most of the time, we get so caught up in the grind and routine of our daily life that we forget to stop, and just enjoy every moment as it comes!

relax. everything happens for a reason - so just go with it!

from a Yahoo article by David Romanelli, here are very insightful and inspiring pointers that would guide us in just going with the flow of life's mystery:

1. Recognize that whether by master stroke or pure chance, there is great intelligence in the universe.

Fact: A single human cell measuring 1/1,000 of an inch across contains instructions within its DNA that would fill 1,000 books of 600 pages each (Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now)

2. Minimize resistance.

"Nothing on earth can overcome an absolutely non-resistant person." - Florence Shinn

3. Spend time in nature.

"Genius learns from nature." - Oscar Wilde

4. Be patient with your struggles and challenges.

"Infinite patience yields immediate results." - Wayne Dyer

5. Free the mind from daily routines.

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free the mind." - Bob Marley

6. Smile...everything is evolving just as it should.

"Sometimes joy is the source of your smile but sometimes a smile is the source of your joy." - Thich Nhat Han

so chill, everyone!

as for me, i might later drink that bottle of beer i saw in the fridge at home.

CARPE DIEM and have a great weekend!

posted by vina @ 10:54 AM            | links to this post

coffee, tea, or.....*gasp* me?

i'm not much of a coffee drinker, though i sure love the aroma of coffee beans!

now, whether coffee is actually good or bad for the health, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it as long as it is taken in moderation, wouldn't you agree?

i'm sure a lot of you out there just looooove coffee, whether you drink it to jump start your day, or just to get by, or practically have it as your constant companion, or have it as an excuse to (over)stay in a coffee shop...

so tell, oh, do tell! how do you like your coffee? what is your favorite coffee?

as for me, i can almost smell the coffee beans...hmmmm...but i'll just have that english tea, please.

posted by vina @ 11:20 AM            | links to this post

choo story

i always thought the one behind Jimmy Choo the shoe empire is, well, Jimmy Choo.

i guessed wrong.

it's Tamara Mellon, formerly an Accessories Editor of British Vogue.

Jimmy Choo was discovered and just initially commissioned by Mellon to make unique pieces for the magazine. Mellon eventually had grander plans, and after acquiring go-signal from Choo, proceeded to build her dream.

this was 10 years ago. the name is now worth over $300 million.


now, i want some of those killer stilletos. even if i have to beg, lie or steal.

so choo me.

posted by vina @ 2:48 PM            | links to this post


i miss dancing.

the feel of lambs wool around my toes...the way i look in tights and leotards...the tutu...the pirouettes...

the swish-swoosh of the grass skirt...the pom poms...the sway of the hips...the arch of the back...

the kicks...the twirls...the bend, the twist...

the sweat...the grunts...

the fall...the tears...

the smile...the satisfaction...

ecstacy is what i feel when dancing.

i have never felt that in a long time. and i miss it.

what do you miss doing?

posted by vina @ 10:56 PM            | links to this post

from Bacolod with love


oh, lookie, lookie...a Calea box straight from Bacolod!

i wonder what's inside...

*gasp* is that a chocolate cake?

a big, round, yummy chocolate cake?

and it's all mine?

aaaaaw, poor you. Calea cakes and pastries are just the best!

posted by vina @ 11:22 AM            | links to this post

the men of Inside Man

ever since ricky left, i have been remiss in my movie-watching habit. as a result, i haven't been able to watch Omen 666. dang, darn, dammit!

good thing i was able to watch Inside Man last week, though there is still a more recent film that i was able to catch just this weekend.

i wouldn't have forgiven myself if i missed this Spike Lee-directed film, since it stars two of my favorite and sexiest actors, Denzel Washington and Clive Owen playing the cop and the bank robber, respectively. this is quite a departure from Lee's usual political and drama-ridden films, but certainly not lacking in story, humor and wit.

Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer and Willem Dafoe complete the impressive cast, each contributing weight and plus points to the bank heist-with-a-twist movie.

and the ending? i definitely have no complaints! it's just as i wanted, with extra gravy!

i just had minor issues with the scoring (man, i have a thing with musical scoring, i tell you), and the sometimes erratic, jerky camera movements. but i think it's just me, hehe.

overall, this is a purely enjoyable not-so-Hollywood Hollywood movie. definitely something worth your while.

unlike that film i watched this weekend: the Manny Pacquiao Story, starring Jericho Rosales and Bea Alonzo.

I HAD NO CHOICE. my parents wanted it. debbie wanted it.

i just want to make that clear. in case you saw and recognized me.

posted by vina @ 5:08 PM            | links to this post

the day that was

June 23, 2006.

30 years old and still rocking, haha! really, what's there to be sad about? i have my family, my friends, and ricky.

and last friday, getting 2 out of 3 - family and friends - was certainly enough to make me face the days and the year ahead with much love and inspiration.

thank you to my cute and adorable sister, Debbie, and to my equally cute and adorable best friend, Celine, for not-so-secretly organizing a not-so-secret birthday gathering for me, at Italianni's Restaurant in Greenbelt 3.

the small party in attendance: family, friends, and the birthday girl.

my small family: papa, mama, moi and debbie. in case my sister looks familiar, click here and you'll remember where you've seen her.

my small family, plus one: papa, mama, moi, debbie, and her best friend and my adopted sister, april:

my sister asked me to act surprised when the Italianni's staff finally came on with their birthday serenade and the complimentary ice cream. i think i overdid it.

finally, before singing, they asked if it was my 18th birthday.

haha, now who could say no to that?

posted by vina @ 10:30 AM            | links to this post

i choose to be... a good mood today. owing to the fact that i'm a cancer, that would certainly take a lot of effort since we crabs are just the moodiest and crappiest bunch ever, wouldn't you agree so, snglguy?

but still, i promise to be extra nice today and that is because....

1. i just renewed my driver's license over at the malate land transportation office. i didn't care that the whole area was just....ugly, and that i still do not know how to drive. at least, i now have a new license, plus, i look good in the picture - that is extremely important!

2. i am about to open a new account in a bank because ricky said so. haha...i don't care if we're apart. just keep the mullah coming honey! haha

3. my ma and pa are flying in from bacolod today, and will be here till sunday. it's been more than 10 years since my pa set foot in manila, and i'm sure he'll play the man-from-the-province part to the hilt! hehe

4. i just received a basket of flowers from my friends, and i just cried a bit, hehe

5. i think i will receive a gift from my boss today. i hope to receive a gift from my boss today. i wish to receive a gift from my boss today.

now, if you still don't know why i choose to be in a good mood today, June 23, 2006, then, ambot sa inyo! (ewan ko sa inyo...i don't know with you...)

tomorrow is a different story.

posted by vina @ 11:03 AM            | links to this post

what now?

dammit! i'm currently craving for the rightfully famous Famous Amos...

i was able to taste this heavenly creation while in Singapore, and now i miss it...sooooo much it hurts (okay, that's exaggerating).

butterscotch and pecan cookies

i-forgot-the-name-but-oh-so-delicious muffin

pleeeeeease, to all concerned (haha!), you all know what to bring me when you come home here...

i'll clean your house, wash the dishes, scrub the toilet, baby-sit, house-sit...

posted by vina @ 1:55 PM            | links to this post

best days

i've been humming this tune all morning and now i just can't get it out of my mind. darn this LSS.

incidentally, this is the graduation song of Debbie and April's batch in La Salle Bacolod - Batch 2004 if i'm not mistaken.

i remember my graduation song: I believe I can Fly, by R. Kelly. looking back...eeew, really.

it's an upbeat song. quite a departure from the usual mushy, cheesy graduation songs, and i am adopting this as my graduation song. actually, the message of the song is quite nice and uplifting as well.

it's entitled "Best Days", i think, and if you are familiar with it, please tell me the artist or correct the lyrics, but basically, this is how it goes (i could sing it for you but i would probably ruin your day):

Am I happy?
Maybe not
But I never want to lose what I've got
I wouldn't trade it
For anything dear to my heart

Sometimes weather can be rain
Now when will there be sunny again
Behind the clouds on the line
It's just another sunny day.....

The pop of the cork and
The clink of the glass
We toast to the future and
We drink to the past
It might not be easy but nevertheless
These are the best days of our lives

These are the times that we'll never forget
These are the best days of our lives.

come to think of it, these are the best days of my life!

i just have so much to be thankful for.

we all do, don't you think?

posted by vina @ 11:27 AM            | links to this post

tic toc

tic toc says the clock...

to more wonderful years ahead

with family,



with ricky, whom i will be spending the rest of my life with

through thick and thin...

carpe diem, vina, carpe diem!

posted by vina @ 8:50 PM            | links to this post

part three: the singapura eating, shopping and eating adventure

finally, the last day, Sunday, June 11, came...our flight the next day was at 9:30 a.m., and though it sucked, we couldn't complain. everything about our trip was just fantastic.

that's us girls at the beautiful lobby of the beautiful Sheraton Towers, after our late breakfast, and before leaving to start the day.

ladida dida dida, on our way to the MRT station, which was just a 2-minute walk from the hotel. that's me, taking a picture of...

...ryan (and celine behind him), taking a picture of us.

our destination: Novena Square mall, for more Charles & Keith shoe shopping, and this:

boy, was the place packed and busy! Wee Nam Kee was more of an eatery than a restaurant, but it sure was popular, based on the influx of hungry people like us! good thing we were able to have a table inside because it eventually rained hard.

after lunch, *burp, excuse me*, we decided to go Suntec City mall for more of the intended shopping/window-shopping.

as expected, people abound at the mall. people from possibly any place you could think of. but that did not stress me out. not a single bit.

because these two special men made sure i would be able to brave the crowd.

singapore 2006

me, ben, AND jerry united in singapore by their new york super fudge chunk. aaaaah, what could be sexier than that?

day three, and i just had to have a (ful)filling threesomely twosome. hehe.

posted by vina @ 11:09 AM            | links to this post

the Great Singapore Sale war zone - take a peek

erm, i know celine's in there. somewhere.

i wish i had a staff to part this ocean...

what are you looking and smiling at, huh? you guy in yellow shirt you!

definitely not for the faint-hearted.

posted by vina @ 6:59 PM            | links to this post

what starts my day

my typical breakfast:

Kellog's choco frosted cereals swimming, nay, drowning, in full cream milk, and one piece of banana.

fast, no fuss. it always makes me feel like a kid.

gets me going till around 11:00 a.m., then i'll go looking for some crackers to get me by till lunch, hehe.

what's your typical breakfast?

(more of the singapore adventure coming up!)

posted by vina @ 11:11 AM            | links to this post

part two: the singapura intoxication

but before that, let me just vent...


(fast, heavy breathing...getting sloooower, and big sigh...silence)

that makes me feel better now.

let's move on, shall we?


total alcohol intake for day two of the Singapura adventure. three glasses. assorted.

first glass was the Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel at around 4:00 pm. yes, remember that?

we specifically reserved day two (a Saturday) for our night out, originally at Zouk, but we were only able to leave our hotel at 11:30 p.m., and after taking a suggestion from the friendly Sheraton staff to have dinner at Lau Pau Sat (another hawker type food center), we decided to proceed to nearby Ministry of Sound club along Clarke Quay (yesiree, Singapore has THE famous Ministry of Sound...*turning green with envy*).

like Zouk, the Ministry of Sound is a clubs-within-a-club club. when we asked the receptionist how many areas there were inside, she said five - although we only familiarized ourselves with three - the hip hop/ r&b music area "Smoove", the chill-out/lounge music area "Pure", and the house music area, presumably the main area, whose name we forgot and where we eventually stayed.

entrance fee for the ladies was Singapore $25 (P800 / USD 15), and Singapore $30 for the men (P960 / USD 18), with two free stubs for drinks and access to all of the clubs. rather cheap, yes?

erm, nooooo, i'm not drunk in this shot, although this was taken as we were leaving the club, at around 3:00 a.m.

erm, noooooo, not drunk here either. this is my second glass for the day, and the first at the club.

hehe, look at me...crazy, crazy me. like an animal let out of its cage, with a glass of vodka sprite in hand.

that's the third glass for the day, and the second at the club. like an animal let out of its cage, with a mug of Heineken in hand. do i look druuuuuunk? i'm not drunk! *hik* i only had 2 glasses! how could i be drunk? *hik*

weeeee! i had a great time!

did i mention i had a great time?

what a blast at the Ministry of Sound. i even bought a CD of its 2006 collection Asia edition, the next day at HMV (awesome tracks by the way; i highly recommend it!).

what a long, tiring day, capped with awesome sounds in an awesome club, with awesome friends, and awesome drinks.

oooooh, did i mention i had a great time? *hik*

posted by vina @ 11:03 AM            | links to this post

time out!

woohoo! i love personality tests!

this one caught my fancy while bloghopping. thanks to meigh for this one!

i most especially love the "live richly" part...

The Picto-Personality Test

You are a person who is incredibly tranquil and values peace above all else.

When alone, you like to relax and do exactly what you feel like doing at the time.

You are laid back. Anything goes, with you.

In the future you will be happy and live richly.

Take this Test at


one by one
all at once?

posted by vina @ 12:00 PM            | links to this post

the singapura intoxication part one

of course, any vacation wouldn't be complete without alcohol intake! for me, anyway.

so while in singapore, there was no excuse for not trying the famous Singapore Sling and half-immerse in the singaporeans' hard-partying ways.

while at the raffles district in day two of our singapore adventure, we dropped by the legendary Raffles Hotel, where the Singapore Sling was born.

the Long Bar at the 2nd floor of the hotel is where the concoction supposed to have started, but at 3:00 pm, the place was actually full with Europeans watching a World Cup game.

we opted instead to have our drink at the sprawling Raffles Courtyard, which was just lovely and charming.

Picture 005

ria had to leave because she wasn't feeling very well, while gino and kaye had their separate trip to Sentosa and the Night Safari, so it was just celine, ryan and I.

now, as i mentioned before in one of my previous posts, ryan and celine are allergic to alcohol - that's how i want to say it, anyway, but ryan was game enough to have one for himself.

so that's ryan and i with our glasses of Singapore Sling, while celine had her, ehem, Virgin Sling (Singapore Sling minus the alchohol).

the sling supposedly started as a ladies' drink, and that's exactly how it still tastes: sweet with a pineapple-y taste and the right amount of alchohol bitterness. i'm not much of a ladies' drink drinker, but the sling was not bad, lah! definitely not bad, at all!

Picture 007

ryan must have also liked it very much because he finished the whole glass, though he just upped and left celine and i, without any word, proceeded to the rest room and washed his face. celine, on the other hand, was not convinced that the virgin sling did not have any alcohol since she said she was feeling hot and tipsy. it's all in your mind, i told her. it's all in both of your minds, i thought.

as for me, i was feeling just pretty fine and waiting for the effect of the alcohol to sink in. it didn't happen.

now you know why i'm not much of a ladies' drink drinker.

posted by vina @ 7:18 PM            | links to this post