Ida Anduyan: Getting The Best Of Both Worlds
Scroll through your Discover section on Instagram and get your eyes glued to photos of influential bloggers posing furiously in front of the Metro’s flashing lights and rapidly changing skyline. Manila is of course crowded, competitive and challenging even for the most inspiring bloggers. But Ida Anduyan who hails from Iligan City in Mindanao certainly doesn’t mind being stacked up against popular Manila native peers and successfully seizes the opportunities the mega city has to offer.
Ida is a fashion and lifestyle blogger, known for her crowd-pleasing fashion sense and carefully curated aesthetics. She shares with us some thoughts on how to make it in the big city!
First things first, who Ida Anduyan is in a nutshell?
Ida Anduyan is a girl who loves dressing up, taking photos, creating visual art, and playing video games. She’s low-key, stubborn and has kicked cancer out of her life. Oh and she blogs.
When and how you started blogging?
I started when I was in college. I needed a creative, customizable space I could truly call my own, to put all my creative output in, so I created a blog.
What or who is the inspiration behind what you do?
I really don’t have a specific thing or person as an inspiration; I take inspiration from literally everywhere. I started blogging because it was just a casual thing I wanted to do, and it’s still something I want to do right now.
Can you tell us more about your blogging journey, given that you are a girl from the province trying to take over the city through your own content?
To be truly honest, I don’t think being from the province or being born in Metro Manila really makes a difference how you are as a blogger — technically. Regardless where you’re from, I think you can pick up the skill set a blogger should have as you go along: writing, taking photos, a bit of coding, etc.
Having said that, I take pride having experienced both worlds. I was born in the province and we moved to Manila pretty early in my childhood, when I was around 6 years old. I am exposed to both ways of living and I believe my varied background widens the perspective on how I see things and broadens my understanding of life.
The contrasting experiences of province vs. city feed my grit to get what I want and reach my goals and dreams. In turn, this affects the “soul” behind the things I create. Blogging does somewhat affect you in a way and thus influence what you are trying to convey and how you express it. It’s hard to explain, but I hope you guys get it!
Another thing and more importantly, blogging is fun and another way to connect and relate to people, especially to my fellow Bisaya people. There aren’t really a lot of bloggers that hail from Mindanao.
What do you love most about Manila?
Well, what I love about Manila is the city, everything’s here in the metro; but what I really love is that Manila just keeps on growing and growing with new places popping up everywhere. It’s booming. New establishments, cafes and restaurants now put as much importance on their aesthetics as the quality of the food or coffee they serve.
Where do you usually hangout in Manila?
I’m a homebody but if I’m not at home, I usually hang out at Fort Bonifacio or tour around Manila’s many food hubs.
If you are to recommend places in Manila what would they be and why?
- Common Folk at White Plains: pretty place, good food. If I lived near there, I’d probably be there all the time doing blog work.
- Hustle Café at Cubao: Another great place to do some work and enjoy some reaaaally good food.
- Univers / Homme et Femme at Rockwell: They carry lots of luxury brands you can’t find anywhere else in the Philippines. Post-shopping, you can just walk around and enjoy Rockwell’s nice outdoors or grab a coffee at nearby Single Origin or The Refinery.
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