Wardrobe Diary #37: Ravenous Reader Raviv’s Moving Up Day at Gymboree (March 19, 2016)

March 19 was a day of oxymorons.  It was bittersweet, and “Whew” and “Sigh” kept taking turns in my mind.  Many were happy, but many were also sad.  Parents were also both excited and apprehensive.  Especially the Pre-K parents.  And that includes me.

So yes, on that Saturday, Raviv has officially “graduated” from preschool (I surmise kindergarten is no longer “preschool” since it’s already required by our DepEd?)  Thus the contradicting emotions.  As the cliche goes, how time flies.

Look at my little big boy during Gymboree Play & Music Sta. Rosa Preschool’s Moving Up Day, aka the First Annual Gymbo Awards:

Onesimus Coat Tie KidsYep, our peg was the Oscar’s!  So my son was among the cuties who sizzled on the red carpet.
Walking on th
e red carpet and striking a pose for the “paparazzi”

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Thumb 12366326 980280548715201 2077863288395421435 n 1024Posing with his award, the Ravenous Reader Award.  The recipient of the award was described by Teacher Clarice as, “Shows outstanding reading skills and passion for reading at such a young age.”

Before the ceremony concluded, Teacher Clarice had such a sweet message for each of her six “graduating” boys.  Most of us Pre-K parents were holding back tears, because it’s palpable how much Teacher Clarice loves them.  For Raviv, Teacher Clarice advised him to never quench his thirst to learn.  She highlighted how much Raviv loves to learn; even when no one else is listening, Raviv is still intently listening to her.

It truly warmed my heart, because that’s what I think is important.  Kebs na even if he’s not the smartest in class, as long as his passion to learn is burning inside him.  It dawned on me again how great it was that: 1) Raviv went to school as early as 1.5 years old, that during the critical years his brain was stimulated; and 2) Raviv went to a progressive school where he got the idea that learning is fun, as it allowed him to be the active, inquisitive toddler that he was.


Outfit details and kwento:

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  • matching coat and slacks: Onesimus
  • long-sleeved polo: Blue Zoo by Debenhams
  • black leather shoes: Florsheim
This time, I won’t be shy in saying, Ang gwapo ng anak ko!  Good thing Randy and I decided to buy na rin the coat & tie ensemble.  Originally, I just wanted Raviv to recycle his outfit to his Abuelita’s 60th birthday: long-sleeves, tie, vest and dark denims.  After all, I can’t think of any other occasion where he could wear his formal clothes again.  But when I surveyed what his classmates would be wearing, I changed my mind.  All moms I talked to actually bought their boys matching amerikanas.  “Kasi ‘di ba formal?  Red carpet eh.” Gulp.  Kaartehan ko pa naman ‘yang red carpet-red carpet theme na ‘yan!  Not wanting my son to look kawawa vis-a-vis his classmates, Randy and I canvassed for affordable yet nakakagwapong matching amerikana for Raviv.

We first went to H&M at Festival Mall Alabang, and Raviv fit the dark blue matching amerikana there:

Shopping for the little boy's graduation outfit. This is Option 1. #RavivongBata #RedCarpetOutfit #GymboreeStaRosaPreschool

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 Randy was away when Raviv was fitting. When I sent Randy this photo of Raviv, bihin ko na raw.  LOL.  That was the first time we saw Raviv in americana, and ampogi!!!  But what discouraged me was the fact that the slacks were just as expensive as the coat!  A day or two earlier, we dropped by the Onesimus boutique at SM Sta. Rosa, and the price of the slacks there was almost half the price of the coat.  Which makes perfect sense, ‘di ba?  So I told Randy to look some more.  We checked Rustan’s next.  There was a whole set for P4,000: coat, slacks, tie, and vest.  We don’t need the vest, so ‘wag na. Then we went to SM South Mall and checked SM Department Store.

 I’ll be honest ha?

 Sometimes what I hate about some brands sold at SM is that despite the fact that their labels are not sikat and the material of their apparel is not exactly outstanding (and let’s face it, may pagkachaka pa ang designs), mas mahal pa ‘yung sa kanila.  Like the kids’ americana set we saw there.  Haller, mas mahal pa sa Onesimus na expertise ang formal wear, at sa H&M na ang ganda ng tela at sikat (although to be fair, there are a lot of labels at SM Department Store that I love, including Boys Got Style, Sugar, Modern Prince/Princess, Just Tees and Lizzie, etc.)
But in there we ended up buying Raviv’s black leather shoes from the Florsheim stall.

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 I’ll give you a tip:  laging may sale ang Florsheim sa big SM stores (very rarely in Rustan’s).  As in. Like this pair of shoes.  Its original price is P2,000+++, which honestly would have been sulit anyway because it’s pure leather and because Raviv could wear it with his uniform in his new school.  But since this pair was on sale, we got it for only P600.  Yes, P600 lang for a pair of comfy Florsheim leather shoes.  And to prove my point earlier, across the Florsheim stall was a local shoe brand stall selling similar shoes for P1,000.  See what I mean?

(To clarify, I have nothing against local products.  All I’m saying is that if it’s local and is not exactly “quality”, and if it’s not investing on brand imaging/advertising and is not up-to-date with the latest in fashion, it should be less expensive than other more established and internationally-known products).

Then we looked for the Onesimus boutique outside the department store and voila:  they have matching americana in dark gray that’s perfect for Raviv.

Ready na for Saturday. #GymboreeStaRosaPreschool #RedCarpetOutfit #RavivongBata #TheFirstAnnualGymboAwards

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I hope any one of my close friends would get married,and ask Raviv to be a ring/coin/Bible bearer so he could wear this outfit again!  LOL. 😛

(Thank you Luther Abcede for the “red carpet” photos.)

Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #36: The Ladaga Boys’ National TV Debut (Feb. 19, 2016)

Last Sunday, we all eagerly awaited for Randy’s TV appearance. See, when we entered Drogo in the UP SAVER Pet Show, Randy was interviewed by a TV program. I’m so sorry I really can’t recall the title of the program (I have already tried Googling it, to no avail). That was before Drogo was even declared the winner.

Even though it aired on neither ABS-CBN nor GMA, we were still excited to see how the interview would turn out. Randy told Mama (his mom) about it, and very early on Sunday last week, Mama came over.

Randy played it cool, pero ang totoo n’yan, he decided not to take pictures of birds that morning when he remembered his TV appearance. Hehe.

Randy: O ang aga n’yo, Ma!
Mama: Eh syempre ‘di ba sabi mo lalabas ka sa TV? Tingnan natin kung telegenic ka.
Randy: E mamaya konti lang naman ang scenes ko dun…
Mama: Ha? Akala ko sabi mo in-interview ka? Pinagsabi ko pa naman sa mga kamag-anak natin na abangan ka at panoorin ka.


And Randy turned red. Hahaha!

Being the supportive wife, I was able to capture the part where Randy was shown.

Here’s Part 1:

Guess whom we saw on TV earlier? 🤗 Part 1 #PetShow26

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And here’s Part 2:

Guess whom we saw on TV earlier? 😁 Part 2 Or should I say, who's the only one who wasn't on TV? Hrmpft. 😳 #PetShow26

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(Sorry it’s not complete; I had to cut some parts because it was only uploaded on Instagram)

In fairness, todo cheer ang angels namin. Especially when they saw Raviv and Drogo.  But the Tanong ng Bayan is: Ma’am, ba’t wala ka?

Truth is that before, during and after Randy was being interviewed, I was seated among the spectators talking and texting on the phone. I just paused momentarily to bring Raviv to Randy.

That’s because the Gymboree Site Manager forwarded the text message of the parent of one of our preschool students to me, whose message simply said: “Sent you an email. Please read.”


Kinabahan ang lola ninyo at baka complaint na bongga kaya hindi na lang tinext. Despite the poor LTE signal, I diligently checked our official email address. I found no new email. So I called the Site Manager. “Rox may nangyari ba kay *name of child*? Complaint kaya ‘yun? Call the parents and ask them to what email address they sent the message.”

Then after a while, the Site Manager texted me: “Ay Ma’am, wrong sent lang daw po pala. Hindi raw po sa atin nag-email.” Waaaah!

Too bad, because I felt that I looked OK on that day.

Anyway, before we forget that this is Raviv’s wardrobe diary, here’s what my little boy wore when he debuted on national TV.

Here are his “yabang” moments:

Handling Drogo

Receiving Drogo’s trophy

And here’s a closer look at his outfit, when he was malingering in the Royal Canin van:

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  • black & white polo shirt (made of super duper soft fabric): Polka Tots
  • blue pants: Blue Zoo by Debenham’s
  • shoes: Native (forever!)

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!!

Wardrobe Diary #73: A Blessed Sunday (February 21, 2016)

Many families take their Sun-dates for granted, as it’s already a given. But not I. When our family does the usual Sunday family routine, my heart sings a merry tune. That’s because we usually still work on Sundays.

So last Sunday was very special to me, as neither Randy nor I had work. I looked forward to it, especially because we were supposed to go to Tagaytay and cheer Drogo into getting his Hall of Fame title at the dog show there. But when Randy, Dodong and Drogo came home talunan on Saturday night (the dog show was 2 days), Randy decided not to go to Tagaytay anymore. Tinamad na. I kept convincing him for us to still go, but he wouldn’t budge. He just sent Dodong and Yuske with Drogo to Tagaytay. K, fine. We just decided to go to church, have lunch, and then watch a movie with Raviv.

Here’s what I wore:

  • gray ruffled vest top: ukay
  • blue camisole: Aeropostale
  • jeggings: Uniqlo
  • orange peep-toe wedge sandals: Charles & Keith
  • hobo bag: Cath Kidston

Grabe I realized—it’s been a while since I posted an OOTD of me wearing ukay! Actually this top has been lost in a sea of my messy dress closet. Someone thought it was a dress and put it there. 😛

And let’s talk about my orange peep toe wedges, ‘k lang? Actually it was the first time I wore them.

I bought this pair a few days earlier when Randy was scouting for a backpack at Paseo de Sta. Rosa. See, one of the great things about Paseo de Sta. Rosa is the outlet stores. And there’s a Charles & Keith outlet store there. I decided to buy a new pair because my old one got damaged. Repair would cost around P300, tapos may tahi pa. Whereas this pair only cost me P799. Yes, P799 only! Original price was P2,100. They’re comfy pa, as I am still able to walk around well. I love how these wedges make me look slim and tall. My self-confidence is boosted up to 75%. ‘Di ba nagpaka-low key low key ako last year? Remember my flat canvas shoes haul? Well, I now remember why I resisted flats for the longest time, at bakit tinitiis ko ang heels dati. May magandang dahilan. At ‘yun ay ang pagiging feeling maganda. 😉 Feeling beautiful and slim over comfort.

Anyway, here are some snapshots of this wonderful Sunday:

Our first stop: Sunday Service at Victory Nuvali. We specifically went to the 11 a.m. service because that’s when my favorite pastor, Pastor Janssen, preaches.

How I love listening to him. My faith in and love for God are always refreshed. #SundayService #VictoryNuvali

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Second stop: Lunch at Pepper Lunch in Solenad.

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Third stop: Zootopia!

For days, Raviv kept on asking when we could watch Zootopia raw ba. So we decided that if Zootopia is showing, we will watch it. We checked out the cinema, and it was!!! Randy and Raviv first went without me because two UP Diliman students interviewed me (as a blogger) for a paper or project they’re making.

I had fun talking to these two that I almost forgot to join Randy and Raviv at the cinema! Good thing I was able to join habol and still watch with them. Zootopia was a great movie, by the way. Randy said he liked it a lot.

Actually, I thought Randy didn’t like it because in the middle of the movie, Randy was texting intently.

‘Yun pala he received huge news. Huge! Good news and bad news.

Good news: Drogo got Group 4 in two show rings!!! (If you are not familiar with dog shows ‘wag n’yo nang ipa-explain muna kasi ang hirap i-explain) But the point is that it was a big deal!!! Drogo beat so many other dogs in two consecutive show rings!!! Gravity!!! On that very day, Drogo has become the first and only bullmastiff in the Philippines who’s a Hall of Famer!!!

Drogo and the other Best of Breed winners on Saturday when he never won

And the bad news? We were not there to witness it. Hay nakoooo.

Still, it’s a simple Sunday I will cherish for a long time. 🙂

Wardrobe Diary #72: Second Rate, Trying Hard Copycat (Feb. 9, 2016)

As I’ve mentioned on my previous post, Randy and I have been going to the chiropractor for weeks now. Bakit kamo? Remember when Raviv fell into the Lake at Nuvali and Randy swooped in to the rescue? After that, Randy’s arm and back have been aching like crazy. To the point that one time, he slept on the recliner. He hasn’t been able to bike, run, or even walk our dog. He has seen several doctors/healers: cardiologists (with an “s”; he got scared the pain might be related to his heart), orthopaedic, physical therapist, and even manghihilot (not the type who does bulung-bulong, though). Then his friend, Dr. Raffy Barrozo (who studied Homeopathy, Naturopathy and Ayurveda in India and Sri Lanka, and Oriental Medicine in Japan and Korea) recommended that Randy see a chiropractor.

After Randy’s first session, he seemed satisfied. And because he knows that I’ve been suffering from chronic upper back and neck pain of almost a decade, he suggested I go with him on his second session.

Randy got a 12-session package; I got a 6-session package. Randy goes to the chiropractor 3x/week; I go 2x/week.

We went there for my 4th session yesterday, and here’s what I wore.

  • red long-sleeved collared blouse: Old Navy Stretch
  • boyfriend jeans: Uniqlo
  • handbag: LV Mulicolore Alma
  • wedge sandals: Grendha
  • freshwater pearl long-strand necklace: Greenhills tiangge

So sa tinagal-tagal ng huli kong OOTD post, sobrang simple pa ng comeback ko. At ang taba ko pa rin. Rather, antaba ko pa lalo. LOL. Actually, I didn’t at all plan to post this OOTD. After all, I just grabbed this blouse at the last minute this morning when I realized it was my chance to wear my long sleeves because of the weather. Then when Randy saw me, he said, “Wow!”

That was a big deal to me because these days, he rarely tells me I look great (sniff, sniff). In fact, when he was taking my picture earlier and I told him not to get low angle shots because they make me look “malaki”, he told me: “Eh malaki ka naman na talaga.” (‘Wag na ‘wag kang mangalabit! Gigisingin ko si Raviv! Hehe)

Anyway, the next question in your mind is probably: “At ano naman ‘yang pearl strand drama mo?”

Well. That was inspired by a mom I saw at Poveda last Sunday. Brain Train sponsored its musical entitled “Level It Up”. Since we had a new marketing personnel, I came with them to man our booth to supervise. And I entertained myself by looking at the moms’s outfits. There were plenty of well-dressed mommies, but two outfits stood out for me.

First runner up:

Laidback yet elegant. The jumpsuit and ballet flats looked very comfy. The “ribbon”back detail added a certain flair. The short hair made it all very chic. The gold-studded belt added a hint of elegance. And of course, the well-shaped and flawless legs finished the look.


I hate that I wasn’t able to take a front view photo. None of the two photos did her any justice. This mommy was wearing a simple, nicely-tailored top; slim black pants, Tory Burch wedge sandals…and the perfect accessories! She layered her pearl strands perfectly, wore simple yet elegant hand burloloy… and I now realize: iba talaga ang dating ng classic Chanel flap bag.

And so the following day, I was inspired to wear the medyo pangmahirap version of this mom’s outfit. My answer to her Chanel was LV; Grendha to her Tory; and a freshwater pearl strand to her strands and strands of South Sea. 😉 Parang “The Look for Less” lang ng magazines.


I actually saw several women wearing avant-garde tops and flamboyant dresses. And they looked terrific. But for some reason, these two women really stood out for me. I don’t know why. Maybe because they looked so comfortably elegant in their clothes. They moved around comfortably, unlike others who obviously looked either too conscious or uncomfortable. Like there was a woman who had a very pretty face, but a bit on the heavy side. Perhaps to make her look slimmer, she wore really high wedges, mga tipong 5 inches. But it was obvious she wasn’t comfortable. You can see it by the way she walked. She looked pained. Sayang.

Another thing about the two women who stood out in my eyes is that they were both slim. There. Kelangan talagang pumayat.

Raviv’s Long Weekend Adventure #3: At the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao + Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #33: The Snake Charmer

Yes, hindi pa tapos ang kwento about our Mindanao trip last December. 🙂 This time, let’s talk about our 2nd day in Davao.

Remember how tiring our first day in Davao was? Exactly. So we all slept fitfully, and the following day we all woke up feeling refreshed and energized. I would have wanted to lounge and just chill in our hotel room for a longer time, but we wanted to drop by The Philippine Eagle Center and the Eden Farm before heading home to Kabacan. So we had to move quickly. After we all took baths and packed out stuff, we headed to Cafe Marco of Marco Polo Hotel Davao to have our buffet breakfast.

Quick Review of Cafe Marco of the Marco Polo Hotel Davao: First things first, sorry I don’t have lots of photos. Just those two. Aside from that we were in a hurry, nahiya naman ako to take too many photos. Baka sabihin ng mga sosyaling guests excited ako. 😀



Anyway, food at Cafe Marco was great. Not outstanding compared to the other hotel buffet breakfast we’ve gone to. If I say, “OK lang”, please don’t think I’m saying that food is bland and so-so. The variety of food is wide, almost everything is delicious. By “OK lang”, I mean it’s pretty much the same breakfast buffet we had recently at the Disney Hollywood Hotel in Hong Kong, Century Park Hotel in Bangkok, and Acacia Hotel in Alabang (though the food variety at Acacia Hotel is less. Buti na lang super sarap ng beef tapa!) But what we were looking for but did not find was yogurt!!! Walang yogurt! The interior and ambiance of Care Marco are also great.

We had to rush breakfast because of two things: first, minamadali na kami ni Motherhood. Gagabihin na raw kami. And second, my goolai, in the middle of our familia lafang-fest, sumakit ang chan namin. One by one nag-LBM kami. Must be the food we ate last night! Good thing we had lots of Dutch Mill yoghurt drink. No seriously, fan kami ng Dutch Mill. Although to be sure, we also bought some loperamide for Randy and me and Erceflora for Raviv.

Our first stop was The Philippine Eagle Center. This was probably my 4th time there. Before we even reached the entrance, Raviv got excited over something. He asked Randy to take his picture together with that something. Brace yourselves guys, here’s Raviv:
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How brave he is! This is a huuuuuge snake, and he volunteered to hold it and have a photo with it. Alone. Bravo!

Anyway, here are more photos of Raviv inside The Philippine Eagle Center:


Yes, behind Raviv is a Philippine Eagle! Gawd these birds look so fierce and majestic! There were lots of other birds but it was hard to take good photos of the. So instead, I just took photos of my charming boy.



Here’s his outfit details:

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Raviv’s Long Weekend Adventure #2: Up, Up & Away + Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #32

Hello! Our Mindanao vacation is over, and we’re back! I still don’t have a laptop, though. Yesterday, we attended the 2nd birthday of an amiga’s daughter at Fun Ranch near Tiendesitas, and traffic was horrible! The bad traffic would have been sulit because I spent time contacting MacBook Air online sellers, so we could meetup in Tiendesitas. Unfortunately, none of them even replied to my SMS inquiry. I tried calling them, too, but none was picking up. What the?!? I came ready with cash and all, and nada. Pwes, bahala sila. ‘Yun lang, wala pa rin akong own laptop. Huhuhuhu.

Anyway, here’s a lowdown of the events that transpired on Saturday last week.

We left Sta. Rosa City at 12:30 a.m. en route to the airport, because our flight was at 4 a.m. Raviv went to sleep wearing his travelling clothes already. He’s been so excited about this trip that when he heard some hullabaloo when Randy and I were getting dressed, he woke up on his own.

Raviv and Randy at NAIA Terminal 2. Raviv’s outfit details:

  • long-sleeved shirt (because it’s cold in the airplane): Blue Zoo by Debenhams
  • checkered shorts: Uniqlo
  • rubber shoes: Native (he wears nothing but these shoes!)
  • newsboy cap: unbranded; got it from a boutique at Festival Mall

We met Mom at the airport. By the way, we forgot to bubble wrap our luggage. We just kept our fingers crossed that we wouldn’t fall victim to the infamous laglag-bala modus. And thank God, hindi naman. One personnel (whom Motherhood already befriended out of her very frequent air travels—daig pa ni Motherhood ang flight attendants sa byahe eh!) said that the laglag-bala often happens at Terminal 3 (we were at Terminal 2) to those with connecting flights and OFWs.

Raviv stayed with Motherhood at the Mabuhay Lounge while Randy and I stayed with the “commoners”. LOL! On the airplane, he was very happy to have been seated beside the window. It’s like it was his first time to ride an airplane!

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Upon touchdown at around 6 a.m., we proceeded to the Marco Polo Hotel Davao to rest for a bit. It was good that there were empty rooms, so we were able to chreck-in early.

Raviv was again very happy, because he loves hotels. Hotels are his happy place, so we have been willing to spare extra bucks to check-in at good hotels. Remind me to make a separate blogpost about our stay at the Marco Polo Davao.

After resting for a bit, off we went to meet my brother and his family at the Davao Crocodile Park. Raviv bathed in the tub so I changed his clothes. Here’s what he wore for the rest of the day:

  • white shirt: Uniqlo
  • shorts: Maui & Sons
  • sunnies: SM Kids’ Fashion
  • rubber shoes: Native
  • bag: Cath Kidston
  • newsboy cap: unbranded; got it from a boutique at Festival Mall

It was actually our 3rd time at the Davao Crocodile Farm. (a more detailed description/review of the Davao Crocodile Park HERE). However, since Raviv can no longer remember the times we visited it, off we went there again. Here are some of our familia photos at the Davao Crocodile Farm:

My handsome man and my handsome boy

My little boy holding a little croc

My family, clockwise from leftmost top: Dad, my brother TJ, my husband Randy, TJ’s wife Ruth, Raviv, TJ’s daughter Yoona, Mom and I

Raviv and his cousin Yoona, reunited!

After touring the Davao Crocodile Park, we proceeded to our favorite restaurant in Davao: Ahfat Seafoods Plaza. This restaurant is actually within the immediate vicinity of Victoria Plaza. And be careful: for some reason, there’s more than one Ahfat restaurant in the area. Motherhood says these branches are not at par with each other. She said, “Tamo dito sa pupuntahan natin, andaming tao. Dun sa kabila, wala.” [Read more…]

Wardrobe Diary #71: Welcome Back, Self-Esteem! (November 8, 2015)

Happy Sunday everyone!

I feel great about the past week because I was able to rest. A lot. Classes at Gymboree resumed (after sembreak) only on Wednesday, and I had no classes this weekend. So hooray!!! Because I was relaxed—and because my jeans are all super tight now—I was (finally!) compelled to get physical. But to get there, I have begun sleeping and waking up early. I think I have to thank PLDT’s palpak na internet for that. Since wala nang magawa sa gabi, derechong tulog na. Result? I’d wake up early the following day.

From this, to…

…this!!! (sana magtuluy-tuloy!)

I feel happy doing it because I know it’s the right thing. I’m not getting any younger and my metabolism has slowed down, especially postpartum. Moreover, Randy’s really happy to see me up and about. He has long begged me to join him in biking, running and dog walking. But since I’m not a morning or a nature-nature person, he’d always go alone.

When we returned to Los Banos, I realized that I left my running shoes in Sta. Rosa. Fart. Buuuuut, ika nga eh ‘pag gusto may paraan. So yesterday morning, I watched Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag while on the elliptical machine (that I haven’t used in more than a year). Look, look, look:

Calories of 2.5 donuts burned after 70 mins. Waaah! #HirapMagpapayat

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Yes, lampas isang oras para i-burn ang 2.5 donuts. #AsanAngHustisya. But still, I feel good that I’m doing something about it. And exercising might awaken my sleeping metabolism. Actually, my mood has improved overall. Totoo ngaata ang sabi ni Elle Woods:

Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.

‘Di ba? 🙂

And though I know I still haven’t lost weight, I just feel so good that today that I felt confident to take a photo of me–whole body—for a Wardrobe Diary entry (but not that confident to ask Randy to use his DSLR. Mirror selfie lang muna). Here’s what I wore to church today:


And here are my outfit of the day details:

  • black sleeveless blouse: from one of the stalls at Olivarez Plaza, Los Banos (I bought this when I was a freshman in college, grabe!!! Two for P180 ang price)

  • white skirt with floral prints: Cacharel

  • white kitten heels: Prada

  • leather bag: YSL Chyc Cabas

I see from the photos that my arms still need some serious toning and that my waist is barely recognizable from my hips. But the fact that my last Wardrobe Diary post was in April, well, this speaks volumes about my regained self-esteem.  Iba talaga ‘ata ang nagagawa ng endorphins. 😉

Have an endorphine-filled week ahead!

Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #31: Roar for Dinosaurs! (June 3, 2015)

Ola! I’m currently preparing for a presentation next Saturday, and I’m already tired. Blogging break muna.

Anyway, our super duper short & light UPCAT review season ended last week. To mark that finally we are on vacation mode, Randy made last minute plans to go to Clark/Angeles. Raviv had been saying he wanted to go back to Dinosaurs Island and to go swimming. So Randy tasked me to book at Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks & Casino. More about Fontana in a separate blogpost. For the meantime, i-feature muna natin ang Ravivong Bata and his outfit.

We arrived at Clark at around 9 a.m. Since it was still too early to check-in our villa at Fontana, we proceeded to Dinosaurs Island. Look at how excited and “nasa mood” Raviv was, despite the long travel:

Ain’t he the cutest?!? And allow me point out the obvious: his shirt was just perfect for this trip! Kebs nang long-sleeves at pinawisan siya! Basta dinosaur!  Or should I say, dino-snoar?

But it wasn’t just his shirt that was in the theme. Notice that he’s carrying a backpack, too. We don’t usually make him carry a bag, but this one’s an exception, because he loves his bag so much. Take a look:

Raviv’s whole ensemble made him so much more excited. So of course, here are the outfit details:

  • long-sleeved blue shirt: Debenham’s Blue Zoo
  • mustard shorts: Rustan’s Kiddos
  • sandals: Chicco
  • abaca hat: from a store at Festival Mall
  • bag: Lily & Tucker “Danny” bag

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Wardrobe Diary #70: It Takes Gutz to Rub Elbows with the Gutierrezes (April 18, 2015)

Hello! I’m still reeling from a hectic day of travelling and teaching. So as much as I have promised myself I’m gonna blog about Gymboree Sta. Rosa’s Grand Launching, I feel it’s too much work (I have 1,600+++ photos to choose from. Waaah!) In place of that, here’s another Wardrobe Diary entry, featuring my outfit-ey when I “rubbed elbows” with la familia Gutierrez!

Had I not been extra, super duper to the max haggardous organizing our grand lunching/open house/Zion’s birthday party, I’d have gone shopping to buy an outfit especially for the occasion. But since I had zilch time and energy, I had to make do with what’s already in my closet.

The night before the big day, I finally decided to wear this:

(Photos taken after the event, when I finally had the time to smile and breathe)

  • jumpsuit: Forever 21
  • necklace: XOXO
  • watch: Motherhood’s Philip Stein
  • stilettos: Aldo
  • bag: Balenciaga Velo

I kept it simple, choosing to wear only two colors. None in this ensemble is new—everything’s been worn before and has been in my closet for months/years. Still, I was happy with my chosen ensemble. Everything would have been perfect if only I had enough time to do my make-up and hair. Waley eh. I was busy in the morning during our Open House entertaining our sponsors and answering inquiries, on top of overseeing everything else. Then I had about 30 minutes to freshen up, put on a little bit of make-up, and fix my hair a bit. Because not long after, guests have arrived. Waaaah!!!

Here are some sneak peeks of moi photobombing some of the activities and festivities, with a little bit of chika:

Eksena 1: Surprise–Tita Anabelle Rama is in the house!!!

Honestly, I thought that only Richard, Sarah & Baby Zion were coming. But when I was called to go down when our special guests have arrived, nag-panic ako because si “Tita” Anabelle Rama agad ang bumulaga sa akin! But my fears were misplaced. Ms. Anabelle was really friendly and accommodating.  She was also soft-spoken and was always smiling!  And yes, she truly looks like every inch like a donya.

Tita Anabelle’s quote of the day to me (bilang siya talaga ang Number 1 priority kong asikasuhin):

‘Day, iyo ba itong building na ‘to? Ang ganda ha! Nice place. Ang ganda!

O ‘di ba? Pasado sa standards ni Tita Anabelle!

Eksena 2: The Dedication, The Chanel Bags, The Prada Footwear and the Slippers

The photo above was during the message of dedication.  Randy and I were intently listening to Pastor Jon Dolor of Victory Los Banos’s message and prayer…

…and here, Motherhood intentionally stood beside the Gutierrezes, hehe.  Her shoulders literally rubbing Eddie Gutierrez’s elbow!

Motherhood’s quote of the day:

Buti na lang pinilit mo akong gamitin ‘yung Chanel bag mo…at least pareho kami ni Anabelle! Pero pinalitan ko ‘yung sapatos ko—isinuot ko uli ‘yung wedges ko! Si Anabelle Rama nga naka-slippers eh!

That’s because before the event, I urged Motherhood to ditch two things: her Cath Kidston floral bag (haller, ganyan ang outfit n’ya tas Cath Kidston floral bag?!?) and her Mendrez wedges. Alam n’yo ‘yung wedge na typical na sinusuot ng women her age? Exactly. I knew sasablay si Motherhood sa footwear and bagelya category, so I packed an extra bag for her (this quilted Chanel) and the Prada kitten-heeled shoes I made her wear during her surprise birthday party.  Which she jilted when she saw Annabelle was wearing thong sandals lang.

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Raviv’s Dinosaur-Themed Gymboree Birthday Party Part 3: Wardrobe Diaries

Continued from Raviv’s Dinosaur-Themed Gymboree Birthday Party Part 2: The Most Fun Party, Ever!

and Raviv’s Dinosaur-Themed Gymboree Birthday Party Part 1: The DIY Decor & Aesthetics

I had a difficult time looking for Raviv’s outfit. I looked for it online and in children’s clothing boutiques. Nada. I thought it was easy to look for clothes with dinosaur prints because they were everywhere when Raviv was still a baby. But for some reason, dinosaur prints were no longer as popular for toddlers! I didn’t want Raviv to wear a full-on dinosaur hunter costume because he has worn something like that on his jungle safari first birthday party.

Good thing I dropped by SM Department Store a few days before Raviv’s birthday, because I was eager to use the P3,000 worth of gift checks that SM Kids Fashion gave me…

…because wouldn’t you know it, I found the perfect ensemble there! Look:

I got an inner shirt with the body of a dragon (but looks like a dinosaur when the wings are covered), plus matching paleontologist-isque khaki polo and shorts. Still looks like Raviv’s jungle safari costume #2, but the inner shirt makes it perfect for a dinosaur party!

Look at mi amorcito on his special day:

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