Monday, July 1, 2013

The Leap of Choice

Coming from UP, sunflowers mean something to us other than just a flower. When it starts growing along university avenue some time in February, it marks the beginning of the end of college for a lot of students. Once it has fully grown, it symbolizes a new chapter in the life of those fresh grads who are zealous to face the real world.

For me, these sunflowers signify that the best is yet to come. This year, I felt ready taking on new challenges. I've finally ventured into film producing by applying to work with Joe Alandy, a young producer who's slowly making his mark in the local indie film scene. Although I have experienced how it was to produce an event such as Bloggers United bazaar, it is by a mile, nothing compared to (creative) producing a film.

Film producing is far more complicated, more cerebral and more consuming.

Currently, I'm working on (under the producing unit) our Cinema One 2013 entry, Shift by Siege Ledesma. According to our timeline, we'll start principal photography by August, to give enough time for post production and marketing before the festival this November (we've been working since June as you can see).

Just when I thought I knew what I was getting into, reality slaps me on the face  it's a totally different ballgame. This isn't my cup of tea and I was thrown way off my comfort zone. I realized I know nothing (but I've been learning).

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Baggage Encounter

Since my last entry, I haven't logged in my blogger account and when I tried to do so (just a few minutes ago before writing this), dun dun dun dun... I forgot my password! Honestly, I think I sort of panicked right away because thoughts of possibly not being able to access this blog ever again got into my head (exaggerated paranoia right). Then, it took me a couple more attempts before I finally typed in the correct one. Whew! I let out a big sigh of relief and just laughed at myself (call me crazy, haha). If not for the 150+ comments left unapproved and me almost forgetting my password, I wouldn't realize (that much) how so much time passed me by. With how quick things change these days, a few months is indeed a long time.

As usual, life continues to happen. And with everything I've gone through (a lot actually, or should I say, a looooooooooooooot), considering all my personal experiences as a whole, it's been a little difficult (fine maybe I'm a little lazy too) to sort everything out and share it with you in full account. 

So far, it's been clear to me what I want in my life. In full confidence, I can say that I have found myself and I'm on a roll in chasing after all my goals and dreams. In order for me to keep on moving towards the things that I aspire for and pursue my chosen endeavors, I had to let go of everything that held me back. And by that, I mean, everything that burdened me. Life is indeed one hell of a journey and I don't ever want to slow down or let any excess baggage stand in my way. 

Sorting. Separating. Discarding. Keeping. Leaving. I had to undergo all these in the process of simplifying my life so I could create more space for my growth as a person.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Life as a Non-blogger

Long time no see, soul mates. You haven't heard from me for almost two months now (!). Just when I was all geared up to write a steady stream of updates, I face a hectic work schedule that made it impossible for me to write anything vaguely interesting or meaningful. Thus, I'm consistently confronted with the choice of leaving you with nothing new to read instead of blah-ging my way into your feeds. 

Again and again, I have always told you how much I worry about blog content that I will not bother posting if there is really nothing much to say (I have twitter or my facebook page for that), which might explain the relative silence on the blog. When your life does not revolve around blogging, it's normal to encounter this ever-present stumbling block to consistently posting.

Freeway top | Bazaar shorts | F-STOP shoes and earrings | Singapore necklace and belt

Technically, I think I have already been a non-blogger since late last year. Since the start of 2013, I have not attended any blogger event or accepted any additional blogging projects (except the existing ones) because I've been too focused on my work. Ditching all those have definitely given me all this extra time to do... even more work (haha, I must be crazy)! Styling for television, and a huge celebrity at that, has been very demanding, not to mention the fact that I've been juggling management jobs for a number of film and video projects altogether.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

GIVEAWAY: LBD With A Twist From Fashion Exchange (F/X)

Every girl should have at least one little black dress which would be useful for any occasion, or any time of the day. For budget fashionistas like us, it's important to spend our money on clothes that we can mix and match or repeat endlessly without being too conscious. A good investment for our closet is a piece which  we can wear in several different ways.

This year, I'm giving you not one, but four dresses! Uhmm technically it's just one, haha! However, the number of looks in which you can style it is countless.

I stopped doing giveaways because it has been such a hassle for me to tally all my entries. Now, I won't have a problem because there's Rafflecopter!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

We Have Some Catching Up To Do

The first day of the year is like an ordinary day to me special. I've come to learn to see everyday as a significant part of my life. Granted that there are no fireworks or feast every single day, just knowing that I am alive while others breathe their last, is already a blessing. I'm not exactly an optimistic person because I don't keep my hopes up or my expectations too high, rather, I'm realistic enough to appreciate life as it is and whatever it may bring both good and bad. 

2012 was a year of changing perspectives. I've grown to be a more positive person, in a sense that, there's always something I'm thankful for no matter how petty it is. This major shift in the way I look at life helped me to stop focusing on the things that I lack and instead, notice the abundance of simple pleasures that I've been blessed with.

My new year's outfit felt a lot like Christmas, haha.

The moment I stopped feeling sorry for myself was the time I found myself in high spirits and free of stress. There are a lot of things in this world that I cannot change. And so, I chose to change what I can myself. Just to make it clear, the last thing I want to do is claim to be good person or someone better than anyone else. I'm not. I'm merely celebrating myself as it is raw and imperfect but happy and contented.

A huge part of this process has something to do with me, detaching myself from this blog. I haven't updated much this year. Cecile of and I share the same dilemma, we've lost our mojo to blog. Although I've been past this phase while she has just started (read her entry here), I understand the need for her to step back and think about what's important for her. I know so because I've been there. 

While I wait in excitement for more awesome experiences 2013 has to offer, let's catch up on a few of the wonderful things I failed to share with you.    

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Goal Setting: One Broke Girl No More

It's not about the money, money, money... We just wanna make the world dance. Forget about the price tag. 

Is there anyone here who doesn't know this song? Jessie J has a valid point. Not everything in this world is about the cha-ching, cha-ching. In a lot of my posts, I've been saying this over and over because I have experienced it myself. Having money does not guarantee happiness. However, we also have to admit that money is undeniably essential for us to survive. In fact, being broke can be sort of depressing.

Being an entrepreneur myself with my own small-scale business (which will have a comeback this 2013), I can truly say that having a business can be a pain in the ass, haha. To give you an idea, I do research on the latest fashion trends and runway reports, scout for suppliers and items to sell, buy stocks, style and shoot my products, edit the photos, update the store with promos and ads, coordinate with the clients (answer inquiries, go through order forms) and ship the purchases -- all by myself without 100% assurance of profit.

These tasks can be overwhelming and time-consuming for someone like me (plus imagine how much seed money I put out), someone who is crazy busy with indie film shoots, hosting gigs, wardrobe styling stints, personal projects like blog collaborations, and social media and PR work. How I manage to do them all? I honestly don't know, haha. There were a few moments when I've been such a disorganized mess trying to juggle everything. 

With bills to pay and a lot of dreams yet to be fulfilled, it is important that I am at least financially stable. Because of that, I have no choice but to work my butt off and try to find additional sources of income.

If you are in the same situation as I am and are also searching for other means of earning extra cash this new year, putting up your own business is a good option. The question now is, what type of business should you engage in?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Where Wonder Blooms: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

What I like about the weather in Singapore is that it's pretty much like here the Philippines. I don't have winter clothes; just a bunch of blazers and light jackets. So if it were cold in SG, then I would be needing to shop for apparels that would be appropriate for such climate. Comparing theirs with ours, the only difference I noticed is that Singapore is warmer in December (especially at noon).

It was scorching hot when I got there so it was a good thing that I brought light and easy-to-wear pieces that helped me endure the heat. Since I was a tourist in a foreign country where no one practically knows me (I have no known relatives in SG), I found an excuse to try and be a little more daring yet laid back with the outfits that I wore. I wasn't quite in the mood to dress up so I threw on an over-sized sando which is practically open on both sides and paired it with checkered leggings which I thought was sort of a quirky (yet still a little edgy) combination.

For such a humid day, it was the perfect time to visit somewhere chilly. If we have Baguio or Tagaytay here in the country, in Singapore, all you have to do is drop by Gardens by the Bay - a cool conservatory complex and large horticultural attraction which offers an awe-inspiring fusion of nature and technology.   

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Style and Soul in Singapore

I knew blogging has opened doors for a lot of other people to travel around either locally or internationally. It just never occurred to me that one day, I'd be one of them.

This December, I went on a Singapore trip with five other bloggers made possible by AirAsia Philippines, AirAsiaGo and the Singapore Tourism Board. Allow me to endlessly talk about my trip as if my tweets, instagram uploads and facebook posts weren't enough. People say you never forget your first and true enough, my first-ever travel project will forever be memorable.

As one of the founders of Bloggers United, I really wished I was there to witness how successful our event was (which took place while I was away) and be able to get-together with some of the blogger friends that I haven't seen in such a long time. I was a little sad to have missed it but I have no regrets whatsoever. The Singapore trip was a rare opportunity that I couldn't ignore. It was just what I personally needed -- a different group of people, new sights to gawk at and fresh experiences to relish.

I've always wanted to travel around the world but it's something that I've always put off because of my incredibly busy work schedule, not to mention my sheer reluctance to spend my hard-earned savings. Sounds just like you? Haha. But really, with this trip, I found a new sense of boldness to go ahead and fly to certain parts of the world -- a confidence I gained from knowing that doing so isn't as expensive as thought it would be. With a carefully planned itinerary and proper research (check travel blogs for tips), travelling on a tight budget is now truly possible.


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