A Filipina thirtysomething grad student's blog with a side helping of geekery, food, books, music and beauty!

26/08/2019
by Layla
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A little life update + current favourites

Hola! Hope you are all doing well.

Here I am, a few weeks into graduate school. And to be honest, I felt a bit lost.

But here’s the tea–graduate school is a different ballgame from law school. For years, I’ve gotten used to having insults hurled by professors whenever they do not like my answer, or whenever I gave a wrong one. While the professor seemed dissatisfied, he didn’t say anything more and asked the same question to a classmate. Continue Reading →

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20/08/2019
by Layla
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A letter to the law school freshman.

I didn’t just study in coffee shops–sometimes I study at home, especially when I am skint!

Dear Law School Freshie,

I’m sitting here writing a letter to you, the law school freshman. There was a bit of mental see-sawing before I started to write this post.

First things first–I am not a law student.

Hear me out–I used to be one. Leaving law school was a difficult decision to make, yet, at the same time, the best one. It isn’t because the passion isn’t there anymore, but I needed to take that breather.

Anyway, here’s the tea: law school is a rollercoaster. Having been in it for years has helped me become a stronger person emotionally. I’m not scaring you off, but there are a few points I need to make. Continue Reading →

12/08/2019
by Layla
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Lost in UP: An adventure story

I have always come to the University of the Philippines to get my additional readings photocopied/springbound, because the print/bind shops there do it so well. There are only two places I know like the back of my hand: the Shopping Centre and the college I [now] belong to.

The Shopping Centre burnt down last year, so that’s one less place I remember. Anyway, I digress.

It was a grey July day that I went to the university’s campus on a mission. My to-do list:

  1. Drop a letter at the Institute of Environmental Science (an errand for my boss)-done
  2. -Submit physical and dental exam forms and x-ray film at the Health Services-done
  3. Submit medical certificate to SOLAIR-done

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10/08/2019
by Layla
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My July–catching up with you all

Hello! Hope you are all well.

July sped by, and it took my breath away–literally!

For some reason, this month had the record of me calling in sick a lot because of–you guessed it, asthma attacks. Oh, and high blood pressure, which shocked me. It’s a wake up call for me to eat more healthily and to exercise more!

This month was also a flurry of preparations–having those medical check-ups as part of a pre-enrolment requirement for uni–graduate school, that is (there will be more of that in a separate post); and getting my [messy] bedroom ready–making it conducive for studying.

And what a challenge that was! My room was in a bit of a mess (an understatement), and a lot of cleaning had to be done. Below are the Before pictures–look at them, absolute carnage! Continue Reading →

13/07/2019
by Layla
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I’m saying goodbye to law school. And it’s okay.

Yes, it actually is, despite the fact that writing this is the one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.

This was my usual set up two years ago–studying in coffee shops, at home, and in the school library. Sadly, the coffee shop where this pic was taken is no longer in operation.

For years, I had my game plan–study law with enough passion to make a candle burn; take the Bar after graduation, and (God willing) pass the Bar, take the oath (at one point, I could recite it in my sleep), and sign in the Roll of Attorneys in front of the Bar Confidant.

Sounds easy, right? No, not at all!

I won’t lie, I failed subjects too, but not without learning the lesson behind it. There were times when I’ve wondered what was the point of the Negotiable Instruments Law, or the law on Partnership–or whether one is solidarily or jointly liable for some unfullfilled obligations. These thoughts, however, were formed during one of my weaker moments.
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12/07/2019
by Layla
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I nearly forgot about this.

I’ve made it this far. Whew!

I’ve been working in this government office for six years now. Technically, it’s seven, but my contractual stint didn’t count as government service.

It’s been a rocky road so far, but I’m so glad I stuck it through. There were many times I’ve considered handing in my notice due to mental health reasons, but I didn’t. I’m still working here, and it’s unbelievable.

Thank you for that rollercoaster, PNRI. I love you.

29/06/2019
by Layla
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My glass skin dreams

As I am in my mid-thirties, I need to take better care of my skin, thus the incorporation of two anti-aging moisturisers s and facial wash in my skin care routine.

Recently however, i came across this article from Allure introducing a popular Korean trend, the glass skin, a fancy term for clear, luminous, seemingly transparent skin. Of course I was sold on that. Who doesn’t want a clear, dewy, and luminous skin? I wouldn’t be an exception.

The products pictured above aren’t all the products I use everyday for skincare. There are new products that I have just bought, and not yet used! I’m willing to share my skincare routine, though. Continue Reading →

12/06/2019
by Layla
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It’s Sinking In

Well, hello you.

Again, it’s been ages since I have written an update, and during that time, I wasn’t in a very good place mentally and emotionally. As well, I have been physically ill a lot, the heat being the main culprit.

There was another reason for the silence. I’ve applied for graduate school at the end of April; took the exam on the 11th of May.

Well, who look got in.

I had to give out my application number twice to the college secretary over the phone to make sure that I passed. The photo above was proof that I don’t need to pinch myself. I passed, oh dear Lord, I passed–and I even attended the orientation. Yes, I know I’ve got a lot of work cut out for me academically, but oh God, let me have a moment of giddiness.

Getting admitted into this state university isn’t something to be sneezed at—it is a big deal, considering that’s the uni nearly every Filipino wants to study in. I could apply for an appeal, but I applied for entry into another uni for my undergraduate degree and I got in it. In a way, things have gone full circle.

I really can’t wait till August. I’m so excited to start.

08/05/2019
by Layla
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After that long break + what I learned during that time

Hello, I’m back, after a long break.


So many things have happened–Lent and grad school applications thrown in together.

So, what’s Lent got to do with the break? Well, it’s the time of the year I usually do my annual social media detox. I cheated a bit, that’s true (#cantstayawayfromthegram), but I’ve learned to be less fixated on it.

There are a few things I’ve learned during my break. I will be sharing my insights on them. Continue Reading →

13/03/2019
by Layla
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Hello, hello.

Hello, how are you? Hope you are doing fine.

It’s been more than a month since I last updated this blog, and to be honest, it’s been wonderful not posting.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love blogging, but there have been times when I have been wondering what am I still doing with this blog, and being completely devoid of motivation. For the past few years, I felt like I had to keep up with everything, and I’ve felt the intense pressure to write something worth reading. Three years later, I can now admit that I felt like I had to churn my brains out in order not to lose readers. Continue Reading →

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