Get Your Pretty Little Rings NOW!

The LONG wait is finally over!!! Ladies, I'm giving you FIRST DIBS! Presenting The Pretty Little Rings collection by Patty Laurel-Filart and Elena Bautista!!! And the crowd goes wiiiiiiiiiiilddddd!!!! (insert standing ovation here) 

Before anything, can I just extend my heartfelt thanks to all my readers! Elena and I worked on this project with the simple intention of helping the children of CENEP Foundation---we didn't think it would garner this much buzz! And it's all because of you, my loyal and dear readers, my virtual friends, my online family! Thank you for opening your hearts for this cause. :) :)

I actually shared this in one interview but I'd like to talk about it again here on the blog. Elena and I both want these rings to be "giving rings". We would love for these rings to be a simple call to action, to encourage people to pay-it-forward in their own little way. Not only will these rings bring joy to the kids of CENEP, they will also bring a lot of happiness to the ones who will be wearing them. They're eye candy for sure but more than just looking pretty, each ring carries a virtue too. We want women to be reminded of the values they hold dear through these little things wrapped around their fingers. Women go through emotional, physical and spiritual struggles each day---so we thought it would be nice to have something to serve as a gentle reminder of the things that really matter. 

Some women also love how the stones represent symbolic months in their lives--birthdays of their children, anniversaries, etc. Whether it's for the virtues or the occasions, we love that women can attach meaning to these rings. We envision people purchasing this not only for themselves, but for their moms, their sisters, their best friends. Even for men to purchase them for their wives and girlfriends as a token to show their appreciation. Mga misis/gf, pwede na kayo magparinig sa mga boys ninyo! Hahaha! Just send them a link to this blog entry, hurry! :)

Just to put it out there, I don't believe that these rings have any magic powers or superstitious qualities (A genie won't pop out when you rub on them. hahaha!). But of course, if you believe that they do---then that's totally fine :) But personally, these rings are meaningful to me because they bring encouragement and inspiration with the meanings ascribed to each stone. Whether it serves as a reminder for a quality/trait you'd like to personally possess to combat your daily struggles or a virtue you see in someone special, you can create your own meanings for each piece! These rings are stackable so you can buy one-two-three- or more :) You can make different combos too!

Yellow Citrine: This represents HAPPINESS, FUN, JOY. It's for that woman who loves to enjoy life!

Yellow Topaz: This represents PEACE and TRANQUILITY. It's for the woman who is calm, composed and serene.

Peridot: This represents CLARITY in the middle of all the clutter and chaos of daily life.

Blue Topaz: This represents GOOD COMMUNICATION. This is a perfect reminder for people in relationships, to have the grace to listen to others and to speak lovingly.

Garnet: This represents COURAGE. For the woman who is brave enough to conquer struggles, to face battles head on, who fights for what is right and honorable.

Emerald: This represents PATIENCE and HONESTY. Two beautiful qualities that each woman should strive to possess. I think I need more Emeralds in my life! Hahaha!

Aquamarine: This represents SAFE TRAVELS. This is ideal for jet-setters, wanderlusters, and world-travelers who love going on adventures.

Pink Tourmaline: Awww, this is the LOVE stone! It even represents healing a broken heart :)

Amethyst: This represents BALANCE. For women who feel overwhelmed with work, family, and life in general---this encourages us to just focus on the things that matter. 

Single Stone Ring Php1450
Double Stone Ring Php1750
Stackable Set 1 (3 single stone rings) Php 4200
Stackable Set 2 (2 single & 1 double)  Php 4400
Stackable Set 3 (1 single & 2 double)  Php 4700

10% of each sale will go directly to CENEP Foundation


What sizes are available?

Each ring is adjustable to cater to different standard ring sizes however it would be best for you to mention your ring size upon ordering. 

What are these rings made of?

We use up-cycled brass metal plated in yellow-gold and natural, faceted colored stones. Just like any accessory in the market, it will eventually fade especially once exposed to harsh chemicals. But with proper care and maintenance, the shine and luster may be prolonged. You may use a metal polisher to clean the rings. Elena also provides 1 free yellow gold replating as an added bonus. 

How long does it take to process my order?

We hope you can give us at least 7-10 working days to process and ship your order. These rings are handmade with love and to keep them special, local artisans really craft each one carefully and meticulously. I'd like to thank you for your patience in advance! 

Will you ship the orders to me?

Yes, we can ship to your home in MM or other areas in the Philippines. A standard 100 peso shipping fee will be charged. Additional shipping fees and other costs may apply for International orders. 

Is there an order cut-off?

You may order your rings between October 1 to November 30. To make way for the holiday surge, we will have to cut off by the end of November. We will resume taking your orders by January 10. 

How do I pay for my orders?

Once you have processed your order, you will receive instructions on how to go about the payment via BANK DEPOSIT. Sorry, we cannot accept Paypal/Credit Card transactions for now.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more questions, please email :) Elena is the sweetest, she will definitely assist you with your queries and orders.  OH and NO taray customers allowed! Hahahahaha! We will do our very best to serve you well and so I request only kindness and consideration from our customers :) :) 

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!! Thank you again for supporting our PRETTY LITTLE RINGS collection! Once you get your rings, could you pls tag me when you post a photo on IG/Twitter! Just add the hashtag #prettylittlerings. I can't wait to see you wear them!

Special thanks to BEA MARQUEZ for helping me with the photos!:)

Natalie Turns Two

I still can't believe my darling inaanak, Natalie is TWO!!! Thank you Lord for blessing us with clear skies yesterday. We all enjoyed our Picnic Party in the park :) Happy birthday again, NatNat!  We love you and Ate Audrey so much!

Culinary Gems

Whenever we get work-free weekends, it's almost like a supreme ALLELUIA opportunity for both me and Patrick. After a very stressful work week for Patrick, we were so happy to finally get some downtime down South. We were quite worried that our Tagaytay plans would be cancelled because of SUPER Mario's wrath last Friday, but thankfully, the skies cleared up on Saturday morning and it was a very easy drive to Taal Vista :) Without traffic, we made it to Taal Vista in exactly one hour from the middle of the metro where we reside. Kaya lang talaga mag-balikan for a day trip since it's very accessible, but of course staying overnight is always a good idea. Hihihihi! We always get spoiled rotten with the great service here and that's why we always try to book a room whenever we can. :)

But the MAIN highlight for our weekend stay at Taal Vista was to meet CHEF SAU DEL ROSARIO!!! You know how people get starstruck with artistas? Well, I get starstruck with CHEFS! Hahahaha! Gosh, that makes me such a foodie huh?!? No, but seriously..I've been following Chef Sau's career for years now and I've always wanted to meet him! And so it was such a big fangirl moment to meet him in the flesh and to actually enjoy his food with him in the same room! He even sat at our table for a bit and shared his funny stories. He's incredibly down to earth and as genuine as one could possibly get! Considering all his achievements in the culinary world--both here and abroad,  I was pleasantly surprised to see how warm and friendly he was. 

To celebrate their 75 glorious years, Taal Vista gathered the couture's premier chefs to come up with special buffet spreads each week. Big names such as Fernando Aracama, Babes Austria, Edwin Santos, Bruce Lim, Jackie&Rolando Laudico and of course, Chef Sau---will be invading the Taal Vista kitchens and feeding Taal Vista guests with the best Filipino food. You can drop by their website to ask for their schedule for the coming months so you can make plans in advance. But if you are free this weekend, I urge you to book your seats for the lunch/dinner buffet of CHEF SAU! It's his last weekend in Taal Vista, so please, please, please book NOW!!! His food was incredible!!! 
For this buffet spread, Chef Sau went back to his Kapampangan roots and injected his new world skills into each dish. What I can honestly say about Chef Sau is that he is a storyteller---his stories of his childhood, his life abroad, all his triumphs and trials in his career can all be felt in each bite. Nothing pretentious or intimidating, just quality food made with a lot of thought and precision. I loved, loved, loved his LECHON, Sisig Foie Gras, and Kare Kare. And his dessert spread was just mind-blowing!!! If you love food, if you love yourself, book a table now. Hahahaha! 
With the darlings of Taal Vista Hotel/ SM Group of Hotels, Celine Arenillo  and Treena Tecson. We love getting invited by these two! They're gems in the industry, indeed! 
Folk dancing is always a hit with the balikbayans, tourists, and happy locals like me.
Again, thank you so much CHEF SAU for giving us a truly enjoyable culinary experience. And to TAAL VISTA, Happy 75 Years!!! I look forward to more celebrations with you guys!

Free In My Skin

Last September 9, I was fortunate enough to host the launch of The Free in My Skin Movement by PHYSIOGEL. I personally suffer from bouts of eczema and other skin issues, so I really was affected by this specific movement that focuses on women with dry&sensitive skin. I love how it not only empowered me--but also encouraged me to share the good juju to others as well. It was more of a pay-it-forward kind of event, which is really rare to see these days. "This movement aims to empower women to fully embrace and participate in life by freeing them from dry and sensitive skin, because having dry and sensitive skin can serve as a hindrance for women to fully function to their best abilities. This movement also aims to honor smart, strong, sensitive women who have faced their insecurities (physically and emotionally) and are now embracing and living life to the fullest." 

"Physiogel is the only skincare product that has the patented advanced Physiogel BioMimic Technology that works naturally with your skin to make it less sensitive and dry. Like a jigsaw puzzle, your skin's natural lipid layers form a matrix, helping to lock the moisture within. This allows Physiogel to repair dehydrated skin, rehydrate the essential barriers and also revitalize the skin―keeping it healthy from within. Physiogel is free from perfumes, preservatives or colorants.

For skin that is less sensitive and dry, experience the difference with Physiogel, the most recommended moisturizer brand by dermatologists in the Philippines. For more information, visit or "-Physiogel PR

With the wonderful PHYSIOGEL Family and the angelic face of Physiogel, Patti Grandidge.
 Congratulations again to the PHYSIOGEL team for another successful movement! Kudos to you guys for  always championing the naturally beautiful Filipino woman!:)

Travel Video: TOKYO 2014

The Pats in Tokyo from ThirtySix-O Media on Vimeo. Music by Tim York/Produced by John Hendrickson. 

My Husband's New Toy: My Cloud EX2

I love it when I receive thoughtful gifts from both friends and sponsors, you can tell when something was handpicked just for you. This gift was extra special because it was addressed personally for my husband, Patrick! The folks at WD (represented by their PR firm) mentioned it to me a few weeks ago "Patrick does a lot of file sharing for work right? We have something that's perfect for Thirty Six-O!". Of course when she mentioned all the technical details, I'll admit I got a bit lost in the jargon. Hahaha! But I just appreciated the thoughtfulness so much, I was more than delighted to receive it! Syempre pay-uwi ko I told Patrick about it and he had a big smile on his face. He was obviously thrilled to get the MY CLOUD EX2. It's now stationed comfortably by his workspace and it has proven truly efficient in their office. Thank you again so much WD for this gift!!! It has saved Patrick and his employees a whole chunk of stress.

I honestly tried to explain the techie details in my own words, but with a few attempts I was just laughing at how funny it all sounded. I guess it would do the product more justice if I let the peeps at WD do the talking. So for those who are interested, here's how the MY CLOUD EX2 can work for you! 

WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today expanded its prosumer personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 products are designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.

Several data management and security features allow customers to select their preferred methods for managing and protecting their movies, photos, music and digital files. Drive management options include RAID 0, RAID 1; JBOD and spanning modes, while data protection options include RAID 1, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup. The My Cloud EX2 comes preconfigured in RAID 1 mode to protect data right from the start and is easily configurable into other data protection modes. Customers can use their My Cloud EX2 to centralize and back up all of their computers and notebooks with WD SmartWare™ Pro software for PC users, and with the Apple® Time Machine® backup software for Mac users.

My Cloud EX2 provides several capacity options for customers to choose from, including a diskless enclosure allowing users to build their own NAS with the drives of their choice, as well as populated systems in 4TB, 6TB or 8TB capacities1. Additionally, customers can attach compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX2 to instantly expand their storage capacity. The populated My Cloud EX2 features WD Red® hard drives for ultimate reliability in the unique 24x7 NAS operating environment. WD Red drives are powered by NASware™ 2.0 technology, improving drive reliability and protecting customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption.

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Our No-Occasion Date at Antonio's

Falling in love again :) :) :)
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