Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Long Skirts: perfect for cold movie houses

I was so comfy in the theatre, I felt like I had a blanket.

What if I told you this outfit cost me PHP450? (sans shoes)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Satay Restaurant

It cannot be said that I do not eat. I love eating as much as the next man, woman, or barbarian you can find. Most of the time, I ruin great food blogging opportunities because I get so excited when the food is served that I forget to take photos. 

Satay's Pad Thai
 The other day, we visited Satay along Pasong Tamo Ext.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

To Dugan

Our sense of mortality can grip us in many ways. When it does, we find that what we once perceive to be permanent can seem so temporary, transitory.

My earliest memory of you was caught in photographs. When we were little, you visited us. We were playing in the basement of the house– you, me, and Camille, on that inflatable boat. You were always fun, I thought.

Friday, July 27, 2012

No more videos

I just found out that all my videos have not been saved properly. Since exporting them all from my iPhoto, I haphazarly clicked through every prompt without reviewing the settings. For months now, I have been saving all my video files in JPEG. So there, all my video files gone. Some may argue that they were never really there in the first place (shut it, smartie-pants, I say to you.) I find no way to retrieve them,  since I have already deleted the same videos from my iPhoto.

I just feel so sad, I want to eat the other half that remained of the 1.5L Reese's ice cream I binged on earlier. Now I have cause to gorge myself with food and wallow in a state of serious depression.

Sure, I'm overreacting.

But look at how cute the videos were:

(Yes, only screenshots were left)

Monday, July 23, 2012


Okay, I admit it: I only post outfit posts when I'm a little lazy to write and I want something up on my blog.

My congratulations to Lej and why this semi- sucks for me.

Last weekend, Lej invited us to lunch to celebrate the college degree he had just earned.

Lej thanking God for the food on the table, and also that piece of paper he worked his butt off for 7 years, I bet.

Friday, July 20, 2012

DIY Tape Mancure: Colorful Triangles/ Choose Philippines Themed

These last few days has left me busy with Tick-Talkative and tinkering with the laptop. After switching my Air with a Macbook Pro, I've been glued to the now 13 inch screen for days now. After a whole week of sleepless nights and the development of a small twitch in my eye from hours of staring at the lcd, I managed a small break yesterday to paint my nails. This short recess proved useless as the manicure I was going for involved letting each layer dry, and the time spent drying them was still time spent in front of the computer.

The manicure turned out this way:

And now the tutorial:

Thursday, July 19, 2012


And let me introduce to you....

Tick-Talkative is/will be a collection of thoughts, ramblings, and musings from the point of view of kids(?)/adults(?) like me.

All those willing to contribute are welcome! E-mail me at isabel@rodriguez.ph and your piece may be posted on the blog.

All articles will have your byline and thumbnail. Pen names and pseudonyms are also welcome. Write about anything and anyone (so long as you more or less tie it up with the blog's theme) and I promise to keep your identity secret.

Let's do this, people!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Don Limone, BF: "Fine Food & Spirits, Great Cheesecakes"

Last week, I got to try a New York-Italian restaurant here in our very own BF Homes.

Don Limone on Aguirre is definitely an experience!

Don Limone's Chicken Espetada

Sunday Funday

On a lazy Sunday afternoon with friends.

 Jayce, who is of course impeccably dressed, and me, donning the most presko outfit I could find in my closet.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

DIY Layered Bracelets: Chain & Beads

I've been seeing so many friendship bracelet tutorials lately and arms stacked with bracelets, bracelets and more bracelets. So many cool bracelet tutorials online (like these) but most of them involving cords and ribbons. My bored sleepless self finally couldn't stand to wait around until I got the proper materials so I set to work. 

Chains and beads were connected, et voila!

(watch from Roxy)

How do you like them? Any ideas on how to make more of these stackable bracelets? Share them here! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Conversations I have with my dogs

I just read about a Taiwanese photographer who takes portraits of dogs. 

In an effort to spread awareness about animal care and responsible dog ownership, Tou Chih-kang photographs dogs from the animal shelter moments before they are put to sleep.

Perhaps the saddest part is that these dogs are usually victims of neglect, most of them abandoned by owners when the novelty of owning a dog wears off. Without adoptive families, these dogs stand no chance.

I ache when I read stories like this, and seeing the photographs do not help, either. 

My chihuahua Benzene, on days I feel he feels neglected, looks at me with his clear eyes as if asking me what wrong he had done to receive the torture of inattention. I melt. Same as when Misty, the cheeky chihuahua, wags her tail at me and finally comes to rest in my arms before she falls asleep, or when the labrador Fiona comes to greet me as I get home. I melt, every single time.

Misty the eager chihuahua
I cannot tell you how many tearful afternoons I’ve spent going through CARA’s Facebook and seeing all those poor, helpless dogs.

When I was a little girl, I wanted a dog and my father would not let me have one. I wanted a dog so much, I started dragging a stuffed animal around on a string and fed him doggie biscuits from cut out calling cards. I wanted a dog so much I paraded this stuffed dog on a string in front of my father hoping to heaven that he reconsider his earlier decision of not letting me have one.

He finally gave in after years of begging and hundreds of cut out calling cards in the shape of Scooby Snacks.

A few years, countless chewed up rubber slippers, tons of lysol, and sacks and sacks of dog food later, the family owns 8 dogs: 5 chihuahuas, 2 beagles and a lab. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Headware and the Headware giveaway!

Win your own Headware! Just tweet the message (don't forget to paste the twitter url, or else your entry won't be valid!), and do the other options for better chances to win!

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What? You've not heard of these cool little things called Headware?
Headware keeps your head happy!

Thanks to the people from Happyhead Inc. for these wonderful gifts!

Let me know what you'd do with your Headware!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Roxy's Let the Sea Set You Free contest

A while back I had a really cool Roxy adventure at Nuvali. I had the good fortune of being invited to one of their events again, and I didn't think twice to attend.

Last Thursday, Roxy held an event at their only free standing store in Robinsons Ermita to announce the winner to their Let the Sea Set You Free contest.

Let the Sea Set You Free is a contest that invited girls from all over the world to send in their own video interpretation of what a Roxy girl is.

The Roxy girls.

And then we have my Roxy loot. Thank you Roxy for these wonderful items!
A black and gold watch and cool bag. I've been aching to wear the watch but I still have to have it adjusted to my size– I have abnormally small wrists.

So, I can't surf and sometimes the beach (more specifically beach water) scares be, but, whatever, I am a Roxy girl by heart.

Falling in love

A while back I found this text online and fell in love with what it said.

And now, a video adaptation.

This video is a school project we shot and edited. Music borrowed from Regina Spektor. Author of the text unknown. Mikey Aggabao as the girl.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Etude House: Precious Mineral BB Cream and Surprise Essence Concealer

Found myself in the overwhelmingly pink store that is Etude House the other week. The korean brand carries almost all of your beauty necessities– from eye shadow to nail polish, they have it all.

I decided to get myself a tube of their Precious Mineral BB Cream, a steal for around 700 php. I also got their Surprise concealer, super affordable at around 300 php.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Questions and Movement

How does one become ordinary? When do moments so magical turn into the mundane? These elusive, fleeting things we hold on to so tightly, do they escape us in our sleep? When we are not looking? When we are having our morning coffee or driving to work? Is the loss  an inevitability we all choose to ignore? 

What then do dreamers and romantics hope for, all those hours under the stars? What then of the fairytales and happily ever afters that we all dream of as little girls? What happens when you cease to believe in big words like destiny, and love, and faith?

In a world with filled with people following motions but devoid of direction, when will we realize that not all that glitters is gold?