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Kissing 2020 Hello!

I know it’s kinda late to be posting resolutions and all since we’re already a couple of weeks into 2020, but for accountability purposes I’m still doing it so I could just have something to look back to when December comes.

I honestly am not a resolutions kind of girl since I know in myself that I don’t actually get to do and keep them. But it’s the new decade, and I’m feeling the need to be more *disciplined?* in all that I do from hereon forward. So yeah. Here we go.

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I don’t need to always be updated on Facebook. *DELETES APP*.

I can say that during the last decade, I have totally been consumed by social media, especially by that big blue F. Hence, I always know things about people – where they went for vacation, the new car they bought, breakups, new relationships, etc – that I now realize I don’t need to know about. While Facebook is great in connecting people – oh, I’d definitely give it that – I realized that there are just so many UNNECESSARY things that I am bombarded with when I do my scrolling. Things that my brain would sometimes process as important and relevant, but in reality are just posted there to intimidate, make one feel insecure about himself/herself, or just plain useless. Hence, I’m doing my brain a favor and am freeing it this year with some Facebook space. Yay.

I love reading and collecting books, but I need to finish reading at least half of what I own yet! In short, *NO BOOK BUYING*

Oh god, buying and collecting books are my Achilles’ heel(s?) and this probably is one of the most painful resolutions I am doing this year.

Let me paint you a clear *literal* picture:

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These are all the unreads in my shelf. They are around 85 and for the love of god, I will not allow them to reach a hundred by buying more. *Unless of course I am gifted with books, that is na exeception and that would be very much welcome* Anyway, I am not buying anymore books for the first quarter of the year or until my unreads has reached 65, I guess? Lord help me.

Minimalism actually feels right and sustainable.

I have recently been listening to some podcasts and TED talks about minimalism, and I am slowly getting inclined to practice it. Marie Kondo’s Netflix show is a big convincing factor too. However, I feel like I have so much to dispose and this is going to be a loooong minimalism journey for me, so for this year I plan to start small – less purchases of unnecessary things, cleaning up my room and donating stuff I don’t need – just the small steps. I’ll get there. 😉

To be more informed and to go out of my shell.

I guess I just have to be more involved in what’s happening around me and to not totally be consumed by fiction and Netflix (*curls up in guilt*). Need to go out more, interact with people, be in the know re: current event, etc. You, know. Get more mature? Yes.

 


That’s all for now folks! Hit me up in the comments section for your own resolutions that you wanna share – as I wanna do them too? He he. Have a blast this 2020!

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Personal, Travels

Christmas 2019 at Wind Residences!

We spent our Christmas 2019 at Wind Residences, Tagaytay through AirBnb and it was such a great experience.

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Spending Christmas in the highlands was a last minute decision as we initially planned to just spend it at home since Dad and Gil are both away this year. So when Mama agreed that we just spend Christmas in Tagaytay, I immediately looked for hotel accommodations but grandly failed to book any because it’s peak season. Hence, I turned to the ever trustworthy AirBnb and lo and behold, I found a hotel-like listing at Wind Residences! 🙂

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This condo unit was listed at AirBnb as “SkyWind Tagaytay (Taal View, W/ Parking, Netflix)”. In sum, I super recommend this place if you’re staying in the highlands. Rio – the owner – was super quick in her responses to our queries. The unit was very well-maintained and according to its owners, it was actually designed like a hotel room so that their guests would feel like they’re actually checked-in to one.

We had such a lovely  stay here, and Mama and I even had our traditional ensaymada and hot chocolate on Christmas morning:

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We had a very simple Christmas this year. Met up with the rest of Mama’s side of the family later in the day for lunch in Nuvali, and headed home right after ‘coz Typhoon Ursula is at signal number 3 already! *Yikes* I can’t believe I was able to drive Mama and Celine home safely considering that it was my first time to drive to the highlands! Hehe. 

Hope you guys had a peaceful, meaningful and happy Christmas too! 🙂


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Personal

Thank you, 2019! Cheers to 2020!

HAY, 2019! What a year you have been! It has surely been a roller-coaster of emotions but all the good definitely outweighed the crazy and the bad.

2019 was a year of uprooting for me.

I got uprooted from my work of almost three years as an associate and transferred to a totally new playing field – the judiciary. I got uprooted from my home of 5 years, and went back to living with my family in Batangas. I now drive (which I never imagined myself doing *ever* what with the convenience of Grab and Uber and sometimes my own personal driver for work); I just bought my own car (which wasn’t really part of the plan and which sounds superrrr crazy to me ‘coz I don’t drive nga and just thinking about the monthly installment is making me insane ). Things just kept happening, and blessings just kept on pouring, and there was nothing left to do but to just take it all in and give thanks. 

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It was good year of travel too. Traveled to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand. Not so much locally, though. Just the usual hour drive to Tagaytay with friends and family during some weekends.

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Finally, despite all the *overwhelming* new things that’s happening in my life all through out the year, 2019 made me realize that I wouldn’t trade anything for my constants. My parents ~ Daddy and Mama ~ my siblings, Gil and Celine, Yna and the rest of the family, and my ultimate soul mate, Ed. They have been my constant source of happiness (and sakit sa ulo sometimes, but never mind that) and everything is just meaningless without them.

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Thank you, 2019. You have been so good. Cheers to 2020! Praying for an equally, if not more, blessed new year!

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Films

Ticket for two: Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

Ticket for Two is a segment in this blog where I will be  quicklyreviewing” movies with the biggest movie/tv series buff I know, Ed (not Sheeran, not Harris, not Burns; just Ed). 🙂 Don’t expect full blown reviews, though, because we will probably not deliver. Quick insights – likes and dislikes, ratings, and that’s it. It should still be fun, though 🙂


“Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat emerges.” 

Continue reading “Ticket for two: Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)”

Films

Ticket for Two: Wonder Woman (2017)

Ticket for Two is a segment in this blog where I will be  quicklyreviewing” movies with the biggest movie/tv series buff I know, Ed (not Sheeran, not Harris, not Burns; just Ed). 🙂 Don’t expect full blown reviews, though, because we will probably not deliver. Quick insights – likes and dislikes, ratings, and that’s it. It should still be fun, though 🙂


“An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) finds her idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace.” Continue reading “Ticket for Two: Wonder Woman (2017)”

Beauty

In the Basket: Random Landmark Haul

So last Sunday I had the chance to go around Landmark Makati while I kill some hours waiting for Ed. I was trying so hard not to get so much but I still ended up around 3k poorer. Sigh. But my heart was happy, and I was happy, and everything is right in the world. Well, except for my wallet. 

This is a super random weekend haul, really – from bath stuff to make up to stuff I bought for my baby sister.

Now here are they are:

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Films

Ticket for Two: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Ticket for Two is a segment in this blog where I will be  quickly “reviewing” movies with the biggest movie/tv series buff I know, Ed (not Sheeran, not Harris, not Burns; just Ed). 🙂 Don’t expect full blown reviews, though, because we will probably not deliver. Quick insights – likes and dislikes, and that’s it. It should still be fun, though 🙂


 

“Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”

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Beauty

Laneige BB Cushion: Not a Review!

I have always been your liquid foundation girl and I honestly have not tried any other kind of make up base. Lately, however, I have been so much into skin care that I thought of looking for a good BB Cream. To no avail, I have not found a good match. And here is where Laneige BB Cushion comes in.

At first I was hesitant trying this one out because, #1, it is frakking expensive! and #2, since it is from Korea, it might not suit my undertone. Cutting the long story short, I gave in.  Continue reading “Laneige BB Cushion: Not a Review!”

Personal

I Passed the Bar Exams!!!

It’s been six days since  the results of the Bar Exams came out and I still can’t believe I made it. I’m still in daze, like it hasn’t sunk in yet. I don’t know if it will ever sink in; it’s so surreal. So wait, is this real life? Am I really a lawyer now?

If you’re from the Philippines, you’d know how much pressure bar takers go through each year. Pegged as the “most difficult professional examination in the country” (even internationally, really!), the chances of passing the Philippine Bar Exams are very slim. The average number of Bar takers is usually at 6,000, and the passing rate would, on the average, only be less than 20% or at least 1,000. I know. What even, right? Continue reading “I Passed the Bar Exams!!!”

Travels

May 1, 2017: Marian Orchard +Paseo de Sta. Rosa in Laguna + Tagaytay Highlands

So it was a long long wekeend for the people of Manila because the government declared Friday, April 28th, and Monday, May 1st, holidays; hence giving us full four days to unwind and rest our arses off. It was honestly a break I badly needed, and I couldn’t imagine another way of spending it other than with my super kulit family. After the huge celebration of my lola’s 80th birthday, we all decided to take some rest and go a little farther from home – Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Nuvali and Tagaytay Highlands.


It was such a long day, the details will surely bore you. But may favorite part would definitely be our visit to the Marian Orchard in Balete, Batangas. If you are looking for some peace of mind and some place to pray and meditate, this is a good place to go to. They have a little chapel there and lots of religious stops and stations for prayer. It was such a beautiful, peaceful place. Continue reading “May 1, 2017: Marian Orchard +Paseo de Sta. Rosa in Laguna + Tagaytay Highlands”