Wednesday, February 03, 2016

34/366: It's February and I'm still Alive!

When 2016 started, I swore to myself that I will blog often, if not everyday, just so I have an accurate idea of how my life unfolds. But as most resolutions go, I barely made it to 'often', and this post is the second blog post I have for the year. ANYARE DON!

Anyway. February 3.

3 days late of yet resolving to write at the start of every month. I suck at resolutions apparently, but in the spirit of introspection, I will keep this resolution to heart. 

When I woke up on the first morning of February, I really promised to myself to embrace all of love month with optimism and grace. I know, I wasn't off to a good start when 2016 came and I should remember (or can someone please remind me?) that how the year started does not set the tone for the remaining 11 months.

But then I realized, this may be what the adult life is all about.

You start to dread New Years because you anticipate the challenges (not the exciting ones) that will come your way. Every year, I come to realize that being an adult means becoming less and less carefree and becoming very much worried about the future and the billsssss that come with it. Is there a way bills can just magically take care of themselves? LIKE SERIOUSLY! Every year, I see myself being more calculative of my actions, weighing pros and cons even before an event happens! I need to calm down talaga!

I started to notice that I was officially entering the so called adult life in the middle of 2015. Faced with the responsibility of taking care of a retired mom (who will only start receiving her pension in 2 years, yikes!) and a pending renovation of our house of which 50% I need to pay, I guess it was a natural reaction to feel stumped, scared, and just feeling like you're not good enough, not earning enough, and not being kick ass enough to make all things possible. 

If there really is a God, the universe does has its way of aligning itself. I started getting more freelance work (on top of my regular job) and soon found myself not too preoccupied about my fears. I was able to zone in on the many many many things I need to finish and check off my to-do list.

I love being busy.

I used to hate it, but now, I embrace it with warm caffeinated hugs. It mutes all the dark and hurtful voices in my head and I get to stop comparing myself to people I look up to and to my co-millennials who seem to be just breezing through life like they were in a movie or something. Like they were built for the adult life sans the momentary breakdowns, what ifs, and drama.

The middle of 2015, I helped myself control my viewpoints in life by minimizing my daily doses of social media. I weaned myself off Twitter, then Instagram. And now, as much as I want to, I can't seem to shake Facebook off my system! But for the record, getting rid of Twitter and Instagram really helped, allowing me to focus on what my life is really about, and not the version I want others to see. Social media really makes you a bit of a hypocrite no? Pero syempre, why would you post something on your account if it is not something you regret or don't want to remember? Although I cannot escape social media for the life of me (it's part of my work, that's why), I think my perspective about life is clearer than ever with 2/3 of social media cut out of my life. 

In the middle of 2015, I finally accepted the fact that I may have to travel less so I can put more aside for the future. Scary thought until today, but I'm coming to terms with it. I found this website, Worldpackers.com, which basically allows you to have free accommodations (and meals if the host is generous) in exchange of volunteer work, like bartending, cleaning, housekeeping, etc. Nung nakita ko yung cleaning, I was like, OMG. Perfect! I wouldn't mind cleaning, cooking and doing something else outside of the regular hostel upkeep if it means I can see the world again with less money to allot for it. Haaay thanks Worldpackers.com (and the universe!) for magically popping on my Facebook feed last night ;)

So in retrospect, it's not entirely surprising why January 2016 started out on a wrong foot for me. Hehehe. 

And looking forward, I just need to remind myself to handle my stress, my worries, and everything in between with as much grace as I can muster. Life is hard, like really, and I need to be less critical of myself, stop comparing myself with others, and avoid highlighting my seeming failures over my successes. And accept that although life may be unforgiving, I can control the forgiveness I can afford myself. I just need to keep it together, continue doing what I'm good at, and just hope for the best. 

Hang in there, self! You'll make it through this roller coaster of a ride! Kaya mo 'to because you are smart and you are confidently beautiful with a heart! CHOS!

Friday, January 01, 2016

1/366: First Day Post!

Like for most people, 2015 was the craziest year for me - one marked by intense reward and failure, happiness and depression, contentment, yet a constant yearning for more.

And although I resolve to use less social media (I cut down on my Instagram binge and my last post is 11 weeks old as of this day, hoooray), I can't bring myself to delete this blog, this space I managed to nurture for 4 years. So, here I am, resolving to do daily journaling, both online and offline, so I have something to look back to when the time comes that 2016 is about to end, ushering in 2017. Another year.

Anyway, 2016. 

Wow, I didn't know I will live to see the very first day of 2016. Seriously. Although I woke up today feeling worried (well, no doubt about that!) and troubled, I just thought to myself that I should do something good about this worry and doubt and channel it into something positive I can look forward to this year.

So, hold my hand as I start 2016 - yes? :)

Happy New Year, everyone! 

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Now Playing: Bokutowanko

I can't understand a single Japanese word, but isn't this a cute game to play? 


DOGS <3

I also downloaded Neko Atsume, the cat version of this game. 

AAAAAH! CATS <3

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Good morning, Jollibae!

Not really a fan of everything hot going on in noontime shows, and I'm the least person you can expect to join in on a bandwagon (except at least for food!), but this mash up that came up over the weekend while Jonjie and I were trying our best to incorporate "bae" in every single word we say is so hard to pass up :)) And with a little help from agency peeps, now I know the font Jollibee uses!

Now, if only I can find a picture of Jollibee doing the signature pa-bebe wave :))


Bae-da ang sarap!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Heaven that is Kumori Bakery, G/F SM Makati

I admit that when I still have not tasted any of Kumori Bakery's heavenly products, I would just shrug it off as yet another Japanese pastry shop. But really, if you pass by the ground floor of SM Makati, please please please do yourself a favor and try out Kumori Bakery's Hanjuku Cheese - among other things!

Drooooooool!


Say aaaaaaaah!


And their Blueberry Brioche!


Their cannolis, which they call Krone, are super fresh and super yummers too.



Thank you for bringing a piece of heaven on earth <3

Chubby's Rib Shack - Round 2!

A week and one day after, we're back!

Chubby's so goooooooood <3 <3 <3

The usual suspects:

Southern Fried Chicken

BBQ Chicken Bacon

Chubby's is apparently also located along Dela Rosa Street in Makati. And at the ground floor of Solaris 1 Building of all places! I love it even more <3

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Rejonjie in Singapore 2015

Jonjie and I rarely travel together. Internationally, at least. Given his job is not as flexible as mine, scheduling a long trip abroad really takes time and foresight to plan. So, when we learned that Bali was in our cards for September 2015, we made sure to have a separate trip before Bali. Hence, the longest layover ever in Singapore. 

We were there for 4 days, and I did our itinerary. And yes, we ate a lot. We stopped by at every Food Republic we saw for char siu, we went to Singapore Art Museum, the Universal Studios, the SEA Aquarium, the Typhoon Center, and a lot of cultural sightseeing. And we shopped a lot, too! A rare occasion :))

Enjoy our little visual diary!

Waiting at NAIA 3

Of course, McDonalds at Changi for first SG meal

Durian sighting at Changi lol

Getting lost looking for our hostel on Arab Street

And after ten minutes of walking, we found it!

Breakfast the next day!

Turista shot!

And why are you still closed??

Breakfast at IKEA
















Dojo Japanese Ice Cream at Mega Food Hall, Megamall Fashion Hall

After lunch at Chubby's, Jonjie and I checked out the other concessionaires at the Mega Food Hall. To the left of Mega Food Hall, you'll notice all the dessert shops, with most of them I never heard of including Dojo Japanese Ice Cream.

Loved the pints serving as backdrop!

And if you're looking for dessert, please please please try Dojo's milk ice cream! I wouldn't know how this one fairs with Japan's Milky Soft Ice Cream, which Kris Aquino loved (hahaha, pop culture!), but I love this one already. It's a 85-peso ticket to heaven! And we bought two!


They have a wide variety of flavors, which we're finding the right time to try! Weeee!

Dojo Japanese Ice Cream
Mega Food Hall
5/F Megamall Fashion Hall
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