Puhon, We Will Meet Again

2021 and things are still not the same as before. Like last year, many events are pushed back. Some canceled. Some are still hanging on the balance if they will push through or not. Although virtual events are possible, it is not enough to fill that empty void that we longed so much.

Meeting friends in a convention, hugging them when we meet, screaming and cheering at the top of our lungs, meeting people who share the same passions as you…

Goddamn, I miss them so much.

These days are tough, but here we are still doing our best to make ends meet in the comfort of our own homes, finding new ways to enjoy ourselves while the world is still uncertain for now. I admit it is really hard to be hopeful when things are still not 100% okay.

Every time when I feel like giving up, every time I wanted to just stop being hopeful for the best. I always remember this one simple word, Puhon.

Puhon is Bisaya for hopefully, someday, or in God’s perfect time. It’s a simple word but it has a beautiful way of expressing something related to hope.

Puhon, We Will Meet Again.

The past couple of years is without a doubt, life-changing. I learned a lot from the many travels I had. I got to be part of a community where I met the best people in my life. They have become my friends, my sisters, my “fam.” I wouldn’t be doing these things, continue to be passionate about this genre if it weren’t for them. It’s not for certain to when I will be able to see them again, but Puhon. I will, once all of this is over.

They say when you travel, you meet the most interesting people in your life that would turn things around, change your plans, and make your destination a place called home.

You will laugh, you will cry. You will face challenges and meet them with victory. At the end of the day, lessons are learned. Memories are kept.

I will look forward to the day when I can finally step on that platform again, heading to my assigned seat beside that small window, my ticket in my left jacket pocket, my passport on my right.

The distance doesn’t matter, the expenses don’t matter. When you meet people who make you feel at home, nothing else matters.

See you soon. Puhon.

Four Years Ago, A Cat Found A Lily

Four years ago, I started The Lily Cat as a small place where I can share my love for yuri. As the years go by, I have written news, reviews, and just completely everything that sparks my interests. To date, the site has reached more than 100,000+ website views with unique visits almost everyday (even at times when I don’t have many updates).

I still can’t believe that I have lasted this long. I had a lot of shit that has happened recently. I am starting to sound like a broken record so I would no longer elaborate on this any longer. But with the help of my friends and the people who still visit this place, it kept me going.

Thank You. It’s because of awesome people like you, The Lily Cat still continues to where it is today. 

2020 for The Lily Cat is going to be a lot different. I have finally made a decision to let go of some money-earning projects to focus on this site more. I realized that I have become more focused on other things that it almost made me forget what that makes me happy: and it’s to write about yuri, to write about experiences, and to share what’s happening to where I am. Next year it’s all going to be just that. Everything is still not set in stone yet 

Expect more reviews and more antics from now on. Actually I was thinking of doing webtoon reviews again. I stopped doing them due to the DMCA reports that people are getting way back. But I think the waters are safe in doing these now. I am also now catching up on some series too. There has been some GL-related content that I was able to watch a few months ago so I’ll be writing about them here very soon.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the people that I have met while doing stuff for The Lily Cat. Special mention to the following people: Jay Agonoy of keepsakes., Yuri/GL Philippines, Cebu Cosplay Event Buzzer Gary Montejo,  The Yuri Empire, and Okazu. These guys inspired me and there are not enough words to express how much I am very thankful for giving me and hopeful, eventful, and yuri-ful year.

The Lily Cat will remain as a passion project for me and always will be. However, if you love what I do, you may consider tipping me for a cup of coffee or support me through my newly-approved Patreon page.  Any amount of help you give me would definitely help the site’s growth (and of course more stuff for y’all).

Happy Holidays and I am wishing your 2020 will be as awesome as this year.

Let me end this post with one of the songs I’ve been listening to lately. It’s the tribute version of I could be the one by Avicii and Nicki Romero. The beautiful tribute concert can be watched here.