Birthday Blues: 25 Things You Learn By 25

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I’m turning 26 in three weeks.

Just like that. I’m no longer a high school teeny bopper, a kolehiya striving to be a Cum Laude, and too old to hop in to another job just because I’m bored.

Birthday blues, as they say. I always get through it every November.

But, before I get carried away and start to list down my 25 years worth of hanash, why don’t I just enumerate all my learning in the past years?

Let’s discuss 25 in taglish, randomly:

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1) To feel like an adult is a choice. Pwede pala yung 25 ka na pero feeling mo, 18 years old ka pa rin.
2) Ang hirap mag-ipon. Especially if you’re an advocate of self-love.
3) Lahat ng gastos mo, feeling mo necessity kahit hindi naman.
4) Ang daming magandang lugar sa Pilipinas. So far, the best ang El Nido for me.
5) Hindi kailangang mahalin ang trabaho. Pero dapat galingan mag-trabaho. So, choose that job where you want to be magaling.

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6) At this age, nobody would understand you better than your (true) friends. Same hanash-es kayo eh.
7) You don’t need to be super rich, as long as you can buy the things you need (and want) at hindi problema ang pera.
8) Be maalaga of yourself. Magpaganda ka, invest in your looks, health, and mind kasi it will give you the biggest ROI.
9) Not everything that bothers you deserve a reaction. Be a big person and master the art of ignoring the nega.
10) If you’re a 25-year old single woman, you don’t need a man to be happy. Wag padala sa mga asaran.

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11) Mas kawawa yung in a relationship pero losyang. Hindi makapag-travel at shopping.
12) Saka hindi porket wala kang boyfriend pangit ka. In the same way, hindi lahat ng may boyfriend maganda. Utang na loob.
13) Ang dami kong hugot dito ‘di ba? Kaya dapat hindi puro syotaan ang nasa isip. Pweh.
14) Ang sarap mag-two piece sa beach. Nakaka-liberate, charot.
15) Worth it mag-invest sa quality beauty products and accessories. For your confidence. Confidence is the key to success.

16-20

16) Your first relationship may not work, and it’s okay. Hindi katapusan ng mundo. Ibangon mo sarili mo.
17) As time goes, you can’t tell if naka-move on ka na. But, the fact that you find yourself more excited for the future than reminiscing is a good sign.
18) It would feel like you need a lifetime to forgive and forget. Be at peace with that. Pero the truth is, hindi naman lifetime, OA yun.
19) Ang sarap maging single. Yes, there are downsides, pero magpakatotoo tayo, mas maraming benefits. He he.
20) Wag susuko sa work. Pambayad yun ng cards para swipe swipe na ulit next time.

21-25

21) No matter how much you like them, never chase people. Don’t sell yourself too much. If they don’t seem to realize how awesome you are, let them let you go.
22) Do everything you need to do to reach that level of security wherein other peoples’ opinion don’t affect you anymore.
23) Invest on treasury bonds and investment plans. Lakas maka-feeling responsible adult.
24) Love your family. Express your love for them, especially for your parents.
25) God is all you need to survive. To survive life and yourself (honoring God > all your hanash).

Thanks for reading! Again, I am The Millennial Pinay.

#extendedquarterlifecrisis

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One Grateful Saturday | Birthday Celeb at The Wholesome Table, Estancia Mall, Pasig City

How often do you wake up on a Saturday morning with so much thankfulness in the heart?

I did today.

Maybe because of Facebook’s ‘2016 Year In Review’ video.

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Thanks to Facebook. I believe my existence is validated not by the Likes I get, but by the reality that I do have a lot of friends. Those I saw on the video are truly the people I have been closest to this year. True friends indeed.

And yeah, I believe it’s not about how many you have, but how true are those you have. Yet, when life gives you more than enough, it is undeniably a bonus, right? More than enough to make you kilig inside.

Maybe my great awakening was also an after-effect of the awesome team dinner we had last night at The Wholesome Table in Estancia Mall, Pasig City. Was actually an early Christmas celebration of the Public Relations team and my birthday last week.

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The Wholesome Table, Estancia Mall, Pasig City

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The beautiful Bianca Araneta owns The Wholesome Table. Here is the menu.

Of course my boss will pay, so me and my colleagues ordered to our hearts content. I actually wanted to order short ribs, but it is valued at 1,100 PHP (too much!), so I turned to seafood pasta that never fails!

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Gambaretti Arrabiatta pasta

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So yummy this Calabrese woodfired pizza! Lotsa onions.

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All these, plus a glass of Casa Rojo Sexy Chardonnay! After some time, we also got a slice of cheesecake, gluten-free brownie, and a cup of Capuccino Espresso.

I was in the middle of stuffing my mouth with Gambaretti Arriabiatta pasta when the staff started singing ‘Happy birthday!!’ with my team!

I was so delighted that I couldn’t smile properly in the photos, hehe! Along with the surprise singing is a super cute cupcake and a red Aldo wallet! I love iiiiiiiit!

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My birthday cupcake! Thanks to the PR team.

Ending my post here to live out the rest of this day! I love you, Lord. I love you guys! Happy  and blessed weekend to us all.

Why Being The Youngest Child In The Family Is The Best Situation

Why Being The Youngest Child Is The Best Situation

Once upon a time in one of the most uneventful days in the office, I decided to browse through some Elite Daily articles. I thought I might come across some life-changing piece to motivate me to work. Scrolling down to a post of my favorite Paul Hudson, I saw this ‘Write For Elite, Voice Out Your Story’ invite for those interested to be contributors to the site.

I gave it a shot thinking it would be a ‘good portfolio’ for the humble, Filipina marketing writer that I am. I filled out a form and shared a bit of my interesting life. Well, I guess it worked – after a couple of days, they asked for a draft of my article and then this.. got published on my favorite site after about 5 weeks! 🙂 #simpledelight

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