OOTD: There's Always a First Time

Hello! This is my very first so I don't know what to expect. I just wanted to try and incorporate my style somehow in this blog. I'm no fashionista nor a model, but I thought this might be fun. So please excuse this photo.
I really like buying clothes from thrift shops or in local term, 'ukay-ukay'. Yes, probably 80% of my clothes are bought from there. It's hard to go ukay-ukay shopping, since you basically have to dig from a mountain of clothes (most of which are crap) just to find the good ones. But it is all worth it especially when you stumble upon great finds for a very very cheap price.

My top is an example of those great finds. I found it at an ukay-ukay pile priced at P25.00 and didn't hesitate to buy it right away. It is just my style and it is totally me. I think it makes me look powerful and classy. Plus, it's not tight so it doesn't show my belly fat (HAHA!). This one is definitely for keeps. It took awhile for me to find the right time to wear it though. With the weather here in the Philippines, I couldn't imagine wearing it out in the hot sun. It'd be too warm. Finally had the chance to wear it one cold rainy day. I just paired it up with my trusty black skirt and then it was church ready.

I would recommend you go and check out thrift shops, you just might find something that's totally a perfect fit for you.

P.S. I do hope to get better at this.

Have you tried shopping for thrifted items before? Did you find anything nice? 

Dining at House of Lechon

Cebu City is known for its five-star resorts, historical sites, beautiful churches and of course, the best tasting lechon (suckling pig) in the Philippines. There is a wide selection of stores that offer their own take on Cebu's traditional lechon and if you're visiting Cebu, you might want to try them all.
Last weekend, I invited my high school friends to lunch. We intentionally wanted to eat someplace else but since they weren't open at the time, we opted to eat somewhere nearer.
We ate at House of Lechon, located very near Ayala Center Cebu. Although the place is very accessible, it can be hard to find since it is not located in a major road.

The place looks very nice.  Pleasant, clean, spacious and really comfortable. The interior design is high-end and trendy, but still with a Filipino touch though. I liked the entire feel of the restaurant.
We ordered 1 kilo of their Carcar Regular Lechon, 1 serving of Monggos, Grilled Tuna Belly, 3 rice platters and 1 pitcher of iced tea. We paid around P1500.00 for a meal that's good for seven (7) people, but rest assured our stomachs were close to exploding after eating.

Their lechon is fantastic. It might even be the best I've tasted so far. I liked it better than Zubuchon and CnT, both popular choices for lechon in Cebu. Although the skin is not as crispy as that in Zubuchon. I loved how they served it with 'tanglad' on the side. Tanglad is what truly makes lechon taste wonderful. Their rice platter is also served in a traditional Filipino rice pot which I think is a creative idea to serve rice. Monggos was really tasty as well. They also have a wide choice of Filipino dishes other than lechon. Their entire menu is shown below.

Taken from https://www.zomato.com/cebu/house-of-lechon-kamputhaw/
Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience at House of Lechon. The food was tasty and filling. The place is terrific. They also have friendly and helpful staff members. Price is affordable. At the end of the meal, we were all satisfied with the service we received. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for anyone wanting to have their lechon fix.

To end this post, here's a selfie of me and my friends with heavy stomachs.

Unexpected Fun With 'Shuffle My Life'

Due to recent boredom and loads of free time, I dowloaded an application from the App Store. It's called 'Shuffle My Life'.

It had been posted on the popular site 'Reddit' and has gotten a lot of attention ever since. The original post says:

Hey, I’ve been busy working on my pride and joy/side-project for the last 4 months and I think it’ll really help you guys. It’s called Shuffle My Life, and here’s the idea:
Sometimes, weekends just go by in a blur of watching TV and playing video games, and you get to the end and you’re thinking ‘where did the last 2 days go?’ – this is my solution to that problem. The app will generate random activities for you to do based on where you are, weather conditions, etc. You earn points for completing each task, and the challenge is to complete as many as you can in a row without skipping, and get a week or month-streak going. It can become a competition between you and friends to get the highest score. You’ll find your weekend unfold in a kind of ‘Wario Ware’ fashion, darting from different activities to the next but experiencing a whole lot of cool new things if you stick with it! The philosophy is ‘the more you do, the better you get at handling any kind of situation’. Hope you like it!

Some features:
– 430+ tasks, more on the way
– Tasks appear depending on location, weather and the time of day
– Filter by your time and budget, plus categories
– Hide tasks you don’t want to see again
– Google Play Games integration


Basically, it tells you what to do by suggesting random activites that you can even filter. Tasks can range from 'Buy take out' to 'Sweep the hard floors in your house'. Suddenly, you will never run out of things to do. It's a fun way to add some spice in your life and make your boring routine exciting again. It also motivates you to stick with it because it does give reward points once you complete a task and bonus points if you go on a task streak.

The first task I received was to 'Write a Haiku.' I was excited to do so because I have never written one, ever. I scrambbled for the theme of the haiku and when I finally decided, the composition was another story. I thought and thought about it, and I came up with something I'm quite satisfied with.
Gratitude themed haiku.

So far, I have cleaned my room, listened to police radio, listened to classical music and rearranged my room, things I would never have done if not for this application. I highly recommend it especially if you're feeling that you're on a rut.

At Fifteen

Whether you personally like her style or not, you've got to admit that Taylor Swift's songs are incredibly catchy and that they're almost instantly chart topping hits. I adored her when I was younger. Of course, that was the time when I could relate to her song lyrics because I cared about crushes, unrequited love and boys like they're the most important things in the world. Seeing that I was a young girl, that was normal.

We all know that Drew is the reason for the teardrops on her guitar. Every girl probably had a 'Drew' at one point in their lives. We all cried about seeing someone we had a huge crush on be with someone else. The heartache, the pain, the fake smiles, everyone has been there. So when 'Teardrops on my Guitar' first came out, it was the theme song of young girls everywhere, me included. Her songs are relatable, genuine and raw. That, I believe is the reason behind the Swift Magic. Taylor has grown older since her 'princess' days and her musical style also grew as she did. Although I still prefer her older songs, she is doing very well with the style that she has evolved into. 
My favorite Taylor Swift song will always be the song 'Fifteen'. It starts by narrating the beginning of the freshman year in high school. Then it goes on to describe a compressed version of your highschool life:  how naive you are, how you want to date guys from the football team, how you danced around your room after your very first date, how you think you've got it all figured out and how you believed that some loser loved you because he said he did.

I didn't think much of the song when it came out (it came out when I was 15!). I was too young to ponder upon it. However, as I listened to it when I was in college, I grew a deeper appreciation for it. It might have even made me cry because it struck a very sensitive bone. Once again, this is something I think every girl can relate to. As you grow older, you look back and you realize how stupid you were to get all messed up about things that actually didn't matter. You were young, you thought you knew everything there is to know about yourself, about life. Yet, in fact, you absolutely know nothing about where you're headed and how hard life's gonna be. You were too young to know about love and how it's more than just him having a car. You thought you were in love with every guy you had a crush on, but if you compare what you felt then to how you feel about your long-term special someone now, it wouldn't even compare. You have bigger problems now and unfortunately, Crush#5 dating that girl you hate is just not one of those anymore.

'Fifteen' is great reminder for teenage girls to not make any rushed major decisions at that stage in their lives. Just take it easy because you still have your whole life ahead of you to figure things out. As the chorus of the song goes "Count to ten, take it in, this is life before you know who you're gonna be. I didn't know who I was supposed to be at Fifteen." :)

How about you? Which Taylor Swift song resonates to you the most?