August 2014
21
It was one rainy afternoon when I decided to visit Tazza Cafe. I honestly was quite excited to see the whole place since I usually see the cute interior shot like the one I have taken above. When I got there, I was a bit disappointed for I learned now why it was only that one particular spot always taken a shot of! The place was not that big and everything else is plain. Hahaha Good thing it was not so crowded that time so I had the luxury of taking a good shot of that one nice spot. Hahaha At least their red door was a stand out from all the other cafes! *smirk*
I stayed there for just a few hours so I ordered an iced latte (once again) and it was bitter too. Now I know all the other sweet iced lattes I tried before are not legit lattes! -___-  I actually got interested in their cakes but I had to say no because I thought I was going to have dinner with some people later that night. The place got crowded later on and there was a huge typhoon coming so I had to leave already (our meeting got cancelled too). Their baristas were nice though and you could charge your gadgets for free! :) 

Another cute thing about the place was their lights that were in the form of coffee cups! They also had cute little quotes written on the walls like the one on the photo (There is no better way to bring people together than with desserts). I felt I just needed to add that because I don’t want to leave without pointing all the good things about the place. Hahaha So yeah, do visit the place if you ever happen to be in Cebu. Ciao!

It was one rainy afternoon when I decided to visit Tazza Cafe. I honestly was quite excited to see the whole place since I usually see the cute interior shot like the one I have taken above. When I got there, I was a bit disappointed for I learned now why it was only that one particular spot always taken a shot of! The place was not that big and everything else is plain. Hahaha Good thing it was not so crowded that time so I had the luxury of taking a good shot of that one nice spot. Hahaha At least their red door was a stand out from all the other cafes! *smirk*

I stayed there for just a few hours so I ordered an iced latte (once again) and it was bitter too. Now I know all the other sweet iced lattes I tried before are not legit lattes! -___-  I actually got interested in their cakes but I had to say no because I thought I was going to have dinner with some people later that night. The place got crowded later on and there was a huge typhoon coming so I had to leave already (our meeting got cancelled too). Their baristas were nice though and you could charge your gadgets for free! :) 

Another cute thing about the place was their lights that were in the form of coffee cups! They also had cute little quotes written on the walls like the one on the photo (There is no better way to bring people together than with desserts). I felt I just needed to add that because I don’t want to leave without pointing all the good things about the place. Hahaha So yeah, do visit the place if you ever happen to be in Cebu. Ciao!

#tazza cafe   #cebu   
August 2014
13
I’ll always be a beach girl. I live for the sea, sun and sand! Last Wednesday was a holiday in our little city so my family decided to make use of that short break to relax and unwind. We thank God for the wonderful privilege He had given us to do the said R&R in a five star hotel, Shang! 




We stayed in their gazebo which practically gave us the best view of both the hotel and the ocean! It was so windy, my parents ended up sleeping! My sister and I, on the other hand, were busy playing with our phones! haha





We had a sumptuous lunch buffet at Acqua Italian Restaurant which was inside Shang. I could only wish I could back there now. It was practically heaven on earth. 



Who doesn’t want this view? The water is so inviting! I didn’t swim though. It was too hot and I think my skin haven’t recovered from all my summer swimming yet so. haha



That’s about it! Ciao!

I’ll always be a beach girl. I live for the sea, sun and sand! Last Wednesday was a holiday in our little city so my family decided to make use of that short break to relax and unwind. We thank God for the wonderful privilege He had given us to do the said R&R in a five star hotel, Shang! 

We stayed in their gazebo which practically gave us the best view of both the hotel and the ocean! It was so windy, my parents ended up sleeping! My sister and I, on the other hand, were busy playing with our phones! haha

We had a sumptuous lunch buffet at Acqua Italian Restaurant which was inside Shang. I could only wish I could back there now. It was practically heaven on earth. 

Who doesn’t want this view? The water is so inviting! I didn’t swim though. It was too hot and I think my skin haven’t recovered from all my summer swimming yet so. haha

That’s about it! Ciao!

#shangri-la   #cebu   #mactan   #beach   #sand   #sun   #sea   
August 2014
09
First of all, I am no expert beauty blogger. I tried doing some beauty blogging once or twice before but due to bad camera quality, I wasn’t able to capture the real effect of the beauty products that I use. Thankfully, I was able to borrow my sister’s iphone and I had better shots of my (amateur) make up using four products that I truly love! 

Happy Skin is a local brand for which I’m very proud of. It’s no longer hard to patronize our own products because gee, this make up line is good! 
I have to say I’m a sucker for cute packaging so when I saw their products, I had this urge to buy them all just because I find it so adorbs! Add the fact that they have such quirky names for each of their product which are so full of pun like “Eye need a miracle concealer”! 
I have two of their Shut Up and Kiss Me lippies and they are in Valentine Kiss and My First Time shades. I have been in hunt for the longest time for that perfect everyday, sweet pink and not-so-sexy, red shades and the ones mentioned are the answers to my prayer!

What I love about these two lippies are that they are very pigmented and long wearing. I swear I have bought other products that were either too light or too sheer that I ended up not using them. I’m so happy that I only need to apply a little (sometimes just a dab) and that its stain remains even a after I drink so I don’t have to keep on reapplying it and eventually have to buy another one too soon (although I definitely am thinking on stocking up). 
They are definitely worth the price. They can compete with international brands, at least for me. I love how their swatches are so wearable even for non-partying girls like me. I could wear Valentine Kiss or My First Time even when I’m just doing grocery or studying out as long as I control how much I apply! 

The next product line that I definitely love is NYX! I always loved doing smokey effects on my eyes but choosing which colors to use had always been a struggle before! NYX’ eyeshadow palettes came in handy when they prepared six shades to use for different effects like Smokey and Natural.
I often use Smokey when I go on night meetings or events and use Natural on ordinary days. I love how their products are so affordable. I think it’s such a good steal!

I love how it colors really well and how I can see my eye make up even from afar. Anyways, it’s best if you see my photos below using the Natural NYX eye shadow palette with the Valentine Kiss Shut Up and Kiss Me to have a better picture of how it looks when it is applied!


As you can see, I was going for that light, natural look with a little emphasis on the eyes. I know, I know, I’m doing some things wrong but I’m honestly still learning the art of make up so please bear with me. Hahaha But I am happy with the result so I guess that’s all that matters! Teehee.
Well, that’s about it! If you have queries and requests, do message me or comment me here! If you find this post helpful, let me know and hopefully I could do more beauty posts in the future! Ciao!

First of all, I am no expert beauty blogger. I tried doing some beauty blogging once or twice before but due to bad camera quality, I wasn’t able to capture the real effect of the beauty products that I use. Thankfully, I was able to borrow my sister’s iphone and I had better shots of my (amateur) make up using four products that I truly love! 

Happy Skin is a local brand for which I’m very proud of. It’s no longer hard to patronize our own products because gee, this make up line is good! 

I have to say I’m a sucker for cute packaging so when I saw their products, I had this urge to buy them all just because I find it so adorbs! Add the fact that they have such quirky names for each of their product which are so full of pun like “Eye need a miracle concealer”! 

I have two of their Shut Up and Kiss Me lippies and they are in Valentine Kiss and My First Time shades. I have been in hunt for the longest time for that perfect everyday, sweet pink and not-so-sexy, red shades and the ones mentioned are the answers to my prayer!

What I love about these two lippies are that they are very pigmented and long wearing. I swear I have bought other products that were either too light or too sheer that I ended up not using them. I’m so happy that I only need to apply a little (sometimes just a dab) and that its stain remains even a after I drink so I don’t have to keep on reapplying it and eventually have to buy another one too soon (although I definitely am thinking on stocking up). 

They are definitely worth the price. They can compete with international brands, at least for me. I love how their swatches are so wearable even for non-partying girls like me. I could wear Valentine Kiss or My First Time even when I’m just doing grocery or studying out as long as I control how much I apply! 

The next product line that I definitely love is NYX! I always loved doing smokey effects on my eyes but choosing which colors to use had always been a struggle before! NYX’ eyeshadow palettes came in handy when they prepared six shades to use for different effects like Smokey and Natural.

I often use Smokey when I go on night meetings or events and use Natural on ordinary days. I love how their products are so affordable. I think it’s such a good steal!

I love how it colors really well and how I can see my eye make up even from afar. Anyways, it’s best if you see my photos below using the Natural NYX eye shadow palette with the Valentine Kiss Shut Up and Kiss Me to have a better picture of how it looks when it is applied!

As you can see, I was going for that light, natural look with a little emphasis on the eyes. I know, I know, I’m doing some things wrong but I’m honestly still learning the art of make up so please bear with me. Hahaha But I am happy with the result so I guess that’s all that matters! Teehee.

Well, that’s about it! If you have queries and requests, do message me or comment me here! If you find this post helpful, let me know and hopefully I could do more beauty posts in the future! Ciao!

#make up   #happy skin   #ph   #shut up and kiss me   #NYX   #smokey   #beauty   #natural   #eyeshadow   
August 2014
04
Beauty in unfinished pieces— the new Cafe Caw is veering away from the typical Korean coffee shop interior design. No, this one is not going to be infested with post-its nor kawaii decors, thank God!
I’ve passed the said cafe a couple of times and even from the outside, the wonderful pop of colors on the unpainted, cement wall attracts! Add the fact that it has a boho/aztec kind of print. I got so much feels for this one.



I would give a 5 out of 5 for their interior design. I love how they were so careful in picking their other decors so that it would go with the whole modern, rustic, boho vibe of the place. 
I commend the nice wooden tables, chevron printed pillows and oh my goodness, have I mentioned how cute this one is ( I don’t know how it’s called!),

It says, “Be crazy. Be stupid. Be silly. Be weird. Be whatever because life is too short to be anything but happy.” This was also one of the things that really attracted me to go inside. I’ve seen one like this in Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and I also heard this costs a lot so I was exteremely delighted to see it in Cafe Caw! 



And of course, I wouldn’t leave without talking about their food! That’s basically the whole point of doing a review of a cafe. Haha I ordered an iced latte and my mom had the hot one. It was so bitter and we had to add a lot of sugar to make it sweeter. Now, I don’t think that’s a bad thing actually because if you really need to stay awake, you almost always have to have the bitter ones because they are the ones that are strong and actually work! 
I believe they also have some meals offered but we went there after lunch so we didn’t order their meals. Instead, we tried their rainbow cake and it was a delicious. I mean, I haven’t tried any other rainbow cake before that so I didn’t have any basis for comparison. But it was moist and not too sweet so I think it’s safe to say it’s quite tasty. 
By the way, I also love their plates and packaging (if you haven’t noticed how cute they are)! Anyways, that’s about it. Do check the place yourself if you ever happen to find yourself in Cebu. There are actually two branches of Cafe Caw, the other one I have already blogged about months back. You can read it here. 
Ciao!

Beauty in unfinished pieces— the new Cafe Caw is veering away from the typical Korean coffee shop interior design. No, this one is not going to be infested with post-its nor kawaii decors, thank God!

I’ve passed the said cafe a couple of times and even from the outside, the wonderful pop of colors on the unpainted, cement wall attracts! Add the fact that it has a boho/aztec kind of print. I got so much feels for this one.

I would give a 5 out of 5 for their interior design. I love how they were so careful in picking their other decors so that it would go with the whole modern, rustic, boho vibe of the place. 

I commend the nice wooden tables, chevron printed pillows and oh my goodness, have I mentioned how cute this one is ( I don’t know how it’s called!),

It says, “Be crazy. Be stupid. Be silly. Be weird. Be whatever because life is too short to be anything but happy.” This was also one of the things that really attracted me to go inside. I’ve seen one like this in Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and I also heard this costs a lot so I was exteremely delighted to see it in Cafe Caw! 

And of course, I wouldn’t leave without talking about their food! That’s basically the whole point of doing a review of a cafe. Haha I ordered an iced latte and my mom had the hot one. It was so bitter and we had to add a lot of sugar to make it sweeter. Now, I don’t think that’s a bad thing actually because if you really need to stay awake, you almost always have to have the bitter ones because they are the ones that are strong and actually work! 

I believe they also have some meals offered but we went there after lunch so we didn’t order their meals. Instead, we tried their rainbow cake and it was a delicious. I mean, I haven’t tried any other rainbow cake before that so I didn’t have any basis for comparison. But it was moist and not too sweet so I think it’s safe to say it’s quite tasty. 

By the way, I also love their plates and packaging (if you haven’t noticed how cute they are)! Anyways, that’s about it. Do check the place yourself if you ever happen to find yourself in Cebu. There are actually two branches of Cafe Caw, the other one I have already blogged about months back. You can read it here

Ciao!

#cafe caw   #cute   #cebu   
August 2014
02

mayehreal asked

Hi. I felt so inspired and encouraged from your testimony post. By the way, results are out. Were you in the lucky 1,107? If then, congratulations! :) By reading your post, I felt sad as well as inspired to accept whatever God has given me. He has plans for me, and for you too. Anyway, good luck to you! :)

Hi! First of all, praise God that you were inspired by my post! :) Second, no, I’m not part of the “lucky” 1,107. Nevertheless, I still would want to say that God is just so good! I was just amazed with His perfect timing even in the releasing of results. He allowed me to cry my heart out and my parents were such a blessing to me. I also am blessed with the best support group! I can only laugh now with how people were so gentle in comforting me because I seriously am okay! I’m genuinely happy because I now learned the real meaning of SURRENDERING TO GOD AND FULLY TRUSTING HIM. :) You might think I’m crazy but last night was both the BEST AND WORST moment of my life. Hahaha God is sovereign and I’m just so excited with how He will use me more! I’ve made a promise to never doubt His plans for me and keep that holy desire to keep my heart pure and pleasing before Him. I know a lot of people will feel “sad” like you said but really, if you are a true child of God, you wouldn’t feel that way (at least not for long) because you will see even the worst situations as a blessing because God can turn that for the good of His people! :) Always remember our lives are not our own and everything in this life is fleeting. Always be smart enough to invest in eternal things and live secured in Christ! :) God bless! 

July 2014
31

beautifulseed asked

Your theme is sooo dainty Ms. Adrianne!! Love it!

Thank you so much, dear! <3333

July 2014
31
Hey guys! I just would to let you all know that my blog has a slightly new look now! Talk about eiffel tower and macarons! I&#8217;m honestly in love with the new banner. I swear this is the cutest I&#8217;ve made so far! :) I also tweaked my sidebar photo with a very quirky frame! I hope you could view it and tell me if there&#8217;s something wrong. haha It looks well on my laptop screen. :) 
Also, I made a very personal post! I don&#8217;t usually blog about those stuff so I&#8217;m hoping you would still like to read it. Haha! That&#8217;s it and watch out for more blog posts in the coming days (especially if I pass the boards!) Ciao! :)

Hey guys! I just would to let you all know that my blog has a slightly new look now! Talk about eiffel tower and macarons! I’m honestly in love with the new banner. I swear this is the cutest I’ve made so far! :) I also tweaked my sidebar photo with a very quirky frame! I hope you could view it and tell me if there’s something wrong. haha It looks well on my laptop screen. :) 

Also, I made a very personal post! I don’t usually blog about those stuff so I’m hoping you would still like to read it. Haha! That’s it and watch out for more blog posts in the coming days (especially if I pass the boards!) Ciao! :)

July 2014
31

Half my testimony,

This might be my most unpopular post. No pictures, no nothing.  It is a great leap of faith as I pour out my all without any apprehension and fear of being judged for I do believe in the sovereign grace of my God that He will allow people to read this until the very end and be blessed.

Where do I start? It would be crazy to sum up six years of my life in just one post. But yeah, let’s try to do that and maybe I’ll start with saying that I finally took the biggest exam in my whole Accounting life— the CPA Board Exam.

I should have taken the said exam last October 2013 but I felt that I was not ready in any aspect. I was incredibly spiritually dry and mentally unprepared. I was vulnerable, bitter and lost. I’ve convinced myself I was a misfit instead of trusting God that He did put me up in this course with a purpose.

Because of that doubt and disbelief, I lost my joy and confidence in Christ. No, I did not do drugs and thank God I was too socially awkward to find my way to the “cool” kids who smoke. But I did compromise and found comfort in the wrong company. As a result, I grew cold and complacent in my walk with Christ.

I have always been a pessimist. I don’t know why I’ve always loved discounting myself way too much for my own good. It practically was my self-made recipe for disaster. I was on my four-month review to taking my board exam on October when I felt the most depressed.

I succumbed to the pressure. I felt lonely thinking I was the only one fighting the battle. Sure, there were times when I knelt down and prayed but it was all at the surface. I could barely hear Him speaking and I knew it was because I’ve quenched the Holy Spirit in me.  I was so screwed and only divine intervention could save me. But how is that possible? I’m not deserving of God’s favor. I’m a great sinner and all I deserve is wrath. Clearly, the years of being in a spiritual drought had made me forget about grace.

So I decided to take the exam later in May. At least I got six months more. I had good intentions to clean my mess up. I made a conscious decision to go back to Christ and commit to a discipleship group. Slowly but surely, I lost love for the world and became more secured in His promise. All the head knowledge that I had about Him was now getting applied in real life. It brought me so much joy! There were bad days here and there but God always met me halfway.

Things finally started to get brighter and better like I hoped for— all because of God’s grace. I’m glad to say I survived the almost-ten months of review (our boards got postponed) and I conquered the four-day CPA board exam.

I’m glad that I chose to not let this experience pass up without being offered to Christ. The world might think I’m crazy for delaying my future endeavors just to make things right with God before moving on. But I honestly gained more than what they thought I had lost. I was restored in every way and my life will never be the same.

I am writing this long post to praise God for all that He has done for me—before and during the exam. I thank Him for fighting alongside with me and even going before me. I could not help but stand in awe of what a great God I am serving. My tears could not be held back as I think of how He revealed so much of Himself so that I would no longer leave room for doubt of what He could do through, in and for me. Truly, it’s all a matter of perspective. If you have a GREAT GOD, you have SMALL PROBLEMS and if you have a SMALL GOD then you will have BIG PROBLEMS (I quote Pastor Tan-Chi).

This is half of my testimony and I could not wait to write about the other half tomorrow or next week. Pass or fail, I know God’s will is perfect. All I desire from now on is a life that is wholly surrendered to Him, in both good times and bad times. Now I know that whatever the result, I am victorious. I will no longer feel anxious nor depressed about my future for I am assured that God is the one holding it.

Thank God for His abundant grace that leads me to genuine repentance. I always thought that somehow God would love me less because of my sins but Romans 5:20 (But where sin abounds, grace abounds much more) debunks that mentality.

I’m glad that I’m no longer fooled by the enemy into thinking that I’m a hopeless case. God wants us back. If you were able to read this until the very end, rejoice for you are blessed to be loved by God. My prayers are with you that you might be moved by the Holy Spirit even with just half of my testimony.

Glory to God.

#testimony   #grace