2018 Photodump + FAREWELL MESSAGE

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It’s the sign of the times. 2018 is about to come to a close and let’s take a look back at the photos that didn’t make it. The memories of 2018 are absolutely one for the books, but let’s save that for another post. Let me show you the pictures that didn’t make it to the internet—they didn’t make it to all my social media accounts. Some poses look off, there’s bad lighting, the overall vibe doesn’t fit, there are ugly details and others hence, they didn’t pass. Behold, the unpublished photos of 2018. Oh, I’ll be telling some back stories too! Read each caption. 
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Was planning to do a “hop” shot but these pics turned out bad. I was out of focus. My right arm looks like it popped out of nowhere. This was the only decent one aside from the scared-of-the-sun pose.
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Enjoying the golden hour but it’s evident in the photo that I look tired. This is good as a header, though.
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Instead of going to school, we headed to Subic on the second day of a school event. We just had so much fun sneaking out! Shoutout to Rob who planned this trip overnight. LOL!
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Subic crew! Insert Dacid + Rob. I had so much fun that day because it’s my first time to sneak out and go somewhere far with my friends. And guess what? Di ako napagalitan. Hihi. Miss you guys!
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Upon arriving from Subic, I had a casual shoot with my friends and this photo could’ve  passed if it weren’t for the big ass trash bin at the back. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
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Wrong choice of sunglasses. Totally off. This was before we watched IVOS and Ben&Ben live!
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This was during a stage rehearsal of a stint I had earlier this year. I’m clueless about who took this photo but I think I was talking to my friends who were the audience at the time. Haha!
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This is one of the biggest days in my senior life, but little did you know that I was suffering from a lockjaw/TMJ pain that day. I almost fainted before attending the event ’cause I couldn’t eat. Just minutes before this photo was taken, I was on the verge of fainting.
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Another photo that didn’t make it. I look so sick here and yes, I really am. I couldn’t speak and eat properly because of my lower left jaw. The very tight collar & tie also made it harder for me to breathe. Thank God for Mcdo fries, they were the only ones I could fit inside my mouth. LOL.
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Very awkward left arm pose and the tux looked lousy so I didn’t choose this.
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Off to buy corned beef.
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Aaaand a wild trash bin appears again. This was during the last few academic days, as far as I can remember.
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Missing all these lunch memories. I’d do anything to return to hs with these people. Haaay, high school life is forever.
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An outtake from my creative shoot. Didn’t know that this theme would depict my college life. It’s very poor and very sad but there’s the silver lining. Charot lang. Hahaha!
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We literally let everyone leave the venue before we took our photos. Solo namin yung covered court together with our parents. Super proud of my squad! 6/6 forevs!
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This was right before the food arrived hence the sad and weary face. Puyat na puyat ako dito kaya ganyan itsura ko. Lolz.
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This was a day after my graduation. I was running on 4 hours of sleep and dragged myself all the way to Uptown Mall just to get the vacay I deserve. I look so groggy in this photo plus the angle was unflattering.
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This was the longest hair I’ve ever had. Awkward hand movements but I’m glad it showed ~motion~.
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Sorry we’re closed. If my memory serves me right, this was taken a few days after I bought WWW.ANDREIPARAS.COM. #achievementunlocked 
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This photo parallels my Instagram icon but the lighting was quite bad. 
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This was a day before my birthday. I went to Uptown again to do some shopping and dining.
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Another photo that didn’t make it. Mukha akong nangangaroling or nagsosolicit ng panghanda sa birthday ko. Mukha akong napilitang mag-smile. The final photos I published looked a lot better. Hahaha!
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One of the few moments I had free time after school. Went out for coffee with Lourdes and shooting is a must. At this point in my life, I started to see dreams about death, fire, water, and traveling alone. These symbolize change and cleansing daw, and looking at it now, it’s real. Extensions of waking life talaga ang pinaniniwalaan kong theory.

 

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I look like a tito from a family reunion in this photo. That polo plus that angle is very very Filipino tatay starter pack. 
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Ang laki ko. 

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Good pose and angle but the background sucks.
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I love how the sunlight made my skin look clearer than ever. It’s just that I have facial hair and a poorly styled hair in this photo. 

You guys may have noticed how I had fewer blog posts and lackluster content on the second half of 2018 and you may be thinking if I will still pursue this online diary. The reason behind the hiatus was because college happened, something happened in the family, and I found another passion which ultimately became a part time business. I admit it’s actually refreshing to stay away from the digital public life but there’s that longing in my heart. I can say that I just took a short break which is necessary for me as well. I still feel that urge to share stories with all of my readers and create quality content. However, in the months to come, expect fewer blog posts because my time and energy won’t suffice for me to balance academics, business, and blogging. One might take a backseat and that’s the latter. There’s a lot on my plate at this moment. And as the saying goes, “if you chase two rabbits, you might lose them both.

This is not a goodbye but frankly speaking, my priorities have changed. I’m not quitting at all, heck, what’s the point of buying a domain right? I’ve come to realize that I should be investing my time and efforts on things that would compensate me in no time. Blogging will always be a part of me and it’s something I pledge to do for the rest of my life. I can never fully let it go. Maybe I just lost my balance and I’m still in the process of picking myself back up. I have always been a blogger, and always will be one. See you in my next post? 🙂 

THE SUNDAY CURRENTLY : VOL. 2

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Surprise! Surprise! You’re right. It’s me! I’m back to blogging! Welcome back, my dear followers. It hurts to see my website traffic go down the drain after months of blogging hiatus. I missed this! There are lots of things happening lately and I’d like to share some with all of you. Welcome to another Sunday Currently series, the last one I made was way back 2015. Let’s do a round up of the things I’m doing at present.

CURRENTLY

Reading

my old blog posts (I missed doing these!), new recipes and baking techniques, and a number of skin care product reviews about Korean beauty products. I can’t wait to share with you all of the experiences with the new products I have. And please don’t forget to watch out for my new creations. Follow @DreiTalks and Drei Bakes!

Writing

this surprise drop blog post. It’s been a while since I last drafted and I’m taking advantage of this term break.

Listening

to Ariana Grande’s discography because I love how powerful she’s getting each day. With all the traumatic events that has happened to her in the past two years, I just admire how she’s able to overcome everything and how she’s able to produce quality music. She keeps on breathin and breathin and breathiiiin. Kidding, I honestly think that this era is her best! Thank you, next. Aside from Ariana’s, I’m hooked on Malibu Nights and the classic LANY songs.

Thinking

of Christmas and Holiday plans already. I have so much love for this time of the year and there are lots of things to be grateful for if I only divert my attention to things that really matter. #FaithHopeLove

Smelling

The Body Shop’s White Musk eau de parfum! It’s a combination of my favorite scents in one bottle. No wonder why it was Ji Eun Tak’s perfume in Goblin. Smells like heaven! Also, I’ve been obsessed with scented candles. I bought Krispy Kreme scented candles and now my room smells like a cute cafe. Looooove!

Wishing

for a looooong weekend. And for good final grades. Lord help me! Last na, I’m wishing for good restaurants to locate in Clark Global City. It’s my new fave place! Can’t wait to see how this place will look like in the next ten years! Amazing!

Hoping

that I’ll still be classmates with my college friends. I miss them so much I can’t imagine my second semester without them. Huhu.

Wearing

Uniqlo from head to toe. It’s been a year since I got featured! Haha! #smallvictories

Loving

everything in my life right now. No words.

Wanting

to lose weight and get clearer skin. Entering college and having a baking business is a bad bad bad combination. You gain weight, get stressed, and get acne. Haaay.

Needing

a catch up with my high school friends. Ahhhhhhh,  I miss you all so much. You all know who you are!

Feeling

happy because I am away from school. I’m. Not. even. kidding. If I could only focus on our business rather than going to college, I would. I am totally willing to devote my time and energy to business, actually. Haha! But of course, kailangan pa ring mag-aral. 


What I’m wearing: Uniqlo

Shoot Location: Clark Global City

LIFE LATELY : College Adjustments, Turning 19, and Some Unfortunate Events

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Both July and August served as the “bump months” of this year. Everything was overwhelming that I didn’t have time for this online platform of mine. I’m now sharing with you another post after almost two months, instead of the customary monthly post. Here’s what happened in my digital absence…

College Adjustments. – I ain’t kidding when I say that I WAS CRYING FOR THREE NIGHTS IN A ROW because of adjustments. I’ll admit that I wasn’t a hundred percent ready for it. But because I grew up roaming around AUF, and knowing a lot of people in the university, I felt at ease because  it’s not a strange environment anymore, plus I get to see familiar faces because my high school friends are also in the same campus. Letting high school go is difficult and the extra two years made it worse! It’s like breaking up with a lover. Naks. Haha! Hirap mag move on!

Making new friends. – On a lighter note, it’s super refreshing to meet and be with like minded people. It’s absolutely a clean slate! No drama, no toxic people. Mababait ang mga blockmates ko and most of them are gc (in a good way) like me! Most of them are just like me. I just love how I share the same interests, talents, and thoughts with most of them. Pare-pareho rin kaming mahina sa Math kaya di ko nararamdaman masyado yung kabobohan ko. Kidding aside, we get along really really well and I’ve made so many friends already. They really make me happy!

Realizing that your HS grades and awards are OBSOLETE. – However, the skills and talents you’ve developed in your secondary level will be beneficial. Once you’ve mastered your learning styles, academic strengths, extra curriculars, college will be a smoother ride than usual. BUT DON’T BE COMPLACENT. Your grades and awards don’t mean anything once you set foot in college. No one will bother to ask you if you graduated with honors or not. Pantay pantay kayong lahat.

“Lowering” your academic standards. – If you excel in high school, be prepared to meet people who are smarter and more skilled than you. Look forward to more challenging subjects too. It’s not that I’m saying that you’ll flunk once you enter college but getting a good grade is now a matter of survival. You’ll be pushed beyond limits. Swertihan sa prof at singka-sipag lang talaga ang labanan. Right now, I’m not into getting that 90 above grade anymore, just as long as I pass the subjects then I’m good. But of course, I still strive harder regardless of what I achieve. NATURAL SELECTION IS COMING FOR YOU.


 

Dealing with Anxiety – I did prepare myself for the worst. A week after I turned 19, my lolo met an accident, fractured his femur, and was hospitalized for two weeks. What a way to welcome my 19th year, right? His surgery was successful but the findings showed a little bit of problem, we thought it was the onset of another bad sickness but thankfully, the biopsy was benign. He’s now on the road to recovery after a while.

Aside from what happened to him, one of my worries was about my course. On the last week of August, I got a relatively low prelim grade (well, low for my standards. I still passed, though.) in one major subject and this makes me think twice if I’m really in the right course. “Did I make the right choice about Psych? Or was I meant for Comm? Or should I pursue my Culinary dreams? Will I be an irregular student?” There are so many thoughts running in my mind but I know it’s just an adjustment period and I believe I can do better.

Recovering from chickenpox. –  Going back, because I was staying in the hospital for duties (in taking care of my lolo) before and after classes, I think I got the varicella virus from the people there. Therefore, chickenpox happened. I was absent for a week and guess what? I missed my prelim exams because of this. Sounds fun, right? Thankfully, my case was milder because I am vaccinated. I only had a few lesions on my arms, I only experienced malaise, and I didn’t get any on my face. I recovered faster too.

What happened is just a reminder that sometimes, no matter how positive or hopeful you are, sometimes life just tests how tough you are. Pain is inevitable and it’s something we should experience in order to be strong. In the weeks I experienced all these, I learned that you just need learn how to bend, not break. 

That’s all.

19 Things I’m Grateful For

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For my annual obligatory birthday post, let me share with you the 19 Things I’m Grateful For in the past 19 years. Life has always been amazing and it still feels surreal that I’m a year away from turning 20. I’m goddamn old. Time flies so fast when you’re having fun, I suppose?

  1. Gift of family –  The most important thing in my life. (Janina who?) What would I do without my family? I won’t be who I am right now if it weren’t for them! I thank God that I was born in a good, loving, and accepting family. I’m blessed with very supportive and loving parents. I love you mom and dad! (Tara S&R. Joke!)
  2. Good health –  Every gising is a blessing. And what makes it even better? Being completely healthy. Every time you wake up na wala kang sakit, or walang may sakit sa pamilya mo, that’s already a big reason to smile!
  3. Happy childhood –  Quite frankly, I can say that I had the best childhood. I was showered with toys, clothes, food, and any good thing a child could experience. I was blessed that it was a happy one and I can say I was born in the right generation. Amidst the rise of technology, I still experienced playing outside and playing with real toys! I know that experiencing a good childhood makes a happy adult and I’m grateful because I had a good one.
  4. Good set of friends – It’s true that having a small circle of friends is better than having hundreds of acquaintances. My friends are one of the best people in my life and I’m thankful for every single one of them!
  5. Optimism – It has always been a virtue of mine to see the positive in everything. No matter how impossible it may be, I try to convert negative experiences into positive learning experiences. It pays off to see the good in everything.  Positive mind, positive life!
  6. Happiness, Love, Gratitude – And because of optimism, you get to feel the best things in life. It’s a very very happy and peaceful feeling. Magaan sa pakiramdam sobra. ❤ 
  7. Good Life – I may not have everything I want but I have beyond what I need. And if you practice the two things mentioned above, expect a big difference in your life. 🙂
  8. Education – I started college a few days back and it’s been good so far. Finally, my last four years! Matatapos na rin ako! It ain’t easy but I know it’s something I will enjoy and it’s something that will help not only me, but the people around me.
  9. Solid Support System – I’d be lying if I say that my readers aren’t my source of happiness. Every time I see someone read my posts or every time somebody appreciates my content makes my heart flutter. Aside from them, my family and friends who constantly remind me that I can and that I am capable of doing things make me want to do better in life. They got my back always. I’m thankful for all of you!
  10. Safety and Security –  I am acknowledging my privilege. I won’t achieve what I have now if we don’t have the means to do so. It’s something I value the most and I won’t do anything that will compromise this.
  11. A Complete Home – Everything I need (and sometimes, want) is provided and is already here. Wala na akong hahanapin pa.
  12. Good food  – I’m blessed to have good food everyday because my mom’s the best at cooking and I’m glad I inherited her culinary skills. I grew up in a very “foodie” household and every weekend is a feast because we always cook the best dish there is. Hello, it’s a shame kung Kapampangan ka pero di masarap kinakain mo. Huy! Part ng kultura natin ‘yon! Haha! 
  13. Taylor Swift’s music  – Life is so much better when you are listening to good music and that’s where Taylor Swift comes into my life. I’ve been a fan since I was 13! Her lyrics are written so beautifully and each line has a significant impact in your life. Taylor’s songwriting is genius and the way she markets everything is beyond compare. She really means business. There’s a Taylor Swift song for every moment in your life, believe me.
  14. Towering Height – Imagine standing at 6’3″ at 19 years old.  There’s this fact that if you’re 6’2″ and above, you’re taller than 94% of the world. And yes, I belong to that very rare 6%. #Blessed.
  15. Good skin – Although I have occasional acne, my skin is still good because I take care of it. I’m willing to spend everything just to protect my skin!
  16. Established blog – Four years ago, I didn’t even think that this site will eventually grow and expand. I only started by sharing my daily thoughts and documenting my musings. Now, I have daily visitors from all around the world and I finally have my own domain name. My fifteen year old self would be very proud! I’m thankful for all my readers and I swear that I’ll produce great content for you all.
  17. Language Love – This won’t be possible if it weren’t for my parents. They’ve introduced me to books at a young age and that’s where I developed my vocabulary and my oral and written communication skills. I have an affinity with words.
  18. Gastronomic Skills – “Asawahin niyo yung mga marunong magluto, wag yung pacute lang. Looks fade but gutom is forever.” Excuse me,  I can do both. Kidding aside, I owe this to my Kapampangan roots. My love for cooking reaches new heights because in Pampanga, you’re exposed to a wide variety of food. Filipino pa yan or American or Japanese, name it we have it. Honestly, titikman ko pa lang yung food alam ko na kung ano yung mga ingredients na ginamit. I can deconstruct the ingredients in my mind. My taste buds should be insured for a million dollars. LOL.
  19. Aesthetic and Sartorial Appreciation – Being an artist is a big big big big blessing. You have a flair for detail in almost everything—fashion, arts, food, linguistics. I know what goes well with this, what doesn’t suit that, what tastes better, what sounds better. Basta super thankful ako na right part ng brain ko yung gumagana. 

That’s it! The 19 Things I’m thankful For.  Can’t wait to celebrate my birthday for the whole month! I’d like to thank everyone for all the birthday greetings, messages, and gifts! I appreciate them a lot! You know that. 😉 May this year be a very beautiful one!


Shot in location: 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City