Life in a Nutshell #78
Sometimes, you just need to find a reason — any reason — to get out of bed and live again.
Lately, I find myself collecting back issues of Travel Now (formerly known as Travel) magazines. I also invested in a Midori Travel Journal, a refillable notebook for travelers who have a free spirit.
JP and I loves a good challenge. So we tried Mystery Manila's Chained Chamber and has successfully escaped the room in less than an hour. We make a pretty good team.
I’ve been reconnecting with my college friends. Last Saturday, we went to BF Aguirre for an impromptu cupcake (friendly) date at Larcy’s. I absolutely love their Valrhona Triple Chocolate! Yum!
It’s been a long time since I was able to catch the sunset at JP’s place. I kinda miss this. I miss him.
Taho date with my favorite boy on a Thursday morning.
Blonde hair, heart-shaped glasses, nautical top. Summer is here. Summer is forever.
Disclosure on the 24th. Not my kind of scene but I absolutely love their music. Who’s going?
Don’t you just love productive afternoons? Learning something new, writing your thoughts, and just having a “me” time.
Singapore Tour 2013/14
Just a glimpse of the places, meals and things I’ve seen two weeks ago. As you may all know, my boyfriend’s family spent New Year here in Singapore and they invited me to join them tour the country… like it’s my first time. I’ll admit, the tour did felt like my first (and last since I plan to leave Singapore soon). My adventure with them was a ‘first’ of many things! I ate food I’ve never tasted before, joined an indoor sky diving/wind tunnel activity out of a whim, swim on the famous infinity pool of Marina Bay Sands, and so on. I was so engrossed in living in the moment that I barely even used my DSLR or iPhone (hence the limited photos). Although I got sick the week after, it was a memorable way to end 2013 and start 2014. :)
Best iPhone Photo Apps (2013 Edition)
An updated list of my favorite iPhone photo apps. 95% of the time, these are the apps responsible for the photos I post on Instagram.
Afterlight - Formerly known as Afterglow. It’s a powerful image editing app with over 100 of filters and textures. This is currently my second favorite photo editor app.
Cost: $0.99 and so worth it.
VSCO Cam - My favorite right now. I love the filters created bythe VSCO team, so much that I also bought their Film 2 and 4 (which I’ve been using for my England posts). THE BUNDLE IS WORTH IT.
Cost: Free, but the bundle cost $5.99. The price is worth it for the quality and output.
Instagram - Of course. What’s the point of taking iPhone photos if you won’t be able to share it real-time? I’m not a big fan of their filters but the community’s great. Follow me, yeah?
Classic Insta - My “food and product” app. I constantly find myself using this app if I want to feature our meal or recent hauls.
Hello Camera - I don’t know what’s the difference but this is like an improved version of Camera 360. I use this for my selfies, when I’m having a bad skin day.
A Beautiful Mess - An app created by Elsie and Emma of the award-winning lifestyle blog, A Beautiful Mess. Not a favorite but I like to use this app for the handmade feel of the stickers, borders and handwriting. Not that worth it though.
Incredibooth - A photobooth in your pocket. In my opinion, this is the ultimate selfie app. Well, I like using this app when I’m being vain. I also prefer this app than the Pocketbooth.
Cost: $0.99 and worth it if you’re into selfies, lol
PicFrame - I use this app to combine multiple images in one photo a.k.a. a photo collage.
Cost: $0.99, but I believe I got this app for free.
Whitagram - If I’m not editing a photo using Afterlight, I use this to upload portraits and landscape photos.
Cost: Free… I think.
Over - This and Phoster is my favorite when it comes to adding texts on photos. But unlike Phoster, Over has more freedom and options.
In case you’re interested, you can read my old iPhone apps review/list here.
24 Things You’ll Learn While Living Abroad Alone
“So you look at your life, and the two countries that hold it, and realize that you are now two distinct people. As much as your countries represent and fulfill different parts of you and what you enjoy about life, as much as you have formed unbreakable bonds with people you love in both places, as much as you feel truly at home in either one, so you are divided in two. For the rest of your life, or at least it feels this way, you will spend your time in one naggingly longing for the other, and waiting until you can get back for at least a few weeks and dive back into the person you were back there.” — What Happens When You Live Abroad
- Most of your life epiphanies will happen on the bus… or train.
- You’ll learn how to be resourceful: from trivial things to the unconventional way of how to a cook pasta.
- You’ll learn how to cook.
- If you still don’t know how to cook, you won’t starve if you have a microwave and a refrigerator at home.
- You’ll do your own laundry and you’ll soon realize the pros & cons of having too many clothes.
- Don’t buy stuff, unless it’s necessary.
- Save money. Keep a travel fund, an emergency fund, etc.
- You’ll understand and respect the culture of others.
- You will learn to appreciate the comforts of home.
- There are times that you will feel sad and depressed. It’s ok. Cry and sleep it over. You’ll feel better the next day.
- Facetime and Skype will bring you closer to home. But don’t do it too often.
- Complaining won’t make you, or anyone else, better.
- Ask, if you don’t know.
- People are different but we are all the same in the end.
- The way you see the world is going to be different.
- You’ll learn how to say “no”.
- Every once in a while, take the road less traveled.
- Enjoy your own company.
- You’ll learn a lot of things about yourself and the world.
- Living abroad is not as glamorous like what other people think it is. It’s hard to make a new life in a foreign country but…
- The only person you can depend the most is yourself. Have courage.
- It’s alright if haven’t got it all figured out just yet. It’s OK to make mistakes.
- Wake up with a smile. A lot of people wants to live abroad, and you’re one of the lucky ones.
- To live abroad is a great life teacher and a humbling experience. You’ll experience life.
Vanilla Cupcake Bakery
This quaint cupcake place is located at Glorietta, right across National Bookstore and very near SM Makati. This place is so inviting that mall goers can’t help but to go inside and try their pretty cakes and cupcakes. It’s unfortunate that my boyfriend and I had dinner already and was too full (not to mention, we were busy looking for bunn coffee makers parts) to try their seemingly delicious cupcakes. Hopefully, we will visit this place the next time we’re in the area.
Have you been to this place before? How was the food? Is it a fad or a foodgasm? Let me know in the comments!