A LOT has been going on ever since I arrived here in Belgium last August 17 and I am loving every second of it! There are sooooo many things that I’ve started to experience and learn that I just hope in the coming days, I won’t slack off in sharing and documenting all of these wonderful moments in my life (but… come to think of it, I haven’t shared yet my EuroTrip experience last year… uh-oh).
But for a start, let me give you this ‘Life Lately‘ project! I’ve seen a lot of bloggers doing this and it’s much like my previous ‘Brief Updates‘ posts (but the ‘Life Lately’ title is more fitting and cool lol). With this ‘project’, it will keep me AND you updated about the latest happenings and events in my life.
So fort this past week I have been busy with:
- Redesigning this blog.
New look! And I’ve also moved from Blogspot/Blogger to WordPress + my own hosting. I just found it so weird that I’ve been making these SEO-friendly websites for clients, and yet my blog wasn’t as optimized. So there. I hope you like this layout since I’m planning on keeping it forever! :P
I originally went here to Belgium to study but after our online business started to kick off so well, we scratched that off the list since juggling both schooling + business would be tough. We then decided to apply for cohabitation visa; currently, I’m allowed to stay here until December until the official process starts. One of the requirements however, is to have our own place. Currently, we’re on a hunt for the perfect apartment, but so far, it has been quite challenging. I hope we get this sorted out soon!
- Meeting new Belgian friends.
Specifically: Jonas’ friends! And of course, it’s great to meet new people especially because they all have interesting stories of their own. I met Lydia (for example) one of Jonas’ friend’s girlfriend from Russia, and I’m looking forward to having her as one of my first close girl friends here in Belgium! This Saturday we’re going shooooopppingggg (LOL) and it would be our first ‘date’ together. Woop! Haha!
- Hiking in the forests.
One of the things that I like about in Belgium is that there are so many trees, plants, gardens, and forests all around town! Just two days ago, we went hiking to a nearby forest (Molenbos) with Jay, one of Jonas’ friends from London, and it was a refreshing experience after spending days indoors for our business etc.
- Cooking for the family.
Jonas’ mom usually cooks for us, but this Monday, Jonas and I cooked for them: Curry + Pork with Tomato Cheese Sauce + Salad. I think it went quite well! I kinda missed cooking so it was nice to do it again.
- Biking & strolling around town.
Another thing that I love about Belgium: the way how people just use their bikes when they are going somewhere and how the air is fresh. SO FRESH. Something that is not in the Philippines which is a bit of a shame. :/
- Going to Kinepolis again.
Kinepolis is this INSANELY huge movie complex in Antwerp. It has 24 cinema rooms! LIKE COME ON. , DAFAQ IS THAT BRO. Haha, but I love it! It’s so huge, the seats are soooo good, the popcorn is to-die-for, and the movie choices are vast! We went here last Sunday to watch an Indian movie (Haider) that’s inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’–a bit odd but still a good watch.
- Work, work, work.
Our business for Adalid Gear is going great, and we’re really thankful for that. Currently, we’re working on releasing two more products before Christmas so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for that!
- Shopping for autumn & winter clothes.
Weeks after arriving here, I stumbled into the realization that I brought too many thin summer clothes. (Summer here in Belgium is also a bit chilly). And so, I have been on a mission to fill my wardrobe with thick garments! It has been a joy shopping, especially at H&M because it’s soooo cheap. (I love you H&M) But of course, it has been hurting my wallet too, like a LOT. But it’s a ‘need’ so I guess I have no regrets!
- Keeping up with the cold.
Connected to #9, it’s autumn here now and it’s starting to get really cold especially at night. I like it, but I hate it too. LOL. But I am really, really, excited to see the full autumn look since the trees are starting to look really amazing as their leaves start to change color.
I hope you’re all having a great week everyone!
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Hey there! I am Aileen Adalid.
At 21, I quit my corporate job in the Philippines to pursue my dreams. Today, I am a successful digital nomad (entrepreneur, travel writer, & vlogger) living a sustainable travel lifestyle.
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