The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

Valentine’s Day

Seven more days.

February 14 is the day where motels and flower shops are busy, true story. I don’t know how they celebrate it in other countries but that’s how I see it in the Philippines, particularly in Manila. I never liked Valentine’s Day and never will. The insane traffic and extreme mushiness of couples just makes me sick. This day, which is not even a proper holiday, is just too commercialized because couples are forced to buy “extravagant’ gifts for each other, go to fancy restaurants and cuddle all day. Okay, there’s nothing wrong with that but love is supposed to be celebrated each and every single day. No need for a “holiday” to do that.

I don’t mind spending the day at home, with my boy and a box of pizza, playing some cool video game on my 3D TV.

In a few months time, I’ll be turning 24. I don’t look like 24 and I certainly don’t feel like one but by then and hopefully, I have completed my master’s degree here in Singapore. I guess, 24 can be considered as an “impressive” age to be carrying a master’s degree since some people pursue it after a couple years of working. But when I look at people my age and see what they’re doing or how much they’ve accomplished in life, I feel like my pace is that of a turtle…. or maybe a snail, or even worst, a slug!

I guess the reason I’m having these thoughts is because at the back of my head, I always saw myself settling down by the age of 25. Truth be told, I’m not ready to settle down yet but I just feel that at 24, I should be preparing for my life in the near future by having a job and earning actual money. Instead, I’m here being dependent with my family because my pass forbids me to apply for a job here in Singapore and school is consuming a lot of my time already that I can’t afford to apply or do any freelance work. 

I guess none of you can really relate to me because most of you guys are between 13 to 21. In fact, some of you are little sisters of blockmates (Hi, sister of Jenzo… If you’re reading this!).

I think I’m going to sketch to ease my mind off things. Good night!

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • 
Today, the Department of Tourism released a new slogan campaign that will convince tourists all over the world that the Philippines is a destination that’s worth to visit. It’s more fun in the Philippines! Believe me, it is! :)
Moving out of the Philippines made me realize how wonderful it is to be there and I wish I could’ve realized this sooner. Here are SOME (I have so many but I still need to study) of the things why the Philippines is a fun country to go to:
First, the medium of communication. Philippines, as Erwan Heussaff tweeted, is “Asia without the language barrier”. It’s the truth. Filipinos, compared to any other Asian country, are very good in English and even if there are some who aren’t proficient in the language, it’s still very easy to send the message across. 
Second, the people. No one can ever beat my countrymen’s hospitality! Not only are we a friendly and funny bunch of people, we are also quite talented and ingenious. Where in the world can you make Multiply.com, originally a social networking site that allow users to share media, a social marketplace online? Hehehe. 
Third, the abundant source of reasonable shopping spree! Your USD can go a long, long way here. Singapore doesn’t have a crazy Divisoria, they only have Bugis and I still find the items there too expensive (S$10 is roughly around PHP350). I also miss browsing through online shops, looking for that unique item that will make everyone “wow”. Singapore doesn’t have that, or at least, not that many as there is in the Philippines. 
And last but not the least, the food!!! Tuyo, danggit, tapisilog, bagoong, crispy pata, and *drumroll, please* LECHON!!!! Who here doesn’t love Lechon? :P The food is the absolute best! :) Oh, and the world doesn’t have a dancing bumblebee, also known as Jollibee. I’m still craving for my chickenjoy… (OMG, that sounds so wrong). 
There are more reasons why the Philippines is a fun country to go to and you can all check out the reasons on Twitter. Check out hashtag #It’sMoreFunInThePhilippines.
I miss the Philippines terribly and I’m looking forward to my two-week break this February. In fact, I’m already making plans on how I’m going to spend the break just told my boyfriend last night (and I didn’t even have any knowledge of the campaign until this morning) that I want to go on a Manila tour when I come back. :P It’s going to be fun! :) 
Remember, it’s more fun in the Philippines! Spread the word! :) 

Today, the Department of Tourism released a new slogan campaign that will convince tourists all over the world that the Philippines is a destination that’s worth to visit. It’s more fun in the Philippines! Believe me, it is! :)

Moving out of the Philippines made me realize how wonderful it is to be there and I wish I could’ve realized this sooner. Here are SOME (I have so many but I still need to study) of the things why the Philippines is a fun country to go to:

First, the medium of communication. Philippines, as Erwan Heussaff tweeted, is “Asia without the language barrier”. It’s the truth. Filipinos, compared to any other Asian country, are very good in English and even if there are some who aren’t proficient in the language, it’s still very easy to send the message across. 

Second, the people. No one can ever beat my countrymen’s hospitality! Not only are we a friendly and funny bunch of people, we are also quite talented and ingenious. Where in the world can you make Multiply.com, originally a social networking site that allow users to share media, a social marketplace online? Hehehe. 

Third, the abundant source of reasonable shopping spree! Your USD can go a long, long way here. Singapore doesn’t have a crazy Divisoria, they only have Bugis and I still find the items there too expensive (S$10 is roughly around PHP350). I also miss browsing through online shops, looking for that unique item that will make everyone “wow”. Singapore doesn’t have that, or at least, not that many as there is in the Philippines. 

And last but not the least, the food!!! Tuyo, danggit, tapisilog, bagoong, crispy pata, and *drumroll, please* LECHON!!!! Who here doesn’t love Lechon? :P The food is the absolute best! :) Oh, and the world doesn’t have a dancing bumblebee, also known as Jollibee. I’m still craving for my chickenjoy… (OMG, that sounds so wrong). 

There are more reasons why the Philippines is a fun country to go to and you can all check out the reasons on Twitter. Check out hashtag #It’sMoreFunInThePhilippines.

I miss the Philippines terribly and I’m looking forward to my two-week break this February. In fact, I’m already making plans on how I’m going to spend the break just told my boyfriend last night (and I didn’t even have any knowledge of the campaign until this morning) that I want to go on a Manila tour when I come back. :P It’s going to be fun! :) 

Remember, it’s more fun in the Philippines! Spread the word! :) 

I ride the train everyday. I watch people do their business. I see people walk along the road. They converse with their friends and families but the silence is louder than the crowd. This silence is like a shadow, I could feel the emptiness slowly creeping in my system. A disease of some sort and the void, its virus, is rapidly growing. I want to shout for help but nobody can hear me. The silence is louder than the crowd. And it’s getting louder and louder, drowning me into nothingness. 

I honestly find the idea of being homesick so silly but here I am, desperately wanting to go back home even for a short while. I’m like a five-year old kid who lost her mommy in the supermarket. Waking up, on a sunny day, with a sense of dread. I tried coping with it but time was running really slow and homesickness was finally getting to me, like a virus that’s rapidly growing.