Saturday, April 30, 2011

Crowing Glory with Tiara (Manila Bulletin Feature by Jane Kingsu-Cheng)

"Crowning Glory: a Modern Mix of Tiara and Fascinator"Written by: Jane Kingsu-Cheng
April 29, 2011 Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines -- The number of Pinays who wear headpieces is growing at a fast rate, and it’s not just because of the Royal Wedding of the century. Headwear designers such as Tracy Dizon will surely be flooded with orders after this weekend. Dizon’s colorful personality and style can be seen in her quirky and whimsical headpieces. Where does she get her inspiration?

Manila Bulletin: How did you get into making headpieces?

Tracy Dizon: I started to make them in simple forms, but I really got into developing hats and fascinators when I became a finalist for the Japan Fashion Design Contest 2009 in Tokyo (with Veejay Floresca and Nicole Mori). My entry was a handpainted pillbox, which was inspired from pop art and 1960’s fashion. Then after a month or so, “Tiara by Tracy Dizon” was born. With the help, support, and recommendations of my fashion mentor Joey Samson, and my colleagues, I’ve penetrated the wedding industry by collaborating with them with wedding entourage headpieces.

MB: What are your headpieces made of?

TD: I am proud to say I use sinamay Filipino fibers; it makes my headpieces have an organic and natural feel to it. But I also want my pieces to become globally competitive. I don’t want Filipino fashion pieces to be just exoticized or be labeled as exotic materials, so I make headpieces using rich fabrics and materials, which I personally pick out and source everywhere. I also use different types of feathers, from traditional feathers, to peacock feathers, to ostrich feathers, goose feathers even, which are my personal favorite.

MB: How do you come up with these pieces in your mind?

TD: With wedding clients, mostly, I take into consideration the theme, venue and how conservative the couples would be. Then, I find the most interesting fabrics and textures, almost same with design clothes I get my inspiration from things that fascinate me in this world: from Oriental prints, Jane Austen literature, the pop art movement, cherry blossoms of Japan, and ska music. It’s basically world history!

MB: Who are your customers?

TD: Wedding clients! Of course, happy and fun-loving clients who want Lady-GaGa-ish accents are very welcome, too! I dream of going global; I hope someday I can sell my pieces in London, New York, Australia, Paris and, of course, Harajuku in Tokyo.

MB: Do you have a muse? What is she like?

TD: I have wide range of muses, from my resident model Aika Yamaguchi who is half-Japanese and super kawaii and who I met way back when I was in Project Runway—she has been my model ever since. Kate Middleton, Betty Paige, Betsey Johnson and from fictional characters, Jane Austen characters. Lately, I’ve been inspired with a Haruki Murakami novel character: Midori Kobayashi of Norwegian Wood.

MB: If you were to make one for Kate Middleton for her wedding day, what would it be?

TD: I’d make her a lavish pillbox hat with a rich ostrich feather accent and embellished with crystals. And with crystal accent, it would be like a modern mix of a tiara and a fascinator, which Kate is getting known for.

MB: If you were a guest to the royal wedding, what would you wear?

TD: Wow! It’d be such an honor to be part of it. I’ll probably wear a pink Chanel-inspired trench coat with a subtle frou-frou dress inside. Topping it off with a Tiara fascinator like my Oriental Overture collection. It’s a burst of feathers but still elegant-looking.

* Tiara by Tracy Dizon is available at AC+632, Greenbelt 5, and F*Art at Kamuning, Q.C.

* For orders and inquiries, visit or send an e-mail to or look for Tracy Dizon in Facebook and Twitter.

What Tracy Dizon would wear to the Royal Wedding:
black sinamay base with black silk brocade rosette accent,
gold, black, blue, green, and red feathers

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pablo Neruda writes Love

Chillean Poet Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto
a.k.a. Pablo Neruda 
I'm probably 50% writer in my whole sense of existence. I like writing poems, I like narrating my stories, I like writing journals, I like writing little notes to everyone. I always say I write because I want to remember the things happening at the moment... To immortalize emotions and make me remember that once I felt "that feeling" too. 

One of my favorite poets of all time is Pablo Neruda... For me he just captures the feeling of desire and passion put into good combination of words. I can almost feel the heat of every verse he wrote. I just want to share two of my favorites Neruda Poems...

"I Do Not Love You"
Sonnet XVII

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

This poem for me is the one of the best love poems I ever felt written... Loving the unknown without pride... So brave and limitless. On a personal note, I think it struck me the most because this is how I genuinely feel about love... And I don't know any other way.

"Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon"
Love Sonnet XII 

Full woman, fleshly apple, hot moon, 
thick smell of seaweed, crushed mud and light, 
what obscure brilliance opens between your columns? 
What ancient night does a man touch with his senses? 

Loving is a journey with water and with stars, 
with smothered air and abrupt storms of flour: 
loving is a clash of lightning-bolts and two bodies 
defeated by a single drop of honey. 

Kiss by kiss I move across your small infinity, 
your borders, your rivers, your tiny villages, 
and the genital fire transformed into delight 

runs through the narrow pathways of the blood
until it plunges down, like a dark carnation, 
until it is and is no more than a flash in the night.

Now this is the perfect poem on how to make love with a woman. The passionate sensibility at it's purest form. Perfect metaphor ofnature depicted into love making. Seemingly a perfect union. I like these passionate poems... It let's it's readers share the bliss of intensed emotions.

Thank you Mr. Pablo Neruda, for the genius your shared and immortalized feeling of love. Your poems empathizes with our love.

The FOXY Lady getting tamed.

Lately, I've noticed myself taming down. Not that anyone made me do it or obliged me to do so. But I now realized how it feels, I knew what it meant when I read the novel "The Little Prince",  I think what I started to learn is what is depicted in this lines (which once again I will quote...)
"It would have been better to come back at the same hour," said the fox. "If, for example, you come at four o'clock in the afternoon, then at three o'clock I shall begin to be happy. I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances. At four o'clock, I shall already be worrying and jumping about. I shall show you how happy I am! But if you come at just any time, I shall never know at what hour my heart is to be ready to greet you . . . One must observe the proper rites . . ."
"What is a rite?" asked the little prince.
"Those also are actions too often neglected," said the fox. "They are what make one day different from other days, one hour from other hours. There is a rite, for example, among my hunters. Every Thursday they dance with the village girls. So Thursday is a wonderful day for me! I can take a walk as far as the vineyards. But if the hunters danced at just any time, every day would be like every other day, and I should never have any vacation at all."
I just want to say that it feels nice to be tamed. To wait for someone/ something /some time, it just feels good to wait because I know I am waiting for something... not nothing and not wonder what happens. I feel safe and I don't have to feel that uncertain feeling.    

I never knew how it is to be patient. I just didn't know how to be. I want to get things done, if no one can do it for me, I'd do it myself. I never thought someone can do it for me so I don't wait, I just do it. May be that's why I'm so sassy... I'm just aggressive and outspoken. I dunno. It's just a thought.

I know I'll always be the FOXY lady. But as read on yet another time "The Little Prince" I want to know how it feels to be "The Little Prince's Rose"
"Go and look again at the roses. You will understand now that yours is unique in all the world. Then come back to say goodbye to me, and I will make you a present of a secret."
The little prince went away, to look again at the roses.
"You are not at all like my rose," he said. "As yet you are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one. You are like my fox when I first knew him. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world."
And the roses were very much embarassed.
"You are beautiful, but you are empty," he went on. "One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you--the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or ever sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose...
And he went back to meet the fox.
"Goodbye," he said.
"Goodbye," said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
"What is essential is invisible to the eye," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."
"It is the time I have wasted for my rose--"
said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember.
"Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose . . ."
"I am responsible for my rose," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
May be it feels nice someone would take responsibility of me... like "The Rose". It seems so precious to think about it.... Now I really understand the value of patience and waiting how everything seems to feel more fit as time passes by.

Amazing. I'm getting tamed. Like a damsel in distress, and not the fiesty wicked witch. I'm beyond words. Appalled in amazement of something almost impossible. 

This is especially dedicated to someone who taught me patience. My words can never be enough... That's why I'll never stop talking haha j/k.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Lovely McDonald's TVC

McDonald's has the most heartfelt and sentimental TVC's I've ever seen... Really... It melts my heart haha. Atreyu even want to wait for this TVC, instead of watching a real TV Show. Well, I'm really sad and upset that CBCP (Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines), a bunch of prude self righteous "dogma" of Catholic Church banned this commercial.

I just don't see the malice in it. They're the one putting malice into it! Everybody had that puppy love. Come on! Okay haha sorry I got upset. haha.

Anws, because I cannot watch this anymore on freeTV, I'll post it on my own blog. Haha. I love this! <3 Atreyu always says... "Ang CUTE nila!!"

So cute right? haha I wish I had that kind of puppy love haha. i think i was too weird then for boys to like me haha. But I had a nursery crush I remember he's a Chinese classmate named Eric Teng haha. I wonder what he does now. hhaha.

Oh this one made me cry because when this McDo commercial aired,  I just came out from a break-up... from an ex who broke-up with me  for his first GF. haha booo. Bad bitter memories haha! But It's nice too! Especially the line.. "At kahit hindi kami naging kami sa huli, siya pa rin ang first love ko..." ("And even if we didn't end up together in the end... She will always be my first love.") Soooooo heartbreaking!!

"First Love"

Nostalgic memories~ of the pretending to be forever 21 girl haha.

I miss blogging BTW... I'll blog during the Holy Week catch up on reflection. Good morning y'all!