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Pixie dreams

29 Jul

In university, I was mistaken for a boy by the school registrar when I was paying for my school fees. I couldn’t really blame her: after all, I was wearing shorts, a t-shirt, boots (don’t ask me how I did it in Philippine tropical weather, I hardly know now), and a haircut a la Dolores O’Riordan, circa 1990, of the Cranberries.

It was liberating, daring and flamboyant at the same time. If you know me, you would know that I don’t usually like to focus attention on myself and I’m uncomfortable with the limelight. But this – it just felt right. I kept it for a year and eventually went through the long-hair/ponytail phase. One that lasted more than a decade.

This time, my inspiration comes from Ginnifer Goodwin, who somehow perfected the pixie cut that is not so much rock-and-roll as a real pixie.

pix·ie [pik-see]  noun

1. a fairy or sprite, especially a mischievous one.
2. a small, pert, or mischievous person.

Just like before, I feel a certain liberation in getting such a short haircut. So hard to explain, I guess you’ll just have to try for yourself.

Taken at Sabang, a few minutes from the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River

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Hey stranger

5 Jun

If you know me or have followed me before, then you will not be surprised when I say, “It’s been a long time.” If you don’t know me then, you won’t mind if I say: “It’s been a long time.”

So what now? This is precisely why the period of inactivity stretches, I just don’t know where to begin. Thanks to D.’s influence, I’ve learned over time to do bullet lists. Aren’t they just the niftiest things ever?

  • We’ve won 2 awards to pilot a project in the Philippines
  • D. got an internship in the Philippines – we really know how to kill 2 birds with 1 stone
  • Oh, and no MIT in the fall but I’m still going for an MBA at Hulthigher education for 1 year
  • I had to go for another visa and got it! Totally different emotions from last year
  • D. and I plan to go Thailand to a Muay Thai camp after his internship- so excited!

So many things to look forward to and as you can imagine, they all took a lot of work and time. It kind of stopped about 2 weeks ago but I’ve been sort of bumming around. Still working but hardly any structure to it. I know I have to get back on the saddle soon but I’m still in vacation mode, so I will most likely write about fashion for now.