Tour De Force
After my first article was published last April 30, 2012, my mentor reminded me about my over-due article. It was about fashion. I thought it would be easier for me because I am so much into it, but I was wrong. I researched for days just to find some other details and opinions coming from other people to make my point concrete. I can’t just consider mine because we all have different preferences in all aspects.
Since it was an over-due article, I tried my best to finish it as soon as possible. Getting published was not on my mind while I’m doing my article. I was just thinking of finishing it and for me it’s more important. The fact that I’m interested with the topic made me enjoy doing it. And in a short span of time, I finished it. I’m not expecting anything big from it, by that time, I’m already proud of myself and there’s nothing more to ask.
Days passed and there’s still no news from my mentor about my article. He told me that he was quite busy and he can’t find time to edit my article. Since then, I almost forgot about it. I just thought that it was not meant to be this time and I have to do much better next time. I whole-heartedly accept the fact that I didn’t get it that time. I promised myself that whatever happens, I will never feel bad.
Until one ordinary day, my mentor approached me and told me that he was already editing my article. I felt happy and excited about what I heard. He told me that it was way better than the first one because it has less mistakes and more straight to then point (definition of a good article). According to him, I am getting better when it comes to writing. Of course, I am very much flattered. I was inspired and motivated to be better and to work harder.
On May 16, 2012, before the clock strikes five, he called me out and asked me to come over. He showed me my published article for the second time and I really didn’t know what else to say, but thank you. My heart was pounding continuously. I’m really overwhelmed and grateful for another accomplishment. I can see myself clearly in this kind of job and I want to be the best that I can be.
Today, I am about to start with my new article. I am much determined today than yesterday. I’m just hoping and praying that I will make sense with this because sometimes I tend to talk too much that it becomes a novel. Lol! Thank you to everyone who believed and still believes in me and in my capabilities. I will always keep in mind the things that kept me going all these years. Keep motivating and inspiring me! I just need it.
Here’s a screen shot of my published article at the official website of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. (www.mb.com.ph):
Nikko Baclig on the photo. (Photo by June Buenavista) Screen captured in my laptop.
Read my article if you have time. I also posted it here in my blog. Thank you!
17th June, Sunday — Reblog
Beat The Heat With Summer Fashion Trends
Designers constantly try their best to astonish and make us desire to wear their creations. However, all of them work with the same schemes – the trends – which we have to be reacquainted with to steer clear of getting lost in the carousel of styles.
Summer is officially at this juncture and next thing you know, autumn is just around the corner. So what better means to groom for the rest of the season than to bring up to date your wardrobe with the latest summer trends? To assist you with that, I have put in a nutshell the best of this season’s trends to get to your closet.
PASTEL COLORS: HIGH FASHION
Creamy Neutral Fashion Trend. Model: Nikko Baclig (Photo by June Buenavista)
One adjacent of the color trend range for summer 2012 is bright colors and graphic prints, and the other adjacent was prettier, subtle, and sweet: pastels.
Regard it as a paler take on the ever-present color blocking trend. Pastel or creamy neutral is tremendously feminine and light which reminds us of the Great Gatsby Era in the 1920’s.
We find the feminine color palette irresistible — lavender, mint green, rosy pink, drenched coral, and sky blue — and all of the styling potentials that arrive with it.
It stretches out a look that is more girly, but stylish, flirtier, but subtle – pastel colors are classic and outfits in pastel color will always be in style.
COLOR-BLOCKING: VIBRANT FASHION
Stars on their color-blocking outfits. (Photo from www.eniapedretti.com)
This trend is not something new, but it is undeniably back with a bang. The color-blocking trend never goes out of fashion. You can’t go wrong with this style. It mingles two or more blocks of colors in one ensemble.
These panes of high-contrast tinges can be fool-the-eye figure fixers — if positioned strategically. Bold and bright colors are paired together to create an exceptional look.
The season of subdued shades is gone. It’s time to smear the town in all colors possible.
SHEER: FROM SENSUAL TO SEXUAL FASHION
Milan Fashion Week 2012: Sheer Fashion Trend (Photo from www.glamour.com)
In a short span of time, sheer clothing has altered itself from a seasonal accent into an evergreen fashion trend.
It flinched off as a statement with its chest-baring assets, but it was only to be showcased on runways. Due to plodding changes in fashion, now chests are bared, shoulders are highlighted and legs made look longer. Genuinely, sheer elements now can be found foregrounding and accenting every anticipated part of a woman’s figure.
Sheer clothing has gradually defied the odds, moving from the runways to the street, from a seasonal statement to an all-year-round trend.
STRIPES: TIMELESS FASHION
Stars In Stripes: Now and Then (Photo from www.bluevelvetvintage.com)
They have made a place in fashion that never goes out of style. It has become a perennial favorite both on and off the runway. Stripes are visible in dresses, skirts, blouses, and knit casual tops.
Stripes are always an archetypal look irrespective of occasion: formal or casual. They make an outfit stand out and peculiar without putting too much effort into it.
From clothes, shoes and handbags, stripes made a splash on this season’s runway. They maintain a spontaneous look which defines a simple classical chic at its finest.
FLORAL: FLOWER MEETS FASHION
Pictured at far left: off-the-shoulder floral dress from Rodarte; near left: floral sheath from Peter Som; at near and far right: floral ensembles from Oscar de la Renta. (Photo from www.petite.about.com)
The floral trend is one of the up-to-the-minute styles around. It is feminine and fresh, and gives you a fabulous look that stands out the mob this season. You can mix up the colors, play with the prints and match with different accessories to suit your frame of mind.
This trend is utterly versatile, you can adapt it and befit your personality.
Floral trend is one which is certain to linger for a while, so get ready for it now by dealing in with styles that will be proper for you.
ANIMAL PRINTS: ANIMAL INSTINCTS
Paris Fashion Week 2012: Animal Print Fashion Trend (Photo from www.fashionbeautytrends.com)
Wild animal prints have come roaring back onto the fashion scene of late. Designers are always coming up with new ways to bring this print back into vogue. You will see animal prints on everything from clothes to bags to shoes.
Crocodile skin, snake skin, giraffe skin and leopard skin are the most adored animal prints. Leopard prints are a favorite and they are back in style. Even so, the prints will be lenient this season and it will come in many different colors.
This blazing, amusing and jazzy trend seems here to stay.
ETHNIC/TRIBAL PRINTS: BOLD GEOMETRIC
Tribal Print Fashion Trend (Photo from www.candycollege.com)
Summer would not be summer without a touch of ethnic and tribal print. Various great color combinations of mustard yellows and browns, and blacks and blues, give this print a softer contour that made this trend perfect for this season.
Patterns of tribal flair are bright and lively. Some of the tribal prints are in neutral tones, most are in strong solid hues or bright, few and far between color combinations that add a gust of life to your appearance.
We love cool ethnic vibe this season. They are exotic, fun, mysterious and exciting.
WEAR THEM LOUD AND PROUD
Summer can be considered the fashion season, it is up to you to mix and match and create your own style. Don’t fail to recall packing the most fashionable clothes, shoes and accessories wherever life takes you on your summer getaway.
P.S. This was published at Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation Newspaper Online last May 16, 2012. Here’s the link: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/359682/beat-the-heat-with-summer-fashion-trends
Hope you like it!
17th June, Sunday — Reblog
Dream, that’s where I have to go.
I have abandoned my blog for a while now. I have been busy with my on the job training at Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. I have no time to blog anymore since I am working from Monday to Friday, 8-5pm. Yes, it is really exhausting! However, I never complained and thought of giving up. I just love what I’m doing. I know in my heart that it is really what I aspire to do and I am really enjoying every second of it.
This is my time card for the month of April. (First ever time card. Lol.)
Before, I always tell everybody that one day, I will become a writer and my articles will be published. And the opportunity came too soon. My mentor asked me if I want to write an article, and I said yes without hesitation. He gave me a topic to write about and I accepted it whole-heartedly. The topic he gave me was about “Milk Tea”. I know it is kind of a shallow topic, but who cares? I just felt that it was a ” it’s now or never” moment and I just have to give it my best shot.
It took me a while to finish my article. There were times when I felt like not finishing it because I know that it is impossible to be published anyway. But, there’s this thing that kept pushing me to finish it and to believe that it might be published. On the second thought, it doesn’t matter if it will be published or not. What really matters is I tried my best and to finish an article is more than enough. And after some time, I got to finally finish my article. I submitted it to my mentor through email. After a few days, he came to me and asked me to go to Manila Bulletin’s website. I was so shocked to see my article already published!!! I did not know how to react or if it was real. I felt nothing less than insert-a-word-that-would-beat-happiness-because-it’s-an-understatement!
Screen shot from my phone. For those who are unaware, the guy in the photo is Chris Tiu (Smart Gilas basketball player/TV host/model/politician). I will post the whole article right after I publish this post.
Right after I saw it, I still found it hard to believe. It was only a dream, but right that very moment, it came true. When I went home, I told my parents about it and I was really happy with their reactions. My father, for the first time, told me that he’s proud of me. Yes, for the first time. My ever loving mother, called our relatives and friends to let them know my achievement. And for that night, I am their favorite child. Lol!
In less than 24 hours:
Yay! I didn’t expect this, but it happened. Thank you, Lord!
I didn’t expect people to appreciate my article. I knew that it will not be noticed by anyone prominent because of it’s shallowness (well, according to some people), and I respect their opinion. Until one of my friends tweeted me on twitter saying that Chris Tiu mentioned my article in one of his tweets! I was really speechless and a bit kinilig. I don’t know why, he’s not even my crush. Haha. And by the way, Chris Tiu owns the Milk Tea Shop that I tackled about in my article. Here’s a proof:
Screen shot from my phone. Chris Tiu’s tweet with the link of my article in it. And he even added information.
It is really flattering when someone (regardless of status in life) appreciates your work. It fuels your determination to do more and be better than you are now. Nevertheless, before you expect others to appreciate you and what you are doing, you must appreciate it yourself first. You just have to believe in yourself and that, you are good enough. That way, others will believe that you are, too.
In life, you will always start in the bottom. You have to work for something that you really like. If you know that you are giving your best, there is no way that you are not gonna get it. It will take time, yes. But forever, no. Just be patient and think positive. Hard work really pays off.
Always, always strive hard to be the best that you can be. The best feeling in the world is turning your dreams into reality.
17th June, Sunday — Reblog
It’s A Tea Thing!
Pearl Shake, Coke Float, Mocha Frappuccino, Frozen Yogurt, and now we have the Milk Tea craze.
Filipinos are gulping down milk tea as the preference nowadays for their daily fix of delicious beverage. It’s healthy and delectable so we are more ecstatic if these milk tea shops continue to emerge around the Metro as long as they offer their own distinct flavors.
As a result, consumers now have an abundance of milk tea cafe options. One that stands out though is the very popular Happy Lemon franchise that captures the palate of the Filipinos’ penchant of taste.
First branch in the Philippines. Located at the 1st Level of the Promenade in Greenhills. (Photo from candymag.com)
Happy Lemon is an international brand that opened five years ago in Hong Kong, and now spans over 100 branches in the world. The trendy brand has set up shops in countries like China, Singapore, Australia, and now the Philippines.
Tea-loving friends who brought Happy Lemon in the Philippines. (Photo from candymag.com)
For those who are unaware, it was brought to Manila by a group of tea-loving friends, comprised of Smart Gilas basketball player and TV host Chris Tiu, siblings Kelvin and Kristine Gaisano, and their associates Andres See, Charles Chua, Wesley Pardilla, and Edward Go. It is under the company Happy Lemon Group Philippines, Inc.
See their mantra? It’s like telling people to buy Happy Lemon everyday! (Photo from everydaysweetnotes.com)
Happy Lemon takes tea to a different breadth, it is quite innovative. They have variety of teas for every mood, personality, and preference. Happy Lemon has a catchphrase that says “Happy Everyday”.
Happy Lemon is not restricted to milk tea only, they also have other specialty drinks. This is their advantage among other milk tea shops. Their beverages are divided into assortments, they have the Lemon Series, Rock Salt and Cheese, Milk Tea, Mousse Spin, Cocoa and Coffee, Specialty Drinks, and Fresh Tea.
The most sought after collection is Milk Tea. It covers broad selection; Milk Tea with Taro, Milk Tea with Pudding, Milk Tea with Mesona Jelly, Crispy Cocoa Milk Tea with Brown Sugar Jelly, Caramel Milk Tea with Brown Sugar Jelly, Aromatic Milk Tea with Adzuki Bean and Pudding, Aromatic Milk Tea with Pearl Sago, Malt Milk Tea, Milk Tea with Black Pearl Sago and Milk Tea with Oreo Cookies and Cream. Bearing in mind the excellence of ingredients used, the drinks are reasonably priced, with prices ranging from P75 to P100.
One of their most sought after drinks, Milk Tea with Oreo Cookies and Cream. (Photo from happy-lemon.com)
I was fortunate enough to taste some of their best-selling Milk Teas. Milk Tea with Oreo Cookies and Cream has made its way up to my favorite list. Besides the fact that I am an Oreo enthusiast, the different twist it bent when the chunks of Oreo cookies are mixed with classic milk tea made it even more delightful for me. The black pearl sago was a plus factor. It added anticipation to the drink so I will not finish it in just one mouthful. The blend of creamy and pasty Oreo cookies and milk tea is what I deem a taste of heaven.
With the optimistic vibe you get hold of from the ambiance and that luscious drink in hand, you will definitely leave Happy Lemon in high spirits. Their first branch in the Philippines is located at the 1st Level of the Promenade in Greenhills. More branches are expected to open. They just opened branches in Eastwood Mall, Trinoma, Megamall, Robinson’s Ermita and Bonifacio High Street.
Milk Tea is one of the most successful innovations of liquid refreshment. Nevertheless, just like everything else, the Milk Tea craze will sooner or later descent its popularity and the Filipinos will have a change of fondness. However, people will certainly not overlook how Milk Tea once captured their senses of taste and made them happy with just a cup of it.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab a cup of Milk Tea today and let it make the rest of your day.
P.S. This is the article that was published at Manila Bulletin’s official website. Here’s the link: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/358432/its-a-tea-thing
Hope you like it!
17th June, Sunday — Reblog