A Splash of Summer by Sample Room

Sample Room, being the ultimate “invisible thread” between me and my #bblogger gal pals, decided to whisk us away from the urban jungle and take us to Pico De Loro for a day of nothing but good vibes. For starters, wouldn’t a pair of Elements Slippers in the mail boost your mood? :)

 How about this kind of problem:


My kind dilemma: choosing a luxe piece from a rack of Soak Swimwear

I ended up with this smoldering number from their latest collection:

I got to wear it the week prior underneath my diving suit at Cebu. I found out that it’s perfect for both lounging and active ocean wear. Super flattering too! :)

Apart from the sign above, this beautiful view welcomed us:


my travel BFF (GoPro Hero 3+) with my FLY Shades and Splash of Summer agenda

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The Perfectly Pristine Glamourbox

Not too long ago, our friends from Glamourbox decided to give me a treat. This treat couldn’t be more apt cause I’ve been drowning in backlog (both online and offline…eeep!) and while I hate to admit it, it’s already taking a toll on my appearance. Breakouts here and there, dull hair, and skin asthma at that. Ughhhhh.

Rant ~fin. Let the unboxing begin! :)

Very consistent with the previous boxes I received, the Perfectly Pristine Glamourbox explodes with so many beauty candies we all can’t quite resist. Mmmmm.


Glamourbox Perfectly Pristine/April 2014 box

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A Fruity Kind of Mother’s Day

Mother Goose as a wife, a mom and a lola to Lola <3

To say that my mom’s the queen of the Ramos household’s a supreme understatement. Since she took her early retirement some 12 years ago, she single handedly took care of our family of four. Laundry, cleaning, gardening…name it, she does it! Mother Goose started off as a not too great cook but she picked up really fast and before we knew it, we were eating less tapa and more stewed and grilled yummies! :)

Apart from her stunning looks (at almost 6-0!) and warm demeanour, what we love most about her is that she never asks for anything from the shopping mall. Whenever we ask her what she wants for her birthday, Christmas, and Mother’s Day, all she asks for are the following:

  • Thank the Lord for everything you’re enjoying and enduring
  • Don’t get sick anymore (“I’m bored being Doctor Mom!”)
  • Stop eating junk food and bacon
  • Come home in one piece

After insisting time and time again what she wants to receive, my dad, brother and I always resorted to surprising her – which always turns out to be a feat! When I came home from Singapore, all she wanted was a bell. So I got her a bell – a bell shaped bag like Longchamp to replace her daily bag. She was so stoked her expression was priceless! :D

This Mother’s Day, together with Fruits in Bloom, we decided to surprise her with an unexpected yet endearing present…only to be surprised by her in return.

Ladies and Gentlemen: Mother Goose as yours truly

Fruits in Bloom takes gift-giving a notch higher by offering a heartier and healthier way to make celebrations more meaningful. Combining the artistry of flower arrangement with scrumptious gourmet fruit preparations, Fruits in Bloom provides presents that will both be pleasing to the eyes and appetites.

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DLSU Green Archers #GR8NESS ACHIEVED!

Ladies and gents, please indulge my green heart for a brief second. It’s been a while since we’re on top on this game. :)

Age wise, as embarrassing as it is, I’ve seen all the DLSU Green Archers’ championship bouts since 1998. My father taught me how to play ball at 10 and at 14 (1998), my passion for the game’s vastly grown (did I tell you that I used to collect and trade NBA cards?!). While I never played pro basketball (since I played field hockey for my high school prior to progressing to represent the Philippines during my uni years), I’ve always followed the games of the DLSU Green Archers. Predictably, I joined the La Sallian community for my first degree in 2000 where I got to bask in the glory of the DLSU Green Archers’ 4-peat win from 1998-2001. We failed to gain a 5-peat in 2002, got back in 2007 and this year, it still makes my heart skip a beat to realize that we’re back on TOP!


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Last Saturday’s do or die game felt like 1999 all over again considering we’re up against UST. It was INSANE. If you watched the game whether live or on the telly, didn’t your heartbeat stop every time either team gained advantage on the 4th quarter? Did you pass out during the overtime?


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