Quezon and Sarah G

I finally got to have my eyebrows professionally waxed at Benefit. People underestimate the power of good grooming, and having freshly trimmed eyebrows does wonders to my self-esteem. It made me feel alive again.  

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I had some free time in the afternoon, so I watched Quezon’s Game in the cinema. I enjoyed the historical experience and I was moved by the film’s premise of Quezon saving more than a thousand Jews. It was a masterpiece that I hope more people will watch. 

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Later that day, I went to the event that I was invited to: Sarah Geronimo’s concert and Pop Studio makeup line launch at the New Frontier Theater. 

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I enjoyed the event because I am genuinely a Sarah Geronimo fan.  

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I sipped some awesome cheese milk tea from Paper Moon prior to the event.  

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Then, it was party time with the Popstar Royalty herself!

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It was a fun night, which I ended by purchasing a lipstick from Sarah’s line. 

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I chose a mauve shade that can go with my everyday looks.  

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It was a privilege to watch a touching historical film and a concert in one day. Here’s to more days where I can have it all!

You, Me, & Letting Go

American Young Adult author Katie Kaleski very kindly send me an ARC of her upcoming novel You, Me, & Letting Go. Here’s the lowdown on the book:

BOOK DETAILS:

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You, Me, & Letting Go
by Katie Kaleski
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: May 14th 2019
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Description:

A love so epic, no label is needed.

Van Sato’s got labels. Tourettes, ADHD, SPD – words that have defined his existence since the time he was old enough to know what they meant. Now, Van wants to prove he’s more than an acronym, a syndrome, a problem kid. He takes a summer job as a day camp counselor to prove he’s capable of independence and moving on to the next phase in his life. Maybe, he might even make a friend while there. Someone who’s got just as many or even more labels than him. Someone who understands what it’s like.

Tabby Dubanowksi wants to forget about everything, the hospitalization, the judgment, the whispers behind her back. As a camp counselor, she will be admired, looked up to, and able to help people who don’t know anything about her old life. Tabby wants a fresh start and a chance to re-ignite her passion for film-making, if only for one summer.

After running away from their pasts, Van and Tabby collide in a storm cloud of attraction laced with self-doubt, insecurity, shame, and blame. Now, with Van feeling like he might have to quit his job, and Tabby struggling to quell the urge to cut, they will struggle to find themselves in a world designed to keep them apart.

 My Review: 

I am a fan of Katie’s straightforward writing, which I have first encountered in her previous novel Little Forevers. She treats teenagers with dignity and grace, which is paramount in giving YA novels the power to resonate with their readership. She does the same treatment in You, Me, & Letting Go. Van may have ADHD, SPD, and Tourettes, while Tabitha may be recovering from an eating disorder, but they are still relatable to all teenagers. Both have been bullied. Both have suffered from the cruelty of social media. And both are capable of falling in love.

It celebrates its characters without throwing them a pity party. Rather, the readers are invited to root for them as Van and Tabby both get normal summer jobs and experience everyday routines with their friends. I was deeply touched by their dedication to start over again. It’s not easy to rise above bad days, let alone life-altering disorders. What I appreciate about this novel is how it inspires all readers to see the beauty in life and uplift ourselves in times of adversity. And as the title implies, we are all capable of letting go as long as we trust ourselves and share our lives with others.

I highly recommend this book! I’ve read this while taking care of my terminally-ill father in the hospital, and it was a ray of sunshine. Do read it too, and be inspired by Van and Tabby’s unconventional love story.

Rafe x Bench 2019

Yesterday was a beautiful one for a fashion show! I went to Day 1 of the Bench Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 presentation at Bench Tower to see the trends of the season.  

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It was a proud moment for me as well because my designer friend Rafe New York designed a special collab with Bench, just in time for the summer. 

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His collection is marked by bold colors and gumamela prints which are perfect for day-to-night styling. 

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His clothes also have an androgynous feel, and they also look and feel timeless. 

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I am happy that Rafe continues to make a stylish impact in the Philippines, and the world. His designs are wearable but still stunning. I can’t wait to see how his new collection will translate to everyday wear. 

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I had a fun time watching the show and buying key pieces from the collection for me and my family. 

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It was a treat to see local celebrities on the runway! Gabbi Garcia was stunning in Rafe’s clothes. 

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Kisses Delavin made the gumamela print preppy. 

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Juliana Gomez was a refreshing presence with her cool swagger. 

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I couldn’t be happier with the casual vibe of the collab!  

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It was also a treat to meet social media fashion icon Lolandrogynous in the audience. 

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And I got to have a photo with local sweetheart Kim Chiu. 

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It was an unforgettable night, and I love Rafe’s inimitable talent. 

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Here’s to more style stories to come!

The Study Workspace

I was invited to try out The Study Workspace, a coworking space by Enderun Colleges. It is conveniently located at The Podium, Ortigas.  

The Study offers the following facilities: 

 -Fast internet

-Complimentary coffee, tea, or water

-Comfortable sitting desks

-Conference rooms for rent

-Printing services   

-Free access to The Study events, and

-A great community  

(source: The Study Team) 

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I occupied room M1, where I got to finish some deadlines, charge my gadgets, listen to music, and knit! 

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The place has a lively hipster vibe which I totally dig. 

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They also have books, a pantry area, a restroom, and spacious common areas.  

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They also had good coffee.  

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I enjoyed my stay here and I highly recommend this place for your coworking needs.

For more information, please visit  https://www.thestudyph.com/the-study-workspace/

Ortigas Meeting

I had a meeting this morning to discuss marketing trends with a company in Ortigas. It was held at Starbucks Tektite, where I used to hang out during my uni days. It felt nostalgic to be back! 

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I’d like to think that I’m forever young, though! 

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I will always be a nonfat latte girl. I also knitted while the meeting was ongoing.  

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I got to meet Laura, one of my fellow listeners of the Wake Up with Jim and Saab podcast. She also participated in the meeting. I’m all for meeting new friends and connecting with like-minded people. 

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Sharing my insights is rewarding and productive. I also get to keep up with current trends and educate myself in the process. Here’s to more learning opportunities for growth and advancement!

Climate Change: Justice For All?

Yesterday, I started my day with some taho before boarding the MRT.  

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I reached the ADB in less than thirty minutes! I must say that the MRT is improving. 

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I represented my blog at a roundable discussion entitled Climate Change: Justice for All?

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It was a huge honor to be invited once again by the ADB. 

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I learned that agribusiness, renewable energy, and ecotourism are some gender-sensitive examples of climate change adaptation  

It is also important to note post-disaster and pre-disaster operations in order to know the areas for improvement in vulnerable areas.

It is also essential to instill empowerment among ALL individuals to reduce vulnerability and to better manage disaster risk. 

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I was delighted to have the famous ADB crinkles again for snack. 

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I got to do some work at the library. 

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I wore my Hiblahi handmade earrings which I purchased from my GK Enchanted Farm trip last Saturday. 

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I knitted while listening to some podcasts.  

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And I had burger steak from Trattoria Gourmet’s at the ADB Cafeteria, which is managed by the same staff at its original Shangri-la Mall restaurant back in the nineties.  

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I dropped by St. Clare Monastery after finishing my work as I was thankful to be given the chance to spend a day at ADB and join in the round table on climate change. 

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It is still my dream to work at ADB! I am claiming it, and certainly praying for it.  

Farm Saturday

Yesterday, I visited the GK Enchanted Farm with fellow Human Nature Core Advocates for a tour and immersion. This was my sixth visit to the farm. My previous tours were as a social business camper and with friends. Now, I am back as a core advocate with my own Human Nature Online Shop.  

But first I needed to fuel up at McDonald’s.  

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We met up at the Human Nature Flagship Store.  

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We were also given some nibbles by a fellow core advocate.  

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Then, it was time for our journey!

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We reached the farm at around 9:30am, and we started the tour.  

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Our bubbly tour guide, Gelai, is a graduate of the SEED School. She speaks French, English, and Filipino!

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I had a wonderful day of touring the farm, it’s various social enterprises, and of course, enjoying the delicious bounty of the earth!  

It was time for our ride back to the city.  

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And before going home, I enjoyed an early dinner of toasted naked longganisa at Breakfast Bin. 

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I needed the farm tour to realign myself with my values and to appreciate life more. I am proud to see the farm grow, and to be in the company of kindhearted friends.

Here’s to more goodness and opportunities!

Risk Management Masterclass Day 2

Yesterday was the second day of the Disaster Risk and Crisis Management Masterclass series at the Asian Institute of Management. I had the Sicilian Pasta Salad with pesto dressing at Juju Eats to kickstart my day.  

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I reached my destination in a heartbeat thanks to the improving MRT.  

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A case study got everyone in the Masterclass awake and in high spirits for the information that was going to be imparted to us. 

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I learned that there are careers in risk management, and there is a need for people to lend their expertise in preventing mayhem from ensuing before and after each disaster. Communication also plays a key role in improving systems in place and informing the general public. 

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After the class, I went to Landmark Makati to buy some essentials for my family.  

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It was nostalgic as my family and I used to shop for groceries here when I was a kid.  

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I also went to St. Clare Monastery to offer eggs and pray for my special intentions.  

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Again, the MRT wowed me with cool AC and efficient crowd control on the way home.  

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I ended my day with some Fried Chicken Master!

I am thankful for yesterday’s learning opportunity, and I look forward to the last day in the masterclass series!

Rosario Yarn Adventure

Last Saturday, I went to Lacion General Merchandise right beside Rosario bridge in Pasig. You won’t miss it- it’s located on the corner unit of a pink complex. There are sacks and bags filled with yarns! 

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I freaked out and wanted to buy so many yarns. But I resolved to only buy one kilo. This store is famous among local knitters and crocheters. Just search “Rosario Pasig Yarns” and you will know what I mean. 

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The store spins their own yarn imported from Taiwan. You may mix variegated and solid colors, and each kilo retails for Php390. 

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They also sell machine-spun shawls made of the same yarns. 

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After searching through their bags and chatting with the owners, Kuya Miner and Ate Gladys, I finally selected five balls to consist one kilo.  

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They recommend a size 4-5mm hook for their yarn. I am currently knitting using one of my purchases with a pair of 4.5mm needles, and the weave is so soft. 

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I highly recommend this shop! It’s definitely worth visiting and the yarns are worth the commute. The owners are also kind and honest. Drop by soon! 

Manila CPO Tour

Yesterday, I joined the Postal Heritage Operational Tour organized by the Royal Postal Heritage Guided Tour Group. I am a philatelist, and I am fond of activities organized by Pilipinas Philately, such as the stamp forum that I attended last year. This was why it’s not a struggle for me to wake up early on a Saturday morning to join a tour in Manila. 

I started my day by having taho for brekkie.  

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I rode the LRT, and in half an hour, I was greeted by old school downtown Manila.  

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It was my first time to cross the famous Jones Bridge on foot. I was so giddy during this moment as this was a focal point in the movie Last Night starring Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual.  

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After literally crossing the bridge, I reached the beautiful Manila Central Post Office.

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There were stamps for sale at the lobby during the event.  

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Again, I was delighted to be there because the central post office building was featured in the film Hintayan ng Langit starring Gina Pareño and Eddie Garcia.  

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Naturally, I gravitated towards Rizal stamps.  

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I crocheted while waiting for the lecture to begin. 

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We all received a welcome packet with some stamps! 

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And I was happy to see a model of the Murillo Velarde Map, whose original I saw in person last year. 

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I was especially drawn to the P.O. boxes as they had a classic vibe.  

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Look at these doors!

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This staircase is gorgeous. 

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After the lecture, we got to tour the post office and learn about the operations of the government agency. 

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It was lovely to be in the company of fellow philatelists.  

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Our last stop was the postshop, where we all got to purchase current stamps in circulation. 

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This is my haul. I got stamps that make me smile, such as valentine symbols and year of the pig stamps.  

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I had the time of my life at the tour and I am looking forward to more philatelic geekery in the future! I hope you can also join a post office tour in the future. Just look them up on Facebook for more details. It’s free, and I’m sure that you will also have a good time!

SCbit

Yesterday, I drove to the UP Main Library to catch SCbit, an exhibit to remember the UP Shopping Center. Despite having been burned down, many people have wanted to relive the memories in this nostalgic place. I myself had a lot of happy memories here even if I wasn’t a UP student. I drank strawberry chocolate shakes, ate plates of tapsilog, brought my books for photocopying, and even had a pair of fashionable specs made.

The facade of the library was lovely! 

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I think it is commendable that students from the UP Library Science department have taken the time to put this exhibit together. They have diligently looked for photos, interviewed stakeholders, and researched at the University Archives.  

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My photos were included in the exhibit! I am thankful that Nicole, one of the organizers, has reached out to me to ask for permission. I gladly said yes!

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I miss the Shopping Center (SC), primarily for the food, cheap photocopy shops, and the Sarabia Optical Shop, which was where I got these fashionable specs!

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The exhibit was a walk through memory lane. It was touching to see the efforts of the students in putting this exhibit together. I hope that the SC will be rebuilt so that more people will be able to have a one-stop shop in the middle of UP again.