I changed my routine today. My daily routine during quarantine:
- Watch one episode of a series (currently on S3 of Money Heist)
- Work-out (day 23 of 100 push-ups per day challenge)
- Take a bath
- Study Japanese (5 kanjis per day and practice writing),
- Read a chapter of a book (currently reading The Hypnotist’s Love Story)
- Post one photo here or in my IG photography account and then lastly
- Write here
I started writing here this time.
Writing this now made me realized that I’m so hard at myself. That maybe I wanted to achieve too much (?) I need to chill and stop being neurotic.
Honestly, my anxiety worsened when I transferred here in Sydney. Maybe because I’m in a new environment. Maybe because I don’t have the usual comforts I have back in the Philippines like not talking in English all the time. I swear, mami-miss mo mag-Tagalog when you work abroad haha. And di totoo na less toxic ang work abroad. More than the stress, I feel more pressured here.
This is why I wanted to write more. It gives me perspective and organize my thoughts. Which I clearly need to work on coz even I can tell na napaka-sabog of my writing flow. Haha. Huhu. Small steps self.
What a long intro! I’ll now talk about this photo.
I took this photo in Manila (obviously) during one of the photowalks that I’ve joined. I used to live in UN avenue, thus the name of my blog. I did not grew up in Manila. I transferred there to study and in those years – I learned to love this city. On my first year in Manila – there was a time that I go home to Pampanga everyday because of home sickness.
Of course it’s not as gorgeous as BGC or Makati or what more Sydney, but you know what made me love Manila? It has character.
Walk in Ma. Orosa towards Manila Bay and just look around. I don’t know, it has a certain feel. I used to jog in Luneta and imagine it to be like Central Park in New York lol. I sometimes just go to McDonalds in Orosa, buy coffee, and then read a book. I usually end up just people watching.
Manila is chaotic, dirty, and honestly sometimes not safe but you can feel that there’s beauty underneath it all. I sometimes imagine what Manila Bay looked like before the Spaniards came. I remember seeing the plans layed out by the Americans for Manila – and I’m like wow. The could have beens.
Same reason why I liked that movie of Piolo and Toni (Huling Gabi) because it’s set in Manila. Manila looks beautiful in that movie 🙂