Coming to Taiwan

Even now that I am currently in the country, it still dumbfounds me that I made it to Taiwan. Unlike my previous trips, the only concrete plans I had for this trip were my flight details and my accommodation. I had no itinerary, no budget plan, and no time to even think everything through. For the first time in my life, I was quite spontaneous (around 75%). I had no printed Google Maps directions to my hostel, I got lost a couple of times, my GPS wasn’t accurate underground, and I was at a loss over where to go and what to do. I even brought my laundry with me.  Continue reading “Coming to Taiwan”

Twenty-one? 21.

2016 was a mixture of rocky roads and smooth highways. It was a hectic roller coaster ride that went by too fast. A lot of people have left and a lot more are going to leave, but the new arrivals are welcome to stay for as long as they like.

I have a lot of things to be thankful for which all happened in the past year – our thesis, graduation, the backpacking trip, employment, a new family, and more time to go back to my hobbies. Being 20 has made me busier than ever! Continue reading “Twenty-one? 21.”

Why We Let Good People Go

It came as a shock. Earlier that day, I asked God if I could have one good cry to at least reset all the emotions coursing willy-nilly through my body. It was a figurative request, but wouldn’t you know, I got something to cry about.

For the past 48 hours (has it only been that short?), I’ve been asking myself questions to try and understand the choices people make. Why do good people leave? And why do we let them? Continue reading “Why We Let Good People Go”

Revisiting My Travel Goals

November has been such a hectic month. The weeks seemed to pass in a blur, and I can hardly believe 2016 is about to end. This month, I’ve had my first job fair, the launch of our recruitment website (it’s www.jobs.bluewater.com.ph if you’re looking for a job!), my 3rd month as an employed person, and a whirlwind of other to-dos that has gone and left my table buried in piles of paper.  Continue reading “Revisiting My Travel Goals”

Packing for 37 days

It’s 3 in the morning, 19 hours before our flight to Singapore (the beginning of our 37-day Southeast Asia trip), and I’m wide awake, reading and rereading the letter I wrote to lao peh before I graduated. Surely the feelings in the letter will help me sleep. The past 8 hours have been spent packing (and unpacking), printing airline tickets, making two more itineraries, and generally fretting over the littlest things. The pre-trip jitters have come rather early, but considering I’ll be with 4 first-time international travelers and 1 other person who hasn’t been to Singapore,  I think my anxiety is warranted.

My packing still isn’t done. I haven’t had my money changed. I forgot to print hotel booking confirmations. I don’t have offline maps. My iPod isn’t ready. I’m not ready. Will I ever be ready? But I want to go now. Continue reading “Packing for 37 days”