Pyjama Style Sleeveless Top: Zara | Digital Print Shorts: Charlie from Zalora | Bag: Hermes | Espadrilles: Chanel | Necklace: Yhansy | Bracelets: H&M | Watch, Rings: Charriol
In my line of work, there are rare occasions where I get sent to various local regions to accompany clients who are monitoring our company’s events. Usually, these events fall on a weekend, and in exchange, we get to off-set an entire workday the following week. So on my free day, I decided to maximize the hours by sleeping in, getting a haircut, going to the gym, and meeting up with my sister who is currently studying Marketing in UA&P.
The great thing about having my sister in the same city is the security of having family within reach. Although she’s staying in an Opus Dei dormitory, I try to take her out at least once a week to catch up and relax. Sometimes, when I’m driving to work, I call her up and ask her how her day was–just so I know what’s up with her.
In a way, I’m finally back to being an older sister–a job I momentarily ignored for the past 7 years upon transferring to Manila. I feel a sense of responsibility towards her, like a guardian to a minor (in a sense, that is my role). I want to make sure she’s maximizing her full potential; I want her to learn as much as she can, meet and interact with a variety of people from all walks of life, and basically enjoy a holistic development as a person (must be the Atenean in me and the Magis principle imprinted in my being).
In the past month that she’s been here, I’m proud to announce that she’s exceeded expectations. Mine, specifically. I get so much flack from friends for setting the bars high considering she’s new and that my parents aren’t even that stringent when it comes to academics but… I know my sister can do it (even when there are days when she thinks she can’t).
So far, she’s been getting good grades and allotting time to study. She has a whole lot of friends–a variety of girls from Assumption, Poveda, and Woodrose, and was even voted as class treasurer. On top of it all, she’s a part of the UA&P pep squad, and a member of the school’s Handball organization.
Pretty holistic, huh!
Well, I know I don’t say it much to a lot of people but I’ve a lot of respect for my sister. She is the nicest human being this side of the planet, I swear. She shows maturity beyond her years–if there’s anything I’ve learned from her, it’s to be the bigger person. So yes, I do learn a thing or two from her and it always surprises me. I mean, I am the older sister so it’s very uncanny for me to learn rather than teach.
The thing is, we didn’t use to have the best relationship–we were 7 years apart after all, and I was your typical snooty smart aleck of a sister, and pretty much pretentious and introverted to boot. Despite our differences, I was still very protective of her (though I probably would not admit to this 10 years ago). I always made sure no one bullied her and that she wouldn’t get into any sort of trouble (which was never the case considering my sister is quite the social butterfly–Ms. Popularity and Congeniality rolled into one, and she was your proverbial goody-two-shoes).
My sister is a great person. She’s probably made out of cotton candy and glitters, seriously. The best thing about her is that she’s totally unaware of the fact that she’s amazing and that’s what draws people to her.
She took these photos by the way, but being the self-absorbed sister, I forgot to take her photo. 😐 Sorry, Paige! This outfit was pretty much reminiscent of my college fashion back in the day–I was always in some sort of silk blouse and a pair of short shorts! Haha! I’m not sure if colleges have dress-codes now but when I was in Ateneo, they weren’t as strict!
I got this pair of digital print shorts from Zalora.com.ph–currently, the biggest online mall in the Philippines.
I’ve been shopping at Zalora since it launched last, last year. When I’m in need of a quick fix or an impromptu gift, I always–without fail–depend on Zalora. Admittedly also, in the very rare occasions that I don’t have the time or the energy to physically lift my body to shop at a nearby mall, I browse through the roster of merchants within the Zalora website, and with the assistance of my laptop’s track pad, I am able to buy within the comforts of my own home.
From makeup, to designer sunnies, to furnitures–they’ve got it all, seriously! It’s a pretty comprehensive mix of items so it’s worth a visit. Trust me, you’ll be addicted and might altogether neglect malls in general (this happened to me last December). Here are a few of my other purchases from Zalora (if you follow my instagram, you would have already seen this loot):
I got myself a travel brush set from Charm, a necklace from Embellish, a pair of retro sunnies from Charlie, a fringe bracelet. an arm harness from Yhansy, and a pair of earrings from swoon–all delivered by Zalora.com.ph in a sealed box, at my door step!