Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Something Special

I don't often stumble into a place so beautiful, so teeming with pretty flowers and so inherently peaceful, I just want to lie there and absorb the prettiness. But when I do, I make sure to stop and take a picture. Okay, maybe a couple of pictures. 

I swear when I get a house of my own, I'm going to cover the walls of my property with bougainvillea vines so during this time of the year, it will look naturally festive. How is this plant so low maintenance but so generous in growing flowers? I suppose I can learn a thing or two from it. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Late VDay Post + Liebster Blog Awards

So i was cooking up a Valentine's day post but things didn't go according to plans. But it's better late than never right? After all, everyday is Valentine's day (says the me who has been in a relationship for almost 7 years now).

Anyhoo, we took three outfit sets yesterday. It was tiring but fun. We even stumbled upon a very picturesque, bougainvillea-laden street on the outskirt of town and couldn't help but stop and take photos. So cute! I just want to live there if only transportation and internet wouldn't be a real challenge. 

I also asked Myk to take more photos with him in it. lol! My reason? So we'd have more photos to put in our video presentation on our wedding day. haha! kidding.

Also, Leila voted me for the Liebster Award. Thanks Leila! :) I'm so excited to do this. hehe. Here goes...

The Rules:
Thank the person who nominated you and link your post to their blog. List 11 facts about yourself then answer the 11 questions given to you. Create 11 more questions for your 9 nominees, all of whom have 200 or less followers. Comment on their blogs informing them of their Liebster Award nomination.

11 facts about me:

I started blogging in 2004 but hasn't been able to stick to just one blog for a long time. Until now.
I'm petite. I'm barely 5' 1". 
I can't live without my animes, Jdramas and Kdramas. 
90% of the stuff in my closet is thrifted. 
I'm a sucker for cute note pads, post-its, notebooks and pencil cases. I buy them without ever using them. 
I'm deathly afraid of cockroaches. Especially flying ones.
I suffer from extreme motion sickness.
I love my historical romance novels (Lisa Kleypas, Judith McNaught, Linda Howard).
I'm a collector of a myriad of things - music boxes, anime play cards, anime posters, books, cute tin boxes and cans, hair ribbons, plastic eyeglasses. 
I make a mean fettuccine with creamy garlic sauce. (says Myk).
I am horribly nearsighted.

11 questions from Leila:
What is your most prized possession? My books! I'm on my way to realizing my floor to ceiling bookshelf dream. And can I cheat and add just one more? Our family photograph collection. 
What was your favorite vacation of all time? Baguio trips with Myk! We always end up with aching feet and stuffed tummy. 
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A nun. No, seriously. Because I studied in a Catholic school run by ICM nuns when I was a kid and saying you want to be a nun makes you look cool. 
Favorite super hero? Iron man!
If you went to Hogwarts, what house would you be in? I was sorted in Ravenclaw at Pottermore but I really want to be in Gryffindor.
Song that makes you want to punch somebody when it comes on the radio? Sorry but anything Riri. Ugh. 
If you could have any strange animal as a pet, what would you choose and why? Does a pygmypuff count? Just because it's so cute and fluffy and cuddly! I want cuddly pets. 
What were you like in high school? Dorky and unpopular and bookish and immature and timid. You'd either hate me or pity me back in high school. 
Who was your first love? Myk! Because my feelings for him today are incomparable to my feelings to those guys I had a crush on in the past.
If you were stuck on an island for a year, what 3 books would you bring? I'd take Lisa Kleypas' Worth Any Price and Love in the Afternoon and Antoine de Saint Exupery's The Little Prince.
What is your favorite word? I have a lot! But currently? Prismatic. I love how it relates to colors. And right now, I have a very prismatic wardrobe.

My questions for my nominees:
In case you get stuck in a zombie apocalypse, what are your survival strategies?
What do you do to de-stress?
Who is your style icon?
Do you have a weird habit?
What do you want to accomplish this year? 
If you are going to live the rest of your life wearing just one outfit, what would it be? 
Favorite song of all time?
Biggest regret?
What do you do first thing in the morning after waking up?
Coffee or Tea?
What is your most favorite season and why? 

And here are my nominees! 

PS: polka dot top is vintage, high waisted pair of shorts is from JC Penney, hat is from Egg. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Let's Pay No Heed

It feels like summer already where I live. It's not just the weather. I'm nursing a cold and cough gone worse as I type this. I typically get this bug during the onset of the summer season, for some reason (plus for the rhyme).

It was around 2 pm when these photos were taken so you can imagine how high the sun was up. It was hard finding a spot where the sun doesn't create harsh shadows all over my face. But I just revel in the abundance of light!

I'm gradually getting out of my uninspired mode though. This bustier plaid dress from Wet Seal is hard to resist. Paired it with my collarless jacket (you know, the one Myk thought looked like something one of the characters from Naruto would wear?). Bag is from Nina Ricci. I got it from the thrift store months ago for a little over a dollar. It still had its authentication card. Too bad it's way too small. It can't even manage to hold my wallet and phone.

We deviated from our Greek food addiction and went for Italian this time. There's this family-owned small Greek resto that recently opened in town. They serve really awesome grilled stuff. Just thinking about it makes me hungry.

So that's about it for my day. Hope you guys are all in better health than I am. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Comme des Garcons, Jeans, Japanese Bike Kind of Day



Your eyes do not deceive you. I really am wearing pants. In retrospect, this is the first time I'm posting a photo of myself clad in pants in this blog. I can't stand wearing anything elaborate these days. 

I have a huge insecurity when it comes to wearing pants. I have thick, full thighs, you see, and I don't usually like the way my thighs sit in pants. After gaining weight, I've avoided skinny pants like the plague. But what the heck, you gotta shake what your momma gave you, right? 

I'm not sure if the Comme des Garcons shirt is authentic but IDC. And V-day is just a few days away so...

My shoes are new but after traipsing around in dusty roads, they looked like they got stuck in the attic for decades. Not that we have an attic. Moot point.

And then we took my new bike (the one my boyfriend Myk gave me for Christmas) for a spin around the neighborhood.


Feels like spring!

There's this huge house (owned by one of the richest families in my province) across where I live. They own a vast, well-kept lot (right next to their huge house) overlooking the beach and it has really nice well-tended grass. I wanted to take photos there because it's so picturesque but we can't so we just settled for their bougainvilla-covered walls. hehe. 

I'll try to post more diligently from now on. I really miss blogging and the euphoria it gives me. And I really miss interacting with you guys who inspire me and who don't care a whit if I have huge thighs or if I go on and on about my insecurities. <3 You really inspire me to be comfortable in my own skin and pay no heed to anyone who tells me otherwise. 

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