Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vintage for a cause

Vintage is a sure win for my taste. Just like these pieces, I am so in-love with them. This is a design-your-own bracelet, and this took me 4 hours to just pick the charms. 



I also love this necklace, it just gives the right amount of popping color. 




Both items are from Moody Mary. She is currently running a fund raising for the Yolanda (Haiyan) victims. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Camouflage

It is such a breeze to wear this design. Since the colors are not loud, I can wear this design in the office.
The fighter in me

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pandora update

Yet another update for my bracelet! Sorry, but this one is quite dear to me. My brother gave me an early Christmas gift. 


The cute little girl

Love for sparklers

It all started with a little piece of gold. Back when the world was more peaceful, my Mom gave me a gold necklace with a locket pendant. It is a hand-down piece from my great-great-grandmom. It is passed on the eldest daughter of the family, so technically my Mom was the eldest and so was I. I wore it all-the-time, and when I say all-the-time, I mean all-the-time.



Saturday, November 23, 2013

The art of making a baby (preconception #2)

So I am not pregnant....... yet. Sometimes it feels disheartening especially when you know that you're significant other really wants it. Wanting to have another baby is a challenge, and wanting to have a baby girl just puts another pressure in your 'trying to conceive' journey. Added with the minimal chances of being together  is really an act of defiance to our circumstances. 
Time has no meaning, Love will endure.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Obsidian dream

And now, presenting an addition to my collection, Thomas Sabo charm carrier bracelet. It is made from obsidian and 925 sterling silver. I chose this to easily match any outfit. As we all know, this brand offers a wide range of designs for their charms and that is the very reason why I am having a dilemma of choosing the perfect charm for my bracelet. My ending was not buying any charms that day. While strolling around Orchard, I stumble upon this lovely charm from Fossil. It is the Love Braille Charm, with 'love' etched in braille on a rose gold plate, it is sure to stand out and make a statement. 



The art of making a baby (preconception #1)

We've always wanted to have our little princess. Our boys are always asking ‘When is our little princess coming? Our youngest son is already 5 years old and his big brother is turning 13 this year. The hubby and I decided that now is the perfect time to conceive our baby girl. But the big question is, HOW. How in the world can we do that? Given the fact that we are far apart and we only have limited time to be together. We are going to try our best to beat the odds of conceiving with only one cycle. According to a study, there is only 30% success rate of being pregnant with just one cycle. So be it! We are up for the challenge.
Source



Preparation:
-I've been monitoring and carefully tracking my ovulation for the past 10 months. I am willing to try everything to increase the chances of conceiving a girl. I'm currently on ‘the baby girl diet’ and have been doing that for quite a while now.


-Now that I've tracked by ovulation, I've booked my ticket to fly home and ready to do the baby dance. We are crossing our fingers and hoping for the best. :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Memories with my Ranelle

As I stare back to the green glow of the luminous star and the quarter moon that were glued on our ceiling, I am caressing your face and outlining the innocent structure of your cheeks and jaw. I turned on the dimmed blue light and it gave me the most fascinating view of the night. You pinched your lips as you sleep and it burst a cherry red glow that melted my heart. Your soft fair skin is gently touching your blue blanket and it seemed that you liked the feel of it. I slowly put my face closer to yours, enough to smell your shallow, sweet scented breaths. In that calm night, while everything   around us is quietly sleeping. I can hear my heart pounding with joy and overwhelming love, because sleeping next to you is my absolute solace. 



Sunday, September 22, 2013

My wedding vow


I am a girl that is plagued by insecurities, I have troubles believing in myself. So you can imagine it was a hard adjustment when God brought you into my life.  You see the best in me. When I think I'm, insufficient, you think I'm over qualified. When I feel timid, you see me as courageous.  And when I feel trapped by my past mistakes, you always point me to the redeeming power of Christ.  You offered  me love like I've never experienced before, love that I didn't have to earn, unconditional love, and through that unconditional love you unlocked my heart to the unconditional love that God has for me. So today the best vow that I can make to you, is to work everyday to be that miracle in your life. I promise to be the person who always seeks to see you and love you as God sees you and loves you, unconditionally and without end. I promise to strive to be the voice reminding you of all that God has made you and all that you are capable of. You are beautiful beyond belief. Talented beyond comprehension, and more loving than anyone else I've ever met. You are limitless in God. Everyday is a choice, a choice that we make to love one another, and a choice to never give up on our love. Everyday we make a covenant based on complete trust that is unbreakable, unconditional, and completely good for life. I love you, because I will always choose to love you from now until my last day on earth.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pandora update

It's been ages since I last blogged about what's on my Pandora bracelet. I am so overjoyed and a bit surprised that I was able to fill my bracelet very quickly. Many thanks to my Mom who made it possible. During her visit here she bought me some charms as birthday gifts hehehe! Here it is.....

Monday, August 12, 2013

Addition to my Pandora sparklers

As I was strolling down the mall the other day, I stopped by Pandora and my heart pounded or should I say skipped-a-beat when I saw this little cutesy thing.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Pandora Journey

If you are my friend, you will definitely know that I am such a sentimental freak. I love to have a keepsake of the memorable moments in my life. May it be a coin, candy wrapper, plastic spoon from the restaurant we first dine in, and anything that will commemorate any milestone in my life.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Solids and Accents


I can’t think of any designs and these past few weeks I’ve been into sold colors. I just thought that solid colors on my nails will be a great idea and having an accent nail will make it even better. What are your thoughts on it?

Carrots and peas

Dotty Taupe

Trying vlogging


I was browsing my external hard-drive and I just realized that I have gazillions of videos. Those videos are like vlogs where I am describing the things around me and what I am doing. So I've decided to upload it on Youtube and viola! I have my own channel and me as the star of it hahaha! Actually, I have loads and loads of videos but I’m still thinking if I'm going to upload them all. Watch my latest vlog on my channel here > HighlyFavoredVlogs and don’t forget to subscribe and share the love :)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Monday Madness #3


Yehey! It’s Monday once again. I feel so energized and refreshed. I am ready to take on the battle field of the corporate world. Hearing the word of God is my weekly source of energy and yes, after a long time of not being able to attend the Sunday service, finally I am given the chance to give our Lord the praise and worship He deserves and that really made me feel good. There is nothing more energizing than the food of the spirit. There is nothing more powerful than His words. I am a very happy girl. Thank you Jesus.

After Sunday service with my beautiful sisters in Christ

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monday Madness #2


Count your blessings.

Yes, I know it’s a clichĂ© but it’s so true. Just to share with you what I’m going through right now, I am deprived of ‘enough’ rest and day off. My last off was April. My next off would be this coming weekend, but hey, I am not complaining. I am so blessed to have been working 12 hours every day and being paid for it. I consider it as a blessing and I am happy for it. That just means that my manager trusts me with the tasks on the night shift considering that I am alone in the office to handle all of those. Changing your perspective will help you to embrace life’s challenges more lightly. So yeah, I chose to count my blessings instead of counting my struggles.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Madness #1

I am on my 2nd day doing the night shift and will be on this shift for the rest of May. My body is still adjusting with this new schedule and it is really tough. I am only on my 2nd day but zits are starting to say hello to my face. I really need to force myself to sleep for at least 7 hours to compensate with the 12 hours of graveyard working. No complains here, I love my job.

Starting today, Im going to do 'Monday Madness' to help others cope up with Mondays. We all know that not all of us really want Mondays. Personally I really love Mondays as I will be welcomed to another work week with more challenges, new chances to excel, and beating the best version of me.

Have a productive workweek ahead of you.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Playful cats in the garden


This is one of my favorites. I used acrylic paint on this. This is one 'hellava' painting and made my neck rubbery, but i think that will be my price to pay to have this beautiful art. I can't stop staring on my nails for a week. Isn't it lovely?

Summer fun


Before I went for my summer vacation last April,I painted my nails with summer colors to match the beach. I got a lot of good feedbacks from random people. I am not really good in giving directions so I will just make it as simple as possible. First of, I painted my nails white then I used the make-up sponge technique to achieve the gradient/ombre finish. On the index finger I just used a dotting tool with random sizes.



Colors used:
Grape Pop - China Glaze
Shocking Pink - China Glaze
Sunshine Pop - China Glaze
Green - Michelle by Beadstreet (local brand)
White - Michelle by Beadstreet (local brand)


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Tiffany and Vintage Roses


I was thinking of using vintage colors since I’ve never used my Aquadelic before. I was just lying on my bed then out of nowhere my eyes passed by the table and on top of it was my coin purse. An idea popped out of my head and voila!






My little helpers

It was 5 years ago when I started my photography hobby. It’s time for me to introduce you my partners in crime, my little helpers in capturing those memorable and lifetime moments in stills.
 
from left to right: Isaac, Lexy, Karl

Happiness in a bottle


I have a confession to make. Wait for it…. I am a nail polish junkie! That was a lot to burst out. And yes I am a certified nail polish junkie. I don’t know what’s with nail polishes, that every time I walk in to a drug store, grocery store and beautyshops the next time you will see me is I am in the nail polish section. I’m pretty sure that it is not the smell, but it has something to do with the colors I think. I love colors. I love pretty colors, shiny pretty colors. Hahaha! I am giving hints here so you will know what to gift me on my birthday hahaha! I am not particular with brand, just as long as the color is brilliant. 
The golden box full of colors

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

For the love of manicure

My fascination of nail polish started when my aunt told me to grow my nails longer and her advice is to not cut it too short. The problem is, my hands are always sweaty hence a dust magnet. So my solution is to put a nail polish on it. Earlier, I purchased yet another set of nail polishes to add to my collection. I can’t wait to use them all.


Fly (limited edition), Sunshine Pop, Beauty and the Beach, Bizarre Blurple

Can you help me think of nail art designs out of these colors?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

On goodbyes


Let me tell you an experience that changed my entire life. It was my second week during my summer vacation just this April. It was a day before my flight back to Singapore. It was a day after we arrived in Manila from our family Bicol trip. We received a very sad story. My aunt (the wife of my father’s brother) died. Prior to that, I made an itinerary on my two-weeks-vacation. I scheduled to go there but due to some circumstances, my schedule changed. I am almost given a chance to pay them a visit during our Tanay day-trip to visit our little farm. On our way there I asked my family if we can stop by since it’s just along the way. My mother said that we can’t since we are running after time. I lost my chance to see her again.  I felt sad because I am almost there, just 5 minutes away from their doorsteps but our car just passed by their street and drove forward, father and farther. It’s as if there is a force that wants to drag me out of the car and just walk. I restraint myself from saying something since I don’t want to ruin our trip, and since it is out of our plans to visit them that day.

The last time I saw her was 2 years ago. I am not close to her, but the pain is just unbearable. It is the pain of not being able to say goodbye to her. It is a pain of regret. Maybe, just maybe, if I’d asked my mother again if we can stop by, I might’ve been given a chance to see her before she left. It hurts not because I wasn’t able to know her well or be the nicest niece she ever had, it hurts because I wasn’t able to say goodbye. The most painful pain is not being able to say goodbye to someone, and letting them feel that they exist in your life.  It taught me the greatest lessons in life. It is to give time to the things that I think matters the most, by being a blessing to other’s by giving them just a portion of your time, and most importantly, to love as much as you can, while you still can.

Why am I blogging


I’ve been asked by someone “why are you blogging?” honestly speaking, I don’t know. I should say I don’t know if my answer is valid.

 

on a Sunday shift

It's been a long time since I last blogged. I went on a vacation and right now I am still reading backlogs of emails. A whoopping 4,000+ unread emails in my inbox waiting to be read. I'm so excited to tell you my 2 weeks vacation story.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Focus like a laser


Like a laser beam, when the light is focused to a specific point it is so focused it will be able to cut the hardest material in the world. Same thing with your life, if you focus on your ambition/goals, you will definitely achieve it in no time.

There was a time in my life that I am out of focus and I had a blurry vision of my ambition and my goals. I really didn’t know where I’m heading. I am so lost to the point that I cannot see a bright future ahead of my life. I told myself “this should have an end, and I need to focus on what should be done”. It took me years and years to change, and focusing on my goal, together with lots of prayer really helped.

Sometimes we tend to focus on our addiction and not on our ambition. I admit I am an attention seeker, I am addicted to it, but then I realize that I am seeking attention to the wrong person. Sometimes we do foolish exchange for something that will give us temporary happiness. Sometimes we act like Esau.

Declare blessings in your life everyday



Here are powerful proclamations to say everyday. (from Bo Sanchez' letter) Believe me, it really works! :)

taken at Wawa dam. Rodriguez Rizal

1. Bless Your Entire Life:


I’m God’s beloved and it is His great happiness to bless me. I’m anointed by God to serve and bless the world. God’s river of blessings is flowing to me at every moment of my life. Everything I need comes to me. I’m a blessing magnet. I’m guided by God at every moment.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

10 things parents shouldn't say to their kids



I've read an article that taught me what to say to my children and guided me to only use the kindest, motivational, and positive words. From a child and a student’s perspective, here are 10 things that parents should never say:


1. “You’re useless” or “You’re a failure”


It’s shocking how many parents say this to their children in a fit of anger.


This is the type of phrase that can scar children deeply, and can make them doubt their worth as a human being.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Capturing love in the rainy Orchard Road


It was my off day from work and I didn’t have any scheduled activities. Still inspired by last night’s short photowalk in Chinatown, I’ve decided to go on another photowalk in another location, Orchard road. It is one of the busiest streets in Singapore. With a long stretch of malls and office buildings on both sides of this street, it really is busy all the days of the week. When I arrived there, the rain started to pour. I am really itching to fire my camera trigger so ‘the heck’ even if it’s raining I would still do my photowalk.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Trying street photography


Last night, after spending my dinner with my ex-colleagues I felt so full because of the sumptuous food we ate. On my way home standing at the bus stop in Chinatown area, I thought of doing a little photowalk since the Chinese new year decorations and lanterns were still there and a perfect timing because I had my camera with me. A photowalk would be good for me so I could digest the food that I ate earlier in the evening.  

February a LOVE month indeed (Part 4) Asher day



4th day:

We scheduled a photo session with my niece Asher. When they arrived she is fast asleep, I told my sister-in-law that it would be perfect. She brought a lot of head pieces for Asher and some super cute clothes.

February a LOVE month indeed (Part 3) The Wedding




3rd day:




If only I could freeze time even for an hour, I would certainly do it to buy some more time with my family and friends. So today would be the 3rd day of my short-Pinas-vacation. Time flies so fast and there is really no turning back. Not to make things right but to rewind from the time of my arrival here. On my 3rd day, we attended the wedding of our friends Drew and Anne. If you could remember my previous post My prenuptial photo session, they are the sweet couple that I am talking about.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Asher


I finally met our Asher. She is my beautiful niece who was born last December.


February a LOVE month indeed (Part 2) Fun Tagaytay



2nd day:


I woke up to this sight.
This was taken past 6am(my sleeping angel)
I left our bed and prepared brekky. I cooked fried rice, Japanese chicken, chicken nuggets and sunny-side-up eggs, whew! That’s a lot of poultry! Originally, we didn't have any plans for my 2nd day but since my father requested a ‘bulalo’ we've decided to go to Tagaytay.




February a LOVE month indeed (Part 1) The arrival



It’s been a while since my last post. A lot of memorable things happened. February is indeed a LOVE month for me. On the 1st of the month I flew back home and stayed there for 5 days. For me those 5 days were really meaningful and full of memories that will last a lifetime. Those five days taught me how to spend life with quality, it’s like you only have five days left and the ultimate question would be ‘How will you spend it’.


If I will have 5 days left, what I did with my vacation is exactly what I am going to do. Just be with my loved ones, precious friends, and spend every hour with them.


1st day:


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Being Healthy



Yehey! I started eating again after realizing that I am starving myself. I lasted for 8 days of cleansing. It really helped with my constipation, my skin is really glowing, and I feel so energized and renewed. On my ninth day, I started eating more fruits. Two bananas for my breakfast, watermelon for lunch, and egg soup for dinner. Since I didn’t totally cut the solid food intake during the program, I didn’t have difficulty easing out of it.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Update on my Master Cleanse diet (1st and 2nd day)

Wow! I cannot believe it. I lost 2 kilos in just 2 days! I will log all that i ate here. Of course I am eating, the doctor said that I cannot skip solid foods.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Master Cleanse Diet!


Since I am going to attend a wedding, I started shopping and looking for a dress to wear. I’m having a very big problem because all of the dress that I want doesn’t look good on me. I gained weight so much and it’s all on my belly and hips. My usual dress size is medium/38/6 but now I’m in the middle of large and medium. Whenever I try medium I look like a stuffed sausage, and when I try large I look like a hanger. The wedding will be on February 3 so I still have 25 days to shed those fats or else I will need to deal with looking like a potato head. I’ve decided to be on Master Cleanse diet where the only source of calorie is from the lemonade (lemon juice from fresh lemons, maple syrup, and Cayenne Pepper into Pure Water). This diet was used by BeyoncĂ© Knowles to prepare for her role in Dreamgirls. I will be starting tomorrow and will be on it for 10 days and hope I can cope up with it. I already prepared my body for it. Yesterday I just ate soup, with a little bit of meat and some veggies. Today I just ate fruits, watermelon and rock melon to be exact. I prepared my body to prevent me from craving for food during the program and for my digestive system not to be so stressed. I will post some before and after photos at the end of the program so we can see if it is effective. Wish me luck! J

Sunday, January 6, 2013

My 2nd prenuptial photo session



It was my absolute honor to be asked to do a prenuptial photo session AGAIN. I was a little surprised that my friend Anne asked me to do it. Knowing Anne, she knows what she wants and detailed about it. And of course she is the bride, she wants the best for this memorable event of her life. To Anne, Thank you for trusting me.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Prayer on our 2nd wedding anniversary

Lord Jesus, grant that I and Dane may have a true and understanding love for each other.Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony.