So blessed to have spent New Year’s Eve and the first few days of 2013 in Hong Kong again with the family and some friends. The weather was amazing. At one point, while waiting for the countdown, I curled into a ball on the ground because the temperature had dropped considerably. But it was such a relief to finally be able to dress in leather and tights and boots without looking ridiculous. HK is best this time of year! :)
The minute I saw my whole outfit in these photos, I realized I should’ve worn my nude pumps or black wedges instead. Ehh hahaha. But the dress is still the star of the outfit! In love with its mesh detail.
(Dress and flats from Bangkok, necklace from Sabellissima, ring from Eastwood bazaar)
It has always been a dream of mine to live in some charming European city, traveling from home to work on a bike with a basket full of flowers. Haha! So when I came across these photos I just had to have them on the blog. :)
I’m not running away. But this is one corner of one country on one continent on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and growing and never remaining the same for a single millisecond, and there is so much—so much to see, Amy. Because it goes so fast. I’m not running away from things, I am running to them. Before they flare and fade forever.
Saying goodbye to college one term at a time. This one’s going to be the last one with formal classroom lectures because next term will be all thesis and OJT. So what better way to make the most of my classes than with pretty notebooks and pens! Also got a new iPad case because I broke mine haha. (Lea, lookie we’re twins!)
While the girls were at school, the ‘rents and I went over to Uncle Cheffy at Molito for lunch. We ordered chili garlic prawns, ribs and all meat barbequed panizza! I just ate the pizza itself though. Teehee, forever choosy. So crispy thin! I think I’ll be craving for them again all weekend.
I love being on the move. After staying in Singapore for five months and along Taft Avenue for a year, I’m back home. I now have more time with the fam - kulit sisters, yummy home-cooked meals and fresh air!
Moving back felt like the perfect chance for a room revamp. And being the hoarder that I am, the things that I’ve accumulated over that time called for it too! My room is now full of Paris, Audrey Hepburn, my childhood, and pops of color amid black and white. :)
I swapped beds with my sisters after getting used to a single bed and the soft mattress. (Goodbye, chocolate bar headboard.)
More space for a chair (from the living room teehee) recently upholstered in a beautiful houndstooth!
The bed brought with it so much space that I also took the bookshelf from my sisters’ room haha! They used it for their toy boxes. I arranged my books by color for a neat OC feel.
The mini mannequin that I will never regret buying from the Cuenca bazaar for P100. And my little mermaid thingamabob that I brought home after watching its Disney on Ice show about ten years ago. :)
My beloved Little Mermaid (from my dear friend Kye) and Anastasia wind-up musical jewelry boxes! :)
Finally hung the little Paris frames on the wall.
My first tile painting from an art class in elementary, thus the huge ‘Bea’ signature.
Nic got me the red Keep Calm for my birthday, not knowing that I bought one a few days before. They only emphasize how much I want to see the world!
Last week, I said goodbye to my dorm (-see how much stuff my desk had accumulated over the year) and hello to staying back at home down South for next school year - my last! (I’ll miss you Via, roomie. Her bed up there is already stripped for the summer she’s out haha.) And moving back home, meant change once again. I need a new room look! :) I’m still in the process now of spring cleaning and arranging. Making a new home post once it’s done, yey!
8. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer 9. Room by Emma Donoghue 10. Paper Towns by John Green 11. Extremely Loud and Incredible Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 12. Divergent by Veronica Roth 13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
With finals week behind me (sort of), I now have some catching up to do because some books are half read (11th). But of this batch, I would have to say I got a thrill out of Paper Towns and Divergent the most! I suggest you read them over the summer (and grab them while they’re on sale)! :D
With only a couple of days to go til Christmas and I’m almost halfway with my 25 days of gratitude. DAY 12 is for the ever-so-cute-and-bubbly Bea Marquez.
RANDOM THOUGHT: We both know someone and have a history with the name… We were both wearing maong polo shirts that day in Miguel walk and we both drank blue lemonade during the lasalle centennial celebration. Haha! Hmmm.
We were supposed to meet up in Singapore but then because of conflicts with schedule and my inability to communicate with you since I didn’t have a cellphone or internet, we weren’t able to :( But it was okay! Because after summer vacation came our first term as classmates!
YOU were practically my term buddy last term because you were my classmate in two out of the three subjects I had—CITIGOV and GENDERS.
And…I still remember our very first lunch together that term. We went to Persia Grill and that was actually a day of revelations. Haha! You know what I mean! ;)
I’m just really thankful how God found a way to bring us together. I think my life would be so incomplete if I hadn’t met you. I know we weren’t that close yet back then when I opened up to you about something but I’m really glad that you were one of the people that I was able to talk to. I really had no one else to talk to about it in a more “Christian perspective”—for lack of a better term. But something told me that I could run to you which I did. And I’m really happy that I did. You are one of the many many MANY friends that God has blessed me with as soon as I ran back to Him.
You probably don’t know how much I’ve learned about God through His work in your life. I know that we somehow experienced similar situations and I don’t know if you remember what I told you back then but because you opened up to me and because you showed me how forgiving our God is, that made me realize that I should stop with all my condemnation. In a way, you were able to show me that the past is over and God has already forgiven me and that He loves me. All I had to do was ask forgiveness, and lift it back up to God. You showed me how loving He actually is. So I really have to thank you Beam for that.
You are one of the most inspiring people that I know. Your love and dedication for God and His work is just amazing. And He has done and is still doing an amazing work in your life even until now. Your ability to inspire and influence others is incredible. I mean your smile and giggle alone is just so charming and it’s just so infectious that people can’t help but be happy whenever you’re around. The room lights up whenever you’re around so I’m not really surprised a lot of people want to be your friend and a lot of guys want to be with you. HAHA!!! Just kidding ;))
And! I’m really glad that you’re being a good role model to these people! You’re using the gifts God has given you in spreading His word. Not a lot of people can do that and are able to do that so I’m really proud and I’m really happy for you!
But despite all of that, despite your horde of tumblr fans and followers, you are able to keep your head on the ground and you still attribute all these things to God which I think most people overlook and most people don’t really know they should do. You still remain a humble girl who is just so in love with God. AND I’M JUST SO VERY PROUD OF YOOOOU :))
I’m really just so thankful that I got to know you better this term. My last term in DLSU is actually one of the best terms I’ve had in DLSU. I keep saying that because it’s so true. And I’m just really grateful to God that He has blessed me with such an amazing term and that He let me share it with you. Like I said, I only got to really know you this term but even if it was just for three months I still feel like our friendship is going to go on for so long. Like even if we all have our own jobs, our own families, and all that I still think that we are going to be real good friends!
I don’t think I can ever thank you enough for being such a good friend. I’m really really proud of everything that you have accomplished and I know you’re doing it all for God. So I’m even more proud of you! God’s work in your life is so amazing and I’m so very much happy for you. I’m really glad that you are able to live out your dream and you get to do the things that you love AND you get to use God’s gifts to you. I keep saying it because…yeah. It’s so true talaga Beam! :)
I pray that God actually continues to bless you even more because seeing as how you continue to be a blessing to others, I really do pray that He overflows your life with more blessings so you can continue doing just what you’re doing. It’s just so amazing to watch really what God is doing through you. I also pray that the fire you have for God just keeps on burning; that you continue to crave for His presence in your life.
He has been so good to both of us right? :)
And He just loves us more than any guy on earth could ever love us *cough cough* COME ON! Haha!
I’m really glad that we have become really good friends. My spiritual family is just the best and my sisters in faith are just the most awesome people I’ve ever met. And yeah. You’re part of it! I can never thank God enough for blessing me with all of you. Especially you! You have helped me become closer to God. I hope that we continue spurring each other to God in the many many many years to come.
Thank you so much for all your encouragement, for your testimony and for all your prayers, Beam. Thank you so much for helping me become closer to God and become more in love with Him. Thank you as well for letting me be a part of your life. And for continuing to be a good friend to me. It really does mean a lot. Please know that I’ll always be here for you and I’m always ready to support you and pray for you and eat with you and go shopping with you. Haha!
So there. I hope you feel how thankful to God I am for you! And I just want to say how…I MISS YOU SO MUUUUUUUUUCH :’( It feels like it’s been ages since we last talked like…really talk and hang out. But yeah. Eventually, I know we will do that. SOON. Haha!
Anyway, there. LOVE YOU BEAM! SEE YOU SOON :-*
I came across this again and I just realized how much I really miss you! I can’t believe you’re a graduate already (of both college and T4V!) and even a proud owner of calling cards. You encourage me, Ira! God is so amazing. I love you so so much. Can’t wait to spend summer with you darling! ♥
“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.”—Zooey Deschanel (via mirhappy)
At 10 in the morning, I woke up to the smell of pancakes wafting into my room and then knew I wouldn’t be going back to sleep. I haven’t been not used to breakfast as an actual meal anymore ever since I moved to the dorm (unless you count the occasional ten-minutes-before-class-shove-bowl-of-oatmeal-in-microwave-faster-im-late breakfast) so it was a treat being home early for the weekend!
Mom took out the heart-shaped cutter and we all took turns frying our own pancakes. And of course there was bacon. Bacon.
Yet another of those sudden lulls have come upon this blog! I remember I rarely posted anything this time last year too heehee. But I began 2012 with a desire to learn and travel again (without having to hop on a plane). And I’d find myself spending hours in bookstores and picking up a new book each week. I think I should turn it into a 52 project. :) The list so far:
1. Mockingjay by Susanne Collins 2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 3. Looking for Alaska by John Green 4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (#tears) 5. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby 6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
I flew to Singapore and began one of the greatest adventures in my life so far. And I want to believe it’s only the first of many. God is beyond awesome! His surprises never fail to amaze me! Thank you God for 2011! :)
Food, glorious, food! (A Marquez gathering would never be complete without shrimp!) The entire family came over for a triple celebration - from Lola’s 72nd birthday to Tita Tin and Tito Gary’s anniversary, and of course, Christmas! It was a night of singing, dougie dancing and eating. Mom sure knows how to prepare a feast!
My fave freshly baked bread rolls.
Butter in Christmas shapes!
Mom makes the best creamy leche flan.
I don’t know what started this. But we do it for the pictures every year. Haha. I love my family! ♥ Spending New Year’s Eve with them again later! :)
Ever since mom first tried out this recipe a few years ago, I’ve been hooked! (Especially because they have whole oreos at the bottom!) We usually make them during the holiday season, but now I think we should have them all year round. It’s so simple to whip up! Honestly, it’s just the waiting that’s most difficult for me because they need hours to cool in the fridge after they’ve been baked. Heehee. This is the batch we made last week for a Christmas party. Give it a try! :)
Recipe (from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes):
42 cream-filled sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, 30 left whole, and 12 coarsely chopped
2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
Pinch of salt
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.
2. With an electric mixer on medium high-speed, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gradually add sugar, and beat until combined. Beat in vanilla.
3. Drizzle in eggs, a bit at a time, beating to combine and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies by hand.
4. Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until filling is set, about 22 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to overnight). Remove from tins just before serving.
I had just finished reading Catching Fire when I realized that I unfortunately left Mockingjay back at the dorm. (Sweet Peeta will have to wait.) To compensate, I ran over to Fully Booked the other day and scored the last copy of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (plus a back issue of Vogue from Booksale).
This beautiful pink satchel from Nic!
Peach lip balm from Beauty Bar, a giveaway from Erika’s surprise dinner. It tastes like iced tea! But I think I like the design of its little tin tub even more.
I was playing around with the guitar the other night, when my fingers found its way to a catchy melody that inspired the idea of doughnuts(don’t ask), thus led me and Clarissa to start spilling out all the words that have been dangerously kept, but truthfully loud for a girl to admit to herself. We wrote this overlooking the view of beautiful Manila at Emman’s house.
The thought of you is clouding up my head. I don’t know when this will ever end When will you realize, how much pain you’ve cause inside?
Are you really dense as they say you are? When you are driving in your car, Does it ever cross your mind? How I’m doing, am I fine?
Chorus: I’m just looking for answers I just need some closure This is driving me insane I don’t know if you’ll ever feel the same..
I still remember all the things we did and all the stupid things I said I was so naive, nostalgia’s taking over me
Every time I show up you’re not there, you make me think that you don’t care. Always out of sight, but always on my mind.
2x I’m still willing to wait, so please don’t fade away Don’t fade away, don’t fade away, don’t fade away Just yet…
Please don’t fade away, until I know you feel the same way
Clara, this was so beautifully written, so beautifully composed, so beautifully sung. I can just keep listening to it on and on. More! :)
Us girls gathered again from all corners of Manila for a sleepover that last holiday, November 30. At midnight, I ordered my usual Mcdonald’s delivery to console myself for being too late to make a last order at BonChon that night. (I even ran. #tears) The next day, the girls also made me feel better by eating at Pancake House to satisfy my other constant craving - waffles (which only worsened after the one over at Starbucks didn’t make up for it. Heehee. Choosy.) Happy tummies!
I think we spent more time together in just these few months than the past couple of years. I’ll miss being complete again because it’s Erika’s turn to go to Singapore for the NUS exchange program next year. So excited for her! :)
Mmm.. Craving for pan chicken and a chocolate marble waffle again now.
Before my dear Nic left for her home in Cebu, she gave me this beautiful gift - inside and out! I was so hesitant to open it because the black & white damask wrapper, pink and green ribbons, and ‘b’ card were so perfect, so me, I didn’t want to ruin it. But when I brought myself to unwrap it (as neatly as possible), inside was the hot pink 13” satchel I’ve been eyeing! Love. Thanks bai! You know me too well! :* Gimingaw ko nimo!