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Fierce, 

Sometimes even the strongest FIERCE feels like giving up. Sometimes, you won’t get the credit you feel like you deserve. Sometimes, you’re going to feel like all the hard work you’ve been putting into a project has been a waste because nobody has been around to pat you on the back or remind you what a good job you’ve been doing. I have nothing to lose… I always try the best that I can to move forward as The Fierce Walker.

 “It’s especially hard being surrounded by individuals solely invested in connections based on your fame, nationality and what edition handbag you’re carrying. “

It took a lot of courage to challenge the status quo and be an Asian slaying outside of this city. I stop waiting around for other people to realize my value and start rewarding myself. I make sure that, even if the rest of the world can’t see what a good job i’ve been doing, i recognize it myself. It is very important to have a self-care and self-appreciation to everything that you do. 

Photographed by Lakshik Perera

I fought so hard to be where I am right now. Being an Asian, It is always a double standard most especially in this city. I always remind myself that, i don’t have to solve my whole life by questioning everything. I just have to show up and try. Focus on the most immediate thing in front of me. I’ll figure out the rest along the way. This is my journey and I am happy that I am not just living it but also fighting for something I believe in.

Styled by Samreen Kazi 

Being Real: Ryle Tuvierra – The Fierce Walker

While  other style bloggers are upping the ante promoting their uber fab existence with all the perks that come with the popular blogger territory – the front row seats, the designer clothes and accessories, the limo pick-ups and lux hotel stays, all in all a glamorous Chanel-scented life, one Filipino has gone all out to buck the trend.

Style blogger on the rise Ryle Tuviera “The Fiercewalker”, a well-loved figure in the local fashion blogging community, known for his tasteful ensembles and a gift for wearing it well, recently dropped a reveal in his blog that serves as an eye-opener and an important lesson to share not only with his counterparts, but with people in general, in an industry where the need to keep up with the Joneses is a big deal, especially in the grand city of bling.

Ryle, who has a strong following to his blog and on Instagram, who recently got appointed as Dubai representative of Marriam Mossalli of Shoes and Drama and Niche Arabia, and who used to tell people that he is a merchandiser working in a fancy office because he was afraid of being judged, recently opened up about his real day job in his blog www.thefiercewalker.com.

He shares – “I Am Ryle Tuvierra and this is my noble job. I am a simple store staff in a 24-hour convenient store at the heart of Business Bay. I work as a normal store staff; as a normal person with no glamour. I cook fried chicken, spring rolls and fries. I clean the toilet from time to time, wash dirty cloths and clean the tables for customers. I do deliveries to apartments around the area and collect garbage for throwing in trash trucks. I am not afraid to be judged because of my real job.  I am here for you to know that not everyone you see in a person is real. All the laughter, glitz and glamour can sometimes be just an illusion.”

Ryle who says he has always been told by his two moms to always be honest to succeed explains, “I want to share my story because a lot of people think that if you are abroad and you are into fashion, then you must be rich and fab.  But the truth is that most of us are hiding the real truth like our real jobs, salary, and etc.  But we are getting this kind of attention because we get exclusive invitations to parties and events.”

Sharing how he makes it work, Ryle enthuses, “Yes, you may see me as the feisty Fiercewalker but when it comes to my work I am just a normal store staff always waiting for the customers smile and satisfaction with my service. I am so happy every time I get smiles and laughter from customers that forget I don’t get much sleep because of my schedule. I always find ways to make everything easy in my life.”

He adds, “Sometimes I work for 24 hours, managing my job and then blogging and attending events, but I love it! This is my passion. I have always wanted to be in the fashion industry since I was a kid.  So I fought for it and sacrificed so many things in order for me to be where I am right now. I know I may sound crazy or ambitious but if you really want something, you will fight for it and you will do anything and everything just to get it. I really love working in fashion and I think this is the only way for me to get to my dreams and goals in life.  My story is a mirror of everyone working abroad. I am working for my family and for my dreams.”

As for balancing his dreams and his day job he says, “You don’t need to be in a fancy job for you to influence other people and to get them inspired. I have to admit that I am dreaming that someday I will have a better job that suits my personality and my interests, but for now I will be a normal store staff from a 24 hours convenient store, serving the customers every day with a happy smile and a positive vibe for them to have a great day and be inspired once they step into our store.”

“Let everybody know what you are doing but never let them define you as a person and who you have to be in life. You have the free will to do whatever you want. Just use that in the right manner and right place so you can have a better future in life. ”

Original post from Illustrado Magazine

STAY FIERCE!

 

Fierce,

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style. I ride the waves of chaos happily, letting the splash of salt sting my lips as I slice through the barrels. I smile and hold my breath when I get caught in the shore break.
I never bail.
But all yin has a yang, and lately, I can’t stop thinking about the idea of stability.

Photographed by Jamal @Jamaloop

Handbag: Antoine Amato and Top & Bottom: Arela Studio

Practicality has never been a strong suit of mine, yet it’s one of the most cherished things I admire in another being. I might like to know how it feels, to have a constant in my life. The most important right now is that I am happy with my family and the things that I do with passion. Slaying is my passion, showcasing my talent, vision, and style to all of you through visuals is something that keeps me going in life.

Doing what feels right, even when it isn’t comfortable. Loving the instability of it all.
I’ll come up for air, shaking the sand from my hair as I inhale the sea breeze. I don’t know what’s next. But I know I’ll get back on my board, and I’ll paddle out again with a much happier smile on my face.


Fierce,

I used to hate when people got me cologne for my birthday. I didn’t want to seem ungrateful but you know how it is. Smelling like something is a really personal thing, and there are certain scents you like and others you can’t stand. I HATE anything “musk,” I don’t like to smell too “manly,” and I shy away from things that are too strong or “obvious.”

One of the first things I like to do when I have a boyfriend is figure out how he likes to smell. It’s not something you ask right away but I think you figure it out over time if you’re paying attention. You can tell what he likes because you’ll find the bottles laying about or you’ll smell him or maybe you’ll even ask him what he’s into.
“You smell nice,” you’ll say flirtatiously. And even if it’s not a scent you’d ever wear it smells so sexy on him, doesn’t it?

A guy who smells nice is like 10,000 percent hotter than a guy who is just plain hot. When you roll up to kiss him you stare into his eyes and focus on his lips, and every time he moves you get a whiff of his smell. And if you really like this guy every time you smell him or anything he’s wearing you’ll be reminded of him.

for now, I only like to wear three colognes from Hermes, but the one I love the most, and the one I wear the most often, is “Osmanthe Yunnan.” I’d splash it on my handbag, on all my coats and scarves in addition to wearing it on most days.

When someone approaches you wearing a fragrance you really like, or if they smell particularly powerful, you’ll notice them straight away. They linger.
Every bottle of “Osmanthe Yunnan” comes with a tiny bottle you can carry around with you. I’d always go through the smaller bottle first. And because you can carry it with you everywhere you can constantly reapply it throughout the day for maximum impact.

A signature scent is your way of leaving a mark everywhere you go.

Hermès has become my signature, and sort of statement most especially when I’m traveling and do special meetings.

Special thanks to Hermès Paris Team

Fierce,

You are amazing!
There is no one like you in this entire universe. There is no one who has gone through what you have gone through and survived the way you have. There is no one like you who enjoys the same things that you enjoy. That place where you find your innermost peace, no one experiences that like you. The memory you have of that one special conversation, that concert, or that rush of excitement… no one can take that from you and no one experienced it quite like you.

When you feel like the odd one out…the ugly duckling…the weirdo…remember that you are one of a kind and this world needs you.
Life can beat you down and try to make you feel insignificant. It can try to make you feel like you are nothing in this world with what it can throw at you. It can try to make you think you can’t do anything right.

What it can’t do is respond for you. It cannot determine how you respond to it. It can try, but it fails every single time. You determine how you respond to the world, and your experiences can help others.

When you’ve lost a close loved one, you’re a testament as to how to survive. When you’ve been rejected, you’re showing others it’s possible to be strong. When you’re sick, your mental resilience is proof that you are stronger than the illness. Your life is a testimony.

There is nothing to be ashamed of. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. Take joy in the things that bring you joy. Like the things you like. Be proud of who you are and where you’ve come from.
Don’t forget to keep learning. The changes that you’ve seen from who you were back then to who you are today are only possible with the ability to learn and adapt. You have adapted and changed as time went on. Adaptation makes you stronger. Learning makes you stronger. Be a lifelong learner.

Photographed by @maxthesensei

Take risks. So what if you fail? You’re a lifelong learner, right? You find what didn’t work and begin again. Risks are what make the differences in this world. Without them, it’s the status quo, and there is no one in the world exactly like that.

Fierce,

I’m breaking up with a simple life. I want a big life, I want greatness and I want to make an impact on people. I just want to admit it even though it feels uncomfortable to admit.

I’m done lessening my desire. Simplicity sounds like something I should want. But, honestly? I want my life to be stunningly, crazily, stupidly complex.
I too have yearned for a simpler existence, a metaphorical cabin in the woods away from the pressures of modern life. I have downsized and minimized both my physical and emotional needs. But, I look at greatness and I wonder if the greatest thinkers and innovators would have amassed their influence had they tampered down their desire, their ambition, their hunger for something larger than simple pleasures.

In my experience, downsizing my ambition, wants, needs, desires has always been a product of fear. The lower my expectations, the less room for disappointment, failure, struggle.
If I can make my wants small enough to achieve them with ease, then I will never suffer.
I will also never strive, achieve, impact.
That’s a dangerous game to play with yourself because what seems virtuous can also seem a lot like making yourself small enough to bow down to fear. While I am against blind consumption, I am also against the idea that we should make our lives as small as possible, to never strive, to stop dreaming of impact and change.

Giving up on high expectations looks an awful lot like giving up on yourself.
Because the truth is that it’s scary to dream. It’s scary to risk disappointment and failure and the possibility of finding out that your dream may not be your future.
But, we all inherently understand that great things usually are born from great risk. If we are given just one life, why would we ever want to make our wants and desires and needs so small? Why would we want to simplify ourselves down when we can live in the messy and beautiful world of complexity?

I understand the desire to simplify and it seems legitimate. It seems like a good idea to stop striving and to be present enough to enjoy what is now and happening and here. I do not advocate that anyone trade on their present misery for a future payoff. But, I don’t know that present gratefulness should ever cause complacency.

Special thanks to Elisabetta Franchi for my whole look 

While I thought simplicity and fewer expectations and less desire would bring me more gratefulness, all it really did was leave me nothing to look forward to, nothing at all ahead in my life to work toward. Life is long and dreams keep you alive and purposeful.

Simplifying my life down to being grateful for just the smallest things improved my state of mind in some ways, but overall brought me a sense that no future joy was available, that if this is the best there is, then why keep going? Why do nothing but maintain?

Yet, we are not built for maintenance. If we were, our world would not have progressed. We would not be innovating or improving. We would simply be existing. This world does not need more mindless consumption, that is for sure. But we do need more hope, more people brazen enough to believe that there is always more impact, more work that needs to be done to bring a better world.

Make your wants small if that’s your desire. But, if it’s out of fear, that’s a slippery slope. Because if you’re trying to fit yourself into a smaller life in order to avoid the risk of trying, then how satisfied can you really be? If the pursuit of simplicity is born from a panicked need for easy, then I would reassess. Is that what you want from your one life? To want less in order to try less?

Location: Palazzo Versace Dubai

Photographed by Lakshik Perera

My name is Ryle Tuvierra and I’m a Fashion Curator, Art Director and Social Media Strategist working across the Middle East and the UK.

Let me start by saying my warm greeting to all of you.

“Slay Fierce, We are Born This Way!”

As I open a new chapter in The Fierce Walker’s journey I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting me for all these years. In this new first blog post, I would like to share with you my new look and identity.

As my way of giving back to my dedicated followers and friends, I will share here all my knowledge, skills and new learnings for you to try.

I will talk about my personal life, style, adventures, travel, skin secrets, techniques and some exclusive stories about people who are redefining the word ‘fierce’.

You will be the first to read my latest stories here and I will make sure you will love them as much as I do. These will be stories that touch me and inspire me to move forward. The Fierce Story of my Fierce MAMA, my past and also future plans for my personal brand. Let’s keep all of these things light, simple and on point as I am very straightforward to each and every one of you. My blog posts will be as light, humble, simple and straightforward as I am.

To people who are new to The Fierce Walker, first, I would like to say that you are fierce, fabulous and welcome to my fierce space. I hope that you will like all the content that I’ll be sharing with you all here.