It’s nice to be writing online again.
In fact, this blog is actually more than five years old already. I used to have my own “official” website in two versions – a .com and a .net – but things got weird, and I lost both domains. So I just took it as a sign to subscribe to my wordpress.com site again, which I think works better because (1) I am no longer pressured to write just to get the bang out of my buck – a huuuuge relief, I tell you! – and (2) it was also squeamishly nice-ish to reopen the treasure trove entries that I wrote during my early 20s (I’ve kept them private already, haha). Reading about all the angst, issues, anxieties, and adventures that I had seven years ago got me all introspective and it made me reflect on the past few years growing up post-university.
Now, I am turning 30 in a few years, and life has been good.
I went for a short trip back to Manila last week to rest and spend some time with my family, my friends, and my precious little one, Rocket. He turned 6 years old last week, which was also when this photo was taken. And yes, that’s also him tattooed on my arm! That way, he can always be with me wherever I go and wherever I am in this lifetime.
I’ve been living away from the Philippines for almost a year now. Time has been moving increasingly quickly the older I get – or so it seems. I live with two of my friends here in Singapore, and it feels pretty great to live independently and expose myself to these adult-y things such as paying bills, doing the laundry, preparing my meals for the week ahead. This is a great learning experience that I wish for everyone. You’re forced to grow up, and you don’t have a choice because you need to survive.
It’s also a Sunday today, and I was supposed to have a shoot for work, but it got cancelled due to the rainy weather; hence, poor shooting conditions. It freed up my time, so I cooked some monggo (mung beans) with tomatoes and Delimondo chorizo Bilbao that I swiped from the Salcedo Saturday market during last week’s trip. I’ve been craving it for so long!
I also finished my friend Isa’s book, Found, and I’m now starting on a new one: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I’ve stopped reading Y.A. for a while (I don’t even know why I’ve stopped), so this is the first I’m reading in a reeeaaallly loooong tiiiime.
This is just a hodgepodge of stuff that’s been going on today, but the itch to write has been nagging at me since the year started. I thought that it was about time I scratched it, and it feels pretty nice to get the cogs turning once again.
Another lesson I learned was to stop taking my writing too seriously and to stop overthinking my thought process whenever I type. It’s seriously liberating to just let the words flow and treat this as my online journal of sorts, which what it really is meant to be in the first place. So that’s a rule I give myself now – no overthinking; just write mindfully and in the moment.
Hope you are all having a swell evening! Wishing you good vibrations for the week ahead.