Extended Essays

I recently met up with my cousin to help her with her extended essay. If that rings a bell to you, I could probably guess you were or currently are in the IB program.

It just feels so surreal to be helping her with this since I was in the same position four years ago…

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Boston: Pre-Trip Planning and Day 1

One of the very first things I did in 2017 was travel to Boston, MA for the first time ever. And trust me, how my friends and I decided to go there was so random too (I’ll talk about it more in a bit). So I thought it would be great to blog about my whole experience since it’s technically one of my first times traveling independently (with friends, not solo).

So let’s get started! Keep in mind we were not sponsored for anything at all. I just like listing the details to help others who may plan on visiting Boston.

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Reflecting on 2016

It’s been 2 months now since 2017 started. I’ve been meaning to write a reflection post about 2016 and clearly it is now way overdue considering today’s the first say of March. So many things happened that year, so many. Luckily I’m a constant instagramer and I’ve been able to record almost everything that’s happened the past year. So I took my time to scroll through hundreds (and I do mean hundreds) of photos from the beginning of 2016 to the end and quite frankly I couldn’t help but smile.  Read More

My First INternship

You know that feeling when it’s the last day at camp? When you’re all in that one room hugging, taking last-minute photos, and saying good-bye to each other while your parents are carrying your bags, waiting for you to finish so you can go back on your way home? But then you don’t want to leave the friends that you’ve met and bonded with for weeks through muddy clothing, late-night talks, and itchy mosquito bites? Sure there’s email, phone calls, and heck, even nowadays we have countless social medias to choose from! But knowing it wouldn’t be the same waking up the next morning at home without doing the regular camp responsibilities, participating in team-building activities, and learning new things all while laughing and making fun of each other with banters and inside jokes is absolutely the most bittersweet feeling in the world. Bitter because it ended, but sweet because it happened—do you know that feeling?

That’s what my last day interning for tech-support felt like. During the last few hours of my [extended] IT Summer 2016 INternship with my first Discovery family, I felt like a little kid on her last day of camp, and boy it was definitely bittersweet.

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On A Rainy Day

It was raining quite a bit last Wednesday morning and as I was rushing out the door, it didn’t even occur to me to bring an umbrella (or at least a jacket with a hood on it). I got in line to board the train and usually, it takes a couple of minutes to wait for the passengers who have to get off at this stop to board off the train. I felt the droplets of rain land on my head as I peeked over the front of the line, hoping we would be able to board soon before I get soaking wet or worse, catch a cold. It wasn’t long before I noticed the raindrops stopped trickling down my hair. Confused, I turned around to see a beautifully aged elderly woman looking at me with the most gentle smile as half her umbrella hovered over my head. Immensely grateful, I say “thank you” and she returns the warmest and most genuine “you’re welcome” I’ve heard in such a long time.  Read More

Little Flower

“Even now I know it: yes, all my hopes will be fulfilled… yes… the Lord will work wonders for me which will surpass infinitely my immeasurable desires.” (St. ThĂ©rèse of Lisieux – VII Letter to Mother Agnes of Jesus) Read More

The Optimist Commuter

I’m 20 years-old and I don’t have a driver’s license. Yes, really. I know, I know… I really should get one. Most teens nowadays are ecstatic to get their license at 16 years old while there’s me over there in the corner lacking all means of motivation to get one. As much as I’d like to blame my nonchalant attitude when it comes to driving, Read More

Living With No Furniture

It’s been one or two months now since my family and I have been living in our home without furniture.

…Wait what? No furniture?!
Yep. No furniture.

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Posse Interview

I was on my way to get a chocolate chip cookie this evening when I heard a bunch of yelling and shouting in the hallway…  Read More

10 Things I Learned In My First Two Years of College

Yesterday, we dropped off my younger brother at his university for move-in day. It was crazy to think that (me being two years older than my brother) two years had already gone by since I started my own college journey. Now of course, my college experience is definitely going to be different from my brother’s, but hey, everyone’s college experience will be different.

Since this week comes most people’s first day in college (what up freshmen!), I decided to write about, in no particular order, the 10 things I learned in my first two years of college that I believe are important and play a huge role in my life today.

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