Japan 2017: an Amateur’s guide

I’ve been a constant daydreamer when it came to imagining myself strolling on the streets of Tokyo. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been a fan of Japan’s vibrant culture, its people, and most specially, Anime. Who would’ve thought that the day I’ve been dreaming of would finally come! I just came home from an eight-day vacation in none other than my favorite country in the world – JAPAN! *cries*
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Crumbs of Society: A Hunchback and His Pushcart

(Photo not mine)

You know the countless heartbreaking images you see about starving street children, old people who are left dying in wherever, and bloodbaths in war infested places? Well, the experience I had last night didn’t come close to all of those, but the heartbreaking feeling was as surreal as when I see any of the situations mentioned above. It was about eight hundred thirty hours in the evening when me and my boyfriend saw him. 

We crossed the intersection from Mcdonalds And Xavier University. He was there- an eighty year old something man, back severely hunched, pushing what seemed to be a cart full of local streetfood he sells. He slowly passed by us, painstakingly pushing his load with every bit of strength he could muster. My heart was literally crushed, even Edmund’s. The scene that took place made us look over our shoulders again and again as the old man went farther away from us. 

We decided to buy three pieces of balut (chicks that are supposedly about to develop but are half-cooked instead) from him. I ran to him before he turned to a curb and stopped to ask how much it costs. He replied in a very low voice I had to stoop down a bit. He opened a cellophane and slowly took out three eggs. While he was at it, my tears just fell down like a waterfall. I had to hold them in before he saw my face. We gave him a hundred bucks and didn’t ask for the change. 

I thought to myself, these old people shouldn’t work anymore. Where were their family? Their sons or daughters? Why do they have to leave their fathers and mothers like this? They should be in their homes right now, relaxed, feet up on the couch and watching TV. 

I wish to be able to help people like them in the future. I seriously don’t want my parents to end up like that – no family nor friends – it’s unbearable I can’t even begin to imagine. I hope young ones shouldn’t make fun of those people – they who are often called “the crumbs of society”. 

If you guys know any of his relatives, please contact them and tell them to take him in.

My chest still hurts while I’m writing this. I have to end now before I well up again.

Pretty in Pink For You

Hi everyone! Today is a gloomy Sunday morning, but it doesn’t stop me from putting a bit of bright color to it. How are you all faring today? I hope you are well. Today’s outfit-of-the-day pose is all about one color I think almost all girls love: PINK! ❤️

Deets below:


I fell in love with this winged Baby pink dress from the moment I saw it online. I found it when local online seller Gospell Shean Zablan  put it up on her account for sale. For just P295.00 or $6, free of shipping, I was already able to nab this beauty.


Necklace: Ororama Department Store

Bracelet: given

I love the effect of the winged sleeves on the overall look of the dress. The way they flow just below the elbows make me feel like a princess.


Doll shoes: SM Parisian

I opted to wear flats instead of heels today since it was drizzling a bit, and i didn’t want to get cold feet just because my toes are exposed.


One of the cute details of the dress are the bowties just at the start of the slits on the elbows. They make the dress look all the more girly. ❤️

I hope you all had a fun-filled Sunday today! God bless us as we start this week and may we always  be aware of Him every moment of our lives. Ciao!

Celebrate Life: Be Bold in Prints!

Hi everyone! I know, I know. I haven’t been writing for quite some time now and I’ve missed on so many days of update. Juggling work, home and church duties has got me topsy turvy these past few months due to the many activities we’ve had. At any rate, I’m still here, guys. Please show me some love again and I hope you won’t hit the unfollow button. 😭

It’s been so long since I last posted about fashion, so here’s a fresh look on what I wore for this Sunday’s service.

Deets:

Turtleneck top: Nakedclothingph (check them out on Instagram)

Bold printed neoprene midi skirt: thelushcloset (check them out on Instagram)

Doll shoes: Gaisano mall

As you may have noticed in almost all of my outfit posts, I rarely wear designer/branded clothing. The mere fact that they are unreasonably pricy plus you can, on so many occasions, buy alternative pieces at a much cheaper rate are pretty much the two major reasons why I don’t buy one.

Summer is just around the corner although mornings and evenings are still a bit chilly. This vibrant neoprene midiskirt is the perfect piece to wear on a hot summer day! I already wore this piece here.

 

I kept my accessories to a minimum. A watch, a necklace, and a trusty Unisilver pair of bracelet and ring are enough for this OOTD.



The necklace is a two-chained heart and infinity which was a Valentines’ day gift from my boyfriend. 😊

Never be afraid to wear loud prints from time to time. All it takes is a little bit of mix and match of neutrals and prints and voila, you are ready to face any day! Always remember to put on a smile as you flaunt your outfits of the day. It adds a lot more than just style. It adds attitude. Have a great week ahead!

New Year’s Eve: A Golden Night

Hello everyone! How have you all been? I’m really sorry for being on hiatus for about a month or so. Work has been demanding and a lot of preparations were done due to the many, MANY  party invitations. I can’t believe it’s already New Year’s Eve! 2016 sure has flown by quite fast, don’t you think? Oh how I’ve missed writing on this blog again after what seemed like eons. I hope you are all having a wonderful time this evening with your families and friends as you welcome 2017. Tonight i’ve donned a simple ensemble as my OOTD for page 1 of another 365 days. Deets below:


I went for mild earth tone colours. Gold glitter top from Gaisano, culottes pants from IG shop Fashionhubmanila, and flats from SM Parisian.

I love how the simplicity of this look can actually make for a nightout or a simple dinner with family and friends.


The top is actually decorated with gold glitter albeit not too visible. Pair it with a simple statement necklace and voila!


I thank God first and foremost for bringing me through this year full of ups and downs. I cannot count how many times He has helped me in the past year, and now a new one is about to come. His mercy and grace sustained me and my family, and I am sure his faithfulness will continue to follow us as we step into 2017. May yours be prosperous and full of love and blessings! Thank you all for being a part of my 2016.

Cheers!

Xoxo,

Bambi

Cusina Higala: A Touch of Filipino Modern Cuisine

If you’re looking for a restaurant that is every bit as instagram worthy as it is gastronomic, Cusina Higala is the place to be. Located in Capistrano- Mabini Sts. Cagayan de Oro, it is previously known to many as Thai Me Up. The management decided to reconceptualize its whole look and focus  from Thai to Filipino food, making it more appealing to city locals like myself. 

Here are some of the shots I took from my first visit:

As you can see, the place is very spacious and dainty. With carefully selected decorations, the ambience matches a typical 1970s to 1980s restaurant.

Cusina Higala has an upper wing to which we were fortunate enough to have for ourselves. I love the choice of pink, white, and earth colors for the furniture. All are complementary to one another to stimulate any person’s appetite.

The owners are quite artsy with their vintage pieces. 

(Isn’t the wash area near the restroom beautiful? It was so lovely to behold)

The food was scrumptious. Everything Filipino was present in all their dishes. The price of entrees starts at a minimum of P150.00 – which is reasonable considering that the restaurant offers comfort, leisure, and bragging rights (lol no kidding).

Cusina Higala should be a part of your must-see food destinations. You will definitely frequent the place once you have tasted their Filipino-Modern cuisines. It is regularly open Mondays to Sundays starting at 1 pm onwards.

Enjoy!
Xoxo,

Iva