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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rules to live by when you're in a corporate world

1. Patience is a virtue. It should be limitless.
2.  Be careful of who you trust. The people you think you trust with sometimes can lead you to harm.
3. It’s okay to be friendly and outgoing but always remember to keep things for yourself. There are stories that shouldn’t be told most especially when it comes to your personal life.
4. If you don’t want to be talked about by the town you’re in, then make a boundary for everything.
5. Remember to keep your personal life in private. There are people who are curious about how you live your life. NEVER ever give them full details about how you are outside corporate world.
6. If the boss scolded you and millions of people hear what your boss have said, NEVER ever put grudge on them. They only want you to learn from your mistakes and encourage you to become better than they are expecting.
7. Don’t be afraid to show the real you as long as you don’t violate any of those that were written in the SOP of the company. It’s one way of commencing yourself to your fellow colleagues. Just don’t forget to SET BOUNDARIES for everything.
8. LEARN THE ART OF “DEADMA”. Issues and controversies are enduring in corporate world. There are people who will bring you down by means of sending out different hearsays about you even if you know that those aren’t true. It only shows how insecure they are about what you’ve got even if you’re not exerting effort to get what you have and it only proves that they’re insecure about who you really are as a human being.
9. BE SMART on giving out opinions because there are people who are sensitive. Think of  what you WILL say first before spitting it out.
10. BE THANKFUL for what the company has given you. The management always do their best to give people what’s really for them. 





SHOES: Aldo


WHITE POLO: Bazaar


NECKLACE: got it from my sister



SUNNIES: Rayban (borrowed from my officemate)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Challenges: It's what makes us who we are today





CARDIGAN (old): Folded & Hung
Sometimes in our lives, we need to make choices that we think best for us. Maybe those choices could hurt people but it’s the best way to save them from unwanted circumstances or maybe we’re not yet ready to commit to a “yes” because of some personal reasons that people don’t understand it. Some people say “yes” and just go with flow and see what the fate could bring them. But for me, most of the time I say “no” because I’m not yet fulfilled with what I have right now because I believe that this life that has given me has more to offer in which some people won’t accept what truly inside my heart. Everything has its perfect timing. We can’t force it to happen because the outcome won’t be as good as what we’re expecting and that’s what I've been trying to explain to people who don’t understand me.




Challenges molded me as to whom and what I am right now. I never thought that I could survive the most challenging part of my history. I believe in the saying “everything has a purpose”. Sometimes it makes us to be someone whom we thought we couldn't be and most of the time, it breaks us so we could learn from what we experience which is not right. The road that I've taken wasn't easy. Believe me. I guess it was the worst scenario one could ever have. Time flies so fast but the memories are still sticking to the board full of life lessons. I’m not academically good. I failed in my tests and recitations during my elementary and high school days and it equalized to the life lessons that I learned with those challenges.


I don’t judge people because I don’t want to be judged. I don’t have the right to criticize how other people act as they are because they have their own reasons why they choose to be as what and who they are. Sometimes, my patience comes to the boiling point of getting pissed off because of how insensitive people are. They keep on cracking words that they don’t think it could break people’s heart. I wish I could also be like them so I could also guard my ego but unfortunately, I couldn't do it because I don’t want to hurt them most especially when I consider a person very dear to me. But that’s the challenge – to hold my emotion of getting infuriated.
TOP: @AmazingGracePH (Instagram)
BELT: Robinson’s Deparment Store





When those unwanted circumstances welcomed me, I honestly pushed the button of giving up. But what changed my mind was the people who truly care for me. I came to a realization then that God gives you the people you need instead of the people you want. God is there to provide what is necessity for us because He knows what’s best for us. He’ll let us experience first some adversities in order for us to be prepared for the upcoming events in lieu of a favor. Let’s admit that we’re only human and we keep on asking about the existence of God. But did you ever tried to look at the brighter side of every circumstance that happened to you? Try to look at the positive side of the situation and be optimistic. It may be difficult in the beginning but you’ll thank God that it happened.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Out and About: January 2014


These photos were taken during my birthday last January 4 at Prime Upscale Club in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. I wasn’t supposed to celebrate my birthday at the said club but because of the electrifying remixes that dj’s offer to their crowd plus the laser lights that pass to everyone’s reflection as the crowd gets free and wild, I can’t resist to give it a shot and hit the dance floor with my coolest friends in town.






Presenting.. Our most favourite to invite during our out and about! Say hello to Mr. Jack Daniel’s!


 
I love how my friends support me in everything I do. I love how they let me feel that it’s okay to fall down because they are just there to back me up even if we don’t see that much. I love how they accept for who I am as well as my choices in all aspect in life. Yes, we may have “inisan” and “tampuhan” but it all ends there. We’re still friends after all. I love them and they are the coolest and truest friends in town!
P.S. I want to extend my gratitude to Aireen and Joy for taking photos for me. All these photos came from their iphones except for the cap photo.


A snapback cap from Hongkong as a surprised gift from my beloved childhood friends, Joy and John. I remember when I told John that I’ll ask him to buy a Hurley snapback cap for me when he return a visit in the U.S. because I got to like to wear his cap when I still have that Rapunzel hair. Surprisingly, the moment when Joy and John landed their plane here in Manila from Hongkong, Joy texted me that they have a gift for me that I’ll surely like it. When we were about to go tour destination on this night, they handed me this but unfortunately, I can’t wear it since it didn’t match my outfit. LOL! But hey, I was really happy because there were these 2 of my closest friends who really know me so well.

Monday, March 3, 2014

I can see happiness in Black & White


A person learns from failure than from success and failure shouldn’t be a hindrance towards success because it builds ones’ character. I always ask for strength from the Man up above and guess what.. He gave me difficulties to make me stronger. I came across countless of gruesome challenges and even number of heartbreaks because of the stubbornness that my family and loved ones always reminding me. It’s not wrong to run after what makes you happy but it’s also your responsible of what will be the upshot of every choice that you’ll make.




They say everything happens for a reason. That’s one thing that really stuck in my head. Every time I feel bad for myself, I always think of it the other way around. Being negative about the things around us doesn’t make us feel good. Chill. Everything too shall pass. All negative circumstances are just temporary but being happy should be permanent. If one door closes, another one opens. It takes time but it will surely worth the wait.
 
G-SHOCK ILLUMINATOR: @ishop4less (Instagram)


NECKLACE:  Bazaar at World Trade Center
When things go wrong, always remember that it won’t always be that way. Settling negative circumstances should be taken one step at a time and we should always start settling the most little thing that affects the negativity because we will realize when it starts descending everything into the right place. It takes time to realize everything but that’s how the world revolves around the protons and electrons in the universe. If you keep on dwelling on the negativities around you, it will surely be attracted to you even more. So choose to dwell with it lightly but surely.

 
On the other hand, when things go right, always remember that it won’t also stay that way always. So we should always cherish and enjoy every great moment that we have because it will only roll up to us once in our lifetime. Always believe that something wonderful is bound to happen each and every day as we deal numerous things in our daily life. No one is entitled for our own happiness except us and so we should always make the most out of it. Life is too short to dwell on too much negativity. Let’s love every minute of staying alive and enjoy the life that God has given to us because life features the challenges that can transform us into someone we never expected to be. We learn from failures than success. Failure shouldn't be a hindrance in attaining our success because failure builds one’s character. I also believe that one of the most courageous decisions we’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting our heart and soul. That starts our happiness.
 
BELT: Nava
 TOP: Bazaar
PANTS: Belle York

So before I end this very scholastic post, I would like to thank my photographer, Patrick of 3ckshot, for making these photos look good even if we had little time of taking these outfit shots as he used Camera360 application from my Samsung Note 2.

Monday, February 3, 2014

All I want is HAPPINESS

Have you ever caught yourself screwing emotionally and mentally to the most appalling state of affair that you thought you won’t be able to rise and wake up to your beliefs and dreams without the one you thought you’ll be sharing half of your life with?  Have you ever found yourself to be put on trial wherein you were searching for that kind of bliss that you have felt once in your lifetime? Have you ever thought that you wouldn’t find that happiness anymore that you have felt once with that person because that person is trying to pull down your energy in coping with the twinge that that person gave you? If yes, then maybe you can relate with me.
 
When we thought that we already found the one, whom we see to be perfect for us, we tend to give all ourselves no matter what people say about it. We close our eyes even if we know where the rapport will fall and close our ears even if we know what we should hear. Instead, we settle on something that could make us the happiest because of the thought of “HE/SHE’S THE ONE”.

 
I thought I already found the “right one” for me. I learned how to fight for love in which, I haven’t done it since I had my first relationship. I lost myself as I walk at a street called “LOVE”. I didn’t know where I was going until I found myself in the middle of the highway, waiting for someone to come back to me and enjoy the ride ONCE AGAIN until I realized that I was just waiting for nothing. Promises were made ONCE AGAIN and I trusted that person whole-heartedly but AGAIN, that “trust” with that person became pieces until those pieces cannot be found completely.
 
That's why these past few days, I prefer to be alone. I’d rather stay in my room, watch my favourite tv show, read books, fix my room mess, daydream about my aspirations, and think of my mistakes that I carried out throughout the year. Being alone does not mean you’re detaching yourself from all the people you used to be around with or things that you used to do. No. For me, it is one way of giving time to get to know yourself better and deeper in such a way that you will know your strengths and weaknesses as well as your limitations.
 
I prefer to be alone so no one will impair me. I’m too weak to be impaired. People see me as a tough-kind-of-person but I do easily breakdown. I’m sensitive enough most especially when people condemn me for who I am not. I'm tired of everything - people's accusation, degrading words from the people you love and trust, and waiting for nothing for those promises that have been laid to me.


BELT: Herbench

GOLD CHUNKY NECKLACE: @lovewhowhatwear (instagram)

  
 
So what I want to achieve right now is the happiness inside and out. I want to feel the inner peace that I have been wanting ever since the pain started. I already prayed several times for it but I don’t know why God doesn’t granting it to me yet. I know He has reasons why He’s giving me this kind of challenge. I want to see positivity in every circumstance that’s happening in my life so I should say – the pain that I have been feeling right now can’t compare to the joy that’s coming – and I’m actually excited for it. So now, I opt to be happy and stay as positive as I can be.
PANTS: Herbench

 


ILET WHITE BLOUSE: @classyfilipina (instagram)

WEDGE SHOES: Collective.Com c/o Zalora
So anyway, my feelings are quite bipolar nowadays. One day I’m happy. One day I’m sad and worried. But what I’m really thanking for is the people who stand by me no matter how affluent and underclass my feelings get. I know these people already exceeded their patience on understanding me everytime I feel that the world is on my back since I dwell too much on the sad stories of my life instead of the happy ones. These people also taught me how to let go of the things that causes my hatred and sadness so I could stay away myself from the opposite extremities.

I decided to let go because I want to be happy. I guess that should be the start of reaching the happiness from within. I decided to love myself because I’m done with letting people mortify the heart and mind of my soul. They already conquered the buoyancy and confidence that I gathered after a deep-type of incident that once happened in my life. In short, they won and I lost the game. I really do admit it.
That’s why this time, the decision that has been made by this weakened soul will remain a decision and never look back to where I have been. I fell and stumbled and so, I choose to pursue my dream because I believe that I’ll find my happiness in whatever my heart says. The universe has proven to me thousands of time that the evidences of what I used to believe in were the reality that I should be facing in. We can look back at the past but we can never repeat it. We can’t ever regret the things that once made us happy. All we need to do is to be thankful that all those things have happened and that’s the end of the story.

It was difficult for me to say goodbye to once I had but it’ll be better for myself as well to start a new beginning and say hello to a new me. I know to myself that I let the gravity pull the effort to my extent but all these effort are also bound to end. I don’t have to compel one to be devoted to me. All I want is someone who knows how to respect an individual and someone who knows how to define what “TRUE LOVE” means.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Black Kimono Fashion


I started reading fashion blogs last 2011 since photography and online shops bloomed in social network industry. I never imagined that I will get hook on this until I found myself reading tons of fashion blogs before I lay myself on paper works in the morning and before I go to sleep at night. In line with that, I also started buying different stuff from online shops since it is hassle-free for me, that even if I am just sitting in a coffee shop or resting myself from the papers of our stockholders, I can still shop without stressing myself from traffic and mass of people that I have to deal with in the mall. I just have to check their albums, inquire my chosen product, send an order form, make payment option, deliver the item, then tadah!!!!! My chosen item is already with me. See what advantages an online shop can do for shoppers like me!

 I never get sick and tired of reading fashion blogs and see how fashion bloggers make poses. If you ask people who I really am, they will tell you this with matching hilarious facial expression, “naku, wag mong papakitaan ng camera yan. Magpopose yan ng magpopose!” It is not that I imitate fashion bloggers’ poses. I have this blog because I want to present myself to the world who I really am and I want to show you what my passion really is. I am who I am. This is how I express myself – through FASHION. I may not be good intellectually but this is all I can show you. I am starting to do this because this is what I love, this is what in my heart.

When I checked Ms. Charlene Ajose's blog, I saw her photoshoot in collaboration with Fash Ion F Inders. That was the time I saw this Kimono top but I opted not to purchase this. Instead, I purchased other stuff and surprisingly, they have a 10% discount on shipping plus a surprise gift if I buy 2 items. So I checked again their album to see if I can still purchase one but still, I didn’t opt to buy this top. After I sent an order form, I asked her about Ms. Charlene. I already talked to Ms. Charlene via email because I was inquiring about the layout on my blog (by the way, Ms. Charlene is not only a blogger. She is also a nursing student and a layout artist. See how great she is in pursuing her passion!). I saw her in Trinoma 2 to 3 months ago and she was quite near to me. I was about to say hi to her but I was too shy to greet her. That is how Ms. Cris of Fash Ion F Inders and I started the conversation. Then I also mentioned to Ms. Cris that I wanted to engage in fashion through blogging since I am fond of buying stuff from online shops and make poses. She encouraged me to chase my dream. I never imagined how someone who does not know me personally could give me confidence and support in doing this craft. So when I received the items that I bought from her, I was really surprised that the items that I kept on asking her if those were still available will arrive to me for FREE. I guess those 2 items for FREE were the surprise gift that she has been telling to me. Teeeeeheeeee.....
 
 





BLACK KIMONO TOP WITH FLORAL COLLAR AND OBI: Fash Ion F Inders
                                           BLACK INNER TOP:  Mango

 
 
 
I ended my 2013 with a wish. I hardly wished for something, and that is to pursue my passion. I believe that doing what makes you happy will lead you to success. Perhaps some of you are laughing at me, whispering ear to ear about how trying hard I am on getting on this craft. But for me, I will not ask for a spotlight or a name to be included in the internet and newspapers. Doing my passion is enough and I would like to thank all the people who build my confidence to start. Ms. Cris, if you are reading this, you know how much thankful I am for the confidence that you are bringing to me. Thank you so much for the support and trust that you gave me even if we do not know each other. I can’t thank you enough! Really! I promise to continue this even if criticisms are about to come my way and I won’t stop on doing this. I will do my very best for this blog to be better. Thank you so much!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Random Thoughts

This is the smart casual outfit that I wore when we had our birthday lunch in our head office. Normally, celebrants for the month do cheap in to treat everyone a catering lunch so it won’t be too painful for our pockets to shed a one-time-big-time birthday treat. For January celebrants, we were 3 who threw a grand birthday lunch to our fellow colleagues. LOL!

So 3 of my problems why I can’t continue fashion blogging. These are:

1.   No one can take my outfit shots inside and outside office.
2.  I can’t take out my DSLR because no one knows how to use it or if there is, it is the bosses who know how to use it well. So I always opt to use my Samsung Note 2 and my digital camera.
3.  I can’t have my outfit shots because we have office uniform from Mondays-Thursdays and we only have a 1-day wash day which is Friday.

How to deal with these 3? Please advise me what to do so! Anyway, thank you so much in advance!

So my outfit photos were taken in our mini gym. I know lighting is very important for taking outfit shots but again, I can’t make poses just like that in places where they could give me weird stares since my colleagues aren't that open-minded and modern. Haha.. (hashtag #problemsincorporateworld) so I always find a place wherein people won’t see me posing and doing some “weird” acts because it makes them wonder what I’m doing at such specific time in a professional place. And I just realized that I could give my whole energy in posing in front of the mirror. It served as good props and at the same time, I didn't struggle in hitting poses for my photographer’s sake.


There are a lot of thoughts that are popping in my head as I’m writing this. There are so many things that incorporate this post because lessons came from good and worst situations and pieces of advice from the oldies were running at the moment of taking these outfit shots.


SNAKESKIN LONGSLEEVES: Greenhills
EARRINGS/PANTS/NECKLACE: 999 Mall Divisoria

Random thought # 1: Fashion does not need to be expensive. I really do love shopping (and I guess every girl does!). I always check online shops in facebook and instagram and what makes me happy is when they are on sale. I also love shopping in bazaars, Divisoria, and Greenhills. You could see items there in cheaper tags compared to regular mall prices in which the designs are just the same. Agree or disagree? If you’re going to buy in an online shop, ask first the dimension of the item whether it is a top, a pair of pants or shorts so you could check if it really fits your body type. Sometimes their sizes are not the same as your regular clothing size. Their medium size can’t be the same as your regular medium size. Some online shops have smaller sizes most especially when it comes to shorts and pants. Their medium size can’t be your regular medium size so you have to make it large so it will fit you well. And as for the payment transaction, the buyer may settle their payment thru bank deposit and once the seller checked their banks, items that you purchased may be delivered afterwards. See how convenient it is to buy in online shops!

Mostly, bazaars are the ones who have online shops. It is better to buy in bazaars so you could check the quality of the item as well as the size that fits you. Most of the owners of online shops make their items a way cheaper than its regular price and they are releasing some of the items that they haven’t posted on facebook or instagram. Most bazaars are held in Eton Centris Quezon Avenue, NBC Tent, World Trade Center, etc. You could join their facebook group or read fashion blogger’s blog so you’ll be informed regarding the dates and venues of the bazaars.

Most people love to shop in Divisoria. Why? Have you been there? Aside from bundle and tons of people buying and selling there, what did you notice? The CHEAP price! Right?! A lot cheaper in bazaar, mall, and online shops prices! You just have to know HOW and WHAT to buy. HOW – one should know how to ask for a lower price. In tagalog, “dapat marunong kang TUMAWAD”. WHAT - one should have the skill of looking for a “good” find in a cheaper price. For example, the pair of black pants that I wore here costs Php280 but I asked for a lower price and the owner of the store gave it to me for Php250. But when I checked the store beside the store where I bought my black pants, the owner was giving it to me for Php350 and the last price was Php330. But the quality of the item that I bought for Php250 was really perfect for me. The fabric is soft so I’m not getting easily irritated. I was really happy with this pair of black pants because it is exactly what I’m looking for. Also, you can buy accessories there at Php100 for 3 earrings like the earrings that I’m wearing in the photo while the silver necklace costs Php150 compared to online shops that sells Php300 for this.

I also shop in branded stores, by the way. It is just that, sometimes I’m too lazy to get up, pick my car key, and fight with the bumper-to-bumper traffic to swipe my credit card for good finds. I’m quite far from malls that have my favourite stores like Forever21, Cotton on, Uniqlo, Suiteblanco, and the likes. But whenever I get an opportunity to shop at my favourite stores, I really shop!

P.S. How do you like my UNBRANDED outfit, by the way?


Random thought # 2: You CAN’T avoid disappointments and get hurt in the least unexpected situation. For some reason, I was really hurt by what happened few weeks back. I know to myself that I did everything for the sake of work but what was reciprocated to me was a big shock. I was really clueless with what I did. But nothing I can do with that. All I can do is to accept every decision that has been made and sign whatever I need to sign since I’m just NOBODY in this world. Maybe I tried too hard to push myself where I am in because this is the only thing that provides my needs and wants and since I pushed myself too hard to get myself belonged in this world, people abused my weakness and stepped onto my dignity.

On the other hand, to make myself better, I opted to look at it on the other way around. Everything has a purpose. I do believe that what happened to me has a good return. Maybe, this job isn't for me. There’s something better for me for tomorrow’s benefit. Or maybe, the Man up above need to give me such situation like this because He is doing a way for me to learn and to make what's in my heart come true.

HEELS: People are People

Random thought # 3: Respect yourself FIRST if you want people to respect you. According to this site“lack of self-respect can prevent you from fulfilling your potential and developing healthy relationships that DON’T devolve into power struggles”. Every time I open myself to the people who are very dear to me, this is the first advice that they always give me. No one is entitled for my own happiness except myself. If a situation isn’t making me grow and happy, then that’s the time I should let go of it. If someone isn’t treating me the way I don’t deserve, then that’s the time I should turn my back on it. And when I turn my back on it, I should never look back and never pick up the pieces that have been broken. Those were the slices of guidance that I need to learn by heart and mind. I should know my worth as a person because each one of us should be treated the way it should be. If I let go unnecessary circumstances and emotions in my life, then my life will be on a smooth sailing journey.

Most of all, the best thing I learned about “SELF-RESPECT”:


"Get to know yourself. The more you understand about yourself, the more you'll see and appreciate how unique you really are, and the more you'll respect yourself. Discover your principles, personality, and talents. Stop pandering to other people's approval and start developing your own standards. Someone else might respect a fancy title, but you might respect creativity. Whose opinion matters more, in this case?"

When it comes to talents, apparently, I’m still discovering it. I’m seriously into fashion and I guess it already shows. I want myself to get involved in fashion and I’m seriously praying for it. I won’t ask for fame. I just want to do my passion. I don’t want to be on spotlight. I just want to show the world what my passion really is and that’s FASHION. If everything will go well, then I’ll be thankful enough for whatever fashion will offer to me. But if not, I’ll still be thankful enough that somehow, I was given an opportunity to show who I really am. Fashion bloggers are big inspiration to me. I’m inspired by their looks and how they evolved in the world of fashion. I also love reading fashion blogs and magazines and afterwards, I’ll check my wardrobe and think of ideas on how and what to mix and match as seen on them.

It is one of the reasons why I have this blog. I stopped blogging for quite a while but since I want to find my talent, maybe this blog could help me. I want to find myself busy with my passion as well because I believe that FASHION will make me happy inside and outside.





So here they are! Sorry for making this post so long. Photos will be better little by little as I go along with this blog. Maybe, I could ask from you the tips on how to have a better fashion blog?! Can I? Oh well, thank you in advance!