197 – On A Mid-Autumn Update

What have I been up to for the past seven months? Nothing much, really. I’m still writing, still documenting, and still enjoying life at my own pace. After two successive months of publishing food reviews and capping it off with an outfit post, it’s time for me to chronicle some things I’ve been working on on outside the blog.

I’m now helping out when it comes to paying monthly obligations, with water bills and home dues assigned to me. In addition, I’m also shouldering my younger brother’s dormitory rent. See, he’s already a graduating senior and will be working on his thesis soon. My parents agreed to make him stay at a place near his school, with the belief that the time saved from commuting can be used to work on requirements. I don’t mind shouldering his rent though, as I’m currently budgeting my monthly salary. I consider it as my way of helping him out—aside from the advice I’m giving him as someone who’s been there.

On the other side of things, here are some fashion picks I managed to score for the past few months:


Of course, any blog entry here wouldn’t be complete without food. I would also like to share some snapshots of yours truly whipping up meals in the kitchen. Contrary to what people would think – that I only know how to eat – I do know how to cook. These were originally posted in my Instagram stories; good thing I saved all the pictures!


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And recently, I started to be more direct in confronting foreigners who keep on visiting my blog. I know it’s unproductive on my part, but it’s better than writing whole entries dissuading them from visiting. How many times do I have to say that I only allow Southeast Asians here?


Or you’re really asking for a “feature”? If that’s the case, you picked the wrong blog to visit!

What exactly do you aim for by following this blog, a +1 on your follower count? This ain’t a one-way street, partner! You’re not my audience to begin with. I don’t care if you’re some bot-run blog or not. There’s nothing for you here, so kindly leave and don’t come back!

Okay, the dust has settled. With that said, I would like to welcome a few of my new followers here from Southeast Asia! Some travel bloggers followed me over the last few days, but I wasn’t able to thank them as their About pages prohibited commenting. Thus, I’m taking this chance to do so. If you’re reading this post, once again—welcome to The Monching’s Guide!

Before I conclude this post, let me take this opportunity to promote another site worth reading – this time, from a former colleague. Everyone, say hello to Colleen—also known as Pintadang Anita! Stop by her blog to know more about freelance work, zero-waste living, and the digital nomad lifestyle.

Oh, I almost forgot. She, alongside her boyfriend Ray, runs the Sinsilyo YouTube channel featuring tourist spots in the country for the budget traveler (plus some tips on living a zero-waste life.)

Well, that’s it for me; I’ll be off to the real world again. Until the next post!

(AUTHOR’S NOTE: The images used for the Donald Trump memes are from https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/09/27/donald-trump-anger-215648 and https://www.newsweek.com/trumps-twitter-calls-original-travel-ban-could-jeopardize-supreme-court-case-620849, under Fair Use and non-profit purposes.)

4 thoughts on “197 – On A Mid-Autumn Update

  1. It can be hard at times but it really is fulfilling to be able to help out with family expenses. I also supported my sister for a while but since she’s working already, she now also tries to help out our parents whenever she can.

    The cutlets & salpicao look good! I envy the fact that you cook because I can’t / I don’t (what kind of a mom am I?)

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    • Indeed it is! 🙂 Especially when you see your hard work pay off – in my younger brother’s case, he gets his college diploma in May.

      Haha, thanks! 😀 I’ve churned out more recent dishes – but I usually post them on IG. Don’t feel bad; it’s never too late to start somewhere. 😉 Even I myself started with simple hotdog, egg, and instant noodles before delving into more complicated kitchen stuff!


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