Busy Bee Because: I met ROBYN.
Last September, I finally, finally, saw my Dancehall Queen in the flesh! I call her songs my ‘emotional aerobics’ — they are so much fun to dance to, but listen deep into her lyrics and they will tug at your heartstrings. This one’s a concert that I have been waiting for. It’s her first solo concert in Asia, so I flew myself to Singapore. SHE IS AMAZEBALLS. And to our surprise, she took time for autograph signing after her concert! Oh me oh my, this has to be part of my top 3 best concert experiences of 2012. :)

Busy Bee Because: I met ROBYN.

Last September, I finally, finally, saw my Dancehall Queen in the flesh! I call her songs my ‘emotional aerobics’ — they are so much fun to dance to, but listen deep into her lyrics and they will tug at your heartstrings. This one’s a concert that I have been waiting for. It’s her first solo concert in Asia, so I flew myself to Singapore. SHE IS AMAZEBALLS. And to our surprise, she took time for autograph signing after her concert! Oh me oh my, this has to be part of my top 3 best concert experiences of 2012. :)

Busy Bee Because: I met James Morrison.

So I am going to do several backlogged photo posts on why I’ve been preoccupied last month and this month — so many things happened!
My James Morrison experience was surreal. I’ve been a long-time fan, and I finally see him perform live, and then some. ;) A press conference, a meet and greet session, and a front row seat at his concert, and a setlist from the stage, care of his brother Larry. Did I mention I also got a hug and a kiss from the amazing musician?
Ahhh, You Give Me Something, you sexy man.

Busy Bee Because: I met James Morrison.

So I am going to do several backlogged photo posts on why I’ve been preoccupied last month and this month — so many things happened!

My James Morrison experience was surreal. I’ve been a long-time fan, and I finally see him perform live, and then some. ;) A press conference, a meet and greet session, and a front row seat at his concert, and a setlist from the stage, care of his brother Larry. Did I mention I also got a hug and a kiss from the amazing musician?

Ahhh, You Give Me Something, you sexy man.

You’ve Got Mail.
Hues of red and blue! It was not intentional, but my newly painted nails match my new wallet. Cute! Perhaps I can include the letter transfer technique to one of my nails next time, so that my claws will be Air Mail inspired. :)

[Self-manicure, Mighty wallet]

You’ve Got Mail.

Hues of red and blue! It was not intentional, but my newly painted nails match my new wallet. Cute! Perhaps I can include the letter transfer technique to one of my nails next time, so that my claws will be Air Mail inspired. :)

[Self-manicure, Mighty wallet]

DIY Newspaper ‘Letter Transfer’ Nails.
1) Cut small piece of newspaper to fit your nail size. Choose the font and words you like! For mine, I chose a newspaper clipping of an article entitled ‘How To Plan And Start A Business,’ hahaha. Also, set aside alcohol and clear polish. Your nails must be painted with a base coat and/or a color much lighter than the newspaper ink. I painted on Revlon nail lacquer in Graceful, a nice concrete-gray shade.
2) Dip your nail on the alcohol for a few seconds, soak it completely. Use the bottle cap or any similar small container that can fit the tips of your fingers.
3) Immediately wrap your alcohol-soaked nail bed firmly with the paper; press it to your nail but keep it on its place so the transfer of ink wont smudge.
4) Carefully peel off the paper, and wait for it to completely dry. You’ll see the imprint of the paper is actually a mirror image, but that make it cute, methinks! If you want to level up the newspaper nail art, try snipping out just little strips of words, place one word per nail, and you can create a sentence per hand (that’s five words for five nails, so think creatively!)
5) Seal your nails with a top coat, then clean the edges with nail polish remover. Without the top coat, the newspaper ink will just smudge and fade, so this is important!

[It’s been nearly a month since my last post! Sorry about that. Was quite busy with lots of things — work, watching musicals and concerts, some travel… Will post about these soon!]
DIY Newspaper ‘Letter Transfer’ Nails.

1) Cut small piece of newspaper to fit your nail size. Choose the font and words you like! For mine, I chose a newspaper clipping of an article entitled ‘How To Plan And Start A Business,’ hahaha. Also, set aside alcohol and clear polish. Your nails must be painted with a base coat and/or a color much lighter than the newspaper ink. I painted on Revlon nail lacquer in Graceful, a nice concrete-gray shade.

2) Dip your nail on the alcohol for a few seconds, soak it completely. Use the bottle cap or any similar small container that can fit the tips of your fingers.

3) Immediately wrap your alcohol-soaked nail bed firmly with the paper; press it to your nail but keep it on its place so the transfer of ink wont smudge.

4) Carefully peel off the paper, and wait for it to completely dry. You’ll see the imprint of the paper is actually a mirror image, but that make it cute, methinks! If you want to level up the newspaper nail art, try snipping out just little strips of words, place one word per nail, and you can create a sentence per hand (that’s five words for five nails, so think creatively!)

5) Seal your nails with a top coat, then clean the edges with nail polish remover. Without the top coat, the newspaper ink will just smudge and fade, so this is important!

[It’s been nearly a month since my last post! Sorry about that. Was quite busy with lots of things — work, watching musicals and concerts, some travel… Will post about these soon!]

DIY Sharpie-fied Nails.


Here’s a little tutorial on how you can use a trusty Sharpie (permanent ink marker)  for fun nail art! The trick is to practice the design or doodle you intend to draw on your nails using both of your hands. If you can have a friend draw on your claws, well and good, but for people who like selfy nail art (like me!), practice makes perfect. Here’s how you can create the look I just did:




1) Choose two polish colors and paint the lighter colored one on half of your nail (don’t forget your base coat, by the way).
2) Coat the darker color on the other side; it’s fine if it’s not perfectly straight since you’ll draw on top of it!
3) While waiting for my nails to completely dry, I practiced some squiggles on a paper using both thin and thick Sharpie tips. I’m left handed, so I had to practice using my right hand to draw in designs.
4) Carefully doodle on your nail, then wait for the ink to completely dry before adding a top coat (if you don’t, you’ll smudge the Sharpie doodle and ruin your nails!). I found doing this sort of zig zaggy Ikat-like design easy to draw with both hands since it allows for messy squiggles.

I’d love to draw some hearts, stars, and other cutesy things next, but then I’ll need to practice being right-handed for it too!
DIY Sharpie-fied Nails.
Here’s a little tutorial on how you can use a trusty Sharpie (permanent ink marker)  for fun nail art! The trick is to practice the design or doodle you intend to draw on your nails using both of your hands. If you can have a friend draw on your claws, well and good, but for people who like selfy nail art (like me!), practice makes perfect. Here’s how you can create the look I just did:
1) Choose two polish colors and paint the lighter colored one on half of your nail (don’t forget your base coat, by the way).
2) Coat the darker color on the other side; it’s fine if it’s not perfectly straight since you’ll draw on top of it!
3) While waiting for my nails to completely dry, I practiced some squiggles on a paper using both thin and thick Sharpie tips. I’m left handed, so I had to practice using my right hand to draw in designs.
4) Carefully doodle on your nail, then wait for the ink to completely dry before adding a top coat (if you don’t, you’ll smudge the Sharpie doodle and ruin your nails!). I found doing this sort of zig zaggy Ikat-like design easy to draw with both hands since it allows for messy squiggles.
I’d love to draw some hearts, stars, and other cutesy things next, but then I’ll need to practice being right-handed for it too!
Bake me a cuppycake, as fast as you can!
A cute, colorful and charming cupcake greeted me one afternoon. It sat quietly inside an all-too familiar tiny powder blue box — that’s right, it’s a Cupcakes by Sonja creation. This charmer was especially made for press rounds, though, to promote the opening of a Spanish clothing line for babies and kids. The simple and subtly sweet buttery cupcake was made fun by the use of the brand’s bright colors, orange and blue. The icing was predictably saccharine, like licking off a child’s birthday cake. I can already imagine this adorable girl enjoying the cupcake at a sunny park with her playmates!

[Personalized cupcake, Cupcakes by Sonja / Self-manicure / Mayoral opens its first Philippine store this month]

Bake me a cuppycake, as fast as you can!

A cute, colorful and charming cupcake greeted me one afternoon. It sat quietly inside an all-too familiar tiny powder blue box — that’s right, it’s a Cupcakes by Sonja creation. This charmer was especially made for press rounds, though, to promote the opening of a Spanish clothing line for babies and kids. The simple and subtly sweet buttery cupcake was made fun by the use of the brand’s bright colors, orange and blue. The icing was predictably saccharine, like licking off a child’s birthday cake. I can already imagine this adorable girl enjoying the cupcake at a sunny park with her playmates!


[Personalized cupcake, Cupcakes by Sonja / Self-manicure / Mayoral opens its first Philippine store this month]

Tea and Creperie.
I joined my mother one fine Sunday in greeting a long weekend Bonjour! A darling of a restaurant serving savory and dessert crepes was our meeting place for a late lunch at Robinsons Galleria. I’ve always been fond of La Creperie, since its first branch in Eastwood Mall, and its branch closer to home at Shangri-La Mall. The spicy, cheesy Le JJ is my all time favorite crepe there, but this time around, my mom and I decided to create our own crepe dessert — a glorious trio of Nutella, Caramel, Banana. It was delightfully sweet, pairing well with a pot of Moroccan Mint tea. I wanted to bring home the teapot and cup, and copy the store’s French music playlist. They were all delightful ear and eye candy!



[Tea and crepe, La Creperie / Self-manicure]

Tea and Creperie.

I joined my mother one fine Sunday in greeting a long weekend Bonjour! A darling of a restaurant serving savory and dessert crepes was our meeting place for a late lunch at Robinsons Galleria. I’ve always been fond of La Creperie, since its first branch in Eastwood Mall, and its branch closer to home at Shangri-La Mall. The spicy, cheesy Le JJ is my all time favorite crepe there, but this time around, my mom and I decided to create our own crepe dessert — a glorious trio of Nutella, Caramel, Banana. It was delightfully sweet, pairing well with a pot of Moroccan Mint tea. I wanted to bring home the teapot and cup, and copy the store’s French music playlist. They were all delightful ear and eye candy!


[Tea and crepe, La Creperie / Self-manicure]


Quick bites at Salcedo Market.
I haven’t updated in over a week! Oh dear. I’ve been out and about both for work and leisure that I’ve forgotten to post here. I’ve had two or three nail polish changes since the last post. Anyway, this was the weekend of my glitter polish, right before I changed to blue, as evidenced by the chipping polish. My friends and I had a quick lunch at the Salcedo Market, and got us these really cute taho (silken tofu with sweet syrup and pearls) in Starbucks-esque cups. We also got a mushroom burger in chili flavor at the Ministry of Mushroom kiosk. To cleanse the palate (well, I have a million and one excuses to have dessert), I ordered a cup of Merry Moo’s sea salt caramel ice cream. I have to say the ice cream was the best pick of that market visit. I’m trying the mushroom burger without the chili next time!

[Assorted food finds at Salcedo Market, Makati / Self-manicure with DIY Glitter Polish]

Quick bites at Salcedo Market.

I haven’t updated in over a week! Oh dear. I’ve been out and about both for work and leisure that I’ve forgotten to post here. I’ve had two or three nail polish changes since the last post. Anyway, this was the weekend of my glitter polish, right before I changed to blue, as evidenced by the chipping polish. My friends and I had a quick lunch at the Salcedo Market, and got us these really cute taho (silken tofu with sweet syrup and pearls) in Starbucks-esque cups. We also got a mushroom burger in chili flavor at the Ministry of Mushroom kiosk. To cleanse the palate (well, I have a million and one excuses to have dessert), I ordered a cup of Merry Moo’s sea salt caramel ice cream. I have to say the ice cream was the best pick of that market visit. I’m trying the mushroom burger without the chili next time!


[Assorted food finds at Salcedo Market, Makati / Self-manicure with DIY Glitter Polish]

The Blues: Matte x Satin

Here’s how you can keep it monochromatic but adding a playful twist with textures. For this week’s claws, I had two bottles of blue — one is shiny and satiny, the other a flat matte. Alternated my nails with them and decided to skip on an accent nail. You can also just add a clear matte top coat on every other nail so that the nail color will exactly be the same. I like how some nails are velvety while the others catch light and glimmer. Subtle but fun!

The Blues: Matte x Satin

Here’s how you can keep it monochromatic but adding a playful twist with textures. For this week’s claws, I had two bottles of blue — one is shiny and satiny, the other a flat matte. Alternated my nails with them and decided to skip on an accent nail. You can also just add a clear matte top coat on every other nail so that the nail color will exactly be the same. I like how some nails are velvety while the others catch light and glimmer. Subtle but fun!

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samdurrant asked: Read about your Gary Lightbody audio file. Sure it cant be saved? sam / TheThirdBar. com

I am about 99% sure it cannot be retrieved from my iPhone (it’s a Voice Memo file) as even if I click on Play/Playback all I get is silence, and I cannot event email the file :( But there’s still hope, there were other people recording the interview, so I’m hoping a transcript pops up somewhere soon :)