Vacay for less than a thousand? Yes, it’s possible!
by Katrin Arcala
Despite having the much-awaited “MEGA FIGHT” of the century the next day, my friend and I decided to have our equally much-awaited rest for the week. Without any planned itinerary and resort reservations, we impulsively hopped on a bus and went on a weekend trip to escape the never-ending city noise of Manila.
Long weekends are like presents to professionals, particularly to those living in the city. It is the only chance to move out from the concrete jungle and experience the ambiance of a paradise nearby.
Some people spend luxuriously for their travels while others make ‘travelling’ the luxury itself. In Laiya, Batangas, you can get this luxury in less than a thousand pesos and not more than a four-hour ride.
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The commute is a necessary evil. YES.
by Katrin Arcala
The first time I booked my ticket to fly for a job interview in Manila, I thought, “Heck I am ready for this!” An interview wouldn’t hurt, right?
I mean, my friends think I am an iron woman and I believe that I am one iron woman, so life in the big city could not possibly be that hard—or so I thought. Fast forward 2015. Here I am, a baynte something keeping afloat amidst the mix of pressures and treasures in the concrete jungle that is Metro Manila.
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1. Stop assuming that only perfect lives can be extraordinary. Nobody who did anything worthwhile had a perfect life. “Perfection,” however you perceive it, is a dull pursuit, one that’s always going to be out of reach. And reaching isn’t going to make you invulnerable — the greatest vulnerability is pretending you don’t have any weaknesses at all.
2. Imagining and preparing for the worst possible outcome will not prevent it from happening. Beating someone to the chase in thinking up every last terrible thing about yourself doesn’t theoretically make them believe it less — it just makes you believe it the most.
3. Every time you find yourself sinking over the fact that you just can’t seem to get over someone, imagine the person who came before whom you also swore you wouldn’t get over. Focus on how irrelevant that situation feels, and start taking comfort in the fact that whatever you’re…
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You deserve love and security, a combination that warms the core of your heart. You deserve knowledge that the person you are with wants to be there and, more importantly, won’t run away when times get tough. This is someone that will stay by your side, fight your fights right there with you because they know you would do the same for them.
You deserve someone who laughs at your jokes and smiles at the mere sight of you smiling. This smile will be genuine, not fake, and you will feel butterflies when you see it and your smile will grow until your cheeks can no longer take it.
You deserve someone who brings you coffee in the morning because they know the addiction is real. You deserve breakfast in bed, flowers “just because,” and hugs that feel like you are at home.
You deserve hands…
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The universe has its own way of getting back at you.
You should know that what you do today has an equal effect on what will happen to you tomorrow. What you plant will grow. What you reaped will be lost. And what you will lose will be replaced by another seed to plant again. It is a cycle.
Some would say it is vicious. And you have no choice but to partake in it. Imagine having to deal with losses, too many of them. Imagine having to experience pain for the sake of pain. Imagine the tragedy you have to go through over and over again. It is part of it. And you have no escape.
But with it being vicious makes it equally hopeful and great as well. A cup is emptied because it shall be filled again. A door is closed because a world outside your world awaits. A life is lost only because a birth is underway. Goodbyes equate to hellos. That’s what makes it hopeful because hope is never gone.
So when the bad times come, think that the good times will do, too. Because the universe has its own way of getting back at you.