Ikigai, success and why delaying something is okay

The year was 2013. It was Politics of Education class (one of my electives) with Sir Louie who became one of the closest professors I’ve ever had. We were discussing the works of Paulo Freire (The Politics of Education: Culture, Power, and Liberation, 1985) when we touched on the concept of Ikigai.

Image taken from forbes.com.

This image represents the best way to describe what Ikigai means. It is a Japanese concept that means a ‘reasons for being’. It’s described as the value of being alive which makes one’s life worthwhile; it’s about finding satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life. When we do what we love, we pursue what we’re good at, we get paid for doing it, and when we do something that impacts the world around us, that’s what our Ikigai means.

According to Freire, the oppressed must be their own example in the struggle for their redemption. Linking it to our Ikigai discussion, this means that people (in our context, the students) can make and remake themselves when they learn. When they find their reason for existence, not only they learn out of their struggle but they unlock the knowledge and realise the importance of finding their purpose and taking responsibility for themselves as being because everyone can know that they know and knowing that they don’t.

I used to think that my reason for existence was simple – be rich, live life to the fullest… all I wanted was to live in a nice house without the fear of not being able to provide for myself. I know most of us want to do this but I really wanted travel and experience adventures from time to time. When I started working and when this pandemic took place, what used to be important to me means nothing now.

I realised that growing my savings and earning money is okay but my personal time is more important now. I know it’s not just me when I say that there are days when I couldn’t get out of work on time because of overflowing tasks. However, on most days when I could log off work as soon as the clock hits 6, I find time to do things that are not work-related which includes a lot of sleep since I work night shifts.

Why is this important to me? I discovered that I feel successful when I make time for family gatherings and I never miss one. I am happy and at peace when I find time to play gaming consoles to end a long day at work. I bet if everything was still in the old normal I wouldn’t be able to find time to do these things. I was also determined to finish my goal of reading at least 50 books this year. The sad part I am nowhere near half of my goal.

These days, when things have gone bonkers because of the pandemic, I felt that it’s okay when all I ever thought about was my safety and of those people around me. Delaying something and adapting to the changing times is more important and that does not mean I failed (I still read books every now and then).

I still do not know what my Ikigai is but it now makes sense to me.

  • Things happen in my own timeline and pace and if I keep comparing my story to others, it will only bring more harm than good;
  • What once meant the world to me may mean nothing in future;
  • Changing priorities is okay;

When you found your reason for existence please hold on to it, defend it, and ensure that it gives a positive impact to the community that you belong to. If you haven’t found yours that’s okay. Things will fall into its rightful places to those who know how to wait.

A message to my readers (and soon-to-be-ones)

I lost track of time. I know it’s not only me when I say couldn’t recognise what day it was already. I forgot about my passion projects, thinking that the ‘lock downs’ were only going to last for a couple of weeks, if not three months max. When traveling and seeing my friends were my only refuge and escape away from my cloudy thoughts, I couldn’t do it because of the situation these days.

It’s been more than six months since strict quarantine measures have been in place. The situation has barely improved in my country and it feels like it’s getting worse day after day. I’m quite disappointed and I feel sorry for not being able to write the past months. I wanted to focus on how I can stay alive, and here I am!

Travel Notes: 25 November 2018

Intramuros-Binondo, Manila, Philippines


My mum used to bring me with her to their office in Intramuros so it’s easy to say that I’m very much familiar with the area. Last Sunday, I went here with my brother to visit some of the old-but-reused buildings for their assignment. I’m delighted that I was able to go with him because it made me remember how happy my childhood was. It’s good to see that despite major developments here and there, the ambiance stays the same and that everything could still be reached easily by walking.

Head over to my Instagram and check out my new IGTV upload here featuring my weekend shenanigan with my brother!

Travel Notes: 1 November 2018

Cainta, Rizal, Philippines

On this day, when we remember what a great man my grandfather was, I’ve had the chance to be with my cousins, aunts and grandma. Finally, our busy schedules have aligned today, and as a bonus: I was able to speak to my dad on the phone albeit short. He’s travelling to France as of writing. I’m wondering what Tatay has been doing up there and whether he’s proud of what I’ve become today. I mean, who knows? X

Travel Notes: 20 October 2018

Quezon City, Philippines

It was Becs’s idea to meet up here at Marindo, a newly opened restaurant located at the heart of Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City. Conveniently located at the G/F of Manhattan Garden, it’s not that hard to find but caveat that there are no parking space available except the open parking outside.

They were operational since 6 October and serves Indonesian-Malay menu. I MUST try their Laksa, even if it meant skipping my diet for the night, and boy, it did not disappoint for something worth PHP195 ($3.61). I’ve also ordered Vegetable Fritters for PHP90 ($1.67) for everyone (not in the photos) which was surprisingly good and it reminded Japan’s Okonomiyaki but less savoury which is what I like. ($1 = PHP54)

The first I’ve noticed was probably the clean vibe that Marindo exuded and I have to give it to those white walls, clean utensils and Instagram-worthy lighting which only some restaurants have. They operate on a self-service set up and you have to pay as you order, so please do not expect this to have a fine-dining set up.

Some of the best people I’ve known for roughly 9 years, albeit my first time to meet Marvz with Kiefer today. Thanks for Jeric, too, for still going all the way to Cubao from Cogeo even if it was already late. If it wasn’t for Becs‘s business (go check @powercasesmnl!), this wouldn’t be possible. Look at what I’ve ordered from them too, and it costs way cheaper than your Starbucks Venti drink! It was seeing everyone last night, and I think I should do this more often now. X

Weekly Update: Week 40

When an old chapter closes a new one begins.

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We’re moving in circles, and you are the light that guides me through.

More than half of the year have passed. I’ve met new faces; forgot most of the old ones. I’ve been to shitty dates and flings. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs at work; been a hopper ever since then. I’ve been to places I never thought I’d go to. It has been one rough ride but I’m getting better at it. Let me do a quick recap about what my year has been through.

Books

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard.
Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard.

The series of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has been on my To-Read List since the start of this year. I’ve managed to finish the 1st book and I’m starting now with the Prequel, Cruel Crown. Based from reading suggestions, it’s going to be better to read Cruel Crown than going directly to the 2nd book, Glass Sword, to better understand the characters’ history + know more about the Kingdom of Silvers. I know, I should stop reading Young Adult books (hello there baby hihi), but I just couldn’t because of the fact that my mind’s creative side gets exercised. Though the story is predictable to avid readers, the plot will still bring you to a roller-coaster-fantasy-extravaganza. I’m looking forward to finish the book this week so I can secure a copy of Glass Sword ASAP.

See also: my renewed vow and love for reading has dawned!

TV Series

One day you're in, next day you're out.
One day you’re in, next day you’re out.

The new season of How to Get Away With Murder has arrived but I haven’t started watching it again. There’s no excuse for this one but I’m really finding it hard to watch it because: 1. I have terrible internet connection in my dorm, and; 2. I have no time to spare. Now, I’ve been hearing stories—thanks to you spoilers, friends—about the new season and boy, I can’t wait to start watching it again!

The Stranger Things is next on my list. Not only that it’s the new buzz in Twitter and Facebook—again, thanks to my dear friends—but it’s been dubbed as “a wonderful blend of everything 80’s and as binge-worthy a TV show as you’ll find this year.” What makes me curious to try watching it is my interest and bias towards The Twilight Zone. I love shows that are eccentric and hard to determine these days. The more that the plot is twisted, the more that I get excited about it. I just hope this series won’t come close to disappointment as my hopes are really high.

Runner-up: Outcast that has started many moons ago. Also, no excuse to be lazy moving forward—I will find time to watch these series!

Location

Crafty ceiling at Binalot, Nepo Strip, Angeles City, Pampanga.
Crafty ceiling at Binalot, Nepo Strip, Angeles City, Pampanga.

I’ve recently moved to Pampanga due to my new work—but with the same bosses, mind you! Yes, I’ve managed to conquer my fear of leaving the Metro by convincing myself to move out, find a place outside Metro Manila, and start with an almost-new life. I’ve transferred to a new company due to unforeseen events that have happened. Call me names, I don’t care, but I will never stay in a company where my health, safety, and career growth are compromised. I’m fortunate that my previous bosses actually had an opening for me in Pampanga—a better paying job, better environment, bigger opportunity to grow career-wise, and new people to work with. So far, the environment suits me well. I like my team and I can never ask for more!

Work

TaskUs ERP Booth Setup by yours truly.
TaskUs ERP Booth Setup by yours truly.

A lot people wonder about my career plan. Well, to be honest, I really don’t have one, but when they ask me what I do, I simply tell them that I lure people in. I sell the company to potential candidates. That’s how important Sourcing is to the team. I could have easily chosen to be in Recruitment, but without Sourcing, the Recruitment Team won’t be able to process anyone. Prior joining my company, the average number of candidates that would visit the site would go between 7 to 10 in a day. When I joined the Team, we were able to increase the number to 40-50 in a day; even brought 90 candidates in one day. How did I do that? That’s the secret I probably won’t tell, not unless you are my boyfriend. 😉

On the brighter side of things, we were able to close out the previous months strongly, as we were more than 100% in terms of our pooling and hiring rate in Pampanga. #PampangaStrong #PakGanireKamiSaPampanga

Life

Slowly, you're becoming my life now.
Slowly, you’re becoming my life now.

So far, I’ve been living better. I haven’t been hospitalized for the past 3 months. My binge drinking habit is slowly dying down. I’ve been eating more food these days not because I can but because I should. If I were to rate my life from 1 to 10 and 10 being the highest, I’m close to getting to 7. It’s always been a work in progress. I never consider myself close to 8 or 9 because I know there will come a time that I will falter and get tripped again. What matters to me now is that I’m living a better life without any regret or hatred towards anyone. I love how things are falling into its rightful places; that I don’t need to rush things. Sometimes, the unexpected things (and people) come along in times that one feel helpless. I learnt not only to be patient but not to do things out of my emotions.

Plans

Stuck for now, but I know I'm moving.
Stuck for now, but I know I’m moving.

  1. Zambales Trip with the Pampanga Recruitment and Training Team.
  2. Visit Enchanted Kingdom on baby’s birthday this month.
  3. Start saving for our future travels and side trips.
  4. Stop binge drinking and eating.
  5. Resume weekend volleyball habit.
  6. Minimise social media usage.

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Weekly Update: Week 32

Work Life

Some of the former Sourcing Team. From left to right: Mama Nica, Jylla, and Louise, who were all from the Offsite Team and are now part of the Selection Team; Clarize, who were originally from the Call Outs Team and is now part of the Management of Information System Team; Blue, my former supervisor in Sourcing; Rich, former Leads Generation for Online; Gian, former Digital and Marketing Specialist for Recruitment and Site; and myself, former Leads Generation for Employee and Applicant Referrals, and is now calling it off. 🙂

After midnight dinner/bonding/chikahan. I’ll miss everyone for sure.

While the earth is getting blessed by the rain and the cool wind from the North, I am grateful to have survived yet another busy but fulfilling week. I reward myself with a good 16 hour sleep today, coming from a late night out with my team mates at Mercato Centrale BGC.

We were grateful to have Miss C’s presence last night and boy, her stories and her kindness never fail to amaze and inspire us! She’s been our mentor, our dearest friend, and our biggest supporter ever when we’re all still in the Sourcing Team.

Yes, I’m confirming it here—I’m resigning from my company due to health reasons and because I’ll be moving out. It has been couple of weeks—exactly a month from the time I’m writing this—when I’ve had my Urinary Track Infection, kidney stones, and high uric acid count and I haven’t been well since then. I literally had to fake it till I make it, but unfortunately didn’t pull it off. I couldn’t walk properly because of the pain and all my savings were gone in a snap to support my medication. I tried my best to take care of my body better but just failed at addressing the real problem.

I didn’t want to blame my work because I love Sourcing but because I’m handling everything in Sourcing now—without a supervisor and team mates—the work load is taking its toll on me. Up to yesterday, I was responsible in handling Leads Generation for online postings  for both Facebook and Jobstreet, Leads Generation for Employee and Applicant Referrals, Job Fair leads consolidation, school coordination and tie ups, and online/digital marketing. At the same time, I was responsible, too, in doing call outs and invites to all the leads that I’ve encoded. I couldn’t fit everything in the 9 hours shift (including lunch, or working lunch if I may add) so I would normally be in the office for more than 13 hours in a day. I would come in at exactly 8 AM and would go home around 11 PM, 12 in the midnight.

I love my job and everything about Sourcing but my company does not love me back.

A simple reminder yet something difficult to keep in mind and do. Photo taken at Serenitea at Bonifacio One Technology Tower, 31st Street.

Food Discoveries!

Recently, I’ve been discovering good places to dine in with my friends and team mates around Bonifacio Global City. I always consider the place and the proximity. Scrap price from the equation! When we talk about food, I believe you cannot compromise quality over anything else. First on my list is Passion by Gerard Dubois.

Passion by Gerard Dubois

A little piece of heaven on Earth.

Passion by Gerard Dubois (or the awesome French bakery according to Ms C. Haha!) is at Shop C2 of the NetPark, 5th Ave, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila. From its website, I quote, “…patrons seeking a traditional French café experience can sit back to savour a crispy oven-to-plate baguette with a rich chocolat chaud, in a homey country cottage décor and the aroma of freshly baked bread.” 

A slice of Framboisier from Passion by Gerard Dubois is something you need in your life when things aren’t going your way. See more at Kimmy’s Instagram.

Passion makes you feel that you are in that place in Paris, France where you enjoy a peaceful, laid-back, sunny day by a plate of French goodies and a cup of good coffee. I’m not the type of person who is particular with the interiors and whatnot but Passion amazes you with its concept and upbeat vibe.

A platter full of Royal Potato Salad to share with your family and friends, best when served cold. If you’re a big fan of salad, then this is a must try! See more photos at Kimmy’s Instagram.

Food and quality wise, Passion by Gerard Dubois serves only the best. From good pastries, freshly baked goodies, mouth-watering pasta, and delicious flat bread, to awesome sandwiches, thirst-quenching beverages, and delightful desserts, Passion is a good definition of a little piece of heaven on Earth.

Passion is open daily from 8 AM to 11 PM.

A cup full of Strawberry Gelato for only Php98! Why strawberry? I don’t think I need to answer this as I’m clearly stating the obvious. Ha! See more photos at Kimmy’s Instagram.

A fix of a good cappuccino in this gloomy, rainy weather is something we all need, even if I don’t drink coffee these days anymore.

Chicken & Beer

Passion, indeed, was a runaway winner this week but I can never forget my experience in Chicken & Beer with—who else?—my team mates.

Sourcing Team almost complete! Missed Em and Kim that night.

All smiles because food has arrived! From left to right: Me, Clarize, Blue, Rich, Louisa, Mama Nics, Chef, Louise, Gian, Jylla, and Jann.

I really have a love and hate relationship with spicy food. I was never a fan of any spicy food but I keep eating it anyway. We ordered Paris Chicken (8 pcs for Php 325), Hot Wings* (8 pcs for Php 325), Honey Garlic Chicken (6 pcs for Php 335), and Original Chicken (6 pcs for Php 295), 1 rice per person, and tons of water!!!

*It’s really, really, really, really, really spicy!

Plates full of assorted chicken wings. How can that get any better? See more photos at Kimmy’s Instagram.

The place also plays and features Korean music videos, a good addition to the upbeat ambiance that it parades. And how else can you enjoy it? They serve ice-cold beers and tons of other liquor choices. It’s also allowed to smoke inside the premises, although my friends went out to smoke as a courtesy to others who dined in there, too.

Anyway, we had fun during the team’s open forum a.k.a. chikahan session while enjoying the good customer service provided by the crew of Chicken & Beer. What makes it more interesting is its fast service. All of our orders were complete in less than 15 minutes and that’s plus points to someone who values service and food quality over anything else.

Our food share per person: Php 170 + Php 70 for the booze I drank. My share: Php 240!

Personal Updates

I’ve been sick, lately, but it should never be an excuse not to dress up well and look good. It isn’t cheap to support your medication, take care of your skin, and to update your wardrobe from time to time—who said it’s going to be easy anyway? However, this isn’t about vanity but lifestyle.

You may look well outside—dressed up fine and dandy, living a good life—but dying inside, and I talk about this literally.

To those who’s asking why and how I’m losing weight, the only secret I have is to cut down my food intake. From my regular rice meals to my beloved soda, I had to give it all up and change it with fruits-oatmeal diet plan and water. Before, my calories intake would normally shoot up to 2000 to 2500 calories in a day and that’s without any exercise. I was tagged overweight for my height and age. Now, my calories intake is down to 1400 calories in a day—sometimes 1200 calories if the diet plan asks for it.

Not that I’m afraid to gain weight but it’s really about maintaining a healthier lifestyle now. My uric acid count is too high for my age and I couldn’t do anything but to eat healthier, live healthier, and be in medication maintenance.

Here’s to a healthier self! I’m doing the best that I can to fully recover ASAP and get started with my plans for the rest of the year.

Preppy and dressed down on a Sunday at Immaculate Conception Seminary when we visited my brother. Shirt from American Eagle, shorts from Uniqlo, shoes from Sperry, foot socks from Burlington. See more photos at Kimmy’s Instagram.

Rainy day essentials: boots from Caterpillar shoes, jogger jeans from Jag Jeans, pullover from my grandpa’s closet. See more photos at Kimmy’s Instagram.

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RECAP: Week #27

Post-birthday celebration, new book to read, improved selfie gaming, reunion, food, and more food! Here’s a recap of what transpired last week:

What’s Happening?

Here’s a new baby that I got from the National Bookstore for a discounted price. I’ve long wanted to have a personal copy of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen!

Visited Gerry’s Jeepney at Maginhawa Street, Quezon City with mum and my baby brother. Pinoy food with an incredible dining experience! Plus the food is affordable. I definitely will come back.

Me with my baby brother, Rayan, while waiting for our food to be served.

Photo op with Rev, my counterpart and partner in hiring for his account. This photo was taken last Wednesday,  June 29, minutes before our meeting commenced.

Thank you for the treat, Rev! The Steamed Milk is and will always be my favourite, next to Strawberries and Creme of course.

Post-birthday treat together with my team mates in the office. Pizza party is love!

Selfie Gaming!

Photo  taken when we visited my brother last Sunday, July 3 2016, at Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary. Good times!

Something I learnt last week: How to properly take a mirror selfie while in the powder room.

Posing as if I was a model. It’s all about the angles, angles, angles!

Bonus: Healthy Living

Last Sunday, July 3, I decided to start eating healthier food because of the photo I shared on Facebook (see here). Today, I ate this: Chef Salad c/o Family Mart. Here’s to getting fit and healthier than ever!

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Last Sunday, July 3, I decided to start eating healthier food because of the photo I shared on Facebook (see here). Today, I ate this: Mixed Sliced Fruits c/o Family Mart. Here’s to getting fit and healthier than ever!

This week, I’m looking forward to:

  • Sustaining a healthier food diet;
  • Finishing (or at least progressing) on Red Queen book;
  • Getting more productive at work;
  • Coming home this weekend so I can be with my family once again;
  • Consistently taking of photos of new and exciting moments;
  • Being better at life, living to the fullest!

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To The Greatest Person Ever

You taught me the value of initiative when you didn’t have to guide me when I was studying for school. You’ve always been my believer; the one who knew I was capable to learn on my own at school. I know I’ve disappointed you for many times already because you’ve always known I had fears being recognized and I hated going up on stage for any award or recognition, but I know you’re always the proud one because you’ve always known my abilities.  You were the one who taught me the value of responsibility by providing everything we needed to survive in this life. You were and will always be my hero. I remember when I was hospitalized and no one was there for me. It was only you whom I’ve had a shoulder to lean on. I’ve learnt from you that it’s not everyday that we’d get all the things we want in life. We have to either earn it or wait for it. If it wasn’t for you, then I wouldn’t have had realized the value of taking care of myself firat before anything else.  You taught me that happiness should start from within; that I didn’t have to listen to anyone else but myself especially if I know that I was right. You’ve shown me the way on how to be a strong, independent person I am today. You guided me on finding my own niche in this life. We may have had ups and downs but you were always there for me. Through the years, you didn’t just age beautifully but you also kept gaining wisdom to share to us.  You taught me that no matter what happens, our family is together through thick and thin. We don’t have a big family unlike the others but we have big hearts to keep sharing and spreading love to each one of us; to those people who surround us. You taught us the value of voicing out our concerns in a respectful manner; that you’d listen to us because we’re your children. We’re all like friends at home because you’ve changed who you were just to get along well with us. You are one of a kind!


If only I could sing well like you, then I could have dedicated one of your favourite songs in the karaoke. If only I could dance well like you, then I could have danced you out and get some groove moving. If only I could cook well like you, then I would have cooked all of your favourite dishes every now and then. I am nowhere close to who you are, but all I can muster are these simply yet humble words to showcase my love for you.  Even if it isn’t your birthday, I know you know how much love I have for you, mum. Thank you for cooking my breakfast every single day of my life and for always bringing me either to the bus terminal or to the office. You keep waking up in the morning to prepare everything I’ll be needing for work. Thank you for reminding me to keep doing well at my job. Thank you for bringing me closer back to God. I may not be the perfect son for you and dad, nor a good brother to my siblings, but ai’m always trying my best to be somewhere close to being one. Thank you for the support for every decision I make in this life, and for letting me decide on my own to learn from these experiences. Thank you for letting me be and accepting whoever I am right now. Thank you for the unending patience to us. Lastly, thank you for the undying love for me and for our family.

Happy 48th Birhday, mum! Stay beautiful and humble. No words can really express how much I love you. Good luck with all of the things you need to do and accomplish. I’m always here to support you. Thank you and I love you forever. Yes, indeed, merong forever! ☺️ +++

Heartbreaks: When Nightmares Turn Into Lessons

September 7, 2015. 5:34 PM.

I was weak and vulnerable that day. I haven’t eaten anything for three days straight because I felt full. I barely moved at all but managed to get myself to the Adoration Chapel. I desperately needed a sign from Him, so I prayed hard like I’ve never prayed to Him before. He responded to me by letting me meet him for the last time of my life. He was there, standing right in front of me as I was crying my heart out. He asked, “What’s the matter, tell me?” I said nothing. He picked me up on my arms and walked me on the bench to talk things over. He always knew I was having issues with my family and he has been my shoulders to lean on. He was listening to me very well and had been advising me that everything will be all right – not until the moment he uttered something about us.

He told me everything, and that was the only time I felt he was being honest with me about his feelings. I was really waiting for that moment when he would tell me that he had been having an affair because I knew all about it already. He didn’t mention anything about that, but he’d been telling me that he didn’t deserve my love because I’m always the forgiving one and all because he’d been committing things he shouldn’t be committing in the first place. I don’t know what to say, but I really thought he’s being unfair because he used my vulnerability that day; hence a double whammy for me, if others would say. I uttered nothing but silence because he knew my eyes spoke sadness all along.

We talked about things I didn’t understand at all because nothing came into my mind except the thought of loneliness and being broken. When the mass has ended, I managed to get up from my seat and walked inside the Adoration Chapel. I needed an arm to hold me and God was there. Thank God for He was there to catch me through my prayers.

The prayers may have done the miracles for me because I managed not to cry anymore and decided to go home. He decided to walk me home for the last time. He heard nothing from me, despite his efforts to make everything feel lighter and a little positive. I told myself, “This guy is crazy, isn’t he? He broke my heart yet he’s trying to console my emotions by making me laugh. Such a shame!” I managed not to smile and not to give any glance to him that moment. and I never regretted a thing or two about that.

He asked me why I was so distant to him and he tried to pull me closer to his arms. I refused and told him that ‘I am good’ and he didn’t have to worry about me. He frowned. I rested a poker face.

He was telling me stories about our good memories together, but nothing registered in my mind but pain. Maybe, he thought that I would be consoled if he made me remember everything that night. Maybe, he thought that I would be the same Kim, who would easily forget everything after a few moments of deep thinking. Maybe, he didn’t think that what he was doing that time would make the pain worse than ever.

I managed not to let him come near our house because he’s banned from coming in there, so we parted ways when reached the nearby street. I was numb when he hugged me. I turned my back against him, and so he did his back to me, too. Suddenly, I felt a sudden rush of adrenaline down to my legs and made me run after him. I did not hug him, but just tapped his shoulders. He stopped so we could talk over.

Now, here’s the part where I told him everything I needed to tell him – about him, my life with him, my life without him, my days, my stress, my problems and everything… everything he wanted me to say while we were walking home, but there was no single moment when I begged him to stay. I said, “If God allows, then He surely will.” That was the moment when I have accepted everything and have already moved on. Yes, I have moved on that fast. “Why not?” I asked myself. I did not doubt everything because I knew that God has a plan for me.

I may be broken yesterday, but never again today. Indeed, the memories are there and will always be present, but that wouldn’t hurt me because those memories would serve as a good reminder that everything in this life is fast changing. I suddenly remembered that we are living in a world of impermanence and these things will make us better individuals not because we need to but because that’s how it is should be – we keep learning in life, because if we stop learning, then we fail to live life.

Seafood Aioli

 

More of Boyong’s(see here for my Creamy Pesto w/ Grilled Chicken post) I ordered this Seafood Aioli for 110 PHP. Imagine, getting a scrumptious meal for a very affordable price, what more can you ask for? Hallelujah, thank goodness!

Honestly, I got this because yours truly is a huge fan of any seafood pasta. It’s more into the richness of the flavours which I really am after. I like the pasta dry, and by dry meaning it wasn’t too oily. It wasn’t hard to eat because the pasta was well-done. The pasta came with a sliced, garlic-flavoured bread and a dash of Parmesan cheese. Those fish fillets came from Boyong’s newest addition to its men, and this is a must try! It’s a platter full of fried appetizers — fish fillet, fried squid rings, and chips — and it costs only for less than 300 PHP.

Visit Boyong’s at #15 E. Dela Paz Street, San Roque, Marikina, 1801 Metro Manila. Contact number: +63 (02) 682 0403.