YOLO

April 30, 2017 at 11:58 PM | Posted in Health, Musings | Leave a comment

You only live once. Life is short. Seize the day.

I have heard of these lines many times before but they take on a different meaning for me these days. Just this week, I found out that my uncle has been recently diagnosed with lung cancer. I was completely surprised by this because I never thought it would happen to him even though he’s a heavy smoker. I mean, I’m not really sure how many cigarettes he smokes in a day but I know that he smokes several times a day.

I’m not really close to my uncle given that he went to Bahrain to work when I was just a child. I was already in college when he came back in the country for a short visit. Since then, he’s been coming home every two years. When he’s in the country for a visit, he would often hang around and go out with my male cousin. But since my cousin got married and got busy with his family, I became my uncle’s companion most of the time. He came to visit me when I was in Dubai for a few weeks in 2015. We had fun touring Dubai together. Since that trip, I somehow reconnected with him. He’s unlike my other uncles. He’s open-minded and he can level with anyone he speaks with.

And now that he’s sick, I feel very sad. He was diagnosed about two months ago but no one told me and my sister. My aunt – who first found out – assumed that we knew. I keep in touch with my uncle through email when he’s in Bahrain. I emailed him just last month but I never got a reply. Little did know that he was already sick.

I could just imagine what he must have felt like when he found out about his cancer. My aunts told me that he’s been crying ever since he found out and he’s depressed. He’s scheduled for an operation next week and I don’t know what will happen to him after that. I only know that he’s going to come home for good soon.

This sad news just makes me realize how important one’s health is, and how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle. Thank God I don’t smoke. I never tried smoking in my whole life and I have no plans in doing it. But in the past few months, my health also took a considerable turn. I’m always stressed out and exhausted because of work. I’m sleep-deprived and could not eat properly. My blood pressure is way up most of the time and I’m in and out of the clinic because of it. My uncle’s situation is definitely a wake up call. As the saying goes, “You only live once,” which means I have to take care of myself and start putting myself first above all.

I really hope my uncle will fight it off and get better eventually. He’s still young and I hope he lives longer.

Zen

January 28, 2017 at 9:26 PM | Posted in Health, Lifestyle, Musings | Leave a comment

In this day and age, people have become accustomed to multitasking. This especially holds true in the corporate world where there is a misconception that it is better to multitask to be more efficient at work. I myself have become a victim of this unhealthy practice. I was a workaholic before and I got used to multitasking because in a fast-paced corporate world, that’s what was expected from everyone.

But over time, I came to experience the side effects of overworking and multitasking. I suffered from creative burnout and my brain wasn’t as sharp anymore as it used to be. My energy levels dropped and I felt mentally exhausted most of the time. I even tried taking vitamins to keep my energy levels up. But it wasn’t as effective as I had hoped.

It’s been years since I had a long relaxing vacation. I’ve been missing out on so many things. And last year, my life was so toxic that I had to cleanse my mind from all the negativity and bad vibes. One day I gave myself a break. I went to the park and allowed myself to relax and enjoy my surroundings. But I know I need more than that.

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Lately, I’m thinking of starting to live a balanced lifestyle. I plan to give more time for myself and enjoy life. I always believe in living in the moment and taking time to appreciate the simple things in life and be one with nature. But certain obligations and limitations prevented me from doing just that.

This year, I am hoping that I will have time for that, and that it will be the start of a long-term balanced lifestyle.

Me and the City

October 30, 2015 at 11:05 PM | Posted in Lifestyle, Musings | Leave a comment
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I’m slowly conditioning myself to the fact that I will be leaving my apartment and moving to a new condo by next month with my sister. And while I’m so glad that my sister and I finally have a place of our own, I couldn’t help but feel sad about leaving. I’ve lived in Makati City for over ten years now and to move to another city will definitely be a jolt for me. I loved living in this city because it’s only minutes away from the central business district and the vibrant nightlife. Yes I know the city is known for its horrendous traffic, but then again so is everywhere. This is the Philippines after all.

A peek at Ayala Triangle Park in Makati

A peek at Ayala Triangle Park in Makati

But Makati is sort of a comfort zone for me. Somehow it doesn’t feel as crowded as Quezon City or any other city in Manila for that matter. I’ve gotten used to the hustle and bustle of Makati and its ever-changing city landscape. Shops have come and gone. New malls have sprung up. Parks have changed. But I can still live with that. That’s how it goes in the big city.

I think I’m going to miss my trips to Ayala Triangle Park where I used to jog at night. I’m going to miss seeing the skyscrapers along Ayala Avenue in the morning on my way to work. I will miss the malls I frequent on weekends, and I will definitely miss the restaurants and coffee shops I usually go to.

But certain things need to be sacrificed. A decision had to be made. And it’s all been done. Next month I will be adjusting to a new life in a new city. I’m crossing my fingers that all will turn out well.

Last One Standing

January 11, 2015 at 1:25 AM | Posted in Musings | Leave a comment
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Just after the New Year, I attended an old friend’s wedding when I was in Bicol for the holidays. She’s one of my friends in college and our barkada were all invited to the wedding. The five of us were pretty close back when we were in college. And almost all of us were present at each other’s wedding. Now that my friend was the fourth one in the group to get married, I am the only one still unattached. Yup, I’m the last one standing.

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So of course being the only remaining single in the group, I got a lot of teasings and proddings from them. They kept insisting that I should get married soon. They practically gave me a deadline. They said that I should get married by June this year. One of them is giving birth early this year so they said it would be perfect if I can get married after her baby comes.

I love my friends, but it can be exasperating sometimes when they and other people pressure me to get married. They have a traditional view on marriage and family. But I am not traditional. I am unconventional. I’m not like most women. Being a product of a broken family, I don’t view marriage in rose-colored glasses. If divorce is legal in the Philippines, my parents would have been divorced a long time ago. So yes, I’m not in a hurry to get married.

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Actually I have mixed feelings about marriage. On one hand, I’m not sure if I’m the marrying kind. I can’t even imagine myself in a wedding dress, much less walk down the aisle. But on the other hand, it would be nice to have a long-term companion.

I’ve always been liberated for most of my life and I value my independence greatly. Now unless there’s a guy out there who can sweep me off my feet and completely change my mind, I still remain happily unattached.

2014: The Year That Was

January 2, 2015 at 4:26 PM | Posted in Musings | Leave a comment

As I move forward this 2015 with hope and determination, I’d like to take a few moments to look back and review the past year. Last year definitely had its ups and downs for me. But there were also a few notable experiences that made 2014 a memorable one for me. Here are just a few highlights from 2014:

  1. I decided to step out of my comfort zone. I made a major life-changing decision that was both risky and challenging and involved a lot of patience. Right now I’m still pushing through with this decision in the hopes that it will help me grow as a person.
  2. I embarked on a project that would further test my capabilities as an independent person. This project has been in the pipeline since 2013 and it was only late last year that I finally took the plunge.
  3. I reconnected with family I hadn’t seen in a long time. My uncle who’s an OFW came home from abroad last year and I was able to spend some time with him and the rest of my family during his short stay in Manila.
  4. I had the opportunity to travel someplace I’ve never been. I went to Cagayan de Oro and stayed there for over a week. Aside from spending unforgettable days there, my stay in CDO also helped me see the region in a new light.
  5. I had a brush with a Hollywood celebrity. Considering that a lot of Hollywood celebrities already visited the Philippines, I’ve never been the one who would go out of the way to see or meet them, much less stalk them. But that changed when the star of one of my favorite shows on TV visited the country. I’m a big fan of Suits and Gabriel Macht so of course I went kinda crazy when he came here to do charity work. I actually saw him in person during his stay and I will never forget the big smile on his face when me, my sister and a couple of friends were practically screaming and hyperventilating at the sight of him.

There were a few more incidents that happened in 2014 that I consider to be turning points in my life but I won’t elaborate on them as they’re very private and not for public consumption. Let’s just say that they were life lessons for me that I need to reflect on.

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