Monday, November 30, 2009

Happiness Is...Achieving Your Goal!


Before I joined this contest (Nestle 14-Day Challenge), one of my motivations is to fit into this little red dress I bought and has been hanging in my closet for the longest time. Now, it is more than that, not even the slightest bit of any superficial reason. Now, I realized the value of taking care of my health to be able to enjoy life more, to be able to have the energy to get me through the day, to be able to bring back that self-confidence that has weighed me down.

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things I want to see happen. Imagine the smile on my face as well as my teammate's at the weigh-off when we all reached the minimum required weight loss for the 14-day challenge. I could have jumped up and down, did somersaults if only I was not too shy enough.We were happy beyond words, unbelievably thankful that our dedication and hard work to attain our goals has paid off.

Now, the question is not who is going to let us; it is who is going to stop us continue setting goals for ourselves and achieving those goals one step at a time. Now that we all realized that we can commit to a goal, I know it would not be rocket science to continue the weight loss coupled with a responsible diet with the help of Nestle Fitnesse (you can't go wrong with any variant).

I am proud to belong to Team Earthlingorgeousness!!! Your VOTES will be our motivation to push through...

I Love You Goodbye

One of the reasons why I am excited for December 25 to come this year is for me to be able to have another crying feast. Huh! Ironic isn't it? Well, it's just that sometimes I like finding reasons to cry for when I cry I get better after, it feels like a release of pent-up emotions. Anyway, here's the trailer of another Star Cinema hit movie "I Love You Goodbye" topbilled by real life sweethearts Derek Ramsey and Angelika Panganiban as well as Kim Chiu and matinee idol Gabby Concepcion. It is Star Cinema's official entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival.

This is another masterpiece by Director Laurice Guillen.

Watch the full trailer here:

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Now,get those hankies ready too...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dear John: The Movie I Can't Wait To Watch


I am reading the book now. I love the book. I love the song. I love the story. Can't wait to fall in love with the movie. I've never been excited to watch a movie ever except for this (I guess)...



Are you going to watch this movie too?

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Days 4-6 of the 14-Day Challenge

This journal is the collective update for Days 4-6 of the challenge and a second installment to my promised update.

I am liking the changes, the routine, the food and the feeling of losing it to win it. I love how light my body feels and how energetic I am despite the cut in calorie-intake. My only worry right now is my skewed sleeping pattern (I work graveyard that is, I am a call center baby). Even then, I always see to it that I always get the most number of sleep hours I could ever get, if not then I compensate with work-out hours.

Day 4 saw me smiling from ear to ear. Imagine my happiness when I got digitally weighed in at Fitness First RCBC. I told the physical trainer about what I am aiming at and why I am so hell-bent at knowing how much I weigh, my current BMI and all other items the machine could possibly measure. I liked what the digital weighing scale has told me. My efforts are paying off: Nestle Fitnesse and regular cardio exercises are working! The combination works for me bigtime. I know if I stick to it I am on my way of not just losing 2 pounds. Did I give you too much hint already? Okay, so after weighing my self, I went to the pool, did a few laps for an hour. I then eased my leg muscles by staying in the jacuzzi, sweat some more at the sauna and steam room, showered and then headed home. When I got home, I found out that my grandmother who is already 94 years old died. I was grief-stricken but I know she's in a happier place now. I was not able to go to work, I was sad beyond compare, I cried like a baby. (Lola, you are one of my inspirations and my motivations, for you I will not give up in this challenge, I will summon all the hurdles and come out a loser (of pounds) and yes of course a winner (of self-confidence and fashionable wardrobe. Be my angel!)


Despite the bitter pill that I had to swallow, life goes on and has to surely move on. I woke up quite positive and Lola's passing away has already sank in to my system. I am now ready for the next of the days to come. I sticked to my diet except that I didn't have vegetables during lunch because I had chicken. I had to eat it slowly but surely so I get the feeling of fullness with just little amount of indulgence as possible. The mushroom soup I had was heaven, it was ohhhh soooo yummy! I had an energy bar, electrolyte-loaded drink and lots of H2O after the early evening run I did with some takbo.ph members. I had fun trying to keep up with them. I ran a total of six (6) kilometers at least (with several walks). It was fun. Can you tell I am now starting to get addicted to running? I went to work energized and ready to take on any challenge. A pear and a little bowl of Chinese noodles kept me up through the night.

Yes, today is officially Day 6 of the challenge. I had my usual Nestle Fitnesse breakfast which is essentially my dinner if you think about it and after almost an hour I headed to bed. I don't know if it was enough time to digest the food but I was already feeling extremely sleepy. I just had to close my eyes. No hunger pang has kicked in yet but I am going to raid the kitchen and check if I still have a granny smith apple to snack on while I blog hop.


You like what am I doing? Do I get your vote? Please head on over to http://tinyurl.com/nestlek to show your support. :-)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Timex Run FOTD


I participated in the 2009 Timex Run this morning and I was able to finish my first ever race. I raced with Uncle Don (he ran as a bandit on his first race LOL). He was supposed to just take pictures but I was able to convince him to run with me. Anyway, I will write about the race and this little unforgettable experience that happened in my other BLOG. I don't have the official time of my run yet but I am happy to say that for sure I didn't go over an hour (my worst fear) and I didn't trip or fall too.

I woke up around 330AM and did a little stretching while preparing my breakfast of Nestle Fitnesse Low Fat Whole Grain Cereal, a granny smith apple, a hard-boiled egg and a cup of coffee. I then took a bath and thought about just going bare-faced with just some powder on. But I shun that thought. I decided to at least put on just a wee bit of VMV Armada Face Cover 45 Full Spectrum. According to VMV's website:

Armada Skin Lightening, Full-Spectrum, Indoor-Outdoor Sun and Light Screen: Face Cover 45 is the most comprehensive protection, with some of the highest protection factors ever against the full spectrum of skin-harming light: indoor and outdoor UVA, UVB, Infrared and Visible Light. Truly impressive power in a weightless, anti-oxidant créme that works for your skin's perfection. Banishes wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of photo-ageing. When used everyday, indoors and out, Armada also helps erase melasma. Protection so strong, skin lightens naturally. Arms your skin with renewed elasticity and vibrancy. Your flawless, timeless skin starts here.


Active Ingredients: Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane , Titanium Dioxide .

Other Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Triethanolamine, PEG-10 Dimethicone, PVP Hexadecene Copolymer, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Glyceryl Laurate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aluminum Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Zirconium Dioxide.

I also brushed just a little kohl eyeshadow over my brows and didn't put on any shadow this time. I used Monave Concealer Foundation - Mirabella and MAC Sheer Loose Powder NC30 to seal the sunscreen. Yes, I wore sunscreen because I had this inkling that I'd stay longer in the venue than I had planned to. I then swept some Mark blush on my cheeks (barely noticeable) and finished everything off with Smashbox Quench Moisture Rich Lip Gloss.

Nestle Fitnesse 14-Day Challenge


I attended the Nestle Fitnesse 14 Days to Show Off Your Shape public launch at Greenbelt 3 Activity Area after my shift yesterday both as a participant and a member of the media (blogging anyone?). I met Earth, Wena and Belle at the venue and successfully passed the medical check (weigh-ins and all). We all form the team that has been named Earthlingorgeousness (nice play with words yeah?) If we have your support, please cast your vote by clicking this LINK.

The 14-DAY program is designed to help people achieve healthy body weight. The 14-DAY program is designed as a kick-start to your weight loss only. Those wishing to continue on a weight management program should consult their doctor or dietitian for support and regular monitoring and advice. After the program, make sure that you stick to a healthy balanced diet, which can include a bowl of NESTLE FITNESSE for breakfast, and aim for at least half an hour of exercise a day--brisk walking, cycling, and swimming are great.

I decided to join because I know this program will reinforce my quest to attain the healthiest and fittest me ever. I have long been wanting to be in shape. And now I am not making any excuses anymore. I am tired sulking over why a size 6 won't fit me. I am positive that our team will be able to achieve the minimum goal set and you know why? We are sure gotta work our asses off with these prizes up for grabs...
Would you have thought of the Philippine map as fashionable? If you did, you would have been the one elevated into the Ultimate wardrobe. From ponchos to Fashionalista t-shirts, Rhett Eala’s unique ingenuity makes him a standout in the Ultimate Wardrobe.
Bringing a sense of modern elegance and clean chic to Manila 's fashion scene, Religioso is breath of fresh RTW-wind to the Ultimate Wardrobe.
Michi Calica guarantees the best fitted wedding dresses in the country, but with creations splashed with vibrant prints and bold colors, top editors affirm that she can definitely go beyond wedding to design anything else she'd like.
With her playful designs that remind everyone to have fun with fashion, Kate Torralba is a shoo-in for the metro’s Ultimate Wardrobe. ----I like this dress. This would surely look ubernice paired with leather boots while walking the streets of Paris next year. (Yes, I am trying to lose weight partly because of my scheduled trip. Other than that, I just wanna be healthy.)
With creations that are a marriage of sexy and elegant and pieces that are head-turning yet classy; every Manila style maven deserves to have a Jun Escario in her own closet.
With its flagship Philippine store opening soon, Hermès is making a lot of buzz; given this, it’s no surprise that an Hermès belt made the cut to the Ultimate Wardrobe shortlist.
Owning a Chanel is considered to be a right of passage for every fashionista: a Chanel dress is not just a dress; it’s a statement that says you’re serious about fashion.
With Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria, Sienna Miller being some of the A-list celebrities sporting this sexy yet comfy brand of jeans, 7 For All Mankind is really the denim made for Manila’s most coveted wardrobe.


PHOTO CREDITS: Nestle Fitnesse Press Kit

Surprise Gift from Ms. Sara


Sara, aka The Makeup Snob, has sent me something through the post and I got it last week. I just wasn't able to blog about it because of the many things that I had to juggle (work, training, appointments, etc). The stuff I received is a gift from her in line with the recent surprise contest in her blog. I loved that she sent me Mark, a makeup brand that I haven't seen being sold here yet.

Thank you Sara... :-) I enjoy reading your blog.

Pacquiao vs Cotto Boxing Bout


I am watching today's boxing bouts for free online. If you wanna watch as well without spending a penny make sure to download SOPCAST and then use this live feed link sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/24267. Make sure to log in as anonymous as well (the password should already be prepopulated.

I am now watching the undercard fight for the Pacquio-Cotto welterweight championship fight while resting my legs (just got home after the Timex Run - was my first). The fight is between Daniel Santos and Yuri Foreman.

I sure do hope Pacquiao wins again and bring pride to the Filipino people once again and send Cotto home to Puerto Rico not knowing what just landed on his face. Afterall this isn't Miss Universe so I guess we Filipinos are in for the win.

PHOTO CREDIT: Showbiz Chikka


Saturday, November 7, 2009

What's A Girl To Do?

I have been preparing for the Timex Run that I am joining on the 15th and I have been sticking to my target and regimen as strictly as I can (well, until the body says stop). And what better way for a girl to spend some reward moments after a good workout than to pamper herself silly. Yeah?

I had marine algae foot spa and pedicure as well as marine algae manicure. This time I still have red polish only it's a different shade. Now, I am wearing OPI An Affair In Red Square. I got very good feedback as to the shine and intensity of the polish and I think this color just dethroned OPI Romeo and Joliet as my favorite.


And oh I also had some waxing done and I need not say where but it was done in Brazilian Bare, 5th Floor Rustans Makati. The attendant said I was too brave because I just read a magazine without letting an audible ouch out while she did what she had to do. Pat on the back girly!

What have you done to pamper yourself recently?


Starbucks Coffee Planner 2010


Lucky seven (7) cups to go... and I am set to owning the first of the three designs that I plan to collect.

I'm planning to get Roast first and then Brew and then save Bean for last. It's just the third day of the Starbucks sticker craze today but I already managed to collect ten (10). Well, the two (2) latest stickers I got last night were courtesy of my boss. I didn't load up on the sweet stuff so I am not in any way ruining the diet and running plan. I am still on track and I am proud to tell y'all that. I plan to give one planner to my mom, one to my sis and keep one for myself (my dad won't need it I'm sure).

I haven't gotten a chance to take a picture of the designs yet because the store is almost always super busy when I visit. So, I'll just update this post once I manage to take some.

How far are you from redeeming your first Starbucks Coffee Limited Edition Planner?


Friday, November 6, 2009

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Oh, it's November, it is Sweet November. Aside from that, it's time the smoldering long-legged models of Victoria's Secret will be sashaying down the runway in their itty-bitty underwear again. Oh, I'm not turning in to a lesbian (not in this lifetime), I am just as excited to see what's inside the VS underwear closet right now being paraded for all the world to see. This year will be the 9th year of this show of sexy angels.

I am excited to see what the theme is this year. But last year's show was a hit (plus Usher was there). See for yourself... (you'll also get to see Heidi Klum's pre-pregnancy body)

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2008 Part 1: Glamour Goddess

There were six (6) segments last year: Glamour Goddess, Dangerous, The Modern, Pink Planet, Ballet De Fleurs and Black Tie Holiday.


One of my wishes in this lifetime, get a seat in one of these shows...

For this year's show, the Black Eyed Peas will be making a guest appearance.

Mark your calendars: November 19, 2009.

Thank you to VSHOLIC for Heidi's pic in this post and sibbe175 for the video.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Starbucks Planner 2010

How do you want your Starbucks drink? Hot, iced or frappe? Doesn't really matter, every time you buy a featured and core drink, you get yourself a good ole merry red sticker. It's time for Starbucks Christmas Traditions once again.


The Starbucks Planner 2010 will be officially released by Starbucks Coffee Philippines today, November 4, 2009! It is a beautifully-crafted hardbound journal-type planner complete with discount coupons that were eliminated from the previous issues and looks like the 2006 planner (is y'all can still remember). It also has a note pocket at the back which is very reminiscent of a college ruled notebook. There are also some pictures of Starbucks' most loyal customers. Check it out, you may be one of them.

"Our Coffee Heritage" is the theme of the limited edition Starbucks Planner. It also has this unique bookmark with a dangling coffee bean which is the most unique feature of the planner. This is by far a noticeable difference compared to its predecessors. These Starbucks Planners 2010 Edition can only be claimed at any Starbucks store in the Philippines. And one good news: a combination of up to two (2) promo cards will be allowed, provided that the nine (9) featured plus 8 core drinks have been purchased.

The first design features the "Bean" in its raw form, followed by the second design showing coffee beans being roasted aptly called "Roast" stage, and finally third design features the "Brew" where it showcases a cup of joe ready for consumption. How ingenious is that idea. It thus made me think that Starbucks Planner collectors will to say the least collect at least one of each design. Pretty good marketing strategy if I may conclude.

To avail of the Starbucks Planner 2010, any Starbucks customer in the Philippines can avail of a Starbucks Christmas traditions planner promo card from November 4, 2009 to January 6, 2010. One sticker is stamped for each Starbucks beverage you savor and enjoy (in whatever size). A WISH cardholder must accumulate a total of seventeen (17) stickers (nine (9) Christmas beverage plus eight (8) core beverages (except bottled drinks) to redeem one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2010 Planner. And oh, this is the first year that Starbucks is offering Dark Cherry Mocha as one of the Christmas drinks. I'd prolly just load up on my favorites Toffee Nut Latte and Peppermint Mocha.

First 150 customers on Nov.4 in each Philippine branch nationwide gets the special cards with 1 free sticker mark (meaning 1 less sticker to accumulate) so instead of accumulating 17 stickers, you only need to collect 16 stickers and of course finish 16 drinks. QUICK TIP: If you plan to collect one of each design, go ahead and order three drinks so you could get 3 free stickers too. LOL! It ain't rocket science even...


A discount coupon comes with your Starbucks Planner. This is one of the features that has been removed from the previous releases.

From February 1 to 13 - Add an extra shot of espresso to your favorite Starbucks beverage. (Nice eh!)
From April 16 to 30 - Additional 10% discount for a Starbucks Coffee Tumbler (any coffee tumbler)
From May 1 to 31 - Buy 1 take 1 on any Frappe blended beverage
From June 1 to 30 - Get a tall handcrafted beverage if you buy a bag of Starbucks Kape Vinta blend or a Philippine Collector Series merchandise (mug, tumbler or Bearista Bear)
From July 1 to 31 - Enjoy a complimentary upsize of your favorite Starbucks drink
From September 1 to 30 - Get a 50 grams complimentary bag of whole bean coffee when you purchase any 250-gram bag of whole bean coffee or a Coffee Press

In every redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2010 Planner, a donation to the continuous relief efforts for Typhoon victims and to Spark Hope will be initiated. SparkHope is Starbucks' flagship program for early childhood care and development in partnership with UNICEF.


P.S. To DigitalManila: My sincerest apologies. I forgot to input the credits. Nonetheless, changes have been made...Rest assured that this will not happen again. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Tooth's Confession


Is the title catchy as it is? (Well, I could not think of a better one...)

Anyway, I am writing this post in between periods of naps and the feeling discomfort that my wisdom tooth is causing me. My left jaw is a little swollen too. I first noticed this tooth trying to erupt a few years back. I endured the pain the pain that time and then I was over it without the teeth coming out whole. The pain stopped and so was the eruption. A couple of months passed and then the same thing happened, the teeth tried to come out again accompanied by a level of discomfort that only a toothache can bring. And then it stopped again for crying out loud. I already lost count as to how many times I have been through this situation, it's as if I am in a cycle. And last Sunday, I felt the pain again, it is excruciating. It has been two days and I am still feeling the pain. I am now seriously thinking of having it x-rayed tomorrow and check if I need to have it removed once and for all and break the cycle.

Growing up, I have never been a dentist's friend. I did not have anyone's aid when I need to have a teeth pulled. I just need me a thread and I'm good. I practically pulled out my own tooth. I used to throw them on our roof believing the tale that a rat needs to find it, because if not the teeth won't grow back. Absurd yeah? My trips to the dentists were only the oral prophylaxis sessions or in layman's term "cleaning or polishing of the teeth" as well as some much needed amalgam fillings. And believe it or not, my first and second molars are still the original ones. Weird eh? And it is probably the reason why my third molars came out a little too late and in a very cramped space.

I do not have the perfect set of teeth either. I wore retainers back in college. I was dead scared of wearing braces. Maybe because back then I was not scared of the metal, I was scared of letting go of my thumb sucking. Yes, I did suck my thumb when I'm not keeping it busy (mostly at home never in public of course). Because of this unhygienic habit, I caused my teeth to deform. But sucking my thumb gave me a different kind of high that I could not explain. It just felt soothing and therapeutic for me. There's a whole list of things that my parents attempted to do in an attempt to stop me from sucking my thumb.

Ahhhhh, I need to stop confessing now. I need another dose of painkiller.



Sunday, November 1, 2009

NOTD: OPI Red

Here's a couple of pictures of how my nails look like right now (excuse the messy sides, I took pictures before cleaning up). Anyway, I applied Orly clear polish as base and then applied two coats of OPI red and then another coat of Orly clear polish.


Yes, I soooo love anything R-E-D! Any shade, any tone...