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

25 Divided By 5

Im 25 and Fabulous!

Ahh yes!  Another year has turned for me.  Although celebrations are indispensable, I plan for my special day to be chillax with a few clinks of champagne to top the night.  I thank God for the degree of contentment I am feeling right now.  So definitely, hard party animal wont be an option this year.

25 is a biggie!  I'd like to recollect the memories that made the most of me.

@ 5 years old:
~ I was a handful.  Relentlessly hyperactive!  Thank God ADHD ( Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ) wasn't that much of a fad back in the 90's or I wouldve been tranquilized!  When mom said no, I look at her all curious with a poker face seemingly agreeable to the prohibition.  Yet I do it anyway.  Come to think of it, to this day Im still like that.  

@ 10 years old:
~ I was carefree.  I didn't care how many friends I got, about hygiene, about dressing properly, about brushing my hair and I certainly didnt care much for school.  Its a bit of a blur to me.  I only remember being a chubby kid with a handful of friends and some guy enemies.

@ 15 years old:
~ I was friendly.  I finally had gotten over identity crisis and had lots of people I call friends.  I know people and people I know know me!  This was the time me and crazy friends discovered ah-ah-ah alcohol!  For some odd reason, I was not prohibited to drink alcohol by my parents.  That's probably the reason why Im not drinking now.  I grew out of my curiosity even before I graduated from college.  Alcohol is overrated!  As for boys, lets just say I had a specimen for my experiments! hahaha

@ 20 years old:
~ I was hopeless romantic.  Walking with heart-shaped eyes!  Thank God I grew out of that too!  Its silly!  Remember this: No boy should have power over you.  By this age, I finished my bachelors and was off to conquer the world!

@ 25 years old:
~ I am fabulous!  I have a strong heart and big head.  I can take on any challenge.  I can claw myself out from a difficult situation and in red manicured nails too!  Security and contentment are the only two tools I need to get me through the next five years.   I have so much to be thankful for.  To ever supportive family and my cheering friends, I survived all 25 of my years because you all were there to make sure of it.  ^^
my first birthday.  I love my dress!

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Day 04: A Habit That You Wish You Didn't Have

Over Indulgence!!
Taken last year during my 24th.
What can I say?  I'm a passionate girl! ^^
I wasnt always this errr curvy.  I remember being thin and frail that my dad force feed me and my brother to make as look plump.  In the '90s, a plump kid meant healthy.  Well they got more than they bargained for!  I got so used to double servings you now see the result in that picture.  Oh well!  Im a glutton for food among ahem! other things! ^^

Globe's Blackberry Messaging/Social Plans

I just saw it in Globe Blackberry's fan page minutes ago!  They have answered my prayers for cheaper Blackberry services.  Right now I can do somersault in drunken happiness!  Im feeling like a brat who just got what she wants yeyerzz!

Since I got my first blackberry summer of 2009, I've always been fascinated by its functionality.  Understand this from a view point of someone who is most of the time behind technological advancements.  When the latest thing I knew of cellphones back then was 3G and video calls, I was gifted with the BB flip.  I had so many questions.

By the time Globe offered Blackberry prepaid plans I already knew what needed to be done and I was very much anticipating to be able to exhaust my BB's full capacity.  Addiction came naturally.  But *sigh the telco fees were too steep for a student like me.  Shelling out Php50 a day stings my meager allowance.  I couldnt fuel my dependence as much as I wanted to.  On my frequent broke stints, I thank God for wifi!  Now that I got a Curve, Ive lost the capacity to use most BB's apps while on wifi.  

So finally the god of the thrifty and kuripot answered my plea and injected some compassion into my telco provider.  

Globe is now offering Blackberry Messaging and Blackberry Social Plans to all its postpaid and prepaid subscribers at a very low subscription fee of Php300 for 30 days! AHHMAYZING!

Copied from their Facebook Note here's how it works:

1. What is BlackBerry Messaging (BB MSG)?
BB Messaging is the cheapest BlackBerry plan for Globe Postpaid and Prepaid subscribers. BB Messaging allows subscribers to enjoy unlimited push email, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and Instant Messaging for only P300 for 30 days. Unlimited push email can be enjoyed for Yahoo! Mail, GMAIL, MSN and any POP3/IPOP email account. For subscribers with corporate emails, you can register your office email if you have Outlook Web Access (OWA). Instant Messaging can be enjoyed only via the following applications: Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger and Google Talk. Mobile Browsing is NOT allowed while subscribed to BB Messaging. Should you want unlimited surfing + unlimited use of BlackBerry services, unsubscribe first to BB Messaging then register to Super Surf for BlackBerry or BlackBerry MAX.  

2. What is BlackBerry Social (BB Social)?
 BB Social is the cheapest BlackBerry plan for Globe Postpaid and Prepaid subscribers. BB Social allows subscribers to enjoy unlimited Social Networking, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and Instant Messaging for only P300 for 30 days. Social Networking can be enjoyed only via the following applications: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace. Instant Messaging can be enjoyed via the following applications: Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger and Google Talk. Mobile Browsing is NOT allowed while subscribed to BB Social. Should you want unlimited surfing + unlimited use of BlackBerry services, unsubscribe first to BB Social then register to Super Surf for BlackBerry or BlackBerry MAX. 

6. How do I avail of BB Messaging / Social?
To register to BB Messaging / Social, just text BB MSG ON or BB SOCIAL ON to8888.For Prepaid subscribers, P300 is decremented to their load. For Postpaid subscribers, the P300 is charged on top of their MSF.  

I am definitely getting the Blackberry Social plan!  So what are you rooting for?

The ViXeN's Muse

My official muse on lazy days for Php20.  ^^

That is my 12 year old little sister who packs a punch with that sinister glare.  I remember being 12, so carefree and so swooning over Leonardo DiCaprio! 

Our baby is becoming a lady way too soon!  We cant keep up with her changing likes.  Yesterday it was Dora the Explorer.  Now it's Japanese manga characters I know nothing of!  From rhymes and lullabies to roaring Paramore and J-Pop.  She's a self taught Photoshop enthusiast too!  Kids these days huh?  ;)

I was never her size ever! eheh
make up: dollface, mary kay lipstick in pink melon
P.E shirt, my old board shorts, DC shoes

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Day 03: A Picture of Me and My Friends

In each of my friends, I find qualities that mirror mine.  If I were reborn and be so wise I could choose the right people to befriend, I'd choose these girls 100 times over!  All of them are my BFFs!  

Love you bitches!


7 Days Older

Happy 25th Birthday to my doll eyed friend Sweet of Pens and Lens

Slow down on the Emo stuff!  I love you!!

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Day 2: The Meaning Behind Your Blogger Name

I love the mysteries behind a nom de plume.  It tickles me curious.  What can I say?  I'm a gossip-monger!  However my pseudonym isn't really that mysterious and its not even a secret.  

Vixen was a word I often come across when I used to extensively read historical romance novels.  *Gasp! Yes I read the likes of Johanna Lindsey, LaVyrle Spencer, Jude Deveraux, Nora Roberts ahh its a long list!  I blame those books for feeding my delusional notion of romantic love! Pardon my rant ehheeh!  

Compared to the word bitch I think vixen has a lot more class to it don't you think?  

Now for the prefix Damn, its because if you believe me too much, I can be the cause of your damnation! hahaha

Looking forward to do Day 03!
photo edit credits to Sweet of Pens and Lens

And The Winners Are:

Thank you to everyone who joined my giveaway!  So now here are the winners!

Ultimate Winner:  Pia Gabuya

Best Comment:  Emiliana Sison

Earings Winner: Gizelle of Vanilla Ice Cream" and Marie Roque

Elephant Bling Winner:  Fatwreck Iway Bitoy

It warms my heart to know that I have a place in this world!

I can smell Christmas in the air!  Greeting you all in advance!

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Day 01 - A recent picture of me and 15 interesting facts about me

In a few moons, I will be turning 25.  I feel like by the time the clock strikes 12 midnight on November 30, I will be compelled to say goodbye to adolescence.  I have sustained my teenage lifestyle far beyond the acceptable threshold, therefore its about time I turn the page.  I owe it to myself to grow up.  So I am taking this 30 day self revealing challenge just to put down in black and white what makes me, me! This is going to be a nostalgic venture, maybe even therapeutic.  

  1. I am super friendly although I may appear antagonistic.
  2. I am very curious about World War II and Adolf Hitler
  3. I have a fascination for anything novel
  4. I can not resist books, chocolates and ice cream
  5. I feel I have this other person in me that I have to defeat
  6. I question the existence of God but always find myself serene and uplifted after praying
  7. I believe that people should be able to decide for themselves
  8. I listen and reflect on what an important person has said
  9. I can identify a lustful stare at any angle
  10. I find shallow people irritating
  11. I secretly want to shake hard a pessimistic person
  12. I am full of self doubt but wearing red lipstick makes me feel good about myself
  13. I am content with my family's love
  14. I spit venomous words when I'm furious
  15. I believe in the power of dreams

15 facts about me in a not so interesting order. :)

The Beautiful Sunrise

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  ~Author Unknown

When you wake up in a room full of books it is like opening your eyes to a buffet of adventures, of places to explore and of lives to peer into.  When I open a book that has been read before perhaps by a stranger , I dwell on the idea that the book I am holding bears at least one more story in addition to the one written on its pages.  I get curious on how the book might have affected its previous reader and what does the it hold for me.  

My fondness for pre-loved books lures me towards thrift bookstores.  The old smell and the yellowed dog eared pages fascinates me so much that I feel a momentary serenity when I enter any house of books.
The pull of La Belle Aurore was too strong to ignore.  After months of knowing this enticing nook exists, me and my bookworm friends finally just stormed in and literally raided the place!  It was like Disneyland, we wanted EVERYTHING!  I found so many titles there that tickles my fancy and I could only wish I had the resources to put them all in my plastic bag!  
It was so hard choosing the books to bring home!
I don't know if there are other thrift bookstores as homey and cozy as La Belle Aurore here in Cebu City.  Unfortunately, Booksale, to me, lacks the ambiance of a personalized bookshop although they serve their purpose of offering second hand books.  
I love the vintage feel and Audrey Hepburn's presence here!
It's the eccentricities of bookshops like La Belle Aurore that set the tone for a reading that seeps deep into the soul.

Waking up to a room full of books is like a beautiful sunrise that inspires us to bask in the endless possibilities of life while it unfolds upon us every waking day!

Vintage Cristine Reyes

Preview's November cover girl, Cristine Reyes, in 50s-inspired Louis Vuitton ensembles!

Makes me wanna go back in time just for the glamor of it!  

Check  Luis Vuitton's Fall 2010 Collection here are my faves!

Shopbop and Marc Jacobs is ♥ ♥ ♥ Confessions of a Drama Queen

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Villainous Mentor

This is my attempt at looking like a feisty terror teacher.  It's also my entry to Pens and Lens' Fashion Stylist photo contest where I am hoping to win a full Forever21 outfit ensemble courtesy of Sweet.

I've worn this several times in school minus the awfully painful wedges and necklace.  I came up with this look because I wanted to depict Sweet's serious teacher side.  I was inspired by a recent photo of her raising a stick to scare a naughty school boy lol!
Miss Minchin of The Little Princess