Friday, December 31, 2010

Rewinding My Life the Past Decade

2011 is just within our reach and it's only hours away before we bid goodbye to 2010.

I can't believe it's been more than a decade now since the new millennium! Before welcoming 2011 and apart from making my traditional 101 wishes for the new year (in which I tick off the ones that came true first before I write my new wish list), I want to reminisce and see my life in a time line to see what transpired in my (boring) life the past years! I was inspired by MFO when she did one last year :)

Note to reader: Proceed with caution. Excessive boredom ahead hehehe! :)


Graduated from an all-girls high school and started as a freshman in a co-ed university.  As a graduation gift to both me and my brother, we went to the States as a family! Met the BEST-EST FRIENDS EVER there :) Up to this day, I love those girls there to death. 

Our first fieldtrip at a museum hahaha!

With the girls inside the bus in another field trip! Classic! :))


I turned 18 and I had a debut party! Even when I was a kid, I never thought I'd have a debut since it's expensive for just a night's celebration. I wanted before a second hand car instead since it will be more useful. But last minute my parents told me I should have one since a.) I'm the only girl and b) I can buy my own car in the future when I work. So there, they insisted I have my debut. I didn't have an escort back then and just have my dad walk me down the spiral staircase with matching background music of  "She" hahaha! :))

The debutante with one of her 18 candles :)


This was the year when I first dared to cut my hair ala Winona Ryder! Hahahahaha!! I loved Winona Ryder and I just saw Autumn in New York that time. Then I thought of welcoming the new year with a new haircut! Even my parents were shocked to see me in that pixie style :)) It was kind of stressful to maintain that haircut since it needs constant trims and I have to put mousse since it looks better with mousse in it. I looked like a small boy lost in a college campus! It was also the year that my grandmother died. It was a first "death" in the family :c I've never went to funerals and wakes.. until my lola died. 2002 was also the year when me and my high school friends frequented Araneta Coliseum to watch the UAAP, specifically Ateneo games. I even cut some classes just to get there in time, buy tickets, and see my ultimate crush then.. Wesley Gonzales hehehehe!!!

During a long break from school, we had a studio pic! I'm the only girl with the blue patch on her shoulders hahaha! And oh, that's my pixie cut hair :)

After watching the Ateneo Blue Eagles play.. this is me going up to the bus of the players with Wesley Gonzales.


I decided to take up Management. In our school, you take liberal arts first during the first two years until you decide what you want. After some thought, I wanted Management since I want to work in the Marketing field. I was a self-confessed nerd back in the day. While the rest partied after a long exam or went to drink on a Friday night, I went home with my books :)) I was basically a deadkid with no social life. It's me, the school, and my house. Squeeze in the mall and church on Sundays in that schedule. This is the awkward stage of my hair since I'm growing back the hair I lost from my Winona Ryder hair cut hehe!

Me carrying my very thick Accounting book after class on the way to Starbucks :)

Camwhoring insinde the restroom. Our "sosyal" restroom plays pipe-in classical music!



I got accepted at special internship program in a telco company wherein they get the "best of the best" in each school. Out of like more than 50 students they just trim it down to the top 20. And I was lucky enough to be part of it. I got to see up close and personal and do some few chit-chatting with MVP (aka Manny V Pangilinan) who is one of the best business leaders in the country today. It was the year I experimented on having bangs since I was a kid. I never would dare to do it again since my forehead was attacked by tons of pimples afterwards :c It was also the first time I grew my hair long since I was a kid. I also tried on for the first time rebonding my hair and grow it long. I'm loving it and I'm sporting a long hair ever since :)

With MVP at dinner after watching a Talk & Text basketball game with the other interns. I really hated my hair. Super oily, unruly, and one-seat-apart bangs haha!

One of those class parties after hell week of long exams, papers, and projects. See my long hair now? :)


I graduated with a Master's Degree in Management. What's good about our school's program is that you have the option to have a Master's Degree or not. If you choose to do so, you extend 1 more year (from the usual 4 years) and your 5th year in school is like a work-study program. You go to work on weekdays and go to school on Saturdays. They also help you land internships. After graduation, it wasn't hard to look for a job since I had a bit of an edge with other fresh grads. I landed a job in the marketing department of a telco company as a brand manager (I handled Below the Line/events). What's cool about it was that even if I was a fresh grad, I did things fresh grads don't do. I was thrown in the fire and learned the ropes by experience.

At a marketing conference we attended at Makati Shangri La hotel


My first job at the marketing department

With my "twin sister" @ work.


I left the telco company and joined a executive search / HR consultancy firm as an associate consultant. Got promoted to consultant after wards. I met the another set of BEST-EST friends here as well. It's not that relevant but I think it is.. it's the first time I bought my MAC Studiofix foundatuon hehe!

My first pic and first Christmas with my new colleagues

Our family got bigger with more people being added to the team


Our family had a summer vacation for the first time in Cebu. It was fun because we were joined by our second cousins as well. It was also the first time to visit our mom's hometown. I've never seen a town sooooooooooooo rural as this one. It feels like urbanization and modernization never set foot on this town. Very peaceful and quiet. It was also my first out of the country trip with friends, and first time to set foot in Hong Kong and Macau! My friend sold me her Louis Vuitton Speedy so I got my first designer bag. It was the first time I got myself a credit card too!
At the Venetian Macau

At Hong Kong Disneyland!


I traveled to the States by myself! I was with my cousin going to SFO but after SFO, I went alone to visit my uncle's family in New York and visit my friend in San Diego. I went both west and east coasts.. ALONE! It was an adventure!!!! :) I took up Masters in Special Education before. I wanted to become a teacher back then for those kids with special needs. I was able to juggle school and work life back then. Sadly, I wasn't able to cope up with the pressure and I had to quit school after 1 year. I also learned how to drive! I started to become beauty-conscious this year because of  Nikki. I learned tips on how to apply makeup, skincare. Now at least I don't look like a 12 year old and I have better looking skin/face without my makeup and skincare mishaps! Hehehe!

At the starting point of the Brooklyn Bridge and at Macy's in Union Square San Francisco with the infamous Becks' billboard for Armani :)


2009 was tough, sprinkled with trials and challenges. I'm glad to have a very good support system who helped me get through :) I loosened up a bit more than before. Tried new restos, went out more with friends and have a great time. This year, I also bought my first Gucci bag :) It was also the first time we joined a Christmas bazaar to sell bags, shoes, and other stuff! It was tiring but super fun! It's been years since my relatives in my father's side got complete since some are based in SFO. For the 80th birthday of my grandma last December '09, everyone took part in the festivities. All her sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters were all present to give her a surprise! After 2 decades, we were all reunited! I also went to Hong Kong for the second time around, but for the first time with my high school girlfriends. It was a quickie weekend and we just decided 5 days before to just go to HK :) I love doing random things like that. 

With my girls at Hong Kong's The Peak

The Ghetto Gurls at the La Vista Christmas Bazaar

Gramma's 80th birthday with the whole clan!

In the first half of the year, I was in between jobs. I had a grand vacation of sorts. I also sidelined for my friend's specialty/boutique pet store. Me and Shanna started  The Ghetto Gurls :) Then I got myself a job at an FMCG company! One of my dreams!! I really dreamt before that I wanna try working in the FMCG industry and see how it is.  I went to different places in the Philippines I haven't even set foot. One of the most memorable is the Palawan trip! This year, I also got to travel for the first time with my whole family in Singapore! It's our family's first Asian trip :) Tried out Universal Studios Singapore too! I also went to Bangkok for the first time with the my college besttbuds. Endless shopping and eating was insanely fun!  Ir was also the first time I got a surprise birthday party! Never in my whole life I got a surprise! And it feels  really good and you feel loved/special. I got my first Longchamp LM bag as a birthday gift from my friend. 

At at Temple in Bangkok

The family with Shrek and Fiona at Universal Studios

Started The Ghetto Gurls with Shanna!

Whew!!!! I may not have a life reality show producers would love to buy but I was happy the way things turned out for me :) This coming 2011, I'm really excited what is in store for me since I'm very much optimistic that this year is a better year for me. I did have some really really really tough setbacks the past years and I didn't think that I'd be able to survive it with flying colors! Seriously. I remember someone said that if you get through tough times without giving up, the reward is double and more than you expect!

So for the year 2011, here's one shout out for you from me: "Lezzzz get it ooooon!!" Heehee!! 

Ghetto B

P.S. If you guys notice (or did not), you didn't see anything heart-related matters in there since the start of the decade! Hehehehe! That's because there's isn't any.... YET! I'm not abnormal.  And yeah it happens and there are special cases.. like me! a.k.a late bloomer :)) That's chapter two waiting to be written on. :) I'm feeling the good vibes that the love bug will bite me this year of the rabbit. *winks* Ya'll better warch out bwahaha!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Ghetto Gurls' Look for Less: Lace Dress

Happy Thursday Girlies!!

A couple of weeks back, I mentioned about two holiday dresses I bought. One is the bandage dress and the other one is the lace dress. Well voila! Here is the lace dress I was talking about. My peg/fashion inspiration was the D&G Satin and Lace dress. I wanted a red dress so as to match the festive Christmas celebration.

 D&G Satin and Lace dress. This frock I think costs around USD 900!

My own version of the D&G Satin and Lace Dress! Would you believe I got this for only Php 450?!! :) I also love the scallop details and sweetheart neckline :)

Red dress for Christmas day! I just put on dangling pearl earrings, tied my hair in a bun (since I woke up late and no time to iron out my hair hehe!) and I'm good to go! :) I also have a New Year's outfit in mind.. Will share next time! :)

Ghetto B

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Own Patricia Field for Payless 4 Leaf Clover Charm Necklace

Six months ago, I wrote an entry about how much I was drooling over a necklace Carrie Bradshaw wore in the Sex and the City 2 movie. At that time, all i did was just do a wishful thinking that I can have one since I'm a necklace/pendant person! Patricia Field created one which normal people like me could afford since the one SJP wore was worth thousands of bucks! she teamed up with Payless Shoe Source to make a replica of the infamous Carrie Bradshaw clover pendant!

Close up of the Patricia Field for Payless 4 Clover Charm Necklace

Lo and Behold.. Payless Shoe Source opened here in Manila and luckily, they got the Patricia Field for Payless Charm Necklace I was craving!!!!! EEEEEKS!!! Not only that, in the Payless website back then, it retailed for USD 14.99.. and guess what, I got mine for only Php 395!!!!! :) It's even cheaper since it's just around USD 9!! It's destiny for me hehehehe! :)

Here's the paperbag for some suspense..

A close up view of the item! *shrieks* hehe!

The necklace which is around 18 inches in length with adjustable holes

This will definitely be a part of my 2011 wardrobe! Imma channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw! Hehehehe! :) I have this feeling that 2011 will BE MY YEAR! Too much self confidence?? Yeah, we have to own it to have it! Hehehe! The Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck that the 4 leaf clover has will be within my reach *wink* Good vibes, baby! Good vibes!

Ghetto B

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

How to Clean your Longchamp Le Pliage Bag

Good Morning Ghetto Gurls!

It's work time once again after a very long Chrsitmas vacay! Well, I've eaten tons and tons of good food, took gazillions of pictures, and enjoyed to the max! I'll just think of going back to shape come 2011 :) In the meantime, I'll just go with the flow and celebrate the rest of the holiday season.

After the parties and gatherings, I got the chance to sneak in some "cleaning" time for my room and my bag. I was forced to clean my room because it was unbelievably messy that I can't have space to walk with the enormous Christmas clutter. I can't find any space to put the gifts I received. Second, I've been wanting to give my my Longchamp baby it's much deserve bath but with my insande sked, I can't do so! :c Good thing I had the time this vacation to give my LC it's first ever bath hehehe!! :)

I first used the bag during my recent Bangkok trip. Afterwards, I used it and brought it with me in my out of town trips for work. Basically, this bag was a jetsetter! With my constant use, I forgot that it also gets dirty and stinky. So now is the time to give her a decent cleaning!! :) Yeyyy!!!

Black Dirt/Stain at the bottom of the bag since it's the most vulnerable part to dirt

"Weapons" you need to fight that dirt, grime, and stain!
Water, toothbrush, and soap. I decided to use a very mild one like this Nivea Hand to Toe wash. I wanted to use something mild since I'm afraid to use something with strong chemicals that might wash away the color or the print of the bag.


While brushing the bag.. see the gross dirt???!?!

Finished product!!!! SUCCESS!! My very clean, pretty in pink Longchamp LM bag!

Lesson that learned??? Like a mother to her child, I should treat my bag with TLC = Tender Loving Care. No matter how busy I am, I should make it a point to squeeze in some time to make sure that it's clean so that it always looks like brand new! My LC is special to me because this was given to me by a dear friend! I have to show to her that I care and love it! She gave me not just a plain Le Pliage but a printed Longchamp LM bag!

Hope I shared some tips to all those Longchamp Le Pliage owners out there! :)

Ghetto B

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Yay or Nay: Bath and Body Works Lounge Socks

Merry Christmas Ghetto Gurls!!

Hope everyone is having the time of their lives eating, chatting,  opening gifts, and cam whoring with your loved ones in this special day. Today's the daywhen C hrist was born. So we must not forget the true essence of Christmas.. that it's more Christ's day than a day to wear fancy outfits and eat good food.

One pressie I got this Christmas is this Bath and Body Works Lounge socks. WTH is a lounge sock??! Well, lounge socks is God's coolest invention to those people who get cold easily hehe! It's just not your ordinary socks. It gives warmth and at the same time moisture to one's feet. Made specifically to be worn while inside the house on a rainy or cold day.. while munching on food while watching tv in your bed :) 

Words don't give justice to the feeling I feel when I first wore the socks. It's waaaaay toooooo soft and smooth. It's like my feet were wrapped in the softest and smoothest material ever and I can't help but wiggle my toes back and forth! The best way to wear this is by pairing it with your favorite PJs, get a couple of DVDs, popcorn or pizza, and you're good to go for the perfect DVD marathon hehe!

Front view of the socks. I forgot to take a picture of the design at the side which is a snowflake

  Non skid bottom to avoid slippage! Coolest idea! :) (I'm still wearing the gown from my friend's wedding! So that's not my sleepwear ha?)

  •  SOFTEST SOCKS EVER! Yeah you read it right.. it's in all caps! Haha!
  • It's infused with shea butter which moisturizes your feet while inside the socks
  • The non skid sole is two thumbs up! I tried to run and jump with it and I didn't slip
  • One size fits all! No need to look for sizes

  • I'm sure this isn't available locally since we don't have Bath and Body Works here :( Just ask relatives and friends to buy you one when they're abroad 
  • This was given to me as a gift so I didn't bother to look at the price but since it's from Bath and Body Works, I'm pretty sure this one's priced just right!

I'm in looooove with it! I have to retire my trusty Fruit of the Loom pink socks I use whenever I travel or feel cold when sleeping (since I'm a tropicana girl, I can't stand the cold. I ALWAYS put on socks). This one's like treating my foot to a 5 star hotel. :) Thanks to the thoughtful lady who gifted me with this. Muchas Gracias!!

Again, Merry Christmas/ Joyeaux Noel / Maligayang Pasko to every one!!!!

Ghetto B

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Ghetto Gurls' Look for Less: Bandage Dress

Merry Christmas Eve!!! Tonight's the night we've all been waiting for! I'm sure some of you are still doing last minute shopping for Christmas pressies, hit the grocery to buy some ingredients to cook for tonight's celebration, and of course prepare THE attire for the big celebration heehee!

A couple of weeks back, I wrote about my Holiday outfits. Well, today I'm gonna share 1 of the 2 holiday dresses I have. I'm gonna start with the bandage dress first. Herve Leger is the go-to outfit of A-list celebs when they step the red carpet. I dream of wearing one someday :)) But no need to just dream on because I got one... for less! 

Inspired by Mischa Barton and Vanessa Hudgens' bandage dresses, take a peek at my Bandage Dress Look for Less! :)

Mischa Barton + Vanessa Hudgens


Sorry for the picture! I just took this in front of the mirror inside the Ladies' Room hehehe! :)) But this is my Christmas Party Frock! It's a fusion of Mischa Barton and Vanessa Hudgens' Herve Leger and Pleasure Doing Business bandage dresses! This mini dress only costs Php 550 or USD 12.50! :) I just put a belt to cinch my waist since I don't have a waist so I decided to "create" one :)

 How about you? What's your Christmas outfit? :)


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy, Sweet Little Lies, and Sugar and Spice

Since MTV's The Hills, I've followed Lauren Conrad closely. After 6 seasons of letting MTV follow her doing brunch-ing and shopping (which I envied BIG TIME before haha!), L.C is trying her luck in writing novels.And me, being a Lauren Conrad and chick lit fan, this gotta be in my Christmas hauls! :)

Her first novel is L.A Candy, the first of a three-book series, which tells a story of Jane Roberts, who gets to star in her own reality show called L.A. Candy and the plot revolves around her life and her gal pals. It kind of resembles her own life while shooting The Hills and how it is to live a life around the cameras. The sequels to L.A. Candy are Sweet Little Lies and Sugar and Spice.

L.A. Candy

Sweet Little Lies

Sugar and Spice

L.C. during one of her book launches. Super pretty and love her outfits! :)

I'll definitely head on to the nearest bookstore and buy myself copies :) Hmm maybe after the next payday since I'm very much broke. Can't wait to start 2011 with my new reads! Yipeeee! :)

Ghetto B
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