Appreciating the "New Normal"

By Tin Gallemaso - 8:10:00 PM


Inis na ko rito. 

Hindi ko alam bakit walang preview. 🀦🏻‍♀️🀦🏻‍♀️🀦🏻‍♀️ Naka-ilang edit na ako. Hahaha. K. Baka ayaw lang ipabasa. πŸ˜‚



Kamusta?


Sending virtual hugs to all of you who's fighting your own battles now. I hope you're doing fine in this pandemic. 


Ako? Okay naman.
Inside joke namin ng isang group of friends ko pero ito na... nasa version 3.0 na kami. We are growing and we're becoming better versions of ourselves. Nakakaproud kahit papaano. HAHAHA


Konting update lang ulit kasi sabi ko nga, I'd continue posting here to protect the sanity that is left in me. 




I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery - air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy."


I know that a huge part of my happiness was because of all the checks in my unending bucketlist (activities and travel) but this phase made me realize something. I may have known this before but I was busy in leaving and returning so during this pause - parang pinamukha talaga sa'kin na, "Girl, masaya at contented ka na." 


Nakakatuwa lang isipin kasi na andito na ko sa point na kahit alam ko naman na marami pang kulang sa'kin pero kontento na ko. Totoo nga 'yung naturo before sa na-attendan kong Buddhism Class sa Thailand na "The secret is to want what you have and not want what you don't have."




Ito na ba 'yung real happiness and contentment?


❤ 'Yung biglang nawala 'yung akala mong nagpapasaya at bumubuo sa'yo pero masaya at kumpleto ka pa rin.
❤ Bumubulong ka pa rin sa hangin ng walang hanggang pasasalamat kahit patungkol sa mga bagay na dating sinasabi mong paulit-ulit lang.
❤ Hindi ka man sigurado kung anong meron sa hinaharap pero wala masyadong kaba kasi alam mo sa sarili mo na mas malakas ka na ngayon - na mas kakayanin mo na. 
♥️ Natanggap mo ng hindi mo kailangan ipaliwanag sa ibang tao lahat ng naging at magiging desisyon mo. Di na baleng hindi ka nila maintindihan dahil mas mahalaga 'yung masaya ka. 




My travel bucketlist is still here and I think it would still be unending but... I'm making another kind of bucketlist that would be more applicable for me in the present. 


All those travels have brought me into this state wherein even if I have no idea where and when my next trip would be; gratitude is and will always be here with me. I am now happy with or without travel plans even if I reached a point in my life when I felt anxious whenever I don't have a scheduled flight. Haha! So this is me letting go of that thought that I am structuring my life around the possibility of going to more places. (How Travel Changed My Life, 2017). This is me embracing the beauty of stillness... and adulthood?? HAHAHA! Maski ako hindi ko na alam kung tama ba 'tong mga pinagsasabi pero K, wala namang sure these days. :))) 



"When everything is uncertain, everything that is important becomes clear."


There are new unknowns but I am in peace with them anyway. I kinda realized what I want the most - a simple life filled with joy, faith and love. This is something that I'm seeing in a new light (because of COVID?? Haha!) I've given myself a lot of adventures - pero sa ganyang klaseng buhay pa rin ako babalik, ganyan pa rin pala 'yung gusto ko after all. I've re-read The Alchemist during the ECQ and sabi nga nila na we must read our favorite book during the different phases of our lives kasi definitely nagbabago 'yung pananaw natin. At totoo nga. In the many times that I've read that book, it was only now did I accompany Santiago on his way back to Spain. Ngayon lang yata ako naka-relate doon sa part na sa Spain niya pa rin nakita 'yung treasure na hinahanap niya pagkatapos ng lahat ng nangyari at pinagdaanan niya. 


Living the "wanderlust life," my strength was measured whenever I wake up somewhere new or go on a walk by myself at an unfamiliar place. 


But different phases of our lives require us different kinds of strength. Don't get me wrong, I still long for a sun-drenched elsewhere from time to time (hindi na mawawala 'yon) but I believe that this phase is all about having the courage to stay and the strength to wake up on a day no matter how ordinary it seems. 


'Cause maybe, I don't have to go far to come across something beautiful and meaningful that will make all of this worthwhile. Iniisip ko lang na kagaya ni Santiago, nahanap ko na 'yung isang personal legend ko at panibagong klase at cycle ng adventure na naman ito. For the post-COVID phase, my previous experiences have moulded me into a better person, kaya kung anuman 'yang susunod, I am excitedly on my way.


“When you really want something, the universe always conspires in your favor”.




"No matter what happens, who stays and who doesn't, know that things will change and you will grow, like the darkest of the nights you will always make it through."




Will forever be thankful for having the chances to consider Las Vegas, Nevada, USA and Busan, South Korea my homes away from home! Daming home, shet. 'Yung isang klaseng home at adventure naman, universe... yes? HAHAHA!




Hair update!!!




September - October - November


Uy! Kinikilig ako rito. Never ko naisip na darating 'yung point na mamahalin ko 'yung buhok ko.


I used to have my hair rebonded and dyed annually since 2012 but last year, I used my "salon budget" to purchase Bench products for Park Seo Joon's Fan Meeting link: here. After the fanmeet when I met-up with my friends, I told them, "Wala na kong pang-rebond kasi nagastos ko na kay Seo Joon. Okay lang kahit pangit na buhok ko, nakita ko naman siya sa personal." Lakas maka-fangirl, noh? But somehow I stumbled upon CGP (Curly Girls Philippines) in Facebook and I was amazed with how beautiful their hair have become while following the method. October, nagpalit na ko ng products. November, big chop again because I'm impulsive like that. 


Seven months later. Ito na kami ng buhok ko ngayon. Still on the process of transition/recovering but getting healthier naman. I'd still have to trim the rebonded part though. 


I've never had a wash day that gave me similar looking hair since practicing CGM. But I've come into terms with my hair now even if my bad hair days are more than the good ones. Lol. I have accepted that this "hair journey" is not about having the perfect hair but learning to embrace and love my natural hair with all the frizz that comes with it. Kahit na mas malaki tignan ng mukha ko especially on a "big hair day" e okay lang. So thanks kay Seo Joon my loves kasi kung hindi sa kanya, wala ako rito sa point na 'to???? HAHAHA! 


Saka, two months into ECQ na araw-araw akong mukhang sabog, nakakamiss din pala makapagsuot ng hikaw at makagamit ng lipstick. 


Middle Photo: Lipstick I used was Maybelline's Made Easy (Review)




Old and new fears still find me sometimes but I am also finding flickers of new hope and feeling the embrace of unending grace in my every breath. Wherever this may lead me, I am satisfied of who I am becoming.



It took me a pandemic to realize that even in waiting, unknowns, delays, and dull moments - there's growth. 


Sometimes, growth is in moving. 
But oftentimes, growth just looks like staying still. While taking our time learning to appreciate and accept everything that life is giving us. 





Now that I chose to be here, I'll let things be. 
Continuously praying and hoping
For a life where I am braver -
In this new normal. πŸ₯ΊπŸ™ŒπŸ’•

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