Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Urban Traveler and Co.

In every man's get up, a set of durable and high-quality accessories is a must-have. From a strenuous office meeting, all the way down to late parties, one will not only depend on the outfit alone but on the entire details of what one is wearing. Bags, key holders, cell phone cases or holders, cash cards, planner holders, and a lot more, these are the basic accessories each working lad needs. Speaking of which, these important items can be seen inside the Urban Travel Company boutique located on the 2nd floor of The Powerplant Mall inside the Archeology Wing.

Been in the industry for a long time, the brand houses a lot of labels across the world like Venque, This is Ground, Ideal and Co, Gnome and Bow, Bellroy, Orbitkey, Key|Smart, Secrid, Bomber and Company, Archival, DD, and Kisetsu. Not only these brands are known globally, Urban Traveler Co is after the 4 qualities on why they include these names inside their store. First things first, every stuff they are selling is DURABLE. Most of the products are made of authentic leather which will definitely last a lifetime or how one is using it. Second is the FUNCTIONALITY of the goods. Each merchandise can be reversed, can be utilized as a shoulder bag, messenger bag, or depending on how one would like to sport it. Third reason is the items' FORM that can definitely match everyone's lifestyle. Lastly, VALUE, although one can admit that each product's price is not a joke, but it is all about the quality. One will definitely get what one is paying for, and I will say that I will invest on this than getting an inexpensive bag but will last for a couple of months.
One of the featured brands inside the Urban Traveler Co's boutique is Venque (pronounced as Venk). The brand was born in 2011 created solely by 2 Canadian brothers named Viktor and Simon. Altogether with their interest in fashion, design, and its aesthetics, they started to formulate the outlooks of what their bag should look like. From then on, the label managed to stay strong in the market with sales whooping across the world.
Bellroy, one of the classical brands of all time is also featured inside the store. With its design evolution of wallets and cell phone holders, the label injects the appropriateness of its look with everyone's lifestyle. Moreover, it does not take aside the ideas of quality and durability.
If you want to see the collection in flesh, you all have time in the world to visit their store located in Rockwell Powerplant Mall R2 Level Archaeology Wing. Also, if you want to be in the loop of the latest happenings, events and promotion, kindly check this website: You may also check their Instagram page (@urbantravellerco). 

Stay tuned with my OOTD sporting one of the bags I picked inside the store. I will keep you posted. :)

Friday, 14 October 2016

The reasons why I do not want to cut my hair yet.

Back to my pre-adolescent years, I have been trying to make my hair longer, but the school's policy prohibited me and advised me to keep it short and well-maintained. I talked to my parents about this matter but they just shied me away to this notion and advised me to just focus on my studies. As I grew up, I came up with great excuses why I wanted to have a long hair. It was not about looking cool out of this, it was more about the 3 life goals I planned that I needed to fulfill as fast as I can. 
When I was younger, I wished to come in UK to fulfill my dreams and work as a nurse. Before I will make it there, I need to pass my IELTS exam and get at least 7 in all subtests. I had 3 attempts before making it, believing that it was God's will why I made it on my last try. This was the perfect timing that He provided me, to live in a different country, and chase my wildest dreams as a nurse and as a blogger.
My second goal is to have my own car. Aside from the intense reviews I underwent when I was preparing for IELTS, I applied to a lot of freelance jobs and had the opportunity to work for them and save up. I am eyeing this blazing blue wigo model since last June, and I think it will not be bad to give it to myself for working hard, right? Last but not the least is to experience donating hair for a cancer patient. Being a nurse, I saw a lot of heartbreaking stories pertaining to this kind of disorder, their struggles and what they experienced since day 1 (whether they lost or won the battle). I am planning to cut my hair at least a week before my flight heading to London. I just hope that it will be long enough to create a wig suitable for someone needing it.
Details: Eyeglasses (Sunnies), Shirt (Uniqlo Ph), Athletic Shorts (Adidas), Duffel Bag (Herschel Supply), and Sneakers (Zalora Ph)
As of now, I only achieved 1 out of my 3 goals. I know I still have a long way to go, but hey, I am working on everything right now. Now it is your turn, what is/are your goal/s in life that you are willing to gamble everything you have to make things happen? Share your story on the comment box below, I will wait for it. :)

Photos by Angel Tacbad

Monday, 10 October 2016

My Vietnam Trip Visual Diary Part 2 - People

It was a struggle at first when I visited Hanoi. I arrived as late as 12:30AM (Vietnam Time, 1:30AM Ph time), but quite amazed on how clean and organized their airfield was. I approached a middle-aged guy who had my name on his poster and greeted him. I tried my best to converse but he was unable to understand and speak English that much so I decided to shut my mouth. It was a long and quiet drive of around 45 minutes until I reached my transient home and sighed as I went out of the car. I checked in, talked to a sleepy lady, and concluded that my first day in the city was not as welcoming as I thought it would be. My 2nd day was a different story. Phoebe (GA Hostel's receptionist) redeemed herself and went on an extra mile by guiding me using a map. She helped me figure out the locations of the best restaurants in which I can eat sticky rice, and the areas in which I can find convenience stores, KFC and Jollibee (yes, there's one in Hanoi!). I started roaming around, took pictures, and these were the images I caught.
I skipped taking pictures on my 3rd day for I need to take my IELTS examination and be focused on passing it (I had my result and it was in my favor, wuhoo!). Anyhow, living in a hostel was quite fun as compared to staying in a luxurious hotel. First things first, I have met a lot of well-traveled people who visited at least 10 countries under a limited budget. Unconsciously, I felt the urge and encouragement to travel alone more. Second, learning a foreign language was a great experience. Third, drinking beers with different races was one of the best entries in my diary. Lastly, my endurance went up after having a series of walks and hang-outs with them (they prefer walking instead of riding a cab).
I had to leave after my 5-day stay because I had some things to do in the Philippines. The experience was great, the food were at its finest and quite inexpensive. I will definitely come back to experience not just Hanoi, but the entire Vietnam. I hope my salary will allow me for it!
I cannot wait to have my solo international trip again, but I would not mind bringing someone with me. Thank you for dropping by! :)
Sunday, 2 October 2016

My Vietnam Trip Visual Diary Part 1 - Places.

When I was younger, I was really scared of traveling alone. I did not trust myself that much because I am not as independent and self-sufficient for daily adventures. Until I reached my current age and decided to try soul-searching. Although we have great places here in our country, I chose to go out of the country to understand other people's cultures, meet various races, and find myself. I had a lot of problems lately that I lost my sense of self along the way. I did not expect anything as I headed straight to Vietnam, I just want to know myself more. Good thing, I discerned a lot of lessons and brought it here on where I am currently sitting now. My maturity and perspective about life widened to the farthest extent I cannot imagine. For today's visual diary, I just want to share some of the places I have been that you might want to consider visiting in Hanoi, Vietnam.
For my next write-up, I will share a simple story regarding my first impression about the Vietnamese citizens, different people I have met along my journey, and what was life living in Hanoi. Expect more photos on my second blog pertaining to Vietnam, so please stay tuned. :)