Sugbuanon ko, gihigugma teka Bangkok FTF blog event 4/6

This  tale is brought to you by the Full Time Fabulous Community.  I would like to say thank you to everyone who voted for my theme and to Kristy for hosting this blog event.

Everyone welcome to my fairy tale world!

I am no daughter of great actresses but I am proud to say that my greatest inspiration is my mom.  I grew up to be what I am now, happy, contented, fulfilled and inspired.

Inheriting my beauty from a clan of Spanish descendants from my fathers great great grandparents, the family nameVelosois much more known as the politically inclined family inTabango, Leyte.  My mom evolves from a clan of simple living individuals inCarrascal, Surigao del Sur.  And now mixed with these startling breeds from the pearl of the orient sea The Philippines, I have captivated the remarkable family legacy of being simple butdress to kill.

my parents(1st photo above), my siblings and mom (2nd photo above)
I am fashionably inclined, politically aware and creativity is one of my passion.  Film rolls, camera stint, transparency of each video, fashion, photography and arts makes my life go round.  Until now, I still believe in fairy tales, castles and bad witches, in karma, in happily ever after, in romance, love at first sight and broken promises.  This is fulfilling my dream, my aspiration and my personal goals.  This is whyI started PensandLens, this will tell you how the magic happened 🙂  Sit back and be enchanted.

And this is where my heritage and blogging life begins….

Farewell CEBU!!!


I’ve been a lover of Cebu with its wonderful beaches and great buildings and vast city lights.  For me I have never found any place that will match my love and dedication for Cebu.  On the eve of July 08, 2009 I cried at the airport, afraid and sad, it was my first time to be away from my family.  Two years ago I decided to start my first independent venture in Thailand.  I was confident that I will be able to learn so many things, through out my 23 years of existence I was so dependent to my parents, family and to King.  I always rely on them and make many excuses so as I can get out with my personal woes and problems.  But on the eve of July 09, 2009 as I stepped into the glimmering lights of Bangkok’s airport, it was midnight and my contact was out of reached.   I was starting to worry but I braved the streets of Bangkok and tried to reach my destination, thank God I got a gentleman driver and took me to a hotel near the Institute.

After two years I have discovered so many things, I have learned how to budget my own money, do the laundries, cook for myself, clean my entire pad and learned to be strong despite the sadness on missing those special days like your birthday, Christmas, Valentines and New Years Eve. It was the hardest part of my life, I had sleepless nights while burning myself with loneliness.  I have never realized how much my life in Cebu was so different in Bangkok.  But now, as things are starting to come into place, I have so many things to thank God for.

Bangkok/Cebu Collage

The making of this blog started when I bid farewell to my friends and now it has continue to grow despite everything I’ve been through.  I believe that my love for Cebu will never change but I’ve grown to be an independent and mature person in Bangkok.

Sweet memories of Cebu will forever be instilled in my heart, but I was gifted with a lot of realization that became one of my life’s precious lessons.  I became who I am today, that is why I cannot choose one but two of my favorite places that marked my joyful youth and humble beginnings.  Let us keep it this way, I left my heart in CEBU but I found my smile again in BANGKOK.  Sugbuanon ko, gihigugma teka Bangkok.  (I am from CEBU, I love Bangkok).

Bangkok/Cebu collage: (photos c/o,

City Lights


Songkran Festival-Sinulog Festival

Thai Dance-Sinulog Dance

Check out the other #FTFCommunity blogger posts regarding this event.




  1. tagadavaoko · April 6, 2011

    love it! nalingaw ko sa imong bangs tung bata paka sweet hehe

    • Sweet · April 6, 2011

      hahahaha 🙂 hehehehe ahaka

  2. Kristin · April 6, 2011

    What an inredible post! Thank you for giving us such a wonderful insight into you!

    • Sweet · April 6, 2011

      thanks Kristin 😀 whew..I thought I am not going to make it 😀

  3. Anika · April 6, 2011

    Sweetheart, thank you so much for suggesting this topic for the event! I love your post, thank you so much for taking me to Thailand! My sister is living there now, so I loved seing your wonderful pics. Also, so nice to get to know you more and to see your fam. Thank you for sharing!

    x Anika

    • Sweet · April 6, 2011

      Oh my…no thank you for the support on this blog event…Everyone did a great job…I can’t wait for another blog event soon 😀

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thank you so much Anika for your comments 😀

  4. Heidi Foner · April 6, 2011

    Wonderful post! Very inspirational and it is nice to know someone who appreciates where they came from. 🙂

    • Sweet · April 6, 2011

      aww thanks Heidi…can’t wait to read yours 😀

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thanks Heidi…kisses 😀

  5. Oh to Be a Muse · April 6, 2011

    i already know how much you love Cebu! it’s so evident in your blog. and wow, you look so much like your mother. what a lovely photo collage too. thanks for coming up with this great idea for FTF! i’ve been checking out everyone’s posts and they are all so lovely.

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      hahaa thanks I really get the same comment…that I look like my mom…its like she is my sister…wwooopzz hahaha…thanks love

  6. Cyrillynn · April 6, 2011

    AH! A fellow Filipina in the house! Loved your post! I didn’t get the chance to really delve into my own heritage, but what a great job you did with yours. Very impressive, and great job in choosing the theme 🙂


    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thanks love…you are a filipina too 😀 OMG!!! excited

  7. Elaine · April 6, 2011

    Beautiful pictures!!

  8. Ashley · April 6, 2011

    I have enjoyed the time I spent in southeast Asia, so I was very excited to read your post about Thailand and the Philippines! Both places sound amazing and I’m glad that you were able to find your independence in Bangkok. I love that you shared your life lessons and your heritage with us =)

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thanks babe for visiting…yes I am without a doubt happy to be part of this event…

  9. Madison · April 6, 2011

    Sweet, these pictures are so excellent, Bangkok, has definitely been on my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing this journey with us, you have seemed to triumphed mightily in such a lively place!


    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      hey Madison…thank you also for your great comment…and yes come to Bangkok love

  10. eva626 · April 7, 2011

    woa i love all the pics and this post!!! you are too cute! great pics once again!!!

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thanks babe 😀 I am blushing now…

  11. Kristie · April 7, 2011

    What a sweet post. 🙂 It’s lovely that you’re proud of your origin as well as where you are now!

  12. Simple Subtle Style · April 7, 2011

    love your post! thanks for sharing!

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thank you gorgeous 😀

  13. citizenrosebud · April 7, 2011

    Great post and glimpse into your background. I love the slide show showing you in all stages! Always a fashionista!

  14. Gessyl · April 7, 2011

    you so cute in your childhood pictures!

    btw, i passed on the Stylish Blogger Award to you Sweet. 🙂

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      aww thanks love 😀

  15. Casee Marie · April 7, 2011

    Sweet, love, this was absolutely amazing. Really, you should be so proud of this post. It was wonderful to see your family, your parents and siblings and to see how close you are with them, but then getting to know more about your experiences with leaving home and the adventure you went on was fascinating, too. So much of your heart is in here, girly, and it’s beautiful. Just like you!

    Thanks for suggesting this theme, it was so much fun! I definitely can’t wait for the next blog event. 😉

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thanks Caseee you always make me smile with your comments 😀

  16. jasna · April 7, 2011

    Hello honey, what a super special post! Hope u have had a good week Mwah xx

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thanks Jasna have a great week as well

  17. designedbyann · April 7, 2011

    what a nice post Sweet! I’ve never travelled to Asia, but I want too, sometime…
    Such nice culture you have over there…both in Cebu and Bangkok…especially the dancers, nice colourful dresses!

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      yes I was so happy to see the similarities in the festival and the photos…

  18. Jessica · April 7, 2011

    This was such a great idea, Im so glad we went with it. Your idea has brought so many different bloggers from different countries and heritage together! Go girl! I so enjoyed your post, Ive still never managed to get to Thailand but I really hope to someday. your heritage is pretty awesome (as is your style) x

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thanks babe…come to Thailand or the Philippines…I would love to meet you and everyone someday 😀

  19. KC of nouveau skin · April 7, 2011

    nice to know more about your story. you are indeed such a sweet girl. those little kid photos are so cute. you are a true beauty queen inside and out.

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thanks babe…awww thank you for your sweet and kind words 😀

  20. pop champagne · April 7, 2011

    oh very nice pictures, looks like you had a great time and it would be so cool to experience one of those festivals first hand!

  21. kristy · April 7, 2011

    darling!!!! you are such an inspiration for women EVERYWHERE!! i love your post so much. i love how much you love where you’re from yet braved a new place anyway and overcame the difficulties to create a life for yourself, to grow up and mature and make the most out of your time here.

    you look so beautiful. i love that photograph of you towards the top with the hat on. your family is so adorable!! it seems there is much love and support between you guys. cebu sounds amazing of course, but i’ve always wanted to go to bangkok as well and i think it’s really wonderful that you live there.

    thank you so much for sharing all these amazing photos with us along with your words about your personal journey. you rock darling!!

    and this theme was such a great idea. definitely the perfect way to start this blog event!!! =)

    Kristy Eléna – Full Time Fabulous
    Vogue Gone Rogue
    Twitter: @kristyelena

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      yes Kristy…thank you so much for making this event…I have learned so many things from all the bloggers who participated…the places are absolutely beautiful…this is just a great way for us to kick off the first blog event…can’t wait for more…

  22. Statementadf · April 7, 2011

    Congrats on the winning theme. It is such a great theme to start of this blogevent from ftf. I got to visit so many new blogs from all over the world and I love it. Now in Thailand with it´s amazing food and people. I really liked that you gave us so much of yourself and love the picture slideshow of yourself growing up to the woman you are today.


    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thank you love…I am happy that everyone participated….yes it is really a great tour around the world

  23. Beautifully Invisible · April 7, 2011

    I have a confession to make. This wasn’t the theme I voted on for this Blog Event, mostly because I couldn’t figure out how I would be able to participate since I blog anonymously. That being said – I am SO glad that it won! I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed reading a series of posts so much, and I even managed to write something of my own. So thank YOU for suggesting such a wonderful theme. It has been wonderful reading about everyone.

    Your personal story is so inspiring… thank you for sharing these amazing images with us, but more than anything, thank you for sharing your journey.

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      no problem B….you will always serve as an inspiration to us…and thank you for your sweet words 😀

  24. DaMnViXeN · April 7, 2011

    so different are our cultures yet the passion for festivities are strikingly familiar!

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      yes I was able to find the same photo that represents each festivities 😀

  25. Jamillah · April 8, 2011

    You will not believe this, but my mom is from the Philippines and my dad is from Thailandl- so reading your post made my heart melt. They are very different cultures but they have so much in common. My heart definitely belongs to both places 🙂

    I hope my other half of the land of smiles is treating you well 🙂

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      yes Thailand has been wonderful…and gawd this is so nice…it is like you are from the two places that I really LOVE visiting…thank you for visiting my blog 😀

  26. Studio Swag · April 8, 2011

    Beautiful pictures and family! Love the post!

    xx rk

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      thank you babe 😀

  27. Kara · April 8, 2011

    Wow, what a story. You’re so brave to move on your own away from everyone to a new city. Very inspiring, actually. These are great pics, it’s nice to get to know you!

    xx Kara

    • Sweet · April 8, 2011

      yes I would say..I got lucky and thankful as well…

  28. Jenmarie · April 8, 2011

    Aww, Sweet! This is such a beautiful post. I love all the photos you included of your family (you all look so much alike!) and the photos of you growing up.

    Even though I’m only a half hour away from my family I still miss them and treasure the time spent with them. It’s weird how there is no transition from living with your family to getting married. All of a sudden you’re in a different place. There’s no getting used to the fact that you’re going to be living somewhere else. It’s very strange and it takes a lot of courage!

    Thank you so much for this insight into your life!

    • Sweet · April 10, 2011

      thanks Jen…yes I really miss my family….

  29. neekul · April 9, 2011

    i love how you made a wonderful collage to compare the philippines and thailand. it’s really nice!

    • Sweet · April 10, 2011

      thanks nicole 😀

  30. Courtney · April 10, 2011

    What a stunning post! The best thing I like about blogging is that it can transport you to another world. I loved seeing more about who you are and where you live.

    • Sweet · April 10, 2011

      yes I really enjoyed everyones post 😀

  31. cruel vitch · April 12, 2011

    This is so nice bitch. I really wish I can have the time to visit Bangkok and witness their Songkran festival or see the beauty of Bangkok in itself. I have never been to other places before, I mean outside the country, expect when my hubby really did all his best to take me to Hong Kong and China. I’m so thankful I have a husband who is helping me experience something new. I will tell him about Bangkok and might eventually get to start planning on our future vacation there.

    • Sweet · April 15, 2011

      basta come to Bangkok nya soon

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