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warming up

Done with Chinese New Year! -Thank the heavens! I usually breathe a sigh of relief after the CNY, because I am always loaded with a ton of work right before CNY.  *Also done with Valentine’s day. Kei and I opted not to celebrate on the date itself. We celebrated by going to our favorite ramen place. We also managed to spend time with my best friend and surprise her with some chocolates.

koi shaped nian gao -photo from the internet

I had the usual wear red,  eat out with the family, having nian-gao (tikoy), getting red packets, and watching lion dances.

After the CNY, the weather starts to feel warmer -there are days that are still chilly, and days that are hotter! I am not happy about that. Because hello breakouts and greasy skin! This means more trips to the dermatologist. 

But we have to make do with the weather right? I am doing just that by gardening.

maybe someday I can harvest my own peppers… -photo from the internet

I am now trying to grow bell pepper in my patio garden. As of the moment I have (very tiny) seedlings, hopefully I could make them grow big enough to produce our own bell peppers to use for cooking. Summer is so near!

 

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more white flowers

Remember the vinca sprouts I posted a while back? It has now grown and producing flowers!

white dwarf vinca flowers 

To think it only came from a seed packet in the supermarket! (last September!) The zinnas did not make it though. I got them to sprout but they did not continue to grow and they just gave up. Maybe it does not suit the temperature in my area.

I am quite happy with the way the my seed packet vincas turned out – it is smaller than the usual magenta colored vincas I usually see at gardens all around the metro. My only gripe is that on the seed packet it was labeled mixed – I thought I would get different colored flowers, but what we got is all white with a pink center.  If not for the pink center, it looks a lot like my sampaguitas.

Maybe I need to get more vinca seed packets to grow, in hopes for getting another color no?


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yey and nay

Kei managed to install the wall mirror in our dining area. Good and not so good… the upside is the space looks bigger, the bad is on some angles it reflects our messy kitchen as well as our makeshift clothesline (rainy season quick fix) in our laundry area. -We have to live with that for the meantime until we manage to decorate the area.  

We really need to speed up getting our home a display cabinet – our Game of thrones Funko pop collection is taking over more than half of our living room wall, as well as “clean up” our mess-y area in the kitchen. – We are short on a proper display cabinet/kitchen storage/and too many small kitchen appliances for our tiny space. How to do that, I still don’t know. If our budget would allow, hopefully we can make these home improvements before the year ends.

our GOT funko pop collection as of the moment

*The GOT pop collection is still growing, they will have two more additions by the weekend.

Another good and not so good would be my fall beauty finds.

beauty-fall?!

I love, love, love the colors of my Colorpop After Hours super shock eye shadows. While I really love the scent of My Burberry edp -and it took me quite a long while to get one, my skin eats it up. So, i’m in the hunt for a fall fragrance.

contents of the colorpop after hours eye shadow kit

Back to the one I do love, the Colorpop After Hours super shock shadow kit is versatile! it can be used to create soft neutral effect or a dramatic look. It contains six beautiful colors namely: Super Hard Core (gold shade), DGAF (a rusty brown with lots of glitter), Wattles (beige pink), Amaze (peachy gold), Sailor (beige), Drift (cranberry red). I think it is perfect for creating the trending cranberry/maroon eye look for fall!- without being too much. Or leave the red shade (drift) for a more neutral look. 

And because I like it very much I wanted to get more! So imagine my delight when I saw that Colorpop is having a buy 2 take 1 promo on their super shock shadows! -I googled reviews from Temptalia to look the the best ones to get, and composed a list. Only to be disappointed that when I was about to order, the promo has ended. Just my luck or maybe the universe is telling me to chill for a bit. Anyhow, till the next post!

 


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start of BER

I’m back. Back to gardening and home posts that is.

Since my mobile network connection was shot, I turned to gardening…

hopefully these will live and flower to add color to our patio

Found these seed packets on the supermarket and have managed to germinate the vinca seeds in 1 week. Hopefully the zinnias I planted yesterday would germinate too. Live long and prosper plants!

On the home front we are still slowly working on making our place feel more like us, in terms of decor. -Since its already September its just a matter of time before Christmas is here again and we are always having guests over, we are starting to look for additions/decorations for our place.

Being small space/city dwellers like us, we are constantly looking for ways to make our small space seem bigger. A well known trick is to use mirrors to open up the space as they give the illusion of a larger space.  We are pretty keen on doing just that to our dining area because we do not have any windows there.

We were going for something that gives this effect. But on a smaller scale. -Photo from the internet

It’s a good thing that we chanced upon Crate and Barrel’s sale last week and managed to snag this beautiful charcoal arched mirror designed by Blake Tovin.  It has a subtle curve that makes it look like a (cottage) window and yet the mirror still looks looks every-bit modern with its clean lines.

Crate and Barrel Arch mirror in charcoal -the exact mirror we got and have yet to hang.

We are hanging it up by our dining table just like in the inspiration photo. Maybe this coming weekend we would be able to mount it on the wall. The delay in hanging up the mirror was because we have some OCD issues freshened up the paint at home last weekend, right after we got the mirror.  

How was the start of your ber months?

 

^update, My mobile connection is now ok. finally. =)


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May, that was fast

A lot has happened this month. I had a unexpected schedule change at work that kept me busy, hence the lack of posts.

Most of the month was spent catching up with friends and  family. Spent the first weekend with Kei’s siblings, bonding over guardians of the galaxy and okonomiyaki. The second, we were up to catch up with our good friend Tassha who we haven’t seen for more than a year! We catched up over Japanese dishes at Oedo. For the third week, it was being with a few of our office friends over coffee at Tim Horton’s. Then a whole day with Matti where we indulged in comfort food at Nono’s, Rodic’s tapa and our usual Starbucks merienda.

flavors of our month – the food we shared/enjoyed with the company of friends

Gardening updates: I finally acquired white marble pothos! – my golden photos now has a brother. Managed to get a rosal and make it bloom! -along with my sampaguitas, the flowers smell divine. And finally a small miracle… our silver lace fern that I thought was lost, came back! -hopefully the fern will stay for good. 

from the left: white marble pothos, rosal / gardenia, silver lace fern.

Few more days and it will be June. Rain, rain, here we go!

*looking forward to the long weekends of June! 


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summer stuff

After the holy week, I have been staying at home to Netflix and chill. *I just finished 13 reasons why* Still waiting for the next episode of Riverdale though.

13 reasons why -photo from the internet

I have also been happily hoarding yet another batch of lippies. Colorpop has a sale going on and I just couldn’t resist! Eagerly asked my cousin from the US to get me some so that I can see what the liquid lipstick hype is all about. I got those ultra satin ones: Aquarius, Echo park, Chandelier, Alyssa, and Dopey.

yey for new lippies!

Also did some closet purging. I let go of my clothes that became too small for me, and found replacements for my favorites. –I am still on a lookout for a lace top, and a chambray one.  I also got new tops since its summer and I am constantly wearing shorts. Pinstripe seems to be the thing this summer, this blue one from Kamiseta fits comfortably and on trend too!

Feeza top in blue from Kamiseta

I also got this cute red one with prints on the sides from Plains and Prints.

KITH S/L from plains and prints

At home we have been trying to eat healthier. Swapping ice cream for yogurt, having salad for dinner at least once or twice a week.

shrimp pomelo salad for dinner at home

Sice it is “sweat season” it is always better to have more sheets (for the rotation). We got this exact set, at a discounted price too!

from H&M home

Leaving with a summery photo taken from a summer luau we attended last weekend. How about you?

wearing our multicolored leis for a summery vibe

how is your summer going? Till the next post!


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adding a few not so DIY stuff to the home

Behind the couch table.

Have you ever heard of that? Thanks to Pinterest, I have. And I wanted one so that I can get a “display” table and some much needed extra space/storage for books. It looks so pretty and it is a great alternative to those without a lot of floor space to have a coffee table in the middle of the sofa set. 

the ones I have been eyeing at Pinterest

Since then I have pestered Kei to draw a “plan” for the said table. Sure this will not be a DIY-since we dont have the woodworking skills and tools, but I wanted to get a close to accurate shop drawing with measurements so that it would be easier for the one making the table. Less margin for error.

Also wanted the table to have electrical outlets on both ends so we can charge phones, place a lamp…etc.

Kei’s initial drawing of our behind the couch table -We went on to modify the drawer part. 

Once we have the drawing it is off to the furniture shop. It took about three weeks before it arrived, right before Christmas. It was huge.

Freshly delivered -we still have to find faceplate for the outlet. Our little tree fits right on the side!

Then the holidays came and we got busy and forgot about “decorating” the table, until now. We sorted out our books, bought some basic bookends and placed them on the table. We also moved our ceramic bunnies from the dining table to this ‘behind the couch’ table. They now guard our books. Freeing up much needed space in the dining table.

a pair at last-our ceramic bunnies

Next would be looking for lamps to be the accent piece. Just last weekend, we found it.

Minimalist arc table lamps with edison bulbs. 

Looking good on and off! So after a long while, the living room is looking a bit more homey/cozy.

our sofa as of the moment

We can still fit some decorative items in! -a few picture frames on the table would be good & maybe something huge for the wall would be nice in the future. 

Any suggestions for wall decor? That is all about our small home improvement for now. Till the next.