Perks of Living Alone. Or not.

They say that you can be alone and never be lonely – you have your good old bottle of beer or a few books to give you warmth during those lonely nights, and even days. But here’s a question, “Why would you want to be alone?”

In a month of living alone, I have discovered, or maybe affirmed, the following perks and some corresponding boohoos of pulling off an Ally McBeal:

1. You’re free, ‘nuff said.

Or at least you thought you are. With all the rental fees and bills, there’s no such thing as free breakfast, indeed.

2. You can do whatever you want, whenever, wherever. You can smoke while having your morning coffee, at the comforts of your room (but you have to have your air freshener ready). You can go someplace else and not be ‘repatriated’. You can fart, pick your nose, prick your zits, peel some scabs, and there’s no one to judge you.

It’s as if no one cares. Literally and figuratively.

3. You’re a Cinderella no more! There’s no one to nag you to go home while you’re out with your friends, enjoying a beautiful night. You can come home super late, or very early the next day and you’ll have no problems sneaking quietly in to your room.

4. You’ll learn how to really be independent, and domesticated. You’ll learn how to cook (and eat whatever you want, at your own expense), how to wash the dishes (you really have to), how to wash your underwear (and have your clothes laundered by other people), and how to clean your room (uh yeah, every once in a while).

 There’s no one to get you water, or make you coffee during a big hangover. Or cook you lunch when you’re too sluggish to move. Basically, you have no one to depend on but yourself.

 5. You’ll have time to think, and list, all the other perks of living alone.

You’ll have time to think whether you really can, or in fact, are ready, to live alone.

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reliving ze jetsetter moments

Some of the forecasts I’ve read online tell that 2012 will be a good year for me. On which aspect? That I’m still not sure of. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some positive vibes this year.

I must say that I’ve started the year of the dragon with a bang. I welcomed it with some of my high school friends where we resurrected from the 1800s.

Since then, I’ve been invited to some really awesome plans (even if it’s only the sixth (as of writing) of January!)! These first two months, I already have some series of travels lined up. :p

First stop: Surigao

Travel date: Jan 8-11

Surigao virgin, yo! This is my first time (well, not technically, for I already went there once, but I was still a kid then and I can’t remember a thing) to go to my father’s birthplace, the ‘territory’ of the Tiukinhoys.

All of the Tiukinhoys were ‘summoned’ to go back home to Surigao to celebrate two occasions:

1. house blessing

A once simple two-storey house, which has been rocked by a couple together with their twelve kids, has been transformed into a ‘mansion’ that can now be easily filled up by the said couple’s grand and great grandchildren.

I think this is the first time the house was renovated for the family matriarch did not want to alter anything for every fixture, corner and wall holds a great familial memory.

PS. For many of us in the family, this is the first time we will be seeing the new Tiukinhoy ‘palace.’

2. Lola Mom’s birthday

On Jan 9, Lola Mama will be turning 86? 88? 90? and as a birthday wish, she wants for all the Tiukinhoys to gather and celebrate another wondrous year. This will actually be a family reunion, the biggest, by far.

However, it’s sad to note that on our end, only Daddy and me can come because a) ticket’s so expensive and b) younger sibs have classes at school and Mom has to look after them.

Second stop: Subic

Travel date: Jan 14-15

I’ve mentioned that I welcomed 2012 with some of my batchmates. And as we were merrying ourselves with alcohol, we decided to take on another travel – this time, northbound!

The trip’s not yet finalized (a big hurrah for spontaneity!) but I’m pretty sure this’ll push through. So let’s all be nice and hope that Santa can give this to us.

Third stop: Anawanin

Travel date: Feb 3-5

“Saan ulit ang Anawangin?” “Sa Zambales.”

I’ve long been wanting to go to Anawangin since a lot of my friends have been there and put up a lot of good reviews. That’s why I promised myself that I would soon conquer that place.

And so, a good opportunity kicked in, and sure enough, I immediately grabbed it.

Ms Rob, Ms Grace (officemates) and friends will be going there for some nature-tripping, bonfire-loving moments. Kim, Kuya Jake, Sir Ariel and I will be tagging along the group. Mehe.

Fourth stop: Cagayan de Oro

Travel date: Feb 14-15

Have I ever told you that the spontaneous and unplanned trips are usually the ones that happen? Well, this is one of the great manifestations for that.

I was busy scouring the internet a day ago when I saw CebuPac go on sale. P12, yo!

So I immediately booked one roundtrip ticket to Cagayan de Oro. Afterwhich, I told the humanoids about this and we all agreed to go.

It’s an overnight trip, with no itinerary, no budget earmarked, and two days of fun! God bless us all!

PS. For those who wants to go somewhere, just let me know. 🙂