Posted 1 month ago
Posted 1 month ago
Our family friend was nice enough to take me into the Central Business District of Sydney and show me around.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
Sydney Opera House
Museum of Contemporary Art
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. :)
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!
For a long flight I just had to be comfy.
Lettered polo from H&M || Zara Basics Jeans || Longchamp bag ||
First stop? Trash and Treasures flea market in Liverpool!
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.
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!
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.
Lens: 50 mm
Here’s a happy wanna-be photographer to bid you all a “till next time” pose:
Special thank you goes out to Miko Legasto for lending me his camera for the holidays!!
Next up? New toys for the new year! :)
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:
Rhipe Backyard mid-rib top || Borrowed mint asymmetrical sheer skirt
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.
Beach photos to follow!
I hope you guys are enjoying your 2014 just as much as I am. :)
Posted 3 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)
Keep your eye on the horizon.
Dos Palmas, Palawan (2014)
Posted 3 months ago
A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of being shot by the one and only Elisa Aquino of Very Truly Yours! She’s an amazing photographer and an even better friend. She was patient enough to direct me even if I was extremely nervous. HAHA. Although I don’t think I’ll ever be fully qualified to become an editorial model, the photos came out way better than I expected!!
With a baby face like mine, I was surprised that Elisa could work such editorial magic. Heehee!
Thank you so much for being patient in directing me and agreeing to shoot the photos for my online shop. Love you always, Elisa!
Please do check out Sweet Escape Manila’s 2nd collection! You might spot the perfect Christmas gift for a friend! :)
Spontaneity brought us to roam around Kapitoloyo for lunch one saturday afternoon. An extremely high recommendation from a friend brought us to Poco Deli.
Disclaimer: I’m a food blogger, so don’t expect too much detail.
I loved the cozy atmosphere. It’s actually kind of funny how it took quite while before we got the actual theme of the restaurant. After looking through their menu and the flags hung up on the wall, we finally got that it was a Spanish-English fusion inspired deli. Like most delis, specializes in their variety of wines, cheeses and sausages but what makes Poco Deli different is that it’s more than just a deli. They actually serve pastas, pizzas and platters.
Miko’s Bacon and Egg platter (I loved that their bacon came in a slab instead of normal strips)
Truffle Oil Pasta
Blackout Chocolate Cake
Homemade Stout Chocolate Icecream
I absolutely loved dining in this little deli. Everything we ordered was spot on: it tasted amazing and was cooked to perfection. Just blogging about it makes my mouth water.
Downside? It is a little pricy. For fellow students like me, it would be best to visit this place for a semi-splurge date day. But when you do decide to go, it will be worth it.
I highly recommend that you take the time to include on your next Kapitolyo food trip!
Photos by: Miko Legasto (Camera shy today)
Poco Deli- Address: 21 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City, 1603
Phone:(02) 477 4332
Posted 4 months ago