Rush Hour || Aubrey’s black-and-white-themed debut!

Last Friday, right after school, I found myself rushing to the sardine can that is the LRT  
(I swear, the train system in the Philippines makes me sooo disappointed. They should really do something about this hayyy!). 
And after a couple of brisk walks, of tricycle rides and of waiting for empty cabs, I finally got my tired ass home. 
It was Aubrey, my highschool kabarkada’s 18th birthday celebration that night, and I promised her that I wouldn’t miss it for the world, even if it meant battling sweaty manongs 3x heavier than me and pushing away annoying people who blocked my way out of the train. HAHAHAHA. 
Anyhoo, upon arriving home, I managed to gift wrap and write a birthday letter in 30 minutes. Afterwards, I took a quick shower, dressed up and did my hair and make-up in 40 minutes, too.
 I got to arrive at the event at around 9pm. Hmm.. Not bad!! I give myself a pat on the back for this. Ehehehehe.
Outfit shots taken by Klyde Tiberio
OUTFIT DETAILS:
Bodycon dress (used as top): Oxygen
Skater skirt: Wet Seal
Black heels: Zara
Silver bracelet: Charlotte Russe
Vintage bag: Rosette (a hand-me-down from my sister)
Since I was in such a rush, I tried to keep my outfit real simple. The skater skirt and the sling bag gave such a 90s feel to the outfit, methinks. 
The back details
Just some random snapshots of the intimate, black-and-white-themed debut!
Venue: Relish, Tomas Morato
(Two thumbs up for Relish! The venue was so cute and dainty, and the food was superb, too!)
The beautiful girl with a beautiful heart, Aubrey! πŸ™‚
I was honored to be part of Aubrey’s 18 Treasures πŸ™‚
I gave her a gift that I’d like to call “The Little Box of Positive Vibes”.
I filled it with little, cute stuff that reminded me of her and of her bubbliness.
(eg. colorful socks from Cotton On because she used to wear pink socks to school even though that wasn’t allowed; a moleskin journal because she’s just entered adulthood and it’s gonna be one heck of a journey; glow-in-the-dark stars and planets because she’s the biggest astronomy geek I know; lots of bookmarks because she LOVES books; etc.)
We had a mini reunion with our highschool friends, too!! πŸ™‚ <3
I squealed with delight when she gave away cupcakes to everyone! <3  Weeeee!!
That night was filled with happy times and of happy thoughts, all because we were celebrating the special night of the happy girl who makes us all smile from ear to ear πŸ™‚
Happy birthday, Aubrey! Thanks for always being a bubble of sunshine and joy. You’re one of the funniest, craziest people I know. Thanks for being chill with everything and for making everyone around you happy with your presence! We love you! 
xoxo,
The Teenage Queen

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I’m tired of the rain and of being unproductive.

“The amount of rainfall is indirectly proportional to the amount of work accomplished, and directly proportional to the amount of food taken.”
-a tweet I saw last Sunday, just before the typhoon started getting serious with its business

Well, it’s Day 5 of confinement for most of us.  And I’m tired of leaks, of being unproductive, of suspended classes, and of the kind of weather that just won’t let me bathe. 
Okay, I was kidding.
 But to be completely honest, 
I’ve grown sick of the rain.
 Seeing tragic news on TV breaks my heart. 
My prayers go to each and every one of my countrymen who got affected by the typhoon, especially to those who lost their homes and loved ones. 
I just hope the sun comes out and radiates on every one of us, as soon as possible.
 The Philippines definitely needs some warmth and some cheering up at a time like this.
Hot chocolate for breakfast
So far, today started out pretty sunny- if you exclude the few instances when the sky started to act all bipolar and berserk by violently pouring down rain for a good two minutes and then all of a sudden, by stopping and acting as if nothing had happened.
But yeah. Today’s a good start. I could see the clear skies and I could hear the birds chirping once again.
Our pets outside seem happy, too. 
This should give us hope, right?
After all, the Filipinos are known to have such joyful hearts and hopeful spirits. 
Stay safe and dry, my friends. 
Now on to study for my exam this Saturday 
(because I am hopeful that classes will resume this week),
The Teenage Queen
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In a time where taking selfies and getting a thigh gap are everything

Allow me to share you a video I stumbled upon this morning. It’s about a very powerful talk by model Cameron Russell that a lot of teenagers like me could definitely relate to. I for one was definitely touched by this message. In a time where taking selfies and getting a thigh gap are everything, we should be reminded that looks are only superficial, and image is manipulated and constructed.

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Tear drops, raindrops

Two hours past midnight
and the sky above me weeps. 
Everything around me is pitch black
and I hear nothing 
but the deafening crash of raindrops against my rooftop.
Meanwhile,
I am buried in pillows and bed sheet.
And in tears.
I am alone.
But I feel safe 
 within the comfort of these four familiar walls.
Can I stay here forever?
Away from the world;
Away from heartache;
Away from broken promises;
Away from people,
people who come and go.
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Of soft denim and pink

August 19, 2013

I’d have to say that this has been the sixth time I have awoken from my bed. Lol, I blame this horrible rain for hindering me from being productive and making me eat thrice as much of my average daily intake.
 But hey, in all seriousness, I really do hope that everyone out there is safe! Let’s all pray for good weather, okay?
Denim jumpsuit: thrifted

Sandals: Forever 21

Pink cardigan: Forever 21

Bag: Bagellia Filipinas

Sun glasses and other accessories: Cotton On

Anyhoo, these photos were taken last June on the very sunshine-y Day 3 of our trip to Singapore. Our agenda that day? To visit the Sky Park at the Marina Bay Sands.

Sky Park at Marina Bay Sands:

A replica of Marina Bay Sands welcomed us as we entered the place. The Sky Park, as you could see, is located on the very top of the world-class structure. Kudos to its architect/s & interior designer/s for its amazing design! 

Random pictures taken while at the Sky Park (viewing deck)

From high up the 56th floor, the Sky Park offered a very different view of the beautiful city. 
It was around noon when we went there, and the heat of the sun was almost unbearable!
 (I honestly think that the amazing experience would have been 5x better if we went there at night, with the city lights of Charming Singapore flashing around us, but hey, we had a great time nonetheless!)
But good thing there was a cozy lounge located at the center of the deck where we could order ourselves some refreshments! πŸ™‚ The place had wifi and good music, too! lol.
To have an amazing top view of the beautiful city of Singapore, make sure to visit the Sky Park! πŸ™‚
Big congratulations to the city for their amazing tourism! πŸ™‚
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Huhu. Now back to reality.
Just remembering how happy and full of sunshine and warmth that day was makes me miss Mr. Sun even more. And guess what? Classes tomorrow are suspended yet again, which screams out “5-week Vacation” to all of us students in Manila. I have mixed feelings about this, actually. I mean, I’m for extended vacation and rest but….I really miss school, my friends, and my polluted-and-over-populated-but-beautiful-and-charming-nonetheless Manila. I also miss waking up to the heat of the sun’s rays that hit against my room’s window and hearing the birds chirp above the lit up sky. I miss my happy, sunny country.
Sigh.
Let’s just pray that this typhoon leaves already, and that everyone won’t be anything but safe, dry and happy!
Remember the old saying, nothing can ever dampen the Filipino spirit, so never stop hoping, my fellow Pinoys! 
Keeping faith,
The Teenage Queen

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A Virtual Tour Around Universal Studios Sentosa

Guess what? This post took me two months to publish- yes, I am that lazy.
 But hey, better late than never, right? πŸ˜›
Anyhoo, I went to Singapore for the first time last June. My family and I stayed there for  three days, but I guess I can’t emphasize much further that my favorite part of the trip was when we stayed at Universal Studios for a good 12+ hours on Day 2.
And because that day was definitely for the books, I’m posting this photo blog for safe keeps.
Now enough of the chitchat. On to the virtual tour!
Here are some shots of  our cliche-tourists-photo-op-in-front-of-the-globe-before-getting-in-the-theme-park. lol.
I wanted to take photos with the helium-filled stars, but Mr. Balloon Guy didn’t let me :<
Hershey.
Hershey everywhere. 
[a step closer to world domination jk]
First stop: Far Far Away
I wasn’t able to help but act like a child running around with her backpack on once we got in. I don’t know, I guess it’s the distinct smell of amusement park snacks? or the theme park music? or the giant castle right in front of us? Or the mascots walking around? Or the fact that everything I saw in every corner I went to reminded me so much of my….. innocent childhood (yehesss) ???  =))))
Shrek’s Swamp! 
Pinocchio! πŸ™‚
With fairy godmother! πŸ™‚
Awesome novelty shops!!
UP NEXT: THE LOST WORLD
Warning: there are wet rides here
Tip: If I were you, go on the wet ride at the end of the day so you won’t have to hassle yourself dry afterwards. =)) That’s what we did πŸ˜›
Cool raptor!!
It got pretty darn hot and humid at around noon (and I’m not even overreacting),  but good thing they were selling these cute misting fans around the park!
I had mine in neon pink. πŸ™‚
The flying canopy! 
MADAGASCAR

NEW YORK
I grew up watching Sesame Street, so you can just imagine how much giddy-er I became once I saw this street sign!! πŸ™‚ *sigh* I feel bad for the kids nowadays. They’re definitely missing out on a whole lot of educational-tv-show-fun!!
My favourite ride in the theme park was actually this one! Lol im such a child at heart! πŸ™‚
Aaaaand we were able to catch the street show!! yay!
And yes guys, I sang a long with them…… =)) *fun childhood is fun*
He’s so fluffy !!!!!! >:D<
ANCIENT EGYPT

Oh , wow! You guys just have to try the Revenge of the Mummy- the main attraction in this area! It’s a super high speed roller coaster and ASDGFSADASFAAAF grabe lang, the adrenaline rush !! 
The two men on stilts deserve an award for being sooooo in-character πŸ˜›
And I think they’re Filipino! :O
Refreshment time!! πŸ™‚
SCI-FI CITY
Awesome high-speed roller coaster!! πŸ˜€
Aw yeah!
The restaurant inside sci-fi city πŸ™‚
And lastly, HOLLYWOOD
Okay, so I didn’t get to upload everything because . hello. I’m lazy. =))
But I hope I was able to give you even a short glimpse of Universal Studios Sentosa πŸ™‚
It’s a really fun place! Kudos to Singapore for having great tourism! πŸ™‚
Hoping that she’d be able to muster enough energy (lol whut) to write about Day 3,
The Teenage Queen

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My Comfort Food: Mrs. Cardenas’ Famous Lasagna!

I’d like to think that Mrs. Cardenas’ lasagna is one of the comfort foods closest to my heart. 
Studies show that comfort foods provide happiness to a person in a psychological level because they remind him/her of happy times in the past. To quote Josh Clark from How Stuff Works, “We all have memories of happier times, and by eating those foods that remind us of those, we symbolically consume that past happiness.” And to be honest, I can’t help but associate Tita’s cooking with my care-free highschool years, because growing up, whenever we came over to their house to visit her daughter Bria, whether for project-making, for practices, or just for plain best friend-bonding-hours, Tita would always bake her famous lasagna for us. Also, Bria, being one of the people who know me most, would also bring me some of Tita’s pasta during our heart-to hearts, or whenever we’re down in the dumps. 
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, Mrs. Cardenas’ famous lasagna has always been special to me, not only because it’s a
 delectable tray of heavenly baked pasta topped with perfectly melted cheese (!!!), 
but also because it holds a deeper, sentimental value to me. And believe me, since we’re talking about food here , I, being the ultimate, most credible critic of all things edible (ahaha wait whut),  must say that Tita’s famous creation is one of the best pastas I’ve ever, ever had! And guess what?
 I can’t be any happier to tell you the very good news: Mrs. Cardenas is now ready to share her perfect homemade creation to all of you!
If you want to try out her lasagna, feel free to order-up and contact them at
 0916 – 428 – 62 – 09
Pick-up area is around Commonwealth, Quezon City (near Ever Gotesco)
Whole tray: Php 1,200
Half tray: Php 650

Tita’s famous homemade creation is perfect for parties, get-togethers, or just for plain pig out fun (mehehehe).

So what are you waiting for? πŸ™‚ Try out the famous pasta-that-I’ve-been-raving-all-about-for-the-past-minute yourself! PASTA, PASTA! (faster, faster! haha get it….? k).

                                                                Very much craving for lasagna,
                                                                       The Teenage Queen

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My Sister’s Engish Tea Party- Inspired Wedding

                            Last July 27, we attended my sister’s very beautiful and intimate wedding.

We are all sooooo happy for her, because (omg!!) she finally gets to live happily ever after with her college sweetheart and boyfriend of more than 10 years. ahihihi.
 Hearts. Butterflies. Cheese. Meh.
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 English tea party
Anyway, now on to the wedding. It was held at the Glass Garden, a very dainty place πŸ™‚
It sucks that I wasn’t able to take photos of the wedding itself because, being the best bridesmaid in the world (lol jk who are we kidding, i think i wasnt much help to my sister nga while she was busy with the wedding preparations and all  huhu), I didn’t have the camera with me all throughout the day.
But I hope you all get to bear with these few photos that I was able to take/steal. Mehehe. I’m still waiting for the official photos to be released, so we don’t have to just settle with these few shots. lol.
Anyhoo, I particularly loved how, knowing my very OC teacher of a sister, every detail of the event- down to the table decorations and flower arrangements- went along with the theme, “English garden tea party”.
The flower arrangements
Mah girly, pastel nails by Chic Nails salon πŸ™‚
Took a quick OOTD shots with my cousin, Tim Cruz, while waiting for the ceremony to start πŸ™‚ 
thanks for the shots, Tim!
Outfit details: 
Flower crown: Charlotte Russe (but real flowers were also attached to it)
Pink pastel  tulle dress: designed by Kitty Caragay
Pearl white vintage purse: borrowed from mom
My sister-in-law, Monique, and my sister’s best friend, Kitty Caragay 
(shout out to ate Kitty for doing a GREAT job designing the bride’s and the entourage’s dresses! :D)
More random photos courtesy of Facebook tags haha:
At the hotel room!
entourage march 
With Christel, my favourite cousin πŸ™‚
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PHOTOBOOTH YAY
Oo, dapat talaga may selfie. =))
With my mom and other sister lol
LOL. Funny story. 
Our cousin Tim got cut off   in. every. freakin. frame.
LOL. Sorry about that, tim =))
But here’s another take to make it up to you! lol.
I looove the Vogue shot HAHA.
And yes. 
The cake they served was very goooooood.
A big congratulations to Dr. Paolo Granada and Mrs. Hannah Granada! πŸ™‚ 
It was a GRAN wedding indeed! πŸ˜‰
We are all soooo happy for you both! 
xoxo,
the Teenage Queen

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