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Life Lately: New Blog Look + Added Shop!

New Blog Look

Warning: this is a long-ass post.

After three weeks of radio silence on my blog, I just want to say… hi. Welcome to my (hopefully improved) blog. But before I get to talking about the changes I’ve made in my blog, I’ll be talking about something much more important: me. Hahaha. I’m totally kidding, but I really will talk about what I’ve been up to the last month, almost, before I give you guys a quick tour on the new changes in my blog.

The summer heat is insane. It’s been summer since March and I am so ready to say goodbye to the usual 30-35°C weather. On a side note, the hottest day of 2017 so far in the UK is 22°C.  Are you kidding? 22 degrees is heaven for me. I should consider moving continents soon. It’s currently 33°C in Manila as I’m typing this entry, and I am so glad I work morning shifts and am stuck inside our air-conditioned office instead of commuting at noon.

I completely went on to ramble, so I’ll just bullet what’s been up lately with my life.

Travel

  • Our Taiwan trip was over and done with. It was the chill-est trip abroad I’ve ever taken. For me, Taiwan have the feel of old Asia. I enjoyed the trip, and I might come back because I wasn’t able to really try the street foods because of the rain!
  • I got back from Bohol last Tuesday. We were planning this trip for a decade, no exaggeration. I loved the place. The province life is not for me, but it’s fun to escape to it from time to time.
  • I actually got decent pics from my Bohol trip. I am seriously considering taking my brother along my trips so I get Instagram-worthy pictures of myself.

Myself

  • Nothing, no improvements here. I will continue spring cleaning this weekend, and will do a hard look on where I want to go forward career-wise. Naks, #adulting.
  • I have an irrational fear of doctors and dentists, but I dragged myself to the hospital four times last month. Thank God for health insurance! I saved more than 20K pesos!

Relationships

  • My Bohol trip was with my extended family. So, there were 20 of us touring Bohol in two vans. Family bonding, at its finest.
  • Papa’s home until next week. I predict a lot of mall trips and food trips until then. Guys, being a child of an OFW is hard – regardless if he comes visit 2-3 times a year or if we go visit him.
  • Celebrated my high school best friend’s birthday. We ate our weight in Sambojokin and sang our hearts out in karaoke. Fun, fun times!

Work

  • I got transferred to a new project, so I’ll be exposed on a new work culture. So far, it’s looking like it’ll be hard to get approved vacation leaves unlike in my old project – where no leaves of mine get disapproved. Yikes. BUT it’s a different skill on the new project so there’s a lot more to learn that I’m excited about.

Let’s talk about my blog.

I was thinking of doing a total rebranding and to ditch my domain name but… the one I like is still not available. I want the RICHEL.NET domain so badly that I still randomly check if it’s available once in a while. I’ve been eyeing it since last year. Haha. Huhu.

I settled on the next best thing: changed my designs. I spent months finding a theme that looks this good, so when I saw it, I just have to have it. I ended up spending a lot for this theme, and this would probably it for the whole year, at least.

I have a shop page now.

New Blog Look 2

My room is a mess still. I have so much clutter that I want to get rid of it. Right now, I am selling personalized travel itineraries and my books for really cheap prices. Ordering would be so easy. You just add the item to your cart and check-out! In the next few days, I’ll also be putting up second hand clothes, bags, and shoes. I’ll also be putting some things up for FREE like my crazy Candy mag collection. I have more than twenty magazines that I want to give away.  I am a tweet away if you’re having problems.

I have added category indexes.

I said goodbye to the generic category pages, and said hello to the category index option that my new theme is offering. It looks pretty to me now, but I might still do some small tweaks in the next few days. You know me, never satisfied with my blog’s look. I’ve only done a few of my categories, since I’m still bugging the support for my theme. Hehe. This should all be done before the month is over, but I want to publish new posts already.

The other changes are minimal.

You won’t really notice until I tell you about them. But, I am looking forward to you guys finding out about  them once you explore my li’l ole blog.


I was pretty bored about life, lately – except for my few travels in between. Still unmotivated, but I at least got my blog a small makeover. Gotta celebrate the small wins in life.

How are you lately?

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52 Comments

  • Reply
    Kat
    July 31, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    I really love clean, minimalist themes and yours look so good! <3 Have you tried selling in OLX? I usually sell all my old books there. 🙂

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      Richel V.
      August 1, 2017 at 12:15 AM

      Thank you, Kat! I don’t sell in OLX but I have my own facebook shop naman. 🙂

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    Mei
    July 8, 2017 at 9:49 PM

    I’m very late but yey to your new domain and blog look! Haha You really want the .net ba? Is richel.com not available din? Pero your domain name now is more professional and personal na 🙂

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      Richel V.
      July 10, 2017 at 4:47 PM

      richel.com is also not available! Haha. Yeah, I wanted to have a more professional yet still personal blog for when my potential employers google my name. Hahaha!

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    Hanh
    May 10, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Just catching up with you blog Richel and loving reading about your travels 🙂 I have having categories on blogs.

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    dreamofadventures
    May 10, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Sounds like you have been busy =o) It’s a smart idea to sell some of your things here. I am currently going through my things and purging so much that I don’t need =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      May 10, 2017 at 10:40 AM

      I’m still not done! Hahaha. I can’t believe I accumulated so much stuff!

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    Sheena Gonzales
    May 8, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    I love this look! Very clean!

    Sheena
    http://www.sheenalovessunsets.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      May 9, 2017 at 8:27 AM

      Thanks, Sheena! That’s what I’m going for. 🙂

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    Luna
    May 7, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    oh my i really love that “Richel” icon that goes along with your blog<3 it gives the minimal design blog a little personality! I'd love to visit Taiwan one day too but time and money is not on my side HAHA

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      May 8, 2017 at 1:59 PM

      I liked that too! Gives more of a signature to the theme. Hope you can visit Taiwan someday! And thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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    CA
    May 7, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG’S NEW LOOK!

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    shenna
    May 3, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Wow! Your blog looks much nicer and neater now. With just black and white around the corner. Really coool. Yes, spending on theme and domains is pricey but worth it Rach 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      May 3, 2017 at 11:10 AM

      Thanks, Sheena! This is my favorite look on my blog so far. <3

  • Reply
    Teesh Osita
    May 2, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    I’m not sure whether my comment was posted 🙁

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    Teesh Osita
    May 2, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    Loving how clean your blog design looks now! 🙂 That category page is brilliant!

  • Reply
    Loi
    May 1, 2017 at 8:31 PM

    I love your blog’s new look! Very minimal and clean. Hihi. I also love the “Richel” on your header! I find it cool that you have a shop page and as much as I want to buy, I’m currently broke! Huhu :< Maybe someday I get to! Hihi.

    I don’t think my comment was posted so..

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      Richel V.
      May 2, 2017 at 8:52 AM

      Your other comment was posted, too! Hehe.

      Thank you, Loi! I’m currently broke too, thus, the shop. lol. Hopefully my books will get a new home soon! 🙂

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    Loi
    May 1, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    I love your blog’s new look! Very minimal and so clean. I also love the “Richel” on your header. Hihi. I find it cool that you have a shop page. And as much as I want to buy, I’m currently broke :< Hopefully soon, I get to!

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    Kelly Jessica
    April 30, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    I love the new look! Same as you, I never get contented with my blog look. Hahaha. I always want to change it up! Also, I want to buy some of your books but unfortunately, ang layo ko! Huhu.

    xx,
    Kelly

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      Richel V.
      May 2, 2017 at 9:06 AM

      Thanks, Kelly! If themes are only around $5 each, I might be changing it up every month or two. Hahaha. Aw, too bad. Shipping fee will probably be more costly than the book price haha.

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    Pia
    April 29, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    It’s been a long time since I last visited your blog, and can I just say that your new theme looks great! About to check out the books in your shop and I’m looking forward to the clothes and bags. 😀 Also, I really like your Bohol pictures on Instagram <3

    http://pepperonipia.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      May 2, 2017 at 10:05 AM

      Thanks, Pia! Still sorting through my things. It’s so hard to let go of material possessions but I’m giving minimalism a go. *fingers crossed*

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    Eena
    April 29, 2017 at 7:10 AM

    Ah Richel! I love the new blog look. It’s so clean. For the domain, what about richel.me? I checked, it’s available xD

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      Richel V.
      May 2, 2017 at 8:57 AM

      Oooh, I just checked and I am so tempted to. Have to sleep on that idea. Thanks! Haha.

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    Catarina Morais
    April 28, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Your blog is looking perfect, congrats! When I’m feeling unmotivated these “little” things always cheer me up 🙂 Have an amaaaazing day <3

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      May 2, 2017 at 9:03 AM

      Thank you, Cat! Hope you have a great week ahead. 🙂

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    Wandering Ella
    April 28, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Love the new blog look, Richel!!! When I was in WP, I splurged on pretty good themes too! I think I bought 3 or 4 themes that time! And considering the price of WP themes, mahal talaga! Now I’m in Blogger, wala na. Di ko na nagagamit yung binili ko. LOL

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      Richel V.
      April 28, 2017 at 9:35 AM

      Thanks, Janine!! Sobrang mura ng themes ng Blogger. Baka pag lumipat ako, magpalit ako every quarter lol. I actually have a blog in Blogger now and I LOVE the theme I got and it was only 250 pesos. This WP theme is like ten times. Bakit ganun hahaha.

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        Wandering Ella
        April 28, 2017 at 2:49 PM

        Oo nga eh. Mas marami kasing features and available functionalities ang WP kaya mas mahal. Hahaha. Pero I bought my Blogger theme for around $30 din sa ThemeForest. Sa Etsy kasi pare-pareho lang itsura. HAHA

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    steven dela cruz
    April 26, 2017 at 5:23 AM

    I dont know, if my previous comments went it but again, i have to retype a long one again. huhuhuhu.

    So yeah, seems like you been to a lot of travel from here in the PH to international! yay, traveller! Just like you im keen about my blog design cause it pretty much speaks about us.

    I also lost my www,artisticworld.net domain but anyway, got a new one though. 🙂

    I miss this blog!
    -steve, http://www.artsandwander.com

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      Richel V.
      April 26, 2017 at 8:38 AM

      Oooh, your previous domain name rings a bell. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a comment but this one. 🙁

      I’ll be taking a break for a while to save up, again. Have to catch up on backlogs.

      Yes. I love taking my blog designs seriously since it’s the first look people will see when visiting blogs.

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    o
    April 25, 2017 at 6:23 PM

    I’m lovin’ the new theme! Iy’s more minimalistic than your last one but still has that oomph into it.

    Ochi | Ochi In The City

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      Richel V.
      April 26, 2017 at 8:36 AM

      Really? I thought the last one was more minimalist, hehe. But I love how clean this one looks. Thanks, Ochi! <3

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    Dianne Kathreen
    April 25, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    I thought you will use the one that you shared on Twitter, from a-z themes. However, this one is very nice. I love how clean it is; the font is very readable. I’m always insecure with this kind of blog, haha. And I must say that the mock-up looks great. You totally showed how good and responsive your theme is. 🙂

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      Richel V.
      April 26, 2017 at 8:39 AM

      Insecure? Why? Hahaha. When I saw this theme, I just had to have it. And the rest is history. Hopefully I’ll be satisfy with this one for a long while. *fingers crossed*

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    Angelica Jugueta
    April 25, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Wow the new look of your blog looks awesome and more organized at the same time! How I wish blogspot also has those category indexes thing. Parang fit na fit sya for travel blogs kasi you can look at the whole picture on one page then pili ka nalang kung ano una mong babasahin.

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      Richel V.
      April 25, 2017 at 12:08 PM

      Yes! I thought the category index fit my travel categories. <3 I'm still working on the categories, but I love the template I have now! 🙂

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    Michelle Bio
    April 25, 2017 at 1:01 AM

    I’ve been wanting to change my blog’s theme as well, I just can’t find the right one! Haha
    And yes, we gotta celebrate the small things in life! Many small things will eventually become into something massive. 😉

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      Richel V.
      April 25, 2017 at 8:49 AM

      It’s a struggle to find that perfect theme. Haha. Good luck on finding a new one that will fit you! 🙂

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    Danica Rama
    April 25, 2017 at 12:22 AM

    Loving the new look Rich! <3

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    Rose
    April 24, 2017 at 9:57 PM

    I love the new look! Solo Pine themes are <3. I'm still saving up so I can purchase another theme from them.

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      Richel V.
      April 25, 2017 at 8:47 AM

      I love their themes so much. It’s just really something to save up for since it is quite pricy, lol.

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    Kai
    April 24, 2017 at 9:50 PM

    Goodness I want some Candy mags, too! Checked your shop just now and it looks so good 😀 I love the new theme, by the way.

    Kai
    http://www.kairafanan.com

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      Richel V.
      April 25, 2017 at 8:46 AM

      Kaaai, if you want some Candy mags, let me know! Hahaha.

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    Jan Limark Valdez
    April 24, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    I loooooooooooooooooooove your new blog design. Also, I love that your shop is not an affiliated shop but LEGIT one. I’m eyeing on some of the good books you have there 🙂

    All the Best,
    Jan Limark | Brotherly Creative

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 25, 2017 at 8:37 AM

      Thanks, Jan! I hope you find a book you like. 🙂

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