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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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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in case of a fallout

The game that I had been playing for a long time now got reset.

fallout shelter for android-photo from the internet

My Fallout shelter vault got lost after an upgrade. Boohoo. Clearly, I was upset. All the time I spent on maintaining my vault and poof.

I uninstalled the game and went on to find another game. Spotted some of my friends playing Plants vs zombies 2.

plants vs zombies 2-photo from the internet

Decided to give it a try. I was glad that I did. Enjoyed it as much as the first plants vs zombies game. Though I find this a wee bit frustrating than the first since this one switches themes.  

Kei even decided to download and play the game too! Now we sort of bond by sharing tips on how to get through a level. =)

Any nice android games that you would recommend?


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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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travesty all over

Happy to report that I have been “healthy” eating a lot since I got market greens from Baguio.

I have made strawberry shrimp salad. Aka Pammy approved salad-that means its not exactly that healthy since I used quite a lot of butter on the shrimp. 

strawberry shrimp salad ala Pammy

strawberry shrimp salad ala Pammy -the cubes are cheese

I also made Sagada orange salad from Jo’s Sagada oranges.

Sagada orange salad

Sagada orange salad

Also cooked deep fried oyster mushrooms! -This is so yums! (obviously not healthy.)

deep fried oyster mushroom

deep fried oyster mushroom

After finishing off all the Baguio greens we got, it is time for CNY (Chinese New Year). Of course it is not CNY if we are not pigging out. *I am always pigging out. 

chinese style roast suckling pig

chinese style roast suckling pig

And because it is not a family gathering without family drama, I had loads and loads of drama. I think I had enough for a year, or five years even. That makes me very wary paranoid of family gatherings. Being made to feel inadequate by someone who turns out to be a hypocrite -is something that I could definitely do without. Maybe next year I will go hermit.

But not all is dour. My geraniums from Baguio that I thought would never thrive in Manila actually bloomed quite a lot even after subjecting it to stress due to travelling! -It adapted well to the warmer climate. 

My "stars and stripes" geranium from Baguio. My bestie Jo also got these.

A cluster of blooms from my “stars and stripes” geranium from Baguio. My bestie Jo also got this plant.

For now I will be seeking refuge from my tiny patio garden. Till the next post.


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our craziest christmas shopping adventure yet

Last Sunday, Kei announced that we are going to Trinoma. He wanted to check out a Ramen restaurant that his brother recommended, and will (finally) go hunting for Christmas stuff for the home.

Before we headed out, I checked about what events are in Trinoma… apparently there is a mall wide sale -nice, because I thought we could go look for some Christmas ornaments,  and Plains & Prints are having a preview of their holiday collection! Of course I wanted to check it out! 

Off we go to our first stop.

hanamaruken ramen

hanamaruken ramen

Their specialty is pork ramen… although I am not that fond of pork, I am pleased with their ramen! as well as their green tea!

true to their slogan, it is indeed happiness in a bowl

true to their slogan, it is indeed happiness in a bowl

We are sure to be back!

Next we wandered off in search for Plains & Prints. We found it easily enough and true to what I saw online there is a preview shopping for their holiday collection!

preview for the holiday collection

preview shopping for the holiday collection

There were a lot of people inside the store and the fitting room was packed! I saw some dresses that I already saw online. After trying on some dresses. We agreed on one -the Tigerlily dress. It features cap sleeves, a rather structured cut and embroidered lace detail on one side, in a deep red color.

The dress I got. Tigerlily dress.

The dress I got. It has a Cersei Lannister feel to it-not that I am complaining. I am just happy to have it in my size.

I can wear this up to Chinese new year because of the color. While the cashier wraps the dress in the box, Kei jokingly chants “long may she reign” -in reference to game of thrones Cersei Lannister. Such a geek. lols.

one red dress

I got one red dress. Not bad.

Done with Plains& Prints. Since we are off from a good start, we thought going to find Christmas ornaments would be easy. -We are going for red, aqua and white color theme for our tree. 

we are going for this color combination

we are going for this color combination

We looked at TrueValue (they have a sale too) and went out with two boxes of shatterproof ornaments (we got medium sized red and aqua balls) and a string of rice lights.

Next would be looking for the white balls and some smaller red and aqua to add dimension to the tree decor. -Thinking that Landmark Trinoma would have lots of white decor, we trooped to the department store only to find out that there are no more white decor left. Somebody brought all the white decor in bulk. Not one to back down from our chosen color theme, and also to finish our Christmas stuff we thought of going to Landmark Makati. And we really did go. 

After a few mins of traffic, we arrived at SM Makati.  And promptly got distracted by one of our favorite store -Crate and Barrel. They are offering 50% off in their Christmas items. They are so thoughtful to offer that! Of course I have to hunt down the Christmas chandelier I wanted.

Crate and Barrel display at their Megamall branch.

Crate and Barrel display at their Megamall branch. – The first time I saw the ornament chandelier. 

This was the price before.

Since I really like the chandelier, I took this photo hoping that it goes on sale and I can justify getting one.

Since I really like the chandelier,  I took this photo hoping that it goes on sale and I can justify getting one. 

Looks like I got my wish granted. The chandelier’s price went down to below 1k.

Of course I had to have it. But there is a catch. There are only two remaining and both of them are used as store display. Both have their box missing in action. We thought to hell with it, just a box anyway we will just get another box. 

So we got it. Along with a tiny white photo frame ornament that has 2015 engraved on it -since 2015 is our wedding year we could place our wedding photo there.

Kei feels right at home with the soft pillows.

Kei feels right at home with the soft pillows.

And we shopped while seated in the “exhibit” area of Crate and Barrel in the middle of the mall. – So much win! Much thanks Crate and Barrel Makati team! 

After getting the chandelier we went for a quick grocery shopping and left everything at the package counter. So we can get right back to going to Landmark and getting the white and smaller ornaments.

It was while walking to Landmark that we noticed people running. Confused and a bit worried, we got “adopted” by Octagon and let us stay at their store. Apparently fire broke out in Glorietta 3. Causing panic to a lot of shoppers. After a few mins. We were all let out. This was mission abort-our shopping trip has to stop. 

Kei and I calmly walked back to SM Makati, back to Crate&Barrel then to the supermarket package counter to get our stuff and go.

On the way home we stopped by Cash and Carry to have Jollibee for a quick dinner and found a cute striped shirt for Kei- that we got and then we went home.

So yeah. This was by far our craziest shopping trip ever. – I mean we do multiple mall runs on a day but going to multiple malls and having some sort of action drama tops the list. 

the haul excluding the grocery

the haul excluding the grocery items and Kei’s shirt. 

Hopefully this coming weekend we can complete our tree.


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WE got featured & covered

Finally got the time to write! As I have mentioned in my earlier post, I will be writing about the magazine feature.

Way before I got engaged, one of my favorite pastimes would be looking at bridal/wedding magazines or websites. I am just drawn to all the dreamy gowns, beautiful flowers and all that glamour. I feel happy reading love stories of other people, kind of like getting to them better even if I did not know them and I was just reading a magazine.

So after the wedding and right after the photos were sent to us by our photographer, I knew I wanted to submit our story for a chance to get featured at Wedding Essentials Magazine. (This was the magazine that I usually look at.) 

Submit I did and I waited, and waited. Then I got a email telling me that we got picked to be featured! (yey!) A few more emails confirmed that we are really in! An anniversary issue at that! (more yey!) Then we got invited to a their event. -It is  a posh bridal fair complete with fashion show. Held at Manila Hotel.

Off we go.

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Kei and me at the Wedding Essentials (Tadhana) Bridal fair –I got glammed up and is  wearing custom separeates from Aoui Regala. 

We enjoyed watching the (bridal) fashion show, getting to mingle with people, the food… the celebration but nothing compares to this!

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getting our own cover! – taken at the event 

Seeing our face on the cover! I can check off being a magazine cover on my bucket list in life. hahaha!

And of course here is the feature.

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Happy and grateful to have been one of the couples picked by Wedding Essentials to share our story on their magazine.

We managed to haul quite a few magazines to give to family/friends and our sponsors.

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thankful and grateful for this opportunity.