Summer 2013 (According To Instagram)

I finally gave in into making an Instagram-related post on this blog. As you may know, the only thing that I’ve been really updating is my Twitter, where I basically share almost everything. However, my Instagram is also a place where I share some of my random moments online. Here are some photos that I posted on my Instagram recently:

Image1. I got my computer back! As of this writing, I am slowly trying to go back into “work” mode—meaning, I’m doing org work and other stuff, such as building my writing portfolio.

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2. I finally fixed my magazine box! It’s actually pretty refreshing to see that all my magazines are finally organized. And oh, I just realized that my Vogue pile is just as big as the rest of my magazines. Maybe I should get another box to make room for my future magazine haul, or throw out some of them.

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3. The neutral-colored top + fancy bottoms combo is a foolproof outfit combination. I’m going to try it soon, by pairing my plain, neutral-colored tops with various bottoms, like my floral skirt and my khaki pants. I’m gonna save up also for a bunch of printed pants and shorts to add in my closet.

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4. An old picture of me! I think I was two years old when this photo was taken, and it has been one of my favorite photos ever.

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5. I got my first issue of i-D last Saturday. It’s a fairly old issue, but it’s all good nonetheless, because it has Lena Dunham on the cover!

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6. I haven’t started on Mad Men, but I got this issue of Newsweek last year with the cast on the cover. Newsweek has done a spectacular job in creating this issue.

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7. This is my “I LOVE YOU BEYONCE” Instagram photo.

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8. I went to Malaysia two weeks ago, and before leaving Kuala Lumpur, I made sure to take photos of some of the interesting architectural structures there (Spot my favorite, the Petronas Towers).

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9. I edited a picture of Max (one of my puppies) using Hubba Hubba, and I turned him into a hipster puppy.

Anyway, this is my summer according to Instagram. If someone were to summarize my summer vacation using my Instagram photos, he/she would say that I spent my summer vacation doing random things, such as rediscovering interesting finds at home, traveling, and “working.” And it’s pretty much accurate.

Pseudo-Idleness

As much as I want my summer vacation to be productive this year, it’s inevitable that I experience periods of idleness during my summer break. These periods of idleness are actually good, because I get to think things through and plan things. Right now, I am planning and doing a number of things. I started writing on my journal again, I’m doing CoSA work, I’ve been more proactive in taking care of my dogs, and I’m starting to work out again. I’m doing these things not to prove myself, or to please a certain group of people, but I’m doing this for self-improvement. I realized that I should re-evaluate my reasons to do things. I realized that I shouldn’t be constantly trying to prove myself, to compete with my peers just to get affirmation to make myself feel better. Instead, I realized that I should see the things that I’m doing as opportunities for self-improvement. In line with these realizations, I could say that these periods of idleness will help me think about the things that I want to do, and learn some lessons in the process. 

Petronas

Petronas

I went to Malaysia a couple of days ago, and I made sure to see the Petronas Twin Towers during my stay there. I was fortunate enough to see it twice, and I must say, it’s really beautiful. I’m looking forward to see it again in the future.