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2018 lessons, thank you.

As a whole, the past twelve months flew by and I can't confidently say whether it was or wasn't my year. The only life-changing monumental moment last year was my marriage. The rest of the days were tangled emotions - good, bad, and everything in between.
I don't remember details, but I know I laughed and shared love and positive energy with the people I love the most. I cried, too. I had unexplainable nights of anxiety and stress that no one knew about, but I'm letting it all go.
I have zero resolutions this year. I want to focus on living the best way possible and getting the hang of life's metronome. I want to celebrate every wondrous sunrise brimming with magic and inspire people to live with enthusiasm.
To start the year, I want to share some of the lessons I have learned that made me more thankful today and hopeful about tomorrow.
First, always be grateful. Think of it this way, others would do anything to have the life you have right now. Yes, sometimes we f…

"How did you know he's the one?"

A few weeks after I posted about my engagement, I received a message from a friend that reads,

"How did you know he's the one?"

She's in her early twenties and on the verge of losing hope in love as she tries to define the kind of relationship she has with someone who can't commit.

It hit a little too close to home; I almost lost hope a few years back after an LDR and a messed up are-we-or-are-we-not type of relationship relation-shit. I was, most of the time, in a state of perpetual confusion which led me to build walls and doubt every person who tried to impress me.

See, nothing comes easy. Sometimes, it would take a few lot of crayola and panget ba ko moments before you cross paths with someone who would take away all your doubts and fears about giving love another chance.

Perhaps it's really not about knowing, but feeling the love, sincerity, and even security when you're with a person. It's that feeling of unexplainable elation when words don'…

Yalla MINI 2017: Beach Edition

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Disclaimer: Opinions and views expressed here are my own and do not reflect the brand on my shirt
So how many months have passed since my last entry here? With all honesty, I have been planning to write a few things but I have a few hesitations. Anyhow, I'm slowly trying to squeeze in some time to get back to the blogosphere.

Starting my first entry of the year with one of the most enjoyable events in Dubai - Yalla MINI. Since it's one of the most recent events I have attended, then maybe it's worth sharing.


It started a bit early which explains why I'm so toasted right now - yup, definitely peeling and got 50 shades darker. Kidding, maybe just two. Anyhow, the venue this year is more laid-back compared to last year. The Kite Beach is definitely less intimidating and more inviting to sun worshipers, beach bums and MINI lovers.


The event was pretty awesome with their stream of activities - yoga, bootcamp, paddle boarding, kayaking, capoeira, bongo session (my favorite),…

Sri Lanka in 72 Hours

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Holiday Factory successfully lured us to purchase one of their travel deals two months ago. To be honest, I'm actually not a fan of package tours and online deals because it always seems shady to me. Anyway, we gave it a go just to take some time off from work and travel without going through the hassle of dealing with tickets, hotels, and tours separately.

After purchasing our Sri Lanka holiday package, we had to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) which costs 35 USD. If you're planning to go anytime soon, you may want to check their website to know whether you're exempted from obtaining one. After submitting the form, I received the acknowledgment letter and approval after five minutes. Yes, FIVE MINUTES.
Okay, time to share with you our sweet escape to Sri Lanka. We arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport at 1:10am. We were picked up by a representative from Boundless Lanka (probably Holiday Factory's partner) to take us to the hotel.
First,…