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Web Design: Bedazz!
Posted on: 26th of January 2010 | Under: Artsy Fartsy, Geek Talk

It has been over ten years since my first love affair with web design. The first few years of that decade was spent enthusiastically designing different layouts for personal websites and blogs I maintained all over the internet. However, the last half saw very little creative juices output on my my part, not necessarily due to the lack of spark plug juices (although, I did seem to run out of ideas for a while), but more of the fact that I had become more active in my offline life.

I enjoy spending more time in “the real world” but every once in a while, I do miss sitting in front of the monitor wracking my brain for hours until I came up with layouts to suit my liking.

Since my sister was planning to launch a Multiply site for her very own set of makeup brushes, Bedazz, I took the opportunity and volunteered to help her design the whole site from start to finish.

I quickly staged a late-night photo shoot, with my sister as the model. Our very own living room was turned into a makeshift studio, with one of our table lamps used as soft lighting.

My sister posing with one of her brushes.

We then had a quick product shoot the following afternoon in our garage, using the sun’s natural light.

Bedazz Stippling Brush

And with all the graphics and images ready, I spent several hours designing and fiddling with template codes.

The outcome?

A simple Black and White layout with just a few embellishments here and there.

Bedazz Header.

I took more time tweaking with codes than in designing the actual layout. My knowledge and skill in HTML and CSS has decided to fail me. Well I’m not really surprised, considering that it has in fact been years since I last fiddled around with code. =P

Anyway, do check out the multiply site. :)

Bedazz currently has three makeup brushes in its line, with several others in the testing stage. I’m not being biased, but the brushes are really nice! Mix good quality with affordable prices (only Php700 or around USD14 for a full-sized stippling brush!), it sure is a great deal!

2010 Starbucks Planner
Posted on: 14th of December 2009 | Under: Geek Talk, Palate Pleaser

The Starbucks holiday treat is something that I anticipate every single year. For me, the very first day the red cups are available is an indication that the Christmas Season has officially started. I get really excited upon seeing the red menu boards, because it only means that I can finally have my favorite Toffee Nut Latte!

Toffee Nut Latte! :)

The Red Cup Season is also an excuse to collect those stickers for the unlimited Starbucks Planners. With my favorite drink being only available during the holiday season, filling up the promo cards (17 stickers for the 2010 planner) has never been that difficult for me. (Yeah, I really do tend to put on weight during the last two months of the year, because of this! HAHA! Maybe it’s time to resort to some weight loss pills? Maybe not. =P)

I finally got my planner last week.

2010 Starbucks Planner


I Have a New Toy!
Posted on: 23rd of September 2009 | Under: Geek Talk

My personal genie has been granting my wishes! The latest of which was giving me a new notebook computer. :) Meet my new 13″ MacBook Pro. <3

MacBook Pro

Three and a half years with my old MacBook was a time well spent, but it was just getting frustratingly slow every single day. Check out how old and tattered my white MacBook looks next to my lovely Pro:

the old and the new

Jumping from a first gen MacBook, I still get amazed at the lightning speed of the MacBook Pro. Tiger to Snow Leopard, for the win! I love love love it! <3

And even with very little sleep (check out the baggages under my eyes!) and no makeup, I still happily posed with my new baby. :)

MB Pro and I

Excuse the dirty top of the MacBook Pro. Everyone kept touching it as soon as it was taken out of the bag! LOL!

Used Books
Posted on: 9th of August 2009 | Under: Geek Talk

Books are generally quite pricey, but being the bookworm that I am, they are the things that I simply cannot live without. I find pleasure in flipping through pages and pages of the different experiences the characters encounter in the stories: may it be sickness in the family, romantic love affairs, adventure rv camping or excessive shopping sprees. Getting hooked and anticipating every turn of the page is something that I enjoy, even if it means getting a little less sleep.

In order to be able to regularly indulge myself with the luxury of buying books, I often go into used bookstores to check out titles that may tickle my fancy.

Over the weekend, I spent some time in Books for Less in Mall of Asia and managed to take home these two books:


Rebecca Wells’ Divine Secrets of the Yaya-Sisterhood, and Ya-Yas in Bloom.

The former was P98 (around $2.95SGD), while the latter was only P75 (around $2.26SGD). Such a steal considering they are both in perfect condition! The second book even looks brand new!

Now I have these to keep me busy for the next couple of days. I just love used bookstores! :)