Sorry for the delay, guys! It’s actually understandable on my part because I’ve been steamrollered by work lately, but I’m back with an update! I hope everyone’s been happy and healthy and safe!
It’s rainy season here in the Philippines, so I’ve been inflicted with influenza and colds a lot. I’m feeling a bit better by now, but I’m still sniffly and under the weather. I’ll be better soon, though!
Anyway, here’s a little photo blog of why I’ve been so busy!
I facilitated a seminar-workshop here for campus journalists! We held it in a resort and my boyfriend visited me every day to help out, which was nice. The seminar was a success and it was my first big project this year, so I’m happy!
San Juan, La Union
This is the surfing capital of the Philippines, and I’m glad to be back! We stayed in my favorite resort. We were actually there for another seminar/conference, this time for NSTP educators and implementers from Region I, but we had a lot of free time to swim and roam around, too.
I was particularly happy because I got to buy a lot of raw and organic honey!
One of the places we visited! I was pretty determined to go to the lighthouse, but while we were walking towards it, it seemed to get farther and farther away…I eventually gave up HAHA. The area isn’t completely developed yet so there’s nothing to see, but there’s potential. It can become a beachwalk/embarcadero-style area pretty soon! I hope it’s finished when I come back.
Thunderbird Hotel and Resort
Another resort that I love because it looks like Sicily! I prefer their Rizal-area resort better, but this is pretty much the same too.
Vineyard Visits and Grape Picking
I love grapes! I can’t eat them as much anymore (more about this on my personal updates section) but it was nice to go there nevertheless. We went on a warm and sunny day and bought boxes and boxes of grapes that we handpicked ourselves!
I guess that’s it for my travel updates! There are more to come, but for now let’s talk on a more personal level. There are a few changes right now, and I think they’re for the better. First off is that I’ve started a ketogenic diet! This means I can’t eat carbs anymore, which also excludes fruit. I can eat a little, but I can’t go over my carb limit. It’s difficult because I love fruit, but this diet is actually making me feel a lot better. I can still eat avocados and steak and sashimi at least!
I’ve also incorporated a Korean skincare regimen because now that I’m done with Prednisone, I’m not breaking out anymore. I just have to deal with PIH and freckles now, and this routine is helping! I didn’t adopt the whole 10-step routine, but a basic program that looks like this: honey mask > hydrating cleanser > hydrating toner > eye cream > sunscreen moisturizer in the morning, snail mucin repair cream in the evening. On weekends I exfoliate and put on sheet masks.
There are also some developments in school and career. I’m going to start attending law school again in October, so I’m trying to prep up for that by reading my textbooks and codals. As for work, I’ve sent applications to the Department of Justice because they have an open position. We’ll see how it goes! I love what I do for work, but once I start school again, I can’t really travel constantly so I think I need a more stable job that keeps me on ground zero.
My boyfriend and I been visiting each other and spending time a lot! We had dates, attended my niece’s birthday party, and attended his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It’s nice that we’re starting to meet each other’s families, because it was something I actively avoided in previous relationships HAHAHA.
We’ve also been working out. JM wants to bulk up while I want to regain my former 99-pound physique. After working out, we do our skincare routine. We call it our honeybee time because, well, of the honey masks. When we’re not together, we still do it while on the phone. It’s sweet (also literally haha) and helps us feel close even when we’re apart!
His birthday is coming right up, and I can’t wait to spend it with him. I guess my next post will be around that time then!
Wow, this was long. I promise I won’t inflict such a mercilessly long post on you again HAHAHA. But still, thank you for reading! Have a nice week ahead, and be nice to each other. I’m going to be leaving again tomorrow, but I’ll be back with another post soon!
Thanks for dropping by!