Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Why I Like MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15

FOTD during our corporate profile shoot. I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC30

Because it makes my skin photo ready. 

My skin is far from perfect It's scarred and battered from years of bouts with acne and extreme sebum production. Thankfully, proper skin care, regular derma visits and probably age helped a lot and I've been acne-free for years now. But damage has been done, and while I save up for ridiculously expensive scar reduction treatments, I'm eternally grateful for OTC skin care products and cosmetics that helps lessen the visibility of my acne scars. 

MAC Studio Fix Fluid is my best friend during special events and occasions when I expect a lot of video/photography. It makes my skin more plump and healthy looking, makes my scars less obvious and most importantly, assures me of good photos! NC30 is just perfect for my skin tone; it starts a bit dark for my fair skin but with a lighter setting powder and mineral veil, it settles to a nice, even-toned finish without the white cast. No more espasol face in photos! ;-)

The Good

- Wide range of shades
- Glides smoothly 
- A little goes a long long way 
- Fills up the pits on my cheeks and settles nicely
- No white cast 
- I heard some people breaking out, but thankfully, I didn't. I suggest you take a patch test at MAC counters just to be sure
- With SPF 15 
-  Staying power is decent
- Makes my skin photo ready!

The Not So Good

- A little pricey at about USD 30
- Bottle has no pump
- Tends to be greasy so keep oil blotters handy
- Strong odor 

So, will I repurchase? Not in the Philippines. I better ask my relatives from abroad or perhaps find good deals in Duty Free. It's a bit heavy for everyday use, so a bottle lasts me a long time anyway. I can wait for my brother's next vacation. 

It's midweek, a few more days before our beloved weekend arrives. Let's go! :)

From the Nook,

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Happy Post: Tipiderella Online Store & Making Kids Happy

Hi guys! I'm posting two important things today. One is a shameless plug, and another is something wonderful that you might want to consider this coming Valentine's. Let's go!

First, I mentioned about my small, humble business venture late last year. My online clothing and lifestyle store, Tipiderella, is finally ready to do business. We're all set for your queries, orders and what nots. Online shopping can really make a busy girl's life easier, and although it's a struggle, there's really delayed gratification in waiting, yeah? We also do meet-ups with chika on the side. ;-) Talk to us anytime at or PM us in our FB page.

So my dear readers, I'm humbly asking for your support. Checking out Tipiderella's Facebook page is a good start. If you like what you see, liking and following us, will already be a gracious gift and we'll be really happy to have you in our Tipiderella Community. Our promise is simple as our name, we offer fashionable finds that are easy on the pocket. No over-the-top prices. We're also transparent on our products' sources, may they be from overseas or proudly Pinoy made. 

We will be building our closet gradually, and we hope you'll join us in the adventure of finding good items without breaking the bank. We will also be sharing tips and blog posts on how girls can look and feel fantastic sans overspending. Thank you in advance for your support! :) 


Secondly, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. In a relationship or not, this is the perfect time for everyone to love and be loved. But if you think you have no reason to smile this February 14, why not try to make someone else happy. It's one of the most amazing feeling. It's a mantra I would like to abide by this 2013. This is the post I shared in my personal Facebook last week. It's so positive, I hope you find time to read it, too. WHO HAVE YOU MADE HAPPY TODAY?

So, this is our chance to make an itsy-bitsy difference and make some kids in need really happy! 

Feed Their Future is collecting stuffed toys in need of a new home for the kids of National Children's Hospital. They will be giving them on Valentine's Day. If you want to give some of your plushies, just send my wonderful friend, Reyna Tabbada a message at She can help you arrange pick-ups. Or you may contact me as well at and will be glad to help you! My office is right in the heart of Makati, so you can drop by or meet me anytime. :)

Feed Their Future project is a Philippine-based grassroots movement that started in September 2010, which aims to better nourish public schoolchildren in Philippine communities where poverty prevails.

PS: Pre-loved toys are great, but new toys are also welcome!  

And that concludes my happy Wednesday post. Great midweek, guys! :)

From the Nook,

Friday, January 18, 2013

2013 Starter: Club Balai Isabel

Ola! How's January treating you so far? I hope 2013 started right for all of us. :) 

I love the first quarter of the year. It's usually the least busy time for agencies, and it's when planning sessions happen. This gives us reasons to walk out of our offices and head somewhere else where we can rejuvenate our creative juices, have drinks and do silly team building stuff. It's the first time I played basketball in a really long while, and I made three baskets! It's also nice to be in a function room to plan 2013 campaigns and not be wearing office attires. I have a theory I also think big and better when I'm wearing denim shorts. ;-)

My first planning session for 2013 was done in Club Balai Isabel in Talisay Batangas. It's our first time to visit the place so we were surprised that we reached the place from Alabang in just an hour! We left before 6am and we're already munching our breakfast by the pool at exactly 7am. Just in time to enjoy the early morning view of Taal lake and volcano framed by an infinity pool.

The place is quite huge; there's function rooms, restaurants, sports facilities like billiards, basketball/volleyball/tennis courts, a lot of lakefront and lakeside villas and suites and a decent-sized swimming pool. They also have a "floating pool" (yes, a pool in the lake which is really cool) but it's not available during our visit.Too bad.

To manage expectations, you can't swim in the lake. It's deep, murky and seaweeds are floating everywhere. It's really the great Taal view and the feeling of being close to nature that sealed the deal for this resort. 

The Good:

  • There's a lot of things to do. You can use the sports facilities, get a massage, lounge in the lakefront, ride a kayak. You can fill your weekend to the brim. 
  • Very accessible. It's just 1-1.5 hours drive from Manila via SLEX and Star Tollway. No rough roads. Travel is a breeze. 
  • Since the resort is huge, you hardly see other guests. You can have your own space, peace and quiet. For people who value personal space as much as I do, this is heaven.
  • The staff are friendly and helpful. They will even sing for you endlessly during dinner.
  • The rooms are well-equipped. There's the usual toiletries, LCD TV, coffee facility, fridge, stove and mini kitchen counter. We got a lakeside villa with veranda. No view of lake from our room though. Go get the Lakefront rooms instead. :) 
  • The lakeside wooden lounge is a terrific hangout and drinking spot for big groups. We stayed until 1am and it was super cold and the sky's gleaming with stars! Ganda. :)  
  • The food is good, though not good enough to rave about. 
  • The pool is well-maintained and always sparkling clean. 
  • If you're a fan of Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos, this is where they got married! Hihi.

The Not So Good:

  • Flies! Maybe it's the lake, but there are flies especially in the al fresco area. :(
  • Too dark at night. Maybe they should put more post lights so guests can walk/jog at night without feeling unsafe and gloomy.
  • Price may be a concern. Cheapest room is at Php 5,000 per night. Food at their resto ranges from Php 300 and up. Club Balai Isabel is not ideal for a budget travel.
  • The place feels a bit old. The room is clean but has an "old" smell. Needs a little bit of upgrading, which I think they are already doing.
  • The comfort room in the function hall is shared for boys and girls. Not a good idea. :(

A good view of the famous Taal volcano

That's the wooden lounge where we spent most of the night silly!

Club Balai Isabel is a good option if you're looking for a getaway that's not too far from Manila. It's peaceful, quiet and there's green everywhere which is a welcome treat for city girls tired of all the smoke and stress of Manila. You should try it. :)

For more information, visit their website HERE. 

Thanks to Jelly of Jelly Factory for the magnificent photos! :)

This is not a sponsored post.

From the Nook and saying TGIF,

Friday, January 4, 2013

2012: A Year in Pictures

Brace yourself. It's gonna be a long one.

I have a legitimate reason to love obsess over photographs. I'm very visual. I understand and appreciate things and ideas better with illustrations. I remember events more vividly with pictures. I associate places, and people, with photos I personally captured. During the break, I thought long and hard on what transpired in my life in 2012. I remembered milestones and special occasions, but as soon as I flipped through my phone gallery, the events of 2012, big and small came to life, with wilder, more wonderful details. It's an exhilarating feeling only pictures can bring.

I cannot claim 2012 to be my best year, and I'm still well within the journey of getting there. There, meaning where I'm supposed to be. There meaning being what I'm created for. We're no accident. We're here for a reason, and it can be tough - I'm a stubborn girl, accepting that we have very little control over our life's purpose which we perpetually think about, when all along, a Higher Being has planned it perfectly for us. We just need to learn to listen well and accept.

2012 brought me mind-boggling challenges, intense feelings which  can be good and bad at the same time, and came across several turning points, heart aches and self realizations. My good friend P was telling me about "centers" and "antithesis" (yes, it was from the Rise of the Guardians, thank you). We agreed that hers is Adventure (center) and Boredom (antithesis). My center is Passion and my antithesis is Mediocrity. And my 2012 witnessed both, same as any other year when I work superb on things I'm passionate and crazy about and lack juice when things go bland. 

Since I'm photo crazy, narcissistic and highly visual, I'll let the photos do the talking. I'll try to limit to a one few photos per month. Here we go.


Potipot Island, Zambales

Aside from a great 2012 starter of a Potipot beach getaway, my January highlights included a brand spankin' new account. One of the biggest of the agency. Old face, new challenge. Great to see you again, SHELL. 

February's SPEEDFEST, Subic International Airport
My first motoring event where sports cars with monster engines, some more expensive than my house, geez, literally surrounded me.


With my HS best friend Karen and her good friend Simone in Puerto Galera for Malasimbo Fest
Squeezed in some early Anniversary celebration, too.
My most favorite musical so far: WICKED!
Sweetie's surprise for our 8th Anniversary. He rented the whole place for dinner complete with a butler. ;-)
First official makeup gig for a pre-debut pictorial

March is obviously packed. Met new friends from the West, Sweetie pulled off a perfect surprise, got sent to Singapore for training and watched Wicked on the side, too, and finally, made some decent money out of a happy hobby: make-up. 


Celebrating my 27th birthday at Sapi Island, Kota Kinabalu
Visiting old friends and meeting new ones! Le Face, Kota Kinabalu
Birthday dinner with my family. That's mama and my nephew, Caleb.

I celebrated my birthday in a different country, visited old friends (hello, Ranie!) and met new ones, traveled to my heart's desire, and my brother and his family were home from Dubai. My birthday month was sweet and spectacular. :-)


Shell V-Power Nitro+ Manila and Regional Launches. Photo taken in Cebu City.
Company getaway in Boracay
Davao City
Radio Guesting in Manila, Cebu and Davao
Nikki Minaj Friday Fever! :)

What can I say, May to July was a tiring but wonderful chaos. Back to back launches of Shell V-Power Nitro+ which brought me to some places. It's a project we've worked on for more than half a year. It was like giving birth, assuming I know how it's like.


Girls of the Friday Night Club in Batangas
I'm 5'4" and I still feel like a dwarf. :-) Philippine International Motor Show 2012


Six years after college
A new blessing. My kuya's bunso, Ziv Tobias

It was a great feeling to see my college buds after six long years! September also witnessed the birth of my newest nephew, Ziv, whom by now, at only 4 months, is already a buddha baby. Super tabachoy I can pinch him all day!


Blackberry Playbook-worthy shot
Fan girl meeting the Phantom
Winning the best team costume for Halloween :)

Back to back win for best in costume for Phantom of the Opera and Halloween. Crazy, good times. :) On the other end of the spectrum is an unfortunate event in the family, which I'd like to think still paved way to a lot of good things: learning, reconciliation, love and stronger faith. Just like I always say, all in God's plan. If you want to read about my dad's near-death experience (24 days unconscious in ICU) and my struggle with my personal demon, click HERE.


I'm a LEGO baby. Are you?
Work in progress. Stay tuned! :)

In the middle of year-end work chaos, I managed to start working on an online/offline business again. It's still a work in progress, but a good way to end the year and start 2013. Brighter days ahead! :)


Attended the company Christmas Party as Ginger Spice. I was supposed to be Black Widow, but well, team work first. :-p
The annual Gamma Party 2012. From Glam in 2011, we mature to Kids in 2012. :)
Family is probably the best gift I was born with. A BIG, crazy, happy one.

That was a fun way to reminisce and say goodbye to 2012. Despite the challenges this year, the Lord has been faithful to me and my family, rescuing us in the most  impossible situations, providing for us in ways I wouldn't have guessed. Last year, the "power word" that I wrote in my Belle De Jour planner was FAITH, and I vow to develop this more and more. In 2013, my "power word" will be SUBMISSION. Submission to what's planned for me, submission to God's Will, submission of my fears, my worries and sins. Submission of everything I do. This is not going to be easy. But faith doesn't make things easy, faith makes things possible.

Have a brighter, more blessed 2013 to all of us! My prayers for you and your loved ones. Cheers! :)

From the Nook,