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can't bear looking in the mirror. guess that's why my hair looks like this.

stars and stripes

if you've never been in my shoes..

how can you judge my steps?

so fab shoes | thrifted bag


the evangelist and the post office

last week.. went to Manila to buy fabrics and other stuff i need for my store.
on my way back to immigration the jeep happened to pass by the post office ─ Manila post office.
throwback: when dad was working abroad... mom would carry us
and bring us to the post office to get my dad's letters or send him hers.
so when the jeep made his turn, i decided to stop by for a minute and take a look at it once again.
i remember the time when brother and I used to play in front of the P O S T O F F I C E.
we would sit on the steps of the stairs and do what kids do.
brother and I grew close together. i can even call us ─ best friends.
what i love about him is... he's a real guy.
real, in a sense, that you can talk to him about anything without faking himself about his opinion and whatnot..
he loves to draw people closer to God without scaring them.
without making you feel that you are not good enough.

looking at the post office and thinking of my brother made me remember
about a story of how an evangelist invited a young boy to attend a crusade but refused the invitation.

it was about a famous evangelist who was in town to hold an evangelistic crusade.
On the way to the stadium where the crusade was being held,
the evangelist wanted to stop at the post office and mail a letter.
But he got hopelessly lost and finally decided to ask someone for directions.
He noticed a little boy walking on the sidewalk, so he pulled over and said,
"Excuse me son, but can you tell me where the post office is?"

The little boy said, "Sure. Turn around and go back down the street to the first light,
turn left and it's a block or two on your right."

"Thank you very much, young man," said the evangelist.
"By the way," he added, handling a boy an announcement for the crusade,
"I'd like to invite you to come to a meeting later today where i'll tell you
how you can find Jesus Christ as your personal savior."
"Fat chance," said the little boy. "You can't even find the post office."

Fortunately for us, we don't have to find Jesus. Jesus finds us.
there will be just some other ppl who would help us on our way to deeply knowing Christ.
but still Jesus does everything for us to find him.
He's there since the beginning. He knows about what's to happen and how long we'll live.
He knows when we'll call him and when are we going to surrender and serve him.
In Luke fifteen, Jesus describes us as 'lost sheep'.
bet you know the story where as a shepherd with a flock of one hundred sheep,
he leaves the ninety nine in order to go out and find the one that has gone astray.
that's how Jesus loves his children. He could leave the others just to get one back.
He never wants us to fall in to sins and set apart from him.
and we don't have to find our way back to the fold. Jesus is pursuing us.
All we need to do is stop running and let him take us back.
we might fall so deep into things that blind us..
might be something that could set us apart from worshiping and giving him back the glory.
but let us always remember that God will never leave us and will never forget about us.
it may look like we're sooo doooomed and that life is a mess.
but turn that mess into a message.. God is there to lift us up.

happy friday night everyone.
leaving work in a bit.


not so S H E E R ious.

wearing a sheer skirt i made a few months ago.. thrifted top. purse, from a friend.

was so busy for the past few days.
back to my 8-to-5 day job [again!]
i know it's hard to do all things at the same time.
which also tells me to keep moving forward.


how embarrassing!

it was crazy hot last Saturday at Nayong Pilipino.
but still.. dowd and I chose to stay there after the shoot.
we were actually looking for a place we could use for the next shoot.
NP still looks the same. just the way it was before.
the only difference was.. ang daming tao.
sat down for a while. and saw this manong selling ice cream.

went up to him. bought two cups.
one for me. and of course, one for my dowd. eep!

while holding the cups.. walking to where my dowd was sitting..
I smiled and remembered this story I once read about a girl and her ice cream cone.

"A girl from the Midwest made a trip to Hollywood to see the sights
and hopefully to catch a glimpse of a real movie star.
One afternoon, she visited Beverly Hills and went into an ice cream shop to get an ice cream cone.

She put in her order and then suddenly realized that the person standing next to her at the counter was
none other than Paul Newman. [sumalangit nawa ang kanyang kaluluwa]
She couldn't believe it! Her heart leapt.
But she tried to keep her composure. She didn't want to act like an ignorant hillbilly.
She didn't want to embarrass herself in front of someone like Paul Newman.
So she tried not to stare or show any emotion.
She paid the cashier, turned and walked calmly out of the store.

When she got outside, she took a deep breath and suddenly realized
that she had walked out of the store without her ice cream cone.
Oh no! She must have left it on the counter.
Now she was going to have to go back in and
get her ice cream cone in front of Paul Newman!
She just couldn't do that!
So she decided to wait outside the store until Mr. Newman had left the counter.
When she noticed he was no longer there,
she walked back into the store to retrieve her ice cream cone.
But when she got to the counter, she felt a tap on her shoulder from behind.
She turned around and.... IT WAS PAUL NEWMAN!
Flashing his famous smile, he said,
'Miss, if you're looking for your ice cream cone... you put it in your purse.'"

it happened to me before.
I had a huge crush on this guy and every time he'd stand near me
or talk to me.. I couldn't control myself and be soooo kilig!
and ended up like sobrang pahiya.
can't eat. can't talk in front of him. at sobrang pawis. [talk about pasmado]
No matter how hard we try, we all end up looking pretty foolish from time to time.
We can try to look "cool" or totally in control, but down deep we struggle with
fears, worries, lack of confidence, low self-esteem.
And sometimes we let those things drag us down and
keep us from experiencing all that God wants for us.
Scripture encourages us to let go of our pride and
to humble ourselves to become a servant
[which can be a pretty embarrassing thing for some people].
Peter was embarrassed when he saw Jesus acting like a servant and
wanting to wash his dirty feet.
But think of how Jesus felt.
He was God, yet he was kneeling down and doing the job of a slave.
It didn't matter to him if what people may think of him.
We may look pretty foolish sometimes as Christians,
but "we are fools for Christ!" [first corinthians four ten]


just a plane saturday

last Saturday. we had an amazing shoot with her.
'twas soo cool. can't wait to see the final photos.

took carlo's chicken and ate it with all my might. [might talaga?] haha.
[lola, ikaw ba 'yan?]

after the shoot. went straight to Mount Mayon in Bicol.

Bicol sa Nayong Pilipino. haha.
went here to scout the place.
hoping we could find spot other than this.

gotta love the new frames.
bought this for only P5.
well.. obviously need to fix it and put new lens.
i also got five different style frames.
paid them for only P30. yay!

Nayong Pilipino is being renovated.
heard that it will re-open later this year or early next year.
can't wait.

went here with my dowd.

enjoyed watching the planes take off.


"Someone inspired to live her greatest purpose."

was so happy to help Vicky styled this shoot.
she sent me the peg and I was like..... "uh.. i love it!"
we had a great shoot and 'twas fun.
we were actually at the last frame when it rained
but i loved how the photos came out.

Here are the pictures from the shoot.
plus a few questions I asked her.

Photographs Joseph Pascual
Model Victoria Herrera
styling eunicena
Linkclothes by nakitta and vnaltik

Describe Vicky's world.
Peaceful. Growing. Reflective. Real.

I am actually...
a daydreamer.
a hopeful artist.
an ambitious writer.
an aspiring secret agent.
a student of life.
a world traveler.
a free spirit.

Other insterests aside from what you're doing now.
I sketch and paint ;) I've been painting since I was 8! I was just shy to tell people about it.
[see some of her works here]

Things that make you happy.
A great book. A great pillow. A great prayer. All of the above.

Faults I indulge...

If I were a superhero, my power would be..
flying. ;)

The color of hope is....

Your style consists of..
whatever I feel like wearing.

If you were a song, what song are you?
The Final by Nujabes

"When it rains, look up rather down." What conquers your fear?
Appreciating the raindrops. :) I move into it and see how I can grow and learn from the experience. Fear is just an illusion.

How do you want people to remember you?
"Someone inspired to live her greatest purpose."

Thanks Vicky. I always love working with you.
and it was really nice to meet you, Joseph.



go shorty

lovin' this button down top I reconstructed.

just another clothes story taken early this year.


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