Sunday, September 30, 2018

Lee Joon Gi and Deng Lun for Fendi | #FangirlModeOn #KDramaInspiredShopping

Annyeong! πŸ€—OMO, so I'm such a fangirl that I eat, live, love, breathe, sleep, dress, and shop Chinese and Korean drama-inspired. Shocks, before Deng Lun, I only live for Lee Joon Gi and Korean Dramas, but now, oh my, I need them both in my hopeless, drama addict, romantic life. πŸ˜‰πŸ€”#FangirlProblems

In fairness, as fate would have it, my oppa (Lee Joon Gi) and dongsaeng (Deng Lun) recently sported Fendi. Fabulous.

Lee Joon Gi for Elle Men HK sporting Fendi
Deng Lun for Fendi x Fila Collaboration 
Oh my, my fangirl heart is full. The iconic inverted Zucca or "FF" logo is truly so back, and oh my,  two of my favorite artists in the whole wide world are wearing it.

So here's why I'm mighty superficially happy...I have a belt and a vintage Fendi Zucca Mama bag (thanks to my fairy godmother, who happily handed me down her Fendi bag). So my fangirl heart is it! Double F, feel na feel ko. πŸ™ˆ#FeelingClose #FeelingConnected

Reversible Fendi Belt
Vintage Fendi Zucca Mama Forever Shoulder Bag
Side story. Because I take the BART, Bay Area Rapit Transit in San Francisco, I normally don't wear branded stuff that shouts designer (hello, LV and Gucci). I learned my lesson the hard way sometime ago. I know Fendi from a long time ago because of my mom and aunts, but over time, even with the cutie Monster bags and charms, you can actually get away with wearing Fendi without being too loud about wearing the brand even with the classic Double F logo, it will just be drowned in the sea of Louis Vuitton bags out there. Safe. So it's my everyday bag when commuting, this, or a Chloe Paraty or a Balenciaga bag. It's so light, and low maintenance (except for the hardwares). The belt is a delight to wear. I'm content to own one of each, until Lee Joon Gi and Deng Lun came along wearing Fendi...loud and proud, and mighty handsome with it. I need a matching outfit to boot! πŸ™‰Reality check. Fendi is just one brand they wear. They'll be wearing others. I'm so tempted right now to get the matching bag  and cap of Deng Lun. I tend to do that, I have a matching shoes with Lee Joon Gi... oh well, #CrazyAsianFangirl in the house. πŸ™‹πŸ»‍♀️

Oh well, what to do when I feel that expensive superficial connection fuels my fangirl heart. Life of a KDrama and CDrama drama addict is not for the faint of heart. Believe me, everyday there's an internal discourse  over why, why, why go cray, cray over them, and I should just stop and get a life. Hah! πŸ˜…But oh well, for me, it's my ultimate anti-aging and coping mechanism to survive real life dramas.  It's truly a blessing when you have a real life oppa that supports your quirkiness and capriciousness like yours truly. Me, myself and I: drama addict + drama-inspired shopping = deadly! Wish me luck! Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✌🏻

Raising a teenager...Thank God for Dramas | #ChicSassyMomxUSA

Annyeong! πŸ€—Oh my, so last week was pleasantly hectic, and then just like that, Chaseyboy is thirteen!!!πŸ˜…Hello, my teenager! πŸ™„

You ought to know that I started this blog foremost because of Chaseyboy's birthday parties , which I made it a life's purpose to do so. Hah.

Chaseyboy's birthdays through the years. πŸŽ‚
His last big party was on his 7th birthday, and we're slowly transitioning to small, intimate parties with just family and friends. I always volunteers to host a party every time, though he always ends up saying not to throw him a party anymore and he just wants family time. Oh well, for his 13th birthday, until the very last minute, he cannot believe that I went full party mode with balloons and all. Hello! Except for the after-party clean up, it's almost effortless to do DIY party here with Party City and Nothing Bundt Cake so close by.  So just like that, he's a teenager! πŸ™„✌🏻I'm not ready.

Rare photo opportunity with him. He's slightly smiling (vs. smirking) here because I compromised about something in exchange. Hah. 
I fondly look back and look forward on all our adventures and misadventures parenting Chaseyboy....never a dull moment. What I'm mighty joyful about Chaseyboy is that he's kind, respectful and not vindictive. Also, we likened him to Shikamaru's character (Shikamaru is a character in Naruto). Though we would naturally want him to be like Naruto, we feel that he's more like Shikamaru where though everything feels like a drag at the onset, because he's too cool and lazy to care, but still he gladly does everything. So he's still our Naruto, believe it! πŸ˜‰ As his mom, I always feel loved and needed. Please take note that "needed" is the operative word. Hah. I often do daily reminders for myself to be a cool mom, not to nag, and not to nag.  I might still do sound like a broken record player every night and every morning on what needs to be done. But oh well, I feel that I'm still within reason! Though now, oh my, we're at the point that I need to nag to get him to stay still for a nice photo. πŸ™Š(Here's the disclaimer part on why I have so many selfies instead on my IG @chicsassymom . Am I too old for social media?! I refused to feel so. Hahaha. πŸ’πŸ»‍♀️) We've made it a point to be so involved in his school activities back home, but here in US of A, life happens, so we just nag monitor his grades, and so far, so good, or else he'll just be grounded! Oh well, I pray for wisdom and grace to be a wiser parent... still rearing, not too authoritarian, not overly indulging, permissive but within reasons and still never really letting go (hello, eagle eyes!). Oh my...this truly sounds a lot of work! πŸ™‰πŸ˜…

Looking back, I was already commuting (riding jeepney and tricycle) in Grade 2. I spent time with friends after school and after club meetings. There were no cellphones back then. So it's just really asking permission and being sincere to my word that I'll be home at the agreed time. That was grade school and high school days in Pampanga (Philippines). When I went to college, I was on my own in Manila. I had childhood sweethearts when I was in Kindergarten, had suitors and crushes aplenty. It was possible because I was in a co-ed school all through out. The story was different with our son, he's in an all-school boys the whole of his elementary, he had a driver and a yaya (helper) who went with him until he was in Grade 6, where I braved letting go of our driver and he had to take the school bus. And note that, we're so involved in his school that all his teachers even the Principal were just a phone away. All for the love of security and safety. Hmmm...maybe, because he's an only son. So all eyes on him. πŸ€” So then, just like that, Chaseyboy turns teenager...I'm not prepared "not to be needed" anymore. It takes courage and a lot of trust and prayers to allow him to walk from school by himself, or to go out with friends (now I presume with girls), and now to ask to go to a theme park or to a fair with us just dropping him off. Ottoke!? Thank goodness for an app, which I learned from another parent, Life360. It's basically a GPS tracker, works with us because I'm on IOS and he's on an Android. So one day, when he asked permission to play soccer at the nearby school, I just had to make sure he knows how to cross the streets properly. πŸ˜‚πŸ€«

This my friends, my cinggu, happened just days after he turned 13. He feels that being a teenager (and now that he's taller than me),  he's old enough not to need mom to do things for himself. Oh well, the new operative work is "compromise"... give and take, privilege vs. responsibility. Moreso, it's sincerely respecting and trusting each other over the discourse of the real life dramas. Thank goodness for my Chinese and Korean dramas, I'm sane surviving! Let's do this! Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✌🏻

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

EyenLip LULU Professional Hair Ampoule Review πŸ’πŸ»‍♀️| #ChicSassyMomFinds

Annyeong! πŸ€—

Never, never, never give up on your hair. I guess my addiction to haircare products comes naturally because for the longest time, I've been working with hair care companies in my previous life. Then it leveled up because I ended up more adventurous and it's normally at its highest and fanciful when I attend fan meetings or get a drama-inspired hair style and color. πŸ˜‰But my dear, unlike back in Manila when I can do salon visits whenever I like, this it is not the case here in California. So I'm mighty grateful that Beauty Net Korea reached out to me for collaboration opportunity to sample Korean Products. You ought to know I'm a Korean Skincare addict (type Innisfree, SkinFood, Althea etc. in my search box). Yassss!!! A boxful of beauty products from Seoul with love...I'm a happy ahjumma fangirl!

Product Description:  Contains 17 types of Amino Acids and various amount of misturizer that prevents damages from hair dryness
1. Hair ampoule that contains ceramide ingredients that has hardening cement effect to the keratin, phospholipid and collagen components that’s between the cuticle layer and the cortex layer  
2. The vegetable oil coats the cuticle layer to strengthens cuticle and cortex layer surface to provide and maintain the moisture. 
3. Contains ceramide and collagen ingredients to create and maintain healthy and smooth hair. 
4. Contains a lot of moisturizing agent and amino acid to prevent damages caused by moisture evaporation from the hair and maintain moist hair.
LULU Professional Hair Ampoule 13ml by EyenLip Beauty Net Korea
It's DIY hair spa and treatment at home (and lately, I live for do-it-yourself...DIY hair color, manicure, pedicure, laundry, driving πŸ™‰...I miss Philippines ✌🏻). Depending on my conditioner, my hair can be nice and soft, and sometimes just plain unruly. Life happens, between hair fall, and hair damage, I tend to just mostly tie it a messy bun. So I was excited to try this professional hair ampoule.

How to use: 1. After shampooing remove excess moisture left on the hair with your hands. 2. Apply and massage the ampoule throughout the hair. (Because of Self-Emulsion Effect the liquid ampoule is transformed into a treatment formula, which makes it easy to massage the hair.) 3. After 5 ~ 10 minutes massage, rinse with warm water.
Chic & Sassy Mom Tip: Be careful not to get the stuff in your eyes. The precaution is real. It has a warming effect so when it accidentally did, it super stings and I had to let cold water run.

I only needed half of it. The container is resealable so I saved it for another use. At the onset, it's not really soft, in fact, my hair remained tangled, even after washing. Then, surprise, surprise...the magic only happens when drying it.  It feels so light, soft, and shiny. Look!

Before. After (with the same lighting). Another after photo with different lighting condition. 
Easy peasy. No frills hair styling. πŸ’πŸ»‍♀️✨
It's love at first try. I couldn't wait to use it more frequently. I did for the second, third time. And it works like magic. Easy peasy. Good hair days make me feel like I can rule the world. That, plus nice skin, nice shoes with matching nice purse to boot. Oh well! #ImsoVain #KDramaInspired 🀫Cheers! ✌🏻

Do check out here the official product information and details of EyenLip LULU Professional Hair Ampoule. 

When in Union Square San Francisco ❤️ | #ChicSassyMomTravels

Annyeong! πŸ€—

So I've been MIA again, oh well, real life drama happens. In fact our unplanned trip to the city last Saturday was a result of string of not-so-good luck, but when life give you lemons, make lemon water (that's the healthier choice nowadays πŸ˜…).  So we took the BART, and instead went to Union Square.

Yasss! Another San Francisco Heart...Heartfelt Wisdom 2018 by Jeremy Fish
At the other end of the square, across Nike in Post St., there's a new Heart of San Francisco. See more Hearts of San Francisco here and here too. 
Sidestory. We have aunts visiting from LA, and we made plans for a Sacrament Tour. Our car broke down on the way, so we had it towed by Triple A (Thank you, Triple A, glad for the membership, better safe, than sorry!πŸ‘πŸΌ) . We're in San Pablo, and thankfully that there's still a Bart Station near us. We're out of luck renting a car as they closed at 12nn. Just in case I don't do a full post about it, allow me to rant on the hateful customer service of Hertz near that area. She kept on insisting "I close in 1 minute!!!" non-stop instead of answering my question if they can wait and help us. πŸ™„So we had half day, and we decided to take the BART to the city. More misadventures awaited, apparently on weekend, there's a portion that you had to take the bus, so a supposed easy peasy BART ride became toxic. Oh well. We made it, Union Square is BARTable anyhow.

From Powell Station, Union Square is just a couple of blocks away.  Union Square is a shopping haven and a must-see when touring SF.

Must-see and Photo Op at the Cable Car

#TitasofLA in San Francisco
Union Square is a plaza that is bordered by Powell, Geary, Post and Stockton. One side of Union Square is Macy's. There's Cheescake Factory at the rooftop of it for a nice overlooking view of the square. One side is the photo op at the signature Heart of San Francisco, America’s Greatest City by the Bay by Tony Bennett with the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. On one side, is the giant Nike Store where the new heart is located. It changed every so often.

Apple Store at Union Square, San Francisco...Apple fans abound for the new Apple iPhone Xs
At the other side, corner of the square is the Neiman Marcus. Playing tourist, one needs to go inside it to see the magnificent stained-glass ceiling of The Rotunda. For me, I just like to window shop for my next Jo Malone scent.

It's splendid, indeed!
If you have a lot of time to spend in Union Square, I read that The Rotunda is an exquisite restaurant as well. 
Of all the mishaps, it still turned out to be a pleasant day. My boys were forced to tour the city again after a while. I love playing tourist in SF, it's such a charming place and it never fails to captivate. It was short, but sweet trip. We're out of time as we had to take the Bart going home.  On our way out, I did get more Bake Cheese Tarts. Oh well, grateful for another one fine San Francisco day spent with family and loved ones. Cheers! ✨

Thursday, September 13, 2018

#FangirlModeOn | Deng Lun for Heavy Sweetness, Ash-Like Frost 😍

Ni hao! πŸ€—Omo, my heart is full with watching Heavy Sweetness, Ash-Like Frost aka Ashes of Love. ❤️So anyhow, this is not entirely a post about the drama, it's just my mundane, crazy ravings for Deng Lun, who I first watched in Sweet Dreams with Dilraba Dilmurat, who I saw first in my forever favorite Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (this drama is a winner, must watch). You ought to know I'm as crazy about Chinese dramas. In fact, there's a certain higher level of devotion to it because the dramas tend to go over 40 episodes. One needs to be truly, madly, hopelessly in love with them to go through all the dramas, then to do a re-run all over again. I mean, I don't have a life who needs real life, when you have them, right?! Hah. πŸ˜…

Anyhow, this is a post dedicated to Deng Lun. He is the first dongsaeng or literally millenial (that can already be my nephew) that I've decided big time that my wish is for another lifetime to be reincarnated as Chinese or to time travel to China. πŸ˜‚Yup, you read it right, not Korean or Seoul. 🀫But wait, it seems I'm pretty much consistent with my oppa, he reminds me so much of Lee Joon Gi, who of all the boys I've loved before, will always be my one true oppa.

Oh how I love thee, Deng Lun. Let me count the he's handsome, but more so I love him more because he's so versatile.  I love him both in period drama and modern drama (Because of Meeting You and Sweet Dreams). He can sing and dance. He has so much range. He's just amazing!!!

I suggest you start with Because of Meeting You (Chinese version of Korean drama Jang Bori is here). My heart is full. ❤️ That's all. Okay, thanks, bye! ✌🏻

Follow my fangirl adventures on IG @noonadiaires .

Sunday, September 9, 2018

#KDramaInspired | Noreabang in San Francisco 🎀

Omo! If only I can sing, I'll be a happy fangirl to discover a noreabang in San Francisco. Not entirely close to Fremont, but drivable. First off, it's your authentic Korean sing room a la karaoke or videoke, which is owned and operated by true Korean ahjumma and ahjussi, with lights, tambourine and Korean menu to boot. Daebak! πŸ˜…

Annyeong, ahjumma! The place is so reminiscent of Korean Dramas. Noraebang. Sing rooms. You can bring food, which is nice. But you cannot bring drinks. Sounds good. 
No Soju. Maekju is it. Oh, spot the tambourine.
So I'm back to the rat race corporate world again. Werk, werk, werk. I'm feeling a little old, oh well, I'm literally older working with mostly millennials. And my, they do love to sing. So this is like our welcoming party for the new hires, like how they do it in KDramas πŸ˜‰, except my goodness, they can sing. One colleague has a music record, one is an opera singer, and others, well, they're professionals. They can navigate the complicated Korean machine and they know their songs by heart. πŸ˜… I thought I could sing yearssss ago, I'm wrong. I like to do it for fun, but that night was not it. I need to practice. Hah. Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✌🏻

Milbrae Karaoke House
1366 El Camino Real Millbrae, CA 94030
6:00 pm - 2:00 am

We've moved! 🏑| #ChicSassyMomxUSA Part 1

Annyeong, cinggu! πŸ€—Oh my, so for the nth time, we've moved again. New home. New adventures. New memories. No wifi for a while. But, I'm back! Oh, life! My, I swear this one was toxic epic, because we had no movers to help us, it's just the three of us. For days, I thought, I broke my back.  πŸ™ŠBut, we've settled. Yay!

It's a newly renovated apartment unit. I love the floors. It's easier to clean, well, I initially thought so.  

We found a spot for my tea sets. Yay! That's it for now. Oh well, you ought to know that Niles is just few miles away, and I can never get enough tea cups
Pineapples, Alexa, Sunbursts, and Scentsy #FewofmyFavoriteThings ✨

Hummel and stuff. I'll save it for another post, but we had so much unique finds from the Fremont Niles Antique Fair 2018 (see my IG post @chicsassymom). We're pleasantly surprised that this apartment have so much light fixtures. Unlike the last one, where we only have one for the living and dining room, and we had to furnish the room with lamps. Oh well, now, it's sooo bright and sunny. Hello, California living! Cheers! ✨

To be continued...
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