I owe it to myself to go deeper than the romanticized notion of simple living that I had unwittingly painted in my old article. Here is a postscript to that article; a brief outline of what I hope is wisdom gleaned from another year.
It's been 8 years since the first time I got inked and I see how much I've changed through what I decide to put on my skin.
We buy, they sell. We sell, they buy. If authenticity is currency, how much is your value?
Two days ago, I filled another notebook to its last page. It was the red pocket-sized, non-ruled moleskine that I started on the last week of 2015.
the first two years were easy.
the parts we liked about ourselves
were the ones we picked apart
and admired from up close.
Where words fail, images prevail. A collage is a visual essay. The pen tool is still a pen.
This creative couple knows what it means to go for your dreams. Camille Pilar and Harold Crisostomo have transformed their lives to reach the goal of living by the sea.
I wanted a simpler but richer life. Rich not in the monetary sense but in terms of quality of life. It was getting close to impossible to enjoy life in Manila. You get robbed of your time when you spend it powerless in traffic. Retail therapy becomes an easy escape, and soon, you spend more than you earn. It becomes too easy to live a life you can’t afford, thus a life you can’t love, when you are landlocked in the city.
In our newest interview for the #FilipinaTrailblazers series, Executive Lifestyle talked to Camille Pilar, a writer, surfer and barista who is not afraid to live a life counter to the expectations of society. She took the courageous step to leave a life of material comfort to find herself, and has never felt so free.