It’s my dad’s birthday today :)
We originally planned to go to Festival Mall to have lunch but we decided to just have a small party at home. I’m not even sure if “party” is the right word. (How many guests need to be there before it’s considered a “party”?)
Anyway, it was just the four of us, Kurt, his grandma, his sister, my uncle and Vesma. Brinks was also supposed to come but she decided she’d rather have shoes than cake and went with Aprille to go shopping XD
It was a very simple celebration. We sung the birthday song, ate palabok and watched Noy’s inaugural speech on TV.
I don’t really have much to say except
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BEST DAD IN THE WHOLE WORLD! I love you Daddy!!!
Ezra’s portrait two weeks ago which I also forgot to post. She sorta looks like me in this picture, doesn’t she?
We cheated, this was taken a week late. We had relatives visiting the week before so we didn’t have time to shoot her portrait.
I love her notebook ^___^
New notebook for school. It doesn’t look like it should belong to a graduate student, but I still decided to buy it because it’s just too cute.
I never really liked studying, but it’s something that I need to do. I do my best to balance my study and play time (although I fail to do so a lot of the time (hehe).
Thanks a lot to my sister for taking my picture and editing it!
Self portrait two weeks ago which I forgot to post here.
It took me forever to get this right. Most of the time, the camera clicked after I landed on the ground. To improve my hang time, I stacked some books up and used them as a platform to jump off of. It helped a bit, but it still took me a couple of tries before I was satisfied. It probably would have been easier if I had my sister to help me out with the timing, but she was with Kurt (and I wanted to see if I could do it myself).
I wish my right hand looked more graceful. (I was holding the remote)
Title is from the lyrics of the song “Cool Whispers” by Ike Yoshihiro
Since we didn’t know anyone in China who would be willing to show us around, we decided to join a tour group which lasted for two days. I’m too lazy to write about all the places we went to so I’ll just spam you with some pictures taken during the first day of our tour.
This was supposedly one of the biggest jade museums in China
We saw lots of displays and a workshop where students and masters craft the jade into works of art
The guide taught us the proper way to distinguish real jade from fake jade. The first way is by lightly hitting it with a hard object and listening – real jade should produce a high tinkling sound, similar to when you tap a crystal goblet. Another method is by holding it up to the light – fake jade usually allow light to pass through while real jade should block it.
Shopping for souvenirs
My parents arrived home yesterday from their 4-day trip to Korea, where they attended a conference for work. Ezra and I wanted to go with them, but we couldn’t afford to miss any of our classes. Anyway, the presents they got us show how much they really know us. We didn’t ask for any of these when they left, they found them all on their own (well, mostly).
My mom got me this Dear Darling Lip Tint from Etude House, yaaaay~ I tried it today and its pretty similar to the Lip and Cheek Stain from the Body Shop. The only thing I don’t like about it is the smell. It sorta reminds me of cough syrup.
She got this Dear Darling Lip Gloss for Ezra. This one smells really good.
My dad didn’t really know what to get us, so he texted me that night to ask if we needed more BB creams since they were cheaper over there, LOL. (I was surprised he knew what BB creams were and how much they normally cost). I told him we still have some left, so I asked him to look for other Etude House products that we’ve been meaning to buy. They went back to the shop the next day to get them for us.
He got me this Dr. Oil Solution Shine Free Finish Pact. I saw this on my last visit to Etude House about a month ago. I haven’t read that much reviews about it since it’s still fairly new (I think), but I wanted to try it. The words “oil solution” caught my attention (I have oily skin), hehe.
Forgot to post this last week.
Ezra’s very short description:
School started this week. It’s my first semester as a graduate student :)
P.S. That’s not really a uniform. We’re free to wear what we want to our classes ^___^
As soon as I got the chance, I tried out the new nail polish and french manicure tip guide I got on my last visit to Etude House.
Nail art stuff. (I ended up not using the black nail art pen)
Pretty silver nails :)
Used my favorite nail stickers. They were the very first set I bought from Etude House :)
Lastly, I added black nail polish to the tips with the help of the french manicure guide.
I love the results, and it didn’t take that long to do. The silver nail polish is really pretty and the french manicure tip guide was easy to use.
Filed under Beauty, Nail art
I was at Festival Mall last month, so I decided to check out the Etude House that they have over there. I’ve been to the Megamall branch countless times, but I’ve never had the chance to drop by the one in Festival Mall before. I was surprised to see that the Festival branch was bigger than the one in Megamall. I expected it to be smaller for some reason.
I wasn’t really planning on buying anything, but the thrill of a new store got me high and I ended up getting a few stuff. I didn’t need any more makeup so I mostly bought nail art materials:
Two new bottles of nail polish. I love how sparkly they are.
More nail art stickers. I already have the one on the right, but in gold. I decided to get silver this time.
French manicure tip guides. I’ve tried doing French tips freehand before, but they always come out messy, so I decided to try these.
My third convention this year, wow!
This is Ezra’s and my 4th Toycon. “Toycon” is short for “Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention”. This year is their 9th event so far. Its normally lasts two days, during the Father’s Day weekend. Ezra and I usually go on the first day but this year we both have Saturday classes, so we went on the 2nd day.
Ezra and I arrived at Megamall around 12:30pm. We grabbed some lunch at Bubble Tea before buying tickets for the convention.
Going up to the convention with Ezra, Kurt and Cyrus. (This is the first convention I attended with Kurt where he’s not in costume, haha.)
Ckloy arrived at around 2pm. He had the flu, but he still came.
I cosplayed as a flower from Plant vs. Zombies, LOL. Just kidding. The hat belongs to Cyrus. He bought it at the convention. (I cosplayed as Ezra as usual, LOL. Everything I wore belonged to her, except for the boots.)
Ever since I saw Hwang Tae Kyung make a pig rabbit for Go Mi Nam in the K-drama “You’re Beautiful” I’ve been looking for ways on how to get one for myself.
Go Mi Nam with her pig rabbit
I found some being sold at Yesasia.com, but they cost $50 (~PHP2320) each plus shipping – I wasn’t willing to spend that much on a plushie. I tried looking for local sellers and found one on Multiply that was selling it for PHP1800 (shipping not included). It was about PHP500 cheaper, but still too expensive for me.
Anyway, Toycon 2010 was today (blog entry to follow), and of course Ezra and I had to check out the JE booth. I was browsing through the magazines they had on sale when Ezra pointed out the pig rabbit plushie they had on display. The guy at the booth told me it costs PHP1700. I wished it was cheaper but at least there was no shipping fee. The guy told me that they still had 5 pieces left, so I said I would think about it and come back if I decide to buy it.
By that evening, I had already made up my mind not to buy the pig rabbit, until saw a girl carrying one as she walked around the mall. Ckloy must have seen the way I looked at the plushie, so he offered to pay for half of it! Yaaaaaay~
When we went back to the booth, we saw that there were only two pieces left, and that they lowered the price to PHP1650 because it was the last day of the convention and it was getting late. Lucky~
Thanks for my pig rabbit Ckloy! Mwaaaaaah~