Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Balanced

It's hard to strike a balance between activism and academics. Activism encourages you to give your all to the struggle, yet it will never force you. My fellow activists now that the internal is still the decisive factor, and ultimately, it will be all up to you. In all honesty, academics has never been my priority since high school. My grades are fine, because I think, what will be the purpose if I achieve Latin honors now? It will be purely individualistic, and for your own self-interest. It wouldn't help the masses win the struggle. Now my time mostly goes to tasks, like discussing to classes and organizations about tuition fee increases, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement that led to the murder of Jennifer Laude, violence against women, agrarian reforms and so on. I find the fulfillment in doing something that is socially relevant, and thus, I find my balance.





Boyfriend jeans bought online
Like the fashion code I adhere to: that if I'm wearing a sleeveless top, I should wear jeans to balance the top. My outfit won't look to revealing, and it will be still classy. Tell me what you think!

- Seyra x

Monday, November 17, 2014

Red

Don't you just love the color red? It is an emotionally intense color--symbolizing passion, love, energy and power. I read a study that claimed that red makes people feel hunger, thus it is a standard color for designing fast food restaurants. But I have a different reason for loving the color red: it signifies the color of the people's struggle. It represents courage and the will to fight for the rights of the people, and even die for them. It is what Andres Bonifacio and the rest of our martyrs stood for.








With the -ber months rolling in, and me being susceptible to colds, I will dress appropriately for the weather.  Who likes sniffing and coughing, anyway? The red pops out, in this dreary weather, I must say.

- Seyra x

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Maxi

As you've probably noticed, my typical outfit consists of a pair of shorts and a blouse, and this is the first time I own a maxi skirt. The skirt is actually part of our belly dance costume for Bellyfest 2014 last October. (That explains the slits!) 
I also bleached and colored my hair, and I am loving it! Fresh look!






What do you think? Should I wear skirts more often?

- Seyra x

Friday, November 7, 2014

Candle Lighting for Justice

I've decided to blog again, with the additional stipulation that it will be blogging about activism. This blog will be different compared to the usual bourgeoisie fashion blogs. Contrary to what the mainstream media perpetuates about militant activism, we are not against everything--it's just that most of the laws and agreements signed by the government is wrong, and in this semi-feudal, semi-colonial society, that is the norm. We maybe biased, but we are biased to the oppressed and exploitative.

Anyway, yesterday, Student Catholic Movement of the Philippines held a candle lighting ceremony commemorating the Typhoon Yolanda tragedy  and Hacienda Luisita massacre. It's been one year for Yolanda, and ten years for HLI, yet justice is still not achieved. 
Normal school day: no make-up.







What can we do? Collective action, we must not stand alone during this dire times, when the injustices is very evident, we must act to stop it. We couldn't afford to lose more lives because of the criminal negligence of the government.

OUST NOYNOY!
JUSTICE FOR TYPHOON YOLANDA VICTIMS!
YES TO GENUINE AGRARIAN REFORM!

-Seyra x

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bohol 2014 - Part 2

Last day in Bohol! It quasi fulfilled my wish of an escape because I was so stressed with my thesis, plus everything else that's happening in life right now. We went dolphin watching at Pamilacan Island, which is one hour boat ride away from Baclayon. The experience was beyond words. Worth waking up at 4am!
Here's the video:

We then went to the island, and the tourism there is a community effort. It was refreshing not to see corporatized and commercialized sites, which made even more special. I am against commodification and crass commercialism of everything, especially nature. Community based tourism may be the best means to practice tourism because the residents will be the main stakeholders, and not the tourists, so it will be less likely for them to develop a capitalist outlook. The island was so beautiful that I want to go back and try their full body massage. We also went snorkeling, but I didn't have any waterproof camera, I couldn't post photos. Sorry!


With my travel buddies, Elle and Marga
Legit candid shot. I am cleaning the beach area. See the plastic I'm holding?

Wonder where am I going next? 
-Seyra x

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bohol 2014 - Part 1

As a student majoring in tourism management, we have a lot of out of the classroom activities or OCLA's. This is my first OCLA for the semester, and I'm so excited. I went to Bohol alone, and I almost got lost (I have a history of being lost, even though I am familiar with the place), good thing the people were really helpful even if they were responding to me in Boholano. We stayed in Maribojoc which is more than an hour away from Tagbilaran.

We went to Brgy. Toril so we can study how community based tourism is practiced. We also checked out some of the ruins in Maribojoc, including a new uplift in the Punta Cruz beach because of the earthquake.
Where we stayed: Aghao Family Resort

Mag-aso Falls, Antequerra

Arnis!
Pusô making!
Made my own!
Church of the Holy Cross ruins, Maribojoc, destroyed in 33 seconds last October 2013
Punta Cruz Watch Tower ruins

Uplift at Maribojoc

More photos to come! How's your year so far?

-Seyra x

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tiny Vessels


So one last touch and then you'll go
And we'll pretend that it meant something so much more
But it was vile, and it was cheap
And you are beautiful but you don't mean a thing to me
Yeah you are beautiful but you don't mean a thing to me