Cheap dinner & good company

It has been a long time since I posted something relevant. I’ve been pretty busy with a number of stuff (UAAP work, #BarcodeMNL & school. Whew!) so blogging is in somehow at the bottom–if not, in the middle–of my priority list, but it is still in the list. Haha! So now, here I am posting something about a spontaneous date with my bestfriend. ❀ What I love most about this night was that she was pretty patient with my endless stories about Wesley, Phil and Ted of Wong Fu Productions. Hahaha! πŸ™‚ If you follow me on Twitter you’d now that I’m in love with them and Ted Fu (my fave!) tweeted me back. Yey

Sooooo, today was the start of my preliminary examination and I had four consecutive exams to attend to and I can honestly tell you it was very exhausting. I thank God that Joanne was free tonight so we were able to just hang out. We ate at McDonalds for dinner ❀ Then after that, we swung by my house to lend her my copy of Ramon Bautista’s Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo.



Yeahp, I finally bought that and I was so happy because it included a notebook! If you knew me, you’d know I love papers. All kinds of papers! Haha πŸ™‚ And yes, the background was UAAP volleyball. I just wanted to do something ironic. πŸ˜› Anyway, so while we were walking to my house, Joanne spotted this cool lighting on a door next to my house, so we decided to experiment (what we do best holla). It came out pretty good! I think….. Lol thank you to my HP camera cos Joanne forgot hers. 😦 Sad.







I didn’t change the color much cos I loved the soft tone effect it had + on the last photo, we looked whiter than our usual skin tone. Hihi With regards to my out fit, I didn’t really do anything (obviously) cos when I got home from school, I threw on anything within reach, sadly. 😦 but I still liked it since it’s just kind of a laid-back spontaneous nearby dinner.


| polo shirt: Mikasa (UAAP) | shorts: Gap | slippers: April Glory | watch: Omega |

I’ll end this post with a cover of The Power of Love by Gabrielle Aplin. Joanne has been raving about this since the start of our dinner. Lol


Black and White

I can’t wait. Next month–just in time for the holidays–we will be unveiling the hippest, trendiest and most musically-inclined online shop ever! My friends and I are very excited to bring this all together for all of you. We will soon be available for every person residing in the Philippines (for now, atleast hihihi) through Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. We won’t be revealing what we’re going to sell but I can assure you, you’ll be dragging along Taylor Swift, Katy Perry or even The ScriptΒ (and so so much more!!) everywhere you go. πŸ™‚ You have to check out this blog every now and then for details and where to find us! Ok? I know I said this before but, I can’t wait. Barcode MNL will be all over your timeline, dash and home page soon!

If you want to do collaborations, advertisement and/or styling (yes, as early as now! You’ll never know.), you can contact us through below:

Fridate x Ravioli Bistro x Bestfriend

It has been a long time since my bestfriend from highschool, Joanne and I hung out so we had dinner last night in Mall of Asia. The best way to celebrate the last day of my semester πŸ™‚

So we decided to eat at this secluded Italian restaurant, Bistro Ravioli. Their pasta dishes are really good! Joanne made a food review in her blog (here). I think we ate too much hahaha but all so worth it! πŸ™‚

But before we dined in Bistro, we bumped into one of our closest friend, Aya Pornel who was really really sweet because she treated us to an ice cream and fondue party @ Swensen’s. Isn’t she the best? We love you, Ayabols!!! πŸ™‚ & you are totally adorable! Hihihi

Then we compared BBM display photos–Aya’s or mine? Manny Pacquiao or Adam Levine? Lol I’m sorry, Adam but I think I’m going with Aya’s Manny Pacquiao ❀ HAHAHAHA

For my look that night, I didn’t want to be so dressed up but also, not super dressed down. I opted for jeans and a cute sheer blouse I got from a thrift store in Pasig. I wore my trusted pair of flats which was in a summer-y color cos I got it last summer from SM Department store! πŸ™‚

Love love love my newly purchased gumdrop bracelets. I saw these (well, the skull ones but similar) from my favorite fashion blogger, Patricia Prieto but I bought these instead thinking I should start from the basics πŸ™‚

| Navy Blue sheer blouse: thrifted | denim jeans: 7 jeans (7 For All Man Kind) | Orange flats: Solemate | Watch: Timex | Candy bracelets: Blanca |

Thank you to my wonderful bestfriend for all of the shots in this post! Love you!!! πŸ™‚


from Tumblr

Admit it, there’s that one thing you wanted to do for a very long time now. I suggest you do it now because there are only two ways it would end up to: 1) The great sense of achievement. 2) A big case of ‘would’ve been’.Β There’s no harm in trying.

Thought for the day. Have a great one! x

Share what you’re thinking of right now. Comment below! πŸ™‚

Event: Grand Bazaar

Recently, I’ve been to the mall to look around and just as I was about to leave, it blasts through the department store speakers! My first Christmas song since the ‘-ber months’ have started. I don’t remember what song it was but it definitely reminded me that Christmas is more or less 90 days away! One question: have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Didn’t think so. You might want to check this out!

courtesy of Zelt Concepts and Event Management

Isn’t this the best place to shop and avoid Christmas shopping rush? Fab finds and good food, what more can you ask for?

Grand Bazaar is going to be on September 29-30, October 27-28, November 17 & 18 and your last chance is on December 21 to 23. All happening at the Elements Tent @ Centris 2012 (EDSA cor. Quezon Avenue) from 11am-9pm!

One of the good things at this bazaar is that you won’t be wasting money for entrance that supposed to be for gifts! Great right? Plus, it’s fully airconditioned so you don’t have to worry about getting all sweaty while trying to figure out what to give that special someone! Save the dates & bring tons of friends to the Grand Bazaar @ the Elements Tent at Centris 2012!!! Maybe, you’d get to spot me there too xxx



Start a discussion, hashtag #dailydoseofsecret or comment below! πŸ™‚

A Pinch of School Pride and Hard Work

I’ve been to sporting events countless times but instead of watching, I’m working behind it and it does make a big difference that it’s for this year’s UAAP Cheer Dance Competition.

If you’re living under a rock and haven’t heard of this, I may enlighten you: it’s basically a cheering competition when eight different universities around Metro Manila compete for that coveted cheerdance trophy!

Working for the UAAP is such a big chance, it’s not even an option to take a pass on it. Even for just one day, it has become such a dream come true–to be able to step onto the mats, go inside dug outs, fix trophies medals and to interact with such big bosses–it’s frightening because I fear it’s all just a product of my sill imagination. And it doesn’t stop there! To work along side my cousin and my best friend is the greatest feeling ever even if I had to run up and down floors to fetch things but everything is worth it. In fact, up until now, I’m still reeling from a natural high from it all.

On our way to MOA Arena!

with Jessy Mendiola inside the Promoter’s Lounge!

I know I’m from National-U but I can’t help but cheer for the UP Pep Squad! They’re so cool! *starts babbling like a kid admiring her older sister*

“Royalty” the team of my school’s Pep Squad who placed 2nd runner up! So proud and happy for the team!!!

My All-access UAAP ID *wink

The energy-inducing close to 20k CDC crowd! Woooooowww

Working hard or hardly working?

Our favorite, Ate Cass! She’s so small and so funny!!!

My bestfriend in the entire world, everyone! ❀ Love her to bits and pieces!

The winners of these trophies are:

Champions: UP Pep Squad

1st Runner up: FEU Pep Squad

2nd Runner up: NU Pep Squad

* same rankings as those who was the group stunt event.

Congratulations, guys!! You all deserve the win xx

Until next, UAAP Cheer Dance Competition! NU LET’S GO!


I just want to clarify a few things to people (re: National-U Pep Squad’s 2nd place finish):

1. Yes, it is to our advantage that the event was held in our “home court”, the MOA Arena. But did it really made a difference? The NU crowd was placed on a specific area just like everyone else’s crowd. In fact, we didn’t have too many audience. Believe it or not, it was UP who had the most people watching for them. You can’t just say, “Nanalo lang NU kasi home court”. No, that is never a good excuse.

2. To all who are saying that we “hoarded” the CDC tickets, get your facts straight. As of Thursday, September 20, 2012 afternoon, our accounting office haven’t released tickets for any section. We actually had little time to buy tickets and they prioritized freshmen who needed tickets to the event as a requirement for their Physical Education classes.

3. There is no doubt that the NU Pep squad won! I was one of the first few people who saw the judges’ score cards. It was clear to me and to the three more people inside the room that National-U won. Admittedly though, there were very little point-difference between them and the UST Salinggawi troupe.

You’d say, I’m biased. That I am plus the fact that I’m sick of seeing “Ipro-protesta daw ng NU kapag natalo sila!” jokes and bitter tweets about the slow rise of our sports teams–it’s honestly getting a little old. I’m just trying to defend my school.

If you’ve got something to say, tweet me or ask me a question on πŸ™‚

Have a great day xx

“You’re always blessed. You just have to notice and appreciate the little things.”

photos (not all) courtesy of : Joanne Casaus of Beau and Arrow

OPLAN: Reinvention

Oplan: Reinvention.Β This name change isn’t actually planned. It just so happens that my new blockmate’s name is ‘Thea’ (le sad but don’t get me wrong! I love Thea. She’s basically me–in a thinner and smaller body–she loves basketball and a big fan of KPop <3). Meaning, I had to get a new name to avoid confusion.

Inspired by (Well not really, my friend, Majo, just pointed it out recently.) Pretty Little Liars’ Alison Dilaurentis. People calls me ‘Allie’ now but a few of them couldn’t figure out why I’m called that–ALthea marIE, simple as that. My close friends who was used to calling me ‘Thea’ could not get used to it but I don’t expect them to. I still like being called that.

To some, reinvention means a new beginning or maybe, a new identity. To me, it’s just showing a different side of me. Doing this, I felt braver. How about you, when are you going to reinvent you?