Seek and you will find…

Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor

Funny how in the last few weeks of 2016, a surprise work assignment saved me from work fatigue in general. It wasn’t really a breather (it was work!) but it was still very fun and very much what I needed (water, spelunking, good food, new¬†friends, new lessons, new opportunities). I am thankful.

I will finish the assignment, pack up mine and the team’s deliverables, and then focus on enjoying closing 2016: with a happy photo story about this experience, my sister’s wedding, spending more time with our baby Fourth, Ranie, family, love, provision, belief.

Everything has its own time and season.



Next Level Godzilla shirt, SM leather shorts, Kara Zapatos flats, Forever21 tan leather bag
The Godzilla shirt was a cool hand-me-down from an editor… decided to pair it with some weekend-appropriate details in matching hues. Worn for a “miracle” afternoon of coffee and shopping which happened even though we were on our last $$$… and we didn’t even spend a single centavo. More on that next time.
Still not quite back to my usual color after our beach weekend in Calaguas. This didn’t feel quite at home at my WordPress and Tumblr so I’m giving this old, self-serving blog a little dusting-off!

Shadows settle in the place that you left

F21 pullover

My last post in this blog was three months ago, because three months ago, I decided on a whim to apply for a full-time job at Rappler. And then I got hired. ^_^
That happened in tandem with a full course load for my grad class so things became really, really busy, even for my standards (I’m terrified to check my grades even if 2nd sem’s starting two weeks from now).


Now I spend my days (and some nights) doing some writing – trying to tell stories about brands and adding some newsworthy narratives to their objectives. A lot of brainstorming. The past two weeks, ironically enough, a lot of production-related stuff too.
It’s different from PR (what I’ve done), or features (what I’ve done), or journalism (what I’ve never done). But it’s also a mix of all those three.


In between, there’s hardly any energy left to write personal stories, let alone take vain shots (also there hasn’t been anything new / fantastic in terms of dressing up lately).
I’m putting this up to commemorate the fact that if I put my mind to it, I can make time for black and white grainy photos against a messy bedroom where I’ve been trundling into past 2 AM for the last month. And if I can make time for all that, I can make time for writing my story.
I can’t forget what I love, even in the midst of learning to love a new thing.

Memo to my indulgent, missing 19-year-old idyllic Saturdays self.

Back Stories

A basic piece that becomes a thing of interest because of its posterior tie-up detail. To add to the XXX amount of black in my closet of old but singular stuff.

A Short Cut

Ukay cardigan from 2006 | SM top | thrifted pants | Zara shoes

A different / familiar pace this week. Oh, and new hair! ūüôā Not even gonna deny that it’s all Anne Hathaway inspired.

December Weddings: Details, I

Pardon the hasty generalization but it seems that people around me are getting married left and right. Our college batch had its 3rd union just last week, but before that was this – the union of two people I love from work, JayR and Val. I adored their pink-and-black motif, and that everyone from Solar showed up dressed pretty nifty, but most of all, it was so inspiring to see these two so happy, so excited, so centered on God, and so in love. Best Wishes and here’s to rockstar babies!
And now, the outfit:
Photo by Rai Clemente
{Cotton On Dress, Accessorize necklace, A’postrophe robot ring, Doc Martens}

I wore white and combat boots to wedding, *gasp*. BUT the dress code said white and black and it was raining and this was a garden wedding so I thought, OK, let’s do rockstar. Carried it off naman hehe. Came in all curled up and such for fun too. Thought spending would yield good results and didn’t do it myself, unfortunately.

Cat Eared Cold Nip

Forever 21 jacket, my favorite oxygen dress, Forever 21 tights, Zara loafers.
Switched up my shoes and jacket for shopping in the night market.
Photos by Jake Bacud
2nd Day in Hong Kong. Day to Night by way of Jacket and shoes. My hair stayed curly because there was no humidity to zap it back into lame tameness. I also found a cat-eared felt hat in fedora and I don’t know where I can wear it here in Manila but I’ll make it work somehow. It’s Christmas season, there’s always a party to go to.

Black Forest / DQ Fashion Challenge Video

Half-sheer top and half-shiny pants from SM (I didn’t realize, I just crammed these things into my bag when I slept over at Rhea’s for work cos they were the least wrinkle-prone things I own) | Michael Antonio wedges | Ancient read beanie from Baguio (I think(=)
Actually wore this the whole day for a racket and just added the red beanie and some bad-ass studded wedges and – voila – I’m theme-ready for DQ’s small fashion show.
Featuring these girls (hi bloggers!):
Oh, and here’s a quick video (I wish I put more effort into it but I had to run to Eastwood after an hour because I had an emergency briefing / meeting). #pains Anyway hope you enjoy!
Thank you Melai for the invite! Longer talk next time, please! ūüôā

De Rigeur, Noir

Top Cotton on | Bandage skirt Orange and Violet | Loafers Zara | Gifted necklace from SG (orange)
Missed the accessory detail when I took my full-body shot at home. Black is the de rigeur producer’s uniform but I try to be more dressed up than a t-shirt, just to display more effort especially when we’re shooting in posh places. It just has to be loose and breathable so that I’m not restricted (so this one was perfect!). Also, wear your hardly used bathing suit tops as bras (cooler guaranteed!). Wore this to shoot our Blowout Bar segment. I am entering the turf of girl and pretty things more and more in this season! It’s not my lingua franca, but I am enjoying it.¬†

A Subtle Rock and Roll Persuasion

Thrifted lace top | Forever 21 jacket | Orange and Violet bandage skirt | Centropelle boots | OS Accessories bone necklace

The (photoshop) force was obviously very strong on this one… that’s a Chagall I just blasphemized for the photo’s backgrounds.

Wore this to a music-themed presscon, so, felt the need to do a little rocker-inspired dressing. And as the way things go with leather in my third-world existence, it can be daunting and too costume-y, so the best way to go is always to do it in contrasts – hence, girly lace and a tight (non-leather) skirt underneath. Almost funereal with the OS bone necklace which I am so happy to finally have. And then grey boots. Wearing old favorites in new ways is always fun, and the point of the whole thing. You dig?