“Buy what you don’t have yet, or what you really want, which can be mixed with what you already own. Buy only because something excites you, not just for the simple act of shopping.”

– Karl Lagerfeld

7/1 Saying hello from the Apulit Island Resort! Loving the vibe here, where I will spending the remaining 4 days and 3 nights. The first day on the 5/1 E and I spent a night in Makati, flight was smooth and quick. The charter flight the next day was quick, however the delay was sadly 3-4 hours. Then took a ride from Lio Airport to the water dock and then took a bumpy boat ride, that turned into a speed boat, to Apulit Island. Since we took the boat ride at night, it was extremely rough and the sea sickness hit me towards the last 15 minutes of the ride. E was hilariously fading away, almost greyed out. Booked a facial for myself in a few hours and E gets his massage. Counting down to lunch.

11/1 First full day in Taguig today. Checked out Upper Bonifacio Mall as well as High Street. On the way back decided to walk back, accidentally walked past a slum area and with 5 minutes remaining left, I decided for us to Uber it home.

12/1 6:34am and waking up to another day. The malls here open quite late, about 10am or 11am up until a satisfying 10pm or 11pm. I am more a morning person, kind of wished the shops opened sooner. Decided to visit Greenbelt Mall today, fingers crossed we get some tickets to a comedy show tonight!

15/1 Visited the Ayala Museum yesterday, after a satisfying breakfast from its cafe. The art pieces it had in there were beautiful and intricate, particularly the abstract paintings. I believe it on level 1 or 2, where you walk alongside windows to read through the history of Philippines. I didn’t realise the very long struggle it had to fight independence from the Spaniards and Americans. Since it was struggling for independence for a while, it resulted in the country’s current struggle to apply the most effective and efficient government system. It is a fascinating and rich history, which I think I’ll be revisiting. I think today, E and I will hit up another mall and maybe hit up a bar later tonight. So didn’t end up going to Okada Casino tonight, just because we burnt our energy shopping through SM Aura. The amount of items we bought today was insane and super surprising, though we did get everyone’s pasalubongs (gifts)!

16/1 Have been squeezing my assignment in between days and so far it has been ok. It is due this coming Monday and I am hoping to get it done sometime before Friday this week.






~ MJ

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