18 Holidays with 8 Long Weekends on 2015 Philippines

8 long weekends of 2015

Plan your travels now and save money and time. Here is the Palace official release of the list of holidays for 2015.

President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued a proclamation declaring all national holidays to be observed for the year 2015.

Malacañang released the copy of Proclamation No. 831, which was signed by the President on July 17.

The proclamation listed 18 holidays, with 8 long weekends on 2015.

Regular Holidays:
New Year’s Day – January 1 (Thursday) Maundy Thursday – April 2
Good Friday – April 3
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Thursday) Labor Day – May 1 (Friday)
Independence Day – June 12 (Friday) National Heroes Day – August 31 (last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day –November 30 (Monday) Christmas Day – December 25 (Friday) Rizal Day – December 30 (Wednesday)

Special (Non-Working) Days:
Chinese New Year – February 19 (Thursday)
Black Saturday – April 4
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Friday) All Saints Day – November 1 (Sunday)

Additional Special Non-Working Days:
January 2 (Friday)
December 24 (Thursday)
December 31 (Thursday)

Special Holiday (for all schools):
EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Wednesday)

8 long weekends of 2015

List of Long Weekends of 2015

  1. April 2 (Thursday) – April 5,2015 (Sunday)
  2. April 9 (Thursday) – April 12, 2015 (Sunday) altho April 10 is a Friday and not declared Holiday you can get a leave or something haha!
  3. May 1 (Friday) to June 2,2015 (Sunday)
  4. June 12 (Friday) to June 14,2015 (Sunday)
  5. August 29 (Saturday) – August 31,2015 (Monday)
  6. August 21 (Friday) – August 23,2015 (Sunday)
  7. November 28 (Saturday) – Novemver 30, 2015 (Monday)
  8. December 24 (Thursday) – December 27, 2015 (Sunday)
  9. December 30 (Wednesday) – January 4, 2016 (Sunday)

The list does not include other specially declared Holidays yet such as Ramadan, End of Ramadan and even Iglesia ni Kristo anniversary of sorts.

So! Happy planning your getaways!

Sneakers Clash #Clashwall – Converse Street Art Installations Philippines

Sneaker Clash #ClashWall

Have you been stuck in a massive traffic and saw a giant blank gray wall beside you?   Don’t you imagine yourself playing vandal on that wall and create something more pleasing to the eyes?

Converse, Inc. announces Sneakers Clash – a series of artistic installations that brings together top street artists to transform blank walls into massive art pieces; designed to disrupt and clash against a gray world. Sneakers Clash is directly inspired by the bold and colorful spirit of the Chuck Taylor All Star, with the series now coming to Manila.

Sneaker Clash #Clash Wall Converse Street Art Installation

Sneakers Clash is inspired by the Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, featuring dynamic color pops and elevated silhouettes to provoke youthful self-expression. The undoubted hero of the collection is the Converse All Star Chuck ’70 – a new take on an American icon.

Timed against the launch of the Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, the Sneakers Clash series will be brought to life on Philippine soil through #clashwall. Converse teamed up with 3 local artists to contribute to the creative initiative, uniting these local street artists with clashing styles at unexpected locations – challenging them to unleash their most visceral work against a static wall.

Kicking off the Sneakers Clash Philippines series was artist and designer Chad Manzo. The #clashwall project will be followed by the next two artists in the three-man roster, artist Archie Geotina a.k.a. Chichimonster, and designer Nicolo Nimor.

Sneaker Clash #ClashWall

 Archie Geotina, a.k.a. Chichimonster, works on the 200-foot mural called #CLASHWALL, the local artistic initiative for Converse’s “Sneakers Clash.” Inspired by the colors of Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, this project is meant to offer a visually arresting statement amid the gray of the urban environment. 

Archie Geotina a.k.a. Chichimonster 

Since his Graffiti days, Archie or ‘Chi’ has now torpedoed his interests and efforts into changing the perception of Manila’s society into what street art’s identity, ideologies and aesthetics could be. Chi’s mixed media paintings are a play on the abstract and references from pop to baroque history deconstructed by his signature “static” style of paint application.

Chi will be bringing his art to the streets of Cebu this March, and through an online photo contest via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, will give fans the chance to submit images of their best memories wherein the winning entry will be used as inspiration for Chi’s #clashwall piece. 

Following Chi’s #clashwall is Cebuano designer, illustrator and creative director of local shirt brand, Nick Automatic, Nicolo Nimor.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the next installation of the Converse “Sneakers Clash” #clashwall.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of “Bend and Snap”

Kodanda Archery Range

If you are familiar with the movie Legally Blonde, you know this part where Resse Witherspoon taught the ladies in a salon about attracting men using the bend and snap method. While her style involves showing off your physical assets to the boys you wanna attract, my kind of bend and snap involves a bow and an arrow! I am the huntress. Acquire target and shoot! Hahahaha!

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
Last week, I went to try out Archery at Kodanda Archery Range in Makati Square with my clingers male blogger friends. Kodanda is the only archery range in Metro Manila that is fully-airconditioned and is open to the public (unlike the other’s who has open range and by membership only).

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
They also have the most affordable rate compared to others, at Php550.00 per hour you get free coaching, free use of archery equipment and protective gear that adheres to international standards. You can pay an additional Php30.00 for the target paper which you can take home as a souvenir. If you have your own gear you can rent the place for Php200.00 per hour.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap

Photo grabbed from John Michael Bueno or Kumagcow.com

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Distance of the archery range target is 5 meters short range, 8 meters middle range and 10 meters longest range.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap

For beginners you can aim for the 5 meters but if you feel comfortable on a longer range you can have your target move to mid to the longer range, like what we did.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
Now here are the rules: The Archers Etiquette Guide

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
Now I’m ready to bend and snap!

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap

Bend the wick, snap the arrow in place, aim and shoot!
Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap

Let the games begin! Clockwise: Rodel Flordeliz of nognoginthecity.com and John Michael Bueno of Kumagcow.com

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
3 Benefits of trying out Archery:

  1. Albeit there’s not walking running and too many movements, this sport is physically and mentally demanding as well. You have to keep your upper body aligned, and there’s a proper form you have to keep up to so you can take shoot the bulls-eye you are aiming for.  Drawing the bowstring places stress on the arms, chest, shoulders, and back, developing upper body and arm strength with repetition.  Constant practice also helps improve posture, balance and hand-and-eye coordination!
  2. The exercise of targeting helps develop focus, patience and allows you to center and calm yourself, which can, in the long run have a positive impact on one’s mental health and well-being.
  3. Despite the apparent individualistic nature of archery, it can be a fun social activity with your family, friends, and co-workers where you all can bond like what I did with my clinger friends haha!

Why choose Kodanda Archery Range?

  1. They holds monthly Fun Shoot Competition to regular clients and interested archers.
  2. They offer lessons for those who want to take it seriously.  For Php6,000.00 for 10 sessions at 1 hour sessions a student will be issued a Certificate of Completion.  Schedule will be adjusted to the students availability.  Equipment and coaches will be provided.
  3. There’s a possibility that you will be coached by Syd Nerickzon Fraginal (former player and Philippine SEA games record holder),  Ronnalyn Alvarez (former NCR Team member and Palarong Pambansa Winner) or  Rona May Alvarez (former member of developmental team Philippines).
  4. Group packages is available maybe for office tournaments or school activity or bonding party with your large group of friends

For reservations you may call (02)621.9109 or 0932-8436614 or you may email them at kodandaarchery@gmail.com.

Stay gorgeous everyone!


Reminiscing Childhood Filipino Street Games at Palarong Nuffies

Palarong Nuffies

I feel sad for the kids of this generation. They are turning themselves or are forced to be autistic when they are not.

I say this because I have a daughter who has autism so she has difficulty with social interaction. Even if she wants to play with other kids, kids are afraid of her because she is different. And as sad as it sounds some parents of regular kids wouldn’t want their kids near mine because she might hurt them or might “infect” them? It is an ignorant notion that brought them fear of things they don’t understand which is understandable. I just got tired explaining so I rather have my daughter go to places where she is accepted as she is.

Anyway, as I was saying kids these days, they choose to be autistic or maybe forced to be autistic because their parents are scared-to-death to have their kids play outside with other kids because it is dangerous. They would rather chug their kids with their gadgets (tablets, iPad, androids, PC, Xbox etc) and have them play games online or offline on their own all day because they will be safe.

I had a great childhood, I climb trees, rode bikes, bathe in the rain, get bruised playing chase or hide-and-seek or whatever kids game we have in my time. I enjoyed all sort of games that made me social and made me interact a lot with kids in our neighborhood.

Pinoy Street Games

When Nuffnang Philippines invited me to join the Palarong Nuffies I did not hesitate. I want to get myself involved at something physically challenging and interact with my fellow bloggers more than just sit and dine with them during events.

This was the first Palarong Nuffies held at Treston International College at the Global City in Taguig where I was able to reminisce childhood Pinoy street games with my fellow nuffies.

What are Childhood Pinoy Street Games?
They are children’s play involving creativity, physical contact, challenge, resourcefulness, innovation, strategy , team work, exercise and fun!

Some of the Filipino Street Games I used to enjoy were Patintero, Luksong tinik, Bending Body, Tumbang Preso, Shiato, Taguan Pong, Piko, Chinese Garter, 10-20 and the like.

Although the only Pinoy street game we played at Palarong Nuffies was Patintero, some of the games we played there were Parlor Games at birthday parties like Limbo Rock, that went to the Market Thing, Find the coin in the bin of flour, Pass the egg, and all sorts of relay games.

My team was Team Blue, we won 3rd place for the cheering competition! What a shock! Haha!

Palarong Nuffies
Intense game of Patintero with Abe Olandres and Chuckie Dreyfus! 

Have you ever imagine Rowena Wendy Lei like this!

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Free face powder for everyone!



Camille the Batang Bibo awardeee!



Jackie the Batang Hakot awardee!



Victor Basa won the Most Valuable Nuffie at the games!


Group shot!



It was such a fun experience.  I was talking with the other Nuffie that day and we all wish this was not the first and last .  We want more and hopefully more players!     And maybe next time include Siato , Agawang Base, Agawang Panyo, Tumbang Preso in the games eh?

Thanks to the sponsors Krispy Kreme, Nestle Nestea, O+, and Gardenia.

Read more about the Palarong Nuffies at the Nuffnang Philippines blog!

How about you do you remember any childhood street games you did when you were a child?



WIWTD #24: A Hair Raising Experience at Mind Museum

Hair Raising Experience at Mind Museum

There she was just a-walkin’ down the street
Singin’ do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do

Mind Museum

Snappin’ her fingers and shufflin’ her feet
Singin’ do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do

Mind Museum

She looked good, LOOKED GOOD
She looked fine, LOOKED FINE
She looked good, she looked fine
and I nearly lost my mind.

Mind Museum
Don’t you just love Global City on a weekend it turns into a ghost town!
Mind Museum
What I wore:
Sleeveless Stripes Top: Paperdolls Kate Toralba collection (my favorite)
Trifted Jeans
Sandals from: VNC Kuala Lumpur
Sling Bucket Bag: Belissimo Firenze
Eyewear: Fly Shades
I was actually on my way to Mind Museum at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig where my sister and daughter awaits!


That’s my daughter making a friend out of Aedi the robot who welcomes guests at the museum.

It was actually our second visit but the first visit was to check out the Da Vinci Exhibit.   This time we got inside the main exhibit.    The Mind Museum is a project of the non-profit Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc. and is dedicated to providing an extraordinary educational experience that inspires the public understanding of science.

As an adult I enjoyed the tour myself. The entrance fee includes free entry to any of the exhibits inside which revolved around the theme of The Evolution of Life . There’s just so many things in there that we didn’t even notice time and the whole day was seriously not enough. Kids and kids at heart will definitely enjoy.

Some of my favorite parts of the museum was

Eating a enormous brain like a zombie!

Mind Museum
Getting swallowed by a blue whale/ butanding!

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And my close encounter with a skeleton dinosaur!

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It was such a hair-raising experience I tell you! A fun kind way!

Mind Museum
Now,look into my eyes. Your eyes are getting heavy, you are getting sleepy!

At the snap of my fingers you will find time to visit the Mind Museum and support science, inspire curiosity for the natural world, foster critical thinking and self-discovery, and hopefully develop the next generation of scientist and innovators!

If you want more information about the Mind Museum visit wwww.themindmuseumblog.tumblr.com and follow @themindmuseum on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter.

Stay curious and stay gorgeous everyone!

Minty Fresh

Minty Fresh

There are many parties in New York, destination weddings, Florida style and different events that are all about specific colors and styles. Now let’s talk about the beautiful green mint color. Starting with the frosting for cupcakes and ending up with the bridesmaids dresses, this color looks just fresh, current and in one word: amazing.

From sportswear to business jackets, everything looks good in green mint. This shade can be approached in monochrome outfits, with small accents of other colors or through some strong contrasts, adding to the whole look a dose of boldness.


The street fashion, starting with Susie Bubble, who is famous for integrating natural mix-ups inspires us to pair a sport floral printed jacket with a green mint dress. Maria Kolosov displays a romantic rock star look combining a leather jacket with a skirt for extra minty fresh femininity, while Hanne Gaby Odie uses blue accents and a gray base to highlight key parts in the same green shade.

You can find green mint outfits in the collections of different famous brands like Marc Jacobs, YSL, Rodarte, A.L.C and Versus. It was definitely the color of 2012 but it may be a true hit in the summer of 2014. Also, you have to check the absolutely adorable Ray Ban minty sunglasses. The color is basically screaming freshness and happiness. Only imagine how good the green mint looks on your tanned body.

Minty coolness can be found anywhere, in clothes, accessories, cakes, wedding invitations and even on bedroom walls. But it can look really bad if worn wrong. So to avoid the disastrous imagine you better pick the mint shade that fits your eyes, skin tone and attitude. Also, it rarely works from head to toe, and if you’re not some experienced Vogue editor who knows fashion well, you should not try to do the all mint look, just don’t.

WIWTD #22 : Wandering at Kuala Lumpur Terminals

wandering in kuala lumpur terminals

I am totally envious of the transportation hubs in Kuala Lumpur aside from being clean, organized (despite the number of people going to and fro), it is spacious and it’s so easy to get lost in the area without having to feel worrisome.  How I wish our airports and terminals are like theirs!

First stop the airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, also known as The Gateway Malaysia. a.k.a. AirAsia airport terminal.  This is the low-cost airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur .

AirAsia Taylor Swift Livery Aircraft Launch in Kuala Lumpur
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It used to not look like this the first time I went to KL, they have this LCC terminal before that is kinda small and not so modern. Now with the recent improvements and a lot of investments, it looked so modern with huge spaces and mall like facilities and establishments inside.

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As soon as you arrive the first thing that will greet you is the Duty free shops! Walk a little further and it will take you to the food establishments and shops.

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And when you are about to depart, after being checked in the immigration, this is what you’ll see!

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There’s lounges for your convenience it all depends what you are looking for.

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The KLIA2 Terminal is fairly new and still in the works but as it is right now, it is already functional and looking good. Tourist awaiting their flight were comfortably lounging at some corners

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Saw this huge billboard plastered at unfinished establishment in the airport and posed.

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I blended really well! Hahahaha!

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It takes almost 2 hours to get to the city of Kuala Lumpur from the airport, that is minus the horrid traffic in KL I experienced there on a Friday!

The best mode of transport is via train! The KLIA Transit or KTM Komuter!

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Welcome to the train station

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It is easy to get lost in there my dear. Depends on where your going you can use the train on the left, the right or the center!

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Let’s pose first I like that big thingamajigs, kinda like the Central Station. Oh wait it is the Sentral Station Malaysia!

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I like this structure above!

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Now where do I go from here?

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Maybe I should go there?

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Here we go!

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Left the terminal safely now the taxi terminal hehe

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Now it’s time to hail a taxi or teksi in Malaysian

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Hmmmm looks like it’s gonna be as hard as getting one in Manila

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I wonder how long should I stand here

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Maybe I should cross the street like those locals

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Joke lang! My hotel is really just across the street!

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What I wore:
Tank top from Landmark
Electric Pleated Skirt from SM Woman
Sandals by Ferreti
Bag from Freeway x Lumbera
Sunglasses from Fly Shades
Watch a freebie from the Paris Hilton fragrance

OOTD shots taken by Ferdie Bondoy and Ruth dela Cruz alternately
OOT shots taken at Kuala Lumpur Malaysia KLIA Terminal 2, KLIA Transit and Malaysia Sentral Station

Stay gorgeous everyone!

WIWTD #22: Inside the AirAsia Taylor Swift Livery Aircraft

Inside AirAsia Taylor Swift Livery Aircraft

So last week in Malaysia, I ,with a select bloggers from Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore we were given the first look of the AirAsia Taylor Swift Livery Aircraft scale model during the Red Hot Party held in Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur .

TGIF in Kuala Lumpur Red Hot Party by AirAsia
Yesterday, at the Manila Domestic Airport (Terminal 4) I finally saw the real deal!

Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
The Airbus A320 with the exclusive aircraft livery featuring the seven-time GRAMMY winner arrived from Jakarta Indonesia and will be travelling to Malaysia on June 11 and on Singapore on June 9 and 12 for the Taylor Swift Red Asian Tour presented by Cornetto in South East Asia.

Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
This aircraft landed yesterday (June 4, 2013) in Manila carrying all the 75 entourage of Taylor Swift including band members, dancers, engineers, props men and everything else she needed for her concert tomorrow June 6, 2014.

Swifties welcoming Taylor Swift crew at Manila airport
A select member of the media, bloggers, Swifties (Taylo Swift Fans Club Philippines) officers and the winner of the AirAsia #TaylorSwiftviaAirAsia contest were invited for a closer look of the aircraft. Which can seat about 180 passengers in all.

Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
The Taylor Swift Livery Aircraft will be servicing AirAsia’s 88 destinations in 22 countries for one (1) year including direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo (Boracacay) and Cebu staring July 24, 2014.

Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
Let’s go inside!

Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
With my blogger travel buddy friend Ruth dela Cruz of Ruthilicious

Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
Let’s checkout the cockpit first!

Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
One of the two AirAsia aircraft engineers checking the condition of the aircraft after landing. The aircraft came from Jakarta Indonesia and the engineers were Indonesians. I was talking to them in Filipino but one of them said, “Sorry I don’t understand you, I don’t speak Filipino.” Ooops! That’s what I get for assuming they are Pinoys hahaha! We have similarity in looks. Well at least the other one in the pic who was camshy looks Pinoy. This one is a bit of Indian.
Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
Being the friendly me, I talked my way in the cockpit sitting on the captains chair haha! When everyone else with the tour saw my pic being taken inside the cockpit they all follow suit. Haha! Who would miss the opportunity right?
Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
The rest of the aircraft looks like any ordinary Airbus A320 no special decorations inside but the usual. However, I was told by Genifer Tan, AirAsia PR Manager some special collaboration AirAsia aircraft have special decorations inside like maybe the Apprentice and All Stars design collab aircraft we saw in Kuala Lumpur recently.
Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
Of course who wouldn’t miss an outfit shot inside an airplane! I did that before during the AirAsia Zest maiden flight to Kota Kinabalu.

Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft

Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft
Inside the Taylor Swift AirAsia Livery Aircraft

What I wore:
Dress by 101 New York
Necklace by Avon Fashions
Bracelet by Avon Fashions
Eyeglass from Retail Lab Powerplant Mall
Canvass Bag by Freeway x Lumbera Collection
Sandals by Gibi
OOTD shot at the Manila Domestic Airport Terminal 4 inside the AirAsia Taylor Swift Livery Aircraft
Stay gorgeous everyone!

WIWTD #21: End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

It’s not a real day if you haven’t watched the sunrise from the pool. My end of May 2014 happened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia taking a dip in the pool enjoying the nice view around me.

WIWTD #21: End of May

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

What I wore:
Swimsuit Mailot from Planet Sports

Nothing to wear on a pool really but a swimsuit, I would have accessorized but I think my swimsuit has enough drama to carry on. Actually I a Marilyn Monroe vibe is happening in this color-blocked mailot. Don’t you think so?

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

The view is just amazing. Imagine taking a dip in the pool with Petronas Twin Towers and KL Communication Tower in sight! Lovely!

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

My pool essentials for the day: My Freeway x Lumbera clutch, Belo Sun Facial Sunblock, my room keys at ALoft Hotel and towel.

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

My May ended in a perfect light. In a different country and a new hotel that is so spacious, modern and has a lot of good facilities tourist on a business trip like me will surely enjoy. I love it. I thought this will cap my summer right but fortunately, summer ain’t over for me yet.

WIWTD #21 End of May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

What I wore:
Color-block Mailot from Planet Sports
OOTD shot taken at the Rooftop pool of ALoft Boutique Hotels in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia!

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