Published: Candy Magazine

by DanikaRio on May 13, 2015


Oh yay! My first ever magazine-published type work and flatlay! I couldn’t be happier. <3

Thank you so much, Candy Magazine, for trusting me with this! I’m overjoyed!

Please grab yourself a copy of the #AllNewCandy (yep, all new layout!) featuring Sofia Andres on the cover. Candy Magazine is available at magazine stands and leading bookstores nationwide. :)



by DanikaRio on May 10, 2015


last week’s seaside loungewear of choice: a 5-year-old laser-punched dress. 

It’s not the expensive items or the new additions that I find most valuable in my closet. More often than not, it’s really  the “old” pieces that have stood the test of time, multiple clean ups, and style changes that I value the most. These are the pieces that have proven themselves truly “my style”, and of course, reliable when needed. This dress is one of those. And believe it or not, I still have the same love for it as the day I acquired it– now that’s a piece for keeps.

dress (old): NAVA BOUTIQUE  /  cap: NIKE

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by DanikaRio on April 28, 2015

Last year, on my birthday, Gian and I went on our first ever 21k run. I know some of you are real runners out there and to you this isn’t a big deal. But to me, it felt like a another mountain to conquer. For a person like me who considers a mere 10k a physical and mental challenge, 21k is a tough feat. And because of (mostly) fear, I got motivated to train hard for it. I learned how to wake up three hours earlier than I usually do, eat better, and discipline my body for the race. It wasn’t at all a smooth and easy practice. In fact, there were a lot of days (especially during the first 2 weeks) when I would question why we even thought of signing up for it. It got very difficult. But to make the long story short, we were able to do it, we completed the race with a (bonus!) relatively good time– all by God’s grace. *whew*


And like burning ourselves for that wasn’t enough, last month, Gian and I decided to register for a 32k race that’s set to happen this June (all thanks to him actually, it was his idea. Hmgsh.) But don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with challenges like this. I mean, yes, it’s going to be hard. In fact, harder. But at the same time, I know that this is also another good opportunity for us to exceed our limits and be better.

Hence, #finishwell –the hashtag of my season.

My goal for this race is not to finish first. But to finish well. No, I’m not going to stress myself to be the first to cross the finish line (because, yeah right. haha) But I am hoping that I’ll be able to cross it with confidence knowing that I’ve diligently done my part and did my best.

Running was never my favorite sport. But what I like about it is how it makes me realize so many relevant lessons about life. I see every distance as “life” and the finish line as the “the end of life on earth / entering heaven”. I really do feel this everytime. Because just like life itself, getting to the finish line involves multiple struggles and hindrances. But the question is my head has and will always be, “Danika, will you be faithful to press on no matter what?”

In the end, my desire is to be able to declare (1 Timothy 4:7) “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”


You yourself might be going through a similar season right now. You may be preparing for a big race too like me. Or you could be struggling to finish an impossible task for work. Or you could be facing a tough chapter in your life that never seems to end. But whatever it is, I want to encourage you today, don’t give up. No matter how difficult the fight seems—keep fighting. Cause when you’re in Jesus Christ, you’ll soon discover that it’ll be all worth it. So, press on. #finishwell

“Consider it pure joy when you encounter trails of many kinds, for this develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.” ~James 1:2-3 

Have a great rest of the week, dear. :) 

*Finish Well wallpaper for desktop and mobile are available for download. Simply click on the image above.  /  wallpaper by yours truly