17 Things You Need To Do If You’re a 17-year-old Hopeless Romantic

Living in the Philippines, we all know that Nov. 17-20 is APEC week and what do teenagers do when they’re given an entire week of no school? Overachievers finish their school work early, normal people go out but single and hopeless romantic teenage girls (like myself) spend their time finishing films, shows and books that would remind themselves of their lonely lives being alone. Or is it just me?

Not that I’m being overly dramatic or anything but let’s face it: being a single teenager in a world filled with teenagers paired with other teenagers can be pretty difficult. Although I try not to dwell on my loneliness most of the time, I still like to feed my imaginations with impossible scenarios of true love and other silly things occasionally.

So if you’re like me: single but not ready to mingle (because duh, priorities), I hope you join me in my quest of dwelling on my singleness and delusional dreams. This list is filled with the things I like to do whenever I want to emote and be sad (even when there’s nothing to be sad about, really). Enjoy!

  1. Read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (YES, both books!).


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Believe it or not, Lara Jean Song Covey is the most relatable (fictional) human being I have ever discovered in this lifetime. If you’re in high school and if you are so used to loving people from afar (like me) then this book is definitely for you. Fall in and out and in love again as you read through both books. It will be WORTH it.

2. Watch Everyday I Love You (Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano)


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From the teasers to the actual film, Everyday I Love You satisfied all my expectations of what and how a kilig movie should be like. I wanted to murder Liza Soberano at one point because she was a bit anti-feminist but still, the movie was awesome. Yes, it will awaken your why-am-I-alone spirit and it will make you fall in love with Ethan freaking Alfaro. Enough said.

3. Watch Got 2 Believe (Claudine Barretto, Rico Yan)


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Although this is an old movie, I promise that it’s worth watching. If you’re a hopeless romantic who really believes that no love will ever come to your life anymore, this is the movie for you.

4. Watch A Very Special Love, You Changed My Life and It Takes a Man and a Woman (John Lloyd Cruz, Sarah Geronimo)


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Self-explanatory, I know. But if you live under a rock and you’ve never heard of this trilogy, it’s amazing. Yes, you have to watch ALL THREE FILMS to follow the love story of Laida Magtalas and Miggy Montenegro and to fall in love with John Lloyd Cruz over and over again.

5. Have an #Aldub marathon on YouTube


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ALDUB. That’s enough reason. Bye.

6. Watch She’s Dating The Gangster


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I’ve never been a Kathniel fan so at first I didn’t like this film. I didn’t want to watch it until my sister Gail told me to watch it with her. I’m telling you, you’ll forgive Kathryn Bernardo’s pabebe acting for the sake of the hardcore kilig and tears this film will bring you. Must watch.

7. Have a Taylor Swift music video marathon on YouTube


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Taylor Swift’s music videos are everything. My personal favorite is You Belong With Me (hence, the photo) but all the other ones are all so kilig worthy as well. I mean, she features the hottest boys in the most heart-wrenching story lines. Who wouldn’t want to watch that?

8. Watch My Love From The Star (Yes, from episodes 1-24!)


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Okay, I know the alien stuff may seem weird and it is a Korean show BUT it’s not what you think. I swear. This koreanovela legit made me laugh, cry and feel all sorts of giddy in a span of 2 days. Yes, it’s amazing. Watch it.

9. Watch Operation Proposal


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The plot of the story may be a bit weird at first but when you watch the whole series, you’ll fall in love with the show, I promise. I cried in this show and I continue to watch and rewatch it any chance I get.

10. Watch Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mario Maurer, fjdskf)


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There may be a lot of loopholes in the story buuuuuut I still love Mario Maurer. Although I bet most Filipinos have already seen this film, those who haven’t NEED to watch it, too. It’s cute and chill and funny and romantic. Besides, if the movie sucks at least you’ll have Mario Maurer to swoon over. You’re welcome.

11. Watch the music video of Style (Taylor Swift) followed by Perfect (One Direction) and dwell on how hot bad boys are but at the same time, reminding yourself that you can’t date them.


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This might be a bit weird but I love watching Style and Perfect consecutively just because I can’t get enough of Haylor and I’m not even a fan of One Direction. It just gives me a tingly feeling to witness a certain love story unfold in front of my eyes. You get the picture.

12. Read In 27 Days on WattPad (HonorInTheRain)


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It’s not cliche, it’s funny and it’s dramatic.

13. Read I Sold Myself To The Devil For Vinyls.. Pitiful, I Know on WattPad (DarknessAndLight)

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This Wattpad story was suggested by a friend of mine years ago and I haven’t stopped loving it ever since. This story, despite its length, will make you want to crawl and live under a rock with Patrick Star because Blake freaking Eaton is the man of every woman’s dream.

14. Read Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler


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Read this if you need a friendly reminder that the world is evil and true love does not exist. I fell in love with Ed…….. but I realized that we all have our own Ed Slaterton and we fall in love with them, too. Even when we know we shouldn’t.

15. Watch Annie Hall and (500) Days of Summer

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Annie Hall is an old film suggested to me by my sister Gail a few weeks ago. It has this (500) Days of Summer vibe but it is cute in its own way. I fell in love with Elvie (although Woody Allen is a pedo) just as I fell in love with Tom in (500) Days of Summer. These two films are the movies you need to wake up and live in the realities of the world.

16. Watch Flipped


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FLIPPED IS the cutest film I have ever seen in this lifetime. It’s so cute and romantic and funny and absolutely breathtaking. You’ll fall in love with this movie’s simplicity yet it’s sweet and so heartfelt. I recommend reading the book, too because I have.

17. Watch WongFu videos on YouTube


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If you don’t know what WongFu Productions is, google it and check it out on YouTube. They make really cool romantic short films. If you’re looking for a kilig video to watch without wasting a lot of time, these videos are for you. My top favorites include Take It Slow, The Last, Single By Thirty and Away We Happened (web series).

So that’s all there is to this list. I hope this helps you get through your loneliness and boredom. And yeah, there are 17 things because I’m 17. Have a great weekend!


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