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wipeout

We in Manila can breathe a sigh of relief that tropical storm Mangkhut (Ompong) Typhoon is already over. With its powerful winds and sudden rushes of rain, causing havoc to the city traffic and flooding on some areas, it is quite frightening to think of how our situation is going to be if we were in the direct path of the storm.

Typhoon Mangkhut -its a huge one. -Photo taken from the internet

Some of our friends are not so lucky. We have a friend who has an agriculture business up in Baguio. He is in Manila to get married. The good thing is that he is getting married in Manila, therefore safer than when he is in Baguio. The wedding went well.  The bad is after the wedding, there will be the aftermath of the storm on his crops and a ton of cleanup work waiting for him back home. There is also the matter of lost income.

Meanwhile it is given that all our produce will be marked twice the price due to scarcity. Canned food will be the usual food up until we get new crops from local farms or get fresh imports.

produce section of a supermarket -Photo taken from the internet

We all have encountered typhoon and all but lately the sudden births of super typhoons are alarming. I believe the phenomenon has a lot to do with global warming. There are also earthquakes and storm surge to worry about each time there is a typhoon. It’s a scary time we are living in.

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well, I am DIY-ing my beads

While I wanted to add colored metal to my Pandora bracelet, I cannot shell out 9k plus for just one (1) solid gold Pandora spacer. Its just ridiculous. 

taken from Pandora’s website

I really like the twisted design though… and I wanted it in solid gold. Not like the new gold plated beads (Pandora Shine) that Pandora recently introduced. 

So, after some thought, I had a pair of gold spacers custom made. It took quite some time for trial and error, because I had one made and used it to cast the other.  I also used the old gold of my childhood earring to be recycled to add to my spacers.

my childhood earrings

While it is NOT from Pandora. I got good value for my money. Because instead of the initial plan of getting the spacers in 14k I had it made into 18K. And got the (2) pair for the price of 14,500php! -kind of like getting one 18k gold spacer for 7,250php that is still cheaper than one 14k spacer from Pandora. Its a good deal. And for the reveal… here are my custom made 18k solid gold spacers!  They might look small, but surprisingly they have a feel of weight to it.

My 18k gold twist spacers

So why did I choose to get 18k?

Gold is measured in karats. This unit of measurement tells us the percentage of gold in a piece. 18K gold (which is 75% gold) is the traditional mix of gold and other alloys, and it lends itself to making beautiful jewelry. This karat amount is less expensive than 24K but is very commonly used in fine jewelry making. Its coloring is a softer yellow than the deeper yellow of 24 karat, but the soft golden tone of the 18k is much more desirable in comparison to the paler 14K coloring.

To demonstrate the color here is a photo of 14k and 18k. 

see the color difference?

The most common type of gold used in jewelry in the U.S. is 14K and it was created to make a gold piece more affordable, at the expense of having less gold. This karat amount contains 58.3% gold, and similar to 18K, its strength is a good fit for rings and bracelets to necklaces and earrings.  14K was selected for a simple reason though… it is because it is just over half gold.  In addition to less gold and a smaller price, 14K tends to have less of a yellow color relative to 18K or higher.

Here is another photo in a different light.

On hand – the 14k pales in comparison to the 18k spacer.

And the beauty of getting solid gold is that should I get tired of the spacers I could get it melted and made into another trinket. 

My bracelet is now looking a bit put together and is now obviously looking two toned! I still haven’t decided if I am going to get clips. But right now I am pretty pleased with how it looks. I might add another pair of spacers once I decided if I wanted gold or go with rose gold for variation. I am very much indecisive, I know! If I could I would get all the stuff I like. I am limited only because I have budget to consider. Hahahaha! Help me decide?

two toned and loving it!

After all I still have a lot of room to spare on my bracelet. What do you think of my custom made spacers? Let me know your thoughts. 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this (from) my own pocket. 

 

 


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break is over

So it’s back to reality for us all as the summer break was over. I find it a bit sad that the summer break has gone by so fast…time sure goes by fast when you are having fun.

I spent some time with family and siblings. Went to an old swimming place, and also Kei and I had gone on a staycation at the hotel that we are most familiar with-AG New World hotel. I spent afternoons on the pool, so it was a good thing that I got some swimsuits.

AG New World Hotel’s pool -photo from the internet

Though we did not really plan ahead for the summer break, it ended up well. It was probably one of the most restful summer break I had.

After the staycation, we went to the mall because Kei wanted to see a movie, it was a toss up between Pacific Rim and Ready Player One. He ended up picking Ready Player One and it was a good one!

Ready Player One -photo taken from the internet

It made me think about the what ifs –since we have (a relatively new and crude) virtual reality now-that will surely improve over the years, crypto currencies, and same as the movie… there are lesser and lesser greeneries/gardens and more highly populated urban cities, many people chose to avoid their problems and escape the harsh realities of life. (thru gaming addiction or other addictions…) So maybe this is like a cautionary tale for us all. I’d say go see it if you have the time.

How did your summer break go?


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month long

I already had my birthday but it seems like the weekends of January is a continuous month long celebration for me. I got gifts from my friends. Also got a lot of cakes. Two of those are very much special to me.

on the left Red Door Kitchen’s four flavor cake and Red Ribbon’s Tiramisu cake

Because one on the left was given to me by my cousin (who I don’t often get to see), and the one to the right was from my Care group friends! Both unexpected but so much welcome! For that I am thankful.

Kei also surprised me with a birthday dinner to this romantic restaurant named Ninyo that serves fusion cuisine and wine located in Loyola, QC. -By chef Nino Laus. It is one of Manila’s best kept (secret/s) restaurants, that has an intimate and cozy ambiance.   

Our gazebo by the garden and the creme brulee that was given to me. 

I did not get to take a lot of photos since it was already dark when we got there, sorry. (Just look at them up from the net) But take my word for it, their food was delicious! It was Filipino-Japanese-French fusion that was pleasing to the eyes and to the palate. Definitely recommended for anniversaries, birthdays and specially the upcoming valentine’s day!

Speaking of valentine’s day, this year it is so close to the Chinese New Year. Got anything planned already?


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on to the holidays

I know I have been out for a while. There were quite a lot of holidays, then catching up on workloads, home decorating for the Christmas, getting my name changed, gaining a god daughter and doing early Christmas shopping to avoid the holiday rush. It’s been chaotic but very much productive.

We have also just finished hosting Friendsgiving & Games 2017. So, this is now a tradition in our home. 

the potluck menu – everyone pitched in!

After lunch, the games are played. We have Taboo, King of Tokyo and Sushi go! It was hours of fun.

friendsgiving games

After that we shared something we are thankful about, and some more stories -the recent happening in our lives.
Like the last Friendsgiving, we only have a few photos. Well technically we only have one group photo and a solo shot of our good friend Matti.  (sorry, no posting as the photo is a group photo, and the solo photo is a solo photo- we do not have the rights ok?!)
Its officially December! Woot woot! Its on to the holidays for everyone!

And also Grateful

If you are feeling some December blues, or even depression, don’t fight it.
Instead, do something for yourself. Be reflective. Let the emotions exist.
And be encouraged that, like me, you can get to a better place, but it can take time. – Brad Feld


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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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sprouts

After a week or two and some days more… we have this. The seeds gotten from the supermarket are now seedlings!

vinca sprouts

They stay in full sun, and watered once every two days -I am controlling the amount of water they get. *since our weather seems to be sunny in the mornings with afternoon showers. The zinnias also have sprouted but they are still so little- will be posting once they grow a bit bigger. *I planted them a week after the vincas* I’m excited for these to grow and add some color to my patio!