Hi, I'm Rowhe, and this is my public diary. Join me as I blog daily and try to see how much of life makes more sense after 365 days.


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Jul 29, 2014
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Day 316 of figuring things out

Date today

July 26.

49 days to go.

Highlight(s) of the day

It was a really long day. Up early to prepare for a class followed by a shoot, followed by going to another Bar Dolci opening with The Boyfriend. 

(Photo posted by Bar Dolci on their Facebook page, and taken by Mike Alegado.)

Bar Dolci has good macarons, especially their rum and whiskey flavours. I also found that their white chocolate wasabi gelato flavour goes well with their chocnut and raspberry black tea flavours. 

Lesson of the day

Creativity has to be abused when it’s there. 

When you get hit by the creativity wave, you have to maximise it because it doesn’t last forever; you know the feeling of motivation and inspiration is on a time limit.

That being said, I have had barely any sleep of late. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. My family’s used to me

They leave me be when they know I’m on a creative high and don’t pester me to go to bed already or eat. 

Then again, I’m already 23, so they probably let me live with my choices in life. Haha.

2. Decent guys

There’s this saying that one bad apple ruins the bunch, or something like that. While several bad chance encounters with men may ruin the perception of women towards men, there are still a lot of guys out there who will prove that not all men are predators.

Sometimes we just forget they exist.

3. Opportunities to use my camera

I’ve been given a lot of opportunities to use my camera, and each time was a learning experience. It is true that the more you practice something,the better you get at it, and rarely does anyone become a success from their first try. 

There’s still much to be learned, but as long as people are willing to let me take photos, the better I’ll be, and that’s a good thing, I think. 

Whatever else I have to say

This has got to be the worst PMS I’ve ever had. I’m more irate and snarky, and my mood swings are phenomenally gigantic. 

God bless the souls of everyone who’s had to deal with me. 

Also, congratulations to Bar Dolci! 


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Jul 28, 2014
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Day 315 of figuring things out

Date today

July 25

50 days to go

Highlight(s) of the day

I spent a bit of time in one of the open areas at Bonifacio High Street. There was a busker there who managed to sing all of my favourite songs in a single tone the entire time. 

The evening was surprisingly cool. That I enjoyed.

Lesson of the day

We have to be honest with ourselves about what we’re good at, and then honest with ourselves that we aren’t the best at what we’re good at. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Quiet time alone

It’s funny. I got into a job that requires conversing with people a minimum of 1.5 hours, even when my social battery is drained.

As much as I like learning about others and their cultures, having time to be absolutely anti-social is great.

2. Portable gadgetry

I have to teach a class away from the main office and having a laptop to show images and stuff has been useful.

Also being able to quickly look up things I need more information on is priceless.

3.  Free rides 

We don’t have a car because I don’t think we need one. Despite the notoriety of Manila traffic, I think we have a public transport system that gets people to where they need to be no matter where their starting point may be.

I don’t mind commuting, but it is convenient when someone is willing to drive you to where you have to be.

Whatever else I have to say

Today was good.


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Jul 27, 2014
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Jul 27, 2014
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Day 314 of figuring things out

Date today

July 24. Happy birthday to one of my cousins.

51 days to go.

Highlight(s) of the day

The Boyfriend somehow got involved in this thing called Letters to the Future. It was about millennials, or as it is defined: people “reaching adulthood around the year 2000”. 

Today was the premier of the whole thing and he brought me as his plus one. 

After watching  that we joined a few of the other people who were also featured in that project for drinks. 

Lesson of the day

I’m not alone in this existential crisis I’ve been rolling around in. 

At least two of the other people in Letters to the Future are people I always thought had it all together and knew what they were doing. Turns out, no one really knows what they’re doing, no matter what the age.

It’s a double edged sword, such that I’m happy what I’m going through is normal, but then I wonder if I’m doomed to feel directionless for a much longer time. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. My glasses

I sort of stopped wearing contacts for the simple reason that they’ve become inconvenient. 

Recently started working on several things that I’m really enjoying, and suddenly, stopping to pop my contacts in or pop them out is something I’d rather not deal with. 

I’m blind without anything to aid my impaired vision, though, so having a pair of glasses is pretty useful. 

2. Yes

At some point between when I started this blog and now, I just started saying yes to stuff. It was incredibly counterintuitive for me to do at first, because I used to always find ways to say no, and I was pretty damn creative about it too.

Ever since I started saying yes though, I’ve been able to go places, do things, and meet people I would have never met otherwise.

I guess I used to say no because I knew that I’d be taking myself out of my comfort zone if I said yes.  But I say yes now because it does precisely that: take me out of my comfort zone. 

3. Subway

The sandwich maker, not the mode of transportation. 

They aren’t really expensive and I get a good meal out of them without feeling too guilty about the extra calories consumed. 

And they have really good chocolate chip cookies. 

Whatever else I have to say

I was just thinking about cameras today. 

They’ve come a long way from when I was a child. Apparently, a lot can change in two decades. 

When I was younger, practically everyone had a film point and shoot. No one took pictures of their food, and barely anyone was foolish enough to frequently waste any of the frames of their precious rolls of film on photos of themselves.

Fast forward twenty years, and everyone’s toting a smart phone, with the latest models boasting cameras that produce even better quality photographs. Meals become cold in the wake of shutter happy individuals, and #selfie is something that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.  

But because most people have cameras in their pockets now, we’re sort of writing history in an entirely new way. 

Photographs have always been useful in determining the zeitgeist of certain periods, and now that we all have handheld cameras, we’re giving future generations a lot of material to work with. 


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Jul 26, 2014
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Day 313 of figuring things out

Date today

July 23.

52 days to go. 

Highlight(s) of the day

Had tea at TWG with Mother, The Eldest Sister, and my niece. I drank tea and ate macarons, all whilst having classical music playing in the background.

I feel like I should start hiding my face behind a fan, giggling demurely when appropriate.

Or maybe not. 

Lesson of the day

Everyone has their own opinion and everyone thinks their opinion is right.

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Stimulating conversation

I may not always agree with what’s being said but a stimulating conversation is always entertaining. Also, if I start openly disagreeing with someone, it means I’m comfortable enough with that person to be completely honest.

2. Tea

I’ve come to find that I am becoming less and less interested in coffee and more interested in tea. I’ve also discovered that you have a higher chance of having a bad cup of coffee than you have a chance of having a bad cup of tea. 

And the wide variety of teas to choose from. Yeah, that. 

3. Shaved ice anything

I chew on the ice that float around in my drinks. I like shakes. A LOT. I like things that make my mouth and tongue feel numb from cold, especially when they taste all sweet and fruity. 

Whatever else I have to say

There are habits I still have yet to develop, and motivation I have yet to find to execute all my ideas.


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Jul 25, 2014
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Day 312 of figuring things out

Date today

July 22

53 days to go. 

Highlight(s) of the day

Had a relaxing day with Mother at CPK to celebrate my birthday. Finally got around to telling her why people say I need therapy. She took it as well as anyone could, in her position.

Lesson of the day

We only care about our ages when we’re younger because we think that we’ll be able to achieve much, much more just because of the difference in age. At least, that’s how it is for most of us. The truth is, we can do as much as we are capable of, and age has nothing to do with it. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Mother

She’s as patient as patient can be, and she never lets emotions get the better of her. She’s been a great example of how to keep your wits about you in the face of adversity. 

She’s been through a lot, and yet, everyone describes her as a sweetheart, despite the fact that she has every justifiable reason to be the opposite.

2. Change

I now realise that change takes you away from something you’re going through. It allows you to find solace in new things, while sheltering you from things that made you suffer once. 

3. Retrospect

Everything makes sense in retrospect. So even if I’m confused as heck sometimes, I know that whatever situation I find myself in will someday make complete sense, and I’ll just be thankful.

Whatever else I have to say

It is possible to live without regret. 


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Jul 24, 2014
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Day 311 of figuring things out

Date today

July 21. It’s my birthday today.

54 days to go.

Highlight(s) of the day

I stayed in bed for most of the day. The headache abated at some point and that was swell.

A lot of people I wasn’t expecting to greet me greeted me, and I felt really special today.

Lesson of the day

Never think you’re the centre of the universe, but never think you’re worthless. 

There’s a balance. Both overvaluing yourself and undervaluing yourself gives you a skewed perception of the world and your role in it. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. All the people who have ever come through my life

You kind of lose track, at some point, of all the people you’ve ever had a meaningful conversation with. Even if you don’t remember all the names and faces though, you definitely get moulded in some way by that encounter, chance or not. 

2. Reasons to sleep in

I’m sick and it’s my birthday. By the law of the universe, I should be allowed to sleep all I want.

3. Things are making more sense

For some reason, I don’t feel as lost as I did a year ago. Maybe this ship is finally getting on the right course. 

Whatever else I have to say

I’m happy. 


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Jul 23, 2014
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Day 310 of figuring things out

Date today 

July 20. 

55 days to go.

Highlight(s) of the day

Not really a highlight, but The Boyfriend and I spent most of our day on a bus. 

I woke up with a sore throat and I started feeling worse throughout the day. I wound up throwing up twice. That was a first for throwing up while travelling. 

Lesson of the day

Don’t always trust the conductors of provincial buses. They’ll tell you what you want you hear just so they get you to ride their bus. I think they get commissions for every passenger.

Three things I’m thankful for

1. The Boyfriend

He was really patient and sweet while I was chucking my last meal into the bag he handed me. He was also very quick to get me another bag when I asked for it. 

He’s useful. 

2. Plastic bags

There’s been a plastic bag ban in the city I live in for awhile now, and for the most part I think it’s great – save the planet and all that.

I didn’t think I’d be so happy to have plastic bags until today because honestly, paper bags don’t hold up so well against liquid of any kind. They don’t keep the smell in either. 

3. A safe trip

There are a lot of reckless drivers out there and a lot of accidents that are covered by the news. You always think it’s never going to happen to you, but the truth is, you never really know. 

I’m just thankful I got to get home safely and eat congee.

Whatever else I have to say

I’m going to go and lie down now. My headache’s not getting any better. 


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Jul 22, 2014
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Jul 22, 2014
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Day 309 of figuring things out

Date today

July 19

56 days to go. 

Highlight(s) of the day

Walked around the main touristy area of Vigan for the first half of the day and tried the area’s famous longganisa and some of their rice coffee. That was interesting. 

Later visited weavers and pot makers, and also the empanada makers.

All that was really cool. :) 

Lesson of the day

Services are undervalued in this country. 

We have people giving their time, knowledge, and expertise at a rate much lower than they really deserve. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Our hotel

It actually looks as good as the photos, and the staff here are helpful too. 

If you ever want to go to Vigan, book at Hotel Veneto de Vigan

2. Our tricycle driver

Not only did he bring us to the tourist-y spots, but he also brought us to the more local spots that only the locals frequent. I didn’t get his surname, but he went by the name James. 

3. Good food

The food in Vigan lives up to its reputation. This trip was worthwhile in so many ways. :)

Whatever else I have to say

Cafe Leona was a cozy little place that had a vast array of dishes to choose from. I can’t find a direct link to them for you to click on, but if you ever wander into Vigan, check them out too.