12 Things I’ve Learned When I Was 22

It’s gonna be my 23rd birthday on the 30th which is gonna be tomorrow in my time and this is gonna be my last post of being 22 so I decided to make a list of the things I’ve learned when I was 22.

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My 22nd year on this earth sure was a roller coaster. It was a mix of love, drama, happiness, and sadness. It was everything and I’ve learned so many things from the past year of my existence. Here are some:

  1. It’s okay to make a decision even if it’s the wrong one. The most important thing about it is, you learned from it.
  2. Sometimes some people doesn’t deserve second chances. You have to listen to your brain and instinct, not just your heart.
  3. Feeling unmotivated and lost in the uncertainty of life is the worst feeling ever. You just have to pick yourself up again and get yourself inspired.
  4. Being single isn’t so bad after all. It helps me to come out in my comfort zone and be more independent.
  5. Traveling is not just stepping in a new place. It made me appreciate life even more.
  6. The best way to love yourself is to accept yourself. I’ve learned to embrace my being an introvert even if I sometimes hate it.
  7. It feels great opening up to people and burning your walls down even if it’s not easy. Let people see how wonderful you are.
  8. A great friend doesn’t have to be someone you know in real life. They could be miles away and behind a screen but they’re always there for you.
  9. Being single allows people to like you and it feels great being appreciated or admired even if it’s just a crush.
  10. Life can be harsh but the challenge is to face it, do something about it and learn from it.
  11. Time really does heals everything. Looking back, I just laugh about the things that happened and appreciate the happy memories instead of being bitter and holding grudges.
  12. Even if you’ve been hurt, it’s okay to open your heart once again. It’s okay to like someone. You deserve to love and be loved.

Where I Sleep

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I’m so excited to do a room tour after getting a new room but since some things are not really done yet, I’m just gonna show you my bed.

My room is on the third floor, the highest floor of the house so I always call it my tower. I used to have a cliche teenager room with purple walls and flower wall decals. I got really tired with it cos it’s so girly so finally I had the chance to design my new room. I wanted it to be simple yet chic so I settled on black and white with pink accent. I’m still waiting for my black and white sheets or all white sheets but this pink one is okay for now.

I really love how my new room looks compared to my old one. I still have to design my desk space, paint my bookshelf and closet so I’m still finding ideas online on how to design it. Plus my asthma is keeping me from painting. Maybe I should just hire someone to do it. Anyway, I’m glad how it turned out and I’ll post a room tour when it’s done including my own bathroom!

Do you have a room tour post? Comment your link below. I would love to see yours! :)

My Favorite Phone Apps

I can’t live without my phone. I’d like to think that I’ve got everything I need here. Thanks to apps that made my life so much easier. So I wanted to share some of my favorite phone apps. Enjoy! x

1. VSCOCAM 

VSCO-Cam-iconThis is the only photo editing app I use.  It comes with free filters but buying the in-app presets are so so worth it. There are so many presets to choose from which ranges from black and white to film-like presets to faded presets and so much more. It comes with a library where you can store your edited photos inside the app. You can also edit your photos’ contrast, saturation, exposure, temperature and other basic tools. It also has a feature called VSCO grid where you can post some of your photos and sometimes if you get lucky, your photo will be featured.

2. SPOTIFY

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I think most of you know what Spotify is. It’s a music app where you can listen to all of the songs you want and make your own playlist. Spotify features some playlists for you to listen to, and you can also listen to playlists that other users made. And if you pay for premium every month, it allows you to listen to all of your songs even when you’re offline. It literally saves my phone memory and effort to download songs to my iTunes so now, I just use Spotify.

3. iBOOKS

IBooks_Icon_2013I consider myself a bookworm because I love reading so much and this app fills my thirst for books. Most of the books I read were eBooks and this is where I store it. It allows me to highlight some of the quotes I like and I love how it makes books portable so I can read anywhere I want.

4. TUMBLR

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Before moving here on WordPress, I was using Tumblr for this blog. Now, I still have an account but I use it for reblogging and posting my writing such as poems and proses instead. This is also where I read posts from bloggers who are still using that platform. There are so many amazing people I’ve met using Tumblr so I just can’t leave just like that.

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Thailand: The Grand Palace Adventure

After backpacking from Malaysia, we went back to Bangkok to roam around the city some more. The highlight of our days were mostly shopping and it was by far the biggest shopping experience I’ve ever had. There’s so many shops and malls everywhere!

Anyway, we made sure we visited some tourist-y spots along the way so we went to The Grand Palace. It has been the official residence of the Kings Of Thailand except for the present King who now resides in Chitralada Royal Villa after the passing of his brother inside the palace.

IMG_9592bwWe were greeted by this sign in the main entrance. Well, here’s a funny story. When we got inside, we noticed that there were two lines. One for Thais, which their entrance was for free and the other line was for tourists where the have to pay 500 Baht to go inside. My cousin was like, “Hey, why don’t we line up in the free one cos we look Thais anyway?” So we did. My cousin and I got in! Haha I can’t believe it! But then, we noticed that my mom and my other cousin wasn’t inside yet. Turned out the officers found out that they weren’t Thais. It was my cousin’s fault cos he said something in our language. haha. They were so so scared that they actually thought they were going to jail or something. They called us and they were in panic telling us to go out and leave. I got so sad cos I didn’t even see what’s inside. We went to them, turned out they were just overreacting about going to jail. I said, let’s try it again or just pay for the entrance. My mom was like, “I’m done! Let’s go home!” haha. It was so funny, she actually was scared.

IMG_9587bwWe ended up taking photos outside instead. Here’s us outside the Ministry Of Defence Building. It’s not the palace but still, it looks pretty.

IMG_9590bwYou’re probably wondering my my guy cousin was wearing a skirt. Well, here’s another funny story that had me laughing until now. My girl cousin Ana said that if you’re gonna wear shorts inside, you have to wear something to cover your legs up. So my guy cousin just did that. Haha! It turns out that guys doesn’t have to do that. It was only for girls and when we were outside already, still he forgot to take them off! haha! No wonder the officers knew he was a tourist. LOL!IMG_9600bw

We only took this photo of The Grand Palace and it was from the outside. :( We planned to visit it the next day but it was cancelled for some reason.  I wish I can go back there someday and I’ll surely visit this place!

I miss Thailand.

Life Recently #1

This is a lot like the blog series The Sunday Currently but I made it into Life Recently. I saw a post like this from Lauryn’s blog and it sounds much more personal.

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READING// The book I read this week was This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. It’s a feel good book about two teenagers who accidentally met online, shared their lives through emails and moment came when they finally met each other. I’ve also been dying to read Lullabies by Lang Leav. Sadly, I can’t find it anywhere so maybe I’ll have to buy online.

LISTENING// I’ve been obsessed by some of the tracks to If I Stay’s soundtrack album especially the song Heart Like Yours by Williamette Stone. Oh and have you heard Ed Sheeran’s cover of Sam Smith’s Stay With Me? It’s so beautiful!

FEELING// I’ve been feeling low lately cos mostly I’m alone. I go to classes alone, I don’t know anyone there since I’m a new student and some people aren’t attending regularly and they’re older than me so it’s kind of hard. There’s also a 4 hour break between classes so I’d stroll around the city to kill time by myself or just go home and go there again.

THINKING// About my future, about my plans. I have so many things I want to do but I honestly don’t know what I’ll do first. I’m just living in the moment and not thinking about it at all makes my mind at ease.

PHOTOGRAPHING// My 4 year old cousin Gunner. I haven’t seen him in 3 weeks so I really missed him. I’ve been taking photos and videos of him to send to my cousins who work outside of the country. Guess we all missed him.

WRITING// I can’t believe I’ve done something I wanted to do in such a long time. I submitted an article on Thought Catalog! I’m still waiting for their email if they’ll publish it or not but I hope they will.

WATCHING// I recently watched The Giver and If I Stay. I watched the latter alone at a cinema house and I bawled my eyes out! It was so good. Watching a movie alone at a public place helps me concentrate more so I felt all the feels!

USING// I’m all about accessories lately so I’ve been using the layered necklace which I purchased from H and M when we were in Thailand. I don’t use them all at once, sometimes I just use two or three but mostly just two.

LEARNING// Been reviewing for the IELTS exam which is kind of an English exam where they test on how well you understand written English, how well you speak or you write, or understand spoken English in British accent. It helps cos I’ve been growing up in a country where everyone can understand English and we use that language all the time at school. I needed that test to study and work in Australia so I hope I’ll get the score I want.

REMINISCING// My college adventures. Saw my former classmate at the mall days ago and I suddenly find myself remembering my college days, the good and the bad but mostly the good. Click on the mountain photo if you want to read the memorable recollection that we had as a class.

REFLECTING UPON// Looking back at who I was before, I say I’ve changed a lot. I’m still shy but it so much worse in the past where I couldn’t even look at people in the eye now I can and it really helps me to grow up and be independent.

How was your week? xo