Work hard, Play hard.

I wonder how we really measure hard work. When to know that enough is enough or that a little should be given more or given up?

I am a paradox for being such a lazy doer. A doer, but lazy. Hahaha. I feel more worthy when I get to do a lot of work, but at the same time, feels relieve lurking on the internet while lying on my bed for a whole day.

A workaholic, but a sleep addict.

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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.

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Hi,

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.

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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 

Bravery is a rarity

In a world filled with cruel people disguising in good countenance, during this time full of uncertainties, and a kind of life that will keep throwing you unexpected circumstances, what will be your last resort?

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The only choice is to stay strong, or else, you’ll lose the fight. The battle which some may know nothing about.

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You’ll never have a hard time  saying that you can, but staying in its very essence is a real struggle. Only few people have the guts to get out of their comfort zones, stop playing safe, and do a favor for themselves, despite everything that the society has shaped and boxed us.

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Red for Real

Red is one of the three primary colors together with yellow and blue. Without these three, things and also our lives will surely look bland. Among them, Red is the color that I like the least, but not until when its value started to be sentimental to me. My life has changed because of red, to which it does continuously even as of today.

Okay, I’ll try to stop my metaphors. Hahaha.

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I see red as a strong color. I visualize myself brave and a grown-up whenever I let this hue dominate my whole attire or even at least just  be the vibe. It feels like I’m confident and mature enough for womanhood and adult stuff. I find red shade lipsticks as a self-esteem booster. However, I’m not using it on a daily basis as I don’t want it to be my mundane look. I still want to feel something new and exciting each time I’ll try it.

Red is the color of LOVE and on the other hand, the same color known universally for STOP in terms of road signs. So which is which? It’s your choice which you will prefer. For me, I’ll just perceive it as the color signifying burning passion, being lionhearted and defined undaunted. I’ll just find out soon if what I’ll let prevail, if it’s love or stop. Anyway, I’m too young and I need not rush. Red is for happiness!

A tour at the First Vintage Camera Museum in the Philippines

Historical travels and appreciation of old structures seem to be conventional activities nowadays because of the influence also of the social media. I view this trend interesting since it’s benefitting to both parties; people learn to value our rich culture and history, at the same time, it boosts the local tourism sector.

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When you try to visit Taal, Batangas, make sure that a museum is part of your itinerary. There are a lot of ancestrals houses that turned into museums which are open for public visits like Don Leon Apacible House, Marcela Agoncillo House (donations are voluntary), Gregorio Agoncillo Mansion (PHP 70 per head) , and Villa Tortuga (PHP 50 per head/ PHP 250 costume rental). I was able to explore only one due to time constraint. Nevertheless, I find my visit very educating and worthwhile.

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I’ve learned that Galleria Taal is the first and foremost vintage camera museum in the country. The regular entrance fee is PHP 100 per person while a discounted rate of PHP 50 is being offered to students who have their ids.  The entrance fee privileges you to tour the museum with their resident staff who are very knowledgeable about the details and stories of what are waiting you inside. Take note, all of the vintage cameras inside are still working!

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