Plantation Bay: Mogambo Springs

January 14- 15, 2015

 “Ghetto moment” story but I promise I’m going to make it short—our flight to Cebu arrived 1am on the day we were supposed to check-in Plantation Bay. We were availing a GC that we got from our wedding and we weren’t sure when else to avail of it since we’re supposed to be flying back to Houston any time soon, so amidst the Sinulog craze they said they could squeeze us in, it was only for one day anyway. The only problem was we couldn’t get any flights later than the one we took because all the mid-morning flights’ prices were jacked up so we decided to take that early morning flight and figured we’d just bum around the Plantation Bay premises and wait until check-in time at 3pm.

There we were, Marco and I, sitting at the lobby  and it was only 2 am. I suddenly realized we still had 11 hours to go, so naturally Marco ended up sleeping in one of their couches in semi-fetal position. Although I was extremely exhausted, I was too embarrassed for both our sakes to do what he was doing so I dozed off  sitting down. At 5am, Marco felt a slight poke….it was the lady at the front desk, thank God, she was nice enough to feel bad for us and allowed us to check-in 10 hours before the time we were supposed to. And that’s how being “ghetto” got us a comfy bed and a restful night’s (more like early morning) sleep. Thanks Plantation Bay!

Christmas is still in the air here in Plantation Bay

Checking in at 5 am. That bed really looks inviting!

Goodies from Cebu, compliments of Plantation Bay

Fully rested and off to explore with the husband

Of course we had to stay in a suite that was complicated to pronounce.  No worries, we got it eventually…haha. Chenonceu. Mmm hmm..it’s French.

The view from our balcony…how beautiful is that!

A place where tourists could experience our local butong (coconut)

Marco and I opted for an hour of foot massage and greatly enjoyed the Zen-like ambiance of Mogambo Springs

We were advised to come in an hour early so we could also enjoy the hot springs, sauna and other amenities

Green Tea upon arrival…refreshing

The contrast of Zen rocks are lovely, don’t you think?

Can’t help but think we’re in Japan because of their cute village setting

Checking our neighbors out.

Dinner date with the husband at Kilimanjaro Kafe

What I wore on the last day:

(DRESS: Reversible; from Mami/ PURSE: Kate Spade; from Mami/ SANDALS: orange gladiators; No Boundaries/ SUNGLASSES: Kerry Cat Eyes; Sunnies, P399/ EARRINGS: gold hoops; from Mami/ NECKLACE: orange statement necklace; from Yessenia/ BRACELETS: colorful assorted beads; Beals)

~Rhea

University Diaries: Geek Chic

(TOP: muscle crop top, UP Bazaar; P60/ SKIRT: pencil skirt, F21/ SHOES: sneaker wedges, Image/ PURSE: Kenneth Cole Reaction/ ACCESSORIES: Turban and Earrings, F21)

Okay….so I wouldn’t exactly wear this to UP on a normal school day but I figured that going to school early in the morning on a weekend for a performance should still count as part of my “University Diaries” so here’s what I looked like after a 10AM show for DUP’s The Country Wife.

Believe me when I say that sometimes I go for function “other” (and not rather) than fashion— this muscle crop top is what I usually wear when working out at home and since the staff and actors usually do warm ups for weekend morning shows to help us loosen up right before the performance, it’d be the easiest to move in this besides I needed to wear something that I could easily take off without messing up my curls. The pencil skirt serves as a “half slip” under my petticoat and the bag is just a perfect size for my script and other knick knacks like my make up, make up brushes, sachets of Kopiko 3-in-1 coffee and makeup wipes to name a few.

The turban I use not only as a hairpiece but also as a cosmetic headband to keep my hair away from my face while putting on my make up. Sad to say I am not wearing these specs for fashion sake, they’re real and I need them badly especially when I’m applying my make up backstage or reviewing my script right before “open house”.

The sneaker wedges—-for the additional inches, what’s new? Haha.

So there it is…a theater actor’s “very functional” take on Geek Chic. Enjoy!

~Rhea

University Diaries: Casual Sophistication

(TOP: lace croptop/ SHORTS: high rise from Tomato; P250/ SHOES: peeptoe flats from 168; P200/ PURSE: from Pauline and Ann Marie; TJ Maxx/ EARRINGS: from Roxi; Anne Klein/ NECKLACE: from Mommy Babe)

The “Crop Top/ High waist Shorts Mania” is still continuously making waves in UP-Diliman. This 80’s trend that started out with  iconic Madonna has made a big come back about a year or so ago. I was never big on showing my tummy (or my bellybutton for that matter) to the public but as soon as I came back to the Philippines, I found myself stocking my closet with a bunch of these supposedly for jogging/ workout use. These crop tops eventually made its way to my “school clothes stash” and I started wearing them to class, rehearsals or even while running errands in UP. Most of the kids in the university typically go for that 90’s graphic crop top/ high waisted washed out denim look but I wanted a girly, more sophisticated take on this tandem that would somehow reflect my age so I picked a lace crop top (LACE! a forever favorite of mine) and high waist textured polyester shorts.

This outfit’s color palette: White, Orange, Gold and Mustard

Side silhouette featuring my sisters’ gift, a Mustard/ Burnt Sienna chain bag, from a few Christmases ago

Statement necklaces are apt to fill that bare space when you’re wearing low cut tops such as this one.

Cute locally made Mustard Peeptoes, a very comfy statement piece. They were supposedly produced in Marikina—- the shoe capital of the Philippines.

~Rhea

University Diaries: Casual Cool

(SWEATSHIRT: F21; FOR SALE / SHORTS: highwaist, thrifted/ SHOES: Sneaker Wedges, Image/ PURSE: Hobo Bag, Kenneth Cole Reaction/ SUNGLASSES: 168/ TURBAN: F21/ NECKLACE: Wet Seal/ CUFF: Cebu/ EARRINGS: F21)

Graphic tees, printed tees—any shirt (or in this case, sweater) that gives a statement are still big on campus. I guess it kinda says a lot about yourself— what your interests are, what orgs you’re involved in, what you think about the world, what your outlook in life is, if you’re a geek or someone who has a sense of humor, if you’re snooty and stuck up…ANYTHING!

Mine says, “, I’m a 28 y.o trying hard to fit in—show me some love” hahahaha. 😀 I’m kidding, this sweater belonged to a good friend of mine and since we didn’t finish our garage sale in Houston, I’m selling some of these pre-loved items here in Manila.

Hobo bags are just wonderful, you can practically put your entire dresser inside and no one would notice. It’s really spacious inside and easy to carry although I would suggest for you girls to invest on bag organizers just so it’s not a jungle inside.

Sneaker Wedges— flat from above, elevated from below. I’m always in need of those extra inches.

I’m telling you…high waist shorts, oversized graphic tee or sweater, sneakers, hobo bag and messy bun is the simplest uniform for school (maybe for U.P anyway), I’m pretty sure you can find all of these in your closet with no trouble. Its just a matter of accessorizing and picking the right color combination other than that it should be a no-brainer.

I’m starting to keep a “school outfit journal” to show my sisters when I get back to Houston.  Pauline (19), Ann Marie (17), Angelie (14) and Nicole (12) are going to have a good laugh when I tell them that I was dressing their age and not mine. If you girls were here, I would’ve probably borrowed from your closet.

I’m missing you heaps, Ate will see you in 2 months! . I love you losers!

~Rhea

Albi ❤ Jem

I met this wonderful set of people during college…3rd year college to be exact and boy were we inseparable from beer nights to wine nights to magic sing nights to pambahay day to ukay2x day to salsa nights to themed Christmas parties to the beach—we’ve done it all. I thought migrating to the states would change everything but fast forward to 7 years, here we all are at Jem and Albi’s wedding, all the way in Bukidnon and yes, these same people made it to my wedding a few months back so I guess you can say this friendship stood the test of time and will continue to do so. Thank God for friendships like these.

Flashback to those nights in college, those heart to heart talks about relationships and finding the right one, it’s comforting to know that God kept his promise to us and indeed his timing is perfect. I am still completely amazed at the fact that God found your perfect match in Germany and sent him all the way to the Philippines (in contrary to popular belief, Jem and Albi met in person and not online…just thought I’d put that out there) just so he could be with you.

September 20, 2014—it was a beautiful day to do a farm wedding considering the fact that we were currently in the middle of a typhoon. A few days prior to the wedding must have been very hectic for everyone involved, flights were cancelled and rescheduled and everyone had to adjust from the shuttle going to Bukidnon to all other wedding suppliers but our bride was faithful and hopeful. She still checked up on us and made sure that everything was okay, as if she didn’t have one million and one things on her mind—that’s Jem, she’s very hands-on. On the day of the wedding, the sun came out to celebrate with us and we were able to spend the entire day outdoors.

The wedding celebration was a wonderful combination of a Filipino and German wedding that lasted the whole day. They held the ceremony at the beautiful Perrine Farm in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon with close family and friends. I felt like they had 3 receptions coz we had lunch, merienda and dinner. Haha. Part of the wedding itinerary was to tour the farm, they showed us how they make the famous Hineleban coffee and taught us the importance of giving back to mother nature. After the farm tour, they served us Hineleban coffee while we lazed around on our banigs until night fall came and we picked up where we left off—eating and dancing. Of course, we partied the night away.

Congratulations and Best Wishes Jem and Albi!!!

Here are some of the photos we took from the wedding. Enjoy!

The bridesmaids and their make-up

Gela, Pauline and I— about to head out to the Perrine Farm for the wedding

Friends in college now we’re one Big Family..haha

Spot the Godfather!

Jau. Andy. Kaya JV. Nacho. Pauline

Awww….look at you two.

Bridesmaid duties

…And here she is!

The Beautiful Bride and her parents

First Kiss as Mr. and Mrs. Albrecht Birkner

The Ferrers

The Birkners

Ferrer-Birkners

The newly-wed couple with their entourage

The kind of tree where you “take it all in” per Pauline and Nacho.haha

Want a drink? Take your pick.

The guys’ favorite hang out place…hmmm… I wonder why. Haha

The Pervs who made it to the wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Albrecht Birkner with Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendezona.

Eeeeppp…we’re married love!

Joji’s Peanut Butter!!!! YUM!

…and the woman behind the yummy peanut butter, Jem’s mom, Tita Joji Ferrer

Jai, Jem’s brother showing us before and after photos of the farm to start the farm tour

Hineleban Coffee Beans—getting there

Enjoying Hineleban Coffee after the tour.

Ummm…is that snake skin I see?

Lazing around on our bang with the bride

Bonfire

Brotherly love—Nacho and Marco

This was the cutest, you should’ve seen this.

Baby Jemalbi. Haha

Pervs unite after some crazy dancing

Last photo of the night with the new Mr. and Mrs.

~Rhea