Pit Senyor 2016

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Sinulog Festival is around the corner and everyone is on their toes ready to party.  I, on the other hand will be staying in for the event.  But before the festivities start let me go ahead and render some tips on how to brave the Sinulog festival in a safe and orderly manner.
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A Happy Girl guide for the Sinulog Festival:
During the 9-day Novena Masses make sure you are fully equipped with the things needed for the mass, there will be lots of devotees going to church.  You must wear the most comfy shirt pants and flat shoes or sandals.  Don’t forget to bring a handkerchief, a foldable fan for convenience, water to keep you hydrated, umbrella in case it will rain and white flower (just in case, the place will be too crowded.)  There is a 30 minute interval for every Novena Mass so make sure you get in early inside the pilgrimage so that you won’t be squeezing  yourself in later on.
You can also bring the same things during the Sto Nino Procession happening on the Saturday before the Grand Parade.
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And of course after paying respects and your devotion to our beloved Sto. Nino, you can now party on the streets of Cebu.  Just make sure you drink responsibly and of course take care of yourself when partying.  I would always recommend you to bring light things during the grand parade, a comfy bag that can carry the things you need.  No slippers or sandals please, I’d suggest you wear comfy sneakers, don’t worry you can always wash them after the parade.  Shorts and a Sinulog shirt or a plain white shirt will do.  It is up to you if you want to style and cut it, trust me a plain white shirt is the best outfit you can always wear for the festival.  You can accessorise your outfit with some body jewelry just like this from http://www.freshtrends.com/cgi-bin/item/6274, a sinulog whistle is a must, you can add a sinulog festival hat or you can make on your own if you have time.
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The most important thing about the festival is to rejoice and celebrate the feast of our Snr. Sto Nino, always remember that partying is an added perk especially that we are now facing a different generation but please be responsible in partying, drinking and make sure you are with the right set of people.  Sinulog will always be the best festival for me.  As for me, I might be enjoying my Sunday with my mom probably at the beach and just relaxing with my Gummy Bear.
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All photos were taken during my Sinulog 2015 and 2013 experience. This year, I will be staying at home because of my tiny Gummy Bear. :) Enjoy Sinulog everyone!

My 2015

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I prayed for a prosperous and wonderful 2015 but what I got was more than I prayed for.  2015 was all about big changes, talk about huge and real life changes.  I still cannot fathom the fact that 2015 is coming to an end, because I am still on a high from all the great and incredible things that happened this year.

As my yearly tradition, I always sum up my year with my monthly highlights.  I couldn’t ask for anything else, 2015 was very good to me and I hope that the lucky and blessed streak will continue unto the coming year.  Now I am putting my happy face saying “Welcome 2016, I am so ready for you.”

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January – It started sad, losing J’s father was very hard on him and little did I know he is going to be my father-in-law.  But I stood by his side, not knowing how to comfort him, I guess my silence and presence was enough because he survived one of the greatest loss in his life.  There really is no easy way to ease a loss of a loved one but we both survived, I on the other hand celebrated the Sinulog Festival with precaution and care with my dear friends.

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February – There’s always a fine and smooth road after traveling a bumpy one.  February was our month, as we celebrated our first year anniversary.  It was not an easy year for us but we held on to the spark despite the distance, and J has his smooth ways in surprising me.  We celebrated our anniversary in a simple manner but with great memories.

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March – Big decisions came into place, it was a rough patch for me but as a believer of good karma, everything paid of this month.  There was a great bomb that exploded but as the saying goes, the truth shall set you free, hopefully it did to the right person.  Good Karma my dear, always good karma.

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April – The beginning of my favorite season.  Made my solo journey to Tagaytay and discovered something deep about myself.  I guess I haven’t lost touch of my independence.  Even if I am committed to someone but I do not need his approval or company to make me happy, I’ve learned this the hard way when I was in my previous relationship.  I lost track of who I was but I’m very glad that after a decade I got myself back stronger, happier and wiser.

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May – And the summer streak continued, traveled with my brother, friends and J. It was an awesome journey because I didn’t only made memories with the love of my life but I made great adventure stories with my brother.

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June – Last adventures ended this month, it was a thrilling journey but I was lucky enough to be with such amazing company.  Career wise, I went back to working again.  It was a rough start but survived the month with a bang.

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July – I was overdosed with love.  The month when J proposed to me, it was such a memorable moment and I will never forget that fateful night of his birthday.  I guess because of that one great proposal a miracle happened, hahahhaah!

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August – Back to work and back to blogging again, there were so many events that I had to attend to.  I was very busy with work and blog that I didn’t know I missed my monthly period, little did I know I was growing a little angel inside of me.

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September – Weddings and changed of plans, it was not an easy change but everything was on our favor.  I guess the lucky streak and blessings continued. A good friend of mine got married and I was next in line.

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October – The cat is out in the bag, my Gummy Bear is slowly showing and the changed of plans had to commence.  Everything was just perfect and according to plan.  The legal documents were ready, my dad was home and we were married in a small ceremony with closed friends.  Of course all the church wedding reservations and plans were changed into a later date.

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November – The month I turned 30. I thought it’s going to be hard to accept that I am stepping into a different chapter of my life.  As I bid my 20’s away, I am glad that I’ve accomplished my goals and didn’t have an ounce of regret at all.  Probably so many lessons learned but my 20’s molded me into a better person to my family, friends and yes to myself.

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December – And lastly, Christmas was extra special because of my baby boy. I’ve also realised that next year is no longer about me. I now have my own family, a very loving and supportive husband and my little angel that I can’t wait to hold and care for soon.

So you see, 2015 fulfilled all my greatest goals, it definitely was my year.  It is full of happy memories that I will forever carry in my heart.  Of course there were small challenges, difficult people and problems along the way but nothing can compare to the enormous blessings I’ve received this year and I am beyond grateful for everything.

As I close another page of my life, I am so excited and welcoming of the next year to come.  I do not know what is install for me but I am all set, because I have so many great plans for 2016 and so geared up to whatever may come my way.  Again thank 2015, you’ve been so awesome!

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That apple goodness

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I am picky when it comes to drinks, I usually don’t like fruit drinks except for lemon and orange flavour, I tried juicing for a while but I gave up, it really didn’t give me the needed satisfaction of quenching my thirst.  However, I discovered something that is pleasant for my palette and I am so glad I was part of Mott’s event last November 24, 2015 at Pino Restaurant.  It was a fun-filled afternoon which I was very delighted to learn more about apples and the goodness it brings.  Aside from that they are also offering a great treat to everyone.  They are having the Name the Apple Twin Contest, it is a great contest which offers a year of Mott’s Apple Juice supply to the winner’s home.  Isn’t it fun?  Check out below for the Mechanics:

Mott's Name the Apple Twins Contest

Mott’s Name the Apple Twins Contest Mechanics:

1. Brainstorm with your child and think of a name for our mascots, the Apple Twins

2. Tell us your suggested names in a creative way and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. It can be through a photo, video, poem, artwork, etc. 

3. Don’t forget to set your account to public until January 15, 2015 (otherwise, it won’t be visible). On all posts include our official hashtags #mottsPH #mottsgoodness #applelicious If on Facebook, make sure to tag Fly Ace Corporation

4. If you’re suggested names are chosen, you will get to enjoy one year supply of Mott’s 100% Apple Juice for your family!

 

Terms and Conditions:

1. Contest will run from October to December 31, 2015

2. Winner will be announced via Facebook on January 15, 2015

3. Winner will be chosen by officers of Fly Ace Corporation and Mott’s Representative, and will be contacted via PM 

4. Prize of 1 year supply of Mott’s Apple Juice will be delivered to the winner’s home

5. There should be 2 names suggested, or entry will be invalid. Names will become property of Fly Ace Corporation and may be used for any promotional and marketing activities by Mott’s 

6. In case of duplication, prize will be awarded to the first one to post based on post date.

7. Contest is open to Filipino residents nationwide

So what are you waiting for?  Name the Apple Twins now.

Cravings

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Food trips and cravings are mostly my main source of adventure lately.  I have this insane cravings without minding my weight gain, good thing Cebu has offered me with so many food outlets to choose from.  

Lately I’ve been eating American cuisine, Thai food, Filipino food, munch on desserts with my sweet tooth and just enjoy the comforts of food.  I guess everyone knows based on my Instagram and Facebook posts that I have a little bun in the oven, thus the explanation for my crazy cravings but nevertheless it did not stop me from having fun, going to parties and meeting out with friends.  

The best part of it is dressing up for each occasion, probably not a fun thing to do anymore but I guess when you dress casually even with a simple black dress, you can always glam it up with amazing fine body jewelry from http://www.freshtrends.com , comfy shoes and put on some quirky make-up to complete the look.

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UNIQLO finally opens in Cebu!

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Uniqlo FLEECE

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I headed to SM City Cebu yesterday to witness and join my fellow Cebu Fashion Bloggers during UNIQLO’s Pre Opening and VIP Shopping Night as they open their store in Cebu on October 23, 2015; their first ever branch outside Metro Manila.

Uniqlo combines fashion and functionality with their clothes made with emphasis on the Japanese traits of simplicity, quality and longevity, as they offers products that will be part of Cebuano’s everyday lifestyle.

They stand by their corporate statement in their commitment to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and changing the world.  With their much awaited opening, Cebuanos can expect a wide array of high quality denim jeans, stylish legging pants, colorful chino shorts, wide variety of graphic T-shirts, kids, AIRism and travel essentials such as the innovative Heattach, fleece and Ultra Light Down Jacket among others.

Visit Uniqlo now at the ground floor of the Northwing of SM City Cebu.

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Some of my favorite finds.  Stripes and Plaids.

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Casual Cropped Legging Pants

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