It's another manic Saturday. Right after the previous night's shift, I went straight to my cousins' place in Malate for snooze. As usual, I have a long day ahead of me. Inasmuch as I would like to fall into deep, looong slumber, I found myself awake and eager for this year's Dutdutan after roughly 3 hours of rest. I just went downstairs and joined my cousins in the long overdue sushi par-tey I promised them August celebrants.
Part of my agenda is to persuade them to accompany me in the mentioned tattoo convention. Going solo is always okay, but it'd be better if I can gush about our discoveries real-time (vs. posting them on social networking sites). Minnie wants to attend, too, but she had some preparations to do for their taping the following day. Yumi, on the other hand, had a scheduled trip to GMA, Cavite for a sort-of vacation with other cousins. Plus, her fellow August birthday girl is expecting her share of sushi that rainy day.
Luckily, the dark clouds opened up and Minnie realized she can tag me along while she does her errands in the office then we can head to World Trade Center for Dutdutan. When it's about 7pm, she can go back to accomplish more to-dos and I can leave for my next engagement. Brilliant!
The real adventure began after having shower. She can't decide what to wear and I wanted to use something non-red for my lips. I've packed my controversial orange off-shoulder (to be explained later why) and my plaid shorts. The latter needs no introduction as you've seen it here, there and everywhere. Worse, my sneakers got drenched in the rain again! Me and my poor, size-10 feet!
Minnie was just too happy to offer options. She first offered her Sephora lipstick (it looked like lipliner to me) as its red-orangey hue will compliment my top. As you can see below, it looked very red and lived up to its "real red" promise. Red lipstick and bright orange top? Overkill!
Next? She made me try her Maybelline's Peach Nectar. It looked pretty okay, but I was looking for something matte. She made me try some nude lipsticks from Avon.
Upon trying on the third lipstick, I hurried to wipe it away. It looked pale and unflattering on my lips. The succeeding lipstick from Avon helped us reach a consensus to go back to the Peach Nectar. Don't get me wrong, it looked fine. But we agreed that the Peach Nectar looks more radiant. We ended up singing ♫♪ Maybe it's Maybelline! ♫♫
While waiting for all the scripts to be photocopied, Minnie worked on my plain make-up. She thought I could use some smoky eyes, black-brown eyebrows and bronzer. Who am I to complain? Right after, I felt ready to meet someone hunky. I heard they never ran out of such in their office.
If that photo still hasn't given you an idea why I called this off-shoulder top as controversial, here's a glimpse of what transpired one day in our office.
TL Cher was thinking it was one of the boys again, flashing their big bellies a la Carlos Agassi in "My Amnesia Girl" or shoving their nipples to one of the girls in the team. But, noooooo...
Yep, my boss really used the word "off-elbow" to describe my top. Naghuhubad?! I'm actually wearing an orange tube top from Dorothy Perkins underneath that top. And...it's not as if I'm giving everyone a peep show. Oh, well.
World Trade Center - Dutdutan 2011
After my tongue and cartilage piercings about 3 years ago, I think getting a tattoo is the next challenge. In fact, my inked friends are getting impatient for their turn to give me some moral support when I finally have it done. My maternal cousins and I had long agreed to have our grandfather's last name in Baybayin tattooed in our preferred body part. Newsflash: I am yet to have the design executed. For my second tattoo, I'd prefer a traditional tattoo (think Tattoo Hunter) of kampilan or umalohokan in my nape or inner leg. I was hopeful to find someone who can make this desire come into fruition in this event.
Alex Crizano. Super tall and scary!
Nolboo Korean Restaurant
Terminal 3, NAIA
And I'm down to my final itinerary of the day. My longtime online-turned-offline friend just arrived from her vacation in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Lovelove landed around 19:00, waiting for her connecting flight back to Davao by 04:00. The first and last time we met and spent quality time together was in Davao during my birthday getaway way back in 2006! How can I say no to her invitation for a gabfest?
In case you're not convinced we really met up in Terminal 3. =p
And yes...the lipstick remained glossy until the wee hours! Bravo!
Poor-quality photos: Mine, mine, mine!
Great photos in WTC and Nolboo: Chad Barreyro
Great photos in NAIA: Lovelove