Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bolinao, Pangasinan 2017 Day 2: Photo Diary

Alright, this is a long overdue post. Haha! Here's the day 2 photo diary of my Bolinao trip with high school friends. 😍

June 25, 2017: We were scheduled to check-out at 1 PM, so we started the day with an adventure to Polipol Island.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bolinao, Pangasinan 2017 Day 1: Photo Diary

June 24, 2017: My high school friends and I had our first out-of-town trip together. I know, it took us quite some time to finally go outside Cavite. Haha!

This was my second time in Bolinao, Pangasinan. But aaaah! I don't think I will ever get tired of this beautiful place.

On to my photo diary, shall we?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

That Thing Called Work-Life Balance

Balance - (verb) Establish equal or appropriate proportions of elements in. (Oxford Dictionary)

When working a 9-5 job, it is very easy to just get into the routine of working. Especially when it gets really busy, we tend to forget that we have life outside work. Sometimes, we do know we have other stuff but we don't have the energy to attend to them. Our life songs become the monotonous melody of work and home (ie, a place to sleep in). And folks, we do not want that.

Yes, we are busy. We have deadlines to meet. Our workloads are overwhelming. But we do not want to sacrifice our whole lives for work, and especially not for the pursuit of money.

I am no expert in this area. I don't have any mouth-gaping career advice, but over the short time I've been in the corporate world, I think I've got a few things to remind you. Yep, I know you already know these things.

1) Minimize working overtime and try your best NOT to take home any work.

This one is a cliche advice. And one that we should really do. Home is home. Work is work. Quality time with family, friends and oneself is very important.

I know sometimes working overtime is inevitable. Sometimes we just can't help but take home our unfinished workload. (I do this but only rarely... and I almost always end up not touching the work I took home. Haha!) But folks, try your best to leave work at work.

What I do most of the time is stay as productive as I can during working hours. I always have my work planner with me so I know what in my priority list are. It gives me satisfaction whenever I tick off my to do's, so I try to accomplish whatever I set to do and perhaps more!

On rare occasions that I take my work home, because I am no superwoman and I tend to have things unaccomplished, I only take a few- just a 1-hour or 30-minutes worth of workload that I can accomplish at home. That way, I don't take much off my precious time and I also get to accomplish things!

Oh, the joy of going home on the dot!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Circle Hostel Zambales Day 1: Photo Diary

June 6, 2017: My cousin and I went for another escape from the city! This time we went to Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales to experience the fun, quirky vibes of The Circle Hostel.


Went during the weekdays so we had the place and the beach almost to ourselves. (There were only four people, including us, booked during our stay.) Haha! The weather was having a fit on our first day. It rained quite hard, but it didn't stop us from enjoying the waves. It was pretty cold though. Haha!

Here's a photo diary:

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Real Surf, Real, Quezon: Photo Diary

May 20-21, 2017: The original MIMS Buddies went to Real, Quezon to have a quick getaway from the city! It's been months since our last meetup, so yey for this opportunity to catch up and enjoy each other's company.


I didn't take much photos. But here's a quick photo diary!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 Midyear Memories and Learnings

The first half of 2017 was really something. I had a lot of things happening in my life- work-wise and in my personal life. It may have been a mixture of sad, stagnant and happy moments but nevertheless, I am grateful for all the blessings I have received.

MEMORIES

The first half of 2017 was full of travels. And while travelling has not really been good to my bank account (lol), it does, however, bring me so much joy- experiencing other places and experiencing the wonders of God's creation.

I did not expect that I'd be in a lot of out-of-town trips this 2017, but I'm really happy that I got to see some amazing parts of the Philippines. The wanderlust in me has awoken. (But I'll have to save first. lol)



21st Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga - Art Fair Philippines - Antipolo, Rizal - Fun Home Musical - Sun Flower Maze in Tayug, Pangasinan - La Union - National Museums and Intramuros tour - Real Surf in Real, Quezon - The Circle Hostel in Liwliwa, Zambales - Bolinao, Pangasinan

LESSONS

The first half of 2017 was also full of lessons, reminding me of who God wants me to be. For the past 6 months, I've learned how to love selflessly. Though I still have a long way to go, and at times selfishness takes over I am always reminded of God's unconditional love (John 3:16) and that I, too, should strive hard to show that kind of love to others as well, even to the difficult ones, especially to the difficult ones.

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The next half of my 2017 is still unknown. I may have set my goals and laid out my plans, but I know that God will have the last word. But whatever happens, I can rest assured by His promise in Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
May it be done according to His will.

For the rest of 2017, I will focus on one thing that truly matter- my personal relationship with God. Matthew 6:33
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
I know there will be challenges along the way. But I am ready and I have the strength through Jesus (Philippians 4:13).

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Have a nice day folks!