Sunday, July 19, 2015

What's Keeping Me from Blogging Lately

So I feel like I have to come clean that it's just plain laziness that's been keeping me from blogging. But please do read on; I have been doing pretty legit stuff to kept me away from blogging lately.

Legit Reason #1: I went to Australia and made questionable outfit choices, you guys!

Jamison Valley and The King's Table in Katoomba, Australia
Sitting at the edge of a cliff. Behind me is the Jamison Valley and The King's Table in Katoomba, Australia

It's the trip I've been hinting a few posts back, and I must admit that I haven't been as excited as I should be about it. But Australia has it charms, all of which have been heavily documented in the hashtag #RuizOutbackAdventure over at Instagram for your perusal.

maraisms sydney opera house
At the Sydney Opera House
We arrived right in the middle of winter, so my dreams of seeing washboard abs were crushed immediately. However, I love Australian coffee! I never knew Toby's Estate is an Australian brand and the ones we have here is a direct franchise from Australia.

It was also my first time to go to Australia and all the information for our 5-day itinerary came from the internet. I am pretty proud of myself for being able to do so. I didn't want to ramble on about how I got a visa, where did we go, etc, unless someone asks for it. So if anyone is interested in our Australia plans, do let me know in the comments!

Legit Reason #2: I picked up another hobby in the form of brush pen lettering

Tweeting words and short mantras for the day over at @maraisms

My friend Dawn and I have an ongoing joke that I have #onedayhobbies, hobbies that actually require commitment, practice, and learning but I jump on them head on the first day (or weeks) with so much commitment, you actually think I'm going to stick with it.

Okay, I must admit that I have a few hobbies that I have started and abandoned because I was too impatient to practice, but I actually think I can follow through with brush pen lettering. I try to write/practice as much as I can, and I even write on unused pages of my 2015 planner as seen above. I also don't want to write quotes in the future, so I just write whatever comes to mind. My end goal? I just want to learn how to write prettily.

Been tutoring my 10-year-old niece on figures of speech, so this came about.

Legit Reason #3: My best friend Z is back again in the Philippines!

And we have been using her comeback as an excuse to meet up with friends. I am happy I get to hang out again with people that "get me".  JB said it best when he said "Thanks, guys, for keeping me grounded." 

In retrospect, I have been around privileged, titled, landed, people in college, but these guys never made me feel like I have to keep up. We are still the same dorks that watch Pangako Sa'yo (the revival and when it first aired!). We still set budgets for meals per head every time we go out. We still make each other laugh.

You know that Tallulah Bankhead quote?
"Only good girls keep diaries. Bad girls don't have time"
Well consider me a good girl who's having way too much time with life lately to blog.
But I will make up for it and write more often, I promise :)

So what's keeping you from the internet lately?

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