Earrings, Chain bracelet: Forever 21 | Mesh Bodysuit: Miss Selfridge | Gold Belt: Mango | Skirt with Gold Floral Details: Kirin Kirin | Power Ring: Kate Spade | Heels: YSL | Clutch: Glitterati
And yet another backlog, I apologize. I’ve so much outfit entries to post, but not enough time in this world to do so (given my numerous responsibilities and priorities)! Boo.
Anyway, this outfit shot was taken during our family’s modest New Year’s eve celebration in Cebu. As mentioned previously, I come from a somewhat traditional Filipino-Chinese family and was brought up to think the following beliefs pertaining to New Year were pretty much a given:
- Every family member of the immediate family should be present during the New Year’s eve festivities to uphold stronger bonds.
- To bring one’s home good luck, one must stay within premises until the clock strikes twelve.
- Each person must make loud noise and commotion (in the form of car-honking, fireworks, etc) the moment New Year sets in.
- Lechon must be served and eaten.
Admittedly, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more of a sourpuss when it comes to most Holidays. Sure, I look forward to Holy Week all the time, Christmas most especially, but I really wasn’t very welcoming towards the 2013 New Year. It wasn’t that I wasn’t happy or satisfied but I felt that it could have been better, you know? My New Year paled in comparison to my Christmas.
Firstly, my day job merely granted me minimal leaves for the Holidays in general.
Next, I didn’t get to spend my post New Year’s celebration with my boyfriend and we really wanted to watch the first sunrise of 2013 together.
Third, I didn’t get any New Year’s Eve angpaos.
Then lastly, the uncertainty of 2013–will it bring me bad luck and omen given my utter misfortune last 2012?
With all these thoughts and reflections, I was relegated to some corner tinkering with my laptop and not at all conversing. I guess I’m pretty transparent–when I’m moody, I try to keep to myself to avoid conflict or bad vibes. But as the night progressed, I learned to gradually let go of all the angst. There were, after all, so many things to be thankful for–obstacles and annoying factors of 2012 aside.
So maybe my vacation was brief, but at least I got to spend an important holiday with my family, right? The very individuals who continue to support, nurture, and love me unconditionally. Besides, I don’t get to spend so much time with them anyway so I should relish in the opportunity.
Next, just because my boyfriend and I aren’t physically together for the New Year doesn’t necessarily mean the holiday is any less meaningful. We’re happily dedicated and very much in love with one another, so I should be more than grateful that we’re welcoming 2013 as an even stronger (not to mention, happier) couple. Besides, we’re both very confident that we’ll have decades’ worth of sunrises to look forward to and I think that’s what ultimately matters. Everything is as it should be with us–we’re in a mature relationship and we’ve complete trust in ourselves and in our love to know that we’re meant for one another, definitely in this lifetime and in the next succeeding ones.
Third, it’s not like I don’t earn money so I shouldn’t even entertain thoughts of extorting any from my grandparents (plus, my parents have already agreed to get me the present that I want for Christmas).
Lastly, what’s in the past stays there, right? So why do I have to worry. Come what may, life is how you perceive it to be! And at that very moment, I declared 2013 to be awesome and I assure you all that I am going to own it. Considering it’s a little bit over the third week of January, I think I’ve done a pretty swell job–after all, with the very start of what 2013 has to offer at this short amount of time, everything is falling into place perfectly and life is nothing short of perfect.
I am well assured that 2013 is going to be all sorts of wonderful and I believe that nothing and no one will be able to ruin it for me, unless I allow them to. I am a firm believer of being able to choose my own destiny and at this moment, I am choosing for it to be amazing.