As a writer, you should not judge. You should understand.
~ Ernest Hemingway
2018 was a mixture of ups and downs. Everything that happened in between made this year even more special. Let me share to you the highlights of my year.
🌀 JANUARY 🌀
📌 I met Sir Mike’s daughter, Yena. I was very honored to be chosen as one of Yena’s teacher. I’m glad I was able to meet and teach her. She’s very cute and charming.
📌 I went on getaway with my boyfriend in one of the beaches at San Joaquin, Iloilo. Good thing we were able to spend time before he went back to Cebu for his on board training.
🌀 FEBRUARY 🌀
📌 Gina and Yena had to go back to Korea, so we had a mini photo shoot as a remembrance.
📌 I attended my cousin’s debut. Can’t believe she’s already 18!
📌 I had my braces on. It was absolutely one of the worst days of my life. I didn’t know it was that painful. Ughhh! But dear, I still have to smile eventhough I’m in pain.
🌀 MARCH 🌀
📌 I attended Toto Al-Al’s wedding. We had a quick vacation the day after the wedding. It was certainly fun!
📌 Felt like a kid at Jetlag Iloilo with Hopie.
📌 I went to Bucari with my bestfriend, Rein.
🌀 APRIL 🌀
📌 My brother graduated in college. I wasn’t able to attend the graduation ceremony because I woke up late. We had lunch at Ocean City Restaurant.
📌 I went swimming with my bestfriend at Richmonde Hotel.
🌀 MAY 🌀
📌 I went to Aklan with Recy and Justine. We woke up at 2am and head straight to the van at 3am. It was very exhausting yet memorable trip.
📌 I went to Andana Resort in Guimaras with my bestfriend. I brought lots of clothes for this trip. Lol!
📌 I had lunch with beshy at Yakimix. We bumped into our college teacher who was also there to have lunch.
📌 I met my favorite vlogger,@avelovinit. She’s here in Iloilo. Her friend messaged me that they will be at Lapaz market to eat batchoy so I went there to see her. I even gave her some treats such as piaya and biscocho because I know how much she loves food. I also asked her to greet my friend, Sasha who was not able to see her. Sasha is also a fan of her!
🌀 JUNE 🌀
📌 I had dinner with Angel at Kogi Vegi.
📌 I had a new haircut and we celebrated our first anniversary. Can’t post more photos because my blogsite is having problems right now.
🌀 JULY 🌀
📌 Had buffet lunch with Hope and Kara.
🌀 AUGUST 🌀
📌 My bestfriend’s birthday! Late night drive with pizza, beer and wine.
🌀 SEPTEMBER 🌀
📌 Had dinner at Seda Hotel with Tropang de Lima. It’s always fun everytime we get to see each other.
📌 Had a trip to Manila. Spent a lot of cash. Couldn’t say more. It was tiring yet super fun because I got to see my nieces and I got to stay in their big and beautiful house.
📌 We tried Serenitea for the first time.
🌀 OCTOBER 🌀
📌 Went to a vintage cafe with my bestfriend.
📌 Had lunch at Jipbab with Kara.
🌀 NOVEMBER 🌀
📌 My boyfriend threw a birthday surprise. I cried so hard. He’s such a keeper!
📌 My officemates surprised me with these.
📌 Had birthday dinner with my family at Breakthrough restaurant. Unfortunately, we’re not complete because two of my brothers were in Manila.
📌 Had dinner at Vikings with Dareen and Ivan.
🌀 DECEMBER 🌀
📌 Company Christmas party!
📌 Our foods during Christmas.
📌 Year-end dinner with Tropang de Lima.
If you’ve reach this far, thank you! I’ll try to write more this 2019.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
~ Proverbs 4:23
“Young and reckless love”
Those words would always come into my mind especially if the rain starts to fall really really hard.
Way back in college, I have this guy whom I dearly love. It was raining, no, actually it was storming on his birthday. My father was at home and he would surely not allow me to go out. When my dad went to the restroom, I sneaked out of the house. I was too persistent because it was his birthday and I want to be with him. ‘Twas veritably windy, the streets were flooded but I braved the rain in spite of that. It took me so long to reach our meeting place due to so many deplorable situations that happened along the way. Fortunately, we still got to celebrate his birthday.
This is not just a simple story. I will now speak figuratively. I braved the storm, but he chose to stay in the shed to keep himself warm. I was left hanging under the pouring rain, feeling cold and lonely. Destitute and desolate since we parted. Hopefully there will be no rainy days, but I know it’s not possible, right? The rain will keep on venting. I hope this time, someone will also brave the rain not just for me, but with me.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
~ Steve Jobs
Sure thing, Lakawon Island is one of the best travel destinations this summer. This luxury beach resort is located in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
The pure white sand of Lakawon Island is a haven of peace and relaxation and a place for one to rejuvenate. Whether on a getaway, honeymoon, or just the desire to relax and unwind, Lakawon Island is the perfect island persuasion.
Me and my bestfriends booked a trip all the way to Negros Occidental exactly a year from now. We are from Iloilo City. So just imagine the long hours of travel that we have endured just to reach this majestic destination. Seriously, it was exhausting and time consuming because it was only a day tour and we had to go back to Iloilo in the evening.
As we reached the place, our tired faces turned into a happy one. The place is very instagrammable. That’s one of the reasons why we wanted to visit this place – to take good photos.
Okay, let me spill our secrets. We brought extra clothes and swim wears for the photo op. It was a great chance to take lots of pictures because of the beautiful beach, the long walkway and of course the floating restaurant which is their main attraction.
Here are some of our photos:
•Rein (IG: @awesomerein13)
• Mitch (IG: @moichelleanne)
• RJ (IG: @rjbadilles)
Time flies so fast and we didn’t even realize it. Our trip has come to an end. As we were on the ferry going back to Iloilo, we asked each other, “Did you have fun?” and the three of us said no. Yes, you have read it right, “No”. We have consumed the time by taking lots of pictures instead of enjoying the view and each other’s company.
Those were the times when we were so immature. Everyone has social media accounts and the best way to use it is to post your pictures, right? As millennials, we always wanted to be on the hype.
The use of that vacation was 70% for social media purposes and 30% for us to enjoy and have fun. I know it’s not a good thing. We go on a trip because we wanted to show other people that we are happy, we are having a great time, we have a well applauded social life but the real feelings behind all of those things were sadness and tiredness.
Now let me share to you these 5 things that I have learned from that trip:
1. Go on a vacation to unwind and have fun, not for you to have something to be posted on your social media accounts. If you want to take pictures, set a time limit so that you will have more time to enjoy.
2. Don’t post everything that’s in your phone gallery. Posting overly excessive photos can make you look like a braggart. Insecure people post a lot. Don’t be like one. Just keep it low key. Posting less than 5 photos are already enough. Don’t be an annoying social media user or fame whore who is hungry for attention.
3. Our social status, number of likes or followers don’t determine our worth as a person. If you feel good about yourself, you don’t feel the need to show off and ask for people’s recognition and approval.
4. Be in the moment. Life happens when you put down your phone. Not everything is meant to be posted. No camera could ever capture the real happiness in a person’s heart.
5. Staying away from social media can make your life simple, better and happier. You are more likely to have a peace of mind. I believe that a private life is a happy life.
With those learnings, I can truly say that me and my bestfriends have grown as matured individuals. We are not like before. When we are together, we just enjoy each other’s company rather than taking lots of pictures. Well I admit, we still take photos but not as many as before. We don’t post all the pictures that we have captured. We just keep it to ourselves as a remembrance. If we want to post something, one or two is enough and if we are on a vacation or just hanging out, using phones frequently is not allowed. Quality time is very important because nowadays we don’t see each other that much because of our hectic schedules.
So, to wrap it all up, I want everyone who is reading this right now to enjoy your summer vacation. I hope your vacation gives you the pleasure you need so that you don’t have to think of any problems back at home. As for me, I will definitely go back to Lakawon Island and this time, I will surely enjoy it without any distractions. It’s almost summer! Let us all unplug, refresh, recover and reinvigorate.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-5