Things I Recently Learned About Fasting

A few days ago, I read Dr. Jason Fung’s series of write-ups on Fasting, Calories, and How to Lose Weight on his website after signing up for the free 12 week fasting course, and it’s been revelatory. I’ve learned about some of the benefits of fasting nine years ago, where I first read about Eat…

Embarking on a Journey of Self-Exploration

It’s ridiculously easy to forget how far you’ve come when all you do is compare yourself with others and you do this habitually, automatically. These past few days, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection and have made an insane amount of realizations, many of which are not at all easy to accept. After revisiting…

Applying for a Japan Visa in the Philippines

Warning: I rant a lot in this entry. When I started writing this, I had never traveled out of the country. Heck, I’d never even flown domestically. My mom was then the only person in my family who has left the Philippines (for a temporary stay in Australia). My dad, when asked why he never…

On Awareness and Transience

Only yesterday, I was sixteen years old, fresh out of high school, clad in a black t-shirt, flared jeans, and blue Chucks. I navigated a strange new world far from the home I’ve always known and shared a tiny bedroom in a dormitory with a girl from the South who spoke her native tongue with…

Ten Things I’ve Learned by Following a Ketogenic Diet

This morning, while showering, I ruminated on how nutrition is like religion. We are taught early on in school and at home about healthy eating—the food pyramid, Go, Glow, and Grow, too much fat causes heart attacks, among other things—and we believe everything because we’re young and still impressionable, so who better to believe than…

My Tiny Wedding: Applying for a Marriage License in the Philippines

My fiancé and I recently applied for our marriage license at Parañaque City Hall and the process went a lot more smoothly than we both expected. To be honest, I thought it would be a pain in the ass because of how troublesome dealing with government offices could be. To keep that from happening, I…

How to Live with Less in a World That Insists We Need More

A couple of years ago, my friend Ella told me about The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and how, for weeks after she purged her possessions and rearranged her room, it was still as organized as it was the day she finished the overhaul. Back then, Ella and I both worked freelance, which means we…

My Tiny Wedding: Why I’m Not Spending More Than 10,000 Pesos

I love weddings. They are beautiful affairs in celebration of love and romance, and happen ideally only once in a person’s lifetime. I cry every time I attend my friends’ weddings, especially when they exchange vows. Personalized wedding vows, in particular, reduce me to silly tears. Incidentally, I also work in the wedding industry designing bespoke…

The Blossoming

It’s been over a year since I maintained a blog, the last one being the website for Paper Cat. At this point, I’m not sure whether this is a good idea or not, but I’m pretty hopeful. I don’t have any specific plans for this blog at the moment; I guess I just wanted to…