Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sabtang Island

Being the smallest of the 3 inhabited islands of Batanes, the usual tour reco for Sabtang is only half a day. But if you wanna enjoy their beaches (something that I wasn’t able to do coz by mistake I booked ONLY a 2-day trip, HAHAHA *facepalm*), then you are most welcome to homestay in their well-preserved villages/ stone houses - the most unique attraction of this island. It certainly feels like stepping into another world in the Savidug Village.

Here, you’re free to explore rows of centuries-old lime stone houses with their trademark cogon roofs in all its rustic beauty. And what better way to do so than wearing/ renting some of the locals’ traditional costumes that serve as protection against the weather – the vakul (headgear for the women) and kanayi (vest for the men). Batanes being the northernmost part of the country means it’s one of the most typhoon-battered island (atleast 25 average in a year). But don’t be fooled by these simple houses with narrow doors and windows – their materials are all weather-proof. And the vakuls/ kanayis made of indigenous materials have become the symbol of the Ivatan’s resilience.

My male models are a group of gay besties I met at Chavayan Village 

Or...if you wanna complete the romance of the rolling hills, you may don the vakul/ kanayis in Chamantad-Tinyan viewing point. Aaaah, my most favourite part of the tour. But seriously, you have to wait for my first day post and be in awe at the other beauties I saw there. *wink* In general, I love a tourist spot when it’s (1) utterly huge. Meaning I will never ran out of space for photo-ops without having to elbow out other tourists, lol (2) offers physical activity. Aside from some relatively challenging hike that you need to do on this place to take in more breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, you can just simply take off your clothes and run down the hill (see video below at 00:24) to swim on the glistening water. 

And I swear, from where I was sitting above, it’s just too inviting in that 10-ish morning. I did have my swimwear but unforch, the tour wasn’t done yet. In retrospect, I could’ve asked for the guide to take me back there or the Morong beach instead of lunch. Coz of course, between food or swimming? I’d def choose the latter! It's a no-brainer. Hehe.

In the usual itinerary, Morong beach should be the last stop but my guide took me here first thing because he didn't want me to compete with the other tourists at the Ahaw arch formation. Lol. Part of this beach is also where I had my set lunch. It was the last stop since the faluwa (boat) that would take me back to Batan island is scheduled on 1PM. I did try to get some outfit change for some beach appropriate shots after my meal though.

For other areas of Sabtang that weren't covered in this post, I made an amateur video below. I wouldn't make any conclusions about my short trip since this is just like a quarter of the trip. I hope you enjoy the clip below and get as excited as I am about the post on Batan island. :)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fashion Commandments

For times when I'm stumped what to write for a certain outfit, I'm glad that this styling website never fails to deliver ideas. I am lifting one of their articles here coz I couldn't agree with them more. Although I must say...

#7 is something that I have always taken for granted. And #9 is something that really struck me the most. That's why I put the added information about it in there. It's also one that I've been trying to think of for the longest time and something that I'd like to work on soon.

Anyways, anything in italics below are my additional takes on the commandments. If you didn't click on the link above, the source is from a credible celebrity stylist.

1. Dress to flatter your body.
2. Not every trend is for everyone.
3. Spend some money on a gorgeous, clean black blazer. (Cakes: or tailored blazers)
4. Make yourself your own styling kit. (Cakes: My most powerful and favorite gear? Nipple covers. Lol.)
5. Put your money into classic timeless pieces that you will wear season after season.
6. Always have a fabulous party outfit dry-cleaned and ready to go.
7. Invest in good underwear and shapewear.
8. If your shoes are making your feet miserable, throw them out. (Cakes: I'd probably change this to always be ready with a back-up shoes hehe)
9. Know the brands that are kind to the environment. The fashion industry is the second biggest pollutant worldwide. We all need to do our part.
10. Don't be afraid to have fun. It's fashion, not neuroscience. (Cakes: Trust in mix and match *wink* So on that additional note, allow me to segue to this mixed trend look below :)

Dress: Warehouse; Skirt: Mango; Shoes/ Sunnies: Zaful

Thursday, October 12, 2017

#TrioThursdays: Splattered

Blame it on my relatively tall stature but I’ve always found maxi skirts easy to wear. For me, it has its advantages like (1) no pressure to wear high heels with them (2) no pressure to check as well if legs are waxed lol. 

I've had this splattered skirt from Bugis in Singapore for years now and it's monochromatic pattern never lets me run out of ideas in styling them. You've seen it first fresh in 2014 here and have since then saw a lot of styling here. The skirt also made it to Paris coz I figured the material would do well for the chilly weather. And without any particular theme (aside from the skirt itself), here are the latest three ways I wore 'em for today's hashtag post.

Top: Zara;  Bag: Mango; Shoes: Zalora

Top: Apartment 8; Shoes: H&M

Top/Bag: Mango

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sponsored: Statement Earrings

Ain't quite nothing like statement earrings to add an impact to your over-all look, no? I love necklaces for accessories too but earrings specially structured ones are making waves in the trends for fall season and these tasseled blue ones from Zaful is just one flirty take on that.

I'd usually leave my outfit at like this sometime before (a crazy mix of prints, oh yeah!) but the addition of the earrings just gave it a bit of something unexpected. Yes? So the next time you head out, try one of those statement earrings and see the difference it makes. Oh, this earring is also available in five more colors and you can use the code below for additional discounts. ;)



Hat: H&M; Top; Zara; Outer top: Here; Skirt/ Bag: Mango

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

#TrioThursdays: Fanny Pack

I admit, I used to find it as a dorky accessory (like something my uncle would wear) but I have to say you see things in  a different perspective especially if the reigning queen of fanny pack Kendall is always sporting it. Lol!

Once upon a light bulb moment, I found a way to DIY it using a regular hand/shoulder bag and a belt (that's not even totes matching in color) and I thought I should test drive the trend without spending anything. Here are the three ways I wore 'em below for today's hashtag post. The verdict? 

For someone like me who's always carrying the wold on her shoulders (literally with my gym stuff everyday), I could really do with having a separate hands-free bag to put all my fundamentals: cash, compact powder and my phone. The additional benefit? I love that it also doubles up as a cincher while making you look "hip" at the same time. :P Would you wear a fanny pack?

Dress: Dorothy Perkins; Bag/Belt: Mango

Top: Folded & Hung; Skit: Zara; Shoes: Keds; Bag/ Belt: Mango
Top/Skirt: Unbranded; Bag/ Belt: Mango

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sponsored: Citrus Floral

And so I learned that in France, summer doesn’t officially end until September 21 but the avenues and parks have taken on their autumn reflections and the streets are already carpeted with fallen leaves by the time I arrived a month ago. It’s an inspiring sight actually as I’ve never really been to any country in all its autumnal poetry but a bit sad coz my expectations were different when it comes to my initially planned outfits. Haha. You see I was planning to wear a lot of summery dresses during my stay but the temperature ranged from 10 to 16C when I was there.

As some style blog would advice, dark florals are the way to go during winter season. But this citrusy floral from Zaful is also good for those in transition period. First of all, it’s summery with its floral print but the long sleeves and longer skirt hemline makes the cold weather a bit tolerable especially if you pair with a tall high boots in tan color (soon). Would’ve loved to bring this with me but alas, it didn’t sit well with the other accessories that I planned to rotate in my 30kg allowable baggage. Haha. But I still love this dress and thankfully I live in the tropics so I can wear this a lot here :)

Another thing that I wanted to bring with me? This canary dress. I don’t know but it’s just the perfect look for Paris’ gardens, don’t you think? Trust me, I tried but it’s just too cold guys. Too cold. Haha. Atleast, I was able to bring this Zaful necklace with me in Paris. Hehe.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017


About two weeks ago in Paris, I had the chance to step into and explore probably the most breathtakingly beautiful parks and gardens in the world. There was never a garden I visited that I didn't like and until now I haven't decided yet which is my favorite among them. Haha!

But before I start posting about my Paris adventures (I still have my Batanes trip to blog), allow me to feature one of my favorite parks in Makati - the Washington Sycip Park in Legazpi Village. It has a lot of attractions but the real game changer is the Tsuruki-En (crane and turtle garden) at the southern part of it. It definitely feels as if I'm transported back to Japan - namely Kyoto. :) Here are some of the pics taken a few months ago...

Dress/ Bag/ Hat: H&M; Sandals: Mango