Villain For the Night

After the usual October 31 family shenanigans I had to help this little one with her makeup, I asked her what she wanted and she told me “anything scary, mita” so I googled ‘pegs’ and just improvised due to the time constraint, my niece had to go trick or treating in less than an hour. At this point, I’ve barely finished spray painting my head dress and haven’t started with my cloak for tonight’s dinner.

One bloody, happy customer… I’m glad it turned out okay bri! I would’ve worked more on the details but this little girl was so ticklish it was quite impossible to do that, we just kept laughing the entire time I was putting make up on her.

Now that’s done, here are some photos of the last minute #DIY head dress for the night. Occasionally, I go into the nitty gritty of the details but I didn’t have the luxury of time to take photos during every step of the process so I’m going to briefly describe  how I ended up with my handmade Maleficent head dress.

Here are the following materials I used:

MALEFICENT HEAD DRESS

Old Newspapers (tons of them)

Tape (masking tape or packing tape will do)

Black Electric Tape

Glue (plaster glue preferable)

2 medium sized deflated balloons, P20

Black Acrylic Spray Paint, P109

Faux Leather Cloth (half a yard worked for me), P70

Thanks to Sai Panasaya for being my main inspiration and providing me the first few steps of making my head dress. I’ve pretty much followed everything except the last few steps she did. As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t have time to work on the details of my head dress so I skipped drawing design details and attaching the faux leather cloth with a glue gun. I also decided to wrap my horns with electric tape to give it texture and to save me some time spray painting it with black.

Here’s my head dress prior to spray panting it. Sai, in the video, would have incorporated details at this point but I skipped that since I didn’t have glue gun at hand. Notice how the horns are already wrapped with black electric tape.

Unlike Sai, I accidentally used the generic white glue that you can purchase in any bookstore and mixed it with water for the papier- mâché instead of the plaster glue that she preferred in the video. It came out softer than the one she had (almost close to flimsy, in terms of my standards) but it was strong enough to hold the horns when I attached them using the masking tape. Make sure to cautiously secure the horns in all angles.

There is no specific brand for the black paint, all I know is I made sure to pick the cheapest Acrylic spray paint I could find. This particular brand, Lotus, was the cheapest brand in Handy Man and it cost me P109 (that’s roughly $2.60)  I was scared that using too much of the spray paint would soften the ‘cap’ part of my head dress so I was very careful to spray the paint evenly.

Here is how it looked like after leaving it for a good 30 minutes to dry.

Now for the last few steps of the head dress, I simply followed Sarah Sofi’s application of the faux leather cloth. I wrapped the cloth around my head the way she instructed and fastened it using at least 4 pieces of hairpins.

Looked up some DIY Maleficent looks but ended up doing my own thing, I used a bunch of purple hues for my makeup. I think the main thing to remember is to apply the dark grayish streak under her cheekbones to give maleficent that ‘sunken’ look.

MALEFICENT CLOAK

2 yards of black fabric, P36/yard

1/2 yard of purple felt fabric, P120/yard

Purple Ribbon

Maleficent’s cloak, I’d have to say was not sturdy at all but at this point I was just going for the look. I pretty much took the ends of the black cloth, put them over my back and instead of wrapping it around my neck to make like ‘superman’, I wrapped the tips around my arms to make them look like sleeves (as you would a shawl), I then did a temporary stitch to fasten them there (one stitch just under the armpits and one closer to the wrists on both sides). On the purple  felt fabric, I drew the shape of Maleficent’s flap, cut it out and attached it to the neck area with simple  backstitches. After which, I made 4 holes around the neck area for the purple ribbon to pass through thus making a draw string to make the cloak easy to adjust.

Look who joined me to dress up for Halloween…another black-purple beauty, Jeminah a.k.a Ursula.

Dinner at where else, the Encanto’s residence. Thanks for feeding us hungry villains…Pesto Pasta, Palabok, King Sisig (4 kinds of sisig) which by the way was superbly delicious, Fried Lumpia, Mocha Cake, Cupcakes and Wine.

Pervs Halloween 2014

Here’s our Disney Counterparts…

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Marco as Mr. Smee

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Rhea as Maleficent

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Gela as Cruella

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Jeminah as Ursula

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Next stop…The Bowery in the Fort.

Yes, we’re all Villains.

Jau as the Pacman Ghost and Gela as Cruella

Look who we bumped into…Migi Zuluaga. It’s been awhile. 🙂

Mai as Preggy Cherie Gil

Yep…you guessed it, someone came out as Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo from ‘She’s Dating the Gangster’

T’was a fun night out, considering the fact that nowadays I easily get tired clubbing, not hiding my age…I am old. Hahaha. Thanks so much Jau and Gela for the ride.

Happy Halloween!!!!

Hope everyone had a fun and creepy celebration and before I end here’s one last photo of my costume. Finally decided to join Lookbook’s Halloween Contest just for fun. Don’t forget to HYPE my look. haha.

~Rhea

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Honeymooning: Boracay

June 18 – 20, 2014

Next on the list for the “mini-honeymoon” was Boracay and since my family is here on vacation from Houston our “mini-honeymoon” ended up more like a family vacation. We didn’t really mind, besides our hotel was in Station 1 and theirs was in Station 3—quite a distance in between.

We purchased our tickets months in advance during one of those Cebu Pacific promo sales and ended up flying to Boracay in 2 batches, the first batch consisted of me, Marco, Paulo, Pauline, Ann Marie and John while the second batch consisted of my parents and the two little girls Angelie and Nicole.

Day 1

Ramas siblings headed to Boracay, here we go! #itsmorefuninthephilippines

Tres Marias: Ann Marie, Rhea and Pauline at the luggage area. Notice how we’re all still the same height. haha.

Upon arrival, a shot of Boracay Airport from the outside

In the meantime this little boy is stuck with me.

Marco and I had a shuttle scheduled to pick us up as part of our honeymoon package but since my parents weren’t there yet, he took the liberty of going with my siblings to check them in, in Station 3 while I took John with me to Station 1.

It was John’s first time to ride a boat like this so he was extremely fascinated with the boat ride. He gladly took a single seat as soon as we entered the boat, I stayed behind him.

Fellow travelers getting off the boat

Look who’s pooped!

John took advantage of the spacious seat at the back of the shuttle, he took a power nap as we headed to the hotel.

Real Maris Resort and Hotel, Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendezona’s little sanctuary for a few days.

After the rest checked in their rooms in Station 3, they picked us up from Real Maris and we picked a small burger place while we were exploring the area. We decided to have a quick lunch there.

The Ramas(es) in Station 3….just waiting for Mom, Pop and the rest of the girls.

 

Who gets random cramps at the beach? I DO. <sigh>

 Swimming was a perfect way to wait productively.

We love basking in the sun, I don’t think grandmy (+) is going to be too happy with this photo.

I got a good dose of the beach

The rest of them finally arrived, as soon as they settled in we went looking for a place to eat.

We ended up in, where else… Mang Inasal. hahaha.

After super late lunch (more like merienda), we went to one of the mini convenient stores and bought groceries, just the usual bottled water and toiletries. Parted ways so we could get some rest, been up since early this morning. Marco and I headed back to Real Maris to take a power nap while the kids swam the entire afternoon in Station 3.

The family met up again for dinner. Randomly picked a rice topping place in Station 2 borderline Station 1, there prices were really dirt cheap considering that the meal portions were decent. They ranged from P55-P85/ meal, I just wish I could remember the name of the food place. Their green mango shakes were also very impressive…not bad at all.

Grabbed a bunch of drinks with these two guys before ending the night. The three of us go way back—–an 18 hour land trip from Houston, Texas to Port St. Lucie, Florida, yep, just the three of us.

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Day 2

Marco and I already had breakfast at the hotel since it was part of our Groupon Package, after eating we went straight to Station 3 to meet up with the rest of the family, we’re scheduled to go boating today.

And there they were…having breakfast right in front of the beach.

The boatmen had to take us to the other side of the island, something to do with the current being too strong in the other side during this time of the year.

We rented a boat for P3,500 for 3-4 hours inclusive of fins and snorkel gear, I’d like to think that’s not bad for 11 people. If we booked this with the hotels, I’m pretty sure it would come out more expensive.

The Coconut Express—-that’s what I’m talking about.

Mom, enjoying her butong (fresh coconut), can’t find these things in Houston.

So I have two sisters who are insanely scared of fishes and they agreed to go boating, why? hahaha.

Nicole: “Oh my god, Oh my god…are those fishes?!?”

Ummmm…yeah babe. we’re in the middle of the ocean. Duh. Hahaha.

Here’s the other scaredy cat who stayed inside the boat the entire time. Dry and taking vintage swimsuit selfies…that’s Pauline.

Here are some underwater shots that we took using my Olympus underwater camera. I’ve been hearing a lot of bad reviews about the specific Olympus model that I have, but I can’t complain, I’ve had this for 2 years or so and I really got it for cheap; up to now it is serving me well.

After the tour, the boatmen take you to an island for lunch and try to give you the “island life experience”….sinugba seafood, wooden chairs and tables under a nipa hut but the prices were way jacked up. Foreigners usually go for it because of the ambiance but if they only knew how much these things cost in the local market (very cheap), they probably wouldn’t.

I convinced my parents to wait until we get to the mainland for lunch.

The parentals finishing up their buko.

My husband and I came up with the cutest idea of getting the girls matching technicolored “Boracay Island” tops, something we found in the local market the night before. I think each shirt more or less just cost $1.50.

My siblings are pretty much new to the idea of riding tricycles as means of public transportation, and their tricycles are completely different from what we have in Cebu. You should’ve seen the expression on their faces—priceless! I’m glad my dad caught it all on cam.

Honeymooners—-indeed we are playing that role.

This is where we ended up having lunch—Boracay Ocean Club Resort.

The place looks a bit intimidating but you should seriously check out their lunch specials.

Chilling by the beach with my mister  before heading back to Real Maris to get ready for our complimentary “romantic dinner by the beach”.

Candlelit dinner by the beach, it was romantic while it lasted. As soon as we finished eating our dessert, a sand storm hit the shore and it started raining cats and dogs. Hahaha. I’m just glad we had dinner when we did, at least the romantic dinner didn’t go to waste. We enjoyed our wine inside the hotel and stayed in for the rest of the night.

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Day 3

Woke up early and took a boat out of the island, we needed to make that Cebu Pacific Caticlan Ilo-Ilo flight. We’re flying to Palawan from Ilo-Ilo.

~Rhea

Bachelorette @ Distillery

The night before my wedding was definitely a night to remember because of all the craziness that occurred in one night. It’s hard to fathom how I even dared to go on a night out when I still had a lot of things to accomplish for the wedding. I  literally left my fiancé to do the seat plan with my mom because we decided last minute to do that instead of zoning the guests. I wasn’t sure of what I was going to wear, I didn’t have time to do my hair, I couldn’t even remember how to put my make up on so Jem had to do it for me—so I guess you can say I was a very stressed out bride, I didn’t feel pretty at all. But you know what, I just realized that having a strong support system in times like these can really help you out. It’s important to surround yourself with family and friends that try to understand you, people who are patient enough to deal with your drama, people who don’t judge you just coz you’re “acting a bit off” lately.

To those people that I’ve ignored or haven’t gotten back to especially during those times, I apologize for doing so but I’d be lying if I also didn’t say that I expected you to understand me. Those who know me most should know that in any other circumstance I would put other people’s concerns first but in this particular situation I think I deserved to focus on myself and be a little bit selfish if that’s how you’d want to put it. Bride-to be’s really DO go through different levels of stress just dealing with all the wedding suppliers, the family dramas and sensitivities, the emotional roller coaster, the wedding jitters–and not everyone can deal with stress graciously so forgive me if I wasn’t the calm, blooming, stress-free bride everyone wanted me to be, believe me I tried. So there… I just needed to get that out of the way.

To the women of Marco’s side who threw me this bachelorette party and all of my girls who came (both family and friends)…a BIG THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Every single one of you helped me de-stress, and with a little help from the booze I got rid of those last minute wedding jitters. I appreciate you enjoying that night with me, just having mindless fun and I am thankful for all the fun, kinky, sexy gifts I got. I will find a way to put all of them into good use.Haha.

Gela and Jem—-years after they still got my back. I love you both so much. Missing Andy love.

Btw, thanks for hosting that night.

Ate Jemma, Pauline, Marie…the base of my support system, I just love my family to pieces.

Drinks to start the night, we had a lot of them.

Settling in. Half of the girls that made it that night.

I  love you Ate. I know I’ve stressed this out a lot of times already but you truly are the best for flying in even at your pregnant state.

These two up to their old antics. Hai, loves!

Dares…

Games…

Flaming Shots…

Lingerie…

more lingerie…

…and Macho Dancer DVDs. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Cheers to my two sisters (Marie and Pauline) and new sisters (Pilica and Pauline)

Cousin love.

Jem. Gela. Jemma.Pauline. Ann Marie. Bea. Bianca. Pilica. Pauline. Missy. Juanay. Anina. Krystelle. Claudia. Angel. Kaye

Thank you girls!!!

~Rhea

Floral Flair

(TOP: Lace; Wet Seal/ PANTS: White Denim; Wet Seal/ PURSE: floral; Vera Bradley/ SHOES: lasercut peeptoes; Ross/ BRACELETS: colored macrame; Walmart and Catholic Charm Bracelet; made by Vynna/ NECKLACE: statement; Burlington Coat Factory/ RINGS: Forever 21)

Yes, I am loving colors today, even my lips are colored in bright pink. 🙂

The macrame bracelets I have on are NOT Cruciani by the way. You can call them imitations but I just think they’re the generic ones.  I wasn’t ready to pay $5.50 for one and that’s just the cheapest one I found on Ebay. I think in Barney’s New York the prices start at $18 per bracelet. I understand they’re made in Italy and for all I know the real ones look better and fit better than the ones I have but I’d rather feed a bunch of kids on the street instead of splurging on a bunch of these, no offense meant. In the Philippines that would range from P250-P800+ per bracelet. Btw, I got 12 of these in different colors and designs from the clearance section of Walmart. I got them for $0.25-$0.50—that’s around P11-P22 in pesos, now that I can do. #practicality #bargainshopper #thrifter

My 1st ever Vera Bradley purse ℅ the Babas Family. Rico got my name during our Kris Cringle and this is what he got me. I truly love it, thanks so much!

From yesterday’s ensemble; I think these pair are easily becoming a favorite of mine.

~Rhea 

Niño ❤ Kei

THIRTY—-a bunch of girls I go way back with, some since kindergarten but the past few years (maybe a decade or so) I have unconsciously dropped out of their lives partly because of Theater 110 and partly because my family had to migrate to Houston. Either ways I’ve missed out on everyone’s debut (except Din’s), Batch Reunions, Annual Christmas Parties, Random trips to the Beach and now I am starting to miss out on Weddings, too. Bummer.

This January, I scheduled a trip to the Philippines to check up on my wedding suppliers and make sure everything was okay—-it was a BIG plus to make it just in time for Sinulog, a BIG plus to be able to check up on Marco and wish him luck before the Philippine Medical Board Exam and another BIG plus to be able to make it to one of my closest friend’s wedding and catch up with the rest of the girls. The day started out hectic thanks to Cebu’s ever growing traffic that I can’t seem to get used to but everything turned out great.

Once again, Congrats Nak, Congrats Ninz, I’m blessed to be able to witness your union! Love you both.❤ #ninoandkeiwedding

We made it!!! Nino and Kei Reception…here we go. 🙂

Who doesn’t love a good red velvet wedding cake?

The cutest kiss…awwww. Congrats you two lovebirds!

Lovin the Beach rustic set up.

One of my most favorite couples—- Waning and Dadz.

Reunited with my Houston loves—we’re next in line down that aisle.

uhhh..yeah, I would hang out  by the dessert table. 🙂

Nay and Chang—my after -ceremony buddies over Dimsum and Starbucks. Cravings satisfied, danke.

FIREWORKS.

Our faces—wahaha. WTH. Kiat ra.

While gapapicture mi with the couple….

Gakiat ang duha. Haha

One last photo with the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Ramirez.

Same OLD girls, according to Meyan. Lagi, ‘old’ na ta.🙂

My Cebu lovies and we’re slowly adding more to this bunch❤

Never got to thank you Chawi, Chipee and Chang for taking me home to Talisay! Layo ra ba…glad we were able to catch up during the drive.:)

I’ll see you in May, girls. Until then…❤

~Regina (Rhea)