Wednesday, December 31, 2008

on a makeup budget

Everyone loves to splurge on makeup, including me but at times, drug stores brands do the trick. Check out the recent post on www.whowhatwear.com - Beauty Board: Budget Buys. I have used the two mascaras mentioned, Maybelline Lash Discovery (my favorite mascara) and Colossal Volum' Express (recommended by BlushPretty). I would definite try all these products since the article mentions that they are similar to the more expensive brands.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

bromance and the city

Last night, I watched the premiere of The City. Being a true Laguna Beach and The Hills fan, I had to check out this new reality series. And after watching the first two episodes, it seems to be quite interesting. A few of my thoughts:
  • Nice to see Whitney being the star as oppose to her always asking the questions.
  • Olivia is friggin gorgeous, she's like my new Victory Ford.
  • Erin is the old Whitney, Alex H, Lo - the girl who always asks the questions.
  • Jay = dirt - he is shady, scummy, dirty - I don't like him, and I don't like him for Whitney. I think he is trouble.
  • Alex - he's better for Whitney, a bit dense and boring but better looking and more genuine than Jay.
All in all, it seems that there will be lots of drama, hot outfits, cool parties, up and coming restaurants and since I have never been to NYC, it will probably make me want to go. I'm pretty much hooked...


Bromance premiered before The City. Brody Jenner is on my hot list so I had to watch it. It's the male version of Paris Hilton's quest for a new BFF. The thing with this show is there is no eye candy (well, except for Brody) but it's funny to see what these guys will do to have a bromance. Here are a few of my thoughts:
  • Chris, the filipino one, reminds me of my friend, Elmer...LOL!
  • Michael, the gay guy who left the show because he didn't get to meet Lauren Conrad (sucker - if you stayed you would have had the chance to) was so creepy with overplucked eyebrows.
  • Femi (I think that's his name), the black dude, is so annoying and over confident, I hope he is the next to go.
There were many funny moments that actually made me laugh out loud (I loved the guy who made the Spencer is a Douche Bag shirt). It's a dumb show but I will continue to watch because of Brody and I just need to find out which loser guy will win. I have a conflict though - One Tree Hill starts next week and is on at 9 pm. It doesn't fit in my Monday TV lineup. Good thing MTV replays the shows many times during the week and online =)

Monday, December 29, 2008

reuniting with family friends

I wish I had a picture to post up...but sadly, I didn't take a picture. Last night, Mike and I, along with my dad went to visit Kuya Mike, Tita Mila, Irene and family. Mike and Irene have four kids - Lian, Sylvest, Max and Zack. Gino and my dad use to live with them (it's a long story) and I would occasionally visit them on the weekends. Lian and Sylvest were 5 and 3 back then and now they are 19 and 17. They have grown up so much and surprisingly, still remember me. I use to babysit them at times.

Today, my dad and I had plans to visit Gino (it's 6 months today) and Kuya Mike and his whole family came. After we went to Congee Dynasty and Tim Horton's. They were going to go to the mall but I decided to go home and finish up some laundry. It's been really fun hanging out with them, it's like being with family because 10 something years ago, they were pretty much my family. Irene is like an older sister to me, we both love shopping for great deals and I look forward to seeing her more often since she is staying in Mississauga with the boys while Kuya Mike and Tita Mila go back to the Philippines and Lian goes back to Queen's.

I am still in shock how Lian and Sylvest have grown up, I still remember them as little kids and now they are really good kids, polite and with a good head on their shoulder. They really take care of their younger siblings who are 11 and 3. I wish that Gino was around to see them.

back from the beach

We arrived back home Saturday/Sunday at 2:00 am to some mild weather. What a homecoming! I was bracing myself for the cold winter chill to hit me but it was a treat to come home in the middle of the night to nice weather.

Varadero was an experience, an experience meaning the blustery wind by the beach, the really cool breeze at night but the luxury of being able to tan with the hot sun and nice breeze during the day. The food was okay, the room was alright, the resort was nice but we definitely overpaid because of the holiday season. I have no idea why they jack up the price over the Christmas break. The weather is not that hot, it's cool at night and there are days when it's overcast, so with that said, I don't think that Mike and I will ever go away for Christmas. This year, it served the purpose of me not wanting to be in the city for Christmas and at the resort, it definitely did not feel like Christmas.

Stay tuned for some pictures...

Friday, December 19, 2008

In 24 hours, we will be leaving for Varadero, Cuba. So with that said, although I am skipping Christmas, I want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas. I will be thinking about you while I am sipping a mojito on the beach!

Happy Birthday to Jenn N, AWong, BKelly, KeniKen and the lovely Belle!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

nothing, just plain old nothing

I LOVE BEING AT HOME and DOING NOTHING!!! Absolutely love it! I should be packing, I am doing it but also trying to clean out my dresser. I have been to the mall 4 days in a row but not to buy christmas gifts. I am totally obsessed with makeup again and all I do is hang out at Sephora and MAC.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

card for G

Today I am going to visit Gino before I leave for vacation. I know that Christmas time from now on will always be difficult but this year will be the toughest since it's the first one him. I feel guilt that I am leaving my dad behind but I honestly just need to get away - away from this city, away from my family, away from drama, away from it all...Mike understands this and I hope my family does too.

I bought this card for Gino and I am writing the card contents here so I can always remember what it says - because it's perfect.

To My Brother...
for All the
Christmas Memories
We Share

You can't choose your family,
so I guess I was just lucky
to have a brother like you.
We fussed and we teased,
we had fights and we had fun,
and always in my heart I knew
that I would do anything for you.
We forged a bond
that time cannot erase.
You can never know
how proud I am to tell the world,
"That's my brother,"
but I'm even prouder to say,
"That's my friend."

Wishing You a Christmas
Full of Dreams come True

Gino - I hope wherever you are, you are at peace and you are finally happy. I have hated Christmas for as long as I can remember but having you along my side always made it easier and more enjoyable for me. I can't tough it out without you and I am hoping that by getting away from it all, I will be able to just get through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I know it's early but I won't be around so Merry Christmas...

list of movies i want to watch (Dec edition)

**UPDATED POST - as moPar suggested, I am re-posting this post to include clips of the movies**

Here I go again with my lists - the last time I did this was back in
April. I watched all of the movies I listed except for Dark Knight (still not allowed to watch it because of certain scenes), He's Just Not That Into You (release date was pushed to next year) and Nights in Rodanthe (waiting for it to come out on DVD).

Time for a new list for the next couple of months:

November 7, 2008 - Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa (I watched this already because my mom wanted to see it, I would wait for the DVD. The song, I like to Move it, was funnier when they played it in the first movie)

November 21, 2008 - Twilight (I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait! For those who have read the book and are as much obsessed as I am, you probably can't wait to see Bella and Edward)

November 21, 2008 - Bolt (I put this on my list because Mike wants to see it and I figure we can watch it on our monthly movie date night)

December 2, 2008 - The Day the Earth Stood Still (I love these types of aliens - I think - are coming to invade the earth. I actually have no idea what this movie is about, the movie title and the trailer are just so cool)

January 9, 2009 - Bride Wars (Total chick flick that I must watch with SAD because Jake from OTH is on it and she loves him - well, I think she still does)


January 16, 2009 - Notorious (Who wouldn't want to watch a movie about Biggie, the soundtrack alone should make you want to drag yourself to watch it)


February 6, 2009 - He's Just Not That Into You (I have been waiting for this movie snce earlier this year, it's a star-studded cast...in my eyes)


February 13, 2009 - Confessions of a Shopaholic (Read the book, now of course I have to watch the movie. I hope it's as funny as the book. If you have never read the Shopaholic series, I demand you go out and buy it now!)


There are more movies I want to watch but I think that I will post only for movies that are coming within the next three months. I will do up another list in January.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Michael Copon = Jacob Black???

This post is only for Twilight die-hard fans, which means JH and DSS (if only she would watch the movie LOL) or OTH fans, which still means you DSS!!! I heard a rumour that Summit may be trying to get Michael Copon to play Jacob Black. Can you imagine? This will make me want to watch New Moon even more - RPattz and Felix the Blue Power Rangers (Michael Copon is from One Tree Hill and the Power Rangers TV show) in one film - oh my!!! I'll just have to wait and see if this rumour is true. Also, can't wait for Twilight to come out on DVD, apparently there are 10 deleted scenes...

2012

When I was shopping with Maureen yesterday, she was telling me about the movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still (a movie on my list). She reads my blog so she told me her thoughts on the movie which from the sounds of it, she didn't think it was that great, definitely a " wait until it comes out on DVD". We both decided that we really like natural disasters, the world is coming to an end type movies - Armageddon, Deep Impact, A Day After Tomorrow, etc.

Well, there is this movie that Mike and I saw a trailer for - 2012. Here is the youtube clip but for a HQ HD version, check out the trailer here.



And guess what MoPar - the movies comes out on your birthday next year!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

poor VC

Tonight I went to the Raptors game with my dad. Thanks Encore for the great seats. I remember when Vince Carter left Toronto, Beej, Jonathan and I think Chad took me to his first game in Toronto with the Nets and we "booed" our brains out. Years later, Raptor fans are still booing Vince. This time I did not join the crowd. Yes, we are all bitter that he left but really, we are the sore losers that are still booing him to this day. I actually felt bad for the guy. During introductions when they booed him...during the game whenever he got his hands on the ball...at the free throw line. Imagine if people booed you for every move you made. I wanted to cry for him. Maybe he doesn't care that we make these harsh remarks at him...cuz at the end of the day, what makes us weak (our booing), makes him stronger (his scoring).

WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT, I know sh*t about basketball!!! I just wanted to cry everytime the crowd booed him.

my new boots

I bought my first pair of boots for the winter season in November. I have always wanted grey boots and Julie helped me with my search. See, I have this tendency to think and overthink about my shopping purchases, I will want to hold off and then when I decide that I want them, they are gone. I am a firm believer in "You snooze, you lose" but I never follow it. Anyway, Julie MADE me buy these Chinese Laundry boots. They are so comfortable because the heel is not super high but I have to admit that there is no thread at the bottom. It's a bit slippery to walk on carpet.


Just last week, I tried on another pair of boots. I was looking for winter boots that could replace my Puma boots from a few years ago. I need a pair that I could walk in through the snow. Again, I couldn't decide if I should buy them so I emailed Julie about them. Well, after some calling, Julie went and picked them up for me. I guess she is tired of my whining when what I want is nowhere to be found. So, here are my new Skechers boots. I love how they look like leg warmers!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

movie review: mamma mia!

I thought that this movie was going to be stupid. I had heard mixed reviews but after K. Kelly told me that she really liked this movie and that I should try and watch it, Mike and I checked it out this afternoon. I LOVE IT! K. Kelly, you were right, it really lifts your spirits and makes you want to get up and dance. I actually think that the movie was better than the play. If you love ABBA music like I do, you will totally sing along. One thing that bothered me though was Pierce Bronson's singing...you'll have to see for yourself.

| blarkness rating: 5/5 |

my holiday begins...

Today was my last day at work and now I am off until January 5th. What a treat for me! I can now start to pack for my Cuba vacation. Since it's the beginning of winter, there is nothing that I can buy for our trip. I will have to resort to whatever I had in the summer to wear, which isn't a lot because I dressed like a bum with my lack of motivation and my loss of weight. I have a full week planned out next week that includes a Raptor game, one session of therapy, a pedicure, a visit to Gino, some drinks with friends and a haircut. I also want to clean the condo, watch some movies (Dark Knight, Mamma Mia) and clean out my closet. I know that the week will go by fast so I will milk it for all I can. Let the fun begin...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

fabFive on rotation

Here is what I have been listening to lately:

Sex on Fire, Kings of Leon - As usual, Mike wanted me to listen to their album and I should have because I could have gone to their concert when Mike wanted to go. Mike left his iTouch in my bag and ended up listening to the album all day. Other notable songs...Closer, Manhattan and Use Somebody.

Poker Face, Lady Gaga - I absolutely love this song. Some days, I just have it on repeat!

Amnesia, Britney Spears - it reminds me of an old school song, I am talking old school 60s song. Other notable songs...If You Seek Amy, Kill the Lights, Blur, actually the whole album is good.


Never Think, Rob Pattinson - If you love Edward that you must love Edward singing LOL! This doesn't even sound like him but it's him. Thanks JN for introducing me to the song and also telling me what song it is that he is singing in the movie.


Flightless Bird, American Mouth, Iron & Wine - Another song from the Twilight soundtrack that I like.


Monday, December 8, 2008

birthday

Today is my birthday and although birthdays are a happy celebration, I feel very sad to not have my brother here to celebrate with me. Emotionally, it's difficult to celebrate with family and know that Gino will not be eating dinner with us and superficially, Gino always bought me the best presents, DS or Wii games that I would never think to buy myself. Gino was a huge gamer and he is the one who introduced me to my DS. I remember when I would go and visit Gino and my dad on the weekends. I would hang out with Gino and just watch him play video games all night.

Yesterday I went out with a few girlfriends and my sisters-in-law and I really got to enjoy myself but today it's been tough. I have received many birthday greetings and I am thankful but I am missing the one person I would have loved to hear from.

Gino, wherever you are, I miss you so much and it's tough to celebrate with you not around. I am trying so hard to enjoy this day but I can't stop thinking about you. I hope that somewhere out there, you are also thinking of me too...

Friday, December 5, 2008

i swear this is my last twilight post

Ya...so...I am obsessed but I am sure that there are other girls who are more obsessed than myself. Yes, I have a disorder, an addiction but doesn't everyone. Mike's addiction is Britney (who would have thought) and my addiction is Twilight. Yes, we live in a weird household but in our world, it's so much fun.

Here is something I came across...do not read if you have NOT seen the movie. It will spoil it for you. Read Twilight Fanatics, You'll Love This - this girl totally broke down the movie after seeing it four times. I have seen it three times, and if I had gone for a fourth time, I would probably have done the same thing...take notes =)

tough week

This week, even though I had my work Christmas work party on Monday has been the LONGEST week ever! I only worked a half day on Monday. Tuesday was busy preparing for a program on Wednesday and then dinner with Edilka at Lee. Expensive but very good food (mango mojito, matchstick potatoes [see photo], slow braised beef, miso black cod, garlic shrimp and chinese crepe - not sure if these are all the proper names). Wednesday was program day meaning a 7:00 am start and leaving my house at 5 fricking 45 in the am. Got to go home and relax after work since my SSP meeting was rescheduled to next week. Yesterday was a frustrating day working with very slow internet connection but the day was made up with some shopping (grey shrug, black tight pants, purple top, purple halter top, black skirt, Dianne's bday gift, Secret Santa gift for work, magazines and a special birthday treat from Mike - reversible B&W polka dot bikini and a cool Roxy bikini bottom).


I am really looking forward to baking tonight with my mom and the Wong Christmas party tomorrow night. Gino normally would go to the Wong's house so it was really nice of them to invite me, Mike and my mom. And then Sunday is brunch at Boiler House with my girlfriends. I can't wait!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

calphalon christmas TAS party

On Monday, December 1st, my office went to Calphalon for our Christmas party. We were split into teams to tackle three courses - appetizer, main and dessert. It was such a fun experience and I have Mike to thank for suggesting it to my company. Our French menu consisted of:




Pan Seared Scallops with Spinach Puree & Tomato Coulis
Mussels Provencal


Steak an Poivre with Pan Jus (see above photo)
Herb Roast Potatoes
Haricots Vert Provencale


Apple Tarte Tatin with Creme Anglaise (see above photo)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Welcome Little Daga

Yesterday afternoon, my BFF, Stephanie gave birth to Callum Daniel. I wish I had a picture to post up but I just got the news. I can't wait to meet the little one.