I know it’s mid-February already, but there’s no time like the present for the first blog post of the year!
This time, I don’t really have any reasons for not updating as often as I can, but I know the cause of it: I’m just not feeling it. Ever since I’ve graduated, I feel uninspired and unmotivated to do anything at all. I guess it’s because I’ve been a student so long—with a fixed schedule and fixed resolutions to achieve—that when I am no longer under an academic calendar, I don’t really have a solid goal to do anymore. It’s as if I’ve been thrown in a dark maze with no source of light whatsoever. I’d have to figure out where things go from here.
I guess you could say I’m still adjusting as I go. I’m currently helping out with the family business and am freelancing to keep myself busy, but it’s not as satisfying as I’ve hoped. I guess I just miss that sense of satisfaction when you’ve worked so hard on something that you’re truly passionate about and the results prove your time and energy to be really worthwhile. Right now, I feel like I’ve just been filling up on side quests with no “main quest”–to speak in videogame terms.
Anyways (as I try to figure my life out some more), to quickly wrap up 2018, here are the last three months of my Hobonichi!
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Time flies! It’s December now, and I’m still stuck on a September Hobonichi Wrap-Up—HAHA! Lately, because I’ve been home 90% of the time helping out with the family businesses, I guess I don’t have much to write about as I’ve succumbed to an everyday habit/schedule-ish of sleep-eat-work-repeat. It doesn’t sound very exciting when I write it down, so I guess I’m not feeling the inspiration as much and am behind a couple of days (okay, maybe 10 days) in my Hobonichi. Once every few days, I get hit by inspiration (and insomnia) and do almost five pages in one sitting (each page takes me a good 20-30 minutes depending on the content!)
ANYWAYS, not really the point of this post; without further adieu, here’s the Hobonichi wrap-up for September (click here to see the previous wrap-up!)
Had breakfast with Nicole (after a fun sleepover at my place!)
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While I prepare for the Hobonichi wrap-ups I’ve missed (click here to see the latest one), I’d like to share my Hobonichi haul for next year! It took me a while to decide on what cover I’ll use for the next year, but after weeks of indecision, I’m happy with what I chose. When I got the package, I ran to my room to open it up right away (then I placed everything back to take a photo of everything, haha!)
The box is so cute! Happy 20th anniversary, Hobonichi!
When you open the box, this is what welcomes you. I feel encouraged already!
What to open first?!
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Hello everyone! We’re half-way through September already, and I thought it would be a great time to post my August Hobonichi wrap-up. Last month was one of the most important months of my academic life since I submitted my thesis and defended it a few weeks later—I’ll talk more about my thesis in a future blog post (there’s just so much that happened!) For now, please enjoy my wrap-up:
Submitted my thesis and watched the new Mission Impossible movie to celebrate—a great way to start the month!
R: My aunt had an operation and I stayed overnight in her hospital room to watch/assist her.
R: *Ako (or A-ko): the elder sister of your father; my aunt
L: Went back to Taft to do a few errands (and claim my graduation photos! 🙈)
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With August more than half-way through, I thought it would be a good time to post my Hobonichi wrap-up from last month! July has been a memorable and busy month for me—aside from balancing my thesis and internships, I also had personal achievements and attended different events! (If you’d like to see the start of this series, click here to view the January wrap-up.)
I’ve been working on my high school yearbook as the editor-in-chief for four years already (there were a lot of complications) and it’s finally ready for distribution! July 2 was a memorable day for me, for sure.
We finally decided the names of our puppies: Pepper and Oreo!
Two back-to-back events: an ABC book launch and a spoken word poetry show by Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay!
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Hello everyone! I’m excited to share my Hobonichi spreads for the month of June! I know it’s a little late, but I’m catching up with my posts so expect July’s wrap up very soon! (Speaking of, if you want to see where it all started, click here to look at January’s wrap-up!) Without further adieu, here’s June’s Hobonichi Wrap-Up!
My trip to Osaka! I actually have a separate travel journal for my trips—will share them soon!
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Hello, everyone! It’s been quite a while. I have a few pending blog posts I’d like to share here—and I will soon! I just finished my thesis (yes!) and am currently waiting for my defense at the end of the month, which means I have more time to write, yey!
A few weeks ago, I headed to Singapore (my first time!) for a brief 3-day trip. It was mostly a business trip (plus a little leisure) and I was in the middle of making my thesis (more on this in a separate post) so I was feeling anxious before the trip, thinking about the workload I can’t do while I’m there. Later on, I realized that a 3-day break was just what I needed. Before the trip, I was painting non-stop (my thesis is a children’s book which I wrote and illustrated.) Sometimes, the most difficult thing about working is knowing when to take a break.
The night before, it suddenly hit me that I was going to Singapore. I suddenly got waay too excited—I’ve been dreaming about visiting that country for so long, and now, I’m actually going! Our flight was early in the morning (when isn’t it?) so we left home rather early and several hours later, we boarded our plane (Singapore Airlines—another first!)
The entire flight was pleasant, the airplane food was good, and the in-flight entertainment? Wonderful!
I finally got to watch the Isle of Dogs! I’m so happy (also, it’s now up there with The Grand Budapest Hotel as my top Wes Anderson film favorites!)
Fast forward to a couple more hours later, we’ve finally landed in Singapore! Right away, I’m impressed by Changi Airport—I could see why it’s one of the best in the world. As soon as we got out of the airport, we booked a Grab and headed for our rented apartment. While waiting for check-in, we had lunch at the hawker center across the street.
I finally got to try a long-time curiosity of mine: carrot cake!
After lunch, we checked-in our apartment and headed for Office Expo Asia, where we spent the rest of the afternoon. The expo was interesting—there were a lot of products that surely intrigued me.
View from our apartment!
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Hello, everyone! I’m back with another Hobonichi Wrap-Up. (If you want to start from January, click here!) Without further adieu, here are the entries for May—
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Since June is right around the corner and my Hobonichi wrap-up for May is still a work in progress, what better time to post my April Hobonichi Wrap-Up? 🙂 (Click here to start on my January wrap-up.)
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I’m slowly catching up on all my pending blog posts, yey! Here’s my March Hobonichi Wrap-up (if you haven’t seen my previous Hobonichi wrap-ups, you can start here!):
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