Hey guys!

OMG I feel so bad. I haven’t been online in so long! I hope you don’t feel as if I’ve neglected you all, it’s just my life has been so incredibly busy that I can barely manage to squeeze time to write on here.

Anyway, I’m back now. Thanks for dropping by, and see you all really soon!

So For the Last Few Weeks…

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!

Travel Updates~

Calamba, Laguna

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!

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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.

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I was particularly happy because I got to buy a lot of raw and organic honey!

Poro Point

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.

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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!

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Personal Updates~

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.

Twinnie Updates~

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.

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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!

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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!

xoxo

JM x JD Goes To: Pinto Art Museum

Hey you guys! I’m back with a long-overdue post, haha! I’ve been extremely busy with work so I couldn’t post very much, but at least I still have time for playing Pokemon and Summoners War and going on twinnie dates with my boyfriend.

JM x JD has been a tag on my blog, but I think it would be cuter to incorporate it in the title, don’t you think? Anyway, I’ll make this quick because I’m just taking a break from a meeting to do some ToA runs, and I have an early travel schedule tomorrow.

As part of our anniversary celebration, JM and I went to visit Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, Rizal! We like museums because they’re usually quiet, we appreciate beauty coming from nature and art, and because we’ve been talking about visiting ever since we heard about it.

Pinto Art Museum is a beautiful space for contemporary Filipino art, displayed amidst quirky setups and lush nature. The galleries are sprawled over the property, with winding pathways and endless stairs and hidden nooks and crannies wherever you happen to glance.

I didn’t come armed with my DSLR, but I had my trusty phone camera with me. Here are our pictures!

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I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos. If you’re planing on visiting, click on this link for their Facebook page.

Thanks for dropping by!

Mixed-up Meanings

I’ve lived in the Philippines for the majority of my life, and I still suck at the Filipino language. True fact. Sad, I know. But true nonetheless.

The reason for this is that I grew up in a household where English was the main language. My mother’s family is Chinese and my father’s family are mostly based in the United States, so I had to speak English to them while growing up.

Other reasons are because I grew up in a region that had its own dialect and because, from primary school to high school, we weren’t allowed to speak in vernacular inside the campus.

Anyway, I’m fairly good at communicating in Tagalog as long as you don’t ask me to spell it. Because, for the love of all that is good and holy, I. Do. Not. Know. How. To. Spell. It.

I also mix up my words sometimes, which is why I wrote this post. My boyfriend and I communicate in a mixture of Tagalog and English (dammit, I almost wrote that as Tagalong, which is a type of Girl Scout Cookie and not a language at all) and there was a certain time he was really amused with one of my mix-ups.

One day we were talking about his tummy. I really like his tummy, it’s soft and bouncy and very fluffy.

One of my favourite hobbies is poking it with my fingers, or kneading it like a giant ball of dough, or putting stickers or googly eyes on it. I use it as a pillow when I go to sleep, I hide my face there when I’m embarrassed, and hug it to make myself feel better on bad days. The best part here is that my boyfriend always pets my head while I’m having playtime with his tummy. In short, my boyfriend’s tummy is a precious and important and helpful resource.

Moving on. We were discussing his tummy, and he asked me jokingly “What do you feel whenever you play with my tummy?”

I thought for a bit, and then answered “Kinikilig ako sa tummy mo,” which left him understandably confused. He asked me again what I said, and I repeated my answer. He then prodded further by asking what I meant, and I explained that whenever I was in contact with his tummy, I wanted to squeeze and bite it.

Then he started laughing and corrected me, saying that the word I was looking for was actually “gigil” or “nangingigil.” The words “kilig” and “kinikilig” meant feeling giddy in a way that’s usually associated with being in love. I argued that the two terms could easily be interchangeable as long as his tummy was the subject, so he laughed and agreed.

In my defense these words are incredibly similar…but I cringe at the thought of me getting these two terms mixed up for all these years. At least I have been corrected now!

HAHAHAHA I BET YOU THOUGHT I WAS MAKING YOU READ SOMETHING MEANINGFUL AND I BASICALLY TRICKED YOU INTO READING NONSENSE HAHAHAHAHA I’m sorry, I’m very bored.

Anyway, here are a few photos!

Chibi-style transmogrified Occult Girl from Summoners War. I drew her with my new pencil, new marker and new eraser!

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A photo from when we were on the way to Pinto Museum. That’s my next photo blog! It’s picture heavy, so I’m taking my time editing it.

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And Com2us loves me, so he has blessed me with my 6th Nat.5 mob – a water Desert Queen, same as JM’s!

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Anyway, I’ll be ending my post here for now. Have a good day, everyone! See you guys next time!

ELI5: What is Brexit and Why Should I Care?

People who regularly browse the Web for current events or watch the news on television will be able to confirm that there’s a certain issue that’s inflated in exponential terms. I’m talking about the referendum held by the United Kingdom on whether or not they should remain in the European Union.

I’m going to be discussing some key points about Brexit and the impact it may have on the world in general. Keep in mind that I am not a political scientist (though my mother is and she was the one who brought up this subject in a phone call last night), an economist, or an international relations/international law expert. I am merely stating my opinions and making calculated predictions based on what I know and what I’ve read and heard.

Disclaimer aside, I hope you have fun reading my post. If you have any thoughts, feel free to drop your comments below!

WHAT IS BREXIT AND WHY DID THE UK PUSH FOR IT?

According to the NY Times: A portmanteau of the words “Britain” and “exit,” it is the nickname for a British exit of the European Union after the June 23 referendum asking voters: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

I think it’s known as a fact that the UK has never been the most enthusiastic EU member. They were resentful that the EU expanded its borders to absorb less economically stable countries like Hungary. They didn’t want to adopt the EU’s plans for a unified currency (the Euro). And most importantly, they didn’t want migrants from poorer EU countries to take advantage of free movement across internal borders. The last straw was when the EU didn’t allow the UK’s attempts for the extradition of certain terrorists. There are more reasons, I’m sure, but these are the more obvious ones that helped the UKIP gain momentum and cry out for a referendum.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION?

The EU or the European Union originated from the EEC (European Economic Community) and the ECSC (European Coal and Steel Community). The modern EU was established in 1993 following the Maastricht Treaty. Its main purpose is to have a unified market for the free movement of capital, goods, people, and services between its member states. If treated as a single-country economy, the EU will arguably have the largest economy in the world, generating a nominal GDP of approximately €14.303 trillion.

WHAT ARE THE PROS OF BREXIT?

To be completely honest, I can only see one clear advantage – the United Kingdom will now have complete control over their immigration policies. Other, less certain, advantages include the fact that the UK won’t have to help and contribute to other, poorer member states to help keep the EU in balance. Now they have full control of who to fund and also to create deals, policies and decisions that benefit them without needing the approval of the EU council.

WHAT ARE THE CONS OF BREXIT?

  • Brexit may lead to the disbandment of the United Kingdom. Scotland will most likely hold its own referendum so they can leave and join the EU. Spain will now most likely take the opportunity to assert their sovereignty over Gibraltar, although it is still British territory and doing so will be considered a declaration of war.
  • Britain used to benefit from trade deals between the EU and other countries. Now that they’ve left the European Union, they might lose some of their clout – although they could freely establish their own trade agreements.
  • There might be a delay in the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Ireland has made it known that they are strongly in favor for the UK to remain in the EU.
  • Higher taxes and tariffs as Britain now has to pay more for goods from EU member states. Inversely, the EU might choose not to pay for Britain’s goods because of the import tax, and instead choose from goods produced within the EU – thereby contributing to a rising trade deficit.
  • Farmers will lose their subsidies, thus steeply increasing the market price of food.
  • Reduced clout in European politics.

 

I DON’T LIVE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM OR ANY EU COUNTRY. SHOULD I CARE ABOUT BREXIT?

Are you in fifth grade or something? Of course you should care. International relations and the global economy is a thing, you know? The European Union is an economic free trade zone which operates under the same economic laws. By leaving, the UK has just cut off ties with its largest trading partner and will now be subject to extra fees, regulations and even banned from entry in certain markets.

International companies that operate from Britain will be much less profitable because of this. The law of supply and demand will come into play. Since British goods will have a newly limited market, fewer people will be able to purchase their products. Less people buying = lowered value of money = lowered demand = lowered value of goods. Furthermore, foreign companies invested in the UK will lose assets, which in turn will hurt their future profitability and decrease their value.

The direct impact of Brexit on global trade and investment can tighten financial conditions due to uncertainty and delay investment projects until things have stabilized somewhat. This can dampen the trajectory of global growth – not enough to cause a recession, but enough to make a negative impact on the Euro zone and Britain’s most prevalent trade partners.

There are some discussions regarding a larger impact on the global economy and the central bank, but since I don’t know enough about that, I won’t discuss it. Here’s an article instead for more information: http://www.barrons.com/articles/what-is-brexits-impact-on-global-economy-1467124800.

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION…IS THE UNITED KINGDOM A MEME NOW?!

Yes. Deal with it.

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ENOUGH MEMES, JEN. WHAT DO YOU THINK? DID BRITAIN MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION? WILL THEY BE ABLE TO SURVIVE OUTSIDE EU?

You’re asking me if a country who won two world wars can survive outside of the EU…are you fucking kidding me. Of course they’ll survive. As for if they’ve made the correct decision or not…well, that remains to be seen. 😛

Mid-week Ramblings 😦

Hey there. Welcome back to my little blog! What are you guys up to this week? For me, I’m taking it easy. I don’t have any work-related trips this week (YES 😍) so I’m catching up on my TV series and games and my studies.

I’m not going to re-enroll in law school until August, but I have signed up for an online supplementary law refresher course. The course is sponsored by Yale, so it ought to be good. We’re on our first week and I haven’t even finished half of the assigned readings yet. 😂

Meanwhile, here’s a week’s worth of my face. Notice that I don’t wear contacts, put on eye-enlarging makeuo or try to contour my face anymore? 😋 It’s because I’m trying to embrace my Asian looks. And because I’m always in a hurry now. HAHA.

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Here are the marimos! Their names are Chewy and Fluff. ❤ JM and I will buy proper mini aquariums for them this weekend.

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Bunny phone charms JM bought during the last time we had a date. 💖 We were drinking mint tea and a frappuccino to cool off after an afternoon at an art museum!

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And of course I’m still playing Summoner’s War. Aside from Camilla, Veromos, Sigmarus and Charlotte, I have pulled two more Nat Five’s – Chiwu and my second wind Occult Girl. All I need is Verdehile!

My law school friends are also nagging me to play Dota 2 again although honestly I have all but forgotten how to play. I guess I’ll have to do some refreshers to play with them, but to be honest I now prefer watching rather than playing.

And in other news, my boyfriend and I are very excited for Pokemon Go and Pokemon Sun&Moon (since we met because of Pokemon, after all)! 💕

Anyway, this is all for now. I’m going to post our Pinto Museum photos tomorrow, so stay tuned!