I’m sure you had an eventful summer and I wish I can hear about it. I have a couple of things in the works and I’m super excited to share with you what is to come!!! I read back on my last “things I learned during the summer” list from last year and realized that SDP never finished (oops) and the 17 destinations has now just turned into (insert number) places I want to visit before I’m 30 (double oops). But it’s okay!!! Time flies when you’re having fun, on the grind, and learning. With that being said, here’s to another round of things I learned this past summer 2018!


  1. Puppies are WORK. You need more than one person to help care for a young pupper.
  2. No matter how busy your schedules are, people who value you and your time, will work it out, catch up, and meet up with you no matter how far away it is.
  3. Don’t wait for someone or an event to be the “moment” or the “impact” that starts your life. You are the one that has the start and stop button.
  4. There is no such thing as too much Disney. Someone please fund my annual pass.
  5. If you have a difficult person in your life that you can’t stand anymore, just drop them. Drop them like a hot potato. But they’re not a hot potato. They’re an ugly, sad, emotionless, inconsiderate potato.
  6. If you’re hungry, think again. Maybe you’re just dehydrated. Drink water. Do not punish your body with lack of fluids. This does not mean drink more alcohol, just saying.
  7. There will be individuals that you THINK you’re attracted to. It’s hard to differentiate the ones that feel real and the ones that feel fake. Make time to understand how and why you feel.
  8. There will be individuals that you will compare to your exes. You will think “They’re like so & so, but better”. Yeah, think again sweetie. Why did you break up with your ex in the first place? If that reason is prevalent in your current love interest, stop it.
  9. You can only give people so many hints, but sometimes they won’t get it. There will be people where you give them all the hints for a rhino…and they guess reindeer.
  10. Moving in is pretty thrilling, but so is moving out. Go start a new adventure in a new town.
  11. Make sure you make time for your parents AND your grandparents. Especially if they’re in the area or you live at home with them. You don’t know when is the next time you’ll see them.
  12. 89% of the population is looking to be a full course meal. The other 11% is looking to be a snaCCC. That’s okay.
  13. Always double your commute time. If it takes you 30 minutes to drive somewhere, allocate an hour instead. Commute time includes walking time, getting stopped by people/friends/dogs time, parking time, bathroom time, coffee time, and the best time: extra bonus nap time if you come ON TIME!
  14. Moving back home is basically moving back to a new place. A lot can change over the course of a few years.
  15. Gemma Chan is a queen
  16. Hand-washing your car is a three for one. It’s a work out, you save money, and you use less water (as long as you don’t leave your hose on, and if you do, Mother Earth will spite you)
  17. I want a man who will look at me the way Peter Kavinsky looks at Lara Jean
  18. If a book is made into a movie, you should most likely, definitely read that book. Don’t listen to the people that tell you to read it before or after watching the movie. Just read it eventually.
  19. You do not have to pick a side. You can be a Switzerland in life, too. Even if it’s your own problem.
  20. If my future partner can’t sit and read books with me, then they’re not for me. Sorry, not sorry.
  21. Thinking about grad school is overwhelming. If you’re even considering it, do more doing than thinking. The more you think, the less you end up doing. That stuff goes by QUICK.
  22. People will leave your life, and that’s okay. They’re just making room for people who are meant to be with you.
  23. I am definitely capable of doing more than what I thought I was capable of.
  24. Make yourself a priority, and everything else will follow.
  25. If a man (or a woman) has no respect for you, that does not make you obligated to still have respect for them.
  26. Do not trust the person who brings Smirnoff Ice to a party.
  27. Trust can be easy or hard to give depending on the person, but once that is broken, it’s definitely HARD to give back.
  28. I am really aggressive when it comes to playing musical chairs. Play at your own risk.
  29. Travelling with people will teach you how to practice patience.
  30. If you’re having a bad day, remember: it’s not over till the clock hits midnight, so do what you gotta do to turn it around.
  31. Dreams are pretty weird, but they can get pretty real. Sometimes they foreshadow some intense stuff.
  32. If you gots a finsta, cool. If you don’t gots a finsta, also cool.
  33. People in London are super nice. They’ll offer you their seat on the tube, they’ll stand to the right if you’re trying to get down the escalator fast, and will ask you if you need a tissue and water if you are crying.
  34. You only have so many chances to give. At some point you gotta give those chances to someone else.
  35. Screaming at the top of your lungs and using your extroverted personality at maximum has consequences. Take care of yourself in between and give your physical and mental state breaks.
  36. If you dress like a parent, talk like a parent, act like a parent, people will mistake you for being a parent.
  37. Twitter is a blessing because it’s comedy, plus news, plus gossip, plus informational pieces in less than 140 characters plus a video or picture.
  38. Your sibling will probably be the biggest person who can tolerate your silly.
  39. People will feed off your energy and require your energy to create their own energy. Do not let people use your energy.
  40. Relationships are like parts of a tree: the leaves, the branches, and the roots. Leaves are temporary, amazing for a short period of time, and are not meant to be period. Branches are “i’m here for you” but once it gets too heavy, they break off. The roots, they go with you to hell and back and are your foundation when all else fails.
  41. Gay Filipinos are almost always the best storytellers. Hands down.

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