• Travel

    Streets of Taiwan

    I spent a good part of last year with so much negative emotions. I cannot get back all that time I spent feeling sorry for myself and just hating the way my life was, so this year, I made a commitment to myself to live my best life now. Not tomorrow, not next year. We really do not have as much time as we think. Nothing is guaranteed. So I started to take better care of my mind and my body. I introduced new habits to my daily routine. I was falling off these habits every now and then but I tried to pick them back up. It’s okay to…

  • Personal

    Ringing in the New Year, 2019

    January 1, 2019. It’s just a date. I know, I know.. but I like to give meaning to this number. It’s like pressing reset. It marks a new beginning, like a starting point on different areas in my life.   2018 in Review I cannot remember much of January. But in February, I travelled to Korea in the dead of winter. It made me realize some things. That I hate the cold. And I love solo traveling. I crave it, even. Although it wasn’t a solo trip, the moments I found most memorable were the rare times that I was by myself. So this year, I am making it a…

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    Indonesia Part 2: The Nusa Islands

    The Nusa Islands near Bali are Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Nusa Penida is the biggest of the three. It’s the best Nusa island for me because of the views, the manta ray snorkeling tour and of course, Kelingking Beach which deserve its own blog post. We went on a boat from Bali -> Nusa Penida. Stayed in Nusa Penida for 3 nights before heading to Nusa Lembongan. At Nusa Lembongan, we walked through a bridge to Nusa Ceningan where we stayed for 2 nights. These two islands are small. There is not much to do/see but they were still pretty cool, especially that restaurant by the cliff…

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    Indonesia Part 1: Uluwatu, Turtle Conservation Center

    First leg of this trip to Bali was Southern Bali. We stayed in Uluwatu. It was the first out of five Airbnb’s in our 16-day stay. It did not disappoint!   On the first day, we headed to the touristy Uluwatu Temple, just a few minutes of walking from the villa. Stunning view from up there. Uluwatu is famous for its cliffs. We spent the next day beach hopping. Most beaches were not good for swimming because of the big waves. On the third day, we went to a conservation center for turtles. In exchange for a donation, I got to adopt a baby turtle (named it Cookie like my…

  • Personal

    Goodbye 2018

    For the past two months, I’ve been applying for jobs nonstop, doing interviews and spending days on technical exams. In the end, all I got were rejections, some heavier than others. Last night, I got my last rejection for the year. It was the one that mattered to me most, because it was the job I wanted the most. I got very sad, and my thoughts went into a spiral. I started to think of all the things that have happened in the last third of the year. I just feel exhausted and drained. And it’s so easy to let sadness consume me. I did, for a while, then I…

  • Travel

    Indonesia: My Climb Down Kelingking Beach

    Before embarking on a trip, I usually spend a few months being obsessed about the place, spending hours and hours of research on blogs, Youtube and forums. I comment on Instagram photos and ask people about their personal experiences. I have this obsession of trying to gather as much information as I can about certain places before I go. This is because it might be too expensive, too crowded, too far out of reach. There can be so many reasons not to go.