Saturday, April 9, 2016

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Greetings everyone!

To stay to true to you, posting in a day like this has been a struggle lately because it’s not probably new to many that I am busy as a bee in the office and in most times spent my time sleeping in front of my phone streaming drama series. So yey! I made it this time! I am no longer just thinking in my head the issues I want to post but now writing them down, making a memory for myself to collect on days just like this, that is, senti and full of desire to make something productive. Get to own the whole night by thinking issues in my head to be organized somehow. And because I have so many things going on –bear with my randomness because my emotions
will just pop out from here to there. And see I barely backspace to get me to the point so let's make a start!

Currently I am sipping my now warm coffee latte from 7ate9 Cafe. This
is not my usual coffee tastes like and I really don’t order coffee in coffee shops because I love the fruit juices and teas, but since I got broken hearted after knowing the coffee shake from my go to Family Mart is not yet available so I resorted with thrice the price of my regular coffee. Because I just badly need one!


But what I really want to talk about is not how thrifty I am because that’s something I am not consistent about for almost a year now. If the cctvs’ are in place in God’s office then only He could see me going in and out of Forever21 and H&M buying the clothes who knows if I can even wear in a hot and most times humid place like Philippines.
Lately, I am always finding pieces that are thick and fashionably odd to wear in the streets of Metro Manila –WHY? Because I am planning of going to some place windy and cold. Yes, I am preparing to leave some time in July. I already handed over to my bosses my resignation letter. I even cried while telling my immediate supervisor that I will have to do this because this isn’t just a dream for me but also for my parents’ and I can't blow the chance off. They wanted that at least one of their kids is working overseas so that they can travel far from one kid’s place to another. My parents just wanted one and I don’t think I have that choice not to say YES because I am the sole single in the brood of three. I am also in an age where I should be thinking far more than I’ve been just merely thinking of doing and that is saving for the future because we really wouldn’t know what’s in store for us all so when my parents’ are still able to support that dream then I have to really go. But can I just say my fears? I wish I am that fully committed of flying out and really be far far away from home. I mean afraid in that
sense that I’ll be pursuing something that I do not just personally choose to take. It’s quite ironic for me to be listening to my parents request and advise that I am now in a decision to do it and that this
has been long overdue for months now. You know I’m not the listening type to others’ thoughts so me following the advice of the third persons in my will to fly is pushing myself to be in more deep thought if I should really be going faaaaaaarrr… Hmnnn am I that different? So let me consider the pros and cons of independence living overseas:

Pros:
1.      My life will definitely change and it will be full of diversity. It
will be exciting, I know!
2.      I can finally wear my warm clothes hauled from my Seoul trip last March.
3.      A chance to meet my will be partner in life.
4.      A chance to be fully committed on something is there i.e., get good
grades; find part time jobs, real work after a year, save money for my
parents to come visit me, citizenship after two years?, save for my
own flat perhaps, save for more travels with family and friends, save
for my dream hostel to be built in there.
5.      Be a person who has not only have the money to share but also life
lessons from various experiences.
6.      I’ll be left with what ifs if I will not be pushing this year or next.

Cons:
1.      What if the right partner isn’t in the place I’ll be going into!!!?! Ottoeke?!

I cannot continue writing… actually, I only have one worry in mind. So I have to go where there’s room for more possibilities and chances… magis, as we call it in my alma mater. Whew! So if I were to sum it up, I'd say that the earlier we sort out the priorities in our lives, the better it is. With this, half of the probability of ending up happy, could be tired but productive  is already at a guaranteed 50%, I think.

And that's about it. It is always good to share. 

Till next time,
Zel

Saturday, March 12, 2016

26 Lessons Learned Through SOLO Travelling

Now that I am turning 26 and be facing a lot more life changing decisions, I give you the best of learnings learned through my 7days travel in a foreign country, South Korea.


1. Secure your dollar prior going to the airport or you'll find yourself get scammed (yes, I almost bought @50! Whew!) by the very people working in the airport. So prepare for your pocket money 5 days before the flight so you can still compare from different offerings. Note: You are buying $ when what you have is your own ccy BUT they will quote you with rate for selling. Yes, it is how business works. Most likely it is a 0.50 difference and buying is lower than the selling. So exchange with the lowest possible rate or get frustrated like me. ๐Ÿ˜‘ TIP: BDO may offer the lowest but you should have an account with them (w/c I don't have) and travel documents before they can sold you their $. So go for bank like EAST WEST, no need to be an account holder and just provide at least 2 IDs; OR with lesser hassle go for Western Union! They sell $ slightly higher by 0.20 vs. local bank rates. ๐Ÿค”

2. Prepare at least 1/4 space from your luggage because that space reserves for the ones you left behind. Hahaha 

3. Make it a habit to pack some snacks so you will not starve waiting for your flight in the airport. This will also save you from buying the overly priced snacks in the airport or in the foreign country you are staying.

4. Follow your guts. To put it simply, go for what you think is the best route when going back or to the airport of course back it up with couple times of research. You can't just be following what others have told you to do. 

5. Make a screenshot of your itinerary and a photocopies because gadgets may not be useful if it's dead right? 

6. When you are the type who shops aimlessly (like the one talking), bring only 3 day sets of outfits because you know, you want them badly to be worn! This is also a form of excuse that you are actually on a hauling! Haha!

7. Don't be shy to ask around for directions and to take your pictures. Make it brief and say your thanks (in their local language) afterwards.

8. Don't make a very tight itinerary that you have forgotten the very purpose of your travel, chill out/refresh/relax... Or you'll see yourself exhausted and disappointed because itineraries are not as always being followed. Ok? So chill. 

9. Find a hostel that offers slightly different from the others. My point? Look for what's not the usual breakfast (toasted bread and jam); Look for a hostel which offers free laundry and a hostel that loves and appreciates the reason why you're in solo backpacking because most likely they will be more accomodating. You can see that in the reviews of their ads in agoda and hostel.com

10. Take selfies with people. It will be a great experience if you can ask the people you've just met and who have been a good help to you for selca i.e., your landlady; roomates and the residents. 

11. Talk in their native language. Because that way they will not be intimidated by your english and/or accent when you're actualy seeking help so no matter how awkward it may sound -say your greetings first then continue your english then give your thanks back in their language. They will find it cute and COOL that you tried.

12. Get as much sleep during your stay because your body should also be set on a vacation mode. Sleep more than 8hrs.

13. Allot time in going to far places especially if that requires you to follow schedules. (This is more like a reminder for me)

14. If you take selca or video when others' are "maybe" watching, be confident! Stay shameless because it will be part of the unforgettable memories I tell you!

15. Stay connected with family and friends back home or even those not home. This will help you not to feel lonely in case you're self pitying since you don't have a companion. Remember, you are just away and technology is there to fill in the gap. 

16. Experience the ones you have researched to be awesome! Especially the FREE ones!

17. Give out some treats for the family and friends who have been your constant companion virtually while you were having a great time with your solo adventure. Spread good vibes!

18. Make a list of things you want to purchase before flying off to the foreign land! This will save you from hoarding so much.

19. Bring lotion. This I have forgotten during my trip like whattttt I may be using the popular CC Cushion but underneath my clothes it is all so dry skin. 

20. Kill time in a nice and trendy cafe. This is killing many birds with one stone because you get to pay for the drinks but you get to have wifi access/ alone time/ good air conditioning and a perfect place to take a picture. 

21. Make time for researching before you say goodbye to your country of residence. This will ease your fright on going solo.

22. Turn on your spotify and listen to your songs of choice. This way you may find friends in your dorm.

23. Prepare your outfits before sleep. This will already guarantee that tomorrow's itinerary will be a success with rainbow colors!

24. It is always customary to follow rules or *values set by the country/city you are in so OBSERVE the locals on how they  finish their food, do they bring to the trash bin and segregate the food wastes from the kitchenwares or do they take off they're shoes whenever entering a restaurant or a home. And if you aren't so sure, it will not hurt you asking anyone especially if your motive is to obey the their practices. 

25. Don't monitor your expenses on a daily basis because that would only turn into not so cool trip. Better if you can set a separate budget (which I mean in cold cash) for food (=>$10/day); accom (=>$10/day with free breakfast, yes this is possibel in agoda!); transpo (>$5/day) and for shopping and fees you intend to go to i.e., entrance fees to theme parks or museums.

26. Make the best out of it! Go YOLOING! 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Saturday Currently | 04 The unpublished since 2wks ago

What's this? Did I just broke my own words in my recent post? HAHAHA


Reading
The comments I see from the video clips of my now favorite Senator, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano who is running for VP alongside Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as President. Which by the way inspired me to have the moment to write and just let all the feels pour because just like my VP, I sincerely just want what's best so like these people whom I have high hopes to better my country this also marks my start of campaigning for them through social media. I simply believed that if you have the political will you most likely will deliver. I love how they answer interview questions most especially the ambush ones, they really have thought about it hard because they are just the tandem who have that concrete plans and advocies that any Filipino can easily relate to. I mean, surely others may bring change but I doubt if it will be a big one
so I am going for the ones whom even way before 2016 election already made huge difference in their own cities (a.k.a. "exhibit", try vising Taguig and Davao and you'll know) and a must say, has already inspired people by means of their honest and sincere service to their oath to the Republic of the Philippines.

Let me share that I am not being honest when I shared this clip when I am just trying to win more people to vote for this men.

Writing
Something like "The Saturday Currently'.

Listening
"Last Request" by Paolo Nutini. Found this randomly in Spotify and I got hooked of course that I've been repeating the song for I don't know how many times.
I lost count. How can I, really!

Thinking
Been thinking what he wants from me? Since I opted not to read his private message just now which brings me from guessing what is it really because I changed by number a month ago then
he must have been trying to reach me through my old one but the sky must be not allowing things from making me bite into it since the wifi I am connectted is quite slow at this hour and I am into thinking that it must be something he needs urgently for him to even ping me on fb. But still I don't like to reply or even say my alibi because I don't owe him a reply.

Smelling
The take-out food my roomate, Erika is munching right now. So I want to change that and turn away because I can't be eating this late.

Wishing
With what just happened this week, I wanted to maintain again that happy vibe.

Hoping
I could love again. Because if that happened my goshhh my pamili... ahhahaha It will not be as innocent as it always been. It will be true and it will be the last, that's what I hope.

Wearing
My yellow pajama with cherry blossoms as its prints and I paired it with my loose grey shirt which has a low round cut. Maliit na bagay!

Loving
How energetic I was in this past week. I kept on fooling around and I came to a point that I just want to to... oops that was intended for the next point so shall we?

Wanting
I want to be bold with my decisions as I keep that zest for life which leads me to going after my bigger dreams. As far as you all know, I am happy. I am most of the time. But I want to think of others' as if it's also for my own happiness. Get me? Hahaha

Feeling
Meh... 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Sunday Currently | 03


Reading
This!!! My new obsession, a webtoon which happens to be a drama series now in Korea. Happy to share you the link where I read the hit manhwa (term used in Korea for a mangga series) Cheese in the Trap.


Here's the pics of the actors who portrayed the roles of the lucky protagonist, Hong Seol and the misunderstood college senior, Yoo Jung. 

Writing
Making the extra effort to make this third installment (eh? Sounds like I'm making a movie to you right? Same goes for my ears too. Lol) of my Day Currently. Anyway, have I told you that just like Adele, I also believe in trilogy so most probably there'll be no currently in the future posts. Which by the way I know no one cares! Hahhaha

Listening
I am just switching from Can't Let Go and All I Ask of my new favorite, Adele! That being said, let me take the moment to play All I Ask again! This song has just the right feels of me, I mean she must have been going through life crisis I think~ oh well she's 25 after all and there's no excuse even if you're The Adele we know. So I italized, underlined and put it the boldest the lines where it was just profoundly raw on the feelings that if ever I see her on the streets of where I live (as if!) then I'm sure I am just dreaming but one thing I'll do if that happens... I'm just gonna run to her and hug her because this song is just so on point and for someone on her quarter life, she must be going through something painful to come up with this lovely song! This is how hit makers, geniuses pay the price for a grammy award, top billboard place and millions of views on youtube. These were just true deep words! Sing with me!!!~~~

"All I Ask"

I will leave my heart at the door
I won't say a word
They've all been said before, you know
So why don't we just play pretend
Like we're not scared of what is coming next
Or scared of having nothing left

Look, don't get me wrong
I know there is no tomorrow
All I ask is

If this is my last night with you
Hold me like I'm more than just a friend
Give me a memory I can use
Take me by the hand while we do what lovers do
It matters how this ends
Cause what if I never love again?

I don't need your honesty
It's already in your eyes
And I'm sure my eyes, they speak for me
No one knows me like you do
And since you're the only one that matters
Tell me who do I run to?

Look, don't get me wrong
I know there is no tomorrow
All I ask is

If this is my last night with you
Hold me like I'm more than just a friend
Give me a memory I can use
Take me by the hand while we do what lovers do
It matters how this ends
Cause what if I never love again?

Let this be our lesson in love
Let this be the way we remember us
I don't wanna be cruel or vicious
And I ain't asking for forgiveness
All I ask is

If this is my last night with you
Hold me like I'm more than just a friend
Give me a memory I can use
Take me by the hand while we do what lovers do
It matters how this ends
Cause what if I never love again?

Thinking
Still how to spend the rest of life... Really, I am preoccupied with the things which I just like to do for now and turned out that I am avoiding the questions I don't have answers yet like when are you going to go? Where exactly? Have you even started preparing? And all that jazz... So let me for now do it my way even that would mean I'm procrastinating hmmmnnn allow me to get to the point where I would dare go for it with my own two feet. 

Smelling
My pillow. I don't want you to imagine but it's only been a week since I hand washed the cover so don't get the most stingy imagination. Hahahahah

Wishing
I can be done with procrastination because on a regular days, I wake up at 7am and even choose to stay in bed and get up the time I should be in EDSA and wait for a bus to come. And I am left with no choice but ride the taxi at 9am when I should be at the office already at that time. Whew! Wish me luck to get over this laziness! 

Hoping
That I'll be able to get up later at 9am so I can be at the salon by the time they open at 10 so I can still have so much time to prepare for Sunday church at Feast with my good friend, Dhet chingu! Hihihihi Sunday singles at 2pm! Hoping for a productive day ahead!

Here's what I want my hair to look like later...

Wearing
My Simon t-shirt from The Simpsons paired with my short from the football ECCP cup wayback 2012? (I used the same shorts when I wrote the recent "currently" post. Hahahaha sometimes it just happens!

Loving
Adele's All I Ask song if you still don't know. And just in, I am loving the carpool segment of The Late Night Show with James Corden!!! Can't help but admire his groove whenever he's just singing with the guest artist! He can't be outshined at all my gosh! Hahahaha I recommend the Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson episodes and wait! Adele is on the latest so watch it puhlease!!! Hahahaha

Wanting
A vacation please somewhere I can catch up with right phase I need to be in by now that I I'll be making this biggest decision of my liiiiiifeeee! Ohhhh Where to go exactly?!??

Needing
More time to sleep, watch my favorite series and moments of silence for myself... I just can't pause without two timing that thing I am currently doing. You feel me there right? I think I am not alone in this when I say I am preoccupied with thoughts that worries me like the can't be stopped *future which also happend to be something we do not know. Ohhh so I  end it there.

Feeling
Weary and confused.