The fantastical Dr. Strange

25 October 2016

The latest in a list of films with a time-bending protagonist and Rachel McAdams as the love interest (viz. The Time Traveler's Wife, Midnight in Paris, and About Time) is Dr. Strange, a Marvel Studios film about arrogant surgeon Stephen Strange - played convincingly well by Benedict Cumberbatch - who learns mystic arts from the Ancient One after seeking help to heal his hands (rendered unusable for his profession after a car accident) so he could resume his career.

I got invited to the advance screening held at the SM Mall of Asia IMAX Theater last night and oh boy, what an amazing ride it was.

Let it be known that I have zero knowledge about the character prior to seeing the film aside from what is shown by the trailers, but that wasn't a problem because the story was easy to digest and process.

Documenting my days

23 October 2016

There are days that pass uneventfully, with nary anything that stands out enough for it to warrant being remembered years later.

And then there are days that fill you with happiness and magic and joy and sparkles that memories of conversations exchanged or a song heard or even a specific scent sniffed bring back those same feelings you felt, multiplied even more by nostalgia. These are the days worth documenting.

One perfect example was last weekend, and those days are what I chose to highlight at today's Fujifilm Instax & Crafts workshop in SM Megamall spearheaded by my friend Ana

Review: L'Oreal Makeup Designer/Paris' Color Riche Matte Browns and Creamy Browns

12 October 2016

The brown lipstick trend continues and doesn't show signs of stopping anytime soon, and I'm not complaining. Fall is my favorite season, after all. ♥ Today, we're putting the spotlight on the L'Oreal Makeup Designer/Paris' Color Riche Matte Browns and Creamy Browns.

L'Oreal Color Riche Matte Browns
L'Oreal Color Riche Creamy Browns
I know sometimes it's daunting to see A LOT of shades at the makeup counters when you only need a lipstick or two, but I think it's great that brands give us a wide variety of shades and formulations to choose from. 

A magical show with The Swan, The Fairy and The Princess

11 October 2016

There are some performances you watch, and there are some performances that stay with you for a long time. Seeing Ballet Manila's Rebel: EDSA 30 a couple of months ago is definitely one of the highlights of my year because even though I don't dance, ballet holds a special place in my four year old-self's heart. The costumes and set design were simple yet tastefully done, the performances were outstanding, the dances perfectly executed, and the overall production was A+! I was moved to tears several times because it was just too beautiful for words.

And so now I am looking forward to the second act of Ballet Manila's 21st season. If you are still pondering on possible plans for this coming weekend, I suggest you go get a ticket to The Swan, The Fairy and The Princess at the Aliw Theater.

It promises to bring together some of today’s most esteemed names in the international and local art scene for an unforgettable showcase of talent and mastery of their respective crafts, and I am excited to lap it all up.

Make Me Smile Mondays // 101016

10 October 2016


Hey, guys. I'm alive.

I'm so happy I finally got the time and energy to sit down in front of my computer for leisure. I don't even remember the last time I got to do this as it feels like I only ever use my laptop for work now and then my phone for social media. I missed blogging so much!

Here are the highlights of my past week. ♥

I got to try BLK 513 for the first time when I met up with the Japan in Manila girls last month. Last week, Seph invited me to the launch of their S' Maison store and I figured out my favorite combination: Dark Skim Cup with ube syrup and Fool's Gold! It's SO GOOD that I had to have it again last weekend! Ube anything is the best. ♥
BLK 513 and ramen with dear friends at our favorite nondescript Korean restaurant somewhere in Macapagal Avenue? Even better. ♥