Mylz Romero

Somersaults in Spring

Rolling over the edge
Sleeping underneath the tidal wave
Waking up in my bed
Getting ready for another day
Why should I feel exhausted
From taking up this space?
Just let it remain

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I lie and listen to the rain
(It’s love starting, repeats again)
Turn off the light and see your face
(I trace the shape, the path it takes)
It’s not just the love that we make
That we’re gonna take

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3Dress from China (Honeys)

4Anne Klein watch

5SM Parisian wedges

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Chictopia . Lookbook . StylePile

I watched Stuck in Love recently and I gotta say, it was one heartwarming, not at all makabitter and just plain makahappy movie. The movie was about writing, life, family and love. I dunno about you but I loved it. Plus their soundtrack was just really amazing. I had to research and download it after watching because I just fell in love with their music. And if you guys haven’t seen the movie yet, you should definitely watch it!

Anywho, back to my outfit. Like the movie, I fell inlove with that dress upon seeing them at a mall in Ningbo. Even though buying it was a challenge because not one person spoke English in the whole floor of the mall, I still bought it. That’s me and shopping. If I really want something, I’ll do anything and everything just to get it.

What about you? What’s your shopping attitude?

Spinning backwards
Hands held form a ring
A secret that’s worth
Somersaults in..
Somersaults in spring

–the girl who’s lost in Desire’s lair–

Power Dressing

Dress like a CEO and people will treat you like a CEO.

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2F&F top and pants

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4SM Accessories earrings

5Payless heels

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Chictopia . Lookbook . StylePile

I have always been a fan of the lakas makasosyal (classy) style. One of the things that I love when I “power dress” is how people treat you differently. I know, it’s very mababaw of me to think that way but I’m telling the truth. People tend to judge on how you look from the outside. Call me pretentious or mayabang or judgmental, BUT THAT IS THE TRUTH. For example, I went to a client wearing this outfit and the security guard didn’t check my bag or asked for an ID. It was also raining so he even asked me if he could assist me with an umbrella. On days that I look casual, security guards would never treat me like that. LOL

I don’t know about you but I love looking classy and elegant. And what I love even more about it is that I can look like I’m wearing YSL or Gucci from head to foot but I’m not actually wearing expensive clothing. I find it magical whenever people compliment me of how sophisticated my style is but they don’t know that I’m actually wearing something thrifted or borrowed from Mom.

You see, looking tailored, chic and upscale doesn’t have to be expensive. I may have said that alot of times but it is just so true. The thing is you just have to know what looks good on you, add a little bit of research from your style inspirations, mix some gold or silver accessories, and viola, you’ll be looking like a million dollars. But hey, this needs a lot of practice! Not everyone can look put together like Victoria Beckham or Olivia Palermo. They themselves had years of practice and experience.

So go, explore and definitely have fun!

–the girl who’s lost in Desire’s lair–

The Great China Experience: Part 2

Ni Hao! Welcome to Beijing!

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Beijing, also known as Peking, is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It is the metropolis of Northern China that is strictly governed by the National Government. It maybe China’s second largest City (Shanghai’s the largest) but it is the nation’s Political, Cultural and Educational Center. Beijing is also home to China’s largest state-owned-companies so it really is highly urbanized.

We flew from Ningbo to Beijing and arrived around nine in the morning. I was quite surprised when we landed because I couldn’t see anything well. The smog was really terrible because it rained earlier. And it took us more than 30 minutes to arrive at our designated arrival section whatever. Apparently, Beijing Capital International Airport is the second busiest airport in the world. So when during our flight back to Manila, we stayed inside the plane for more than 4 hours, I wasn’t that surprised anymore.

TIP: You may want to have atleast 4 hours apart when booking connecting flights when you have a stopover in Beijing.

Anyways, the picture above was taken outside of our hotel. We stayed at Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing and the place was really nice. Not to mention that the location was really great. It was walking distance away from Tiananmen Square and Wangfujing Street. Tiananmen Square is where Forbidden City is located while Wangfujing is the city’s shopping district.

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Because we still had time to spare in the afternoon before a business meeting, we had a chance to roam around Forbidden City. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the place, Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace during the Ming Dynasty up to the last family rulers of China, the Qing Dynasty. For more than 500 years, it served as home for the Emperors, their Empress, concubines and the rest of their household. It also served as both the ceremonial and the political center of the Chinese Government.

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5.56Sunglasses: SunniesbyCharlie | Top: Elishop | Skirt: CottonOn | Shoes: Fila

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I didn’t even realize that our trip in China was actually during the start of Summer. So imagine the influx of tourists at all must-see spots. They were everywhere! Most of them were from neighboring Asian countries, like us. Although I saw Europeans, Americans, Russians and Indians as well. I couldn’t blame them. China is one of the most visited countries in the world.
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Bejing’s Forbidden City is probably one of the most haunted places on Earth. It was burned down, built and burned down again countless of times. Executions were also held at the place. I couldn’t help but get an eerie feeling as I strolled alone at the not-so-crowded places.

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Forbidden City is the world’s biggest ancient place. No wonder it is China’s most popular single site tourist attraction. The place is also considered to be the world’s top 5 most important palace. This is why the Chinese Government takes good care of it. You can see palace guards EVERYWHERE.13

On our second day in Beijing, we went to the Ming Tombs (photo of the entrance below).  The Ming Tombs are a collection of the Emperor’s tombs during the Ming Dynasty. The first emperor’s tomb however was located in Nanjing. But the majority of the tombs are located in a cluster near Beijing and is famously called, the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty.
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The photo above is a picture of what they called, the gateway to Heaven. It kind of reminded me of that scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in which Harry and his friends duel some of the members of the Death Eaters in the Death Chamber. And then the members of the Order, including Sirius Black arrived just in time to save Harry and his friends. Sirius however was killed by Bellatrix and was taken by the Veil. It was the archway that is the barrier between the land of the living and land of the death.

The Ming Tombs’ gateway to heaven was like that. Once you pass it, you cannot go back. It is where the Emperor’s coffin is passed, signifying that he went to the other side and cannot come back.

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Out of the thirteen tombs, only one was made accessible to public. The Dingling tomb of Emperor Wanli and his two Empress was the one that was excavated, preserved and is now open for tourists to see and experience. I wasn’t able to get a clear picture of how the tomb looked like. But it was really big. And it was nine floors below the ground.

The tomb itself consists of three rooms. The living room with three chairs, the dining room which was closed at that time due to safety issues and the bedroom where the coffins and some small boxes were found. The Chinese have this belief that even though you have passed, they make sure you have something to bring to the other side of the world. This is why there were treasures found inside those small boxes.

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After visiting the Ming Dynasty tombs, we went to the Jade factory and had lunch there. I wasn’t really a fan of jewelries and picture taking wasn’t allowed inside so I wasn’t able to take photos. But it was okay, i was too excited to think about our next destination to actually care.

Yes, my dear readers, this is the Great Wall of China.

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It is the wall that united the 7 kingdoms of China against the Mongolians, making way for the first ever Dynasty, the Qin Dynasty. Now I know where George RR Martin gets his inspiration! The story sounded like Jon Snow’s Wall, the Wildlings and the whole Targaryen thing and ruling of the 7 kingdoms of Westeros!

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The Great Wall of China is one of the seven wonders of the world and is the only man made architecture that can be seen from outer space. Yes! That’s how great it really is! It is estimated to be around 20, 000 km in length but only 8, 000 km have been discovered and around 2, 000 km has already been destroyed due to natural calamity.

22Sunglasses: SunniesbyCharlie | Dress: Brandsmart| Scarf: SM Accessories | Shoes: Fila

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TIP: When planning to visit the Great Wall, don’t go to the Badaling part of the wall. That’s where tourists usually go because it’s nearest from the city. I recommend Mutianyu. Or better, Simatai. During our visit, Simatai was under renovation so I booked a tour to Mutianyu instead.

What’s Black and White and Asian? PANDAS! So for our third day, I asked the tour guide to bring us to Beijing’s Great Panda Zoo.

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I was expecting to hug or feed a Panda on my visit. But I was greeted with sleeping and eating Pandas instead. Bummer.

Part of me was actually heartbroken seeing them inside a cage. I then remembered why I’m not really a fan of the zoo. I don’t like seeing animals inside cages, looking lonely and miserable.

I learned, however, that Pandas are very much like cats. They spend most of their time sleeping and eating.

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After our quite sad visit of the Pandas, I asked our tour guide to drive by Beijing’s Olympic Egg just so we could take pictures.

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Beijing really outdid themselves with their preparations for the 2008 Olympics. They built a stadium that looked like a nest and a cube. The whole place was surrounded with 5 star hotels and convention centers. There were even shopping centers full of luxury brands too.

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On our last day, we visited the Lama temple and Confucian temple. I wasn’t able to take pictures in the Lama temple because I see people praying and taking photos inside the temples wasn’t allowed. So I did alot of picture taking when we strolled around the Confucian temple.

Remember the golden rule? Was it ‘Do not do unto others what you would not want them to do unto you’?

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“What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others” – Confucius

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This is where you go when you want to learn about the Confucian way. According to our guide, the place is usually packed during exam time. Students would go and pay tribute to Confucius and ask his guidance in taking their exams.

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32Dress: Ziya| Sandals: Zara

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Yes, that’s my parents. We rode on a rickshaw around Hutong. We actually had the chance to explore what it’s like to live in one of Beijing’s first ‘subdivision’. According to our guide, this is where workers and other members of the Royal Palace resided.

You can actually tell the level in the society of the resident by looking at their door. The more ‘star’ (the one at the top of the door with a chinese symbol) you have, the more important you are in society. Two stars like the ones below usually means you are part of the Imperial guards with a higher rank.

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We also had a chance to roam around Nanluoguxiang. This hutong is actually a famous tourist spot in Beijing. It kind of reminded me of Manila’s Binondo. There are so many stores that sells cheap stuff. There are also restaurants near the lake where you can see foreigners eating and drinking with locals. The place was really alive. Especially at night.

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I wasn’t able to take pictures while strolling Wangfujing street. The place was actually surrounded with malls and branded stores. I even saw a Bench store inside Beijing Mall! Anyways, it was already getting dark and I am really lazy in taking my DSLR with me whenever I go shopping. Teehee.

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So that’s it! My China experience is definitely one of my most treasured memories. China is amazingly good at preserving their culture regardless of how urbanized their country already is. And I really appreciate and love that about them!

I may be ending my travel diary here but I’m definitely going back there again!

–the girl who’s lost in Desire’s lair–

The Great China Experience: Part 1

I’ve been to China twice now. The last time I was there, it was strictly for business so I had no time to roam around Shanghai. So I was really excited for my second trip since I arranged a sidetrip in Beijing for us. However, we still had time to spare in Ningbo. And I guess it was a great thing because we didn’t know that Ningbo had so much to offer.

Anyway, I’d like to share to you guys some of the photos I took when I was there. I used my Samsung Galaxy S3 because I’m a lazy blogger. Hahaha!

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It was my first time to use another Airline (we usually book with Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines) and I gotta say, I wasn’t disappointed. China Eastern Airlines wasn’t that bad as what the reviews about them usually say. The flight attendants were friendly and can speak English. Although if you are not familiar with their accent, you have to listen closely. Also, FREE FOOD! LOL And it was really fun because they served us food from China. It was kind of scary not knowing what exactly you are eating but I guess, that’s another way to enjoy the food. Haha!

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Your Asian trip won’t be complete without seeing signs like this. No offense, okay? They’re just really funny. :D

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We went to China via Shanghai. And then from Shanghai we went to Shangyu by car. We had to visit there first for our business transaction before finally going to Ningbo. It was a really great drive because a brand new BMW fetched us. LOL

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For our first free day, we went to the mountains near Ningbo to do some Red Bayberry picking. It was a really cool experience since it was my first time to do something like that. The place was refreshingly cool even though it was Summer.

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The place has also temples around so we were lucky to experience the beauty of preserved China culture in Ningbo. I also enjoyed our Asian lunch at the area. I realized how Chinese people have a thing for dipping vegetables in soy sauce. And that they eat rice AFTER the ulam. I actually requested that they serve the rice first and they gave me this weird look. I’m sorry but I am Filipino,  no matter where you take me. LOL

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After our berry picking session, we went to Cicheng. The people in Ningbo usually call it, Small Town. I asked our Chinese friend why but she also doesn’t know the reason. What’s more funny was it was also her first time visiting the place. Haha! I guess touring around business partners do have benefits. ;)

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We wrapped the day by hitting downtown to eat dinner. One of the things I observed in my stay there is that they order a lot of food. Like A LOT. I guess they still practice the tradition of having 8 different kinds of food on the table. Or maybe 9? Sometimes I even think it’s 12. LOL

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Someone suggested over my Instagram account to visit Lao Wai Tan. It’s actually near our hotel so it was no problem for us. Lao Wait Tan is Ningbo’s gimik area. It’s near Ningbo’s river so you can also admire the lights from downtown. It kind of reminded me of Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong. Lao Wai Tan had so many bars and they were all populated with different races. You can see foreigners and locals drinking together, having fun. I tried their TsingTao when I was there. Beer is not really my thing but the taste was okay, i guess.

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For our second free day, my Mom and I did some strolling and shopping. Our hotel was within Ningbo’s shopping district so it was easy to go there. It was really fun observing people. Sometimes, people would even approach us. I’m not sure about this but I don’t really find myself Chinese-looking. LOL

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My Love From the Star was a big hit, not only in the Philippines but in China as well. Here’s a picture of Jun Ji-Hyun (Cheon Song Yi in the hit korean drama) in a department store. She’s one of the endorsers of a certain brand there. I also saw a big billboard of both Jun Ji-Hyun and Kim Soo-Hyun (Do Min Joon) endorsing the Samsung S5 in China.

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The night before we left for Beijing, we toured around Tianyi Square. It’s where the high end shops of luxurious brands are situated. Of course I had to visit Zara and H&M, two of my favorite brands. It was really awesome because of the HUGE price difference compared to the shops here. I guess it’s because most of their products were made there in China.

I also got to try their street food. I had to ask our Chinese friend to be honest with me of what kind of meat was in the barbecue, she just laughed at me but told me it was beef in the end. Hey, I really don’t want a taste of dog or cat!

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On the third day, we left Ningbo and flew to Beijing. I maybe a traveler but I’m not really good with turbulence. They’re really scary! My coping mechanism during these times are cute boys like Nicholas Hoult. LOL. I watched Jack the Giant Slayer during the whole plane ride. It was really bumpy because of the weather.

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Here are the two photos I took with my DSLR…

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The Night vs. Day photo in Ningbo. To answer your curiousity, that’s not exactly fog that you see. That’s smog. And yes, the river is color brown. According to our friend, China may be overpopulated and really polluted but the government is already doing something about it. The increase of diseases and bad tourist reviews had an impact on the government’s decision. In fairness, their streets were clean and there were so many plants and tress around. I guess China is currently on rehab.
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That’s it for now. This is just my Ningbo experience. I’m posting my Beijing experience next week.

China is a very big country. It’s not only Shanghai or Beijing that is worth the visit. I actually think the other provinces are more worth it, like Nanjing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou. There’s just so much you can see in China. I highly recommend you put this country in your bucket list. :)

–the girl who’s lost in Desire’s lair–

Pastel Overload

It’s time to bring out those pretty pastel clothes we’ve been saving for Summer!

1Top from Vietnam

2Thrifted shorts

4Accessories from Mom’s closet

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6For Her sunglasses

7Michael Kors watch

3SoFab flats

The heat here in Gensan is sometimes unbearable. Summer is indeed upon us, as well as the El Niño phenomenon. So you guys need to protect yourselves by wearing sunglasses and sunscreens. I have very sensitive skin and I’m not really a fan of sticky lotions so I usually opt for breezy long sleeved tops. Pastel colored clothing is also a friendly choice so as not to blind people more with neon colored things. LOL. And last but not the least, we all need to conserve energy and water. It’s crucial at times like this.

–the girl who’s lost in Desire’s lair–