Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oh Dear!
























I am purely made up of lazy bones this week. I couldn't even muster the energy and the interest to take outfit photos. I blame that on the impending monthly visit and what it does to a woman's emotional stability. So i spent the week working, playing Sims 3 and reading a cheap and crappy book. I'm making a mental note to buy some decent books after pay day. This lack of decent books to read is not doing wonders to my sanity.

So this morning I had to cook a feast for my brother's birthday. Everyone's skeptical when I came up with these:
























Don't let the chili stem fool you. They aren't as spicy as they look. I slit the middle and got rid of the seeds and then filled it up with cheese and ham strips, wrapped them up in lumpia wrapper, dipped in cornstarch batter and dredged with breadcrumbs. Fry them up and you are good to go. They were a goner a few minutes later after the guests have gotten over their initial skepticism.
























To cap this lazy week off, I'm eating instant ramen that tastes suspiciously like instant Jjampong. Ummm...additives, preservatives and MSG overload. Must detox tomorrow.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Natsukashii


Karen and I visited (sneaked in, actually) our old high school campus last Sunday. Funny because the high school memories are so vague now. Even strolling in the deserted halls failed to bring up vivid memories (not that I have a very reliable memory to begin with), only flashes of some happy images. I can't even remember the miserable parts of my high school life now...only those happy days spent with friends.





Our school library was actually responsible for my myopic eye. haha! I used to wait for my sister here after classes. I wonder what happened to my library card? I should have kept it as a memento. Every library card I had from Freshman year to Senior year was fully decorated and worn out by the end of the school year. I like to be smothered with the smell of old books. It was strangely comforting. 



















































































We found St. James' classroom! Sophomore year our time, this used to be on the second floor overlooking the fish pond. The view of the heavy rain from the previous St. James classroom was breathtaking, which the younger generations can no longer appreciate because of the eyesore that is the Conrado Dela Cruz Sports Center.



























































Catholic school girls.

High school friends are those friends who grew up with you, saw you when you were a pimply, hormonal, angsty teenager with a lot of issues and put up with you all these years. They saw you during your most awkward. Not only that, they shared virtually the same experiences with you. They were practically one of the human forces that tethered me to my sanity all through high school. Let me be a little maudlin and thank my high school friends for being a force to be reckoned with all these years. Thank you for accepting my cranky, belligerent, opinionated, vain and sharp-tongued self. 


Sunday, February 19, 2012

VintAGUE




























































One of the advantages of working from home is that I have complete control of my time. Like this day, for instance. It's a Monday and I should be working on my gazillion or so of articles. But instead, I'm blogging while listening to Yiruma.

A lot of people hate Monday for what it represents - start of the week, school, work, helldom. But for me, I have resolved to treat every single day as Friday. I owe this change of perspective partly to Steve Pavlina's article The Power Of Now. Go read it if you haven't yet. Whenever Monday gets a little sucky, I just read this article and remind myself why "now" is as good a chance as any to be happy.

Anyway, here are some outfit photos taken by the bestie Karen. Kudos! You are improving! haha. Spent yesterday with Karen, catching up on guy stories, walking around our old high school campus and getting inundated by an influx of nostalgia. Will be posting some photos of our trip down memory lane later.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

There Is A Certain Awesomeness To The Mundane That Many People Are Blind To



















































































Yesterday's outfit photos. There's nothing like denim and lace to kill the gloomy weather buzz that has been the staple weather these past few days. I made the lace shorts myself and just used old scalloped shorts. Layering the lace was a no-brainer but a bit tricky especially around the crotch part.

Begging your forgiveness for photo #4. I had to agonize for a few minutes whether or not to post it. But what the heck. I might as well come clean and showcase the fact that I am and will forever be a complete dork. My photog, Myk, seems to have a knack for taking photos of me in my most candid. I have lost count on the number of photos he took with some bizarre facial expression plastered on my face.

We tried eating at this new, family-owned (i think?) cafe called Cafe Iluminada. They are not your run-of-the-mill cafe because they sell some of the most unusual grubs including this tinapa (smoked fish) pizza.
















































While waiting for our food, we have to fend off a swarm of mosquitoes. I wish it wasn't a rainy day though because they do set up tables and chairs outdoors on a clear day. The place was quaint and rather comforting. 

So there. Hope you dear readers are having an awesome weekend. Do hit me up with comments and stories of your own weekend. Would love to hear from you!



Friday, February 10, 2012

The Love Month



















































Brace yourself for a barrage of photos.





























































































I got carried away with the amount of photos I have posted. Pardon me. I'm redundant like that. And I'm just such a sucker for slightly overexposed photos. 

Anyway this is supposedly my Valentines day style post. Although V-day is still a couple of days away, I have already contrived with the boyfriend to make a Valentines day-inspired mini shoot. I lugged around this cutesy mini vintage-inspired satchel and donned a cloche hat I got from our recent Baguio trip. The satchel was so dreamy I just had to have it. 

I did away with the hat and satchel when Myk and I went out. But even then, I got more than a couple of weird stares that annoyed me to no end. Sometimes I wish it was the 50's or 60's again. Despite the war, a lot of people really made a conscious effort to dress up. Sometimes I wish it was like that in my little town. It would make me happy to see ladies wearing dresses a lot more often and with pretty coifs to match. 
When I was in school, I never really had the opportunity to dress up that much. Aside from the dresscodes that pretty much hampered the progress of school fashion, there was also my low self-esteem to deal with. I never really had the confidence to wear pretty dresses. Without fail, I was always clad in the basics - jeans, shirts, sneakers, the whole nine yards. So I can forgive myself for being overly fastidious these days.

Dressing up does not even have to bust the bank. Most of my clothes are from thrift shops (hope this disputes any idea of this being an elitist blog). Most of my ensembles do not cost more than 200 hundred pesos. I'm a cheapskate when it comes to clothes.

So anyway, what are your plans for Valentines day?

PS: I'm going to put a damper to the saccharine sweetness of the above-posted photos and say that they were taken in a memorial park. The ghosts approved.
 

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