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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.


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)


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.


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)


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)


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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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photo: Christina Ras

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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

Instagram (@gervinmacey and @gervintakestheworld)
and Snapchat (gervinmacey)


What Makes You Happi?

This Christian Dada happi shirt is one of my most favorite pieces in my closet. FIrst, because it’s black and second, it’s a classic with a twist. If you guys don’t know, this was inspired from the famous Japanese happi coat which is usually worn in festivals. That explains the more-than-usual big sleeves. I made it clean, neat and simple by wearing my basic black shorts and white sandals.


shirt: Christian Dada
shorts: Armani Exchange
sandals: Sam Edelman
photos: Sayoko Hokazono

For some reason, I want to share to you a list of things that make “happi”.

* Seeing my family after a long time of being away from them makes me happi.

* Hanging out with my friends makes me happi.

* Music, specifically electronic dance music, makes me happi. I find myself changing my preference in music as of late. Though greatly penned ballads and show tunes hit me in the heart, still.

* Traveling makes me happi. Discovering a new place and meeting new people are such a delight.

* Reconnecting with people from the past who I didn’t pay much attention to and seeing them in a different but more beautiful light in the present make me happi.

* Cleaning my apartment makes me happi. There’s something magical about a dustless floor and a shiny bathroom.

* Shopping, beautiful clothes and looking good make me happi.

* A sense of achievement makes me happi. I’m also happi when my friends achieved something big in their lives. It’s inspiring.

* Indian, Thai and Filipino food make me happi. Chinese and Italian too.

What about you? What makes you happi?


Leather You Like It Or Not

It’s been a long time since the last time I wore this leather sweater I got last year (or 2 years ago?) and I decided to wear it again…on this warm spring day that almost felt like summer. Big fail but hey!  My hair is on point. My outfit is on point. My backdrop and lighting are on point. VSCO filters made my photos more on point. I guess it paid off. HA!

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sweater: Zara
shorts: Armani Exchange
shoes: New Balance
sunglasses: Rayban
leather backpack: Marc by Marc Jacobs
photos: Christina Ras

Some people love leather while some hate it. Whatever their reasons for loving or hating it, I don’t know but the truth of the matter is: leather will always be here to stay in the fashion world. And like leather, here are some facts of life that we need to face…leather we like them or not.

* Leather you like it or not, the world isn’t gonna stop for you when you fall down to the ground. So get your ass up, dust yourself off and move again.

* Leather you like it or not, some people aren’t in your life for the long run. They will only stay until you’ve learned what you need to learn from them. As much as you want them to stay due to emotional attachment or whatsoever, it’s just not going to happen…and that’s okay.

* Leather you like it or not, life is not easy. It’s one hard ass of a bitch. It’s not a smooth ride. There’ll be lots of tests, “antagonists”, and sharp edges where you will hit your head. But it’s up to you how you will react to these stimuli. It’s up to you how you will perceive them and what you’ll make from these experience.

* Leather you like it or not, there’s only person who you’ll always have for the rest of your life. And that person is none other than you. That’s why you need to love yourself more than anything or anyone. In the words of RuPaul Charles, if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you’re gonna love somebody else?

* Leather you like it or not, nothing is permanent in this world except for change. If you wanna keep up, then you need to evolve with the times.

* Leather you like it or not, you can’t please everybody. You can’t force to make everyone like you. It’s just the way it is. So you need to cherish those people who love you for who you are.

* Leather you like it or not, you won’t always get everything you want. Maybe because there are things that you want but actually are bad for you. Or maybe because it takes a little bit more time and when that time comes, everything will make sense.

* Leather you like it or not, you can’t really blame your misery to anyone else because your life is the total sum of the decisions you make in your existence. The world might be throwing you lots of shit but if you choose to be better, then it’ll be…but of course, if you work for it.



I’m not the sportiest person in town but I love me some health goth, especially when it’s a mixture of seasoned luxury and newcomer street brands and of course, real sports labels. More interesting if you put some brand clash.

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t-shirt: Adidas Originals
shorts: Anti-Depressant
shoes: Nike
leather cap: Marc by Marc Jacobs
sunglasses: Rayban
photos: Rexcy Domingo

Lately, the demons in my head are attacking me once again. Insecurities, doubts, fears, anxieties etc. As much as I thought I was contented with my life last year, these voices are starting to bug me. Having negativity towards other people and myself is not the best feeling in the world. But then, I bounce back by reminding me that we are all humans and this is life. Both are not perfect so we shouldn’t expect the ride to be always smooth sailing. Thanks to the people around me who are also a reminder that everything’s gonna be fine.

Indeed, being happy and contented with whatever we have is a battle we must face everyday. Like any other relationship, self-love also needs maintenance. Times and situations change and different challenges will come along the way which will test our strength. With any goal we have, the only thing we need to do is persevere. Because as much as it is harsh, life is also beautiful.

So yeah, peeps, I’m gonna be just fine.


There’s A Time For Chanel

If there’s one luxury brand that I really want for myself, it’s Chanel. I’ve always wanted a medium-sized Boy Bag in black caviar leather with silver metallic details. I always drool whenever I see one in the windows of their boutiques in Tokyo. But we all know the prize of a Chanel bag is no joke. One costs equally to a luxury trip to Maldives or even enough to explore Southeast Asia. If I was younger and had all that money, I’d gladly spurge it to satisfy my material girl inside. But I’m a changed man. I’d rather choose traveling than shopping that’s why the Chanel dreams are always on hold. Like what I always tell myself, “There’s always a time for Chanel.”  

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Then one day, my wallet decided to retire by not closing itself even if I zipped it a gazillion times. That means only two things; either I continue holding on to my embarrassing broken wallet or buy a new one. I chose the latter. So when I went around Yokohama, I found this second hand Chanel black leather wallet which is in perfect condition and in a very reasonable price. I saw it, pulled out my credit card and decided not to look back. Now I know why I haven’t been shopping for clothes for the last three months.

Can you tell how much of a happy girl I am now that Chanel has come into my life??? Pretty sure you do. As for the Boy Bag, let me just say this: one Chanel at a time.


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