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The Most Wonderful Time

Friday, December 25, 2015

"This is why Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It's not just a season of giving or a commemoration of a religious figure—it's a celebration of life."


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Mad for Plaid

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Think bucks per wear—styleable in a million ways, the tartan print is a perennial wardrobe staple that makes layering and switching between seasons passably painless.  


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Pre-Falling: 5 Transitional Wardrobe Staples [+ Giveaway]

Sunday, October 04, 2015
This Fall/Winter, Le Paper Doll partners up with Garage Clothing for a special campaign and a twenty-day giveaway called '20 Days of Gifts.'

"The case upon us now is how do we appropriately — and stylishly — keep up with the ineludible drop in temperature without getting a serious case of all-season closet-rut-induced lazy dressing."


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Backtracking

Saturday, August 29, 2015
When we arrived in Manila on a Friday evening, we were welcomed and assisted by an airport pickup agent, a Filipino man of middle age who was very accommodating, warm and friendly. "So you're going on a tour," he asked and we started a small talk. "Yes kuya, we're touring Manila, Palawan and Cebu this week." "Wow, you're tourists in your own land! Have you ever been to Manila before?"  Excuse me?!


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The Archipelagic Escapade, Part II

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
If we're being poetic, we would opine that Manila is the definite window to the country's soul, and for a place of such complexity, looking through it through a rose-tinted glass would paint an unbalanced picture. A cradle of an enthralling mix of heritages and cultures, Manila has become a city of complete contradictions — grotesque and gorgeous, gritty and exquisite, conservative and flamboyant, bedraggled and divine — all at one fell swoop. Seeing it at a perceptive level brought my mind back to a vivid illustration of the city as read in one of my academic books in high school — one I deem unforgettable — an excerpt from Manila, My Manila by Nick Joaquin:

Like Troy, which was sevenfold, Manila has been many cities and will be many more. Like every great city, Manila sprang from wilderness of question marks. Legazpi was not the beginning, nor yet Soliman.

On a tour meant to appeal to tourists and Manila first-timers — which we were certainly not — we explored the old forgotten city's overlooked facets, the grandeur covert in every nook of its locales and the stories of its bygone days indiscernibly inscribed on its démodé walls, to wholly experience the capital's nostalgic charm. We drove around Manila on a Saturday morning and as we traversed through the city's busy avenues — the traffic thronged, the streetlights glaring, and the urban sprawl prevalent — the Philippine capital made it known that New York City was not the only one that never sleeps. Manila is one captivating chaos.