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THE LOUVRE


When I visited the Louvre the first time, this is what it looked like:

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The iconic glass pyramid was completely bare.

So I was intrigued to see this three-eyed infinity loop plastered across the Louvre the second time I visited.

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I forgot to research about it until now.

Yahoo News explains and I quote, “PARIS (AP) โ€” An Italian artist decorated the Louvre museum’s glass pyramid Wednesday for the first time in the iconic monument’s history, in a protest against capitalism. The artwork, a huge three-looped infinity sign made of mirrors, faces due west onto France’s business district, La Defense.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the world’s leading conceptual artists, covered one panel of the pyramid with the reflective symbol that’s meant as a defiant political gesture: Politicians and society must look at follies of excess that led to the global financial crisis.

It had spectators gawping โ€” some in awe, others in confusion.”

“Follies of excess.” I like this phrase.

In this day and age, we think we need a lot to survive. A lot of us live in so much excess. Even accessorizing has now become excessorizing!

I can’t explain how liberating it felt for me when I realized that one does not need a lot to survive. You don’t need to buy tops every week. A few good pieces will last you a long time. You don’t need watches in every color. Streamlining is key. You don’t need to shop everytime you travel. Spend more on experience.

There’s beauty in simplicity. There’s freedom in living with less.

Follies of excess. There’s really foolishness in thinking you need more when you can really get by with just enough.

Nothing wrong with desiring for bigger and brighter things. But never allow greed and selfishness be your motivation for acquiring something beyond your means.

Reflective,
d.

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THE BRITISH MUSUEM


I live 5 minutes away from The British Museum. I have been wanting to pay a visit but since it is so near, I keep on putting it off.

Good thing my friend Czarina dragged me to finally go the other day. The entrance was free and we felt like we got to see the world in just a matter of two hours. The British Museum featured artifacts from all continents of the world. I will share with you some of the things we saw.

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2. The Rosetta Stone! I can’t believe I saw this in my lifetime! This is the slab that remained of the original rectangular Rosetta Stone. It has writings in Greek and Egyptian, using three scripts: hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek. 20130902-094738.jpg

3. Mummies! I kept on wondering, if you were the person who got mummified, would you want your corpse to be displayed years after your death for everyone to see? Mummification usually involves a removal of the brain and internal organs. They say that Egyptians didn’t know what the brain was for so they thought it was a waste of space. So they take it out in the mummification process. They leave the heart to dry out together with the body though. 20130902-094753.jpg

4. The Parthenon. It felt like a visit to Greece. A huge part of the museum was dedicated to marble structures from the Greek and Roman empires. By the way, Greece is now at the top of my “Places to see before I die” list. 20130902-094805.jpg

5. The Centaur and Lapith. This reminds me of my zodiac sign, Sagittarius. I find it interesting when old statues depict a half-man, half-horse being. I wonder if such really existed in our lifetime. 20130902-094814.jpg

6. The leaf crown made of gold and other gold artifacts. This looks so…current. ๐Ÿ™‚ 20130902-094827.jpg

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7. Venus (Aphrodite), the goddess of beauty. This structure depicts a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath as if surprised by her audience. This is such an important piece of art because for years, Hellenistic sculptors only created and displayed naked statues of men. This signified the social uprising of women.

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I am now bent on visiting the other free London museums. This is better than staying at home and nosing around other people’s business on Facebook!

d.

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SALZBURG, AUSTRIA


The DBF and I agreed that the next time we go on vacation, it should be to a country we both have never seen before.

Since I have a week-long break from school, he asked me to fly to Zurich. Then he suggested we go to Austria from there! We both haven’t been to Austria.

The DBF made me choose which part of Austria I wanted to go to over the weekend: Vienna, Innsbruck, or Salzburg. Going to Vienna will entail booking airplane tickets which I thought was too costly for a quick stay. Innsbruck is nicer to go to during winter so I chose Salzburg!

Salzburg, Austria, is the home of Mozart and the Von Trapps!

The DBF was nice enough to drive for a good 7 hours through the German Autobahn. He had to endure my mood swings, random stories, and of course, my singing! What?! Who wouldn’t be in the mood to sing when you know you’re going to the place where the lyrics “The hills are alive… and Do a deer” were first sung?! Aaaahhh Austria…

The town is enveloped by rows and rows of majestic hills. We climbed up the hill leading to the huge castle. As soon as we reached the peak, we heard music fill the air from the town plaza. We saw the entire city literally light-up amidst the darkness. It was breathtaking.

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Salzburg has a huge town centre where all the restaurants are. The buildings are old but they are all newly-painted! The town is so clean and all the landmarks are well-maintained. It reminds me of a place called Vigan in the Philippines. The streets are also made of cobblestones and there are horse carriages roaming around. Some folks are in costumes too! I’m imagining myself retiring in a place similar to this. IMG_8347

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Austria also has a Pont des Arts-like bridge! IMG_8411

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Here’s our video from the trip–

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Posted in DESIGN, FASHION, PHOTOGRAPHY, RELATIONSHIPS

THE DANIEL WELLINGTON WATCH


I obsessed about this watch for days weeks!

I think I have been visiting the DanielWellington website at least twice a day since I came across it on Instagram.

I was specifically lusting over the Classic St. Andrews watch. It was everything I needed to complete my now streamlined watch collection–brown leather, rose gold metal, and Japanese movement.

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It’s sleek, preppy, and classy. The straps are interchangeable too!

I mentioned to the DBF that I like the watch BUT I didn’t think he would buy it for me! He did mention his plan of buying it online but he also said that the shipping would take days. And it would fail to arrive in time for his flight from Zรผrich (where he’s based) to London (where I’m studying). So it still came as a surprise to me when he gave me the cream and brown box when he arrived!

I’m telling you guys, the DBF is something else. He’s full of surprises and he really knows how to make me smile. I’m a very lucky and happy girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

I styled the watch with my two current favourite bracelets from Accessorize.

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I wore it to our weekend date in London.

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I was kidding him that the reason why I like the watch is because of its brand initials: DW. If I happen to marry him, I would have the same initials! ๐Ÿ˜€

Ending this post with a quote I shared to my Facebook friends that I think they found truly inspiring:

“In human relationships, distance is not measured in miles but in affection. Two people can be right next to each other, yet miles apart. So stay in touch with those who truly matter to you. Not because itโ€™s convenient, but because theyโ€™re worth the extra effort.”

Spread the love,

d.

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HOW TO IRON A DRESS SHIRT


My new gorgeous flatmate in Soho, Gonzo, promised to teach me how to iron properly.

He was a former Abercrombie & Fitch model and now a senior flight steward at Virgin Atlantic. He’s very particular with the way he dresses. Never goes out with a wrinkled shirt on!

I recorded our candid conversation with his friend Karl that takes ironing at a very high and serious level! Haha

What you need:

An ironing board
An iron (Gonzo gushes over his Tefal iron found in Hongkong that sells for ยฃ30)

Gonzo suggests that we invest on a good iron. For him, people give you the attention you deserve when you present yourself well. He says people appreciate those whom they see and know took effort in looking good especially when coming to work.

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Steps:

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(He insists on ironing the collar first because doing this last will wrinkle all the other parts you did first!)

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(Follow the seam of the sleeve; Create a straight line from the shoulders to the wrist.)

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Yey! Thanks, G, for taking the time!

Here’s our 3-minute conversation:

Enjoy!

d.

Posted in DESIGN, FOOD, PHOTOGRAPHY, TRAVEL

STARBUCKS TRAVEL TUMBLER


I got this cute tumbler from Starbucks after attending Hillsong London today. I need a small tumbler for when I travel. Plus, it’s summer and I need to drink more.

I chose this create-your-own (design) tumbler because I wanted to put words on it that will inspire me.

I chose travel-related words of course!

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The tumbler came with a green scratch stick that I used to draw icons and write words in different fonts.

Oh and today, I wore my favorite pair of Chucks. My former-boss Eli will be so pleased. ๐Ÿ™‚ For some reason, I associate Chuck Taylors with cool travels.

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Do something creative today,
d.

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MUJI-FILLED MAKESHIFT CLOSET


I’ve been living in a suitcase and transferring houses here in London for the past 9 months. I can’t believe it has been more than half a year since I arrived here!!!

Today, I’ve finally settled in my friend’s room which I will occupy for the next 3 months.

Sharing with you how I organized my closet with the hangers I found inside the cabinet.

In Manila, all of my hangers are white. No wired and dangerous hangers for me. But since I have to make do with whatever I found, I only arranged the hangers from the colorful to the plain black ones to make it appear more pleasant to the eyes.

Jackets occupy the widest space in my closet because, well, I live in cold and breezy London.

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Packing cubes are God’s gifts to travellers like me! I love these cubes bought from Muji (along Oxford Street) because they are sleek, simple, and of good quality.

I like how I can just grab these cubes and dump ’em in the suitcase whenever I go on spontaneous trips.

All shorts in one cube. All basic tees in another. So on and so forth.

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The huge black duffel bag (extreme right on above photo) is also from Muji. I fold it and use it as my extra carry-on bag whenever I travel. I love that it can pass as a carry-on but it’s also durable enough to submit as a check-in luggage.

My housemate who’s a steward at Virgin Atlantic introduced me to these zip-loc-like clear plastic pouches from Muji. They don’t have zippers as locks so they are accepted as containers for liquids (not exceeding 100mL) and other toiletries in all airports. All of my makeup, toiletries, accessories and other valuables are in each pouch.

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When your schedule is as erratic as mine or when you are living in uncertainty, you need to give some sense of order in your space. Or you’ll be more stressed than you’re supposed to be! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a lot of backlog travel posts! Germany and Liechtenstein trips up next! Stay tuned.

d.