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When Thoughts Are Passing Way Too Fast…

I am writing this at midnight because it feels like it can’t wait.

Because today, I am overwhelmed. Today, I am asking myself how I got this lucky. I am currently questioning myself how it is possible to fall even more and more in love with someone everyday and for the first time in my life, I am asking myself these questions because I genuinely feel them.

This was never the love at first sight kind of love. It is more of like being in a foreign place with a hint feeling of familiarity. Like I am home. I still remember how I tried to push my feelings away, just because I thought our five year age gap  is a big deal, to no effect. I didn’t realize I am already in too deep. You woke this miserable heart to life again. I should feel vulnerable but I don’t. That day we became together, I said goodbye to my pride and said hello to my happiness. You are my happiness.

Right now, while I am writing this, you are busy talking to your colleagues on your cellphone without you knowing what I am doing (:P). Whenever I look at you on my screen, it makes me smile. Your weird expressions are funny and cute at the same time. And whenever I look at you, I smile because this guy I see on my screen right now, is mine. What I really feel is so hard to put into words and I thank God or whatever stars for making our paths align. Because I seriously do not know how you do it but you make me fall even more in love with you every single day and I mean it.

I can’t wait to see what else is in store for us. It scares me how much happiness I have with you that this distance does not even feel like a hindrance to us. If this is home… Then, yes, it sure feels good to be home.

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Realizations

People say I think maturely for my age and I always agree with them. When I was a kid, I only settle for what is familiar. I only play with my cousins and siblings. Sometimes, I even play alone. I do not mind being alone as long as I am in my comfort zone because at a young age, I have been observing people. It was an instinct to stay away because people have the capacity to hurt you no matter how nice you are to them. I sometimes hate myself for being so afraid of so many things but this is something that is with me ever since I was born. I was born to observe, to be wise and to learn from others. Observers are wise and perfectionist… I used to be one.

So to welcome my 25th year, let me write a few wonderful things and lessons I learned at the age of 24…

  1. Last year, I celebrated my birthday in Cambodia. That was my first ever out of the country birthday and my birthday week was so much fun! Sometimes, routines make life boring. At some point, you have to try something new and let life surprise you… May it be your birthday or not.

2. Also last year, I remember how dependent I was to my family. I could not go out of the house without them because going out of home on my own scare the living shit out of me. Yes, I was that sheltered. But that week in Cambodia, I faced my fears. After a tiring day of walking around the temples, I went home and changed into my biking clothes. I went to what I call “the road less traveled”. It is right behind the temples and you have to bike around the forest before reaching different temples. There are no homes, not much people around and it was quiet and eerie at the same time but the view is definitely spectacular! You’d even hear the wind whispering in your ear. (I stopped so many times because I thought fairies are trying to lure me so they can take me to their world lmao) Also, I have exceeded myself by biking for an hour or more. In a foreign soil… On my own… Yep, big achievement for little miss sheltered.

3. I used to be very picky when it comes to food but hey guys, You only live once! Eat that snake, have a taste of that scorpion. Life is so boring without trying something new and challenging, right?

4. This year, I lived in Singapore for a month. This is the very first time I bravely flew on my own and lived independently. I learned that there will come a time that help won’t come so you have to do something for yourself. That month, I got lost so many times but discovered so many wonderful places til I eventually found my way back home.

5. Sometimes, out of nowhere, life will surprise you and will let you meet your soulmate. The perfect person who will treat you like a queen, who will make you feel loved, who thinks exactly the same as you, and who will make everything feel right. You will be in the perfect love story… For a short period of time. Appreciate those moments because it is not every day that you get to meet someone who will make you feel like you FLEW IN LOVE. Yep, at the age of 24, I believe I met my soulmate. It probably did not last but our story felt like a once in a lifetime kind of love. I was in cloud 9. I flew in love, but I fell and got my heart greatly shattered but this is the first time I moved on gracefully because love is thinking about the person’s happiness more than yourself… even if it means it will completely shatter you.

6. Life and timing are such bitches but those are not enough reasons to give up. Keep moving because better things are coming. They always do.

7. No’s and failures are the best keys to find what is really meant for you. I never thought that today, I am doing something I love. Sooner, I will have the capability to make my dream a reality.

8. People will say something bad or make up stories about you. Stay kind. Forgive them.

9. People leave and it will hurt so freaking much but with all those pains are a lifetime of lessons and memories. The ache will go away but all the good things about the past? They will remain with you. And if they’re happy memories, they will surely put a smile on your face whenever you look back.

10. Tired of everything? Sit over a lake and go star gazing!

11. Take risks, fall in love again. Love deeply and hope that this time, you got it right.

12. A few months ago, I got a part time online job that made me learn more about other people. When I thought I give some people and their loved ones hope, it turned out they are the ones who give me more strength and hope with what I have gone through.

13. Just because someone is older than you does not mean they are right. However, stay kind. NO matter how difficult.

14. When the people you love leave, send them light and love and go on with your life.

15. Society kept pushing me to do something I don’t want to do. Does it make me happy? No. I’d like to think I was brave enough to stop thinking about what other people will say. For once, I followed my heart and chose to be happy. I am not always 100 percent happy but most of the time, I am because I am doing something I love.

16.  I dared myself to talk to strangers and I can’t believe how much I missed out on hearing inspiring stories from cab drivers and random strangers I should have met a long time ago.

17. Things won’t always go your way because God has a better plan for you. ALWAYS.

Liebster Award

A few weeks ago, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Melanie from Mafambani. She is a travel blogger who has passion for cool cafés, cappucino, books, languages, yoga and healthy food.

 

This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. It is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. 

 1. If you could earn money with anything, what would it be?

It would be from exploring this world and immersing myself in different cultures. I love watching TLC and wishes to be just one of the hosts who get paid to see different parts of the world and eat all the exotic food from different countries. I wanna get paid doing something I love which is traveling.

2. When you travel, what do you buy to treat yourself?

All I get is food and a few clothes. But those mean nothing to me because the best treats when travelling are the memories and experiences I have had in each country.

3.What does a perfect travel day look like for you?

-Me on my own appreciating the silence and beauty of nature and all the simple things that a lot of people fail to notice.

4. Postcard or e-mail?

-both. it’s the thought that counts, yes?

5. What do you miss most when you’re on the road?

-rice paddies, warm smile of locals, exotic foods, and  exploring the unknown.

6.What does your perfect Sunday morning look like and where would you spend it?

-Waking up to the sound of waves crashing the shore then getting up and drinking smoothies and eating French bread and bacon and eggs. It could be anywhere as long as it’s near the ocean.

7. Breakfast or brunch and why?

-I’d say brunch because I am not a morning person but there is something about waking up early and getting to eat breakfast with the family. I’d say both. hehe

8. What do you read before you go to bed?

-I don’t read much anymore because of work. 😦

9. What’s your funniest story from your travels?

-Creating amazing daily house chores inspired dance moves when we went bar hopping in Phuket and singing my heart out in one of the bars and maybe, just maybe, I was out of tune. -_-

10. We should never stop learning. What’s the next thing you want to learn?

-how to be brave enough to do a start up before finally conquering the world and do whatever I want.

11. What’s the craziest thing you want to do on your bucket list?

-To be honest, there is nothing crazy on my bucket list. Everything is pretty normal.

 So, now it’s your turn!

My nominees

Instructions to follow

Create a blog post on your site answering the questions that I have provided below. In your post, be sure to link back to the blog who nominated you (in this case, Iannesy from the Philippines) with a thank you and shout out. After answering the questions I gave, provide questions for your nominees. Now, usually you should select, list and link 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers and give them the instructions below, but here’s my concern. It took me very long to find other bloggers who are interested to be nominated. If I’m honest, it took me too long. So, if anyone of you don’t want to nominate others, I completely understand. If I would get the award again, I wouldn’t take it anymore. I recommend new bloggers to rather focus on writing content on other bloggers. That will drive more readers on your blog. 
For anyone still interested, here is what you have to do: 

Don’t forget to create 11 questions for them to answer. Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so that they’ll know what to do. Once you’re done, come back here and comment with the link to your post so I can check out your answers. 

Questions for my nominees

  1. Out of all the countries you have visited, which one did you like the most?
  2. What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?
  3. If you can take someone with you in your travels, who would it be?
  4. Bike or Train?
  5. What/Who inspires you to travel this world?
  6. What is the best memory that you have while traveling?
  7. If you could give someone $1,000,000 who would you give it to?
  8. Apple or Samsung?
  9. What is the scariest thing you have experienced while traveling?
  10. Name the top 3 most beautiful beaches you have visited.
  11. How did traveling changed your life?

Leave your posts here in the comments. If you’re not nominated, but want to answer any questions, I would be so happy to read them. 

20 Random Questions

1. If your friend was cheating on their spouse, do you think you should tell their partner?

-I’m not in the right position to divulge it to the partner but I would talk to my friend and let him/her know that what s/he’s doing is not right and s/he needs to stop acting like an immature kid and just stop cheating if not, tell him/her that s/he needs to tell his/her partner, give my friend an ultimatum or else I, myself, will tell the spouse.

2. Do you prefer to travel or stay close to home?

I prefer to travel. I like the adventure. =)

3. What’s the worst thing you can say on a first date?

I break people’s hearts.

4. Do you prefer talking over the phone or face to face?

depends on the person. Face to face with people I am close with but I am always too shy over the phone. lol

5. If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?

Set up businesses and travel the world the way I want to.

6. Do you have any pets?

four adorable dogs. =)

7. What is your favorite smell?

mixed smell of beer and cigarettes. and the sweet smell of my hair treatment cream. Oh and Pizzzzza!

8. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

I am currently addicted to ube pastillas and cookie dough ice cream. But I love any ice cream flavor. 

9. Where did you grow up?

born and raised in Pampanga, Philippines

10. Would you rather go without junk food for a year or go without TV for a year?

Believe it or not, I can live without TV nor junkies. hehe I don’t really watch TV and I am not a huge fan of junk foods. 😉

11. What is your biggest concern about the future?

Having to face this world without all those who were a part of my childhood.

12. What do you like to do on a rainy day?

-eat, snuggle on my comforter and sleep while watching a movie perhaps.

13. If you could meet anybody in history, past or present, who would it be?

Jesus Christ, Pope Francis, Pope John Paul, Dalai Lama, Adam Levine 

14. What’s the first thing you notice about a guy?

I’m not sure. Maybe the eyes??

15. If you could give one piece of advice to the whole world, what would it be?

Be kind and forgive people even if they are not sorry. No one knows what someone is going through or the real reason why someone did something terrible to you. We deal with different circumstances, and you just have to understand that people make mistakes and all you need to do is forgive them and wish them well for your own heart’s peace.

16. What is something that makes you smile?

happy memories, sky, stars, clouds, smell of rain

17. What do you miss most about being a kid?

getting to do whatever I want without thinking of the future.

18. Do you prefer cats or dogs?

Dogs, ofcourse!

19. Is it harder to exercise more or eat healthier?

eat healthier!!!

20. Describe your perfect day.

Quietly staring at the sky or stargazing while contemplating about life and realizing how blessed I am to even exist.