It’s been exactly ONE week since the rebirth of my blog and I still find myself giddy like a school girl. This past week has been such a testament of God’s goodness in my life, which admittedly and sadly, I tend to forget because I’m always too caught up in all the busyness of the daily grind. I remember just a few months ago as I was going through a very difficult time, my dad emailed me a letter and to close he reminded me that instead of stressing about the present or worrying about what could happen in the future, it’s also good to LOOK BACK. Because LOOKING BACK makes you see how God has been so KIND to you, how HE has proven himself time and time again that HE cares for you and will always have your back (because Jesus is mahhhh homeboy! yeah, yeah!) no matter what. So today, I’m LOOKING BACK and just basking in God’s awesomeness. I’m nothing but a mere speck in the universe (I just watched Interstellar, so yeah, I sort of felt really insignificant after–thank you NOLAN), a little dot in the galaxy, yet HE still wants to get to know me, to understand me, to love me. O diba, may point din pala si Throwback Thursday..but it’s A WEDNESDAY! Nyerks! Hahahaha! 🙂 🙂
For an entire week, leading up to the blog launch I was soooooo nervous I felt like a giant popcorn was about to pop right inside of me! For some reason, I was waking up at 5AM for 4 days in a row. I would just tap my half sleeping Patrick and say “BAAAAABBBE! Popcorn in my HEART!!!!!”. All the way up to my actual blog launch, my voice was cracking and I was panting while speaking. It was like I was hosting it while on a treadmill…in heels! Hehehe! I’ve hosted hundreds upon hundreds of events but all of a sudden I was consumed by stage fright (even if I wasn’t even on a stage, I didn’t even have a mic, and it was just in front of my friends!). I hid my phone in my bag for an entire hour, I don’t know why, but maybe it was because I was nervous about how people would respond to my new blog. Of course, I was worried over nothing really because I was receiving hundreds of notifications—all raves and cheers from friends, family and YOU my dear readers!!! My kilig meter was off the charts. You guys are THE BEST!
Here’s a photo-heavy post (Zeus Martinez sent me a ton and I had such a difficult time selecting—ang ganda kasi ng lahat!!!) for you guys to catch a glimpse of what happened during my BLOG LAUNCH PARTY in Shine Bakery&Cafe and SM Aura. I wanted it to just be a very relaxed affair so I invited a few girls (close friends and women I personally look up to!) and we had a little brunch at Shine and just because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE giving things to others (it’s a crazy addiction), I decided to surprise my guests with some items from my trusted brands/sponsors and after which we went on a shopping field trip around SM AURA. We invaded the escalators and the people in the mall were probably wondering what we were all up to! hehehe! We dropped by 3 of my fave stores in the mall, Kiehls, PowerMac Center and Suiteblanco! I posted a complete list of the goodies we gave away on that day HERE and you can also watch the video by Thirty Six O HERE. If you notice, I don’t have any beauty shots in these photos—lahat bungisngis laugh and smiles because I was just laughing and giggling throughout the event! I was just so happy that my friends came to support me and that everyone was having fun!
We had a everyone wins kind of a raffle (Very grade school lang!) so I’d like to thank Happy Skin, Bensimon, K Way, Alkalizing Greens, Elena Bautista, SOFA, Oster, Wanderskye, and Praiaz for providing the prizes.
And of course, the happiness did not end there! We gave each girl some goodies from our sponsors too! You can check out the brands and close up photos here.
Here are some photos from our surprise shopping spree at Kiehls, PowerMac Center and Suiteblanco in SM Aura!
God’s faithfulness manifests in different ways for different people, to some it comes in the form of provisions, others experience it in their careers and life transitions, but for me—I think the clear cut, undeniable “yeah, this is all GOD at work” evidence for me would be my relationships with people. The friendship I am grateful for is the one I have with Marge Montemayor, one of my closest friends and MASTER wedding coordinator/events planner. She worked on this event from start to finish out of LOVE. She just made this a personal passion project, giving it HER ALL just because she wanted to support me. Marge (and RG too!) are such great friends to me and Patrick, they’ve always helped us just for the sake of our friendship–expecting nothing in return, with no praise or buzz. Marge is not only excellent at what she does (organized, calm, composed!), she has a genuine heart for service and that’s what really sets her apart! To Bea Marquez (blog logo design) and Kat San Juan (photos), two of my most creative friends—you sprinkled so much prettiness into my blog. Just like Marge and Martine, I really felt how much love you put into this project for me. I just know that this is just the start of BIG and AMAZING things for you! To my Thirty Six-O Family, thank you for just dedicating your entire day to this blog launch. To the boys, thanks for shooting the video and to the girls for being my sexy usherettes and assistants. To Zeus and Cha, you gave me these beautiful photos—photos I will always look back to and remember ever so fondly. Thank you for just sharing your time and talents with me 🙂 And to SHINE and all our other sponsors, collaborating with you was so effortless and easy breezy. Thank you for spoiling me and my lovely guests.
To my mom, husband and all my girlfriends who came to the launch and those who sent me encouragement via text, email, IG posts. I know that my blog is not really a big deal for the rest of the world, but you guys made it feel like it was something worth fussing over. You guys cheered for me, you made it matter! Thank you for sharing my joy and for being so happy for me and WITH me. I really felt like the luckiest girl in the world—how did I even manage to snag these amazing women and call them my friends?!? Sa jokes kong baduy, HOW?!!? It’s a mystery!!! HAHAHA! I remember waking up on November 5 and just getting so many texts like it was my birthday. I just felt so much LOVE from REAL friends!!! And finally, I just want to send a BIG THANK YOU to you—my readers. I think you guys are already sick and tired of all my THANK YOUs but it has to be said, over and over again, because this blog is what it is because of YOU. Whenever I read your comments, your emails, your IG tags and tweets, it just makes me feel so special—it makes me feel happy to be a part of your lives somehow and I hope that you’ll continue to journey with me through this new blog.