Free Time

It’s been a while since I’ve updated anything here in the blog. I’ve been having a hard time balancing my time for my day job, school and the blog. I’ve been wanting to write about so many things, so many places and food and so much more. I’ll make it up to you guys 🙂

I hope you have no problem with balancing your time too, set your priorities and plan ahead. A good way to achieve something is to have a plan.

Will be posting soon! Thank you & I love you ❤️

Ps, here’s what the beach after sunset looked like:

Love, Tim 🍉

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My June Experience.

All good things must come to an end and every ending is a new beginning.

A new chapter has been added to my life. At first, I was hesitant, unsure and perhaps was scared. I was never really a people person because I was trapped in my own safe haven which I created for my self preservation.

Opening up to others, making the extra mile to have a conversation or even just taking the effort to ask for a selfie is not really my forté. I’d like to stay in the sideline, and just observe and just wait for my eco-system to be altered, for the better, I guess.

All of this changed, not entirely but gradually. I’ve learned that YOU have to be that person, that YOU have to make that effort to reach out and begin what’s needed to begin. Learn to adjust with everyone but not to the extent that you will let your guard down and just let them see right through you cause remember that preserving your mystery is the key and a superpower like invisibility.

Cliché as it seems, change really is the only thing that is constant in this world and I like that. I don’t define myself as an introvert nor an extrovert cause maybe I’m a mix of both. Making new friends — never that easy. It’s like giving away a piece of you that they can trail and in return you will receive a part of them too. We all are really kids at heart, we can make friends as easy as that even if people have different sets of attitude, you may or may not like it but you just have to live with it because that’s how it goes.

With this, I have come to realize and was able to piece together what making friends mean. It is making the most of the similarities that we had, understanding the differences (especially the “Ilonggo” language — which I think is really cool and really soothing to the ears) and creating a bond out of this formula that would eventually be unbreakable. Hopefully.

P.s.

Will forever treasure the two boat rides, six cabs, eight jeepneys, countless trips to the elevator and the spiral stairs, not to mention the mind twisting traffic and the sleepless nights I had to go through because of exams, foodtrips and random coffee nights. The few places that made me feel touristy. Also keeping in mind the free food served every after an hour and a half or two, the crazy boomerang videos and the ENDLESS selfie ops. Not to forget the accomodation that made us feel like we were Rajahs and Ranis on vacation. It has been a pleasure training with you!

Alvin Timothy Tan
TTP Batch 4
2017

 

Beach, beach, beach.

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Sim’s ice cream! Butter Pecan, I dont know whats that but itsss so delicious! 💚
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Candid shots are the best.
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Turning away from life’s problems be like.
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Smile! Because you are worth it 🌼
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Getting darker and darker by the minute. ✨
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Look at that view!!
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Clear blue waters, can’t drown me.
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Beach is always a good idea. 🌸

Side Trip: Padre Burgos

Forty five minutes from the capital of Southern Leyte lies Padre Burgos, a peaceful and picturesque municipality that boasts tourist worthy beaches, dive resorts & charming coastlines. One of its acclaimed spots that’s slowly gaining name & visitors is the Blue Deep Resort. The unique design and architecture of the place really captivates the eye of the goers. The place is rustic and has a blend of polynesian inspired villas and asian design and also it holds a panoramic view of the bay which surely, will inspire you to go diving. Padre Burgos has A LOT of diving resorts.

Aside from the view and the beach, the resort offers a variety of food.

And the rest is for you to experience.
See you there!
How to get there:
Start from Maasin 🚌
– Multicab fare is 30 php
– Multicabs standby at the J&F store
– You can take the bus that will go to Malitbog still at 30 php

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North Bound

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As a kid, I was always afraid of riding planes because I saw a lot of movies back then that weren’t really trip-provoking but as it turns out it was and still is an amazing experience.

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So here’s my North bound trip 🙂

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Old meets new. Inside the walled city of Intramuros, old cultures of buildings and architecture meet with new and advance idiosyncrasies of the people and the community.

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One of the famous landmarks of Manila is The Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception also known as the Manila Cathedral. It has been there for quite some time now. It was established back in 1571. Has been struck by different challenges like earthquake and fire. It has been restored and now you can marvel to its grandeur as well as practice your faith.

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“Refugium Peccatorum”

Found inside the church is a small chamber dedicated to the image of Mary, Refuge of Sinners. You can offer your prayers here especially with the intentions of those who have departed before us.

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The Cathedral’s Belfry. #JAwDropping

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“The San Agustin Church”

Another symbolic architecture found in Intramuros is the more than 400 year old church of Saint Augustine.

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Here are some snippets from my Tagaytay experience.

 

And lastly, my MNL trip would not be complete if it weren’t for them.

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Love, Tim.

Nagmahal. Nasaktan, Nag move-on at Nag blogger.

Sino ba naman ang hindi nakaranas na ng heartbreak? Manhid lang at yung mga self denial ang mga nasasabi na hindi sila nakarasan ng ganun. Tao tayo, at lalong hindi talaga tayo BAGAY.

Siguro narasan mo ng mainlove sa isang tao na binigay mo na ang lahat, pera mo, oras mo, pati katawan mo muntik mo ng ibigay, pero wala eh, hindi mo alam kung manhid siya or hindi ka lang niya talaga type. Kung ako ang tatanungin mo? Oo naranasan ko nayun. Masakit talaga kasi di niya ako mahal, pero mas masakit kung pinaasa ka lang, pinagmukha ka pang tanga. Okay na sana yun kasi at first alam mo na hindi talaga kayo pero bakit ganun besh, pinaramdam niya na parang meron. PINARAMDAM NIYA besh. Sabi nga nila, “smart people are dumb when it comes to love” paano nga ba yun? Matalino ka nga pero bakit nagpakabobo ka sa kanya? Ang sakit besh, ang sakit sakit. Gusto mong mag move on kaso hindi mo magawa. Gusto mong kalimutan siya pero ayan siya nag pi-pm sayo sa fb, na block muna nag friend request kapa ulit. Tanga kana, walang hanggang nagpapakatanga sa kanya.

Paano ka nga ba mag move on?

Hinding hindi ka makakapag move on kasi nagrereply ka sa mga chat nya. Nagbabakasakali ka na baka sana, sana sabihin niya na mahal ka niya. Well, isa kang tanga. Drunk messages at texts nga, pinapatulan mo. Chat pa kaya? Hala lerd tanga ka talaga.

So eto ako ngayon nagbabakasakali na makamove on. Gusto mo malaman kung paano? HETO NA BESH:

  1. Seen mo lahat ng chat niya.
  2. Delete mo number niya.
  3. Iwasan mo ang mga bagay at gawain na maalala mo siya gaya ng pagkain ng spaghetti, pagpunta sa plaza, pagkain ng hotdog, paglalakad sa gitna ng ulan, pagkain ng siopao, pagpunta sa clubs, sa national bookstore, pagbasa ng libro, pag gawa ng assignments, pagliligo sa pool at marami pang iba. So paano nato? Iwas iwas paba din ba?
  4. Huwag kang makipagkita sa kanya kapag gusto niyang makipag kita sayo… destiny na ang bahala kung magkikita talaga kayo. Lintik na destiny na yan.
  5. DELETE mo lahat ng pictures meron kayo, selfies, groufies at shoefies, cut out mo na rin sya sa yearbook mo. HAHA
  6. Isauli mo lahat ng meron ka na pag mamay-ari niya, notebook niya, papel niya, scratch paper, shades, pati shirts isauli mo na rin.

Marami pa akong naiisip na ilagay dyan kaso mukhang useless eh kasi hindi ko naman kayang gawin.

You know what? Sa totoo lang. Hindi naman talaga mahirap mag move on kung hindi mo lang siya minahal. I once read a quote that says “pain makes it authentic”. Kung nagmahal ka lang naman handa kang masaktan, handa mong tanggapin na baka panandalian lang to at baka hindi talaga kayo. Wala namang masama kung mamahalin mo siya ng labis pa sa pagmamahal mo sa sarili mo, pero siguraduhin mo muna na pagnasaktan ka, marunong ka pa ring bumangon, magpatawad at eventually makalimot. Alam ko na hindi ganun kadali, pero kailangan eh. Kailan mong gawin yan para maging buo ka ulit. Because at the end of the day, kahit iniwan tayo, sinaktan, at pinaglaruan, at humugot na ng bonggang bonga ang pagiging buo natin ang makakatulong sa atin para maka move on at magparaya.

So ganun, hindi pa ako buo, hindi ko pa kayang mag move on.

My take on the famous and infamous sides of social media.

Ages ago many strive to improve the mode and medium of communication, and who would have thought that talking to someone would be easier and even faster. In just a blink of an eye you can send a message to your friend from the other end of the world, compared to the latter years sending mail would take you months and would cost you so much either. Social media has been a key player towards the improvement and the downfall of the essence of communication. I myself have been affected by this phenomenon. Of the many social media platforms we have today I don’t know if some, if not most would know the true meaning of what they are really doing.

Based on my keen observation, some people would hurry to comment on a photo that is neither confirmed true or fraud. Some would site the history of what’s in-scripted in the file, others would downplay plain insults and an unfair judgement without even knowing what really is the truth. I can not imagine someone saying to my face all those comments and hate messages. Crying and feeling sorry for myself would be the first coping mechanism but it would be an understatement at some point. I wonder what goes through the mind of those people who take joy and fulfillment in bashing and painting grey other people’s life? Is it really that easy to let go of harsh words? Let us remember that we have been taught by our elders that words hurt more than knives. I am really curious if they believe in karma? or even  in the golden rule? But one thing’s for sure social media has not just changed and improved the lives we have today, it also elevated the style and art of criticizing people — we know and we don’t know.

When Pia Wurtzbach won Miss Universe, it was both a mad spectacle and a joyous event. People all over the world took to social media their congratulations and even their criticisms. Filipinos would defend her when the other parties ( you know who ) would bash her. I can clearly see that even until now ( check her IG ), there are still bashers and they’re still on that same party. What I would like to emphasize here is that bashing people is bashing people. We get angry if foreigners bash Filipinos, but why are we doing the same thing? I know, opinion is an opinion, and everyone is entitled to it, it’s up to us if we take it seriously or if we just ignore it but one thing’s certain, it will eventually hurt us. The extent of hurt will always be higher than the happiness one would feel reading positive reactions. Let us be civilized enough to refrain from using insolent opinions, if we have one then it’s better if we keep it to ourselves than hurt others.

But if I would be asked if social media should still exist and should still be used? I’d say yes.

Built on the foundation of improving communication, Social Media made our generation unique and I feel so lucky. Through the help of social media we can share our sympathies to those residing from afar instantaneously. Feel like we are close enough to the stars we admire when we see their posts at first hand. Through it, we have seen many people rose to fame like Maine. Individuals from all over the world can inspire others with what they wear, their ootd’s, their inspirations for food and fitness, their music covers and many more. Enterprises would no longer bank on expensive ads just to get their products to the market, they rely on social media to make their products known to others. Through social media, many have expressed their support and made the past election colorful. And I also believe that everyone has the right to be informed and with the advent of social media, everyone is.