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Tamworth, NSW

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I am absolutely in love with the ocean. So much so, that I don’t like being too far from it. But, I did make an exception for a very special place called Tamworth. It was the only place I visited that was that far out from the coast. It was about a 3 hour drive away from Newcastle, but it literally felt like a world away at times. The mountains, the quiet, the chilly nights — it was different than the city life that I’ve grown up in but it was beyond beautiful. 

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I’m not much of a mountaineer but I always try to do something different wherever I end up. So this time, I conquered a 6km hike to the top of Flag Staff Mountain just in time to watch the sun go down! 

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Although traveling around was fun. Staying at the Geddes’ was just as adventurous. Trevor’s onesie birthday party at the Geddes’ house! 

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The Geddes’ would spoil me with amazing breakfast every morning that came with my own little name on it. 

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My first and only attempt at Two-Up. It’s basically heads-or-tails betting game that is only legal to play during Anzac Day. I won about 60AUD then lost it all again before I decided it was best for me to just watch. Haha! 

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I was finally able to get that 3rd piercing that I’ve always wanted! It was spontaneous and scary, but I am so ready to get a 4th and 5th one!!

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Tamworth was like my home away from Newcastle. Until this very day, I am so grateful and thankful to the Geddes family for opening their hearts and their home to a little Asian outsider like me. Every time I went over, I always felt like I was home. I’m really not much of a country kid, but this place really did charm it’s way to my heart. :) 

Love, 

Nicoliita

Newcastle City

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This is the place I called ‘home’ for the 5 months I stayed in Australia. Two hours out of Sydney but 5 seconds in and it’s got a permanent place in your heart. 

I thought that I’d start my JTA photo review by showing you my favorite place. This city is home to 9 beaches, which is obviously one of the main reasons I loved it so much. This first photo set is mostly scenery but this won’t be the last Newcastle post. 

Stay tuned! 

Posted 1 month ago

I have got to be one of the most inconsistent bloggers ever, I know.

But fear not! 

For once again, I try my hand at being consistent in updating this little website. So, I figured I would start with the end, and eventually work my way back to the start. I plan to do an entry for every travel destination on my trip! 

In lieu of that, this video is a compilation of all the little clippings I took while I was on my Junior Term Abroad. It basically sums up my entire 5 months in the land down under and ultimately marked the end of my adventure. Enjoy! 


https://vimeo.com/103711930

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Into the City

Our family friend was nice enough to take me into the Central Business District of Sydney and show me around. 

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Sydney Harbor Bridge

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Sydney Opera House

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Museum of Contemporary Art

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Street Art

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Internet in my dorm room isn’t exactly set up yet. But I am in the process of getting it fixed, I swear! So I shall update this post with the new photos when everything is set. :) 

Love, 

Nicoliita

In the Land of Oz.

Hello lovlies! 

So for the past few months, I have been working hard academically and prepping all the different kinds of paper work to be able to join this program at my university called Junior Term Abroad, also known as JTA. It’s basically studying abroad as an exchange student for one semester. Being accepted into the program was one thing, making sure you actually get to study abroad is another. Pre-JTA sem was crazy. We had to come to compress 5 month classes into 3 months and sometimes even go to school when it was a holiday. But by God’s grace, we all pulled through! So after months of waiting and preparing, it was off to the land down under! 

8 hours later, we finally landed!

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Airplane outfit:

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Lettered polo from H&M || Zara Basics Jeans || Longchamp bag || 

First stop? Trash and Treasures flea market in Liverpool!

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I love spotting little old things! Even back in Manila, I would go to thrift shops and old shops to look for the smallest things. But this was the very first official flea market I’ve been too. I absolutely loved it! :) My only regret was that I wish I had a little more money in my pocket to spend. 

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I’ll be in Australia for the next 5 months on this crazy journey of living alone in an unknown country. Phew. Yep, I am crazy nervous and excited. I’ll probably update this site with all the lovely phone photos I’ve taken along the way.

And the journey in the land of Oz begins! 

Love, 

Nicoliita

Nasugbu, Batangas ! 

Shot by: Miko Legasto

Posted 8 months ago with 1 note

Dos Palmas, Palawan

This is just a compilation of photos I took during our stay at Dos Palmas Palawan last New Years! 

Simple family faces and the beautiful scenery to match. 

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Camera: D1500

Lens: 50 mm

Here’s a happy wanna-be photographer to bid you all a “till next time” pose: 

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Special thank you goes out to Miko Legasto for lending me his camera for the holidays!! 

Next up? New toys for the new year! :)

Love,

Nicoliita

Posted 8 months ago with 3 notes

Cheers to 2014!

Every year, my family and I make it a point to spend New Years out of town. Mainly because my parents aren’t too fond of the pollution from all the city fireworks during this time of year. For 2014, we decided to go to Dos Palmas, Palawan. I’ll probably post a bunch of photos I took while we were there in a few days. But first and foremost, my New Year’s Eve outfit: 

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Rhipe Backyard mid-rib top || Borrowed mint asymmetrical sheer skirt 

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The key to dressing up for a beach party is to wear something that is breezy and to go easy on the make up. Natural always looks best by the beach. Plus, choosing to wear a maxi skirt instead of a tight dress made the dancing around a whole lot easier! Heehee. 

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Beach photos to follow! 

I hope you guys are enjoying your 2014 just as much as I am. :)

Love, 

Nicoliita

Posted 9 months ago

I was shooting a scene in my new film, No Strings Attached, in which I say to Natalie Portman, “If you miss me … you can’t text, you can’t e-mail, you can’t post it on my wall. If you really miss me, you come and see me.” I began to think of all of the billions of intimate exchanges sent daily via fingers and screens, bouncing between satellites and servers. With all this texting, e-mailing, and social networking, I started wondering, are we all becoming so in touch with one another that we are in danger of losing touch?

It used to be that boy met girl and they exchanged phone numbers. Anticipation built. They imagined the entire relationship before a call ever happened. The phone rang. Hearts pounded. “Hello?” Followed by a conversation that lasted two hours but felt like two minutes and would be examined with friends for two weeks. If all went well, a date was arranged. That was then.

Now we exchange numbers but text instead of calling because it mitigates the risks of early failure and eliminates those deafening moments of silence. Now anticipation builds. Bdoop. “It was NICE meeting u.” Both sides overanalyze every word. We talk to a friend, an impromptu Cyrano: “He wrote nice in all caps. What does that mean? What do I write back?” Then we write a response and delete it 10 times before sending a message that will appear to care, but not too much. If all goes well, a date will be arranged.

Whether you like it or not, the digital age has produced a new format for modern romance, and natural selection may be favoring the quick-thumbed quip peddler over the confident, ice-breaking alpha male. Or maybe we are hiding behind the cloak of digital text and spell-check to present superior versions of ourselves while using these less intimate forms of communication to accelerate the courting process. So what’s it really good for?

There is some argument about who actually invented text messaging, but I think it’s safe to say it was a man. Multiple studies have shown that the average man uses about half as many words per day as women, thus text messaging. It eliminates hellos and goodbyes and cuts right to the chase. Now, if that’s not male behavior, I don’t know what is. It’s also great for passing notes. There is something fun about sharing secrets with your date while in the company of others. Think of texting as a modern whisper in your lover’s ear.

Sending sweet nothings on Twitter or Facebook is also fun. In some ways, it’s no different than sending flowers to the office: You are declaring your love for everyone to see. Who doesn’t like to be publicly adored? Just remember that what you post is out there and there’s some stuff you can’t unsee.

But the reality is that we communicate with every part of our being, and there are times when we must use it all. When someone needs us, he or she needs all of us. There’s no text that can replace a loving touch when someone we love is hurting.

We haven’t lost romance in the digital age, but we may be neglecting it. In doing so, antiquated art forms are taking on new importance. The power of a handwritten letter is greater than ever. It’s personal and deliberate and means more than an e-mail or text ever will. It has a unique scent. It requires deciphering. But, most important, it’s flawed. There are errors in handwriting, punctuation, grammar, and spelling that show our vulnerability. And vulnerability is the essence of romance. It’s the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, “This is me, and I’m interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.”

— Ashton Kutcher (via hayleyashh)