Rocking in 20s #Adulting101

Our 20s is extremely important. This age might be called the formative years of our lives. When you are in your 20s you are starting to take more responsibility of your life. This is the time for crucial decision-making and the shift to maturity.

You must understand that when you grow older, the global competition also lessens your chances for opportunity knocking on your doorstep. During your early 20s you might think to stay low and enjoy your freedom from school work. Mid 20s you start to find your true fit for career, circle of friends, workplace and even intimate relationship. Late 20s, that is a totally different time. This is the time for financial responsibility, finding stability, time for marriage and committment. Don’t get stuck in your youth because there is so much ahead of you.

Below I list my 10 own realizations of how to rock your 20s.

10. Accepting that you are an adult.

When you reach late 20s you should be able, without a doubt, realize that you are an adult. Its time to start acting like one. This does not mean giving up on being happy and youthful. It is about accepting that you are an adult and you have responsibilities. you owe it to yourself that you better start planning on reaching your goals.

9. Have and Maintain the Body you always wanted.

Okay! Guilty as charged. Even at 27 I’m still dreaming of the body I have always wanted. But it doesn’t mean you have to be like that too. As we age, it will be much harder to hit that target weight or tone of body that you have always wanted. So while it is still early, start doing it. You don’t have to do super drastic changes, you just have to set the right mind. You have to realize that the 30 years later you will benefit from what you eat, do and drink in your 20s.

8. Learn to pay your bills and tone down your shopping spree.

This is a very important part of your 20s. You have to seriously learn how to budget your finances so that years from now you will not be buried in debt. You have to be aware where your money goes. There are a lot of ways to save up money. You have to be disciplined in what you buy and decide if you really need that item. One trick for credit card wonders is to always remember that you only swipe your card if you have cash on you. This is an irony really but this will prevent you from having debt. DO NOT use your card when you have no cash at all (unless it’s absolutely an emergency!) or else you might go on a unschduled shopping spree and be buried in debt right after.

7. Accepting that Change is inevitable.

In your 20s you will realize the more important things in life. You should also learn to adapt to anything and everything that is new. Change is constant and you should expect this always. Come to terms that sometimes the best way to win battles is to change your tactics. Your old ways might not be effective as it used to because of the changing environment. Learn to adapt to change may it be in the home, in your workplace, or with your friends.

6. Surround yourself with people who really matter.

As we grow old, circle of friends get smaller. This is where the adage “Quality over Quantity” can be applicable. It doesn’t matter if you have thousands of friends. What is important is that you know who your real persons are. Surround yourself with friends that make a positive impact in your life. Keep those people close to you. It takes time to build friendships so its best to start right away.

5. Find a work that you love doing.

The ultimate rule when it comes to finding work is to love what you do and do what you love. I can honestly say that me and Nursing was not love at first sight. But later on I realized that I love what I do. You have to set your mind like this because it will motivate you to succeed. Imagine waking up and feeling of not working a day in your life. Discover your passion and work there.

4. Don’t compare and compete with others.

The adage that you can never please everyone is true. But the truth is, you don’t have to. All of us have very different journey and we should not compare. What may apply to others may not apply to you and vice versa. The only competition you have is yourself. Everyday you should strive to be your better self.

3. Take control of your happiness.

A lot of people seem to depend their decisions in career and life with what other people think. Now, these decisions ultimately should be made by you. You can consider the thoughts of other people, but when it comes to your happiness you have to put your foot forward. Remember that your happiness depends on you and not on other people. The repercussions of your decisions will be experienced by you and not them. Follow your heart.

2. Making a mistake does not mean the end of the world.

Stop over thinking! You might have made a mistake today at least you learn from the mistake. You have to move on because life moves on. All the trash talk will die down and people will go on with their life. You should too! Better to make mistakes and learn that play safe and never live.

  1. Believe in Yourself.

I have always lived by the line of one song by Tori Kelly “Don’t quite your daydream, don’t forget to breathe, who you wanna be is only up to you. Sometimes we may fall, let them think that your small ‘coz its so worth the fall when you land where you want to”. In life full of hypocrisy and mediocrity, you have to be above all that. Believe that you can reach your dreams. No one said its a competition. You should be able to live your life in your own terms and in your own way.

The Fat Cow Davao

STEAK is one of the most popular dish not just for Filipinos but also for everybody in different parts of the globe. You can cook steak in a variety of ways and pair it with unique side dishes. I’m a stickler for a good cook of steak and a wonderful piece of meat and this is what I expected entering The Fat Cow.

The Fat Cow is situated in a quiant corner of Mabini street. It is accessible to both commuters and with vehicle customers. The place is simple and not too decorated. It has an open kitchen design where you can slightly see how the chefs cooks the food. They also have a small open bar where you can order some drinks. I was a little disappointed with the ambiance. I thought it lack that “homey” rustic feel that I was expecting for a nice restaurant offering dry aged steak.

The Menu

Their menu is an entirely different thing to see. Not to short of a list and not too long and complicated. Their bistro style food is a mix of modern and comfort foods that excite the palate. Price wise its a little over expensive but steak price is average and boils down to the quality of the order.

I definitely recommend their line of Maki for starters. It is packed with flavor although a bit more texture could have made it so much more appetizing. The one in the picture above is the scallops maki. The sauce just balances it all out not to mention the light wasabe for the kick. We also tried out the Bbq Ribs and the Angus Beef Belly Steak (not on the Menu). The Bbq Ribs is a must try. This is a fall off the bone ribs with spicy glazed sauce. It is paired with their signature Tuyo rice. Although it was delicious, I think it is best paired with hot plain rice so as to bring out more of the flavor. Our choice of steak is their out of Menu beef belly steak. I’m not such a fan of it and it actually didn’t reach my expectation but the cook was on point. 

Lastly for the Pasta, we tried their famous Kawali Crab Fat Pasta (also out of the Menu). I was slightly disappointed as well for this dish. It just didn’t match for me. Plus it was so rich that maybe a mix of chilli on the sauce would have made it so much better. Points for creative effort of the chef though. But food presentation wise, everything was pleasing to the eyes albeit a little short on pleasing my palate.

Overall Experience

The Fat Cow is fairly new so I could come back. I am also positive that all the other steak options might be much better that what we had. I’d recommend training his staff (the waiters) more on describing and recommending the dishes they deem as best sellers. Over all I would rate my experience as 6/10. 

Experiencing the Out of Nowhere Kitchen

Davao is home to a lot of pop up and start up restaurants. The Davaoe√Īos taste include fresh and new creative dished that is cooked fresh and served with care.

This is what you can expect from the Out of Nowhere kitchen. Located in Mamay road in the North of the city, you will surely be surprised of what they have in store for you.

The ambiance of this quiant place is rustic mixed with chic earth colors. Slight downside is the size of the place but I guess it adds to the more “homey” feel of the restaurant. The location of the place is also something to consider since it is more advantageous to have a personal car when going because its a little hidden (hence Out of Nowhere). Parking space is fair but when packed with people its quite hard to find some. 
On a lighther note, price of food and beverage are the typical mid range of 100-300 range hence the appeal to both middle and above middle class even students. 

The Menu

What I sincerely love about their simple Menu is that it’s not your everyday food. It has a fusion of a rustic mexican feel with the enchilada and chili con carne. The straight forward Menu is delightful. I personally recommend the Seared trio Maki, Chili con carne and the grilled beef ribs or spicy shrimp. Refresh with their signature drink served in an extralarge mason jar mug! Dessert is also something else in this place. Their soli cakes are delicately decorated and served Instagram worthy including their version of popular shakes and beverage. All hearty and satisfying meals, you will surely have a run for your money. Service is good but since the place is quite small, you need to be willing to wait when its packed. Just a proof that people want to eat here.
Overall Experience

I would gladly rate the place a 7.5/10 scale. Above average place with a nice rustic area. That chili con carne won me over ūüėĀūüėĀūüėĀ.

Might be good to eat back there again! 

What was your experience ? Let me know!

Macau: Las Vegas of Asia

November of 2010, if my memory serves me right, Me and my family went and used our booked flight going to Macau. I never really expected anything when we left. I didn’t even know what to wear and what to see there. So a couple of days before we went there, I did a little research about the place and poof! 1 term stood out, Las Vegas of Asia, so I imagined, lights, gambling and night life. Was it all that I expected? Well, not really, it was heck more!

Arriving at Macau was one of the first reasons that my new passport (one that does not have my baby picture in it!) was stamped! and I felt ecstatic. No visa is needed when entering Macau (for Philippines), you just need your passport. Although most of the tourists who visit the place usually make it a side trip from when they arrive in Hongkong since its only a ferry boat away. We opted for a solo trip tour in Macau and nevertheless, it was still worth it.

For one, we had —I tell you!– the best Hotel accommodation. When we booked our flight, we also booked for a tour since we were not very familiar with the country. We were in a group tour and I don’t know how my mom booked us our hotel, but it was truly a blessing. Hotel Sintra¬†is a really simple yet beyond excellent hotel to stay when in Macau. It is not very pricey but the location and the food is your best catch. As our tour master (I forgot the name) said, it is very accessible to the very places that tourists would like to visit when in Macau. The food is also REALLY great. Simple but their breakfast buffet is to die for! So moving on, the strategic location of the hotel is a walking distance from the different Casino attractions. The Grand Lisboa, known for the Lotus design building, the New Yaon which is a great high end shopping mall, only 15 minutes from the airport and, with its central location, you can walk around all you want to nearby attractions and casinos. It was really lucky for us to book there for our whole stay. It was an excellent choice.

Another thing to love about Macau is the transportation. They have taxis but their public train and their bus rides to various casinos is what makes it even better. They have organized public train (well, it was more like a bus that looks like a train really!) and you get to ride their Casino buses for FREE! crazy really! You get to visit the Venetian Hotel, Wynn Hotel, MGM, and all others, for free! Who wouldn’t be happy with that?! Speaking of the Venetian Hotel, that is one of the most humongous hotel/casino I have ever seen. The structure itself is Portuguese-medieval inspired. And for all those Asian peeps out there, do you remember Jun Piyo of the Boys over Flowers (Korean version of the hit F4)? There was a scene there where Jun Piyo and Jandi met in Macau, that heartbreaking scene at the Venetian right on the bridge? I stepped on that bridge and well, I was like a little girl asking my mom for a new candy bar when I saw it. It was that silly! On top of that? Who would have thought that you can ride a Gondola without having to visit Venice at all? You can find it and enjoy it at the Venetian hotel in Macau.

Another notable place in Macau is the Senado Square. This is the place to shop. From branded to local favorites, you will find it here. The place is usually packed but you will not be sorry you visited! There are also food restaurants and Fast food chains so you won’t worry about food. Oh, before i forget, you should also know that Macau accepts both Macau dollar and Hongkong dollar. But Hongkong does not accept Macau dollar. You might wonder that sometimes they give you a mix of Hongkong and Macau dollar as change, that is normal. Going back, another place is the St. Paul Ruins. Its an old church ruin that has been preserved over the years and sits atop a small hill. you have to go up a long flight of stairs in order to get there. The view up there was exceptional so we couldn’t miss it!

If you were to ask me about souvenirs and anything to bring home, well, of course Macau would not miss something like this. Most of the note worthy things to buy locally are actually the various local delicacies. They are very generous when it comes to taste testing there so you will know which ones are good! Spicy beef Jerky is one of my favorite there and their local Portuguese egg pie. Last on my list you should not miss when in Macau, that I unfortunately did not have the chance to try, is the bungee jump at Macau tower. It is said to be one of the highest towers for bungee, so for those who are adventurers at heart, might want to try it!

To end this escape, I would like to say that Macau is an exceptional place. That certain place where you can walk the clean streets and enjoy the cold air. A place that I surely would like to come back.

Cold Mornings in Baguio

Right smack on my list of favorite travel destinations is the wonderful city of Baguio.

Baguio City also known to be the summer capital of the Philippines lives up to it’s nickname even today. It is one of the favorite nature ridden destination in the country today. This quaint city does not only offer best sights to see, refreshing cold weather, but also gastronomic delights that will surely titillate your taste buds!

When we visit Baguio, we usually stay in a hotel with a good location, a place where you are able to walk when going to favorite downtown destinations such as the Burnham Park or the famous Session Road. There are many inns and pension houses for backpackers if you are in a budget. While most of them have non-air conditioned rooms at affordable rates, the weather makes it work for you because it is really cool during night time. We usually ¬†take the Bus from Manila to Baguio to reach our awaited destination. The road going there is good so you will not have a problem when you travel there. I would describe it as a more of a roller coaster ride because of the crisscross roads, in fact it makes me queasy at times but generally, you’ll survive it. I like night travel rather than day because its much cooler and the ride much quieter too. It will take about 5-6 hours by Bus depending on the traffic.

The first things that I love about Baguio is the lovely weather. The cool breeze makes the walk in the park perfect for families, lovers or even solo backpackers. Baguio offers so many sights from parks to the famous Presidential Mansion. I just love walking during mornings where you know there is sun but you can’t help but walk the roads because of the cool wind you catch. The many pine trees of the city are what makes the place cool plus the fact that it sits atop a mountain. Furthermore, the people of Baguio are also very friendly and accommodating to tourists. The local language is Ilocano but the general public also speak the local “Tagalog”.

Another thing I love about Baguio is the Gastronomical adventures I get to have especially when I visit Mine’s View park. My most favorite food is the dried squid. It’s salty and tastes lovely with spicy vinegar! Baguio is also very known for their fresh veggies and Strawberries. I have never seen such a vast expanse of strawberry plants than what I have seen in La Trinidad of Baguio city. In the strawberry fields, you can purchase already freshly picked ones or you can also pick them out by your self in the field with the help of the accommodating “manang” there. The best part of them all? You get to eat them all by yourself! Aside from the actual fruit, you can also enjoy the strawberry jam, wines, candy and all other delicacies that you can make out of strawberries. Moreover, the best strawberry jam great for “pasalubong” are the ones that can be bought in Good Shepherd Sisters. I love how they make them more chunkier and more strawberry filled too. (drool!) So, moving on, Another really great food trip in Baguio is the local Taho! they mix it with strawberry jam and I tell you, you really have to try it. You will realize that it’s not only M&M’s that melt in your mouth. =)

Of course aside from the gastronomical adventures that you must try in Baguio, shopping is always a girls best friend. Baguio is very known to store varying knitted items from clothing to booties or scarves. I always love buying these type of goods here because aside from being cheap, they are also well made because the people of Baguio are known for making them personally. They usually sell it by wholesale there like 3 for 100 pesos type of deals. Another great thing to shop is the many wooden carvings. They have flutes and traditional sandok and sungka. Their wooden key chains that you can have engraved with your names are also a hit for tourists.

Last thing I highly recommend when going to Baguio? Taking a stroll at night at Session Road or a day of picnic in Burnham park. Session road is one of the famous roads of the city. This is the road where parties go and a lot of shops and restaurants are. It is known to be one of the night life of the city, although not much of nightlife there. You can find urban restaurants such as Army Navy, Andoks, and Sizzling Chef there. On the other hand, Burnham park is one of my favorite places in Baguio. It’s one of the heart of Baguio. There you can ride a swan boat in their man made lake or take a stroll with a rented bike. You can also enjoy the sunshine while eating bread with ice cream (something I always do!) or you can just stroll the whole park and enjoy the sight of people laughing and having a good R&R time with the family.

I just can’t wait for another Baguio adventure soon. I always have a good time there. Wishing to visit during Penagbenga Festival there. I would love to see the flowers!

Cheesecake Cravings!

Food trip for me, is one of the most enjoyable activities you can do whenever and wherever you go (given that there is food to eat!) so I thought of the my very first creation in terms of food, and you guessed it, cheesecake!

In the midst of my gloomy nights or those days of craving, I decided to fish around for the easiest way to make my own blueberry cheesecake. Its kind of hard, especially in finding the right and matching ingredients for someone as amateur in food as me, so I tried my best to get the most local and easiest to find ingredients that can be bought here in Davao. Until one day, a friend of my brother introduced me to No-bake Blueberry Cheesecake. Today, this had been one of my most cherished creations. Although its no way perfect like in restaurants or bakeshops, it works for me and I have received great (char!) comments about it. Actually, the first time I made it for myself, I was not sure about everything form the ingredients to the process. I still gave it my best shot though, and it all paid off when I finally ATE it (haha!).

Needless to say, it was a success and you need not to have an oven to do it. Over the next few attempts, my usual problem was how to make the batter firm. I think I always screw-up the jelly setting but I am glad to report that its all good now! I have also been asked countless of time of the ingredients and procedure of such so this is why I want to share this simple generic recipe for No-bake Blueberry Cheesecake recipe. And as I always say to my friends –“it will entirely be up to your creative power to perfect it to your own taste” That is whats fun in baking, its trial and error. You gotta be patient in order to get what you want, kinda like life you know.

So, hope this helps! Enjoy and don’t forget to give some love!

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 pack crushed grahams

8 tbsp brown Sugar

3/4 of a bar of Butter (unsalted is much better though) Melted

Filling:

1 or 2 packs of Cream Cheese (I suggest Heritage or Philadelphia or Nestle Cream Cheese and use 2 bars if you want it to be creamier) Softened

2 boxes of Nestle all Purpose cream Chilled

1 can Carnation Condensed Milk (You can use sugar instead if you don’t want this)

2 or 3 Sachets of Knox Gelatin (clear and unflavored)

1 cup water

1 can Blueberry Filling (I use Wilderness or Comstock) you can also go for dried Blueberries

2 or 3(depending on how deep)  9-inch circular Container (u can use the usual spring form circle molder or foil made containers)

Process:

Make the Crust. Combine crushed graham, melted butter and sugar. Mix well and using back of a spoon or a spatula, press it at the bottom of your container. until firm. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes then set aside. Make the Filling. In a separate bowl, Combine softened cream cheese, condensed milk. Mix thoroughly. Set aside for a while. Dissolve Gelatin in 1 cup water and bring to a boil over your burner (continuously stir in doing so) then, combine this with the cream cheese filling. Whip the All purpose cream and fold it in the cream cheese filling. Pour the filling in your chilled crust. Freeze for a couple of hours until top is set and top with Blueberry.

Note: You can also use Mango, Oreo and other Fruit if you would like. Don’t be afraid to experiment! And lastly, enjoy eating it after!!

Confessions of a Newbie

August 2015 marks a milestone in my life. Its the month that I literally have a new workplace. I know right? I’m old but still so young in terms of career. But still, I’m thankful and blessed for the opportunity to be in work and finally call a workplace. Of course where better to push my career than to work in a hospital.

Although a couple of years back I¬†had already worked in a hospital, I’d like to think that this time its different. The difference is that I’m more decided now than ever to stick with it. I mean, I’ve always wanted, dreamed of, having a workplace or unit of my own but it is only now that I appreciated it more because it’s here. I said to myself that no matter how hard it would be or would get, I will come out loud and proud. And that no matter how down I can feel through the process, I will never give up without a damn fight!

When I had my one on one with my would be head Nurse, he asked what my expectations were. I said “i actually haven’t thought about it”. This is actually very true in all honesty. You just know that its right and its high time, and I felt that it was. It’s kind of like feeling that this is your last chance, you either take it or live a life of mediocrity and what ifs’. I don’t want to live that way ever.

So orientation day came and poof! It’s as if I should be doing this all my life. Expectations are high, adjustment will be so damn hard. However, I¬†won’t lie, its been a lot. I won’t say it hasn’t been rough because it is. But I just know that it will all be worth it. Besides, what person is given the easy way and ends up being greater than he expected. So what do I do during the rough couple of days? I self-pep talk. I’m good at doing that. I talk to myself and say “you will not always be the new person in the lot”. I hope to God that’s true.

As I wrote this short entry a while back, its been couple of days since the first official day of being the newbie, and guess what? I’m still a newbie. But I’d like to think that in the few days in, I have learned so much. And that is what keeps me going. The possibility of always being better than before. I’m not telling you that I’ve made zero mistakes because I have made tons of them by now from paper work to dealing with the doctors, but at the end of each shift (kahit pa late ka nahuman) you still find a reason to be thankful and happy. No matter how small it is like a smile from your ¬†nursing patients, or a big fat Thank you from watchers, you still find the reason to go on because what you do, you do with purpose.

So cut the crap about self-inadequacy and depression because you’re not as good as the others. It’s not a competition. You are bound to make mistakes and have short comings, you are bound to have bad days, there will always be pressure, there will always be yell days and crying days.. But you should never ever let the bad days ruin all the good days that you have.

Dust off the dirt, stand again. You might have to face through the pain but remember what you will gain.

#LABAN

Davao: Life is Here

“Life is here” — this is the very known tagline of this bountiful and wonderful city, my home, Davao City.

Photo from adoborepublic.net

I am born and raised here in this eclectic city for as long as I remember. I watched it become what it is today – One of the most Livable city in the Philippines.During the countless times that I traveled to other places, nothing replaces the comforts that I feel when I am home. From the fresh winds to the abundant greens of the city, it will always be a dream for me to live with stability and be contented as a “Dabawenya”.

Davao City is presently governed by Hon. Mayor Sarah Duterte. Being the mother of this wonderful city, she has made it a peaceful and orderly city that it is now. She takes upon the leadership and iron fist of her father the now President Rodrigo Duterte. After all the time the city has been under the Duterte administration, it has flourished to be the gem it is today. Although there are so many regulations and rules in the city, all of it are for the benefit of the people. Some of the most popular regulations of the city includes the Anti-Smoking Rule, The recent Speed limit for Driving in the City and the famous Firecracker Ban for the City. For years, the people of Davao has been diligently obeying these rules. I , for one, believe these rules make of a better and newer breed of Filipino citizens.

The most popular fiesta in the city is the celebration of the “Araw nd Dabaw” (every march 16th) and the famous “Kadayawan” Festival (every August). It is only here that you can enjoy the freshest harvest of Durian, Mangosteen, Lanzones, Rambutan and Suha. You will be able to satisfy your cravings for these seasonal fruits here in the city.¬†Of course the various restaurateurs in Davao will never fail you in giving a taste of the gastronomic delights in the city. From the sumptuous desserts to the freshest catch of seafood, Davao has it all. On the other hand, if you are the striving student or the backpacker, enjoy endless street foods in San Pedro Street near the City Hall, Roxas night market or the affordable foods of the many unlimited rice barbecue offerings all around the city.

Davao City Hall Photo by davaoportal.com

Do you need the time to relax and enjoy? Your best destination is one Torres Street or Matina Town Square. You can also have drinks with your friends and enjoy the blues and music of local bands at the various bars and drinks districts in The Business Class down by Bajada street or drop by the famous Damosa Gateway. If you are looking for the more family-friendly place visit the burgers and pizza chains in Davao that offer sumptuous burgers, fries and more to the whole family. You can also cool down and have ice cream with the kids at the various Ice Giants food chain in the city. Do you have that last song syndrome “LSS” and want to wash away all your stress through belting songs from Beyonce or Maria Carey, visit the many Karaoke¬†establishments in the city namely K1 Videoke or Iron Voyz Extreme. If you are a beach bum like me, take in the beauty of clear beaches and white sands of Island Garden City of Samal which just so happens to be 10-15 mins away by boat. Now isn’t that just convenient?

Now another thing I look forward to when in Davao? I don’t get lost! why? Cabbies here are known for their honesty and the Jeepney’s here are so easy to go around. You simply have to know where you are going and when hailing a Jeepney, you just read the signs attached to their windshields or painted on their jeepney bodies and you will get there!! The International Airport of Davao is also home to popular airlines that serve you domestic and international flights.

Pearl Farm Resort Photo by Kurt Damada

A good tip though when you travel in Davao is to speak a little Bisaya. Terms like “Tagpila ni?” (how much is this?) and “daghang salamat” (Many Thanks) or maybe “wala nay hangyu?” (Any ¬†lower price for this? or a form of haggling) will go a long way when you are here.

In conclusion, other people may say Davao is just a “Province” or that people here are “probinsyano” but in reality, people of Davao are more honest, hardworking and really happy people. I wouldn’t just say that Davao is a Province, I’d say its Home.

The First

” Every journey Needs a First Step” – Anonymous

This is not my first rodeo with writing. There is always a lot of things that run through my mind. I’m more of a reader if you ask me. Maybe that is the reason why I never really continued the writing bit. Maybe it was lack of motivation or I might be missing a muse. Funny how these things–the need and craving to write–¬†crawls back into your life.

By the way, my friends call me Micole. Although at times they hear “N” instead of “M”; so some others I go by Kim. It’s actually a reference to my Chinese name. I think you¬†gathered that I am half Pinay and Half Chinese. What with the “chinita” eyes but robust “Bisaya” language.So here I go again, starting anew. Blogging and posting musings, travels, and photography. I think you also gathered that I’m a “foodie”with all the weight my cheeks have (haha!). Books are also a friend to me with all its wonder and the places you can be whilst reading one book. There is also the singing bit, where the microphone doesn’t really hate me but the stage is just an enemy. Kidding aside, I’m glad that I started again and I especially hope to continue.

Cheers to all our firsts! Don’t mind if we share a glass of wine of two!