October 29, 2019

Organic. DIY. Experience. Making Handmade Lipsticks at Lab’i

Upon the urging of our friend and lipstick lover, Mela, my barkada went to Lab’i Lipstick Design Studio last weekend. We were all curious about making our own lipsticks and agreed that it would be a fun activity to do together. I mean, if Mela has gone 5 times in the past 5 months, it must be something special! They were already there when I arrived. We all tried to settle down while the owner, Eleanor, started to give her introduction; but surrounded by over 150 shades of lipsticks and the cutest cases, it took some time for us to […]
September 27, 2019
Greta Thunberg and Kodi Lee

Behind Every Kodi and Greta

I’m a little late to the fanfare, but this week, I finally had the chance to sit down and catch up on the Internet. Two people named Kodi Lee and Greta Thunberg were very prominent on my feed; so I clicked and followed links, like a moth lured by the social media flame. I watched videos of America’s Got Talent‘s newest champion, Kodi. He was introduced as a 22-year old blind man with autism, and his audition blew me away. Next, I read up on Greta, a 16-year old environmental activist. Only in later articles did I come across the […]
September 12, 2019

An Addictive Personality & Learning a New Language

This past April, while visiting at my friend Ekay’s house, she introduced me to a Japanese reality show called Terrace House. We didn’t even finish an entire episode, but it had piqued my interest enough that I decided to look for it on Netflix a few days later. I’m not sure how it happened, but suddenly I was watching it at every spare moment. I even downloaded episodes for when I was out of the house, and finished 3 seasons in a month. 😅 I’m a believer of the theory that what occupies your mind manifests in your life, so […]
August 22, 2019
Family Picture at a Wedding

A New Season in Sydney | Winter Wedding, Part 2

My sister is currently on their honeymoon, and I’ve only gotten around to posting about the day of the wedding. 👏🏽 Can I have a slow clap for being so good at this? 😑 Picking up from where I left off on my previous post, here’s a timeline of how things happened on July the 20th. Some photos of this destination wedding by Ry, some grabbed from the wedding suppliers, but most are my own. 05:30 I was soaking in the silence of the place as the sun made its way slowly overhead. My sister appeared calm, but I knew […]
August 20, 2019

A New Season in Sydney | Winter Wedding, Part 1

I left 5 days before the big day to help with whatever my sister needed. That meant errands, crafting, and just being there for her as she was about to transition into marriage.
July 8, 2019

Day 2 of the 30-Day Writing Challenge: (First) Recent Heartbreak | Remembering Bruce

Bruce had such a distinct personality even as a puppy. He came into our home with 2 full-grown Labradors, which made it all the more apparent. He was so tiny then; but when I set him down and let Chili and Kani sniff him for the 1st time, he stood his ground and even let out a few warning barks as if to say, “I’m not scared of you.” Within days, I knew he wouldn’t be like my other goofballs, with their in-your-face style of I-Love-You-So-Much. Bruce was somewhat aloof, came mostly when he wanted a morsel of what I […]
June 20, 2019

Mabuhaykers Log: Mt. Batulao

At this time last week, we were descending from the summit of Mt. Batulao, after enjoying the view and the slightly cooler breezes from the top. It was a relaxing trip for me as one of the rare times when I didn’t need to plan or drive! Husband and wife cycling team Mel and Julius picked the destination, set the meet up point and time, and offered their SUV for 5 of us to pile into. Going Blind The first thing I do when I’m getting ready for a climb is to check if my favorite Pinoy Mountaineer has been […]