life of a cuddlebit

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looking at the stars

One of our (my best friend and I) childhood dreams was to become an astronaut. We spent hours looking up our small terrace balcony to look at stars, where we look for our own tiny blue star we fondly named “twinkle”.

Stars and the night sky was something we bonded over. That was before we were told that aerospace studies did not exist in our country. We know nothing. And promptly forgot that childhood dream as we grew up and got busy-er.

Also, have you seen the movie Hidden Figures? I have just recently seen it and was in awe of all the geniuses behind NASA.

hidden figures- Photo from the internet

So with the news of the planetarium’s reopening got to us, we sure wanted to go. Braving the unforgiving summer sun we lined up for the free show. It was entertaining and informative.

Left-the show we watched. Right-the lines are crazy! – we waited for 2 hours.

While waiting for our turn, I cant help but to look at the planetarium’s doors.

found your sign?

Very much distinctive. After the planetarium show, we went off to cool ourselves at the mall and eat quite a lot because we missed lunch.

Of course Kei accompanied us!

Not our usual mall stroll on a weekend but it was a nice change of scene.

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late but still ok

We just watched Beauty and the Beast yesterday. Late I know, but we got the movie house to ourselves so it ain’t that bad. 

Beauty and the Beast -photo from the internet

Emma Watson looked so pretty as Belle, as well as the remake of Belle’s yellow gown! Luke Evans also did a great job playing Gaston. To quote my bestfriend Jo:”If movies are cheap, I would watch it over and over again”. -I would definitely do that too!

I still have last song syndrome from the movie. No, actually make that from all the familiar Disney songs of my childhood. I sing along to them! Back to the movie, I liked how they made it as close to the cartoon that I watched countless of times in the TV and in my ViewMaster.

Lighted View Master just like mine. The only reels I have was Beauty and the Beast and Flintstones. 

I swap ViewMaster reels with my friends.- That way we all get to watch different stories without having to buy a lot of reels. So retro.

And In the topic of being late and retro… Riverdale is delayed!!! But again its ok. Because the series is renewed by CW for season 2! So relieved! Archie Comics in a show. My favorite new show this season.

Camila Mendes as Veronica -Photo from the internet

I am still waiting for the next episode of Riverdale! Excited much?! 

 


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in search of a rabbitdog with a bushy tail aka evee

Pokemon Go has just been launched in the Philippines and of course Kei was already playing the moment they released it! It even made him walk from our home to my office. Oh the wonders of portable wifi.

Pokemon-go-logo

I started playing last saturday night- Aug 6,2016. With the intention to just try it out.

I wanna be the very best! catching everything I see... even if its just a Staryu.

I wanna be the very best! – catching everything I see… even if its just a Staryu. *this was taken at robinsons magnolia last aug 7, 2016

After a whole day at work, I also got the app once I got home. I am very much curious and I watched Pokemon as a kid so I can relate, I wanted to go try it out for myself. And promptly got my first Charmander.

all mine

the first three

Followed by a Rattata then a Pidgey, Magicarp followed and lastly by a very confused Psyduck. Those are the Pokemons that reside in our home. Pretty common ones, but we do really have a lot or real pigeons at home so maybe it is only right that their Pokemon counterparts are also found at our home.

After much grumbling and no wild pokemons, I saw someone nearby set out a lure on a Pokestop to trap Pokemons. I decided that I would head out. Kei was adamant since I wanted to go out at 12 midnight. He relented and accompanied me to the market (two corners away from home) that was as far as he allowed us to go. –I never made it to the Pokestop. Its technically three corners away from home.

I did get pokemons but just not what I wanted. I wanted a Evee.

So that midnight trip out, I used one of the incense and got a Poliwag, Pinsir and numerous Pidgeys for heading out at night. I just turned the low levels into candies.

second batch! -I used incense for the pinsir and poliwag. I also caught numerous Pidgeys

second batch! -I used incense for the pinsir and poliwag. I also caught numerous Pidgeys *bonus that psyduck was the last Pokemon I caught before venturing out. 

The next day, was a normal day for us. I went to scrub the patio and Kei did some home decor project. After lunch he asked me where I wanted to go. I told him that we could continue playing pokemon at the mall. Then came the next question, what mall do we go to? After a bit of thought, I asked to go to Robinsons magnolia because they have a park = possible pokemon spawning ground, they have Daiso, Gourdo’s, True Value, Starbucks, a food court, supermarket and National bookstore all of which are our usual haunts. So a quick 30 mins later we are headed to the mall! On the way I managed to get a lot of Rattatas again, some Magikarp….

Then Goldeen, Horsea, Tentacool, a lot of Weedles and two Venonat.

pretty common ones...

pretty common ones…

Again, those that are low levels are made into candies.

At the mall we saw that there are lures on every Pokestop! (they have 3) That got me very excited to try my luck in catching more! So first few casts yielded Staryu, Weepinbell, Pidgeys and Pidgeottos. I was getting a bit sad I tried walking away and moving to another area, when I spotted my first Evee! I hurriedly caught it and never moved away in hopes of getting more and true enough! I got three more Evees!

my highest level Evee

my highest level Evee

Then it was back to the Pidgeys again. As I was about to give up and just go malling, I got a Bellsprout, Dudrio and Pinsir. Not bad.

that would be my Bellsprout, Dodrio and lastly the Slowpoke

that would be my Bellsprout, Dodrio and lastly the Slowpoke

Going back home we decided to get a massage and while walking I encountered a Slowpoke. But that was just the only one I got. The rest are Pidgeys and Rattatas again. Hopefully my next hunt will yield something better. For now, I am very much content with my Evees.

Soon I am going to explore Ortigas area to get myself a Pikachu I was told they are found in Megamall.

So, from trying it out to wanting to collect them all, I must say this game is highly addictive!

I wanted to catch more Pokemons and making some Pokefriends along the way would make this even better!

*need more detailed tutorial? Maybe getting Pikachu as your starter pokemon? check out Kei’s blog about Pokemon Go Philippines! Happy Hunting!

 


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Oh to be a doll

As kids my best friend and I are fascinated with Barbie dolls.

The pretty face, long hair and fabulous clothes won us over. Till now we still think long hair is synonymous to beauty. We even made braided and beaded hairstyles for them and sometimes try to sew clothes from scraps of fabric for them to wear. 

Imagine my amazement when I saw these pictures on the net.

Vogue Paris “Panoplies”

Vogue Paris “Panoplies”

I am not in the loop. These pictures are not new. They are from Vogue Paris “Panoplies” Doll Editorial of December 2014.

If only they were sold in stores, I think me and my best friend would save up to buy one.

I kind of like how they included accessories like the ones seen in Barbie dolls! Also the fabulous clothes, the doll’s clothes really did embody the look of the brand.

See the other dolls here.

 


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a dress named after me

Because nothing screams bridal quite like a white ball gown wedding dress.

The photo shows a dress named Pam. Just like my name. It was named after me. 

After all this is a Zuhair Murad 2016 spring-summer bridal collection,  a strapless number with sweetheart neckline and lace embroidery, romantic style white wedding ball-gown dress with veil.  

That was quite a description. 

Zuhair Murad -Pam

Zuhair Murad 2016 -Pam

So, when did I want to look like a generic bride? Since I had my wedding gown barbie.  That was eons ago. 

Or was it because all my friends wore white ballgowns? And all the aunts thinks a ball gown looks more expensive than other styles?

I examined pictures of the dresses I fit again, and again. Maybe more hours staring at it than I care to admit. It has been a warped huge cloud of a dress with a lot of stuff. I am trying to stuff  every dress I wanted in my entire 29 years of living into one. That is a very very tall order. And a scary one at that. 

I wanted the big huge giant ballgown like what my barbie doll wore from my childhood days, the pink prom dress I wore, my lilac enchanted dress given to me by my uncle, the polka dotted peach tea dress from my aunt, a berriboned fuschia and pink floor length gown that made me feel better after having an asthma attack, the silver and periwinkle ballgown I wore to my cousin’s wedding… basically, I wanted to top off everything I had worn.

I wanted my wedding dress to be the best dress that I am going to wear on my entire life.  

I wanted all the magical stuff in the dress: the corset boning, the glitter, embroidery and lace, layers upon layers of sheer tulle, the frosted organza, sparkly buttons, ribbons, beading etc. All the good stuff in petite size, within my budget.

Talk about being difficult. And nowhere realistic or practical. 

I am having a hard time picking out what I like. Can a mermaid be a ballgown at the same time?! I refuse to settle and spent unreasonable hours poring over magazines and the internet. I keep on saving a ton of pictures that does nothing but to muddle up my thoughts more.

But the wedding is still six months away, I thought.

What about all the other dresses out there, the ones that might be better? How can I be sure that the dress I picked, express who I am when it has features that are not really me? or not the usual? not the traditional? not like something I would wear? is it too boring? too classic? does this look bridal and formal enough? is it unique enough?

So I look for another dress… and the cycle of doubting my decision/s begins again. 

To hell with what everybody thinks. I am going to pick what makes me happy. 

After all there may be other brides who will wear the same style of dress that I wore. That only means I have impeccable taste. Would be my wedding be less of a wedding if my dress looks similar to another bride’s dress? No. Will my Marriage be better if I wear a Vera Wang or a  Zuhair Murad? No.  Will my entire wedding be recreated by other brides who used the same wedding suppliers I got? I don’t think so.

The fact that there is only one me and one Kei makes our wedding unique. 

Will my wedding dress be the most awesome thing I will wear? probably.

But it is sure that I will wear more dresses after, maybe not as pretty as my wedding gown or maybe even better than my gown. Who knows? My 25th wedding anniversary/renewal of vows  dress might top the first dress. 

When I removed my unrealistic expectations about what I wanted from the dress, did I like what I saw. I envision myself as me only better, a polished and smiling me ready to walk to the arms of my beloved.

 

*No ballgowns for me. Even if it is the usual thing. Because, I am NOT YOUR USUAL bride to be. And the ballgown is so Pammy from the days gone a long time ago. =)

 

 


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scent of remembrance

Mention perfume to me and one of the images that will spring to my mind is my (late) Grandma from the father’s side. She is one classy lady with a taste for the finer things in life. She has a huge perfume collection (and adores scents from Dior), collected jewelry (gemstones), tended a garden full of (scented) tropical flowers and only wore tailored clothes. She has perfectly maintained curly white-grey hair, always seen wearing a muted pink lipstick and smells heavenly even if she only stays at home.

Fancy. I know. More so, now that I can comprehend a bit of how fabulous she and her life was. 

I can recall my childhood days with her walking around the living room carefully arranging freshly cut flowers on the vase. She normally uses Sampaguita (Jasmine) as altar flowers. But for home decorating, her flower of choice was locally known as Rosal (or a Gardenia).

Rosal/Gardenia photo taken from the internet

Rosal/Gardenia photo taken from the internet

I loved that it looks and smells lovely.  The scent alone reminds me of her. 

But my Grandma is already in another place now, her tailored clothes are nowhere to be found, the gemstones are already lost, the garden which she lovingly tended has grown tangled and unruly, her regal home is now a a empty shell of beauty it once was. Soon enough, the house was sold, along with the fragrant garden. The said house holds a lot of my childhood memories as I grew up there with my cousins before we move to Manila to go schooling, I sometimes still think about it, I also miss my grandma, from the soft touch of her wrinkled skin and her faint lingering smell of perfume.

I was only fifteen when she went away. Was given a small jade pendant (she once wore, is all I have) to remember her by. 

If only I have the brains then to save cuttings of her beloved plants, to be replanted to pots. Even only her signature flower the Rosal.

So, I searched for a Rosal. I asked around, and came up empty. After months of asking. I was about to give up. 

I was resigned to the fact that the memory and the scent is lost and I should just go sniffing bottles of her (used to be) perfume/s to remember her. Then Kei took me to the relocated Manila seedling bank, It is now on Quezon City circle.

There it was. A rather huge sized shrub with shiny dark green leaves.

A Rosal plant about to bud.

Without much thought we brought the plant along with a huge pot and soil. All the thought of gross-ness went out the window as we took turns carrying the huge and heavy potted plant back home. Kei took good care of it and as of now it has many buds ready to bloom anytime soon. We named it “Groot” from the Guardians of the Galaxy.

We got a flowering plant to remember her by, I think my Grandma would smile at the idea.

I am excited to see it bloom and also get Kei to smell what the rosal smells like. 

It smells like the scent of remembrance to me.

For that I am grateful.


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a kid’s treasure

I sort of unearthed some of my treasures form the past. (while cleaning my drawer) 

childhood

First was my beloved tamagochi-digital pet. Mine was yellow, my pet is a dinosaur. I wanted to resurrect it, tried to place fresh batteries, but the thing was dead/broken. Still I decided to keep it, maybe get dad to fix it.

Next was some Pogs and a plain slammer, in a tin can of Ouch bubblegum. Back in the days pogs and bubblegum/candies were our currency. Shiny slammers were worth more, and we have our lucky slammer. We trade them to other kids for cards, more pogs or more bubblegum/candies. Our bubblegum favorites was of course; ouch, bubble tape, bazooka, bubble jug and judge bubblegum. For candies, skittles, warheads, air heads, gobstoppers, nerds and runts were cheaper back then.

One of my treasured toys was a lighted Viewmaster. I have Flintstones and Beauty and the Beast reels. (that I watch and re-watch) My aunt got it for me from Duty Free, along with a lighted Poly Pocket because those were the rage back then. Those were my portable toys and they went wherever I go.

Speaking of going places, though I have my bright red bike, I can be usually spotted wearing my purple rollerblades. I never took them off. Even when playing with jumping ropes. I am a rollerblade expert that way! I still have them but the straps are broken.

Lastly, some red fragrance beads (we call them kisses, that lost their scent) that we place in our fancy automatic pencil cases (I lost mine). I think the scent was strawberry, but I am not sure.

*I may go and try buying some of them again. Just to smell what they smell like again.  We have this crazy idea that those fragrance beads get pregnant, and that those kisses give birth to more kisses (fragrance beads)!

Mechanical/magic pencils are also a big deal back then, and it was every child’s dream to have all those fancy pencils.

I had a laugh recalling those times. Those were the days.

I am a 90’s kid.