Easter Monday is a thing in Australia so technically it’s still the Easter holidays over here lol. Inspired by Christ during the Easter weekend, I have risen back from the dead after a year hiatus which is not uncommon for me. If you take a look around, my last blog post was a year & 3 months ago lol. The work-life balance struggle is real. *cry* Also, welcome to my revamped official blog! I haven’t had much time to work on my passion projects last year so I’ll try to make it up this year. Try being the keyword. Well, anyway… With my first blog post for this year, I thought of doing a quick recap of last year. This Easter weekend has given me time to reflect on the things I’m grateful for and a reminder that I’m always blessed especially during very challenging times.
I think a lot of people had a better 2017 compared to 2016. I thought about my 2017 and I couldn’t entirely say it was the best year since I went through a lot of difficult times. I’ve thought about it a lot, and came to the conclusion that 2017 was indeed one of the best years I’ve ever had dispite it all. I will quickly share my top five favourite moments from last year that I appreciated the most. So here goes…
YELLOWCARD’s final concert tour
Last year, Yellowcard had their very last concert ever and it was sadly my first Yellowcard concert. It was bittersweet. The couple of times that they were in Manila, I was not able to attend for school/work reasons. I could not afford to miss their Perth performance as it would be their last tour before they disband. Their concert was held at the Amplifier Capitol on February 15th, a day after Valentines. So technically, this was my Valentines date. Yellowcard has been my high school favourite jam and it brought so much nostalgia when I watched them live. It was very emotional and I felt each and every one of their songs even the ones I didn’t really know from their latest album. I couldn’t hold my tears and feels. I didn’t even get to take proper photos because I kept getting pushed back in the moshpit by all the drunk people there. I’m very tiny so you can just imagine how that went for me. That didn’t stop me from fully enjoying their show and taking to heart each song they sang.
SYDNEY for the weekend
During my birthday week last year, I decided to fly to Sydney. It was a four and a half hour flight from Perth and I only had enough time to go for the weekend. However, I’ve never been to Sydney and I’ve been in Australia for over a year and a half by then so I thought why not. I got to see a lot of the iconic tourist destinations in Sydney like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Royal Botanic Gardens and many other spots within the metro. I managed to also swim at the famous Bondi Beach Iceberg pool since the beach was too packed and I wasn’t really impressed to be honest. We have better beaches in Perth. 🙂 Thoroughly enjoyed the food and coffee though they were much more expensive than Perth (obviously). Sydney reminded me so much of Makati City with lots of fast pacing people and events. Being a city girl back in Manila, the city felt like home to me after being in quiet Perth for quiet a long while. Will surely visit Sydney again and hopefully get to travel more towards the outskirts of the city next time. I’ll probably make a separate blog post for my Sydney trip some other time with full details.
Since we were in college, we were making plans of going to so many places. It’s free to dream. However, it was different with my best friend because we actually try our best to make it happen. Bali, Indonesia was one of our first out of the country trips together. We’ve had many out of town trips back in the Philippines so we were very excited about Bali. We planned it months and months ahead to be honest. Probably even a year prior to the trip since we had to save up and match our vacation leaves. It’s been a year since our Bali trip so to say that I’m waaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy behind blogging schedule is an understatement. I do promise to get to it eventually. It’s a bit rough when you’re on that 9 to 5 daily grind. Just keep posted on that #TrueLoveinBali videos and blog posts eventually, this year *hopefully*. 😉
Japan has been one of my top destinations to go ever since I got hooked on anime and Japanese culture, especially the food! I was so happy when this trip was planned out. Not only did my family go with me, so did my best friend and my beau. It was all a very memorable family trip for all of us. It was one of the first family trips I’ve gone in years because I live in Perth, Australia separate from my parents who are in Kuwait and my sisters who are working in Manila. We spent a week in Japan only making time for Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. I’ll also go into full details of our week there in different blog posts with matching videos that I’m still trying to work on. 🙂
This will forever be one of the best memories I will ever have. It’ll stay in my top ten memories even after I get married and have children. I won’t go into much detail about it since I’ve already dedicated one whole blog post about my skydiving experience. You can read it here. One thing I’ll never get tired of saying though is that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever; and I’m proud of myself for making it happen and finally ticking off what was on the very top of my bucket list. It’s true when they say that if you want it bad enough, you’ll make it happen no matter what.
That’s it! There you have it: proof that I’m alive and actually doing shit with my life even though I don’t post it on social media as much. LOL! I admit that I have been very quiet these past couple of years. It’s because I’ve only been telling the important people in my life about the things that matter to me. The rest is just background noise. I don’t really have to prove anything to anyone. So why am I blogging these things then? I guess I just miss my blog and people have actually been asking me about it. A few of my friends have asked me to write again as well. I guess that’s been one of my motivations to keep this new blog alive. I hope to make more time this year for my passion projects and the patience to focus on getting them done. Fingers crossed that this rising back from the dead thing lasts me more than just this blog post.
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Easter holiday and that the first quarter of the year was good for all of you. Now go make the rest even better! More from me soon! 😀