Dear Diary

Cebu (Part 3): Blooms and Blooms

Now, this got to be one of my favorite parts of our Cebu trip.

Happiness When There Are Flowers

I always love flowers and my Instagram feed is the living proof for that. Starting from the time that I heard and seen about this place, I hava a permanent mental note that I should visit this place. I will not let this Cebu trip go by without visiting Sirao Flower Farm/ Sirao Peak.

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Be Always Blooming

Sirao, as I know, is still part of the city (Correct me then if I am wrong). Located atop of a mountain lies a wonderful place full of blooming flowers. Going up to the peak is a little bit of an ordeal but I have to say it is all worth it. Don’t worry though, as cars, taxi and other mode of transportation are readily available from the city center going to Sirao.

Flower Power

Sirao Garden is sometimes called as “Little Amsterdam” as it it reminiscent of blooms from that city.

Me, Being Sweet and Montochromatic

Every corner is Instagram worthy and for a flower lover like me, you will be consumed in your own little space taking in pictures of the flowers, taking selcas and asking your friends to take a photo or two (or hundreds) of you.

Sirao Peak is a must see place in Cebu. We went there on a Saturday morning and the place is a little packed but as you can see the in our pictures it seems that we are the only ones there. Thanks to the other visitors who let us take our photo without a photobomber. I guess it’s a give-and-take unspoken relationship we had with the other tourists. If you really wanted to have the whole place for you, maybe you can visit really early and on a weekday.

‘Til the next post & post!

Singapore (Part 1): Haji Lane

It has been months since I’ve started planning this trip to Singapore. I need to correct myself, it has been years of planning and canceling and rebooking of flights because of a lot of things. Finally, the long overdue trip to Singapore has arrived. Finally!
 

Red Eye Flight to SG. Flying Alone

   
 

Coffee and Baggage in Changi

 
First day in the Singapore soil and my giddy feet wanted to go out so fast. First stop is Haji Lane.

 

Finally! We’ve Met, Haji Lane.

 
Haji Lane is known as the artsy and hippy neighborhood in Singapore.

 

Wall Art Everywhere

 
 

Visuals

 
 

Quirky Things All Over Haji Lane

 
Decorated in all sorts of colors and graffiti, Haji Lane is a delight to the sense of sight. Different stores line up the streets from apparel stores, convenience stores, coffee shops and restaurants.

Shades of Blue

Hat Hunting

Selca and Coffee!

 
 
Our main agenda is to see all the graffiti in Haji Lane and it really doesn’t disappoint. Just one catch though, the YOLO wall art is no longer there as they changed it to some blank wall when we were there. Too bad though but hopefully they can come up with something “cooler” to paint on that wall.
 

Orange Wall

 
 

Sitting Pretty

 
 

#Word

 
 

Enough Said

 
All sorts of “kawaii” things all over the place. Even the stationary shops have the cutest little trinkets one can ask for. If you are looking for something cute to buy while in Singapore, Haji Lane is the place to be.

 

Kawaii

 
 

Some Sort of A Cute Character

 

This Somehow Reminds Me Of Miley Cyrus

 

Dream

 
This is just part one of my Singapore trip, more too see and discover. 

 

Haji Lane Will Be Haji Lane

 
 

Distinct Singaporean Architecture in Arab Lane

 
‘Til the next pose & post!

Summer Diaries

I can’t really hide my excitement. For the next couple of weeks, I will be starting my summer diary series. Summer is always and will always be my favorite season. As if I have that much choice, we only have dry and wet season. Maybe if we have Autumn here in my country, I might change my mind. 

 Phase 1 of my summer series is already done and quite honestly up until now, I will not be able to say how many phases there would be. Maybe, 4 phases-slash-travel diaries?

 So, this is the perfect time to get a tan and enjoy what our tropical country can offer.



Summer, It Is! ~ Summer 2015!

”Til the next pose and post!

Orange’s Wear-abouts and Musings Turns Two!

I cant believe that it has been two years since I’ve started Orange’s Wear-abouts and Musings. I started wanting to create a space where I can chronicle my style, life and travel.

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who makes an effort to read my blog, hope you enjoyed my previous entries and I promise to be better and work harder for this blog.

Exactly two years ago:

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Let me open a little bit more and make it a little more personal. Here are fifteen things you might not know about me:

1. Orange is not my favorite color but instead my mom’s. In fact, I have a older brother nicknamed “Red”. So you get it, my mom’s favorite colors (personified).

2. Orange’s Wear-abouts and Musings is my second blog. I’ve tried blogging in 2008 after I finished college. Let’s say at that time, I still do not know yet how I want my blog to be like. I am very thankful for my first blog as I was able to learn a lot and apply it to Orange’s Wear-abouts and Musings.

3. Finished college with a course not related to Fashion or Travel. I finished nursing course and I am a registered nurse.

4. Since I was a child, I remember asking my mom that I want to be a journalist when I grow-up. Starting this blog is actually like a dream come true. I am able to write and style myself which are two of my passions.

5. My aesthetic you might ask? Asian street style. Japanese culture has been a big influence to my style. Growing up watching anime, playing video games and being exposed to all things Japanese have been impacting to my life. If I remember my Psychology class, 40% of what you are right now were groomed when you are at your 0 to 8 years old.

6. Always have a soft spot for psychology. It is my favorite subject in college. Even asked my mom if I can even shift courses.

7. Single and not looking. Not a fan of dating apps. Hahahaha. Always believe that it will come at the right moment.

8. Dream vacation: Japan. Hopefully this year or next year.

9. When you talk about Japan, only one character comes in mind. Hello Kitty. Unfortunately, she is not my favorite Sanrio character. I always and will love Bad Badtz Maru!

10. Growing up, my favorite show is Sailor Moon and my favorite character is Sailor Neptune. Always classy and quiet. As an adult, Sex and the City and Gossip Girl. Carrie Bradshaw and Blair Waldorf are my forever telly style icons.

11. I don’t party (anymore). So you will rarely see me out on a Saturday night. I don’t smoke and the last alcoholic drink I had (except for wine/ champagne for the Holidays) was like a year ago. Boring, right?

12. Always a bookworm. I love reading anything. My favorite books growing up are the Baby Sitter’s Club series. Right now my faves are Twilight Saga and Shopaholic Series.

13. I love KPop songs. Whether I understand them or not.

14. I have never rode a ferry boat and have never rode an airplane alone.

15. Lady GaGa is my favorite artist of all-time. A little monster here.

Cheers to more blog entries. More style blog means more OOTDs, more travel entries (i really want to travel all around the Philippines then the world soon.)

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My Essentials: Long Drives and Travel Time

Living in a country where long travels are norms to get to perfect vacation spot, I’ve been asked multiple times what are my essentials for those long travel time. For me, I want to take advantage of the long drive to make me picture perfect once I touchdown on my travel spot. So to say, you will take a peek in my travel purse and what needs to do before anything else.

Most of the time, you will find yourself arriving in a a foreign airport and clueless on what to do. Am I correct? To save time and hassle what better way is to plan your arrival with making prior arrangements. The most common thing to always take note is making arrangements with land transportation. Companies like RelayRides, which is widely available in the United States, can provide ride arrangement for you. By making prior arrangements, 100% availability of your ride is guaranteed. You don’t need to wait in a long queue or dash to the next available cab or taxi. These rides can bring you to your hotel accommodation, bus terminal, train station or maybe directly to your vacation spot. Simple, easy and very much in style. Feel free to visit RelayRides’ website and choose from the diverse options RelayRides have for car rentals.

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Long travel time is very exhausting. Who wants to look tired once they arrive in their vacation paradise? My number is one essential is water. Yes, a simple as it may sound but most of the time we always forget to pack one for long travels. Water hydrates us and if we are properly hydrated, our complexion will look better, our eyes are not puffed and overall you will look better. Who would have noticed that you travelled for 6 hours with a very hydrated healthy complexion?

Whenever I am on an out of town trip, there is this one thing that is always on my “to bring” list. I always make sure that I have at least three masks to bring along. Mask? Not the one you are thinking, but to be exact opposite they are called facial sheet masks. Facial sheet masks come in different variety and have different specialties. Some may help with the acne, some for extra moisture and the list goes on and on. It’s up to you which one to use. Normally, I use facial masks on transit to my vacation spot. Just leave it on your face for 20-30 mins and it will give you an instant glow. Facial masks are compact and very affordable.

Aside from facial masks, one cosmetic wonder I always pack for long travels is the BB Cream. I don’t know exactly if BB stands for “Blemish Balm” or “Beauty Balm”. Anyways, BB creams can substitute for all the make-up you left at home. One tool can make wonder for 5 make-up, now that’s wonderful!

Lastly, for all those long travels, I can assure you that there would be those Instagram-worthy views. Maybe the slopping valleys, the almost abandoned highway, clouds in the sky, you name it. To capture those very insta-moments, you need your smartphone! Nowadays, we don’t just use phones for texting and calling but there are a thousand ways to use them. There are even some smartphones, who can rival the shooting capabilities of some cameras.

There goes my list of essentials whenever I travel specially for long drives. And of course after that long drive, it’s time for you to enjoy your vacation.

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Thank You 2014, Hello 2015!

The year 2014 was a very colorful one. I’ve been very bold with my hair colors (and thinking of going back to blonde soon).

I was able to travel, and I plan to visit more places this 2015.

I was able to wear outfits & blog about my OOTDs, and plan to get slimmer for 2015 (who wouldn’t?).

Lastly, the cutest package arrived in a form of Quino, my nephew!

There are a lot of things to be thankful for and I am really excited for what 2015 brings me.

‘Til the next pose & post! Next entry will be next year! 💌

Some Art For Ya!

Growing up, I’m not really the most artsy person in class. Well, to be honest, I hate art classes. For me back then, they are the most boring class that I need to take. I really dont see the sense of taking those classes. Until one day…

I discovered doodles. For me doodle is an art where you just draw anything that comes to your mind. I find doodling as an excuse to work your hands while you are in a class or meeting and you are bored to death. I don’t know but for me whenever I am dead bored in a team meeting, I just doodle and it helps me focus more on what is being discussed.

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The art of doodling (If ever we can consider it as an art, nevertheless) is just perfect for me. Simply grab a colored pen and a clean sheet of paper and I can doodle myself out of boredom.

‘Til the next pose & post!

Pardon My Little Rant

Today, I finally decided to change the header of my blog for I am really envious with those blogs who have cute and personalized header. I tried making one today and I was kind of successful in doing so. Let me ask you to be the judge if the header is so me or not:

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I am so proud of myself for being able to come up with this BUT now the main problem (after busying myself for more than an hour of doing the header), unfortunately my new theme would not let me upload it without really messing up the pic. So poor me!

I really need help to have the photo/ header changed to a certain pixel. I wanna cry so hard because I can’t upload it properly.

Sometimes, I can be a cry baby. 😉

Stay tuned for I have an upcoming entry within 24 hours (whether I’ll be able to change the header or not)

‘Til the next pose & post!

Instagram Dump: First Half of 2014

How time really flies so fast. It seems like it was only the other day that we celebrated New Year’s Day and here we are now almost at 50% of 2014.

The first part of 2014, gave a lot of reasons to be thankful for and at the same time gave me a lot of things to ponder on. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of memories that makes this year a 2014 a good year for me – so far.

Thanks goodness for Instagram that I was able to click and share some of these moments on the SNS.

Here are some of those captured moments:

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Start of the year: Thinking About Hair Color

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With Mama

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My pork of choice: Sangyeupsal

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Pink Hair Era

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My Prefered Coffee Mix. This perks me up every work morning.

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I love Korean Food: Dak Galbi!!!

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French Macarons from Chez Karine are the Best

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Post Valentines Lollies

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Loomband and Friends

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First Concert Attended This Year: 2NE1's All Or Nothing

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Kid At Heart: McDonald's Happy Meal. I got the Rainbow Dash Pony

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How I Wish That Manila Has Purikura. (Old photos way back college days)

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Manaoag Church in Pangasinan

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Pre-requisite Summer Vacation. This Year at Bolinao, Pangasinan.

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I Always Love Taking Photos of Sunsets

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Book Recommendation: The Fault In Our Stars

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Family Dinner Plus A New Member Soon

Like they always say, a photo can say a hundred things.

To the next half of 2014. Wishing that the remaining days of this year will exceed my expectations.

‘Til the next pose & post!