Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Ultimate Goal for Next Year

MOVE OUT.

pack up, throw stuff away, buy new things,
and start a new life.


















I want a nice kitchen I can cook in.


















A cozy bedroom to seek refuge in.

I want a place to come home to, a sanctuary, a space that is all ours, where we can sit back relax, be us and just get ready for the coming days.


Photo Credit: Domino

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

in a perfect world there would be slow days, 5 cheese pizzas, sweet cakes, sangrias, spinach dips, pumpkin soups, strawberries, champagne, good food, flowy dresses, pretty shoes, crisp suits, soft shirts, short naps, relaxing massages, comfy beds, fluffy pillows and lazy lazy afternoons.

a handful at the same time and life will be swell.
isn't that what we all wish for anyway?

Friday, November 30, 2007

Midnight Cravings

Oh man, it's 12MN and i'm craving for pritchon and lechon baka. shoot!

Friday, November 23, 2007

My Birthday Wishlist

this might be a stretch, but i'm putting this out there for the Universe to find a way to bring these to me

1. a good-paying, fulfilling job
2. a nice but affordable apartment we can move in to next year
3. customers to buy Wishes and Daydreams and zemirah (hehe!)
4. a nice location for the boutique/cafe i'm tasked to plan for
5. a job for my father, enlightenment for my mother, wisdom and strength for my brothers
6. smooth sailing months ahead and a sure ticket to graduation
7. courage, patience, and big ideas for my most loved one
8. wide lens and flash for my camera
9. to win a slim phone to replace my 5 year-old one
10. a pink or brown small digicam
11. vacation time
12. a stronger peso or an even weaker dollar (teehee. sorry ofw friends)
13. insanely low gas prices
14. visas to anywhere and everywhere
15. a healthy bank account

Monday, November 12, 2007

Nearing 25

The past few weeks have been such a blur. Thesis preparation, deliberations, final papers and projects, work on the side, moving houses, packing and decorating, saying goodbye, getting rid of junk, crying over drama, meeting up with friends, dinner parties, visiting friends, researching for business, lazy weekends, dazed days... So many things have happened, so much stuff have come and gone and miraculously my head is still right in place. Whew!

I'm turning a year older in less than a month. For some reason, I always get sick on my birthday haha But I have a strong feeling that's not gonna happen this year. My life has on cruise mode for the past weeks. Not too fast, not too slow. Just steady. It makes me a bit anxious, but I'm more excited at the prospect of what the new year will bring.

I can feel that all our dreams are just beyond our grasp. It's just a matter of playing our cards right until then.

I think that this past year I have learned to know and accept who I am. Through the decisions I've made, through the experiences I've had, through the kind of life I choose to live, I think I have become the person I want to be.

I read that a girl becomes a woman at the 25. Well, I think it's about time.

In a few months, my life will finally take off unto the direction that it was always meant to be. So for now, I must learn to take things slowly and enjoy the remaining time before the strong, wild, welcome storm! Life us going to be swell, I just know it.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Clock is ticking

2 days til D-day!
Aack!

The pre-delibs last Saturday went ok (had to wait the whole day though for my turn to present!). But the final deliberation is the one that will actually count.

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Spent a sleepless night at the hospital looking after my poor brother who's down with intestinal flu. Ifever I get sick, I'll beg to be sent to another hospital! I'd rather pay a hefty sum than be stuck in the craphole that is the Capitol Medical Center. It feels so ghetto, and it feels more of a public hospital than a private one! Except for one polite male nurse, the rest of the staff were like idiots who didn't even have the decency to make my brother feel more comfortable. He's still stuck there (with our yaya, who took over watch duty) til tomorrow, but I really hope he gets well fast and get the hell out of that crappy place.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Cake Craving

One of my best friends, Steph, had her birthday a few weeks ago. It was our first "successful" party. Haha! We served tons of yummy finger food, plus beer for the guys, and sangria and martinis for the ladies! We were finally able to convince people to DRINK. Haha! Finally after our futile attempts during our previous parties!


Steph also had this glorious birthday cake, with adorable champagne/martini glasses for candles!

The Yulo Strawberry Cake was the perfect way to end to a wonderful dinner! Everyone was still talking about it days after the party.

I'M still craving for it!
Moist and fluffy cake... Yummy strawberry cream... Mmmmmmmmm!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Song for the moment

BREATHE by Alexi Murdoch
One of my faves in my trip out playlist.
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In the quiet of the shadow
In the corner of a room
Darkness moves upon you
Like a cloud across the moon

You're wearing all the silence
Of a constant that will turn
Like the windmill left deserted
Or the sun forever burn

So don't forget to breathe
Don't forget to breathe
Your whole life is here
No eleventh hour reprieve
So don't forget to breathe

Keep your head above water
But don't forget to breathe

And all the suffering that you've witnessed
And the hand prints on the wall
They remind you how it's endless
How endlessly you fall

And the answer that you're seeking
For the question that you found
Drives you further to confusion
As you lose your sense of ground

So don't forget to breathe
Don't forget to breathe
Your whole life is here
No eleventh hour reprieve
So don't forget to breathe

Keep your head above water
But don't forget to breathe

Don't forget to breathe
You know you are here
But you find you want to leave
So don't forget to... breathe

Just breathe...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cool, yo!

I know I'm way past my teen years and that I don't dress my age (my friend's dad says that we still dress like we're in High School. haha!) but man oh man oh man, I wanna look like 'em cool H&M girls!





















Went gaga at H&M in HK, but due to budgetary contraints, my only "investment piece" was this super duper cool pink and green hoodie. Oh, plus I got these hot pink shades and a purple sling bag. Hahaha!

For a girl whose turning 25 in a few months, maybe I should let my bright bold colors take the back seat and dress more my age... Hmmmm?

Photo Credit: H&M

Chipper than an Eager Beaver

I'm so excited to finish my thesis for this sem!!!
But, hehehe, I need to actually work on it first.

Excited still!!!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Such Great Heights

If only I were a foot taller, I would love to be a flight attendant!

I love hearing stories from my second mother, Tita Ellen, about her fabulous heyday, funny encounters with passengers up there in the clouds, and the countless places she has visited.

I feel a twinge of jealousy whenever I see pictures of FAs in different countries. Ah, the shopping, the travelling, the exciting life of Flight Attendant!

Yes, I'm aware that there may be bad experiences too (not to mention the risk of air catastrophes), but I'm blinded by the fabulousness of it all.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Shoo, flu!

I think I need a flu shot! I'm feeling sick again :/ It's a neck and stomach pain combo this time.

Now's not the time to contract something. Just 2+weeks til our thesis deliberations. Aaack! Procrastination is a bad bad habit. I need to shake this off before I officialy join the "work force". Yes, I can come up with mean mean stuff hours before a deadline, but MUST.LEARN.HOW.TO.WORK.MORE.EFFICIENTLY.

Must!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Lalalouis

I'm obsessing over owning an LV. Well, 2 for that matter.




















My heart is set on the Damier Keepall 55 in Ebony and the Mini Lin Speedy.

Yeah right! Maybe I can afford it in 10 years. Haha! Whatever. BUT I know I will only buy an expensive bag when I can easily purchase it with my own hard-earned money. Easily. And when there isn't a budget to keep in mind. When we're not behind on any payments. When we can tell ourselves that life is dandy and that we've made it.

Oh, and I'm going to use that Keepall when we go to the Maldives.
Hahahahaha!

Just you wait and see.
And yes, I do think I'm a bit delirous too. Ha!

Photo Credit: Louis Vuitton

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Mozi

I miss my Mozi Ipod cover :(
Bought it in Egg3 in Singapore, lost it somewhere in Makati :( Boohoo















They've got cute cute stuff! I wish I can collect these for my home.




















Photo Credit: Mozi

Monday, September 10, 2007

October 10!

One month til our thesis delibs!

Oh no no no no no!

How much research have I done? How much data do I have?
Probably 15%. And 20pages of Word documents of vague facts, culinary trivia, and food articles.

CRUNCH TIME!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

What's better than a white picket fence?













One that's made to look like lace.
This would look perfect installed inside a studio.

Like this!











Photo Credit: Demakersvan and Dezeen
[via Happy Mundane, Free People, and Oh Joy!]

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Closing Time

Whatever happened to Segafredo in Greenbelt 2!?!?

We passed by the area last night, and all we found was an empty store with the lights closed. No explanation posted on its glass doors!

Oh my! I hope they're just doing inventory. Or they just had an out-of-town company trip or something.

Mike and I feel like we're cursed! A lot of the restos/food joints we like going to suddenly just close for some reason. Most of them were in Katipunan.
- Brothers Burger
- Thai in a Box
- that Japanese resto that used to be in Yellow Cab's place
- SR Thai
- that Chinese place that makes my super favorite Beef Brisket in front of SR Thai
- our all-time favorite Thai Canteen

If Greenbelt's Cafe Bola and Kitchen suddenly close down, then we ARE cursed!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

*Sniff Sniff*

I'm sick :( *sniff*

I was sneezing nonstop yesterday, it scratched my throat so bad! Took 2 tablets of anti-histamines, took a bath, gardled Bactidol and slept with wads of tissue stuck into my nostrils.

I woke up still feeling as sick as ever :(
Drank some Airborne but it didn't work much.
Almost finished a pack of Strepsils but they didn't help either.
Took 2 tablespoonsful of Pei Pa Koa. It soothed my throat a bit, but I can feel that it's wearing off.
My throat has never hurt this bad :(

I wish the Hong Kong TST MTR was just around the corner so I can run down and buy me some magic healing tea :(

*sniff sniff*

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Good Meals

I like dinners that are so good, that I hesitate bringing out the camera to take snap shots.

We had buttersquash soup, thin-crust pizza, pasta and wine. Pasto really has become one of the restos we like to indulge in once in a while.

Now, I'm craving to "invest" in a Steak Room experience. Naku, we better scrimp so we can splurge.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Do the Luge

I'm sorry if this comes of a bit crass, but I think this is GENIUS!

All my alcohol loving friends will agree!

Ooh, what fun parties we're gonna have. Hahaha!


Party time! Simply freeze water in the mold, pop it out and get the party started by sending your drinks down the icy slopes, straight into your glass (or your mouth, if you're classy like that).

Photo Credit: Ice Luge ($24) from Urban Outfitters

Room for Change





















I've been working on this since last night but a sudden attack of the sniffles forced me to go to bed.

This is my visual peg for my "room". Hopefully we'll be moving out of our house and into a new apartment (or a house if we're lucky!) in a few weeks.

Yep, I like them patterns on patterns. Bold, bright colors too!

I can't wait to have a space of my own! Woohoo!

Photo Credit: Bed, love seat and striped table from Anthropologie. Armoire by Innoane, Umbrella floor lamp by Pablo, striped pillow from 2Modern. Pink lamp, chair from Urban Outfitters

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Morning Mix Up

Whew! It's been a stressful and busy morning for me! I woke up to see that the photos in my article in yesterday's newpaper was wrongly credited to me. I don't get how they failed to understand my note "Food photos by Zee Castro. Photos of PenPen dolls provided by Ping Medina." I put that on all my emails. My food photos didn't even come out. These photos were provided by Ping, and I just found out today that they were taken by Bea Acosta (who happens to be the friend/sister of a friend).


PHOTOS BY BEA ACOSTA








I'm so so sorry Bea for the mix up!
I cannot apologize enough for this mistake!

I just hope something hugely positive will come out of this.
Hopefully, a lot of people read the article and will be encouraged to head off to PenPen to partake in their homey Pinoy dishes. The resto has pledged to donate 10% of their profit for the month of August to Manikako, an organization that conducts art workshops that aim to empower children through creativity.

I truly believe that it's a wonderful cause. I've even pledged to donate materials they can use for their workshops. I'm giving away old shirts, cloth, ribbons, beads, yarn, sewing notions, paint, etc etc etc to Manikako. It's a good excuse to tidy up the house, too!

Whew! What a morning this has been.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Hong Kong Highlights


















Foodtripping

- That Beef Brisket Noodle was the best meal we had in Hong Kong. We woke up early on our first full day in HK, and this noodle house on Humprey's Ave. was the only place open. It cost HK$29 for a big bowl, but it was worth it.

- Soy Chicken at Cafe de Coral. About HK$21. We probably ate at Cafe de Coral 4 times during our trip. Pang-masa pero may class. Galeng.

- Ice Cream Mochi Balls from 7-11. About HK$11 (P66)

- For some reason, the Cheeseburgers at Victoria Peak's Burger King tasted extra special! (They were extra expensive too for Philippine standards, but we didn't eat breakfast that day, so we relished every bite of that juicy burger!)






















The Happiest Place on Earth

Yes, I enjoyed Disneyland, so sue me!
The park was small and there weren't much "adult" rides, but I enjoyed it every bit :) And yes, I sang along during the variety shows, and I bet you would have too if you were there ;p

Stupid us forgot to have our pictures taken with the Disney Characters! Oh well! Maybe that's what we'll do next time.











Company Call

Of course, this trip would not have been made possible if not for... friendship. CHIKA! Haha!

Losing Marc at the airport. Getting off on the wrong bus stop and walking blocks in Tsim Sha Tsui with our luggage in tow. Lee Garden experiences. Doing the touristy thing and drinking expensive beer yards at Lan Kwai Fong. The Cure. Buying beer at 7-11 and 'taking the party' to the Denizen lair. Haha!

This Hong Kong trip is one for the books! Looking forward to the next adventure!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

(So Hating) Thesis

I know that I said I wouldn't rant on this blog. But I can't help it. I'm starting to hate making this stupid thesis. I hate being told what to do, being manipulated to make my thesis more "socio-cultural", to make it have more "substance".

It was such a slap in the face to be told that "Kung ganun lang, walang substance yung work mo" (If that's just it, then your thesis lacks substance.) MEANING: It's shallow. It's stupid. It's not worth to be bragged about. Yeah right, whatever.

Hello, I am not "KP". Sure, she did one hell of job for her thesis, but I AM NOT HER, We ALL are NOT HER, so why even compare? Are we in gradeschool, all fighting to be recongized by the teacher to receive gold stars. HELLO. We're in a damn freakin UNIVERSITY.

It sucks trying to come up with ideas, and having all of them shot down because it lacks THAT "socio-cultural" aspect. DON'T YOU GET IT THAT I DON'T WANT IT TO BE SOCIO-CULTURAL? I'm not out to save the world! I just want to make something that I want, that I will have fun working on, that I THOUGHT OF.

Advisers are there to advise. Not to manipulate their student's works and direct it towards the way they imagine it to be. What's the use of doing pre-liminary research, soul-searching and racking your brains out for a topic you'll like, when in the end all suggestions direct you to deviate from your plans and more towards fulfilling your Adviser's personal goal of producing the "Best Thesis" for the batch???

No, I don't think it's "Falling in love with your topic". It's more of your adviser not understanding where you want to bring your topic, what your goals are, how you would want your results to be.

It's you realizing that whatever you say, you will never see eye-to-eye. She will never understand what everything you say because it's clear in her mind that all her students should research like "KP", work hard like "KP", produce a socio-cultural laden output like "KP".

I'm not mad at "KP". But I HATE the position my classmates and I have been put in because our adviser has decided to put her on a pedestal.

I get more and more confused each day. I'm not sure how I want this damn thesis work to progress because I'm letting her brainwash me into doing the "socio-cultural" things she wants me to do.

I am so close to just burying myslef under the blanket and just let time fly by.

Damn thesis. You are so not working with me right now.

Friday, August 10, 2007

sometimes i wish i can just fly away and leave everything behind. no hesitations. no repurcussions. just a clean slate. as if i can just get up and go, and my life will continue on without thoughts, responsibilities weighing me down.

if only life was that easy. but it seems like the powers that be want me to get a gold medal for trying to keep my head stright while a lot of stuff is going on. so much for being a star student in the wrong class.

i want to eat a whole cake, but i know that would be yuck and stupid. so i'll just sulk and try to dream of better things instead.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Hong Kong Hangover

Our first out of the country photo together :)

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Post-HK PVD

We're back.
Now, here comes Post vacation depression.

BUT

HK was fun :)

Mike got sick, but was up and running on the 3rd day thanks to this leaf tasting hot-cough concoction from Chinese Urban Healing Tea, which I accidentaly found while looking for my exit at the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station.

Everything was expensive, but it was our first time together out of the country, so we were (wisely) lenient with our dollar spending haha!

Ahhhh Hong Kong...
H&M! Uniqlo! HK's fast and efficient MTR System!
I miss you already!

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Photo post soon!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Here we go!

Wheee!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Countdown: One more day to go!

One more day then we're off to Hong Kong! Wheeeee!

I hope we have enough money to EAT. haha!

This will be my greatest challenge yet: To be in Hong Kong during THE Shopping Festival without enough money to shop myself crazy!

Oh no! H&M! Zara! Ikea!
MUST. RESIST.
NEED. TO. EAT.
Aaack!

I'm planning to just bring my pink backpack. Oh my my, will I survive?? On my last 3 trips, I brought my big moss green suitcase. On the trip back home, it would be PACKED (border line luggage limit PACKED). Plus, I'd always ALWAYS come home with 2 extra bags as carry ons. Haha!

Nevertheless, I'm sure we're going to have a grand time! :) Wheeeee!

Crazy for Kozui

Kozui's Anmitsu is beyond glorious!!! YUM YUM YUM

It's dessert heaven in a bowl! Tasty Green tea jelly, shaved ice with fruit juice and jelly (I chose strawberry, my fave!), chewy dango balls (bolabola-esque, with delightful hints of flavor), sweet azuki beans, taro jam and a generous swirl of green tea ice cream! YUM!

Located at 258 Tomas Morato, QC
Read more here and here.

Friday, July 20, 2007

My own Lemon Stand


This is the cutest :) I can imagine myself throwing a garden barbie (BBQ party) and serving yummy lemonade (OR vodka lemonade!;p) with this cute thing. Tee hee!

Photo from Outblush.com

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Flask Lust

I was doing my usual rounds in Greenbelt3 earlier when I saw this beautiful red enamel heart shaped flask on Firma's window display! Gawd, I love that store! If I had the money, I'd shop that whole store clean!

Anyway, back to the flask. I rarely talk to Firma sales personnel at the risk of them throwing me 'you-know-you-can't-afford-it' stares. "It's P2180, Ma'am." said the gay salesperson after I waited a whole minute for the other saleslady to give me a clear answer.

I could've charged it on my credit card right then and there (just to show those people that hello I can afford it noh!haha! chos!) but I was in my right mind not to. Even if I so so want to, I can't afford to shell out money until our HK trip! :(

I still can't take my mind off it though! And lo and behold, I found it on the net!
What a beauty! I actually thought it came with a gold chain, but I guess it was just another Firma accessory thrown in unto the window display.



Ugh! This is excruciating! I looks soooooooooooooo nice!!!!!!
Must.restrain.self.

Photo from Zippergifts.com

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In other news, 3 of my write ups came out in today in Inquirer 2bu!'s Secret Manila issue. My writing's all messed up, but at least people can get the idea that these places are worth a try.
Mom and Tina's. Cozy home cooking.
Sango. Japanese Comfort food.
Soms. Affordable Thai Cuisine.

Eventhough I've been writing for Inquirer for about 8 years, I still get the kick out of reading my articles and seeing my name on print. But honestly, the best thing about this whole thing is getting the chance to help out other people by writing about their stuff. I really enjoy the food/things I make reviews of. And I can't help but smile when they tell me that they've received great feedback from what I've written and that they feel very grateful :) It just gets me every time.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Countdown

10 days til Hong Kong! Whee!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Gaga for Giada

I'm home sick, and the only time today that I felt a wee bit better was when I watched Everyday Italian with Giada De Laurentiis. Man, how I wish I can be like her.

I like Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, too. I like her South Hampton home, and her old lady class, but I'd rather 'mature' more gracefully, a bit more like Giada please.

I wish that in a few years I'll have my own Giada moments: making yummy beautiful food in a well-appointed kitchen, and looking ever so composed yet effortlessly looking beautiful and carefree like her.

Photo from www.giadadelaurentiis.com

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Craving for comfort

When I was still OJT-ing at Publicis, we'd always order Sango for dinner.

I miss "working" in Makati and being in an office setting. On most days, time would fly so fast. We'd find ourselves just hanging around, and craving for the yummiest things: Chef's siomai, chips, beer and pizza, and Sango.

Sango's Master cheeseburger is one of my comfort foods.

I'm craving for a Master Cheeseburger with extra meat sauce plus fries, salad, and vanilla shake right now.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Hello, world!






www.zemirahthings.multiply.com

I wish I can have my own Etsy soon :)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Attempt #1

There was left over Adobo from last night, so I made me some Adobo pasta :)

Not as good as the one we had at JouJou's, but I'm sure I can improve my cooking skills in time for my Thesis production. I'm leaning towards food styling and photography for my topic.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Thesisit

This Thesis shit is eating a huge amount of my sanity. I still have a long way to go. Lots of pondering and research still to do. It puts me in such a pensive mood.

While stuck in yet another life rut a few months back, I prayed so hard to the heavens. I did not wish for riches to be thrown at my feet, nor did I wish for everything to just end. I just prayed and prayed and prayed that I may always be a wise decision maker. That when the situation gets hard, I will always have a clear mind to make rational decisions. That even at the tighest bend, I can still organize my thoughts and be able to come up with sound options to get my ass (and the asses of others) out of there.

I realized that this Thesis is my last chance to do well while still in school. It has been a long and hard journey for me- yes, it's such a cheesy cliche, but if you're familiar with my college story, you'll understand why it fits like a glove.

I have no big wishes of getting "Best Thesis" or getting the highest grade. I really don't think one should slave for it, pinning for that chance in the limelight day after day. Sorry, but I think that's a bit shallow. That would be a great achievement, and it would be a pleasant bonus. It shouldn't be the force that will drive you to do your thesis work.

For this my final year in school, I realized that my dreams are plain and simple. I just want to do my job well and deliver what is expected.

I've always believed that incompetence can kill you. No amount of hard work can save you if you don't listen and try to comprehend, if you don't use your brain and think, and if you don't use your common sense to use street smarts to get yourself out of a sticky situation.

Amen.
Now, I better get my butt to school. I have a class in 30 mins!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Wishing for some Beachin' times









I'm so wishing I can just leave everything and timespacewarp to our past 2 Bora summers. Drunk at 12. Passing out on the beach. Pigging out on burritos and downing margaritas. Baking baking under the Bora sun. Picture happyness. Beachin' good times!

3 years ago, I said with conviction that Puerto Galera will always be my numbah 1 escape. I take it all back! I wish we will always find funding for our Bora escapades!

I SO need a break!
Hong Kong in 2+weeks! Ugh! Save save save to spend spend spend!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Donate to Zee's HappyJongKong Fund

In less than 3 weeks, "Team Powernap and friends" will be flying off to Happy Jong Kong (Hong Kong). This trip has been years in the making! Kel and I have never travelled out of the country before. The people in the group have travelled locally (Bora, Baguio, Davao, Tagaytay). Some of us have gone overseas together (HK, Bangkok, Vietnam), but never the whole group all at once. So, it's easy to understand that exciting shit is happening here!

Though I'm super excited (and right now, would rather be in HK than slaving on my directionless thesis), I'm actually on panic mode now because I realized that I have less than 3 weeks to come up with pocket money! It would be insane to go to HK (hello, just in time for the Hong Kong Shopping Festival) with only US$100! Naku po!

We already have the hostel, food, ticket (The Cure concert, Disneyland, etc) expenses covered, but I still have no pocket money! Ayayayayay!

SO I decided to sell off my supposed stock for a delayed consignment opportunity in hopes of getting some much needed cash!














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*Fingers crossed*

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Food for thought

Right now, I am craving for a big, fat, hot, juicy burger.

I wish I can get my hands on this!














Le Tub has "America's Best Burger" according to GQ magazine, and tested by Oprah's best friend Gayle.

She sure is damn lucky, that Gayle woman! Imagine being BFFs with one of the richest women in the world, having such a fab job as Editor of O Magazine, getting to travel and taking home all those freebies (Oprah's Favorite Things, HELLO!), and having the chance to eat good good good food! And did I mention that she's BEST FRIENDS with OPRAH? Wow. Man, that's like being close to GOD, noh. Haha


I want that juicy burger. And while you're at it, I want the fab, cozy life to go with it, too.

Photo from Oprah.com

Friday, July 6, 2007

Come Fly with Me



Balloon Festival. Feb 07. Clarkfield, Pampanga.

This Fisheye is probably the best gift I've ever given Kel.

So far ;p

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Dreaming of Manly



Manly Beach, Sydney.
This photo was taken on our family vacation in Australia last year.

The moment I stepped out of the van, and saw the beach, the people, and the blue ocean, I said to myself, "We will have a house here someday."

There was something about the beach town's laid-back atmosphere that made me feel that we could easily feel right at home.

I didn't get to swim then because it was freezing cold (which really translates to: I was stupid and spent all my time shopping).

But I know that someday, we'd wake up to the Australian sun, hear the waves crashing, go out wearing our swimsuits and flipflops, have a champagne breakfast at one of the seaside restos, and we'd see surfers surfing, and sun worshippers baking, and out in the horizon, beautiful white sail boats will slowly make their way out to sea.

How I'd love for that moment to come sooner!

Someday :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Strawberry Love

i saw this on Bridges and Balloons and my heart skipped a beat!












Look at that! The perfect marriage of two of my most favorite things in the world- strawberries and tea.

PURE LOVE!!!!! just looking at those glorious glorious strawberries makes my mouth water!

Adelyn writes, "I don’t think I’ve ever smelled a more heavenly mixture of strawberries, marshmallows, apricots… and er, other unidentifiable but yummy tidbits! When I eventually got back to Paris and brewed a cup to test, it was even more divine than I had hoped! Just enough of the fruity bouquet without an overkill of sweetness - gorgeous."

Now, how can i get my butt to Vienna and snatch this heavenly tea?!!?

Going to Vienna, visiting the Jaeger & Co., and drinking a glorious cup of this tea is now on my list of things to do before I die!

Just seeing that photo really gets me excited! Ahh!

Photo by Adelyn Lee of Bridges and Balloons. Thanks for letting me use your photo :)

Monday, July 2, 2007

If I had a small apartment,

it would probably be something like this.
























It would be full of fun, quirky stuff, heaps and heaps of my organized mess.

I'd have fresh cut flowers everyday, and cook with herbs from my window garden.

:)

Photo Credit: Domino