Thursday, April 11, 2013

The feel of an ice cube melting over time.

what i wore: Cotton On tank top, Penshoppe swim shorts, Ginga flipflops, Fly sunnies, borrowed bandana

Too lazy to post anything lately, must be the weather.  It's so hot, summer's toasting the entire city on a daily basis and all I can think of is the beach!  So here's a quick outfit post!  Photo taken two weeks ago during a not so holy week in Bantayan Island, Cebu.  I am so hippie happy this summer!  Apologies for the bad quality, didn't want to carry my camera on our way to buying supplies for our camp and it was high noon.  My mobile phone surely came in handy!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Forever Summer

what i wore: tank top | Cotton On, boardies | Hollister, sunnies | Fly  what she wore: bandeau bikini top | The Swimwear Project, bikini bottom | Billabong, tank top | diy, sunnies | street find

Dahican Surf Resort
Mati, Davao Oriental

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TRAVEL | Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental

woke up really early, this beach feels so empty. i like it.
you know you're in paradise when you see these as you wake up.
starting the day early despite ending the previous day just a few hours prior to this shot.
the amihan boys and their playground, Dahican beach.
ugghh! they make it look so easy.
this guy was showing off his skills to the delight of my camera lens.
skimboarding/surfing is not our cup of tea, bumming around the beach is.
of course, no trip to the beach is complete w/o our dose of uv rays.
Summer's definitely in full swing.  I say that because it's friggin hot as I'm writing this post.  I'm not complaining, in fact I'm smiling as every drop of sweat drips down my forehead.  Okay that sounds a little too exaggerated.  Let's just say I'm happy summer's here.  For someone who's addicted to the sun and sea, nothing could be more perfect than a season to compliment it.  Last week, I had a chance to fly to Davao City for a good friend's birthday.  Of course a side trip the beach is part of the itinerary.  I've been itching to check out this beach in Mati, Davao Oriental.  My mom and aunt who were born and raised in Davao both told me to skip this part of my trip saying it's too far, dangerous, practically everything opposite of how I pictured the place to be.  As expected, I did not obey them.  Our original plan was to leave the city right after lunch but we ended up boarding the van-for-hire at around six o'clock in the evening.  So after an ass-numbing four hours of van ride, we arrived Mati town a little over ten o'clock.  I would've mistaken the town square as a ghost town if not for some establishments that were open- a bakery, a convenience store and that one carenderia beside the bus terminal.  Tricycle and habal-habal drivers were extremely friendly it felt weird, a little creepy.  But we were too hungry to mind what was around.  We had to stuff something inside our guts or all hell will break lose.  We had no choice but to eat in that carenderia.  What we ate and how it tasted will be left there, I do not want to remember that part of the trip.  The tricycle ride to the Dahican beach was probably the best and the worst decision we made that night.  Best because it rained really hard during the entire thirty-ish minutes ride, imagine how we would look like if we rode the habal-habal.  Worst because the tricycle driver had an attitude and wouldn't stop whining about how we did not know our way to our resort, it was clear he overcharged us too.  So we ended up walking a few miles to our resort because we were dropped off in the wrong area, plus my friend can no longer stand the tricycle driver's mouth.  Part of the beauty of traveling is that experiences like these make the trip more memorable so I didn't mind it, my friend probably did.

Everything after that tricycle ride went smoothly.  The resort were we stayed, Dahican Surf Resort, is an absolute beauty. We stayed in one of their open-air cottages.  I loved the feel of it, tropical, rugged, very Pacific, cozy in a surfer kind of way.  We spent the night getting wasted over bottles of Bacardi and Smirnoff.  They do make ordinary talks extraordinary, at times loud.  There wasn't really much to do at night in that part of the world because it was dead empty, too quiet.  I knew the music that we played and our occasional bursts of laughter resonated loudly in the area, I'm almost sure we disturbed those surfer guys in the other cottage.  I just wasn't sure if they were about to hit the sack or just getting the day started.  I couldn't tell the difference because it was either late night or too early in the morning.  I woke up just after 2 hours of dozing off in anticipation of the sunrise.  To my slight dismay, grey clouds were hovering right above paradise.   We spent the entire day basking in the sun, drinking alcohol, and watching the surfers show off their skimboarding skills.  Yes you read that right, surfers skimboarding.  The waves weren't high enough for surfing that day.  Too bad, I would have wanted to try surfing.  I guess I'll save this for my comeback.  The rest of the day was spent, of course, camwhoring.  We left Dahican beach right before the sun set.  I got to see how breathtaking Davao Oriental is while on the bus on our way back to the city.  I was captivated by it's simple charm.  And yes, I will be back!

Dahican Beach
Mati, Davao Oriental

Friday, March 1, 2013

'Tis the season to be sunny.

the beach
the sun worshippers.
summer, finally.
energy, serenity, & bliss.
in my element.
soaking in the sun.

Pat on the back, I just survived two months of no beach!  Now that I'm out of no-beach-rehab, I can't promise I'll stay no-beach-sober for long.  In fact, I relapsed right after I got out.  Who wouldn't?  I was welcomed by a good buddy named summer.  It's been twelve friggin months since we last saw each other, we needed to celebrate our reunion!  Summer's staying around for three months and begged that we do beach at least three times a month. Of course, this beach-junkie said yes.  I missed you a lot, summer.  I'm glad you're back!

photos shot in:
Basdako Beach
Moalboal, Cebu

Friday, February 1, 2013

This city is my city and I love it.

02.01.13 | 1:54am
09.06.12 | 5:57am
The city as seen from our rooftop. Always breathtaking, night and day.  I love you Cebu!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

That night I danced until I can dance no more.

i was going for that trashy/grungy hippie look.  trust me, i have no idea what i was doing.
my accomplices for Sinulog weekend! for the love of edm & having a good time!
the stage, what i came there for- AN21&Max Vangeli, the massive crowd, and one crazy edm worshipper
kick out the epic motherf*ck#r!

My obsession with electronic dance music is pretty much neck & neck with my addiction to the beach.  I would occasionally find myself watching the Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival aftermovies like they're big hollywood blockbusters.  And by "occasionally" i mean i watch it everytime i get a chance to which is quite often.  Yeah I know it sounds crazy, but i am crazy!  I would watch it over and over again hoping that when I go to catch some zzz's, I'd dream about actually being there, wasted and dancing like it's nobody's business.  And then I see myself & my friends waving the Philippine flag getting captured by the camera in slow motion like in the aftermovies.  I'd fist pump, stomp my feet, bang my head, til i can do no more.  I'd lose my voice from screaming the djs' names every time they step on stage to spin.  Aoki, Skrillex, Hardwell, Chuckie, Swedish House Mafia, Guetta, Avicii, Alesso, Laidback Luke, Zedd, Porter Robinson, are just some of the names I'd let out in a loud deranged scream.  But just like these festivals and the aftermovies, these dreams always come to an end and i'd wake up a loser.

The EDM gods must have pitied this loser.  A week ago, on Sinulog Friday, an epic outdoor dance party called LifeDance hit Metro Cebu.  I missed the first installment last year when i decided to go that crappy summer-ender beach party and I still recall bitching about it for months.  I wasn't going to miss the event a second time.  This probably was the closest thing to Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Fest!  Yes i know it'll pale in comparison with the other international music festivals for now but it clearly has the makings of becoming something massive- the place was packed!  I have to say I was not disappointed, I had a blast!  From the venue, the stage, the technical stuff (audio, lights, etc.), the staff, even down to the comfort rooms.  You can tell this thing was carefully thought of and planned.   And oh the dj's!  I loved each and every one of them- from the local dj's (loved all of them! made me dance even when no one else did! lol) to the international acts!  I danced 'til my legs got sore.  That's how hyped i was!  Thank you LifeDance!  Encore this summer maybe?  LOL

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The friend, those festivals, and fashion.

Day 1 | LifeDance EDM Festival

Day 2 | Sinulog Festival
So here's my friend/officemate/accomplice during Sinulog weekend, working two different looks I created for her.  The key item for both looks- high-waisted denim shorts!  The one in the first photo is a DIY courtesy of myself, pat on my back- it came out really nice!  Found this pair of Levi's from a vintage clothes store we visited.  I love that it's in dark denim!  Cut it short, did some distressing and voila!  The floral print denim shorts in the 2nd photo was a steal!  It fit her perfectly!  Thank God for vintage clothes stores!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Through urban fields, and suburban life.

diy tank top - old Swasnine tee
denim cutoffs - diy, see previous post
sneakers - Vans
sunnies - Fly
bag - thrifted

Wore the same pair of denim cutoffs from LifeDance on Sinulog day.  I have a fetish for worn-out, ripped, torn denim.  Guess I was right, this diy denim shorts just became my new fave!  From where I'm from, this Sinulog festival is the festival of all festivals.  People from all over the world country swarm the streets of Cebu for this annual revelry.  So you have to dress for the occasion- comfort over style.  In my case, I think I did both!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Last night a dj saved my life.

tank top - diy from old People Are People tee
denim cutoff shorts - diy, see previous entry
bandana - borrowed from brother
sneakers - Vans
bag - thrifted 
sunnies - Isis

Thursday, January 17, 2013

DIY Distressed Denim Cutoffs

all you need is an old pair of jeans, scissors, tweezers, patience & a little creativity!

the not-so-before and after shot
music festival ready!

"Stop! You have done enough damage!", screams this old, fugly, pathetic pair of jeans. The thing even called me "sadistic" at one point. Well, you should be thankful I revived you back into fashion life! And guess what, you might just have become my new fave pair of denim cutoffs!

And it was a very cold and plaid Wednesday.

plaid button-down - thrifted
pants - Terranova
cardigans - SM dept. store
sneakers - Keds

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mondays, the beach, and drawing.

So I was sitting in my office desk one day and it was one of those slow-paced Mondays.  I haven't been to the beach for almost a month and that drove me a little nuts.  Yes, I'm exaggerating.  But really, I'm missing the beach a lot and I also miss drawing.  So out popped some sketch pad and coloring pens from one of the office drawers!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

So you want to see my world, come walk a mile in chucks.

shirt - People Are People
denim cutoffs - thrifted
sneakers - Converse Chuck Taylor
sunnies - Fly
bag - thrifted

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Life's too short to be sittin' 'round miserable.

denim button-down - Bossini
shorts - thrifted
cardigans - Topman
sneakers - Vans

Friday, January 11, 2013

I love rainy Thursdays and the Ramones.

Ramones hoodie - Thrifted
Skinnies - Thrifted
Shoes - Vans Half Cab

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

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