Tokyo // Ichiran

Sometimes the best things in the world hide themselves from the common man’s eye. It’s no wonder why people spend lives to look for hidden treasures. And let’s not forget the hipster belief that the harder to find, the better. Normally I’d call bull on that. But the Ichiran in one of the hidden streets in Shinjuku contains one of the best–if not the best–ramen in the world.

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What I Wore: Japan 2016 OOTDs // 2016

First things first, I ain’t a fashion blogger (for now). But I still like dressing up, especially when I travel! There are many good reasons on what we pack matters. First, you never know who you might run into. Then, nothing is more jarring than seeing a beautiful Instagram feed with a poorly matched outfit. Also, you need to impress the locals or else they might make your outfit a meme on Reddit. But most importantly, dressing up nicely is an act of self love and that’s what we all need. So that’s why I made sure my Japan 2016 OOTDs is dabomb.com.org.net.ph.jp.

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Happy List No. 1

As you noticed, I’m a little bit under the weather. I’m under a quarter life crisis. I do feel fine, but at this point the only thing I rely on now is the present. The past has happened, the future has yet to take place.

So I decided to focus on the things that made me happy, and thus, I created this happy list!

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Life Lately No. 1

I just decided to change Random Round Up into an actual round up. Then I chose to post entries like this instead, in a Life Lately, like other bloggers do.

I’ve gone through a lot of stuff. Some of them I wanted to keep private, others I felt like I should share with you. At last, I decided to bare a bit of myself as a part of my branding.

It’s very crucial for all of us. For you guys, you may relate to a thing or two I say. For me, it’s my release. People fight and say, “just keep a journal, keep it to yourself”. But no! I grew up on the internet. 13 years passed since my first scratch-on dial up card. (Yes, I’ve been here for so long!) This is how I’ve lived since then, and I’m still here. I’m an internet nomad. I moved from Friendster to Harry Potter forums to Star Wars communities to My Chemical Romance boards to Anne Rice vampire blogs to gossip sites to social media to Reddit, and then, this blog.

Hopefully, this is a place that I can settle in.

I do feel at home here, but I felt like there’s a block that’s hindering me from progress. The more I ignore the clutter in both my laptop and in my room, the bigger it gets. And it’s not just my blog. It’s also in a lot of aspects in my life too. I’m grateful and I know great things are gonna happen. But something is resisting this from making good things happen. Was it my fear? Was it my past?

Here I am now, with my quarter life crisis.

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An Open Letter To The Root of My Confidence Issues

To the root of my confidence issues,

They said past is past. It’s very easy for most people to tell you to suck it up and move on. But again, it’s easy to say only. Shit, I shouldn’t even think of you either. After all, 10 years passed and a lot took place since then. You might’ve changed for good. Shall that be true, then there’s no need to write this after all. And yes, there is no need to write this.

But deep down, who I was 10 years ago is screaming to who I am today to do this. I’m better today. And maybe it’s because I chose to ignore the issue instead. But just because it’s done and you’re not in front of me anymore, that doesn’t cancel how much it affected me before. And I want to do this because I want my subconscious to be free of your actions. I want to let go of the feelings attached with what you did to me. I should’ve done that, but I only knew better now. And now’s my chance.

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5 Spotify Playlists For 5 Daily Situations

Whether you got iOS or Android, we have one must-have app: Spotify. It saves us the hassle of having to look for songs, purchase and save MP3s as local files. Think of it as your own cable, but replace TV shows with music.

Another thing Spotify eases for us is the Genre & Moods category. Now this saves us time from thinking of creating the perfect set of tracks for parties, working out, or focusing on tasks. I’m one person who thinks music can help the mood, so I’m often on Spotify.

Right now I found 5 different playlists to improve 5 situations in our routines. At one point or another they helped me! To make it easier, I included where you can find them. Happy listening!

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Ruminate and Reflect: 2 Reasons Why I Won’t Watch “13 Reasons Why”

Warning: The following post contains spoilers from the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. It also contains sensitive issues such as suicide, bullying, and trauma that goes with it.

Read with caution.

First, let me set the record straight. I don’t dislike the show. Then, this post is not a boycott of it either. This is just a reflection of what I think about the show since there’s so much hype now.

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So, What’s Up With Miniso?

I was curious about Miniso since it popped up in Robinson’s Place Manila. Y’all know I love Japanese aesthetic. But I didn’t get to check it out. What remained inside Miniso was still a mystery. Even after checking their official website, I still had more questions than answers.

Luckily, Miniso just opened a branch in Glorietta 2 last week. Oh yeah, a chance to see what’s inside!

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I Almost Died: An Inspirational Tale of Global Warming, Dehydration, and Blacking Out

Honestly, I’m a very positive person. Okay, I have a few worries here and there. But that’s part of life though.  We have to balance between joy and sorrow, all that, right? My life has been going pretty well anyway. New career opportunities, hanging out with my friends, being with my family…

But last week, I thought I was gone for good. I thought I was safe under so many trees and lots of grass. If I’m in touch with Mother Earth, I’d be fine. Either way though, global warming is an utter bitch who wants to take lives away.

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