To Roll Or Not To Roll

As I was taking photos of this outfit, I debated whether to roll the legs on these pants or not. It may look a little awkward, but if I left them down, the outfit would look a bit… not sloppy (though I admit, the pants have an elastic waist, so the entire thing is just glorified pajamas), but a bit uninteresting. Too “normal”. So in the end, I rolled the pant legs a bit to show off the lacing of the flats. It’s a little thing, but it really changed the look of the outfit and made it look better thought out, don’t you think?

SIA Inspiration: Gunta Stölzl

It’s Terri’s turn to host SIA, and here is her pick:

This is a tapestry called “Cows in Landscape” by Bauhaus textile artist Gunta Stölzl (I must admit, it took me a while to see the cows.) This is certainly more colorful/textured than my usual outfits, but I can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with. Remember to send your outfits to Terri ( by next Tuesday, September 21st, and enjoy!

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

I don’t know how many of you guys follow international news, but Vietnam is going through our worst COVID outbreak yet. We’ve been in lockdown for nearly 2 months (and it looks like it’s going to be extended). Last year, the pandemic barely brushed us by, but now it’s all too real, and I’m beginning to feel its impact. I start to dread waking up every day only to see that the numbers of cases are still climbing and there seems to be no end in sight.

The thing is, I’m so much luckier than most people, those who are struggling with their livelihoods or even their own lives. But it’s hard to remember that sometimes, so there’s a reminder for myself of a few things I’m grateful for:

– My family and I are still in good health (*knocks on wood*) and most of us have received at least one dose of vaccine. Our country’s vaccination rollout is a little slow (that’s what happens when you’re a third-world country having to depend on others for your vaccines) but we’re getting there.

– Our house is surrounded by a large garden, so there is no feeling of being cooped up inside during the lockdown. Nature is always just outside the window. Plus we’re all homebodies anyway.

– Said garden provides us with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, which reduce the need to go grocery shopping and the risk of exposure.

– I can work from home with relative ease, and I’m used to working from home (with my freelance job) anyway, so I didn’t have to adjust much.

So yes, I’m taking a leaf out of the Monty Python’s book and look on the bright side of life. And on that note, let’s take a look at some photos from the garden to take our minds off things, shall we?

Rangoon creepers

Our first crop of longan!

And it’s all thanks to these dwarf honey bees

Rain lilies

We have a lot of grapefruits this year too

Ground orchid

Queen of the Night

Getting Jabbed

I wore this to get my first dose of COVID vaccination. I wasn’t going to photograph this – basically I just wore something sleeveless and comfy – but then I thought, “Hey, this doesn’t look half bad”, and decided to add the belt to make it more blog-worthy. Besides, I’d take any chance to get dressed up these days.

It’s a relief to get vaccinated, though I know I’m privileged to even get it at all – most of our vaccines are reserved for other parts of the country, where the outbreak is much worse, but as a teacher, I’m one of the prioritized groups. Besides, my mom hasn’t been able to get vaccinated yet due to her medications, so I’m doing what I can to keep her safe.

Serving Fish

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Victo Ngai’s illustration for Christopher Caldwell’s novella “Serving Fish“, I knew I’d wear this shirt – I mean, it has fish printed on it, duh! And the colors match the painting quite well too. I kept the rest of the outfit simple, because let’s face it, this shirt is the star here. Besides, I don’t have a lot of pearl accessories either. But I did add my pearl brooch to my shoe as a nod to all the pearls in the painting.

Remember to drop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this illustration. I can’t wait!