Rustic Romantic

Cape: c/o August Wrinkle   Tank: c/o Very Honey   Jeans: Rue 21   Sandals: c/o My Hot Shoes   Necklace: c/o Estarer

 Wearing some pink-hued clothes today, which put me in a soft-hearted mood.
So this is what I wore to go shopping in Baguio with my penpal buddy, Roan. She's the daughter of my aunt's pastor, so we've been friends for a few years now. It was nice to catch up in person this time. We spent about seven hours just wandering around the endlessly crowded streets and popping into a shop here and there. She asked me so many questions concerning life in the States - I'd love nothing more than to take her back with me and show her in person! Her curiosity and surprise at my answers made me think of my lifestyle in America with new eyes. 
Every time I visit, I'm reminded by the sharp differences that exist between a place like the United States and a third world country. Its eye opening and makes me hate how spoiled I've been when my family here is living such a different lifestyle. I think about it every time I'm walking down the dirty streets and smog-filled air, when I struggle to do something as simple as wash my face because there's no running water, and when I see the emaciated beggars that line the dirt roads. I know it's not like this everywhere in the Philippines, but where I'm staying, this is what it's like.
But what I love is how happy Filipinos are anyway. They have a very matter-of-fact attitude that I hope will rub off on me. Their contentment and constant laughter in the face of such poverty is uplifting and teaches an invaluable lesson. 
I count myself lucky. I get to experience this part of the world not as a tourist, but as a native. I stay at my Tita Hilda's, ride the jeepneys, and seriously struggle with not being able to shower. Haha, I'll have to share with you a picture of the bathroom...

But you know what? It doesn't matter. There's something incredibly fulfilling with the simple lifestyle here. I enjoy the strong sense of family I can experience here. Back home, it was just me and my parents. Dad's side of the family aren't very close and all we get are the occasional cards and Christmas wishes. Here, countless cousins pile through the door, aunts and uncles visit with treats, and grandparents sit on the couches chattering about olden days. It can be overwhelming, but I love it. 
Plus, getting to taste all the exotic fruits in season here helps. ;)
Lately I've taken to getting up at 5 in the morning to walk over to the nearby track and go for an early morning jog. Its the only time of the day when its cool enough. Plus, in the early morning darkness, I can remain under cover and not attract so many stares. Its seriously mind boggling how many eyes I attract just because of my "foreign" features and pale skin.
So pale skinned girls, if you need an ego boost, come visit the Philippines. The flirtatious smiles from guys, cat calls, and just plain admiring stares that follow you everywhere will definitely give you more self confidence!

PS: Right, so here's the bathroom...a toilet and several buckets of water. If you want a warm bath, you have to heat up a kettle on the stove and mix that in with the cold water. Then, use the green scoop and pour until you're clean. ;)


Nathyness said...

This is why I love traveling. You never come back with the same perspective. The stranger the place the more different the perspective. And traveling to an "underdeveloped" country really forces us to think of our privileged status here in The States. At least for a little while anyway.

Thanks so much for sharing this experience with your readers. And great outfit, as always. Especially the leopard cape, and the globe necklace (so appropriate for travel).


Rory said...

WOW that is so different from here! It makes me think of my life in quite a different light as well, haha. I feel so spoiled! But I think what matters isn't how much you have it's what you do with how much you have. If they're happy, then it's okay that they don't have much. It's really neat to be able to hear about it all from your point of view, too. And girl you look FABULOUS by the way! :) Love the leopard print and those sandals from My Hot Shoes. Haha and waking up at 5 am...ugh...i couldn't do that! So props to you! Also I want you to know how much i admire you--that you paid for your tickets there and how you make the best of any situation your in. No shower? You still manage to get a laugh out of it! You're seriously my role model, Linda, and I hope we'll meet in person one day! XO
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Angela Marie said...

Yikes! Best of luck with your travels :)

On the other hand, your outfit includes my favorite colors and is very similar to what I am wearing now - so I love it! :)
You look fabulous.

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EMA said...

Great look! I love the leopard print with the burgundy pants!

Ali Hval said...

Oh Miss Linda, I bet you're getting such a new perspective on life while you're over there. It sure sounds so different! It really makes you see things in a new light, I suppose. :)

I love this outfit of yours! Leopard and red together is the perfect combination, and that little globe necklace is the perfect travel accessory, muwahaha. And I must say that your hair looks absolutely gorgeous and wavy in this post.

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

oh wow linda! you are definitely experiencing LIFE!!! And there are MANY MORE PLACES in the world that don't have nearly the luxuries we have in the States or other countries. in this day and age, everyone should have the same things. technology has advanced and so has GREED. other countries don't have it due to economics, which i think is sad. however, their hearts are better and live life to the fullest! which is commendable. well, you look great! i love your jeans and your sandals are just too sassy :D

Little Porcelain Princess said...

Oh wow the Philippines looks like such an interesting place to go! The bathrooms subject reminds me of when I went to Taiwain, where you have to put your used toilet paper in a bin beside you instead of down the toilet. Was certainly an adjustment for me!

I'm also loving the outfit for today! So cute!

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Mica said...

It is crazy when you think how many opportunities that we have here in more advanced countries. It's sad though that like you say people seem to be so busy and the feeling of family and relationships are often neglected.

A good reminder to us all to treasure and be thankful for what we have. And to show us that even without running water we can be happy! ;)

Angelica Hennata said...

love the necklace! so catchy, xx

Mia said...

You're amazing darling :D
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Amanda said...

oh take care and continue on having fun on your adventures =)

Sam said...

Hi Linda, this post was so refreshing, i live in a third world country but I don't often see that side of it often - and I should, it does remind us to be more thankful for everything we have and also to be more helpful towards don't who don't. You're still just as stylish on vacation, love red and leopard!

czarianonuevo said...

this is such a wonderful post Linda! i love how straightforward and sincere it is! i get to know you better through this kind of posts! your kind heart and positive attitude towards these things are really amazing!!

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aree1997 said...

Philippines is really lovely country. I know some people from there and they are really decent people!
Love this red pants with this shirt :)

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Maiken said...

Linda, your hair looks great that way. love it!
and what an interesting post that was overall. I really enjoyed reading all your thoughts about staying there. so sincere and honest, just the way I like it. and I hope you will post more stories and share more photos about the surroundings and everything around you there. would be so interesting to discover more! :)

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Katie Aman said...

My sister has been on a year long mission trip and she's told me many similar stories-especially regarding bucket showers and bathrooms! haha. It is different, but what a valuable experience, as you said.
You look simply lovely in these photos- this look is so soft and romantic, quite different from some of your more recent outfits! I love it though, the colors make your skin just glow! Have fun with your family darling-they sound so wonderfully fun :)

Denisa said...

That post is really great. Have a nice weekend.

Alessandra Mazzini said...

Yes, it's hard to see the reality of a third world country, just here in Perú we have also a lot of differences and you can see things a lot worse than that bathroom :( Anyways pooverty levels are reducing so that's a good indicator...

You look great btw!

Sarah Mira Park said...

Traveling around the world and experiencing different cultures and lifestyles really helps you understand the world around us. It helps us open our eyes to what's really going on and also reminds us to appreciate the things we have a lot more.

I love the leopard print (duh) cardigan with the deep red pants! They're always a great combination.

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This is why I loe traveling! It just gives you a different points of you at the place you live. Love your cape!

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful outfit! Those pants are so cute and I love your necklace! Gorgeous! :)

Avi said...

Yes! More outfits! I love them. I had seen some of your ohotos of the trip on your facebook and it looks so pretty and that you are having been a good time.

I'm so happy to finally see some of your outfits over there. I love this one in particularly. Also you look so different...maybe the hair. I don't know xD


febrina utami putri said...

wow turns out this trip you've been planning on isn't just any ordinary trip, it's a life experience! here in Indonesia, we have similar problems about poverty and so many poor people have to make their living under the bridge or next to the train railway. Seeing them makes me feel grateful and sad at the same time. I wish someday i'll have an ordinary trip too just like yours. an eye-opening one.

you look fantastic Linda, especially when you put that cardigan on, so lovely and chic. and thanks again for featuring me on your lovely blog :) anyway happy new year to you!

Sharon Lei said...

Happy New Year, hun!

I was actually born in the PI, but moved to Hawaii when I was only 3. I haven't been back for a visit since, but hopefully I can go back one day. :)

xx Love & Aloha

Mish Rendon said...

It's great that you were able to learn lots of things during your trip. Here in the Philippines, rich people are extremely rich and poor people are extremely poor. But I agree, Filipinos will always be happy people in whatever situation they are into. :)


The Garage Starlets said...

Beautiful! Love the necklace!

Sara said...

Wow! That shower situation is pretty intense! It's incredible how privileged Americans are without even realizing it. I'm glad you're having such a wonderful time with family!


Joyce said...

Your outfit is so pretty, I love the leopard print with the red jeans and light pink top! And the print mixing with the stripe cardigan is great :) That's so awesome that you are learning new life experiences with this trip, I hope to go on a trip like this someday too.

Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Love the colors in your outfit :) xx

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Sandra Leiva said...

So cute, dear!
Great leopard print jacket :)))

Megan, said...

love the leopard
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Teona Lataria said...

i like your sandals.

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Jessi said...

wow! I don't think I could deal with not getting to shower either! Its amazing how different it is. And ill have to remember that about pale being attractive there hahaha since im pretty ghostly white ;) I love this outfit! It does have a very romantic feel to it and your hair looks gorgeous in these!

Levi (tlnique) said...

Nice outfit! I like your leopard vest, looks good :)

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Victoria said...

I love your sandals. SO lovely! xx

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Lindsey Elizabeth Pritchard said...

I hope you're having a lovely time. The bathing sure does look interesting! The leopard print cape is very pretty too!

Lindsey. x

Nancy said...

Love learning new things when you travel =)

Sam said...

Thanks for your sweet comment today :)

Elana said...

What an inspring post! It's so nice to have our world put into perspective since we definitely all take it for granted. I'm so glad you're enjoying your trip and having this experience! Plus, you always look great while doing so :)

Katie Q. said...

I had the same feeling when we went to Mexico, so many of the things that we take for granted are such luxuries there and yet everyone is so warm and kind. (Heh, running water and indoor toilets I will never take for granted though, a good portion of my life we live in a cabin with out electricity and water and we can to use an outhouse. Ahh, I feel like I live the good life now.)

I love this leopard printed cape of yours, only you could pull off something like that, it looks so cool and stylish with your red pants.

Lisa said...

Omg your post reminds me of when I went to Vietnam, they love pale skin over there too (lucky for us right?)
Glad to see you're having a good time!

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