I Don’t Know About You But I’m Feeling 22!

I'm Feeling 22 - Richel Vergara

I turned 22 a little over a month ago and you bet I sang along to Taylor Swift’s 22 all day. It was a fun day and I got the much-needed four days off from work to recharge. I have a few ideas on what to write about it – how I celebrated my day to what I learned from the past 22 years, etc.

Then when I was going through my digital files, I decided to share some old photos and highlight 22 events in my life. So this is me looking back to how the past 22 years how been and how I am so lucky to have the life that I have.



Growing up loved. I don’t think there’s such a thing as a perfect family. There will always be fights and conflicts even between the closest people, but my family is still pretty damn awesome. I even went through the phase where I was everyone’s favorite girl – I was the first grandchild from both my mother’s and father’s side of the family.


Seeing my favorite artist perform twice! It’s no secret how much I adore Taylor Swift and being able to see her was such a thrill – still hopeful I’ll get to meet her one day.



Getting to see my favorite bands live. I’m a little surprise at how I act at concerts but I love every single thing about it – even the sweat and non-stop pushing in between.


Meeting my favorite bands!



Got rid of my fear of attention (for a day) and held a debut for my 18th birthday.


Going to college.


Finishing my capstone! I spent more than a month over my friend’s condo as we try to finish up our capstone. It was a lot of stress eating, crying, lack of sleep, and arguing but we made it through. Love my girls so much – shoutout to Yuna and Danica!


Joined a fun run. It’s a big deal for someone who always prefers to take the escalators to stairs.



Graduating college with a Latin honor – which was a really pleasant surprise! Viva Mapua.


Getting my first adult job (and salary!).


Ed Sheeran Live In Manila

Attending the best show ever AKA ED SHEERAN‘S! (Credit.)


Starting a blog. All the opportunities and leanings and friends, omg. One of my best decisions yet.


First out of the country trips with friends and with no parentals!



Setting foot in DISNEYLANDDDDDD!


Got my financial life in order – got myself a life insurance + emergency fund. #adulting


Travelling alone in a foreign land. I’m excited to try this again.


I'm Feeling 22 - Richel Vergara

Touring the land of the oppas with my best friend and her family. Kamsahamnida!


Getting my first promotion at work.


Going on a long road trip with 10+ family members to Ilocos.


Making friends in the interweb. I didn’t think that starting a blog would get me many online friends, but it did! You guys, you, are one of the best support systems out there!

Twenty One.


We got a new puppy and he’s keen for cuddles when I get home at 3AM everyday.

Twenty Two.

Being more comfortable in my own skin, at the same time, knowing to strive to be the best version of myself. I also started making VLOG so I can build my confidence up.

Life is a funny thing, you know. Who else here is not guilty of asking, “What have I done? Why am I not yet doing more? Why haven’t I accomplished anything??”? Then when you take the time to really answer the question, you’ll just end up writing item after an item and be surprised with how many you have written out. So here’s to the 22 years of my life, and here’s to hopefully a lot more!

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  • Reply
    Perrine (@olabanana_)
    April 13, 2018 at 7:40 PM

    Lovely post! I really enjoyed reading it 🙂 such a great birthday post idea!


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    Da Dominguez
    January 24, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    I just turned 22 last October and I’ve been abusing Taylor Swift’s 22, too! HAHA. I had fun reading this list, Richel. Makes me wanna start my own so I can keep track of the good things I’ve had in my existence.

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      Richel V.
      February 11, 2018 at 10:08 PM

      Well, this reply sure took its time. Hahaha. Thanks, Da! Would love to read one of yours like this if you have one in your blog. 🙂

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    Jonine G.
    November 23, 2017 at 5:55 AM

    Enjoyed reading this, Richel! I’m happy to see other’s success. You are truly blessed. 🙂

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      Richel V.
      November 30, 2017 at 8:13 PM

      I am! It’s a great life. 🙂

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    Paula Loreti
    November 12, 2017 at 4:59 AM

    So many beautiful memories! I hope you have had a great day 🙂

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    The Nerdy Me
    November 10, 2017 at 1:39 AM

    These are such lovely milestones or life events 🙂 I had an opportunity to see Ed Sheeran live as well and his concert was one of the best I’ve ever attended. He’s such a legend. Anyways, cheers to many more lovely memories! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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      Richel V.
      November 17, 2017 at 1:08 AM

      RIGHT?!! I’m bummed that I’ll be missing his next show here in our country but I’m hoping to get good seats next time! 🙂

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    November 6, 2017 at 5:11 AM

    I know I’m really late but I’ll say it anyway – happy belated birthday! I loved seeing all these snapshots from your life – that baby photo really melted my heart. I can’t believe you saw Ed Sheehan, that must have been amazing! Starting a blog has definitely been of the best decisions of my life as well, I can’t imagine my life without it and all the amazing people I’ve met through blogging! xx

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      Richel V.
      November 7, 2017 at 10:11 PM

      Thank you, Mira! Hehe. I’m not as active now with my blog but I still talk to the friends I’ve made out of it daily. Made a huge change in my life! <3

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    November 4, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Such a creative post, you’ve got definitely a lot of good things to thank for.

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      Richel V.
      November 7, 2017 at 7:46 PM

      Definitely! A lot I’m thankful for everyday.

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    November 4, 2017 at 2:45 AM

    Belated happy birthday, Richel <3 You're just 22 but you achieved so much! For sure, you'll be more successful in the next few years (or just months)

    Wannderzel by Hazel

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      Richel V.
      November 7, 2017 at 7:46 PM

      Aww, thank you, Hazel! 🙂

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    Abby Joy ♥
    November 3, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    omgggg you graduated in Mapua with Latin honors! I criiii ♥ I’m barely surviving the last months of my college life in Mapua T^^T. Belated happy birthdayyyy, Richel ☺ May the next years will be more awesome!

    Abby Joy ♥

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      Richel V.
      November 3, 2017 at 10:17 PM

      Good luck in Mapua, girl!! So close to walking down PICC ka na. 😀

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    Gail Ventic
    November 3, 2017 at 12:47 AM

    Lol when I turned 22 I think I couldn’t help myself but use that “phrase” too! <3

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      Richel V.
      November 3, 2017 at 10:18 PM

      I am yet to see anyone who turned 22 in my circle of friends that didn’t use that lyric! Hahaha.

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    November 1, 2017 at 10:51 PM

    Congratulations for graduating with honors! <3 I’m pretty excited about #adulting

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    ladymyx |
    October 25, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    You can now change your description from 21 year old to 22. Ayay! 😀

    I am not as frequent here at your blog but I always enjoy every visit I make 🙂

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      Richel V.
      October 28, 2017 at 11:56 PM

      Thanks for the reminder! I just changed my age for my sidebar. Haha!

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    Bea De Guzman
    October 24, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    You have achieved a lot in your 22 years here. When I was 22, the only achievement na I’m really proud of is my professional license. haha! Keep achieving every goal, Richel! 🙂

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      Richel V.
      October 29, 2017 at 12:38 AM

      A professional license is definitely something to be proud of. Haha!

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    October 23, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Happy birthday Richel!! I dunno about you but you’re feeling 22 😉 I hope you have a great year ahead of you. I enjoyed reading about everything you’ve accomplished – you’re bound for success, lady!

    cabin twenty-four

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    October 23, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Happiest Birthday Richel! You are definitely getting everything in order. Reminds me of days/years when I was your age (ehem). Haha! But seriously, do whatever it is that makes your heart sing and celebrate even the little achievements. Those are the things that will matter, and you will remember the most. Change the world, girl! <3

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    October 23, 2017 at 1:19 AM

    This is such a lovely way of celebrating being 22! (A great age by the way!) You’ve enjoyed a lot of fantastic moments and how adorable is your puppy!?

    Musings & More

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      Richel V.
      October 29, 2017 at 12:32 AM

      He gets more adorable everyday! <3

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    About Bae
    October 22, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    “Then when you take the time to really answer the question, you’ll just end up writing item after an item and be surprised with how many you have written down.”

    Ang ganda. <3

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    October 20, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Happy birthday! Congratulations on all your successes so far 🙂


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      Richel V.
      October 21, 2017 at 4:59 PM

      Thank you, Colleen! 🙂

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    October 20, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Again, belated Happy Birthday Ate Richel! You got a job at the age of 18? Whoa! I’m so happy of your achievements. I’m glad we became friends! I hope to see you personally hihi <3


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      October 20, 2017 at 8:53 AM

      Lol sorry I wasn’t reading right hahahaha. It wasn’t eighteen lol 😀

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      Richel V.
      October 21, 2017 at 5:01 PM

      19! But it was close enough, haha. I’m not sure where you are exactly, but let me know if you’re in Metro Manila, I’d love to meet up with you! 🙂

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    October 18, 2017 at 11:55 PM

    Happy belated birthday! And omg, I remember rockin’ out to this T Swift song yearssss ago. Like almost every day before work. Haha.


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      Richel V.
      October 21, 2017 at 5:06 PM

      I’m still shamelessly singing and dancing along to this song every time I hear it!

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    October 18, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    Wow, you’ve achieved so much and you’re so young! Goal ko rin mag-travel with friends outside the country! Huhu. Soon!!

    Belated happy birthday! 🙂

    Amielle •

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      Richel V.
      October 21, 2017 at 5:05 PM

      Thank you, Amielle! Hopefully you get to trips with your friends! Kahit out of town. Iba pa rin pag friends lang hahaha. <3

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