Twenty Six

Previous birthday posts: Twenty one  | Twenty two | Twenty three | Twenty four | Twenty five Let’s get one thing straight: I’m officially old. No one argue with me on this, lol. In my dictionary, anything beyond twenty five is already considered old. A longtime high school friend and I were talking about turning 27, 28, 29, and eventually 30…and we both […]

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2018: My Year of Self-Discovery

(For previous year-ender posts: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) It’s been four days since I got back from my 100+ day adventure in New York, and I don’t miss anything about it. In fact, I missed my life in Manila that I’m so glad to be finally home. Call it complacent, but I’d say it was a real wake-up call for […]

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A (Love) Letter to New York

Dearest New York, Let’s get one thing straight: it wasn’t you. It was me. I arrived in JFK at the first of September, played “Welcome to New York” by Taylor Swift as I glanced a peek of the city through the plane window, and finally arriving at Queens. This is it, I told myself. This […]

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En Route: Berlin, Germany

October 25, 2018 | 9:08AM | Seestrasse U6 en route to Alt Tegel You know you’re in love with a city when you get on the U-bahn for the last time, say goodbye, watch the doors close, and realize you have never felt more alive in the last few days as some tears make its […]

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Halfway There

October 31, 2018 | 3:48PM | E train to Port Authority Bus Terminal (uptown) | New York City This week marks my two month stay in New York. It’s been surreal. I realize the person I was in September 1st is no longer the person I am now. Last week I was in Germany on a work trip […]

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Then Vs. Now

Do I feel like the past twenty five years went by without notice? Does it really feel like this—thinking that maybe you missed out since you’ve lived in one place all your life? I don’t think the past few years were nothing. They were something—they became the reason why I am in this foreign place, […]

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My First Month in New York: Managing Expectations

Being fragile and vulnerable to address my issues these past few weeks have given me enough clarity to figure out the things that matter to me at this point in time. I’m writing this and it’s been seven days of no app checking and maybe just once a day checking of Facebook (mostly just to […]

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One Thing Leads To Another

“What we map changes the life we lead”, something I picked up from watching John Green’s TEDx talk about Paper Towns (my favorite book for reasons I will not try to comprehend, because people kept telling me why I preferred this over Looking for Alaska—it’s called personal preference!). It got me thinking how life can […]

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Losing Sight

I couldn’t sleep last night. I spent the hours past midnight watching videos, reading, thinking about what to do with my crisis. When I say crisis, it sounds like something I can easily solve. But I can’t; I’m aware of it now. Some days, I say I can sort it out, but really, I can’t. […]

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I (Sort of) Wrote a Self-Help Book

Jun 21, 6:46PM I’m typing this out on the last night of my writing for my 5th book, which I call “ABCFG” (short for ABC Field Guide). It’s been a tedious summer (well, technically it’s rainy season now—the downpour outside is quite strong tonight) of putting the content together and working on this book. There […]

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