Tuesday, December 31, 2013

... So far

Happy New Years everyone!

2012 was a year of torment for me. There were so many bad vibes. So the following year( which was 2013), I decided to make a wishlist. The list consists of things I want to experience that I wasn't able to do in the previous year. But since this year is ending, ( which was quite fast), I am going to comment on each of these items one by one. So here are the things that I had planned for the year 2013: Done and Undone.


- Items which are not in red and not crossed out: UNDONE

- Items which are in red and crossed out: DONE



1* Will cosplay more

- I’ve realized that I’ve been skipping cosplay events here and there because either I’m too busy working or I didn’t have the moolah for it. (´∩`。)

MY SAY: I wasn't able to cosplay more because of work, not having much time for it and also, I resigned from my job in March 2013 so there wasn't any source of income for expenditures. And for some reason, every cosplay event is held on a Saturday, and I have work on Saturdays so no can do. I can't file a leave whenever there is an event. That would leave me definitely penniless. And also, I had to focus on my review lessons.  :( I was only able to cosplay twice this year as Trucy Wright from Ace Attorney and Marceline from Adventure Time.

- I know this behbeh is like one of my greatest dreams everrrrr since the year 2011. I just want to appreciate the sceneries around me and catch its breath-taking view in a photograph.

MY SAY: And finally, I bought one with my own savings. It's a Canon Rebel T3. And I have this habit of naming things so I named this baby of mine " Rebel" ( Well, obviously? ).

3* more photoshoots

- I didn’t get to do photoshoots lately. Same reason as what I gave in number 1. And my photographer friends also have their own agendas. (´Д`。)

MY SAY: No time for photoshoots. :( There were so many photoshoot opportunities but I declined because of schedule conflicts. Didn't have much time.

4* will have more adventures with friends ♥
- I’ve been neglecting my friends for more than one year now. From the month of April 2011 to July 2012. I’m going to make up the lost time I have with them. They have been there for me through my thicks and thins, now it’s my turn. (*≧▽≦)

MY SAY: This year was filled with rainbows and butterflies and star dusts born from friendship. Had made so many memories with my oh-so-crazy gang and is hoping to make more of it in the upcoming year.

5* will look the best everyday

- People are telling me to lose my previous wardrobe and wear something daring. DARING: like wearing dresses and brag about them legs. Haha. They told me to show more of my skin. I .WILL .TRY. Haha.

MY SAY: There was a time wherein I had a drastic change of wardrobe but there was this one point, I became too lazy to play dress up and decided to be the " old and simple" Mau again. Jeans, blouses and shirts were usually my fashion picks for this year.

6* will collect more frogs

- My collection of frogs is not enough. I have to collect more and more frogs. Those cute little things – I NEED. ♥ Why am I born this way!? But hey, that doesn’t stop me from collecting more this year. ♥♥♥

MY SAY: Friends have been spoiling me with frogs. So many frogs. My room is just filled with them. Yeah. Frogs. <3

7* Iphone

- Haha. I know this seems impossible but nothing’s impossible without you trying it. So yeah, I am aiming for this baby.

MY SAY: Well, not exactly an Iphone. Instead, an Android phone. Didn't even know the difference between an Iphone and an Android Phone. Lol! Seriously. I thought you consider an Iphone an Android phone because they're ...like... similar. Now leave me in my endless misery. illOTL

8* Instagram and the wonders of 3G

- So yeah. One of the main reasons why I am craving for an Iphone is Instagram. Haha. I know it’s soooooooooo stupid, but I’m a girl, and I have my wants. Haha.

MY SAY: I know my reasons are a bit too immature for your liking, and I just can't explain it, but I wanted to try out instagram. So one of the reasons why I wanted an Iphone is, yeap, an Instagram. Instagram. You know, the cliche's of instagramming the instagramambles. Lol!

9* will do more art

- was too busy working and didn’t have the time to draw more of my mangas. I need to do artsy stuff once again. Otherwise, my drawing skills will *poooooof* if you get what I mean. >///< I wouldn’t like that to happen.

MY SAY: A 50:50 for this one. I had author's blocks which were really really bad. Only got to finish one chapter of my manga for this year. :( So sad. I am losing my artsy skills as we know it. Ugh!

10* will practice playing my bass guitar and have more gigs with my band

- Since I am in love with my bass guitar and I love performing songs as a bassist, I decided to put this in my list. I want to enhance my skills of playing the bass guitar with my band.  And to do more gigs is one of the ways to enhance it.

MY SAY: Didn't get to play my bass guitar at all. AT ALL. My bass guitar skills are getting a bit rusty. Tch. There weren't any opportunities to perform.

11* be more responsible of myself and independent
- Mom is telling me that I’m not responsible enough to do this and that. I’m going to prove her wrong. – I hope – Haha. And being independent is one way to be more responsible of yourself.

MY SAY: Let's just say I have been responsible of myself and independent because my mom would allow me to go out late at night now. Without the nagging, of course.

12* will spend money every other day

- Since I want this and that, Haha. I will TRY to save more and spend less. This I have to endure. And insert the word “diet” here.

MY SAY: Since I got to buy myself a DSLR and some bad ass awesome lens, why thank you number 12.

13* will expand my circle of friends

- Since I am welcoming the year 2013 with good vibes, I also have to welcome new people in my life. I have decided to expand my circle of friends. As they always say, the more the merrier.
MY SAY: Like seriously, 2013 was "new-friends" year for me. Was able to meet new people and become friends with them. Friendship is such a wonderful thing. It gives you so much strength and happiness.

14* will blog about useful things

- I’m going to blog about food, restaurants, places, experiences, any hows and any whats, and all the et ceteras in the world. This wouldn’t only be about ME anymore.

MY SAY: Been blogging about food, restaurants, places, experiences, any hows and any whats ( I forgot what I meant by that; it has been a year) and all the et ceteras in the world, and of course, will continue blogging as I should.

15* will officially study the Japanese language

- Since I am surrounded by my beloved beloved Japan-related work, it makes teaching easier. I am officially going to enroll in a Japanese language school to learn more about the grammar and the different phonetics. And especially their writings. (;*△*;)

MY SAY: Studying the Japanese language requires a lot of money. And time. But definitely, the money man.

16* will lose some extra pounds

- I know losing some weight is impossible for a sickly girl like me but I have to surpass the limits of my condition. And this is a must for me. Whew. Gotta lay down on the carbs.

MY SAY: GAIN is more like it! Since I was jobless for a moment, my daily routines were sleep, eat, use the laptop or the personal computer, play games, draw, think about life and its mysteries and eat again. Not to mention, today we are spending the Christmas holidays so there is food everywhere ( a Filipino custom). So yeah, gave up on that one.


- I’d rather waste my time and money to games. Fatal Frame was the first game that I was so into. And the second one is Assassin’s Creed. I wonder what unlucky game out there would be my next target. Kufufufufu~ >:D

MY SAY: Was able to play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, AC III, Hmmmm. I forgot the others. Will update this later.

18 * will discover more awesome songs with awesome messages

- I know I’m a music girl. And I’m not into disco songs or so whatever, I’m into songs that brings out a certain message. For example, Better than Me by Hinder, or More than This by OneDand Wedding Dress by Teayang and so on and so forth. Since 2013 is a new year, I’m sure there are bound to be awesome songs to be made. And I can’t wait to meet em’. Listen, rather.

MY SAY: Yes, so many awesome songs for this year such as Just Give Me A Reason by Pink, Let It Go by Idina Menzel, Why Don't You Love Me by Hot Chelle ft. Demi Lovato, Unconditionally and Roar by Katy Perry, Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus and many many more.

19* will travel to different places in the Philippines with friends

- My friends and I are planning to go out this summer for our team building. Haha. And out, I mean OUT. Boracay, Bohol, Ilo-ilo, Cagayan and et cetera et cetera. Most of my friends are going to bring their hubbies with them. And I’m going to bring out Forever Alone Meme with me as a date.

MY SAY: Been to different places like Camotes Island and Oslob WITH friends. And it's a miracle. My parents would usually say NO. *insert cat NO grumpy face meme here* and just lecture me away regarding the dangers of going to places you barely know. But ohhh, not this time!

20* will TRY to wear a bikini this summer Hahah
- Don’t laugh. Don’t smile. This is also a dream I am trying to accomplish. Thus, number 16. ( ̄へ ̄)
MY SAY:  Was still in the verge of sanity when I had the guts to wear a two piece in April 2013. I was so confident back then. Where have you gone now, confidence!?

21* will meet someone *winks* ♥ ( cheesy alert)
- People come and go. Year 2012 was a year of suffering for me. Shed too many tears, lost people and the most difficult thing to do was to slowly close the book. I am sure that, since I am welcoming 2013 with good vibes, I’m sure good vibes will come. And I am also sure I am going to meet that certain someone this year. ♥
MY SAY: Honestly, I never expected this would happen. When I was writing the above post,  it was just for the sake of ... uh... writing. But look at me now, oh so in love with my hyperactive boyfriend. We started out as strangers, then became awkward-bickermates, then friends, to crushes and then to lovers. The world is beautiful. ♥
My MOTTO back in 2013:

” Welcome the world with good vibes”


So this sums it up. As you can see, so much red. :D 2013 was memorable and oh-so-good. I realized when you face life in positivity,good things DO happen. Better, even.

P.S. I am so blessed this year. I love you Dear Father. Thank you for letting me pass the board exam on my first take. Without you, everything wouldn't be possible.

And once again, 


Monday, December 30, 2013


Okay, just to clear things out: this blog is UNDER CONSTRUCTION. The template and the layout are not yet finalized and I'm currently on the process of doing so. I am not really that much of a computer savvy to make my own blogger template so I have to surf the net for one. After searching the wonders of Google, one of the designs of Sweet Daisy absolutely caught my eye. It is cute and elegant but I am going to surprise you guys which one though so I have to keep my mouth shut for now.

After I am going to get my template done, it will be on to the domain name! Lol! I realized when you love blogging so much, you have to invest. Definitely lots of investments. And after all those are done, definitely on to exploring the mysteries of bloggerdotcom. As you all guys know, I have been exploring and transferring from one blogging site to another in search of one that suits my taste. And definitely, ( and FINALLY), I have found one. And thus, THIS.

You guys have to wait for a month or two for my blog site to be finished. I also gave my two previous blogging sites three months for my readers to actually absorb the sad news of me transferring.  ( Again, that is!)

I just created this short blog post to enlighten you guys up. I know my current blog site is... hmmm.. what's the word... dirty? Haha. Screw it. Once I finalized things up, everything will be okay. But for now, please bear with it. :)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sam The Lens!

And YES! I finally bought my oh-so-awesome lens! It takes very sharp pictures and the bokeh is just so wonderful. I could just keep shooting random people and things forever. Here are the shots from my oh-so-superb lens. And yeah, I named my lens, SAM. So don't wonder if I treat Sam as a person. Oh by the way, she's a girl.

Friday, December 27, 2013

A little bit of awkwardness

Well, I started blogging back in August 2012 and I am reintroducing myself which is a little bit awkward. I still remember my first blog post about how I wanted to become a photographer. That was my first blog post ever. 

I didn't start off here on blogspot, but somewhere else. I started blogging on this site: blog.com and then this site: wordpress.com. :T and then tadaaaa: here I am. 

I had fun importing and exporting posts as we know it. Blog site is still under construction. 

This is a short post so Ciao. 



Hello guys. After a very long hiatus, I’m finally back in blog.com. As you all know, this blog has been off the hoops. Meaning, it has been silent for a while. Don’t blame me though. All I wanted was justuptime,  if you know what I mean. I have been trying out blog sites here and there and has also been exploring their different features. I want to blog freely you know. No strings attached or whatsoever. No fixed templates and themes. I want to arrange my blog’s layout the way I want it. Gahd! I am so rebellious. Blogging is my way of life. ( Haha That was too exaggerating of me).
Anyway, I might delete this blog after I’ve exported out some of my original posts. This blog has held most of my memories and I am about to throw all of them away. JK aside. I am transferring domains. Haha.
I might put my final say on my blog after I’ve finally settled down on my own domain.
Anyway, this is a short post so this will have to do for now. Ciao!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

{ Nine Mornings}

For Roman Catholics, it has always been a practice to celebrate mass in the wee hours of dawn consecutively for nine days before Christmas. It is known as " Simbang Gabi". According to Wikipedia, it is a devotional nine-day series of Masses by Roman Catholics and Aglipayans in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary in anticipation of Christmas. Simbang Gabi is composed of two Tagalog words namely simba and gabi. " Simba" means "mass" and "gabi" means "night" in Filipino. From those two words, you can simply picture out Filipinos celebrating mass at dawn which has the same darkness that of the night.

Simbang Gabi is usually held from December 16 to December 24. It may start from 3 to 5 o'clock in the morning usually held in every Roman Catholic church. The last day of the SimbangGabi, which is Christmas Eve, is called "Misa de Gallo", which literally means "Rooster's Mass". Wondering why it's called as Rooster's Mass? Usually we hear a rooster crow at dawn, mostly from the country side in most countries. But since Philippines is a very agricultural country, a rooster's crow is common at dawn. Thus, the name.

This goes back from the Spanish Era when Philippines was still under the Spanish colony in the early 1500's. The original tradition has novenas and singing before the mass begins. From this popular Nine Mornings, festivities emerged and many people participated; families and friends gather in church to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ. This is an annual event for Roman Catholics and is a cherished and practiced Christmas custom which eventually became a distinct feature of Philippine culture and a symbol of sharing.

There are hundreds and thousands of people who are willing to wake up early and attend the mass. It gives hope, happiness and strength to each and one of them.This is really a good occasion to show that the church is mainly the people of God.Even two little kids managed to wake up early morning to hear mass. They didn't mind the time as long as they can witness and experience the said event. They are so proud to be a part of it. There is a belief that if you complete the nine mornings, God will grany any wish you like.

Years ago when Spaniards came to the Philippines and colonized the country, they brought with them Christianity."Simbáng Gabi" has become a form of socialization for Filipinos.

After the mass, churchgoers are also in for a food trip. Buying and eating well-known local delicacies, such as bibingka, suman, puto bungbong, salabat and hot chocolate in the vicinity of the church are very popular among Filipinos.

Filipinos are also known to celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world from the month of September until early January. Filipinos working abroad would come home to celebrate Christmas and New Yearswith their families. "There is no place like home." as an OFW says. So try to visit the Philippines to experience this known tradition and be a part of it. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Written by Marilou Quijada and Jendy Caballera

Edited by Maureen Sarcon

She tries to blog!

Happy Holidays everyone! How was your Christmas?Are you enjoying the still coldness of the air and the jolly good ol' yuletide season? I am currently listening to the movie Frozen's soundtracks while making this blog. It currently matches the Christmas feel and enlightens my mood to blog ( I have serious blog mood fluctuations). Anyway, before I feature the last Filipino personal style blogger for today, let's have a recap on the four bloggers, shall we?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

She has thirsty thoughts!

Okay, I bet you guys are getting impatient for our next featured Filipina blogger. I've been busy with work lately and especially, with the parties. December is the last month of the year, but it is also my busiest month. There are lots of parties. LOTS; Birthday and Christmas parties alike. Plus, work and social life has taken most of my time so I apologize for this late post.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Shine Bright Like A Starr

From what I mentioned earlier from my previous blog post about me having a very sexy thing for portraits, today’s feature would be on my second photography project.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Two of Us

What do you get when you suddenly change hobbies? Other than ideas on telling yourself to get better on that certain field, there are certain sacrifices that have to be made. I'm a cosplayer (was...uh... I don't know) and my last cosplay was still back in March this year, and take this, think about the months of hiatus. People have been telling me on Facebook that they haven’t seen me in the cosplay community. For that, I can give you two reasons. First, for some reason, every single event is held on a Saturday. And I have work on Saturdays so no can do. I just can’t file a leave whenever there is an event. That would leave me penniless. Lol! Second, I don’t have the resources to cosplay ( money, time, etc.).  Whether I like it or not, these are inevitable. Despite the reasons in my list, I am only going to give you two. Other reasons, well, may be a bit too personal.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

She breaks styles!

My knees are killing me at this moment. I am so tired from all the grinding and the dancing when my friends and I went clubbing last night. I went home approximately 1 in the morning and I woke up at 9:45 AM. My knees are so heavy.  It feels like an aftermath after climbing a very steep mountain has just taken its toll.

Since Tricia and Cheesie are good to go, let's have the next featured blogger now, shall we?

This will be the third blogger on the list. If you are confused and is currently asking yourself, " What is she talking about?", please read here. And for those of you, who knows what exactly this is all about, please continue on.

Friday, December 13, 2013


This is getting a habit. I've noticed I've kept on changing themes. There must be something wrong with me. Lol. I think I'd stick with spun theme. It's simple, cute and very clean. VERY. Clean. *insert poker face here* Anyway, what I love about this theme is that the featured images of the posts are the main focus. So, if you guys would check out my site, you'd easily see an update by thinking " Ooooh, I've never seen this pic before" and just click away. Lol. I'm getting random nowadays. Forgive me.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

{ All Odds}

Hello guys. I decided to post my future outfit shots in a different blogging site. Meanwhile, this site is for random events and blog-worthy happenings in my life. Haha. I am so random nowadays. Anyway, I decided to do that for the sake of this being organized. Organized in a way, that I don't have to go all the trouble to filter all my posts under the category "Fashion". I also want a site wherein I don't get to mix my personal ramblings with my other categories.

The categories Photography and Fashion will be my main focus on the other blog I recently made hosted by http://wordpress.com. It is convenient for followers. It doesn't require you to sign up on Persona just to comment. It is user-friendly. ( I talk as if I'm a traitor). * If you guys know what I mean*

I'm going to buy my own domain name in wordpress and I don't even have a friggin' paypal. ;_; The odds are never in my favor. NEVER.

And yeah, tomorrow is my birthday so... expect another blog coming early.

P.S. I have a feeling I have so many grammatical errors in this post, so... screw that. Haha.

AND WORDPRESS LETS YOU UPLOAD YOUR OWN FAVICON! GET THAT! YOUR OWN FRIGGIN' FAVICON! ♥ For those who don't know what a favicon is, it is that small logo across the site's address. The " Mau" you can see above is my very own favicon! :"3
Check my wordpress blog  and of course, my favicon, here.

I already posted some fashion-related posts earlier this month. Might unless you want to check it out and all. Will be posting my outfit shots there and also my photography projects in the future.
Your RANDOM blogger,



She's all cheese!

Well, I was about to prolong the wait a little bit by posting pictures of my photography projects to you guys and no, I am not the model BUT the photographer. I wanted to show you guys how much of a noobie I am when it comes to photography. And yes, welcome those hateful criticisms. Lol. But sad to say, my blog is currently on maintenance so I guess that has to wait. ( I have to copy paste ) *wink wink*

Monday, December 9, 2013

She will go places!

I can't wait to blog about my styles and fashionpicks to you guys, but sad to say, I still have to get my DSLR some sharp lenses for better photos. Besides, the idea of me posting "whole-body selfies" is absurd and is just low as a personal style blogger wanna-be. I may start posting outfit shots this January. Going to spend my Christmas bonus pay for those camera lenses I've had had my eyes on. Despite all this excitement of blogging my personal taste in fashion with you guys, I would love to entertain the wait with some personal faves of my fashion bloggers one by one. I've been a follower of their blogs ever since 2012. Since I'm from the Philippines, 4 out of 5 of my featured bloggers are Filipinos. So get ready!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Silver Linings

Okay, since I am inspired of all the selcas in the world PLUS my love for fashion bloggers and fashion itself ♥, I have decided to blog about it. Wish me luck. LOL.

I decided to give this blog the title of "Silver Linings" because I was wearing gray here. This is an old photo. This was taken on October 24, 2011.

I had two shoots on this day. A cos-shoot and a portfolio shoot. This was the first shoot.

As you can see, I had trouble thinking about what would my next pose be. Photographer Jay Crodua was teaching me his waaaaays of poses and the like, and I, on the other hand, giggled and laughed on his mimicry. Haha. Kuya Jay is the best. ♥ .

Sorry for the low-definition photos. I only used the uploaded photos on my facebook profile. And you know how facebook destroys quality (=_=) Yeah, facebook.

It was so hot, and I've got to retouch a few times just to look decent. I was perspiring. D: and yes, I know, I was definitely icky.

The said above photos were taken by a dear friend of Kuya Jay, Kuya Marky Koi. :'3

Jay Crodua and Marky Koi were the reasons for the success of this shoot. ♥

Bought the blouse from this online shop:

It is a Korean apparel. Matched with white shorts and white sandals with a 5-second quick bun and you're good to go.

Both classy and fab.

There you go for my title's origin, Silver Lining.

Till Next Blog. ♥

Friday, December 6, 2013

{ Trial and Error}

I am currently tweaking a site's features and is testing it out. I may do a little bit of trial and error, so to speak and may give it a duration of 3-4 weeks before I have my final say. I know you guys don't understand what I am talking about and I apologize, but in near time, you guys will. Eventually.

This will be a short post.

Will update this blog after all is well.

Keep smiling and keep safe, guys.


Thursday, December 5, 2013


Okay. To start this post, I'm going to start off first with this piece of information: I'm NOT new to blogging but I'm definitely NEW to wordpress and its wonders. At first, I was kind of hesitant to move domains. Everything seems so complicated here. All these new icons and buttons, so to say. This community. And all these awesome features. (。´╹A╹`。)

Please be good to me!

Anyway, there are... Hmm... I can't pinpoint how many reasons there are, but let's start off with the first reason I decided to move my blog to wordpress.

1.) The previous blog site that I was in, always seems to be down. And every time there are reports or complaints regarding that matter, the site's support team's response to address it is slow. Forgive me, but yes, it is slow. Sometimes, they won't even respond at all. One of the many reasons that makes a blogger stay, is all the help and support they can get. I don't know with you guys, but for me, that one factor is very important.

2.) For confidentiality reasons, let's give the previous blog site the code name: Site X. I've always wanted my own domain name. I am willing to pay the price per year. But what stopped me from doing so in Site X is the countless numbers of complaints I've read online regarding their downtime. Comments such as " I bought the $99.00 package and all I get is this downtime", " I'm wasting my money on this site. This made me regret so much." and " Warning for those bloggers who are willing to go premium, NEVER, I mean, NEVER use this site. Downtime always." Such negativity you know. Whelp.

3.) Since I've found so many good feedback regarding wordpress, so I asked myself " Why don't you just give it a try, Mau? No harm done right? " and thus, I found myself here. Before signing up, I made sure to read all the premium features this site has to offer, and oh, let's not forget all the "help and support" I can get. Also, uptime is uptime.

4.) MORE PUBLICITY. Wordpress has a community. ♥ It also has a like and follow buttons which are superb. Sorry. I'm just so new to this that this alone, made me super happy. I mean, blogging in a community. You never know who you can meet. :) Again, please be good to me wordpress community.

5.) Statistics within the site. ♥ I don't have to go all the trouble to connect to Google Analytics. Site X lets you connect to a lot of sites. A LOT of sites.

6.) This site allows you to upload a favicon. Your OWN friggin' favicon. In Site X, you still have to buy it as a feature. *sulks*

7.) Awesome themes that are FREE.

And tadaa, I think these are all it. I'm still exploring wordpress and its wonders ( this could be a good tag *wink wink*), and that concludes my first wordpress blog post.

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