I think it’s not crazy to generalize that people from Manila gets cold easily. I mean, if it drops to lower 20 degrees, we already bring out our sweaters and jackets. It was 15 degrees on our second day in Hong Kong. It was the first time I experience that kind of cold that I considered skipping the shower and just layering up. But fret not, people, as my friends and I manage to drag ourselves to the shower and pray that the hot water doesn’t run out before we stay the day.
My Hong Kong trip already feels like so long ago but it’s just turning 3 years right about now. In fact, we were in Hong Kong from February 20 – 23, 2016! It’s still one of my favorite trips. Then again, I loved all my trips so far, but this was my first international trip without family members. I believe that who you’re with in a trip influences how the whole thing would go. And travelling without family meant that my friends and I are responsible for each other during our 4D3N stay in Hong Kong – and that we could do things we usually won’t when parents are involved, like staying out past midnight.
I’ve been to Baguio a total of three times. First when I was too young to remember most of it. Second when my officemates and I ended up on a tour group with inconsiderate other people that just annoyed us. And third, just last month which is just hands-down my favorite visit out of the three I did so far. I ended up with my extended family this time around, which is becoming a yearly thing and I am not complaining at all.
I would just like to begin this by saying that Lasik is one of the best things I have done for myself in my 20’s. I have been wearing glasses since I was 12 – which is about half of my life! It’s been a pretty big inconvenience in my life, but I got used to it. I even tried contact lens for a year or so, but that was even more of an inconvenience, so I went back to glasses. I’ve been hearing about lasik from the past few years, but with the price it comes with, I was just non-committedly saying I’ll have it done one day. I absently check a few clinics from time to time that do Lasik and when I saw a promo that halved the price, I said, “You know what? This is a sign. Let’s do this.”
In my head, I already have at least five different ways to start my 2018 year-end post. But now that I’m typing this post down, I can’t seem to remember any of it. Oh well, here’s to winging it and hoping for the best – which is basically the attitude I have all throughout 2018.
Looking back at my 2017 year-ender post (that was deleted cause I accidentally deleted my blog), I see that I settled. Unfortunately for me, that’s also what I feel like I was doing in 2018 for some portions of my life. BUT, I also strived in other aspects of my life which I will happily take and is one of my goals for this year. It’s a year of ups and middle grounds, but overall, I was happy this year. I’ve been consistently happy for the past years and that’s something I’m very grateful for. To commemorate that, I’ll be sharing some of my 2018 highlights.