Chi looking at the camera and smiling while at her home workstation, consisting of two monitors mounted on monitor arms, an iPad propped up, and a Macbook Pro elevated with a laptop stand in the middle of her two monitors. On her desk is her split keyboard, her trackball mouse which Chi is holding, and a full deskmat. The chair Chi is sitting on is still a normal dining chair, not her computer chair. Her setup is facing the window, letting natural light in.

My home office setup is (almost) complete 😁

(almost because I haven’t moved my computer chair from the old place yet 😆)

Life update

Felt like writing this down and putting it here as a reference on some life updates I’m comfy to share:

Moving places

I started moving in with my current partner now in a shared space. This is definitely going to be a new situation to explore, but we’re both game to face it and go through it together. The prospect is exciting, and I’m hoping this gives me the bump up in terms of Quality of Life that I’ve been longing for so long—something I realized after thinking about stuff I wanted to do in the future.

Part of me wonders why when my partner brought this up, that I didn’t panic as much as I would have had this happened before. Technically this is a big move, a big change, and it’s life-changing. But at the same time… I guess, I already saw it was gonna happen sooner or later, so it made sense as the next step? Not necessarily a small or super big step, but just… a step. A step forward.

For sure there’ll be bumps on this road my partner and I are taking together, but I’m determined to see these through. And he’s shared the same sentiment. Here’s hoping I look back at this post with a smile on my face.

Learning to deal with disappointing others

In this case… it’s my parents. I’ve already moved out of their house for 2 years now, but of course we’re still talking, updating each other about life, and occasionally meeting to eat together as a family again.

But this time around, I had to give them the news of what I shared above. And they were both not happy, what with them both having traditional values and all. My partner and I are not married (yet(?)) but we also both recognize that this would be helpful for us in the long run. That clashes with traditional or conservative views, though. So… I really just had to face the reality that I’d be disappointing and possibly hurting my parents with this decision.

This might not be much to others, but I realized it was to me. Growing up, I always did my best to “be in the right”, and if ever there were any sketchy shit I was getting into, that I’d do everything to hide that as much as possible. The sketchy shit weren’t really, like… super controversial (in my opinion). Just the usual vices young adults tend to get into as they go through life.

But… there. I guess writing this down also is my way of coping with the situation. It’s still technically an “unresolved” situation, but I’m doing my best to make my resolve firm and just face the consequences and make do with what I have currently. I’ll just continue moving forward. I have to, in order to grow as a person.


I guess… that’s mostly it. That’s what I wanted to share.

With this update in my life, I’m hoping I get to do more things that I want, given that it’s me literally choosing myself and my needs as well. It’s scary, but I’ll do it anyway.

It’s also my birth month, so I find some symbolism as well with how my life is now changing more on this date, at the start of this month. Hopefully with this change, I find growth and also get a better sense of who I am. Hopefully I get to know myself better enough to love myself more and more for each passing day.

Here’s to changing for the better.

I didn’t get to finish the April photoblogging challenge again 🥲 But oh well, at least I got to update it for most of the month!

Gonna write another post to just share updates on life as well.

as the weeks pass I hear more and more sirens 😟 kung hindi ambulance, fire truck. huhu

Haven’t been able to catch up to the challenges again 😅 been busy the past few days

I’m so happy I saw this immediately in my videos to watch!! Excited for Part 2, this Part 1 was super great and reminds me of all the times I’ve gotten so excited over stuff with One Piece 🥹

www.youtube.com/watch

Alright, I’m home. IT’S TIME TO PLAY… 🎮 Hades 2 (technical test)!!! 😁 excited to explore the first area~

wonder what’s gonna happen in the coming month. lots of (potential) changes.

📷 Day 22: blue #mbApr

Taken last 24 June 2022. Second to the last gig I got to attend of Banna Harbera performing. They stopped putting new music out later that year too, but I was thankful I still got to attend some of the gigs when they were still playing. 🥹

Banna Harbera performing at the 2022 Fête de la Musique Philippines. Both the main vocalist and lead guitar and vocalist are lit in a cool blue hue. Both of them are focused on singing the song, as shown in their expressions.

It’s so hot. It’s been so hot the past few weeks. 🥵😢 sigh huhu

📷 Day 21: mountain #mbApr

Took a photo of this mountain while riding a taxi with other tourists who were also figuring out how to get to Jioufen 😆 Taken last April 10, 2023!

A mountain covered with vegetation near Jioufen in Taiwan. A small thin cloud is seen on the tip of the mountain. A bus is seen on the right side of the photo because Chi took this as she was seated on the front passenger seat while going up the road.

📷 Day 20: ice #mbApr

I forgot what this drink was called 🤣 but it was a nice cocktail from Hakid 😁

A mixed orange cocktail in a tall glass with a dried orange as a garnish, with ice in the drink as well.

📷 Day 19: birthday #mbApr

My birthday’s coming up soon. Throwback to this gift the WeWork staff where I used to co-work at gave me 😁🍷

A wine bottle is on a marbled countertop with a greeting card in front of it. The text reads, "A note from our community team: Chi! Happy birthday Daryl, Paul, Hazel, & Sumana"

Excited for today because I’ll be watching Rent (the musical) with a friend later today! #RentMNL2024 wooooo

📷 Day 18: mood #mbApr

This horse/donkey statue is a mood after the events of this week. 😆

A gray horse or donkey statue lying down on the grass, with its legs up in the air, and seemingly basking in the sun.

goddamn it i’m hungry again but it’s almost 12am 😩

Collection of thoughts re: Figma's Framework APAC 2024

Dang, I thought the Framework APAC would be live too (since they have an announcement for it as its own event and all), but I guess since Figma already announced stuff yesterday, it really would just be a replay of the stuff they already did on April 16 🥲

Feels weird to go through this now, since it seemed like it would be its own “event” where people would also be live, sad that APAC still feels like an afterthought. But I guess it’s also fine we have these recordings available? 😅

I wonder if the Office Hours would be live or if it would still be a recording of their office hours during that day. I’m thinking it would be the latter, based on how this is going 😅

I might just update this blog post later in the day once that time slot is open to see if anything changes. I do still have the tab open to play in the background, since… well, not much to do other than listen. 😆 (last update: 12:10PM)

update: 1:37PM — oh nice, the In the file with DBS session is live 😁 cool! Today I learned Zoom Webinars can be integrated into a website like this 😆

update: 2:37PM — Office Hours just finished, and I appreciate it was a live session 😁 Exciting times!

Overall, I still do love hearing about the updates from the Figma team. Makes me excited to make cool stuff!

📷 Day 17: transcendence #mbApr

I guess this can count? 😆 This was taken after we rode over 140km around Taichung last April 2023. This was the our actual Strava ride up to Sun Moon Lake 😄 I can’t believe I pulled it off then! I don’t really do long rides that much anymore 😅

Chi posing with her right hand raised to gesture to her background, which is the Sun Moon Lake in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan. She has the bike she borrowed from her friend parked in front of her, with the 2 other bikes of her friends laid on the ground just behind her. Chi is wearing a red crop top shirt and black shorts, as well as a bike helmet and fingerless gloves.

Looked back at some of the photos I submitted for the photoblogging challenge, and I saw I reposted 1 photo 🙈 Now I know I shouldn’t use that photo moving forward haha!

I also have an entry for today’s challenge. 😁

Got to watch GomBurZa again, this time with my boyfriend, because it’s on Netflix!

Sobrang nakakagago pa rin talaga nung nangyari sa GomBurZa. Goes to show how shitty it really was before and pano naging turning point ito for Filipinos.