Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Bull Cap from OS
Jeans from Gian Romano
Creepers from Underground

all these beautiful photos are by Adrian Gonzales!

Lately, I've been too obsessed with buying things. Every week I find myself buying at least two new shirts. Just recently, I bought a pair of new boots from Solestruck (thanks to Karl and Ally of Gold Dot for including me in their discount code), and this morning I was  scrolling endlessly (again) on Ebay for new shoes to buy. I don't know why but I find it so hard to be satisfied on things that I already have. I guess if you're into fashion, it's normal to buy a lot of things because the world has an endless list of cool things to offer. I always feel happy and giddy when I have something new to add to my closet. But at the end of the day, I feel like I'm empty again and I need to buy something new.

My lifestyle now isn't exactly as simple as how it used to be a few years ago. While I was running on the treadmill this morning (yes, I subconsciously do self-searching in the gym), I remembered how I used to be when I was younger. The simple kind of life. When I was a kid, I was already happy when my grandparents had Halo-Halo inside the fridge for me as a reward for sleeping in the afternoon. I used to enjoy riding at the back of tricycles! My favorite toys were my Grandpa's wooden version of the Power Rangers's weapons (Red Ranger had the sword, Black had the axe, Pink had the bow and arrow, etc.) I used to be very happy when our Lazy Susan table had plenty of fruits on the middle. I only had seven pairs of shirts when I was younger (one shirt per day!) but I wasn't complaining about it. I used to live a simple life and I feel like it's too different to what I have now.

I guess as you grow older, you increasingly base your happiness on higher things.

It makes me realize one thing: I need to balance my lifestyle. I don't want to be pretentious and hypocrite to say that I will now be living a simple life from now on because it's not gonna happen. What I can commit is regulate my purchases and learn to appreciate the good things in my daily life that I take for granted. For example, even though it's scorching hot outside right now, I can just easily close all the windows, put down the blinders, and pretend it's December by turning on the airconditioner. I have eight pillows on my bed to keep me comfy every night. I have a really fast internet connection! I can enjoy blogging, downloading random movies and music, and looking at hipsterized photos on tumblr as long as I want to. I have so many cool friends that I could easily hang out with. Two years ago I only had two pairs of shoes, but now I have ten! My closet is filled with clothes that I haven't even worn yet. 

Contentment is a very tough word because it has it's pros and cons, but happiness and appreciation only have pros. I'm going to make sure all of the three are well-balanced from now on. 

And speaking of being appreciative, I got a small feature on UNLTDMGZINE online yesterday! If you got the time, please check it out HERE!


  1. That's a nice way to start a new lifestyle :) Bonne Chance, Paul!

  2. I'm in love with this photos!
    Your hair color <3

  3. cute how you take awesome photos on simple places :) good luck on your new "lifestyle" paul :)


  4. Oh those pineapple in background! I remember when I used to live in China and you see the fruit vendors sitting there cutting the skin off the pineapple like that, and I was so fascinated by it.

  5. i enjoyed reading this post. i love riding at the back of tricyle too - until now! haha

  6. You hair is so good!!! And I'm really enjoying your OS accessories! ^___^ Hope you're okay!

  7. You must be proud of yourself! I like your blog and designs I FOLLOW YOU, please follow me back! :D THANKS

  8. I ALWAYS enjoy reading your posts.
    nice photos! Love the sweater.