Thursday, May 31, 2012

Life with Colour

In middle school, I was known to be the girl who wore rainbow socks. I'd wear it with anything! At times with things that honestly didn't even match, but I never cared as long as I got to wear them. 

Just like Jenna Hamilton from Awkward, she wore her socks for good luck. I don't remember a time when I had a bad day while wearing them. I guess that's one reason why I loved 'em so much. :)

As Grade 11 came, I noticed that my style started to change. I started wearing neutral colours and the prints I wore weren't as loud. And sadly, found my rainbow socks just gathering dust deep inside my closet. 

Some people actually noticed and even asked "How come you aren't so colourful anymore?" I would reply "I dunno, I just didn't feel like it today." Thinking: 'Did my style change that much? Do people think I'm boring just because I stopped dressing up colourfully?' 

Then there came a point in my life where I started learning how to dress up in colour again, yet still keeping that sense of class.

I love fashion, I do. But I'm not really one to buy fashion magazines and pay attention to any of the designers. Although I think if I had to have a fashion icon, one of them would be Lauren Conrad. She's actually the reason why I started braiding my hair again. I love how she looks when she's put all together. Simple, yet classy. :)

Outfit of the day:

Top, High shorts and Heels: F21 - Belt: Babo (I actually have a white version that I wore here.) - Bangles: The Ramp
Sling clutch: A gift from my friend Clara

As you've noticed RedTurqouise, and Plum are all very dominating colours yet I felt that it came together pretty well. So never be afraid to mix and match colours and textures when you put together your outfit!

Have a happy day and don't forget to live your life in colour. :)

Directed and Photographed by: Joshua Lopez Arellano

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Enchanted Desserts

I'm a girl that is into a lot of things. Singing, doodling, taking photos, and working out are just some to name a few. 

If you didn't already know, I am also a girl that loves to eat! I love food. Sweets in particular, which brings me to my blog post today. 

Enchanted Desserts is the brand name I came up with for my dessert business. "Classic treats with a touch of whimsy" is my catch phrase. I plan to put up my store late in 2013, so I hope you do visit me once it opens! 

When I was around 11, I baked my first batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies. They weren't all that bad, as I remember my family constantly bugging me to bake them another batch. After seeing the smiles on their faces, I couldn't help but bake again. :)

As years past, I grew fond of baking and it developed to be more than just a hobby but instead it became my passion. 

After high school, I knew I wanted to go to culinary school and luckily my parents supported me all the way. Going to culinary school was not exactly the most traditional choice but they admired me because I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up; which was to become a pastry chef and they did everything they could to help reach that dream of mine.

Thanks to them, I am now studying Baking and Pastry Arts at ISCAHM (International School Culinary Arts & Hotel Management).

I'm not gonna lie though, I do sometimes wonder how it would've been like to go to a university. With all the block mates you meet, the parties you go to, and the orgs you join. Everything about it just seems like fun. But I believe that things happen for a reason, and I guess that going to college just wasn't meant for me.

Life is so short, so why waste time in doing something you don't love right? 

Here are just some of the few things that I've baked so far.

Red Velvet frosted with Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

Red Velvet Cupcakes, my best seller!!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream and Peppermint frosting. 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Deep Dark Chocolate Frosting.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes, next best seller.

Sugar cookies!

I love baking because I love decorating things. Whether it be frosting a cupcake or decorating a cookie. It just gives me a certain joy. :)

Oreo Cheesecake. 

I've never made cheesecake before so it didn't turn out perfect. But it was still very yummy! 

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes.

My newest cupcake creation!

White Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes. 

I personally am in love with White Chocolate covered Oreos. I only wished that they still sold it here in the Philippines. I've never heard of a cupcake like this, so I wanted to try making it.. and it was a success!! :)

Peanut Butter Stuffed Oreo Cookies!

As you probably noticed, I have a huge obsession with Oreos! I dunno what is about the Oreo that makes desserts much more appetizing. Don't you think so? 

You Only Love Oreos

For all you baking enthusiasts out there, always remember to never give up! Practice makes perfect. I know I'm no professional. I'm only learning myself too and I'm not going to lie, sometimes I get really frustrated when things don't turn out how I want it to be but always know that mistakes only make you better.

Keep your chin up high and never stop doing what you love most. Whether it be acting, singing, dancing, or cooking. Just always remember to DREAM BIG


Wanna order?
0917.895.1015 :)

(c) to Mirabai Sebastian for making my logo.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Singapore Adventure!

Come on a ride with me as I reminisce on my Singapore adventure last February of 2012. :)

P.S. Just to warn you, this may be photo heavy. 

Traveling is one of my favourite pastimes. Part of my bucket list is to travel around the world. I love everything about it! The thrill of experiencing new things just makes me happy. :)

This trip was very memorable because it had a lot of firsts. 

1.) It was my first time to travel alone (well, with my brother) to a different country that is.

2.) It was my first time visiting what is known to be the cleanest country in the world, Singapore

3.) It was my first time to watch Wicked!!

My mum even made us step-by-step note cards to follow as we embarked on our little journey. 

My brother and I were extremely scared traveling without a parent, but afterwards loved the experience and asked to travel without a parent again. HAHA.

We stayed at The Fairmont Hotel. It was pretty awesome because it was connected to a mall! So Josh and I went around while waiting for our mum.

We were both famished. We wanted to try Skinny Pizza, and our meal consisted of this...

We ordered their best selling pizza, which was "The English Breakfast". It was pretty good! We really enjoyed it. The crust was crisp and the toppings were really fresh.

As we were reading the menu, we couldn't help but order this. It was a pretty safe choice, but it was a good choice too. I'm a big pasta lover and mozzarella is one of my favourite cheeses'. 

We were surprised with assorted macarons from Canele in our hotel room. I personally love macarons. I've tasted quite a number of them already and I would have to say that this is one of my favourites. The shell is crisp but moist and it is generously filled with buttercream or ganache. I was very satisfied. :)

On our first night, we took a stroll down the most popular shopping enclave in the city of Singapore, Orchard Road
Visited a few stores and did a bit of shopping but had to go because they were preparing to close.

When traveling, I try to bring ensembles that I can pair with several outfits like this denim jacket and my brown sandals that go with mostly everything.

Outfit of the day: 
Grey dress: Topshop - Braided belt & Denim jacket: F21
Sandals: H&M - Peace necklace: Bazaar


Being the Ice Cream lover that I am, I was very excited for the Ben 'n Jerry's scoopery! 

Taking the train is the most common source of transportation in Singapore. I wasn't as stressed because unlike the Philippines, it was very clean and organized. 

For lunch on our second day, we decided to eat in Din Tai Fung. It was awarded one Michelin star as one of the world's Top 10 Best Restaurants in the New York Times. 

If you guys haven't tried it, I highly recommend that you do! It seriously was the best Xiao Long Bao I've tasted. We ordered 30 pieces and had 10 each. HAHAHA the little fatties inside of us came out. 

Couldn't help but have my photo taken with the Abercrombie floor models because I found their polaroids so cute. 
Had an early dinner at Mozza. Mario Batali's restaurant! Everything we ordered was good. The margarita pizza infused with truffle oil was my personal favourite. :)

Wicked, the reason why we went to Singapore in the first place. I was at a loss for words as it was definitely the best broadway play I've seen so far! 

 I love musical theatre! As I myself, loved to perform as a child. 

Wicked was too amazing for words. I was getting "goosies" as they were opening the curtains. The cast was from Australia and not New York, but they did exceptionally well! I seriously couldn't find anything wrong with the performance. Usually, there's someone that isn't so great vocally, or the costumes are tacky, or the set was just so-so. But this show was perfect! 

Got to have our photo taken with the actor that played Fiyero!

It was inevitable that I would love Singapore because of it's utter cleanliness, but I also really fell in love with the city's architecture. It was all so refreshingly modern. 

Being a kid at heart, I couldn't pass on not visiting Universal Studios! It's much smaller compared to the one we visited in LA but it was still fun. :)

I'm not much of an adventurous person when it comes to rides. I'm terrified of roller coasters that have loops because I had a very traumatizing experience as a kid, but rides like these I can do. 

We waited in line for about an hour with no exaggeration. I almost wanted to leave because I was really hungry. (What's new. HAHA!) But I'm glad we didn't because it was really awesome! It was a 4D stimulation ride, and I didn't want it to end. 

I actually liked how this shot turned out! I didn't even have to edit it because the natural light was good enough. 

I couldn't help but buy this at the candy store! I love Kinder Bueno and I absolutely love white chocolate. 

To be honest, it wasn't all that great. The original is still so much better! 

We had a chinese dinner at the Fullerton Hotel over looking the beautiful Marina Bay Sands.

We ordered the usual Sweet 'n Sour Pork because it's our ultimate chinese favourite! It was good, but we weren't really used to eating it because it wasn't boneless. 

Being the tourists that we are, we took the Singapore Flyer. The world's largest giant observation wheel!

Our experience was so much more memorable on the giant wheel because somebody proposed in the same chamber as us. With 'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri, A bouquet of flowers, and a ring in his hand. It was just so sweet, I couldn't help but smile. :)

The infamous Merlion, which is used as the mascot of Singapore. Definitely one of the tourist-y places when visiting.

My outfit for the day: 
Striped top: F21 - High waisted pants: Zara
Flats: H&M - Necklace : Bazaar

Forgive us for my mum wanted to take a cheesy tourist shot. HAHA.

The book I was reading on the way back. It's entitled The Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks, as cliché as it may sound he is one of my favorite authors. :")

Thanks for coming with me on this journey to Singapore! I know it was really photo heavy and quite long but I hope you did enjoy reading it. 

So what do YOU love doing in Singapore? :)