Showing posts from May, 2013

Let's play a game!

Hi everyone! Two weeks earlier, I've been blog-hopping and came upon Bailey's blog. As I was backreading her blog, I saw this post which is a game! Yay! If you love games, you definitely should give this a try!

THE RULES: Post these rules.Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.Answer the questions set for you in the original post.Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.Go to their blog/twitter/email and tell them you've tagged them.Let the games begin!
11 Facts and a Photo

I thought this post needed a good picture so here ya go! :) I am a home-body.I'm not much of a talker. :)I haven't been on a night out.I have always wanted to go on a vacation in Australia.You can (almost) never see me wearing nail polish.I love all shades of pink! Ever since I learned blogging, I have spent most of my free time (half of the day the most) reading blogs, editing html, thinking of blog topics and anything blog related!I don't fancy wearing short shorts and skirt…

Update: It's been a wild week!

Hello lovely people! I deeply apologize for being MIA lately. I have been on the go and the past week has been pretty tiring yet very (very) fun! I have mentioned that I'll be having an OJT here in Manila. So, here I am now, sitting here in my cousin's bed and missing my family already. I feel homesick. :(

Anyway, you would not believe how far I've gone with my Mom and sister! It feels like we've been all over South Luzon living like aetas (people not staying too long in one place). A few days ago my Mom and sister have gone back home. I am currently spending the rest of the summer at my Uncle's house.

In a few days I'll be sharing to you how I spent the week with our relatives. Meanwhile, I'll leave you with literally a couple of photos of our short time at Rizal Park. :)

A lately.

Update: What I've been up to lately

Howdy blogosphere! How are you doing?
I've mentioned in some of my previous posts that I'll be having an On-the-Job Training this June - this is what's been keeping me busy lately. I've spent several days going back and forth my school and processing papers for my OJT, which is a bit tiresome. 
Looking at how much I have to go through like queues and waiting for hours to gather all necessary documents, gave me an insight as to what to expect when applying for a real job. Duh. :) I'll totally have more of this when I finally graduate from my course.
Anyway, here's the scoop! I'll be having my OJT in Manila! Yes, I'm actually traveling 251.3 nautical miles (I checked! hihi) from my city to the country's hot capital, MANILA!
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I've listed and packed my things already but somehow there's something missing. Perhaps, I should check again. I really don't know what else to bring, though. Haha. Maybe I'm just overwhelmed that I&…

True Love...where art thou?

(Photo Credit) True love. People have searched all over the world looking for that one person who could forever change the rest of their lives. That person who could turn their world into a whole new paradise. I, myself have often wondered where that person is. For long, I have waited …waited for someone to knock the doors of my heart. Someone to unlock the feelings that have been kept for a long time.  And today, as I write these words, I kind of feel lovesick. I sit here in my chair, wondering. Waiting. Is there such a person? Where could he be? How long would I have to wait? And in the stillness of the moment, I found the answers. We all have that one person. He may be just around the corner, or at the other side of the pacific. But one thing is for sure. Lonely as you are, that one person is, too. He is there…wondering, waiting. He longs for you as much as you do. One day, destiny and fate will bring you together. And when you two find each other, I wish the both of you a happy and h…

Beneath the Clutter: The [Ten] Rules

Hi everyone! For the continuation of the other day's post about Chapter 1 of Peale's book, here are the ten simple, workable rules (according to Peale) for overcoming inadequacy attitudes and learning to practice faith.
(Photo credit) Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture. Never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of the mental image of success. The mind always tries to complete what it pictures. So always picture success no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal powers comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Depreciate every so-called obstacle. Minimize them. Difficulties must be studied and efficiently dealt with to be eliminated, but they must be seen for only what t…

Beneath the Clutter: The Power of Positive Thinking

Last week, while we [my sister, Mom and I] were de-cluttering our room [uhm, yes we share a room (: ], this book pictured above caught my attention. It is by the late minister and author Norman Vincent Peale. Flipping the cover, I saw it dated 02 July '79 written in blue ink. This book was actually from the 1970's and is still in a pretty fine condition! Wow. My mother is such a keeper. She never throws even the littlest things that my Dad already considers as garbage. Thanks to her I still have my notebooks and exam papers back in first grade, which was like 13 years ago! I also must say that I have an exceptionally neat handwriting back then. I had high scores in exams and quizzes too! Weee! :)
Going back, the book's title just struck me! Being an occasional pessimist, I thought I needed some inspiration to retrieve my full-optimist-self back. And being a nice person that I am, I also thought of shar…

A Day in my Summer Life

Holla amigos! It's Day 16 of the Blog Everyday Challenge! Today's prompt is to share to you 'something difficult about my life and how I'm working to overcome it'. Looking at my life right now, I can say that everything is going smoothly and great, and I am thankful to God for that. I hope it will be fair if I just share to you what's supposedly yesterday's prompt in today's post. :)

Usually, a typical summer day would be made up of doing chores, reading a book, watching tv, and mostly sitting in front of the computer. Lazy alright? But I must say yesterday was pretty productive! Let me share to you what I did! :)

I was feeling extra nice so I decided to rearrange my little corner in the house a.k.a my workspace. It's now tidier than the previous arrangement! :) That on the photo below is my 'Blog Notebook' (to be filled yet) with blog-y thoughts. 

My little workspace!
The afternoon was rather boring so I thought I'd mess with my html a bit…

Life Lately + The Little Things

Howdy people? :) Geez, I've been totally missing out on my BlogEverydayInMay Challenge though the topics are getting interesting. I've been quite busy keeping up with my requirements for our incoming OJT. And I've got exciting news to tell you! But let's leave that for a later post. :) I also have my Day 15 (a day in my life) post coming perhaps this afternoon.

Meanwhile, I leave you with a photo of me plus the little things in life that count! :) Happy reading!

The Little Things #1 Telling your parents you love them.Helping a old man/woman cross the street.Sharing your blessings with the less fortunate.Saying you're sorry.Asking a friend how he/she is doing.Giving a word of encouragement.Being there for someone. (Your presence do count a lot!)Giving little gifts.Hugs.Kisses.Little pats on the shoulder.

The Happy List 1.0

"Happiness is a perfume you can't give others without getting some for yourself."

True enough! Here are some of the things that make me giddy happy! :)

Seeing your parents laughing, and playfully fighting over sweet nothings.A wonderful and dramatic sunset. Think: scarlet-lit skies with hints of violet and yellow, trees creating a mysterious silhouette by the horizon, the cold gust of the wind. :)Being thanked for even the littlest things I do. Getting the highest score at a quiz, or more importantly, at an exam.Rain on a summer day.Scanning photo albums from years ago and recalling all the wonderful memories (and wondering where those people are right now).Buying a book (whether brand new or secondhand) and finishing it.Discovering or learning something new (such as how to cook this or that).Having long walks and laugh-till-I-cry moments with friends.Watching myself at the mirror, smiling like a crazy person and telling myself "Thank God I'm beautiful!"  (T…

What and Who I'm Missing

Bonjour amis! It's Day 12 of the Blog Everyday in May Challenge, which means it's time for me to share to you something/someone that I miss! Days ago, I checked my list of the challenges (yes I listed them down. mehehe ). So I started drafting something in advance for the 12th day. I miss plenty-o things and people, that's for sure. But today, I'm going to list down the things I miss the most. In other words, my 5 Most Missed Things/People in no particular order.
My cousins! Remember when my cousins went home last April? Well, I definitely had a good time with them that I really cried when they went home last 28th of April. Childish, I know. But I miss their company. Everything just seemed so quiet that afternoon on the day they went home. That's why I'm really excited to fly off to Manila next week to see them and the rest of the clan! There's so much anticipation that I still haven't packed. :DMy high school crush. Did you know I used to write about hi…

Ten Words that describe me (Oops! I mean Eight)

Hi!!! :3 How's your weekend going? Here's another BEIMC post! Today's challenge is to sell myself in ten words. Several times today, I was deep in thought on how I'm possibly going to sell myself in ten words. And by ten words, I mean a ten-sentence word. I've come up with a few crazy attempts like "Mary. A person you can trust." or something like "I find ways" ala BDO (Banco de Oro). Much lol!

But Jenni of Story of my Life said that today's post can be interpreted as a ten-word sentence or a list of ten words. I thought the former was a bit difficult so I think I'd go with the latter (as if I have any other choice. lol! ) Here it is!

Approachable, Charming, Knowledgeable, Schoolaholic,
Workaholic, Nice, Considerate, Understanding
Is there such a word as 'schoolaholic? Haha!
That's 8! There you have it! Eight words in a rush! Off I go to hear the platforms of our candidates at the plaza! :)

A Moment in My Day + Embarrassing Moment!

Holla everyone! It's the 11th day of this amazing Blog Challenge! I really decided I'd be a bit late in posting the last 2 prompts since I wanted to stay away from the computer for at least one night. But I just couldn't resist! I spent the night before yesterday checking out blogs and joining blog hops (which are totally fun!) and slept in early yesterday.

So today, I'm going to do the past two days in a single post + yesterday's update!


Lollies! Who loves lollies? :) It's been so long since I've had one. Anyway, here in the Philippines, May is the month of flowers (totally has nothing to do with lollipops) or the 'Flores de Mayo'! This is also a time where children gather at the church at 3PM to join the prayer and offering of flowers to the Virgin Mary.
These lollies and other goodies are little snacks (or we call it here 'dias') given to the children who join the offering. It was our schedule to give, so I help…

Wednesday's Little Beachcapade

Beach Escapade = Beachcapade! :D 

Do you guys know the best time to go to the beach in the summer? I mean, the really best time to take a dip without getting sunburned? If you guessed during cloudy days, then you're wrong! :) Why? Cause I was thinking during rainy days! Yep! Rainy days! It may sound totally crazy like "The beach is for some fun under the sun! Why go there when it's raining?" I'm starting to think were a bit crazy too for heading to the beach during a rainy afternoon yesterday. Haha! The truth is, sunny days can be totally hot in this tropical part of the world, and bathing at the beach under the sun could totally harm and burn our skin!

And just when I thought it was going to be a rainy afternoon, the afternoon sun shone before we even reached the beach!

While my brother and sisters played in the water, Mom, Dad and I just sat there and started munching on the food! :)

I was not going to go in for a dip since the beach was kind of dirty and I did…

Advice: Choosing A Course

It's the 8th day of the Blog Everyday in May Challenge which means today, I'll be sharing with you a piece of advice. :) 

If you're an incoming college student, then this is for you! I may not be really good at this but somehow I hope you'll learn something. :)


Here in our country, the last month of summer (May) is a really busy month especially for high school graduates. This is where almost all of the applications, entrance exams, enrolments etc are taken and done. This is also where most students plan on what course to take up - mostly in a rush.Most graduates would say "I love computer games so I think I'm just gonna take Information Technology.", but is this criteria enough? 
You see, one of the most crucial parts of getting into college is choosing the right course. Why? Most people would not take time to ponder about it. Some would just enroll at that course uncertain if he really wants it, and sooner or later finds out that it…

Things I'm most afraid of

Holla! It's Day 7 of the Blog Everyday in May Challenge, which means we ONLY have 24 days left after this! Whoohoo! XD Twenty-four days, guys! That's still a lot but come on! Don't you just get excited everytime you see your post coming up and letting people read it? I do! So let's get the ball rolling...

Finally found a nice photo of a girl plucking eyebrows! Ha! (Photo credit) Plucking my eyebrows. Eyebrows are an essential part of the face and goodness knows how one would look like without them! (I recall those photos of celebrities on facebook whose eyebrows have been photoshopped away. Horrible!) It sounds silly but yes, I'm afraid of plucking my eyebrows because I'm not sure whether I'll be able to make a perfectly-shaped eyebrow or not. So I just let them makeup artists do the thing for me.Watching a horror movie. Sometimes I tend to have a very playful imagination that scenes from a previously watched horror movie ju…

The Perks of being in the Tourism Industry

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Hello lovelies! I am giddy excited to share to you my entry for today's (actually yesterday's) part of the challenge! :) Day 6 is: If you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question "What do you do?". And since I don't have a job just yet, I'm going to impart to you the things that we do in our profession instead! :)  We relive history. One of the jobs we'll end up being one of these days is a tour guide, and one of the best things about it is that you learn about the past. You learn the origins of that significant landmark, statue or place by heart and you learn to appreciate the significance of that certain tourist destination/spot.We educate, too! Of course, we do not only learn the facts, we share them to our tourists - to you! We care about people and attend to their needs.Just don't treat us like were some sort of maid or something, ok?We get acquainted with all kinds of people. Chinese, Arabs you name the…

Blogueurs que j'adore

Doesn't everything sound unique when translated in French? :D I am so glad I'm finally done with the first four days of the challenge though I started late! Hurray! So for today's challenge topic, we have: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don't have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member. After reading a couple of similar blog entries, I have decided to post three of my many favorite blogs instead. :)

Photo by Gia of Lovely Serendipity Tell me, what's not to love about Gia's blog? I totally adore her blog because of it's total randomness! I love her humor (she can be seriously funny) and how she's able to catch the attention of her readers! Ever since I found her blog, I always go back for new posts and some laughs! She's adorable, quirky, and best of all, she's a fellow Filipina! :)


A Quote to Inspire


There goes my high school yearbook motto!Sometimes, themoment you're about to quit is themoment right before the miracle happens. Yep! Totally true! Imagine what would have happened if our greatest inventors gave up on their first attempt to invent something that will change the world! We wouldn't be living the way do now, would we?
This also goes along with the quote 'Try and try until you succeed' which has always been one of most used mottos (in my opinion). One of the things that we should always do is never give up no matter how hard the situation may be. We just have to try and try and pray that everything will get better and come out successful. We should also learn to trust Him because He always knows better than we do. :)
What's your favorite quote? Share it! :) See the rest of my Blog Everyday in May Challenge here!

Things that make me Uncomfortable

Almost all of us (well, all of us!) have certain things that make us feel awkward and ashamed. So here goes my list ('cause I don't feel like writing paragraphs at this moment). :)
Watching a movie with the whole family and suddenly a romantic or kissing scene comes up. (The one who holds the remote automatically changes the channel, then back to the movie after a few seconds when the scene is over. Haha!) Loud ringtones especially at church . Answering the phone. Yes! I've always dreaded answering the phone back in high school. I'm getting a hang of it lately. :3Talking to a talkative stranger and can't think of a decent way to respond. So there goes the 'all-smiles', the ooh's and the aahhhs's when I can't think of anything more to say.Passing along a hallway with many people standing by. I don't know about you, but I feel like all eyes are on me whenever I walk by. I must be paranoid.Wearing tight-f…

DIY: Perk Up your White Sneakers!

Are you getting bored with your plain white sneakers? Worry not, for Christine Wisneiski(a Design for Mankind contributor) has found a way to perk up and sprinkle some summer into your sneakers!

What you're going to need: Dye (any color you fancy)Parchment PaperRubber CementDamp Paper TowelPlain White Sneakers

Here's how to do it (by Christine):

01 PREPARE SNEAKERS. First, gently remove sneaker insoles, laces and set aside. Then, brush a thin coat of rubber cement on toe and heel soles. This will block out any dye from adhering to the rubber (and wear off overtime). 02 MAKE WARM DYE BATH. Select a shallow baking dish. Add desired dye (I used one Rit powder packet for blues and two Kool-Aid packets for the red), then fill dish with hot water till about a 2.5″ deep. Stir to blend. 03 DIP DYE SNEAKERS. Dip toe edge of sneaker into warm dye bath and soak for at least 3 minutes. Repeat with heel side of sneaker. With damp paper towel, gently wipe soles to remove any excess dye. Place s…

Allow Me to Educate You

Will you? :) I've been reading other entries on Day 2 for the BEIM Challenge and I've spent the past hour thinking of what to share/educate. Thank goodness I thought of a speech I wrote in English class in my second year of college. Hihi. It's a good thing I still have it in my files. And guess what? My teacher reiterated the last paragraph as a reminder to all my classmates. So, here you go! :)

EARLY PREGNANCY by: Mary  Ladies and gentlemen, a pleasant afternoon. I would like to start my speech with this - On the eve of the senior prom, when most teenagers worry about what to wear, 15-year-old Mel has other things on her mind. In three months, she will be giving birth to her first child. She said: "At that time, I was searching for love. I felt all alone and unloved. So I thought that by giving myself to my boyfriend, I will be able to feel love and he will love me forever." Mel's story is a familiar one. She is one of 3.6 million teenage mothe…

My Little Autobiography

Hiya! Greetings of a fine day from me to you! It's currently almost 1PM on our side of the world and the weather is perfectly sunny and fine! Today, I'll be starting my Blog Everyday in May Challenge and I am super-dee-duper excited! I know I'm a little late at this, but here goes!
DAY 1: MY LIFE IN 250 WORDS OR LESS 1) 4th year High School 2) High School Graduation 3) Epic win! 4) The Asian Adventure 2012
I wasn't due until the 22nd of March in the 1990’s. I guess I was too excited to know what the outside world is like, that I got out eleven days earlier. I grew up in a place abundant with peace, greenery, fresh air, and very nice and wonderful people. I remember wearing a hat with fake braided hair because I didn’t have that much hair. I also grew up with the company of teachers (my mom and dad both are). I am more than glad and blessed to have such wonderful and supportive parents and siblings, and awesome relatives and friends! Being the eldest of three for me is bot…

Blog Everyday in May Challenge!

Hello you guys! I was recently surfing around Better Blogger Network and found a post written by awesome  Jenni of Story of my Life which you can find here. It's a 'Blog Everyday in May' Challenge and the rules are pretty obvious. :) She has also listed the following topics in case we all run out of creative juices and end up ranting instead.Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph... no one will be counting your words... probably)Day 2, Thursday:Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortableDay 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love itDay 5, Sunday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don't have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family me…