1. Recent Buys + Online Shopping Tips

      ⇀   Posted on Tuesday, 10 June 2014


    If you’ve been a friend/follower for quite a while, you’d know how addicted I am to online shopping. When Multiply was still up and at its peak, I’d purchase everything from there — clothes, shoes, random trinkets, etcetera! Damn, would you believe that was already six years ago? Anyway, let me share with you some of my most recent acquisitions from earlier this year!

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    Clockwise » (1) Sparkly gold flats which I used as my wedding shoes from Gifts Ahoy; (2) JC Coltrane-inspired cut-out boots, (3) A.O.D purple holographic creepers, Queen City leopard creepers and (4) Dr. Martens 1460 Replica, all from Petite Zombie; (5) Worship choker from OS and patchwork dress and leather headgear from Salad Day (6) Colorful socks from Smitten Everdeen.

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    Clockwise » (1) Instax Wide albums from ThirtyOnePH; (2) Blank paper mache letters from Artees Collection and washi tapes from Hobby Depot; (3) Organic body essentials from Human♥︎Nature; (4) Two pairs of contact lenses sponsored by Purpektion Shop; (5) Snug-a-Hug maternity pillow; (6) Matte mint case for my Macbook from Confidence Corner.

    I frequent online shopping for many reasons — one being convenience. I don’t need to leave the house just to buy a specific item, saving my time and energy. Also, I can hunt for the best bargain at the click of a button. BUT! Online shopping can confuse or deceive anyone. Both veteran and newbie buyers are still susceptible to transacting with bogus sellers. How do you prevent this? How do you get the best out of online shopping?

    1. Be observant. Research. Most of the time, you can tell that a store is bogus just by looking at its pictures and its posts. Also, look for feedback/reviews from its previous customers. If there is none posted online, you can ask around or ask the seller directly. IMHO, an honest seller wouldn’t be offended if a new customer would be asking for others’ feedbacks.
    2. Know what you want. It’s easier to look for a certain item if you already know or at least have an idea of what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re looking for shoes, try to narrow down your choices. Would you want boots, wedges, or flats?
    3. Always look for other options. Most stores, especially those who sell clothing, get their stuff from the same suppliers. Do note however that the best bargain does not only refer to hunting down the store that offers the lowest price, but also the store that offers the smoothest transaction.
    4. Do not hesitate to inquire. Sometimes, sellers neglect posting the items’ flaws and/or other details that are crucial to us buyers. Sometimes, their words are quite confusing and we get lost on how we should proceed with the transaction. Getting our money’s worth is top priority and that is why it is adamant to ask away if ever you need further details regarding purchasing.
    5. Read, read and read. In the world of online shopping, ignorance is a mortal sin. Most stores have a no return, no exchange, no refund policy. Unlike establishments in malls, you can’t return an item if you’re not satisfied with it. Probably the least you could do is leave a negative feedback and hope that people would consider it. Also, rookie buyers should read [especially] stores’ rules regarding pre-ordering, making reservations and shipping/handling.

    Online shopping might be fun and addictive, but as with everything, it still has risks. If you’re not 100% sure regarding the item or the store, maybe you should consider looking for an alternative. Trust your instincts and be a responsible buyer, and you should be fine.

    I hope this post is helpful! Feel free to discuss with me on the comments section below! :)

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  2. What’s keeping me busy pt.1

      ⇀   Posted on Saturday, 7 June 2014


    Earlier this year, I’ve opened my own photography studio — The Hollow Box (Facebook). Well, it’s not just a studio per se, I’d like to call it a ‘creative space’ because you can rent it as an exhibit venue, an events place, etcetera. Being an art/photography student [for 3 yrs] myself, I’ve personally undergone the stress of trying to look for an appropriate venue where I can hold photo and video shoots. The places were either too far from me, too small and cramped or too expensive. So upon graduating, I knew I had to make Hollow Box a reality.

    The idea was to create a blank environment for artists who needed a place to work in.

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    But mind you, it was not a piece of cake.

    Aside from the primary dilemma which was capitalization, I also found out during my last few weeks in college that I was pregnant. Although I see this as a blessing and I am more than grateful for it, I knew it would stall the studio’s progress. During the last few months of 2013, I oversaw the construction and bought finishings for the structure. I did not have excess finances so I had to carefully prioritize my investments — my choice of tiles, fixtures, furnishings. Come 2014, I did a soft opening. I invited personal contacts and friends from the industry to rent my studio for discounted rates. I was and am transparent regarding the available equipment. I could not afford to buy everything in one go so I had to make do of purchasing what I can everytime someone pays rent.

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    Flash forward to present — The Hollow Box is slowly accumulating an array of studio equipment, furniture and decor. A couple of photographers have already done shoots and seminars in the studio. A group of photography students from DLS-CSB have also held their exhibit and availed of our in-house catering service. People have expressed their support and delight in working in The Hollow Box, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

    Working on my studio has brought me a sense of fulfillment. Although I couldn’t accept freelance jobs as a photographer nor work fulltime as I wish, not until I give birth, The Hollow Box has given me the opportunity to still be busy, practice my craft, help out aspiring photographers and also earn somehow. Hopefully, even as I’m already busy with my own family and corporate employment, I’d still be able to manage my little studio.

    Things are a bit difficult for me at the moment, but I would not trade this experience and endeavor for anything else.

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  3. My Humble Wedding

      ⇀   Posted on Thursday, 5 June 2014


    Yes, I’m back to blogging! To celebrate this, I’ve decided to post an immensely personal (and lengthy lol) entry, which is none other than… MY WEDDING! A few of you might not be surprised, as I already announced that I was engaged on my Facebook and Instagram accounts. Anyway, I was blessed to be wed to Jennell last May 17, 2014. It was nothing extravagant — just a gathering of immediate family members, so please don’t feel bad if you were not there! :(

    All photos taken by my good friend and photographer, Joey Alvero. Post-processing and layout by yours truly. This entry is immensely image-heavy under the cut but I hope you enjoy! ♡

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