My friend Mai-mai told me that she influenced her roommate into reading my blog and that her roommate enjoyed reading my blog because I tell it like it is. (Thank you! ;)) Another thing Mai-mai told me she enjoyed were these Stylish Saturday posts, wherein I show a few of the bloggers and fashionistas whose styles I admire. I haven't posted one of these blog segments in a long time, so here's one now. :)
In a world filled with so much negativity and bad news lately, it's so easy to feel depressed and discouraged, like there isn't anything good to look forward to anymore. The beauty of life though is that, as long as you wake up to a new day, the bad things and the bad days are as good as gone. Bad things and bad thoughts only continue to come if you let them, but if you let good thoughts come in, you'll find that there can be soooo much more to be thankful and happy about. It may be hard to look for the good in a thing especially when you feel bad, but try! In fact, why don't you just have a go-to list of things that will instantly give you good vibes? A list that no matter what funk you're in will make you realize how good and blessed you are. I'm doing just that so here are a few things that make my world #Wonderful.
As the Department of Tourism slogan goes, "It's more fun in the Philippines"--and Christmas is no exception. The Philippines is said to have the longest Christmas season, which starts in September and ends in February. As the Christmas season rolls along, there is a flurry of activity and preparations everywhere: reunions left and right which means lots of kainan and exchange gifts.
It starts out great: you promise to remain close and keep in touch. When you're miles apart, you promise to see each other every chance you get. Then one day, while sitting on the toilet, you realize that you haven't seen them in so long when before, thinking about being away from them months apart at a time was unimaginable. What happened? Growing up happened. Something one of my friends like to call "adult" (as in, the use of adult as a verb instead of a noun) happened.
When we were planning the itinerary of our plant tour, we had Laguna in mind because most of the manufacturing plants were located there. But other than that, we had a hidden agenda: to go to Enchanted Kingdom! In my 24 years living in the Philippines, I have never stepped foot in the theme park. I think it's cause I know I'll always have the chance to, it being in the Philippines anyway. In fact, I was kidding around with Claire, who also has never been there, that buti pa yung HongKong Disneyland and Ocean Park, we got to visit those first! :P
Hola everyone! How are you?
The first semester of my last year of college (!!!) ended yesterday so my last ever semestral break is here!! (Kinda wild when you think about it!) My classmates and I will be leaving for our plant tour on Monday, and I'm sure you have trips of your own planned for the break too (for those who came from schools that weren't affected by the academic calendar shift). I wrote this blog post on the request of my friend, who's a chronic overpacker. These are just some things I learned after packing then re-packing for the three years of my life that I spent studying away from home.
It's been a while since I posted something about food even though my friends and I have constantly been trying new places. I'm posting about this place, Coffee Grounds by Golden Lion, cause it's worth a second, third, fourth and multiple visits! I kept hearing about this place from my friends who keep posting about it on social media so I got curious. Finally last week, with one of my food buddies March, we got to check the place out. We loved it so much that we invited the rest of our food trip group to check the place out again. :)
One of the people I now look to for inspiration when dressing up is Jamie Chung. I stumbled upon her looks on Pinterest and initially thought she was my favorite girl on "The Bling Ring"--you know the Asian girl who was the leader of their gang? I later found out the girl I was referring to was a newbie actress called Katie Zhang and that she's about 10 years younger than Jamie Chung, who is--would you believe it--32 years old already!
With so many holidays and so many activities, August feels like it lasted only 3 days. Here's how my August transpired:
-My August started with the second week of SEA Liga. The competition was tougher this year but our course managed to place third! :)
The second week of August had the 67th Ateneo Fiesta. Three days of no class and all events. On the first day, us 5th years joined the parade (our last) then had a Fiesta of our own at Lachi's. Right after, we went around town, looking for outfits for our grad photos. Finally, we ended our bonding day at Serenitea. I dropped by on the second day of Fiesta to watch the activities and support. I didn't get to watch the Star Search (second day major event), but we (Engineering and Architecture) won first place for that. Finally, the third day of Fiesta had us at Sayawtenista. It was my first and last time to attend the event. Prior to that, I was hesitant since we'd finish late (#lolavibes) and I thought I had a "curse" (I didn't attend Star Search and Debate we won champion; I watched the Group Dance showdown and we placed 3rd. I also attended the parlor games and we didn't place), but still sayang naman since it'd be my last. Although our EA talents gave their all, there was a better group. The Business and Management Division caught everyone's attention with their death-defying, heart-stopping dance piece. It was clear from the beginning that they would be the winner. But no matter, Engineering and Architecture placed first runner-up overall. :)
After the awarding ceremony, some SEC members and I ate out to celebrate. Super knockdown kaming lahat at wala nang mga boses sa kakasigaw for the 3 day events.
Right after Fiesta week came Kadayawan week! Monday started with our class getting our graduation photos taken (7.5 years of effort came to this). Then on Wednesday that week, my sister and dad came home for the long weekend. I didn't really get to celebrate Kadayawan (I only watched Up Dharma Down's show at SM because I was already there anyway and Mithi said she would be there too so it would be a chance to see each other again after a long time) so the highlight of my Kadayawan was the Besties book signing at SM Lanang Premier. Mithi and I couldn't miss it for the world since we've been fans of Georgina and Solenn's friendship ever since our freshman year in college. We've seen Georgina in UP before, when she hosted an event for Channel [V], but we've never seen Solenn up close! So this event was such a treat for our freshman fan girl selves!! Thank you to Wilson Limon who made us his plus two! :)
Finally, I ended my August with Emman and Mark, who came all the way from GenSan. Had so much fun swapping stories and bonding with them. :)
Sorry it took me 10 days into September to update! Now
stressful September's in, there's only a month left in the semester and all the work's piling in! I do have about 5 blog entries planned. Hope I get to write them before they go stale! :P
How was your August, and how's September treating you so far?
Forever 21 gray top || H&M shorts || Yosi Samra flats || OASAP bag || Banggood necklace || photos by Ayessa Velasquez
Sooo, Kadayawan weekend's almost over. How'd you spend yours?
July's my favorite month for obvious reasons (it's my birth month). I also noticed that July signals all the happenings: July itself is a busy month, then in comes August where there are tons of holidays which means more trips and vacations, then after August comes September, which signals Christmas!! The second half of the year is definitely the best! :)
Here are a few things that made my July:
- Food trips with my classmates
- Our last retreat for college (silent retreat)
- Date with my college buddies--Nat and Emman--cause we're all oh-so-busy with life now: Emman's working as a chemist and Nat's in Med School
- Interclub team building
- Getting invited to SM Lanang Premier's #denimcitizens event with Richard Juan and LA Aguinaldo
- MY BIRTHDAY!!! spent at SEA Liga (sports fest) and a joint birthday treat for our classmates, with birthday buddy Jois :)
- Bonding with my sisters over Paper Towns
- Lunch out with my best friend Ayessa, and my cousin Erika + I finally dipped into my savings, took the plunge, and bought myself a decent phone. My phone of 4years was begging to be replaced!! :)
Can't wait to see what August has in store for me! I think the fact that getting 3 blog posts published so far is a good indicator..don't you think? ;)
Toptea is a milk tea shop that's a favorite of many a student. They serve different kinds of milk tea, juice, some coffee and dessert. But recently, due to insistent public demand, they started offering food, starting with pasta dishes. Last week, I was invited to try Toptea Davao's new offerings--pasta!
Casual, smart casual, semi-formal, formal, black tie, white tie--these are some dress codes you see on invitations to certain occasions. Knowing the dress code can spell a huge difference. For the host, it lets him/her know that you put thought into what to wear for the occasion, meaning you respect the host enough to dress appropriately for the event. Can you imagine having someone come in smart casual clothing for a FORMAL wedding cause they thought it was semi-formal (and semi-formal = almost formal anyway)? If it were my wedding, I wouldn't be mildly insulted; I'd be flat out insulted.
While a lot of people disregard dress codes, I do know some that want to follow through but get confused about these kinds of things--like aren't smart casual and semi-formal almost the same thing? Well, I am here to help you out.
It’s been a month and a day since I last updated my blog and with good reason. I took my required month-long on-the-job training (or internship) at a company to finally apply the principles I've studied and learned at school. Chemical Engineering, which is what I’m taking up, is known as the jack-of-all-trades course and I can get into a LOT of fields such as food, pharmaceuticals (including cosmetics), petrochemicals and more, but those are the top fields I want to specialize in.
Happy April 1st!
Can anyone believe how fast the year is going? The first quarter of the year is officially over!
Anyway, I've mentioned recently that I cleaned out my closet, so now I'm currently in the process of re-building my wardrobe. It's a little disheartening for someone like me who envisions herself going out of the stores with so many bags in hand cause think about it, I have to save money first and then really think of each piece I'm gonna be buying. By then, I'd end up so exhausted that I wouldn't be able to buy anything. That is..until I found dresslink.com!
Dresslink.com offers the cheapest clothes and accessories. I think they supply most online shops that's why you can buy in bulk. They also offer dropshipping, if you're looking to start a business. Aside from their clothes coming at dirt-cheap prices, I also love the fact that they carry my size! Yessir, that's right. They have US 8-12, and for some pieces, even up to US 16! This is good cause some online shops only carry smaller sizes. With my size and dirt-cheap prices, getting the items on my "wish list" doesn't sound so far off now!
My wishlist includes a Mulberry Alexa-inspired bag (been coveting one since forever!), a white off shoulder top (perfect for summer, yeah?), another off shoulder top in both black and white (this is different because it has a fringe trim at the end, perfect for the boho trend that's going on this year), a fringe kimono, a sports-inspired top (in both colors!) and lakas-makayaman sleeveless tops I can wear with pants or shorts on lazy days.
(pwedeng backless, pwede din hindi)
All in all that's less than $100 for 10 pieces!
Click the photos to see so yourself! :)