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NOTE TO SELF: STOP BEING SO AFRAID

{MDS top, H&M skirt, Michael Kors bag, Christian Louboutin pumps}

One of the things I’ve noticed about myself (yes, I like to introspect. a lot.) is how I have become less and less brave. I used to be fearless. I wasn’t afraid of risks, making big decisions wasn’t as overwhelming, and I faced conflicts head on. Along the way, I let other people’s directives make me second guess my choices and question my instincts. I was primed to be cautious and just be afraid of the evil world out there. And of course, getting older means having more responsibility. While I’m not advocating recklessness and not taking advantage of other people’s wisdom, if you keep ignoring your gut, eventually, its strength will fade away. Your strength will fade away too. If you keep second guessing your abilities and what you can and cannot do, you won’t be able to get anything done. If you let your fears – fears that have been externally conditioned to you – stop you from even trying, how are you gonna be able to move forward? If you don’t drive around Metro Manila, from Quezon City to Paranaque during rush hour, you won’t be able to claim that additional amount of independence. If you don’t make a decision, you will lose time and maybe even both options. If you keep ignoring the cracks, it will eventually burst and drown you become harder to fix. And aren’t *those* scarier!?

“There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. But omitted, and the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves — or lose the ventures before us.”
-William Shakespeare (as quoted by Lucas Scott)
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
-J. A. Shedd
Here’s to being cliché brave and facing life head on! STOP BEING SO AFRAID!!! You are gonna make mistakes, you will fall short and you won’t be able to please everyone – it’s all part of being alive. Embrace life and all its possibilities. Let it happen to you and make it happen for you.


PS- Photos from last June. Oh my god, where has time gone??!!? And where has my red hair gone?! It faded nanaman. Haha! I really need a proper dye job. Maybe this weekend? YAY LONG WEEKEND!!!

FOOD TRIP AT UP TOWN

 {Cole Haan jacket, Bugis top, Cotton On shorts, Steve Madden slip-ons, Anne Klein bag}

Last night, Nadine and I went for dinner in UP Town Center. It wasn’t your usual dinner though coz we hopped from establishment to establishment. We were supposed to go for wings, but ended up greatly disappointed when we found out that Wingman had already closed their UP Town branch.  Lemon Pepper and Garlic Parmesan!!! After a moment of silence (haha!), we then continued our UP Town food crawl.

First stop – Lazy Bastard. We were deciding between the Chili Dog and the Honey Parmesan – ultimately getting the Honey Parmesan – and ohmygod, good stuff, man!!! Definitely want to come back and try the Chili Dog and the Avocadog! The Calamantea was also really good – super refreshing! Hotdog prices are a bit steep, Php200 for the Honey Parmesan, but it was really yummy. Hotdog wrapped in bacon with honey and parmesan, mmm. We then went on in search of a main course coz we originally planned on getting wings, with the range of suggestions going from burgers at Sweet Ecstasy (which we had for lunch, #NOSHAME), the chizza from KFC, to Flaming Wings, but then we agreed to go to Silantro for nachos, then find something else again if we were still hungry (i.e.: Sweet Ecstasy, KFC, Flaming Wings, hahahah).

Guys, Silantro is a good spot for Pokemon Go. Pokestops, Lures, and you get to eat and chill. Hahahaha! Have I mentioned that the nachos are REALLY good too?! Super yummy, BIG portion, and reasonably priced. Good service too! Our bill for the nachos was around Php195. Super sulit! By then, we were already SO FULL. Didn’t see that coming, I honestly thought we’d still have room for legit entrees, haha!

By the time we left Silantro, most of the shops were already closed. We stopped by The Breadery to grab croissants for Tito Rocky, but it was already sold out. Actually, the store was already closed when we got there. Luckily, they still let us in to buy. I got this Almond Milk Bread for my mom at 40% off.  Full as we were, we still wanted dessert and ice cream seemed like the best option coz it’s not too heavy, like, say, cake or something. Mad Mark’s was already closed for the night so we made our way to Backyard for the homemade ricotta ice cream. NOM

Looking forward to more food trips and cousin lakads! 
So that was my Saturday night! My Saturday morning was spent in bed, binging on New Girl, not wanting to do anything else. Ahh, I love weekends!
PS- Thank you Coco Martin for jamming up Xavierville Ave. That was one of the loooongest rides to Katipunan, and I’ve had 16 years of daily drives in that route. 

TAKES MY BODY HIGHER

{Temt top, H&M pants, Zara bag, CLN sandals}

Oh my God, what happened to July!? It REALLY whizzed on by! Who would’ve thought that we’d see Hiddleswift and Kim’s exposé!? Hahahaha Just kidding. That’s not the path I’d want to go into for this (long overdue) blog post. But if you wanna discuss it, feel free to message me, lol. But I’d probably enjoy it more if we talk about President Duterte’s SONA. Starting off with how awesome Gina Lopez is for DENR, how inspired I am by our president, and how there were still people who ignored the freakin’ dress code.

Anyway!

July has been one crazy month. For starters, I’ve spent the past 3 weekends out of town – Boracay, Bataan, and Cebu. Two Mondays of which were spent sick in bed, with the last one extending until the Thursday I had to fly out. Guys, seriously, Conzace – best for recovery! And Fern-C if it’s just starting out. Haha! I’ve also started working! I know I said I would pursue a different industry, but guess what, I’m back in logistics. At the same company at that. I mean, yeah, now it’s Manila. So it’s an all new learning curve for me, but hey, we’ll see how it goes. Like I said, it’s the side of the industry that I enjoy so I’m very optimistic. Although it entails a long ass commute. One of which was when I spent a Friday afternoon stressing about the coding window closing, only to be talked sense into by Mang Loloy that  yaaaa-huh, I’m not gonna die if the window closes in on me. I’m just gonna need to pay the fine and collect my license from City Hall, if ever, but other than that? I wasn’t gonna die or anything serious. Yeah, it’s a hassle but, what to do?! Traffic, eh. And it’s not like I can ditch work altogether. It was a good realization that sometimes shit happens. As much as you try to avoid it, sometimes it’s bound to happen. You just roll with the punches because sometimes what you’re worried about doesn’t have any concrete basis.. and that your worries are far scarier than the actual reality. 

The above photos were snapped by my fashion mentor (and mother in general!), Luis, when we were in Cebu for Ayala’s Style Origin. Can you believe that it has been ongoing for 5 years now AND that we were part of the FIRST one?! It was great to do fashion again after 4 years away. The high after a show?! PRICELESS. It was also a reminder that I shouldn’t stop pursuing things that make me happy.  That I should find ways to make time and balance everything that feeds my soul. And making sure that I’m not neglecting my health and body, as my parents have been constantly lecturing me this month. It’s not fun being sick!!! (But it is fun to spend time with friends and family! In my defense, I’ve been away from Manila for 4 YEARS and I am dying to catch up with everyone, even if it means foregoing rest. It’s like runner’s high, you don’t feel tired until after, haha! I WILL DO BETTER BALANCING THIS FRONT, PROMISE!!!)

What about you!? This catch up shouldn’t be one-sided! Let me know what you’ve been up to or simply link me your latest blog post below. I’d love to hear about how your month is going! Or maybe let’s exchange Snapchat ids? Mine is heyrocketgirl. I’m flying to Singapore tomorrow so that should mean more interesting snaps.

And just when you thought that this post couldn’t be any more longer, here’s my current LSS and the namesake of this blog post.


BALLET DAY


{Cotton On dress, Christian Louboutin pumps, Michael Kors bag}

Last Saturday, I got to enjoy the ballet with my Tita Becky. I was really excited when she messaged me because it’s been a while since I’ve watched ballet and remember how 7-year old me was enthralled by Lisa Macuja Elizalde? Well, this performance was under her company, Ballet Manila for Dance MNL. I was kinda stumped with what to wear coz I personally require myself to wear something dressy for shows as a sign of respect to the performers and their craft. Since it was an afternoon affair, a day dress would’ve sufficed, but have I mention most of my clothes are still in transit from Singapore? Good thing I had this tent dress tucked in the corners of my maleta! (Yep, I haven’t unpacked yet, hahaha!) Even if it was black, it was cotton so it’s not too formal. I also decided to stick with neutral accents (and lipstick) so it wouldn’t look too “dark”.
Anyway, it turned out being such a memorable afternoon, starting off with lunch at a Filipino tradition: Aristocrat. Tita Becky, Sister Delia and I opted for the classic chicken barbecue but Ms. Vicky, another one of Tita’s guests to the ballet who also happens to be the branch manager, thought our table looked sad so she got us to try the fresh lumpia, lumpiang shanghai, and their super yummy sago’t gulaman. Oh my god, I love sago’t gulaman. 
sago’t gulaman, fresh lumpia, lumpiang shanghai, boneless chicken barbeque

After that, it was off to CCP to delight our eyes out. Dance MNL is a “bi-annual festival that celebrates this Filipino dance story of achievement and resilience” and this particular staging of Giselle had an all Ballet Manila cast. It was the debut of Katherine Barkman as the lead for full-length production and my God, she was amazing! I couldn’t believe that she’s only 19 years old! Ballet Manila employs the Vaganova technique so my tita told me to pay close attention to their hands and feet. She didn’t have to tell me coz the dancers’ grace and agility had me so mesmerized! I was like wowwww, I wanna be just like them! They’re so freakin’ graceful and the ballet was really beautiful. I only wish that we had a live orchestra to make something already great even better. 🙂

#fromwhereistand
The gala performance was dedicated to Tita Radaic, Lisa Macuja’s former ballet teacher. Outside the hall, there was this tribute to Tita Radaic and Alice Reyes – two Filipina dance icons. 

Dance Icons: Felicitas Radaic and Alice Reyes
According to the CCP website: “Upon entering the orchestra section, guests are greeted by National Artist for Visual Arts Vicente Manansalas’ brass sculpture the Seven Arts”. I tried to capture the whole thing below (and failed) but it really is such a striking piece!
Seven Arts by Vicente Manansalas

On stage at the Nicanor Abelardo theatre was yet another Filipino icon – Hernando R. Ocampo. I was starring at it for the longest time wondering how long it took him to paint that thing. Sobrang galing!!

Okay fine, I googled and found out that “The main stage curtain is patterned after the Genesis (Simula) painting of the National Artist Hernando Ocampo.” Medyo wild nga naman if he painted the whole thing, hehe!

Selfie or it didn’t happen, lol
this time with Tita Becky. Thank you so much, tita!!!

Guys, let’s acknowledge how effortlessly chic my tita is in her linen dress and Raybans. 
Anyway, during the intermission (and while I was taking photos, hahaha) I saw a rainbow in the freakin’ fountain. How cool is that?!?! Sometimes, you find things in the strangest places talaga.
can you see the rainbow? 🙂
Anyway, I spent the whole of today in bed under house arrest coz according to my mom, I really need to shoo the bug I caught once and for all. Luke told me to go see a doctor last night when I told him I still wasn’t feeling 100%. I laughed and said I’m not in Singapore anymore. MC’s are but a thing of the past and the only medical clearance (and judgement) I need is my mama’s. <- Probably not the wisest thing I said, but I’m sure I’ll get a free pass to go out na when my mom reads this. Hehehe! Oh, to be home again.
Hope your Monday went well!

CASUAL FRIDAY

{Forever 21 top, H&M shorts, Topshop slip-ons, Michael Kors bag}
Okay fine, it’s actually casual Friday every single day of the week for me now. I get to live every day in my standard uniform – SHORTS. Today has been a good day. I went to have lunch with my best girls at Artsy Cafe over at Maginhawa. Guys, the CAJUN PRAWNS WERE SOOOOO GOOD! No photos though. I’ve already accepted that I cannot be a legit food blogger. Or any kind of niche blogger. Random bloggers unite! Hahaha!

Isn’t the cafe so cute?! #ihavethisthingwithfloors It took a while to get a table inside coz it was soooo jam-packed. The seats outside were quite comfy it’s just that mosquitoes have been attacking me lately and I forgot to wear my (kiddie) patch.
Missing our other best girls, Irish and Diane! Loooove that we could talk about anything and everything! No judgement, even if all the insecurities and anxieties and crazies come out. And YES TO PERIODS OF SELF-IMPROVEMENT!!!! It’s not a bum’s life! Woohoohooo.

So the afternoon was spent blogging – yehessss! being at home really pumps up my blogging mojo – until it was time to prep for TACO FRIDAY! I started with my specialty – SALSA – and I was feeling real good coz I’ve already made it a bunch of times and I swear, it tastes reeeeaaaalllyyyy yummy (NO BIAS, PROMISE!!!) and I wanted to eat it na, hahaha! But then a frozen lemon happened. And I ended up slicing my finger. MEDIC!!! Our helper was so cute, I asked her to get a bandaid and she ran to the sari-sari store to buy. I then showed it to my mom (with a plaster na ha!) and it was really funny/cute how worried/panicked she was. Hehehe! Love my mom. Hoping I get the hang of our kitchen soon! And yes, Taco Friday was a success!

Now we’re just waiting for my cousin Nadine to finish her dinner, then me and my mom are gonna accompany Tita Hope in fetching her. Then we’re gonna go for coffee or summ’in. Oh God, how I missed this. 
I hope your Friday is going well! Feel free to tell me all about it below or leave your Snapchat id so I can check it out myself. Mine is below 

RIGHT BACK AT YOU, MANILA!

Okay, so, I actually arrived last Friday. And yes, it was a one-way ticket. Greeted by traffic from the airport and Manila’s apparent desensitization to filth, a sarcastic voice slashed through my thoughts: “You came back for this?!” An internal dialogue then ensued, with doubt taking center stage. I started wondering if I should’ve just sucked it up in Singapore and continued working in an industry I didn’t particularly enjoy, in a country I didn’t see myself settling down in. I started worrying about the days to come, and how many hours will be spent in traffic, and whether or not I’d still be able to enjoy the independence – financial and otherwise – that I had basked myself in the last 4 years.
It didn’t take me long to calm my fears, though. Sometimes you need to step back in order to move forward. There’s no point in stubbornly holding on to Singapore when it had already ran its course.  It’s time to recalibrate and go for what I really want. And besides, I need only to direct my gaze at the people around me to confirm that – yep, I came back for this.♥︎ Being with family has returned this lightness in me. Being surrounded by Filipinos and their undeniable warmth has been good for my soul. God, I love Filipinos, seriously. I love that I could be my normal happy (and sometimes ditzy) self without people telling me to tone down my cheer because cheerfulness is the norm in the Philippines, even if our country’s situation isn’t that cheery. I love that we love life. Remember what I said about why Bourne Legacy chose to film in Manila instead of other South East Asian countries? We are a nation of smiles and it feels SO GOOD to be back in a place that smiles back and with you. 
So here’s to good vibes and being optimistic in whatever’s in store for me. I’m smiling right back at you, Manila! 
{Cotton On tank and shorts, Onitsuka Tiger sneakers}

NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE



Finally got the chance to check out the Singapore National Gallery and it was well worth the visit. Housed in the old Supreme Court and City Hall buildings, the buildings in itself were amazing pieces of art. Fun fact I learned from the Changi World War II tour I took (that I will blog about soon!), this was where they officially signed and accepted the Japanese’s surrender. SO MUCH HISTORY WITHIN THESE WALLS! And so much art too, focus, Reg. Hehe! The Singapore National Gallery is home to the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and South East Asian modern art. To put it in perspective, they have over 8,000 artworks from all over the region. It was interesting to walk through the galleries and see the similarities within the region. There were times I could’ve sworn the landscape was Philippine only to look closer and find out it’s actually Myanmar or Indonesia. Not that there was any lack of Filipino artists. I was sooo proud whenever I’d see Filipino works and even more so when I realized that I’ve seen some of those pieces before at the Ateneo Art Gallery. Super kilig! Don’t let me get started on that iconic Juan Luna piece! Of course I also got introduced to other Asian artists and even discovered a new favorite painting by local Singaporean watercolor master, Gog Sing Hooi. And oh! Don’t forget to head on up and see amazing views of Singapore! 🙂

Anyway, the current exhibition is entitled: Reframing Modernism. And here, you will see Asian art side by side their Western counterparts. They even have a Matisse and Picasso on display! Of course if Matisse and Picasso are your main aims, you’d have better luck in museums abroad (1 & 2) but I cannot stress this enough, South East Asian art is worth it.  Don’t believe me, just (watch♬) scroll:-


Singapore:-

Singapore as a city gives of such a cold, industrial vibe that I never considered what Singapore art may be like. Wrong move, turns out Singapore art is so vibrant and colorful and at times, delicate even. 
Loooove this watercolor piece by Gog Sing Hooi

Cheong Soo Pieng
Lim Cheng Hoe
Georgette Chen
Foo Chee San, Foo Chee San, and Lim Yew Kuan
 Cheong Soo Pieng
Georgette Chen

Philippines:-

I’ve always believed that Filipino artists are world class. From the ilustrados in the Spanish era, to today’s modern artists, I feel that they are on par with international counterparts yet they don’t get as much exposure or recognition. I heard that admission is free to the National Museum of the Philippines this June and if you can, better take advantage of it! 
 Filipino modern art: Jose Joya, J Elizalde Navarro, Fernando Zobel
 Galo Ocampo’s Brown Madonna had been considered scandalous as it portrayed Jesus and Mary as Filipinos in local wear
 Fernando Amorsolo
 Fernando Zobel – this was displayed in the Ateneo Art Gallery! 🙂
 A closer look at the Joya piece
 Fernando Amorsolo depicting a market scene under the Japanese occupation
 The beautiful Espana y Filipinas by Juan Luna. He was commissioned for this work to symbolically show Spain guiding the Philippines to progress.
 Johnny Manahan
Remember the painting I mentioned here? The oil on canvas I didn’t catch who made but it was very creative? Well, it was by the same guy, Hernando Ocampo. See the style resemblance? 🙂
Felix Hidalgo’s Las Virgenes Cristianas Expuestas Al Populacho which won Silver Medal in the 1884 Madrid Exposition of Fine Arts where Juan Luna’s Spoliarium won Gold


South East Asia:-

It’s interesting how similar South East Asian culture is. Given the same tropical climate, landscapes can almost be interchanged. What’s fascinating is seeing the difference in techniques used as with food and art. 😉 
by Indonesian artist Affandi
by Indonesian artist Mas Pirngadie
by Thai artist Prasong Patamanuj
by Myanmar artist U Ba Nyan


War Propaganda:-

Another interesting insight is how art has been used in propaganda. 
Vietnam War propaganda by various Vietnamese artists: Hoang Tran, Hoang Duc Toan, Le Minh, Nguyen Thi Kim, Vu Trung Luong
Soviet Propaganda by an Unknown Artist
by Lao artist Khamsouk

Western Art depicting Eastern scenes:-

paintings by Jean Launois. I really liked the first one because how are is it to see an Asian Gatsby-esque?!
The commentary says that this probably isn’t even a real town and that the painter just used scenes from various South East Asian cities and crammed it together as what Western artists commissioned to depict Asia did. It was likely because to them it all looked the same, so they just committed it to memory and worked on it from there. So taking their cue, I also forgot who the artist was. 

Western Art:-

Like what I mentioned, they had their share of Western greats on exhibit. 
Milenko Prvacki
Pablo Picasso
Robert Delaunay
Georges Braque

Henri Matisse
Vassily Kandinsky

Georges Rouault
Fernand Leger
I grew a deeper appreciation for Asian art from this visit. Asian art can be just as refined as western art or maybe even more. It’s not just those ethnic tribal shapes, Asians actually do, and are good at, modern art. IMPRESSIONISTS FOREVERRRR! Hahaha The National Gallery Singapore is definitely worth a visit for Asians and non-Asians alike. 😉 
National Gallery Singapore is located at 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957

JUST BEGUN UNDER A PURPLE SUN

There’s many reasons we are what we’ve become
I’m going through changes, rippin’ out pages
I’m going through changes now
I knew it once, but I forgot
I’m going through changes now
– Changes by Langhorne Slim & The Law 
I feel like this song would be good background music to how my days have been lately. You know how it is in TV series? The ending montage in each episode? I think this song would be apt for my season-ender. ♥︎

Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

THIS IS LIFE IN COLOR

It’s FRIDAY!!! Really looking forward to the weekend and having all the time to sit down with myself. I’ve got major life planning to do and as much as the setbacks are aplenty, there are far greater prospects ahead. I am super excited and looking forward to the next chapter! It can be win-win as long as I know where to focus. It’s not gonna be easy, but as what today’s Momentum Dash reminded me – “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”

Well, this is life in color
Today feels like no other
And the darkest grays
The sun bursts, clouds break
This is life in motion
-One Republic

Here’s to living colorful lives, whatever color palette your closet is. 
{Cole Haan leather jacket, Cotton On shorts}