Thursday, May 30, 2013

204. Thankful Thursdays

The past week brought me situations that led me to a grateful position. The Lord indeed really has His ways!!

1. Thankful for the strength that God granted me to overcome the surgical extraction. The strength to endure the aftermath and I was really thankful there wasn’t much bleeding after the surgery! Yay!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

203. Of Surgery and Of Life??


Heyyy! I'm back from my surgical extraction Wuhooo!! I thank God for answering my prayers and giving me the strength and willpower that I needed!

SB's Tuna Melt is my breakfast before the surgery.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

202. Fashion Friday: The Best of Summer Lookbooks

Since it feels like the wet season is now making its round of yearly visit, I just want to share some of my picks from summer lookbooks. Aaaah sad that I didn't have any summer outing! Hanggang photos na lang muna! These surely gives me some summer hangover vibe which I didn't really get to experience.

More of this on my Summer/Spring Pinterest Board:

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

200. Sophia Danica


Welcomed my latest godchild to the Christian world earlier today. :) I can't remember when exactly I last attended a Christening or dedication and being a ninang. Usually my godchildren had their dedications in the province that's why I often missed them. Anyhow, photos!!

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

199. Love God Above All. Your Self Comes Second.

And this is not in anyway a selfish way. There's a difference between loving yourself and being selfish, there may be a thin line, but you don't interchange it. You've heard it a lot of times -- you can't give what you don't have. This is one important basic ingredient of whatever kind of relationship one ought to enter. Loving yourself is a key to a lot of things because once you start loving yourself, where you are, where you stand, you understand the entirety of who you are, you accept it, you understand, you learn how to assess, you appreciate. 

And this is another cross/re-post from my daily dose of Thought Catalog.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

198. Wednesday Whateverisms

"I knew when I said
I love you
that I was inventing a new alphabet
for a city where no one could read
that I was saying my poems
in an empty theater
and pouring my wine
for those who could not
taste it."
-Nizar Qabbani (1957)

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. (-E.E. Cummings)

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

197. Repost: 6 Rules For Turning 25

Just 'cos there are days that I don't get myself and I get to read articles to which I can relate to then I feel fine. I'm not alone with what or how I feel. Emphasis mine.

6 Rules For Turning 25
May. 13, 2013 By Vanessa Willoughby

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

196. Cos I got it from her. Mother's Day Tribute 2013

"Mother's Day" happens only once a year but of course we can always show our love and appreciation to our real SUPERWOMAN all throughout the year. If I go back to that day each year when we celebrated Mother's day and started comparing, I might get emotional. Not that only I am piling up years, but same goes to the rest of my family, and same goes to my Mama. But still, she never ever left us. She never abandoned me. She still cooks us food and cooks me my baon for work. She still sometimes surprises me with fancy and cute clothes as pasalubongs, and she still decides if I can cut my hair or style it or not. I'm such a Mama's girl. Nothing beats Mama's love. Ever. Happy Mama’s Day Mama!
That's my Mama up there, my beautiful Mama (kasi mana ako sa kanya! Hahaha!)
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

195. Captioned Stolen Shots

So last night before closing my eyes to dreamland, I was browsing my phone photos and immediately thought of a scene. Hahaha! And so here it goes... (Luke, sorry, I just have to, sakto e hihihi.)

And I said YES I LOVE YOU TOO!!! Hahahaha! Perfect scene! Jk jk. But I love you Luke!!! :)

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Friday, May 10, 2013

194. Quick Coffee Night Cap


One quick coffee night cap with Luke at Starbucks 6750. The place got renovated and it was my first time seeing it and it looks so nice! I would love to always choose that Starbucks if only it's not always crowded. Thankfully, we had this quick catching up for the both of us. I went straight ahead there from my cray OT hours. Need to vent out.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

193. Some Random Day of this Week


Such a fun-filled day well-spent with Luke. We just came out of a fight and it feels good to be reunited. Haha! So just a quick run down or whereabouts that happened. A rather late 28th monthsary celebration.
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192. Thank You Thursdays


  1. Thankful that we’ve been out of another pit hole, better and stronger.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

191. Wednesday Whateverisms


“Don’t plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it, you’ve got a bad year. Choke those bad days. Choke them down to nothing.” ~ Tom Waits

-Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  Images Source: Tumblr
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Sunday, May 5, 2013

190. 852nd. 28th. Reminder.


I don't think I would forget this monthsary. 

Nonetheless, super thank You, Lord.

Thank you. I love you.

Today may pass but the coming days will be better.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

189. Saturday Room-buddy


Go slightly intrude my privacy. I'm proud to be part of today's productivity. (Incidental rhyme I'm good at it haha). I was able to clean the mess that my room is. I changed the bed sheet and the pillow sheets. Say hello as well to Kathleen (ube purple stuffed toy from Batch 7) and Zombie (which is not actually a Zombie but Luke and I deem it to be so). The outsides of my aparador - don't be fooled as it has skeletons in there (I think I'd be needing two whole days to 'declutter' and clean the insides of it). The humble old school television that lately I have been ignoring due to time deficiency (what a lame excuse) and my all-around table which finally had the chance to breath again today. It was like a bodega table hours ago. Yep, that's a framed puzzle photo given by the sweet boyfriend. Sound neat sleeping tonight. So that's about it. You may now exit my room.
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Friday, May 3, 2013

188. Precious Moments Moment


I was always curious whenever I see this spot whenever I pass along Gil Puyat/Buendia Ave. The huge Precious Moments signboard and life-sized statue in front get my attention every time. I was thinking if it was a dessert place, a tea house or simply a showroom of Precious Moments collections. Nevertheless I have wanted to go inside. I got the chance tonight together with Luke. So everything I thought of what it is true plus it’s also a restaurant and a party place. As you enter the place, two cute life-sized Precious Moments statues welcome you and everything is just so nice and candies to my eyes. It was a cute, cozy, pretty, feel-good place to dine in We asked for the menu and we were actually surprised to see a lot in it. They have everything from appetizers to main dishes (beef, pork, chicken, seafood) to desserts. They also have a wide variety of drinks to choose from. We ordered Patatim just for the both of us but can actually serve as much as five people. I tried their Iced Macademia Choco Coffee drink which tasted really good. We haven’t got the chance to try any dessert as we are sort of chasing time.

And since I do not have photos to justify the imagery I am narrating, I do not want to dwell further just telling you things and living it to your imagination. I can’t wait to be back and try out their desserts and drinks as it seems like they have a whole lot to offer. And maybe take more decent photos of the place.
Say Hi to Luke's finger peeking on the lens. Haha! I can't just walk out of the place and not take any picture with them.

Orders: Patatim and we shared over a tall glass of Iced Macademia Choco Coffee


Their cute artsy menu of drinks alone!

A cabinet of some of their collection

Our table

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187. Fashion Friday Round-up

A.Brand Fall 2013 showcases minimal luxe. I like how light, breezy, comfortable and lush all at the same time the photos depict.

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186. ThoughtCatalog: 10 Ways Your Brain is Screwing With You

I'm always for interesting reads and so here's this article from Thought Catalog and of course I immediately want to post it here for future reference.

10 Ways Your Brain Is Screwing With You
from Thought Catalog by Ben Branstetter

1. The Dunning-Kruger Effect
As a writer, this is easily the most terrifying. The D-K Effect is the idea incompetent workers fail to recognize precisely how incompetent they are because they fail to recognize what true competence looks like. Why do they fail? Because they’re incompetent! This leads them to overestimate their skill level. The reverse is also true: those who actually excel at their art or work are more likely to believe they are doing poorly because they properly understand what qualifies as quality.

2. Post-purchase Rationalization
Have you ever bought something your really wanted only to find out it sucked? If not, you might be protecting your own ego with this effect. Post-purchase Rationalization states we tend to ignore the faults of an object after we buy it because we’d like to think we are not subject to things like marketing or brand loyalty, as well as relieving the guilt of spending the money on it in the first place. This explains the existence and popularity of things like Uggs, Keurig coffee makers, and Facebook stock.

3. Hindsight Bias

So after the Boston bombing suspects were detained/dead, there was and continues to be a lot of heat against the FBI for failing to mark Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a terrorist. The FBI had been tipped off by Russian authorities that Tamerlan may very well have been radicalized during his time in Russia. In retrospect, it seems like a massive error on the FBI’s part. This is the Hindsight Bias. The FBI interviews thousands of people about possible terror links and cannot practically keep tabs on how many of them are buying pressure cookers, yet people continue to blame them for missing this one needle in the haystack. A more personal example might be missing the signs your significant other is cheating on you: dates get canceled, cell phones die, and people erase their cookies all for legitimate reasons. It only all seems suspicious after their secret is out.

4. Google Effect
Remember when you had dozens of phone numbers memorized? Your best friend, your ex-girlfriends, your grandma, your auntie, your mama, your mammy. The reason you don’t seems fairly obvious; your cell phone now does that for you. Your brain makes the subconscious decision to not bother memorizing numbers because it knows you have instant access to that information. Sadly, this takes root in other ways. How many times have you looked up a random question you have about the world only to have it fall right out of your head? Your brain forgets to remember details which it can easily find.

5. Recency Illusion
This is the delusion something you have only just found is, in fact, only a recent development. For example, if you were to suddenly get into the show Mad Men (which you totally should), you might find news stories or blog posts about the show stick out more, so you believe the show is just now gaining in popularity. Or if you buy a Honda Civic and suddenly notice Civics everywhere you go, it’s merely because you have cause to notice it.

6. Fading Affect BiasLooking back on your childhood, you might have fond memories of memorizing Lion King lines with friends and chasing down ice cream trucks but not, perhaps, the times your parent’s fought or the tantrums you likely threw in the middle of shopping malls. This is not only the birth of nostalgia, but also the Fading Affect Bias. Our memory has an inherent bent towards remembering the events we deem positive; this is also the same instinct which causes many abusive victims to repress memories of their attacker or the attack itself.
7. Hostile Media Effect
Ever roll your eyes as Rush Limbaugh rants against the “left-wing media”? Or at liberal bloggers as they over-talk the importance of Fox News? When we read a news story, we enter in with our own biases. Therefore, we perceive any lack of recognition of our biases as biased in itself. While there certainly is such a thing as objectively-biased media, we tend to overrate the bent a publication, journalist, or story has based on our own feeling that our beliefs are not being properly represented.

8. False Consensus Effect
Similar to the Hostile Media Effect, the False Consensus Bias states we tend to overestimate the number of people who agree with us on any given issue. Ever have someone say something completely racist directly in front of you? It’s probably because they assume you agree, in the same way you might make a Nickelback joke not realizing they do, in fact, have fans who may be in your immediate company.

9. Gambler’s Fallacy (WARNING: Contains Math)
This one sounds like common sense but actually sneaks it’s way into your everyday life. So you might know that flipping heads four times on a coin toss doesn’t effect the result of the fifth flip, but we often fall for similar traps. For example, if you get in an accident on one day, you’re more likely to believe an accident the next is less likely. Or if two mutual friends of yours suffer a loss in their families on the same week, you might consider it less likely another friend would lose a relative in that same frame of time.

10. Zeigarnik Effect
Ever hear the studying tip of taking a break between bouts of studying? This relies on the Zeigarnick Effect, which forces the memory to cling to incomplete tasks more so than completed ones (this is also why a cliffhanger in a TV show or movie bothers you so bad). It’s actually the most productive bias on this list as it encourages us to keep in mind that which we still need to do. For instance, I’ve written nearly 150 articles for Thought Catalog and the only ones I can remember are “10 Ways Your Brain Is Screwing With You” and “6 Ways To Weave Baskets Underwater In Your 20′s (Copy Pending).”

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

185. Thank You Thursday!


Another round-up of things to be thankful for on this Thursday!
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

184. Wednesday Whateverisms

Some snippets (yet again expect this roundup every week) of life and random things...

“You can ask the universe for all the signs you want, but ultimately, we see what we want to see when we’re ready to see it.”
~ How I Met Your Mother

"I fucking hate it when you’re in such a fantastically giddy mood and then you see one simple little thing that makes you think, “oh” and then you just get this empty feeling in your chest and you get nauseous and the world just crumbles and you want to just lay under a blanket and close your eyes and fall asleep and never wake up." (

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