

4. Saiunkoku Monogatari - This one I finished via online streaming and as they say, the rest is history. This has a great story and the main character, Kou Shuurei, is not your typical damsel in distress. After I finished watching this, I became obsessed with searching for more  animes and watching them online. :)




5. Nsync & Backstreet Boys - These 2 are the most popular boy band during the 90s. I remember my sister  and I cutting out photos of them from newspapers and magazines and we would post them in our closet and rooms! My favorite from Nsync is Justin Timberlake whilst Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys.

6. Dexter's Laboratory (D. D.) - "Ooooooo, what does this button do?" Dee Dee's famous catch phrase! She is one of my absolute favorite characters when I was little. She usually, in one way or another, sabotages Dexter's experiments and destroys his laboratory in every episode, even though she seems to show care for her bother. Other cartoons I enjoyed are Cow and Chicken, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo and Ed, Edd 'n Eddy, Darla.

7. Disney Movies - I love love watching these until now. My favorite Disney character is Princess Belle from the movie Beauty and the Beast. 


8. Playstation 1 - I probably spent a big chunk of  my childhood playing with this Console. RPG games took a lot of time what with all the leveling up, discovering new places and weapons, talking to people, etc. which are all necessary to complete the game.

9. Taguan or Hide and Seek - This is one of the physical games that I enjoy playing with my siblings and cousins when I was a kid. It is the Tagalog version of Hide and Seek which is a favorite of mine especially during brown-outs. 




10. Clueless, The Parent Trap, Matilda  and Little Rascals - my four most favorite movies which were released during the 90s. I remember watching them over and over again back then.


So there, these are just some of the things my childhood consists of. If you noticed, they involve a lot of geeky stuff and I wouldn't have them any other way. :)


What about you? What memories do you remember fondly from childhood? :)