Made in the Philippines! :D

First of all, can I just say HELLO?! Not just to you, but to my blog itself! 😛 I know I’m not as active in the blogging world as compared to last year and the year before that… but here I am again! I already owe my blog seven entries (if I were to follow my “personal” blogging rule), so let this be one down and six more to gooo!

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to write about two brands — Snoe and Suelas — I’m patronizing for quite some time now. And then I watched Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? in the cinemas that I decided to include local movies on my list. Why? I know that they’re all not making sense as of now but if there’s one thing they all have in common, it’s that they’re all PROUDLY PHILIPPINE-MADE! 😀

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local movies

As mentioned earlier, I just recently watched Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? and boy, was I glad I did! It wasn’t just the laughtrip galore that I loved, it was also the locations they used — which are very dear to me. 😉

Let’s start with the first restaurant where Sandy (played by Kim Chiu) met up with his boyfriend Gardo (played by Kean Cipriano). That restaurant is named Lola Cafe + Bar. Just a piece of trivia, that exact same place was also where I spent most of my childhood Christmases, summers, and whatnot — only then, that whole restaurant used to be my late grandparents’ house in Quezon City. It was then decided that the place would be open for rent so it’s a looong story why it is what it is now but yeah, you can say that it’s a house-turned-restaurant. I just can’t believe that the place where me and my cousins used to play hide-and-seek is now a movie setting. Honestly, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Like I said, it’s a looong story. Haha.

On the other hand, another place that was featured was Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. I’ve been a Nuvali “native” during the weekends for more than a year already, and Nuvali has been a frequent hangout for me and my family. It was just so funny that the two places were shown one after the other, considering that the former is in the North and the latter is in the South! Talk about an evening taxi road trip for Kim Chiu‘s character!

Anyway, this won’t be a review per se but I just want to say that the movie succeeded in what it was supposed to do: ENTERTAIN. And my point is that whether it’s mainstream or indie, I enjoy watching local films that I actually find it sad when people say that they’re just “a waste of money.” Okay, sure. There may be some titles that are only worth-watching on DVD or your local cable channel, but at least don’t overgeneralize. Just because one wasn’t made in Hollywood, doesn’t necessarily mean that it should be valued any less. Movies are made to entertain and inspire. To some extent, it’s a form of escapism. If the one you watched failed to give you at least one of those things, then sorry. But that doesn’t mean that you should write off local films completely. Ba’t mo sasabihing “corny” kung mag-eenjoy ka naman? Ang pagiging corny ng isang bagay ay nakapende sa tao. If a movie made an impact on you in any way, that’s not corny. Trust me, there’s a number of foreign films I’ve watched that I’d completely trade for a few kilig seconds of Xian Lim Ramon Bautista on the silver screen! Hahaha!

Just give local movies a try. And NO TO PIRACY. That’s all.

Suelas

Moving on, my love for Suelas first appeared on my blog more than two years ago. That was the time I had my first pair and from then on, I just can’t get enough of it! Of course I had to “overuse” my first pair before I decided to buy a replacement. But after my second purchase, I’ve always been a loyal follower of the brand’s official website and Facebook page — always on the lookout for new styles that’ll tickle my fancy. You see, there are a few reasons why I love this brand so much: it has my size (I’m a size 10!), it’s stylish but also very comfortable (it’s foldable, too), it’s a Cebu-based business that now has several branches in the metro, and most of all, it’s “promoted” by one of my personal idols, Patty Laurel-Filart. Hihihi. Fangirl mode din ‘pag may time! 😛

my Suelas pairs… and still counting.

Suelas’ Celebracion collection, created in collaboration with Patty Laurel-Filart, is perfect whether you’re wedding- or work-bound. 🙂

And oh, before I forget! The Suelas team has always been very accommodating. I prefer ordering my pairs online and whenever I have a transaction with them, it’s always smooth sailing. In fact, I recently had “an unfortunate event” with one of my pairs and when I reported it to them, they didn’t think twice about repairing it — FOR FREE! So yeah, consider me one very satisfied customer. Can’t wait for my next pairsss! Mwahahahahaha! 😀

Snoe

Last but not the least is a local beauty brand I just discovered a few months ago, which I now totally swear by its effectiveness and quality! ♥ And because of my support for the brand, one of my posts even got featured on their official Facebook page:

So, what’s your beauty pick of the week? 😉

From bath essentials to cosmetics to skin care, there’s something for every Filipina at Snoe (pronounced as “snowy”). Aside from the fact that their vintage-like packaging is very eye-catching, their products truly deliver.

My Snoe purchases in the last four months? Hahaha!

I’ve already tried some of their products (and I’m not finished yet!), but my top three purchases are the Hair Heroes Drunken Master shampoo, Rouge Deluxe lipstick in Chili Pepper, and Body Ritual Recipes fragrance in French Macaroons.

(photos courtesy of Snoe Beauty Inc.)

What I like about the shampoo is that it uses unusual ingredients (beer hops, anyone?), yet it doesn’t have a strong smell. I actually consider it as the best clarifying shampoo I’ve ever tried in my life. No exaggeration! After every wash, it just really makes my hair feel soft, light, and clean. If you have colored hair, this shampoo will just make your crowning glory all the more vibrant.

For the lipstick, I’m thankful that I discovered it at a time when I was in the hunt for that. perfect. red. shade! I like the fact that it complements my skin tone and it doesn’t dry my lips. Best of all, the color doesn’t come off easily — which is a good thing because I don’t have to reapply every now and then.

And the fragrance? Who can resist French macarons?! The scent is truly unique, sweet but not in the annoying way that you’d actually think of it as a dessert.

I’ve to admit though, Snoe‘s products are a bit pricey for a local brand (the shampoo alone already costs almost P600) but I think it wouldn’t hurt to try them once in a while. If you can spend on international brands, I’m pretty sure you can afford to support our homegrown products too. In fact, it’s the goal of Snoe to be internationally-recognized in the beauty industry, just like the Korean beauty brands we see popping just about anywhere we go these days. Besides, they say that “you get what you pay for.” Well with Snoe, I say you get what you pay for… and more! At least I did. 🙂

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Sooo. If there’s a theme for this post, that’d be PATRIOTIC. Or maybe it was shopping? Haha! Kidding aside, I felt strongly obliged to write about these local brands simply because I want others to know that things made in the country can also be high in quality. Nowadays, being patriotic doesn’t necessarily equate to wearing our baro’t saya and answering in Filipino when you’re asked in English. Of course it still pays to be respectful to our national language and traditions, but you can now show your love for the country in different and simple ways (i.e., support local brands, yes? HA HA HA).

Anyway, that’s all I can give you for now. Just always be proud of being a Filipino and make the Philippines proud anywhere you go. That — that’s patriotic enough for me. 😉

P.S: I have another featured traveler at the end of the month, so I hope you’ll visit my not-so-abandoned blog anymore again by then! Mabuhay! Wahahahaha!

WHAT and IF

If you’re a fellow lady and you’ve watched the movie Letters to Juliet, then you’ll understand why that’s my favorite movie (even Titanic takes only second place!).  I also bought and read (of course!) the non-fiction book it’s based on:

“Letters to Juliet: Celebrating Shakespeare’s Greatest Heroine,
the Magical City of Verona, and the Power of Love”
by Lise and Ceil Friedman

Because of this book, I found out that Shakespeare wasn’t the original writer of “Romeo and Juliet.” He simply had his own version… Or not?

Anyway, I swear that it’s ALWAYS my go-to movie whenever I want to feel “in love” at any given time (mostly during weekends), and it doesn’t hurt that it’s set in Italy and stars an Australian actor with a British accent!  HA HA HA

The movie was released in 2010…  so you can say that for the past two years, THIS memorable line has never failed to put a smile on my face and a frown in my heart both at the same time:

“…’What’ and ‘if’ are two words as non-threatening as words can be.  But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if?  What if??  WHAT IF???  I don’t know how your story ended but if what you felt then was true love, then it’s never too late.  If it was true then, why wouldn’t it be true now?  You need only the courage to follow your heart.  I don’t know what a love like Juliet‘s feels like: love to leave loved ones for, love to cross oceans for, but I’d like to believe if I ever were to feel it, that I’d have the courage to seize it.  And Claire, if you didn’t, I hope one day that you will…”

Beautiful words, aren’t they?  Well lately, the words “what” and “if” have been occupying my mind too.  And today, it truly hit me when I saw these words in the book I’m currently reading (how timely!):

“…I realized the Fates really were cruel…  For the rest of my life I would be thinking about her.  She would always be my biggest what if.”

Except that when it comes to my own story, replace “her” and “she” with “him” and “he.” 😛

But the thing with “what” and “if” is they don’t only apply to love.  They are present in most aspects of our lives.  Or in my life.

What if I said “yes” to that guy from my high school?  What if I realized earlier my love for writing and took up journalism instead?  What if I applied to Ateneo, too?  What if I didn’t become friends with him?  What if I acted differently toward him?  What if I chose the other company instead of my now-former company?  What if I answered this and that during my interview?  What if I didn’t do this?  What if I didn’t say that?

Ugh.  Don’t you just hate THAT feeling?  Of asking yourself questions that start with “what” and “if”? @_@  According to my friend Mr. Longman, “what-if” is a countable noun that is defined as “something that could happen in the future or could have happened in the past.”

Unfortunately for us, most of our what-ifs are the latter.  Am I right?  But if not, well I guess it’s up to each one of us to make sure that our what-ifs are “something that could happen in the future.”  Period.

Wala lang.  I just hope the next time you have to combine the words WHAT and IF, you can finally think differently.  Instead of going crazy, try reminding yourself of WHAT IS or telling yourself of WHAT WILL BE.  At the end of the day, believe that everything happens for a reason.  And that you, my friend, are the author AND editor of your own life.  So gooo, write your own story.  If you prefer a love story, why not?  Just do it. 😉  And just don’t let me write any more words on this post or else our household will run out of cheese!  Mwahahahahaha!

Oh well.  Luckily, Colbie Caillat was able to sum up my “what if” in the love department with just one song!  It’s also a good thing that it’s the theme song of my favorite movie — Letters to Juliet (see introductory paragraph).  Anyway, take the time to click “play,” listen to the song, and read its lyrics…  and again fellow ladies, you’ll know WHY:

“…In my heart is where you’ll be / I’ll keep waiting till we meet…”

How about you?  Care to share your biggest what if in life?

Here’s hoping to turn my what if into what is or what will be,
Mikhaela Georgette ♥♥♥

Who Wouldn’t Want To Kiss Captain America and Thor?!

Iron Man, that is! 😛

That’s right, I’m talking about The Avengers.  (Spoiler alert for those who still haven’t watched the movie!)

Anyway, let’s get this done and over with!  Even before I watched the movie, I already prepared myself for some major EYE CANDY!  Pagsamahin mo ba naman ang dalawang CHRISEvans at Hemsworthsa isang pelikula!  Deymn!  Wala na yatang mas iinit pa sa napakainit na summer na ‘to!!! @_@

If only the “Avengers” were in a contest, I’d probably award them with these:

Best Biceps: THOR

Oh my guulaaay!  Ilang kilong gulay ba ang kinailangang kainin ni Chris Hemsworth para magka-braso ng ganun?!  I seriously couldn’t keep my eyes off of his arms whenever he had his close-ups!  Yes, Thor‘s biceps > Thor‘s blue eyes and blond hair!  Chris H., pa-huuug nga!!!

Best (Upper) Body: CAPTAIN AMERICA

Hay Chris Evans!  Oo na, ikaw na!  IKAW NA ANG MAS SEXY SA’KIN!  Kaasar, much!!! =))

Best Lines: IRON MAN

From being his usual “genius, playboy, billionaire” self, to his anti-kiss statement (more on that later), I think the outcome of the movie did quite very well thanks to Robert Downey, Jr.‘s witty lines!  Plus, I think he’s the “best” Avenger (and I’m NOT being biased here!  Haha!) 😀

Best Temper: THE HULK

Whaaat?  I know that’s sooo obvious…  but I just can’t CAN’T include him!  Besides, Mark Ruffalo‘s a-okay in his own way (well, just don’t compare him to Evans and Hemsworth and we’re good!)  AND I love the color green!  ‘Nuff said.

Hahaha, okay!  For all my men readers, I apologize.  The things you just read were meant for my fellow lady readers!  (Ain’t that right, girls?  I swear, you’ll totally get me once you watch the actual movie!) 😉

Moving on, I have to admit that I ain’t a genuine The Avengers fan.  So let’s not get into all those comic book stuff and Comic-Con conventions and whatnot!  My knowledge of The Avengers is only limited to its Hollywood version, so to all die-hard followers out there, chillax!  This post is purely for fun!  Or as they say in showbiz, purely for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES only!!!

But overall, I can say that the movie was good!  Maybe not THAT great (*cough*FIGHT SCENES*cough*), but it’s worth your money nonetheless.  I actually plan on watching it again with my girlfriend Val! 😉

excuse the low-quality mobile upload! =))

Ooh, before I forget, S.H.I.E.L.D’s very own Nick Fury, Hawkeye, and Black Widow weren’t bad at all!  So those are more “things” to look forward to! 🙂

Now going back to Iron Man‘s anti-kiss statement, THAT scene was actually one of my favorites!  Laugh out loud kung laugh out loud talaga!

“Please tell me nobody kissed me!”Iron Man to Captain America, The Hulk, and Thor (you have to watch the movie to relate!  Hahaha!)

Seriously, WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO KISS CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HULK, AND THOR???

Okay, maybe not The Hulk

But when we’re only talking about Chris AND Chris, to answer that question…  NOT ME!

Thor and Captain America ♥

Which “Chris” are you on? 😉

By all means, please replace “nobody” with “EVERYBODY!”  Diba?  Wahahahaha!

Lemme know what you think once you watch The Avengers.

ENOUGH SAID! 🙂 🙂 🙂

The Avengers is now shown in Philippine cinemas.