How to self examine your breasts #FeelitontheFirst

March 31, 2015

Do you remember how I was diagnosed with breast cancer? I was 23 years old and found lumps in my left breast but I didn’t do anything about it. I assumed it was nothing! In fact, when my family doctor examined me, she told me not to worry, “It’s probably just a cyst!” She signed a referral paper to get checked just in case. I called the 3 numbers indicated one by one. “Hi, I’d like to book a mammogram!” “Date of birth ...

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5 Tricks to Beat the Cancer Blues

March 16, 2015

Hey there! Is it just me or the past month was a tough one? February was freaking cold, March is a tease and my mind’s playing games with me. It would be too easy to blame it on the weather though… When I had just finished my treatments, I wrote a little something about the Post-Cancer Blues. I explain how, many of us expect for life to just go back to normal once we’re “cancer free”. Our family and friends expect us to be the ...

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Tigers, Elephants & Fish Spas. [Chiang Mai & My Travel Conclusion]

March 5, 2015

Dear Diary, “Do something different” was the motto right? Step out of your comfort zone! Try something new! Well, let’s just say I checked off all of those boxes in Chiang Mai! From spooning giant tigers, hiking up high mountains, scootering down steep hills, swimming with baby elephants to dipping my feet into a pool of hundreds of flesh eating fish (You don’t understand, I absolutely hate feet and anything that touches my feet. I ...

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Baby’s In Bangkok! [Thailand Temple Hop]

February 23, 2015

Dear Diary, I can’t believe this day has finally arrived. I am departing my father from Indonesia to meet another special man in my life in Thailand. My boyfriend, VEE! It’s crazy because Vee and I have been talking about Thailand since we were just coworkers and friends. Often, we’d spend our days at work asking each other a 101 questions to get to know one another. One day I asked, “If you could go anywhere in the world, where would ...

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Peace, Love & Harmony [Ubud, Bali]

February 16, 2015

Dear Diary, Out of all the places I’ve been to, Ubud stood out the most to me. It just felt so… different! I’ve never seen anything like it! Like I was now in a completely different world. I think that’s what I loved the most about Ubud, it’s sense of authenticity, spirituality and tradition, not too overtaken by tourism but just enough to add some extra fun. With its beautiful rice terraces, organic farms and abundance of ...

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Lost and Found… [Surfing in Kuta, Bali]

February 9, 2015

Dear Diary, “Do something different! Step out of your comfort zone!” Those were my main mottos for this trip. So of course being in Kuta, Bali… I had to surf! I’ve never surfed before… which is quite strange since I lived in Australia for 3 years back in 2000. How did I not even try? Well I guess that just proves how I’ve become a little more daring since then. As soon as we stepped foot on the sand of Kuta Beach, a young ...

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Surf, Sun & Monkeys. [Kuta Bali, Indonesia]

February 2, 2015

Tuesday, November 18 2014 Dear Diary, Am I dreaming? Because Bali has always been one of my dream destinations and here I am, on a plane off to Kuta like it’s normal! This is my 5th flight so far, so I’m already used to flying but this time, my dad wanted to make it special... I guess he knows my mottos for this trip are “Do Something Different” and “Live Life”, so as we checked in, he asked the lady to upgrade us to business ...

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Digging up my Roots [Manila, Philippines]

January 26, 2015

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 Dear Diary, With this “new life” of mine, I travel not just to discover the world, but with the hopes to discover myself, my passion… my purpose! But you’ll never really know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’re from! That’s why visiting Manila, Philippines, where my parents are from, was extremely important to me being in South East Asia. It was time to dig up my roots! When in the ...

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Rising & Recovering [Tacloban, Philippines]

January 19, 2015

Tuesday, November 11th 2014. Dear Diary, When I pictured my trip to South East Asia, I was excited for the crystal clear water, exceptional wildlife, delicious savoury food and grand temples that you can’t find anywhere else. That was definitely on my bucket list, but before visiting the “beautiful areas”, I wanted to return to my roots, my parents’ homeland: The Philippines. My dad was already there for work, so the plan was to ...

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Nalie’s New Journey [The Departure]

January 12, 2015

Dear Diary, I am now 26 years old, cancer free and I am more than ready to be thrown into the real world. But the biggest question I ask myself today is: What is the real world? and How do I want to spend this new and precious life of mine. If really wanted to make a quick buck, I know I could easily find work. I know this, because I feel like I’m in a point in my life where I’m pretty sure I can do anything I want to do… hey… just ...

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