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Double Dinner Dessert Date

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As far as I can remember, I have always had this ideal lifestyle in mind — a lifestyle that allows me and my body to still have time and energy right after work to meet up with friends, go on a dinner date, just watch a movie or anything that feels indulgently good for my body and soul. Isn’t this what everybody needs? Luckily, this “ideal lifestyle” which I only dreamed of living is slowly manifesting in my reality right now. Thank heavens!

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Chatting with friends can truly melt the stress away! Here with my good friend, Clang.

And so when a good friend invited us out on a double date one weekday, I just couldn’t say no. Our neighborhood is close to UP Town Center and since we haven’t visited yet, this is the perfect time to scout what’s in store and to have a relaxing dinner and dessert.

Dinner was at Salusalo The Filipino Feast, they have good interiors and delicious food but no photos as we were devouring their Bulalo! And who can resist desserts?! I’ve just got to try Vanilla Cupcake Bakery even if only for their charmingly sweet interiors!

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We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie. — David Mamet

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Secret Formula for Happiness

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It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. Lucille Ball

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IMG_6972_dpp_1200_editForever 21 jumpsuit; Pretty Little Blings wishbone necklace; Aldo sandals

Over the years, I’ve been trying each day to identify what makes me happy. Every day I am learning that in life, you have to find the beauty in everything, even the darkness around you. You’ve got to be able to see the silver linings in every situation. Being grateful for the good and the bad in your life is good for the soul. In turn, I find that my happiness lies in the simplest of things –

..cool breeze against the warm sun rays on my skin, beautiful summer blooms, quiet time to relax and reflect, afternoon at the park..

Valentine’s Day Activities

Dancing by the Pool

February has become a season of love or as I fondly call it, the love month.

We are not too big on celebrating Valentine’s since we got together apart from the usual quirky bonding dates we’ve done in the past (like here, here and here). It’s going to be different this year though, as we are celebrating as a newly wedded couple, and I wanted to give in to all the mushy and overly sweet acts of love as I can.

If you are like me who is planning an activity with your special someone, here’s a few ideas that I’ve been toying with:

  1. Plan a Valentine-themed picnic. Dine under the stars at your favorite park. Pack a meal for two. Heart-shaped donuts. Cupid’s arrow cookies. Throw in some blanket, a book of poetry and your mushy spirit and indulge in an evening of saccharine poems as you read verses to each other.
  2. Eat your heart out. Any occasion calls for a feast, Valentine’s is one of those. They say the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and this is quite true for women, too. You may choose to stay at home and cook a special dinner or if you’re feeling indulgent, make reservations at a magnificent hotel or restaurant that are offering intimate romantic dinner experience.
  3. Spend a night of mystique and romance. Turn your bedroom into a romantic oasis. Create a magical cocoon around your bed with a fairy light canopy using sheer fabrics and glittering holiday lights! Whether you choose to celebrate love in luxury or in simplicity, the most important is to show your beloved how much you truly care.

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How do you plan to celebrate your Valentine’s? I’d love to know! Nonetheless…

Have a happy and memorable Valentine’s everyone!!!

Flower Child

IMG_0561_dpp_1280_web_rpHandmade flower crowns; mustard cardigan and navy polka dot corset – bazaar find; sparkly necklace – Zalora

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. – Max Muller

This is my first attempt to post an outfit shot or what I wore kind of thing, so excuse me haha. This is what I wore during one of the concept photo shoots I styled together with RainPlay Lifestyle Photography. We called it Pastel Dreams, and why not — we were surrounded with luscious looking cupcakes, brightly colored macarons, little flowers planted on our little model’s crowning glory, all housed in a pastel cafe. It’s like a scene from a romantic movie shot in Paris. Oh what a delightful scene! What a beauty!

These flower crowns were handmade by me the night before the photo shoot, but I did not feel stressed at all. Creating accessories is one of my favorite things to do especially when I have free time in my hands. Styling a concept shoot is super fun when you are working with like-minded people who share the same vision you have. And it’s a plus I can wear outfits related to our theme!

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Step Forward

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IMG_4361_dpp_1200Outtake from our January postcard

Hello, everyone! As you have noticed, I have been out for a month now. I resisted the urge to blog anything while we are updating the blog’s design. Did you like it? This is still a work in progress, and there are still a couple of changes we are going to implement. So far I am loving the clean layout and the huge photos! Finally, the redesigning of this blog that I have mentioned far too many times in the past is now happening, and I couldn’t be more grateful and excited.

This updating of design is a symbolic act that calls for change.

In the five years I have been blogging, I have to admit that I haven’t stepped up as much as I’d hoped for. This year I am aspiring to work on the best version of myself. My journey towards that goal is what I want to share and what I want to reflect on my blog.

It was a tough battle for me to decide on what’s going to be my focus and this too is a work in progress. I, however, was able to resolve it with myself that I would still write about my usual favorite topics, only better and streamlined.

This blog aspire to inspire myself to step up and create the life I love to live, and in the process I hope to inspire you too.

THANK YOU International Red for developing this new theme and realizing my dream visuals to reality!

Photos by: Brian Sahagun

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Hooray Thursday: New Year’s Resolution 2014

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New Year’s Resolution 2014

1) Project365 – couple selfie a day

2) Cook new recipe, twice a month

3) Date night, once a week

4) Create postcards, once a month

5) Write love letters, once a week

6) Visit our moms, once or twice a month

7) Take on a creative project (e.g. movie posters), once a month

8) Print photos for frames, twice a month

9) Sleep early, get up early

10) Exercise and be fit

Do you believe in having a New Year’s Resolution? What’s yours?

Happy New Year!!!

New Year 2014Welcome, 2014!

2013 was such an amazing year – most especially because I married my darling B. That was the highlight of our year. It still feels like a whirlwind event though.

2013 in general, felt like a whirlwind year. 24 hours a day don’t seem enough to do everything that I needed and wanted to do. Good news is, it’s the New Year! It’s our new chance to pursue and achieve our goals. More time to pursue our dreams and to dream some more.

Since we are now a married couple, the family holiday parties and celebrations that we have to attend to multiplied:

Christmas dinner with my family.
Christmas Eve celebration with B’s dad’s side of the family.
Christmas morning celebration with B’s mom’s side of the family.

The “new” Christmas holiday schedule sat with me well, soon enough. However, it’s a different story for the New Year’s celebration:

New Year’s Eve and the morning after celebration with B’s family.
January 1 dinner with my family.

I didn’t get to execute most of our NYE traditions (carrying coins in our pockets, eating grapes, sipping mom’s hot chocolate, etc.) courtesy of my mom, and I was off-balanced. Maybe it has something to do with me missing my mom while watching beautiful fireworks in the sky. It’s surprising how it felt mundane years and years before when it was just me, my mom and my brother — doing the same old traditions, preparing and eating the same traditional holiday menu, but now it felt like it means the whole world to me. Family is everything.

The best part of this NYE’s celebration though is that I celebrated it in person with my now husband! No more greetings over the phone and wishing-hoping-praying that I get to be with him soon. And this year is just the beginning of the many years we will be celebrating together. (Oh, happy thoughts!)

Hence, I got the idea to create our very own little traditions that I will share with my B and our future little family. This New Year is full of hope – and that is more than enough to start off this year with wide eyes and huge smile on my face.

2013 even though amazing, was also a tough year for most of us, but we survived it.

Here’s wishing for a happier, healthier, wealthier, sweeter 2014 for all of us! Cheers!!!

How was your holiday happenings overall?