26 January 2015

Currently Vol. 4

26 January 2015

I need to be at the Alphaland Hangar before 5:30 AM tomorrow for my three-day work trip to Balesin but I haven't packed yet. Good luck to me, as Monday rush hour guarantees I won't reach home earlier than 8 PM tonight. Plus, I still need to coordinate with a few dozen people regarding their flight schedules. On top of that, I still have to write an ending for my YA story because the deadline is also tomorrow. PANIC.

In other news, I have new swimsuits!

High-waist bikini bottoms because I love rice too much, heh.
I've already tried them on in the safety of my room and I think I look okay in them. I guess I shouldn't stress out about it too much since everyone else will also be in swimsuits, right? Okay. *inhales* *exhales*


The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the second book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. I needed something fictional, fun, and not centered on romance, so this is my safest bet.

My YA story for Mina Esguerra's Buqo-sponsored online class. I was randomly assigned to write a story under the trope Friends Turned to More Than Friends. I already have a name for my main character (MC) but none yet for my MC's love interest (LI). I also have a framework for my ending already but I still need to write it down and see to it that it doesn't feel too cheesy nor corny. I will do that after I finish the bajillion other tasks I still need to do.

My Balesin playlist which mostly contains alternative songs from the '90s, songs by Fun., Owl City, pre-meltdown Britney Spears, pre-Marc Anthony J.Lo, and Taylor Swift. In short, my playlist for any other day of the week.

My stash of Jollibee Peach Mango Pies beside me. Yum.

A corporate-y looking dress as I attended a client meeting with one of my bosses earlier.

Of the bajillion other things I still need to do.

Panicked because of the bajillion other things I still need to do.

That I thrive on stress, but I know this is not good for me, in general.

To finish the bajillion other things I still need to do.

To finish the bajillion other things I still need to do.

To finish the bajillion other things I still need to do.

I'm procrastinating with this post, see? Now I really have to finish my checklist of things I need to bring to my trip, wait for final confirmation of flight schedules, text people, pack, and write my YA ending. Please cross your fingers for me! And please pray that we may have a safe flight! I am terrified of small planes.

25 January 2015

Let there be light.

25 January 2015
I have a Catholic upbringing. I was born to a Catholic family and attended a Catholic school from elementary to high school. I was an active member of the Lector-Commentator Society and Legion of Mary and regularly led the Morning Prayer and daily Rosary during the flag ceremony. We recited prayers at the beginning and end of every class and had a 15-minute reflection in the classroom every day. I knew majority of the patron saints and feast days and won a lot of Marian Quiz and Bible Quiz Bees. 

However, when I got older, I became more discerning when it comes to my faith. Not that I ever doubted there is a God - I believe with all my heart that there is a God - but I have some reservations about the institution. I realized that I can be spiritual even though I am not that religious. I pray the Holy Rosary every day and regularly ask for the intercession of my favorite patron saints. I have a personal relationship with God and this will not be tainted.

As cliché as it sounds, I believe that there are no such things as coincidences. Last week, I was invited by my friends Ralph and Mike to go with them to a recollection with Verbum Dei. Since I was already feeling sick yesterday when we were in Binondo (for food trip and feng shui) and I have a long and busy work-week ahead, I thought I should just skip and take the day off to rest and paint. However, I woke up very early this morning feeling pumped up and excited to go!

It was easy to find the Verbum Dei chapter in Quezon City. Upon our arrival, we were given a warm welcome by friendly and smiling faces. We were recognized as newbies so we were given a quick introduction by Miss Ludy, Ralph and Mike's financial adviser who invited us to the retreat.

With Mike and Ralph
A couple of missionaries gave us Bible verses to ponder on and key topics to reflect on, but much of the morning was dedicated to prayer, self-reflection, and quiet retreat. It proved to be a challenge for Ralph because he said he prefers sharing within a group, but I personally didn't mind it that much - except for the time when my mind got too noisy with too many thoughts (yep, over-thinking is my second nature) that I had to write it out. We were given "freedom" to speak in the afternoon, when we were divided into small groups to share what we found the highlight of the day was with each other.

With my groupmates Sarah and Percy
Lunch was fun because aside from the good food, we also met a lot of new people who were all willing to tell us their stories.

I also saw a familiar face!

Reg is a professor in my alma mater Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. I thought she looked familiar, and then I found out she's a colleague and friend of my favorite professor in college!
My favorite part was when J-Ann, a missionary from Cebu, spoke about light. She said, "When we shine, we also give permission for others to shine." This is somewhat connected to what I learned from The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer's book that resonated with me, and what feng shui master Johnson Chua advised me the other day. When turning the light on, there is always a switch. Switch = will. If we have the will, the light will shine, and when it shines, it speaks.

The light doesn't have to end in us. We should look for people to pass it on. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." 

We bade our new friends goodbye after the celebration of the Holy Mass and went straight to Maginhawa Street for early dinner.

Crazy Katsu | Bookay-ukay which I was so tempted to check out, but I remembered my pile of books at home still waiting to be sorted and shelved | My favorite Moonleaf Tea Shop
J-Ann reiterated what I felt this morning when she said to us first-timers, "You being here is not a coincidence." I am thankful that I am blessed with friends who serve as instruments for me to have a deeper relationship with God. I've been looking for a recollection/ retreat house since I was used to doing it regularly when I was still studying but hadn't been successful to find any, until today.

Thank you for being my light, Ralph and Mike! You are stars.

Sunday well-spent.

24 January 2015


24 January 2015

Lily: Don't Ted-out about it.
Ted: Did you just use my name as a verb?
Barney: Oh, yeah, we do that when you're not around. "Ted-out": to over think. See also "Ted-up". "Ted-up": to over think with disastrous consequences. For example, "Billy Tedded-up when he-"
Ted: All right, I get it.

From How I Met Your Mother S01E07: Matchmaker

19 January 2015

Currently Vol. 3

19 January 2015
I also had my room redone when we had some house repairs done last week, and most of my long holiday break was spent sorting through my mountain of stuff, trying to decide which ones to keep and which ones to toss or give away. Aside from unearthing things I thought I'd lost (yearbook receipt, SSS pink form, letters) and finding things I'd forgotten I have (*cough* Britney Spears paper dolls *cough*), I also realized I have way too much stuff. I never knew a small room like mine can hold this much. If you ever need motivation to not shop, just organize your room and you'll hold off from spending stat. I'm not even done with my closets yet but I already want to give up.

Won't you take a look at some of the stuff I found:

On a scale of 1 to Outrageous, how much of a Britney Spears fan was I?
Book, paper dolls(!!!), Greatest Hits CD, and stickers
Manuals from the two most important youth camps I attended when I was in college: Sunburst Youth Camp in Singapore and Ninoy & Cory Aquino Center for Leadership in Ateneo de Manila
I occasionally ask my friends to write notes on my journals. This one is from Ed on that Valentine's Day we watched Boyce Avenue's mall tour in SM North EDSA.
Yep, I'm guilty of taking too long when I sort my stuff because I always get lost in nostalgia.

Today I mostly worked on my bookshelves. I have a Kindle but it didn't stop me from buying tangible books. From now on though, I am imposing a rule: eBooks over physical books, unless they come autographed or come in special edition/ full color like those books about movies that I love.

Anyway, I just wanted to share some photos of my favorite bookshelf. My other books have been kept in other hidden shelves or boxes. The ones I have here are the ones I would like to welcome me when I enter my room.

I've been glancing at this shelf all day and I couldn't help but smile.

There's no specific order to this arrangement. I just pooled the books I like the most and put them here together with my favorite journals, a handful of DVDs and autographed CDs, and my Magnetic Poetry box. You can see there my Harry Potter Film Wizardry, Harry Potter Page to Screen, Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and a Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire paperback. There's also my Sweeney Todd Special Edition DVD, OST, and book. Yes, I was obsessed. My favorite Neil Gaimans are there except for Stardust, which I traded away before for a copy of Train Man. I have there xkcdFlipped, The Little PrinceChoose Your Own Autobiography, Hyperbole and a Half, Books of Adam, The Tao of Pooh, Tuck Everlasting, Mythology, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, One Day, and the screenplays of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset. I have yet to read J.J. Abrams's S. which was my Christmas present for myself but it's there. All my autographed copies of Manix Abrera's books are also there (together with another copy of Kikomachine Komix #5 which was a gift that I thought I'd lost). Of course. It lacks my copy of The Princess Bride because I lent it to a friend and she hasn't returned it yet, but other than that I think I'm good.

I wish I can add more books but I don't think the shelf can carry more weight. Tsk. Anyway, here is my third Currently!


Nothing. I finally finished The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer and it made me feel so much that it's making me take my sweet time picking which book to read next. I have a lot of quotes I liked from the book but this is one of my favorites:
"To erase the possibility of empathy is to erase the possibility of understanding. To erase the possibility of empathy is also to erase the possibility of art. Theater, fiction, horror stories, love stories. This is what art does. Good or bad, it imagines the insides, the heart of the other, whether that heart is full of light or trapped in darkness."
- Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking
Any recommendations on what I should read next?

A feasible YA plot for Mina Esguerra's Buqo-sponsored YA class. I did it, I bit the bullet. Let's see what happens.

Sara Bareilles. Her voice is so soothing.

Human Nature Balm for All Seasons. I asked my mom to spread some on my back because I was feeling a little sore.

Comfy pajamas. I am so ready to fall asleep the moment I hit Publish on this one.

Of all the work waiting for me in the office.

Okay, I guess. So-so.

The long holiday break.

More holiday break, but that just sounds selfish, LOL.

To sort my shoes and clothes next so I can finally move back to my room again.

I have magic so organizing will be easy-peasy and I won't have to rely on my Muggle-level organizational skills (or lack thereof).

Anyhoo, gonna leave you with a little magnetic poetry.

Have an amazing work-week ahead, you! ♥ 

18 January 2015

Review: L'Oreal Mat Magique

18 January 2015
At the beginning of the year, I wished for magical and incredible things to happen. The new Mat Magique All-in-One Matte Transforming Powder by L'Oreal Paris is proof that my wish may have been granted.

Am I exaggerating? Maybe. But seriously, if you've grown tired of dewy looks and/ or you want to try a more modern and matte look, then this product is heaven-sent.

I have been using my Mat Magique for almost three weeks now, and I love it because it offers:

12-hour matte and shine-free face. My officemates make fun of me because I'm that kind of girl who has to retouch her powder and lipstick before she leaves her office cubicle to grab lunch or snacks. What can I say? You never know when you'll meet your destiny or an old enemy, and it's always best to be prepared. Mat Magique lessens my touch-up time because it keeps my face shine-free from the time I apply it until I get home from work! It's worth noting though that I don't have extra-oily skin. If I do see some shine, all I have to do is blot and go. How does it do this? 30% of the Mat Magique formula is made of volcanic perlite, a natural, non-irritating sebum absorber that controls oil all day. According to L'Oreal Paris, this is the highest concentration of this shine-busting ingredient in a makeup product to date. This is perfect for busy yuppies who don't have time to worry if they still look presentable because they're busy shuttling to and from meetings.

Flawless and full coverage. I don't have problem skin and I only get a zit when Aunt Flo's about to visit, but some of my pores near my nose could use some help. Aside from keeping the oil at bay, I love that Mat Magique minimizes the appearance of these imperfections. It feels light on the skin, too!

Superior UV protection. SPF 34/ PA+++. Enough said.

For those who are not familiar with PA+++ (no judging here; I just found out what it means while researching for this post, LOL), here you go:
The PA rating system is used to indicate the UVA protection. The PA rating system ranges from +(least) to +++(most). There is no UVA protection rating system currently recognized by the FDA in the States. The PA system is mostly found in Asian products. (source)
All these, and it's only P499! Refills are sold for P399 each, which I'm sure you won't mind getting instead after you hit the pan because the Mat Magique compact doesn't feel flimsy at all.

Mat Magique is available in five shades: R1 (Rose Ivory), N1 (Nude Ivory), N2 (Nude Vanilla), G1 (Vanilla Ivory), and G2 (Golden Ivory).

L'Oreal Mat Magique in Rose Ivory
Now pardon the succeeding extreme closeups of my face; I needed to show you photos of the powder at work. (⌒_⌒;)

These photos were taken on January 1. My family went to Malinta to celebrate the new year with my aunts, maternal grandparents, and cousins.

Artificial lighting on the third photo because it was already night-time. I wanted to stay up and test it for as long as 12 hours but I was the only one remaining awake in the household and it was already way past my bedtime, heh.

These photos were taken on January 2. My aunt, two young cousins, and I went shopping.

My skin was being extra kind (thanks, skincare regimen!) and it wasn't that time of the month yet so no zits, but you may notice my pores.

Look Ma, no pores!

A few hours of shopping, chasing after one naughty toddler, and travelling to and from SM North EDSA later, my hair got noticeably more frizzy but aside from that, no shiny face as well! No retouching done!

Meanwhile, this photo was taken when I got back to the office after the Mat Magique media preview where our photos were taken by none other than BJ Pascual.

Why can't I look like that every day??
Thanks to Anjie Gogna for my makeup! She used Golden Ivory on me and I find this shade suits me better. She also advised me to just use Mat Magique on my T-zone (forehead and nose) since I have combination skin.

Watch this space, because more photos from the media preview and a giveaway are coming soon! In the meantime, you may check the #BelieveinMagique hashtag in Instagram to take a peek at this amazing product and the fun event we had!

Have you tried Mat Magique? How did you find it? Mat Magique is now available in L'Oreal Paris counters nationwide so swatch to find your shade if you haven't yet!

Disclosure: The product was sent to me by L'Oreal's PR team but I was not required nor compensated to write this review. All opinions are my own. Please see my blog's complete Disclosure Policy here.

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