After a grueling, eight-day trip in Singapore and the Philippines, I’m finally back at my shoebox of an apartment in New York. It’s nice to be home. Home sweet home as they say.

It was also nice to see all my loved ones in Manila. I know they went through that mammoth of a typhoon Haiyan a few weeks ago but everyone I know was spared. I’m super lucky, not to mention grateful, that they’re all safe, sane and sound. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who survived (and lost lives) such a gut-wrenching tragedy. If there’s anything to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, I’m genuinely thankful that my family and friends are well.

Bryanboy in his New York City apartment on Black Friday