Wednesday, August 31, 2011

25th Birthday!

I finally turned 25 and I had a lovely birthday celebration with my family, relatives and friends. Me and my brother stayed up until 3 am on the 29th talking about random silly stuff and basically catching up since we haven't seen each other for while. Some of my friends were not able to come because they went on a trip and I was suppose to go with them but I decided not to go because I want to spend my birthday with my family and relatives at home. Even if they were not able to celebrate my birthday with me they still wished me a happy birthday. >_<

♥ Picture of me and my nephew ren-ren. They came to the house to help prepare for the celebration.

♥ me and sting out on an errand to buy cake after we dropped by the church to light some candles and prayed for a good year ahead.

♥ me and sting striking gangster pose while waiting for our order.

♥ proper picture of the two of us.


♥ I ♥ everyone for making my birthday special.


♥ me blowing the candles of my cake and would you look at the food that they had prepared... It's making me hungry just by looking at it. Big thanks to my aunt and mother for preparing those delicious food.

♥ me and my brother with porky pig here who was exceptionally delicious.

♥ chilling at our terrace after a very yummy dinner with my cousins and aunt. Monster here is making a weird face lol, I was so full I could hardly walk.

Overall I had a nice birthday, and thank you to all the people that wished my Happy birthday! Looking forward to my new year ahead!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day before my birthday!

It is about 1 am and I'm still wide awake, I'm too excited to fall asleep. My birthday happens to co-inside with the feast of our city, so every year when my birthday comes around the city will be full of decorations and there are always parades, carnivals, sales on all the malls and some other fun things to do. We got back around 11 pm from the mall where I did some pre-birthday shopping and we watched the fireworks competition. I got myself thinking that I'm going be a year older tomorrow and I just hope that I will have another great year. I enjoyed being 24 and I'm a little scared of growing old but hey what can I do the fact is we all grow old. I realized that I can't stop time but I can make the most of it. I should get my priorities straight and really start cracking on with my bucket list. There are things in my life at the moment that I'm anxious about but I think for my 25th year I should just be brave and face everything head on and regret nothing. So for now I'll say goodbye to my 24 y.o. self and I'll gladly welcome a new chapter in my life. I shall enjoy myself in the upcoming year. Lots of love! >_<

Thursday, August 25, 2011


It is really true that after you turn 18 the years go by really fast. I could still remember my 18th birthday as if its was yesterday and now I'm turning 25 this coming August 29. My 18th birthday was extreemly special and such a fun time but that would be in a separate blog post. Thinking about it makes me giddy.

♥ Well I have done the all about me tag but those questions were pre-selected and it does give me much liberty to share things about myself. So for my 25th birthday I would share 25 facts about me that only a few of my friends know >_<

♥ The facts will not follow any order since I'll just write the first things that comes to mind.

1. I can tell from which part of my life I have met/encountered the person just by the way they say my name. I have so many different names/nicknames that's it funny sometimes especially on special occasions that the people I have known in my lifetime meet. So my parents and close relatives call me "Joy", "Joy-joy" or "Ate Joy", then my elementary/primary school friends call me "Christine Joy", my high school and college friend calls me by family name or my nickname"CJ", my co-workers and clients call me "Christine", one of my closest cousin calls me "Monster" which is the same name I call her and finally my boyfriend calls me "Mui". Other names used by my parents when they are mad at me is "Christina", "Marika" or "Tirang".

2. I have hypothyroid. I got diagnosed when I was about 20 yo.

3. I have a younger brother 2 years younger than me.

4. My closest friends are mostly guys. If you have seen my Singapore post you can see some of my good guy friends.

5. My best friend is my boyfriend who is also my childhood friend and crush.

6. I only started to wear make-up right after I graduated from University and started working.

7. I became interested in make-up right after I found the videos of elle and blair and other beauty gurus on YouTube. Up to this day I still watch beauty videos.

8. I have a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Masters degree in Business Administration.

9. I plan to work and probably live abroad if permitted.

10. I took ballet and piano lessons when was young but I nothing to show for it.

11. I also took guitar lessons 2 summers ago but I stopped because I can't concentrate. My teacher was a young and handsome guy about 3 years my senior and it made me self conscious. If they have given me a older and unattractive teacher then I might have continued my lessons and became a rock star by now.hehe

12. I only got "F" mark once in my life. I was so devastated, it was during University where almost all of the class got a failing grade for that subject.

13. My favorite number is 9.

14. Two of my favorite colors are Red and Yellow.

15. Most of my clothes are in black, grey and brown. I don't why I just like the way the color looks on me.

16. In every year my birthday falls on the same day of the week as my boyfriend's birthday. This year our birthday falls on a Monday.

17. My favorite food is pizza and Buffalo chicken wings.

18. I name most of my special things. Ex: My Macbook is named "Wallie", my camera is named "Ice" and my piggy bank is named "Kuss-Kuss".

19. I am Imeldific when it comes to shoes, I am obsessed with shoes, I especially love high heels.

20. I love reading and collecting books. I am currently reading "Poor Little Bitch Girl" by Jackie Collins. Favorite book so far is the "Hunger Games Trilogy".

21. If given the option to work or go to school, I'd rather go to school and study than work. I'm a dork!

22. I also love collecting any type of pens. I love using them and writing list. I'm a avid list maker.

23. My favorite TV show is CSI and America's Next Top Model.

24. I have a vision board and I truly believe in the power of attraction.

25. Every year I always wish for the same thing for my birthday.

So that's all maybe when I turn 26 I could I silly fact about me. Hmmmm we will see.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Frenemies "Tita Monster and Darren Andrei"

I was cleaning-up the pictures in my macbook when I stumbled upon the pictures of my nephew and it made me miss him. My nephew's name is Darren Andrei and we call him "Ren-ren", he was born on April 21, 2010 and we use to always play and fight with each other when I was living with them for about 6 months. I remember waking up to the sound of his voice calling me "Titaaaaa", he would also watch me while I get ready for work and put make-up on. Ren-ren would always follow me and my boyfriend Sting around when he would visit >.<

Here are some of our pictures that I love.
Warning this is a picture heavy post.

During Christmas day of 2010 at the beach.

During days that we were bored and had nothing to do exept take pictures >.<

June 15, 2011 Pool outing with Sting's nephew Jacob.

Me and Ren-ren goofing around.


Ren-ren reading the safety manual upside-down... and look monkey is also reading >.<

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dinner at Teriyaki Boy 08.20.11

The look on Sting's face after the meal... I think he has a tummy ache >.<

It was our 4 years and 8 months anniversary yesterday and we went to dinner after I did some shopping at the mall where my boyfriend "Sting" worked and we decided to try out this Japanese restaurant (or at least I think its Japanese) called Teriyaki Boy. My boyfriend picked the place since he want to try something new but I was in the mood for pizza. So we went in and looked at their menu. The food looked great so we decided to stay however, we did not take into account if we like the taste of Japanese food. We ordered 4 dishes, "kani" salad, their version of buffalo chicken, teriyaki boy chicken and breaded pork with teriyaki sauce. Let me tell you I only liked the teriyaki boy chicken and the rest was okay but the salad made me loose my appetite. I think without the salad we would have enjoyed meal more. The service however was excellent especially the guy named "Jade" very accommodating. Sting got a tummy ache after and swore never to go back to that place. He now calls it "Teri-yuckkeee".lol

Friday, August 19, 2011

Book of the Month (Girl with the Dragron Tattoo)

My boyfriend bought this book about 2 months ago. We have this thing that every month I get to pick a book that I want and he would buy it for me because he knows I love to read (Isn't he sweet?). So we went to a bookstore looked around and I found this book in the bestsellers section and I picked it up, read the back cover and we bought it. I was looking for a book that is thrilling and full of mysteries and since this book certainly piqued my interest i started reading it the night we bought it.

The first hundred pages is really hard to get through because the story has a lot of characters and I can't remember who is who. Since the story is about a journalist investigating a supposed crime 40 years ago there are a lot of characters being examined and it was very confusing. So I got bored and I shoved the book aside and a month after I decided to start reading it again and to really stick with it. Surprisingly when I got to the middle part of the book I can't seem to put the book down and while I'm reading it my heart was beating really fast because of all twists in the story.

Overall I loved the book. It is definitely a book catered to more mature reader because it mostly talks about finance fraud and it contains a lot of violence. If you are planning to read this book, the story build-up is slow in the beginning but when you get in the middle I assure you that you will loose sleep reading it. I'm excited to watch the american movie version of this book and I hope it is as exciting as the book.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

All about me tag

Found this tag through elleandblair

A- AVAILABLE: Not at the moment.
B- BIRTHDAY: August 29, 1986
C- CRUSHING ON: My boyfriend, Colsid-Rey Tubiano
E - EASIEST PERSON TO TALK TO: My boyfriend, he is foremost my bestfriend before a boyfriend. I can tell him anything even things about other guys.
G - GIRL OR BOY: Girl.
H - HOMETOWN: I was born in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
I - IN LOVE WITH: Boyfriend, "Wallie" my Macbook, "Ice" my new camera that boyfriend gave me.
J - JUGGLE: No juggling skills whatsoever.
K - KILLED SOMEONE: None so far!
L - LONGEST CAR RIDE: Driving from Cagayan de Oro to Davao which was about 12 hours.
M - MILKSHAKE FLAVOUR: Watermelon and Mango milkshakes.
N - NUMBER OF SIBLINGS: 1. Younger brother named Lester.
O - ONE WISH: That everyone will be happy and content.
P - PERSON YOU CALLED LAST: "Monster" my cousin.
Q- QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: "Happiness is a choice"
R - REASON TO SMILE: I smile everyday because of all the love and support I receive from my family, boyfriend and friends.
S - SONG YOU LAST HEARD: Edge of glory by lady gaga
U - UNDERWEAR COLOR: Right now? Grey
V - VEGETABLE(S): There are only a handful of vegetables that I eat.
W - WORST HABIT: Procrastinating.
X - X-RAYS YOU'VE HAD MOST RECENTLY: The last one was for an employment requirement.
Y - YOU ARE: Craving for Junk food and Chocolates.
Z - ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo..

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Singapore Trip August 3-8, 2011

Picture before boarding plane going to Singapore

Picture of me with "Merlion" in Marina Bay which we stupidly called "Merloin"

Pictures at Universal Studios and Clarke Quay

Last week we just came back from out Singpore trip with my guy friends. I say guy friends because there are 5 of us and I'm the only girl going on the trip with them. It was our 2nd trip outside of the country the first one was on June of 2010 where we went to Hongkong (separate blogpost will be made for HK trip).

We booked our tickets for the Singapore trip one year ago when we just got back from our Hong Kong trip so we have something to look forward in 2011 and it turns out the guys are planning to apply for working/student visa for New Zealand so planning for the SG trip was not the priority. The guys was not really sure if they would push through with the trip because they finances were tied to the agency fees and all the medical examinations needed for the Visa. Also my boyfriend was suppose to be with us in the trip but he just got recently employed as a resident engineer in one of the biggest malls here in my city so he was not allowed to take a leave of absence which sucks. I almost went mental on him for not coming. It was suppose to be our 1st trip abroad together but whatever i had a blast there without him. >_<

But in the end with only one more week before the trip the guys decided to go through with the trip. One of my guy friends (Chaky) called in sick to work just to come with us. With little preparation time and money we booked for a cheap hostel packed our bags and off we went to Singapore. We had no problems in the immigration interview well except for Chaky he got stuck with the immigration supervisor and was asked a lot of questions but in the end we passed. We stayed at our hostel for about one night because our high school classmate who is working at Singapore offered to let us stay in his condo because his roommates went home and he had 3 rooms available for us to crash in which was awesome. Alvin was our savior in Singapore so we now had free accommodations, free breakfast and sometimes free dinner. We were practically freeloaders there. During the weekdays when Alvin had to work we explored the city and went to malls and visited touristy places and in the weekends all of us went to Universal Studios and experienced the night life in Clarke Quay. We met old friends there and Amor the girlfriend of one of the guys (Dixon), who also worked in Singapore. They showed us around in their free time and accompanied us to Sentosa on the weekends. I had so much fun thanks to the guys and hospitality of Alvin, Amor and Amor's friends who gave us free tickets to watch a super expensive show in Resorts World. We were in such high spirits when we got on the plane black to Philippines and we decided that our next trip in 2012 will be to Thailand.

Pre Birthday Excitement

I feel so excited when the month of August comes around because it is my birth month. My birthday is on the last week of August but I can't help feel excited even at the start of the month. I get so excited what presents I'm gonna receive and what present I'm gonna get for myself. Yesterday me and my boyfriend went to the mall to look for my birthday present and we found it. I thought we were only going to do some window shopping but he actually bought it right on the spot. He simply asked me "do you like it" and i said "yeah its nice" and he paid for it. So now I am a proud owner of a new Samsung PL120 Camera which I named "Ice" because of its shiny smooth silver surface. The camera was somewhat expensive but he said its okay he did not like the other cheaper camera on display. My boyfriend is the greatest, he really made my day yesterday. I think he was making-up for the times that we haven't been together since he is so busy working. Now I'm excited to test my new baby out especially since "Ice" has a screen on the front so you can see yourself when doing self shots.

Here is a picture of me and my boyfriend "Sting"

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