How to Personalize Give-away Planners


Even in this age of technology, I still can’t bring myself to use a tablet or a smartphone to keep my schedule organized. It must be just a mental thing — but I love to write down to-do lists, future activities and budgets in paper. I also love ticking off or scratching out done tasks. It makes me more “fulfilled” as compared to when I just typed it in a digital planner. I also love not being able to totally erase my plans. In short, I love planners. Continue reading “How to Personalize Give-away Planners”

OUTFIT | Red, White & Blue


Red, white, and blue are summer colors for me. While it’s no longer technically summer here in the Philippines, the weather continues to be reminiscent of the summer past — dry and warm. More than a week after a major earthquake hit our region and I am still shaking and on alert, with my door always open just in case I need to run fast to avoid falling objects crushing me. That earthquake was terrifying, and it didn’t help that it was the second major earthquake the region experienced in two years. We already know our country is located in the so-called “ring of fire” but I can never be prepared for the tremors, the noise, the screaming, and the devastation after. Many perished, and many lives were literally shattered, but we continue to live another day.

I’m wearing thrifted polka-dot turtleneck top from Toledo, thrifted Lee Denim shorts from Balamban, gifted Sag Harbor bag, gifted Aldo sunnies, and department store flats.

Musings on the Road Not Taken

There is a certain kind of joy in traveling, especially traveling roads you’ve never traveled on before. A framed Robert Frost poem — The Road Not Taken — is a fixture in my grandmother’s house. Whether she mindlessly or intentionally placed that frame in her house, I don’t know. But one thing I do know — that poem has been my inspiration in the many things I do and the decisions I made in life. And I am pretty sure, that poem has also influenced the lives of my siblings and cousins. Continue reading “Musings on the Road Not Taken”

OUTFIT | Tablecloth Dress & Flower Picking

Some special occasions happen only once a year, and often, we prepare for months in order to make that special occasion more special. There was a special occasion in my life recently and I prepared for it by buying a really lovely floral vintage dress. Continue reading “OUTFIT | Tablecloth Dress & Flower Picking”

OUTFIT | Adieu Leather Jacket

How do you care for a leather jacket? A faux-leather jacket to be exact? I bought this leather jacket (also worn here) a few years ago from a thrift shop and I only use it when I travel, which became less frequent when I went to school and when I started accepting freelance gigs. Although the leather jacket is an epitome of “cool,” at least that’s what I always read in fashion magazines, I’ve always thought the leather jacket is kind of annoying, especially when travelling. No. 1, the jacket is bulky, takes up space in precious airline luggage, and is a little heavy. No. 2, while the jacket gives me enough warmth in chilly travel accommodations,  the jacket is too hot for summer weather, meaning it cannot perform a double purpose. No. 3, a leather jacket needs to be fit to a tee in order to look good on anyone but I hated that because I almost always wear a top with sleeves and it bunches up when I use my leather jacket.

But I still loved the thought of owning a faux-leather jacket and wearing one when I am feeling like rockin’-and-rollin’. Unfortunately, I failed to do research on how to properly care for these kinds of jackets because recently I noticed that the faux-leather has started flaking off, and I know it would now be more embarrassing than cool to wear it. So, the jacket is now off with my mother, who knows what to do with it — probably throw it away.

Speaking of leather jackets, I’ve been waking up to colder mornings and sleeping to colder nights. December is just 2 days away and I’m loving Justin Bieber’s Christmas song. The year went by quickly, but I always look forward to December — the holidays, the lights, the decor, the glitter and sparkle, the colder air, the carols, the children singing carols, gifts and gifting.

I’m wearing thrifted faux-leather jacket, vintage dress, garage sale flats, gifted bag, and vintage belt. Good bye leather jacket, and good bye November! 😀