I've always wondered what is like in the outside world. When you are sheltered and in-cognizant you don't seem to know what's out there. How can this "amateur" be well aware and possibly know a facet of what's actually going on. Let alone be independent.
For starters, I survived the streets of Manila. Despite the hustle and bustle, it opened my eyes to a hard-pressed city. These people have had laborious struggles. I, myself never had experience the same struggle they had to face day and night. Everything that I ever needed was spoon-fed.
My mom and I took our time in strolling through the market in which we saw a variety of dry and wet goods, clothing, and home ware. My mom needed to grab a handful of items for the house like garments/fabrics and such. We graced our period in partaking in some fresh fruit and bought affordable broccoli (Php 50 for a bunch). That's good bargain. As college is fast approaching, my mom insisted on buying me a few pairs of jogger pants, an odd and yet an uncommon choice for my liking though. You can never have too many pants! That aside, we were able to scout a variety of clothing stalls. Although, retail therapy sounds good at that point, but we didn't bother to spend cash at any stall knowing that we needed—more likely required in my case— to commute our way back home. This trip gave me a preview of what it will be like living in a world in solitude. There's a line between living and surviving. I cannot comprehend whether I was in either of those. There's only one way to find out—yourself.
Here's 7 Things that I took note in whilst my trip to Divisoria (so should you) : 1. Mind your surroundings. Yes, you can get lost in the mass abundance of produce, but you need to set your mind that you are not in a regular city. It could be risky with the chances of getting your wallet or even cell phone stolen. Knowing which route to take when you are in the busy streets is another mindful thing to do as well. 2. Keep your valuables securely as possible. If you would want to bring your cell phone due to emergencies (I didn't bring mine to be safe), keep it somewhere where it is close to you. Even though you have a guardian with you, I think it is better to leave your valuables at home—most especially your cell phone. Better to be safe, than sorry! 3. Wear comfortable clothes. Sure, it is the city, but you wouldn't want your Tory Burch or even Chanel shoes get bathe in mud, would you? A good ol' shirt and comfortable jeans (especially with those front secret pockets) and rubber shoes or perhaps those Nike trainers if you still want to look fashionable yet comfortable. Right, Conyo's of Manila? Just kidding. Peace.
4. Know your bus fare.(or any kind of fare in terms of commuting in the urban areas)
Being told in every getting-ready-for-college discussion, it is important to know how much you're traveling/commuting back and forth. Whether you are riding a tricycle, a bus, or even the jeep it is better to prepare that money beforehand. **Tip 1: When you are riding a bus, Php 100 to pay for it is the safest. At least you'll know how much the fare is with the spare change you will have.
2: When you are riding a tricycle, it does depend where you are going. So might as well ask to be sure. 3: When riding a jeep, the fare is around Php 8.00 (as I am told by my elders) 5. Hold on to your valuables.
When you are on the busy streets in either of these vehicles, you have to keep watch of your lovely valuables. There could be an instance where you are listening to your iPod and you could fall fast asleep without even knowing because of the long and dreadful trip in the bus. **Tip: When you are feeling drowsy, hold on to your bag in front of you (give it a big hug as if it is your imaginary partner or favorite boy band member) 6. STOP. LOOK (left and right). AND LISTEN.
We are frequently told about how to cross, when to cross, and when not to cross the street. Do we still follow these simple guidelines from our beloved elders? Although these things have probably kept in our minds, but sometimes those so-called-people-who-think-they-know-how-to-cross end up getting run over. Follow these SIMPLE guidelines people!
7. Be safe. Take care of yourself.
The real world could be an intimidating place, but following these advices from our elders will lead us to the road of safety and security. It wouldn't be that bad when you think about it though. As long as you know where and what of all things, you can surely get ahead. Who knows, you might discover things that no one else has discovered!
Hope you were all enlightened and learned a thing or two on how I got around from my trip to Divi. These were all based from my experiences and I would gladly know how your first-timer trips went!
Alas! The last day of bothering everyone in sharing my throwback posts. (sorry about that) As some of you may know through my Instagram posts 2 weeks ago, I went to YouTube Fanfest! For all of you YouTuber fans out there who went, it hit me badly. Here's what happened to me during YTFF!
My friend and I went to the Marriott hotel at 1 in the afternoon, it is in fact early but we didn't want to miss a thing on what's going on. (now that's fan girling in another level) So we stood there waiting if either Joe, Caspar or Oli a.k.a "JASPOLI" will be there around that time. Suddenly, we heard a few people screaming and started running towards the restaurant in which they were headed. We instantly followed them and we were able to have a glimpse at Joe and Oli. You can probably imagine the outcome of the whole scenario.
I, for one, being petite just sneaked through this huge crowd of fan girls and me yelling, "Joe!, Joe!, JOE!". I was able to see Joe and Oli and the struggle I had to take the picture of either one of them was definitely real. After that whole scene, we spot a few people sneaking to the back of the restaurant and so we followed AGAIN. We found the table where they're staying and thankfully my friend and I were at the very front but it got so wild when everyone else followed. Joe took out his camera and we knew he was taking a video (hopefully we end up in his vlog maybe). Sadly, they put the blinds down and I just went at it and crouch to the ground whilst waving at them. In a few seconds, Oli removed the blinds and he got us on camera. *screams heavily* Immediately, the security told us to leave them alone for privacy. While people were leaving from that area I was left behind and me being all cheeky just waving again at Joe then HE WAVED ME BACK! After that we queued near the elevator, we were just casually standing there waiting for someone to go out, so we were able to see Kurt Hugo Schneider and Macy Kate! (then Kurt high-fived me just saying) We were on a roll..as you can probably tell for my lost of proper use of words. An hour later, we needed to go to the ballroom to line up for our wristbands. As we went inside the venue, there were already long lines queuing. Knowing that the show starts in the evening, seeing this many people was insane.
After long hours of standing and waiting in line, of course we got bored and we were on our phones. I, on the other hand, was on Twitter (as per usual). I just sent a tweet to JASPAR saying "Hope we see you guys" (hi Oli I love you), and a few minutes later, JOE FAVORITED MY TWEET. I looked so weird just fan girling in line where everyone was watching and maybe overhearing me. Fast forward to actually waiting for the Meet and Greet, it took so long and we had to go up the venue since ours was scheduled. Once we went inside the venue for the M&G....OH MY GOSH we were in the same room as JASPOLI and we were hoping that if we could actually take pictures with them but it was nearly impossible.
Near, far wherever you are.......
We were supposed to meet Lloyd Cadena, a local YouTuber but something came up. When Caspar was about to leave, we asked the people assigned if we could meet him since ours didn't show. After a short discussion amongst them, they finally allowed us to meet him *fangirling to the max*. I wasn't thinking straight on whether or not I should take a photo of Caspar and I or I should have someone take it for us. In the end, I had someone to take it for us. After the photo was taken, I looked up in order to say thanks and possibly rambling. The first thing I saw was his neck (short girl problems). I had to look all the way up just to get a good look at him and his eyes were twinkling like stars and I was trying to understand what he was saying but then I couldn't stop rambling (and saying, I love you hahaha). It was surreal and unbelievable.
such a cutie
That took an unexpected turn for us and we couldn't put into words after going through all that. I am beyond thankful that I was able to meet new people as well, that we shared common interests (huge fans of Lloyd and Jaspoli also). You never know what could or might happen. Life can surely be amazing when things unexpectedly or something spontaneous happens.
Thank you YTFF! Soon perhaps?
speaking of unexpected, we spot Phil Younghusband too!
I will stop posting first for a while and will work on my future posts especially my writing. Here's my previous post.
I posted a post reaction vlog to make it more lively. AND, I'm in Oli's vlog!!! (video's down below if you want to see me being all "fangirly")
Brace yourselves.... :)
I am not your usual beach kind of girl but I've had several summers where we always bask in the beach especially Subic. We would always go to Camayan Resort because it's located near Ocean Adventure to see the dolphins. Times have changed so we settled down in a resort which is quite unfamiliar to us. Mangrove Resort was the place to be in, although it was quite small yet simple as well as appealing. I am hoping and looking forward to unfamiliar places more in the next summer for I will surely miss this one. Have you ever been somewhere so unfamiliar and yet so breathtaking?
my awkward arm though
Photos taken by my mom (thanks mommy)
P.S. You might want to check out my previous post.
Who knew I had the idea of making Kid Cudi's song my choice of a blog title? Haha. Well, he is the main act ;) I had the 5 months all to myself and what? Go to a Wanderland Music Festival! Two of my favorite things: art and music. Crazy and not to mention pricey. Not to worry but it was WORTH IT. Since this year's theme was "WanderScout" or camper themed I didn't bother to follow the theme because I was too busy "trying" to channel my Vanessa Hudgens and I was trying to wander around Global Circuit and feel like I was in Coachella. Maybe someday I get to BE in Coachella. MAYBE. I'm only dreaming.Well enough of that dreaming! Without further ado, here's what happened to me in this year's Wanderland. Enjoy!
I could've sworn I published this yesterday and I don't know why it published on Tuesday.....weird
Kimono Cotton On
Sandals Forever 21
Photos: (c) Janina Tam
I am titanium!!! (lol)
Louis aka love of my life
Before the boys were on stage
(With my bff, Sofi in our monochromatic themed outfits)
Who knew that one summer of last year, my cousin and I were at our gadgets faux bawling but mostly whining over concert tickets in which the concert itself held the following year (morelikethisyear). Majority of you know what particular boy band I'm talking about. Yes, you guessed it none other than ONE DIRECTION. After almost 5 years of the boy band being together and little that we know this member left the group due to personal reasons (cries again because of reminiscing). And no I'm not going any further about Zayn leaving as I have posted and had released all my dejection whilst writing it. Moving on, (I don't think I ever will tbh...) watching your faves for the first time on stage is such a surreal feeling. Even though I wasn't that close (we were in the Titanium section and we were close to a big projector so we get to see a close up on them haha) I enjoyed every minute, every second of it by taking approximately 50 plus videos on my phone. I had to sacrifice a lot during that night to delete most of my apps to have room to take videos. Commitment and dedication, ladies and gentlemen. Despite the humid weather and our high-pitched screams in the mix it was definitely worth it. What made it worthwhile was that I got to meet new people and in the end I somehow became their friends afterwards even though I barely even know these people (You know who you guys are). Just thinking back how we came across complaining of not getting tickets and from that night to actually watching the concert was something that I was mostly thankful for (Thanksmom). I am sure many of you or perhaps some of you went to this concert and this is how it went for me.
Outfit wise, I wasn't able to take a picture of what I was wearing but this was a replica of it. Forgive me that I didn't take any more photos because I was too caught up in taking the videos for the whole concert but here are some snaps. ^^Enjoy!
Today is day 2 of throwback week and if you haven't catch on reading for day 1 click here (in case if any of you are lazy to go to the previous post so I can make your lives easier jk)
Happy Birthday Ashton Irwin!!! xx
As you may know that I have been nagging about how I will be posting throwback posts which consists of pictures or maybe a video (like this one, oooh). First day of throwback week and this is my first ever vlog that I made supposedly for a school project and we were supposed to talk about our "first time" (e.g. riding a bike, eating in a good restaurant, etc). And since I'm an incoming freshman in college (I know I look like a 12 year old, I get it), I have 5 months of vacation because of the change in the curriculum in our country so I thought it would be a good idea to post what I've been doing or going to lately in that span. This is pretty much how I spent my summer and might as well share these experiences with you! So without further ado here's my FIRST.EVER.VLOG!!
P.S. In the original video it had music so I had to remove it due to copyright reasons. P.P.S I got "first upload jitters" (I don't think its a real thing though) from that and I was worried that if I didn't delete that video with the music in the background I was worried that I may be arrested but that's too overreacting of me but just to be safe right? Haha.
Not only its the end of the week but July has started and it has been down poured. School hasn't started for me and another typhoon has struck again our country (as always). It didn't stop me when I braved the rain and went on doing a quick shoot earlier. Sundays are days when I love getting all dressed up for a family lunch out and all those simple family gatherings. It has come to realization that whenever this day would come I would reflect and would think about how did my week go. It included me missing YouTubers and fantasizing and even thinking of all the possibilities that would come across from actually happening (yes I'm talking about you "JASPOLI", haha). Hmmm..might do a post about "YTFF" (probably soon haha). In my my previous post on Instagram, (a video post to be exact) I mentioned about posting all of my throwback events or whereabouts that occurred during my vacation. That could wait but for now here's how I sport an outfit for a rainy day as there will be more days like this. Stay safe everyone! Xx