A Nekkid Miranda Kerr in 3D

(Of course I'm not posting the nekkid photos here, but I did post one sweet photo that falls under the NSFW category for you. Enjoy!)

Methinks Christmas came early for the boys. Miranda Kerr graces the cover of Italian Vogue for September 2010, which supposedly comes with a pair of 3D glasses for your /coughviewingpleasurecough/ and presumably, the fashion spread "coming from the future" would give this justice.

Photographed by Steven Meisel, For Italian Vouge, September 2010

Its something the ladies would enjoy too. I mean, c'mon - you get to feast your eyes on Mrs. Orlando Bloom in all her nekkid glory. You can either love or hate the girl, and I don't blame you if you're in between, but I go for the former.

Oh, Miranda Kerr. Do I love to...care....for you.



Kat Dennings, where art thou?

I don't know if its cos I'm into Michael Cera all over again, or the fact that I listened to Vampire Weekend's "Ottoman" last night, but today, as I slump in front of my laptop, comfortably wiggling my ass in this office chair, I went to Kat Dennings' unverified Twitter page, on to her blog, on to her YouTube Channel.

I love this girl. She makes "weird" look "lovable". Wait, is that just me? You're a turd if you don't see it.

Kat Dennings is beautiful. I like that she's not the typical Hollywood star with perfect everything. She's really funny too. Who can't love a girl with substance?

Check out her videos. Apparently some of them were shot like four years ago:

And her blog. It's awesome.

It's been awhile since she last updated but her entries are too hilarious and interesting to pass up on. She inspires me to be myself all the same, with her weird and unique antics, and her style of writing.

Heard she's gonna be in the latest Thor movie. Can't wait to see that!

I think I'm on a Kat Dennings high. I'll probably get more of her movies in a few minutes. I miss seeing her face on 10.5 inches of screenspace on this laptop.


I cringe at the thought of 2003

When my friends George and Lance got me into blogging and I had no idea what the hell I was saying. And srsly? What's with all these dots, and talking gangsta? Oh goodness, the drama! Is this how 16 year-olds of this generation think? /hides/

Question is, has much changed? I'd like to think so. I mean, I do know what I'm talking about, and I'm still random but not as.

Check out the screencap (and cringe, like me.):

I think it was named "Sooo into" because I was literally into Tamia's song, "So into you".

If you didn't know, I began blogging in 2003. I was a college freshman and I had just come from a horrible break-up. I moved back to the Philippines after 5 years of studying in the Middle East, my parents were both abroad and I initially lived with my Cousins in Laguna before my parents decided it was best that I stay in a dormitory in-campus so I could avoid the traffic (I remember waking up at like 4:00 A.M. to get to my 7:00 A.M. classes and still getting really low grades because I was always late).

I can't believe that I usually didn't start my sentences with capital letters. I don't remember when I started to become so O.C. with how I typed, especially in blog entries.

But as hideous as my my past entries may be, I'm really glad I wrote them anyway. Its fun to look back and remember things. Most of the time, I'm like "Wo, that happened?" Such joy.

Reading past entries made me miss Ally McBeal. And Smallville. And my obsession since then with Sex and the City. And college. And how blind and innocent I was. Okay, not that. Not really.

This is also where I blogged about Andrew, and how I ended up having the biggest crush on someone I randomly saw at school (later, he turned out to be my best friend).

Originally my blog's URL was "Le Maquette", but for reasons I do not remember, I changed it to THIS. Well it shouldn't come as a surprise considering I was born cheesy (you know me, me and my love for all things cheesy). So, yeah. If you're bored and interested, feel free to enter "Cringedom" that is my blog.

How about you? Who introduced you to blogging, and when did you start?

P.S. Please excuse the words in French. It was when I was totally desperate to learn the language, which also explains all these bottles of Evian in my dorm room. Srsly. I'm still into French culture (pretty much French everything). Yes, I'm pretentious and I am not ashamed. Thank you.


Currently Reading

Its pure awesomeness. I'm way past Chapter 16. Lance and I are racing to finish it first. But I started on Friday, which was also when I stopped.

Isn't the movie awesome? Michael Cera is, for sure. Is it weird that I remember dreaming about Ramona Flowers? ... Does this mean I'm totally in-lesbians with her too? Totally.

I'll be doing another review of the most recent films I've seen in the past 2 weeks. The last graphic novel I've attempted to read (let alone, own) was Frank Miller's "SIN CITY". Because I was head over heels, totally into the film. Which reminds me, I have to get "The Spirit" (have you seen it yet? I have it, but its cam-rip, boo). I remember finishing the Twilight Saga by DLing them online, got them before the Book Set.

I'm gonna stop now before you hate me even more. The World hates Twilight fanatics and I know that for a fact.

What other graphic novels do you suggest I read? Man, gotta love the intarwebs.

P.S. I think Brie Larson did a really good job portraying Envy Adams... and I forgot this isn't a review of the film.


Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot, what's not to love. I've only partially seen one of her movies but her photos alone make me drool.

People say, Supermodel Doutzen Kroes resemble her a lot. But on some photos, she looks like the love of my life, Kate Moss. Probably because they share the same jaw-dropping, seductive, semi-open mouthed look.

I'm saying, if Kate and Doutzen had babies, they'd be Brigitte's momma. Don't you think? Eh? Yes? No?



Girls, Girls, Girls.


Camels in Twenty Ten

This is pretty late for a forecast, but anyway : You've got your Military Inspired, Jewel Tones and Leopard Prints going on this season, but what's topping this season's trends are camels!

Yes, this adorable creature is such a hit.

Camel Tones have been appearing pretty much early this year, it started with the nudies (no, not nudists, but they could appear to be,nudies. You know, the nudists? The shade's called 'nude' for a reason. What?). Sheer, pale colors. If I remember correctly, it started out as being part of the past seasons' IT nail colors, dark brown in matte finish. And then celebs started to use camel-toned bags, then tops, then shoes...

Camels everywhere. Whether its a bag, a coat, or a belt, it adds more character to the outfit! Don't you think? Trendy, but classy.

(photos : Jak and Jil)

I think this hue should be staple because it may look 'boring' but its got that oomph for some reason that would ironically help your outfit look anything BUT boring. Its got this classy vibe attached to it. Also tribal. Did I just say "tribal" ?

Michael Kors Fall 2010

Among others who had the camels walking the Runways earlier this year are Alexander Wang, Rachel Comey, Phillip Lim.

Also, Zara :

Check out where I believe it all began (this one's been a staple all along) : The Classic Camel Coat, worn in totely awesome ways:

I read on one of the fashion blogs that Camel Hues - from tan, to butterscotch are in. And being one of the people who did not say "Ick" at Camel tones, I'm sure you have a few of these stashed in your closet. Time to dust them off if you haven't yet!

Are Camel tones the new black? I doubt it, but it could be a part of your basics. They're so easy to play with, because its not a loud color, but like black you could pair it with almost anything. Its timeless.


A Mess It Grows

Blog title was one of the covers my husband and I did, its by He is We. We failed. Lol. (All photos by my husband, Andrew Bautista. Most post-processing done by me.)


Ksubi Eyewear

My favorite girl (well, one of) Bambi Northwood-Blyth is part of Ksubi's 2010 Eyewear Ad Campaign. What's not to love?

My eyes definitely landed on Bambi first, I noticed the eyewear minutes later. They're pretty. And edgy! Well, its Ksubi.


Formspring Kwezchunz # 14

seriously abbie, you should stop telling everyone you owned/did/whatever something way before it became a trend. it's annoying and nobody really cares.. do you honestly think it makes you look cooler than others who did it later than u?
Again... I srsly don't care that other's don't :) I'm not saying it to look cool, I'm just 'saying', and its become a habit of mine. That's all :) Honestly, if you didn't care, you wouldn't be leaving me this message :) The rest who don't really care? They shut up. But you however.... :p Hahaha! Srsly,OMG. This is hilarious. Its like you own me to have the right to make me change the way I am. PLEASE, STOP READING MY POSTS :D It will save you from so much...irritation. Haaa! :3

how old are you?
24 :)

Sana magkababy ka na Abbie. Sana girl. Na-iimagine ko na ang kanyang mga outfits. She will be just like you. :)
Aww! Nako, gusto man namin, hindi pa talaga kaya! Don't worry though, we're giving ourselves like 2 years, so we could really enjoy each other's company and be stable in all aspects before we have one :) And I know, sana nga girl!! WAH! Hee! :)

Bakit hindi ka sumali sa Star Magic ng ABS-CBN? Do you like acting?

I do, actually. Pero parang wala ata akong ibubuga. Haha! :) Ibang level ang competition sa showbiz eh! :( Di ko keri! Hehe! :)

I always check your lookbook account and I must say I MISSSSSS your looks! When's the next update? Please update! :D -Sarah

WAH! Thank you!!! :) I know, I must update soon! I will, I will! Hee! :) Thank you Sarah!!! :')

Muslim ka dati?

No :) I have bestfriends who are Muslims though :) Besides, if I were one, I wouldn't change Religions. Does that make sense to you? Hee! :)

Hello Abbie. :D you are pretty. uhm, random question.. when was your first kiss? :)

Thank you so much! I'm kilig, hee! :) Anyway, it was with my first boyfriend back in High School. 2001 :)

what lipstick were you wearing sa cover vid niyo ni justin bieber? hehe

Hahahaha!! Justin Bieber! Wee! Lol! I actually mixed two of my lippies, its Almay in "Romance" and YSL in "Rouge Personnel" :)

I wish I could be friends with you, like in real life. 

Nothing is impossible ;)

Sana maging cover girl ka ng Candy Mag or Preview.
WOW!!! Two of my biggest dreams! I want to achieve that, one sweet day :) Thank you for saying that though!!! That's really sweet :')

Do you smoke Abbie? Drink?

It wasn't a vice for me, I don't have these urges to drink or smoke. But I'm not gonna wash my hands either :) There were nights out with my friends where I would drink (but I have really low alcohol tolerance, I end up tipsy with half a bottle of San Mig Light so I'd resort to ordering a Cosmo or a Shirley Temple). I would smoke on some nights out with friends as well, but what I really like is SHISHAAA!!! Hee! The last time I did both (smoking and drinking) was 2 years ago, back in 2008 :)

Do you know Bianca Gonzalez personally? :)

No, but I wish I did! :)

Nairita ako sa haters mo Abbie. Urgh. I went to Kaye Manalo's formspring page to leave her a message but she disabled it. Gah. Yes I am affected because you're a very nice person and you don't deserve this :|

WAHH!! Chel!!! Thank you :) Its okay, let's not be affected by them, I guess no matter what we do, even if we're not doing anything "wrong" that would really affect another person, they will always have something to say :/ I wanna hug you right now.

you know what, if you were still single, i am so hitting on you!

Wow! Haaa! :3 Thanks You're making me blush :)

'other people should not take hold of your life.." - I totally agree. :) 


hi,pls search youtube for tutorials on how to shape your eyebrows. it will look totally better of you shape it.you have all the pics of examples in your blog, so why not copy it? 

My Dear :) Do you have any idea how challenging it is to copy other's brows? Haaa! :3 I'll keep watching the tutorials, do what I can with my brows, the way I want to, I'll make mistakes, and I'll keep doing what I can until I do it right. Do you expect me to perfect it overnight? :) Maybe you can but I guess I'm not awesome like you :) Sorry ha! Hahaha!

Abbiekiss! Live here in MNL & be my movie date
I'd love to!!! :) Hai, Jaibaby!!

you are so pretty ms abbie! 

Aww!! Thank you so much!!! :)

http://i40.tinypic.com/wheg.jpg - Raina Hein from ANTM cycle 14 :D she has this strong eyebrows that made her the 1st runner up ;)

So awesome!! :) Hee! :D Thanks!

OMG WHO IS THAT? She looks like Kemp Muhl!!! GORGEY!!! And waaah! Haha! Thanks! :) That's Raina from ANTM cycle 14, first runner up

Ah yeah! Thanks! :) A friend of mine told me about her too! Hee! :3 She's gorge :)

im sorry for the "youre" its your.haha :))

Haha! Its okay! :) Yesterday I wrote "Its not your lost" to someone, and I sent another message saying I meant "loss", lol :)

Ms. Abbie. :) I've read a lot of negative comments about your "brow". I am glad you don't let them stop you from being experimental and fashionable. You're confidence makes you truly beautiful. Continue posting gorgeous photos Ms. Abbie.
You're too sweet :) :) :) Thank you so much! Yes, I really don't intend for them to change what I want to do. We should all be the same, as long as we're not hurting anyone and we're happy, other people should never take hold of your life :) /hugs/

I think you're all about the brows, BABY! Try to shave them a little bit/try not to put too much eyebrow makeup coz it's too thick for your face. I don't think it suits you. Sorry but that's just what I think...

OMG you should see them without the make-up, they're almost non-existent. Hahaha! :) As for the thickness, I respect your opinion, that's not gonna stop me though, heehee! :) But thanks :)

Awww. Bakit hindi nalang ikaw tumira dito sa pinas?

Marami kaseng responsibilities, pero malapit-lapit narin kaming mag-settle sa Pinas :)

hi napansin ko lang yung eyebrows nung may nagcritisize kasi it didnt bother me at all. Tinanong ko pa kapatid ko kung ano tingin niya sa eyebrows mo sabi niya 'anong meron diyan, wala namang kakaiba' kaya yun. Maganda kaya!
Talaga??? Salamat!!! :) Nakakatuwa naman, buti pa kayo hindi judgmental. Hehe. Sobrang naa-appreciate ko na pinarating mo rin sakin 'to, it makes me feel so much better!!! :) Thank you dahil sinabi mo rin na maganda!! Hee! :)

hi abbie.. i found it really hilarious that bcoz of ur brows pple kip bashing you.. f they dnt really wnt to look at it thn y wuld they waste their time n the first place?.. there are a lot of us hu appreciates everythng u hve done.cntinue inspiring us :)

Yeah, that's exactly my point too. I mean anyone who gets pissed and irritated at me has all the freedom to stop viewing my posts. Haaa! :3 And I know, which is why I feel so blessed because I have people like you who don't judge me in spite of the many faults I have done in the intarwebs. Srsly, thank you :)

funny how the girl insulting your brows disabled her account. Just keep blogging, abbie. its yours and it is personal so just go for it :)

I didn't mean for her to do that :/ But oh well. I love you Aves. Thank you so much :')

how are you? :)

Funny, its been quite awhile since I was last asked that with sincerity (d you think its weird that I know you're sincere? It really does feel that way) Hee :) Anyway - to be honest, I don't know. But God is definitely GOOD, all the time :) So... even if I'm not sure, I know that as long as God's there, its all good in the hood. Haaa! :)

You look beautiful with THICK or NOT brows.. :)) i love you ate abs.. i'll always admire you.. and ate, well lemme just say that people talks behind your back simply because you're infront of them :)) hihihi!

Srsly, thank you so much, sweetheart. I'm sorry about your sign, I have a lot of things on pending! :( I love you too sweetheart :) /hugs/

http://i40.tinypic.com/wheg.jpg - Lookie! Reminded me of you teehee, check out the brows! Hotttt! :D

OMG WHO IS THAT? She looks like Kemp Muhl!!! GORGEY!!! And waaah! Haha! Thanks! :)

You look fine with those eyebrows. You still pretty. Maybe people just shock with the change. They'll get use to it, I'm sure. :)
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Ayeeeee! Haha! Thank you Belle!!! I wish I had the money right now to buy the right tools! Hahaha! But I'll keep practicing! :) Thank youuuu!!! :) Thanks again :)

If you're blogging for yourself and don't care what your readers think, then why don't you just keep it all in a private blog? Or a diary? If what you write only matters to you, then it's like you're beating the purpose of blogging, right?

Because I want to put it out there :) Because it may not matter to a lot, but who knows, it could matter to someone :) Even if its just one person - that's a lot to me. Whether or not its one of my rants or the superficial things :) A blog is SUPPOSED to be personal. That's the purpose of blogging - at least to me. I'm not calling out readers to read it and like it, and to be interested. View at your own risk. Its up to you if you want to continue reading it. Like I said, anyone has the freedom to stop reading/viewing my posts if they don't like what they see :)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_1n_M4E6sqy8/TGJpFCwHvwI/AAAAAAAABiI/hcj3Ru1hIkA/s1600/Photo+on+2010-07-27+at+16.31+%232.jpg THIS IS FAAAAAAAAAAAAYN

Konti na lang, konting tolerance na lang from your (UGH?!) FANS?! ...Mape-perfect mo na. =)

Alin ang mape-perfect ko? :) Besides Kaye, I'm not really doing anything for anyone else. I'm really just doing things for myself, to make myself happy. And this is regardless of what other people think. Your opinions mean a lot to me, they really do - but that isn't supposed to change anything about who I am, and how I write, and what I share. I'm not stepping on anyone's toes or hurting anyone's feelings, so :) Its all good :)

...too long. cozzz i honestly think nobody cares. and its rather annoying. so what if you know something back when they're still a fetus? (EX MUSIC CLOTHES STYLE WHATEVER) :D anyway, i love the other things aside from these that i brought up, anyway. :)

I didn't really say I wanted to be like a Prada model or something :) And I don't really care that nobody cares, you know? I like sharing things like that, if people stopped reading my blog for that reason I wouldn't really mind because I'm not blogging for anyone else. I'm blogging because I want to. It shouldn't matter to anyone but myself. I don't know :) Thanks for being upfront though. I totally respect your opinion but I won't let it get in the way of who I am and what I want to do :)

...to be OFF or whatever. you know? there are some things that don't fit you and maybe all you can do is just deal with it, honey. yes, you maybe a model but not a Prada model for Godsake. And please, don't always claim that you have known something for2

Answering on last part of your comment :)

hey abbie, a thought about your brows: THEY DON'T FIT YOU, really. And ohnoe, I am not a hater. not an jealous bitch, either. I actually like you. youre one of the coolest people i know in the internetland, it's just that sometimes, you have the tendency1

Answering on last part of your comment :)

maybe your so-called haters are just giving constructive criticisms? that you might be taking them so hard? if it's bothering some people, then there must be something off. just saying. anyway, just go on girl! you're gorgeous in every way!

I did say that to one of my friends, its constructive criticism - but that's not how they deliver it, its just how I take it :) I know they see something "off" about it but then just because some people think its ugly doesn't mean I should be affected by what they're saying. I'll just move on with what I want to do, besides, how will I ever learn without making a few boo-boos with how I do my make-up. I wish they could just chill, you know. Its my face anyway and they have all the freedom in the world to stop looking at my photos if it bothers them a lot. Thank you so much for the compliment, though! Thank you :)

Go Abbie! You rock those thick eyebrows and inggit lang sila because they cant!
Haaaa! :3 Thank you Chel! Anyone can do anything they please kase, if they want to do it, then why the hell not? Right? We don't have to live up to anyone's standards, as long as we're not stepping and hurting anyone, why bother what others think. Diba?? Hugging you now, Chel. Thank you! :)

nasa pinas ka ba?

Nope :(

Wag ka na punta MidEast.

I'm here already :)

How tall is Saab Magalona? How did you know each other?

The only time we both compared heights was in 2006, she was 5'3" and I was 5'2", I don't remember when I told her, but I did - that my height was 5'3" na which means she might have grown taller narin, haaa! :3 We go way back in 2005, we met when we were both finalists for Seventeen Magazine's Favorite Model Search :)

Oh Abbieroo.. it's hysterical that people are so concerned about your eyebrows. I say, rock them out! (And congrats for being a Missus! We need to catch up. It's been forever. I can't even remember if I congratulated you during your engagement!lol)

I know, right? Its crazy! Hahaha! :) Yes we do, my goodness do I miss you Joeyroo! :/ And you did, you did! I remember :) Please please, let's catch up soonie.

If you're not going to answer the "rude and sarcastic" comments sent here in your Formspring, how else will people know that you are just as conceited as everybody else? Are you fine with making them feel like people with unimportant points of view?

Question : Isn't it obvious enough through my entries that I'm conceited? I'm not ashamed of that. And second, since when did rude and sarcastic comments become "IMPORTANT" ? Are you suggesting na patulan ko 'yung mga ganung statements? Hahahaha! :) You're funny :)

Don't you think you're trying a bit too hard with those brows? You're not Camilla Belle nor any of those super models. Find someone who can fix it for you and save yourself from further embarassment. (:

Nope, I don't think I'm trying too hard with anything :) Its something I want to do and I did say in my post that I'm nothing like those girls, but why should that stop me? :) Who says I'm embarrassing myself? Who are you to say that anyway? :)

Ang dami ngang reaction nung thick brows mo ah. I super duper love thick brows. I had this event last year and I sported thick brows because I was seeing it a lot on TV (i.e. Mariel Rodriguez) and I thought it looked really nice. My mom was like, WHAT?

Hahaha! Nanibago lang 'yung Mom mo for sure! And good for you! Keep working those brows! Hee! :3

Hindi lang siguro bagay sa features mo ang ganun ka-strong na brows. I guess you can tone it down a little bit. Para hindi naman scary. Nonetheless, kudos for trying new things, as always. :)

There are so many things I've done that aren't really bagay with my frame or whatev, but I guess I'm that stubborn. Hee! But thank you so much!! And, NOTED :)

the glasses you usually wear.

The ones on my Blogspot header, I got on sale from this store... I forgot its name, lol. The second one I got are slightly smaller than my first pair, those I got from a stall in Market!Market! And the most recent one I just got from i2i in Market!Market! as well :)

bkt ka chinita? hehehe!! yeh! :D

Ay, magandang tanong 'yan, loko ka talaga! Hahaha! :)

Oh babe, there are so many negativity being smashed on you because of those eyebrows! Okay, they're unusual, but unusual IS beautiful. People just need to have the right eyes and an open mind to appreciate something like that. You are beautiful.

Thank you Jaibaby! I mean, honestly, they can't understand that I've just begun srsly doing my brows and I guess I'm allowed to make boo-boos sometimes, I mean, how else will I learn? Thank God for people like you and for friends who, instead of bashing me just give me tips :) Thanks Jaibaby, I'm not gonna stop doing what I want

Please leave the thick eyebrows to the pros. If you really want them lush, fill them in less drastically.

How will I ever learn to do them properly if you keep bashing me when I'm just a beginner? Everyone's got to start somewhere, I'll learn all the tricks along the way - how to shape them, and fill them correctly :) Let me make these mistakes. Its my face. If you have a problem with it, stop looking at my pictures :)

Contrary to what others are saying, I think your thick eyebrows are gorgeous. I read your post about that in your blogspot and I think your last photoset (after the runway girls) is just beautiful. -heaven-forbid

Wow, thank you so much! It means a lot because I get a lot of negative reactions, hahaha! :) It really does take practice and I hope people realize that, but then again I don't really need their approval, I just wished that they considered that fact first :) Thank you! :)

http://lookbook.nu/look/378399-Flower-Girl is this good for outdoor, like if you're going to disneyland?

YES! :)

where'd you get your nerd glasses? are they graded?

They're not, I used to have graded glasses but I think my eyes are better now :) Which glasses are you asking about though? I currently have 3 :)

Do you like to shop?

I do, if you want to know how much, well... have you seen "Confessions of a Shopaholic", there you go. I am one of the many Philippine versions of Rebecca Bloomwood. I thank you /bow/ - which is also why I haven't gone to any mall recently and would just weep in bed after receiving several text and mail notifications from my favorite stores informing me that they're currently on sale :/ What's a girl to do? I still have debts to pay and there are far more important things to spend on :)

How often do you go online?

Like 24/7. LOL

Are you the kind of friend that you would want to have as a friend?

Yeah, I guess :) Pretty much. Haha, ang labo!

http://hairremoval.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=hairremoval&cdn=style&tm=17&f=10&tt=12&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.yestheyrefake.net/eyebrow_stencils.htm Found this! Eyebrow printable stencils :)

THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME OUT instead of bombarding me with really sarcastic comments and statements on my brows. Seriously, why would I call myself a beginner if I knew all the tricks? :) Thank you so much, thank you :)

advice lang: go to a salon or any professional who will shape your eyebrow, so you will have a pattern.sorry, but your brows look funny esp. to those who don't know the story behind them.it will look really good if it is "shaped" properly.

Where I live right now, only two things can happen if I go to a salon and have my brows done : it ends up to be super thin, or even more unshaped. Better to wait until I get home, and honestly, who the hell cares about what others think - its my face anyway, I don't really have to stick to what the others' standards are :p I'm a NEWBIE. I've said that a lot of times, I have to start somewhere :) I'm no pro so I want to learn how to do this on my own for now without going to the salon :)

parang di bagay sa mga chinitas ang thick and dark brows.but who knows?

True, who knows? :) Whoever said it wasn't bagay, right? Just because its unusual or "someone" says it isn't, doesn't mean its a standard we have to stick with :)

Having thick eyebrows is great but I guess you just have to find the proper shape for you cause the one that you have on right now is horrible and completely terrifying. Don't take this personally - I'm just saying.

Cut me some slack, I've already explained that I'm a n00b and currently working on doing it correctly :) Take it easy on the newbie, I'm no pro :) I hope you understand, so I guess its time you stop saying it was horrible and terrifying :) Thanks.

I'm the one who asked you about adding you as FB friend. S'kay, I feel you. No, hindi po e. I'm Kuya Lee and Kuya Bryan's churchmate, btw. I learned about you thru em po. Anyhoo, following your blog sites is nuff. They're truly worth the read. :)

Oh! :) Well why didn't you say that? Hee! :3 What's your name? You can send me a message in Facebook :) You're in Jeddah?

what's your height miss abie? :) u're still 24 diba?

The last time I checked, 5'3", who knows I could be 5'4" now! ... NOT. Haha!

And yup, I just turned 24 this year :)

funny cos I was about to express the same feeling regarding your eyebrows. I was about to post here in your formspring last night about how your eyebrows are scaring me off its really really scary indeed. But i still think you're pretty though.

Hahaha! :) Its okay, like I said, you're not the only one :p And thanks :)

You're still under Elan?

My contract supposedly ended in 2008 but Mika (now one of the co-owners of Elan) texts me sometimes if there are events and stuff. Once I finally settle in Manila, I'll renew my contract with them :)

http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l6fapjCY1x1qzp7weo1_500.jpg --< this dude, my contact too!! And don't listen to him cos you are pretty. 

Oh wow, thank you! :) Haha! I blocked him :) He's quite annoying, he used to chat with me in FB and I'm sure I'm not the only one he does that to.

http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ktew2pjhJ71qzj1u3o1_500.jpg is this beanie from F21 in the Phils?

No, its from H&M here in the MidEast. I'm sorry, did I write that it was from Forever21? GAH, my mistake.

hi abbie! anong vital statistics mo?

32 - 25 - 31, I checked the other day :)

Hi ate! San mo pinaste yung code ng twitter profile widget?

You have to click on "ADD A GADGET" and choose "HTML" so you could paste the code :)

Ate Abbie! You're so pretty. I wish I have a sister like you:) 

Oh wow, that is so sweet!! :) Thank you!

do you know olivia lopez? is she really 17? is she pinay or half? thanks and love your blogspot! :D

I don't personally know her but I did 'interview' her by sending questionnaires through e-mail (hee) and yes, I think she is 17! :) I'm not sure if she's pure pinay or half. I look up to her so much! :) And thank you so so so much!

I really do love the way you process your photo. Mind if you share some tips on post processing the photos? Thanks :)

Sure! I'll do that on one of my entries, don't hold your breath okay? Hee! :3

Ate abie. Bat ganon? Naglagay ako ng twitter widget pero pag vinisit site ko e humhngi ng twitter username and pw. E pano yung mga walang twitr na vistor ko, di na nla mbabasa?:/

Mababasa parin 'yun, cos that happens to me too whenever I visit my old blogspot, and you don't necessarily have to enter your username+password :)

Vanessa Hudgens still hot. Let the haters hate! I love her still!
So true!! Haha!
Srsly Lovaar, that woman is amazing. I love her so much!

I just saw your blog today and I love it already! You're awesome! I hope you stay humble and stay strong :)

Wow! Thank you so much!! :) Thank you, thank you :)

hi ms. abbie! how often do you go shopping? i love your skull phone! i wish i could have a high pay job like yours :)

These days, not a lot. I have so many bills and (IOUs) to pay! Haha! Srsly, I stay away from malls now :/ Oh, you will! I'm blessed to have this job, really. Its not as high-paying as most people think but still :)

hi, what stores do you suggest for shopping? i'm into clothes but im not sure which stores provide nice clothes that are affordable.

Affordable clothes, well I heard Forever21 in the Philippines is really affordable, which is good cos they have trendy pieces (I personally love the accessories, its the only rack I hog in Forever21). If you're into thrift shopping then nothing beats that! :) Department stores are a good place to raid too!

Not really a question and please don't take offense but your strong eyebrows are scaring me. :[

Haha! :) Its okay, you're not the first one to say that, not a lot of people like thick, dark eyebrows but its something I'm really into now, and you'd have to pardon how I shape them sometimes though, my eyebrows are naturally shapeless and I'm a n00b in this department, hee! :3 I want Camilla Belle's brows :/

Hello, Ate Abbie. :) May I add you on Facebook? I'll wait for your reply.

Hi! :) Do we know each other personally though? :( I have another poser on Facebook, I've been told - so I can't really accept invites from people I don't personally know, I'm sorry! :( I would love to be your online buddy though, its just something I have to do :( I'm really saddened to be honest.

Vanessa Hudgens isn't even that voluptuous. Thanks for being 'progressive'.

Well you said it yourself, "isn't even that voluptuous". She still falls under that category. The woman does have curves and she's got really nice, full thighs. Just because she was my chosen preference doesn't change the fact that I still am full on supporting that the fashion industry is finally making way for meatier women. Should I have faked my statement and said I aspire to have Scarlett Johansson's body when achieving Vanessa's for me is challenging enough for my metabolism? You don't even know me and how much I support people who are on the 'meatier' side. Oh and, YOU'RE WELCOME :) Maybe now you can shut up? Thanks.


Chalk : September 2010

You know you want to get a copy! Hee!

Okay, this is shameless plugging, but I got featured on their Closet Cases Section! Also part of the feature is the awesome Tin Iglesias, along with Dani Alip and Stacey Rodriguez! Get your copies now, weepee!

Thank God for this awesome opportunity, even if I was miles away. And thank you, Elaine Carag for making me part of this. I love you, woman!

P.S. I was blessed to have been able to work with Andi five years ago, we were under the same modeling agency. Wee! I doubt she remembers me though but she's really, really nice. And gorgeous.

What was I thinking, right? She's too gorgey, and I look like...nvm! Lol!


Diamond Shotgun (Chicosci Cover)

Diamond Shotgun (Chicosci Cover) from Abbie Almasco-Bautista on Vimeo.

Honestly, not our best one. Could've done so much better but we were so tired! And I was already singing out of tune! Haa! Anyway, check this out, I'm with Justin Bieberrrrr!!! I mean Justine Beaver!!!

The first time Drew and I covered a song was back in 2008, where we did Paramore's "My Heart" and then there was our split-screen video covering Paramore's "Decode" (I would die of shame for you to see this, but anyway)

We had better takes than this - the one we did right before this video but unfortunately we made a mistake singing the LAST line! GAAAH. We're gonna work on improving ourselves, hee! Especially me.

I made several covers too btw. Haven't posted them here. DJ Sammy's version of "Heaven", and Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me". Ha!

Next, we're covering Metric's "Black Sheep" but we're doing Brie Larson's version, as seen in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. I will do my best, I will! I love that song to bits.


August 23, 2010 : Thoughts

(late post)

I was chatting with my friend Jaybo when he told me that there was a hostage-taking incident back home. Apparently, I was wrong about thinking it was just one of the (sadly) usual hostage-taking scenes in the Philippines, and I had high hopes it would end up with the hostage taker detained in the nearest police station.

I logged on Twitter and read all these tweets, others asking what was going on, reacting to how stupid the media was, and why did it seem like the police weren't doing anything. I asked Jaybo to know what was happening at that moment, and he told me that the hostage taker had just fired several gunshots in the bus. He told me it was on CNN so I quickly grabbed the remote and channel surfed but found Al Jazeera first and tuned in there.

It was the part where they first surrounded the bus, which lasted for about an hour. I was at work so I had to get several things done - the next thing I saw was a man hanging on the bus's front door. I initially thought it was one of the hostages, but later found out that it was in fact, Mr. Mendoza.

I had mixed reactions, reading all these stories posted on local news websites, posts on Twitter, Tumblr, seeing the grandstand area, once packed with Noynoy supporters several months ago - now cold and wet. Blood on the ground, shattered glass, empty bullet shells. Sirens, flashing lights, cameras and police men.

One by one the survivors and the casualties were brought out of the bus. Yes, its over. But its not.

We hear a lot of things about Mr. Mendoza. But I feel for him and his family. He was wrong, but he was wronged, too. I'm not saying this because he's a Filipino. His hostages could have been Filipinos as well and it would still matter all the same.

I feel for the victims, and for the innocent people who lost their lives, none of them had anything to do. This was a cry for help, a cry for attention, a cry to be heard.

So who's to blame? The Government? The Local Police? The Media? All of the above?

There are so many people like Mr. Mendoza. Sadly, he couldn't take any more. I'm not saying that he was innocent, obviously. But he's human too, just like us. People handle things differently.

Lives could have been spared if we go back to the root cause of all this. If not, then perhaps if everyone else who were in the vicinity of the crime scene knew what they were doing. Here's how I think things should've been handled (not that its the right thing to do, I'm just expressing my thoughts) :

1.) The Media should have been allowed up to a certain point (not too close, not too far) to the crime scene.

2.) The Media should have been briefed by officials that for the safety of the hostages, they should not report every single move made (and to be made) by the Police, SWAT, etc.

3.) The Media should have not thought about ratings but of the consequences of how Mr. Mendoza would be reacting to what he sees and hears since he's tuned in to local news inside the bus.

4.) Did the police know (in advance) that Mr. Mendoza was about to release the elderly and the young? I think they should've planned on getting a clear view of him - at that time of releasing, they could have shot him anywhere - arm, leg, anything that could momentarily disable him, where one, or two of the police officers could've ran to the bus to restrain him.

5.) They should not have dragged Mr. Mendoza's family out of their homes, where his brother was later on forced to go to the local precinct for questioning while Mr. Mendoza was inside the bus, with an M-16 armalite, with about 16 people under hostage. SRSLY. How would you think he'd react? He can't even think straight. This was like adding fuel to fire. Totally DID NOT help the situation.

6.) They could've done EVERYTHING in their power to calm down Mr. Mendoza. What does he want? Is it too difficult to consider? Didn't we have to make the welfare of his hostages the priority?

7.) They could've asked help from any of his children to go to the bus where they could've begged him to stop. He may have been violent at the time (after gunshots were fired) but I definitely think that seeing his child/children's faces would change his mind. Its a risk I would be willing to take if I were his child. As cheesy as this sounds, to show love at this point of the situation, it could possibly do great things. Mr. Mendoza still had hope, he still has his family, they would be there for him, in spite of this scandal, in spite of this crime. They don't hate him, they're not gonna turn his back against him. They know that he did this for them, because he was a father, he wanted to provide for his family. He's human, he was misunderstood.

I feel for Hong Kong. I feel for the families mourning their loss, I feel for the people forever scarred with images of a man carrying an M-16, the day when they became too numb to reality, unable to realize that what little part of their lives they felt they controlled were no longer in their hands. I understand the outrage of Hong Kong and pray that soon enough they would see that none of us wanted this to happen. Sr. Inspector Mendoza did not mean for this to happen, I don't think he would've wanted to put the lives of innocent people in danger. But he didn't know what else to do. It was wrong, but he felt like he had no other choice, no other option, no other way. And then things just got worse.

If there was any way for me to express my heartfelt condolences to the victim's families, I would. But words aren't enough. I will pray for them everyday.

Maybe I don't know much, or anything about the case. I'm just expressing my views.

*all photos courtesy of CNN.com/Getty Images


(Strong) Brow Movement

You may not like them (or the hair between their eyes and scalp) but these women form my army, so watch out. They're awesome.

Frida Kahlo

Brooke Shields

Jennifer Connelly

Camilla Belle

Lourdes Ciccone Leon

Hannabeth Merjos

It was in early February when I started to pay attention to my eyebrows. I used to ignore them a lot, never even applied any form of make-up on it. Who cares when they're barely there? Back in High School (after I initially plucked them) and in my early years of college (where I got way too addicted on plucking them), I didn't even mind if I had those awful one-liner brows.

One of my previous default photos in Facebook

People in my Facebook network asked me if I did something to my brows, hee!

Here was how my brows naturally looked, and this was in High School :
(and yes I will regret sharing this with the intarwebs but why be
ashamed of how you looked like in high school?)

Nica, Leslie, Me and Camille
Circa 2001

My natural eyebrows were actually bushy, but it barely had any color (it was way too light, and I had thin brow hair, the worst combination), but there came a time when I got way too addicted to plucking them that I ended up with these brows (QUE HORROR!)

Me and my cousin Chiekks in Bora
Circa 2005

Me and Drew after Fashion Expo
Circa 2005

After uploading a couple of recent photos, I received these statements in my Formspring inbox. It was funny, and I felt quite bad at first but I honestly answered them anyways.

I don't expect everyone to appreciate or like (my) strong brows. And I was telling the truth about being a brow n00b. I'm sure not a lot of people like it, but that shouldn't really matter. And I know I may not look as amazing as these girls, but I honestly their brows are fabulous.

Girls of the Runway :
(mostly from Prada)

Also, I 'discovered' Bambi Northwood-Blyth while I was doing my 'research' on Strong Brows. She's gorgeous.

I have yet to master more brow tricks - showing my natural ones to the world doesn't really make me feel comfortable. Now I can get out of the house as confident as I can be as long as I have neat brows and lashes (it used to just be 'lashes', I can never leave the house without mascara on).

People have mixed reactions to this change, but really - if you're comfortable with it and you're confident enough to pull it off, regardless what people think (its scary, fugly, or doesn't suit you), who cares? My friend Izza told me (in relation to us liking bold, strong brows) : Those who matter don't care. I say "Hell yes".

To my girls out there who have naturally bushy, thick brows - and to the ones who work hard to achieve them, HOLLA!