When your heart is smashed, your entire world pauses and time freezes. But then you realize that time does, in fact, go on. You go to sleep, you wake up, and it’s a new day. There are plenty of new days to embrace. Awesome people to meet. Amazing adventure awaits. All it takes is a single moment to be reminded that life gives back. Though some experiences may go without explanation, each and every one of them is a gift.
My first visit to Sri Lanka was definitely one of those type A trips that hella made me feel completely and utterly free. During this 7-hr scenic train ride from Kandy to Ella, there was that one quietly absolute split moment, just as the light crests over the mountains and spills over the towering trees… a catharsis there was, for sure. Little miss cant be wrong 🙋🏻♀️ That said, a cheers to the in-betweens that rarely get airtime on social. And the awe-inducing views that bring the outdoorphins from 100 to 10000000 🤙🏻 Everything was so simple and pure. Exhilaratingly so. Photos can’t do it justice. Life is freaking glorious and no complaints to be had. On another note, as classic as the train ride photo you see cropping up on your feed, I admire people enjoying the outdoors in any capacity they are able to. I know some who do it with mountains. For some, it’s over and under the deep waters. But both are worth celebrating. Social media tends to make it seem like if you arent doing the craziest, the “buwis buhay”, the most epic, then it doesn’t count and that doesn’t matter. But it does. Always. So do whatever you feel like doing and if you feel like you want to do more, then do more. (But stay safe, always 🙈) Also, many thanks to @jd_kanna for his undying patience to take such great photos of me looking nothing but that classic nom in awe 😌 and oh man, was it ever one of my favorites from 2017 ❤️
Life is imperfect and scary and not in the slightest degree what we ever had planned but.. here we are. We’re making the best of it anyway. We’re doing things that make our hearts skip a million happy beats. We’re going out, seeing gorgeous places that make us look at the world from a different perspective. It may not always be what we had in mind but, for damn sure, it can be spectacular. Who gets out alive anyway?
We all have defining moments – those that truly rock our world. Those that make you become a kid again and become fully absorbed and obsessed with your surroundings. Those that make you stop and say thank you for being alive on this planet. And this is one of those. I hope y’all having a rad weekend and skipping Netflix to get out and/or spend time with your loved ones!
‘Twas just a normal morning in the office today until I saw the news and my mind was suddenly hit by a momentary pause button and a few thoughts ran through my head about how I should respond to this feeling. So, here I write because I can’t let this thing throw my whole emotional state off for days. Thing is.. very few people, prolly just around 4-5, know that I’m extremely submissive and always anxious about something, worse – about the world. And if, at this very moment, you find this odd, then don’t bother reading this. Don’t you feel like you bear the world’s burden all alone at times? Or you wish you hadn’t read that book nor watched that documentary because it has changed the way you look at the world forever? Or you just think that you don’t want to be that creature living in a dying world? When this hits me, I’d go back to those times when people tell me to stop being “overdramatic” but I feel like it makes me an irresponsible person to just abstain from the bad things about life.. Truth be told, I have very strong opinions on matters I’m passionate about – things are either black or white, no in-betweens. And it’s during times like this when I get so inspired to write and share what I have in me to all who are receptive. The core reason why I dream to travel the world is to educate myself, expose myself to certain information, or simply become aware of things that aren’t taught in schools or found in books. And, in time, take this along with me as I achieve my goal on creating personal meaningful and informative works. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain, right? I often keep this part of me very private. But it feels like a single post such as this plays a big part in making the world a better place, at least on a social level and that gives me some hope. So, yes, maybe I care “too much,” but I’ve learned that there are worse things than the pain that comes along with not caring at all. And this moves us to create great things, reminds us why we are alive.
Sometimes you find yourself in places that feel as though you’ve stepped straight into a fairytale. Maybe that’s why I’m so in love with the world, with humans, the outdoors. I’ve seen wild places, danced under golden skies, stood by remarkable landscapes, captured moments that even my amusingly vivid imagination couldn’t paint for itself. And nothing, i mean nothing, will ever come close to meeting incredible humans along your journey. And i met you. … I hope that in this another year of yours, you’re doing new things, creating more memories, learning, pushing and challenging yourself. bc it means you’re doing something, you’re living. Don’t freeze, don’t stop noticing the life unfolding around you, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: work, life, name it. I hope you put love into everything you do – your passion, your work, your lifeblood – because lukewarm anything is a waste of energy. So, on that note.. Yalla! keep exploring new things and never let the sheer wonder of it all pass you by, okay? Not even for a second. Stay in the awe.
It’s about the little things you do on a daily basis. it’s about taking a moment every day to find peace and have a good look around before the whole world gets dark. you see, how could we not love life? how could we not thank God?
Life isn’t just about living and going after the things that set your soul in fire. it’s about surrounding yourself with the right people as well – people who encourage growth in life, who believe strongly as you do, who don’t just speak and listen but, most of all, who genuinely care. We may not call each other “BFFs” but getting to know you and being able to speak my heart and soul out boldly has made me that much more determined to see life in a glorious way, no matter how we think this universe slams us with a hard nope at times (hey! we still get to make the best of it anyway!). Meeting you is a surreal magic and I certainly know that the kind of friendship we have is one that I will surely hold on to until the day we finally enjoy the warm sun, autumn in full swing together, winter in a shared sweater, or until we have that coffee/tea date on a mountain top while gazing under the stars. Maybe, we’re not there yet but, for damn sure, these moments I have with you are the moments I wouldn’t trade for anything else. You got me always, girl! Continue to celebrate life because you bless me with your life! You’ve got it in you and I know that you will always do! You are my single crazy push courage! Let’s not stop coz the world needs us! Haha I love you! 😊
I hate these moments right before I go to sleep when things run through my mind and I realize just how crazily big my dreams are.. that they sound so scary because they’re too big (even seem impossible) and I don’t even have a clue how to get to step one nor do I know how to get some things done. but then again, at the end of the day, all these things make us who we are. we are the choices that we make and we will only be the person that we want to be if only we set our goals straight and keep the good fight of faith. and even if I have these crazy wild big desires, I’m more than grateful to have this heart that believes in and lives for LIFE, that drives my passion and motivates me every single day, and that wakes me up every single morning to get up and get my lazy self working. cos to pursue one’s heart desires, you need to have an act of faith, right?
We may all be filled with good intentions but it’s not true that you have to drop everything to merely follow your passion – this is not how passion works. I’m a big proponent of working towards building your passion. You don’t just do what you feel like doing. There is nothing out there that’s waiting for you to discover. Passion is smth that is cultivated. Yes, it’s a long process but know that it comes only through an enormous amount of learning and honing your abilities // still looking forward to taking the course this year. who knows? i could be one of those freedivers/editors being featured on nat geo one day? Hahahaha Inshallah 🌊🌎
ALL women are real women. we all win when women come together to support each other collectively, positively. the world needs that feminine energy good and strong, and that’s not gonna happen if we all spend our energy tearing others (and ourselves) down. Stop worrying that you’re ‘too much’ of anything for other people. You just shimmer and shine, do whatever it is you wanna do, and let other people adjust or get the hell outta your way – no apologies or justification necessary.
Through all the highs, lows, and lessons human relationships have brought me, I think I might have figured out that they all go so well with the fact that relationship alone is such a complex thing. One, yes, it gives us a different kind of feeling – an ecstatic one. And despite the oddities, it allows us the freedom to be who we really are at our core. But, it has a shadow side, and for anyone who always gives his/her 💯, sometimes even a 💯more (and doesnt get anything in return 😂), you know that it isn’t all butterflies and pretty-shitty goals. While it’s an arduous journey to undo all the negative thoughts and bad encounters, I learned to believe that our journey will always include finding our way back to unconditional self-love. As soon as things get so bad that you can’t ignore them anymore, you suddenly see yourself digging deep and rising to the occasion. In this way, it becomes both a blessing and a chance to grow as human beings. Here’s to all you people with big and courageous hearts! ✨
in a world where social media is all about fit chicks, bikini bodies, provocative stuff, and perfect-looking life… i want to be that woman who posts a cup of tea and gives a damn long story about it HAHAHAHAHA 🤣 kidding. Not kidding. Seriously kidding. Seriously not kidding… Kidding aside, I used to be “that” grammer but my perspective has changed slowly and so im trying to pursue authenticity this time. Im definitely not saying im all after perfection and the goody goody sweet like candy here. Id still prolly post a photo of me from time to time but you see.. the end goal is to inspire people through my stories, words, works, or whatnot without feeling + having the need to show my butt or body and/or use it as bait and a way to sell myself (that sounded so cliché but you get the point). I’ve been following a couple of awesome folks who are into real stuff about the world but dont receive enough credit for what they do. And it frustrates me. BIGTIME. Anw, we’re all here to do whatever that pleases us and im not judging anyone. I just thought maybe we could give it a time — think about those that really matter. It seems like we’re too busy creating stuff that we’re losing REAL CONTENT. Alright. I dont want to get all dramatic and shit. I dont know about u guys but this is just my opinion. am i making sense? Am i not? Am I?? 😬😅🙂
This isn’t a pack-your-bags-and-travel post. Growing up in a society telling you a list of to-dos and what-nots is a bad programming, really. Like some of the working folks, I found myself breaking out of the vicious loop. Not only was I exhausted from a life based on responsibilities, but also functioning under all types of pressures reached my breaking point and I felt the strong need to reset my battery. I knew I needed a break. No, I DESERVE a break. I graduated college, immediately started working and then found myself a considerably contributing and useful human to the society. I worked my way around the world, working through different countries. Man, I was already an ofw as early as 20. Sure everyone says it’s awesome. Building a career at a very young age, earning pennies, traveling whenever I please to. Youre-doing-great-in-life per se. But was it really me? Or was it just because it’s what I thought I should be? Newsflash: I wasn’t happy. NO. NOT AT ALL. I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for but I knew for damn sure that I was slowly killing myself and I needed something that’s kind of sabbatical. I needed to pursue balance and ‘go’ for what sets my soul on fire. I might be missing the corporate world from time to time — productive days in the office, busy doing stuff. Of course, it’s great when we see the fruits of our labor. This whole take-a-break-and-dive-in thing is still a foreign concept to me but I believe this to be completely worth it both for my sanity and happiness. As far as I can tell, our days on this planet are numbered and we are here to make and collect stories. Might as well make meaningful ones. We have the whole life ahead of us, hey?! Isn’t it nice to just be open to new things and be willing to just see what happens and live in the present? If you feel like ur burning out, always remember that it’s more than okay to get away from everything for a while, get a different scenery, embrace stillness, and just take a break. Who here agrees with me that inner happiness is the key to LIFE? ☺️
Cravings. For crisp air, peaceful forests, and quiet bliss. And adventure…definitely. Thinking back to that day spent with trees towering over us, the warm sun filtering through. There, in the middle of a quiet misty mountain, no notifications to check, no ipod to keep me company – just the sound of wind blowing through autumn trees, some funny pickup line stories, and sky alight. We walked it off over and over again until we see a sign of the peak. Dozens of times. Until we were short of patience and exhausted from figuring out what the hell was going on with those signs. and then we stopped and just enjoyed the view of mt. Fuji. It was good. It was so, so good. And epic (ofc) to hike back down in the pitch black. 3 more days till I escape into the mountains again and make my soul come to life. Cant wait! Cheers to livin!
I woke up this morning feeling like roadkill. Definitely not feeling my best. Shortly after drinking my ever favorite green tea followed by a warm shower, well, life is so much better now. I’ve shaken myself off and dusted these thoughts away because quite frankly, getting down about things doesn’t help me at all. Funny how at times I can’t keep up with my own self. I tend to forget embracing the present moment, breathing new joys and new ideas. And you know what, no matter how small or big changes you take in life, it surely will just build and develop your own character. I always look at myself in front of the mirror every morning thinking where I am now compared to last year and how quickly things can change if you strive hard enough. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. This brings me back to the present with a sharp jolt. And the present is exactly where we should be. Not driving ourselves crazy, getting all caught up with stuff and worked up trying to anticipate the future. It’s right here, at this very moment, that we should be appreciating life and those around us. Every day is filled with humbling reminders to live with a genuine attitude of gratitude. I don’t care how many times I have to say and remind myself that life is so precious and short, and that we have the choice to focus on the good even in the face of roadkills. If we want things to improve and we work hard enough, they will. There is no question of how blessed I am right now and having said that, my heart is filled with gratitude.
There are times when we think to ourselves, “what if this moment is the happiest moment we could ever have?” and we just don’t want to let it go. then there comes a point when we all have to realize that life does actually want to teach us a valuable lesson – to have faith in the future and the glorious things that it holds. Maybe we enjoyed and loved the season too much that we couldn’t help but hold on to it. We have to know that keeping ourselves in this comfort zone and being full of fear to let things go would not help us grow, but through embracing new experiences and the possibility that there are far better and greater things in life than we thought. so the only next step is to believe that the greatest times of our lives are still ahead of us. Maybe we should start thinking that no matter how happy we feel in this very moment or how tough the situation is right now, we could only imagine how much better it gets in the future. so why not keep moving forward and maintain the good fight of faith? right?
YES – I travel, I meet amazing people, I get to immerse myself in differentonultures but, above all – I GROW. I challenge myself to learn new things, to broaden my perspective, and to constantly experience a new way of life. I work a 9-6 and still see the world because that’s what I’m passionate about. Living this life has ultimatly shaped my perspective and has helped me realized that every experience is worth celebrating. I’m not saying that this is the only way to be happy. Of course, everyone can choose their own kind of adventure. The thing is – if there is something you’ve been wanting to do, then now is the time to pursue it. Love yourself. Forget the negatives. Focus on your own success and personal growth. Do something today that will help you tomorrow and bring you a step closer to achieving your dreams. Always find a way to do the things that genuinely make you happy. And become the person you would like to spend the rest of your life with.
Today, I realized how important it is to think about the people who care about you and the people who don’t. you see, if you make no effort to see them or talk to them, you know, deep down, they won’t try. so cherish the people who care about you, and do not waste your time investing yourself, esp. your heart, to people who do not. and yes! thank You for reminding me of the many, many things I have to be grateful for in my life! Life is indeed beautiful!