Tuesday, May 16, 2017

#MYOH2017 Took Us Back to the 90s


Confession: It was an old flame that started my love for Havaianas. 

I remember that very first pair of Havaianas - the soles were ocean blue with golden like waves design  on it and gold straps. He sure picked out a good pair to give to me because from then on, I would buy myself a pair every so often.

There was a time I loved wearing Havainas so much (because they're so comfy and cute!) that I would wear them to the office. If I didn't have a meeting to go to that day, it was the only footwear you'd find me in. Ha! Ha! I knoooow - not a proper office attire. But I was young and had not much care for fashion. So casual wear at the office meant wearing Havaianas to work.

I know there's a lot of other people who love Havaianas and would be willing to shell out Php1k or more for a pair. Isn't it a wonder an event such as Make Your Own Havaianas which lets you customize a pair by mixing and matching soles, straps and pins, exist and has in fact been an annual event for over a decade now.

Another confession: MYOH 2017 was my first time to attend the event. My friends from work, Eileen and Nicole are apparently big fans of the flip flop brand because they've been attending the event annually. This year, Eileen invited me to go - probably because I mentioned I'm in need of a new pair of flip flops.

So off I trooped to SM Megamall last Thursday to attend my very first Make Your Own Havaianas event.

This is me with Nicole. Eileen was going to take a photo of me posing alone in this glow in the dark backdrop but then this eager lady showed up so there pinagbigyan ko! Ha! Ha!




The annual event always has a theme. This year, it was all about the 90's.



This was the view from the second floor of SM Megamall Fashion Hall. Not a lot of people down there. That's because the event was really set to open to the public that Friday, May 12 to 14. Thursday was apparently for the fans of the brand and the media. Good thing really because I have little patience for long lines and I don't like dealing with a crowd.

Also, I'm just going to note that design wise, this was quite simple. But you know, it's the 90s. I'm not sure you can actually describe that decade much visually. Nicole and Eileen said the same thing. After all, they had been to the past MYOH events where they had themes like Japan (so hello cherry blossoms, ramen and sushi!). But I suppose the simplicity is also because this year's MYOH is not just happening once. It's going to be happening in different parts of the Metro and some provinces.

I honestly had no idea what was going to happen at the event. I imagined we'd actually be making our own Havaianas - like a DIY project. Where have I been living that I didn't know what actually happens at this event? Ha! Ha! Frankly though, I'm relieved it's not DIY because I have no DIY skill.



So I was handed this. Apparently, this is where you mark the box of your selected sole color, strap color and the pins you'd like.

Nicole showing me how the whole Make Your Own Havaianas work


And so I started to mix and match my own pair 

Check out the 90's inspired pins 

I'm a little deep in thought here on what pair to create and what pins to put. So many nice options to choose from!


But well, I finally decided on my pair - actually two pairs. And this is me finally getting my own customized Havaianas done.



This is Karl - he was the one who actually did the work of making my own Havaianas

The pair is considered sold once the pins are put on the strap so it's important that 1) you are set on the pin or pins you're getting because once they're placed, there's no removing them (well it can be removed but it will take a long time to do so) 2) you fit your customized pair before the pins are placed to make sure they actually fit your feet comfortably (Nicole and Nikko had an issue with their pairs though they were not the ones at fault in that scenario). 

So here they are - the two pairs of Havaianas I bought! I got a little carried away truth be told. I was just going to get one pair. But well... they are cute!

I thought I'd get a pair in green 'cos well favorite color 

Boombox pin 

And a shoutout to the 90s pin 

For my second pair, I thought I'd get a commemorative pair to mark my first ever Make Your Own Havaianas event!
In case you're wondering about the sole design, that's supposed to be a tetris game - at least that's what I was told! 

I got a TV pin this time 

and a cassette tape! Remember cassettes? 


Meet Nic, Nikko and Eileen - the peeps who accompanied me at MYOH, guided me on what to do and oh yes, of course, took my photos!



Aside from the 90s music playing in the background of the venue, there was this 90s collage photo board.


Oh look! Pin ups of the 90s heartthrobs - there's Leonardo DiCaprio, Nick Carter and Devon Sawa. I once thought Leo and Nick were twins! Cos well they're both blonde, blue eyed and beautiful! I had pin ups of those three guys in my room before plus JTT (Jonathan Taylor Thomas). Hmm... I've only now come to realize that I had a thing for blonde guys when I was a teenager!

There was a photo of a young and handsome Prince William too but Nicole's covered his beautiful face! Ha! Ha! I remember a lot of the girls from 6th grade class swooning over this British royal. I believe it was right around the time Princess Diana, his mother died when a lot of girls were hit with the British royal fever. Never had a crush on him though.  



I enjoyed my very first Make Your Own Havaianas event and I so want to come back next year. Thank you Eileen and Nicole for bringing me with you! 



If you missed the SM Megamall Fashion Hall Make Your Own Havaianas 2017 event, don't fret! Here are the other schedules and venues where you can catch the event: 

  • 📍May 18-21: All Flip-Flops Bonifacio High Street, All Flip-Flops SM Iloilo, and All Flip-Flops SM Tarlac
  • May 25-28: Alabang Town Center, All Flip-Flops SM Naga, and All Flip-Flops SM Cabanatuan
  • June 1-4: All Flip-Flops Robinsons Ermita, Sole Patrol Robinsons Calasiao
  • June 8-12: All Flip-Flops TriNoma, All Flip-Flops Ayala Cebu
  • June 15-18: All Flip-Flops SM Lanang Premier, All Flip-Flops SM Seaside, All Flip-Flops SM MOA
  • June 22-25: CommonThread Rockwell
  • June 29-July 2: All Flip-Flops SM Mega Mall, Red Dot Laoag, Centrio Mall Activity Center




Monday, May 1, 2017

Remember High School?

Sure I remember my high school. Not everything about it of course but I remember a lot from that time. Why am I blogging about high school? Well, I recently found out that the movie, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion is already 20 years old!   




I seriously liked this movie. I mean what's not to like? From Romy and Michelle's sparkly dresses to Romy and Michelle telling their old classmates they invented post-its when asked the question "What are you up to?" to that memorable dance scene at the end part of the movie. And of course, there's the overall story of Romy and Michelle realizing they don't need to pretend to be anyone else because they were pretty cool the way they were and that the important thing was they had each other - friends - whom they could be themselves with.  



And how apt that I'm talking about Romy and Michelle's High School when my high school batch had a reunion about a month ago? The alumni batch president was coming to visit from Canada and so a batch get together was planned at least a year in advance. There was even a Facebook event page created for it where people could RSVP. I answered "Maybe". 

No bitterness okay? I had a good high school experience. Fun in its own way. I was simply not sure I wanted to go. In the end, I did go to the reunion after watching Wicked at the Theatre at Solaire with Anerine, a friend since sixth grade. 

Here are just a couple of photos I grabbed from our Facebook page taken by my batchmates. Check us out.




We're wearing older faces. Some faces didn't change. Some I didn't quite recognize quickly. Some got hot - hellooo Aldrin, Mr. Sharp Shooter! but on that night, the topics centered around well what else? Our high school experience! 

We talked about the teachers we had:
  • our kooky teacher (my old, and I mean old 4th yr. high school adviser)
  • our gym teacher who - yes had a muscular body (you could tell just by looking at his chest) but really not hot but is kind of a heartthrob among some of the female students (I suppose it's because there was a lack of the male population in school)
  • and the strict ones - the disciplinarians who kept us in the classroom long after school's dismissed to teach us a lesson for being so noisy and rowdy

Some talked about favorite activities we had in high school like:

  •  a trip to the library - not for the books but for the computers and the air con. You see, back then our classrooms were not air conditioned (which I am so thankful for because I'm super lamigin) and the Internet with its chat sites were so new (OptiChat was the go-to chat site back then. Silly classmates just chatted with each other online anyway).  
  • Sayawit - If you have to ask what that is, well simply put it's sayaw and awit put together. It's a thing held in school around February, about a month before the finals and school closes for the summer. All high school students, from all batches, are required to perform on stage. Freshmen and sophomores are made to dance - folk dance while the juniors and seniors sang folk songs. No classes were held during that time of the year because we all had to practice. 

Like Romy and Michelle, I wasn't part of the A group - you know the popular ones neither was I part of the C group - the very smart ones but because I had my friends in high school, I had fun.    

Actually, just like Romy in the movie, I had a huge crush on someone in high school.  We were classmates in freshman year and we were even seatmates. For me he had it all - he was cute with a smile that could make your knees go jelly (debatable my high school friends would say but there were plenty of other girls in school who would have agreed with me), he was smart too (in fact he was so good with Math, on Teachers Day, he was always picked as the student teacher), he could dance (yep the boy had the moves on the dance floor) and he could play the guitar. He was nice but also sort of a bad boy too (he'd get in fights with the upper batch and instead of getting turned off, he just appealed to me so much more. Ha! Ha! Ha!)

I had hoped that my fate would be just like Sandy Fink's. He had a crush on Michelle in high school and when he came to the reunion, he hoped he'd see her again. Well, I had hoped he'd be there at the batch reunion. I don't have a crush on him anymore but it would have been nice to see him again - in person. How would I have felt if I saw him? Would I still get those butterflies in my stomach at the sight of him? Would my knees still feel like weak if he smiled at me? Unfortunately, these all remain to be questions left unanswered. Oh well. Fate didn't have it in the cards for us to meet again. He was there. I saw pictures of him with the others. He's still cute. Some of my friends who were at the reunion also told me he was there. But he left before we got there. Sobrang hesitant ko pa kasi umattend! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Well, I still had a nice time seeing my batch mates in person even though I didn't see him and even though I know what some of the others are up to nowadays thanks to Facebook. 







Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Teenage Dream

Confession: I loved, loved, looooved The Moffatts! 

True I was head over heels for the Backstreet Boys when I was growing up but The Moffatts came very close. I collected magazines and put up posters on my room's wall of The Moffatts. I was crazy for Dave Moffatt and Scott Moffatt since the first time I saw them in the "I'll Be There For You" music video.

Who would've thought 16 years later after they first came to the Philippines that I would get the chance to watch them in concert and for free? No Dave Moffatt but still The Moffatts! I grabbed the opportunity to write a review of their concert for a website I'm contributing to. The very idea of seeing them live in concert already made me giddy with excitement like a teenage girl again. But the cherry on top? I got invited to their press con too where I got to see the guys up close and personal!



    


   
I got to interview them along with other entertainment journalists. I think those guys have one of the best jobs in the world. I wouldn't mind interviewing artists and celebs. It took a lot of self control not to scream and hug Scott when I saw him. He's not rocking the long brown hair with blonde streaks that I've loved about him but he's still good looking and the voice didn't really chance much. 

In this presscon, I actually only got to utter one quip. "No more long hair huh?" And Scott was like "the hair? Yeah it's still there. I considered getting a wig maybe." But you know, I'm a newbie so I forgive myself. Plus like I said, I was kinda fangirling the whole time internally.

Anyhow, I took my cousin to the concert with me because he's also a big fan of The Moffatts. It's his first concert ever!



While waiting for the concert to start, I saw these signs on the chairs in front.



And they gave out autographed posters to the audience at the VIP. Another fangirl dream come true!




The Moffatts played their biggest hits during the concert. Here are some of my faves:

Love You More 


Girl of My Dreams



Love


And of course, Miss You Like Crazy




The guys also showcased their new songs as Scott Moffatt and Endless Summer. Scott's music is still very reminiscent of The Moffatts while Endless Summer's more country music. Just gonna share my a song I've loved from Endless Summer:



I was super happy after the concert, I kind of cried. Yan ang ultimate fangirl moment ko talaga! And note that I never felt that with BSB! And I think it's different because I know the Backstreet Boys are still around as a group. But The Moffatts? Well... it's a farewell tour you know?


I finally have a photo with The Moffatts!


Though the guys have said they're still open to touring again as a group, it's just different now knowing they each have their own projects. Now if only Dave Moffatt was also around, then that concert could have truly been the best night of my fangirl life!



Sunday, April 16, 2017

#WanderLiz: A Trip Back to Boracay

Confession: I am not a beach loving person. While Ryan and Mai, my two closest friends, dream of spending their summer visiting the beach - Boracay, Palawan, Batangas etc., I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything if I don't get to do so.

I've been to Boracay twice already and it happened to be on the same year, about five years ago. The first time was on vacation with Ryan and Mai and the second was for my company's team building activity. Still, when my friends said we should go on a vacation to Boracay this summer, I said yes. I knew it was going to be a different experience - after all, it was going to be the first time we were going to travel as a foursome - Mai, Ryan and Ver.  

Travels allow you to get to know people better. Mai is laidback and go-with-the-flow. My best friend, Ryan's the planner. He usually has an itinerary when traveling. Ver's also laidback and seems to be a go-with-the-flow kind of person. Also she likes to sleep in. While everyone else has gotten up for breakfast, she's still in bed. Ryan told me Ver's not really a breakfast person. 

Me? Well, I like travels that have an itinerary of things to do, things to see. I like travels that involve a whole lot of going around places - be it theme parks, museums, restaurants or what have you.

Also, I always find it challenging to pack light. If budget was of no concern to me at all, you betcha I'd have a check in luggage. I always have a big bag because I like having the space where I can possibly squeeze all that I might need for vacation in it! Actually, even when in the city, I like carrying a big bag. 

 

My travel bag for this vacation? A Cabin Zero I recently bought. I've only known about this travel bag this year but apparently, it's been around for awhile and it's quite a popular brand! Now I know why. Do you know that this has a tracker that you can register so you can trace your luggage in case it gets lost? I registered mine at Okoban.com.

This is also a perfect handcarry bag because it fits in the overhead cabin. I so love the color of this bag. It screams summer doesn't it? Plus it's so spacious! That actually got in handy when we were on our way back to Manila. Ryan brought his SLR camera to Boracay and it contributed to his hand carry being overweight by a few kilos. Only 7 kilos is allowed for hand carry! Well rather than pay Php1,500 for luggage check in, we put it in my bag instead. 

For the first time in a long while, we didn't have a set itinerary for our travel. But then again, I suppose it's understandable. It is Boracay - a beach. You're supposed to take in the scenery of the calming blue sea, relax and take in the people walking aroud aka check out the hot locals and foreigners at the beach. Ha! Ha!   



The beach was a mix of blue and green because of the algae. Still this was a beautiful sight to see in the morning and by the number of people who swam at the beach, it was clear nobody minded the algae. 

Taken around Station 1, near the grotto where there were fewer people around

In Boracay, we did a whole lot of walking... 




And eating...






It's hot in here!
Cocktails in the afternoon by the beach! Yasss! 


And while I'm honestly not someone you'd spot wearing a two piece at the beach and getting her photo taken wearing it, I thought I would make an exemption this time. After all, I've been working hard to lose weight. Sayang namang hindi i-display ang beach body kahit dito lang sa blog and IG!  







There were really just two activities for the whole Boracay stay. One was island hopping. We went to Carabao Island where Pucca beach is. 



Maybe another reason I'm not a fan of the beach is because I'm scared of the open waters. I guess blame it on movies of sinking ships and JAWS that I watched growing up. I was the only one who was scared of riding this boat - the one that was going to take us to Pucca beach. It's not the first time I've done island hopping but it's the first time I was asked to sit on the sides of the boat - not inside - where there is a net set up. I was like "is this safe?" ; "teka kuya! wala ba hawaka?" and "OMG. Ver! Wag ka gumalaw ng gumalaw! Baka masira ung net mahulog tayo."  I had no chill basically! Ha! Ha!

But we got to the island safe and sound where another amazing view of Boracay welcomed us. 





This is also the only place where we swam and took a whole lot of photos! 


Wearing my borrowed Katipunero hat! 







Photo with the Red Pirates crew who brought us island hopping and back 

We also partied the night away in Boracay at the Epic 2017 Music Festival. After all, when in Boracay, you party!



In search of a place to have lunch on Thursday, we visited Diniwid Beach where Spider House was located. The view was amazing that's for sure! A whole lot of foreigners hung out around the area too.



Some of the most interesting things that happened to us in Boracay:

We witnessed a fire dance show while having dinner at Red Coconut. 



We were given Beach Hut beach balls when we bought drinks at Beach Hut Bar and we ended up playing Dodge Ball by the beach.

I'm not very good at it. I was usually the first to get hit.




We took home those beach balls and the the Beach Hut plastic cup we drank in as souvenirs of our trip.

On our way back from Diniwid Beach, we found this tricycle that offered a free ride to folks. The only condition was to buy C2 from them. Our tricycle ride to Diniwid cost us Php150. At Php25 each for the C2, we saved Php50. Also, Ver loved C2! It was her go-to drink while we were in Boracay. We got to try their newest flavor, Melon. Quite good. But I still prefer their Apple flavor.




Lastly, at Pucca beach, we met Zac, a cute American guy who was enjoying his alone time flying a drone around the island. Just as we were about to leave, I mustered the courage to talk to him. He said he was from Guam but originally from Atlanta and it was his first time in Boracay. I wish I asked him out to dinner or drinks with us when he shared that he had no plans just yet that night. But I chickened out so after our brief conversation, we said goodbye.

Interestingly enough, the following day when we decided to have lunch at Spider House located at Diniwid beach, we saw him again. Such a coincidence! I didn't think we'd see him again in Boracay. 


Here's Ver posing for the camera. And right there on the side is Zac. Stolen shot! Ha! Ha! Okay I did muster up enough courage to say hello to him again at Spider House when he passed by our table after jumping in the water. He's so friendly! And talkative! But he was with his friends by then and so the chances of hanging out with him were long gone. Oh well. It's one for the books.

So that's my vacation in Boracay, my first travel for the year. Five lovely days of rest and relaxation. Where to next? Time to plan.