Madhouse

Posting this quickly just to let everyone know that Chad and I have been featured in Madhouse Manila magazine’s November issue. Chad wants to become a photojournalist so we began working on his dream just a few months ago. We’ve been working hard and we’re very happy to see our efforts starting to pay off.

Chad wrote an article titled ‘Thank You for the Music Internet’, an interesting piece about the state of today’s music. I’m the one wearing the Union Jack shirt. You might remember me ranting about this shoot in this post. Fortunately, we were able to do damage control. 😛

Chad’s photos of his friend, Kimmie Fehr, also made it in the magazine’s November issue. Don’t they look amazing?

You can read the whole article and feature in Madhouse Manila magazine’s website here. Also, it’s Chad’s birthday today. It would be wonderful if you guys could check out his website here and share it to your friends and social networking sites. Thank you so much! 🙂

Cat Power

As you may already know, I’m a biiig cat lover. I think it’s my spirit animal. Cats are free thinkers, independent, and loving—three qualities that I value a lot.  I’ve been living independently from my family for two years now. I miss them a lot, but I feel more secure with myself when I don’t depend my life on anyone. None of my family supported my plan to leave Naga City, but I did it anyway and I never regretted my decision. I refused to live with my relatives in Manila, so I got an apartment with my friends instead. It’s difficult sometimes, you know, making ends meet, but the life I chose gives me more fulfillment, especially when I get to assist my family financially back home. I know in the end, things will become much better. Light at the end of the tunnel, remember?

Anyway, I got this kitty headband from a shop called Yhansy. I was a bit disappointed when the shop wasn’t giving me the tracking number of the shipment and that it took the courier 10 days to deliver it to my house. Nevertheless, all the bad vibes disappeared when I saw how adorable the headband was.

Paired it with my kitty shirt which I bought at a bazaar in Farmer’s Market, Cubao. I bought two colors actually (which I will show soon), but I opted for this one to match my skirt…

…which I also bought at Fashion de Lite ukay-ukay (thrift shop) in Cubao. It only cost me Php 50! Look at those distressed leather and velvet panels… lovely, aren’t they? 😀

And these pair of cute ballet flats were only bought for around Php 200. SM Department Store was on sale last week. I wasn’t supposed to buy anything fancy, but Chad and I passed by racks of pretty shoes with a sign saying ‘buy any two for 399.75’. WHO COULD RESIST THAT, REALLY? So I bought these heart-y flats along with a dark green pair. 😛

Yhansy kitty headband | Kitty shirt from bazaar | Thrifted distressed leather + velvet skirt | Solemate flats | Sling bag from Dushbag

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Here’s a a wonderful I Found a Reason cover by Cat Power. You might remember this song from V for Vendetta. I love that film.

Oblivion

Growing up in a home with no internet access, I only got to know music through local radio and TV stations and for a time I thought the songs those channels featured were the only music genres that existed. I got stuck with ‘mainstream’ music until college, and would easily get bored with it. I remember complaining that ‘popular’ songs always have the same themes—love, money, sex, and drugs.

I was in desperate need of a new sound that has more depth, but I unfortunately didn’t have the means. A few years after college, however, I was introduced to other genres of music through Chad. He’s an audiophile and has been listening to different kinds of music since he was young. I got to know trip-hop, ska, electronic, indie, trance, etc. My current favorite is dream pop, a sub-genre of pop rock and alternative rock, which originated in the United Kingdom.

Thrifted glasses | Freeway dress used as skirt | Union Jack shirt from Ode to Her | Forever 21 suede brogues

Dream pop tends to focus on textures and moods rather than propulsive rock riffs. Vocals are generally breathy or sung in a near-whisper, and lyrics are often introspective or existential in nature. (source) You see, music is not just limited to the proverbial LMSD.

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LOL I look preggers in this pic, but I’m not. Haha. Must be because of the movement. So, I’m leaving you with my favorite dream pop artist Grimes. She’s a bit weird but amusing at the same time. Hope you like it!