Photos of My Life No. 2: One Thing that Symbolizes Home
Posted on: 6th of June 2010
| Under: Artsy Fartsy
, Life & Love
For my second set of Photos of My Life, Kat requested:
Since you’re here in SG, i’d like to know what is the one thing that symbolizes “home” for you and/or the thing that makes your homesickness go away all the time :)
This was a little hard, because I have quite a long list of things that make me miss Manila. But, there is one particular thing that I like looking at every time I’m in our living room, and that’s this Umbra Fotofalls Desktop Photo Tree my brother gave me a few Christmases ago:
It holds eighteen different set of pictures of people that make Manila home for me.
I reckon it’s a beautiful piece of art.
There’s No Place Like Manila
Posted on: 23rd of May 2010
| Under: Life & Love
Eleven years ago, if you had asked me whether I could considered Manila home, I would have flat out said NO. It was a fact that I had decided for myself, before I even gave the chance and time for the entire city to grow on me. It was my stubborn self closing the door right away, because all I could really think about was having to leave Brunei. Taking a sixteen year-old away from her friends and the life that she adored would no doubt have the same effect. I was a depressed, angry teenager, who wanted nothing more than for her life to return to the way it used to be.
For a while I was miserable being back in Manila, but then sooner or later, LIFE happened. If you ask me whether I consider Manila home now, then I would one hundred percent say YES. That’s why I didn’t mind moving and living here in Singapore two years ago. With Manila just a little over three hours away by plane, it’s just so easy to fly back whenever I get homesick. And I do fly back quite often. Three to five times a year, actually. And like most getaways, my trips back home are something that I really look forward to.
Last month, I flew back for a couple of weeks. And after spending lots of time either at home or out with my family, I scheduled dates with different sets of friends who were part of my hate-love journey with Manila.
With baby Jillan, Jewelle and Steph. This was actually taken when I was in Manila last January. Steph and Jewelle are a big part of my Manila life. We went through St. Scho and PSID together, and were even labeled by some of our PSID teachers as the “Tres Marias,” because we were practically inseparable. =P Baby Jill is the first barkada baby. :)
Bestest and I during her Graduation dinner treat at Brazil Brazil, Serendra. :) Kris and I practically grew up together in Brunei, and although we hardly see each other whenever I’m in Manila (it’s funny, but we talk more when we’re miles apart), it’s always a comfort seeing her. <3
Posted on: 11th of January 2010
| Under: Life & Love
The last month of 2009 was a whirlwind of events filled with happy memories. Being back in Manila meant having more time to spend with family and friends, and that’s exactly what I did. From reunions, dinners, parties to simple meals at home.
I tend to take less photos when I’m having too much fun, but here’s a few that I did manage to take from different events:
Impromptu night out with friends, followed by an intimate pre-Christmas dinner two weeks after. :)
Eggzmas party the day after JR arrived from Singapore. We missed last year’s party, so we made sure we could make it this year. :) Photo courtesy of Jaypee.
Mass, dinner, gift-giving and our yearly family photo on the eve of Christmas. <3
Posted on: 17th of September 2009
| Under: Life & Love
Throughout the ten years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve gathered quite a number of online friends already. Though I’m not as active in the current blogging scene, I still keep in touch with those that I’ve known for quite a while. A handful of them have actually turned into real life friends of mine. One of them is Rachel, or Nikz as she is popularly known online. :)
She was in the country for a several weeks last month, so we met up for late lunch the day before she left.
Nikz and I at Banana Leaf
We don’t get to talk much nowadays (last time we had a long conversation was when we had coffee during her quick trip back in 2007), so seeing her was a great treat. It’s always nice catching up with her, because we can just quickly pick up from where we left off. (: I’ll see you again SOON, Nikz! Hehe!
In other news, my mom arrived back from Vancouver this morning. Stashed in her luggage was my pack of makeup orders! They’ve been sitting on my bed since early this morning, but I can’t seem to get myself to open them yet. They’re so pretty, I’ve just been staring at them all this time! HAHA! Will post them once I’m done ogling and maybe after I nap. Been up all night, I need to head off to bed and dream of sunsets and Orange beach hotels. XP