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Musings, Life, Nostalgia (2016)

paranoia strikes.

im gonna start locking entries again. no special/lame/wierd reason for this announcement.

well, okay. maybe coz i want to make myself a new friends-only banner.. hahahaha. this blog is partially friends only feel free to add me up if i know you or just leave a comment for this entry if you just dropped by to say hi. i cant keep up with this dead-hour paranoia (top it off with lots of heartbreaking melodies. perfect, right?)

new entries are gonna be kept public for a while then im gonna lock em after. haha paimportante..dont worry my dear nonlj friends,most picture posts are public anyway so no worries :)
(hahah nag-announce pa. as if naman may ibang nagbabasa ng bloggas ko)

hot mess

Spinning in circles with a small dot as a point of reference. constantly moving yet fixated with a distinct image you keep turning your head to in order to say you’ve come full circle —when actually, everything else was moving and you stood still and unknowingly waited for things to be in the same place they were the first time.

change is never different, just something revisited.


It's been a month since my accident!

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The Other Side

I've been working in theatre for most of my adult life--have seen thousands upon thousands of people being cut open, stitched together and sent to post operative care knowing that we have provided the best quality care we could provide.

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Nursing a nurse

Being stuck in bed nursing a horrible flu isn't on my ideal Thursday list.

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So far, so good.

I've got down time while my friends recharge for partying in Reykjavik later with some people we've met during the tour.

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This blog has been around since 2003, way before voyeurism became a norm and narcissism has sky rocketed in society. 14 years ago, I was a teenager with raging hormones, emotional and dependent on my modem's transition from landline to slow prepaid internet. I wrote about almost everything - rants about parents, the latest gadgets, trip with friends and how I wanted to grow up badly and become free of my parents' shackles. Now I'm 29, a citizen of a country I used to be foreign to, employed and living independently and co-dependently with a person dear to me. I have grown up and have become wiser with my choices (at least I would like to believe so). I'm not a spoiled daddy's girl anymore and I can confidently say my choices in life have definitely made me a stronger person. I've created quite a strong barrier between my thoughts and the words I speak. Same as the things people see of my life and what actually happens in those moments. Privacy is now a precious commodity and being in the public eye diminishes the value of life experiences. There will always be content more interesting than yours or more talked about than yours but that doesn't mean it is of any less worth. It may earn you more money though if you're into that sort of thing. Yes, in 2016 blogging or vlogging can now be considered a profession and a good source of income.

So here I am, 5 Years after my last annual update. (last one I did was in 2011). A lot might have changed since I first moved to London and experienced the painstaking life of an overseas worker. I get less excited about new experiences but nonetheless fascinated by what they bring. So here's a little catch up for us, just in case I forget to update this again in the next 5 years. Happy Reading!

What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?

move out of my (then) comfort zone, move in with a boy (!), live and work in the big smoke, do locum jobs in different places with different specialities, change jobs twice in a year, do long drives in England, change citizenship. Yes, a lot has happened this year!

Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
don't think I made one? I just wanted 2015 to end. lol

Did anyone close to you give birth?
- not in 2016?

Did anyone close to you die?
- thankfully, none.

What countries did you visit?
- Italy just before the year ended. Just that I think. 2016 was more of a transition period for me.

What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

-definitely more income. lol! moving into town is expensive. a mortgage as well if at all possible. (adulting!)

What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

to be honest, most of 2016 was a blur. so many things happened and there isn't really one date that stands out.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

moved in with Jay and got settled in our own little nook - manage bills, pay for my car, have a proper experience of how it is to be an adult.

What was your biggest failure?

- burning bridges

Did you suffer illness or injury?
- 2 accidents while riding a bicycle to and from work! slamming into a bush of stinging nettles and suffering it's effects for a week. other than that, none.

What was the best thing you bought?

- a bike! best mode of transport to and from work - stress relieves and fitness enhancer! actually, it's just an excuse for me to eat more as I exercise everyday lol.

Where did most of your money go?


What did you get really, really, really excited about?
moving into our new house and building it into our home =)

What song(s) will always remind you of 2016?

I had to check my spotify playlist for this. okay:
Adele - All I Ask
One Dance - Drake
Stitches - Shawn Mendez - Jay and I belt out to this song with the oddest set of words. lol

basically everything on the UK top 50 for 2016. easy.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. happier or sadder? -- slightly happiers =)
b. thinner or fatter? -- fatter. fattest i've been since.
c. richer or poorer? -- it's a downward slope from here lovey. lol. paying off bills is a bummer.

What do you wish you'd done more?
read books. I used to be an avid fan of the bookshops but i've stopped going since I've moved to London. I've got books I've bought in 2010 that I haven't read. shame on me really.
exercise properly and eat more vegetables.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
stress about things I can't do anything about. Inevitable things such as Insurance payments or Electric savings and the inflating housing market. I mean, really what can I do about it?

What was your favorite TV program?
The Walking Dead, hands down.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

What was the best book you read?
Like I said, I should've read more books. the last one I read was my Atlas of Peri Op Practice to refresh myself with Cardiac surgery as I've recently started doing this.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
nothing extra special this year? I've quit my spotify account and have cared less about what the independent music scene has got to offer.

What did you want and get?
- a senior post in Great Ormond Street. really is the pinnacle of my career so far.

What was your favorite film of this year?
Dirty Grandpa. lol

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
29. I don't remember but I was off from work. Jay and I did a joint celebration and drove up to York/Sheffield and the Peak District.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
better deals for my monthly bills!

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
functional. If it's dry from my laundry load, I will wear it.

What kept you sane?
KFC Krushems and Bubble Tea.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

don't think I've fancied anyone in showbiz apart from my old flame Justin Timberlake.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016:

it's difficult to walk back on burnt bridges.

life will unfold as it should. stressing never does you any good.

What was the nicest thing someone told you about yourself
He loves me. iiii.

it still exists!!!

wow. it is a bit surprising to find out that this lj account still exists. it's been around for nearly 12 years and if i would compare this to an actual relationship, it would be the type that has survived leaps, bounds, long distance and plateaus. sadly, i have no real life equivalent to this relationship :p

i'll think of something sensible to write for my next post. reviving this blog has to be awesome enough to makeup for 2 years of inactivity

till the next one


im feeling extremely homesick and extremely heartbroken =(

Had an awesome experience with the young adult community of Hillsong again tonight. Praise and Worship was brilliant as always (that sounded so bri-ish mwahaha) got to meet a couple of people, also had some short yet great encounters with people i've met before. Sooo looking forward to sunday again for Church and some more socializing activities.

this by far is the greatest addiction i've been in to. =)


im leaving for new york on monday (yaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!) so excited to be all tourist-y again and take loads and loads and LOADS of pictures with ate chay. then wednesday im flying to texas to meet tita apple and my cousins whom i have never met in person. then back to nyc again then hopefully, we'll have a quick trip to new jersey for some wise spending.

didnt imagine america to be that massive though. the flight going to texas from nyc will take 4 hours. the flight from london to nyc is only 6 hours. whuddup with that?

after my great US adventure, i only have to wait 6 more weeks and im back to manila's loving arms again. then im gonna embark on a short singapore trip with ellyvenelly bestfriend extraordinaire..then im gonna spend new year's with family in HongKong. life is just working out pretty well for me this year. I have Jesus to thank for that. it's true that if you give to God what's His, all blessings come your way, pressed down, shaking together and running over. =)


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