Unplanned Trip

October is going to be such a busy month. I’m trying to catch up on everything, including this blog. Ah, I missed another update last month. There are just so many things to do. Sometimes, I wonder when will I ever have enough time for real life and everything else I want to work on. *lol*

Last month, Loon stayed at my place and I didn’t feel like posting that much. I just wanted to spend my time lying in bed, eating, and doing lots of fun things.

But surprise, surprise. We had enough energy to show up at Cosmania ’17 afterall.

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First, a no-mask photo. :p

We actually took this photo while falling in line at Watsons. I had a sudden dysmenorrhea so we went to buy some painkillers (which I ended up not taking since the pain went away on its own).

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So glad to meet these people. But I’m sad we didn’t see the rest of our friends.

Team Virus! Yes, we were sick – hence, the masks. Loon got a cold a week or so before the event. She asked me not to get too close to her or I’ll get infected. But hey, a cold or whatever won’t stop me, would it? ;p A day later, we both got a flu! Hahaha!

Here’s what we wore at the event:

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We didn’t plan it but our outfits somehow matched.
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Have a closer look at the dress detail.

I was intending to shop at Cosmania, but we weren’t able to find the things I was looking for.

Here are a few things I got:

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Loon and I got new matching rings. My hand somehow looks manly here. lol

And speaking of finds, here are some more from a recent trip.

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I also want to show the spider earrings, but I left it at Loon’s place.
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We also got matching cp cases. Can you spot which one is mine?

Before going home, Loon took me to this little cafe that’s so much worth a visit.

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I loved everything, especially their nachos and Ferrero cake. Now, it’s one of my favorite cakes!

I still have lots of stories and I will post more when I can!

 

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September

BOA ’17

I wasn’t originally planning to go but a couple of weeks before the event, I found out that Spyair would perform as a special guest. I was thrilled to know this but unfortunately, when I came across their poster, the VIP tickets were already sold out. To be honest, I wavered about going with a regular ticket since I usually get VIP. I haven’t really tried attending any other Jpop/Jrock concert locally so I wasn’t sure if that would be okay. I wasn’t sure about how different it would be. But even so, I badly wanted to try watching Spyair live, so I decided to go afterall.

I’m a Gintama fan and I first learned about Spyair through its theme songs. I thought they’re catchy and it fitted the feel of the series perfectly so I looked them up. I tried listening to their other songs and I liked them as well. Hmm… I’m pretty picky when it comes to songs, but there’s something about their melody that I really like. Aside from that, their lives looked so energetic in their videos so I wanted to attend it even once ever since.

I went to the event with Loon. Though we didn’t see the live together, she did accompany me to the venue. Here’s what we wore to the event.

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She kinda looked like my little brother that day. lol

I want to show more outfit details, like the half-pleated culottes that I love, but unfortunately, I don’t have decent photos of them. We didn’t have sufficient time to take some. (I might shoot it once I get enough time to do so.) We arrived at the event pretty late and after having a meal, I quickly headed to the concert venue.

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I don’t remember the name of the restaurant but I loved this spicy fried rice.

When I asked the ticket seller, she informed me that I can fall in line by 6pm. I planned to arrive before 5:30 to be safe. Around 4pm, I was surprised when a friend told me that they were already at the hall. I headed to the event as soon as we finished our meal. When I arrived, the queue was already long. I found out that some of them had been there since 10am. Whoa!

I was considering to leave the queue since I was near the end of the line anyway. I wanted to shop at the other hall for the meantime. However, I was worried I might not be allowed to re-enter by the time I get back.

It took over an hour or so when the line finally moved. As soon as we entered the venue, I was quite disappointed when I spotted a lot of people sneakily snapping some photos and even videos. If I’m not mistaken, aside from the written rules, it had been mentioned several times that those are not allowed. Why would you do that? As a fan, isn’t it just a form of respect to the artists?

Anyway, as for the concert itself, it was so worth it. The entrance fee was so affordable for a J-rock band performance. I was so glad they included Gintama songs such as Sakura Mitsutsuki, Genjou Destruction, and Some Like It Hot (Samurai Heart) in their lineup.

As soon as the concert was over, I met up with Loon again to head back to her place.

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She bought some doughnuts on our way home. They are cute but are too sweet for our taste.

Bonus: Loon buying bread. lol

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So many and still choosing. This is Loon’s true colors. lol

 


 

BIRTHDAY

My favorite quarter of the year has begun. In our country, September marks the start of Xmas season for many. (Yes, seriously.) This season has so many pleasant things to offer. Autumn, Halloween, holidays, hot chocolate and sweater-weather. It never ends. By the way, as I already mentioned before, I was also born in September so it’s another reason why it’s special for me.

I had planned to make the most out of this month. Although I’m not as energetic as I used to be and my schedule can be so unpredictable, I’m always striving to make time for many things outside work. I don’t usually celebrate my birthday but this year, I wanted to do something for a change.

When we were in Manila, we went to this certain restaurant. It wasn’t exactly my birthdate, but since we don’t usually go to the capital, I took the chance to check out this place. We had been planning to give it a try since we read some reviews anyway.

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Doesn’t it look fancy?

I tried their bestselling squid-ink rice and forest berries tea, while Loon picked the unexpectedly huge beef curry soufflé and a warm cup of Valrhona Guanaja chocolate drink.

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Loon loved their warm madeleine.
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When you eat something as dark as your soul. (Oh wait, I don’t believe in souls. lol)

Of course, it won’t  be complete without the dessert. I chose their signature Valrhona Guanaja dark chocolate souffle, which was actually my main goal. Loon had the delectable matcha parfait with mochi and lots of other Japanese sweets in it.

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I’d give this place a high rating. No regrets about dropping by even if it was out of our way. We’d definitely go back to try their other delicacies. (Next target: Grand Crus)

By the way, here’s what we wore that day.

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I chose a dark floral skirt to suit the garden-inspired theme of the place. I paired it with a black sheer lolita top from Dear Celine. For Loon, I got this off-white floral dress from her wardrobe, which I thought would be a perfect match to the set I brought.

My skirt has a printed sheer layer which gives it a nice holographic effect that I really love. It gives a dark dreamy feel to it. I was supposed to tie my hair with this ribbon but I decided to keep my hair down, so I wore it around my wrist instead.

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Loon’s outfit looks casual and fresh, especially with the shoes we chose for it (No photos, sadly.). She said she received this dress from her mom. I added my bow knot necklace to add some emphasis and detail.

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For my birthday, Loon and I spent it with my family. Loon made this tasty cordon bleu, along with some pasta. I was planning to get my favorite KitKat cake from Katarina but sadly, it seems like they don’t sell it anymore. We went for this cappucino cake we got from Harborpoint instead.

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Everbody loved them.

Loon also gave me these gifts. Yay!

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And lots of pasalubong. Thank you~ Love them all!

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A lot of great things are happening and still will. I love September.

Staycation

We had been planning to see each other again for quite some time. Loon was supposed to come over my place this month, but unfortunately, due to some important matters to attend to, it got postponed. She told me that the souvenirs she bought for me were accumulating and maybe she should just ship them as usual. I refused and offered to pay her a visit to pick them up instead. Besides, I told her she should treat me to a birthday cake since I sang her, albeit terribly, a Happy Birthday song over the phone. Next time she comes over, it’s going to be too late since that will be on my birth month already. I said I should eat that cake at all means. lol Loon dubbed me as the demanding visitor.

DAY 1

The trip from Olongapo to Cavite takes around 6-8 hours. I decided to take the 2am trip to arrive early and have more time to spend on the first day.

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(L) She made me some waffle with bacon for breakfast. Omnomnom~
(R) I also met her cats, Hiss and Hide, again. Fatso brothers! I bought them bowties and they love me more than Loon now. LOL

For Day 1, we had planned to get a haircut together. We grabbed a quick meal before heading to the salon.

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(L) It’s my first time to try Gyro. It reminds me of Persian Ave. (R) Loon tried Chatime’s Thai Milktea but it was too sweet. I swapped it with my lychee drink since I’m the one who can tolerate sweetness more lol

I haven’t had a salon haircut for over 5 years. It’s because I despise having to deal with most of them, especially the ones here in PH. I wanted to give Loon’s usual salon a try since I heard good things about it. Well, my haircut didn’t turn out as much as I envisioned but I loved it nonetheless.

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(L) Before haircut aka full hikikomori look (R) After haircut, we look like hoomans again!

After shopping for a bit, it was getting late so we booked a room somewhere near. Loon brought her new domino and we had a match!

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We already forgot how to play it so we googled. lol I won once and lost twice to Loon. I’ll definitely get revenge next time. 😡

DAY 2

The following day, we went out of town for lunch. That spot had a nice view but it’s such a shame I forgot to take a photo. Here, have some selfies instead. lol

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Fridate~

I also took a photo of Loon which reminded me of the one from 2014.

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(L) 2014 (R) 2017

We got something light for lunch since we were planning to eat bulalo somewhere else later on. After our meal though, we entirely forgot about the bulalo. OTL

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I loved the mashed potato ❤

We were supposed to take a stroll and check out the newly-opened mall nearby, but it suddenly rained on our way out so we went back to Cavite instead. Had some coffee and light snacks and called it a day.

We had a short movie night when we got home. Also tried fire noodles while we were at it.

DAY 3

It was a gloomy day when we woke up so we decided to watch some movies before heading out. Loon’s nieces were nice enough to buy us some ice scramble. The taste was so nostalgic! It has been my favorite since elementary school days.

On our way out, we also encountered a maruya seller. It looked and smelled so nice so I wanted to give it a try. It was a lot better than usual. It was so crunchy and warm, I regret getting just two. We gotta learn how to make it this crunchy!

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(L) Scramble. It’s a milky shaved-ice street food usually sold around schools. I like this better than ice cream! (R) Maruya is a fried mashed banana snack sprinkled with sugar. I had already eaten most of it before taking this photo.

We got some pizza, pasta and ice cream before checking out some stuff to buy.

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(L) Photobomber Loon. It was supposed to be a solo pic! lol (M) Loon was too busy eating her coffee-flavoured ice cream lol (R) Sniffing caught on camera. (Smells so nice tho)

We had cake, finallyyyyyyyyy. *demanding visitor mode*

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I wanted Cake by Katerina’s signature KitKat cake, which is one of my favorites. Though, it was not available so we ordered something else. For some reason, their new cakes aren’t as good as how they used to be. Might be due to a change of baker/ ingredients. Idk.

Ah yeah, of course, there was the obligatory “Kambal kayo? Magkapatid? Magpinsan? Ano pala?” comment, while we were eating. I feel like randomly being in Pinoy Henyo everytime this happens.

After having cake, we headed home and watched another movie. I was not able to finish it since I quickly fell asleep in the middle of Loon’s massage.

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Overall, I absolutely enjoyed my stay as usual. I really want to return sometime soon since there are lots of new establishments that are about to open. Gotta try them all!

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Pasalubong /o/ Thank you, Loon!

Here’s a snapshot of our outfits for all three days. As usual, I chose something light and easy to wear. For Day 1, I wanted it to be gender-neutral and extra warm since I easily get cold from long trips. For Day 2 and 3, I chose something easy to pack up.

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And lots of selfies!

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I guess it’s so obvious how much we enjoyed playing with these. lol

 

Bohemian Treehouse Getaway

At the end of 2016, I had been feeling down and some friends had been worried about me (Sorry.). Ricah decided to pay me a visit after new year. (She had been considering the idea since last year anyway.) I suggested a convenient nearby hotel but she opted to book something more interesting. She said she needed a change of scenery too.

She found a Bohemian-inspired treehouse near my town. Since I rarely go out of the house, I didn’t have any idea on how to go there so we took a cab straight to the place after having lunch.

boho-final-xsI wore something light and casual to suit the relaxing ambiance. (Thanks to Ricah for taking these pictures. #snowfallphotography lol)

ricah-boho-final-xsCheck out Ricah’s outfit too. Sadly, we weren’t able to take photos together.

in-xsHere’s the view inside and outside the room. (Hey look, a black cat!) I just took these photos through my mobile phone listlessly so some of them are blurry. I should stop being lazy. lol

decor-sSome of the interesting details I found around the place. This makes me miss our Still Life classes. Ah, good ol’ days.

out-xsTop: More photos outside.; Bottom: The treehouse at dusk.

food-xsLunch at Harborpoint. Most establishments were closed because of the holidays.

In the end, I was not able to relax at all. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not used to going out with other people or the fact that I only got an hour of sleep or less. But still, I’m glad that Ricah invited me to stay in this wonderful place. Thank you!