Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pastel Play


One gloomy day after the storm had passed, still in a sea of dark hues, I chose to wear pastel. It was my way of coming out from the dark days, almost kind of like what I'm going through right now. Life imitating art?

I'm all for dark hues as of late--a huge leap from my obsession with white. Although, even though I still AM obsessed with white clothes, the season just makes it feel even more fit to wear darker hues like blue, green, and red; some browns and blacks as well.

But when I got a hold of this lovely, dainty knitted greyish blue piece from my mom, I was inspired. I felt compelled to build a look around here. So, on I went to raid my closet and found two pieces I could easily match with the greyish blue top.

Shopaholic & Hubby accessories; Bensimon sneakers

A thick, cotton skater skirt and my Bensimon sneakers (also available at CommonThread). Pairing these two with the top gave me a dainty, youthful feel. So, I thought, why not add quirky accessories, too?


Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Celebratory Dance and An Added Layer Of Clothing


This year's birthday is turning out to be the complete opposite of last year. Less than a week away and I still have nothing planned. I remember celebrating so much during the whole month of December last year with different groups of friends that it actually extended to January! "Dude, I'm beginning to think your birthday will never end," a friend said. HA! Let's see if I can manage to put together something this year, though.

Aside from birthday plans, another reason I'm ecstatic about December is because I can layer (a tiny bit). When you live in a tropical country where you can never get your layering game on, the slightest hint of cool-er weather entitles you to a celebratory dance and an added layer of clothing. In this case, I chose to take out my long stored utilitarian jacket. What a joy!

Now the thing is, though, is that when I layer on top, I still have to balance it out by wearing shorts, a skirt, or really lightweight pants. It doesn't really get cold enough for a full-on knitted situation.

Copper utilitarian jacket; Levi's top; Romwe boots; H&M necklace; Cotton On watch

How's December weather at your end of the world?

I'm going to go get my Christmas shopping on this weekend. And with the crowd of shoppers during this season, I need all the patience and luck I can get!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

In Preparation For the Holidays


With the holiday season in full swing, invitations to Christmas parties and get-togethers are popping up here and there. During this time of the year, I usually allow spend a little more on treating myself in preparation for these festivities. After all, it's been a crazy year of hard work! First on the checklist? A proper hair color and treatment!

I wouldn't have woken up early on a Saturday if not for a pampering session with my south love, Angel. Nowadays, dates with Angel come as rare as me wearing any other color aside from white. So when we had the chance, we decided to pop by Jing Monis Salon in Bellevue, Alabang for a morning cut, color, and treatment sesh.

Book an appointment at their Bellevue Branch: (+632) 5550963 or 0917 521 4480.

I have been wanting my hair color to be a little bit lighter since I started getting it colored this year. If you like what you see on my hair now, it's Schwarzkopf 7-55 (medium blonde extra gold). This is, of course, coming from super dark brown hair.

Vintage black leotard; Forever 21 jogger pants; Copper sneakers; Cotton On bag and watch
{ Photos by Bea Flores}

Now that I've got that crossed off my checklist, next is to look for some holiday outfits! What preparations are you doing for this holiday season?


Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Weekend In Baler Under P5,000


Baler is a nice surf town that lives quite true to the chill surfing lifestyle. It's a quick escape from Manila if you only have a weekend to spare. Plus, getting there isn't actually difficult in terms of transportation. It is only the distance that may test your patience. But if you're up for the 6-hour bus ride challenge, you'll definitely be rewarded with a quick weekend getaway.

Some of my friends have been asking me about going to Baler and I thought I'd share the answers with you as well. A fair warning, though, that I didn't take that much photos during my last trip because I didn't initially intend on blogging about it, so I can't share with you how the place we stayed at looks like, the food, etc. :( I'm not a travel expert, but hopefully, you'll still find these suggestions helpful!


Going to Baler is easy. You can take a bus to Baler at the Genesis bus terminal in Cubao. You have two choices: the regular Genesis bus (PhP450), which takes about 6 hours, with stopovers, or the Genesis Joybus (PhP650), which takes about 4 hours going directly to Baler without stopovers.

We decided to take the Genesis bus going to Baler because we weren't in a rush to get there. We had room reservations, but we wouldn't be able to get the rooms anyway until at least 10AM. Going back, we took the Genesis Joybus because we wanted to cut down on travel time and be back in Manila and get some rest in before the weekend ends. If you wish to do the same, you can only book the Genesis Joybus back to Manila at the Baler bus terminal as you arrive. The buses have a schedule which you can view here.


There are a lot of accommodations in Baler, especially close to Sabang beach where all the surfing happens. Beachfront accommodations start from PhP2,500/night for 2 persons, based on my research. However, if you choose those just right behind the beachfront ones, you can get some for below PhP2,000. We had a room for 2 at Casitas Bed & Breakfast for PhP1,800. It came with free breakfast buffet at Bay's Inn, too! I believe Bay's Inn and Casitas B&B have the same owner. The room was, however, small. It is literally a bed, a TV, and an A/C when you enter. It also has a restroom.

But if you think about it (at least, this is how I always look at it when I'm searching for accommodations when I'm going to a beach), I'm never really inside the room. I only go there to sleep. Most of my day is spent outside, frolicking under the sun! Plus, PhP1,800 WITH buffet breakfast? Sold.

You can inquire about Casitas Bed & Breakfast at 0928-322-2218. 


I can't say I took down notes of the meals we had, but I would peg it at an average of PhP350/meal. We usually got food to-share as well, so the bill is split between everyone (there were 4 of us). And since our we had the breakfast buffet from our accommodation, I only spent for brunch and dinner on Saturday. Our bus back to Manila was at 12NN, so we were still pretty full from the buffet that we waited until we got back home to eat.

Suggestions on where to eat: Yellowfin, Bay's Inn, and Baler Surfer Grill (must-try!).


In Baler, their tricycle drivers are accredited by their tourism board to conduct tours for PhP800 (per tricycle, 3-4 persons). It would be advisable to get an early lunch in on a Saturday and start your tour right after so you can have more time at each destination. This time around, we only managed to go to three places because we started at 3PM: Ermita Hills, Diguisit Beach, and Lukso-Lukso Islet. The quick tour cost us PhP600 instead.


And, of course, the surf lessons. From what I've seen, it's PhP350 for an hour of surf lessons, with a board and instructor. However, we managed to make connections and got our lessons for only PhP300 at Mahusay surf school.

Adding everything up, basically:

PhP450 - Genesis bus (Cubao to Baler - with stopovers)
PhP650 - Genesis Joybus (Baler to Cubao - without stopovers)
PhP1,800 - 1 night accommodation for 2 at Casitas B&B
PhP700 - meal (PhP350/meal x brunch and dinner)
PhP600 - tour (although I still suggest getting the full tour at PhP800)
PhP300 - surf lessons
PhP4,500 TOTAL

Of course, you can still lower the expenses depending on food, accommodation, and if you take the regular Genesis bus going back to Manila. But to be honest with you, it really doesn't cost much to go to Baler. :) I hope this helps!

I have been to Baler quite a few times before. It's just one of those places you don't mind going back to! Give it a shot and let me know of your adventures there!


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