Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Connection

"I've been having this craving; not so much sexual but a deep hunger for intimacy/closeness. That unexplained trust, an emotional connection." -Malanda J.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Shadows

Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. 
-Allen Ginsberg


Friday, December 26, 2014

Raw

"I'm almost never serious, and I'm always too serious. Too deep, too shallow. Too sensitive, too cold hearted. I'm like a collection of paradoxes." -Ferdinand de Saussure



Thursday, December 25, 2014

What camera do you use for blogging?

I never thought this time will come when I can afford to buy my own camera. It's true that all is not given to you, one must learn to work intelligently and persevere. 

I am using Canon EOS 70D and I honestly don't know yet how to operate its full function, neither use Photoshop to make retouches, but all in all I am happy with it. 

I am quite excited and frustrated at the same time, I mean, I have a new camera but who's going to take the photos for me? Like 'what now?' Hahaha. Ahh, I will figure it out. I'm looking into just settling this with an ol' trusty tripod. Yay!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Why you need to own a blazer asap

This topic has been written all over a number of magazine editorials and fashion websites. Still, we tend to sometimes overlook at some high points of why adding a blazer in our wardrobe is essential. I am no professional fashion guru, but these things are based from what I've proven so far. So here are some reminders.

Topping your regular outfit with a blazer can amp up your look.
That is right! Just look at me in this photo looking so rad, posing in front of a Louis Vuitton shop. I seem to look like a legit LV shopper. Lol!



Blazers are versatile.
You can dress it up or down! Wear it at work with a decent blouse and pair it with pencil skirt or slacks. Or go for a more casual look by rolling up the sleeves and pairing it with skinny jeans.



Blazers work on every body type.
Yes ladies, it does! Blazers work magic, length and structure are the key! If you have square shoulders, choose a soft one in an eye-popping color. Wear a blazer that's not too long and not too short if you're petite. And if your problem is your muffin top, wear a structured blazer with details that takes focus off your middle.

Blazer | Forever 21  | Basic white tee | Cotton On |  Jeans | Forever 21 | Flats | Leaveland
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Happy Days Are Coming

I've spent the day bumming around Esplanade and the Merlion, and took a lot of obligatory tourist photos with a high school friend. There was this man in his 50s whom I surprisingly discovered to be one of, let's say, the 'street performers' there. So we saw him in a complete Viking costume roaming around and attracting tourists, especially the children, to take photos with him. It was cute alright and he was getting paid for that, not bad! And then we went on to grab a drink at Sauce Bar where my cousin is working as a part-time bartender, he said that he also saw the old man wearing a chicken suit the other day. Too bad I wasn't able to take a photo with him myself, the man's obviously in demand. So the three of us had a little chit chat and took more photos afterwards, I'm glad I wore my favorite top that night. It was such a beautiful day, one of those carefree days where you feel like little kids again.





I know I have been in a long hiatus but here I am again!
I hope you continue to support my blog. 
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Travel Diary: Bali Indonesia

Last summer, we went to one of the world's most desirable island destinations- Bali, Indonesia! We were transported to Bali Hyatt Hotel, a 5-star resort hotel in Sanur, by a taxi from Denpasar International Airport. There were no traffic jams since we arrived late at night. The hotel staff placed Frangipani necklaces on us to signify a genuine welcome. As soon as I entered my room, I tossed my bags and headed straight to the balcony, hoping for a magnificent view of the beach! My excitement took over and I was dumbfounded when the only visible things were the palm trees and the well trimmed flower gardens. What was I thinking? It's already midnight! I tried to order some food from one of the hotel restaurants and they were so considerate to prepare Nasi Lemak for their famished guest. Soon enough I had my beauty rest and got ready for the awaiting adventure ahead.

Sacred Monkey Forest. Our first stop was in Ubud, Bali. As we enter the place, an elderly woman welcomed us, she was wearing a torso wrap made of Batik cloth. Batik Kebaya is their national costume. She then warned us not to bring food and asked us to look after our belongings while exploring the forest, for the monkeys can get a little naughty and might steal small objects from the visitors. Each group of tourists has an assigned guide, for us, it's the same elderly woman at the entrance. To make the tour more engaging, it is almost necessary to buy small packs of peanuts from a small store to attract and feed the tribe of monkeys roaming around.  I was a little freaked out when all of a sudden a monkey of a medium size climbed up my shoulder. He immediately jumped off of me when our tour guide waved a wooden stick. As soon as I calmed down, I started holding out peanuts to the little monkeys. I sat down a wooden shed for a photo op when one of the heaviest macaques around found me. I was busy posing for the camera and didn't notice that I was down to my last few pieces of peanuts. The monkey finished them all, so I was startled when he bit my arm! I think he was upset about not having enough peanuts to eat. The cut was not too deep yet it still bled enough for me to panic. I later found out it was one of the four monkey kings who bit me, apparently, a small offering wouldn't qualify me as queen, or so I thought. Haha! I immediately asked for a first aid kit. The tour guide told me there's nothing to worry about, she said every monkey had been properly vaccinated and consistently checked by a local group of veterinarians to make sure they don't spread infectious diseases when they come in contact with people. The tour finally ended with more photos of me climbing up a low tree branch, feeding a bat, and wearing a Balinese headdress. I did get a first aid after all... and a scar from a monkey king as souvenir! 


The Balinese Hindu Temples. Our next stop was in the Royal Temple of Mengwi also called as Pura Taman Ayun, one of the most important temples in Bali built in 1634 by a King of the Mengwi dynasty. It is a kind of Pura Tirta or 'water temple.' It is surrounded with ponds and flower garden. The place looked peaceful and silent, hence, the flock of tourists moving around. Pura Taman Ayun has a kind of split gate they call Candi bentar. Before I entered, I noticed a sign that says 'Women during their menstrual cycle are not allowed inside the temple.' I asked our driver, named Surya, why. He said it is one of their temple rules, women on their period were considered impure so they aren't allowed to enter. It applies even to us non-Hindus, we shall follow the rules to show respect to the people of Bali and their religion. Inside the temple were intricately decorated towers and their details were amazing. There were also open air place of worship within enclosed walls. We walked around the area on a special pathway made for visitors. These temples were a part of history, well-preserved by the Balinese people through time. You might want to do a research and read articles before visiting these temples.  

Mount Batur Hot Spring. While I weren't able to experience sunrise trekking, I have had lunch with a view and was able to relax in a natural hot spring in Mount Batur. The restaurants in Kintamani didn't only offer delicious Indonesian delicacies and Kopi Luwak, but also spectacular views of mountain scenery. Everything just felt perfect and peaceful here. You can really appreciate the beauty of nature. It's almost indescribable, you gotta see it to believe it! Meanwhile, the drive to Toya Devasya Natural Hot Spring was worth the wait, and not totally boring since I was able to see green rice terraces and picturesque scenes in a fishing village on the way. My experience in Toya Devasya was divine. I stayed there the whole afternoon taking in the wonderful scenic Mount and Lake Batur views, drinking watermelon juice by the pool, and having the time of my life. I even met the owners, they were pleasant to talk to and very accommodating. It was a perfect day and it was all still vivid on my mind!
Dinner by the beach. The perfect place to have dinner by the beach is in Jimbaran, Bali. When I got there, it was a bit crowded but there will always be a table available for you. The energy of the people around me was ecstatic. There were about forty to fifty seafood restaurants lined up, many to choose from so I thought. What's more exciting is that, the tables were set on the sand, out in the open, and next to the sea! I had to place my shoes aside and walk around barefoot. We had fresh seafood, Nasi Lemak, and sliced fruits for dessert. The atmosphere was perfect, it was romantic... if only I were with someone special. Haha! I could hear the soothing sound of the waves and actually saw aircraft from a distance, landing one by one on the airport's runway. We were also entertained by Balinese dancers performing on stage in their costumes and traditional Balinese music. I heard they start to perform by 8pm to 9pm only, so be there early to get the most out of this experience!

Finally, the beach! Most of my days in Bali were really spent lounging by the waters, reading a book on a beach chair under a palm tree, taking a nap, eating fruity tutti or drinking watermelon juice, trail biking, taking pictures, swimming, and instagramming (in my bikini) all at the same time. Well at least I finally found what I am best at... being lazy! Haha! Kidding aside, it was truly a fun-filled trip. Not everyone is granted an entire day of rest and pure relaxation, but I had a whole week of that so I ain't anything but thankful!!! Bali is truly paradise on earth, no wonder that tourists from around the world visit there on vacation, on their honeymoon, or on any other special occasions. In fact, I met two ladies from Japan, a couple from France, and two big families with their adorable kids from Perth. Most of the people staying at the same hotel as ours were from Europe, so it almost felt good knowing I have had quite a head start when it comes to working on my tan. Haha! At night, we also got to stay for a drink or two in the open bar and enjoy bossa nova music from a live band. But time flies and I had to say goodbye to this beautiful island. I walked down the beach for an hour thanking it, and contemplating on somewhat the happiest days of my life so far. I miss Bali. I love Bali. I will always go back to Bali, but next time I'll make sure I'll bring with me a DSLR Camera, more pairs of bikini, more sunscreen lotion, and hopefully the man of my dreams! Hahaha! 


I hope you enjoyed reading my post.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

One Day by David Nicholls



I will never ever regret the moment I grabbed this book hurriedly to the cashier to purchase it and then rush back to the airport lounge in Bali to get my things.. imagine the pressure upon hearing somebody announcing our plane's nearing departure, the adrenaline rush, and the anticipation of reading a book you just randomly picked. Thrilling! And to find out in the end how brilliant the story was felt so rewarding, as if I was saved from the agony of my impulsive buying! This novel is totally "rad" and "sweet" I think I'm gonna have a hard time moving on.


  Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess were a natural in the movie. I just love them! I thank everyone behind this novel, this movie for making such brilliant, brilliant work. Kudos to the whole team!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Brunei Travel Diary

It is my second day here in Brunei and I am already impressed by how hospitable the people are. I am currently on a three-day staycation at The Empire Hotel & Country Club, after that, I will be spending the next days exploring some highly recommended tourist spots around the country. But did you know that The Empire Hotel in Brunei was originally built to house royal guests? Oh yeah. It was built by Prince Jefri Bolkiah, the brother of the current Sultan of Brunei. Prince Jefri owned a network of companies and investment vehicles, he bought the luxury goods company Asprey, built an amusement park, and other projects in Brunei. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his brother have had some open financial disagreements in the past and finally came to the decision of converting the royal guest palace to a hotel. 

The Empire hotel is a grand, spacious, state-of-the-art, luxury five-star hotel. It is the best hotel in the country and the only one situated by the South China Sea. There are beaches and a whole wealth of swimming pools. There are seven restaurants, a golf course, a cinema and a bowling alley. The whole complex cost around $US1.1 billion to build! These photos won't even justify how beautiful and vast this area is. I've never seen a grander lobby, it's really impressive. Almost everything inside is lined with gold, the artworks are magnificent, and they boast intricately design interiors. The first thing I thought of when I looked around is where the people are. I thought maybe not so many people are staying here, I was wrong. What was I thinking? On a 180-hectare hotel, how can I expect everyone to stay in just one place, and with all the facilities here? But then, there's dinner and breakfast time. Ah! Pretty crowded eh? We had to line up and wait for an available table. They serve up fresh seafood, western and local dishes, but sadly, they were just OK. Nothing had impressed my taste buds, so far. I still highly recommend you stay here when in Brunei though, don't miss this out!
Impressive

Brunei sunset
Largest pool
Infinity pool
A glimpse of the hotel lobby
This was my look straight from the airport!
Blazer | Forever 21 | Jeans | Forever 21 | Flats | Rubi Shoes
More photos from inside The Empire Hotel on my next post.
Now back to making the most out of this vacation. Until then!
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Friday, June 6, 2014

The Empire Hotel Brunei

As promised, here are some photos from inside The Empire Hotel and Country Club in Brunei. Impressive isn't it? What also made my stay here more interesting was meeting some of our Kababayans. It's true that almost everywhere in the world, there is a Filipino. You'll recognize the familiar friendly smiles, the polite gestures and sense of humour when having a conversation with them. Bruneians are as well good natured people, thoughtful and welcoming, so I had no trouble blending in. In fact, I met these group of teenage girls in The Empire Hotel while taking a dip one afternoon. Most of them were shy but that's not stopping them from being nice and all. Here's a shout out to you my dear @alexismhjpowers! See you again soon!








Dress | Dorothy Perkins

Who wouldn't feel like a Queen Bee in this place?
Watch out for my next blog post, still in Brunei!
For more photos, drop by my Instagram @lvlygrey 
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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Paul Maison de Qualite

What's a better way to spend the afternoon than having a cup of Joe? And in my pursue of finding the best coffee in the city, I found myself at PAUL. Paul Maison de Qualite is a French chain of Bakery/Café restaurants established in 1889, in Northern France, by Charlemagne Mayot. It specializes in serving French products including breads, crepes, sandwiches, macarons, coups, cakes, pastries, coffee, wine, and beer. Paul belongs to Groupe Holder, which also owns the French luxury bakery Laduree ~ ooh high tea! So today I chose the Café Surprise off the menu, it includes two French macarons, a cake, crème brulee, and your choice of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. I ordered café mocha, with whipped cream! So what? I loved it. The crème brulee was everything I have ever hoped for to taste like. Yes, I highly recommend you to try Paul's delicious crème brulee. The two French macarons I had were caramel and coconut flavoured. Another thing that I loved the most while at Paul, aside from the obvious quality pastries and coffee drinks, is their interior design. Look at the photo below. Fancy isn't it? It is quite nice to have a place like this at the heart of the city. It's an escape to the buzzling sounds of vehicles and crazy construction sites every where you look at. I've also visited Paul in Ngee Ann city and the look's quite the same. Consistency is the key, not only in the quality of their products but of the over all package of course.

I will come back for their crème brulee.
Modern elegance.
The artworks graced their walls.

I know you are all going to love my next blog entry - 'Where to eat in Singapore' Yes? You'll read about ten of the best restaurants/cafes in the country, according to me, based on their location, the quality of food, ambiance, and the overall package. I would like all of you to know that none of my posts are sponsored, so far. But for interested parties, do drop me an email at lovelovelyb@gmail.com.
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Yeng At LNU: Best Night Ever!

Yeng Constantino had a concert in Dagupan City and it was AWESOME
Last Thursday, March 20, 2014, the Philippines' very own Pop-rock Princess Josephine "Yeng" Constantino rocked the school grounds of the Lyceum-Northwestern University in celebration of their 45th Foundation and Student's Night. It was a year-end treat by the school administration to all Lyceans for their hard work after their long final exams.


For those who have missed the event, here are the 10 best #YengAtLNU moments:


10. Yeng covered Katy Perry's song Roar.
As the concert was about to start, I wandered off at the back to look for my colleagues and friends from the media. I was unable to spot any of them, so I figured they already have found their places around the LNU football field, where Yeng's concert had taken place, to cover the event. I decided to join the crowd and post tweets on my way. Suddenly, I was taken aback by Yeng's electrifying voice and the crowd's roar! With my 2-inch heels on, I jumped out of my excitement and found myself ten feet away from the stage, cheering with everyone else. It was the perfect opening number! The positive energy that clouded us was overwhelming! 


9. When the crowd sang 'Hinahanap-hanap Kita' with Yeng.
No 90's kid nor OPM fan wouldn't know this single from Rivermaya's 1997 album Atomic Bomb. It received heavy airplay from radio stations ever since, so no wonder that even our pop-rock princess chose to sing it during her concert here in Pangasinan. The Lyceans gladly sang along, keeping the good vibes!

8. When Yeng said: "I'll make this your BEST NIGHT EVER!"
You can just imagine how the crowd responded with that! One thing that I loved the most about Yeng is her sincerity, and THAT shone like rays of sun during her performance. Hashtag #BestNightEver was even mentioned a hundred times by students in their Instagram posts and Tweets, together with hashtag #YengAtLNU. I even heard a student say, "Best night ever talaga! Last year na natin ito sa school, buti na lang si Yeng ang nag-concert!"

7. Yeng connects with her audience.
"If you're in a relationship, raise your hands!" Yeng told the crowd and there was a loud cheer. "If you're single, raise your hands!" she continued, followed by singing Just Give Me A Reason by Pink. Again, the audience, including me, sang along. This part will always be my favorite because it is when Yeng tried to establish a connection with her audience by asking questions and telling stories. The more we feel connected, the more we remember and the more we appreciate her. It only shows how good an artist and a person she really is.


6. When Yeng gave a love advice everyone will never forget.
Before singing her song entitled Pag-ibig, Yeng gave a love advice everyone will never forget. Even the night after, I've seen Facebook statuses and Tweets quoting what she said during her concert in Dagupan. "Kapag ang lalaki hindi nage-effort, hindi love yan." The crowd goes "awww," then Yeng continued "Kapag ang babae hindi ka nirerespeto, hindi love yan." I'm sure everyone has learned a lesson or two about love. Thank you Yeng!
5. Yeng's got the moves!
It was a few years ago when Yeng first covered an original Eraserheads song entitled 'Magasin.' It was already a pretty popular song from the 90's, but Yeng's rendition of it caught both the media and the fans' attention. Aside from it being a girl version, Yeng and her band did a little tweaking on its musical composition by giving it an acoustic and reggae touch. Before singing its chorus, Yeng asked "Gusto nyo bang makita ang dance moves ko?" The crowd cheered. Even I was surprised she could dance, but she can and so she did! 


4. "You are all special.." -Yeng
Yeng Constantino continued to win our hearts when she sang an original Radiohead song entitled Creep. "When I was in high school, I've tried hard to fit in. But I can't, so I've stopped. I've realized we are all special." Then she added, "You are all special! You are unique! You are awesome! You are meant to be here tonight!!" I looked around me and I can't help but smile, feeling encouraged. I refrained from live tweeting and listened to her. There's so much feels in this song that I thought-- it deserved an epic "lighter moment!"



3. The special audio-visual presentation the Lyceans prepared for Yeng.
In the audio-visual presentation were students of Lyceum-Northwestern University singing Yeng's latest hit song 'Chinito.' It was evident in their faces that they had fun shooting it. They later on congratulated Yeng on her engagement to boyfriend Yan Asuncion and wished them good luck. Atty. Duque, the University President, went up the stage to personally thank Yeng Constantino and the people involved for the successful event. "Mula sa hardin ng aking puso,maraming salamat!" Atty. Duque continued to say. Yeng in response to that said "Aww, this is the sweetest campus ever!! Mula sa gubat ng aking puso, maraming salamat din po sa inyong lahat!"


2. Yeng greets LNU through Instagram video.
It was indeed a fun-filled night and we also received a special souvenir from Yeng! Yeng Constantino recorded a 15-second instavideo and posted it on her Instagram account In the video Yeng said, "Hey everyone! Andito ako sa Lyceum, sa Dagupan, Pangasinan. At eto sila!!" She then turned her smartphone camera to the cheering crowd. The video had been regrammed and reposted in Facebook a hundred times. What can we say? WE LOVE YOU YENG!


1. The 'Chinito' song number.
But of course the main highlight of the night was when Yeng sang her latest hit single 'Chinito!' Aside from the fact that it was the crowd favorite, two lucky 'chinitos' were invited to come up the stage. Not only that they had a chance to dance with Yeng, they also got a hug and a peck on the cheek from her! Another reason to love Yeng! She is down to earth, very professional, and have I mentioned how cool she is?! AWESOME!!


If you want to see more photos and videos from Yeng's concert, do drop by these Facebook pages: Lyceum-Northwestern University and What's Up Dagupan.
I would like to thank Lyceum-Northwestern University and the people behind its success, especially to Ms. Pebbles Duque, for inviting me and for making The Style Fondue your official blog partner in this event. I would also like to thank Ms. Micaela Rodriguez of Senyorita.net, Mr. Simon Vistro of What's Up Dagupan, Mikkles Fernandez of Pixelhub Creative and Mr. Jefferson Samson! Also, to Ms. Yeng Constantino for being nice and friendly during the press interview! I even managed to sneaked in a selfie with her! Hurrah!

Feel free to leave a comment or write your best #YengAtLNU moment.
Laters!