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I have my very own YouTube PLAY button for hitting 1k!

Sorry if I’ve been out of synch these past few days, but this just can’t wait ’till tomorrow!

I HAVE HIT 1K SUBBIES ON YOUTUBE AND I GOT MY VERY OWN YOUTUBE PLAY BUTTON!
WOOT! WOOT!

This journey has been pretty long and tough and I even came to the point when I got so disappointed with myself. I felt like I wasn’t good enough. But as I meet new people and gain new friends; and with the support of my already very close friends who have been with me all these years (you know who you are), and my family who constantly encourage me to keep going, I formed a ball of confidence and completely changed my attitude towards this whole YouTube “career” if I may call it that.

All I know is I’m enjoying what I do, whether or not I get something from it, I want to keep doing it because this is one of the things that keep me sane despite the many stressful moments.

Today (I wish I knew what time it was), while I was tuning Yuki, my ukelele, Guil started singing 🎶 CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS! 🎶 as he was going down the stairs. I wasn’t looking at him when he put a red rectangular thing on my lap. (Oh my gosh! I can’t even remember if he did put it on my lap or if he held it out for me to see.)

I couldn’t stop laughing, but my eyes welled with tears. He and the boys had been keeping it a secret for a while now. He said he made it when I only had around 600 subbies. Tim, on the other hand, had almost spilled the beans as he kept giving tiny hints. Still, I had NO idea it was a MOSAIC PLAY BUTTON. 😂

My heart is still racing up to this moment. I’m happy I finally reached a thousand subbies, but I am even happier to know that I have a very, very supportive family. I have the sweetest partner and I won’t trade him and the boys for anything.

And to you, yes, YOU 👇 who have become a part of this journey…

Thank You!

From the bottom of my heart…

Thank you~

And because of that I’m finally announcing the winner to our #RIXMUKAPat1 #Raceto1K Giveaway!

Wait for my updated giveaway video!

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1K may not be 1M, but still…

1K is 1K. 😉

By the way, Guil is 1/3 of The Mighty Bhutens. They are a group of artists who specialize on turning broken things into a beautiful work of art! Check their works on their Facebook page!


Hope you follow me on YouTube: MyRikaness
And on Instagram: @MyRikaness
On Twitter: @rixbajns
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Let’s be friends!
Spread happiness!
-rix★ϟ

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#RIKANOBELA: “Sexy knows no age!” CENTURY TUNA Superbods Ageless 2018 Presents the 40 Finalists

Inspired, if not motivated. That was me the entire time seeing the gorgeous and healthy bodies of men and women between the ages of 20 and 50 during the press launch of Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018.

I guess I still have hope?! 😅

The 40 gorgeous, fit, and sexy finalists were presented to the media during the VIP Night at the Maybank Performing Arts Theatre in Taguig City. Continue reading “#RIKANOBELA: “Sexy knows no age!” CENTURY TUNA Superbods Ageless 2018 Presents the 40 Finalists”

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Mabuhay ang OPM! The Official Nominees for the MYX Music Awards 2018

 

Among my many interests, I gotta say that music is my first love. Our family loved singing (most especially my father) so we always had to have a microphone or two, and  multiplex – if not minus one – tapes.

Since I grew up at the time when the only “threats” to studies were Nintendo Family Computer, Brick Games (Tetris), teksjolen, and sipa, my favorite past time was singing. Music has been a huge part of my life, but do not expect me to belt like Regine! (WHOOH!)

I have a confession to make: I’m a frustrated singer!

I haven’t listened to many new songs these days, both local and foreign, so it was truly refreshing to have heard new breeds of singers and musicians and their music (and they’re mostly indie) during the media launch of MYX Music Awards 2018.

There, I was able to see local artists such as TJ Monterde, Sassa Dagdag, Glaiza de Castro (whom I shared alone time in the powder room 🤭),  Jona, Shehyee, IV of SPADES, Keiko Necesario, Kaye Cal, Brisom, and Mr. Bones and the Boneyard.

Sassa, Jona, Glaiza de Castro, and TJ Monterde each performed one song. Sassa was the first performer and she sang Itatago na Lang, her second single from her debut album “Sassy Sassa”. Glaiza de Castro performed a Cinderella original, Bato sa Buhangin. TJ Monterde, who has been nominated for the category Male Artist of the Year, performed his single Kahit Kunwari. Finally, Jona (formerly known as Jonalyn Viray) sang Pusong Ligaw, which has been nominated for Media Soundtrack of the Year.

Her voice gave me goosebumps! Continue reading “Mabuhay ang OPM! The Official Nominees for the MYX Music Awards 2018”

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What went down at Glamcon MNL 2018

Okay.

First things first, let me just say that I had a wonderful time at Glamcon MNL. It was such an amazing experience for people who were into anything beauty-related, not to mention, a fan of big beauty vloggers.

But first, what is Glamcon MNL? You might as well read this first.

Now that you’ve read it (I hope you really did), you may already know now that this event wasn’t free. There were five tickets available: Queen, Diva, Glitterati, Glamderella, and Glampass. Queen being the most expensive, and Glampass the most affordable. You can see what’s included in each package in my previous post.

To be very honest, I thought the prices cost the earth, so I just relied on fate – that is if I won in a giveaway.

Lucky me, I earned myself a free pass as a blogger – not just one but two Glamderella tickets! (Thanks Ms. Leo My!)  They were just right for me and Guil. The next day, I found out that I won a Diva pass in Ms. Jessica Godinez’s giveaway! Gurrrrrl, I was SHOOOKETH! 😜 Continue reading “What went down at Glamcon MNL 2018”

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PUREDERM’s SPArty with JESSICA GODINEZ

Last October 21st, Jessica Godinez and Purederm held a Spa Party at Manos Nail Lounge. Eleven lucky women had been picked to join; Mikk and I were two of those fortunate ones!

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Despite looking luxurious, the place felt comfortable and welcoming. There were cozy couches and ratan chairs all around. There were pillows on every couch. I swear anybody could fall asleep in it!

As soon as Mikk and I got there, we were given a drink called Bayani Brew. I got the flavor Lemongrass Pandan and Mik got Moringa Dalandan. That was our first time to try Bayani Brew. It may have sounded strange, but it was surprisingly good! We were then asked to choose which Purederm products we would love to try. I chose the Nail Masks and the Hand Masks. I would say that I was truly impressed to see that they do not only offer face masks, but also masks for the nails, hands, and feet. The hand masks smelled so good and the nail masks absolutely moisturized my dry nails! Purederm also has cucumber eye patches and peel-off masks. Continue reading “PUREDERM’s SPArty with JESSICA GODINEZ”

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RIKANOBELA: #TransformationTuesday

It was year 2013 when I finally gave in and tried my hands at doing makeup. I was so amazed by the power of makeup and I had really loved watching Michelle Phan’s videos. I had literally no idea which one to put on first. I constantly Googled which one had to be done first: eyebrows or eyeshadows? Eye makeup or face makeup? I even searched for “Which brush is for which?”

Back then, I would only buy a lipstick and pressed powder. I wouldn’t buy another lipstick unless I finished one. Kilay was not “life” haha! Continue reading “RIKANOBELA: #TransformationTuesday”

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RANT: LBC EXPRESS – A Real Party-Pooper

On the day Vice Cosmetics was launched online, I immediately purchased a lip kit and posted my review on it.

Included in the Phenomenal Lip Kit was a ticket, which I decided to giveaway on my Facebook page. I was meaning to go to the concert, but there was a change of plan. Just so the ticket wouldn’t be wasted, I decided to give it to someone who could really, really go.

A week later, I posted the winner of my mini giveaway and it was Ms. Arianna Sales. Continue reading “RANT: LBC EXPRESS – A Real Party-Pooper”

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HOPIA moments, REGRETS, and anything in between

One of the things that small v/bloggers wish to experience is to be invited to an event. Last month, I got an invitation from a friend, who’s a fellow blogger (and someone I can consider my senior when it comes to blogging), to go to a clinic’s anniversary with him. I could not contain my happiness when I read his message, so I excitedly filled out the registration form through the link that he sent me. My friend (by the way he’s MJ aka Vanity Room Philippines. FOLLOW him!) asked me to let him know if I did not receive any e-mail by the 25th. (Or some time around that.)

Came 25th, there was no e-mail. That was when I lost my confidence and got gobbled up by the thought that it was just one of those “HOPIA” moments. (“Hopia” is actually moon cake, but has been given a new meaning – hoping for nothing.) 

Okay, let me just clarify why I was too pessimistic. Continue reading “HOPIA moments, REGRETS, and anything in between”

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THE AWESOME BLOGGER AWARD

Hi! I know it’s been pretty quiet on my blog lately. (Sorry about that!) My sleeping habits have changed yet again, and my work’s been up to my eyeballs.

The other day, I saw a very interesting book in a friend’s IG story and I thanked her for sharing it. The author seemed to have been inspired by The-Boy-Who-Lived and it caught my eye. The book is shattering, though, but it is truly an eye-opener.

Anyways, the same friend nominated me as one of her five Awesome Blogger awardees. (Thank you!!!) Her name’s Rosemarie, also known as @theimportedwife. Her blog is awesome, totally worth reading.

So, here are the rules. They’re really simple:

⚡ Thank the person who nominated you.
⚡ Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
⚡ Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
⚡ Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
⚡ Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
⚡ Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

Now, let’s get to her questions.

1. If your life is going to be a movie or a book what would be its title?

Hmmmh.. Tough one! After several minutes of thinking, I came up with “Too Young to be Old, Too Old to be Young”. heehee

I’ve made “adult” decisions at quite a young age and because of this, I had to experience adulting early. It may not seem like it, but I think maturely. Because of this, I only got to really enjoy myself later in life. Now I feel like I’m too old to do stuff I should’ve experienced in my salad days. I’m still trying to keep up, y’know? I hope it really IS never too late.

2. Do you share your blogs with your friends or just the blogging community?

During my first months of blogging, I just kept my blog to myself. Then some people online stumbled across my [first] blog and found myself in a blogging community. Later on, I started sharing my blog posts on my Facebook. A few of my friends read them, but it wasn’t (and isn’t) really a big deal. The fact that there are people who read my blog already makes me happy. (But of course, I’d love to see my stats going up! 😀 )

3. What’s the story behind your blog name?

RikaNobela because this is MY story. 🙂 Whatever I post, whether it’s a product review, something I experienced, a place I went to, food I cooked or ate, and whatnot, they’re all from MY life. So I’m basically sharing some parts of my life and fragments of my thoughts. Rika, which is my nickname (my full name’s Rikatrina) and I think our life is more like a written narrative, right? So yeah, Nobela (novel).

4. If you could go back or start over college, would you change your major? What is it going to be?

Perhaps not. I DO love to teach and I love English. But perhaps I would, too. I’d love to learn more about Psychology and Creative Writing.

5. What is your most annoying habit that you want to get rid of?

PROCRASTINATING! So much stuff to do, but I end up telling myself ‘mamaya na!’ I want to be consistent and to be more punctual. Like now, I still have so much in my hands, but they’re still sitting on my desk.

6. If you could move and live to a different country or city, where it would be?

Inasmuch as I’d love to live in the Philippines, I would also wanna see and experience what living in Australia is like. We have friends and relatives residing there, and I think there are amazing places and better job opportunities.

7. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Lying. Whether or not it’s the so-called “White Lie”. I don’t care if it’s going to hurt, but I’d rather be told the awful truth than a yummy chocolate-coated lie.

Pretentious. I hate posers! People who claim to be a fan of someone or something, but as they keep talking, you’ll see how little they really know.

Know-it-alls who don’t really have any idea what they’re talking about. Ugh!

BRAGGARTS. Braggart braggarts and humble braggarts. Basta braggarts! You’ll know naman who’s just sharing and who’s bragging, eh.

For example, I have this high school schoolmate, who wasn’t really one of the popular kids in school. Later on in his life, he secured a job abroad and started earning big. He then started posting photos of his new iPhone, new DSLR, new car… Okay, these things are tolerable. But this: “Hirap talaga mag-vacuum ng auto, buti na lang meron akong Black and Decker.” I mean… What’s the point?!

8. What is your top 5 blogging tips for new bloggers?

Hmmh… I honestly don’t feel entitled to give any tips or advice (since I’m not a pro) but if I must, I guess, that would be:

  • If you are going to review a product, try to be as detailed as possible. As a reader myself, I want reviews that can provide me with essential information that can help me decide whether or not I should buy a product. I am also very curious about how it looks so the next on this list is also advised…
  • Take as many photos as you can. Make sure the photos are clear, sharp, and interesting. Professional cameras are not a requirement, I myself use only my Acer Liquid X2, then use some photo editing apps to make my photos look better. But if you have a nice camera, then better.
  • Use appropriate descriptive words, especially when reviewing a product or an item or a place. One rule in writing is that we should try, as much as we can, to avoid using the same word repeatedly. When my memory fails me, I often get help from a dictionary or a thesaurus, to find a proper synonym for the word.
  • Proofread your work. Before hitting Publish, you would want to re-read your work more than twice. I suggest that you give yourself at least about 1-hour interval, because our eyes notice errors better some time after writing it. A mistake in grammar can change the context entirely. Better check everything first before making your post public. I learned a great deal out of my own experience. I often got too excited about publishing my post, then I ended up editing it tons of times!
  • Like what you’re writing. It is important to know the latest fad… to stay-up-to-date, but you don’t need to write about something you don’t like. You have to LIKE what you write. You have to be interested in your topic to keep the ideas coming. Whether the product you’re reviewing is something you recommend or disapprove of, you should at least be engrossed in your subject.

Hope these simple tips help! Coming from an amateur such as I am!

9. Who would you consider your best travel buddy?

I’d say my partner, Guil. He knows a lot of things when it comes to places. He has a good sense of direction, and I feel safe and less awkward when I’m with him.

10. If you only have a day to live, who are you going to spend it with and why?

Oh, of course my family. We would eat together, watch a movie together, sing together… I’ll hold and embrace them until the last second of my life.


Wow… The last question was pretty tough! Thanks, Rose, for these really challenging questions. Now, I nominate you, my wonderful blogger friends!

Here are my questions… (uhm well they really aren’t questions, but yeah, you get the idea):

  1. One reason you started blogging
  2. Two names you considered before you came up with your final blog name
  3. Three things you always do before writing an article
  4. Four songs you love listening to at the moment
  5. Five things that never leave your bag
  6. Six places you’d love to travel to if given the chance (regardless of the money)
  7. Seven kinds of food you’d like to eat RIGHT NOW
  8. Eight adjectives that could describe you (and please add a short explanation)
  9. Nine makeup items you wish to have by the end of 2017
  10. Ten things you would change if you had the power to do it

I can’t wait to read your answers!


Hope you follow me on YouTube: MyRikaness
And on Instagram: @MyRikaness
On Twitter: @rixbajns
Like my Facebook page: @RikaNobela
Follow me on Bloglovin’: @RikaNobela
Let’s be friends!
Spread happiness!
-rix★ϟ