5 Myths I believed when I was in 20’s

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When I was in my 20’s I thought I knew it all…

…until I didn’t.

Here are some of the myths that were shattered when I faced the real world.

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PASSION
To a certain extent, it’s true. I certainly believe that passion matters, but it’s also about being practical. Money does matter because your bills aren’t going to pay themselves. I believe that there’s a perfect compromise between passion and financial stability. Find it and live your dream!

HARD WORK EQUALS GOOD RESULTS—ALWAYS! 

Fresh from college I had the notion that everything that I worked hard for was going to garner good results. In school, when I studied hard, I got high grades, which is how I thought it would pan out when started by career. Boy was I in for a rude awakening.

I realized that no matter how passionate I am about my career, it will not be perfect. There will still be stress and there will still be times when my best is not what my boss wants.  Life is not all rainbows and butterflies. As a professional, I developed thicker skin, humility, and I learned not to take things personally.

I WOULD MARRY A BACKSTREET BOY
of course, even then, I wasn’t that delusional. [lol!] But I did hope that I would be with someone similar to the guys I read in romance movies and novels. Now, I still have standards, but I don’t exist in dreamland anymore. Overall, I want to be with someone who genuinely loves me. Realistically, this someone must have a stable job, a great personality, and must not be hard to look at. [What? I said I grew up. That doesn’t meant I can’t hope anymore. Hahaha!]

IT’S ALL ABOUT INNER BEAUTY

It’s not.

You don’t have to be shallow and make your life revolve on how you look, but you should also invest the time to take care of how you look. People will always tend to judge what they see first. I’m not saying that it’s all that matters, but it ALSO matters.

BE A GOOD PERSON AND PEOPLE WILL BE GOOD TO YOU

Being a good person doesn’t mean you have to be naïve too. You also have to protect yourself from people who don’t have you best interest at heart. Don’t be a jaded skeptic, but also don’t be a victim.

Yes, growing up was a tough eye-opener, but it certainly made me stronger. I won’t ever lose the dreamer in me, but at least now, I’ve developed the realist in me as well.

A Very Happy Birthday @ Solstice by Cafe Ilustrado, 8 Rockwell

Last Thursday (April 19) was a time to C.E.L.E.B.R.A.T.E. 

  1. It as the birthday of my blogger friend, Aldous. He is also the founder of #teamaldous, a food blogging team that I am a part of.  Happy birthday!! 🙂
  2. He celebrated his birthday with #teamadlous at Solstice by Cafe’ Ilustrado.

The outside of the restaurant builds excitement and anticipation even before you enter. The all-glass facade creates a chic, NY-type look, which I feel, is very attractive to bystanders in the area.

Go in and you’ll find yourself in the middle of a modern, but classily designed restaurant. It has a very accommodating feel, but at the same time, its design practically tells you that you’re in for a gastronomic treat.

Now for the food…

Did the food live up to the restaurant?

Definitely!!!!

This is one of my favorite food blogging events, simply because the food was amazing, and they served a lot of it [brb, going jogging!].

Hummus
Photo by Janessa Erin

One of the first things I tasted was the Truffled Hummus with Homemade Sourdough Pita and Crudites. Warning: it is highly addicting. I had to stop myself from eating too much before the main courses arrived. The dip goes well with either the pita or the vegetables. It could make a good beer pairing in my opinion.

Aligue
Photo by Janessa Erin

Their Aligue Pasta is to die for, though it’s better if the dish is divided and conquered.  I love how the pasta has both the fresh taste of the sea with aligue and the sweet taste of tomato.

Adobong Bagnet
Photo by Janessa Erin

Bagnet with KBL (Kamatis, Bagoong and Lasuna) Sauce is waaay good. Give it a go if you need comfort food after a long day at the office.  Its salty-sour Filipino taste will get you every time!

Coconut Water With Strawberry
Photo by Janessa Erin

My drink was Coconut Water with Strawberry. When I saw this in the menu I was kind of skeptical if it would taste good, but I’m so glad it’s what I ordered! The milky sensation of the coconut water goes perfectly with the sweet, refreshing taste of the strawberries. It’s perfect for the hot, summer weather that we have here in the Philippines.

Finally, there’s dessert. Go for their Caramel Macchiatto cake, which is basically like the coffee drink morphed into a cake. I love it! ❤

About Solstice: 

Solstice Bistro and Boulangerie is now called Solstice by Ilustrado, a merger of two great culinary brands offering modern continental and heritage Filipino-Spanish cuisine. This is coupled with a well-curated selection of wines and spirits located at the ground floor of 8 Rockwell, one of Makati’s chic urban communities.

A merger of two well-loved culinary brands.

Solstice draws inspiration from the success of One Way Restaurant, once touted as among Makati’s best-kept secrets. Ilustrado, on the other hand, brings with it its rich history and heritage, with its status as one of the well-established household dining destinations in Manila’s famed walled city. The new management has taken this as a challenge as they reinvented the restaurant’s menu just this year adding new recipes and covering multiple cuisines. They also complemented the refreshed menu with a selection of fine wines carefully chosen to complete the gastronomic experience.

For Reservations, please call (+632) 802 1891 or (+63 977 748 8861), from 11AM to 11PM daily. Follow @solsticebyilustrado on Instagram, and like facebook.com/SolsticebyIlustrado/ for updates.

5 Reasons To Watch, “I’m Drunk, I Love You”

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image from: imdb.com

5 Reasons To Watch, “I’m Drunk, I Love You”
NOOD NA!
By Jel Tordesillas

 Na-friend zone ka na ba? Ako rin.

…also that dude from the Jollibee commercial. <insert breaking heart>

Ang sakit noh?

I think every one of us, girls, can relate to Maja Salvador character in the movie—a girl who has always been in love with her college best friend (played by Paolo Avelino). In the movie, the two go on a road trip to La Union to settle their feelings for each other.

This mysterious desire to see that kind of heartbreak played on the big screen by actors I love is one of the reasons why I am looking forward to what looks like an indie masterpiece.

Here are five others.

 

#hugot #hugot #hugot

“Ikaw nalang yung umaasa, kahit yung pag-asa nag-give up na sayo.” [Excuse me, I have to go cry now.]

Yes to hugot lines galore! The trailer was full of them and I look forward to hearing what else the scriptwriters’ have up their sleeves.
Reunited again!
 A big, “Yay!”, to Maja and Paulo being reunited. Their chemistry in, “Bridges of Love”, was amazing. Now, we get to watch them together…on the big screen!

 

It’s starring Paolo Avelino (Hello?!)
Need I say more? ❤


Fate of Maja in the movie
We all know we want them [the characters of Maja and Paulo] to end up together, but what if the movie decides to go on a different direction? What if Paolo Avelino actually ends up with Jasmine Curtis-Smith’s character?

[noooooo!]


La Union
Of course seeing La Union on the big screen is a definite plus! I look forward to great cinematography!

 

Are you also looking forward to, “I’m Drunk, I Love You”?


Kita-kits sa sinehan!

 

Things, “Sakaling Hindi Makarating”, Reminded Us

 

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Image from: Cinema Bravo

Things, “Sakaling Hindi Makarating”, Reminded Us
by Jel Tordesillas

 After hours of typing, I felt like I deserved a much-needed break. I craved a good Filipino watch. Thankfully, “Sakaling Hindi Makarating”, was showing. Once I found out that it involved a road trip, I was in!

Basically, the movie revolves around Cielo (Alessandra de Rossi), a heartbroken girl, trying to decipher who was sending her mysterious paintings set in places around the Philippines. Cielo uses the paintings as clues and decides to go on a road trip of the pictures’ locations, hoping to find who the sender of the letters were. The movie also stars Pepe Herrera and JC Santos.

While the movie didn’t end the way I wanted it to, it was still a good watch. The movie was able to remind me of life’s lessons. Sometimes, because of the busyness of life, I tend to overlook these lessons, so it’s always a good thing when someone reminds us of these things.

Life doesn’t always meet your expectations 

We plan and we plan, but sometimes, we just have to let go and let life take its course.  Yes, it hurts when life doesn’t turn out the way we want it—especially when it comes to love. These things, however, happen for a reason. In the meantime, we just have to be strong and see life’s silver lining.

Sometimes, pain can be the seed of strength and learning
No one wants to feel pain, but there are times when pain can be a blessing. It makes us stronger and it makes us learn from the experience, opening our eyes to things we didn’t realize before.

Some people aren’t meant to stay
…but they were definitely there for a reason. The best thing to do is to be grateful for the time they were there. The people we encounter in life mold us into the people we are, no matter how short our time with them is.

The Philippines is a paradise just waiting to be discovered
I really need to travel the Philippines more. There were beautiful shots in the film that reminded me of the fact that I should really explore my own backyard.

Support Filipino movies
Especially indie movies. There is so much talent in the Philippines that need the support of filmgoers.  If we don’t support our own, who will?

Engage in new adventures through the pages of the all-new Explore Philippines

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Explore, explore, explore and live life! I enjoyed reading Explore Philippine’s feature on Siargao featuring Rhian Ramos. The pictures (by Jake Verzosa) and article ( by EIC France Pinzon) were beautifully composed. In the article, Rhian expressed her surprise when she saw how raw and untainted Siargao was—and it definitely translates to every image taken. 

Recently, I got to attend the launch party of Explore Philippines, a quarterly in-flight as well as retail magazine. What makes Explore  Philippines unique from the other travel magazines is that its focus is travelling within the Philippines. Not only that. True to its name, the people behind the magazine make it a point to discover as much as they can. They go beyond the usual tourist spots and really, well, explore. This is not only good for the avid adventurer, but also for the locals who can earn from the tourism in their area.The well-attended launch was held at the events place of Century Mall, Makati, and was graced by two of their cover girls, Rhian Ramos and Janine Gutierrez.

During the event, December cover girl, Rhian Ramos was called up onstage and interviewed about her experience in Siargao, Surigao del Norte  (known as the surfing capital of the Philippines) and the actress was all praises.

I enjoyed reading the magazine’s  Siargao X Rhian Ramos spread. The pictures (by Jake Verzosa) and article ( by EIC France Pinzon) were beautifully composed. In the article, Rhian expressed her surprise when she saw how raw and untainted Siargao was—and it definitely translates to every image taken.

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Rhian Ramos interviewed by EIC France Pinzon. 

The Explore Philippines people also took the stage as they enthusiastically introduced the revamped magazine.

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Publisher Christina Po
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Managing Editor Alyssa Lapid
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EIC France Pinzon 
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Explore PH team + host , Juilian Rodriguez

I’m excited to follow Explore Philippine’s adventures for 2017. I’m sure the team behind the magazine has a lot of ideas up  their sleeve.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT:

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Grabbing some grub from from event food sponsors like Thirsty Turtle, Chillout Cooks,and  Johann’s Cuisine
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Yummy friend pizza courtesy of @chilloutcooks.  
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Also got a refreshing melon smoothie from @thirstyturtleph
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with Janine Gutierrez
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Yup! I’m a badass.  😛
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With Rhian Ramos
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#chilloutcooksteam 

The Process of Falling: Chapter 1

CHAPTER 1: SORRY!

It was the first Saturday of summer vacation. Incidentally, the first summer before I started college. It was also the start of my first day as Charlie’s baby sitter. Charlie was the seven-year-old son of Brad and Natasha Wakefield, our neighbors who just moved to our neighborhood, Alabang Hills, a couple of months ago. They were in their mid-30s. Brad, an American, was a pediatrician, while Natasha, a Filipino, was quite a well-known freelance painter. The two met when Brad was doing a medical mission in Tacloban, right after the dreadful disaster came to an end, leaving the city dilapidated, almost ghostly. It so happened that Natasha was a volunteer, while at the same time doing research for her Tacloban charity exhibit. They hit it off instantly and the rest was history.

While I think their story is amazing, I personally feel that none of that lovey-dovey stuff would actually happen to me. My parents were annulled when I was 9, and I barely have any memory of them together. Now, I live with my Mom, Cecille, and my stepfather, George, who make a living as an interior-designing tandem. They’ve been together with 9 years. While I adore and love Tito George very much, there are times when I can’t help but wonder what my life could have been if my parents had stayed together. My Dad, Lito, who I have now named in my phone as MIA, is an architect now based in New York. Although he was kind enough to pay for my tuition and extra-curricular lessons, he was primarily an absentee father who wrote the mandatory birthday, Christmas, and graduation cards or texts. Thanks to my parents, I was now a self-professed love skeptic at age 18.

Hello Janella,” greeted Natasha as she opened their amazingly high, French-inspired, green gate. “Thanks again for doing this. I know baby-sitting isn’t a typical thing for Filipino teenagers to do, but thanks for being cool about it.”

“No problem!” I said promptly, with a little bit too much enthusiasm. “I didn’t sound fake, did I?” I wondered. Not that I was in anyway insincere in doing the babysitting job, but as it turned out, I also needed money for a new Iphone 7, just in time for college.

“Charlie! Tita Jan is here!” Natasha called.

Cute and energetic Charlie with fair skin, round blue eyes, and dark brown hair in a bob cut, popped out and shyly mumbled hello with a little dimple showing on his right cheek as he smiled.

“Are you excited to go the Grand Bonanza?” I asked in high-pitched pre-school teacher-ish voice.

“Yes!” he exclaimed, clapping excitedly.

Since it was two weeks before Christmas, there was Bazaar-Carnival, The Grand Bonanza, set-up at the big, vacant lot in near Alabang Hills. It was the Grand Bonanza’s fifth year, so I actually spent a lot of my teenage years here with my family, friends, suitors and now…Charlie. Not that I was complaining, Charlie was a good kid. He rarely had tantrums and was cheerful and friendly most of the time. I imagine that if ever I’d ever gotten to having my own kid, I’d want someone like Charlie.

“Welcome to the Grand Bonanza!” the ticket lady greeted. “One regular and one junior,” I replied politely.

I looked around, and it was just as I remembered- colorful, cheery, and energetic, with loud pop music playing in the background and multi-colored banderitas everywhere. It wasn’t Disneyland, but they did have crowd favorites like the carousel, the bump cars, and the roller-coaster. Lots of children were there with their parents. Other faces in the crowd included barkadas, lovers, and people doing their Christmas shopping.

“Just a minute!” the girl replied as she imputed our payment. “Here you go!”

“I wanna shoot the monsters!’ Charlie exclaimed as he pulled my hand into the Shootout Booth right after the carousel. We had just bought our grape juices from the Mr. Muscle stand and I was afraid one of them might fall.

“Slow down,” I said, panting, but Charlie paid no attention, and instead, started to run until he bumped into a guy standing by the carousel, spilling grape juice all over him.

How embarrassing!” I thought, feeling my skin starting to turn crimson. “Next time, no running, okay?” I told Charlie pointedly.

“Okay,” Charlie agreed, who looked as embarrassed as I was.

“I’m so sorry!” I called out apologetically. “Sorry. I’m Sorry.”

“Gosh, how many times can a person say sorry in one breathing?” I wondered. 

A guy in white, of around 6 feet, dripping wet from head to toe, turned around and smiled. “It’s no problem. Really.” he replied calmly.

 

That smile. That face.

 

PAK.

 

I had never been this physically taken on a guy.

 

At once. At first glance.

 

My breath was literally taken away.

Sfera PH Fall-Winter 2016 Collection

A Boho-City look for the occasion. 

Earlier today, I was lucky to have attended the launch of the Sfera PH 2016 Fall-Winter Collection.

With my blogger friend Issa. 

(Sfera) is a Spanish fashion brand under Madrid’s renowned El Corte Ingles Group of Companies and opened its very first store in Asia in the Philippines in 2014, at the heart of Metro Manila, on the second floor of SM Makati. In 2015, they opened stores at the 2nd Level Mega B of SM Megamall and in the new premium mall of the south, on the Upper Ground Floor of SM Seaside City Cebu. In September 2016, the brand opened up its first department store corner at The SM Store in SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The premium fast-fashion brand offers clothing lines for Men and Women and is known for being able to stay on-trend every season while maintaining its good quality of clothing and rather affordable prices.

I have been a fan of Sfera for a while now. The brand features chic and wearable clothing a “lazy fashionista” like me can sport. I was really excited to see the new collection and I was not disappointed! There are so many pretty and edgy pieces to choose from, with looks varying from 80s rocker, classy (Gucci-inspired), and minimalist. I was really drawn to the classy, girly bit of the collection, though the other looks also caught my attention.

Here are the pictures I took from the mini-fashion show that was held at the event.

 

After the fashion show, I was super pumped to shop. Not that I need any prodding for shopping. Hello?

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Trying out some pretty dresses. Geez, can I just have them all already? 

Like the fashion-obsessed person I am, I took pictures of some of the looks I liked from the display. So gorge.

 

What I bought. 🙂 I’m so excited to wear them.

Thanks so much Sfera PH for an awesome afternoon!

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