So Who’s ESFJ?

According to 16Personalities, I am one of the twelve percent of the world’s population who, for a lack of a better word, is popular.

I got an ESFJ personality or The Consul with an Assertive (-A) variant and a role of a Sentinel. I am 31%, 4%, 20%, 17%, and 24% leaning to extraverted, observant, feeling, judging, and assertive categories, respectively. In a nutshell, I am said to be taking the spotlight, leading teams, organizing activities, supporting and making people happy, more concerned with fashion and practical matters, and doing my best to use my powers for good.

I believe that I have answered the test truthfully and in the best way I can and I must admit that the results are spot-on. I’m impressed that, by reading everything under my personality type, the site has described me accurately in so much words in a few web pages more than I have ever thought about myself until now.

I love to serve, lead, and inspire. I want things to be clear and organized for everyone and have always wanted to stay updated about the what- and whereabouts of my relatives, friends, and even acquaintances.

I have always been part of the external affairs committee in my UP Arirang organization and we are tasked to be the arm of the organization to the alumni and handle the external relations with the Korean exchange students and organizations and institutions within and outside UP. I am also currently a part of the marketing committee of CHE Force and the ad hoc team for Mr. and Ms. CHE 2015 where I head the programs committee. I enjoy such roles and responsibilities and my personality type support these.

My personality support my inclination to leadership. I am said to have a strong sense of duty and be an excellent manager of day-to-day tasks and routine maintenance. I am an altruist who take my responsibilities to help and do the right thing seriously. I am also sensitive, loyal, warm, and good at connecting with others. I also agree with the weaknesses presented in the site that I have tendencies to be too needy and selfless.

Moreover, I want to pursue a career in the clothing technology industry—mostly in the business and production sides. I want to own companies that would not just benefit people through material things but also improve their lifestyle and our economy. I think that I have pretty strong personality traits that support my career choice and I am now making decisions accordingly, as opposed to years ago where I had really took the wrong path as my education and training are concerned. I don’t think that I don’t have to change any aspects of my personality but rather strengthen it and control my weaknesses.

As Deborah Day once said, as the opening quote of my personality type, “encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all.”

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The Beauty and the Beast of Ukay-Ukay

I saw tempting offers on the streets as I passed by the cheaply priced pairs of shoes on my way to a mall. I needed a new pair so that I won’t be overusing the few ones I’m using. I saw it as a good deal since it takes me over a year to buy another one, unless necessary. Branded shoes are expensive for me. But I was disappointed. I cannot find my size among my favorite picks, and those that fit my feet well do not go along with my taste of style and quality. After almost going through every display, I was tired.  I then proceeded to the shopping mall!

In Davao City, where I grew up, I remember that the bulk of our Ukay–Ukay  vendors are located mainly  in the downtown area, among the public markets, the China town area, and at Roxas Street where Night Market happens. I have gone to some of those, and have spotted deals for as low as five pesos, usually among the underwear, garments with defect, and mixed stuff.  Yet you may have to sweat it out, no gain without pain as they say. One has to patiently rummage over various items in the hope of picking out a treasure!

The beauty of Ukay-Ukay is charming—a chance to street shop as a form of group bonding, a variety of imported signature or quality clothes that one may not afford when at the malls, an enjoyable time to constantly haggle on prices, an item you are almost 100% sure no one else in the city has exactly, clothing styles from abroad which are unique, a sense of accomplishment out of spending wisely, and an opportunity to help out microbusinesses.

Yet, Ukay-Ukay is not a thing for everyone in every season. Many have thought of it as a bet on chances to stumble on what you want. There are discouraging beasts to face and conquer. These commonly include exerting numerous arm stretches; standing for hours; spending a good dose of patience on shopping (the act of Ukay-Ukay), on bargain hunting, on bearing with the distinct “Ukay smell,” on having skin irritations for those with allergies, and on cleaning or disinfecting what you bought; and bringing a great deal of meticulousness to make sure your treasure has no defects, as there is no guarantee for a replacement.

However, there are also people who are not really particular with the details. Thus, fighting the beasts is a piece of cake for them! Shopping at Ukay-Ukay can still be done in a quick and effortless way. I have observed people who can decide what to buy in a few scrambles, consuming so little time.

Bottom line, Ukay is an adventure for those with the extra time, a great tolerance, a good eye, and a passion for clothing and bargains. It can also be a good choice for people who just want to stick with their tight budget, distress, or take advantage of the economical price at the moment.

Clothing As Communication: Analyzing Key and Peele’s Dueling Hats

Clothing is more than just clothes. It is also a tool that people can use to communicate and interact. Everything we wear can be perceived by others as symbols that they interpret and respond to.

The following video is Comedy Central’s Dueling Hats episode of Key and Peele. It is a good example of how two people use clothing as communication.

The scenes, in general portray, how clothing, in this case, the hats, can be a means of communication.  The hats, and the way the persons use and display them, were used to communicate feelings of pride and brag about their ability to “do more and be better than the other” through the hats they wear.

Verbal communications include greetings and casual positive conversations between seemingly close friends, yet the non-verbal cues say otherwise as the two main characters meet on the streets not by chance but out of a concrete plan of ensuring the other person would see how new, cool, or innovative their hats are, like those are extensions of themselves and their status.

In the first scene depicting the man with a signature cap with stickers and tag (wearer or sender) and the other man with a plain orange cap (clothing observer), the observer responded through non-verbal cues (widening of eyes and raising of brows) of being somehow disgusted to the way the wearer seemingly brags by also sending his non-verbal cues of touching his hat and rolling his eyes toward his cap stickers, brand, and tag.

The duel went on as one person feels that the other should not outdo his “hat idea” as if it is a picture or representation of himself and his ability. Their socialization thus revolved on how they display their hats and behaved competitively.

Sometimes, however, in our day to day experience, interpretations of the clothing perceiver and observer vary thus resulting to miscommunication and misconception. As perceivers or wearers, we are entitled to express ourselves freely through clothing without hurting or offending someone intentionally. And as observers, we should exercise our ability to infer by looking beyond what our naked eyes could see and trying to understand and appreciate.

Illustration to Fashion

Anais Nin, a Cuban American established writer, once said, “we don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.” How we see the world and everything around us is a reflection of who we are. Our views might be different from each other but it is important to be unique and bold about our own beautiful ideas.

Just like in fashion, where everyone has his or her own statement, what you wear or subscribe to is an expression of who you are. One way to express yourself in fashion is through fashion illustration. According to a blog called Fashion 101, it is “any illustration or rendering that conveys a garment or style.” It is used to visualize one’s concept of a dress or clothing; therefore, it plays an essential part in the design process.

Furthermore, fashion illustration is one’s interpretation of his or her idea in mind and it serves as a graphic guide to what the end product should more or less be. Designers always use fashion illustration to convey the client’s requirements which makes it an agreement between the two parties. It is the initial way to communicate one’s analysis of the client’s idea and requires one to have a clear imagination. This is why it is necessary for a designer to have a skill in drawing—because “letting everyone down would be [a designer’s] greatest unhappiness.”

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That line is from the 2006 motion picture Marie Antoinette. It is based on the life of Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, or simply Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France from 1774 to 1789.

The movie is set from Marie Antoinette’s betrothal to Louis XVI, during the American Revolution where France is an ally of the US, until the French Revolution. It was also the time between the Rococo and Directoire periods.

During the early part of the movie, there has been a ceremony where Kirsten Dunst, who plays Marie Antoinette, is seen changing her Austrian fashion into a French one because she has to let go of her old clothes. The silhouette then was a flat-chested and fit-but-straight-cut dresses with a voluminous guardinfante or whalebone corset, which is an influence of the Rococo period. Meanwhile, the trends include lacings and falling bands.

If you are the queen of a country, people look up to you and we can’t deny that many of them also look after your fashion and personal style. Most of the time, prominent figures in history dictate fashion and start or promote the style or trend.

As for me, fashion is important because, for one, it is a way of self expression and showing yourself and your view of the world. It makes you feel better and more confident about yourself. Also, even sometimes we don’t notice, it is a part of every society, culture, or religion. The way people from different groups dress the way they do is oftentimes affected by their upbringing, experiences, and beliefs. Moreover, on the other way around, fashion can also affect a person’s individuality or belongingness. Somehow, it can shape how people look at things too, especially for the younger ones. Thus, fashion can either influence us or we can influence fashion.

Why is fashion important to you? Let me know. 🙂

 

References:

Fashion 101. (n.d.). Retrieved August 10, 2015, from http://fashioned101.blogspot.com/2009/03/fashion-illustration.html

Marie Antoinette Trailer. (n.d.). Retrieved August 10, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuByY-DnGYo

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Let’s Get These Straight: Clothing, Fashion, and Style

To many people, the similarities and differences of clothing, fashion, and style have been unclear—myself included. And some people are still confused with these concepts.

Having asked a few of my friends about this, I have noticed that they pretty much have an idea on the meaning of the words but they somehow need extra time on comparing and contrasting these concepts. So to get these concepts straight, I also did my research.

Clothing or dress is “a general term that includes not only garments, but also aspects of personal appearance that can be changed such as grooming” (Tortora and Eubank, 2010).

On the other hand, style is “the predominant form [or way] of dress of any given period or culture” (Tortora and Eubank, 2010).

While, fashion is “a recurring cultural pattern [or style], found in societies having open-ended class systems” (Gold, 1964).

All three concepts involve any or all parts of a clothing. Clothing is used to communicate fashion (for a short duration of time) and style (for a long duration of time). Fashion influences style and style influences clothing.

Furthermore, clothing may be permanent or temporarily changed every time or day; fashion is dynamic and changes so often; and style takes longer periods of time before it changes.

Lastly, I think fashion is shared or may be personal; style is more personal; and clothing is intimate or most personal.

References:

Eubank, K. and Tortora, P. (2010). Survey of Historic Costume. In Part Two: The Middle Ages (5th Ed) (pg. 102). USA: Fairchild Books

Eubank, K. and Tortora, P. (2010). Survey of Historic Costume. In Preface (5th Ed) (pg. xx). USA: Fairchild Books