Happy Halloweenie!

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Hey folks! Sky and I just wanted to send our greetings to everyone! Keep safe, don't eat too much candy and don't get chased down naked by a dude with a hockey mask and a machete!

Looks like Jason has let himself go...look at that one-pack.
Photo Credits: Tony Case
Note: No pumpkins were hurt in this photo session.

Skyler wearing the only custome that (barely) fits him...

Is that a pumpkin or a raccoon?

Happy Halloweenie! =)

Toodles! =)

Fruit Fashion Files: Mom's Birthday

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Hello troopies! I'm heading out to meet the rest of the family and eat out at a local Chinese restaurant for my Mother Dearest's birthday dinner. Unfortunately I am feeling a little lackluster today, it must have something to do with the crazy heat that we're experiencing here in Southern California. I don't know what's up with the weather but I know it's been the opposite of how it was in the first five years that I've lived here. I could have sworn that I was itching to buy new sweaters a few days ago and now I'm back to hiding in my cave a.k.a. my apartment since the heat tends to suck the life out of me.

So yes, we're supposedly in the middle of Fall but somehow I found myself picking a halter-top jumpsuit and a pair of beige espadrilles. I honestly don't know how everyone else back in the Philippines can take wearing leather jackets and fall/winter ensembles while being in a tropical area with an extremely humid climate...hmmm...or maybe that's how they lose weight fast, like a walking sauna?

Jumpsuit- Promod (I bought it from this trendy shop in the Philippines);
Belt- Dolce & Gabbana;
Shoes- Steve Madden (great deal!);
Bag- LV Empreinte Artsy (my everyday purse because it matches everything)

Thanks to my little sister, Kiwi who tried to take decent pics...we are such amateurs but hey, we tried! =)

Toodles! =)

Chill Pill: Halloween Weekend

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What's in your playlist this weekend? I usually like listening to music that has NOTHING to do with Halloween so I don't end up hiding underneath the covers every night.

Wait, what's that white pale silhouette behind you? hehehe. Kidding.

Little Boots - New In Town

Passion Pit - Little Secrets

Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent

Peter, Bjorn & John - Young Folks

Audioslave - Cochise Sorry, girly girls...I really need my dose of rock. hehe =)

The Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong

If you're going to go trick or treatin' by my place, I only have dog treats. Want some?


How Do I Love Thee?

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and...ahhh, eff it.

Today a man celebrates his birthday..

The man who insisted in sending me to the emergency room for a graze on my knee...
The man who attempted to cook me a late night snack but failed because he thought he could cook an egg on a griller...
The man who thought a sea monster was out to get him, but all the while it was just a seaweed stuck on his foot...
The man who smothers me when he hugs me because he forgets how tall he is...
The man who refuses to keep a safe distance while I am nursing myself from a bad flu...
The man who after all this time, argues that I've gotten more beautiful over the years...Okay I totally made that up. No, wait. That's actually a true story and I'm sticking to that!  
The man who, on our first Valentine's date, got me three huge bouquets of flowers because he said he was trying to make up for the other Valentine's days that I never received any...
The man who doesn't get embarrassed when his girlfriend asks to slow dance with him even if there's no music playing...

The man who, despite all my shortcomings and failures, says "I love you" and still means every bit of it...

I love you too, Hunny. Happy Birthday, Love.

I'm, I'm so in love with you, whatever you want to do... is alright with me...
Just imagine me doing my impersonation of Al Green...complete with arm and hip movement hehe.

Al Green - Let's Stay Together


Fashion 5-0: Muffin, Anyone?

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One thing that you have to know about this fruit is that I'm no "fashionista". In fact, I kinda cringe whenever I hear some people go around and proclaim themselves as so. What I am though, is a sensible person who knows when to keep fighting the good fight while getting into those anorexic ultra-skinny pair of jeans and when to back down because this Shamu has had one too many glazed-everything food.

image via wikipedia
The key to looking great in clothes is not how you pair it up or what you accessorize it with. It is in fact, all about the FIT. If the clothes don't fit you right, it doesn't matter if you've got the latest *insert tongue-twisting high fashion label that leaves you with an instant speech impediment* because I guarantee you, you may feel like a million bucks but just don't ask me how you look in it.

So I'm going to do you a favor and be your friend, a friend who tells you the hard-hitting truth about fashion mishaps that you would not want to be caught dead in such as...

The Camel Toe...if you have no clue on what a camel toe is, I will give you a mild version of the description. A camel toe is like an inverted wedgie. Instead of having a wedgie in the back, you have it in the front. Basically, a camel toe is formed when a woman wears super tight clothing, too tight that they don't leave any room for the little friend down there to breathe and it forms creases that resemble a camel's forefoot. Trust me, it's as awkward typing about this as you are reading about it. Ladies, please know the difference between fitted and suffocatingly tight. I know you might be wondering on how I got to know about this "expression"..let's just say this is what I get for hanging out too much with guys.

via flickriver.com
The Muffin Top... a muffin top is a result of the bottom (pants,shorts,skirt) being worn too tight around the waist, pretty much forcing your love handles to come out and high-five everyone you meet like there's no tomorrow. There are two things that you can do to solve this problem. Either you a) realize that you need to end your love affair with the buffet b) get a bigger size 'coz hunny, you've gained weight and that ain't your size anymore. Simple as that.

Source: NCI, Renee Comet
The Peek-a-boo Underwear... Mmmk. I know this has nothing to do with how your clothes fit but I'm just going to put it out there anyway....You know a thong does have a purpose other than luring in unwanted pervs right? A thong is supposed to rid you off of the granny panty lines embossed on your clothing, especially while wearing delicate fabrics. The purpose is to HIDE not SHOW. If it is doing the latter, then you better bring your portable dancing pole because you're going to need it. Dollah dollah bills!

Looks like you might have a little competition...
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The Mop... The mop is the opposite of high-water pants or as they call in the Philippines, "baha" (flood) pants. I initially thought of the mop reference when I started noticing some people wearing their trousers too long that they end up dragging on the ground... thus, like mopping the floor. The extra length is a little more forgivable if you're wearing denim since it is more of a casual look and you can always fold them up to make a cuff. But wearing dress trousers or suit pants that are too long is never okay.

Quick tip: Always wear the right heels when bringing your trousers to the tailor. If you don't, you might risk having the trousers hemmed too long or too short. The appropriate length should stop around mid-heel.

St. John Collection via neimanmarcus.com

For the dudes: The best and safest length that you can go with is a medium break, (a break is that dent or fold you visibly see right where your pants rest on the shoe). You can also have the trousers with no break at all, but that is kind of tricky since you have to make sure that your ankles are not completely exposed and this length is mostly used for a high-fashion look.

Medium break...

Giorgio Armani via neimanmarcus.com

No Break/ Short Break...

John Varvatos via neimanmarcus.com
I know fashion gets a little bit confusing at times, especially with trends fleeting at a drop of a hat but it's always good to be aware of the basic rules and like what I always say, it doesn't hurt to use common sense!

Sashey, Shante!

Toodles! =)

The Martyr

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I just want to take this moment and give a shout out to one of our locals from the Visayas Islands, Philippines (most say he is from the province of Cebu), San Pedro Calungsod, who is being canonized today in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI. In the Catholic church, martyrs may be later on canonized as saints. These are people who had selflessly given up their lives for the sake of their faith and beliefs. I think it doesn't take just a Catholic to appreciate a selfless act such as that.

San Pedro Calungsod was only a teenager when he served and died for the Catholic faith during the 17th century...

I'm hoping that our youth would take after the faith and good acts such as this beloved Saint had demonstrated in his time of service.

One more Filipino Saint in the books! 

Toodles! =)

Hallow's Eve

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Halloween month is upon us and that means it's that time of the year for me to hide under a rock. Pardon me, that's just my scaredy-cat instincts kickin' in. Seriously, if there was a Scrooge for Halloween, that would be me. Bah, Humbug! I turn on the radio and they have Michael Jackson's Thriller playing, then there's the crawling-on-the-ceiling horror movie trailers. You gotta admit, no one can beat that kid from The Exorcist whose head turned a full 360 and peed all over the place. Where's the Super Nanny when you need her? My feelings towards Halloween has always been lukewarm since I was a young little fruit. I only like the trick-or-treat idea for kids and I like to watch those horror specials with the family...I insist on sitting in the middle of the couch because I reckon that just in case some monster were to attack us, they would be the first to go! *evil laugh*

In Halloween parties, I always dress up as myself. I figured my daily appearance was good enough to scare off the kids and drunken jocks. Dressing up in costumes isn't really my style, never have and never will. In fact, the only costume I've ever enjoyed wearing was a head of a horse, which got a bunch of laughs at a school play back in high school.

I revel in people taking a lot of effort and doing the whole nine yards just for the sake of a real cool costume. But have you noticed something lately? A lot of confused women seem to want to be dressed up as a slutty version of a Disney character and take away the livelihood of people who work the streets and corners at night. You know we're having a recession when people opt to wear their underwear as a costume and try to get away with it.

So when my sister dragged me into a Halloween costume store, I took the opportunity to go around and I must admit, the Scrooge in me did have fun...just a teeny tiny bit.

Phantom of the Opera fail. Where are my cheekbones? 

That's more like it! 

I want a Scooby snack! This is actually a whole suit, I would totally rock this!

You...fight me? I kill you with my samurai sword!

Spot the wardrobe malfunction!


Don't worry, it's just me with a bloody knife!

I guess this means my head is not crown-worthy? = (


Hmm..so how can I pick my nose?

Speaking of the devil...

This is for peeing on the carpet....how do you like it now? huh? huh?

I think I'm gonna need a bigger broom...

Nice metallic pink broom, but what's up with the extremely short handle? 

I keep it gangsta. You may now call me P. Fruitty.

Yep, found this in the Halloween store. What'd I tell ya? Someone's going to be working the streets.

As you can see from the photos above (except for the last one), there's a large variety of costumes to choose from, just don't dress up like a hoe let your imagination run wild.

As for me, I got my costume on 24/7... I just manage to hide the horns and the pitchfork during business days. Tee-hee!

Trick or treat! =) Toodles!

My Friend, The Artist: Nomads No More

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During my college days, I met a lot of people...fun, intelligent, sometimes a little looney interesting people. Happily, these people became good friends of mine and they still are to this day. It's amazing how this one particular awesome friend and I used to bond over Chicken Fingers and a full order of Caesar Salad at T.G.I. Friday's, wailing over our non-existent love lives then you fast forward to 10 years after, and that same friend of yours ends up seeing the world and all its wonders. But who knew that this ecclectic, bright-eyed friend would transform into a globe-trotting, up-and-coming photographer slash writer slash artist? I did. I knew it all along, I just didn't want to spoil the big surprise and tell her I have E.S.P.N. =)

This friend that I speak of is none other than the multi-talented Ms. Karen Capino. She just had her first photo exhibit entitled "Nomads No More" in Baguio, Philippines and I am nothing less of a proud friend to share with you her brilliant works of art. In her travels, sight-seeing was not enough for her, she had to unleash her passion for photography and unleash, she did.

"Nomads No More is about snapshots I've taken in Mongolia. Mongolians are the last nomads on Earth. They just recently embraced democracy (20 years ago) so they are slowly becoming nomads no more." - Karen Capino

Aside from Mongolia, Karen has ventured through cobble-stoned roads in Europe, trekked across dirt roads in Sri Lanka and all over Southeast Asia, inhaled the fresh Alaskan air, rolled around the Caribbean sand and most of all, re-discovered our own beloved motherland through the mountainous regions of Cordillera, Philippines.

Sri Lanka

Luang Prabang


Mt. Pinatubo, Philippines

Tuscany, Italy..My favorite photo! 

Ms. Capino currently resides in the Philippines and you can check the rest of her photography here or browse on her current project at Tumblr theindigenoushipster.tumblr.com

Yup, that undeniable deep-dimpled smile is photographer Kars Capino.

What can I say, I'm blessed with talented friends. Makes me wonder what hidden talents I have?
How about a lion whisperer?
Who knows. Roar.

Toodles! =)

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