Excerpt from A Love Addict Learns Her Lesson

By Cheekie Albay


I’m Cheekie, and I’ve been a love addict all my life. It’s taken me over two decades to realize that it’s not something I want to be anymore.

You might wave me off by saying, “Oh, we’re all love addicts! We all want love in our lives!” But no, my love addiction is not just some cute, harmless quirk for which one can always find validation in Thought Catalog articles or Lang Leav poems.

For me, it’s a real affliction, one that I have to heal myself from if I ever want to experience love in the truest sense of the word.

Ever since I was in grade school, my sisters would tease that I was a hopeless romantic, and I never took offense because I always thought that was something special about me. I was sniffling through romantic films and sobbing through romance pocketbooks when girls my age were still dressing up Barbie dolls and fiddling with Polly Pockets, and I thought that made me more sensitive, more mature and with a greater capacity for love—hardly bad things to be at 10 years old.

But now, with my two older sisters happily married and the younger one in a relationship with the same guy for five years now, I’ve begun to think that maybe I’m the one who has love all wrong.

This is what I’m like as a potential romantic partner: I’m super picky. A guy has to be my type or bust; the one time I dated outside of my type, I was bored out of my wits and never talked to the guy again. But once I do meet someone who ticks all the invisible boxes in my head, I’m ecstatic. I’m over the moon. I’m hearing Sebastian and a choir of lagoon animals warbling Kiss The Girl in my head.

And even before we start dating, in my daydreams, we’re already a thing. We’re meeting up after work and going on movie dates and charming each other’s friends and families and marking each street corner with our shameless public display of affection (PDA)—all in my head.

Photo by Cheekie Albay


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 About Cheekie

Cheekie Albay graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Broadcast Communication, but went into publishing instead of broadcasting to fulfill her childhood dream of being a writer.

She has served as staff writer, and later, acting managing editor of Cosmo.ph, the online counterpart of Cosmopolitan Philippines magazine. She now works as a freelance writer and PR consultant for various clients and publications and is currently based in Davao City with her son, Joaquin.

She still hopes to meet The One someday. But in the meantime, there’s always music.

Photos by Cheekie Albay





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Edits: Jacquie Bamba S. Zamora

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Philippine Copyright © 2016 by Katherine C. Eustaquio-Derla

Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla is a journalism graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She wrote Bedroom Blog by Veronica, a relationship blog for Cosmopolitan Philippines from 2009 to 2011, which covers most of her single dating life. In 2015, she published her first book Before I Do. She’s passionate about coffee, red wine, books and Mad Men. She stopped collecting hearts when she got married in 2013 and went back to collecting Archie Comics ever since. Send the author a tweet @kceustaquio.

Disclaimer: This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are products of the author’s imagination and are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, places or persons, living or dead is entirely coincidental. Image from Pexels.com.

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