It’s 11:20 am when I get out of my Uber car and walk towards Wildflour where I’m supposed to meet Aby, a longtime online friend of mine, for the first time; and Bea another longtime online friend of mine who I’ve met only once back in 2010. I’m the first one there. I give the hostess our reservation name hoping she would quickly usher me to our table because the summer heat was starting to get unbearable. Most days, I find myself cooped up in my bedroom where I don’t have to suffer the immense heat outside, making sure I don’t step out unless absolutely necessary. The upside is that I mostly work from home anyway. She finally tells me our table is ready, and I follow her steps as I make my way around the maze of chairs and tables full of people already midway through their meals.
Two weeks ago, I was invited by Planet Grapes to visit their restaurant at the new River Park area of Festival Supermall in Alabang. I initially thought I would be visiting, tasting some wine, getting a little educated about it and then will be well on my way. To my surprise, they actually wanted me to stay, have a wonderful lunch with Gab while tasting some wine. How could I say no? Food? Yes, please. Wine? Oh, YES YES YES PLEASE.
R E A D I N G
I haven’t read in a few weeks, on my last Sunday Currently, I was actually reading Lonely Planet’s Travel Writing Guidebook. I should probably continue.
W R I T I N G
I created a file where I’ve listed down finished and unfinished projects for work, because with the freelance life, you never get paid on time so it’s easy to forget certain clients who owe you.
L I S T E N I N G
Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE album. I’m not very keen on R&B, but I love this album.
T H I N K I N G
I have so much shit that I could probably do without but I don’t know how to dispose of them properly. Some I’ve given away, some I can sell, some I can donate, but there are bits and pieces here that just don’t fit into those three categories.
S M E L L I N G
Forest Rain scented candle, the same candle in the photo above. I forgot where I got it, but it’s locally made, so that’s nice!
W I S H I N G
I get paid on time so I can stop feeling so broke all the damn time, also wishing my Sims 4 will install properly so I can play.
H O P I N G
The rainy seasons comes earlier because I’m done with this 7th layer of hell weather.
W E A R I N G
White shorts, a gray camisole and my eyeglasses.
L O V I N G
My new MacBook. Im obsessed with it. I’ve spent days downloading useful apps. I’m also really loving my new gold case, which just screams C L A S S — I’m just torn because I also want something marbled.
W A N T I N G
Adobong pusit. If I want it bad enough, I’ll probably step out and buy squid at the supermarket.
N E E D I N G
I can’t think of anything I absolutely need right now except maybe clients who will respect you enough to pay on time when you deliver your work on time but HA HA HA that has ever only happened once and they’re a client I will cherish forever.
F E E L I N G
Happy. Things could be a little better, but those things are just little things compared to the big picture.
C L I C K I N G
iFlix movies/tv shows library
7 Activities Super Successful People Do During The Weekend
Which Skincare Routine is Right for You
It’s freaking me out how fast time is going, mostly because I can feel October coming closer and closer and I don’t feel ready at all for the Eurotrip I’ve been planning since January of this year. Which leads me back to the constant complaining in this post about getting paid on time. In theory, I have enough to fund my trip, in reality I can’t get started on booking things because clients either don’t pay on time or payout dates are 3-5 months after the project which is just CRAZY. But, that is the downside of the freelance life I have chosen to enter so I just gotta grin and bear it.
Happy Sunday, you guys! I hope everyone had an awesome week. I went home for the weekend to spend some time with family and play around with my new laptop. If you’ve got more recommendations for me regarding useful/cool apps to download, please let me know <3
Being the type of person who’s online 24/7, I love staying connected with family and friends especially since we all can live such busy lives. Skype Qik (from the same creators of Skype video messaging) makes staying connected easier through video messaging and it cant get any simpler than it already is – download the app, register using your number and start sending video messages to family & friends as much as 40 seconds long! If the person doesn’t have Skype Qik, they’ll receive a text on how to download the app and your video message will be there waiting for them to open and respond to.I find that an app like Skype Qik will be most beneficial for me when I start traveling more this year and I can send videos of what I’m doing to Gab and my family. Sometimes, photos just aren’t enough to capture the adventures, the craziness or funny stuff that comes along our daily lives – and as they say, pics or it didn’t happen! Well, pictures can easily be edited. I’d say, “Qik it or it didn’t happen!” is more appropriate!Skype Qik wants to invite you to their booth at SM Megamall where you can have the chance to record your own Skype Qik messages and have your messages featured on billboards along EDSA (I’m talking the big LED billboards!), and everyone participating will also get a chance to win premium prizes like Qik caps, Qik USBs, and Qik stickers.
Skype Qik has also been launched in the Philippines in partnership with Smart. All Smart users get to download and use Skype Qik free of data charge for THREE months for all Android & iOS users! That’s a whole lot of video messages to send back and forth between you and your family and friends!
Here’s a really cute commercial about Skype Qik featuring Bananas!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Skype Qik. All thoughts & opinions expressed in this blog post are solely my own.
If you’re wondering what life lately has been all about…
Finally starting to get into the habit of working out, even just a little bit.
Appreciating the love and support I get from Gab.
Working from bed, an ultimate perk.
Dyeing my hair back to dark ash brown.
Putting up photos on my wall.
Free days to prioritize personal affairs over work — my favorite kind of week.
Getting my U.S. visa. (valid for 10 years!)
& a postcard from Aileen all the way from Brussels.
Chubby Mr. Gray making me wish I could have a pet cat.
Getting my dose of artsy-fartsy in the form of sketching + watercolor.
Having a good cry + realizations of what truly means to me and what doesn’t.
Make-up as a form of therapy.
Instant Crush on repeat.
Finally investing my hard earned cash on a MacBook Pro.
Visiting my family back home and just enjoying their company
Really late nights.