by Aidan Encarnacao


What’s your favourite color?
Green and dark purple.

What’s your favourite ‘go-to’ recipe?
Boiled instant noodles stir fried with tofu, chopped garlic and chilli, eggs and lots of spring onions cooked in sweet soy sauce. I can literally eat this everyday. Easy + quick ^_−☆

What self-care habits do you intertwine into your daily routine?
I like to take a bath at the end of the day to relax my body and mind. Listening to Sade makes me happy, always. I honestly haven’t mastered this yet, need to improve on my self-care habits. 

What's your favourite book and what book had the largest impact on you?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - such an amazing book. I actually had to read it for an assignment in high school and ended up falling in love with it. I never liked reading and had a hard time concentrating but finished this book effortlessly which is probably why I’ll never forget about it (not that I’ve read many books in my life anyway haha). The Secret by Rhonda Byrne had a huge impact on me, I’ve got introduced to it when I was 17 years old and really got into the whole concept of law of attraction. I’m a strong believer that whatever you put out in the universe will come to fruition, your thoughts can change your life.

Who can you talk to when you need to get something off your chest?
My aunt, close friends and my boyfriend.

Where’s your safe place?
There is no place on earth like home.

Have you ever dealt with anxiety? If so, what triggers it and how do you calm your mind?
I definitely have and still do sometimes. Situations that remind me of past traumas trigger it mostly and often times I find myself spiralling into endless negative thinking and I eventually come back to reality. I still haven’t figured out how to shift from negative to happy but simple things like breathing and going for a walk really do help a lot. Also while reflecting on my answer to this question, I stumbled upon this great article which is very helpful I’ll leave the link here for anyone curious to find more ways to calm your mind ♡

Have you or someone you love ever been in a dark place? If so, what were the steps taken to get out?
I’ve been in a very dark place a few years ago and thought I’d never get out of there but I was fortunate enough to have amazing friends who have helped me get through it. One thing I know is our thoughts get clouded when we reach that place and it’s important not to isolate yourself, things that would usually make sense - no longer do and life seems pointless but you need to remember that everything is temporary, especially pain. Sometimes all we need is to speak to someone, other people can make you see things clearer. 

Do you think social media affects your mental health or has any other negative impacts on you? If so, how do you best deal with it?
Social media has affected my life in many ways, both negative and positive. I think everyone’s mental health gets affected by it sooner or later. Instagram specifically can be very toxic if utilised the wrong way. We put on such a performative act on these platforms, trying to portray ourselves and have our lives as perfect as possible with no flaws when there’s no such thing as perfection. I think it’s important to be able to distinguish reality from fantasy, and a lot of people lose themselves in that virtual world. To avoid all of that, we should definitely minimize our time spent on social media and use it wisely. When we do, remember that you only see what I want you to see, instagram life ≠ real life.

What’s the biggest change you can identify within yourself in the past year?
I’ve been more actively embracing my heritage and roots.

What changes do you want to see within yourself in the coming year? 
Communicate better and express myself more freely.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
Embrace who you are and stay connected to your roots. Nurture your mind, read more.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt?
Life won’t always go as planned and that’s fine, never dwell on things you can’t control.

If you could change one thing within society, what would that be?