Monday, February 28, 2011

Nothing but the boys, the girls, the drums

I enjoy live bands. I remember going to music festivals and fairs in Manila to catch my favorite bands perform and watch people (including me) go crazy. Not the mosh pit kind though, I'm scared of getting trashed. I also like when the band's vocalist talks to and engages the crowd with good sense of humor, everybody loves that. However there are just some bands who try to be nice but the crowd wouldn't just give the eff. One of my most memorable was when Cueshe played for this local radio's music fest. Trying to engage the crowd, their vocalist said "Itaas nyo ang inyong mga kamay!" for the famous hand-swaying effect concerts are known for. Then the concert goers raised their hands and gave/swayed them the finger. A few even threw water bottles at them! It was kinda disrespectful but at the same time it was funny. Well, I found it funny because I didn't like Cueshe, too.

Anyway speaking of bands, I tagged along Ed and Macky for a mini-photo shoot for a colleague's band last Saturday. We went to this abandoned, unfinished building construction in Mactan which later on we were kicked out of. Haha. My purpose for tagging along was to take photos of other subjects that might be of interest in the location. I later found out that apparently my purpose was to hold this flash and diffuser stand from getting toppled by the wind. But no, I have not found my calling.

what i wore
what i wore
Blouse - thrifted; Skirt - People Are People; Shoes - Maldita

macro photographymacro photography
Docudramafrog prince

Now I'm off to watch the Oscars! Have a blast of a week everyone!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hot, Old Country Part II

Cebu Metropolitan Church
Cebu Metropolitan Church

Sto. Nino Church
Cebu Metropolitan Church
macro photography
macro photography
Fort San Pedro display

Fort San Pedro, Sto. Nino Church and Cebu Metropolitan Church // 02.21.11

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hot, Old Country

I really get peeved when I have to accomplish "adult" tasks like paying bills, secure government-issued IDs, etc. I would pay someone to do these tasks for me if I could. I swear. Yes, I'm that lazy.

Two days ago I went to the city hall to get a cedula which is one of the requirements for a postal ID application. I'm not exactly sure what a cedula is for. I mean it's community tax alright but is there a specific significance for it? Are we to tear it up too should there be a revolution again?

Anyway, after getting the cedula I planned of going straight to the barangay hall to get a barangay clearance. But since this is under the adult task category in my book, I ditched the idea and took photos instead. I've been a Cebu resident for three years but I still feel like a tourist.

downtown Cebu
downtown Cebu
downtown Cebu
downtown Cebut
Malacanang sa Sugbo
Magellan's Cross
Sto. Nino Church
Cebu Metropolitan Church

I like architectural, old and sometimes dilapidated buildings and structures. Who doesn't? Well, if you're a sucker for nostalgia and history like me, you do.

It was pretty hot that day but it didn't hinder me from wearing black and getting all covered up. By the way, I've worn this skirt before but as a dress. And look, bad posture!

what i wore
Shirt - borrowed from boyfriend; Skirt - thrifted; Shoes - Converse

Monday, February 21, 2011

Style Seven 003

*Outfit photos of style bloggers to inspire my wardrobe choices for the coming days.


Clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Silver Lining

The Explosive Orange

I think I haven't really announced here that I've already quit my job. Well, there you go. Five years and 10 months in the company officially ended last February 12, which is why I was quite excited for it to finally come aside from that day being our trip to MNL.

I practically grew up in there. Three days right after graduation I flew out to Manila to relocate. Two years later, I was so close to resigning because my friends were quitting. Negative vibes were everywhere I couldn't handle it. I was crying everyday, sometimes I go half day. It was ridiculous.

I wanted a change of environment (office-wise). I wanted to do something different. So when our account announced we're opening up an office in Cebu, I grabbed the opportunity. I was being smart about the move, aside from my longing for a different environment, I had a feeling I would move up. And I did.

The Explosive Orange

For three years, changes and movements were on me. I wanted change, I got it. I kept going. Then came burnout. I broke down one time and my friend didn't know what to do. It was funny actually but I just had to let it out. I knew I wanted to quit but the thought of leaving my colleagues and what the team might become if I do hinder me.

I guess movement from one line of business to another helped prolong my stay. But time comes when you've had enough, it always does. I didn't want to hide and cry in the restroom cubicle anymore just because I'm no longer passionate about what I'm doing. I had to end it.

Despite of all the reasons I left, I had memorable times with the company and it gave me opportunities and challenges I will be ever thankful for.

Right now I'm living the bum life that I've been wanting to experience! I'm checking out possible jobs out there but I'm not yet applying for anything. I just want to enjoy all the time I have right now doing this and that. Honestly I'm scared. My previous job was my hammock, my comfort zone and it's pretty scary stepping out of it. I have skills but I'm not sure anymore if they're any good now. It's like I'm leaving Earth to explore the Universe, I know it's magnificent, marvelous, astounding out there but I'm not sure I'll find another planets or worlds that could support life in the vastness of it, so I'll stay in satellites circling the Earth for now. Ugh, I'm not even sure if that made sense but that is it really!

Hey, I'm still dreaming of doing volunteer work/joining WWF for Nature or other environment-focused organizations but I'm taking my time at the moment. I'll get there soon.

The Explosive Orange

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Embrace the unknown

The Explosive Orange

The Explosive Orange
The Explosive Orange
Top - Forever 21; Skant? Pirt? - thrifted; Bow flats - Primadonna; Bag - thrifted

This is what I wore yesterday for a movie date with the boy. We watched “Unknown” starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones and Aidan Quinn. Pretty neat movie. By the way, why is Liam Neeson very good at “I-lost-something/someone-I-gotta-find-it/her/them” kind of movies, just like his previous movie ‘Taken’? Haha.

Anyway, I thrifted this sorta harem pants months ago for around $1 or Php50. I'm not sure what they are actually, is it a skirt or a pair of pants? Skant? Pirt? When I laid my eyes on it I knew I had to have it. It is a pretty interesting piece, I thought it was a maxi skirt but when examined it, the bottom is actually stitched close except for the two holes where your legs could go through. I had second thoughts on wearing this because I reckoned you’ve got to have the ‘attitude’ to pull this one off and I thought I don’t have that. But what the heck, if you don’t try, you won’t know right? So there you go… it was so comfortable and fun to wear!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Let's get these out of the closet and onto your shoulders

polka dot dress
white dress with blue floral prints
striped hoodie sweater
floral romper
cherry-printed skirt
floral cover-up
paisley-printed Ungaro wrap skirt

Florals, polka dots, stripes, fruits... I have not worn the clothes that own these prints because they needed alteration and I practically only have 10% talent on sewing and cutting so I don't know when I could wear them.

Happy Friday everyone!

Manila Trip Day 3: You Know I'd Walk a Thousand Miles

Quiapo Church
Quiapo Church
Quiapo Church
Haggard! Oily!t
Happy Hearts!
Happy Hearts!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Forever 21

I swear all the walk we did must've already earned enough miles to get us to Greece. Okay, that's beyond believable but you get the point. We walked so much I felt sorry for my feet but happy for my weight! I got sick though.

Anyway, on day 3 we had a late breakfast at Greenbelt 1, proceeded to SM Megamall to check out Forever 21 (is F21 in SM Makati, too?), went straight to Hidalgo St. in Quiapo to fulfill the boy's sole purpose of coming to Manila which is check out this street, stayed a bit at Quiapo Church because the area is a sight, and finally went to Trinoma to have dinner. Can you believe this itinerary? It was the most organized trip evur haha.

The restos at Trinoma were full-packed and had a long waiting queue. It was Valentine's Day so friends, families and lovers were all on a night out. We couldn't wait to be seated so we went for Kamay Kainan, that had some vacant tables, for a dinner buffet. Yes, we were exhausted and famished. We didn't have proper lunch so it was the way to go!

I got colds from the pollution and probably exhaustion but it was well worth it.

By the way, about the shirt. I swear I didn't deliberately wear because it was Valentine's Day that day. Haha! I knew there'd be another length of walking again on that day and needed something veryyy comfortable so I took this out. When I put it on that's when I realized it was 'celebratory'. Well, I don't have problems being cheesy sometimes so there you go!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Manila Trip Day 2: Up, Up and Away

With roughly 3 hours of sleep, we headed out at the wee hour of the morning of Sunday to catch a bus going to Pampanga for the 16th International Hot Air Balloon Festival. We were already running late (balloon lift-offs starts at 5:30AM) so I half-expected we'd be left with no balloons left to marvel at when we arrive. While we were already near at the NCLEX toll gate, we could already see them lifting off. My heart sank.

When we arrived, we were greeted by this:

Hot Air Balloon Fest crowd

I got exhausted just by the sight of the crowd but the wind was breezy and cold so I was more patient.

The remaining hot air balloons left on the field were uninteresting but well, better than nothing!
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Hot Air Balloon Festival

Wonder Boys on the loose...

It got very hot around 9-10am. We wanted to ride a balloon but there was a long queue and no shade. We were pretty much bummed out because we didn't catch all the pretty balloons so we weren't in the mood to be cheery. Way before noon, we decided to ditch the event and just go to SM Clark for lunch. We didn't have our own vehicle with us so we had to walk all the way to wherever it was we could get a pedicab to SM. You bet this got me into a sour mood but I made an effort not to fuss about it and just suck it up.

The Clark area is a flat country, which is expected from a former air base. Given that, there not much trees to shade us while we "trekked". We walked through dried grasses and twigs, dusty side roads, and even lahar-like sand. I even joked that Jim is very good a tour guide he side-tripped us to Mt. Pinatubo.

When we were about to ride a pedicab, we saw this... Too bad we didn't see them in their formation (we were busy joking and laughing about our "luck")!

Hot Air Balloon Festival
Hot Air Balloon Festival

We headed back to the city right after our lunch at SM Clark to haul our dead-tired asses from EGI Taft Tower to St. Illian's Inn in Makati. Checking in was a breeze and the small hotel's staff were courteous. We had dinner at Good Earth Greenbelt to cap the day.

Greenbelt couch
Good Earth