A few days ago, for some strange reason I was feeling very very sad and no matter what I tried to do, I just couldn’t get out of that funk. I guess I was overthinking about life and worrying about “problems” that, in actuality, don’t really exist. I figured that I was just having one of those days so I started listening to my current favorite songs, one of which was On Melancholy Hill by Gorillaz and immediately, I started feeling better. (I know the title of the song is ironically melancholic but believe me, its melody and music just have that feel-good vibe that puts me in a good mood every time I listen to it.)
I guess it’s quite normal to feel blue on some days and there really isn’t anything that you can do about it except to sit back, relax and count your blessings. In my case, one of the things that really helps me get over feelings of negativity is the thought of the sea and being there with the people I truly love — my best friends. Whenever I’m down, the memories that I have of me and my best friends at the beach replay in my head and instantly, I don’t feel so blue anymore.
A year ago, one of my best friends Sari and I went on an impromptu Boracay trip wherein we just had a lot of fun catching up, telling each other funny stories while getting a Maui Babe tan with a drink in hand. I consider myself just as much as a beach lover as Sari and we always have the best time when we’re under the sun with our feet in the sand! We are such beach babies!
However, Boracay in June wasn’t very welcoming because the winds were quite strong and the sun barely came out to play! Still, I had fun with Sarita and I can’t wait to hit the beach with her again. It’s been way too long since we last got a tan together!
A few months after that, Saab and I went to Boracay and celebrated our birthday there AGAIN! I’ve been celebrating my birthday there for 3 years straight now because I seriously think that everything is just perfect in Boracay in November — the sun is always shining brightly, there is zero moss in the water and there aren’t too many people on the beach! Perfection, I tell you.
Come January of this year, I was fortunate enough to go to Shangri-La Boracay for work. I was tasked to host a trends presentation for MAC Cosmetics Philippines and luckily, I was with one of my best friends Adrianne who also happens to be my stylist. During that trip, I got to touch base with an old friend Anna Canlas and make a new friend in Carmencita Sioson. Oh, if only you could’ve heard our stories and all the funny stuff we talked about, you’d be laughing non-stop just like we did!
Just last April, I went to Boracay yet again but this time with my other best friends, Mehrdad and Jenna. They’re a couple with whom I’ve been third wheeling for about a year now and the three of us get along so well that we just have so much fun no matter where we go! We all love to eat so we make sure to make the most of every trip and eat as much yummy food as we can.
For summer this year, my other best friend Cristina was kind enough to let me and my friends stay in her family's beach house in Tali, Batangas. I've been going there for years now and their family has been the most hospitable whenever we're there. It's the coziest beach house I've ever stayed at and I think it's gonna be my favorite forever because of the memories I've made there with so many of my friends! This summer, I was able to go to Tina's family's beach house in Tali twice. The first time was with the beshies for Labor Day!
The second time we drove up to Tali this summer was for the Independence Day long weekend with Saab, Jim, Frank, Denise and some of their friends. Sadly, Cristina couldn't join us because she was busy back in Manila.
We went to the beach right after breakfast to meet up with Iya and Marquis, our best friends from grade school who also happened to be in Tali that weekend!
Seeing all these photos and reliving the wonderful memories that I made with all my best friends at the beach really turned my mood around. At an instant, my feelings of sadness turned into a surge of great appreciation. It’s true what they say — the best things in life are free so whenever you’re feeling gloomy, I suggest that instead of letting the negativity weigh you down, you should close your eyes and imagine being at your happy place with the people who matter the most to you. In my case, my happy place has always been the beach — getting a tan, swimming with Nemo, eating yummy seafood with my bare hands, sipping on mojitos by the shore and witnessing magnificent sunsets with the people who make my heart happy. If you count your blessings instead of your problems, you get a chance to actually savor the flavors of life. Worrying about your problems and forgetting to appreciate even the smallest of things will do nothing but slowly make you lose your zest for life. Please, I beg you — don’t ever let that happen. If you ever find yourself in a funk like mine, here’s hoping that this blog can change your mood as well. Let this be a reminder to you that life has always been and will always be beautiful. It’s just really a matter of looking at things differently and approaching each day with a grateful heart. <3