03 August 2015

Currently Vol. 31

03 August 2015
I don't usually dislike Mondays, but today truly felt like a Monday to me. All I want to do is curl down under the covers with a good book and never come out again until next Monday but, you know, there are work-stuff that needs to be done, manuscripts that need to be written, and adult responsibilities that need to be attended to. Still, a girl can dream.


Mythspace by Paolo Chikiamco (I got my copy signed last Saturday!) More people should be made aware that we have quite a diverse variety of awesome graphic novels, speculative fiction, and fantasy novels written by local authors, because up until recently even I didn't really know about them, and I loiter around bookstores A LOT.

An outline for my StrangeLit story so I can submit my blurb which is due on Wednesday.

My StrangeLit characters' voices in my head.

... Please don't think I'm weird.

Of names for my StrangeLit characters' names. Everything I have thought of so far sounded either too common or too obscure. I need a comfortable middle ground.

Excited for a lot of bookish events I will be attending, like the exhibit opening of Manix Abrera's 14 Silent Comics this coming Wednesday, the Philippine Literary Festival happening at the end of the month (I really enjoyed last year's forums so I'm not going to miss this year's!), and the 36th Manila International Book Fair happening next month! It'll be my first time to go, if ever. I've always wanted to go but I had no one to go with, heh.

Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion album. I'm a new fan!

A Krispy Kreme doughnut. Yes, I do realize it's 9:35 PM and there is no Krispy Kreme branch anywhere within a 10-kilometer radius, but it's been a long day and I am feeling sad and hormonal and I just want a doughnut.

Friendly smiles and cuddles.

I also need a physical activity. I need to enroll in yoga or pole dancing or Plana Forma or boxing.

That I can stick to the plan, maintain this enthusiasm, and finish my StrangeLit story.

I hope you are all well, my friends! Have a great August! Take care of your hearts. ♥

02 August 2015

Challenge accepted: #StrangeLit

02 August 2015
I really wasn't supposed to join because I'm still a little bit disappointed in myself for not finishing my Spark NA story, but a couple of days before registration closed this idea for a fantastical idea came to me while I was in the shower (as good ideas are wont to do) so I repeated it in my head over and over until I felt I have committed it to memory, then typed it in my Notes the moment I stepped out, water dripping and all. I also remembered how good it felt to finish Buqo YA and be a legit author. And now, here I am, one of the 96 students of the first batch of Strange Lit!

Strange Lit is a Paranormal/ Paranormal Romance /Urban Fantasy online writing class sponsored by Buqo (who also sponsored our YA class) and spearheaded by Mina Esguerra through Bronze Age Media. At the end of the class, participants are expected to turn in a story with at least 5,000 words that will be distributed by Buqo. My days of procrastinating and nights of typing on my keyboard ferociously are here again! Exciting times!

I've always been fascinated by shooting stars (when did we start wishing on them?) and genies, so my story is inspired by malevolent wish-granters and wishes gone wrong
Aside from the distribution deal, a huge perk in being part of this (free!) class is having the chance to learn from mentors who are already known in the field. In this case, our lessons that we've been receiving through email are by Paolo Chikiamco, Budjette Tan, Kate Evangelista, and Marian Tee. Yesterday we had our first face-to-face class at the Summit Media office, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Mina setting expectations and discussing distribution
Paolo adding on to his lesson about characters
He said "rules define characters" (plus points for the Batman reference!) and that for a story to be satisfying it must always follow that rule
Kate discussing world-building
We were asked to write down the fantasy elements/ supernatural creatures that can be expected from the story we're writing
Doesn't this set-up remind you of Once Upon a Sticky Note? *wink*
I enjoyed the lessons and I learned a lot, plus I also saw a lot of familiar faces and met new friends!

My new friend Jothee
We rode the bus home together
She also graduated from PLM like me!
With Six and Chrissie
A solo photo of Chrissie holding a watercolor artwork I painted!
It was meant to be a romantic camping scene under a star-lit sky but I went trigger-happy on the masking fluid (it was my first time to use it, okay??) and I wasn't really thrilled about it but Chrissie said she loved it so I gave it to her!
With Kate
I love her hair I think I want to dye my hair again!
With Mina
Thank you for you!
I wish we can do this more often except that EDSA traffic is my personal version of hell on Earth (it took me more than three hours to get home, I am still sad, but mostly exasperated.)

A quarter of Strange Lit Batch 1
Photo from Buqo
Unlike the previous writing classes I joined, the deadline for this one is a LOT tighter. I mean, finished manuscripts should be ready by September 5! That's a little more than a month from now, leaving me little room for procrastination (but here I am, blogging and singing along to Carly Rae Jepsen). I even joked that it's probably to make the ebooks ready in time for Halloween, heh.

I really wish we can all finish our stories! I read my classmates' concepts and they're all interesting! I would love more variety in my bookshelves/ digital library and new books are ALWAYS welcome! I'm crossing my fingers (and toes and eyes) for us!

Seriously though, wish me luck! But don't go wishing on malevolent wishing wells/ shooting stars/ genies! *wink*

Check our tweets and feel like you're part of the #StrangeLit class!

30 July 2015

SM Beauty celebrates International Lipstick Day

30 July 2015
How happy am I? As happy as someone who just got FIVE new lipsticks! o (^‿^✿)

In celebration of yesterday's International Lipstick Day, SM Beauty held an SM Lipstick Fest at all SM Stores nationwide and offered up to 50% off our favorite lipstick brands! I went positively loco over the myriad of choices available!

Hello, I am Krissy, and I am addicted to lipsticks
(And it's not even because of this pap photo of Martine Cajucom LOL)
Whatever formulation and finish you're looking for and however controlled or outrageous your lipstick-shopping budget is, you're bound to find a tube (or two, or five, or twenty) in SM Beauty. Drugstore, masstige (portmanteau of mass and prestige), and high-end brands can be found here and it was so much fun going around the racks, ooh-ing and aah-ing at all those gorgeous shades!

The brand I made a beeline for was Happy Skin because I have been wanting to try their products for the longest time but have never gotten a chance to purchase.

An explosion of beautiful colors
These are all swatches of Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies
See anything you like?
Aside from flitting from one kiosk to another, I also joined the Lip Art Challenge with the help of SA Jessa from Happy Skin.

Couldn't decide which one to try so I slapped on all three. Now shut up and kiss me.
The Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies used for my lipfie:
Just Married, Hot Stuff, and 24 Carats
You can also create your own lip art and post a lipfie on Instagram to win a special prize! Just don't forget to tag @SMWomanPH and include the hashtag #SMLipfie. Good luck!

I got to see a lot of pretty and familiar faces at the event. It made me realize how much I missed attending events that I didn't help organize through my work! ( ⋂‿⋂’)

My former officemate Kisty
My girl crush Helga
My sis Ana
Would you like to know what I ended up taking home? Of course you do!

I honestly didn't want to leave the Happy Skin booth. Huhu I want to get all colors! I had to choose the best of the best though, so I got these:

Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies in Honeymoon Glow, Naughty and Nice, and Girls Night Out
Too bad they were being sold at the regular price of P549 (Honeymoon Glow and Girls Night Out) and P599 (Naughty and Nice). The only promo for Happy Skin lipstick buyers is a free GWP: a pretty pouch for every two lippies you get, Not bad, yes?

Lipsticks are one of my top favorite things in the world (I wanted this blog's slogan to be Peace, Love, & Lipstick but it didn't quite have the same impact and panache as Peace, Love, & Lip gloss, heh). I was spoilt for choice but I couldn't possibly buy everything, so in the end I had to whittle down my picks to four. Just as I chose my fourth tube (Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Divine), the SA tempted me with my fifth (Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Spellbound). They were being sold at only P200 each! Okay I kinda regret not getting more as gifts to my girl friends.

So, yes. How happy am I?
I wonder how many lifetimes it would take to finish this giant lipstick and this humongous gloss
The International Lipstick Day might have ended, but you can still get red-hot deals at all SM Beauty branches in SM Stores nationwide until August 26! Of course I'm happy about this, but my wallet is not exactly thrilled, heh. If you're coming, I highly recommend that you drop by Happy Skin, Cover Girl, Max Factor, and L'Oreal.

On a bad day, there's always lipstick. Treat these lipsticks as the future cure for those persistently bad days. (^_~)☆ 

27 July 2015

Currently Vol. 30

27 July 2015
Up until the very last moment before I clicked the Send button I really didn't think I would be able to, but I finally went ahead and did it!

My Activity 1 for #StrangeLit, sent in at 7:09 PM
Not so much of a buzzer-beater this time, yay!
So, yes, I think I'm really doing this! Eeeek! Wish me luck!



I just finished reading the two volumes of The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories that I have, and I'm now trying to decide which one to read next among my humongous pile of unread books - either in towers in my room or taking up precious space in my Kindle.

My ideas for #StrangeLit. I really hope I can finish this! Aside from wishing me luck, please cross your fingers for me also!

... myself yawn every five seconds, heh. I'm sleepy.

... if I should change my blog's color scheme because I'm feeling quite sick of it already. Remember when I used to change my blog's layout and colors at least twice a week, just because? LOL. I don't have the time to do it anymore, so I just looked for a layout I really, really like and then just change the color schemes every three months or so. Here are some of the schemes I'm trying to choose from:

Nostalgic, especially immediately after the school hop we did at Pitogo High School last Wednesday for FutureYou.PH.

The cameo on the Paper Towns movie. I don't want to spoil it to those who haven't seen it yet so I won't say who it is! I almost clapped! The only reason I didn't was because my arms were wrapped around my boyfriend while watching, heh.

A reunion with all my close friends from school, university, and my former office.

The power to not sleep without feeling groggy and grumpy in the morning.

That my Hogwarts letter arrives soon. I've already spent so much on Muggle education but whatever.

My Marauder's Map is ready
I hope you are all well, my friends! Enjoy the last few days of July! Take care of your hearts. ♥

21 July 2015

Currently Vol. 29

21 July 2015
This week's Currently comes a day late because reasons. Also, I feel like all I ever post here are my Currently updates. I HAVE to blog more but work and life keep me pretty tied up. I am reminded of this when this came today:

Auto-renewal of my domain
Yay to another year for krissyfied.com!
If you're reading this, THANK YOU for still sticking around! ( ˘ ³˘)♥


I'm relishing the last couple of stories in Eliza Victoria's A Bottle of Storm Clouds. I really like her writing style and am awed at how expansive her imagination is and how easy she makes writing urban fantasy seem to be.

My ideas for #StrangeLit. It's tough when all your ideas come to you in the shower and you have no means of writing it down. What I do is I repeat them in my head over and over until I feel like I have committed them to memory, and then grab a pen and paper or my phone the moment I step out of the shower.

Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion. I think I want to go to her concert.

[Still connected to #StrangeLit.] More ideas to add here:

So so. It was a pretty difficult day and I am looking forward to curling up under the covers. I am so ready for a new day.

That I was able to catch up and reconnect with family and friends last week.

With my friend Dewi
With my friends Alex and Kira at the Physiogel event (blogging about this soon!) last Wednesday that Miah and I went to after we saw Ant-Man (such a fun movie!)
With our interns Josh, Precious, and Paolo during the Dunlopillo event held last Thursday, which is incidentally their last day with us
With Ana on the day cursed with traffic of epic proportions 
During a day-out with family last Saturday in celebration of my cousin Janet's birthday
This coming weekend I'll meet up with my former officemates. I can't wait! Times like these are rare and far between, so I really cherish them.

More time to rest and recharge. I feel like it's all I ever post here, heh.

To write more. I feel like I've neglected this blog for far too long, and that makes me sad.

That I can finish my story for #StrangeLit. I really, really, really wish that.

I hope you are all well, my friends! Take care of your hearts. ♥

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