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.
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
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.
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.
i am officially free from the corporate world! and i am jumping like a kid on christmas day!
and then after jumping, i ran to my room, turned on the AC and watched 2 movies and totally cried over another nicholas sparks movie…haha!, slept, went to Harry’s place and ended the night drunk after jager bombs (say, jager bombs!) and my favorite kurant sprite (oh i love vodka) and with the infamous Orange Brutus Burger Steak…tihee!
so i woke up the next day with a really bad so-worth-it hangover, got a mani-pedi, went off to watch Inception with Karen while eating the mini-sampler burgers (5 mini-burgers with different toppings) from Flame it.
the best thing about this freedom is waking up whenever i want to! this break is like my summer. the best thing about school was getting summer and semestral breaks but when you start working, you don’t get any anymore. so here’s my chance, just for a month.
i hope everyone is having a great weekend!
ps. i know my mustard cardigan is a repeat and it may be too soon but i just love it too much! you know when you get a cardigan or jacket in a certain color that you think you can pair with anything? my mustard cardigan is that one for me now. it’s mustard and it has a hoodie. what could be better? haha okay, so maybe i’ll get over it and move on to the next one.
star-printed tee – thrifted
mustard cardigan – thrifted
denim shorts – thrifted
grey flats with animal-print bow – parisian, sm dept store
silver spring cuffs – thrifted at carbon
bronze bangle – props
printed enamel bangle – a gift from april mae
rings: orange howlite – dane’s giveaway | burnt orange stone – thrifted at carbon
round imprint necklace – a gift from gelie
brown sunnies – thrifted at carbon
felt like a kid again in disneyland! after watching all the amazing shows there, my sister and i had the urge to a have a disney princess movie marathon — beauty and the beast, cinderella, little mermaid…haha! we had to laught as we remembered my friend’s facebook status: “thank you disney for giving me high expectations for love…” so true!
scarf – macau street market
blazer – thrifted
white tank top – thrifted
grey knitted sweater – thrifted
black skirt – props
studded boots – ladies market – mongkok