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Holga Series: Mind Cruisin’

It’s been a year since I last saw the ocean so when Chad told me we’re going to La Union, I agreed without hesitation. I haven’t been to La Union but I do know it’s a famous surf spot, and I understand why. It’s clean and the waves as well as the locals are very pleasant. I initially wanted to try surfing again, like I did last year, but we didn’t get to bring nor rent a longboard so I learned skimboarding instead.

This is me smiling after bruising my knee and thigh, getting a swollen ankle, and landing on my butt after sliding countless times. I have low pain tolerance, but when it comes to learning how to surf and skim, I’m willing to endure a few injuries. Those injuries pale in comparison to that certain high you get after successfully riding the board, that feeling of being stoked. I’m not really an excitable person, but beach and water activities (or even the lack thereof) often delight me.

And no, I did not wear these while learning how to skimboard. That would be difficult, not to mention ridiculous. I would topple down even before I get to the board. Lol. This is 1 of the 3 looks I wore in the Beach Bunny video Chad and I made. Please watch if you haven’t. 🙂

Making the sailor salute because I’m wearing a sailor top. Don’t judge. 😛

Sailor top from Ode to Her | ForMe shorts | The Little Things She Needs wedges

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Thanks for reading the first post from my Holga series! 🙂

Lost

FORME top and shorts, COCCO boater hat, collar necklace by Ling Dacudao, Forever 21 heels, Ode to Her ring, Giani Bernini sling bag from Dushbag

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re stuck and you’re struggling to emerge from it? I’m beginning to wonder if the things I’m currently doing are indeed worth the effort, and if my hard work will bear any fruit at all. Before, I was so certain of what to do with my life that I have even drafted a ten-year plan. Slowly, albeit not entirely and exactly as planned, I achieved some of them bit by bit, despite the fact that I only came from a humble family. And I know that that is something to be proud of.  But what if all the hard work will amount to nothing? What if what you want isn’t really meant for you to have? How would you know?

I feel like escaping sometimes so I could free myself from my own questions, go somewhere sequestered and stay hidden for a while. Oftentimes when I need to contemplate on things, I detach myself from everything and go somewhere calming, like the woods. I know escaping is not the best way of facing one’s own demons but for some reason, I feel very at ease with nature. It helps me rediscover and rework myself, so this shoot with Jashen was very cathartic for me. Although I have not completely won over my battles, I’m beginning to see a glimmer of hope.

I am thankful to the people who never give up on me and to those I’ve met recently. For ForMe clothing to take a chance on me, despite the crisis I am going through, is very humbling. Maybe, just maybe, all the effort could be worth it after all.

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Photos by Jashen Manuel

*First and last photo were post-processed by yours truly. ‘Trying to copy Jashen’s awesome style but apparently I failed. lol

 

Big Jet Plane

How do you like my new blog layout? I hope you’re viewing this on a desktop or a laptop with a wide screen. I’m not sure if the layout is compatible with netbooks, as the balloons might cover some of the texts. As you know, my website was hacked by some phishing site yesterday. My web developer, Jehz, advised me to change my blog theme and delete the plug-ins, since they’re prolly the reason why my website was easily hacked. I realized it’s the most opportune time to put into action some thoughts that bugged me recently. And so I have, beginning with a new blog layout. 🙂

The Little Things She Needs wedges

I Love H81 by Forever 21 denim top, Clothes for the Goddess “skorts”

Paris Dreams MiuMiu-inspired bag

Ode to Her ring, Genevieve Gozum belt

I bought the bag a few days before my trip to Bicol last month. I wanted something where I can fit all my clothes and shoes. I was on a budget and I didn’t want to pay additional airport baggage fees. Good thing Paris Dreams carries a line of MiuMiu-inspired bags in different colors, and at the same time, with enough space. It’s perfect.

Speaking of trips:

Someone shared this on Facebook some days ago and I fell in love with it right away. Take You Higher is actually a remix version of Angus & Julia Stone‘s Big Jet Plane. My boyfriend is a big Angus fan, but he liked this version as well, especially the video. We both love traveling, and any song that reminds us of it is instantly a favorite. Ah, I can’t wait for August.

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