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"Hello Anna Jo" is a personal blog where I write about my interests and passions in art, music, film, beauty, and sometimes about fashion and places I've been to.
My Garden Of Words
2024-05-08 13:39
 I took a break one wfh afternoon before proceeding to my night calls and the break activity of choice was to was water our plants in the garden. My dad assigned me this chore since he… Read More
Mt. Pico De Loro Hike, April 2024
2024-04-21 14:38
 It has been incredibly hot nowadays, but it certainly won't dampen my spirits from going on a hike!!My boyfriend and I hiked up to the summit of Mt. Pico de Loro (also known as Mt. Pal… Read More
Mt. Balagbag Hike, March 2024
2024-03-30 11:48
 My grade-high school friends and I went on a hike and draw session on Maundy Thursday. Nature, walking, and art -- it was our attempt to blend our passions in one day trip. This w… Read More
Things To Do In Hanoi, Vietnam
2024-03-18 14:13
This is perhaps my ultimate Hanoi travel log, wherein I recap where we went and what we did in (and perhaps out of) the city. I enjoyed our activities a lot since these are a mix of all our… Read More
A Day In Ninh Binh, Vietnam
2024-03-04 13:09
Whenever I go on trips abroad, I try as much as possible to include a day trip to a nearby province. I think it's a good way to experience a much slower and relaxed pace since it's a chance… Read More
Mt. Batolusong Hike, February 2024
2024-02-27 00:00
Sunrise at Mt. BatolusongLast Saturday, my work friends and I hiked Mt. Batolusong. We're all beginners and for most of the group it was their first time to hike. I've had the interest and d… Read More
Mt. Pinatubo Hike, December 2023
2024-02-26 12:11
I truly have a penchant for being in nature and I think hiking is one of the best ways to immerse oneself. I'm writing this while my memory is still fresh, because I want to remember it all… Read More
5 Things I Learned To Love In 2023
2024-01-02 12:16
I've been spending these past few days just resting and reflecting on the year that was. And now that a brand new year has come, it's another opportunity to explore and try new things or to… Read More
Cafes And Art Spaces In Hanoi
2023-12-23 05:54
I went to Hanoi Vietnam with two of my high school friends last October. It was a fun girls trip with everything we loved doing because we each had the opportunity to enjoy each others' inte… Read More
Where To Eat In Baguio
2023-08-01 13:12
 I've been to Baguio twice so far this year. I've shared most of my photos on Instagram, but I wanted to document the food places I've been to on here as well since I have this habit of… Read More
Reads From The Previous Year
2023-06-04 16:00
I read these books last year, all within the month of September. Forgive me for sharing so late!! But I'm happy to be writing all about the books that have helped me stay afloat and rooted t… Read More
A Day In The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston
2023-03-18 16:00
I've decided I'll be easing back into my writing habit slowly. I did not intend to take a pause, although I admit it was mostly because the world was opening up again that I felt like I focu… Read More
A Much Needed Break
2023-03-14 11:10
Hello, happy new year! Even though it's already March haha. But yes, this is my first blog entry for 2023. There's so much I want to write about, but allow me first to share about my one mon… Read More
What Keeps Us Going
2022-09-17 14:30
Hey there, it's been a while. I realize this may be the longest I've been away ever since I started writing in this space (correct me if I'm wrong!). But let's see.. it's been 3 months. In t… Read More
My Recent Reads
2022-05-15 14:12
My good friend and I buy books from time to time; I'm not sure if I've mentioned it already here on the blog, but public libraries are not a thing here in the Philippines unfortunately. I us… Read More
Buying Myself New Office Shoes
2022-04-28 00:33
I was out shopping for office shoes a few weeks ago since we'll be coming back to the office starting next month. I took my time in walking around and looking at all the different kinds of d… Read More
On Age And Adult Friendships
2022-03-21 14:38
I used to think that it was much better to surround myself with friends who were the same age as I was, or older. Being the younger sibling out of two daughters in the family, I always had m… Read More
Coming Out Of Hibernation
2022-03-08 13:40
I've been meaning to come back to this space for the past few days now; it's always been on my mind but I never really got to do it. I guess now is the time, as I sit with my legs crossed on… Read More
My WFH Setup
2022-01-22 16:00
I'm finally writing this only after realizing that I've been on a work from home setup for almost 2 years now. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links*, which means I would earn… Read More
Recent Loves In November And December 2021
2022-01-09 00:07
A blessed new year to you : - ) I hope you've been well and safe. I wanted to honor my Recent Loves series, and I felt incomplete if I didn't write anything about November and December… Read More
Tune In For Love (2019)
2021-11-26 14:52
One night while scrolling through my Instagram feed after work, I came across a clip wherein there was this guy who was telling a girl that she was the most wonderful person he knew on this… Read More
Recent Loves In October
2021-11-01 11:00
The season has changed at this time of the year as depicted in novels, films, songs, vlogs, and conversations I have with online friends and colleagues living either at the northern or south… Read More
How Was Your Weekend?
2021-10-17 11:46
Little weekend moments of mine.» Drove to Tagaytay to buy fruits and vegetables. » I bought stationery and a makeup spray bottle at DAISO, Tagaytay. The store was empty, so… Read More
Recent Loves In September
2021-10-03 06:36
I remember when September came, I immediately thought, Christmas is near! What a comforting thought it was. It's one that made me smile because it's that time of the year when there's lots t… Read More
Recent Loves In August
2021-08-30 11:41
It's a holiday today in Manila as I write this, and to be honest I'm quite proud of having written today because I've just been lying in bed this whole morning. Well, except I was up and abo… Read More
Recent Loves In July
2021-08-07 16:00
July had a lot of rainy days, binge watching shows, online shopping, and overall just living life mostly (still) in the great indoors. Sharing with you a bit of the small but certain ha… Read More
2021-07-24 09:17
I'm writing this as an announcement, that... it's happening, I'm selling prints of my art! Earlier this year, I knew I wanted to continue making art and taking it a notch higher. So I o… Read More
2021 Mid-year Reflections
2021-07-20 16:00
We are half-way through the year! What an amazing feat, I'd say. How have we been? Is the year so far what we've imagined and hoped for?I'd like to make a check-in for myself as well. I… Read More
2021-06-27 12:01
Hello greetings, dear reader. June is coming to a close, and today is the last Sunday of the month. We're well on the way towards the second half of the year. Welcome back to my Recent… Read More
Recent Loves In May
2021-05-29 16:00
I could say that May was the month where I got my writing groove back. During my time offs, my mind would drift off to my creative pursuits, this blog included. More than anything, I'd like… Read More
Favorite Podcast Episodes Lately #6
2021-05-22 16:00
It's been a while since I last shared the podcast episodes I've listened to! Here are a few that I've listened to and thoroughly enjoyed, whether it was during one of my cleaning sessions, w… Read More
2021-05-08 16:00
I finished catching up with the latest episodes of Attack on Titan , and also finished reading the manga. Then a few days after, I re-watched everything again, this time with friends. But wi… Read More
Recent Loves In April
2021-05-02 08:17
And here we go again, another Recent Loves entry! It feels like yesterday that I was collating my recent loves for March, and now we're in May. Here are my efforts to keep uncovering the sma… Read More
How I Grew My Sunflowers
2021-04-24 16:00
My mornings this month have been filled with wonder and anticipation, as I observed my sunflowers blooming one at a time, at its own pace. These little yellow joys have undoubtedly made my s… Read More
Recent Loves In March
2021-03-30 16:00
March was a very busy month at work for me, so when I took time to think about the things I loved, I sensed there wouldn't be many. I also didn't document much of my days through photos as I… Read More
2021-03-27 16:00
Sometimes when we're getting to know someone for the first time, the first few questions we commonly ask would be, what do you do for a living? Almost always the standard template response t… Read More
How We Are In Real Life
2021-03-07 02:48
Hello dear reader, I hope you've been well and that you've been taking good care of yourself. I'm just glad we have the weekend to rest, and that I'm able to do more of the things I love doi… Read More
Looking Back At Old Artworks
2021-02-23 16:00
One of the things I was happy to take my time with and genuinely enjoy during my holiday break was deep cleaning. I do get to clean almost every day, in small ways such as sweeping the floor… Read More
2021-02-16 16:00
Sometimes when I read through the little bio I wrote on this blog's sidebar, I'm reminded about the content I share with you on this space, how surely, it's filled with slices of my life, ye… Read More
Birthday Wishes For My Big Sister
2021-02-13 13:27
Years have passed since you left home to bravely pursue your dreams, yet the memories of our time together, whether in our childhood or in our family travels, are still well and alive. There… Read More
Recent Loves In January
2021-01-30 16:00
Hello dear friends, I hope you've been keeping well and safe, wherever you are. Welcome back to another Recent Loves entry. I have decided to turn this into a monthly series, wherein I… Read More
Easing Back Into Work (From Home)
2021-01-19 16:00
On the last day of my holiday break, I stood for a moment outside the door of what once used to be my bedroom, now turned into my work from home space. I remembered how things looked so diff… Read More
Cheers To Our Early Twenties
2021-01-03 13:37
This is a blog entry that should've went live last year a couple of days after my birthday in December, but life happened and so I'm sharing these with you now. I think there's no exact 'rig… Read More
We Made It Through The Year 2020
2020-12-31 14:53
This year definitely felt surreal; I felt like I was living a dream I was unsure of describing. I know we've used and seen a plethora of words in attempts to describe the year, and to be hon… Read More
Tidings Of Comfort And Joy
2020-12-24 07:41
I'm writing this on Christmas Eve! The thrill of the season is still here despite everything. How have your days been? I hope it has been merry and bright, and that you've found joy in… Read More
May Your Days Be Merry And Bright
2020-12-06 11:28
December is here! I'm doing my best to document it as much as I can, whether it be through my planner, through my phone camera, or here on my blog.I think December is that time of the year w… Read More
2020-11-28 16:00
Whenever I come back to this little humble space, time just flows and so do my words.. it also reminds me of how it is to be human, because this place is filled with all the things that exci… Read More
Embracing The Idle Moments
2020-10-11 02:39
The first thing I did when I woke up today was look over the nearest window in my room to check how the weather was. There was no sunlight peering through the blinds, so it was easy for me t… Read More
Taking A Walk For The First Time In Forever
2020-09-22 16:00
I only started walking around again this month, after the loooongest time.My Japanese colleague, someone whom I catch up with in terms of both personal and professional matters as we are bot… Read More
Breakfast And Morning Musings
2020-09-05 16:00
What makes a morning good for you, what makes you look forward to getting out of your bed and starting your day? One of the first things that comes to my mind would be taking time for b… Read More
A Guide: Gardening On Rainy Days
2020-08-29 16:13
I have been asked how my garden has been doing lately, especially since it has been raining lots here on my side of this earth. In behalf of my garden, I'd like to share that it is still thr… Read More
Unwind After Work (From Home)
2020-08-08 16:00
Our ways of unwinding after work have surely changed this year. For me personally, unwinding before could be a dinner date with a friend, window shopping in the mall, or falling asleep and w… Read More
Strawberries, Strawberries Everywhere
2020-08-01 16:00
Whenever I think about the earlier months of this year, I remember some moments right away without having to think so hard or without the help of a photo reference.A couple of moments I can… Read More
BRB, Out Of Office
2020-07-25 16:00
Be Right Back, I'm Out of Office! I miss saying this. The last time I took a break was months ago. I made a resolution to myself that for this year, I would become better at taking more… Read More
The Best Time Is Offline
2020-07-21 23:23
Being offline does wonders to the mind and soul, especially now when we're spending most of our time at home.Allow me to open with a song, it's part of my playlist for when I unwind.. 24 an… Read More
Days Of Small But Certain Happiness
2020-07-18 16:00
Hello dear friends, readers, world! I hope you are doing well. I can't count how many times I have written such a greeting in my emails, but I do mean it. I hope we are all well, and if we'r… Read More
Writings On My Planner In This Year So Far
2020-07-04 16:00
It's already July! And I must say that this is such a great feat, to be able to go through the year despite many things that may be weighing us down. Let's give ourselves a pat at the back.L… Read More
On My Third Year As A Young Professional
2020-06-27 05:17
A happy weekend to you, dear reader! It's Saturday today, and it's right before lunch time as I write this at the moment. This morning, I finished my work at our garden, and after which I pr… Read More
A Guide: My Notes On Gardening
2020-06-20 16:00
Hello dear reader! I hope all is well with you. I'd like to share with you some of my notes which I've gathered since I started gardening during this quarantine season.Finding Respite in The… Read More
These Days According To My Camera Roll
2020-06-14 11:22
Hello dear reader, I hope you've been well. I'm writing to you now, as it's a 3-day weekend since our country celebrated our Independence Day last Friday.Gently Yet Firmly, Into A Restless W… Read More
Growing In The Garden
2020-05-23 16:00
Spending time in our garden is something I used to do when I was little. But now at 24, I find myself back here again, and it's where I help out with gardening and where I watch life grow in… Read More
A Photo Diary Of Windows
2020-05-19 16:00
What do you do to slow down time? I'd like to think this is how time slows down: it is whenever we're experiencing something new for the first time, when we're doing something we enjoy toget… Read More
Playing A Happy Bossa
2020-05-16 16:00
While I certainly do wish I was by the sea, perhaps a night spent playing a happy bossa inside my room feels more like it.Throughout this period of staying home and the so called "social dis… Read More
Summer Time In Mind
2020-05-05 16:00
It was that one time in the middle of April (perhaps when spring was in full force in Japan) when my colleague sent me photos of cherry blossoms, which she took from a park near her apartmen… Read More
Painting My Walls White
2020-05-02 16:00
I painted the walls of my room white last weekend.I've realized the importance of being mindful of our own space nowadays. I never really thought about having a good dedicated space for work… Read More
On A Work Day Earlier In The Year
2020-04-28 16:00
I had this idea of starting a vlog earlier this year, so I started telling my close friends about it and filming here and there, not knowing that the next time I'd be up and about filming ev… Read More
Small Comforts
2020-04-25 16:00
How small comforts encountered while working from home lightened my week.They say it's best to choose a space inside our homes where you can work beside a window. Working beside a window all… Read More
Hello Dear Reader: A Newsletter
2020-04-19 14:25
Two consecutive blog entries, whoa! Well, let's just say I'm a bit too excited, and I spent a considerable amount of time setting this up over the weekend that I figured I must announce it t… Read More
A Calm Good Morning
2020-04-18 16:00
This is what I see from the inside of our humble abode, and it's one that greets me every morning. I'm a morning person through and through, ever since I started working. Mornings for me fee… Read More
Everyday Eyemake
2020-04-14 16:00
I've been playing around with my eyeshadow palette whenever I feel like it, which is quite often lately. My face has been taking one great breather from makeup since last month, but the… Read More
How's Your Weekend?
2020-04-12 05:05
I've gone through my old blogs from the past years, and I've come to realize that I miss the kind of blog entries wherein people would just write about how their days went; plain and simple… Read More
Favorite Podcasts Lately #5
2020-04-05 03:42
Today I listened to a bunch of productivity podcasts that are fitting for the quarantine season, and I wanted to share some of my insights as I listened to them.Listening to podcasts were my… Read More
A Work From Home Day
2020-04-01 12:05
We create routines to establish a sense of familiarity, so we can somehow get a grasp of how we can structure our day. Now that I've been working from home full time for an indefinite period… Read More
Inspired By
2020-03-18 10:30
There are times when I would chance upon something unexpectedly interesting, something I wouldn't expect to find while I'm in the office. A recent encounter would be when I was going through… Read More
Breathe Deeply
2020-03-10 22:16
I've been playing my flute a lot lately, and it's been reminding me about a lot of things I should keep in mind more often.Lately whenever I have the time, I take out my flute and start play… Read More
Trying Out New Things
2020-02-09 13:44
I've been trying out a few new things since the year started. Some not really new; some I would consider an effort to rekindle an old passion. I want to describe my thoughts and experience o… Read More
The 2020 Journal Of A Working Woman
2020-01-26 14:14
As with every new year rolling in, it means it's time for a new planner/journal. Here is how I've been keeping a planner for the past 3ish years. The first time I kept a planner was whe… Read More
2 0 1 9 : Learnings And Moments
2019-12-31 12:37
This is the part of the year wherein I type out whatever that comes out of my head; it is an accumulation of all my lingering thoughts these days as the year comes to a close.Here we are dur… Read More
From Me To You
2019-12-26 08:30
Writing and sending letters and cards digitally in collaboration with Paperless Post.My fond memories of cards started when collecting stationery was a thing back when I was in grade school… Read More
On The Day Of Turning Twenty Four
2019-12-22 15:18
I turned twenty four two days ago! Here's me recapping how the day went.I woke up at my usual time, 5:30AM. I then went back to sleep for a couple more hours, until 7:30AM, since a dear frie… Read More
The Hidden Egg Coffee Shop In Saigon
2019-12-07 22:00
I realized I should have written about this earlier. I only remembered when my friend messaged me to let me know that she was in Saigon and that she was staying at the hostel my friend and I… Read More
A Week Of Thrifted Dainty Work Outfits
2019-11-10 22:00
Writing more about thrifting, and sharing with you dear reader what I usually wear in the office!Ever since I started working, I began filling up my closet with the work essential outfits ra… Read More

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