April 22, 2014

[GM5 #1] Things I should've done in my 20's.

Give Me 5 will feature random things that capture my interest. It can range from serious thoughts to simple fangirl musings.

So my sister and I both decided to drop our #project365 posts on Instagram. Hah! I always new we weren't meant to do it for the long haul. Oh well, it was good while it lasted. At least I got up to Day 100.

Anyways, allow me to share some things I realized I should've done when I was still in my 20's --- back in the days when you were allowed to be young, reckless and living for the moment. 

Opened up a life insurance policy. Had I gotten one when I was 25, I'd probably be close to paying it off by now. But I enjoyed the windfall of earning one's own keep and never really bothered saving up for the rainy days until I hit 30. Nowadays I learned, an insurance plan definitely comes in handy when you're older.

Splurged on a trip abroad. Granted that I spent 7 years of my life working for a BPO, the money I earned there would've been enough to fund even just one trip abroad with friends. The opportunity presented itself in 2012, but I passed up on it because I didn't have a passport and I chickened out on the expenses. 

Took vacations at least once a year. Believe it or not, the only time I had been out of Cebu for the past 14 years was during a fly-in/fly-out work trip to Manila in 2011 and a college blockmate's wedding in Bohol last 2012. I was too busy being the perfect employee that I forgot how to enjoy life.

Applied for a job abroad. My friend Gen flew to Dubai on a tourist visa and started job-hunting while staying with friends. She got lucky and landed a job that offered her the opportunity to fly-back into the country at least twice a year. I wouldn't be so ignorant about travelling as I am right now if, like her, I risked uprooting myself and started life in another country. 

Lastly, I should have been mindful of my fitness regime. I used to be so proud I wasn't as big-boned as my younger siblings and was known as the "thin one" in the family. Maybe genetics are to be blamed as well but I soon found myself gaining extra pounds just six months after I started working in a call-center. When your body clock's screwed, you make up for it by stress eating. 

These aren't regrets but rather valuable lessons I would have gladly shared with my decade-younger self if we were to meet hypothetically. 

April 20, 2014

Easter feelings.

Happy Easter, everyone!

My three-day staycation is about to end and surprisingly, I’m actually looking forward to going back to work. I just want this week over and done with especially since we have the company beach party next Saturday. Plus, two of my officemates will be out on a business trip for a week so their workload is currently distributed. If I make it out of this unscathed, I am definitely treating myself when the workload eases up.

Since my sister is currently indisposed, I played babysitter for the day to my visiting cousins. They’re here for the summer and we wanted them to explore as much of the city as possible. Today’s destination was SM Cebu. The thing about malling with tweens is that you have to let them explore the vicinity on their own and decide on the things they want to purchase.

And look what I found in their grocery!

I have a weakness for unusual bread spreads and I’m happy to say this didn’t disappoint. The long wait was worth it. I got it for only PHP365 when many months ago this sold for PHP500 + shipping fee online.

I’m happy to say I’m almost done with my #buqosteamyreads reading too. *fans self* Call me a prude but I don’t think I can ever manage to write, let alone complete, one so I tip my hats off to the writers who made it and had their stories published.

The past week also had me thinking… what if I switch my blog to a self-hosted site via Wordpress, huh? But after going through the expenses for subscribing to a hosting provider, I decided to hold it off and go for it only if I’m earning from this blog --- which is unlikely for now so it isn’t going to be anywhere in the foreseeable future.

April 16, 2014

A cult classic that bored me.

If you've been following me on Instagram (shameless promotion - @esoradiam), you would've already noticed I stopped with my #project365 entries. I got lazy and it wasn't fair to continue posting it as #latergram because it defeats the whole purpose of the exercise. I still have my #40for2014 movies though and I'm very happy to say I just finished #18 last Sunday which nearly lulled me to sleep.


Is there something wrong with me if I say I was bored by Reality Bites? The soundtrack was awesome though but I never felt a connection with the characters. Quite odd considering the story is a cult classic among yuppies during the 90s. Generation gap, perhaps? But there's no denying Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder make quite a gorgeous twosome.

Anyways, I'm catching up on my reading since I'm scheduled for some book reviews as part of the #buqosteamyreads blog tour. I really wish I had the diligence and the time of these amazing authors to finish a story. For starters, I began posting in Wattpad under a pen name hoping to finish a WIP that has been sitting in my hard drive for years! It started out as a BoF fanfic that I'm currently editing as an original story. I need my muse. In the meantime, watch out for my posts about The Bestfriend Hook Up by Suzette de Borja, Finding Mr. Write by Adelaide Penne and Old Enemies Make The Best Lovers by Kate Sebastian. These stories are all available exclusively on Buqo so please do grab a copy if you're looking for something new to read. #supportfilipinoauthors

April 15, 2014

All these grown-up feels.

I'm happy to announce that I finally opened my Mutual Funds account with Sun Life yesterday. Yayyy! So this is what they call baby steps to financial maturity. I'm very excited since I've never invested on anything before. Ganito pala ang feeling. Hopefully I'll be able to save enough to open a Variable Life Insurance in the next few months. *crosses fingers*

Another thing to be thankful for is the birth of my bestfriend's baby. Welcome to the world, Isaiah James! Tita Rosey can't wait to meet you this July. I still can't believe Reah is now a mom. Wasn't it only yesterday that we were nothing but carefree college students roaming the grounds of UP? LOLs! Anyways, since this is the first baby in our group, expect him to be showered by attention from his doting titas.

What's up with his rainy Holy Week, huh? The weather's been pretty erratic for four days now and this doesn't bode well for those planning to spend the long weekend at the beach. Masyadong late naman ata nagparamdam si Domeng, don't you think? I need the sun. I miss the sun. Sana naman magka-araw na before Easter Sunday.

April 14, 2014

Words can be poison.

I had a bad day yesterday. No, BAD would be an understatement for what I felt after I was verbally abused. How can people spout venomous words so easily like it's second nature for them, huh? The worst part was, I did nothing but cry in frustration. Damn, filial piety!


But since I don't think it's fair that I unburden myself in this blog, I'm getting a journal where I can write my disappointments in all honesty. Someday, if ever I have kids, I hope to let them read it so they may know that they will never have to undergo everything that I experienced to please other people. Now I know why I cried during Four Sisters and a Wedding. I AM Bobbie Salazar. Or at least 80% of me is. Every sentiment of Bea's character in that movie resonated to how I felt about my place in this family. Nakaka-deflate ng self-esteem but yeah, it's true.

Parents, never make your child feel they're worthless just because they don't live up to your expectations.
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