My thoughts: bare and bold.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection

Since the last leg of Katy Perry's California Dreams Tour, I had this intense wanting of having a copy of her album's re-released version. I told my boyfriend about how much I wanted to have a copy but I never thought that he would give the original copy of the CD to me as a graduation gift.

Katy's Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection album was released worldwide last March 26, 2012 and its official launch in the Philippines happened this morning at SM Megamall. My ever loving boyfriend dropped by Megamall this morning (without my knowledge, of course, because it's his surprise for me) just to buy me a copy of the CD (And he came from Laguna. Yes, Laguna-Megamall-Caloocan just for the CD and for the happiness of his beloved. Tee hee). I'm so lucky to be one of the few who had these limited edition items that came with the CD.

The CD, together with the limited edition items, came with a really nice packaging -- a pretty pink eco-friendly bag!

Inside: ET fancy mask, poster, pink t-shirt, glossy memo pad and of course, the CD

And this is how it looks when you open the CD case. Look at the CD! Very Katy Perry. Hee hee,

Definitely, this will be one of my most-loved college graduation gifts.
Thank you, Snowflake! I love you! :*

Friday, March 30, 2012

Blessed and Grateful

Mom, Dad, my dearest brother, my family, friends, classmates, colleagues and mentors, I HAVE MADE IT. I am now a Bachelor's degree holder and I couldn't have done it without you.

Mom, Dad and Micko, thank you for the unwavering support you have offered me all throughout. You are the reason why I am where I am right now. I know the words "thank you" will never be enough to express how grateful I am for giving me this priceless gift of quality education.

Tito Bong, Tita Eds, Tita Angie, Tito Jerry, Tito Jessie and Tita Helen, thank you for all the support and words of encouragement you have provided me. You have served as an inspiration and as a guide to establish and to achieve my goals.

Ninong Rey and Ninang Eppie, thank you for helping me decide which path to take way back when I was still fresh from high school. Undoubtedly, you're one of the reasons why I am called a Thomasian nurse graduate today.

Tita Bel, Tito Sandy, Mommy Joy, Mama, Papa, Tatay, Nanay, Tita Fely and Ate Peng, thank you for believing in me and for encouraging me to continuously reach for everyone's ultimate goal -- success and happiness.

Che, Fay, Yel, thank you for helping me get through high school and college. Of all the hundreds of people I met, you were the ones that never left. I couldn't imagine life without you three.

Erold, thank you for making my last year in college the best one. College will never be as meaningful as it is now if not because of you. Truly, I have fallen in love at the right time, on the right place and with the right person.

Benedictine friends and mentors, thank you for continuously believing in me.

UST Faculty of Nursing, thank you for imparting your knowledge to us and for planting in us the core values of the University as well as of the College that will guide us all throughout our lives.

G-mates, RLEmates, I-2 people, and Neo-centennial batch friends, thank you for making college life bearable, memorable and awesome.

Becarios de Santo Tomas, Red Cross Youth Council - Nursing Unit and UST Chapter, Tomasino Web, Medical Missions, Inc., UST Earth, Nursing Central Board of Students, through you, I have developed myself holistically. Being in school is not all about academics; it is about learning all the skills necessary to keep you alive for the longest time possible. Thank you.

UST Office for Student Affairs, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a scholar and to work in another field aside from the path I am taking now.

To everyone who helped me realize my vision and work on my mission, thank you!

I will not put sixteen long years of study and hard work into waste. I will dare to be great. I WILL TAKE THE ROAD NOT TAKEN.

-- Herielle Echaluse Evangelista, BSN

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dear Graduation Santa

March is the season of marching. It is also the time when graduates receive a lot of graduation gifts! My aunts and uncles asked me last semestral break what gift do I want for graduation. Since I wasn't feeling the graduation vibe yet, I wasn't able to give them a concrete answer. "Hindi ko pa po alam" was my answer. Haha. But now that graduation has finally sunk in, I have thought of things that I want to receive as a graduation gift. Here's my list so far:
  1. iPad 2 or iPad 3
  2. Canon 10-12MP Digital Camera (pink or black)
  3. Purr by Katy Perry (100 mL)
  4. Katy Perry's Complete Confection Album
  5. Western Digital or Seagate External Hard Disk Drive (red or black)
  6. Portable speakers
  7. Anything pink and fluffy that I could use
There. I am not expecting to have all of these, of course! That would be too much. But if people around me are generous and rich enough... why not? Haha!

Product Review: Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

It's been a while since I last posted a review. Last time it was about milk teas. Now it will be about a skin care product.

Last month, I bought this Soothing and Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel from Nature Republic, the youngest Korean store in the country.

I didn't actually find this product interesting until I read the mini poster beside the display. It's something like this:

I was like, "What? This single product for all those purposes? This is insane." To cure my curiosity, I decided to buy one. It didn't cost me much. 220 Php for a big tub of aloe vera gel. Sulit.

I tried it the night after I bought it. I opened the tub and smelled it. It smelled really good! My brother even told me that if it wasn't labelled, he could have eaten it. After washing my face and drying it, I applied an ample amount to my face. The advertisement and the saleslady weren't lying. It was indeed soothing, relaxing and calming. I also applied it to my arms, hair and legs. It leaves the skin smooth and relaxed because it has this "cooling" effect. You can even put it in the fridge before using it so it'll have a more cooling effect! One more good thing about this is that it's not sticky; it feels like it's made out of water.

After trying it, I decided to drop Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer off from my usual after bath regimen. I know Olay has SPF but I've also added Nature Republic's Botanical Cover BB Cream with SPF 40 to my usual regimen. I also started to use less lotion. This is a perfect substitute for heavy lotion especially this summer season. Nobody likes the feel of heavy lotion along with the summer heat. If you're not a fan of lightweight lotions, then this one's for you.

I've been using it for almost a month already. My boyfriend said that he noticed how softer and smoother my skin is becoming. It lessened the luggage under my eyes. Also, it helped my wound have a healthy healing. It really has a lot of uses.

I'm giving this product two thumbs up!

Saturday, March 17, 2012


On Tuesday, March 20, 2012, I will be attending the closing ceremony for graduating Thomasian scholars.  

Being called a Thomasian is a prestige in itself and being called a "Thomasian scholar" is wow. Just wow. I never thought I'd be a scholarship recipient. I always dreamed to be a part of this institution. Hence, as I’m already here and graduating, I promise to do my best in the pursuit of my career, persevere in life and maintain the core values of what makes a true Thomasian -- being competent, compassionate and committed. I will always and forever thank UST for giving me this opportunity.

Hindi man ako ga-graduate na may Latin honors, ga-graduate naman akong scholar. Hindi man banggitin sa graduation na scholar ako, okay lang. Hindi naman kailangang malaman ng lahat. Ang mahalaga, alam ng mga magulang kong may anak silang ga-graduate na iskolar. After all, para sa kanila naman 'yung pag-effort kong i-maintain 'yung scholarship ko.

16 years of school and I hope I have never ceased to make you proud. All the medals I have received, the awards I have gotten and now the scholarship I have maintained, all those are for you, my dearest parents. I love you, mom and dad!

Herielle Echaluse Evangelista, BSN
Thomasian scholar, Batch 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Trip to the North and South

We didn't have classes last February 22-25 because it's the university-wide faculty retreat. While our professors were having a spiritual retreat, we, too, had our own "retreat". We went to Laguna and Caloocan to enjoy our week-long vacation. Since I have a lot of pictures to share, I will just do a little talking.

With Fifi! He's a new addition to their numerous shar-peis!

With Astronaut and Fifi!

We were craving for milk tea when we found this milk tea stall at SM Sta. Rosa. Its name is Tea-rrific. Unfortunately, their milk tea tastes TEA-rrible. :/

Bought a cup of our favorite froyo flavor (Cookie dough!) at our favorite froyo store

At SM City Sta. Rosa

Laguna Hot Springs and Fish Spa! They have fish spa fishes as big as my middle finger!

Because the previous milk tea we had was tea-rrible, we opted to order a cup of good milk tea at Chatime, SM City North Edsa.

Chatime's super fancy customer buzzer

Large QQ Milk Tea!! Yummy!

Snack at Bread Talk, SM City North Edsa The Block

On our way to La Mesa Ecopark

My favorite boy enjoying the greens of La Mesa Ecopark

La Mesa Ecopark Orchidarium

Fish pond at Ecopark

Lying behind my boy is a part of the dam. There is where the water flows when it's rainy.

Before his first zipline experience! He doesn't look nervous... does he?

Shared a box of Apollo sweets while having our new favorites at Starbucks

Our new favorites! Belgian waffle topped with whipped cream drizzled with strawberry syrup and coffee jelly frappuccino!

Before we went home, he bought me this. BB cream from Nature Republic!

Bought this together with the BB cream. It's a multipurpose aloe vera soothing gel.

There you have it. Our February 22-25, 2012. We went home relaxed and happy. It was indeed an unforgettable "retreat". :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Roses and Carnations

So what really happened last February 14, 2012?

This post is so overdue, I know.

I woke up at 04:00AM for my 06:00AM duty. I arrived the area on time then I chatted with my RLEmates while we're waiting for our clinical instructor. Clinical instructor got mad because blah blah blah... in short, I started my February 14 with a bad mood. I sent my boyfriend a message telling him what happened and how bad my morning was. He told me to calm down... so I did. I proceeded with my routine duty activities: morning care and total patient care. That day, my duty is up to 01:00PM. I was expecting my boyfriend to drop by before he goes to class because he told me the day before that he'll be showing up before going to the skills fair. I was patiently waiting. 12:00PM. 12:13PM. 12:21PM. 12:29PM. 12:32PM. Three quarters past twelve... still no show. Mad clinical instructor, every hour patient monitoring, boyfriend not showing up, what'll ruin my day next? With a straight face, I entered the nurses' station to plot my last vital signs record for the day. A few seconds after, my RLEmate told me that my boyfriend is waiting outside. Geez. He arrived. Finally. I went outside and saw my boyfriend wearing a cute smile. He was so handsome! As I approached him, he told me, "Ito 'yung rose mo" handing me over a cup of Rose Black Tea then he added "Ito naman 'yung card ko para sa'yo" giving me a card in a white envelope with a very cute drawing of his and lastly, he took a bouquet of pink carnations (my favorite flower) from his back and he gave it to me as he greeted me, "Happy Valentine's Day, Love!" I was so surprised that for a few seconds, I wasn't able to move from where I was standing. Kilig. We went to the students' room. I hugged him as I cried tears of happiness. Our "moment" ended when we both realized that he's already late for his class.

After crying because of that meaningful surprise!

He is such a creative artist. Haha. This is the envelope of the card he gave me.

Always and forever. :>

Very first bouquet of flowers I have received in my entire life

In front of my dorm. Special thanks to Ate Guard for taking the picture. Haha.

Lunch time. I ate lunch at my dorm together with Jeselle. We had tuna and rice. After eating we went somewhere to have a nice and relaxing whole body massage. Oh, how I love pampering myself! Some areas hurt but generally, it was a good spa experience. After that, I went back to my dorm and waited for my boyfriend's call. It was the day when he will be playing in a band contest our college had organized. Because I'm a very supportive girlfriend, I patiently waited for his band's turn (they're the last to perform) and watched him as he banged the auditorium. I don't want to sound boastful or whatever but it seemed that it wasn't a contest. Instead, it's a showcase of talents and his band was the guest performer. Some sort of a "mini" concert or gig for their band. Well, as expected, they won. Congratulations, Eirosmeat!

After the battle of the bands... We're wearing the same! :3

Pair of sticks he used during the battle

Before the day ended, my boyfriend, my friends and I had dinner at McDonald's. It was a sinful night of double cheeseburger and a glass of soda.
There you have it -- my first ever "happy and unforgettable" February 14 and our first Valentine's Day as a couple. Cheers to more February 14s for us!