Of Birthday Blues and Blessings

I celebrated my birthday at home this year. Compared to the previous birthdays where my family and I usually go to restaurants or enjoy staycations, this time, it’s a bit different. The pandemic has made home celebrations an acceptable norm in honoring birthdays and other special occasions. Prior to my birthday, Metro Manila and other…

Celebrating My Small Victories This Pandemic: An Eye-Opening Experience

This pandemic has pushed us not only to get outside our comfort zones to survive, but also to find ways to be productive. It can be discovering a new hobby, starting an online business, or altering routines to change a lifestyle. I’ve also learned to divert my attention by creatively expressing myself through writing and…

My Birthday Wish List for 2020

In just a few days, I’ll be turning a year older. Can you guess my age? Haha! This year has been a roller coaster ride for me. However, I am still grateful that I have a stable job and my family’s health is not affected by the COVID-19. Yes, there have been challenges and changes,…

Meet the Diamond in the Rough Squad: Friends You Often See In My Blog

Before my blog grew and gained followers, they were the first ones who supported my passion for free. They liked my posts, shared my blog and invited their friends to like my page even without me asking for it. It’s funny that even without me telling them, they would pause before eating because they know…

COVID-19 Crisis: Gaining a renewed perspective and seeing beyond despair

We were all taken aback with the effects of COVID-19 crisis— taking a huge toll not only in our physical, mental and emotional health, but also in our lifestyle, economy, and overall well-being. We’ve stepped up to adapt to a so-called new norm, embracing changes and adjusting to what fits our capacity as human beings….

Looking back at 2019

And just like that, January ended dramatically. Series of global events awakened us with streaks of fear looming about sickness, catastrophes, sudden deaths, and natural disasters. It all happened too fast but the realizations and emotional impact linger. Hence, I was reminded to look back on what happened last year through a blog post: 2019…

Taiwan: The Travel that Heals (and other realizations)

This trip almost got cancelled. A few weeks before the date of our departure, my dad got diagnosed with liver cancer. I thought of saving my money for his medication and deemed it inappropriate to push through with the trip while the whole family is hurting and carrying the burden. I remember the sleepless nights…

Reasons Why I love Cooking (And How Can you Learn it Too)

Cooking is my passion. I started to learn some basic recipes when I was around 10 years old, mostly by helping my parents in the kitchen. I was given little tasks such as peeling the veggies, slicing the ingredients and sometimes washing the dishes. I also enjoyed watching cooking shows on local TV, such as…

Best of Twenty Eighteen

I’ve seen this caption every year in Instagram: Best of (insert year). I didn’t join the bandwagon and posted my entry in social media, but I had a short glimpse of it and it was mostly food and travel posts as usual. It may not be the best year for me, but there’s still something…

Why Visiting Your Former School is Life Changing

Last October 2017, I visited my high school with my friends Rekha and Euri. It started with a random tagging at a Facebook post then popped the question “Tara, visit tayo sa CSA!” “Kailan? Bukas pwede ako !” Knowing that it is very rare for us to meet schedules due to work responsibilities, I took the…

What 2017 Taught Me

Writing this was not easy, hence the delay. Although there are lots of excuses to be made not publishing this, (such as work, busyness, etc.), I just can’t break a yearly tradition and skip looking back at 2017. But tracing the root of my reluctance, it could probably because I am not too satisfied with…

#Bestmeever Book Launch: Of Positivity and Possibilities

We all have our low moments. Inevitably, there will be circumstances that would challenge our faith and test our character. Sometimes, all we need is a ray of sunshine to cope. These come in the form of people, sometimes situations, or even an inspiration from a book. #BestMeEver is a book that presents little nuggets…

United Bloggers Philippines Holds Thanksgiving Party

The year 2017 was remarkable for me. It was the year I started to join groups in blogging which paved the way for me to meet new friends and be introduced to local brands in the community. It opened doors of opportunity for me and likewise deepened my perspective about this passion through exposure to…

Tips in Planning a Staycation with the Family

Staycation is now a well-rounded alternative for family outings, a great idea for a bonding activity.  Considering the unfavorable condition of traffic nowadays, many prefer staycation over out-of-town travels to save time and energy. It’s easier to plan, based on my experience. I have always initiated staycations with my family during holidays or special occasions….

A Farewell Letter to Nikki

Dear Nikki, I haven’t given you a name, not until today that I realized how much you mean to me after you departed. I can’t imagine having to write this letter. It still tears me apart, knowing our journey has come to an end. First of all, I apologize for being careless last Sunday. I…

Birthday 2017

I had a different birthday this year. Compared to last year, I was not that reluctant celebrating it.  Embarking on this journey, I had too many realizations. I’ve gently acknowledged the big changes in this new chapter. Although it’s a bit sad I officially left my twenties, (huhu) it’s also liberating to look back on…

Twenty Sixteen: A Rewind

It’s hard to describe 2016. The experiences, both good and bad are multi-layered to be chalked up to one word. It was a plethora of different colors and emotions – crazy, painful yet beautiful all at the same time. As each year unfolds, we never stayed in one place. We’re bound to embrace the constancy…

Birthday 2016

Sorry for the late post. I had this dilemma of whether writing it or not, sometimes I was in the mood, sometimes I wasn’t. But I realized there are more good things to share, so I’d rather let the overflowing happiness surface into writing this blog post. This year, I had no plans of celebrating…

Twenty Fifteen: The Year that Was

As I gaze at the picturesque scenery of the Venice Grand Canal on an azure afternoon, I briefly pondered how equally beautiful the year 2015 has been. The glistening sun stretched its rays on my face giving me favorable warmth, while specks of memories flash back and familiar voices echo through my mind on a…