{2016} Currently Vol. 9

29 February 2016

What a Monday this Monday has been.

I feel like of all Mondays that have ever Mondayed, this Monday has been the Mondayest.

... So much so that even my Panda seems happier hibernating in my pocket.

Sometimes it's so easy to question if this is all worth it.

Rosy, sweet, and flirty

28 February 2016

I am such a girly girl and I think it shows in the way I dress up and present myself to the world, the way I conduct myself, and even the way I manage this blog. (◕‿◕✿) And now, before the girliest of all months come to a close, I would like to write about my latest girly indulgence as well as my favorite way of doing my makeup.

A couple of days before Valentine's Day, a special delivery came for me.

A few products from The Body Shop's British Rose range
Shower Gel, Exfoliating Body Scrub, Instant Glow Body Butter, and Lip & Cheek Stain presented on a vintage bike on a patch of grass and those flowers? What a way to capture my heart, The Body Shop!

Robinsons Beauty Fair February 2016: Romantic Indulgence

27 February 2016

In case you missed it, it's Beauty Fair season again in Robinsons Department Store! Hoard and stock up on your favorite beauty products and personal care essentials and enjoy great discounts and freebies!

Here are just some of the amazing deals you can score until Monday, February 29:

A visit to the Planetarium

25 February 2016

I was in 4th grade when I went to the Planetarium for the first time for our school field trip. I remember gazing up at the projected stars inside the dome-theater and being completely in awe of those mischievous twinkling lights. I remember wishing I were an astronaut so I could go to space and see the stars up close. I remember being wildly curious and coming up with a thousand questions about the universe and everything in it. Needless to say, memories of that field trip were etched in my mind and I couldn't wait until I could go back.

When I started going to college, I was thrilled to discover that my university was located on the road across Planetarium! Surely I could come visit during breaks, right? Imagine my disappointment when I saw that it was closed for renovations on my whole first year there.

And on my whole second year there.

And on my whole third year there.

And on my whole fourth year there.

I hoped and hoped I could visit, but it was not to be.

Until today, that is!

The National Museum Planetarium announced on their Facebook page that they would be offering free admission today in celebration of the 30th anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution. I shared the news to my boyfriend, not really expecting anything as our next supposed day to go out was tomorrow. But he asked if we could go so of course I said yes!

{2016} Currently Vol. 8

22 February 2016

When I quit my old job and started working in PR, my daily prayer included a plea that I did the right thing and wasn't committing the worst mistake of my life. Thankfully, so far it has been a great 3+ years of learning and doing and I still learn something new every day.

I've been there since ARC PR's early days and now that it has grown so much there's a certain pride to be had to have witnessed and to have contributed to its growth. And even though I'm still shy and awkward I am happy to report that I am able to manage and be sociable when the situation calls for it

More changes and developments are expected to happen. Exciting times ahead!

Here is this week's Currently.

Saleswoman for the weekend

21 February 2016

I think I wasn't born to be an entrepreneur. Not for lack of trying, though. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with being an ENFP, but since grade school I have tried to jump-start several entrepreneurial endeavors only to get sick of them and stop once they gain momentum. I used to sell stationery sets, paper dolls, accessories, and a lot of other thingamajigs and my classmates were willing to support. Or they just really love stationery. I also used to have an online shop where I sold clothes, bags, and accessories. I earned thrice the money I put out in just two weeks but I closed up shop in less than two months. One thing I know for sure: I love creating things and getting them out to people who might appreciate them. 

This weekend I attended two shopping events and marketed my Krissyfied Makes watercolor postcards. ♥

First stop: Komiket in Elements, Centris

I attended Easter Komiket last year so I pretty much have an idea of what would happen already, but I didn't anticipate the number of attendees! A lot of people who love comic books and art came and it was awesome!

#romanceclass at Komiket

18 February 2016

There was a time in a not-so-distant past when I was wondering where else I could market my postcards aside from my online shop in Shopee. When the chance to set up shop at the SuperSale Bazaar came, I immediately snapped it up! So yes, you can get my postcards at the SuperSale Bazaar Summer Sale happening in World Trade Center from tomorrow until Sunday. (*’∀’人)♥

For those who are planning to stay within the northern part of Manila and maybe drop by Komiket on Saturday though, I am so happy and excited to tell you that my postcards [and I] will be there also, together with my author friends who will sell their books!

Whether you're single or coupled up, looking for fantastical elements or would rather stick to what's realistic, a fan of YA or NA (or you can even be both, really), the #romanceclass booth has everything you're looking for, so I hope you can drop by and share the feels!

{2016} Currently Vol. 7

15 February 2016

Hello, everyone! How was your Valentine's Day? Hitched or not, I hope it was filled with love. ♥

As for me, it was supposed to be my first time to experience UP Fair as my boyfriend wanted to take me. He warned me that it would be crowded and it might be muddy, but we were supposed to just wing it and enjoy. I even volunteered to bring my yoga mat so we have somewhere to sit on. Upon checking, we were surprised to learn that the last day of the Fair was Saturday! (ノ^∇^) It just wasn't meant to be.

In hindsight, I guess it's okay because we're not that really musically-inclined anyway. I mean, yes of course we love music and all — our first date was to see Owl City; the first movie we saw together was Pitch Perfect 2; and one of the most memorable nights we've had was when we heard Nate Ruess sing live — but we're hardly the first couple you'll think of when the subject comes up.

What we are though, is that we are good with our hands.

A craft date in Glorietta courtesy of the Ayala Malls #lovemheARTs campaign is the perfect alternative Valentine date!

I was apprehensive about tagging him along to Alessa of Life After Breakfast's Rubber Stamp Making Workshop but he was so game!

SuperSale Bazaar Summer Sale 2016

My favorite season is almost here! Summer is slowly but surely creeping in, and what better way to prepare for it than by updating your wardrobe?

Sunblock? Check! Beach towel? Check! Swimwear, sunnies and sandals? Go shop at the SuperSale Bazaar Summer Sale 2016 on February 19-21 at the World Trade Center to cross these off your vacay checklist!

Gifts for your techie valentine

13 February 2016

Sharing earphones with your special someone to listen to music or watch something together may sound cute and sweet, but if you're somewhere noisy then it can get really annoying trying to hear from one measly earphone. Believe me, trying to pass the time before your movie starts by watching Lucifer while there's a program happening at the Activity Center and there is a dragon dance going around TriNoma for Chinese New Year is not that fun even when you're holding hands with your boyfriend.

Urbanears solves that problem with the Humlan headphones and its ZoundPlug.

Remember that sequence in Begin Again where Greta (Keira Knightley) and Dan (Mark Ruffalo) use a splitter so they can share Dan's music in his iPod? The Humlan helps you reenact those scenes, with the splitter built in so you don't have to worry about losing it. You can use any other earphones with a 3.5 mm jack and voila! In my case I used my lilac Urbanears Bagis because I'm me. Hee.

Althea Korea now ships to the Philippines!

12 February 2016

Without completely meaning it to, my shopping preferences have changed. It could be the hellish traffic. the insane crowds in malls, or a sign of aging, but if I could choose between buying something online or in malls then I would rather go with the former. Yes, I could get lost in bookstore and beauty section aisles all day, but the prospect of braving through Metro Manila traffic is almost enough to put me off shopping.

And that is why I cheer a little extra enthusiastically whenever I get wind of new websites being made available to us. Sooo I'm very pleased to share with you that Althea Korea now ships to the Philippines straight from Korea!

The site will officially open on February 15 but I was chosen to be one of the beta testers. I placed my order on January 23, received the confirmation email that my orders have been shipped on January 25, and my pink box was delivered to my home address on January 30!

Yes, from Korea straight to my house in five working days! No need to worry about taxes or customs fees!

{2016} Currently Vol. 6

09 February 2016

This comes late because I'm still sick. I've been feeling out of sorts lately because aside from needlessly getting anxious over what my lab test results could be, I'm also stressed out about moving to a new [and farther] office that's a bit more inconvenient to go to. I acknowledge that there are a lot of things beyond my control so I should stop worrying about it. Thanks to my friend Nashe I've decided to go back to meditation and reclaim my balance.

I should find it soon lest I go crazy like Tonks gone rogue
Photo from Ruth's Harry Potter-themed birthday party last Sunday
Here is this week's Currently!

Be still, my heart.

04 February 2016

I was on sick leave from work today because I needed to go to the doctor.

Towards the end of December last year, I started having this condition wherein my heart seems to suddenly stop and then beats again, hard. It's like it skips a beat and then makes up for it after. It would go away after a couple of hours so I didn't think anything of it and just chalked it down to holiday stress, but it came back and for the past two weeks it started occurring more frequently. Google search results say it's normal and should go away on its own, all I have to do is stop smoking — but I don't smoke and no one in our household does.

I knew I should have it checked but I'm scared I might find out I have a horrible sickness or something so I delayed it as much as I could. But yesterday it went on from morning until I got home at night and I knew I couldn't delay it anymore, thus my absence from work today.

After more than two hours of waiting in The Medical City, it was finally my turn. The doctor found nothing out of the ordinary on routine check-up so she prescribed that I undergo CBC, ECG, and Thyroid Function.

Jasmini kept me company. She was a real trooper and didn't flinch at all when the nurse took a blood sample and when I had the ECG.

{2016} Currently Vol. 5

01 February 2016

I feel like the year hasn't even started yet and now you're telling me it's already February?



So, it's Valentine season again and it's the first time I'm spending it coupled up after being single for so long so you can say I'm pretty excited. I'm not sure if he's big on cheesy displays of romance on this Hallmark holiday though so I don't really know what to expect, heh. What I do know is that all I want for Valentine's Day is my annual Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind tradition —

[...and anything from the MAC x Ellie Goulding collection. DID YOU SEE THOSE COLORS? BEAUTIFUL!]