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Bandwidth 2016

Last Friday, our unofficial band, #touchTomorrow (shorthand: #touch2mrw), competed at Bandwidth 2016 (company event) semi-finals for Cebu, and guess what?

We won first place! :D

All those nights of practice finally paid off! We’re going to Manila on the last week of January for the finals with the Manila bands.

Thanks to all our colleagues who supported us (and Neil for the pics below)! And well, good luck to us! :P

Taken before our number
Taken before our number
Our very talented guitarist with my beloved guitar! Hahaha. :P
Our very talented guitarist with my beloved guitar! Hahaha. :P
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2015: The Year That Was

I started this year by launching this blog. At that time, I was already contemplating on what I’m gonna do with my online engagements since it was already stressing me out, what with everyone posting contrived snapshots of their lives. Also, I was still struggling (but winning) with my quarter-life crisis.

I was still in Manila for work during the first 2 months of this year. It was a great 6 months (the assignment started last September 2014) for I learned how to be more independent. On the first day of March, I was already back in Cebu. Here’s a summary of how my 2015 went since I came home:

  • I deleted my social media accounts, and I have no regrets ever since! My life has become more peaceful and more meaningful, and the changes brought about by this purge were very welcome! Until now, I still don’t have the urge to go back to social media. I do have a private Facebook account without a friends list and without updates. I just use it for chatting in a conference with close friends, and with Mumu.
  • I sweated a lot this year for trekking mountains/peaks: Mt. Pulag (the best so far!), Mt. Kan-irag (Sirao Peak), Mt. Hibok-Hibok, Mt. Hambubuyog, Mt. Mauyog, Mt. Manunggal, Mago Peak, and Mt. Talinis. After Mt. Talinis, I told myself and my friends that it might take a while before I go trekking again due to the stress I experienced that time (haha).
  • Aside from trekking, I was also able to travel to Camiguin (during the Holy Week), Bantayan Island (to beat the summer heat), Samboan (to visit some falls after our Mt. Hambubuyog trek), Bohol (Gawad Kalinga Hope Conference 2015), Moalboal (island hopping & beach resort), Balamban (town fiesta), and Zamboanga del Sur (celebration with Mumu’s family).
  • I became a part of a new circle of friends at work after I got transferred to a new project. These people are crazy as hell, and I love them! Days in the office don’t go boring when they’re around (charot)!
  • Our family was given a dog, and Mumu bought 2 dogs. Our days have changed ever since they came — they’re such wonderful companions!
  • Mumu and I embarked on our 2nd out-of-the-country trip together to celebrate our birthdays. We spent one night in Singapore (we were just in Changi Airport, really) and one week in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Sapa, and Ha Long Bay). It wasn’t one of our best trips (one factor: scammers), but it was still enjoyable nonetheless. I will blog about this trip soon.
  • I only got to read 15 out of 20 books that I’ve targeted. But heck, that’s already 100+% more than what I’ve achieved in the previous years (6/10 for both 2013 & 2014)!

If I were to describe 2015 in one sentence, I’d say it was a year of purging and keeping it simple. There were a lot of things I decided to let go — social media, my previous project at work, some hobbies — ‘coz I wanted to focus more on what’s important. And I want to continue acknowledging and discovering things and dreams that really matter to me and channel my energy towards achieving them.

I can’t wait to start 2016 already! Happy new year, guys! Thank you for sticking around even though I don’t get to update this blog regularly anymore. :P

Disclaimer: The image I used in this post is not mine.

Life as of Late #010

Hi! Merry Christmas to you (sorry, late greeting)! :D

I’m currently on vacation for the holidays (since last week), and I’ve been pretty busy at home! Aside from browsing 9gag (I do this a lot) and reading books and articles, I spend most of my time being a mother to 3 dogs. It gets exhausting, but seeing their all too cute faces — I couldn’t complain! :P

The weeks that passed since my last life-lately update were pretty eventful:

  1. Mumu got another Chow Chow (pure) named Garfield. He’s one chunky dog!
  2. I went to Moalboal again with my teammates at work to have our own team building activity. We stayed at Hale Manna Beach Resort & Coastal Gardens.
  3. I got promoted to the next level at work. Yay! :P
  4. Our group joined and played at an acoustic night in the office. I’m not one who finds it easy performing in front of a crowd, but I did anyway!
  5. I treated my teammates to dinner at Burrow Lounge for my birthday, and some of us went to Live Cafe Mac after for an acoustic night. I got to sing again in front of a small (thank God!) crowd at my friends’ bidding!
  6. Mumu and I celebrated our birthdays out of the country — in Singapore and Vietnam. More on that in another blog post soon. :)
  7. The only Christmas parties I’ve joined are those with my officemates — immediate team and some other teams. Hahaha.
  8. Here’s a short list of the books I finished reading since my last update:
    • The Magician by Michael Scott
    • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    • Confess by Colleen Hoover

    I’m currently reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

  9. Mumu and I have already started with some investments. This might be a major reason why I won’t be traveling much in the coming months. Awww. :( But I know I will still have some small adventures. :P

It’s almost the end of the year! I’m still thinking whether I should make a year-ender post for 2015 or a year-starter for 2016. Or both? Or none. Whatever. :P

Autumn in South Korea: Everland

After I strolled around the neighborhood on my first day in Seoul, I went on a 2-hour trip to Yongin, Gyeonggi to visit Everland. I know, Everland is not the kind of place to be alone and it’s a whole lot better to experience it with friends, but moping wasn’t gonna help (and I didn’t plan on doing that).

Since I was alone, I decided not to take most of the rides and just walk around and take in the beauty of the surroundings — it was a very autumn visit! Photo dump ahead. :)

autumn trees

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Autumn in South Korea: First Moments

My trip to South Korea happened around a year ago. I’m not sure why I never got around to blogging about it — maybe I got too busy with life? I dunno. Anyway, for those who were waiting for my South Korea posts (if any), this is the start! I will post an itinerary soon after I recall everything that happened. :P

This trip has been one for the books — it was a surreal experience, and I owe most of it to the fact that it was my first autumn ever! The first time I saw the colors of fall and felt the cold breeze, I knew I was gonna have a great time. And I wasn’t wrong. :)

I arrived in Seoul on a cold Thursday night, and just like my first ever international flight, I was alone (I wasn’t lonely, though). Backstory: we were supposed to be 6 people on this trip, but 4 backed out months before and the remaining one was assigned to work in Thailand. She didn’t back out, though. She was just arriving the next day. As “sad” as it might sound, I was actually pretty okay with it since I never had/have problems with solo travel.

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