Firstly, let’s pause and take time to send our prayers of goodwill to those who were and still are affected in Japan—residents, foreigners, and overseas Filipino workers alike. As someone who was caught in the middle of the Ondoy shit-storm (pardon my English), I still cannot fully wrap my head around what had just happened, considering the simultaneous chain of unfortunate events. Despite everything, I’m glad that the citizens are looking past the calamity and building life anew—stories on valiant individuals staying to operate a dangerous nuclear reactor and artists painting pictures inside evacuation centers to foster a hopeful environment.
Moreover, I’m also thankful that our country is left unaffected, and that my parents came home safely from Japan just a few days before the Earthquake and Tsunami struck. Given the devastation, our summer plans had been derailed (we were set to go to Korea during Holy Week), fearing the very slim possibility of radiation exposure—given this, I pledge to devote a portion of my supposed shopping money to efforts such as: The Google Crisis Response.
Given all the occurrences, I can’t help but wonder: “Has nature always been like this?” As a child, I don’t recall calamities striking as often as it had been these past few months. It just seems super surreal, I mean, these are instances that happen only in movies but I guess, maybe when we were young, we tend to not pay attention to world affairs.
Or maybe it didn’t really make sense to me back then that something as beautiful and as reliant as nature could possibly rebel against people. It’s always been giving and nurturing, even when we’ve continued to abuse it. I know it’s crazy to blame anyone or people in general for the various natural misfortune we’ve been experiencing but a thought hangs in my mind: “What if?”
What if this was nature’s response?
What if this was nature’s way of balancing things?
So this is my homage to nature–not my photos mind you (but that could work too), but rather, my attempt to rebuild it by contributing whatever it is I can give. I know I’m not exactly the epitome of a tree-hugging-hippie but I want to try my best to to help–I can do hypermiling, I can recycle, I can throw trashes, and I can opt to go organic. I’ll definitely look into it and I hope to make it through with all of you–maybe this is something all of us can do together.
Photo by: The Giant Flying Robot
White Lace Top: Forever 21 | Nude Tank Underneath: Forever 21 | Leather Belt: Guangzhou | Denim Shorts: Diesel | Feather Earring: Una Rosa | Leather Straps with Beaded Feather Tips used as a headband: SM Department Store Kid’s Section | Shoulder Bag: Gucci | Sandal Clogs: Oro Nero at CMG | Blazer: Guangzhou
On a semi-related note, the clogs I’m wearing are from Oro Nero. Oro Nero is a European brand and it’s being sold in countries like Hong Kong and China for almost 7,000 PHP–but I found these gorgeous pair from CMG for almost 50% of the price. Now, that’s a steal! It’s ultra comfortable and super duper gorgeous. It’s my favourite shoes for the month of March. Much love to it.