Beach Escape: Morong, Bataan

Morong, Bataan is a small and quiet town in the northern part of Luzon. It is most famous for the historical event  the Battle of Bataan – one of the last stands of American and Filipino soldiers before they were overwhelmed by the Japanese forces in World War II. The infamous Death March started in this province.

So who would have thought that this sleepy town would have an amazing shoreline where my beach-bummin’ soul was captivated?  Continue reading

To Travel Alone in Coron

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I’m planning to fly to Coron alone any weekend this July and the airfare is not cooperating. I might choose 2GO from MNL-Coron and Cebu Pacific from USU-MNL for 1203php (if I’m lucky to get one tomorrow). I also want to have a historical tour in the island Culion, also known as the leper colony. My planned budget is only 5k, not including the airfare. Will that be enough? I really want to go backpacker style this time and would appreciate any suggestions for accommodation, places to see, where to eat, etc.

Where you at: Wingstop

My friend and I had a quick dinner at Wingstop in Makati, just outside Glorietta 4, and waited the traffic to disperse.

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I’ve heard about Wingstop being expert in chicken wings in the US and the sight of foreigners at the other table munching on their chicken wings added up to increase my expectation bar.  Continue reading

How To Travel For Free

Ever wondered if you can travel for free? Not only in Europe but all around the world? Well, there’s a way and I sound like a cheap ad! But really, there is. Aside from the opportunity of being sent onshore (since most jobs are being outsourced in the Philippines) for knowledge training or shadowing, there is another way to travel abroad for free… or in a much lower cost.  I was lazily searching for ways to have my euro trip without spending a lot of money and saw a list of volunteer programs around Europe, Asia and Africa. Check out these sites for volunteer programs,

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Beach Escape: Canyon Cove – Nasugbu, Batangas

I just turned 24 and I spent my day working, though it screams ‘loser’ I can’t help but be thankful that at 24, I have a job and the choice to spend it out or stay in.

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Luckily, my job allows us to work remotely as long as there is a stable Internet connection and we are able to complete our deliverable. With that, my roomie with her friend and I had a joy ride to Nasugbu, Batangas.

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7 Things to do in the Lent Season

Especially if everyone you know is going home to their respective hometown or provinces and all the establishments are close. I have thoughts of just lying on the couch and watch the ceiling, but where’s the fun in that? I’ve been doing it even when it’s not the Lenten season.

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For everyone who’s stuck in the city, with nowhere to go and nothing to do, here are some things that you might consider to enjoy the long weekend. These are activities that take advantage of the fact that there’s not going to be a lot of people around, so get moving!  Continue reading

Don’t Accept the First Job Offer You Can Get!

It’s graduation month and my Facebook newsfeed’s filled of photos with people wearing black togas and friends and family saying congratulations. Others are ecstatic to get a degree while a job offer awaits, while others are anxious about being unemployed.

It’s also been three years since I graduated and how I wish by now, I’ve easily eased into the IT industry and figured out in my heart that this was what I really wanted. But for the life of me, IT isn’t for me and worse, I don’t know what is.

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There are days when I just want to go back to that day I got my degree and signed the first employment contract I was given. I was so sure I wanted all of this – my dream job and company rolled into one. I was happy, and I even let out a few tears along the way. I wish I still have the same feelings about it today.  Continue reading

The Six People You’ll Meet in MRT

After finally accepting to myself that cabs won’t be able to get me to the office in a window of 30 minutes, I decided to take the MRT going to and fro the office. Yes, the dreaded rectangular, fast but sometimes slow-moving vehicle with one million people inside. As to how they fit in, I still have no idea.

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Now if you have been observant in your daily commute inside the MRT, you’ll definitely see different kinds of people – kids, pregnant women, Makati girls, old people, wonderful people, and most of all annoying people. We can’t help but be annoyed by them even after we got off the MRT and yet at the same time, we take our lessons from them about public vehicle etiquette.  Continue reading

El Nido Experience

Physically present, but mentally absent. Yes, that’s what I am right now. I’m back in Manila but I think I left my soul in El Nido. To say I’m overwhelmed is an understatement. I’m more than overwhelmed and I have no coherent words to describe how awesome that island is! I know I’ve made travel posts about it but there are some thoughts written better in another entry.  Continue reading

Falling in Love with a Wanderluster

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It wasn’t me, she repeated a hundred times. It was never me, but it was her. She was the problem. She couldn’t stay too long – in a relationship or in one place. She needed to move, to get out, to see the world, to feel free. She bought airplane tickets like she would shop for clothes. Sometimes, I could keep up. Most of the time, I couldn’t.

‘Fifty countries, thirty-four to go!’ She would say with a smile and sparkle in her eyes.

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Cookies for Valentine’s!

Our Dgroup has this yearly Valentine’s give-away to our office mates and close friends on or before the heart’s day. Last year, we made chocolates for our friends and this year, we decided to make cookies! Yes, cookies using a turbo broiler! We actually have no idea how since we couldn’t find any on the Internet that shows baking a cookie using a turbo, so we decided to try on our own. Continue reading

Where you at: Subspace Coffee

I’m not really the coffee-dessert kind of person. I’d rather go eat a bowl of rice, yes anytime of the day, than go for coffee and dessert that would sometimes cost me like I ate three meals.

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Yesterday was different though. I was itching to go out of the house and chill somewhere cozy and nice where I can listen to music, blog, update my stories, and do something productive.

I searched through the Internet to find some coffee shops around Ortigas area and saw Subspace Coffee along Emerald Avenue. I saw some photos and thought it looked cute. After all, it’s Korean-inspired. Continue reading

2014: Kim’s “Molding of Character” Year

It’s my year-ender post again! I have a hunch that I’ll be very busy in the coming days as I have work in the night and I run errands in the morning, so I better make this entry now or I finish 2014 off without one.

2013 was a really great year! I was expecting the same for 2014, but this year turned out so different! Never, in my wildest dreams, I’ve expected 2014 to end this way. With all the changes in my life, I now feel like an adult – making major decisions of my own, traveling alone, additional responsibilities (may it be in bills or personal commitments) and fixing broken relationships.

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God has His ways of teaching me a lot of lessons and for letting me see the reality of life. My perspective and my lifestyle have changed drastically and I couldn’t be anymore grateful. Who would’ve thought that I’d relate in Hillsong’s Oceans? I have a big fear of the ocean for whatever reason (what an irony!) and it felt like He wanted me out there to face my fear and place my security in Him – not in my job, not in my family, not in whatever I have right now – just in Him.

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Tuna Pancakes

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Since it was my rest day yesterday, I ran to the mall to buy some gifts for my friends. There were so many people and I decided to go home after and have dinner at home.

After lazing around on the couch, I was too tired to get up and eat out. I checked the fridge to see what I can cook and I caught sight of the canned tuna in the far corner of our food storage. I remembered the tuna pancakes we used to cook in the morning with my ex-roomie Stifany and decided to cook some. It’s quick, easy, delicious and healthy! It only took me 20 minutes of preparation and frying.

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Visiting the Lala Land Singapore – Last Day

I’m not going to post anything other than photos and a little bit of captions. The last day was purely buying souvenirs, a quick stop at the Merlion, and my flight home. My cousin and her family stayed another day and visited the Singapore Zoo and Bird park. My eight-year old nephew said I missed half of my life. Well, not really. Going home earlier allowed me to travel alone or made me feel like I was traveling alone, and being on that flight alone made me realize that I was comfortable being alone, that I don’t mind going to a new country all by myself.

I guess that just strengthen my resolve of living in another country 3 years from now. I wouldn’t mind at all! Continue reading

Visiting the Lala Land Singapore: Universal Studios Mania

Day two is Universal Studios Mania. I’ve never been to one and I’ve heard amazing stories about it, so I was pretty excited. They had amazing rides and not that kid-friendly so it was really different from Disney or Legoland. I was also looking forward to the whole Egypt look in The Mummy. Egypt is actually on my bucket list, placing third on the list of countries I want to see. I’ve also seen photos of my friends and those were believable enough. Once, I even thought they were able to go to Egypt. This day in USS was so fun I didn’t even feel all that tired. I hope I could see Universal Studios in Japan soon. I heard they got Hogwarts there!

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Visiting the Lala Land Singapore: Legoland Mania Malaysia

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We started rolling at 6AM going to our official hotel accommodation – Fragrance Hotel, Bugis – and left our luggage at their lobby. Their staffs were very friendly and accommodating. It was pretty small, but it was neat and modern. It’s also accessible to anywhere. If we look at Singapore’s map, the hotel was just a walk away from everywhere. I’m also amazed how they know the exact taxi fare whenever we asked them how much it would cost should we take the cab.

The taxi drivers in Singapore were very friendly too. The second cab we rode in from Arab Street to Middle Road gave us tips where to go, what to see and a little history about the buildings. We were very happy that everyone could speak English. My Singapore trip was really different from my Hongkong a year ago.

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Visiting the Lala Land, Singapore!

Finally, my Singapore travel post. I’ve been dragging this for six months now and I was finally able to get hold of some nice photos from my cousin’s camera. I was so tired that taking good photos was on the very back of my mind.

I went to Singapore last April and went home the first week of May. That trip was really tiring, very expensive and very bitin. Nevertheless, seeing a glimpse of the first-world country was amazing.

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Walk by Faith

It’s been days since I last had my quiet time and lately I’ve been depressed and was in need of a heavy accountability talk. Somehow, I came upon the life of Joseph in Genesis 39 and read through till the early chapters of Exodus. I think we all know the story but I think I’ve left out some points to ponder on.

Joseph was the youngest son of Jacob and his most favorite. He was a dreamer and can interpret dreams, a talent given by the Lord. Continue reading

Off to a New Beginning

I started going to my new job just this Monday and I was crying the night I went home.. in the train.. like a drama queen!

I just found out that my shift was changed to night as we needed to do knowledge transition from the US team and we need to catch up on their time. So I cried, because this wasn’t what I asked God – this is exactly what I didn’t want. I had to whine to Him on my quiet Continue reading

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Turning 23

Turning 23 is odd. I woke up not feeling anything special, at all. While stepping into the shower that morning of April 8, I realized I won’t be able to sing along and relate to Taylor Swift’s song called 22. Boohoo. Continue reading

You are the expert, can you or can you not do it?

Writer and filmmaker Lauris Beinerts beautifully captures what it’s like to be an expert in a technical field during a “big picture” business meeting. This short film is based on the Russian short story, “The Meeting”, by writer Alexei Berezin.

I hope you can relate and enjoy watching. :)

 

London, my love.

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London, my love. I can’t wait for God to let me see you and hold you and smell you and just experience you. When I get the chance to actually go there and have a real picture taken, I’ll go back to this day when I have only dreamed of you.

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Moving Mountains

Technically, that is.

The past three days were a whirlwind of mistake after mistake. It was like a series of unfortunate events. We were tired and we were sleepy, but we had to keep our head in the game.

And to be honest, I don’t even know how to describe it all. But somehow, it filled three pages of my journal each day, which summed up to 9 pages by Tuesday evening.

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Say YES to Greater Things

I’m pretty skeptical to things I hear and learn, so I try to ask questions as much as I can and I try to listen to everyone’s answers and questions as well.

One thing I have found interesting to learn lately is the Bible. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not doubting whatsoever, but I like digging in. One question was answered awhile ago, which made me curious even more. Continue reading

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Haiyan Aftermath, watching from the sideline

It’s been more than a week now since Yolanda first made its landfall in the islands of Samar and Leyte. Help has been coming through from various countries and reporters have been flocking around Tacloban and Samar for fresh news and videos for the world to know.

I remember a day before November 9, our management got us into a quick huddle and explained accountability and safety. The options were laid out on a powerpoint presentation wherein you can work from home, get to the office if the situation is safe, and always always ask for help from the company’s hotlines if in critical situation. Continue reading

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7 Ways to Spend Rainy Nights

I love rain, except for days when I have activities that need Mr. Sunshine, but for most part, I love rain, always, always. Rain gives me this gloomy mood, not the bad kind of gloomy, but more of a melancholic gloomy mood.

I could have just said melancholy, right? Yes, it makes me dive into memories, scrolling endlessly on my Pictures folder. It makes me think about life, like what do I dream becoming of? It makes me ponder about love and how it went wrong and how will God reveal to me the right one. And most of the times, it makes me take a good long shower, with candles all over the bath room and a soft piano music playing around. It just makes me feel like a woman worthy to be taken serious of.

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9 Little Things that Make me Happy

When I was in school a few years back, I thought what would make me really happy are the things that I was planning to buy when I get my pay every month. I listed it all down before, beside my 50 things that I should do in life before I die list. But then, as I go through the days as a career lady, I realized, the things that I took for granted when I was in college, are the very things that I treasure now. Continue reading

Macau, the City of Dreams

Macau is a small peninsula in mainland China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese overseas territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences. Its giant casinos and extravagant malls have earned it the nickname, the “Las Vegas of Asia.” One of its more striking landmarks is 338m-high Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.

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Looking outside the tent // Long overdue post

So this guy whom everyone found good-looking and charming was seated beside me today and I took the chance to check how charming he really is.

Well, he isn’t.

Much to my dismay.

At first I was just listening to their conversation, and I found him as a deep man – very composed and sensible. It was interesting to listen to him explain how he is and how he wants to succeed. As time passed by, I found myself yawning and putting on my earphones.

There was too much arrogance, and he was very self-dignified that I found him quite ridiculous. Maybe if he was a little funny and a little goofy while speaking about “investments”, the “future” and all other “mature and manly” acts, I might have had agreed that he was indeed charming.

But nah, he was too controlled. Too level-headed. And girls don’t like that.

Disclaimer: This was a draft for a year now and has only been published yesterday. No such event happened on the same day this was posted.

I, Too, Left the Tech Industry

Kim | Half of My Heart:

Amazing read!

Originally posted on Evgenia Got Free:

With a nod to Cate Huston.

I have resigned from a 20 year career in tech. For many reasons, I decided to flip some tables in 2015. I have some not yet coherent observations on this that I will share in case they help others. I benefitted greatly from others’ posts on their decisions to leave tech and how they did so, and would like to pay it forward.

“This is my last tech job.”
A few months ago, a thought struck me out of nowhere. It was not a particularly bad day at work and there was nothing obviously awful going on. I simply thought “This is my last tech job” with absolute certainty. If I were a person of faith this might make more sense, in that it may have seemed like “a message,” but I simply observed it and thought “Huh! Ain’t that something.”

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You Love Who You Love

“What” and “If” are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life.

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For two years, I was haunted by these two words. I thought I might need to go back and fill in what’s between these haunting words and when I did, I realized all my efforts was still not enough. Now, I’m done with what if. I don’t want to keep on looking back and allow myself to be haunted. These words can only chase me when I allow them to. I don’t want to ask what ifs anymore. I don’t want to keep on thinking what could have happened if I was better, if I was kinder, if I was this and that. I want to enjoy the present – whatever’s laid out in front of me. I want to look forward to the future. I want to feel the thrill of what is and hell, yeah.

So this time, I’m gonna break my walls down. I’m gonna talk about it and cry while I do so. I’m gonna let others ask me about it. I’m gonna welcome friendships over a cup of coffee and a glass of wine. I’m gonna open my heart and mind to the fact that I deserve someone so much better – someone who will not divide his love between my bad and good side but will see me as a whole and love me all the same. I’m gonna learn when to hold on and let go.

I’m not gonna doubt myself anymore. I’m not gonna ask myself what if I’m not good enough for anyone. I’m not gonna wait on somebody to finally realize how amazing I am. I’m not wait for anyone to see my worth because I know I am worthy to deserve better things in life. I’m not going to wait on anyone anymore.

I will love who I will love and I will not allow my feelings to wake me up in the middle of the night.