My lola died last Saturday.

The last time I was home she was recovering from a sudden bout with "high blood" because the jueteng collector attempted to swindle her out of her winnings. I told her to take it easy. The last time we talked over the phone she told me she was getting weak; I told her to try to move around instead of lying in bed all day. The last time I saw her she could not open her eyes and I wasn't sure if she heard me at all. I told her she should rest. An hour later she was gone.

Everything that followed was a blur, I haven't even had time to grieve.
We all have our own ways of dealing with loss, and I have yet to figure out mine.

Oh, Friday

Definitely one for the books. Nakakaloka is an understatement.

It started off like any other Friday - issues, stress, more issues. And then my boss suddenly rushed towards me with his company phone in his outstretched arm.

Ella! Moral support!

And I thought, great, another issue. And so I give my most nonchalant "Hello". And on the other line is my officemate, and she happens to be crouched under one of the office desks in the 10th floor of the mothership office. It's 1446h JST, and a magnitude 8.9 earthquake just struck Japan.

We were on the phone for more than thirty minutes, but it seemed like eternity because the tremor just won't quit.

Now, what can you possibly tell someone experiencing what is probably the strongest earthquake she will experience her entire life? Because after "don't panic" and "it's going to be okay" I quickly ran out of ideas.

Well if you're going to experience an earthquake anyway, it's best to do it in Tokyo because there is no city more prepared for one.

Just follow what the Japanese do, they know what they're doing.

It's safer to stay inside the building. It's like Hogwarts; it's a fortress. And if it can't withstand the shakes anymore it will transform and lift off.

Craziest phone conversation of my life.

To everyone in Japan, stay strong, and be safe.

Hello Wednesday

Guess what welcomed me when I got home?

Meet Wednesday.

More new things!

Let's start with the most awesome wallet there ever is:

I've blogged about it before, but it's too much of a hassle (and expensive) to buy it online, so imagine my joy when I found it in that shop that sells really cool stuff at Edsa Shang (the name escapes me, sorry).

It looks like paper but it's made of a material called Tyvek, which is waterproof and supposedly virtually indestructible. And it looks like a dot matrix printout, and the random numbers are actually the first couple of thousand digits of pi. ^^

Hey February

You've been pretty awesome and I shall miss you. Thank you for showing me how fun changing things up can be.

New hobby

New drinking buddies

New smile :)

Here's to more new things in the coming months ;p

February Staples

1. Mac Cleansing Oil
2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
3. Proactiv Revitalizing Toner
4. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
5. MAC Strobe Cream (used as moisturizer)
6. NARS Sheer Glow (Punjab)
7. MAC Studio Fix Powder (NC35)
8. Carmex
9. MAC Blush in Shy Beauty (part of a trip set)
10. Shu Uemura lash curler
11. Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus
12. MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
13. TBS Organic Cotton Rounds
14. Shiseido Moisture Whip facial wash (not shown)
15. MAC 109 and MAC 266 brush (not shown)