Where have I been?

 

A friend and I recently had a conversation about blogging which got me feeling very guilty about how I’ve been neglecting it’s tricia for quite a while now.

Last June, I put out Life lately where I talked about an exciting opportunity that was happening in my life. On top of that internship, I was working a second job, teaching and four weeks ago, my final year of university began. So basically, I’ve been doing six-day weeks consisting of two jobs and classes. And fitting in any possible form of social life in my free time. So to say the very least, I’ve been very exhausted.

Things have slowly calmed down now – just working one job and finally having some free time by the end of the week – I even went for a hike yesterday! So I’d really love to get back into writing. Especially because I know I have things to write about. If you haven’t realized it already, it’s tricia is pretty much a travel blog. It becomes active when I travel. The exact same way my Instagram feed comes alive. So yes, I have been doing some travelling lately and I have another trip in a couple of weeks!

But nonetheless, busy just means blessed. Lots of great things have been happening lately: as mentioned above, I was in Korea for 10 days last month, I turned 21 a couple weeks ago and I made it on the Dean’s List!

I guess that’s it for now. And hopefully, see you again very soon :)

Life Lately: June edition

June Life Lately

Snapped this photo earlier today of my view from work as preparations are well underway for tomorrow’s Dragon Boat Festival (a public holiday for us in Hong Kong! yes!). I just wanted to give a quick update with what’s been going on with me because I feel like I’m at a point where I’m really so content with everything that’s been happening.

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Thought Series: 365 Thought Provoking Questions

I’ve decided to have these sort of posts as part of my Thought Series. I enjoy doing them as a self-reflection of some sort, and you guys seemed to like my last post on it! This time, I’ve taken the question from The Bucket List Journey’s 365 Thought Provoking Questions. Answered.

What is the most desirable trait another person can possess?

Happiness. I don’t know what it is but to see someone always smiling, always seeing the good in life, that’s what’ll really stand out. And I guess a lot of it has to do with the fact that I really aspire to possess joy in life, so that’s something I find desirable.

Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?

I guess it depends on why you’re crying. But in most cases – or at least reasonable cases to be crying, I see it as a sign of strength. Society has definitely given us the idea that crying is a sign of weakness, and it’s “important”to put on a tough front – especially among men. But I see crying as a form of emotional release. It shows that you’ve acknowledged what you’re going through and that you’re capable of letting it out. It’s definitely a sign of strength.

If you could take a single photograph of your life, what would it look like?

It’d be a photograph of myself and all of my family. It wasn’t till about maybe a year ago that I began to realize the importance of family. I guess it’s part of maturing, but as you get older, you begin to realize that life does not stop and some of the people you once thought were so important, leave. But family will always remain as the only constant in life.

If someone could tell you the exact day and time you are going to die, would you want them to tell you?

Definitely not! Being the stresser I am, I’ll forget to live. As much as I would want to prepare my loved ones as I’ve seen how death can really affect the people around you, I’d like to live life rather than count the days down.

What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

Pray for me. Different circumstances were causing a major change in my life and someone I didn’t really expect, reached out to me, spoke to me and prayed for me.

To new beginnings

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I was really meant to do this blog post before I started officially posting on this blog but couldn’t keep in my excitement!

I started blogging on Tumblr in June of 2010. Here’s a throwback to my first entry:

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It was mostly reblogs with the ocassional ‘personal’ posts, which looking back is quite cringeworthy because it was mostly on my past relationship (ha ha ha ew). Following that, I set up a second Tumblr blog in November 2013, that was less reblogging and more posts coming from me. These were more personal posts, travel posts…basically anything and everything I felt like writing about.

Since 2010, I’ve watched the blogging world evolve into a platform that embraces content creation. Whether it be about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel, food…the list goes on. Which is why, with my passion for writing, I’ve decided to take my blogging to the next level.

I moved over to WordPress from Tumblr mainly for this reason: I felt that the majority of posts on Tumblr were reblogs and rather than “share” content in that sense, I wanted to focus more on creating my own authentic content that I could share solely through readership and engagement through comments and/or social media.

I imported most, if not all of my more “quality” posts from my previous blog which is why you might notice that some of my past posts may have formatting issues and the photos are poorly edited, pixelated and the sizing is quite off. I’ve tried to edit as much as I could in terms of formatting – just so the posts are somewhat readable. But hopefully, with this fresh start on WordPress, I’ll be able to slowly and surely, become a better blogger.

I know that they say you need to have your own custom domain and all, but I’ve decided to keep it this way for now. As much as the .wordpress bugs me, I want to gain more confidence as a blogger first. And plus, it’s a way of motivating myself to keep doing better! Just until I’m ready to step up my game.

So to my future readers, I’d like to officially welcome you to it’s tricia. I have no particular “niche” for this blog, as blogging to me is simply my own personal diary that I’d love to share with all of you. I’m excited to start this journey and can’t wait to get to know you guys along the way!

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Thought Series: The Book of Questions

I love doing these. Maybe this might be a regular thing on it’s tricia! This set of questions comes from Shayne Blogs‘ blog series on The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock. 

Would you rather be extremely successful professionally and have a tolerable yet unexciting private life, or have an extremely happy private life and only a tolerable and uninspiring professional life?

I’d rather have an extremely happy private life. Although there’s that whole notion that you shouldn’t be working at some mundane job if it’s not what makes you happy.. At the end of the day, it’s your private life that you go home to. I’d hope that be a husband and kids in the future, and I believe having an extremely happy private life would give me the strength to wake up the next day, regardless of what job I’m at.

Do you feel you have enough time? If not, what would give you that feeling? How much has your attitude about time changed as you’ve aged?

That’s the funny thing about time. When I was younger, I didn’t have a care in the world about time. Now that I’m older and facing this particular stage in life where I’m finishing college soon, there’s this pressure to have it all figured out. People ask me, so what are you going to do after graduation? Yes, I might’ve spent over three years on a college degree but it doesn’t mean I know what I want to do for the next forty years of my life.

We make it seem like our time is limited and sometimes we get so caught up in it that it often causes us to rush things. It’s really the pressure from others that gives this feeling of limited time. Although I don’t feel like I have enough time, I think it’s a constant battle to remember that I do in fact, have enough time.

Would you accept twenty years of extraordinary happiness and fulfillment if it meant you would die at the end of the period?

I was recently inspired by Courageous Caitie. Her mom shares how despite having only lived three years, it was a life full lived because of the amount of lives she was able to touch. Caitie lived three years of extraordinary happiness and it was enough.

But at the same time, I struggle to answer this question because I do see the importance in both the ups and downs in life. My greatest downs have shaped me into the person I am today. So I guess it isn’t so much about the amount of time you have, but I’d choose not to accept the twenty years because no matter what, I still find value in the downs.

Do you feel you have much impact on the lives of people you come in contact with? Can you think of someone who, over a short period of time, significantly influenced your life?

Hmm as much as I’d like to say yes, and hope that at the end of this life, I’d be able to be of impact to someone… At this point, I’d say no, not really.

I can think of a bunch of people that’s significantly influenced my life. I can think of someone that constantly challenges me to learn how to accept everything that’s thrown at me in life. I can think of someone that’s changed my perspective and taught me to realize what the most important things are in life. I can think of someone that’s taught me how to value myself more as an individual. The funny thing is, I’m almost 100% positive they have no idea.

Thought Series: Letters to the Future

Took this from wild-spirit’s throwback post on Letters to the Future

 What did you want to be when you were a kid? 

A teacher. I remember the exact picture I drew to go along with this in one of my journal entries from primary. And hey, who knows, that might be the exact direction I’m heading.

What’s it like to fall in love in 2016? 

Okay let me reword the question – what’s it like to find love in 2016? It’s hella complicated to say the very least! Mind games, Tinder, relationships not being taken seriously. But of course, I’m still a firm believer that this isn’t true in all cases and in time, I’ll be able to say that finding and falling in love in 2016 (or 201x) will truly be amazing.

How do you define success? 

Success is being happy. And this is totally subjective for everyone – whether it’s your career, your passion, your family, your friends or a special someone.

Where will you be in 30 years?

I’ll be a year over 50. Which is supposedly, half of this lifetime we have. I will be what I pray for today: truly happy.
Ideally, with a family, and being able to look 30 years back and say that you might not have had it all sorted out back then but everything managed to work out. Everything always does – all according to God’s time.

What would you say to your future self?

Waiting patiently and trusting in God’s perfect timing always works. Never lose sight of the important things in life: your Faith, your family, your friends and everything else that makes you whole.