March 9th, 2015

Fifty Shades of Boring

Last night I decided to watch Fifty Shades of Grey because my office mate Dinna was talking about it and got me curious. And since I did not read any of the books I have a few questions, which I hope some of you can answer me:

1) Is Anastasia Steele supposed to be mousy? I don’t get the casting of Dakota Johnson. She looks like a mousy version of Isabella Rossellini. Why her? Is it because she is the daughter of famous parents? Is it because not many actresses want go fully naked? Is it because her breasts are small and not bastusin? Please enlighten me.

Fifty Shades of Grey

She looks like Isabella Rossellini

Fifty Shades of Grey

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

2) Is it possible to be 27-years-old and a billionaire with a your own building (Grey House)? What exactly does Christian Grey do (sorry I didn’t pay attention) and how does one get mega rich at 27 while having so much time for S&M?

3) Of all the women in the world, why does Christian Grey get smitten by the mousy Anastasia after only one encounter?

4) How does Anastasia transform into a non-mousy girl without the benefit of a makeover scene? Ang labo.

Fifty Shades of Grey

5) I don’t understand why this book and movie made tons of money. There’s nothing romantic about a guy who just wants rough sex. I just super got tired and bored of him kissing and f*cking her. Please explain.

6) How baduy lang that substory about Anastasia’s roommate and Christian Grey’s brother. Sorry I am out of words. I find it so baduy.

7) Sorry this is the worst review of the worst movie I have ever seen. I’d like to hear what you thought of it, whether you liked it or not. OK thanks, I’m done.

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MAC reveals Spring/Summer makeup trends for 2015

Romero Jennings, MAC Cosmetics’ director for makeup artistry, was recently in town for the beauty brand’s Spring/Summer 2015 Trends Presentation at Shangri-La Boracay.

For Spring/Summer 2015, runways were all about luminous and effortless beauty. Nothing was overdone and makeup was applied in a carefree but calculated manner. There were also lots of bold and fun looks.

Romero Jennings

Romero Jennings in Boracay

Jennings said that while the Internet is all about highlighting and contouring, this season there will be more light than shadow. He said the season was about four key makeup looks:

1) Re-view

Jennings described this look as “framing the eyes in a painterly way.”

Lashes are exaggerated and sometimes even clumpy by design. This look deconstructs the traditional rules of applying eyeliner and mascara. Essential products are Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash and Super Slick Liquid Eye Liner in Defiantly Feline.

Ann Demeulemeester

Ann Demeulemeester

Alexis Mabille Giles Deacon

L-R: Alexis Mabille, Giles Deacon

Léa Peckre Costume National

L-R: Léa Peckre, Costume National

2) Enlightened

This trend is about flawless looking skin, with minimal makeup coverage.

“Use oil and primers to make the skin look really luminous,” said Jennings. “Play with matte and shiny textures to not make it look greasy.”

For the runway, the look was about making the skin of the models look almost plastic. The essentials include Mineralize Skinfinish Perfect Topping in Lightscapade and Strobe Cream.

Issey Miyake Prabal Gurung

L-R: Issey Miyake, Prabal Gurung

3) Free Party

Inspired by the girl at Coachella who did her own makeup using her fingers. Colors don’t have to be applied precisely. Speaking of color, watermelon is a big trend. Jennings said there’s no need to use foundation for this look. Concealer should be applied sparingly and only where needed.

The result is makeup that looks messy and lived-in. Essentials include Blue Forecast and Superfresh from the Trend Forecast S/S 15 Eye Palette and Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Perky.

Aquilano RimondiDerek Lam

L-R: Aquilano Rimondi, Derek Lam

Max MaraMoschino

L-R: Max Mara, Moschino

4) No Makeup

You know that girl who doesn’t look like she’s wearing makeup but still looks perfectly beautiful? The No Makeup Trend is all about them. The look is about clean, hydrated skin, perfectly groomed brows, no mascara, sheer highlights, a natural-looking flush, and soft looks without lipstick.

“It should look like you applied everything using your fingers. No hard lines,” said Jennings.

The essentials include Must Have Melon and Go Guava from the S/S15 Lip and Cheek Palette and MAC Eye Brows in Lingering and Strut.

Desigual Simone Rocha

L-R: Desigual, Simone Rocha

Paul Smith Ohne Titel

L-R: Paul Smith, Ohne Titel

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Why do Filipinos have mirrors on their desks?

Being married to a foreigner opens up your eyes to things you never even noticed about your country or fellowmen.

For instance, Jeroen wanted to know why almost everyone at his office has a mirror on his/her desk.

Well, as soon as I moved into my new office more than a year ago, I also had this urge to put a mirror on my desk and I have no idea why.

When I first put a mirror there, I found myself looking at myself too often, so I moved it to the shelf.

The mirror is now there for when I have to go somewhere after office and reapply makeup.


So why do Filipinos put mirrors on their office tables? I don’t mean inside their kikay kits or drawers. The mirror is usually placed below the computer monitor.

To prove his point, I asked Jeroen to take pictures of all the mirrors in his office and here’s what he got:

Benmark Benmark

Benmark Benmark

Benmark Benmark

Benmark Benmark

Amazing isn’t it? I also asked my Twitter followers if they had mirrors on their desks. Here’s what I got:

andy virrey graceylou

L-R: Andy, Gracey Lou



berl corpuz




Toni Quimbo


Hannah, a receptionist at my office, said she needs to check in the mirror, particularly if there is a visitor. But as the person who answers the phone, Hannah has a more practical use for the mirror.

“Whenever I answer the phone, I look at it to make sure I am smiling. When I am smiling, my voice is livelier,” said Hannah.


Another girl in the office, Grace, also uses her mirror to check her face when answering the phone. It’s a matter of habit, she said. “I used to work at SM Hypermart with the accounting department and I needed to answer calls from suppliers. I would look in the mirror to check my face because my expression would reflect on my tone. I needed to be friendly and professional.”


Finally, I googled “Why do Filipinas have mirrors on their office tables?” and learned that some BPOs or call centers require their agents to talk to customers with smiles on their faces, so a mirror is very helpful.

So tell me, do you have a mirror on your desk and why? Feel free to post pics in the comments section.

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