Monday, September 28, 2009

We hit harder, Ondoy.

*photo from google*


I have several kikay posts in line, but no, this is not the right time to post something cheerful.

I may be in the office, but my mind and heart is somewhere else; worrying about many things.

People [relatives, friends and strangers] who lost their belongings, or their homes, and worse, their loved ones.

People who, as of the moment, are still clinging to their rooftops, hungry and exhausted, and with diminishing hopes for rescue.

It's high time we heed the call for help.

Let's donate whatever we can, extend a hand and volunteer, and offer prayers.



Let's show the bastard Ondoy/Ketama that Filipinos can bounce back, as a nation, stronger, wiser and with bigger hearts; and yes, we hit back harder.

And please, let this be a wake up call of our planet's sick condition - go green, manage your wastes, you can start in your own homes. Say no to plastic, walk more, plant more, maintain your vehicles, the ways to save the planet are limitless.



My friends and I are arranging our own donation campaign, you can start by extending assistance to your officemates, neighbors or even strangers.



Here are some info on where you can channel your donations:



ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya - 413-2667 / 416-0387 / 416-3641

No 13 Examiner Street, Quezon City, Look for Ms Girlie Aragon

ABS-CBN Foundation Inc for overseas donation: 1-800-527-2820 or http://www.abscbnfoundation.org/



GMA KAPUSO FOUNDATION, INC.

2nd Floor GMA Kapuso CenterGMA Network Drive cor. Samar Streets

Diliman, Quezon City 1103

Telephone Nos.: (632) 982.7777 loc. 9901 & 9905



Pls. follow this link for info on drop off points for your donations.

Much Love & Concern,
The NeuroChiq

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Heavy Rain. Heavy Heart.

I was supposed to post this last night in the middle of pouring rain, raging winds and rising water brought by Typhoon Ondoy . But stupid me forgot to charge my laptop and alas, the electricity was cut! I hope everybody is safe at the moment, please continue praying for the Philippines and its people.
***
26 Sep 2009 - 5:00 pm - Typhoon Ondoy hits Manila

I don't know where to start, I've witnessed several floods, from Super Typhoon Rosing in the 90s, and the recent Super Typhoon Millenio. But this is the first time that flood water entered our house! We were actually caught unprepared, and I was still watching news on TV until the electricity was cut and the water outside started rising up like crazy. [I later found out that they opened Angat Dam]. We then knew it was time to save whatever we could. Barely 20 minutes from the blackout, the water was already on our doorstep. We don't have any choice but just save the appliances, my shoes, some books and photo albums and hurriedly went upstairs & pray for the safety of our loved ones. Las Pinas City is among the most affected areas in the Metro, so are Marikina, Quezon City, San Juan etc.

I told my mom not to worry too much about our things, as long as the family [including my dog] are safe. I pray for the safety of my relatives and my friends, most of them are also in LP City and other cities in the Metro. I started calling my cousins and friends, and most of them are also in the same situation. My dad and brotherf abroad called to see if we're okay, until the networks were all down, and I felt disconnected and helpless.

My heart is so heavy, as much as I want to cry over my situation, I still feel blessed that I have a roof over my head, and that our house has a second level. I worry about my fellow Filipinos who are homeless, where else could they go?

Have mercy on us my dear God, please make the rain stop and the flood subside. Please make us safe, I trust my life, and my country on your protective love.

Friday, September 25, 2009

**1st NEUROCHIQ BLOGSALE**

Hello, girls! Just thought of selling some stuffs I don't use anymore, or never used at all, instead of just letting them sit in my closet. I might add more as I unearth them this weekend.
If you're interested, please leave a comment or text me for faster transaction @ 0917 5619670.
Php 60.00 shipping for Metro Manila
Php 100.00 for provinces
via Xend
Thank you & have a great weekend! *Hugs to all*
1. MANGO TURTLENECK LONG SLEEVES SHIRT
Size: S/XS
Condition: New/Never used
Origin: Dubai, UAE
Reason for selling: Doesn't fit me =(
Market Price : 1,200
Selling Price: 600.00
SOLD!
2. COVERGIRL TRUBLEND LIQ. FOUNDATION in WARM BEIGE
Condition: New
Origin: US
Reason for selling: Wrong shade for me =(
Market Price: 650.00
Selling Price: 300.00
3. BEIGE HIPSTER SKIRT (not branded)
Size: 30 - waist/hipster, 14.5 length
Condition: Used 4x
Origin: Christmas Bazaar
Reason for selling: no longer fits me
Orig. Price: 400.00
Selling Price: 150.00
4. OLAY TOTAL EFFECTS (Normal)
Condition: 95%, used 4X
Market Price: 699.00
Selling Price: 350.00
Reason for selling: Doesn't work for me (sad)
SOLD!
5. CG URBAN BASICS ES QUAD
Condition: Swatched 2X
Market Price: 450.00
Selling Price: 150.00
Reason for selling: Too many neutral shades in my make up case
SOLD!


That's it for now.

Much Love,
The NeuroChiq

It's PersonaL


Hi, lovelies. I know I've been MIA for a while now. Truth is, after the grand vacay, things got really complicated [at least inside my mind], and I'm still trying to hold the pieces together =[

I dunno if it's just me, or the monthly mood swings, but I'm fighting hard not to get so affected and just direct my energies to other things more positive. Imagine me breathing in & out. No, I don't need shopping, I've done enough spending therapy the past days, and it's not helping me, nor my wallet, that much.

I haven't even made a post about my trips, nor managed to fix the photos [that is SO NOT ME!]. Well, I think I just have to let this pass. I'm looking forward to a Saturday night with my girls, and a tight hug from the Sweetie to make me breathe normally again.

For now, let me take some pleasure in sharing to you my latest Go Green finds -- All Organics.
I went to this Expo in World Trade last Saturday to get a new dose of my organic cravings, then grabbed a Paulo Coehlo and headed home.

I'm not yet ready to make a review about the organic babies I bought, but for a starter, their RESCUE IN A BOTTLE is a wonder. It smells different than other liniments/rubs in the market that normally makes you smell old. It's not too strong, and is sure to rejuvinate you in a tired, stressful day. It's also very good for motion sickness, so I automatically bought one for the Sweets.

I hope I'll get back on my feet soon enough, I need all the love in this world right now. *Sob* =,[


All Organics
I can't resist it, I had to buy a little of each kind.


This is the perfect time for me to question sanity and madness, and see living in a whole new light.


Friday, September 18, 2009

SLept a Princess, Woke up a Nobody.



It's been a while since I've posted my random (and maybe sometimes, inspirational) thoughts. This blog was born out of my desire to speak my mind; and since I've been very vocal with people around me, I thought shouting my heart to strangers can be more fearless, and will have more impact. Positive or negative is beside the point.

The thing is, though I usually blog about my love for everything that makes & feel people beautiful (in&out), my Green campaign, my Women Empowerment brigade, my love for animals and what have you, the mere act of writing my heart out, is much more liberating for me. Having readers turned friends is more of a bonus, a blessing I really didn't expect at first.

6 years ago, barely of legal age, I hit rock bottom. It's a looong, agonizing story of family pains, more family pains, and well, heartbreaks. If I can summarize everything in a simple line, it would translate to: I slept a princess, and woke up a nobody. I lost all (or almost) important people, and things that/who made my life comfortable for the last 2 decades.

I have piles of sad stories, baggages and skeletons to talk about, but I rather not bore you. After all, I hit rock bottom practically alone, with just few trusted ones as witnesses, and bounced back tougher, meaner and stronger.
I remember Forrest Gump saying this line while running - "My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on."

And what helped me move on? The Prayer of Jabez.



The Prayer of Jabez : Breaking Through to the Blessed Life is an inspirational book published in 2000 by Bruce Wilkinson as the first book in the "BreakThrough" book series.

It is based on the Old Testament passage 1 Chronicles 4:9-10


"Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it not be to my sorrow! God granted him that which he requested."


In the book, Wilkinson encourages Christians to invoke this prayer for themselves on a daily basis:
"I challenge you to make the Jabez prayer for blessing part of the daily fabric of your life. To do that, I encourage you to follow unwaveringly the plan outlined here for the next thirty days. By the end of that time, you'll be noticing significant changes in your life, and the prayer will be on its way to becoming a treasured, lifelong habit."

It's been 6 long years, and I have more years to come, more massive problems to encounter. But as long as I have the Faith and Will to move on, and keep running and keep loving, then I fear not.

Much Love,

The NeuroChiq

NeuroChiq is a Momma...Again.


If you've been following this blog, you probably have an idea on how gaga I am with my dog, Bossing - a year old Shih Tzu. I panic with the sight of him cheerless or sickly. In contrary, I'm really not into kids, and I don't think mommahood instinct will hit me up anytime soon.

But unknowingly, caring for a little dog entails a WHOLE LOT of patience, understanding, and yeah, momma love. Dog handlers (no, I refuse call them/us owners, because I don't think we OWN them), will likely know the feeling when your dog did something super nasty, like chomping 2 of my Vincci shoes in my case, and you really wanted to grab him and throw him out the window!!! Then, you suddenly see their heads tilted with their eyes sparkling, and tails wagging like there's no tomorrow. Then you tell yourself, oh boy, there will be lots of Vincci (VNC) sales, come here and give momma some love! =D

And so, the Sweetie & I decided it's time to up the ante. If we were able to handle a little rascal in Bossing, then we're in for a BIGGER deal. So let me introduce to you, our big black boy - BONGGO.


6 months old Lab - Bonggo
photos taken by the previous handler*

PS: On his first night, he destroyed the washing machine cord, broke the BF's beer bottles, scratched the car, bit the motorcycle cover. We think he has ADHD. Whew. Oh BTW, he stays in the Sweetie's house. [bleh!] =p

Much Love,

The NeuroChiq



Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Designer Label Sale @ ATC : 18-20 September

To all beauty advocates:

A great SALE to check out this weekend, and a good reason to wander in the South & meet some South people like myself ;-)

Much Love,
The NeuroChiq




Wednesday, September 16, 2009

NeuroEAT: UCC Coffee, Westgate Alabang


Type of Cuisine: Japanese, Coffee
Location: UCC Coffee, Westgate Filinvest, Alabang Muntinlupa City

My boss was in the mood for some hefty lunch, after weeks of hardwork with a big project. So a normal office lunch was turned into guilty (I'm not really) feast. And for the 5th consecutive time, we dined in UCC Coffee. Boss always pays the bill, so he can railroad the choices. LOL =p

Fortunately, I'm into Jap food & good strong coffee, so no problemo for me!

I just remembered my former boss who was SOOOO fond of MEAT & Shabu-Shabu, that I often made excuses not to join lunch when he hollers "Brazil!" or "Shabu-Shabu." I loved him nonetheless. Teehee.

Just happened that my trusty camera was with me; so I took some quick shots to share.


Seafood Risotto @ Php 389.00 (about $8.00)
*Photo shows only half serving, since I don't want to load up on rice carbs, and so I decided to giveout the other half.**



Fried Shrimp Toast with Fries & Potato Cucumber Salad @ Php 295.00 (about $6.00)


Mango Orange Mania @ Php 169.00 (about $ 3.40)


Cheesecake Latte @ Php 120.00 (about $ 2.40)
The Verdict:
Seafood Risotto
- Serving size is big, at least for ladies =)
- Shrimps and Squids are perfectly cooked, tender & very juicy
- Sourness of tomato base is just right
- Tasty but still not better than their Chicken & Mushroom Risotto (my fave!)
Fried Shrimp Toast
- Too oily for me
- Shrimps are minced too tiny, I almost can't feel them
- Bread are toasted to crunchy perfection
- Side salad is good, but I'm not really a big fan of cucumber =p
- The fries are just so-so
Mango Orange Mania
- Mango and orange taste bursts into your mouth
- Very refreshing and tastes very fresh and natural
- Served in tall glass
- Sweetness is just right, I hate it when my smoothie is packed with sugar
Cheesecake Latte Coffee
- Too bitter, but a dash of Splenda can do the trick =)
- Where's the cheesecake?
Overall Verdict: They have wide variety of Jap food (rice, pasta, omellete etc.), TONS of desserts, coolers, smoothies and coffee to choose from. If you love eel, then UCC is a must try. I haven't tasted half of their menu yet, but from the 5 consecutive times I dined in UCC, I always end up full & happy =) I give this 8/10.
Much Love,
The NeuroChiq

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Party Eyes by Kavukz

When a girl is blessed with soooo many girlfriends, what more can she ask for?
For one, it won't hurt to be friends with a makeup guru, and be her guinea pig!
**Eye makeup by Christina Chua aka Kavukz**
This is the first time I flaunted smokey eyes, because I honestly can't do it! =[

Yeah, I know I look like a movie villain teehee. Do you remember Cruela David?

Products used for the eyes:
Loreal ES for the brows
MAC ES
NYX Jumbo Pencil in white
Stage Black Kohl Pencil
Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara

The heated eyelash curler did wonders on my usually malnourished lashes!!! Thanks for the tip, babe.
Okay, I'm buying hair dryer just for this.


The Guru @ work


Final look

CG Trublend Liquid Foundie
NARS Blush in Oasis (thanks, BFF)
Ilog Maria organic beeswax lipbalm
F21 nude lipstick in Gentle Peach

And oh, the makeup stayed perfect (amidst the partying!) til wee hours of the morning. =D

Before Gerard Butler, there was Patrick Swayze...



...who swept me off my feet as Sam Wheat in the 1990 romantic drama movie, Ghost. He plays the lead character opposite the then innocent, short haired, Demi Moore.

I was barely 11 years old then, but I admired him for his charm & swagger, which is very natural for a ballet dancer.

It's very sad that he has to go at a fairly young age of 57, after 20 months of battle with the big C. Another huge blow for the entertainment industry, after MJ and Farah. =[

I love you Patrick, and I hope to hear you say "ditto" from heaven.

1952-2009
image from yahoo*

Monday, September 14, 2009

You can Boil @ 50.

I don't know with you, but I was never scared of growing old, nor am I sensitive about my age like most people. It's even considered rude to ask a woman's age, eh?
But aging for me, is irrelevant, as long as you do it GRACEFULLY.
But not to go beyond superficial, aren't these gorgeous women boiling hot @ (almost) 50?


Kylie Minogue @ 41
After winning over the dreaded Big C, how on earth can she still glow like that?


SATC Girls. Hotness loves company.
Kim Catrall @ 53
SJP @ 44
Cynthia Nixon @ 45
Kristin Davis @ 44
Minus SJP's legs, aren't they flawless? Makes me want to get excited to hit the big 5-0.
Much Love,
The NeuroChiq

DOS and TRES


I know, my bad for posting this late. I've been down with the failed Biggest Loser Challenge (sigh*) and been busy with planning my travel last week.
But thanks to the beautiful Em & Kay (such a pleasure to know you!) who gave me these Creative & Beautiful Blogger awards which mad me sing...Uno...Dos...Tres... =p
(as these are my 2nd & 3rd)


Got this from pretty Kay, a stylish & smart young lady, who loves to dress up, shop and live her life beautifully with her cute dogs & her loving prince =)


This one is from Em, light hearted, very sweet girl who believes in soul mates and happy endings =D

Amazing people are everywhere, you just have to be honest & know where to find them.

Much Love,
The NeuroChiq


The BF, the BFF and the PIC

**teaser photos added**



Bebe Ranie, Me, Tara & Chris @ Jetty Port, KK.

I miss them already! *sob*


Glamin' up to party!!!

Me,Chris & Tara


Me and the Sweetie @ Bora

(yeah, he always looks mad tehee.)



I'm fat, and heavy, and a strong BF is a must. =p


Hello beauties! I just got back from more than a week of vacay, first with the Sweetie in Boracay, and second with the BFF, Tara, in Kota Kinabalu [where I visited my Malaysian PIC, kavukz]. I can live a life without a posh phone, drive an old car, or give up all vices in the world including alcohol, but never my travels.

My head is still spinning but I needed to drag my a** to work because my mailbox can explode any minute. I missed you so much so I decided to make a quick [and boring] note.

I'll get back to you with stories, MORE MORE photos and a whole lot of the crazy life I have lived the past week.

I promise.

Much Love,
The NeuroChiq

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

When all you awfully got is...

...body ache from all the walking, swimming, camwhoring & drinking, should you still need some mefenamic acid? Na-ah.


God's creation is so great, I'm stilll overwhelmed. I better book our next trip when I get home. =)

Have a great day beauties!

Much Love,
The NeuroChiq

Monday, September 7, 2009

What's with alcohol?

...that some people

-can spend their last penny
-can walk half a kilometer
-can giveup precious beauty sleep
-can pretend it wasn't raining
-can actually believe something bitter can be so sweet?

Under its magical influence, I must say, it's not the alcohol itself;

but the feeling it gives you, the power, the confidence, the freedom.

Alcohol isn't bad after all. You just have to be the master, and never the slave.

Goodnight!

Much Love,
The NeuroChiq

Sunday, September 6, 2009

When KJ joins Boracay



Hello lovelies!

It's the start of my midyear break today, I won't work for 9 days, 9 freakin' days off in 3 years! I can't believe I was that workaholic, I worked as soon as I walked down the graduation stage & never took a break this long til now [it's about time eh?].


The Sweetie & some friends from the office will be in Bora for 4 days & 3 nights of fun, but the weather has been a big KJ, as heavy rains last night flooded the streets in my part of the world & we arrived in the airport 20 mins before departure. whew. With all the hassle, it's so good to know I now have a wonderful man to put up with all the drama. I can be evil sometimes.

But all's well now, I'm lying on my belly, in a white comfy bed, enjoying the cozyness of this resort, and yep, talking to my beauties here =D

It's still rainy outside, but sun will shine tomorrow, breathe in, breathe out =p

I'll keep you posted, of course. Have a great night!


Much Love,

The NeuroChiq

Friday, September 4, 2009

BLank Face

In this times of professional uncertainties,
all I can do is...
breathe in, breathe out...
never question His plans,
and just swipe some organic gloss.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sad and Thinking...

A scene from the movie, The Cure.

Dexter: Suppose you kept going another 18 billion light years, what if there's nothing out there? Suppose you kept going another trillion times further, so far out you see nothing. The light from the universe would be fainter than the faintest star. Infinitely cold. Infinitely dark. Sometimes if I wake up and it's dark, I get really scared, like I'm out there and I'm never coming back.

Erik: Here, hold onto this when you sleep. And if you wake up and you're scared, you'll say, "Wait a minute. I'm holding Eric's shoe. Why the hell would I be holding some smelly basketball shoe a trillion light years from the universe? I must be here on earth, safe in my sleeping bag, and Eric must be close by."
Have you ever felt so helpless, so lost, and so irrelevant? I did, and I can't even start counting the times.
Isn't it nice that someone, too far from being perfect, in their most unique (even pathetic) way, just let you know, that the world can melt down this very minute, but he's not moving.
Friends. Not everyone is lucky.



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Animalistic Intentions.


Since I'm outside the Metro, I'm supposed to be off to bed early tonight. I have a book to finish, and a full day of planning & some other sessions tomorrow. No gimmicks, not even alcohol. Just cool breeze of the uphill, all good, except that I can't seem to stop lemming about my first love, SHOES.

I was so sad last Sunday, because after hours of shoe hunting during a mallwide sale, I ended up with nothing but a DQ Sandwich (yummy though)

And so I surfed the net, and found new loves! But the shipping cost kills me =(

I'm hitting the mall when I get back in Manila, or maybe I can hold it until my KK with the BFF and the PIC from Malaysia next week. Vincci, I can almost smell you. =)

A few finds, I'm drooling over:

Leopard prints & hotpink

I'm so into peep toes

Gorgeous Giraffe


I'll dream about you tonight
I'm sleeping thinking these skyrocket heels are on my bedside =)
Goodnight beauties. *Smoochies*
Much Love,
The NeuroChiq





NeuroNAILS: SanSan Frosted Rose Quartz


Goodmorning, beauties! In a few minutes, I'm off to Antipolo for a 3-day plannig session/away day with the whole company; and thanks to wifi, because I won't miss reading your posts =D

I rarely, rarely paint my fingernails. My toenails are forever painted, but my fingernails are often left untouched, because: 1.) no matter how expensive the polish is, I still manage to ruin it/chips off easily & chipped nails look awful & untidy! [maybe because I'm not light handed] 2.) i can't paint my right hand with my left hand perfectly

My mom bought this polish, and since it was a long weekend & I actually liked the color, I decided to take a shot. I hope it wasn't a hot mess as I know some of you are excellent nail artists!! =D


Frosted Rose Quartz

Nail art isn't for me; I think solid, classy nails fit my personality better =)



PS: My nails are already chipped as I type this =,( ANY TRICK TO MAKE IT LAST LONGER? I always use a basecoat & topcoat but nothing seems to work =(
The shuttle is beeping, I'm off now, take care! *Smooches*
Much Love,
The NeuroChiq




When Failing means I'm Happy

CJ7 movie; photo from google.
I was so inspired by this feel good movie I watched last night, about a poor kid with a great dad & an alien friend who changed their lives in many ways than one =)
*sigh* I'm still a kid at heart. <3
If you ever get to meet me in person, I can assure you that you won't find me sweet, or nice, or friendly. (That's why I'm so glad when some of you, lovelies, think I'm NICE =p)
My aura has always been tough, radical & independent. I'm a Taurus and born in the year of the strongheaded Ox. And being such, "failing" for me, is always out of the question.
2 months ago, I launched a challenge against myself, on getting back to shape, after gaining so much upon entering the corporate world. Now on its 7th week, I'm a few pounds lighter, but still very very far from my goal. In a week's time, I'm hitting Bora and Kota Kinabalu beaches for my midyear break, and yes, I think I failed miserably.
On Saturday night, I'll post the final measures as promised. I'm more surprised than anybody else because I actually failed my goal, and yet I'm smiling right now. Strange, I know. But why?
Here are some reasons I can think of:
1. I have the BIGGEST and the BEST family ever. I may have sacrificed a few more pounds on joining the family dinners, gatherings and outings during my aunt's and cousin's 3- week vacay in the Philippines, but if that means I savored the lost years we should have been together, then hell, I can manage.
2. I have the BEST girl/boyfriends ever. Giving in to our Chocomint Coffee cravings, talks about life & anything in between, and a refreshed feeling after a good weekend, is worth the pounds I never burned in the gym.
3. I have the BEST BF ever (for me, of course=]). A tub of ice cream on DVD marathon days, laughing our worries out over honest to goodness meals, and pigging out on a free buffet we won, are only a few moments I won't regret. The Sweetie even likes me better with mass =D
So yeah, I may have failed, but I'm still happy with the humble pounds I lost, if that means I get to enjoy the company of the people that matters to me most.
Besides, there's always a next time. So ladies, you can strangle me now. =p
Much Love,

The NeuroChiq