I HAVE MOVED!!!
As part of my #somethingnew2015 challenge, I’ve also decided to switch on to a new domain… and because honestly, I found it hard to change my url so I just made a new one harhar. Anyway, this will probably be my last post for Vanity and Veins. Hope you guys check out elleexplores as well!
Wow. I have been gone for too long and I must say, I missed expressing myself in writing. It seems like as the end of every year approaches, I face a slight turbulence in my life that causes me to crash or to lightly put it, brings me to a bit of a pit stop. I know that these things should serve as lessons or challenges to overcome or whatnot, but it does help to set time for yourself to sulk or cry. Despite the low points, life then only shows that you have nowhere to go but up. Isn’t that what they always say? And I believe that to be true. That is why I’m starting my own campaign this year called “Something New”.
Year after year, people encourage us to start fresh or become a new you every year. Why not be a better you? And what better way to become just that than by trying out new experiences you never thought of doing or things that you keep on putting on a pause because of some other priority? The challenge is simple: at least once a month, experience one new good thing that you have never tried. May it be to travel alone, finally try peanut butter (I’m putting this on my list), model, sky dive, swim with dolphins, or any other outrageous thing you might wanna try but have been too scared of doing, make it all happen this year. If there’s one thing I learned from all the craziness that has happened to me, it’s that no one can build yourself back up but yourself… and prayer.
So I challenge all of you to try #somethingnew2015. I’ll be posting my new experiences too so I can also motivate people in being bold and not be afraid of embracing the unknown, because anything could happen.
Remember in my previous post where I was ranting about how stressful third year was? Well, it finally caught up with me. Yesterday, I found out that I failed a subject by .5 points… that’s .5 worth of new block mates, a new year, and a new obstacle. I have never failed anything ever when it comes to academics so it was definitely something that hurt me a lot. I was even telling my best friend that this hurt more that any break-up I could ever have haha. I talked to my professor about it and he said that he would double-check my grades for me but I started to lose the one quality I took most pride in – strength. With my strength, I was able to be there for others and be the strong one when they were weak. With that same strength, I was able to pull out a rainbow when people were going through storms. Because of this point five madness, I’ve lost that strength and I wondered, who would be strong for me this time?
With all honesty (and I’m not trying to sound cheesy), no one can really help me this time but God. I turned to Him for prayer, asked for guidance, and I looked for that strength I used to have in me. I’ll be having my Spiritual Guidance soon, which I haven’t had in over 6 months now, so I’m really glad we’re having a long semestral break this year. My parents and other relatives have also been so supportive of me and were very encouraging (that made me cry so much more) so I guess I need to build myself back up again. Wow, I think I’ve said that line so many times in this past year already. Damn, I’m so unlucky. Haha. On a serious note though, I don’t blame anyone but myself for what happened. I pulled my other subjects higher, and most of them were much higher than what I expected, that I failed to pull this one subject up. I guess this is a blessing because the universe knows how burned out I already am haha.
To all my PT batchmates, bye! Lol. My reaction is so inappropriate but seriously though, make me proud! I wish I knew each one of you more and got to spend time with you. I heard that the second semester will be more intense but you just have to focus AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, TREAT EVERY SUBJECT EQUALLY. Always pray to God and thank Him for your blessings. If you feel tired as well, please power nap then power through. If you fail, don’t think of it as the end of the world. Trust me; I know. I’ll see you in your graduation! I’ll be the crazy and loud girl at the back screaming her head off because she’s so proud. I love you guys x
P.S. I have deactivated and will be on a hiatus on Facebook, Twitter, Viber and Snapchat. Will be back when I feel like it haha. I need to be the description of this girl again, and when I do, you’ll hear from me soon – “She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.” -Marilyn Monroe
From Liliw, we traveled next to Lake Pandin wherein we rode a raft to cross to the pathway leading to Lake Yambu. They served us ginataan and fresh coconut juice. I loved this part of the trip because it was breezy and the views were amazing. I thought I was somewhere in the amazon!
Because I was live blogging on my twitter and instagram + had music during the car ride, I slowly lost my battery! Good thing Kuya Jim brought his portable Bavin charger!
With Kuya Jim! This was our second trip together after Cavinti. He’s my super traveler idol!
After our trip to both lakes, we had our well-deserved dinner at Sulyap Gallery Cafe. The ambiance and the food were so amazing that I would definitely go back there just to eat their dishes again. I had beef sirloin in red wine sauce with mango shake and half of Kuya Jim’s best-seller dish. Afterwards, we unfortunately had to end our road trip day and say our good-byes.
VIAJE DEL SOL ITINERARY RECAP:
Breakfast at Casa Vida by Lake Sampaloc + tour of town
Ugu Bigyan Potter’s Garden
Lunch + tour at Sitio de Amor
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
Shopping at Tsinelas st. in Liliw Laguna
Rafting + merienda at Lake Pandin
Trekking to view of Lake Yambu
Dinner at Sulyap Gallery Cafe
My road trip for Viaje del Sol was only part 2 of my last summer hurrah. Last July 4, 2014, I attended the eighteenth birthday party of one of my really good friends, Mojah. You looked stunning girl! I enjoyed that night with my friends and previous blockmates who I won’t be seeing much of anymore because of the shuffling. I got home at around 2am, took a shower, and had a short nap before my trip at 5am. I thought it would be hard to go to sleep with wet hair and alcohol in my system but I was wrong. Haha. Blackout bar knocked me out but good thing I was still about to wake up in time for my trip. Wishing for more nights like these with my friends!!! A new chapter of adventures await and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me.
BONUS POST: BLACKOUT BAR PARTY FOR MOJAH’S 18TH RIGHT BEFORE MY VIAJE DEL SOL TRIP
The early birds! We were the first ones to arrive… we even got there before the debutant did in her dressing room.
The only shots I promised I would take that night. What happened.
My friends and I with the gorgeous debutant!