I’ve decided otherwise.

 

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Hello, I’m back. ♥

I wonder if anyone still passes by this little blog on the Internet. Ever since I closed down my old blog, I haven’t found the drive to post consistently. I haven’t written for myself much either. But I need to take a moment to pause and calm myself. Nothing worked better before than writing. So, here I am with my faulty word play and tangled thoughts.

2016 was a difficult year. As my best friend put it, I was “too lost”. I had no idea what to do with my life. Time always felt like it was running out. Despite the successful projects and numerous events, life felt empty. My priorities needed re-straightening. I was doing so much yet the people around me never seemed to be happy about it. This year, I realized… I didn’t need to do more. I need new people, those that will be happy to see me happy.

So I paid off my debts, quit my job, cut ties with a lot of toxic people, threw away a lot of stuff and FINALLY applied for law school (not exactly in that order.) I applied out of whim, not really sure if I will pass. (More about this in a separate post)

I found out I qualified in April and enrolled in June. Classes started this week, and I already have a lot of readings. But this time, the sleepless nights coming doesn’t feel so futile.

People say, you’re always one decision away from a completely different life. That’s not always true. You have to keep deciding. You have to keep choosing. You have to choose yourself every time. So even if it means missing out on activities, losing friends or skipping out on what everyone else tells you to do, spend your time on what you really want.

I was very afraid to lose people, titles, money and other trivial things that I held on to all the wrong things. I changed into someone I didn’t like, thinking it was the right person to be. But I’ve decided otherwise.

I’m not doing things anymore in search of consistency and happiness. I now know that I can be happy now, and sad tomorrow. Only if I want to. That  I have control over my emotions. Each of us is given 24 hours a day. And I’m investing each minute in making myself happy. People will come and go. There will always be an important event somewhere. Those who really deserve your time are the ones who will stay despite everything.

Letters to Malcolm

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Mahal kong Malcolm,

Hindi ko alam paano sisimulan isalin sa mga salita lahat ng nais kong ipaalam sa ‘yo. Sinubukan kong lumayo, sinubukan kong lumimot. Pero heto ako. Muling lumalapit sa `yo. Nandito ako para magpakilala. Tapos na ang panahong tatanawin lang kita mula sa malawak na lupain. Abot kamay na kita.

Andito na ulit ako. Handa na akong umuwi sa `yo.

#Staycation at Azure Urban Resort Residences

Last year, I had been very busy with work. A lot of family problems arose, including my dad’s stroke. I barely had time for leisure, much less for out-of-town trips. Thankfully, my friends decided to book a room at Azure to celebrate my birthday in November.

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Everyone was posting about the place, so we decided to check it out. Unfortunately, I don’t have the number of the owner of the room. If you’re interested to book, you can just check Facebook and Instagram. Some units are also available via Air BnB. Make sure to compare which ones have better service and lower prices. Room rates varies from P2, 800 to P3, 500. Each room usually accommodates 4 people, and we have been told that Azure is very strict about guest limits.

The room we got was fully furnished with adorable and girly trinkets. It also overlooked the pool. We were lucky to get a room in the higher floors, but if you’re not able to, you can always hang out at the roof deck which has chairs and benches and overlooks the metro.

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My friends decided to use the kitchen and cook but if you want to get takeout, it won’t be a hassle at all. SM Bicutan is right across the street which coincidentally had a fireworks display that night while we were having dinner! #swerte

We spent the night having a movie marathon and goofing around. Then, in the morning, we tried swimming at the Paris Hilton Beach Club. It features a man-made beach and a wave pool. The club is definitely the main  attraction of Azure. It only charges a 20 Pesos entrance fee to the guests. However, by late morning,  the pool got too crowded so we had to go back up to our room.

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Overall, our stay in Azure was pleasing and worthwhile. I lived for quick staycations to give my mind a breather in between the stress. Ultimately, it was the company that I enjoyed the most. I cannot wait to see these girls again!

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CareDivas: A Different Kind of Date

For many millennials, weekends are reserved for trips, outings and dates. With the diverse offerings the metro has, there is never a shortage of things to do. Even the theater scene is booming, from one-act plays to full-length musicals! It’s time to take a break from the stress and the traffic. Turn of the TV and drown out the news. Break free from the routine of a movie-and-dinner date.
 
This weekend, schedule a theater date with your boyfriend, your barkada or even your favorite tita. The perfect show for this experience is all over the Internet and no one wants to be the last to see it. It’s none other than Care Divas!
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The play follows the life of five gay men who are OFWs in Israel. Caregivers by day, show divas by night! Imagine these talented actors all glammed up in shiny glittery skirts. Even if the idea of cross-dressing men isn’t your cup of tea, you will still enjoy this. It’s not solely about that. It’s about friendship, love and family. Open your heart to five people who, being away from their families and ostracized in a foreign land, find home in each other. Underneath the smoke and the lights is a story all OFWs and their families will be able to relate to.
 
Take your friends and family to the PETA Theater Center this February 18, 8pm. Tickets are available online via Ticketworld or by calling (725) 6244 and (0977) 842 5525. Booking is also made easier through the PETA Theater Center Facebook page. Simply send us a message with your name, contact details and number of tickets.
 
It’s a date!

Christmas Came Early with Shopback!

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Remember about my latest blog post? Well, I have more good news for you. I was browsing a while ago, and I stumbled upon a very exciting giveaway! Apparently, ShopBack is feeling very generous and are giving out lots of prizes!

The mechanics are pretty simple, too! Post about your wishlist from Shop

The fairy godparents over at ShopBack are looking to grant 10 lucky wishmakers the chance to have one of their wishes (for products below PHP 10,000) come true! So if you’ve got a wishlist filled with goodies from one or more of ShopBack’s extensive list of merchants, blog away! ShopBack is just waiting to give you the items that you want.

To enter, simply input your information and blog post URL here: http://goo.gl/forms/CGbS1SPshPOqnWdv1

And you are done! I also copied the prizes from their website just so you know what you might win.

Prizes

  • 10 Best Wishlist Winners will get ONE of their items from their wishlist for FREE
    • The prize (item)’s price will be capped at PHP10,000.
  • 2 Most Popular Winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants for the Most Popular category and will win PHP3,000 cash prize each.
    • The more like/shares you have across your social media, the higher chance you have to win.
  • 5 Consolation Prize Winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants and will win PHP1,000 cash prize each.

EXCITING, RIGHT? So, go ahead. Blog about your wishlist!

Here’s mine:

1. Nike Air Max 2016 Running Shoes (for motivation to exercise again!)

2. Nike Training Tights (forever na ‘to sa wishlist kasi alam ko namang di ko gagamitin ang 4k na tights noh! Sa tamad ko pa?)

3. G-SHOCK Watch GA-110GW-7A (I’ve been using mynold G-shock and it deserves a replacement na!)

4. CASIO Digital Watch A168WG-9WDF-Gold (Broke the one my brother gave me so huhu)

5. Guess? Korry Dome Satchel or River Island Mini Winged Bag (Hindi naman talaga ako ma-handbag pero pang meeting ganyan.)

6. Samsung Microwave oven (for my mama!)

7. Clinique Happy (still my second fave scent!)

8. Staycation at Dusit Thani (because I need pampering and relaxation)

Bonus: this panda hoodie!! (Too cute to resist e!)

For more details on Shopback and how to use it, please see my previous post.

The Secret to Guiltless Online Shopping

I have a secret to confess. I’m a lazy shopper. I don’t like walking around malls, nor do I enjoy going through wads of items trying them on. I used to in college, but since graduation, I dread the long hours and endless energy needed to find the perfect dress or best pair of shoes in the mall (unless I’m with friends or with my guy!)

Usually always cooped up in the office or a coffee shop, working, I prefer online shopping. Obviously, it’s easy and convenient. Plus, who doesn’t love getting packages and opening them? It has been a bad addiction, but luckily, I found the secret to guiltless online shopping – ShopBack.

ShopBack was introduced to me by a friend (who is a much hardcore shopper than I am). It’s  a cashback site. Basically, they pay consumers to shop online, and the payments come in the form of savings for them!

Simply put, they pay you to shop. *cue in Hallelujah chorus*

How It Works

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In a nutshell, you log in to ShopBack, click to your preferred store and cashback will go to your account automatically. You can encash this via Bank Deposit or PayPal. I personally transfer it to my bank account as *savings*

Partner Stores

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This is what I love most about ShopBack – their partner stores are my fave ones!

My top sites definitely are Zalora (up to 12% cashback) , Lazada(up to 4% cashback), Althea (5% cashback), CashCashPinoy (2% cashback) and (hihihi don’t judge me) Food Panda(up to 7% cashback).

All the dresses, gadgets and food that I get to buy, guilt-free! Hay, such heaven! Thank you, ShopBack!

My ShopBack Experience

My most recent purchases are lovely flats from Carmelletes and cat-eye sunglasses from Sunnies Studios which cost me a total of Php 1398.75! I always opt for the Cash on Delivery option because I get anxious waiting for products that I buy online (Hehe, certified praning!)

My most recent purchase was extremely satisfying. Who doesn’t love receiving packages, right? For one, I really like the products that I ordered. I also got free shipping from Zalora, and the highlight of it all is that I got 12% of what I paid back in my savings account that is wired through ShopBack. That’s Php 167.85 din noh!

Another ShopBack favorite is FoodPanda. I really feel guilty for ordering delivery food all the time. With my lifestyle involving a lot of sitting down in front of a computer, I think I should at least find the energy to get up, go to the nearest restaurant or fast food chain and save myself the 40 to 50 pesos delivery charge.

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But I can get 7% back of your total receipt from Foodpanda, and that’s more than my delivery charge most often! Plus there’s more than 70 choices in Quezon City alone! I usually get my food delivered anyways, so why not save from it, right? My office mates even found out about this, and they’re absolutely thrilled!

Well, there you go. My secret is out. Excuse me now, I saw a pretty black dress on Zalora and I have to have it.