Vanilla Cupcake Bakery

This is so late to post but it’s never too late. Huh? What ami I saying? Hahaha

This time, I’m going to feature Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. I’ve been here two times already and even if I come back here everyday, I’ll never get used to the foods they serve. They are just too good to be resisted.

Vanilla Iced Tea
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Apple Iced Tea

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Country Breakfast

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I didn’t get to take a picture of their Cheesy Ham and Cheese Melt. Oh boy it’s so good! The cheese really melts in my mouth.

VCB will forever have a special space in my tummy and if it seems that it’s too full, I’ll make room for it.

14Four Cafe

It’s been so long that I wanted to visit this place after I watched it on TV. Those sumptuous meals shown made me crave for this. And finally, I got to visit 14Four Cafe. At last! Actually, I’ve been here two times already. The first time was when I’m with my boyfriend and the second was when I’m with my boyfriend (again), his mom, my mom, our mom’s friend, and my sister.

14 Four Tapa

This is one of their best-sellersI love how it tastes but one thing I dealt was, it’s hard to chew, not like other tapas.
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Country Fried Chicken

I’ve never tasted chicken like this before. It’s soooo good!

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Aligue and Tuyo Pasta

This is one of the dishes I wanted to try since I read many reviews that this is good. Well, to be honest, I didn’t like the pasta. (please don’t get mad at me 14Four Cafe) maybe it’s not just my type. I’m not a seafood lover. I guess I didn’t get what I expected. But my boyfriend loves it!
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Sesame Crusted Dory

If only I had the chance not to try it, I wouldn’t. I really didn’t like this. But like what I said, I’m not a fan of seafood so it’s really not my taste. And I don’t like cucumber, maybe that’s why I didn’t eat it lol. Although, my mom and her friends loved it.

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Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

Time for dessert! And yes, I loved it!
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Amaretto French Toast

Oh m gee! This has got to be my favorite of all! I love it to bits! Enough said

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And the first thing and main reason I fell in love with the café is the place itself! It’s like a hidden paradise perfect for a getaway. I’ll definitely go back here.

You’re the One I Need

They say, when a man really loves you, he will show it and try hard to prove it to you. I’m right. I feel right with him.

Love, love, love. One word but full of meanings. Four letters but a million feelings.

What more can I ask if the one I love gives all the things I never wished and beyond the things I asked for? It feels so perfect when you’re floating in the air, surrounded by soft fluffy clouds and wishing time will stop when he’s around.

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He’s been my Sun when I’m covered in Rain.

He’s my light when I’m lost in the dark.

I know there’s no such thing as perfect relationship, but with him,

I’m sure I can feel the perfectness in this world.

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To be honest, I don’t want people to give me flowers and chocolates during Valentine’s Day, well, in any occasions rather. I’ve been this kind of person since high school. I think it’s a bit cliché when a girl is holding a bouquet of flowers and chocolates. I can’t imagine myself walking along our University holding a bouquet (well, okay fine, I’ve imagined it once or twice before hahaha). Yes it’s sweet and romantic, but I find it awkward, seriously. I’d rather have a one-stem tulip than a bouquet.

When we’re talking about the people he saw on his way home, holding a bunch of bouquets, I just laughed and told him LOL. So mainstream. And he answered I know right? I just added if you’re planning to give me a bouquet and chocolates, don’t you dare do it on the next Valentine’s. And he just answered okay, next Valentine’s. Little did I know, there’s something going on.

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He surprised me. I thought we’re not going to see each other this Valentine’s Day but here he was, waiting outside our gate, holding a bouquet and chocolates. What did I do? You wouldn’t believe me if I tell you I didn’t open the gate immediately. When I saw him, I was so starstruck. I didn’t know what to do. And of course I laughed. Remembering our conversation before about the flowers. He, too, laughed at it. Hahaha

Remember the time when we saw a guy on the train holding a bouquet and you asked me if I could do that? I just want to prove to you that I can bring a bouquet in public and travel far to give it to you.

That’s one of the sweetest things I heard from him but babe, you don’t have to do that. You don’t have to prove anything because I can feel that you’re sincere. Like what the song says, you will always be the exception. You’re the one I need, not the the things you can give.

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But my perceptions on bouquets and chocolates changed. It feels good when someone special gives you those things. Nothing can replace the happiness you feel when you’re in love and very much thankful.

What’s Happiness?

I’d almost believe that I can be happy all by myself. With no one beside me, I thought that I’m gonna be fine. Well, I can still be happy with just myself but I realized that I could be more and completely happy with other people.

To be honest, I wasn’t excited that day. I don’t know why, maybe because I still had that post-traumatic stress disorder (LOL) I had on my debut last December 12, 2012. HahahaDSC04118 2

My boyfriend and I ate at the Holy Cow! and we ordered Country’s Pride Parmesan Chicken and New York Cheese Cake. Boy it’s so good, definitely a must try.

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Lo and behold… my dream cake! *shrieks* when I saw this cake online, I was like OMG I love it! Super! I want it so bad. But the bakeshop is nowhere to found near our place. Gladly, they opened one at SM Megamall and there my hope is. Hahaha. I was really surprised when I saw him in front of our school’s gate holding a green box, that, I know what it is. I even slapped his arm a million times (okay, I know I’m over-reacting haha. Just several times) because of excitement. I can’t even shut up 😀 though I know I was hesitant to taste it at first because when my Aunt gave us a cake from the same bakeshop, it tastes like… I’ll just leave it for you to guess. Like what they said, do not judge a book by its cover. Still, I gave it a try.He gave it to me that’s why it’s so special and to my surprise (yeah another surprise) it tastes even better.

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1. Beautiful box. When we went to the mall, we passed by a stall full of Hello Kitty products, which means, everything is pink! Hahaha. And then I saw a beautiful box and I said “that box is perfect as a gift already even without something inside”.

2. Notebook. In case you haven’t noticed, I really love to write. Especially when I was little, but now, I don’t see myself writing stuffs even I want to. And he said that if I’m inspired to write something or have ideas that make me want to write, I should put it in that notebook.

3. Our picture. What more should I treasure than this? Enough said.

4. Key chain with my name. It’s kinda odd but the key chain has no story. While he was looking for the bakeshop where my dream cake could be bought, he passed by a stall of key chains that you can personalized and thought of giving me one. He finds it cute.

5. Box of Love quotes. I don’t know what would I feel, happiness or sadness. Why? Because he’s going back to LA, for good. It’s gonna be hard for us because it’s a long distance relationship but even some people don’t believe in LDR, I do. I really do, though it hurts like your heart’s being crushed everyday, as long as there’s love and trust then everything will be fine. He said if he’s in LA already and I miss him so bad, he wants me to read the quotes in the box and imagine that he’s the one saying it.

6. My new instax camera. Like what I’ve said, I wasn’t excited of my birthday. I was not expecting too much. But this is one of the reasons why I am jumping with my ears clapping. Hahaha okay I know it’s too much but that’s how I can express my feelings that time. This is my dream camera, aside from the DSLR of course. I’ve wanted this since I was a kid. And now, I have it on my hands. Thanks to my mom!

7. Headband, ribbon clip, and a sketch of myself. All of these are from my best friend, Ana. It’s so nice and sweet of her to give me these cute stuffs. She really knows what I want. For your information, I really love headbands and ribbons. But what I didn’t expect was the sketch. She showed me her drawings and asked if her drawings looked like the person itself, one of those was her sister and I said “not really” and then I saw this sketch and said “Oh this one looks like more of her” and she said “It’s not her, it’s you!” and I was like “OMG” hahaha. I really felt ashamed of what I said.

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To end this, Here are the pictures taken from my instax camera. My family and my boyfriend ♥

What makes it more special are the people who are willing to spend their time just for you.

Happiness is not about the things we receive from others or the compliments they give us. Happiness is about appreciating every little thing in the world. Those are the little things that we cannot touch but we can hold for a lifetime.

Taking Chances

I’ve always thought that all I need to do is to stay in my comfort zone. In that way, I can be happy and be what I want to be freely. Yes, I feel safe that way and you can’t blame me for that. But then I realized that I was wrong.

I was absolutely wrong.

There’s so much to enjoy outside the box. The thought of not getting out of my shell made me afraid of what the world can give me.

I was stuck at the thought of being happy with just what I have but I end up looking for something. It feels like a part of me is still missing.

Back when I was little, my parents always tell me “Ayan ka na naman Cielo, wag ka nga magtago sa likod namin. Natatakot ka na naman sa tao.” (Here you go again, Cielo, don’t hide behind us. You’re so afraid of the people). This line continued until my high school years.

All my life I’ve been afraid to people. Well, to what they can do, actually. I’m afraid that people will hurt me because I know they can. I believed that everyone is capable of hurting me. I’m scared of what they will say when I’m not around. I don’t want to speak out my ideas because I’m afraid of rejection. To be honest, I don’t want to be criticized but I know I will be. I didn’t do what I want.

I just did what they want.

Not for me but for them. I did it for me to please them.

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But, is it them who I am scared of or is it just myself I cared about?

I didn’t do it to please them (well, sort of). I did it for them to like me because I want to belong.

That was my life before.

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Someone very special once asked me “how could we know if something’s meant for us if we do not take chances?”

Let me say it this way: how would you tell that the food in the cafeteria tastes good or not if you don’t try it? You don’t want to because it looks like it’s made from leftovers? What if it tastes good? Then you missed one of the best foods you could ever eat in your entire life. It looks so appealing but what if it tastes like trash? The only way to know it is by tasting it.

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I’m so tired of running away from the risks that I might have taken. Back then, I didn’t think that there are possibilities of fortune if I just took my chance. That time, I already believed that I am strong enough to do everything but still, not strong enough. I let fear run my life.

He’s right. For me to be completely happy, I should learn how to take risks with every chance I have. If the risk is good then it’s good. If it’s bad, then it is better. And if it’s TOO BAD, all you have to do is to trust yourself that you can succeed in what you’ve taken because I believe that you can if you think you can.

Now, I can say that I am a changed woman. I learned how to accept risks and see it in a positive way. I am stronger than before.

It made me realize that I was a coward. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with me before—afraid of taking risks. I was caged in the thought of doing new things might lead me to failures. What’s wrong with it? It is more than okay to fail at times as long as you stand up. At the end of the day, what matters most is that we learn something from it.

Remember what Miss Venezuela– the newly crowned Miss Universe 2013– said in the question and answer portion?

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I have overcome my fear of taking risks. I don’t care whether it’s good or not. I don’t care what other people will tell me. I don’t care how harsh their opinions are. All I care about is me living my life to the fullest without hurting someone.  Now, it’s your turn. So, I dare you to take chances! 🙂

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On The Way To The Beach

What else could I possibly say to these wonderful sights I’ve seen on the way to the beach?

Last Saturday, we went to Batangas (again) to spend a one day vacation with my relatives. Take note: that trip was the very first time that we spend an out of town trip with our relatives. We rarely do that because most of the times, if we’re just alone (our family), we’re with my Mom’s/Dad’s friends. So, I was really excited when my mother and my aunt planned this trip. I was really looking forward to it.

I’m so lucky that I live in the Philippines because we have 7,107 islands to enjoy every summer! I am not a beach kid because I don’t want my feet getting wet with pebbles or mud or anything. But every time we go in a beach, I am really excited. Seems confusing, right? I am confused too, I don’t understand myself. Hahahaha. Anyways, I just want to share with you what could be seen on the way to the beach where we’d swim around.

Don’t you just love the color of the water? I fell in-love with it! These pictures below remind me of the Underground River in Puerto Pricesa, City in Palawan (too bad I didn’t have any picture of it to share 😐 )DSC00873DSC00875DSC00876 2

We were so amazed at this huge rock. If you would stare at it, you would notice that it looks like something that was peeled off because of the details (at least? Hahaha).

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Other beach resorts. You know? You could see a number of resorts around the town so you would have a lot to choose from.

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

What would you do if you met a person with the same name at a wrong time in an awkward place?

Definitely, I would slightly freak out when that happens but I will be surprised when I had met a person with the exact name as I have.

Well, this is what had happened to Will Grayson. He met another Will Grayson at a porn shop! The first Will Grayson was there because he wanted to try his fake ID that says he’s already 21 years old (he use that for concerts, bars, etc.that only adults are allowed), while the second Will Grayson was there to meet someone he’s chatting with named Isaac that turned out to be his friend Maura who really likes him.

On the fist few chapters of the story, I thought it’s the same Will Grayson but no. That’s why I was so confused when I was on the chapter when the two Will Grayson already met. I thougt they don’t have only the same name but same name of friends. Let me tell you, the other Will Grayson is gay and I’m kind of annoyed to that character (not because he’s gay but because he hurts people that cares about him especially my favorite character, Tiny Cooper. I really love him. As stated on the book, Tiny Cooper is “the world’s largest person who is really, really gay” and “the world’s gayest person who is really, really large”. It really made me smile. And the part that made me laughed is when Will Grayson (the straight guy) and Tiny Cooper was in a bar with Jane to watch their favorite band but turned out to be a hilarious and not so good band compared to the band they came for. When Will Grayson found out that it’s not the band they wanted, he shouted in the middle of the crowd calling Tiny. I don’t want to include the exact words because there’s a bad word there. But really, it’s funny. I can’t forget that part. Hahahaha 🙂

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This story will definitely make you laugh and cry! I really enjoyed how it is. John Green and David Levithan are so cool. They are both amazing authors!

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