Why You Gotta Be Black?

Why you gotta be black??? Well, why not?!?! Give me a black outfit and a white backdrop and we’re totally down for business.  This was my outfit for last week’s Tokyo Rainbow Parade event. Apparently not that festive but all those colors reside in my very gay heart. LOL!

Warmer days are here and I’m glad I can wear shorts and lesser layers again. Although the scorching summer heat which I abhor is definitely around the corner. Yet the idea of a beach getaway is never a bad idea. Oh, life and its crazy ironies! You love one side and hate the other. All we gotta do is enjoy the now.

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t-shirt: Alexander Wang x H&M
shorts: Armani Exchange
sneakers: Nike
necklace: DNA Extract Amethyst by Organic DMT
cap: Overbite cap by OS Accessories
sunglasses: Rayban
bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
photos: Christina Ras


3 Minutes Of Tokyo

Hi guys! I know I haven’t been updating my blog lately but if you’ve been a follower of mine in the online community, you’re probably aware that I’ve been making videos as a new hobby.

One of the web series that I’ve been busy with is “3 Minutes Of Tokyo” which aims to show my followers a glimpse of my home for 8 years, Tokyo. I started it almost two months ago as an experiment and now, I’m totally enjoying it.

For the first episode, I walked around Suidobashi, Harajuku and Shinjuku. I wanted a raw feeling to it so I only put all of these videos together without any BG music in it.

For the second episode, I featured the man-made recreational island of Odaiba with my friend Satchiko of Happy Hours. In this episode, I decided to put some BG music courtesy of OWL City. The song is the entitled Tokyo which is the best fitting song for the series.

For the third episode, I featured the very fun Japanese tradition of flower viewing or “hanami”. This time, the product is a compilation of different videos which I took from different occasions- one from my hanami with friends in Showa Kinen Park and the second one with Kaila and Satchiko in Shinjuku Gyoen Park.

For its fourth episode, I went to the annual Tokyo Rainbow Parade which was a celebratory event of the Tokyo Gay Pride Week. I went there with a couple of my friends. This time, I decided to put a hyper lapse effect to the video.

And for my latest installment of the series, I made a video of three of my favorite places to eat out in the metropolis. It’s my first time to use a Japanese song for a BG music which is from my favorite anime of all time, Sailor Moon. This is also a compilation of different videos I’ve gathered from different days.

I’m not really sure where this is heading too. I don’t know if I’m transitioning from a fashion blogger to a video blogger but I’m definitely enjoying making these videos. It’s my way of showing you around Tokyo and expressing my appreciation to the fact that I live in one of the best and coolest cities in the planet. If you like these videos, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel (click HERE) to receive the latest updates.


White Blooms

I’ve posted these photos in Instagram before but I think they deserve a blog post. As much of a pollen allergic person that I am, I’ve learned to love the beauty that spring has to offer. Never mind the very tricky temperatures, just appreciate the beautiful backdrops of flora all around the place.

These were taken in Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa which was one of the best parks I’ve been in Tokyo. I went there with my friends for some traditional Japanese picnic under the cherry blossoms called “hanami” and even if it was gloomy, it didn’t stop us to have so much fun.

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sweater: Uniqlo
pants: GU Japan
sneakers: New Balance
leather cap: Marc by Marc Jacobs
sunglasses: Rayban

Outfit wise, I’m in love with this look. Minimal, easy breezy, no loudness involve. I think it’s the perfect look to complement the beauty of my back drop. I’ve come a long way in being in terms with my style and I think minimalism and monochromes with a dash of athleticism really gets me in a certain way. Comfort and style is always a winner combo.


Cherry Blossoms 2015

I think I’m reaching another phase of maturity. I’m starting to see the things that are indifferent for me in a better light. I’m not the biggest fan of snow and winter but because of snowboarding, I can’t wait for the cold season to come again. Spring gives me the worst pollen allergy that makes me wanna grab my eyeballs out. Not to mention the runny rose effect. But this year, the cherry blossoms made me appreciate the beauty of this season. There’s something about these flowers that make me feel gentle and kind inside.

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Here are some things that I learned about cherry blossoms and what I’ve reflected whenever I look at these pretty trees.

* Youth is like the cherry blossoms- they both never last too long. That’s why we should always enjoy it and live to the fullest like how the these flowers reach full beauty when they bloom.

* Living a short but well-lived life is a good life. Just like how the cherry blossoms never die in vain in spring because they made people happy with their beauty.

* You will know the age of a cherry blossom by the amount of flowers blooming from them. Young trees usually don’t have that much but they become prettier as they age. It made me realize that getting older isn’t a bad thing because with age comes the beauty of wisdom.

* In line with that realization above, some people need time to reach their full beauty and potential like how cherry blossoms produce more beautiful flowers in the course of time.

* Something is really beautiful when it makes you feel something good inside and it inspires you. The cherry blossoms inspired these thoughts of mine which are actually the same ideas of other philosophers of ancient times. The only difference is I’m sharing these thoughts in a much more digital way.


Snowboarding in Hakuba, Nagano

OMG! One month of hiatus??? I didn’t even notice that it has been a month since I posted something here in the blog. Let me dust off the place first. *cough cough* I’m sorry for the long absence and as much as I want to give reasons why it happened, it wouldn’t really matter at all coz I’m here now.

Last weekend, I went to my first snowboarding experience in my life. I’ve been living here in Japan for 8 years and in that span of time, I’ve learned how to hate snow. If you’ve been a long follower of my blog, you’d know this for sure. But I’ve always wanted to try snowboarding so when my friend Phoebus invited me to go with his friends for a 3 days and 2 nights snowboarding trip , I didn’t hesitate at all and said yes.


Me on the summit of Mt. Happoone during our third and last day. It was snowing and by the time we reached the top, the clouds and winds came in and we couldn’t see anything. The height and the zero visibility took the best of me and I cried like a child because of fear. Good thing, my friend Rhea was with me at that time and we were able to manage to go down through our amateur falling leaf boarding skills and a lot of stumbles. Hahaha!!! I don’t think I’d do that again even if I become really good at this sport.

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FACT: The Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort was the venue of the Nagano Winter Sports Olympics last 1998. I kinda feel bad ass snowboarding in the same place where world class pro athletes gathered to play their cards. Hahaha!

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These were some shots I took with my iPhone in the entire trip. We were so lucky to have beautiful weather the whole time. I realized that I didn’t really hate snow. I hate it when it hits and messes up the city.


This is a cool shot taken by my friend Rhea during a stopover on the way back to Tokyo. I was really sad going home because I had so much fun.

If you wanna see how much I enjoyed snowboarding, here is the third episode of my vlog series “Ano Na, Teh?!” (which I launched 3 weeks ago, thus making me absent in the blog too) which features a clip of me, practicing how to snowboard.

I wanna thank Phoebus for inviting me to this trip and teaching me the sport personally. I remember how I cried when I did my first S and he told me how I’m doing so well for a first timer.

As I’m typing this, my body is still sore from my recent snowboarding trip but I don’t regret going. Hell no! I think I found my new passion. At age 28, I thought I needed to learn something new to shake my world a bit and snowboarding just came on time. I’m still having dreams about it and I can’t believe I’m saying this but I can’t wait for winter to do snowboarding again.


If you guys are interested to snowboard, here’s a short list of things and reminders that you might need.

* The proper attire (wear, undergarments like leggings, socks and shirt, boots, goggles, bonnet or helmet, neck warmer or a mask that can cover your lower face to avoid goggle tan lines and gloves). You have an option to buy them for your own or rent it in a nearby rental shop in the ski resort. It’s better to rent first during your first time and buy your own stuff once you’ve committed to the sport.

* Some pain relievers like plasters and drink medicine. Snowboarding is a physical sport and falling and tumbling down are inevitable. It’s gonna make your body sore for a long time especially for first timers so it’s best if you have pain relievers with you.

* In relation to the previous tip, a hot bath after snowboarding will be very helpful to calm your tensed muscles and lessen body pain.

* Bringing chocolates and energy-boosting treats will also help for apparent reasons.

* Have the right attitude especially for first timers. Snowboarding isn’t an easy sport. It requires a lot of dedication, patience, balance and awareness of one’s body to fully understand and do it. It actually tested my willingness to learn until I could finally do an S motion with my board.


Marks & Web


Hello guys! Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I just want to share to you my latest move in skin care. I started taking my skin seriously since I became friends with my girl pals here in Tokyo. I’ve tried a few products here and there, local and imported, for men and for women. The last brand I used almost got my lifetime loyalty until I recently learned about organic products and how better they are compared to those with high chemical compositions which can affect the body later on.

I discovered Marks and Web when I was on my way home from work. It’s a Japanese brand which is very famous for their botanical and herbal skin care and hygiene products and other life style accessories like brushes, organic cotton towels etc. This is the list of what I use as of late.

Fragrance Free Face Washing Foam
This one is for merely washing the face, removing all dirt and excess oil. Nothing more, nothing less. Don’t expect it to get rid of acne and pimples because I don’t think it’s chemically made for that purpose.

Herbal Shave Water
Totally recommending this for the guys because it lasts for 2-3 months and it doesn’t have that sting once you apply it to your face like other after-shave liquids.

Moisture Herbal Water
I’m using the herbal water as my toner before putting on the moisturizer.

Face Moisturizer
Super loving this moisturizer because one and a half squirt of is enough to cover your entire face, neck and chest parts. The only downside is its amount because it only comes in small bottles.

Herbal Eye Essence
If you’re looking for something to get rid of those dark circles and eye bags, I’m not recommending this one. However, it’s enough to moisturize the eye area and isn’t strong enough to hurt the eye if accidentally applied on it.

Body and Hand Lotion
This one has my full recommendation because it perfectly moisturizes yet not greasy. I remember applying this lotion on my feet and heels became softer in a matter of three days.

So far, I’m totally enjoying using Marks and Webs and I don’t any reason why I should stop using it. I’ll be posting more reviews here in my blog once I try their other products like body soaps, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner etc. Going herbal and organic can be a little pricey but I just think of the benefits it gives to my body especially in the future. Think less cancer risks.


P.S. This is NOT a sponsored post

Stick To The Now

I’m not a fan of snow but since it’s a good backdrop for outfit photos, I’ll take that as a reason to love it. These ones were taken in FujiQ Highland Theme Park when my friends and I went there last month.

sweater: T by Alexander Wang
sweatpants: H&M
leggings: UPSTAIRS Shibuya
sneakers: New Balance
beanie: Alexander Wang x H&M
bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
sunglasses and photos: Kiko Cagayat


Being the eldest among my blogger friends here in Japan, they sometimes tease me about my age. I don’t really mind it at all but all of us has this side that gets conscious about our number of years. I admit I do. But whenever I ask myself if I wanna go back in time and be younger again, my answer is no.

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To be young again could be great but I’m now in the state of my life wherein I’ve learned how to stick to the now. Youth can be synonymous to being carefree and how wonderful life would be if we could live it that way. But then I feel I’m growing old in a good way. I love that I’m getting all this wisdom from experience. I can say that my younger days were really happy but I’m also loving how my life has changed in so many ways, mostly positive changes. I don’t think I wanna change that for anything.


The secret to life is knowing that your power is in the present. The past is gone. The future is uncertain. The only thing that we can do something about is the time we have now. If we can let go of the pains of the past, the worries of tomorrow and enjoy the moment we have in our hands, life will be so much easier than we thought.


FujiQ Highland Theme Park January 2014

Hello guys! My friends Kiko, Satchiko, Kaila, Gilbert and I went to Fuji Q Highland Theme Park last month. I’ve always wanted to go there ever since I’ve heard about the place so when Kaila invited me to go to FujiQ last December when we went to Tokyo Disneyland, I didn’t hesitate to say “YES”.IMG_7264.JPG

It was a cold beautiful sunny Sunday and we met up at Shinjuku station. We took the bus going to the theme park and after about 45 minutes (thanks to no traffic), we arrived in Yamanashi.


Look at that magnificent Mount Fuji overlooking the whole park.

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FujiQ is world famous for its crazy roller coasters. It has four main roller coasters including Fujiyama (was once the tallest roller coaster in the world), Takabisha, (world’s steepest roller coaster) Eejanaika (4th dimensional roller coaster which means your seat also goes around while the roller coaster itself loops around) and Dodonpa (was once the fastest roller coaster in the world and still the fastest in acceleration during take off). Imagine all of these Guinness Book of World Record holder of roller coasters “abusing” my whole being with their speed, height and all of those shite.


If someone will ask me what’s something that represent Japan the best, it’s definitely Mount Fuji.


The Fuji Q crew

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Kaila was filled with glee when she found this Peko Clock Cafe in FujiQ. For lunch, we ate at Pizza La where they serve good French fries.


Serving you health goth. I don’t really like snow but it’s a good backdrop for my black outfit.


Aside from the roller coasters, we also took the chance to ride other crazy attractions like Panic Clock, Pizza La and the famous Haunted Hospital which is the 2nd largest haunted attraction in the world. Kaila, Satchiko and I chickened out in the middle of the haunted hospital but Gilbert and Kiko were able to finish it.

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Once of the famous attractions for kids in FujiQ is the Thomas Land which is dedicated for the well known train character and his friends.

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FujiQ memorabilia include Fuji-chan (Mount Fuji character), merchandise, snacks and boobie pudding.


We spent the rest of the night ice skating which was so much fun before going back to Tokyo. After all the FujiQ shenanigans, my body was all sore. But it was a good and unforgettable one.