Sunday, December 15, 2013

Missing my Parents on Christmas Day

CHRISTMAS is the most celebrated month of the year, its the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year. Christmas time is a good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable time and for most of all a time celebrated with family.

Someone asked me; Have you had a good Christmas season so far??? I stop and think… Yes I had, way back 2008, when I went home to spend the holidays with my parents.

It has been 4 years since my mother Nanay Oping (+July16, 2009) passed away and a year ago, since my father Tatay Junior (+October 15, 2012) died. I can’t help being emotional. I am missing my parents so much not just on Christmas but almost everyday of my life. And when someone asked me if; what I want for Christmas, I answered them back, that if God would grant me one wish this Christmas I would wish to have it spent with my parents.

Life without them is so hard; looking at the world around me, knowing they will never be a part of it again . When I was a child it was such a comfort to know they were always there for me. And though my needs have changed since then, my feelings have not, I still relied on both of them, for so many things that only parents can give. When I need advice I feel I can count on them to help me put things in their proper perspective. When I have good news, I always want to share it with them and when things are not going so well. I know you'll make things better just by listening, caring, and understanding like you always do. That's why no matter how grown up I may be, I'm still wishing they were here right next to me. But there are things in life that way beyond my control. I am happy to know now that they are now pain free in heaven.

I thanked God everyday for the blessing of being born to these two remarkable people. I will always be grateful for being blessed with their love, faith, and nurturing. Having a parents like them while growing up was the greatest gift and biggest advantage anyone could ever have given me. It is because of the confidence and values that you instilled in me that made me who I am today. I thanked them for shaping me into a person who I like and am proud to be. Thank you for letting me believes that I could be whoever I wanted to be, do whatever I wanted to do, there were no limitations except my drive, ambition and creativity.

God sent you to me as a special gift from above. To teach me life's lesson and shower me with your love, I will always remember their beautiful and smiling faces. In my heart you will always have a special place. You are the truest friend I have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon me; when adversity takes the place of prosperity, when friends who rejoice with me in sunshine desert me, when trouble thickens around me, still will you cling to me and endeavor by your kindness precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness and cause peace to return to my hearts.

I LOVE and MISS you both everyday single day!

"Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends but only one MOTHER and FATHER in the whole world."

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fashion: Black Minimalist Look

When I think of chunky in fashion, the first thing comes to my mind is "CHUNKY" accessories or jewelry. Chunky statement pieces are designed to be focal point for an outfit. If I could be an accessories. I'd definitely be a chunky. I'm a Chunky person when it comes to fashion and style. I LOVE the big, colorful, fun pieces of Chunky lookin accessories.

But sometimes its nice to change things up with dainty "MINIMALIST" pieces. Great for everyday wear and warmer months. Minimalist pieces is good when your weigh down by chunky accessories or you just need a break from chunkiness and try something new. 

Check out my Minimalist in Black look for Au Courant Holiday Day Sale at  The Proscenium Lounge, Powerplant Mall in Rockwell Makati.

#OOTD or Out of the Day:
Earrings and Necklace from my closet
Black Onyx Ring Gold and Gold Infinity Bracelet from Beatriz Accessories
Black Dress from American Rag Clothing
Shoes from my closet

"The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes, the greatest shoes and accessories, but you've got to have a good spirit on the inside. That's what's really going to make you look like you're ready to rock the world!. "— Alicia Keys

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Province Life

Have no idea my niece was taking photos of me when I was climbing the coconut tree. I know! Shocking at it is for everyone but this is something I’m not ashamed off. I grew up in the Province of Maybog, Baybay City, Leyte and this is quite normal for me growing up. My good friend Madelyn Lumba and I used to be like this back in the days, climbing coconut or fruit trees in the mountain were our pastime during weekends.

My life in the city is different from my life in the province. Here in the City I am surrounded with people from all folks of life, busy streets, traffic, pollution's, many malls and fashion. I am thankful to work in a firm where I get updates from latest fashion trends, style and accessories and working with up and coming Filipino designers and artisans.
Me and my Boss Carissa Cruz Evangelista at Criselda Lontok 30th Fashion Gala at fairmont Hotel Makati City.

For almost 5 years working in the fashion industry I have to dress-up and attend some fashion gala or events. Maintaining an image in fashion industry is very important especially if you’re socializing with people and if some friends and family are looking up to your fashion sense and style. I Love Fashion, no doubt about that but at times I’m getting tired of dressing up and putting make up on. 
Me and my Fashion Designer best-friend Kath Conde and Drew Galia Panganiban at Preview Fashion Ball 2013 in Hyve The Fort. 

That’s why when I’m in the province I do the things that I love, things that I enjoyed and do growing up. 
I love being in the province quite, fresh air, and people won’t care about fashion. They’re genuinely happy and contented with what they have. Enjoy a good talk under the moon at night or being outside under a blue warm sky, and hanging out with love ones after each meal. Province will always be the best place for me to rest when I feel so tired with the busy lights of the city.
#ootd at Work 

I love living in the City but I will always be a Province girl at heart. And when I get old or retired I would love to live in the countryside.
mode of transportation in our City of Baybay, Leyte. We called this "Pot-pot".

How about you, what are the things you loved and missed about living in the Province? And if you were to choose; Living in the City or in the Province? 
Sunset in my province. Maybog, Baybay, Leyte.

" When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn't the old home missed but your childhood "- Rose Antonio