Monday, January 19, 2015

Real Love

I'm still quite 'Pope High' as other people say it. As in, I'm missing the pope even if I've only seen him for a few seconds in person, and I haven't even met him personally. He only passed me by for a few seconds and I already feel as if I'm blessed. I'm just thankful Pope Francis visited our country. It gave me new-found hope in the Filipino people- that we can indeed be disciplined and courteous. Like most people my age, all I want to do is escape this country, but now, I hope I can learn how to love the country and all its flaws. From what I learned from Pope Francis (though he didn't exactly say it), the only way things can get better is through love. Love is scary, in general, but there's no reason not to, and everything can only get better from there.

"One of the greatest challenges young people face is learning to love. To love means to take a risk... Do not be afraid to love." -Pope Francis

Outfit: Top: H&M, Pants: DIY, Shoes: Shellys London
Photo credits to Kim Cruz

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Seeing Stars

Lately, I've been obsessing over the arrival of the Pope and fitness resolutions. Both of which are pretty monumental. It's only the start of the year and so much has already happened. Either everything significant has already happened, or this is a sign that there will be so much more in store for me this 2015. I assume (and prefer) that it would be the latter. I'm incredibly excited for all the ups and downs this year. I mean after all, the good wouldn't make sense if you've never experienced what bad is. Cheers to a great year, and a long (5 days, wow) weekend! 

PS. I apologize for the lack of OC-ness I have. I always post raw photos. (To those incredibly OC people, you'll see the problem soon, harharhar)

Outfit: Scarf: (idk hahaha), Sweater: Forever 21, Dress: Aeropostale, Flats: Tory Burch
Photo credits to my brother

Friday, January 2, 2015

An ode to Opportunity Costs

In Economics class, we learn about Opportunity Costs. Opportunity Costs are gaining one thing, and sacrificing another. For example, you want a donut, but you also don't want to get fat. What may happen is you sacrifice that donut instead of gaining fat, or you eat that donut and you sacrifice getting fat. In 2014, I learned that with every gain comes a loss, and with every loss brings a gain.

More often than not, we gripe about any discontent we feel, and in the process, fail to notice the good parts of the day. I've shamelessly done this a million of times within the year. I often said that this was the worst year of my life, forgetting that ol' cliché adage: "Life is a roller coaster".

Admittedly, this was the toughest year ever. Yet towards the end, I have to agree that there were also extremely amazing moments that I wouldn't trade for anything else. I vividly remember the trending hashtag "#2014infivewords", which I unabashedly conceded to. Quoting a certain song, I tweeted alongside the hashtag: "highest highs and lowest lows". Every year has its own highs and lows. Personally, this year contained the most depressing and blissful moments in my life.

Going back to the overused proverb, every moment is part of the roller coaster. While you're on a roller coaster, you can't immediately go to the top. You must start from below to begin the somewhat slow and effortful climb to the top, but you can't stay there forever. At some point, you have to come down, and it will be a thrilling (and possibly painful) downhill experience. It's a cycle, you have to repeat- we all have to.

To all those who have taken this tumultuous ride with me, thank you. Each of you have placed an impression of your own to my identity. Every person in your life will do that. Just be open, and don't be afraid of what you may lose. Excite yourself over what you may lose, but also, what you may gain. Why all the reduncancy? Opportunity costs are what makes life life. So, 2015, I'm ready. I'm ready to sacrifice things; I'm ready to gain things I wouldn't trade the world for. I'm ready to make this year an opportunity at all costs.

Outfit: Collared buttoned down top: Uniqlo, Knit cropped top: H&M, Trousers: Ann Taylor, Heels: Michael Antonio
Photo credits to my brother

Unrelated to the text post, but I'd like to invite everyone to check out Candy Mag's 31 Days of Style for the month of January! They're nice enough to let me share some of my personal style! Hope you guys enjoy it! Here's the link: 31 Days of Style.

Monday, December 29, 2014

'Til the record stops

This past week, I remember constantly giving hints to random people that it would be my birthday soon. I was extra excited about my birthday this year, and I don't know why. There's nothing special about turning 17, nor slowly reaching the inevitable (aka death (morbid, but true *cue evil laugh*)). And like Cinderella, but for a totally different reason, I waited for the clock to strike 12 (Did Cinderella wait for it????). For the whole 24 hours, I realized why I loved my birthday- this birthday. I could feel all the extra love from all around. From families and friends I haven't spoken to in forever to those physically and mentally close to me all the time, they greeted me. Up to today, I'm speechless. There's no point to this whole text actually, and I don't exactly know how to end this but with a 'thank you' to everyone. I'm extremely grateful, and it's an ineffable feeling, really. Like the song, "I love you (all) 'til the record stops".

I've taken quite a lot of outfit posts hehe! Hooray for taking advantage of the rare cold weather! And earlier, my friend sent me this song and I loved it instantly. I've been meaning to post it here, but the video was just too erotic (for me anyway, hahaha). So I found a soundcloud! This song gives me such good vibes, and I hope it gives the same feeling to you all too!

Outfit: Cropped top: H&M, Jeans: River Island, Boots: H&M, Bag: Lacoste
Photo credits to my brother

Thursday, December 25, 2014

It's Christmas!

It may be too late to make a Christmas blog post, but here I am, cramming this like I do with everything else. It's a bad habit I ought to kick, but fail to do. Maybe this ever present New Year's Resolution will come true this year, or at least I can have a good laugh trying. I do wish you all a Merry Christmas! Don't forget Who the reason for the season is!

Enjoy my feeble attempt to be artsy and a video made by the Xavier Voice of the Youth Committee! The video actually placed me in the holiday mood. Now goodbye as I'm about to stuff myself with food... and then, regret it later on. Who's willing to give me a gym membership?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Like I Can

It would be my last High School Intramurals in five days. Yesterday, I was watching the Behind-the-Scenes of Frozen, and I realized it has been a year since it was shown (and since I've longed to build a snowman). I found out the Juniors took a Diagnostic Test for a college review center, the same test I once took last year. Today, I took my last College Entrance Test. All these have been making me feel quite nostalgic. As a teenager filled with a ton of angst, I've always voiced out my hatred for school. Although, now, I'm quite scared to change my settings. I don't even know if "scared" is the right word. I literally am at loss for words and emotions. Also, to everyone who will be affected by Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby, stay indoors and stay safe!

Photo credits to Marc Abasolo | Marc's instagram
Outfit: Top: H&M, Black Denim: Cotton On, Plaid: Old Navy, Boots: H&M