BIPOLAR SUNSHINE

It’s official, I’ve mastered the art of dressing in bipolar Manila. In the morning it would be raining really hard for about 30 minutes then within a half hour, the sun would be out again. It’s a vicious cycle. That’s why these days, I would always go for outfits that are functional enough to keep me warm and dry. When the sun comes up, I’d just remove the outer layer from my outfit and I won’t look stupid anymore, yay! Haha!

However, there are a few times when the outfit doesn’t look put-together if it’s missing the outer layer (why does it feel like I’m talking about cake here lol). So you always want to pre-style your outfit and see how it looks like with or without the sweater/jacket. It also helps to choose bright-colored sweaters or parkas to give some personality into your look. But if you’re not a fan of colors and prints, you can always go for neutrals–it’s actually easier to style since your whole outfit is muted! Try it and let me know how it works for you!

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PARKA

If I could just wear parkas everyday, I would. But then I keep forgetting that I live in a tropical country. I bought a bunch of jackets over the summer season (just because I can get them for cheap) but never got to wear any of them yet! So when it rained a tad bit today, what’s a fashion blogger gotta to? Take advantage of the weather and shoot of course! LOL I sound super shallow but what the hell. Haha! Parkas are great because they’re very easy to style–I usually pair mine with a printed button down, a pair of dark-colored trousers and boots (or wingtips). If you’re going for a more grungy or slouchy look, try sweatpants–just like what I did today! Let me know your thoughts about this outfit!

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CHECKMATE

Let’s face it. Menswear is limited to shirts, sweaters, pants, coats, suits and a few other accessories–but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Blazers/coats in untraditional fabrics and patterns have been resurrected–just like what I’m wearing today! I opted for a matching top and bottom, something I haven’t done before I believe. Matching clothes look amazing on the ladies so why not with guys too? The print itself is loud so you want to keep the rest of your look simple. A solid, open-collared dress shirt will do the trick. I paired it with tailored shorts with the same print because they’re a bit more subtle and decent-looking (or so I’d like to think). Just imagine how tacky this would look if I wore checkered trousers! Haha! If you’re not comfortable in a full-on matching outfit, you can keep the printed blazer and pair it with a solid-colored pair of tailored trousers.

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Mövenpick

I didn’t get to take any photos from the bazaar because I was busy manning my booth and entertaining my readers. We had a surprise meet & greet session with them over pizza (best meet & greet ever haha). They also made me try this exotic dish called “tuslob buwa.” It’s actually a dip made of pig brain, oil, fish sauce, onions, shrimp paste and all other assorted flavourings. You cook it yourself and served straight from the wok–then you pair it with puso (cooked rice wrapped in coconut leaves). I must say, it’s pretty darn good! Glad I was able to experience it! Met up with some readers after the event and partied at Den! Yes, I went all the way from Mactan to Lapu-Lapu to party! Haha!

The next day I spent the morning at Mövenpick. I didn’t want to do anything that day but to relax, unwind and enjoy my last few hours in Cebu. I had the most amazing weekend here and I can’t wait to go back again this month! I’ll tell you more about it once everything’s final! For the meantime, enjoy this last set of photos from my trip!

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TUMALOG FALLS

Here are a few photos from my trip to Cebu about 2 months ago! Missing my tan and slightly flatter tummy. Haha! After swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob (watch my video here), I recommend you guys to go to Tumalog Falls. It’s just approximately 5-7 minutes away via car or motorbike. From the parking area, one can choose to hike 15 minutes downhill to the falls or rent a motorbike (which the locals call “habal-habal”). We chose to hike cuz we’re badass like that. Haha!

Upon seeing the waterfalls, we dipped into the pool of water right away. We didn’t care if it was icy cold–we weren’t going to waste any minute of this majestic beauty! Although to tell you the truth, it was quite challenging to focus on the scenery as I was surrounded by beautiful ladies as well. Haha! Okay I sounded like a perv for a minute there. LOL. See for yourself and try not to get distracted! Haha! Thank you Cebu Trip Tours for organizing everything. Enjoy this visual diary!

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SWIMMING WITH THE WHALE SHARKS

When I was invited to fly to Cebu for Island Madness Sale event, I asked the organizers if I could take a side trip to Oslob. The last time I was in Cebu, I only stayed for 32 hours–so when I went back, I just couldn’t let this opportunity pass! It was only in the late 2011 when Oslob became popular because of the existence of whale sharks in Tan-awan, a small barangay in Oslob. Ever since the local fishermen started feeding the whale sharks krills every morning, tourists all over the world travels to Oslob just to get a glimpse of these gentle giants.

Swimming with the whale sharks of Oslob was such a magical experience. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t afraid of these humongous creatures. I thought there were just 2-3 whale sharks swimming around, we were wrong. In fact, there were 12 of them! It was crazy! The number 1 rule in swimming with the whale sharks is to never touch them (you’ll be asked to attend a quick orientation before diving). But there were a few times when the whale sharks were the ones touching us! Our tour guide told us to keep calm and let them be. I couldn’t care less as this was an experience I will remember forever. I hope this video gives justice to it! I have no patience in taking photos using a GoPro so I took a video instead and kept it rolling the entire 30 minutes we were swimming with whale sharks! Big thanks to Cebu Trip Tours for taking care of everything!