Tweak and Repeat

I usually wait for a good 3-6 months before repeating a dress especially if its something people notice like a printed floral one but I figured wearing it in two different places around different people should be okay, and if you love it so much then why not, right?  Enjoying this comfortable peplum dress, now off to church. #vintageflowers

(DRESS: Floral; 5,7,9/ SWEATER: Mossimo/ HEELS: Wet Seal/ BRIEFCASE: thrifted/ EARRINGS: from Roxi/ BANGLES: F21 and Charming Charlie)

Sitting this one out

Necklace and Earrings from Roxi’s vintage stash. Thanks mane!

Keeping it simple, long gold necklace against the floral dress.

Fell in love with the texture of this briefcase. The previous owner didn’t even get the chance to use this. A good thrift find at $10.

 Crisscrossed and Complicated.

Oh, and here’s the only other time that I wore this lovely, a month and a half ago in Cebu for Kei and Nino’s engagement party. #itsmorefuninthephilippines

Have a blessed Sunday!

~Rhea

Slipping Into Seoul

 Thank you Asiana Air for that long stop over in Seoul, you’ve given me a chance to sleep straight on a comfy bed and to explore another unfamiliar country. I’ll definitely be back with Marco.

Welcome to Hotel June Room 313, my home for the next 8-10 hours.

Score! An actual PC with internet connection in my room…now if I only I could understand Korean.

YIELD.

Why Hello there brother #Paul, I took this photo just for you.

Remnants of the snowflakes this morning.

I braved the streets of Seoul with my peeptoe wedges. My feet almost died.

That uncanny attraction to another country’s culture.

…Yes, I stopped by to watch. I’d have to admit, I’ve been dying to try one of those hanboks (traditional korean dress)  ever since I took Art Sudies in college.

I couldn’t resist, I had to try it too. Had fun dabbing ink on Hanji (traditional Korean paper).

The Design: Hojakdo (Magpie and Tiger); to avert evils and misfortunes.

Gamsahabnida, Seoul.

See you in awhile Houston! #Asianaair

~Rhea

Destination: Simala Sibonga, Cebu, Philippines

I’ve forgotten how much fun I used to have traveling to the far South, and I say “far” because Talisay, the place I grew up in was already considered south with Cebu City as the point of reference. That song from Anastasia “Journey to the Past”…literally what it felt like during the 2-hour drive to Simala. I didn’t realize how lucky we are to still have design remnants from the Spanish Coloniazation Era. If I’m not mistaken, we passed by 4 old churches along the way and I was so tempted to just stop and take pictures but we were on a tight schedule so I decided to save that for another adventure, maybe next time I can do that with Marco.

A quick shot taken of the San Isidro Labrador Church in San Fernando, we already passed by 2 old churches prior to this one (one in Minglanilla and the other one in Naga) but I didn’t have Reno, my camera, ready.

Here’s another quick shot that I took from inside the car…. Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza Church in Sibonga.

My first sight of the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist—-a magnificent sight indeed. It’s amazing how they started this with a mere bahay kubo (nipa hut), now it resembles a castle in the sky.

Feeling so blessed to be here.

I kept looking up until my neck hurt, so I decided to just snap a photo.

This Way…Mama Mary Halok (Kiss)

Just a thought: What if I come back and my footwear is no longer there? #barefootbeauty

The line was this long. Imagine how many visitors they get everyday.

Ang Birhen sa Simala

Praying for intentions.

My dates for today—Mama Joy and Mommy Babe. Kuya Noe is taking the photo.

Thanks Mommy Babe (grandmother) for making this trip possible, she knew this would satisfy my troubled heart. I have the best grandmother, she prays with me for

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Lighting candles for Marco’s board exam

Bumped into a monk just after submitting our prayer petitions

I’m confident that we will be adding Marco to this wall of Board Passers. CLAIMED.

One last shot before completely heading out.

We didn’t have time for Stations of the Cross but I did make it to the First one.

Stopped by Jollibee on the way home. A view from the entrance—-The Carcar Rotunda.

UPDATE: Marco did PASS the Medical Board Exam. Thank you, Lord!

~Rhea

Niño ❤ Kei

THIRTY—-a bunch of girls I go way back with, some since kindergarten but the past few years (maybe a decade or so) I have unconsciously dropped out of their lives partly because of Theater 110 and partly because my family had to migrate to Houston. Either ways I’ve missed out on everyone’s debut (except Din’s), Batch Reunions, Annual Christmas Parties, Random trips to the Beach and now I am starting to miss out on Weddings, too. Bummer.

This January, I scheduled a trip to the Philippines to check up on my wedding suppliers and make sure everything was okay—-it was a BIG plus to make it just in time for Sinulog, a BIG plus to be able to check up on Marco and wish him luck before the Philippine Medical Board Exam and another BIG plus to be able to make it to one of my closest friend’s wedding and catch up with the rest of the girls. The day started out hectic thanks to Cebu’s ever growing traffic that I can’t seem to get used to but everything turned out great.

Once again, Congrats Nak, Congrats Ninz, I’m blessed to be able to witness your union! Love you both.❤ #ninoandkeiwedding

We made it!!! Nino and Kei Reception…here we go. :)

Who doesn’t love a good red velvet wedding cake?

The cutest kiss…awwww. Congrats you two lovebirds!

Lovin the Beach rustic set up.

One of my most favorite couples—- Waning and Dadz.

Reunited with my Houston loves—we’re next in line down that aisle.

uhhh..yeah, I would hang out  by the dessert table. :)

Nay and Chang—my after -ceremony buddies over Dimsum and Starbucks. Cravings satisfied, danke.

FIREWORKS.

Our faces—wahaha. WTH. Kiat ra.

While gapapicture mi with the couple….

Gakiat ang duha. Haha

One last photo with the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Ramirez.

Same OLD girls, according to Meyan. Lagi, ‘old’ na ta. :)

My Cebu lovies and we’re slowly adding more to this bunch❤

Never got to thank you Chawi, Chipee and Chang for taking me home to Talisay! Layo ra ba…glad we were able to catch up during the drive.:)

I’ll see you in May, girls. Until then…❤

~Regina (Rhea)

Destination: Cebu,Philippines

Cebu will always have a special place in my heart, the city that fashioned a million and one of my fondest childhood memories, the city that taught me to dream. In it’s streets I look for that surge of familiarity but I see nothing, just remnants of my past. The feeling of being a stranger in your own home is indescribable—it’s a bit painful. But seeing the people that I love and the people that I grew up with make up for that sadness I feel every time I go “home”.Clearly, I missed out a lot and I can’t say that I know my “home” anymore but maybe one day, if given the chance Cebu will feel like home again. Maybe.

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Here are random photos of my stay in Cebu:

(more photos on Faecbook)

Wine Night at La Vie. They were right, the ambiance is lovely.

Quickly, spot my old Nokia flip phone.:)

Great company—although half the time I was mixing my Cebuano, Tagalog and English. Thanks Gels, Thanks Jau for wine night in Cebu. (and to think I’m supposedly the one from here, right?)

After the crazy traffic, we finally checked in at White Sands. Dinner with Ninang Ofel, Papa Berns and Mama Joy.

Our room for the night

…And by the way Gels, we found your chocolate. CEBU, baby!

Childhood Memories: White Sands

The much needed Rest and Relaxation while waiting for my ride

Being a loner in Cebu while my fiance was studying for his board exams

The new section of White Sands that I haven’t seen before where I spent most of my time swimming—alone. Haha.

Random Sunday Lunch out with the Family at Lantaw. Thanks Mommy and Daddy!

Lami-a uy. 

My Cebu Family (mom’s side): The Tabaquero- Odilaos

The Traditional Philippine Jeep de Pasahero

After Lantaw, we had a side trip to the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod

My grandparents…after more than 50 years they still are the sweetest.

Outside San Pedro Calungsod— Notice the very modern architectural design of this chapel.

First time I got to see my Cebu lovies at Kei and Nino’s Engagement Party.

<Lon, Ating, Dadz, Me, Kei and Kat with the boys Paul and Waning>

Tyns, Bani, Dadz and I—Dinner at Casino Espanol.

When dinner became wine night at Casino Espanol. Nothing beats childhood friends

<Kabs, Tyns, Dadz, Me, Bani and Macho>

Ongoing repairs outside the Cathedral. Praying that they’re done by the time of the wedding.

The inside of the Cathedral on a regular day.

Outside Ayala Center Mall, where we usually hang out on Saturdays. I almost didn’t recognize it, it’s changed so much.

Pagdaong Sa Talisay: Where the Americans docked in 1945 which eventually lead to the freedom of the City of Cebu and the surrender of the Japanese. Funny how the locals treat this place like dirt, so much for Philippine History.

Candy Colors and Carrie Diaries

Carrie Diaries —  the story of Ms. Carrie Bradshaw way before Sex and the City and is currently one of my ultimate guilty pleasures. Yes, very guilty as charged.

Growing up in the traditional, conservative Philippines, I’ve always steered away from the Sex and the City series on HBO mainly because of 2 reasons: #1: It had the word “sex” in it and my parents would die if they found out I was watching it and #2: The ideas depicted in the series were very bold and liberating—very un-filipino like. Now that I’m clearly beyond the “age of innocence” to be able to watch endless episodes of Sex and the City readily available in season DVDs, Blu Ray (or even Netfilx?) I find myself intrigued with younger Carrie’s life, or should I say closet…every episode, new eye candy outfits. And can I just say, I specifically enjoy the 80′s soundtrack, the 80′s fashion… 80′s everything!!! #certified80sbaby

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Colorful and Fun? Absolutely!

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…and very 80′s playful, I absolutely adore it.

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…not to mention Austin Butler ( who plays Sebastian Kydd) is extremely hot and they make such a cute couple on screen.

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So here’s Anna Sophia Robb’s (who plays Carrie Bradshaw) outfit that was somewhat the inspiration of today’s outfit.

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I only wish my I could pull off something as fun as this. This outfit might be “too loud” for Missouri City, Texas and might not be very age appropriate for someone in their late 20s. (Ouch, haha)

(BEANIE: Forever 21/ COAT: Body Central/ TOP: American Eagle; knitted longsleeves/ SKIRT: thrifted/ LEGGINGS: Wet Seal/ SCARF: from Muyi; floral , infinity/ SHOES: peeptoes/ PURSE: Forever 21)

~Rhea

The Warmth after the Holiday Rush

(TOP: Knitted Poncho Sweater; from the ‘Rents/ STOCKINGS: Snakeskin Pattern/ BOOTS: Maripe; pointed ankle booties/ PURSE: NY & C; clutch from Pauline and Marie/ WATCH and BRACELET: NY & C/ EARRINGS: Icing; Chandelier from Pauline and Marie)

A smile that says ” I got a bunch of stuff I wanted for Christmas. Yay.”

If you have no one to cuddle with in this “cuddle season” then I suggest you go for a poncho sweater to keep you warm. Besides, I think poncho sweaters should be a winter staple—they are truly effortlessly chic.

Sporting the “messy-bun” look

This outfit’s burst of color.

Emerald is such a pretty color amidst a bunch of neutrals.

One of the first few pairs of shoes that I bought when we first moved here 7 years ago. I purchased it with my brother’s employee discount from Rack Room Shoes. <sigh> Those were the days…shoes were limitless.

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It’s a few days after Christmas—three days to be exact. I’ve been running on caffeine the past few days and it’s been getting harder to mask the dark circles around my eyes. It didn’t help that Christmas fell on a Wednesday too, right smack in the middle of the week. Well, today, I am determined to get some R&R and enjoy this cold weather in my new poncho sweater that I got from mom and pop with a cup of hot chocolate in my hand. Btw, I’m wearing a bunch of Christmas presents from mi familia and I love ‘em all to pieces. Enjoy this cold weather while it lasts… with Houston weather, you never know.

~Rhea