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My New Blog Is Up!

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Hi everyone! Please check my blog’s new address

Go! Jackie Go!.

Will be updating through this site from now on.

Also join my blog give away here:

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This will be my last post in this blog. Goodbye My Nocturnal Journal! Thank you for the love 😀

And thank you everyone for sticking around!

See you in my new blog 😉

My New Baby Is Almost Ready!

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My new baby is almost ready! But no, it’s not human. It’s my blog’s new home (domain). Yipeeeee!

oh baby!

3 more days til you get to see my new site. Well, nothing much will change except for my new domain and blog name. Easier to remember and very me. Go! Jackie Go! Because I’m just like that :p

So please, while you’re here, go check my new site Go! Jackie Go!  Go to http://gojackiego.com

Whole Foods

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The popularity of natural & organic foods has been inevitable these days mainly because people want to have a healthier lifestyle. According to OrganicFoodee.com, organic foods are more expensive than intensively farmed foods because they receive no subsidies at all compared to the latter.

Another crucial reason why organic food is more expensive to buy than intensively- farmed food is that agro chemicals are designed to make food cheaper to produce. Agro chemicals were not developed with nutrition, taste or the ecology in mind. The chemical designers’ remit was to make mass production of food cheaper. End of story.  Source: OrganicFoodee.com

Yes, there is a market for it and that market is growing over time. I myself am not getting any younger, being in the mid-20s can really make you paranoid about how the world is filled with anything & everything synthetic & chemically exposed thus being cautious with what you eat and how you eat can just be your best bet in living healthier and longer.

I, for one don’t really care much about exactly what kind of food I eat (meaning how it was processed) but after trying on a few organic & naturally grown produce, I could really tell there’s a HUGE difference. It’s tastier and more flavorful. Given that as a mother, I only want what’s best for my family (and with our impending move to our own place) it is only necessary that I open up to the idea of sticking back to what is more natural and healthier.

As what I tweeted few days ago  before (yes, too obvious this is one of my back posts!), it is harder to live a healthy life if healthy food isn’t optional and worse more expensive than conventional food. So upon checking Whole Foods Market online, I was really inspired to prepare, cook & hunt for these organic & healthy foods.

spell freshness!

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where all things good & green

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juice-y goodness!

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Dear businessmen in the Philippines, please bring  Whole Foods here if not I dare you conceptualize a market like this.  Kthanksbye.

This rainy day makes me think of food even more! And with the earthquake that hit Metro Manila plus the few road accidents that has happened today due to Typhoon Juaning, I hope everyone stay safe tonight. Prayers for those who were affected by Typhoon Juaning and praying for an earthquake-free night tonight.

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Please be alert! Charge all your necessary paraphernalia in case the storm cuts out the electricity. Get your emergency kits ready as well and keep your keys & phones on your bedside table for emergency (yes, this is my OC motherly instinct writing!).

*virtual hugs to everyone*

Optimist Prime or Negatron?

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People who really know me know that I speak & understand beckimese (gay lingo). It’s something that seems and feels natural to me and gay people are close to my heart. Maybe I was one in my past life? Who knows. Anyway, I love how through gay lingo, (most of the time) thoughts and ideas are conveyed on a lighter note but with a deep subliminal meaning.So in fairness, smart talaga ang mga beckies! *cheers* (for those of you who wants to learn beckimese, I shall gather my becky friends and post a beckimese 101 guide 🙂 )

Finally, after 2 weeks I able to watch Transformers: Dark of the Moon and I was somewhat paranoid (you know I’m a Com student and given I’ve learned how a movie is made, I still get affected watching movies :|). What if “aliens” really attack our planet one day? and what if that one day is soon? like the day after tomorrow? Eeeeeps! *head spinning slowly* I cut myself after even attempting to figure out the answers. I then heard myself say “stop being a Negatron” and then I just started smiling *big grin*. So I’ve learned that a gloomy moment can really be altered to an all out laughing trip, thanks to beckimese language LOL.

The next day as I was online and doing my usual thing, when I decided to write about these thoughts in my head (this was supposed to be a Transformers 3 post and my story about aliens :p) so I researched and I stumbled upon this illustration:

Optimist Prime vs. Negatron

OW. EM. GEEna Alajar! (gets nyo?!) Perfect! It’s like Google read my mind & conspired with the universe! I love, love, love it! (in a becky spelling, ay lav et! 😉 ) Truly, I’m an Optimist Prime (kampi ako kay Optimist este Optimus Prime syempre!), I believe (beauty queen answer?) negativity won’t bring you anywhere and that it is a complete waste of energy. Life really is too short and the world is too small to be hating on other people and to be spreading on bad vibes as well. Deadmatology na lang dapat! It is the key to a negatron-free life, I thank you! *bow*

So who created this? I have learned that the creator/illustrator is someone I have worked with before. He was my director for a Telecom TV commercial back in 2007 (see it here). He is none other than Avid Liongoren, truly he is a visual artist extraordinaire. He has done numerous multi-media works that challenged the mind’s creativity. Pasok sa banga ang creative skills niya. Very much alien lang siya na tumambay dito sa planet Earth!

If you want to check out more of his creations visit his online gallery, you can also purchase the Optimist Prime & Negatron illustration for printing.

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Hi, direk! 🙂

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Here’s the video of the Telecom TVC I did back in 2007. Spottan nyo ko! ;p

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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5 Things I’m Lusting After Right Now

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LUST. A very powerful word. A noun, meaning an overwhelming desire. It is something that has yet to be satisfied in order for that person to finally cease to obsess about the thing that causes such an overwhelming feeling.

There are a few things I’ve been eyeing on over the past few months. I was once an impulsive shopper until I learned that by being patient, I could get what I want for a cheaper price (if it goes on sale) or if not at least give me time to contemplate if I really want it in the first place. You see, every time I see the things that I want I couldn’t help but show my adoration to them by tinkering, gushing over & if possible trying them on to actually verify if my “lusting” isn’t just temporary. So after a few months of obsessing, I am more than sure that I want to get hold of them.

Here are the things that I’m currently lusting after:

JEFFREY CAMPBELL (LITA)

Jeffrey Campbell Lita (Woven)

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JC shoesies!

I’ve been eyeing on Jeffrey Campbell’s Litas. I like how very comfortable (yes, I’ve tried a few Litas already that’s how much I like love it!) Of all the shoe style Jeffrey Campbell is known for, I particularly fell in love with Lita. Boots is forever a staple shoe and you can’t go wrong with it! I particularly like the woven Lita as well as the mustard leather. They both look simple yet really an outfitey maker! Nelly’s next in line to my Lita. *ahem, to those who want to gift this to me for my birthday this August. You must know that I’m a size 7.5 for JC shoes* haha *hint! hint! to those who love meeee!* 😉 and yes, I believe a girl (even a boy) can never have to many shoes, ’nuff said 😉

13″ or 14″ CAMBRDIGE SATCHEL COMPANY SATCHEL BAG

14″ Cambridge satchel in green

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or

13″ Cambridge satchel in taxi cab yellow.

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Cambridge Satchels

trying on a 13″

Why 13″ or 14″ inch Cambridge Satchel? Because I like big bags. I have too many things in my bag and sporting a 13″ or 14″ is just perfect! Plus, it can fit my MacBook too! heehee. Also, I am proud to say I am no longer a bag hag. I’ve stopped looking for bags ever since my sister introduced me to designer bags. Why? Because it lasts longer compared to bags that may look stylish and affordable but would eventually flake after a few use (so I’d rather buy a bag once a year and invest on a really good bag-designer or not than buy multiple less expensive ones that”ll only last a few months, at least for me 😦 ) but take note that it really depends on the quality of bags/shoes, it doesn’t have to be designer, it could be brand-less for all I care. What’s important is the material used (so it can last for years) & the style that makes it a staple bag (one that you can actually pass on to your kids) that’s what matters 😉

trying on the 13"

Ever since I’ve learned that the Chocolate Schubar is the official distributor of these pretty bags, I been frequenting their stores checking out the satchels & was even tempted to place my order for it. But, the husband & I agreed I only get to buy a bag once a year (or maybe twice naman). I am in love with anything leather. It is durable & the smell of it is just irresistible! Glad that The Cambridge Satchel bags are not that pricey compared to designer bags so that’s one good excuse to tell Mr. Go so I can persuade him in buying it. *evil laugh* 😉

BROWN LEATHER JACKET

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Isn’t she pretty? I believe every girl should own a leather jacket. I prefer the brown/tan one rather than the black one but come to think of it, the latter is much sexier! LOL. I have yet to find the perfect leather jacket. I would’ve gotten one over the weekend since I saw one on sale from Zara but I was too lazy to look given there were a lot of people shopping plus, my shopping priority is home furnishings more than clothes. But don’t tempt me, next time I’m out I might just check it out (if it’s still on sale). *sighs* I could still smell the leather scent, too hypnotizing!

ACCENT CHAIRS

Eames Rocker Chair

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Zebra accent chair

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Zuo Modern Leatherette Andromeda Chair Accent

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Dwell's version of the Louis Ghost Chair

Dwell's version of Eames Rocker

Since we are moving to a bigger place, we’re very much thrilled in fixing & decorating our unit. But since we have existing furnitures, it is harder for us to find the appropriate pieces that would go well with our new home. One of the key furnitures that I’ve been obsessing about is finding the perfect accent chair. As you can see on the pictures above, me and my husband’s preference are quite the same. We like sleek, unique, modern & contemporary pieces, so choosing for the perfect accent chair would be a task. I’ve stumbled upon About A Chair who offers unique accent chairs! I’m very much excited to shop for that perfect accent chair but first we’ve got to finish installing the tiles! Will update you guys on our condo unit’s progress. For now, the hunt for the perfect accent chair is still ongoing 😉

COOKBOOKS & KITCHENWARES

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You all know I’m such a fan of books. I am a very proud bookworm and now that I’ll be having a bigger kitchen (we’ve even bought our oven already *screams*) I am very much excited to say that I am now loving on browsing (I’ve even tried to hoard) cookbooks! and every time I do so, I get all giddy & really imagine on how to cook each dish! (excited much?!) Not only that, I’ve been also obsessed with kitchenware, more than any household items.

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Kitchenwares and storage items are now my favorite things to window shop! As much as I want to hoard everything (especially those from Japan Home and other P88/P68 stores) I can’t. As much as I want to own them all, condo living has limited space and the key to having a clutter-free house is to minimize things and even though it breaks my heart, I shall live with that. As what my shopping mantra says: “only buy what you need”, and I will happily do so. I’ve also gotten to love QUIRKS Novelties & Curiosities which offer cute purposeful products, thanks also to Inez Bernardo for featuring some items on her blog—> Yourhinez. I’m super excited to buy different kinds of storage & kitchenwares but not until we’ve moved after a few more months (relax Jackie) *pats self on the shoulder*

It’s okay to lust over material things, (for me, I think) it actually helps in making you realize how much you really want something right?! These things are really on my mind the past few months, I know they’re just earthly things and honestly wouldn’t really mind if I don’t get to have them anytime soon BUT (yes a big bad but!) I would be a lot happier if I get to have them *smiles like a good girl* Having to lust on these things also helps me to save up and not spend on anything that’s not relevant & lust-worthy. I hope I get to buy some of these things in the coming weeks, oh universe please conspire with me *crosses fingers*.  For now I’ll just enjoy  window shopping and online browsing and instead dedicate my energy to my family and the completion of our new home 😉

Let the countdown begin!

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Hi everyone! I am very much excited for August!

Mainly because it is my birth month! Yipeeeee! and with that said, I am gifting myself with a new & improved blog! Will be launching my new domain on August 1, 2011. Please watch out for it! I’m excited to share it with you all. Plus, a lucky reader might just win a goodie bag! 😉 Join me in the countdown! 😀


Top 5 Make Up Essentials For That Everyday Natural Look

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Make up is part of every girl’s essentials and I for one love them. If there’s one person I know who really loves lippies & collects make ups it’s my grade school classmate Cierre Anne Tan. As much as I want to follow her footsteps in hoarding & searching for those limited edition collections, I just can’t seem to convince myself. So I leave the collecting to her & just drool on her collections, Hi Cierre!  Anyway, like I always say, I only buy what I need and don’t exhaust much effort on trying other brands I haven’t heard of (unless used on me for shoots or recommended by close friends), since I find make ups & make up tools all the same (at least that’s what I thought).

The moment when you reach your mid-20s and feel a wee bit older & wiser (I think) in making better & good decisions, which (as petty as it sounds) includes protecting & taking good care of your skin & body. That moment has arrived for me (a few years earlier) when looking good physically is a requirement for work. In my case, being careless about what I put on my face & what I use to care for it has been a habit, until I’ve realized it’s no longer an option.

After years of trying out different kinds of beauty products, I’ve come to love these 5 make up essentials  (which have now become staples) that I use for that everyday natural look. You see, I often times don’t wear make up, in order for my skin to “breathe” but there are just some days that I want to look naturally good. But being all natural isn’t easy and it does reveal the sleepless nights(being all nocturnal) & haggard(ness) of my skin.

So I share with you all these budget friendly make ups that might just help you boost your confidence & give you a fresh natural look despite the sleepless nights, the stress, the haggard(ness), and pulling off an all-nighter. After all, you deserve to look good & feel good.

5 essential make up for that everyday look

(left to right clockwise:)  Shu Uemura lash curler, The Body Shop lip & cheek tint, Carmex lip balm, MAC brow set in Boy Girl and MAC Studio Fix

Well it may not be in the brands I chose (hiyangan lang yan), it still depends on what brands suit your skin best. But I swear by Shu Uemura lash curler. I used to use La Cross lash curler (around P400+ I think?) but because I have long, somehow thick lashes (which is now becoming thin 😐 ) which is hard to curl, it just couldn’t keep up with me. The rubber on the curl lash wouldn’t last 2 months on me & the hassle part is La Cross doesn’t sell the rubber alone. Knowing that girlfriends & make up artists swear by how they love their Shu Uemura lash curler, I decided to buy it (even though the stingy in me finds it really hard to spend P1,00 for a lash curler,still I gave in) and with no regrets I’ve been using it for almost  6 years now. Indeed durability has its price.

Moving on, as I’ve said in my previous post about The Body Shop Products, my loyalty belongs to their lip & cheek tint. It will forever be one of my favorites (especially if I buy them on sale!). It gives me an instant flushed cheeks & red lips. Makes me look glowing! Yun na! ;p

As for the lips I also need to use a lip balm since I have very chapped lips ( I blame my lack of interest in hydrating) and thus Carmex is my lip’s best friend and it has not failed me since. Need I say more?

Ah, and now I reveal my obsession with my eyebrows.I have a fairly sized, shaped & groomed set of brows. They’re not too thin nor thick and I like them just as they are. Although I sometimes find it hard to pull off the au natural look because my brows sometimes tend to look darker than my hair color (because at times I’m too lazy for a brow bleach) and filling it every time can be a drag. So my best bet is MAC’s brow set (P950) and yes it may appear too pricey but believe me that it can last for almost a year (assuming you use it on an average of 4-6 times/week ). It’s like a mascara for the brows, so easy to use & apply. You can control the thickness & the shade of your brows with it. It’s true that your eyebrows define the overall look of your face, a little tweak here & there can really change your overall look so please be careful (if in doubt, go to your favorite salon & have an expert pluck, shave, thread and shape them for you) . Yes, I am one of those girls who would always feel complete whenever my brows are made.

Lastly, for those blemishes & pimples that need coverage and for the uneven skin tone that I just can’t get away with, I use the ever trusty MAC Studio Fix Foundation/Face Powder (P1,750). Doubles as a foundation (when use with a wet sponge) and as a powder. Given you get the right shade of it, it can be your ticket to a flawless face! Like the brow set, depending on how much you use it, it can last months servicing you with a flawless skin with just minimal use. Some face powders offer the same coverage but MAC’s Studio Fix can really conceal the deal. It can last a whole day without touch ups (especially if you have dry to natural skin).

So here’s a quick look of me using my top 5 make up essentials.

pa-fresh lang :p

When you think about it, it pays to invest on good make ups, meaning make ups that’ll last on your face and will last for more than a few good uses. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. I can get away with drug store make ups & home remedies (that’s another post) but I also want what’s best for my skin. These products have been tried & tested by yours truly and I swear by them on how efficient & effective they are on me, if you’re not sure don’t take my word for it. Instead, research on your own & find out what brands & products suits you best! 😉

Hope this helps!

That’s all!

ooo,

J.