Life is a Beach

My brothers had been performing for a couple of months now at the beautiful Island of Boracay. I was told they were happy that pace ilok is an essential part of their performance on stage each night.

It is undeniably true that members of the Kuerdas Band had immensely enjoyed the sun, white sand beaches of the Island, and the bunch of tourists that flock their show at night time.

It Does Matter

While we live in the other part of the world where it is beginning to get colder and winter is just around the corner once more, I can not help but recount the happy times in spring.

I come from a tropical country so a warmer weather is always looked forward to. One of the things we planned of doing when a warmer weather is fast approaching is doing outdoor activities like camping and picnic with friends or simply just trying to be sporty by going back to my only physical activity since I have settled down in Australia- walking.

Along with that is gearing myself up for proper outfits such as AvidMax Outfitters. Getting comfortable sporting this outfit is a must especially for my outdoor and walking activities. It makes the activities even more fun and enjoyable once geared up with comfortable outfits. I must say it does matter.

Not a Permanent Thing

My brothers know what are the best mixers that could go along with them whenever they perform on stage. It becomes pretty handy because my brothers know when it comes to musical gadgets. They may not know everything that I know for sure that they are adept of the basics.

Music has not only become their passion but their bread and butter. It may not be something permanent but they are happy on what they do and what they have achieved so far.

The Guys’ and Girls’ Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Left your Valentine’s gift buying too late? No idea what to buy your other half? Valentine’s gifts are very important; apart from your anniversary, it’s the other major event where you get to show your boyfriend or girlfriend you care for them through a beautiful gift (not that you can’t do this spontaneously any other day as well!). So, whether you’re coming up to your first Valentine’s Day with a partner or have given so many Valentine’s gifts you’ve all but run out of ideas, don’t panic! There’s still time to get your partner the gift of their dreams with the help of this Valentine’s Day gift guide.

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A Cool Clothing Accessory

Know your partner’s style? Buying them a good quality piece of clothing or accessory is very personal and thoughtful – it means you’ve paid attention to their style and know their size. Plus, they can be proud to wear something you picked out for them! Check out online stores like to browse through clothing in lots of different styles and sizes – there’s sure to be something online to suit your partner. For him, some ideas are a nice tie and cufflinks, a smart dress shirt, a watch, or a classy belt. For her, why not try a beautiful necklace, cute dress, or an adorable hat? Not only will it make them happy, you’ll feel a swell of pride every time you see your partner dressed in something you handpicked.

Cologne or Perfume

Yes, this is one of the more stock-standard, fall-back type gifts, but that doesn’t mean it’s not great! If you’re really stuck for gift ideas, beautiful colognes and perfumes will make your other half feel really special. After all, this is something they can put on before a classy night out or even a Valentine’s dinner with you! When it comes to cologne or perfume, it’s got to be packaged elegantly. Steer away from ‘trashy’ fragrances. Classy brands like Ralph Lauren and Chanel all do fantastic fragrances, so there’ll be plenty to choose from.

An Experience

Sometimes, the best gifts can’t be held as they aren’t material things. An experience can live on in your loved ones memory just as long as a gift can sit on their desk… or longer! Popular ideas for her are spa treatment vouchers, massage vouchers, or something you can do together – Gold Class movie tickets are sure to go down a treat! If you’ve got the budget for it, a hot air balloon ride is a Valentine’s present neither of you will forget! For him, there are lots of great experiences you can buy: a ride in a racing car, a surfing lesson, a laser tag skirmish… it really depends on your partner’s interests.

So, if you’re tearing your hair out over Valentine’s Day gift ideas, keep that head of hair nice and full and follow this guide instead! Your partner will be jumping for joy on Feb 14th and you can both have a relaxing day together, free from gift-giving stress!

What are some great Valentine’s gifts you’ve bought your partner in the past? Share your advice in the comments below.

The 5 Essential Garments for Your Man’s Wardrobe this Season

Is your man’s wardrobe in need of a bit of sprucing up? A good place to start when it comes to freshening up your man’s wardrobe is to get him a few good, essential pieces that can be worn with a multitude of other things that he already has. Some versatile clothes can be worn for more than one dress code and occasion – these are the clothing items you’ll want to start with so that he’s looking suave all year round without having to buy a whole new wardrobe!

Here are five essential garments that you should start with if you’re doing a little work on your man’s wardrobe.

1. A Denim Jacket

Photo credit: Google
Photo credit: Google

Has your man got a nice denim jacket? No, that doesn’t mean one that’s “artfully distressed” (i.e. full of holes or ripped). It means a nice, well-fitting, one-coloured denim jacket in consistent light blue, dark blue, black or white. If he doesn’t have one, this is the item you should start with. Paired with a nice shirt, like one of these from Politix, a jacket becomes the ultimate kind of neat street wear. It can also be worn with almost anything for a smart look.

2. A White Button-Up Shirt

This may seem simple, but it’s deceptively so. You’d be surprised how many men don’t actually have this in their wardrobe. A well-fitting, crisp, long-sleeved, button-up shirt is the most versatile item your man could possibly have; it can be worn casually, to work, under a suit, or just as is with a nice pair of jeans. If he doesn’t have one of these in his wardrobe (or if his current one has a few stains on it) then this item of clothing should be near the top of your shopping list.

3. A Pair of Well-Fitting, Dark Chinos

Chinos are a great item of clothing – not as casual as a pair of jeans, but not as black tie as suit pants. They’re the perfect in-between pants for smart casual and can be paired with endless combinations of jackets, shirts, belts and shoes. This is definitely an essential piece for the wardrobe.

4. Leather Boots

Looking at your man’s footwear, it’s probably time for something other than the standard sneakers and tattered old sandals. Every man should have a nice, polished pair of black leather shoes in his wardrobe – they can be worn with pretty much any pants for any occasion (except for the gym or the beach!)

5. A Good Quality Grey or Navy Blue Sweatshirt

Sweatshirts can actually look very smart during a cold weather when paired with a nice white crew-neck shirt, fitted dark jeans and new sneakers. Every man should keep this item of clothing in his jacket as it’s very versatile (it can be paired with shorts, jeans or chinos). Best of all, it’s a very comfortable and relaxing item to wear!

If your man’s wardrobe is in need of some work, start by presenting him with these five essential items – they’re very versatile and will have your man looking stylish innno time.

Legends They Are

My brothers are legend when it comes to music instruments store. They know which store to go to for specific gadgets. They have been in a band for more than a decade so that should say it all.

My youngest brother also has his own sound system business. Being fresh into the industry, he has to learn the ropes. It was not too difficult for him as being a member of the band helped him tremendously when it comes to marketing and networking.

Wardrobe Check #9: Birthday Outfit

Now that it is beginning to feel warmer with the onset of summer, I can thankfully feel almost normal all over again.

I must confess that I am your summer kind of girl where I can just throw in something light and easy. Though it is still spring, it’s quite surprising that the weather hits the high 30’s.

I am not complaining. I would prefer it than bundling up in the brutal winter days.

As it is, I am now beginning to have a little bit of trouble choosing clothes that will fit my bulging tummy. I feel so fortunate though that I have quite a few clothes that are made from stretchy fabrics and they are still good to go for a couple of weeks more.

On my birthday, earlier weather forecasts depicted a warmer day. As we were preparing for dinner, I initially thought of donning up in leggings with a sleeveless top and a pair of wedge to go along with the entire ensemble.

However, my Prince encouraged me to bare some more skin and show off some veiny legs. Hahaha! The wifey that is me simply obeyed without any complaints. LOL!



Shameless Selfie #2: Skin Woes

I miss doing decent selfies. I haven’t done so for the longest time because of my skin woes- bumps,zits, acne, pimples or whatever you may wanna call them, I have them all! I feel awful and ugly at the sight of my own skin.

My breakouts were initially caused by the season change. The hormonal surges made it all the worse. There used to be only one zit that seats at either at my nose or at my jaw once a month. But recently, it has invaded my T-zone and it seems like there is no stopping them.

I wish I can call a ceasefire to my annoying breakouts. I still have not found a pregnancy-safe remedy. But for now, it is the least of my concerns. I can only wish I can revive the life of my skin post-pregnancy.

And you think it all stops there!

Lo and behold! I found the perfect spot where the blemishes can’t be too obvious when I take selfies and that’s infront of the wardrobe mirror. Hahaha! If there is one thing I love with the advent of technology, it has got to be filter application :-)

Mastering the art of selfie ;-)
Mastering the art of selfie 😉

This photo was taken almost three weeks ago- nearly 12 weeks of my pregnancy. If you’re looking for a bump, it was hardly even there :-)

Who knows? In the coming weeks, I might just share one publicly. Another selfie? Perhaps! Hahahaha! 😉

Wardrobe Check #8: Bring Summer Back

I survived one month of extremely cold and frigid winter season. It will be over in two months but it feels like two years. Arrrghh!

For someone like me who is used to a tropical season all my life, I suppose you know where I am coming from and what exactly “extreme” means in my own standards. It did not help at all that I need to don up for work early mornings and the most hated part of it all is the commuting where I have to brave the cold for a few minutes while waiting for my train or bus to arrive.

And what about the breakouts? This is one thing that I need to seriously deal with. I feel so much displeasure at how my skin has been reacting to this nasty weather coupled with my hormones that has been out of whack. Now, now! This is certainly and purely a woman’s lament. LOL! I guess I need to separately write about my issues on this.

This is the time of the year where I could only wish to bring summertime back. I know it could really get too extreme in the Land Down Under when it’s summer but the brutal cold is unbearable as well. It’s a beautiful day in winter though when the sun is out but entirely ugly and deadly when it’s windy.

Please allow me to throw in some pictures last summer if only to break the silence at this blog. LOL!

All set for the weekend-ride
All set for the weekend-ride
The paparazzi's favorite shot. Hahaha!
The paparazzi’s favorite shot. Hahaha!

Two more months and I can’t wait to feel normal again. Hoping to have some beach escapades next summer. I will try to push it. Hahaha! 😉

Wardrobe Check #7: Wintry Temps in Autumn

It’s beginning to get real chilly out here especially in the morning and at night time. I am now bracing myself for the brutal cold of winter that is to come in two more weeks or so.

We still get beautiful warm sunny days in Autumn. However, in the early mornings when my Prince and I head out for Church on Sundays, we have got no choice but to bundle up or else, we’d go freezing.

Finance beauties at Western Sydney
Finance beauties at Western Sydney

If it’s enough consolation though, we don’t get snow in most parts of Australia. I must say it is a blessing. I don’t think I’d ever survive a snowy weather. Winter is fine minus the snow but I still feel miserable when this time of the year comes. I feel like everything’s gloomy around me. But when it’s a sunny day in winter, it’s just perfect!

I dread the thought that the wintry temps is just around the corner and I am not all too excited about it. All we could do is bundle up yet stay fab and chic. 😀

With Co- Finance Officers striking a pose after Church
With Co- Finance Officers striking a pose after Church

Photo Credits: Sister Caroline