Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy


AFter a long break from blogging, I'm back with this post for today! A month ago, I've joined this 100happy days project  in Instagram. The idea is to post a picture that shows something that made you happy for the day.Allow me to share some of the photos that are some of the simple things that have made each day a happy one, up to this point.
Hooray for Today!
Before going to OJT, I used to come to Mcdo for breakfast and order the pancakes + hot choco. I've made a promise to myself that I would try to avoid skipping breakfast, which I tend to do A LOT for many years. It's such a perfect time to get ready to go to work. Mcdo would serve as the waiting place for me and my friend before we go to work together. Kahit ma-late kami, worth it naman because of the simple breakfast that we had. Whenever I think of Mcdo pancakes, I immediately associate it with my OJT days, which has ended already few weeks ago. And I looveee Mcdo during mornings, it's not that noisy or crowded, but it's lively enough to keep you awake.
Time Card
I enjoyed using the time card so much, as in. Even though my record shows my tardiness, I'm so excited to work just to insert my timecard in the machine! Sobrang babaw, but it still amazes me how it works.
Chillin'
It's rare for me to experience a chill day during my OJT. If I'm not translating or researching, I would be helping with tours. Naks! But during the times that I do get a free time, it's fun  to explore the artworks in the museum and take pictures ( only on selected artworks, of course!)... Aside from that, there's also this part in the exhibit wherein selected scenes from Oro,Plata,Mata was being played continuously. I am guilty for lingering too much and watching the movie simply because of Joel Torre! He looks SUPERRRRRR handsome in the film, and I've always been a fan of him. Eto na yung isa sa mga inspiration ko for work - seeing Joel Torre's scenes in Oro, Plata ,Mata.
Change is good.
After four years, I've finally changed my laptop decals into this one. This is a super steal, as in less than 60 pesos! :))
Mad Mark's
All my close friends know how much I spend much of my time in Glorietta/Landmark/Greenbelt. I honestly think I spend more time there as compared to school. It's like my second home already. I feel so safe and so happy everytime I'm there. Of course, I have Sonja's cupcake for my favorite tambayan. Hindi pwedeng walang Strawberry ginger iced tea + red velvet fix for the week!! Also, for lunch, I used to go to Chowking. As in every week for my solo lunch time at the mall, I'm there just to save more money. But during the past few weeks, I've been religiously going to Mad Mark's since they have really good and affordable steaks! I'm always an earlybird, so I get the whole place to myself! :)
Written in the Starr's
My mamita,Symba, told me about this place and encouraged me to try it one  time since they have yummy shakes. Thankfully, I was able to try it when I went to Katipunan. I was surprised to see how small the place was, but it was really full of people. I ordered the Red Velvet Shake, and it did not disappoint. Worth it ang sipon next day!
Tossed
I've been wanting to go to Juju Eats for quite some time now, but I still don't know how to go to the place haha. So I'm only glad that Tossed opened in MOA! It serves yummy and affordable salads and salad wraps. At least, the place is really convenient for me to go to.
Love me not
This was taken during the opening of Old Navy. While I'm typing this, I almost typed "Army Navy"  because of my burrito and iced tea cravings right now, haay. Anyhow, whenever I go to a fitting room and try on some clothes, I always have some sort of categories for the clothes that I try on. Usually,in my mind, it's "worth it," "nay", or "under consideration." I'm so glad when I saw this inside the fitting room of Old Navy. Perfect, don't you think? :)
Mummy Madness
For the past few weeks, I've been extra makulit to some of my close friends about thesis and thesis defense. I've been so worried and I kept bugging anyone for advice. This was taken during a spontaneous meeting with my mummy J! Of course, we talked about thesis and academic stuff, but it's always comforting to know that there are also some people who undergo the same concerns/difficulties as you. At least, I have a kadamay and we would support each other to get through an obstacle.
Thesis is a Battlefield
Earlier today, I had my thesis defense! I don't know how many times I've asked the most important people in my life for support and tips to get through this day. And just when I thought I wouldn't survive this, I did! Thank you, Lord! Honestly, I have a lot of "what if's" with my thesis. If I could go back in time... I would give my best for my thesis and not settle for mediocrity. Parang ung sa Q and A lang sa BBPilipinas last night na tanong! It's true what they say, you'll feel major relieved once thesis is done. All those late nigthers, and constant disappointment, stress would be worth it in the end. There are still many revisions to do before submitting the final copy, but I am almost done!!!! :)) 

Much love,
Nikki

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Vain

Breaking my absence from blogging again with this post! I've been finding it hard to balance my internship with my academics and THE thesis. Thus, I have been making more excuses to write even a single blog post. huhu

Anyhow, I was reminded few weeks ago of how I lack posts about beauty/ skin products, so I decided to do one. Very timely because my vanity was reaffirmed yesterday with the help of my friend haha. I have a very oily/acne-prone skin ever since, so it takes a lot of effort for me to take care of my skin. In other words, I regard my skincare regimen very seriously. I could leave the house without any makeup but I would die if I didn't follow the famous steps of cleansing, toning, moisturizing and applying sunblock! I thought I'd share with you some of the products that I'm using as of the moment. The products that I have included in here really works for me right now. :)



Clinique Derma White City Block Anti-pollution SPF 40 
I am head over heels in love with this product!!! My mom gave this to me recently since she was not hiyang to this, but I'm so happy it works well with me! I use this sunblock after moisturizer and I just apply baby powder or a little bit of concealer, then I'm good to go! 
This is my "the one" in terms of sunblock. A little pricey though, so tinitipid ko talaga haha.

Benefit Benetint
I'm not a big fan of blushes, but I use this whenever I'm not super lazy to apply makeup. This works well with me since I just use my hands to blend this to my face. I also love how natural-looking it is once applied.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate
I've been using this product lately but I can't fully say that this is my favorite eye cream yet.
Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
This is something that I also really save up for. Funnily, I tend to buy this product as a birthday gift to myself for two years now hihi.I have dark spots/ acne marks, and I really do notice significant improvement when I use this. I make sure to use this at least once a day or every night.
Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me in Girl's Night Out
I've probably told most of my closest friends how much I love this lippie. This is really my favorite shade.I'm still saving up for a MAC Rebel, and this lippie is considered as a dupe for it.
Kiehl's Blue Herbal Moisturizer
My favorite moisturizer for two years now! This is perfect for people who have oily skin like me. I love how it also mattifies the face. Annnnddd by this point, it's already obvious that  I really love Kiehl's.
Mac Studio Fix
It is impossible for me to forget this miracle foundation. I've used this during my post-chicken pox phase, and it was the ONLY foundation that worked well with my face during that time. Until this day, I still consider it as the best. This is one of the best beauty finds I have ever bought in my life hahaha.
Happy Skin Second Skin Creme
I always prefer natural makeup look ( except for the lips), so I make sure to skip those that I don't need.This SS creme is something that I use during OJT. It has a light coverage, and it does not make my skin breakout! 

Much Love,
Nikki

P.S.
Sobrang halata na sa bed ko lang kinuha ang mga shots hihi

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Life Lately:2014

One of the most challenging things that I have to face when it comes to blogging is finding the will to write a post after a hiatus haha! I have many many excuses that I tell myself just because I feel lazy to revisit my blog. During december, I got sick and I temporarily had to shun  my laptop since I was giving my eyes its much needed rest. 

Here are some of things that I wanted to share with you. I thought of making resolutions for this new year for my next blog post even if I am terribly late to do so now that January is ending so soon haha


CUTENESS!!! I am very envious of people who go to school and bring lunchbox with them. Kayo na may baon huhu! I can only wish that even if I'm not that young anymore, I would still get to have a bento box especially made for me!
photo from Team Kramer's official page
Team Kramer babies. 
Way before they became popular in Instagram, I was already a fan of Cheska and Doug Kramer. I always get kilig to see their photos together. And when Kendra was born, I was always on the lookout for her photos since she was and still is super cute! Scarlett is the cutest and sweetest thing ever ( feeling close ako). And Gavin is  sooo adorable, and he laughs like no other baby in this world. I love this family so much that a day won't be complete without me checking their pages for new updates. 
Banyo shot
How can it be possible for me to refrain from taking my favorite banyo shots? 
When it comes to lipsticks, there is nothing that I love more than dark, bold shades. I am into crimson right now, which started because of Happy Skin's Lippie ,"Girls' Night out". Right now, I'm loving Maybelline's Lip Polish too! 
I don't know what I'll do with my life without colorful, printed leggings. When I saw this Marvel leggings, it was love at first sight.I love love superheroes!! These days, I'm always on the lookout for an Ironman phone casing! It seems like everywhere I go, I ask for an Ironman phone case. I am one desperate gurl!

One of the joys that I consider in my life is eating a burrito and drinking iced tea on a quiet morning. Thankfully, I have Army Navy as my spot to do that. However, I've been searching for a new burrito place for a while. I guess my prayers have been answered when I had the chance to eat at Chihuahua! It's my new burrito haven, even if the burrito is more expensive than usual! Their quesadilla is also to die for. Aside from that, they have this huge selection of condiments and hot sauces!
Dr. Evil, we meet again.
Much love, Nikki

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

THEMES

I hate to see that I've missed an entire month to blog. Anyway, since we have all embraced the departure of 2013, I have decided to share some of the things that I look forward to this year! I have made resolutions for the past year just for the sake of doing so, but I didn't find myself really following it. Honestly, I don't even know what I wrote last year haha.

Just recently, I saw an article by one of my idols, Bianca Gonzales, and she mentioned about doing THEMES instead of resolutions. I find this very appealing, so I decided to try this out and we'll see if it is a more effective way of having a better year ahead.



My THESISIT2014! This deserves a special post since it signifies the last requirement needed for any college individual. I have a love-hate relationship with my thesis right now. I'm genuinely glad that I chose a subject that I really liked, but on some days, I just want to forget its existence and sleep.


FIT2014
Thankfully, I was able to start working out last year. I cannot even begin to say how thankful I am for my workout buddy because having a friend can really pressure you in taking your workout routine seriously! For last year, we were able to squeeze boxing for a few months thrice a week! We were also able to try Muay Thai, which is blackout levels for someone like me. For this year, I want to try pilates and swimming! I've been telling my friends that I want to go surfing, which is a funny thing because I don't even know how to swim in the first place :)

I don't drink nor smoke but it is terribly hard for me to refrain from eating sweets!!!! And I should really start eating breakfast now. I must stop skipping meals.Aside from that, I am the type of person na mahawain. In other words, I have a weak immune system. May I find the will to treat my body the way it deserves to be.

FEARLESS 2014
Take more risks. I should be stronger when it comes to facing simple or daunting tasks.Aside from that,I also need to step out of my comfort zone more since most of time,it is only my own self that creates such limitations and excuses.


Much love,Nikki

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Since it's finally December and we think that it's worthy to splurge on scarves...We looked like two crazy ladies in Landmark yesterday,trying all the different scarves that caught our sight. Si mamita kasi eh, napagastos tuloy ako because of peer pressure hihihi! :)) But the one to blame is Landmark since we were just innocently passing by their department store, then we saw the cutie cutie scarves huhu! We simply couldn't resist.
We love how a scarf can totally spice up your entire outfit. You could be in a simple tee, just add scarf, and tadaaaaa.We decided to have a photoshoot right after our mini shopping spree. Let us show some of the ways you can style a scarf chos! It's perfect that I was wearing a white shirt, and Symba was wearing a black top. In that way, you could see how the scarves would look like in light and black colors. :)

Much love,
Nikki

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Forever24

I've tried to come up with a feasible explanation with my title. Yesterday, we were looking for the perfect spot to for our shoot. This is one of the things that stresses me and my "professional" photographer, Mummy J the most. First, we went to Velasco Building to take some sample shots, but then I wasn't contented with the results of the photos. Afterwards, we tried taking photos near the Christmas Tree that was being built in Henry Sy Grounds, but it wasn't too good either. Finally, we decided to just go with one of our usual spots. With regards to the "24" sign in the background, it's simply just there during the shoot. We weren't really thinking of its relevance at that time. But thinking about it now, the 20 signifies my current age. Meanwhile, the 4 represents the four years of my stay here in DLSU.:)) The Forever represents me since I'm a die hard Forever21 girl.


This was literally the hottest photo shoot that we've ever had. I was even wearing a pullover during this time huhuhu. In between takes, we were either drinking water or remedying our situation.Naks, nagpapaka-professional haha.
For some reason, I've always wondered what it feels like to reach the age of 20. When I was in high school, I've learned that you should apply eye cream when you start your  20's. Back then, all I could hope was to turn 20 so that I could finally use an eye cream, knowing that it's finally for my age. Now that I am, a part of me wishes to be back to my 13-year old self, wherein I didn't have to deal with so many things and worry so much about my future. But being 20 has solidified my identity and my independence. There are still so many things that I hate about myself and there are also some parts of me that I surprisingly admire. I have been living alone for about 3 years now, and I've learned to deal with so many responsibilities on my own.I'm thankful that I don't have to worry about having a living just yet since my parents are supporting me entirely. By responsibilities, I mean dealing with even the simplest issues at home or the tougher ones outside the safety corners of my home. The best thing about this however,  is that I get to have my unlimited me-time haha. 


I'm sorry if my post is turning into a PERSEF essay or a reflection paper for school haha.On turning twenty, I've come to realize that graduation is  just around the corner. I'm so excited for so many things  to pursue and fulfill, hello bucket list!!!! Yesterday, I was telling mummy J about my desire to be a social entrepreneur or starting a business that gives back. I have always admired the advocacies of Human Nature, Bayani Brew, and a whole lot of other brands for their goal of providing good products while giving back, and promoting the resources that can be used in our country. Aside from that, I've always wanted to work in media/ publishing/ museum. This just goes to show that  there's so manyyy amazing opportunities to pursue.This message is also to anyone who's currently reading this! So leaving college next year might not be so bad, after all!


                                                             Photos by Jannel Serrano
Much love,
Nikki