They say taking a solo trip is a life-changing experience especially in your 20s—and for GMA-7 actress Thea Tolentino, this was definitely the case. In late November 2019, the 23-year-old star took her first-ever solo vacay in Japan that spanned for 12 days.
On Instagram, she documented her many (mis)adventures in Tokyo and Osaka—from making a bunch of new friends to missing her bus ride to watching her fave J-pop artists! Having to deal with all of these things alone, Thea described her trip as "the best gift and experience na binigay ko sa sarili ko."
She talked further about her vacation in an exclusive interview with PEP.ph where she also revealed that she recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend Mikoy Morales. Thea said she became dependent on Mikoy emotionally, which led to their mutual breakup just "two weeks ago."
"Parang masyado kong gustong malaman ang approval niya na, feeling ko, yung tama sa kanya, 'yon pala ang tama. Mababa ang self-esteem ko," she shared.
But in her 12 days in Japan, Thea learned to be independent and discovered new things about herself: "Every day, may mga nami-meet ako na bago. Nalaman ko na hindi ko pala kailangang mag-depend sa iba. Na puwede pa lang gawan ng paraan na ako lang, kasi naranasan kong maiwanan ng bus, hindi ako nag-panic. May mga naging friends ako, binigyan nila ako ng libro. Niregaluhan ako ng mga damit ko, so nakakatuwa po."
Wishing you more solo adventures, Thea! XOXO
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