What I Love About Storybrooke

Storybrooke like Once Upon A Time Storybrooke. Holler up to my fellow Oncers!!!!

Just kidding, I won’t talk about Storybrooke. I will talk about Steveston, the film site of Once Upon A Time and real-life Storybrooke.

Whenever I am in Vancouver, I make sure that I drop by the very quaint village of Steveston. This is why.

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Pajo's Fish and Chips

And this is why.

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Cod fillet and unli chips

I love it. The best fish and (bottomless) chips that I ever had. Silly me because I only knew that the chips were refillable by my third visit. Freshly battered and fried fish and unlimited chips (not the fastfood kind) is absolutely a great start to a great day.

And I only knew that the town is the film site of Once Upon A Time by my fourth visit.

Another reason why I love Steveston is because I am a vintage and thrift junkie. And they have loads of those shops here. I usually buy books. A hardbound The Fault In Our Stars for one Canadian dollar is definitely a good deal. I also bought this vintage Victorian-style rabbit stuffed toy once. It reminded me of the Velveteen Rabbit.

One more reason why I love Steveston is the cafés and coffee shops. We are not talking about Starbucks although they do have one. We are talking about those local roasters where in they brew their coffee fresh and they make their food in their own kitchens. There are loads to choose from. Even I have not tried it all.

In case you are wondering, yes, Granny’s cafe from OUAT is real. And it looks like this from the inside.

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So different, I know.

The last reason why I love Steveston is because… see for yourself.

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The Public Library on the left and Granny's on the right

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The town is already magical as it is without being the film site of a fantasy TV series. I honestly believe that the town was chosen just because of that. Steveston is a hidden gem, a town that you would not know exist until you hear it from the right people. It is a town that will fill you with wonder… just like Storybrooke.

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OOTD: Fangirl Mode

Doing something light and casual today. It has been a long time since I posted an outfit post so I hope you guys like it.

Geek chic OOTD

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Outfit Deets:
Shoes by Forever 21
Pants by Factorie
Shirt by Marvel
Bag by Kate Spade
Watch by Swatch
Sunglasses by Carrera
Lipstick by Maybelline
Earphones by Coloud
Bracelet (personal)

So there. Hope you like it!

An Encounter With A Musician

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I searched for Jack Kerouac Alley when I was in San Francisco. I wanted to see the quotes written on the concrete path. I found something else besides that. His name is Philip Jenkins. He was singing when I went into the alley. I took photos of the quotes on the path stones and the art on the walls. It was awkward because he was singing his heart out and we were the only two in that alley. It was awkward because I was purposely slowing down my picture-taking so that I could listen to him sing. Not to brag but I don’t get easily amazed by singing voices. That is because I grew up in a country wherein it is normal for a random streetwalker to lash out “I Will Always Love You” in perfect key. Even I can do it. Well, I used to. Your voice has to have a different flavor to make me stop and listen.

My lack of self-control kicked in by the second minute that he was singing. I just leaned against the wall on the other side of the street, listening to him sing and taking photos of him, hoping and begging that he does not turn around to see what I was doing. By the third minute, I got embarrassed at what I was doing and I walked away. He was still singing.

By the fourth minute of the song, I was standing by the end of Jack Kerouac Alley and was looking at the red lanterns of the crossing Chinatown. Who knew? I looked back at him as he sang. My feet was frozen. I wanted to talk to him but I was too chicken to. There is also this part of me that was pushing me to go back to hand him some money. Because if a street performer made you stop, you owe him a tip. I did more than just stop. I fished into my purse. Two dollars. Oh well.

By the fifth minute, I just thought. Ah, f*ck it. I walked back into the alley and towards him. Halfway there, his song ended. Sh*t. There was no turning back. He took out a cigarette and was lighting it. He has not looked my way yet. Thank God.

“Excuse me.” I started.
He finally looked at me.
I asked him if he was a street performer. I did not want to insult in case he wasn’t. He said ‘yes’. I handed him the two dollars, apologizing that it was all that I had and admitting that I was stalking his voice. It was better to admit your crime than to get caught doing it. He confirmed my assumption.

I could not help myself. I showered him with praise and asked in the end if he had a record or a playlist that I could listen to on the Internet or buy at a shop.  He said he had one song with his band on Soundcloud. It was called “Getaway Driver.” I took out a piece of paper and asked him to write the details for me. I even asked him to sign his name at the bottom so that I have his autograph in case he gets famous. He smiled sheepishly, unsure what to do and just drew a few scribbles like how common signatures would look like. I made a joke about hoping he did not have the same signature on his bank account. I got him to laugh a bit as he answered that musicians don’t have much money anyway. Oh, starving artists. How I knew that.

After that, I left the alley, silence ringing in my ears as I turned to Chinatown.

When I returned to the Philippines, I searched for the song. I have to be honest. It did not give him justice. The song had potential but it was a poor studio recording. I could hear the echos. The sound capture was weak. The instruments were overpowering each other. Mr. Jenkins’ voice is better to be heard live. I did like the simple beat. I also liked the harmonica. Always wanted to learn how to play one. I wish that they would make more songs. This is their only recording. In their defense, I don’t know how old the song it. So, maybe, they could make another recording. I am sure it will be better. Practice makes perfect anyway.

Photo-Dumping San Francisco

I present the first time that I walked the streets of San Francisco, California. Featured are the San Francisco Bay side, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Transamerica Pyramid, and the city skyline and shoreline.

East Hillsdale Blvd

Port of San Francisco

Port of San Francisco

Pier 3

Pier 3

Street performer

Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge

PiersideYatch Masts

Pier 39

Pier 39

Pier 39

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

Parked Yatchs

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf

Cream and Tan Buildings

Transamerica Pyramid

Transamerica Pyramid

Downhill Lombard

Downhill Lombard

Lombard Street

Lombard Street

Coit Tower and Sts Peter & Paul Church via Lombard skyline

Coit Tower and Sts Peter & Paul Church via Lombard skyline

Going down Lombard

Bikers Transamerica Pyramid

City Lights Bookstore

City Lights Bookstore

Poetry Room Panorama

Jack Kerouac Alley

Jack Kerouac Alley

Chinatown

Chinatown

Lamp post in SFO Chinatown

Blogtober 24: Outfit of the Day in San Francisco

I am currently in San Francisco, California. It is my first time here so I am rather excited. Unfortunately, all my colleagues did not want to go and explore as they have flown here a few times already. I had no choice but to get my ‘Dora the Explorer’ on and roam around downtown San Francisco alone.

My attire for the day

My attire for the day

I decided to go a bit neutral today compared to my colored Melbourne get-up.

For my top, it is a white long-sleeved shirt adorned with thread baubles and glimmer.

For my bottoms, I chose some tan cropped pants.

My outerwear is sleeveless cardigan lined with crocheted edging.

All of these I got at bazaars and sales.

My bag is a recent purchase from Forever 21 which I also bought during a sale.

My shoes are nude Tory Burch flats with a gartered back. This was a gift from my brother last Christmas. He is cute like that as he splurges for the family. I also believe that one reason why he bought me one is because I am too much for a cheapskate when it comes to buying stuff for myself. Even if I could, I would not buy myself my own pair. I’ll have to make sure that my funds are really in excess then I might consider.

Outfit of the Day

Outfit of the Day

So, this is the outfit when worn. Forgive the buldgey appearance of the top. I had a thermal shirt underneath as it was colder in the morning as I expected.

TIP ONE: Invest in thermals especially when you are travelling. I get mine at Marks & Spencer. Their thermals are lightweight and are good for layering. Also, it can repel colder temperatures than others that I have tried.

As you can see, I used the cardigan as a scarf. I wrapped it around my neck and fashioned it to look like a chunky infinity scarf.

TIP TWO: Be imaginative to maximize your clothes. I used the cardigan as a scarf in the morning because my neck was bare as it was quite chilly. When it came to the evening, I unraveled it from my neck and wore it as it should to protect my body from the cold gusty winds as my torso is vulnerable to such conditions. With this practice, I appear to have more clothing items than I really do which is a huge help in the budget.

What do you think? Do you have any fashion suggestions? Share it in the comments.

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Cebu’s Finest: Casa Verde Restaurant Review

For someone who denies being called a critique, I give out a lot of reviews.
Just like what I said during my For One More Day and my Black Mass reviews, I am writng in the point-of-view of a spectator.

In food, like what I said during my Liebster post, I call myself a gourmet gobbler. I eat food with finesse. Anything that can be digested, Im all for it from the most-expensive cup of coffee (only in the PH) in the whole world to the freshest service of live woodworm (yeap, in the PH too).

I don’t know how to cook. I know how to eat. I don’t know the measurement of extreme flavor. I don’t know the meaning of all those descriptions that people use in food shows. As long as that stuff sends me to heaven when I take a bite out of it then I am all good.

Cebu is famous for their lechon (slow-roasted pig). It is a famous Filipino delicacy and the Queen City of the South makes the best in all the nation.

So, a trip to Cebu will not be complete without it!

Not for me.
I can skip the lechon.
What I can’t skip is a visit to my favorite restaurant in the whole world.
That, my hungry peeps, is Casa Verde.

Casa Verde's original restaurant sign

Casa Verde’s original restaurant sign

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Blogtober Challenge 13: Why I Love Ben

Ben, for me, is the perfect guy. He is too good to be true. I admit that I was indifferent when I first learned of him. I thought that he was like any other.

Opportunity seemed to have laughed at me when circumstances brought us together. When I first laid my eyes on him, I just knew that he was the one. Ben is perfection for me. If I did not love my home court then I would have left for Ben in a heartbeat.

I was skeptical at first but the further that I got to know him, the further I fell in love.

M&M's World London

London is diverse, colorful, and is available for everyone. Just like a pack of M&M’s.

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Blogtober Challenge 6: How to Mix and Match Clothes for a Three-Day Layover

How lucky am I? I am currently in Melbourne, Australia for a layover and I was planning to do an outfit post. Then, Blogtober Challenge 6 decided to be about my outfit for the day.

I am not just showing one but three outfits combinations!!! Hoorah! Let us take a break from the seriousness as I share how I mix and match clothes for a layover.

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