I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. ~ W.E. Henley

Everybody Just Wanna Fall In Love

The royal couple and this royal wedding is testament to how the times have indeed changed.  William and Kate is the perfect affirmation to the fact that people do marry for love and that love need not be a whirlwind romance for it to be worth swooning about.  Oh what many would give to have a love like theirs!

At least mainstream entertainment has momentarily distracted me from too many Romeo and Juliet tragedies and masochist sexual repressions of Edward and Bella.

But please Cupid stay away from me just yet, I have a life to live.  Love isnt exactly in my scheme of things.  Do have that "the one" guy on stand by though! ^^

Ive got plans you know!  Like finish law school and get an "Atty." prefix on my name.
college grad 2006
Or be Miss Germany!  Whatevs!  Walang basagan ng trip!

Metric's Sick Muse
My current anthem for the anti-thesis of love!

P.S.  Trivia officialroyalwedding2011.org published the royal wedding play list with the very regal "I was Glad".
Invite photo from E! News.

Holy Week Packing Checklist

Camiguin trip 2008
As with every Holy Week that comes, the whole family would be traveling a 3 hour drive to our home town Malabuyoc, Cebu this Holy Wednesday.  Religious obligations are great chances to reconnect with your blood lines, strengthen your family's bond, and rekindle relationships that had gone cold.  

Here's a packing checklist for your Holy Week getaway. 
P.S.  include vitamins and medicines!
Enjoy these few days meant for reflection and my we all celebrate Easter with light hearts!

Meet Me on a Monday 03

It's Monday again and I didnt even notice!  My weekends are always jam-packed with my cousins literally crowding my bedroom space.  My room is probably just a little over 3x4 meters, it amazes me how 6 vavavoom girls can fit in.  It's all crazy in good fun way.  If we're not having mixed cocktails we are definitely ordering in food by midnight.  We are a very tight like that.

Anyhoo, here's another set of Monday questions to throw in!

1.  Caesar Salad or Garden Salad?

martha's caesar salad
- If Caesar Salad is the one with croutons and cheese then that's the one I like.  Im really bad at getting to know food names.  Im the type who wolf everything down then ask questions later for small talk.  I thank heavens I dont have a serious food allergy or my gluttonousness would surely prove to be catastrophic!

2.  Will you be watching the Royal Wedding on April 29th?

Stamp News
-  Not really a fan of Monarchs.  I might though, just to admire the extravagance and the parade of exquisite wardrobes.  Just to gawk, thats all.

3.  Last thing you spent lots of money on?
Had my hair done at Franzy Ayala Cebu

-  Since I havent been employed for the past 3 years (FYI: Im a law student - Its not an excuse I know!), the "you" here would mean my parents.  The last time they spent lots of money on me was just a few days ago to pay for my new hair color! hahahaha!  Im not married, Im 25 and yes Im a brat!

4.  Window seat or aisle seat?

- Window seat!  I hate it when Im disturbed or distracted by airplane people who walks to and fro the narrow airplan aisle.  Trust me you dont want to be on the receiving end of my genuinely annoyed stares.  Besides, the view from the sky is just too magnificent to pass up.

5.  Do you know your blood type?

- O+.  You should know your blood type, believe me it's going to save your life!

Vixen's Reads: Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King


A very composed man wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and how patiently and brilliantly he made his escape.
  •  Interesting characters
  •  Prison realities
  •  Subjective Justice
  •  Post World War II setting
  •  Short Story

Points I have pondered on:

What is Justice?
Justice is blind to the truth and to the lies.  Im in law school long enough to know that the truth is bendable.  Im in this country long enough to know that the truth is worthless.  Im in this world long enough to know that the truth when told boldly can shatter dreams.  Telling the truth and keeping the truth are both equally selfish acts.  Getting Justice on your side is a hefty and dangerous pursuit.  Might as well pray on getting lucky.

We make our own prisons.
In life, it is either we are restrained by others or we are wound in the very shackles we forged for ourselves.  Freedom does not equal to a free spirit.  Sometimes I envy the insane, their reality is so altered they do not have to worry about what can and can not be done.

Is freedom worth the fight?
Yes it always is!  I pray that I may always have the strength to endure a life long battle of breaking free from imagined restraints.  It would be sad to have lived a life of holding back.  

The fine line between principle and ego.
These two feel just the same.  The former is a virtue the other a vice but when you take time to drink it in, the likeness is astonishing!

At the end of the day, it is you who shall evaluate your own life.  
Was it a life of freedom or was it in chains?

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What's Your Choice of Poison?

Boracay Rhum by Tanduay
Where I grow up, alcoholics are normal everyday people.  Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears or Amy Winehouse are not even at par with the likes of what we Filipinos declare as wasted drunkards.  It is no shocking matter to start drinking and liking alcohol at 14.  Heck!  I for one, was served spiked punches when I was 12.  
My brother drinks anything!
And just to rub it in some more, even 5 year olds can be sent to the nearest "sari-sari" store to buy for his dad his choice of poison, be it gin-bulag, kwatro kantos, marka demonyo, rhum or just the simple staple pale pilsen.  What can I say?  We're the happiest bunch!
I don't drink that much anymore though.  No more drinking to a point of passing out or throwing up. I've mellowed down to actually having a preference for sweet drinks, be it cocktails or flavored spirits and a lack of appreciation for anything beer or bitter.  I blame this on hangovers, which I never got when I was a teenager, odd really. 

I love Gilbey's Premium Strength, Tanduay Ice and Martini Asti.  I especially enjoy conjuring drinks like boracay, mojitos or just plain gin and juice or rhum coke.  You can't really pass out from these not unless you intend to.  

Sometimes mixing drinks become time consuming when you just want to chill and get the party started already, I'm glad Tanduay has created a new line of rhum that quite appealing to me and my crowd the least.  If I'm not mistaken this is their first flavored rhum.  I want to try it as soon as it hits Cebu City!  I wonder if its like Kahlua or Bailey's?  I have to personally find out, lucky for me I have lots of idle time.  

This is my kind of poison.  A book in hand and a beach as the view while I recline with a cold drink on the side seems pretty much the perfect activity this fine summer.  Oh, do not open The Bar you'll regret it!

Happy summer chillin!

Meet Me on a Monday 02

It's Monday again!  Here's another round of get to know me questions.  

1.  Who would be your dream celebrity date?

Pretty much self explanatory but just to oblige, I want to pick his brain.  I'm smitten by and curious for the ruggedly handsome lot.

2.  Do you have any food restrictions?

No food restriction.  However, judging from that recent shot, I ought to ban food altogether!

3.  How much time do you take to get ready in the morning?

Pardon the uneven foundation application.
Im not really a morning person eversince I did a call center stint.  But when I do go out for something of the ordinary like school or the mall, an hour usually is enough for me.  30 minute bath and another 30 minutes for vanity.  

4.  Sausage or bacon?

I prefer sausages.  Bacon is too oily.

5.  Do you Google, Bing or Yahoo?

GOOGLE saves lives!  I use it for everything.

Summer Kick Start: Dakong Bato Dalaguete

Let me tell you a discovery I happen to come across while looking for resorts near Simala.  Since there were no information about beach resorts in Sibonga.  I stretched my google muscles, sifted through Argao and found non that fits my liking, and finally zeroed in on Dakong Bato in Dalaguete.  We just wanted a good place to spend the night and swim in whatever, immediately following our Simala pilgrimage.  

All twelve of us could not possibly fit a Toyota Avanza.  So we let our bags sit on the rear end of the car and we the big 5, rode the public transportation to Simala.  When we got to the resort, we were all just giddy with awe on how clean and beautifully intriguing the place was!  Imagine a resort built on a cliff of huge boulders hence the name "Dakong Bato" or Big Rock.
photo from Dakong Bato fan page
We checked in on a big room with three beds and a balcony with a gorgeous view of the sea.  We ate our dinner, did some silly photo shoot with our swimsuits on and then eagerly went night swimming in the sea.  We loved how they cordoned the shallow part of the sea with concrete.  It felt safe to swim and no threat of sharp stones or sea urchins too!

And then there were their pools.  One was an infinity pool located on the right and the other pool was the one that had the slide.  

Do add me on Facebook if you want to see more of our silly photos, I warn you that we are a bunch of frustrated models, actors and actresses!  I'd love for you to check out my first contribution to InstyleCebu.  I gave some plus size summer tips!

We super love Dakong Bato and hope to come back and explore their facilities and drink in all the majestic view.  Mama Mary definitely wanted us to enjoy and have clean fun after we visited her.

For reservations, resort rates and general inquiries visit their main site at www.dakongbato.com or their Facebook fan page.

Summer Kick Start: Simala

School finally got to a close and everyone of us was just itching to shake off the piled up stress.  The gang decided to pay Mama Mary a visit.  It was my third time to do this pilgrimage to Simala and with each visit I always find new captivating architectural improvements.  Like that newly constructed left wing of the monastery.  If I remember my Humanities class right, the structural design seems baroque.

Cebuanos frequent Mama Mary's Shrine in Simala because of the serenity and enchanting appeal of this miraculous place.  Sibonga is just less than two hours away from the main city.  People flock the monastery all year round.  The first time I was here I felt the strong urge to want to come back.  It's as if Mama Mary beckons me.  I hope to visit at least once a year you know to keep my horns at bay hehehe!

If you do plan to go there in Simala, do dress appropriately as the place house monks and nuns that pledge purity.  Bring a pen and paper too so that you can write down your petitions and prayers.  Writing will help release the bottled up anguish you have inside.  Then you can drop your letter on the provided slots.  

I always come here with family and some friends, exactly the same people I pray for all the time, and I just feel so blessed and thankful to have them around.

FFP 24 Hour Read-a-thon!

I have officially jumped into the only marathon that puts my feet to rest.  This is my way of appreciating literature and at the same time influence budding readers out there to continue thirsting after the written words of art.  Reading takes me up to a pinnacle of emotions in a span of a few hours.  And every single time, its a ride that drenches me all over with sensations the non readers could only feel in the course of slow dragging time.  

Reading is my brand of heroine.  I am going for a high dosage tonight.  When my eyes could no longer read a word, only then will I have OD'ed.
My reading list for the read-a-thon in no order.
I am also inviting you to join this event hosted by Flips Flipping Pages, a community of Filipino book lovers.  Learn about the mechanics here and sign up here to really feel being part of the occasion.  

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow