Random Firsts

  • Started reading Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine, and I think I’m going to finish it tonight. Actually started it at the line for MRT, 4 trains passed before I got in. Whew. 
  • It was my first time to eat lunch alone at the ADB caf first floor, usually I’m at the 2nd floor when I eat alone. There’s an event there, so that’s why. 
  • I chatted with Ms. Joy about Asian dramas while I asked for the Brunei SUT 2005. So much lels.

Nina 😛✌️



  • I successfully sported my Do Bong Soon hairstyle, thanks to Aika’s compliments. Hahaha.
  • I bought Mother’s Day gifts which are really cheap but useful. Thanks, Miniso!
  • I also bought the Postcard Watercolor Set (portable studio) from Fullybooked c/o of ADB bazaar thingy. So excited to try it during the weekend.
  • I tried a new sandwich today for merienda, the corned beef hash– 8/10.

Nina 😛✌️


Please see me 

[Thursday, April 27, 2017]

  • I got to work at 8:59 am, a milestone for me since I always arrive at 10 or 10:30. 
  • We had our weekly team meeting today, just discussing about updates and plans for the latter half til next year. Then, by the time I got down at my desk, Ate Joy called me and said, “Hello Nina, psm ka ni kuya.” I replied,  “Ano po yung psm?” She answered, “Please see me, haha.” I learned a new acronym! HAHAHA
  • In relation to that ^ Joseph gave me an “on the side” work which is making a revlit about GVCs. Finally, I get to veer away from tables and start writing again. Also, it was thoughtful of him to ask me about how I’m doing with my readings because it’s not really part of my job. It was the time he shared me what to read in order to understand and help me appreciate the trade sector, like if I want to pursue it as specialization. 
  • Since I got to work early, I get to leave early, 5:30pm to be specific but I arrived home at 8:30pm. Thanks to the long lines for shuttle in Park Square, but I have Ann and my mom with me. However, my mom left us since she is “malakas” to the kuyas of UV, she doesn’t need to fall in line and as soon as a shuttle came, she can ride right away. It’s altright though, ’cause I think other passengers will complain if we, 3, got to ride the shuttle bypassing a lot of people. 

Proud econonerd moment

  • I did it! I got to perform the transformation model from supply-use tables (SUT) to input-output tables (IOT) through Brunei’s 2010 SUT. At first, I panicked on the array formulas and realized that they were just array names and theres this so called “name manager” in Excel. I also realized that you can do a lot in Excel and people fail to maximize its full potential. Do you know that you can do regressions? (Awow hahaha, yeah true, if youre interested, pls just explore it on your own HAHAHA) 
  • Raymond, Aika, and I tried to explore ADB and visited the 8th and 9th floor to check out the President’s office, and other higher ups, but we failed to do so since there are guards and we kinda felt ashamed so we just laughed it off and went down. 
  • Commuting here in PH really sucks. I am currently in line for UV express and I think I’ll be riding the 3rd van. It’s so freaking hot and tiring. Imagine doing this everyday, you will know what I mean. Gusto ko na mag-ofw, magturo ng English sa Korea, charot. Hahaha.

Nina 😛✌️


Wake Up Call

For some reason/s I have yet to discover, I thought of starting a daily journal through this wordpress account. Maybe because I noticed that I have such an app on my phone but I’m rarely using it, or maybe I just want to practice writing coherent thoughts on a daily basis, and so on. I have yet to think a solid reason lol. 

Anyhoo, this was a so so day for me at work because I already finished the required tasks. There were 2 seminars I’m interested to listen to today, the IMF presentation on the World Economic Outlook and the seminar on Global and Domestic Value Chains in Asia (brown bag). I just passed by the IMF seminar because there were a lot of people and just thought of studying the readings my boss gave me. It was 10:30am and the brown bag one is at 12:30 noon so I thought of working for a few hours first before “goofing (intellectually) from work” through seminars. 

The brown bag was quite interesting. It was fun listening to a talk with all concepts familiar to you. “Yeah, I did that, ohh I know how to measure that etc.” It was 100% relevant to what I’m doing. The data I’ve been producing were used in the analysis through decompositions and my most favorite part is the inclusion of the job  growth effects. 

Then it hit me. I think this seminar was sort of a wake-up call to appreciate and be passionate about work since I found the trade sector as something just required of me to do because it’s my job. Doing something macro makes me feel that I’m not contributing something to society. Producing input-output tables is not exactly socially relevant. But with that seminar, having job growth included made me think,  “may silbi naman tong ginagawa ko.”

I want to learn and love the trade sector the same way I learned and loved Political Science (my undergrad degree). I didn’t like it at first but became passionate with it especially because of the quantitative pol. analysis subject where I learned to use R programming and the political economy subject which made me take up masters in economics. I can say that trade and I is on the getting-to-know-each-other phase and I hope that the time we invest on each other is/will be worthwhile. 

Also, I also want to remember that on this day, Aika and I went again for merienda in the caf for the first time in a long time. To be honest, I didn’t know why we stopped eating and going there lol. She ordered egg salad sandwich and mine was chicken salad sandwich. 

Another thing to remember and ponder on: I stumbled upon Aika as I was going home, she came from yoga and I began to think of joining her again. I always think of joining her but I am lazy and I want to jog/run than stay in a stationary place. Lels. But I guess I just need to start doing it so I can make it a habit. I badly need exercise, for your info. Hahaha. 

Wow, this is long.  Ang daldal ko. Hahaha kbye! 

Nina 😛✌️


Freedom. Festival. Friend.

January 29, 2016|Friday|Freedom

It was a remarkable day for me because it was my first time traveling alone and out of the country-Singapore. I was really excited but at the same time nervous. The main agenda is to visit my dear (idol/crush) friend, Gem, attend Laneway Festival together, and explore SG for roughly 3 days.

So I arrived at around 10:30PM which was really late for Gem to pick me up or what because aside from her class, NUS is faraway from the airport, and so is her crib. Walking towards Immigration, I asked the officer until what time the train will be open and he said 11:30PM so I walked and walked, found the moneychanger for Ate Bevs’ USD cos she asked me to buy her ehd. Then after few minutes of roaming around, I decided to ask the information counter for the specific sky train I should ride. Good thing, the one I talked to was a good English speaker. At last, I found myself at Lavender station where the Green Kiwi Hostel can be found.

But, yeah I got lost, I can’t find the hostel. Then I met an old lady, she was kind enough to help me but also cool to smoke a cigarette while talking to me. However, she doesn’t know the landmarks I told her to get to the hostel so we went to guards who just pointed directions at me but still really vague. Luckily, I met a lady who I think is Pinay but just to be safe, I spoke English and asked for her help then while we were talking, she suddenly blurted out, “Pinay ka teh?” I was like, “oo ate, yehey!” Then she accompanied me to the hostel at 12:30am, so kind. Thank you so much Ate Elisa!

So when I got in the hostel, the receptionist was also Pinay. Yay, it feels just like home, somewhat.

January 30, 2016|Saturday|Laneway Festival

So Gem and I decided to meet first at Esplanade station to eat lunch then head to The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay for Laneway. We ate lunch at Tomo Izakaya, Japanese resto obviously. Yup, that’s Gem.


While on our way to The Meadow where we just walked, yeah we WALKED and we’re exhausted because Gem was not really a tourist guide, she’s also like me. She became a nerd na kasi. Jk. After school, she goes home to study that’s why she haven’t explored SG that much.


Nearing the venue, we stopped by for some picture-taking, yeah turista mode on!


The festival was sweaty and tiring but super fun. But Gem and I wished that it’s not just the two of us. IMG_7490IMG_7492IMG_7494IMG_7496IMG_7505IMG_7528IMG_7530

One of my fave parts, tatts c/o H&M plus the Laneway wristband!


For some reason, I don’t know why I can’t upload my videos here so I uploaded it on my Facebook. So you’ll see fan photos of the concert, so don’t expect them to be sharp. Lol.


The 1975: Matty was such a great singer live, plus he’s super hot and handsome! But his hair was really curly that day.


The night view of the festival! I think these were Beach House and Grimes.


This stuffed monkey was enjoying Laneway as well. HAHAHA!


Chvrches: As usual Lauren and Martin flawlessly sang live. They performed songs from these two albums, The Bones of What You Believe and Every Open Eye alternately. Always and forever fan of this band <3


Purity Ring: New-found fave band! She sounds just like Lauren, listen to Bodyache or Heartsigh. You’re welcome!

January 31, 2016| Sunday| Friend

This day was saved to explore Singapore with Gem but I ended up waking up at around past 10am, so we ended up just shopping at Bugis, eating chicken rice at Clementi, and shopping pasalubong, basically I just shopped and we ate.

Thank you so much, Gem! I will definitely be back because the trains are too awesome. HAHAHA.


Chvrches Manila: Recover(ed) from this Night Sky\

I know this is late but I believe that my Chvrches experience should be documented. This is the first concert I attended to in my lifetime and I am so glad that it was Chvrches, my favorite band since 2012. November 26, 2014 @ Samsung Hall, SM Aura, one of the unforgettable days of my life.

Few days before the concert, Vybe Mnl announced that there will be a meet and greet, so I was really stoked when I heard it from Jill that weekend. I posted the mandatory photo with a caption, “Then I will never let you get away, never let you get away.” Of course from one of their newest song, Get Away. But, I think the caption was not that witty for Vybe Mnl, I guess since I didn’t win. Hahaha. Luckily, Jill won because of her brilliant caption on how she met Chvrches when they were still a front act in one of Passion Pit’s concerts. Cool. But the cooler thing is, the winners got plus ones for the meet and greet and behold you, dear reader, Jill picked me to be her plus one!

First things first, what’s our outfit for the concert?

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 So, we left the office at around 2pm, since the meet and greet is at 4pm. But before that, we had yoghvrt! Haha.


 While waiting for the meet and greet, we stayed at CBTL outdoors, and took some selfies. Lels.

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The wait took like forever but we gained some friends, the girl who was regrammed by Chvrches because of her nail polish and her boyfriend (Check IG!)  plus, Jill’s friend from Ateneo and his friend. While waiting in the line, I wrote a haiku and also took some stalker shots since people couldn’t take photos because there’s an official photographer:

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 HERE IT IS! THE PICTURE FROM THE MEET AND GREET (I gave them the haiku I wrote and Lauren was touched, she said, “Awww, thank you.” Hihihi. Fan girl moment! Aaaaaahhh):


After the meet and greet, we just grabbed some drinks from CBTL,. Yeah, we didn’t eat dinner because we want to secure a good spot. Here are some photos of Jill while waiting, haha. That’s how bored we were. Jill also grabbed a glass of beer while we were inside the waiting area just before the Samsung Hall. We also bought some merch shirts which was dun dun dun duuun, 1000 pesos each! For the love of Chvrches! Lels.

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As the bouncers opened the door for the hall, Jill immediately grabbed my hand and we ran inside, the line was totally forgotten. It was like we’re running for our lives. Indeed, we got a really good spot, so near. We were in the 2nd row, but we couldn’t take a picture of them three in one frame! #firstworldproblems HAHAHA



the duo who sang Rather Be

2nd front act

2nd front act

Autotelics (?) Misteryoso!

Autotelics (?) Misteryoso!

And now, here comes, CHVRCHES!

The moment they went onstage, they sang We Sink, followed by Lies without talking to the audience. I was thinking whether Lauren is just shy or that’s just their style in concerts. However, after those 2 songs, they talked to us! Gaaaahhh. I was really happy that I got to see them perform live. Lauren Mayberry is such a good singer! Pitch perfect, flawless voice, I can’t even. Also, the audience were amazing because all of us sang along with Lauren and also Martin in every song. I think they really felt overwhelmed by the Filipino fans. I hope Chvrches will come back. This was really an unforgettable night. I love you, guys! Stay awesome! (sighs) Will I ever recover from this concert? Lels