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I don’t know whyyyy but there’s something in particular about these Badjao children that reminds me of my past. Good luck figuring it out!

1 week ago on 10/10/14 at 10:12pm

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Splash! So I just took a load off from that nerve-wracking (not to mention stressful) school year and the governor’s anchor has finally been dropped from this blogger’s account of titanic. They say summer is the best season, and the thing about it is that *drum-roll please*, you don’t have to worry about homework! So who’s up for some summer swell with a little salt in the air and sand in your hair?

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For this getaway, we stayed at Paradise Cove Beach Resort, located at Kimaya, Misamis Oriental. This place is a lot amusing with your friends and family (or could be a personal sanctuary, if you’d wish for some me-time). I was quickly enamored coz’ it literally feels like paradise.

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Oops! They probably mean specialty. 

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The resort is open for weddings and birthday celebrations. You can rent a room for Php 800 (for 12 hours) and Php 1,200 (for 24 hours) and then, you can definitely invite a herd of beach-hungry friends. No maximum number required! No entrance fee needed! Amazing?

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Nature’s farewell kiss for tonight. Prolly the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen. I am at bliss to see it with my siblings. This one’s for mom!
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Now that I’m back to being a style and travel blogger (permanently hopefully), I couldn’t help but cringe at the hype that this season brings. Consequently, I have to admit that these two months of getaways and ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ have both been my transitional and preparatory period from being a public servant to a blithe bohemian traveler. I probably would be spending more time here in my blog from now on. My mantra this summer? Be one with the waves.

I don’t usually read memoirs, but I’think I’ll make an exception tonight. I found this autobiography on a thrift shop, then I had that intense feeling of being drawn unto something I’m sure I’ll enjoy, I just had to purchase it. Apart from the obvious fact that Michael’s strikingly gorgeous, the dude can really sing. His epic song "Haven’t Met You Yet" was my favorite one. Care to share what’s yours?

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A wise man once anonymously pronounced, "Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate." Equally in the same manner, I don’t need someone at the moment; I am just as happy (if not happier) with some cheesy romance movies and a little box of red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Coz’ the 14th of February is Single Awareness Day!

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Today is also the perfect time to recognize your gorgeous girlfriends who love and accept you for who you are. Perhaps that is the ultimate reason why I love Valentine’s Day; everyone is wearing that occasional joyful smile that we usually don’t get to see. Fulfilling, as always.

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And because I happen to really celebrate this holiday, it has become an annual tradition for me to give something sweet to those ladies who have touched my heart one way or another. You see, a woman’s heart is so soft that a simple act of romantic stunt can really make her happy. Really happy, as I’ve come to see it in my girlfriends’ eyes through the years. Well, the effort is totally worth it!

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Who says I didn’t have a date (more like dates) last Valentine’s Day!? I actually had plenty. Hashtag, to all the girls I’ve loved before.

You know you love me. XOXO, Little Prime Suspect.

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Ever since I became Governor, I have developed this little fascination to the color yellow. Not that it is the brightest hue of the spectrum; it stands for something else, something deep and unfathomable. As I sense the imminent time to finally shift gears and wrap myself up back to blogging, here’s a squint of my first outfit post of the year!

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WHAT I’M WEARING: Dirty White Button Down (LXDCOUNT Design), Yellow-Brown Plaid Parka (The Mighty), Yellow Slim Fit Denim Jeans (Penshoppe), Wristwatch (Penshoppe), Bracelets (SM Accessories) and Light Brown Winter Boots (Thrifted).

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After being discharged from the hospital, my creativity certainly needs a good jump start. In actuality, it is limping along on life support. I might need the full paddles and someone to yell ‘clear’ now, hence, the "The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine" inspiration.

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Unsettling as it may sound, I’ve been having a jiffy of profound moments with myself lately; focusing on mundane things like daydreaming rather than writing blog posts, or sketching, or the usual book review. Somehow, I need to have a catalyst to regain my inner creativity and refuel my passion for fashion. ‘Til then, I couldn’t possibly think of any other hobby aside from outfit posts.

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You can hype this look on LOOKBOOK.NU here. Don’t forget to drop comments, be a fan and leave your daily little hearts for inspiration and support. Merci beaucoup, mis amis! (Photos by Karl Sibuan)

imageYou’d probably think that being diagnosed with acalculous cholecystitis (and asked to minimize, if not restrict, my fatty and salty intake) would curb my enthusiasm for the salty delights: no, it doesn’t. I once altogether swore to not eat fries again, but urgh, there are a million reasons why you just can’t say no to french fries!

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Most especially if these french fries are served (for the lack of a better word) unlimited-ly. All you need is to buy one of their burger specialties every Tuesday (we now love Tuesdays, right?), and voila, the golden ticket to unlimited fries is yours (no sharing, of course).

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Double Flamoo Burger (Php 139). This big-mac-sized burger is made up of Patty, Cheese, Apple Coleslaw and a bunch of veggies, served with thick-out fries. Drinks are exclusive, available at Php 30.

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Whether they are curly, criss cut, shoestring, steak or seasoned, it really doesn’t matter; we just love French fries. Flamoo also serves a variety of grilled specials ranging from sizzling steak meals, Baked Mac N’ Cheese and buffalo wings. Plus, their burger specials, especially the Thomas Aquinas Burger (Php 199) is indeed for royalty.

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Flamoo, Flame-Grilled Burgers is located at The Strip, Quezon Avenue Extension, Pala-o, Iligan City. Unlimited French Fries every Tuesday!

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This wasn’t really the major TUMBLR comeback (more like throwback) that I had in mind, though I had my previous attempts at finding my way back to blogging, it isn’t enough still. I admit I must have lost the ardor for inventive photo shoot conceptualizations — or simply the break for outfit-hunting and a couple of me-times, but y’know what they say, better late than never, right? Now I’m signing in once again!

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Hashtag THROWBACKTHURSDAY (though it’s a rainy Monday HAHA) because this blog, for the week at least, will feature throwback outfits that I failed to post online. So to start with, here’s my pursuit at capturing the essence of the iconic musical “Grease”, thus the title. (Scratch the fact that this was taken, for like, a year ago.)

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Bought this brown leather bag on a thrift shop at a very low price!

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I don’t know why but every time I look at this photo, I can’t help but laugh at my hilariously silly hair styling (in which apparently, I haven’t that much of a talent). Though I happen to miss the copper-ness of my hair, I have no intentions of re-creating this whole image at all.

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That’s probably it for now.Still need to go to school today to prepare for tomorrow’s enrollment process: you know the drill, got loads of paper works to do. I will be posting a lot of stuff this week though, so keep posted. Hype this look on LOOKBOOK.NU. Muchas gracias!

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I was metaphorically dragged by my ankles to attend this poorly scheduled school assembly, got somehow bemused by torn priorities, but decided to eventually give in. For one, my closest college friends’ graduation falls exactly on the same day, but I couldn’t argue more, so I finally settled on choosing and attending this one.

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The KASAMA Leaders’ Assembly was a first in MSU-IIT history. This meeting also serves as a joint strategic planning with the KASAMA and the Executive Council officers (represented by the college governors).

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The program started with the usual invocation and national anthem, followed by Mr. President Red Sacayan’s opening remarks and Senate President Mikee Maruhom’s overview and objectives.

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Senator James Antiquina took the honor of introducing the guest speaker, Prof. Marlo Novino, an MSU-IIT BSBA Entrepreneurial Marketing graduate. We couldn’t ask for a better speaker; he was definitely the coolest! Loads of charm, if I may say.

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Photo Ops with the college governors (SET, COE, CBAA, CED-IDS, CASS, SCS), the KASAMA president, and Sir Marlo (guest speaker).

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The talk was about time and event management (something that I am seriously weak at, but am working on) and as an officer, this was a big avenue for future possible applications. Sir Marlo also introduced the concept of work life balance (in which I am greatly amazed) and Stephen Covey’s “The 8 Habits of Highly Effective People” (in which I am very hopeful to achieve, so help me God!). HAHAHA!

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These are the LOSERS (capitalized for emphasis) of the Pula-Puti pastime game brought in by Gea and we couldn’t stop laughing at the consequences that they’d undertaken: the “Guess What?” game of presumption initiated by Justine.

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So lunch break came, and Markki, one of our closest friends (also a graduate, obviously) visited us. Of course, we wouldn’t miss the chance of photo ops, right? Thus, the gang pic. Then I hurriedly ran to the gym, hoping that I could still catch some of my friends, but failed. So I went back to finish the assembly.

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Here’s my certificate for attending the assembly. Special thanks once again to the President and the Senate Pres. for this one!

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Then with the V-Pres Sarah Jane Aninon and CSM representative

True to the fact that I couldn’t feel any hint of remorse for missing my closest friends’ grad because of the epic-awesome wisdom that Sir Marlo imparted, this was definitely a big help to my governorship. Coz despite the ceaseless what-ifs and constant fears of future potential EC problems, I can finally say that “I am ready!”

More photos at Jomie Hospital (Facebook).

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In today’s highly dynamic world of multimedia entertainment, sticking to a single field is no longer the best way to capture an audience. Like say, in my latest attempt at being the jack-of-all-trades, I was somehow inclined to the idea of hoisting social wakefulnessSo what’s my next big move? Simple. It’s film-making, baby!

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Well, I’m not really new to the whole film-making thingamajig. Not to sound too conceited, but I was part of CBAA’s film entry Twist (2012) that garnered numerous awards from different prestigious local film competitions. We’re crafting this film (Sinan) for Natonal Federation JPIA’s annual “Cine JPIA”.

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This new project, Sinan, stands as my second collab with the award-winning local director Jian Calledo (left),prior to last year’s Twist.

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Then the usual routine goes with me creating a storyline and screenplay (in which I initially named the film “Tambol”, but due to the lack of materials, we renamed), presenting it to the team for revisions, then Direk Jian putting it to life through his remarkable flair in cinematography and video editing.

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Sinan stars four promising BS Accountancy students namely Sandra Nonesa (Islay), Nelvie Bantilan (Nova), Christine Baterna (Juaning) and Samuel Anonas (Pablo). It follows the life of three Badjao women in pursuit of money to nurse back their sick loved one to health. The film depicts the cruelty of everyday life as they battle to survive the incessant spite of poverty.

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Along with the standout talents of Jennica Marie Destura (Production Designer), Alma Mae Vina (Costume Designer) and Ameer Manaros (Cinematographer), Sinan captured the authentic scheme of the Badjao community.

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Now you get to know what the best part is: not to sound too conceited once again, but Sinan won Best Film (Cine JPIA) and two other awards, Best in Cinematography and Best in Musical Scoring in the recently concluded LILAS Filmfest. Far be it for you to suggest that people should stick only to what they do best, but I really seem happy whenever I’m doing a film. And I couldn’t thank Jennica more for putting her trust in my talent!  (Thanks, Jen!)

So, that’s it. Til’ my next film-making venture! Ciao.

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1.) Get a GPA of 1.50 or higher!
2.) Post a look on LOOKBOOK.NU twice a week.
3.) Update my blog every after two days.
4.) Upload most — if not all — of the pictures that I took.
5.) Be a good, or great, JES sexytary!
6.) Buy a pair of shoes every month.
7.) Expand my bowtie collection.
8.) Improve my writing/literary prowess.
9.) Reconnect with old (or lost) friends.
10.) Create a fashion project on my school.

HOW’S THAT FOR 2013? XOXO, littleprimesuspect.

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P.S.: So I woke up earlier dreaming about having a smallpox. I know that it was eradicated in the 70’s: and that, it could have been another strange dream, ‘cept that it happen on a New Year (ON A FREAKIN’ NEW YEAR). I started to freak out and googled what it meant. I was more than delighted to discover that it implies “money and prosperity” in general. HAHA! Let’s hope for the best!

FELIZ ANO NUEVO, MI AMIGOS!