The day started with a migraine attack. Those who’ve seen me with one, know how bad it gets every time. All I see are blinding flashes of light for a half-hour, my limbs go numb, and unless I take meds, I throw up from the pain. Not a pretty sight, and definitely not a pleasant experience. Pretty traumatizing in fact that when I feel one coming on, I panic. But this time felt different—like nothing could stop me. I was excited to get to work!
Work meant going to the press junket for actress Troian Bellisario who plays Spencer Hastings on “Pretty Little Liars.” She was in town with her boyfriend, Patrick J. Adams, who plays Mike Ross on “Suits.” While I don’t follow “PLL” as religiously as “Suits,” I watch it for Troian. I find her beautiful, smart, independent and whole, a kind of girl I strive to be. Ever since I knew about them individually and as a couple, I’ve wanted to meet them.
So as soon as my vision returned, I drove as fast (and carefully) as I could from Pampanga to Quezon City, where my friend Abi joined me. She took over the wheel so I could do my makeup and try to fix my hair—in the end though, I just let it fall however it wanted. Haha.
My nails have been craving for servicing, too. I’d been practicing on the ukulele and I thought a manicure would be counter-productive. Heh. Just hoped the skirt, clutch and bracelets made up for it.
Thanks to a throbbing head and lack of prep, we arrived late at Marriott Hotel where the junket was being held. Now I admit, sometimes I can be a worrier and panic when things don’t go my way. But for some reason, the idea that I went through all that trouble and drove a hundred kilometers for nothing wasn’t bothering me one bit. Somehow, I felt like things were still going to be great.
And I was right. A few minutes later, I was taking Instagram photos with Troian and taking a video of Patrick saying hi to me.
Plus this awesome video of him greeting me on my birthday.
How did it happen? Abi and I decided to just go on a lunch date, take outfit shots, and stroll around Newport Mall. But as we were leaving a couple of hours later, I thought about a promise I made to myself recently about regrets—that I’d rather regret doing something than not doing it—and figured I got nothing to lose if I tried to still make it. As luck would have it, Troian and Patrick would stay at the hotel the whole day for a slew of promotional stuff. I was actually just in time for Troian’s press con. Patrick passed by the hallway while we were waiting for it to start. Two (love) birds in one stone!
Troian took the time to meet and interact with fans, The Bellisarians. They gave her gifts, letters and hugs. She actually teared up at their gesture.
During the Q&A, she gamely answered all questions, everything from “Pretty Little Liars” to Patrick to “Suits” to the Philippines to interesting things about herself.
I had a bazillion incoherent questions in my head, but I remained seated and let the other reporters ask them until I could formulate a couple of decent ones.
My questions come about seven minutes in when the video starts to get as shaky my voice. Still not as shaky as the “Hi Patrick!” one, right? Haha!
It may not seem like much, but I’m glad I decided to conquer the migraine, the distance, the idea of a missed opportunity, the shyness to approach people I’m intimidated by, the hesitation to ask questions and be heard. Days like these remind me that we must appreciate the small victories, the baby steps we are able to take towards becoming our better selves. And that, when things are meant to be, they will fall into place without us having to exhaust ourselves in struggle. ❤