Our special dog strikes again.

We got Porkchop May 31 last year; he has been a constant source of happiness since then. Our dog is clumsy, stubborn, but smart. This combination has led him to outwit the husband several times: climbing over the playpen wall and escaping, eating something he shouldn’t have eaten, relocating slippers on various occasions, etc. He (Porkchop, not the husband) enjoys doing naughty things, but is so very lovable that we can’t thoroughly punish him. I guess we are raising a special snowflake dog. Amongst all the funny things he has […]

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Adapting From Urban to Rural Living

It has been 3 months since the husband and I moved to Pyeongtaek (Dongchang-ri, to be more specific), a rural wasteland 70km from Seoul or an hour and a half of driving. I have maintained a routine of cooking, gardening, cleaning, and filling my time with random crap, willing the clock to strike 4:30PM. At that point, I will feed the dog and wait for the husband’s arrival at the front door. It has been 3 months, and I am bored to death. Before I moved here, I knew I […]

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What is being healthy?

Sitting on my new kitchen island, eating creamed corn, I contemplate on how unfit I am. Let us go back the previous day when the husband and I decided to go on a bike ride by the river. Of course, we picked the windiest day of the week to do it, with wind speeds at 25kph and brutal gusts of 40kph. The fact that we haven’t ridden our bikes in half a year added to our suffering. It was worth it though. I feel my hamstrings tighten, sore, in dire […]

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Living with Mommy Thumb or De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.

So what’s the worst thing with Mommy Thumb (De Quervain)? When you have had it for a year, and you are NOT even a mother. Sigh. All my life I had wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon, specializing in hand surgery. I even interned at Singapore General Hospital under the Hand Surgery department. As life would have it, I became the perfect orthopedic PATIENT instead. Not only do I suffer from De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, I also have temporomandibular joint disorder, lordosis, and scoliosis. The pain is constant, and I just […]

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Battling depression and a career change at 30.

Young me and a water buffalo.

Let me start off by saying, I am a very lucky girl, and I am aware of this fact. A lot of factors in my life contributed to major self-growth in my 20s. However, it still took a lot of hurt and suffering to arrive to where I am today: a contented person. If I was given a time machine to travel back to my high school days, I would have told myself to continue what I was doing: being carefree, not giving a shit to tiny inconsequential things, pursue […]

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Entry-level Fountain Pens: A Mini Review

I have a pen addiction. In fact, I packed almost all my pens with me when I moved from the Philippines. The essentials of my moving-away bag included: PENS, nail polish, notebooks/journals, shoes, and bags. What’s funny is, I don’t really do too much with the pens I own. I don’t sketch. I don’t do calligraphy. I do love to write notes, make lists and use my planner. I guess that’s all I do, I WRITE with the pens. My pen of choice is the Pilot Hi-TEC C with 0.3 […]

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Engaged?! Yes, it has happened.

Sitting in Starbucks, sipping a Dark Mocha frapp while admiring my ring… Wow, it really happened! I still can’t believe it. It has been 11 days. I thought I won’t get super excited or maybe just have a short blissfully happy moment. Heck, I never even thought that I’ll end up as an engaged woman. 10 years ago, I would have scoffed at the idea of marriage. “I’m a modern career woman; I don’t need a guy in my life.” And here we are, folks, a simple woman embracing this […]

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Trying out audiobooks using Audible

The weather has turned for the better. It is colder! Along with the freezing winds came my joint and neck pains. My fingers and wrist hurt, much more in the mornings just after I wake up. My neck is in constant tension, and I suspect I may have occipital neuralgia as my scalp feels either cold or numb. Pain at the back of my eyes is also more promiment. The past few weeks have been spent in bed, with the lights off, eyes closed, while waiting for the NSAID-of-choice to […]

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