Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

My eccentricities can either be awesome or awful for other people.

Some have accepted who I am and they would prefer that I have this “dark” aura while some want me to change and loosen all the weirdness.

Either way, I am just glad that all of them are aware of my unusual habits and tolerate them…

Heeyy, I don’t bite! ☻

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[Diet] Master Cleanse . . .

My hair had been dyed red, I lost 20 lbs and 4 inches of my waistline. People say that I look like a different person now. LoL!!!

Ever since that weird proposal, I have been picturing myself donning a beautiful wedding gown — “shaggable” as Dada describes it. However, my body mass and weight don’t actually belong to the smexy-types. It had been more than a decade since I wore pants with a 26″ waistline. My weight about a month ago was 135 lbs and my waistline was 34 inches.

My colleague then persuaded me to try out Master Cleanse because a lot of people in our company confirmed that they indeed lost weight after just ten days. I was reluctant at first but picturing myself as a sexy bride became my determination!!! We bought the ingredients needed for the cleansing diet — Maple Syrup (Grade B), Cayenne pepper and fresh lemons. We had dinner in Red Ribbon and bid all our favorite food “Goodbye!” before going home (because we won’t be eating for ten days).

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Self Portrait . . .

I have skipped a few challenges due to my busy schedule. I saw this week’s challenge and I was electrified because taking photos of myself has become a habit since I got my own camera.

A lot of people say that I look different each time I take a self-portrait.

Harajuku 2008

I can’t remember if this was in 2007 or 2008. We had a photoshoot showcasing Japanese fashion. After a busy and rainy day, we lounged at Starbucks inside Fully Booked. I sat beside the glass window of the top floor facing the busy streets below when I took this shot. I deleted my Multiply website when I signed up with Facebook and WordPress. Camera used: Canon IXUS 850 IS

Las Vegas 2010

This was a snapshot I took right after my makeover for our company’s Christmas party in 2010. The makeup artist hated my eyebrows but he did an uber great job of changing my facial structure. I can never replicate this look! *sob* Camera used: OLYMPUS FE-4000

Bangs 2011

I wanted to have a haircut but I love my long hair so I couldn’t give it up. What I tried was having bangs — which proved to be a challenge. I had to iron my hair so I can get this emo-look on a daily basis. Camera used: Samsung CHAMP (my current phone)

Sennheiser HD418

I was ecstatic when I got a new Harajuku polo from a recent event I went to. I wore it along with my Sennheiser HD418 and a series of self-portraits followed. This is one of my favorites. Camera used: CANON EOS 500D (blurred on the lower right of the photo LoL)

Halloween 2011

Halloween is one of my favorite occasions, particularly because I am less ridiculed by people for wearing dark makeup, loud clothes and Gothic accessories. My bangs have brown to my chin. Camera used: CANON EOS 500D

Glam Rock 2011

Our company’s Christmas party this year had Glam Rock as the theme. I was truly hyped up since I am rock music enthusiast (not glam, though) and I made some effort with the makeup and clothes. I didn’t hire any makeup artist this time around since I have my own resources. Camera used: CANON EOS 500D

Goth 2011

This is my general everyday look. A lot of people see me as a weird person for liking the Goth fashion but after a while, it doesn’t bother me anymore. I love who and what I am.

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Weekly Photo Challenge:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/weekly-photo-challenge-self-portrait/

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OCSI Christmas Party 2011 (GLAM ROCK) ! ! !

☻ Glam Metal ☻

The Preparation

I am a fanatic of Rock Music for as long as I can remember and I have already collected so many clothes and accessories that coincide with the party’s theme. I spent so much money on last year’s company party so I promised myself that I would not spend a dime this time around. My colleagues voted that I wear the Harajuku polo which I bought from the last convention. I also used the Kira boots I wore during our closet cosplay. I bought some cosmetics but I’ll be using them for 4 months so it was okay.

Rock on!

The Makeover

It wasn’t truly a makeover but this is one of those few instances when I invest much on my make-up. I grabbed some glam rock photos on the Internet as my basis then I put make-up on myself.

I tried it on a few hours prior to the party. The foundation I bought was too light. I shouldn’t have believed “beauty experts” when they said that a skin-tone lighter than mine should be applied. I looked like a Kiss fanatic! Ugh!

My hair was ironed but the effects didn’t last long. It was okay since it was meant to be generally messy anyway. I had my nails done as well.

Glam Metal

We reached the venue and I felt like I was in a club. There were only a few people wearing the right clothes. I, myself, am not following the theme. LoL!

The Party

Crossroad 77 was so small and it was HOT — literally speaking. I don’t know how many people were there but I think they squeezed in more than a hundred tables in such a tiny function room.  I even *accidentally* kicked someone — and I can still remember her glare, LoL!

The food was not delicious apart from the spaghetti. The waiters, too, were very unaccommodating. I asked them for a glass of water three times and none of them returned. I had to intentionally grab a glass from another waiter passing by.

With the exception of Talata‘s performance, the rest were lame. I only watched Corp’s skit since TL-Voltz, TL-Dustin and some of Service Assurance were there. IT WAS A ROCK-THEMED PARTY yet most of them were no more than sons of plunder!!!

I didn’t stay seated for more than five minutes. I kept roaming around the hall, looking for people I know and hogging photographers.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Reyann, Alej, me, Zarjoy, Arvie, Cathy, Vivianne and Sheree

LEFT TO RIGHT: Marlon, Adam, Voltz, Jake, Arman, Arvie, Sheree, Cathy, Vivianne, me and Marc. This is HD-GREEN during TL-Voltz's reign. >:3

After the mini-photoshoots, I didn’t find anything appealing anymore. I left the venue shortly after 11PM.

Best of Animé 2011 [Day 2] . . .

I only visit conventions once in a while and I have to have a good reason before doing such.

My original plan was to meetup with a cosplay-buddy to get my commissioned items but since he had personal things to take care of then our meetup was cancelled. Still, I decided to go because I also promised my little sister that I would accompany her in looking for the manga  that she wanted. I also thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to search for Gothic pendants which are very elusive in regular stores.

MOA is a relatively large place and I don’t frequently go there so I get lost easily. It’s a good thing that I know and I had spotted the right people to follow —- the nerds! We followed their lead without them noticing and after a few minutes, we were already in front of SMX. LoL!

I was surprised that the hall was quite empty even though it’s the middle of the day. The first thing that we did was roam around and looked for manga. Unfortunately, there was none. We only found magazines, pirated DVDs and other customized memorabilia. The only booth that had manga was that of Japan Foundation. My little sister decided to stay there while I roam around some more.

The shops that had a wide variety of merchandise truly caught my attention. I bought a nice Harajuku polo from Sugarfree and Blue. I’ll wear it the next time I attend a convention. It was also nice seeing the Gothic and Lolita communities broadening in the country. I also bought a cross pendant and a customized mug.

I didn’t bother taking photos of cosplayers because they didn’t appeal much to me. I did spend time taking photographs of figma and nendroids, though.

figma from: http://teamoniichan.com/2011/09/19/team-onii-chan-at-the-best-of-anime-2011-day-2/

CREAMSILK T-SHIRT . . .

I’ve been using Citré Shine for almost a year because it’s recommended by my favorite  fashionista-photographer. However, most of their products smell soooo bad when being applied and they’re twice as expensive as our local shampoos and conditioners. I decided on trying out Creamsilk for a change.

A saleslady from SM Fairview noticed that I had the Creamsilk reSHAPE conditioner in my shopping basket so she approached me and said that I will get a free T-shirt if I reach a single receipt purchase of Creamsilk products amounting to Php 200. I fell in love with the t-shirt when she showed it to me so I asked my younger sister to pick the conditioner of her choice. The saleslady was very happy when she handed it to us. I think she will get a commission out of it or something. Hehe~

The fabric, if I’m not mistaken, is cotton. It’s very soft and the fit is nice. There’s a “Creamsilk Statements” print on the back collar but it’s covered by my long and beautiful hair. LoL!

Aside from this shirt, the lady also said that we’ll get a free Watson’s Journal and a wallet because we bought cosmetics amounting to more than Php 1500. I kept the journal but I gave the wallet to my mom because I know she needs it. Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

Christmas Party 2010 ( VIVA LAS VEGAS! ) . . .

Whoever said plus-size women can't be sexy? ☻

The Preparation

Two months prior to the Christmas party, we were already given a heads-up regarding the theme and I was told that everyone abides by it. The theme this year is LAS VEGAS. I’ve sought aid online regarding this and the replies came fast. The problems are: 1) I have an over-protective boyfriend who mostly snarls at the sight of my flesh in public; and, 2) I’ve gained a lot of weight this year so finding a suitable dress was relatively difficult.

Toni (my friend) went shopping with me last November and we found a gorgeous cocktail dress and a snazzy pair of shoes in SM Fairview. Then, a few days before the event, Dada (my boyfriend) and I went to SM Megamall and he helped me pick the accessories I needed. I guess I spent more or less Php 3,000 for this ensemble.

I do not often show my teeth but that night was an exception.

The Make-Over

Kim (my colleague and fellow usherette) suggested that his friend can do our hair and make-up for Php 1,200. I agreed to it because I admired his make-over on last year’s party.

Our supposed-to-be meet-up time was around 1130AM but Kim was late for more than 30 minutes. Dennis (the make-up artist) was a bit furious  because he’s been waiting since 10AM. LoL! We also had mishaps with the traffic and choosing the right place to stay. The first two hotels we inquired were failures. Finally, we checked in the SHOGUN HOTEL for P1,200. We didn’t waste time because we only had three hours left before the event starts.

Rose (the hairstylist) didn’t consult me first what kind of hairdo I wanted so I got a bit skeptical. I was thinking of simple curls just like  my idol’s (Tricia Gosingtian) but I was surprised when she said she’s going to make it more poofy. I loved the outcome, though. I told Dennis I want smoky-eyes but he said those will not suit me. He was also very blunt when he said that he hated my eyebrows. LoL! I am very impressed with how these two professionals transformed me — even my boyfriend loved it!

from "Maangas" to "Matapang" LoL!

The Usherette

From about 530PM up to 845PM, I was in the registration booth giving employees their tickets to the event. It was both stressful and fun. I was only able to change my dress after my stint as an usherette.

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The Chique

My confidence level that night was at its peak, possibly because I had that assurance that no one will ever recognize me other than my friends and colleagues. I didn’t really care even if my flabby arms and tan lines were showing. I’ve put so much effort on my looks and I wanted to show it off. My colleagues and I were all so beautiful that night and I am 100% sure of it. Rawr!

The Party

... with Sir Vitek and Ma'am AF ☻

 

Cosa Nostra --- Mafia Family

OCSI Colleagues

The SMX function hall is huge! I’ve been here countless times but I never thought that it’s this big — possibly because cosplayers and booths in animé conventions take up so much breathing space. AFAIK, there are about 1,500 people in that hall.

There’s also so much food but by the time I got there, the servings were already limited and cold. I only had mashed potato and orange juice. All else on my plate were trash.

What else happened? There were dance numbers, Mr and Ms OCSI, raffle draws and awarding ceremonies.

I was very disappointed with our own department’s performance, though. They actually required us to contribute Php50 each as support for these dancers yet their costumes are mere boof panties! A pair of these will cost no more than Php 400, unless they’re from Triumph or Victoria’s Secret. What’s more, their “interpretative” dancing was pathetic! It was a lame attempt to reenact Chicago.

Another group hogged the stage as if it was their own party going on. I despise people who do that, even more those who tolerate these attention whores.

It was a good thing that the last group to perform were awesome – including Dyosa (Logistics) and Kelly (Engineering). They really brought the house down!

During the raffle draws, my name was never called but the excitement surely was there. Five of my colleagues were lucky enough to get prizes.

The party ended a few minutes after midnight, with fireworks filling the skies of MOA.

The After-Party

My colleagues and I went to our boss’s house to celebrate our own Christmas party. I thought of going as well since they’ll be spending the team fund and I was hungry.

I enjoyed the food and their company but I was awake for almost 24 hours and it was not a good experience. I felt dead after two days! I don’t think I’ll be doing that again anytime soon.

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ஜ Hair : Rose
ஜ Make-Up : Dennis Villegas
** they are part of the GMA-KAPUSO make-up department

۩ Cocktail Dress : Susto Manila
۩ Blouse (for the Usherette) : Crissa

۩ Shorts (for the Usherette) : ICM Department Store (Bohol)
۩ Shoes (not shown) : Cardams

۩ Necklace : Marcella
۩ Earrings, Bracelets, Boa and Panty Hose : SM Department Store (Megamall)

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Christmas Party 2010 ( Usherette ) . . .

۩ LAS VEGAS Usherette ۩

Our management team began scouting for usherettes three weeks before the Christmas party. I was one of those who volunteered — primarily because they guaranteed us free make-up; and, because I wanted to do something different from my usual routine.

Planning Stage

During those weeks, we constantly held meetings with the organizers and the CEO. That was my first time mingling with people of high regard so I was both anxious and excited. Ma’am AF and the other organizers are actually nice so our conversations were very casual.

We were required to be in uniform (curly hair, white blouse, daisy dukes, mini top-hat, panty hose, stilettos, suspenders). I was frustrated because this is something I didn’t foresee and I already bought a dress for the party. The usherette get-up cost me more or less another Php 1,000 … On top of this, the “free make-up” was also disregarded because having that means the call-time would be four hours earlier than the event proper. Still, backing out was not an option. If I was just some random employee, maybe I would… but they all know me both by name and face so I just can’t! LoL!

Event Proper

Kim (my colleague and fellow-usherette) and I arrived in SMX around 530PM (later than the actual call-time) but we were still earlier than the others. Since the two usherettes in charge of the registration booth were MIA, I volunteered to fill-in. That was beneficial for me since I don’t need to move around so much and I get to interact with almost everybody.  The fun part about this is that most of my colleagues didn’t recognize me due to the heavy make-up and big poofy hair. LoL!

Ian (I think he’s one of the Engineers) asked me to help him in giving out the tickets. The first few minutes were stressful since we were not informed on how the ticketing system works — this was supposed to be distributed by the supervisors prior to the event but due to delays, we were forced to take care of the load. There were also some employees who were too pushy and bossy. Some idiots didn’t even know how to stand in line. If I was in my usual tough-bully-look then I would’ve told these worthless beings off but stooping down their level was not worth the effort.

After sometime, Sir Ed (Logistics), Sir Jr (Helpdesk) and the rest of the usherettes came and helped out. Although, after an hour or so, it was still Ian and I who were left in the registration booth. The rest of the usherettes helped the guests or guarded the raffle drum (raffle fish bowl in this case. LoL!).

I was about to give up, asking Ian if another usherette could fill in for me — because it was almost past 8PM and the deal we made with the organizers was that we’re only gonna be usherettes ’til 7PM. He kept saying “Not yet.” and “Don’t give up.” He seems to be a nice fellow so I stayed with him.

Around 945PM, he closed the registration booth and the feeling of relief finally dawned me. Ian and I gave each other a hug and we said “Good job!”

My task of being an usherette has finally ended and it was time for me to enjoy the Christmas Party too!

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ஜ Hair : Rose
ஜ Make-Up : Dennis
** they are part of the GMA-KAPUSO make-up department

۩ Blouse : Crissa
۩ Shorts : ICM Department Store (Bohol)

۩ Necklace : Marcella
۩ Earrings & Bracelets : SM Department Store (Megamall)

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