30 November 2016

Late Night Shenanigans

It'll be December by tomorrow and I can't help but get giddy just by thinking of what this year's Most Wonderful Time of the Year has in store for me!! 
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Blazer and shoes: H&M | Inner top: Topshop | Shorts: Zara | Gloves: from night market in HK | Bag: Michael Kors

My birthday wish for 2016 was all about starting new things and seeing more of the world. How lucky I've been to have both of my wishes come true! I've started ARKIPELAGO with one of my trusted friends Tatiana and I've gone on numerous trips for the past 11 months (and I'm still about to go somewhere this December for the Holiday), at least numerous enough with what my approved absences allowed. Speaking of which, this post is somehow a bit of both. Last February, I went to Hong Kong with my fellow simple girls Tatiana and Abby, and Tats' boyfriend Ron. We coincided this trip with Tats' birthday as well as the pre-launching of ARKIPELAGO.
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For our 1st night in HK, we had dinner in Budaoweng Hotpot Cuisine. Then we proceeded to Lan Kwai Fong to get everyone in the mood that dictated the rest of how the trip went: chill and up for anything. I'm a very easy person to travel with, honest! We're all quite chill persons to travel with for that matter so we decided to call ourselves The Simple Girls. Cause you know, we don't require to be fed in fancy restaurants all the time. We get by with food from a decent place and we definitely wouldn't mind buying off from the 10HKD-per-shot lady who's selling it along the street in between the bars in Lan Kwai Fong. Just the same, we wouldn't mind receiving drinks from friends of friends who turn out to be the actual owners of one of said bars. Or we're up for it even if we'd have to buy for ourselves the 120HKD-per-shot tequila just because we can't wait for the friend/owner to arrive. See, we're chill and up for anything right!

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I will post about the rest of my HK trip last February in a couple of months. And I promise that I won't leave the blog without any post in December so, later 'gator!

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23 November 2016

Give the Devil His Due

I think that as the world keeps on progressing, so do the gray areas between 2 opposing straight-laced sides grow. It’s fascinating to see mankind accept that things are changing and that the interpretations of once-thought of as absolute truth are becoming relative. Of course, let’s not discount the power of determined traditionalists who refuse to embrace anything that’s different from what was observed centuries ago. I digress. See, I have always had a questionable sense of who to put my trust in. I’ve always rooted for the villain whose character has been so well-written that I understand his motivations. I especially like characters who’s facing a moral dilemma that’s beyond the concept of whether it’s good or bad. 

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Dress: from Korea | Sandals: Gap | G-embellished Bag: Aranaz | Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Last June, we stayed in Samkara Resort in Quezon province. The place was idyllically situated in the middle of rice fields where farmers and their Carabaos plough the lands to prepare them for planting. The nationalistic theme of the resort begins the moment you step into their restaurant and see flags, bolos, and KKK-insignias litter the pathways. Then there’s the ice-cold mountain-water  which filled their pools. Everything about the place just invited relaxation and promised a nurturing stay.

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I am in the phase of obsessing about American TV series. If before I only watch when I have the time, now I make time to watch. I’m still in awe with Breaking Bad, Narcos, and Stranger Things but the real deal which paved way for my American TV series marathon has to be Lucifer. I watched the entire 1st season in just one weekend and  since then, I’m hooked! Let me begin my word vomit with: I love Neil Gaiman. I love his books and highly recommended them to my brother who’s slowly trying to find the joy in reading (he’s failing at it but regardless, he bought certain books upon my recommendation). Gaiman has a knack in transforming ‘childish’ horrors into adult nightmares and creating sensible yet mysterious characters who eventually inhabit the reader’s consciousness, that I was sure anything that he has penned is bound to be great (fine, sometimes it’s only “good”). From his brain sprung the now endearing Lucifer.

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See, I had to screencap this quote including the date from whence I found it just to say that the 1st time I came across it, my interest was piqued. Truly, the question that it posits reverberates and somehow demands an intuitive Christian answer. But don’t get me wrong. I’m not an evil worshipper nor would I ever be passionate for anything related to religion (or the destruction thereof). It’s just that, if we take out the Christian aspect of our prejudice and look at the question from a hypothetical non-extraordinary way, we will all become the greatest breathing hypocrites.

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Aside from Lucifer’s good looks, endearing charm, and unmatched wit, I think that the best part about the TV series from Fox is that it posits more sensible questions in which the answers are lying on the treacherous gray areas between right and wrong. I get it that there’s such concept as faith but sometimes, it’s no longer logical to just trust in someone else when there’s no any concrete proof that will lead us to trust him. And really, how will we know if we’re doing the right thing? Is this what we’re supposed to do? Is this part of the Grand Plan? And what if it is? Will there be a reward at the end of all? Will there even be a point? Whenever Lucifer faces a problem and his vulnerable side resurfaces, he often blurts out the same questions we all ask at one point. Is it truly so bad to try to know more about what we don’t know? Or to try to do things differently from what is expected?

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It's just fitting to leave posts that are unresolved just like that: open and can be picked up from at any time in the future.

09 October 2016

High School Forever

Oh would you look at that! It seems that I owe myself a couple of posts since I have pretty much been quiet here since 2016 began. Let me post two successive entries (the first is this and the next one will be in a couple of days!)

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I figured, I've left the blog untouched since my last birthday post so why not continue with another birthday post! These photos were taken last 16 January when I held an overnight celebration with some of my favorites from High School.

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6 years after graduating from High School and everyone's still as indecisive, impulsive, ignorant, shallow, and boisterous as when we left the halls of our beloved High School Alma Mater.

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The Point Where It Gets Blurry

Dress: H&M | Flats: SM Department Store (Gibi) | Bag: Prada

Let me precede this paragraph by saying that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Crying over Sirius’ death? Yup. Hating Umbridge with every fiber of my being? That’s my forte. Shipping Scorpius and Rose together? I’m all for it! But one thing I cannot say is that, I loved the manuscript of The Cursed Child. I’ve read far better fanfictions than that one. I’m not a Psychology expert; I didn’t even have a class in Psychology (or had I?) but to me, Harry may have some issues but he has not appeared as an emotionally-challenged human being. I mean, it’s a wonder how he got out of the Dursleys mentally  unscathed and perhaps it’s only well into fatherhood that his emotional imbalances are showing but I just cannot accept how the book described Albus as a socially awkward teen as a result of his parenting style. He’s Harry Potter’s son, for goodness’ sake; the very same man who defeated Voldemort and saved the entire world. If I were in his shoes, I’ll be ‘strutting down the castle’ and be an even bigger ‘arrogant toerag’ than his grandfather James. Then there’s also Scorpius Malfoy. Oh dear how can he not be cool? If he’s the spitting image of Draco (who by the way is among my favorite characters in the Harry Potter universe), won’t he be equally good-looking, aristocratic, and a downright snob? Oh well. So much for the characters I’ve thought they would have become.

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Did you know how many people I’ve contacted just to ensure that I’ll have a copy by 31 July? There’s my brother Gio who’s currently in the US for his year-long internship (which I’ll tell more about in succeeding posts). He has pre-ordered because we were both anticipating that the book copies will run out as soon as it goes on sale. But then when he has placed the order, it's occurred to me that it’ll take weeks for the book to arrive at my doorstep, which I wouldn’t accept. So enter Plan B. I contacted different bookstores in Manila in hopes that I can have a copy reserved for me. To cut the chase, I had to step out of the office during my lunch break and drive to the bookstore where I finally got my much-anticipated copy (I prefer my books in their physical form rather than the electronic) I may have disliked the content but I will happily be the fan who will fight tooth and nail just to get any literary material concerning the Potter Universe.

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These photos were taken last August 2016 when my family went to Baguio. So until the next post! Haha, I know. This post has been anticlimactic but this is more of a hey-I'm-still-updating type rather than the hey-would-you-look-at-that-I've-an-idea. Until the next!
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