Christmas and Birthday Haul!

Hi everyone! Please watch my latest video on YouTube wherein I did a haul of all the presents that I got for Christmas and for my birthday! Don’t forget to hit subscribe too hihi.

And I also just started school yesterday and I already don’t want to go back hahaha! I’m a bit nervous for this upcoming semester, as I always am, but I am still hopeful that I will have a great 2017 ahead of me, so tiwala lang haha.

Thank you so much for watching, MWAH!

xo, moira ❤

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How to Make Life Suck Less

I once read on the internet that before going to sleep at night, you should write down or at least think of three things about your day that you are grateful for. It can be as random as getting the wings of your eyeliner on fleek or something as big as passing an exam or getting a promotion. It claims that if you do this routine every day, you will feel a lot lighter and that you will become happier in general. I don’t really remember the exact date of when I read this, but it was probably during a time I felt real sad or alone (or maybe I was just overthinking HAHA), and I was so desperate to find ways to be happy again, which is why I turned to Google and that is how I found the story I just mentioned. haha! So because I was desperate, I thought to myself why not try it. There really is nothing to lose and I was also curious if it will actually work or not. So earlier this year, I began including three things I am grateful for in my prayers every night, and I haven’t stopped since then. It has now been months since I started this short but meaningful routine and I can proudly and happily say that it does work! I don’t know, I guess when you remember to be thankful for the good things that happened in your day, it makes life suck a little less. By doing this, I realized that we must always, and I mean ALWAYS, be grateful for all the blessings we get in life, even ordinary things like having food on our plate or having nice clothes to wear. Remember that no matter how crappy life can be, there will always, again ALWAYS, be something to be thankful for. ❤

So now, I want to share with you the three things I am currently grateful for/things that are making me happy right now! 🙂

  1. How motivated I am to do well in school! Nerd lang? haha but kidding aside, I really am glad about the fact that I am actually enjoying most (not all) of my subjects this semester. It’s probably because I have a really good set of professors and even if this sem’s workload is A LOT heavier than the last two years, I’m still having fun along the way because I have very supportive friends who are there for me and we make sure to help each other out as much as we can, and it doesn’t hurt to laugh (or maybe cry lol) with them too since it makes us have a tighter bond. I guess misery really does love company, haha!
  2. Getting enough sleep! I have two professors who are out this week so I’ve mostly been just at home but I ain’t chilling though ’cause I have lots of stuff to accomplish. Nevertheless, since I didn’t need to wake up early for the past days, I got to sleep in and get some proper sleep! I’ll probably regret it though HAHA but nothing really beats the comfort of your own bed. ❤
  3. Being inspired to blog! And no, not that kind of inspired HAHA. Basically, earlier this day, I was reading Vern and Verniece Enciso’s blog and their writing style is just perf for me! That is why it inspired me to put up a post right now and I am so happy that I don’t have writer’s block today hehehe.

So there! I hope this post inspires you to list down, whether literally or mentally, three things that you are grateful for every day. For I promise you, it will really make your life suck a little less!

Don’t be shy to comment down below if you want to share your own list of what’s making you happy right now so we can all spread a little positivity on the internet! 🙂

 

xo, moira ❤

Unpretty

“You can buy your hair if it won’t grow

You can fix your nose if he says so

You can buy all the makeup that MAC can make

But if you can’t look inside you

Find out who am I to

Be in a position to make me feel so damn unpretty.”

This song has been stuck in my head and I too have been feeling quite off or “unpretty” for the past days now. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been so stressed out lately… I don’t know. But I do know that tomorrow is an opportunity for a better day and that bad days don’t last forever. ❤

May God bless us all in the coming week!

P.S. Don’t try to be pretty or let anyone simplify you to just “pretty.” All of us are so much more than that. 🙂

xo, moira ❤

Why I Chose to Stay in Architecture

So, let’s talk about my course.

I am currently a sophomore at UP Diliman and I am taking up BS Architecture. I have always wanted to be in this course ever since I was a little girl. You see, growing up, I loved watching design shows on television like Clean House, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Carter Can, Mission Organization, The Amandas, and so many more! Whenever I watch them, I can’t help but think that that’s what I want to be when I grow up. I want to have my own TV show and get the chance to remodel homes, because I feel like if I can give people a brand new home, then I can give them a brand new start as well. And that is why I chose to study Architecture.

However, this course is definitely not easy! Before entering college, I wasn’t really aware of that. I knew it was going to be challenging, but I didn’t know that it was going to be this difficult. I SWEAR. I mean, this course isn’t just about drawing, but it’s about designing. You have to consider all the client’s needs, the building codes, appropriate room and furniture dimensions, and so many more that even I can’t get a good grasp of all that. Arki life also means having all-nighters to finish your plates and study for that freakin’ Physics exam. Trust me, it gets pretty overwhelming.

The worst thing is that I can’t help but compare myself to others. Whenever there’s a plate submission, I look around me and I see amazing drawings that have been rendered beautifully by my classmates. I see scale models that look so clean and effortless. I see the passion in my friends’ eyes as they work on these things. And then there’s me. I’m the one who worked on my plate the night before, and yet my drawings still end up messy and mediocre because I’m not that talented or skilled in that area. I’m the one who isn’t passionate about the things I do in my course. I’m the one who is not even sure if I still belong here.

Of course, there have been times that I thought of shifting out. I mean, I’m sure every single architecture student out there experiences this dilemma. But the thing is, I don’t really have another course in mind. The only one I can think of is Interior Design, but that’s already so closely related to Arki, so why would I even shift out right? So in the end, I decided to stay.

I kept (and keep on) questioning myself if this is the right choice. Because what if there’s something better out there for me? Somewhere where I’d be happier and less stressed! What if Architecture is not what I want anymore? I mean, I don’t really want to be an “architect.” I just specifically want to have my own design show someday! But what if I get stuck in this course and I would have to spend my whole life working in architectural firms, when in reality, that isn’t really what I want?

So I thought to myself, maybe I should just remember why I started studying Architecture in the first place. I mean, there’s a saying right? Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will. And I suddenly remember about my dream of having my own TV show focusing on redesigning homes. However, the thought of it didn’t really excite me anymore because what are the chances that that dream would come true anyway. But suddenly, all of that negative thinking changed because of one Saturday.

I went inside my parents’ room and I found my mom watching a show called “Love It or List It.” It’s basically a show about remodeling homes, and I got so hooked on it! It felt like God was trying to send me a message saying “No, stay in your course. You have the potential to be a great designer someday. So never quit and I’ll take care of the rest.” Ever since that day, I always made it a point to allot some time into watching that show so that I’d be reminded and motivated to do well in my course. No, my dream is not mundane. The chances of achieving it are one in a million. But I will stay in my course because by doing just that, I am increasing the chances of getting to my dream, to where I want to be. I am not there yet, but I am one step closer.

It made me realize that I really did have to hold on to that one reason why it can work. I had to be reminded of why I started, and little signs like those are already enough for me to believe that I am capable of achieving anything. If the odds of living my dream of having my own design show is one in a million, then I would still take the shot because what if I do get that one chance in a million? It’s believing in that tiny possibility that makes the most impossible dreams come true.

I just have to trust that eventually, everything will fall into place in God’s perfect timing. Someday, I will look back on this moment of my life and be so glad that I didn’t give up. I don’t know for certain what will happen in the future, but right now, I am certain of my decision to stay in my course. I will finish what I started and I will continue to pray for the Lord’s guidance as I go on with my life.

Papanindigan at kakayanin ko ito.

 

xo, moira ❤

Keep It Classy

Lately, I have been really “busy” with school. Well actually, I think I have only been busy with one subject, which is Physics. Physics classes in UP Diliman really are hard, and they will require a lot of effort, patience, and TIME. I just let myself remember that once this semester is all done, I’ll hopefully and finally say goodbye to Physics! I am going to tell the whole world, the universe rather *wink*, that I survived freaking Physics 72! Yas gurl, claim it!! Anyway, this is one of the outfits I wore for school last week.

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This is what I would consider as a typical and ideal outfit for college. It is simple and classy, yet at the same time stylish and elegant. This outfit can also be worn for a class report that requires you to wear something professional-looking.

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Now let’s talk about the colors of the outfit. Wearing a dark blue blouse like this complements fair skin-toned people like me because of the contrast it creates. And then I decided to pair it with white pants and black flats. However, and this might be TMI for some of you, the combination of a dark blue top and white bottoms reminds me of a sanitary napkin commercial HAHAHAHAH. Actually, why do girls in sanitary napkin commercials wear white bottoms when they know for a fact that they are on their period?? hahaha #TMI. Oh, the things that come to my head for some reason…

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Top: Kurumi (Greenhills), Pants: Uniqlo, Shoes: Payless

time to cram the whole weekend! aaahhh!!

xo, moira ❤

The Secret to Mixing Patterns

I remember I was in my sophomore year in high school when I started to read fashion blogs. I would look them up every single day because I was obsessed with Filipina fashion bloggers. Usually, I would get my style inspiration from them and I would take note of all their tips and tricks. One trick that I learned from my favorite fashion bloggers, Vern and Verniece Enciso, is how to mix patterns without looking like a hot mess. The key is actually pretty simple, and that is to use patterns that are of the same color.

Here, I am wearing a black and white striped polo and black and white high-waisted polka-dotted shorts. That was a mouthful! (short story: I bought this top because it reminded me a lot of Zoella <3) By pairing these two pieces of clothing, I have created a look that is very chic and sophisticated. I guess it would be the perfect outfit for someone who works in the fashion world, granted that they are allowed to wear shorts. haha! But I actually wore this for a mini photoshoot that me and my friends had around more than a year ago.

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me and my girls ❤

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Polo: Forever 21, Shorts: Apartment Eight, Shoes: Chelsea (SM Department Store)

I hope you learned something new today! 🙂

xo, moira ❤

Here’s to Growing Up

Around this time last year, I was still a college freshman. I remember feeling so unmotivated to do anything school related because I just got back from semestral break. I just wanted to stay home and not do plates for I knew how tiresome they were going to be. A few weeks into the second semester, my high school best friends and I decided to visit the annual school fair of our high school. I was so excited to come because one, it would be a good break from all the stress in school and two, I would be seeing familiar faces and friends that I haven’t hanged out with in a while. As we got to the school fair, I felt so happy. I legitimately felt like I was in high school again, and everything just felt so familiar that it was like I was travelling back to the past and I didn’t want to come back to the present. But sadly, the fair only lasted for two days and it was suddenly back to college reality for me.

As I was about to sleep at night, I couldn’t help but think of how fun and amazing the weekend was. It was so perfect that I didn’t want it to end. It made me realize that I miss high school. I miss how it was so simple back then. I miss that everything was routine. I miss having a stable group of friends. I miss seeing my schoolmates. I miss everything about it so much that it made my cry a lot that night. I think that was the first time that I actually cried because I couldn’t keep all my emotions inside anymore, and I just wanted to let them all out of my system. (side note: I am not the type of person who is very much in touch with her feelings. So to cry because I was feeling sad is a big deal for me!)

From that point on, there wasn’t a single day in my life that I didn’t wish to go back to high school. College became too depressing and frustrating for me, and I couldn’t help but think that if it were high school, life would be a lot easier. I would have less worries and I would probably have a lot more self-confidence inside of me, compared to what I’m experiencing now. I missed my old life so much. But whether I liked it or not, life went on. I continued my life as a college student and to be honest, it hasn’t been a smooth and swift sailing ride. It was tough. It still is. And even if what I just really wanted was to go back in high school, I couldn’t. It was impossible. High school was and will never be in my life again.

Fast forward to today, I am already a college sophomore. Last weekend, it was time for the annual school fair of my high school again, and I was so excited to finally come back! However, as I got there, the place didn’t feel familiar to me anymore. I barely knew anyone and I felt out of place. I honestly felt so old and I didn’t feel like a high school student again. I just felt like a college student inside a high school campus. I wanted to leave because the place didn’t have that same “vibe” anymore.

I then realized that I am no longer the same person from last year anymore. I am not the same person who wanted nothing but to go back to high school. I am not the same person who wished to go back to the simpler days. I am not the same person anymore because in the span of that one year, I grew. 

I grew to know that high school was not for me anymore. That part of my life is over. And although I still miss it every day, I have come to accept the fact that I will never experience it again. I can’t let myself be boxed in in the world of high school when there is a larger world for me to conquer out there. And no, it won’t be easy. Like they say, life doesn’t get easier, but we just get better. Remember, life makes you better and lets you grow to be the best version of yourself and the person you were meant to be.

If you’re still in high school, I hope you treasure every moment so that when you graduate, you’ll have no regrets.

And if you’re still struggling to move on from your past life, just give it time. Give yourself a chance to grow. One day, you will just wake up and realize that you are not the same person anymore. You are already a better version of yourself.

Here’s to never growing up.

 

xo, moira ❤