Now

I haven’t blogged since July – I think. I’ve been occupied since I got out of uni and I just wanted to share what I’ve been up to.

Firstly, I moved to London. That’s probably the scariest part and it was hard because I had to do it alone – from booking a moving van, booking train tickets and making sure that I arrived before the moving van does, living arrangements, and paying monthly bills. Then a couple of days after I moved to London, I went back home to the Philippines for two months. Those two months were great. I got to spend time with my brothers again, taking the youngest one to school and checking their homework and projects. It was heartbreaking to leave that time.

And now, I’m back in London. I’ve been back for almost three weeks now and it feels like I’ve never even left. It’s a weird feeling but because you are familiar with your surroundings – and made a routine in that environment – it’s easy to adjust back. I also got the opportunity to tour around East London more. There are so many places to see in London – and I am telling you now, for a chill night out go to Shoreditch. (Make sure to visit Bull in a China ShopDrunken MonkeyQueens of Hoxton – Rooftop, and BLOCKShoreditch)

I’m enjoying every site, every experience, and the people I share it with but at the end of the day, I still feel like something is missing. Maybe I miss home, more than I expected to. A part of me wants to explore many more places but a part of me would rather go home and be with the family. It’s part of how I grew up and now I’m craving for the feeling of having the people I love just minutes away. But I know that whatever I’m doing right now, I’m supposed to be doing and it will lead me towards the right path.

Well, anyway, I’ve been reading this really interesting book: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg – it’s a good read. It changed my perspective on how my actions are affecting me now, and how I can alter them to improve my health, productivity, or anything you want to improve in life AND business.

I’ll end it here for now and WILL try to update from time to time. I guess it’s good that I don’t have time to update because it means that I am out there, and I don’t do that very often. I’m proud of myself for that, for interacting with the world – as others would say. Good night!

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2015

It’s a new year and I still forget to post at least once a week! *laughs* Blogging is really something you need to put time and effort on, I guess. And maybe, I’ll have more time once I’ve finished Uni and gotten a boring ol’ job in an office with a desk, and this will be my outlet for innovative ideas and thoughts.

Anyway, enough about that. So for 2015, I have started the oh-so-famous 365 days of Happiness, on my Instagram account mainly. And I’ve had an incredible start of 2015 as we were on a trip in London!

My friends and I got to see most of the sites that people crowd and line up for, and since it was a holiday, there were a lot, LIKE A LOT, of people from different countries and cultures but all wanting to do the same thing – sightseeing.

On our first day – which was 31 of December by the way, we familiarized our selves first with the tube. It was crazy confusing because they had a lot of tube lines from one point to another, having exchanges from one point to another as well. But I must say, the system in London for tube lines are great. It is color coded, labeled well, and there are maps provided on each station. We mainly used tube lines and undergrounds more than any other transportation because well, we didn’t know how. :’)

If you are planning to go to London for a long vacation, say a week or so, then I suggest you get a London Pass (all details here: http://www.londonpass.com/?aid=238&gclid=CMWRqcjygcMCFQHJtAodGQ8AYQ) because it would save you the trouble of queueing for a ticket and the queueing for the actual ride, and it would probably save you from costs as well. While you are at it, might as well get an Oyster Card for the Tube, Tram, Buses, and many more different transportation available for this card (all details here:https://account.tfl.gov.uk/oyster?App=8ead5cf4-4624-4389-b90c-b1fd1937bf1f&returnURL=https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/security_check). It has a £5 deposit – which you can get back once you return the card, and you can easily load it up on any station.

If you are planning to go for a short period of time, then I suggest you weigh your options on getting an Oyster Card against getting an All Day Rider – unlimited all day travel. See, what we did was to get an Oyster Card even if we stayed for only four (4) days because we mainly walked around the city to see more of the sights, and to save on transportation as well.

So, yeah, we got to see a lot of places because we made a roadmap on what to see first and how to roam around without having additional costs. See the map below:

Map

We encircled the ones we wanted to see first and then we tried to see the other places that we were not able to see. Unfortunately, four days wasn’t really enough for a London Tour.

The highlight of the trip was probably the London Eye Experience. We rode the London Eye at night and the view of the city was just absolutely breath-taking. I did not have my camera with me so my phone had to do.

View From London Eye

So that’s how I spent my holidays. It was quite expensive but every penny worth it.