Mt Maculot


 It was the day after Typhoon Nina had just devastated some parts of the country. We were supposed to climb a different, more difficult mountain that day, but, given that typhoon had just hit the area, we decided to change our whole itinerary.


From a large group of 20+ that was supposed to hike a different mountain at dawn to catch the sunrise, we ended up with a little less than 20 people climbing up to catch the sunset instead. And I’m glad we did.


We saw a tree that had fallen the day before right at the start of the hike. We were scared that the soil might be soft due to the storm but fortunately, the soil was dry, thanks to the humidity and heat that day. Ofcourse, it was the heat and humidity that made the climb harder than it really was as well.


Having some first time hikers with us, we paced slow and steady, and took tons of photos every chance we had. And boy, did we take lots of those chances! 


I kept muttering “oh my God it’s so beautiful” over and over as we were nearing the Rockies. Because it really was. Everywhere we looked, everything our eyes could see… the photos don’t give any justice to the breathtaking beauty that we witnessed.


Standing at the top and edge of every rock just for that obligatory mountain photo was quite a challenge. You look down and see that one wrong move would mean the end. It is of utmost importance to practice extra caution when going up those rocks. Didn’t help that I’m actually frightened of heights so I had to do my deep breathing exercises whenever I’d be standing by a cliff. 


We were all on top of the Rockies when sunset occurred  and we just stayed there. Sat down and took it all in. (And took tons of photos again ofcourse.) there are no words that can suffice to describe it. Mother Nature put on a show that day and to just marvel at what you see was inevitable.


We climbed down as it was getting dark and again, the view of the city slowly lighting up in the dark was another sight to behold. Took more photos not with a camera but just my eyes for the memory bank this time… extremely grateful for that sudden change of plans. Grateful to have hiked safely. Grateful to have witnessed the sunset at the most amazing spot thus far. Grateful to have had another opportunity to climb. To end the year with an exhilarating climb up a mountain is more than what I wished for when this marvelous year started. I love it. 

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Shop Love, Candy Pie

One of our favorite retail therapy place, Shop LCP turned one and as a thank you to its loyal clients and friends, owner Pie Alvarez threw a lavish dinner at The Manila Peninsula last night. All the ladies donned their favorite Shop LCP outfits from the variousย designers that they carry. What with the numerous collections they’ve released, it wasn’t a surprise that no two ladies wore the same outfit. It was such a fun night with the girls, as we ate, drank wine and caught up with each other. Thanks, Pie! Cant wait to shop again! ๐Ÿ™‚

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it’s ladies night ๐Ÿ™‚

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outfit details:

dress: Ixiah the Label from Shop LCP

sleeveless blazer: Zara

Shoes: casadei

bag: Alexander McQueen

bangles: Kate Spade & C Wonder

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LCP squad: Sam Rodriguez, me, Kelsey Merritt Cat Antonio, Patty Ang, Mika Martinez

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You can sit with us! hamming it up with Sarah & Mika

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sumptuous dessert… i may have eaten two of these. oops.

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with one of my favorite young designers, Patty

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we couldnt resist a hallway mirror shot!

most Photos by: Magic Liwanag