I am not quite there yet

Every time I go on Facebook, I find around 50% of my friends’ posts are about their babies/kids and/or husbands/wives, and a lot of these coming from my own generation. I can barely relate to most of this now. I’m not quite there yet. There is no boyfriend or husband-to-be, and no babies-in-the-making for the next few. I am honestly enjoying my awesome single life, and a family life is very far from my mind right now.

Am I out of place? I do hope not. I know of a lot of other friends still in the same stage as I, but possibly we’re just being out-posted by those with lovely babies and hubbies/wives. What interesting things can single, child-less people like me contribute to the social media circle? Perhaps a narrative of travels and adventures, but I don’t think its manageable to do that every day. Maybe I can post about food, movies, books, yoga, an what-nots. But for some reason, I know it will all be trumped by the cuteness of all those babies and sweetness of all those lovely partners.

It’s all good. It’s lovely to see all those, and I’m not complaining. I don’t feel envy, I just feel different. I’m still far from being in a similar situation, and I really don’t know how it feels to be starting one’s own family. I still feel so normal and comfortable with who I am and what I have right now, and yet I seem to be approaching and going after very different things compared to most people from my own generation. I hope I don’t seem weird or immature. But this is my reality, and my reality is different. I’ll live with what I have.

Lovely Blogs

While worrying about the next thing I should write about, I find a pingback, a nomination for One Lovely Blog Award by Sally on Deliberately Delicious. Thank you so much and I am very honored.

I do hope I get to do this right. According to the rules, I should thank the person who nominated me, share seven things about myself, and then nominate fifteen blogs that I think are deserving of the One Lovely Blog Award. I’m not sure though, if I’ll get to fifteen, but I’ll nominate who I think deserve to be mentioned.

Now for the seven (random) things about me (and I try to make it a bit interesting):

1. I love to dance. It is one thing I truly enjoy with all my body, mind, and heart. I have some training in a few styles, and have learned a few others by experience or practice. And… sometimes you can catch me dancing even without music.

2. I’ve wanted to go bungy jump on my 25th birthday, and I got to actually doing it just a few weeks before my 26th, so I think it still counts. Now, I want to skydive on my 30th birthday. I have just a little bit under 2 years to find a way to do that.

3. I’ve kept a cabbage patch doll from way back in 1990, given to me when I was still a little girl. Her name is Elaine.

4. I’ve been single for the past 5 years, both by chance and by choice.

5. I love driving. I love fast cars. I love beautiful sexy cars. I’m like a guy when I start talking about cars, as my friends say.

6. The best thing that my former officemates remember about me is, I can make really good desserts – chocolates, cakes, fruit salad, and panna cotta, among others.

7. I love reading books by Paulo Coelho. And I love re-reading his books too.

Now for my nominations:

Professional Heckler, who has been very witty and entertaining, and at the same time socially relevant.

Next is Antonio Marquez’ Photoblog, a wonderful Portugese photographer who does a lot of great B&W shots.

Reina Reyes on Pinay Observer, a batchmate of mine from high school, who have gone further in pursuit of stars (literally… she’s an astrophysicist now). Such a great mind.

Chico Garcia on Strangefruit, 1/3 of my favorite on-air trio on RX93.1 (Manila). He’s crazy-entertaining.

Ae on Artechoke, a personal acquaintance who does really nice reviews of different beauty products.

Daniel Loy on Danjumbuck, the blog of my Malaysian friend who has the same fondness for travel, photographs, and food, like me.

Here are a few other websites / blogs / collections that I love reading:

Hello Giggles, a very female website by the trio Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi, and Molly McAleer.

Flowing Data, which feeds the geeky, chart-loving part of me.

Science Dump, loaded with a lot of entertaining science and science-y stuff.

My favorite online comics, DilbertPhD Comics, XKCD, and JL8 Comics, as well as my all time favorite from way back, Beerkada.

Now Linked

I have finally put my list of links on my sidebar. How do I choose who I link to? So far I have four categories:

Blogroll – a list of blogs I follow on WordPress. I don’t follow a lot, and not all the ones that I follow are here. I just included those that I read often.
A girl called emily
Antonio Marques Photoblog
Chris Neighbors
Professional Heckler

Favorites – a list of different significant websites for me
Click the City
Rappler (an online news page)
The Mind Museum (the website of the museum where I work)
Travel Factor (interesting travel adventures)

Fun – just entertaining stuff
9GAG
Beerkada Comics
Dilbert
Hello Giggles

Geek Fun – entertaining nosebleed geeky stuff… and yes, I enjoy reading these (because I’m a geek that way)
10 Most Beautiful
PHD Comics
Science Dump
XKCD

I did not include anymore the websites that I always have open : Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Docs, etc.), Facebook, and Twitter.

Do you have any other website you’d like to recommend?

The blog that went the other way

I started this blog over a year ago, initially intended for something else. I wanted to setup a website for a specific purpose, a certain online portal for inspiration and coaching, and I was hoping that the blog would be able to jumpstart it all. However, the blog became something quite far from what it originally intended to be. Not that it became something bad or worse. Rather, it just went an entirely different way.

Now I have some people who have chosen to follow me, though not the ones I first thought of while starting this blog. I never realized that there are a lot of different people who would appreciate the things I write and the things I write about. It is wonderful to be able to realize the power of the internet, how it has allowed me to reach out to a lot of different people from across the globe.

Blogging used to be just a passing hobby, which somehow became a duty. Now it has evolved into a certain fondness. There is now a desire to at least try to write about things that make me ponder on a normal day. While driving or running, or sometimes even in the middle of work, certain things or topics strike me and I bookmark them with a title on my digital notebook. And then I try to find the time to expound about it. There are some times that ideas and words just flow out of me full of sense, and I can write one article after another. There are also times I find myself dry, and I put off writing for another day. But I try as much as possible to write something at least weekly

Maintaining this blog has allowed me to grow in many ways. I am able to practice writing, as well as to exercise and become more aware of my thought process. At times, it is also a catalyst to help me understand ideas and situations better.

I find such joy even in the few people who follow, read, and appreciate my posts. I always try to reach outwards, as much as I do inwards, in every article I write.

Deals Deals Deals

I’m not sure how many people out there are already hooked to all these online deals going around. Have you ever tried them? Have you ever bought and used any of these many vouchers for food, items, travel, and salon services?

I have been a bit hooked for quite some time now. I started with one spa voucher that was almost 70% off the original price. Since then I’ve bought other spa vouchers, food vouchers, and even a 3-month unlimited gym subscription at one point. I was able to use most of them, but forfeited one or two. I now have a number of these different websites on my browser bookmarks, which I visit during spare time.

There are certain qualifications for deals that I look for before I make a purchase. First, the store or facility involved should not be out of the way from my typical daily route. However great a deal I find, I wouldn’t purchase it if I need to go out of my way to redeem it. Second, I only consider items or services that I really want or need.

So far, I have not yet encountered any bad experience from purchasing these vouchers online. I have even found some good places nearby from these deals. In a way, these online deals are a good way for new or relatively hidden companies to attract new customers. They may also be able to retain them as repeat customers if they do provide good service.

Unfortunately, I’ve heard from other people that sometimes some of these deals provide products or service at a much lower quality than what was advertised or promised. I’ve also encountered once with a certain item that was advertised as “discounted at 50% off” but the price was actually higher than when I saw the same item at the actual store. In a way, some of these deals are deceiving. It really is a challenge to be able to go through all these deal websites and get the best offers and not get trapped into spending and wasting money on unnecessary and worthless deals.

Here are two places I discovered because of these deals:
http://www.neo.ph/
http://www.themandaraspa.com/

And here are the deal sites I often:
http://www.ensogo.com.ph/
http://www.metrodeal.com/
http://www.cashcashpinoy.com/
https://dealgrocer.com/
http://www.beeconomic.com.ph/

How about you? What are your experiences with these online deals? Would love to hear your own tips and advice. 🙂

Literary Constipation

I think my writing muses are in hiatus right now. There are so many interesting things around me to write about, but it seems so difficult to complete an entire flow of thought at the moment, unlike how easy it usually is for me to write about something. There are too many thoughts in my brain, but my literary gears are far too squeaky.

Maybe my brain and my body are both too tired. Maybe I have my heart in a complicated twist. I should work this out first. When my brain is back in its prime, and my heart is ready to disclose, maybe then I will be able to make something meaningful again.

Pardon me, I’ll probably do some reposts and links to interesting reads in the meantime.