I have always looked up to you. From the moment I heard you speaking your thoughts, I was ensnared. I was charmed by your sharp mind and sense of humor. And in no time, I found myself wanting to gain your approval.
And so in everything I did, I hoped to please you. Was I wearing the right dress? Did you notice my new hairstyle? What did you think of my ideas? It was crazy but worth your compliments or at the least, your notice.
But the more I did things for you, the more critical you became. I did it wrong. I was wrong. And the harder I tried to make things right, the more restrictions you had. It was not enough. I wasn’t enough. Never mind that at some points, I bent myself out of shape trying to please you.
This went on for a long time until I finally didn’t recognize the girl that I was. I would look at myself in the mirror, take in the sad, almost lifeless eyes and wonder, “Where had my zest for life gone?”
Then it hit me: I had lost myself trying to gain your approval.
Worse, it was all in vain for I knew you would always be unattainable. You made this crystal clear but my stubbornness made me hope albeit hopelessly.
I’m done dancing to your tune. I’m done jumping through the hoops while you call the shots.
Simply put, I’m just done living my life to suit you.
Wrapper: blue wrapper with silver floral etchings.
Gift Tag: white cartolina colored with silvery blue thumbprints from my index finger using Dong A My Metal Metal Blue 0.7 pen.
Gift Tag Accent: the letter A, which is the first letter of the recipient’s name. This cut-out was colored blue using Crayola Flip-Top marker then sprinkled with Leeho Glitter Glue, also in blue. Silver ribbon was added so my friend can later use the gift tag as a bookmark.
I actually don’t know this plant’s name but my Google search revealed it to be Common Purslane or Portulaca oleracea. Interestingly, purslane is considered a weed in the United States but is eaten as a leaf vegetable in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Mexico.
This photo was taken in June last year when my department had a teambuilding in Bluewater Maribago. I remember finding a patch of these flowers near their restaurant and even when my friends were asking me to hurry up for lunch, I took my sweet time taking this photo despite the sweltering heat of the sun.
I bought this pair when I was in Manila last February. I was actually just passing by Glorietta when I saw this display in the Lacoste store. Needless to say, the incorrigible shopper in me was smitten at first sight and after trying it on, I knew I just had to have it.
Description: Inspired by Lacoste’s yachting heritage, Marthe is a stylish pump with a traditional deck shoe outsole and a neat bound top line. Made in quality canvas with a nautical striped lining, this is a chic and versatile choice for any stylish wardrobe. The classic Lacoste crocodile sits on the front to finish this lovely design.
– Bound seams
– Classic embroidered crocodile on the collar
– Nautical inspired details
– Quality canvas upper
– Vulcanized rubber outsole with deck shoe tread
My Lacoste Marthe 4 is now my favorite pair of casual flats. It goes well with shorts or jeans and even sporty skirts. It’s also very lightweight and comfy that even if I spend my day roaming the mall or seeing places when traveling, my feet remain comfortably protected by its cushioning.
Contact Lacoste in Glorietta 3 at +63 2 867 4077.
The above is one of my favorite shots from this year’s Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival. The guy’s from the tribe of Kabog, which in our dialect means a bat. Since I was in high school, this tribe has been a consistent contender for first place due to their very colorful and creative costume though lately, I personally found them to be not innovative because the costume looks almost similar to or recycled from the previous years’.
Below are more photos of Kabog tribesmen. Pardon the photo quality as during this festival, everyone is so into street-dancing and merry-making that it’s difficult to take perfect shots.
Experience Ati-Atihan, the Queen of Philippine festivals celebrated in honor of the Child Jesus, and Kalibo’s take on Brazil’s renowned Mardi Gras every third Sunday of January each year.