Arnold Galang

Feral Child

When I was a kid, I spent most of my vacations in my mother’s hometown, Tinambac. It’s approximately two hours away from Metro Naga. I like Tinambac because it’s a quiet and innocent place, away from the hustle and bustle of the city–although there’s nothing spectacular about the place really (that is if you’re a tourist looking for picturesque spots). But if you’re an escapist like me, a place like Tinambac can be heaven. When I reached high school and the pressures of being a teenager began to take its toll on me, I visited every weekend.

My cousins and I would go for a walk in the forest filled with tropical fruit trees and then swim in the nearby river. I would return to Naga extremely sunburned but very happy. That time my family couldn’t understand why I was always itching to visit Tinambac, and later on they suspected that I must have had a ‘boyfriend’ there. Of course that’s not true, but that’s where I met my first love, who happens to be my boyfriend now. La la la. I was 13. 🙂

Chad, who was also vacationing in Tinambac when we met, would write me letters (even though his house was just right in front of mine) and I would write back of course. I digress. Sorry, I like sharing our love story. Haha. And so those are just some of the wonderful memories from my childhood.

And if I were to choose between the city and the small town, I would choose the latter in a heartbeat. That is, if I will be given a chance and there will be no serious ramifications. Unfortunately, the things I dream of doing can be found in the city. Despite this, however, I know I will always be at home with nature.

Thrifted dress | Floral crown made by me

Learn how to make your own floral crown here. Can you believe I bought this dress for only Php 170? Great steal, I know!

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Photos by Chad

Come back soon for more photos from this set!

DIY Floral Crown

A couple of days ago, Chad and I decided to shoot a Mowgli-themed set of pictures. You know, that half-naked child in The Jungle Book? Here’s a teaser:

But no, I wasn’t half-naked in the pictures, silly. Lol. Anyway, see that floral crown that I’m wearing? I made that myself and I will show you how to make your own in the following photos. 🙂

First, you’re going to need five things—a thin, bendable wire; a pair of scissors; pliers, a green tape; and a set of silk or satin flowers. You can also use real flowers; however, they wilt really fast so it’s much more practical to use fake ones. Do not use plastic ones though because they’re stiff. Here I’m using satin flowers—they look like the real deal from afar. 🙂 Also, to make things easier for you, select flowers that have wires attached in them. I bought these at a Japanese store called Daiso at Php 33 a color (80 cents).

Next, create the base of your crown, which should be the size of your head, using the wire and the pliers. Be careful when doing this, better if you let someone else do this for you.

Then cover the wire with the green tape to make it look like a stem. 🙂

Wrap the wires of the blooms tightly to the base of the crown. You may use pliers too when doing this. I selected the flowers with the lightest color and combined them with the darker ones afterwards. Please note, however, that you may use whichever flower color, type, and size you desire.

Repeat the process…

until you’ve covered the whole base. And you’re done. You can also re-tape the crown to make sure the wires won’t hurt your head (sometimes the wires tend to stick out a bit).

It’s that easy~ and cheap too! This only cost me around Php 200 ($5) and took me 30 to 40 minutes to make. Enjoy! Please visit my blog again soon, I’m excited to show you the photos Chad and I shot. Toodles! 🙂

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