Saturday, July 16, 2016

PRELUDE

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic

Four years ago, a crazy idea popped in my mind: What if I became a lifestyle blogger? It was a really crazy idea because 1.) I’m really shy to share anything about me in the worldwide web 2.) I have no idea what to show to my possible readers 3.) I don’t have the proper resources. Fast forward to 2016, and here I am, with my very own blog.
 
The idea started when I was still living in a dormitory. 
 
I would joke around with my dorm mates and we would create fake personas of ourselves as famous people—specifically style bloggers. We had an idea to OOTD our dorm clothes which jokingly was a combination of t-shirt, shorts, and slippers (yup, dorm life doesn’t give you much option on clothes). But at the back of my mind, I knew that I wanted things to be more than a hearty joke.  
 
I remember that I would begin to spend the wee hours of the night looking up local and international lifestyle bloggers. I came to appreciate the content that they showcased and how they imparted knowledge to others. They all shared their stories with enthusiasm and with much finesse. This is where an aspiration began. I realized that I wanted to be like them.
 
But because of the huge amount of school work and dance trainings, the aspiration slowly faded. I became busy with feasibility studies and dance competitions. It seemed that time didn’t permit me to follow the blogging path. And so, the dream to become an online influencer was let go. 
 
It wasn’t until after four years that the faded aspiration presented itself again. You could say that God has a wonderful timing for everything. 
 
I’m really thankful for this blessing. Who knew that a dormitory joke would become real, right? So here I am, publishing my first ever blog post. To be honest, I still can’t believe that this is actually happening, but as the saying goes, there’s no way but up. 
  I would like to give my deepest gratitude to the people who helped me meticulously craft this blog. You are all wonderful and inspiring people. I love you all. 
 
Anyway! That’s about it for this long and sappy story. This first blog post wouldn’t be complete without a proper introduction, right?

Hey, guys! My name is Deo and welcome to this wonderful space called: Afrotastic! Aside from writing long and sappy introduction posts, I also write about my daily thoughts in life. I am a frequent commuter— mandirigma, to be precise— and an avid thrift shopper. I love working out and I am madly passionate about street dancing and the hip-hop culture. I usually pull all-nighters because I’m writing, desperately trying to finish a book, or I’m beating a video game’s final boss. I’m interested in pretty much everything— from nerdy things to dad jokes, you name it! 
 
So there you go! That’s pretty much me, in a nutshell. I hope you guys will enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy sharing awesome and inspiring things to all of you. Life’s fantastic that way. 
 
Welcome to Afrotastic!