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Life Lately | Fall 2021: Red, Music Collab, and the Editor’s Hat

Hello lovelies! ๐ŸŒธ Welcome to my personal narrative series entitled ๐“›๐“ฒ๐“ฏ๐“ฎ ๐“›๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ต๐”‚. You will get to know me better about my real-life whereabouts and inspirations in my own nutshell and adventures. Last time, Iโ€™ve written about things I am in for Summer 2021.  Some things brought different emotions for me that quarter or season. I must say, it is mercury retrograde. So, I took time to be a bit more experimental with what I do and started something new.

Welcome, my Dear Autumn! ๐Ÿ This season made me curious about what does a pumpkin spice latte tastes like. Haha. (but never tried yet. huhu) The nights are longer, the air is colder. It is best to wear your warm thick sweater and drink that hot chocolate with mallows. The Fall season is indeed a lifestyle to savor. Even though I see no actual falling leaves because I am in a tropical country, I appreciate the vibes of fall when I go through the visuals of other blogs (UK and US) on the writing community on Twitter.

Meanwhile, my work is not laid back like the fall season. I was actually in hectic work mode this time as I begin a new role and tried to experiment with making music.

Related Link: Life Lately | Summer 2021: Stormy Noons, Nerve-Wracking, and Marvin Gaye

On wearing the Editor’s Hat

I applied and was accepted for a new role in the e-learning company I am working in for more than a year. As someone who is a writer for so long, this is the time I come to compare the real difference between being an editor and a writer. The good thing in our company is we are well-guided and grounded with the standard CMOS17 manual. As an editor, you need to be extra keen on the word structure and be more familiar at least with the grammar rule without shaking the original content. This time you understand better the writer.

It’s funny when I remember my college student self 10 years ago dreaming to be an editor. Somehow, we made it but with a little twist and only as a side dish. I keep learning every day. Thanks for entrusting this role! ๐Ÿ™

Music Collaboration

Photo by Te NGuyen on Unsplash

I want to get away from purely writing, even if I love doing it. Hence, music has become my playground this season. I tried out playing a cover of kdrama ost, collaboration with violin, and even smule duets. During a weekly grind, I yearn for a break from time to time. Being in quarantine for a looong time now, your body and mind know this ain’t healthy anymore. It is an instinct to find other things to do for variation purposes. Since I can’t go out that much unlike before, indulging in music is the getaway. Exploring different activities made me comfortable, recharged, and relaxed.

The 10 Minutes Song #TaylorVersion

For the first time in my life, I listened to a 10 minute long song. Taylor Swift’s RED album is surely one emotional ride. It was released again this 2021 along with the vault tracks. Since Tay can produce her own music this time, she is limitless and free so she produced now the 10 minutes version of “All Too Well”! I cried in the part “It’s supposed to be fun, turning 21” because I guess 21 is also “the worst age” I’ve been where it is expected to be young and fun. It resonates so much with me. Moreover, it is so detailed and melancholic as the song revisits the era of this heartbreak. Taylor is so authentic in making songs and good at storytelling. Yes, there she goes again hitting high on the charts. Congrats bestie Tay!

Reconnecting for Real

In the Fall season, I am grateful to have the chance for a get-together with my high school besties. By so far (since the pandemic), they are the only friends I am meeting face to face. We celebrated the birthday of Tina and the year-end get-together. I just noticed that it became a routine for us to meet every last quarter of the year. They are also the most convenient friends I can meet because of our close home location (neighboring village) and has exclusive ride (for safety). Borahae Jana! haha!

Honestly, I feel guilty about my friendship (in general) because most of the time I don’t initiate reaching out to friends and checking on them. Even on chats, I feel lazy connecting even for small talks. Seriously, I drifted away far and forgot that I am not alone on earth. haha! Since I am on earth, I am a human being that has socialization needs. Sorry! At the same time, I don’t mind if others won’t reach out as well. Probably, that’s the real reason why my social circle looks like a tiny dot (not even a circle). Haha! I don’t deserve you guys!

Sweet friendships refresh the soul and awaken our hearts with joy, for good friends are like the anointing oil that yields the fragrant incense of Godโ€™s presence. (Proverbs 27:9)

Praying and hoping, that soon as the pandemic is officially over, I can meet more friends and reconnect. This will help me get back to the real world and most likely, be updated with their life as well.

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12 Comments

  1. Nice blog! Always cool to find fellow Swifties out there putting out great content. I checked out some of your YT videos, good work ๐Ÿ™‚ I also recently started playing more music, got my guitar repaired and have even been writing a few original songs. Keep it up!

    1. Thanks, Gabe! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, good to find fellow Swifties in the online world. It’s been a long time since I publish content for my youtube. I need to catch up. Thanks!

  2. Ooh it sounds like you’ve been busy! I absolutely love Red too, it’s an emotional rollercoaster but it truly is a masterpiece. I’m glad you got to celebrate your friend’s birthday too! Thanks for sharing x

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ hahaha. true, emotional rollercoster.

  3. Amazing that you became an editor and wish you the best of luck. Great things, I hope this year is better than the last one.

    1. Thanks Fransic for your wish! Yes, I do love my job being an editor and freelancer. I hope my family can somehow appreciate it and be happy for me.

  4. It sounds like autumn was busy for you but also brought a lot of good times, which is wonderful! I hope your winter is just as nice ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks, Stephanie. Actually yes, winter is much much better! I will share about it next blog. hahaha

  5. Good luck as an editor. โ€˜All too wellโ€™ is brilliant! I saw a fan made video with the characters from โ€˜Normal Peopleโ€™ to this song as it was sweet.

    1. Yes, Taylor Swift is always her finest. hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Thanks Jamie!
      Taylor Swift is indeed a genius song writer. ๐Ÿ™‚

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