New Blog Address!

Hi everyone, I have big news! As you may already know, I've been talking about having my own blog domain for awhile. Well, it's happening!! I'm currently still customizing it, but it's one step closer to achieving my goal! Here are some inside details: I want to do so many things with my new personal/professional/portfolio [...]

Transformation

The moon is mysterious tonight, as it always looks. Growing up in a modest house on an island, we often had "brown outs," which is a local word that means power outages. There weren't much to do except bring out some folding chairs, sit on our yard and stargaze all night. We didn't have smart [...]

One Lovely Blog Award!

I would like to give the biggest, warmest hug to Avid Observer for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you don't know the Avid Observer, go check 'em out! Their blog features thought provoking life lessons, that are both humorous and inspiring!  A Giant Thank You to you all. These bloggers posses their [...]

Travel Blogging Challenge – Week  6 (Unusual Travel Activities/Photos)

Welcome back to Travel Blogging Challenge Week 6! So many unusual travel photos and stories, where do I start? I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to share some random pictures that I couldn't put in any of my other posts! When people ask me what I like to do, I would be at [...]

Everything Else is a Distraction

There's only one thing I need in life... everything else is a distraction.  (I've picked up bracelet weaving lately. I've always loved crafting, and I've been told to try selling online. Do you, or any young kids in your house, like nerdy plush toys? Please, please, please check out my recently opened Etsy store!) Photo Challenge: [...]

Excuse Me, Life Passing Through

2017 has been a year of revelations for me. The year where I finally understand all the things my parents tell me when they say, "I'll tell you when you're older." Things that had once been so clear to me aren't what I had expected them to be. People have changed. My perspectives have changed. [...]

Guest Post: Explore your city – Get lost in London

Happy Friday, everyone! This week's guest blogger is Josy from A Walk and A Lark. Her blog talks about all the beautiful walks she takes with her husband in the UK, Japan, Canada, and more! I'm a very inspired by the photos she takes while walking. We decided to do a blog exchange on walking [...]

Practical Things to Know About Moving from a Small Town to New York City

This is a message to those who wish to move to the city, but are scared of the dreaded unknown. This is a message to parents or friends who have loved ones wanting to move to city and are afraid for them. Everything will be okay.  When I decided to move to New York City, I [...]

Guest Post: An Open Letter to Chicago

Dear Chicago, Don’t tell Atlanta, but you’re “home” to me right now. I was never able to explore the inner workings of that city like I have for Chicago. The past three years have been shaped by weekend outings, long L rides and some unforgettable memories. From Lollapalooza to the 606 to Portillo’s, my Chicago [...]

Letter to a Friend Who Has Drifted Away

Dear Nad, When my partner and I moved to this strange new city into a small apartment of five people, you were the friendliest, most honest, and easy to get along with. We went out, saw theater productions, cooked, watched movies/TV shows, and even decorated our apartment for Christmas together! We bonded on how much [...]

The Time I Almost Fell Off a Coconut Tree

I've always been jealous of people who can climb coconut trees. Growing up in the Philippines, I loved the easy access to cheap coconuts. I've often sat and watched people climb up the trees with ease, grabbed a coconut from the top, and slide back down like a boss.  In tropical and humid countries, coconuts [...]

Review: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Hi, everyone!! Happy Saturday! Today, I'd like to share one of the best books I've read this year. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is essentially a book of conducts that can transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, happiness, and love. It eliminates needless suffering and self destructive thoughts through simple agreements. With only [...]

Guest Post: The Rewards and Challenges of Quitting Your 9-5 to Travel

I've always been fascinated by people who quit their jobs to live in another country, and would like to share stories of people who have created this path for themselves. Today, we have Ares' honest reflection on how he quit his job, moved to another country, and found work. At some point in our lives, [...]

Yarn: A Blog Response from Kids

What if children wrote blogs?  As a way to spend more time with my siblings, who live 15 hours away, I had come up with an idea to ask them to write the daily post challenge responses with me. They have been very enthusiastic and we had lots of laugh doing this together. It's also a [...]