August 23, 2016

Life Lately | 2

It's three weeks since I came back from vacation and feels like life has been too slow since. It's probably because I was having too much fun (and almost no sleep at all!) during my three-week vacation back home.

It was heartbreaking to leave home again but I thought that I needed to be away so I can learn to be independent. There are still so many things yet to accomplish over here.

So I'm back in Dubai surrounded by tall buildings and strangers.

But I am glad to have a few people to spend time with. My roommates, a few friends, family friends, and family! I'm thankful that they're just around. I could not imagine life without them around in this city. 

There's nothing else to write about my life lately although I know I have to write about my vacation back home! More to write soon. x

August 19, 2016

The Friday Currently Vol. 5

It has been two weeks since I came back from my three-week long vacation back in the Philippines. It truly was heartbreaking to step into the plane, sit down and see my city become smaller until it's gone. Anyway, I'll try to write about my vacation soon. (I know, right? I'm too busy for my blog now. It's sad.)

Boslon Island, one of the Britania Islands, Surigao del Sur, Philippines

Listening - to the State of the Nation Address by the new President Rodrigo Duterte. I was not able to watch this live since I was on vacation however the resort I've stayed in played this on my first day in Surigao del Sur. I kind of watched a bit of it though (around the topic about passports~). This should be interesting.

Celebrating - life! As always.

Thinking - mostly about my future travels and life plans.

Hoping - things will work out fine even though some things are not planned very well. However isn't it better if you just let things go and accept what's going to happen next without expecting anything at all?

Loving - looking at my vacation pictures! It's awesome how I was able to share time with family and friends. I was able to go to different places in just a span of 3 weeks. I am very grateful for having the chance to spend time with the special people in my life.

Wanting - to go back to Davao again. I started missing everyone back home on the day of my departure. Apparently my mind is still in the Philippines!

Needing - to lose weight. I ate so much back home (because home food is good food!). I gained 1.5 kilograms - there is definitely a need to get back on track again!

June 25, 2016

31 Questions That Will Change Your Life

So, I stumbled upon this questionnaire from that claims will change your life.

1. Are you doing what you truly want to do? Maybe. The thing is I don't exactly know what I truly what to do right now however I try to like the things going on my way. So maybe I'm fine.

2. Do you have a dream to follow? Yes. Generally, my dream is to have my own garden when I am retired. Just like my mother. Life's good when you have your own garden - grow plants and them them flourish. :p

3. Are you proud of what you’re doing or what you’ve done? Yes, absolutely. It's surprising how life unfolds for the better in the long run. 

4. How many promises have you made and how many of them have you fulfilled? I don't count promises. As far as I could remember, the time I learned by heart the cliche that promises are meant to be broken, I try to stop myself from making people expect things from me that myself could not even cope up. I know the feeling - I have felt them many times.

5. What’s the one thing you really want to do but have never done so, and why? The first thing that came up in mind is learning how to play the drums. I remember my brother even asked his friend to teach me how to play the drums every weekend at home but I never really got into it. His drum set is just sitting at home. It's sad.

6. Have you ever failed anyone who you loved or loved you? I might have.

7. Will you take a shot if the chance of failure and success is 50-50? Of course. I'm a juggler.

8. If you could travel to the past in a time machine, what advice would you give to the 6-year-old you? Keep reading and enjoy the simple joys in life.

9. Will you break the rules because of something/someone you care about? Depends on the situation. It's not wise to break the rules all the time and otherwise.

10. Have you ever abandoned a creative idea that you believed because others thought you were a fool? I abandoned my "creative ideas" because they just don't amuse me in the long run. I thought so.

11. What would you prefer? Stable but boring works or interesting works with lots of workload? Interesting works with lots of workload! It's all about satisfaction.

12. Are you afraid of making mistakes even though there’s no punishments at all? I am not afraid however it should not be repetitive (because if so then there must be something wrong),

13. If you would clone yourself, which of your characteristics you wouldn’t want to be cloned? Hm, that is a tough one. I like my characteristics. I have lived with it, honestly. I am a bit obsessive compulsive but sometimes it helps me with things and sometimes it does not at all however there are always ways to fabricate the unlikely things.
14. What’s the difference between you and most of the other people? I have no idea and I don't wanna point out things because, honestly, what is the point? Everyone is different and similar however your perspective is.

15. Are you making some influences on the world or constantly being influenced by the world? Both. I know that whatever I do has a ripple effect to the ones close to me and they ripple through. The same as other people has influenced me and it will also ripple through. It is how it works for every human being.

16. The thing you cried for last time, does it matter to you now or will it matter to you 5 years later? Maybe or maybe not. I would not know. At least I have a story to tell and it would hopefully become a lesson to whoever I share it with.

17. Is there anything you can’t let go of but you know you should? Yes, probably.

18. Do you remember anyone you hated 10 years ago? Does it matter now? No.

19. Which makes you happier, to forgive someone or to hate someone forever? To forgive someone and move on from it.

20. What are you worrying about and what’s the difference if you stop worrying about it? For how long will I stay in this country. There's no difference if I stop worrying about it. I know, I worry on uncontrollable things. 

21. If you’d die now, would you have any regrets? No.

22. Which one would you prefer, having a luxurious trip alone or having a picnic with people you love? Having a picnic with people I love!

23. Who do you admire and why? I admire a lot of people and the reason is because they are great in what they do.

24. Is there anyone who inspired you and made you who you are today? Not just one but sure there are a lot plus good and bad life experiences. 

25. What’s the thing you’re most satisfied with? Generally, I am satisfied with how I can sleep better at night because that means everything is fine.

26. When was the last time you laughed and what did you laugh at? I laughed at myself because I have a defective speech that sometimes I change the syllable in a word unintentionally. Good thing it happens rarely. Mostly when what I talk is different from what I am thinking. Isn't it weird and funny. Haha, self.

27. Are you doing anything which makes you and people around you happy? Maybe. I mean who would do something that makes other people unhappy?

28. Is there anyone who you love or loves you? This makes me think. Maybe. I mean, I am not that bad. I think. I hate this question.

29. When was the last time you really talked with your parents/family? Last weekend in Abu Dhabi.

30. If happiness is a currency, how rich do you think you are? I am earning dollars.

31. If today’d be the end of the world, what’d you do? Relax and rewind - I must be satisfied. Life well spent. 

June 24, 2016

Ice Breaker #10: I was once mistake for...

Somewhere in Old Dubai area
I was once mistaken for a serious person. Well, not just once but I think most of the time. It's probably because I talk less and (most probably~) I have a bitchy resting face. Plus include my casual mood swings that has nothing to do with anyone but myself alone. (Sorry not sorry!) 

It's funny how people start to think that I am mad when I am not. It mostly occurred during college when my block-mates would just keep quiet and look at me and say sarcastically that everyone should shut up because I am already annoyed when in fact I was just staring blankly at something random and thinking about food. From then on I have been aware of how would people think about me but that did not last long. I never cared what other people think of me by the way I normally look when all my facial muscles are relaxed. It's just how I am - that's what makes me me! :p

My close friends would know this better.

June 10, 2016

None Of Them Make Much Sense Mixtape

It's the weekend and I am kind of trying to kill boredom. So I made a mix and it is just about anything hence the title - None Of Them Make Much Sense - or maybe they do? I don't know. Enjoy.

June 3, 2016

A Pattern of Life

You wake up in the wee hours of the morning on a weekend and thinking you deserve more sleep. Most days of your week starts at 6:30 am, dreading the get up to shower so you stay 15 minutes longer in bed, with closed eyes hoping the clocks were wrong. Until your time is over and the alarm seems to slap you in the face and you are ready for the day. It's a routine. So waking up hours before the usual time on a weekend seems to be wrong. Until your mind tries to wander around and you start to contemplate on things in general. Or, overthinking.

Are you happy where you are? I guess so. However, when someone asks me that question, I think twice. And it's okay to think twice when you are asked life questions like this... I guess. How are you coping? Are you satisfied with your life right now? How are you?

I can never be satisfied at 25. There are things to be experienced and done for the better and upcoming years. There is that thing that always makes you crave for more... it's like trying to grasp everything you can and experience it in one whole year. You think you're done but there are still more and it goes on and on. 

However your body, mind and soul can only carry enough. Just enough for you that your ego could not accept. It's difficult to manage but manageable.

Not quite sure where this thing is going but I know for sure that -- I don't wanna go nowhere fast. I wanna visit places, slowly.

Now go back to sleep.

May 20, 2016

Korean Beef Bowl recipe

Korean Beef Bowl recipe


1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 kilogram ground beef
1 onion, thinly sliced
ground black pepper
spring onions, minced
cooking oil


1. Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, ground black pepper, and ginger
2. Heat the cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic until it turns brownish.
3. Add the ground beef and cook until they are light brown. Once cooked, drain the excess fat.
4. Pour in the soy sauce mixture and onions to the skillet. Allow it to simmer.
5. Take a taste test -- add more pepper as you want or add pepper flakes.
6. Take a bowl of rice and serve it with the beef recipe on top. Add spring onions as garnish.

Enjoy! :)

May 9, 2016

Life Lately | 1

It was nice to be out for lunch with my teammates. My Fettuccine with Meat Balls is from Carluccio's, Marina Mall. 

Enjoyed too much of the photo booth with my colleagues at the Arabian Travel Market opening party at Rixos The Palm on a Sunday night. The loudest Sunday night I have been to in Dubai so far. 

Eating ice creams and taking naps with my sister Rachel and her husband Melbert at Mamzar Beach Park.

Trying to burn some calories as well these past few days... since the food that I almost eat everyday is fattening (or that's how I purposely think about it!)

Winding down in the evening with a cup of tea to relax my chaotic mind (sometimes~)

Watched two movies so far with my roommates -- Jungle Book (April) and Huntsman (May). I think we are doing it as a monthly activity!

 So far it has been a good life lately. How's yours?
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