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2018 Life Updates (Trips, Lasik, Etc.)

2018 Life Updates; Richel Goes PlacesHi, blog! It’s been a hot minute since I posted any updates. 2018 has been crazy busy and not in a bad way. I’ve been having a blast! There’s been a few major life changes and a lot of minor ones that are still on-going. I think I’ll go a bit more in depth about them in my next posts or in my 2018 wrap-up post. But, some quick updates below in no chronological order:

Got Lasik Surgery

2018 Life Updates; Richel Goes Places

I can see now!

This is the biggest change I’ve had recently. I’ve went from basically being blind with no glasses to having a 20/12 vision! I’ll go more in depth about this in a future post, but can I just say that I still can’t believe I don’t have to wear glasses anymore? It’s been more than two weeks now but I still sometimes reach for glasses that I don’t have any more purely out of habit.

First Out of the Country with the Fam that is not SG

2018 Life Updates; Richel Goes Places

Seoul, South Korea, September 2018

I finally managed to visit Korea for the second time! This time around, I have my family with me. This is our first out of the country trip that is not to Singapore and it’s been a blast. We were only able to stay for three full days but I know everyone loved it. I can’t wait for us to come back or to visit another place (maybe Japan or Australia). It’s definitely a different experience between travelling with your friends or your family. I’m excited to blog about this.

Other Travels… in General

2018 Life Updates; Richel Goes Places

On the ferry ride towards Taronga Zoo, September 2018

2018 Life Updates; Richel Goes Places

Snow caps + Hanging out with the deers from Nara, February 2018

2018 Life Updates; Richel Goes Places

High-up photos from Singapore, May 2018

I had been to four out-of-the-country trips this year and one of them has been my first flight out of Asia! I’m not sure how I winged that but I’m taking it. I had so many travel firsts this year. First snow experience. First out of the continent flight. First long haul flight. Ahhh! It’s been so great and each trip has a special place in my heart. Tho this really made me start budgeting as soon as I get home haha. But to note, out of all these, Sydney, Australia really captured my heart. I wouldn’t mind working there for a year or two. I really wouldn’t.

Other Life Updates

  • I’m into minimalism, again. I’ve decluttered everything in my room and then reorganized it all. I call that a big achievement! Room tour next? Maybe.
  • I’m also hooked on this channel that talks about personal growth and lifestyle designs: Lavendaire.
  • I got a new laptop! Which is so pink and pretty. I’m still in the progress of transferring all my files from my old laptop to my new one. But using the new one has been really smooth and easy!
  • Unfortunately, I dropped my phone in Sydney and the lens cracked. Won’t be taking much photos until I get a new phone. 🙁
  • BUT I have a lot of small positive changes in progress and I’ll be talking about those once I’ve accomplished everything in my list. 🙂

About the Blog

I’m thinking about revamping my blog a bit… maybe? Or my social media accounts, in general. I don’t know. But I’m definitely planning to keep my blog updated starting next month. I don’t believe I can keep up my three posts a week like before, but I’m aiming for once a week. Fingers crossed! Also, what do you think about the photo edits I did in this blog post? Should I keep it? Or should I just do the usual photos like in previous posts?

That’s it for now.


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  • Reply
    December 24, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Wow so happy for your 20/20 vision again!! That’s such a brave thing to — the lasik surgery! Glad it went well!

    And yay for traveling with your family! That is surely a lot of fun! 🙂

    Hazel |

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    December 4, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    You have a pink laptop?!?! AAAAAHHH WHAT IS IT ;_____;

    Ang saya ang dami mong travels, inggit ako, huhu! Sobrang fresh ng mga posts mo! 😛

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      Richel V.
      January 2, 2019 at 10:56 PM

      Asus Zenbook 13, if I’m not mistaken! 🙂 Hahaha sorry sobrang late reply

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    October 29, 2018 at 10:28 PM

    Wow, Lasik! I’ve been planning to get Lasik surgery for a loooong time now but it can be quite pricey, and I can’t afford it for the time being. Lol I envy you so much because you don’t have to wear glasses anymore! 😮

    It’s so nice that you’re able to travel to so many places! I’ve never been to Singapore before, haha! It’s one of my target destinations in the near future, just because everyone’s been there and I’m the only one who hasn’t lol.

    It’s so hard to be consistent when it comes to blog posts, there are so many days when I just can’t find anything to write about… and some days I just can’t put my thoughts into words XD

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      Richel V.
      October 30, 2018 at 12:32 AM

      It was on a huge promo that I just had to! Hahaha.

      Yay! You can also look out for promo flights. A roundtrip ticket can go for around Php3000. 😀

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    October 29, 2018 at 12:13 AM

    I’m so jealous and excited that you got Lasik surgery! I’ve considered getting it but because my astigmatism is horrible, it’s pretty useless for me in the long run to get Lasik 🙁 i shall live through you!!

    Yay! I’m glad you got to travel much this past year — I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures! Enjoy the remainder of 2018!

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      Richel V.
      October 30, 2018 at 12:35 AM

      Aw. That’s too bad! 🙁

      I can’t wait to go through my photos and videos and live through my past self hahaha

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    Janine Ella
    October 26, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    My vision is not 20/20 anymore and I’m planning to get myself prescription glasses since I can’t afford lasik pa pero I’m afraid din kasi marami nagsasabi na mabilis din mag increase yung grade ng eyes once nagstart na mag glasses. So I’m really confused ano dapat ko gawin. What can you advise? HAHAHA

    And what app/software did you use sa photos mo? Ang cute kasi! I wanna try it para di masyadong maraming pinopost na photos in one post. Medyo plain lang din kasi kung normal collage lang. HAHA

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      Richel V.
      October 27, 2018 at 12:06 AM

      It took my vision 8-9 years to go from a grade of 75 to almost 400! Di naman agad-agad pero lalabo rin talaga siya lalo na IT tayo huhu. And I think di ka pa pwede maglasik if di pa ganun kataas yung grado mo. Since almost wala na akong makita without my glasses, I would recommend that other people who has the same instance and have the privilege to undergo lasik to go for it. Sobrang life-changing!

      Unfold! Like I told ya in IG. 😉

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        Janine Ella
        October 27, 2018 at 7:52 AM

        Thanks, Richel! So I guess I’ll go with glasses for now. Kasi grabe andami ko nang hindi nakikita sa malayo. Hahaha!

        And yes, thank you!! Itry ko sya for my next post! 😀

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    October 25, 2018 at 10:02 PM

    Wow, 20/12 vision!! That’s seriously amazing, I’m definitely considering LASIK when I get a bit older. All of your travels sound so fun, especially hanging out with the deer, they are so cute! Glad to read a blog post from you again 🙂

    Beatrice | The Bliss Bean

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      Richel V.
      October 27, 2018 at 12:07 AM

      It has been a while! Hopefully, I can be more consistent with my content starting next month! 🙂

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    October 25, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    This is such a cool update! I love these photos!
    -Kate //

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    Rejoyce Canaynay
    October 24, 2018 at 11:51 AM

    This year has been really good to you, I see it on your updates and can’t wait to hear and read everything on your blog and social media, especially your travels.

    Bet ko yung room tour! Hehehe!

    rej |

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      Richel V.
      October 27, 2018 at 12:02 AM

      Bet ko rin mag room tour! Patapos na ako sa renovation. Nahihiya lang ako magvlog so maybe blog nalang haha!

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    October 24, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    I really want to get some kind of laser eye surgery eventually! (Evidently I haven’t done my research yet.) My mom got it ages ago and she said it was an easy process. I currently wear night contacts and there are several nights I just want to go straight to bed and not worry about night contacts, but alas. // Sorry to hear about your phone! My phone has been having its own difficulties with battery life. I alwaaays carry a portable battery now. Buut I’m planning to get a new phone very soon! This one has been on its last leg for too long… // I love the photo edits you did; the collages are so fun! What app did you use? -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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      Richel V.
      October 27, 2018 at 12:42 AM

      The surgery I got lasted less than ten minutes for both eyes and it was painless! So glad I had it done!

      Apparently, Apple can’t fix the crack on my camera enclosure anymore so.. that’s a problem haha. I edited the collages using Undo! 🙂

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    October 23, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    I am also looking forward to your LASIK surgery post! Not for me, though, my eyes are perfectly fine. Haha! I’m gonna share it with my sister, and persuade her to save up for it! She’s blind without her glasses!

    Ang saya ng travels mo this year! ❤️ I hope I can also have an out of Asia travel soon!

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      Richel V.
      October 27, 2018 at 12:01 AM

      I’m gonna wait to reach my one mark after the surgery before I start drafting the post! Haha.

      Sana maulit ulit yung ganitong travel! Sobrang naenjoy ko Australia. How much more in Europe or USA? AHHH. Excited! *fingers crossed*

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    October 22, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    SO excited with your LASIK blog!!

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      Richel V.
      October 22, 2018 at 10:05 PM

      Gonna start on it after my one month check-up! 🙂

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    April Rodea ♡
    October 22, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    Hello! I can’t wait for that lasik surgery post! Grabe, ang dami mong travels for this year. Ang sarap nun, ang sakit lang sa bulsa. At meaning ang dami mo din pending post for this year. Hahaha! Can’t wait to read more travel posts soon! ♡

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      Richel V.
      October 22, 2018 at 11:29 PM

      I have backlogs from last year! Hahaha. I have no future travels pa (huhu no budget) but hopefully I’ll have enough time to make post after post. 🙂

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    Karen Roldan
    October 21, 2018 at 9:26 PM

    Where did you get your lasik surgery? Is it in Shinagawa? I want to get lasik surgery as well, super hassle to wear glasses! Though I can still see without my glasses, basta wag lang ung malayuan. Yay for the travels! I reaaaally want to visit Korea talaga 🙁 and I miss Australia! I like the edits of your photos now

    I’ve been consistent with posting every Monday on my blog after a long hiatus, so yay for that. Haha. Looking forward to more posts from you!

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      Richel V.
      October 21, 2018 at 10:54 PM

      Yes, I got it from Shinagawa! Nakapromo na rin kasi kaya I took it. Haha! Yay, thanks! I really want to visit Europe. Excited to read through your blogs about Sweden or when/if you start travelling around that continent. <3

      I have so many backlogs so hopefully masimulan ko na sila bawasan lol

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