The 2013 List of Things To Do

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Homemade Lemon Squares

Rainy day snack! :)

Top 5 Travel Essentials or How I Survived My 11-Hour Leyte Commute

What are your travel must-haves? :)

Cashew Cream Cheese Cookies

Perfect rainy day cookie recipe to pair with your favorite hot drinks. :)

"…hindi mo puwedeng mahalin ang isang tao nang hindi mo minamahal ang hilaga, silangan, timog at kanluran ng kanyang mga paniniwala. Kapag nagmahal ka’y dapat mong tanggapin bawat letra ng kanyang birth certificate. Kasama na doon ang kanyang libag, utot at bad breath. Pero me limit. Pantay-pantay ang ibinibigay na karapatan sa lahat ng tao upang lumigaya, o masaktan, o magpakagago, pero kapag sumara na ang mga pinto, nawasak na ang mga puso, nawala ang mga kaluluwa at ang bilang ay umabot na sa zero, goodbye na."

Para kay B, Ricky Lee

This Day Last Year

This day last year, it was my first day at work in Eastwood.  It was exactly one year ago that I wrote a story about stolen reindeers in one city in the U.S.  I remembered I found it so hilarious I had to tell all my friends.

Also on this day last year, I was telling my then boyfriend that I had a good first day at work and that I think the type of work is doable, at least until I leave permanently for Canada.

But like most things, my best laid plans took a different turn and a year later, I’m still here, working for the same company, sleeping at the same yellow room in Marikina Heights. 

I won’t say 2011 has been the most awesome year for me.  There were challenging times; moments that I wished I could be someone else or somewhere else.  There were also times that I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be, that everything just fits perfectly and that I am happy.

There were times when I questioned my own morals and decisions, yet there were also times that I was 100% sure I was doing the right thing.

But if there’s one thing I’m quite positive about, 2011 has been a year filled with change.

This year, I ended a relationship that I’ve had for more than a year and started a new one with another.  I also spent less (well, at least I spent within my means) and saved more.  I started baking. I stopped baking.  I changed from a person who goes all-out in nourishing friendships to someone who finally realized which friends are worth the effort and which ones are not.  I also changed from someone who always tries to live away from home to someone who is always around for family.

I guess, at some point, 2011 changed me into an adult.  I know, I know – I should have been an adult years ago.  Maybe it took a long time because I didn’t want to let go of the magic and ease of being young and happy and carefree.  Well, I’m still young (at 25 and 7 months) and I’m still happy.  I’m just less carefree.  I now worry about money, bills, my senior parents’ health, my career, my personal relationships.  I think this is because I now know I have to be careful, because life is short and you could lose the things/people that are important to you in an instant.

Maybe being an adult is just having a clear knowledge of which stuff should stay in your closet, which ones to put in the basement and which items are better off given to someone else.

Or I could be wrong and adulthood may just be a totally different story.  Who knows.

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