Tonight, we are young. So let’s set the world on fire.

So, here’s what I’m going to wear today! Even though I didn’t have anywhere to go, I still opted to dress up. Hey, it’s not everyday that I transform from a crying baby to a full-grown lady. 😉


Top: Genevieve Gozum
Shorts: Bench
Shoes: My mom’s, which she got on eBay

A close-up of my momma’s new babies!
I honestly don’t know where my mom gets all her shoes!! She has, like, shoe heaven on her shoe rack.

More birthday updates soon lovelies!

Ciao!

❤ Cae

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Jack’s Loft

After that tiring shopping spree, my mom and I decided to dine at Jack’s Loft which was also connected to My Thai.

My gorgeous mom and I.

We were sooo hungry. I haven’t eaten a bite the whole day (and that was already 7 in the evening!) due to the fact that I woke up at 2 in the afternoon then went to the mall straight away. I wanted to order everything off the menu!

 I was excited to share the Fishbowl Iced Tea with my mom! We were iced tea freaks and this “fishbowl” was cute!

We were losers because we weren’t able to finish the whole thing 😦

I was torn ordering between the Onion Rings and Jack’s Cheesy Fries! This was a good choice, though. The gravy was ah-may-zing! I had to order another batch because I just want to drink the whole thing.

My mom ordered a Shrimp Pad Thai from My Thai. Definitely yummy!

Philly Cheese Steak for me! My jaw ached from chewing though. The bread was kind of tough but the onions were delicious! I just love onions. 🙂

 Will definitely be coming back 🙂

Ciao!

❤ Cae

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

Photo courtesy of: partywizard.co.uk

Hello everyone! It’s 2 o’clock in the morning (and the conversation’s definitely not boring – forgive my lame joke) and I’m officially 18 years old! With great power comes great responsibility. I think Spiderman really hit the bullseye with that quote.

Being legal entitles you to a lifetime membership entrance to various clubs and bars (you just need to flash your I.D.!), a certification in the form of a driver’s license that makes you a valid driver (without any adult present because you’re the adult now) and an authentic permission to work.

Yet with all those perks that comes with being 18, there comes downfalls. Or God’s way of saying, “I am your light.” Without challenges, we wouldn’t enjoy our blessings! Without pain, we wouldn’t know joy. Without hardships, we wouldn’t know rewards.

I won’t be having an extravagant party because I think that’s too materialistic of me. In my opinion, spending quality time with my loved ones are better than spending time at a party that I know my guests would find boring (at least for the program part) and where’s the quality time in that, anyway? I don’t consider debuts to be “personal” because it’s too large a crowd to handle and I wouldn’t be able to divide myself equally between each circle of friends.

So I opted for individual quality time between my best friends and my college friends. That way, I would get to spend equal time with them, and at the same time, have the time of my life! It’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

On the last day of the final exams, I treated my college barkada to Enchanted Kingdom, since we were the only ones we know of that haven’t been to E.K. together. I would tell you all about that part of my birthday celebration soon!

Then I asked my parents if we could go to an out-of-town trip to Palawan with my boyfriend and best friends. I have never been there, and we’re all dying to spend the summer together and too excited to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Puerto Princesa Underground River. We will all be heading there at the end of April!

Here’s me at midnight! Officially 18!

Ciao!

❤ Cae

Here is the place where I love you

Okay, so let me just tell you how much I love The Hunger Games.

Image courtesy of: Goodreads

When I was at the wee age of 16, whenever we come into a bookstore, I would grab a copy of the book and silently read in one corner. Every. Single. Time. That was just the time when getting my parents to buy me books would be considered a huge crime because I wasn’t that big of a reader yet. I had no idea what the book is about, but I always find myself holding it in my hands, reading anything readable (What? Lol) on the covers. The books are always sealed so I couldn’t read even a chapter. I don’t remember what I usually did on the internet back then, (I must be pretty boring) but I never had the thought to just darn research about it and get it off my system, but noooo. I just HAD to wonder, don’t I?

Fast forward to a year later.
When I hit college, I was a commuter. I had to commute for a minimum of two hours from Laguna to España every single day. In my first semester, there was no direct bus to Lawton, which was only a jeepney away from UST. So I would ride the LRT from Gil Puyat station to Bambang station wherein I would ride a tricycle to UST after. The LRT would pass by SM Manila and I could see the billboards and ads on the side. I was shocked, one day, because the third and final book in the trilogy was right before my eyes. I was more determined than ever to buy the series.

Buying the whole set was kind of the spark that ignited the fuel I have for reading books. Since then, I started buying books from left to right! Because of that, I actually succeeded in my Goodreads 100 Book Challenge for 2011! 🙂

I wouldn’t tell you or force you to read this book. This book is the kind wherein you have to do it willingly or otherwise, you wouldn’t get the story and the underlying morals it voices out. Look past the love triangle, never compare it to Twilight or Harry Potter, and remove any Battle Royale prejudices from your head. Because The Hunger Games is more than just a love triangle, pretty boys and violence. It speaks about politics, the government and the brutality that people can do to fellow humans.

Last March 21, 2012 was a glorious day for me. I waited for almost 2 years for this movie to come out, that I didn’t even think of it disappointing me. I mentally conditioned myself to just be glad that the movie was out, and don’t even think about the how the book was better (even though it really was. All the time).

I’m very lucky to have a boyfriend and best friends who are readers! Every book I read, my boyfriend reads as well. We’re cool like that, yeah? 🙂

So we watched the movie 2 days prior to the US release date at SM City Calamba. It was during finals week and I went back to Manila the day after!

Us getting excited on the way to SM!
©Marigold Arcilla (the lovely girl on the left)

©Kitana Goyena (he has WordPress!)
Yay for shirts! I got the ideas for the design at DeviantART and we went to Transfer It to make it. For people who wants to get t-shirts done, I don’t recommend Transfer It because the stickers peel off after a few days.

©Kitana Goyena
Us giddy holding the tickets

 ©Marigold Arcilla

Getting giddy over the movie poster!
©Kitana Goyena

©Kitana Goyena
At the backs of our shirts, are our districts (based on thecapitol.pn). I reside in District 6 which specializes in Transportation. Inna (the girl on the right) resides in District 11 which specializes in Agriculture and Gold (middle) is in District 12 which specializes in Mining.

Yes, I do realize that I have the best boyfriend ever.
©Kitana Goyena

 See? I told you so. ❤
©Kitana Goyena

Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor! ☺

Ciao!

❤ Cae

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.

Shopping with my mother is fuuun! I was always reluctant to ask my mom to buy me stuff because I know we weren’t rich, just well-off. Except for books. Books are always special to us, and sometimes I wouldn’t hesitate picking one off a shelf and begging my mom to “please, please, please!” buy me the darn book whenever we hit the mall.

Clothes and accessories are a different story altogether. Whenever I need to go to a party (birthday or otherwise), or any event, I guess that’s the only time that I would ask my mom to take me shopping, especially this time in my life wherein a whole lot of my batchmates were having their debuts!

So when my mom treated me to a shopping spree, wow, it’s a spree indeed! Trekked off to Festival Mall when my mom clocked off work.

Found these at a mini bazaar in the mall (And I mean mini bazaar. There are, like, less than 10 stalls)

 My mom and I bought shirts at Penshoppe! Hers was the ‘Born to Inspire’ shirt, which, in my opinion, is totally true. She inspires me to be the best I can be everyday. Mine is the v-neck shirt with sequined pocket. Pretty boring compared to hers but I love the detail!

Satin shorts at Bench. I just love the sequined waistband!

Pretty bow at the back!

A black sheer button-up top and tan satin shorts with scalloped details at Preppy!

A pair of floral t-strap sandals from Celine. Perfect for the beach! I can’t wait to try these at Palawan this summer. Gaaah

Coral lipstick from Etude House!
My mom said that I was always wearing pink and red lippies, so I decided to buy something orange-y for a change. (Oh and by the way, my horoscope at Candy Magazine said that a “scarlet lip stain” and “red items” are my favorites! Which is so true.)

 Striped top with a Peter Pan collar and a feather necklace from Genevieve Gozum!
GG will never fail to be one of my favorite shops to visit. Their products are affordable yet classy, and they always update their stocks with the latest trends!

New sunnies from Hawaiian Sun (found in Robinson’s)
My mom told me to buy that because I’d look like a gasp celebrity!

New bikini from Sassa!

 

A pair of pink and floral beach shorts, lace cover-up, and cutie patootie orange bikini tote bag! Izzo cuuuuuute. All from Robinson’s Dept. Store!

Cute heart-printed skirt at Candie’s! It was also available in pink, but I think the blue matches more clothes in my closet, thus more practical. I love the bow in the waistband!

More photos (where we ate, etc.) soon!

Ciao!

❤ Cae

Hello, new experiences.

“A new experience can be extremely pleasurable, or extremely irritating, or somewhere in between, and you never know until you try it out.
 Lemony SnicketThe Blank Book

So I decided to start a blog! Coming from a long line of writers in my family, a blog is not new to me, nor is it a new experience (though the title of this post says otherwise). My mom has one, my father has one (I think), and my best friend also has one! I have a few failed attempts at creating (and not to mention maintaining) a blog ever since I was a child, but now that I’m turning 18 in a few days, I thought I could be responsible, and I would.

I was in the shower earlier today, and as what good use a shower is for but for making life-changing decisions? I was suddenly gripped by the idea to start my own blog! Permanently! Well, it was all thanks to my awesome shower.

Maintaining a blog, a real blog and not Tumblr, is one of the few pacts I made with myself this summer. You can get to know what else I vowed to do soon!

Ciao!

❤ Cae