I’m 100% convinced that I’m not made for places with impossible crowds (like Disneyworld), because I couldn’t be any happier to spend 2 whole days in Universal Studios. There were still a lot of people, but there were less strollers parked everywhere. Finally, some space! I guess it also helped that my family and I arrived in the theme park just in time for opening.
We headed straight to Islands of Adventure for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Best to be early! Found ourselves suddenly brisk-walking from the entrance because literally EVERYBODY had the same idea as us.
But that’s because the Harry Potter crowd supposedly gets worse in the afternoon. Yikes! And it did!
Spent a good few hours in Hogsmeade before checking out the other attractions. So excited to post my Harry Potter experience already!
The adventure begins, alright. It was a race to Harry Potter!
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Toon Lagoon. One of those death-defying log rides that’s sure to get you soaked!
Hello to my parents!
It’s so weird to see Universal Studios so empty! Perks of waking up early, for sure. Everybody else was busy lining up for the Harry Potter rides after lunch, while we had the rest of the theme park all to ourselves (and the other people who had the same strategy as us).
"I’m going to need a vacation from this vacation." #storyofmylife
Another reason to visit Universal Studios - Marvel Super Hero Island!
The first time I tried the Spider-Man ride was about 5 years ago when I went to Universal Studios Japan. I was never one to ride traditional rollercoasters, but the Spider-Man ride in Osaka got me hooked on 3D/4D simulation rides! My life has drastically changed since!
Lining up can be quite interesting too, especially if the rides have these small exhibits that you can take photos of.
Storm was sooo pretty and in character! Rogue though…
I’m pretty sure it’s just me, but I think this kid looks like a mini Chris Evans…?
Photobombed by a duck and a slice of pizza.
Not a real person, but a life-sized figurine inside one of the stores!
Spider-Man onesies. Start them young.
Just in time for the Daily Superhero Parade! Which lasted for only about 5 minutes. Boo.
Lunch and dessert at Emeril’s! This Banana Cream Pie was everything.
Poseidon’s Fury, found in The Lost Continent, just before the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. People just breezed through this place like it was nothing, lol. Kind of felt bad for it.
Favorite part of The Lost Continent - The Mystic Fountain! It’s an interactive fountain that tricks people into doing all sorts of silly stuff.
The worst (or best?) part about it is that it randomly switches the water up like crazy, and everyone within a meter or two has a huge change of getting wet.
That RPG realness…
Chanced upon some Legend of Zelda merchandise at the Weapons shop. Just another ordinary day…
*spazzes deep inside*
Seuss Landing! This part had mostly small kiddie rides so we didn’t really bother trying them. One day, maybe I’ll be forced to try them out anyway? When I have my own kid? D: *grown-up/future issues*
The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that!
One does not just pass by a Panda Express and not try out their yummy walnut shrimp…
The next day, we went to the regular Universal Studios a.k.a. the one that we’re all used to seeing. First stop was the Transformers ride which was similar to the Spider-Man ride. It just opened last year!
The Transformers merchandise store = definitely worth checking out! Toy collectors, prepare your wallets.
Too cool for words!
For the love of photography. <3
Obligatory Mel’s Drive-In photo.
Lunch at Hard Rock Cafe! Man, this place was huge. If rock and roll had a museum, this would be it.
"Take my picture here because my outfit matches the scene." Just another day in the life of a blogger, lol.
WAAA It’s so cute, I’m gonna die!
Enjoyed the Despicable Me ride too! It’s not super intense like Harry Potter, Spider-Man, or Transformers, but the story was adorable! My parents have never seen the Despicable Me movies, and the ride was able to win them over in such a short span of time.
Princess Fiona and Shrek’s serious discussion. Dat shade, Fiona.
Spot Manny Pacquiao.
Classic case of deja vu. I was just in San Francisco a few days before this was taken.
Hair color envy.
Watched this because we ran out of things to do, lol. Enjoyed all the corny puns they used. Wonder how long it took for them to dig all of that up.
Old New York!
Waited in this area for the last parade of the day, which ended up quite odd because I couldn’t recognize some of the characters…? Am I too old? :(
Anyhow, I just took photos of the ones that I knew—
This angle made the minion look like he was wearing a hat, haha
I’ve never finished a whole episode of Spongebob. I could, but I can’t. MY BRAIN!
I’ve also never watched Dora The Explorer! Maybe I’m really that old! D:
Whew, long post! I took way too many photos, as usual. I have x number of travel diaries left to post, and I’m not even close to finishing all of them! At least there’s something to look forward to other than my sponsored posts nowadays, haha
This is what happens when Pucca meets Japanese Harajuku style… in the Philippines? Wasn’t sure if I could pull this look off without help from a Japanese glam team, so I took some cues from my own shoot in Tokyo last March. JAPAN’S IMPACT! My first-hand experience over there gave a major boost of confidence, so forgive me just this once for trying something new out!
JRunway is the first ever Japanese multi-brand store in Southeast Asia, and it showcases more than 15 hottest fashion brands from Japan. Currently, these brands are available at 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #01-54, Singapore 238839.
Not in Singapore? Don’t fret - They recently opened an online store, Shop JRunway, and are currently working on delivery to Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Australia. I’ll definitely keep you guys posted on any updates! I’m so happy Japanese brands are slowly becoming more accessible now. Just a little longer!
In the meantime, I’m inviting everyone to visit their new Special Feature page, Trends page to read about what’s hot in Japan right now, fashion snaps, news, recommended items, etc. Recognize anyone from their favorite fashion bloggers page? /wink
Every fortnight, they will publish a new Feature Page, but for now, the theme is Trendy Office Lady Style. So different from what I’m wearing in this post, but I think my usual style is very office-friendly! You can find more office-friendly fashion on JRunway.
Haven’t done color blocking in so long. My comfort zone is black and white paired with a single color, and I can’t believe I almost let myself forget that color blocking can be fun too. It is during these times that I’m glad I document my outfits. It’s a lot easier to spot certain patterns if you see your photos next to each other. More than just showing people my style, I think my Lookbook serves as a constant reminder that I’m a work in progress. And that white tops really go with everything, lol.
Can 2014 be any more awesome? Another Japanese brand has arrived in the Philippines!
Heroine Make might already sound/look familiar if you frequent beauty stores in other Asian countries. It’s hard to miss the packaging because of their model - a unique “shoujo” character with big eyes and blonde hair. Apparently, this girl has a name! I didn’t know until I dropped by the launch last August.
Say hello to Princess Himeko! Isn’t she the cutest?
Mandom Philippines President Mitsuoka Hiroyuki opened the event by telling everyone that we can also be leading ladies like Princess Himeko, if we use Heroine Make products.
Sales and Marketing General Manager Ohashi Hirotsugu. I was able to talk to him before the program started, and he kept on thanking me for supporting Japanese products.
Huu, if it were only possible, I’d thank him everyday for sharing these wonderful Japanese products to us in the first place!
Host Joyce Pring.
Heroine Make’s Make-up Artist and Beauty Counselor Igarashi Sayuri did a quick demo on how to use their products.
I loved her demonstration! She was so animated, and you could really tell that she believes in Heroine Make’s magic. We were all shocked when she told us her age! Japanese aging level: time-defying!
Simple eyeliner for day time, and heavier eye make-up for night time.
Sat with my Candy girls, Stephie and Erin.
A Japan-related event won’t be complete with Ms. Kawaii in Manila herself - Kaila!
With KawaiiPH girls Anne and Kaila.
Japanese beauty lovers unite! <3
Thanks Heroine Make and Mandom Philippines for inviting me to this intimate event at Makati Shang! I always buy Heroine Make whenever I’m in Japan, so I’m glad more people can appreciate it now that it’s here.
My recommended items: Long & Curl Mascara (P595) and Smooth Liquid Eyeliner (P595). Really makes your eyes look like Princess Himeko’s, lol. The power of Japanese make-up!
To know more about Heroine Make, visit their Facebook. For inquiries and requests, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve always enjoyed doing makeovers, and I’m so happy SM Makati gave me an opportunity to give back, and help my readers with whatever styling concern that they had. Thanks SM Makati for hosting this small event! <3
We chose 4 winners via a quick Twitter contest, and met Kim, Aniqa, Mika and Yen at The SM Store on a relaxed Monday afternoon. We all clicked within minutes of meeting each other! They were also quick to open up to me about their styling concerns:
1) Kawaii-loving Kim has always been conscious about her height and arms, and wanted to try wearing something other than her usual dress + cardigan ensemble. She also had no idea how to wear prints and pants, given her height and body type.
2) Art student Aniqa wanted to look youthful and fun yet professional for her upcoming internship. While color-blocking, and mixing and matching may not be a problem for her in terms of her craft, it definitely is when it comes to fashion! She is also just cut her hair really short so she wanted to inject more feminine pieces into her wardrobe.
3) Mika wanted to get away from just wearing pants and loose tops all the time. She’s a huge follower of the local fashion scene, and is very much inspired by model off-duty looks.
4) Yen is a new mom (her 3-month-old baby Parker is the cuuutest!) who wanted to graduate from cutesy dolly looks, and dabble into sexier, more grown-up styles after giving birth.
While Kim and Aniqa were having their make-up done at the Covergirl and Maybelline booths…
Mika, Yen and I bonded over shopping and fashion!
They were free to choose whatever they wanted, and whenever they didn’t know what to pair with the items they chose, I gave my own recommendations. I also dared them to go out of their comfort zones and choose items that they’ve never tried before.
Mika and Yen loved the SM Woman section for all the sophisticated pieces that can be worn from day-to-night.
Spent forever just ogling at SM Shoes and Bags!
Mika got these instant leg-elongating, leg-slimming shoes!
SM Parisian’s got a wonderful selection at the moment. Almost everyone got these pointy-toe wedges! I would’ve gotten these for myself too if only it were available in my size (Boo, I have small feet!).
Gray or black?
Grabby hands! SM’s bags are ideal for everyday use. You can totally fit your life in them!
SM Accessories has some wonderful evening clutches! Most of them have an extra strap inside, just in case you want to turn them into crossbody bags. Nifty!
Bonding time with Kim and Aniqa while Yen and Mika had their make-up done. Check out their happy shopping pile! :D
So many options at SM Accessories! You’ll be surprised to be find the latest jewelry trends there at such affordable prices.
Kim’s personal pick! If you love all things cute and dainty, GTW by SM is the perfect place to go shopping!
My personal picks from SM Parisian. Flats are my savior nowadays, especially when traveling. I don’t know how I was able to survive my early 20s just wearing heels all the time!
Classy colors. Need all 3 in my life. These would look good with anything!
At this point, we all went to the nearest dressing room for the final transformation! Given the items they picked, I styled the girls accordingly. I felt like I was able to put my styling skills to a test! So fun!
Kim almost never wears pants because she thinks they just make her look shorter and frumpier. Sticking to one color family, and wearing pants with a crop top and pointy heels help in elongating one’s silhouette.
I asked her how she felt with her outfit, and she said she felt “powerful”. LOVE IT! Fashion is really transfomative.
Aniqa chose a top and bottom set, but I showed her that it can be worn separately if she wanted to. Pleated midi skirts are all the rage this season, but we kept it light, fun and age-appropriate with a colorful top.
The second look is all about matching colors. My no-fail rule in choosing what solid color to go with a print is to choose a color FROM the print. This way, your outfit will look more coherent (instead of just totally random). The skort had a hint of yellow in it, so we chose a yellow top.
Mika wanted to build an outfit around this plaid sweater. Worked with her body type, and balanced the print out with a slim, origami-type skirt that showed off her pretty legs (Me to Mika: Your legs are perfect. *shock* How dare you always cover them with pants? LOL).
The baby is now a lady! Yen’s transformation into a super stylish mom got me all nostalgic about my own blonde phase in the past, and how I slowly transitioned into more mature looks.
Yen prefers flat shoes for everyday use, now that she’s a mom. Every once in a while she still wears heels, but we decided to go for outfits that will still look chic even with flats.
Mika’s final outfit. Check out that confident expression!
Kim’s final outfit. She’s a kawaii girl at heart, so we ended up with this outfit that she felt best represented her personality. Only this time, we skipped the tutu, ribbons and pastels for a change.
Artist-ception! I hope they make this shirt in a “blogger” print too!
We kept her individual street style and penchant for monochromatic pieces, but injected the final look with feminine elements, as she wished. Graphic tee + lace skirt = who would’ve thought it could work?
No need to give up your dolly roots once you’ve entered motherhood! Love this sweet, sophisticated Sunday look for Yen.
Writing this entry just gave me separation anxiety. I spent a whole afternoon with these girls, and I had such a blast getting to know each one of them.
The reason why I didn’t force my own personal style on them by pre-choosing the items is because I wanted them to realize that there is an infinite amount of styling potential already in them. This event was enough proof, I think. :”)
Le Bunny Bleu’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection just came out last weekend, and here’s a teaser before I reveal all the new shoes in a separate post. I don’t normally go for mid-heels (not low/not high), but my recent trip to Japan made me reconsider switching my high heels for a more practical height. Comfort before anything else! Crissey and I spotted a bunch of girls wearing similar sophisticated-but-kawaii shoes in JR Osaka Station. If you’re going to wear mid-heel pumps, might as well wear the cutest, most comfortable ones!
Considered it perfect timing when I visited Le Bunny Bleu Shang, and spotted this bejeweled pair in black. The ribbon is super understated, so it’s not too cutesy for my current, more “mature” personal style. My mom accompanied me to the store, and was actually thisclose to getting one for everyday office use! I could see this being a great everyday shoe because rounded toes are generally more forgiving than pointed ones.
Paired my girly shoes with an equally-girly dress with musical notes on it! It’s the first time that I’ve ever worn this print, and I’m obsessed. Need more of this in my life!
Le Bunny Bleu Philippines can be found at 5th Floor Shangri-la Plaza (654-2599), and 2nd Floor Glorietta 5 (955-7225).