Friday, December 31, 2010

Boys oh Boys

Last day of 2010 everyone. In just a few short hours we'll all be saying hello to 2011! Are you excited about the New Year? I am. I love this occasion because a new year means exactly that! NEW. New beginnings, a new hope, second chances... I've had a wonderful 2010 and I hope you did too.

Anyway, considering it's the last day of the year, I thought I'd just share with you the fangirl side of me. First off on my list are two local celebrity guys. Now I'm not a big follow of local showbiz celebrities but I do think there are some who are real cute. For instance:

John Pratts! So totally cute.

I met John Pratts during the relaunch of TV5 just this March. He's been my celebrity crush for the longest time! Back when he starred in Batang X and then GMIK. He's really nice. He even shook my hand when I called his name to get a picture with him. I love that John can totally dance!

I'm so lucky I got to meet Lucky Manzano!

Yes, I meant to call him Lucky rather than Luis. It's the only way the pun could work! I met him recently. Just this December actually because we got him and Billy Crawford (he's the guy in white with the cap) to be the hosts on one of our events, the Fern Year End Celebration. I'm not that big a fan of Luis but I do think he's one of the most good looking guys in local showbiz so of course I did not dare miss this opportunity to take a picture with him.

Okay, well, I'm actually more into Hollywood celebrities and here are two of my absolute loves:

Robert Pattinson of course! I loved him as Cedrick Diggory and I love him even more as Edward Cullen!

I'm a Twilight fan and proud to declare that I love Robert Pattinson! Some say RPatz doesn't do justice to the role of Edward Cullen but I say yes, he does! He's a dreamboat. I was so jealous of Tyra Banks when she asked him to bite her neck! Did you Twihards see that episode?  

Ian Somerhalder = Damon Salvatore. Hottest Vampire Ever!!!

Oh and last but not the least. Ian Somerhalder!!! Sorry Edward Cullen, RPatz my love. I think Damon Salvatore is really the hotter vampire. Maybe it's Ian's smoldering eyes. Maybe it's the body! Maybe it's his wit! And probably it's his kinda bad boy character on Vampire Diaries. He's really good looking isn't he? Dreamy! I always am in cloud nine when I watch Vampire Diaries. So love Ian! And I kinda wish Damon and Elena would get together. Did they in the book? Wait! Scratch that. Nobody tell me. I'm excited to find out what will happen next on Vampire Diaries season 2!

Happy New Year everyone!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A New Year Without Fireworks

Tomorrow is New Year's Eve already. I've been watching the news and boy, a lot of Filipinos are already hoarding on fireworks. And who can blame them? It's been a long time tradition in the country. Plus, I must admit that there's a certain beauty that can be seen from fireworks. Just look at all those amazing colors!

The thing is firecrackers are dangerous. Did you see Goodbye Earth and Bin Laden which were featured in the news? They are very scary! And according to the experts, you can not only lose a finger or two if you get caught in a firecracker accident but you can lose your whole arm or leg! Eek!

I'm actually happy that firecrackers are banned in our area because every year, I have to deal with the loud noise and the smoke. A noise as loud as that of a firecracker can damage the eardrums and with the thickness of the smoke, you are liable to inhale them and end up coughing. Plus there's the fear of going out in the streets because someone might accidentally throw a lit firecracker my way. And anyway, firecrackers contribute to the air pollution.

My family has stopped buying firecrackers. For years now, we've been spending it in a different way. Just enjoying the media noche feast, watching TV and sometimes just singing the night away with a rented karaoke. We're trying to be practical. After all, who wants to spend three thousand bucks on firecrackers that will be blown away in just a few minutes? Not us for sure.

Well... enjoy the New Year celebration folks! Are you ready to say goodbye to 2010 already and hello to 2011? I'm not quite there yet. I have new goals to make and a looking back at what my year has been like to do. But from a bird's eye view, I believe I had a rollercoaster year... but it sure has been great!

Happy New Year everyone! Stay safe. (",)    


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Here, Tishie Tishie's Blog Giveaway

I love Avon products and I love contests so I'm thrilled to join Here, Tishie Tishie's blog contest. Lady luck, try to be with me here. (",)

My Two Favorite Parks

Said goodbye to most of my old stuff toys which I have kept with me through these years. They’ve been gathering dust as I haven’t actually played with them for the longest time already so I thought it better to finally, finally just give it away to other kids who would give them the proper love and care I haven’t been able to do.

It isn’t easy to actually do so. My friends had already tried to talk me into giving these away since last year when they had me store it in a big balikbayan box. But somehow I was moved by Toy Story 3. You might think it’s a bit silly of me to be so affected by the movie! I mean it’s fiction for gosh sakes but really, it made an impact on me. So… this Christmas season, I took my toys and just donated them to Jollibee’s Maaga ang Pasko. I’m all grown up see… On the upside, giving those away means less clutter in my room. (“,)

I also spent a great day with my two best pals yesterday hanging out at two of my favorite parks in Makati: Ayala Triangle and Salcedo Park.

A shot of Salcedo Park from Coffee Bean, Four Seasons branch

Ayala Triangle view from Amici

We originally planned a brunch date but it turned to a lunch date instead at Ayala Triangle. Wanted to try Banapple which I’ve been planning to do every since I read about its new branch here opening in Makati but we ended up at Amici instead. I wasn’t so crazy about the food although it’s pretty delicious.

Carbonara from Amici
Lasagna from Amici
After that, we went to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (my fave coffee shop!) at Salcedo and hung out for awhile. I just love the weather yesterday: it was an overcast day, a perfect day for walking around town!

Ended the day strolling around Greenbelt. We had an early dinner at Flapjacks. Yum!
Ryan's Dandy Burger

Buttermilk Pancakes from Flapjacks ordered by Bonsch

My creamy dory fish with tartar sauce. Yummy!!!
Gotta say, meeting up with friends is a great way to cap off the last few days of 2010.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What I Love about this Christmas

There are two things I love about this Christmas: 1. Christmas lights! and 2. Special coffee drinks and food

Have you guys gone yet to Ayala Triangle, Makati? If you haven't, then you should definitely go already to catch the Symphony of Parols (?) there! What is it? Well it's a beautiful Christmas lights show! I feel the Christmas spirit is really alive watching the Christmas lights brighten up the park on a cold night. The first time I saw it, I was truly amazed already! And you know what else I thought? If I had a boyfriend right now, I'd definitely want us to go to Ayala Triangle and watch the Symphony of Parols because it is soooo romantic! Don't get me wrong though. This is also a great show to watch with your family and friends.

The show happens every night - when the weather is good that is - from 6:30pm until 8pm and it's a 30 minute show. It's only until December 23 so you better make a bee line for it already!

Ayala Triangle all lit up with the Christmas lights


Here's another thing I love about Christmas this year: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has come up with their own special drinks to celebrate the Christmas season: Apple Caramel drinks. I tried it with my friend when we met at CBTL. I had the tea latte while my friend had the Ice Blended. It's surprisingly delicious!

Oh and we also tried CBTL's White Chocolate Raspberry cake. We saw the guy next to us eating this cake and we thought of how much we would love to sink our teeth into it as well! So we split the bill and ordered the cake. Sorry that all you are seeing is an almost finished cake. We were so into it that we forgot to take a picture before we helped ourselves.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Facebook: Cityville

I love games! And that's actually one of the main reasons I love Facebook. I've played a lot of games in that social networking site. Yes, I tried Farmville, Sorority Life, Pet Society, Be a Tycoon and these are just to name a few! So anyway, because I'm finally on break from school and work, I've chosen to bum around the house for awhile and what better way to actually do that than to play games online!

So I discovered Cityville just a couple of days ago and now, I'm completely hooked! The picture above is my very own city on the game. For lack of a better, more creative and more original name, I called my city Pleasantville, you know, inspired by the movie with the same name. It was only later on that I thought about renaming it Lizzieville after my name but well, I can't change my city's name anymore. Can it actually be changed? Oh well. Anyway, if you guys are into Facebook games as well and we're friends, how about becoming my neighbor on Cityville? (",) And for those who are already my friends on Facebook, forgive me because I keep sending requests to you guys but you know, you can just ignore it right? Although I wish you wouldn't! Let's play! ;-)  

Saturday, December 18, 2010

My Christmas Gift to Myself

It's almost Christmas everybody! And in just a couple of weeks as well, we'll be saying goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011! I have to say that I worked my butt off this year, harder than I have ever done so I think it's just right that I reward myself for a job well done.

I have so many things in my wish list mostly fashion items like shoes, new clothes and accessories although I also have books in my wish list and some office supplies. And as for gadgets, I only have one wish: a laptop of my own! So imagine my dilemma. Thankfully, there's this new promo: buy now, pay next year! I didn't have to think about what I was going to buy for myself anymore. The promo helped me make the decision....

Presenting my newest gadget investment: Carrie! That's what I named my very chic, very cool laptop. 

This actually wasn't my first choice. I was looking at another HP laptop model and we almost bought that one! I wasn't  really crazy about the design of that one because it was silver and bulky. So not me! And because my Dad didn't want me to buy a laptop that came in color like green, red or violet, I really thought it was going to be a challenge picking out a laptop that suits my personality. Yes, I love colors that's why I wanted to buy a laptop with a colorful design. Have I ever told you about my fascination for an HP Viviene Tam mini?

I would have bought this one except it isn't available here and it doesn't have a CD-rom drive. Thankfully the saleslady told me about another HP laptop model they had and when I saw it, I just knew it was the one! It's so chic! I agree with her when she said this laptop model was made for the ladies. I'm actually using Carrie right now as I blog this. (",) So Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all enjoy the holidays. I know I will because I have a two week break from work! Woohoo!!!