Archive | June 2014

Five Lessons from My Boudoir Shoot

bou·doir noun ˈbü-ˌdwär, ˈbu̇-, ˌbü-ˈ, ˌbu̇-ˈ
* a woman’s bedroom or private room for dressing or resting

A few ladies from our support group gathered to participate in a boudoir photo shoot. 

Yes, boudoir photo shoot.

Yes, nagpa-photo shoot ako.

Yes, nagpa-boudoir photo shoot ako. Hahaha!

And no, hindi ko na siya uulitin uli.


Friends, ever supportive that they are, loved the idea that I had subjected myself to a boudoir shoot. Yes, ‘subjected’ talaga is the right word. 🙂

It’s so unlike me as I’ve never had my portrait taken professionally. I can be very shy, as well, and I don’t like drawing attention to myself. But when the ladies from our support group said they are interested in a boudoir session, I threw caution to the wind and said, “what the heck!”

So what did I learn from this madness?

1. Modeling is difficult.
I have a newfound respect for models. That is hard work! My photo shoot was just 90 minutes long (with five wardrobe changes) and I was exhausted. Imagine doing this on a daily basis.

2. You are only young once.
I decided to have a boudoir shoot because I realized that I’m only young once. This is my version of YOLO (you only live once). YOYO is “You’re only young once.” I will never be this age again and I’d like to have a souvenir of myself being this young and sexy (feeling ko lang. Hahaha!)

Plus, if and when I get to have kids and grandchildren, they’ll think of me as “cool” for doing this. 🙂

3. Take a risk.
My friends know I like planning my life. I’m kinda ‘sigurista.’ I don’t like being out of control. But this boudoir shoot kinda loosened me up. No choice ka. You are forced to be sexy and seductive in front of other women…women you barely know.

4. Be comfortable with your own body.
You need to learn how to be comfortable with your own body. You can’t give that sexy/sensual vibe if you are not comfy with your body. Otherwise, huwag ka na magpa-boudoir.

5. Everybody deserves a chance to feel beautiful.
A  boudoir photo shoot gives you that chance to be all dolled up. Boudoir Le Blanc made me comfortable during the shoot. Ang saya din na paminsan-minsan ay nagiging fab and glamorous ka. 🙂

Thank you to Heather and Tooney for taking care of us. We really had a great time. Thanks din to the lovely ladies from our support group. I’m so happy to have shared that experience with you.

So, nasaan ang boudoir pics ko? No posting here, sorry. All photos will remain private. 🙂

Thankful Sunday: What a Long Week!

It was a long week! Ako na ang busy! I’m just happy and relieved that the week is over kasi ang dami kong ginawa!

1. Social Media Summit
This is the third year that I’m holding our Social Media Summit. This idea came to me in 2012 when the office is starting to move to digital. It was one of my “little” dreams for the office, that the organization would be equipped with the different social media tools. And I can’t believe I’ve been holding this event for three years now.

This year, I invited some of the known resource persons from digital agencies like Jason Cruz, Leah Besa-Jimenez, Mon Lizardo, Jonas delos Reyes, Rezza Custodio-Soriano, and our very own ASP from Unilab Active Health.

Thanks to teamwork and everyone involved, it’s another sucessful run for SMS 2014. Feedback showed that participants want it to be a two-day event. Parang di ko kakayanin! The Boss Daddy pa naman said I can’t get an agency. Waaah! Baka di kayanin ng powers ko! Hahaha!

Wait, where’s my promotion na?! 😀

2. Happy 48!
My parents celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.Two more years at golden anniversary na nila! I’m thankful to have an example of a happy marriage. I just wish I could be just as lucky.

3. Gift of health
My mom was diagnosed to have mild pneumonia and high blood pressure. The doctor, who first checked her, told my dad that she should be confined. My dad sought a second opinion for my mom and her condition can be cured by antibiotics. Thank you!

4. Year of the Laity
It’s the Year of the Laity and the church where I regularly attend Mass held a recruitment day for those who want to serve our parish. Yesterday was the orientation. There would be a series of formation and whatnots and I hope I can pass everything and have the chance to serve in the Lectors and Commentators Ministry.

I do worry, however, with my present circumstances. Sana hindi ako i-judge because of my situation. I do want to serve the Lord and it would be heartbreaking if the parish declines me because of my situation.

5. On vacation
I’ll be on a five-day vacation very soon. Now that I’ve finished a major project in the office, I can finally get excited.

How was your week?

What I Know Now About Love, Loving (and Leaving)

I’m probably not the right person to discuss this since I don’t really have much of a track record when it comes to love. I have never really been active in dating.

I only seriously dated two guys (!) and the rest didn’t have that spark (parang Meralco lang). 🙂

But it’s my parents’ wedding anniversary today (48 years!) so indulge me. And maybe I can write about love because of what I’ve been through. Maybe. 🙂

Love is a difficult thing. Two people from different backgrounds with different values getting together can be disastrous. But it can also be rewarding if the two work it out.

1. Have a strong sense of self.
I never subscribed to the idea of getting into a relationship during high school and college years. I believe that one must have a solid strong sense of self before entering a relationship. This means knowing what you want and don’t want, what you are willing to sacrifice and compromise, and what kind of treatment you deserve.

Of course, this is one lesson I’m still trying to learn. I’m a work in progress.

2. Everything happens because it needs to happen.
I wasted many years with someone because I thought it was the right thing to do. Dad once said, “Bakit sya pa? Ang dami mo namang nagiging kaklase sa college.” But I’ve learned not to question why things happen. I just have faith that everything happens because it was meant to be.

3. Whoever is meant for you will not pass you by.
I have seen this personally that’s why I know that it’s true. Whoever is meant for you (a friend, a partner, etc) to meet will not pass you by. They may not stay in your life forever but they have something to teach you. This leads me to my next lesson:

4. It’s okay to leave.
Someone once told me that he has never met someone who can give up relationships so easily like me. I was hurt when he told me that but I realized that it is indeed true. Leaving bad relationships (and I mean, any kind of relationship) is not easy for me but I can do it when needed (and I’ve done this many times).

I don’t believe in staying in toxic relationships. These can zap your spirit and make you lose respect of yourself and the other person. Of all the relationships I severed, not once did I regret ending it.

5. Everything will be okay.
And just because you left a relationship doesn’t mean life ends, too. On the contrary, the ending of a relationship allows you to start a new life again. I am a living testament to this and I’m immensely grateful to God for allowing me another chance at happiness.

At the end of the day, your happiness is what’s important. Nothing more and nothing less.

#ThrowbackThursday: Hanoi, Vietnam

In 2012, my friends and I went to Hanoi for vacation. This is one of the street paintings I saw. To this day, this is one of the most beautiful images I’ve seen. The emotion, the depth and the soul of this artwork just pierce through me.

It’s just a shame I didn’t buy this painting but I’m glad I took a photo.

Heart-warming TV Ads from Thailand

I must say, Thailand creates emotionally charged but thought-provoking TV commercials! Kakaiba din mga ad agencies nila.

Here are three of the most viral TV commercials that country has produced.

This is my favorite from the three. Grabe yung power of emotions dito. I’ve seen this a dozen times but I still cry every time I watch it.

The message in this one is strong. Sometimes we think why do we bother being good, why do we bother being kind. This TVC says it all.

This one is particularly relevant to parents and today’s kids. We often forget to be in the moment because we’re all glued to our screens. This is a timely reminder to savor the present.

#ThrowbackThursday: Bangkok

The great thing about traveling is that you get to know yourself better, what and who you want and do not want, what you are capable of, and how strong your heart can be.

You find yourself when you travel. You find happiness because you realize that happiness comes from within.

High Blood!

Okay, I’m exaggerating. I don’t really have high blood pressure. But my latest physical exams showed that I have high cholesterol!

It’s no surprise, to be honest. I love pork! Anything FRIED pork. Bacon. Crispy pata. Breaded pork chop. Lechon Kawali. Bagnet. Lechon Macau. The crispier, the better.

It’s a lifelong love affair with pork and friends know that I would pick a pork dish if it’s available.

But as one grows old, the sins of the past can also haunt you. Sa physical exam ko lumabas. 🙁

My annual physical exam showed that I have borderline high total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol). My HDL (good) cholesterol is within the normal range so that’s a good thing.

The good news is that my health situation is not so bad. In fact, there is much hope! My cardiologist said that I’m not (yet) a candidate for hypertension. My parents didn’t have high blood pressure until their 60s. I don’t have relatives who had a heart attack before their 60s. I’m within my ideal weight (122 lbs, baby!). I don’t smoke. I don’t drink.

Yung diet ko lang talaga ang issue, which is so within my control. So my cardiologist said I should make changes with my diet to bring down my cholesterol. These are:

1. No fried food.
2. More fruits and veggies.
3. Only lean meat.
4. More exercise.

Admittedly, I still eat fried food but para tumikim lang. I didn’t want to deprive myself too much kasi feeling ko, my craving would be back with a vengeance.

I also eat meat pero konti na lang just to satisfy my craving. Fortunately, I have managed to avoid eating those fried pork dishes I mentioned above.

I also incorporated more fruits and veggies to my diet. I also began to walk to work instead of taking the cab. And I joined the weekly Zumba classes in the office. Yay!

I’m also watching what I eat through MyFitness Pal’s food diary. So far, my food intake shows that I’m consuming less salt and sugar. 🙂

I’ll be taking another Panel 11 before June ends to see if my cholesterol goes down. So far, I think the lifestyle changes I made have made me healthier. I no longer feel lightheaded and I sleep way better at night so okay na din!

Thankful Sunday: Long Break and Full Schedule

I haven’t posted my Thankful Sunday last week as I had a lot of things to attend to. I really should be mindful and more disciplined in writing about the things I am thankful for.

These are the things I was thankful for the last two weeks:

1. Back to school
I’ll be back in graduate school this week. I enrolled in two subjects this semester even though that wasn’t my original plan. 

It’s going to be a busy second semester in the office and then, I’m adding school work to my work load. It’s going to be crazy but I know I will enjoy this semester. You see, one of the subjects I’ll take is Introduction to Graduate Cinema and it will be taught by my favorite grad school professor!

Yeah, yeah. I’m such a nerd!

After this semester, I’ll only have three subjects left before I finish my graduate degree. It’s the final stretch, baby!

2. Time with a good friend
I spent a day with B at Ateneo because she wanted to know more about the MA Communication program. It’s nice that she got to see a little bit of my world.

I’m also thankful that the office has a loan program for employees who are taking graduate studies. Zero-percent interest! Sabi nga ng isang office friend ko, “Para ka lang nangutang sa magulang mo.” 😀

Money’s a bit tight right now sa dami ng kailangan kong asikasuhin so this is one benefit I’m thankful for.

3. Lunch-outs with office friends
For some reason, we had a lot of lunch-outs with office friends the last two weeks. I’m not complaining as it’s a great way to de-stress from work. We tried a few trendy restaurants: Yabu, Boqueria and 8 Cuts. 

No pictures. I think I mentioned it before. I don’t want to post photos of my friends in this blog without their permission (unless the photos are long shots and you can barely recognize their faces). 🙂

4. Major project almost complete
One of the major projects I have this year is in its final stretch. Social Media Summit is an event I hold every year for our brand and marketing people. 

This year, I’m putting a little twist to it as I’m incorporating two mini-workshops. All the confirmed speakers are recognized industry experts so I’m really excited.

The only downside of being the project champion for this is that I don’t get to listen to the talks because I’m busy overseeing everything. Hay…

Sana next year, I find someone who will take over this. It’s about time na ipamana ko na ito.

5. Friends marathon
As always, office was considerate enough to give us a long weekend. June 13 is sandwiched kasi by June 12 and the weekend so our corporate calendar indicated that we have a four-day weekend.

I love the fact that the office gives us our company schedule way in advance so we get to plan our vacation. Mas madali ang buhay namin.

Surprise, surprise! I stayed home this four-day long weekend. Yeah, I didn’t plan any travel this time. One, I don’t have excess money for another trip. My gulay, halos every month, bumibiyahe ako! Second, other friends have plans. Third, I have another trip next month, which I am saving up for. Fourth, there are other expenses I need to attend to.

So these factors really make it impractical for me to travel. But it’s fine because I spent the long weekend on a FRIENDS marathon!

It took me several months to complete my FRIENDS DVD compilation and I didn’t want to hold a marathon na hindi complete. Thankfully, the Season 5 I ordered from Amazon finally arrived.

I’ve always liked FRIENDS. I remember watching bits and pieces of it on Channel 5 when I was in ollege. Hindi ko lang nakumpletong panoorin because it was shown on a school night (Wednesday, I think). But I know what happened with the characters.

10 years later, I finally get to watch it in full. What can I say? Timeless talaga ang FRIENDS. Patok ang lines, ang wardrobe, and hair! I was telling fellow FRIENDS lovers that the hairstyle of Rachel Green is a classic. Kahit ngayon, pwede pa din gayahin.

Ah, FRIENDS. The family you choose. Sayang lang the cast and producers don’t really want a movie made out of this.

So, how was your week?

A Day of Freedom

The country celebrates Independence Day today. 

I wish everyone freedom from hate, freedom from debts, freedom from prejudice, freedom from sickness, freedom from bad and abusive relationships, and freedom from lousy jobs.
This entry was posted on June 12, 2014, in What's Up.

Sliding Doors and the Choices We Make

One of my all-time favorite movies is Sliding Doors. This 1998 British-American rom-com-drama stars Gwyneth Paltrow (the Goop lady) and John Hannah (before The Mummy).

The premise is centered on two possible realities based on Helen’s circumstance–if she missed the train or if she took it.

We are faced with millions of choices each day of our lives. Some choices are insignificant (what flavor of ice cream?) but some can change your entire life.

Sometimes, we also think that a moment has passed us by, that maybe we missed an opportunity in life–meeting the possible love of your life, a chance to travel or meet a new friend, or just a feeling of “Where did the time go?’

But the good thing is that even when you miss some moments, you can still make way for new ones. This quote from Psych (one of my favorite TV series) sums it up:

Life is not made up of a single moment, it’s made up of a gazillion moments. 
What defines us is the choice we make in the next moment, and the one after that. These moments, Shawn, they’re happening, they’re all around us all the time. 
You’re having one right now.

What choices changed your life?