Monday, December 31, 2018

2 0 1 8 : The Blog and The Life

I love sappy year-end entries, so chances are, I've probably read yours hehe. I read them in full, wherever it's posted on social media. In fact, I have a lot of thoughts running around my head these past few days as we prepare for the coming new year. I can say that the weather helped too, since it's been raining for the whole week now. It's the kind of cold weather that makes you want to do nothing and just sleep all day. But then it's also the kind of weather that gives you ample time to think and reflect, and that's just the way I like it. 

Wearing Nature with Gilda's Story Accessories

This was the year I started wearing earrings more often. I personally think earrings are the best kind of accessories to wear because they're often the first thing people see as compared to rings and bracelets. Necklaces, yes, but people will always look at your face.

I was delighted to know about a new online shop my colleague from work introduced to us, which is called Gilda's Story. Their craft is to preserve nature by making them into wearable accessories, such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and the like.

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Aftermath of Blogmas and Festivities

A recap of sorts!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

For When We Need Some Inspo

Last day of Blogmas! Those 12 days flew by, I swear.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

What I Think About When I Think About Gifts

Giving gifts, receiving gifts. I love getting gifts, though I suck at giving them.

Monday, December 10, 2018

On Staying Awake Daily Even When I'd Rather Be Sleeping

December is probably the busiest month of the year, and most times I'm not able to get the sleep I think I deserve. And by this, I mean that I'm not able to listen to my body well enough to know that I need to maintain sufficient hours of sleep.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Tudor Revival Style in Stratford-Upon-Avon

I definitely felt the medieval vibes in this place, and much to my surprise, quite a bit festive too as we passed by the shops.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

DIY: Paper Bag Gift Wrapping Guide

My love language is definitely not Gifts. But since I'm already part of the workforce, I figured it was high time for me to start giving back and blessing others, because it's something I wasn't capable of doing back when I was still a student and not yet earning money.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Planning Your Gathering

Planning a get together isn't so easy especially now as adults.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

I'VE WATCHED: The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

There are times when I rewatch something I've watched years before then I'd ask myself: Why did I like this? But then it's different with The Nutcracker Prince. I think no matter how many times I watch this film, I'll always feel that same magic I felt just like when I first watched it.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Surviving Holiday Traffic

If you're a (highly frustrated) commuter like me, we might share the same sentiments with being stuck in traffic for prolonged periods of time.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

On Being A December Baby

Celebrating my birthday on December is a weird feeling. Weird, but in a good way, promise.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Why A Small Christmas Tree is All You Need

I grew up with a big Christmas tree, and setting it up has always been a family bonding activity. But then as the years passed, my big sis grew older, and so did I. Eventually, she moved out of the country, I went to college and moved out of the house, and then now I'm back again in our house after graduating. The Christmas tree has become a lot smaller since.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Keeping Your Energy For All The Christmas Parties

It's the season again of gatherings and reunions. Whether it be an event at church, school, office, or at home with our families, they all seem to keep coming.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Reason For The Season

I'm joining Blogmas this year! The simplest way I can think of in describing Blogmas is that it's a blog series during Christmas season wherein people get to write about anything related to Christmas (or any topic, for that matter!) for a number of consecutive days. I'm choosing to post for 12 days straight. Hope you enjoy, dear reader. This is my gift to you.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Lunches At Parks

Having lunch in parks should be a thing. Still part of my England posts.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

LONDON: Around the Westminster Abbey

This is one of the places that would make your head turn once you see it from the corner of the street. More than a famous tourist attraction, I chose to see it as an architectural masterpiece, a place of prayer and worship, to be seen and enjoyed personally. At the end of the day, it depends on how you view it. If there's one thing this trip taught me, it's about learning how to appreciate architecture, to learn about the styles, who made it, and so on; the questions don't stop.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

BLOGTHINGS: Mindful Sharing

Another Blog Things post! Ideas just keep coming, but there are times when I get too lazy to share.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

LONDON: Of Towers and Bridges

My first castle! Probably because it's the most accessible, as it's located in central London. Be prepared for some knowledge nuggets.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

INTERMEZZO: Narratives While in Transit

You know that part in a musical score wherein there's that short intermission that bridges one section to another? That's intermezzo. That's what came to mind whenever we'd take the train and all that can be seen were the lush greens and rolling hills of the countryside last June.

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Our time at Stonehenge was quite memorable because we visited on summer solstice day, the longest day of the year. I'd honestly call it a coincidence, because my sister wasn't thinking much about it while she planned our itinerary, but I say it's pretty cool that she decided to schedule it on June 21st. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Two Years Since College

It's been exactly 2 years since I graduated from college. Time flies!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

LONDON: Seeing Buckingham Palace

I'm far from done with my London posts, and there's still plenty of places we went to around England that I'm yet to share about; I hope you guys aren't getting tired of it.. though I must admit that I'm having fun! And I'll write about it as much as I can, to my heart's content.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

BLOG THINGS: Writing Habits

What happens when you write consistently? You develop habits, and hopefully they're effective!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Breaking The Mundane

Mundane's not at all bad, unless it gets too repetitive.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

LONDON: A Late Afternoon In Kensington Palace

By the time we got to Kensington Palace, it was already closed for the day. We still enjoyed the garden and park, nonetheless.

Hello to the Queen Victoria statue! Happy to have snapped this photo on a not so cloudy day.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Milk Tea For No-Spend Days

Whenever I crave milk tea but don't feel like spending, I'd make my own version of it, which is simply: black tea with milk.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

LONDON: Portobello Road On A Sunday

We walked here on a Sunday. I suddenly thought: wow, how fitting that I've written this entry on a Sunday too. I'm just going to say it outright that this is a post filled with colorful eye-candy houses, but I'm going to try not to bore you all! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

BLOG THINGS: On Having A Blog

Welcome to Blog Things! A series of essays relating to blogging, writing, and the like. No, I'm not going to teach you how to do those SEO traffic thingies, or how to be the ~*~best blog~*~ out there, but I just simply want to share thoughts and experiences on writing, on how it eases into my daily life. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

GREENWICH, LONDON: Standing On Top of the Prime Meridian

We went to Greenwich, London on a sunny day and stood on the historic Prime Meridian line ♡♡

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

LONDON: Natural History Museum, A Cathedral To Nature

Without a doubt, one of my favorite things about London (or probably in England) would be the free museums. There's no excuse for you not to learn something new everyday, or with each visit.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Why All You Need Is A Tote Bag

I'll be sharing a funny story, or maybe it's just funny to me. But maybe it's either funny or a great act of improvisation, but it may be both.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

LONDON: The V&A Museum

The V&A is known to be the leading museum of art and design. This place was named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert back in 1852, and they saw this as an effort to promote and educate everyone, regardless of race or class, about art and design through the museum collections. One can find artifacts here across all continents, from both the ancient times until the present day.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Thrift Haul + Tips

When you're a working adult, yet you still want to dress up, you thrift. This is basically part two of what I did last Saturday when I went out with my colleague to eat and thrift in Makati. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Saturday Brunch and Slow Walks

It's not Saturday today, but I just wanted to share and recount how last Saturday went. This day was supposedly a thrifting date only, but my colleague and I decided to squeeze in some time to eat first, and we decided that it was going to be at the Salcedo Saturday Market, since it was a Saturday.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

LONDON: Inside Kew Garden's Greenhouses

I've always been fascinated by plants, mainly because we have a garden beside my house. It's where my dad grows a variety of vegetables, such as okra, malunggay, sweet potato, and more.  I'm no botanist or plant expert, but I really did enjoy seeing so many different kinds when I visited Kew's greenhouses. It made me appreciate their great design and purpose.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

MUJI 2018 PLANNER: April - July

It's already August! We're well into the middle of the second quarter of the year. This is a much overdue update on the planner. Here is four months' worth of highlights.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

LONDON: Summer Blooms At Kew Gardens

It's definitely a good idea to visit gardens during the summer because this is the time when you can appreciate the many flowers that are in full bloom.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

LONDON: Get Well, Big Ben and Saying Hi to the London Eye

Saw some of the iconic places in London, namely Big Ben and London Eye (from a distance). We came at the time when the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the clock tower, and parts of the Houses of Parliament were under conservation works. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

LONDON: Paintings I Liked In The National Gallery Part 2

I honestly liked a lot of paintings here in the gallery. I like to think that seeing all these paintings is like peering in to the hearts and minds of these painters, too.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Favorite Podcast Episodes Lately #2

Photo from Debby Hudson from Unsplash

What with all the podcasts I listen to every time I commute to and fro work, I figured it would be nice to write down my thoughts about them. Post number 1 would be here.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

LONDON: Paintings I Liked In The National Gallery Part 1

The National Gallery, London is located in Trafalgar Square and was founded back in 1824. This gallery houses over 2000+ paintings within the time range of the mid-13th to 19th century. On this day, there was a concert of sorts going on at the Trafalgar Square itself, so there were lots of people (I didn't get to take a photo!! but it's okay because there was just simply lots of people). 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Because This is My First

Year on my full time job! My work anniversary was a month ago. To be honest I've been itching to write something about being a young professional. I'm not at all an expert or anything though, these are all just purely my own experiences. After all, it's written on my sidebar that this blog is all about my experiences and life as a young professional. We're already half way through the year, and I was scrolling through the entries I've written so far into the year, and I just wanted to check and align myself. So I thought of writing this one!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

LONDON: Stepping Back in Time at the British Museum

I've just finished uploading all of my England photos on Facebook. I didn't post much while I was on the trip, so I had a huge backlog of photos waiting to be posted. I don't normally post a lot on Facebook; I always just lurk around.. and actually, I don't really spend much time on there at all. But I certainly do post whenever I've gone on a trip, or if there's really something I'd like to post. I used to think a lot way too much about what I post, but I figured that by uploading all these photos, I'd at least be a bit more comfortable about doing so. I think an entire entry on social media should be written up some time soon haha! But for now, I shall recount my visit to the British Museum!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

On Lovely Postcard-sized Abstract Paintings of the Ocean

I've been following @artisticmoods on instagram for a while now, and came across one of her posts, in which @papertint was hosting a giveaway for her art challenge, #100daysofpapertint.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Hey, June.

I've just come back from my 2 week vacation in England with family. I say England, because we didn't go to Ireland or Scotland or any other places in the United Kingdom, just really within England. I've cheated with my past two entries, wherein I wrote them in advance and scheduled them for posting.. and I confess that I've only learned about the scheduling function a month ago (I really need to be more inquisitive and explore more.). But for now, I guess I want to mention my June highlight, which was this family trip!

Monday, June 25, 2018

My Favorite Kims of Korean Indie

My attempt to draw Roy Kim ♡ ♡

My colleague at work and I share a common interest when it comes to Korean Indie songs that we discover, because for us these are delightful gems we come across. I've observed how majority of the artists that we like and listen to have the last name "Kim", and thus it inspired me to write this post.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Daily Work Skincare Essentials

This seems to be one of the staple blog posts alongside What's In My Bag entries. Here we go!

I entitled this as "Daily Skincare Essentials" simply because I wanted to share what I use on my skin daily (or when I'm not lazy). It's nothing at all like a religious 10 step routine to follow, but just simply a way for me to take care of my skin.

I also have a goal, that I should be able to maintain my face even while working, even when I commute everyday, and even when there are times I don't get enough hours of sleep.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Rain and Ramblings

*I wrote this on Saturday, June 9. I remember mentioning in my previous blog entries on how I just couldn't wait for summer to be over because of the heat. But then just last week, we were greeted by the onset of the rainy season. Weather forecasters have officially announced that summer is over.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

A Bit Of A Catch Up

Featuring my newly thrifted black romper which is quickly becoming my favorite piece of clothing inside my wardrobe, as it is so easy wear and could be paired with any shirt of my liking and yet I would still look like a decent human being. Haha! Setting that aside, I enjoyed reading through fellow writers' blog entries on how their month of May went. I figured I'd write a little update on my end as well with my many interests in life.

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