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Filipino American Expat in Singapore

Independence is a virtue I want to learn how to develop.

Growing up, I needed someone to commute with me on a bus home. I needed companions to watch movies at the cinema with. I needed the company of friends. I enjoyed these things and I felt safe.

But as you grow older, you come to terms with yourself. With added resolve you can tell what you like from what you don’t like. In some cases, the things you like the most are not really exciting to the “company of friends” you have. At first you could feel bad about it. As if only the “company of friends” can validate what makes you happy.

But it doesn’t work that way. Learning to be independent and to embrace your own tastes in life, that takes some courage. It’s okay to walk alone. It’s perfectly fine to watch a movie by yourself. You don’t need to surround yourself with people to help validate who you are and what you love to do.

These 6 photos were taken on the weekend of November 28 and 29, 2015.

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Top to Bottom (L to R): Greg’s birthday at the company gallery, a date with Joanna in Lavender, MUJI digital clock that costs SGD 109.00, Saturday water training photo with my FDS batchmates, Hoshino Coffee food display, my “alone time” before running into a friend and his daughter at Gardens by the Bay