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Manila on Mobile: 3 Apps You Need to Make the Most of Manila

09/09/2015 01:45:11 AM

Let’s face it: Filipinos are a people obsessed with mobile phones. Even before the smartphone boom of the early 2000s, the mobile industry in the Philippines had been one of the strongest across the world, with the country reportedly generating the > read more

Life at 25 – Expectations VS Reality

05/20/2015 13:17:27 PM

In less than two months, I shall be saying goodbye to life at 25, which for me, like many others, marks an important milestone in life. When I was a child, I thought the climax of life was at 25. This was the age when I was supposed to have everythin > read more

What to Do in Lantau Island When You Only Have One Day

04/21/2015 13:02:26 PM

A ferry or a metro ride away from Hong Kong is Lantau Island. Here, Hongkong’s concrete jungle is replaced by a real one and the city’s thrumming noise fades into serenity. There are many things to see and do in Lantau Island, but for fir > read more

5 Things I Learned From Living Alone in a Foreign Country

04/15/2015 13:05:13 PM

I still remember the day of my flight to China. It was my first time to travel abroad alone, let alone to a place where I knew no one and didn’t speak the language. Surprisingly though, my worry at that time was not about how I was going to cop > read more

Best Places to Shop in Guangzhou

04/13/2015 11:04:08 AM

Shopping is something I cannot live without, > read more

Through Parks and Rivers: A Quick Love Story

03/04/2015 10:01:24 AM

I was forever lost in his depths, like a coin tossed into the murky waters of the Zhu Jiang. > read more

Time Stops at Twilight

03/02/2015 09:08:12 AM

Sometimes, life here feels like being adrift at sea, with the shore nowhere in sight. > read more

If I Can Only Have One Thing

12/22/2014 11:35:16 AM

(This letter is for you, from the little hippo. Merry Christmas!) If I can only have one thing, it would be someone who wakes me up with kisses and warm cuddles. Someone who doesn’t care about morning breath or how messy my hair got during the > read more

Red Is for Love and Marriage

12/17/2014 02:07:57 AM

When it comes to love, the Chinese are very pragmatic. Talking to some of my colleagues, it seems that the checklist to love (at least for women), included the following as the main priorities: Is he wealthy? What is his job and where does he work? D > read more

The Sichuan Hu? Gu? (Spicy Hot Pot) Experience

12/14/2014 12:17:49 PM

Before I even went to China, I had romantic expectations about its food due to its portrayal in Western media. I remember watching a documentary about Sichuan (or Szechwan in English) cuisine where an old Chinese chef talked about how the food he s > read more

Ràng w?men y?q? qù g?ngyuán ba? (Let’s go to the park?)

12/12/2014 13:16:38 PM

I had what I thought was a brilliant idea of adding P?ny?n (Latin alphabet version of Chinese characters) to some of my blog posts’ titles to help me learn and practice my Mandarin. When I told my boyfriend this idea, however, he scoffed at > read more

N? huì shu? Zh?ngwén ma? (Can You Speak Chinese?)

12/09/2014 12:50:59 PM

One of the most common questions people ask me when they find out I that I currently reside in China is this: “So, can you already speak Chinese?” The honest answer is NO, not by a long shot. Well, sure I know some words, characters, and > read more

I’m Not Dreaming After All

12/08/2014 11:45:20 AM

After a year and a half in Guangzhou, it has finally sunk in that China is more than just a stopover in my life. When I first arrived, every day felt like a dream, like someone else was living my life here and I was just a spectator in the sidelines > read more

Summer Girl Meets Winter

12/07/2014 10:00:53 AM

For someone who has lived in a country where the temperature is above 20 degrees Celsius for most of the year, winter, even in Guangzhou where it doesn’t really snow, can be unforgiving. Until last year, I didn’t know the full implication > read more

I Think About You in Black and White

07/20/2014 07:53:15 AM

Black reminds me of you. Not in a Gothic sense, but because there seems to be a secret hidden in your every move. The way your eyes shutter close when I look too closely, your quiet half-smile that you don’t feel the need to explain, the wrink > read more

Hi, China! It’s Been A Year and Counting…

07/19/2014 13:54:29 PM

June last year, I went on a solo trip to China in search of an adventure. It was my first trip abroad alone and though I did not know exactly what waited for me when I reach my destination, I went ahead anyway. I’ve always believed that it̵ > read more


03/30/2014 06:21:07 AM

Sometimes, living abroad away from family, friends, and all that is familiar can be a little bit lonely. This short piece was something I wrote one lonely night while sipping iced Jasmine tea at McDonald’s. The accompanying photos were taken by > read more

Capturing the Very First Wedding Dance

03/28/2014 04:05:23 AM

The intense drama about the very first wedding dance is totally justified. Ask a Fairmont Hotel wedding photographer how many times he captured the special dance and he will say that every wedding had a moment of a kind. This is why the brides and > read more

March Beauty Haul (Sephora, L’Occitane, Vichy, Avene)

03/13/2014 05:36:13 AM

Hey there! It seems like it’s been forever since I last did a beauty haul. Actually, I’ve been somewhat neglecting the “beauty” section of this blog. That’s because for a while, I just stopped buying cosmetics. I honest > read more

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Ticket Giveaway Winner

03/12/2014 03:57:04 AM

Four nights left until the concert so it’s time to announce the winner of my Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert ticket giveaway! The winner was drawn via Rafflecopter and then I proceeded to manually check whether s/he followed the rules. Without > read more

Win Tickets to Macklemore x Ryan Lewis in Manila Concert

03/06/2014 04:32:23 AM

“Hey, Macklemore! Can we go thrift shopping?” Dubious as I am of today’s pop music, I admit that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis got me hooked to their sound with “Thrift Shop.” Funny because I’m usually not into rap, at a > read more

Fotor: How I Edit My Blog Photos

03/05/2014 01:53:59 AM

Sometimes, I get asked about how I edit my photos. Some people assume that I use Photoshop. Well… I wish! To be honest, I’m a complete Photoshop noob. I remember when I decided to use Photoshop to do some materials for a Facebook page. It > read more

Chasing Sunsets and Dreams

03/03/2014 23:31:49 PM

Some weekends, when the weather is just right and the sky is clear, I like to go chasing after sunsets. Fortunately, I have a friend here who enjoys sunsets as much as I do. In other places, like in the Philippines, catching a glorious sunset might s > read more

Affordable Eats: Eating My Way Through China’s Streetfood

03/03/2014 04:39:37 AM

I’ve always believed that good food doesn’t always have to be expensive. Although I appreciate the gastronomic experience I can get from a fancy restaurant, I also enjoy the affordable treats offered by street vendors. Of course, eating s > read more

Exploring the Madness in Guangzhou’s Markets

03/02/2014 02:50:45 AM

I have this belief that if you really want to get to know the vibe of a city, you need to visit its markets. You see, when you step into a public market, you get to experience the core of the city’s every day life. The shouts of the sellers, th > read more

Caught in Your Undertow

02/28/2014 03:54:34 AM

Many have been said against you. In fact, among my friends, the most common advice has been to keep my heart guarded. “He’s only going to break your heart,” they say. To some extent, I agree. You are bound to break my heart.   Yet > read more

BONBONS Hello Kitty Cafe at Zhujiang New Town

02/27/2014 04:36:35 AM

“Do you know why Hello Kitty doesn’t have a mouth?” My friend asked me. “She doesn’t? I don’t know. Why?” “It’s so when you look at her, she will feel what you want her to feel.” Brilliant p > read more

Snapshots from the Flower City of Guangzhou

02/26/2014 03:57:01 AM

It feels like it’s been ages since I talked to my blog readers, and it probably has been! Yesterday, I realized that it’s been two months since my last blog post. Although it didn’t seem that long to me, I’m sure that in virtu > read more

Those Were the Nights

02/25/2014 01:11:22 AM

Those nights between you and me, were they just a dream? Perhaps my imagination deceived me into believing that their carefully packaged moments were in fact realities. There have been times in the past when I gave in to my delusions. I have never be > read more

Black and White

12/13/2013 04:39:00 AM

I just love the idea of a monochromatic outfit, don’t you? I was having a little browse online and decided to go for it and create a couple of outfits with a black and white color palette. Black can look so rocker-chic and white is usually more sof > read more

Reasons to Get Out When the Sun Is In

11/12/2013 20:34:09 PM

With the darkening days and grizzly weather it can be tempting to hibernate through the winter. Although your sofa might be beckoning there are some good reasons to face the outdoors. Vitamin D-ficient Actually a health > read more

The Love We Think We Deserve… Sort Of (OOTD)

10/08/2013 09:42:14 AM

At one point or another, we’ve been able to relate to this song. We’ve loved something or someone so much even though it has never loved us the way we deserved. But, what sort of love do we deserve? Is there even such a thing? When the mo > read more

Visiting the Goddess at Nansha Tin Hau Palace

10/05/2013 01:07:59 AM

Growing up, we’ve more or less been made familiar with the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. Their counterparts in Asian culture, however, are not given as much importance. Hence, when I first went to China, I was not familiar with the local > read more

Photography, Fashion, and Art (OOTD x Review)

10/04/2013 07:06:47 AM

One rainy afternoon, my aunt and I decided to go to the University of the Philippines to do an impromptu shoot at the UP Art Cafe. My aunt has always been interested in photography although it is not her chosen career path. She told me that when she > read more

Bargain Shopping at Zhuangyuan Fang

10/02/2013 15:54:24 PM

During my first month in Guangzhou, I was surprised to find out how expensive shopping there could be especially if you go to the malls. Some of the stuff they sell there were even more expensive when compared to a similar item being sold in the Phil > read more

I’m Back – Updates and an OOTD

10/01/2013 13:17:04 PM

Today, my friend told me that he couldn’t believe it when he saw that my last post on my blog was made last August 28. I couldn’t believe it myself! One day, I decided to stop writing for a while because I was too busy and it was so diffi > read more

Oh It’s Torture

08/16/2013 00:04:59 AM

To watch something forbidden being dangled in front of you… Oh, the sheer torture! Swing, swing it goes and I am  completely mesmerized. Like a bright red apple from a witch’s gnarled hands, you tempt me to take a bite. Yet every time I > read more

As Catty As It Gets

07/27/2013 21:30:08 PM

Sometimes, I want to scratch your eyes out. You make it so difficult for me to get over you. Just when I thought I was immune, you do something sweet and slowly, I feel my heart melt. Then, when I’m ready to give in, you give me mixed signals u > read more

Spotlight: SM Accessories Pre-Fall Collection

07/26/2013 23:56:29 PM

As the cooler and rainier months are coming, it’s time to transition our accessories from the bright, pastel colors of summer to the richer, darker hues of fall (well, rainy season here in the Philippines). SM Accessories, together with it̵ > read more

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