Crystal Beach, Zambales

One fine Saturday morning, we piled into the car and headed north to Zambales for some much needed sun exposure. It was my first time driving that far and my first time that far North. Crystal beach is actually just 4 hours from Manila (more or less); I just never got around to exploring (Luzon in general) so this was a real treat. Mini-adventure with Kate and Timmy, my best friends from those DLSU days.

We arrived at the town of San Narciso around 12pm. After checking into our room and resting for a few minutes, we went straight to the beach.

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The first month of being single

It took me a while to publish this post. I spent a lot of time staring at the earlier drafts and with time, it was slowly forgotten. It has actually been 4 months since the break up. I am still single but have gone through many realizations.

What you are about to read is my last draft of my reflections on the first month. I left it as is so the emotions are quite fresh with a sprinkle of bitterness.

The most important thing I learned from these four months of being single is this: In order to move on, I needed to forgive (him) to forget (and move on with my life).

Everyone has their own way of coping with heartache. For some, it’s engaging in intimacy with the first male in sight. For others, it’s crying and eating uncontrollably or maybe shopping ’til you’re so broke there are new scratch marks on your credit card (ahem). All these, I’ve sadly either done or contemplated on doing these past few weeks.

So imagine my surprise on New Year’s Eve, after scrolling through what felt like an eternity’s worth of New Year’s greetings on Facebook, that it finally hit me what I needed to do to pick myself up. If I had to describe it, it was like finally realizing that your grade went up and you’ve been wearing glasses with the wrong prescription this whole time. You take them off and think, “So this is why I’ve been getting all those headaches.”

The answer was always there with me, from the very beginning. I was feeling helpless, trying everything to move on as quickly as possible but lo and behold, I subconsciously already knew what the answer was.

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I went to Seoul!

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From March 7-10 to be exact. For work.

But wow, what an opportunity! This trip was definitely one for the books; partly because it was my first time travelling by myself and partly because I got to do a ton of new and fun things while I was there.

I got to meet two of my very good friends (Hanna and Yeo Seul)  while I was in Seoul, got to eat a real Samgyupsal meal, met a kind kababayan who figuratively saved my life, and walked lots and lots and LOTS of kilometres (more than 55 kilometres in 4 days to be exact!)

I promise the photos will be up soon and that there will be a step by step play of what happened during this trip. I’m still getting used to being back and shaking off the wanderlust off my clothes. But I can definitely say that Seoul has taken me, overwhelmed me and made me fall in love with it.

I’m counting down the days ’til my return.