Happy Birthday Daddy-o!

As every Filipino knows, today, the 30th of December, is Rizal Day. But... only WE know that today is ALSO my Dad's Birthday! :)
Sooooo... we went out to eat lunch. We ate at Lipa Grill. Love that place. Awesome food is awesome. I somehow forgot to take photos of the food we ate though. I was too busy drooling and eating. haha.
Anyways, I did get to have my brother (and my dad. although it's his birthday. haha) to take photos of me for my blogs.
I woke up today not feeling girly. NOT AT ALL. so I decided to wear something with a bit of grunge feel to it. Just dull colors and just this lazy look. Photos below. :)

Oh, I forgot to mention that my grandma, uncle and two cousins came with us. :) Utter chaos when my cousins are with my brother. haha.


Oooh! and I had Choco Banana Shake. Yum. I love it!! You should def try it at Lipa Grill. :)

My Dad and I are close. I guess I can say I'm a daddy's girl. I am his first child after all, and you know how dads are with their daughters.. :>

 Here's a photo of my mom and dad. Aren't they cute?? I must tell you, they're still soooooo sweet. Dad still seems like he's courting mom. :>

Love Birds. :>

Took a couple of photos from inside the car on the way back home.

Toodles for now ~ Janine ♥



Today I stood in our backyard.. a midst the blooming flowers swaying.
The rays of the sun felt warm on my skin. The strong breeze, felt cool. I felt both.
Everything felt...and seemed to me, like it could be from a surreal movie..
I wasn't alone.. I could hear people doing their routines.. I could see my dog playing..
but I felt alone, not lonely, alone.. on purpose.. I like being alone with my thoughts sometimes..
As I stood there, consumed in my own little world.. I thought of my fears..
I thought of my fear of heights..I thought of my fear of enclosed spaces..
the fear of creepy crawlies.. the fear of small things... and then..
I sat down... I curled into a ball and hid my face... and thought of you...
the fears washed away.. little by little... and a stronger fear consumed me..
I fear of not being what you want anymore.. I fear of not seeing you..
I fear of not being your happiness anymore.. when you still are mine...
I fear of you not being by my side... I fear of losing you the most...

I write of the wind..the ocean..and you.

outside, the stormy wind speaks
inside your room you cannot feel it
you can, however, hear it
you know that it is there..

the blue ocean is vast
it is teeming with creatures below
from afar, you cannot see them
but you know of their presence, without a doubt..

my mind is connected to my mouth
my heart is connected to you
my mind is a mess.. as we both know..
it doesn't always do the right things to do.
my mouth has lose screws..
it doesn't always know the right things to say
but.. my love.. my heart..
it is in tact.. it is certain..
it shouts a single name..

from here, my heart shouts your name
from here, my heart kisses you..
where you are, you might not always hear it..
where you are, you might not always feel the intensity..
but like the wind, only stronger..
and like the creatures of the sea, only even more immeasurably immense..
you can be assured my darling..
that my love is there..
with you.. always.


Waves of gray

Today I remembered my great grandmama... she's so cute. she used to tell me to never leave the house without lipstick on. of course, i was just a kid back then and I never really liked make up. I still don't use make up much til now. When I have to look good, my make up is pretty much just eyeliner and lipstick/chapstick... I was never the "girly" kid. I used to sneak out of the house and go play in the streets with other kids playing there. I never liked dolls either. I hate dolls! They creep me out so much. the way they stare at you. *shivers* My mom and Dad bought me this walking talking doll once when I was little, I never played with it, I used to even kick it and stuff. It scared me sooo much. I think I watched Chucky a bit too early. haha.

Take a look at how different I look when I put the jacket and the aviator shades on. :))

~ toodles for now! Leaving you with this cute song by one of my favorite artists, Zee Avi :>



It's the start of Christmas vacation... well, for me, not really... atleast not yet... I have to finish the outline for my study first before I go celebrating the vacation. My study is about the microbial shelf-life determination (using accelerated shelf-life testing) of plain and cherry flavored yogurt. Gotta go talk about Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, spoilage yeast and molds *yawn* oops. I just bored myself. :))

Anyways, this is just another random noob photo shoot session using my beloved tripod again. I would like to share that the ginormous white cardigan used to be my mom's. vintage. *grins* And my leopard print top (alas the corny title above. lol.) was bought from my friends online shop. link here: https://www.facebook.com/thevintageramp.

I've been really in to wearing rings and bracelets lately. I don't know how it started. I'm actually collecting rings already. The huge ones. I love how they make a statement.

bangles below are from Malaysia. Indian bangles. They're awesome. My mom and I bought loads of these in different colors.

This cross ring below is still from https://www.facebook.com/thevintageramp. I think I should be payed by being an avid endorser. just kidding. :))) but yes, you should def go check out their shop. :)

I would like to officially introduce you my beloved Japanese Spitz. His name is Jolo.

oh, and if you have time, please do hype my look at lookbook: http://lookbook.nu/look/2809639-Def-LEOPARD

Thanks! Toodles for now ~Janine ♥


Wear a Happy Mask

insight... "What must be understood is that often, the right thing to do, is not the easiest thing to do, but it still must be done.. even if we have to sacrifice our own happiness. We can't hold on to things that we're already not supposed to hold on to. We don't want to let go, but sometimes we're FORCED to let go and if we did, hearts will be crushed, and who'll get hurt the most?: the one who made the decision. Life often requires us to make huge mature decisions. We just have to be strong and we need to practice acceptance.. even though it would feel like suicide." ~ me

(above: wedges from Mendrez, jeans from Penshoppe, bangles bought from Malaysia, top DIYed, sunnies from Tagaytay)

(below: rings from personal ring collection)

My look can also be found on lookbook: http://lookbook.nu/look/2778361-wear-a-happy-mask

~ Janine


Honey Bee

I am recently trying to cover Honey Bee by Z.Avi. This song is very close to my heart.
Anyways, I was actually feeling sick when I recorded this video below. Alas, it didn't turn out like what I wanted it to be. :|
I do have plenty more chances to record it better next time though. I'll be sure to record and post again... In the meantime, I hope you'd still like this unpolished version. :)

Also, here are my latest look uploads... :)

My dad decided to fool around while I was having my photoshoot session. haha. Gotta love this guy. :)

♥ Janine...


it's me! it's me! :>

it's me! it's me! wishing YOU'd get well soon. :> 

~ Janine ♥


I can't come up with a title today

well, I guess you just can't get enough photos of yourself sometimes. haha. I just couldn't decide what photo to use, so I decided to use all of them. Pretty good decision if I may say so myself. :))

Anyways, today I woke up and found myself searching for the remote control of the air-conditioner because was I freezing! And then I realized it was off. It was actually the weather that's freezing my ass off. Christmas is so near, my freezing ass can feel it. LOL. :)))

Today I'm wearing comfy clothes. :) the knitted dress is thrifted. You know how much I love thrifting. It's not all about getting cheap stuff. It's more on the thrill of finding really awesome items amongst the mountains of other clothes! :)

ooh! and I DIYed a ring today. It's a kitty cat on a velvet ribbon. :)
The other ring (the cross ring) is from my friend's online shop: https://www.facebook.com/thevintageramp :)

Toodles for now lovelies ~ Janine ♥


50 things you need to give up

When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.
So starting today…
1 Give up trying to be perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.  Read Getting Things Done.
2 Give up comparing yourself to others. – The only person you are competing against is yourself.
3 Give up dwelling on the past or worrying too much about the future. – Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you.  Right now is life.  Don’t miss it.
4 Give up complaining. – Do something about it.
5 Give up holding grudges. – Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.
6Give up waiting. – What we don’t start today won’t be finished by tomorrow.  Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action.
7 Give up lying. – In the long-run the truth always reveals itself.  Either you own up to your actions or your actions will ultimately own you.
8 Give up trying to avoid mistakes. – The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
9 Give up saying, “I can’t.” – As Henry Ford put it, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.”
10 Give up trying to be everything to everyone. – Making one person smile can change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  Start small.  Start now.
11 Give up thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
12 Give up setting small goals for yourself. – Many people set small goals because they’re afraid to fail.  Ironically, setting these small goals is what makes them fail.
13 Give up trying to do everything by yourself. – You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with.  If you work together, you will be far more capable and powerful than you ever could have been alone.
14 Give up buying things you don’t need. – Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you.  Do not spend to impress others.  Do not live life trying to fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material objects.  Read I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
15 Give up blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can live your dream life depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
16 Give up making mountains out of molehills. – One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
17 Give up trying to live up to the expectations of others. – Work on it for real and exceed your own expectations.  Everything else will fall into place.
18 Give up the ‘easy street’ mentality. – There is too much emphasis on finding a ‘quick fix’ in today’s society.  For example taking diet pills to lose weight instead of exercising and eating well.  No amount of magic fairy dust replaces diligent, focused, hard work.
19 Give up making promises you can’t keep. – Don’t over-promise.  Over-deliver on everything you do.
20 Give up letting your thoughts and feelings bottle up inside. – People are not mind readers.  They will never know how you feel unless you tell them.
21 Give up beating around the bush. – Say what you mean and mean what you say.  Communicate effectively.
22 Give up avoiding change. – However good or bad a situation is now, it will change.  That’s the one thing you can count on.  So embrace change and realize that change happens for a reason.  It won’t always be easy or obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it.
23 Give up your sense of entitlement. – Nobody is entitled to anything in this world.  We are all equal.  We breathe the same air.  We get what we give.  We get what we earn.
24 Give up waiting until the last minute. – Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.
25 Give up being dramatic. – Stay out of other people’s drama and don’t needlessly create your own.
26 Give up being anti-athletic. – Get your body moving!  Simply take a long, relaxing walk or commit 30 minutes to an at-home exercise program like the P90X workout.
27 Give up junk food. – You are what you eat.  Read The 4-Hour Body.
28 Give up eating as a means of entertainment. – Don’t eat when you’re bored.  Eat when you’re hungry.
29 Give up foolish habits that you know are foolish. – Don’t text and drive.  Don’t drink and drive.  Don’t smoke.  Etc.
30 Give up relationships with people who bring you down. – Saying “no” to right people gives you the time and resources required to say “yes” to right opportunities.  Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded.
31 Give up being shy. – Network with people.  Meet new people.  Ask questions.  Introduce yourself.
32 Give up worrying about what others think of you. – Unless you’re trying to make a great first impression (job interview, first date, etc.), don’t let the opinions of others stand in your way.  What they think and say about you isn’t important.  What is important is how you feel about yourself.
33 Give up trying to control everything. – Life is an unpredictable phenomenon.  No matter how good or bad things seem right now, we can never be 100% certain what will happen next.  So do you best with what’s in front of you and leave the rest to the powers above you.
34 Give up doing the same thing over and over again. – In order to grow, you must expand your horizons and break free of your comfort zone.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
35 Give up following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t find the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.
36 Give up persistent multi-tasking. – Do one thing at a time and do it right.
37 Give up thinking others are luckier than you. – The harder you work, the luckier you will become.
38 Give up filling every waking moment with commitments and activities. – It’s okay to be alone.  It’s okay to do nothing sometimes.  Think.  Relax. Breathe.  Be.
39 Give up making emotional decisions. – Don’t let your emotions trump your intelligence.  Slow down and think things through before you make any life-changing decisions.
40 Give up doing the wrong things just because you can get away with it. – Just because you can get away with something doesn’t mean you should do it.  Think bigger.  Keep the end in mind.  Do what you know in your heart is right.
41 Give up focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
42 Give up taking yourself so seriously. – Few others do anyway.  So enjoy yourself and have a little fun while you can.
43 Give up spending your life working in a career field you’re notpassionate about. – Life is too short for such nonsense.  The right career choice is based on one key point: Finding hard work you love doing.  So if you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop.  You’re on to something big.  Because hard work ain’t hard when you concentrate on your passions.  Read The 4-Hour Workweek.
44 Give up thinking about the things you don’t have. – Appreciate everything you do have.  Many people aren’t so lucky.
45 Give up doubting others. – People who are determined do remarkable things.  Remember, the one who says it can’t be done should never interrupt the one doing it.
46 Give up fussing with every beauty product on the market. – Good looks attracts the eyes.  Personality attracts the heart.  Be proud to be you.  That’s when you’re beautiful.
47 Give up trying to fit in. – Don’t mold yourself into someone you’re not.  Be yourself.  Oftentimes, the only reason they want you to fit in is that once you do they can ignore you and go about their business.
48 Give up trying to be different for the sake of being different. – Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity is conformity.  When people try too hard to be different, they usually end up being just like everyone else who is trying to be different.  Once again, be yourself.
49 Give up trying to avoid risk. – There’s no such thing as ‘risk free.’  Everything you do or don’t do has an inherent risk.
50 Give up putting your own needs on the back burner. – Yes, help others, but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
And remember, mistakes make us human, failures help us grow, hope keeps us going and love is the reason we’re alive.  So keep learning, loving and living.  Never give up on yourself.

Source: http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/03/28/50-things-you-need-to-give-up-today/


I am an orange

Do you believe in soul mates? Ok, i know it's not exactly related to my "I am an orange" title, but this post is about my trip. (Went out with my Mom & Dad today. I had fun. The weather was bipolar, so the sweater dress ensemble is a necessity. :D ) Anyways, during the whole trip, whenever I'm inside the car, staring out the window, I was thinking about soul mates, fate, love, destiny, and stuff like that. Some people say the soul mate idea is stupid, but I sure don't. I do believe in the idea. I believe that there's someone out there for everyone. Someone who'll complete them. Someone who'll make their lives complete. It's a sweet idea.

One day, while watching a show about lost love, my mom said, "Your ONE GREAT LOVE will only drop by in your life once. You better be prepared, open your eyes because you're not supposed to let that person get away." I asked her, "But how will you know if the person you meet is yout ONE GREAT LOVE?"  Mom answered, "I'm not sure either. I guess you'll just feel it." Then she hugs and kisses dad and says, "but I am sure about one thing, this guy right here is my ONE GREAT LOVE" :)

ok. now time for photos from the trip! :)

That's all for now. Toodles! ~ Janine ♥


Random things you might not know about me

1. I believe in soul mates. Definitely.
2. I act crazy often, but there are times when I just want to be alone and think to myself... even talk to myself.
3. I get bored easily, but there is someone who FAILS to bore me. I can talk to that person for hours and hours and hours. If we weren't human, and we didn't have human needs (like sleep as a good example), well, I think I could talk to that person for eternity without stopping.
4. I sing & dance like a lunatic dork when I'm alone inside my dorm room. I sing & dance like a lunatic dork at home even though my family and I are in the same room.
5. When I was still just a teeny tiny kiddo, I thought "foot long" means the hotdog is as long as your foot. I told my mom it was unfair to those who have small feet.
6. If I were taller, I would try to pursue a ramp modelling career. lol.
7. I'm not tall, so I'll pursue a Food Technologist Career. :))
8. I love myself small or tall. ♥
9. I like science, but I'm actually more artistically inclined.
10. My dad's my idol. I would love to have loads of MS degrees balanced with awesome guitar and singing skills too. Though I would like to keep my drawing skills please. Dad can't draw. not to mention dance. HAHA.
11. I have the attention span of a squirrel. I sit in class, the lecturer starts, eager learning look on my face vanishes after 10 minutes.
12. I would love to join a play. I'm not sure if I can act though. haha.
13. I used to play the clarinet. After several years, I forgot how to play it. What's a clarinet again? :))
14. Contrary to what others think, I don't dress to impress, I just dress to express. See, I don't have time to draw and paint anymore, and even if I do, I'm often just too darn tired with all the school work. So, I dress up to satisfy my artsy fartsy feeling. It's kinda like I'm a piece of canvass and my clothes are oil pastels.
15. I am not "Bully Joke" tolerant. I only act like the jokes are ok. I hate feeling bad about myself, especially when it's "other people" implemented.
17. I'm a very cheesy showy emotional hopeless-romantic cry baby super-loving supercalifragilisticespialidocious person.
18.  I ABSOLUTELY hate it when someone calls me Bieber. I may smile at you, but deep inside, I'm pulling your hair out strand by strand. I can take any other joke, just not this! Ugh! And WTH i'm a girl for crying out loud! SERIOUSLY STOP. RUINS MY DAY EVERYTIME. Not mad at people though. Just mad at the joke. :)
19. I am very spontaneous. Plus my thoughts are soooo random. I often jump from 1 idea to another in just a few seconds. oh! did you hear about that one time when.... oh! look a squirrel! :)))
20. I do my own nail arts without any proper nail art tools. I just use whatever the heck I can find at home which I think'll suffice.
21. I love thrift stores. And I love my mom's old closet of old clothes. I do buy branded clothes too, but hey I'm not brand conscious. I don't care as long as it looks great.
22. I think I want to go back to Australia and build a house there. Don't get me wrong, I still love the Philippines of course. It's my home after all. Not planning to "LEAVE" leave.. Just planning to have houses in other countries as well. I just fell in love with Australia too much. Plus my family & I miss our friends there.
23. I want to learn several languages. I want to understand everyone when they're talking. I don't want subtitles. :)))
24. I'm currently studying French & Korean (so hard!). I find that French is easier to study. oh and recently I've decided to study Japanese too.
25. I'm a lazy person, but I can force myself to move my ass and work hard whenever I'm feeling lazy.
26. There are times when I act like I know whatever the heck I'm saying even though I actually don't.
27. I love dogs. I have two: Jolo the Japanese Spitz (annoying sometimes, super smart, stubborn, hyper, easily excited, playful, sweet) & Matti the Dalmatian (obedient, loving, quiet, will never prioritize food over you, will drag you while you're trying to walk her)
28. I am 20 years young.
29. I am very impatient.
30. I am thinking of what to type right now. Decided I should just edit this post once I've thought of something else to add. haha. :))


DIY nail art # 7

As promised, here's my 7th DIY nail art. What to call it? I'm not really sure actually. But I guess it sorta looks like laser lights from a party, ooh! and the glittery top coat, well, reminds me of a club as well. I don't really go to parties, but i'm not ignorant about what club parties look like. Oh wait! I know what this nail art reminds me of now, KE$HA, kinda. :D

How I did this! Easy!:
1. apply the blue nail polish (feel free to change the color)
2. let it dry
3. cut tape into small strips
4. stick on your nails (whatever you want the stripes to look like)
5. apply the second nail polish color
6. remove the tape CAREFULLY
7. let it dry for a bit again
8. apply topcoat (in this case I used a topcoat which has glitters) 
9. voila! enjoy your fun nails! :D

Toodles for now! ~ Janine ♥

P.S. Slight mistake! This is my 8th DIY nail art, not 7th. I'm afraid I missed posting my Punk Skull nail art on my last blog post. :s


DIY nail art flashback

I haven't been using nail polish for quite some time now. I miss my DIY nail arts. Taking a look back at them made me want to have another DIY nail art session. Seriously posting another photo tomorrow. But, for now  let's just have a flashback. :)

DIY nail art # 1

DIY nail art # 2

DIY nail art # 3

DIY nail art # 4 (my personal favorite)

DIY nail art # 5 (i think this is the cutest)

DIY nail art # 6

Much love ~ Janine ♥