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

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hair Issue



My hair deserves a single blog post, so here it is!
Few weeks ago, there was this episode of Two Broke Girls wherein Caroline and Max had a disagreement that started because of Caroline's attachment to her hair and her extensions. I could totally relate to how Caroline was feeling! For years since I started college, I've tried to keep my hair long. This is pretty ironic since I've been sporting a shorter hair ever since my younger days. But during college, for some reason, my default long wavy hair became my comfort zone . My mom has been telling me over and over again to cut my hair shorter because in her words, "it's too passé na." Also, she says I've been playing it too safe ( in terms of hair , ha).
I don't know why it kept me so long to cut my hair once again. I've noticed a lot of celebrities who recently had long hair take the cut. For example, Bianca Gonzales says that cutting her hair short is very liberating. I couldn't agree more. Even in this very simple act, it shows that you can challenge yourself to experiment. I'm happy that I made the right decision at the right time. I felt sooooo bored with my long hair already, so I decided to take the plunge!
 I went to my trusty hairstylist, Sir Romeo of Studio Fix Salon by Alex Carbonell. I have trust issues so it pays to have someone who you could trust your hair with haha! Changing your hairstyle can be very frustrating if you're not comfortable with your hairstylist, afterall.
 I always bring pictures everytime just  to show to my stylist what hair cut and color I want. But it's also very important to listen to your hairstylist since he/she knows what would look good in you. When my haircut and blowdry was done, a girl at the salon even requested to have the same hair as me! hihii :))

In the end, I thought that I would have separation issues with the long hair, but I'm truly loving my hair now! Honestly, it requires too much effort for me just to remember combing my hair. I'm so LAZY when it comes to hairstyling, so a perfect haircut would be the one that entails low maintenance. Plus,  I get to save shampoo and conditioner haha! Goodbye to my mermaid hair, and hello to my shorter, less stress hair! :))


Much love,
Nikki

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Early Birds' Adventure


I used to believe that I have a curse during my birthdays. When I was in first year high school, I had these terrible allergies during my birthday and my best friend felt terrible over something.The rest of my birthdays after that was not that good as well. During college, at my first year, my mom had to be on her superwoman mode again just to conquer a typhoon to come during my birthday. This year, the typhoon Yolanda came, which resulted into severe heartbreaking casualties. Also, this is my first time to spend my birthday without my parents, who are still in the province due to an emergency. Of course, I was a bit emotional because of this matter. So today, no matter how much I dread the possibility   that things could go wrong in my birthday, I invited my Mummy J for an impromptu sunday birthday treat. Sundays are family days and I'm so thankful that I got the chance to spend this day with my college mummy/ friend!! Thank you so much my for making this day such a good one!Also, I am overwhelmed with the greetings and dedications that I have received for today. EACH AND EVERY ONE that I have received really made up my day ( walang halong echos). I am genuinely thankful to all of those people who took the effort just to greet me. I hope that most of them would read this post!

Moving on,if you know me, you would know that I stress about where to eat or what restaurant to go to next. Especially for this day! Mas na stress pa yata ako kaysa sa thesis joke. One of the restaurants that I badly want to go to is Early Bird Breakfast Club in BGC. Afterall, it was even part of a list as one of the most beautiful restaurants in Manila.


Kina-career ko talaga ang restaurant searching. Thanks to my trusty Google Maps and the power of screenshot! I am not that familiar with the area of the Fort or BGC since I'm actually always in Ayala instead. So Mummy J and I were in the lookout when we were in the BGC bus. If you plan on going to Early Bird Breakfast Club, I suggest you take the BGC Bus West Route and you'll be on your location during the bus' second stop.
Moving on to the food....
We arrived at around 11am and the place was packed! It was actually relatively small inside. I was honestly expecting the restaurant to be a bit bigger.


Honestly, the service was not good. We had to stand for around 10 minutes just to wait for a table. We were just there, standing beside the door, looking like bodyguards of these strangers eating. Also, when we were seated, I had to ask THRICE for an additional chair where we can put our things. Seriously, considering that the service charge is huge, they should opt to improve their service. Although the servers were nice, you have to ask them multiple times just to follow up on your request.



For our drinks, we ordered Passion Fruit Iced Tea and Fresh Lime and Lemon Juice.


If I am not impressed in terms of their service, it would be the opposite when it comes to  their food! For my order, I had Sunny Salpicao. It was really good and they get an A for the food presentation.It's my first time to try Chicken cooked in Salpicao style! Yumeeehh



For Mummy j, she ordered Tenderloin Tapa!! THIS IS THE BEST TAPA THAT I HAVE EVER TASTED IN MY WHOLE LIFE. :)) And the suka/vinegar that comes with it makes it a champion! Must Must Try!! I had to make mummy admit that she loved this one. 
I swear this is a candid shot. My amazement at the food presentation is clearly showing hahaha!
We also ordered Early Bird Signature Pancakes  since we both prefer classic pancakes above anything else. This had blueberry and banana-? flavored cream butters with it so you can choose what you like best. :))



Nikki's stages of reading a letter ( stolen shots by mummy)
1) Excitement
2) Happiness
3)Aww moment
When I was reviewing the photos in my camera, I saw this and I told mummy that the chef looks funny in this photo. Mummy goes "ayiieee..." 
 
Afterwards, we went to Gourdo's, which is just nearby. Love love this place so much huhu!
And  I guess the curse still manages to make its presence felt. We had to wait for about 30 minutes just to wait for the bus going back to Ayala. We were walking and going to different stops just to catch a bus haha!

Thank you to Mummy J for bearing with me for my request to go to this place in Arnaiz venue afterwards. I know that you're  also sooooo tired from all the walking huhu. Thanks myyy! <3
 Overall, it was still a great day and I can't believe I'm 20 now!

Much love,
Nikki