Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fiesta map


Howwwdy! So I’m back in Manila. A few days already, actually, but a nasty upset stomach prevented me from posting these pictures earlier.


It seems my trip to Davao abided by a fiesta theme: from my grandmother’s  92nd birthday party (“country feast”) to the colorful bunting that followed my family to the beach.


I envy my cousins who live near the water. Even if we did spend the night at Samal Island, I had to leave early the next day.


Even the vinta sail, though merely decorative, shared in the festivities.


I must say it was a vacation well spent.


Now I’m itching to wander places both familiar and foreign.


When, oh when, will my small business be ripe enough for me to take it places?

T-shirt, Bershka
Short, Workshop
Sandals, thrifted
Belt from an Italian market
Necklace, welcome token from Paradise Beach resort

Cameos by Lea Celestial

Friday, August 29, 2014

After the party


This is what I wore yesterday to my grandmother’s 92nd birthday party, a variation on the usual rural wear of camisa de chinos and brightly colored trousers. The celebration carried the theme “Pista sa Nayon” (“Country Feast”).


And what a feast it was! Will post pics from the event tomorrow. Sorry, but will have to keep this short as I have to complete some more necklace orders and prepare for the beach.


If you do get the chance to visit the beautiful city of Davao here in the south of the Philippines, consider staying at Hotel Tropika, at Lanang, Davao City (lobby shown in these pictures). It is a short drive from the dock, where boats will bring you to the sapphire blue waters of Samal Island.


Now I have to pack. Talk soon! Happy Friday, everyone!

Long-sleeved shirt, G2000
Jeans, Bench
Boots, Dirk Bikkenbergs
Belt, Izzue

Photos by Diana Lozano

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Love on the street


During my usual mad dash to work, I caught sight of these two love birds. The scene was so perfect I had to stop in my tracks to bring out my phone and take a snap.

A lesson or two can be had, not just on good communication, but also on proper fit.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The elephant in the room


I’ve never been afraid to wear white on white.


Or have ever been apologetic for “overanalysis” – firm in my belief that those who accuse others of overthinking don’t really think enough.


There is no glare produced by second, third, or fourth thoughts. There is, of course, the matter of urgency. And of seizing opportunities at the right moment.


Hence, gut feel is also important, especially for those times that – no matter how fast you think – decisions have to made before conclusions are drawn.


Is this an excuse for me to always overpack on my trips? Lol, maybe. Of always neurotically trying to keep all bases covered? I am honest enough to admit that I don’t know everything, and that much is out of my hands.


But I refuse to leave it all to superstition and to, yes, chance. The future is bright, but most times blindingly brilliant. It helps to be able see contrast in what others see as flat.

Polo shirt, Uniqlo
Shorts, Topman
Belt with hammered metal belt, Structure, thrifted
Sneakers, Converse, thrifted

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Turd happens


Just arrived in Davao as I write this. Here for a week for my grandmother’s 93rd birthday. Time enough I hope – with the unpredictable rains permitting – to hit the beach.

This is what I wore last Saturday morning, before I went to the gym. But of course changed into something less colorful (white t-shirt and distressed jeans) before I hit crowded Divisoria and Quiapo in old Manila. 


So about this post’s title: yup, that’s (dog) shit right behind me. Thought I would have blocked it from view, but my mischievous photographer likes catching me off-guard.


No, I didn’t just step on the mound of censored earth. Honestly, I don’t remember what inspired this expression on my face.


It rained so hard last night that I thought my flight would be cancelled. Flood entered the house. I guess I was asking for it since I did just buy my first pair of rubber boots.