Coffee & Connect: Week 2

May 10, 2020 West Bay, Cayman Islands

Hey everyone, how have you been? To be honest, my week was somehow mediocre. It is not necessarily unproductive, but it isn't as productive as I would like it to be as well. Unlike most people, I physically go to work every other day, and when I'm not, I'm either doing house chores, groceries, or bank runs.

I thought everything was okay, until yesterday.

To my surprise, I had a really bad panic attack. I thought I stopped having those a long time ago? It has gotten worse from how it used to be before. I was just having my dinner, and the next thing I know I was crying over my food, catching my breath; my hands numb and shaking. I had no idea how that happened. There was no trigger at all. I wasn't even sure if it's connected to my fluctuating hormone levels. Last Thursday I remember feeling so, so heavy that I just want to stay in bed all day long. I was having manic and depressive episodes simultaneously. I was also having really bad acne breakouts and loss of appetite. Sometimes I think it stems from all the issues I've refused to acknowledge all these years, swept under the rug, and hid deep down my unconscious (oh hello Sigmund Freud). Maybe it's all catching up to me now. There was just too much I couldn't make sense of it anymore.

Note to self: a bad day doesn't mean a bad life.

On a lighter note, here are some of the happy-nings this week (yup, that meant happenings that made me happy).

1. Finally bought a new laptop

Yay for me! I've always wanted a faster laptop because working on my Celeron processor laptop can sometimes be a pain in the ass. It does the job, but so slowly. Now that I have a new Core i5 processor laptop, I look forward to more productivity and better content. Thanks Ms. Victoria!

2. Enrolled in Harvard's free online courses

I totally recommend you guys try this out too. You can visit the website or download the edX app. There are thousands of courses free for audit, but if you want to get a certification and be included in graded assignments, then a subscription fee applies. I enrolled in Buddhism Through Its Scriptures and  CitiesX: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life. I've always had interest in Humanities and even though some people might think that it's kind of unorthodox to learn more about Buddhism, well it is very interesting for me.

3. Attempts at Bullet Journaling

I bought two bullet notebooks (one small, one large) in high hopes that I'll make an aesthetic journal. I even took home one pack of coloured pens from work, but in the end I failed so terribly at it lol. I guess I really am not an artsy person. The good news is, it turned out to be my normal diary so I could organise my thoughts and the content I want to put out here. It has also become my overall thought-book where I write down my goals and aspirations, wants, desires, and outlook in life.

4. Celebrating Ate Jen's birthday

Ate Jen thought it was just a normal day at home. I asked her to glam up for a photoshoot that we prepared, but surprise surprise, it was actually her birthday celebration. During these times, we don't have the liberty to celebrate outdoors or even invite people over for a party, so we just had a good dinner and played classic Filipino games such as Pinoy Henyo. It was a success!

5. New blog section: Freebies

Since it's my birth month, I decided to giveaway some of my old blogspot designs for free. There's no point selling them anyway since they are fairly outdated. Besides, I want to share some of my resources online to new and aspiring bloggers out there to start off.  I myself am in the process of improving my blogging or writing skills or content per se, and I am constantly looking for accessible resources out there. I know the feeling! 

Coffee and Connect is a blog series were we can catch up over a cup of coffee for a quick recall of the week. Let's take it slow and connect with each other as the week ends.


  1. Virtual hugs to you, Ann! I hope you are feeling better now <3 And yes to 'a bad day doesn't mean a bad life'.

    Advance Happy birthday to you. I hope you will continue to stay healthy and safe out there!


    1. Thanks Hanna, this means so much to me. Yes I am doing better now. Writing here in my blog is so liberating, it is my safe place. I hope you are good too. Stay safe always 😊

  2. It takes a lot of strength to get over the bad days, yet all the more in sharing it with others, so I admire you Ann for writing about it. I hope you're feeling alright, and that the start of this week has been good to you. May you find joy in the little blessings each day brings!

    I enjoyed reading through your list. I love how you're spending time to learn about things you want to know more about. Learning after all is part of everyday life; it doesn't stop after graduating from school! Love as well how you've started with bullet journaling. Writing really is therapeutic, and having a bullet journal can inspire creativity as well. Hope you can share with us some of your spreads some day? ;D

    It's great that you were able to celebrate your Ate's birthday. Dinner and games together with loved ones is a simple yet thoughtful way to celebrate. I'm sure she appreciated your surprise!! You look great in your dress too !

    Advanced Happy Birthday as well, I pray that this month will be great, and that you will enjoy!! Thank you for your strength, and for sharing your happy-nings with us. I really like your pun. :)

    Anna Jo |

    1. Thanks so much Anna, it means so much to me. Blogging helps with the healing process, and yes I try to find the beauty in the simple things around me. I hope this month will be great too, for all of us. 💕


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