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Strangers Again

Eight years ago, I was lucky enough to meet a bunch of beautiful individuals who came from different backgrounds. I was optimistic and full of hope then, as if nothing will shatter my dreams as I took on my first step to a whole new world, first world country, that is Dubai.

The first country I’ve ever set foot into saved my own. The first time I was away with my family, living independently. Those beautiful individuals became good friends who took care of me during my toughest plight and lowest point. I’m really grateful and feeling nostalgic, reminiscing those days we shared laughters, conversations, sadness, tears, book reviews, tears for Harry Potter. I miss them.

Dubai Friends

Probably the most decent group picture we have as my shabby digital camera was acting up on me :(

We talked about everything under the confines of our small room with 4 double decked beds.  One interesting conversation that stuck with me was when one of them told me, how she would want to go back and settle in the Philippines. I asked her why not? If that will make her happy, then take a break and go back home. She told me that whenever she takes her annual leaves, she spent it at home, meets up with friends and families, but staying for good is another story. Because aside from monetary aspect, she doesn’t have anyone to hang out to back home anymore. Most of her friends are either busy with their own life, career and family. It’s like when you’re out of their system for too long, you become strangers again. I didn’t actually understand her at the time. Since I was only a few months away from home, I still get in touched with a lot of people back then. Up until now I came to realize, her reason was indeed honest.

Is it because a person’s interests changes as time flies by? You have already different perspectives in life that you can’t just hang out and talk again. Or is it because we just grew up and because… life happened?

As much as I’m not fond of sharing room with lot of girls anymore, can’t deny that I miss those days when I have  pseudo sisters, to just hang around spontaneously, especially when one of us is feeling down.

Project Pretty Little Cravings

Few years ago, I fell in love at first sight. It was like heavens thoughtful act that we met at the right time. I was in need of a breather and a cozy nook to relieve the stress I was in. I heard retail therapy also works at that time, but I’m pinching some for a future big event then. So, I was really happy to be spending quality down time with this new found love, authentic budget-friendly, Swedish home decor store — Ikea. Oh, the days I spent just wandering around Ikea store, no matter how I already memorized the interior maze still brings about a gratified feeling.

When I finally settled down and owned a place to decorate and fill with all the gorgeous furnitures and fixtures, Ikea was not available readily in the Philippines. And I cringe at how expensive Manila resellers market these items.

Fast forward to 2013, I  decided to start a little project, called Pretty Little Cravings on Instagram. We were furnishing our newly turned-over condo unit and I just had to ship few items from Singapore where we were based. I figured out I can save on shipping cost if I take some orders from people who were just like me, eager to get their hands on some few pieces from Ikea. The project was well received and up until now, I still can’t believe that a lot of our avid followers are also returning customers.

PrettyLittleCravings Instagram

Through the months, we expanded from re-selling Ikea items to adding up mason jars, daisy lids, paper straws, porcelain cake stands and some of our pre-loved items.

We hope you’ll support us all the way. Follow @prettylittlecravings on Instagram and on facebook. Watch out for more exciting surprises this year.

 

 

Next Life

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”

― Gilda Radner

Why in the world people expect big things or even the smallest things from other people and somehow ends up being disappointed yet they keep on doing so?  It’s a tiring routine. But no matter how we try to stop ourselves from delving into uncertain dreams, we keep on circling around it.

I had a vision in my head that if this lifetime won’t allow me to do all the things I dream about, I’ll have it in my next life, or the next or the next. Must be all the Korean flicks I’ve been watching these days. Seriously, those compelling Joseon era, time-travel dramas, makes me wish  that somehow it’s true, that people can reincarnate in a different period of time.

In my second life, I’ll be happier. I’ll help a lot of people. I’ll love deeply and madly. I’ll be loved the same way. With endless romantic days and nights, fighting and making out. I’ll celebrate life everyday and every occasion. I  think I’d be Korean. 

The Perks of Having a Credit Card

We all went into a phase where owning a credit card scares the life out of our parents or at least our inner conscience telling us not to spend with it, else all hell breaks loose and you’ll end up in jail.

Quite scary but I hope you’ve come to passed the phase and knows how to use your credit card wisely.

I have my credit card for ages but it was just lately that I am fully maximizing the perks out of it. I’ve found a best friend to treat me for great travel deals, rewards and online shopping, where internet is available almost anywhere in the world. It’s so easy to purchase inexpensive, hard to find items now and ship it home. Or spend some quality time away from the corporate jungle.

Rear view of a woman into the swimming pool.

Amazing how powerful a piece of plastic can contribute to life experiences, create memories or make someone happy.

And all thanks to e-commerce, the most dreaded walk to pay bills and use of precious time to queue is almost a thing of the past. Ah, the perks of electronic payment solutions.

Of course there are issues of credit card misused, fraud and theft, but this new technology that Maybank Philippines introduced recently is a genius.

maybank

The Maybank Secure Online Shopping or MSOS encourages its cardholders to have more fun and worry less. It provides a safe and secure solution for online shopping as MSOS sends a one-time password in cardholder’s phone number every time they perform a transaction on a 3D secure site. The one-time password is only valid for 5 minutes and is needed to complete the transaction process.

What’s great is that this is a free-service! Existing cardholders just need to make sure that their current mobile number is registered.

What are you waiting for? Make that bold move and never missed out on that adventure you’ve long for a lifetime.

Top 10 Philippines’ Best Wedding Couturiers

Once upon a time, it’s easier to pick up a list of wedding suppliers. Effortlessly. However, gone are the days when Fairy Godmother will come to the rescue to magically flick for a beautiful gown and makeover needs. Over the years, the wedding industry has grown to an empire which makes it more stressful to sort out which one fits the  style and budget of the couple’s big day.

Weddings are celebrated as one of the grandest in Filipino culture. There’s nothing more overwhelming and fascinating than planning a perfect union of two hearts in love.

While the journey to the altar will keep the lovebirds more than busy with wedding planning, some merely borderlines to being bridezilla or groomzilla, demanding stress over their own wedding. Here’s a tip, don’t overthink it, just let it be. Let your new beginnings usher in good vibes.

Here’s an impressive display of wedding gowns to inspire bride-to-be’s in choosing their own Fairy Godmother. Beyond catalogs, we trailed down best photographers in town for real brides in their custom-made wedding gowns.

We’ll kicked off the wedding month with Philippines’ Top Wedding Gown Designers. Here are the best of the best which I narrowed down to ten considering the abundance of established and up and coming Filipino Designers. Ergo, part deux soon!

1. VELUZ REYES

Is the mother of all Fairy Godmothers. They say a woman is most beautiful on her wedding day, but a Veluz bride  creates an aura more than stunning.

Veluz just launched her more affordable line of Ready-To-Wear Bridal Collection 2013.

Go check out her wonderful creations here.

Veluz Reyes Wedding GownVeluz Reyes Couture
Maryan in Veluz Reyes Gown by MyMetroPhotoKathrina in Veluz Reyes Wedding Gown. Photo by Bordoy Viterbo

Stunning custom-made wedding dresses by Veluz Reyes.
{From Top Left} 1. Bride Ivy, Photo by Lito Sy. 2. Bride Michaela, Photo by MetroPhoto.
3. Bride Maryan, Photo by MetroPhoto. 4. Bride Kathrina, Photo by Bordoy Photography.

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Samsung Fashion Steps Out 2013 at Orchard Runway

Singapore’s entertainment and shopping haven celebrates fashion and the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE with a traffic-stopping runway show right in the midst of Orchard Road. On 4th of May 2013, nearly 170 models swagger in style at the annual longest road catwalk as they showcased the latest Spring/Summer collections from local and international brands.

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Oh Mama MIA!

Ladies, I have to let you in a secret. I’ve been keeping this for the last four months thinking that it might be too good to be true but I can’t hide it any longer. I’m excited to finally share the good news after keeping tabs of the changes it brought into my life. I’m positive that I made the right decision. I got a new Baby!

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Travel Bug

Darling, let’s dream a little bigger and take a leap of faith. ♥

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