Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The TRIO Ultimate Sundae Experience at Swensen's

Yes, I realize this was almost two months ago. I've been putting it off because something else happened that day that I'd rather not remember... but I'm over it now. :) Haha. I'm such an emo child sometimes; forgive me.

Anyway, a lot of you have already heard me rave about Swensen's before. Well, thanks to their incredible generosity during the holidays, I ended up with some GCs for personal use and a ton of coupons for "giveaway use"!

Since I was given 24 coupons in total, I therefore decided to hold a lil post-holiday contest for the TRIO and our readers. I was also leaving for a long Bangkok trip that same night, so it was a semi-despedida for me, as well.

Keigh and B!

(left) My Nutty Crispy Tower! I'm a sucker for caramel syrup, so this is by far my favorite Swensen's sundae ever! What's yours? :)
(right) Bea Perez of Lalalaloves with her banana split!

I was so happy Keigh chose B as her reader. I love her to bits! ... aside from the fact that she was only ONE YEAR OLD when "Titanic" came out in the cinemas. Insane. She makes me feel so old. :p 

The super takaw Keigh Jalbuena :p

She ate this entire fondue set on her own!

The Swensen's fondue set consists of 9 scoops of ice cream of your choice! And it comes with whipped cream, brownies, fruits, waffle bits and a delicious chocolate dip. Sooo good!

Can you believe Keigh finished all of that on her own, though? :p Still not sure why she chose that lime flavored scoop... Haha.

Don't you just love her then-new hair? :D

We had a birthday celebrant in our midst: Sammy Samson of Sammy Shouts

The Swensen's staff was so accommodating, they sang to her and even put a heart-shaped candle on an Earthquake sundae. By the way, the Earthquake sundae comes with a whopping 8 big ice cream scoops of your choice. Make sure to share it with someone... it's almost bikini season. :p

Happy birthday, Sammy! :)

Ava enjoying her banana split. :p

Ava's readers (more young'uns): Sammy and Regine Gapasin of The Fashion Voyager - bonding of the fashionistas!

I also got to meet up with one of my holiday giveaway winners that day, Eunice Chua. :)
(Check out Ava in the background! :p)

And now some group photos:

Swensen's is currently located at the ground floor of the South Wing of SM Mall of Asia - right in front of Fully Booked! :) They are opening a branch in Eastwood very soon, though, so watch out for that!

A special shout-out to the beautiful Bec San Diego of My Gorgeous Pink Cheeks on the far right who wouldn't let me take her picture while she was eating her sundae. :p

And here's what I wore:

white apple shirt from J'adore la Mode Shop
distressed jacket from Tomato
red satchel bag from Impulse Co.
blue jean shorts from Mango
black bootie heels from CeCe

What do you think of my outfit? :) But, more importantly, do I look happy to you? Haha. Little did I know that that would be the last time I would smile before leaving for Bangkok at night. Haha. Drama!!! Okay, I'll stop. Will be blogging about my Bangkok trip soon! Watch out for that! :)

Thank you so much, Swensen's, for giving our readers and my fellow TRIO members the opportunity to try out your sundaes. :) I have a couple of coupons left! Who wants?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Curious Tag Game

I'm not much for chain letters and surveys anymore (though I admittedly went through a grueling phase of them in college), but I figured this particular tagging game would help my readers get to know me a little better. I haven't written a personal post in ages, after all, so maybe this can count as one? :)

First and foremost, I want to thank Vallarfax of Iifa Tree for this, and all of my readers who are actually going to read it. :p I love you, guys! :)

So for the tagging game, here are the rules:
- Post these rules
- Post 11 random things about yourself
- Answer the questions that the tagger set for you in their post
- Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer

11 Random things about myself:

1. I hate being late, but don't mind waiting for people who are.
2. I name all of my gadgets and all of my shoes.
3. I haven't had a best friend since college.
4. I can play the piano and think that it is the sexiest instrument anybody could play.
5. High School Musical is my biggest guilty pleasure.
6. I am selfish.
7. I am searching for a great perhaps.
8. Lloyd Dobler is my soulmate, but I would leave him for King Jareth. 
9. I love long roadtrips to nowhere.
10. I cannot swim with my head above the water.
11. I am the lovechild of a vampire and a princess.

Answered questions of the tagger:

1. Do you easily fall in love?
Yes. But I fall out of it just as easily.

2. Sunrise or sunset? Why?
Sunset. It's like foreplay for the evening.

3. Why do you blog?
Honestly, I only started blogging because I was bored with my life and had nothing better to do.

4. What books are you currently reading?
I just finished re-reading "Perks of Being a Wallflower" for the nth time and am about to tackle "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo".

5. Legit or piracy?

Legit. But I like pirates.

6. Your favorite hangout?
My daydreams.

7. PC vs. Tablet vs. Laptop. Your pick. Why? 
Laptop. Coz I don't have the other two.

8. Are you into horror movies?
Hate them. With a passion. I am jumpy and get scared easily. Sorry.

9. In a relationship, are you the aggressive type or not? Why?
It depends on who I'm with. I'd prefer not to be, though, coz I like my men to be manly and take charge.

10.Do you believe in fairy tales?
Always have, always will.

11.Will you tell us one word that can describe you as a whole?

11 new set of questions:

1. What do you believe in?
2. Do you prefer being single or being in a relationship?
3. How would you describe yourself in three words?
4. Do you have any good books to recommend?
5. What about any good music?
6. Would you rather go 24 hours with a frog in your mouth or a mouse in your butt? :p
7. Why? 
8. Who, in your opinion, is the sexiest celebrity out there?
9. Do you think 'making ligaw' is old-fashioned?
10. Do you play video games?
11. Do you believe in second chances?

Now, I'm going to pass this tagging game to Krissy Cruz of I am Krissy, Angel Castillo of The Space Between, and Marianne Matic of Not Your Ordinary Beautyqueen.

Have a nice time answering my questions. Keep tagging. ;)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dear Batman,

My Caped Crusader,

It seems that, even though my blog has been up and running for a few months now and I have explicitly stated on my sidebar that people who want to schedule a date can email me (read between the lines, mister), you have failed to email me. Heck, I even ripped off your new movie's title and used it as my blog name... but still nothing. :(

It has been four years since I last saw you on the big screen and two nights since I last saw your Bat-Signal spotlight in the sky. To be honest, I'm the one who started that fire. I didn't watch from the next block like I used to, though... I just wanted to know that you'd be close by.

Robin tells me you're doing well. I miss making fun of his tights with you. I also miss going to the clinic with you, so you can get a new face every time you finish doing two or three movies. I like the Christian Bale look best, though. Christian Bale is mighty fine.

Image from Sci Fi Scoop.

I miss us pretending to make out to avoid getting captured (Justice League - "Starcrossed" episode) and trying to catch your eye when we were younger.

I miss getting buried and having you dig me out only to find me emerge on my own in the end. I still remember how torn your gloves were from digging so hard and how red your mask got after I kissed you on the cheek (Justice League - "Gorilla Grodd" episode).

I even miss you dissing me.

You can ignore the signs. You can ignore our history. You can ignore my blog.

But you can't ignore our fansites - from which I have taken most of the pictures on this blog post.

Or the fact that Fully Booked has agreed to publish this in the next issue of the Fully Booked Zine if I win their contest. I know that would definitely catch your attention. You never miss their 'zines. At least, you never did when we were together.

Don't you miss this?

I know I do.

Please stop fighting fate and come back to me. I will be at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street on March 11, 2012 (Sunday) at 3pm for David Finch's book signing. Come find me there.

Your Amazon Princess

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Store in Focus: Soleil Flats

All of my friends know I'm not a flats kinda gal. I'm more of the heels-so-high-people-who-are-afraid-of-heights-would-cringe kinda gal.

Every once in a while, though, I do come across a pair of cute flats that I absolutely need to have. When I found two pairs at the exact same online store, though, I knew that it was no longer just a fleeting thing.

It was official: I am now hooked on flats - all because of Soleil Flats.

Soleil Flats is a store by Diana and Danielle that provides comfortable flats with astonishing details at very affordable prices. Most importantly, they are all proudly Filipino-made.

Truth be told, I am currently in love with every single pair that they have and plan on building up my collection of their flats slowly but surely. Exciting! :)

The first pair that I fell in love with at Soleil Flats were these red button flats. Not only are they unique and incredibly cute, but they go with practically anything.

I think these are my most-worn shoes to date. And they even come in a handy khaki pouch, so I can carry them around when I'm in heels and change into them later on. So convenient! :)

The second pair that I fell in love with at Soleil Flats were these golden Glitterati flats with pink bows.

They came out at the most opportune moment: I actually started dating this relatively short guy late last year and was in dire need of more flats - and there they were.

They came out during the holiday season and I knew I just had to have them. I felt like they were meant for me. They dress up even the most basic outfits and I always feel like a princess whenever I wear them. :)

Do you have a pair (or four) of Soleil Flats yet? If not, is it because you aren't much of an online shopper?

If that's the case, then you're in luck because Soleil Flats will actually be at the Soleil Bazaar this weekend - on February 25 and February 26, 2012 - at the 5th floor Megatrade Hall at SM Megamall.

You can try on all of these pretty pairs there and shop 'til you drop! :)

Until then, though, feel free to like Soleil Flats on Facebook. :) What do you think of their flats? Aren't they divine? :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

7 for All Mankind: Episode Two by JAMES FRANCO

Do you remember my blog post on 7 for All Mankind's Spring 2012 Campaign? Well, the second episode of the series has finally been unveiled!

I LOVE this photo!

Still directed and edited by James Franco himself, Episode 2 is called "The Birthday Party" and shows a riotous house party - not unlike those you might have experienced yourself before - that takes place in Malibu over a warm December weekend. Watch it right here, right now:

Watching this episode actually takes me back to all those times when I was just wild and carefree... oh, wait. That sounds like my annual Bangkok visit. :p Ahh. Good times!

What do you think of the episode? :) I personally can't wait for next week's episode to unfold. Stay tuned! :)

Keep following 7 for All Mankind's official websiteYouTube channelFacebook page and Twitter handle for more updates!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bloggers United Presents: Indie Fridays

Hey guys,

What are you doing this coming Friday night? If you have nothing planned yet, let me propose something awesome here... :)

The poster pretty much says it all: there will be bloggers, music, drinks, more bloggers, more bloggers, and drinks, drinks, drinks... :p

No. Seriously. When was the last time you've gone out, had a few drinks and just mingled and had a few laughs while listening to awesome music and enjoying the company of awesome people? (Because, yes, bloggers are awesome - I promise you that!)

Besides, this event isn't just for bloggers anyway. Indie Fridays was created by Bloggers United as a platform for talented people in the worlds of fashion, film and music to showcase what they've got.

So, if you're an indie filmmaker ala Dawson Leery in "Dawson's Creek", a budding designer ala Jenny Humphrey in "Gossip Girl", or a struggling musician ala Jake I'd-try-to-spell-his-last-name-but-I'd-die in "One Tree Hill"; then this is your chance to show everyone what you've got.

And it's only Php150 to get in. You even get a cocktail for that!

Hope to see you there! :) Let me know if you'll be making an appearance. Would love to talk to you as I drunk-text under the table... ;)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

2012 Robinsons Department Store Beauty Fair

Have you been putting off buying your beauty must-haves because of how expensive beauty products can be nowadays? Then it's your lucky day month! Robinsons Department Store currently has a beauty fair that is going on all month where you can enjoy up to 70% off on selected items until February 29, 2012!

At the RDS beauty fair, you can stock up on the best beauty must-haves, makeup, skin care products and fragrances that will make you look pretty and fresh wherever you go - and I was lucky enough to grab some great beauty finds myself on February 18, 2012, along with my other blogger friends.

Camwhoring at the Revlon counter with Krissy Cruz of I am Krissy and Ava Te of Artsy Fartsy Ava

Our first stop was Revlon, where Krissy and I got our hands on the new ColorBurst Lip Butter! I got the Candy Apple one :) Can't wait to blog about it! By the way, if you buy one ColorBurst Lip Butter at the RDS beauty fair, you can also get 10% off on selected items!

I also dropped by L'Oreal where I checked out the much hyped-about L'Oreal Color Riche lipstick - sooo pretty!

For a minimum purchase of Php2,500 inclusive of Color Riche at the beauty fair, you will get a free clutch from L'Oreal!

Also got my hands on all of the different Baby Lips lip balm at Maybelline, where you can get Php20 off on all face and eyes products every weekend.

Spotted at Revlon: (left) Ana Gonzales of The Fashionista Commuter and Sarah Tirona of Ms. Eggplant's Chronicles, (right) Tin Iglesias and Kaye Awatin of The Style Flux

In total, the Robinsons Department Store beauty fair has 19 participating brands with awesome promotions. Aside from the brands mentioned above, you should definitely drop by if you use products from Garnier, Pond's, Vaseline, Dove, Rexona, Pantene, Olay, Careline, Johnson and Johnson, Ever Bilena, Myra and Asian Secrets.

To be perfectly honest, this was my first visit to Robinsons Department Store since I moved back here in 2010 - and now I know that I have been missing out on a lot of great stuff! Can't wait to show you my haul and to go back for more beauty hauls sometime soon. :)

After our shopping escapades, we went over to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for some coffee and endless chikahan.

 I was finally able to try out the Red Velvet Ice Blended Drink that I had been wanting to try out since my Resorts World days! :)It was delicious. It tasted more like cream than red velvet, but I loved it anyway. And the color was sooo pretty. :)

The company: Sarah and Pax!

And Ana and Ava! :)

Had a great time catching up with these girls and watching Pax style Ana afterwards. Good times! :)

Do you have any beauty finds to share? What are your favorite beauty must-haves? Let me know, so I can look into them next time I'm at RDS! :)