What makes your favorite place special?
Is it the variety of activities? Historical relevance? Richness of culture? Breathtaking views? Or delicious food?
I think as much as the visual treats or any tangible aspects of traveling, the intangibles play a more important role in making travels extraordinary. For me, it will be the connections I’ve made with the locals and fellow travelers that will always stand out. And this is why I say that the Philippines will always be #1 for me. I might sound biased being a Filipina, but I will say it again and again that nothing compares to Filipino hospitality.
Online dating still carry a stigma especially in a ‘conservative’ country like the Philippines. If you tell your friends or relatives that you’re dating a guy you’ve met online, I’m sure that at least 80% of them will raise an eyebrow. Most people see this modern type of dating as desperate, shallow, creepy, and dangerous.
I also used to dislike the idea of it… until my friends forced me to sign up on Tinder :-P At first it was entertaining for me, seeing funny narcissistic photos and learning about the often predictable conversational lines of men. And then, without me knowing the effects of those evil apps, swiping profiles became a habit for me (especially while pooping bwahahaha).
And while plenty of people have bad stereotypes on online dating, we should embrace the fact that these modern-day apps are now 1) widely used by millennials and 2) great tools to find whatever dates you’re looking for.
Just like any kind of dating (speed dating, dating someone you danced with in a bar, dating your admirer, etc.), online dating has its pros & cons and your Tita Jazz will let you know why you should and why you should not try it out:
If utopia exists, I am hoping that it bears resemblance to Meteora: Karsts reaching up to the heavens. Silhouettes of jagged giants at night. A calming view of villages from the summit. Red-roofed monasteries that seem to float above the clouds. Silence only broken by the sweet melody of chirping birds and occasional winds. A non-fictional world carved out from an animated film.
We said that we were not the commitment type
We were just passing through
like everybody else waiting
to board the train
without any clear
and so we held hands locked lips said hello goodnight hello goodbye hello again during nights when we long for another soul to feel human during days when we need to cling to someone else to feel less empty and in between nights and days and in between days and nights when we just need to escape those volatile hours untying that passion only passion only mad passion without those grotesque clingy feelings because we said that we were not the commitment type
I really hated Algebra when I was in high school. The only thing I remember enjoying about it is when I learned about Venn diagrams. Maybe because I'm a very visual person and I love seeing drawings and colors ;)
Anyway, as a single person who has been asked WHY ARE YOU STILL SINGLE too many times, I would like to apply some Algebra in order to solve your eternal non-mathematical question.
*Forgive my poor drawing and handwriting. I tried my best! ;-)
1. POOR DATING POOL
Alalahanin mo na sa umpisa pa lang,
Binigyan na kita ng babala:
Hindi ako ang taong karapat-dapat na ibigin mo,
dahil wala akong maisusukling pagmamahal sa’yo.
Hindi ako ang taong dapat asahan mo na gagamot sa iyong mga sugat,
dahil wala akong lugar para isilid ang iyong mga halimaw na emosyon.
Hindi ako ang taong dapat na isipin mong itatawid ka sa walang hanggan,
dahil wala akong pag-ako sa bukas, nabubuhay lang ako sa ngayon.
Binigyan na kita ng babala:
Sa pagitan ng mga dampi, kapit, tangan, kapa, saling, hawak, yakap, hagkan, yapos, hipo, haplos, halik, alak,
at sa mga gabing natatapos din sa mga gabing iyon.
Wala akong maiibigay sa’yo sa tuwing sisilip na ang liwanag.
Wala rin akong katiyakan na sa mga susunod na araw, gugustuhin pa rin kita.
Hindi na ako naghahanap ng isang lalaking marunong gumamit ng din at rin,
Basta ba alam n’ya ang wastong pagbuo ng mga salitang magpapangiti sa’kin.
Hindi na ako naghahanap ng isang lalaking may six-pack abs at machong katawan,
Basta ba lagi siyang handang ihilig ang kanyang balikat na masasandalan.
Hindi na ako naghahanap ng isang lalaking may guwapong mukhang lilingunin,
Basta ba kaya n’ya ‘kong harapin, at laging ako ang pipiliin at iibigin,
Hindi na ‘ko naghahanap ng isang lalaking may PHD sa magandang eskwelahan,
Basta ba marunong s’yang umunawa, matuto, at magbigay-kulay sa mga talakayan.
‘Di na ‘ko naghahanap ng ‘sang lalaking ang bawat dampi’y pawang mga umaapoy na kiliti,
Basta ba ang kanyang mga titig, kapit, yapos, at halik— sa akin ay walang kapagurang babati.
Hindi na 'ko naghahanap ng isang lalaking may mga talinghagang 'di nagsasawa,
Basta ba marunong s'yang makitungo, makisama, at magpahalaga sa kanyang kapwa.
Hindi na ako naghahanap ng isang lalaking swak sa mahabang listahan ko ng katangiang perpekto,
Basta ba sa mundo niya at mundo ko ay hindi na maghahanap pa; dahil kami ay kuntento na sa sakto.
Dating can be tricky. It can be a tiring guessing game of "Does he/she like me?" and most importantly--- "Is he/she a jowa (long-term relationship) material?"
There's no sure formula but there are plenty of signs that can help you determine if your date is indeed jowa material:
1. You feel comfortable with him.
You're ok to smell each other's farts. You're not afraid to tell him your deepest darkest secrets. You can open up about almost anything. You're ok to go out with him even with your ugliest no-makeup-no-japorms-no-filter-state. You can share your shallow and stupid thoughts with each other. His presence does not intimidate you. You are your self even if he makes your heart flutter. You don't have to pretend that you're someone else or put your best foot forward just to please him
I never expected Turin to be tur-rific (sorry for the bad pun ;-P ). In my mind, it was just the cheapest option for transit from Madrid to Venezia. But after spending 25 hours in this laid-back city, I realized that Torino is not just a stop-off, it is an alluring sojourn that should be explored longer.
Maybe I got tired of crowded attractions in Spain. And to tour a beautiful city with 0 queues and only few annoying tourists was refreshing.
Here are some of the reasons why I loved Torino so much that I regretted not staying here for a long time:
I tried gelato and chocolates from La Bottega Guido Gobino and gelato from Gelateria Alberto Marchetti. I'm still drooling whenever I think of Turin's sweet desserts. <3
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