reposting this from Superkape :)

First Big Blog (Christmas) Giveaway! 23 beauty and fashion goodies up for grabs!
October 31, 2012 by superkape

Christmas is coming in less than two months, and I bet you can’t wait for it any longer! Well, me too! What better ways to celebrate this than having a big blog giveaway, right?! It’s my first time to have a blog giveaway so I wanted it to be THIS BIG and generous (more especially that Christmas is near)!!! How big? Oh well, it’s just that three (3) VERY LUCKY readers of my Superkape blog will get to bring home ALL of the following:

CHRISTMAS GIFT SET A (1st lucky reader)

Scribe Writing Essentials Gift certificate (GC) worth P500
Nail Spa Lounge by Ellabell GC (Duchess Basic Manicure and Pedicure)
Get Lashed! The Eyelash Extension Salon and Beauty Center GC worth P500
Bikram Yoga Greenhills GC (good for two sessions)
Maris Unique Pieces feather earrings
Maris Unique Pieces ear cap cookie
Duty Free sporty watch
Leg Love by City Lady (I love hue series)
Sole Doctor foot care gel cushions

CHRISTMAS GIFT SET B (2nd lucky reader)

Jenny Pea’s The Fragrance Library (An impression of Princess by Vera Wang)
Nivea Visage sparkling white acne oil control
Nivea Angel star body soft souffle
Tony Moly clear lip & eye make-up remover
Bath & Body Works Sea island cotton body lotion
PocketBac vampire blood plum anti-bacterial hand gel
The Body Shop Amorito Eau de Toilette
The Flower House sugarplum Parisienne rose body lotion

CHRISTMAS GIFT SET C (3rd lucky reader)

Etude House aloe moist full skin care kit
Etude House Pomegranate natural mask
Johnson’s body care lasting moisture body wash with soft puff
Tony Moly cotton pads
Missha Fruits mix sheet mask berry juice
Bynature Kiss lip balm

BONGGA diba???!!! Want to get all of these as Christmas presents? Yes? YESSS!!! Here’s how to join.

Follow me on Twitter and Bloglovin’. If you don’t have these accounts, it’s very easy to sign up and make one!
Subscribe to my blog through e-mail. See bottom bar “E-mail Subscription” and click on “Sign me up”.
Fan me on Lookbook. If you don’t have this account, it’s very easy to sign up and make one. You can check out my looks too and hype the looks you love!
Tweet this: I want to win @woshikathper19′s 1st BIG blog giveaway on http://superkape.wordpress.com! 23 beauty&fashion goodies up 4 grabs! #KathleenPerezGiveaways
Post this publicly on your facebook: I want to win Kathleen Perez’s 1st BIG blog giveaway on http://superkape.wordpress.com! 23 beauty&fashion goodies up for grabs! (Make sure to post this in public so I can verify.)
Reblog this blog post, or if you want to make your own blog post about this giveaway, you may do so but make sure to include my blog website link on the post.
Leave a comment below with your complete name, twitter username, bloglovin’ username, e-mail address used to subscribe to my blog, lookbook username, tweet link, facebook post link and blog post link.
Remember, only one entry per person. I approve every comment before it’s posted, so be careful not to submit more than once.

Deadline for entries is on December 14, 2012 at 11:59PM. This contest is open to Philippine residents only. Three (3) lucky winners will be picked through random.org and announced through my Twitter. So what are you waiting for???!!! JOIN NOW, ask your friends to join too, help me spread this great great giveaway, and let’s all have a very merry Christmas! Good luck! =)

link: superkape.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/first-big-blog-christmas-giveaway-23-beauty-and-fashion-goodies-up-for-grabs

Missing hubby hubs…

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For two weeks now, I sleep on my own. I wake-up yearning for my early “kiss munch” from hubby dear. Image

But hey, this is not a break-up story. We’re still very much together. He just left for an out of town work, but darn it! I miss my man! 😦

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We’ve been married for two years and half now and he has not changed a bit from the first time that I met him. He still takes care of me as much as he can. I know he would give up his life for me and would give me everything if he could. I love him as much as he loves me but I know sometimes it seems as if I don’t. We’ll I’m just not showy and I like it when he makes me feel as if I am little girl that he has to protect all of the time.

To perk up my mood, I look at our baby girl and think ” I have everything I would ever need”

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Maybe I’ll just visit hubby next weekend 🙂 It’s just now that I appreciate him more than ever. This a wake-up call I must heed– to never EVER take him for granted.

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parking my pen now…

“Distance never separates two hearts that really care, for our memories span the miles and in seconds we are there. But whenever I start feeling sad, because I miss you, I remind myself how lucky I am to have someone so special to miss.”
(Source Unknown)

Cobblestones at my Feet

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To go back in time, one must visit places filled with long forgotten ghosts and dreams. I had that chance two weeks ago.

Luck sided with me when my division head called me up in a meeting and told me I had to go to Vigan to attend a message development workshop.

Whoa! That would be one item off my list of places I must visit before I die. The List includes only three places: Vigan/Pagudpud, Sagada, and Palawan. But the list has the tendency to change depending on the “travel” craze which changes from time to time. Yesterday I was tempted to add Caramoan in it.

It took us nine hours to reach the town of Vigan, the Heritage Village, in particular. It was raining that night and the mist added a sense of mystery and nostalgia to the place. We chose Ciudad Fernandina Hotel for our four-day stay. It was superb to say the least. An old house-turned into a hotel, we fell in love with it the moment we got off the car.

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The grand staircase was an instant hit. We took photos after photos, ignoring the fact that there are other guests around.

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After changing into more “gala” appropriate clothing, we strolled along Crisologo street and bought “hopiang baboy” from a local bakery. We also took a sip of “BASI” or sugar cane wine.

Enough gala for the first night, we then headed to the hotel’s diner. I found it classy and cosy at the same time.

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Sumptous meal was served. The best potato salad I have ever tasted so far.

ImageAfter dinner, we each headed back to our room. The workshop won’t start until 3pm the next day, we still have enough time to roam around before the grueling talks start.

Morning of Saturday, I tried Vigan Empanada for breakfast. It was quite unique, a tasty dish but one that I could live without. Certainly not something that I would go looking for when I return to the city.

ImageVigan is famous for its old houses, preserved through the years. And here comes another photo ops:)

ImageI was with my friend, Manel (in her black hat), my division head, Ginang, and my immediate supervisor, Ma’am Buen. We are proudly from the Creatives and Production Services Division of the Philippine Information Agency. We do ads. I write, Manel designs, Ginang instructs and Ma’am Buen sees us through.

Pasalubong hunting follows:

ImageThis is the famous Vigan longganisa. Garlicky in taste, I bought two dozens for hubby.

ImageBeautiful souvenirs.

ImageCrunchy barquillos.

Still hunting pasalubong despite the rain:

The workshop started and ended fast. It was really more of a vacation rather than work. But I will left one “stinky” story untold. Better that way. Hmmm…but for those craving for scary anecdotes famous in century-old places, I have one. It was Saturday night and we were about to sleep, Manel and I felt the door of our bathroom opened on its own. We both looked up to see it closed though. We didn’t have any explanation for it until we were on our way back to Manila. 

Over all, it was a nice experience. I got to visit to a beautiful and nostalgic place FOR FREE! Got to enjoy the food and the nice accomodation.

But the travel home wasn’t so great. Manel received a call from her mom telling her that her father has passed on. He had been sick for a while. I was worried about how my friend would take it and how she would react but she was trying to be as strong as she could the whole time. And I admire her for that. That led us to conclude that it was maybe her father’s premotion-our bathroom door opening on its own during the night.

Life is like that. You come into a place and stay there for a while, but eventually, one has to leave at some point. But somehow, we must enjoy the journey, however way we can. Savor each moment pips! Love. Laugh. Pray.