#The20FirstsProject: Ride a Kalesa to School

May 14, 2016

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA. How do I even begin to tell this story??

Let's just say I was running REALLY late for class and I had to get to school—





(HAHHAA late na pero of course may time pang magpa picture???)

I know this is crazy and all, but it's not every day you find an excuse to ride a kalesa in Manila on a random day, right? Some people in school who saw me asked /why/ I did it, but I told them sometimes, a little crazy is good for you.

You can never really please everyone, and you will always get judged by people no matter what, but you know what?

Just do what you wanna do, and enjoy life!!! :)

Life is beautiful, after all. :) Have fun!



#The20FirstsProject: Learn to Play the Ukulele

So remember my #


this year?

 10 years from now, I'd remember the year 2016 as The Year I Turned 20. Aka The Year I Made Sure I Lived Out the Teenage Dream Before It was Too Late. (Jeez. I'm a walking cliche, huh?) Hence, on one quiet night at the backseat of my dad's car, this little life journey of a project was born.     There is always this unexplainable, exhilarating feeling you get from A First. We may not remember it then, but our First Walk, for example. Or fast forward to high school and our memories flash back to our First Kiss. A few years after, and BAM. We meet our First Love. And then experience our First Heartache. And our First Uno and our First Singko and our First Road Trip Adventure and our First Solo Flight and our First Job and our First Pay Day Family Dinner and everything in between.     Our Firsts, either blessings or lessons, would always hold a special place in our hearts. Our Firsts help keep us going; they help us get up from bed and look forward to what adventures await us.     So here's to experiencing new things every day.      And most of all, here's to enjoying our own personal journeys, and learning the lessons from the Best Teacher Out There—Life.

Well, I got so caught up with work and thesis

and a series of devastating, unfortunate events that I'd rather not talk about anymore

, so I wasn't able to update the list. Lol.

But hey, I'm *finally* on a fresh and brand new start. Just wanna share that, with God's guidance and the support of loved ones, I successfully defended my thesis yesterday, plus, I think I'm feeling more emotionally and mentally stable than I was 4 months ago. And hey, I'm actually looking forward to what life has to offer in the last 6 months of 2016, so let's get this 20 Firsts Project started once again, shall we?

Here goes entry number two!

Last February, I heard about

Uke Box Caffe'

s Sunday free ukulele workshops. I've always said I wanted to learn a new instrument this year, and maybe this was just the sign I needed!! I am really glad I decided to attend cause I met new friends and a community where ukulele enthusiasts can help and support each other grow!

You can read about our ukulele workshop experience in detail 


The following week, somebody decided to buy herself an early birthday present. Uke Box has ukes in all shapes and sizes!! I got this pink heart-shaped ukulele (soprano) by Makulay for PHP 1900, and it came with a free bag.

The ukulele is very easy to learn and play. Plus, it's really easy to carry around with you so it's a great choice of instrument when jamming with friends. (A huge thanks to Try De Guzman for being an amazing teacher!!)

I still have a lot to learn, but I'm enjoying the whole process! Patience and perseverance really help.

Music is a beautiful gift that life offers us everyday.Whenever I feel down, I always lock myself in my room and play strum happy songs to cheer me up. 

Thank you for the gift of music! :)


Noriter: A Cozy Cafe in Taft, Manila

Most students in Taft have, at least once in their lives, gone to Noriter-- the famous Korean Cafe located in front of the De La Salle University. Known for its cozy, artsy, and Instagram-worthy ambiance, people go to this cafe to study and to chill.

The cafe serves coffees, desserts, and even meals. I must admit that the food and coffee aren't much (taste and quality wise, they're just so-so), and that the price range is a little too much for students (it ranges from 100 pesos to 165 pesos), but it's a really nice place to go to if you just want to take good pictures or if you're looking for a quiet place to study or to chill at.

The whole place is filled with vandalisms-- which is pretty cool. You have the freedom to leave your mark on anything, anywhere.

The place is so artsy, too! Everything's in line with the theme, even down to the last detail.

The room is very spacious. They have long tables and even two-level bunks. 

I was with my blockmates (aka study group..yehess!!) , JR and Mona, when I first visited Noriter. We started on our papers and studied for our exam over coffee and pasta.

Their coffee was very milky and sweet. Mona didn't like it, but I loved it. (Pambata talaga panlasa ko, guys. HAHA.) 

I had carbonara for PHP 160. It's a little expensive but I thought it was pretty darn good!! It was meaty and creamy.

Lovin' the tiny decorations!!

Cute water dispenser!

Writings on the table

Price- 2.5/5
Food- 3/5
Ambiance- 4/5

Do I recommend this place?
If you're someone who loves to take pictures, I'd definitely recommend Noriter! You're sure to have a great time with your friends here. :)


Cafe Travel: The Cutest Cafe in Taft!

I don't know if it's just me, but haven't you noticed that cute Korean cafes are a thing in the Philippines now? 

From Noriter, to Cafe De Seoul, and now, Cafe Travel-- a cozy place for students to chill and hangout along Taft, Manila. 

I was with my besites (aka former roomies) when we discovered this. We had a quick mani-pedi date that afternoon and decided to spend the night together over coffee.

Say hello to Ji and Micah, guys!

Loving their cute interiors! 

People are allowed to post whatever they want on the walls inside each room 

What's unique about this cafe is that customers are free to get cozy and to "feel at home". They can sit on the floor, and even lie down with pillows.

Coffee isn't really my thing, so I had a yummy vanilla frappe instead. 
(A+ for their presentation! lol)

Mandatory food shots for Instagram purposes lol

I love how they utilized space and provided a second floor! Aaagh! It just made everything more dainty and cute <3

Shoes-off zone

Cafe Travel provides coffee and cake, tho I honestly think they're quite pricey for college students like me (menu ranges from 180-200+, as far as I can remember). Tho it's not bad to visit there every once in a while! It's a fun place to have  your meetings or detox sessions after a tiring day of taking exams :)

Cafe Travel is located at Archer's Nook Center, 2624 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila.

The Teenage Queen

Back on Track

Denim vest: bazaar
Sheer top: a gift from my cousin
Mustard yellow shorts: bazaar
Sandals: Cotton On

Photos taken by: Ken Reyes

You know, I've been thinking.
For the past few months, things haven't been the way they used to be. And I could honestly say that I haven't been my cheerful, happy self as well. Not only that- everything around me's different, too.
 It scares me how day by day, these itsy bitsy, seemingly unnoticeable changes occur.. but then BAM! The next thing you know, everything's changed. Completely.

I still clearly remember.

I remember getting so consumed by the hurt.
I remember sleepless nights.
I remember crying in layers of pillows, of blankets, and of darkness.
I remember early morning showers where all I do is bring myself together and prepare to face another day in which I had to pretend that everything was all right. But I wasn't. And things weren't.

But everything stopped, eventually. Thankfully.

Lessons and realizations.
 I realized that Life is short, that Life goes on, and that Life doesn't stop for anyone.

I learned all about perspective.
And I chose to be happy.

"Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are always sad. But it's everything in between that makes it all worth living for." -Sandra Bullock

These photos were taken at Manila Bay just last Saturday. And can I just share that for the first time in history, I actually asked my friend to sit under the sky with me and watch the sunset. And boy, I am so glad we did.

The try-hard-poet in me didn't just see a sunset. She saw something more symbolic.
A revelation.
A closure.
An end.
And a new beginning.

(c) Ken Reyes

And beginnings are beautiful and wonderful and full of hope.
I am thankful that God has given me plenty more reasons to cherish and be happy about.

The Teenage Queen

*Meanwhile, here's a photo of me and Ken celebrating his 18th birthday at Vikings, MOA by the bay. :)

Featured! Vikings Luxury Buffet: A Feast From the Sea

Y'all know how serious I can get when it comes to my food. 
I mean, c'mon! Eating is like, one of my best talents---and apparently, gaining weight, too. hihihihi. 

Anyway, I just want to share you one new buffet place I discovered just last February. It's called Vikings, and it's located near Mall of Asia. The best part? It's eat-all-you-can AND drink-all-you-can! Haha!

Vikings, which is open for 7 days a week, offers a lot of variety, from Japanese cuisine, to Chinese, to Western, to Filipino, to Italian, and to Korean as well. Its spacious venue has a capacity of 600 guests.  
They charge P688 for lunch on weekdays and P888 for dinner on both weekdays and  weekends. However, kids below three feet eat for free, and senior citizens 75 years old and above get a fifty percent discount! 

My photos don't do any justice at all, I'm sorry. HAHAHAHA!
 I wasn't able to take photos of every corner of the place just because  IT. IS. JUST. SUPER. DARN. HUGE--- and plus, I was too busy stuffing myself fat. Hihihi. Sooooo, I hope you could bear with these ones: 



The super star of the night: 
Yup, I'm a girl who takes her meat a whole lot seriously.


I just found this too cute, okay. HAHA!

Do you see what I see?
Yep. SEAFOOD. <3

My favorite <3

IDK what caught my attention first.

Deep-fried, anyone?

And for my favorite course of every meal:


This is heaven, I am not even kidding.

I will always be a sucker for putobumbong. <3

Taho! :)

Fun fun fun!

Oh darn. I did not just see that plate of red velvet cake............................... 
oh gahd i am craving for some right now =)))

Drink-all-you-can includes unlimited soda, beer, coffee, and fruit shakes!! woot woot! 

There's also a shabu-shabu pot on every table :D

We are happy customers with even happier bellies! woot woot!

Vikings is undoubtedly THE best buffet place in Manila!
They have great service and they serve such superb food! 
 I want to go back there again some time so I can take better photos and write a better review. Lol. Forgive me for this super lazy post. 
I'm just lazy as lazy cold possibly be, as of the moment. Oh, and school starts tomorrow, so... yippeee. :|

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post

Check their website HERE

Building B, By The Bay, Seaside Blvd. SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Manila. 

The Teenage Queen