Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
My Silver Birthday Giveaway ended last Tuesday, but I haven't found the time to tabulate and announce the winners until today! Zync is soft opening next Friday, so you can imagine me running around after 5pm (or after my day job), to squeeze in errands, meetings with suppliers, scouting of few itsy bitsy pieces and what have you!
That's also the reason why I haven't posted any reviews, EOTDs, FOTDs or OOTDs, because I haven't worn makeup worth sharing the past days. The only things I slap on my face each day are anti-acne gel, Etude House BB cream in the morning and Kiehl's organic skin repair moisturizer at night. And if I ever wake up 5 minutes earlier than usual, then I'll have luxury of having time to put some blush before going to work.
But despite that, I can't keep you waiting, I actually feel bad for delaying the announcement for a day already, and so, without further ado, here are the 2 winners that were chosen randomly:
And here comes the tricky part. I didn't expect to receive much entries - total of 36 to be exact (it's not much for other seasoned blogger's giveaways, I know!), but I'm touched and overwhelmed and I sincerely thank you all for taking time to answer. It's rewarding to know my readers' thoughts and opinions more. And it will also help me improve NeuroChiq for the better, so thank you! =)
But there has to be a winner, and my heart voted for:
And as stated in my givewaway rules, FIRST ONE TO EMAIL ME gets to choose their prize! Please send me your full name, shipping address including zipcodes and state the prize of your choice at dang(underscore)villanueva(at)yahoo(dot)com.
Until next time! Cheers!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
If you've been here long enough, you would know how inlove I am with GOOD FOOD. Nope, good doesn't always mean expensive [though make sure that price doesn't sacrifice the QUALITY of your food/health]. In fact, a huge chunk of my pay is dedicated to make my tummy happy. A happy tummy is a happy heart, and so it's not surprising why I also got into the food business!
Food is also one of my top priorities when I travel, during my first time in KL, I indulged in their street food strip known as "hawkers". Their food is so flavorful (and spicy), thanks to gazillion spices God knows I can't even pronounce, that I think I ate too much, I ended up with bumps and rashes. I didn't know where exactly I got the allergies but I still ate there the second time around, though I made sure I was armed with some anti-histamines. LOL.
Honestly, this post is written for the sole purpose of showing you these pictures. I spent my whole Saturday buying, marinating and cooking these yummy Kebabs, each made from scratch, with fresh spices (some are secret), no instant marinades! So believe it or not, yours truly can cook, and happen to be good at it. Ahem.
I guess my grandmothers successfully passed their kitchen genes to me. My mom's mama is a certified Kapampangan cook, and you know how "Cabalens" rate in the kitchen, while my dad's mama is a certified Tagala who got her cooking skills from her Spanish descent and through years of feeding 8 children! =)
Enjoy the photos, and I assure you, they taste as good as they look!
Messy. But that's how I get the magic going.
Slowly but Surely.
If you want to experience these authentic Kebabs (in bigger servings) and MORE, you may visit our new Resto and Grill, ZYNC, which we will be soft launching on June 04, Friday, 6pm onwards. I’ll post the formal invites soon. =)
Zync Kebab & Grill
209 Aguirre St., BF Homes,
Monday, May 24, 2010
For the love of sharing BEAUTIFUL things, I skipped my afternoon retouch session and blogged about this instead! Oh yes, I love you like that. =)
[And also because I'm soo overwhelmed by the positive response/entries to my SILVER BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY that ends tomorrow!]
Call your barkada NOW, grab your trusty camera and join KFC's Sweet Escape Photo Contest.
Click to enlarge the photos below to see the mechanics, or head directly to their website by clicking HERE.
But I should warn you, me and my GFs are such fab (and somehow geeky) travelers, and with 400,00 peso worth of getaway at stake, you're in for a competition, baby! Dead. Serious. =P
Sweetest escape, everyone! *smooches*
Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Happy Monday! Pat me on my back, because I SELDOM see Mondays as anything close to happy. But a soulful weekend gave me all the reason to be fresh and sparkling despite getting up early on my least favorite day.
So where have I been? Nowhere really.
Me and my FEMALE cousins have this notoriously high alcohol tolerance -- not sure if it has something to do with our genes -- that our male cousins, BFs and friends find weird but equally amusing. But amongst us, I got the mojo for liquors instead of beer, which I exercised fully during my haywire drinking days, until I got tired of it and left the glass untouched not until last Friday with my most favorite female cuz, and my cuz-in-law to be. Good times!
Talking about wedding gowns for my cousin's bride-to-be, Kyle, our OWN DRESSES and of course, the W-I-L-D Bridal Shower that I will be spearheading for her!!! The Sweets will plan the Stag Party for the groom, well, let's just see who gets the most fun. LOL.
I hope you had a great weekend, and if you did, tell me about it! =)
Much Much Love,
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
A day after the Philippine National Election, I'm still in awe. My voting experience is actually bitter sweet. At 9am, Sweets and I drove his mom to her precint, hoping to finish early, but it turned out that 9am is a tad too late. Her precint was located on the third level of a HS building, but upon arriving, the line already reached ground floor! The reason for this? A PCOS machine malfunctioned. After nearly an hour of waiting in the open grounds, with the sun shining mercilessly, we decided to leave. BF's mom has hypertension and already suffered from stroke 3 years ago, and the situation was just too risky for her. In fact, two men were brought down from the precints in stretchers, probably passed out because of the heat! Scary sight.
After lunch, I drove home to fetch mom and to vote (I saw Cavite police and some politician's private army exchange fires in the highway!), but with the earlier ordeal, I decided to sleep first and just vote late in the afternoon. And that was the best decision ever. We arrived at our precint at 6:20 pm, no more lines, and though the public school classrooms were still very humid, at least we were spared from the killer afternoon heat and from claustrophobia.
The voting procedures were fairly easy, and I'm done in less than 10 minutes! But what really surprised me is that I already saw unofficial tallies that same night! Before I went to bed, they are already at 59%! It's a HUGE HUGE improvement from the manual elections where you have to wait for weeks and even months to see the results --thus, giving more time and opportunities for cheating, and worse, for violence.
We are nearing 100% as I type this, and though my presidential and vice-presidential bets didn't make it, I'm just too glad to have exercised my right, and became part of this historical moment. And though there are technical glitches here and there (hey, it's our first!), let's admit it, automation made a LOT OF WONDERFUL DIFFERENCE. Voting is one important step, but our plates are full in the coming days, not only for the president-to-be, but for each Juans and Marias (Filipinos). God Bless our land in the next six years!
Oh BTW, hot momma Shobe of LittleBeautyBag is holding an Anniv/Mom's Day Giveaway, do check her blog for details, okay? And start reading her posts, I'm sure you'll love her as much as I do! Goodluck! See the pretty things she prepared below. =)
Friday, May 7, 2010
Moving on, the title is a huge clue. Today, I'm reviewing some affordable lippies that can actually wow you for its price and quality. I'm talking about the not-so-new Bench Paintbox Lipsticks. You see, I stopped buying any makeup product from Bench after HS, since my taste became a bit more interested with brands that really specialize in cosmetics. But one afternoon, after wandering for a good hour in PCX, I checked neighboring Bench shop, and like a perfect movie setting, their yummy hand sanitizers are displayed just beside the makeup counter, and so I swatched and purchased two staple colors anyway: JUICY RED and PINK POSH.
If there's something that appealed to me more than the price tag, it's definitely the neat packaging. I failed to take a picture of the box, but it's shiny silver and pink with a nice font, and I hope you agree with me that the tube is very elegant and looks expensive, eh?
- Elegant packaging
Overall Verdict: 8.5/10 I got more than what I expected. For Php198.00, this is definitely a good buy. IMO, staying power is better than NYX, and though it tends to dry my lips a bit, a swipe of balm before applying this lipstick solves the problem. The SPF is quite low, but still better than none. If you want creamy, shiny lips without the glitters (I personally hate it), then go ahead and buy one. Just be careful because this tends to plump lips, so gloss is not really necessary. =)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Red eyes and swollen lids, that's what greeted me this morning. But I'm not problematic (not that much), I'm just a cry baby when it comes to animals - dogs, cats, horse, anything but rodents. Last night, Sweets and I tested the 32" JVC LCD TV we bought for our restobar ( I badly want one for my room!!! =[), and since it's a workday, I wanted something light, a feel good movie that is HACHI: A Dog's Tale.
But alas, I was sobbing like a kid half the time, and another 30 minutes after watching. Touching won't even fit the bill. If you're a dog lover like me, lucky us! If you're not, Hachi can still change your mind.
I won't spoil your mood, just grab that DVD and tell your seatmate you might soak his/her shirt. =P
And my, it's a true story. Curious me has researched about this wonder dog years before this movie.
Happy Wednesday Watching!
And of course, the Hachis of my life!