Hello, everyone! Just wanted to share a small update! My third term in university just started two weeks ago, and I’ve been keeping myself pretty occupied lately.
First, if you noticed on my blog, I have a new tab labeled “Features (When in Manila)”. I’ve finally achieved my dream of being an actual contributor to a website/publication! I’ve published one article so far and there’s another one on the way! Thank you for all the love and support! I’m one step closer to achieving my dreams!
Second, I’ve bought/got some things this month and I want to share them with you!
Several months ago, Coldplay announced that they’ll be having a concert here in the Philippines – as expected, tickets sold out right away, so even if you DID have the means to watch their concert, you couldn’t watch (and that’s already around 35,000 tickets)! My best friend, Courtney (whom you probably would recognize from this blog post) is an avid fan and was devastated when she found out that she wouldn’t be able to watch. As a supportive best friend, I couldn’t just stand by and do nothing – so I searched for every single contest for tickets available and joined as much as I could. Our last shot was Pepsi’s contest:
I swallowed my pride and embarrassment and used my ~communication arts skills~ to good use and made the video (which can be viewed on my Instagram (@philosophieyu). We had so much fun making the video and after a few days –
Last month, my favorite local bookstore Fully Booked sent me a newsletter about children’s books followed by a link with their top ten recommendations (click here to read it)!
At the bottom of the list, they announced that they were giving away specially curated sets of children’s books! I excitedly joined. They only asked for two things: one, to visit their Facebook page (which I usually do, anyways); and two, to leave a comment on their list answering the question “what is your favorite children’s book?” I answered from the heart and a few weeks later –
I haven’t updated my Japan 2016 blog in a LONG time – but bear with me. I’m writing it slowly, and you should expect a post probably next week (if school work doesn’t drown me).
In the meantime – I’m very excited to announce that for the past month, I’ve been working on a secret project. I was looking through my past photos when I was in Japan and I was suddenly struck with inspiration – why don’t I make a photo album? So that’s what I did – I combined my photography, my brush lettering, and my photo editing skills together in one huge project.
Join me as I take a trip down memory lane through my photo album!
It was a difficult process to choose only a hundred photos for the entire album – I distributed it to 20 photos a month (excluding the collages, it counts as “1 photo”) – but after much deliberation, I finally completed it. I arranged the photos in the order that it happened. If some photos don’t make much sense, it’s because it’s probably an inside joke or story. Maybe if I have the time, I’ll write about it in my future blog posts!
Without further adieu, here it is! The product of several sleepless nights, blood, sweat, and tears:
Last week, on the tenth of February, I finally turned 19. It was such a bittersweet feeling because this would be my last year where I’d have a “1” at the beginning of my age. I’m starting to feel my age catch up to me – before I know it, I’ll be 20 already (which feels really weird since I feel like I’m 17, I probably look 16, but I’m already 19?!)
On my actual birthdate, I didn’t really do much but stay at home and have a quiet day with my family. We had the cliché Filipino birthday party food of spaghetti and fried chicken (courtesy of Amber’s HAHA).
Forget A Walk to Remember, yesterday was a day to remember!
Yesterday – February 4, 2017 – I met up with some of my Filipino / Philippine-based friends from when I went on an exchange program in Japan last year. We met because of the exchange program, and have been good friends ever since! Anyways, we decided to head for the Katipunan area because initially, we wanted to eat at a restaurant situated in that area. We changed our minds later on when we were weighing out the cost of the imaginary possible bill. Instead, we decided to tick one thing off our bucket list: going to Breakout Philippines.
If you’ve been following my blog or my social media accounts, you’ll probably know or have some kind of idea that I’ve been going to escape games a lot. Yesterday would mark my 5th time. One reason I keep going back is because escape games are so much fun; my mind and my observation skills are tested here along with teamwork and cooperation with friends. Another reason would be the fact that I was never able to successfully escape yet. I’ve had a lot of close calls (99% – ugh, 60%, 80%, and 70%), but I never got to escape…
UNTIL THIS DAY:
BAM. WE ESCAPED with twenty seconds to spare! The last five minutes were really intense; we were ready to give up and call it quits when the last clue revealed itself – there was a lot of screaming and running afterward.
Last December 28, 2016, to January 1, 2017, my family and I decided to go local and went to Palawan for our New Year celebration. We rode the plane for a one and a half hour flight for Puerto Princessa.
On our first day, we stayed in Puerto Princessa and checked in Aziza Paradise Hotel. It was my first time to go to Palawan, so I was pleasantly surprised by the quiet beauty of the place. We arrived pretty late in the afternoon, so we headed to the nearby mall for some last-minute shopping for the beach and had a quiet dinner in the hotel restaurant.
We all went to bed early, because we had an early start the next day since we’ll be heading for El Nido by bus. I braced myself for the 6-hour long journey. (Luckily, I prepared for the trip beforehand and loaded my phone with three seasons of FRIENDS!)
Fast forward to six to seven hours later, we finally arrived at our inn! We stayed in the MaryGold Beachfront Inn, which had a beautiful view of the beach:
We spent the remainder of the day playing in the sand and swimming in the beach.
As a bookworm, one of my ultimate goals is to actually go to a book signing. Of course, when the opportunity presents itself, I make sure to grab it with two hands. Luckily, my university was hosting a book signing, I decided to go for it. Unfortunately, I haven’t finished reading the book before the signing but I still decided to go since it would be cool to actually meet an international author! Miss Hanya Yanagihara just so happened to be at the right place and at the right time. I had her book A Little Lifeon my Goodreads’s “to-read” shelf for a while and decided to go for it.