"One. Do not promise when you’re happy.
Two. When you are angry, do not respond.
Three. Do not decide when you’re sad."

— Wisdom (via endoshima)

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Date today

April 15. 

Highlight of the day

I got to watch Captain America! Look at that! A current movie has been seen!

Lesson of the day 

Decisions should be the product of our own thought processing, not the product of mindlessly following the bidding of others. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Dresses

They’re my go to thing when I’m rushing in the morning and don’t want to have to think about clothing combinations. They’re the most thoughtless way to look good, actually. 

I’m sorry to the males reading this, that there are yet to be widely accepted man dresses, but with the way fashion is churning out things (like these horrid man leggings, a.k.a. meggings), you can never tell. Maybe this time next year, the most popular male celebrities will be sporting the latest in flared skirts and cinched waists. Probably not.

Awkward moment.

Back to why I’m thankful for dresses….

Other than they’re pretty brainless to put on, they also help a lot now because people are still confused about whether i’m a girl or a guy. Come on people. I’m a girl. No man dresses yet, remember?

2. Hard candy

I have sensitive teeth so I can’t brush my teeth more than 3 times a day. Since talking to people in small rooms is literally my job, I can’t have breath that smells like my garlic covered lunch or snack. 

Hard candy does the job of masking it. 

…This is gross. But, hey, if this helps anyone who has a similar job description…

3. Choices of drinks

Not knowing what drink to get is a first world problem, I realise. Not only does that mean you have potable water, it means you’re in an environment that has access to clean facilities and ingredients that people in other places don’t even know exist. 

Whatever else I have to say

Captain America was a long movie, I must admit. But unlike Her, i was at the edge of my seat the entire time I was watching. 

Date today

April 14. Oh dear, oh dear. It’s officially been 2 months since I lost posted a video.

Highlight(s) of the day

  1. I had an eye-opening lunch with my foster brother today. Over Persian food. Two things that are way up on the list of things I love.
  2. It was a friend’s 40th birthday so she celebrated it in semi-grand style. I got to take photos, although my camera kept conking out. 

Lesson of the day

We really have no right to condemn others and make them feel bad over what you consider a mistake. Even if you do it with the intention of having them avoid making the same mistake you did. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Persian food

Or food for from the surrounding areas, in general. I love Middle Eastern food. If I had to pick any cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, that would be it for sure! 

Plethora of flavours right there. How can you go wrong with it?

2. Siblings with stuff I can borrow

I had to borrow the flash attachment of my brother. 

The great thing about having older siblings who make money is that it’s like having an extension of stuff I can use without having to worry about storage space. 

I can say that without guilt because they do the same with my things. Sharing with siblings is love. Even if sometimes you do it with a scowl on your face.

3. Secrets

They bond people together, and since everyone’s got them, it’s a reminder of how much we’re all not so different. 

Whatever else I have to say

I’m glad I’ve been given so many chances to use my camera and both lenses so much lately. 

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Date today

April 13 

Highlight(s) of the day

I got to go into the water today! It’s that time of month, see, and mine is the kind that doesn’t stop even when I’m in the water. :| 

But it slowed enough for me to be able to get into the water without having to worry about attracting sharks. So that was nice. I got to take more photos too!

Lesson of the day

There should be a term for post-vacation hangovers. 

I mean, there’s jet lag, but what about that time frame after a vacation where you’re just lethargic?

That isn’t a lesson. More of a thought for the day.

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Bianca e Blu

This place was a magical experience indeed. Good food, pleasant owners, a chill environment. I’d like to go back. 

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2. Travel

I have this theory that everyone is born with some amount of wanderlust. It’s the only explanation why anyone was ever motivated to explore the corners of the world. 

I’m glad travelling is a thing, even if it’s only to places nearby.

3. Home

There’s no place like home. Click click go my red sparkly shoes.

As much as I like seeing more of the world, there’s just something about being able to come home to what you name your own bed.

Whatever else I have to say

It’s good to be home. 

Date today

April 11.

Highlight(s) of the day

Friday is sort of my day off so today all I did was spend time on Duolingo. And remember my terrarium egg? Yeah I just transferred the plant from it to a bigger pot (well I used a mug but same concept)

Lesson of the day

There is nothing we cannot go back to at all. We simply choose not to. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Days off

I’m beginning to realise I probably sound like such a bum most of the time, but I promise you I actually have a legit job…and I thoroughly enjoy my days off. I didn’t have to shower until after lunch today.

2. Fries

Speaking of lunch, I completely forgot to have lunch. My go to food for times when I realise I’m pretty hungry is barbecue flavoured potato fries from Potato Corner.

3. An iron

I have a pile of wrinkled clothes for work and an unfinished blazer that needs the seams pressed open. Whatever would I do without an iron? I can’t really sit on the clothes and smooth them out with the heat of my posterior.

Okay I should go before I start saying weirder things.

Whatever else I have to say

Going to the beach tomorrow. I am bringing my camera.

Date today

April 12

Highlight(s) of the day

  1. The extended family and I drove out to this place near Tali Beach called Bianca e Blu. It’s this little inn that’s run by an Italian man and his Filipina wife. It’s pretty exclusive because they only accept guests  who are either friends or highly recommended by close friends. Fortunately, my sister falls into the former. 
  2. Food was heavenly. I’m talking Filipino-Italian fusion dishes and a wide selection of flavoured balsamic vinegar. 
  3. I got to lounge around on a hammock with music piped into my ears via my EarPods. 
  4. We lit floating lanterns after dinner and hung out on the roof deck.

Lesson of the day

You’re supposed to relax on vacations. 

I brought a few things I thought I wanted to do, but then wound up sleeping a lot instead. And you know what? That’s completely okay.

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Living in the Philippines

A beach with warm water is usually just a drive away. Guys, come on, this is summer paradise.

(As long as you don’t focus on the pollution build up in the city at this time of year.)

2. Hammocks

These swinging things to lounge upon have magical powers of relaxation to calm restless travellers. 

I want one.

3. A non-drinking family

I think the furthest we’ve ever gone is a bottle of wine shared among a party of 20. 

Needless to say, we stay sober, and that’s great because that means we get to remember most of what happens. :) 

Whatever else I have to say

I’d like to live by the beach, if only for the view. 

Date today

April 10. I feel like I’m forgetting something today….

Highlight(s) of the day

  1. I finally finished that 2,500 word article!!!
  2. Not really a highlight, but it’s something that I can’t stop thinking about. I saw a kitten die today and I feel like I could’ve done something to help. :(

Lesson of the day

Having an emergency fund for friends is just as important as having an emergency fund for yourself. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. My savings account

This time last year my savings account was dry and saw almost no hope in being replenished. I’m amazed at how fast God has changed that. 

2.  Second workplaces/homes

I can’t really write when I’m in the office because just sitting in a chair there makes you susceptible to being spoken to whether or not you’re willing to interact. 

The house has been a bit of a mess (I should seriously get around to fixing up) and not really conducive for work either. 

Yes, having an alternative to both non-work-conducive environments is a huge help. Maybe I should have just holed up there from the beginning instead of pretending I could finish my article elsewhere. 

3. Safe and dry

Another storm is hitting the south of the Philippines soon. I’m quite a distance away from where it’s going to hit and I can’t help but be thankful. God help us all. 

Whatever else I have to say

Now that I’ve rewarded myself with literally two hours of 9gag, I should get back to being productive again. 

Date today

April 9

Highlight(s) of the day

I paid for my own contacts and a new wallet. These were things my parents used to pay for and suddenly I’m the one doing it. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about this at all. It’s just that it kind of hit me in the face that I’m an adult. Paying for my own stuff. Shoot I need to mature now. 

Lesson of the day

You have to make time for the things you love. Even if that means saying no to other things. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Restaurants close to home

It is oft that mother and I just aren’t in the mood to cook. Affordable restaurants just a skip and hop away are such wonderful solutions to this recurring problem.

2. Hard earned money

It makes me appreciate my parents so much more because now that I’m earning my own income, I realise just how expensive living is. Providing someone else with a comfortable life is commendable.

3.  Getting real with myself

It has happened. I now concede that I, more often than not, do not use 60% of the stuff in my bag and I’m causing myself scoliosis for no reason. 

I started emptying my bag. I no longer feel like my arm is about to fall off after a day of walking around.

Whatever else I have to say

I’m going to miss my old wallet. It was with me through the last two years of college, my trip to Dubai, my trip to the US, and the first few months of my first job. 

What millstones will this wallet see? 

I should seriously stop anthropomorphising things. 

Date today

April 8

Highlight(s) of the day

I had really good ramen. I must admit, one of the main reasons I work out often is because I like to eat even more often than I work out. But back to the ramen. Ukkokei is a place worth purposefully going to. 

Lesson of the day

We attract the people who laugh at the same things we laugh at. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Raspberry Mochas from Seattle’s Best

It has this really creamy whipped cream drizzled with raspberry syrup and a stick of chocolate. I know, you gain three pounds just thinking about it, but I tell you that concoction is good. 

2. Memory triggers

If you’ve been following this blog for a time then you’ve more or less figured I am one with a nostalgic soul (…if you think about it, the mere fact that I have this blog to chronicle my life is already very telling). I love reminiscing mostly because I am fascinated by how events significant or not change you one way or another.

Certain memories are more easily summoned with triggers like a place or a scent or a song. Suddenly getting all heady because of a memory is something I enjoy. 

3. Comfy pants

I go to work in a place where we are expected to always be dressed well enough to entertain ambassadors and other high level professionals, and clothes that work under that description are usually pretty cumbersome. Usually.

I have two pairs of pants that look the part but are so comfy it’s almost like getting away with yoga pants at work. I should resist the temptation to curl up in a ball and sleep while I have them on. 

Whatever else I have to say

The weather here, as in any other part of the world it seems, is erratic and people are getting sick. I wonder if we’re all just going to get used to it and evolve somehow. 

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