Feast of Jesus of Nazareth; January 9th (My Birthday)

Hi, guys! It’s been more than a year since I last wrote something here which was my 4th of July Nail Art. I miss this, and I think it’s time to get back to writing. Anyway, I wanna greet everyone a Happy New Year, and I wish all of you the best of everything this year onwards! Let’s get started.

Today, I’m turning 30 (not too young), but as they say, “life starts at 30″.

In the Philippines, January 9th is a remarkable day as it is the feast of Jesus of Nazareth. He is popularly called Nazarene because he is from Nazareth. It was said that a Mexican artist whose name is unknown painted the image of Christ with a dark brownish color which turned into a darker color when transported to the Philippines (Quiapo Church Manila). There was no definite date as to when the statue arrived in Manila, but it is said that it could be around the year 1606 (earlier or later). It was also the talk of the town that the statue was the only one that wasn’t destroyed aboard a ship that was burnt during the Manila Galleon expedition from Mexico. The Black Nazarene is known with millions of devotees, and it is out every January 9th for public procession.

On to the pics! /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/cdb/39192553/files/2015/01/img_8477.jpg Inside Quiapo church /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/cdb/39192553/files/2015/01/img_8462.jpg I bought this hanky with a prayer in Tagalog written on it for P20.00 /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/cdb/39192553/files/2015/01/img_8463.jpg /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/cdb/39192553/files/2015/01/img_8464.jpg Outside Quiapo Church /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/cdb/39192553/files/2015/01/img_8465.jpg /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/cdb/39192553/files/2015/01/img_8467.jpgVendors get busy in the streets of Quiapo

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/cdb/39192553/files/2015/01/img_8478.jpg Millions of devotees of the Black Nazarene Photo Source: Google

It’s my birthday today! It’s a happy birthday indeed! Thanks, guys! Soon!

Gracie :)

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Just Because He Breathes

Just Because He Breathes.

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4th Of July Nail Art


“The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men, or slaves.”

George Washington

Happy 4th of July, my dear American friends!

I know it’s still about 3AM now in your country, while 3PM here in the Philippines, (flip side as we call it), but of course, early bird catches the worm! :D

Hope you guys like this cutie nail art for your holiday!

Enjoy, and peace!

Gracie ;)

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Pastel Nail Art Collection For Summer

OMG! Hi, guys! What’s up in here? I can’t believe it’s almost two months since I ranted here. Ha. I missed y’all!

I think I was too busy, and I don’t know why! Lol. I was supposed to post these photos back in May as the summer ends, but my butt’s been too busy with the so-called JOB, and recreation. Gosh.

So, I think I have to say goodbye to summer here in the Philippines, and welcome the dramatic rainy season at least until October. Awww. Not too bad though. At least the heat doesn’t hurt me a lot, and it’s not too humid, but of course I still love summer! Those bikinis, sunblock, sand, flip-flops, fashion sunglasses and hats, barefoot and sun-kissed skin (well, I guess my skin’s been kissed by the sun since I was born). Hahaha!

Anyway, this is just a quick post as I am only posting my Pastel Nail Art designs for summer. They’re not too fancy, but they’re cute in any way. At least, for me! :D


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Thanks for dropping by! Feel free to copy, girls! Credits would be fine! ;)

Gracie :)


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Mabinay, Philippines (Caving and Zip Lining)



“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

Helen Keller

Hola! What’s up, sweethearts? Anything up today? As promised, I will be showing you Mabinay, PH! How cool is that? Ha. Anyway, let’s see..

Mabinay is the first class municipality of Negros Oriental, PH with 32 barangays (villages), and over 75, 000 residents. It’s the Cave capital of the Philippines with over 400 caves in total. Amazing, eh? Photo above proves! Ha. It is known for its Langub festival celebrated every January each year. Langub is a Visayan dialect for Cave.

Well, aside from the caves, Mabinay has natural springs and rivers that serve as the main water resource of the town. The springs are great for family, and friends outing whenever you guys are tired of the busy city, and wants to feel the tranquility of the nature. Try checking this town out and you won’t regret! :D

Mabinay is a two-hour drive from Dumaguete City, and three hours from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

Okay, I still want to talk. So, I will continue talking. Anyway, I was here last year, and this year too! Whoop! Mighty Novera, a good friend from there, and every year, their barangay celebrates its festivities, and some of my friends were there too. The plan was to stay there overnight, then go home, but for some lovely reasons, we stayed for another night. Izza, and her son – Zeke were there, with Joey. We’re all ladies! Haha. We went caving with Mighty, Gerard (Mighty’s brother), Hila, Izza, Zeke, and Joey. We planned to visit at least three caves, but we ended visiting two caves ‘coz it was too hot and we were too tired from the dancing party the other night! God knows it was surely a party! Partyyyyy!!! Haha. We visited the Pandalihan Cave and the Crystal Cave. I am not sure if I have the right term, but I guess it’s Pandalihan. Anyone who can correct me would be appreciated. :D

After caving, we went to Mabinay Spring and did the zip line! Jesus Christ! My knees were shaking! I’m one of those cowards, ya know! :D But there was no chance of going back. So, I did it with my eyes closed, or else I’d feel like I’m dying! However, it was really great!! And doing the zip line is only for P100.00 (Philippine Peso) per head. Kids are free. It was really cheap. Nice! Mabinay Spring entrance fee is P10.00 or P15.00. They also offer Kayaking for a very minimal cost. Lotsa people down there especially during summer.

Alright, I think the talking is enough. Ha. Let me show ya some photos! I will also post some photos from last year. I think I still have the pics from Mabinay Highland Resort.

Photo credits to Jasper, Gerard, Mary Rose (pics from last year).

 And credits to Mighty, Izza, and Rafael from this year’s pics. Xxx

On to the pics!

Mabinay Spring and Zip Line

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Mabinay Spring pool under construction


Mabinay Caving

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Bagtic Mountains

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With the TightBeat Dancers. They once made it to the final round of a dance competition on a famous Philippine noon time show, It’s Showtime!

From right: Gerard (the senior TightBeat member), Izza, and the three lads (the junior members). and Meeeee!! :D


Here we go! Pics from last year! Whoop! — 2012–

Jasper and Mary Rose with their son, Kite were there too!

Mabinay Highland Resort

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Mabinay Spring in 2012


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Thanks for dropping by! You guys are a kick ass! Yeah!!!

Gracie ;)

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Bonga Villa Resort and Spa


“This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is”

Dennis Rodman

Hola! Hope you guys are great, and having quality time with your family and friends! I am doing the same! ;)

Okay. This is my third trip to Santander, Cebu. The first one was at Eden Resort, next was at Eden Resort (still) lol, and Pebbles Beach Resort. I’ve introduced Santander from my previous post, but as a quick review, Santander is a 4th class town of the province of Cebu, Philippines. It’s about 20 – 30 minutes from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental through fast craft (ferry), pump boats, or the flat-bottomed boat (barge). This time, there’s six of us (all girls) – Me, Orim, Conie, Flor, Leah, and Deanne. I’ve been checking some other resorts in Santander before heading there. I don’t wanna go back to Eden, or to Pebbles either. I’ve been there anyway! Good thing of all five resorts I contacted, only one responded – the Bonga Villa Resort and Spa – which is the purpose of this post. lol.

Let’s see…

From Dumaguete City, we went to Sibulan which is like 10 minutes going North. The port is up there. We took the barge (Maayo Shipping Lines). Fare is P70.00 (Philippine Peso). It’s actually slower than of a pump boat or fast ferry, but we chose this one since there’s big waves that time, and I don’t wanna swim too early! Haha. It was scary to ride the fast ferry, or even the pump boat when big waves are there. From Liloan port, we took a tricycle going to the resort for P15.00 fare. Beware of those ripping-off drivers. Did I use the correct term? Haha

Anyway, Bonga Villa has its welcome sign at the side of the road, and there’s no reason for us to get lost. The driver was nice though. Room rates at $120.00 (USD) for Duplex Room, and $180.00 for Villa. Both includes *Air condition, Hot & Cold Shower with Bath Tub, Spacious Living Area and Mini-Bar, Component, Telephone, and Access to Swimming Pool. For those who love diving, they also offer Scuba Diving. Then, whale watching, island hopping, Dumaguete City tours, and golf. Major credit cards are accepted. It’s a Japanese-owned resort I heard, and they have two other resorts as well. For those who will just stay during daytime, entrance fee is P100.00 adults and kids (except below 3 years old, they’re free). Then the exotic cottage is worth P300.00. There is no corkage fee. You can grill, and cook, and bring your own food and drinks.

You guys can contact them at

Tel. no.: (032) 480-9045
Fax no.: (032) 480-9090

Email: info@bongavilla.com

There is only one thing I didn’t like about this resort – the beach is not good to swim! There’s plenty of weeds, and a lot of rocks. They didn’t develop it, but I think you can swim nearby which is useless because you pay for the resort. Ha!

On to the pics!

The road signs..

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Bonga Villa Resort

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Thanks for dropping by, and gimme some love!

Happy beach-ing! :D

Gracie ;)

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The Seven Last Words


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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have life eternal”.

John 3:16

The First Word:
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
(Luke 23:34)


The Second Word:
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
(Luke 23:43)


The Third Word:
“Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother.”
(John 19:26-27)


The Fourth Word:
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
(Matthew 27:46)


The Fifth Word:
“I am thirsty.”
(John 19:28)


The Sixth Word:
“It is.. finished!”
(John 19:30)


The Seventh Word:
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
(Luke 23:46)


These seven sayings are traditionally called, 1. Forgiveness, 2. Salvation, 3. Relationship, 4. Abandonment, 5. Distress, 6. Reunion and 7. Triumph.

I hope everyone is having a lovely and peaceful Holy Week reflections with our dear Jesus Christ. This post is for all of us who have experienced Jesus Christ in our hearts.

Peace be with you all!

Gracie ;)

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Island Hopping


“True friendship multiplies the good in life, and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on desert island. To find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.”

Baltasar Gracian

Summer starts in the Philippines, and I could say everyone loves it. Why? Because it’s been always a tradition that friends, families, couples, and others spend time together in beaches no matter how hot it is. Yes, it’s seriously hot and humid in the Philippines! But our beloved locals and foreign travelers always love the country.

The Philippines only has two main seasons, the Habagat and Amihan. Habagat, from May to October which brings thunderstorms, dramatic rains, but very wonderful fresh and cool days. Amihan, is the calmest season from October to May which enables everyone to enjoy the beach, the mountains, and other activities.

There are 7, 107 islands in the Philippine archipelago which comprises the three main island groups – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. I am in the Visayas region, and it has one of the most lovely beaches in the country. It’s the month of March, and it’s really humid and really hot these days. I had a chance to leave from work and got a four-day holiday. So, I went to Escalante to see my family, and friends. The fourth class city of Negros Occidental, Philippines – Escalante has more than 93, 000 residents with 21 barangays (villages). I am not going to tell you more about the city because it has to wait until Manlambus Festival is celebrated two months from now! ;) Anyway, its neighboring town to the south is Sagay City. Escalante and Sagay were our island hopping locations. So, I can’t wait to show you the photos!

We visited four islands of both Sagay and Escalante. Sagay’s Carbin Reef, Tower, and Molocaboc, and Escalante’s Jomabo Island. And of course, at least half of my favorite people were with me – Joey, Andrea, Riza, Joizee, Tintin, Mau, Aubrey, and Roxy. I hope I didn’t miss anyone! Haha. Better luck next time Karyn, Kathleen, GheeVhee, Justine, and Jay! :D :D :D

Anyway, we used Joizee’s pumpboat (not the small boat). but the larger one, or else… ;)

All photos are credited to Andrea.

On to the pics!

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First Stop: “Carbin Reef”

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Second Stop: “Tower”

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Third Stop: “Molocaboc Island”

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Fourth Stop: “Jomabo Island”

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And the guys who didn’t make it! Hahaha. Sorry, guys I had to steal your pix! :p






I hope you guys had fun reading this post. If you need more information how to get there, please let me know, and I’ll surely help you!

Have a happy island hopping! Cheers!


Gracie ;)

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The Bridal Fair 2013



“It is horrible to say, but I was stigmatized by being a bridal designer for a long time. I am amazed I have been able to move beyond it. I had really all, but given up trying, but I did it because it was my lifelong dream.”

Vera Wang

Hey, hey, hey! What’s up, beautiful people? Missing me, eh? Well, I miss y’all more! As I have promised from my previous post, I will be showing you the bridal fair photos. This is the reason why on my January 31 post, I asked you guys for some nice wedding songs for me to sing. I’d like to give thanks to BeWithUs, and Jody who contributed their knowledge for the perfect wedding songs. :)

Anyway, this event was presented by a good friend of mine whom I went to college with, and realized that fashion designing is all he wanted to do all his life! Haha. So, he decided to enroll at Fashion Institute of The Philippines. When he graduated, he started his own business by creating dresses, wedding gowns, and more. He has more clients by now, and still creating lovely designs especially for women.

Macho Alarcon, with Charinson Balalilhe, and few others were very proud to show their creations by organizing the Bridal Fair event. But it wasn’t all about their creations, but the event also showed the different talents of the people of Escalante City, Philippines. There were caterers, bakers, make-up artists, photographers, florists, artists, singers, and models. I was the host of this event, and thank God I made it even without a script. Whoop! :D :D :D

I think I need to stop bragging, and show you the pics. Ha!

All photos are credited to Escalante Shooters Club, and Bacolod City group of photographers.

The Wedding Gowns

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For Entourage

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Caterers, Singers, Bakers, Photographers, Artists, and others

Of course, it’s me singing! Haha1 225456_10200920997090998_1557112722_n

And the talented people!

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Macho Alarcon


I hope you guys like the photos. There’s more, but I can’t wait to let you guys see these.

See you again next time, and have a lovely wedding day to all who are getting married! All the best!


Love lots,

Gracie ;)

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