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:

1-5

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.

6-10

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.

11-15

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.

I will publish another echoserang blog post on my birthday on the 27th at walang makakapigil sa’kin.

#extendedquarterlifecrisis

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Because I Watched It Again: ‘Camp Sawi’ Full Movie

Found myself watching it again (first time was last full show, first day of showing in Megamall) and for some reason liked it more! Twice the crying and laughing… I ended up looking like a crazy person with tissues in my hand, but smiling.

It’s really different when you watch a movie alone. Maybe I didn’t appreciate it as much before, as my companion was a woman whose love life isn’t that dramatic, hehe. So, if you’re a girl who REALLY went through the motions of a breakup… with that person you wanted so much, this movie is for you!

Also, the cinematography was superb! Showcasing the beautiful Bantayan Island in Cebu. I’d definitely go there! Doesn’t matter if friends would join me or I’ll go alone.

I didn’t relate to a particular character, yet all their pain were familiar. I cried a lot! (Especially on that Bella Padilla-Dennis Trillo closure scene huhu!!) What I like the most were the scenes that were supposed to be dramatic, but would make you smile instead. I don’t know… maybe because the script was so real, so raw!
The actresses did a great job of portraying different types of women taking pain on their own terms. I love them all! Despite the diversity, though, the characters were like sisters who respected each other’s pain and hoped for each other’s restoration.

Such a great message, right? A recovery movie with a twist. Watch it!!! 

Review | Eyelash Extension at Asia’s Lashes, Ortigas

This Monday morning, my colleague Ruby was so eager to make our eyelash extension plan happen before her birthday next month. She began convincing me by saying I’d look better in my Korea trip photos with long lashes. In the end, I gave in and asked her to start comparing salons, with led us to Asia’s Lashes in Cityland Megaplaza, Ortigas, Pasig City.

We went there after work. It was the highlight of our day. So excited to look like Betty Boop.

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Interior of Asia’s Lashes, Cityland, Megaplaza, Ortigas

The staff attended to us quickly. I told them I’m taking photos to blog about the experience. After having a short discussion on the lash length Ruby and I want to have, they asked us to lie down inside across each other. We went for the 599 PHP unlimited synthetic lashes – medium.

I didn’t take photos of the mini-beds, as I’m so excited, but they were all pink and same with the ones in most derma clinics. Not as comfy, though. The process took more than an hour and despite the process permitting me to sleep with my eyes closed, I didn’t because of my bed. It was uneven. I kept moving my head to relieve myself.

The process was fast. They put some tape under my eye. I smelled the glue – which smelled like glue gun – and knew the friendly staff was getting to it. She stuck the synthetic hairs by pieces, slowly without causing me any pain. It only hurt a bit on my right eye for some seconds. Could be because some glue got into my eyes, but it was bearable and I didn’t feel the need to bother Ate.

She finished off by spreading the lashes, equally distributing them to cover the rest of my eyelid. Another staff came to us and commented, “Is it 10?” to which the staff working for me replied, “Yes, her true lashes are of the same length.” Hearing this made me feel relieved, thinking it doesn’t look too fake then.

I heard Ruby talking again, which means she’s done. The lady began touching my foot and in a matter on 10 minutes, Ate told me she’s finished with me also. She used a mini-fan to dry the glue, before asking me to sit down. That position enabled her to fix my lashes and make sure that I can open my eyes comfortably.

The other staff were there to make us laugh with witty “hugot” lines. I think one of them just broke up with her boyfriend. Before truly leaving the bed, I told Ate about my discomfort and she told me they’ll do something about it, smiling. She was so nice.

Ruby was so pretty! As you can see in the before & after photos above. This is me below.

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The staff handed to me their #ASIALIZED prop, knowing I’ll feature them on my blog. I asked them to join Ruby and I in some photos since we liked their service!

We have to go back to have it removed after 30-40 days and some have fallen off already. Ruby and I agreed to have the ‘human hair’ option in March 2017, which costs 1,500 PHP. They sometimes offer it at 20% off.

Thanks to the friendly, funny, and professional staff of Asia’s Lashes, Ortigas!