Bringing 90s Vibe To The Digital Era.

How was your New Year Eve celebration? Partying hard? Or, were you just like me, binge watching until I finally fell asleep. Whatever it is, just make sure that all the “New Year New Me” stuff is not just a one time euphoria. Make time to be grateful about everything (highs or lows) that God has allowed to happen to you in the past year, and write down every single thing that you want to see happen in the new year.

What’s more important is to actually keeping your hope alive, because you know sooner or later reality is gonna happen to you. Sometimes your plans will be delayed, postponed, or even canceled, but never stop believing that the journey of life is actually a constant road to better places.

Geesh what a long opening. I’m sorry. First post of 2018 will be about my current obsession over everything 90s. So I’m gonna compile some of my recent #OOTD photos and give you some useful tips plus what are the brands that I’ve been wearing (mostly locals). Gotta say thank you for my amazing photographers friends, Didi and Joel, who have been willing to help me in taking these ootd shots.

  1. Invest in accessory. By the way, prime colors is trending this year. Thus, the orange cap and yellow jacket.
  2. Oversized and tucked-in t-shirt is back. Balance your tee collection between the plain one and the printed one.
  3. Find something that can be your signature style. As for me, socks, apart from rounded-glasses, have been quite of my signature. I have plenty of them from any colors and patterns.
  4. Invest in basic outerwear like denim jacket and hooded pullover. Mine has a pair exaggerated sleeves that is really a head-turner. Oh, don’t forget to also invest in other basic stuff like a pair of black skinny jeans and white canvas shoes.
  5. Track pants are back. Enuff said.
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Cap: Locale, Oversized Black Tee: Anders, White Strut Bag: Suddenly Good Life, Jeans: Topman, Shoes: Converse

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Glasses: Karamata, Glasses Strap: Wasteland, Jacket: Pull & Bear

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Printed Tee: The Goods Dept

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Track Pants: WellBorn, Shoes: Vans

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Denim Jacket: Pop Meets Pop, Striped Shirt: H&M, Skinny Jeans: H&M, Socks: Topman, Shoes: Converse

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Hooded Pullover: Moral, Pants: H&M, Socks: Topman, Shoes: Converse

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Cap: Topman, Tee: Adidas, Shorts: H&M; Socks: Topman

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Tee: Broken Echo, Scarf: Topman

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Tanks: H&M, Bag: Erigo, Shorts: H&M, Glasses Strap: Wasteland, Socks: Topman

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Jacket: Erigo, Track Pants: H&M, Shoes: Converse

Check out some other photos in the slideshow below, happy shopping! LOL ūüėČ Don’t forget to my Instagram account (if you haven’t) to follow my current fashion purchase and ootd updates.

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Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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Weekend Is Best For: Trying Out New Hang Out Places!

Well, the title is not entirely true, but it’s not entirely false either. I don’t know what about you, but for me weekend is always best for:

  1. Binge-watching while munching on my favorite snacks.
  2. Staying all day in my comfy room accompanied with books and a box of pizza.
  3. Hanging out with my favorite people while at the same time trying out new places.

I’m now a bit reluctant to go out on weekend, particularly on Saturday since the traffic is normally CRAZIER compared to weekdays. So, number 1 & 2 are definitely for Saturday, while number 3 is always a routine on Sunday. My friends and I (always)¬†started out with having zero clue about where we are going to hangout, and (always) ended up on a random newly-opened coffee shop or restaurant in Jakarta.

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This post will feature some of the new places that I got to try in the past month. I was originally planning to make a single post out of every coffee shop or restaurant that I visited, but on second thought I think it would be better to just compile them in one post.

Let’s start with the first one, which is my favorite Go-Food (food online delivery service in Jakarta) meals: HONU Poke & Matcha Bar. I know this is not new anymore, but I legit love this place and the menu! So here it is.

Located in Kemang, Honu serves a very yummy poke bowl consists of fresh and healthy ingredients like tuna, salmon, tofu, edamame, etc. I normally ordered the Super Bowl (Salmon, Avocado Crispy Kale, Edamame, Wakamame Carrots and Cucumber), or the Two & Two (Tuna, Salmon, Lettuce, Carrots, Tempura Crunch) with extra Salmon (yes, that’s how much I love salmon). Normally it would cost me about 75k – 100k per visit. The place is quite small, but still feel quite spacey and comfy with a smoking area on the back. I just really love the pastel colors they used as part of the interior with all those kinfolk-ish green plants.

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Look at that colors!

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Second one is DomaDona Coffee. I was there one Sunday to interview Greys Polii. The only reason we picked this place was because it was quite new, and we wanted to check out the hype. Surprisingly, unlike many other new coffee shops in town, which mostly are crowded in the first few weeks of their opening, DomaDona was a bit.. empty.

First thing that really turned me off was that they used a yellow-ish lamp instead of having big window panes for natural light to penetrate easily into their tiny space. It was a bit challenging to take photos with such lighting. Second of all, everything that we ordered taste rather plain. The highlight though, if you are looking for a nice place to sit and talk for hours, this is quite a good place.

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Third one is the new branch of 1/15 Coffee located in Menteng. Their first outlet in Gandaria was definitely a nice place for hanging out with your friends or having a meeting. However, I always felt like it’s a bit too far from where I live. Voila, they seemed to hear my wish. The Menteng outlet is definitely nearer for me! Unlike the Gandaria one which offers very spacey room with high ceilings, the Menteng one feels more packed. Located next to Kaum Jakarta, 1/15 Menteng still serve you with the best of their coffee game and also foods, although honestly the foods and desserts in Gandaria taste way better.

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Glasses: Karamata, Black Nehru Shirt: Zara, Tee: H&M; Pants: H&M; Shoes: Vans; Accessories: Tha Collection; Watch: Aark Collective

Last but not least is Paradigma Coffee. I think is the most worth-visiting new coffee shop in town, simply because it offers.. *drumroll* a wide outdoorsy area with bean bags and green grass (synthetic though). Other than the coffee shop, this whole location also offers a co-working space, public library, local artisans shop, and also bakery. So it’s like a one stop place for any urban people to have fun, whether with friends or family. Having an outdoor public room in this overpopulated city is indeed a luxury, so to have one coffee shop which offers you a comfy place to sit outside is really a blessing.

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Shades: Karamata, Patterned Shirt: The Collin Store, Jeans: Topman, Socks: Uniqlo, Shoes: Vans; Watch: Hypergrand

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Sunday Squad

Besides these fours, I have also stumbled upon the new Starbucks Reserve at Pakubuwono, Pizza Place at Como Park Kemang, and also Crumble Crew (you must try the Iscaketory!) at SCBD area. If you happen to have any new coffee shop, desserts place, or restaurants opening feel free to let me know so I can drop by and give it a try!

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Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

Accidentally in Love with Spumante Cafe

Our encounter with Spumante was accidental. DR & I were driving around central Jakarta and we had about 2,5 hours to kill before meeting our friends to watch Zootopia. So, as always, we decided to just find a coffee shop, sit there and write.

The first cafe I had in mind was Anomali Coffee, because we were in Menteng area. However, Anomali was packed, and if you know us, we are not a big fan of an overcrowded public place. Luckily, right next to Anomali there is another coffee shop, Spumante. The place seemed nice, so we decided to drop by.

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Parking lot situation.

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Foyer situation

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Spumante Cafe. Jalan Teuku Cik Ditiro No.50, Menteng, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310

The interior was impressive as it has plenty of artistic typography mural painted on every wall. Right from the alfresco area, foyer, indoor and on their brewing station. We chose what looked like the comfiest spot at the corner of Spumante, sat there, opened our laptop, and ordered some beers. I also decided to order a plate of Taco Salad, as my empty tummy craved for some light meals.

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Cashier situation

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Mural everywhere

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Kitchen situation

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Brewing situation.

Price wise, Spumante is quite affordable. Taste wise, I can’t really judge much but the Taco Salad was good. If you’re looking for some good place to chill and chase some deadlines, Spumante is definitely worth considering.

At the back side, they have this huge backyard and some private spaces to be rented for gathering, party or meeting. Of course, DR & I couldn’t resist the urge to quickly snap some good OOTD photos.

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Window panes and white walls means an ideal OOTD spot.

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Stairs also means an ideal OOTD spot.

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DR and his laidback denim jacket.

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Snapback: H&M; Shades: Ruby’s; Denim Shirt & Pants: Topman; Tee: Adidas; Kicks: Nike; Watch: Nixon

We were accidentally twinning in denim that day. I wore a pair of white hi-top Nike Kicks, and newly bought H&M snapback to complete my look. While DR, was going plain in black, yet still stood out with that washed off denim jacket of his.

As you might have noticed, it was almost shaving time for me. I have always preferred a clean look, but lately I’ve been a little bit too lazy to shave. But that’s until this Garnier Men’s newest product, Power White, was delivered to my door. This 2 in 1 package is the perfect solution for every urban men out there who are just as busy as I am. It can be used as shaving foam AND cleansing brightening foam. Now I don’t have to use two different products to shave and to wash my face. This product is definitely a must have item on my traveling essentials!

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My traveling essentials.

Write to you later,

 

HG. (@gersonhenry)

Exploring the Urban Jungle

Jakarta is an urban jungle waiting to be explored.

Perhaps this urban jungle term came out because we miss the playground. As grown ups, we miss the little explorer deep inside each of us. At least that was how I felt when HG and I found this abandoned parking lot on our weekend exploration.

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The explorers.

It rained heavily on a Sunday afternoon. The kind of rain that would scare little kids away instead of playing under it. However, these 20s explorers were keen of exploring an abandoned building HG spotted a few days ago. Needless to say, we were actually trespassing, which made it more fun.

This trespassing experience was not the first for us. If you missed out on Denim Day Out, you should head back to that post. It seems that our courage to trespass has gone higher each time. Kids, this isn’t something to follow, although I assume our readers are not kids anymore.

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All black.

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Floating

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Ripped jeans, shamefully worn baseball shirt and snapback.

I wasn’t planning to wear black outfit from top to bottom, but the weather got me putting on my favorite sweater. Since I didn’t have much time to cut my hair, I decided to cover up the mess with my Topman snapback. One bad outfit decision was to wear my Nike Internationalist on a rainy season exploration. After jumping through a few puddles, I got it all messed up and dirty.

HG’s exploration started a few days ago when he found an old jeans in his closet. He decided to do a little DIY jeans ripping. He shamefully bought an H&M¬†baseball shirt and black snapback even though we made a bet not to shop until we lose some weight. Cheater cheater pumpkin eater!

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Jump with intention.

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Candid.

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We go blind without reflection.

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Chillin

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A lot of jumping for HG that day.

Soon, the weather calmed down and left us with a lot of puddles to play with. The sun came out and the weather turned warm. It was funny how everything change all of a sudden in between seasons transitions. Isn’t it the same with growing up? One day you find yourself holding on to your grades in University, the next day you find them pretty much useless, leaving you helpless in securing a path for yourself.

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Diplo pose #1

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Diplo pose #2

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Finding the light

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The road to the higher level can sometimes be lonely.

Let me get personal with you. Transition and changes sucks. In the middle of my transition, I often found myself lost and confused about the directions I am heading to. There are times where I question myself.

“Am I going to make it?”

“Am I too idealist?”

I felt very weird at first, but I came to a conclusion that any normal fresh graduates would have the same questions, perhaps even more. Seasonal hardships are not something out of the ordinary. It is just a road I have to walk through, no matter how fast or slow.

It’s good to have friends who support you in whatever season you are in. They keep you from getting lost in the middle of the road. Moreover, they are great exploring companion when things are too stressing. You know what they say, “surround yourselves with people who believe in your dreams.”

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Never lost.

 

DR. (@demasryan)

Cruisin Down the Street With My… Penny Board

All I wanted for Christmas for my birthday was a penny board. I looked on every online shops, shopping websites, skate shops in Jakarta even Bali, yet I couldn’t found any. I literally looked for months until a few days after the new years, my brother managed to get one all the way from Singapore for me. Like a little kid, I was thrilled!

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Say hello to my Penny board!

I was a noob rider back in High School, starting to ride again was nerve-wrecking at first. Finally the day came when I had the opportunity to cruise with my penny board for the first time. Like a little kid in love, I was quite nervous.

That day I was accompanied by HG and another friend who wanted to try out the board as well. The day was gloomy and cold, luckily I was outfit ready for the weather. The maroon sweater from H&M kept me warm just fine. To keep it street, a snap-back  and a pair of Nike could never do you wrong. I chose a pair of Nike Internationalist and a Topman snap-back to keep me company.

I have always been the guy who keep things simple, the same goes with my outfit of the day which is pretty much black in color. Other than being simple, being comfortable is a must, especially on penny riding day!

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Simple and comfy.

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Cruising down the hall.

If you like things simple, like me, accessorizing is a must! There is only a thin line between being simple and boring. That was why I brought a John Lennon style sun glasses to spice things up. Since I like it simple, a black frame is most suitable for me. If you thought of adding colors to your frame, in the name of standing out, think twice. I don’t think anyone doesn’t stand out enough with this kind of sunglasses.

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Trying to look like the legend.

Unlike me, HG refuses to be conventional. He likes things monochrome with a little shocking element. That was why he wore a pair of white BNV shoes, ripped black jeans, a white sweater and a neon beanie hat. It was clearly an outfit, sadly, I could never pull off! His sweater was one of his favorites from H&M with details as seen in the photo below. Funnily, both of us were wearing our John Lennon style sunglasses on that particular day!

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HG just being himself standing out with the neon beanie

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White BNV kicks.

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Everything in monochrome.

Overall, it was a good day! I had good friends accompanying me, more over, I was satisfied to know I was still able to ride and cruise on my penny board after such a long time. Truth be told, I kind of twisted my ankle on one of these rides, but you know what they say… no pain, no gain!

To summarize it all, like a little kid excited for first day of school, I was excited for more penny riding days!

DR. (@demasryan)

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Looking forward for more penny riding days.

DIY Tanks and Ripped Jeans

About a few months ago ripped jeans was making a comeback, numbers of celebrities and fashion bloggers are wearing it around the globe. Plenty of international brands also decided to make their own pair of ripped jeans as the demand increases.

Being quite a fashion aficionado myself, surely I wanted to dive into the current trend as soon as I noticed that it’s starting to become a trend. But, rather than getting a pair of new ripped jeans which means spending more money, I decided to just create my own ripped jeans.

Today, I’m gonna share it to you the hows. And while we’re at it, I’m also gonna share with¬†¬†you how I rock a summer look by¬†creating a new tanks out of my old tees just by cutting them sleeves.

See fashion is not about what you wear. But, how you wear it.

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Rockin the summer look with shades and mainbun. Old tee turns tanks: H&M; Shorts: Topman; Kicks: BNV

Anyway, back to the DIY ripped jeans.

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All you need is a scissor.

The hows:

  1. Pick your jeans.
  2. Wear your jeans first for 5 minutes-ish, move around while you’re in it. This will help the fibers to stretch.
  3. Don’t take off your pants just yet. Mark it first with a pen the area where you want your rips to be.
  4. Make your first cut with a scissors. Make the second cut, a few centimetres aways above or below the first cut.
  5. Take off your jeans.
  6. Pull out the vertical threads with your hands, and left the horizontal threads only.
  7. Voila! There goes your DIY ripped jeans.
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And people thought I bought a new ripped jeans.

Btw check out the tutorial video that I watched to help me make my ripped jeans!

HG. (@gersonhenry)

 

Sydneysiders (part 3). Layers.

Traveling to Sydney during winter could be quite tricky and challenging. The temperature could drop to below 10 degree celcius in the morning (and at night), with a super cold breeze slapping your face that could possibly make your skin feels numb. But, at day light it’s mostly sunny, and you just wanna take off your jacket that you wore in the morning, hang¬†around in tee and put¬†your shades on.

The challenge was real. I felt like bringing my entire closet, but I also wanted to travel light. So I just brought two parkas, some shirts, one skinny jeans, two sweaters, one knitted shawl, and two pair of shoes to survive the whole 9 days in Sydney. How did I survive? Mix and match of course.

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Sweater: Topman; Long Sleeved Denim Shirt: Topman; Shades: H&M; Skinny Jeans: Topman; Kicks: Nike

First OOTD picture in Sydney. Found this half bricked walls with some shadow play. A little tips to get a good OOTD photo: be aware of your surroundings, any stairs, any cool background or walls, if it’s shadow-ish (not compulsory) there goes your spot.

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Another shadow play

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Yeap. And, another shadow play. Turtle Neck Sweater: H&M; Parka: Pull and Bear.

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And, another one HAHA. Accidentally wearing all stripes and black outfit with my troops. Shawl: H&M; Stripes Tee: Topman; Kicks: Nike Airmax. 

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Parka and Kicks.

Below is one example of my mix and match game. I’ve worn the long sleeved denim shirt before with a sweater to gain a preppy look. In this look below, I wore the same shirt, but I only buttoned the first two buttons, wore¬†a black long tee inside, and paired it with my black parka (rolled it up a bit to show the long sleeved underneath) to gain a street style look. Put on a snapback to complete the look, and a high-top white kicks. Voila, there I was enjoying the night scene of Sydney’s downtown.

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Mix and match game strong.

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Exploring Hyde Park. Round Hat: Paddy’s Market; Parka: H&M; Tee: Topman; Kicks: Adidas

There were plenty of sale in almost every malls and shopping center, which made me broke. One of my takeaways from Sydney was this pair of navy blue suede Adidas Pro Model Vintage DLX.

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And I just had to wear it right away.

If you’re into shopping, other than malls and stores, you might wanna try to check out¬†the Paddy’s Market where you can get some cool stuff with friendly prices. You could also check some cool stores in Bondi area, and also The Rocks market which are only available on weekends.

I was being¬†so blessed, because my cousin, Omar, who’s a Sydney based shoe and leather goods designer gave me a pair of suede Oxford shoes and a leather wallet from his own brand, Seer. So I came to Sydney with two pair of shoes, and I went home with four pair of shoes. Life’s just beautiful. LOL.

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New hat. New shoes. New wallet

So to close this post, here are some tips that you might find useful for traveling, especially to Sydney:

  1. Do some research. What are the current trends in your destination, how do people dress themselves in your destination. You wanna blend in but you also wanna stand out at the same time. You don’t wanna look underdressed but you also don’t wanna look overdressed. So yea.
  2. Make an outfit plan. Know what you wanna wear every day during your trip because will help you to pack better.
  3. Shop in advance. Sydney’s winter season is in mid-year, while the rest of the winter countries are in the end of the year. So if you visit Sydney during winter, don’t go looking for a new coat or jacket or any other winter outfit just few weeks before you depart. Go shop in December, the latest in February (sometimes the product you want might already be in end of season sale).
  4. Do an online window shopping before you go, check out what are¬†the cool stores or local brands that are not available in your country. Shopping is always permitted during holidays, but there’s no point in buying things that are already available in your own country. Right?
  5. Bring plenty of underwear and socks!
  6. Bring at least two pair of kicks, a comfy ones, that won’t make you feel cranky¬†after having a long walk.
  7. Shades is a must. Be it during spring, summer, fall or winter. Everytime the sun is up, the shades is on.

 

HG. (@gersonhenry)