A Day in My Life (Beach Day)
It was a hot, sunny Sunday morning. My family, titas and titos included, were all shouting for the whole family to get ready to go for our trip. It was like waking up in the middle of a marketplace with merchants all scrambling and customers haggling. Still half-awake, I grab the first canvas tote bag I could find and then stuff my bikini, a book, and some other ~girly essentials~ then headed out the door. In the car ride to Oton, Iloilo, my cousin and I were laughing at how it felt like being in a circus. We were in the van, all crushed in with the inflatable swan and mermaids.
By the time we arrived, only half of the family was there. The few who were there came running to the water. The part of the beach we stayed was not at all that crowded. There was a medium length log in the middle of the shore, Ysa and I decided to sit there eating fried chicken and sipping coca cola. More of our cousins arrived and they started making Tiktok videos. I did not know how to do those dances, I am not much of a social media type of person. Danielle and I just decided to take their videos.
After a while, we all ate lunch prepared by our tita (that's auntie in Filipino, btw), because it was his son's birthday. The food was so good, I did not have the time to film it. Then, we turned on the karaoke. It was our family's thing. Thankfully, the resort had one and probably half of the place heard our hearts sing out. This moment made me miss my other cousins. Some are abroad, in Manila, or busy. I seldom have the time to bond with all of my 20+ first cousins. My tito, Papa Boy, dancing made up for it though.
When Mr. Sun decided to chill a bit, we went back down the shore again. Some of us went swimming. I had on this yellow bikini with a cactus design. I so badly wanted a tan, but ended up just looking tomato red.
Mr. Sun got intense again so we went to buy ice cream. If there's a way to describe my friendship with Ysa, it was ice cream. Ysa's the girl in the video with the glasses. We found a spot where the lifeguards' hut blocked the sun and chilled there. Jet, one of our artistic cousins, decided for himself that he was a blind person. A little while later, he got his dog Yuri (yes, named after the anime Yuri on Ice) and chose to be Cruela de Vil. We stayed there until the sun melted into a beautiful purple-pink-blue ice cream color.
It was a beautiful Sunday.
Spend as much time as you can with your family, whether it is the one you are born with or the one you decide to create for yourself. Collect memories. Take as much photos and videos as you can. Document everything. I was always too shy to make post vlogs, always thinking that people might judge me. I realized this year that it doesn't matter what people have to say or how many people watch or like it. What matters is that I have a story to tell. Someday, when I have children I want to show them I created a beautiful life. The odds given to me may not be what I wanted when I was younger, but growing up I realized that the more I try to be grateful for what God has blessed me with or with what life has to offer: the good, the bad, and the ugly, then life becomes brighter. When I decided to hold on to the people who make me happy (like the cousins who are still here), but also allowed myself to let them go gracefully (like the cousins who left), then I became happier.
Here's a reminder to you, who's reading, and to me, the future Lyka:
Document everything. Just document everything. You'll be grateful you did.
Anyways, I hope you guys get to watch the video above. It may not be as good as the other vlogs out there, but there's a story behind it. I hope you all have a great day and that you document everything. Life moves too fast that if you don't stop to look at it, you might just miss it. HEHE! 'Til next time. Love and light, lovelies.