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Dreaming of… Aubaine Selfridges

7 Mar

Currently daydreaming about this restaurant in London.. Aubaine Selfridges.

One of the few places abroad I would like to see.

I’ve never been to London, but when I get the chance to go, I am definitely paying this a visit.



I mean, just look at that ceiling. I cannot even breathe….



and look how the sun rays generously illuminate the place…


And the white walls… and chic white framed chairs and tables…


wow… wow… wow….


The flower-clad ceiling matches exquisitely the monochromatic and Morrocan-inspired tiles of the floor, and the french charm of all other things displayed inside.


Ahhhh… someday, please! ^_^

But for now allow me to bask in all the pretty thoughts and vibes this dreamy restaurant has been giving me for days now! Ciao!

*photos are not mine. image source indicated below each photo. Please click on such links to view more of this pretty, pretty restaurant.


Basics and Boho

4 Mar

Clean. That is what white t-shirts are all about. There is a reason that the white tee is considered a staple in every closet.

One can never go wrong with the basic.
P_20171203_101406_BFIn line with my 2018 project of decluttering life, I am consciously going for simpler wardrobe this time without having to sacrifice my love for drama. haha.

Less arte doesn’t mean less statement.

And I swear by the power of the basic white shirt. It is sexy and simple and is the best clothing to accessorize.


I am also fully embracing the boho-loving side of me. I was slowly transforming my house into a bohemian inspired one this year, and it was then that I realized that boho is something that my outfits can also reflect more from now on. 😀

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So here’s a dream catcher necklace for an accent piece, in some of my favorite colors no less — brown, gold and a bit of blue green. I actually have 2 more of the same necklace but in white, and in blue green. haha.  I bought them in Baclaran for 200 pesos each. 😀


Recently Updated34Assorted rings from Forever 21, gold bangle from Baclaran, watch from Calvin Klein Bag handed down by my mother (or more like inarbor ko haha), shoes from Ukay-ukay! 😀

Recently Updated33My hair is super short pa dito. Clean-cut and no signs of my wild curls yet. It has grown about a few inches from then, and I honestly can’t wait for my hair to grow really long again. haha.

P_20171203_101252_BFPardon the belly fat!  working on it, promise! hahaha.

I’ve been on a no/minimal carb and sugar diet for almost three weeks now, and i was surprised to lose weight so quickly! :O I’ve had some clothes that I couldn’t wear anymore because they’ve gotten too tight. When I tried them on last week, they aren’t bursting from tightness anymore! Natuwa ako infernezz. hahaha.

I really want my abs back. I thought it would look a lot nicer dancing ballroom with my abs. I look a little ridiculous dancing sexy routines with a bulging tummy. haha. Recently Updated35

Wearing a choker rin pala. This one I got from Landmark Dept. Store. 

Okay that would be all for now! 🙂 Hope you all are having a great Sunday! 🙂

Time After Time

26 Feb

Just a quick throwback photos when my hair was still long and curly. So much has happened the past months/year that I’ve left this set of pictures unpublished up until I cut my hair short.



Let’s just put it out here once and for all then. And I promise, after this post, I’ll update this blog more regularly and with recent pictures already. There is so much I want to share with you guys, but I haven’t got the time to organize my thoughts and translate them into a cohesive blog post. I’m itching to share what i’ve been upto lately, and how my life has changed so drastically yet gradually if that even makes sense. lol


But don’t y’all worry. It’s still me substantially. Still the girl that loves beige and white, and gold, and high heels and dresses, and anything dreamy and beautiful… Just maybe more profound? Or more defined. 🙂

p_20161226_160610Melissa shoes


It is quite fascinating how growing old(er) is turning out to be so fun for me. I like how I’m changing, and evolving and transforming.


Mind you, it is not always happy times. But at the grand scheme of things, I still consider my life and my self a pretty awesome creation of the heavens above. I know i’m not making lots of sense right now. haha. but what the hell right? 🙂

All I can say is, the universe has been good and kind to me lately. And I am really grateful. I think I am mildly experiencing the beginning of a midlife crisis tho, and It confuses me sometimes. I am still trying to understand this internal urge to do something significant, in the grown-up sense of the word.


Maybe I just need to let time do the comprehending. I am giving up my slight but unsettling discombobulation in what seems like a need for yet another change.

p_20161226_160518After my picture fades and darkness has 
Turned to gray
Watching through windows–you’re wondering
If I’m OK

Secrets stolen from deep inside
The drum beats out of time–


Curating Life

4 Jan

Happy New Year everyone! 🙂 I may be a few days late with my entry on the Year-End essay writing contest, but as they say it is better late than never. 🙂 As most of the people on this planet, I am also one that writes down New Year’s Resolutions every start of each year. But throughout the years, I’ve learned to do away with a long list of to-dos, and instead focus on just one goal. I find that it has much more impact if I try to accomplish one big, meaningful thing within the year instead of trying to complete 5, 10, 20 small, usually shallow items and end up disappointed for not achieving everything.


They say that the first step in crafting the life you love is to get rid of everything you don’t, and so I am deciding to focus on that goal for this new year.

So this is my 2018 Resolution:

To mindfully curate my life – to edit, edit and edit. To declutter, discard and minimize: From the contents of my closet to the people I decide to have in my life. To only keep the high quality ones and throw away those that are stopping me or slowing me down from being the best version of myself. I want to make sure that the things that will take up my time and attention are only the things that I actually love.


I’ve already started taking action in pursuit of my 2018 goal. Before December of 2017, ended I made sure to fill my mental planner with activities I truly find enjoyable and meaningful even if that meant dropping a couple (a lot?) of other things I’ve been accustomed to doing.

1. I hurriedly enrolled in a social dance class which I’ve put off for the longest time. I’ve been wanting to dance again since like two years ago but I kept holding back for one too many reasons. Well, I finally did it before 2017 ended! AND DAMN WAS I HAPPY ABOUT IT! Every chance I get to dance is always euphoria.

2. I decided to declutter my house, repaint the bathroom, the kitchen and then my room. I threw away A LOOOOOOT OF STUFF from my bedroom, and WAYYYY LOOOOOTS MOREEEEE from other parts of the house, and to be honest i’m not even done yet with the decluttering until now! We have too muuuuch things at home it is crazy! :O


3. I gave away five big black plastic bags of clothes, and kept only the ones that make me feel fabulous, expensive, happy, and confident. Emphasis on the ‘AND’,  because if a dress fails to satisfy at least one of the criteria, they automatically go to my “donate” bags.

4. I decided to take a break from Tinder haha. It can get addictive I tell you. I had dedicated considerable amount of time, energy, feelings and money even, as I allow myself to be lost in the craze. I just thank the heavens that I finally reached the saturation point. Really, it was the most meaningless “hobby” I ever got obsessed with.  Now that I am done with it, I am surprised by how much free time I have in my hands!  It’s like i’ve taken this one thing off my list of to-dos and now I actually have time to accomplish and enjoy 10 more things! :O HAHA.


5. I made a conscious effort to see and reconnect with friends and social groups I onced belonged with (well, I still belong to them but being the loner that I am, I feel like I am not close to them anymore now). I said yes to all invites to christmas parties, christmas dinners, reunions and whatnot. I rarely say no to coffee dates with my girl friends too. Friends – not men – are our real soulmates according to the Sex and the City girls. Hehe. They remain in our lives for a lifetime regardless of place, time and distance. And so, I’ll make more effort to choose them before other temporary people.


In order to succeed in this life project of CURATING LIFE, we must discard the unnecessary activities or things that fill up our closets and schedules without hesitation. AND SO THAT’S WHAT I DID. AND SO FAR SO GOOD. So for this new year, that is what I still intend to do. I want to carry on this habit of decluttering and curating that I’ve started rather belatedly last year.

white shirt1mint-colored top from Forever 21, white pants from Banana Republic

So I am slowly but surely starting to stylize everything about me, making sure that what I own and keep are all useful to me and my vision. I’ve been guilty of hoarding and obsessing over things which quickly catch my attention for the past yearssss, without evaluating much if these things actually serve me well. Now it is time to ACTUALLY let them go. I still have a lot of work to do, but already it is starting to feel lighter for my spirit to see a lot of gibberish go out the window. 🙂


Christian Siriano bag

So yea I guess I can label 2018  as my “General Cleaning Year”. I resolve to spend each of my 365 days consciously choosing what to buy, entertain and let in, and also what to throw away, ignore and let go.

I really want a classy life — classy not in the materialistic sense of the word, but in its more practical and philosophical concept. Quality over quantity, so to speak.  I want to master the art of waiting, and saving, and working hard to have something of real value and meaning to me… instead of settling for (and hoarding!) easily accessible and available but useless things.


Well, I think I am off to a good start.  🙂 I’m happy, I’m content and I’m busy for the right reasons now.  I feel accomplished everytime I get to finish the tasks I’ve set for the day and for the week. Ah but of course… Fulfillment  comes in easy when the things that we have to do are the same things that we love to do.

That’d be all for now! 🙂 Happy New Year! 😀

Pensive Adagio

6 Dec

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” 

 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


To live without judgment in this world seems like an arduous, if not impossible task. From childhood, we have been molded to look at other people and compare ourselves to them. Such comparison, however, will never ever do us good — If we find that someone is beneath us, we feed our vanity; If we find someone to be better than us, we feed our insecurity. Either way, we are nurturing our ego which is the real and only enemy that we have as individuals.


Taoist principle would advise us to live in this world merely as passive observers – watching the world (read: other people) unfold before our eyes with curiosity, but never with question. Accepting things as they are; Understanding motivation behind seemingly odd behaviors; And keeping silent amidst tribulation. No one is better than me. I am better than no one too. I am here to see the creation of God grow and be; I am not God to create the rules by which others should measure up.

IMG_20170518_073122_961 “Kindness is to live to one’s essence.” Taoist teachings would always stress that “not doing” is in fact our natural state of being. Exerting effort is not our predisposition. And yet here we are all, struggling to keep quiet when something or someone’s existence offends us… It is hard… because we’ve grown up and lived our lives detached from God. We’ve befriended pride ever since we were a child. And that is why things have turned upside-down, and inside out.

As the year 2017 prepares to bid us goodbye, I am hoping to start a new year with a conscious effort to be kind — to be kinder than I have been in the past, both to others and to myself.  I’ll try to be quiet…to merely observe… I’ll try, and try and try until I finally come back to my source — I want to work on this goal until I realize that being one is in fact my natural way of being.



“Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness, kindness in giving creates love.”



The sage releases their own stories, while accepting the stories of others.

The sage is kind to the kind and also kind to the unkind: for virtue is holding to kindness.

Being as a child, within grace, when allowing ourselves to perceive and embrace essence without judgment.

-The Tao Te Ching


There are so many things in this world deserving of our attention that we oftentimes neglect. We do not realize that the simplest of things are in fact the ones that bring us joy and happiness. We – through the wheeling of our ego – always chase the more difficult and complicated ways of the world.  But I would like to change that now. Hopefully I’d emerge triumphant. 🙂


photos taken by me at Canyon Woods Resort, Batangas ❤

Stop Chasing Your Dreams

26 Apr

Stop chasing your dreams.

Allow them to come to you in perfect order with unquestioned timing. Slow down your frantic pace and practice being hollow like the cave and open to all possibilities like the uncarved wood. Make stillness a regular part of your daily practice. Imagine all that you’d like to experience in life and then LET GO. Trust the Tao to work in Divine perfection, as it does with everything on the planet. You don’t really need to rush or force anything. Be an observer and receiver rather than the pushy director of your life. It is through this unhurried unfolding that you master your existence in the way of the Tao.

Give up struggling and start trusting in the wisdom of the Tao. What is yours will come to you when you aren’t trying to push the river. You’ve probably been encouraged to actively direct and go after your desires all of your life… now it’s time to trust in the eternal wisdom that flows through you.

How can a man’s life keep its course

If he will not let it flow?

Those who flow as life flows know

They need no other force:

They feel no wear, they feel no tear,

They need no mending, no repair.

-Excerpt from the book of Dr. Wayne Dyer entitled “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao”

Palm Trees

12 Apr

Oh my god it’s super hot in Manila! Summer na talaga! 🙂 I love love this season in the Philippines, plus i usually have lots of goings-on in my life during summer thereby making it so much more memorable! haha.

Last summer around this time of the month, I fell head over heels in love with a spook who (altho not necessarily his fault) broke my heart like crazy. (Until now, I’m not exactly sure if what he told me about his life and his work were all true but I’ve decided long ago that I’d take them all as facts, because benefit of the doubt. ha!) And although in retrospect that episode in my summer of 2016 was what made it colorful, I think I am done with sacrificing myself and my sanity in exchange of an interesting love-related story.


Now, a year later, I am once again in love… but not anymore to a particular person! is it too cheesy  too say that I am in love with my life more than ever now? yeah sounds like it. But well, it’s the honest truth. I’ve been dating here and there but this time I am doing this with ease and a light heart, I take it mostly for the fun of it by enjoying the process instead of obsessing over where it will lead… and i make sure I keep it on the sidelines of my beautiful, crazy, kick-ass life. 😉

And I know that summer of 2017 is just about to get betterrrr….. I am determined to make it the best summer of my life (I always target this!), even though until now i’ve got no solid summer vacay plans yet! pfff who cares…. we don’t need elaborate trips to make our summer great! I’ll show you guys how it is done! altho I would really wanna have a good summer me-time! 😉

13466370_1799410090294444_326179549715844660_nAnyways, the pics you are seeing now are not really recent. These were from last year when the Brigola Family went to a rather spontaneous outing. haha. I would love to have new sets of  beach photos from this year but I am yet to figure out how to do that if I am not really scheduled to go to any beach soon. hahaha

13407284_1799410506961069_8628426931764919820_nHello to my wild long afro.. and to my relatively flat tummy here. Where have you both gone??? Come back to me naaaaaaa. 😦 hahaha


“A life without love is like a year without summer”

Do not ever let love go out of your life… and I’m not even talking about romantic love alone… it can be love for your friends, family, one’s self of course, life, work, whatever! Lets surround ourselves with people full of love.. so full it’s spilling out and radiating and contaminating and just exploding right in other people’s faces! 🙂 Better yet, let us be that! 😉



“Summer is filled with breaking the rules, standing apart, ignoring your head and following your heart”


I say, let’s live our lives like it’s always summertime. 😉


there is always a great grand blue sky waiting behind the clouds.

13450703_1799410963627690_7844167479453703707_nSummer I love you! I can’t wait for you to unfold slowly and amaze me! ^_^

13434925_1799411123627674_8024997339189221981_nThat’s all for now! 🙂 happy summer! 🙂