5 of My Favorite Quotes from Women

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Happy International Women’s Day!

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to produce better content on this blog and only write and share my thoughts when I think:

  1. what I have to say will contribute to the conversation.
  2. the people around me could use an extra dose of positive vibes and inspiration.
  3. to remind myself (and others) that there are always things to be thankful for.

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Lessons in the Real World: Expectation v. Reality


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It’s been eight months since graduation. I can hardly believe that that much time has passed since I graduated from college, but then at the same time, it feels like I’ve been working girl Czarina for much longer.

Most days, I feel as if my reality of working eight hours a day isn’t really my life and I’m just playing house. Most days I have to stop and think about it for a second and hits me, “This is your life now.”

I’m sure that my other former classmates can agree with me when I say that the transition from “college girl adult” to “real life working adult” has been a really interesting and weird transition; and I had a lot of expectations that were not accurate or true at all.

It hasn’t even been a year, and it feels like 22-year-old working girl me has already changed so much and is so different from 22-year-old college girl me.

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5 Things I want to say to my 16-year-old self

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I came across journal entries from my high school days and here’s what I concluded: I was an angsty teenager who found a reason to rant and vent about everything and everyone in her journal. I’m getting second-hand embarrassment from my high school self. Perpetually wishing my older self could go back in time to scold my 16-year-old self.

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Sariling Atin: Filipino Street Food

As I previously mentioned, October is Filipino-American Heritage month so I’m writing about everything unique to the Filipino culture.

The thing that I truly miss about being in the Philippines is getting to eat all the good food. I mean yes, there are a lot of things that they export from the Philippines to all other parts of the world, but to me, it’s just not the same.

I always joke that I don’t discriminate against any type of food and I’m quite open to trying anything (ask my mom, I never say no to food).

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Sariling Atin: Traditional Filipino Customs

Maybe it’s because of the fact that October is national Filipino American History month, or maybe it’s because I’ve been watching too much of The Filipino Channel lately, (it’s probably the latter to be honest) but I feel extra in touch with my Filipino culture and roots these last few weeks.

I thought about writing in all Tagalog this month, and sound super makata¬†like this guy in my native tongue (hooray for spoken word in Tagalog!) But to be honest, since I only studied Filipino until the third grade, I probably wouldn’t be able to do it formally or properly. So I decided that I’m going to write a series of ¬†“listicles” about things that are unique to the Filipino culture or as you would say in Tagalog, sariling atin.

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3 Reasons Why I Quit my Job

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I finally had enough guts to admit to myself and to everyone really, that I wasn’t happy where I was working. If I were honest with myself, I have known that I didn’t really want to be there since week three. From then on I decided that I was going to get professional experience that I needed and be out of there by the six-month mark. From then on too, I was low key seeking other opportunities.

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