Bahay kubo kahit munti… All together now.

*Humming the song while working on the post.*

For folks who are not familiar with the song, it’s one of the country’s local tagalog folk songs (also sung while playing a traditional game with the same name). And the reason why I sing hum is because I spent a day in a farm and I’m here to tell you a lil about my experience in photos.

Though I love the hustle and bustle of the city life, I can appreciate the simple, refreshing environment that can best be found in rural settings. The country is more pictured as such (by folks abroad who haven’t had the chance to visit) —- that or the slum areas, unfortunately — than it being metro and cosmopolitan.

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This was how I spent my time as I waited for folks to arrive.

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Quality time with Mr. X, grateful for the side mirror (however dirty it may be, LOL).

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I love roadtrips, don’t you?

Manila has its flaws but it’s these flaws that makes it more vibrant and alive. Comparing the concrete landscape of the city to lush greens and fresh air of the farm, the contrast makes the experience exhilarating and rewarding. Makes one appreciate the tiny luxuries of the city life more and can’t help but be in awe as one’s eyes behold the beauty of nature.

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Nipa Hut (Bahay Kubo) on stilts (with silong).

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A peek at the farm owned by a distant relative.

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I had wondered how old the trees were. I had also wished that I live near lots of trees back in Manila.

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Coconuts harvested! I play too much Farmtown in Facebook. Gah.

So, does this city slicker blend in?

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Here’s a good photo that shows me wearing the MAC Pro Longlash in Barelash during daytime. Natural light, no flash. Odd looking mascara, eh?

Sometimes, you can’t help but wonder if it’s better to simplify one’s life.

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Oh, I do think despite what other people say. I think about shoes, shopping.. oh, wait — do those things count?

Bare necessities. Life lived au natural. Free to let your hair down. No fancy-schmancy malls. No stilletos nor soy lattes. No internet. Oh dear. What will I do? Seems sort of pathetic, come to think of it. Apart from reading books and writing, I wouldn’t have anything else on my plate. Do I learn how to sew? Milk a cow? Pull weeds? Plant crops? I guess, if that’s the life I’m meant to live, I really wouldn’t mind. I’d put my heart into it, 100% passion and commitment. That’s how we should live, yes? I just hope I’d earn enough money for sunscreen and a french manicure. I kid.

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I am naturally sweet (and everything nice).

Cami Topshop
Jeans Topshop
Cardi Esprit
Bag Promod

Sasha Manuel @ the Farm 07.11.09 | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion
Sometimes I bite though.

Hat Baguio
Earrings Supré
Necklace Lee Hwa Jewelry
Watch Hand me down from my sis
Bracelet Diva
Sunnies Mango (earlier photos)
Flipflops Havaianas (not seen in the photos included in this post)

The hat proved vital for the day’s highlight. The most exciting thing I’ve done so far. If you’re on plurk then you would’ve caught it. Shooting the falling star. (Get it?)

Do we really need the schmoozing parties or the endless *ka-ching* just to produce a blog post? No, not really. If it’s true that folks are, indeed, tired of shopping or event features, I’d hear from them here. Today. Let’s talk fashion, lifestyle and culture. Exchange thoughts, theories, and wisdom. We can even do trivia, if you like. Because I’m tired. Tired of people challenging my authority in my own blog.

I’m in a bloody strange mood tonight (dare you to ask me). Sorry, folks.

Some photos (ones with me in it, mostly) were taken by Penny Rosario-Umali. Rest of the photos © 2009 Sasha Manuel

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Sasha is the Founder and Chief Editor of StyleManila.com. Style Manila has been around since 2007. You can also follow her on Twitter (@angelisophia), Polyvore, and Instagram (@sashamanuel). Read more about Sasha Manuel.

Comments

  1. jillsabs says:

    haters are back with a vengeance ba?

  2. Haters, posers, copycats. Oh they’re always around, lurking. Can’t you tell by the sheer jump in views of this post? Interesting, isn’t?

  3. I’m not tired of your posts. I like the MAC Barelash!

  4. i love your blog and it’s my favorite! i always read your reviews and in a way, you are an inspiration to me. I’m sure you are to many others as well. I wish you’d cheer up :-)

    • Kye: The Barelash is fun to wear. Thanks! :)

      LJ: Thanks and it’s good to know that you find my blog useful. Feel free to drop a note on reviews. I’d love to see you add your own thoughts to the posts. I’m sure that will help other readers too. Anyway, this feeling will soon pass. I appreciate your concern. :)

  5. Some people just have nothing better to do…Don’t mind them. We love your blog, Sasha! =)

  6. mariflor says:

    Hi! like your earrings. where is supre located?

  7. Hi Sasha, I will never get tired of reading your blog!!! One good thing that came up when applying for a CC is that I came across your blog (don’t ask how, Google just returned the results! :-P ) Continue the great job!

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