Made Of Love

During Valentine’s Day, I went out with my friends in Tokyo Disney Resort and found this eery yet beautiful spot next to Tokyo Disney Sea. I fell in love with it and immediately asked my friend Rexcy to take my photos.

I bought these Casper John items during sale season last month but was only able to wear it a week ago. I have to say I’m really in love with them especially my new oversized bomber jacket (which actually confuses me if I should call a coat because it’s long enough to be called one).

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shirt and jacket: Casper John
photos: Rexcy Domingo

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In line with the recent shenanigans caused by a remark about same-sex marriage of a world-famous athlete from my country, I choose to put my reaction in a more humane and positive manner by making literature of how I view homosexuality, religion and love in one picture.

MADE OF LOVE
by Gervin Macey

I’m human of the same kind 
My body was made by Christ
My big heart was by Allah
My vibrant soul by Buddha

I was from dust of the ground
Like what He did with Adam
Breathed in my nostrils to live
Like the woman we call Eve

Allah gave me a staunch heart
Same he did with Muhammad
He was punished in Mecca
But welcomed in Medina

What you put out, you’ll receive
Selfless person, I should be
This, Prince Siddhartha taught me 
When he became a bodhi

I am also made of love
Made by the same gods you love
Made of love, thus, I need love
Kindness, compassion and love.

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NOTES ABOUT THE POEM

* I had the choice of putting the word “gay” in the first verse but I chose to write “human” because whatever your sexuality and your gender preference are, we still are all called humans. With that statement, it already shows that we’re born equal.

* For some time, I’ve always been skeptical about religion. I believe faith shouldn’t be based on a set of rules written in an ancient book dating from thousands of years ago but rather, a personal journey until you find God first hand. I’m not talking about burning bushes or angel apparitions but more of human experience. Yet, I thought to myself, “why not draw inspiration from something I don’t completely believe in?” What if I completely turned the tables around and see a world where all beliefs agree in the same point? I was also envisioning different versions of supreme beings of different religions while I wrote this poem, creating gay people in a special way like how he did with the heteros.

* The measure of each line is 7 syllables which I got from the Bible. Why? Because the number 7 plays an important role in a lot of parables like the 7 Beatitudes and 70 x 7 (synonymous to God’s eternal forgiveness). Apparently, there are 7 colors in the rainbow which we all know is the universal symbol for the LGBT community.

* Love was overused in the last verse for emphasis. Like what I said, I’ve always been skeptical about religion, but not with love. I believe that true love brings out genuine kindness to everyone it touches. And if only people people realize that love is the universal religion, compassion and acceptance will come after. The third line also hints about my approval of same-sex marriage because it is a right for people to be bound legally with the person they love. Though I must say that I’m not asking for religions all around the world to include this in their sacred scriptures because I completely understand that religion is strictly based on rituals and traditions. I just want them to stop saying that they are against it because it’s against the will of Christ or Allah. All I’m asking is for them to respect it because it’s a human right because before they became a Christian, Jew, Muslim or whatsoever, they are already humans.

* This poem may not contain a bunch of hifalutin words and symbolisms to be considered “real poetry” but that’s the least thing I care about. All I want is just to convey a message of love to everyone, a call to be human again and a reminder that we are all equal in the eyes of any god you believe in.

Whatever your stand about gays and same-sex marriage, I hope you liked it.

*じゃあね〜*

Seasonal Yet Essential Kawaii Doses

I’ve been the always-not-smiling, monochromatic guy blogger for more than two years but I still can’t stop myself from screaming whenever I see something kawaii like a gigantic Hello Kitty stuffed toy or episodes of Sailor Moon’s latest version. I can’t hide the fact that I still need amounts of loud cutesy stuff from time to time. That’s why I didn’t say no to my friend Kaila, head founder of Kawaii Philippines, when she asked me to be a contributor for their book last year (see the story HERE and buy the book HERE). Kawaii is an inevitable part of my life, given the fact that Japan (which we all know is the mecca of kawaii culture) played a huge role in my childhood- from anime, my mom working here to my occasional visits then. And even if I’ve turned myself to this black-and-white-outfit-loving person, my heart will always have a place for cute things.

I found out about the Takashi Murakami Flower Cafe in Roppongi Hills last month through Kaila and I knew that I needed to go there once I come back from Manila. A few days after arriving in Tokyo, I called my girl friends Tina and Satchiko to go with me to one of the most kawaii places I’ve been in my entire existence.

Takashi Murakami is probably the most well-known visual artist of this generation. He founded the superflat modern art movement which was derived from the 2D images commonly seen in Japanese manga and anime. These eye-catching designs gained him local and international success, giving him the chance to collaborate with high profile brands and celebrities like Kanye West, Pharell and fashion luxury brand Louis Vuitton.

The Flower Cafe in Roppongi Hills was a limited pop-up cafe which was in line with Murakami’s new solo exhibition called “The 500 Arthats” in the Mori Art Museum, also located in Roppongi Hills. The cafe may have ended already but the exhibition is still ongoing until the 6th of March so if in case you guys are in Tokyo, you better not miss your chance to see one of the greatest modern classics of this time. But I’m warning you. The exhibition shows the darker side of Takashi Murakami’s artistry so don’t expect any kawaii pop art and animation from there.

Taking in all the kawaii in this Takashi Murakami mug. I wanted to buy one for myself but sadly, it wasn’t available in the pop up store nearby.

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What’s Cooking?

Hello there, children! It’s been a while since I posted an OOTD here and it seems like Jenne Chrisville is getting towards the direction of a travel blog more than a style blog. I’m not complaining though coz I’m just really going with the flow of what I feel like posting here. After all, my style isn’t the core DNA of JC but it’s the actual ME. Conceited as it sounds but that, my friends, is the real score in this place. HA!

This look has been waiting in the wings since last year. My friend Satchiko took these shots last summer and I just didn’t know what content I wanna include in here. That’s what you call a major backlog, kids. But anyways, we took these when Satchi paid me a visit in my apartment and I gave her a tour around my area going all the way to Ueno Park. When I saw this gray minimalist of a wall, we looked at each other and we clearly understood what was gonna happen next.  
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t-shirt: Lui’s
shorts: Depression Singapore
sandals: Sam Edelman
sunglasses: Rayban
photos: Satchiko Gonzales

So guys, I have a legit question here. Do you like cooking???

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Shigakogen Ski Resort, Nagano Prefecture January 2016

One of my goals for 2016 is to be good at snowboarding. Ever since my friend Phoebus introduced me to the sport, I’ve been thinking about it and wonder when can I do it again. So when he invited me for an extreme winter sports getaway in Nagano, I just couldn’t say no. Besides it’s also the best way to end the first month of 2016.

Ok, let me start these shenanigans with a good selfie. LOL! Phoebus told me that it’s time I buy my own snowboarding stuff since I’m already hooked to it. I agreed with him and he even suggested that I start with my wear since I’m a fashion blogger. I chose this monochromatic pair with bold writings on it. Truth to be told, white wear isn’t advisable when doing winter sports because it would be very difficult to find in case of emergency but I guess the loud black designs will make me noticeable. Well, my attitude is big enough to find me wherever I am. Hahaha!!!

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Manila, Philippines December 2015 Part 4

WARNING: IMAGE HEAVY. I wanna finish my Philippine trip entries already so I’m dumping all of my photos from my last days in Manila in this post. You’ve been warned.

The next day after I arrived from Cebu, I went to Ayala, Makati to see my good friend Ria who I’ve met in Tokyo but is now working at Singapore.

           

Snippets of Greenbelt area. Makati, particularly Ayala, makes me feel like I’m not in the Philippines. It’s so much different from the place I grew up. It’s truly globalized and industrialized, giving you an illusion that there’s no poverty happening outside of it…or maybe this is the only good side of Makati and I couldn’t see the rest.

Ria had been home in the Philippines for a month already and I was starting to miss Japanese food at that time so we decided to eat something Japanese. We went to Maisen Katsu in Greenbelt and I’m telling yo this: Maisen Katsu Philippines is as good as it is in Japan. The same famous crispy-on-the-outside, tender-and-juicy-in-the-inside tonkatsu from Tokyo has finally invaded Manila and I was really glad that there’s no difference from what they serve back home. No alterations for the Filipino taste buds! What makes it more amazing is the Japanese level of customer service there. Once I’ve finished consuming something, whether it’s my side cabbage or my cold tea, the staff immediately asked me if I wanted more servings with full initiative. Their politeness (choose of words and tone when talking) is also commendable. It was like Filipinos talking in a very polite Japanese manner. I give Maisen Katsu Philippines a 9. What will make them achieve that last point to perfection? Japanese-speaking staff. THAT.WOULD.BE.REALLY.IMPRESSIVE.

After some good lunch, we went to the Ayala Museum nearby which, at that time, was exhibiting gold culture from the Philippines and other parts of Asia. Philippine textiles from different regions were also in display.

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Cebu, Philippines December 2015 Part 2

Welcome to the second part of my Cebu adventures last winter break. If you haven’t seen the first part yet, click HERE to check it out.

My family, together with Uncle Godi and Auntie Elvie’s family, went to an adventure to the south of Cebu particularly in the town of Oslob which was 3 hours by car from Cebu City but can be longer depending on how bad the traffic is.

My eyes couldn’t stop looking outside the window as we passed by these rural towns going to Oslob. The country side charms every urban child like me with its serenity and laidback atmosphere. All the green trees and fields seem to sing a song of beautiful harmony that makes me wanna stay there forever. The peacefulness was everything.

These kissing swan towels greeted us when we arrived at our hotel.

      

Twinning with my sister Karen while waiting for everyone to get ready for our next activity. She flew all the way from Tokyo to be with us in Cebu. I was so happy to share this experience with my lovely sister who continues to grow as a very fine but strong lady. I love her to death!

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Cebu, Philippines December 2015 Part 1

I’m back to narrating my Philippine trip last winter break. If you haven’t seen the first three parts of my Manila adventures click HERE, HERE and HERE.

One of my goals during my Philippine trip last month was to explore my motherland, to go to some new place I’ve never been before or revisit places that I’ve been to when I was younger. My friends and I were supposed to go to Baguio City, the summer capital, but due to unfavorable circumstances, we decided to cancel the trip. Good thing, my family and I planned a trip to Cebu. I’ve been to there when I was still a little kid but I can’t remember anything about it so I decided to go there after Christmas with my whole family.

     

We flew to Cebu City a day after Christmas and was picked up by our family friends Uncle Godi and Auntie Elvie. Uncle Godi used to take care of my mom and her siblings when they were younger while Auntie Elvie was my mom’s good friend in high school. The couple got married and moved to Cebu together with their 3 children. They also took care of my sister when she went to Cebu to study.

They were kind enough to give us a good breakfast before heading to a city tour.

Our first stop was the famous Mactan Shrine where the first revolt against the Spanish colonizers, lead by chief Lapu Lapu, took place. Cholo, Uncle Godi’s second son, told me that they make a special dramatization of the historical war during its anniversary at the sea shore near the shrine.

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Goals For 2016

Okay, guys!!  Just give me a breather because my Philippine posts aren’t over yet and I’m not even finish with half of it. Maybe an outfit post will do as a break.

Do you have any goals for 2016? A goal list is the first thing I do whenever a new year is coming to give myself a direction. I want a tangible list of my goals so it would be instilled in my mind and that makes it easier and the push I need to achieve them. “It’s written in my goal list. Therefore, I need to make it happen.” It really helps a lot.

leather bomber jacket: OAK NYC
jeans: Levi’s
shoes: vintage
photo: Rexcy Domingo

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