Hello everyone! (Or, at least, anyone who reads this blog)
I can sense some awkward silence on behalf of my hypothetical audience as I type my first words again on this page. I haven’t written since December 10 of 2017, which was pretty much the last time I said that I should start writing more. Well, I have been writing. I wrote 2 complete songs in the past month, with melody, rhythm, and piano chords, but I have not recorded them – so I guess it’s not really complete yet.
But new year, new me. Just like I say every year.
This 2018 my first agenda, and most likely the agenda that summarizes all my agenda for the year, is to be more knowledgable and cultured.
Here’s a photo of me and my love, Lawrence, celebrating the new year at 12AM.
For every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the year, I’ve mapped out a date plan, for me and my boyfriend, of New York City museums to go to and just explore around. It surprised me that most museums that we’ve shied away from visiting are actually free! (or pay-what-you-wish) Here’s an NYC-ARTS Guide to for those who want to share this new year’s resolution with us.
Alongside the small travels within NYC that I’ve planned throughout the said Saturdays of the year, I’m also thinking of alternating the plans to either visiting a museum/historic landmark or spending a day in a park, especially when the weather gets warmer. There’s more to NYC other than Central Park, you guys! I love Central Park but have you seen Hermon A. Macneil Park in College Point or Jacob Riis Park in Far Rockaway??! (I’m sorry, I’m biased with anything overlooking a body of water.) (They’re both absolutely amazing, too!)
2017 has made me realize how much material possessions I’ve accumulated in the past years since moving to New York. When I was in the PH, it was tough keeping up with the latest fashion trends because… I couldn’t afford them. However my move here and the job security that I have also made me want to purchase things just to even further prove the point that I have a good job that pays good. Not good.
When I turned 24 last November, I started making a list of “Things in Your Closet You Get Rid of Right Now.” I religiously followed this list and that made my wardrobe size decrease 2/3 of it. A more recent talk with an old friend of mine also made me realize that “my clothing style,” which is not really that fashionable, makes minimalism the best road for me to take, fashion-wise. Normally I would passively get offended with that kind of comment, when after giving so much effort in trying to look fashionable I still am not, but my new found wisdom since turning 24 made me know that she was right. It might take a while to make minimalism my lifestyle though, but you’ll see me writing about my attempts to it on my future blogs.
In 2018, I want to focus on things that really matters. Sometimes I look back in the previous years and I feel like I want to return my $80 coat (that I barely use) for a spontaneous trip to Albany. I look back at spending $30 on Marshall’s for home decors that I’ve just put inside a box and I know it’s one of my most cringe-worthy moments in my life. I could’ve fed me and my boyfriend some DJ Buffet lunch special and we would’ve most likely shared amazing memories together. But I didn’t. And starting this year, I’m sure I know better.
To travels! To more books read! To picnics in a park! To museums and historic landmarks to learn from! To decluttering a house because all it needs is good food and great memories! To Lawrence, who’s my confidant! To the other side of Lawrence, who contradicts my points of view and therefore makes me more open-minded!