Since June is right around the corner and my Hobonichi wrap-up for May is still a work in progress, what better time to post my April Hobonichi Wrap-Up? 🙂 (Click here to start on my January wrap-up.)
Yes, this post is long overdue (it’s a little embarrassing that I’m starting almost all my recent blog posts with this huhu), but here it is—my Hobonichi February wrap-up! (Click here if you want to see my January wrap-up post.)
Happy birthday to me! Hehehe.
A-ha, you weren’t expecting another blog post so soon, eh? Well, a few days ago, I went to Bicol (my mom’s home province) for a mini-vacation with some of my relatives. It was such a nice treat right after my classes officially finished for the term. The night before we went to Bicol, I stayed at my relative’s home in Alabang for the night (since going to Bicol from my house way up north is just carsickness waiting to happen.) A few hours later (around 4 in the morning), we left Alabang and went through a 9-hour road trip to Bicol.
For reference, here is how far Bicol is from Alabang (and my house!)
Honestly, I don’t really remember much of the 9-hour drive. I mostly slept (so I wouldn’t get carsick), listened to the entire Hamilton OST, and played video games. We arrived just a bit after lunch time and rested up for the remainder of the day. The following morning, we went to Panicuason Hot Spring Resort!
Look how gorgeous and serene it is:
Hehe, spotted this little monkey statue. A lot of people go inside the hoop/ hug and take pictures in it.
The water is so clear!
It’s such a refreshing sight to see as compared to the buildings, noise, and smoke I see on an everyday basis in the city. We spent the rest of the day chilling around the resort. (I know, it doesn’t seem like I was that productive, but I DID work on my thesis while I was on this trip! Haha.) (Yes, I am one of those people.) The next day, we headed up the hill to see the view.
Here I go again with the late posts! (Huhu.) And, as usual, the cause of it is mostly school work and thesis! That’s right! By the time you’ll read this, I’m finished with the first part of my thesis (which would be the research and conceptualization) and I’m now working on the actual thesis itself! My thesis is a children’s book that I’ll be writing and illustrating myself. Wish me luck! (I’ll surely write a blog post about the entire process one of these days.)
Now, some backstory on this post. Two years ago, I submitted my application for PTT’s Seeding the Future ASEAN Camp and I didn’t get accepted. Not giving up, I tried out again this year with my best friend, Courtney (this is the first time the camp accepted applications by the pair!) After tensely waiting for weeks, we got the big news: we got accepted to the ASEAN Camp! Everything after that happened really fast—we met up with the other pairs who were picked as well, had a send-off party from the company, and packed for our trip!
Team PH from batch 2017 and earlier batches + admins of PTT!
The camp was held from November 19 to 24—yes, I didn’t go to classes for a week (excused, though.) Courtney slept over the night before our flight and we headed for the airport in the wee hours of the morning. We were really excited for several reasons: it was our first official trip abroad together, we were excited to meet new people, we were excited to learn new things, and we were excited to visit Thailand for the first time!
The morning of our departure!
Team Philippines! (L-R: Glen, Jardine, Phebe, Celine, Courtney, and me!)
BTS of our documenting everything, ha-ha!
A little selfie I took in the airport, hehe. (I sent this to my Thai friends, Pam and Mye!)
After a few hours of travel (and naps), we finally arrived in Bangkok, Thailand! We each bought internet sims and looked for the PTT representative that will pick us up. (We couldn’t believe that we were actually here!)
Team Philippines again! (L-R: Phebe, Celine, Jardine, me, Courtney, Miss Cheng–our rep from PTT PH, and Glen!)
We met up with other PTT pairs, too!
A few hours later, we were comfortably checked in our hotel and had some free time to lounge about before our first general assembly with the entire camp.
“Let’s take the cliché comfort room selfie here!”
With so many activities and getting-to-know-you games, I can confidently say that it was a night to remember. I met a lot of wonderful people (despite my introvert-self working double time memorizing everyone’s face + name, haha!) We even met another fellow Filipino who was based in Thailand (Mike!) After an overwhelming welcome from PTT and the entire camp (not to mention the memory game we had to play by memorizing everyone’s name—which I completely messed up huhu), we tucked in for the night, excited what the next few days would bring us.
PTT ASEAN Camp Family!
So much had happened throughout the next few days, and I wouldn’t dare write down every single detail down here. Instead, here’s a photo diary of the events that happened for the rest of the trip:
I knew I had to try and enter their lottery draw for seats. The next day, I got this in my email:
That’s a LOT!
The day before, I invited my bestie, Chiara, to have this feast with me. (And feast we did.) I was pretty excited because I’ve always wanted to try out Bad Bird, but never really got the chance to. We arrived at Robinsons Manila thirty minutes early and hungrily loitered around until 5:30 PM.
Little commemorative photo before anything!
Chiara looking over the menu.
Just a quick milestone + life update!
Last month, I’ve been invited by Sakura PH to teach a journaling workshop under Scribe PH’s event, Dear Diary!
My students + the event organizer!
It was such a milestone for me because I’ve never imagined that I’d get to teach my passions this way in the past. I’ve been unconsciously journaling all my life, and have only recently placed more effort into it through my Hobonichi (you could see my January spreads here!) It gives me such joy teaching people my passions and seeing them express themselves in different ways through journaling and writing.
Can’t wait to meet my next milestone. In the meantime, I’ll work hard to reach it.
[Also, (shameless plug hehe) I teach basic brush lettering and journaling by groups or even one-on-one! If you’re interested, kindly shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!]
After weeks of eagerly waiting (and saving), the Big Bad Wolf Book Fair finally makes its debut in the Philippines! I stayed up-to-date with the book fair, making sure that I didn’t miss a single post. Sure enough, they gave away hundreds of preview passes that’s good for the day before opening to the public. I-of course- had to join the contest and was one of the lucky people who won preview passes!
Bright and early on the 15th of February.
I invited my friends to come with me, as each pass allowed two people. Luckily, my university is near the venue (World Trade Center), so my best friend and I commuted. We left early in the morning and finally arrived around 8:30 AM, thirty minutes before opening!
I’m in love with the tickets!
Nicole and I! (My other two friends came in later and I didn’t get to take a photo with them.)
After impatiently waiting for thirty minutes, the doors finally opened and I was breathless with all the books around me!
Pays to go early!
I love how neatly all the books were stacked!
Gorgeous books for an even more gorgeous price!
Even their plastic is cute!
And so, the inevitable happens. I’m 20-years old!
(L-R): Me, Chiara, Courtney, Nicole, and Stacy!
This year, I celebrated with my best friends one day after my birthday (which was on February 10.) I made reservations at a nearby restaurant called The Frazzled Cook. I was drooling over the menu as the day approached, and I’m glad to say that it did not disappoint!
We started off with their Pizza Caprese (Php 295), which tasted really fresh and cheesy;
then followed with Fish and Fries (Php 245), which was so soft and their fries tasted uniquely good;
next would be their family-sized Truffle Pasta (Php 515). It was incredibly fragrant, delicious, and creamy! Drool!
We ended dinner with their Seafood Paella for 5 (Php 600) – while it may look small, it’s kind of like buried treasure since you’ll have to really dig through it! Yummy. To down it all down, we had a single pitcher of Homemade Iced Tea (Php 225).
For dessert, we transferred to Victorino’s, which was conveniently nearby.
Tad late on this post! Oh, well.
Early November last year, I went to Hong Kong with my family for a short 4-day trip, and I was (again) in charge of the itinerary.
Day 1: November 3
Touchdown, Hong Kong!
We had snacks here (I ordered a mantou – one of my favs!)
I was pleasantly surprised to find a “My Cup Noodle Factory” here! (Something to do when I visit HK again.)
Since it was a short trip, and our only two priorities were Disneyland and Ngong Ping, we stayed at Novotel Citigate, which was literally 10 minutes (or less) away from the airport. It was super convenient because they provided us a free shuttle to the hotel from the airport, it was two stops away from Hong Kong Disneyland, and from our hotel window view –
Ngong Ping was just within walking distance!
Since it was still pretty early, I convinced my mom to go shopping with my in Causeway Bay (while everyone else took a nap to catch up on much-needed sleep.) No Hong Kong trip for me would be complete without a visit to IKEA, after all.
Day 2: November 4
Rise and shine! Today, we’ll be going to Hong Kong Disneyland – yay!
If you know me, I make it a point to go from opening hours and leave closing hours just to make the most out of my day.
My little sister, Hannah!
Sisters selfie 💖
It was such a beautiful, sunny day in Disneyland (though it did rain later in the evening.)
We were welcomed in the park with a mini-parade!