Thursday, April 17

By Danah and Stacy   Posted at  9:12 PM   walkways No comments

Before anything else, I am writing all thoughts below coming from a very personal point of view, so please respect my opinions. I am not disrespecting other beliefs or practices. I'm just simply explaining and sharing my own. Thank you.


A few days ago, Manila Bulletin asked, "What do you sacrifice during Holy Week?" It was an honor to be included in the roster of personalities (such as James Younghusband and Tintin Bersola-Babao to name a few) who were asked the same question. It was easy to answer with a habit or some type of food to avoid, but more than just giving an answer I wanted to expound on the subject matter even just for a little bit. So when Manila Bulletin asked me, here's my response.
In line with this, and because the season is fit, here are some thoughts on this year's Holy Week. Now before anything else, I am not a theology expert or some Christianity guru, all I wanna do is share my opinions on the holiday, and my personal view of things regarding it.


Holy Week isn't holy.

As my social media feed gets flooded with booze shots and vacation selfies, it's obvious that Holy Week isn't really holy to most of us, and by holy I mean paying respect or devotion to God. It has been reduced to a 5-day weekend, the much anticipated breather--especially to those who work daily from 9 to 5. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, I'm not saying it's a good thing either. I'm just saying it's no longer really about reflecting or doing a heart-check to most of us, based on observation.

Traditions, traditions, traditions.

Just yesterday, as we drove around the city, processions started to take place everywhere. People lining up behind huge statues with lit candles in their hands, some were reading from a booklet, others taking selfies, others smoking cigarettes, others just looked plain clueless, as if their parents dragged them to attend, leaving them with no choice. Being very cultural with our Christianity, I see a lot of Filipinos mindlessly take part in such traditional activities especially during this Lenten season, without really knowing what's going on. It saddens me that we have become a society that just accepts what is and has been and neglects asking why and what's the point... Which takes me to my next thought.

Empty sacrifices?

Imagine a Justin Bieber fan (I'm onto something here, please bear with me) doing a hunger strike until authorities release him from jail (let's just say he's still imprisoned). She is strong-willed and determined with this commitment, and she doesn't give in to her senses. Her body is tested, she's getting weak, but she does not give in to temptation until JB is freed. Now, do I discount her sacrifice? NO. OF COURSE NOT. But does it do her any good? Does it make her "relationship" with Justin Bieber grow deeper? Does it actually contribute to the fastening of his freedom? This may be a poor analogy but sometimes, I think this is what most people go through when they do empty sacrifices during this week. Now I'm sure God sees their hearts and the very reason why they do these, but sometimes I can't help but wonder if they really do understand the very essence of Christianity. Which is...

Relationship > religion

I've never been a fan of religion. I've tried a number--from Taoism to Catholicism and other Hindu practices in between--I've practiced it and gave it a shot. Not to mean any disrespect to the said religions, but it all boiled down to what I can do and how I should act. It felt like some kind of moral strength that puffed the ego; the more I did, the better I was. The less I did, the more of a failure I felt I was. It was about what I can do. And honestly, I wondered if it was all about will power and reinforced kindness and good behavior. It wasn't until I heard of the beauty of the Gospel from a college camp my friend invited me to. Having been afloat in my spirituality, I was afraid that I will be entering my first cult, surrounded by freaks who liked saying "praise Jesus". Fast forward to a few years later and I'm exactly one of those "Jesus freaks". The difference with religion and Jesus is...

Religion says DO, Jesus says DONE;
Religion says SLAVE, Jesus says SON.

And when we have this personal relationship with the God of the Universe--the God who Loved the world enough to die for it--it moves us and makes us want to really live and become the very persons we were created to be.

I want to end this blog post with this verse:

1 Peter 2:24

Jesus [He] personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed.

If He says it is finished, then what are we doing, trying to re-live His pain? It all boils down to heart-theology, not mere head-theology.

May this Holy Week reveal to you the gravity of Jesus' love for us. If you're looking for meaning during this Lenten Season, may I personally invite you to go through the Walkways: Reflections on the Stations of the Cross from April 13-20 at Bonifacio High Street, Taguig. This is not a paid for ad whatsoever. It's just that going through it continuously impacts my spiritual life in so many ways and I believe it will make your week worthwhile and relevant too. 


Plump love,
Danah

Tuesday, April 15

By Danah and Stacy   Posted at  11:44 PM   wellness No comments
Here are some behind-the-scene photos of the video shoot we did yesterday. We joined a viral video contest for The Cream Factory, so I asked my cool and creative friends Shek and Luis to help us out. It took us 3 meetings to finally decide on which concept to go for 'cos ideas kept on flowing from us! Just when we think we're finally done, another better concept pops up! I think what made it even more difficult is that there are no rules! The brand is giving us absolute freedom on how to execute the video and let the netizens make it viral. I'm so glad we finally pushed through with one solid theme and story.

It was fun working with my friends. Everything just started falling into place--from costume to the storyboard--a day before the shoot! I felt my copywriter (and stylist/MUA) mode kick in. We are so grateful to God for this opportunity to create something for a brand we truly support and believe in. :)

We do hope you enjoy the video and share it with your friends once it's up! Watch out for it on our Facebook and Youtube accounts to be released by the end of this week! ;)



I love this! Those ceramic decors are plates and utensils too! ISN'T THAT COOL?!

I styled my twin sister! :)

What Stacy wore:

Our Lola's vintage boat-neck top
Dorothy Perkins skirt & flats
Greenhills tiangge earrings
Tomato shades
SM Department Store belt


Stacy wearing NYX lipstick in London.

Luis behind the camera

Scene 1, take 1, ACTION!

Coocoo faces before the actual take! :D






Nyehehe :P



Vintage feels, yo.



AND THAT'S A WRAP! :)


Plump love,
Danah

Monday, April 14

By Danah and Stacy   Posted at  11:56 PM   tppeats No comments
Capitol Commons is the hippest place to be if you like hanging out in Kapitolyo (Pasig). We like going to this semi-recently opened establishment because it's conveniently a short-drive from our home and it's got this mix of laid back and classy vibe going on. We used to frequent Tipsy Pig (and Tipsy Pig alone!) whenever we're in Capitol Commons, so we haven't really checked out Black Olive. That's why we're grateful we got invited by their management to try out their newest lunch menu! Everything they served us was really good, and we enjoyed the dining experience a lot! We went back with friends the very same week, and even they have become instant fans of this promising Italian restaurant. We now have a new go-to place for authentic Italian food! (And I think this one just crushed Italianni's!!!) 


Though we've seen the façade of Black Olive, stepping inside the establishment is a different vibe. This resto/pub was built with glass walls and a combination of industrial interior with modern pieces. Oddly enough, the designer of the restaurant did a job well done to make the place very welcoming and homey.

They served us everything on this list! Black Olive's concept behind their Out To Lunch menu is so that customers can just easily choose what to eat fast, instead of going through the long list of options in their regular menu. Every item on this menu goes with iced tea plus soup OR dessert. You can't have both, sarryyyy! Just pick one--either soup or dessert!


Their iced tea is freshly brewed. Just like how legit iced tea should be.

Red Bean & Lentil Soup. They had 3 choices of soup in their regular menu. I originally opted for their Tomato Soup, but this is the only one they served with the items from their Out To Lunch menu. I'm glad I got to try this one! It's something new to the palette but it's really gooooood. Had this earthy taste to it. I enjoyed it. And it was quite amusing to sip on bright pink liquid for soup!

So much food on the table. Thank You, Lord!

Meatball Calzone. This was very filling! It tasted deliciously rich and spicy. The calzone was topped with a good amount of melted mozzarella cheese too. The bed of marinara sauce was just a bit too sweet for me. I guess it's good for those who like the "Pinoy" taste in their Italian food, but personally, I like my tomato sauce sour. 

Pasta Primavera. This one's very scrumptious. The infusion of both black and green olives and cherry tomatoes with the pesto sauce gave this fresh herby pasta added flavor than the ordinary basil-based dish. Pesto can sometimes get too strong to the taste if too much basil is used in the sauce, and I'm glad this is not the type that gets nakaka-umay. I liked this one a lot too! The pasta was cooked al dente as well. 

Tagliata with Arugula. It's no secret that arugula leaves go well with steak, the way it's no secret that Danah and I love love love steak so we both absolutely liked this dish. :P We loved Black Olive's steak, although it felt too thin for a slice to me. But then again, it's good enough for its price. The steak was perfectly spicy and was cooked medium-well. It went with flavorful fries made from real potatoes that were not oily at all! YUMMM!

Spicy Shrimp Spaghetti Aglio Olio. I'm a seafood and roasted garlic lover so it wasn't unexpected that this one would be an instant favorite. The spaghetti noodles were coated with the right amount of extra virgin olive oil that was not over powered by the garlic. The pasta was cooked al dente! I love how generous Black Olive is with their ingredients--like the shrimps for this dish. Unlike other Italian restaurants who serve you a plate of "seafood" pasta where "seafood" actually just means 2 pieces of shrimps and 2 pieces of mussels, this one is served with a generous amount of shrimp. And it wasn't too spicy to the point that it gets difficult to eat, but it wasn't the lame kind of spicy either. ;)

Pork Parmigiana. The breaded pork chop was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The tomato jam on top of it had a distinct flavor of curry in it, and it tasted good specially with the melted Polvone (a kind of Italian cheese). The rice pilaf was fluffy and flavorful. The whole dish to me tasted Italian with a twist of Mediterranean. Delicious!

Crispy Peri Peri Chicken Burger. This one is another personal favorite! (Oo na, lahat na lang favorite ko! Masarap kasi talaga lahat!) The burger was quite huge, so it's filling. The chicken fillet was thickly sliced, well-seasoned, and fried to have the ultimate crunchiness. The jalapeño-aoli sauce was deliciously tangy and that gave the chicken more burst of flavor. It went with with a hefty serving of their yummy fries.

Have some of my Peri Peri burger. YUMMMMM!!!!

Semi-freddo. THIS WAS CRAZY GOOD. It was my first time to try this type of semi-frozen dessert (as the name suggests), and it was love at first scoop! Its texture was pretty light, as compared to the typical gelato. I just googled what this dreamy dessert is all about and turns out, its light consistency is made from mixing two equal parts of ice cream and whipped cream! If cheese cake and ice cream made sweet, sweet love and had a baby, it would be Black Olive's version of the semi-freddo. The ice cream part tasted like cheesecake, and the added strawberry toppings just finished it off to heavenly perfection.

A lot of Black Olive's customers in the afternoon usually come from the working class of Ortigas.

The place was pretty packed for a weekday!

We ended our lunch with a huge cup of brewed Italian coffee. PERFETTO! 


I highly recommend you visit Black Olive with your family and friends! It's a great restaurant for delicious Italian dishes--plus, they serve draft beer (local, imported, and flavored), signature cocktails, and of course great wines by the bottle (or glass) too. I suggest you prepare around PhP 500-800 to enjoy a full lunch meal, or around PhP 800-1000 for dinner, since their Out To Lunch menu is only available from 11am to 3pm.

Connect with Black Olive on facebook to know more about the food they offer and their latest promos and schedules (specially this coming Holy Week)! Follow them on Instagram and twitter too! Hope you enjoyed this food review! Let us know if you actually visited the place. Give us your feed back!


Plump love,
--S

Saturday, April 12

By Danah and Stacy   Posted at  5:54 PM   the fashionista commuter 4 comments
Ana Gonzales of The Fashionista Commuter is one of our favorite bloggers because she's very passionate with what she does. She hand crafts accessories that are, to her, a work of heart. Also, she's always so quirky with how she dresses up. Despite her growing number of followers, she never fails to stay humble and real. :)

Anagon gained a few pounds from the first Bloggers' United event where we initially met, and what I love about Anagon is she never let it get in the way of her being a fashionista, and she didn't let her slight increase in size diminish her self-confidence. ;)

Read on to know more about our PPP feature of the week!


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What's your size?
Proud XL!

What were your body-image issues growing up? How did you overcome your issues?
Aside from being called "baboy" when I was a kid (wow talaga how cruel kids can get!), I grew up with 2 thin sisters and was part of a barkada of 15 petite or thin girls, so I really felt that I have to stop being fat. Although my peers don't really care and they loved me regardless of appearance, I fell in love with fashion and had to go through all sorts of diets like sky flakes lang or fruits lang, or drink pure calamansi every night (na nakaka-acidic lang, haha) just to look good in my sleeveless prom gown or my ballet class and swimming class uniforms. It was actually just a self-imposed pressure to be payat. But I guess the worst body image issue I went through was when I became dependent on diet pills for months or for over a year pa ata! It did made me thin at 126 for a 5'5 girl, but I was always shaking and sweating, and I didn't look happy when I look back on my old photos. I stopped when I realized that I can't sleep well and I get easily startled and depressed (side effects of the pills). As a journalism student then, I wrote an article on this "Heavy Weight Battle", and got published in Candymag! It was actually my first ever published work!

Ngayon even though I accept my self more, and have an ounce of body-love compared to before. I still go through days when I feel that I don't look good because of the extra pounds that I gain from eating too much the night before. I am a vegetarian (for animal purpose, not for diet), which made me rely on carbs and crave for sinful white sauce and cheese all the time.



Have you always been fashionable? When did you decide to start getting fashionable?
Still connected to my journalism days, I actually took this writing course because I was in love with Candy Magazine and wanted to work for them one day (I did, for a year, during college!). But before that stint, I collect this glossy magazine every month and just drool over the latest trends, and create something that I will wear since I can't afford pa these beautiful things back then! Ang hilig ko talaga sa fashion as early as Grade 6, and even designed my own prom gown! In college, to earn narin, I made beaded flipflops and sandos and sold them to my classmates, neighboring classrooms, and kahit sa profs pa! ;)



Who's your style icon?
I LOVE Mary Kate Olsen and her OWN unique personal style. It's parang hippie na boho, but in a way, I feel that my early Olsen influence also made me want to be like them na thin. These days, though, I feel that I am more self-aware that I am big-boned so I also look up to style influences na fit for me--my favorite is the '50s fashion! I go for nautical look, body-hugging pencil skirts, polka dots, red-blue-white color combination, etc. Actually, whenever I think of going Marilyn Monroe, I feel na ang sexy ko! Haha!




How would you describe your style?
I am a mix of all things that interest me. I can be hippie one day, madam or nautical the next. Minsan depende rin sa mood ko and trip ko! I even went through the sporty street style look last year kahit hindi ata bagay sa akin HAHA but gusto ko e, and nag enjoy ako! ;)

Favorite store?
I have a LOT! But size matters to me, so I go to stores like Zara, Uniqlo and SM Department Store na nagcacater ng XL clothes. Actually marami rin sa Ukay wala lang akong time na! ;)



3 things that big girls must have in their closet?
  1. The COMFIEST skinny black jeans award goes to UNIQLO! Haha, try their jeggings (also available in other colors)--and you'll never wear any pants again (unless asa labada sha, haha).
  2. A basic white t-shirt that fits you perfectly--na you can abuse and overuse without people thinking it's the same piece! Wear this with maxi skirt, shorts, pencil skirt, jeans, and different cover-ups, accessories, jackets--iba nanaman sha! :) Second to this is basic black t-shirt!
  3. Pretty dress. For carefree days that you just want to go laid back lang and still feel easy-breezy and girly!


Where do you get your confidence from?
This may sound sipsip haha, but I follow you girls (Plump Pinay!) on Instagram and Facebook! I get empowered by your quotes and SELF LOVE and real beauty (in diversity! ;)). I also look up to my favorite curvy actresses like Drew Barrymore and Scarlet Johansson who are sooo beautiful and sooo talented, they just SHINE and affect the world!

And of course, personally, with the years and years of experience and things that I have to go through, I get my confidence from within knowing that being different makes me this beautiful person that I am now. We all have different "charm" lang that we have to find out, and I know that my soft-heart (for people, for animals), my passion for fashion and the arts, and my love to share my life and stories through my blog and to my students (I am also a Fashion Club Moderator in Assumption San Lo high school) is a combination of why I can stand tall and be confident of who I am each day.



How important are other people's perception of you to you?
Of course I still get bothered about what other people say about me from time to time. Siguro I'll cry for a few minutes when something negative was thrown to me, but like what I've said kanina, age did made me a more confident person na mas vinavalue and self-love. I think I have built this really important structure of "self-worth" in me that makes unimportant comments from strangers sound like just static noise to my ears (NAKS! ;p). And of course, I am a fairly spiritual person, so I know I am a child of God made out of His image and likeness and Love, and our Father never made anything ugly or negative.



Message to other Plump Pinays:
I am so happy that I have this chance to share my own little story on body-image through The Plump Pinay blog, and to my fellow Plumpies and TPP readers, it all begins in having self-worth. Build on this, so that eventually you'll be living a full life not caring about other people's perception of beauty, and just be your BEST self and shine in your own field because you are meant to be great and to feel beautiful every single day. :) I love you guys!


Friday, April 11

By Danah and Stacy   Posted at  7:39 PM   tppwears No comments


Last Tuesday, we were invited to the launch of Praiaz, a Brazilian line of footwear that produces stylish, all-terrain, age-proof beach shoes. We really didn't know what to expect since it was the first time we've heard of the brand. 

The event was held at The City Club in Alphalands, Makati. The clubhouse was transformed into a delightful beach-y lounge with wonderful decors and set up. The moment we got there, we just wanted to get a cocktail and dive straight to the pool! The view was amazing and the ambiance was so relaxing (as you can see for yourself). :)



Before grabbing lunch, we were assisted by the friendly staff of Praiaz to choose our very own pair! ANG SAYA! There were so many color combinations to choose from and what I like about their shoes is that they're:

ULTRA LIGHT - they won't weigh you down
CUSHION COMFORT - shock resistant like the soles of running shoes
WATER & WEATHER-PROOF
BEACH SCENTED - unique coconut, vanilla, monoi fragrance
FOOT ODOR RESISTANT - anti-microbial material
DIRT PROOF - easy to rinse off or clean
BUOYANT - floats in water so you won't lose them

I literally picked up a shoe and sniffed it myself! IT SMELLS LIKE SUNTAN LOTION! 
So awesome. I'm a fan of coconut and vanilla scents.
 I'm a size 10 and got their size 41 in white and blue Sarado style. 
I wore 'em right away and I like how it instantly matched my dress and made me feel like 
I was about to go play tennis! Heehee! :)



Here's my twin and I sporting our Praiaz babies!

What I wore:
Dorothy Perkins dress
Aldo watch
Vintage earrings from my grandma
Cross necklace from my mom

What Stacy wore:

There was a make-your-own-bracelet station which was so inviting!
I love that the booth screams BEACH all over it with hanging sea shells and draped nets. 
We were asked to choose a bracelet and 4 pieces of charms to design it with. :)



So many charms to choose from! I might have overdone mine but I like that it's a peek-a-boo sort of bracelet since I opted to put all of the charms on the very lock. :) SO CUTE!



Now it's time to take advantage of the beautiful, picturesque scenery with some photo ops and
cocktail-time!





Other than freebies and discovering amazing brands, what we love most about events like this is we get to make friends! :) Here are some of our pictures with Trish and Mars, 
two of the sweetest and fun girls who organized the launch. :)

Check out our matchy-matchy shoesies! :)



Praiaz shoes are so comfy and chic! We recommend you get a pair especially this summer season. Now you have options other than wearing flip flops to the beach! These shoes are so versatile you can wear 'em to the gym or even the mall! It all depends on how you dress 'em up. :)

You may purchase a pair for only Php 1,995 at Aloha Boardsports in Powerplant Mall, SM Mega Mall, SM MOA & Trinoma, Oceanfront in Festival Mall, Common Thread in Greenbelt 5, Rustan's Department Store in Shangri-La Plaza & ATC, and the Flatshop in Eastwood City. 

Online, Praiaz is available at Pormada and AVA. :)


Live the beach!

Plump love,
Danah