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36 things I will do/should do/want to do in the next 12 months

Why 36? Go figure!

1. Get a tattoo in the “traditional” way in Kalinga.

2. Go to Kota Kinabalu.
3. Start that personal book blog.
4. Visit Tacloban for the first time.
5. Reconcile with that one person.
6. Sing in public again (no, karaoke doesn’t count).
7. Go to Japan.
8. Restart my MA studies.
9. Lose 10 more pounds.
10. Go to the doctor and get the whole kaboodle of tests.
11. Attend an international conference.
12. Read at least 40 more books (to reach my goal of 60 books until December)
13. Learn a new skill that I’ve never tried before.
14. Watch a live football game that doesn’t involve the Azkals or a Philippine club.
15. Go to Palawan for the first time ever.
16. Learn how to invest in the stock market.
17. Write a blog post every other day (no, work doesn’t count)
18. Commit to one church.
19. Write capsule reviews of all TV shows/movies I watch.
20. Go to a concert/gig of a local artist at least once a month.
21. Join a book club.
22. Join or start an interest group.
23. Try my best to sleep at least 5-6 hours everyday.
24. Start running again.
25. Get published in an international online magazine.
26. Finish at least two Coursera courses.
27. Put some sort of color in my hair.
28. Treat family to a hotel staycation.
29. Finish a whole notebook before starting a new one.
30. Do a fund-raising party/event for a foundation.
31. Start scrapbooking again.
32. Read the “difficult” books of the Bible.
33. Buy shoes with kitten heels. (I haven’t worn heels in almost a decade)
34. Cook at least once a week.
35. Do a cleanse every two months.
36. Do at least half of the things on this list.
So yeah, I’ll get back to you after a year.
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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in To Do List


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The Soundtrack of My Life (as of this year)

Since I turned 30 a few days ago, I thought it fitting to come up with a new soundtrack, since the last one I did 3 or 4 years ago seems outdated (and my life was so drastically different then). So here goes….

“Love Will Come to You” by Indigo Girls

And I wish her insight to battle loves blindness
Strength from the milk of human kindness
A safe place for all the pieces that scattered
Learn to pretend theres more than love that matters

Ailene will always be precious to me, for a lot of reasons (naks) and one of them is because of this song. At the height of the great depression, she sent me this beauty of a song, and it helped me understand that truly inexplicable emotion called love. And now, I sing this to all friends who have had their hearts broken. Always, with a catch in my throat

“Me” by Paula Cole

And it is me who is my enemy
Me who beats me up
Me who makes the monsters
Me who strips my confidence

Whenever I feel my confidence erroding, I always turn back to this song and try to remember who the real enemy is. You should meet the “me”, more than 5 years ago; self-loathing, immature, always insecure, self-doubting me. She sometimes still rears her ugly head, but I would like to believe I got rid of most of her sometime back

“The World is Our Playground” by Up Dharma Down

I swear I belong
This is where I belong

Enough said

“Lost” by Coldplay

Just because I’m losing
Doesn’t mean I’m lost
Doesn’t mean I’ll stop
Doesn’t mean I would cross

For those who believe I’m lost…refer to my previous post, and that is all I’m saying about the subject

“Orange Sky” by Alexi Murdoch

When I am alone 
When I’ve thrown off the weight of this crazy stone 
When I’ve lost all care for the things I own 
That’s when I miss you
You who are my home 
And here is what I know now 
Goes like this
In your love, my salvation lies 
In your love

This is my love song for my Lola, my Mom, my Brother, my friends who know me inside and out and who accept me (as cliche as it sounds) for who I am

“Naive Orleans” by Anberlin

And I finally found that life goes on without you
And my world still turns when you’re not around

This is my song for all the men (boys) who have intentionally and unintentionally broken my heart. It took almost half a lifetime of learning (and I’m still learning in some ways) but I think I finally got it

“Grace” by U2

What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings
Because grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things 

No matter what my personal convictions are now, I still believe in grace, a thought that practically changed the world as we know it. And this song, for me, encapsulates this, in the simplest words I know

“Quiet Little Place” by K’s Choice

And now everything I feel
Whether it’s fiction or it’s real
It’s so much clearer
Like the color of this light
It seems more dangerous and bright
But I don’t fear her

For the past 3 or 4 years, my life changed drastically, and as I said before, from my own perspective, I’ve become a much better person because of this. It’s not like a major overhaul of my life, but a slow, subtle, shift in perspective and direction. I know I am still a work in progress, but for the first time in my existence, I am not afraid of where it will take me, be it back to where I came from (I am still very much open to that) or somewhere totally new (and I am not scared to death of that)


And on that note, I would like to thank my facebook friends for the gazillion greetings, my M2comms family for the “surprise” party last Friday and my real family, for the simple but meaningful day I got to spend with them. I did not celebrate my 30th with a bang, but I know this year is gonna be a blast


*as always, no real camera on my birthday, so let’s just settle for this


Posted by on May 10, 2009 in Music is My Life


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