Friday, November 27, 2015

LIFESTYLE | PayMaya Visa and the first ever Pinoy Cyber Sale

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This morning I just got my very own PayMaya Visa card with beep. It's a three-in-one financial technology product that includes an instant virtual Visa that consumers can use for online shopping and payments, a physical card that can be used at any Visa-accepting brick-and-mortar establishment, and a beep card that commuters can use for their LRT and MRT fares.

It's the perfect time to get one because the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness in the U.S. is now officially being introduced in the Philippines--by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) no less! DTI has partnered with over 20 e-commerce stores in the country, such as Takatack, to launch the first ever Pinoy Cyber Sale, which will run from Black Friday (Nov. 27) to Cyber Monday (Nov. 30).

Thursday, November 26, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 26Nov2015: The mad cat and the pirate in loafers


Looks like someone's not very happy about being picked up and smothered with kisses. Well, she asked for it. She was the one who's been walking to and fro while I was working my way with the camera and timer. Thordis always does this and I've had enough. That expression on her face, though -- priceless!

Friday, November 20, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 19Nov2015: Always with you


This was what I wore to the mall yesterday. Keeping it casual and relaxed, I simply went with shorts and a tee. It may be subtle--not big of a deal even--but rolling up the hems gave the shorts a rather fresh take.

The tee is but one of many Uniqlo x Line pieces that I have. That store is such a trap that every time I find myself inside, I always end up leaving with something in hand. Besides, how can I resist the cute duo of Connie and Brown from Line? I'm not sure if they're restocking, though, as I haven't seen Line merchandise for some time now. Anyway, look how cute they are in their onesies!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 17Nov2015: Sheepish on another faux Friday


Wearing blue and olive here. Oh, the APEC blues. After a hellish Monday for commuters everywhere due to road closures and all, it was a surprisingly much better day yesterday with very light traffic, probably because a lot of people opted to, depending on their respective workplaces's arrangements, worked from home or simply skipped going to work altogether.

And oh yeah, because Wednesday and Thursday were declared special holidays in Metro Manila (and I'm on leave on Friday), yesterday felt very much like the start of the weekend. Or it could be just me.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 14Nov2015: Feeling young


Because of some passport-related stuff I found myself at the same mall for two consecutive days. While I sported a more "dignified" look last Friday (I was renewing my passport after all), Saturday saw me in a more relaxed state.

First up, those shoes. Quite the departure from my normal footwear, I got them on a whim after Kwittiegirl saw a poster and decided to check the store out. Maybe a tad cartoonish for its bulky look, but they're very light and comfy. I find them really cute.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 28Oct2015: The spray painter


Another long overdue post but I felt like pushing through with it still because I'm personally just loving the burst of color in my outfit here. This was taken in the heat of our Halloween preparations where we were decking up our office space with a Shark Tale Halloween theme. I was spray-painting some newspaper here that would be made into corals.

Monday, November 9, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 23Oct2015: The hoodied Doraemon


Such a very long table for one, don't you think?  This was taken weeks ago and I've completely forgotten about it and all these other photos here because of all the stuff at work and yes, Halloween. But now that it's all behind us, and especially since we won our HR's workplace decorating contest again--this year with a Shark Tale theme for Halloween--it's now time for a long overdue outfit post.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

EVENTS | Shark Tale: When our office went under the sea for Halloween

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So much glee under the sea!

Oh, the Halloween blues... You know, fun times at the office and all. Where I work, annual Halloween celebrations are a blast--and last Friday was no exception.

While in past years departments were given free rein on their theme and choice of decor, this year our HR stepped in and, based on the results of a survey, assigned a movies theme for all. They tied it with iflix, a movies and TV streaming service with which Smart has a partnership.

You can check out for more information about the service, available subscription packages (like a measly Php99/month, anyone?), and more.

Reps from each floor drew lots to determine their designated movie. The choices were reportedly from iflix's top 200 movies. Personally I wasn't very happy about this--at least at first--because we already had grand plans for something else. It also didn't help that we got Shark Tale.

Shark Tale. When I broke the news to my colleagues I was met with bewildered expressions. Only a handful recognized the movie. It's understandable because Shark Tale isn't exactly a beloved animated feature. If it's any indication, the film received a stinking 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch.

I didn't want us to join anymore was my initial childish reaction. But less than a week into Halloween, everyone in our department's Events committee felt like the occasion wouldn't be complete if we skipped the decorating contest. So after a quick town hall with the rest of the department, we gave it a go. We were, like, common, we were last year's winners with our Hogwarts-themed Halloween decor!

After all, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And join did we. Now here's a quick tour:

Saturday, October 31, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 30Oct2015: My name is Luca

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Hello, my name is Luca. Yup, Halloween stuff at the office yesterday. Our HR decided on a movies theme for everyone and reps from each floor drew lots for our assigned film. We got Shark Tale (unfortunately) and I dressed up as Luca.

Luca who? Shark Tale? I know, nobody's heard of the movie, let alone Luca. Unlike last year when I was Voldemort for Halloween, whom everybody knew of course from the Harry Potter universe, Luca is practically a nobody. Anyway, this is how he looks:

Monday, October 26, 2015

RANDOM | How I became The Dark Lord

Yup, I became Lord Voldemort. That was last year. For Halloween, of course. And it's not for any party whatsoever but for the office. For the life of me I've been donning Halloween costumes at work since 2008 when I dressed up as The Joker. Though my succeeding forays were rather simple in comparison, I've upped the ante again last year when our department joined our HR's Halloween decorating contest. We won, by the way.

Looking back, it was quite the effort. I'm just fortunate to have Kwittiegirl with me who painstakingly did my makeup. My main problem was finding a bald cap. I was even so close to splurging on a swimming cap until I found one at a costume shop. Other problems included where in Metro Manila I could get some liquid latex and Spirit Gum, white face paint (which was out of stock in every store I went to), and finding a tailor at the last minute. And oh, I had to shave.

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The night before the big day I tried the bald cap on. It was a bit small for my head but I had absolutely no choice. I also made an attempt at creating a mold for my nose with some clay. The intent was to pour some liquid latex in it as part of creating Voldemort's infamous nose or lack thereof.

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