The Sunday Currently, v25

FEELING
A bit of regret over eating that bowl of rice for dinner. Mom cooked shrimp and it was too good. A bit tired too because I was semi-working all weekend. I am also very very sleepy and will probably doze off as soon as this entry is published.

READING
No book atm because I’m so bad at reading books nowadays. I promise I’m going to catch up!

WATCHING
Descendants of the Sun and it’s seriously stressing me out. I think gone are the days when I could stomach deep Song Joong Ki (e.g. The Innocent Man/Nice Guy) dramas. It’s seriously stressing me out even though I’m just on episode 5. I might consider switching to a lighter one and people have been recommending Weightlifting Fairy.

WEARING
The same black dress I wore this morning to work. Yes, I worked this weekend!

HOPING
For this week to be a strong, productive, kick-ass week in terms of work. And that I don’t spend anymore.

LISTENING

LOVING
That I can easily fall asleep at night now because my job is pretty mentally demanding on most days. Save for my recent PMS, I have not had a bout of insomniac tendencies.

THINKING
About how I miss Mark. I think about him every day and everything still hasn’t fully sunk in. When will it?

Random Questions Vol. 1

I slept all day today (Wednesday, technically) because yay for holidays and I badly needed it. I was in Boracay with some friends for an extended weekend and somehow I haven’t recovered from it. It’s midnight now and tonight’s pre-bedtime reads included Racked. Came across this article where they asked Rashida Jones questions and I decided to do my own, following the same-ish format.

Favorite store in Cebu:
A bit challenging because the stores I like in Cebu are all chains–I’ve yet to find something I like that’s completely local. I’ll say Rustans because I’m basic like that.

What’s on heavy rotation in your closet:
These black dresses that I own, I have about 4 or 5 that I can wear just about anywhere or to any occasion. Mango and Pull & Bear makes really versatile ones.

Favorite drugstore beauty buy:
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and Maybelline Define-A-Brow pencil. Both not available in the Philippines, sadly.

Favorite investment beauty product:
My NARS Audacious Lipstick and LORAC Pro 2 palette. I would say my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder but I got that as a gift (that repurchase will soon be, though).

Top two comfort foods:
Indomie Goreng and Pork Sinigang.

Your karaoke vibe:
2000s hip-hop and Top 40.

Hulu or Netflix:
Netflix, because no Hulu here. Still, Netflix has better selection anyway.

What you’re currently binge-watching:
The last show I binge-watched was Kimmy Schmidt. I think I’m about to jump into a K-drama soon. Help.

Last book you read:
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, just so I could watch the movie. Not a big fan of both (prefer Moyes’ other books).

Favorite Cebu restaurant right now:
Planet Grapes in Ayala. Burger Joint in The Gallery (mostly coz I’m craving a burger at this very moment).

Best item on the menu:
Planet Grapes – everything on the menu is great, that’s precisely why it’s my choice of restaurant. Cebu has a lot of good food, but it’s only Planet Grapes where I can say I like probably everything on the menu.

The Sunday Currently, v19

This is going up quite early because I’m home on a Saturday x Sunday night! I’ve quite a lot going on for July so it’s a homebody weekend. The photo above correctly depicts my current position right now, lying on my stomach in bed in the dark, typing away on my MacBook.

WANTING
A new dog. It’s been exactly 4 years since Sushi died and she will forever be missed. Recently I’ve been getting that lingering feeling of having a pet and I think it’s time and that I am ready. I’m just looking for places where I can adopt or buy—whichever comes first. Owning a dog is a huge responsibility and should be taken seriously so I’m not going to rush into it because it’s something that requires a lot of decision making and extreme thought. Also when we bought Sushi, she chose us and not the other way around, so unless I get the same vibes from our soon-to-be dog then I won’t haphazardly make any rash decisions.

LISTENING
All of GOT7’s hits from beginning to end. I’ve been so out of touch with all of K-pop in the past few years but I try to keep up with my (very few) favorites, and GOT7 is one of them.

WATCHING
I probably spent the whole day yesterday watching Edward Avila‘s videos on YouTube. I’ve been going back to watching a lot of 8 to 10 step Korean skin routine videos in hopes of getting inspiration in improving my own skincare routine. So far it’s not happening (yet) as I am still lazy as fuck. Of course, one video led to another and I suddenly I drowned myself in most of his videos. Sometimes I feel like male makeup vloggers tend to go overboard with their makeup and I’m not bout that life, not even with female vloggers, and Ed’s videos were just what I need from a male perspective. Straightforward, focusing on the base and brows which is exactly like me in my day to day life.

FEELING
Not sure. I’m definitely feeling broke, to be honest. My phone bill arrived last week and I have to pay more than double my monthly bill so that sucks. Blame roaming and being in two countries in a span of half a month. Oh well, that’s the price to pay! Other than that my abs are feeling pretty sore because last week has been all about the cores and planks.

LOVING
My Wet n Wild Vegan Brushes! They are pink and absolutely gorgeous, inexpensive and super great to use. WNW just restocked them on the website after being sold out for over half a year. Grab them if you can, they are definitely worth it and MORE. I have most of the face brushes: Contour, Flat Top, Large Stipple, Blush, and Powder Brush.

NEEDING
To shampoo my hair already. Saturday night at home made me do weird things like using up all of the hair products I own into my hair, including samples of past beauty boxes related to hair that I don’t use anymore and need throwing out. I have a mix of weird gunk from salt spray, hair masque, volumizing oil, pre-shampoo conditioner all mixed and I won’t be washing my hair until I wake up later in the day. I guess I’ll just have to sleep this off!

READING
I just finished reading Me Before You in hopes of catching the movie before it disappears but honestly it didn’t move me much. It kind of shocked me because I am the most emotional person but I didn’t even shed a single tear while reading the book. I prefer Jojo Moyes’ 2014 book One Plus One—oh I cried buckets while reading that one.

HOPING
For a smooth week ahead! Mom leaves for Jakarta for a month, I have a lot of errands to do because it’s the start of the month and I want to close things out as much as possible, and I’m going to Boracay next weekend! Definitely looking forward to that as it will be my first time.

Friday’s 10 Happy Things, v6

    1. Manila business trip. From Monday to Wednesday I was in Manila to meet with my colleagues and bosses! It was such a great experience. I will start to work remote full-time soon but I love that my new job allows me to travel to either Singapore or Manila once in a while to be in an office with my colleages and the last few days were just that. The Singapore team also flew down to Manila so it was definitely a reunion of sorts.
    2. Staying and working in BGC. I have always avoided going to Manila my whole life (sorry, guys) because I know how hectic it can get. I lived in Jakarta long enough to know what crazy city life is like. I love how BGC is like an insight to how Manila could have been. As superficial as I can get, for me, Manila = BGC.
    3. Crazy Rich Asians delivery. Being a Fullybooked member they called me and asked if I wanted a signed copy of Kevin Kwan’s book while he did his signing in Manila and they would ship it to me in Cebu. Of course I said yes! I’ve been wanting to read his books for a while now and this was finally a good opportunity for me to buy the book and have it signed by the author himself.

    4. New friends. Entering a new job also means new acquaintances that turn into friends. So glad we had quite a few similar interests that made our “getting to know each other” phase totally natural.
    5. Pharrell x Todd James Supershell. I bought this when I was in Manila and couldn’t be happier! I didn’t manage to get the Supercolors last April in Singapore because no stores had my size (boo-hoo) but I’m glad Manila had them. Haaaaappy. Been wanting to cop these for ages now. It still surprises me sometimes that I still have the yearning for “kicks” even at this age.
    6. The Six Pack reunion. My Manila trip once again had me reunited with 2 of my best girlfriends from The Six Pack. Nothing beats a night (or two!) with your original homegirls.
    7. New lippies! I know, I have splurged in more lipsticks than I what I actually need the past few weeks. Namely: MAC Del Rio, MAC Captive, NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Bansar, Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Berlin. I should probably stop and not buy any new lipstick until next year or something (who am I kidding?).
    8. Wildflour. I ate there twice, once for dinner and the next for breakfast because I heard they had different menus. Aaaahh so good. I think I liked their breakfast menu best because my boss ordered so much food and I got to try most of them. YUMMEH.
    9. Well wishes and genuine compliments. Because of what I went through the past month or two, especially due to my health and being in and out of the hospital, I received a lot of well wishes from friends and compliments that I didn’t look like I went through hell (hah!) and bounced back looking pretty good.
    10. High Society. This is a bit late because I finished this K-drama last week but I still can’t get over it until now. I usually watch a few K-dramas a year (it used to be 3-4 when I had all the time but now I probably can only do one a year, two at most). Anyway, I was so engrossed with High Society that I finished it within 36 hours. It had pretty much all the things I liked in a drama: beautiful leads, rich families, unrequited love, smart banters, strong female characters and overall an enjoyable story that made me stick to it.
Ditz Revolution

The Sunday Currently, v12

FEELING
A little bit better, hopefully? It’s Day 9 of post-op recovery from tonsillectomy and while the previous days have been absolutely torture, I can actually see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. If you follow my twitter then you would have probably seen my tweets of the same kind below. The past week has been crazy. Tonsillectomy recovery in adults is not for the faint-hearted. I am glad I got to have a little bit of outside R&R this weekend because my family decided to book rooms at a beach resort nearby. After being cooped up in my room for a good 5 days crying in pain, I think I needed a different atmosphere.

Other than that, today I found something that had the potential to break me and put me at my lowest. If this were me a month ago, I would have probably flipped and allowed myself to reach rock bottom. Somehow today is a different day and after a good cry to one of my best guy friends, I decided to pull myself up and see things a little bit clearer.

HOPING
That whatever today’s decision was for myself, I will stick with it and let myself follow through. Just a little push day by day and I should be good, yes?

READING

Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I am happy to report that my reading streak each week has not been broken, yay! This book isn’t in my comfort zone so it’s taking me quite a while to finish it. Usually when that happens I tend to stop in the middle and try to move on to another book, but the characters really draw me in, and the journey of how relationships are formed and maintained are so complex, yet so close to the heart at the same time. It would be such a waste to stop reading it.

Also, I found this “quote” on Facebook from a friend’s profile that struck me like thunder, so I’d like to share it here:

“Not all toxic people are cruel and uncaring. Some of them love us dearly. Most of them have good intentions. Most are toxic to our being simply because their needs and way of existing in the world force us to compromise ourselves and our happiness. They aren’t inherently bad people, but they aren’t the right people for us. And as hard as it is, we have to let them go. As much as you care, you can’t destroy yourself for the sake of someone else. You have to make your well-being a priority. Whether that means breaking up with someone, loving a family member from a distance, letting go of a friend, or removing yourself from a situation that feels painful—you have every right to leave and create a safer space for yourself.”

LISTENING
To my thoughts and trying to counter them when I deviate away from what I’m supposed to be thinking about. This should be a good start!

WATCHING

After about more than a year, I am finally opening myself up to Korean watchables again! I suddenly had the urge and selected I Order You (당신을 주문합니다) on Viki out of pure randomness. Honestly, I don’t know what made me choose it considering Yunho is the main lead and has been known to not be the best at acting (I love you bb, and you can sing, dance, AND perform but acting.. hmm) but the FOOD PORN in this series is glorious. The leading man is a chef and the series is centered around a lot of pretty food so I think that’s what made me initially stay. Once you get through the first 2 episodes the storyline starts to get pretty interesting that I’m actually looking forward to continuing it now.

LOVING

The Archie reboot! I can’t wait for Issue #2 and getting the comics in my hands. As a kid I was such a follower of the Archie series (I mean, who wasn’t?) and seeing as how this reboot looks great, with a substantial story to follow makes me really look forward to the rest of the series.

WISHING
THAT I WILL BE FULLY RECOVERED WITHIN THIS WEEK! I cannot wait until I finally conquer this tonsillectomy recovery process! This month has been CRAZY! I wish all the craziness in my heart, mind, throat and body would take a backseat for a while so I can focus on the good in my life, and ultimately stop dwelling on the things that hurt.