Thank you for the lessons, 2016

I may have experienced a lot of failures, rejections and pain this year, but 2016 is still one of the best chapters of my life.

 This year, I decided to let go. Let go of my self-shame and insecurities. Let go of my dark thoughts. Let go of the person who I thought I’ll hold onto forever. Let go of broken promises and those people who belittled me. There are far better things than those who drowns you with sorrow. I started focusing on those people who brought color to my life, the mentors who woke me up with harsh lessons and paved career guidance on the way, and the closest people I have in life who cheered and rooted for me in everything that I do.

This year, I stopped being so afraid to shine in my own light. I stopped listening to the voices of others saying I can’t do it and I’m not good enough. I stopped allowing my doubts to draw me away from new challenges and new opportunities. I started focusing and believing in myself. I became deaf to negativity; spent every minute and hour turning off my negative thoughts, even when times get tough, even if things seem so hopeless, even if I can no longer see the light.

This year, I realized I’m worthy of everything. I’m worthy of the job I have right now. I’m worthy for the love of other people. I’m worthy to be the first choice of someone, to be a priority and not just some back-up plan. I’m worthy of someone who is 100% sure of me. I’m worthy to give an opinion and speak up my mind. I’m worthy to be loved and be trusted. I’m worthy of the things life has given me.

This year, I learned that it’s okay to fail, it’s okay to mess up because you can always start over tomorrow; you can always restart in a heartbeat. Those mistakes can make new opportunities to make you better and successful one day. I have washed away all the regrets I have in the past. I stopped looking back, and started looking forward.

I have a lot of unwise decisions this year but I don’t regret any of it. Maybe I needed to make those mistakes in order for me to get where I am standing today. Maybe those were the exact lessons that I need to learn.

This year is full of plot twists and roller coaster emotions, but it was incredibly fun. So, farewell to the bittersweet memories 2016 and bring it on 2017!

Gift Guide: For A Girl Who Loves Watches


We do not realize or say this aloud, but somewhere on the level of our subconsciousness we all know that one of the most precious things God has given us is time. It defines how long we will stay with our families and our friends, how many good things we will manage to do and achieve, and how much interesting things we will see and learn. Perhaps, that is the reason for the existence of the immense amount of wrist watches, which seem to be the best proof of the highest value of time for the humans.You may say that a wrist watch is one of the most common gifts you could ever give to a girl, but I personally think it’s one of the most precious gift one could ever receive for it reflects the ego and personality of the owner. It also help us correctly organize and successfully control our life rhythm (ahem! shoutout to those people who take time for granted)

There are thousands of styles present in the market. Here are my top picks and where you can buy them (most of them are free shipping!)

  1. Shore Project‘Pool’ Project 1 | 39 mm

Price: $150.00 | Inspired by the look of venerable explorer watches, our watches are designed to mirror vintage timepieces with modern design features and are fully equipped to both stand out and weather the demands of a modern lifestyle.  

  • Outer Casing: Silver Plated 316L Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Miyota Quartz Movement
  • Glass: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
  • Water Proof: 100 meters
  • Dial Diameter & Thickness: 39mm & 7.9mm
  1. Larsson and JenningsLugano Blue and Gold Watch | 40mm

Price: $295 | In an alluring colour way, this cyan blue watch by Larsson & Jennings is made with a British leather strap. Swiss made and part of a unisex minimalist collection.

  • Movement: QUARTZ
  • Case Colour: GOLD
  • Strap Colour: BLUE
  • Dial Colour: WHITE
  1. Olivia Burton – ‘Big Dial’ Mesh Strap Watch | 38mm

Price: $150.00 | Polished stick and numeral indexes mark the minimalist dial of a menswear-inspired round watch feminized by a thin bezel and a slim mesh strap.

  • 38mm case; 14mm band width
  • Adjustable clasp closure
  • Three-hand quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal face
  • Stainless steel/goldtone or black plate
  1. Fossil Jacqueline Leather Strap Watch | 36mm

Price: $135.00| A minimalist, numberless dial is encrusted with a bevy of shiny crystals and beads for glamorous caviar texture on this smooth polished watch with a svelte leather strap.

  • 36mm case; 14mm band width
  • Buckle closure
  • Three-hand quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal face
  • Stainless steel with goldtone plate/leather
  1. Shinola – ‘THE RUNWELL’ Leather Strap Watch | 41mm

Price: $600.00 | The first Shinola watch series ever made in Detroit offers expert craftsmanship and classic style in a round, handcrafted timepiece. The 46-piece, American-made quartz movement powers the time, while a double-curved sapphire crystal face protects the clean display. A solid steel case and premium topstitched leather strap complete the timeless silhouette, and a signature case back laser etched with a serial number adds a custom finish.

  • 41mm case; 20mm band width
  • Buckle closure
  • Detroit-built Argonite 1069 quartz movement made from Swiss parts
  • Super-LumiNova hands
  • Sapphire crystal face
  • Stainless steel, brass ionic plate, gold ionic plate or rose-gold ionic plate/leather
  1. Anne Klein – Rectangular Leather Watch Strap | 28mm x 35 mm

Price: $65.00 (SOOO CHEAP IKR!!!) | A slim, rectangular case centered with a minimalist, sandblasted dial creates an effortlessly elegant look on a charming fashion watch completed with a supple leather strap.

  • 28mmW x 35mmH case; 17mm band width
  • Buckle closure
  • Three-hand quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal face
  • Stainless steel/goldtone plate/leather
  1. Marc Jacobs‘BAKER’ Crystal Index Leather Strap Watch | 36mm

Price: $225.00 | The classic Baker watch gets a fun, playful update with crystal indexes sparkling against the case’s burnished palette. The clean subseconds dial adds a touch of sophistication, while the rich leather strap completes the sleek look.

  • 36mm case; 18mm band width
  • Buckle closure
  • Quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal face
  • Stainless steel or stainless steel with gold or rose-gold ionic plating/leather
  1. Skagen Jorn Leather Watch Strap | 41mm

Price: $115.00| A clean, streamlined dial displays three-hand time on a versatile watch finished with a rich leather strap.

  • 41mm case; 22mm band width
  • Buckle closure
  • Three-hand quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal face
  • Stainless steel/leather
  1. Daniel Wellington Classic Black (Reading, Berkshire) | 36mm

Price: $225.00 | Characterized hour «Classic Black Reading» black leather bracelet engraved drawing a crocodile skin, black enamel, and a pack of very thin-hour thickness 6 mm. Whether you are attending a formal occasion, or play tennis, or enjoy a sunny day at the country club, this time will be a fascinating companion.

  • 36mm
  • Timequartz parts in Japanese
  • Rip tape:18 mm
  • Tape: Leather Strap
  • Color Ribbon: Black
  • Replacement Band: Yes:
  • Water Resistant: 3 ATM
  1. Michael Kors ‘Parker’ Chronograph Watch | 39mm

Price: $221.25 | Gold plate and smooth resin beautifully combine in a sophisticated round watch brightened by a bevy of sparkling crystals.

  • 39mm case; 20mm band width
  • Trifold buckle with spring-lock closure
  • Water-resistant to 10 ATM (100 meters)
  • Resin/gold-plated stainless steel/Swarovski crystals/mineral crystal

Price: $99.00 | This La Bohème model features an ultrathin case with a 38 mm diameter, crafted with precision for a sophisticated and elegant result. Eggshell white and rose gold are combined with a pink leather strap, detailed with a rose gold clasp. The strap can be easily interchanged, allowing you to personalise your watch. Also available in silver and gold.

  • Model Number: CL18014
  • 38 mm
  • Case: Rose gold
  • Movement: Quartz
  • Dial Color: White
  • Strap Color: Pink
  • Strap Material & Width: Leather 18mm
  1. MVMTAbbot Kinney ‘Boulevard’ – 38 MM

Price: $225.00 | An everyday round watch showcases your impeccable style and elegance with its supple leather strap, thin polished case and minimalist dial. Each timepiece in MVMT’s Boulevard series is engraved with an iconic Los Angeles street, from Rodeo Drive to Abbott Kinney.

  • Case Size: 38 mm
  • Case Thickness: 6 mm
  • Strap Width: 18 mm
  • Movement: Battery powered 3 hand Miyota quartz
  • Glass: Hardened mineral crystal
  • Water Resistance: 3 ATM
  • Case: Brushed gold stainless steel
  • Dial: Pearl
  • Dial Details: Gold hands & markers / gold second hand
  • Strap: Cream

Corregidor Island

photo credits to lindavdahl

Corregidor Island is one of the important historic and tourist sites in the Philippines as it played an important role during the invasion and liberation of the Philippines from Japanese forces during World War II. It was heavily bombarded in the latter part of the war, and the ruins left on the island serve as a military memorial to American, Filipino and Japanese soldiers who served or lost their lives on the island.

During the American Colonial period, the island was a military paradise. It was called Fort Mills by the Americans as a part of the Manila Bay Harbor Defense Fortifications they set up after they acquired the Philippines from the Spaniards. The island had ruins of cinema (Cine Corregidor), a school, and mile-longbarracks for both American and Filipino soldiers residing there in the past. It has been said that Military personnel would have dance parties as they built more fortifications around the island itself and its neighboring islets as protection for Manila Bay. Among its attractions are the Pacific War Memorial with its dome ceiling and marble altar, the Battery Way, the Filipino Heroes Memorial and the 830-foot-long Malinta Tunnel. The said tunnel is a bomb-proof storage facility which was built from 1922 to 1932. It has a main tunnel that runs for over 800 feet with several lateral tunnels branching out on each of its sides. When war broke out in the Pacific, some of the lateral tunnels were turned into a 1,000-bed hospital facility. During the battle of Corregidor in 1942, it became the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur. It also became the hiding place of President Manuel Quezon. He and his Vice President Sergio Osmeña also took their oath at the tunnel’s West Entrance. There are also murals that depict different battle scenes in Philippine history.

But there’s more to Corregidor than just the history. It has a lot of things to offer that we often miss. Corregidor Island also offers a jungle survival camp, forest trails, scenic boat rides, bird watching areas, and yes, even a beach! The tour to this Island is an effective reminder of the sacrifices of soldiers who fought for freedom and what they believed in.


Disclaimer: All pictures taken are mine

Source of infos: Wikipedia, Corregidor Island