Emerald

Hello! I know this blog was supposed to be posted two weeks ago but I got really busy and sick. Schlemiel me contracted some kind of infection, which left me ill all week. I’m not the kind of person who falls ill all the time. Maybe twice or three times a year, but not every month! Maybe time to re-evaluate my priorities? Something good came out of those two grueling weeks though–I realized I’m really fortunate for having the best and the kindest workmates and friends.

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Some of them covered for me while I was sick, and were genuinely concerned for my health. Being away from home for more than five years, I’ve become quite accustomed to taking care of myself–although every once in a while I would text my mom, telling her how much I miss the back massages she used to give me and my siblings everytime we’re sick. Sometimes it can get really lonely being alone, but that’s life I guess. At some point you have to leave the place grew up in and live in an unfamiliar city to actually grow as a person.

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Being in a strange place has its perks. When I arrived in Manila, I felt relieved. Finally I can leave behind all the bad memories and start a new leaf. I never knew anyone in Manila, save for my sister whose only address I know at the time. I and a college friend came with two big bags in each hands, traveled to Quezon City (a two-hour ride from my sister’s place) and looked for a room that we could rent. Our first months were not easy–our salaries were barely covering our needs; our room was too small for us both. We separated ways a year after and found myself living with three of my then-officemates afterwards.

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Many have told me how brave I am for leaving. Naga is a wonderful place, but I knew long before college that I’m destined for something greater, far greater than what people had set out for me. Maybe it’s because of my youth, but I’ve been like this for as long as I can remember. Add to that my dream school, University of the Philippines – Diliman, is just a stone’s throw away from where I’m currently living. As soon as I settled myself in our new apartment, I enrolled in a Master’s Degree program, got a nice new job, and met new friends.

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SM GTW dress | Zapatto wedges

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I remember when I was just starting out in the big city, I made a dream wall where I posted things I wanted to achieve in five years–tangible and otherwise. I’m about 95% done. Looking back at some of the obstacles I faced, I think I deserve a pat on the back. For taking risks and facing the consequences after. For failing many times, but never giving up. Now I’m pretty much satisfied with what I have–really awesome friends, enough ‘resources’ at my disposal, and I’m marrying the love of my life. Things may have not started off right, but as they say–your end is always better than your beginning. Just hang in there. πŸ™‚

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  • Kudos to you for knowing what you what and actually doing something to get what you want. I admire your guts and determination. I most certainly wish you the best in everything.

  • tet

    Congratulations on your wedding! All of your experiences really built you as who you are now. πŸ™‚

  • Sim @ Sim’s Life

    Absolutely love the dress! Hope you are feeling much better now, it’s awful when you are constantly ill, one thing after another – sounds like you have some great friends!x

  • dmhyf

    Beautiful dress. I can already imagine my wife wearing a dress like this. And the green color is also very attractive. – Fred

  • You’ve a good body resistance against sickness. Your immune system could assure your health in good shape. This is what I notice. Maintain it and rest would be all is well. By the way, your a typical model.

  • It’s a great spot where you are now, good friends, great career, and with the love of your life, the end is definitely better than what you were before.

  • Marty

    I am totally sick right now too so I totally get being late on this you need to do. Oh and I love the dress

  • You really look gorgeous with that dress. And oh, about your life journey, you are indeed a brave human being for stepping out your comfort zone or home πŸ™‚

  • I just love the dress and the shoes combo. Nice look and poses ah, doing great!

  • Sam

    Love your story and your dress! Starting anew can be terrifying, but in time, the universe will iron things out. πŸ™‚

  • I also remembered the first time I went to Manila to work and it was starting a new life all over like what you experienced. Being away has both the joy of freedom and the longing for the usual comfort. Good luck on the upcoming marriage.

  • Tiffany Yong

    I agree with your saying! because I’m working towards that too! And I love your dress because another name for this is “Tiffany Green”! πŸ˜›

  • mollymia

    glad that you’re feeling better now and congrats on your marriage! love your dress as well!

  • Nice outfit and great inspirational story. I’m always scared to be on my own but I know I can make it.

  • I’m so glad that you are feeling better! That dress is GORGEOUS by the way!

  • Blessing

    Glad to know you’ve had a very quick recovery and I wish you good health in the future.
    I love your dress code and the beautiful pictures.
    Keep it up gurl.

  • Raymond Vasquez

    Wow! 95% done! Amazing! And hey you look gorgeous on that dress and those pair of sandals! Never compromise health though. Keep your self care intact every time. πŸ˜€

  • i like that shade of green! the dress is lush even if its simple

  • Khushboo Motihar

    It is so great that you’ve achieved your dreams and are all set to start your life with the love of your life. All the best dear πŸ™‚

  • Manu Kalia

    You look gorgeous, and the capture was perfect! Congrats!

  • It’s nice that you are about 95% done on your dream wall. I’m sure you’d hit 100% and even have more surprises.

  • papaleng

    I envy your courage dear. Tapang, alone in Manila to start a new leaf in life. I know you strive hard to attain your goals but deep inside you, I believe you always say a prayer.

  • Mazino oyolo kigho

    Thing may look tough at the beginning for at end turn out well. Good you are now marrying the love of your life.

  • Glad to see you back and know that you are feeling better. You are glowing with the touch of love and the clothes look fabulous too.

  • Hi, I am Vanessa, I love your stylish dress and high heels. The bright vivid colors are so trendy and totally in tune with my spring mood!

  • I’m glad to know you’re feeling better now. Nice outfit!

  • Jason Panuelos

    So classy! Love love love the color of your dress πŸ™‚

  • That’s so nice of you to have accomplished 95% of your goals already. Keep it up! And nice dress, too. I love the color! πŸ˜€

  • That is such an inspiring story. Good for you! Keep doing a great job and continue inspiring more people with your success. πŸ™‚

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