Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Sunday, August 29, 2010

another project :)

I finally had the time to finish another Thrift Treasure! Yay! :)


did almost the same alterations, but this time i learned a new technique in sewing the hems to have a cleaner finish. (level up! :p) also, i replaced the white buttons with new buttons which i bought for 8php each. (they were the last 3 pieces on stock, perfect! :p )

i found this chain in one of my kits for accessory making. it matched the vintage-y shade of the buttons, so i decided to sew them, using silver colored thread, along the openings of both pockets. :)

close up of the button
There you go.. 

Hmmm.. I need to find another interesting garment for my next project.. Too bad, i wasn't able to scout for one yesterday. 

Oh well..

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thrift Treasures - striped nautical shorts

What's wonderful about practicing your sewing skills on some good thrift finds is that you don't have to worry about making mistakes..

I mean, c'mon, who in his/her right mind (well, given that he/she doesn't have any background on dressmaking) would have the guts to tear an expensive, branded garment apart, cut holes in it, or pin some charms and buttons without feeling any sense of remorse or guilt for doing so?

At least with cheap garments, I feel like i have the freedom to alter, cut, shred, pin and stitch all i want to make clothes which I'm sure no one else has. ;p

So here is one of my creations. :)
this was originally a pedal pusher short that i bought for 75 pesos along some side walk in Makati. I cut the length, added some adjustments on the sides to loosen it up a bit (since it originally had a skinny fit), folded back the edges to add up a white hem, and replaced the white buttons with antique looking charms. :)
hand sewn anchor to add that nautical vibe! thank goodness we have some gold-colored thread :)
adjustments on the sides
white buttons replaced with vintage charms --again, hand sewn by yours truly! ;p

 I know I have a lot more to learn and I need MORE practice with my sewing.

Ugh, okay, i know this is starting to sound like a good disclaimer, and it probably IS.. hehe. But hey, I'm a nurse by profession, not a modiste, so just cut me a bit of slack! haha :)


you'll never go wrong..

with a pair of classic white oxfords.heehee :)

yay! i finally got to purchase my own pair of white oxfords! :) i've been wanting to buy one for months now, but i've never seen one that fits my taste and 'qualifications'. ugh!

I did my hunt in almost every boutique and online store, but almost all of the oxfords i saw were too plain, if not too textured. Some were even made of material that's so thin, i could see the knuckles of my toes bulging from underneath when i tried to fit them.. so sad..

It was just last week, a couple of days before payday (yes, one of those 'must-budget-my-spare-coins' days), when me and my mom passed by this boutique in market market at the fort.

My mom immediately called my attention when she saw a pair of white/brown-combination oxfords displayed on one of the racks. When i saw it, I immediately entered the store and asked the saleslady if they had other colors of that design. She said yes, and pointed to the direction of the other displayed shoes.

And there it was, sitting pretty at the second to the top rack, waiting there, staring at me, as if saying, 
"Oh there you are, I've been waiting for you to find me!"
(haha! boo for all this drama!)

So to cut the story short, after I got my pay, I bought it.. and it's real damn perfect! :)

White oxfords from Bayo will look good with almost anything! aaaah! :)

 You know how it feels when you can't find that one thing you've been wanting so bad? You tend to find it in other things, only to realize that they can never compare to what you've really been searching for.. That was how i felt before. In my quest for finding the perfect pair, I strayed and bought quite a lot of other pairs, hoping that I'll get contented.

I buy them, and I become happy for a while. But then, there's still this craving that i needed to fill. So i buy another after a few days-- talk about wasting time, and money.
(sorta how a man feels like before he meets the perfect girl for him. haha!)

I told my mom that i wouldn't be wanting to buy shoes for quite some time because I finally got myself my dream shoes.. She didn't believe me. haha!

Well, I guess it's too early to say.. ;p


heart and soLe :)

Black Oxfords

Black Booties

Black Wedge- Thrifted

Bronze Flats

Caramel Buckled Flats

Ankle Wrap Thong Sandals

Trouser Shoes

Cole Vintage

Nike Dunk

Gray Gladiators

Nike :)

Juicy Red Ballet Flats

Buckled Boots

White Oxfords

White Ankle Cuff Flats

Gift from Hubbie :)

Suede Zara Boots
love love love shoes!! i just can't get enough :|


Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Everyone knows that Snow White died because the witch gave her a poisoned apple. She wasn't forced to take a bite from it, but she did, and yet everyone blames the wicked witch for what happened.. that's why it's called a fairy tale, because in reality, we need to learn to NEVER blame others for the effects of our own actions, we have to grow up and be responsible for ourselves. After all, there are two things in all of us that aren't found in fairytale characters--- freedom of choice, and common sense."




"Everything that happens is always a WIN-WIN situation.. only those who are born to be losers will not agree."


"One has not lived life truly unless he has done something to make at least ONE person appreciate his existence.."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

just a thought..

"EVERYONE passes through a stage of being NEW to something, of knowing a LITTLE, of being unsure. that doesn't make him/her any LESS of a person than anyone else. learning takes TIME and EXPERIENCE, and the best kind of learning, more often than not, is INFLUENCED, rather than IMPOSED. A GOOD teacher is one who DOES NOT SAY what to do, but SHOWS how to do it.. DOES NOT find faults, but POINTS OUT strengths, and DOES NOT TELL what is right, but rather DOES what is, by BEING a role model and setting a GOOD EXAMPLE." :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

yes, it has pockets! :)

i bought a printed dress and made it into mid-waist shorts. and yes, it has pockets! :) im so proud of myself. hahaha! i still need to learn new tricks using the sewing machine, but hey, im a nurse, so this is one major achievement for me.  yay!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

paw fight!

Andrei, the brown and white tabby cat, plays with maxie, the playful white angora. Andrei is 5 years old while Maxie is 1. They're both male, and are both very aggressive and playful. They're just so adorable! :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

a little closer

Monday, March 1, 2010




Saturday, February 27, 2010

the sweetest giraffe.

My favorite clip from the movie Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa. such a sweet message :)



No, no that's not it. Listen Mototo, you'd better treat this lady like
a queen. Because you, you my friend... have found the perfect woman. If
I was ever so lucky to find the perfect woman, I would give her flowers
every day. And not just any flowers, okay? Her favorites are orchids.
White. And I would bring her bre
akfast every day. Six loaves of wheat
bread with butter on both sides. No crusts. Just the way she likes it.
I'd be her shoulder to cry on and her best friend. And I'd spend every
day thinking of ways to make her laugh. She has the most... amazing
laugh. That's what I would do, if I were you. But I'm not. So you do

Moto Moto:
Uhhh... What? Aaaanyways, where were we?

[sigh] I'm huge?

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Goal is Worth the Pain

I've read somewhere that in order to be happy in life, you have to avoid comparing yourself to others, because as they say, you never know the problems they carry. I do believe in that, and i try, as much as i possibly can, to practice that attitude. But at one point or another, i get these thoughts that maybe, justice, or fairness, or whatever it should be called, just doesn't apply equally to people.

All my life all i did was to try and make everyone i love happy. I sure can't, and I will never be able to do it. Too bad it took more than 2 decades of my life for me to realize that I have been trying to prove myself too much. For the first time in my life i refused to do what i was told, simply because i could never do it. I do not have the strength, or courage to give it up. And for just one single moment that i said YES to myself, the rest of the world that I have grown to know, turned its back on me.

This whole week i have spent my days at home, lying in bed in my regressed position, crying, thinking of any reason to look forward to the next day. I was HOPELESS. I try to think of all the good, exciting plans that i have kept in the corners of my mind, and nada! nothing.. i see nothing but a blank wall ahead of me. I was so scared-- afraid that for the first time, i had the courage to end everything. I knew something was wrong with me. I was too depressed about everything that has been happening, and could no longer think of a solution to any of it, no, not one.I had this feeling that nothing would ever get better. I just kept on sinking, and sinking, and sinking.

The worse part, is that i knew exactly how to execute the dark thoughts that fogged my mind. I kept praying for God to make things lighter for me to bear. I sleep, and wake up to that hollow feeling that's slowly eating me from within. I stayed in bed almost the whole day each day, trying to find the littlest strength left in me to stand up and eat, or drink. I was being drained by my sorrow.

Then for some reason, i saw this little book that i havent been able to read for quite some time. I opened and read the message for that day.

"we are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in will be worth it all when we see Jesus"..

I paused for a while and thought about what i've read, but as stubborn as i was, i refused to relate it with what i was feeling. i turned the pages while i stared blankly at each leaf, as if i was still looking for an answer to anything. finally, i stopped..

"Love SUFFERS long and is kind; love does not envy; love DOES NOT parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks NO EVIL; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears ALL things, believes all things, hopes all things, ENDURES all things. LOVE NEVER FAILS" 1 Corinthians 13:1-8

love will never fail. no matter how hard the problem may be, love, as true as it is, will never lose. In the end there will be no more tears, only new found strength. Our goal of happiness will be achieved, and all this pain will be worth it.

i believe..:)


the dream journal

I have always been a dreamer, literally. When i was younger, I thought everyone had their share of vivid, bizarre, out of this world dreams, just like the ones i often had. But then, as i grew older, and got to talk to more people about my dreams, their reactions kind of implied that it was not AS common AS i thought. Some of my friends even say that they NEVER have dreams. tsk. quite sad i think.

At the age of 10, i bought this book about lucid dreaming. it talks about being able to create a dream and control it while you're having it. it sounded way cool for me. since i often dreamt of flying..or eating a land made of chocolate..or transforming into my favorite sailor soldier (hehe). i wanted to have that skill of living inside my dreams--of being able to do exactly what i wanted while i was in it, and not waking up just as i reached its peak. but then, it required a LOT of time and practice.. I remember, it kind of instructs a person to list down his/her dream every morning upon waking up, and concentrating really, really REALLY hard at night before falling asleep. I was too young and too lazy to do it. how about now? well, yes i'm no longer young, but im still lazy. haha.

so i just enjoyed the random dreams. most of which are filled with so much, and i mean soooooo much emotions that i wake up feeling angry, or excited, or devastated, and quite disoriented to reality, while some come as warnings.. which i never realize until I've been struck by what it was supposed to warn me about. (boo)

that's why im going to start writing down as many dreams as i can remember. for entertainment, for documentation, for records, for whatever. i just want to write them here. So today i decided to turn this blog into some form of "dream journal"-- my dream journal. :)