So pag nasa hospital si Bakla, Aida agad?

Around my 24 years of existence, I have been surrounded with LGBT community, mostly gay who’s been part of my life and my career. Whenever someone’s been rushed to the hospital from their community, I often hear them say: 

“Omg, feeling ko may AIDS/HIV si bakla!”

Aren’t we supposed to be open-minded about it and support them instead of being disgusted to them?

My uncle was rushed in the hospital again today because he just had his tonsils removed (Tonsillectomy) and since he’s not been eating anything and there is no one to take care of him, he started eating solid food which was the only available food around even if the doctor foreboded him-that made the wounds bleed in his throat. Since he was just in the hospital not so long ago and then again today and we are all far away from him, internet was the only way he can inform people that he’s in the hospital again, then someone joked around (wether is serious or joke) posted “aida” (gay lingo means aids).
My point here is that, some people are just insensitive, pure idiots. I don’t understand why they think it’s a good joke or it’s alright to think that when a gay is in the hospital, they think of AIDS/HIV.

Wether it’s true or not, it’s never okay to discriminate people who are already sick. Grow up! You came out of the shadow for a reason. If you fought for your gender, you should also fight side by side for the things that comes with it. There are many people who just give up because they are alone during the fight. Some people are even insecure informing their friends they are in the hospital just because they are scared people will think they already got infected.

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But anyway, FYI, my uncle can slap you with his papers from the test he just took few months ago. From that day on he uses condoms so there’s no way he’s infected!

He’s sensitive right now because he’s sick and he’s feeling weak because he can’t eat. Can you imagine what he’s going through right now? So for those people out there who are ignorant about this, shush…!

 

Think before you speak, blink before you click!

And for those who’s got AIDS and HIV, keep fighting, there are many reason to stay alive. Find a friend or a lover who can be there with you all the way! You’re gonna pass through it.

 

The Sleepy Guitar Vendor

I went for a walk today. I brought my camera with me and see which scenes it’s going to make me capture. I was thinking of writing reviews for restaurants but found myself shooting people along the streets. I am inspired, touched and moved in every story I was able to bring home with me.

Last 7 Months ago, I bought a guitar from this man. I saw him always carrying all these guitar along the streets then stopping by at this exact same spot before night. I passed by him again today. He was sitting trying not to fall asleep but he was very sleepy. I wish I could buy all his guitars. It was the guitar I bought for the old man working as cab driver who wanted to become a musician but couldn’t afford to buy. This guitar street seller was kind to give me one of his finest guitar even if I only had enough money for the smaller ones when I said I was buying it for the old man. Your family is lucky to have a husband and a father with such a big heart like yours.


It wasn’t a very busy time along the street so I kept walking to find something to eat. This father and his son spent time together playing and sitting behind their cart full of coconut while there was no customer.

After eating at one of my favorite restaurant to visit in Manila, I’ve crossed path with these two young men holding their balloons to sell along the streets. I knew the other boy was feeling a little bit embarrassed  but I admire these young men for trying to do something to earn. I used to be like them back in the day, when I was high school. I worked in a carnival to collect tokens on a running light. I was a little bit embarrassed because my classmates were looking down at me to see me work, I still  did it to be able to go to school.



This country is amazing! These simple things that the Filipino people do to keep living make this country different from others. We try and try because that’s is life. As long as you are still attached to your surrroundings, to people and still feel grateful, you are living the life. One day, we will all realized that it’s all those simple things that matter.

 

 

 

The Beauty of a Lisa Crosswhite

“She is amazing in every way. I am inspired by her attitude towards making her visions come to life, for believing in me and for seeing the beauty of everything through her heart.”

 

Who is Lisa Crosswhite?
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Lisa Crosswhite is one of the most remarkable women I have worked with. She is the CEO and founder of Gnossem, a retail business and later on founded her own brand, Chi Chi Von Tang, both based in Singapore. She started sketching fashion collections when she was nine but she was trained in Political Science and literature. As an artist and someone with such excellent background, there is no doubt she was able to execute extra-ordinary results. Her love and passion for Asian beauty and its diverse design heritage is the inspiration behind the brand Chi Chi Von Tang.

The Burma collection

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I walked for the show and chosen to model for the look book and cover of the website wearing the latest collection of Chi Chi Von Tang inspired by her travel in Myanmar where she lived with four different tribes. Burmese women are known for their strength, sophistication and mysterious way of living… so is Chi Chi Von Tang

The latest collection was made of fine silk, cuprous, highly textured linens and leathers. bag-2

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Working with Lisa Crosswhite
First impression, Bad ass!

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Where on earth can you find a woman with such beauty, brain and mad skills? She’s a Founder and a CEO, she owns a unique brand, trained in Political Science and Literature but still with genuinely beautiful heart? She is amazing in every way. I am inspired by her attitude towards making her visions come to life, for believing in me and for seeing the beauty of everything through her heart.

Follow her Instagram: @myessentialself @chichivontang