First of all, can I just say HELLO?! Not just to you, but to my blog itself! I know I’m not as active in the blogging world as compared to last year and the year before that… but here I am again! I already owe my blog seven entries (if I were to follow my “personal” blogging rule), so let this be one down and six more to gooo!
Anyway, I’ve been meaning to write about two brands — Snoe and Suelas — I’m patronizing for quite some time now. And then I watched Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? in the cinemas that I decided to include local movies on my list. Why? I know that they’re all not making sense as of now but if there’s one thing they all have in common, it’s that they’re all PROUDLY PHILIPPINE-MADE!
As mentioned earlier, I just recently watched Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? and boy, was I glad I did! It wasn’t just the laughtrip galore that I loved, it was also the locations they used — which are very dear to me.
Let’s start with the first restaurant where Sandy (played by Kim Chiu) met up with his boyfriend Gardo (played by Kean Cipriano). That restaurant is named Lola Cafe + Bar. Just a piece of trivia, that exact same place was also where I spent most of my childhood Christmases, summers, and whatnot — only then, that whole restaurant used to be my late grandparents’ house in Quezon City. It was then decided that the place would be open for rent so it’s a looong story why it is what it is now but yeah, you can say that it’s a house-turned-restaurant. I just can’t believe that the place where me and my cousins used to play hide-and-seek is now a movie setting. Honestly, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Like I said, it’s a looong story. Haha.
On the other hand, another place that was featured was Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. I’ve been a Nuvali “native” during the weekends for more than a year already, and Nuvali has been a frequent hangout for me and my family. It was just so funny that the two places were shown one after the other, considering that the former is in the North and the latter is in the South! Talk about an evening taxi road trip for Kim Chiu‘s character!
Anyway, this won’t be a review per se but I just want to say that the movie succeeded in what it was supposed to do: ENTERTAIN. And my point is that whether it’s mainstream or indie, I enjoy watching local films that I actually find it sad when people say that they’re just “a waste of money.” Okay, sure. There may be some titles that are only worth-watching on DVD or your local cable channel, but at least don’t overgeneralize. Just because one wasn’t made in Hollywood, doesn’t necessarily mean that it should be valued any less. Movies are made to entertain and inspire. To some extent, it’s a form of escapism. If the one you watched failed to give you at least one of those things, then sorry. But that doesn’t mean that you should write off local films completely. Ba’t mo sasabihing “corny” kung mag-eenjoy ka naman? Ang pagiging corny ng isang bagay ay nakapende sa tao. If a movie made an impact on you in any way, that’s not corny. Trust me, there’s a number of foreign films I’ve watched that I’d completely trade for a few kilig seconds of
Xian Lim Ramon Bautista on the silver screen! Hahaha!
Just give local movies a try. And NO TO PIRACY. That’s all.
Moving on, my love for Suelas first appeared on my blog more than two years ago. That was the time I had my first pair and from then on, I just can’t get enough of it! Of course I had to “overuse” my first pair before I decided to buy a replacement. But after my second purchase, I’ve always been a loyal follower of the brand’s official website and Facebook page — always on the lookout for new styles that’ll tickle my fancy. You see, there are a few reasons why I love this brand so much: it has my size (I’m a size 10!), it’s stylish but also very comfortable (it’s foldable, too), it’s a Cebu-based business that now has several branches in the metro, and most of all, it’s “promoted” by one of my personal idols, Patty Laurel-Filart. Hihihi. Fangirl mode din ‘pag may time!
And oh, before I forget! The Suelas team has always been very accommodating. I prefer ordering my pairs online and whenever I have a transaction with them, it’s always smooth sailing. In fact, I recently had “an unfortunate event” with one of my pairs and when I reported it to them, they didn’t think twice about repairing it — FOR FREE! So yeah, consider me one very satisfied customer. Can’t wait for my next pair
Last but not the least is a local beauty brand I just discovered a few months ago, which I now totally swear by its effectiveness and quality! ♥ And because of my support for the brand, one of my posts even got featured on their official Facebook page:
From bath essentials to cosmetics to skin care, there’s something for every Filipina at Snoe (pronounced as “snowy”). Aside from the fact that their vintage-like packaging is very eye-catching, their products truly deliver.
I’ve already tried some of their products (and I’m not finished yet!), but my top three purchases are the Hair Heroes Drunken Master shampoo, Rouge Deluxe lipstick in Chili Pepper, and Body Ritual Recipes fragrance in French Macaroons.
What I like about the shampoo is that it uses unusual ingredients (beer hops, anyone?), yet it doesn’t have a strong smell. I actually consider it as the best clarifying shampoo I’ve ever tried in my life. No exaggeration! After every wash, it just really makes my hair feel soft, light, and clean. If you have colored hair, this shampoo will just make your crowning glory all the more vibrant.
For the lipstick, I’m thankful that I discovered it at a time when I was in the hunt for that. perfect. red. shade! I like the fact that it complements my skin tone and it doesn’t dry my lips. Best of all, the color doesn’t come off easily — which is a good thing because I don’t have to reapply every now and then.
And the fragrance? Who can resist French macarons?! The scent is truly unique, sweet but not in the annoying way that you’d actually think of it as a dessert.
I’ve to admit though, Snoe‘s products are a bit pricey for a local brand (the shampoo alone already costs almost P600) but I think it wouldn’t hurt to try them once in a while. If you can spend on international brands, I’m pretty sure you can afford to support our homegrown products too. In fact, it’s the goal of Snoe to be internationally-recognized in the beauty industry, just like the Korean beauty brands we see popping just about anywhere we go these days. Besides, they say that “you get what you pay for.” Well with Snoe, I say you get what you pay for… and more! At least I did.
Sooo. If there’s a theme for this post, that’d be PATRIOTIC. Or maybe it was shopping? Haha! Kidding aside, I felt strongly obliged to write about these local brands simply because I want others to know that things made in the country can also be high in quality. Nowadays, being patriotic doesn’t necessarily equate to wearing our baro’t saya and answering in Filipino when you’re asked in English. Of course it still pays to be respectful to our national language and traditions, but you can now show your love for the country in different and simple ways (i.e., support local brands, yes? HA HA HA).
Anyway, that’s all I can give you for now. Just always be proud of being a Filipino and make the Philippines proud anywhere you go. That — that’s patriotic enough for me.
P.S: I have another featured traveler at the end of the month, so I hope you’ll visit my not-so-abandoned blog
anymore again by then! Mabuhay! Wahahahaha!
If you’re a fellow lady and you’ve watched the movie Letters to Juliet, then you’ll understand why that’s my favorite movie (even Titanic takes only second place!). I also bought and read (of course!) the non-fiction book it’s based on:
“Letters to Juliet: Celebrating Shakespeare’s Greatest Heroine,
the Magical City of Verona, and the Power of Love”
by Lise and Ceil Friedman
Anyway, I swear that it’s ALWAYS my go-to movie whenever I want to feel “in love” at any given time (mostly during weekends), and it doesn’t hurt that it’s set in Italy and stars an Australian actor with a British accent! HA HA HA
The movie was released in 2010… so you can say that for the past two years, THIS memorable line has never failed to put a smile on my face and a frown in my heart both at the same time:
“…’What’ and ‘if’ are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if?? WHAT IF??? I don’t know how your story ended but if what you felt then was true love, then it’s never too late. If it was true then, why wouldn’t it be true now? You need only the courage to follow your heart. I don’t know what a love like Juliet‘s feels like: love to leave loved ones for, love to cross oceans for, but I’d like to believe if I ever were to feel it, that I’d have the courage to seize it. And Claire, if you didn’t, I hope one day that you will…”
Beautiful words, aren’t they? Well lately, the words “what” and “if” have been occupying my mind too. And today, it truly hit me when I saw these words in the book I’m currently reading (how timely!):
“…I realized the Fates really were cruel… For the rest of my life I would be thinking about her. She would always be my biggest what if.”
Except that when it comes to my own story, replace “her” and “she” with “him” and “he.”
But the thing with “what” and “if” is they don’t only apply to love. They are present in most aspects of our lives. Or in my life.
What if I said “yes” to that guy from my high school? What if I realized earlier my love for writing and took up journalism instead? What if I applied to Ateneo, too? What if I didn’t become friends with him? What if I acted differently toward him? What if I chose the other company instead of my now-former company? What if I answered this and that during my interview? What if I didn’t do this? What if I didn’t say that?
Ugh. Don’t you just hate THAT feeling? Of asking yourself questions that start with “what” and “if”? @_@ According to my friend Mr. Longman, “what-if” is a countable noun that is defined as “something that could happen in the future or could have happened in the past.”
Unfortunately for us, most of our what-ifs are the latter. Am I right? But if not, well I guess it’s up to each one of us to make sure that our what-ifs are ”something that could happen in the future.” Period.
Wala lang. I just hope the next time you have to combine the words WHAT and IF, you can finally think differently. Instead of going crazy, try reminding yourself of WHAT IS or telling yourself of WHAT WILL BE. At the end of the day, believe that everything happens for a reason. And that you, my friend, are the author AND editor of your own life. So gooo, write your own story. If you prefer a love story, why not? Just do it. And just don’t let me write any more words on this post or else our household will run out of cheese! Mwahahahahaha!
Oh well. Luckily, Colbie Caillat was able to sum up my “what if” in the love department with just one song! It’s also a good thing that it’s the theme song of my favorite movie — Letters to Juliet (see introductory paragraph). Anyway, take the time to click “play,” listen to the song, and read its lyrics… and again fellow ladies, you’ll know WHY:
“…In my heart is where you’ll be / I’ll keep waiting till we meet…”
How about you? Care to share your biggest what if in life?
Here’s hoping to turn my what if into what is or what will be,
Mikhaela Georgette ♥♥♥
…Iron Man, that is!
That’s right, I’m talking about The Avengers. (Spoiler alert for those who still haven’t watched the movie!)
Anyway, let’s get this done and over with! Even before I watched the movie, I already prepared myself for some major EYE CANDY! Pagsamahin mo ba naman ang dalawang CHRIS — Evans at Hemsworth — sa isang pelikula! Deymn! Wala na yatang mas iinit pa sa napakainit na summer na ‘to!!! @_@
If only the “Avengers” were in a contest, I’d probably award them with these:
Best Biceps: THOR
Oh my guulaaay! Ilang kilong gulay ba ang kinailangang kainin ni Chris Hemsworth para magka-braso ng ganun?! I seriously couldn’t keep my eyes off of his arms whenever he had his close-ups! Yes, Thor‘s biceps > Thor‘s blue eyes and blond hair! Chris H., pa-huuug nga!!!
Best (Upper) Body: CAPTAIN AMERICA
Hay Chris Evans! Oo na, ikaw na! IKAW NA ANG MAS SEXY SA’KIN! Kaasar, much!!! =))
Best Lines: IRON MAN
From being his usual “genius, playboy, billionaire” self, to his anti-kiss statement (more on that later), I think the outcome of the movie did quite very well thanks to Robert Downey, Jr.‘s witty lines! Plus, I think he’s the “best” Avenger (and I’m NOT being biased here! Haha!)
Best Temper: THE HULK
Whaaat? I know that’s sooo obvious… but I just can’t CAN’T include him! Besides, Mark Ruffalo‘s a-okay in his own way (well, just don’t compare him to Evans and Hemsworth and we’re good!) AND I love the color green! ’Nuff said.
Hahaha, okay! For all my men readers, I apologize. The things you just read were meant for my fellow lady readers! (Ain’t that right, girls? I swear, you’ll totally get me once you watch the actual movie!)
Moving on, I have to admit that I ain’t a genuine The Avengers fan. So let’s not get into all those comic book stuff and Comic-Con conventions and whatnot! My knowledge of The Avengers is only limited to its Hollywood version, so to all die-hard followers out there, chillax! This post is purely for fun! Or as they say in showbiz, purely for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES only!!!
But overall, I can say that the movie was good! Maybe not THAT great (*cough*FIGHT SCENES*cough*), but it’s worth your money nonetheless. I actually plan on watching it again with my girlfriend Val!
Ooh, before I forget, S.H.I.E.L.D’s very own Nick Fury, Hawkeye, and Black Widow weren’t bad at all! So those are more “things” to look forward to!
Now going back to Iron Man‘s anti-kiss statement, THAT scene was actually one of my favorites! Laugh out loud kung laugh out loud talaga!
“Please tell me nobody kissed me!” -Iron Man to Captain America, The Hulk, and Thor (you have to watch the movie to relate! Hahaha!)
Seriously, WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO KISS CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HULK, AND THOR???
Okay, maybe not The Hulk…
But when we’re only talking about Chris AND Chris, to answer that question… NOT ME!
By all means, please replace “nobody” with “EVERYBODY!” Diba? Wahahahaha!
Lemme know what you think once you watch The Avengers.
The Avengers is now shown in Philippine cinemas.
According to my very helpful friend Mr. Longman, a PRINCE is…
The Duke of Cambridge
Well obviously, he’s already taken! Heck, I even care more for his wife now! Hahaha! But I just have to give credit to the man… the person… the prince… who started it all — at least for ME! Thanks a lot, Wills! Dahil sa’yo, sobrang taas tuloy ng standards ko! At dahil sa sobrang taas, wala pang pumapasa! FAIL!
The Prince of Monte Carlo — the movie! :P
No, he’s not a real-life prince. He didn’t even play the role of a “prince” in the movie Monte Carlo. But mind you, he’s one heck of a talented actor! Yung tipong may awards! And did I mention that he’s French?! Oh I don’t know… he has this certain charm that I can’t quite… Ah basta, yun na yun! If my entire rambling isn’t enough, I think the picture can explain it all!
Hmm… feeling ko lang TOWER siya… kasi EIFFEL in love with him eh! WAHAHAHAHA! (Talk about corny-ness to the nth level!!! Please bear with me, my dear readers!)
You guessed it right — he’s none other than the son of the late Steve Jobs. And I guess it’s safe to say: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON! ♥
Condolence… If only I could hug you and be with you in these trying times… Seriously. :’(
The Commoner Prince
I’m sorry if I can’t name him, but only A FEW of my close friends know who this is…
Yes, he’s a real person! In fact, he’s a friend. It’s actually funny because it’s like I’ve known him for years, but it’s only NOW that I noticed him! (*gulp* heto naaa!) I guess what I CAN just tell you is that he’s a “prince” in his own right. Sa totoo lang, SIYA PALANG ANG PUMAPASA (in real life)! He’s ALMOST perfect! But then again, perfection is too overrated. And honestly, I don’t think I can star in the movie No Other Man — and no, that’s NOT a typo! Ouch! Bakit? Bakit kasi siya paaa?!
Anyway, if you noticed one thing my “princes” have in common, it’s that they’re all WAAAY OUT OF MY LEAGUE! Hahaha! Oh well papel. I guess I just have to find out if there’s going to be AN EXCEPTION… and when I say “exception,” I was
MOSTLY referring to me! Otherwise, hello singlehood for life!!!
I don’t care if people call me “emotionally damaged” just like Jamie in Friends with Benefits (I love Mila Kunis, by the way!) because I want a “prince charming.” But one thing’s for sure: I will never ever settle for anything less OR second best! I’m sorry, but that’s just me! And besides, I think I can live with being “a lady” (as opposed to being promoted to “princess” or “duchess”) for life!
Oooh! Having said that, why look for a PRINCE when you can have a DUKE? Haha! ’Nuff said.
“Ang tunay na pag-ibig ay hindi nakikita sa mukha,
dahil ang pag-ibig ay nararamdaman hindi nakikita. :)”
-Mga Kasabihang Pinoy (follow it on Twitter @MgaKasabihan)
It’s been years since the last time I rambled about love and I’m sorry but the hopeless romantic in me just can’t help it so here I go again. FORTUNATELY, this time, the “focus” of this entry is not the same person anymore. Oh, thank God!
So, if you’re one of my friends on Facebook, you’ll notice that for the past weeks or so, my status updates are like a broken record — updated every minute/hour or so (thanks to my office computer! haha!) with never-ending one-liners, ALL with the same message:
OR SO I THINK. Here’s the thing, I’m kind of unsure with the exact meaning of that word because if there’s one thing “history” taught me, it’s that it tends to repeat — and I’m in no mood whatsoever to go through love hell once again!
Many people ask me why I’m single. Well, as @DamnItsTrue put it, “I’m single not because I don’t pray for love. I’m single because I don’t play around with love.” Yeah, that or I guess you can also blame me for my “high standards” that most of the time, the guys that do pass those standards are even waaay out of my league already. Heck, if you looked inside my uber-cheesy-and-mushy brain, you’d see Prince William‘s name on top of my “high standards” list! Haha!
That’s why I’m a sucker for rom-com movies! Speaking of which, have you seen Gerald Anderson and Sarah Geronimo‘s latest movie? If you have, then you’d already know why I loved it sooo much! I want a love story like that. I said “like,” so being the President’s son is not necessary. BUT being a gentleman, fearing God, having the ability to be suuuper sweet, loving selflessly, and whatnot ARE REQUIRED! Most especially, don’t make me fall if you don’t plan to catch me! Haha! (oh, enough. Just watch Catch Me… I’m in Love in theaters now!)
But you see, going back to my “high standards” list, the good thing about me is that I know and accept the fact that I’m no Kate Middleton — but just like her, I want to end up with my own “prince” — though not literally. And that’s where “New Guy” comes in. Excuse my mushiness but for me, he’s the perfect example of a “commoner prince,” as oxymoronic as that may sound. I still can’t describe him in detail because like I said, I’m still confused. Besides, @DamnItsTrue said (again!), “I know I love someone when I can’t put into words how they make me feel.” And that made me think… Hmm. But know this — he’s the one who put “kilig” back in my vocabulary and you don’t know how good that feels after being on hiatus from loveland! He made my dreams sweet again, my days brighter, and myself happier. I even find myself smiling out of nowhere just by reading some of my students’ names — just because they have the same name! Craaazy, right? Haha!
But no, up to this point, I’m still denying that I’m in love. Crush? More. Infatuation? Maybe. But love? As long as “unrequited” doesn’t precede it, then I can say MAYBE too. But overall, I’d say it’s just a state of mind. However, I read somewhere to not underestimate states of mind; they’re why we do everything. But still, I want to say it one more time, love is a state of mind.
IT’S. JUST. A. STATE. OF. MIND. Well, you’ve already read the title of this entry. So, go figure.
“I didn’t say ‘I Love You’ to hear it back… I said it to make sure you knew.”
-@DamnItsTrue (follow her on Twitter ’cause her tweets are just SOOO. DAMN. TRUE!!! :D)