Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The Pain of Losing My Best Friend (An Open Letter: Week 52 of 522)

Dearest Aika,

You and I know that I am not known as a caring person.

I tend to be robotic in my ways, and even though my mom has the hugest of hearts and tends to give way too much love than people deserve, this particular egg that she produced 30-some years ago captured none of that in her DNA.
Distant and cold
That is why I never really had a best friend, that is, before you.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Airbnb Finds: On Anniversaries, Breakfast Wines, and Pink Vests

I've never liked the beach.

Inside human
 Maybe because 2 days after coming from the beach there is still sand every freaking where.

Or maybe because I did not like swimming in fish pee.

Either way, when I was young, I was terrified of boat rides and would not even join my sisters for snorkeling. No amount of sibling pressure can make me don a life vest and get my hair wet with salt and water.

And then I married a merman.
Blub blub bubbala
Since I promised to love him through hell or high waters (literally), I thought of giving the beach another shot. Thus began the long story of how I fell in love with the sea that started around 5 years ago.

No, I am not going to Ted Mosby it and start from the beginning. This is the part where a home we found in Mabini, Batangas via Airbnb truly made me feel at peace with the water.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Week 21 of 522: On My Health Scare and Breast Cancer Awareness

Back in July 2016, they found 2 lumps on my left breast.

All is well now and after several trips to the doctor's, we found out that they are benign. But it was a harrowing 2 - 3 weeks of not knowing and trying not to think about it.

So why am I sharing this?

Well, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I hope my story will at the very least push one person to get herself checked. According to the Breast Cancer Network, 1 in 13 women in the Philippines have breast cancer. And Dr. Maria Kalserin Santos-Liapana said that the best protection against this monster of a disease is early detection.

Here are the 7 things I learned from this whole experience.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Week 11 of 522: Mendokoro Ramenba and My Pokemon Go-To Spot

This week was way shitt!er than DTM and I expected.

And yes, we might just be overly dramatic, after all death is not in the equation but we both needed a serious break in life. So we cancelled our adulting schedule. He slept in and I finally broke into level 20 in Pokemon Go.

Then we had an early dinner at the only place I thought befitting enough to take a shower and put some decent pants on for, in this weather.

Mendokoro Ramenba.
Because that baby deserves a close up. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tales of a Clingy Wife: Week 8 of 522

Part of #Dream2026 is making sure DTM and I keep a healthy relationship by having a life outside of each other.

But that does not stop me from inappropriately proudly sharing to the whole world how much of a mess independent I was with DTM away.

So I was live FB-ing the entire time he and I were apart under the label #TalesOfAClingyWife. Here was my post, hour one into my weekend without the husband. I am sure this made my parents real proud of me.

1. On waking up
Does this also apply to you?

Friday, July 08, 2016

Of Foreclosed Properties and #Dream2026: Week 5 of 522


2 things:
  1. Friend A pointed out that I should try living in a beachfront house for a month and test if I really, REALLY, like the beach or just the novelty it brings during vacations. 
  2. Friend B pointed out that I should buy the property now through the bank because the price is lower now (under the assumption that land typically appreciates over the years) than it will be in 10 years. And I am setting aside monies now to buy it so might as well drop it directly on the property. 
Crystallizing moment. Buy the property now to address both points.

I am now in the PS Bank website looking at foreclosed properties.

Why not, choc nut?
And then there's also this by Pag-ibig.

It's a sign.

Sometimes, I am too action oriented for my own good.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Taking the Plunge for #Dream2026: Week 4 of 522

My husband and I will kill each other.

That was my biggest fear when we first started talking about starting our own business as an additional income stream to help us hit our #Dream2026 goal (if you don't know what that is, see here).

Imaginary third party reader asks: But why? You seem like the couple who agrees about everything and have a relatively steady, drama-free relationship.

First of all, couples who agree about everything do not exist or are reanimated meat-suits in a crazy episode of Supernatural. Second of all, we have drama. Not earth shattering, MMK-worthy drama but it's there at healthy increments.

The reason why I feared a Game of Thrones-esque scenario is because DTM and I are opposites in so many levels, we can rival Dharma and Greg.

Lady Lyanna Mormont. Random photo with no bearing to my story, just wanted to add her here because #feels and also see that dude on the right looking downright scared of her. 

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