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Ovarian Cyst and De-cyst

Carla

September 22, 2017

I just did my long overdue Pap Smear, and I just found out that my once tiny ovarian cyst from 2012 has gotten big. I have an oversized uterus that's making me bleed a lot more than normal in a month. And this resulted to a very low hemoglobin levels resulting to an in large heart. Who would have thought monthly periods can wreak so much havoc in your body.

 

pre-surgery check up thru blood extraction.

pre-surgery check up thru blood extraction.

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Waiting for my chest x-ray

Waiting for my chest x-ray

September 23, 2017

I've been prescribed with iron pills- Iberet- so that the risk of over bleeding or blood loss will be minimal during surgery. The doctor told me that she'll be prepping spare blood just in case I over bleed or something. My heart is normal, my sugar levels are normal, creatinine levels are normal. All in all, my health is spectacular except for the cyst and the hemoglobin levels. I'm cleared for surgery.

 

September 24, 2017

My mom and I were too eager to check in or we were told to check in on the Monday but it's actually Tuesday so we look like idiots. Being instructed of check in procedures while being shell-shocked is a horrible idea. I had to fast fast by 5 AM the next day so I'm eating as much before surgery. Bring on the iron- spinach, broccoli and read meat.

 

September 25, 2017

 

I checked in at 6 AM in the hospital fasting officially begins and my surgery is at 1 PM. I'm not allowed to drink any fluids and eat any kind food for seven hours, so that I wont choke on it during surgery.

I showered in super gooey pink slime that was meant to remove and microbes in your body and I had to remove everything "artificial". Hence, do not have eyelash extensions or have your nails done before the surgery- you will just throw money away if you do. Its funny that I even forgot about my own eyelash extensions that I have personally trimmed down. But the whole surgery idea, under general anesthesia is freaking me out. The fear of not waking up up scares me. Frankly I don't even know when the surgery started as soon as they transferred me to the surgical bed I was knocked out. It was a dreamless "sleep". If this is how death would be, its all nothingness.

I woke up with a very dry throat. I just wanted to eat an Oreo and drink water. I was intubated during surgery.

Catheters felt icky. I think that was the worst part of surgery, and, waking up to a lot of tubes attached to you.  The catheter caused so much discomfort that every movement made you want to pee even though you know your bladder is automatically emptied already. I did not feel what the others felt when the catheter was removed they felt discomfort I was just relieved. I hated the that feeling of constantly wanting to pee. It was so uncomfortable that I think I cried most of the night. 12 hours of catheter was torture. I promised myself to take care of myself more to avoid cysts growth; so, no dairy and soy for me- and possibly meat. 

I was able to sleep again after crying for 4 hours and watching a few Netflix shows.

Looking for veins to insert the IV

Looking for veins to insert the IV

at home bloated!

at home bloated!

 

September 26, 2017

I woke up excited to remove the catheter and pee in the toilet. The nurses kept asking me if I have "released" gas for the 100th time. I had laparoscopic surgery and it entailed putting a lot of gas in my belly. Post-surgery I couldn't even zip my pants up. I was 5 months pregnant with an air baby. I was loaded with antibiotics, painkillers and anti-vomiting solutions via IV so my hand was pretty sore. The point of insertion for the IV was within that joint in my wrist so bending it was pretty uncomfortable.

It wasn't difficult for me to walk or "ambulate" around the room. However, going the the bathroom with all the machines attached to you with an exposed bum is a struggle.

The doctor gave me the go signal to check out of the hospital- thank God! Wi-fi was bad so keeping yourself entertained was difficult after sleeping for almost sixteen hours. Damn I was so bloated, even my breasts were bloated. Sitting down or sitting upright stung a bit! Thank you painkillers.

On the way home, road bumps were a b*tch. It felt like my insides were shaken and mixed up so binders were a big help.

As soon as I got home, I just wanted to shower.  Showering was the biggest hassle. I was too sore to reach up, or reach down. My neck and shoulders were sore. I felt like I was abducted by aliens and I'm seeing signs of the procedures (tape marks, needle bruises) and feeling all kinds of soreness.

 

DAY 6-14

The binder was ITCHY. I was given a steroidal cream for it days later. Riding in bumpy roads felt funny. I hated wearing the binder but its necessary to make you feel that your insides are not as jumbled up. I had rashes all over my stomach. I was on strong painkillers and antibiotics for 4 days post-surgery.

My stomach is slowly deflating, I look like I'm only 4 months pregnant with my air baby. For some weird reason, I'm walking like a duck.

My half an inch cut from my Laparoscopic surgery. It's in the bikini area.

My half an inch cut from my Laparoscopic surgery. It's in the bikini area.

 

Day 15

Things are almost back to normal. I can do some cardio, I can walk normally. The area wear stitches used to be a still tender. I still cant lift heavy weights. I think I completely deflated. Im not sure if I'm completely back to normal yet. Im not sure if the tissues beneath the stitches are completely healed yet, but I know I'm getting there.

Taylor Swift Owns the Snake

Carla

I cant believe I'm even writing about this. About skirmishes similar to the ones in we might have had back in high school. Is this adult "Mean Girls"? It seems like it, having all-out feuds is immature, and reveling in it is just sadder- admittedly, I sometimes am guilty of it. There’s also something disheartening in how often critiques of Swift are put forward in the context of a celebrity cat fight. Much of the backlash is tied to Swift’s seemingly never-ending feud with Katy Perry, with both women having every song or video they release combed over for signs that it might be referencing their relationship, but  like a TMZ addict, Iclick on articles that are about Kimye vs Swift, or Swift vs Perry. 

Right now, Swift is synonymous to the the snake emoji, compared to the antagonistic Regina George; and, unfortunately,coined as an "Aryan-Princess" according to Breitbart. Her racial politics are more than tone-deaf. She uses feminism to promote her work, but is not politically engaged when it doesn’t benefit her financially. In a nutshell, her reputation is just crap right now.

Taylor Swift Reclaims the snake,  and we're loving it

Taylor Swift Reclaims the snake, 

and we're loving it

 

But I want to give her the benefit of doubt here. And not pigeonhole her as a pop's Regina George or Hitler's dream prototype. After working in social media, having had some experience in marketing. Everything is not what is always what it seems to be. "Receipts" are not enough to measure what a person truly is. I remember when Taylor's camp immediately denied that the entire lyrics [of Kanye West's "Famous"] claiming that the lyrics weren't run past Taylor, but had instead asked her to promote the song. According to her reps,  "Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 'Famous' on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, "I made that bitch famous.'"  Did they mean approval for the final released lyrics or just its early stages? Her camp was pretty vague.

 

How did that conversation go when she "declined and cautioned him about the strong misogynistic message"? Im hoping (or expecting) that artists would generally give each other updates about their lyrics especially if the lyrics entail both of you having sex, orif one person is responsible for their fame. Fine, Taylor basically gave the go signal for West to exercise his artistic freedom and write anything he wants, but the girl has the right to change her mind right? Considering her female-empowerment-centric marketing at that time, it would totally betray the image and the message she was trying to sell/convey to her legions of followers upon the release of "Famous". With all that girl-power marketing revolving around Swift, it would be expected of her to not approve of the lyrics. I guess we wouldn't really know the entire story. The explosive Snapchat video was obviously edited, probably to make one party look good, and we will never know what really transpired in their other conversations after that. Was there a contract? We dont know. If I were portrayed like how Swift was after the expose especially if it was an unfair portrayal, expect me to bring hell and fury.

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Can you imagine how being inundated with snake emojis, being called as Taylucifer, and figuratively being buried, can do to your psyche? This is probably the way to turn a constant victim and resurrect her as a villain. I dont want to comb the lyrics for signs of the feud and low blows- I am sure there are lots.  There are way to many articles out there that would do dissect.  To be frank, she shouldn't care what we are portraying of her. Her new single is the most played video in Vevo and the most searched single in Spotify. She can be portrayed as the newest bitch in town, the queen of snakes are or the new villain du jour. But,  there's no denying that her music is still catchy, and she is a master lyricist. Immature- probably, talented, yes.

 

Now, lets talk about her clothes...

Express Your Unpopular Opinion: Game of Thrones Season 7 feels Half-baked

Carla

Game of Thrones season 7 just had their finale three days ago. I hate to say this but it is no longer the same. I felt like it was predictable ( I blame my online fan theory addiction), there were too many plot holes, lack of character continuum and that metal grommet in Arya's capelet failed to suspend my disbelief. Lets not forget the zombie swinging into empty space (I blame my Game of Thrones Reddit addiction for finding this clip) . 

I was left with more questions after the finale.  Here are my following thoughts.

 
 

1) Why didn't Daenerys just burn the Red Keep and not the entire King's landing? I know that Tyrion prevented the Dragon Queen from bringing "fire and blood" to the entire Westeros, just to keep the innocent safe. But we know that dragons are not like Wildfire- an uncontrollable, highly combustible solution.  Drogon's fire didn't seem like a cluster bomb. I think that three dragons burning down the Red Keep is enough to remove Cersei Lannister from the world by just burning the entire castle. The only reason why I think they didn't opt for this, was that they probably assumed that there will be more deadly Scorpions- a dragon-killing contraption that can deliver Drogon, Rhaegon, Viserion (RIP) and Daenerys to the afterlife.

2) What's with Arya's bitchy speech in the episode "Beyond the Wall"? 

Was it really necessary for her to tell Sansa about how curious she was to wear her face, and be the Lady of Winterfell. This mind-f*ckery simply cruel. She officially out-creeped Bran with this soliloquy . A sister who sincerely cared for her sister would never do such assh*ler-y. I think the sole purpose of that scene Is just to make us think that Baelish is in the safe zone.

 

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HBO

3) White Walkers fear of cold water or can't swim?

That scene where the white walkers wouldn't walk thru thin ice. It doesn't make sense. First of all, they are dead, hence no hypothermia. If they couldn't swim who attached the chain to the Dead Viserion?  Which lead me to ask...

4) Where did the White Walkers find those giant chains?

Were they carrying it around all over the snowy terrain that is beyond the wall?  Did they seek it out?  Im pretty impressed with how equipped these undead are.

 

Those chains are pretty handy

Those chains are pretty handy

5) What's with the weird editing?

I just didn't like how they merged the wedding scene Rhaegar Targaryen to Lyanna Stark, with Jon Snow's and Daenerys Targaryen's  lovemaking. It would be nice to forget that they are related during that specific scene that many  fans have been waiting for seven seasons. Game Of Thrones successfully reminded me that I'm sort of sick in the head for rooting for this incestuous boat shag.  

All in all, Game of Thrones is still the best show I've seen.  This may not be the best season for me since it does feel rushed, and I feel like GoT writers caved in to the public pressure of saving and reuniting the Starks and empowering women after all the rape scenes that occurred in the past seasons. I'm all about the Starks and the female empowerment.  In doing so, they failed to develop most characters except for Sansa Stark, and created to many plot holes. Like what is the point of keeping the characters Sam Tarly and Bran, but ditching Lady Stoneheart. The badass characters from Dorne weren't utilized to their fullest potential. I guess, they still have another season to prove their purpose.

I'm also guessing that they are pressured to wrap this up, hasn't helped either

 

 

Lipsense Review

Carla

I've never had a lipstick (cream or liquid) that I'm truly happy with, perhaps it was almost perfect with Exposed Kylie Lip Kit but I personally think that the color is not best for my Asian skin. Someone in Instagram randomly offered me the LipSense lip kit by SeneGence International. They gave me two colors (Sheer Berry and Precious Topaz), a moisturising gloss and a lipstick remover.

 

My first try was painful. It really stung, but this was my third time to use this. Third time was a charm. It didn't sting as much.

I like its brush that was somewhat sponge-like. It is short that it gets enough lipstick to apply it evenly and easily.  The lipstick is a bit sticky that it reminded me of the consistency of a fake Kylie liquid lipstick that was gifted to me in one PR event. The liquid also had the viscosity of nail polish- perhaps it was the smell.

I think its best that you let it dry a bit before you apply another coat. After five coats, it was suggested that you put another layer of their moisturising gloss, which says on the packaging will "improve the longevity of the color".  The gloss helped a lot with the stickiness issue.

2 Hours Later.

 

The color survived cold coffee and tons of chatting.  There was no cracking yet and it didn't rub off when I was wiping my lips with the napkin. It was also very lightweight that I forgot I was wearing any lippie.  Note to self: do not apply makeup under yellow light. I never thought that this color was so shimmery till I took this photo. 

 

5 hours later. 

The color survived three slices of pizza and New York humidity, but it feels like dried glue every time I drank water. I guess if I rubbed vigorously enough it may peel off, like dried glue., but I wont because I don't think people would actually do that if they wanted their color intact.  It still wont rub off or budge. 

6.5 hours later

6.5 hours before shower. 

6.5 hours before shower. 

The color finally started cracking starting by the portion in my inner lips. It still feels like dried Elmer's glue on my lips and I'm trying my best not to cave in to the pre-schooler tendencies of peeling it. The color was still there before I showered. But after my warm steamy shower, the color disappeared after accidentally wiping my lips with a towel.

The brand claims that It can last up to 18 hours. I guess it can last that long if your lips are properly exfoliated before application, not to expose the lips to moisture as much as I did. 

Staying intact for almost 7 hours is pretty good for a liquid lipstick but I think there is no need to purchase their Ooops Remover- you will be able to remove it like dried Elmer's Glue which is actually fun to do. It didn't dry my lips, in fact, I never had a liquid lipstick that dried my lips. Moisture content of my lips is still pretty much the same. 

The price is similar to other brands. I just wished that they had an actual store to try their colors. I'm not a fan of the colors provided. 

 

 

In defense of bloggers and influencers

Carla

Carla Sta Cruz' Instagram account

Carla Sta Cruz' Instagram account

I have blogger/influencer friends who commonly complain about people who would complain (combatively) why they charge a certain amount for a certain campaign. It may seem that my job is easy. It is fun but its definitely not just taking random photos.

In my experience, I took classes for photography so I can communicate with my photographer the feel of the photo, it took a lot of time to teach myself Adobe programs, and I spent money to make good content (think location, freight fares, clothes, makeup). Its a serious time and monetary investment at the first year. It took me years to grow an audience and a lot of pride swallowing when comments were all levels of cruel. 

Big money were spent to make visually appealing content-think hotels, transportation and clothing. Running an Instagram account is like running a magazine on your own. You are the model, the wardrobe stylist (I press and steam my clothes before shooting), the creative director,  makeup artist, hair stylist, sometimes photographer, retoucher and even assistant (I carry my entire wardrobe -shoes, accessories, clothes- to different locations in one day). It really is not glamorous- as a matter of fact, fashion behind the scenes is not glamorous. IT IS HARD WORK.

 

Sometimes, after finishing your shoot, the client will reject the photos, and you will have to reshoot all over again. 

Its hard to look pristine during the polar vortex or a heat wave especially when you are lugging your clothes everywhere. It's especially hard to keep your makeup from melting and to keep your hair intact during those times.

I know I seem to be complaining a lot about I do, but the things is- I REALLY LOVE THIS! I still cringe at the word blogger or influencer, but this career opened a lot of relationships, experiences and knowledge that would be beyond my wildest dreams if I were working as a patternmaker or a doctor. Meet Beyoncé- check. I enjoy making good visual content. I enjoy making a fool of myself. I enjoy joking with my followers online and also crying with them with every political, environmental and social catastrophes that happen. Sometimes I feel like I'm giving everyone a social media hug when madness occurs (think shoot outs, terrorist attacks, Brexit, elections Etc.)  I feel lucky that this became a full-time job for me. I am actually one of those lucky ones that live their passions. But like everyone else, I can't live on passion alone - I will also need to get paid.

Audiophiles' (and non-Audiophiles') Wet Dream : Review of the Bose SoundSport

Carla

Using my wireless Bose SoundSport while gardening. sunglasses: Gucci

Using my wireless Bose SoundSport while gardening.

sunglasses: Gucci

Well, It has been two months since receiving myBoseSoundSport wireless headphones and, I’ve got to say, I am impressed.  After getting the new iPhone 7 and coming to terms with the fact that a headphone jack is officially dead, I set out to find something wireless that had:

 

 

a) Great sound

b) Some noise canceling capability (especially for airplanes)

c) A good fit or my weirdly shaped ears

d) A decent battery life

I also wanted to get something that didn’t make me look like a tool while wearing them.  Have you ever noticed that the majority of the wireless headsets on the market today look comically large and unnatural around people’s heads?

I initially bought Apple’s wireless ear pods and, while they were easy to use and had decent sound, I did not like the way they fit (I must have weird shaped ears).  I also didn’t like the fact that they did not have at least some level of noise cancelling.  So, I returned the air pods and started searching for something else.  Luckily, I was able to find the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones.  Bottom line – I love them.

 

 

First off, the sound is incredible.  I am not an audiophile by any stretch of the imagination but I know when I hear good sound.  The music is crystal clear and, in some instances, I can feel the bass pumping.  I actually found the sound to be better than my wired headphones.  I was always concerned that any wireless headset would result in the degradation of sound; however, I did not notice this with these headphones.

As for noise cancelling, I was really impressed.  I tried these out on several trips in the air and found that the noise cancelling was more than adequate and, while it did not cancel out all noise, it was quite good at minimizing it to something that is not noticeable most of the time.  When I am working out, and listening to music, I don’t hear anything but my music – which is how it should be.  Also, I love the fact that they are water resistant because I sweat hard when I work out.

 

In terms of fit – the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones have different sized ear pieces to fit freakishly shaped ears such as mine.  I am happy to say that I found a size that fit very well with no shifting while they are in my ear canal (which can be uncomfortable and create a feedback noise).  Some of you might have concerns about the wire connecting the two earbuds – don’t be.  I had no issues with the wire and actually appreciated it over the Apple ear pods as it helps to make sure one of the buds will get lost.  I also really liked the speaker and control buttons as they make it easy to pause and skip my music, answer calls, and adjust volume with ease.

As for battery – again – I was impressed.  I found that I can get about 6 hours of battery life out of the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones.  They are also very easy to charge with a simple micro-USB cord; however, I highly recommend paying extra for the Bose carrying case with a built in battery pack and charging capabilities.  If you are going to spend this much on high quality headphones, you should kick in the extra dough to get a durable shell case that also supports charging.  Very convenient!

 

Finally, you’ll be happy to know that the BoseSoundSport wireless headphones don’t make me look like a tool – at least that’s what my mom tells me!

In terms of suggested improvements to this product, there are three observations I made in the past two months of use:

 

1.Bose offers an app you can download to support with the headphones.  While I think it’s a great idea, the functionality and/or practicality of the app is limited.  While you can do unnecessary things like adjust the volume, somewhat helpful things like reviewing the instructions for the headphones, and interesting things like play your music simultaneously on your headphones as well as another device (like a friend’sBoseSoundSport wireless headphones).  Since downloading this app, I have used it once.  What might make it more appealing is if I could adjust treble and bass settings or acoustic themes on by headphones through this app.

 

 

2.While not enough of a frequency to be annoying, I have experienced several instances where the connection was lost (for a fraction of a second) disrupting the song.  I’m not sure what is causing that (could be the device I paired the headphones with).  That being said, this is quite common with wireless headphones and was not enough to bother me.  I will say that the range of the headsetheadphones and was not enough to bother me.  I will say that the range of the headset (30 feet) is amazing.  I like being able to move around the house with carrying my device with me while it’s charging

 

3.There is a clip on the wire connecting the two earbuds that allow you to clip it to your shirt when working out.  When trying to remove the clip, it sometimes stays with the shirt – becoming separated from the wire.  I would have liked the clip to be fully secured to the wire as there is a good chance you could lose it.

Overall, I am very happy with my BoseSoundSport wireless headphones.  Very happy.  I will never go back to wired headphones again.  This headphones are the right choice for me.  They are extremely comfortable, they fit well, and – most importantly – they sound amazing.  I encourage picking them up – especially if you listen to music while active.

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shirt COS, pants: Old Navy, Shoes : Feragamo, bag: Chanel, Earphones: Bose

Not Exactly Sleepless in Seattle pt 1

Carla

Darth Vader (my significant other) loves Seattle. He keeps comparing NYC to Seattle. So I caved in and decided to visit the city of his dreams. I only had three days so this blogpost will never accurately describe its real spirit. But it did confirm one thing,  it is rainy, like how I imagined it would be. My only knowledge of Seattle weather is from Sleepless in Seattle and accounts of friends who live there. Despite the rain, we still managed to have a good time. I sort of regretted not bring my McQueen umbrella, I think a designer umbrella is requisite for Seattle. 

I couldnt help but think about the movie Reality Bites when I was in Seattle. I saw a lot of people wearing laced boots probably Doc Martens or something similar to it. Locals are experts at layering like San Francisco locals. And it might be that weekend only that I saw a lot of plaid- with the 90s grunge vibes. People loved their hoodies too. 

Pot occasionally wafted in air, and all sorts of paraphernalia for pot were in full display in the park.  

Seattle is a very chill place- best for pot lovers or connoisseurs, gourmands, musicians, artists and techies. Its a very diverse city and I still cant accurately describe its spirit or identity.

Enough discussing about the locals. Here are the spots that I quickly visited and loved.

1) Pike Place Market

Shirt: Dior, Jacket: Asos, pants: Topshop Unique,  and purse: JW Anderson

Shirt: Dior, Jacket: Asos, pants: Topshop Unique, 

and purse: JW Anderson

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This is the place where my frustrated inner chef truly felt excited. Fresh catch from sea were sold everyday, and cooked and served instantly in the small food stalls in the market. It reminded me of the wet market in Asia, but this one is better smelling and more organized. 

For that experience sea-to-plate experience, one should try Jack's Fish and Chip Spot in the Pike Market for the boat to plate experience. They are known as the fishermen  who would serve their morning's catchin the afternoon. There's also an abundance of cheap fresh flowers (most tulips) grown from nearby farms. I almost bought some for myself. 

We also recommend that you visit the first Starbucks for Instagram photos and Piroshky Piroshky for the Salmon Pate. 

 

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Crumpets from The Crumpet Place

Crumpets from The Crumpet Place

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2  ) Starbucks Reserve Roaster and Tasting Room is a MUST visit for coffee connoisseurs. Its like the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory of coffee. A lot of giant brass and black contraptions all devoted to coffee roasting. Darth Vader tried the Gravitas Blend in the Roastery and Tasting Room where coffee experts would suggest coffee and fruit pairings for the specific coffee source. You will experience the academic side of coffee here. 

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3) Chihuly Garden and Glass

This place is basically a comprehensive exhibition of Dale Chihuly's work. Its not a place where you can dissect every art installation like an Art History student. There no gruesome history behind the art pieces.. This is a place where you don't overthink art. Its a place where you just enjoy them for what it is. I honestly felt like the creepy Johnny Depp from Willy Wonka was lurking in the corners.

I thoroughly enjoyed the glass-blowing demos. You'll realize that these art installations are labor intensive; and, are dangerous to make. They will also explain why amorphous glass creations are easier to make than the perfectly geometrical ones. If you have a tamed pet dragon a'la Game of Thrones, this hobby is perfect for you.

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4) Serious Pie

Many would recommend this resto, but coming from NYC, it's hard to be impressed by pizza restaurants. I honestly believe I live right beside the best pizza joint in the world. Perhaps I wasn't impressed because I just came from Pike Market.

They pride themselves by serving pizzas with melted artisan cheeses from around the world unlike the ones we have in New York that are mostly served with fresh mozzarella. But they do have the same Neopolitan or Sicilian influences; like, burnt blistered crusts with a chewy center baked in a stone of clay oven. 

 

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I planned to put more locations in this post but my stay was limited to three days. I'll be back in Seattle on mid-July; hence, having a part 2. If you guys have any suggestions, let leave a comment below. I would love to drop by and check it out.

The BASEketball of Broadway: Review Of Book of Mormon by Darth Vader

Carla

 

Carla watching with me. Coat: Mackage; purse: Gucci

Carla watching with me. Coat: Mackage; purse: Gucci

Before we get into this review, please go ahead and Google the movie “BASEketball”.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  One year before South Park Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone released the theatrical debut of South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut – they released BASEketball.  I remember eagerly waiting in line to see this movie as I was a diehard South Park fan with Parker and Stone being my personal heroes.  I “get” their comedy.  I get the wit and satire that is hidden within a healthy dose of obscenity, immaturity, silliness, and just the right amount of innocence.  When going into see BASEketball, I expected to see more of the same; unfortunately, I was really disappointed with what I saw.  I felt that Parker and Stone tried to take their secret sauce and water it down to appeal to the masses and, as a result of doing so, the movie lost its edge.  It felt more like a rip off of their style of comedy in an attempt to satisfy everyone. 

 

Now, if you had Googled BASEketball, you would see that with a 42% score on Rotten Tomatoes, many people would agree with me.  That being said, I saw BASEketball as a one-off due to the fact that the aforementioned South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (BLU) and Team America: World Police were subsequently released and both made me very happy.  To this day, after 20 seasons and 277 episodes, I am still very much a fan.  So, when Book of Mormon was released on Broadway in 2011 to amazing reviews, I was excited.  Over the years, I’ve always wanted to go to the Eugene O'Neill Theater to view what, at least what I was led to believe, was a masterpiece.  For the first few years, it was impossible to get tickets.  Book of Mormon in 2011-2014 was what Hamilton is today.  Even though I live in New York, I didn’t have enough time to break away to see the Book of Mormon until this month.  On the way to the Eugene O'Neill Theater, I was so excited.  I had heard so many great things and was confident that I would love it.  I told everyone I was going and was assured that I would enjoy it – especially if I was a South Park fan.  Nuh uh…

 

In the opening act, I knew there was a problem.  People around me were smiling and laughing but I was just bored.  Gone was the wit – the satire and, in its place (like BASEketball) it just seemed dumb and watered down.  The jokes just seemed to be there for the shock value – but mildly shocking – rather than anything that pushes boundaries like South Park does even to this day.  I hate to say this but there wasn’t a single time where I laughed or even chuckled to myself.  In all honesty, I was bored.  I even felt that the quality of the songs were pale in comparison to BLU and Team America.  I still sing “Kyle’s Mom is a B****” and “Uncle Fu****” (in my head of course) to this day; however, ask me to belt out a few lines of ANY song from this play and I would be hard-pressed to do it. 

 

I think I probably spent more time in this review writing about South Park than I did about The Book of Mormon.  That should go to show you how I felt about this play.  It is forgettable.  It is not funny.  It is boring.  It is something that has been watered down in order to appeal to the masses; and that’s ok – it’s just not for me.  If you DON’T like South Park, you probably will enjoy it; however, if you are a diehard fan of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, skip this one as you will be underwhelmed with what you see.

Corvette z06 Review: Ultimate California Experience by Darth Vader

Carla

CarlaNCorvette

As my Uber pulled up to the street corner in West Hollywood, I knew I made the right decision.  It was going to be a good day.  The Corvette stuck out like a sore thumb amongst the “normal” cars parked along the street.  The arctic white supercar was even more impressive in person.  The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a true world-class supercar. Conceived on the track and engineered alongside the C7.R race car, Z06 features a lightweight and rigid aluminum space frame, as well as a supercharged 6.2L aluminum V8 engine delivering 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque.  Since I was a kid, I have always wanted to drive a Corvette.  The chance to drive the Z06 made my life-long dream come true and then some.  I exited my Uber and did a walk around the supercar.  It was more impressive in person.  Our guide asked me if I wanted to look under the hood – you’re damn right I do.  He popped the hood and showed me the beautiful V8 inside.  This car does 0-60 in 3 seconds flat.  I caressed the aluminum frame as I dropped the hood and moved to the driver seat.  I eased into the plush leather racing bucket seats and paused to look over my shoulder at the fleur-de-lis flag crisscrossing the checkered racing flag stamped in the middle console – admiring it.  I got even more giddy as I caressed the carbon fiber steering wheel and turned the engine. 

 

Pressing the engine button brought this amazing super car to life with an impressive roar.  The supercar immediately began to tremble as if it was getting impatient and wanted to be off.  “Where would you like to go on your driving tour”, asked our guide.  I replied that I wanted to experience Los Angeles’ beauty and diversity but also have the opportunity to avoid a lot of the infamous LA traffic so I could enjoy cruising in my dream car.  “I know just the place”, replied our guide.  Before I knew it, he had taken down the Corvette’s convertible top just as the rich California sun began burning through the clouds and we were off to the Hollywood Hills.  I put the car in drive and took off to follow my guide in his car.  I was thankful that I had my sunglasses on to hide the tears of pure joy in being given a chance to experience one of my life-long dreams.

 

The powerful V8 let me climb the Hollywood Hills with ease.  Every so often I would get brazen and push down on the gas pedal a little more forcefully to hear the engine roar to life and respond by propelling me forward at an intoxicating speed.  On the way up the hills, our guide stopped at a scenic spot for pictures.  Seeing the city from up high was thrilling; however, I insisted that we only stop for a little while as I was eager to continue to drive.  It was only 5 minutes into our stop before my heart ached to get back behind the wheel.  It was exhilarating.  We continued on our journey through the Hills – seeing various neighborhoods and communities along the way.  Our next stop was Malibu where we again stopped to view the beautiful beaches and ocean vista.  Our guide was happy to take a number of pictures both of us with the scenery and – more importantly – the Corvette!  Again, we didn’t stay long as I wanted to get back in the car for more.

 

After the second stop, I was less nervous about controlling the 650 horsepower and started opening it up.  I scaled down the hills to Santa Monica but, this time, I took every opportunity to push my foot down on the accelerator.  The engine boomed – propelling me forward at a velocity that I have never experienced.  Jealous onlookers watched as we raced past them on the road.  Once we got to the bottom, our guide took us along the beach to see the beautiful sights.  Seeing the palm trees and feeling the warm California sun in my face made me feel at ease.  The wind in my hair made me feel like I actually understood (at least a little bit) what the beach boys were talking about.  I wondered how much more California this California experience could get when it hit me – I needed to stop in for lunch at In-N-Out!

 

We promptly texted our guide to let him know that Animal Style was on my mind.  In less than 5 minutes, we were at an In-N-Out and adding one more amazing experience to our already amazing day.  As soon as I finished my meal, I got back in the car and was off again – finishing my Quintessential California Experience by driving through Beverly Hills.  Driving through the posh neighborhoods of Beverly Hills was truly an experience of its own – especially after seeing some of the other areas of LA.  At this point into our 3-hour drive, I was fearless with my Corvette – trying to find any excuse to feed my need for speed.  I also was able to appreciate how diverse LA was and how many different neighborhoods the city had to explore.  Driving gave me the opportunity to see the many faces of LA and all that the city had to offer. 

 

As I pulled over to the same curb I had first seen the Corvette at 3 hours prior, I knew this was an experience I would never forget.  The car was amazing – the raw power supported by a sophisticated and sexy design was everything I hoped it would be and more.  The guide was professional and responsive – catering to our needs and making sure we got the most out of our experience.  The the trip was powerful – as we got to see a lot of LA with different vistas and landscapes.  If I could encapsulate what a perfect excursion to experience LA would be – it would be this.  You know the old saying that, ”sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination”?  I get it now.  I highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for the Quintessential California Experience.

AWOL in Henann Beach Resort Bohol

Carla

Everytime I'm in the Philippines during December to Feb, I try to go to the beach. Im dodging the polar vortex in New York.. So this year, I decided to visit Bohol. I stayed in Henann Resort Bohol. It's a new locally owned hotel and I am pretty impressed. It's heaven amidst the chaos.

Traveling locally is difficult in the Philippines but don't be intimidated with the chaos, in the airport, you'll be fine. Just tell yourself it will be over. The Philippines Airline Terminal (Terminal 2)  in Manila is decent but the airport in Bohol is tiny. It is how you imagined third world airports would be. luggage carousel is tiny(like two cars big)  and the airport is microcospic. Do not get the hotel pick up service, its 250 head ($5). There are decent rental vans with driver that would cost only P800 (16 dollars/per van) . Just make sure that you get people wearing IdS ussued by the board of tourism.  

Travel time from the airport is around 30 mins without traffic. But it was a nice ride for me, caught a lot of Pokemons- Mankeys specifically

View of Bohol from a plane

View of Bohol from a plane

We arrived in Henann late already. My sister arrived earlier around 11am. Since the hotel is always packed, they only got to settle in at around 3pm. The hotel has a strict check in and check out times. You may try request for an early or late check, but they are pretty strict about it. Its is packed because the hotel has the biggest conference center in Bohol. 

 The food was good, I liked it, but my dad has "a more refined" palette so he didn't like it. The cuisines were mostly Chinese, with some Korean, and German. They had dimsum, peking duck, rib eye, grilled seafood, and some sort of ramen buffet.  The hotel had hungarian sausages served in buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I like that they served unlimited pefectly cooked over-easy eggs for breakfast. My only comment was that their chicken gyro is a bit dry. 

There are cheaper and probably more fresh food options nearby. We have a fish market aka "turo-turo" which literally means point-point in English.   

You can pick out the fresh seafood you want. They will cook it on the spot. I opted for fresh lobster.

ever present hungarian sausage in Sea Breeze

ever present hungarian sausage in Sea Breeze

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Fresh Catch for the day in the Alona Sea Market

Fresh Catch for the day in the Alona Sea Market

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 Regarding the rooms, they might have the best rooms I've ever stayed in in the Philippines. This just might be my favorite resort at the moment. I made a booking mistake that resulted to us moving to other rooms mid-vacation. So we tried the family room, the Pool Access Room, and the Presidential Villa.

The Family room is best for families of 5, there are 4 beds, two rooms and one bathroom. I love the complimentary blue umbrellas. The bathrooms were pretty big, and the toilet and the shower had their personal space- best for families.   

The beds after I spent some time jumping on it. 

The beds after I spent some time jumping on it. 

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The foyer adjoining two rooms in the the Family Room.

The foyer adjoining two rooms in the the Family Room.

 We also stayed in a pool-access room, in which, your balcony has a privated staircase to one of the Giant pools in the Resort. At night I would normally see guests drinking in their balcony by the pool, and engaging in sexy swimming activities. The bathroom can be seen thru the wall but there  are blinds if you need privacy.  

The couch area of the pool-access room

The couch area of the pool-access room

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The desk area of the pool-access room. 

the actual access to the pool in the pool access room in Henann Bohol. Best place tk chill and people watch

the actual access to the pool in the pool access room in Henann Bohol. Best place tk chill and people watch

Bed in the pool-access room in Henann Bohol

Bed in the pool-access room in Henann Bohol

Bathroom in the pool access room in Henann Bohol

Bathroom in the pool access room in Henann Bohol

Bathroom in the pool access room in Henann Bohol

Bathroom in the pool access room in Henann Bohol

My favorite room of all is the presidential villa. Seriously, it's in a super exclusive little village with a 24/7 security guard/s. It is where my parents stayed, I was just a a plebeian who would visit the Capitol in Panem. Aside from being ultra exclusive, its very luxurious. You have your own pool that can turn into a jacuzzi, your own tub/jacuzzi in the bathroom and your own patio.  Wi-fi was still very strong. I can't stress how important wi-fi is to me. I liked the villa because they were extra attentive to my parents needs-which is A LOT. They have bad  knees, back and etc. Every time they needed to go to any place in the resort, they would send a golf car instantly, the driver refuses to be tipped too.  The place was a geriatric person's dream. 

 

Bed in the presidential room. Excuse the mess. I was traveling with 5 rowdy Nephews.  

Bed in the presidential room. Excuse the mess. I was traveling with 5 rowdy Nephews.  

Private pool in the presidential villa of Henann Resort Bohol

Private pool in the presidential villa of Henann Resort Bohol

Private pool in the presidential villa of Henann Resort Bohol and a photobomber

Private pool in the presidential villa of Henann Resort Bohol and a photobomber

Entrance to the presidential villa of Henann Resort Bohol

Entrance to the presidential villa of Henann Resort Bohol

dependable golf car for my parents  in Henann Resort Bohol What I love about this resort is the beach. The sand can compete with Boracay. I personally think that there are some people who pushes the sea grass/moss back. The beach front is pristine. The water is devoid of moss, sea urchins and other scary things-unless you go to the deeper parts. Your needs are attended and people are just generally nice. It is not as packed as Boracay.   

dependable golf car for my parents  in Henann Resort Bohol

What I love about this resort is the beach. The sand can compete with Boracay. I personally think that there are some people who pushes the sea grass/moss back. The beach front is pristine. The water is devoid of moss, sea urchins and other scary things-unless you go to the deeper parts. Your needs are attended and people are just generally nice. It is not as packed as Boracay. 

 

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He will stare you down. Tarsiers are nocturnal Primates found in Bohol.  

He will stare you down. Tarsiers are nocturnal Primates found in Bohol.  

All in all, I had fun in Alona Beach in Bohol. I do highly suggest to bring mosquito repellants. And It's best that you stay in Bohol for four to five days. There are tons to explore in Bohol.  

The "Maybe-One-Day" Clothes

Carla

My closet is my biggest bane and my biggest joy. I feel inspired and guilty when I look at it. Before I went to Parsons and became a fan of slow fashion, I was a compulsive shopper with daddy powers (aka credit cards). I bought tons of horrible fast fashion clothes that that literally made my closet explode and polluted the Earth. Fast fashion is destroying the planet, so think twice before you buy a $79 carbon copy of Chanel in that ubiquitous store.

I already purged my closet of those clothes bought on a whim, donated it to charity and hopefully, some kid in Africa will be sporting my Topshop rip off of Mcqueen or my old zebra-print tube top from Forever 21. Not all of the clothes I bought from those brands are purged. They had good pieces that lived past its shelf-life. But my closet is also filled with those pieces that are saved from purging because I have special plans for them that are long overdue. They are the constant reminder of my old irresponsible shopping habits. And it stings more when they have tags on it. 

What are my "maybe-one-day" (MOD) clothes? Those are clothes that are just stuck at the back of the closet-dusting away. Hoping to be worn one day. One classic example of my MODs  are my my thin clothes. Those articles of clothing that I would wear when I reach my ideal physique; either thru proper diet and exercise, or, bouts of dysentery. We ladies are guilty of those. Like Miranda's skinny jeans in Sex and the City. They may only fit you once or twice in your life. So when they do, take tons of photos. 

The my second kind of MOD, are the ones I plan/planned to wear to super important and formal events. And those important events that you're waiting for, will take place after decades, and by that time, the design is too antiquated, or the size is too small or forgotten at the back of my closet. That MOD will only resurrect during intense spring cleaning or when you're moving. 

The third kind MOD are the ones you'll hopefully wear when you see the ex that just broke your heart, your exes' current significant other, or the one article of clothing you will wear when you're hoping to bump into your crush. It's your Revenge MOD. An outfit that will induce lust, regret, jealousy and annoyance. I have tons of those from Anthony Vacarello, Dolce and Gabbana and Herve Leger. 

Those three MOD's are occupying about 1/2 my closet, and I've worn them twice at most. So I challenged myself to wear those clothing that's collecting dust at the back of my closet. So far, I am liking it. 

 

Im not a fan of leopard prints and velvets. The former is too bold for me and the latter is just too luxurious. but I tone down the conspicuousness of the print by wearing darker colors.

Im not a fan of leopard prints and velvets. The former is too bold for me and the latter is just too luxurious. but I tone down the conspicuousness of the print by wearing darker colors.

I made the silver leather dress more casual by wearing a plain shirt underneath. Chic huh?

I made the silver leather dress more casual by wearing a plain shirt underneath. Chic huh?

Dress (vintage), Ruffle bomber by Yohji Yamamoto, shoes by Gucci

Dress (vintage), Ruffle bomber by Yohji Yamamoto, shoes by Gucci

Dress: my own, Shoes by Valentino and sweater by Asos

Dress: my own, Shoes by Valentino and sweater by Asos

Bag by Gucci, Ruffle Bomber by Yohji Yamamoto, Jeans by Mango, Shoes are my own.

Bag by Gucci, Ruffle Bomber by Yohji Yamamoto, Jeans by Mango, Shoes are my own.

Eyelash Extensions

Carla

see the difference? Pardon the hair. Just woke up.

see the difference? Pardon the hair. Just woke up.

People say that the eyes are the window to the soul. Then, I'm guessing the eyelashes are the drapery- a pretty set of drapery always beautifies the view it's framing, so enter eyelash extensions. The beauty service once reserved for special occasions like wedding days has crept into everyday life. More and more New Yorkers are ditching mascara in favor of natural-looking false lashes that last for weeks. I am a one of those converts.

I love it so much. I don't feel like I have to wear so much makeup anymore. I'm not a fan of mascara, I've never found a mascara that won't make me look like a raccoon by the end of the day. If you have recommendations, please comment below (seriously).

I still have yet to look for mascara that wont run; hence eyelash extensions will make me skip that mascara step for me. My friends told me that I look different with it and without it.  My eyes really pop. I don't need to use eyeliner anymore.

I had mine in Wink Brow Bar. It was a pretty relaxing experience. Everyone's from Nepal, and they have the most relaxing accents. They also have that Filipino hospitality, which I found very comforting. 

The application of the lashes took about an hour. So bring your I-phone and earphones and listen to meditative music. You cant move around or make weird expressions. Try to keep your face as still as possible.

I was exhausted from the events I had to attend to over the last week so I was knocked out. The lady just woke me up when it was done, and also threaded my uneven eyebrows for free.

The manager explained to procedure to me when I came back for my second application. 

There are different kinds of lashes. She told me that I can select from various lengths (9mm-16mm), curves (J and C) and styles (lashes of the outer edges may be longer than the rest, the middle lashes may be longer than the rest; or the lash extensions may have even lengths throughout the lash line. Now, in terms of material, you have a lot to choose from: Faux Mink, Faux Fox, Silk, Real Mink, and last but not least, Real Human Hair. The differences between these looks are negligible so opt for the Faux Mink since it's the most affordable.

They told me to keep my lashes away from water for 24 hours (no spinning classes, swimming or washing your face for a day). Unfortunately, my dog, Billie, died that day. So, I was expecting it would fall out soon. Surprisingly, my eyelash extensions lasted for a VERY long time. I had mine done on April, and it lasted till Mid-august.

But prepare for discomfort the first 3 days. It felt like something was blocking my vision, but you'll get used to it. I had a small blockage on one of my oil glands on the lash lines.

Initially, I thought it was a small stye, but its not. So please don't fret if it occurs.

My dermatologist aunt suggested that I wash my lids with baby shampoo, and the blockage disappeared.

I spoke to my friends who've had lash extensions from other places, not Wink Brow Bar, about what they've experienced. One friend had an actual stye. Another who religiously have had extensions noticed that eyelashes were becoming parse, she suggested to let give yourself time to grow before you have another round of extensions.

To make her lashes thick again, she used Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple volume plumping lash primer , but she also likes Tarte Multiplyeye Serum . Many of my friends, said that Tarte had faster results.

I guess eyelash extensions should be done when there are a series of events you have to attend or perhaps your wedding day. I've noticed that I've been shedding eyelashes in a faster rate. Like everything else in life, it's not good to have too much of something. As much as love my new lashes, I have to give my lashes some needed break to grow.

 

The National-scale Sexual Harassment of Hillary Clinton

Carla

RNC T-shirt Art c/o David Frum

RNC T-shirt Art c/o David Frum

No woman has experienced sexual harassment en masse like Hillary Clinton during this presidential campaign. There’s no reason to think it will stop if she wins.  As a woman, it'stoturous to watch this election unfold. 

It’s not just Donald Trump. Clinton haters broadcast their harassment on T-shirts, buttons, car bumpers. There are even billboards, nutcrackers and dolls. She’s regularly called a bitch and a cunt. Suggested to smile more or to smile less. Her looks are constantly rated and found lacking. In fact, Time reported months there was an increase in sales of Hillary-hostile buttons and T-shirts. Elsewhere online, you can find merchandise featuring charming slogans like “Trump That Bitch” and “Bern the Witch.”

Clinton’s run for the presidency has unleashed a deep discomfort many people, men and women, feel about women or power. Mix that unease with the unabashed misogyny of Trump and his supporters, then top it off with curdling Hillary hate fueled by various conservative politicians and conspiracy theorists (like the election-rigging suggested by Donald) and the result is, well: Trump that Bitch.

Trump that Bitch is one of the most common slogans of the Hillary haters. Followed by “Life’s a Bitch, Don’t Vote for One.” There's a button in Etsy that says, “KFC Hillary Special, 2 Fat Thighs 2 Small Breasts … Left Wing.” Men and also women wear these merchandise shamelessly, sometimes surrounded by their girlfriends, wives or daughters.

Lady, seriously, why are you still with this d***he?  Photo: curve.com

Lady, seriously, why are you still with this d***he?  Photo: curve.com

Another sexist meme

Another sexist meme

If you consider Clinton's campaign for president as her full-time job, then you have to look at the vitriolic work environment she’s operating in. Its admirable that she is ceaselessly pushing forward against the largest volume of sex-based aggression, criticism and hostility that any woman has had to deal with on a national scale.

To understand this, it’s important to remember the definition of workplace sexual harassment. It is not simply a male superior propositioning a female underling with her career at stake. Harassment more commonly takes other forms, including nasty gender-based comments  ― meant to demean and diminish and disempower.

Sexual harassment may or may not include any explicitly sexual behavior, but it always involves some form of abuse of power, when you sexually harass someone you are literally taking away their power, according to Catharine MacKinnon, a professor at the Harvard University of Gender Studies.

The consequences to working women as a group are no less serious. Sexual harassment has a cumulative, demoralizing effect that discourages women from asserting themselves within the workplace, while among men it reinforces stereotypes of women employees as sex objects.  Severe or pervasive sexual harassment in certain types of businesses creates a hostile or intimidating environment. I cant help but wonder how this blatant harassment will affect women in a national scale? Also, Harrassed women report higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Some studies, that are currently under review, suggests that females who act in stereotypically masculine ways (e.g., assertive or dominant) are more likely to face harassment. Women with formal positions of power who hold authority over men challenge the presumptive superiority of men, making them more likely to face harassment - or more likely to be mistreated by their subordinates. Ambitious men didn’t see the same level of mistreatment.

These cases ofharrassment weren't about sex but about asserting dominance based on gender. It’s an attempt to knock a powerful woman off her high horse, essentially. And it often works: Women who are harassed don’t typically stick around the office for more.

Impressively, Clinton is not quitting. #nastywoman

My preferred T-shirt art

My preferred T-shirt art

However, many think that the harassment she’s attracted isn’t going to go away when she wins. Trump is already suggesting to his blind followers that election rigging may occur and there will be a need for a revolution when Clinton wins. And the hostile environment created by the deplorable "trump-that-bitch" talk trickles down to everyone. It’ll be the price the U.S. (and probably the rest of the world) pays for progressing in gender equality.

 

http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/svaw/harassment/explore/1whatis.htm#power 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Deal when Someone Falls out of Love with You

Carla

 

Writer's note: I wrote this years ago, never published it, because I didn't feel like an authority on love. But no one is an expert in relationships, so I decided to put it here. Edited some portions of it. It is dedicated to my lovely friends who refuses to be named. Enjoy. 

Scene from "Legally Blonde"

Scene from "Legally Blonde"

There are different kinds of break-ups. There’s the earth shattering betrayal-based break-up, where one person does an unforgivable assholery, and  blows the whole thing to Hades. There’s also the truly mutual break-up, where two people weren’t a great fit, and when a synchronized eureka moment occurs and bid each other “well, see you later” and they move on. And then there are those excruciatingly slow,  heart-in-a-vice break-ups where one person gradually stops loving the other. As a expert in life's dramedies, I can confirm that these are the worst ones of all. They’re the worst because they take so long to materialize into their true form- the shape of one person loving the other less and less everyday. At first you won’t believe it’s that shape. You’ll squint and tell yourself it’s another shape, something else, anything else. Like a dinosaur shape or the shape of a Pokemon and Batman locked in a vicious legal battle. It’s only later, when they’re asking you for their favorite shirt and unfollowing you on Snapchat that you’ll be able to see it for what it really is and has been the entire time.

You know in your gut that something was up, of course. The minute they stopped speaking to you in a loving tone, or treating you in a loving way; when they asked less and less about how your day had been; or, when they stopped having your back.  You lived with it because they had some great excuses for what was going on, for why they were pulling back, treating you with disinterest, for why your shared future was suddenly all murky and dark like the canal waters of New York and no longer clear and sparkly, like the sight of Evian after you ran a marathon. They were all like “I’m just soooo busy at work” or “there are serious stuff going on with my family”, “ the Sasquatch appeared and put a spell on me and now I can only talk in haikus.” They’ll feed you these lines and then ask you to be patient whilst they pull back, neglect you, put your heart to one side like a cold slice of pizza that they ordered when they were shit-faced but now don’t really feel like having but hey maybe later they’ll want it and it will be their favorite slice of pizza in all the world again. Right? You know what I’m talking about. And it’s devastating. So what to do? Well...

 

LET THE DUST SETTLE

You don’t have to be okay right away. You're allowed to all feel upside down, punched in the boob, shell-shocked and just bad. Getting dumped by someone who you love and who used to love you feels like you screwed up and failed. You didn’t. It just goes like that sometimes. You might regret shouting at him on your last fight or making a big deal out of the pictures you found in their phones, which lead to the break up. But know, that if it didn't happen at that time, it will happen at another point of time. Try to not let those thoughts percolate. Just let it be.

Be gentle and patient with yourself in the wake of the break-up, try to keep destructive and impulsive behaviors to a minimum and just work on moving forward in a slow, but deliberate way.  Like a sloth who’s just done some shoplifting.

Scene from "Love Actually", Karen (Emma Thompson) and Harry (Alan Rickman)  are married for 12 years. Harry is losing interest in his wife and is flirting it up with his secretary.

Scene from "Love Actually", Karen (Emma Thompson) and Harry (Alan Rickman)  are married for 12 years. Harry is losing interest in his wife and is flirting it up with his secretary.

REMOVE THEM DOWN FROM THEIR PEDESTAL

It means stop putting your ex up on a little dais. Like they aren’t a human being with teeth and armpit hair, and farts without you in the room. When someone leaves, you can’t think “well, there goes a flawless irreplaceable angel”, "your perfect lock-and key is gone forever", because that’s not what happened. They are just people with exactly the same amount of worth as you. And you’ll be okay without them.

DELETE, UNFOLLOW UNSUSCRIBE

There’s no joy to be had dissecting over your ex’s movements now that you aren’t together. IT'S TORTURE. It will just give you that twisting pain in your heart and stomach kind of like you ate bad cheese and also there were razors in the cheese. Don’t do it. Even though it’s so tempting and so easy. Resist. Remind yourself that it’s BAD AND YOU MUSTN’T DO IT. Give your phone to your friend to hold hostage. Ask her to change your passwords temporarily to all your social media accounts till you are more sane and settled. You will hate them sometimes but in the long run its good for you.

My other trick is to channel Beyonce.  When you're about to call, beg or stalk your ex, ask yourself, "what-would-Beyonce-do"?

Would you see her lurking in her exes Instagram? No. She will be hanging out with Solange and other cool celebrities, she would continue working-writing songs and earning millions from it. 

If you're part of the 0.89%, who doesn't know Beyonce,  the trick is to behave like a bumblebee would if it had also got dumped. Would a bee trawl its exes movements in Facebook to see if it had been hanging out with any new butterflies? It would not. Would a bee drunk dial its ex every Friday night for months? Noooope. Would it check its Instagram? Not a chance would a bee do that. So be like a bee. Take flight. Leave the past behind. Buzz ahead. Eat garbage. Shit wherever. Make honey.

You will need a pal to cry to, and stop you from dialing his digits. 

You will need a pal to cry to, and stop you from dialing his digits. 

EVEN IF NO-ONE IS OBLIGATED TO LOVE YOU, YOU ARE WORTHY OF LOVE

Love is ridiculous. I personally don’t know much about it because I’m just a balloon with a face drawn on it. But what I’ve gathered from watching Meg Ryan movies is it’s pretty much just an indescribable and wonderful thing that’s also the worst and ruins everybody’s life. Love is a "visitor that arrives uninvited, stays as long as it wants, and then leaves at the will of something that nobody can touch or explain".

I'm not sure if its a choice, though. Attraction, chemistry, whatever other major components of romantic love, these aren’t choices. If they bugger off then you can’t just pop into Walgreens and get yourself some new ones. When someone tells you that they don’t love you anymore you just have to believe it. Resistance is futile. It’s done. It’s their choice. So make your choice – to accept the decision with grace and dignity. But also don’t let it mean more than it means. It means that it wasn’t right this time. Something didn’t connect. Their dreams weren't parallel to yours. That’s all. It doesn’t mean you’re worthless, broken and rotten and unlovable inside. It never meant that. Not for one minute. Not even when you were being really fart-y that time at the zoo. Not even then.

LOOK AHEAD

Life can be so awesome. it may not feel like that when you just got your heart broken but it’s really actually pretty great. Once you’ve let the feelings settle, you’ll be ready to turn your attention to your own journey as a bee. Live for yourself, build a life that functions just as well if you meet your soulmate now or way later. Get on with it. Give yourself full permission to enjoy your life. Work hard at what you love, ditch people and situations that make you feel less of a person, and get out and live. Climb to your dais that your ex once occupied and set off towards to a beautiful new life.

#itsmorefuninthePhilippines

Carla

This is way overdue, but its time to write about my home-country. Despite the weirdness that you read from the news, its not scary as people say. Or I'm just one of the lucky ones.

I almost missed my flight to Manila. I was late due to ADHD-packing, and my Pokemon addiction. I arrived in JFK at 1:17 and my flight is at 2pm. If this was post 9/11, i would have definitely miss my flight. The lady in the counter named Eunyoung Rhos was so accomodating, and quick. She was deadset  on getting me on that flight. The ladies in TSA was giving me this accusing ESP look, asking me why am I still there and not boarding! She was nice enough to not give me a hard time And let me thru.  I'm just happy that I was on sky priority and luckily the TSA were extra efficient. :)

Finally arrived on the plane, greeted by a row of stewardess dressed in blue looking immaculate with their perfectly applied Korean makeup and perfectly coiffed hair. Im amazed that there was no single strand of hair out place. After I asked them to take a photo of me, I was embarrased of my sweaty and panicked appearance next to these ladies. My hair looked like a ball of pubic hair next to theirs. And the eyebags, I blame the show, Stranger Things for all the sleepless nights and those good Lavazza coffees. I was hormonal, hence the not so ideal skin.

What I love about Korean Air is that novelty  of having a bar on the plane. They have all kinds Absolut vodka concoctions, and the flight attendant turned bartender told me that people have gotten wasted on the bar.  The bar seats had seat belts. You can stay there the entire flight if you feel like it. It just felt odd sitting there with kids staring at me.

It's pretty dark in the bar. People were sleeping, but here I am maximising the upgrade. 

It's pretty dark in the bar. People were sleeping, but here I am maximising the upgrade. 

Yay for upgrades in Korean Air

Yay for upgrades in Korean Air

I tried watching movies but of course I was busy writing this post and I was waking to smells of newly baked cookies and Korean Ramen served as snacks. 

I crashed in my parents place, why not, it's free. Then I remembered how bad third world wi-fi is. That's why this post was delayed. Buying a local line with data is futile. People with postpaid mobile connections are struggling to get data too.

I suggested beach to my family. They said it was a bad idea. Its eternally raining that time in August. I blame the climate change. My plans for getting a tan wass now crushed. So I decided to explore the city for now, or what is within my vicinity. Traffic is just ridiculous I will not venture to Makati or Alabang during the day. 

I was stuck in places such as Greenhills, Megamall, or Shang-rila for a month. And what do we do in the Philippines, we eat- A LOT! And we stay in places with AC to avoind the sweltering heat. 

So what are my favorite places in Manila? Tons.

My Favorite place for tea:

TWG in Shang. This is where I normally meet my friend Lyra to talk about couture and the state of the Fashion world. When we're not in TWG, we're in CPK Shang, having Mango Mojitos. 

Favorite Place for Filipino Food:

Its a tie between.

Abé

Its Kapampangan food at its finest. I like their TidTad, Pochero, their Unlimited Rice, Gising-Gising, Fried Crickets, Binukadkad na Crispy Plapla

I went to Abe with Pie, my spectacular friend who friend survived breast cancer. I felt like we had to celebrate in my favorite restaurant in Manila. Thank God that they have a branch in Megamall so there's no need to brave Metro Manila traffic which is fucking hell. Edsa is now a giant parking lot.

Well, hello there!

Well, hello there!

fried crickets anyone?

fried crickets anyone?

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Corazon

It's pretty expensive but it's worth it. I suggest eating there with an army or people. Their servings are big and meant to be shared with your family. This is my source of comfort food, they also serve "dirty" ice cream. I suggest trying the Paellas (either Valenciana or Negra), Ginaataang Kohol (a FIlipino verion of Escargot), Chicharon Bulaklak, Squid Balls.

I was with my family (nephews et al), we were 12 people. We still struggled finishing all the dishes we ordered.

Snails cooked in Coconut Milk

Snails cooked in Coconut Milk

Suman with Chocolate

Suman with Chocolate

Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

Favorite Japanese Restaurant

Kimpura

Its the Filipino version of Benihana. I've been eating there since I was 9 years old. It's my other source of comfort food. I learned how to cook Japanese fried rice thru this place, but it's not as good. I just substitute the rice with brown rice to increase the fiber content.

My family likes the rib eye with a side of bean sprouts, mixed fried rice, Cuttlefish, Oyster teppanyaki, and the scallops.

Favorite Places to satisfy my sweet tooth

Mary Grace

Their cheese rolls are a must try, but their mamon and hot chocolate are good too.

Susie's

This place is only found in Pampangga. It's a two hour drive from Manila. I like their delicacy called tibok-tibok. It's a flan made from carabao milk. Their cakes are a must try too.

Pancake House

Its like IHOP but with better pancakes. Whatever they lacked in presentation, they made up for it thru taste.

Best Place to go Pokemon Hunting

BGC

Just bring mosquito repellant. Aside from Pokemon hunting, It's a pretty nice place to hang.

 

 

Florida Day Dreaming pt 2

Carla

I dont mean to sound shallow but I did enjoy the King Kong ride. People will say that I'm easily amused by something that is mass marketed or "very American", but the thing is, it takes a lot of skill, manpower and creativity to produce something this impressive. This ride has generated jobs even if its momentary. I know people bemoaned the commercialization of Harry Potter series... I momentarily did. But I still visited and thoroughly enjoyed it, because I wanted this story to be real, and seeing that magical world realized is emotional for me even if its purely commercial or sometimes generic. So in a way, I'm thanking Universal Studios and the people who worked behind the scenes to make Hogsmeade and Hogwarts come to life in the most commercial and American way. I don't care if people say that I'm easily amused by theatrics created by corporate entities. Im just happy that I can escape to that wonderful world where children practiced and learned magic and where goodness will always reign- its where my beloved characters such as Ron, Hermoine and Professor Snape lived. Thank you JK Rowling for creating this magical world that we all escaped to when times seemed hard, monotonous, and hopeless.

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In Zonko's  

In Zonko's  

After all the excitement of Universal Studios, I booked a hot air balloon ride thru Viator.com. Not for morning people and those who are consistently late. As usual, I didn't read the fine print. I forgot to confirm the day before. You'll hear a recording of what time you'll be picked up in the hotel, and you'll also have to call at 4:30 am just to check whether it really is pushing thru. Luckily, I got things sorted out anyway. We got picked up by the driver at 5:15 am. I didn't get to wear makeup or wash my face hence the bad hair in the photos. It was worth it. It was amusing to watch the balloon being filled with air in the empty field.

Wear jeans. You'll be in the field attacked by bugs.

 

The flight was too chill.. It was very mellow. Expect to be surprised by the sound of roaring flames once in a while. Being on air for an hour got a bit boring, but I saw Epcot center, Universal studios and Disney World from above. Expect to see a lot of green, golf courses and swamps. The pilot told me that they use to see more alligators, but after one toddler was attacked by one in Disney World a few weeks ago, people were encouraged to prune the population down.

The pilot was really nice. He told us about funny tales of a certain person on land who was terrified of hot air balloons, and everytime we flew by his home, he would be shouting profanities or flipping the finger. I didnt see him during my flight. 

When we landed, we had to assist some people to pack the balloons up. It takes a lot of manpower to do this.

They normally ask the men to do most of the hard work (deflating and folding)  and the women just held the container for the balloon. The packing was followed by an Irish champagne toast while being regaled by an Irish story of how the balloon was developed in Ireland and why every flight is followed with champagne.


I definitely would recommend this if you like relaxing activities especially after the wildness of all the theme parks. 

Florida is fun, but its best for families with a myriad of interests.  

In a hot air balloon with Coco

In a hot air balloon with Coco

Up, up and away

Up, up and away

Peter Pan?  

Peter Pan?  

Zonko's

Zonko's

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Florida-Day-Dreaming pt 1

Carla

Trxing, and nature watching... I'm glad that gators didn't show up to say hi

Trxing, and nature watching... I'm glad that gators didn't show up to say hi

I finally had a vacation and got a tan. I'm no longer a pale Filipino. I ate all the calories I burned in my spinning classes in Equinox- back. Then I burned it all again by using the TRX machines in JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando. This is not a sponsored post, but I will have to rave about the hotel. I love the lazy river and the gym. The New York life made me uncomfortable just not doing anything in the river. It's hard for me to have make my mind relax, but they also served drinks which have helped.

Weekends are filled with families, but the weekdays are less packed (so honeymoon-ers, dont go on a weekend). 

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What I love about the hotel are definitely the restaurants. When I arrived there, our good friend, which will coin as "Snapdaddy" just scored a lot of projects for his firm. He treated us to a very decadent comfort food in Norman's at St Regis of raw and baked oysters, Yucatan stuffed shrimps and sea bass. We ended the meal with a Deconstructed Rhubarb and Strawberry Cheesecake. I highly recommend the shrimp.

On our second day of mindlessly floating in the lazy river, we decided to snack in Whisper Creek Farm's : The Kitchen. We had salted house pretzels, WCF: the brewery "surplus" ale cheese fondue, seared diver scallops with fennel, sweet pepper coulis, bacon vinagrette, and roasted chicken with grain mustard mash potato brocollini and prociutto crumbs and sherry reduction. Our snack became a meal, no space for dessert. But of course, I got their cheesecake at 11 pm. (Facepalm

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For dinner, we ate in Highball & Harvest. Like all the restaurants there, their ingredients are sourced in local farms or in their own gardens. I had a giant serving of Chicken and Waffles and Ootot had Yardbird. The servings are huge. I suggest sharing one entree for it is enough to feed a family of 4 in the third world. 

Southern Spread from Highball & Harvest

Southern Spread from Highball & Harvest

Chicken and waffles from Highball and Harvest. 

Chicken and waffles from Highball and Harvest. 

The next day, guess what we did again? We ate! FYI, we do not have parasitic worms in our stomachs. We ate in Bleu. It was a poolside restaurant but the food is not the typical cheap hotdogs or fried chicken bbq type. We had fish tacos (highly recommended) and blackened fish burger.

Out of the blue (no pun intended), moon soon downpour happened. It didnt deter me from finishing the dish. I was focusing on my food more than saving my Iphone from being drenched. The servers were very helpful. They provided everyone towels and tried keeping us dry even when winds were howling and leaves were flying everywhere. It was literally flooding. I was waiting for gators to fly right by.  It reminded me of the typhoons we had in the Philippines. The servers and even the maitre'd braved the storm to get everyone towels and they kept moving the tables to the less flooded portion of the restaurant. When the rains and winds tempered down a bit, the waiters even showed us the shortcut to dry land and tried to cover us with an umbrella with futility. 

Fish tacos and blackened fishburger with a side of sweet potato fries.  

Fish tacos and blackened fishburger with a side of sweet potato fries.  

As a Harry Potter fan, I had to visit Universal studios for the second time around. We were hoping to take awesome photos, but expect children photobombers. I don't think the parents would be happy if I posted their children's photo here. I tried Butterbeer once, didn't try it for the second time. I wanted to try the rides all over again, but it rained. Some rides were temporarily closed. I visited the shops in Hogsmeade - again. As always, it never failed to amuse me.

Chocolate Frog anyone?

Chocolate Frog anyone?

Zonko's Toy shop with my Pride-inspired Death Eater shirt.

Zonko's Toy shop with my Pride-inspired Death Eater shirt.

 Luckily, I got to try the new King Kong ride. It was part 3D and part mobile ride. Skulls were everywhere and it reminded me of the set of King Kong. Universal Studios always delivers the best special effects for every ride. We watched  Jack Black and Naomi Watts in 3D. Then watched oversized bats (like manananggals) kidnap Naomi Campbell only to be eaten by velociraptors who got lost from the Jurassic Park Ride. Then those bat-eating dinosaurs will battle it out with K. Kong. Team Kong wins and rescues the damsel in distress. Expect dinosaur spit and innards to land on you during the ride, and Kong winning your heart.

 

To be continued...

Paris Couture Fashion Week

Carla

Couture, so much effort but little returns. It may not be the branch of fashion that earns the most, but this is the one I personally think showcases the designers creative prowess and her teams technical skill. .

Nowadays, all I've been seeing are designer's who just douse their clothes with sequins, appliques and failles. Most likely floral and might have some tidbits of ombre or leather here and there. It's rare to find designers that are revolutionary in technique and creativity. I'm tired of seeing the designer clones of Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad- little creativity but loads of man power to embellish the garments. Their clothes are beautiful, but we've seen them all before.

This Paris couture week. a few designers truly impressed me. These are the designers that should be remembered.

1) IRIS VAN HERPEN

Her "Seijaku" collection was inspired by the music and philosophy of cymatics- study of waves. It reminded me a bit of the technique Alexander McQueen, then simplicitiy of Jill Sander. I love that she collaborates with other creatives in music and materials Engineering. Aerated silicon dress anyone?  I'm glad that she's not only using fabrics. She's used rubber, silicon, metal and 3D printing in her former collections. She combines, technology, fashion and the otherworldly, which opens a world of creativity possibilities. I can truly say that this Dutch designer is a pioneer.

2) Maison Martin Margiela 

 

Love him or hate him, The creative director-John Galliano can do no wrong. His artisanal collection was inspired by aristocracy during the French Revolution that was decontextualized thru an urban lens like the highly skilled skaters. His Fall 2016 collection is where fantasy is tempered by the jarring authenticity of today’s reality. 

Galliano asserts that his role as a couturier is to discover new proportions and new volumes; and also to express new ideas and thoughts using familiar volumes. And... I'm a fan of the thigh high rubber boots. It's great for the floods brought upon by climate change.

 

3) Giambatistta Valli

 Giambatistta Valli’s idea was to look at the city’s famous gardens. “It’s kind of a thank-you to Paris,” . “You know that flowers are my obsession. This time they come from the Parc de Bagatelle, the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Palais-Royal, and the Jardin des Tuileries.”

The collection featured exaggerated volumes, this time focused on bishop sleeves, Watteau backs, and a handful of empire-waist gowns. His signature fabric techniques and different ball gown silhuoettes came out during the finale. 

Sparkle and sequin were downplayed here in favor of colorful embroideries and appliqués; when Valli did employ crystals, it was in grid-like patterns as precise as his flowers were flamboyant. As a rule, the fleurs were more pervasive and came in many forms: picked out in paillettes on an organza empire-waist dress; as swirling garlands on short-in-front/long-in-back gowns of lace macramé; and, quite prettily, intarsia-ed in a rosebush motif on a short coat in white mink.

Below are my favorite looks.

 

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4th of July for a Foreigner

Carla

Going all out for July 4

Going all out for July 4

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I dont know how the upcoming elections will pan out on October. I decided that I will make the most out of the beauty and freedom espoused wonders of the United States of America pre-Trump. Help us God.

I have been dodging July 4 celebrations for the last 5 years because of the heat or all the invites I've been getting are all at night in some swanky overpriced rooftop filled with women dressed in bandage dresses or Patricia Fields' clothes for the set of SATC.  

This year I have consciously made the decision to celebrate it, American style.- whatever it is. We headed out at 11 am looking for barbecue. The restos were closed which annoyed Dan because theire websites said otherwise. Sad thing is, we ended up in Shake Shack- the closest thing we had to grilled burgers. 

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Roasted pig anyone?  

Roasted pig anyone?  

I remember standing by the corner of our apartment building last year, not really seeing the fireworks, so we decided go on a boat.  

The boat was delayed. We walked from the subways to the end of 12th street. We waited for 30 minutes for our assigned boat.  

It was filled with tourists... We all know New York is not good for tourists. Its expensive and the hotels are tiny and it is packed.. Its chaos. 

We dodged the mandatory photos before going to the boat. 

The boat was okay.. Its not a yacht. It'a floating metal with metal chairs.  

Dan was annoyed because the food were only hotdogs and cookies that were bought in bulk from costco. 

Alcohol weren't free too... So its just basically seeing all the tourists spots for 4 hours.

We were in a boat with tourists taking selfies and photos every 30 secs. People were dressed in different representations of the flag.  

The music was loud. In every tourist activity in NYC, expect to hear the New York state of mind by Alicia keys or Jay-Z

The 21 year olds were having the most fun. I just wanted to go home because I was cold from the rain and I can no longer drink like my 21 year old self. And I was scared that the other boats were going to tip over. People would normally crowd on one side of the boat for a better view. Luckily, none of that happened. 

Sycheonized fireworks along the Hudson River

Sycheonized fireworks along the Hudson River

As expected the younger ones olds were the only ones dancing  nonstop to Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC and Neil Diamond and Ofher patriotic hits from the 80s. The non-millenials and kids below 10yo seeked shelter in the lower decks. 

Note to parents: do not bring your kids. Festivities will end late and you will end up stuck in a boat with sleepy grumpy kids. It will be torture for you and them.

 Bring a raincoat and a backup battery for your phone. Constantly Snapchatting or posting photos in Instagram will drain your batteries.

Smuggle some chips or food. They didn't check our bags anyway. Go crazy with star-spangled outfits for camaraderie 's sake. Kick back and relax. I might celebrate July 4 like this again, but I like the idea that I've checked off one thing from my bucket list.

 

 

Photo post-fireworks. Thanks NYPD for ensuring that none of the fireworks fell on us while sailing in the Hudson River. :)  

Photo post-fireworks. Thanks NYPD for ensuring that none of the fireworks fell on us while sailing in the Hudson River. :)  

What Happens Now, Post-Brexit?

Carla

 

C/o www.conservativedailynews.com Farage orchestrated the probable collapse of the global economy with his strident anti-immigration tone. 

C/o www.conservativedailynews.com

Farage orchestrated the probable collapse of the global economy with his strident anti-immigration tone. 

A few days ago British people went to the polls to cast their votes on whether the UK should ‘leave’ or ‘remain’ in the European Union. Unfortunately, the majority of UK opted for leave. A ‘Brexit’ would destroy the pound, negatively impact consumer confidence, upend trade regulations and threaten the free movement of talent — all of which would be a disaster for the fashion industry in the UK and globally. 

A number of British government organizations, notable individuals (Obama) and governments and corporations have warned of the fallout of the Brexit. Last week, the G7 stated officially — which includes the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK — declared that Britain’s exit from the European Union would pose a "serious threat to global growth.

British chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne ,  said  that the Brexit would cause an "immediate and profound" economic shock and could send the UK into a recession and leave the country "permanently poorer" with an economic contraction of 6 percent by 2030.

So how does this whole economic hoopla affect the British Fashion industry? Let us break it down for you. Many experts like Euromonitor stated that the  Brexit would be bad for the fashion industry — not only in the UK, where fashion contributed an estimated $38 billion to the UK economy in 2014, but across the world. 

It will significantly impact the bottom line for British Fashion Businesses, as many outsource production to countries, where they pay in dollars. British clothing and home furnishing retailers source about three-quarters of their goods from Asia (IBS. 2105) "A weaker pound would make these deals more expensive, resulting to the British businesses to either shoulder the costs, or have higher prices for their products."

On the other hand, "British fashion companies that do a significant volume of their sales abroad (i.e Burberry) could experience a some profits only if their costs are largely in pounds, but their revenues are in euros or dollars, the euros and dollars they would get from abroad would buy a larger amount of pounds". (BOF. 2016)

The falling pound could also make tourism to the UK more affordable, boosting tourist spending in cities like London, a key destination for the travel retail sector. But by the same token, a weaker pound may force international brands to increase their UK prices, eating into any gains.

What's clear is that a Brexit would create more uncertainty in a world already plagued by growing global risk, further undermining consumer confidence. Certainly, among British consumers. According to Euromonitor, “there would be a reduced confidence in their own wealth,”.  This could mean that there will be a limit  to the Brits’ willingness to spend both at home and abroad — especially as shopping abroad, in stronger currencies like the dollar, would also become more expensive for Britons.

If Britain were to exit the EU, the resulting changes to trade regulations would also have major consequences for thousands of fashion companies- like trade taxes. Any additional duties, anything that is blocking the trade of goods is a bad thing for the fashion sector.”

Due to its membership in the EU, the UK currently enjoys favorable terms with more than 60 nations. To continue the ease of trade flows and maintain these terms, the country would need to quickly negotiate new agreements with both the EU and non-EU countries including the US- ASAP!!

For London’s world-renowned fashion schools, the Brexit will halt the benefits from EU investment in the form of research funding and initiatives that support innovation and bring together fashion designers, manufacturers and technology partners from across Europe. I was speaking to a former classmate of mine in CSM who chose to be anonymous, he's currently taking his masters and he's from Germany. 

Students from the EU, will no longer pay lower tuition fee than other international students. This will lessen the likelihood of these schools attracting the best creatives in EU. Many of these students have also decided to stay and continue their careers and busineses in the British capital. Some of the most exciting designers featured in London Fashion Week are EU immigrants to the UK, Roksanda Ilincic, Marques’Almeida and Mary Katrantzou. These designers are continuously enriching London as a hub for fashion innovation and design.When I asked about how Brexit will affect students, he just emailed "FFS".  Followed by, "I'm panicking, I dont know whether my tuition fees will increase." He currenlty has two parttime jobs and taking another one will compromise his studies" 

The EU’s open borders have also made it easier for companies like Paris-based Céline to operate on London and Paris (creative director  works from its London office). It is likely that once the UK got out of the EU, the brands are probably having second thoughts about establishing their headquarters or their creative departments in London. Loewe operates in Spain and London

While a Brexit would not result in all the Europeans who were coming to the UK with visas having to return to Europe. No one knows or determine how leaving the EU would impact the free movement of people in and out of the UK.  If the rules regarding movement of EU and Britons between two entities are less favorable or stringent, industries such as fashion will be affected. Reports of Game of Thrones' production costs will be increasing.

In a nutshell, The Brexit would weaken the pound, negatively impact consumer confidence, upend trade regulations and threaten the free movement of talent — all of which would be bad for the fashion industry, both here in the UK and globally. 

Why did majority of the Britons choose to abandon the EU? How come the topmost topics searched in UK after the vote was "how will the Brexit affect us" and "what is the EU". #Facepalm.  Were they brainwashed? Did they know what they were getting themselves into? How will it affect the rest of the Global economy. Who knows? I'm just here waiting at this corner of the world waiting with bated breaths. 

To better understand the Brexit and the stupidity of it all, watch this clip from John Oliver.  It's not boring , I promise.