life of a cuddlebit

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last minute swimsuit

I was procrastinating on getting a new swimsuit for this summer season. Mainly because I am not going to the beach or anywhere unique this holy week. I intended to use my old swimwear because it is still ok, never mind that its style was already out of the fashion circulation. (It was an old style from Speedo’s endurance line. It  resembles a cropped  sando and boy leg shorts combo, kind of what beach volleyball teams wear.)  Sayang naman kasi. –it would be a waste if I will not use it till it gives up on me right?

So I just let it be. Till I went to search for my suits in the drawer and find out that the fabric has already discolored on my favorite one-it is still usable if I don’t mind the discoloration, I tried my (other) newer swimsuit if it was viable (This one is a bikini) and the elastic has already crumbled. So much for using it again.

I tried to look for swimsuits online, but since its already too close to holy week, they cannot promise that the item would arrive in time. It’s off to the mall I go. I am on a hunt for something affordable because I only use my swim wear once or maybe twice a year. I took quite a while in trying to find a swim suit that is flattering to my body type as well.

I had a hard time looking for something that I want. Because what I want is something that looks like my favorite and very much outdated swimsuit. I tried on seven suits! And ended up getting one from Sassa. It was the Bohemian dream (boy leg set). It says boyleg but I think the better term for it is a high waist. As it effectively hides my tummy!

Bohemian Dream – its neon pink meets powder blue in an Atzec style print

For only 799 I think it’s quite a bargain! It also comes with a srunchie to match. *If ever you are in the same pinch as I am, go and try out the swimsuits at the department store!* 

And I can get more coverage if I top it with my trusty Speedo women’s boyleg  shorts. I have it in navy.

My trusty old shorts from Speedo

I also encountered a nice find that I cannot pass up, as it can pair with my speedo shorts! I got a Quintsoul bikini top at retail lab, for 450. By matching it to my navy shorts I have “created” another set.  Not bad for a last minute purchase right? *Buying just the top or bottom? Its ok. Mix and match also works too! just keep in mind that the colors you picked out work well together.*

Oh, I also got cute floral/paisley printed Brazilea flip flops to wear.

I am ready to hit the water!

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product/s. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for these (from) my own pocket.


a stupid thing I believed in when I was a kid

I always spend my summer vacations in an indoor pool near our home (Manila Downtown YMCA Binondo). Me and my best friend (also my childhood/neighbor) have a year round membership that we abuse every summer, we swim daily after having lunch. Come school days we swim on Saturdays.

The pool of my childhood summers. Photo taken from

The pool of my childhood summers. Photo taken from

Summer Days we will swim from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm everyday. Looking like a prune was something we found cool, smelling like chlorine is something we also love. (eww, I know) I also have my default swimming fashion, for some reason I always feel more grown-up when I wear black. Hence the all black swim gear. 

swim gear

Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly sometimes even a medley of those are pretty much the norm in a day. We even play our own pool games like tag or the “surfing”- the surfing is actually something we made up. We try to stand on a kickboard and hold on to the gutter for dear life. The kickboard tries to float, making standing up wobbly as hell your body should keep it stable or else the kickboard will slip and float to the surface and send you toppling over. Whoever stays standing on the kickboard wins. We also have another version of this sitting on the kickboard. 

A kickboard

A kickboard

But that is not all that there is to our pool adventures.

We usually spot this “certain cool teen-aged girl” just because she always wears a bunch of silver charm bracelet to the pool.  the bracelet caught our attention. Being 9-year olds back then, we thought the charm bracelets (metal) would “sink” in the water and fall to the pool floor, and we (my best friend and I ) will have the liberty of getting one (for each of us) silver charm bracelet too. Back then our motto was ‘finders keepers’.

This looks like our glittery "dream" bracelet Photo from

oooohhhh shiny! This looks like the charm bracelet we covet.
Photo from

We earnestly searched every summer.

We found a lot of other stuff like: band aids, goggle straps, swim caps, a bra strap, hair pins, earplugs, shampoo etc. But we never did find anything of value in the pool floor.

But its okay. We developed strong lungs diving to the bottom of the pool. We had pretty awesome memories.


And we did get our happy ending: By the time we finished high school and our Mums got us our own charm bracelet.