Your gut has not failed you before. So how come you’re not following it now? Is it because you think that no, it’s not really like that? I mean, you know what that monstrous thing is about. You’ve seen movies, read books, and heard stories about it. You’ve seen articles and infographics. You watched Silent Voices and you raged over the unfairness of it all. And … Continue reading The Nile isn’t just a river in Egypt
Me + writing + Kubler Ross = trying to make sense of things. Maybe it’s not really rocket science. Continue reading Confession 3: Stages
No matter how deep you seem to have buried it, it’s still there. Ready to rear its ugly head up at every crack in your control that it finds. Continue reading Confession 2: Absence
This post has been in draft for nearly a year. Ten months, to be exact. I wasn’t sure if I wanted this out there.
Publishing this now because, fuck it. Why the hell not. Continue reading Confession 1: Like Glass
Conversations. I always have conversations with strangers. Mainly in airports because, for some reason, my flights always gets delayed by more than 3 hours whenever I fly alone. I’m not sure why people talk to me. And here I was thinking that I’m successfully giving off the “fuck off” vibe. Continue reading Life Lessons in Your Neighborhood Starbucks
All in all, it was an easy and relaxing morning. Perfect for a broken heart seeking comfort from a good friend, good chocolate, and a chilly morning. Continue reading March 2016: Tagaytay
I really loved the whole place. It’s the “God-if-I’m-filthy-rich-my-house-would-look-like-this” kind of love. The structures are beautiful and interestingly phased, doorways (and yeah, I really have a thing for doors and doorways) are framed by foliage, the gardens beckon you to step out under the sun, and there are corners that compel you to sit and stay a while. Continue reading February 2016: Pinto Art Museum and The Pililla Windmills
Month one of 2016 saw me on a weekend trip up North with my STORM loves. Good thing about this? I didn’t have to do/plan anything. I just paid my share of the expenses and showed up on time.
Best thing about this? I got to spend a weekend with some of the funnest, funniest, craziest people I got the privilege of knowing. Continue reading January 2016: Pangasinan-Baguio
To satisfy the need to escape and to avoid recurrence of emotional, uhm, episodes, I have decided to go somewhere or do something (an activity of some sort I wouldn’t often do) every month of this year. Continue reading Project Go 2016
Just when everything seems to be making sense, just when my life seems to be going along a great track, my heart l told me to go the opposite direction and I did the most human thing in the world. Overthink. For months. Continue reading Universe unfolding, or, when I keep shaking up my life
“As if you do not care whether your heart will melt or crumble in the process because your brief courage undoes your tremendous fear of disbelief.” Continue reading Anais Nin on Intimacy
In case my blog and Instagram posts haven’t made it clear enough, I will set it straight here: I am a beach person. So, I was surprised when I said “yeah, sure” when one of my friends asked if I wanted to go hiking up with them to Mt. Manabu. Continue reading April 2015: Mt. Manabu
I woke up one February morning with a text message from my sister saying she wants to go to a beach. Any beach.
So, 15 minutes later, we’re booked for a weekend in Crystal Beach. I didn’t even have to get up from my bed. Oh, the wonders of technology. Continue reading March 2015: Crystal Beach Zambales
Fire dancers, dragon dancers, drummers, and vendors of various merchandise all vie for space in the narrow streets.
It was madness.
I either usually post a rundown of the year or a list of things I’m grateful for. This year, allow me to do something a bit different. I’ve been reading (and watching) a lot and I come across so many quotes that validate some of the things I believe in. Continue reading Yearender: 2014 last-post-turned-2015-first post
Borawan Island is a play on Boracay and Palawan, as homage for the sand of the former and the rock formations of the latter. No offense to the person who named it (or even to the people who make their living there), but they only got the rock formations right. Boracay sands it isn’t, so we dubbed it “Batawan” instead (as in, sands of Batangas and rock formations of Palawan). Continue reading Of Jellyfish Encounters and Stargazing
I was sitting on the floor charging my phone when this tall guy sat beside me to charge his phone too. He struck up a conversation and asked about the Philippines in general and Iloilo in particular. He was a Kiwi, maybe around 30-35 years old, and works for a graphic design company. Continue reading Another Random Airport Conversation
Apart from the odd existential crisis moments, I actually like getting old. It makes me feel that I’m doing life correctly because I haven’t died an embarrassing death. Continue reading Be Picky or, things I’d tell my 18-year-old self
There is no real order to life. We try to give it one. Actually, we try very hard. But just think about all the plans we made that didn’t happen. Think of the many times life shook us up everytime we start thinking that we have things figured out. Continue reading Life is just random chaos…and then you die
Hanging out at the top of the light tower then eating our lunch on the steps shaded by trees and sunbathing on this flat platform on top of the islet where there’s absolutely no shade. Continue reading Guimaras (Mis)Adventures and Iloilo Food Binge
The first quarter of this year has both been easy and slow for me. A beach trip, dinners with family and friends, a wedding in the family, joining a monthly writing challenge, and a “grand decluttering and downsizing” occupied my time. And also the subsequent “what am I doing with my life” funk that followed all those things. I don’t want to bore you with … Continue reading 2014 Quarter 1
At the start of the year, I decided to be proactive when it comes to writing. No more writing just when I felt like it – I decided to dedicate at least six hours every week to writing. Be it a blog post or a part in my Project Short Story that is turning into a Project Novella. Continue reading Starting “The Short Stories Club” Challenge
Now, the thing I found out in the 50 days I’ve been doing the challenge (apart from the fact that food plays a very large part in ensuring my happiness) Continue reading My 20 Happiness-Inducing Little Things
“Wasn’t hitting bottom the thing you had to do to knock some sense into yourself? Wasn’t hitting bottom the thing that showed you which way was up?” Rainbow Rowell, from the book Attachments Continue reading On Life Crisis
You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy. Cecelia Ahern, from the book Love, Rosie Continue reading On True Love
One day at a time. That’s my mantra these days. Sometimes, I mean that quite literally. When I was a kid, every time I’m asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, my answers would always vary (which should’ve been an indication of my current state). Here are some of my answers: Doctor Teacher Psychiatrist (when I learned to be more specific) Colombian … Continue reading No Success for the Restless
This post contains spoilers. Just a heads up for those who haven’t read the book or watched the movie. It’s been a while since I’ve written about a book I’ve read and I figured that this book just seems fitting for this month. So, I’m now putting my carefully hidden hopeless romantic streak on full display so I could gush talk about my favorite couple … Continue reading The Rarity That is The Time Traveler’s Wife
Since it’s February, let’s keep up with the theme, shall we? I write a lot. And one of the things I like writing are letters. This month, I wrote a love letter that I decided to post here instead of sending by individual snail mail because I think it applies to every one, and not just to those I want to give this to. Yes, … Continue reading A Love Letter
Three months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, we are overwhelmed and grateful for the outpour of aid and support from the rest of the world. Sharing some love. Here’s a little thank you video. Continue reading The Philippines Says Thank You!
I’m not a subscriber of Globe, but my family and friends are. Yesterday, we were talking about the Fair Usage Policy and one my friends made a very, very valid point. I’m copying it down here straight from our Viber conversation. It starts after we saw Globe’s infographic. This came from my friend who has an “unlimited” data plan from Globe: “Ugh, that infographic is … Continue reading About Globe’s Fair Usage Policy
Disclaimer: Yes, I am judgmental. If previous posts hadn’t established that already, then I think this one will. And no, I don’t care if you think I’m mean. As I was sitting at a cafe a couple of weeks ago, I observed two tables of girls of around the same age wearing almost the same outfit (short shorts with shirts and sandals). In one table, … Continue reading On Being Classy
Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of articles about finding “Mr. Right” or the characteristics of a “good man.” While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, I can’t help but notice that the articles all say the same thing. I don’t know if it’s just me but, if you think about it, these articles kinda paint women in a bad light. It assumes that women … Continue reading The Good Woman or, what to be before expecting a good man
I gave in and decided to write resolutions for 2014. But let’s not call them resolutions, let’s call them goals. The year 2013 has been a year of, oh, just so many things and I am so grateful for the good, the bad, and the ridiculous that made my year interesting.
The year that was made things a bit more clearer to me. I may not fully know yet what it is I want in my life but it has validated that the two things that make me so happy and sad and crazy are the things I want most in life. And let me just keep those two things for myself for now. Continue reading “2014 Goals”
I thought about doing a sort of recap of my year. Then I thought of making a new year’s resolution. But since so much happened this year that I don’t know where to start said recap and since I think resolutions are a bit old, I decided that the best thing to do is list down the things I learned about life and myself this year. Continue reading “Five Lessons the Year 2013 Gave Me”
An Iloilo-Guimaras (mis)adventure, an annual overnighter with friends, an anniversary, a weekend staycation, a wedding, traditional Christmas dinners, a birthday. All that and more this December. These are just some of the photos of an amazing month. Continue reading December 2013
Before the year ends, I thought I’d bring out the mush, the cheese, and the corn. I only do this once a year so please bear with me.
Every year, right about this time, I take stock of who and what I have in my life and realize how truly blessed I am. Yes, I may be a lost little puppy when it comes to my life’s direction and attainment of passions (I will NOT get started on that) but 2013 way better than I ever imagined back in 2012. Continue reading “Seven Cheers for 2013 (the annual gratitude post)”
This trip was one of those “oh, there’s a seat sale, let’s go” kind of trip. I have a lot of those, apparently. The difference with this one, however, is that it’s the first time I’m going to Puraran. Actually, it’s the first time I ever set foot on the island of Catanduanes. Catanduanes is an island found in the Bicol region. It is accessible … Continue reading I left my heart in Puraran Beach
I am a melancholic person. No, that’s not a suicidal cry for help or something. It is merely a fact.
I have periodic bouts of sadness; during my birthday, during Christmastime, watching Kingdom of Heaven (don’t ask why) and I know how to deal with it. For someone as blessed as I am, I figured I have no right to be sad about my life for more than five minutes in a twenty-four hour timeframe. Continue reading “Of death and regrets”
Last weekend, the Philippines was hit by what is said to be one of the strongest typhoons on record to make landfall. Millions are affected, thousands feared dead, and hundreds of families left helpless.
But never hopeless. Continue reading “Ways to Help Haiyan/Yolanda Victims”
A couple of weeks ago, I said I would write a review for the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I read it because I got curious with all the hype. No matter that reviews abound from both ends – very far ends – of the spectrum, I was determined to read through the whole thing and form my own opinion.
Let’s not mince words here. Continue reading “Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy (a.k.a. the easiest book review I made. And not in a good way.)”
Apart from reading, one of the things I do to de-stress is to watch movies. And like with rereading books, I also like to re-watch my favorite movies. Now, I have what I call my “comfort movies.” They’re exactly how they sound, movies I watch when I’m tired/stressed/sad or generally needing comfort.
While I like a lot of movies, the ones I listed here are the ones that, for some reason, I just don’t get tired of watching. Like, seriously. Continue reading ““Get off my plane!” and other such offerings of the silver screen”
I’ve been neglecting my blog for the last couple of weeks (months, actually) that I can almost see my future self sneering at my failure to achieve my resolution of four posts a month. I really have no excuse for missing out so, given that I’ll be sitting on a comfy chair for the next hour or so to get my nails done, I’m trying to get back on track.
Let me start with a little list. I love making lists. I always carry around a notebook and it’s mostly filled with lists. Now, I plan on sharing some of those lists here but, for now, I’ll start with my List of Somedays. Continue reading “Someday the beach will be my backyard and my List of Somedays”
We’ve planned countless trips but none pushed through. So, it was a bit of a surprise to me that this one did. It almost didn’t, by the way, since the weekend we planned on going was the weekend after the heavy flooding of the metro. Realizing that we do better with impromptu trips, we decided to just semi-plan this one. We got a discount voucher … Continue reading Southern (Luzon) Exposure: The Villa Escudero-Tagaytay Edition
My hopes for a miracle of a sunny day were dashed when I woke up this morning to rain thundering down our roof. I knew even before I fell asleep (4am) that it was a long shot because the whole time I was awake, it never stopped raining. But hope sprung eternal and I fervently wished that today would be a better one, weather-wise.
Unfortunately, it was not to be and I spent the day monitoring updates on the weather and flood, watching heart-breaking videos and reports on the news about the hardships the people in my country is now going through, and sharing information on how anyone can send help. It made me angry and it made me feel sad. But it also made me feel so grateful. Continue reading “Of Storms and Silver Linings”
There are great blocks of time in our lives when we do nothing. Most of the time we think of these moments as bad moments – worst, unproductive ones. And we berate ourselves for the lost time, the lost moments. We start thinking along the lines of “if only I’ve started looking for a job earlier than I did then I could have earned money the first few months after graduation instead of just bumming around,” or “I spent the whole weekend watching movies when I could have done other productive things like cleaning my room,” or even “I waste too much time reading online articles.”
There’s some truth to it, I guess. After all, if we could have done some other things that we think are more productive than what we chose to do, then we could be wasting our time. Continue reading “The Wonder of Doing Nothing”
A couple of months ago, I was involved in making sure that my sister’s pre-nup photo shoot run smoothly. It did, and while they were busy, I was able to go around and snap a couple of pictures.
We were at Bonifacio Global City, one of those areas in Metro Manila that’s losing most of its green spaces because of high-rise buildings. The green spaces that they do have, however, are nice and well-maintained. Mostly. Continue reading “The Rainbow’s End”
A couple of months ago, I convinced my family to come with me on a food tour in the oldest Chinatown in the world.
Binondo was established in 1594, on the other side of the Pasig River across from Intramuros, as permanent settlement for Chinese immigrants who converted to Catholocism. They, and others who are not of Spanish descent or nationality, weren’t permitted to reside within Intramuros.
Now, Binondo is a bustling community of industry and commerce. And food. Glorious food. Continue reading “Binondo Culinary Jaunt with the Crazy People 2013”