Yesterday at work I was told that my fixed-term contract will be extended for another year. It may be good news some place else but in our office, it’s like being told you have stage 4 cancer. 
I am still in shock and couldn’t think of a better way to deal with it  than to make a lipstick review. Eventually I will have to face it. I might as well try to put on a pretty face. 

Makeup is one of my favorite things alongside food and travel. If I had a lot of money, it’s one thing I will splurge on. I have never done a full face but I will get there. For now, I kinda splurge on foundations and lipsticks.  (Disclaimer: ‘Splurge’ is relative to  available funds.😜)

I used to only wear foundation but when I tried on a nice lipstick, I thought I rocked it. And others thought so too. So I went on buying a few. Here are the things a lipstick has to be to win me:

  1. Matte
  2. With blue undertone
  3. Long lasting
  4. Below Php 500.00

But there are times I become weak and succumb to those with yellow undertones anyway because they looked good on someone else. Bad idea though!

Here’s a quick and honest review of the Lively Violet shade from the Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor collection. I chose this first because, well there’s really no reason. 



Lively Violet is indeed creamy, so it’s not very matte. The upside is you won’t need a lip balm. 

In terms of color, it’s more pink than violet, in my opinion. It has a blue undertone though which I like. My teeth are yellower than average and blue undertones make them look whiter. 

The only downside of this product is the longevity. It is very pigmented and glides on the lips, but glides off just as quickly. I haven’t tried setting it with powder, which is supposed to seal it. I’ll do next time. Without setting it, you will need to retouch often. After three times of drinking from a glass, about 50% of it was gone. 

This lipstick is good for everyday daytime wear (if reapplying it doesn’t bother you) but may wash you out at night. Especially if you have medium skintone. 

The best part is it’s only Php 165.00!

A closer look on how it looks on my lips:

Overall, it’s good. Color payoff and texture are good. It’s also gentle on the lips and on the pocket. Recommended. 


So today’s my 3rd day on this alone-trip and I must say I’m loving it so far!

At first I thought I was gonna cry of depression. But now that my flight back home is approaching, I’m feeling a bit sad. Not that I don’t wanna go home, but just that I want to stay a tad longer.

I’m off to the traditional village. I hope there’s wifi so I can blog about it.

Traveling alone is indeed very liberating. Till the next blog! Annyeong! 안녕!

Three years ago, I found myself crying every single day because I had to drag myself to work.

And I think I’m now approaching that stage again.

This workplace had been my fortress for the past eight years. But now I see it tumbling down.

Reasons of staying are disappearing one by one.

Where was I?

It’s so unfortunate that every time I want to write, I have to ask for a password reset because I couldn’t remember it.

So where have I been the past two years I wasn’t writing here? I was prolly writing somewhere else.

But this blog feels like my hometown.  I love coming back to it.

Hopefully I could come home more often.

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To buy or not to buy?

That is the question.

Yesterday evening after work, a friend asked me to go window-shopping.  She said she didn’t want to stay in the office anymore because she’s going to work overtime today anyway, but she also didn’t want to go home early.  So we decided to go to Greenbelt and just look around.  She didn’t exactly know what she wanted to see so she asked me to lead the way.  My feet brought us first to Avant.

I was hyped at the sight of a sticker on the glass door that said, “We sell iPods here” or something like that.  We went around looking for the iPods but got distracted by the Mac notebooks.  After tinkering with the notebooks, I asked a salesman where the iPods were.  He pointed us to the second level.  I was kinda disappointed to see that there wasn’t any sample unit.  Everything was boxed.  They have the same prices with Power MAC so I decided that Avant wasn’t the right store.  We left.

After going around the entirety of Greenbelt, we decided to go home.  On the way though, we passed by a Power MAC store and I couldn’t resist going inside.  I first checked the Classic, and it was amazingly fast! Even the click wheel was very easy to navigate.  I checked the demo photos and they looked great on the screen too.  Unfortunately there was no other video on the unit except for the demo video so I couldn’t say much about that feature.  I swear the Classic was calling me “mommy!”

I also tried the Nano and the Touch but I didn’t like them as much.  The Nano screen is too small for me.  I also don’t like the fact that there’s an abundance of Nano-looking players in bazaars.  The Touch, on the other hand,  is too professional looking for me.   I don’t know how else to put it, but it’s simply not me.  And of course, both the Nano and Touch have limited storage.  So, it’s still the Classic I’m planning to get.  At least I know what I really want now.

I’m not sure if I’m still willing to wait for my new credit card to arrive or if I’m just going to use my old credit card with me.  Or if I’m going to save up for it first, and then buy it in cash when I have saved enough.  I was chatting with another friend last night and she told me to go buy it now.   She said I deserve it because I’ve been working hard for so long.  She told me not to wait until I’ve saved enough money as long as I could get it at 0% interest (which is really the case anyway).

I am off to the mall later to buy some stuff for my brother.  I am definitely going to the Power MAC store again, but I’m not sure if I’m already buying.  I need some more justifications.  Why do I want it so much? I don’t know.  All I know is that I’m human with occasional wants in life.  I was asking myself this morning, “Isn’t wanting it enough reason?”  I mean, I think I’m entitled to sometimes get what I want.  Oh God, I am so torn.

iPod Classic 120GB

I think I’m in love.  I wish with a guy, but no.  I think I’m falling for this…


Photo credit: Apple.com

Meet the iPod Classic 120gb.  I’ve learned that the Classic now comes only in this capacity.  For nearly two months now, I’ve been contemplating on buying one.  Although I know for sure that this is a want rather than a need, I also believe in self-gratification.  After all, I have been working really hard for five and a half years (straight!) and have rarely bought things for myself.

I’ve been searching online for feedback, specifically for this 120gb model.  I’ve also been interviewing iPod-owners in my circle, even borrowing their units so I can get a feel of an iPod.  So far, I’ve tried 4 iPods, but none of them was the model I’ve been wanting to buy.  Two weeks ago, I went to a Power MAC store and held the Classic in my hand.  The unit there wasn’t really attractive, more like a battered one.  I’ve experienced difficulty navigating the click wheel and noticed that the program responded slowly.  I’ve found a similar comment from an online review.

The reviews are mixed, which explain my mixed emotions on it too.  The things that hold me back:

  • The click wheel that ‘s difficult to navigate.
  • The software that tends to respond slowly.
  • The hard drive (which is rather sensitive).  I’ve read that Apple is geared towards switching to flash drives, which means that the Classic might be a history in a year or two.
  • The screen resolution.  I’m not impressed with the display.
  • My credit card.  Haha! I had to have it replaced with a new one, which will arrive maybe the week after next.

It’s a good thing that I’m still waiting for my credit card because I’d still have time to decide.  The Touch and the Nano would also be options.  Now, this is getting more complicated than I thought…