February 17, 2020

GILIW KOrus: UP Concert Chorus, My Love

The actual tagline of the concert was Love is Our Song, but my title is what last night actually meant to me. Despite the somber beginnings of this homecoming concert (the idea spurred by a death in our ranks), it became a memorable gathering for 130 or so alumni from all over the world. 58 Years of Music My favorite moment of the night came as early as the invocation, when it felt like the entire Bahay ng Alumni was singing The Majesty and Glory of His Name. I was so moved by the moment, so thankful to share this […]
January 20, 2020
How to Pay for BIR registration fee without leaving home

How To Pay For Your BIR Registration Fee Without Leaving Home

Another year means another tax season! 😅 Ever since I sorted out my taxes as a freelance professional, I’ve really tried my best to do things right to avoid late penalties and the like. In previous years, I’d gotten comfortable with making trips to my RDO (regional district office) to manually file documents. By doing so, I had plenty of people to ask about the right procedures or for any updates. Luckily, I’m not alone in this adulting. I have several friends with whom I’ve formed a sort of “Taxes Support Group”, and can confer with regarding this matter. So, […]
January 13, 2020
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I Sold 4 of Our Cars in 4 Hours: Lessons on Online Sales and Letting Go

I have an ongoing struggle with “letting go,” but with more mindful practice, I feel like I made progress in leaps and bounds last year. Those who truly know me can attest to my being clingy and overly sentimental, making it very difficult for me to say goodbye – to people, places, experiences – and to throw things away. The latter may be traced back to both my parents who, for lack of a less pejorative term, are both pack rats. The Surprise So imagine my surprise when I came home from Thailand, and dad casually asked for help in […]
January 4, 2020

New Year, New Destination!

Thrilled to experience a new place at the turn of the year. Dumping some quick first impressions of Ko Samui, and a bunch of photos from Day 1.
September 27, 2019
Greta Thunberg and Kodi Lee

Behind Every Kodi and Greta

I’m a little late to the fanfare, but this week, I finally had the chance to sit down and catch up on the Internet. Two people named Kodi Lee and Greta Thunberg were very prominent on my feed; so I clicked and followed links, like a moth lured by the social media flame. I watched videos of America’s Got Talent‘s newest champion, Kodi. He was introduced as a 22-year old blind man with autism, and his audition blew me away. Next, I read up on Greta, a 16-year old environmental activist. Only in later articles did I come across the […]
September 12, 2019

An Addictive Personality & Learning a New Language

This past April, while visiting at my friend Ekay’s house, she introduced me to a Japanese reality show called Terrace House. We didn’t even finish an entire episode, but it had piqued my interest enough that I decided to look for it on Netflix a few days later. I’m not sure how it happened, but suddenly I was watching it at every spare moment. I even downloaded episodes for when I was out of the house, and finished 3 seasons in a month. 😅 I’m a believer of the theory that what occupies your mind manifests in your life, so […]
August 22, 2019
Family Picture at a Wedding

A New Season in Sydney | Winter Wedding, Part 2

My sister is currently on their honeymoon, and I’ve only gotten around to posting about the day of the wedding. 👏🏽 Can I have a slow clap for being so good at this? 😑 Picking up from where I left off on my previous post, here’s a timeline of how things happened on July the 20th. Some photos of this destination wedding by Ry, some grabbed from the wedding suppliers, but most are my own. 05:30 I was soaking in the silence of the place as the sun made its way slowly overhead. My sister appeared calm, but I knew […]