10 Things Ryan Likes

  1. Sleeping and waking up at any time.
  2. Reality TV shows like Survivor and Amazing Race.
  3. Theater plays.
  4. Synchronized dance choreography.
  5. Stephen King books.
  6. Effortless singing.
  7. Nature, trees, and plants.
  8. Fresh fruits and vegetables.
  9. Meaningful conversations.
  10. Volunteering.
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31 Random Birthday Musings

  1. Thank God! Still alive and kicking at 31.
  2. Good grief, getting older but hopefully growing wiser, too.
  3. What’s so bad about getting older anyway? When we were kids, we couldn’t wait to be adults. And now, we wish to go back to our younger days.
  4. Well, I look younger than my age so I guess I’m one of the lucky ones.
  5. Still single and loving it!
  6. Most of my friends and batch mates from school are either married or are paired up. This doesn’t bother me. Really!
  7. Okay, it can get lonely sometimes, but I enjoy being with myself and I’m okay with that.
  8. It’s funny how you get to a point where you don’t really care about your self-image and is confident with who you are. So to teens fussing about how to look cool and all, it’s just a phase.
  9. At this age, you’re expected to be established professionally. That’s not necessarily true for me as I deal with opportunities as they come and I try to just follow my bliss.
  10. Living in Manila for three years now has led me to believe that the Philippines is a hopeless case. But whenever I’m back in my hometown, Baguio, I see a little glimpse of hope.
  11. It’s nice to meet selfless individuals who contribute to nation-building and do what they can to make this country better.
  12. There are still good people in the world. You just have to look real hard.
  13. Meaningful conversations are hard to come by nowadays. So when they do come, I treasure the moment.
  14. I get so annoyed with people who are always on their phones even when talking to other people.
  15. A moment can be an eternity. Time is just an illusion.
  16. But the reality is, life is short. So YOLO! Carpe diem! Seize the day!
  17. A constant reminder – don’t sweat the small stuff.
  18. We put too much energy on trivial things that we fail to see what matters most.
  19. I feel like I’ve been through so many things already and yet there are still a lot I haven’t experienced.
  20. I wish to travel more. El Nido, Palawan and Batanes are dream destinations. And I wish to backpack around Europe, too!
  21. Traveling for Filipinos is more of a privilege rather than something we can do anytime we want.
  22. I got to places outside the country not because I’m rich but I was just fortunate to be part of exchange programs and volunteering opportunities.
  23. Spent my birthday volunteering!
  24. They say volunteering is noble. It’s selfless. For others, it’s just for show. Joining in the bandwagon. But I do volunteer because I enjoy it. Isn’t it supposed to be the most natural thing in the world? To help other people?
  25. I noticed how conversations with friends are now about insurance, investments, and stability. Talk about grown-up stuff.
  26. I don’t know why life has to be more serious or boring once you’re older or more mature. Is it because of all the responsibilities? The realities of getting by with meager salary? Living in a dog eat dog world?
  27. And in an effort to complete this list, allow me to include lines from Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata.”
  28. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
  29. Be cheerful.
  30. Strive to be happy.
  31. Happy birthday to me!