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Thank God For Family, Friends, But Most Of All, For Fast Cars

Starting a new post feels so weird especially after being gone for quite a while. Nonetheless, here I am once again, staring at the same “new post” page. Summer has drifted along rather quickly. I didn’t even have the chance to document my outfits for the past weeks considering the fact that I have worn a lot of great ones, mind you. LOL Such a shame! Anyway, I’ve been busy with the project I’ve mentioned on my last post. It has thought me quite a number of valuable lessons not only to be applied for future work reference, but also life lessons as well. This project may not seem to be a success in our eyes but a lot of people enjoyed it. To them, it is a success and I guess that’s what’s important. I have learned the value of holding back to make way for other people. In this industry, what people say is reality. Looking back at lessons from our Marketing classes, it is true that “perception is reality”. Anyway, blah blah blah more about my wonderful day and of course my outfit. LOL It’s been a while since I woke up just so I can do absolutely nothing. What fun! But then it got boring so I went to watch Fast and the Furious 6 with two of my favorite people in the world.

 

Serenitea to pass the time. Not a big fan of milk tea though…

 

yoohoo spot my tattoo LOL

 

my cousin, Sam and our friend, JAMAL… LOL I mean Gemeile

 

Couldn’t wait till the upcoming beach trip my parents planned…I just had to wear this top. It has ME written all over it LOL
ombre top – Keep Calm and Shop Online
ombre shorts – Bubbles

a closer look at my top… hihi I really am a mermaid, just so you know

 

I forgot where I got this necklace LOL Got it from some store at the Super Sale Bazaar though

 

clutch – Liz Claiborne
cuff – Amanda’s Closet at Glorietta 3

 

Gold sneakers from my bestfriend, Luisa

workin’ my tan LOL Got so burned during our event…Been hustlin’ under the harsh sun… ugh

 

Don’t you think it’s quite fitting to have my photos taken in the parking lot right after we watched Fast and the Furious 6? chos! Great movie all except for the ending. Though that’s my opinion based on a certain bias of mine 😛 Not spoiling what happened though. You should go watch it

 

So in the words of Dom Toretto, “we thank God for family, we thank God for friends, but most of all we thank God for fast cars”. That line sums up exactly how I feel after all the hard work we put into our “project”. Thankful.

 

So, how was your summer? 🙂

 

 

 

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High Tea at Mary Grace

This was from last Saturday as my friends and I ended another stressful week of deadlines, job interviews, and what not. First of all, I am terribly sorry for having nothing but stress and work to mention in my posts. Apparently, that’s how life is for me right now. I do hope to start posting more about fun, exciting things. But for the mean time, bear with me as I have nothing but stress, stress, and more stress written all over my agenda.

Nicole, Jenni, Tal, and I had a nice little tea party (if you’d call it that) at Café Mary Grace last Saturday. It was pretty surprising of my friends to be splurging on our “tambayan” since we usually just stick to Big Chill ’cause it’s well…cheap, to be blunt. But don’t get me wrong, even if it costs us less to hang out at Big Chill, we still end up paying for more since we buy more because the food and the drinks are cheaper than any other place in Greenbelt (Well except for A-Gantea. But we stopped hanging out there ’cause we’re just all so sick of milk tea already and Aey’s on friggin’ diet). So anyway, Mary Grace it was and we loved how cozy the ambience was. We hung out at Mary Grace the day before also, right after our Job fair. Nicole, Tal, and I tried their Mexicana Tsokolate which is hot chocolate infused with cinnamon and chili. Yes. Chili. It was actually pretty good for me but I don’t reckon it is for all taste buds since it gives off a weird after taste which reminds me of Mediterranean food. It’s a must try for every adventure-seeking tongue. Anyway, the only reason I wanted to hang out at Mary Grace was because of their lemon squares. I could eat them all day, everyday, I swear. I got my boyfriend’s mother a box for her birthday and I kinda felt bad that I didn’t get myself a box as well… LOL So, yeah… We spent a lazy Saturday afternoon at Mary Grace sipping on raspberry iced tea and munching on sweets. It’s moments like these that make life seem so much brighter despite all the stress that comes along.

I wore a simple casual peplum top with skinny jeans since I had a date with Chavs after my rendezvous with friends. I make it a point to be as simple as I can be whenever I am going to see him since he makes such a fuss over my clothing 😐

Nevertheless I think my outfit was quite fitting for “high tea”

peplum top – Betty at SM Girls and Teen’s Wear
skinny jeans – Citizens of Humanitywedge – So Fab
peplum top – Betty at SM Girls and Teen’s Wear
ring – Forever 21


Jenni, Tal’s photographer in training

brownies…

lemon squares…

tiramisu…

and a pitcher of refreshing raspberry iced tea..

This is what great afternoons are made of. Looking forward to more afternoons with the girls (Aey and Mina included naman lol)

Photos are courtesy of Tal Ybarola and Jenni Ginete

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China Town Street Style

In the height of all the preparations the being done for the Lunar New Year, my fellow communications students and I went on an educational trip to Binondo, Manila (China Town), to soak in the rich Chinese culture right in the heart of Manila. Binondo was established by the Spaniards as the confinement of the Chinese immigrants in Manila during the Spanish rule in the Philippines. But it is said that the Chinese were already living in Binondo before the Spaniards came. Binondo is apparently the oldest China Town in the world and it is home to authentic Chinese culture. It was once the business and financial district of Manila up until World War 2. After the war, most establishments relocated to Makati City. The street is the center of Binondo life as this is where people sold their products, this is where they socialized, and etc. And the streets of Binondo were festive just in time for the new year. We could have never chosen a better time to visit Binondo than right before the Lunar New Year.

Binondo Church where the famous Philippine hero, Andres Bonifacio, got married

Binondo Church where the famous Philippine hero, Andres Bonifacio, got married

China Town feels

China Town feels

One of our tour guides, Anson

One of our tour guides, Anson

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The famous Ongpin Street

The famous Ongpin Street

Street vendor...

Street vendor…

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"bakpia" or more popularly known as "hopia" is a pastry filled with purple yam or red mung bean

“bakpia” or more popularly known as “hopia” is a pastry filled with purple yam or red mung bean

Jenni posing with this cart of oranges...

Jenni posing with this cart of oranges…

gingers tied with red ribbons...I'm not entirely sure why they do this but it made everything seem more festive... The streets were filled with these.

gingers tied with red ribbons…I’m not entirely sure why they do this but it made everything seem more festive… The streets were filled with these.

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fresh crustaceans!

fresh crustaceans!

Aey in front of A.E.Y General Merchandise Store LOL

Aey in front of A.E.Y General Merchandise Store LOL

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ARM CANDY!!!! HAHAHAHA! Lucky charms for the new year!

ARM CANDY!!!! HAHAHAHA! Lucky charms for the new year!

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street style

street style

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Binondo OOTD lol

Binondo OOTD lol

Inside a Taoist temple

Inside a Taoist temple

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prayers to the god of the Arts and Literature

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mahjong!

mahjong!

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The perfect ending to an enriching morning... A full-on lauriat lunch at President's Tea House, one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Manila

The perfect ending to a perfect histo-cultural walk… A full-on lauriat lunch at President’s Tea House, one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Manila

beat!

beat!

A walk through the historical streets of Binondo was such a memorable and enriching experience. Kung Hei Fat Choi everyone!

Photos by: Myself and Tal Ybarola

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That Awkward Moment…

Don’t you just hate cliff hangers? I sure do. Ironically though that’s what I came up with as a title for the post. I hung out at Starbucks since I thought I arrived in Makati too early for me to go straight to school. I just hate going to school without anyone to accompany me. I don’t know but I just find it weird wander in the halls alone and since we were having an open house for interested applicants, there would be a lot of people there. Another reason for me to spend time somewhere else until I find someone to accompany me. So, anyway, there I was happily sitting outside Starbucks, happily sipping on my Caramel Macchiato, satisfied by the solitude when kuya barista comes out and suddenly asks for my number. So, I tell him no. He assumes I have a boyfriend and I said, in a very as-a-matter-of-fact manner, “Why yes. Actually I have this gut feeling he’s going to propose to me tonight.” LOL I shouldn’t have said that. The kuya guard laughed at kuya barista as kuya barista went back in, defeated. Stupid me. Well, it wasn’t wrong to reject him, I do have a boyfriend after all, but I guess I shouldn’t have done so harshly. LOL I guess I won’t be going back there. Anyway… Yup…That awkward moment. LOL So, basically I went to school just to get out of the house.

So, this was what I wore:

So wasn’t in the mood… I felt so… laid-back lol

sheer black button-up from Greenhills blank tank from Bayo faded jeans from Next in Cinderella bag, Longchamp

feather necklace from some store at Hip in Rockwell

Killer spiked flats from Pill at The Ramp. Literally killer. Those spikes are so sharp you could actually poke someone’s eye out. Lol ironically though I don’t think that’ll ever happen unless I throw this at somebody

Jenni fooling around

Jenni fooling around part dos

Oh and after I went to school… TADAH! A surprise visit to the high school alma mater. It was so nostalgic being back on the quadrangle. *sigh*

Oh and our friend Macky celebrated his 20th birthday at the one and only Garage 14 AKA his house LOL. Too bad I didn’t take any pictures.

Photos by Tal Ybarola

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I Dreamed A Dream In Time Gone By

Wednesday was such an eye-opener to me. I usually don’t pay much attention to my NSTP class. I’d usually just wait ever so patiently (And difficult, it is) for the three hours to go by so I can finally get on with life. But this particular session touched my heart. Our topic in class was “social responsibility” and so we watched a few videos showing different contemporary heroes taking risks and devoting their hearts for the betterment of their fellow men. I was especially touched by CNN hero, Narayanan Krishnan’s story. Imagine a guy, a well-renowned chef at a five star hotel, living the life, but suddenly gives up his job and dedicates his skill and his heart to feeding the poor. “I saw a very old man eating his own human waste for food. It really hurt me so much. I was literally shocked for a second. After that, I started feeding that man and decided this is what I should do for the rest of my life”. I think that statement says it all. It’s really heart-crushing to see people on the streets, with nowhere to go, no food to relieve their hunger and not even a single person who cares for them. We stop for a second and are crushed by the sight, but after that, we move on with life as if we didn’t see anything. I’m actually guilty of this. I can’t even bear to look at these people. Maybe because a part of me wants to do something yet another part’s asking how. Yet people like Narayanan Krishnan braved all the uncertainty and did what was right. I was greatly inspired after our class. And to top it off, we watched the very much talked about film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Miserables, later in the evening. I’ve never appreciated a musical as much as I loved this movie. I’m deeply grateful to our school for sponsoring and having us all watch it.

So, this was what I wore that day…

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My new closet staple. I love how this skirt is body-hugging and how it falls just above the knee. Not too short nor too long.

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printed tank – Artwork
bondage skirt – Forever 21
bag – Topshop

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My tribal necklace is from Yhansy

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Round sunnies from Fayeness shop

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Les Miserables is a must watch! I am not exaggerating at all. If you haven’t seen it yet, go. Now

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We waited six hours after our class to watch the movie. It was worth all the pains of waiting, though.

Photos by Mina Cruzada

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