Manila, Philippines December 2015 Part 1

If you’ve been following me in social media, particularly in Instagram (@gervinmacey & @gervintakestheworld), I’m sure you’re aware that I spent my winter holidays in the Philippines. It’s been 3 long years since I last visited the Motherland and one of my goals in 2015 was to finally make an overdue trip there and do some domestic travels.

OOTD to Narita Airport! I found these leather boots in a vintage store in Ueno for only ¥3,800/less than US$38.

We landed in Manila safely in the afternoon. My schedule was so packed that I was already booked for a Christmas dinner with my friends from high school in the evening of the same day. I only put my bags down in my apartement, changed outfit and went straight to SM Mall of Asia.

I had a great time eating good Filipino food with them while catching up with the latest stories in their lives. It was also great to see their kids who were all adorable and lovely. It feels really good to see that all of my friends are doing well in life.

The highlight of the night was when we had a Christmas raffle for ourselves. We collected a hundred pesos from each other and divided the money for the 1st prize to 3rd prize winners. Imagine how noisy and chaotic it was in the restaurant when we started screaming in excitement. Continue reading

2015: The Year That Was

Although I’ve already made a 2015 year-in-review post outfit edition here in the blog, allow me to post another 2015 review since I wasn’t able to make blog that much last year. After all, it was great and I thought I should share with you some of its highlights.

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I started the year right by traveling to one of the most amazing cities in Asia, Hongkong. This was also the last trip where I took my old Pentax KR camera with me and lost it after three years of being in a relationship with it. Click HERE to see my post about my trip to Hongkong.

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One of my greatest fear is my fear of heights but I always love challenging myself. That’s why I went to Fuji Q Highlands Amusement Park and rode all of their crazy roller coasters with my friends Satchiko, Gilbert, Kaila and Kiko. It was a great way to celebrate Kaila’s birthday and have some bonding time with them. Click HERE for my Fuji Q adventures.

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The Outfits Of 2015

Happy New Year, everyone!!! Another year has ended! 2015 was a blast. Such a blast that I had a three month hiatus in the blog in the middle of the year. Do I regret it? Errrrrr…not really. I think I needed that break from blogging to make me more focused on things that I really had to do. I love blogging but I’ve been doing it for some years now and as time passes by, I realize that my energy has to be directed and spent to some other stuff in my life too.

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Resolutions

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A Guide to Self Confidence

This is a post close to my heart because I know a lot of people out there are struggling everyday because of low self-esteem. And this is my way of helping them out.

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Kyoto November 2015

Hello, it’s me! You can sing that ala Adele or Lionel Richie. It’s been a long time but I’m here now. And this time, I wanna share to you guys my recent adventure to Kyoto. I decided to celebrate my birthday in the famous prefecture because autumn is my favorite season and Kyoto is the best place if you wanna enjoy some autumn colors. Plus, I wasn’t able to explore it during my first visit three years ago so it was the perfect time for me to do so.

Let me start this with a funny story. It was the morning of my birthday when we took the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. . We were already in Tokyo station, changing from local trains to the bullet train when I realized I forgot my wallet at home. That’s what happens when you have a train pass. You don’t really need money for a ticket that’s why you don’t bother checking your wallet too. It always happens to me especially in times when I’m in a hurry to get to one place. It’s pretty annoying. Good thing, my place was only 15 minutes away from Tokyo station so it didn’t take me long to go back and get my wallet from my apartment.

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Let’s give a moment for the majestic Mount Fuji. This was taken from the shinkansen when we passed by Shizuoka prefecture. It was a pleasant day when we left for Kyoto that’s why the dormant volcano greeted us with its admirable beauty. Please don’t mind that photo bomber of a cable on top of the picture.

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After 2 hours and 47 minutes of travel, we arrived at Kyoto station and I immediately bought my Icoca card to make my transportation in Kyoto much easier. Suica and Pasmo are for East Japan while the West has the Icoca. It’s pretty convenient to use.

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Like what I said a while ago, one of the main purposes of my trip to Kyoto was to visit the places I missed the last time I went there. That’s why I chose Fushimi Inari to be our first destination. According to Trip Advisor, Fushimi Inari is Japan’s most popular spot for tourists. It’s a well-known Shinto shrine dedicated to the rice god Inari and has a long track of torii gates from donors and sponsors that goes around Mount Inari. The torii gates make a very long path that Fushimi Inari became one of the popular spots for hiking in West Japan.

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Run

The guys from Public Nuisance AKA PN! Streetwear were kind enough to send me this nice RUN tee. PN! is the newest street wear brand found in London that aims its customers to STAND UP and STAND OUT with its monochrome range of t-shirts, hoodies and sweaters. Founder David Power derives inspiration from minimalism and combines it with underground vibe which he clearly got from his early experience of being in a rock band. For this look, I paired it with my tattered jeans and my classic overbite cap to give a cool edgy and monochromatic skater boy look. By the way, David was also a member of Skateboarders of Southbank, London in 1977. How cool is that?

t-shirt: PN! Streetwear
cap: OS Accessories
bracelet (non-beaded): Diesel 

Let’s talk about the word RUN.

* I believe I was a fast runner when I was a child. Now, I hate to run because I easily pant and lose my breath. Thanks, weak lungs due to asthma. But for some reason, I enjoy running with my children at school during playtime. Maybe I’m just experiencing a time slip to my youth whenever I’m with them.

* Once I’ve accepted a job or any kind of responsibility, I make sure I stay and finish it until the very end. When I was in university, there had been many times when I wanted to quit my other activities, specifically theater, because I wanted to focus more on my studies. Yet, I just couldn’t do it because I’m a man of honor. I don’t know how I got it but not finishing something you’ve agreed doing has been instilled in my system as early as I can remember.

* I like Whitney Houston’s “Run To You” and The Corrs’ “Runaway”.

* In relationships, may it be friends or romantic ones, it’s not important who walked or ran away, what matters is who stayed and who will be staying for the longest run.

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Stories From Jebin Sensei

 Do you wanna know how I truly feel when I’m wearing Comme des Garcons? RIGHT!!!!! Wearing Comme des Garcons feels so right. And it ain’t never gonna be wrong.

I wear this ensemble last summer in Omotesando when my senpai from Teatro Tomasino Pam came to Tokyo for a visit. And he asked me to take him around for some good shopping. You know you’ve been living in Tokyo for too long when you know where to take your friend for shopping just by knowing his style and taste.


  

shirt: Comme des Garcons BLACK
pants: Comme des Garcons
slippers: Nike
photos: Pam Pamintuan

I’ve been teaching for almost a decade and there were a lot of moments (most especially conversations with students) in my teaching years that I can’t just forget.

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Student: Gervin sensei, I love you.
Me: Really? Till when?
Student: Till I go to heaven.
Me: Well, try going there now.
(both of us laughed)

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Student: Sir Gervin, what should we expect when we go to college?
Me: It’s a big jungle with lots of temptations- vices, bad friends, sex. Be careful. Be very careful.

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This was during the announcement of winners in one of the inter-school competitions that a group of students joined and I was their coach.

Me: (on stage whispering) Ok guys! Whatever happens- win or lose- stay calm and don’t cry.
Students: (with a smiling face and energetic tone) Yes, sir!
(The hosts announced the winners and we lost)
Me: (turned to my students) Well, we lost.
(Both guys turned their backs from the audience and started to cry hard. And my heart broke)

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This was in the bus with the group of students that joined the same competition.

Me: (while looking at the sad and crying faces of everyone) We might have lost in the competition but by joining and participating here, you actually didn’t. Take all the lessons you learned in this experience with you and treasure the memories in your heart.

(Then tears fell from my eyes after holding it for a long time since the announcement of winners)

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A child said that he didn’t want to be that occupation when he grow up because it’s a “woman’s job”.

Me: There’s no such thing as a “male” or “female” job. 

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A child was running in the playground and he fell down. 

Me: Are you alright?
Student: (face is in the verge of crying. nods his head)
Me: Does your knee hurt?
Student: (shakes his head)
Me: Do you want me to take you to the nurse?
Student: (shakes his head again)
Me: Ok. Go and play again.

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A parent came to talk to me about his child being bad in English

Parent: What should I do with my child, Gervin sensei? He’s really flunking English no matter what I do.
Me: Well, maybe because he’s not yet “ripe” to learn English and he needs more time to mature. Or maybe it’s really not his thing. But if that’s the case, I’m pretty sure he’s better in doing something else and whatever that is, you need to support him because that’s what’s gonna give him a bright future.
Parent: Oh, thank you, Gervin sensei. That’s really good advice.

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Student: Sensei, how do I say I love you in Filipino?
Me: “Mahal kita.” Why
Student: Because “mahal kita.”
Me: Awww!

That student is in sixth grade now and doesn’t fail to greet me when he bumps into me on the way to school.

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I love my students. I love my profession. And as each day passes by, my love for it even grows bigger.

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New Discoveries

What’s the best way to celebrate Health and Sports Day in Japan when you’re a person who loves fashion but doesn’t like sweating a glad? Nothing else but wearing something athletic-inspired. I bought this minimal neoprene sweater in the spring summer sale last season from my favorite Japanese store Lui’s. It’s thick enough to keep me warm during the cold season so just think about how much I endured the excitement when I bought it last summer and couldn’t wear it for a long time. I love Lui’s stuff because most of their products suit my taste (minimal street style. Some can be quirky too) plus their items are usually made either in Japan or Korea which gives assures me of good quality even if I wear the hell out of them.

 I wore this to Kamakura when my friend Tricia asked for some quality time with her. She asked me if I could take her somewhere close to Tokyo where she hasn’t been before so I decided to take her to Kamakura and Yokohama. It was also my first time to meet and hang out with David Guison, who’s the top male fashion blogger of the Philippines. They were both in Japan for a special project. These photos were taken in Hase-dera temple which I’ve visited for the first time.


  
  

sweater: Lui’s
pants: Comme des Garcons
shoes: New Balance
photo: Tricia Gosingtian

There are things that I’ve learned about myself in the past few days

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I know I’m very vocal when I’m upset about stuff but I never really like fighting with other people- may it be physical or verbal. They stress the hell out of me. I’d choose peace rather than fighting with other people.

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I’d rather diet than exercise. I’m pretty good with controlling what I eat and the amount of what I’m consuming. I can check nutrition facts and sites about good food. On the other hand, I don’t think I’ll see myself working out in the gym. I’m not a fan of the feeling of dripping sweat on my body.

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I think I’m loving my profession even more. I was promoted as head English teacher in my school this year and as early as now, I could see the improvements in the children’s English skills. I’m very happy with all these positive results. I’m not taking all the credit of course. Our children are really smart plus my English teachers are very hardworking too and when blended, expect really good effects. And as early as now, I’m already thinking of ways to continue these improvements that I’m seeing with the children. With that being said, I really think I’m enjoying teaching even more.

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I think people like me because they find my stupid antics really funny. I started posting my Snapchat funny filters in my personal Facebook account and I can’t believe the amount of support I got from my friends and family. People love it when I’m being funny.

But at the same time, it takes a one-on-one intimate moment with me to actually make people fall in love with me. Mostly, they see me as this lively person who loves to make people laugh by cracking a funny joke or a nonsense slapstick. But they don’t really understand that it’s only a part of me. I’m also interested in metaphysics, social issues, friendships, positivity and love. There’s more to that silly me and it takes one intimate moment with me to realize that. And people actually stay longer when they find that side of me.

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As much as I talk a lot, I love to listen to people’s stories too. I love to discover lots of things in their lives, how their brains work and how their hearts feel. And when I learn something good from them, I try to apply it in my own life and see if they work on me.

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When I was younger, I wanted fame. Now that I’m less younger, I don’t know if I can handle it. People mobbing you, interrupting your private time, negative comments from unknown people, the dog-eat-dog reality of celebrities’ world- it kinda scares me now. So I’m actually happy where I am right now.

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Remember guys, no one does you the way you do yourself. Continue doing you.

So what about you ? What have you discovered about yourself in the past few days/weeks/months?

*じゃあね〜*

Finally Updated

Cobwebs, cobwebs, cobwebs everywhere!!! Perfect for Halloween but not for my asthma. Hellooooooo guuuuuuuys!!!! Macey’s back in the blogging game and I apologize for the lack of posts. I’ve been neglecting my own swamp in the cyber world because of too much work and laziness (that’s quite confusing) but here I am, still going strong and fabulous!

Let me just say THANK YOU to my readers who constantly bugged me about updating my blog. It means to say that somewhere in places known and unknown to me, there are people who like my personal style, who love my stories and who are willing to follow me and my crazy adventures in life. I wanna express my sincerest appreciation for telling me to finally make a new post because it excites you. Thank you for saying that you’re enjoying the things I put up here. There are times when I just wanna shut down all of these because I thought (actually, I still do) I was just wasting my time which I could’ve use for other more important (and not-so-important) stuff. But when encouraging words like these come to me, it makes me believe that I’m doing something right.

Once again, thank you!

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Ok, time for some stories. Let me share to you some stuff I’ve been wanting to do for some time:

I’ve been watching a few good anime series in the past weeks. I’ve finished my all time favorite Sailor Moon’s new saga “Sailor Moon Crystal”. I’ve also finished Food Wars/Shokugeki no Soma which I really enjoyed because of the things I learn about cooking and the business of food. Now, I’m watching Haikyu which I’m totally addicted to because I used to play volleyball when I was a kid. It gives me a wider prospective of the sport plus I love the development of each character in the story. As always, the story of the underdog always wins the hearts of people. I’m telling you, there’s no episode that my tear ducts stop from functioning.
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I’m getting busier and busier at work because of our yearly Christmas play. Just when I thought I know how to play the game already because I’ve done it last year, my boss changes the rules and shake things up. How cruel! A lot of stuff are turning against my favor but I’m not gonna let them get me. If there’s a thing that I’ve learned from the queen of drag RuPaul and the animes I currently watch, it’s the value of perseverance. The importance of doing your best and not giving up.
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I can’t wait for winter vacation because at last, after 3 long years, I’m gonna visit the mother land again. Yup, I’m spending the holiday seasons with my family and old friends in Manila. And I’m going with my family from Tokyo which makes things more exciting. I can’t wait to see everyone again and maybe finally meet the people I only interact with in the Internet. But before that, I need to endure all the pressure and stress I’ll be facing at work.
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Aside from my trip to the mother land this December, I can’t wait to travel somewhere new again. Two weeks ago, I was granted an American visa which means I can finally visit the Land of Milk, Honey and Super-Sized Fast Food Value Meals. I never knew that my American Dream is strong until I got that hard-to-get visa. Now, I can’t contain my excitement to visit my dream cities in America that I don’t know where to go first. New York, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington DC, Miami- oh my gosh!!! Just the idea of riding a plane and the adrenalin of realizing my dreams of flight are killing me. I.CANT.WAIT.
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I promised myself this year that I’m not gonna support Made in China products anymore especially clothes. It’s not because I hate Chinese people but this is my political protest to all the nastiness they do against smaller nations like my motherland Philippines. With all the bullying they do just to gain some of our marine territories, I need to do what I can do to support my country. I’m not physically strong and I am no soldier. I’m nothing but a consumer so not supporting anything made in China will be the best way to do this support. I REPEAT, I don’t hate the Chinese just because they are born in China and I see all of them in a stereotypical manner. It’s my expression of patriotism to the country where I was born which I also love with my whole heart.

Doing so, shopping became a bit of a challenge because as we all know, anywhere we go, almost everything is made in the Sleeping Giant. As much as I wanna buy something, the excitement just goes straight to the trash bin once I saw that “made in China” tag. On the other hand, it’s also saving me lots of money.
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Ok that’s it guys. I may not be quite active in the blog but if you want your dose of my silliness, follow me in my social media accounts

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*じゅあね〜*