Friday, July 4, 2014

Choose Happiness


Friday, finally. This has been such an exhausting week in general. It was a challenge juggling a crazy schedule, dealing with the unpredictable weather, and just being surrounded with so much negativity. Right now, I'm looking forward to a weekend of detoxifying from all the bad vibes and being appreciative of all the good things. Because when it comes to dealing with problems and challenges, you only lose when you don't choose to fight.

There's always going to be an obstacle waiting for you because that's simply how life rolls. However, how you react when these situations come is in your control. Choose happiness, they say, and I absolutely agree.

Happiness is a choice and it is a conscious decision you make everyday. This does not necessarily mean you have to fake it. What it is telling you is that you need to decide for yourself that you will accept the bad but look at the good. Recognize the problem, but create an action plan immediately. And, as one of my favorite lines puts it, realize the strength and move on.

When you start being more aware of how you react to problems and decide that you'll get more out of looking at what you can do and staying positive rather than sulking, then you'll be much more motivated to move onwards and upwards.

Levi's top; Kandy's Closet skirt; Bozhidara Bags bag; Tomato watch

It's all about deciding on what kind of situation you want to put yourself in. ;)

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sunday, June 29, 2014

How to Keep It Fresh For Rainy Nights Out


The rainy season is upon us and one of the fashion challenges we may face is how to keep it fresh and sexy for nights out with our friends despite the downpour.

As you all know, I have a passionate love affair with white outfits. But unless I'm sure to stay indoors most of the night, I need to change my outfit choices in order to avoid wardrobe malfunctions (e.g. tops that become see-through or discolored after a few drops of rain).

With that, my favorite outfit formula for a casual night out is the jeans-and-blazer combo. Since casual nights out usually involve lounges and bars instead of clubs, I don't necessarily have to be extra glam. The outfit allows me to move around as I please - sit on bar stools without a problem - while still looking put together.

Plus, with the chance of rain, I prefer going for dark colors in order to avoid water stains later on, should my friends and I choose to move from one bar to the next (which is usually the case).

Keeping things fresh and sexy, however, I opted for a lace number to match with the blazer and jeans. Blazers can be your bestfriend this season, as it helps dress up a casual outfit or tone down skin-revealing looks. Not to mention, bars and clubs are sure to get extra cool these nights when the rain starts so it's good to be prepared! Throw on a few golds to brighten up the dark look and you're all set!

Shopaholic & Hubby watch; Pretty Little Blings knuckle rings; H&M necklace

Custom-made blazer; Maldita top; Lee Jeans jeans; bazaar bag; EZRA by Zalora heels

In the end, it pays to check the weather forecast (even though they are off sometimes) just so you know if it is still worth going out or if it is best to stay at home. As we all know, Manila + rain is an instant formula for horrendous traffic - and who wants to get stuck in that?


Thursday, June 26, 2014


Style Hub top; Payless heels; Tomato watch

I'm slowly letting go of my summer wardrobe little by little, as it is starting to become difficult to walk around in short, flowy skirts and dresses, and bright colored shoes when there is a possibility of downpour or stepping on puddles. As I let go of my summer wardrobe, let me leave you with this light and bright number in memory of the perfect summer of 2014. It certainly was one for the books. I wouldn't trade it for anything else - the adventures I had, places I went to, and the people I met.

I hope your summer is just as memorable as mine!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Camiguin: Where to Eat, What to Do


Summer is over and my rain-drenched flats can attest to that. However, I realized that I never had the chance to blog about our activities during the Camiguin trip last April. As I thought about whether or not it would still be relevant to blog about it now, I saw a comment on my post about where to stay in Camiguin, asking about flight routes from Manila to Camiguin. So for your planning reference, here are some things to do and places to visit in Camiguin!

Day 1 was spent mostly traveling. We flew from Manila to Butuan and made a roadtrip from Butuan to Balingoan port. From there, we took a ro-ro (roll-on/roll-off) so that we could take the car with us.

There is a floating restaurant close to the Benoni Port (Camiguin), where we went to have our first meal. The seafood was really good and portions were quite good, too, for group dining.

After which, we settled into our home away from home and watched the sunset from our backyard - A.K.A. the beach. That's just one of the many reasons why we loved Somewhere Else Boutique Hotel.

For dinner, we decided to go to Casa Roca Inn. The first floor is dedicated to their restaurant and lounge. The set up is very homey and the staff are very friendly. Plus, you're sure to be served freshly cooked meals as they have an open kitchen, with Evelyn heading the cooking, which you can watch from their bar area.

I remember drooling as they began to cook our orders! The serving sizes are quite big for the prices as well. You can go ahead and order some of their house specialties if you aren't sure of what to get.

The following day, we went to White Island - a few kilometers off the coast of Mambajao. It is Camiguin's popular sandbar, which varies in shape depending on the ocean tide. On this island, you also get the beautiful Mount Hibok-Hibok and Old Vulcan as your backdrop - perfect for those Instagram updates! ;)

Katibawasan Falls is also a must-see beauty, surrounded by trees, ferns, and rocks. The ice-cold water was amazing after an afternoon of intense summer heat! You can bring your own food and have lunch or merienda there, as there are rock tables and chairs available.

And if you can't get enough of cold water, you may as well take a dip at the Sto. Nino Cold Spring. There, you can also rent out cottages and tables and have your own little cookout.

While we found it too hot to cross the waters to the Sunken Cemetery, the view from the deck was beautiful nonetheless.

We also went to Camiguin's Gui-ob Old Church Ruins, which was really lovely. Ruins always amaze me, and this one did not disappoint. The beautiful remains of the Gui-ob Church still gives you a little bit of an idea of how big the church must have been and what could have been in there. While it's mostly covered in grass, you can get a beautiful panoramic view of the sea at the back.

After a long day of sight-seeing, it is only right to refuel with the "best pizza in Camiguin". So make sure to drop by Luna Ristorante and order their delicious home-made pizza and pasta!

Honestly, just writing this blog post and remembering our Camiguin trip makes me want to go back so bad! The food is amazing, the people are great, and the place is absolutely relaxing. A trip worth traveling hours for.

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