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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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 🙂

Sunday Wonderings

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What I like about life is that it is so random. Like, you’ll never guess what picture I will post next or something like that. Life is random dear reader.

Have you ever wonder why you are “there”? Why those people are your friends? Why are you doing these stuff? Why are you watching that movie? Why this song is playing? Why do you read this post? Maybe because you are just random.

Life is random in the sense that it is never boring or predictable. Not random in a chaotic sense. It is random in the sense that even if you chose this path, unexpected things still happen. And I like that a lot dear reader. I don’t think I would be able to enjoy a life that is too predictable. Good thing is that life is full of surprises.

It is even funny sometimes that you get this out of body experience wherein you just…. see yourself. And you wonder. How you are now bestfriend with your enemy from high school? How you are now standing at some place you never thought of? How you are working for a company that is just there around the corner? How you are eating a cake that reminds you of him? Or how you are in love with her? Funny, right? It is somehow funny how you got to be there.

It wasn’t that you planned all of the things you have now. We, I think, already figured out that even the best of plans goes awry. So how did we get here? Life is random.

Like what I always say…

Life is full of surprises, so better get ready!