Staycation

We had been planning to see each other again for quite some time. Loon was supposed to come over my place this month, but unfortunately, due to some important matters to attend to, it got postponed. She told me that the souvenirs she bought for me were accumulating and maybe she should just ship them as usual. I refused and offered to pay her a visit to pick them up instead. Besides, I told her she should treat me to a birthday cake since I sang her, albeit terribly, a Happy Birthday song over the phone. Next time she comes over, it’s going to be too late since that will be on my birth month already. I said I should eat that cake at all means. lol Loon dubbed me as the demanding visitor.

DAY 1

The trip from Olongapo to Cavite takes around 6-8 hours. I decided to take the 2am trip to arrive early and have more time to spend on the first day.

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(L) She made me some waffle with bacon for breakfast. Omnomnom~
(R) I also met her cats, Hiss and Hide, again. Fatso brothers! I bought them bowties and they love me more than Loon now. LOL

For Day 1, we had planned to get a haircut together. We grabbed a quick meal before heading to the salon.

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(L) It’s my first time to try Gyro. It reminds me of Persian Ave. (R) Loon tried Chatime’s Thai Milktea but it was too sweet. I swapped it with my lychee drink since I’m the one who can tolerate sweetness more lol

I haven’t had a salon haircut for over 5 years. It’s because I despise having to deal with most of them, especially the ones here in PH. I wanted to give Loon’s usual salon a try since I heard good things about it. Well, my haircut didn’t turn out as much as I envisioned but I loved it nonetheless.

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(L) Before haircut aka full hikikomori look (R) After haircut, we look like hoomans again!

After shopping for a bit, it was getting late so we booked a room somewhere near. Loon brought her new domino and we had a match!

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We already forgot how to play it so we googled. lol I won once and lost twice to Loon. I’ll definitely get revenge next time. ūüė°

DAY 2

The following day, we went out of town for lunch. That spot had a nice view but it’s such a shame I forgot to take a photo. Here, have some selfies instead. lol

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Fridate~

I also took a photo of Loon which reminded me of the one from 2014.

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(L) 2014 (R) 2017

We got something light for lunch since we were planning to eat bulalo somewhere else later on. After our meal though, we entirely forgot about the bulalo. OTL

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I loved the mashed potato¬†‚̧

We were supposed to take a stroll and check out the newly-opened mall nearby, but it suddenly rained on our way out so we went back to Cavite instead. Had some coffee and light snacks and called it a day.

We had a short movie night when we got home. Also tried fire noodles while we were at it.

DAY 3

It was a gloomy day when we woke up so we decided to watch some movies before heading out. Loon’s nieces were nice enough to buy us some ice scramble. The taste was so nostalgic! It has been my favorite since elementary school days.

On our way out, we also encountered a maruya seller. It looked and smelled so nice so I wanted to give it a try. It was a lot better than usual. It was so crunchy and warm, I regret getting just two. We gotta learn how to make it this crunchy!

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(L) Scramble. It’s a milky shaved-ice street food usually sold around schools. I like this better than ice cream! (R) Maruya is a fried mashed banana snack sprinkled with sugar. I had already eaten most of it before taking this photo.

We got some pizza, pasta and ice cream before checking out some stuff to buy.

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(L) Photobomber Loon. It was supposed to be a solo pic! lol (M) Loon was too busy eating her coffee-flavoured ice cream lol (R) Sniffing caught on camera. (Smells so nice tho)

We had cake, finallyyyyyyyyy. *demanding visitor mode*

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I wanted Cake by Katerina’s signature KitKat cake, which is one of my favorites. Though, it was not available so we ordered something else. For some reason, their new cakes aren’t as good as how they used to be. Might be due to a change of baker/ ingredients. Idk.

Ah yeah, of course, there was the obligatory “Kambal kayo? Magkapatid? Magpinsan? Ano pala?” comment, while we were eating. I feel like randomly being in Pinoy Henyo everytime this happens.

After having cake, we headed home and watched another movie. I was not able to finish it since I quickly fell asleep in the middle of Loon’s massage.

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Overall, I absolutely enjoyed my stay as usual. I really want to return sometime soon since there are lots of new establishments that are about to open. Gotta try them all!

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Pasalubong /o/ Thank you, Loon!

Here’s a snapshot of our outfits for all three days. As usual, I chose something light and easy to wear. For Day 1, I wanted it to be gender-neutral and extra warm since I easily get cold from long trips. For Day 2 and 3, I chose something easy to pack up.

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And lots of selfies!

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I guess it’s so obvious how much we enjoyed playing with these. lol

 

Metamorphosis

It’s been a while! Unfortunately, I had to go MIA for a couple of months due to a little sickness, work, and some room renovations. Despite my inactivity, I do appreciate being invited to be a judge once again in a cosplay event in my hometown. When Rhei asked me about it, I thought it over since I have a terrible sleep schedule. At the moment, it’s falling asleep on dusk, getting up around midnight, and going back to sleep in the morning until noon. I had been wondering if I could go out and socialize at all. This was also the reason why this post was delayed. I was physically drained and fell asleep as soon as I got home *old people probs* I kept on dozing off while I was trying to update. lol Anyway, let’s get started! Here’s the event poster:

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Photo credit: Hydrogenesis

Before anything else, I just want to say that I’m really glad to have these kinds of events in Olongapo. Back in 2004 when I started cosplaying, there wasn’t anybody else here I could relate to. The following year, an old friend, Gibs, gave it a try and did so well at the craft. (I kinda expected this level from him though since we used to draw a lot back in highschool and he was already amazing when it came to arts.) Although I wasn’t here when Otaku Maru started, I had seen it flourish since I got back from Japan around 2011-2012. This organization had humble beginnings, starting their events in a small outdoor space and eventually growing into a much bigger one. Nowadays, the events are usually held at Harborpoint, which is not only more spacious but comfortable as well. There are lots of skilled cosplayers too. Many of them already migrated to Manila and abroad, but still, a lot of promising ones remain and I’m proud of it. (And hah! I’m such a proud Olongape√Īo, if that’s not obvious yet! lol)

This year, I judged the event with Lenorf and Mitchelle, who travelled all the way from Manila. Glad to have them both!

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With Lenorf and Mitchelle (Mitchaki). I love how we’re all wearing black and white. lol ¬†Photo credit (R): Lenorf

While waiting, I spent most of my time chatting with Kelcey. I’m so happy she decided to attend.

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With Ghost Kelcey. She’s the one who cosplayed Tsubasa in our A-rise group before.
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(L)Soma and his gf, Jamee, helped to organize the event and made sure that everything went smoothly. ¬† (R)I also met a lot of people I know but due to my shaky hands, most of the photos were blurry. I didn’t bother taking more later on. lol ¬† Photo credit: Andrea

Here are our selected winners for the competition. (Third, Second and First Place, respectively). What do you think?

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Third Place.   Photo credit: Hydrogenesis
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Second Place.   Photo credit: Hydrogenesis
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First Place.   Photo credit: Hydrogenesis
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Finally, a photo with all the cosplayers who joined.   Photo credit: Hydrogenesis

And yep, I didn’t cosplay. I just don’t have the time to create a new one yet. A lot of people were asking about my character (I even got comments about DRRR!!) but lol it’s just me and my usual clothes. I think it was another great opportunity to wear some things I always wanted to wear from my closet. I still have a lot and I rarely go out! *hikikomori probs*

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Photo credit: Kelcey. Thank you for always taking great fashion snapshots!

Outfit details:
White shirt (Funky‚ô°), Black shirt (Knick Knack), Long cardigan (Black Peace Now), Pants (Rococo), Shoulder bag (Bodyline), Other bag, Shoes, Hat, Scarf, Necklace(Unbranded)

I was torn whether I should go for a classic Ouji attire or something more casual with a similar feel. I decided to go for the latter since I wanted it to be more effortless, comfortable and easy to wear. Plus, I have more clothes under this category anyway.

I would like to send a lot of thanks to Loon, for helping me with the outfit. I think I like this better than my first plan.

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“I’ll always come home to you.” ¬† Photo credit: Gamaliel Paz

Lastly, to the organizers and everyone who had been a part of this event, most of all, to Hydrogenesis and Otaku Maru, thanks a lot!

From Last Year

Last month, although I was able to make more¬†progress compared to¬†my previous pace, I was still disappointed with myself because I knew I was still slacking off. I had been planning to push myself further to accomplish even more this month. I had a lot of things to do in line. But unfortunately, due to struggling with some… health issues, I had no choice but to sit back and take some rest. I’ll probably talk more about these frustrations in my next posts.

On the brighter side, a friend sent some photos he took of us from last year so I can still maintain my two-posts-a-month streak. (Yey~)

These shots were taken when we attended Cosplay Mania last October 2016. I had been trying to avoid saying gloomy things but sadly, these were some of the last few coordinates I styled for us, while we were together as a couple.

Dressing up for me is a form of art. I always feel great satisfaction everytime I find pieces that look like they are made to go together (especially if they’re from different collections/brands). Blending colors and textures¬†in perfect harmony always brings me pleasure beyond words.¬†Clothes and accessories that reflect a part of me are hidden gems. Fashion is like an extension of my skin. (I actually wanted to say “an extension of my soul”, but I don’t believe in souls lol)

I think these coordinates can be classified under what they would refer to in Japan as “puchipura“(„Éó„ÉĀ„Éó„É©), as I didn’t choose pieces¬†from the more expensive brands. (The term puchipura was coined from “petit” and “price“).

Anyway, let’s get to it! Here’s what we wore for Day 1. We arrived at the event around 6pm or so because we¬†spent our entire afternoon falling in line for Pablo’s Cheesecake. lol *no regrets*

cosmania1This shot was taken by one of our favorite Filipino photographers, Kira Hokuten.

Loon’s skirt was actually something I bought from ACDC Rag for my little sister around 5 years ago. (She chose it herself lol) She had grown a lot now and it seems like she¬†has no plans of wearing it anymore so I borrowed it for this set.

The chokers and necklaces were Loon’s finds.¬†Her safety pin bracelet was from Bodyline and the cute leg accessory was something¬†commisioned by Ian Cartalaba. Check out his shop here.

It makes me sad that I forgot to include the black cat plush as one of¬†my favorite items in my Friday the 13th post. (I might edit that next time.) I bought this from a random shop in 0101 Shinjuku, if I remember it right. It’s so cute it even has a small pocket at the back. I used to annoy my favorite cat with this plush too.

cosmania2Another great shot by Kira. This one is my favorite among the set. \(^o^)/

I’m not a dog person but as soon as I saw the length, texture, and design of the longsleeves, I was delighted and immediately bought it. I knew it would perfectly match¬†that shirt. The crop top I wore was originally a dress, which I modified. I got the sunglasses from a¬†local street vendor for as low as 50pesos($1). lol Lately, I’m also getting fond of more comfortable pieces such as those pants and shoes.

For Day 2, we decided to go for something more simple because we intended to roam around the event longer.

cosmania4This lovely shot was taken by another friend, Emman. You may visit his page here.

This jumper from Forever 21 felt majestic to wear. lol The lower part somehow reminded me of a certain coat I have from BPN. The sheer fabric was very light and soft and the drape felt like I was wearing a cape. Although, the length made me a little bit paranoid while riding the escalator.

It’s not visible in this photo but at the back of Loon’s¬†shoes, there¬†are black strips with similar “Love” design like¬†the one on her skirt. Her¬†mini panda bag is 3x more adorable up close. It even has a little bamboo design at the tip.

My rabbit bag¬†here belongs to Loon. The design¬†makes me think of Alice in Wonderland. And yes, as you may notice, we “recycled” the bag and shoes for this set¬†too because multiple shoes and bags are too heavy to carry all the way to Manila. (/tagabundok probs)

cosmania-3It was such a windy day! You may visit Kira’s page for more photos like this.

I wish there are more chances to dress up like this. But aside from¬†the Ph heat, I don’t have the vigor to go out that often anymore. (/old people probs lol)

Chocolat

First of all, I finally got a camera remote control. (Yey!) Although, it’s hard to focus using this and it only allows me to have 2 seconds to prepare, as opposed to the camera’s 10-second timer. Brighter side is that¬†it takes a lot less energy compared to going back and forth to the camera to press the button. Next goal: proper lights!

Since I’m not making chocolates this Valentine’s, I decided to dress like one. (Well, two actually. ;p)
brown-f-34150This Liz Lisa jsk immediately reminded me of chocolates as soon as I saw it. It resembles a fancy chocolate box, don’t you think? For the hair accessory, I picked something simple to give it a bit of otona¬†vibe.

Sometimes, people would tell me that they’re curious about how I would look like without my signature bangs. Here you go. I did my makeup differently though. (And let me answer what you’re thinking. Yes, Luna is gone. This abomination devoured¬†her.lol)

Sweet image is one of my weaknesses. As expected, the outcome didn’t turn¬†out¬†as girly as I hoped to be (lol) but that’s just me being me being bittersweet, like how I prefer my chocolates.

brown-m-34150The idea behind this¬†was inspired by Teru’s Rock and Read issue. I¬†took a photo of my dansou self to match¬†the other one.

I might have been eating too much chocolates because I can’t help but think¬†that the coat’s buttons look yummy enough to eat. lol

Anyway, let me give you a peek to what¬†I’m referring to. (I love it so much I got two copies. I was even planning three but practicality got the better of me.)

teruTeru: Someone who can do both

What are your plans for Valentine’s? Like any other day, alone or not, let’s make it¬†a good one.¬†Afterall, the person who loves¬†us most is¬†ourselves.

Bohemian Treehouse Getaway

At the end of 2016, I had been feeling down and some friends had been worried about me (Sorry.). Ricah decided to pay me a visit after new year. (She had been considering the idea since last year anyway.) I suggested a convenient nearby hotel but she opted to book something more interesting. She said she needed a change of scenery too.

She found a Bohemian-inspired treehouse near my town. Since I rarely go out of the house, I didn’t have any idea on how to go there so we took a¬†cab straight to the place after having lunch.

boho-final-xsI wore something light and casual to suit the relaxing ambiance. (Thanks to Ricah for taking these pictures. #snowfallphotography lol)

ricah-boho-final-xsCheck out Ricah’s outfit too. Sadly, we¬†weren’t able to take photos together.

in-xsHere’s the¬†view inside and outside the room. (Hey look, a black cat!) I just took these photos through my mobile phone listlessly so some of them are blurry. I should stop being lazy. lol

decor-sSome of the interesting details I found around the place. This makes me miss our Still Life classes. Ah, good ol’ days.

out-xsTop: More photos outside.; Bottom: The treehouse at dusk.

food-xsLunch at Harborpoint. Most establishments were closed because of the holidays.

In the end, I was not able to relax at all. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not used to going out with other people or the fact that I only got an hour of sleep or less. But still, I’m glad that Ricah invited me to stay in this wonderful place. Thank you!

Friday the 13th

When I woke up in the afternoon¬†today, I thought how fitting it could’ve been if I started my blog on this day instead. Friday the 13th and black cats seem to go well together. Too bad I often lose track of the date as I rarely check the calendar. lol Anyway, what’s done is done. I hate dwelling on things that cannot be changed. To make up for it, I’ve decided to work on¬†something else on a whim. I’m not really sure if I can finish it within the day and I’m not fond of making things impromptu¬†but hey, how about doing it once for a change?

Because it’s Friday the 13th, let me show you a few of my favorite cat items.¬†‚ô•

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I love this top because it brings me back some memories. It’s the one I wore when I had a photo taken with Versailles.¬†‚ô•

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Top and Bottom: I bought them from some random shops at Harajuku 5 years ago. Still loving them.; Middle: A gift I received from Loon last year. It goes so well with my bag. So cute.♥ I will only use this on special occasions.

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Bonus: Another Harajuku find. I wasn’t able to take a new photo because it’s so limp now (I hug it too much ok lol)

Hope you had a great Friday the 13th!

ONE

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Welcome, humans. After a long time, I’ve decided to go out of my lair.

Although I believe I’m not good when it comes to writing, some friends and clients kept on convincing me to start a blog. Anyway, I’ll just keep on typing what comes to mind.

To keep things a little bit more organized, I made this space to compile my photos and things that I will create from now on. This is a personal blog so everything will be about me; thoughts, beliefs, ideas, interests, photos, progress, randomness.

I rarely go out of the house and I don’t socialize much but I love dressing up, so you can expect a lot of outfit posts. It may not look like it but I enjoy eating and ocassionally going to random places too so you may also see a little bit of them.

It’s been over a decade ever since I maintained a Livejournal account and perhaps even longer since I had a public blog. My random musings, which may seem a little too long for Facebook, will get posted here as well.

Despite my tight schedule, I am planning to update this at least twice a month. I hope that this somehow increases my motivation to achieve my goals in mind, which is to move and to be more productive. I want to make every minute count.

Recently, I came across a quote which summed up my driving force.

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
– Mark Twain

It might seem far-off my point but I can relate when I try to look at it in general terms. Even during my inactivity, I always thought that I could create a lot of great things. I have plenty of ideas. I felt frustrated everytime I procrastinated due to my perfectionism and anxiety. I realized that no matter how much capability a person has, being stagnant and not being able to apply it to reality is a lot worse than someone who can only produce mediocre things but tries and improves. I want to take advantage of the aspects of life that I can reshape and hone. As an artist, I want to keep on creating things. And from this point, I’ll start another chapter.