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.

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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...


  1. Anonymous12:37 PM

    who takes this photos?? its darn good!

  2. Thanks anonymous! For this post, my husband took the photos using camera phoneĆ¼ He's really creativeĆ¼

  3. Anonymous12:17 PM

    i'm moving to canberra soon. never thought of layering a maxi dress with a long knit cardigan. looks good tho :)

  4. Hi! Yes layering is a must here, especially now that winter is setting in and it has been said that it's going to be the coldest winter yet =) So pack the heavy stuff and invest in good thermals =) They will be your best friend this winter. Good luck on your move!