T-shrit from Zara / Pants from Uniqlo / Bomber jacket from Harajuku / Watch from Casio

In the game of would you rather one question always seems to leave a mark, "live in the past or live in the future?" Through the years, I've unceasingly answered past, due to the fact that the mid fifties always stood out to me. Whenever I'd see photographs of my beautiful grandmother in her twenties, I'd pause and wonder what it would be like to strip off my millennial badge to live during that time. Besides my undeniable infatuation for James Dean, my source of entertainment consists of watching Marilyn Monroe documentaries, appreciating vintage style (like Nancy Wheeler's shearling jacket from Stranger Things!) and listening to Ella Fitzgerald. 

You get the picture, right in the midst of Rebel Without a Cause and Grease, an era that never fails to make me blush. May it be the colorful diners with fifties jukeboxes, a classic baby blue Chevy parked outside, clothes that spell - dress to impress, and hours on end spent teasing your hair with cans of hairspray, there is absolutely no surprise that the glory days will always come back in trend. 



First and foremost, please do know that I have been mia for the longest time. I don't even want to mention how long, because when has that ever been a surprise? But I'm back and better, and I promise to post regularly. If not you have been granted the permission to unfollow me and block me out of your life... Slightly kidding aside :(

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I recently came back from my trips to Japan and Batanes--both spectacular places that I'd be more than willing to rave about. As you can tell from the pictures, this post is about Japan and how I casually try to take decent photos in front of the ever so beautiful Cherry Blossoms. Also known as Sakura, this flower was actually one of the main reasons we booked a flight within the months of March and April. It's true what they say, there is absolutely no better time to visit Japan than during Cherry Blossom season.
For this trip, we focused on going all around Tokyo. We visited places like: Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Ginza, Akihabara and Roponggi. We actually stayed in Shinjuku, which was my absolute favorite. There's a special vibe to Shinjuku that makes you want to stay and just roam around in your comfiest clothing while heading out for some midnight Family Mart. Don't get me wrong though, I loved other places too! I absolutely enjoyed sight-seeing and shopping in Harajuku, especially since I got to admire all the cute and colorful outfits that I don't get to see in Manila. 
I enjoyed everything so much--from the food, to the ambiance, to the warm and welcoming people... Everything in the places I went to made me want to stay there, except for the loooong lines I had to endure whenever we wanted to try something out! Although, I honestly didn't mind because the Japanese restaurants sure did verify their worth. Food was authentic and clean, which to me, was a huge thumbs up. :) As my mother ticked off a box from her bucket list, I on the other hand, pictured myself coming back to this city to see the Cherry Blossoms countless times. 



June has finally arrived and with a brand new school year right around the corner, it's best to keep track of important dates and reminders for hassle-free days. It's true what they say, organization is key in attaining a successful year--especially while juggling both school and personal life... What if I tell you that Stradmore Notes has tied up with celebrity/lifestyle blogger Laureen Uy to give you your ultimate companion this school year? This chic planner is specially designed to simplify your life whole year round!
The #BeTheBestYou Planner is not your ordinary planner. Not only does it help you keep track of important dates and deadlines, but it also promotes self-empowerment in this generation. With her previous youth talks among campuses around Manila, Laureen thought of many other ways to continue to inspire and she realised that this could be it. With shades of creme and light pink pages, this planner also offers quotes (some quotes from her siblings: Liz & Vince Uy as well as close friends: Nicole Andersson, Georgina Wilson, Jasmin-Curtis Smith, etc), grades & cash trackers, cheat sheets and activities that encourages you to be the best version of yourself. 
In fact, Laureen Uy was absolutely hands-on with this project. She kept the vision of a planner she had in mind and worked hard to successfully get it to where it is today (she even recalls sleeping late and waking up early to attend to important matters regarding the planner... and I absolutely admire her for that!) I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to interview Laureen about the #BeTheBestYou Planner and her personal advice to students who are heading back to school in a couple of days. I enjoyed our conversation because she was open to answer all the questions that were being asked :)
Laureen Uy with fellow blogger and host for the event, Nicole Andersson
Absolutely grateful for this opportunity. Big thanks to Manila Bulletin!

You can now purchase the #BeTheBestYouPlanner in any National Bookstore branch! 
For more information please visit Stradmore Blogberry on Facebook :)
Maira Gall