This blog was brought about by one and ONLY one thing - BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE.

Join my journey as a young housewife in another country armed only with limited articles of clothing and a good sense of practicality against the ever-changing four seasons. My personal challenge is to survive a year with just the things I came with. Emergency clothes purchases should not go above $10.

Help me by following my blog and holding me accountable on this self-imposed challenge.

Timer starts now!


How To Thread Your Eyebrows

I was forced to learn this when I first went here last 2010. I was too kuripot to have it done in the salons here (because they cost an arm and a leg!).

Step 1: Get a thread (not too long). I usually just guesstimate or do trial and error. Long threads make it harder to operate.

Step 2: Make a knot (best to do a double knot so it doesn't unravel during threading)

Step 3: I do not know how to call this so I'll just say "make an infinity kembular". This is done by twisting the thread on your right hand while the left hand stays still. The more the merrier.

Step 4: Place the thread over the eyebrows making sure that the hair you wanted to remove is after the "infinity kembular area" (big triangle). Note that the left forefinger and thumb are touching each other.

Step 5: Open left forefinger and thumb. At this point the "infinity" knots should have "razed" over the hairs (for lack of better term, sorry!). Achievement unlocked! Yipee!

So sleepy, time to go! 
Special thanks for ze husband's photography skills!


Food on my mind

This photo was taken a month ago when my cravings were so crazy. That day I was imagining eating a thick, juicy hamburger with melted cheese, bacon and tomatoes.

Autumn afternoon

I though I was just getting the pre-menstrual bloated feeling because I noticed that day I can hardly close my belt (which was low-waist), I did not know that I was already growing a baby then! Hehehe

Suddenly everything seems appealing and edible! I never thought I could eat so much, it would put all carpenters to shame! =))

Taken 4 days ago. Still not showing.

Lately, I've been leaning towards comfortable clothing. Mainly because I am too lazy to dress up (I get dizzy easily) and it's too cold now to be wearing dresses.

See you soon! =)


Sunny Thoughts

It feels like I am here

Igloo. Image courtesy of the internet.

When I would rather be here

Boracay, November 2009

With the hubby

Walking the world-famous Boracay sands

Sipping on this

Jonah's Mango Shake

Eating this

Villaluna's: Drooling over my mom's spaghetti, fried chucks and chocolate cake =( I wish I can taste and eat them NOW!

and that

Samson's: Sushi platter, Palabok and Puto bumbong!

A blessed Holy Week everyone!


Into the woods

What to do with  a skirt that I only use inside the house, a so-so sweater and a men's tuxedo shirt? You layer them all up! It looks preppy, practical and has the warmth factor. Just make sure your tights are not footless and has the thickness of at least 100 (you can buy this at your local grocery or department store)


 The yellow sweater actually has a pink sister, but today I decided to wear yellow. Pink on midnight blue might make the outfit dark. In my opinion (disclaimer: not necessarily an expert one) yellow makes a perfect contrast on anything that has a strong blue-base.

Yellow sweater from Surplus Shop, Jean and Rosz necklace, Sunnies from Rubi

The shirt is really a men's tuxedo shirt complete with pleats, button-down collar and french cuffs (the cuffs can be folded back and fastened with links).  This shirt was thrifted (as usual, hello!) from a girlfriend doing a garage sale (first dibs!) so my husband need not to worry.

I got the skirt from SM's Children's Wear Department a year ago. Obviously, the shoes is becoming my favorite. I bought it in Manila from a shop called Shoebox in Rockwell (and I also think they have a kiosk in Greenhills), their shoes are stylish, comfortable and most importantly- affordable.

Actual photo of the sky, no edits.

I could not resist taking a picture of the autumn sky (at 7:30pm). It was magnificent! It looked menacing and lovely at the same time. Terrible and beautiful, light and dark all creating a picturesque scene which left me struck.


Walk in the Light

 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
   who walk in the light of your presence, LORD. 

                                                                                                             - Psalm 89:15

I was reminded of this passage when I saw this photo. It was because the shot was perfectly taken just as I walked into the light (kudos to my husband for being photographer of the day!) which gave me that glow =) Don't you just love it how a situation or a thing glows in perspective when you shine a light on it?

 Lately, God has been showing me that that are no roads too dark, nor paths too hazy for His light to shine on. All things get clearer when you ask Him in prayer to see it through His eyes.

Red and blue stripped dress from SM Teens department, Shoes by Shoebox.

Have a blessed Lenten Season everyone =) I am sorry that I wasn't able to post as much lately because of schedule. I should have a more regular posting sched in the next two weeks =)


The Hill

My husband and I were curious about this particular lump of land on the side of a major highway. My sister-in-law pointed it to us one time when we were going home. It looked like a lonesome Chocolate Hill.

We decided to go there and see for ourselves what it looks like. When I got on top the view was like a country shot straight from the movies! There was a fence along the perimeter and a house with a barn. In between were cows and a tractor. It was so "in-uma style" (Uma is Ilonggo for farm), which I really missed =)

Although the sun was out, it still felt chilly. Thanks to Candy for lending me her camel/brown cardigan. It has tassels which, in my opinion, were a perfect compliment to the scenery! I had problems in the past wearing this slip dress because it seemed too bland and kept falling off my shoulder. Today I discovered that it is best worn with a belt (and hiked a bit). I paired it with my wedding shoes (camel peep toe) because it gives the illusion of long legs (any shoes close to skin color will have this effect).

Accessorized with my DIY necklace. The pendants change colors under the light, the teardrop shape reminds me of mussels (tahong).

Have a good week ahead! 


Summer state of mind

Yesterday I woke up at 6am (to prepare hubby's breakfast) and noticed that the sky was still dark. This signals the end of summer and the onset of autumn. I was quite sad to see summer go=( This morning and up until afternoon, it just rained.

So today I decided to do a tribute for summer.

I used the same maxi dress during my preps for our wedding, so this has got to be one of the few dresses that I will never forget (aside from the fact that it was only $5! What a bargain!) Since Canberra has very erratic weather (you can have all 4 seasons in a day!), it is only but practical that I learn how to layer my clothes.

I topped the halter maxi dress with a knitted black cardigan which was ukay-bought (P50). The details on the cardi reminds me of the "bola-bola" (sticky/glutinous balls)  in Ginataan. Isn't it cute? Like you have to resist the urge to pluck them out or something.

Summer my friend, most of the time you had been harsh but I will surely miss and long for you especially when winter sets in. Until next time...