gimme 5

I'm one of those people who will screenshot everything. Go through my phone and you'll find they make up most of my photo library; for outfit inspo, cute puppies, recipes to try, but mostly additions to my ever growing wish list. These are just 5 of the 213 things I want need in my life.

1. Lizzie Wallet by Clare V. -- I find that the long horizontal wallets are too heavy and take up way too much space in my bag.
2. Rihanna x Stance Frost Bite Trimmed Sheer Socks -- they serve no purpose, they definitely won't keep me warm in the coming winter, but I need these socks in my life.
3. Toro by Loq in Black Box Calf Leather -- these are last season, they're not even being sold on loq.us anymore and all the other stockists are "sold out" so maybe I'll only own these in my dreams.. I thought they still merited a spot on this list though as I've been wanting them forever.
4. Elizabeth and James Bee Fur Jacket and Sandro Amele Boots -- Kendall's style 💯
5. River Island Light Pink Premium Faux Fur Coat -- just one of those things that I know will make me feel good when I put it on. & who doesn't want to feel good right?

I know I'll probably never buy any of these as they are way (way way way) out of my college student budget but I like to entertain these thoughts. Why? 

Well, let's put it this way. Other people have celebrity crushes, I have my wish list. 


Savagery & Sexuality

I will unabashedly admit that I am a fan and that I keep up with the Kardashians
(my phone autocorrected that to a capital K all on its own). Kim posted her latest
nude selfie the other day and once again broke the Internet and people, of course,
were quick to comment.

When you're like I have nothing to wear LOL

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

First on the list is Bette Midler (who is she anyway?) who most
definitely had the intention of slut shaming Kim with her tweet.

Second, Chloe Grace Moretz. 

Kim's reply? SAVAGE. 

Why am I talking about this? It's 12:34am, I should be asleep, but this has been on
my mind the whole day. I was, and am, thoroughly entertained by these exchanges
and hats off to Kim for handling it like a true badass. The words that deserve more
attention though? Her blog post.

"I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. ...I am allowed to be sexy."

To Chloe Grace Moretz's credit, I understand why she'd think that what Kim did isn't
"right" in regards to feminism as it's only in recent years that women and girls, have been
encouraged to embrace their femininity and explore their sexuality. The stigma of women
as sexual beings is hard to forget when all our lives we've been told to cover up and keep
our knees together. I don't know if it's just me but while feminism has been dominating the
social issues front, I've seldom heard or read of women speaking up and plainly saying:
women are allowed to be sexy. Emily Ratajkowski recently wrote a powerful essay on the
issue, which made significant waves but those only lasted for about a week? Maybe two. 

I'm sure that every girl, in some way or form, has experienced slut shaming and body
shaming at least once – which is terrible. Most of the time they come from the people
who love us, Whether it be from friends, family, boyfriends, fellow girlfriends and we,
in turn, have probably delivered the same onto others as well – which is just as bad.
These comments we take in stride and have learned to brush off. Why? Because we
know they stem from love and concern. But good intentions or not, maybe... No,
it IS time to stop the slut shaming, the body shaming because 


Scream it out from the mountain tops, or do the 2016 equivalent and tweet it in ALL CAPS.
We're allowed to celebrate our bodies, our femininity, everything that comes with being a
woman. I feel blessed to live in a time where society is basically having an open conversation on
all issues, and that women are allowed to take part. The world is changing, people are changing,
and the way we view women and sexuality should start changing as well. 



passing time

Captured above are my daily facial expressions as of late. Left, my trying-to-be-cute-and-endearing but in the end really just awkward smile. Right, my I'm-not-really-sure-hmm-let-me-see face, but sometimes I'm really just blank face, especially when asked about dividend yield, interest rates, and book value comparisons. P/E ratios though, I understand. See, I've been training at the stock market and as cool as it is and as excited as I am to start racking in 'em dollabill$ I can't help but feel like a pseudo professional. I felt like a little girl playing dress up when I put on heels and a one size too big blazer on the first day. I've since stuck to sensible flats and long-sleeved polos.

Taking on the corporate world, I'm starting to think, will never be my cup of tea. The learning is fun though and I'm happy to be exercising my brain after months of numb-nothingness. The stock market is interesting and exciting as I'm seeing that there is a science to it all but with that, also a game and a gamble with winners (gainers, to be technical) and losers (already technical, so mean). There are some cheesy life lessons to be learned in the abundance of numbers and figures. I'd tell you all about it but the market is about to close and things are about to get exciting. 

I guess there's one already. Doesn't matter how you open or how you fluctuate in between but how you finish at the day's end. When the day's end is bad, there's always a tomorrow to do better. Is that any good? 


filling in the blanks

is what my life has been lately. Due to a series of unfortunate events, I'm left with 2 more months of staring up at my ceiling, doing nothing, thinking about coulda-shoulda-wouldas. Well today, July 31 at 1:37am (I have to start fixing my body clock, this isn't even funny anymore), I've decided no more.

I was on tumblr the other day & I came across a photo that said "the less you do in life, the more you tire of it" then something in my brain just clicked. No one is more responsible for the life that I'm leading than I am & the only person who can make real change in my life is me. I have to be excited about life in order for it to be exciting. The less I do in life, the more I'll tire of it. Do I know that all this ~thinking~ will get me no where? Yes. Do I do it anyway? Yes. What am I going to get from sleeping all day & day-dreaming all night? Nothing. I know all the answers to these questions but there must be something inherently wrong with me; call it lack of courage, laziness, stupidity? Maybe I'm just all bark and no bite but there are so many things I've always wanted to do, so many things I've always talked about doing, and now that I actually have the time... I'm doing... nothing. Not really nothing nothing, I'm half-way through the 5th season of Friends (yah you go, Mel) ((can I just say that I feel Rachel on a spiritual level. Love her, love Phoebe more)).

I'm really fond of making lists of things-to-do, finishing everything on the list is something else entirely though. Anyway, I think one of my favourite pass-times is finally proving to be a good habit.

☑︎ sign up for Pilates class 31-07-2015
☐ finish reading, at least, 5 books.
☐ attend cooking classes.
☐ get my diving license.
☐ learn how to invest in the stock market.
☑︎ get back to the habit of jogging 4x a week
☐ have more than 15 blog posts.
☐ read up on the sites & happenings of SG.
☐ start reviewing math for college.
☐ learn how to use Photoshop & Lightroom.
☐ find hidden gems (restaurants, mainly) in Metro Manila.
☐ learn how to play, at least, 3 new songs on the piano.

*I'll be updating this list as I go along & I'd put in a photo of the actual, handwritten list but I doubt any of you (if there even are any of you?) would be able to make out my chicken-scratch handwriting.

For the next 2 months, these are the things I want to do. Most of these are boring (college math???) but they've been on my mind for quite a while. Let's see how many I can actually check off, shall we? Here's to making the longest summer of my life, a summer of wellness.

p.s. the wall in above photo isn't mine! Photo from tumblr, I'm so lame, I know.



If I were Massie Block making the state of the nation for the summer, white sneakers would most definitely be in. The normcore trend has run its course but white sneakers, I feel, will always be a staple. Since my old pair of chucks have given up on me, I've been going back and forth between these three for my next pair of sneaks.

Airmaxes definitely add height, I love that. I've always wanted to be 5'6 but fell just an inch short *sigh* *first-world problems*. They also give off that "cool girl" vibe, though I'm 100% sure that's NOT the vibe I exude as much as I'd like to convince myself and everyone else otherwise.
Superstars on the other hand are good for the signature three strips. A friend once told me that the three stripes are a staple, a basic, and a must. Seeing as they're sold out everywhere in Asia, I think it's safe to assume that people agree?
Lastly, while I loved my chucks & they definitely served me well, every ~basic~ girl seems to have them. Is it possible to be basic by association?

So between the Nike Airmax90 (Top), Superstars (L) and your good ol' reliable low cut chucks (R), which is your pick for the all time classic white sneaker? & please, if there's any reading this, help me decide?!

UPDATE: I've since been gifted black huaraches (s/o to the boyf), which more or less fits the same description as the airmaxes. I still kind of want the airmaxes, though. But also!!! Converse recently came out with the Chuck Taylor II. So, my dilemma still stands.

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endless summer

I may be the only teenager in the entiiire world who'd complain about a summer that is far too long but seriously, people - I am dying. It's been over a year since I've been on over to this blog of mine and maybe this is the perfect opportunity to... revive it? There isn't much to bring back life.

Lately, I've been starting my days at noon and ending them just as the sun is about to come up. Between twitter, instagram, snapchat, and facebook, I've had more than enough to keep me occupied without ever having to leave my bed (exciting happenings, I know). Also, currently reading: God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours; cheesy as it sounds and cheesy as it is, ask anyone who follows me on snapchat - I'm obsessed.

So here's my promise to you blogspot: in the 3 months of summer that I have left (I've been on vacation for nearly 3 months, I'm going to be on break for half a year.. madness) I will - and I mean it! - chronicle the life of this perpetually sleepy, most-of-the-time hungry, bored to near madness 18 year old girl.

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school blues

sitting in school with absolutely nothing to do - but what else is new. It's come to my attention that I haven't
"blogged" in awhile & well.... no time like the present! My group mates for the next class (which is English) are practicing their lines for our zombie apocalypse skit, best friend #1 is blogging next to me and best friend #2 is filling out another college app, needless to say this day is a snoooooze.

I've got 4 months left til graduation and nothing is happening!!!! Days pass without anything really memorable happening -sigh- everyone's kind of just tired and bleh, everyone in this school needs a shot of adrenaline! I could probably use two!!

Hope I get to write about something more interesting soon! Follow me on instagram & twitter, which I promise are updated far more often than this sad little blog of mine


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