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    5 Things I’m Thankful For In Year 2015

    2015 is a special year for me because it is the year where I know and felt that I’m the one in charge of my life. A year full of adventures, out of comfort zone experiences, learnings, realizations and memories that will be remembered forever; unlike the past years of my life wherein I don’t even know what I want with my life, I just go with the flow.

    Let me share with you the 5 things I am thankful for the year 2015:

    1. The start of my own blog site

    Finally had the guts to start my own blog site and a lot of my friends probably were wondering, why?

    Perhaps, they do not know that I’m already bogging during my college days, but not a serious one! Just my happy thoughts, rants and about random things. Then 2015 came and I stumbled upon iamaileen.com by Aileen Adalid, a travel blogger that shared her story of how she left the corporate job in the Philippines at the age of 21 to travel the world. The way she lives as a digital nomad and how she shares her travel stories, that’s what I want too. After reading her story, I became inspired and motivated to chase my own dreams too. With that, I told myself to be brave and that there is nothing to lose when I get serious with blogging; I might help somebody else with my posts too just like Aileen. 🙂

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    May 2015, I bought my own domain name aurikamatias.com and started my own blog site with the help of my two blogger friends Dianne and Zek. Thank you guys for supporting me! Haha. ‘xo

    2. Travel around Philippines

    So 2015 is definitely the most adventurous year of my life. I may not have traveled outside the Philippines but at least, I was able to travel locally. My first hike, surf, cliff dive, spelunking and a lot more firsts happened in just one year! And I thank God for keeping me safe during those activities. We should keep in mind that the Philippines has a lot of things to offer that we do not know and haven’t experienced yet. #LoveLocal

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    3. The frugal life

    The normal scenario: Earn -> Spend -> Save what’s left. It took me a one working year in a corporate job to realize how much I have spent a lot of my money with unnecessary things! My oh my, I feel sad whenever I think about it, but I’m glad that I’m already done with that phase and learned how to budget. Living a frugal life is not easy, especially if you cannot let go the things that are unnecessary in your life. Learn to pay yourself by saving up first before spending the extra cash.

    P.S. I’m proud to say that I already have stocks and investments! Hoping for more! 🙂

    4. Online and real life friends

    One of the advantages of being adventurous and also a blogger is meeting like minded people! Online world made it easy to communicate with other people and letting them become a part in your circle of friends is a good side of it. I have personally met some of my online buddies and honestly, getting to know them in real life is not that awkward. Just a little chit-chat would do but still, be cautious enough to know if they are harmless or not. As for me, I’m glad that I met harmless people through online! I also have newly found friends through a common friends. 🙂

    5. More about myself

    A year where I get to know more about myself by reading self-development, inspirational, motivational books and applying them. They helped me to know my goals, dreams and how to handle different life situations. I see life more positive now than before and I could say that this is a new me. Of course, there are also real life experiences that made me realized these things. Just like the old saying, “You’ll never know until it happened to you.”. My life has a direction now.

    It’s hard to say goodbye 2015, you’ve been oh so good to me! But it’s time to move on and I’ll just hope for more adventures and learnings with year 2016. Happy New Year!

    “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Closing Time sung by Semisonic

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    My 23rd Birthday

    A week full of junk foods

    3 days have passed since my 23rd birthday and I’m still ecstatic about it. Unlike last year, I did not take an EH (Elective Holiday) in my work because I just got back from my trip to Surigao and I was out of the office for 9 days. Haha!

    Even though I’m on a night shift and it means I’ll have to celebrate my birthday in office, my teammates never failed to surprise me with a cake! I wasn’t expecting anything on that night yet they still managed to make me feel that it’s my special day. 🙂

    I’m so happy that I was able to celebrate my birthday with different set of friends! Thank you for the gifts, surprises and birthday greetings! You made my day extra special, I love you all!

    Thank you, God, for all the blessings that you have given me and for giving me another year of life.

    P.S. Will have a triple birthday celebration (mine, my sister’s and my brother’s) with my family on weekend. <3 Happy birthday to us.

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    Aurika Matias: 5 Facts About Me Vol.2

    I find this day unusual, no agenda/commitments at all. 🙂 A good day to post a volume 2 of 5 Facts About Me:

    1. I hate being stuck at home… The number one reason of my blog title, Gumala with Aurika. 😛
    2. Aside from my love of being anywhere/everywhere, I love reading books. My taste in books changed just last year from dystopian to inspirational books (welcome adulthood).
    3. I have to admit that I’m a very talkative person! I kept on blabbering about random things. Just hoping that the people around don’t get irritated. Lol.
    4. Twix over Reese’s. Yes.
    5. I’m 5’1” but they think I’m smaller than that. Oh, please. 😐

    5 Facts About Me Vol. 1

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    Aurika Matias: 5 Facts About Me Vol.1

    Just like school days! Where in the first day, you have to introduce yourself. Ahh, good times! Since today is rainy day and I want my day to be productive, I decided to make quick blog post.

    If you’re an old friend of mine, some of these might sound familiar, but to my new friends/readers, here’s some little facts about Aurika Matias:

    1. My name came from a Japanese word “Rikka” which means standing flower, but I am not a Japanese. I have no second name. That same goes to my siblings.
    2. My natural hair is straight, thick and black. After experimenting my hair with some hair color and rebond, it eventually started growing wavy.
    3. Spontaneous and adventurous. When I thought of something fun, I want to do it immediately!
    4. I love eating, very much! And I think those foods that I munched goes to my cheeks! I hate the taste of bell peppers though… Eww.
    5. I have worn eyeglasses since high school because of myopia. Sometimes I wear contact lens and I like it more than eyeglasses.

    Now that I think of it, five facts seem a little short. Since this site is my personal online diary, you’ll know more about me! Do we have any of these facts in common? 🙂

    5 Facts About Me Vol. 2

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