My BGC Morning Routine

In order to be consistent with anything, a person likely needs to operate with some kind of structure and routine in place. For myself, especially as it pertains to blogging, I’ve been rather inconsistent over the last few years or so (who am I kidding?)… Looking back, there were a number of reasons why I haven’t been able to “lock in” with my writing, but more than anything else, I feel like it’s because I haven’t been able to establish “normalcy” in my day-to-day life.

I mean, when we’re talking about crafting a life post-FI, it’s all good, it’s going to take some time, trial and error, to help us figure out what we really want out of our lives.

For myself, I’ve been more or less a digital nomad for the past few years, and up to now, I’ve never had my own personal residence… There’s been plenty of Airbnb hopping around, though, and there’s obviously  pros/cons with that approach.

Even now, as much as I want to just settle in and find a groove, I’m sort of still not really able to, knowing that I have to fly back to California shortly.

Nevertheless, I’m trying to make the most of my remaining time here in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), you know live in the moment, and do my best to establish a routine for my day.

Here’s what we’ve got so far…

I’m finding myself typically waking up around 7-8 AM in the morning, albeit, this may be a temporary thing since lately I’ve been having to make calls to California really late at night (around 1-2 AM), which probably is taking a toll on me and altering my sleep schedule a bit…

Anyway, upon rising, I’m finding out that I like to head downstairs and take a stroll around town for a bit…

There’s something to be said for the desire to immerse ourselves in the surrounding environment, and my way of doing that is to “embrace” all the hustle and bustle around me.

For peeps who are used to city life, well, you’re probably very comfortable and familiar with walking around in a fast-paced environment… Observing the many working professional around you who are extra keen on trying to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible…

I dunno, just speaking for myself — There’s something about that “gotta hustle” vibe that also makes me want to hunker down and get to work too!

You know, city life is like the farthest thing away from beach life, pretty much at the opposite end of the spectrum… With life, it’s about finding the right blend and mix that suits you (and your personality) the best.

Right now, as much as I still love and appreciate beach life, I’m finding that I have a strong desire to fixate more on city life…

  • Hustle.
  • Grind.
  • Try to create something special.
  • Etc.

With that type of mindset in place, I’m also observing that many folks want something to sip on, as they enter the “zone”.

In today’s society, it’s natural (and convenient) to seek out coffee as that remedy.

Rise and shine, it’s time to get that morning fix to get the day started right!

This was my first visit (ever) to Tim Hortons (Canada represent!).

Iced coffee ftw!

Surprisingly smooth, creamy, and well, delicious!

For about 105 pesos (~$2.03 USD), it’s decent value, I think for a large iced coffee… Certainly, I think I’m preferring Tim Hortons over McDonald’s (where the 39 pesos iced coffee is rather small in size, so you’d likely need to order 2 of them, anyway).

McDonald’s iced coffee is like super popular out here, btw, and the “pick me up elixir” so many people I know turn to for that extra boost to get through the work day…

With said said, with iced coffee in hand, next up was to look for breakfast.

Luckily, there’s a Pan de Manila nearby to Tim Hortons, so pandesal it is!

7 pesos (~$0.14 USD) for some fresh baked goodness!

Sure, how bout a half dozen of em, please?

From Pan de Manila.

LOL, I actually don’t have my own pictures of some yummy pandesal atm b/c I dove right into em without first remembering to snap up a photo… Oh wellz, maybe next time…

Anyway, that’s my “morning routine”…

As a kid who grew up in the suburbs, I gotta say, I’m loving the feel of city life!

Sure, this is all really nothing new to me, but it kind of is too… When you’ve got your own place, it just feels different.


Not really sure you can even put a price tag on it…


Just one of those “priceless” moments in life that we all strive for.


So, enjoy the journey and appreciate the good times!


Fight On!

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I was so expecting a wake up at 3am with 2 hour meditation, 1 hr writing a gratitude journal, 2 hr workout, 1 hr yoga routine like Mark Walbergh ?

1 year ago

I lived in Manila for a short time, and I was a pan de sal addict 🙂
I still remember the metallic grey color of the Makati Creek.