FOR SOME ODD REASON I had the opportunity to glam up in gowns - twice for Miss Universe, and once for the La Salle prom. I got a lot of "who made your dress?" questions after posting all three of these on my Instagram. Here's a bit more on the designing process: Viktoria Couture and Designs  The lady behind this boutique is my tita (auntie), Nancy Vitangcol. She's been making my ice skating costumes for as long as I can remember.The process was really simple: I gave her the colors, then she came up with the design. Chris Diaz My…

My dad claimed that he will "never get sick of Japanese food", and I finally discovered why this bold statement holds some truth. Earlier in the year, I said that I didn't know anyone who doesn't like Japanese food; it's because there are so many kinds. In Tokyo, we had yakitori, sushi and soba. This time around, we ate completely different things that are all within walking distance from one another. So if you find yourself in Namba, here are five places that will save you from an empty stomach from morning till midnight.   BREAKFAST. If I could only get one thing from this cafe…

I guess one reason why filipinos go to Japan nowadays is because we can shop for things that aren't sold in the Philippines. For instance, my brothers went crazy at the Pokemon center; They literally bought a bucket full of plushies for their birthday. In my case, I spent way more time than needed at Muji. There are a few stores here in Manila but in Japan, there's obviously a wider range of products and they're cheaper too. They also have a Muji cafe (that's where my dad and brothers stayed because we took too long).     Then there's universal studios, which is one of the…

    After x years the fashion industry has called me to walk on the runway once again. The To Be You Streetstyle book by Inquirer showcases a plethora of fashion-forward filipinos who have been spotted by photographer, Ronan Capili. He has been accumulating photos from 2009 to 2015 and all of his hard work has been put into one book.  In it, are several chapters which each have a different trend. Similarly, the fashion show in To Be You book launch's fashion show was split into trends too. My good friend Ash and I decided to be part of Denim, and choosing an outfit was way harder than it seemed.…

                    It is extremely difficult to pull off a multi-themed resort, and Balesin does it effortlessly. It's normal to say "we're having breakfast at St. Tropez and going to Bali for lunch." Guests travel in golf cars, jeepneys or bikes rather than airplanes, and boredom doesn't exist. The best food is either at Mykonos (Greece), or Costa Del Sol (Spain). This post features only four of the seven places, meaning three days not enough time to explore the entire island.  I've been hearing so much about Balesin, and it was about time I finally saw it for…

Tali is the perfect place to go if you want to be alone. It's isolated all you can do is visit beaches and cliffs. My family spent two days there along with Alexa's (my classmate's) family, and we pretty much did nothing. I spent my time bonding with my brothers, doing PSAT practice tests with Alexa, and taking photos with Audrey (Alexa's sister). This isn't much of a travel post, but these set of photos were taken for fun while I was teaching Audrey how to use my camera. Alexa became our assistant, my brothers played frisbee and boom... photos! Tali is different from other filipino beaches - it's rocky…

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