Part of my goals this year is to read AT LEAST one novel every month. I say one because I’m saving up for other stuff (i.e. travel) and I didn’t want to get used to e-books because having my own personal library is still part of my dream. I want to keep on building my shelves and e-books are not the way to do that. Physically holding a copy, sniffing the freshly bought book smell, and just curling up in a corner getting lost in another world is a feeling that I personally yearn for. It’s been such a long time since I last did that and I miss it. For the past year, it has been difficult for me to concentrate on something and this is my way of remedying that.
If you told me a year ago that I would actually be interested in beauty stuff, I would have laughed at your face followed by an eye roll and a death stare. As a child, I have always disliked being made up — my older sister can attest to that. I hated putting make up on my face and I never even bothered with skincare. The first time I used lotion was during my freshman year in highschool (even though my mom always bugged me about it), and my first time to really use a facial wash was during my freshman year in college. Can you believe how much of a noob I was?
It’s always been part of my goals to be financially literate and responsible. I didn’t want to be that kind of person who lives a life of luxury through her parents’ bank account. I wanted to be able to save up for myself and buy the things I wanted to have because my parents are already spending so much on my schooling. Part of my goals for this year is to have a travel and book fund. [RELATED: 2017: Go-Getter]
2016 was a bittersweet year. A lot has happened that hindered me from achieving what I wanted to do. I’ve always been one to dream big but I’m also that someone who chickens out at the last minute. I don’t like it but I’m trying to change that, especially because I feel like I know much better now than I ever did before. The last year has taught me a lot about what I want in life, and about what matters most. For the past few years, I’ve been setting up goals for myself and I rarely get to achieved more than one or two. This year, I’m going to set up much more realistic ones and do my best to achieve (or be close to achieving) them by the end of the year.
For our family’s last hurrah in 2016, we decided to go to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan. It was such a dream come true for me because I’ve always wanted to go. My mom always gushed about how beautiful the place is, so when we finally finalized the plan that we’re going to go, I made sure to dress my best to be able to at least match the pretty houses I’m going to be surrounded with. 😛
I think most of us can agree that 2016 was such a major shit fest. Of course there were a few really good things that has happened but the majority of events are just meh. I thought this year could’ve gone better but I’d take 2015 back in a heartbeat. But I won’t wish for it, I’m just looking forward to a new (and hopefully better!) year ahead. Here, I write the highlights of my year (both the good and the bad) in various aspects: academics, blogging, family, relationships, and my personal journey.
For the longest time, I’ve been dying to visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan. A four-hour travel from Manila, the property is filled with traditional houses where guests can stay overnight or for an extended period of time should they so wish. Ever since my mom first went there and sent me pictures, I had my heart set on going no matter what. Its 18th century charm really lured me in. So when my aunt asked me to organize a family trip, I was more than happy to take the chance to finally go and see the place for myself.