In Love With My Slim Boyfriend

It was in fall 2013 when distressed boyfriend jeans became a trend. The style carried well through the seasons that even until now, you will see ladies rocking the now-denim staple, whether it is actually their boyfriend's or their own.

I've tried on several pairs before, but none of them seemed to look right on me as the original style is loose and didn't flatter my already wide hips and thighs. Recently, however, I found my match: the slim boyfriend jeans - a slightly more fitted style cousin of the original boyfriend jeans. If you have the same body type as I do, this could be a match for you, too.

This style fits well for ladies who have a relatively shorter lower body, because it doesn't add extra width to your shape, which can sometimes make your legs appear shorter than it really is. With the slimmer fit, it almost hugs your legs.

Speaking of almost hugging your legs, another reason why I am enjoying the slim boyfriend jeans is the leg room! I love my skinny jeans but sometimes my legs just want to breathe. Can you relate? Especially for days when I know I am going to be running errands, this makes it easier to move around while still adding style points.

Top - Ezra; Jeans - H&M; Shoes - Copper; Bag - Aldo; Watch - Michael Kors

Lastly, since jeans are a closet staple, you can style it in different ways. Dress it up with a pair of heels, a top, and maybe even throw on a blazer, or dress it down with sneakers or slip-ons and an easy-going top like what I'm wearing in this post.

Do you own a pair of boyfriend jeans? Share with me how you style it!


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The Trick To Wearing Colored Pants

We have been experiencing occasional bouts of rain lately, so it hasn't been easy figuring out what to wear. One second, it's hot; the next, it's not...and then, we're stuck trying to brave our way through the rain (and let's not forget, the horrid Manila traffic). So, on the day that I went on a segway tour around Intramuros (read: Segway Through Intramuros), I decided to go for an outfit that would be manageable whether it rained or stayed sunny. Luckily, the rain didn't come until after the tour ended. Still, wearing pants allowed me to move around easily and maneuver the segway without breaking a sweat. Okay, maybe I did sweat a little because it was hot.

Instead of going for the classic denims, I opted to wear colored pants to make things interesting. I went for an earthy color palette, putting together white/cream, green, and brown pieces. I also accidentally matched my background by doing so! But hey, it adds to the photos, right?

Pants - Seventeen; Shoes - Copper; Bag - Mango; Sunglasses - Seasonless Botique

I know some might think that colored pants only look good during summer, but if you feel like rocking them anyway then why not? The trick to wearing colored pants is finding the right shade, and finding the right pieces that will go with that shade so that the whole outfit looks pulled together.

Instead of pairing the pants with a plain shirt, like what I initially planned on doing, I went for something with a bit more twist. Literally. This criss-cross off-shoulder top does not get the amount of attention it deserves from me, so I thought it was about time I busted it out. I find clothes that show off the shoulders are sexy, so it was a nice contrast to the casual feel of the rest of the look.

Yeah, I can see that. I absolutely need to get my roots done ASAP!

What are your season staples as of late? Stay dry! :)


Segway Through Intramuros

I'm sometimes guilty of being a tourist in my own city. Twenty-four years of living and there are still places in Manila I have not been to and places I have been to but have barely scratched the surface on experiencing - Intramuros was one of them.

Up until last week, I have only been to Intramuros twice for a school project. I have also only read about it in history books back in high school. But I have not really spent the time to walk around and experience the place. That's why I was so glad that we decided to go on the White Knight E-Chariot Tour. We didn't exactly walk, but we did "travel through" Intramuros and its history in a fun way.

If you haven't heard of an e-chariot, it is basically a segway. You know those scooter-like things the guards at Greenbelt or BGC roll around in? Yup. And if you've ever tried riding one, you'll know that once you get the hang of it, you'll want to race with the others! Haha! But you can't on this one, because it's programmed at a certain maximum speed.

Each White Knight E-Chariot Tour around Intramuros lasts for an hour and can accommodate up to 4 people. However, you can call in to inform them if you have a big group and they will get something together for you. The tour is also assisted by two tour guides. The first tour guide drives in front and is the main guide for the trip; the second assists the first in making sure no one is left behind or forgotten (Ohana?).  It was really interesting because a lot of the stories I've also heard from my grandmother and grandfather, so it was like being able to paint the picture in my head. Plus, our tour guides were very friendly and funny.

So if you're thinking of what to do this weekend, why not take an hour out of your day and explore and learn about Intramuros while riding a segway. I know you want to. ;)

Bonus: This is also quite the workout because you're practically standing for a whole hour while trying to balance yourself on a segway. Leg and core? YAS! Haha!


Living On My Own: 3 Things I Learned

For someone my age, moving out of their parents' home is quite a big deal. It isn't common practice in (more traditional) Filipino households for children to move out, unless you will be studying/working in a different region or country or getting married--I am doing neither. For me, it was mostly about learning to be independent as I have been ever so blessed with parents and brothers who, for all of my life, have always made sure I lived comfortably.

So it was an interesting challenge that I put upon myself, and I'm glad my parents allowed me to do this. Looking back now, as I am at my parents' home for the long weekend, it has been three months since I moved out, and I thought I would share with you 3 things I learned when I started living on my own.

1. Schedule your week to be on top of things.

As boring and ~adult~ as it sounds, scheduling my days helps me stay sane between working, doing chores, and going out. I've learned to move a little bit quicker now, especially in the morning. My concerns in the morning used to only involve waking up, getting ready, eating breakfast, and going to work. Now, I also make my bed, make and eat breakfast, clean dishes, sweep the apartment, get ready, take out the trash, and go to work. And every two weeks, I try to dedicate a full day for general cleaning.

I also try to do 20-30 minute workouts in the morning. I added a 10-minute guided meditation to my morning routine. I'm using an app called Headspace. Plus, since my place is also quite roomy now, I have had more space to do Blogilates. I just got a new mat from Zalora--which, by the way, you can use the discount code ZBAP0fg for a 15% storewide discount--and it's been helpful with the practice.

2. Manage your expenses by finding alternatives.

I do a lot of walking around where I live now. It allows me to familiarize myself with the establishments as well as gauge the price range of things. Whether it's buying groceries in bulk or running down the local coffee shop for some good ol' third wave coffee instead of getting Starbucks, it helps that I know where I can go and what my options are. It all comes down to managing my expenses. There are also nights when I'd trade in air conditioning for opened windows and a fan. It's not as bad as it sounds, especially during this rainy season.

3. Learn to ask when you don't know.

I'm the type of person who would rather figure things out on her own than ask. I think it is more of shyness than it is a pride thing for me. But I have learned that sometimes, you really can't know everything and you will eventually have to seek the help of your building security in locating the nearest AutoLoadMAX retailer, or ask your brother how to maneuver the stove (because God knows 3 months ago I couldn't cook--I'm much better now), or ask your mom which detergent works best based on her experience because doing laundry is serious business.

Shorts - Factorie; Bag - Guess; Shoes - Cotton On; Eyewear - A'postrophe; Watch - Michael Kors

But in between all this "adulting", it's nice to still be able to go home on most weekends and have my family be all gathered together, singing karaoke, eating good food, and enjoying each other's company. Just as we did this weekend.

Have you moved out? Share with me your experience!


Why I Stay In Hostels + Where I Stayed In Baler

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you'd know that I spent quite a while dilly-dallying around Baler. This, by far, is the longest I've stayed in Baler--and I wouldn't be surprised if I stayed longer on my next trip. With this, you must be wondering where I stayed in Baler and how much it cost me. To give you a quick answer, for my latest trip, I stayed at The Circle Hostel and it cost me PHP1,350 for 3 nights. Compared to my last trip in Baler where I stayed at a B&B for PHP3,800 for 2 nights, it definitely is a good bargain.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not completely writing off staying in a hotel. Choosing where to stay depends on your needs for that trip. If it were a special occasion or if I were after the comfort and privacy, I wouldn't mind throwing in the extra money. But ever since my one-week trip to Boracay last year, I have been a believer of staying at hostels whenever you can. Here's why:

1. Budget-Friendly

Most hostels have a price range that lets you choose between a private room and dorm-style/bunk bed rooms of varying sizes. Of course, if you don't get a private room, it will be cheaper. Some also offer the option of staying in an air conditioned room and a fan room. All of which are relatively priced lower than if you were to stay in a hotel.

Think about the three nights I stayed in Baler, paying only PHP1,350. So far, the lowest room rate I found for a hotel in Baler is PHP1,800/night. There might be something lower, but that still would just be for one night. It's just a little bit of luxury I can give up to be able to stay longer in a place, within budget.

2. More Time Is Spent Outside

When I travel, I'm not the type to stay in the room anyway. I would be out for most of the day, exploring and doing what I came to do--see the place. I would only be back to change clothes, shower, or sleep (and I think I've got my PHP450/night worth at The Circle Hostel right there).

3. Make Friends With Fellow Travellers

I have found it to be a little less intimidating to make friends at hostels, especially when you're traveling alone or in a small group. Travellers are typically open to meeting new people and making friends; plus, they're bound to share a thing or two about what they've seen so far. You might just pick up a tip on what to see next!

Hostels like The Circle Hostel also have a common area where you can hang out, ride a skate board (yes, they have a skate deck), play board games/cards, eat/drink, and  play music. They have a very relaxed environment that make siestas more satisfying, and bean bags that make you fall asleep in 5 seconds. LOL.

BONUS: The Circle Hostel staff were also very friendly and accommodating. They did wave checks early in the morning, have fresh warm pandesal, peanutbutter, and banana ready for breakfast every morning, and they would ask you how you're doing.

The Circle Hostel is located on Buton Street, after Aliyah Surf Camp & Resort. Just look for the colorful wooden gate and fun wall art. For rates and reservations, you can email They accept walk-ins, too.