Photos from the Sunday I spent playing Bravely Default, watching Wicked in Manila, drinking coffee, and eating cronuts with Rg.
So recently I’ve been trying my best to bring my camera around with me everywhere, even if I don’t have a photo shoot or anything special happening. I wish I could say that I don’t remember when I exactly stopped doing this, but it’s all very clear to me, moreso now than ever.
My iPhone has turned me into a very lazy person. I love and hate that it can do so many things that my frequency of use of other gadgets has been reduced to an infinitesimal amount. Sure I don’t need an actual calculator or alarm clock now (thank goodness), but iPhone camera is so good, it makes bringing an actual camera a little redundant sometimes. What a bad practice, eh?
While other people have achieving abs as their top 2014 goal, mine is going back to photography and treating it again the way I used to (when I first started). Expect more of these posts in the future! I’m really set on making more of these to make my blog more personal again (circa 2009?), as well as to keep it from being utterly predictable.
Iced espresso cream latte from Coffee Bean.
Brushing up on my old Nihongo notes during my free time. Been reviewing with a private tutor so I can level up in terms of conversation and vocabulary. I already took a basic Japanese language class 5 years ago but I totes want to be able to master it one day!
Because you know how some subs can take forever.
Had dinner with the CANMAKE girls (Sachie-san, Eri-san, Arbee and Bea) at Hanaichi Restaurant at 28th and 4th in Fort/Taguig.
Crissey and I shared this giant assorted sashimi platter! NOM.
We’re still dreaming of these rolls until now. たこ焼きぽい!
As usual, Sachie-san gave us some goodies from Japan! She gave each of us a copy of the CANMAKE mook (magazine-book).
I also received the MURUA S/S14 lookbook (because she knows how much I love MURUA) and an amazing Ladurée stationery set. So cute I don’t ever want to use it. The erasers are shaped like macarons!
Crissey, on the other hand, received the limited edition Liz Lisa x Pentel Sliccies collaboration pen and pencil set! Watch out for pictures on her blog!
With the mook were some limited edition CANMAKE products.
Sample of what the mook’s pages look like. I’ll never get tired of these make-up tutorials. Easily my most favorite part in Japanese magazines. I never took any make-up lessons - I only learned how to do my make-up thanks to these helpful Japanese tutorials! Thanks CANMAKE!
They have an ongoing Valentines contest - Upload a photo of yourself with your special someone on CANMAKE’s Facebook wall, and tell them why you deserve a special date with him/her on Valentines Day! Winners will get special CANMAKE gifts plus a dinner for two at Hanaichi Restaurant. Good luck!
Happy …th birthday, Crissey!
I purposefully left your age out because you are the perfect example of age-defying anyway. How many vials of unicorn blood have you consumed so far? Please share with us mere mortals your fountain of youth because we’d totally love to have some of that too, please? 8 years of friendship and I feel like I’m the only one drastically changing, lol why
On a serious note though, everyone around you would know that the not-so-secret secret for looking the way you do lies in your perpetually happy-go-lucky and positive disposition! Thank you for always being the bright ball of sunshine that you are.
I hope your birthday will involve lots of rainbow vomit and cute photos of corgis, among other things… like maybe a chance encounter with your future boyfriend/husband. Yii. The world needs more little (sorry) Crisseys who people like me can always count on!
Posting because it’s scorching hot this summer and everyone’s been going to the beach almost every weekend. I’m going to cheat - these were taken way back December 2012, lol. My friends and I decided to get together and go swimming before Christmas… which, when I think about now, was quite an uncommon decision. Swimming in December? How many people do that, really? :D And just in a pool too!
My friends and I regularly meet up after work hours (past 6 or 7 pm) until about midnight, but rarely have we organized anything while the sun is still out. I blame it on the ratio of morning people and night owls in the group (i.e. sometimes I would text Tracy at 3 in the morning and she’d be just as wide awake as I am!).
We haven’t really done much else except have dinner and spend hours together over coffee, ever since we graduated from college and started working. So we committed to waking up early and doing something different for a change of scenery and routine!
Rg being his normal strange self and Kim being a cutie. Like all those who go to Sta. Rosa/West Grove/Nuvali, we stopped by Starbucks for breakfast! I didn’t bother doing my make-up so I’m hiding behind my sunnies! 8D
Old souls. Or not. I thought my friends got a copy of the newspaper for the news. Until I caught them reading the day’s horoscope, hahaha
Interestingly, 3 (including me and my boyfriend) out of 9 in our group are all Sagittarius. All my siblings are Sagittarius as well. *shoots arrows*
Krissy and Drew. He’s doing the Despicable Me minions face.
Tep and Addie on their way to Yellow Cab to order pizza for lunch!
I went around Solenad 2 to take pictures. The heat was intense so I gave up after about… 2 minutes.
Everyone’s iDevices! Spot mine!
Finished ordered pizza. Off to the pool!
Ayala West Grove. We were so lucky we were the only ones there that day! We had this giant pool all to ourselves for the whole day.
Clearly trying our very best not to take cliche group shots.
Also, camwhoring time! Found a nice spot to take pictures and I couldn’t let the opportunity pass!
Tracy joined in!
And then suddenly, everyone! (My legs = so landi)
After lunch and camwhoring, we decided to exchange gifts for Christmas. Kim decided to give us these pretty Forever 21 palettes! Guess which one I got!
Teptep was so happy with the gifts I gave her! Yay!
Finally got to wear my own design for i love koi swimwear. You can wear it with the straps or without. I prefer with the straps because I don’t have enough boobage to hold the swimsuit up… T_T
Back angle because all the yummy pizza went to my abdomen area. Why can’t fat be distributed haha I wish they’d go to my butt or thighs at least!
This one is called “Slumberdoll” and obviously I made it for myself and those with similar taste and body type! Gives you a more curvy silhouette without having to show too much skin. The vertical stripes slims and elongates the torso (since I have a short torso). This particular nautical theme is now out of stock but it comes in other colors such as black x gold (which I also own and even used as a top/bodysuit), pink with white polkadots, blue with big white polkadots (one of my faves), green with small white polkadots, rusty old rose x jewel tone purple, gunmetal gray x pale purple, and teal x gold. Click here to order. :)
I’m far from having a flat stomach (thanks to my lazy ass that seems to be allergic to any kind of exercise of physical activity - I quit even before I start) so I prefer wearing high-waist bikinis and one pieces to hide all the food I eat, hohoho. Will have to find another occasion to wear my other design, “Lolita”!
After swimming it suddenly became dark! But Kim makes everything brighter as usual.
Tracy’s and Krissy’s Baby-Gs! Time Depot will be proud heehee
I played with the eyeshadow palettes and decided to do light make-up on my friends! :D
It drizzled right when we were about to leave, so we were stuck by the pool for a while. Until this double rainbow appeared after the rain! I took it as a sign of good luck for all of us this 2013. <3
After the surprisingly quick drive back to Manila, we had ramen! Everyone didn’t seem to want the day to end. Cheers to 7 or so years of friendship! <3
Happy Easter everyone!
While having lunch with Crissey (who gave me these adorable Tous Les Jour macarons) at La Creperie, I brought out one of my digital toy cameras for us to play with. In the end, iPhone quality is still a million times better, but once in a while it’s overly fun to do that lomo concept where you don’t get to see the pictures until you have the film developed, or in this case, until you plug the camera into your computer. This kind of photo quality reminds me of my old Kodak Easyshare from way back 2004. But at least that camera had a viewfinder, haha. Suddenly I’m extra grateful for that.
SO I’m trying to get back into the habit of taking pictures of things other than fashion. Thankfully iPhoneography and Instagram have been constant reminders. I started my Internet presence doing something similar to this post, and I never want to let go. Just very spontaneous and candid. Nothing too contrived. It is so easy to continue with what’s popular or what sells the most, but it feels absolutely horrible when you realize that you’re losing a little bit of yourself along the way. I will not lose this personal side of my blog ever (again). I will remain steadfast.