21 things every 21-year-old individual should know

Twenty one: Too old to be a kid, yet too young to be an adult.

Whenever I get new understanding from experiences, observations, and other people’s stories–no matter where I am or what I do–I make sure to take note of it. Basically, it took me a few months to accomplish this list, as I want to complete it the way it is and in accordance with my life’s pace.  I want it to cover the changes that happened to my perspectives and views when I became a 21-year-old individual.


I don’t force anyone to agree with me, but I believe you can still learn a thing or two by reading the following. 😉

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This realization changed my life

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33″

I could say that 2017 has been a learning era. Everything that I’ve encountered–may it be the best or the worst–taught me something.

Last year was full of inconstant and unpredictable happenings that served as a roller-coaster ride for me. Nonetheless, I acknowledge that it’s the same reason why I realized a lot of life’s main takeaway.

From all those lessons, one has been indispensable that it changed my whole perspective and influenced the way I deal with my daily life.

The thought just hit me one day. And I will be forever grateful to God that He let it came into my existence.

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3 lessons I discovered when I climbed the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines

When life gets a bit tough, unwind.


Life sometimes becomes a bumpy road. When things get rough and tough, aside from letting God take over on the situation, we have to help ourselves to remain in good composure and sane. In connection, I felt like I need a sweet escape from it all for a while. I’m glad we have our weekend Benguet trip for our hike to Mt. Pulag, the highest mountain in Luzon and 3rd in the Philippines.


As for the accurate and latest record, Mt. Pulag is now 2926 masl.


During the very long hours of walking and trekking, I inconspicuously reflect on the current life I have, the people I deal with, and the decisions I make. My renewed relationship with the mountains made me realize 3 main takeaways about life:



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Dear future 30-year-old self,

This is me, the 2-decade-old you, still very young, hopefully visualizing and talking to you, ten years back from where, what, and who you are now.



I wonder how you are being called by now. By your initials? second name? position? nickname? Well, whatever they use to call you, I wish you’re comfortable with it.

My aspirations for you are high, yet achievable and realistic. I hope you’re in a genuine state of bliss by now.

I aspire you to be independent and successful, but always humble. Brave but still soft-hearted. Forgiving but not vulnerable. Happy and contented.

I’m optimistic that you’re financially independent this time. Tell me ,what have you done and gave to your loving parents? How did you fulfill their dream retirement? I’m still living in one roof with them this time as I’m writing this to you. They provide me everything that is beyond what I need. I wish you’re able to pay them back for all these things they’ve done and sacrificed for you since day one.

I hope you attained your desired profession and absolutely happy with it. I wish you’ve given your very best for all that you have now. I hope your life principles are still intact and standing still.

From the numerous circle of friends that you have before, how many have stayed? Who remained true to their words that they’ll be there for you no matter what? From the people I have today while writing you this, I’m pretty confident that some of them will still be there for you. I do hope I have found real and lifetime friends as early as now.


15 countries off your bucket list? I know you have also explored and experienced well your own country by now. Continue to seek for new travels and adventures, there’s truly more to life!

I don’t know if you’re at the age I want to get married, but if you haven’t walked down the aisle yet, wishing you’re already in a great, sparkling,and stable relationship. I know now’s for real and everlasting.

Be inspiring. On the other hand, let all the people who inspire you, know that they do. 

Everything I desire and yearn while writing this will probably have their own little changes the moment it reaches you, as I am learning everyday, every year. However, one thing’s for certain, you now have a clearer and broader perspective in life so make sure you’re filled with God’s love and pure happiness. 

All thanks be to God. ❤ 

Much love and trust,

The 20-year-old Yel 

Something about August

I don’t know. I really don’t know.

Remembering it’s now August makes me so pensive and at some point, hopeful. I’m really confused, but I’m in no rush. Maybe I’m just really maturing that’s why I reflect even on the simple things.

Something bothers me. Something I know is my solace at the same time. Something more, something new, something true. Something about August.

I  travel far from home to work and vice versa which gives me more time of musing about life and every little detail of it.

Maybe. Just maybe, some good things are only meant to be experienced and dreamt about. But I’ll just let it be, to let myself grow. Sooner or later, I know I’ll have what’s store in stash for me. Maybe I just have to stay strong and positive because that’s the only resort.

The only thing I must always be sure of is that God loves his people so much and that I should never worry about anything for He’s omniscient and omnipotent.

Someday, I’m sure, I’ll find the answers on  that something about August.