Tag: philippines


This birthday post is around three months delayed and for good reason: Unlike last year, I spent my birthday back in Cebu with my family and shortly after departed to start a new chapter of my life here in Vancouver. As of this writing I am officially no longer a student, but by God’s grace, now part of the Canadian working force (on a post-graduate work permit)!


My whole summer in the Philippines was my very last stretch of an afforded vacation. I knew I wouldn’t be able to spend a whole season once I started working. It was a blessing to be able to spend time with my family and friends. I went out almost everyday! That’s crazy draining for an introvert like me, but well worth it as I look back on all the memories I’ve made (board game nights were the best). Although Fritz and I aren’t together anymore, I am glad we remain friends. Despite the love and care we have for each other, our priorities have caused our paths to diverge into an incompatible future. Last summer we already called it quits, but he treated our last months together in friendship as nothing but self-less. He killed me with kindness. For that and more, he will always have a special place in my heart. I have grown and learned so much in our four years together and I will always be thankful for meeting him. If ever you are in Cebu and get to hear of his catering or cooking, you’d be wise to give it a try. He is a very talented chef and that’s no bias.


Nat and I celebrated our birthdays together at the BIG Hotel, owned by our good friend Kate Ngo. We had our high school classmates and their significant others join us for dinner. A few birthdays ago I had the idea to make a time capsule for us. All of us wrote our goals for our 25th and 30th birthdays and when it was time, we’d open our papers together to reflect on our life progress. Charlie said we should read our goals out loud to each other when we hit 30. I’m not sure everyone would want to but that would be really interesting!


If I could be painfully honest, I now feel more at home here in Canada. If I could have any crazy one-time wish it would be to bring all of my family and friends here. I can truly testify how much God knows my heart because he’s brought me to my own paradise here on earth. Even a routine walk to work brings me so much awe as I pass by pigeons flying towards the North Shore Mountains. I am not sure if my future lies in this country, but for now my heart is.

TotalGirl:The New Stars of Style

August 2011 Issue with Emma Watson on the cover.
I went to Manila a couple of months ago to shoot for TotalGirl Philippines again. This time it was going to be for a shorter fashion feature pegged on the looks of Elle Fanning (younger sis of my fave child actress Dakota Fanning), Hailee Steinfield (honestly don’t know her) and Willow Smith (but who doesn’t know her?)
My pretty young models :3
Coincidentally, I’ve worked with Maureen and Denise for the last January editorial of TG this year. They are a breeze to work with just like the last time, having those perfect looks and pearly-white smiles generic in any leading magazine. In short, naturally beautiful and photogenic models of tomorrow. Of course, same goes with half-German darling Ashleigh. 
 Channeling the Retro Fashionista: Elle Fanning

Gracing the Glamourous Girl Next Door: Hailee Steinfield

 Exuding the Fierce Free Spirit: Willow Smith

 And some of you might have gone “I whip my hair back and forth”.

The magazine is still as bright as sunshine and lovely for preteen girls filled with dreams. Whoever does the layout for TG, I give kudos to you! It’s always creative and funky fresh.

Because I needed more space in the tiny hotel room. Anything for that angle!
My photoshoot and child-friendly look achieved by cutting my colored skinny jeans short. I’ve done it to most of mine already since I’m beginning to hate the suffocating feeling of pants. Plus, these half-cut pants (what do you call these formally?) paired with a long shirt make me look quite taller. A simple fashion tip from a fashion nobody like me. 😉
Once again, I’d like to acknowledge the bubbly creative mind behind these shoots, Katsu Modomo. Thank you for the opportunity and for believing in me once again even if I did have some mishaps shooting indoors. I am forever grateful.
Styling: Jacque de Borja of Stylebible.PH
Photography: Anne Lorraine Uy
Assistant: Brian Jefferson Tan
Editor-in-Chief: Shiloah Matic-Ma
 Art Direction: Katsu Modomo
Sittings Editor: Krizette Chu
Production Designer: Genie Ranada-Babista
Make-up: Ria Gamboa
Hair: Borge Aloba for L’Oreal Professional
Models: Maureen Decripito, Ashleigh Nordstrom and Denise Samson
Locale: Manila Marriot Hotel


Unrelated stuff on the table, happy birthday to one of my favorite bloggers who also happens to be my dear friend Chip Young! *hearts*
There are a lot of us sharing our birthdays this month. I was thinking about what to blog about for my birthday and came back with no idea. Hmm… Does anyone have any particular questions for me? If so, you can comment below and I’ll try my best to answer them for the heck of it on my birthday. :) Take care everyone!

TotalGirl: Happy Days Are Here To Stay (behind-the-scenes)

TotalGirl’s January 2011 issue.

Last October I got a sweet surprise from TotalGirl magazine. They asked if I could shoot their January 2011 editorial, and of course, I totally said YES!

I flew in for a few days and was picked up by the team to shoot at the La Mesa Ecopark.

Beautiful, beautiful place.

Katsu told me the models were found through a model search they did for the magazine.

Looking at the load of clothes, shoes and accessories made me think how kids can be so fashionable nowadays. Don’t think pre-teen fashion could have been this good when I was younger!

Oh and I have to mention that I was actually starstruck when I met Margaux Romero. She was the fashion editor for Candy magazine for three years. She’s sooo good at styling! This was her first time styling kids.

Shiloah’s super cute trained dog and his trainer.

When I was younger, my mom used to send me magazines and other goodies when my birthday came. The magazines that I got from Australia were Chik, Dolly, Girlfriend and TotalGirl! This was when TotalGirl wasn’t in the Philippines yet (right now Summit Media franchises it here). My mom and I were talking about how amazing it is that I got to shoot for a magazine I used to read as a child. Life~

I posted a few unpublished photos in my facebook page [here]. I was thinking of uploading the editorial but… Nah~ So that you guys can see something new if you actually buy the magazine (go on, your little sister will love you for it!)

It actually rained during the last set thus the impromptu addition of an umbrella.

My favorite from the shoot. I walked sooo far up just to find this spot!

Thank you so much to everyone for the support! Let’s make 2011 great by first putting it in our hearts and minds that we WILL MAKE this year great.

Styling: Margaux Romero
Photography: Anne Lorraine Uy
Assistant: Karla Tan
Art direction: Katsu Modomo
Production design: Genie Ranada
Hair and make-up: Kabbie Rodriguez
Models: Denise Samson and Maureen Decripito


Update 1/15/11:

Got my TG from Katsu today and got a very cute card too! Katsu, I didn’t know you were so creative!!! Hahaha, love your drawing!!

I really hope to work with you guys again soon too. More power to TotalGirls out there!

Bohol Adventure; [08.14-15.09]

Mia, my cousin, and I on adventure mode.

As always said, better late than never. 😀

Hello, straight hair!

I love her jumper! Promod doesn’t sell that anymore. BOO.

I went to Bohol with my cousin and aunt last August for no particular reason at all. Stayed at the Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa [link]. The place was really beautiful!

Overall I’d say I would love to go back there again and stay a bit longer (our trip was only two days!) and really enjoy everything. We weren’t really able to swim at the beach coz of the super low-tide but the swimming pool was awesome enough. Had its own pool-side bar and two other swimming pools. The room was clean and super comfy; was really able to sleep well there. /vacation from the stress of dutiful education

All we really did was tour around for a bit and just relax at the resort. My cousin and I had a wonderful time at the spa! Massages are soo awesome. ~.~ *melts*

The church we visited in Bohol. I don’t really know the name so if you do, you can leave a comment. :))

I took the opportunity of taking pictures where ever we went tho the thought of having a UWA lens always crossed my mind. (And it’s finally coming to me soooon!)

So this is an entry about a Bohol trip, right? And of course you know what completes a BOHOL ENTRY.

T a r s i e r s ! ! ~ !

Tarsiers tarsiers and more tarsiers!

^This one looks like it’s praying~

Cute little creatures!!

One more please!


Just kidding, Mia. :))

They were all so cute and tiny! Whenever they’d hear a ruckus they’d open their beady big eyes and look like they’re wary of danger…. then when the coast was finally clear they’d slowly close their eyes and fall asleep.

Let’s say it all together now…. Aweeeeeeeee!

On another note, it’s finals week now. And that means one more week left til SEM BREAK! I’m so excited. Activities here and there, Bangkok and maybe even beaching! 😛 Wish me luck in my exams and projects. There’s a deluge of them, even a movie-making one.