Friday, July 30, 2010

OOTD: Remembering By








I'm sentimental with my things. In fact, I keep my clothes forever, because at one point in the future, I know they'll be a great match with something. It's also a great way to remember milestones in your life. Have you ever find yourself smiling when you see a piece of your wardrobe and a crazy thought or memory comes rushing in? Like that idiot first boyfriend, or the nervous first kiss, or how about the time your mom caught you sneaking back to your room at 3am after getting drunk with Gin Pomelo? (If you're my age, you woudl know that! Haha!)

I get that a lot! It's fun right? But really, it's just another excuse for us to fill up our closets. Girls can never have enough.

OOTD:
Leopard Print Dress - Some bargain bazaar, I forgot where. An absolute favorite!
Gray Cardigan - BF Ruins
White & Gold Slim Belt - YRYS
Suede Pointed Flats - So Fab!
Watch - VNC (KL) aka Vincci
Pearl Bracelet - Bangkok

Friday has been treating me well, and I can't be happier. I hope the best for you, too!

Your NeuroChiq,
Dang

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Oh Man, They are Real!


This website is entertaining me much recently. Just this morning, I found out that Drew Barrymore's character Lucy, in one of my favorite films (which also happened to be the me and Sweetie's first date, damn, that long ago?) 50 First Dates, is actually a real person! And with the perfect, super loving husband, too! I honestly thought no such man walk the planet. Sue me.


Every day, Michelle Philpots wakes up next to a man who has to convince her they are married. When she expresses doubt, he takes out a photo album and shows her pictures of their wedding 13 years ago. Only then does amnesiac Mrs Philpots accept she is talking to her husband, Ian, and that everything he has told her is true. The 47-year-old's condition was caused by brain injuries sustained in two road accidents. She can recall everything up to 1994 but since then everything that happens on one day is forgotten the next. Her case echoes 50 First Dates, the 2004 movie in which Adam Sandler tries to woo Drew Barrymore, who has no day-to-day memory following a car crash. LINK



I watched this movie more than 5 times, and it never fails to make make me roll with laughter and shiver with "KILIG!!!"
And yes, the stranded European played by Tom Hanks in the movie Terminal, is a real dude, too. But less cuter. Peace!

“The Terminal” is a moving tale, where Tom Hanks plays the victim of the modern world. That a man could spend months stuck in diplomatic limbo living in an airport may seem far-fetched, but in fact, the movie is inspired by a real-life character who lived at terminal one of Paris Charles De Gaulle airport. The living urban legend is Mehran Nasseri, known as “Sir Alfred” to those who work at the airport. Stranded without papers, Nasseri was a stateless refugee from Iran, unwanted by any nation. Having claimed to have one British parent, he decided to settle in the UK in 1986, but en route to there in 1988, his briefcase containing his papers was stolen in Paris. Despite this setback, he boarded the plane for London but was promptly returned to France when he failed to present a passport to British immigration. He was initially arrested by the French, but then released as his entry to the airport was legal and he had no country of origin to be returned to. A red plastic bench beside a luggage store was his home for no less than 18 years. Director Steven Spielberg may have moved the airport to New York for his movie and made Hank's character East European, but there's no doubt who the movie is based on. Nasseri's life at the airport ended in July 2006 when he was hospitalized and his sitting place dismantled. LINK

For the rest of the list, click HERE. It's a cool read!
Happy Thursday, darlings! The week is almost over, so show me some smile and love alright? =)

Your NeuroChiq,
Dang








Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ultra Mega Plastic Money



Trying to conceal the obvious



This morning, our receptionist called and asked me to personally pick up my new credit card from the lobby. I was surprised and quick to tell her that I wasn't expecting any delivery today, much more if it's another plastic money. But fearing that the card might end up in the wrong hands, I picked it up only to call the bank as soon as I got back on my desk and cancelled it.


Truth be told, I'm an avid credit/debit card user, it makes my life easier, saves me the hassle of changing currencies while traveling, monitors my expenses, gives me a lot of perks like rebates, freebies, miles and such. Plus, I don't deal with the dreaded acts of rummaging my bag for loose coins, counting change, getting smelly bills and hearing the line I hated the most in every commercial counters: "May Php 12.75 nalang po kayo ma'am?" (You have Php 12.75, ma'am?) It just irks me that they let the customers do the extra work even if they have smaller bills and coins in their registers.


Credit cards are god-send if used properly, but my love for it, and anything electronic (how I loved riding buses and trains, and swiping at 711 stores too, in Singapore using Octopus card!) doesn't mean any banks could just grab my details, do the itsy bitsy application on my behalf and send me the cards pre-activated. I don't even have an account with them! This has happened to me thrice already, and I'm sure most of you would know the mixed feelings of being surprised, amazed and annoyed all at the same time. (Banking folks, is there any policy regarding this? Enlighten me!)


The first time it happened to me, I immediately called the bank and asked them to cancel it, then the agent tried to buy me into using the super duper, ultra mega savings features of their card and how it can earn me golden coins and magic eggs, but after so much hard selling, and a good 5 minutes of my time wasted, I again, for the third time, firmly but politely told her to cancel the card to which she replied rudely "Sige na nga ma'am, di naman kame namimilit!" (Okay, we're not forcing you!).


Wow, is sending me a pre-activated card with my personal details and sky high credit limit not an act of desperate pushing??


Whatever happened to privacy laws, Philippines?



Your NeuroChiq,
Dang

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Kids, Hats & Purple Love OOTD


When you're a corporate slave 5 days a week, a fairy-themed kiddie party on a Saturday afternoon is the perfect reason to let loose, dress up & just go silly.

Isn't she the cutest?
OOTD
Tie up Tube Dress: Bangkok Night Market
Beads & Bamboo Necklace: Gift
Thong Crystal Slippers: Rusty


Whenever I see hats, I remember the funny & very charming, Mich Dulce!


Reunited with my HS bestfriend, Keanne.

Surprise Welcome Back Party for Keanne @ Zync Kebab & Grill

Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Your NeuroChiq,
Dang



Monday, July 26, 2010

Product Review: Human Heart Nature Shampoo & Conditioner



I got acquainted to Human Heart Nature products in one of the bazaars I joined last year, and I have to admit that I was not very interested with it because:

1. I really find the packaging tacky
2. I didn't like the idea of organic products being sold like "Avon" or "Natasha", if you can call that direct selling. I just feel like organic products have its own special niche in the market, and selling it through "agents" seem too commercialized


A fellow organic user/seller told me to give it a try because they have some really nice products at very affordable prices. And so I bought a couple of products from her; a hair mask, a styling cream, a shampoo (Aloe Vera Peppermint) and a conditioner (Mango Mandarin). First thing that I noticed with Human Heart Nature shampoo is that it lathers easily (I'm so used with Ilog Maria's Honey Shampoo which has almost zero bubbles, and All Organics' Gugo shampoo which lathers better but still not enough), and their Mango Mandarin conditioner really smelled DIVINE! But after I finished my first few bottles, I didn't see much difference in my hair condition, and so I moved on to find other organic shampoos I can try.

Until recently, my BFF told me that she tried the Human Heart Nature Shampoo in Aloe Vera, Egg White and Guava, and that it dramatically lessened her hairfall. I didn't have the same problem presently, since my hairfall is seasonal (usually during cold December month), but I thought I should give it a second shot. So here's what I have to say:



ALOE VERA, EGG WHITE & GUAVA MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO
"Breathe new life back into your parched, sun-damaged or chemically-treated hair with our enriching and deeply moisturizing hair elixir! Choose from tropical GUAVA scent for normal finish or citrus MANDARIN scent and EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL for silky, smooth hair." (Lifted from Human Heart Nature Website)
LIKES:
  • Lathers really well
  • Makes my hair softer than most organic shampoos I've tried
  • Smells like candy, it's good enough to eat!
  • Doubles as bodywash
  • Affordable @ 64.75 for 100ml bottle
  • Pro-poor
  • Pro-Pinoy

DISLIKES:

  • Gave me serious flakes! Dandruff! Eeek!

GUGO & CALAMANSI STRENGTHENING SONDITIONER
"Help protect your hair with the powerful embrace of Gugo Bark and Calamansi before it's gone! This potent combination of natural extracts helps fortify hair to dramatically reduce breakage and loss. At the same time, a splash of organic virgin coconut oil leaves your locks shiny, soft and looking healthy. Beauty and strength in a yummy Peppermint scent!" (Lifter from Human Heart Nature Website)

LIKES:

  • Smells wonderful
  • Feels cool and refreshing
  • Affordable @ 79.75 for 100 ml tube
  • Pro-poor
  • Pro-Pinoy

DISLIKES:

  • Didn't soften my hair like most traditional conditioners

I'm guessing it's the egg white content of the shampoo which caused the dandruff, so the shampoo is definitely not for me. I have sensitive, oily scalp, and merely 2 days of using the shampoo and I can already feel my scalp flaking. So I stopped and went back to my traditional drugstore brand for now. Saving grace is that it doubles as a bodywash (though I'm not a fan of 2-in-1 when it comes to hair care), so maybe I can just use it to clean my makeup brushes.

The conditioner is not so bad, and though it didn't soften my hair that much, I kinda expected that with organic conditioners. But again, I'm sure there are better ones out there.

WILL I REPURCHASE? Not the Hair Care line, but I'm happy with their facial products so I'm still supporting the brand. (product review soon!)

I've heard so much good reviews on how this shampoo and conditioner lessened hairfall and other hair problems, but too bad it didn't work out for me. But because it's affordable and it's Pro-Pinoy, it's still worth a try!

I'll be happy to listen to your personal experiences on the products I featured. =)

The NeuroChiq,

Dang

I Think I Miss You


Photo taken during my Singapore trip, January 2010. A few days after I cut my bangs.


Dear Bangs & Curls,

I never thought I would say this, but I think I miss you. I used to hate mom for always making my naturally straight hair permed with all sorts of curls - telephone curls, tiny curls, big curls, frizzy, tangled curls (hehe) - but never without my signature thick bangs. I hated and liked it at the same time that I was always different, how my preschool classmates would look at my hair before my face, and how I run for my life whenever it's combing time. I usually went to school with my hair up on the side, because mom didn't like the usual ponytail. It was always a piece of silly conversation.

I'm yet to scan an old photo to show how mom styled my hair throughout the years, landing me with all sorts of lead roles in school plays, musicals and whatnots. I can't forget how I played an "igorota" one time, with afro curls that contradicts my pale white skin. Mom was non-conventional even then. There was a chapter where my hair was straight and long and my bangs were - well - curly. It was hilarious!

Fast forward to today, despite my love and devotion to my long, wavy, heavily-dyed hair, I got sick and tired one day, and sported bangs, just in time for my Singapore trip early this year. The BF was surprised, but amused, and commented that if not for my natural curves, he would think I'm one of them - them Singapore girls, whom mostly have curly hair and bangs, pale skin, and stick thin bodies dressed in the nicest clothes.

If only I have more time in my hand to blow dry my bangs, or set my hair with traditional rollers (I don't like permanent curls, and I'm an idiot with curling irons), then I'll be more than glad to reunite.

I miss the little girl in me.

All Grown Up,
Dang





Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sorry But I Have to Take a Snap











To my disgust, I was riding the same escalator with them. So I endured half of my minute wondering of I'm just too naive, or a natural born "guerrera", but if a lover did this to me, I would have punched his face to the public eyes' delight.

I love women that much. Do you?



The NeuroChiq,
Dang


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Now I Know Why She Cries




We were sick worried parents when our second baby, Bonggo, suddenly got sick. He just stopped eating – and mind you, like all other labs, he has a really HUGE appetite - and threw up a good four times that we decided to leave Zync earlier, and attended to him. His gums were pale, and since there were no vet clinics available at 1 in the morning, we brought him to an overly expensive 24-hour pet hospital where he was given injections and such. He had to stay overnight for observations, and with him not around the house felt like ghost town. He’s back on his feet now, and even more active (and sometimes destructive) than ever that I decided to stop giving him vitamins for a while before he breaks another antique display in the BF’s house. ADHD.



Now I know why my mother used to cry when I and my brother were sick. I never fully understood until now.


The NeuroChiq,
Dang



Friday, July 23, 2010

I'm Gloomy, and So I Find These...


So much for rants and negativity, I REFUSE to be sad for a long time. And so I slept early, had a nice cup of my favorite coffee, a refreshing shower and a morning net scan to which I found some funny, nice things to pick me up. Web wonder.


I'm not a fan, and I honestly think she has horrible legs and feet, but we have to admit that Paris sports some of the most gorgeous outfits, in outrageous vacations fit for an heiress of course.



I want.


Love is in the air, or in this case, on the Earth. This heart-shaped island looks man-made but actually it's a work from nature and was only recently highlighted by Google Earth. This cute Croatian island, lined on every side with golden sands, is located in Zadarski Kanal (Zadar Channel) between Zadar and Island of Pasman.

(LINK)

As of the moment, the island is flooded with reservations from lovers around the world.



FB fanatics, be extra careful what you post. You don't want to land on this Funny Facebook Fails List. (click HERE to read more)

Not everyone in the world is your friend.

Never assume.

In case you didn't know, my personality falls on Super D - Dominant. Which further explains my big appetite for adrenalin rush. I hate dull moments, dry conversations and the only time I want to be idle is while I'm baking in the beach or snoozing. And so my life's to do list contains doing extreme sports, and of course, riding the fastest, tallest and most dangerous roller coasters. This one tops my list. Sick! Another reason to aspire that Japan vacation. To see all seven, click HERE.


Dodonpa messes with your mind from the moment it starts, as passengers are forced to wait anxiously in a darkened tunnel before the countdown to an insanely fast acceleration out of the tunnel, screaming down the track and then getting fired up and over two humps which have 90 degree drops on each side. When the Dodonpa was opened in 2001, it was the fastest roller coaster in the world. As of 2010, it is not the fastest but still has the highest launch acceleration at 2.7 g. It is 52 meters (170 feet) tall, and has a launch speed of 172 km/h (107 mph), which is reached in less than 2 seconds. Located at Fuji-Q Highland, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan, its hill goes straight up, down a hairpin curve, and then goes straight down.


And lastly, writers better be careful to avoid committing booboos, unless you're into the sensationalize your headline thing. Click HERE for more naughty ones.

So am I.

A good laugh is always good. Have a great Friday, loves!
Your NeuroChiq,
Dang


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Korea Knows How


If I live in Korea, I would have jumped in a building this morning. I should be thankful I'm born a Filipina, because my genes are more likely to survive a cruel world. Stress is not something new to me, in fact, it's been with me for a whole lifetime, that I actually learned to puppet it the positive way. But today is different, with me and the lover just keeping ourselves from killing each other with Jeet Kune Do moves, and still longing to kiss him secretly, while a damn creature pester my house and my corporate butt kicked. Life.

On Monday, I will grace another corrupt official's kingdom, and do some ass kissing. Or maybe, I'll be all crazy and just shut down the place, leave my poor boys jobless, and just forget about my XXX investment.

Or better yet, I could go to Korea and just commit suicide by snacking on pills, it's more glam that way, lah?

On bad days, this could be me talking.



Sunday, July 18, 2010

OOTN: More Jumpsuit

Quick rainy Sunday post before I jump into bed, can't believe it's Monday again tomorrow, yawn!

I recently attended a Sunlife event at Sofitel (launching Piolo Pascual as their newest endorser, post to follow!), and this is what I wore. It garnered stares and compliments, and is actually dirt cheap! =D




Jumpsuit: Bangkok Night Market (Around Php 400.00)
Bead Necklace: Given by mom
Sandals: Sewn (not seen much)



The best thing about this jumpsuit aside for its price and extreme comfort, is that it doubles as pants. I just pull it down, pair it with a tight top and I feel like I'm Jasmine of Aladdin, though I'm not the very sweet type. =p

Goodnight, sweeties. I hope we'll all be inspired the whole week!

Your NeuroChiq,
Dang

DIY: No more flying shoes


"I don't have 3,000 shoes, I only have 1,600." - Imeldiffic Marcos


I love my shoes, they're my next favorite thing after brow liners. And so caring for them comes naturally like a mother nursing her offspring. My feet size is whopping 8.5, and the next worse thing after having scarily huge feet, is that it's so hard to find shoes with half sizes. I either get 8 or 9, and in case 8 or 9 still doesn't fit (8 is too small and 9 is too big), insole pads come handy!

Here's a super simple DIY, so you won't shame yourself picking up your "flying shoe" on the runway (erm, mall, school, office). Have fun!


Shoes: Black Patent wedge from 5th Avenue, ATC
Size: 9

What you need:
Insole pad from Daiso (Php 88.00)
Pair of scissors
2 minutes of your time


Cut, cut, cut according to your shoes' shape


Presto!


Tips:


-You may cut the tip of the insole pad to hide it if you're placing it inside peep toes

-Get rubber and/or washable insolde pad for hygienic purposes

-Beaded insole pads are available for added feet comfort

I hope you're all having a nice Sunday! I'm spending mine alone with white light meat tuna and red mug coffee. Don't we all love balikbayab box goodies? =)

Kisses to everyone!

Your NeuroChiq,
Dang

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Positively Stormy


Yes, I'm a sleepyhead. Ask around my family & friends and they would know that I can sleep incredibly in less than 2 minutes, sleep all day and still feel "puyat" (sleep deprived) and can never ever get up from bed immediately. The best use of my mobilephone after text and call is to alarm, snooze, alarm, snooze until I gather enough energy and courage to leave my lovely, alluring bed. Waking up this morning from a cool stormy night is double the torture, but it's different when you wake up with the smell of grilled cheese sandwich with coffee and some boiling water for a warm bath to makeup for the lack of electric hot shower.


Only 30% of our office population came in for work today - too few to see my black patent pumps that keep my feet dry and stylish at the same time.
Photo VIA

Waking up my nerves with good old warm bath
Photo VIA

Grilled Cheese Love Sandwich
Photo VIA
With the comfort of knowing that I'm blessed with a sturdy roof, safe transport and amazing people in my life, stormy nights can be not so bad after all. God is really good, all the time!
I hope you're all well and safe after the storm, be safe for the rest of the day, okay? Much love to all of you!
The NeuroChiq
Dang

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Eat that Frog...NOW!

And if you must eat two, eat the uglier one first.

Though I've eaten frog in real life (my mom is from Pampanga, what can I do?), that's not what I meant. Have you ever been so bombarded with work that sometimes, you spend more time ranting, worrying, being angry and getting frustrated than actually doing something about it?

Early this morning, while I do my usual round of reading my daily blog dose, I stumbled at Mariel's Stop Complaining post. (Thanks, Mariel!) You see, I've been in a lot of work pressure since last year because of some global rollout/migration of the company's data, retroactive circa 90s. Gasp! If you're in the similar industry (legal, info and stuff), you'll understand that this has to be one of the most difficult, draining thing to do that it started haunting me even in my sleep! A year and a half and full time OJTs after, here I am, clean and victorious. But all the stress cannot be undone. Now that I see it out of the box, I've come to realize that yes, it was indeed insanely difficult to handle, but like anything else you wanted, needed or prayed for badly, never impossible.

"Dang, just eat that frog!" says one of my smartest friend. (It's you, Labski!)

Then she started her usual mother-like homily to me about how doing the most difficult task FIRST and NOW, can save me all the trouble and an ugly face. And it's not something she invented, she told me about this book and how true and helpful it can be. I haven't read the book itself, but I scanned through it, studied its highlights, and it did make sense.

So next time you feel like you have a hundred and one hurdles on your way, pick the badass one, and squash it right in the morning, when all your stars are aligned and your spirit rejuvinated from good sleep or some awesome sack session. I'm not kidding.

How was your day? Mine is filled with sleeping in the car, EDSA traffic, dealing with PDEA, roaming around UP Diliman (is it too late??), then sleeping in the car again and much much more traffic. But it's okay, I already ate my frog early this morning. ;-p

Have a great night, loves!




Your NeuroChiq,

Dang


Friday, July 9, 2010

Guess who visited ZYNC lately?

Caby (left), me (top), Maui (bottom) & Dia (right)
@ Zync Kebab & Grill



It's the Beauty Junkie Caby and our resident RN/makeup artist Maui! I've met Maui once during the J&J Soft Look event , while it's my first time to see Caby in person. (It's pronounced CA-BY as in "Gabby") It will save you the shame I had when I kept on calling her CABY as in "Baby". Gah!
A few weeks ago, Maui messaged me that she already knew where ZYNC is, and one quiet Tuesday evening, these BFFs and another lovely friend, Dia, came in to have a few drink and taste the kebabs! (Thanks for the kind words, Maui. Glad you liked the Caleb's kebab!)

I'm so delighted to see them, especially that I really have to say that these girls may be wonderful online, but not close to how nice they are in person. Cheerful, friendly, beautiful and very positive! Not a hint of snob or indifference that I easily felt at ease talking with them. I'm planning a bloggers' night at Zync soon, and Maui & Caby are on top of the list, well, we're not South girls for nothing! =)

To Maui & Caby & Dia (I'm not very sure how to spell your name!): Thanks again, I was stoked to have met you, and boy, sorry if I smell anything like Kebab, I was in the kitchen the whole time! =P See you again next time!
Have a great weekend, loves!
Your NeuroChiq,
Dang




Wednesday, July 7, 2010

NeuroEVENT: Nestle Heaven Launch


I've been to HEAVEN...of ice cream!

Yours truly attended the fabulous launch of Nestle's newest indulgent offering - Heaven Ice Cream - at A Venue Hall last June 23. The event was nothing but chic and celestial, with gorgeous models dressed as angels complete with feathers and wings. The venue was also transformed into heaven on Earth, and the freezing temperature added to the already blissful mood.

Performers wowed the audience with some amazing air acrobats before treating them to endless cups of Heaven Ice Cream that comes in 4 exciting flavors: Butter Pecan Obsession, Belgian Chocolate Bliss, Vanilla Almond Secret and my favorite, Strawberry Dream.

I'm an ice cream girl, and mind you, I'm picky when it comes to the taste, texture and freshness of every cup. But me and my blogger friends agreed, that all flavors were really good! They are rich, smooth and very creamy, much like gelato. YES! With its very reasonable price of Php 115.00 for 450 ml and Php 175.00 for 800 ml, you don't have to take my words for it, try it yourself! It's a well deserved treat especially for the kids and the kids at heart. =)

Note: Sorry, I left my camera in the car so all photos are borrowed from fellow bloggers Nikki of Askmewhats and Hannah of Flair Candy. Thank you, dearies! =)




Blogger Girls Shen, me, Nikki, Teeyah, Jen, Earth and Hannah

Goofing with the gang!
It's worth it to travel all the way from Alabang to meet these sweetest girls!



Happy midweek, two days to go before the much awaited rest days! Try smiling to a not-so-close colleague today! Or your crush! It makes the day a lot brighter! *wink* =)
Your NeuroChiq,
Dang

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rediscovering Photoshop


Back in the days, I remember sitting in front of the computer for hours and hours, skipping meals and losing precious sleeping time. I was never a fan of anything virtual, until I discovered the bliss of retouching photos, doing my own logos, brochures and posters, and my, I can even sculpt my waist and make my face as smooth as a baby’s butt cheeks. Adobe Photoshop. I can, but I usually don’t. I’m not a celebrity, and my photos won’t come out on glossy covers, so the last thing I want is to transform me to, erm, not me. Just like good makeup, Photoshop should improve your flaws and enhance your assets, but not leave you plastic and mannequin looking. I heard Brad Pitt requires that his photos be published untouched while Jennifer Aniston once recalled a magazine title US wide because “SHE WAS NOT” the one in the cover.

I was recently invited to join a one-day Photoshop workshop, and since there are a lot of new features and improvements from my college Jurassic days (man, I lived during the Adobe Photoshop 7 era!), so who am I to say no?

Easy on the laughter folks. I’m no Pro. =)



Mag spread - DIOR style



PopArt



Workshop Photos






I hope the week is treating you right, good night everyone!I'm not yet hitting the sack, I still have a date with CS3! =)

Your NeuroChiq,
Dang