Friday, June 24, 2011


I loooove ukay-ukays because I used to tag along my mom whenever she visits a newly-opened ukay shop in Novaliches. I remember how mother ever so patiently rummaged through heaps and heaps of mixed clothing and racks of shoes just to find that pot o' gold of a garment that would complete her spontaneous ensemble for the day. So I guess that's where I got my knack for finding treasures in a sea of clothes and shoes and bags.

Just yesterday, I paid this new ukay store near my house a visit and just as I was about to give up, my eyes darted to the shoes section and found this baby! Despite not knowing what the brand is and the fact that it came with no pair of shoelaces, I still bought it for the whopping price of PhP 150.00 ownlehh!!! :)

How 'boutcha? What are your recent ukay finds? :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


With Lourd Ramos as your boss, you should never be caught wearing crappy outfit or any kind of ensemble drastically lesser than his fab, everyday get-up! :p

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Ze quick yet epic transition from being a magazine head writer to an operations manager and marketing officer in a short span of time was absolutely not a walk in the park, but being an athletic creature, I kinda enjoyed "THE WALK" :)

I now help promote and market my makeup guru's very own baby--Creations by Lourd Ramos Salon. I remember I casually wrote about it the other day then poof! I am now part of the salon I featured days and weeks and months before.

So here I am now, writing about this new found career path, typing away at the reception area while waiting for the closing time. Well, actually I'm at a loss for words right now so might as well show you some pics of my "OFFICE" and "CUBICLE" and how "I SHOULD LOOK LIKE" :p


(ze view outside my "cubicle")

(ze view infront of my "cubicle")

(my BOSS :D)

(the employee :p)


Posted this on Facebook on my birthday (February 21, 2011). Just sharin' :)

Look who’s 24 today! Too old to be young and too young to be old, they say. But when it comes to lesions and lemons that life occasionally throw my way, I say, I’m still a kid who’s got a lot to learn. Listed below are 24 things, realizations, kembulers, and whatnots in my 24 years of walking ‘round ze Earth…okay, ze Philippines, with a Post-it stuck on my back that says “Kick me or I Kick U”.

Numbuh 1: When in doubt, wear black. (Please don’t comment about my skin tone, I know, I’m forever in doubt)

Numbuh 2: In school, grades are nothing but numbers so enjoy, make friends, and don’t be too selfish with your test answers—get into the habit of sharing. Heehee.

Numbuh 3: A writer’s only as good as his last article.

Numbuh 4: I’m not a perpek Englisher unless we speak Inglis in da haus often or I live in de America for many years or I’m an amerikano when I was a petus. So pak op! Wag magpapanggap na inglisero o mag-feeling porenjer kung mula split end mo hanggang ingrown eh Pinoy na Pinoy ka dahil nakakasuka. Well, maliban na lang kung si Charice Pempengco Pempengmo Pempengnatinglahat ka na at kailangan mo na talagang mag-ingles para maintindihan ng buong mundo. Ngunit post ko naman ito kaya pagbigyan muna.

Numbuh 5: When things get shitty, release, stand up, wipe yo ass, and flush it.

Numbuh 6: Friends whom you’ve shared your The Moffatts, Hanson, N Sync, Backstreet boys, and LFO days with are the ones who can definitely stand your craziness when you get older. Try calling ‘em up and say you’re finally willing to swap your Justin Timberlake poster with her Taylor Hanson centerfold.

Numbuh 7: Vampire and wolf sagas are cute only when the likes of R. Pattz and Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart play the roles. J.Lloyd Cruz and the rest of the Immortals? Uhh.. I don’t think so.

Numbuh 8: The last thing you’d want to do in a workplace is to make true friends.

Numbuh 9: Call it goal-setting, power of affirmation, law of attraction, or the miracle of owning it but whatever the documentary The Secret says, I believe, is true. In grade six, when my article got published in the school paper and, modesty aside, I was semi-declared as the first elementary student to ever be so and when my article about my Science teacher was published in Junior Inquirer the same year, I kinda had this feeling of ownership over a title—that I will become an editor-in-chief in 10 years. And poof! Hello Tinker Bell EIC :p In my Junior year, one friend asked me what my sport was. Of course, he’s unaware that handing out a cup of water was my sport then, so I told him Soccer/Football. Good thing he didn’t bother asking more questions; he must’ve realized that I was just pulling his leg so he said “Weh” and left. But thanks to you, my friend, for believing in me, I am now a football player. Next time I see you, Imma kick yo—ass? :p You attract and become what you think about most.

Numbuh 10: No one can put a talented man down. You may have skillz that killz but I got talent that—nevermind.

Numbuh 11: Padre Pio is real. I stand by what I say. HE IS REAL.

Numbuh 12: Never let your job title get in your head because after all, it’s just a title no matter how you inflate it. I’d go for an inflated paycheck than that.

Numbuh 13: That traveling ‘round the country ain’t baduy. It’s fun and enlightening, actually.

Numbuh 14: Sleep when you’re sleepy, or take a power nap that doesn’t go beyond 30 minutes or you’ll get a headache.

Numbuh 15: As Regina Brett said in her book, your job won’t take care of you when you are sick but your friends and family will. TRUE!

Numbuh 16: It gives this warm, fuzzy feeling, like you’ve found a new friend, when you’ve made amends with your sworn enemy way way back. Try texting or FB PMing your “unfriended” friend no matter how much you hated each other in the past and take it from there.

Numbuh 17: Once in your life, you’ll find your master—your guru—who will teach you the ropes and lead you to a straighter path.

Numbuh 18: Always be thankful.

Numbuh 19: It pays bigtime not to leave early in a presscon. Hello C6-01! :p

Numbuh 20: Give makeup discounts to bride-friends. They’ll love you for it.

Numbuh 21: I realized I never liked movies that have scoops of gore in it. But I love zombie movies—it makes my cousin clap 10 times whenever zombies attack and run after the bida. Seeing my cousin do that in a movie house is priceless.

Numbuh 22: Lablab your boypren and his family and they will love you back. Hello Iturraldes! Labyoooo Dada!!!

Numbuh 23: NO Family is ze beyst. We stick together through fatness and thinness; in sickness and in health; win or lose ‘til injuries make us fart.

Numbuh 24: Bigby’s restaurant and cafĂ©, located at 3f, Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, is THE BEST!!!

Monday, January 31, 2011


Yep, I am a professional makeup artist now heehee. Many many thanks to my mentors, Mama Lourd Ramos and Master Jim Ros :p

Did makeup for Chef Janice and some CCA students :)

I AM SAD... I had my nails painted bright orange and neon pink at Nail*A*Holics!!! :)

I had their Cloud 9 Manicure, Pedicure, Foot Spa, and Seaweed Wrap with additional hand spa for PhP 1,030. Heehee :)

And since I am a football player, I pretty much deserve this treatment given the fact that five months have passed since my last tootsie care.

This was my first time to try Nail A Holics :D


January 29, 2011, Ian and I are officially together for four years and two months. Woohoo :) I'm kinda too harassed to elaborate right now so why don't I just let the pictures speak for me...for now?

Enjoy :p

(This heck of a signage, which he painstakingly hanged by their gate, greeted me)

(in their ancient carriage; on the way to BHS)

(Sonja's cupcakes are LOVE)

(introduced him my fave ECHOstore delight, Taro Chips!!! :D )

(reason why we left BHS ASAP :p... TACOS!!!)

(then headed to San Beda for their FROLICS play PVS :p )

Monday, January 24, 2011


Late post, I know. I just want to share what I got for myself last Christmas :)


Never in my life did I imagine getting near a huge dog--until that fateful Doggies Choice presscon :p

Doggies Choice, a leading brand of pet care products recently hosted an intimate mini-press and bloggers conference at Dolce Latté resto, headed by Doggies Choice Brand Marketing Head Kirk Chester Dy.

Well, we've had dogs but I was never close to any one of 'em so imagine my surprise when their mascot, Diku, stood behind me for kamote-knows how many minutes :p I was shaking and I even held on to Shen because one, I'm scared of mascots, and two, I've had a pretty scary experience with dogs.

So combine the two and watch me die :)

As Kirk Chester Dy explained:

“Our main weapon against ticks and fleas is an ingredient called FENOBUCARB BPMC that is safe for dogs and humans as well. It is very effective in killing these terrible pests which can cause more serious skin infections if left unchecked. The best thing is it shields and protects your dog’s skin from these parasites long after applying."

...I was shaking in fear and humiliation. Heehee :p

And as he continued to explain:

“In curing this dreaded dog disease, many bizarre and unfounded remedies have sprung up such as application of cooking oil and worse engine oil! The latter can be very harmful not only to dogs but us humans as well since it contains a lot of toxic substances. However, with all these weird claims, one herbal treatment was scientifically proven effective as a "Mange-Buster." This natural, environmentally-friendly and non-toxic pesticide came from the Madre De Cacao plant which is the active ingredient in our Anti-Mange line. Once applied, Madre De Cacao acts as an effective anti-parasitic, safely eliminating mange causing fleas. The only downside to Madre De Cacao is that the extraction of the needed component can be slow and messy. We also added sulfur to the Anti-Mange line to complement Madre De Cacao. This also makes it an effective anti-fungal product line.”

...I was still drenched with trauma and fear. Bwahahahaha :p

Anyhow, I went home with a bag of Doggies Choice goodies for our new Labrador we named Jag. (Originally I called him Aso :p) We tried the products on him and I think he loved eeet!!! :)


Let's just say, I'm a struggling makeup artist. An orphan, simply put. I've always loved colors and how the hands can transform a blah-looking thing or a blank page into a marvelous creation, of course with splashes of colors and splotches of neon brights.

For years, I have not paid attention to the art and craft of makeup artistry until my friend, Ching Dorado, who once hosted a cable tv show asked me to d
o her makeup. Then my love for this kind of art sparked, evolved into a huge flame and never stopped burning ever since.

Thank heavens and the good Lord because months after, I got the
chance to dip my shaky toes into the world of professional makeup artistry through the kindness and support (...and adoption) of Jim Ryan Ross, Senior Color Artist of Maybelline, and Lourd Ramos, Ambassador and Chief Makeup Artist of Smashbox Philippines.

I guess they saw my potential and invited (more on adopted :p) me to join their team. My first ever "PRO" gig was during Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 at the Resorts World Manila.

WHOA. and WHOA. and WHOA some more. MNP!? You gotta be kidding me :p

But then again, my masters, Lourd and Jim, together with my supportive team mates (Verna, Ria, Yrynn, Donald, Apriel, Claire, Camille, Tin, and others who I might have forgotten to add :p), simply told me to do my thing and make my imagination run wild. Also, as a makeup artist, it's important, they said, to OWN IT. Yeah. OWN IT. Meaning you have to w
alk the walk and talk the talk and should there be any instance when I don't know what to do, their only advice is: "DON'T SHOW YOUR FEAR AND BELIEVE THAT YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING EVEN IF YOU DON'T."

Makes sense right? It's a matter of attitude and belief in your cr
aft, in your team mates, and most especially in yourself.

Ooookay. Back to regular programming :)

Few weeks ago, I felt bored. As in bored to bits. So what's a bored makeup artist got to do? Grab that trunk and scour through it for the brightest and wildest colors for quickie inspiration. But since I just finished watching (for nth time) Edward Scissorhands, I decided to whip up a girly version of Eddie.

Here goes...

Bwahahaha. Kaloka lang. :p