Showing posts with label Lovely Grey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lovely Grey. Show all posts

Monday, January 1, 2018

WELCOME YEAR 2018!!

New year, new me?

Nope, still the same.

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We've all been there before right? Making New Year's resolutions and forgetting them before we knew it. SO, instead of posting about what's and what not's, I'm writing about my expectations this year. 

For starter, I expect everyone to be watching vlogs on Youtube rather than reading blogs on the different blogging platforms available online. I expect that more people are going to travel this year after a surge in the number of travel vloggers and travel agencies out there. I expect to see more makeup gurus online and more makeup brands reaching out to every market segment. I expect a crowd at the gym after the holiday food binge, and I expect that I will be one of them. 

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How about you? What are your expectations this year? Comment below! Photos by JD Tomagan
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Sunday, December 25, 2016

A New Tattoo

My parents are probably gonna kill me for getting a tattoo (haha) but I've been wanting to do this for the longest time. I finally found the courage to do so a day before Christmas.. because courage is the only thing left in me, keeping me alive, and that's enough. For me, this is not about bragging rights and keeping up with trends. They say pain makes people change, truth is, pain only reveals the real you.

So enough of the melodrama and let's get down to business! Let me answer frequently asked questions when getting tattooed for the first time.


Does it hurt? Unless I'm a robot then no. Haha! The answer is yes there is pain, but it's tolerable like all other pains in the world. The pain you get from getting inked is rewarding and therapeutic in a way. The pain won't traumatized you, in fact it will do otherwise.

Are you not afraid of people judging you? I used to, but respect is only gained. Plus, people only judge you from afar, you're most likely not close friends to start with.


What does one do while getting a tattoo? In my case, I was obviously documenting the whole process. Holding my phone up and keeping a straight face. If not, I might just stay still and contemplate on things and cry. Haha kidding! But I'm surprised at how calming it is to just sit there and let someone inflict pain on your body. Haha! Calling Mr. Christian Grey, fifty shades of f*cked up. Yeah, so if I were not recording, I will probably sleep.

How much trust do you have to give your artist? Trust is so fragile, you've got to give it all or nothing. I've known Kuya Bhong (my artist) for a couple of months before I finally decided to entrust him to do this permanent body art. He was introduced to me by my then boyfriend whom I used to love and trust so much, hugot. Hahaha! So yeah, it took us more than a few meet-ups. You have to know your artist as a person as well, you have to ask around for testimonials, check his previous works, make sure he is using safe/sterile working materials and together agree with a good design. 


Will it help you move on from a failed relationship? NOPE, even if you fill your body with tattoos. It's a way of healing for some, but the cure for heart ache cannot be bought.

Will you be getting another tattoo? Yes. This is my life and although I make decisions based on emotions -these are MY emotions and they are made of me. One-hundred percent authentic! I may regret it but I may also love it even more in the long run.


Who is Louise? Louise is the most important person in my life. My first tattoo goes to her. She is my number one.

Why did you place your tattoo there? Because it's the closest to my heart. I don't want (yet) to get a tattoo on my chest. But I already have a design ready for my back and abdomen.


Here's a nicer look at my first tattoo: @lvlygrey
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Where to eat in Baguio City: Ketchup Food Community

I will be honest guys, when we were in Baguio, all I could think was "where to eat now?" and "where to eat next?"I was already thinking of a few good restaurants and fast food chains inside SM Baguio. Lame, I know. Haha! Let's say I'm not particularly adventurous when it comes to trying out new food, unless it's free then it's okay, because I wouldn't have to risk spending a single penny on a food I may not like. (Kuripot logic! Haha) But I would gladly take note of any highly-recommended places and cuisines, like what we have here. If it weren't for Ate Mica of Senyorita.net, I would have probably dined in at Jollibee or Mcdonald's, it's a no-brainer. But since she's been talking about this amazing baby back ribs she had back in 2012 here in Baguio, I was more than willing to try it myself. So, off we went to the low-key yet famous Ketchup Food Community.

Free taste! That's what I'm talking about.

We has laksa for starters.
We've figured any time is a good time to dine in here, but, so as everyone else. That's why even though we were there to have lunch at 2PM, finding a table for two still proves to be a challenge.
TIP: You can cross order from other restaurants just like what we did. We ordered laksa, perfect for the cold weather, then cross ordered from Canto Restaurant.

You have other food options here.
Hi Ate Mica!
Baby back ribs from Canto - AMAZEBALLS!!
 Let me start off by pointing out how superb the salad from this meal was. It's not your ordinary side, like, I would order this solo salad meal any time. I say, any time! Because where else can you find salad with peanut brittle in it?! I KNOWWWWWW.  
TIP: Nutritionists advice eating your fruits and vegetables first before the rest of the meal. The benefits include ease in digestion and feeling full early, helping you to refrain from overeating.

Okay back to this melt-in-your-mouth baby back ribs! The overall taste and tenderness of the meat depends on which part of the pork it came from. I know that in this case it's obviously the ribs, duh?! But still, based on experience, there's the mas maganda, mas masarap na part. To help make your life easier, it doesn't hurt to just remind them to give you the tenderest and the yummiest part na lang. Oh ayan, okay na? Haha!

Ketchup Food Community where you'll find Canto Restaurant
Let the hunger games begin haha
It was a very satisfying meal! We were so full and decided to skip dinner after. So yep! When in Baguio, check out Ketchup Food Community.. pwede niyo rin kami ayain, chos!
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Baguio City Day 1: Inn Rocio & La Parilla

I can't remember the last time I went to Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines. I've always been afraid to take the bus to Baguio. So if you ask me to join you and you don't have a private car and I know you're not a good driver, I wouldn't take the risk. Haha! But this time it's different, because I'm actually on a trip with a legit travel blogger. Everyone meet one of my closest friends, one of the women I look up to, my Ate Mica of Senyorita.net. All we needed was a legit reason to be in Baguio (Hi Mom! Hi Sam!), the rest of our stay is history. Haha!

Senyorita and Miss Grey
Pumo-photography haha
 So on our first day in Baguio, we stayed at Inn Rocio. It is located at Kisad Road and a walking distance to Spade Bar, we realized this on our way to the next hotel na we stayed at. Haha, sayang! So after our agenda that day, we went to sleep muna and then had dinner at Inn Rocio's restaurant - La Parilla. 

In fairness, the outdoor seats are romantic to look at, it's like one of those places where you'd want to propose to your girlfriend. But we were confused on our way there, we didn't know which step/path to take and almost crashed a couple's supposed intimate dinner. Haha! We opted to dine inside the restaurant since we were from a more humid city and it's just been declared that Baguio hit it's lowest temperature in years. It's 10 degrees celsius lang naman when we were there. I had two sweaters on plus scarf, layering at its best, because the only cold thing I can handle is an ice-cold beer. Haha! 

"Make it look like a candid shot"
We ordered two of La Parilla's bestsellers: Lomi Bagnet (Php90) and Binagoongan Bagnet (Php145)

We were so full and after a few, we decided to just go back to our room to get our laptops and stay in the lobby for the rest of the night. That didn't go as planned though because - brownout! YES!! It was my worst nightmare, okay nag-iinarte, but still -the horror of no WIFI connection! I was so into the mood for writing pa naman, chos! Truth is, I was such a scared-y cat. The moment it went dark, I let out a shriek and kept on saying "Oh my God, Oh my God Ate, Ate Mica!" Hahaha. I know, annoying! 

We looked outside and half of Baguio was in total darkness. We waited for a few minutes but the electricity was still down. I took it upon myself to update my social media status and let people know it's odd na walang ilaw sa Baguio, since I have cellular data pa naman. I planned to take a photo of the lobby so I opened grabbed my phone. I went nuts when I saw a face! Took me a moment to realize it was my front camera that I opened instead.. and I was looking at my hideous face. Hahaha! Ate Mica and I had a good laugh after.

Inn Rocio Lobby & Breakfast Area 
After two excruciating hours of waiting, the electricity was back on. We were sleepy anyway, so we just spent a few minutes online while Rihanna's newly released album was playing on Ate Mica's laptop, and slept soundly.

Inn Rocio Front Desk
Inn Rocio's still cheaper than hotels but I do not wish to experience the same thing. Although I really appreciate Kuya guard-on-duty for bringing me four candles to light up our room while brownout, I strongly suggest the management to put emergency lights in each room.

My stay there was still by far the most exciting during our Baguio trip. It may not be so, for ghost-hunters-wanna-be or those who's purpose of going to Baguio was to seek pleasure in uncovering paranormal activities. But hey, kanya-kanyang trip to! Haha!
 Part two will be posted soonest. 
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Lang Leav in Singapore

More than eight months after I met 'Love & Misadventure' author Lang Leav in Kinokuniya Singapore, I still feel giddy with excitement every time I look back at that moment. I'm full of admiration for this wonderful person. Lang Leav was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, they moved to Melbourne when she was five and now based in Sydney with her beau, author Michael Faudet.

I've spent considerable amount of my time in a bookstore more than anywhere else back in SG, being surrounded by books and people with mutual interest felt like home to me. When I heard the news that Lang Leav's doing a promotional tour for her (then) latest book "Lullaby," I've decided I will see her in the flesh.. I will get my book signed.. & nothing's gonna stop it from happening. Not even when it rained cats and dogs on the day of the event!  

Dad and I ran a few errands, then he drove me to Orchard. He handed me fifty bucks and wished for a lovely time with one of my favorite authors. I head straight to Coffee Beans and Tea Leaf for a cup of hot chocolate. I'm an hour and a half early so I bought a card and wrote an appreciation letter for Lang, while also waiting for my good friend, the sweetest, kindest, awesome-st ate - Ate Althea Fernandez-Chua.

At last, the moment we've been all waiting for. Lang entered the room with a gracious smile. She's sweet, quiet and gentle.. just like a lullaby. After a few questions from the eager crowd, I asked Lang Leav if she could please read her dedication for Michael: 
For Michael,
I love you, I do -
you have my word.

You have all my words. 

A video posted by Lovely Grey (@lvlygrey) on

#FANGIRLING 101 

Biggest smile + a love letter in hand
Queued up for the second time around...
For this HUG <3
Inked!
H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S
This I will never, ever forget! It's been truly a magical day, meeting the person who brought poetry back to our lives in this day and age. Anyway, the real MVP is of course my Dad. For the tender loving care, encouragement, all the efforts, and the fifty bucks! We eventually called it a day after a scrumptious Japanese dinner. Thanks Pops! Thanks Ate Althea! Thanks Kinokuniya! Thanks Lang Leav! Thank you UNIVERSE!

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