Day 48

I've been here for 7 weeks now, and I can't decide if my time here has felt long or short.

Rather, it's felt like I just got here - that the weeks just flew by.

I say this because last night I officially booked my flight home. My brief adventure in the Philippines will end on February 9, when I fly back to Arizona. It's a little over 9 weeks from today - that's 60+ more days. I'm like, not even 50% done with my trip.

And yet it feels like February 9 is around the corner!

It's been so nice living with my family again. I play video games with my sister every night (or at least, wait for her to finish homework so we can play games) and go out on the weekends. And get my nails done with my mom every few weeks. (She keeps a close eye on me to make sure I don't relapse with my nail-biting habit.)

My sister and I finished Doki Doki Literature Club.

48 days in, 65 days till I leave. That's 113 days total, huh?

Ahh, it's always been hard to say bye to my family here - even when I was a kid and would spend all summer in the Philippines, I always HATED leaving - but I'm so grateful I was lucky enough to live here, albeit shortly.

Time is flying by so fast!

One month in

Time has been flying by. It's been a month since I arrived in the Philippines. So far I have:

  • Frantically stayed active on Yelp - a hard endeavor considering how unpopular Yelp is in the Philippines. And the fact that I don't have cellular data.
  • Spent 5 days in Baguio, a northern city in the mountains. When you live on a tropical island, people vacation to places that are cold. By cold, I mean 65 degrees at night. Sweater weather, indeed.
  • As for my Witcher 3 progress, I have successfully found Ciri, romanced Yen, unlocked Yoana’s forge, and worked on completing my Gwent deck. If you must know.
  • Planned a Boracay trip for my friends visiting me in December. True love is your friends from California coming to the Philippines to see you (and to be beach bums).
  • Researched on what I’m planning to do when I’m in Japan at the end of the year. Got overwhelmed and decided to just prioritize visiting districts (rather than really specific stores or restaurants): Akihabara and Harajuku.
  • Trying to plan a Palawan trip, as that’s on my bucket list before I fly back to Arizona.
  • Eat food. Take pictures of said food.

From Booger to Bougie

I have a puppy now.

Kind of.

He's the ugliest thing I've ever seen in my life. 

My mom saved him at 1 week old when my grandma's Shih Tzu died after giving birth to one ugly puppy. Half pug, half Shih Tzu.  A rat bit his tail, so he was infected. And like, double the dying.

He was really, really ugly. And my cousin named him Booger. Because of the ugliness. 

Today he's three months old. He's INCREDIBLY hyper. And very much alive. And still extremely ugly. And he's not house trained. Much to my dismay.

I've decided to rename him Bougie. Bougie, the ugliest dog. Bougie, the furthest thing from bougie. Bougie, not Booger.

Here he is, in all his ugliness.

Don't say I didn't warn you.