Work has been tough lately. Its not getting better.
Even though you work your ass 12 hours a day (even if its supposed to be just 8 hours), they still manage to just notice the wrong details. Out of the hundred you have done right they just point out the wrong.
Being in a situation like this makes you tired, lose energy and motivation.
I always have a constant want of leaving work early and have a life. But it’s just not allowing me too, these days.
And the first thing you see in the morning is an email asking answers for questions that are just so irrelevant.
Seriously, you should start looking at the bigger picture here, dude.
Before you think of anything else, let me begin by saying..
I am not yet getting married. Chill. Title lang yan. This is merely me, talking about “getting married” in general.
I am turning 24 in a few days, and I remember myself about 8 years ago, telling myself that I want to get married by 24. But now that the big 2-4 is coming, I can tell you straight up, that I am not yet ready for marriage.
(Take note, not yet.) ;)
For some, 24 is just the right age, or the youngest you could get married. I actually agree with that, that’s the reason why I though about that crazy idea 8 years ago.
I have friends that are already married by 24, and not because they got pregnant. Like, legitimately, got married because they are ready.
Dennis and I often get this question: “Di pa ba kayo magpapakasal?”, from friends, colleagues, even family. Just last night, one of his friends asked us this. I was surprised by the question that my eyes widened, and we didn’t even answer the question.
Don’t get me wrong, its not that I don’t want to get married with Dennis, its just that I am not mentally, financially and emotionally ready.
Sometimes I find myself afraid. Afraid that I might never be ready. Or baka naman pag ready na ko, ayaw na niya, something like that. Haha. #paranoid
I don’t know when I will find myself ready. I actually want to have my own house first before I settle down. Yung, ready na lahat, magpapakasal ka nalang? Your mind, soul, body, emotion (and bank account!!!) should be ready.
I might be pushing myself too much, or maybe its because we don’t talk about it. It’s like a taboo topic in our relationship. Not because we don’t want to end up with each other, but actually, because of me. I try to avoid the topic as much as I could. Maybe something about my past that made me afraid to make plans together for our future.
But you know what, I think I am getting there. Maybe 24 is the age where you prepare yourself for marriage.
Who knows? :)
To my future husband: hopefully you already started saving up, to buy a house, to maybe build our own business. I hope you are preparing yourself too. ;)
It has been a great 8-Day trip. The best I have ever been to in my whole life!
As I mentioned in my previous post, it was my most anticipated trip for this year. And I am really glad we got to travel as a family, since we were most of the time never complete at home.
I will share with you all the places we went to, food we tried and all the great experiences as brief as I can. You know me, my mind thinks so fast, I don’t realize I have been typing so much. Haha.
Julia posing for an airport OOTD :)
Up in the clouds once again. <3
Our flight was supposed to take off at 2:50PM, but Air Asia rescheduled it 2hours later. We touched down at Incheon Airport at about 10PM. When we left Manila, I was wearing this cute Banana Republic dress and boots. I have also brought my jacket with me as we were expecting a near 0 degrees at Incheon when we land. And boy oh boy, wrong day to not have decided to wear leggings. It was freezing cold!!! It was fun as well because we can see our breath fog up, and that never happens in here Manila (ofcourse). We went straight and hired a Jumbo Taxi to our AirBnb Accommodation. We met our host Charlie at the T-Mark Bus Stop and it was really nice of him to meet us at 12MN. After settling down, we went to sleep, tired from all the travelling. We want to be ready for our adventure the next day.
Myeongdong Shopping District
Bulgogi at Myeongdong
So we woke up late, and since we only have one bathroom, it took us quite a long time to get ready. We had lunch first at around 1PM at this really nice traditional Korean Restaurant, just one block away from the house. It was quite difficult to order (and basically ask your way around) because only a few people could understand English.
After our late lunch, we went straight to Myeongdong Cathedral to catch the Good Friday Mass scheduled at 3PM.
Chungmuro 3(sam)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Traditional Korean Restaurant
To our surprise, it was a Korean Mass! Luckily, mom brought her English Station of the Cross guide. And we got to follow the mass even when everyone was speaking in Korean.
After mass, we then explored the shopping heaven in Central Seoul, Myeongdong.
Sweet looking strawberries at the streets of Myeongdong
Vendor handing over the curly potatoes
Big cotton candy! :)
I guess Koreans love shopping, huh?
Find the photobomber! ;)
You can find the best korean cosmetics here, almost every corner has a Tony Moly, Nature Republic, Missha, Etude House and Banila Co. And they are sold there on cheaper prices than here in Manila. You can imagine that I went on a shopping spree. Hehe. :)
We then had dinner at a Korean BBQ restaurant. Tip for travelers though, they often try to sell you the highest priced in the menu. Do not fall for that! Haha. And if you want to catch the waiter’s attention, just say “jeogiyo” with conviction! ;)
Outside Myeongdong Church
Mom and Dad being cuddly
Korean BBQ dinner got us excited! :)
Day 3 is Nami Island Day! Nami Island was the shooting location of Endless Love: Winter Sonata, which was a well known K-Drama in the Philippines about 8-10 years ago. Of course it did not disappoint, the place was very dreamy and scenic. Though the travel was kinda long. Watch out, lots of photos ahead. ;)
Our main mode of transportation in touring the city, Seoul Subway. Chungmuro station was just 2 blocks away from our home
With my Alvin before entering the subway
Brother love <3
See those trees in the background? BREATHTAKING.
Happy shot! :)
“Blogger shot” Hehe
Train station feels
I loved dressing up for the cold weather! <3
Spring was just starting when we came.
Of course, my sister needs to have that shot too. ;)
Mom and Dad feeling the Winter Sonata feels
It was a tiring day and we went straight home after the walkathon adventure. Tired but fulfilled. <3
Dad with his boys, Daniel
and Rainier :)
Since it was Easter Sunday, we attended the Easter Sunday mass early morning, at Myeongdong Cathedral. Look at the cute giveaways below!!!
For this day, we scheduled a bus tour around the City. Some of it we have decided not to get off the bus and check out, because there are more places we want to visit and stay longer.
Our first stop was the US War Memorial. There we saw memorabilia from the Korean War. A lot of countries have participated including the Philippines. There were about more than 100 Filipinos that fought alongside Korea.
The place was also scenic and has a history museum inside. From the ancient residents of Korea to the more present ones.
Shot outside the US War Memorial Site
Arrows used by ancient Koreans
Shot outside the US War Memorial Site
After the US Memorial was Namsangol Hanok Village. Basically these are traditional Korean houses that are kept as tourist spots. Here, you can dress up with traditional Korean clothing, which I think is really cool and fun!
Next stop was N Seoul Tower. This is like the Burj Khalifa of Seoul, but shorter. We got to the observatory deck. It was so jampacked that we did not really stop by for too long.
Downstairs, they also had this love lock thingies like those in Paris. Its’ actually pretty cool!
Yesterday, Dennis and I were texting. We were both in the middle of work, and he was telling me all about how he is nervous on his current post, that he is so afraid of making mistakes. I noticed that what’s going on, is that he is putting too much pressure on himself that was not just going to help him in the long run.
I suddenly realized that my usual “pabebe” mood should not be in place right now while he is in the process of adjusting to his new work. This would not help him, and that, whenever we are together, it should all just be happy times.
So I asked him for a dinner date! I told him I just realized that it has been a long time since we went out on a date with just the two of us together. The past 4-5 movies we watched were with family and friends, and most of our lunch/dinners out are with our friends. We still eat out together but it’s usually just along the way home. Like fast food, and stuff.
We actually don’t mind going out with any of our friends. We enjoy it, to be honest. My friends became his friends too, and I think that’s cute. We also enjoy going on double/ triple dates with our couple friends. (I can’t help but remember that episode in How I Met Your Mother, where Lily and Marshall were on the hunt of finding a new couple to hang out with. Haha.)
So anyway, after work, we decided to go to Trinoma and eat at our favorite burger joint, 8Cuts. To our surprise, it was closed for a company event. :( And I was really looking forward for the chocolate milkshake. We ended up at Gerry’s Grill, and had our favorites, Sisig and Kare-Kare.
It was such a nice evening, we just talked like we usually do, but I actually felt it was special. Since we didn’t really get to do this for a long time.
I had been so busy at work, and he is always waiting for me, for I usually extend work hours. That by the time I clock out, all time we have left is just to go home. No time left to hang out.
I have said it before, I admire his patience. I don’t have the same patience he has. Some girls wish to have a guy that would wait for them without complaining, and I am so blessed that I have someone like that.
We have been together for 4 years (including the dating period), yet he still amazes me every day. He has been nothing but a blessing to me.
Babe, if you are reading this, please know that I appreciate all your efforts, the things you do for me. :) You are awesome and a precious gift from God. I love you so much! ♥
Lord, I know sometimes I wonder what could’ve been.
And during these times You just talk to me.
Remind me why I left.
How I had enough.
Thank You for reminding me of how blessed I am now.
Thank You, for even though I can’t help but look back sometimes, You still remind me that it’s done.
And not because of me.
Because it is just really not part of Your plan.
Things are really so different now.
And I don’t want to be with people like that.
With so much pride.
I already have so much of that in myself.
Having another person in my life with that much pride will just make my world implode.
You make a perfect balance.
You always remind me of this.
Oh hi, I have so much in my mind again right now. So I’ll just write about things in random order.
I have a post sitting in my drafts about our Korea trip. I might finish that this Sunday. Take note, “might”. Haha.
Work has been great! I just got promoted and since then, it has been a roller coaster ride. I have been taking notes of things I need to remember. I have to be stronger now. More than I have been before. Expectations are higher and eyes are on me right now. You can do it, self!
I have noticed that I have matured a lot from the last year. I have longer patience and deeper understanding on people. The beauty of being in hospitality.
Wow. So You and Me by Lifehouse just played on my Spotify Radio.
I have been having really weird dreams. Weird talaga.
I want to stop thinking. I really should. But God, why?
There’s someone at work that has been snappy lately. I am really trying my best to understand this person.
I have so much hope for my team. #StartingFresh
I have to be more focused now.
I need to balance life and work better now.
I love me-times. Just like now.
I have become anti-social. Maybe because of work? That after I step out of work grounds, I switch off the world around me. Sometimes I see someone in the mall that I know and I just pretend I did not see them. Coz I dont wanna talk. :)
One of my work bestie is getting married in 2 weeks. So excited for her!
Dennis will be working for a new company soon! Thank You God, for letting this happen!
I read old messages from random people at Facebook. And made me realize that so much could change in 6 years.
Current fave song: Be Alright and Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande.
I have a new found love for Korean Cosmetics. Too bad they overprice it here in Manila.
What if’s. Could’ve been.
Bummed that most of my favorite TV Series are on break.
Bought new office supplies today. #ItWillNeverBeEnough
I cannot live without my daily planner. So many meetings, my mind cannot remember it all by its own. Haha.
I have cried 3 times in the last 2 weeks. Malapit na mabreak yung streak ko sa Makati Shang. HAHAHA.