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. Saturday, 1 August 2020 .


1. Loudly Quietly is coming along nicely. I mean, it's taking longer than I hoped it would but it's getting there, slowly but surely. I've set the 23rd as my 'go-live' date just so I can give myself a deadline and that push to just make it happen. We'll see! Once that space is live, I'll be using this site as more of a personal one. Kinda like the good ol' days of blogging.

2. I'm sorry for all the years I wasted hating on sweatpants. These beautiful, comfortable, gift to humanity. I can't believe I really let myself believe that sweatpants were a 'no no'. Over lockdown, it's all I wanted to wear. And even now that I spend most of my time at home working, it's just all I wear now. I'm talking full, matching sets. Several of them. This pair was sent to me by Cotton On as they kindly sent me a bunch of their Curve range to celebrate its milestone year and honestly I love how soft and fluffy they are.

3. This song still goes hard. A classic banger.

4. On Tuesday evening, Lio and I went to a screening of House of Cardin. It was the perfect film to take Lio to as he's currently studying fashion and it's been amazing watching his creative process unfold. I have a soft spot for a good fashion documentary! Not a lot of people know this but back in High School, 17 year old me, living in Manila really wanted to be a fashion designer! I was so sure I wanted a career in fashion. I loved drawing, I loved coming up with outfits, I've always had my own individual style and could put together looks in my head. I even designed the High School cheering squad's uniforms! No, that didn't make me popular. Yes, the cheerleaders still ignored me. But I didn't care. I was just hella proud to see an actual living, breathing, human being roaming the halls of the school wearing something I envisioned and created. Imagine my surprise when I realised I couldn't sew. Nor did I have the patience to learn and to work to create a collection. So my fashion dreams took a backseat. Instead of creating, I dressed up, I wrote, and ended up doing PR for a small fashion label. Anyway, back to the film. House of Cardin was a refreshing documentary because it focussed on the creating. I loved the insight on what it takes to create a highly successful brand like Pierre Cardin, who was a pioneer in many ways and is responsible for a lot of the design and style we enjoy now. The best part for me was that it wasn't heavy and depressing unlike some other fashion docos (McQueen and I, I'm looking at you) that leave you feeling a bit hollow after. House of Cardin made me feel so inspired and alive and buzzing to create! Check out the trailer here.

5. I'm not the biggest wellness advocate out there but I really need to talk to you about how drinking a cup of fresh ginger tea every night (or Salabat as we call it in the Philippines - fresh ginger slowly boiled in the stove with heaps of water for about 30 - 40 mins. Just make sure to keep an eye on it and keep topping up the water when it reduces) has changed my life! I wind down better, I haven't really been that sick this winter, and it really is the best nighttime drink. I add a bit of high UMF Manuka honey and some lemon with it. So. Good.

6. I was featured in this article on the Sunday Star Times around our social behaviours after lockdown and it’s something I think about a lot. I used to go our nearly every night during the week and spend weekends absolutely doing nothing but recover in bed. Now I’m lucky if I’m out twice in a week! But this means that everytime I do go out, I’m genuinely excited to go out and to be completely present. Anyway, like I said, it’s been on my mind and maybe someday soon I’ll articulate those thoughts more clearly. Ha!

7. The Mememification of Breonna Taylor’s death is a must read.

8. Last weekend we checked out the General Collective markets in Ponsonby after our big family lunch (we went to Wo Hop – the first Yum Cha place in Ponsonby and it was delicious!) and it reminded me how much I love going to markets, meeting the stall holders and makers themselves, and buying from small businesses. It was especially nice to see some makers I follow on Instagram and meet them IRL (and buy the products I see on the ‘gram). There’s something so special about supporting local and if you have the means and access to do so, I hope you can prioritise buying from small businesses more too.


9. “When you exist in spaces that weren’t built for you, sometimes just being you is the revolution.”


10. I really miss having baths but Auckland water crisis is still a thing and so I’m gonna suck it up and just light a candle when I shower and pretend it’s as relaxing.




1. Loudly Quietly is coming along nicely. I mean, it's taking longer than I hoped it would but it's getting there, slowly but surely. I've set the 23rd as my 'go-live' date just so I can give myself a deadline and that push to just make it happen. We'll see! Once that space is live, I'll be using this site as more of a personal one. Kinda like the good ol' days of blogging.

2. I'm sorry for all the years I wasted hating on sweatpants. These beautiful, comfortable, gift to humanity. I can't believe I really let myself believe that sweatpants were a 'no no'. Over lockdown, it's all I wanted to wear. And even now that I spend most of my time at home working, it's just all I wear now. I'm talking full, matching sets. Several of them. This pair was sent to me by Cotton On as they kindly sent me a bunch of their Curve range to celebrate its milestone year and honestly I love how soft and fluffy they are.

3. This song still goes hard. A classic banger.

4. On Tuesday evening, Lio and I went to a screening of House of Cardin. It was the perfect film to take Lio to as he's currently studying fashion and it's been amazing watching his creative process unfold. I have a soft spot for a good fashion documentary! Not a lot of people know this but back in High School, 17 year old me, living in Manila really wanted to be a fashion designer! I was so sure I wanted a career in fashion. I loved drawing, I loved coming up with outfits, I've always had my own individual style and could put together looks in my head. I even designed the High School cheering squad's uniforms! No, that didn't make me popular. Yes, the cheerleaders still ignored me. But I didn't care. I was just hella proud to see an actual living, breathing, human being roaming the halls of the school wearing something I envisioned and created. Imagine my surprise when I realised I couldn't sew. Nor did I have the patience to learn and to work to create a collection. So my fashion dreams took a backseat. Instead of creating, I dressed up, I wrote, and ended up doing PR for a small fashion label. Anyway, back to the film. House of Cardin was a refreshing documentary because it focussed on the creating. I loved the insight on what it takes to create a highly successful brand like Pierre Cardin, who was a pioneer in many ways and is responsible for a lot of the design and style we enjoy now. The best part for me was that it wasn't heavy and depressing unlike some other fashion docos (McQueen and I, I'm looking at you) that leave you feeling a bit hollow after. House of Cardin made me feel so inspired and alive and buzzing to create! Check out the trailer here.

5. I'm not the biggest wellness advocate out there but I really need to talk to you about how drinking a cup of fresh ginger tea every night (or Salabat as we call it in the Philippines - fresh ginger slowly boiled in the stove with heaps of water for about 30 - 40 mins. Just make sure to keep an eye on it and keep topping up the water when it reduces) has changed my life! I wind down better, I haven't really been that sick this winter, and it really is the best nighttime drink. I add a bit of high UMF Manuka honey and some lemon with it. So. Good.

6. I was featured in this article on the Sunday Star Times around our social behaviours after lockdown and it’s something I think about a lot. I used to go our nearly every night during the week and spend weekends absolutely doing nothing but recover in bed. Now I’m lucky if I’m out twice in a week! But this means that everytime I do go out, I’m genuinely excited to go out and to be completely present. Anyway, like I said, it’s been on my mind and maybe someday soon I’ll articulate those thoughts more clearly. Ha!

7. The Mememification of Breonna Taylor’s death is a must read.

8. Last weekend we checked out the General Collective markets in Ponsonby after our big family lunch (we went to Wo Hop – the first Yum Cha place in Ponsonby and it was delicious!) and it reminded me how much I love going to markets, meeting the stall holders and makers themselves, and buying from small businesses. It was especially nice to see some makers I follow on Instagram and meet them IRL (and buy the products I see on the ‘gram). There’s something so special about supporting local and if you have the means and access to do so, I hope you can prioritise buying from small businesses more too.


9. “When you exist in spaces that weren’t built for you, sometimes just being you is the revolution.”


10. I really miss having baths but Auckland water crisis is still a thing and so I’m gonna suck it up and just light a candle when I shower and pretend it’s as relaxing.


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