Look, G is HAPPY!:D

Look, G is HAPPY!:D

Monday, May 27, 2013

My New BLOG: Beyond Pink Stripes

I think I owe my readers (well, if any hahaha) an explanation for having neglected this blog for ages! 

No, I haven't disappeared from earth yet nor transcended to some unknown dimension. LOL. Truth is, I have a new blog!:) 

I ain't elaborating on what pushed me to transfer to a new "online realm" and I would be mum on the contents hoping (yeah, hoping...) that my fellow happy earthlings would be intrigued enough to visit www.lifebeyondpinkstripes.blogspot.com :)

So with that, I cordially invite everyone to take a peek at my new blog. It'll be worth the time and effort, promise.:D 

Excuse me then, have to go, I gotta write.:D

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tony Moly Water Jelly Tint Pomegranate

I was rummaging through my bag and I saw this.

I've been meaning to take a photo and post a review on Tony Moly's Water Jelly Tint in Pomegranate few months back (if I'm not mistaken, I first bought this from the Korean brand's boutique in SM Megamall 3-4 months ago) but because I got too busy, I did not notice the delay until I saw my almost empty tube. 

Waaa anyway I still believe it's never too late to post a review on this, so here it goes.

First to give you an idea on how the product looks in its unused state, I grabbed a photo from TM's site.
Comes in 2 variants - Pomegranate and Strawberry


It's been my everyday tint, mind you. What first attracted me to this tint is its deep plum color. Well, I love love shades that are vampire-ish haha.:D  When applied to lips though, it doesn't look dark at all, its hue is pigmented just right.

BEFORE--- Bare lips :)

AFTER --- Tinted Lips, one swipe only :)

This tint has a consistency of a diluted jelly so it is easy to apply and blends but never messy. I suppose this can be used on the cheeks as well but I just use this on my lips. It is moist and does not dry my lips due to its misture content. It is long-wearing and does not transfer. I tried pressing my lips on my hand after a few seconds of application and there wasn't any hint of color left on my skin.

As you can see, my tube is almost empty, and the label's almost gone haha, but I intend to finish all of the contents to its last jelly drop. And when the tube becomes empty, Tony Moly Water Jelly Tint in Pomegranate would have a place in my history for being my first cosmetic product to be used up entirely. For the record, I haven't finished any make-up yet, as in totally, as there would always be contents left and then I'll proceed trying new products hehehe.

Needless to say, I gotta schedule another trip to Tony Moly boutique so I can get a replenishment of my Water Jelly Tint, which by the way, costs P348 only.:D

Monday, September 19, 2011

Reminiscing KISSES with the Enchanting Scent of Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture Conditioner

Is it just me or does the reformulated Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture Conditioner (the pink one, for dry/ coarse hair) actually smell like those oh so fragrant, tiny seed-like playthings which I think most girls of my generation went gaga over during our elementary years?

Remember KISSES?

Sadly, I don't have any photo of "kisses" to show the little lasses of today... I am not even sure if they still know that "kisses" could refer to something else apart from such being planted by the lips hehe. 

Looking back, "kisses" indeed became an inevitable part of my happy childhood. :) And these are some of my random memories:

1. If I'm not mistaken, a pack of kisses amounted to P1 only.
2. During our time, a girl cannot have just one piece of "kisses" (the word being a collective noun I suppose).
3. I would put kisses in my bag but most especially in my pencil case.
4. I would trade kisses with my classmates in St. Scholastica's Academy Marikina especially if I didn't have a particular color then.
5. There was a nasty rumor that "kisses" were infused with prohibited drugs of which those who smell them could become addicts.

5.  And the most absurd memory of all.... my friends and I believed that "kisses" could get pregnant hahahahaha! We would be in the lookout for "kisses" which appeared fatter than the rest, wrap them with cotton and then wait for a few days for birth to take place hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! I even have a faint recollection of me "massaging" the kisses to help them give birth to baby "kisses" hahahahahahahahaha! Now that I am all grown-up, I can't remember if I was able to get a proof that "kisses" can actually give birth to baby "kisses" LMAO!!!!!:D

Are kisses still sold in the market presently? I would love to verify now if those oh so fragrant, tiny seed-like playthings can give birth haha.:D

Anyway, I'm glad there's Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture Conditioner (my conditioner for the moment which makes my hair softer, by the way), well, it's the closest thing I could get to reminisce the good old scent of "kisses".:)

lomo-ish photo :D

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Digiperm at Azta Urban Salon: Catching the "Wave"

<-----------  For a girl who has this kind of natural hair to begin with, why even bother getting a perm?

Since such hair is actually mine (PHOTO OF WHICH I TOOK BY MYSELF USING AN SLR CAMERA, IMAGINE MY HARDSHIP HAHA) and I had my DIGIPERM just recently, I will boldly answer such query.

A. I was curious on how it feels to undergo a relatively new beautification process that is DIGIPERM which will have my crowning glory all rolled up and attached to a machine. I had to satisfy such curiosity.

B. With all the photos of "digipermed" hair all over the internet, I surmised that digiperm could transform my moody hair (when it's
cold, my hair is a bite tame with relaxed waves but when it gets hot, the loops get annoyingly uneven and frizzy too) into something with either cute Korean curls (defined, big curls) or hot, Surfer Girl waves. I had to find out if that thought is workable for me.

Before I proceed, what is digiperm? Let me just quote our friend WIKIPEDIA to make life easier haha. According to Wiki, it is "perm which uses hot rods with the temperature regulated by a machine, which has a digital display, hence the name. The biggest difference between other perms and a digital perm is the shape and the texture of the wave created by the digital process. A normal perm, or a “cold perm”, makes the wave most prominent when the hair is wet, and loose when it is dry. The hair tends to look moist and as locks. 
A digital perm makes the wave most prominent when the hair is dry, and loose when it is wet. Therefore you can create the dry and curly look of the curl iron or the hot curler. The digital perm requires heat, so it is also called a “hot perm” in comparison to the “cold perm”.
Digital perms thermally recondition the hair, though the chemicals and processing are similar to a straight perm. One's hair often feels softer, smoother, and shinier after a digital perm than before it."

Ok,ok get it?:) 

Moving on, I actually did not see myself getting a digiperm too soon primarily because I find its average price range of Php3000- Php4000 a bit costly. But when a group buying site ENSOGO featured Azta Urban Salon's "P1500 only for a digiperm (any length)" deal, I wasted no time in securing my own voucher. That's one unbelievable mark down. And it helped also that the salon has a branch near my place, specifically in Robinsons Metroeast so the convenience enticed me all the more to avail of the offer.

Weeks after getting my Ensogo voucher, off I went to Azta Urban Salon. It was my first time to go there so I did not have any stylist yet. I was assigned to Marlon. And here's my digiperm story.

I was led to a chair and  was offered a drink. I did not want any so I politely declined. (I was asked if I wanted a drink 3x during my stay haha but I still said no, I wasn't thirsty). The salon's Operation Manager JV (if I got her name right) approached me and asked if it was my first time, etc. etc. Well, she was nice.:) 

When Marlon came to me with his assistant Grace, he first scrutinized my hair and asked which treatment or hair process I've undergone prior to that day. He thought my natural hair was digipermed! 

Marlon's so serious in scrutinizing my hair.:)

Yes, I took that as a compliment haha. He told me though that if he would have his own way, he'll just leave my hair as it is because the result of digiperm would be somewhat similar to what I have already. All I need to do, as he further explained, is to learn the proper way of styling and my hair's good to go as it is! But I told him, "my hair isn't always like that and well I have the voucher so might as well try it!:)

So on with the process. Grace shampooed my hair first. 

Then Marlon trimmed my hair to eliminate the damaged parts.

Afterwards, Grace applied some "moisture cream" on my hair, which according to her, would soften the strands in preparation for the digiperm.

And then the "mane" procedure began. My hair was divided into sections, and the perming solution was applied to each section and then rolled on rods.  If I heard it right from Marlon, the rods used were combination of 20 and 22, I guess they're the biggest of the rods available. I wasn't able to verify it though. Hello Medusa!

The rods were then attached to the machine which digitally controlled the heat that would flow to my hair. High tech huh!

I was attached to the machine for not less than 3 hours but mind you I did not get bored. Thanks to the Internet!:) Unfortunately I wasn't able to connect to Robinsons Metroeast's wifi but I was prepared hehehe, I brought Sun broadband and that's what I used to access FB. But then  again, it wasn't surfing the net which took up most of my waiting time. it was playing tadaaaaannnn...ANGRY BIRDS. :)

When it was deemed ready, I was finally separated from the machine haha but before unrolling the rods, neutralizer was poured into my hair to seal in the curls. It felt cold on my scalp but it smelled wonderful ;)

I was handed a paper which looked like a doctor's prescription, only that it was a stylist's prescription, cool!

And the moment of truth finally came, rods were unrolled and my new hair was unraveled. Tadaaaaah!

Errr, I initially thought it was too curly for me. Waaaa! But of course I kept my smile. 

But as soon as I stepped out of the salon, I disobeyed the stylist's instruction. I combed my hair! But with my fingers only.  Waaa frankly speaking, I really thought it was too curly :((

Before the hubby got home, I warned him about my hair but when he finally arrived he said it's good! I asked him to take a photo of me and here's the result.

I was surprised! Beachy waves showed up on my crowning glory! I was ecstatic! Wow. Maybe it helped that I did run my fingers through my hair, it somehow tamed the curls. Yey!

Though I was disobedient to the "don't touch your hair" advice, I did follow the "don't wash your hair  for 2 days" advice. Then, I just thought of putting my hair on a bun and guess what! When I undid my bun the day after  and shook my head a little bit, my hair was transformed to this.

Now that's what I call digipermed hair! So happy!:) It's not a hair disaster after all!:)

I will give update on my hair after a week. I hope it would remain nice as this :D

How about you, do you have any plans of getting a digiperm?:) 

UPDATE: (Sept. 19) After washing my hair, it did not return to my preferred digipermed state like the one showed in the last photo above ^. But the beachy waves remained until now and I guess I'm ok with that.:D

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bank of the Philippine Islands' Commendable System

I never thought that I would be writing about banks here in my blog but something well, happy, happened today which inspired me to post about Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

I don't remember the last time I stepped inside a BPI branch since I started banking with Banco de Oro. However, I had to go to BPI Concepcion, Marikina branch to deposit payment to the organizer of the bazaar which we are participating in this December. 

As I entered the bank, I immediately searched for the table where forms are usually located but could not find any. I figured then maybe in BPI, forms are given at the counter.

I surveyed the place still and saw the screen showing the numbers in queue. So I asked the guard on duty where I can get a number. He led me to the line of automated machines and guided me with the process. Before getting a number, I had to punch in details of my desired transaction to one of the touch screen machines. Instead of money, it dispensed afterwards a piece of paper bearing a number.

Luckily, I did not wait long for my number to be called. When it was my turn, I merely gave the number to the teller and then some cash. And while she verified the name of the account to which I was depositing money, she's already printing the deposit receipt!

That was fast! As in fast! Apparently, with the encoding I did earlier in the automated machine, I did not have to fill up any form or slip as the details went straight to the bank's system.

All I can say is wow. If all banks had such system, banking would be more convenient, fast and not stressful at all.

So sorry if this may seem such an outdated and somewhat ignorant post for those who are BPI clients for so long, haha but as I've mentioned, I didn't have anything to do with BPI until today. I don't know when I'll be coming back to the bank again but I'm glad I had a wonderful experience with its system which deserves to be shared to everyone.:)

Happy banking!
For more info on Bank of the Philippine Islands, log on to www.bpi.com.ph
Banking hours is from 9am to 4:30pm.

Monday, September 5, 2011


I know, i know. I've been really bad to this blog. I've neglected it for gaaaah 3 months! But hey, I have a valid and happy excuse for it. 


During the preparation I was very hands on, mind you, I did the wedding coordination myself (bow!). So you could just imagine how I became very very very very very very busy! Hence, the neglect of this blog.

Anyway, I just dropped by to say that I may still be neglecting this blog in the coming days as I am now concentrating on my newest baby on cyberspace, this time focusing on the details of my wedding. 

A Rated DG Wedding

As I've told you, I coordinated and arranged for my OWN wedding so I hope through my new blog, I would be able to help, in my little way, all beautiful brides-to-be out there with their preparations.:D

So for www.happinessofg.blogspot.com readers, I'll see you again soon, meantime, I hope to see you in my other site --- 

A Rated DG Wedding

Happy newlyweds.:D

Consider my other site an extension of this blog. Anyway, there you shall be reading about something that brought happiness to me, G. Happiness that will surely last for my entire lifetime.:D 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh for an Etude House uber fan like me, this is indeed HEAVEN!:D 
I'll let these posters (courtesy of Etude House Philippines) speak for their glorious selves.

As for me, I gotta go and prepare for the ULTIMATE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE!:D 

Wish me luck, hope I don't get bankrupt after this haha!:D