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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Beat The Heat: Avène-ge Your Beauty

The Weather app says it’s 35ºC but the air feels like Lucifer’s balls. It doesn’t help either that there’s too many people in one place. Then, the AC doesn’t even work properly! Plus most of us commute on our way to class or work, and not every transpo we have has a cooling system. So what happens then? We get very rich… with sweat. We earn more sweat than pesos during summer.

I know a lot of you feel shy about leaving the house with makeup. On some days, I feel that too. Our BB’s, concealers and powders have SPF to save our skins. But this season, they easily melt away with a few sweat drops. So we leave sunscreen on and put very few makeup items on. But we just feel insecure when our dark spots and acne scars are visible to the public eye, right?

What if I told you, you can conceal your dark shadows without feeling sticky as the day went on? Because that’s what tinted moisturizers do…

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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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Osaka // Universal Studios Japan 2016

2016 // 12 // 27

Universal Studios Japan‘s 2016 theme, “RE-BOOOOOOOORN!“, gives guests the feel of fresh second chances. Also, this is my second take of the park. I went to the one in LA 4 years before this.

I was pretty stoked ‘coz it was my first time seeing a Universal Studios park with a Harry Potter World in it! I’m a huge Harry Potter fan so this is my very own immersion experience into the wizarding world.

How many O’s are there in Universal Studios’ 15th anniversary theme? 8. Yeah, I counted it lol. Such a long-ass word, right? Well, the “BOOOOOOOORN” part matches the theme of an Asian theme park because… the lines are that long too

A note and a warning: I’m letting the photos do the talking. So this one’s pretty photo-heavy. It’s a long line… like our rides.

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Art Fair PH 2017 // 1: Of Brands and Benches

And now I’m back! I’m halting Monday Momentum for a while, since I got a lot of interesting stuff in store. My near brush with death had such an impact that left me realizing how every f—ing second of life counts. A thought loomed in my mind: I am a creator. My life is meant for creating each day. And if I let it pass without making something, it’s a tragedy.

I’ve taken a leave from work.  And while I am free, I took this time to recharge and think of my goals for the latter part of the year. Anyway, enough of the drama!

Last February, the fourth Art Fair Philippines happened again. I went there for 2 days this time, just to make up for the time that I missed attending Graphika Manila. My 2017 creativity needed quenching. So I went on the 16th alone, and 17th with two friends, Arrah and Kari. (Abbi, we want you to go with us next time!)

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