Archive for January 2013

Sweet Bella Cafe

I prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine the perfect woman:  subtle, a little bittersweet, not blowsy and extrovert.  Delicately made up, not highly rouged.  Holding back, not exposing everything and, of course, with a flavor that lasts.  
~Graham Kerr

I'm a sweet tooth, and i love pink. Therefore, I believe that this pretty nook - Sweet Bella Cafe deserves a place in my blog. Well aside from the pink, white. and black contrasting hues that go perfectly together for its interiors and the artsy pieces that decorate the walls (these paintings are for sale though) - i most especially love this cozy place for their breads and pastries. 

Sweet Bella Cafe have signature cakes in big and mini versions depending on your preference, and of course if there's no Laduree' here for your french macarons' cravings, or if you just can't afford that TWC box of colored goodies then this is one place to go! Well, if you're not one of the "sweet-lovers", they also offer gourmet dishes and a variety of wines to choose from! 

In terms of price - well, i may say you'll have to spare a couple of bucks for the single-serve cakes. Most cafe's charge Php100-150 for a slice, but here a mini cake version costs about Php200-250. I'd say it's worth it though because their cakes are not made for novelty, i guess you know what i mean :)

So if you're planning to have a dinner date, high-tea bonding time, or just simply need a good and serene place to dine and relax then this is one perfect place to go! Sweet Bella Cafe has branches in Bonifacio Global City, Burgos Circle and in Greenbelt 5. 


Photos Taken by me :)

Waiting for Summer

A life without love is like a year without summer. 
 ~Swedish Proverb

 As the cold breeze slowly ebbs away, heat hastily creeps in. Sigh, i can sense summer is taking her place on earth. Summer and her jovial spirit... she has this certain energy which radiates and heightens everyone's spirits up despite the amount of torture she can bring.

Summer... its playful atmosphere, i can imagine lightweight clothing, flipflops,lots of skin, wide-brimmed hats, artsy prints, the beach, the waves, ice cold lemonade, feel-good music, road trips, new friendships --- Summer, I'm looking forward for your arrival... soon!

What I Wore:
Jumpsuit - Forever21
Sandals - Steve by Steve Madden
Necklace - Aldo
Bag - Mom's :)

Incongruent Lines

“Being nice to people whom you dislike or despise is not the act of one who is fake, but merely the act of one who has grown up.”
Taylor E. Bennet

One thing I learned this week is to live by my name. Actually, Nice is more of my nickname, but I've grown to be called like this since i was a kid. I didn't know that this name will be strongly correlated with who i am as a person. Being an only child, i used to think that being independent is good - i usually tell myself that i could survive in life with only a few friends, and i do not have to be nice to everybody 'coz i can't please everyone - that i need not hide if i have strong repugnance towards somebody, what you see is what you get.

Life is not like that though - we need to learn the art of congeniality - seriously. And with my job, having a larger klout circumference is a necessity. Not that i must be nice only just because i need a wider circle of friends, but because at the end of the day - we will be measured according to how we were able to inspire others to be good despite of the circumstances. Starting today, i will try to be nice to everyone. That's why my name is Nice!


Shining, Shimmering, Splendid

“My idea of super woman is someone who scrubs her own floors.”
Bette Midler

Sunday is a very important for me - it's a day reserved for God, family, and of course - household chores. Perhaps some people may think that I'm a lady who lives the good life - in fact YES, but living the good life doesn't mean i'm free of my daily life obligations. And, living the good life is another state of mind as well.

Being able to experience life's daily bittersweet offerings is a reward for me because i get to learn and nurture things and people. The truth is, i'm just making a quick break, while the mop and the "walis-tambo" patiently waits beside me. Doing the dirty work is a task i no longer resent - because it's already part of my routine. I think of it as a way of giving value to everything i worked for, and of course easing up the burden of people i also live with.

I didn't accessorize much in this post because the top and leggings itself glistens from afar. The rule of thumb is either you just wear a statement necklace or earrings - and for me, i chose the latter.

What I wore:
Jacket - DGVI
Leggings - Topshop
Ankle Boots - Charles and Keith
Top - Trunkshow
Dangling earrings - F21

Gold for Opulence

 “Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

One way to "glamify" your look instantly - Just wear gold! Gold  belongs to the yellow-family/hue in the colorwheel, to mimic the element Aurum (Au). Gold is the color of success, triumph, and achievement. The psychology of this color gold implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.

A color of optimism, gold adds richness and warmth to everything with which it is associated - it illuminates and enhances other things around it, creating an aura of opulence. So, if you want to be glam if you don't have the moolah, just go for gold and you won't go wrong!


What I Wore:
Top - Hot and Delicious
Sequined Shorts - Warehouse
Bangle and earrings - Forever 21


Go for Green

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now 

 Currently on my vacation leave right now 'til January 7th. It's the first time i'm having a long vacation ever since i started work. I vividly remember my school days when all i care about is to study and enjoy what the days of youth has to offer.

Now, life is different. Aside from the fact that we are already exempted from suspension of classes, sembreaks, and the like, as adults, we are now faced with a much arduous task to accomplish (that is according to Sigmund Freud's Psychosocial Stages of Development) - we must build meaningful relationships, stable careers, close-knit families, and of course we must find ourselves as valuable citizens of the community.

Sometimes we find life a bit draining, especially that we have to juggle different activities and priorities. But we have no choice but to go on or else stagnation will win over generativity. Thank God my boss allowed me to take this vacation - a time to recharge before facing a more challenging role, and of course to prepare myself on what more life has to offer.  I have 4 more days to go, and with this i must prompt myself that the green light will flash soon.


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