My love affair with hip hop and RnB began in Middle School.
It was Jay Z who first caught my fancy. I was then introduced to Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Snoop D-o-g-g, P. Diddy, Eminem and a whole lot more. I can go on and on and this entry won’t even end. hehehe.
I can clearly remember every song from those years that became my favorites.
Snoop’s Vato, Mary J Blige’s Be without you, Lil Wayne’s how to love, Jay Z and Kanye’s Watch the throne Album-yes all of it. Trey Songz’ heart attack, to great and unexpected collaborations like Beach chair from Jay Z and Chris Martin, Bey and Jay’s Hollywood, Lift off, ughhhh. My ultimate idol in the industry.
I remember singing to almost every song Bey and Jay would release.
I’d like to share with you at least five of my favorite jams of all time. I’ll do it random;y as it would be extremely hard for me to choose my top favorites.
> Let me start with beach chair- part of Jay Z’s Kingdom Come album
I can’t seem to get hold of a decent link to share the song with you. So let me just share a part of the lyrics.
Benzes round corners where the sun don’t shine
I let the wheels give a glimpse of hope of one’s grind
Some said: “Hov, how you get so fly?”
I said: “from not being afraid to fall out the sky”
My physical’s a shell so when I say farewell
My soul will find an even higher plane to dwell
So have no fear, just know that
Life is but a beach chair
I made it (cash money heroes) Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne, Birdman, Jay Sean
My favorite lines:
I look up to the sky
and now the World is mine
Ive known it all my life
I made it, I made it!
I used to dream about, the life Im living now
I know that theres no doubt.
I made it, I made it!
> Live your Life – T.I feat Rihanna
My favorite verses:
“Hey, never mind what haters say
Ignore ’em ’til they fade away”
“I’m the opposite of moderate
Immaculately polished with
The spirit of a hustler
And the swagger of a college kid
Allergic to the counterfeit
Impartial to the politics
But still’ll grab a nigga by the collar quick
Whoever havin’ problems”
“You’re gonna be, a shinin’ star
In fancy clothes, and fancy cars
And then you’ll see, you’re gonna go far
‘Cause everyone knows, just who ya are
So live your life (Hey! Ay ay ay)
You steady chasin’ that paper, just live your life
(Oh! Ay ay ay)
Ain’t got no time for no haters, just live your life
(Hey! Ay ay ay)
No tellin’ where it’ll take ya, just live your life
(Oh! Ay ay ay)
‘Cause I’m a paper chaser, just livin’ my life
(Ay) my life (Oh) My life (Ay) my life (Oh)
Just livin’ my life (Ay) my life (Oh)
My life (Ay) my life (Oh)”
> Welcome to Hollywood by Beyonce feat Jay Z
I can’t seem to find the original mtv of this one so here’s the link of the lyrics I founf on youtube
> Mirror – Lil Wayne feat Bruno Mars
“With everything happening today
You don’t know whether you’re coming or going
But you think that you’re on your way
Life lined up on the mirror don’t blow it, woo.
Look at me when I’m talking to you
You looking at me but I’m looking through you
I see the blood in your eyes
I see the love in disguise
I see the pain hidden in your pride
I see you’re not satisfied
And I don’t see nobody else
I see myself I’m looking at the…”
> Drop the World- Lil Wayne feat Eminem
LOL I know I’m such a heavy hip hop fan. Don’t get me wrong though, I appreciate music in all forms, just that since I’m all girly, this is the only aspect of my being where I can be like a man. 😀
It was in the latter part of 2016 when I got to meet the Dance Princess Maja Salvador. For some reason we just hit it off! Perhaps we were in tune with our inner cray selves that it was so natural and became close right away.
I often ask her what she likes and what her wishlist is. I have constantly been getting one answer. Every time she talks about it, her eyes will automatically reflect images of heart as if she’s seeing the one she loves. Don’t get me wrong, Maja is really in love—- with shoes. haha
The first pair I shopped for her were her Zanotti harmony heels in nude. Then on, we would always whatsapp each other especially when she can’t contain her love for shoes anymore. haha!!
I remember being asked by Maja, or bes as we fondly call each other, to purchase a pair of shoes for her mom’s wedding. I was so happy to buy a very important pair for the most important person in her life.
Then on, she would ask me to look for some pairs and would purchase whatever she decides to get.
For Christmas, I got her a pair of Givenchy jelly link slides which would be useful for her casual days out.
One time, we were talking she told me how she’s actually so into Zanotti shoes. I told her that it actually suits her personality. Maja’s collection of Zanotti’s can be seen on her instagram account @iammajasalvador. From simple metallic stilettos, minimalist designs to unique pieces, booties, and cut out boots— name it -she has it.
Recently, I made her extremely happy before her concert. I was asked to look for several pairs of boots. I am telling you—- when it comes to boots no questions asked. She will tell me to immediately purchase as long as I can get her size. She needed those pairs at least 48 hours after our exchange. I told her that it could possibly arrive the following week Monday. She then told me that her concert will be in 2 days. Yay! I told her to please let me work on it and I should update her if it’s possible the next day. Thankfully, I was able to get in in time for her concert! She was too happy she almost cried!!! haha! Really!! I being the shopper, couldn’t be any happier.
Right after the two pairs, she asked me to look for these pair of fentys in both colors available. A special edition that’s almost impossible to get hold of. I was able to track it for her in her size and she was ecstatic.
Alongside her boots, she also asked me to order a pair of Zanotti heels yet again for the presscon of her latest movie. When she sent the photos to me, I told her: “Bes, uwian na, match made in heaven… IBA!” she laughed so hard and told me she was happy with her new shoes.
Although… it doesn’t end there. Yesterday she asked me to purchase Gucci ace sneakers with stars, and Alexander McQueen oversized sole sneakers.
Yes, just like a real shoe addict— her love and happiness from these beautiful pairs is forever as she says.
“I believe kasi dun nanggagaling yung confidence ko bes, sa mga magaganda kong sapatos. Yun nagdadala for me.”
Indeed- Maja’s true love is her wide collection of beautiful footwear.
You know I’ve always been open about why I created this site. I never write anything I haven’t felt, seen, or personally experienced. My forte honestly is public speaking. Writing on the other hand, is a venue; an outlet where I can freely express my thoughts. I don’t write for a living. My intention is simple. I want people to see thru the words. I want them to feel the moment as if they are experiencing it with me thru my articles.
I never addressed myself as a successful person. It is others who actually says that and who am I to contradict their opinion? You know, I have always said and I will keep on reiterating, I don’t really have a competition other than myself. Simply put, other sellers are actually not something I have to worry about. Why? There are a lot of buyers as long as there are enough of pretty things to sell.
It’s actually taking me by surprise how others think that I am the one who would create trouble for them when in fact I have so much to do that 24 hours won’t even suffice. Needless to say, why would I even spare a moment to give importance to others who are actually non existent to my day to day living. Down right ludicrous, if I may say.
It is actually man’s common trait to judge as based on looks and what someone actually projects. More often than not, the meek lamb deceives us with the way she presents herself and judge the tigress as harmful when in reality the tigress is the one with a very soft heart.
The problem in our world these days is how we have become cynical. We conclude without confronting, we get hurt by news that was delivered by people you barely even know. Some, take the side of the stranger and start a war when the easiest way to avoid such is to communicate. If people try to look at the good more than what others say, and take into consideration the good things the person you know have done then maybe, just maybe, there won’t be a need to throw shades.
People, being the complex beings that we are base everything on what we see or hear without verifying.
Can anyone recall what Theodore Roosevelt said in his most memorable speech of all time?
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
You know, this is my drive. Whenever I read this, it gives me hope and make me realize that it is I, the one battling in this field and is heavily involved pouring all my skills, knowledge, time, and effort unlike those who are only in the sidelines who, more often than not disheartens us with the words they spit as if they were with you during the fight who actually deserves exactly what I worked hard for.
Simply put, I live this way. I don’t care about how people would criticize me. I’d rather give my best, my success not only means I triumphed rather, my success is the journey itself, how I’ve done it with all of me than be eaten up by the fear of what others would say.
Bottomline, I may be viewed by groups of people, sellers specifically as someone whom they can step on. Simply because they are pioneers and has a certain reputation to keep, so to speak. They may claim that the only time they can say that I matter is when I finally reach their level. However, I have no intention to keep up with them. This is me, the one in the battlefield day in and out and regardless of what others conclude; what ill they wish of me even without me doing anything to them. At the end of the day, this is me and I am proud of the achievements I have made whatever little those are because I’ve exerted every little thing I have with me.
I am therefore, the man in the arena. 😉
Back in 2008 when I graduated, I have this list of things I’d like to buy once I start getting a good job and earning on my own.
Fast forward to 2017, I still have this endless list of what I want to have. Most of the things I listed down before I have actually acquired because of my hard work. So there goes the question, what else do you desire to buy this year?
Oh my God, it’s endless! to cut it short though, will cite my top 5 as per usual nyehehe
5. Hublot bigbang
I know for a fact that it doesn’t hold its value. Nevertheless it looks cool to me, thus I want one! nyehehehe.
4. VCA 10 motif alhambra necklace 10 motif and Magic alhambra
images from google
A girl can dream right? Working on the 10p motif right about now. The rest, to follow hehehe. For the time being, I have to be content with my sweet alhambra, which I really love.
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in solid gold
On.the.works. Right bruks? (My friend and enabler in JP)
2. A blue car
Only because my Connor wants a blue car haha.
1. 5 carat flawless diamond earrings – heart
Need. I. say. more?
When I was in pre school at the age of 2, in a very small Chinese school near my lola’s house, I can still vividly remember how I would always be at the back of the line. I remember being the go to person of my chinese classmates. Often the leader of the team or group. When I was in grade school I skipped a couple of grades and got accelerated. By 11 I’m already in middle school. During the course of my student life, I still remember how everyone would make me the president, the representative or whatever it is that entails a certain responsibility in looking after everyone. For group projects esp in anything speech related, my group mates would always tend to slack off when I’m there. For some unknown reason my presence equates assurance to them.
Being a Dragon baby, most people say that I am born to lead. Some, would say that my persona is really strong. That I can handle everything.
It was in my senior year in middle school when I last talked to my father before another heart operation he was scheduled to undergo in London. I don’t think I have the heart to elaborate so let’s leave it at that.
At that time, my mom was having a hard time with the dealership. More often it was lolo and lola who looks after me which I totally understand. At a young age, I know the reality and since my father’s passing, it was only my mom who worked day in and out to give me the life I have been accustomed to when my papa was still alive.
I think, having extremely busy parents at a young age was also one of the factors why I became independent.
When I was in college, I remember some of my block mates asking me to make an essay, write something for them to make it to the finals. I willingly obliged every time.
You see, from the very start I have always been like a rock. Solid, unmoved most of the time. I am the one who always looks after my team mates, my group mates, my friends and everyone else.
When I was pregnant with Connor I had to face a lot of challenges. Even during the time when he was newly born. I had so much struggles. I cried and cried til no tears ever runs down my cheeks anymore. At some point I was mad, hurt and belittled. Yup, by people I barely even know. I then realized one thing. I have always been the one every one leans on, why am I even trying to fit in? Why do I care so much about what others will say? They’re just on the side lines anyway.
I reminded myself, I started from scratch. I can endure hard times. I prayed every single day that my pain and anger for the people who belittled me finally be taken away and for me to understand why those things had to take place.
I almost gave up. I had myself, my Connor and my mom and the rest were looking down on me. I persevered. Afterall I am strong.
I worked. I worked until slowly I get to achieve little things I have only imagined and prayed for.
Today, I ask myself. Am I really strong?
When I was starting out, I remember there were countless of times major players in the industry tried to bring me down. Called me a scammer or whatever only because we have the same products. I didn’t give up. I crawled, I took baby steps til the day I can finally stand tall.
Today, I look back at the times when I thought I can’t endure it. The days when I wished I had everything easy. Then I remind myself, had it not been for the people who called me names, who looked down on me and my mama, who accused me of being a useless mother and whatever things they posted on social media I wouldn’t be as persevering, as determined, as strong and as resilient as I am today.
I admit that my heart still aches and the wall is still there, yet, I no longer yearn for their approval. Instead, I have created a totally different world where all of us exist yet I don’t get affected with the deliberate acts of them deserting me.
In the past 9 yrs, it is only now, when people finally get to recognize how differently I work, people try to throw all the dirty and nasty things to me endlessly. Fortunately, I’ve been blessed enough to be able to protect my name, myself, my work and my family in the proper way.
You see, although I have my vulnerable moments, I never let these people rejoice or feel that they’re finally getting what they want. That’s merely an icing on the cake of hardships I’ve been through.
For some reason, since I’ve always been very proper in dealing with this kind of people, truth comes out naturally. Trying too hard makes people curious. Their curiosity benefits me because they get to see whose all talk, all parinig and all show. Me? I will NEVER be ashamed of how I started. Oldie but goodie Vuittons.
I admit that there are times when I feel like I’d like people to be sensitive enough to know that they must’ve hurt me or have done something wrong to me, I don’t succumb. I am a rock that most people I love lean on. I will never glide down by letting others tear me apart. I let my One up there to hold me together. I look up and say what I feel every time.
They say most of the time the strongest ones are the ones who don’t feel pain. I beg to differ. The ones who acknowledges the pain, learn from it and build a better self out of it are the people who are indeed strong. Yes we also need some checking to feel like we are extremely appreciated from time to time.
The strong ones have no room to wallow in vulnerability. Instead, we take that moment as a turning point and come out stronger that before.
So carry on, for all I know you make me stronger every day. You fuel my desire to be better and to make sure that the only competition I have is who I was yesterday. I try to better myself every single day. I make sure to deliver and exceed expectations. I will continue to be like this. I will develop my skills and do better every day.
Yes, now I can finally say. I am me, and I am stronger than you can ever imagine.
This Morning The pambansang Bae, my dearest Alden and I were chatting. I always take pride whenever he compliments me with regards to getting his orders fast and delivering exactly what he wants.
I then asked him if I could feature him on the blog by posting his top 5 favorite designer shoes. The humble gentleman happily obliged.
Before giving you his top 5, let me just share with you how happy I felt when he told me several meet ups ago (to deliver orders) how his love for Valentino began. (You see, I am very passionate with my job) He said: “Sayo galing ang first Valentino ko”. I felt so happy that even though it was a very simple pair of shoe, I actually somehow influenced him to become a shoe addict. hahah. 😀
I also feel honored for he tells me that he only asks me to source for him or he buys his stuff himself whenever he travels.
I’ve always been very vocal about how much I adore this young man. Always kind and never fails to greet whenever he sees me.
Anyway, let me present to you Alden’s 5 most favorite shoes.
5. Giussepe Zanotti Camouflage high cut sneakers
Zanotti has always been known for its unique collections and designs both for men and women. I know a number of celebrities who has a love affair with this brand and just like the hollywood stars, (JLO, KimK, Kanye West et al., they even have collaborations with them) Alden was smitten by the fun and one of a kind designs of Zanotti.
4. Prada slip ons
I noticed that Alden loves comfy and easy to wear shoes. This pair of Prada slip ons must be perfect for his casual days out.
3. Louis Vuitton Fast Lane sneakers
This pair is such a looker: laid back luxury- what with its yellow color and classic graphite damier pattern put together, it created such a beautiful twist to a rather ordinary pair of sneakers. Louis Vuitton never fails to create fashionable luxury footwear for men. No wonder the bae loves it.
2. Gucci Guccisima leather
Gucci made a great comeback in 2016 and I don’t think it will stop this year. Re- inventing the classic with their current designs of florals and animals, they’ve been driving everyone crazy. From clothes to bags and shoes. Alden is no exemption. Though he chose to stick with the classic guccisima, this slip ons can take him from day to night. from a casual stroll to dinners with friends or gatherings not needing formal shoes.
1. Valentino lace less open sneaker in white and black.
Of course, Almost every guy I know- clients, friends, acquaintances are all sporting Vs on their feet. Although this is a more subtle version of the rock runners, this is his most favorite pair. We’ve seen photographs of him wearing this and other styles of Vs. Though I must say, this one perfectly fits him. 😉
There you go. Bae’s top 5 shoes. Thank you Alden for allowing me to write and feature them here. Looking forward to writing more about you so your fans get to know these little things (shopping and fashion related) thru the site.
PS: you may also order these pairs @loveluxebags heheheh 😛
So the big day we all waited for finally came. Brushing aside the incident brought about by the designer, we all enjoyed the wedding and had a great time. It was indeed a celebration of love, family and friendship.
with Rv Mitra
These are just some of the photos I collected which I will update when the official ones are out. It was a very happy and emotional wedding. Maan and I gave our speeches.
As always we didn’t prepare anything. Instead, we talked and shared everything based on how we felt and our memories. After our speeches I saw a couple of friends teary eyed and walked to me to tell me that they were moved. That our friendship and closeness is something they admire. I am happy to hear that from other people. As I always say, I only have a number of real friends. For others to admire the level of friendship that I have with my best friends means so much to me.
I actually am very happy for Ferds and Kat. I pray that they be blessed with a union that’s blissful and meaningful. May you both enjoy this new chapter together and remember that we are just here for you.
Attaching the SDE from RV Mitra photography to all of you. #FerdsKatForever
Yay! Saw this BTS video on their page today! You may watch the whole video on you tube. Attaching the link 😘😍 Thank you for featuring the company and me.
Can’t wait to share with you more exciting news.
Before posting about the wedding of my bff (the nightmare designer and the fun reception) let me just make a quick update on one of the battles I am properly dealing with.
It’s actually known that I sued the seller who accused me of some nasty things. It came to my knowledge that she thought it was all a joke and that the justice system in the PH doesn’t really work. I got some PMs of posts allegedly trying to laugh it off.
So… after 3 hearings, she never showed herself nor sent a lawyer to counter her criminal cases. Now my time to laugh.
You don’t brush off subpoenas, you don’t laugh off legal orders. I’m no legal pro but I’m well aware of what to and not to do during times like these. Just because you’re out of the country doesn’t mean you’re not liable. As long as it’s under PH jurisdiction (what you said and posted) you are accountable for it.
I think you better take things seriously. You were serious enough to make judgements and accusations out of mere photographs and tried to bring me down. Others would’ve let it pass I’m certain. Though, not me. I worked and gave my all to build my name and you go talking ill just to put yourself on the spotlight. I’m more than willing to wait. Whatever it takes, your case as well as the ones who aggravated it is something I won’t be taking lightly.
Now please tell me if I’m just barking or have you come to realize that I am rather sensible basing everything on things that are verifiable? After answering this, then please tell me if you can still think of this as a joke. 😂😂😂😂😂
Hi guys! I know I’ve pretty much updated my readers about how we were so excited for Kakat’s big day. It was a successful event save for the designer who made me and Kat cry since she didn’t know how to appease an irate customer.
28 Jan 17:
We had our final fitting. I joked the sewers around and asked them to add more lace and flow to the skirt. As I was in my natural playful self, Rach told me that the sewers were taking side glances and were actually making faces. I didn’t give any of those attention.
02 Feb 17
My chauffeur picked up my gown from their store. Before stepping out for my meeting that day, I put on the gown. Only to be disappointed. The gown was totally different. It had no shape, lose on the bottom and extremely tight on top. Apart from that, beadings were not properly placed, lace trimmings not sewn completely and zip pull malfunctioning.
I called my bestfriend and sent her videos and photographs. She called the shop and informed them about it. Keeping in mind that they have business hours, we rushed and braved the metro traffic only to be told when I was nearly there that no one can attend to us anymore.
The following day, I dropped by the store. Upset irrate and on the brink of deciding not to march I talked to the staff and informed them how disappointed I was. Naturally, any normal person who waited for her best friend’s big day will be disappointed and irate when instead of telling me they can’t execute properly they told me beforehand that it was doable. I expected, of course. Unfortunately, the staff kept on insisting that it was nice and that it fits well when in reality they all knew it was the other way around. After several times of them insisting, after telling them I really don’t feel comfortable and that it wasn’t really okay, I told them: “oo ate sayo okay, pero ako na magsusuot ako na nakakaramdam hindi talaga” in a rather pissed tone.
After a split second, the designer whom I’ve never met comes in raising her voice asking me what my problem was (wow I’ve never in my entire life did that to any client ). I told her what I’ve been telling everyone repeteadly. She in turn talked to me in such a manner using technical terms for designers. As a client I asked her to pls tell me the difference between the terms she were explaining. She couldn’t. Perhaps thinking that everyone knows what she’s talking about. BTW, she introduced herself this way: ” ako pala si … ako yung designer.” So okay. She told me not to be upset and I answered: “it’s impossible not to be upset bukas na ang kasal and sobrang layo ng damit” she immediately lost her temper. Since I knew myself better than anyone, I just told her that it won’t work and that I’ll just have to look for an alternative one just in case she can’t make it in time. She slammed the curtains and when I was just about to remove the dress, she shouted mind you with all the staff and other people around: ” sama ng ugali mo”. Shocked and totally puzzled, I stepped out and asked her: “what did you just say?”.
Normally any businessman in any field would try his best to make things better. She on the other hand, started blabbing things and didn’t even say sorry to me nor did she try to make me feel better. Humiliated, I told her: “don’t fix it” she said that I didn’t have to pay for it and that “wala akong pakialam kahit ikaw nagbayad ng gown ng bride”.
I called Bill and asked him to pick me up. Upon entering the car I couldn’t help myself but burst into tears. Was uncontrollably sobbing. So Bill asked me, what the hell happened. So I told him what transpired inside. He then stepped out of the car. Knocked the door and excused her from her staff so they can privately talk about what happened with the right amount of privacy and decency. She then started saying that we were cursing and all. Never sorry but admitted that she did such a thing. I was surprised to hear how she twisted the real story. I then messaged the bride, and a renowned designer who happens to be my friend. He was humble enough to tell me what to do. He helped me and endorsed me to his shop. Although they didn’t have the color that was needed I thanked him and asked him to create a piece for me for my next event.
I searched and went to another famous designer’s shop. Luckily I found a dress that can blend well with the color scheme. To my horror an unknown caller threatens me: “… (cursing) hahanapin kita at mumurahin kita tandaan mo” surprised I asked him who he was. He then said that he’s the husband of the designer. Hmmm..
For one, not being able to keep your calm in a situation while dealing with a client was already off. Second, for someone who only heard one side to go and call a private individual, paying customer at that matter and threaten her is something below the belt.
So I composed myself went to the hotel and met up with my girls. Come dinner time, Kakat got a call from an unknown number. Thinking that it was a shoemate client, she picked up. Only to be surprised when a guy started talking and shouting to her. Even I was taken aback. I didn’t even tell her what happened so as not to ruin her day and stress her out. Yet, here comes the tandem calling her accusing her and asking her to take accountability for what happened. The guy didn’t stop. He was also probing and demanding Kat to give an apology. Can anyone pls enlighten me? Is it just me who failed to comprehend their actions or is it really something they shouldn’t have done? I actually have a recording of the conversation which we already submitted to our lawyer. Kakat started crying uncontrollably. Imagine. Less than 24 hrs before her wedding and I felt so bad for her. She called the designer and told her about what happened and was also asking why such thing should be done to her. She is afterall the bride.
I would’ve let it pass but when Kat told me that she was really hurt and felt helpless. I decided to call Atty. Frias and asked her to take necessary actions. I also was advised to write about the incident so as to let everyone know that we were threathened by a person who we barely even know. Just because they supposedly own the shop and that we were mere clients.
It was such a nightmare for us. In the first place if Kat didn’t think of the expenses I will be incurring, she would’ve been a Libiran or Leyva bride. What was supposedly our savings turned out to create more expenses om our side. 😅😂 anyway, what’s done is done and it’s time to deal with things properly. Thankfully, her wedding day was a success. Eventhough the designer didn’t show herself and dressed her up (she sent a tailor) we were able to put it aside for the time being and enjoy the moment. Now, back to reality. 😉