NiceThings Answers The Proust Questionnaire

My BFF Patintera and I went through a Care Bears phase while we were living in Singapore a few years back. Perhaps the homesickness made us ponder on our childhood more than usual. She always called me Share Bear since she realized sharing was one of my more dominant qualities. I’m feeling particularly Share Bear-ish this morning so I decided to answer the Proust Questionnaire to give my readers a better idea of who I am on my first anniversary.

Care bears stare!

Care bears stare!

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Losing the ability to love.

Where would you like to live?

On a farm.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Learning real contentment regardless of situation.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?


Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

Atticus Finch, Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Aslan.

Who are your favorite characters in history?

From the Bible — Joseph (son of Jacob), Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah.

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?

My bestfriend Patintera — her selflessness is inspirational.

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?

Elizabeth Bennet for defying the norm of her time.

Your most marked characteristic?

Fluidity — I can change my mind without prideful hesitation if I realize I’m wrong.

What do you most value in your friends?

Niceness — good manners, kindness, consideration of others.

What is your principle defect?

I tend to succumb to anxiety.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?

Inner peace.

How would you like to die?

Quickly and painlessly in my sleep.

If you would like to answer the questionnaire yourself, you will find the complete list here. Please do share your answers in the comments and I’ll make sure to check it out.


Shopping or selling? What E-Commerce Means For Everyone

If I could help it, I do most of my shopping online. No traffic, no commuter woes, no queues. I even dabbled in selling online myself for a couple of years but I got swamped with work that my shop had to take a backseat.

Recently, online shopping has grown at such a rate that even those with no consistent access to the internet know that you can order almost anything online – from unmentionables to perishables – delivered right to your doorstep.

The Philippine e-commerce industry weighs in at 7-13% of our gross domestic product. It may not seem much but that only covers the first quarter of 2015. According to latest data, there are 38 million Filipino internet users, 28% of whom, shop online. That’s over 10M customers, and counting.

Think e-commerce is a viable business? Then join the DigitalFilipino E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Summit Manila 2015 happening on August 29 at the Ballroom of Best Western Plus Antel Hotel, Makati Avenue, Makati City.

This whole-day event aims to empower entrepreneurs, decision makers, marketers, strategists, sales managers, supply chain managers, brand managers, to go from change thinkers to change makers. E-commerce practitioners will share insights and strategies on making e-commerce work and help grow your business, no matter the industry.


E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Summit 2015

EVENT DESCRIPTION In this event, learn how practitioners are maximizing e-commerce as a revenue channel, create new business models, improve supply chain systems, develop secure payment solutions, resolve logistics distribution needs, and understand the Filipino online behavior.


1. Market developments for 2015

2. Case studies on e-commerce of top 10,000 corporations

3. Learn how to use e-commerce as the Philippines’s competitive advantage


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Nice Things at Hillsong Worship’s No Other Name Concert

Romans 10:17 (CEV) says, “No one can have faith without hearing the message about Christ.”, and message is more easily heard and understood through music.

For the past eight years, I’ve played Hillsong Worship and Hillsong United in the background every morning while I prepare my heart for prayers. And I will always be amazed at how their words mirror the words of my soul. So, I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to hear Hillsong Worship play their music live when I heard about their concert. We booked our tickets as soon as they went up for sale.

hillsong worship no other name

No other name but the name of Jesus

Frankly, I didn’t expect the concert to be as loud as Hillsong United’s but I was expecting to feel uplifted just the same. And I felt blessed and comforted to have been part of such an intense praise and worship celebration.

Here are some of my photos from that glorious evening:

hillsong worship manila concert no other name but the name of jesus

Philippians 2:10 (NKJV) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

Aside from the title song, they sang some of my all time favorites, ‘Mighty to Save’, ‘Oceans’, ‘Broken Vessels’, ‘From the Inside Out’, ‘Relentless’, ‘Alive’, ‘One Way’, ‘Take it All’, and ‘This I Believe’.

hillsong worship no other name manila concert

I believe in God the Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
our God is three in one

hillsong worship no ther name forever in your love

Wake from Hillsong Young & Free

hillsong worship no other name manila 2015

I once was lost but now I’m found

All we need is Jesus Christ

All we need is Jesus Christ

hillsong worship no other name cornerstone

Christ alone, cornerstone

Relentless from Zion

Relentless from Zion

hillsong worship no other name april 2015 manila

From the inside out
Lord, my soul cries out

There is power in the name of Jesus Christ, not for some magical, esoteric reason, but because He is the Son of God. He is God. Believing and accepting His Lordship saves me from eternal death. Therein lies the power.

I share this power with you today. I pray you will recognize that His is the only true power in the world. God bless 🙂

Valentine’s Day 2015: Love, actually, is all around

For several years now, I’ve been posting this cover photo during Valentine season on my Facebook account as my way of reminding people that Valentine’s is not just for lovers, that there’s room to celebrate love in every form.

love is all around

And celebrate we did. My BFF Patintera and I went on a single ladies date on Valentine’s day. We treated ourselves to a girls’ day out with only one goal in mind: to relax.

We both have hectic schedules so a day to ourselves with no deadlines, no issues to resolve, nor chores to finish, was a day full of love, Valentine’s or not.

I booked us a 3 PM appointment at Shine Spa and Salon in Makati. We planned on having lunch at Salcedo Market before getting our hair did…but we woke up late. When we got to the place at past 11 and finding a table meant waiting through lunch.

Salcedo Weekend Market

Salcedo Weekend Market

nice things at salcedo weekend market

Valentine’s at Salcedo Market

So, we decided to grab a couple of bite-size Japanese pancakes and headed straight to the salon.

Shine is on H.V. Dela Costa St. but we didn’t find it right away because the sign was hidden from street view. We walked in to check if they could accommodate us two hours earlier than our appointment. It turned out to be no big deal. Shine staff were super nice and got started on our hair immediately.

Shine Spa and Salon in Salcedo

Shine Spa and Salon in Salcedo

The salon was a bit of a surprise for me. It’s the first one I’ve ever been to that was actually quiet as a spa. Other spa and salon places have separate and distinct ambiances. At Shine, they managed to keep the spa vibe across the two areas, not to mention the heavenly scent. The whole place was so relaxing I dozed off while waiting for my hairwash.

shine spa and salon

Patintera’s hair dresser was sick that day

After the salon, we headed for Greenbelt but midway, the driver dropped all passengers at Ayala Triangle. Since we were there anyway, we decided to scout the area for some good food.

Our impromptu trip to Ayala Triangle was lovelier than we expected on such a day. It was near empty when we got there. I guess lovers were either out of town or decided to stay in (aherm).

Ayala Triangle boasts of several restaurants that offer different cuisines. We walked around a bit, debating whether to go with our usual haunts or explore something new. Explore we did.

Stepping into Poco Deli, though, I was unsure I would enjoy the place. I was not thrilled about the wooden benches, me with my bad back, but it turned out to be more comfortable than it looked.

Poco Deli Ayala Triangle

I think this bottle of wine was a personal welcome LOL

By the time we got there we were famished but since we were unfamiliar with Poco Deli’s serving size we decided to start with a plate of Chili Seafood Pasta and their German Sausage and Cheese Platter, which we washed down with a pitcher of Citrus Delight. Yum!

Poco Deli Ayala Triangle

On the table: Chili Seafood Pasta, German Sausage and Cheese Platter, and Citrus Delight

After our satisfying meal, we finally regained our wits, enough to admire the decor. The walls were lined with wines from around the globe—and they have quite a massive collection.

Poco Deli Ayala Triangle

They don’t have a wine list at Poco Deli, they have wine shelves

By the way, Poco Deli hosts wine tasting events monthly where their in-house sommelier does the happy job of orienting participants on different kinds of wine and the food they best go with. Serious job envy. lol

On the counter is a delicious display of cakes. We were glad we left room for dessert.

Poco Deli Ayala Triangle

Cakes and gourmet sausages at Poco Deli Ayala Triangle

The Blackout Chocolate Cake was yumazing! The chocolate gets richer as you slice deeper into it. Mmmmyeah…

Poco Deli Ayala Triangle

Blackout Chocolate Cake at Poco Deli

They even had artisanal ice cream. Joy!

poco deli artisanal ice cream

Almost missed this as it’s tucked in the corner.

The salted caramel ice cream was a delight.

Poco Deli Ayala Triangle

Salted Caramel Ice Cream at Poco Deli

We loved everything! The food was perfect. The drinks were perfect. The dessert was heaven.

Poco Deli Ayala Triangle

Cappuccino to end the meal

Can’t wait to go back for the wine tasting. Tee hee

2014 Yearend Report

I resolve to be more mindfully thankful in 2015 and so I want to end this year by listing the things I’m grateful for:

1. Zero emergency hospital trips for my mom

2. Better health for the entire family

3. Stronger faith in the Lord

4. Successful projects for WhiteHat Copy

5. Precious time with old friends

2014 gratitude list

                                                                     Thankful for Your blessings

6. Meeting new friends

7. Business opportunities for 2015

8. Firsts (Trip to Pico de Loro, Blogapalooza, Once upon a Milkshake, Makeover)

9. Good books

10. Surprise birthday party from great friends

Welcome 2015

Welcome 2015

Thank You, LORD! I offer 2015 to You. Salamat po.

Nice Things at Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014

I was thrilled to win an invite to Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014 from DPOP after blogging about the first ever Professional Blogging Summit. DPOP events are a must-attend!

This was a day of firsts for me so I came early. I was excited to see how my first makeover would turn out.

First stop was to get my hair done at the mobile hair salon jointly sponsored by Cream Silk and Blo Blow Dry Bar.

Alex from Blo Megamall gave me the curls I've always wanted.

Alex from Blo Megamall gave me the curls I’ve always wanted.

I then headed over to Lay Bare Waxing Salon‘s kiosk for eyebrow threading. Since this was my first time, I decided to do it before getting my makeup done. I didn’t want the tears to ruin my mascara. Lol

Holding back the tears lol

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be :p

And for the finale, Skinfood treated me to a delicious makeup session. All their products smelled as heavenly as nature intended. I went home looking and smelling yummy!

Che from Skinfood Glorietta gave me the star treatment.

Che from Skinfood Glorietta gave me the star treatment.

As if the day hasn’t been great enough, Saladbox treated us to a buffet of goodies. I picked Chocolate Lip Balm from Regatta, and Skinfood products: Black Sugar Perfect First Serum; Black Pomegranate Toner; Black Pomegranate Voluming Serum; Black Pomegranate Emulsion; and Black Pomegranate Cream.

My Saladbox

My Saladbox

I was so delighted with my made-up look, I had to take a couple of selfies :p

Selfie at DPOP's Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014

Selfie at DPOP’s Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014

All smiles on my way home from the Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014

All smiles on my way home from the Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014

Now, to relive all the special treatment I got from the Saladbox Beauty Fair, I’m gonna go and give my Skinfood loot a try.

I’ll keep you posted. Hanggang sa muli!