November 29, 2010

Macau 2010 Photo Journal

As the Philippines continues to shed its Iberian Heritage for burgers, bricks and Korean dance moves; Macau, the venerable former Portuguese colony floating on the South China Sea has become the last bastion of the authentic experience of Latin Asia. Macau is a veritable Baiana, seducing the cultured and the wealthy by the thousands each weekend. (Each group being largely mutually exclusive). The fact is, Macau is a place with two personalities, each cocooned from the other. Colonial Macau, with its stunning facade of St Pauls, cobblestone streets and tasty egg tarts on Taipa’s Food Street have always drawn the cultured. On the other side, the bright lights and outrageously themed casinos herald a new phase in Macau’s existence: The Las Vegas of Asia. Whether you want your taste of history of history or a bank busting getaway, spinning roulette wheels next to indoor replicas of Venice, Macau is the perfect blend of the old and the new; the historical and the fantastical. 

Listening to: Speakeasy Death Song by Charge Group
           <3 : Macau
            =( :  colds

November 24, 2010

So Tight In HONGKONG 2010

hello HK! We're back!

Zara Man Shirt, navy blue military jacket from Sydney, H&M leopard hat haha

floral chiffon dress from HK, Topshop bow tights, velvet blazer from my sister

Cheap Monday acid wash jeans, Topman cropped trench, Valentino military boots

Chocolate Clothing floral dress, Fab studded vest, velvet blazer, Mark's leather belt, tights from F21
Listening to: Kaskade
<3: homey hotels and cold weather
T__T : I easily get tired and sleepy

November 17, 2010

Brightly Wound

"Its happening all the time
When I open my eyes
I'm still taken by surprise
I hold sunlight and swallow fireflies
And it makes me want to cry"


 "I shall never grow up
Make believe is much too fun
Can we go far away to the humming meadow

"We were walking there
I had tangles in my hair
But you make me feel so pretty
You have shining eyes
Yes like those forest lights
And it makes me want to cry "

"I was just wishing you were here
So we could walk down to the stream
And we could throw all our leaves in
Seeing our dragon when we look"

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Listening to: EISLEY
<3 : warm comforters
=( : conflicts

Baby Come Back

Listening to: Jewel
<3 : Alone time
 =( : body ache

Found these ancient treasures in my hard drive. Some of Mark's childhood pics and mine.
soooo cute!! Mark Orosa  months old.

Mark was watching her sister bake and couldn't help but eat some of the chocolate :)

hello there! No wonder you love blue.
Mark's sister loved dressing him up and taking photos of him :)

Hello there little model!

and this is me.. yeah, I was a total hottie with my red polka dot bikini and Paris Hilton glasses.. LOL

Don't rain on my parade!


proud older sister who loved her red dresses and white socks :)

"We've made houses for hatred
It's time to make a place
Where people's souls may be seen and made safe
Be careful with each other
These fragile flames
For innocence can't be lost
It just needs to be maintained"

-Innocence Maintained, Jewel

I Love Me

Don't stop believing in yourself. You are responsible for your own happiness.

Taken 2-3 years ago? I don't remember. Back when I had this cute short hair which I miss sometimes. I look so different.

November 16, 2010

Gotta Have Faith

                 There was a point  where I've felt lost. I didn't know what to do with my life. When I was in college, I had a four-year plan. After 1st sem, there's 2nd sem; after 1st year, there's 2nd year and so on. After graduation, the security of "leveling up" was abruptly taken, so soon I didn't realize I had plunged into a whole perspective of uncertainty. It was scary. It was depressing. I tried looking for jobs but deep down I knew I didn't want to do them. Six hours in front of my laptop, I was exhausted. I looked up and rested my eyes and prayed silently. Yes, I don't go to church and openly practice my faith but I do pray a lot.  I pray anywhere, anytime, even in the toilet. I talk to God. I believe we have a good relationship.

What is it with prayers then?

My mother told me (and some books told us) that if we want something, we should envision it. For a clearer vision, some suggest making lists like, "To Do Lists for 2010", "Bucket List" or some "Kill Bill" kind of list. What these lists have in common is their purpose: to remind if not nag. One way or another, they will, if not must, be done--like a nagging mother in your brain telling you what to do. Now, if you want a louder voice or a clearer vision of what you want in life, you can actually make cut-outs of places and paste a picture of yourself in that place or make a "Picture Book of Dreams". Any way you look at these strategies in making things happen, these lists serve as reminders of what you want to do or should do in your life. Prayers work the same way. When you say something like a joke, a quote or a mathematical formula, or talk about something like your ambitions, you remind yourself of what you need to remember or what you must do.    We could say that the principle behind prayers is similar to the "power of suggestion", "power of repetition/practice" or "power of words". A bad example of this though, are those people who talk big with their lies. These people fabricate false stories about their wealth, success and happiness as if trying to convince themselves their stories were true because they know deep down, they are sad and unsatisfied.  They believe their own lies, as what  Mariah Carey sang, "'re delusional, you're delusional, boy you're loosin' yo mind..." Something to that effect. Regardless of what these "fake" people say, some undiscerning people will be convinced. So if words are so powerful that they change people's lives, why not use them to benefit your self?

What if you pray every single day? That's what I did. I just kept on praying and believing that He has a great plan for me. At the same time, I wasn't stupid enough to just rely on prayers alone; like a nagging list, I became more determined to make my goals and dreams come true because I kept on reminding myself that I have them.

Then opportunities came. These opportunities came so subtly. They were mere words from someone somewhere asking if I want to do these or that, or if I want to go to this place and meet these people or if I want to tag along etc. When I was much younger I would've said "No" because of the fear and insecurities of unknown territories. But then, I got more and more subtle invitations that I decided to say "YES" to everything and a lot has changed. I summoned the courage to look beyond my fears and finally realize that He had been helping me all along. I realized that I am healthy, I have my legs and my arms complete, I have both my eyes and all my senses, I am very capable. There was no excuse not to pursue what I wanted. With this attitude and determination I was able to meet a lot of talented people from teachers, indie artists, make-up artists, models,  photographers, designers, stylists, bookers, businessmen, politicians to directors, celebrities, film crew, and a lot of beautiful people with big hearts. Suddenly I was busy everyday, every week doing what I love. I was putting on make-up, taking photos, acting, partying, hosting, traveling and everything I've wanted to do as a child. I had to cross out a lot of things in my lists. :)

I'm not saying that prayers would have instant results. When I was 11 years old, I decided that I wanted my boyfriend to look like a japanese prince or a guy who looked like an anime. I drew him in every notebook and sketchpad I could find:

Sorry, I was very young when I made this :)

Inspired by an anime Mr. Darcy. Drew this in high school? :)

It took me seven years to finally meet him:

Years ago? He doesn't look very anime but well, he looks like a Japanese prince :)

I didn't get a Japanese but a Japanese-looking Filipino-Australian from Sydney. He came all the way from another continent and changed our lives. He isn't just a guy, he is a very good friend I intend to keep which was actually one of my prayers, to have a really close friend I could trust.

You may not meet this year's goals or you think you will never achieve anything you've written down; maybe you think your life's terrible now, but if you could just stop, look up, close your eyes and reflect, you'll realize that whatever bothers you shall pass. Everything shall pass. So take a chance so you won't have regrets. Listen, believe and pray even when you're in the toilet.
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