Lipstick Traces

Thirtysomething musings from lipstick to your neighbourhood street food cart.

February 22, 2015
by Layla
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022. When push comes to shove.


I have to admit, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to Filipino movies.

But–there’s a big but–whenever I get to watch one, there are memorable quotes that could make even the most blah of movies still get my good rating. Another thing I’m going to confess is that I haven’t been inside a cinema for ages. No, I’m not kidding! The last movie I’ve seen was No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart–and that was almost eight years ago. And the movie isn’t even local! Hopefully I could still catch the movie that’s currently making waves–That Thing Called Tadhana, starring Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman.

Sometimes, when I catch the bus on my way home from school, I get to watch a movie. Sometimes, it’s those B-movies or Tagalog movies. And I realised that I was wrong about them being of poor quality–ang judgmental ko talaga. Haha. Some movies, especially those from the last two years have really good storylines, and none of them were being poached from a foreign movie or soap opera.

Speaking of memorable quotes, may I present the following images of actors who delivered their famous quotes–from movies ranging from the most classic to the most recent. I would like to acknowledge Mr. Fhejhe as the source of these pictures. To make it fun, see if you can recognise the movies from which the quotes came! Let me know from your comments. Have fun! :)

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February 6, 2015
by Layla

021. Walking on sunshine.

Because I had to catch my boss and a section head before they leave for the annual planning workshop to get their signatures on a document, I had to prepare breakfast that I can easily take with me–and also one that can be easily consumed! To quote one popular principle in my law books, “time is of the essence.” I read about this recipe online months ago and I was longing to try it.

Sadly, I didn’t get to save the link so the ingredients and the procedure was lost into thin air, as far I’m concerned. Haha. I only found it again two days after I’ve made them! So this is my version.

I almost failed to document this foodie moment, but in the nick of time, I remembered to take a picture, so yay! Here’s a picture of the little delight!


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February 4, 2015
by Layla
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020. Sour bubbles.


Here’s one word to describe my stomach: bloated.

Cue in weight gain, increased fat mass. And frequent instances of burping. And sometimes, I can taste a bit of sourness at the pit of my stomach (probably does not make sense).

The burning questions that come up in my worried mind: Did I consume too much lemon? Too much sour cream? Too much tea? Too much work tension for the past few days?

What do you I advise that I do or eat? Or what should I avoid eating or doing?

February 1, 2015
by Layla

019. So who do you think you are?

The race is on to get out of the bottom
The top is high so your roots are forgotten
Giving is good as long as you’re getting
What’s driving you it’s ambition and betting

Spice Girls, “Who Do You Think You Are?”

If you’re from the Philippines and have a Facebook account, you may have read this article. For a time, this was shared by 75% of the people in my friends’ list. Admittedly, I found this article funny at the outset. After some time, I’ve read the article again, and I began to see it in another light.

Seriously, I’m going to ask you this question: What is a social climber?  No, really.

I’ve heard this term more than once, and obviously, in an unflattering light. Having gone through some dictionaries online (excluding The Urban Dictionary), a social climber is defined as “one who strives acceptance in fashionable society”–a definition culled from the American Heritage Dictionary. Another definition, gleaned from the Collins’ English Dictionary (from a sociological standpoint), is “a person who seeks advancement to a higher social class, esp by obsequious behaviour.” Continue Reading →

February 1, 2015
by Layla

018. Somewhere over the rainbow.


I’m officially in love with this store.

Where else can you find one that sells a mishmash of things from earrings to lamps in colours of the rainbow? You can find one in here. (Sadly they have neither website or Facebook page yet) Continue Reading →

February 1, 2015
by Layla

017. Don’t say slow.


That’s how my brain is operating today.

Yesterday (in the wee hours of the morning, rather) saw me in a flu-ey mess after baking cake and er, what  resembles a batch of scones. I started out fine Friday night–no, actually I was already coughing. I was in another state of being after the baking. Hours later, I was sneezing, I have a slight fever, my cough worsened, my body ached. On and on, Jennifer Aniston. Okay, I kid. I’ve tried almost every remedy–from hot tea, Bioflu, my asthma meds (because for me, flu always progresses into asthma), to more hot tea, and finally to that gooey Chinese wonder concoction called Pei Pa Koa.

So what happened to the baked goods? Served to satisfied relatives later in the afternoon. Sadly, they have gone undocumented again. It was totally worth staying up nearly the whole night.

But during the day, while I was napping, my body ached. Everywhere. I ended up sleeping on my stomach. It disappeared when I got up to serve the baked goods. It went back when I went to bed to sleep. Fever gone, cough not nearly as hacking and nose was now longer runny. I’m feeling better.

Now I need a massage.

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016. Sweet feline.

January 4, 2015 by Layla | 0 comments

grey cat

Hello there, baby.

Perhaps you all know by now–I like cats. It’s not that big a secret, isn’t it?

My older brother adopted this adorable little feline over there. He said that when he took it home from the streets, it was such a scrawny, frightened little thing. Now, look at her. Whenever she wants to be fed, she mewls adorably, and you’ll find her going around your leg, her tail flicking at your knees. And when she eats, she’s just as cute. Obsessed? I probably am. Hahaha. Continue Reading →

January 4, 2015
by Layla

015. Currently reading: The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

the-girl-you-left-behindEver since I saw this book in an ebook shop online, I knew I wanted to have the book.The story is set in two timelines, in German occupied France during the First World War (actually the main reason why I wanted to read it), and in modern-day London.

Sophie Lefevre lives in an inn during the First World War. Together with her sister Helene, they struggle to make ends meet. Food was rationed, the Germans were ruthless and imposed curfews. With both of their husbands in the war, the young women, together with their younger brother and children, are always gripped by fear.

Married to a painter, Sophie Lefevre has been given a valuable gift, a portrait of herself, painted by her husband, Edouard. However, when the Germans requisition the inn Sophie and Helene currentlly run, the commandant’s eye was caught by the painting, and is captivated by Sophie as well. With her husband missing, and with the German officer’s growing obsession over her deepens, Sophie knows that risks would have to be taken to be able to see her husband again. Continue Reading →

January 4, 2015
by Layla

14. Aruba, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take ya…

notesThere’s nothing like the perfect music to motivate you into getting out of bed–whether it’s to go to work or to school.

A confession: I’ve always treasured my iTunes player, but for some reason I’ve never made playlists on it. So I tend to keep whole albums of music in my phone, eating up the memory, making me deal with songs that aren’t necessarily my favourites. Having bought an iPod shuffle (second-hand) from an officemate, I thought that I should sort of synchronize the songs in my phone and iPod shuffle, which contains only a certain amount of memory.

The memory space-saving solution? Playlists. That way, I wouldn’t have to deal with the problem I have stated in the previous paragraph. I’ve made two lists, which depended on the mood I am in. Since we are on the subject of pick-me-uppers, here’s a list of songs that are included in my Feel Good Favorites playlist (I intend to make the same in Spotify one of these days).

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January 1, 2015
by Layla

013. Come January, we’re frozen inside, making new resolutions a hundred times.

2014 was a rollercoaster year in more ways than one. At the risk of sounding like a cliché, everything seemed to go out of place, and my year lost structure. Not only because of this costly experiment, but I have allowed myself to be–in our native language, pabaya.  Probably because I was on the point of being drained–physically, emotionally, and mentally drained. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, I will leave it at that.

I also let myself turn into a little brat. Okay, given my body build, big brat.  End result, I was someone nobody would want to be with, I wouldn’t even want to be with myself, period.


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