A clean slate

a clean slate

There’s that saying, “this time last year, everything was so different“. It really is true. Here I am writing this post, in a completely different place in life and as content as I was in my last post, quite a bit has happened along the way that’s shaped me and led me to an even better version of myself. Continue reading

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: 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.

The City of Gentle People | Dumaguete 2015

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Known as “The City of Gentle People”, I’m so proud to call Dumaguete, my hometown. I can’t say that I’ve spent a lot of time here growing up, but in the last couple of years, I’ve really learned to embrace the place as my second home. Aside from visiting family, I just love Dumaguete for being such a great place for sun, sand and blue skies. With an abundance of beach resorts, I never fail to make it a point to spend time under the sun each trip.

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I visited Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort in Dauin. It’s around a 40 minute drive from Dumaguete’s city center. The resort is very well-maintained, and complete with rest huts, a spa, pool and beach.

The good thing about these beach resorts in Dumaguete are that most accept walk-in customers for the day. They charge an entrance fee that’s usually at PHP200+ and these are usually consumable at the resort for food and/or drinks.

It was nice enjoying time under the sun and to finally get the long overdue tan that I need. August is actually known as the Philippines’ rainy season so lucky for me, the sun came out. But I guess the sun couldn’t take it as after about three hours into our time at Pura Vida, the sun felt it was time to hide beneath the clouds again so we decided to call it a day.

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Next up was Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park located in Valencia. With an abundance of spacious pools, a zipline and ATV’s, this resort was definitely worth it for its PHP60 entrance fee which included making use of their swimming pools! Definitely a lot cheaper compared to Pura Vida but quick note, it was not consumable. Which to be honest, I don’t even mind! I heard you could even do your own grilling and bring in your own food. It was about PHP200 to rent a cottage which included a sitting area and table. Overall, Tejero’s was very much worth it! Would definitely come here again over Pura Vida if you ask me.

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Another adventure I went on during my stay in Dumaguete was a trip to Pulangbato Falls, also located in Valencia. It’s about a 40 minute drive from the city. Now your drive to the falls will be an adventure in itself with uncemented roads but as you near the falls, you start seeing clouds of white steam rising from the rocks which turned out to be from sulfur fumes. This then causes the stones around Pulangbato to redden. Hence, Pulangbato Falls – or translated as “Red Stone Falls”.

Getting down to the actual falls is no easy task. There are stairs that lead you down but you’re on your own conquering the flowing water and uneven rocks. Now we couldn’t have gone all this way without taking a dip. Unfortunately, for us, it just so happened that rain was headed our way so the falls were very, very forceful. I repeat, very. I felt like I was going to end up down the stream because of how strong the water flow was! It was also very, very cold so we didn’t even manage to check out the neighbouring falls which flowed in fresh water or the concrete natural pool of the area. Still a unique experience for me because it was actually my first time at a waterfall.

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On one of our more lazy days when we ran out of things to do, we went for an impulsive drive to Agan-an Sibulan Beach. Now it can’t compare to the beaches of Mactan, Cebu but it was a nice place within the city to just getaway for an afternoon. I’d imagine it being even more perfect with a book at hand!

Moments like this really allow me to embrace life. I’d say especially for someone like me who’s so used to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. It’s nice to just stop and appreciate life for all it is and appreciate the natural beauty.

Dumaguete is one of my favourite places to be and I definitely can’t wait for the next time I’ll be back.