Thursday, February 28, 2013

What Love Is

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I know the month of February is at its end. However, inspiration just hit me this week! Now here I am posting about love. 

The source of this sudden burst of creativity is a song entitled 'What Love Is'. I have been hearing this song for a while now, but being in Korean, I didn't understand it. The music and the rhythm is nice. When I came upon the English translation of this song, I realized that the lyrics are heartwarming too. 

This time, the creative output came in the form of a video. I didn't want a music analysis just like Love Story. I just wanted a video of the song's English meaning with random photos of love in general. Of course, I had  to put pictures of him who I admire. 

The song is only about 3 minutes long, but I spent more than three hours on this! Searching for photos, editing, and putting on animations is harder than I thought. Following my first fan video, this is the second one that I made. Well, I am happy that I can practice a little. (Disclaimer: Photos in the video were randomly taken from the internet. For the source of English translation, click here )

Here it is:






Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Shiseido Haul from Sample Room

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Sample Room had this mystery product that kept us wondering for weeks! This product claimed to whiten and clear skin of blemishes effectively. I was also excited to know all about it. First few users had said positive results. Being curious, I checked the Sample Room website every now and then to see updates about it. 

Luckily, I was online on the evening of February 21 when they revealed this mystery product. Samples were taken in lightning speed. I think it was only 15 minutes or so when the samples ran out. Of course, before that happened, I was able to grab mine. 

The Sample Room mystery product is: 

Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum + Power Brightening Mask



I used up 102 points on this. After two working days, my much awaited package has arrived. There was a bonus of Celeteque Makeup Remover Wipes sample in the haul, too!

My Shiseido Sample Room haul, plus Celeteque Makeup Remover Wipes.

Shiseido Intensive Spot Targeting Serum sample (9mL)

Shiseido Power Brightening Mask sample (1 pc.)
Currently, there is an ongoing hype in the blogosphere about this pair Shiseido White Lucent products, which has whet my interest in it. Furthermore, Sample Room has given its users a 7-day challenge. Despite many moisturizers claiming the same effect, I have yet to experience a product that claims visible change after seven days. I love contests so I will join in the fun too! Watch out for my post about it. :)


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

[Review] Magnum Ice Cream Chocolate and Strawberry Flavor

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New Magnum Ice Cream flavors were out this month (I think). When I headed to the nearest convenience store, I found two new ones: Chocolate Brownie and Chocolate & Strawberry. I grabbed the latter because I didn't crave for too much chocolate that day. 

This Magnum came in with the usual royal packaging with strawberry prints on the side. It is cute, by the way. 


Magnum Chocolate & Strawberry Flavor

The cute strawberry print on the side
According to the label, this Magnum flavor is... Vanilla flavoured ice cream with strawberry ripple coated with chocolate.


The definition of the Magnum
True enough, the definition was what this ice cream was all about. It is coated with chocolate and vanilla ice cream inside it. The strawberry ripples were a disappointment to me. I think this one is obviously artificially flavored. There were no berry 'seeds' present. The strawberry flavor is too sweet but the vanilla ice cream balances it. The Belgian chocolate shell is my favorite part! It slowly melts and blends with the vanilla and strawberry components.


Magnum Ice Cream.

See the strawberry ripples inside.
This flavor is a nice twist to the existing ones in the market. However, this Chocolate & Strawberry fares in just fine with my taste. My favorite is still Chocolate Truffle, nothing can beat that!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

BDJ Rendezvous: Wellness Work-Up

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The first 2013 Belle de Jour Rendezvous was held on February 23, 2013 at Ace Water Spa, Pasig.  Themed as Wellness Work-Up, it gave Bellas that much needed push to pursue a healthy lifestyle inside and out. The venue was the same one for the BDJ Rendezvous I Dream Therefore I Can and Dare, Believe, Become, for the years 2011 and 2012, respectively. I couldn't believe that it has been three years that I have attended this event. 


The theme for the first BDJ Rendezvous of 2013: Wellness Work-Up.
When I got inside, I saw a row of tarpaulins from the sponsors being displayed, the gorgeous 'stage', and the bags of goodies at the side which would be the prizes for the raffles and games. 
The front stage.

Look at all these goodies!
It was full house in the Podium Hall of Ace Water Spa! When I got there, I was happy... I saw new Bellas and I got reunited with ones who became my close friends because of Belle de Jour. 

That's me smiling at the camera with the rest of the BDJ girls. Photo by Joey Bayan.
Our lovely and bubbly host for this year was none other than Ms. Jasmine Mendiola! It was nice to see her in front again! 


Our host Ms. Jasmine Mendiola. 
Two games were held at the start of the event. Courageous Bellas ran on stage to answer the Bring Me game and of course... get prizes. One thing I have learned with attending BDJ Rendezvous for three years: be fast, be brave, be assertive. 


These Bellas won prizes from Bauhaus during the Bring Me game.
After the games and the first round of raffle, the first speaker was introduced. Ms. Vania Romoff, a top fashion designer in the Philippines, gave a talk about the incoming trends for the year. She looked good in her outfit which was so in  for 2013! Ms. Romoff was very lady-like in her movements and voice. I couldn't help but admire her! She gave us a lot of information for the 2013 trends: Black and White, Ruffles, Stripes, Tunic over Trousers, Lace Dresses, and the newest Peek-a-Boo. My favorite is the Kimono Robe inspired pieces because I am drawn to Japanese culture. 


Ms. Romoff talked about the 2013 fashion trends. 
The very lady-like stance of Ms. Romoff.

A summary of the 2013 fashion trends. 
After Ms. Romoff's talk was another round of games and raffle! And yay! I won a gorgeous pair of shoes from Free Fish! What a lucky day! I liked it so much I wore it right away! 


I won this in the raffle! 

I wore it right then and there! So cute!
The next part was the reason why I signed up for this event: the stress management talk that I really need. Ms. Ducky Villanueva, an instructor from John Robert Powers, showed us how to identify stress and cope with it. She said that stress will always be there and that it is a matter of perception. We need to accept it and deal with it positively. Furthermore, she taught us laughing, breathing, and physical exercises to ease the burden resulting from stress.

Ms. Ducky Villanueva on stress management.

Focus is one of the solutions to stress.

Some activities you can do when you are stressed.
After the two speakers, it was time for a short break! Bellas line up for the buffet served by Ace Coffee Lounge. Tea Sandwich (Ham and Chicken), Pasta Puttanesca, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Brownies, and Red Tea were served. The food was delicious! My favorite is the Buffalo Chicken Wings. It balanced the overpowering flavor of the pasta. 

Tea Sandwich

Pasta Puttanesca

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Brownies
What perfect timing! Just after the break, the talk was about eating right, working out, and having your best body ever! Ms. Lara Parpan, editor-in-chief of Women's Health magazine, was our speaker for this topic. She emphasized that working out and diet go hand in hand. I have learned a lot of things from her... like eating an hour before hitting the gym and eating right after a working out session. Skipping breakfast is a no-no, doing so will tell our body to release the stress hormone called Cortisol which saves fat in our body. Lastly, for someone like me with concerns of the belly, she told us that Pilates is the best exercise for a flat tummy. 

Ms. Lara Parpan on being fit and well.

Here are some tips for a healthy lifestyle.

Here is the best exercise out there.
The last speaker of the day was Ms.Ellaine of Black Beauty. She shared with us the secret to beautiful hair with Black Beauty Products. 

Ms. Ellaine of Black Beauty Philippines
Hair cuticle coat for that shiny hair.
A Black Beauty pass the message game was next! I joined in along with four other Bellas and... we won! Yay! 

Hazel and my teammates for the pass the message game.

We won this gift pack from Black Beauty. Love the message on this!
A last round of raffle marked the end of the day. Before going home, I went around and caught up with my fellow Bellas for some pictures. Till we meet again, girls! 

My fellow Bellas and our loot! 
And here is our loot for the day....

What's in the loot bag? 
It was a day well spent! The learning, the food, and the people were all lovely! I always get this feeling of happiness and positive energy after attending a BDJ event! Thank you, Darlyn, Jasmine, Candice, Eds, Hazel, and the rest of the BDJ Team who I know by face (I hope to know your name soon!).


Friday, February 22, 2013

The New Nokia LUMIA 920, 820, and 620

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Despite the tough smartphone competitions between brands, I have been a loyal Nokia user since my first phone... which was Nokia 3210. It eventually evolved into Nokia 3100 and now, I use the Xpress Music 5800. Still, I'm looking for new updates and releases from this brand. My latest visit from Abenson Glorietta has enlightened me on the latest phone to purchase in the future. 


Abenson Glorietta
LUMIA 620, LUMIA 820, and LUMIA 920 is the latest from Nokia. The store representative, Faye, told me more about what these phones can do. She gave me a walk through of the specifications and features of each. 



From left: Nokia LUMIA 920 and LUMIA 820, LUMIA 620 not on display.
Aside from the fast facts shown above, there are also apps that were to my liking. Like the People Hub, where I can sync in my Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. I could post, reply, and comment from there without downloading the official site apps. 

Aside from that, I also like the Neighborhood feature wherein you just need to take a video of your surroundings and the app tells you about the stores near you. It gives you the reviews and the guide on how to get there.

But the best one for me, who have trouble with directions, is the Nokia Drive. This is a GPS app that can be used offline. So no need to look for WiFi hot spots just in case you get lost.

Some apps available for Nokia LUMIA.
I am eyeing on the Nokia LUMIA 920 as it boasts a good 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens. It has auto focus and auto-LED flash. There is a secondary camera on the front, though it is only 1.3 megapixel. But it will be a great help for those who like to do selca (self camera) shots (like me~LOL). Other than the camera, LUMIA 920 is enabled for wireless charging. 

LUMIA 920 will be available in the Philippines this April 2013, so prices are not yet available.


Nokia LUMIA 920 and its tile display.

The camera and its Carl Zeiss optics.

Next in line is the LUMIA 820. The difference between Lumia 920 and 820 is only the quality of the cameras: 8MP with Carl Ziess optics but the secondary camera on the front is VGA. They have the same OS and other technical specifications. 

Compared to 920, LUMIA 820 is smaller is size. What I like about this baby is the interchangeable shells. This is great for creative people. However, you need to buy a special shell for this to be able to do wireless charging. 


The Nokia LUMIA 820

The 8 MP Carl Zeiss Optics camera of LUMIA 820.
LUMIA 820 is affordable too!
The price tag of LUMIA 820.
Lastly, we have the LUMIA 620. It looks practically the same as LUMIA 820. Among the other specifications that Faye explained, I only remember the camera. I like photography so I am most concerned with this. LUMIA 620 has 5MP camera and a VGA secondary camera. Price is at:


Price for LUMIA 620.
Overall, I like these latest Nokia phones. I have experienced LUMIA 920 and 820 first hand and I like the sensitive touch screen, which is receptive enough to my long nails.  I haven't tried the sounds but it is promising, with specifications that tell of Dolby Headphone Sound Enhancement. 

Abenson has these latest Nokia LUMIA series! They offer discounts for cash payments. Plus, they also have ongoing promos for you:





Thursday, February 21, 2013

Beautiful Mornings

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Being a person who likes to sleep and relax, waking up to an alarm is a no-no. I use my phone as the alarm clock. The ringing sounds and tones just kills me every morning! I hate being disturbed from dreamland.

There is this one wish I always had: to wake up every morning without an alarm. To just wake up because I have finished my hours of sleep. 

But reality bites and I need to wake up early... like very early. Waking up to beautiful mornings with an alarm clock was rare.... until....



"It is great to wake up every morning because your handsome face is what I see first." 

Ah! Game changer! When before I frown when I press the snooze button, now I smile... but still presses the snooze button. LOL! Happiness really comes in simple and small packages. I wake up with a smile now and guess what, it brings great joy all throughout the day! 
#WaitingforRain


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My Happy Ever After

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Hi, everyone! Pardon this blog post as it is not the usual event coverage, product reviews, or random things. I recently joined a story writing contest organized by Tony Moly Philippines in time for Valentine's day. The contest requires the participants to write a story based on the format given and post it on their Facebook wall. However, I was worried that my version would be too long and Facebook would run out of characters. So, I opted to also post this in my blog for an easy read. 

If you want to join the contest, check out the details on this link. Photos in this post were taken from the Tony Moly Philippines and JYJ Philippines Facebook pages.


I'm trying out my chance on this. It's been a long long time since my story writing days. But I am so inspired with JYJ that I couldn't help the flow of words. *Hihihi* So let's start...



CHAPTER 1


“The next lucky girl is… HyoRin!” shouted Liam, the host of the TV Show “Meet Your Match”. My friends all screamed gleefully in unison as they gave me hugs.

“What? Who? Me?” Shock and surprise filled my head as I shrieked at the news! My friends didn’t tell me about this. I am just an ordinary girl; and having to choose among three handsome bachelors would be awkward. Not to mention that I have to look good on TV as well. How was I supposed to do that in three days? I felt pressured. This supposedly fun sleepover had turned into something troubling.

I woke up the next day, convincing myself that last night didn’t happen. As I turned to look at the alarm clock, I saw an invitation beside it. Silver glitters on the cover reflected the light and I flipped it to see what was inside. Written on gold letters, it said:

“WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO OUR GRAND MASQUERADE FOR A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION”

This invitation obviously came from the Meet Your Match TV Show. Ironic though, why send an invitation when I was forced to take part in the first place? I just thought of going with the flow for my friends. They worked especially hard to get me a slot on the TV show. I don’t want to embarrass them or put their efforts to waste.

“Are you there HyoRin?” asked my friend Rachel. She came over when I asked for help with makeup and other beauty related stuff. I am not familiar with makeup and fashion at all. What look should I sport? What dress should I wear? Argh! Only two more days to go and I need serious help! 


Chapter 2


“This Tony Moly Kiss Lover Lipstick in Red will complete the look,” said Rachel. I looked at myself in the mirror and I was very impressed with what she did. My eyes were like a doll’s, with the mascara and eyeliners used. My cheeks were only showing a hint of pink. I can’t believe that I was seeing myself in the mirror.

Rachel brought some of her gowns for me. Out of the choices, I picked the simple red long gown with beads that shimmer on it. Red is my favourite color and this one made me feel comfortable.

“What if the bachelors won’t like me?” I nervously asked Rachel. Just a few hours from now, the limousine will pick me up and bring me to the masquerade ball. This is it. The dreaded day has arrived. Lots of trial and errors on makeup and gowns came to this. I should not fail for my friends.

“Don’t worry, HyoRin. Just be yourself and it will be alright,” Rachel replied.

At that moment, we heard the honk of the limousine and then the escorts came in to fetch me. I hugged Rachel before I entered the car. Everything seemed so surreal!

Time went by so fast. We arrived at the venue. The car doors opened for me and I stepped on the red carpet for the first time in my life. Flashes of cameras from the paparazzi blinded my eyes for a few seconds. But I needed to maintain composure. So I took a deep breath, forced a smile, and slowly walked towards the entrance. 


Chapter 3


The doors opened and the classical music from the orchestra filled the air. Then I was inside the marvellous hall, walking through the crowd of beautiful and elegant people. The grand chandelier at the center of the celebration sparkled in gold and yellow. Then amidst the crowd, I heard Liam’s voice, “Please welcome our girl of the night, HyoRin!”

Eyes were suddenly on me. I heard applauses as I slowly walked towards the stage. I sat at the lone chair at the side and waited for Liam to speak up.

“And here are our three bachelors!” Liam said excitedly. The roar from the powerful engines of a Ferrari silenced the crowd. Three men in gorgeous tuxedos slowly got out of the car and strode down the red carpet towards the stage… towards me.

“Please welcome Mr. Charming, Yoochun!” said Liam. The crowd zealously clapped their hands while Yoochun waved at them, sporting a shy smile.

“Next we have Mr. Dashing, Jaejoong!” Liam said. The crowd was very much pleased with the suaveness of Jaejoong who had effortless beauty.

“Finally, Mr. Ladies’ Man, Junsoo, everyone!” Liam’s voice couldn’t be heard as screams from the ladies overpowered him. Junsoo winked and waved at the crowd, while wearing a seductive smile and a come hither look in his eyes.

The three bachelors stood at the opposite side of the stage beside Liam. They are the popular JYJ and I can’t believe my luck that I am here on the same stage with them. In my nervousness, I couldn’t hear what Liam was saying to the three men. Next moment, I saw Yoochun offering his hand to me for a dance.

Yoochun’s hands were soft and comforting.  “Hi! My name is Yoochun,” he told me with a shy smile as he guided me to the center of the ballroom where we danced to the steps of waltz. “My name is HyoRin,” I replied with an equally shy smile. Yoochun didn’t say anything else but continued looking at me with those sweet eyes until…

Jaejoong tapped his shoulder. It was his turn to dance with me. True enough, Jaejoong’s beauty captivated me. “Hi, I’m Jaejoong. You look beautiful tonight, HyoRin,” he said. I couldn’t utter a word in response to him. Just by looking at him left me starstruck.

It was only a short moment with Jaejoong before Junsoo entered the scene. I could hear the wails of women as he took me for a dance. “Hi, HyoRin. I am Junsoo. A pleasure to meet you,” he greeted. What a manly and captivating voice! His eyes glimmered with deep appeal. Now I understand why women fall for him. Suddenly he came closer to me and he wrapped his hands around me while we danced the waltz.  His hands were strong and comforting. “Hi, Junsoo,” was all I could say. He replied with a smile and brought me for the waltz dip.

After the dance, Liam approached me and asked, “So, who is the lucky guy, HyoRin?”

It was hard for me to choose and time was running out. The first person that came to my mind was… “I choose Junsoo.”

Yoochun and Jaejoong shook hands with Junsoo. He then approached me with a sweet smile. And the next thing that happened, the paparazzi flocked around us, something which I am not used to.


Chapter 4


-JUNSOO-

Junsoo held my hand as he led me to the limousine outside. We didn’t talk much during the car ride. It was only a matter of time before we reached our destination, a fancy French restaurant in the city. It had a nice view of the central business district, the lake, and the hills. The setting sun lit the evening sky a brilliant orange glow. Junsoo offered me a seat and we started off with the appetizer. As he gave me a smouldering gaze, he asked, “What do you do, HyoRin?”

“Me? I am currently studying Literature in college,” I answered. I am not sure how he would react to that. Nice going, HyoRin. He must be really bored now. 

However, Junsoo smiled all the more saying, “Wow that’s great!” We talked about our likes and dislikes all throughout the three course meal. Then, Junsoo stood up and offered his hand as he moved towards me. “Let’s look at the lake,” he said.

I took his hand and we strolled to the restaurant’s porch which overlooked the lake. It was already twilight and the evening stars shone brightly. Suddenly, siren-like sounds of fireworks filled the air. Bursts of color filled the sky and it was a beautiful sight to behold!

"It's beautiful!" I squealed as I turned and bumped into him. I did not realize that he was so close to me. Junsoo placed his hands on either side of me on the railing and kissed me forcefully. I didn’t see it coming. I couldn’t believe this was happening! I pushed him away and gave him a swift kick below the belt! How dare he? It was all ruined and I stomped out of the restaurant… with all eyes on me.



-JAEJOONG-


Junsoo sends his apologizes. I will make up for what he did to you. –Jaejoong.

That was the text message I received the following morning. I was not sure whether I should go. I still felt enraged about what had happened. However, why not? I could still turn this nightmare into a happy ending, right?

Okay Jaejoong. Thanks. –HyoRin

I’ll pick you up at 3PM. –Jaejoong

Argh! Now it’s another makeover time with Rachel! She had me wear a soft pink makeup look and made me wear a pastel colored dress.

True to the time, Jaejoong’s convertible car was already outside my house come 3 PM. When she saw the car, Rachel handed me a sombrero to wear. It’s going to be a sunny afternoon!

Jaejoong got off his car when he saw me. “Hi, HyoRin! Nice to see you again!” he greeted. He wore a laid back plaid buttoned shirt and khaki pants.

“Hi Jaejoong! Where are we going?” I replied.

“It’s a surprise!” he said coyly. He assisted me to the passenger seat and he drove away from the city. It was about an hour later when we arrived at the destination: a beach resort. I could see a table at the center with beds of roses at the surrounding sand. The sea breeze was soft and comforting. I looked at Jaejoong and he looked back at me. I smiled and thought that this is perfect!

Jaejoong took me to the table and the waiters brought in seafood dishes. The setting, the food, and the mood… this is way better than last night! Then, I heard strings of violin playing Fly Me to the Moon in the background. I turned and I saw a quartet playing my favourite song! How did Jaejoong find out?

I was about to ask him when he stood up and offered his hand to me. I was taken by surprise that my automatic response was to accept it. We danced the same waltz under the moonlight. Everything was so right… perfe….

“OH MY! WHAT WAS THAT?”Jaejoong shrieked while jumping frantically.

I turned to look at the sand to where his feet were. I saw a green slimy lizard on the ready. Ugh… I can’t believe this is happening. Jaejoong got tipped off by a lizard. Such a turn off!

“It’s okay Jaejoong! The lizard is harmless!” I assured him.

“But… but… ah let’s just go home!” he said in a rush.


-YOOCHUN-


The following day, I immersed myself in reading my favourite books. I have a lot to catch up after almost a week of planning on dates with two eligible bachelors that ended up in a disaster! I was on the fifth chapter of the book when I heard the doorbell ring. It’s 10 AM. Weird… Rachel didn’t say she would be coming over.

When I opened the door, I saw not Rachel but a simple guy wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, and black sneakers. In his hand was a bouquet of pink roses. He met my eyes, looked at me, and said, “Hi HyoRin! I’m sorry about the surprise visit. I hope you remember me, Yoochun, from the masquerade ball two days ago.”

Okay, this was totally a surprise to me. How did he know about my house? Anyway, it didn’t matter. I will ask him some other time. “Yes, Yoochun. How are you?” I replied.

“I’m good. My friends Junsu and Jaejoong send their regards. Uhm… I was wondering whether we could go out today at the park. Here, the flowers are for you,” he said while gently passing me the flowers.

Oh no! Not another date out. Rachel is not around and I am already disappointed from what happened with the previous guys. However, I didn’t want to reject Yoochun, who came here just to ask me out. Besides, he wore casual clothes. I didn’t think that it was going to be a formal date but just a stroll out.

“Hmmm… Okay, if it’s not going to take long. Wait here while I get my things”, I replied with a smile.

Upstairs in my room, I grabbed my usual day outfit: a feminine blouse, denim shorts, and colourful flip-flops. For my look, I applied on my Cat’s Wink Shiny Skin BB Cream and Berry Berry Magic Lip Tint on my lips. Hey, it’s just going to be in the park so no need for fanciness!

I met Yoochun downstairs and he showed me two bikes. “I hope you know how to ride a bike!” he said with a laugh.

“Of course I do!” I replied as I hopped on the bike and Yoochun did the same too. “Race you to the park!” I told him. I immediately set up, and pedalled so fast that I left him far behind.

“Woah! Wait up!” he called me. Yoochun was panting hard, trying to catch his breath. “We’re almost there!”

What did he mean by ‘almost there’? I slowed down to his pace and he grinned at me. Even though I could see that his expression was tired.

“Look!” he pointed out to the garden part of the park. The sun was shining! It’s a good day! The grasses, trees, and the flock of sparrows made the place so serene and calm. At the middle of the park, there was a picnic setup on the grass.

“Let’s go,” Yoochun said as he assisted me off the bike and lead me to where the picnic setup was. I noticed that even though it was almost noon, there were no people or families in the park. This could only mean one thing: Yoochun reserved the park just for me. How sweet of him. I didn’t expect anything from this stroll, but I got to give him some credit.

I sat down on the grass beside the picnic basket. Yoochun opened it and brought out two chicken sandwiches. “Here’s one for you. It’s something I tried making myself”, he said bashfully. He also took out a bowl salad and some strawberries. Wow, I was very impressed with the food. I wouldn’t have expected Yoochun to be able to cook so well despite being a bachelor!

We talked about the weather at first. Yoochun loves rainy days while I told him that I hate it. “Why?” he asked.

“Because rain ruins all the plans I have for the day!” I replied, irritated.

“Well, I love rain because I get to stay home with my loved ones and I can cook,” he said. I don’t know but, he looked at me with an endearing look when he mentioned ‘loved ones’, and withdrew his eyes awkwardly afterwards.

He changed the topic by saying, “I’ve got some wine that would match the sandwich!” Yoochun took out from the picnic basket two glasses and a bottle of wine. He poured me an ample amount first before his own. “Cheers!” he said. We tapped our glasses together and drank.

Then, Yoochun slowly stood up and offered me a hand. “I have something to show you,” he said. Wow. This day has been full of surprises! I wonder what he has under his sleeve now.

Yoochun led me to the opposite side of the park where there are fewer trees. I saw a hot air balloon being prepped out. I looked at him and he beamed at me.

“I hope you’re not afraid of heights,” he teased.                    
                                   
“Ugh not really… but it’s my first time riding a hot air balloon. I’m afraid I can’t do this,” I replied nervously.

“Don’t worry! I will be here for you. I will hold you close and if you feel afraid just lean on me,” he assured me.

Since I don’t want to embarrass Yoochun, I agreed with his plan. He got on to the hot air balloon first then assisted me. I slowly got scared as I saw the balloon being inflated and how it slowly took off from the ground.

“It will be alright. I know how to pilot this thing!” Yoochun said with a sweet smile which almost calmed me.

When we were in the skies, Yoochun held my hand and pointed to the scenery. I could see the blue sky, the sun hidden in the hills, the crystal clear lake, and the busy city! “Wow! It’s beautiful up here, Yoochun!” I excitedly told him. All my fear was instantly gone!

I looked at him. His tantalizing eyes… His beaming smile… His face was reflecting happiness all over the place! Suddenly he is handsome to my eyes. He looked back at me and I felt myself blush. He gave out a soft laugh and I embarrassingly looked away. He put his left arm around me as he said, “It’s not as beautiful as you are.”

After an hour, we went back to the ground. Yoochun and I biked our way back to my house.

“Thanks for going out with me today, HyoRin. I hope we can meet again some other time,” he said with a shy smile.

“Sure, if I will have time in the future, Yoochun,” I replied, embarrassed as well.

“See you, HyoRin,” he voiced as I closed the door. I sat on the nearest sofa thinking about what happened today. Yoochun unexpectedly asked me out for a stroll which turned out to be the best date I’ve had! Yoochun accepted me as I am, without fancy clothes and makeup. Yoochun… Now why am I suddenly thinking of him?




Chapter 5



They say that time moves really fast when you’re happy. I never did believe that… until now. I heard the doorbell ring once. I hurried to answer it. Upon opening the door, I saw his eyes fixed on me. Those same eyes had the subtle look of shyness mixed with a burning determination that he had five years ago.

“Are you ready?” Yoochun asked with a charming smile. He was wearing a formal tuxedo now, all the while carrying pink roses in his right hand. Pink roses… just like five years ago.

“Yep. I am,” I answered slowly. I am not sure if I look good. I applied makeup on myself this time and I chose this silver gown that I’m wearing. For five years being with Yoochun, I have learned all about beauty and fashion in his world as a celebrity.

“You look stunning!” he complimented with a sincere look and smile. He handed me the flowers, held my right hand, and led me to his car.

I knew that we are going to celebrate our anniversary as a couple. However, Yoochun didn’t reveal the exact place of where we were going. That’s his character; he always has the element of surprise.

After about an hour, we arrived in a place full of paparazzi. There was a red carpet and Yoochun escorted me for a walk to the grand hall. This place… this was the ball room where the masquerade ball was held five years ago. This was the place where we first met.

As I entered the room, the same classical music filled the air. I looked around, and this time, I saw not strangers but familiar faces. Liam was smiling at me. I saw Junsoo and Jaejoong giving a nod to Yoochun. Rachel was also there, she was teary eyed yet I could see she was happy. My parents and the rest of my family were present too. Yoochun’s family was also there.

Then the waltz started and Yoochun offered his hand for a dance. People around were staring at us. I wonder what he is up to this time. I had the feeling everyone here knew about it except me.

Yoochun then distanced himself a foot away from me, but he never let my hand go. He kneeled and took out a beautiful gold ring decorated with a glimmering diamond stud. He looked at me dearly and said, “HyoRin, will you marry me?”

Out of all the surprises he gave me for five years! This one was the best! I trembled and cried tears of joy. His eyes shone with sincerity, with a touch of apprehension though. I didn’t know how long I was crying before I said…

“Yes, Yoochun.”

The worried look on his face was instantly gone and it was replaced by a very happy smile. He stood up and held me close. I held him tight too, all the while hearing the applause and cheers of the people around us. 

Everything was magical. Not all that glitters is gold and sometimes you have to step off the beaten paths in order to find that happy ending.


THE END




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