Goodbye August, Hello September

September is the official start of ber months, which is also the start of Christmas countdown. Daaaang I can’t believe we’re (-THIS-) close to December and January. Anyhow, earlier this year I was expecting that by this time, I am already close to living the dream. Well, maybe not close, but a step ahead. The thing is, life happened so I have to wait…again. The good thing about it tho is I have another year to save and prepare for whatever is needed of me. If you’ve read my  Goodbye June, Hello July post you’d know what I’m talking about. But yaaaas forget about that because all I need in life right now is to be genuinely happy with everything that’s going on in my life, and to start and end each month with a more positive vibe.

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#DanicaMeetsWorld: When In Laguna

When in Laguna

Last year, May of 2015 to be exact my dad’s home for my graduation and he planned a trip going to Laguna to meet his friends who were also in PH that time, and of course for us to bond. Laguna is in the South of the Philippines, and we’re coming from the North which means one thing…road trip. I don’t know about you guys but road trips always excite me. I just love the idea of leaving the house while it’s still dark, watching the sunrise on the road, windows down enjoying the cold wind as you tuck yourself in the car with your blanket and pillow. And ahhhhh stop overs for food and coffee, who doesn’t love that?

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Karle’s 20th birthday celebration in tagaytay

Karle's 20th

I was organizing my laptop files when I stumbled upon old photos from my friend’s 20th birthday in Tagaytay 2 years ago. It was a very spontaneous night. We were supposed to just have dinner in BGC and  spend the rest of the night in a 24-hour coffee shop. But when we all got in the car, we’ve decided to just go to Tagayatay instead even if we all don’t have any idea on what to do there.

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Thoughts on Extrajudicial Killing of a 21-year old filipina

THOUGHTS

Extrajudicial killing according to Wikipedia is the killing of a person by governmental authorities without the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process. The Philippines had numerous incidences of extrajudicial killings since newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte started his term.

Some Filipinos think it’s a good thing, others think it’s unethical and very inhumane. I’ve seen thousands of arguments being thrown all over social media about this issue. People debating on facebook posts and twitter trying to prove his/her own opinion. Some comments make sense, they have a point. Most comments, uhmmm….idk, they sound like fans trying to defend their idols.

I myself tho, don’t know where I stand in this issue. I’ve decided to share my thoughts about this just to get this out once and for all. Every time I see people arguing on facebook/twitter, I always feel like I want to get involved with the thread, but never did because I don’t know if it’s worth my time. Still, it bugs me not having able to voice it out. Not that it matters, and not that people would care about what I wanna say, but I want to.

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Goodbye July, Hello August

 

Goodbye July, Hello August

Oh wow, hi August! This time last year, I was what? Uh i don’t know. Contemplating on life maybe. Stressing myself over work and whatnot. 2 weeks after is my sister’s 19th birthday, the same day when my grandfather died. How tragic right? Well wow! I can’t believe it’s been a year. I can still remember how I tried to keep myself together, how I tried to keep myself sane because I had to call our office manager and ask if I could take a leave. Well guess what, the moment I uttered the word “Ms.” I burst into tears.

My grandfather always drives me to Dangwa (a flower market in the Philippines) whenever I have to buy flowers to surprise my mom, but the same month last year, for the first and the last time, the person who always goes to Dangwa with me became the reason why I went there. And no, not to surprise him, but to buy him flowers for his funeral.

Ehhh but enough of that, I know he doesn’t want us to remember him like this. So yaaaas how was July for you guys? Mine’s pretty fun and productive I guess. Continue Reading

#DanicaVlogs: GoPro Hero 4 Video Test

My long overdue video blog is finally up on my channel!

I recorded everything (almost) 2 months ago…and I lazily tried to finish editing it yesterday (no color corrections and whatnot). Anyhow, the videos were taken when I went to Malolos with my mom and my sister, the day after I got my GoPro. I thought it was a perfect day to bring it with me to test the device since it’s going to be a long drive. And guess what, I was right! We spent half of the day on the road because it’s kinda far from where we live, and we got lost for a couple of times. It was fun tho because I saw other places in Bulacan (which i didn’t know existed), and it was a roadtrip!

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After Midnight Hits | 01

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You smoke more than the usual…and stress is the easiest answer you could think of for your action, when the truth is, you want to get rid of the taste of him on your lips. You want to get rid of the marks he left and the pain buried in your chest. Every time a cigarette is in your mouth is a chance not to mention his name. Every time a stick is lit, you hope that the smoke that comes from it would take the sting away…but it doesn’t. And never will.

Soon, all the sticks are used up leaving trails of burnt matches. You’ll then realize that what’s left is the taste of him on your lips and the sad reality that he’s gone.

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Goodbye June, Hello July

Goodbye June, Hello July

What happened to June? I feel like the last time I wrote a Goodbye, Hello series was a week ago…uh that was OA, but seriously that’s how it feels. Today marks the start of the second half of the year, which excites and scares me to be honest. You know, thinking about the resolutions and the plans you have back in January, it’s like I don’t know if I’m making progress.

A lot has happened this month tho, and an awful event will not make it to this month’s wrap up because just by thinking about it still hits me at the lowest possible level and I’m still trying to move on from the embarrassment it caused me and my existence chos haha (this part sounds like a joke, but whatever).

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#DanicaMeetsWorld: When in La Union

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I googled the exact number of beaches in the Philippines and Wikipedia gave me a list that I lazily tried to count but gave up when I reached 300 because it’s like an endless list of thousand beaches that you can find in the Philippines. But anyway, I don’t know about you guys, but I used to hate beaches growing up. If we’d go to a place with just beach and no pool, you can never count me in.

Things changed when I stalked Kimi Juan and RV. Everytime I look at their beach photos, I regret not making the most out of the freedom I have to explore and enjoy what this country has to offer – beautiful beaches. That’s why when I was asked by a friend if I wanna go to La Union earlier this year, I didn’t hesitate to say no.

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21 THINGS I LEARNED WHEN I TURNED 21

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The night  before my 21st birthday, I was talking to my best friend about how birthdays after your 18th birthday (applicable to girls only, I guess) feels unexciting. Idk…maybe that’s just us. When we were younger, we’re so excited to grow up so we can do things that we are not allowed to do.

When I turned 18, while waiting outside the restaurant where my family and I went to celebrate my ~debut~ I jokingly asked my mom if I’m already allowed to go out with friends to drink and have fun. It’s the things that we haven’t tried that excites us to be an adult. Little did we know that the shift to adulthood isn’t filled with sparkles and fancy things where everything is as magical as when fairy godmother waved her wand.

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