10 Terrific Things – Birthday Edition!

My twenty-fourth birthday is just around the corner and I couldn’t help but jump for joy at the amount of interesting things happening during that weekend! Last year was a day well-spent with breakfast food, ramen, board games and a lovely night at Art in the Park. This year, I seem to have even MORE events (not to mention brunch places) to choose from! But of course, as with all birthdays, let’s start with cake:

1. New York Chocolate Chip Brown Cookie Dough Cheesecake
I first spotted this gem of a cake as I was exiting Chelsea Market Cafe in Serendra from a meeting. I had to do a double-take after passing the pastry display to snap this quick photo for future reference.  LOOK AT IT. Look at the gooey, chewy little chocolate chip cookies peppering the top of that cheesecake! I could just imagine sinking my teeth into that gooey perfection. *insert sigh of happiness* This cake was featured in Spot’s Top 10 Cheesecakes in Manila which it no doubt deserves—Can’t wait to try it out!

2. Type Kita Exhibit
Eeep! I am beyond excited to pop by 10a Alabama (Quezon City) for the Type Kita Exhibit! Type Kita is a typography exhibit featuring the country’s top calligraphers, artists, letterers, and typographers. It’s a 2-day event for the benefit of Yolanda survivors from March 15-16 with an entrance fee of P50 pesos. 
Designer friends, come with me!!! I need people to get giddy with about kerning and letters. I’m also super thrilled that Fozzy will be there for a casual calligraphy session—I’m in dire need of professional tips to keep me on the right track. 
Here’s a list of their activities for day 1 (March 15) and day 2 (March 16). See you there!

3. Pasinaya 2014
Pasinaya goes the extra mile as it celebrates its 10th year anniversary on March 16 with an even wider range of art 
and culture activities! It’s a pay what you can and see all you can even—with a suggested donation price of P50. 
There will be a host of activities and performances simultaneously happening in CCP 
starting from 7:30 in the morning until 6 in the evening. 
On top of THAT, there will be Pasinaya Art Jeepneys plying the streets of Intramuros bringing you to participating museums and galleries. (National Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, 1335 Mabini, The Metropolitan Museum of Manila, 
San Agustin Museum and the Museo Pambata) You can go museum-hopping to your heart’s content 
with no additional charge! 
Go check out their performance schedules right here, register online here.

4. Intramuros Pasyal Sunday Street Fair
And since we’re already ‘in’ Intramuros, here’s another event happening there! Viva Manila’s project, Pasyal Sunday is a car-free event featuring artisans, performers and businesses along General Luna Street, Intramuros from 3-9pm. The theme on the 16th is “Speak Out” where there will be workshops (Kiddie archeology workshop!), performances and an open poetry slam. 

5.  B& P Just Like Home
I’m a sucker for breakfast food. Their pancakes look sooo good! They also serve their drinks in lovely mason jars.

6. Early Bird Breakfast Club
The first time I tried Early Bird Breakfast Club was during my birthday last year and I don’t see myself saying no to another round for this year. 😉 That Katcino (Katsudon+Tocino mashup) pictured up there is definitely 
something I’d like to try.

7. Stacy’s  
OH—the decor just makes me itch to put on an extra girly dress and hug all the puppies in the world. I was told that the milkshake here is one of the best. 

8. Hatch 22
Hatch 22 is one of the best breakfast places I’ve ever dined in. I love the bakery by the front door and the bar that runs along it’s side. Nox and I had a nice brunch last January and we had all praises for the food we had. Those Not Your Ordinary Benedicts were sooooo yummy.

9. Revlon Matte 003 (Mauve It Over)
I super love my Revlon Matte 003 lipstick—and I’m running out of it fast. D: I’m not sure why but most Revlon booths and shelves I look at don’t seem to carry it. Resulting in me, asking people going abroad if they could pick one up for me if they find it. (Changi Airport, Singapore, specifically.) Help me out?

10. Nail Art
1- Minion nails | 2- Nails to an Ateneo Basketball game 
(I was so damn proud of being able to replicate this on my right hand) | 3- Panda Nail Art | 4- Dalek Nails
And last but certainly not the least—Nail art! Back in college, I was a bit… over the moon with my nail art designs.
 I had Despicable Me Minion nails before they were cool. Once, I had painstakingly embellished my nails with tiny silver beads that now look like daleks to me. More recently (a year ago), I had a fun and friendly nail art competition with an officemate with ‘Animals’ as a theme—I ended up with 10 little panda friends, while she told a story 
of a mouse and its cheese. 
Now I wonder what I’ll come up with for my birthday. The possibilities are endless!
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10 Terrific Things – First!

Happy first of March, everyone! To celebrate, I’m kicking off a new and hopefully regular section where I collect and curate 10 terrific things from all over that I find lovely, amazing, and inspiring. These could range from new hobbies I’d like to try; to clothes I want for myself; to things that caught my eye and to silly stuff I’d just like to share. Everything under the sun that makes me happy, really.
I’m normally your sandals and ballet-flats type of girl, but these sneakers are just too cool to refuse! It’s the perfect combination of punchy and girly (your reliable Kate Spade aesthetic)—wonderful in giving a casual twist to any dress. That little gold spade detail at the back makes me giddy.
Nox and I both looove cheesecakes. We also both love eating.
Baking… not so much. I can’t wait to try this recipe out one day!
Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann make up the team that is Zim & Zou, specialising in jaw-dropping, mind-boggling paper sculptures that simply look out of this world! I implore you to go check out their website and their Behance page and see all of their amazing works. Now. Click. That. Link. You won’t regret it.
Oh, the things you could do with paper!
Mrs. Pomeranz is an Etsy shop based in Russia that carries these gorgeous dresses with the 1950-1960’s silhouette you see above. I love how prim and elegant the dresses all look and I really, really, really wish I could find something close to that in our local stores. The sleeves look on pointe, the length of the skirts look just right for me. <3 Point me in the right direction, and I’ll be there first thing in the morning.
I’ve been following Megan Lara for some time now, both on Tumblr and on her Facebook page. Actually, I first stumbled upon her when someone posted online about this girl who looks hauntingly like the British celebrity (and Doctor Who companion), Billie Piper. At first I was blown-away by how similar they looked. Then I was knocked off my feet by her amazing illustrations! Not only does she illustrate (and cosplay) Doctor Who, she even has art on a huge assortment of fandoms! Go check her out!
Seche Vite Top Coat is simply heaven sent. I couldn’t stop raving about the practicality and usefulness of this powerful little solution as it dries your nails less than 5 minutes! It’s being sold here for around 300 to 450 pesos (depending on where you buy) and every cent was worth it. Complicated nail art takes minutes to finish as every layer dries ten times as fast. Last-minute manicures become just a breeze as your nails have already dried before you even step out of the house. I also couldn’t wait to try quick dry lacquer paints!
I bought my latest bottle from Beauty Kingdom.
(It was 300php each for 3 bottles plus 60 delivery fee at the time I ordered it.)
My sister recently hosted Belle du Jour’s Start Smart with BDJ Rendezvous and was gifted with her very own BDJ Box—one of the items in it was Revlon’s Moon Candy in Meteor. I love her to bits for handing me this marvellous nail polish with no hesitation! She might have remembered that one time I was ogling at Emma Stone’s Revlon Moon Candy video at the mall. (haha!) I love how the solid base color isn’t streaky at all—although with multiple use, the sparkle side tends to turn viscous. (But nothing a drop of solvent couldn’t fix!)
8. Etsy Jewellery
1- Artemer | 2- Viartvi | 3- Kateszabone | 4- Kateszabone
I have been obsessing over dainty jewellery—specially rings, for more than a year now and I still haven’t found the perfect one locally that’s within my budget. These are the kind of rings I’d love to get myself someday. It’s a pity they’re all from abroad… If only the customs in this country isn’t so shifty, I’d have bought one (or five) a long time ago.
I’ve started reading Shelock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to follow it. I’ve already finished A Study in Scarlet and right now am in the middle of The Sign of Four. If you love detective stories, you really couldn’t go wrong with some Sherlock.
Oh, calligraphy. This is my latest obsession, really (both pointed pen and brush calligraphy). The photos above are from Fozzy Book’s nifty little guide for lettering with brushes. It was after reading her entry when I marched myself to Deovir Arts and bought myself a Pentel Brush Pen, a rounded brush (#7) and a new set of watercolor tubes. I’ve been practicing both my calligraphy and watercolors since!
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