POSTCARD #4: Longshan area, Taipei 2017

Last week, I was just at Taipei with a couple of friends – and if you read my postcard a couple weeks back, the last time I was here it was a hell of an adventure (at least for me, that is.) 

I got a chance to see Taipei with new eyes this time. The rain, errr… storm, gave the city a cloak of depth to a point of gloom, but also a comfort that is familiar. Too bad, we couldn’t just stay in as we were just there for the weekend. It would be lovely to stay in the hostel and try to get to know fellow travelers. And keep toasty. Rain is best experienced indoors with a hot cuppa, I reckon. 

The brief was simple: get in, eat, and get back. Instead, we had so much more. It’s been a while since I took a trip this short. We did eat a lot. Unexpectedly shopped. And saw a lot of art. 

The city is brimming with art: either handmade by humans in a museum, or city life sprawling on the streets. Taipei has indeed gone up to being one of my favorite Asian cities. 

POSTCARD #3: Huashin 1914 Creative Park, Taipei 2015

My trip to Taipei last 2015 was two things – amazing and, in some ways, horrifying. I learned a whole lot about myself in this trip, and that I hope the next time some sort of thing happens to me next time, I’m hella prepared. 

You see, when I travel I plan and do everything on my phone. My itinerary, my flight, my budgets, good graciousness my Grindr. I had it all prepared – in classic Jonver fashion – an itinerary in the form of spreadsheet, complete with specific date and time and addresses and directions, was saved on my phone; the boarding passes on the respective airline app; a train app downloaded; budgets on notes; it was like clockwork. What happened next almost made me regret this trip. 

My phone, its screen blood red, died on me. On my first day in Taipei. I know what you might be thinking – it’s just a phone; your trip means so much more than that. Not when your whole life (in the form of plans and details for this particular matter) revolved on the existence and functioning of a phone. Taipei wasn’t known for their good English, but God bless them nice people who tried to help me. And no thank you Apple, for a non-functional international warranty? You apparently need me to go to my telco provider to give me my warranty. 

Needless to say, I gave up on it; also strapped for cash to buy a new phone to keep connected. The next logical thing to do is to grab a paper map in Taipei Main Station to help me get on with my trip, and try hard to see a silver lining. I found a couple of silver linings. 

When I was looking for a cheap phone around Guanghua Digital Plaza, I saw an instant film camera. It felt so familiar and not all at the same time; and instead of leaving what seems a hotpot of electronics in all of Taipei with a phone that could abate my internet withdrawal, I left with an analog camera and a couple expired rolls of film. It’s been a while since I loaded a roll on a camera and it felt so amazing. People stared at me when I snap a photo and they hear the tiny gears that move the film from one frame to another. 

I haven’t uploaded the whole two rolls I had developed. I guess I’m trying to be that nostalgic person who shows albums of old photos in house parties and reunions. 

Aaaaaaand I’m also on my way to Taiwan for a quick weekend jaunt! I hope this time my phone does not quit on me. 

POSTCARD #2: Foliage, Baguio 2016


I have a rather infamous travel bummer – I don’t do well with nature. People from my side of the world love the sun, sand, and sea; I don’t. People spend weekends hiking; I’d rather stay in, thank you very much. Me and nature, and my asthma more than occasionaly, would very much like to be left apart. 

Though last year saw my endless pursuit of le concrete jungle, one trip stuck out of them all… well, at least half. 

I’ll always love Baguio. I think the city is romantic; not too nature-y, not too concrete-y (if that makes sense.) It’s the one place nearest home I actually want to go to every weekend, if my hooman energy permits. Wait til it drizzles a bit and let the atmosphere completely change and hold you in love with the city by the mountains some more. 

Among my favorite spots is the Ben Cab museum – with human art in the front, and nature’s art in the back; with the comfort food of Cafe Isabel in between. This foliage is from Ben’s personal garden, I believe – which is a side of a mountain let me tell you. Plus points, when the fog covers the entire property – absolutely stunning to see. 

There’s less than two weeks before summer finally concludes its hellish heat. Maybe I should head back to Baguio, even for a weekend. 

POSTCARD #1: Fortune Cookie, NYC 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog. The last time I posted here, I was training in Singapore and that opportunity kicked off a lot of other opportunities for me. I also said, I was busy participating – which for the most part, is true. Lately, I’m just tired and too busy looking for Netflix shows to binge. I’m also too busy looking at my photos while traveling. It reminds me of my favorite times. So here’s my first postcard to you. 

Back in NYC last Christmas season, I found myself in a Chinese joint around Kips Bay. The weather too cold, my four layers not providing enough heat, and myself direly in need of a comforting meal after a humpy bus ride upstate. They were about to close in half an hour, but they took me in. I bet the Chinese momma manning the store took a pity at this scrawny obvious first-timer to the New York cold and told herself – jeez he needs soup. I happily finished my bowl of comfort. Chinese food really never fails you wherever you go. When I took my check, like clockwork, she handed me a fortune cookie. It said the one thing I’ve been thinking when I landed to New York for the holidays. 

Live for the moment, because there is only one result in life. 

Hello from Singapore!

Hey there, how’s it going? I think this is the nth time I’m telling you that I’m back – but not really because I got sent to Singapore for work for three weeks (!!!!!!). I’ve been meaning to update you but I’m busy participating.

I’ve been here since last week – and the city has nothing been short of amazing. I’ve already met a lot of people – both in and out of work. My liver is being tested with all of this participation but of course, it’s a hustle too because I’m still doing work that’s in Manila while training here. But I’m super psyched to learn about new stuff – while in a city, albeit I’ve been to three times already, that I’m still acquainting myself with.

Today is the start of Week 2. My friend and officemate who was with me last week flew back to Manila already – so I’m practically by myself now. Not that I haven’t traveled by my own before, but #sepanx. I guess it’s time to make new friends here.

I’m happy that I got to sneak in a lil time to update. Photos to follow – or follow me on Instagram for my finds!

 

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I’m really back… please believe me, lol.

(Did you notice the new blog design? Hehe!)

It’s been a while since I sent out that my hiatus is over, but I really haven’t posted anything after that, have I? I’m still trying to get into the grove, but like what Charlie said, “I’m [also] busy trying to participate.”

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Loving what I do (at work) and loving the people I work with gave me the best opportunity to participate. I’ve just turned one year in my job (I haven’t been telling everyone because I’m tryna escape the libre haha) and so far it has been good. I’ve even made quite a few friends! Everyone’s been so crazy!

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Our office is an insane hodgepodge and that’s what makes it really special. We don’t have fancy game rooms or out-of-this-world sleep booths (though we won’t complain if there is!) but all the hard work (sometimes) seem a little easier to bear with these crazies around.

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And I am so proud that I still have a social life! There aren’t much people that I call friends, but I’m glad I can find time to hang out with them. If it’s not game night or wine night or both, we’ll prolly meet up just to sit and do whatever. Two weeks ago, we’ve been to Baguio – and it was cool and rainy there. I loved the rain – it gave the place so much depth than it already has.

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I even get to see people I haven’t met for a while. Downing a shot of tequila or two and trying to remember good ol’ days. But we don’t need to miss each other, as well.

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And jeez, I can’t believe I’m telling you this – I’m trying to be fit. Could you believe that?

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This past year (I think it has been a year since I wrote something decent here, yes) was a rollercoaster, a whirlwind. I’ll have it no other way. But I miss sharing these things to you –

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I wish I have more time to talk to you! I’ll make time – I’ll try.

(Expect more posts in the coming days, that’s for sure!)

Hiatus

I *think* the hiatus is /finally/ over.

Meanwhile –

Hello internet! I’m alive!

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Picking up wisdom from a bathroom mural, Makati City.

#MovieVibes with Globe!

Currently omw to the movies now to watch the live action Attack on Titan with a friend. This is a much-needed break indeed and nothing more to relax with Titans tryna eat humans I know. Really glad that cinema houses here are showing it!! It means a lot for this animé kid.


Thanks to Globe for the schwag! Domo-kun approves~

Idk about you but I hate falling in line for anything. So when the gMovies app launched almost a year ago – it was such a breeze to book seats (of course with careful planning!!) Easily pay with your MasterCard or VISA and you’re free of worrying of running out of seats. Especially useful if you’re a busy dude tryna unwind after a long day. Don’t let the means destroy the end of a good movie.

AND MORE – look at what more Globe Movies has in store for you after the jump –  Read more

Adjusting 

  
Hey there, it’s been a while since I wrote here – idk was it two or three months before when I was gearing for a major change and now I’m, well… adjusting. It’s been tough but you know how life is; there’s no other way but tough. I’m now omw home, a lil sick because I’ve been working up myself lately. Don’t get me wrong I am liking it so far but my body can’t keep up – is this ageing? Anyhow, I hope you there across that screen reading this are well and having a swell time.
All I can think of right now honestly is that I’m going on a vacation on September!!! And that I want hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows… And maybe dimsum. I know weird, right?

Write to you again soon,
J

Let’s Hang

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Let’s hang a bit longer, I wanted to stay anyway. This calls for another cup of joe, or a run to get smokes. But anyway, I hope you’ll stay. Because I wanna hang out some more. I don’t wanna go elsewhere for the meantime. We’ve been here for a quite a while, and we have time to spare, finally. So let’s hang. 

Let’s hang, I’d like to listen more. It’s been a while since I just sat down and talked. How was your day? I hope Monday has been kind to you. Mine’s a bit boring, oh but you know it’s work. Your phone rang and you answer some calls. I watch you feign interest, and I laugh quietly, wary of the other person on the line. We laugh together at how people had the whole day to call, and chose to call now. You open your laptop and tinker a bit and showed me something. I love that. I love knowing more about you, including your work. Doesn’t matter, really. I’d like to know more. 

Let’s hang, our second cup’s almost done but we don’t need to go. I feel like time just passed by, and though the night is young we both are tired. You and me both. Adult life is getting tiring, don’t you think so? I ask. We look to our past juvenile years, how carefree we once were. I somehow hope that we have met then, when we have all the time to hang, to have coffee, and then maybe go drinking and then coffee again when the sun is up and we haven’t slept but we got nothing else to do anyway. Let’s hang even though we cannot be young again. 

Let’s hang, despite our adult responsibilities are getting ahead of us. We can always stop and hang. Tell me your problems though most probably I can’t do anything to help you. A listening ear always helps lift the weight, maybe? Let’s hang to forget for a while that we need to do things and remember that we’re here to just lay off a bit. Just for a bit, to rest and find the futile short-lived respite and just hang. We all need to stop, and this, this is our time to do so. 

Let’s hang and talk some more. I know there are more days, but we do not really know. What are you doing in the weekend? Yeah, I have meetings here and there, too. It’s been pretty busy lately. Not even enough time to hang some more. But I do hope that you and me both keep hanging on to the next time we’ll see each other in the same spot, the same cafe, the same time. I hope you don’t mind me looking forward to the next time we hang. 

Let’s hang some more. I want to know more about you. Let’s hang out and see where this takes us. I’m not sure how far we are from the forked road, but if we get there… 

Will you still hang with me? 

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