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Let’s state the elephant in the room: 2017 wasn’t a good year for anyone. But since we all have the attention span of a goldfish, I feel like we’ve forgotten most of the blunders that have happened. Don’t ya worry though; the yearend recaps of major news sites will remind you of them.

I’m pretty lucky that my 2017 was filled with good things and more. Here are things I learned and I want to remember from this year:

1. Surround yourself with wonderful women



Earlier this year, I was invited by Chiara Garcia for a cute little dinner with amazing women (e.g. Deane Miguel of Serious Studio, Thea de Rivera of 12/10, AJ Pangilinan of Sunday Paper, Marla Miniano of Cosmopolitan, among others). We talked about our inspiration, challenges and cute design stuff. It was a great evening.

I also ended the year officially joining Kim’s team for her new venture. (Side note: I’m also working with Tin on this one!) The photo above was taken during their Christmas party.

2. Spend more time at the beach



Here’s an obvie: beach trips will not come to you; you should go to the beach. I’ve always been passive when it comes to making trips to see the ocean, but I actively went my way this year to seek some sun and sand. Some of the best: Phuket, Siargao, and Macampao.

3. Love your team like family



Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE my team to bits. This year just brought me closer to everyone. It’s still crazy that I get to do what I love for a living and that I’m surrounded by people who inspire me. Here’s to bigger and better things for Young STAR, Mr. Manileño, The Sandbox Collective, and a very special project with Kim.


4. Seek art


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This year, I went to Singapore for only 24 hours twice. Of course, I took the opportunity to catch up on all the exhibits I missed when my family visits. From Kusama to the magnificent (MAGNIFICENT!!!) art and space exhibition, my soul was pretty happy.


5. Allow yourself to be taken care of

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I want to spare you the cheese but indulge me for a bit. This guy is my 2017 plot twist. Literally came ’round the last two months of the year, and ended it with a cute little cherry on top. We’ve been on countless road trips, drank a shit ton of wine, danced a whole lot, and took even more photos in just a month. I wonder what 2018 will bring for us.

For music I listened to this year, check out my Last.FM. The theme is obviously “still sad but with a bit of Beyonce.”

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For movies, check out 100 Movies A Year (which I failed to finish huhu). Special mention to Diary of a Teenage Girl for making it to my unforgettable faves this year. TOO REAL.

For books, mah Goodreads account is here.

December favorites


Sooo, it’s the most wonderful time of the year and I’m loving a few good things. This might be a good time to catch up as well.

1. This year, #YSProm happened a bit later than usual, but at least we got to celebrate it with a few close friends. Its scale doesn’t really compare to our previous ones, which means that more people got drunk. This video by Tin V. and Czam G. captures it all. (This also marked my first year as online editor for Young STAR. Good times.)

2. I’ve loved Aperitif the moment I first saw it at a party, so I made sure that I got one for me and Kevin (yep, that’s the boyfriend) for Christmas. I got bloated the very next day but it was soooo worth it.

3. A few weeks ago, Kevin took me to a quiet beach in Zambales for his last weekend of freedom. It was the perfect place for him to practice his film photography. Unfortunately, something went wrong when we were winding his film so Sunny16 had to halt the developing process, sending my roll first. And because it’s the holidays, they waived the extra processing fee. I love them already.

4. My boss came out with a new movie for the Metro Manila Film Festival and we got a chance to do a quick set visit while they were filming in Siargao. It was a beautiful place so I know that the shot would be nice. When I saw the film, man, I was mindblown. I’d love to see the world through Odyssey‘s eyes for a day. (Edit: They also won Best Cinematography!) (Photo above by Karen who also took BTS shots for the film.)

5. For Christmas, Kev gave me three bottles of wine, a faucet (lol) and a zine with a list of songs he curated for me. It’s my new favorite thing.

What’s your fave thing from December?

Buzz, buzz


It’s 5:30 a.m. I’m sitting on the bed of a boy I met a little over a month ago, writing on my blog that I haven’t touched in months. (I’ll spare you the apologies.)

It’s kinda funny — and mysterious! — how things happened. Who knew that a random night at a college-level speakeasy would turn into a love story that can possibly last a lifetime? But more importantly, who knew that a dating app can actually connect people. And no, I’m not just talking about body parts. I’m talking actual human connection. Ubuntu, etcetera, etcetera.

Technology! *shakes fist*

For someone who’s been pretty much a skeptic of anything that can feel, this is a bold move. If you’re a walking and talking cliché of an Earth sign who refuse to let go, I’m telling you, let a Fire sign burn you in the best of ways. At least that’s what it took for me to let my guard down, and it definitely turned my 2017 around.

Anyway, the point: I’m probably back for good, and you’ll see a new face around here.