Sunday, November 29, 2009

OOTD: Red Love


QUICK POST my girls, I barely have minutes to spare nowadays, and I'm missing you! =(

I dropped a few pounds from stress & hardwork I've been through lately, so I guess there's always a positive side to everything.



Red Asymmetric Ruffled Top (bazaar)
Skinny jeans from F & H
Banig Flats from Sewn
Belt from Ruins (BF)
Messy Waves / Failed Curls



I look especially fat & unrealistically short from the camera's angle (from top), I feel like Goliath is looking down on me or something. But as long as my sandals are showing, I'm fine with it. =)




Clueless.


I would have paired a really nice white skirt or some acid washed shorts, but with the errands lined up that day, I needed something more wearable in places like Cartimar --- I swear the top itself gathered enough weird stares. I couldn't care less. ;-)
Misserably Missing Blogspot,
The NeuroChiq

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Love for things Filipino


No matter how much I hate the extreme heat, dirty politics, and getting stuck for four hours of heavy traffic, I still love the Philippines. Thus, I show my support in every way possible. I travel locally, I vote diligently, I pay my taxes, I obey traffic rules and I'm strict on my Go Green advocacy. And yep, I buy PINOY.

That's why I feel elated that young Filipino talents, especially in the beauty and fashion industry, are emerging everywhere. I'd like to think that I'm also a budding Pinay entrepreneur, pulling some strings for my beloved homeland. And so what better (and delightful!) way to show support to my fellow Pinays? SHOP! It's one of the things I'm really good at!


SEWN Sandals with colorful abacca strings

Is this genius or what?

SEWN Sandals with banig
Watch my back.

I visited the Four Seasons Bazaar in Bellevue, Alabang, and I met this very nice lady, Ms. Mariel Veluz, the owner and designer of SEWN SANDALS. I asked her if the sandals were locally made, since I like buying Filipino stuff, and she proudly presented these lovely pairs. Both were made from known local materials, ABACCA and BANIG, and especially designed for the recent Global Pinoy Bazaar, thus, very limited. I can't afford not to have one, or two. =)

Pretty on the rack, prettier when worn.


Excuse me, I'm not blessed with pretty feet.
TFS Hot Pink polish courtesy of my lovely friend, Kay. Thank you darl!

SEWN has so many pretty and unique designs to choose from, and the prices won't leave you broke. I got both for only Php 1,000. The Sweetie even liked it so much that he asked me to wear the Banig sandals that same day going to the mall. It's comfy, unique, very classy, affordable and 100% Pinoy. I'm truly a convert.
If there were more Pinoy talents like her, then we can save the Philippines, ONE SHOE AT A TIME!


Find them at:
Sewn Sandals Store
BF Parañaque Night Market (aka Ruins)

Still On leave but with much Love,
The NeuroChiq

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

THANK YOU, HELLO & GOODBYE.


My drafts are lined up, all waiting to be published. I write with with my mind [as I daydream], I write with my pen and paper [with my trusty notebook] and I write via Blogger. I write for work, though those are legal notes. I write to document my life because I only live once, and my memory won't be as sharp when I'm 60. I also write for the simple pleasure of doing it. Every venue for expression is my thing, be it photography, painting (which I'm dying to revive!), videos - writing.

But my life had been chaotic the past weeks, not really a negative thing for me, as I perform best under pressure, but it made me realize 24 hours a day isn't really enough. I want to do so many things, but the clock won't cooperate to stop ticking! Needless to say, I'm exhausted and my batteries are running low.

And so I'm taking a leave of absence, to let my body breathe and regain its best state. Sleepless nights had taken its toll on my skin, and now my full time job requires me to complete a Legal thing task that is due in 30 days. You know how corporate legal things work? ON TIME OR DEAD. It's almost impossible to do it unless I start working 12 hours a day on Saturdays - and that excludes my errands for home and business. Ah life!

So before my doomsday, hear me say THANK YOU, HELLO & GOODBYE.


THANK YOU!!!
To all the people who contributed to the success of my shop - House of Organics - @ the recently concluded Global Pinoy Bazaar held in Rockwell last 14-15 November. I LOVE YOU TO DEATH!
My Sweets - for the 24/7 help
My Girlfriends - for driving all the way to Rockwell to support me (we are South people ;-))
My Business Partners -Jamie, Edilee & Jasmine
And to everyone who dropped by to support & say HI! =)


Bazaar Entrance

My humble booth is a mess, photo taken almost closing time =)
In the photo: Me, Yhel, Karen & Tara


Another THANK YOU!!!

To the lovely, Kay, for sending me these fantabulous prizes from her giveaway. I <3 you sweetie, and I'm meeting you soon, eh? =)



And my most favorite part of the loot is her sweetest note =)



HELLO!!!

To Singapore, in 2 months, YEY! I promised myself to revisit, because I fell inlove with it during my first tour (ALONE) last year =) I'll be bringing the Sweets with me this time so it will be twice as fun!

Image from google*

My first visit: October 2008
And finally, GOODBYE to you, for now. I'll be around to spy on your sites once in a while and post sporadically, but I think I'll be needing most of my time for work and business and some travel prep, at least for the next 30 days. It kills me just thinking about the 12-hour work on Saturdays, but I have to do it and kick the b*tch.
I'm putting my game face on.
I'll miss you!
Much Love,
The NeuroChiq


Friday, November 13, 2009

On the pages of Manila Bulletin

Happy Friday!

Just a quick Friday update before I lose myself this super hectic weekend. Remember my post on saying goodbye to my beloved Agatep and the animal print OOTD?

Well, that outfit is for the farewell dinner that my company prepared for Agatep, thanking them for the 7 wonderful years of partnership. And guess what? It landed on the pages of Manila Bulletin today. ;-p

IKR, Agatep is a PR Agency, and they have the loveliest Media Relations girls, so it's almost an everyday thing for them, but it's still a treat for me. It left me all giddy this morning. Yay!

Have a great weekend, girls! If you have the time on Saturday or Sunday, I'll be in Global Pinoy Bazaar, booth 72A.

Cheers to all!

Much Love,
The NeuroChiq



***Orig. photo courtesy of Shell Comms. Dept.***


**Manila Bulletin**

Von Lacorte (Agatep PR Consultant), Dang Villanueva (former Agatep PR Consultant), Sheila Pino (Agatep Media Relations Executive), Mark Gutierrez (former Agatep PR Consultant) and Frances Crisol (Agatep Media Relations Manager) @ Le Souffle Restaurant, The Fort, Taguig last November 6.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Supporting Pinoy & Organics!



Hi lovelies! I'm inviting you all to come and see me - House of Organics - at the Global Pinoy Bazaar in Rockwell Tent this coming weekend, November 14-15, from 9am to 9pm.

HOUSE OF ORGANICS is in BOOTH number 72, facing/very
near the side door of Rockwell Tent.

Let's support Filipino products and share the Organic Goodness to your friends & family!


Please spread the word. See you there!


PS: I will be there the whole time, so drop by if you're around, I'd love to meet you guys in person & have a chit-chat! =)


Much Love,
The NeuroChiq



Yabang Pinoy, the pioneering Filipino Pride movement behind shouting proud Filipinos, entrepreneurs and consumers alike, is also behind the success of Global Pinoy Bazaar, an annual assembly of individuals passionate about being Filipino and the potential of Filipino products. On its fifth year, Yabang Pinoy promises the biggest and best yet, at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2009.

On November 14 and 15, 2009, just a hop and a skip away from Christmas, that most important season in any Filipino’s year, Yabang Pinoy invites its advocates and volunteers to once again demonstrate a true Consumer Revolution with Global Pinoy Bazaar 2009 at the Rockwell Tent, Makati City. It is time once more to champion quality Filipino products made with pride, and as citizens, take part in nation-building, so that the Philippines may take its place among the world’s biggest and greatest economies. Much like two years ago, Filipino entrepreneurs, sporting Filipino concepts and ideas and promising to maximize local materials and labor, will again launch limited edition products revolving around the theme of Indigenous Pop designs inspired by local icons, stories, materials, cultures, and traditions. Do something different for your Christmas shopping list this year: Support Pinoy, Shop Pinoy!

To know more about the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2009 and the Yabang Pinoy movement and be a part of this Filipino Consumer Revolution, visit
http://www.yabangpinoy.com.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

FOTD/OOTD and ANGELS say hi & goodbye.


Hi ladies, how are you? I just got back from the province, after a beloved cousin passed away from a congenital spleen failure. He's just 8 =*( A part of me is somehow thankful that he is now at peace and will no longer feel pain. He had been receiving blood transfusions almost every 3months since birth! I can't understand how a little boy endured that. But he is now with our Creator, and an angel for sure. Love & Kisses to you Vanni!

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On a lighter note, another angel, my goddaughter, Sophie, is now officially a Catholic. =) I'm a bad ninang, because I missed the church ceremony =( I swear, I tried to be on time, but I've been everywhere, from the province to the organic farm (for business), and so I came just in time for reception. Sooo sorry!

Here are some snaps:

Baby Sophie; isn't she the cutest thing?? I have to keep myself from pinching her!


The proud godmothers

And just to share my 15 minute-FOTD while the Sweets drove like he's in Daytona USA, just so we can make it on time.

Products Used:
L'oreal TrueMatch MMU Foundation in Vanilla Nude
Fanny Serrano Soft Eye Pencil in deep brown (as brow and eye liner)
Nichido Trio Blush (pink) from Kay's blogsale
Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara in brown
CG EyeShadow Ice Queen Collection
All Organics Strawberry Lipbalm
No lipcolor this time

My skin is in bad condition, I have zits on my right cheek and chin. =*(


The light seemed to washout my ES in the picture, though I intentionally applied light makeup, because of my breakouts, and because IT WAS FREAKIN' HOT these days!


OOTD
Teal Tunic top from BF Ruins (I forgot the name of the shop!)
Strappy White Flats from Marikina (Go Pinoy!)
Vintage Necklace and Earrings from Australia


I'm under a lot of stress lately, from personal matters to work and business. The Global Pinoy Bazaar I'm joining is just 4 days away, and I stay up til' wee hours for the prep. Whew. Hopefully, it'll be successful, or at least, worth the sweat. =P
I'm sending the invites tomorrow, I promise. Bye for now!
Much Love,
The NeuroChiq


Sunday, November 8, 2009

OOTD: Animal Print

My colleague is trying out her new Canon 500, and I am the one nearest to her, so you know what happens next. =)
OOTD:
Animal Print Tunic Blouse - bazaar
Skinny Pants - bazaar
VNC Shoes
UrbanPosh Bag
Flywear Shades
Genevieve Gozum Slim Studded Belt











After the shoot, we headed to a dinner at The Fort, but will share photos separately. Darn, I need to take m diet seriously. I hope you are having a blast! =)
Much Love,
The NeuroChiq

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Turkish Delight


My big boss came back recently from a 3-week vacation, roaming around Europe, including the Eurasian Country – Turkey. That’s one hell of life, I know. My biggest dream is to get lost around the world, and to do that while I’m still at my prime, and not a millionaire on wheelchair. Any job you have that comes with it? I’m sending you my resume! =D


The Celsius Library, one of the famous ancient ruins located in Ephesus, Turkey.
*Image from google
I’m a traveler by heart, albeit for now, the only places I can stick on my scrapbook are that of some local provinces (that I love!), and several Asian countries where visa isn’t a requirement. But I’m not giving up on this dream, especially that Cebu Pacific has started a seat sale trend, which is crazy and brilliant at the same time, and Air Asia can bring you to London for not more than Php 30,000! It’s just too bad that I may not afford my favorite Coke in Europe. LOL.


Mother Mary's last home, before her Assumption to Heaven. It now serves as a chapel, and a destination for pilgrims and tourists.
And since I think my boss finds me useful, he brought me these:


Turkish Delight: Sweet chewy jelly with powdered sugar outside and nuts inside.
If we are of same generation, I'm sure you'll remember the bright red jelly squares with powdered sugar that you can find in practically any sari-sari store. Turkish Delight is very similar with that, minus the color and add the nuts. =)
And Because I’m a Europe-ignorant girl, I made google useful, and found these about Ephesus:

“Ephesus (Ancient Greek Ἔφεσος, Turkish Efes) was an ancient Roman and Greek city on the west coast of Anatolia, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek period.”

“Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. It is also the site of a large gladiators' graveyard.”
I’m a Catholic, but I honestly have no clue that Mother Mary’s house is in present day Turkey. (Do you? Am I the only one clueless here?) And thanks to the boss, I now have a piece of it with me. Years from now, when I’m more ready and able, I’ll fulfill that European trip of mine, and I’m amenable to skip shopping and cola. *wink*

Holy Water from the spring inside Mother Mary's house. Pilgrims drink the water which is believed to be miraculous.


See how great and infectious traveling can be? =D It got me giddy by merely thinking of it!
Have a wonderful weekend to all!

Much Love,
The NeuroChiq

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Dashing Psychopath


...that's Gerard Butler, playing Clyde Shelton, in the action thriller movie Law Abiding Citizen. The movie is about a brilliant family man who took the law in his hands after the brutal killing of his family, and half served justice. Cliche? Not really. He used intelligence over random violence to get what he wanted...and the District Attorney (Jamie Foxx) learned he wanted more than revenge.

I'm keeping myself from telling too much about this film, so as not to spoil it for you. But if you like a dose of thrill and action, then you're in for a BIG TREAT.

The Sweets and I have been waiting for the release, and hit the cinema on its first day. It's totally worth my lack of sleep and money! [I'm still missing the 140 bucks spent on Patient X, duh.]

November is a moviegeek month, 2012 and New Moon are coming too. Watch Law Abiding Citizen, and see the most handsome killer I've ever seen. Teehee. Well, a big fan is entitled to her own thoughts! =P



Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What I'm Lovin' Right Now...

Enough about my rantings and drama, I don't want you feeling the Monday blues after reading my previous post. Truth is, I'm feeling a little bit lighter upon reading the comments from you guys, and because I'm finished lurking your sites, too! =) Plus a good news from the lovely Kay, because I won her blog giveaway, the hot pink package no less! I hope this feeling can keep me up until dismissal. So now, let's contradict the negative energies the past weekend, breathe in, breathe out, and back to my regular post.

What I'm loving right now? LONG CARDIGANS!!!

You will rarely, rarely see me wearing long sleeves. For one, it's damn hot/humid in the Philippines, (even when it's typhoon season!), and also because I don't think long sleeves flatter my volup physique. But when I tried a long cardigan, my views about it were never the same. Why? It's a classic piece in a girl's wardrobe. It's timeless, effortlessly chic, and you can make a thousand look with it. You can wear it with flats, heels, boots, what have you.

As I said, a thousand and one looks:

WITH SKINNY PANTS
WITH DRESS/BELTED
WITH NOTHING! If you are daring =P
And my most favorite,
WITH SHORTS
I got a slightly similar one with below, difference is, this one is from Joias, which costs roughly around Php 3,500 (USD 85.00), and I got mine in a regular bazaar for just Php 350.00. I can be a cheapo. =)

And this is how I wear mine, on a simple grocery day.
Black Istanbul shirt from Zara + long gray cardigan
Checkered shorts from Landmark
White Strappy Flats from Marikina
*Sorry for the shaky hands=blurry photos*
I'm crazy about it, because it hides my thighs while still being sexy, and so I can finally wear my skimpy, or as the Sweetie calls it, slutty shorts without getting malicious looks here and there. Bleh.
I still want another one in black or white, or both. I don't mind getting several since they are wearable, and definitely worth keeping for years!
How about you guys, any current loves?
*Images from google*
Much Love,
The NeuroChiq

Monday, November 2, 2009

Desperate.



I just finished the 3rd season of my favorite suspense/thriller TV series, Supernatural. The last episode ended with one of the lead (Sam Winchester), desperately trying to save the life of his older brother (Dean Winchester) from the demon, to whom he sold his soul (ironically to save Sam). Sam failed, and Dean went to hell. I was frustrated, not only because Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) is my ultimate love, nor because I don't have the season 4 yet, but because it got me thinking about my own life, and what I had to give up for my loved ones. How I wish life is as simple as TV drama, and if it is, then I’ll be joining them kicking some demons’ a*s.

“You wouldn’t know your capacity, unless you are desperate enough.”


People tease me that I should have been born a man, the "goons" type. The problem is, because everybody knows I’m a tough nail, everybody thinks I won’t need help anytime. Okay, I’m not affectionate, but I know feelings, frustrations, and limitations, just like anyone else. I can, and have taken care of myself and a whole bunch of people for the past years, and I have repeatedly given up my wants, swallowed my pride, and done things that make me sick until now, just so I can keep other people comfortable, proud and protected. I intentionally forgot that even machines need some rest, and grown ups can cry at night, too. I’m so worried about taking care of everyone around me, that I lost my own self in the picture. I have given enough, and I sure deserve some break from being the perfect steelwork they expect me to be. I need space, and air, I need to breathe. I should stop programming myself, I need to start living my own life, a careless, risky, bold one. I have to start pursuing my own dreams, realizing what makes me happy, like more-than-24 hours-happy. ME, not them. ME, not everyone.

I can’t let other people down, but does it mean I have to let go of myself, too? It scares me that I feel worthless, that my feelings are unstable, and that I’m a ticking time bomb, destructive to my own self. I can’t build if I’m broken, and I can’t give what I don’t have.

When will I be desperate enough and start giving up everything, not for anyone I love, but for myself whom I have denied a tad too many times? =/


02 November 2009
3:15 am