No, Really. Go Live.

At 22, I feel like I have the whole world at my finger tips. My best friends and I keep planning trips all around the globe, and as far fetched as they may be, we have to make it happen. We have to see the Pyramids in Egypt, swim in the beaches of Bali, fall in love with the beats of Rio, eat pizza in Verona, listen to the song of the mountains in Austria, walk down Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, run on the Great Wall of China waving to the sky hoping someone will see us, and scream as loud as the lions do in Africa.


I know a 60 year old man who has to be hooked to an oxygen tank 24/7 because his lung (singular) needs all the help it can get. Walking becomes a chore. Staying in bed all day becomes the norm. He has lost muscle mass because he can’t do any form of exercise and all his physical efforts go into him focusing on inhaling and exhaling. Don’t get me wrong. He can still walk around but maybe just for a few meters or so. More than that, he has to catch his breath.

Just like how any other story goes, one day, he saw a picture of Machu Picchu on facebook. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and I’m sure that you, whoever is reading this, has thought “I want to see that someday!” He thought the same thing but added, “That’s part of my bucket list of places to visit that I am never going to see”.

When I heard that, I couldn’t understand what I felt. Pity? Sadness? Regret for him? Maybe all at the same time? I don’t know. But, I knew what I thought at that moment. And it is what I am sharing with you all today.

An average person has about seventy or so years to live, eighty-plus if you’re lucky. Many of us think that “70 years? That’s more than enough time for me to do the things I want.” In reality, seventy years can honestly feel like 7 seconds. One minute you’re putting on your black shoes for the first day of elementary school, the next minute you’re putting on your black dress shoes for a job interview. The next thing you know, you’re 70 years old wishing you could go see all the places you once wrote down on your list of “Places to see by the time I’m 30” or could do all the things you’ve postponed and said, “Nah, there’s always tomorrow”.

So, to answer the question at the beginning of this post, we have to make the trips happen for this reason: to not regret. I am slowly learning that once you say “no” to an opportunity, how sure are you it’ll come strolling down your path again? I remember one of my high school teachers telling us that Opportunity is this beautiful man with no clothes on (just go with me on this one), drenched in oil (no, really, it’ll make sense), and has a pony tail on his forehead (keep reading…). He appears to you all majestic looking, and you are then awestruck. He’s coming at you fast, and you have only one chance to grab his hair and go with him before it’s too late. If you missed that chance, that second, you’ll find yourself grasping for his arms, legs, but to no avail because you’ll just slip right off. Then, where does that leave you?

Those posts online that go “Life is too short, buy the shoes” make us go, “Ha, yeah right. If only I could, honey”. BUT YOU CAN. Maybe save up for it?

And it doesn’t even have to be about buying things. It could be finally jumping off of a cliff into the ocean, screaming at the top of your lungs when the roller coaster drops, seeing for the first time a wild penguin up close, or dancing in the streets late at night.

It doesn’t have to be an adrenaline rush thing either! Let’s say all your life you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook, paint, sing, or play an instrument. Guess what? YOU CAN. So what if it doesn’t taste good or your painting ends up looking like a 5 year old did it? Practice and keep searching for what you’re good at, and at least you’ll be able to say, “Haha, at least I’ve done it”.

But make sure you’re not hurting anybody or doing something illegal. Maybe don’t rob a store. Maybe… you shouldn’t curse that man for cutting you off. Opportunity isn’t waiting for you down that road.

Make your own sentence that fits you and your story. “Life is short,…” Don’t make the common mistake of waiting and then suddenly regretting. Just be smart, and really, go live.


I swear, I lived.

I fell in love with this song the first time I listened to it. It gives me the right push that I cannot give myself to go about my day. I am automatically placed in a better mood after listening to this song because it reminds me that I’m only 20 years old. Now, I don’t say that in a bragging way if any of you were offended. I literally mean that I am just 20 years old. Meaning, I have time to travel, to meet new people, to dance, to overcome fears, to build a career, and whatever else I can do.

I’ve made the mistake of trying to figure life in general immediately countless of times which leads me to panic, and I feel like I just end up looking at things instead of seeing and experiencing them for what they are.  But, I’m learning from that mistake now. This song helps me overcome that.

When I’m 80, I will utter the words, “I swear, I lived”. But for now, 60 years prior to that, I will Carpe-the-shit-out-of-the-Diem and go by the words I wrote on my college yearbook, “…no regrets, just lessons learned and a lot of fun”.

Day #13: A Travel Destination That Is Your Guilty Pleasure

I’ve totally failed doing this challenge a billion times, but I still am determined to finish it. Today’s the only day I finally found enough time to sit down and type on my laptop. For the past weeks, it’s either I’ve been to busy prepping for work, family stuff, or too tired to function after working out. But, no matter, I’m back with Day #13. heehee

I knew exactly what place I wanted to write about for Day 13. I haven’t met anyone who shares the same fascination as I do, so if you do want to go to this place too, leave a comment below! LOL

For Day 12, I wrote how I don’t see the appeal in South Korea. Now, I’m going to publicly announce that my travel destination guilty pleasure is the other Korea. Yup, not the KPop filled, cute Korea, but rather, the isolated, mysterious, sometimes scary Korea. Whenever I tell someone I want to go to North Korea, they think I’m some crazy person. Maybe I might be. BUT, it’s the whole not-everyone-is-allowed-to-go-to-North-Korea is what makes me want to go.

I want to see how they live and how different their country is. I will admit that I’ve spent a couple of hours scrolling through instagram posts of various photographers who have been to North Korea. They’ve posted a lot of pictures of propagandas posted everywhere, children having fun, North Korean technology that is a pretty out dated, tons of soldiers & cherry blossoms.

Here are a few reasons why I want to go to North Korea:

1. I want to see what’s on North Korean TV. What do they broadcast?

2. I want to see the soldiers march, specifically, the women soldiers.

3. I want to see their fearless leader.

4. I really really want to see their old computers.

5. I want to know what they know about the world.

It’s the not knowing what’s there that has got me hooked for the past decade 😀

PS. I couldn’t find nice pics to post hihi

North Korea for my travel destination guilty pleasure

Day #12: A Travel Destination You Don’t See The Appeal In

This took me .0002 seconds to think about. This place is totally famous with my fellow Filipinos because of the fashion, music, musicians, and even the language. But, for me, I totally am not attracted to anything related to this country at all, and also the country in general. I’m sorry! I know this country is beautiful, and all, but, if I were to arrange the countries according to the ones that I would want to visit and to the ones that I would least like to visit, this country is found towards the bottom of the list.

I’m talking about South Korea. Located near Japan, Russia and China,  it’s, I’m guessing, 4 hours away from the Philippines. It is a highly urbanized country, adding a whole new definition to fashion and music.

KPop, or Korean Pop, is very popular all over the world having PSY, Girl’s Generation and Big Bang spread it across oceans. There are people who are such dedicated fans that they even memorize the dance steps as well as the lyrics to their songs.

Korean Drama shows are famous also in various countries in Asia, and maybe in the West too, I don’t know. People have been falling head over heels over the protagonists of the Korean Dramas for ages. I’ve found a lot of people glued to their TVs when these shows are on.

The language, too, has interested a lot of people. Suddenly, people want to learn Korean! Anyong!

I’m sure their traditional culture is great and there are a lot of things to see there. The above mentioned are just a few things that help others experience South Korea. Maybe because I’m not a total fan of their music, TV shows, fashion, etc, that I’m not really 100% connected with the country. I’ve been seeing a lot of things related to South Korea for years now, and I feel like those just made the hype less exciting. (Am I making sense?) Which is weird, because if you see something different on TV or in a magazine, the usual thought is, “Hey, I think I’d want to experience that”, but not for me, nope. siigh*





Here are just a few pictures from South Korea. They look so beautiful, and all, but I just don’t feel a connection. Unlike if I see something from India or Indonesia, I immediately think, “OOOOH, I wan’t to go there someday!!” But here, nada. : (

P.S. I am in no way meaning to offend anyone. This is just my own personal preference & opinion. I still think that South Korea is beautiful, but maybe, it just isn’t for me.

South Korea for the ‘travel destination I don’t see the appeal in’. 

Day #11: A Travel Destination That Reminds You Of Your Favorite Band or Music Video

I love the Pussycat Dolls, and I love this song. I’ve been listening to it lately almost everyday. I think it’s because recently I’ve been taking Belly Dance lessons again, and this song in particular gives off a belly-dance-sexy vibe. Speaking of belly dancing, that’s what this music video reminds me off. I daydream about the belly dancers from the Middle East or in Egypt or Turkey. The music reminds me about the soft movements of the body, as well as the precise isolations that the dancers make. I’d totally love to go to those places one day (when it’s safe and what not) to learn the raw belly dance techniques from those who started it all.

  Middle East for this day’s travel destination : ) 

Day #10: A Relaxing Travel Destination

Let me take you back to my country, again. I’m sure a lot of you have heard of this place!

The only time I feel truly relaxed is when I go to the beach and just lie around while drinking fresh buko juice. mmmmmmm. I don’t have to think about life HAHA. All I have to think about is what I’m going to eat, when’s my next massage or what activity I’m going to do next. I always lose track of the days when we go on beach vacations. That’s when you know it really is good.

The place I’m talking about is this tiny bit of paradise found in the Philippines.


Boracay is known for its fine, white sand, diverse activities – such as parasailing, jet skiing, cliff diving, island hopping, snorkelling, helmet diving – local food, amazing sunset view & night life. It’s an hour away from Manila by plane. You land on the mainland first, then you ride a 15 minute boat ride going to the island. They have hotels ranging from very affordable to woah-man-that’s-what-I-make-in-a-year prices. I’m just exaggerating, but there are hotels that are pretty fancy (pricey)!

Personally, I don’t like partying in Boracay when I’m with my family because I’d just really really love to just chill by the pool, eat, get a massage, sleep early & wake up early to jog by the beach. That is my all time routine every time we go the island. We usually stay at Boracay Regency (located in Station 2). I super love the hotel! The rooms are great, their pool is big, their staff’s really friendly & welcoming, and their food…mmmmm, the food. When I went there with my friends last summer, I wanted to party, but I just decided to sleep instead. HAHA. Grandmother mode ON. We stayed at La Carmela (located in Station 3). It’s a cheap hotel which is great when you’re on vacation with friends because the logic is all you need is a bed & a shower to get some rest and freshen up. You don’t necessarily need all the other unnecessary fanciness. Just make sure to book room in the Executive Wing (I think that’s the name of their new wing.) The rooms in the older wings, I’m told, are not so great, even if all you need is a bed & a shower.

547954_10201006110297979_1666387106_nHere’s a picture of the Boracay sunset! This was just taken with my phone! It’s great in person!


Here’s a picture of my friends and I when we went there last summer. The sand’s super fine & soft! I love just lying down and listening to the waves crash when the sun is going down.

983967_10201237569884324_722007363_nThis is my sister and I trying out parasailing for the fist time. I was so scared because I am afraid of heights. While we were up there, I just kept shouting at my sister and telling her, “Bree!!! Talk to me! Tell me I can do this!! Talk to me! BREE!!! What if there’s a whale under us?!! Oh, Lord Jesus Christ protect us!!” haha I enjoyed it though, so we went on another ride the next day.
(lowest price: 600PHP for 15 minutes)

547079_10201006362744290_245297435_nWe totally pulled of a legit looking chicken fight, yeah? hahaha. I’d like to think so. We were killing time while waiting for the lame party to start.


Here we are helmet diving! It’s a really interesting experience. The pressure in your ears hurt like hell, though. Sometimes it goes away, other times, it doesn’t. The fishes look so beautiful! There isn’t much coral around you, though.
(lowest: 400PHP for 15 minutes)


Here’s a picture of some of my family on a banana boat. You sit on an inflatable banana shaped boat, hold on tightly while a speedboat pulls you around the deep waters. It’s really fun, especially when I rode it with my friends because all we did was laugh and laugh while trying our best not to fall into the water. The only downside to this is when the speedboat is pulling you, water is splashing you on your face fast. So, it hurts! It goes inside your eyes, nose and mouth. But, that adds to the fun! haha
(lowest price: 200PHP for 20* minutes) – I’m not sure if 15 or 20 minutes. 


Here’s a pic of my mom and cousins snorkelling by the boat. It’s part of their ‘Island Hopping’ package where they bring you to the different beaches on the island, and let you snorkel in a place with lots of fishes! Just make sure to bring bread so that tons of fishes will go to you. We usually just get bread from the hotel’s buffet during breakfast. HAHA.
(lowest: 300PHP per head for 3 hours of Island Hopping)

252460_2138536025987_4761989_nThis is the most tiring thing I’ve done on the island. MYGAD. It’s really thrilling, exciting and fun, but it just hurts your arms mostly, but also, your back, stomach, legs, butt when you come in contact with the water. Like the banana boat, a speed boat will pull this thingamabob. When it’s in normal speed, it’s like any ordinary inflated ride, but when the driver starts to hit the gas, the ‘Flyfish’ will automatically rise a few feet off the water in a 45 – 90 degree angle. You really really have to hang on for dear life. When you fall and hit the water, it hurts. But you’d just want to go back on it and do it again. It’s highly entertaining. Just make sure to wear something that won’t come off!
(lowest price: 400PHP for 15-20 minutes)

I totally recommend going here if you haven’t already. There are a lot of things to do (there are packages too so that you can save money!), lot’s of food choices & great scenery. I should warn you though, during the first few months up until April, the beach side is filled with seaweed. haha but everything’s still good. : )

Boracay is listed as one of the best beaches in the world!! : ) Care to judge for yourself?

Boracay for ‘a relaxing travel destination.’

Day #9: A Travel Destination With Great Beer

I do not like drinking beer. I don’t like the taste, I feel super heavy and bloated after, and I don’t want to have a beer belly haha. So, I wouldn’t really know any place with great beer. I can go with the common ones like Germany or Spain. (I think any where in Europe was great beer)

I’d just like to take this time to talk about this one beer that I really really like. I mean, I would drink this most of the time if this particular one we’re served in all the restos and bars that my friends and I would go to. I tasted it when my friends and I went on our first night out in Strasbourg during our Study Tour to France. I’m not the only one who liked it. My friends did too! We found a place where they sell it here in Manila, but we haven’t had the time to go there yet.

The beer I’m talking about is this…

Desperados: Tequila flavored beer
Desperados: Tequila flavored beer

Hope you guys get to try this out too, and tell me what you think!
Enlighten me, what’s a travel destination with great beer? : )

Day #8: A Travel Destination Where You Know All/ Most of the Sites

I chose a place I’ve fallen in love with in books, TVs, and magazines. It was my first time travelling alone so I really wanted to explore and just walk aimlessly in the city.

I think I’ve mentioned this on here a few times, but for the sake of this post, I will mention it again. Last year, I interned at the Philippine Department of Tourism in London. I stayed there for a month and a couple of weeks. Going to London for me felt like the first dip into the pool after a long hot day, the first time you tasted chocolate cake (If you don’t like chocolate or cake, then..why?), the first sip of water after doing a really tiring workout.  It was that aaaaaaaah-feel-good-heaven-on-earth feeling.

When I arrived there, I didn’t waste my time. I immediately wanted to tour the city with my mom’s friend, who was such a good tour guide and host! Trisha, my friend who interned in the Department as well,  said that she was able to see the famous sites in one day. Seeing as I did not want to fit everything in a day, I tried to divide the places in the 3 free days I had before my internship began. What really happened was that I saw 90% of the places in 1 day and just reserved 2 or 3 places on the 2nd day, and wen’t shopping for the rest of my free time…

The tourist spots I saw were: The London Eye, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Temple Church, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oxford Street, Hyde Park… just the ones that we mostly see on the television or magazines.

On the other days that I was there, I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, Greenwich with Trisha, and I went on a ‘Jack the Ripper’ tour with my bosses and Trisha as well (This was really cool and highly entertaining!) I think I can still find my way around their tube!

The rest of my days were spent in the office or going outside London to visit other famous tourist places. I’d have to say that Trisha and I have been to a lot of places in the span of a month! I mean, come on, who knows when we’ll be ever going back there again, right? Might as well make the most out of our stay.

Although, I regret not doing more research before hand on the other places that I could’ve gone to that I know would interest me greatly. Maybe it’s written in my path again to go back. Just Maybe.


There you have it. ‘Til the next entry.

London for the ‘travel destination where I know all/most of the sites’ : ) 

Day #7: A Travel Destination Where You Love The People

I will get my shit together for this challenge. I’ve been totally busy! Lo siento. I will do my best to be back on track this week. 

Let me take this time to appreciate my country and my fellow Filipinos. hehe

When tourists come to the Philippines, they say that the Filipinos are very nice and hospitable. Even Filipinos abroad do not disappoint! (REPRESENT!) Filipinos are known to always have smiles on their faces and find the good out of every situation, even the bad ones. Sure, there are a few stereotypes, but in general, I think we’re doing pretty damn good.

We have a dancing traffic enforcer. Gone are the days when being stuck in traffic is such a drag.

Our inmates spend their free time learning dance steps.

We have an elevator attendant that brightens up your day!

Aside from the good vibes that Filipinos bring, I love love love our nationalism!  PINOY PRIDE! I love how whenever there is a Filipino somewhere joining an international competition, we never fail to support them. I especially love how we cheered on the Smart Gilas in the FIBA Asia 2013 games. (See you in Spain, bitchezz)

If you’ve never been to the Philippines, I suggest that you book a ticket now ASAP. Aside from the amazing people, we have really really great tourists spots that’ll just take your breath away! Oh, and almost every Filipino can speak English! Watch the first video again if you need more convincing.

So there you have it.
Philippines for the ‘travel destination where I love the people’  : ) 

Day #6: A Travel Destination Where You Love The Food

(Forgive me for the slight MIA. I’ve been totally busy these past few days because my mom came into town. We always had to leave the house and go do something. Thus, I always came home feeling really tired. haha Anywaaaaay…)

Whenever Marco asks what do I want to eat for lunch, I always say “JAPANESE FOOD!!!” I can never ever get sick of eating Japanese food. If I’m craving something, it’s almost always Japanese food. Is it because I’m part Japanese? I don’t know. Maybe. I’ve only been to Japan once, and every meal time was like heaven on earth for me. I have an aunt who married a Japanese man, so whenever she comes home here in the Philippines, we visit her in her condo, and she cooks all these Japanese deliciousness.

First up, let me show you a pic of a Japanese resto with their food on a conveyor belt. You just grab whatever you want and they charge you accordingly. I know many of you have seen something like this. It is the coolest and most stressful dining experience I’ve had. Stressful because I feel like if I don’t get the food immediately, it will be gone forever, and I just lost my chance of tasting it.

First up, let me show you a pic of a Japanese resto with their food on a conveyor belt. You just grab whatever you want and they charge you accordingly. I know many of you have seen something like this. It is the coolest and most stressful dining experience I've had. Stressful because I feel like if I don't get the food immediately, it will be gone forever.

Miso soup. How do I even begin to explain my love for Miso soup? I can have it allday errday and still want more.

Miso soup. How do I even begin to explain my love for Miso soup? I can have it allday errday and still want more.

I love trying the different kinds of sushi everytime we eat at a Japanese restaurant. Right now, I’ve been really liking the friend makis. They taste so good! 8 pieces of these babies for any meal, and I’m good to go.


I love Sashimi. Period. People find it odd eating raw fish, but, they’re so good! Am I right or am I right?

I love Sashimi. Period. People find it odd eating raw fish, but, they're so good! Am I right or am I right?

Of course, how could I forget this bad boy? I have a joke!
What did the japanese say to the bee?
WASABI ?!?! (Like, “What’s up, Bee? Please tell me you got it.)

Of course, how could I forget this bad boy? I have a joke for you guys.  What did the japanese say to the bee?  WASABI ?!?! (Like, "What's up, Bee? Please tell me you got it.)

I love bento boxes because you have everything you need in a neat container.

I love bento boxes because you have everything you need in a neat container.

Shabu-Shabu/ Sukiyaki dinners are the best. I can’t wait for my aunt to come and invite us to have dinner with them. hehe.

Shabu-Shabu/ Sukiyaki dinners are the best. I can't wait for my aunt to come and invite us to dinner hehe

Anything Katsu goes in my belly.

Anything Katsu goes in my belly.

I love  any type of Japanese cracker! Perfect snack to have when you’re on the go!


I made myself hungry. Great.

Japan for the ‘Travel Destination where I love the food’.

*All pictures are from Google Images.