New Year DIY: Memory Jars

New Year DIY: Memory Jars
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Hi there lovelies! So in two day's time, 2013 is about to close and we'll say hello to 2014. I'm getting all excited here. How about you? To be frank, this year has been a blast for me. So much has ended (beautifully), so many begun and there were random bits of surprises here and there. So far, I could consider 2013 as my best year but then again there are more to come and I bet they would be far better than the previous ones so cheers to better days.

Christmas Magic {Thoughtful Thursday #7}

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world.
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Happy holidays everyone! I'm sorry for being on blogger hiatus for so long. *insert puppy eyes here* December is but the busiest month of the year as I played Santa and spent two month's worth of salary buying presents. Nonetheless, I feel happy although broke. I practically love the rush that gift shopping gives me. It's fun to think of ideas to give your friends, family and loved ones. It was a blast and I find most people doing the same.  Truly, Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Do you agree?

Butter + Love = Sugar Rush

Butter + Love Cebu
Happy Sunday everyone! I've been hoping to do this post for as long as I can remember. I wanted some sugar rush kind of fun with my BFFs and my sister on my 21st birthday  (FYI that was so two months ago. See how late this is? Ooooh time flies so fast!) and we managed to insert one amidst our busy schedules. I was frantically searching for a dessert shop in Cebu which is one: satisfies my cravings and two: ain't brutal to my wallet. Luckily Google led me to one called Butter + Love.

After the Storm (Yolanda aka Haiyan)

After the Storm (Yolanda aka Haiyan)
Last week a super typhoon called Yolanda (or internationally known as Haiyan) struck our country. Although Cebu was technically located in the Visayas where the typhoon wrecked havoc, the city was somehow a little spared from the lashing unlike the northern part of the island and its surrounding provinces particularly in Leyte. We still experienced the heavy rain and howling winds. Electricity was cut off for two days and there were still a few aftershocks from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake a month before. I'd say, the experience was quite scary. I didn't want any of it again.

Bacolod Travel Diary Part 3: Provincial Capitol, Negros Museum, Pasalubong at Pendy's and Merci

Negros Museum
Hi everyone! I know it's been a very long time and this last bit of my Bacolod travel diary has been long overdue. Too many pending posts in so little time. If only time can be purchased, people would probably hoard it from the shelves! In fact, our little trip to the Capitol Park and Lagoon, Provincial Capitol and Negros Museum was done in an hour. Yes an hour! We had no more day offs left and we didn't want to go back to Cebu with only the Mambukal Falls and Calea Pastries and Coffee checked on our list. So we did the only thing we could think of. Lunch break opportunity!

Bacolod Travel Diary Part 2: Mambukal Falls

Mambukal Falls Negros
I cannot believe that it's been three weeks since my last post. Argh. Busy bee. Busy me. I even barely have enough sleep thus the baggy dark circles under my eyes. Nonetheless, that won't stop me from making my diary (aka blog post) entries. You have to make time for things that make you happy. As one of my favorite YouTubers once said, "Never let your passion die out. Make time." So here I am typing my thoughts away and letting whatever creativity I have suppressed over the last twenty days.

Last August I had the chance to go to Bacolod all thanks to my work. (Read Part 1 of this travel diary here!) Since we had to stay there for ten days, I made sure that I'd be able to use my day off well. Now behold our mini adventure at Mambukal Resort where we had the chance to visit the infamous Mambukal Falls of Negros! Hooray!

Bacolod Travel Diary Part 1: Calea Pastries and Coffee

Calea Pastries and Coffee Bacolod
I know it's long overdue but here's part one of my Bacolod travel diary. Finally! *cue confetti* My first post is probably a tidbit obvious. You know me. I love my desserts so much that I made sure to drop by this famous dessert place called Calea Pastries and Coffee. Every time I turn my head, I can see sweets everywhere. Good Lord am I in heaven?

Skate {Thoughtful Thursday #6}

Happy Thursday everyone! I got today's quote from a t-shirt I recently got from a friend. It was a memento of sorts since he was moving to Dubai. The night before his scheduled flight, we all decided to have a "last supper" in a nearby restaurant as our despedida (farewell). Of course, we demanded that he leave us small knickknacks and souvenirs. We've all been together during our college days and being oceans apart would terribly suck! We need something to remember each other by. At least. So we asked for his shirts. He often had tees with fancy prints so even if our barkada (group of friends) were 90% female, they still suited our taste. Besides, whoever said girls can't wear guys shirts?

Love, Sweet and True [Part 2]

Short Story: Love, Sweet and True

Click here to read part one.

Hey guys! Sorry for being such a meanie and for leaving you hanging on. Peace! Don't worry I won't give you any spoilers as I continue to ramble (or write) my thoughts here. So have you got some ideas on how this tale's going to end? Let's see if those thoughts match the ending... Now, on to the story!

Love, Sweet and True [Part 1]

Short Story: Love, Sweet and True
One of the things that inspired me to apply for the school paper (again and again and again and again) during my high school days was this short story. I was a very big fan of the publication that I made it a point to collect every year's issue. Technically this story was published in the year 2003 back when I was only ten years old. I rediscovered it out of my collection when I was already fourteen. I guess the delay was due to the fact that my mind wasn't ready to grasp love stories as a kid yet. Ha! 

Memories {Thoughtful Thursday #5}

I want to make memories all over the world.
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Happy Thursday everyone! I know it's been a while since I last made a Thoughtful Thursday post but I didn't want to make random filler posts just for the sake of being able to blog. As I said before, this place would be my diary where I chronicle important events in my life and scribble down my random thoughts, whatsits and whatnots. I don't want things half baked either. Quality over quantity. Okay enough with that and onto today's quote.

A Trip Down Memory Lane with Cupcakes

Cupcakes by Hmmm.Delish
When it's been raining for the whole day and I've got a hot bowl of champorado on hand, I love to do little trips down memory lane. This time I chose to go a year back. It was one lovely August afternoon when my barkada and I visited our girl friends aka fave baking duo Mitch and Val.

Back to School DIY with Washi Tape

Back to School DIY Washi Tape

The moment I saw these colorful delights, I was smitten away. You could call it love at first sight. LOL! I've been wanting to get my hands on some Washi tape this month but my budget just won't cut it. Pay day come faster, will you? Anyway, I've dabbled into some analytics these past few days. I found it so confusing at first but I'm slowly getting the hang of things. One thing that caught my eye though was the fact that majority of my readers come from the United States. To be honest I was blown away. I didn't know most of you reside in the other part of the globe. For that I'm very thankful so I decided to dedicate this blog post to you since I noticed that it's back to school season over there. To my other lovely readers who are already in the third month of the semester as is the case in my country, don't worry. These DIY ideas will still be applicable to all of you! 

Bonbon's Yellow Cab Pizza Treat

Yellow Cab Pizza

It's been months since graduation and we've been busy chasing our dreams but that doesn't mean that we won't find time for each other especially when FOOD is involved. Hahaha.

My dear friend Bonbon recently celebrated her 21st birthday. To be honest, getting together wasn't as easy since everyone's schedules were too stubborn to match up. The result? We celebrated it a week late. Oh well, better late than never right? 

Hope {Thoughtful Thursday #4}

But as for me, I will always have hope.
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Happy Thursday lovelies! If you have noticed, I try to upload twice a week: one during a Sunday and another on a Thursday. It could be a different day for you depending on your country's time zone. The thing is I've been very busy this past few days and I failed to update you last Sunday and for that I'm terribly sorry. First was because of a career pursuit which I would probably talk about some other time. Second was because I had to catch up with my college friends. All of us are fresh graduates and we've been busy looking for a job. Some were already working while others opted to take up a higher degree. Anyway, enough with my chitchats. Speaking of friendship and catching up, something really good happened this week. My dad.

Smile {Thoughtful Thursday #3}

Smile everyday.
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Hi everyone! It's another cold Thursday for me. It's been raining all day long and I'm missing summer even more. There are a couple of things I love about the rainy season though: coffee, hot choco, champorado [a Filipino delicacy made of rice and cocoa] and ice cream. Yes, I still love eating ice cream. I don't mind how cold it gets. LOL! 

I Heart Straps and Flats

Flats and Stapped Sandals
 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 
Living in a tropical country, I have always been a fan of sandals and flats. Add in my height, it would be safe to say that I rarely wear heels, wedges, platforms or anything that will add up to my already tall physique. If you're curious, I stand 5 feet and 7 inches. Here in the Philippines that's quite tall for a girl. Does that also hold true in your country?

Believe {Thoughtful Thursday #2}

Keep trying. Keep believing. Be happy. Don't get discouraged. Things will work out.
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To be honest the past few days wasn't that good for me. I particularly picked out this quote as I was feeling sad and a little down. Let's just say that things didn't work out just as I have planned and wanted them to. Around the end of the past week, I received bad news. I'd say bad for I have foregone quite a number of big opportunities just so I could follow a path which I believe was best at the time. Apparently, it wasn't. That night, I couldn't sleep. "Back to square one." I told myself as I lay on my bed. My best friend and my sister would often tell me that I'm a perfectionist. I won't stop at nothing until I find a solution to a problem. Sometimes I even look for a solution even when the problem has not arisen yet. I won't sleep unless I'm certain that the job or task I was asked to do was at its best. So yes, I was tossing and turning that night thinking of ways on how I'd be able to pass that road block. I must say I fell asleep with my brain buzzing with thoughts.

Mallow Rush: Five Yummy S'mores Recipe

Mallow Rush: Five Yummy S'mores Recipe
My mom would often comment that I'm a sucker for sweets. True. I love sweets so much I think I was born to have sweet teeth. Yes you've read that right. Teeth. All of them. Haha! Although I'm a proud self-proclaimed sweets fanatic, I sort of blame it on my mom. She often told me stories about her chocolate brownie cravings while I was a tiny little blessing inside her womb. I firmly believe that my current fandom was a result of those cravings. LOL. I love you Mom! 

Impossibilities {Thoughtful Thursday #1}

It's kind of fun to do the impossible
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Happy Thursday guys! Today, I decided to make a series post I'd call Thoughtful Thursdays. I've always loved reading random quotes. Sometimes all we need is a motivational pat in the back. As a certified bookworm, I find solace in words. It can get me through the bad days, inspire me to be the best, remind me of good memories, cheer me up and all those stuff. Sometimes words captivate the soul in ways reason cannot fully understand. It just does.

Fix Broken Make-up

Fix Broken Make-up
My mom and I recently went out for grocery. It was necessary as our fridge was begging for food! Besides, I consider it our mother-daughter bonding moment. We both find it a relaxing errand but when it's time to pay that's another story. Ha! Then of course before leaving the house a girl has to prep up. As I opened my make-up pouch to get my powder and blush... BAM! There it was all covered up in red powder. Somehow, my blush got broken and managed to create a mess. Argh! Now I've got a broken make-up and a whole pouch to clean. Worse, it was one of my favorite blushes. *sob* Luckily, Michelle Phan has recently uploaded a video on how to address such dilemma...

Organize Your Wardrobe

A guide to organising your wardrobe
A guide to organizing your wardrobe by the team at [Apartment Geeks]
Hi everyone! Lately, I've created my very own Pinterest account thanks to my ever annoying curiosity. Many of the blogs I follow have them so I wanted to figure out what its perks are. After days of reading and research I finally succumb and started pinning. What I love about it is that I'm able to organize the recipes, DIYs and blog inspirations I found all over the internet. No more printing of recipes and ingredients like I used to do. Budget and environment friendly. Yay! Also when I get bored

The Salty Coffee

Short Story: The Salty Coffee
Happy Sunday everyone! It is exactly 12:10 in the morning as I'm writing this. I know, I have a very messed up body clock. Blame my preference for reading novels and blogs at this time of the day! So as I was trying to clean up my computer files, I found this short story which my friend sent me way back high school. She told me she found it over the internet. I think I was around fourteen around then. Oh wow, that's six years from today. Time flies! We even edited out some parts as we made a comic strip about it. Unfortunately  that comic strip is nowhere to be found. Anyway, this story was just so heartwarming. It's simple but very inspirational. I really liked it and I hope you guys will like it too...

Twelve:Fifty-one

It was around early last year when Krissy and Ericka captured the hearts of millions of music lovers all over the Philippines when they released their single entitled 12:51. It went viral like crazy! And why not? Apart from their lovely voices, the lyrics to this song was just brilliant. I am a sucker for songs with beautiful lyrics so it wasn't a wonder why I got so hooked up with it that I started memorizing the lyrics instead of reading my law books. LOL. Up until today, this song is still part of my 'Most Listened To' playlist. 

DIY Lace Belt: Playing With Pastels

DIY Lace Belt: Playing With Pastels
Hi lovelies! Here's a fun DIY where you get to recycle or as I'd like to call it, "upcycle", some of your stuff. In this case, I chose one of my old belts. A month ago a good friend of mine invited me to a thanksgiving purple themed party. I didn't want to get a new dress given the fact that I went on a thrift spree the previous week so I thought why not take out the LBD and simply add accents to it? Besides, the purple lace at the department store was waving its arms to catch my attention. I'm pretty sure that laces do not have arms but I bought it anyway for my own crafty-wacko sake and so this project was born.

Lucido-L: Goodbye Bad Hair Day!

Lucido L
Time and again we've heard that old familiar quote saying that "A lady's hair is her crowning glory." Sadly, with all the hustles and bustles of everyday living, our hair can get damaged resulting to unwanted bad hair days. And apart from that, I believe thick and sleek hair wasn't built into my DNA. I have to blow dry my locks or else they'd stick out like nuts. Even as a kid my hair was really thin and I had to constantly make an effort to add volume to it. I have been envying my best friend for the longest time now. She's got the most amazing hair in the world! She hasn't even gone to the salon to have it treated or anything.  Ever! Oh well, envy me. Haha. (BTW, I miss you Rea!) But luckily, I came across this product thanks to one of my favorite fashion bloggers Tricia Gosingtian. (Click here to see my fave fashion bloggers post.)

Father's Day Ideas: Fun Crafts

Father's Day DIY
A few days ago I posted some cute recipes to do for father's day. I must admit that I'm really having a hard time choosing which one I'll be doing come June 16th. Plus, the weather's really bad. There's full blown rain for the entire day! The sun barely peeks out. How am I supposed to do my grocery shopping? Gosh, I have to learn how to drive... soon. (Nerves go away!) Anyway I'll find a way to accomplish that but while the rain pounded outside, I decided to look for some fun crafts and projects to accompany whatever recipe my sister and I will be doing.

Father's Day Ideas: Cute Recipes


My parents are spoiled. Yes, you heard that right. A friend of mine once pointed that out to me after she discovered that I've always been doing stuff for my parents during their birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions like mother's and father's days. But, so what? I like spoiling them. In fact, it has been a tradition I vow never to break.

When Creativity Meets the Internet: My Favorite DIY Youtube Channels

A pair of scissors, a pinch of imagination, a good old camera and voila!
Lately, I've been watching too many YouTube videos. Over the two month summer vacation up until today I have practically seen a whopping 1, 214 videos! Approximately, that is. That amount only reflects the number on my watch history and does not include those I have viewed with my sister while her account was the one signed on. What have I been so engrossed about if you may ask? Make-up tutorials, vlogs and DIYs.

Goodbye Summer: Argao Cebu

When summer ends, it's time to dance in the rain...

Argao Beach Cebu Philippines | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
June 1st has gone by like a heartbeat. Time flies so fast these days. I think it's safe to say that summer has officially ended. I know a lot of you have been dreading the end of your favorite season. Add in the fact that school's about to start next week, I think I can see you pouting already. (I recently graduated from a university so school isn't an issue for me. In fact, I kinda miss it... minus the exams of course!) Sadly, I'm not a very big fan of summer. Don't get me wrong I don't fancy the wet season as much either. It's just that in my country it can get really warm. Hello humidity! I've been drinking all sorts of cold stuff like crazy! Still there's so much about this time of the year that I love so much: comfy clothes, sunglasses, ice cold coffee, ice cream, halo-halo, family outings, vacations, beaches and more ice cream!

DIY Accessory Organizer: Shell Revamp

A week ago I decided to give my bedroom this thing my mom called a "general cleaning". This means that I'd have to explore every nook and cranny making sure that every single atom of dust has been dispatched. So if you're wondering where I got my crazy spick-and-span attitude, I'd give you a straight out answer: Mom. In simpler terms, we're neat freaks! Haha.

A Teaspoon of Imagination and a Cupful of Style: My Favorite Fashion Bloggers

If there's one thing that girls can never outgrow, it's playing dress up...

Favorite Fashion Bloggers
As little girls, my sister and I would secretly creep into our parents' bedroom and take out all the bedding and curtains we could find. We'd make dresses and veils out of them and pretend that we were princesses in a far away land with a castle and a pretty little tiara. As kids, our crazy imaginations can run amok. My sister and I would even be on the lookout in case someone sees us going cray cray. Looking back, it was kind of silly but then again it was fun. How I wish my mom caught us and took a picture!

Little Girls and Cameras

Little girls have a magic all their own...


Lately, I've been very busy with work. Add in my usual dilemma a.k.a writer's block, it's been more than a week since I last posted here. I've also been trying to self-learn HTML. Now behold the fruit of my labor. *drum roll please* I've finally added the media and content buttons! Yay! (If you don't know what I mean, see the pink, purple and yellow buttons on the right side of your screen.) As a new resident of the blogosphere, this is really an achievement for me. I'm no programmer or web designer plus my Photoshop skills are only limited to those I gained from my curiosity. So as a celebratory gift I'm treating myself with some chocolate. Ice cream would've been better but I'll deal with what's available. Haha. Okay I'll cut this portion now. I don't want to bore you with the technical stuff. Let's proceed...

Love Letters

Call me old fashioned, but I still think it's cute when someone writes you long sappy love letters...
Love Letters
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I watch a lot of movies and read a lot of books. These are to blame for my becoming a hopeless romantic: that belief of finding the one and finding him at the right time and place as if you're walking in a haze or dream, that spark in your eyes, the beating in your chest, the chill in the air and that slow uneven breathing...

Scarves and Snowflakes

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” 
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Winter Outfit
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Living in a tropical country, I've always wanted to experience snow. I want to touch it and watch the ice melt through my fingers. I'm not a fan of chilly climates though. I easily feel cold and have that tendency to sloth around when the weather's breezy and nippy. In fact, I've seen artificial snow in a theme park before. I was too dumb to wear sandals though. After a few minutes, my toes were burning and I had to run out. You might think that that made me forget about my "winter daydream" but no. I still find it fascinating. You get to make snow angels and play with snowballs. Ice skating on the lake. During the holidays, you'd get to fashion your very own snowman. The best part is wearing those pretty winter clothes. I've never worn any since that would be silly. The heat will kill me if I tried. The scarves, the boots, the coats... everything! I know someday I will. I'd walk down the street. See my breath amidst the chilly air. Touch a snowflake. Take a photo. Everything else may be freezing but I know the experience will be amazing.

A Fairytale: The BonGeeJaKiAnnChoiDurRia Story

This is a piece I wrote for a contest in our university. It's about how my friends and I found each other and how we managed to keep our ties stronger. Winning the competition was really memorable and probably one of the highlights of my university experience.




We’ve travelled different routes.
We’ve paved different paths.

We’ve battled different foes.
We’ve relished different joys.

We began with once upon a time.
We will end with our heartbeats in rhyme.

My Biopoem {Scribbled Poetry}

Here's something I've written way back high school. It's kind of memorable because it gave me the courage to pursue something I've always wanted. Thanks Mdm. Gallur. I'll forever be indebted to you.


Anne

She is an ingenious writer and an avid reader, moody in times of depression and defensive of everything that concerns her family.

The daughter of the lovely Mrs. Lourdes Macachor and the witty Mr. Romell Macachor who accompanies thy lady in times of trials and destructions.

Lover of bewildering magic, the dashing mystiques of nature and the comical beings.

Who feels befuddled of the world and its mysteries, gratified of the love she receives and blissful for her family’s astounding support.

Who needs affection, something every man desires; protection, the kind born out of love and courage, a test of wits and bravery.

Who gives a rhythmic hymn that enlightens the heart, a mysterious smile that confuses the mind and a piercing look that endangers the spirit.

Who fears death and its consequences, seclusion and the loneliness it brings, ghastliness and everything fearful that pounds on the heart.

Who would like to see the beaming lights of Paris, the depths of the Caribbean and the height of the pyramids.

Resident of Budlaan, where flowers bloomed and trees tower like giants.

Macachor

ABOUT "SCRIBBLED POETRY"
I make up stories in my head. I'm a dreamer and sometimes perhaps a lunatic. Writing keeps me sane and while I'm no New York Times Best Seller (yet), I'd love to call myself an author. This blog serves as my digital manuscript. I've kept countless poems, stories and whimsical thoughts for years but never got to share them publicly for fear that people would steal them and take the credit. (Which someone already did by the way! If you're planning to do the same then scoot. I can track you down like a bloodhound.) But it would likewise be a pain to keep them for myself. I'd love for people to enjoy them as I did writing them. — Anne Macachor