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CURRENTLY NO. 15: WHATTUP JULY!!!


Currently No. 15:- WHATTUP JULY!!!!! It’s officially the beginning of the second half of the year and I couldn’t be more pumped! Definitely started it on a high note – I drove again after how many years (!) from my house to the GYM. It may only have been 2.2 km (I checked Google Maps, haha!) but it was the longest 2.2 km of my life with jeepneys, tricycles and that stressful EDSA U-Turn + sudden left to Timog Ave. But I made it! The same couldn’t be said regarding my actual workout, hahaha! I did 1 instead of 3 rounds but I promise to do better tomorrow. Let’s do this gradually. Learn to listen to your body or else have another blackout, hahaha With that said, my unfit butt let Mang Loloy drive on the way back. And funny story, we wore matching colors today. It’s not even the common colors like red or blue or black. It was… NEON GREEN. Hahahah

READING
About Cusp Signs. I’ve never fully identified myself as a Capricorn and it actually makes sense coz being born on January 17 means that I am also influenced by Aquarius. I know not a lot of people care about zodiac signs and what not, but I always find it interesting to read up on. Yes, we make our own destinies. And yes, I still feel that the universe and its energies can affect us.

WRITING 
A proposed travel itinerary including daily schedule and expenses. I AM SO EXCITED! Spoiler alert: my mom and I won’t be pushing through our Spain-Italy travel plans from last year, BUT something else is in the works. So, yay!
LISTENING
Open Arms by RKCB x Demo Taped – super chill music! Will you be my shelter? Will you be my open arms?♬
THINKING 
Will you be my shelter? Will you be my open arms?♬ – CHOS! If I could squeeze in 2 blog posts for tonight before I leave. We’ll all find out later! (Side note: I wasn’t able to finish even 1! I’m at Ingrid’s place finishing this up, haha!)

FEELING 
Excited for later! Going to see my Singapore CQ gang – the best wing team in the history of Ladies’ Night. Hahaha!

LOVING
Being able to spend time with my favorite people, catching up, laughing at how silly we were and at the same time recognizing each other’s personal growth. Cue in One Direction here, “you and me got a whole lot of history!!!

WANTING
To work on the best version of myself. This 2016 second half will be dedicated committed to that.

NEEDING 
Discipline to sustain the above.

WISHING
For a smooth, peaceful, and prosperous next 6 years under President Duterte and Vice President Robredo. Go Philippines!!!

Anyway, happy Friday guys!

PS- the photo above was taken outside our house. Cool, noh?! Or not. Maybe it’s a hazard? And yeah, in case you’re from Singapore and you’re wondering what that is – power lines. Or maybe telephone. But anyway, my point is, in Singapore, all cables are underground. Also cool. 

CURRENTLY NO. 14


Currently No. 14:- I’m currently at Pico De Loro (above photo was taken yesterday at sunset!) with my high school barkada. Before you shame me for not spending time with them and being the slave-to-social-media-cliche, no one’s awake yet because we spent last night talking til 4:30 am. Hehe! Good times!

READING
All my books are still making its way across the ocean from Singapore to Manila and I have imposed a ban on buying until I finish everything. So, yeah, at the moment, I’m not reading anything. Except maybe job descriptions and Mar Roxas’ blog, hehe!

WRITING 
Okay, is it annoying how I always answer “blog posts” in this section?
LISTENING
Hanging By A Moment by Lifehouse. It played the night before during the car ride to Batangas and it reminded me of how much I looooved this song. Still do. πŸ˜‰  
THINKING 
Of how awesome balconies are. I’m here at the balcony of my friend’s condo merrily typing this post and I am enjoying the fresh air, the nature sounds and just the whole chill vibe of it. I WANT ONE!!! Preferably attached to my own flat too, haha!

FEELING 
Inspired. I just drafted a personal piece and seriously, sometimes, you start with this idea and as you type, it leads you to other places, peeling off layers, and giving you a deeper sense of your thoughts and situation. I love how writing, at times, feels exactly how Liz Gilbert described it in her TedTalk – that it isn’t YOU writing a story, it’s the story finding you and letting you write it.

LOVING
The past couple of days with my barkada. πŸ™‚ We watched both Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies, and there was this line – how do we find ourselves without losing each other? It’s amazing how even if life has brought us to different places literally and figuratively, we’re still the same bunch of girls who would love and support each other no matter what. And it’s awesome how our small group has expanded to include boyfriends and a husband just as incredible as my best girls.

WANTING
To solo travel. What’s stopping you, Reg?! You’ve been thinking about it since you were 25. And what, you’re 27 now. It’s even in your Travel Bucket List, remember?! GO NA!!! Stop making excuses.

NEEDING 
To touch base and visit Gesu. It has been somewhat a tradition of mine to pop by and spend some time reflecting and gathering thoughts (and strength and courage, hehe!). I told myself I’d visit when I got back, but I’ve been a bit busy (I hate this excuse!) these past days and I promise I’ll do it within this week or the next.

WISHING
For patience. Lots and lots of it especially now that I’m living back at home.

So anyway, enough about me. How are you guys!? How’s your week going so far?! What are you currently reading!? Would love your book and blog recommendations! πŸ˜‰

CURRENTLY NO. 13

Currently No. 13:-

READING
It Starts With Passion by Keith Abraham, a book I borrowed from the library. How cool is it to have a well stocked public library!??! I regret not taking advantage of Singapore’s libraries. Andddd I hope that one day, the Philippines will also have public libraries available. 

WRITING 
Blog posts, and more blog posts hopefully. I want to clear my backlog (how many times have I said that?!) and I don’t really have an excuse since I’m y’know, on a break. 
LISTENING
This all-star Carpool Karaoke. I also said “Awww!” when the first notes of Seasons of Love came and I had shivers when they were singing One Day More. I love musicals!!! Even more when the have a super powerful cast. πŸ™‚ Andddd, I wanna catch Hamilton!
THINKING 
That the easiest way for an ISTJ and ENFP to clash is PACKING. Luke and I have been bumping heads every single time we try to pack my things up. Good thing it’s already 98% done! And I have to hand it to him, he really made the process faster (albeit the drill sergeant persona).

FEELING 
Bittersweet! I’m leaving Singapore on Friday and as much as I know that Singapore and I don’t really match, I’ll miss this place and the convenience and the people who’ve made it painful to leave.

LOVING
The ultimate date night I had just now.  Shopping, a yummy steak dinner, and a musical. Best part? Sharing it with someone whom my random self can have a good laugh and fantastic conversation with.
WANTING
To figure everything out. Pronto. But, in the words immortalized by The Hills: “Live your life with arms wide open, today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten.” So, yes, I want to live fully and make this count even as unsure as I am at the moment.

NEEDING 
To practice walking in heels. 4 years mostly in flats and my high heels skills have took a dive. Hopefully, it’s just like riding a bike? Hehe!

WISHING
That I could teleport. More trips around the world and just so I’d be sure that the upcoming LDR is going to be easy. WhoamyGod.

Hope your week is going great! Tomorrow will be my last full day in Singapore, so surreal! Any suggestions/requests on what to do? πŸ™‚

And oh, cocktail above is from my visit to Lime House. Follow me on Insta for more moments.

CURRENTLY No. 012

Currently No. 12:- 

READING
Sooo, I sorta ended up “reading” 3 books at the same time. I tend to grab the nearest book when I’m without one, so lesson learned- carry the book I’m reading with me at all times. I’m juggling: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, I’ll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie Jr. I promised myself I’ll finish all three in order of when I first opened it. Wish me luck!

WRITING 
I’m in the midst of editing and incubating another “very important, possibly life-changing, essay” so in the meantime, it’s blog backlogs for me
LISTENING
White Noise, in fairness, this really helps me concentrate. Well, this and the SelfControl app, hehe!
THINKING 
Of getting pink hair. Purikura says I look good with it 
FEELING 
Equal parts nervous and excited, but HOPEFUL mostly 
LOVING
The warm fuzzy feeling I’ve been having with my loved ones. Whether it’s finally getting support, an overdue heart to heart talk, playing with my godson and capturing our moment on video, or simply cracking a corny comment at the same time, I love love and all its forms  
WANTING 
To go back to Japan and explore it further. I’ve still yet to try the onsen, kobe beef, otoro, Pablo, etc 
NEEDING 
To come up with a healthy everyday routine that involves proper meals, exercise, and sleeping early
WISHING
To get good news SOON 

What about you? How’s your week so far? Anything you’re looking forward to? Let me know below!

Have a good rest of the week! Here’s to better things coming our way and to finding and fighting for our own version of “more”. 

CURRENTLY No. 11

Hallooo, welcome to a very special edition of Currently aka: the long overdue comeback. My last one, was back in August 2015? Hehe! The past few days have been difficult. Remember when I said I was gonna shun human contact for the next 12 hours? It became 5 whole days. Turns out I have Mild Bronchitis. Whether I was just lucky enough to catch the virus or it had actually evolved from my throat infection, I’ll never know for sure, but let me tell you something, mild is a freakin’ understatement. Moving and TALKING have been so unbearable in the past few days, not that I’ve had voice to begin with. Imagine just walking from the bed to the washroom and panting like you’ve been running up the stairs. What’s worse is lying in bed then suddenly feeling and HEARING your heart race loudly. I swear after this whole ordeal, I’m gonna lead a better, healthier lifestyle. I’m not yet 100% back to normal – I still need to catch my breath when walking my normal pace, but I’m better than the previous days, and that speaks loads.

Life Lately:

1- My usual defense as well as prescription antibiotics. Sometimes, you really have to see the doctor
2- Luke being the bestest boyfriend in the world, bringing me dinner every night since I’ve been cooped up. Since I’m not allowed to bring guests over, we’ve been meeting at the block’s foyer. How lucky can I get!?!
3- My favorite notebook for which I do outlines and most of my “writing”, because of course, CAN LAH!
4- My righthand nightstand which isn’t always as tidy
5- The fluffy white cloud I call my bed which I spent 115 of the last 120 hours
6- The (already chipped) manicure I’ve mentioned here
7- My favorite color scheme translated to nail lacquers
8- The view from my living room coz Luke insisted I spend time outside my bedroom to catch some fresh air, coz sadly, I don’t have a window. It was upon doing this that I noticed the sea is actually visible(!). Far but visible
9- And of course, my lovely lovely bedroom which I’ve learned to appreciate more and more

Currently No. 11:-

READING
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

WRITING 
A very important, possibly life-changing, essay
LISTENING
The Indie Chillout playlist on Spotify. I’ve been playing it non-stop, how is it possible that I like ALL songs?! If you have Spotify, let’s connect! Here’s my profile
THINKING 
I have so much things to do! Hopefully, my body can keep up
FEELING 
Hmm, tough question. Could be better but at this point, I’m not really complaining
LOVING
That I got to reserve a table for Easter Sunday brunch at my favorite resto in Singapore πŸ™‚
WANTING 
I can’t stress this enough, I WANNA GET BETTER! Queue in The Bleachers’ song, hehe!
NEEDING 
To find a way to make my “Related Posts” widget to work. Any suggestions?
WISHING
I feel 100% when I wake up tomorrow. Huzzah 

Whew. That was a long post. Told you I wanted to make up. And I guess this is my way of letting out stories I’ve been wanting to talk about but can’t coz of physical constraints. Hehe! Hope everyone has a good rest of the week and please remember to always be mindful of your health. Prevention is better than cure, so toughen up your immune system and load up on nutritious food and vitamins. And, EXERCISE. Those are definitely the things I’m looking into once I can.

CURRENTLY No. 10

Currently No. 10: The truth is I don’t even feel like writing this entry, but since it’s already the 10th post in this series, I don’t wanna break my streak. And besides, I promised myself to write regularly, so, yeah.

But first, a video to distract you from this lame-o Currently entry. 

READING
Discover Your Destiny with the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. So far, so good and I haven’t even finished the first chapter yet. From the intro, I can already tell that it’s gonna be an enjoyable read.

WRITING
A draft for an upcoming post about my favorite era. I have a more or less clear vision of how I want the post to be, but I can’t put it into words, YET. πŸ™

LISTENING
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something.

THINKING
About why I’m not in the mood this week. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’m just being hormonal. The zit that is forming on my left cheek is solid evidence.

FEELING
Blah. Sorry, guys. Okay wait, scratch that. I just finished the Orphan Black episode where *spoiler alert!* Paul dies. Now I’m so so so sad, and heartbroken. Paaaaaul </3

LOVING
That Honey featured me in her blog. πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed answering her questions about moving away from home, living in Singapore, and my future travel plans. You can read it here.

WANTING
Gong Cha. πŸ™

NEEDING
A holiday. Or a staycation. Or just a day off at least.

WISHING
The next Currently entries won’t be as boring as this.

Hope your week is going well and that the second-half will be better! I’m sure hoping that mine will turn out that way. And oh, the photo above isn’t stock photo. I took it from my trip to Bandung, Indonesia. Pretty, noh? I will definitely be posting a photo diary of that soon. πŸ™‚

CURRENTLY NO. 09

Currently No. 09: Not bad, I’m coming into the third month of doing this blog series! That means I’ve been a regular blogger and getting my groove back. Yeah, yeah, yeah! But speaking of blogging and posting in social media, we people need to find a balance! I’ve touched up a bit on it below. 

READING
The Circle by Dave Eggers. It’s about Mae Holland who recently started work in The Circle – a powerful tech company pretty much like Google and Apple. The deeper I get into the book, the more she makes me cringe. Main character aside, the plot is very interesting and very apt. With statements like “privacy is stealing” – it makes you reconsider the repercussions of this digital age. And do we really need to subject ourself to an overabundance of maybe not-so-useful

WRITING
Trip Advisor reviews. Whenever I go on holidays, I always make sure to do a quick check on Trip Advisor to have a feel of the city or hotel. Likewise, I also contribute to the community by writing reviews to help my fellow travellers out. But (!) like the underlying message of The Circle, you cannot substitute experience with what the aggregate is saying (or posting). But an experience in a hotel where money and passport were stolen from the room is not something I want to risk.

LISTENING
This Year’s Love by David Gray. One of the best songs to listen to when you’re in love. The imagery it evokes in me is being under the lamppost with your loved one with snow falling around. Ala Serendipity as I’ve never actually seen snow.

THINKING
How fast everything flies by. It’s mid-August already!! Time to do an assessment of the year so far, achievements, areas of improvement, goal-settings and the like. I should schedule a formal session for myself, preferably in a tub filled with bubbles, heehee πŸ™‚

FEELING
the gravity of my God wants You to Know message: You have no right to wish for more, until you fully appreciate what you already have. I swear this app is always so accurate!

LOVING
Orphan Black! Seriously my favorite show right now. Spent the 4-day weekend watching Season 1 and 2 and I cannot wait to start Season 3! (Although it makes me sad that Season 4 is gonna be next year…)

WANTING
Those aromatherapy thingies. I have an oil burner but it doesn’t really cut it for me, not sure if I need better oils or a better burner. Or should I just get the electronic one? What do you think?

NEEDING
To get over my apprehension with rocking the boat. I need to practice putting my foot down and exude chutzpah in all areas of my life.

WISHING
Ghost month didn’t exist. Or that I wasn’t aware of it. I’m a fraidy-cat. When I was younger, I thought growing older meant magically being brave, but apparently, it’s not the case. πŸ™ I’m still as duwag and chicken as I was back then. It’s the only time I hate my overactive imagination.

Hope your week is going well and that the second-half will be better!

CURRENTLY NO. 08

Currently No. 08

READING
I just finished reading my first John Le CarrΓ© novel, A Most Wanted Man. It was my boss’, and to be honest, I found it difficult to read. For starters, the language wasn’t conversational. The worst part though, is the ending and how feasible it is.


WRITING
A draft for a post about “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most”. And yes, I got the title from Dashboard Confessional.

LISTENING
Starlight by Muse. Playing one of my favorite songs as the kids outside throw tantrums.

THINKING
Of making a themed playlist. I can think of several songs that go with Starlight, hehe

FEELING
Excited for the Italian trip my mom and I are planning. Italy is probably my favorite country in the world – New York being my favorite city – and I can’t wait to explore it even further! The above photo is of Cinque Terre and I am just so so sooo excited to see it in person! Italy is such a beautiful country with equally lovely people and aghfdhf I can’t contain my excitement to return to the land of gelato and pizza!!!

LOVING
The 4-day weekend coming up! I wish it was always 4 days work – 4 days break – 4 days work. My boyfriend says it’s too much, I say it’s just nice.

WANTING
To refresh my italian! Since we’re going around the country, I’m sure it will be very useful. And come on, I had 4 semesters of French but I still wasn’t able to apply it in Paris, what more my 1 semester of Italian?! hahaha I got a lot of work to do!!

NEEDING
To come up with a game plan and following through with it. That means getting my priorities straight and developing thicker skin and a stronger backbone.

WISHING
My meat defrosts already! I’m getting really hungry! I’m cooking meatballs tonight. πŸ™‚

Hope your week is going well! If there’s one valuable insight from this week so far, it’s life can get stranger than fiction sometimes. Messed up situations are inevitable and there are real legit jerks in this world. You can’t avoid it all, but you do have the power to choose how you react to it. Taking the high road is easier with wine. But wine also gives you free pass to do stuff, so, hmm.. Best not blame wine for our choices, good or bad. After all, it’s meant to be enjoyed and not used as an excuse. Cheers? 

CURRENTLY NO. 07

Currently No. 07   

READING
I just finished Love by the Book by Melissa Pimentel. Interesting concept but I think I’ve maxed out my chick lit quota for now. Interesting to note that when I caught up with Honey a few weeks back, she was reading the same book! πŸ™‚

WRITING
A very important piece, at least for me, about my type of writing. I’ll let you know once it’s out!

LISTENING
To my iPhone on Shuffle. For some reason, I like it better when the music isn’t coming from my laptop when I’m typing something. It’s currently blasting Stories by Trapt, but I took so long answering this question that it’s now playing Angel by Akon. Random fact, this used to be my alarm. πŸ˜›

THINKING
That I should’ve ordered Dark Places from Amazon, too. I was a bit hesitant in getting it so I checked my basket out without it. Turns out it would’ve been cheaper (shipping + taxes) if I bundled it with my existing order. I guess it’s back to hunting it down here in Singapore.

FEELING
Chill. The photo above was taken just now. πŸ™‚ Love how yellow lights can instantly change the mood! Throw in some scented candles and I’ve turned my room into a den of relaxation. Well, almost. Read on below…

LOVING
That I’m not behind on my laundry. I’m not a big fan of doing it, but it never fails to give me a sense of accomplishment once done. Now to return everything to the cupboard…

WANTING
More hours in the evening. I’ve only been home for what feels like an hour and now it’s time to sleep?! So soon!? But I want to do so much more things! Aiyoooooo. 

NEEDING
To spring clean my room. I’ve been doing bouts of it recently but I really need to do a major, all-out, ruthless decluttering. Like what Marie Kondo said in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, do it right once and you’re set for life. I really should stop holding on to random junk and just cling to things that make me happy! (I applied this method to my iTunes and in fairness, listening to it has been more enjoyable. No need to skip songs that I don’t love!)

WISHING
For more hours in the evening. And the will to weed out both unnecessary and excess stuff lying in my room. (I mean seriously, my dead Macbook is still taking up precious space. I mean it was precious, yes, but in its state now? Not so much. But aaah, sentimental value. And I’ve got at least a dozen paper bags tucked under my desk. For what, Reg?! For what!?!! )

Aghh, but for now, it’s time to sleep. Tomorrow’s Thursday!! The weekend is just around the corner! I think I should allot it for my spring cleaning. Or better yet, allot it for relaxation. *evil laugh* Just kidding! (Or not.) What do you think? πŸ™‚