Month: August 2014

Intro to Normcore

Mandals, plain tees, boyfriend jeans, chokers, 90s fashion, these are the things all over my fashion newsfeed lately. After browsing through my favorite sites, I learned that the term for this mundane, or simply boring type of dressing is normcore.

So how do you do normcore? Before, fashion was everything about being different, expressing you individuality. Normcore works opposite that by encouraging you to blend in, to be anonymous. Think of unremarkable pieces put together, and that’s normcore.

It’s also reminiscent of early 90s fashion, that sort of cool slacker skater -ish looks comprising of Birkenstocks, denim cutoffs, pain T-shirts, and the occasional plaid button down. As far as normcore is concerned, the plainer the look, the better.

I tried my hand with this trend, and decided I would build my look around a plain white tee. This one from H&M is actually my favorite, the material is breezy, but it’s not too thin that you have to wear a camisole underneath.

With shirts, the predictable match would be a pair of jeans, so I went with that. To make the look even gawkier, I picked the jeans long enough that I could fold the ends into cuffs. To make it even more predictable, I took out these Birkenstock dupes from Sewn sandals. I couldn’t find my old Birkenstocks, so these would have to do. Besides, they were really comfy anyway, and provided the effect needed.

I did break a tiny rule though. When you go normcore, you don’t go for prints. As I said, the plainer, the better. I was initially planning on wearing my blue adidas track jacket. When I tried this one though, it was perfect. I couldn’t resist. I just had to put in a pop of color from the floral print. You guys agree though, that my look worked way better because of the jacket?

And to put more attitude into it, I wore these retro framed sunnies. I mean they are practical, and look really common, but also added a little oomph. Plus, the sunnies look 90s, so there.

Always remember that the key to normcore is to be anonymous, be as detail free as possible. I guess the charm of normcore lies in that you know you are unique, and you don’t need to rub it on anyone’s face.

In this shoot though, I was feeling fierce. I don’t know if it’s the shades, or the normcore theme, I just felt more badass. It might also be because it’s not often that you’ll see me rocking a look like this. More often than not, I’m in girly dresses, pastel shorts, or flimsy skirts.

I had a lot of fun though, even if you can’t tell with my smirk, and sudden badassery, but I did. More than in any shoot I’ve done. I guess the change did me some good, yeah?

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Jacket: adidas

White Tee: H&M

Jeans with Swallow Cuff print: Espada

White Mandals: Sewn Sandals

Watch: G-Shock

photos by Ben Bigalbal

What do you think of the normcore trend?

Beauty Scents: A Fragrance and Cosmetics Outlet Store

“Happy girls are the prettiest” – Audrey Hepburn

I have always admired Audrey Hepburn, not as the Hollywood icon that she is, but in the way that she carries herself. She is always impeccably dressed, and well made up. For me, she is the epitome of elegance and subtle glamour.

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Anyway, I found one of these quotes on a wall at the newly opened Beauty Scents outlet store in Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Beautyscents is the Philippines’ first and biggest fragrance and make up outlet store for luxury brands.

The interiors are very minimalist and inspired by New York Downtown SoHo, which is good to keep the focus on the colorful packaging of the makeup brands and fragrances sold there. They carry a lot of brands, from Christian Dior, Guerlain, Bulgari, Jean Paul Gaultier, to celebrity perfumes from Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears, to Japanese brands like Majolica Majorca and ZA cosmetics, they have it all.

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The principal display is this mini movie set, complete with director’s chair and a spotlight. Since majority of their stocks are actually scents, they feature a brand for a month. For this month, they featured different scents from Bulgari. I love this set up, so simple, and yet has so much character.

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One great deal from Beauty Scents that you should watch out for is the “Lowest Price on the Floor” promo. As you can see below, the whole two shelves with Za products worth only 100 each! I actually bought myself a tube of the Za whitening Cleansing Foam because it works great on my skin, plus it’s on super sale!

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Are you excited to learn more about the other deals? I’ll let you in on more deals later. Before I go to that, I’ll walk you through what happened during the opening.

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To formally launch the store, a ribbon cutting ceremony was  headed by Greenfield Development Corporation EVP Duane Santos, Beauty Scents business development manager Helen Cortez, Greenfield Development Corporation president and chairman of the Board Jeffrey Campos and Beauty Scents store manager Joan Villadiego. 

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Hosted by former Bb. Pilipinas now model-host Abby Cruz-Ramos, the ceremony was followed by a Happy Hour, wherein VIP guests were treated for an hour of pampering which included eye brow shaping, fragrance samplers, and a make over counter.

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I wasn’t able to take advantage of the happy hour because I was busy spazzing over all of the items! I was overwhelmed with the options, and it didn’t help that they were all on really great prices.

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Beauty buffs, perfume aficionados, celebrities and media friends (like me) were at the event, and I bet they were as amazed as I was. Every guest in attendance was even more delighted when we were told that we could take home any make up product or fragrance after sharing the product of our choice on Instagram.

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Some celebrities in attendance were Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan (left), with daughter Ella (right), and Pheomela Barranda (center)

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Also in attendance was power couple Beauty Queen Miriam Quiambao-Roberto and Husband Author/Entrepreneur Ardy Roberto

Now let’s go back to touring Beauty Scents PH:

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I couldn’t resist taking a selfie at the Christian Dior traincase. I almost bought myself a finishing powder from here but I stopped myself because I still had a lot of finishing powder from my trip to Korea last May.

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Majolica Majorca also had some products with markdown prices. Their Lash King is the bomb, so if you’re into mascara, better get one on sale! Too bad my favorite eybrow mascara wasn’t on sale, otherwise I would have hoarded!

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These are from Guerlain. Guerlain products are rather expensive, so buying from Beauty Scents would be a good idea if you’re a patron of the brand.

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More Christian Dior cosmetics on sale! I can feel the bargain hunter in me getting really happy with those discount signs posted.

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This Jean Paul Gaultier smelled really nice. It was everyone’s favorite “Big Girl Fragrance”, with classy vanilla, rose, and tonka bean elements.

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This Bulgari Jewel Charms collection is to die for! The set looks so pretty, and each scent smells divine.

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John Galliano fragrances are also available.

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As well as celebrity fragrances from Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez

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The store even had a second floor, which worked as the storage as well as a showcase of some fragrances. Spot my good friend Sef Tiburcio checking out some options.

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I also got to meet with Erika Lim, Justin Buenagua, Genzel Habab and Sef, while at the launch.

Here are some photos of the products also available at Beauty Scents.

Showcasing celebrity brands and special items which can only be found at Beauty Scents, the  outlet store for men and women is divided into five sections: cosmetic product test, best deals section, last call deals, top up discounts and wholesale items for partner wholesalers. To keep the stocks fresh and exciting, a monthly round up of new brands will be offered to provide more choices for the customers.

Whether someone is getting ready for the gifting season, aiming to play it nice, naughty or natural when it comes to their fragrance or make up, Beauty Scents an Outlet Store is the only go-to venue for that.

Beauty Scents is located at:
Unit LS-13 Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

For more information, follow BeautyScentsPH on Social Media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Inquire on beautyscentsph@gmail,com / beautyscentsmanager@gmail.com or contact 09063817788.

Can you guys guess what I took home? Hint: I posted it on Instagram. 🙂

Let me know about your Beauty Scents experience when you visit. 🙂

Fine China

“Trust, like fine china, once broken can be repaired, but it is never quite the same” – Unknown

I really love the color blue. If you look at my wardrobe, I have more blues than any other color. I have teal, turquoise, powder blue, royal blue, cyan, you name a blue hue, I probably have it. Blue is one of those colors that can flatter all skin colors, as well as the color green.

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Aside from blue being a really flattering color on any complexion, I also love how a dark blue instantly brightens. It was one of the reasons why I got this dress from Dorothy Perkins. I love how the print resembled designs on fine china too. The blue and white really reminded me of those antique porcelain teapot sets, so I was incredibly drawn to it.

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Aside from having a really flattering silhouette, I liked that the length was just right. Not too long for my short physique, and the fabric was very comfortable to move in. I loved that it has this sheer panel just near the hem of the skirt, which adds a romantic flair to the dress.

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This would definitely be something I would wear out on a date. It’s sweet and girly, so if you really want to bring out your femininity, this would be a great choice. It doesn’t hurt that the dress flatters me in all the right places too.

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To keep everything simple, I paired it with my ever reliable nude pumps. To keep the focus on my pretty dress, I kept accessories to a minimum, opting to wear a pair of pearl earrings.

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It’s also a dress you can twirl in, so it would be a photogenic option for debut or prenup shoots.

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These earrings are currently my staples. I’ve been going to a lot of job interviews, and pearl earrings just bring class to any look.

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Floral Print Dress: Dorothy Perkins

Mise En Dior inspired Earrings: Fashion Spice Manila

Nude Pumps: People are People

Indoor photos by Ben Bigalbal, outdoor photos by Sef Tiburcio

Notice that I have two sets of photos here, one indoor, and one outdoor. It was raining earlier in the morning that day, so I rushed to take photos indoor just in case. Then when the sun came out, I took photos as well.

P.S. I’ve been feeling down lately, hence the feels-laden quotes.

Bensimon DIY: An Afternoon of Creativity with Bensimon

I love DIY projects. I’m not a DIY maven, but I adore projects by P.S. – I made this.., and try to replicate clothing and jewelry projects best as I can. remember how I used to make a lot of beaded jewelry when I was younger? Or the tutorial I posted for this flower crown? You can tell i have a little artsy fartsy in me. Again, just a little.

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When I got the invite for #BensimonDIY, I was excited. I haven’t done anything crafty in months! I thought this was a great opportunity to wake up my artistic sensibilities. Fast forward to the day itself, I actually had no idea what to do. I went to Common Thread Powerplant Mall without any inspiration or research, my head was completely blank.

Before we get on to what I was finally able to produce, let me give you a tiny background on Bensimon.

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Over 30 years of dressing the feet of Parisians has taught Bensimon that no single pair of shoes can be perfect. That’s because fashion, especially within the context of the French’s inherent je ne sais quoi, is not anchored on perfection; it’s about dressing for the moment, with ease, style and sophistication.

Bensimon captures this ideal with its concept of being perfectly imperfect. No two pairs are exactly alike, but each one still represents everything about the Parisian aesthetic, the brand’s tradition of quality and attention to craftsmanship. That said, they’ve now taken the idea further by giving Bensimon fans an opportunity to use their favorite pairs into their own canvas.

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Anyone can purchase a pair of Bensimon sneakers on that day, and get to customize them for free! The good people from Craft MNL were also there to help us figure out ways to DIY. They gave us tips on how to use bleach, to use paint in different techniques, as well as incorporating other materials like stamps, beads, thread and yarn.

“Bensimon bears its Parisian heritage proudly. But by using traditional art materials—paint, glitters, markers, stamps, bleach, ribbons—Bensimon wants to inject the personality of its wearers as well,” says Ammiel De Leon, Bensimon Philippines’ Brand Director.

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This was what our table looked like, a beautiful mess of paint, Sharpies, and other materials.

Customization has an enduring appeal that plays on an individual’s instinctive fashionable inclination; and brands like Bensimon continue to prove that function and style do not have to be mutually exclusive.

The DIY idea is so genius right? I mean, I wouldn’t dare paint on my sneakers if Bensimon hadn’t encouraged it.

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Through the years, Bensimon has made the elusive Parisian aesthetic accessible by elevating sneakers into the fashionable staple it is today. And as it continues to put the spotlight on its subtle brand of style, expect it to grow a steady local following that—like all wardrobe classics—stand the test of time.

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I got a pair of white bennies. When I first sat down at the craft table, the first thing I did was to look at what everybody else was doing. Both Seph and Sef got blue sneakers, while the others got green or yellow. Some were attaching beads, some using Shapies to draw, and others kept painting.

I got inspired by the color blue because of Sef and Seph’s shoes, but I decided I wanted powder blue. So I mixed blue and white textile paint, for a long time until I got the perfect shade. Mind you, painting the whole shoe was laborious. My seatmates Alyssa (Alyssa Lapid), and Jamon kept telling me that I was doing so much effort on my base. I didn’t mind, I had no idea what i was doing anyway.

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I finally got to finish painting the base, then I got stuck again. I wanted to try doodling, but since I wasn’t that good at drawing, I decided against it. I wanted a paisley pattern, but I was afraid of messing it up, so I really thought hard about other options. Then it hit me, clouds! I already had a pretty sky, all I need now is clouds! So tada! My cloud Bennies.

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And if you were wondering, we were really messy. It was a good thing that we were provided with aprons so our clothes would stay clean. Somebody took out alcohol too, so we got to rinse our hands off of the textile paint.

Before I show you our finished products, meet my seatmates Jamon and Alyssa (Lapid)! Alyssa (Yu) came at the later batch so we weren’t able to paint ours together.

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We were waiting for our shoes to dry, so we were killing time by taking photos and looking at other people’s projects. Teehee

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Clockwise: Mine, Alyssa’s and Jamon’s

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Seph’s pair went through a lot of makeovers, he was as indecisive as I was clueless.

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I loved Rhea’s pair! The palm leaves print is so her.

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Also, everyone was praising Danika’s pair. Aren’t they gorge? She used bleach for the petals, painted the front with gold marker, and added beads as embellishments.

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Lastly, a photo of me and my pair! My hair’s a mess, but I was just so happy I produced a decent pair! What do you think of my unintended center part? Doesn’t look too good, does it?

Bensimon sneakers are available at CommonThread (Greenbelt 5, Power Plant Mall), Rustans (Gateway, Makati, Alabang Town Center, Shangrila), Center of Gravity (Burgos Circle and Centris Walk), Shoe Salon (Glorietta 3, Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and Trinoma), and Shoe Thing (Kids styles only: Bonifacio High Street, Eastwood Mall, and Greenbelt 5). The price ranges from 2,095 to 2,565 for the men’s and women’s line and 1,295 to 1,795 for the kids’ styles. Visit www.bensimon.com.ph for more information.

Uneven Lines

“Love like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots keeping itself alive.”
― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

It was a rainy day when we took this set of photos. I prefer taking photos outdoors, but the weather gave us no choice, good thing the Korean cafe Noriter was just nearby.

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I’ve been to cafe Noriter a few times, even blogged about it here, and it’s a picturesque place. Every corner just screams cuteness, just begging for a photo to be taken. The lighting inside isn’t very ideal though, so most of our photos turned out really yellow. Post processing saved the day, although I feel like I look a bit pale. What do you think?

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In a very funny twist of events, today’s weather happens to be really rainy as well. I spent the morning going to a job interview and it was really sunny, but as I am writing this (around 3pm) the rain started to pour really hard! No different from that day at Noriter.

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Anyway, I got this really cute peplum top a few weeks ago, and I instantly wanted to wear it out. In my mind though, I pictured myself wearing the top with a knee length pencil skirt. I set out to look for one in a great length and cut, but failed. Good thing I saw this uneven overlap pencil skirt, and saw that this will work with the top.

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A peplum top can be worn with a pair of slim pants as well. I don’t suggest wearing a layer of outerwear over it because the peplum detail might make you look more bulky under that blazer or cardigan.

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I realized that my look was something Blair Waldorf would wear, so I wore a headband. Remember the days when Blair-bands were all the rage? Well, I was one of those girls who went with it. After all, I loved Blair, and wearing headbands in high school was a way to differentiate yourself with the uniform and all.

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You can wear this in the office, if your company isn’t too strict with skirt lengths, or you can go with my original idea, a classic pencil skirt. During the day, keep it simple with a pair of nude pumps. For the night, accessorize with a great statement necklace and switch out your sensible pumps to sexier stilettos.

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I loved the back detail a lot, a little peek-a-boo always pleases me.

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Printed Peplum Top: Curtsy (IG: @curtsyprgirl)

Overlap Skirt: Pink Boudoir (IG: @pinkboudoir_)

Bejeweled Headband: SM Accessories

Pumps: People Are People

It was as if the rain was with me, raining down, washing away all that was left of my pain. -pp

I leave you with what I was thinking when this photo was taken, I know, dramatic, but apt. What do you think?

Doll Glam: SM Beauty shows us how it’s done

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The SM Store Beauty Section proves once again that it is always on trend with its current campaign, Doll Glam. With ambassadors Tricia Gosingtian and Alodia Gosiengfiao, they showed everyone how to rock Doll Glam at a beauty fair held at the SM North The Block Atrium. Doll Glam is based on the gyaru fashion subculture originating from Japanese streetstyle and currently making waves throughout the world.

The program started with a fashion show showing four types of Doll Glam: Cute, Hippie, Pretty, and Sexy.

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For the hippie looks, colorful prints and flowy silhouettes were emphasized.

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For the pretty looks, dainty hues and girly subdued prints took the stage.

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For the sexy looks, short lengths, minimal accents, and body flattering cuts dominated.

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For the cute looks, far left and far right, floral prints, and quirky cuts make the outfit. All these looks can be found in the SM Store.

The next part of the program was when Tricia and Alodia came on stage.

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Tricia was super adorable with her off shoulder top and pastel look, while Alodia went full on by copying her doll’s costume, even the furry ears! The host, Nicole Andersson challenged both girls to a 15 minute makeover, transforming girls into the doll glam look.

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Tricia’s dolly (her model) was Ruth Jimenez, who I recognized as one of the I Am Meg Finalists from last season.

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Alodia’s dolly is Alyssa, someone approached her while we were eating at the VIP area, and we pushed her to go on stage.

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While all that was happening, the Doll Glam crew went around the fair to spot girls who came in their best doll glam looks, and these were the winners.

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I especially noticed this girl, she looked like a total doll with her volumized wig, dainty dress, and porcelain like makeup!

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Then tada! Here are Ruth and Alyssa with their makeup done by Tricia and Alodia, respectively. Alodia and Tricia loved using products from Dolly Wink and Nyx on these girls.

At the fair, there were a lot of brands with booths offering services like free makeovers, hair color application, as well as nail art. The Doll Glam fair is made possible by the SM Store Beauty Section and the participating brands: Dolly Wink, BYS, NYX, Pixy, Heroine Make, Kate, Majolica Majorca, Maybelline Color Show, Cutex, Palty, Beautylabo and Lucido-L.

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I couldn’t resist posing at the Dolly Wink booth because the setup was too adorable to pass. Thanks Rhea for my photo!

I got to take home these pretty things too, so stay tuned for reviews and giveaways coming your way!

Thank you SM Beauty for having me! We had a lot of fun!

What do you think of the Doll Glam campaign?

Little White Dress

“True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.” -Honore de Balzac

The color white means a lot of things to different people. For some it symbolizes growing old with the changes in color of one’s hair, or the stark corridors of medical institutions. For me it symbolizes the happier things, of being complete and whole, clarity, and vibrant energy. White daisies usually signify loyal love, young innocent love even.

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For me though, white is my color for success. The hard earned, went-through-so-many-things-but-worked-out sort. For our college recognition, we were required to be in either white, cream, or anything in between, like ecru, eggshell, and whatnot, my batchmates joked.

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I already knew about this for a long time, since I have been assisting in the ceremonies of the previous three batches of graduates. There were also restrictions like: it should be at least knee length, with sleeves, and modest. With this knowledge, and the motivation to graduate, I actually bought my dress 5 months early.

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Excited, I know, when school work was driving everyone crazy and the status of our graduation hung on out theses, projects, presentations, and whatever requirements we had to finish. I knew my purchase was very premature, knowing full well that even if I enrolled for my last semester, graduation was still much too far to grasp. What with our professors driving us crazy with piles and piles of examinations, readings, research studies, add to that extracurricular activities with our orgs, that last semester was really a stretch.

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When I tried on the dress, I knew it was the one. Writing this down, I find myself laughing, comparing this dress to the concept of one true love. I hadn’t intended to buy anything at that time, I was merely window shopping and canvassing for Christmas gifts. When I came across the dress and tried it on however, it felt like it was made for me.  Even the other customers inside the store said so. They tried the same dress on and they all said it looked best on me. The salesladies didn’t have any trouble convincing me to buy the dress after that.

Although it was beyond my budget, I got it because I was wearing it to an important event anyway. Hopefully, a milestone. I finally got to wear it, and I really felt great in it. I got all the restrictions right, and looked great too, so I wasn’t complaining. That minor dent in my wallet was a price I was willing to pay for such an investment.

I think I should stop myself now, I have never talked about a dress like this before. HAHA. I’m afraid I’m already boring you. More than a dress though, it says that I have finally achieved a dream of mine.

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I got to shoot this photoset at an equally beautiful place though, that’s why I look, well, uhh, prettier, I guess? The setting or background of a photo really helps a lot in improving quality, and even telling a better story.

You can also tell I had a lot of fun in shooting. I was comfortable and happy, it showed, yes?

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White Fit and Flare Dress: Banana Republic

Nude Pumps: People Are People

photos by Ben Bigalbal

shot on location at The Peninsula Hotel Manila

What did you think? Did I go overboard with the description of this dress? Be honest, I actually like constructive criticism. 🙂

Bag O’ Shrimps: Fresh Catch in a Cozy Space

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Bag O’ Shrimps is perfect for everyone longing to go to Dampa for fresh catch but don’t want themselves to get dirty with the wet market. Bag O’ Shrimps serves fresh seafood daily, and you can actually tell how good the quality of each ingredient is, especially the heart of their menu, seafood. The simple menu gives each customer a peek at how everything runs in  the place. Simple, no nonsense, just good ole’ seafood dishes with special homemade secret recipes, and whole lot of love.

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I’m giving this place a lot of praises because I really had a lot of fun there. It’s the type of restaurant where a crowd, either friends or family, or even couples can have a really great time. The food is really good, especially the crab, and I’ll expound on that later.

Bag O’ Shrimps’ specialty is actually in its name, the mains are bags of shrimps, or crabs, or mussels, and more. The seafood are served by the pound, swimming in their different signature sauces. They are best eaten with hands, no utensils, to enjoy the whole #BOSexperience. You can actually tell how the customers enjoyed the food, the messier the table, the better time they had.

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The table setting is simple, the servers lay on a big sheet of thick paper as big as the table. They also give out bibs and put a box of tissue. When requested, they also give out plastic gloves (if you really don’t want to eat with your hands). I’m telling you though, I had much more fun without the gloves, and peeling shrimps was even more convenient. They also place a bucket for the shells and peels, but I suggest you just leave everything on the paper. After eating, take a photo of the mess you’ve made, and make fun of the person with the most chaotic spot. Teehee. I told you eating here is fun.

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Let’s move on to the food:

Appetizers and Side Orders:

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They have a short listing of side orders in their menu. They have shrimp popcorn, crispy calamari, crab bomb sticks, dynamite sticks, fried oysters, clam chowder, fish fingers, sweet potato fries, and the usual french fries, onion rings, and rice.

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Sweet Potato Fries – Php 115

These fries are very thinly cut, slightly seasoned, and very good. Once I ate my first fry, I couldn’t stop. I found myself going back and forth to this basket the whole time, because it was so good. Such a simple dish, but I couldn’t stop raving about it after. They were crispy too, but not too toasted to keep the integrity of the flavor of the sweet potato.

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Crab Bomb Sticks – Php 185

I love anything with jalapenos. My favorite unhealthy snack is actually Cheetos Jalapeno. That’s how much I love the chili. When I read their menu and saw that they served Dynamite sticks, I knew I wanted those. Before I could, the owners suggested the Crab Bomb Sticks instead, since that was one of their bestsellers. Basically, the crab bomb sticks are dynamite sticks with crabstick, which makes it even better. As the usual with stuffed chili, sometimes you get that one which is incredibly spicy, and other times no spice at all, so this is tricky if you don’t like spicy food. Overall, I thought these sticks were the bomb.

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Fried Oysters – Php 165

The fried oysters are good too. You can taste the freshness of the oysters, and they were really juicy inside that crispy batter.

Now we move on to the stars of the show, the seafood in bags!!

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As I said before the seafood specialties are sold by the bag, shrimps (Php 565/453g), crabs (Php 130/100g), clams (Php 295/500g), mussels (Php 295/500g). The flavor options are Bag O’ Momma, Lemon Pepper, Cajun, and Garlic Butter. You can also adjust the spiciness by your liking, they have four levels, mild, medium, hot and very hot. Some customers ask for even spicier sauces. They also have add ons like Imported (Php 120) or Local (Php 80) sausages, and corn (Php 60).

They also serve lobster by the bag on some weekends. They usually announce it on their social media accounts when that is available, and when that happens, there is an instant queue. So if you really want your lobster fix, you have to be there early!

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Bag O’ Crabs – Butter Garlic – about 400-500 grams

I’m a big fan of crabs, and really particular with how my seafood is prepared, so that says a lot. I got to try the garlic butter blend for the crab, and I’m telling you, if I wasn’t on a diet, I would have eaten the whole bag. I mean look at the bag, the crab is just covered in fragrant garlic!

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Bag O’ Shrimps – Bag O’ Momma – Mild – With Corn and Sausages

We also had a bag of their signature shrimps in Bag O’ Mama, it wasn’t my favorite, but it was good nonetheless, and perfect for anyone who likes a blend of spices, with hints of tangy and sweet. Basically Bag o’ mama is a mixture of all the flavors Lemon Pepper, Garlic Butter, and Cajun. I have yet to try Lemon Pepper and Cajun, but I highly recommend Garlic Butter.

There are around 4-5 slices of sausage, and 5-6 pieces of corn in this bag. The sausage slices are a bit small, so it was like a treasure hunt looking for it in the bag. The local sausage was okay, but there was nothing special about it.

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Everything’s great to pair with beer, so make sure you check out their beer selections at the fridge near the entrance. Stella Artois worked well with what I ate.

Oh btw, 5 people ate that feast, so if it’s value for money you’re after, Bag O’ Shrimps will not disappoint.

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For the ambiance, a look at the ceiling and you would be reminded of a fisherman’s wharf, great for keeping that Dampa feeling through. The seats are cozy, and I love the pipe details on the tables.

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The owners, Princess and Jandrew Pastoril, were very hands on with the design of the restaurant, even adding personal touches here and there. At the photo below, you can see a road sign for Princess’ home in the States, where she started to develop the recipes for the sauces. Everything on the menu is actually developed by Princess, with recipes tweaked from her experiences abroad and constant taste testing with friends and family. Jandrew also has a few photos framed at some areas, to add more personality to the place.

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I loved this wall typography art the most out of all. Says a lot about life don’t you think?

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Presenting: The aftermath!

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That was our messy table. You can tell that we really enjoyed our meal.

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Special thanks to Jandrew and Princess for the warm welcome! Melissa, Alyssa and I really had a great time!

I’m thinking of going back soon and trying the clam chowder next, and to have more crab!!!

Bag O’ Shrimps
Tuscany, McKinley Hill
1634 Taguig City
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

To get updates on Bag O’ Shrimps, visit their official website, like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram (@bagoshrimps) and Twitter (@bagoshrimps)

Don’t forget to hashtag #BOSexperience when you get there!

P.S. I also posted a review on Zomato.com, check that out too?

Bag O' Shrimps Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Inspiration

You have to make a decision: will you serve the people, or will you burden them? – Cardinal Tagle

Growing up in a strict Catholic Chinese highschool, I got used to hearing sermons and speeches from men of the cloth. When I learned that His Eminence Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was going to be the guest of honor and speaker for our commencement exercises, I expected the usual sermon. In reality, I was pleasantly surprised. The cardinal delivered his speech in flawless Filipino but imparted wise words with wit and humor. If you looked at the whole crowd inside the PICC Plenary Hall, you could see everyone was truly listening to every word.

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When people learn that I graduated from UP (University of the Philippines), I get the same response, “Ay galing mo naman, diba mahirap dun?” or “Talino mo naman”, and many other phrases with the same message, that I am intelligent, and lucky to have graduated from the country’s premier national university.

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They say it is a privilege, to study in UP, and I believe that. Being around the brightest minds in the country, competing with them, learning from them, and struggling with them is indeed a life changing experience. I have always worn that Iskolar ng Bayan title with pride, and did my best to live up to my university’s expectations. I have given back to different causes, volunteered for different programs, spearheaded projects for the community, and even lead organizations to share our talents, skills and abilities.

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The cardinal’s message in his speech was clear, he was challenging each and every one of us graduates, to choose the path of honor and truthfulness. We should use our skills for the good of our country and to truly serve. As I have always heard from my activist friends, serve the people. It’s a great message really, one that got a standing ovation, because every story and point he put across was mixed in with humor and relatability, that appealed not only to us graduates, but also to our friends and family present at the affair.

I laughed at every joke, smiled at witty comments, and was awed by this man’s ability to capture an audience, a secular audience at that. Thank you Cardinal Tagle, it was truly a beautiful speech.

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As of this writing, I still don’t have a job, but I keep in me that promise that whichever path I choose in my life, I will always put in mind, the benefit of the many.

I know this a bit heavy on a Monday night, but I was inspired today.

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Anyway, this is what I wore to the 105th commencement exercises held in PICC. I didn’t get to take decent photos of myself with my toga, so I had to make do with my outfit shots.

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Since the day my mom bought this dress, I already decided it was what I was wearing to my graduation. The color is just perfect, light, easy on the eyes, and one of my favorite pastel colors. The cut and silhouette of the dress is flattering for my body type too, while the tailoring keeps the dress looking smart and formal. I’m not a fan of ruffles, but since it’s just on my neckline and not really distorting my figure, I was good with it.

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We were required to wear black heels, so i ended up wearing my go to black peep toe pumps. I accessorized with some jewelry to add some more class to my look. Besides, this was a special occasion, so I can wear all the jewelry I want. It was also my first time to take out this pretty genuine leather sling from Tory Burch. Since it was a signature bag, I didn’t want to bring it out on casual occasions, saving it up for my grad was a good decision.

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All in all, I had a great time at our graduation. I had a few mishaps like leaving my toga’s tassel at the hotel we were staying in, then asking my dad to retrieve it, to almost falling down the carpeted steps. I was nervous going up that stage, but after, it was liberating. I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I am that I got through that chapter of my life, with all the battle scars of a true UP graduate.

Thank you, UP, for everything. Thank you to my friends, family, professors, and everyone who has helped me along the way. Cheers!

Mint Ruffle Dress: Dorothy Perkins

Peep Toe Pumps: Mango

Black Leather Sling: Tory Burch

Diamond Earrings: Mom’s

Bracelet: Pandora

photos by Ben Bigalbal

Shot at The Peninsula Hotel, Makati

I haven’t written anything this personal in a long time, should I do thi more often?