Monday, May 28, 2012


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What I imagined to be a normal, family Friday night for me turned out to be something different as I joined my female co-interns at a sleepover at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas! Ces invited us over since she lived the hotel life for a couple of days with Von and Kuya Dindin (FC?), and she got lonely having the suite for herself. Hahaha, I'm kidding. She didn't have any company for the last night she was going to stay there  and the rest is history. Thank you for having us over! :) Then again, I was actually hesitant to join at first thinking that my parents wouldn't let me join them... I was already out the whole week, going home during the wee hours in the evening.

Before arriving at the hotel, I went first to my mother's event thing and went home first to get stuff. As for the night, at least during the time I was there, consisted of them drinking while all of us watching the ever annoying Kit and Myrtle on PBB (oops!). By morning, we prepared ourselves for a buffet breakfast. As usual, I wanted to taste everything that was served hence, having five small plates for breakfast. I was so full that I didn't eat anything until dinner!












My second plate. Haha!




Back in our room! 

Magnum for dessert. Thanks, Sheena, Kim and Tina for these! :)


Thank you, Aubrey, Keena and Ces for capturing some of the photos in this post! :) 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

PFW Holiday 2012: PENSHOPPE Impact

Long legs. Thin stature. The runway.

Yesterday was another first for me despite the past years of repeatedly not pushing through of going to past PFW events. First times are memorable, they say, and it was.

Few hours before Penshoppe IMPACT where Leighton Meester was expected to show up, I finally convinced myself that I had no hope of going to the fashion show. The last thing I could think of was there's going to be someone who's gonna give up his/her invite for some reason. Then just as checked my Tweetdeck app on my laptop, Anna of so-stellar retweeted something that nearly made me scream. Imagine me looking all groggy from an afternoon nap before I read that someone's having doubts of going to Penshoppe IMPACT. I immediately responded back with the fastest typing speed that I have, though. (Sorry for flooding your mentions page, Anne!)

Anyway, to make the long story short and to keep all these less boring, thank you so much to Anne Mortega of for the invite! :) Also, Lord, pwedeng i-hug kita ngayon? Lol. 

Without further ado, my first Philippine Fashion Week experience at the SMX Convention Center! 


Just as I entered the hall, I was literally trembling. Excitement, anxiety... basta, good stress! Kaloka. Hahaha. I was late for the good seats and it didn't start at the time that I expected. Nevertheless,

Here are photos from the fashion show:

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Date With Destiny.

While people are gonna have lunch in a few minutes and I'm kinda stuck here doing work, here's a speech by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Out of all the senators ever elected, she's one of the brightest there ever was in Senate or so I think. What probably makes her stand out (literally), is her manner of speaking. I can still vividly remember how I try to copy her "-tion" tone whenever I catch her on TV. Nevertheless, her nimble characteristic just leaves me in awe.

Anyway, here's a commencement speech by Senator Santiago entitled "A Date With Destiny" at the UP College of Medicine in Diliman last May 20, 2012 which I intended to post days ago. If not for my "Favorites" page in Twitter, I wouldn't remember a single thing about it!

Allow me to introduce myself. I am the UP graduate who has, in a modest way, focused national attention on the political malady known as logopaedics, the branch of medicine that deals with speech disabilities and their treatment. 
Kasi ang ibang tao sa impeachment trial, hindi marunong magsabi ng totoo, kaya binibigyan ko sila ng speech therapy.
For politicians like me, commencement speeches are a regular feature of the calendar year.  But when the invitation comes from U.P. graduates, I consider the invitation to be more powerful than a subpoena, above any “Objection!” 

It is not only a professional honor; it is an invitation to return to the sublime cradle of the most intellectual and the most idealistic leaders of the professions in our country.  I love this school which has the highest standard of academic excellence and the most unforgiving standard of moral excellence – the great University of the Philippines.

Today, you stand at the cusp of your medical career. You bid goodbye to the distant past – when your parents struggled, emotionally and perhaps financially, to send you to the best medical school in the country. You also bid goodbye to the recent past – when your professors audaciously took the clay of your undergraduate studies and molded you into the 159 youth I see before me now – each one of you a young, godlike person, trembling on the edge of an entirely new and dazzling universe, or perhaps of many universes. 

Whatever astrophysics may conclude, each one of you stands as a master of the universe. 
At this point, let me share with you what the wise man said:
                        The adventure of life is to learn.
                        The nature of life is to change.
                        The purpose of life is to grow.
                        The challenge of life is to overcome.

The Adventure of Life is to Learn.

Your graduation is not an end point in your education. Now that your proud professors have done their best, you must start the adventure of learning from life itself. Michelangelo said that genius is eternal patience. And Gandhi put it in another way, by saying that there is more to life than increasing its speed. I will simply say that life is what you make it. Dare beyond your strength, hazard beyond your judgment, and in extremities, proceed in excellent hope. Bear the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.

To paraphrase the advice of a wise man, you should live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws. You should be led by permanent ideals. If you do that, you will be patient when the world ignores you, and you will be calm and unspoiled when the world praises you.

You are trained doctors – heal yourselves. The wise man said that we should seek elegance rather than luxury, refinement rather than fashion, worth rather than respectability, and wealth rather than riches. You have studied hard. Now think quietly, talk gently with your patients, and act frankly. In addition, listen to stars and birds, leaders and sages, with open heart. Await occasions and never hurry. Your most important lesson is that in the common, mundane things in life, the spiritual, the hidden, and even the unconscious will slowly enlighten you.

The Nature of Life is to Change.
You will live and work in circumstances far different from today. The changes in the medical profession will be dictated by at least ten medical breakthroughs:

            1.  Scientists now use cloning to create stem cells.  One day, stem cells may treat diseases such as spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s.

            2.  There has never been a vaccine against a human parasite before, or against malaria, which infects millions of children each year.  But a first-ever malaria vaccine – which cut the risk of infection by half – has been tested in children in sub-Saharan Africa.

            3.  HIV treatment can also serve as prevention, by protecting HIV-free people from becoming infected.
            4.  The food pyramid is now presented as a food plate.  It has four sections: fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein.

            5.  In a new world of regenerative medicine, healthy body tissues can be created to replace diseased ones.  Scientists have already created in the laboratory a real functioning urethra, but right now it costs US$5,000.

            6.  Colon cancer could likely be caused by bacteria.  Two research groups have reported that a bacteria called Fusobacteria seem to flourish in colon cancer cells.

            7.  In the world of weight loss, researchers reported that obese patients taking an experimental drug called Qnexa lost 10 percent of their body weight in a year.  The pill combines two existing drugs: the weight-loss drug phentermine, and the anti-epilepsy medication topiramate.

            8.  German researchers have found that if trained, dogs can detect the presence of cancer on a person’s breath.

            9.  Researchers from UCLA have reported that it may now be possible for scientists to glean the age of a dead body from genetic material.  They work with saliva samples.

            10.  At Uppsala University in Sweden, researchers reported that a simple blood test may be able to predict who is most likely to die of heart disease or cancer.  They found that people with higher levels of an enzyme called cathepsin S were more likely to die.
The Purpose of Life is to Grow.

What is the meaning of life?
This meaning is not for you to find, but for you to define. The meaning of life is found in the purposes that we pursue as we grow older. Each one must interpret individually the meaning of life. You must read meaning into the situations you find yourselves in, case by case.

From my book, Philosophy of Religion, let me read for you: 
Even if life is meaningless, we have to go on living, as a form of rebellion against cosmic meaninglessness. Your slogan should be: “Dare to become what you are.” If there is no God, and no other world than this one, then we are the creators of our own values. The supreme value is life-assertion. And the next highest value is the will to power over evil. We must confront the most difficult truth about ourselves. In a godless world, we have no alternative but to choose – and in that sense to create – our own values. In other words, we create the meaning of our life.
Perhaps life has no meaning, but perhaps those who are religious can find meaning in the four categories of human experience: suffering, hope, effort, and grace. The various religions are responses to the realization of the agony of life.  Religion seeks to transform the underlying agony and anxiety of life into the joy and gratitude we can feel for the gift of love.
The Challenge of Life is to Overcome.

Now, allow me to read the conclusion of my book, Philosophy of Religion:

If we want to build earth pyramids pointing to the stars, the best procedure is not the infliction of selfish cruelty on those we wish to make our subjects, but to enlist their free commitment to the human enterprise. You should struggle for freedom from selfishness, from hatred, and from slavery to pleasure and instant gratification. We should find inspiration in our Third World circumstances, and thus empower ourselves in the pursuit of excellence in creativity, compassion in poverty, and happiness in serving others.

Life is not a race among the vain. Vanity merely yields the prize of material riches, which endanger the spiritual outlook. Life is a journey to the absolute truth, in the course of which we develop the ability to communicate with God.
Nothing that any person does, no matter how rich or famous, really matters. All that matters is the faith to believe that something is better than nothing. If this something contains evil, it is conscious and constant revolt against evil that gives life its value.

In the final analysis, life is a kaleidoscopic process of education sourced from the infinite intelligence, the dazzling supermind.

Class of 2012: You have received more than others in health, in talents, and in education. Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – all these will come to you. But you have to pay the price. Like all UP alumni, be prepared to render an unusually great sacrifice of your life for other life.

During this, your date with destiny, I quote the famous poem “Ode to Duty,” by William Wordsworth:
                        Oh, let my weakness have an end!
                        Give unto me, made lowly wise,
                        The spirit of self-sacrifice;
                        The confidence of reason give;
                      And in the light of truth thy Bondman let me live!

Class of 2012: Like all true UP alumni, embrace the spirit of self-sacrifice, of reason, and of truth!  Never forget that I – together with millions of our fellow alumni – are marching in lockstep, on your transport into the beckoning future. 
On that journey, you have our highest respect and all of our love.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Bloggers United 3!

As far as I can remember, Bloggers United started out as a small shopping bazaar organized by three of the most followed, if not most popular, bloggers in the city, Ana Gonzales, Aisa Ipac and Melai Entuna. Then again, it was unfortunate for me to have learned of the event just a day after it has finished. Top bloggers such as Tricia Gosingtian, Kryz Uy, Patricia Prieto, David Guison and Lissa Kahayon were present.

Not so long after Bloggers United 2 was organized and held last December 2011 due to public demand. Fortunately, I was able to make it to the event at Treston International College at The Fort. It was indeed an exciting experience for me as it was the very first time I went to a shopping bazaar alone. I spent hours roaming around the area... admiring what's on sale, (hardly) deciding on what to buy, taking photos of these inspiring bloggers and, of course, greeting few bloggers. Yep, I just had to quit being shy if I wanted to make it all worthwhile! :) Good thing, though, I saw a couple of friends I didn't expect to be seeing so... hello, company! (See my Bloggers United 2 post here.)

Without further ado, on June 2, it's all gonna happen again! This time... in Makati.

Bloggers United Strikes Three!

Third time’s the charm for the most anticipated fashion bloggers event in the country!

Bloggers United is staging their third bloggers bazaar this June 2 at the Grandview Events Place to once again gather Manila’s top fashion bloggers in one single venue outside of the World Wide Web. After holding two successful events last year, Bloggers United has easily become one of the most anticipated affairs for both fashion bloggers and readers in the metro.  More than just a bazaar, Bloggers United also partners with charitable groups to use and channel their influence in a positive manner.

Through the overwhelming power of social media and blogs in today's generation, the previous Bloggers United events have successfully joined forces with top fashion bloggers like Laureen Uy, Camille Co, Kryz Uy and many more to inspire their followers and to raise funds for various beneficiaries,  namely KIDS Foundation and GMA Kapuso Foundation. This time around, the event will benefit Operation Smile Philippines.

The event gets better and better every time! To make Bloggers United 3 even more momentous, top Indonesian fashion blogger Anastacia Siantar of The Brown Platform will also be selling alongside Cebu fashion bloggers and our very own top celebrities Divine Lee & Sarah Meier.

So, if you love blog-reading and blog-hopping, Bloggers United is sure to be the perfect end-of-summer bazaar for you. Not only will you be able to bump elbows with your favorite bloggers at the event, but you will also be able to snag some of their own stylish statement pieces as they open their closets to sell to the public. Stay-up-to-date with the biggest gathering of bloggers by following us on Twitter ( and Facebook (, and bookmarking our official webpage (

Bloggers United is in partnership with: 
Operation Smile
Globe Tattoo 

Event is co-presented by:

Official Media Partners:

In cooperation with:

Special thanks:

Now... what to wear? ;)

Oh, and before this post comes to an end, check this uber, Starship-py cool video out!! (Hahaha) Starring  prominent bloggers Alyssa Lapid, Sarah Tirona, Ana Gonzales, Patricia Prieto and moooreee :D

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


For the past month, only a single thing has extremely occupied my schedule and that's my internship but look at me, I'm blogging again, finally! :)

Anyhoo, if any of you might be of concern on how this internship's going, well, everything's being done smoothly and still, I hope we could get this done to the expectations of our supervisor. About my work, it's not all technical especially that I'm an Information Technology student (my co-intern, Aubrey surprised me at my back while writing this. HAHAHA.) but we're handling an SAD project with utmost discretion.

SO! Enough with that. As I have mentioned here before, I sold my Nikon Coolpix P100 camera and up until now, I haven't got the time to buy a new one. Then again, there must be a reason! Instagram for Android's my current addiction for now but yeah, the thought of a "real" camera never subsides.

Few of my Instagram photos over the recent few weeks. (Instagram: _franceslim)

View from one of the buildings here in Ayala

Proud friend here! Nixie along with my two friends/ high school
batchmates, Jec and Starr, got featured in Manila Bulletin's tea features.

Last Wednesday's dinner at Yoshinoya with dear blockmates

After a Hagardo Verzosa search for 
Mother's Day gift last Friday, Kenny Roger's 
Chunky Tuna Sandwich

Last night's reward for a successful reporting at the
one and only Yabu with Chris and Jorence

My dinner in preparation for my first ever O.T! CHAR!
Chicken Teriyaki at Enraku, Food and Art Gallerie, GT Tower

Kimbap for lunch at a Korean restaurant in front
of Tong Yang Bank in V.A. Rufino Avenue. 

I still have a "hangover" over this donut at J.Co Donuts and Coffee.
Promise, sobrang sarap!! :)

Last day I ever drank green tea since I started 
to develop some gastrointestinal chorva. 

Happy hour at Starbucks is indeed happy! I've already
said this but after two years of non-Starbucks drinking, I 
finally went to have one again... a light coffee drink :)

Can't remember where this is but yeah, it's salad!

These are happy fried and soon-to-be fried eggs. 

Pre-mother's day dinner at Savory in SM Hypermarket.
This one's fish with lemon sauce. 

From my friend, Nixie. Bias aside, but this must be 
the best chocolate cupcake! I'm not an overly chocolate fan 
but this one passed my tastebuds! Promise.

AND HALT! Vote for Jessica Sanchez in American Idol, okay? Haha! (Even CBCP's praying for her win. Literally, even.)

Call 1-866-IDOLS (1-866-5701 or 07) or text "VOTE" to 5701.

VOTING TIME: Thursday (Philippines) 10 AM – 12 NOON, 1 PM – 3 PM

1.Go to and get the toll free number she got for that episode.

2. Using a Magic Jack or NetTalk phones, dial the toll free number assigned to Jessica Sanchez for that particular episode

3. If you are getting busy tone, please dial again to make sure your vote is counted.

4. You can vote as many as you want.

Ciao ahoy!
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