EVERYDAY: Quarantine Uniform


Good Morning, Everyone! ❤

We are all being asked to stay indoors and we are being wedged to a new normal. I’m not immune to anxiety because of the doubts and uncertainty, but if there’s one thing that makes me feel good? It’s putting on make-up! ❤

You may not actually it from the pictures, but I do. 😛 I have nowhere to go but in front of my laptop but it makes such a difference to how I feel.

As much as I want to wear what the hot girls are wearing in tiktok? Nah. The heat, the humidity and just the pure living hell weather that it is here in Manila justifies my quarantine uniform of super short shorts.

Try it! You’ll feel so much better. ❤

EVERYDAY: Breathtaking Sunset Beach Engagement Shoot


Stunning Photos featuring the glowing sunset in the background. ❤ We decided to hold our second enagagement shoot in Coron.

Coron, Palawan will always be special in our hearts. ❤ This is where my husband proposed. ❤ and this is the reason behind why we wanted another shoot in this beautiful place.

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That orange aura of the sky brings out something else, right? ❤

I’ll be posting some tips on what to wear, what to prepare and what to bring during your engagement shoot this week. ❤

 

EVERYDAY: Engagement Shoot in the Mountains


8 months of being engaged, 5 months prior our wedding, we had our engagement shoot. ❤ We never really had a hard time coming up with our vision board for our prenup shoot. We both wanted bright, light and in nature.

A little Background: I initially wanted to hold our wedding reception in Villa Milagros in Rizal and our wedding ceremony in St. Benedict in Cavite which are cities A P A R T. So we had to change altogether. At first, we were thinking of holding our engagement shoot in Villa Milagros but we both really wanted to inject nature, a lot of sun, space and air. ❤

Our Engagement Shoot was held in Treasure Mountain in Tanay Rizal and in Grounds Resort, also in Tanay.

Sharing with you the amazing photos by Timoteo Photo. ❤

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Now here’s our second set.

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Our Third Set was shot in Grounds Resort. ❤

Thank you for letting me share with you photos from our engagement shoot. ❤ It was so much fun and tiring at the same time. ❤

I will be posting some tips on what to wear, what to prepare and what to bring this week. ❤

EVERYDAY: Bridal Shower (Family)


This is the only shower that I was completely aware of. 😛 I think hiding and the concept of surprise is not something my Mom considered. 😛 About 40 days before our wedding, my mom kept asking me of my weekend schedule because she wanted to plan my bridal shower. She was that blunt!! Haha.

Unfortunately, one of the unexpected things happened 15 days before my wedding. My Mom got Shingles! Shingles!!To be honest, I was worried for myself. Have I contracted Chickenpox when I was a kid? No. That’s exactly why I was extra cautious! I’ve seen my classmates before who had the illness, even my siblings. Thus, I know how the battle scars can never be removed and I was only days away!!

My Mom was very understanding. She was thinking of the wedding too but the bridal shower was near and we can’t ignore her sudden shingles. :/ I didn’t want to continue this because I know my mom won’t be there and I know that she was the one who planned everything together with my sister. :/ But she really wanted to throw me a send-off dinner.

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I’m in my staple wardrobe because obviously, it was no surprise. 😛 It was held in a small function room of Mama Lou’s in BF Paranaque. ❤ The room can hold around 15 – 20 people. They still had a table for my gifts and a table for the props and all.

The guests were a bit older than the usual guests during a bridal shower. Thus, the games that my sister planned were games that can be done on paper and while seated. There were: What’s in your bag? How well do you know the Groom and Bride? Guess who, Bride or Groom? Word Search, Bridal Bingo Card. My Mom and Sister also prepared some prizes. ❤ ❤

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I absolutely had the best dinner. ❤ Everything that they served was delicious! and mind you, this is the first ever cheesecake that resonated to me. RESONATED? Hahahaha. My husband is a huge fan of cheesecakes and we would normally order separate cakes but man! The Mango Cheesecake of Mama Lou’s is the bomb!

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After several games and our sumptuous dinner, time to unwrap what they prepared for me. ❤

Thank you Tita Grace & Tita Aileen for the Pillows. Thank you Ninang Irma for the set of Utensils. Thank you Ninang Baby for the Dish Rack, Thank you Tita Evelyn for the matching towels. Thank you Tita Karen and Tita Carol for the cash. 😛

Thank you Ate Ives for the All purpose Shelves. Thank you to my sister for the set of glasses. Thank you Rox for the Bowl Server. ❤

A special thank you to my sister who planned the games, prizes, decor and even hosted the whole night. Thank you Ate Ivy for co-hosting. Thank you Rox for helping decorate the place and thank you to my brother who drove me and dropped me off.

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Thank you everyone for spending your Saturday Evening with me, for participating in the games and for bringing a little something to help us start our married life. ❤ Thank you. ❤ ❤

THOUGHTS: 11 Instagram Accounts to follow if you love Interior Design


Let me first clear this beforehand: This is in no way, a paid Ad. This is me, trying to justify why I spend hours on this platform. 😛 Maybe it’s because I’m practically aging or that we are in the middle of renovating our home. ❤

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These are the accounts I draw inspiration from!

  • COSIEST HOME

That very simple bedroom is just so relaxing! No clutter. 😀 and so refreshing to have that black glass panel as a divider in the bathroom. Last but not the least, a swing as a whole living room? Why not?

  • CRUMBS HOME

That arc and that hallway!! You know how sometimes double decks are such a turn off because it looks so bad? Well, not anymore! black and gold works well. ❤ I also love the last picture with that black glass panel ending the hallway.

  • PERFECT HOMES

Notice the painting on the wall. It’s so refreshing! It’s abstract and with light and lovely colors. I also like that the account also features an office corner which I absolutely love — white & gold. The last picture also suggests a good way of designing a wall! — a map you can tick off of all your travels.

  • BOHEMIAN DECORS

If you’re more of a Boho Chic favoring colors and plants and flowers, follow this account! I especially love the middle picture. Look at that corner! I can picture myself having a nap or reading a book. ❤

  • COZY HOME SHOTS

White and Rattan always looks pleasing!! And look at that little swing in the middle of the living room. ❤ It’s nice peace of quiet where I can read a book. I also love the little corner in the middle picture. The black mirror accentuated the whole wall. ❤

  • MY DOMAINE

I can almost breathe the air on that first photo! That heigh ceiling is such a turn-on!! And that Airbnb? WOWWWWW. It’s like experiencing on a whole new level of cave house! This may probably be my favorite account of all. Not only are they featuring home designs but a lot of very different homes!!

  • BEFORE AFTER DESIGN

I love the concept of Before & After Design. It kind of gives me hope that no matter what the status of an area is, it can be revived to something beautiful. ❤ It also gives an idea because it gives a clear picture of how it was before.

  • NEST FEELS

Who wouldn’t love that view? And there’s so much SPACE. ❤ And I think you’ve noticed by now how I’m attracted to that black glass panel. Imagine that leading to some backyard grill.

  • HOUSE CREATIVE

I can imagine myself having an early dinner while watching that sunset! It’s like living on the beach!!!

  • MY MITZI

I’m drawn to anything white and bright. ❤

  • FRESH COAST FLIPS

Another before and after account where you can gather different ideas on what to do with your own home. ❤

Again, this is not a paid ad. This is me, simply appreciating the accounts that’s been keeping me company this pandemic. Check them out. ❤

THOUGHTS: 25 Things you can do this Quarantine


How are you all doing so far? It’s a very difficult and sad time for everyone. I, for one am  the type of person who wants to be out and about. I don’t really like staying at home and doing nothing for a LONG time. But what can we do? We can only make the best out of the situation that we are placed in.

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Here are some things you can do while in isolation:

READ A BOOK. I’m obviously a book freak and I’ll grab a book every chance I get. Let a book transport you wherever you choose to be. Paris? Narnia? Magical World? Sci Fi? Books got you covered.

WORKOUT. Admittedly, I’m new to this. I used to be so lazy but this quarantine is making me gain pounds I don’t even want. 😛 Get your ass up! Time to get that abs and that toned body we always include in our New Year’s Resolution. You have all the time now. No excuses.

VIDEOCALL with YOUR FRIENDS. I’m included in the population who would normally ignore your call. 😛 I’d rather much text. It’s the introvert in me. But a videocall with your friends is a good way to instill something special in your mundane day. Reach out to your friends and find out how they’re doing too.

CLEAN YOUR MAKE UP BRUSHES. Who here is guilty like I am? It’s been months since I last cleaned my brushes. It’s important. You might be wandering why you’re having breakouts? It may be because the brushes you are using are not clean!

SPRING CLEANING. I love cleaning my closet! No matter how often I do this, there seems to be some clothes that I can donate, things I need to let go of or shoes and bags that I no longer use that I can throw or sell. Lessen your clutter.

COMPLETE A BINGO CHALLENGE. Who here has been seeing different kinds of Bingo in Instagram? Do you enjoy ticking the boxes? Join in the fun or make one yourself!

TRY OUT INSTAGRAM EFFECTS. Why not explore the different things you can do in Instagram aside from posting your heavily curated pictures. Try different effects such as Guess the Gibberish or Who’s more likely to? It’s fun.

DO A TIKTOK CHALLENGE. Come on! Don’t preserve your dignity. I know you have a Tiktok Account. Try the dance challenges or imitate a prank or create a duet with your friends. It’s fun way to bond with them digitally!  I know I did. 😛

LISTEN TO A PODCAST. I discovered a number of podcasts I know listen. I’m planning on listening to them even after quarantine. It’s a good way to be productive while you’re on your way home or while strolling in the mall. Do you have favorite accounts that you listen to? Let me know!

ARRANGE YOUR BOOKSHELF. I’m guilty. My bookshelf used to be a place for my charger, notebooks, pens, camera and all sorts of things. I fixed it up and let me tell you, it’s a breather looking at it now, arranged in colors and in height. 😀

CUT YOUR HAIR. This is not new to me. I have been cutting my hair for the longest time. Try it! You have all the time in the world to regret your decision. 😛 and spare time to grow your hair back. Haha Time to experiment! Too bad my husband doesn’t trust me enough to let me cut his hair.

GROOM YOUR PET. There may be a few or no pet salons that are open now. Why not trying to it yourself? It will save you a couple of bucks not going to a salon when everything normalizes. Right?

FINISH A SERIES. Been meaning to binge watch something your office mate mentioned? Now is the time. Can’t sleep? Watch! Add some popcorn or chips. Our Marathon food is Ruffles Sour Cream & Cheddar with some Maltesers and Wine. How about you?

SLEEP. Feeling tired all the time when you had to go to work? Hibernate. No one to tell you otherwise. Practice sleeping early or getting enough sleep at the very least.

DRINK COFFEE. Or whatever it is you crave. Are you a Milk Tea Addict? try to learn making one. or whip your own healthy shake all health buffs are doing.

BE A PLANT MAMA. Try to insert some greens in your home. Personally, I don’t like the smell of soil, especially when wet. So I don’t really plan on being a plant mama. But you might want to try? whatever works with you.

START PLANTING. If you don’t want a regular plant. Why not some vegetables. Grow your own market. Plant some tomatoes or potato and save your money next time you go for some grocery.

PLAY WITH YOUR PET. They miss you on an everyday basis. You now know how it feels being stuck at home. You know how your pets feel. Play with them. You are their world. Spend time with them and even include them in your tiktok videos. 😛

BOND WITH YOUR LOVED ONES. No matter who you’re stuck with this quarantine, appreciate their company. May it be your office mate, parents, siblings or cousins, spend time with them. Don’t keep to yourself.

PLAY SOME BOARD GAMES OR CARDS. There’s no better time to bring out those board games or learn a new card game. Practice your skills! Maybe next time, you’ll win. 😛 Haha

JOIN A WEBINAR. Companies and Organizations are a lot kinder these days. A lot of people are hosting FREE Webinars now. Yes, FREE. Take advantage and learn a thing or two this lockdown.

CLEAN YOUR PHONE. Delete all the screenshots thats been eating your memory! Arrange your apps. Compile it in one box or delete the ones you’re not using. Transfer your files and create a back up for the thousands of photos you’ve been keeping.

ENROLL IN AN ONLINE COURSE. There are free courses now! If not, most of them are discounted. There is no time ever wasted when spent learning something new. Enroll now.

PRAY. It may be the most effective way. You may never had the time to pray a novena? Now’s the time. Not the type to pray a Novena? Talk to him! It doesn’t have to be a formal prayer. Just talk to him. He listens, anywhere and anytime of the day.

START YOUR OWN BLOG. It keeps me productive. It also serves as my outlet for my thoughts. You can do anything with it. It’s yours. And if this is not your thing, be supportive! Like my post, subscribe to my blog or leave a comment. 😛

 

What is your new normal and How are you doing so far? What are your learning and What new habits and skills did you start? Let me know and let’s start a conversation. 

MOVIE REVIEW: The Intruder


IMDB: A young married couple buys a beautiful house on several acres of land, only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.

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It is truly a beautiful house with a very large acre of garden, outdoor and nature. and shoot, it’s in the middle of nowhere!! I love how both of the couple seemed to be in love, deciding to buy a house and start a beautiful family. The dining area is nice. ❤ and one scary painting!

I hated how Annie was so naive! Maybe she’s just being friendly or trying to fit in the new neighborhood but damn it woman! Listen to your husband. Mike is creepy! He’s in your freaking house all the time. And that doesn’t surprise you? And are you not scared that he was gardening your lawn? Geez. And Mike? Such a pervert!

The movie is your typical thriller where the naive woman needs to be saved by a man because she was deceived by a helpful man. It’s pretty predictable in a sense. I wouldn’t watch it again but if you want to watch it, it’s not a complete waste of time.