Vegas was the last leg of my annual family summer trip. My parents have been here a couple of times, and they wanted me and my siblings to see it at least once in our lifetimes. This being said, I don’t know if I’ll ever come back to this place again… unless there’s an important event that I have to attend. It’s a great place to unwind if you’re into casinos, pool parties, sexy girls, celebrity chefs, touring hotels, and whatnot. Unfortunately, my heart lies in big cities, and places with museums and historical architecture.
To be fair, I have to chalk my so-so Vegas experience up to getting super sick and spraining my foot out of nowhere, lol. Murphy’s law. I kept joking to my parents about Vegas knowing of my disapproval. As a form of revenge, it decided to pull a bad prank on me!
Oh well. At least I struck gold with shows like Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, Absinthe, and Cirque du Soleil’s O. I don’t mind going to Vegas for the shows. I do mind that I have absolutely nothing to do during the day, haha
Paris’ Eiffel Tower?
Rome’s Trevi Fountain?
Venice’s Campanile di San Marco?
No, it’s just Vegas, haha.
Daytime!Vegas is not the Vegas we always see in movies.
How Vegas looks like before all the parties start. Not a surprise to see only a few people walking around. The rest are still probably nursing their hangovers…
Or sleeping their hearts out because a lot of the shows end rather late…
Or gambling, lol.
Hey Crissey, I found a Coke store!
If you walk along the street, you can find a lot of people wearing costumes and asking for donations.
It’s scorching hot during the day so everyone’s somewhat forced to go inside the hotels and malls… which are all inspired by different countries!
I love me some Rick Owens.
Went to Carlo’s Bakery, home of the Cake Boss! It’s times like these that I’m grateful to have a foodie as a younger brother. I would’ve totally skipped this place if I were just on my own.
Of course, I had to get my favorite kind of cake - strawberry shortcake! It was glorious.
Would you have your face immortalized like those busts that we see in museums…?
Saw Chrome Hearts at Caesar’s Palace. If you follow K-pop boy groups, you’ve probably heard about this brand before.
I’ve always wanted that LV bag.
As if I don’t already have a surplus of black bags. u_u
The H&M store in Caesar’s Palace is something that you definitely can’t miss! It is all sorts of beautiful.
Sickly me, resting before the Absinthe show.
We only decided which shows to watch once we arrived in Vegas. We asked around, and read some reviews online. A lot of people raved about Absinthe, a show that I’ve never heard of before.
The show was a mix of acrobatics, cabaret, and adult humor.
We’re all old enough in the family to not be awkward when watching these things together…
…and they actually laughed their asses off when I got randomly called on stage to receive lap dances from strangers.
LOL @ the chances of me being chosen!
The show’s not all about adult humor though! The stunts were all pretty good too.
Finally, nighttime! Now this is the Vegas that I know.
The world’s largest chocolate fountain in Bellagio!
Paris, Las Vegas. Kind of like New York, Cubao. Or not really.
Speaking of New York…
All of the lights - cop lights, flash lights, spot lights, strobe lights, street lights.
Vegas show girls? Or just some random girls cosplaying as show girls?
Vegas life only starts once the sun goes down.
Still have 2 posts to go, then I’m finally done with all my US 2014 posts! I secretly don’t want it to end though. Obviously. What am I doing posting a trip from June… in October?!
Wearing army green before the time of the year arrives when I transform into a frolicking floral fairy for spring/summer. I’m starting to wear brighter colors again, and this is only among the many changes in my life since the year started.
I have recently expressed interest in learning new things and have taken the initiative to “level up” for personal development. I admit that in the past 3 years (since college graduation), I’ve been too pre-occupied with my career, existing hobbies and blog to do anything else with my life, and I’m starting to miss school and learning. I was never the type of student that hated school anyway so I’m really set on taking a few lessons or courses here and there, if time permits.
I really want to brush up on my Nihongo because I’ve been going to Japan a lot and it would not only be practical to be able to converse properly, but also be a good way to spend my idle time. My dream is to be able to watch J-dramas and anime without relying on subtitles. GANBATTE TO ME!
I also want to learn how to cook, thanks to my boyfriend who can cook and bake like a boss. Never found it appealing until I saw him in action. Believe it or not, I don’t even know how to cook rice or fry an egg. I just know how to microwave instant noodles and leftovers, and dial certain phone numbers for my junk food cravings. If you leave me alone on an island, I’ll probably die within a few hours.
Exercising is still very unappealing to me until now, but I think I should at least find an alternative to the gym that will keep my organs from failing me in the future? I keep telling myself to go out for a run or for a swim, but my butt seems to be glued to my bed. I need to stop being the self-proclaimed ambassador of sedentary lifestyles.
Driving is also my priority this year even if it sucks to drive around Manila (Jeepneys and buses will be the death of me, huhu). I fear for my life, but I have start depending less on other people for transportation.
Or depend less on other people in general. I already do a lot of things on my own but I’m still not as independent as I want myself to be because of the obvious lack of necessary life skills. Turning 25 has made me overly self-critical, but I know for a fact that there is always room for self-improvement. I never want to stop learning. My thirst for knowledge has never been stronger.
I can’t be any more cliche than this. Only 4 days left before Christmas and I can’t help but inject some red into my monochromatic wardrobe. It’s such a festive color!
All of these outfits feature EMODA items, which makes me wonder if I have too many EMODA in my closet, lol. Besides shopping in Japan and HK, I’m also always ordering from their global webstore. They just started their End of Season Sale yesterday, and I was able to get some items that were 70% off!
I keep promising myself to not shop for anything before my Taiwan trip in January, but I can’t keep still when there are all sorts of good deals around me!
Jumping on the midi circle skirt bandwagon with this one. You can pair anything with this skirt and still end up looking ultra feminine. This is exactly why everyone needs to have at least one of these in their closets.
Apparently, I’ve also caught the holiday fashion bug with the colors I used for this outfit. How is it already November? My heart and mind are still stuck in June!
I found the nicest summer weekend dress! Sleeveless dresses are rather tricky for me, but this one is just more than ideal with the kind of cut that I am always drawn to. Forgive my lack of proper boobage (Oh yes, I said it.) to fill this dress out properly, but the dress is kind of amazing for still making me seem like I have a feminine figure, especially with the belt accessory to accentuate the waist. It’s so rare for me to find sleeveless dresses that don’t emphasize my strange boxy body type. /cry
The black of the belt matches the black of my heels perfectly, like salt and pepper or peanut butter and jelly. It’s easy to misconstrue this as overthinking outfits too much. In all honesty though, I think I’m just immensely obsessive about the colors that I wear - being all matchy-matchy is like second nature to me already.
ALSO, don’t these heels look just like the Zara ones from a few seasons ago? Lucky me, as I failed to buy the real ones while they were still in stores. What a steal.
Simple black and yellow outfit from no other than Bayo. I’m sure you can find similar stuff in your own closets, but that’s exactly the magic in this brand. There is beauty in simplicity, and Bayo definitely offers all things simple yet beautiful.
Often times in the past, I would feel conflicted about wearing clothes that looked normal versus ones that were able to steal attention from surrounding passersby. Somehow, back then, it was easy to fall into the trap of losing yourself in a world you thought was full of glitz and glamour. Some years ago, one of the worst things anyone could tell me was that I looked too basic and that my clothes were just as basic as the quality of my craft.
It took me more years of life experiences to realize that going back to the basics has always been my strong point, and that my very first encounter with the world I chose to be in will always come more natural to me than the second or third. I chalk this up to those awkward, immensely uncomfortable, too-overdressed, who-am-I-anyway moments when I simply tried too hard to fit in. Well, all I have to say to that I like wearing stuff that normal people wear. If I can’t be couture, then there shouldn’t be any problem.
I have interests beyond what most of you can see from what I share here. And those interests may or may not be about me. But at the end of the day, I always make a conscious effort to remind myself that the world is so much bigger than me and that I need to get over myself and what others think. Such a cathartic feeling afterwards.
I may not be attending glamorous formal balls or partying the night away, rubbing elbows with the hottest people in town, but that doesn’t make me less of a fangirl of life. :D