Travel: Saigon

Even if I was alive, I felt as if rigor mortis had begun to set in; my legs were stiff, my knees were burning, and my hands had become hardened fists. I tried shifting my weight around, but even my butt had had enough. This was not how I imagined the day would be ending. Early…

Valentine’s Day

Two years ago, Valentine’s Day landed on a Friday. Just like the year before that, I had no special plans for the day, so I did what I always did: I made a video. I talked about Valentine’s Day and the traditions people around the world had for this particular holiday. After publishing the video,…

Travel: Siem Reap

One dollar! One dollar! It was the chant the street food vendors of Siem Reap made in their religion of capitalism. The other vendors breathed the same thing in multiples of five. “Five dollar! Ten dollar! Fif-TEEN dollar only!” In retrospect, their prices were more expensive than what I’d get back home in the Philippines,…

You boy. Me girl. Us friends.

This is a blurry photo of me with a few of my closest friends. Three of the four are guys, which is a ratio that can be applied to almost all my social circles (except the one from college, because my class was completely Y chromosome free). For various reasons, depending on which stage of…

Real Talk: Marriage and baby making

As friends and acquaintances get hitched, I hit the virtual books to find out if there are any real advantages or disadvantages to getting married at my age.

Traveling Perks

I’m broke. I’ve stopped frequenting cafés, eating out, and heading straight to the shops with bright red SALES banners. Now I pack almost everything in an adult lunchbox (a bunch of tupperware containers in a ziplock) and turn my head whenever I pass by my favourite shops. I tell everyone I’m broke. And yet, I’m…

Real talk: Shallow Fashion

I graduated with a degree related to the fashion industry, and at one point dreamed of becoming a designer. I wanted to be part of the world that dictated what looked good and what didn’t, and what girls should aspire to be to fit the new season’s definition of beautiful. I was already trying my…

Breaking up with friends

I have always thought that the F-word should be used sparingly and only under certain circumstances. Any word, when overused, loses its meaning, so I’m very choosy with the people I decide to call my friends. With social media, the word gets tossed around a lot and people have remedied it by grouping those they…

Being an adultier adult

Yesterday I did bank rounds and bought stuff for this little cottage industry business I’m trying to set up. I realized that I’ve been doing the grocery shopping for our home for awhile. I just settled my phone bill. I’ve also paid for the utilities and my iFlix (an Asian version of Netflix) subscription. I’ve…

A video about failing NY resolutions

The second to the last video I made before going on an unplanned YouTube hiatus was about failing New Years Resolutions. I think the stuff I said here is still quite relevant.  

Failing Resolutions

The indulgent spenders vow to save. The smoker with a hacking cough promises to quit smoking. And the chronically tardy swear they’ll start showing up on time, if not a few minutes early. Every year scores of people sit down and write down a list of what they dislike about themselves in the form of…

Saying Goodbye to 2015

  After all grift wrappers have been ripped open and Christmas leftovers have all but disappeared I, just like everybody else, have started reflecting on how I’d spent the last 12 months of my life. It didn’t feel like it while I was going through it, but this year turned out to be one heck…