Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Weekend that Was

I am filing this weekend under “slow and steady” :).

It was a relaxing and lazy one, with no huge plans involved except spending quality time with the family.  Yaya had two days off too, so it was just the H, the little one and me–perfect!!!

The highlight of our Saturday involved lunch with balikbayan relatives at one of our favorite restaurants–People’s Palace.  I really love everything about it–the food, the ambience and the service :).  When the H and I have a serious craving for Thai, this is always our go-to place.  In the gajillion times we’ve been there, seriously, we’ve never walked away disappointed :).

While the H and the parentals were eating through the delicious Thai fare, I was on yaya duty, keeping the little one entertained.  She was particularly fascinated with the fountains in Greenbelt, and enjoyed running around the vast space. Luckily, it was not a very crowded Saturday afternoon, so I could let her explore freely, and not have to hover over her the entire time.

As is typical, Sunday was spent in my parents’ home–my happy place!  My favorite spot, in particular, is their lanai.  It’s a very relaxing area, conducive for catching up with the rest of the fam over cheese and wine, while the kiddos are riding their bikes or running around.  The lanai also looks out into my parents’ garden and pool area, another relaxing place.  The lush foliage and cool blue water give off such a sense of calm, perfect for moments of rest and reflection.

In the afternoon, while the rest of the fam were off watching TV or having their own private conversations, my niece G and I immersed ourselves in a long overdue crafts project using plaster of paris and paint.  Unfortunately, after pouring the plaster mixture into the molds, we had to wait for it to dry.  Will post pictures of the finished product next week!

My little one also did some drawing, and cousin H fed her some puffs while she was at it!  So cute!  These moments are truly precious! :)

So these are snippets of my weekend.  Hope you guys had a good one! :)

Happy Weekend!

From our family to yours… :)

Empowered

Aside from the bright colors that dominate this photograph, I am drawn to the confidence and empowerment that these women exude.  Ruma-rampa!!!

LIKE! :)

Image from coolhunter.net

I am Loving…

Veejay Floresca’s capsule collection for Mega Magazine’s 20th Anniversary fashion show!

A blurry snapshot of the dress details

I had the privilege of attending the Mega Magazine fashion show recently with my friend L and her husband, C.  While nights out are not really my “thing” anymore, I dragged the H along for an evening of fun, fashion, and adult companionship (mommies and daddies, I think you know what I mean :P).  Haha!

I am not really an expert when it comes to style.  In fact, I tend to have a very safe and classic aesthetic, but I do enjoy seeing what the new trends are, and can appreciate good design.  I am also a fan of runway shows such as Project Runway, so I was very excited to watch the different collections sashay down the catwalk.

Unfortunately, I could not really appreciate any of the looks presented by the designers, so that was a bit of a disappointment for me.  I thought some of them were too edgy, not very wearable, or a bit too trendy for my taste.  I guess it could be my age showing as well.  Hahaha!

The highlight of the show for me was Veejay Floresca’s collection.  Finally, an aesthetic I could relate to, and really loved!!!  Each dress that came down the runway was more beautiful than the next.  L and I were very excited and could not stop gushing about it :).

The dresses

According to Veejay’s blog, he was inspired by the circulatory system–veins, vessels, capillaries and arteries, in particular.  The result, I must say, is one phenomenal collection!!!

Congratulations, Veejay, you certainly made my night :).

Images from here

Birthday Blessings {Part 2}

My birthday celebration officially ended with a family dinner at Bistecca in Rockwell.

I loved the restaurant interiors, especially this interesting chandelier made of vintage-looking bottles.  Proof that upcycling can be beautiful :).

The food was also very good!  We ended up ordering a bunch of sides, and two Bistecca steaks to share.  The cauliflower, mushrooms and cheese spaetzle were among my favorites :).  I had to be careful not to eat too much of it to make room for the steak!

The steak was very well seasoned, and I like how they cooked it a bit rare at first, then each of us could get our portion of steak and have it cooked again according to our own preference.  This way, despite the fact that we were sharing the steak, we were able to enjoy it the way we like it :).  It also came with a peppercorn and a mushroom sauce that was very yummy!

But the best part of all was being able to celebrate with the people I love most in the whole wide world–my family (minus little sis, and little bro :( *sniff*)

I consider my family to be my most wonderful blessing of all!  I am extremely lucky to have such loving parents, cool siblings (that includes you, SIL and BIL ;)),  the most caring husband, and the sweetest little girl :).

Thank you, Lord, for this precious gift :).

I am Loving…

…LD Bags by Lally Dizon!

Yin Yang Bag

Chrysler Bag

Brit Art Deco Bag

I’ve known Lally Dizon for ages—we’ve been friends since grade school, and our families are close :).  It’s nice to see what a successful designer she has become, and I’m proud of the name she has made for herself.  Lally has not only made bespoke bags all the rage, but her designs are now seen gracing the pages of the latest fashion magazines, and on the arms of politicians and stylistas alike.  Way to go, Lally!

And it’s no wonder that Lally has built a credible and trusted name for herself—she has been designing bags for more than 10 years already, first as the head designer and creative director of her family’s bag manufacturing and exporting business.  Here she designed bags for foreign brands for 6 years.  However, when the export industry declined, she decided it was time to take the leap into creating her own eponymous bag line, and cater to the local market.  And the rest, as they say, is history :).

Her latest Spring/Summer collection is my most favorite one yet!  It is inspired by the Art Deco style of the ‘20s and ‘30s.  I love the geometric patterns, and the mix of snakeskin patchwork with leather.  I also love how she was able to translate very iconic patterns such as the British Flag and the Chrysler Building into her bags, and make it her very own.

Being a New Yorker once upon a time, I have to say I am most drawn to the Chrysler bag.  It’s both attractive and wearable, interesting yet classic.  The Brit art deco bag is a more fun alternative, if you’re into the rock and roll type of style.  For an asian edgy vibe, you can’t go wrong with the Yin Yang bag.  I love how the red and black together make such a statement!

With these amazing designs, you’d think these bags would come at a pretty penny (or peso, rather :)).  But the best news is that they are quite reasonably priced, considering the bags are all original designs, and they are made of a mix of genuine leather and exotic skins.

Also, I’ve been told that each design comes in 6 different color combinations. You know what that means–more chances of you finding the perfect bag to match your wardrobe’s palette!

So if you are like me and you’re already drooling over these LD art deco bags, head to the nearest Vintage Restore branch, where Lally’s other designs can be viewed and purchased as well.  Their flagship store is located at the 2nd Floor, Dona Consolacion Building, Jupiter Street, Makati.

For those of you who live in the Quezon City area, don’t despair—LD bags are also available at the newly opened Vintage Restore in White Plains!  It’s at the 2nd floor, Bellitudo Building, Katipunan Avenue.

So to all you bag lovers out there, grab your chance to own an original LD art deco bag! Fun, stylish, and very wearable, I’m sure you’ll be a show-stopper wherever you go :)!

And to my friend, Lally, congratulations on such a wonderful, beautiful Spring/Summer collection :).  What can I say, girl?  You have definitely arrived :).

For made-to-order bags, contact Lally Dizon via Facebook or email at lallydizon@yahoo.com.  Appointments must be set beforehand.

Vintage Restore (Makati): +632 890 4326

Vintage Restore (White Plains): +63916 528 8165

Birthday Blessings {Part 1}

I recently just turned a year older :).

While I don’t look forward to it as much as I used to (for obvious reasons–haha!), birthdays have become for me a day of quiet but meaningful celebration…oh and a day of renewing my driver’s license too!  Haha!

Yes, unfortunately, this year was a renewal year :(.  I spent a good part of my day at the LTO office, going through this often-dreaded ritual.  However, I must say that much has changed from the time when I used to have to brave the long lines at the really old East Avenue LTO office.  The satellite office in C-5 Pasig is so much more efficient, the lines are much shorter, and the facilities waaaaaay cleaner :). Thank goodness!

But this post is not really about that :).  It’s about what happened after. Thankfully, there was still time to enjoy a quick but lovely lunch with my two most favorite people in the world–the H and the little one :).

We decided to hit Kenji Tei at Greenbelt 5.

The H and I have been craving ramen recently, so it was really a no-brainer choice :).  There’s nothing like warm soup and noodles to warm the tummy, and fill the belly :).

I really loved the interiors of the restaurant :).  As is the Japanese aesthetic, the lines were clean and minimal–not frou frou nor overly decorated.  The ceiling was the most interesting part of the interiors–with its curved, wavy lines.

The food was also wonderful :).  The Shoyu Ramen I ordered had a very flavorful broth, and the noodles were cooked perfectly al dente.  The H enjoyed his seafood ramen as well–they were very generous with the sahog–but would have preferred a soy-based broth instead.

We also got some salmon sashimi (our usual), and an order of crunchy kani sushi as starters.  We didn’t realize that the servings were quite big–which was a pleasant surprise for us–so we ended up taking half the sushi home.

After our simple yet filling lunch, we decided to take the little one shoe shopping–she loves that!  However, after 2 unsuccessful attempts, we decided to head back home.

It is moments like these, spent with my loves, that truly make my everyday meaningful and worth celebrating.  I am humbled by the many blessings I have received in my life–it is truly a wonderful one :).  Thank you, Lord :).

Musings of a COO: Lose More, Live More

I’ve always been a chubby girl.  Boo :(.

What can I say–I looooooove to eat, and I don’t really like to exercise :(. Unfortunately, I’ve not been blessed with “thin genes” either.  How I wish I could be one of those girls who could eat anything they want and not have to gain a single pound or inch on their waist.  *Sigh*

Eating...

...again...

...and again...

...and again!!! :)

Losing weight has always been a challenge for me, especially now that I’m older and my metabolism is as slow as a turtle :(.  Haha!  I’ve tried several types of diets that have helped me to successfully shed both inches and pounds, but once I got off the diet, both inches and pounds returned with a vengeance!  Hahaha!

It’s not just about the weight loss anymore, though.  It’s about looking good, feeling great, living more, and opening up the possibilities for myself.  When I feel healthy, it definitely makes me feel like I can do anything and everything!

Especially now that I  have a very active one year old, health plays such an important role so that I can keep up better with her, without getting tired easily. I’ll probably have more energy as well to pursue other activities or projects that I’ve been putting off either because I’ve been too tired or feel too heavy.

Another bonus is fitting into all my old clothes again!  What would I give to be able to wear my old jeans, or my tucked-far-back-in-the-closet size 4 dresses! Yes, I confess, I have a hard time parting with my old clothes because I secretly dream of fitting into them again one day.  Hahaha!

I know, I’ve heard the spiel many times before–I MUST change my lifestyle, I MUST get off my butt and start to eat healthy!  IT’S TIME!!!  Haha!  And what better time to do it than now, the start of a new year!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I tried a barre3 class with my sisters last year. Even though I’m more of an aero kind of gal, I think I’m gonna give it another whirl.  Who knows, I may learn to love it!  Hahaha!  I am both excited and apprehensive for my first class.  Most of the girls kasi are so skinny and are really good at the poses already! Uh, pressured, much?!?  Hahaha!  On the other hand, I’m soooo looking forward to getting active, and being more fit too!  Am not exactly aiming to be super thin, but just to tone up a bit, and to feel more energized :).

On eating healthy, while I’m not about to start having damo aka salad for my meals, I thought the best approach would be to take baby steps.  I noticed also kasi that when I start taking extreme measures and deprive myself of my favorite food, I end up not being able to sustain this kind of diet. What works for me is doing things in moderation.  This translates into having a little bit of everything–”little” being the operative word.  So I will allow myself a piece of chocolate or two, and maybe brown rice for lunch, but then have a sensible and well-balanced dinner without the carbs and dessert na.

Another lifestyle habit that has been extremely helpful for me in the past that I’m going to resurrect is taking C-Lium everyday.  For those of you who are not familiar, C-Lium is my company’s psyllium fiber brand.

Fiber is very important, not just for overall stomach health and to regulate bowel movement, but more so to help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and to aid the removal of excess fat in our bodies.  Translation:  not only does it remove all the “bad stuff” in your body, but it can also help you lose weight!!!  You don’t know how many success stories I’ve heard from family and friends regarding the wonders of C-Lium :).  Not only do these testimonies affirm the effectiveness of the product, but it’s a huge encouragement for our company that we have a wonderful product in our hands :).

One of the contestants from the show The Biggest Loser, Angela Lupango, lost 78 lbs. with C-Lium!

Another contestant, Art Mendoza, lost 129 lbs.! Wowowee! Ofcourse, he achieved this not only with C-Lium, but with diet and exercise as well :)

Personally, what I especially love is that C-Lium is all natural, and it does not cause any unwanted “accidents”.  I just take it in the morning or at night, 30 minutes before my meal, then the next morning…voila!  Literally, all the toxins and bad stuff are flushed away!!!  I feel “cleaner”, lighter and healthier!  It’s a great way to start my day :).

While it is also possible for me to eat foods that are rich in dietary fiber–nuts, wheats, cereal, vegetables, etc.–unfortunately, fiber can be easily depleted when cooked. Also, these sources may not be enough to provide the amount of fiber that my body needs daily.  C-Lium is actually one of the richest sources of fiber and has up to 14x more fiber than oatmeal or cereal!

I also love that C-Lium comes in 2 formats–husk or capsules–so that I have a choice on how to take it :).  I usually prefer the capsules, though, even if I have to take 10 a day :0.  And because I have to drink a lot of water to help ease the capsules down, I feel fuller and tend to eat less :).

When I run out of capsules, the husk, however, is not a bad alternative.  Because it is tasteless, I can just mix it with orange or pineapple juice, or sometimes iced tea.  I kinda like how the husk coagulates, and it feels like I’m drinking pulp bits :) Hahaha!

So I am crossing my fingers that 2012 will be THE year for a healthier me.  There is certainly so much for me to look forward to in life–for myself, with my little girl, and with the H–so it makes sense to live in the healthiest way possible starting now!!!  I know, in the end, this relies heavily on my ability to make wiser food choices, to be more disciplined in exercising, and taking my fiber.  All I can say is, I am up to the task!!!

Wish me luck!!!

C-Lium Fibre is available in major drugstores and supermarkets nationwide

Awww…

As I mentioned in my previous post, the H and I are not very big on Valentine’s Day, but I could not resist how cute these images were and just wanted to share…

A (belated) Happy Heart’s Day, everyone!

Source:

1. favim.com

2. flyguy.net

3. thebrickblogger.com


Celebrating Valentine’s Day

I don’t remember the last time I went all out to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Call me a bit jaded, but I think Valentine’s is actually kinda cheesy.  Or maybe it’s age? Hahaha!

I didn’t always feel like this, though.  Once upon a time (read: during my college days), I used to majorly plan for Valentine’s dates, and would go through great lengths to find the perfect Valentine’s gift for my (ex) boyfriend.  Often times, I would even make something like a pop-up card, or a hand-stitched pillow–something DIY–to add to the romance of the occasion.

Now that I’m much older and married, I tend to treat Valentine’s with less fanfare, and more practicality.  Sometimes, the H and I just go out for a quiet dinner, or watch a movie.  Especially with the traffic, it makes much more sense to do something closer to home.

So how are we celebrating this year?  I don’t really know yet, but here is an idea of how I’d like to spend it…

…an intimate dinner with some of the H’s and my closest friends, preferably near the water (or why not by the Golden Gate Bridge, while we’re at it? :)), with good food, and an unlimited amount of wine (yes, I do drink sometimes :)), great conversation and lots of laughter to last the entire evening!

Perfect!

Photo via ohhappyday.com