Thursday, May 31, 2012

Clean-Up Day: Out with the old, in with the new!

A wise friend once told me that when girls wail "I have nothing to wear!!!" it really means "I have nothing new to wear." Merriam-Webster's definition of "new" include:
  1) having recently come into existence
  2) made or become fresh

So what's someone like me to do with a closet that's bursting at the seams and have "nothing to wear?" (Below is proof otherwise!)

Why, find something new from my stock of old, of course! :) So last Saturday, after a little coaxing and prodding, my cousin Erika came over and set off to do what very few people have succeeded in helping me do: weed out my closet.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Hearts

Summer has come and is apparently on its way out as the rainy season sets in. Thankfully, it was still sunny and breezy a week ago as I went about with a some errands and meet-ups.

I fell in love with this dress the moment I saw this in H&M Dubai. I was adamant not to go mall shopping in Dubai -- especially in those stores that I'd find in Manila or Hong Kong -- but my friends and I had half a day free and my knees weakened at the sight of the store. H&M is my Achilles heel, so there goes my resolve! :(

I layered my periwinkle dress with a light knit cardigan, which transitioned well between outdoor weather and in-mall air conditioning.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Talking About... Ready for Rain on TV5!

After my rather awkward TV appearance early this year, I thought I'd never have to go through a similar experience. I guess I was wrong! Having moved away from the Philippines (huhuhu), Esel asked me to represent Ready for Rain for an interview with TV5, which I embraced more openly than my last taped interview because this was a) professional rather than personal in nature, and b) I had a little time preparing for it.

Honestly, I am probably the most introverted introvert I know, so public speaking or in this case, speaking in front of 5 people but later to be broadcast nationwide is not something that I feel comfortable with. I just pretended no one I know will ever see this and turned on my I-don't-care-what-people-think TV persona. Yes, I can turn on the charm if I really really try! ;p

Monday, May 21, 2012

Grandma, Timeless Style

Today, we are bombarded with so many images of beautiful people -- made up, styled, Photoshopped, nipped and tucked and dripping in luxury -- that we sometimes forget to see that there is more to true beauty than meets the eye, and that comes from living a godly life. One such beautiful person is my paternal grandmother Evelyn, whose photo here was taken when she newly arrived in Manila in her early 20s.

A woman of substance and style, her true beauty was reflected in the way she lived cheerfully and positively, even in her last days, as her immovable faith was anchored on her first Lover and Lord Jesus Christ.

It's been almost two months since we buried her as she passed away at 99. Our grandma or Ama as we call her was also supermom, a most loving mother-in-law (how many people can claim the same?), doting great-grandmother, innovative teacher, and loyal friend. It's taken me awhile to write about her because I thought, "How on earth will I condense my grandmother into one post?"

Maybe the best way she can be described is from the words of a book she read everyday -- the Bible.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What to Wear: Lounging

I found this backlogged entry I wasn't able to post a few months ago when we spent the most beautiful time in Donsol swimming with the whale sharks, locally known as butanding, and lounging around the house. I had posted something about wearing a lifevest but haven't yet updated you on the rest of our trip! Oops!

A weekend in the countryside certainly influenced these ladies' outfits of choice.

Our darling Kim looks adorable in a nude tank top layered with a floral shirt tied at the waist, hot pink shorts, and native abaca slippers. She was talking to her sweetie on the phone.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Remember Me?

I'm baaaaack! Can you guess where I've been? :) Here are several friends I made while I was away; only one's sociable enough to look up from her food and say hi!

I'm very embarrassed to have left my blog unattended for more than a month, and when I promised I'd update soon too!

To keep it short, I've been utterly blessed the past few weeks and this time I'll make sure to write about it :)

Please keep posted!
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