• Personal

    I’ll Be Okay

    I was 19 years old. I remember feeling so hopeless and irreparably broken. How could I live the rest of my life with this gaping hole in my chest? Surely, life is not worth living when the pain is always there. It hurt so much, and I felt like it would last forever. Time went by. And I cried and cried every night. And every day, I got up, did everything I had to do, and I did them well. Little by little I noticed that some days I would forget. Some days I was okay. Things got better – something I thought would never happen. Eventually, I was okay.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Looking Back on 2017

    This year, I quit my soul-sucking job and pursued a childhood hobby. I was not sure what I was getting into. It was a scary life-changing decision that turned out to be awesome. This year, I stopped asking myself the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I now spend less time being stuck in the past and focus more on the present and future. Acceptance is healing. And healing is moving on! 🙂 This year, I started to have actual hobbies (binge watching TV shows, movies and vlogs do not count, okay?). I bought a camera and started a blog. This blog is my little place of…

  • Personal

    22 Things I Know to be True at Twenty-Two

    The best investments are not mutual funds or stock market shares, it’s the experiences that contribute to your personal and career growth. So before anything else, invest in yourself. It’s all about that self love, ya know? Being tired is not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve learned how to be “tired happy”. That’s when the day has sucked the energy out of you. But despite the heavy feeling on your eyelids, you feel so full of life because you know you’re tired for all the right reasons. On days like this, I tell myself, “I worked hard today. Because of that, I am one step closer to achieving my dreams.”…

  • Fashion,  Personal

    Golden Hour

    Many photographers and cinematographers swear by the “golden hour”. A short period after sunrise and a little bit before sunset are some of the best times to capture moments. This is what we call the golden hour, when the sun shines the perfect amount of light and gives a golden cast to the components of your frame. Surely, visual artists don’t shoot only at this time of day. They shoot under a cloudy sky, on a rainy day, and even indoors with little to no natural light. They see potential in every moment, no matter how ordinary it may seem. There is no wrong or right place; there is only the thought of creating…