Author: orangediaz

Family Vacation in Boracay (Part 1)

Our summer started a little bit late that the usual. I feel like I we do not have a summer at all. I think this is the first time that I was not able to visit a beach destination in the last 5 years on the months of March to May. Really a bummer, right?

So, you wonder why I this blog entry in the first place? My family has decided that we will visit Boracay on the month of June when Summer is officially over but that did stop us from having a fun time on the famous little island.

Airport

Window Seat Always

This entire series is a photo diary of sort. I do not have long narrative about Boracay and normally when I am in the island, I just enjoy the time though it’s different this time around as this is the first time I was able to visit Boracay with my family.

Home For The Week

Hello, Island!

Enjoy the pics from our first day in the island

Love

Pink and Gray

My Fave Love 😘

Focus On Me

Famous Jonah’s Milkshake


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Coffee Crawl 001 – Legazpi Village

One Friday afternoon, me and my friend, Sharmie, decided to have coffee. Well, it’s not a simple plan just like that. We have been trying our best to have coffee get together for the longest and we failed miserably because of our schedules and prior commitments. To give you a short back ground, me and Sharmie are both coffee lovers. We cannot start our day without our daily dose of caffeine. Sharmie has always been asking me what coffee shops I frequently visit and I have decided to bring her in one of my most favorite neighborhoods to get great coffee here in Metro Manila.

Me and Sharmie – Off To See and Taste The Coffee

To be exact, we have visited a total of four coffee shops all in Legaspi Village in Makati City and we call it our coffee crawl date.

As you have probably know by now, I am a big lover of coffee house aesthetic and most of the time, I prefer the quaint, not-so-secret coffee houses over the franchised ones.

First stop is The Curator. This visit is my fourth time in Curator and I can consider it as one of the best shops to have your coffee. I really envy those people who work nearby as they can just pop in and out of this secret coffee shop anytime.

Minimalist

Shake O Wat O

Curator’s design aesthetic is very minimalist mixed with a slow club hits that remind you to just slow down and have fun. The music they play kind of reminds me of Boracay backdrop whenever I’m there that tells me to to just slowdown and enjoy my cup of coffee. I also consider Curator as one of the most pleasingly aesthetic coffeehouse I have been to (together with the coffeehouse in Mozaic Design). Sorry but I am big fan of neutrals and thinking of having that color scheme when I get my own place soon.

Hint of Greenery

Happy Face

Off to the next stop is Yardstick. Another must visit place for all coffee lovers out there. Yardstick is workshop place for coffee roasting. Aside from roasting their own coffee, they also supply beans to different coffeeshops.

Happy Face (Part 2)

Yardstick aesthetic is bright like exposure level +50 in snapseed. It is so bright there, given that the place is a workshop. What’s great with bright places is it makes everything pop and will help you process your pictures easier. I also love the color scheme they have selected for their coffee cups.

Love The Colors

Hard At Work

All Hearts for the Coffee

Before going to our third coffeeshop, we stopped by a garden in the middle of the city. It gave our body some lieu way to process the caffeine we had and to enjoy some greenery in the process.

Garden

Zen

OOTD ~ See my previous entry for details

After that quick side trip, we moved on to The Local Edition. Out of the places we have visited so far, Local Edition is the most jam-packed.

Teaspresso

That Cheesy Goodness!

Always Doing The Most

Sharmie have to pass on drinking some coffee and I opt to get their teaspresso instead. I think I ordered the exact same thing the last time I was there. Their grilled cheese sandwich was the best grilled cheese I had and it is so affordable, I really recommend the grilled cheese sandwich in The Local Edition.

Last but not the least, one of my most fave if I will tally all the coffee shops I have been to, Fundamental Coffee would end up on my top three list. Unknown to many, Fundamental Coffee is only a few steps away from Glorrieta. I really love how people do not really notice this coffee place and I want to be greedy and not to share this place with everyone.

Happy Face (Part 3)

Contemplating What To Order

Iced

That’s our coffee crawl in Legaspi Village in Makati. Me and Sharmie are planning where to do our next coffee crawl. Check out her facebook account as she was able to post a vlog about our coffee crawl day. This coffee crawl is definitely not the last one and you can see more of Sharmie on the next coffee crawl post.

Thanks Sha! Until The Next One! 

This post is for all those coffee lovers out there. Manila is really bustling with great coffee house and I am happy to see the growth of third wave coffee in our dear country.

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PS – Click the LINK for Sharmie’ s vlog. 

Painted Blue on Blue

I know I have been a fan of monotone colors like black and gray. I will always be a fan of those color for like forever. I find those colors easy to match with everything. Though from time to time, you crave for something different.

A Happy Kind of Blue


I also noticed that aside from blacks and grays, my sight is somehow attracted to blues. Especially these last few weeks. Maybe I am missing the beach as I only visited one beach destination this year.

Blues Versus Grays and Greens


I’ve worn this ensemble to recent coffee crawl which we visited four coffeeshops in a day. The outfit lets me move comfortably and is made for walking from coffee house to another. Also, with the blues I’ve worn also compliment the neutral color palette of the coffee house we have visited. Stay tuned for my blog entry about our Makati coffee crawl soon.

Garden

In The Middle of It All


Top is from Maldita. Bottom from Uniqlo.

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Black and Casual

As you have known by now, I am big fan of black. Black is among one of the colors that looks great with any colors.

Happiness

Black Wall with Pink Details

Since it has been a long time since I had an outfit post, I decided to go all out black for this outfit post. I’ve decided to go all casual and all black. Used this ensemble for an afternoon catch-up with friends. Also recently, I’ve been very attracted to anything Disney related specifically Mickey Mouse. Good thing that one of my most faverite fast fashion labels, Uniqlo, always have these collaboration with Disney.

Who Is The Sweeter One?

Cutie Look In Black

This is also the first outfit post with darker hair color in like two or three years. I will let do a blogpost about my DIY hair color adventure soon, so please stay tuned!

Disney Black Shirt from Uniqlo. Black Sneakers from New Balance.

😆

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ArtFair Philippines 2017

First time to attend Art Fair Philippines. I have been wanting to see this yearly event in The Link, Ayala but it’s either I have a different plan on the same date or I don’t have someone to join me in Art Fair.

13 Reasons Tapes

Not Even Perfect

For 2017, I made sure that I will be able attend the fair and I was not disappointed. The place which was originally a parking building housed a lot of art that entices the senses. There are even installations and interactive pieces that you can touch and play around. What I really enjoyed the most is that the fair showcased variety of art that appeals to different people.

This Art Gives Some Major Red Velvet Vibe

Shadow Play

Majestic

Here are some of my favorites:

My Fave Color and My Name

Subtitles

Black Pink In Your Area

My New Fave Artist – Yeooka

Cat Lady

Black and White Versus Colored

I will definitely be back next year. Thanks to my unnie Sherwin for accompanying me to this art fair, I’ll drag you again next year!

With Unnie

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Amnesia by Takahiro Hirabayashi – This My Ultimate Fave Piece from This Year’s ArtFair

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Day Two) 

Part two and second day of our trip to this wonderful place in Bataan, Philippines.

Chillin’ And Windblown Hair


Fountain Moment


Bougainvillia Life

Lights in The Noon


One day is not enough to take in what Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar offers. There are a lot to see and every corner of this property is instagrammable.

Happily Walking


Time Travel Thru a Tram


Waiting…

The walking tour from the first day almost covered what you want to see in the whole property and we used our second day like our own personal time to look more closely to the different houses and appreciate the architecture and design a little bit more.

Adobe House


Wide Space, Cobblestone and Pink Haired Me


Believe it or not, we were not able to come near the beach as we were too busy with taking in the beauty of the entire place. Too bad that I even brought some swimwear but in the end was not able to use them. Maybe I’ll use them on my next beach trip instead.

Angels


One of My Ultima Fave Spots in Las Casas


This quick and somehow educational trip is a way to start my summer (or maybe the only summer trip I have this year 😂) and I see myself in the near future that I’ll be coming back to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar to see the new houses and attraction this place has to offer.

Morning Light


Wallflower



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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Day One) 

I have this fascination or a dream that I want to travel back in time so that I can appreciate arts and architecture back at those time. I really wanted to learn more about the design aesthetics of long gone days and how unique Old Manila was. Yes, we might have Intramuros to relive those good old times but my spirit “old school” me craves for something more.

Old Style Window

Taking A Break From All The Walking


So happy that I share same sentiment with my college friends and we have decided to visit Las Cas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan for an early summer getaway.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a big compound or property where you can delight your sense of sight with pleasing Old Manila/Philippines style, dating back to the 1800s to 1920s-ish style. You got to experience cobblestones driveways which I only read in history books or I’ve seen in real life in Calle Crisologo in Vigan.

Cobblestones and Statues

Shopping District

Just Speechless

Old Building, Modern Times


We have decided to stay for one night in Las Casa to have a full experience how it feels like to live back on old days. Don’t be fooled as their rooms have air-conditioning units and television set (and most importantly, WiFi connection!).

Blending In

Waiting

Waiting For My Old School Lover (LOL)

Greenery


For our first day in Las Casas, we have decided to join the complimentary walking tour. Thanks to this tour, we were able to see the entire compound and even had the chance to enter the houses. The houses are originally came from different parts of the Philippines and they have relocated them all in this place. As wonderful as the exterior of each house, the interior is a spectacle of their own. It’s as if we have visited an entire compound of musuem dedicated to Old Philippines design.

100%

Lights and Dusk

Lamppost Tells a Story

The Facade of The Hotel

Fountain Moment – Cant Miss This One

Always At Awe When Seeing This


Day two of our quick getaway is up next, so stay tuned for more pictures.

Ending This Blogpost With One of The Best Sunsets I’ve Seen Firsthand


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Summer and Stripes

After so much time, I got the chance to blog again.

Since, this was way long overdue, I was still sporting pink pastel hair and still kinda long. I already moved to kind of dark brown silky shiny hair. There are just those time that you will feel that you need to move on and have a change.

The entire look is still very summer despite that this was taken early March: from stripped top, baggy (ahjumma-kinda look) pants to juicy blushed face.

Waiting for a Summer Breeze



Stripes are staple to my closet and I have tons of them. This stripped shirt is from H&M. Baggy straight pants are trendy nowadays and we even sometimes joke around that it is kind of reminscent of “ahjumma” style. I think I have been watching a lot of K-Drama recently tho. Straight baggy cropped pants are just perfect for summer season as it is relaxed and can easily mixed with almost everything. Lastly, finished the look with a clean beige slip-ons from Cotton On.

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PS. Summer is in full bloom here in the tropics. I honestly wish we have spring or autumn over here.

Cebu (Part 4): Virgin Island in Bantayan

Cebu is known to house some of the best beaches in the Philippines. Being a beach lover myself, I will never pass the chance to visit one of the beach spots gaining popularity in Cebu. I’ve heard about this place a couple of years back, thanks to one of my closest college friends who is a Cebuana but raised in Manila (which by the way you can visit her blog by clicking HERE). I’ve been waiting about this part of my Cebu trip and definitely an icing on top of a great trip we had.

Toasted

For our last iterinary in Cebu, we went to Bantayan Island in Sta. Fe, Cebu. Bantayan Island has its own rustic charm as if time slows down when you are in this area. It is quickly gaining popularity among beach lovers and travellers alike. Though this is not a travel blog which normally gives directions and tips about the places I’ve visited, my blog is more of a personal online space for me to diary my travels and for the readers to find inspiration to travel as well. I’ll leave it to professionals to come-up with a legit travel blog.

The Virgin Island

Bantayan Island houses a lot nice beaches and even the beach front of Anika Beach Resort, where we stayed, boasts pristine white sands.

Pristine

Greenery 

One of the orders of business is to visit Virgin Island. We hopped on a boat instead and visited Virgin Island.

This is The Virgin Island

With College Friends

I did not set any expectations for this visit in Virgin Island as I do not know that this small island exists or even part of our iterinary. I have to say that this is a must visit place in Bantayan.

White Sands

Elements

Virgin Island feels like you were castawayed from the busy society. Perfect place to get a tan, enjoy the white sands & clear water and just enjoy.

Getting A Tan and A Lot of Memories

Slow Down

Somewhere Out There

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A Renaissance Affair

First time to visit Provenance Art Gallery for “A Renaissance Affair”.


Illuminates by Thirdy Bustamante

 

Centerpiece


“A Renaissance Affair” is a curated exhibit which features twenty Filipino artists. As the name of the exhibit suggests, it showcases Renaissance paintings and even have artifacts dating back from the 1800s.


Valerie Chua is quickly becoming one of my faves

 

Further Details


Provenance Art Gallery is at 2nd Level Shangri-La at The Fort in Taguig City. “A Renaissance Affair” runs until the 12th of March 2017.

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