A Suspension and A Series

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Remember the good old days where our wishes were this simple? Sana walang pasok bukas (I wish that classes would be suspended). The desires of our hearts were as simple as a class suspension or even just a glimpse of your crush. As we grow older, our wishes becomes more complex than that. Would you wish that you still wish like this? Well, I don’t. I’m fine with my goals right now, no matter how mundane some are. Haha!

However, sometimes it’s good to have simple wishes. It would mean being satisfied with simple joys. It’s the innocence in us that believes that simple things will make this, or any other day, better. I guess it does! Maybe we need to step back and look at our lives. Maybe what we need right now are just simple things. We’re just too busy and too muddled to think about our problems that we overlook the power of simple things. Could it be that all we need today is just a hug? How about a whole day of just re-reading your favorite book? What about going to your favorite cafe and drinking a favorite? Or maybe a message from someone can make your day better? Perhaps binge watching a new series?

These things might not solve your problems but they might buy you time. Time for you to breathe. Time for you to relax your mind so you can think clearly. Time for you step back and look at your problems more rationally. Maybe, just maybe, all you need is a breather.

Since I got free time today, what to do? Watch a new series! Hello Mindhunter, nice to meet you!

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Perfectly Persuaded

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So I’ve just recently watched the film adaptation of Persuasion, the 1995 version. This is the second adaptation I’ve watched but it still pierced my soul.  Ha! Before we begin, let us all read the whole letter of Captain Wentworth for Anne Elliot.

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in

F. W.

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.

There are days, I must admit, that I like Persuasion more than Pride and Prejudice. Sorry, Mr. Darcy. I mean… who wouldn’t fall with a letter like this?!? To say Captain Wentworth is eloquent is such an understatement. Just like Mr. Darcy, Captain Wentworth is a perfect hero for Miss Austen’s heroine. Just got back from the navy, can write a romantic letter, and (most importantly) rich! Now let’s talk about my favorite parts of this letter.

“Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.”

Fortunately, it’s not yet late for Capt. Wentworth and Anne. But, for some people, eight years is just too long ago. People have moved on for less than those years, some might even just need eight months or eight weeks! Maybe that’s why this letter just melts your heart. Can you still imagine someone still pinning for a lost love for eight years?

“I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.”

Ahhhh, so kilig! Yeah, he’s not perfect but he sure is consistent for all those years. With all the hugots and heartbreaks around us, this line just hits that tender spot in our hearts. Who still writes like this? Can someone still write like this and mean it? Why have we forgotten the wonders of written letters? Why have we overlooked words and their uses when they could convey so much more? If I write a letter today, will I sound like this? When was the last time you have written a letter? Write one today and it’s still up to you if you’ll send it or not. There is just magic in composing one.

“You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others.”

THIS. We can all relate to this. Haha! This is us every time our crush is just around the corner. It’s like your ears are just wired to sense his/her voice over others. Your eyes are trained to follow him/her with just your peripheral vision. Your body just know where he/she stands and what he/she is doing. It’s so laughable because it’s so true.

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.”

This is Persuasion’s comeback from Pride and Prejudice’s “you have bewitched me body and soul.” This line is something we have gone through. It captured that emotion, that feeling. Long before we heard this line, we cannot identify that feeling. However, now we know. We are in between agony and hope. No matter how dramatic it may sound, we have been there.

So there. My writing prompt for this day. I want to end this by saying, you should read the book. If you liked Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, then, this one should be on your tbr list. It’s not just about unrequited love and happy endings but it also talks about how society influence our choices. I think that we can still relate with their society. Theirs is not that different from ours. Maybe we can learn a thing or two from reading this.

I’m excited for you to read this gem. Happy reading in the future, dear readers!

500 Words A Day

An Ad on Twitter

If I follow this ad, what will I write about?

Should I write about myself and bore you to death? Should I write about others and look like a gossip? Plus, their stories are not mine to tell. Do you want me to write about my travels? But I may sound so absorbed. Can I write about the books I’ve read? But you might be disinterested. What if I write about the boys I’ve liked? Nah, too much “what ifs”. Then should I write about the girls I hated before? Eh, I’m too blunt not to hurt anyone, eventually. Should I write about fashion? But mine’s too eclectic to write a disciplined prose. How about food? Bad idea, I’m starving this moment. Maybe I should refocus my writing, move away from trivialities. Should I write about the Realpolitik with regard to our claims in the South China Sea? Or write about how the Rohingya is not just a political question but it also question our humanity? How about if I write about what Catalonia’s experience means for the Philippines’ future? What if I start my literature about migration and aging population once again? Are these too much for you? Yep, they are even too much for me.

What if I write about my past? Musings of yesterday and its lessons? But it sounds too cliche. How many have you heard about their past? Mine’s not too melodramatic to begin with. Just enough stumbles and bruises to get you clickbait. Is that even a word? I also fear that I may sound righteous, like a hypocritical pastor pressuring its congregation that if I was able to do it then so can they. What if I write about the present? Ugh, too banal. I don’t fly to Hong Kong just to each lunch. I don’t attend parties and pass out at some random people’s place. I don’t have cute-meet stories at bookstores or a coffee shops. We don’t even have a legit bookstore here. Told you, presently, my life is too banal. But I’m fine with it. What if I write about the future? About how unsure I am of the future. About my dreams and plans. However, I’m scared that I might jinx it.

Maybe I should write a writing challenge. How about making THIS a writing challenge? I think, one or two will accept and write. I’m still a bit short of 500. But, hey, good try. And here, dear reader, my 500 words a day ends.

Baler Bound

Might be a little too late to post about my Baler trips but oh well… I’ll still write about it!

Thanks to my friend Cha, I discovered this place called Baler. It’s a six-hour-bus ride away from Manila. Just enough to catch some snooze and to recharge your energy if you’re leaving Manila around 1AM. I highly recommend for you to ride the semi-deluxe buses of Joybus! Not as expensive as their deluxe buses but they are as comfortable (no stopovers, toilet on the bus, free blanket, water and biscuits, lol). If you’re going there around the peak season, better reserve online for your bus ride.

My first trip to Baler was around September last year and we just stayed there for two days. Cha was kind enough to tour me around the touristy spots in Baler even though she already visited those places. My favorite is Sabang beach where I was able to have surf lessons. LOL! Since I’m too lampa, I wasn’t able to stand on the surfboard. For my first time there, I fell in love. I fell in love with the people, the stories, and the food (of course). Cha is a frequent visitor already of Baler, thus, she already made a lot of friends there. Their stories of how they end up there were amazing! It’s the wanderer and romantic in me, I guess. From bustling cities and busy 8 to 5 jobs, they decided to leave everything and start over in Baler. You can say that Baler is a place for the weary. It’s also a place to dream new dreams and make them happen.

Second trip happened in Novermber. We went there to celebrate Cha’s birthday. First activity was trekking to reach a secret waterfalls (only locals know the place). That was fun though, even if I’m not that into trekking. Haha! One of the highlights of this trip was our trip to Dicasalarin Cove. That place was surreal. It was beyond beautiful. You need to experience it to truly appreciate it. The beach, the lighthouse, the cave, and the artist village were soooooo beautiful. It’s a place that can inspire your soul. I highly recommend this place even though transpo plus entrace fee are a bit costly. Our supposedly three days stay in Baler became five days. We always don’t want to leave!

Now… let’s talk about food! Baler will not disappoint. From sweet to savory cravings, Baler got you covered. If you’re tipid na tipid, there are the rolling stores near the plaza to satisfy your hunger. For sweets, go and indulge on the different breads, cakes, and cupcakes at Dialyn’s Bakery. Don’t forget to partner them with their 20 pesos Twining’s tea (nakakaiyak sa mura). If you looooove food (like we do), eat your lunch and dinner at The Good Food. Their food is to die for!!! There’s nothing like them in Manila and their prices are soooooo affordable.

If you’re looking for new places to visit, Baler is a must. I love how the big waves are my lullaby at night. I love the stories of people there. I love how chill the vibe is there. I love how nice the people there. I love the memories I made there. I simply love it there.

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Best place to stay: Charlie Does Inn

Best food: The Good Food

Must Do: Surf Lesson

Must Visit: Dicasalarin Cove

Must pack: Sunblock

Must leave behind before you go here: Your worries

Must take away from Baler: Happy memories

P.S. All photos are taken by me 🙂

Entry for Love Month 2017

How time flies, it’s the Love Month already. As always, I’ll try a series of post for this month. Been doing this since I started blogging in 2007 (I think). Haha! So for my first entry… here’s a flash fiction that’s been bugging me for a while now. Btw, it’s in Filipino.

“Thank you, guys! Please wait for our second set later…” pagbaba ng banda patuloy pa rin ang pagpapatutog nila ng love songs. Pebrero na kasi. 

“Uy Michael kamusta trabaho? Tagal mo na dyan. Napromote ka na?” tanong ni Jude. 

“Di pa nga, pare. Pag ako nagsawang maghintay…bahala sila! Hahaha!” birong sagot naman ni Michael. “Ikaw Karla? Ikaw din Jen? Dami mo atang sideline ngayon ah.” 

Sabay-sabay kaming napatingin kay Jen at tumawa dahil siguro kilalang-kilala namin siya. 

“Huy Karla paabot naman nung tissue” pakiusap ni Jen. Sa pag-abot ko napansin kong parang kanina pa balisa si Red. Ano kayang tumatakbo sa isip niya? Trabaho din kaya? Sana. 

“Yosi lang ako sa labas…” paalam ni Red. 

“Akala ko ba umuwi si Red sa kanila? Bakit andito na agad siya?” usisa ni Jen. 

“Baka may tinatakasan…” sagot ni Jude.

“Ang sabihin mo ‘di alam ang pupuntahan! Hahaha!” balik ni Jen at natawa silang lahat. Tama siya. Laging magulo si Red. 

“Uy Karla may bago kang tattoo? Anong design? Saan mo pinalagay? Patingin! Dali!” sigaw ni Jen. 

“Uhmm… dito lang sa may gilid. Eto oh… it’s an anchor.” sagot ko. 

Hating 2016

Most, if not all, hated 2016 with a passion. Good thing that there’s an end to it. Hello 2017, bye 2016! And in all things we hate, we must have learned a thing or two… how about five? 

They say that we, millenials, are so entitled. But up to what point? Yes, we’re all entitled to our emotions. We are entitled to feel them. We are entitled to be happy, sad, depressed, mad, excited, etc. etc. However, we are not entitled to our actions. We are beholden to our actions. We need to remember that every action have consequences. So if your emotion is pushing you to do a certain action, better think twice! 

You will learn this the hard way. 2016 for me is full of No-s. Every job application I’ve been sending out since June were negatively responded… except for one. Which was just positively responded this December. Those month in between were a bit hellish but they are part of the journey. I love those No-s!!! Why? Because I strongly believe that every No will lead you to your real destiny. Never fear a No for it might just be the best thing that will happen to you. 

How many heartbreaks can 2016 throw you? Add those to the heartbreaks that were thrown at you from 2015, 2014, 2013, and so on. That’s a lot of baggage to carry! But maybe time can heal your wounds. It will. However, I’ve discovered, that travel can heal certain wounds as well. Travel nourishes my soul, it renews me. Travel locally, travel out of the country. Travel in style, travel cheap. Travel to places you’ve never been to, travel to places you know like the back of your hand. Travel with your eyes, travel using your feet, travel and smell that different air. Travel to catch sunrise and sunsets. Travel to touch oceans, travel to sleep in another bed. Travel to take pictures, travel to make memories. Travel to write, travel to tell stories. And when you’ve done all those things you’ll see your wounds healed.

They also call it the art of Letting Go. This is hard too, you need a 4.00 in your Philo classes to even try this. Well, ehem… Anyway… Back in the old days of my youth I’ve learn a thing or two about detachment. Some may interpret it as “not caring” but it is more than that. Detachment in the sense that I can let go of things that are simply not meant to be. Detachment in the sense that things can be replaced, that I’ve survived without them before. Detachment in the sense that I don’t dwell too long in situations that are beyond my control. Detachment in the sense that I cared but I understood enough to let go. Maybe this is why I’m always “chill”… 

Remember that movie with that hot Jack Frost in it? This is the piece of advice he took that made him a successful Guardian. What’s your center? Maybe it’s joy. Maybe it’s hope. Maybe it’s love. What can keep you going when everything else fails you? What can you hold on to when everything falls apart? Anong panghuhugutan mo? For me… it’s  faith. Faith in goodness. Faith that all things happen for the greater good. Faith in humanity. Faith in love. Faith in faith. Faith keeps me going. 

For being such a bitchy year, 2016 definitely taught me a lot. Here is just my top five. Well, top lessons that sounded so mature and philosophical. LOL! 

I am happy though. Happy that this year happened. Happy that it will end soon. Happy to have experienced it with people who are fun to be with. Goodbye 2016… maybe, just maybe, your worth looking back on. 

Here’s to an exciting 2017! 

First Solo Trip, a Continuation: Laoag and Vigan

Hi dear readers, I’m still alive and kicking. Remember my last post about my first solo trip? Well, I didn’t stop from exploring Pagudpud, I went southwards and also explored the treasures of Laoag and Vigan. I thought, why not?!? Since I’m already there then…why not?

I know that I’m soooooo, SUPERDUPERUBER, late in posting this travel diary but better late than never, right?

So, I finished my tour at Pagudpud before lunch time so I immediately rode a bus going to Laoag so that I can tour it that same day. While eating my lunch (luckily, they have wifi), I’m already booking my hotel in Vigan. After lunch, I just randomly ask a tricycle driver there if he can give me a tour of Laoag and I’m set! Here are some of my outtakes of the tour:

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After my half-day tour at Laoag I went to Vigan by bus also. I reached Vigan around 8pm, I think. So I just checked-in, had dinner and looked for pasalubongs around Calle Crisologo. Then morning came… first stop: a Vigan longanissa breakfast!!! Then I’m off to random places that was recommended by google search. Here are some of the things I did:

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So there…

I do encourage you to travel solo even just once in your life. It teaches you a lot of things. Like for me, it teaches me how to be more organized, control my spending, and how to talk to strangers. I really will treasure this experience because it’s a very nice one. Maybe…who knows…my next solo trip will be out of the country!!! Until that moment come, I will just spend my time living life like a one big happy adventurous journey.

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Dear Danna, travel on…

First Solo Trip: Ilocos, Philippines

Hello friends, I miss pressing some words… oh, the woe of holidays and school. Ha! Anyhoo, I’m back and I’m finally, finally, finally blogging about my first (and definitely not the last) solo trip ever!!!  Say hello to Ilocos, Philippines!

Ok, here’s a back story of this trip. It wasn’t suppose to be a solo trip. I was suppose to go with seven friends with this trip, yes, SEVEN! What happened? Well….. something devastating happened. Long before this trip which was October 21, 2013 we’ve already book a plane ticket going to Cebu. Days before our trip, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the cities of Cebu and it was such a heart breaking scenario. So me and some of my friends decide to not continue with our Cebu plans. However, I don’t want to waste my vacation staying at home so I decided, for the first time ever, to go away… SOLO!

After much debate with myself and a lot of internet research I’ve decided to go to Ilocos and my first stop would be… Pagudpud!

Since I was late in leaving Manila, like around 12am already I took Partas bus going to Laoag. I think, Florida bus line has a direct bus route going to Pagudpud but it is not 24-hours unlike Partas. From Manila to Laoag I’ve spent 797php and an additional 12hours bus ride, Touch down Laoag and another hour and a half, riding another bus, to reach Pagudpud.

Hello Pagudpud and Kuya Arnel (the best tricycle tour in town) was already waiting for me. First, he let me put down my things at the place where I’m going to stay which is Cathy’s Stay Inn. Then off we went to tour!!! Yeay!!!

Kabigan Falls
Kabigan Falls plus a mini trek
Kuya Arnel at Patapat Viaduct
Kuya Arnel at Patapat Viaduct
Patapat Viaduct
Patapat Viaduct
Timmangtang Rock
Timmangtang Rock

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Bantay-Abot Cave

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Blue Lagoon in front of Hannah's

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Say hello to Pagudpud

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Bangui Windmills

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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

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The lighthouse!

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

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Behind the rock formation

Since I was late at arriving at Pagudpud which was around noon, I did my two tours for two days. You can do all in one day actually! Both tours will cost you 600 each, but be generous enough to tip since people there are so nice! As in! For tours you can check the internet for contact number or simply ask any tricycle drivers there. Good thing about this place is that the government train their people to be local tourist guides, from being guides to taking a good picture. Now, about accommodations well if you’re on the tipid side then opt for the beach front houses of Saud beach but if you can spulrge a little then better stay at the hotels of Blue Lagoon.

Aside from their empanadas and beautiful sites, one of the best things here in Pagudpud is their people. They are all so nice, from the mama who talked to me during my bus ride, Kuya Arnel, Ate Cathy, Ate Imelda at the falls, the kuyas at the tourist center, and even just the kids you meet!

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Warm smiles for everyone!

After touring Pagudpud, instead of going home I’ve decided to tour Laoag and Vigan (since I was there already). Haha. I’m going to post about them on another pressed word page! Soon, promise!

I like travelling a lot. It feeds me, it makes me happy. Travelling is not escape, it is about going to…

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Travelling is not escaping
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To travel is to go

p.s. all pictures are taken and edited by me 🙂

13 Things in 2013

Before this year ends I would like to thank all and everything that made this year special. One of the best years ever! Some of my friends said that 2013 had been a long one but for me it was too sweet, too fast. So here are some highlights of the year…

1. My Singapore trip! Hello Universal Studios…
2. Seeing the wonders of Angkor Wat and spending nights at Pub Street
3. My first solo trip up to the North!!! (gonna post about this soon)
4. Baguio trip with the whole family! Whew!

This year is full of travel, I so love it! 🙂

5. Spanish classessssss, classmates, and professors hihi
6. Grad stud yeah!
7. WYAAP conference
8. Moving at a new apartment, twice!!!
9. Countless food trip, from Tomas Morato to Binondo, yummy!!!

Not all was beautiful but it helped us grew our faith

10. Typhoon Haiyan…. and being able to help

People are resilient!

11. DLSU won! Yehey!
12. Getting good grades 😉

Last but not the least….

13. Family and friends time, love love love!

Thank you 2013! It was such a blast! Looking forward to 2014, please be better! 😉

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