It’s been 8 months since we started 2017. Many things have changed by now. And even though I am not really a fan of this month, I am very much excited to share with you my goals in high hopes that I will accomplish everything until the 31st.

  • Visit my sister in Lucena for at least 2 days.
  • Explore Baguio more. (Try Yes Pho and Unlimited Samgyeopsal)
  • Read 2 books.
  • Create a very sensible Spotify Playlist.
  • Write blog articles scheduled until next month.
  • Try intermittent fasting recommended by Doc Thea.
  • Watch Bates’ Motel or Breaking Bad.
  • See at least one movie from the theaters.

I am looking forward in accomplishing these goals. What do you want to accomplish? Let me know.



WanderWoman: Hanoi, Vietnam



Okay, I have to admit. I spent most of my days in Hanoi wandering around cities to cities. Exploring sites, food-hopping from hawkers to hawkers, connecting with people and enjoying the place as it is. During my early days in Hanoi, I stayed in a place called Phúc Yên. It is a small a town in Vĩnh Phúc province that is very close to the Nội Bài airport.

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My departure from NAIA 3 was at 8:00 pm, but due to flight delay, I arrived at Nội Bài airport at half past 2:00 am. I know that Vietnam has a free-Visa pass for Filipinos for 21 days, but since I planned to stay longer, I was required to get a Visa before entering the country.

After getting a well-deserved rest the later that same day, I immediately packed my bags to meet – up with my friend Joy in Hoàn Kiếm. We planned to enjoy the rest of our stay there because it’s the heart of Hanoi and most of the places we want to visit are around the area. The trip from Phúc Yên to Hoàn Kiếm took me about 2 hours via Expressway. As soon as I reached Hanoi Rose Hotel, I settled in and rest for a bit before taking a tour outside.

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We started the day strolling at Hoàn Kiếm Lake. Since the place is in the historical part of Hanoi, why not begin in one of the most scenic spots in the city. The entrance fee cost me about 20K VN Dong or 46php. It was once said that the lake was inhabited by a big turtle bringing safety to the city and prosperity to the people. Although we planned to see different places that day, Joy and I decided to go back to the hotel because I was too tired and not fully recovered from the trips I made for the past 2 days. Here’s a glimpse of our room at Hanoi Rose Hotel.

The room has two beds, one plasma screen TV with cable, fully air-conditioned, has a clean bathroom and WiFi accessible. Also there are drawers and cabinets perfect for our clothes. The room was clean and it smelled really nice. The following morning, there was a complimentary breakfast given to us. Even though I wish there was rice, the free meal was such a delight.


My first few days in Vietnam went well and I am excited to share more of my experiences on my next WanderWoman blog. Let us talk about streetfood, shopping and public transportation.


Until next time,


Random Ramble: In bed with you.


When you’re lying in bed with your significant other and you find yourself reflecting on how rare and perfect your bond is, and how much bs you had to endure with people beforehand which thankfully lead you both to cross path. And now you’re just lying there in this state of tranquility and you realize “This is it! This is literally how I want to spend the rest of my days”…

Eyes on the Goal

A quarter of the year is already over. Have one fruitful year to remember by accomplishing the goal you’ve set yourself. Here are some ways to help you stay on target and keep the goals you’ve made right on the dot.



Start with a short-term objectives or have “mini pledges” that lead up to your ultimate goal.


Don’t expect flawless execution. Things won’t always go according to plan, but the most important thing is to learn from your mistakes and continue to work hard.


Believe in the power of positivity. Ward off naysayers. Maintain a composed and inspired attitude that’s ready to chase after biggest dreams one can imagine.




Chris Paolo,

We met during one of the darkest moments in my life. I was sick, alone and a total mess. You found me sitting inside a bookstore trying to figure out what I’m going to do with my life. I looked confused and shattered at the same time. But despite my dysfunctional persona, you approached me just to say “hi”!. You have the most sincere and warmest smile I’ve seen for a while. It was totally unexpected. However, it managed to open a new chapter in my life – A chapter in which you will be the reason why I learned how to get back on my feet. A chapter which I decided to call, BLISS.

As I go through this new journey, I would like to thank you for your patience and never ending support. Thank you for helping me to learn how to help myself. Thank you for all the nights you’ve stayed up just to comfort me. I know that no amount of words could ever do you justice and I don’t think I will be able to express it the way I want to. But maybe that’s the magic of it all. I found comfort in knowing that I have something that cannot be even put down perfectly on a paper. I cannot even fathom how amazing you are and how lucky I am to have such an amazing life with you. Thank you for your constant reassurance and for being a great listener. There is no one else I’d rather share every detail of my life with other than you. All of my favorite things become so much more enthralling once shared with you. Your words are gentle enough to stick with me. When I lack motivation to get up some mornings, I think of the way you would encourage me. I think of the way you would kiss my forehead and smile at me and tell me how you’re proud that I am still here. Even during my PMS, you would tell me that what I’m feeling is valid and how you’ll be around no matter what. Those words alone would be more than enough to make all the pessimism fade away. Thank you for loving me enough to allow me to embrace my independence yet love you more than anything at the same time. Despite the distance, you have impacted my life in more ways than you’ll ever imagine and I am endlessly grateful. I have learned so much from you in what seems like such a short period of time and I’m so eager to continue. Sometimes I struggle with Writer’s block but you’re always right there to inspire me and get me back on my feet. Thank you for being you. I am so lucky to love you and have the opportunity to grow with you. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t recognize all the wonders that you are. I cannot wait for everything life has in store for us. Happy Anniversary, bubbi. I love you.


5 Most Important Life Choices

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  • Be thankful

Even though it is not everyone’s natural disposition, learn how to be thankful for everything. Be thankful for all the good and the bad. It a process that we need to embody. But reminding yourself of how many things are there to be thankful for makes it worth it.

  • See the good (in everything)

If you choose to be optimistic about life, it will be easier for you to see the good things around you. Based from my own experience, seeing the good in everyone or everything made my life happier. Yes, we have the option to choose what to feel about certain situations, but choosing to feel better stands with choosing to see good.

  • Be courageous and to try something new

Courage is a habit of not being afraid and acting anyway. At some point in our life, we find it hard to explore what is outside our comfort zone because we are fearful of what is ahead. If we feel like we want to do something that we’re scared to do, our body then tells us not to. Step by step we must learn how to find a way to grow outside our boundaries. Focus on the reason why you want to stand up. Attend to positive signals and don’t get distracted to the negative ones. Find a role model or an inspiration that will give you positive reinforcements in discovering something new. Life a life without having a negativity bias.

  • Forgive, and to let go of the past

We have different heartaches from the past brought by someone we trust or love. We’ve been betrayed, neglected or even rejected. In reality, we can never avoid being hurt anytime. However, we can always choose how to respond to these situations. As we get older, society continuously deceives us that getting even will be the greatest revenge. But it clearly doesn’t line up with our morals. As you open yourself to forgiveness, you will learn that forgiving those who hurt you is a part of the healing process. You need to let go of your past in order for you to start something new. Forgiveness is not an overnight process. Remember that this is a choice we make for ourselves. Have the prerogative to grow from your pain because you deserve it. You deserve to be happy.

  • Move on, and to make the most of life.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said that “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly without fear for newer and richer experience”. Making the most of the life we live is a challenge that we face everyday. We tend to be comfortable of what we are doing right now that life becomes stagnant/ still. We forgot to grow and explore. When asked about our purpose, it becomes subjective and deep. It’s normal. It should be. However, we only live once. Everyone must seize the opportunity of living the life we always wanted. There are a lot of wonderful things pass our way every day. Get a grip of your life’s potential because you cannot put a good life on hold.



Coffee Talk: Maintaining Motivation


1. Make your goals realistic and attainable. There’s no harm in dreaming big for as long as you’re doing your best to make all of them achievable.

2. Learn how to reward yourself. It is more exciting to focus on success especially when you are looking forward to a special treat.

3. Never give up. Failing is normal but what’s important is you focus your mind in renewing your determination. Always expect to have set-backs and to encounter obstacles.

4. Always believe in yourself. Look at the positive side of things so that when you feel discouraged, you have something to hold on to.

5. Seek encouragement. It’s okay to share your goals with other people. (family, friends, colleagues). When you’re finding it hard to keep going, entreat. Your support group will surely back you up.

6. Keep your eyes away from distractions. Learn how to say no even if other options might seem appealing. They might distract you from achieving your goal.

7. Be inspired. Read some inspirational novels, blogs or quotes that will encourage you to work to achieve your goal.

8. Rest. You need to pace yourself if you are going to pursue your goal. Avoid getting burned out or demotivated.