Well. It has been a hot minute since I’ve been on here. I am currently home sick from work today, so I thought I’d come on here and hash it out. In case you haven’t been keeping up, by home I mean my new apartment! If you haven’t been keeping up, I’ve recently moved to New York, so needless to say that it’s been difficult to keep up with the posts in between the storm of moving and settling down in a new city.
The craziness has calmed down quite a bit and I’m excited to write about all the new things going on.
First of all, a lot of people have been asking about my apartment– where it is and how I found it. I live in a beautiful, old (i think) apartment on the Upper West Side. The neighborhood is so great and calm and quiet, and it’s what I love most about it. There’s everything you’d need nearby– supermarkets, pharmacies, gyms, and subway & bus stations. Plus, It’s literally two blocks from Central Park, and there’s a Sephora down the street. It’s a dream.
We found the apartment online, just like usual, and applied. For those of you who are thinking of moving to NY or are just curious what the process is like, let me tell you that apartment hunting is an absolute feat. There are so many forms to fill out and people to get approval from and the prices are ridiculously high, it’s definitely an uphill climb but so worth it when you find the perfect place and it all works out.
I talked a bit about my internship in my last post, but hadn’t started it then. I’ve been interning with Telsey + Company for about five weeks now and it’s been pretty dope. Telsey + Company is casting company for mostly theater but they also do television, movies, and commercials. Aside from regular intern stuff– typing shit up, printing shit out, answering calls, although surprisingly not a lot of coffee runs– we get to sit in a bunch of audition and casting sessions.
Plus, free tickets to Broadway shows never hurt.
I have about three months left with Telsey, a quick break in Manila for the holidays, then it’s off to the next big thing for me once I get back to the city in January.
Other than work and home, life has been very chill. It was hard getting used to the workings of an entirely new city. I’m so lucky that I have cousins and friends living in the city, so things have not been sad and lonely as they could have been. Spending time with friends and just being around other people on the weekends can get tiring and sometimes expensive but I believe it’s so important to keep your social life intact.
I wanted to adapt as much of my routine from Manila in New York, especially when it came to eating and fitness habits so getting a gym membership was one of the first things I did. I also make sure I cook for myself and eat whole food, and stay hydrated. Zero fast food and only water.
Once the vacation mode fades, you’ll definitely feel it. My New York life is so different from the life I had in Manila, and there are a lot of things that I’ve realized how much I’d taken for granted. For instance, getting to work everyday not in the comfort of a car. Laundry– that was something. Having to cook or clean when you really just don’t feel like it. They sound like totally small things that I’m being a doña about, but they do start to grate on you and tire you out. These are just a few things which I knew were part of the deal, but still made me grateful in retrospect for the life I had back in Manila. It’s all part of the tradeoff I agreed to when I moved here and I’m honestly better for it.
I also try to keep the arts in my life, which is so easy here in terms of accessibility but not so much financially. Luckily, there are so many deals that make shows and exhibits so much more affordable. It’s so surreal that I can walk ten blocks down and go see the New York City Ballet, or just walk into The Met, or win the Hamilton lottery on any given day– I haven’t yet.
And that, my friends, is what I’ve been up to the past month that I’ve ghosted this blog.
Now that I’ve jumped back into it, expect cooler things to come!