Thriftshop

Plaid Skirts Edition



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Choki Choki shirt from Uniqlo  |  Thrifted Plaid Skirt (Php 80)

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I have very fond memories of me, violently sucking the length of a plastic tube filled with glorious chocolate. That plastic tube’s also known as Choki Choki. 2 pesos each – back in the day.

I chanced upon this Choki Choki number while purchasing my own Jollibee shirt from Uniqlo. Now I don’t know about you, but there was just something about owning a Uniqlo x Jollibee shirt  that was deliciously ironic to me. I had to make sure I got the least tacky version of the series for myself.

This aforementioned Jollibee shirt was the result of Uniqlo’s current shirt collaboration with some of the biggest corporations in Southeast Asia. Aside from Jollibee, they’ve also got Indonesian company Choki Choki under their belt. Not sure why I’ve always assumed that Choki Choki was local (aka Philippines made). It must be the ridiculous name.

I regret to report that none of the adult shirt designs for Choki Choki were classy or at least passable. The holy grail could be found at the deepest rack of the kids’ section. This shirt that I got, featuring the original Choki Choki throwback logo, is the largest size that they had for kids. A size “150”, whatever that means. The shirt looked small – tiny in my hands like it has shrunk in the washer. But I had to bank on the fact that the shirt was jersey cotton (meaning slightly stretchable) & I had to believe that I was “small” enough to fit into a kids size.

And here we are!

Oh right, I forgot this was a Thriftshop entry! Now that you know that my shirt was from Uniqlo, the only thrifted number in this outfit is my newly acquired plaid skirt from the thrift shop of Circle C. (Circle C Congressional, checkirrrawtt). Php 80 for that flirty looking thanggg.

I don’t know. I just have this natural gravitation towards plaid and flannel, and sometimes, I am unsure whether whatever skirt I’m getting is an actual piece of fashion, or a lost coordinate from an all girls’ school uniform. Of course, I’m always hoping for the former.

 






As of Late

Sunday of July 19, 2015



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Hello friends! How do you like my red gingham matchy matchy ensemble?

Anyway, I found a quick way to update everyone with my life, but still keeping it very short and (hopefully) sweet haha! I found this list via Meet Me At Mikes and it’s originally called “Taking Stock” – but I’ve renamed it to “As of Late” because I just did. Haha! Basically, you fill out these blank spaces according to where you are in your life right now. It’s fun and convenient and I encourage you to do the same, as well! You can use the hashtag #takingstock if you wanna be in on the whole thing.

Making: PDF files for my internship program (!!!) View my tweet & know all about it!
Drinking: Water, because I just had buffalo wings from Yellow Cab & I need to wash it all away
Reading: The Crossroads of Should & Must by Elle Luna
Wanting: closure & peace of mind and heart
Looking: for
Playing: Wordrageous on my iPhone
Wasting: time whenever I let myself be sucked in by negativity
Wishing: for success on my big projects for this year
Enjoying: Masterchef Australia S7 & PBB 737 every weekday
Waiting: for sincerity & honesty
Liking: being busy
Wondering: if I’ll ever learn
Loving: my project with Arriane (aka Woman In Progress!)

Hoping: that I won’t let my emotions get the best of me
Marvelling: at the mysteries of the universe
Needing: to stick to the plan & make wiser decisions
Smelling: pizza
Wearing: my sister’s UP shirt
Noticing: more the friends who are there for me in every great & terrible decision I’ve made
Knowing: that no matter what, I will always have myself, my dreams, & my talents
Thinking: OOOOUTTT LOUUUD – joke
Feeling: like I’m at the start of something wonderful
Bookmarking: 99u
Opening: my email obsessively
Giggling: at the silly Dubsmash videos sent by my friend
Feeling: like I can do this – I can really do this

 

 









Let’s Make Weird Songs: My TEDx Talk



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So, this is my first TEDx talk

I cannot even believe this has happened to me. My talk is uploaded on the actual TEDx Youtube site, you guys. Yup. The one with 1,000,000 plus plus subscribers? Yeah.

I’ve always secretly wished that I’d get invited to watch a TEDx talk, but never in my life have I thought that I would be invited to deliver one. That is SUCH a huge deal. I was actually in the JR Yamanote train vacationing in Japan for the holidays when I got this email. I might have given a tiny squeal of delight when I read the subject. They had me at TEDx.

 

 

Anyway, I won’t explain much. But just to give you a gist: I talk about the value of writing “weird” and unconventional pop songs, and how songwriting can be used as a tool to educate, inspire, connect, and reflect human society.

I perform A Song About Space for the first 5 mins. Skip to 5:05 to go directly to the start of my talk!

It’s such a big privilege to be standing on a TEDx stage, on a huge, red circular carpet. Thank you TEDx British School of Manila for having me!

P.S. I’m still waiting for my TEDx UST video! I’ll be sure to keep you posted once it’s available online!






Thriftshop

Granny Edition



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Hola children!

I’ve recently been cleaning out my closet (uh, Eminem reference) and getting rid of stuff that I don’t really get to use much anymore. Call it purging, call it “I need extra closet space” – call it however you like. But as a born hoarder, closet clean ups are never easy for me. If you only knew how long I held onto this cream pleated skirt in my hand from 7 years ago, while I forced myself to think of ways to still incorporate it in my existing wardrobe…

While doing so, I thought of starting a new series in my blog called “Thriftshop” – – –  okay, it ain’t the cleverest of titles, so that’s still on * asterisks *. But anyway, point is, this blog series is all about coming up with coordinates / outfits (almost) / entirely out of thrifted items I’ve gotten in the past. So finally, items I’ve hoarded that have not seen the light of day in a while will finally get to bask out in the sun and stuff!

I think it’s a fun way to challenge myself creatively when it comes to outfits (I’ve been the laziest dresser these days), as well as bring out the thrifted gems I used to treat as shining trophies from the depths of the ukay-ukay. Admittedly, this is a great excuse for me to shop for more ukay items to keep the series going so, WIN-WIN.

Here’s my first outfit of the series. It’s not the best, cause I just changed into these clothes from my pajamas just to get this series going haha! So excuse the unkempt hair and all! But the top is a knitted paisley and denim combo which I got for 70 pesos in Anonas!

Can’t wait to work on the next post!






Things of the Week

June 2015: 4th week



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Hello again, children of the corn!

I hope you’ve all been doing fine, cause I haven’t. Emotionally that is – but never mind that. I’ve got enough work to distract myself from the blackhole that is having too much feelings.

One cause for celebration is cause I am back, yet again, to overshare about the things that went on over the tail end of June 2015.

Here are my last two weeks in photos!

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Where In The World is Guam? (Guam 2015: Day 1)

Prior to this trip, I really had no idea



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~*~ Guam ~*~

It’s time to get real. When I hear the word “Guam” – the first thing that comes to mind is a mental GIF of my favorite childhood movie, Matilda.

 

At the very end, Mrs. Wormwood tells Matilda that they’re moving to Guam to escape the federal agents that were coming after their fraudulent car dealing business. I’ve watched Matilda about 254 times on VHS so I know it by heart – but every single time that scene comes on, I would wonder – Where IS Guam????

 

Sidenote: This trip has been sponsored by the Guam Visitors Bureau, and our accommodation by Pacific Star Resort & Spa. We are eternally grateful for the invitation and the kindness!

 

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Things of the Week

June: 1st week



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Hola, folks! Allow me to fill you in on my first half of June, so far:

1) Guam – Surprise, I went there!

2) Reese’s Basic Collage Workshop – is officially open for sign-ups! June 27, BGC. More details in the entry.

3) Gig schedule – I’ll be playing a gig tonight (June 11) and a long set tomorrow (June 12)

4) @ReeseKids – I now have an official Twitter fan page (!!!!)

 

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