Little Miss Sherlock

I had the privelage to attend Dr. Ingrid Sala Santamaria’s 50th anniversary concert a few weeks ago held in Marco Polo Hotel. (Details on this event in a separate blog! 😉 ) I decided to bring my Grandma and cousin, who have the penchant for classical music as I do. Since it was held in a snazzy hotel, I have to work the schnappes too! Here’s what I wore:

Cover-up: One-Perfect; Top:CDO, Jeans and Earrings:F21, Bag:Greenhills, Wedges: Forward & Scoop

I wanted to look formal enough for this classy event but not to go overboard too. So I picked this “Sherlock Holmes” inspired cover up, and to avoid looking beyond my age, I paired it with a turqouise zebra top and jeans. I also brought my Harajuku Bag to add pizzazz to the whole look! I believe it’s the perfect outfit because it’s been raining these days, plus the venue was really cold!

I put on these awesome rustic aztec earrings to add flavor to the whole outfit.

To top the whole look, I wore these sky high wedges. Dig the cool pattern! It may look puzzingly painful, but it’s actually comfortable!

Although, this blog has nothing to do with the great Sherlock Holmes, but after I’ve watched 2 movies, portrayed by the equally awesome Robert Downey Jr., I’m a sold fan! His uncanny sleuthing techniques either make me cringe or just guffaw ’till I can’t breathe! All I could say is Poor Dr. Watson! I honestly haven’t read the books yet, but I’m pining to. It’s been on my reading list for so long already, I could be sued! Thus, explains my cover up for the night!

I had fun and I’m still in awe that after so many years, Dr. Santamaria’s playing is without a doubt, magnificent! If you have the chance to hear her play or go to a concert where she’s the pianist, by all means, grab the opportunity while it’s hot! She’s top gun for me and hopefully for the rest of those who were able to hear her play that night! T’was a grand night indeed, my dear Watson! 😉

‘Till next blog! 😉

Japanese/Chinese Princess

When I was younger, I used to complain as to why I was born in a Chinese family although most people in our country look up to the Chinese communities. But I didn’t. I didn’t like how people teased us that we looked mean with our chinky eyes and our funny sounding family names. I was comfortable in speaking English, but we were required to speak the Chinese dialect at home… (A-muy). We were also required to learn Mandarin in our school as if our English subjects weren’t demanding enough. It’s so unfair! I secretly wished I was born a Caucasian. Now, people admired these tall, fair-skinned, and beautiful people. It’s what the media exposes as beauty.

Now I realized that I was a fool to think of those juvenile thoughts. I didn’t realize the beauty of the Chinese culture until I had the privelage to travel to countries such as China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. My head swirled whenever I had to communicate with the locals there. Such fluent Mandarin! I felt like a mute person giving hand signals or anything we could think of just so they could understand what we were trying to say!  I have also discovered the beauty of drinking tea and eating Chinese food (Yum!) through chopsticks, now that’s skilled dexterity you have there! It makes me feel like a boss! I also like how we respect the elderly and in return we get a hefty sum of money placed inside a red envelope called Ang Pao. Haha! Well, these are just a few things from my culture that I’m proud of. So what can I say? I’m proud to be Chinese, chinky eyed, yellow skinned and all!

Last week, we were invited to attend a debut wherein I had to play the violin as requested by the debutante’s mother. I was delighted of course, but the main dilemna: WHAT TO WEAR? We were not informed of the theme of the party. Since the debutante is Chinese,  I decided to play safe and wear red, another Chinese culture wherein the birthday celebrant wears red, a symbol of good luck and blessings. Of course, I’m not the celebrant but I’m sure her Chinese relatives would not mind.

Dress: Desigual, Headband:Broadway Gems, Earrings:Japan, Bag:OL, Wedges:CLN

This Chinese opera guy at the back of my dress looks like He doesn’t want anyone to look at my behind… So don’t! Haha! This dress has a sense of humor! 😉

I love how they combined oriental effects with circus artistry in this whole dress. It’s inspired by Cirque du Soleil, one of the world’s best circuses! It’s so attractive that I decided to tone down with the accessories.

I went all red as I matched the dress with my mom’s fan earrings. It made me feel all Japanese, and to think that’s where these earrings were from!

 My mom’s vintage red bag (from her single days!)…

and red strappy wedges to have that classic Japanese Geta (slippers) look…

and like any other princess, I had my own tiara. Well, in my case, a formal diamond headband. Obviously, those are not real diamonds…. I’m not as glam as you think! 😉

As for my makeup, I went all Oriental too…. I put on some black eyeliner and swiped it to make it more “Cat” like… or “Chinese” for that matter…. It’s one of the secrets I’ve learned to make my chinky eyes look wider.  I donned some red lipstick too so that I’m close to being a Kabuki actress sans the elaborate makeup! Haha! So, what do you think?

Just so you know, this blog is a 2 way junction because this is a tribute to 2 birthday girls, the debutante and my close friend, whom I wasn’t able to greet personally during her birthday because I was in Manila. I hope our gift and this blog would suffice! 😉 I came up with this idea to dress up like a princess because, coincidence probably had to do with it, they share the same personalities though they are miles apart. They are sweet, bubbly, and everything la femme, in a good way! This was quite a challenge for me because I’ve never dreamt to be a princess. Not my kind of dream at all! In fact when I was a kid, though I played with Barbie dolls and dressed them up, I’d be more excited playing tag or other outdoor games with my cousins or friends. So girly delights kind of make me cringe, sorry to say.  But for these girls, I gave in and I have to admit, I had fun! It’s not bad to be girly and “princess” once in a while because I believe every girl deserves to be treated as one! Cheers to all other princesses out there, whether by royal title or by their royal dreams! 😉 Besides, being part of God’s family, we are practically entitled to that endeavor because He’s King! Praise God! 🙂

To the debutante’s family, I want to thank you for inviting us to that joyous occasion and your service to us.  I had my share of laughter and nerves at the same time! Thanks also for the gift!

To my close pal, you know who you are, I hope you enjoyed this tribute to you! Hehe! Thought we’d switch fashion plates for a while, you go “Rocker”, and I go “Princessey!” Haha! But we always do that! Love ya! 😉

I’ll end this blog with how Flynn from Disney’s Tangled, describes it, “The smoulder…” Haha! 😉 ‘Till next blog!

BOOKWORM CHRONICLES:Cat and Dog Theology

Surprise! Surprise! Another type of blog you get to read from now on….BOOKWORM CHRONICLES… for the bookworm in me lives! I have blogged pieces about food, fashion, music, and most especially excerpts about God. But, here’s where you’ll get the literary side of me, to the delight of other bookworms out there!

So I’m going to share with you one of my favorite reads, Cat and Dog Theology by Bob Sjorgen and Gerald Robison.  I’ve finished this a long time ago but I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned because it basically has great pointers for us Christians, especially on how we should live for God! Even seminars are given with this topic and it’s a great eye opener!

The main difference between Cats and Dogs is that Cats would say about their masters “You feed me, You play with me, You love me, I must be god!” As for dogs, they would say, “You feed me, You play with me, You love me, You must be God!” As you can observe my dear cat and dog owners that their personalities are pole opposites. Cats, though cute as they are, they exhibig moody appeals. Sorry to sound so negative. But it’s on my open-thought based opinion. Dogs however, are willing to die for their masters in general. Now, don’t hate me cat owners, but these are just analogies to the Christian walk. Humans are selfish by nature. We can’t help it. We love to get all the honor and respect due us. However, after we have come to know Jesus, how HE selflessly sacrificed himself for us mere humans, we can’t help but be amazed at his humility yet with glorious majesty together! It’s too much for mere men to comprehend.

Many times we live like cats, and we sometimes get this mixed notion that God actually lives for us. Wrong! We were made to live for God and serve God alone! This is what makes Him truly happy. If you notice dogs, they want to please their master at all times. This is the attitude that God wants us to have yet we fail to see this perspective in our daily walk with Him. He is not just our master, He’s our friend and He truly cares! So next time you play with your cat or your dog, may these thoughts run through you mind and may it continue to remind us how we should live to please our true Master!

For those who are probably thinking whether to buy a cat or a dog, please by all means go by your choice and don’t give your cat a dagger stare! Haha!

Here’s the latest edition….. Go grab your copy now!

Naughty Chanel

My friend is a fan of classic vintage glamour fashion. Think Twiggy,Coco Chanel, and Audrey Hepburn hyped up together, and it’s her formula for fashion! What’s interesting is that she sometimes adds a “rockstar” element to some of her outfits…. Hmm… I believe that’s why we’re dear friends, because we are self confessed Rock Stars by heart!  Since it was her birthday a few weeks ago, I wore this outfit in honor of her. Of course, I tweaked it a bit with my own flavor!

Nautical dresses are really classy and vintage at the same time. The first thing that came to mind when I saw this dress was Coco Chanel!  When I wore this whole outfit to church, my friend immediately told me this is what she would wear. When I told her I wore it in her favor, we were like, “Cheesy!” and “Sipsip!” (a Cebuano expression) To balance out the monochromatic effect of the outfit, I added punches of colors with my bag and shoes to mute the seriousness of the whole look and If you have noticed, my whole outfit shows the colors of the Philippine Flag! Patriotic Awesomeness! 😉

Dress:Jan2x,Pin:Gift, Earrings:Genevieve Gozum, Bracelets:F21, Wedges:Gibi, Bag:Longchamp (Fake), Shades:Terranova

I’ve been eyeing these shades for so long and when it was finally on sale, I cried with happiness! Kidding, of course! I love how it’s so artsy and playful with splatters of colors on the sides. So me!

My other Rockstar friend gave me this awesome pin for my birthday years ago. I decided to pin it to this dress and voila! Now my dress is Rockstar Nautical! Thanks for this!

What do you think of the whole shebang? I hope you had fun, dear friend, and oh, super belated happy birthday! Haha!

By the way, there are times that I do suffer from writer’s block as all writers do. So I want to challenge myself. Give me an inspiration dear readers…. by sending your fashion dilemnas, food cravings, spiritual insights, music updates, or any topic under the sun that you would like to share, I could put them up here in my blog! Yes, I mean it! 😉 Just comment in my blogs and we’ll see what we can cook up from there. I’m ready!

And to end my blog, here’s a meme (Challenge Accepted) from 9gag.com. ‘Till next post!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:Dolce and Bellini

Do forgive me for I have not blogged in a while. Especially a food blog.

My cousin and girl friends have long been wanting to get out together to bond one Fri. night. The result: Bulging bellies but Pure fun! 😉

We decided to head out to dolce cafe, Lahug. and we had a blast, well, our stomachs had a blast rather with our milk teas and bento meals. Here’s what I ate:

Ribs Bento Box

Being the Strawberry addict that I am, I had none other than Strawberry Milk Tea. The softdrinks were complimentary and the girls placed it in the picture to make me seem like a parched up camel! Haha!

The common denominator between us girls? No, not the food… but that we all graduated from nursing courses! Coincidental? 😉

We decided to take a stroll in the moonlight sky… (♫Romantic Music♫)… Haha, I couldn’t help it. The place was really romantic and it’s a great place to view the city lights!

We decided to check out a nearby bar, Bellini. There was a live acoustic band and the place was perfectly lit to set a romantic mood. Great place choice girls! And our sweet tooths craving for more, we ordered some ice cream… (That’s what we can only afford in the place! Bwahaha!) Check out the pictures, Some of them from my friend’s glorious SLR! Thanks!

I love the romantic gothic design!

We ordered Chocolate Ice Cream with Berries… My 2 favorite sinful desserts… I seriously died and went to dessert Heaven!

My cousin decided to try the green tea ice cream. It wasn’t too shabby either, plus they paired it with a sweet crispy wafer! Cute!

The hungry little monster wants to try all the sweets… Oh if I had a lot of moolah to try all of those!

Don’t you just love the breathtaking view…. The scenery…not the one who’s posing… ahem ahem…. Or maybe both? Haha!

Would you look at that? We were fooled by the battery operated candles!

Busy studying the Menu

It was a great night indeed enjoying food and friends! Totally priceless! We had holes in our wallets I believe, but it was worth it! Now, the only problem is to work off all the calories gained that night! Tsk! Tsk!

‘Till next time girls! 😉