Unforeseen

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as frequently, but Chad and I have started a project and we’re concentrating a lot of our efforts on it. I’m still going to post updates here though ย at least once or twice a week (and on my Twitterย of course). Like I said earlier, I will never abandon blogging and the small group of people who read my blog (and who I love dearly).

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Before I share my usual narrative, let me skip to the outfit first. I won’t necessarily call it stylish, but it’s my lazy day look. Chad and I had to interview some people and do a photoshoot on the same day so I chose the most comfortable ensemble I could wearโ€”that is an oversized hipster shirt and my trusty maxi and wedges. I was going for a functional, modern-day hippie look so I “forced” myself to wear some earrings, which I kinda abhor. But hey it worked. Lol. That’s about it really.

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So what’s the project going to be about? I can’t reveal the whole thing yet, but it does involve documentary photography and a bit of social work. No complaints though, I’m even more excited to see where this project is going. Chad will be leaving for the States in two months (*teardrop*) and we won’t be seeing each other for a year or two, so we’re making good use of his remaining days in the country. Yesterday was no doubt a very good experience for both of us.

We went to Smokey Mountain to document our friend and the place while also helping out the kids with their costumes for their upcoming festival presentation. No, I’m not pertaining to the band nor the mountain range, but we did see heaps and heaps of trash. Smokey Mountain is the term used to identify a large landfill in Manila. Decades ago, the area was surrounded by slums. Later on, the government provided public tenements to the people, most of whom pick trash for a living, and they stayed there since then. We visited them yesterday and made their costumes for the parade. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I got to talk to a lot of kids and asked them about their life in Smokey Mountain. ย Oblivious of their brutal surroundings, they told me about the death of their brother (gunshot), their sister’s incarceration, and other horrible things. I even saw one child with his forehead bleeding because his parents couldn’t attend to him. Chad saw a kid using drugs. Outside the tenements are stores selling pagpag, leftover food scavenged from garbage dumps.ย There was trash everywhere. I felt and am still feeling very sad for the children for living in such an atrocious environment. What’s worse is, there’s a big possibility they’ll never rise above their situationsโ€”unless they are assisted by the right people.

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Nevertheless, I’m happy I experienced it. I would have not known their lives and stories if we didn’t go there. I came from a poor family as well, which made me more determined to help out. So I decided to use my blog and my influence to encourage you, the person reading this blog, to help impoverished kids have a better future.

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ย Any kind of assistance will suffice. We are young and we can do a lot. If you’re reading this, you know you’re lucky to be in a safe home, with healthy food and nice environment. These kids don’t. We have to remember that when small good deeds come together, they make one big impact. Gawad Kalinga is helping Smokey Mountain, now named as Paradise Heights, rebuild the community. Click THIS LINK to know how you can help out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gigi Montes

    I love the fact na sinama mo yung Smokey Mountain sa post na ‘to. We’re so focused on ourselves and our superficial needs, we fail to see that other people need help. I’m glad I came across this post of yours. Proves that you’re not another self-centered fashion blogger. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you for this comment. The experience was so eye-opening for me, and I realized how fortunate I was (and many of us) to have this kind of life. Those kids are living in an unsafe environment, so I’m very thankful that there are institutions like Gawad Kalinga who look after their welfare. But GK can’t do it all without the help of many. If you can spread the word, then that would be great. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • aniacytrynka

    great look! you are lucky you have a beautiful weather ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a nice day!
    http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com

    • Thank you, Ania! I would have been much happier if there were spring and fall in my country ๐Ÿ™‚

  • kim bim

    fantastic photos, you have a great blog.

    ROck4less.blogspot.co.uk

    • Aw, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Janet Mandell

    thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a very nice comment! LOVE LOVE the tshirt!!!

    http://fashion-a-holic.com

    • Thanks, Janet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ANmari

    This post is really very touching. I clinched my teeth as i was reading the details of those kids lives ling in Smokey Mountain. we also had an emersion before when we were in HS, to a Smokey Mountain in CDO, my hometown. its really sad. just right outside their house are dead animals and its the same place where kids play. they have no water so kids just eat with dirty hands, then making them very sick. i can totally picture the scenario. I had the same experience. its very heartbreaking. really good that you’re making effort in your own little way to help these kids. what we did before was each group of students did an “adopt-a-family” for a certain period of time. this group of 5 students brings some food, old clothing, and help this family for at least an hour once a week. it did helped a lot and the campaign was a success. but of course with such little help we couldnt relieve them from poverty.
    your project sounds exciting girl, im happy for you but sad your BF is leaving for a long time. its not easy to have a long distance relationship. just be strong.
    http://anmari-ish.blogspot.com

    • Oh I didn’t know there’s another Smokey Mountain in the Philippines. Either way, it’s really heartbreaking seeing children in that kind of environment. We can only hope that they do not grow up in the same environment and for them to strive to have a better life.

  • Lisa Versace

    Very nice.

    I like the long skirt.

    simple but beautiful.
    http://dreamwedding4me.blogspot.com/

    Welcome to share me on google+.

    By the way, are you interested in reblogging ( I mean, you can choose one of the favorite posts from my blog and post it on your blog, I will help to reblog your post as well, so both of our friends can see the latest update.)

    Looking forward to your reply.

    • Thanks, Lisa! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madara Lieciniece

    Such a cool outfit! Love your shoes especially!

    callmemaddie.blogspot.com

    • Thanks, Maddie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • beautiful pictures!!!:)

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  • Gozika

    Hey girl! I like the outfit. Looking good. Sad to hear that Chad is leaving for such a long time. Perhaps you can visit him every now and then? Nice project you guys are having. I wish you all the success with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • We plan on seeing each other abroad next year. I can’t really afford to visit him in the States so yeah. There’s still Skype though. We’ve done it for a year, we can do it again ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I think you look incredibly stylish hunny – more so than my laid back ensemble LOL!

    SDMxx
    http://www.daringcoco.com

    • Aw, thanks, Sonia! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • simple and comfy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Andrew! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rowan

    WOW gorgeous! I love that maxi skirt!

    Love,

    Rowan

    http://www.redreidinghood.com

    • Thanks, Rowan! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tori

    Those wedges are amazing! They look great with that skirt

    -Tori
    Fashion, Trends & More

    • Thanks, Tori! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lona

    People often forget about the small things in life that make us happy. We have to be thankful for everything we get in life.

    I love your oversized tee. You look cute as always.
    xoxo
    Lona
    http://twig-in-pink.blogspot.ca

    • I totally agree, Lona! I hope you are well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • koko mo

    sweet shoes!!!

  • Such a nice easy look! Your posts really have so much content, and you have so many stories to tell! I wish i could be the same, sometimes it’s so easy to get stuck when blogging.

    • Oh I think you write really well, Isabel. I suck at writing, but I do like sharing my experiences. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • ROXTHEFOX

    I LOVE the graphic tee!!

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