2016’s Bes


With a bang if I may add. Sobrang kupal ng taon na ‘to na hanggang sa huling sandali madami siyang paandar. Pwedeng awat na, mumsh?

BUT! In fairness naman and to 2016’s defense, on a micro-level (naks micro???) it isn’t as bad as it looks. In one of my conversations with Sosep, we agreed that this year for us is pretty okay naman all things considering. It doesn’t hurt to be grateful and celebrate the good things that happened this que horror year.

So that’s what I’m going to do! Presenting my 2016’s bes(t):

1. Hello 25, it me.

aka THE ULTIMATE TEST OF FRIENDSHIP. I spent my birthday with my friends, family, and the love of my life: Jollibee.

2. Live from New York!

I’ve always wanted to fly to NYC and it felt like after THREE FAILED ATTEMPTS and countless hours of waiting at the airport, when the boarding pass was handed to me to FINALLY fly to JFK parang maiiyak yata ako bezzy kasi pakshet +19 hours ‘to of panis laway. Char.


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I also got to spend time with my aunts and cousins which is pretty friggin awesome!



It’s weird that I only got to spend three days with NYC but there is still so much to see and experience! I miss it… wow clingy????? Sana makabalik ako next year! Sana marami rin akong anda!

3. Music!

My resolution for 2016 is to go out more. And go out, I did. Ika nga ng nanay ko, “SAAN NA NAMAN ANG LAMYERDA MO??”

Best pa rin ‘yung eLBindiefest kasi hindi ko kinailangang lumuwas! PLUS, my favorites/friends got to experience the LB crowd for the first time!

Tom’s Story

You can check out their music: tide/edit | Tom’s Story

4. Friends!

Going out more comes with meeting new people and spending more time with the old!

5. Lucas and Tita B diaries was born!

I think we can all agree na ang tunay na ~*star*~ ng taong ito at ng buhay ko yes wow ay aking super duper cute sungit at sutil na pamangkin!

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When people comment na uy ang sarap ng may bata sa bahay kasi may laruan kami. Ang totoo niyan, kaming lahat ang laruan ni Lucas. Hindi mo ‘yan mauuto. Laging may panabla hindi ka mananalo diyan!

Patay nga lang kapag in-english mo na. Ganito ‘yan:

Person: Hi Lucas, how was your day?

Lucas: I’m four!


Kung essay writing contest ‘to, talo na ako. Ayoko na mag-reflect, guys. Pagod na pagod na akong mag-isip…

Magmamahal na lang ako.


If you’re one of the reasons why 2016’s ain’t so bad, ty po! Cheers to making new friends, exploring new places, passing my comprehensive exams, graduating, and falling in love in 2017! The best is yet to come!

Luv u guys lyk a luv song!


No crisis, just quarter-life

Hello, 25. It me.

Akala ko magkakaroon ng parang cosmic transformation when someone turns 25. Wala lang. It feels like a ~big thing~. Mga kasal nga nagse-celebrate ng silver anniversary e, so parang hey! I’m still here! I’m a functioning, most-of-the-time decent human being! Yey me! Yey parents!

Wala naman masyadong ganap. Like internally (YES kayanin mo ‘yan, muntik ko na i-type from within).

Sa totoo lang, guys, wala naman na akong time mag-reflect. Between work and school, sobrang hectic grabe ‘ni hindi na ako makapag-emote sa bus! Natutulog na lang ako! Like last week, buti ginising ako nung kundoktor kung hindi Cubao ang bagsak ko. If you expect me to go back to LB that day and go to work, nagkakamali ka. Magmo-mall na lang ako.

BUT I still do have time for dramarama sa madaling araw. Kadiri yung feelings ko minsan. At least alam nating lahat na hindi pa naman ako nagiging full-blown halaman.

ANYWAY, it’s been a week since my 25th birthday hanash! I spent it at Jollibee with closest friends and family. The party is secretly called MAHAL NIYO NAMAN AKO DIBA: A TEST OF FRIENDSHIP.

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Episode CCCLXV: Return of the Belay

Hey guys!!!

Kumusta? How are you spending your holidays? Ako, eto nagre-regenerate ng isip, puso, at diwa for 2016. Noong pumatak ang December 1, it felt like I’m so over everything. I was so spent! In tagalog, lamog. Joke that’s not the direct translation but you get what I mean.

Me as of 1 Dec 2015


Break ko ngayon from my isip puso at diwa regeneration because it’s that time of the year again!

Sobrang napaghahalataan na ang dami kong arte sa buhay.

On a happier sidenote: I like December 31s. Everyone is so positive! Parang ‘yung mga tao lumaklak ng sunshine at pag-asa. December 31 is the happiest ending we experience AND we do it annually. WHOA.

Hehehehehe anyway…

A few days ago, Sosep and I were talking about our failed, almost-love lives (haha, so kailan kaya tayo magiging successful) when he asked me how my 2015 was and how would I describe it.

It could’ve been better. And I only have myself to blame. Looking back, I took each day as it passed – some days were outstanding, most would just suck the outstanding out of me. In short, the bad outweighed the good, making me unleash my inner Kylo Ren all year. In my head, 2015 sucked ass. It’s not only until I decided to pick out my 2015 best nine for Instagram when I realized that, “P*nyeta. Tu-meen angst ako for nothing!” Sabi ng teen angst ko: Better late than never!

Siguro ganito feeling ni Darth Vader noong nagbalik loob na sya sa light side of the Force.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Love


Circa 2011

This photo was taken on my 20th birthday. My friends screamed “GROUP HUG!!!” and there I was, drowning in everyone’s embraces. You can’t even see me! This is one of my favorite moments ever. I am glad (and lucky!) someone captured it for me.

What I needed

I went out for a walk yesterday and my feet dragged me to the playground. It’s just a few blocks away from the apartment. I was lucky enough to find an empty bench (which looks like your typical tambayan in LB). I sat and looked around. There were a few children playing, with their moms, dads, and babysitters. There was a woman walking her dog on the other side of the park. And there I was, just me. And my music.

I sat there, observed, and took it all in – everything that happened in the past days, my major move, the park, this foreign place, my family and friends in the Philippines, homesickness, coping, adjusting. All of it.

Then I asked myself, “Where do I go from here?”

I think the answer is yet to come. Soon, I hope. I got the walk I needed. The solitude I needed. Everything’s good. Everything’s going to be fine.