2020 Project 366, Day 4: Nengajō

Photo #4: January 4

Some of my loyal students showed me their “nengajō” or New Year’s cards, and sending them to family, friends, co-workers, clients, etc. is a big thing in Japan. This one stood out because the student designed it himself, plus he included an actual message, not just the usual “Happy New Year!” He wrote about watching Japan vs. Scotland at the Rugby World Cup in Yokohama and being excited about the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics this year. Lastly, he thanked me for another year of teaching him, so I feel like I “received” this card, too! 



2020 Project 366, Day 1: Happy New Year!

Photo #1: January 1

Starting my 11th set of Project 365 photos with this bunch: a fraction of my maternal side of the family. Some of our relatives, including my parents and brother, are based abroad, while a few had work or got sick today. Nevertheless, happy new year from our Morato clan!


New YEar

2019 Project 365 Day 365: Last Meal of the Year

Photo #365: December 31

This caps off my 10th batch of Project 365 photos! Can’t believe it has been 10 years already! May our 2020 be filled with whatever we are passionate about!

Eating early as always because we’re too tita to stay up late na hahaha



2019 Project 365, Day 1: Happy New Year!

Photo #1: January 1

Today marks the first time my Morato family (mom’s side) held a reunion at an events place, which also prompted us to be in formal wear! Organizing this was tough, but I’m proud of us, especially my cousins Pearl, Erika, Kuya Jojo, Ate Maricel, and Hexel for patiently doing so! Uragons!!! 

p.s. ohmygosh this photo starts off my 10th set of Project 365 photos!!!!



2018 Project 365, Day 365: Last Day!

Photo #365: December 31

Wrapping up my 9th set of project 365 photos with a grid showing my cousins and tonight’s early feast, which I will share with my sister. One of the highlights of 2018 is family-centered, so it’s only fitting that I spend it with them, or some of them, at least. Anyway, may you all have a great celebration and year ahead! Sa January 2 na lang yung year-end essay ko hahaha!



2017 Project 365, Day 365: Media Noche

Photo #365: December 31

Capping off my 8th set of Project 365 photos with our media noche spread this year, thanks to Jocyl and her Goreng Goreng team! On the table: laksa, ayam goreng, sate ayam, and ayam kuning. Thanks to Leo for our alcohol!  Cheers, everyone! Now, let me sleep hahaha =p



Letting Go and Moving On

Nah, this post isn’t a breakup post – not in a romantic sense, no. 2017 has been a great year, no doubt about that! However, I’ve let go of some things, which led me to choosing this theme for my year-end “essay.”

First, I’ve let go of financial worries. When I was younger, I believed I could not do many things as I always had an excuse, but I know deep in my heart it was because I was worried about how much they would cost me. However, managing my finances has significantly improved this year. No, I am not a lottery winner, and I still have my usual financial obligations, but I now have decent savings, enough for me to fulfill my wants and needs. I even decided to finally get my own insurance-investment (thank you, Jovel and Kristine), one that isn’t managed by my dad (hehe sorry papi, but thank you for our policies). I regret not saving the moment I started working in 2007, but I have learned from my mistakes, and with the help of my two best friends, I am more financially aware and wiser.

Second, I’ve let go of some fears. I was afraid to try the business program at work because I thought I was not qualified. Actually, I was afraid of FAILING and embarrassing myself in the process. However, thanks to the push and motivation of the right people, I overcame my fear and even joined the young learner’s program. Being part of 3 premium programs helped me in letting go of my financial worries, which also made me bolder when it comes to traveling. I already have 2 travel destinations in 2018. I know that is nothing compared to a lot of people, but traveling is something I wish I did more when I was younger, so beating my once-a-year travel rule is a big step for me.

Lastly, I’ve let go of some relationships. As the saying goes, “People come and go. The best will stay.” This 2017, I have weeded out who my true friends are. My two best friends, in particular, Ulrike and Ernest, have helped me make better life decisions, especially when it comes to adulting, and I know that we will continue to be there for each other until we reach all our dreams! I have also learned to be warier of user-friendly people, and I’m glad that my closest RareJob and Food Crawler friends are there to make sure that our circles aren’t invaded by any unwanted and negative forces.

Overall, I am thankful for my family, friends, and Leo, who all guide me no matter where they are. I’m ready to let go of 2017 to usher in another year of awesomeness!!!