Photo by Reina Bambao

Hi. I’m Cara, but it’s alright if you call me Lily. Welcome to my small space.

I grew up in Manila, Philippines and worked as an advertising creative and digital marketing specialist for a media company. Two years ago, I moved in the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii and lived on my own. I’m currently based in Washington DC, USA. I hope to someday live in New York city.

I have a neverending love-hate relationship with words. They tend to spill from my fingers at the most unexpected circumstances and most of them end up on table napkins in cafes, blank pages on notebooks, on my arms and wrists. Sometimes I share them, on most times I tend to keep them for myself. It’s a horrible thing to do, really. I’ve found that when you’ve stored away thoughts to yourself for too long, they rot inside you and kill you, and make you feel worse in places you never thought existed.

I’ve only cut my hair short twice in my life, and both were tragic, terrible mistakes. I love and hate a lot of things, somehow I think I’ll always be stuck in in-betweens. Loving ocean waves, hating its depths. Being fond of mornings, but not waking up early. Always in that space between mad and sad. How I wear mismatched socks. Collecting all sorts of art and writing materials, and yet not using most of them. Somehow, I am a mess of contradictions.

Lately, I’ve been trying to learn the art of embracing changes. I’ve learned that in life, you have to let go as you move forward, to make room for whatever comes in your way. I’m currently in the process of making dreams happen, one small step at a time. Mostly I can’t wait for so many things.

Maybe someday I’ll be able to keep myself from falling in love with random strangers on cafes and trains, maybe some day I’ll be braver sharing my stories to the world.

My hope for this space is for it to become a full reflection of my thoughts, my passion for writing poetry, prose and fiction, and my interest in arts, literature, and culture.

This blog is basically a spectrum of beautiful things I love, found, and created. I wanted to form a constellation that would serve as a home or a warm cup of coffee and sweater hug on down days.

I hope these stories would inspire, comfort, and take you places.

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  1. Pat

    March 9, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Your “about” page speaks to me & my soul, for that matter. Like a novel author knowing your future days before they even happen. And your posts are midnight coffee breaks. I am in love with them. Please continue writing and touching lives, Cara 🙂

    1. Cariza

      March 13, 2015 at 11:29 PM

      Hi Pat,

      Thank you so much for the heartwarming, beautiful words. 🙂

  2. Eternal Remedy

    March 19, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    Absolutely inspired work. The kind of unassuming honesty, and delicate word play that changes words into moving objects.

    1. Cariza

      March 20, 2015 at 11:54 PM

      Thank you so much and thank you for your tweet about featuring my work in your magazine! I’m honored. I’d love to be part of it. 🙂

  3. Alyssa Panghulan

    September 29, 2015 at 4:40 AM

    Wow! I love your blog! And your theme! *insert heart eyes emoji* xD

  4. Christine | Vermilion Roots

    January 20, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Hi Cariza! I really enjoy reading your blog. I grew up in Malaysia and now call California home. I plan on visiting Hawaii soon (once we pick an island that suits our interests!). I LOVE books, reading, words, writing, dreaming… so I am thrilled to come across your blog. I’d love to talk books with you. Feel free to drop me a line or two. Happy to connect with you!

    1. Cariza

      January 22, 2016 at 10:51 AM

      Hi Christine, I’m so happy you liked what you saw in here! I always love meeting people who have the same adoration for books, reading and writing as much as I do. I can’t wait for you to visit Hawaii! Hopefully you’ll adore it in here. I’d love to hear about your stories once you get to visit. 🙂

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