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:


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.


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…


Marco as Mr. Smee


Rhea as Maleficent


Gela as Cruella


Jeminah as Ursula


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.


Destination: Washington, D.C

September 6 – 9, 2013

The first time I looked up the day of my birthday for 2013 I was already ecstatic that it was going to fall on a Saturday. Having Marco here just in time for our birthdays was no coincidence at all, I strongly believe HE intended it to be this way. My fiance arrived the 1st of September–this is the first time I’m seeing him since he proposed back in 05/24/2012, this is the first time in 5 years we’re celebrating our birthdays together and this is the first time we’re taking a trip just the two of us.

Day 1: September 6, 2013- Marco’s Birthday

In the wee hours of Marco’s birthday, we drove off and left Bluee (my Rav4) in one of Hobby Airport’s park and flys. After a 2.5-hour flight to Washington DC ( Southwest Airlines all the way!), we finally made it. The first agenda as tourists was to hail a cab and meet up with Tito Mel at DuPont Circle Hotel.  Tito Mel, knowing the private person that you are, I promise I will only say this once—THANK YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF EVERY LITTLE DETAIL OF THIS TRIP, IN OUR BOOK YOU WILL ALWAYS BE TOP TIER. There, I said it.

What welcomed us at our room

After checking-in to our wonderful suite, we had a welcome Lunch with wine just downstairs at Cafe DuPont.

Next Stop. Our first ever Tourist Activity—NEWSEUM.

Interesting read on the Berlin Wall

Marco hanging out with America’s Most Wanted (of all times)

Pulitzer Photos: Each Photo Tells a Story

“I’m thinking just keep shooting…”

Night Time: Got tickets to the exclusive Big Bus Party at the Gaylord National resort and Convention Center in Mary Land. Yes, I got wasted.

Day 2: September 7, 2013- My Birthday

Just downstairs, where I tried to cure my hangover. 1st attempt—fail.

At the Smithsonian National Art and Space Museum.

This is how they take a bath in space.

Washington Monument behind us is under construction

A quick shot with Lincoln. We were trying to avoid the swarm of tourists and a gay wedding just outside the Lincoln Memorial.

 A very solemn structure—the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Snapped a quick shot of the infamous elephant National Museum of Natural History as we were purchasing tickets to the IMAX show.

Excited to watch The Ultimate Wave Tahiti starring World Champion surfer Kelly Slater

Why hello there birth stone.

Night Time: Appetizer at Tito Mel’s pad, Steak Dinner at Morton’s and after dinner drinks at the happening Cafe Milano.

How Sweet! they personalized our menu <see top of menu>

Happy Birthday and Congratulations on your Engagement! Best Birthday Dinner ever.

Day 3: September 8, 2013- Mama Mary’s Birthday

Started our day with Sunday mass at the memorable St. Matthew’s Cathedral.

The Cathedral is famously known to be the venue where President Kennedy’s funeral was held. A more unknown fact about the cathedral that fellow Filipinos might want to know is that the first notable funeral Mass offered there was for Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon.

In Memory of President Kennedy

Grandeur of St. Matthew;s Pipe Organ

Admiring Up-Close Renaissance architecture

A lot of walking today—Marco and Rhea’s footwear choice.

Arlington Cemetery:  call me morbid but I get a bit giddy upon entering cemeteries

Outside one of the White House’s wings

DC street view at a distance

Wonderful arches found outside DC’s Union Station. The insides were under construction.

A not working fountain outside the Union Station.I wish they could restore it to it’s original state instead of it smelling like pee and hobos.  Still impressed with it’s sculpture and design.

I Spy Museum: They have an entire section dedicated to James Bond. Bond Girls, Villains and all…

She doesn’t look much of a spy, noh?

…and the Kagaguhan starts here—Madame Tussaud’s.

This is how we maximized our Madame Tussaud’s tickets. Sorry respectable figures of the United States—it’s nothing personal, we were just goofing around.


September 9, 2013: Last Day

Craving for culture and the arts for both Renaissance and Modern satisfied at the National Gallery of Art.

Special Exhibition on Serge Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes —truly unforgettable. No picture taking allowed but I snuck one.

Carmine’s— our last meal in DC. Definitely a must-try Italian family dining.

Dropped by DC’s Chinatown, or what’s left of it.


Thank you DC and Thank you Tito Mel. Until we meet again.

~Rhea (and Marco)

Mod Hepburn Dreams

(DRESS: New York/ SHOES: Image/ PURSE: Forever 21/ SUNGLASSES: Forever 21/ EARRINGS: Aldo)

If Audrey Hepburn went Mod

The bun, the sunglasses…all we ‘re missing is a Tiffany and Co. (and Marco)

Less gigantic Imelda Marcos-inspired sleeves

SUNDAY: It’s a lovely day to be a lady….And did I mention my fiance is FINALLY flying in from the Philippines!!!!


Here’s a photo summary of anxiety at it’s best, I picked Marco up from IAH later that night.

Oh, did I ever mention that this is the first time I get to be with my fiance eversince he proposed?

And as always, thanks to Marco’s mom, Tita Pili, for sending us all the Bacolod goodies!

Caramel Tarts. Pastiellas de Manga. Piyaya. Bueno Sardines. Tawilis. Squid Rings. Butterscotch, Barquiron…..I DIE.


Of Weddings and MORE Weddings…

If I didn’t know any better, I’d probably think that getting hitched is the “IN” thing right now. My schedule has been crazy packed hopping from one Bridal Shower to an Engagement Party to a Couple Shower and then Weddings, I’m barely keeping up and I’m running out of things to wear. I’m not necessarily in the “shopping state” right now as I’m also saving up for my wedding next year.

Josephine Viajar & Ian Roy Dipasupil

June 15, 2013

Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Church

Marriage—a wonderful gift from God

This ” thumb print” tree is so shabby chic—I LOVE IT!

Peks invading the Dipasupils’ Wedding.

THE table to be in—Table 23!

Cute DIY idea, using wine corks as place card holders.

My brother and I posing with the mini version of us.

Took a photo of the couple and it had to be this, right? Haha.

Iyah Soriano & Raniel Posadas

June 24, 2013

Saint Martha Catholic Church


DIY Bridal and Bridesmaid bouquets.  Looks professionally made.

Someone’s practicing his ring bearer duties.Haha.

Jo, laying down the bridal gown and accessories for a photo op

And here she is…This is IT Iyah!!!

Impressed with this simple and classy fondant cake made by one of the bride’s co-workers. Awww, how sweet.

Even the backdrop for their DIY photobooth was ordered online.

The Ring bearer, The Groomsman and The Bridesmaid—Ramas Siblings at the Reception.

Pretty in blush doing our Bridesmaid duties

From one Posadas Brother….

To Another…Rad and Jo’s turn next year!

It’s at weddings when I’m missing my fiance more. I miss you MARCO!

Great Gatsby Glamour

CONFESSION: For a month or so now, I’ve been hanging out less with my girls just so I could get used to the fact that they won’t be here in Houston for awhile. Every single one of them except our baby girl (Nikki) is flying to Cebu, Philippines to be there on the Big Day. As much as I would have wanted be there, I have my own wedding planning (and saving) to do and I actually thought focusing on the fact that my fiance is coming to visit would take away the envy I was feeling inside. Coincidentally, due to some complications, his schedule to come here was moved back and so I am totally stuck here in Houston alone and yes I am completely jealous. GREEN-EYED MONSTER ALERT!!! I wish I found out about this schedule earlier so I could have looked for a way to go home not only for Ann’s Wedding but also for Tiny’s Wedding, my own wedding planning and most importantly Marco’s transplant. Frustrating as it is, I know God has his own plans and I’m guessing he wants me to be here in Houston right now. <sigh>

In anticipation of Charles and Ann’s wedding, I’ve finally decide to post SOME shots of “that” night and some will NEVER make it into this world of social media. They will stay locked in my hard drive never to see the light of day (unless the bride asks for it, haha). I tell you, my whole notion of bridal showers have been forever changed and up to this day a part of me is still in complete shock. And as the saying goes:

“…what happens in (fill in with name of place) stays in (fill in with name of place)”

In this case “What happens in Zaza stays in Zaza” or maybe not.

Bridal Shower Prep Team at our Hotel Zaza suite. Roxi, Vynna and Jasna.

Home made glamour food by the one and only Amil Almacen. Isn’t he amazing?

Oh btw, did I mention they’re all fabulously healthy.

Amil, our personal master chef, in the flesh. Awww…sweetest brother ever.

Me, Jas and Vynna

The Bride, Ann, and her girls

The Bride and her Cock Cake.

(Note: I’d like to remind you ALL that this was a bridal shower and everything you see was meant for sheer entertainment only meant to amuse/tease the bride. If you want to pass rash judgement, leave them else where)

Bride-to-be’s. We are currently happily engaged (not to each other, duh) . haha.

Keep those drinks coming.

Girls just wanna have fun…You can tell they did.

#OOTN (Outfit of the Night) photo taken by Nikki posted on my Instagram. Add me: reginaramas

Yes, I went all out and bought my first personal wig and I’m not sure how I stuck all of my hair inside it but I’m proud to say I rocked the Great Gatsby Bob. Yahoo!

…And there you have it, a short and “milder” recap of the night that should not be mentioned. Haha.

Congratulations in Advance and Best Wishes to the one of the best “couple friends” I have. You know I love you both so much. I can’t wait to see you Mr. and Mrs. Charles Garcia. Mwah!