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A Vision Of Minimalism In Black

We’re almost in the end of the Golden Week holiday here in Japan and that means going back to the work-hard-to-party-hard-but-pay-the-bills-first reality of my life. Due to some financial constraints, I chose not to travel somewhere unlike most people here in Japan do during Golden Week but it doesn’t mean I’m having the most boring time ever. I find this year’s GW very productive because I was able to finish immigrant obligations, watch in the movie house which I’ve been dying to do for a long time, hangout with my friends, do a little shopping (which I will blog about later) and have my own ME time in my own personal space.

Yesterday, I went to Yokohama with some of my friends wearing this black ensemble which is a mixture of new and not-so-new pieces from my closet. I had no idea what to wear yesterday so I just decided to put all of these on me and I’m glad it work for my style and comfort. But seriously, I think I really need some white clothes in my life.

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shorts: Armani Exchange
sunglasses: Rayban
sandals: Sam Edelman
photos: Kiko Cagayat



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


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.


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.


A Guide to Self Confidence

It was a sunny afternoon. My co-teachers and I were talking when one of them asked me,

“How did you become this confident person that you are right now?”

The question actually made me think.


T-shirt: Uniqlo heat tech
Leather jacket: resale FUGA
Pants: GU Japan
Leather backpack and leather baseball cap: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Zara
Photos: Rexcy Domingo


I was bullied in elementary school. I went to this all-boys Catholic institution where all my classmates picked on me for having an unusual long chin. They were calling me names like crescent moon and stuff and they even told me like I shouldn’t bow down coz once I did it, I would kill myself from getting stabbed by my own chin. Aside from that, I was also bullied because of my flamboyancy. I  even remember my 6th grade adviser (equivalent of a homeroom teacher) getting angry with me and my other effeminate classmates because we’re too gay. At that time, I felt so bad it made me cry buckets of tears that I wanted to leave that school.

After I left grade school, I promised myself no one can ever do those things to me again. Nobody can ever step on me like how my classmates and my homeroom teacher did to me. I went to high school and university and thank goodness, I became one popular kid who was loved by most people including my teachers and classmates, though there were a few who misunderstood by sharp tongue and loudness. But this time, I knew how to protect myself and brush off the haters. So what happened?


Confidence is a very important factor in life. WIthout it, there’s a lot of things that we can’t achieve. But there’s a bunch of people out there who are all having problems with their self-esteem. Based on my experience, these are some ways how I boosted mine.

1. Know thy self.

You have to be aware of yourself. You have to know the best and the worst things about you, your strengths and weaknesses and your assets and your liabilities. It’s actually better if you also try to understand why and how you become who you are. If there’s one person who should know yourself the best, it should be you. Ever since I was a kid, I knew I was special but during my elementary years, there were a lot of things that made me feel insecure which made me forget about my specialness.

2. Accept and love thy self.

I cried too much because of the bullying but I stopped and examined myself. I believed my chin wasn’t funny and my flamboyancy doesn’t annoy myself. I knew myself more and I came into terms with myself. Once you’ve known yourself, you have to accept who you are. You should embrace your wholeness because it’s you and when things go wrong, the whole world can turn its back against you and all you got is nothing and nobody but yourself alone. It’s very hard to exist in this lifetime when you’re not at peace with yourself.

Once you’ve found acceptance, love comes in. This one may take time because  it takes maturity to finally realize what self-love is really all about. It’s not that kind of narcissistic and egotistic kind of self-love but it’s more of, like what I said, accepting who you are and having peace with it. They even told me like I shouldn’t bow down coz once I did, I’m gonna kill myself.

3. Use your assets and work on your liabilities.

If you think you got the face and body plus the talent, go and be a model. If you’re good at calculating numbers, be an accountant. If you’re good at designing and drawing, do something related to it like painting, architecture or fashion or industrial design. If you can write well, be a journalist, playwright or whatever occupation that has something to do with that. You have to make use of your talents because those are your tickets to success. Things will be easier if you’re doing something that seems to come out so natural from you. And when it comes out from you easily, it breeds that certain confidence in your heart.

On the other hand, there are two things that you can do with your weaknesses. One is working on them. You can go there, study it and turn it into a capability. Because sometimes, we just need to be familiar with something to be able to do it. I suggest that you try doing it because sometimes, it’s just us who limit ourselves and our capacities. But if you’ve already tried and nothing’s happening, you just have to let it go (no music cues happening here, okay?). You’re human and we are imperfect beings. We have to accept the fact that we can’t have everything. That’s why we meet people on the way who can help us with these kind of stuff. And whether you buy this or not, sometimes, these little imperfections are what help us to find the right people in our lives. With that being said, we go to number four.

4. Surround yourself with the right people.

My family always believed in my talent. My grandma specifically would go and brag about me to her friends about my activities in school and my latest achievements. I also have a solid group of friends who stick to me no matter what and they aren’t afraid to spill to me the truth once I’m lost.

When I say “right people”, I mean the people who will cheer for you because they believe in you. They are the ones who are gonna push you up and help you float when you’re drowning. They are also the ones who you can seek advice from during times of confusion. They are also the ones who aren’t afraid to break it down to you once you’re blinded by your ego, emotions and even if you only have bothering booger in your nostrils. They can be your family, friends, mentors etc. They don’t have to be a lot. Choosing the members of your support team is like shopping for clothes- quality over quantity.  Once you’ve done this, you can see yourself in a more positive angle.

At the same time, you need to let go of the people who are toxic to your being. These are the ones giving you metal balls of negativity that don’t help you to walk forward in your journey or drown you in the sea of self-pity and insecurity. You need to stay away from them because they are stepping on your confidence which can’t help you to blossom in to this great person you are destined to be. I’ve met a lot of these people. I would usually feel bad to delete them from my life because I’d love to have peace with others as much as possible. But they weren’t helping me at all so I had to do it even if was hard for me.

5. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

Mistakes don’t happen just to put us down. We have to see their brighter sides. They happen for a reason and that is to teach as a lesson or two. We need to bump our heads in sharp edges most of the time to see until where can we go far. Once you’ve failed, never hesitate to try again because once you’re familiar with something, it can be easily done the next time.


Confidence is a vital tool in life. It will help you seize different opportunities that will also help you be the best person that you can be. Fashionably speaking, it can help you in finding your own style. Once you’ve become confident, you’re not afraid to experiment with clothes and find what message or story you really wanna tell through what you’re wearing.




T-shirt: Adidas Originals
Hoodie and shoes: Nike
Harem shorts: LATokyo
Oversized zipped hoodie on the waist and leather backpack: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Ranger bucket hat: Funktique Tokyo
Photography: Rexcy Domingo

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Hi guys! Happy New Year! How were your celebrations? I hope it was all merry and for my Philippine-based readers, I hope your fingers are still intact with you. For the benefit of those who don’t know, Filipinos celebrate New Year with firecrackers like how the Chinese do it in the Lunar New Year. Annually, there are numbers of people- from adults to children- who get injured due to this tradition, and sometimes, stray bullets from irresponsible gun-holders. Oops! No intentions to start with negativity in my first post of the year but there’s nothing wrong if I remind people about responsibility. Ok, that’s it!


These photos were taken on the last few days of last year so I was having second thoughts if I should post this on the first day of 2015. I didn’t wanna start the New Year with an early throwback because things should be moving forward, not backwards. But since January 1st is a Thursday, I might as well just do it.


This is the outfit that I wore to Disneyland with my blogger friends. Because I was having so much fun, I didn’t bother myself from taking photos for an outfit post which I didn’t regret at all. I decided to have the same look when I visited the Esprit Dior exhibition in Ginza and the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu-seum in Roppongi with my girl Rexcy. The temperature was a bit higher during my Disneyland and Ginza-Roppongi days which allowed me to walk around without a jacket but I knotted that oversized hoodie around just in case it becomes chilly at night (which eventually did).

The t-shirt was given to me by my dearest Emika on my birthday last year. I couldn’t wait for summer to wear it so I decided to put it on my trusted black hoodie with a heated technology undergarment beneath. It just fits with my new bucket hat which I bought in Funktique Tokyo during their second anniversary party. There was a black version of it but I decided to get the white one since I’m eyeing another black hat from somewhere.


Speaking of New Year, did you guys write your resolutions or goals for 2015? I already did and it includes physical fitness, traveling, branding, business and personal matters. They are small goals but I hope I can achieve them since I was able to achieve most of my goals last year.

And let me say this: I wish for romance this 2015. I usually don’t say this because I feel so desperate and pathetic and I’m actually not in a hurry. However, I don’t see any harm if I shout that out to the universe for a chance of being heard. Yes, I want a handsome, smart, tall, rich and generous partner. Find me already, for goodness sake!

How about you guys? What are your resolutions this year? Is there something specific that you’re excited about this 2015? Tell me.


PS: Yes, guys! I’m trying out some different stuff, like the text alignments, outfit details etc, here in the blog because it’s the New Year and it’s the perfect time to do some changes. Tell me how you think about it.

Kyari Pamyu Pamyu-seum: Sweet Costumes in the Candy Forest Exhibition

After all the glamour and luxury of visiting the Esprit Dior: The World of Dior exhibition in Ginza, I went straight to TV Asahi in Roppongi to visit the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu-seum: Sweet Costumes in the Candy Forest exhibition for an overdose of cuteness. I know guys! I’m more into monochromatic stuff- black, white, gray and things like that. But you see, I have a variety of friends and most of them love kawaii stuff. I have Kaila and Ashley in my circle who have influenced me to love kawaii in spite of my image to be a BW person. I think exposing yourself to things which are completely different from you will make you learn a few big things about yourself.  After all, I had a very colorful era in my style history.

For those people who don’t know, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is a famous Japanese pop idol who makes electronic music but is more well known for her kawaii style which is inspired by Harajuku, specifically the decora subculture. According to her WikiPage, she started as a fashion blogger in 2009 and started to join the music industry in 2011, with her hit single “PonPonPon”. Ever since, she made a name for herself not only as a music artist but as an ambassadress of Japan’s kawaii culture which makes everyone dub her as Harajuku’s pop idol. She has graced the world with her hip dance music together with her unique sense of style.

This exhibition showcases all her costumes that she wore in the span of her three years in show business. It has already been done last year but due to insistent public demand, TV Asahi did it again and even brought it to other parts of Japan like Saitama, Yamagata and Kyoto.

I thought it was too early for this sort of homage to her great fashion hits because she still has a long way to go since she’s still on the top of her game. But anyways, this doesn’t mean that there’s no reason to celebrate the artistry of her style that captured the hearts of, not only of young Japanese people, but also of other kawaii culture lovers around the world. I mean, come on! Katy Perry, Niccola Formichetti, Lady Gaga, Dazed and Confused and I-D Magazines love her so much.

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From the moment we arrived at the entrance, we were greeted with kawaii overload. It felt like Disneyland and Sanrio Puroland combined together and multiplied their cute powers. It was indeed a bright pastel colored forest of sweets while you see all of KPP’s costumes and wigs worn by these faceless mannequins with a huge screen that features a video medley of her music videos and tours.

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Esprit Dior: The World of Dior Exhibition

After almost two months of wanting and dying to go, finally, I found the time to visit the Esprit Dior: The World of Dior exhibition in Ginza. It has been on going for almost the same time I’ve been wanting to go and it also coincides with Esprit Dior 2015 Tokyo collection fashion show which was held at the vast-spaced Ryugoku Kokugikan Sumo Stadium. The FREE, I repeat FREE, exhibition allows visitors to take a peek at the world of one of the most powerful fashion houses and see its evolution from the old days of history to the present times. From the founding days of Monsieur Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano to the current Raf Simons era, it showcases how rich its past is and how it still gets inspired by tradition of femininity but with a touch of modernity.


A portrait of Monsieur Dior by Japanese artist Iximia Kuniyoshi. It felt kind typing that name because the Japanese don’t usually use the letter ‘x’ in writing their names in romaji/alphabet.

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The exhibition specially emphasized on the special relationship of Dior and Japan. There were precious photos of Margot Fonteyn in her Dior costume for Madame Butterfly, Princess Michiko in her custom-made Dior wedding and old fashion shows that took place in Japan years ago. Haute couture pieces from the Dior archive were up to showcase the apparent inspiration from Japanese culture and tradition- from famous paintings, origami pleats, obi belts and others.

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