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Say Bonjour to my Belle de Jour!


Most of the time, I plan things but I rarely write them down. I had a long quest on the would-be-perfect-for-me planner. I am the kind of person who does not get whatever is there. I want something  I really like.

As I’ve said on my Belle De Jour 2012 Launch entry, I have been searching way back college days where to buy the BDJ Planner. As I have seen on my friends and online, I got intrigued as it is so colorful, varied, eye-catching, so like my type!

Belle de Jour (n. bel duh zhoor’): 1) French fashion lingo for IT Girl; 2) the modern-day renaissance woman who dares to achieve her goals, lives her dream life, makes a difference in her community, while doing everything in great style. This is what I have read on my planner and as what is also posted on the BDJ website. This made me like BDJ Planner more. It stands for every girl like me who dares and dreams and have goals in life while putting everything in style.

Finally, the search is over when I was able to order the BDJ Power Planner online. I was thrilled! I even ordered a Navi Planner (which I will talk about in another entry) . This planner is all worth it. The first time I opened it, I couldn’t help but smile in satisfaction. I even had it plastic covered so as to protect it.

Belle de Jour 2011

As the photo above displays, my planner had gone through alot this year making it look worn out but still sturdy. I have this almost everyday whenever I go to work. It has been my company through solitary lunch, quiet breaks and chit chats with colleagues. I even use it when I have to take down some important notes-with my colorful pens!

my BDJ 2011 full of notes

special sections of BDJ 2011














As I was very pleased with BDJ that I already planned of getting one for 2012. I had been quite active on checking out their website and browsing through the updates. When I heard of the Belle De Jour 2012 Take Flight Launch, I immediately registered. That event was extremely special as they sold the planner at a discounted price! I got it for around P420 only!It pays to be updated. 😉

Say bonjour to  my Belle De Jour 2012!

Belle de Jour 2012 Planner

The planner is as sturdy as my last year’s. They also come in two format, one in book bind and another in spring. I always get the one with spring as i find it easier to write to and I could fold it. I might try the binded one on 2013!haha… This year, they went into a cleaner design giving more spaces for writing. I thought the paper they use changed because it became coarser. Some fans also pointed out the same. The paper is also lighter and seems like I couldn’t barely see the design. However, it doesn’t matter as I am using colored pens which will make it stand out more! This year, they also introduced a new page titled “Letter to Self” which I think is thrilling as I have never write anything for myself!I’m excited to know what I should be saying!:)

First page of BDJ and the BDJ card

inside writing space of BDJ 2012

In addition to the nice writing space, there are other features of Belle De Jour that makes it indispensable. Like last year’s, it still has a clear plastic attached to the planner to store some notes you have. What’s better is from the half page, it now becomes a whole page giving more space for notes storage!

clear plastic attached to BDJ

Also present, are the fan favorite pages below which I also find very essential.  The goal tracker page is still present. Makes me think of what I want and need to achieve.

2012 Goals page

The BDJ checklist is also amazing as it gives you alot of ideas to spice up your life. It has many activities for you to try out and check once done. And this year, they even categorized the things to do!

BDJ 2012 Checklist

Other pages I really use are the Bills and Cash Flow tracker and the Menstrual tracker which is really helpful. I do not have to pile up a lot of paper and jot down these reminders in whatever calendar or paper I see. 🙂

Bills tracker and Cash Flow tracker

Menstrual tracker

Belle de Jour is also one planner that is so generous giving out coupons with a lot of discounts from various stores (as well as online stores)! This 2012 planner also included a checklist of all coupons you have used in order for us to check which ones we haven’t. And BDJ gives discount on the next year’s planners if you have consumed alot of coupons!

Coupons tracker

Coupons from various stores

online store coupons

Aside from these very cool features, Belle De Jour planner also has colorful pages with tips and inspirations to guide you through each day.

BDJ articles

There are so many pages to flip through BDJ planner. Each one logically placed to help every Bella organize her life while she manages to stay fashionable and pretty. This planner is for every girl who loves life and lives to the fullest. I have found my planner in Belle De Jour and hope many more feels the same.

To feel what I have talked about on this entry, you should also get hold of this planner.

To all interested Bellas out there,  you may order through their website: They also have a Facebook page where you can check out all the latest updates and activities. 🙂


The Fairy and the Three Musketeers


Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers is one of my favorite stories ever read. Even as a child,  the cartoon version of the novel was one of my favorites to watch. I was so engrossed with the swash-buckling scenes, the humour and the plot of the novel.

After years came the newest Three Musketeers movie.  The last movie was shown 1993, and I don’t remember watching this as a kid. (I even don’t remember if I ever heard of that movie)

The Three Musketeers 1993

Then came the 2011 movie. I’m thrilled! Thanks to our kind office-IHG– who gave us free tickets to the movie! Yey! I got the Sunday screening as I am on night shift on weekdays.

The Three Musketeers 2011

The day of the screening at Rockwell, I was sick. What the heck. How can I  appreciate it when I have slight fever,rashes, my nose-running-like crazy?! Oh well, I said to Vince, we cannot miss it.

True enough, the movie was interesting from beginning to end. It’s a story fitted for the new generation. The plot stayed true to the original novel but had new twists, the characters acting naturally.The wardrobe all designed modernly. It made me want to try out those lovely corset gowns they wore at the movie (costume party anyone?!)

The flamboyant scene of The Three Musketeers

The movie ran for a  about 1 hour and 5o minutes.  There were moments of laughter so I didn’t get bored and I forgot I was sick. I missed watching Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D’ Artagnan in action. Though reviews were not so favorable of the movie, I’d say I liked it. I may be biased towards this particular movie, but I was really glued to it. 🙂

After the movie, we strolled a bit. I asked him to take a shot of me and my outfit for that movie date. I wore a floral dress with ruffled sandals . This is one of my comfy look when i don’t really feel at my best but wanted to still look presentable. I just paired it  with a wooden round earrings that matched my sandals.

My look at the Three Musketeers movie

We had dinner at Grams Diner after strolling. The restaurant boasts of comfort food menu. According to reviews, they have big servings. So off we went and tried the restaurant. It looks like a typical American Diner.

Grams Diner Logo

I ordered fried fish fillet in garlic while bf had 2-piece crunchy chicken. While waiting for our order, we watched tv hanging at the corner of the restaurant. Then came our dinner!

Calamari for appetizer

Fried Fish Fillet in Garlic

The crunchy chicken

The food was okay. I don’t know if it is because i don’t feel well or it’s really the food I don’t really feel. I think the fish fillet was salty. Again, I do not want to put a verdict on their menu because I am sick.

Anyways, we just enjoyed the dinner while  taking some shots at the place.

While waiting for the food

After Dinner

The Fairy Takes Flight at BDJ Planner 2012 Launch


I already had Belle De Jour (BDJ) Power Planner for this year. And the years before this I already heard about it and was always trying to find out where to buy it.

The Belle De Jour Power Planner turned out to be one of  my bag essentials this year. I never thought I could write as much as this in a planner (was always lazy to write in a planner before). When i got hold of the BDJ, I got enthusiastic writing because of it’s attractive pages full of inspirations, colors and helpful lists.

One restless night, I checked my mail and saw an invite from BDJ to their Planner Launch at  Eastwood.

BDJ Power Planner Launch

Though I am interested on BDJ events, I never had the chance and time to register and attend. But that night was different…

I did registered for Segment One,Three and Five.  And after days, I received my confirmation. I got in on my top 2 choices!Whoohoo!!

BDJ email confirmation

This is it. I guess, my first-ever BDJ event. One thing, I haven’t been to Eastwood(we live in the South), and I don’t know who to ask to come with me. Yeah..there’s BF to come, but he’s also got a triathlon that day.Cannot be..

Anyhow, all i know is that I gotta be there. I’m pre-registered. I cannot give up my slot for such an exciting event.

October 16. I’m with my ever cool, young, mom. We left early. We got at Eastwood before 2pm. Everything is going right. When we are heading to the Open Mall Park, I could already feel the festivities. There were alot of pretty Bellas (this is what BDJ girls are called) lining up at the entrance. I even saw and talked to a good friend and fellow Iska, Elaine. 🙂

Upon entering the fair grounds, Mom and me excitedly looked around and checked all the booths. Since the fair is titled, Take Flight, we were given passport-like brochure where the schedule of events and booth passes are printed.

BDJ Passport

We were fairly early. Haha. We first tried the tarot card reading before the queu gets long. It was quite an interesting read! I hurriedly went to the First segment-Shop Around the World with Alyanna Martinez.  It was quite an interesting talk as she gave alot of tips where to buy great finds abroad and what to bring and secure while shopping abroad.

Alyanna Martinez at the Shop around the World

After the talk, raffle came. And I’m one lucky girl to have won. Yey!

1000 worth of GC from The Ramp

Carolling from the Kids of Scuolla dela Guioia and sampling of Selecta Gold followed.  After, I met my mom at the booth outside. She had gone through alot of booths and had some freebies already. I visited the booths too and was excited to try on the games and their free stuff. 🙂 Too bad, some booths run out of freebies and tokens already. But it was still fun.

I went to the second segment, which was equally interesting and more hilarious. It was the talk by Carelle Mangaliag titled Kilometer Zero.

Carelle Mangaliag giving talk

She was oozing with confidence  which was one of the main topics of her talk. She gave the talk with so much energy and everyone got equally enthusiastic. We even bought her book, Captivating Communication:Art of Speaking  with Confidence and Captivating Your Audience.

book signing with Ms. Carelle

To give a more visual description of how fun the fair was, let the photos below speak for themselves.

Kids of Scuolla dela Guioia

With A Bella

With cute Betsy at the Etude Booth

with Pretty Bella

Tarot Reading Booth

Writing at the Commitment Wall

Even if I wasn’t pre-registered at the other booths, BDJ was giving enough to share the other talks and so we were able to watch the talk Get Lost in Style by Divine Lee.

Divine Lee

The fair gets exciting as the night goes deeper. There are alot more  raffle prizes given away. Exciting production numbers from guests, booths outside the main tent, bungee jumping and alot more!

Posing with another Bella after buying my BDJ 2012 Planner

Goddesses of Belly Dancing

After the performance of Goddesses of Belly Dancing

The BDJ 2012 PlannerLaunch was truly one fantastic event. I did not regret going all the way to Eastwood for this. I took some photos of the SWAG loot bag we got.

Freebies inside the SWAG loot bag

Another set of freebies

the GC I won

And of course, the star of the event, The 2012 Belle De Jour Power Planner..

the BDJ 2012 Planner

Inside peak of BDJ 2012

A big thanks to BDJ for the amazing event and for the discounted planner! 🙂 I am sure to be more involved on upcoming activities and events. Till next launch!