Byul Paulia

It has been a while since I last made a review of some sort of my dolls.  Here is Byul Paulia, who is Dal's bestfriend and smitten to Isul, Pullip's younger brother.

Byul means star, so I just retained that name for her.  There was once a rivalry of some sorts between Dal and Byul fans, others find her duck lips annoying while others doesn't like Dal's grumpy face.  Based on my assessment there are more Dal lovers than Byul, one of them is me, so i bought her since I wan to complete the characters.  And so I saw Paulia, she is a perfect Byul for me.

And when I saw her for real, I was just smitten, she's sooo cute!

Here is a close-up of her face, I think her big round eyes complemented her look, just like Dal she can only move her eyes left to right but her eyes cannot close.

Her long hair is braided 

Her stock, cute sheep hat, dress over-all, apron and bag

her blouse, inner skirt and trousers, she has so much stock that makes her a good buy!

Her cute shoes with ribbon and lace socks

I redressed Byul, isn't she adorable?

Hello my sweetie =)








My dinosaur

I've been and still an avid fan of AlDub, and most likely if you also are you would know about Maine's or Yaya Dub's dinosaur.  The monthly dreadful uninvited visitor.  Well I have the same visitor ever since but have managed the pain accordingly.

After 2 years of my diagnosis, here I am today with an excruciating pelvic and abdominal pain.  I've been sick the past days because of my swollen tonsils and currently taking anti-biotics and then this dinosaur came earlier than expected.  Sadly I've been on Advil/Ibuprofen the past months since the pain is no longer manageable, but today I just can't.  Am not sure if I can mix antibiotics with ibuprofen so I settled for paracetamol. It did help and blogging about this experience somewhat eases the pain.

Had I been home I would definitely be crying by now, but I am at the office.  Can't afford to have another sick day especially after my heartbreaking appraisal. *sigh*
I know I'm not productive as I used to be, partly because of health reasons due of course from the stressful environment at the office.   So I'm trying to accept and try my best not to be affected with all the office politics... so I blog instead hehehe

Another culprit... my eating habits turned worst and salty cravings came creeping into my veins. And this unhealthy diet feeds the dinosaur to the brim so it's transforming into a godzilla*ugh*.  I googled some information on the proper diet for my case. The result was just sad.  Why are healthy food so difficult to love?  And how come junk food/processed food always gives  me comfort?  But then again, does it really give me comfort now?

Exercise seems to be a thing of the past for me, I miss my Zumba days, morning jogs and  running events.  I will have to refocus and try again, eat healthy and exercise... but how to begin?  

Aja!

Hello 2017

What have I been up to? Such a busy 2016 and yes, I'm simply lazy to blog.  But no,  blogging is not dead!

So how was my 2016?  Awesome of course but not without hiccups, life is like that sweet, and spicy ;)

The highlight of my 2016 is our Palawan travel, not just another check in my travel/adventure list but way much more.

I stayed with Kuya for most of my vacation days the past Christmas season. And it was my first time spending Christmas with his family since my parents passed away.
Not sure if it was a sign of old age or is it the weather? =D
But Kuya was a bit melodramatic when we were about to leave for the airport, he went off a day before me.  He just casually mentioned he was sad.  I've been used to being on my own and spent Christmas without them but I think I did manage.  He comes home an average of  2 to 3 times a month so I was trying to sink in what was on his mind.  I just comforted him by saying he will come back again before month end, so just hang on. Life is like that.

But it didn't stop there, he kept on mentioning that I should always spend Christmas with them. I jokingly told him I may be spending more time with them and not just Christmas since I'll be retiring soon ;D
I think this is the longest time we spent together as adults so he's suddenly all sentimental hehehe

Still haven't recovered with the hype of our trip, so he kept on bugging me to come home for CNY and go on a trip.. again!

My brother and I are poles apart and we fought a lot when we were growing up.  Siblings are like that but we've matured and supported each other in good and bad times.

So cheers to more adventure for 2017!

STGCC 2016 (rant edition)

Why? why? why? Every year I've been cursing this event and always say never again...

This time I have to because Kuya asked me to, apparently there's this XM Studios launching an exclusive statue of Cable just for the event.

Cable who?  So they just showed me a photo of the prototype, no big deal I'm not into statues I prefer toys/ collectibles that are interactive/poseable.  To each his own...

So I signed up as a member for the XM Studios site and my jaw dropped as I saw the prices. What??? Really?  OK so these are works of art and I myself am into expensive dolls and besides I'm not the one paying. So whatever...

I came early to avoid disappointment (enter sarcasm)
The queue was not that long maybe I was behind by around 30 people in the regular queue as there is this prestige member or whatever queue.  The movement was like 30 minutes per customer!!!  I was really pissed off and if not for my love for my Kuya I would have left the queue after an hour. After 4 hours someone announced that this and that was sold out. What???  It means my chances are still not guaranteed.  The one in front of me just left the queue with not just a broken heart but an empty stomach and leg arthritis. Really annoying!  They are dealing with hundreds of dollars here and they offer such poor customer service.
Finally a staff roamed and asked each one of us if we have PayPal.  Thankfully I have, so they have this online pre-order open up using their own tablet and in a few minutes I was able to secure a Cable for my dear Kuya,  Hurray! for my Kuya not me LOL... What the hell, they just thought about this option after more than 5 freaking hours of us waiting in line!

fast forward to a few months after...
I exploded with anger after seeing a PO option for Cable? What?  I thought it was an exclusive for the conventions? Blah blah blah, I ranted in their FB page but along with my Kuya and all statue lovers who are blinded by their adoration of XM statues thought I was still lucky to secure a statue.
XM however did explain that Cable is not an exclusive event only statue so they allot a percentage for online PO. Whatever!   I'm still pissed whenever I remember my agony of waiting in line. And yeah I missed my chance of meeting Simone Legno, damn!

I don't think I can get over this STGCC experience, so I told Kuya and my nephew never again.  If they want to buy, they should come here in Singapore and experience the STGCC on their own.

BTW, production waiting time is almost one year, not a surprise with all those statues open for pre-orders and thousands of  allotment for the "exclusive" statues... I smell greed and yeah it's business so... it's all about the money, money...

Here comes the bride

nope not me, always a bridesmaid...

I don't have a gown yet so I head to Landmark the same morning of my arrival in Manila. Behold, Landmark is the best place not just for shoes but gowns as well. Abiik helped out and in less than 10 minutes I was able to pick and fit a gown matching the color motif.
And to think I spent my weekends scouring shops and department stores in SG looking for a gown.

Before the wedding day I was able to sneak some bonding time with old friends.  It has been 4yrs? since we last saw pre.  Good thing she was also on vacation. And got to meet my inaanak Reese, she was only a baby the last time we saw her.



It was Jinky's birthday so we celebrated her birthday touring her at the Fort, having dinner at Mary Grace and coffee at Starbucks.




I booked a room at F1 hotel, I didn't realize I booked a residence room which is quite big, perfect for the three of us :)

Breakfast was surprisingly good, sadly I can't eat much otherwise I will pop in my gown.

Our make-up was done at the hotel and as soon as I was ready I head on to the bride's hotel in Shangri-La at the Fort.  I missed some photo shoots but I was able to catch some moments with the bride.

The wedding was intimate, heart warming, fun and well organized and uhmm extravagant =)
Getting married nowadays is no joke money wise.

In some weddings I attended we starved waiting for the food to be served so I made sure I have Skyflakes in my clutch LOL.  But as soon as we stepped to the venue, appetizers and drinks were served while we are waiting to be seated.  And the food was really good! (Especially chosen by the bride and groom)  The program was well executed, food was more than enough and there was an open bar as well, cheers to that!!!  There were even fireworks, how cool is that!

I'm really happy for my dear friend Mrs. V, she's living her fairy tale and truly blessed with her prince charming.

For my last hurrah of my short trip, Abiik invited me to come along to KidZania, Adult only event.  It was super fun!  I get to be a DJ, painter, tax collector, firefighter but almost failed in driving LOL.

  In the end I have lots of KidZos on hand, Miss E would be very happy.