Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Hi everyone! (^_^)

马年大吉

祝您新年快乐, 萬事如意.金玉滿堂, 大展鴻圖


Good luck in the Year of the Horse!

Wishing you a happy new year, may all your wishes come true, may your house be filled with wealth and may your ambitions be fulfilled. 



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What are the predictions for you this year? Is it good or bad? Well, let us all remember that nothing beats hard work and patience in achieving success. 


Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Pink Cloud

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One of my 2013 Christmas wishes came true! Yay! I am finally a Ninth Cloud member, and a wielder of a pink cloud! (^_^) 


My Pink Cloud. (^_^)
The pink cloud looks so cute. I like the color pink as well so, I'm very proud to have it! It wouldn't have been possible without the help of Cloud sisters who answered my queries. To +Alisa Rain, Michele, Cyndi, and to Overseas Cloud Master huhuhuhu. Thank you for your assistance. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have helped me fulfill one of my dreams. (^_^)

I feel fulfilled to have become Rain's official fan club member. This is one of my means of supporting him in gratitude to the inspiration that he continues to give me in every second of my life. 

I can't seem to believe it! I'm still on Cloud 9 being a Cloud Nine!



Sunday, January 19, 2014

Marble Wonderland is All About Kawaii

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Marble Wonderland is an event by Asia Kawaii Way to promote the Japanese kawaii culture. The show features fashion, cosplay, and lifestyle. It was shown Akihabara, Shibuya, and in various districts in Japan. Internationally, it was previously shown in Indonesia and Singapore. Now, it was finally here in the Philippines. 

It was held on the night of January 17, 2014 at Movie Stars Cafe. The atmosphere was electrifying as cosplayers, otakus, and fans of Japanese culture buzzed with excitement in anticipation of the show.


Posters filled Movie Stars Cafe
The stage was filled with brilliant lights and the props help promote the ideal of cuteness/kawaii.


The Marble Wonderland stage is full of brilliant lights!
Attendees were treated to a packed dinner and unlimited round of drinks from Movie Stars Cafe. I gotta say that the dinner provided was good. The chopsuey at the upper right of the lunch box had baby potatoes. There was chicken on the upper left and Seafood Paella on the bottom. I had orange juice to go with this. Yum! 


Food from Movie Stars Cafe

Chicken, Chopsuey, and Paella

At around 7PM, a story book was opened on stage to invite everyone on a adventure in the kawaii wonderland...

What is Kawaii?

The show was then started with a very energetic dance performance from Miume and 217! It was perfect! 


Look it's a dragon!

Then Miume and 217 appeared on stage...

...and what a powerful performance it was!
Then, Alodia Gosiengfiao came on stage and she received the loudest cheers from the audience. Just goes to show how popular she is in the Philippines.


Alodia on stage

The performers strike a pose at the end of the dance number
The show was hosted by Animax Ani-mate Rhianna Floresca. She joined Alodia, Miume, and 217 on stage as she explained about the Marble Wonderland Event, Asia Kawaii Way, and the cute products that would help make anybody kawaii: like the Face Mask, Nailista nail stickers, Dolly Wink Lashes, Prisila wigs, Coco contact lenses, and so much more. These will be available in the online store HalloHalloMall.com. Now every Filipina girl can be kawaii!


Rhianna Floresca with Miume, Alodia, and 217

Rhianna and Alodia explaining about Marble Wonderland
The first part was the contest for Alodia’s Sister. Each of the eight contestants showcased their unique talents to the audience. Some sang, danced, and acted on stage. And they all answered Alodia’s question, “What is kawaii for you?”





Though Alodia was helping host the event, she was not the only cosplay superstar in attendance that night.Three well-known Filipina cosplayers charmed the audience on stage for the cosplay portion of Marble Wonderland. Kristell Lim, Jia Gold Bustamante, and Michelle Echavez showed everybody how kawaii cosplay is. 


Kristell Lim

Jia Gold Bustamante

Michelle Echavez
PBB Winner and TV actress Myrtle Sarrosa, wearing a cute pirate-inspired costume, sang on stage. It’s the first time I saw Myrtle in person and she exuded such an adorable aura.


Myrtle on stage
And the anticipated part of the show, the ultimate dance number of Miume and 217, was up next! I have a short one-minute fan cam for that! Those two are awesome. They owned the stage with this performance and everybody applauded them!



Alodia sang the Kawaii Girl song as the finale of the show. She was accompanied by cute dancers. The audience sang with her with the lines, “Kawaii Girl”. 

Alodia singing the Kawaii Girl song
Then everybody went on stage for the announcement of the Alodia’s Sister winner! My bet, Rachelle Redecio, won the contest! Yay! Hagane no Renkinjutsushi is my favorite anime of all time. She was able to capture my heart by singing one of its soundtracks. 


Rachelle won as Alodia's Sister! 
It was a beautiful sight to see.. the faces of happy kawaii girls on stage! They put meaning to the word, “Kawaii”. 

Everybody is happy! (^_^)
Do you now have an idea of what ‘kawaii’ is? Let me answer Alodia’s question: “What is kawaii for you?”


For me, being kawaii is about discovering the beauty in you. And when you do, inspire others to bring out their kawaii-ness as well. 

Congratulations to Asia Kawaii Way, Movie Stars Cafe, and Cosplay Network Philippines for this successful event. Thank you for inviting me over. Experiencing Japanese kawaii culture first hand was an unforgettable experience. 

Now it’s time to be kawaii! Check out more cute items here.

Now it's time to be kawaii!

My bRAIN

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So how has it been going? For you? For me? I mean... I want to write about makeup, food, fitness, events, cosplay, or anything philosophical about life. However, I came to a halt when Rain went on a comeback! And my brain has been all about Rain and nothing but Rain… since January 1.  Nyahahaha~

If a normal brain looks like this...




...mine looks like this...


My Rain Brain. Hehehe~

Honestly, being new to this world (world of fandoms. Hehehe~), I'm very much overwhelmed. But I'm still loving the feelings it generates in my heart. And the Rain Effect on me is pretty much very obvious.



I feel more hyper these days. I would probably describe it as having the hip and pulsating beats in 30 Sexy playing in my mind all the time. At work, my mind is tuned like La Song, allowing me to perform to the best of my capabilities. And if samples just keep coming in? Bring it on! Split peak, tailing peak, pressure maximum in HPLC? I'd be so happy to troubleshoot! Hahaha~ I feel as if I can take on anything when the circuits in my brains feel like Superman!

The traffic on the way back home is no bother as well with Rain's song stuck in my head. It's okay because  I'm singing "S, suck it. U, unit power. P, power. E, energy. R... to the A to IN." (Song: Superman) Let's party yeah!

And we see success with Rain's comeback! Look at those awards that he has won. I'm very happy for him that he has won all those gorgeous trophies. I know that more will come his way! Aja! 


Rain with his Music Bank trophy. Photo by Rain

Rain and his M Countdown trophy. Photo by  Rain
Have you listened to his latest album Rain Effect? What is your favorite? Mine is Baby, my favorite lyrics of the song are:


가슴이 날 두드려 그대를
잊을 수가 없어요
어제 밤도 한마디 말도 없이
나를 떠나 갔고
무슨 칼을 써도 나의 살을 베도
내 피가 너무나도 나는 괜찮아
떼어내고 싶어 심장을 멈추게 하고서
나 못 살겠어
이대로는 니 앞에서 설수 없어
죽지 않을 만큼
내 기억을 내 손으로 끊겠어
you you you you~

What is your favorite song in the album? Time to pick yours...

http://www.melon.com/cds/album/web/albumdetailmain_list.htm?albumId=2224109

Rain is definitely back . And he has conquered my brain with his awesome effect. The Rain Effect.  

Okay, that's it for now. I need to catch up. There is Rain news everyday and my brain needs to be wired up. Go Super Clouds! 


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Marble Wonderland in Manila!

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Marble Wonderland, an event full of everything kawaii, comes to Manila this Friday, January 17, 2014! This event has been a huge success in Indonesia and Singapore. Here in the Philippines, it will be held in Movie Stars Cafe in SM Mall of Asia Seaside Boulevard. Food, Cosplay, Fashion... Are you excited now? 

Photo credits: Asia Kawaii Way, click all posters to enlarge




There will be fashion on stage and cosplay, too. The lineup of guests are something to rave about! Alodia Gosiengfiao and Japanese dancers 217 and Miume will grace the event. 



The event will feature the competition and launch of the new Filipino Idol Group which will be named “Alodia’s Sisters”. I look forward to seeing a lot potential talents. 



For anime and cosplay fans, like me, there will be live cosplay shows on stage! Yay! Japanese fashion will be showcased, too.


The Japanese duo, Miume and  217 of the girl group Guilty Hearts, will be coming down as well. They are very well known odorite dancers in Japan. With such energetic performers, they will surely bring you into the dance beat! (^_^)




Tickets, priced at PhP777.00, includes entrance fee, packed meal, unlimited drink, and souvenirs. You get all these stuff and you get to see the show as well. That, for me, is a good deal already. 

There is also the option of getting the ticket worth PhP333.00 but would only include the entrance fee, drinks, and souvenirs. 

Reserve your tickets at 
http://www.moviestarscafe.com/marble2014_reservations.html



I am looking forward to the cosplay and FOOD. Hahaha~. This would be the first internationally organized event that I will be attending so I can feel the excitement in the air! And you know me, where there is food, then it is good. (^_^) Hoping to try out this restaurant, too. Check out the map below on how to get there.



So many exciting things, so many amazingly kawaii events! It would be a really an interesting place to be! I’m looking forward to seeing everybody there! 

Marble Wonderland is organized by Asia Kawaii Way in collaboration with Cosplay Network Philippines and Movie Stars Cafe. Read more details here:  http://hallohallomall.com/marble2014.html


Thursday, January 9, 2014

The 2014 Belle de Jour Power Planner

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The Belle de Jour Power Planner is one of the first things that I post every year. Even though I already bought it months before (like every BDJ Fair ^_^), I don't write anything on it until January comes. Yep, even if it means stopping myself from writing on its gorgeous pages. For me, it is solely for 2014, so everything should be written when the right time comes. 


The 2014 Belle de Jour Power Planners in leather and matte covers
The 2014 Belle de Jour Power Planner is available on leather and matte covers. The contents are the same, so don't worry. It just depends on your preference. I'm so happy that Viviamo! offered the option of personalizing the planner. Yay! Actually, there were two cover options available for that. I chose the traditional one with the BDJ girl on the cover. I like that cartoon and I'm not letting go of that. Here it is, my very own 2014 BDJ Planner (matte cover):


My very own 2013 BDJ Power Planner
Every purchase enables you to have a BDJ Lifestyle card which would be your discount card as well as your ticket to various Belle de Jour events. 


The 2014 BDJ Lifestyle Card
Let me share with you guys the beautiful contents of Belle de Jour Power Planner. For 2014, they adapted the tapestry motif in Aztec and Tribal patterns. I absolutely adore the creativity of the BDJ Team! The first page already tells a lot:


As written on the first page
The next page is colorful and it tells the much needed information regarding the owner. My favorite is on the blank space which goes: This 2014, I will make my life a masterpiece by _______.


About the owner
There is also a very inspiring foreword by the woman who started BDJ, Darlyn. It is a great read about how starting on something doesn't mean you need to be 100% ready. All you need to do is simply start. 


Darlyn's foreword
As a blogger, I absolutely love this next page.... 


Blog ideas for 2014! 
It is the Blog Ideas page! Cool! I can finally have a space in my planner for that strike of the moment blog strategies! 

Next ones have always been my favorites. The 2014 Goals page make me hopeful and the Dream Board page keeps me inspired. I'm so happy that they allotted two pages for the latter. That means more hopes and dreams....


What's in for your 2014?

The dream board for your aspirations.
Here are the next pages:


A checklist for you to do this 2014

Everybody loves these coupons! 

This is a new page for you to share happiness in all aspects.

We all need this page. Agree? 

It's never too early to plan your vacations.
Alright so let's head on the monthly and daily pages. I always look forward to the informative and creatively designed monthly dividers. And for each month, there is a summary calendar where you can put all the major events. I do that and it helps me keep track of the happenings in cosplay, blogging, or work life.


The creative divider for November

A mini calendar is there at the start of the month.

And some much needed advice section is there too
For the weekly pages, there is a small space to list your priorities and errands, and some inspiring line at the top and bottom parts. 


Along with some priorities are some little tidbits of happiness

A reminder on how to make your life a masterpiece
The daily pages have more space and time prints for weekdays and two small boxes for weekends. The layout of the planner is cool and pleasing to the eyes. It helps spark that creativity in you. 


The weekly and daily pages
At the end of the planner are additional tools like the Bills Tracker, Cash Flow Tracker, and the very important Emergency Information.


The Bills Tracker

The Cash Flow Tracker

Some very important numbers to remember.

And a mini calendar for 2014 and 2015 are on the very last page
At the outside, you will see how each month is color coded...



Color coded months
Here is another addition this year: Stickers! They're so cute I just want to keep 'em. Hehehe~ Nah, I guess every achievement needs some reward, even in the form of a cute sticker. 


These lovely stickers
Every page is this planner is all about you at your best. Excellence in very aspect of your life, may it be in your job, hobbies, or social life. Now you see why I can't let go of this precious gem! It enables me to Live Life to the Fullest! 


The back cover of my 2014 BDJ Power Planner


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