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How we spent labor weekend: aka our Gay-bordate shopping weekend

So, most people we know are off to Boracay to spend the labor day weekend. Being true blue city-girl-mall-rats….my best friend and me have decided that labor day will be dedicated to hunting items from our Christmas wish list (last year 2014) but with the premise of getting the said stuff on sale or discount.

So, Joanna wanted a Marc Jacobs Henry Skeleton Watch, I was looking for Miss Dior EDP preferably the 100ml bottle. Those were the specific item we are hunting for. Since both items are pricey. We looked at every possible option to obtain them for cheaper. (That means we spent the past few months, going to Rustans, Cash and carry, Shangri-la and even looking for it online.) Till this weekend. It was do or die. We are going to wing it.

This is going to be a girly shopping day. Hence, Gay-bor date. 

With Kei in tow, off we go to Cash and Carry to look for the Miss Dior edp. I asked store after store to no avail.

close but not really the one. sorry.

close but not really the one. sorry.

Started with Bescost (they only have the old miss dior originale with the full houndstooth patterened bottle see top left photo), then to Criseldas’s (that only has the miss dior blooming bouquet variant see top right photo), Tia Loleng’s ( no miss dior here), till I saw it at Anselka’s! A 100ml bottle with the gold/amber liquid! Was grinning with excitement.

hollo lovely!

hello lovely!

I hurriedly dragged Jo to Anselka’s and showed her the bottle. Checked it for authenticity and went on to get the loot. Mad happy really.

Next, we went to meet Jo’s Dad and he drove us/treated us to a sumptuous lunch at Tim Ho Wan. That porkbun was melt in the mouth yums! Lunch was so awesome we finished lunch in less than an hour. I also learned a few Cantonese phrases over lunch. Also added a new food fave  – Lo mai gai. That my friends, is steamed glutinous rice in lotus leaf.

eating out with the HK peeps!

eating out with my HK peeps!

So after lunch our group went to meet our childhood friend Geordan, plus his parents. Chatted up a bit and it was time for them to go. Jo’s dad also went home.  With only the three of us are walking around Glorietta, Kei and I went to introduce Adora to Joanna. She loved the place! She is familiar with the bags! And proceeded to give me a crash course on bag appreciation. Fancy stuff. After the bags, I got her to try Penhaligon’s scents. After a few sniffs on the testers, she ended up liking what I liked best – Empressa. We like patchouli. Hahaha! 

Then looked at the watches on display. Little did I know, the watch Jo likes was on display! And an added bonus, on sale.

finally found you.

finally found you.

She has been looking for it for a while now. Her initial pick was the rose gold version of the Marc Jacobs Henry Skeleton watch, but seeing this lovely gold version made her change her mind. Few more minutes waiting for it to get adjusted, Joanna got her loot! With a gift with purchase sticky note pad! Score!

So we went to have a afternoon coffee to escape the summer heat.

escaping the summer heat

escaping the summer heat

Then proceeded to take outfit of the day pictures. Sun dresses are the in thing for the day!

our outfit of the day photos.  Much Thanks for the photo Kei!

our outfit of the day photos. Much Thanks for the photo Kei!

Come dinner, we get Joanna to try one of our fave food haunt Kitchitora. We both got Paitan ramen sets. So that she gets to sample the different appetizers. 

the Lupets at Kitchitora

Team Patchouli (the Lupets) at Kitchitora

Kei got tsukemen as expected. Here is our whole spread.

dinner is served

dinner is served

Joanna loved the place and the food! Good one Kitchitora!

After dinner we chatted a bit then its time to go home. To cap it all off here is our loot for the day.

our loot for the day

our loot for the day

*Much thanks to Kei for accompanying us, being the photographer for the day and helping us find our stuff! Our only regret is we did not take picture with Joanna’s dad and Geordan plus his parents. Next time… Overall it is a good day for shopping. 

Next day was Saturday. It was a normal work day for me. And also did all my grooming rounds. By that I mean going to the dermatologist and dentist. Kei prepared his presentation for church tomorrow. We spent the day at home watching big bang theory and eating chickenjoy,  heaps of palabok + Chinese take out dinner,  all of which are drowned with buko juice. We are cool like that. hahaha!

Sunday was a Yes and No day. YES that Kei pulled off the church activity he planned perfectly. All is well till Pacquiao lost. That was the NO. Bummer.

We ran off to the mall again, where else?! hahaha! the afternoon was spent on retail therapy. We tried Old Navy as we heard that they make good looking comfy-casual clothes and that their pant/s selection is good! Meaning they carry a wide range of pant sizes! So, Kei tried on pants and I tried on dresses.

Here are the ones I tried on. From left to right: White eyelet dress (no xs size so not for me), the middle and right are the same design, only the middle is a swiss dot design and the right one is in stripes. All my picks are 100% cotton fabric. I hate polyester. 

all pretty!

all pretty! photos taken from old navy

He got two pants one in denim and another in khaki. I got two dresses. The swiss dot and the stripe. After that we doused our hot temper in iced macchiato and went back to grab our new found fave porkbuns. Then ate a lot again for dinner.

this is

this helped us feel better. but our wallet does not feel better. lols. 

This sums up our weekend. We eat and shop.

How did you spend you labor weekend?


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language of flowers or chocolates

Valentine’s day is only a week away! I joined in the mad rush to purchase a lot of chocolates enough to devour and make my teeth hurt to give to my friends for that special day.

Also got my Mum a slab of dark chocolates without nuts, fillings or fruits. Just plain dark chocolate or chocolate truffles *she loves those*, why she likes plain ones are a mystery to me because I like my chocolates with almonds, hazelnuts, pistachio, cashews and macadamia. *I dislike the plain peanut*

Bernard Callebaut Chocolates

Bernard Callebaut Chocolates Photo taken from http://www.visitcalgary.com

I used to loathe Valentines day. My parents who are 100% unsweetened never celebrated the occasion. My friend’s parents (our neighbors) celebrate the occasion, with their dads bringing home flowers, stuffed toys, chocolates to their moms. While their mom cooks up family favorites for the day. I usually felt jealous for my own mum. Why is my dad like that? I do my darn best to make a nice card for my mum every time that day comes around. At home that day is just an ordinary day. Still, I wished that my mum would get something nice for valentines day.

By the time I got my allowance *that was way back grade 5 for 20 php a week*, I remember saving it up the week before the dreaded Valentines’s day. I would then make sure to get my mum a single rose *from the vendor outside the school gate* and a bar of cheap milk chocolate *from the pushcart vendor who sells candies and stuff also outside the school gates*, before I went home from school. *that time a rose costs 10php per piece and a chocolate bar would be around 20php* I would get all giddy and happy to wait for my mum to arrive home. In my own way I am trying to make that dreaded day a bit better. My mum usually smiles and says thanks with a pat on my head. That makes my day.

As the years passed by my allowance got a bit bigger, so I can now afford to get my mum better chocolates, and more flowers too.

I also “ambush” my Dad on the stairs with the flowers and chocolates now to make it look like it was him who got my mum the sweet stuff. *My Mum and Dad always come home together, Dad being the one who gets up the stairs first, and Mum taking stops in between the floors, usually my sister and I waits on the stairs and run to our dad the moment we see him and let him hold the stuff, he would be surprised and frozen in place till my mum catches up and sees him with the sweet stuff.* And we would all be happy. My sister and I still continue this tradition every year.

I also loathed valentine’s day mainly because I am born envious, was homely, loner, uncool, stupid high schooler I never got anything for that day. *like mother, like daughter. I guess?* 

All the pretty, popular, cool girls at school have a paper bag full of loot! Poor me. I have to buy my own chocolates. Never mind the flowers they will wilt anyway. *lols. bitter much?!*  My best friend did not get any too, we are on the same boat.  So, Me and my best friend created a pact that we would never let each other experience a lonely valentine. I buy her a single flower and her preferred chocolate and give that to her when she gets home. She also does the same for me. This went on till we were college.

Then along college, I got my first ever flowers and chocolates on that dreaded day!

A single red rose and some fancy chocolates. I was euphoric! *Never mind that I don’t really like the poor bloke that gave me those stuff… I dated him anyway. For a few months.* Apparently Red Roses mean: love, respect, courage, passion well done, congratulations. 

red roses

red roses photo from google

Then I got a bunch of pink roses and chocolates from my then boyfriend. It was nothing fancy since we are both students with a small allowance but I appreciated the effort. And I have to admit that it is a huge ego boost!!! *This went on for four years, till we called it quits. He also gave me peach colored ones.*

pink roses photo from google

pink roses photo from google

Pink roses mean: Happiness, Elegance, Romance, Admiration, Sweetness, Thank You

peach roses photo from http://www.sheamayberry.com/

peach roses photo from http://www.sheamayberry.com/

Peach roses mean: Appreciation, Sincerity, Gratitude, Modesty

Then another Valentine’s day came a new guy. He was a close friend of mine, He gave me a single yellow rose with a box of expensive chocolates.

Yellow rose photo from maisredrose.blogspot.com

Yellow rose photo from maisredrose.blogspot.com

Yellow roses mean: Friendship, Caring, Welcome or Welcome Back, Joy

 

Then came Kei (Current).  Of all, he is the most out of the box.

The first one I received from him is a single pink one.

Next is a bouquet of mixed blooms, then a single purple tulip… I wonder what will be next.

Hard to decode this one… so, far I recall the mixed blooms have 3 pieces of coral roses that means: Desire, Enthusiasm, Happiness.  

A clump of Chrysanthemums: perfection. 

Purple tulip means: royalty.

*I also cannot recall the chocolates he gave. No impact. Max Fail*

He doesn’t have a “signature” color or flower unlike the others…

*or maybe he just based them from the budget he has at the momentmajor penny pincher this one.*

 

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”Charles M. Schulz

For the meanings of roses click here. Meaning of chrysanthemum here. Meaning of tulips here.


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core differences

last week, while taking my morning cup when my best friend sent me our (daily) morning devotion.

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. -Proverbs 16:8

Followed with a quote that goes: A man is never as good as he says he is, or as bad as others say he is. If people say something bad about you, judge you as if they know you, don’t get affected. just think… Dogs don’t bark if they know the person.

 

That had my mouth hanging open. How did my best friend know what I was thinking about? I quickly told her my thoughts and she answered I was thinking about those too. Wow. Even when we are miles apart we still have the “connection”. We go through the same experiences in life together, (not physically together) usually in a same circumstance/phase only with different participants/place/instances. we also have sort of the same outlook on problems and this has been going on since we were kids!  We do however have our own individual differences,preferences and demeanor too, but we blend well. 

coffee chart taken from the internet

coffee chart taken from the internet

I realized people are like coffee, some are sweet, dark, mild, strong, light, bitter, etc. All attributed to how they are formed.

 

Lets use a cup of espresso as example. A shot of espresso is comprised of layers.

Pick out your beans.  Then we make the brew, time the shot and pour the coffee. It then separates to 3 layers. (from the top)

1. “crema” that fine-foam of oils containing the coffee’s best flavors and aromatic properties.

2.  “body” the middle part also the mouth fill of the shot.

3.  “core” or “heart” of the coffee. This is the deep brown bottom layer, which dictates the bitterness of the shot,

 

With people, it is composed of much more layers. People ‘s attitudes are formed by experiences, pressures, values, principles, standards, internal and external factors which are all unique, and different from others. Which is actually a good thing as we are all individuals. But there are times clashes occur. Maybe because of…

1. “Appearance” that outer body people look at, nationality, how you present yourself…etc.

2. “Mindset” how you think, biases, culture.

3. “Heart” feelings and attitude.

4. “Values” principles, internalized beliefs.

5. “Core” experiences that molded you into what you are and what you believe in.

 

coffee from pinterest

coffee from pinterest

 

The sum of the above dictates what kind of person a person is.

Maybe this explains why some people are good to be around with, and some to stay away from.

What is the mix of your brew?

 

“If the world hates you, remember that the world hated me first. If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you like it loves its own people. But I have chosen you out of the world. So you don’t belong to the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the lesson I told you: A servant is not greater than his master. If people did wrong to me, then they will do wrong to you too. And if people obeyed my teaching, then they will obey yours too.”  -John15:18-20


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the movie marathon weekend

This weekend was exceptional.

1.) I sort of  “sorted out things” with my best friend.

2.) Drank wine with the family to kick start the weekend. (My 18 year old sister brought a bottle of wine and proceeded to pour everyone a cup. Our family doesn’t really drink, but weirdly enough my parents were okay with this, and drank with us. )

3.) Movie marathon. (Usually I watch one movie per weekend. This time I watched 3: Despicable Me 2, Pacific Rim and Confessions-from the Eiga-Sai festival.)

4.) I get to go to the first study session of my Baptismal Class.

5.) I got a 50% off dress from Dorothy Perkins. It was a blue/white chinoiserie print dress I saw from a window display a month ago! In my size! (I don’t really get to buy dresses on this brand as most of the dresses are a bit big, have huge armholes, too low necklines or the length is too short. )

6.) The Heat is on! The church SSP-Zion Caregroup  friends finally clamped down a dinner reservation at Shangri-La Ortigas buffet restaurant Heat.

 

I just hope this work week will be smooth sailing, as we are having a rough time at work lately…

*I really think everyone should go watch Pacific Rim. I find it awesome.

Rinko Kikuchi from the movie Pacific Rim

Rinko Kikuchi from the movie Pacific Rim