01 September 2017

Long Distance Relationships

During one random conversation with a friend yesterday, I mentioned that one of the three main reasons why I still visit the Philippines is because of my friends, especially the ones since high school. I remember saying to her that these people have a special part in my life. It's next to family, if not like family.

We basically grew up and spent our awkward years together - that's basically more than half of our lives. We annoyed each other over pathetic things when we were younger. We laugh at them now when we look back. We shared too many memories from good down to shitty. We witnessed how each one of us matured and became the person we are today. Even if I moved away, we still remain in touch and I am so glad for that.

Hence, I try as much as I can to be present on the special occasions in their lives (It's hard to say no, too!). Aside from being here for them "in spirit" and being one call or message away, I try to offer my "presence" or to be present when I can. I try to value and uphold my friendships, especially those that are worth keeping and continuing. You don't throw away that kind of relationship.

As for my friends from university, since most of us are already based overseas, we try to meet up if our flights to the Philippines are around the same time.

One of the things that I realized from moving overseas is how your circle of friends become smaller but very significant. You will reach that point where you just lose out of touch with some of the people you used to be in good terms with because you no longer share the same interests, life happened and you grew apart or sometimes, it is what it is. On the other hand, you will also learn who are the ones worth keeping.

So, thank you, guys, for being there since day one and despite the distance. For all the love and support. I know I don't say this often (because it goes without saying, really) but sometimes, it's good to let you know once in a while. I love you and I miss you all! Cannot wait to see you soon!


P.S. I hope we do not become boring adults! That thought is kind of scary. Hahaha!

(Also, sinong extra cheesy tonight? Hahaha!)

08 July 2017

Hiking 101: Palm Beach and Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse

My friends and I decided to do something outdoor-sy last weekend. One of my friends and I also wanted to do a photoshoot in the area for our styling portfolio.

The weather was nice - bright (perfect for a shoot) and quite chilly (perfect time for me to hang around the beach). We had picnic at the beach for lunch. We bought our staple picnic meal - Hot Star Chicken. One of my friends cooked Bicol Express.

How to hike (Or how not to hike. Hahaha!)

1. Gather friends who are as crazy enough as you to actually hike in style.

2. Wear outfits like these people did.

3. Bring extra clothing items just in case you can't decide what to wear for your #ootd.

4. Bring a photographer friend to join you so you can have the perfect "documented evidence".

5. Two words: 'buwis buhay' - be up for it.

We really intended to take good photos at the top so we wore our fancy aka non-hiking clothes. Hence, it was kind of a struggle to walk. (Well, actually, going up was okay because there was a pathwalk but going down was intense. We took the shorter route of seemingly endless and crooked steps.) Yes, we were aware that it was not the brightest thing to do but hey, the view and the photos that my friend took were worth it anyway. :)


10 June 2017

Long Weekend

Ah, long weekend. It was nice to wake up and not think about my chores because I still have one extra day to do them. And it's cold and raining (a rainy week, actually) so I really cannot be bothered to do anything.

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Well. Except for a few things:

1. Catch up with my reading challenge. I am so behind my goal. Ack. Hopefully, I can finish 2 books this weekend. (3 books, if I am being really ambitious but let's settle for 2.)
2. Catch up with my series. This one will be tough. I watch so many series. Gee. Aiming to finish 1-2 seasons of a show. (Hello, butt sore.)
3. Something creative. I am dying to do this. You know, something visual. And artsy. Or something different to what I do on a daily basis, basically.
4. Organize. (My life? Lol.) My closet (Scary sh*t! HAHAHA!), documents that I just shoved in my "To File" and "To Do" folder on my desk for months now and my receipts for tax season next month.
5. Study/Research. Something to do with French and art.
6. Write. Write - not blog (But here I am, sitting in my white, leather executive chair and blogging). Sometimes, I feel my writing skills are off and it is something I want to get back into. I am not a brilliant "writer" but when I write, the words used to just flow out of me. These past few years though, it was not the case. I am not even inspired to write (or to even blog) anything, despite all the thoughts and ideas running through my head. Heck, even my Instagram captions are boring. No matter how cheesy or childish my 'Dear Diary' days were, I miss pouring my heart out and writing all those random thoughts away without filtering it. Expressing those raw feelings and thoughts into paper not only helped me hone my writing skills but it was also therapeutic. At the moment, however, I am using the Day One Journal app, which I mentioned in a previous entry. I was this close to purchasing a journal and a pen -- Leuchtturm 1917 in rose gold and Pigma Micron Pen 0.05, to be specific -- last night but I stopped myself. I don't want to get too excited or overwhelm myself and end up not using it. I want to take things slow and get my groove back in writing first. I've been only using the app almost a month now and so far, so good.
7. Meditate. Meditation is something I've been wanting to try. I used to think meditation was something I will never be interested in but when I grew older (a bit? Ha-ha), I realized it would be interesting to learn and to do. The world is crazy and I just want a few minutes of calmness before or after I deal with all the crazy that is happening in the world. Hence, I downloaded an app called Headspace. It's a free app (You can also access it through the website) that guides/helps you meditate, like your very own "mind personal trainer."

(And then chores in between. Of course. Duh. #adulting)

So yeah, cheers to the freakin' weekend!
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