Sunday, June 10, 2018

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

Do you ever find yourself slipping into a "what if" zone? I do this whenever I'm faced with a major life decision. I think of several scenarios attached to each choice. I would dig my way back into history if I ever learned from any of the loose ends. "What if I didn't leave?" "What if I accepted that job offer?" But since I can't take those moments back, I try not to let the fear of possibilities take over in my decisions.


Monday, May 28, 2018

Travel: Mount Yasur in Vanuatu

I never really see myself as adventurous because (1) I just couldn't be bothered with that much physical effort and (2) I have low tolerance for uncertainty. If it's any consolation, I am grace under pressure. Although I try to push myself out of the comfort zone, which made me start looking at things differently. As cliché as this may sound, you only live once or twice in my case. We hiked the cliff of Morne Blanc in Seychelles two years ago. I thought that was my peak experience until I had the opportunity to climb an active volcano in Vanuatu. Mount Yasur was an unforgettable trip that literally lit up my birthday week.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

10 Lessons Living in the City Has Taught Me

I was born in the province and spent my idyllic time in a small town where everyone knows you by your kin. Mornings were for climbing trees and afternoons were often filled with adventures exploring the fields. As a child living a simple life, nature was my playground. By mid '90s, we moved to another countryfar away from the familiar, comfortable and happy childhood memories. I don't remember having bitter recollection on the big transition since my parents never forget to make us feel grounded. Moreover, Abu Dhabi in the early '90s was the ideal place to raise a family. My father has been there since 1990, and even my grandfather in the early days. Like a tectonic shift, my life was rearranged. I became the expat kid.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Art of Slowing Down

You must have witnessed a sunset at some point in your life. If you haven't, I'm judging you. Get into it! Find a perfect spot. Relax and observe. I've always been a sunset seeker; attuned to the manifestation of oneness with nature. We often get caught up with work or cram in as much as we can to be productive. It's like we're constantly stuck in a cycle of rushing things. But at what cost? Why feel guilty of slowing down to nature's pace and admire everything around us?


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Our Wedding Suppliers

Whenever I get asked about wedding planning, I always say how much I enjoyed every part of it. There were a couple of pre-wedding freakouts but you really don't have to make it harder than it has to be. We decided not to get a full service wedding planner. This will be the first decision you have to make as a couple on the early stages of wedding planning. If you agreed to organize everything on your own, here's a dose of wedding wisdom: Learn to split up tasks. I work well under pressure, my husband can effectively communicate with suppliers. I love playing with design and ideas, my husband trusts my aesthetics. Heehee! We had a year of preparation but I suggest to start as soon as possible. Some wedding suppliers are already booked in advance so have your binder/folder/Excel file ready and start your research. Try not to get caught up in the stress! (See also: Your First Steps In Wedding Planning)

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