Like a Birhen

SIX from Abbie Almasco-Bautista on Vimeo.

OMGOSH has it really been a year since I last uploaded a video blog? NO WAY! Imagine my shock when I checked out my Vimeo page and saw that the last video blog upload was the 21st of November 2010! I'm sure I uploaded another video after that (What's in my Bag), but man has it been too long!

I guess it explains why I'm too hyper in this. I'm giggling too much. What a dork.

By the way, this was taken several days before my side-shave/undercut.


I Believe "Shaved" Is The Expression

It was this photo of my girlylove, HannaBeth that sort of drove me to try this look. Believe it or not, this photo was posted over a year ago. And that's how long I've been hesitating to give it a go.

When I thought of doing the pixie, I knew I'd like it but definitely regret it later because, well, because its what always happens anyway. I come up with this awesome idea of pulling something off and then it happens and I freak out and hide in my room for months. Dreams of doing grand things in my life will be replaced by dreams of the day I'd finally get to do that commercial hair flip again and feel awesome.

But the side-shave. Hmm.

The idea left my head, but fast-forward to July of this year when one of my ultimate girl crushes, Jessica (of JessLovesFred.Com, thanks to Hotney who introduced me to her blog) posted this photo and I freaked out.

I frakkin' love this girl.

And there I go again, yapping. "I'm definitely doing this later! When I get home! I'm doing it! Yeah!" But then I wuss out like always. Tss. Wuss.

This is my Wifey, Helga (of who was definitely one of the reasons why I pulled through with the idea of trying this look. Smokin' hot, yes she is. Back off, dudes.

And another photo of HannaBeth.
I can't wait for my hair to look like this! Fudger!

So yesterday, out of so much frustration from, well, a lot of things - I went over these photos again and told myself that I'm finally doing it. FOR REAL.

I almost chickened out because I wasn't really sure how I was going to deal with it after. Bleaching my own hair is something. But shaving? Boy, that's another thing. But...I was like "The Fudging Foccacia I'm doing this!!!"

Don't worry, I didn't lose weight. Its just the angle, and well, hair can do wonders in terms of face shape. Lololol.
This one's taken right after I had it shaved (Andrew did it).

And these two photos are taken right after I took a shower.

Of course at work, I wear my hair down. I do not have any intention whatsoever of showing off what now seems to be my 'bad-ass' head. My Dad doesn't even know it yet but I'd like to think that I won't make such a big deal out of it. Besides, it'll grow out anyway. And I do not intend to keep this forever.

I'm twenty-hmm-hmm I'm just grabbing whatever chance I can get to scratch things off my bucket list. This isn't what's topping my list (cos its hard to guess. Okay, its Skydiving. Almost everyone's number 1), but it feels good because I may not have done what I originally thought of (getting a Pixie...actually going bald), but its one fear I was able to conquer.


Its kind of sad, considering I've known Ana and Ava since our Multiply days years ago, that I haven't gone to the first Bloggers United Event. And guess what, there's a second one coming up, and I won't be able to go!

Anyway, I know that I'm missing out on so many awesome things happening in the Philippines, but there'll sure be more once I finally settle there with my family. For the mean time, you have fun for me!

Manila’s finest fashion bloggers will leave their laptops at home once again to attend BLOGGERS UNITED BAZAAR (Part 2) on December 3, 2011 at Treston International College, Taguig, this coming holiday season.

It is the second installment of the first-ever Bloggers United: An Interactive Shopping Affair (link your past entry if you like), which was held last May. Due to insistent demand from readers and bloggers alike, Bloggers United ( team in partnership with the country’s largest online shopping website, Multiply Philippines ( have gathered Manila’s fashion bloggers to sell their pre-loved but very stylish closet pieces!

This event is the perfect opportunity for both bloggers and their adoring readers to mingle and personally interact with each other. Fun contests and exciting giveaways from sponsors and entertaining performances from bloggers (Walkie Talkies, Reese & Vica) themselves will definitely keep this event from being a dull one.

Some of the notable bloggers attending the event include Divine Lee, Laureen Uy, Kookie Buhain, Lissa Kahayaon, David Guison, Karl Leuterio, Patricia Prieto and Preview Magazine’s own Daryl and Andre Chang.

But because Bloggers United wishes to go beyond the geographic limitations of the archipelago and extend its reach beyond Metro Manila and so for this event, they are flying in some of Cebu’s very own fashion bloggers which include Kryz Uy, Eden Villarba, designer Yves Camingue, Gillian Uang and Mildred Zapanta and a few more.

Part of the proceeds from this event will go to the GMA Kapuso Foundation ( for its school building project, a small but significant step to improve the Filipino youth’s access to education.

The organizers behind BLOGGERS UNITED BAZAAR (PART 2) are Ana Gonzales (, Melai Entuna ( and Aisa Ipac (, a team of blogger friends encouraging camaraderie and sense of “community” among Manila’s (and eventually, the country’s) fashion blogging community through events and productions like this.

This is a one-day-only event that you shouldn’t really miss! It will be in a bigger venue with twice more the number of participating bloggers to meet! This is the perfect shopping day this Christmas because the most affordable and most fashionable clothes, accessories and footwear will be up for grabs. See you!

Bloggers United is in partnership with:
Multiply Philippines (
GMA Kapuso Foundation (
Treston International College (

Event is co-presented by:
Nikon (
Accessorize (
Columbia Digital (

Official media partners
Meg Magazine (
When in Manila (
Gadgets Magazine (

In cooperation with:
Lorys (
Kotex (
Tomato (
Nail It! (
Manels (
Ferretti (
Giordano (
Lapdance (
Unionbank (
Xend Business Solutions (

Special thanks to:
Audioline (
Posh Nails (
Nivea (
SM Dept Store (

Online Shop Donors:
Belle York (
Shop Dainty (
Asian Vogue (
F-STOP (Fashion Stop) (
Anagon Collection (
Archive Clothing (
Extreme Finds (
Sparkle Shop (
Flattering Tops (
Posh Pocket Shoes (

Location Details:
Treston International College
University Parkway District, 32nd Street corner C-5 Road
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila Phillipines

I do hope you could support my friends who are organizing and participating in this event!

Here's an awesome video on the previous Bloggers United Event held in May 2011. See what I mean?

Bloggers United: An Interactive Shopping Affair (May 2011) from Bloggers United on Vimeo.


An Open Letter to my unborn Child(ren)

Hi Sweetheart,

I lost count of the times I've scribbled your name(s) on papers and notebooks and whatnot. There came a time when I was so excited to bring you into the world, throwing away thoughts of responsibilities and a lot of hard work - dreaming of days I'd be walking around Makati, using your stroller as our shopping bag holder. I always told myself I'd want to be one of the hip Moms that I was blessed enough to know.

When Mama (your grandmother), was at the brink of giving up, I would whisper to her, "Ma, remember that you'll still help me raise your Grandchildren", and she would nod and say "I will try".

(Image from WeHeartIt)

Ever since I married your Dad, my friends constantly asked me two questions : "Are you pregnant?" and "So when's the baby coming?" to which I respond "Not yet" and "Probably in two years".

I would say that your Dad and I want to spend a bit more time with each other, that we want to save up money because we want to give you the best of what we could, which is both true. But I always knew deep down, there was a deeper reason - that I wasn't ready. And your Dad isn't, too.

In all aspects, it feels like it dawned on me, that maybe I'll never be ready, and that I'll just have to deal with it when it happens. Somehow telling myself that I won't and shouldn't give much thought on the idea of conceiving and what I should be doing once God has blessed me with you.

I don't know, Sweetie. Maybe its because when I lost your Grandmother, it left such a huge hole in my heart and I felt hopeless. Thinking maybe I won't do such a great job because apparently, I couldn't even manage to take care of myself these days. May I add that your Dad and Granddad does all the cooking at home? Your Dad washes my clothes. Yes, I'm an awful housewife, but I guess its also cos at the moment, your Dad can manage to do all that because he's on a break. But he's going to start work soon, and I'll have to do my part.

Maybe because I suddenly felt the pressure I've fought so hard to take off my shoulders, the responsibility of having to fill in such big shoes because your Grandmom, well both of them - have such amazing Supermom skills. There's this fear that I won't be able to measure up.

Maybe because I finally admitted to myself that there are so many things I'd like to do with my life, like continue modeling perhaps, or see the world with your Dad. But I'm 25 years old. And I'm not getting any younger. There are a ton of voices in my head, voices of people who'd tell me "You better have kids now, because its hard to raise kids when you're in your 30s. Also its nice to be best friends with them, like you're siblings".

Your Grandmom and I were like that. She's my Best Friend first, Sister second, and Mother third. I would tell her EVERYTHING. When I got experimental and TRIED smoking, when I went out drinking with friends, and EVERYTHING else. I fear that I won't be able to be the same way with you. I don't want you to be keeping secrets from me. And I wouldn't know how to be as chill as she was when I told her things that Moms wouldn't be so pleased to hear of and about.

I pray that you won't turn out to be as stubborn as I am because I wouldn't know how to deal with that either. But if you do, all I pray is that I have the same heart as your Grandmother and Great Grandmother has.

The last thing I want you to feel is that you were the reason why I would give up all the other things I'd still want to do with my life. But I know, in God's perfect time, if I do give up a few things - I know that it will all be worth it.

Because everything changes when you're blessed with a baby. And I know that I wouldn't know this until the day I wrap you in my arms while we both swim in saltwater.

All I need is God's guidance and comfort. These days, the last thing I want is to be left alone with my thoughts, because its driving me nuts.

I don't even know what the point of this letter is. I guess I just wanted to get it out there. Even if I know that having you isn't really in my hands but God's, but in all honesty, at this point I'm not even sure when its going to happen (because others have apparently figured it out), all I know is this : Whether I say I'm ready or I'm not... I just want you to know that I love you. You and your siblings, depending on how many the Almighty will bless us with. I'm okay with three. Maybe two? Hee.

I'll see you when I see you, Kid(s).

Your Mom x


Nothing Here, Move Along

Feeling sort of lost so I resort to this. I'd call it vanity but its a sin...which is probably so hard not to commit when you're a girl. Not that its a valid reason.

So I've been writing a lot again on my journal. My brain is sort of on Robot Mode, disposing all the creative juice I have left. Meh. I have a pending give-away, and a feature! OMGOODNESS.

Last night I had a blast with Nofa and the boys at a party where I ended up standing for about 30 minutes feeling like a loser. Haha! WHY YU NO COOPERATE, COURAGE??? GAH. I feel like I'm hung-over from so much fun I had just standing there, people watching. MAN DID I WANNA SHOW OFF MY AWESOME DANCE MOVES!