Travelling is something you owe yourself. You learned that there’s more to travelling than simply spending your hard-earned cash for some flamboyant pleasures of the world. You learned that you learn more of yourself as you travel. You learned that there’s a bigger world of possibilities outside your little space of comfort. You learned that you travel to have your mind and soul grow with you – that you have to do this as a spiritual, mental and emotional hibernation from everything that’s keeping you weighed down. You learned that you deserve it.
You are at the point in your life where and when you feel that you are 100% an adult. You earn your own money, you support your family, you pay your bills (and have consistently done it on time), you clean your own apartment, you buy your own groceries, you create life-changing thoughts and decisions in your shower (or in the loo, your choice), you do your laundry, you (try to) manage your schedule (juggling work, family, love and recreation) and you are 25.
And then there are moments in being in this quarter of a century that you understand you are at least a little wiser than yesterday and so much more than 365 days ago. You’ve learned that:
1. Family is everything. This is something you’ve heard countless times from your parents and other grownups when you were just a few feet old but you’ve really learned its…
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My entire life I’ve been labeled/typecast as masungit, snob, mataray, etc etc etc and up until now I’ve been trying to shrug it off because I genuinely could not care less about what other people label me as. But because I’ve been getting frequent comments like “Ngiti naman dyan” or “Bat ka nakasimangot?” lately (and mind you, I don’t have close relationships with the people that say these), I have to vent and speak my mind.
Before I say anything else, I want it to be clear that I’m not mad at these people. I’m just frustrated. Just as frustrated you are with my face.
First. I was born with this expression on my face. I have a perpetual unintentional scornful look. My lips are shaped in a way that suggests I’m frowning and unhappy with life. But I’m not. I’m perfectly fine and…
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12. People DO judge you for being fat.
It’s true! They do it! I’ve been criticized by teachers, clerks at clothing stores, fast food workers, and even random strangers on the street. I’m not the pity party throwing type; so don’t assume that’s my agenda with this one. However, the fact of the matter is so many people think fat discrimination doesn’t exist. There are many different types of subtle hatred in this world, and fat people definitely get judged. Ever seen Tyra Banks dress up in a fat suit? Well, that has nothing to do with anything; but go Youtube that right away please.
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11. Clothing companies think we don’t exist.
Another one that most people don’t realize. I myself like vintage inspired looks, and those can be easier to find in larger sizes. Ever shopped the average Macy’s, though? It’s like trying to find…
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I have always loved rankings of world beaches but when no Philippine beach appears on the lists, I would surely get disheartened. How could someone produce the list of the top 10 beaches in the world when in fact they have not seen all! They could have just came up with the title, “The best beaches we have seen so far!” Sometimes, you cannot fathom why a beach in filthy Kho Phangan in Thailand is ranked higher than the immaculate beach in Playa del Carmen in Mexico. CNN produced a list of the world’s 50 best beaches and it created overwhelming disapproval when beaches in the Greek Islands, in Bermuda and in the Philippines’ Palawan were missed out. Also, Yahoo Travel featured an article ranking the Philippines’ best beaches and I thought it was not so properly done, placing El Nido at the top without even singling out any of…
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Moving around the world teaches you many things. It isn’t for everyone. It takes a special type of person to be able to do what we do. Packing up all your things into two carry-on bags and two checked pieces of luggage is struggles in itself, and to generalize imagine being a woman! I could only bring 10 pairs of shoes! Your mother will go through that luggage and make you narrow it down to seven cardigans instead of 17 and she will remind you that those shorts still don’t fit and haven’t fit for 3 years, you should probably just let them go. Along with letting those shorts go you are also letting go of friendships, relationships, comfort.
A wise man told me that the reason we move to new countries is because we are either running from or running to something. I laughed and thought he was…
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1. Always have an awesome shade of red lipstick in your purse.
2. You never know when you leave the house if you are going to meet a dashing stranger.
3. You will meet the most important men in your life when you aren’t expecting it.
4. When you look good, you feel good.
5. No matter how many times you say it won’t happen, you will always get the munchies after a night out. Just let it happen.
6. Most times boys are temporary, but your friends are for life. If you have to question it, chose them.
7. Audrey Hepburn. That is all.
8. Go to class. It’s costing you or your parents a fortune. Enrich your life with knowledge.
9. Study abroad if you can. Develop your inner Wanderlust.
10. Fall in love with people you haven’t met, and places you haven’t seen.
11. Let yourself…
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Loving someone who has walls up is not a careless decision. It takes a conscious commitment to assign yourself as the one to take the first strike at the concrete surrounding their heart. These are people who have painted over their fragile skin with instant-ready cement, blocking out the feel of fingerprints and the echo of empty promises. They tell themselves that all the little nuances that make them secret romantics have to stay hidden away.
But despite it all — despite the walls and the “do not enter” sign they hang around their neck — you might just fall for them. And in some miracle of ways, they might fall for you, too.
For them, loving you will be like walking into a construction zone: messy and just a little bit dangerous. But it all will come with the promise of tearing down old walls to make room for…
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Hits the right spots!
1. You are lazy.
Most of us default to indolence. We take the easy way. We get comfortable. We like a routine. This may be fine for 90%. If you are reading this, I suspect it’s not fine for you. So get off your ass and get started.
2. You lack focus.
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You start out great. You spend thirty minutes of uninterrupted time putting together a plan, making a list, and polishing your resume, so you decide to take a break. You check Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, your friend’s blog, Game of Thrones, iTunes, etc. and two hours later you’re back…
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Ladies, read number one!!
1. More makeup does not mean more beautiful. More makeup means you look like you put more makeup on. It’s not to say that I think girls should only wear a certain amount of makeup, it’s just to say that there are some girls who will not leave the house without a full face of foundation, concealer, contouring and a smokey eye and I think it kind of wanes on their quality of life. I know, I used to be one of these girls.
2. You should never be at the whim of your partner’s will because you are a woman, and if you are, it’s your duty to stand up for yourself and other women until we live in a culture where that isn’t an issue.
3. Nobody is impressed by how little you ate today. They want to give you a sandwich and explain to you the world…
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I’ve always wanted one who sings. He doesn’t even need to be good at it. (Cause I’m not also) HAHA! I just feel like he will be able to express himself better if he enjoys music. 🙂
Date a boy who sings. The kind who’ll hum softly to himself while driving, doing the dishes, brushing his teeth, or solving a math paper. The kind who’ll break into a song because he just can’t help it. Out of the blue, like first rains, like stray sunbeams in winter. Take a minute to realise how happy it makes you. To realise that most of us break into songs only when we’re happy. How having him around just makes things a little breezier.
Date a boy who sings because he will listen. He will sense the change in your tone and the distance your voice. He will know when you don’t want to talk. And that some things are best left unsaid, unwritten, unarticulated. Like the understated sorrow in the tune of a violin, like the bold, unconquerable spirit of a bongo. He will understand the nuances of your…
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1. He’s not the one
I know that you think he is, but he’s not. And I know that you think the world revolves around him and that forever doesn’t sound like that long, but it really is. And it’s going to end. It’s going to end and you’re going to be hurt and you’re not going to want to get out of bed. So stay in bed for a couple days. Eat a lot of cookie dough (trust me, your metabolism will catch up with you before you know it, so enjoy it while you can). Re-watch a few seasons of Grey’s Anatomy (there’s no way you’ll believe me, but things get weird in later seasons… you’re not even going to want to watch it some weeks). But then, after you’ve cried yourself to sleep a couple of times and listened to some sad Taylor Swift songs…
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1. Stay up all hours of the night to talk to each other if one of you is going through something, or if you’re apart and have to make it work long distance for a while.
2. Bring a little something for their roommate as a token of thanks for letting them stay over.
3. Take impromptu dinners and road trips where they call the other person and say “be ready at 7” or “pack your bags.”
4. Pull them closer in their sleep.
5. Wipe the crumbs off of their face when they’re drunk.
6. Make an honest and thorough effort to if not become at least a bit interested understand something that the other person is passionate about.
7. Write them notes and leave them letters.
8. Pick things up while shopping… little things they’d love.
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1. Writing things by hand. Letters to friends, lists for the store, goals for the week, notes for lovers, thank you cards and memos to coworkers. Digital communication is easy and convenient but ask anybody: there’s a huge difference between texting someone to say that you love them and hope they have a great day and writing it on a note and leaving it next to their bed.
2. Savoring time to do nothing. Taking a cue from pre-industrialized society and cultures that enjoy siestas and long, drawn-out, sit-down teas that serve no other purpose than to spend time enjoying the time you have.
3. Thinking before responding. We’ve become too conditioned to require things immediately. Someone asks a question, and we have to respond that second. Such was not the case before instant messaging and comment threads. A sign of true intelligence and confidence, I think, is someone who…
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watched this thrice and my smile is still as big as the first! 🙂
I’ll try these!! 🙂
1. Be a social ninja.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone, gotten a great impression, then, upon walking away, realized you hardly learned anything about them? ‘Tis is the telltale sign of a social ninja. The social ninja will ask all about you, show interest in your passions, and, just like that, you’ll like them. It’s as easy as that for these connection-making warriors.
2. Make sacrifices.
Steve Jobs sold his sweet Volkswagen minibus to help pay for Apple’s start-up costs, and his co-founder, Steve Wozniak, sold his massive, old-school Hewlett-Packard calculator. Even Donald Trump (who I’m not sure we should necessarily be taking advice from) mortgaged nearly all of his properties to fund his real estate empire even when, in 1990, he was about one billion dollars (!) in debt. Steve One, Steve Two, and The Donald all had a vision, and they were willing to make…
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“Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.”
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