Embracing The World One Stylish Adventure At A Time

My Arms Around The World was born when I was going through these gorgeous travel and fashion blogs and I was thinking, it would be nice to have one myself to document my travels and adventures, my fashion and style and even my random musings. Now when I was going through my own photos especially the old ones, from the ones I had during my first flight to the United States which was very memorable to me because it was my first solo-lengthy international flight, I can’t help but remember the words of a friend of ours who was asked why she keeps taking photos every single moment, every single chance she has, and her answer as precious and simple as this, ” But, I am just building memories…..” and smiled sweetly.

LAX – my first solo international flight

Truly, it has been quite a journey for me moving out of the Philippines to live in the United States with my husband. It’s a dream come true but sometimes before, I thought I was like a fish taken away from the water. The culture, the weather, and the food is different from what I had been accustomed to. But my husband, as precious and wonderful as he is, has always been sweet and generous of his time to give me his support and help so I will feel gradually at home in my new country. I learned how to drive and had landed a job to keep me busy and occupied and to make my own hard-earned money. You see, this is me grasping the world, embracing it gracefully. I guess, part of me wanting to travel and wanting to see the enormous beauty the world offers, is the fact that the United States has been wonderful to me and it motivates me to see more. It makes me appreciate a lot of things. Like every time I have to go visit the Philippines, it makes me all so gaiety and excited knowing that I am visiting a country which is my first home and after how many weeks I will come back to this country I call as my second home. It makes me see things in a different perspective, that there’s always a distinctive beauty in each country. I both love the US and the Philippines, but I wouldn’t say that, if I haven’t seen and experienced living in both countries, would I? And for this alone, I am grateful. It gives me hope and excitement to see more beauty in the world despite of all the complete chaos, atrocities, lies and crimes that are continuously going on.

DFW – waiting for my flight to Tokyo, Narita
HongKong International Airport, Just Arrived

For me, you can travel with a rucksack, but don’t forget your dress, your favorite outfit, and dress the way you like, accessorize beautifully and think like every corner of the world is your runway. From the first time I flew, I remember I had to prepare for it. From the kind of outfit I am going to wear, my clothes, my shoes, my purse, everything. It becomes a habit that until now every single time I travel, it’s the first thing I do, prepare my outfit from the clothes I need to wear at the airport down to the whole duration of my trip. It actually helps save time and enjoy your trip more because if you are like every traveling fashionista, you don’t want to forget even one single outfit for a certain event on your trip.

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