By March 13, 2014 Personal, Tips

Get it? Get it? Heh. I think the decline of my immune systems includes my stronghold for weird jokes and bad puns.

Anyway, it’s almost the half of the month and I have honestly stayed in bed or on autopilot for the first half of March. (Well, maybe except for that one Saturday night.) If ‘sick as a dog’ meant a mountain of tissue and not all cute as this fellow below, that would pretty much sum up a picture of my current state. Only upside would be now that I started wearing an anti-bacterial mask my nose isn’t as reactive and moments of facial weirdness aren’t as easily seen.

[Image from Dog Tipper]

Being sick tends to make me have no discipline whatsoever. Medicine intake aside, I eat only whenever I have the strength and the chores and tasks are just pushed to a time slot called, “later”.  As a 25 year-old living by herself I’d rather ‘let go’ while eating a bag of Cheetos than just lose all sense of time. To balance that out, I am going to write and schedule more posts so that this awesome online space will not suffer.

Recapping February’s list:

  • Watch my posture – Keep A given.
  • Communicate with Family often - Doing it but Keep A given. 
  • Write at least four entries a week  - Bit late but done! Moving it down to 2 since I want time to make my pictures (since examples below) Oops.
  • Explore more of Indonesia and the culture every day – Went to Yogyakarta, will share soon! Already in the line up!
  • Read two books and write about what I thought - Read 2, need to write Uhm, yeah. Getting on that. Hooray for online book clubs.
  • Paint one piece to hang on my wall - I hung a piece on my wall but I didn’t paint it Man, going through this list just shows how much I didn’t do. 
  • Do cardio - Now to do it regularly. I went to a yoga workshop-that counts!

On the bright side, the Savings Bill and Self-Imposed Sin Tax is totally working. Although my spending ATM looks so sad right now, I know that I have savings and it’s steadily growing. So chalk it up – one point for me!

Going back to March, here’s the list I need to tackle in a couple of weeks:

  • Schedule post drafts and finish all the stories from 2013
  • Continue reading ‘Looking for Alaska’ and look for one more book
  • DIY one decor to update the apartment
  • Practice yoga regularly
  • Bill Feb Self-Imposed Sin Tax

There! Looking to be more productive than punny for the second half of the month.



I wanted to share a cool design web-based application called, Canva.

If you’re like me who learning actually gets in the way of doing, this app is perfect for making daily blog headers. That way you can concentrate on writing and learning Adobe to make something that deserves more time. I’ve actually used it for a couple of posts already.

The site offers free graphics and existing templates and also has linked images to stock photo libraries if you want to add photos and can pay for premium assets. Have fun! (If you need an invite, feel free to message me.)



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By March 6, 2014 Writing
I AM (2)

Before the last week of February ends I wanted to finish this month’s Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. statement – but this post has been sitting in my drafts for much longer than that! One good thing that came out of my tardiness is that this “I AM” statement became like a mantra for me this whole month. It was in the back of my head not only as a pending blog post but as a thought to mull over.

The timing is perfect because as much as January is the resolution-a-thon, February (at least to me) is where I kind of do a personal inventory.  It starts with a lot of I am not’s versus I am’s and at the start of February, I was made more aware of my insecurities and how it affects my perspective of everything. From gratitude, positivity and the lost art of receiving love.

So even before anything else, I will start with this: “I am deserving.”

As opposed to saying “I’m worth it” I believe I needed to craft a more personally active stance on intercepting the good things that are coming my way. Cue fairy dust and harp strings – I am more able to send as much good energy as I am willing to receive!

Sidebar: I recently signed up for the #100 Happy Days challenge to practice gratitude and I have to be honest, I am struggling to keep at it. Maybe again, because I don’t see myself a cheerleader and maybe because happy isn’t energetic all the time? Again, Racquel makes her argument beautifully with her #100DaysofReal

I think it’s a common ailment for most people to not know how to take a compliment and are more versed in the language or self-depreciation. There’s even this photo of positive intention going around the Internet and shows the physical effects of negativity through an experiment. Imagine if your own body turns out like that!

So this month, I was able to stop the depreciation at times and it felt…okay. It felt better when I wrote it down, though. Here’s to celebrating who were in the different ways we know how.

I AM (1)


About the Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. project*:

Throughout the year, I’m joining forces with some of my blogging friends to motivate and encourage ourselves and others to be bold and step out from behind the lens, the projects, and the page to show ourselves. That’s right, we’re doing something just for us.

And we’re inviting you to join us! Each of us has something bold, brilliant and beautiful inside—whether it’s a dream to get the job you want, wear those sparkly shoes in the back of our closet, or start a non-profit. The #BBByou project is a support group for all of us seeking to be real and vulnerable. No judging, no questions, just support and words of encouragement.

Be a part of the project by using #BBByou on Instagram and Twitter to find other women like you, who are looking to make 2014 their best, most authentic year yet!

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February: Money, Honey!

By February 10, 2014 Tips
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I know it’s technically the second week of February but hey hey – better late than never!

I thought I’d recap my January list to see where I am at the moment.

  • Watch my posture – Keep
  • Communicate with Family often - Doing it but Keep
  • Write at least four entries a week  - Bit late but done! Moving it down to 2 since I want time to make my pictures (since examples below)
  • Explore more of Indonesia and the culture every day – Went to Yogyakarta, will share soon!
  • Read two books and write about what I thought - Read 2, need to write
  • Paint one piece to hang on my wall - I hung a piece on my wall but I didn’t paint it
  • Do cardio - Now to do it regularly

So far, I’m on the right track in terms still doing most of these. What I wanted to add for this February is a more conscious effort to save for myself. After I send money and pay bills it seems there’s not a lot except for groceries and a few dinners out here and there. I get a bit anxious that I don’t have an emergency fund big enough so I had to think of a way to save.

Where I’m coming from when I thought about this was that even if I am left with a little, I  wouldn’t be as antsy knowing I have money in the bank that I won’t touch. I opened a separate account and locked up the ATM to be sure of it. Plus on top of the 52 week money challenge, I’ve started a Self Imposed Sin Tax and a Savings Bill at the start of the month.

I thought I’d share it here so you can try to save money for yourself – more details after the jump.

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Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You! (Me too!)

By February 10, 2014 Inpiration, Writing
ROXY surfing

I feel that I’m pretty much a walking contradiction.

I’m say I am bitten by wanderlust, wanting to chase my dreams and ­­­yet I want to set up a stable financial net. I want to be photographed and photograph other people but I am too shy to pose or impose. I want to meet new people but I love the comfort of my home. I want to be giving but I feel I need to be selfish. I simply cannot find my center.

It’s the funny-in-the-tummy you get when you’re waiting for a train or you’re late to arrive in the pre-departure area. Did I miss my chance? What if I went another way? A human dilemma, in a constant state of agitation from the push and pull of different possibilities– that’s me.


I found about Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. from my friend Racquel’s blog. She talked about being unapologetic of who she was and I thought that it was a nice and strong message and it was something she did for herself. It inspired me to write about taking a bold step for me too.

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The Phillipines says Thank You

By February 9, 2014 Inpiration, Writing

On November 8 of 2013, devastation struck the country with Typhoon Haiyan hitting most of the areas in Central Visayas. It was the strongest typhoon recorded to have ever had hit the planet and the number of deaths and injuries were very much unprecedented.

In the time of calamity we have seen such a great response from within our country and from the world. There was enough funding and support to mobilize rescue, medical missions and care for those struck in the typhoon. Even our offices in Indonesia expressed their support and I was very grateful.

As one collective voice, the Philippines says thank you on February 8, 2014. But our thanks won’t be limited to a day. It’s a thought and prayer that we will keep in our hearts forever.

So if you have gone to donate, send help, or even just send a prayer to our side of the world – thank you.

This is for you:

It is reported that you will see special billboards in these parts of the world so be on the look out! And if you can share these sightings, it’ll help move that message to everyone in the world – that any kind of help makes a difference.

Congratulations to DOT and BBDO Guerrero for this inspired way of saying thank you to the world.



Department of Tourism Philippines


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Why do we hate the happy ones?

By February 6, 2014 Writing

I’d like to think that I am a very polite person. I respect everyone’s personal space, so much so that it might be seen as being aloof. Most of the time I don’t speak until I feel comfortable enough to do so. I will match your conversation with sonar quality listening, earnest nods and shakes of my head to show support or disapproval.

But I do also believe that I am one of those people who has a chip on their shoulder or a dark cloud above their head.

Not that I stand on a soap box and shake my fist at the sky to say the world is about to keel over from the depraved human population. But recently I have noticed that I tend to always look at what is bad before what is good. Involuntarily, I am suspicious about everything. Sometimes, I even question sunshine. I know, I am working on it.

So when energetic people come along and their presence pops up in my life whether right in front of me or on my online feed, I immediately cringe at the positivity that’s radiating from their person.

Am I the only one?

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By January 20, 2014 Personal

Let me begin by saying that there other people who were able to spend much more time with Claren than I did. I honestly feared writing about death at the start of the year but his presence in my life was too big of an impact to not say anything.

I met Clar while working in BBDO. He thought I had a screw loose, I thought he was a snobby. We soon found out more about each other and learned we had the same quirks like our fashion sense and our choice in sitcoms and series. By default, we became partners at work and continue to be good friends out of it.  We’d pester each other with links to things we would covet and lament on how we can’t afford them anyway and fangirl/boy on some Online crush.

When I moved to Jakarta, he was one of the most positive and supportive people in that career change. On my first trip home, I visited him in the hospital since he was admitted for pneumonia. On Monday while back in the office, I got a chilling call from Ley that Clar passed away. I couldn’t wrap my head around it, didn’t he just messaged our group a couple of hours ago? It was a difficult loss – but I couldn’t begin to fathom how people more close to him would feel. Even the Internet mourned for him as well.

For those who don’t know, Claren Torres aka junkyardkid was Manila Tumblr royalty. He was kind, a bit snarky but overall a really swell person you wanted to get to know more of. He didn’t care much for censorship just because it wasn’t in him to hold anything back and that’s one of the reasons I think he had so much following I am in awe of his talent and his ‘big-ness’.

As cheesy as it may sound, he seriously was an inspiring person. He’d always tell me to work hard on things that I want, and just rely on the information that’s with you. And no matter how hard work was, there was always something to laugh about.

He’s one of the people I think about almost everyday. I hope wherever he is now, he is well. A couple of Britney videos wouldn’t hurt either.

Something we worked on together. I miss you, Clar.


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UnSinulog 2013

By January 17, 2014 Photos, Travel

In honor of 2014′s Sinulog weekend, I thought of writing my not-so-Sinulog experience last year. (That and telling it a year later than this one would just reduce the story to a sentence or two.)

During the early part of 2013, I made a pact to travel more and maybe even travel alone. So during one of the seat sales, I booked a ticket to Cebu after friends wanted to go to Sinulog weekend. (Okay, that’s not so alone but it’s a start!) It’s a festival held in Cebu every third Sunday of January, celebrating Sto. Niño, the saint given by Magellan when he arrived in the Philippines. Currently, it’s seen as the biggest party of the city, with the locals and tourist flocking to Cebu to have a damn good weekend at the start of every year. Anyway, back to my story.

All of this effort is really my effort in pushing myself to just be exposed to new places and new people. Call me nuts but I tried to look for cures on my social ineptitude.

Now knowing me I really gravitate towards activities that are a lot more close to home. Hanging out, eating, and just drinking up the sights and sounds.  Instead of partying and fist pumping in the pre-raves, Roanna, Tippi and I escaped to the small island of Mactan to go visit Cebu’s famous 15-minute beaches for most of the weekend. I actually should have known it’s not gonna be a typical trip. It all started  when Ro and I went ballroom dancing while waiting for Tippi to arrive.



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Quarter of a Life

By January 13, 2014 Personal

On the third of January, I turned 25. And contrary to what most people may have experienced or expect, my turning 25 wasn’t instantly life-altering. I knew things were already churning in the background. Honestly, I think it’s pretty bold on how we see 25 as a quarter of a person’s lifetime. Isn’t the average somewhere around 75 or 80? So it actually explains why I already felt like I was already running out of time 5 years ago!

Moving on. I wanted to share this conversation about my birthday:

R: “So what are you doing on your last night as a 24 year old?”

S: “Talking to my dad about work.” (While seated at the foot of a bed where my mom was sleeping.)

R:“Excited?” S:“Not really. I still feel kind of lost.”

R:“And the positive side is?”

S: “At least now I know which direction to try this time.”

My start of the year is usually paired with reviewing my life so far and the year that has passed in general. Having birthday near New Year’s Resolution time tends to make you think twice as hard about what you have now and how you as a person are reacting to it.

2013 was a year with a lot of changes. I was a producer, then I wasn’t. I was a freelancer, then I wasn’t. I was in the Philippines and then I wasn’t. Plus the start of 2014 proved to be eventful and it’s on a fast start to get on with the course of things, for the better or worse. Then I got to thinking if all of what has happened was enough? Did I miss things? Can I still catch up? I promised myself this year, I will be more conscious. Hell, if I’m already a quarter in, I should really get going. Despite having a short attention span and leaving most of my personal projects unfinished, I do have a rough road map on where I’d like to head towards.

Two simple things: I want to be happy, and I want to simplify my life. 

Pretty vague, I know. But I am not going to shy away from uncertainty now. At one point, it just might mean taking less gadgets with me so that I can appreciate where I currently am. Or actually laying off burgers and eating well so I don’t feel bloated. Whatever I may face this year or would want to try, I won’t over-think whether this is a waste of time or something essential to my goal. I just want to be present.

So here are my promises this January:

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  • Watch my posture (Bad posture proof care of my weird neck baggage in photo above.)
  • Communicate with Family often
  • Write at least four entries a week (I got this one down!)
  • Explore more of Indonesia and the culture every day 5.
  • Read two books and write about what I thought
  • Paint one piece to hang on my wall
  • Do cardio

And I’ll do this every month. Just sort of a check-and-balance on the things I am concerning myself with and make sure I’m a little productive along the way. :)

And now I am wondering – do people still do big resolutions every start of the year? Do they even take time to write more than one?

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On Family Passwords

By January 7, 2014 Sometimes I Draw

This made me LOL. We have a million of them.



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