Hello Ate Gurl, It's Been A While


Summertime in a tropical island is tricky.

For one thing, there are only two seasons where we live, and so it kind of makes you want to think if "summer" is really a season, or if it's just a state of mind.


A tropical summertime is just like any other sunny day of the year. Perhaps the only difference is that from late March to May, everything is turned all the way up. The heat, the sunshine, the colors. It's so bright it literally hurts my eyes and it's so swelteringly hot that you can literally feel the heat rising up from the concrete to seep under your skin.

Well, seeing how unusually hot it is, maybe summer really is a season, after all.

Anyway, today I've taken refuge in this coffee shop to escape the heat and perhaps, evaluate my personal blogging habits while I'm at it.

So, what's up?


I know I haven't been writing much here at KFTI. It's funny to think that only a year ago, this space used to be a refuge, a place where I can blog anything and everything to my heart's content. Now, one major career shift and a cathartic, near (blog) death experience later, I figured that a change was in order.

I kind of realized that not everything in my life has to go online. I've long stopped trying to be your regular internet "influencer". I've mostly done away with keeping up with trends, events, and places, too. I figured that I just wasn't cut out for that kind of life. The internet is noisy, and I'd like to shut it out once in a while, thank you very much.

These days, I'm mostly focusing all my internet juice into my book blog, which is thriving beautifully, thanks to my dear wonderful readers. I'm developing some merch as I'm writing this, and that makes me really excited.

I also spend a nice amount of time hanging out at A Space, also known as the coolest co-working space in the city (this is not sponsored, I promise ;P ). This is where I work and I look forward to coming here every couple of days.

I read loads of books during the bus ride home, some of them advanced reader's copies for me to review. Sometimes I read while eating my carrot cake from Leona. It sounds old-timey, I know, but it's my kind of fun.



I go on walks, too. Some days, I just to go to this spot where I can watch the bridges and the sunset. I really like my spot. Yes, it sounds emo, but no, it's not so lonely. I found out that I actually like spending some quality time with myself. Being alone used to bug me before, and it made me question if I truly have friends (of course, I do), but now I've realized that it's actually a privilege to have this time to reflect and renew.

The first quarter of 2018 has been all kinds of things: it's equal parts hectic and slow. There were some days when I just couldn't get a breather and other days when I'd be bored shitless. But that's all part of life I guess. All in a day's work. Today, I just kind of wanted to say hi, world, I'm still alive, despite it being 33 degrees Celsius outside.

I guess that's it for now.

Have a wonderful summer!

Love,

K x