Sunday, October 21, 2012

Be About It

Just arrived from China last night and had to fly out again the morning after to visit mum for her birthday. This was what I wore to the airport. I try my best to dress up even if it's a pain to be rushing while getting your things (and shoes) inspected since you're bound to bump into someone while checking in or boarding. 

"Always dress like you're going to see your worst enemy."-- Kimora Lee Simmons

I'd like to think that I have no enemies but I've experienced seeing people who sorta have problems with me being happy with my life at the airport one too many times. It's great knowing they can't see your eyes looking at their direction cos I always have my sunglasses on. Yup, I'm one of those douchebags who wear shades indoors. My excuse is that my eyes look super tired during flights (taking naps with contacts on makes them red) and I just can't stand those blinding & unforgiving white lights. 

Polarized caravans from Ray-Ban remains to be one of my faves. I try to go for polarized lenses as much as possible. 

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In line with RayBan's 75th anniversary, I was inspired to write a post about striving to become a legend in your own way; how to create a mark in whatever field you're in while staying true to yourself. My sister mentioned that my outfit reminded her of one of my glam rock idols, Joan Jett. She's one of those girls who've exemplified courage and bravery. She paved the way for a lot of female musicians during her time through her talent, mixed with a lot of hard work, determination, drive and perseverance. I admire people like her who devote their lives to breaking barriers and challenging expectations (she's currently a spokesperson for PETA and supports the US Military). 

As much as I avoid trying too hard to put myself out there as a role model for younger girls, I admit that I make it a point to convey a positive message and outlook in life each time I write or post photographs. This is also a way for me to remind myself that I shouldn't be doing things just for the heck of it. I try to avoid being too carefree since I'm at a point in my life wherein I should be building up my career, trying to make a name for myself in the industry. 

Right now I'm still debating with myself about which path to take. Some people say that I will eventually merge all of my interests and make a living out of all of them without even having to "work" a single day of my life, and I believe that can happen. I never even expected I'd be able to squeeze in performing, writing, or taking photographs-- and now I can earn from them! I always thought being a nerdy kid would land me a comfortable desk job or help me start a business. Being an adult to me merely meant choosing a career, making money and enjoying only once in a while (this is where a college degree becomes handy). 

 I still feel so blessed that I was able to find ways to turn my hobbies into possible career choices. The only problem is, it drains you to want to do too many things. Being a jack of all trades and a master of none sounds dreadful... Along the way I've learned that you really have to devote all of your time into something to be able to see its fruition at the level you want it to be. There's no point in doing anything half-assed. To truly make an impact and to make a mark, you first have to realize that you do have the privilege of doing things your own way. Nothing is every easy, but you can be all that you want to be. It takes a whole lot of bravery and self-motivation. You also need to realize that there are no rules and no cookie-cutter ways to be successful. This is why I look up to so many people who go against what seems safe and acceptable in the eyes of our [very conservative] society. Thanks to them, I've seen the effects of planning, maintaining a certain level of humility, being appreciative of the tools and people you have in your life, and most importantly, being ready for the worst. Take the traits that you admire in these people, emulate them but never try to pattern your career completely according to theirs. You have your own set of strengths and weaknesses which you can use to your advantage. 

I am taking a cue from Joan- even if you feel alienated, never do things just to impress. Always let your passion speak through your works, and be in control of your life! 


Anonymous said...

Where is your bag from? I love it!

Raleene said...

It's from Topshop :)

Paula Aquino said...

love the outfit especially the bag! btw, congratulations for passing the board exam! Is it hard or carry lang? haha. sorry, I'm also an ID student.

Raleene said...

@Paula-Thank you!!! It was so hard that's why I couldn't believe I passed! My next post might be about it.

Aude said...

It's my first time to visit your blog and I love the depth of your posts. =)

Raleene said...

Aude- thanks so much! I appreciate readers who take time to actually READ what I have to say. <3