On 2016

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post a 2016 wrap-up. Truthfully, I didn’t really plan to do much at the start of the year. I went with my gut a lot this year and just let life take me where it wanted. My decisions weren’t so planned out this year, and I am fine with that.

I didn’t think I would do much in 2016, and I didn’t, but the year surprised me nonetheless.

With that, I’ll keep things short and sweet.

Among other things this year I:

  • Rang in the New Year with my family in the Philippines — bringing together our entire extended family from Malaysia, Singapore, USA, and other parts of the Philippines for the first time in DECADES!
  • Started writing for a living!
  • Rekindled my love for photography
  • Went to Seoul and met Tara
  • Reunited with friends and my aunt who I hadn’t seen in 11 years! (Also in Seoul!)
  • Visited my best friend in Seattle
  • Took part in my first broadcast!
  • Pitched my first campaign EVER
  • Became a contributor for April Magazine
  • Said goodbye to my first “grown-up” job
  • Landed a job in social media & marketing 

It doesn’t seem like I really did much this year, but I had little victories here and there. I’m most proud of finally deciding to focus on being a creative. It was a difficult choice and one that I’d been juggling for years, but this is what I want to do. I’m scared but excited and totally ready to keep making things in 2017. 


My Idol Knows I Exist

I’m trying to start a posting schedule. I know I promise a lot of things about this blog, so don’t mark my words about that. Ha! Really, I want to post more consistently, even if that’s just once a week. At least this place will get an update here and there. Eventually, my plan is to turn this blog into some kind of satellite blog for a portfolio/work-related website, but that’s way, way down the line.

Anyways, this week has been really busy. On top of that, I’m getting ready to fly out to Seattle in a couple of days. I haven’t really been in the city (aside from less than 24hr layovers) in two years. I’m excited to hangout at some of my old stomping grounds, eat at my favorite restaurants, and just be around the people that make up The Town. Before I get into travel mode, let’s recap the week that was.

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What’s Keeping Me Busy

Since winter’s coming, the days are getting shorter and I’ve been feeling a need to reflect. Most days, I think about the future, what I want to do, if I even like what I’m doing. To be honest, I’m probably pretty unemployable in the traditional sense. I don’t know if that makes sense. I’m too much of a daydreamer and I want more than just to push papers.

I have come to learn that the 9 to 5 is not for me. Will I stay around a little bit longer? Yes. Will I do this forever? No. I don’t have the courage to short myself in this life and get older, only to realize that I never lived life.  So lately I’ve been working towards transitioning myself out of this box and do work I’m passionate about — even if that means that I’m pulling all-nighters.

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All Nighters

What is going on? It’s been a while! I know that my last post was a Life Lately bit, and I’m afraid this post is just about the same. I’ve actually been up to way more interesting things than usual, given that it has been a long time since I’ve updated this blog. If you’ve kept up and in touch with me through Twitter, you’ll know what’s been keeping me occupied. Or, maybe not? I don’t know. At any rate, here’s what’s been happening and why I haven’t been on here for quite some time. Continue reading “All Nighters”

Life Lately 004: Identity

This is probably the understatement of my life, but I talk about being an immigrant a lot. It’s such a defining part of who I am, and I don’t know that I would be able to see the world as I do if I didn’t have that firsthand experience. Lately, I’ve been having to face my identity head-on. From Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, to politics, and even Beyoncé’s latest work, I’m reminded everyday that my identity is complex.

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The Book of Questions 004

Would you rather be extremely successful professionally and have a tolerable yet unexciting private life, or have an extremely happy private life and only a tolerable and uninspiring professional life?

I want to be successful, but I think I’d be better with a happy private life. I think I’d be more happy that way rather than being ultra-successful but no one to really share that with. A good life at home makes the lackluster job more tolerable, I guess. Continue reading “The Book of Questions 004”