Friday, January 21, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Just a quick post :) I took this picture on the way back to Abu Dhabi from Dubai. Our soccer ("football") team had a game against two schools. We lost both, but we had several injured players.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
These are just a couple more pictures from when we went to Vigan, Philippines last month. It was a beautiful busy town. We went to Baluarte, which is this governor's zoo. It was cute. As you walked in you were welcomed by birds of various species, and then to the left there was a father and son giving a miniature pony a bath! Super cute :) During the day we rode around in these carriages and the tourer directed us to there different historical sites.
Church that was across the street. Right in front were the carriages (if you can see them)
One of the birds that was in front of the Baluarte Zoo. I was surprised how they didn't fly away; this specific bird didn't have a rope around it's leg.
Father and son bathing the miniature pony!
White peacock with another bird
A cute purple truck I saw while in the cart:)
This guy makes pottery for a living! He uses a his leg to push the swirling thing (no idea what the name is). As you can imagine, his right calve if huge!
His pottery for the DAY
Friday, January 14, 2011
Spring is almost in the air! It's still freezing in Abu Dhabi, about 60ish degrees F (laugh all you want but that's pretty darn cold here). I've been doing homework for 2 hours and felt that I needed a quick break, and nothing says break like making a post.
70s and 80s glamour has taken over the runways of Spring 2011 Fashion Week. The big hair, bell bottoms, and cat eye sunglasses, not to mention "belt purses" which is a stylish code name for fanny pack. Skinny jeans are so common nowadays, it is no longer a fashion statement. But if you're not into bell bottoms like me, just go for the wide leg pants/trousers/jeans that make you look taller.
When wearing wide legged pants don't get a pair that are too baggy, or else they will devour your frame. Especially with wide leg jeans, try and get a straight type leg. These pants are best pulled off with killer heels.
I'm in love with fusion of 70s glam on the runways (or just 70s all the way!)
Proenza Schouler Spring 2011
Modern 70s glamor.
Dries van Noten
I love the jacket with the fullness of the skirt.
These dresses blew me away:
And lastly hair! I've had short hair since 9th grade. All the years before that I had long locks. The reason why I cut it was stupid and I regret it, and now I'm trying to grow it back. With all my failed attempts though, it's still short haha. Now I'm committed to growing it. I haven't cut it in about five months and it's grown about 3.5 inches! I'm hoping for it to look this T.H model or N.R model (both from Spring Fashion Week 2011)
Thursday, January 13, 2011
In the Philippines I went shopping at local stores. At first I just wanted to see what the style of the stores were, but then I realized the clothes were stylish and a must buy! Not only that but things were nicely priced:) A shirt is about 900 PHP, which is 20 USD.
I know I need to work on my photography skills :/ The bag looks plastic-like, but it's very soft pleather.
This is the actual color of the bag. It comes with a long strap, so you can transform it into a messenger type or long shoulder bag.
I love this shirt!
I have this obsessive craze over dinosaurs! Apparently I don't talk about it enough for it to be a real "obsession" but I think everyone else is just jealous. When my sister and I were younger we'd ask for dinosaurs rather than barbie dolls for Christmas and our birthdays. Now we religiously watch Jurassic Park.
New shoes from Zara! I’m in love with them and can’t wait to wear them out. It’s cold though so the ground is a little slippery :( I’ll have to wait a bit.
Haha I was supposed to be studying when I was shopping, but this week was brutal and I needed a reward. I bought three blouses/sweaters as well.
Front of 3/4 sweater from Zara. The back is cute:)
The "bow back"
Last blouse from Forever 21. The texture is so cool! I'll try and get a close up next time.
My birthday was last month, and I was finally able to spend the birthday money my bestie gave me. He was freaking out about not being able to find me something, so to avoid my dislike to whatever he bought, I got some shopping money. Hard to believe but we’ve been friends since seventh grade:)
I hit the bookstore before I went home as usual. One of my new years resolution was to read more classic books, so this is me starting! I went a review that this book was a must read:)
The next morning we spent the day driving to the province, our home. Well home is pretty specific. You can’t call a place your home if you don’t live there right? My mom’s family friend picked us up. It took him a while because of the winding roads and terrible traffic, no body really obeys the traffic laws. Needless to say the lines that are supposed to separate the lanes don’t mean a thing. We headed over to a car rental place where my dad picked up a silver Toyota.
My sister and I spent the next four hours playing cards and admiring the view out the window. The country side, well could you call it a country side? I mean it’s just rice plantations, but it looks majestic! The blend of mountains and green top it off. We felt guilty as we drove through the small towns. Some houses were made of nothing but a couple of bricks and thin metal sheets. What was most interesting was the domestic way of traveling, a tricycle! The driver has a motorcycle, or some sorta of two wheeled bike, and attached to that is a riding compartment for the client.
Usually during Christmas time I’m ready for snow, cuddling up by the fire with a warm cup of hot chocolate, and having a snowball war with my neighbors. My dad joked that we still had our “White Christmas,” but instead of snow we had sand. His attempt of cracking a joke entertained us for a little while. Our Christmas morning began with my parents going to the local parent and buying food for the luncheon we would have at our cousin’s house. By the end of the meal my stomach was filled with shrimp, tuna, catfish, seaweed, rice, and coke. Definitely an unorthodox Christmas meal, but it was delicious! Our cousins were really shy, so my sister and I were left alone. Instead of bumming around we headed off to the beach to take pictures. The sunset was gorgeous! Zamables, the province we’re at, is a city-construction-stress free village. And so we relaxed and watched the sunset over the endless sea.
I spent a wonderful winter in the Philippines with my family. Well it was wonderful to an extent.. Our 9 hour flight landed us in the congested city of Manila. A run-down van took us to our family friend’s apartment (who kindly let us stay at their place till we left to the province). The temporary home was definitely one to remember. Our family friend had not stayed in the home yet, so hot water and extra blankets were unavailable. Nevertheless, the following three days was fun!
Our view was amazing! The city of Manila and the golf course was beautiful. Each morning there would be a herd of golfers traveling in their carts with their delicate clubs. Their outfits looked as if they were handpicked from the movies!
My mother’s close friend who lives in the building invited us to a small Christmas party. We happily attended, what else were we supposed to do as a jetlagged family in a house without cable? The dinner had two guests, local opera singers! They were quite young. After what almost seemed as a never ending performance they finished, and the staff went on stage to sing some carols.
The five of us traveled in our silver rental car for 11 squished hours until we arrived to Vigan. The tortuous drive got worse when we were stuck in traffic, and blockaded by tricycles whenever we reached a town. Once we arrived, my 81 year old Grandma refused to believe it. She was convinced that we were in a city named Castillejos. At first my sister and I spent a good 20 minutes trying to persuade her otherwise, but no luck. I guess you can’t argue with a feisty old woman. My mother thought it was endearing of us to try.
For lunch we stopped at Chowking, a popular Chinese fast food joint. My sister and I weren’t fans. The orange chicken was like a lumpy rock, enough said.
I should probably give some background to where and what Vigan is. Vigan is on the northwestern side of the Philippine island of Luzon. It’s a city that it memoriable for numerous historical sites. Vigan fuses Hispanic heritage with current Filipino tradition. My dad decided right before winter break that we would take a trip.
Not only were we without a map, but my parents were responsible enough to not book a reservation at a hotel! The Toyota drove through the cobble stones up and down the poorly lit streets, as we hoped to find a bed to sleep on that night. We found a large inn called El Juana (or something like that, maybe it was Juliana). My parents parked the car and went out to see if there were any rooms available, and left the three of us in the car. Somehow the car locked itself and we were STUCK. The car went rouge! I tried to unlock the car from the inside, but instead of just allowing that and letting me out, it re-locked the car and set off the alarm! Not only was the sound booming, but we and everyone outside the car were mortified. I was ignorant enough to try again, not believing what had just happened. And again the situation repeated itself… haha embarrassing much? When my sister and I got out of the car we tried to avoid eye contact with everyone around us.
Sorry the picture is pretty horrible. This is outside, the sort of “patio” area. There’s a lion statue, and adjacent to that are doors to some rooms. The inn had 2 floors. The upstairs was beautiful with flawless wood floors, and so I regret not taking any pictures.