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A Look Back on the Past 6 Years

12:26 AM

One random night, I decided to visit my old blog. Love, Paola was my longest running blog and it was a fun, nostalgic trip down memory lane reading through those 5 years worth of blog entries. I've decided to sort of "scrapbook" those past 5 years just so I'd be reminded of the highlights - the evolution of my personal style, important events, achievement, travels and even my random thoughts. 
This was when it all started. Armed with my Canon digital camera, my first ever laptop and a whole lot of thoughts to share, I started writing. Because of the blog, I was even more motivated to dress up nicely. Aside from keeping up with trends, I started keeping up with the digital world as well. I experimented with basic html codes and photoshop for the blog. Those thick black borders were kind of my trademark back then. This was also the year I celebrated my 18th birthday so you could say that this was the start of my journey to adulthood. 
This was a pretty colorful year in terms of my personal style. Color blocking, print on print and over accessorizing were a big trend in 2012 and boy did I succumb it. Most of these outfits I probably wouldn't wear today. Looking at it now, all of these were bound to be a fleeting phase. On most days, I was in skirts but on some days, I was in pants too, but only those printed ones. There was a big improvement on my photos since I started using my dad's SLR. This was also the year I started writing about our travels and probably the year I really appreciated travelling. 

In 2013, I was no longer just writing about my outfits but also about the other aspects of my life. My entries started to dwindle mid of this year because I started internships and thesis. My first internship with Aranaz is such a good memory because I was basically living the Carrie Bradshaw life. It was pretty hectic year in the university as well since it was my last so I mostly resorted to Instagram for my #ootds and did dump posts and quick updates on the blog once in a while.
2014 is one of my favorite years to date. In February, I graduated. In March, we went to the US and was reunited with my cousins whom I didn't see for 10 years. In July, I entered the corporate world. It was a pretty eventful year in terms of personal growth. This was also the year I started transitioning with my personal style. I slowly let go of the loud, colorful pieces in my wardrobe and started to consider classic, comfortable but still stylish pieces.
This was a confused year. I felt like I went through my quarter life crisis which was evident in my short, cryptic posts once in a while. I started questioning if I like my job. At some point, I wanted to study and get my master degree, then I gave up on that and decided that I want to study in a fashion school in Singapore instead. Then somewhere along the way I realized I didn't want it all that much and decided to start going on interviews with other companies but did not really find what I was looking for. With only just 9 posts for the entire year, I was also convinced that blogging was not my thing anymore.

I am quite disappointed that I did not write at all in 2016. It was a balanced year, I remember being happy and being sad. I remember doing things for the first time, achieving things then failing at some. But it will be a challenge to remember all the details and all the experiences. The human mind can only take so much after all so this made me realize the importance of my blog. It has inspired me more to write, to take photos, to document, to discover, to go places and to simply be grateful. Ultimately, it's a pretty, good life!

Love, Paola


#IAmUrbanBrave To Be Active Again!

1:36 AM

Last December, during outlet visits in the US, I mostly shopped for activewear with the mentality that 2017 will be my fitness year. And although this is something I declare every year, my level of commitment was on an all-time high. All the cute printed leggings and racerback tops with motivational statements that come in bright, neon colors motivated me even more as I started imagining my #gymootd and #wotd. 

Now, come April, I still haven't worn half of what I bought. *sad music* But lately, I find myself craving more and more for any kind of physical activity. Maybe it's because of the McDo fries and Coke float combo I have ever so often nowadays or it could be my constant back pains or the fact that summer is here once again and it's time to bring out the swimwear. Whatever it is, my motivation is back and I'm ready to be active again!
Working out is no easy feat, at least for me. That's why aside from cute gym outfits, I need a few other stuff here and there to help me reach my fitness goals. Good thing there's Urbanize, a one-stop shop for all our urban adventure needs. 

From travel to fitness to fashion or even to daily adventures, Urbanize has something to offer. Out of all the products and knick knacks that they have, I narrowed down my Top 5 favorites:

To know know more about Urbanize and the brands they carry, you can check out their Facebook Page or their website.

Love, Paola


Salcedo Market Saturdays

4:01 AM

On weekdays, Makati is a busy, bustling, overcrowded city filled with corporate people who go about their hectic corporate lives. But on weekends, everything slows down. Instead of groups of people clad in formal office wear, you'll find joggers, bikers, owners with their dogs and cute asian kids who are out to play in the streets and sidewalks. In fact, aside from malls, the only buzzing part of Makati on weekends are Salcedo Market on Saturdays and Legazpi Market on Sundays.

Took a couple of photos from our visit last weekend. We go here regularly even before we started living in Makati but I find myself enjoying it more now. Sleeping in is always a luxury I look forward to but I'm willing to give it up once in a while for these satisfying finds. Tita vibes.

Here's a quick tour of Salcedo Market from our last visit:

Pretty flowers are always the first ones to greet you as you enter the market.
I thought I like all things salted egg until I tasted this salted egg chicharon. Props for being creative, but this is the embodiment of the word umay, lol.
There are new and interesting fusion of dishes and flavors every week. 
Everything is environment-friendly!
This simple churro stand beat Dulcinea and La Lola as's best churro in Manila.
Our Salcedo Market visit is never complete without the fresh dalandan juice from this fruit stand. This is always our staple. Even in Legazpi Market, my parents and I always get our drinks from this fruit stand.
Though I spend the first few minutes carefully checking each kiosk out, I always end up ordering kebab, well done, no onions and with extra cheese and yogurt sauce.
For dessert, it's only ever a choice between taho or dirty ice cream. I guess taho won this time.
My mom is allergic to squid and I don't eat seafood so I always get that hesitant "Ano po?" from vendors whenever I ask them to remove the tako in takoyaki.
And if you still need another reason to love this place, almost every food stand offers free taste!

Writing this blog post at night, when I've decided to only have Koko Krunch for dinner, is a very bad idea. 

Love, Paola


New Project: Travel Videos

5:09 AM

On my free time, I binge watch vlogs on travel and beauty. Recent trends show that vlogging is slowly becoming a major medium in the digital world. Take for example our social networking sites, they are adapting to this trend by introducing Instagram and Facebook stories.
(Woahhhh, that sounds completely formal, like something I'd say in a client presentation.) 

Lol, forgive me. I'm currently preparing for a presentation in a cafe, patiently keeping up with their crappy internet, as I type this. On another tab, I'm also loading another beauty blog. 

Watching all these videos makes me want to master the art of video editing. Gotta keep up, you know. Also, during our Seoul trip last year, one of my best friends created a short travel vlog which also inspired me to learn. I'm so happy with this video that I almost always end up showing it to other friends. 

Two weeks after that trip, my parents and I flew to Boracay to celebrate my mom's 50th birthday. I attempted to create my own travel video, being so inspired with what Neil did. I was diligently filming everything during our 3-day stay. But my video was so bad I ended up not posting it - everything was so shaky and so fast, lol. I only saw it again last weekend and have decided to use it as motivation to get serious on mastering proper video editing. 

I am claiming it, I'm going to be good at it by the end of the year!!!! For now, check out my video editing skillZ (yes, with a Z) through this video: 

So did that make you dizzy? 

Love, Paola 

Life Lately in #ootd's

7:49 PM

In a few days, I'll be having my second monthsary in my new job. Though I'm still adjusting work-wise, I take comfort in the fact that it feels like home already. My desk is slowly starting to become more "me" by the day, with pastel-colored stuff that are convenient for my (and my officemates') Insta-posts. In three weeks, my planner was borrowed about 5 times already for flatlays, 

Being a creature of habit, it freaks me out to be in a totally new environment. The first few days were nerve wracking, I felt like it was the first day of high school all over again. Then slowly, I started to make friends, I started to get the feel of the actual work and poof! 2 months went by in a flash! During the awkward first few weeks, I took comfort in three words: no dress code

Having spent the past 2 and a half years in a corporate setup and mostly living in pencil skirts and sheer tops, being able to wear anything I want is refreshing. Ripped jeans, sleeveless and crop tops, open toed sandals, you name it! I've been wearing more denim now more than ever as well. I used to hate it but they're so on trend these past months and I'm always one to bandwagon. 

So life lately? So far, so good! Similar to choosing outfits in the morning, it kinda feels like the possibilities are endless... for now at least. 

I wonder how long it will be before I ran out of motivation  outfit ideas.

Love, Paola 

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Writing is the Right Thing

1:40 AM

Writing is beautiful thing.

This quote I saw on Instagram struck me with its accuracy. There are times when I feel like other people can express my thoughts and feelings better. I am a wide reader. Sometimes I feel like I need other people's words. There are quotes out there that describe me better than I can describe myself. An example would be a line from Lang Leav's poem: "She is a melancholy soul." Another accurate favourite is John Green's "If people we're rain, I was drizzle and (s)he was hurricane." I have this irrational fear of having no personality and being too ordinary. You know how some people can instantly captivate you? Like how when it rains or it storms, you know instantly what's happening. Drizzle, however, takes time to notice. Sometimes, you wouldn't even realise it's there. On emo days, I see this in a negative light. Drizzle is unsure, it is passive to the point of being weak. It's a bit unsettling to be able to relate to that. But then on some days, I find it comforting. It is soft and delicate. It's something that's caught in between which leaves you with a lot of possibilities. It can turn into a downpour or it can drizzle a bit and let the sunshine again. It is a point of transition. So hey, being a drizzle is kinda cool too!

Another beauty of relating to other people's writing is realizing that whatever you're going through, other people are going through it as well. Be it happy or sad, it is a relief knowing that there are others out there sharing your feels and sentiments. I guess that's why I write as well. As much as I relate to other people's writing, I hope there are others out there who will be able to express their thoughts through my own way of threading words. 

Love, Paola

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NYC is Lit

8:58 PM

Top of the Rock

Every now and then, my mind still drifts to New York winter nights. Surprisingly, whenever I think of the nights I spent in New York, I remember the enjoyable kind of cold instead of the shivering-cold we all expected (except for that one night by the Brooklyn bridge where I thought my ears were about to fall off because of the harsh wind). It was perfect because it permitted us to walk around the busy streets to enjoy the magic that is NYC at night. At day time, it is an extremely busy city with a diverse mix of people going through their lives in fast paced, no rest mode. At night, it is still all that but somehow, it feels like it slows down by a tiny bit, giving you enough time to appreciate that another day has ended. I have a thing with lights. It makes me giddy and sentimental - something my best friend and I share. Every night was an oooh-ahhh heart eyes moment in this city. These are some of my favorite photos taken at night. I am in love with all of them but I have no courage to post them on Instagram and disrupt my pastel feed lol. So I'm leaving them here instead.

I miss you, New York. You are lit.

         Time Square                                                 Grand Army Plaza
 Brooklyn Bridge
                       Rockefeller Plaza                                                     Central Park
Manhattan Skyline

Love, Paola