Best Moments of 2016 !


I have to bluntly say that this year was definitely better than the last. But there was an equal balance of challenges and changes.

Although I did start it off this year by being completely off the interwebs for a bit because I was finishing my last term at UNI. That being said,  I wanted to put my best foot forward and bring my A game by staying focused. Plus, my anxiety was also getting the best of me, which is only normal because it only showed how badly I wanted to do well and graduate.


And yes, I did pass my architectural thesis! The whole 5 year architecture journey was very tedious and challenging, but oh was it worth everything when I heard high praises from my judges and guests! I have never had so much butterflies when I found out that I made it and that I was officially in line to graduate! Such a bittersweet ending to this chapter in my life.


As a reward, my college buddies and I(#BaliBabes) took a trip to Bali for a week to experience the Eat, Pray, Love life before our graduation ceremony. We had such a great time adventuring(not a real word) around the island of Bali, through narrow Ubud streets, temple running and getting ourselves stuck in rice paddies, it was all worth it because I was with my girls. Plus, we stayed in this gorgeous Airbnb villa, which felt like paradise. (link  to our cottage HERE!)

If you read my 2015 resolutions(link here!), I mentioned that I wanted to prioritise my health this year. So after my trip to Bali with the babes, I started exercising more and eating better, by eliminating certain food in my diet.


By the end of June, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. I am (still) so thankful to have met a genuine bunch of people in those 5 years because they made everything worthwhile, stress, cramming, failing and all.

A few weeks after graduation, my buddy(Hazel) and I joined this workshop, organized by the Architectural Association(our dream school) in my hometown. What an experience it was! Never would we have thought that we would meet so much talented and brilliant people from all over Asia. Always push yourself out of your comfort zone.


When August hit, people started to notice my weightloss and damn, was it rewarding! A few weeks after then I hit my 20lbs mark, I know I took a bit long compared to some, but I felt that I should loose weight the right way, by exercising and eating healthy, not by extreme diets and weight loss pills. Plus, I didn’t want to have hanging fat on my body. I plan on writing a more detailed blog post about this sometime, maybe when I hit -50lbs.(haha!)

In lieu of all my daily exercise regimens, freelance architecture work,  taking care of my grandmother’s business and blogging, I was planning my month long trip to Australia, which was definitely the highlight of my year because I love Australia as a whole and I love exploring.


When I arrived in Sydney with my brother, I got to stay with my long time friends, Nika and Trixie(their faces are on this post!, link HERE!), who incidentally lived a few blocks away from my brother which was perfect. We got to explore the different sides of Sydney together, the coastal hikes(my fave), the delicious brunch spots, basically just pretending to be local Sydneysiders.


We then moved on to Melbourne to meet up with our parents to celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday and to explore the beautiful city of Melbourne because we always just find ourselves in Sydney. We spent a whole week in this charming city and I think we saw Melbourne inside out as well as coast to coast. Plus, I got to catch up with my one of my close friends from high school that just moved over there(Hi Ser!) and got to catch up with life. I miss her so much!! : (


So the whole point of this trip actually was not only for my brother and I to bond, but to also see him graduate!(yes, double wammy for my parents this year!) After he graduated, we had to pack up his apartment and experience the city for one more time. (All my Australia travel posts are over here!)

My trip to Australia was so good that I had such bad FOMO(Fear Of Missing Out) with my friends over there and was sad about some lbs that I gained(but happy lbs though).


Shortly after my arrival, My High School friend got married, where I got to hang out and catch up with a bunch of my classmates and share friendly banter with everyone! Then one of my best friends, Nicole, came home with her boyfriend, Christian, to show him around and to introduce us to him.

Just recently, I got hooked on spinning because I needed a little switcharoo with my workout, plus, the good music choice of the instructors are a major plus. I now spin (almost)everyday, no excuses! I would definitely recommend this for people who love a great leg, ab workout and want a tighter ass(mine is still in progress).


December this year was a little bit more festive than most because we had relatives come by for the holidays after a few years of not visiting. Family time is my most favorite time, aside from amaretto time! Catching up over cold beers, salty ocean breeze and good childish banter with my cousins are always bound to be a good time!

2016 in a nutshell

I have got to say that this year was better than most, in terms of the fortunate and unfortunate events that steered along my path. I am just glad that I got to fulfill all my promises that I made for this year and end on a high note. So so grateful for everything that I have and that has happened this past year! 

**All photos and video were taken with a Sony A6000**

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Christmas Gifting Ideas | His & Hers



Its everyone’s(mostly) favorite time of the year again. My favorite bit of this yuletide season are the family gatherings filled with laughs, lovely catch-ups and of course, the hearty food! Although the season is also well-known as the season for giving and receiving. Here are a few gifting ideas you can pick up for your friends, relatives or significant other ranging in different prices! 


I don’t know much about men to be honest(NBSB), But I do have a brother and a bunch of cousins, so I pretty much understand the general idea of what they are into. Men prefer for practical items that they will actually use, aside from another pair of shoes, they can never have too much of that.

For Him:

1. Adidas NMD R1 Triple Black $110. 2. Marshall Acton Black UK $179. 3. Rayban Clubmaster Fleck $160. 4. Bailey Nelson Ridley Black $125. 5. Fossil Ingram Magnetic Multicard Wallet(Money Clip) $ 30. 6. Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme OUD $74. 7. WD 2TB External Hard Drive $94.


This list could go on and on! I had to narrow down and made it a point not to add any makeup bits because I might just be repeating myself. I put some lifestyle items as well because who doesn’t want ANOTHER cute mug in their cupboard? While still adding my own personal taste into this list!

For Her:

1.Oliver Bonas Jewelry Organizer $37. 2. Swell 17oz Water Container $35 3. Kate Spade Cameron Street Kieran $158. 4. Diptyque Candle Figuer Scent $30. 5. Kikki.K 2017 Daily Planner $45. 6. Instax Mini 90 Neo $120. 7. Monogrammed Mugs $8.

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What is Yet To Come? | Looking Back & Moving Forward

Just a warning, this post gets a bit personal.

So I can definitely say that 2015 was a year of trials.

    My disposition at the very start was somewhat good. But it all went downhill when I was struggling with my thesis and eventually didn’t make the cut. Imagine following your dream wholeheartedly and putting all of yourself into something then getting denied. Like I have said before, I was crushed, devastated by all this. But after that turn of failure, my disposition in life and my emotions were out of place. But not to a point that I would purposefully fail my other classes because of depression–because I am not stupid like that.

     I remember the time I arrived home in Cebu after my “failure”, then I saw my parents and I started crying as I entered the house, telling them I was so sorry for what happened to me as they started to console me. That “failure” stuck on me for weeks, I would catch myself crying in bed at night and start overthinking everything and wondering what could have been if I did things differently during the wee hours of the morning.

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    But as it started to sink in, I got to see what this”failure” of mine really was, it was an opportunity for me to reconnect with my family but most of all, my friends who I haven’t connected with in awhile and of course for me to refresh and strategise my life–and all that comes in between. The past four or years for me was spent studying religiously for tests and creating tons of projects. Although I loved every minute of it, but all of that made it hard for me to go home and simply relax, I hadn’t really spent enough time with my other friends, the ones who have been with me for almost half of my life. Some people might call it plain chance or luck, that I was given this opportunity to be home because 2 of my closest friends moved out of town to work and do further studies abroad, which the break gave me a chance to spend more quality time with them before the painful goodbyes.–Hi Nic and Mel! ❤


    So by the end of April, after my 21st birthday, I decided to take a break for almost 4 months. But not totally, I had to work on my apprenticeship, start working on my thesis–for the second time, spend time being home and travel a bit. There is something about being home that is really good. But not permanently… Just when you need to fix yourself a bit.

Lets not forget that I started my beauty blog on the first of May on Blogger then it continued to grow to what it is today and will continue to grow (hopefully) into something rewarding and wonderful.


    This year, my mom and I got to take a cheeky trip to Europe before all the migrant crisis creeped in. I blogged about my trip and showed a bunch of photos, see them here! We wanted to go so many places but then we realized that it would be unlogical to bounce to far away locations for a limited amount of time. So we planned our route within a certain region. And what I loved most was that it was all places have never been to. I travelled to Lake Como, Lucerne, Milan and Florence. And I had such a great time with my mom, we made memories that I would never forget and treasure so close to my heart–I know you are reading this, Mom! You know I love you.


So when I entered university once again after my long break, I was prepared for my thesis and I was finally back in the right head space. From the very first week of them term, my eyes were set on the prize. I followed all the requirements and put everything I know into writing. Those three months flew by before my eyes. I can’t believe I was the very first student to pass the thesis revalida on the first try, which took a huge weight of my shoulders.


And of course, I like to my year not with a fizzle but with a bang. By the time I checked my results then I pleasantly surprised that my grades made me qualified to be on the dean’s list once again!

Right now, I am writing this a night before Christmas Eve back in my hometown.

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What is yet to come?

I will be attending my very last term in university this year and hopefully graduate by June. After graduation, I plan to travel for a few months or take short courses in design somewhere in Europe just to keep my head busy–the good kind. And hopefully, by the end of the year, I would have a firm to get experience from.

So you can say that 2015 was definitely an eventful year for me, good and bad. But I am thankful as hell for everything. All this has had me realize that I am much stronger than I thought I was. It showed me that when I fall, I come back up even stronger and add more fuel to the fire within me–DRAMA.

Anyway, to my family, friends and as well as my readers, thank you for being part of my 2015. I am so blessed to have people who are always rooting for me in the best way possible.

How did 2015 treat you?

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