bd2156a2be1e74e95944fb5140d82b46And suddenly, you know.

It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.


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Return from a Long Haitus!

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It’s been a long time!


And so much has happened from the last time I’ve written.

I went back to school last August and I am quite happy to be back studying. So, my life has been stressful and busy as of late. My oldest is graduating 8th grade this June and going to high school by this Fall. My youngest is on a consistent honor roll list. I am extremely proud of their accomplishments. That being said, my school along with their school plus work has gotten me up on the tip of my toes for these past months: juggling between high school transcripts, school projects, and my never-ending term papers has become my priority. I forgot to mention housework! Don’t even get me started on that. Thankfully, my boyfriend has been super supportive and helping out. I cannot thank him enough! There are so many things that will happen this year and hopefully, 2018 will not disappoint.

I know this is a bit late for new years resolutions but I am happy to inform you that this is the only new year’s resolution that I have been consistent with on doing. And, that is journaling. Yes, does not seem surprising but I figured that I would try to do something small and eventually carry it out than do something drastic (like the gym) and not do it at all. I have also been back practicing my calligraphy. I try to squeeze my hobby in from time to time. I’ve been rusty with the curves but hopefully, in the long run, it’ll improve. I write heavily on paper and I just also want to improve that with less weight on the pens.

So, yeah, that’s what my life has been for the last few months since. By the way, we did go to Florida (update from my last post here) and it was indeed magical! Will post some videos up soon.



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Summer lovin’ starts now.

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Yes. The title is correct. Although it is only Spring here in the United States, I am already planning a summer getaway with the FamBam group. We decided instead of our annual camping summer getaway, we are going to Orlando.  The earlier we purchase the tickets, the cheaper. And when it comes to traveling, the best rates are always the cheapest. This will be the first out-of-state outing of the group and I am excited for it to be honest. I already scouted for plane tickets and I have found an awesome deal online. I am just waiting for the rest of the crew to agree on the times so hopefully we can all go there together. The lodging is free, which does a great deal for the bucks. Nowadays, having vacations can really rip your pocket (if not, two pockets!) in half. Especially summer vacations are the most expensive. The kids are off from school by then and I want to take them somewhere nice this year. It’s like a reward. They have done so well in school and I have been so busy with work. So, this is mostly for them and to spend more quality time with these t’weens. They are not getting any younger, only older by the day, so I want to take that time where they are young enough to enjoy my company until they become way too old to spend time with me. haha.

My goal starting now is to-

  • Confirm with everyone the dates and times of departure and arrivals.
  • Purchase the cheapest tickets we can find online.
  • Scout some discount tickets or if anyone knows someone where I can get a discount for at least one of the parks.
  • Budget the money (how much to spend and where to spend it on.

Probably, right now the most important one is to book the flight and then budget the money. Because once you budget everything, the rest is pretty much a breeze to plan. Being a that kind of person where I jot down in a what I call a “planning notebook”, I make a bullet lists of what to bring and what to do as far as agendas are concern. I am aware that half of the time, the bullet agendas doesn’t get followed most times, at least we have an idea of what to do so we don’t miss anything (and regret it later!).

I am as giddy as a 5 year old kid! I haven’t been back to Florida is such a long time after we moved back to New York City. It’ll be hot but there is always the pool to cool yourself. Win-Win!


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Posted in Past Vs. Present


13 July 2009 → 5 March 2017

⌊ Realizations ⌉
Replace my answers with yours and spread the love around:

1. I’ve come to realize. .
2009- that eventually you have to let go.
2017- it is hard to forget and also it takes very long time to forgive.

2. I’ve come to realize that my job..
2009- is making me stressed, all the time.
2017- is still the same stressful environment.

3. I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving..
2009- (i dont know because i do not drive..yet.)
2017- I have obtained my student license already but do not have the availability to have driving lessons yet.

4. I’ve come to realize that I need..
2009- to keep myself busy.
2017- to de-stress my life and to be more uncluttered when it comes to emotional baggage.

5. I’ve come to realize that I’ve lost..
2009- my determination and need to get it back..
2017- a lot of time going back to school because I had to work and earn a living.

6. I’ve come to realize that I hate it when…
2009- people use you. then they leave u hanging.
2017- people ask a favor through a bridge (or another person) that is intended for me. I always wonder why they can’t ask me directly.

7. I’ve come to realize that the person I like…
2009- really hurt me.
2017- (different partner now) has been my confidant for anything and everything. You can say he’s my best friend.

8. I’ve come to realize that money..
2009- makes people’s beliefs twisted.
2017- still makes people arrogant and twisted.

9. I’ve come to realize that people…
2009- can be just evil.
2017- come and go. People change.

10. I’ve come to realize that I’ll always be…
2009- me. no questions asked.
2017- the same shy, introverted girl from grade school.

12. I’ve come to realize that my mom...
2009- no matter how annoying she is sometimes, will always be there for me.
2017- did the best she could to raise me despite our differences.

13. I’ve come to realize that my cell phone..
2009- needs to be replaced.. n97?? Haha
2017- is only a gadget. And, I hate picking up calls and I am very late answering text messages most times.

14. I’ve come to realize that when I woke up this morning..
2009- i forgot my laundry the last night and had to run downstairs to dry them. Haha
2017- I am already dreading Monday.

15. I’ve come to realize that last night before I went to sleep..
2009- that i miss my kids terribly and just want to go home and be with them.
2017- that buying a humidifier for the room makes all the difference!

16. I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking about..
2009- how much people can be so selfish; that they do not know how much they are hurting the person to the extent.
2017- how much emotional baggage I’ve endured from my past by accidentally stumbling through my old notes. Yikes.

17. I’ve come to realize that my dad...
2009- was the best dad ever. i miss him.
2017- was and will always be my hero and my mentor.

18. I’ve come to realize that when I get on Facebook…
2009- i know that i am bored. Haha
2017- I know that I am still bored.

19. I’ve come to realize that today..
2009- i need to go out.. have fun. buy some belgain fries 😛
2017- that being home and doing nothing can be a really big accomplishment because it rarely happens.

20. I’ve come to realize that tonight…
2009- i will try as much as possible not to go online.
2017- I ate too much and way too late.

21. I’ve come to realize that tomorrow will be..
2009- another day.
2017- another stressful day.

22. I’ve come to realize that I really want to..
2009- just see my kids. i cant wait for March.
2017- go on vacation in another part of a country.

24. I’ve come to realize that life…
2009- is a blessing. You just have to make the best out of it.
2017- still the same sentiment as I had back in 2009.

25. I’ve come to realize that this weekend..
2009- i will be working. again.
2017- (upcoming weekend because today is Sunday) I plan to relax more and maybe go for a me-time and colour my hair.

26. I’ve come to realize that my ex..
2009- is an asshole. he made me feel really bad and i KNOW i didnt do anything to him. fuckin’ user! (im sorry, i am so upset)
2017- will always be that one lesson that I do not  want to happen again, hopefully. And, to just stay away from him as much as possible.

27. I’ve realized the best music to listen to when I am upset..
2009- TECHNO/HOUSE MUSIC!!! yeahh, let my ear bleed!! Lol
2017- love songs. Preferably 80’s.

28. I’ve come to realize that my friends…
2009- are the most amazing people i have ever met. and that i love them.
2017- will be there despite not seeing them as much or talking to them. They know I am not much of a social butterfly.

29.I’ve come to realize that the past year…
2009- wasnt so bad compared to the years before.
2017- there wasn’t much an improvement on my end. A bit of a bummer actually.

30. I’ve come to realize that the last person i kissed...
2009- last was a user. making me feel guilty over nothing.
2017- was my bestfriend.

31. I’ve come to realize that when people walk out of my life…
2009- are not worth it.
2017- I’ve learned not to chase them back. They left for a reason. Let it stay that way.

Quick Note: Thank you for scrolling down to the end. I have seen this questionnaire from my other social media account and I thought of rewriting my answers for this year to see if I feel the same sentiment I’ve had eight years in the past. A rare instances that I felt the same way but most of it changed. It was fun seeing my old answers and just contemplate on how angry I was back then. haha. That particular year was pretty hard on me, as you may have read.  

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