Monthly Archives: February 2012

Patterns and more funky patterns!

Don’t you just hate it that when you’re (financially) broke, it’s also the time when you’re in places where you suddenly find the things that you want to buy like in the mall? I do. I really, really do.

I did some splurging yesterday morning at the mall. :( Armed with less than a thousand pesos and a strict to-do list for my visit there and a mindset that I will not purchase anything except for food. 3 hours later, I came home carrying a shopping bag from the mall’s department store.

I suck. I have no self-discipline when it comes to shopping. Heck, I’m saving for a lot of stuff such as a 55-250mm lens, a blu-ray DVD player, books, proper clothes (by that I mean lady clothes, not the usual graphic tshirts that I need to stop wasting my money on). As the months of (still) being unemployed grow longer, the faster my money is starting to be spent on things. :|

But who can resist these, um, what are these type of shoes called again?

They’re so pretty. I passed by the rack where they were displayed on my way out of the department store and I just had to take a second look. The first thing I usually do when I see anything I like is to look at the price tag, and to my surprise it’s less than $10! I had just enough money to get two pairs, and here they are!

The one with the orange insole reminds me of koi fishies while the second one screams “hipster, hipster!” to me. Hahaha. They have other designs, mostly florals, which I didn’t fancy that much so good thing they have these two!

I call them sack shoes, haha. It resembles the style of Toms shoes (and Sanuk’s which really looks more like sacks HAHA), at a very cheap affordable price. IDK, I just refuse to purchase a pair of Toms because the price tag is soooo expensive but the designs range from basic to none. : The only time I’ve had any interest in them is when Brandon Boyd of Incubus collaborated with them. Of course there’s no chance that I can get a pair of those BoydxToms shoes for myself now, as they’re probably limited ed. and sold out the moment they went public.

I don’t care if they’re cheap; I like the print and that’s what matters. Oh and for the first time, a pair that’s not sneakers, or sandals, or slipons, that actually fit my feet perfectly! I have a handful of pairs of ballet flats here and none of them really last after 1-2 uses because it’s just not comfortable enough for me. I get blisters, foot bruises, and it hurts my toes. Heck, if I could dispose of all my ballet flats I would. Save for the one that I’ve actually used more than twice, that one plain black ballet flats I got for less than PHP 300 last year and used for my business class.

So yeah.. my first ever legit pairs of canvas slip-on (so that’s what they call these!) shoes by some local shoe manufacturer here in the Philippines. :P Affordable, comfy, pretty designs — what more can I ask for?!

My other impulse buy this week is this camera slingy bag I found from my favorite shop, Izzoshop. I’ve had my eye on their shop for a long time now because I want to buy a new camera bag for my DSLR. Their bags are also on the affordable side but the big plus is their designs, they’re so modern and well-done that the bags don’t look like camera bags and scream “steal me!” to other people.

I remember when I used to want one of those professional camera bags so much, now I just find them tacky. Lol. 

The sucky part about their stuff is that they get sold out so fast. I had a hard time deciding which design to get for their camera slingy collection, but in the end I went with this:

It’s not a real camera bag per sé, more of like an everyday bag but you can safely put your camera and not worry whenever you bump to someone because it’s padded. ;) I find it to be quite small compared to my other everyday bag, this grey Cosé shoulder bag I have. Still amuses me that I can put a lot of things in there. Or maybe I just need to learn to light pack now. I’ve always been the type to put a lot in my bag. Like I have to have a jacket and umbrella everytime I go out. :))

Izzo was so kind to include this nifty freebie, a dustbag for this! :) I say every shop should do this, haha. Also, they have this tag on their bags and another tag stitched inside the bag. IDK, it just makes them so legit and established when online shops do that.

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They restocked, but this time a limited ed., their best selling Zebra print camera biggie (the legit looking camera bag but in nice print designs) last week but I wasn’t around and only found out about it a week later when it was already sold out. Grr. I’m looking forward to buying from them again and this time a camera bag! I’m sure that I only want to buy from them when it comes to camera bags. :) Would be my third time doing so.

If you would like to know more about Izzoshop and the stuff they have on sale, visit www.izzoshop.com! You’ll love them, I promise! :)

Here’s to trying to lock myself in my room for the rest of the week to “save money”. Um, good luck to me?

Evanescence & Bush concert

Out of all the concerts I’ve attended in the past couple of months (my last one being the Incubus concert, and that was the cherry on top of my life until this one!), this is the most spontaneous one yet. So, buckle up and brace yourselves for another loooong post about this exciting concert! :P

Bush live in Manila 2012 (for the 2nd time!)

Bush opening for Evanescence in their Manila concert

Evanescence live in Manila 2012

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PART ONE: THE HOTEL

I woke up really early for this because I thought that if I were there early, I would at least get a glimpse of Amy Lee before she leaves the hotel to go to the nearby mall (SM Megamall) for the M&G with selected people. See, I had planned in advance for this moment! Apparently, I failed to get a glimpse of her and I felt that I had wasted 3 hours for nothing. My friends came in a little bit later in the hotel but for a different reason: to meet Gavin Rossdale of Bush (a 90s band). They succeeded at doing that, and well, it was a pleasure to meet another rockstar so I jumped in and joined for a photo-op. I feel a little out of place because I wasn’t too familiar with their music and this guy, yet.

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Its Showtime!

Kisty, a friend whom I met around the blogosphere years ago (back at the time when tumblr didn’t exist.. that’s how long!), was in town for a week (I think) and part of her agenda was to meet with her friends. We met last Thursday, along with other Erika and Cariza, and she brought us together to watch live this variety show in ABSCBN called Showtime.

Like any other person who wants to see celebrities in the flesh and meet them, I was stoked when Kisty invited me. This was on the same week as the Evanescence concert, so my week was fully booked already!

Fast forward to finally arriving at ABSCBN, we were told to go in line, then they gave us these mini numbered placards and they handed chips to Kisty and some of us. I think it’s for the game portion of the show. I didn’t take one because I didn’t want to participate. :))

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Once we’re in the studio, I saw that it’s really small and rather cramped compared to the TV. Ah, the magic of wide angle lens!! Surreal, yes, and a little bizarre. I saw the section where the “Hurados” sat during the performance part of two groups in every episode. It was tiny. :| The stage seemed small, as well. Continue reading

Lucy Hale for Bench OJ Americana

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Last Saturday, Bench held a fashion show event-slash-fan conference at the SMX Convention Center (the building just beside SM Mall of Asia) that would feature a new line called OJ Americana which Lucy Hale, the new addition to the growing list of Bench international endorsers, is the ambassador. First was the fashion show featuring these lovely models sporting the new OJ Americana denims and the second part was Lucy Hale coming out to answer questions, interact and have fun with the audience (especially the chosen ones who got a photo-op with her).

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The event was pretty much an invite-only, and most of the audience, if they’re not with the media or the VIPs, are the winners from Bench’s Twitter or Facebook contests. I got in the event because I was one of the lucky Facebook users whose entry got validated. With me was my schoolmate/blogger friend Cerisse, she got in for winning their Twitter contest. ;)

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Upon entering the venue, I was expecting to see a massive line, or some kind of riot. Imagine my shock (not really visible when I was there though, haha!) when I saw an empty entrance and very calm people manning the entrance area. By this time, we weren’t expecting good seats or view because we’re so late; we would probably end up at the very back and not get a clear view of anyone who will come out later. Luckily being in the back is alright because we were closer to the stage, only this was convenient during the fashion show cuz Lucy Hale wouldn’t go to our side when she came out. :( No matter! My lens came to the rescue. Thank goodness for my stalker lens, haha! Cerisse’s shots were better, though. Hers had better range. ;) Continue reading

Coke-Bench Fashion Show

A few of my friends from OED were invited to this event by Bench and Coke in Trinoma last Saturday. I was pretty excited to attend this kind of event because it’s been TOO long since I’ve been to any! I was really looking forward to the part where I get to shoot a LOT of photos, and fortunately, I got to do that here!

The “Big Youth Blowout,” a youth fashion show featuring chic statement shirts mostly of Coca-Cola related designs by Bench was launched in the Trinoma Activity Center in Trinoma, QC, Philippines. Among the most awaited people in this event were the celebrity endorsers and Happiness ambassadors of this campaign: Julia Montes, Kathryn Bernardo, Joseph Marco, and Enchong Dee.

Before the show started, hosts MYX VJ Chino Lui-Pio and Bianca Roque interviewed the selected fashion correspondents of the day, then some hyper fun cheer dancing occurred courtesy of the UE Pep Squad, followed by a short talk from the owner of Coca-Cola Philippines none other than Mr. Guillermo Aponte. I was waiting for the owner of Bench, Mr. Ben Chan, to have a share some words as well but that didn’t happen. I think after this, the fashion show proper (lol?) started.

I’m sorry I don’t really remember the sequence of events because I was busy shooting. Emphasis on that word! I was really more focused on shooting than paying attention to the show itself. I was so busy that after Enchong’s part, came in the conclusion of the show. To me it felt like the whole event went by like a breeze. :)) What.

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