daddy’s girl | rainbow summer!

happy birthday daddy! ♥ 

am i not my dad’s photocopy? nobody can argue that i’m his daughter. haha! we celebrated his birthday last May 1st and spent by the ocean as always. this year, however, we couldn’t visit our favorite beach house because of road conditions so we went island hopping in the nearby islands of Cebu — the easiest way to chill by the ocean.  

violet monokini – primal rave wholesale | multi-colored striped skirt – shop dred reveries | fringe boho vest – bangkok find | sunnies – downtown finds | bangles: green and gold wooden bangles  – bangkok finds, red coral bangle – boracay find | red mini-wooden bangles – gifted by wagw

this will be my only rendezvous with summer this year in preparation for the wedding. so long, sweet summer! til’ next year ~ i promise i’ll see more of you. 

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neon summer | grinch of summer

neon pink tank top – thrifted | denim shorts – thrifted (DIY-ed from a pair of jeans) | knit cardigan – thrifted | turquoise flats – solemate, sm dept store | cerulean blue cutout belt – props | charm necklace & multi-colored feather necklace – downtown finds | bangles – downtown finds  | oversized amber ring – downtown find

my mom laughed at me for getting this neon pink top. why do i get the feeling that my family members get puzzled when i purchase one-of-a-kind or standout pieces? haha! i have no regrets over this top at all. it screamed summer and who would have thought, i’m on trend! neon is all the rage this time of the year — from neon apparel to neon accessories.
i used to love summer. (okay cue the boos) i know people are enjoying their trips to the beach and all the summer activities they got planned but i’m completely paranoid about becoming dark due to the heat. (cue another set of boos again?) i know, i know i have become this grinch of summer but i am preparing for the wedding as early as now. is it so bad to want to have good skin on the day of? i want to be this glowing bride without any tan marks. it’s a sensible want right?
i do plan to hit the beach before summer ends. the question is, how do i not get a tan? LOL. 

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till we meet again

i can’t believe it. summer has ended. as cliche as this may sound but time does fly so fast. a trip to our province, a few long road trips, a couple of visits to the beach, 3 doctor visits, 1 MRI and dozens of lazy mornings later, it is June. till we meet again, Summer. 

on another note, i spent my weekend catching up on my favorite blogs and going through my link list when i was utterly heartbroken to find two of my favorite bloggers deciding to discontinue or delete their blogs. Kate of Postcards From…, and Eunice of Hey Fancy Pants — you will be terrible missed. i started this blog nearly the same time you guys did. you were one of the few ones out there who blogged to simply share what you were passionate about — your personal style and whom i found were real and genuine people. seeing how your style flourished with every post and reading about your life helped make the world a lot smaller for me.

chambray top –
sheer printed maxi skirt – thrifted
braided double belt –
tassel earrings – DIY
silver cuffs with pink stones – props
gecko ring – pink pussy, bangkok
bow ring – carbon find

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Between The High Eighties and The Low Nineties FM

“And her voice is pure and soft,
Oh, when she stumbles on her words.
And every boy in town is pretty certain he deserves to marry her.
Someday soon.

And that’s not all; that Elouise,
she just got a Jazz Master guitar.
And her band got a blurb in the Stranger and they’ve just been submitted for a tour.

And her tone is deep as night,
when she plays her minor chords.
And the rhythm section’s tight,
but they’re always ignored.
Always ignored.”
— Say Hi, “Elouise”

Photos taken last weekend on our second family beach trip to Tabuelan, Cebu. Milking summer for sunny skies and clearer waters. 

printed cotton dress – Bangkok find
knitted shawl – thrifted
wide-brimmed floppy hat –

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my little clone and i at the beach

…and no she is not my daughter. LOL. she’s my niece, my little curly-haired fashion doll — Audrey. i taught her the cross pose but no, i didn’t teach her the ‘don’t-look-at-the-camera’ pose. isn’t she just a cutie? welp, she’s a  cutie as much as she’s a bratty. *peace*
so my family, a handful of relatives and i visited our favorite beach house last weekend as a post-celebration of my dad’s birthday and as a mom’s day celebration too. i will never stop saying this — i will never grow tired of going back to this place. our annual trip to this beach house is one that i look forward to every year. not only is it a chance to bum at the beach at our own privacy but it’s always filled with craziness and laughter. this year, our relatives from Dipolog came to visit and the trip was filled with oldies boogieing to oldies music. such a treat!

neon printed monokini –
chambray top –
beige wide-rimmed floppy hat –
yellow flip-flops – roxy
yellow scarf used as turban – thrifted

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more afternoons like this please

before heading back home, we spent the night of Easter at Dipolog City as our flight was scheduled on Monday afternoon. we visited the new Dipolog boulevard which was almost 3 kilometers in length and just whiled the afternoon taking photos, watching the sunset and relishing the last hours of breathing fresh air before heading back to our slightly polluted city. we also had dinner there in the form of pork and chicken barbecue and the uber-yummy fresh water crabs in Dipolog. too bad i wasn’t able to take photos of the food. i was just too hungry to remember.

it’s only been a mere 5 days since i’ve been back and i’m now longing for more afternoons like these. i don’t know, i might be unmotivated to work or am just lazy. i think i’m just lazy..haha!

photo details:

1) the Barlas (my cousin and me) in our matching crocheted beanies. these were not matched intentionally for us but i nabbed the brown one from her when she showed me that she had two beanies in her bag.

2) just a moment of vanity.

3) the extra long boulevard. if we had something like this in Cebu, i’d totally bring over our dogs and just hang out here all the time. it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

4) my mom and my dad. we were teasing them for still being so sweet after more than 30 years of marriage. i love them to death.

5) this was supposed to be a candid shot until my cousin and i saw our other cousin trying to take the shot.

striped top with sequined pocket – bangkok find
denim cut-offs –
blue striped ballet flats –
brown crocheted beanie – custom made by my aunt
white sunnies – random

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church dressing in humid weather

for four days in our province of Sindangan, these were the only photos i took that were..uhhh..for the lack of a better term “presentable..” no, i’m not saying i didn’t have fun nor that the other photos my relatives and i took were not fun or were ugly. by “presentable”, i meant that i was fully dressed and doesn’t look like melting. Sindangan is located in Mindanao, which is the southern island group in the Philippines. southern, meaning it’s very near the ecuator, which means it’s hotter and more humid.
photo details:
1) this what i wore on the first we attended Mass, on Holy Thursday and it is the only outfit i brought that was comfortable in the humid weather. made me regret not bringing more cotton or shift dresses. 

2 – 5) food, food, food. eating fish everyday may be daunting but not if you live just 2 blocks away from the beach and the seafood is fresh everyday. fish and other seafood is softer and creamier in your mouth. so i present to you, grilled tulingan, fish ceviche in coconut milk (kinilaw na isda in coconut milk), the fresh and delicious steamed rock lobster and my uncle’s grilled steak blue marlin. YUM!
6) the sole reason that we come back to Sindangan every year — the carro for the Resurrected Christ. this has been in our family for generations and every year, our responsibility is to dress up the carro to ready it for the re-enactment of His meeting with Mary and to serve breakfast to the church members and the little angels that sing in the re-enactment called, Sugat. 
ps. i helped decorate the carro. my mom did the top parts, i did the bottom ones. what do you think?
printed dress – thrifted | turquoise belt – robinson’s dept store, dumaguete | 
multi-colored gladiator flats – khaosan road, bangkok | elephant necklace – carbon find

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photo catch-up: holy week 2011

1) the propellers of our small plane to Dipolog — scared the crap out of me. as it turns out, propeller planes are slow but are safer than jet engine ones. the flight was fun and really quick.
2) my mom’s wedges and my studded flats. stole this shot while waiting for the procession after the Seven Last Words. 
3) the Barlas — a quick shot born out of boredom.
4) the two dresses we found at the line of thrift shops in Sindangan — will be drooling over them as they won’t fit me!
5) a shot of our entrance here at the house, with the sneak peak of the flowers for our Resurrection carro.

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back to the provincial life

there’s a week in every year that people take to disconnect and go back to the basics. i’ve taken that break and am currently in our small town of Sindangan, the one place we go back to every summer for the holy week. i haven’t been here for 4 years due to work and am very glad to be back. we go back here every holy week to fulfill our obligation as a family to prepare the carro for the ‘Sugat’ — the re-enactment of the meeting of Mary and the resurrected Jesus Christ.  
the place is not the same as before, what with our grandma and grandpa gone (may they rest in peace) but the memories still linger. it’s not an ideal summer home here, oh not not at all. our house is just the right size, we have no cable tv (no TV at all), we only have old songs played over and over (think, frank sinatra and elton john), we all sleep in the big room with our beds on the floor and this is the first summer i’ve brought internet over. despite the lack of modern technology and activities that are supposedly ‘productive’, we are definitely satisfied by simply sitting down in the living room after meals and just talking and joking with each other. 
try it. disconnect, sit down with family and just talk. you’ll find more connection than expected. 
(photo credit here)

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sheer delight: the perfect summer dress

people tend to stay away from chiffon thinking it’s too formal for day use or that it’s too humid out to wear them. here i am, defying what other people think and no, a chiffon maxi dress is not too formal for day use and not humid at all. it’s the perfect summer dress for when i feel like being all too feminine. to downplay a statement dress like this, pair it with flats like a studded or embellished sandal, add a thin belt to accentuate the waste and for someone like me who’s afraid of showing my humongous (post-swimming / flag football) arms, pair it with a loose cover-up. add a dozen (or one, for others) of accessories and you’re ready to go! 

floral chiffon maxi dress – | white cover-up – thrifted | white studded sandals – gifted from aimee | cerulean blue belt – | stacks of bangles – carbon finds + gifted from sweet | 
leaf necklace – carbon find | brown sunnies – bangkok find

5 more days till the launching of… 

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summer of one-oh! ocean series: farewell summer!

it was hot, scorching hot. it was filled with laughter. it was cramped with road trips and trips to the beach. it was filled with shopping sprees. but it was quick, so damn quick that i haven’t gotten enough of it.
goodbye summer!
i’ll see you in 2011…
on charm (my big sister):
blue embroidered kaftan – from bangkok
aviator sunnies – from hongkong

on me:
blue floral tube dress – a gift from goring
floral scarf as bandana – thrifted in sindangan
brown sunnies – thrifted in carbon
bangles – props | random | gifted

on aimee (my lil’ sister):
floral dress – thrifted
yellow sunnies – thrifted in carbon

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safari summer

before i begin my post, i want to thank everyone who commented on my last post and introduced their own pets, expressed their love for pets or wish to have pets. i have to tell you guys that cooper is a great love but he is not mine but rather my big sister’s…my own puppy might feel bad — his name is snickers and you can see him in this post. he’s not too silent…he barks to get my attention and when i do go near him, he wiggles and just jumps around me. such a baby! he barks at strangers too — just a trait that dachshunds have. his hair on his back even stands up with anger when he sees strangers in the house. but he is still sweet too and would always want to be near me. when i don’t give him attention (like when i’m in front of the computer and he’s sitting beside me), he’d bite my shirt and tug on it. he adores harry too and would get sooo excited when harry comes over.
anyway, i just came from two parties today — a last attempt for companies to catch up with summer. i went to a beach party of my old company at vistamar and then had cocktails and games with my new company at formo. for the day, i had on gladiator flats and for the night, i just added on over-sized clip-on earrings and changed from gladiator flats to cutout heels. (too bad i don’t have photos of the party at formo yet). here are some with old friends from my previous company:
a shout out to jhamie (the one in the yellow floral dress). she follows my blog and one of the few people who knows about this blog.hehe.
white sheer top – mom’s closet
khaki shorts – big sister’s closet
brown gladiators – leaveland
white bag – lil’ sister’s
gold bangles – gifts | thrifted at carbon | bangkok
ring – random
brown sunnies – thrifted at carbon

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