Spring/Summer 2016 : a Photo Diary

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It’s spring again! Yey! Hello sun! 😍😍😍

I made my annual trip to the Philippines last April (through May). Went back to Canada, worked for a week, and flew to US for a week-long roaming. Jetlag is for amateurs! Here’s a photo diary of my most recent travels:

Sunset by the beach (Nasugbu, Batangas)


Me and my cousins beaching together (pun intended. Fortune Island)


Paradise is just an hour drive from home (Nasugbu, Batangas)


Never sleep, Manhattan


Washington, DC


Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC

Lincoln gave me the goosebumps. One of the best places I’ve been to. (Lincoln Memorial Monument, Washington, DC)


Visiting JFK’s resting place (Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia)


Harbour tour at Baltimore, Maryland


Run Forest! Run! (Baltimore, Maryland)


Dropped by Philly to try these cheese steaks (Philadelpia, Pensylvania)


Atlantic City Boardwalk (New Jersey)


One Twin Tower (New York City)


Radio City (New York)


Walk in Brooklyn Bridge


Good eats (New York)

Morning stroll in South Central Park (New York)


Broadway musical at Times Square (New York)


My cousins’ happy ever after (New Jersey)

Guitar Man

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guitar man, playing sweetly with his soft fingertips;

this adamant girl, you managed to sweep her off her feet.

two glasses of wine, then she was brave enough to open her door,

long conversations ’til she tore down her much guarded wall.



guitar man, please never play and fool around;

never let her tear create a puddle on the ground.

promise her that you’ll never go astray,

even when all pretty girls lined up and come your way.




guitar man, she now holds you close to her dear heart;

With so much joy and happiness – sorrows go and depart;

She deeply prays you’ll be together and would never be apart;

To have and to hold, the vow to keep and your lives as one would start.

Spring 2016

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“so plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to give you flowers.”

I planted some tulips late last summer so that I have something to look forward to, come spring.

Last year was crazy busy. I expanded my comfort zone and tired myself to death. I didn’t die though. I became happier.

 The past experiences had taught me to look after myself and love myself more. I became more independent. I learned to find happiness from within myself, but it doesn’t mean that I am cold. I just realized that I don’t need any drama in my life. Sure I could lend an ear and offer advice to those in pain, but it doesn’t mean that I have to absorb them. I learned to be more patient and understanding. That the more you give, the more you receive.

Travelling became addictive, I’m always itching to go out and explore nature.

I fixed my room, re-painted it and did all the interiors.

I fed the artist in me; I drew, painted, created wall-arts, and handed them to my excited friends.

I did yoga, and yes meditating truly helps. It clears your mind and cleanses your soul.

I made goals and tried to fulfill each one of them.

I fell in and out of love without the whole world knowing.

And I planted my favorite flowers.

 

Sorry

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You hate me. You have every right to hate me.You will tell stories about me as though I’m a monster. You wish our paths will never cross. You wish you never knew me. I am a memory you never want to remember.

But I want to tell you something, something I might not be able to say straight to your innocent face. I love you. I never meant to hurt your feelings. I never meant to ruin your faith. And I never meant to stood you up. 

I regret everything I did. I regret the choices I made because I was afraid. I was afraid not of being in a relationship, but I was afraid of wasting my time. I don’t know the consequences of my choices, but I know I have to live up to it. I must suffer for bringing you pain. Pain that you don’t deserve. Pain because I was selfish.

I love you, and you were everything I’ve prayed for. I’m sorry.

Ikea Inspired

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I did a fixer-upper of my room at the house I moved in last August. The room was originally painted purple with kid-art wallpaper as it was owned by a 9 yr old girl.

I used my old red Brimmes 3-drawer chest as an inspiration to the whole design. 

 Before:  

Re-painted the entire room including the walk-in closet.  

After: 

It took me and my close friend 50hrs to fix everything, including the walk-in closet, cable routing and all. Spot all the Ikea! 

Plus Ribba frames for some of the arts I did; all hanged at the hallway leading to my room.    
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The Husband, the Wife and the Mistress

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One friend admitted to me that she’s had a relationship with a married man. “This girl must be watching too much TV” was the first thought that entered my mind. I was just surprised because she’s smart and beautiful and I never thought it would even ever cross her weird mind. “So why’d you end it?” I asked of her. I didn’t have to hear her answer, I know what she’s going to say… it’s not worth it or it’s a waste of time.

I’ve read a couple of articles, watched a couple of movies and series about bigamy, the other woman, cheating and divorce. It seems to me that the one who got away is the bravest, yet still the most vulnerable. She may be the smartest, but she’s emotionally soft.

Most people would think that it’s always the other woman who’s getting less of the bargain, but it’s not actually the case. The other woman gets the better deal because she’s the one who has the freedom to find someone else. The cheating husband on the other hand could opt to stay in his marriage mainly because he doesn’t want to go through all the hassle of separation, legally. I have to exclude love as a reason for staying, for a husband who truly loves his wife will never dare to cause her pain. As for the wife, I can only imagine the emotional torture it will give her knowing her husband stayed not because of reconciliation but only because of comfort and practicality. If the husband cheats twice, it becomes a hobby. And the picture of the other women will haunt her for the entirety of her marriage.

I’m not siding on the other woman here; in fact, my friends confession made me see both sides of the coin. The mere mention of the word marriage now frightens my wits. Because I never and I still don’t believe in divorce, I believe that once you make that sacred vow; that sacred promise; you must keep it. In sickness (cheating) and in health, until death do you part. And the question I have for myself is “will I be able to handle all the pain?”, “will I be able to bar all major catastrophes just to save my marriage?” All I know now is that there are many ways to skin a cat, even though I haven’t even come up with one.

I understand those who chose to part ways; those who chose to escape chaos, those who’ve said enough is enough. I understand those who cheated; those who fell on the trap and did what is right even though it’s not fair. I understand those who chose to forgive; those who endured and will endure so much pain, those who chose to stay for whatever it’s worth.

Happiness is a choice, although often it might seem otherwise. I hope reality never find its reason to teach me a lesson about polygamy in marriage.

Note

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The past few months had you feeling stuck at a situation where you know exactly what to do but don’t  have the courage to change it. You were trying to assess everything, hoping the events would eventually turn to your favor without having to work out on it. You were pondering day by day, holding onto what little hope you had.The thing is you weren’t lacking on motivation; as you know for sure how fickle motivation is. It comes and it goes. But rather, you were lacking on discipline. So in order for you to move forward, you have to be vigilant.

So learn to compromise without abandoning your ideals. Especially with people, you’ll tend to feel obligated to them for sentimental reason, even when no bond exists. Learn to let go much more quickly than you habitually do. Avoid becoming dependent on others, and you need to socialize.

It’s important that you accept change, and that you accept people on their own merits. Don’t let disappointments keep you down, especially where relationships are concerned; let your intuition guide you in all types of relationships and trust your first impressions. Again, be vigilant. It’s important that you don’t give up on your plans and goals.

One day, you’ll look back and realize how well you have handled everything. How the past experiences have honed you to become a better person than you were before. Never give up. Stay positive for always. 

 

Carpe Diem

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About four years ago I met a young lady who’s to envy as she seems to live life to fullest. She’s well-traveled, always smiling, and a philanthropist I suppose. An accident killed her that faithful week when I was about to drop her a message to tell her how happy I am that I met her and how she inspires me and would love to travel with her. It was that car accident that took her life and taught me a lesson about living. 

Just at her early 20’s, the sudden death came as a shock. I realized then that life really is too short and you’ll never know what’s going to happen. So it’s better to live life without regrets, try your best to always be happy, do everything that you want, and accomplish your dreams. Forgive but never forget. Be vocal yet try not to hurt anyone with your words. Be kind and honest. Say sorry and mean it. Be generous in giving complements. Get out of that routine and mundane life. Carpe that freakin’ Diem//

True North Summer: Photo Diary

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2015 summer adventures at the true north…

 

Picnic at Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Weekend BBQ at Elk Island, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Strolling at Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    

Crypt Lake Hike, Waterton , Alberta, Canada

  

The View at Crypt Lake Hike, Waterton , Alberta, Canada

 

Skydiving at Golden, British Columbia, Canada

  

Whitewater Rafting at Kicking Horse, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Admiring the Northern Lights, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

 
  

one and a half: a photo diary

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Siem Reap Cambodia 2014

Laguna Philippines 2014

 

Lake Louise AB Canada 2014

  

  

Waterton Canada 2014

 
 

Victoria BC Canada 2014

  

Vancouver BC Canada 2014

Athabasca Falls Canada 2014

Palawan Philippines 2015

Calgary AB Canada 2015

Seattle WA USA 2015

Mt Vernon WA USA 2015

West Yellowstone National Park, USA 2015

Glacier National Park, USA 2015