Taiwan 2017

It’s been a year since I went to Taiwan. The draft of this entry has been patiently sitting in my laptop for more than half a year, and it’s finally out.

After ten months of trying to be a responsible adult, my arrival in Taiwan was nothing short of exciting. The month leading up to my trip was hectic, and aside from my transportation and accommodation, I had nothing prepared. For the first time since I began traveling, I did not have my usual ammunition of maps, itineraries, and laid-out plans. Being so unprepared and disoriented, it goes without saying that my four days in Taiwan were spent getting lost in train stations, bus stops, neighboring towns, and night markets.

Here’s the long and short of my rather laidback adventure-y trip.

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Still alive.

Employed for fourteen months today. Still alive. Still in/sanely wack. Brava, Monica.

I’ve been living on my own for 8 months now. And I’ve transferred thrice. But perhaps I’ll be staying longer in this new place. I got cooking appliances from the house, stocked up on herbs and pasta sauces, bought furniture, acquired more books, and started washing clothes myself (and let me tell you – that’s a huge thing).

For almost a year, the walls around me have been too bare. Tonight, I mounted photographs, postcards, and magnets on my door. Once I accomplish the feat of getting all my dirty clothes laundered, I’m going to get a succulent. Then maybe flowers. A vegetable garden sounds lovely.

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Coming to Taiwan

Even now that I am currently in the country, it still dumbfounds me that I made it to Taiwan. Unlike my previous trips, the only concrete plans I had for this trip were my flight details and my accommodation. I had no itinerary, no budget plan, and no time to even think everything through. For the first time in my life, I was quite spontaneous (around 75%). I had no printed Google Maps directions to my hostel, I got lost a couple of times, my GPS wasn’t accurate underground, and I was at a loss over where to go and what to do. I even brought my laundry with me.  Continue reading “Coming to Taiwan”

Twenty-one? 21.

2016 was a mixture of rocky roads and smooth highways. It was a hectic roller coaster ride that went by too fast. A lot of people have left and a lot more are going to leave, but the new arrivals are welcome to stay for as long as they like.

I have a lot of things to be thankful for which all happened in the past year – our thesis, graduation, the backpacking trip, employment, a new family, and more time to go back to my hobbies. Being 20 has made me busier than ever! Continue reading “Twenty-one? 21.”

Why We Let Good People Go

It came as a shock. Earlier that day, I asked God if I could have one good cry to at least reset all the emotions coursing willy-nilly through my body. It was a figurative request, but wouldn’t you know, I got something to cry about.

For the past 48 hours (has it only been that short?), I’ve been asking myself questions to try and understand the choices people make. Why do good people leave? And why do we let them? Continue reading “Why We Let Good People Go”