A Christmas Date

When you're too lazy to say it with words,say it with pictures.

Biggie and I went out for a date last Sunday (Christmas Day) where we went to UP Ayala Techno Hub. We haven't seen each other for 2 weeks and thought that we might need some catching up to do so on days like this, we would normally go somewhere else where we could just sit, drink coffee, eat, then chat and talk about life.

My elder sister has a sense of style. She really has good taste in clothing. Most of the time, I would sneak into her closet because I know I would always see something nice though we're not of the same size.

This Christmas, she got me this very awesome dainty dress. When I tried it on, we both thought as if the dress was made for me.

Photo by Aze, my elder sister
2011 has been a little rough for the both of us, I would say. Just before the year ended, however, we received so many blessings and something to look forward to for the next years to come. Aren't  you excited?

Anyhow, we ended the day with some post processing sessions after downloading all the photos we took during our sibling date. Few more days and she will be in transit once again. :)

Intangible Things That I Am Happy About :)

The feeling of being happy, hyped, and getting butterflies in your belly  all at the same time is one of the most incredible feeling I felt today. I can't refrain from smiling, I can't stop myself from jumping up and down like a free baby bunny.

I received 3 surprise gifts today - one from Sir Arnold (a pink comfy office slippers which I forgot to take a photo), one from our company owner, and one from my mentor. Gift surprises. :D


I also worked on a different department today (morning shift), borrowed a pre-owned station from the Apps Dev team, and began drawing a site map. We presented our partial project and got a good job from big boss. And to my surprise, I was able to blend well with the team's personality. XD

Was able to tour Toy Kingdom Megamall yesterday. I'm a kid by heart.


And lastly. <3 No words could describe how I feel whenever he leaves his personalized foot print on any  of my things, obligatory or not. I'm happy and blessed that I am spoiled, loved and taken cared of. :) 

Art Attack - Pinwheels and Buntings

I never knew I could be this messy when art hits me, take a look at the photos:

On second note, this is in preparation for mother hood, KIDDING! Haha! It's for a birthday party, actually. This party is for Love And Arts Studio's photo coverage for Baby Pio's Colorful First in Rainbow Burst.

Aren't you excited? 'Cause I am! And I will not stop cutting little strips of papers until the rainbow colors burst in my messy room!

I'm wearing my falsies today! Expertise: 5 (scale of 1-10). Improving!


I found my love!

The past week has been pretty stressful but I managed it well.

A successful Christmas Party (I guess).
Some business issues.
Party planning and the like.
New community.
Possible transition in 2012.

And a whole lot more. And I found my love.I believe we are soul mates. Whenever I get to feel it's grip it brings music to my ears. We were made for each other. Together, we will both make history. <3

P.S. I have an upcoming project and I'm very excited about it. I'm gonna make a blog of a love story - an imaginary love story that I hope, someday, or one day, will come true.

Food Trip: I saw ISAW. :)

There's something about UP Diliman that makes it a very special place to me.

It's where I've spent most of my days during high school - we did a video shoot  for a project in Filipino III (MTV for Someday We'll Know by Mandy Moore and Jonathan Foreman) at the Forest Lagoon in the midst of the "A Walk To Remember" days and finished a research project that won 3rd place in our annual Science Investigatory Project at QCSHS.

It's where I was embarrassed for answering a phone call on a live concert,  addressing the caller by somebody else's name and getting my very first red rose afterwards. That was Valentines day and I felt like a princess. :)

Unfortunately, it's also where I visited the UP Fair a couple of times but never really had the chance to get inside the concert grounds, not even close the carnival area. The view outside seems to be more fantastic, I don't know. I always end up going somewhere else.

Despite and in spite all these, I still keep coming back to UPD.Why?

"Mang Larry's Isawan"
ISAW. Yes, grilled animal intestines of either chicken or pork. :D

The isawan area at UPD is famous for their super affordable isaw, my bestfriend Jane knows it. There are a couple of stalls that sells isaw but nothing beats Mang Larry's sawsawan (dips). It is located along E. Ma. Guerrero St., near Parish of the Holy Sacrifice.  Prices ranges from Php 3.00 - 15.00 only. Weekenders go here and would normally buy 10-30 sticks of "isaw" for take-out. Whenever I pay a visit, I would always see somebody I know - an old acquaintance, some school mates or a batch mate, or close friends.

That's me isaw hoarding. Haha. (Photo by Kaye Agron)

Kelan kaya ang balik ko dito? :)

Wishful Thinking

Best things are yet to come.

I can't wait for 2012. The first quarter's gonna be a whole lot of fun. Add the lucky number 2, and hopefully, up to infinity. :)

Hide (Alyssa Mae Yabut Photoshoot)

Photography - Joy Caasi Photography - Joy Caasi

Photography - Joy Caasi

Photography - Joy Caasi

Photography - Joy Caasi

Photography - Joy Caasi

Photography - Joy Caasi

Photography - Joy Caasi

Photography - Joy Caasi

Photography - Joy Caasi

Funshoot November 30, 2011
Photo, Styling, and Post Processing: Joy Caasi
Model and MUA: Alyssa Mae Yabut
Location: Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wild Life

Ideas: Christmas Gifts and Give Aways

Oh geez. Few more days before December and I'm cramming - searching for items that I could give as presents for Christmas. I am actually thinking of giving away personalized gifts, something that people can be reminded of me whenever they see or use it. :D

I remember paying a random visit at Papemelroti few weeks back when big sister and I went out for a date. She got me a metal engrave/coil of my name (Joy) and she, on the other hand, got herself some Faith, Hope, and Love.

Big Sister Aze and her Faith, Hope, and Love

Me and my name, I used this photo as a cover photo on my Facebook Timeline (sorry for the major edit)

Do aside from these cute items, we also found a couple of dainty necklaces and other goodies which are budget friendly. Here are some of them:

Feel free to recycle using this paper making kit. Save the world and be kind this Christmas.

Varieties of vintage and dainty necklaces

Aze sporting out on cute rings and earrings

Super affordable rings (it only cost php 27.00)
Every month, Papemelroti release their new items on Facebook. I just visited their fanpage and for November, here's my personal choice:

I downloaded these photos from their Facebook Fanpage and came up with a collage.

Items from the photo above only ranges from php 49.00 to php 300.00. Yes, super affordable and it will surely fit your Christmas present budget. They have a couple of nice bracelets, planners and journals, other girly accessories, and  denim memo boards. And if I may add, they also use environment friendly materials.

Now the best part for December:

Papemelroti is giving away this cute "Believe" desk signboard. Please visit this link for more details.

What do you have in mind for Christmas Give Aways and Presents?

Today I turn 25 with LOVE


I wore this last Nov. 21st, the day I was all wet by the chilly rain and got sick the following day

I was born a day after my elder sister Aze celebrated her 1st birthday, which basically made us twin sisters by heart. 

25 is a significant number, perhaps because it is divisible by 5. It could mean anything significant this year, who knows.

I browsed on my Horoscope and the stars said that this year would suggest a period of communication and teaching. The stars also said that this year is a strong year for publicity and other endeavors involving spreading the word. Hmmm. Should I start preaching? Naah. I'm really not a good preacher, there's still a lot to learn. Haha.

Alright. There's one note that I will surely remember today:

Own the world and all of your dreams. 

-from my dear sister Aze

The world loves me, so I believe, will hope and have faith. And I, for the love of it, will continue to dream like a child and will make those dreams come true little by little, one step at a time.

I'm planning to accomplish 25 things this year. Are you with me?

Photos and Post Processing: by yours truly, when all you have is a self-timer and a bucket full of hope. I'm still hoping. :)

Everywhere I go I take you with me :)

UP Diliman 2011

You weren't here but I took a piece of you with me - I kept a piece of you inside my pocket.

I loved the way you said "yung mahal ko" (the one I love), it's so sweet and true. Say that more often, please? :)

Updates Updates!

Update #1 - I'd never thought I'd do it but I sort of did.

Wearing a HAMBURGLAR top in brown shade | Taken by laptop camera on Webcam Toy
A few hours ago, I purchased my very own domain. I was scared at first because I know nothing about building nor creating a website. But I'm luckily surrounded by genius people (I'm referring to the owner of this particular blog and my circle of trust from the company I am working for), they taught me how to get one and now they're teaching me how to build my apps on Mr. G. Yey. And so mark this date: November 17, 2011 -  this will be my website/blog birthday (we are both Novemberians, ayee). That ends my first update.

Update #2 - Partially but not officially THE graphic artist of Love And Arts Studio (I just had it printed on my business card.)

Love and Arts Studio (LR- Mark and Beszie Vitasa, Nybie Ng, couples Rain Lacsaman and Jhoy Ayon, me, Dona Gino,  and Elson Cerilla)

I really am fond of taking and editing photos (obviously) and these past few months, I was involved in a whole lot of fun filled photo shoot sessions - from events to prenups to baby shoot! We've been planning to build this team about a year ago and now that we have completed the team (a main and UBER GALING photographer, a stylist/chef/events planner, junior photographer, camera men, UBERLY talented make-up artist, graphic artist, etc.), nothing will stop us from invading the photography/events world. We'll gonna make this work because we love what we do and we are very good at it. *side wink*

Here are some sample shots made by yours truly:

Jhoy + Rain E-Session Photo Teaser by Love And Arts Studio | For behind the scene photos, please visit this link.

Baby Pio's Colorful First Pre-birthday Photo Teaser | More photos will be uploaded on Love And Arts Studio's page

You see that right, we placed him inside a bag because he's just soooo cute. Good thing he's very cooperative and he only cried twice the whole time we were doing the shoot at UP Diliman Forest Lagoon.

Update #3 - I dream of becoming a brand ambassador too

Venus and Mars owners Justin and Jamie Tan should receive one of those awards called young achievers.

Remember the previous review I made on Venus and Mars products? It's still making wonders on my skin (I'm referring to their Lulur Soap) and also to my office colleagues and friends, even my little brother uses it already. I dropped by their stall in one of the bazaars at Rockwell about 2 weeks ago and was surprised to see the Tan sisters (Jamie and Justin). We were able to talk about their products and other things that made me want to immediately fast forward to 2012! Geez I'm so excited.

Update #4 - I'm turning another year older ^sigh^

About a month ago, he asked me what I want to do on my birthday. I was frozen. I literally don't know what to answer. Haha. I want a lot of awesome things to happen but you can't have them all at once especially if there are time constraints. I guess I need to buy a time capsule. I thought about it overnight and wasn't able to sleep but I did wished for something. I'm just gonna have to wait for awhile until that  specific wish comes true. :)

For now I'm gonna blog and enjoy life. I still have approximately 2 years to finish off childhood and daydream about things that I might want to happen, of course I will bring you with me (I'm referring to you special, whoever you are) everywhere I go.  And yeah, welcome to the world wide web deary www.thethrifttrip.com! You'd surely be my best bud until Nov. 17, 2012 and I, for the love of it, promise to renew your yearly subscription as my commitment to a life filled with happiness on simple things.



"Shouldn't it be that easy
To just be happy for awhile
Get lost in a moment
Wasting time trading smiles"
- Smoke, Tristan Prettyman