One Year Away From DC

One year ago I enjoyed my last day in DC.  I had already packed out of my house and was loving life at the Fairmont Hotel in the West End. I woke up on that last day, probably a little hungover from the night before, and met a friend at Baked and Wired in Georgetown for breakfast.  We walked over to the Key Bridge Boat House and took out paddle boards to the middle of the river to watch the DC flyover.  After the flyover ended, we headed to lunch on the waterfront, I met my aunt for dinner that night, and  I finished off the evening at Sauf Haus to say bye to friends. 

Today I find myself on a plane to Sydney, Australia. I woke up, took my puppies out, and grabbed an uber to the airport.  I was lucky enough to win a free trip the Singapore for the Under Armour “Test of Will.” We had our briefing yesterday and the three others joining to compete in the test of will emphasized what a big deal it is for me to compete at Regionals, so the rep from Under Armour met me at the airport with a bag filled to the top of Under Armour Swag!

Two very different days, so what has else changed in the past year?


DC: 1 bedroom + office English basement apartment with patio and yard

Manila: 2 bedroom townhouse apartment


DC: Up and coming neighborhood.  Walking distance to public transportation, restaurants, bars, and an awesome coffee shop. 

Manila: Secure compound in somewhat dodgy neighborhood. Walking distance to…a 7-11?


DC:  5.5miles to American University – 35 minutes by bike up the biggest hill in DC ugh

Manila: 2.2 miles to Primal Ape CrossFit – 45-90 minutes by car

Social Life

DC: Trivia and/or happy hour during the week, out at bars or house parties on weekends

Manila: Social life revolves around gym and my workout schedule, very minimal drinking


DC: 1 hour CrossFit Class 4-5 times a week

Manila: I don’t even want to know

Household Chores

DC: Dishes daily, work together to do full clean every week or so, laundry almost daily

Manila: None, I’m a complete slob and live in a house cleaner than DC, thanks to a helper 


DC: One major trip per year, small trips for long weekends

Manila: Busuanga, Bohol, DC, Thailand, Boracay, Baguio, and Australia, with Singapore, El Nido, Korea, Malaysia, and DC on the horizon

Free Shit

DC: No one is giving me jack shit for free, except maybe some beer and Jameson at Sauf Haus

Manila: Trip to Singapore and a bag of athletic gear from Under Armour

Under Armour Airport Delivery for Regionals

Let’s see what changes the next year brings. 


I am supposed to be writing about a lovely trip to Boracay, but two weeks before the trip I received an email inviting me to interview for a place in George Washington University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. So, I booked a flight to DC and headed off to America.

I got sick before the plane trip, but thankfully I flew Emirates so it wasn’t completely awful. I got extra legroom and even three seats to myself. They gave me warm towels to wash my hands, pretty good food for a plane, free red wine to help me sleep, and more than enough movies. After the 27 hour journey from 90 degrees and humid, I landed in DC in the middle of winter. I was nervous I would be freezing the entire trip and not prepared clothing wise to handle the cold. Thanks to global warming and El Niño it was a surprising 65 degrees when I landed. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

I spent my first week working out at CrossFit Balance Georgetown and laying low because I was sick, then headed off to my interview at GW on Saturday morning.

It was so easy to be back in DC. I was able to stay shockingly busy for having nothing to do but an interview. I met up like old times for lunches, happy hours, and trivia.


Back with the gang for a night of Trivia.

I even got to spend time being a tourist. I visited the Renwick Gallery for the Wonder exhibit (which I highly recommend), and walked around the monuments…in a tee shirt, in December.

Renwick Gallery, Wonder Exhibit.

I got back on the plane ready for Manila, knowing that at the end of our post I would officially become a Physical Therapist.  I was accepted to GWU.

Farewell DC

It’s been a fun 3 years and I can’t wait to move back.

Some of my favorite things about DC are:

  • Advantage of a city, without the city feel.
  • People want to visit, I mean, it is the nation’s capital.
  • There are lots of things to do outdoors and my friends love to take advantage of that.
  • Live music. 930 Club even brings in some big names.
  • So many young people.
  • Many different neighborhoods to choose from.
  • Going for a casual Sunday run and passing by all the monuments.
  • Cheap tickets to baseball games.
  • Having a backyard.

Some things I won’t miss:

  • An overwhelming number of tourists in the summer.
  • Transient city – people are constantly moving.
  • The city shutting down for any amount of snow. This can also be a plus, but it gets annoying at times.
  • Everyone hating on DC because of the government, some of us live here.
  • High cost of living.

What are your pros and cons of living in DC?

Thanks to everyone for making the last 3 years awesome and for sending me off with lots of love. In my last week I got to go to happy hours, do a little Clarendon bar crawl, see a show at 930 club, workout with friends, paddle board on the river during the flyover, enjoy hotel living, and take some time to just chill with good friends. 

Can’t wait for visitors in Manila!

Pack Out

I had either the best pack out ever or the worst of all time.  I spent so much time reading posts on Facebook and blogs about how to prepare for pack out and anticipated the worst, a day of hell, packing all the wrong things in all the wrong places.  I think some stuff went to the wrong place, but overall it was pretty stress free.

The day started out less than ideal.  I had an ETA for the moving truck, walked outside to make sure I hadn’t missed a call and saw not one, but THREE, cars parked in my zoned off spaces to fit the moving truck.  This meant that moving day started with a call to 911, because that’s who you call when your parking notices are violated and you need to have the cars ticketed and towed.  It didn’t happen in time for the moving truck, so we were forced to block the road and suddenly DC started to care.

I thought we had either 450lbs or enough space to fill the UAB (unaccompanied air baggage) box. Turns out it was the weight, so we had waaaaayyy less than allowable and I believe the mover said he had another UAB box.  Unfortunately, I didn’t plan for that and by the time I found out, everything of real use was packed up.  Basically that just means the kitchen was packed, I couldn’t think of anything else that would be useful to have right away.  Looking back, I would have unpacked the kitchen stuff to grab plates, bowls, cups, and what not, and maybe some towels and an extra shower curtain.  Too late though.  So I just let it all happen and moved on with way less than allowed.  They did let me have the red carpet treatment though. 😏

It was the first time I had professional movers.  It was nice to do little work, but I missed the friends telling me what to keep, what to throw away, and most of all to sit down with in my empty apartment, admire the work we had done, and eat pizza while drinking a beer and catching up.

The most useful thing I did was buy 4 colors of sticky notes and use them to label HHE, UAB, Storage, and staying.  I then put a sticky note up on the wall and wrote what each color was for reference.  I also moved all of my checked bags into the other unit of our house so they wouldn’t get packed accidentally.

I said bye to my house by painting a wall and moved into a hotel for my 10 day staycation.  The first night was fun, but it’s odd being home without living at home.  I made up for it by meeting up with my three close friends and seeing James Bay for a last show at 930 club before I leave.

Sitting at American Ice prior to heading to the show we discussed what I would be doing before I left DC.  I have had so many plans, all somewhat touristy, to accomplish before I leave, yet none of them were on my finalized plans for next week.  What I am looking a forward to most, and will miss most, are my friends.  Next week is filled with day trips with friends, or drinks/dinner with friends, and that’s what makes me most sad to leave, the people.  I am looking forward to visits and seeing the changes when I come back home. I can’t wait to show everyone around Southeast Asia, in the meantime, I will take advantage of the few days I have left with the wonderful people in DC.  So much for that DC to do list, I guess I’ll accomplish it when I move back!