Friday, May 12, 2017

#ChicSassyMomFinds : Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Happy dance, it's Mother's Day weekend! πŸ’ƒπŸ» I did receive my gift in advance (thank you, Hon and Chaseyboy) so I'm not expecting any. Hah.  For my mother in law and mom, we will do last minute shopping later or tomorrow.  I thought I'll share few of my favorite things.  Pssst...share this link to your hubby or children, if, just maybe, they care to top up on the priceless tender, loving, care and flowers. ✌🏻

Methinks, flowers should be given, right? ;-D When in Manila, Te Amo Floristeria is love!

Hmmm, it's so hard to choose which I love more, so here's my list of favorite shopping finds/loot, Top 7 list not in order of priority.

1) Anything Tory Burch πŸ€—πŸ‘œπŸ‘ πŸ‘–

Tory Burch in Manila is at Rustan's Shangrila. Visit the shop during Mother's Day and you might just have an extra gift, last time as a flower pot.

The Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flats, in fairness, is truly so comfy, unlike other ballet flats. OOTD post soon.

2) Chloe Eau De Parfum Classic and Fleur

Love these. I like the Classic and Fleur, I just had to have these from Robinsons Galleria Department Store for a good deal, 2 for Php 7500.

#FangirlModeOn : Visiting Heo Joon Jae's House in Legend of the Blue Sea #SeoulSearching

Annyeong, cinggu! πŸ€—

Legend of the Blue Sea is love, love, love. It's one drama that our Lee Min Ho oppa shines the brightest with Heo Joon Jae being such an endearing character. Thank you, drama gods!

So for a KDrama addict and fangirl like yours truly, Seoul searching wouldn't be complete without attending a fan meeting (see my Ji Chang Wook's fanmeeting soiree here πŸ˜‚) , and/or stalking, and/or reliving our drama dreams by visiting a filming location. Last February 2017, it's a one fine snowy day to visit filming locations of Legend of the Blue Sea.

Pocheon Art Valley, here we come! Heo Joon Jae, where art thou?

Remember these scenes in Legend of the Blue Sea... daebak!

w/ my Seoul Sisters, truly we met because of Lee Min Ho
All for the love of uri Min Ho ssi, we left for Pocheon Art Valley around 3pm in Seoul. We took a taxi, and contracted the ahjussi taxi driver to wait for us, which is like the wisest thing ever considering we left around 8 pm, and the place was almost empty. It's a long drive, about two hours, I think we paid 160000 KRW. Considering we're four, that's about Php 1750 each. Hmmm, what's a fangirl gotta do! 🀣

Just before we left, we had a nice walk to Heo Joon Jae's house.

It's walk from Myeongdong and Namsan area.

What made the experience sweeter, oh that perfect icing on the cake, was it snowed. ❄️🌨

Oh happy day for a fangirl. I can't wait to be back to Seoul. Please, pretty please. Cheers! ;-D

Heo Joon Jae's house in Seoul uses partly the facade of Gallery 487, near the cable car of Namsan Tower. House sign reads 29 Sogong-ro 4 Gil Street.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Hair Care Must Haves

Life is too short to have boring hair.  Read through my adventures and misadventures on my lovely hair. Hah. Oh well. πŸ’ I'm pleasantly surprised that I do have a lot of post about it.  In the search box, please type "hair color", and you'll find several, I did long hair, bob cut a la "Tangled" hair, red hair, ombre and a whole lot more. Though, I still tend to lean to safer hair purple hair, just yet. Envy much.

Since for the longest time, I've been working with hair care companies, I'm reassured that I have reliable hair care products to do away with falling, damage, and dandruff. That, plus I do tend to hoard everything shampoos and conditioners, whenever, wherever. Hello, excess baggage! :-D 

But for a busy bee like yours truly, my hair care routine needs to be no frills. Be it if I have short or long hair, and usually colored hair, these work like magic. Nice-h! πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

My hair Care Must-Haves: Wen by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Anti-Frizz Styling Creme, Denman Detangling Brush, Philips Hair Dryer, and my phone cord hair tie and girly pearly hair clip πŸ’†πŸ»  #ChicSassyMomFinds 
Perfect timing, my cousin gifted me the Wen by Chaz Dean Styling Creme. I love, love, love the WEN Hair Care line especially my coveted Cleansing Conditioner, which sets apart WEN from the other hair care brand. I remembered finishing a whole set of it sometime ago (wrote about it here, and here too, also posted it on my IG @chicsassymom ).  It had me at hello, minty! Everything mint and oh-so-natural botanical and herbs reminds me of spa and massage, plus Wen sounds so much like Zen, so I'm sold! 

Product Feature: This lightweight styling solution is designed to help take the frizz out of hair and give you more moisture, shine and body. Hair has less breakage after just one use and gets stronger even after being exposed to heat and styling stress. WEN® Anti-Frizz Styling Creme provides up to 8 hours of frizz control.  
The Denman Be-Bop Massage brush (told you, I love massage! ;-D) is a great detangling brush. The brush evenly distributes the Wen Styling Creme applied on damp hair. While note that the Be-Bop Brush is not designed to be used with hair dryer, it's a must have to complete pre-hair drying routine, which cuts down on the drying time. Those two, plus my ever favorite Philips Hair Dryer, easy peasy. I'm all set. 

Everyday look made easy, except for the golden curls that run the world, plus there's always the messy bun (thanks to the phone cord hair tie) to get things done. #Hairstyle #ShamelessSelfie #Selca 
Bring on the hair flip. πŸ’ Cheers! ;-D 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

ChicSassyMom Blog Makeover Giveaway 2017 #ChicSassyMomBlogGiveaway

Hello, hello! Oh my, it has been a long time (two years) since I hosted a giveaway. 🀦🏻‍♀️ Fret not, I'm back!!! I'm so excited with the blog, finally it will have a much needed header, etc. Can't wait. (I do hope I still would know how to plug them in). Haha.

Anyhow, without further ado. Here goes.

(1) One winner to receive the following:
(1) NYX Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette + 2 Butter Gloss
1 Burt's Bees Lip Balm + Lotion
(1) 236 ml Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes Body Mist
(1) Physician's Formula CC Cream
(1) Esprit Pouch
Join via the Rafflecopter. 
This giveaway is open to those who have shipping address in the Philippines. 
Entry submission will end May 20, 2017, Local Time (Philippines). 
Complete the requirements, and bonus entries if you like. Earn entries via the Rafflecopter.
One winner for all items. ;-D

Easy peasy to join. Cheers! ;-D

Please check out: @chicsassymom on IG and Twitter 

Anello Store soon to Open in Manila πŸŽ’ #AnelloPh

Hello! So much visits love goes out to my Anello bag post, methinks, you would be happy to know that Anello is coming to town...soon.  #HappyDance

Anello soon to open at Estancia Mall at Capitol Commons...will keep you posted. Cheers! ;-D

Address: 1605 Meralco Ave, Pasig, 1605 Metro Manila

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Holy Grail: Hera HD Perfect Powder Pact

What's up, cinggu? Annyeong! (Teehee πŸ€—, just fresh out of watching Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Ep 12, hence, for the what's up. )

Oh Hera, I love thee. 

πŸ’πŸ»πŸ’‹ #Hera is the priciest #PowderPact I got 😌😊 but well, If I will be an #UrbanGoddess like #JeonJiHyun why not πŸ€£πŸ’•πŸ˜ #SimCheong πŸ’• #SeoulShopping #KoreanCosmetics #beauty #Seoul #ChicSassyMomFinds #Travel #chicsassymomtravels #Makeup #Cosmetics #LotteDutyFree #HolyGrailMakeup #Favorite #Makeup
I'm already a fan of Hera (search Hera in the blog for more FOTD), but I used to settle for trial sizes from online sellers, as it's very pricey, still is. I thought I deserve a treat, I finally got one in the Lotte Duty Free, for about $42. Super best buy.

I used to get No. 21, but the lady told me I'm No. 23. Okay. Swatch of No. 23. 
Hera is a Korean brand endorsed by the Jeon Ji Hyun of My Sassy Girl, You From Another Star, and the most recent, Legend of the Blue Sea. Love her.  I'm absolutely sold!

Features of Hera HD Powder Pact I lifted from Hera Brand Site
Truth be told, I just got the pact that's available in the store, only to realize later why the Aha! factor. Nice, just really goes well with how I need a quick, easy peasy everyday makeup for work that lasts the whole day and no breakouts (very important, as I have very sensitive skin). 

Now for the FOTD...

Taken outdoor, indoor, outdoor. #FOTD Hera Perfect HD Powder Pact No. 23
Posted these in my IG too (@chicsassymom) I've been trying out different lipsticks (Kylie's Kristen, Benefit Cosmetics' They're Real) plus loving my Tom Ford Sunnies 😎 from Lotte Duty Free as well. 

For night events, for targeted luminance, I used Benefit Cosmetic's High Beam. 

Oh my, I'm almost out of it. πŸ˜” 
Seriously loving it. So yes, I will definitely repurchase. Sad, they don't have this in Althea. I hope I can find it in the duty free when we go to SG. Or is a Seoul trip in order? πŸ€” Will let you know. Cheers! 🍷

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Smurfs The Lost Village Happy Meal Toys

Hooray! Awww...the Smurfs are back in Mc Donald's. Sometime ago, we had The Smurfs 2 Happy Meal Toys, and starting March 25, we also have their houses to boot with The Smurfs The Lost Village Happy Meal Toys.

Collect all eight (8) Smurfs Happy Meal toys. Each toy comes with a specially designed Smurf house and two unique Smurf friends, like Papa Smurf, Brainy Smurf and Smurfette. Complete your own Smurfs village, now!
We have a complete set, hooray! Thank you, #McDoPh #EON ❤️

Each toy comes FREE with every purchase of a McDonald’s Happy Meal. Choose from a Cheesy Eggdesal or 1-pc Chicken McDo during breakfast hours and 1-pc Chicken McDo, 4pc Chicken McNuggets, Burger McDo or McSpaghetti during regular hours. Happy Meals come with a choice of fries or corn and orange juice. 

Do checkout the McDonald’s Happy Meal collection. Please share photos of your Smurfs village on McDonald’s Facebook page,, or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram.

Seoul Searching 2017: Metro Hotel Myeongdong Seoul

Annyeong! ;-D

Hope all is well with everyone. As for yours truly, my life is full of drama, as always...a good mix of family, romcom, office but thankfully, not makjang. πŸ˜‚

It's April! Yay! I can't wait for some vacation time for the Holy Week. Hmmm, it's Singapore for the fambam. How I wish it's another Seoul trip, but oh well, you can't have them all. Just in case you're Seoul bound, do checkout my quick post of Metro Hotel Myungdong  (that's how it's spelled in the hotel).  We stayed at the Family Suite last Feb 2-5 for 4 Days, 3 nights.

Metro Hotel Myeongdong Facade, Reception, Lobby, PC Corner. There are other facilities (gym, laundry, play area for kids, vending machine, hot and cold water dispenser, dining area, veranda etc.)

Family Suite
Hallway, Coffee & Tea + Generous Complimentary Bottled Water, Toilet and Bath and amenities
For four Seoul Sisters, the room is very spacious. We have more than enough space to hold our M-XL luggages and a lot of shopping bags after. We can do all sorts of packing maneuvering to our hearts' content. 

Buffet Breakfast at The Clubhouse
Breakfast spread is okay, mix of Korean and American. The Japchae is winner. I love the pastries too with danish and croissants.  It's pleasantly unremarkable, meaning I don't mind that some are recurring over the course of our stay.

The ajussi guard at the ground floor is very friendly and helpful, and so is everyone, the receptionists and the ajummas in the dining area.

There is a Starbucks adjacent to it, though, we were so busy, and couldn't really find time to chill. It's still in Myeongdong, very near Lotte Duty free, and everything else.

Methinks, Metro Hotel is my favorite vs. JHill Myeongdong and K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 2. So yes, very nice-h!

Published Rates. For our stay, we paid Php 32,896 for 3 Nights.
From the airport, take Bus No. 6015,  Ibis Hotel Myeongdong Stop.

Address: 14 Myeongdong 9ga-gil, Jung-gu, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea, 04534 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

LSPA Appreciation Night in the Wild Wild West

Oh my, how time flies, few more days left and my Chaseyboy will be graduating Grade 6. We're grateful. πŸ™πŸΌ

Since Grade 1, when we started in LSGH, we remain to be very much involved and engaged in the school's PTA. In LSGH, it's called La Salle Parents' Association (LSPA).

Every year end, Board Members of the LSPA organize an Appreciation Night, which is a grand occasion to recognize the contributions of everyone who served the Lasallian community with great patience and dedication. This year,  it's Wild Wild West. Yeehaw!

Oh well, I got all dolled up, just because. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

Hair and Makeup by Kawisori Korean Salon #FOTD
#OOTD πŸ‘• Denim Top and πŸ‘–Ripped Jeans: Cotton On | πŸ‘œ Bag and Belt: Fendi | πŸ‘’ Boots: Lifestride

with my Cinggu Teng of The Brow Studio πŸ˜˜
Us: The Grade 6 S.Y. 2016-2017 Class Representatives #Lovelovelove
Wild Wild West Denim on Denim Costume
To my honey-oh, for being with me in this journey, you are the star of my life. Love you, Hon. ❤️
We offer our immense gratitude and cheers to our amazing board members and staff of the LSPA, for the great effort and amazing dedication to see this this through with us. The same gratefulness goes to our wonderful Grade 6 class representatives, you complete us! Animo, La Salle! Cheers! 😍

Monday, February 13, 2017

Birthday Gift: Louis Vuitton Wallet

Oh wow, I just realized that it has been quite sometime, years even, since I wrote about a bag post. If I will have my way, I hope to be a fashion blogger. Yay! My wish. #prettyplease πŸ˜‚

Anyhow, I missed on the opportunity of posting about my recent acquisitions of designer bags and wallets. As if. Hah. This is a latergram belated blog post.

Love you ❤️, Honey-oh for gifting me my 4th Louis Vuitton (πŸ€” let's count the blessings πŸ˜‡). So just you know, my husband is super brand loyal (he loves Nike, but only Kobe Bryant and Jordan lines), for me, he insists thinks I can only do LV and Prada, so far he's supporting only those two brands (I dream of more Givenchy and Balenciaga too). Hahaha. Love you, Hon! For my birthday in California, he gifted me a matching wallet.

Louis Vuitton Zippy Wallet Monogram Canvas
Louis Vuitton Zippy Wallet M41895
Official LV Product Description: The Zippy Wallet gets an upgrade: this new version of our iconic wallet boasts 4 extra credit card slots and a colourful leather lining. Combining well-organised functionalities with a pure design, it is the optimal answer to an urban lifestyle. 
Tadaa! Nice-he!!! 😍 I have my must-have cards with me, one side for the misc ( Starbucks Cards x 2, Lee Joon Gi T-Money Card, SSS ID, S&R, HMO Card), the other side is for my bank cards. I have more membership and discount cards, I keep another wallet for those. I love that it has many compartments, just to be better organized. ☺️
Lee Joon Gi T-Money Card + LV Wallet = Love ❣️#Fangirl 
So now for the price, it goes for $805 plus tax, it went to $870. I know because the OR serves as the authenticity proof, I had to ask it for safekeeping. You ought to know except on supermarket and skincare shopping, I tend to be naturally miserly. I have a lower spending threshold. πŸ˜‚ To date, I have two favorite wallet (this and the Prada). While some said it's nice to do matching, my, that's just so much effort. So far, so good. (Meantime) I couldn't ask for more. Cheers! ;-D

P.S. Oh, just in case you are subscribed to my blog (please, please don't unsubscribe, it pains meπŸ’”), you would know that I'm on a blogging marathon πŸ˜‚. Oh my, it must be because it feels like there is a countdown for D-Day (happening on February 15), and while I do hope I'll be true that I will update this more often, will try to blog as much as I can. 

VDay Gift Ideas: Te Amo Floristeria πŸ’πŸŒ·πŸŒΉ

My FB timeline is flooded with Valentine's dates and gift giving. I thought this might be a timely post to do. Lucky, I can confidently ask hubby what I want for gifts. So for our Anniversary I asked him for flowers from Te Amo Floristeria. Its creations are like Korea's Fleurette (IG:_fleurette_), which are Seoul-ful, and feels like home. 😍 Take note, I sent him a screenshot of the arrangement I like. He went home with a bit modified arrangement, more with his style and flower preference. I'm a happy girl.

Te Amo. I love you. ❣️

I did't dare ask the price (but I was dying to do so πŸ˜‚). But eventually I found out, when a friend got one for his wife. Hmmm, so an arrangement like that can go from Php 5000-8000. (Hmmm...πŸ€” Thinks hard as this is like a Pandora Bracelet or a Jo Malone). Okay, I'm content to receive one, annually on our anniversary. Perhaps in the future, I can ask another from my son on my birthday. 

For your arrangement, visit Te Amo Floristeria's Official Website

Address: Ground Floor, Active Fun Building, 28th Avenue Corner 9th Avenue., Taguig, Global city, 1634 Metro Manila

Better late than never: Hello, 2017!

Hello, hello, 2017! 2016, oh how I love thee. 2017, let's bring it on. So far, so good. 

Oh my, hope all is well with everyone. It's really been a while since I went MIA (I do hope you are following me on IG @chicsassymom for daily updates). 

My last post was my October 2016 trip to Seoul. A lot have happened since. A series of post for Seoul 2017 will be shared soon (oh I do hope to find time to do so). Anyhow, I hope to be more diligent. It dawned on me that I was just stressing and dilly dallying, unnecessarily. I do intend to blog a lot, I take thousands of photos, but in the end, between blogging and watching K-Drama, the addiction always win. ;-D 

After Seoul in 2016, we went to Taiwan, Chicago, California. Last February 2017, I went back to Seoul. Please check out my Instagram @chicsassymom #ChicSassyMomTravels. 
Just when I decided to blog today, I opened my MacBook, and no battery!!! Really. I had to take the effort to charge it (should I blog or should I not? hah) and it's already playing on my mind just how I will nag my son later on my rule on never to let it run on low bat, let alone, no bat. Shocks! Okay, I will relax and remind myself it's a Monday. Chill.

I am forced to be a morning person, since the alarm kicks off every 4am, everyday, to nag help my son get ready for school. That would have been super great so I can be early for work, but not, I sneak back to sleep, and ends up forcing myself to wake up again feeling either sleep deprived (complaining how life is so unfair for an employee like yours truly ;-D) or lethargic for someone who can actually afford staying in bad whole day just because I'm on my last two days of vacation before starting out work elsewhere. Yes, I'm moving! Hmmm, will save a post for it. So there, hope this post jumpstart my 2017. 

Chinese New Year officially marks my 2017, we're not Chinese (hubby is only 12.5%), but I take time to celebrate at home with dinner and some traditions just because we were abroad for the past two New Years.  New Year for 2016 we were in Japan and Hongkong, and 2017 we were in California, but we're getting ready for our Jan 1 early flight back to Manila. So here's to new beginning...

I'm sort of into red wine now. πŸ· Just because I read somewhere on the weight-loss benefits of it.  πŸ€”πŸ˜‚
Cheese Plate 101. I love cheese. Those cheese(s) I brought all the way from California, and had to pass a TSA Security Manual scrutiny. πŸ™ŽπŸ»
2016 was beyond amazing. It felt like I was on a rollercoaster. There were a lot of dramas uphill, every climb was challenging, but then every drop was exhilarating. There was a question posted to me on just where do I get the energy to go through all those real life drama (new work/company, LSPA (son's school PTA) presidency, travel, fangirling etc.), I think it's through a lot of help and prayers, that I muster the courage to go through all of them. I'm sincerely thankful. It's not all peaches and cream but I know it can only get better. This blog post I did for CNY 2012, is still very much relevant, relatable and applicable. So here goes...I'm taking 2017! It's mine! It can be yours too! Let's be fabulous in 2017! Happy, 2017! I'll be your forever grateful, at your service, Chic and Sassy Mom!  Cheers! πŸ»πŸŽŠ

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Wifey to JB and Mommy to Chasey :) It's said that one's eyes are windows to one's soul. True! My eyes twinkle when I'm happy, they light up with my smile. I’m no frills! I'm easy to read (except during Poker). I easily get teary eyed on practically both happy and sad things. I'm overly emotional! UP,Toy Story 3, and Glee made me cry with delight.My hubby is my source of strength. He balances that side of my personality. He made me a more self-reliant person.I love being a mom. But be it known that I tend to be OC, paranoid, and definitely see my self as a stage mom.I can't help but throw him parties every year.I love to read. If there is a lifetime membership to Book Lover's Club, I've probably signed in as early as Grade 1. I'm blessed to have a special relationship with God. He is my confidante. I practically talked to him anywhere and anytime about anything. I'm a Kapampangan and supposedly known for having culinary skills.This still needs to be found perfected, but for sure, I can say I'm a gourmand!I love to eat and it shows!Oh well!Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and Happiness is only a state of mind. From today onwards, I intend to live in a Happy Mode!Cheers!