A #Wonderful World of Wonder through Volunteerism

Welcome to my #Wonderful World of Wonder: Pay It Forward The overwhelming sense of completeness and satisfaction every time I do volunteer work, paying it forward, makes my life #Wonderful. I remember watching the film “Pay It Forward” in my NSTP class during my freshman year in university. My inner self was celebrating because we finally had a break from a whole-day class schedule. Never did I imagine that one simple film showing would affect my life much and change me as who I am now. The movie starred Kevin Spacey, a social studies teacher who gave a goodwill assignment to his Read More …

I’m Back to Blogging! | Website Revamped

Hello, October! Have you missed me? I was out travelling around the country and Europe for the past months and had taken a blogging hiatus, but I am now back! Starting this month, I would be sharing a better and more improved website to all of you. Yes, Impressions of a Princess has gotten more than a face lift – it has been totally revamped! Aside from a new web design, gongjumonica.com will now be more serious in expressing personal interests of yours truly.  I would be writing less sponsored reviews and articles and more of my own thoughts and Read More …

Online Shopping at Great Value Plus PH

Whenever they visit me, my friends are usually surprised to see my apartment filled with several unopened parcels. Some are gifts from affiliate companies and sponsors, but most are my recent purchases. I am a huge fan of online shopping – I do it at least once a week! I buy clothes, shoes, bags, cosmetics, electronics and appliances from my favorite virtual shopping stores whenever I feel like it, but mostly when I’m bored or lonely. Haha! Last week, a good friend of mine introduced me to Great Value Plus, a Philippine online retail store selling a wide range of Read More …

Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Bloggers

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you still have no idea what to get for your special someone on hearts day, look no further! As a writer myself, I compiled a list of material things you can give to your beloved blogger. Whether you want to splurge or simply want to show your affection, I got your budget covered. At the end of the day, it won’t be the price tag attached to your gift that will matter. It will always be the thought that counts. Powerbank I know you have taken notice that most, if not all, bloggers Read More …

2015 Goals

Happy New Year, everyone! How was your holiday? It is that time of the year again when we get a chance to have a clean slate. Another installment in our book of life where we can write new chapters, change the setting, add characters and twist the plot. As we want to have a newer and better version of ourselves, many make resolutions and goals as another year comes in. What are yours? 2014 had been a very wonderful year to me filled with adventure, love, and many firsts. I have reached several of my goals for that year and Read More …

Undeserving

[photo credits]  I can still remember the day You approached me and said “Can we take a picture together?” And since then our fates are sealed.   Slowly we became Inseparable friends Meeting frequently, laughing hysterically, Knowing each other.   Others are here around us, yes And we are their true friends, yes But a special bond between us exists. We are each other’s best friend.   As the calendar turns And shows its true color, Changes appear as we Became more comfortable with each other.   Our friendship teeters on the edge As hurtful jokes and lashing words Are Read More …

Princess Talk: A Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self

Last week, I attended #TeenWeekPH2014, a youth development movement geared in producing future-ready Filipino teens. In the event, I was able to once again experience how it was like to live like a teen – hopeful, ambitious, confused. It was an eye-opening day for me as I reminisced several moments in my teenage years. As I looked back, I wish I did a lot of things before like change those awkward clothes, ignore those childish crushes, find a life beyond books, let go of that horrendous unmatched face powder, and be wiser in my decisions. There were tons of things I Read More …

Movie Review | The Maze Runner

Imagine waking up in a foreign place with your memory wiped out. You can’t remember your parents’ faces, your last meal, or your Facebook password. You don’t even know your name. It seems like you are in a state of amnesia. Now add a giant maze with mechanical creatures and other deadly weapons in the mix. That is how and where you will live until you manage to escape the cage you are in. Scared? That is basically how the movie The Maze Runner started its story. Written by an American author James Dashner in 2009, The Maze Runner is Read More …

It’s my birthday!

Last week, I reached my 24th year of existence. Hooray! Who would have thought that I am no longer 16? Even a few minutes earlier, a nurse in my post-graduate school mistakenly took me for an undergrad freshman. Do I really look that young? I didn’t really feel like throwing a huge party unlike before, but my day still went on being special. When the clock struck midnight, the room went dark and I was greeted with a big chocolate birthday cake with lighted candles. Birthday songs in two languages and tight hugs followed. Later, my mom prepared a dinner Read More …

Which Downton Abbey Character Are You?

There’s something about the show Downton Abbey that resonates with viewers around the world. Even celebrities like Sean’s Diddy Combs are fans of the show. A lot of fans also identify with the characters on a personal level, especially the Ladies of Downton. Incredibly, if you were ever wondering if you are a Mary, or an Edith, or any of the other women, your favorite gemstone could give you some insight. Ready to know which character are you? Diamonds Types of stones: white diamonds Your signature jewelry: diamond necklaces from Blue Nile. Your Downton Abbey counterpart: Cora, The Countess of Read More …