When you find out good wins over evil

I had lunch with my cousin Maggi and our common friend May Ann and her husband. I haven’t seen Maggi in so long! So, it was a long lunch ’cause we had so much to catch up on.

But this is not about that. This is about realizing how well loved I am. Even more than I expected.

Maggi was in Australia a couple of months ago and she told me that the friend of her high school classmate (based in Australia) who didn’t even know that we (Maggi & I) were related was talking about reading my blog and about my Willow Jewelry. Her friend got the shock of her life when she told her, “Tina is my cousin.”

May Ann and her husband were in LA recently and told me I have a lot of followers in LA. But there’s this one girl who likes you a lot. She wants to meet you when she comes home to Manila.

On my way home I read all my messages that came in while I was having lunch. Since it was a long lunch and I didn’t check my phone the entire time I had quite a few messages to read.

One of the messages was from my niece (who is a PAL stewardess). She told me that she had a passenger who is my follower. Apparently the passenger recognized her ’cause I wrote about my niece before in one of my posts. And her passenger was telling her that she won’t sleep at night until she reads my blog, that she cut her hair when I chopped off my hair, that she knows the name of my driver and my maids, etc. “That’s how much she idolizes you, Tita” my niece said.

Another message was from an old follower who I met last year. She told me that she was getting married and that 2 of her sponsors (abay) coming from 2 completely different generations told her to order her monogram necklace from me. And she congratulated me how my jewelry line is doing good.

When Chuvaness told me how well my blog is doing (and I am now relevant) I had a hard time believing (even if she sent me the stats). It’s not that I don’t believe in myself. And it’s not that I don’t think my blog is worthy enough.

It’s about this group of people way back in 2010 up to 2013 who attacked me every single day in Facebook. Who said so many lies about me, who tried to destroy my integrity, my persona and my being.

If you’re being attacked every day for 3 years (or even more) you sort of begin to doubt yourself. I tried to fight back the feeling and continued what I was doing.

I continued to work hard, I remained to be consistent and I continued to be true to myself.

All my followers telling me how much they believe in me and all these companies sending me their products made me realized being good will eventually win over being evil in the end.

I promised myself to stay away from negative people and eventually I attracted people who lifted me up.

I was so happy to see my cousin Maggi again. And of course May Ann, too, who is one of the most positive person I know.

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wearing our new layered tassel necklace!

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Top: Hanes  ||  Jeans:  Zara  ||  Loafers: H&M  ||  Bag: Gucci  ||  Sunglasses: Rayban  ||  Willow Jewelry Necklaces  ||  Willow Jewelry Layered Tassel Necklace  ||  Willow Jewelry Ring  ||  Bvlgari Ring  ||  Chanel Earrings

11 comments

  • I love how you accessorize a simple outfit. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    I have been reading your blog since 2011 and I’m so glad you made it public again. You are inspiring a lot of women not just about make up or putting together an outfit. And im so glad you came up with willow jewelry. I’m one of your fans who check your site everyday hehe

  • Why I love you and your blog Miss Tina

    1. Magkabirthday tayo.
    2. I admire kung gano ka katotoo
    3. You inspire me as a person and as a mom
    4. Yung funny side mo, at yung kahit alam kong sosyal ka, ang humble pa din ng dating mo
    5. Your confidence as a person.

  • I was that passenger with your niece 🙂 I actually work with her but I am on vacation now and she was my crew going to YVR. Since I dont get to fly with her at all, I got really excited and started making chika to her even if she was still busy working. 🙂

    Your blog is therapeutic for me and it actually inspired me to start my own journal.

    Don’t mind the haters. You are loved. 🙂

  • Deadma na talaga sa bashers Ms T! I am one of your avid readers, too! You are honest, funny, cool, and most of all I love all your ootd! Kahit naka shorts and t-shirt mukha pa ding sosyal. Pag ginaya ko naman mukha akong nakapangbahay na kala mo maglilinis ng kwarto hahahahaha! Plus, pag ikaw ang nagpost about branded things which you have lots, hindi bragging ang dating, natural lang. May mga bloggers din kasi na they post branded things that they bought na kulang na lang ipangalandakan kung magkano bili nila. Actually, some post the prices pa nga to let people know they afford it. Mahahalata mo naman sa tao kung afford nila or bragging lang talaga. In your case, pinagpala kang tunay Ms T! Kahit di mo ipost ang halaga alam naming afford mo kaya nga di ko na din nireresearch pa ang presyo hahahahaha! I agree to my fellow readers of your blog na you are loved. 🙂

  • Been reading your blog since Cecile posted it on her blog! I was so sad when you stopped blogging but so happy that you came back! I love your stories and I was laugh when I read your blog Ms. T!

    Keep on going Ms. T! We all love you!!!!

  • Hi! Ms. Tina thank you for everything you do, you inspire me so much. Although I can’t afford most of the things you wear, I get a lot of styling cues from you. I don’t buy knock offs but I find generic items from high street brands that mimic the real deal. I’m in my early 40s but it was only recently that I started experimenting with fashion. I must admit I let myself go but I’m back in fighting form. After starting a health plan, gym and eating healthy, my size is even better than when I was in college. It took about 6 months. I found all your ootd’s so enticing to wear but with my previous weight it was next to impossible to look good in them. Now, i can confidently be in shorts, t-shirt dresses or any other outfit that would require showing a little skin. You are relevant because you made me realize my life didn’t end when the number of my age disappeared from the calendar. You are relevant because you teach women like me how to dress modern without looking trying hard to be 21 and still be classy. You are relevant, you matter to me. You are honest, funny , a good mother and unafraid to show the world your flaws. Thank you, love ko kayo. I wish your more luck, health and happiness this 2017!

    • awww…. thanks Angela! Your comment made my year 2017 already!!! Comments like yours inspire me too. It made me realized that what I’m doing is good.
      Have a wonderful 2017 and Happy new year! Love din kita!

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