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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