DOLLVIE 2015

Dear Reader,

This year, with some good friends, I decided to make the (short) pilgrimage to Hong Kong and take part in my very first Dollvie.

Dollvie used to be known as Hong Kong Dollism. Many of my friends have been going in the span of five years, but I’ve never been able to come along due to other big trips. This year, my slate was clean–when the skies are clear, you fly.

I had such a great time at the event! Alek, Krishna, Chin and Carissa, my Manika Manila trip buddies, were also Dollvie “virgins”; it was a very new experience for all of us. Only MK, a dear friend from Singapore, was a Dollvie veteran in our small group. There were so many amazing sponsors, exhibitors and dealer booths this year. I (thankfully) did not wipe out my entire budget, but I’m happy with the loot I brought home because I got so many amazing deals. Imagine Taobao shopping minus the agent assistance and the shipping fees!

I didn’t get to take much photos. I was too busy soaking up the experience and draining my wallet of its contents. I’d love to be able to go again next year if the opportunity presents itself.

Warning: Incoming photodump ahead. You’re welcome.

Your Friend and Author,

Marien

DSC04928This is the decent group photo. Wee.

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GRAND RENDEZVOUS: SO LONG, SCORCHING SUMMER

Dear Reader,

First off, a thought I want to get off my back: SUMMER IS OVER. FINALLY. /does a somewhat uncoordinated victory dance I’m not a summer person in the very least. I don’t enjoy being under the sun. I’ve lived in a tropical country all my life, but have always fared much better jogging down the streets of sleepy little New Jersey suburbs in the dead of winter. This past week, rains have started to fall, and the sweltering heat has eased up in almost miraculous measures. Here’s to hoping it keeps up!

Last weekend, I left the confines of Metro Manila for a fun weekend out with some fellow doll owners. Our wonderful community mods were able to arrange an overnight stay at a lovely home in Tagaytay City, and some of us jumped at the chance to be able to take photos of our dolls at a scenic venue in the absence of onlookers. It was still quite hot when we arrived, so I decided to spend the day lazing around in the pool and leaving the shooting for the next day. (I am secretly Gudetama.)

All in all, it was a lovely experience. I got to rush sew summer outfits for my dolls, cook dinner, take nice photos and participate in the grandest game of Cards Against Humanity ever. Fifteen players – can you even imagine? More importantly, I got to spend some time vacationing with good friends.

I will cease rambling now and get to the photos. I now belatedly feel bad that I didn’t get to take photos of my friends’ dolls! Everyone looked wonderful in their summer wear, so I wish I had time to shoot them, too. (You never have enough time when you bring five dolls to shoot.) Oh well – it’s not like we can always have everything.

Your Friend and Author,

Marien

(You’re never going to get any sunshine, Jon Snow.)

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Little Rendezvous: An Afternoon at The Clubhouse

Dear Reader,

Permit me to interrupt my Proust series with some photos from an afternoon out with a friend. It was sweltering outside, so we ended up barricading ourselves within the confines of the fully-airconditioned restaurant, The Clubhouse.

I won’t say much this time around; I’ll post photos instead.

Sierra and Max are mine. RiCo, Rocket, PoRa and Shou belong to Jan.

Your Friend and Author,

Marien

RiCo, Sierra and Max

RiCo, Sierra and Max

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