Wednesday, July 23

A Vivid Summer



After days of perpetual struggle to return to my otherwise normal routine, I remain indolent. Is there such a think as post-vacation syndrome? Because I think I caught it. Real bad, as a matter of fact. Doesn't help either that 1) My family's still back in the Philippines enjoying the food, the sun, and the high life of Manila; and 2) despite procrastinating for days, it's inevitable as much as a necessity to look at these images while prepping this post to share with you all, reminding me so much how it sucks to be back in the real world. 

Definitely post-vacation syndrome.

Well, at least I did manage to get my lazy-ass to work three days straight without dither - I'd have called sick if my condition was worse. I'd done my laundry too, though failed to fully unpack my luggage nor sort out the rest of the photos from Fashion Week and this trip. The only consolation I had best so far is that Penguin and I had matching schedules the past three days since I got back, allowing us to spend time together in the evenings after.

Anyway, promise I'll try harder - there are a few possibilities and opportunities presenting themselves to me at the moment which I might be able to look forward to. A new job? Another trip? A new business? ... I will let you know when time comes. But for now, I leave you all with more vivid imagery from my recent Boracay vacation. 

Cheers!




Saturday, July 19

Bora, Oh Bora.



I've said it before and I'll say it again: Boracay is this wondrous paradise full of energy so intoxicating that I'll never tire of. In that regard, my heart breaks a little to leave this place soon - mostly for the simple beautiful things as waking up to the sound of the ocean and the sea wind blowing, the calling of street vendors as they parade along the island for our morning "taho" fix, the candyfloss-colored skies as the sun sets to bring the night, and the familiar faces of local Aklanons greeting us with hospitable smiles as we wander the stretch of the island's famous white beach bikini clad. Now all I'm left with is a memory card of imagery captured in the moment.

In retrospect, Boracay has been, even on my initial visit, a place of firsts. This time, I had my first ever cliff-diving experience up on the rocky magic island, learned beginner's surfing along the coast of white beach station 1, and para-sailed up high for a view of the majestic ocean in the sky. 

Not to say that I wasn't completely prepared - if time allowed previously, I would have done all things at once. But this time I wasn't cramming to do multiple activities within just a few days. We took to take time to lie on the sand underneath the sun and relish the moment in between. And as there's a lot more to do, to discover, I plan to go back again for more firsts.

You should try too.

Thursday, July 17

Raffles: The After-Show



Picking up from where I left off with Fashion Week, allow me to share these photos taken after the Raffles Fashion Show themed "Modern Tribes & Egos" for your viewing pleasure. Penguin and I were given the previlege to see the collections from up close at front row, and consequently be able to meet the designers and other bloggers at the After Show Party held at Fly Club. Personally, this was the highlight of my Fashion Week experience - the IP feeling, the whole shebang and whatnot. It definitely made me feel like a real fashion blogger for the first time. For that I have Krisha to thank. Ira and Macky too. And because I now have a gazzillion photos yet to be sorted out, thanks to Penguin and also Josh Tam, I will have another post out about the actual Raffles Fashion Show, particularly focusing on my favorite designer collections that were showcased at the show - do stay tuned!

For now, I leave you to enjoy this set.

Cheers!


P.S. I'm still in Boracay soaking in the sun in case you wonder.

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