Friday, September 27, 2013

Betina Lou

Betina Lou was launched in 2009 by Marie-Eve Emond, a Montreal designer. In Betina Lou's website, it says 
Betina Lou offers timeless, feminine, easy-to-wear pieces. The line blends classic and modern design to create essential pieces with delicate, thoughtful details. Paying homage to the past, Betina Lou’s designs provide a fit and cut that brings together elements of the male wardrobe and history’s female fashion icons. Neutral colours are used along with subtle patterns.
I am definitely loving their Spring Summer 2013 collection. It's simple, comfortable, yet chic. It's not too girly and doesn't crave for much attention. It shows, rather, an understated confidence and sophistication.

Photo credits: Betina Lou

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dream Wedding

When I get married someday, I want to have a simple and intimate wedding just like this: Set on a beautiful mountainside and a nearby lake, where everyone is surrounded by fresh air, luscious green landscapes, and still waters.
 It's all in the details...a wooden rotunda with white cloth, ribbons, and a variety of flowers.
And look at the lovely couple! By the way, they are Andy and Sonia. To know more about their love story and to have a peek at their married life, you can visit their Youtube channel, Andy Met Sonia. Sonia is part of the amazing singing duo Jayesslee.

And of course, a beautiful wedding is not without beautiful pictures. Jenny Sun and her team were able to capture the beauty of the event. There's just happiness, love, and magic in every photo. To see more images and details of Andy and Sonia's wedding, you can check Jenny Sun's blog. day.

Photo credits: Jenny Sun Photography

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday Morning, Rain is Falling

Happy Sunday everyone! After the traumatic experience last night, I am just thankful for this new day God has given me. Makes me value life more and realize that every waking moment is indeed a miracle.

To celebrate this rainy yet lovely Sunday, here's a collage with colorful bunnies, easter eggs, and birds. It's been a long time since I posted some photos of myself. Haha! I actually miss taking outfit shots. But for now, I think I'll have to stick with these selfies. These days, I am just a blouse-and-jeans girl. This white blouse that I'm wearing was given to me by my mom. It's supposed to be hers but it's too small and it's just sitting in the cabinet for a long time. Although it's not new, it's definitely one of my favorites! Love the fit and it's really comfortable.

So yeah, I guess this is just going to be a short post.

Have a blessed Sunday! =)
I am writing this as of 2:26 AM. I am still awake because of an unexpected thing that happened two hours ago. I was already asleep, my roommate came knocking, and I opened the door. I was back again at my bed when suddenly I heard a loud sound. Then another one. Third one and so on. Me and my roommate were panicking already. Four or five gunshots at 12:00-12:20 AM. And it felt just across the street. At first I thought it was probably a firework. But it's not. My roommate also said that it's not. It's a gunshot. She already heard one before. This, I say, is one of the scariest experiences in my life.

Nervous and all but we managed to check the lock of our doors, turned off the light, and went at the farthest corner from the door. I could feel my heart beating fast. With all the news of brutal murders and robbery here in the Philippines, I was thinking and hoping that we would not be victims of such. We're both scared. Scared for our lives and the lives of people outside. She's also worried about her friend who accompanied her on her way to the dorm. Good thing her friend was safe and he also said that he heard the gunshots.

We also went to the other room (thru the backdoor) and told our dormmates to double check if their front door is locked and to not go out. They also heard everything. We went back again to our room and just stayed at one corner. We're both saying our prayers and analyzing what could have happened. In my mind, I was asking God to keep us safe. We didn't have any weapon if someone comes inside. There's no way we could defend ourselves.

Thankfully, no one went inside our dorm.

And right now I'm hoping those gunshots didn't cost a life.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

For what it's worth, I'll do more than dream.

In the real world, life is not always rainbows and butterflies. There are tough times. There are times when you feel lost and not sure where your life is heading. There are times when you feel like your dreams have remained just as "dreams". There are times when you feel down. Times when you feel alone.

With all this, one of the biggest realizations that I have in my twenty six years of existence is that achieving one's dreams doesn't come easy. You have to chase it, sometimes even fight for it. The challenge is to live that dream even if some of the people around you don't approve it. You gotta take risks. You have to resist the current and go where you want to because at the end of the day, the worst feeling is to wonder what could have been. And even if things don't turn out the way you planned, at least you know in your heart that  you tried.

I'm gonna fly
Gonna crash right through the sky
Gonna touch the sun
Show everyone
That it's all or nothing.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Little Bit Braver

Have you ever felt like you're in a wrong place? Have you ever felt that you're supposed to be doing something else? Something that your heart truly desires?

Everything that I am into now just feels so wrong. I am stuck in a job that I thought I love and would make me happy. I am under a supervisor who doesn't fail to stress me out every single day. Working with him is just...uhm painful. Every morning, I wake up and ask myself, "Should I go to work or not?" But of course, I have no choice. Mondays to Fridays spell w-o-r-k. I want to resign but (what the heck!) I need a source of income. Life is not easy.

Living the life of a twenty something is harder than I expected. I used to think that at that age (let's say mid-twenties to late twenties), one is living the life he/she wanted. Having a stable job, a good income, a hobby which turns out to be a career, a supportive other half, or pursuing a dream one has always dreamt of. But hey, reality is much different. Reality also consists of challenges, problems, mistakes, and being lost in the middle of nowhere.

I am lost.

Or maybe just confused.

Or maybe just afraid.

There are three options: 1) to pursue my childhood/lifelong dream, 2) to get a PhD abroad, or 3) to have a career different from the first two. But wherever I am, whatever I do, there's that one dream that has a special place in my heart (option #1). Honestly, it scares me. I have put that dream on hold for a very long time, but I think now is the time to take a step...

And be a little bit braver.

P.S. Here's a good read for all the dreamers out there ---> The 10 Lines Of Bullshit You Will Hear Before Pursuing Your Dream
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