Alone Time in Manila — Where To Go and What To Do

This was exactly my peg for my 26th birthday. Gone were the days when my birthday celebrations were spent in bars, drinking hard drinks or partying til dawn. On my 26th birthday, I wanted some alone time. I wanted a day to think my life through, evaluate my life choices and reconnect with my interests — those things I don’t usually have time for because, work.

I listed below what I did for my birthday and you can get an idea or two: Continue reading “Alone Time in Manila — Where To Go and What To Do”



I am supporting the initiative of Philippine Psychiatric Association to raise awareness, promote mental health and protect the rights of people with mental disorders by signing the petition to make the country’s first Mental Health Act happen.

If you’re one with us, you can sign the petition here.

Do you know how hard it is to have a psychological disorder here in the Philippines?

  1. HMOs or health cards do not cover consultation to psychiatrists and psychologists.
  2. One consultation with a psychiatrist is worth P 1,500 – P 2,000.
  3. Medicines are costly.
  4. People can’t talk about it openly because not everyone understands.

You know how I know? I’ll let you in on a little secret…

Continue reading “#StopTheStigma”

9 Things You Can Try When You Can’t Fall Asleep.

It’s funny when I try to remember how easily I can sleep anywhere, be it in a van, in an office chair, in my desk, inside the MRT, anywhere. But early this year I started struggling with sleeping. I thought it was just a simple case of insomnia or maybe I just messed up my body clock due to the holidays. But it wasn’t. There were instances that I go 2 days without sleep. My productivity at work was affected, I lost my appetite and simple activities tire me. It was that worst that I had to seek help from a psychiatrist. I learned then that it was not just insomnia, but I am having hard time sleeping because of anxiety. So I got medication for anti-anxiety and I need to take it for 3 months straight.

Apparently, after my 3-month medication, I still had a hard time sleeping especially on the first week off meds. But I do not want to rely entirely on my meds, I have to help myself too. Here are some of my tactics that help me sleep at night.

Continue reading “9 Things You Can Try When You Can’t Fall Asleep.”

Why I Joined PETA Workshop, And Why You Must Chase Your Passion Too.

Few months ago, when I was still contemplating on whether to join the workshop or not, I checked Facebook, Instagram and some blogs for some signs telling me to push through with it. I want to read the experience of a former participant, I want to know what happens in the workshop, I want to know if it is worth it. But I  didn’t get anything, I just had to go with my instincts, and listen to this voice inside my head telling me to “just do it”.

This blog post is for those people who wanted to try acting workshop (or any workshop out there that they’re interested in) but just needed a little push, a little validation that it is worth it.

To you, yes it is worth it.

Continue reading “Why I Joined PETA Workshop, And Why You Must Chase Your Passion Too.”

How to be Financially Smart in your 20’s.

Nobody taught me why I should save or how I should save. It all came naturally to me, when I got my first paycheck, I just knew not to spend all of it. I went to the nearest bank opened up a savings account and put at least 20% of my salary there. It was not hard at first. Coming straight from college, I am used to just spending money for transportation and food enough to be full for a day. But as time goes by, you start paying  bills, opening a credit card, purchasing things you don’t necessarily need and thus saving becomes hard.

After almost 5 years of working, I am proud to say that I still have my savings and I still manage to buy things I want, travel to places I’d like to go, pay my bills, etc. So how did I do it? I am no expert on money matters, but I can say that I’m doing pretty good at it.

Continue reading “How to be Financially Smart in your 20’s.”

How to be Pretentiously Artsy in Pinto Art Museum

I didn’t know that we have a Museum Month here in the Philippines. But in time for that celebration, I would like to share some photos from my favorite museum: Pinto Art Museum.

I have always enjoyed going to museums. I’ve been to Negros Museum, Metropolitan Museum, National Museum and War Remnants Museum in Vietnam to name some. But Pinto Art Museum is my favorite so far. I first saw it from Tracy Ayson’s blog early this year then it has been all over my feeds since then. So last April, I went to see it for myself. And I was not disappointed.

Here, let me share some of my photos…

Continue reading “How to be Pretentiously Artsy in Pinto Art Museum”

Review: Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa


DISCLAIMER: Spoilers ahead.

This is the first time I will write a movie review, except of course the one you’re required to do in school after a film showing. I have tons of lazily constructed movie reviews back in school, the kind of work that you finish in a couple of minutes without thinking, just basically narrating what you have seen and inserting some few points to share (para wala, magmukhang matalino lang).

I don’t really know how to give a proper movie review (don’t judge). And I don’t claim to be a movie critic either. Perhaps, I can just share some observations and comments I had about the movie.

First, why did I watch the movie?

Continue reading “Review: Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa”

My first Thought Catalog article!


One of things in my bucket list, crossed out.

I discovered my love for writing back when I was in high school. It was when I got a taste of my first heartbreak (which was just a puppy love) that I found comfort in writing. I wrote poems and essays about love and life that I know at age 15.

Eventually, my love for writing has grown. I initially wanted to write for a magazine, but it wasn’t achievable because I don’t have the credentials to get in. Luckily, in this generation, you don’t need a degree in writing to start a blog or to share your talent. So, I started a blog to serve as my platform in writing. Though I’m not really sure if there are readers here, I mainly write here because I want to have a place where I can let go of my inhibitions and share what I love to do.

And as a writer, of course you’d want to get better at it and eventually broaden your audience. So as an avid reader of Thought Catalog, I tried my luck and submitted an article to them early this August and in less than a week, I got a response from them saying that they have published my article online already! It was such a happy moment for me. It is like a milestone that I’ve conquered. Though, the topic I have chosen was a little shallow, it was the safest article for me to submit. I mean, I don’t want to submit anything too personal. I want something general that most people can relate to. So I rummaged my old notebooks, posts, doodles and I found this article.

I wrote this article last year (2014). I remember being told that I have a big ego because I never tell or show people that I love them. When I like someone, I don’t treat them nicely, which is weird. But I think that was my defense mechanism because I don’t want to appear easy and vulnerable to them. So to my defense, I wrote this article so that people can understand me better, and for lack of better terms,  I used ‘A Girl With A Big Ego’ to describe myself, so some people can relate to it as well. I would like to think I am not the only one who is like this. Hahaha!

I am aiming to submit more articles, probably, once a month. Now, I am thinking what could be my next topic for September. Hmm. Suggestions?

By the way, you can read the full article here.

♥ Andrea

National Bookstore’s Great Warehouse Sale


Every year, National Bookstore opens its doors to all the book-ish, bookworms, bibliophiles out there by gracing this Great Warehouse Sale event that takes place in their Quezon Avenue branch.

This year, I am happy to be part of the said event. The door opens at 9:00 in the morning. And I was there a little before 8:30AM. It was a Friday morning, I was expecting less people because it is a workday, plus who will fall in line that early on a Friday and who will travel all the way to Quezon Avenue just to hoard books. Boy, was I wrong. I guess, I was not alone with this thought. Continue reading “National Bookstore’s Great Warehouse Sale”

5 Ways To Know If The Girl With Big Ego Is Into You

While girls are often regarded by men as hard to understand, girls with big ego are ultimately the hardest to decipher. They say things that mean the other, they never let their guards down and they always, always show that their better off alone than to be with you.

So how would you know if she’s into you…?

1. If she tells you.

First and foremost, a girl with a big ego wouldn’t admit her feelings. So if she gets to admit it to you. Man, she’s into you BIG time.

2. If she pushes you away.

While this is something common among girls, a girl with a big ego will prefer seeing you leave than tell you to stay. It is that hard for them to admit that they need someone. So, if she pushes you away, let her by herself for a couple of days. Once you come around and she still entertains you, it is positive.

3. If she says she is not jealous but then she has turned cold.

No girl will admit that they’re jealous. Not even, not ever, the girl with big ego. No, she is not jealous at all (according to her), but watch how she will act after she saw you talk to someone over the phone or after you smile to the girl who keeps on looking at you at the other table. No, she’s not jealous, she will just bat her eyelashes and give you the coldest dinner, ever.

4. If she introduces you to her friends.

To be honest, her friends already know about you before even meeting you, because you are all she talks about when she is with them. She’s bringing you along to show you off to her friends, introduce you to them, while her friends cast their vote in their minds — is he a yay or nay?

5. If she lets her guard down.

That means she trusts you enough to let you in. If she lets you see her vulnerable side, if she opens up to you about her failures and dreams, if she stops putting her best food forward and let you see her as she is… then man, she’s into you.

And if you know she’s into you, please don’t hurt her. Because you don’t know how much courage it took her to let you in. It’s not that she has trust issues, she’s just very protective of her self — of her heart. And if she gives it to you, take good care of it. Because not everyone can have it.

If you hurt her, she will forgive you. She is capable of that. But remember you are dealing with a girl full of ego, she knows well what she deserves. She would rather see you go than let you see that she’s hurt. She can walk out the door and never look back. It doesn’t necessarily mean she doesn’t love you. She loved you with the best that she can, she just knows when it is enough to walk away.

National Bookstore Cut-off Price

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It is indescribable what I feel right now after purchasing these books. There is a certain kind of high I get from seeing a lot of books and knowing that I can read and finish them in time.

I was waiting for Lang Leav’s Lullabies to be released in the Philippines. So when it was released on Sept 17, I rushed to the nearest National Bookstore to get a copy. Turns out they have a cut-off price promo happening until Sept 21. I was in a hurry at that time so I left and promised to come back on the coming weekend. And so I did. I wasn’t able to stop myself from getting books in the shelves (but I was able to stop myself from purchasing everything. I just have to pick the best ones). I am thinking about going back tomorrow since it is their last day. Let’s see.

Tips for the incoming Thomasian Freshmen


  • UST has a very special way of welcoming freshmen. You would walk through the Arch of the Centuries and have a university-wide welcoming event. Aside from that, your own college or society will prepare welcome activities for you guys, so make sure you have a camera handy and ready. Because you wouldn’t want to miss these moments.
  • Do not always eat at the Carpark. Explore the streets of Dapitan, Lacson and P.Noval, or you can even walk as far as P.Campa. You’ll learn that there are A LOT of good carinderias around. Special mention: Do not miss Lovelite and the tusok tusok in Concepcion. If you smoke, the best spot is the kanto of Antonio and try to go to Tapsi for inuman sessions, that place never gets old.
  • Join Organizations! You are lucky that you are studying in a big university. Some colleges/universities don’t have many organizations. Roam around Plaza Mayor during Recruitment week and look for the group you’d like to be part of. Join an organization that is in line with your passion. This is an opportunity to broaden your group of friends and the people you know. Let’s say you are into acting or theater production, you can join Teatro Tomasino or Mediatrix. If you’re good in dancing, you can join your college dance troupe or if you’re that good, might as well join Salinggawi. If you’re good in writing or you are interested to be part of the news team, you can join Thomasians Writers Guild or The Varsitarian. Join as many as you like, pursue what you’re passionate about. College is not just about studies, but also about extra-curricular activities.
  • Recite. Do not hesitate to answer when the teacher asks. This isn’t high school anymore where if you answer incorrectly, your classmates will laugh at you. In college, if you recite, you look smarter and some of your classmates will be glad if you volunteer to answer. That would spare them from being called out to recite.
  • Memorize the UST Hymn. It is not necessary. But I think 30% of UST population only knows the exact lyrics of the UST Hymn. Be proud to be one of them. Plus, you get to sing it if UST wins during UAAP.
  • Try living in a dorm. Even if it’s just a year. It will complete the feeling of the college life. It will give you that sense of independence. And you’ll learn a lot from it. You’ll learn how to save and how to manage your allowance and how to spend wisely. And you will probably meet there you best friends. It is not a joke to live in a house with your friends for one whole year.  You’ll learn their best and not-so-good side.
  • Be prepared during rainy days. I guess, even before you took the USTET, you are fully aware that UST is an island. I wonder why they don’t count it as the 7,108th island in the country. But kidding aside, UST is known as one of the most flooded schools in the Metro, alongside FEU and other universities in U-Belt. So when it is around July or August, make sure you bring your umbrella and boots (Remember, you are no longer in high school, suspension in college is very rare). In addition, be prepared to be stranded inside the school. Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it seems, your college will provide your food (just make sure you’re inside your building). And like what most Thomasians say, “Hindi ka Thomasian kung hindi ka sumuong sa baha o na-stranded man lang“. It just became part of the culture.
  • Love your professors and be nice even to the staff (guards, ate and kuya/s) of the school. You’ll learn a lot of things from them.
  • Lastly, enjoy your whole stay. Make a lot of memories. College is just 4 years of your life (or more than 4 years, to some). Don’t rush, I know everyone wants to finish college so we can all earn our own money. But I swear, once you graduate from college, you would want to go back to these 4 years of your life.