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This & That (10)

Hey there, lovely people online! How are you? I just realized that I have so many backlogs for this blog, especially posts about my recent travels, but every time I sit down and try to work on it, I just can’t seem to proceed. How sad is that? :(

Anyway, we’ve been here in Manila for 2 months already, and I can say we’ve already adjusted to the environment. There are times when I really miss Cebu, and all I wanna do is go home and continue with my life there. But this is part of the adventure, and I’ll have to go through with it in the next 4 months. Oh well, kapit lang! :P

Here are the things that happened since my last life update:

  1. Karen, Johnel, and I (we call ourselves the Minions) went to Divisoria to buy some stuff. I’m not really into shopping, but I went there to buy some clothes for my trip to South Korea! XD
  2. Being in Manila brings joyful little moments, and celebrating when friends from Cebu come to visit you is one of them! We got to enjoy the food from Zark’s and Conti’s!
  3. I’ve gone home to Cebu twice already. The first was last September (the last time I ‘lived’ in our old home), then I went to Siargao. The second was last October (the first time I ‘lived’ in our new home), then I went to South Korea (I’ll blog about this trip soon). In short, it’s just like I went home to take another flight to another destination. No wonder I’m missing Cebu so much!
  4. The Minions tried making mug cakes, and it was not bad for first timers — it was simple but tasty! :D
  5. I went to Smart Araneta Coliseum with the other Minions to join the Saved Festival. It’s a pretty good change since we don’t get to attend concerts that much in Cebu.
  6. Everybody’s getting into lettering/calligraphy, so I tried to do it myself. I started with my G-Tec pen, then I bought some cheap brush pens, but I didn’t find the latter as therapeutic as the former. Maybe it’s because I’m not really good with brushes. :))
  7. I had a 3-day Java training at our office in Eastwood. It was far, but the other Minions came to visit me with some other friends to have dinner. I didn’t like what I ordered at Wingstop, though. :P
  8. I bought a Kindle Paperwhite to get myself back to serious reading. It was an impulsive buy, but I’m liking the gadget so far. I’ve finished 2 books, and I’m still adding more to my to-read list and keeping up with my reading challenge. This might add to the reasons I don’t blog that much anymore. Haha!
  9. We invited some officemates-turned-friends (hehehe) over at our place to have a mini-party. There wasn’t any alcohol involved, but we had a great time with some games! Who said you have to get drunk to enjoy a party? :P

I have another trip coming up next week, and it’s gonna be another addition to my blog backlogs. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish them all before this year ends! :)

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The Reading Challenge

I admit I’m not a bookworm, but I enjoy reading books. I used to allot a significant amount of time for reading during my high school and college days. But ever since I acquired my passion for adventure, I only got to read books sparingly. Last year, out of my target of 10 books to read, I only finished 6. And I think I’ve only been able to finish 1 this year. What a shame. :P

I know reading articles online still counts as reading, but reading a book is different. It takes you places, it makes you feel a lot of emotions at the same time, and it even challenges your imagination!

The feeling I get when I read a book again after being away from them for long makes me ask myself why I even stopped. It’s a great escape. And I want to experience that high all over again.

Starting now, I’m challenging myself to read a book for at least an hour a day no matter how busy I get. And because I’m not a reading purist who completely prefers reading the printed text of real books over reading it on a screen of a gadget, I bought a Kindle Paperwhite (and I named it Kilo) to help me with this challenge and to get back that reading groove. I know, traditional books are sexy, they emit a wonderful smell, and they don’t run out of battery. I love them. But if you think about it (I mean, honestly think about it), e-readers have some advantages over them, too. You can carry thousands of e-books in one small gadget, you can read with or without external light (well, it depends on your gadget), you can search for books and texts easily, etc… Don’t even get me started with their advantages over smartphones/tablets. But really, I’m just choosing what’s convenient for me. It’s still reading, right? :)

To the book lovers out there, please feel free to recommend some books! Also, let’s follow each other on Goodreads! ;)

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Life Lessons Learned (11)

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.” -Sholem Aleichem

  1. Everything is better when you’re able to sort out issues in your relationships.
  2. Laziness is never easy to combat. Unless you go and do things, you’ll never get out of that pit.
  3. Your bed will always be there to comfort you.
  4. And it’ll always be there to tempt you.
  5. Pride does ugly things to you and the people around you.
  6. Sometimes, you have to retreat and see life in a different perspective.
  7. You can get addicted to a certain kind of sticky situation.
  8. Home will always be where the heart is.
  9. You should never compare where you are with where others are ‘coz it will not get you anywhere.
  10. Feeding your ego will only temporarily make you feel good, and people will still look at you and treat you the same way.

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Saved Festival 2014

I didn’t know about this event until a friend of a friend invited us to come and see it. We didn’t have anything previously scheduled on that Saturday, so we put it on our calendars.

We’ve been here in Manila for more than a month already, but it was only at that time that we had a horrible experience in the MRT (not that we take this mode of transportation often). I don’t know if it’s normal to get squashed inside the train, but it’s something I never wanna experience again.

After fighting our way in and out, we finally arrived in Araneta. It was our first time at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, and I honestly expected it to be, uh, grander? Since we got the gen ad tickets, we were situated at the topmost and farthest part of the dome.

mikyu, karen, johnel


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The Happy List (03)

  1. The sound of rain against the roof (and window)
  2. The sound of waves against the shore
  3. Japanese movies, especially live-action versions of anime series from my childhood (read: Rurouni Kenshin)
  4. Seeing Mumu again after almost a month! <3
  5. Friendly people who make you feel welcome in a new environment
  6. More Cebuano friends in Manila (Bisaya galore!)
  7. Our new home (sadly, though, I won’t be living there until early next year)
  8. Being a more responsible and independent adult
  9. Hot showers (‘coz our room could get so cold)
  10. Opportunities (big or small) to grow up and be brave

We recently got stuck in Manila traffic, and it wasn’t nice to be on the road for 4 hours. It would’ve been bearable if we were traveling from one province to another, but alas, we were not. We were only traveling a distance of 5km. But despite that, I’m glad our going home wasn’t coupled with heavy rains (‘coz it happened earlier). And at least we didn’t get stranded in the office.

Good vibes all the way! :)

This happy list is inspired by Camie Juan. :)

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