Life

Crossroads. Endings. Fear. Life.

There is always an end for everything especially when we reached that point in life where we have to make a decision to what path do we want to take. No matter how great the journey is, end must come and change is also necessary. This is where fear starts to creep in especially if there is uncertainty of what the future may hold. I have been thinking the past few days and trying to reflect on what path must I choose, do i want to continue this kind of path or take this big leap of faith for something that I crave and wanted so much even with the scarcity of the needed resources. I can “yolo” life  as much as I want but am I ready for it? I have always been a calculated risk taker especially that I know that my life choices would eventually have a butterfly effect on the people around me. I am not in the better position too to just leave things behind and take this unbeaten and unpopular path of life. I know that what I want is not what the expected norms but I cannot deviate so much far from it as I have to deal with this s–t called “adulting”.

I know this is another phase, another chapter i have to close and let go to start anew.

This is life.

ASEAN: Malaysia and Singapore 2017

I am feeling the ASEAN Spirit!

If you have read my 2016 summary review, you would know that I have attended the amazing ASEAN Youth Volunteer programme in which I was among the 50 ASEAN Youth DRR Leaders. The programme have given me a lot of wonderful experiences and new friends across the 10 ASEAN countries. Forging this kind of friendship fueled my desire to travel to another countries and experience new culture especially that I have to look forward meeting and seeing my new friends. With this in my mind, I decided to start my ASEAN journey through booking a roundtrip ticket to Singapore.

I was able to have my leave approved for a week and decided to maximize the weekend too so I ended up with 8 days worth of travel. As much as I want to stay in Singapore, I realized I have to shell a lot of budget as Singapore is one of the most expensive cities especially with  weaker pesos compared to SGD. I then cut-off my stay in Singapore to just 4 days and decided to cross the border to Malaysia and stay there for another 4 days. The timing of my trip was also good as I ended up travelling during the Lunar /Chinese New Year, a great way to meet-up some friends as I have assumed that they are already on break in preparation for the CNY. Two of my co-workers also tagged along the trip making it more fun.

I will just be sharing the itinerary below  (and will write a separate post detailing the trip.).

Day 1: Travel to Singapore, then to Katong V-mall to wait for our bus to Kuala Lumpur

Day 2: Arrived at 5 AM to Kuala Lumpur (Drop-off Berjaya Times Square)

Checked-in at Paloma Inn, Hotel( Recommended)

Berjaya Times Square

Central Market

Jalan Petaling (Chinatown)

Merdaka Square

Jalan Alor (Street Food)

Day 3: KL Sentral

Little India

Sri Kandaswamy

Batu Caves

KLC

Petronas Twin Towers

Day 4

Travel to UKM

Putrajaya

Masjid Putra

Botanical Garden

Day 5

Travel to Singapore

Golden Mile Complex

Little India

Checked -in -G4 Hostel

Chinatown

Clark Quay

Merlion Park

Day 6

Botanical Garden

Chinatown

Day 7

Sentosa Island

Vivo Mall

Day 8

Little India

Mustafa

Chilling at Changi Airport

Travel Back to Davao

Day 9

Arrived at Davao City

 

I wish to write for more but work has become a little bit demanding but here’s a short video of our Singapore trip while we try the 360 video thingy.

 

 

 

 

Hello 2016-err-2017

I would really say that blogging was not my top priority for 2016 and I missed a lot of opportunities to post all the amazing adventure that I did for that year. I did not have the time to create a 2016 montage video too to show you how my 2016 did fare just like what I did for 2015 but let’s see how can I summarize my 2016 for this post as I feel I need to at least share with you the highlights of my 2016 before I start my 2017 blogging journey (I do have high hopes that this is possible.)

January 2016

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I started my year right with a concert with one of the best Japanese rock band concert- One Ok ROck! You got it right! I went to Manila to attend the concert which I prepared for the last 5 months of 2015 with my dear Jrock-anime lover-ViK! We had a blast even we stayed for just 2D2N as we were also able to visit Manila Ocean Park, a day before the concert.

The concert was epic and Ryota was so hot with his shirt off, I mean he really did start without a shirt off till the end of the concert. It was the craziest concert I had attended in which I found myself dancing-jumping and rocking for two straight hours. Talking about my  adrenaline-insulin junkie self.

March 2016

A great friend of mine got married!

Samal Escapade with my siblings and other relatives

 

June 2016

I had undergone a major  dental surgery that almost drained my savings and whatever left of me financially. I do have a medical insurance but too bad it only covers basic dental services so I ended up paying for a whole lot of chunk with the medical bills -parents also contributed big time (Thank you Ma and Pa).

I also started to re-allocate and rebudget my finances for some adulting responsibilities (whatever left after the surgery)and I realized that adulting takes a lot of toll financially (kidding!). Traveling will not be as often as 2015 yet I decided to look at the brighter side of it and took it as an opportunity to try backpacking on a shoestring budget.

July 2016

Birthmonth and Baby Shower 🙂

I prepared a baby shower for my sister. 🙂

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Random Staycation 🙂

 

August 2016

For the whole month of August, I attended the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme in which I was among the 50 DRR Youth Leaders from 10 ASEAN Countries representing my beloved Philippines(host country). The program highlighted the participation and engagement of youth especially on issues concerning the ASEAN especially on Disaster Risk Reduction. If you are free, please also read my blog post about my whole  experience.

I am grateful to be part of this programme in which I have gained new friends and new experiences and I was just half way for my 2016.

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September 2016

This was a bittersweet month.

Last September 2, 2016, my sister gave birth to my beautiful niece, Iona.

Later that night, my beloved city of Davao experienced one of the challenging situation ever-a bomb exploded in the downtown area.I was really concerned especially that we were in the hospital at that time and I heard the code white announcement. I pray for the soul and continued healing of all the victims and their families.

I also booked a trip that I do really look forward for 2017. (Soon!)

I was also able to went back  to my hometown to visit my grandmother in the hospital and able to visit the popular Sibungan museum which is just less than 300 meters from the hospital. Three days after, my grandmother died.

October 2016

One phrase- OCTOBER BEACH FEAST! plus Maguindanao

  1. Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao oriental

2. Boracay Island

3. Baler, Aurora

4. Maguindanao

 

I also attended the wedding of my colleague 🙂

This is the first time that I attended a 4 AM wedding ceremony (most of the pictures are taken during the reception). I wok up at 2 AM just to do my hair and make-up and has to travel to the wedding venue. I dozed off during the ceremony though even I had a caffeine fix before the wedding. I dropped by to a 7/11 store to buy some coffee with the wedding outfit and make-up hahaha.

Some realizations that i have especially being in an age bracket that is considered marrying age is to invest into a basic dress that is considered the motif of the year. I did it last 2015 and 2016 which become handy to me. In an average, I do attend 2-3 weddings in a year and most of them have stuck with the motif so I saved big time with the dress. I only utilized one dress for a year but have become creative with accessories, shoes, hairstyle and make-up. 🙂

November 2016

D’Leonor Hotel, Davao City

December 2016

Holiday Season with various gatherings, celebration and reunions! (Too many photos!)

 

Overall, my 2o16 has provided me a lot of opportunities to learn, unlearn and relearn about myself. Things were quite challenging and I had a lot of bumps along the way but you know things just do fall on their right places at the right time. Some aspects of my life may not be where I wanted it to be but 2016 has taught me to be patient and savor every moment of it. I’m just happy with all the new friends, experiences and lessons that I have gained from 2016. I wish you all the best!

Hello 2017!

 

P.S. I have decided to take some time off from my personal blog as I need to work on my niche first so I will be back here in the meantime. I promise for at least one post per month and hopefully a weekly routine. Let’s hope ❤

APR: [Post #1] Sablay day

APR stands for ” A Past Revisited”. I decided to create a section or a category, inspired by Renato Constanino’s book, but this one would focus on special events that I have not posted during my apparent absence in this blog.

To start off, I decided to share with you the story of the most awaited moment in my life, my Sablay day or the graduation day. I have been writing here about my frustrations about my studies, not being able to graduate on time and my struggles just to finish my SP (Special Problem). It was a roller-coaster journey that at some point, I had found myself at its lowest point, ready to give up but with the help of my family, friends and SP Buddies, I was able to rise above all the adversities and did not cringe as I made my way to the graduation.

After my defense, I need to rush things in order to submit the hardbound copies of my SP as it would secure my future.  I felt bad for my shoulder as I need to carry 4 copies of  a-130 pages paper printed in a 80 g/m2 bond paper.

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After getting the heads up from the office of college secretary that I am definitely graduating, I was overly excited to prepare for the BIG day. Time for dress and shoes hunting. In our graduation, we don’t wear the traditional academic dress with the mortarboard and the gown. Instead, we have the  malong-inspired sash ” Sablay”  where the “UP” were weaved or embroidered in baybayin characters.  In order for the Sablay to stand out, we have to wear off-white dress and shoes while boys have to wear the barong.

Choosing the right shoes and dress is very much challenging. I have to consider my budget, as  I was very much drained with all the study-out, printing costs and many more for the past few months. At the same time, it’s quite difficult to look for a dress on my size especially for my graduation. Trust me, the ones available would make me appear as if  I am about to attend a baptismal ceremony as the godmother. So, my friends and I decided to look for an affordable dressmaker and tried to incorporate the designs that we created. The dress was so-so. It was good, maybe not the one that I really expected but I just certainly got what I paid for. For the shoes, it was okay but imagine the horror I felt when there were like three of us having the same shoes. I may be shallow-minded but it’s a girl thing to be unique but then, that’s what I get from buying shoes from the dept store.

Yet, as Shakespeare’s put it, all’s well that ends well.

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P.S. Happy 8th Anniversary Blog!

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