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May 30, 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:
  1. Post these rules.
  2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
  3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
  4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
  5. 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! :)
  1. I am a home-body.
  2. I'm not much of a talker. :)
  3. I haven't been on a night out.
  4. I have always wanted to go on a vacation in Australia.
  5. You can (almost) never see me wearing nail polish.
  6. I love all shades of pink! 
  7. 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!
  8. I don't fancy wearing short shorts and skirts when going out.
  9. I ain't got allergies. Yay!
  10. I feel homesick and lovesick.
  11. Thinking of 11 facts about myself is harder than I thought!
11 Questions for Me
Since I've not been tagged by anyone, I'm just going to answer Bailey's questions! :) 
  1. What is your favorite movie? I'd have to say Titanic! Best movie for all time! 
  2. What is your favorite season? In our part of the world, we only have two seasons. So I guess that would be summer! But if we had four, it definitely would be fall. :)
  3. What is your favorite television show? Minute to Win It and Killer Karaoke. Hihi.
  4. How would you describe yourself? Simple, not too tall but not too short, shy and nice. :)
  5. What do you hope to accomplish in the next year? I'm really looking forward to cross off half of my bucketlist, especially the 9th one. :)
  6. What is your favorite sport? I'm not much of a sporty person but if I were, that'd be basketball. Imagine the adrenaline! :)
  7. Would you rather eat or sleep? Sleep!
  8. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas!
  9. Have you ever flown on an airplane? Yes! I did just recently. :)
  10. Do you have any pets? Nope. But if I had, it would either be a dachshund or a shitzu like the ones my aunt has.
  11. What is your favorite food? Chicken adobo is certainly one of those!
11 Questions for You!
Here are my questions. I hope you'll have fun in answering them!
  1. What is your favorite pastime?
  2. What are five things that are on top of your wishlist right now?
  3. If you had a chance to travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. If you were president for a day, what law would you pass?
  5. In your opinion, what is love? (Answer it any way you want!)
  6. What are your top three pet peeves?
  7. If you were a character in a movie, who would you be?
  8. What do you consider as magic words?
  9. Where do you usually hang out and chill? :)
  10. Which would you prefer: movies at home or at the cinema?
  11. What is your favorite part of your house?
The last rule says that I have to tag 11 people. Well let's skip the last rule so everyone can join! Just follow the rules and answer the 11 questions I have for you above! Enjoy everyone! :)
May 29, 2013

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.
May 20, 2013

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!


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'll be going to Manila again after what...10 years?  Anyway, I'm also pretty excited to see my relatives and cousins back in Manila! I just miss them so much! :)

Meanwhile, I hate that I've been missing out on the excitement at the BEIM Challenge. According to my blog notebook, I've missed out exactly six days already (including today). Hopefully, I'll be back once everything is arranged. :D

Rest assured, I'll be updating you every once in a while on what I'm doing! I hope you all have/had a lovely day! :3

May 19, 2013

True Love...where art thou?

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 healthy love that will last for more than a lifetime.

*This was an old post from my previous blog. I hope you like it. Meheh :3

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal powers comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.
  3. 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 they are. They must not be inflated by fear thoughts.
  4. Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as YOU can. Remember that most people, despite their confident appearance and actions, are often as scared as you area and as doubtful of themselves.
  5. Ten times a day repeat these dynamic words: "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Stop reading and repeat them NOW slowly and confidently.)
  6. Get a competent counselor to help you understand why you do what you do. Learn the origin of your inferiority and self-doubt feelings which often begin in childhood. Self-knowledge leads to a cure.
  7. Ten times each day, practice the following affirmation, repeating it loud if possible, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.: Repeat those words NOW. That magic statement is the most powerful antidote on earth t inferiority thoughts.
  8. Make a true estimate of your own ability, then raise it 10 percent. Do not become egotistical, but develop a wholesome self-respect. Believe in your own God-released powers.
  9. Put yourself in God's hands. To do that, simply state, "I am in God's hands." Then believe you are NOW receiving all the power you need. "Feel" it flowing into you. Affirm that the "kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:32) in the form of adequate power to meet life's demands.
  10. Remind yourself that God is with you and nothing can defeat you. Believe that you now RECEIVE power from him.

There you have it! All you have to do right now is follow them and you'll have that right confidence in yourself in no time!

Stay tuned for Chapter II: Power Comes From A Quiet Mind next week! :) 
Have a wonderful day! 
May 17, 2013

Beneath the Clutter: The Power of Positive Thinking

THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE by NORMAN VINCENT PEALE

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 sharing it to you! :) If you're living a lot under gray clouds lately (if you know what I mean), I hope this could somehow lead you towards the brighter side of life.

It's fourteen chapters that make up the 215 pages of the book. I was thinking of putting a summary, some of my own insights, plus quotes and passages per chapter in a single post but I can already see that it is going to be reaaaaallllllllyyyy long. So I'm making this as a weekly post under the tag 'Beneath the Clutter' (featuring the wonderful and share-able things that obviously are found beneath my clutter. haha). That would make 14 (or more) posts all in all. :) I hope you'll enjoy this and find it inspirational as much as I do.

CHAPTER 1: TRUST YOURSELF

"Trust yourself. You cannot be successful or happy without confidence in your own powers and abilities.

Sometimes, I would doubt myself about doing things. I would doubt if I could really do something like deliver a speech in a crowd full of eager faces. In other words, I have a lack of self-confidence and trust.Which leads to saying 'No' at times when given an offer. I would always think about 'what if?'. What if I fail? What if I make a mistake and people will laugh at me? What if I do something wrong? Growing up with so much expectation from my family and the people around me, I had made myself think that 'I must always be on the upperhand'. That leads me to the 'No' part because 1) I had no trust in myself and 2) I don't want to disappoint people who trust me. 

But I realized that:
  • You can't really please everyone even if they allow themselves be; 
  • People trust you because they know that you ahve complete trust in yourself too;
  • You must never be the first one to let yourself down; and
  • Ask the Lord to give you the confidence and self-trust that you need.

Sometimes, the negative spirits still whisper. But now, whenever I'm about to do anything, I shoo all the negative thoughts away and tell myself that 'I CAN DO THIS!'. There you go, Mary! 

"As you walk home tonight, repeat the words I am going to give you over and over. Repeat them after you have gone to bed. When you awaken tomorrow morning, repeat them before you get up. Say them on the way to work or school." -NV Peale

And these words are:

I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me. - Philippians 4:13


I remember this quote stuck on my binder when I was still in high school. Whenever I had exams or contests,  I would say it in my head after a prayer. And believe me guys, it works! 102%!!  I usually get really nervous when going onstage but after I chant these words, I feel as light as a cloud!

Other sayings from Peale's book:

  • The practice of positive thinking is one of the greatest laws of successful living.
  • The greatest secret for eliminating the inferiority complex (deep and profound self-doubt) is to fill your mind to overflowing with faith.
  • If ye have faith...nothing shall be impossible unto you - Matthew 17:20
  • If God be for us, who can be against us? - Romans 8:31
  • Any fact facing us, however difficult, even seemingly hopeless, is not so important as our attitude toward the fact.

Coming up: Still on chapter 1 are 10 workable rules for overcoming inadequacy attitudes and learning to practice faith which already summarizes chapter 1 of the book. Stay tuned! :)

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PS: Last week, I suggested my little sister (aged 11) 'Why don't you make a blog?'. It was half-meant. In other words, a joke. :) But today, she asked me how to get started and she's already had her first post up! I've just read it and she's totally typed in her whole name! Uh oh! I guess I better brief her with the protocols. :)

PPS: My mother just informed me that my grade school music teacher (and music instructor) will be reviving the Rondalla Club! This is gonna be great! I missed strumming the little dude.

PPPS: (Last!) If you want a copy of the whole book, just email me and I'd be happy to scan it for you! :)
May 16, 2013

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. Hence, my new blog look.
  • Read blogs and discovered new ones.
  • My mom and brother arrived from the city late in the afternoon. We had some fun time and a laugh when my dad wore my brother's college uniform! XD
  • Early in the evening, my friend Alyssa texted me that she's in town and will be going for a visit at home. We spent the evening playing with her cute little niece!
Blog Notebook I bought last Tuesday

Keeping up with the challenge

  • Late that evening after supper, I finally learned that passionfruit works even without money. Thank goodness for Free Swaps and Promo Codes! Let me now grab this opportunity to tell you that I'm offering free button swaps! (Shameless plugging! Haha) Check out my sponsor page now! And don't forget to put my button on your blog, too. :)
How did your day go? :)

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
  1. Telling your parents you love them.
  2. Helping a old man/woman cross the street.
  3. Sharing your blessings with the less fortunate.
  4. Saying you're sorry.
  5. Asking a friend how he/she is doing.
  6. Giving a word of encouragement.
  7. Being there for someone. (Your presence do count a lot!)
  8. Giving little gifts.
  9. Hugs.
  10. Kisses.
  11. Little pats on the shoulder.
May 14, 2013

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! :)

 

  1. Seeing your parents laughing, and playfully fighting over sweet nothings.
  2. 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. :)
  3. Being thanked for even the littlest things I do. 
  4. Getting the highest score at a quiz, or more importantly, at an exam.
  5. Rain on a summer day.
  6. Scanning photo albums from years ago and recalling all the wonderful memories (and wondering where those people are right now).
  7. Buying a book (whether brand new or secondhand) and finishing it.
  8. Discovering or learning something new (such as how to cook this or that).
  9. Having long walks and laugh-till-I-cry moments with friends.
  10. Watching myself at the mirror, smiling like a crazy person and telling myself "Thank God I'm beautiful!"  (This also goes in my list of favorite pastimes. Lol!)
There goes ten of the hundreds of things that make me happy! 

You, what makes you happy? :)
May 12, 2013

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.
  1. 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. :D
  2. My high school crush. Did you know I used to write about him in my previous blog? (Take note of the word 'used to'. Haha!) I remember him in my dreams several times in unusual situations. Plus, I just can't seem to take him off my mind! Is it a fact that I still like him? Or I just really miss the good old times?
  3. My childhood. Yesterday, while I was helping my Mom de-clutter our room, I came across several photo albums from years back. I remember being the apple of everyone's eye when I was less than five or six years old, being Snow White at a school play in Day Care, celebrating my 7th birthday with all the other kids in school, dancing happily onstage, and all the other things that took place when I was still a child. If I had a chance to go back, I definitely would! I just couldn't get over how cute I was looking at those photos!
  4. School! When summer is in, we wish it was school time. When school finally arrives, we wish it was summer once again. But t'is true that I miss school! I miss my teachers and schoolmates, the lessons, laugh trips, the busy days, cramming periods, procrastination, wearing my uniform,  etcetera etcetera. Don't you miss it too? :)
  5. My friends. I'm sure your friends are on the list too! We (my HS mates) don't get to see each other often because of summer classes and other schedules etc. Last year, we used to go to the beach every summer and christmas vacation. I miss their company. I miss the old times (the things we used to do in high school.) Hopefully, we'll have a last minute reunion before another school year starts.

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You may notice that there are changes on my blog layout whatsoever. And don't freak out if it changes everytime you refresh (if ever you do refresh my page. :D )! I'm currently into changing my blog design into something ..uhm...that's me and fresh on the eyes. (Which is why I'm really having a hard time picking color palettes.)

*yawn.* I better get sleeping. (I think I'm half asleep while writing this post.) Tomorrow is the big Election 2013! I hope we Filipinos will vote wisely. Remember, the next generation's future lies in our hands!
May 11, 2013

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




DAY 11: SELL YOURSELF IN 10 WORDS OR LESS

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! :)

How would you sell yourself in 10 words or less?

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!

DAY 9: A MOMENT IN YOUR DAY


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 helped my mom and sister pack it. Of course, I grabbed some for myself, too! Hihi :3
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DAY 10: MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT

I spent several minutes thinking of those moments but just can't seem to remember most of it. Perhaps I want all of those left in the past! :D But there is still one embarrassing moment that I can't seem to forget. I still recall the scenes very well. This happened during junior year at my very first Prom. I hope this'll at least make you laugh. :)

My classmate Neal and I were assigned to be the hosts of the nights event held at a resort. Being still a junior and not really comfortable with crowds, I was very nervous (though it was scripted hosting). Anyway (let's just get straight to it okay), the program started. We requested everyone to stand for an opening prayer and the singing of the national anthem. (Here it goes!) So the prayer ended. I really don't know what happened - perhaps I was just really nervous? - that after the prayer, I immediately grabbed the microphone and said, "You may now take your seats". Some of the audience followed while I saw some students and teachers hesitant to sit down. Then, I felt someone pat me at the shoulder. It was Neal! I looked at him with raised eyebrows as he pointed to my classmate at the center stage, ready to conduct the national anthem! I then muttered an embarrassed "Ohsorrysorry" over the microphone. I was like, "What did I just do?!". I heard some little giggles at the audience but I was still relieved that I wasn't made fun of during that moment. Needless to say, the program still went smoothly and everyone had fun. Thank heavens! :D

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- - AN UPDATE - -

Yesterday was epic! Epic in a sense that it was my first time, and that there's one thing I did that I wasn't able to for a long time (it's a secret)! 

In celebration of the Year of Faith, our Parish Priest invited our townspeople to take part in the Pilgrimage held at Tigbauan here in Iloilo. This is the first time I've ever joined this kind of event. I went with the whole family (except my dad who's busy for the 2013 Elections come Monday).


To summarize, it started with a procession around the town's plaza, a praise and worship led by a local band/choir, a confession simultaneous with the sharing and speech, then the Holy Mass. The speakers were Mr. & Dr. Octaviano, members of Couples for Christ. (I recall hearing from them during a symposium in my high school years).They talked about Family and Marriage, hence, the RH Bill. Somehow, I listened and gathered a lot from the information she shared. Mostly, it's about vaccines, injections, cultured viruses from dead fetus included in the vaccines, increasing abortion rates, having intercourse before marriage, how being married by a judge is a sin, et cetera.

I so love the mosaic they did on every station of the cross as well as on the murals on the rest of the church. Such beautiful craftsmanship!

The event ended just in time for lunch! And then it's home sweet home. :)

How's your BEIM Challenge going? :)
May 9, 2013

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 didn't bring spare shorts! 




A little later, these angry clouds appeared and it started to rain like crazy for about ten minutes. (And I loved it! Haha) So, there I was bathing in the rain. (Wow. I went to the beach to bathe in the rain. I am awesome.) Oh, how I felt like a child again! If I were at home, I'd happily skip along and dance and feel infinite, but I was in a public beach with people, so I just sat there by the shore and got myself soaked in rain while watching raindrops jump in the water.



The waters were so clean and calm after the wild rain! 



Sistah!

 

We had jellyfish invasion (maybe the rain brought them ashore) and saw schools of little fish from afar (basing on the bubbles above the water), too.



We went home just after sundown. And hey, I did take a dip in the seawaters after the rain. I got tempted! Haha! There, another wonderful day spent with my family. :)
May 8, 2013

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. :)

DAY 8: A PIECE OF ADVICE


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's not meant for him. The result is shifting to another course. Shifting wastes a lot of time, money and effort. Imagine having all your batchmates graduate ahead of you and you're still struggling on finding the right course. I know someone who's taken up several courses before finally graduating at a vocational culinary arts course. He finally found what he loves doing the most, but it took him several more years to finally make it out of college.

In some cases, though, graduates would enroll at a course and end up [unexpectedly] loving it! {Please let me insert a bit of my own story here. Thanks! :)} Ever since I was young, I was influenced by my parents to want to become a teacher (because they both are). Everyday after kindergarten, they would bring me to the school where they teach and let me play with their high school students, listen to lectures et cetera. I was the little teacher. I grew up checking student's papers, encoding their scores and occasionally typing out lesson plans (though mostly I really just check the papers. Haha!). During the last three months of high school, I still had doubts on what course to take since someone said 'Why not take other courses instead? Why don't you try Tourism?'. I was still into the thought of taking up Education or maybe Psychology, but I thought I'd take the latter suggestion into consideration. I took the Aptitude tests (at another university) for both courses (Edu and Tourism) and I passed, whilst taking another exam at my current school. I passed too. I was scheduled for an interview at the other uni, but upon passing the exam at my current school, I immediately made up my mind and enrolled a few days later. I didn't really know what happened and how I came to the decision, though. Haha! The sure thing is that I am loving and enjoying every bit of what I'm doing at school right now. Seriously! Perhaps this course really was for me!

Moving on, here are some basic guide questions you might want to consider answering before choosing a College/Uni Course:

  1. Is it what you love/Is it your passion? 
  2. What are the possible jobs offered for your course of choice?
  3. How much will it return to you in the future?

If you answered an unquestionable Yes for #1, then you're good to go! If it's what you really love to do, school will never be boring and I assure you'll have a successful future if you're very determined! I think this goes hand in hand with #3 as well. :) If you love what you're doing, you'll absolutely earn more (in my opinion). As for #2, the more job opportunities, the better! This is a big world with lots of competitive people. I'm sure you don't want to get stuck fighting with hundreds of people for a single position. :3

Whatever course you decide, I'm hoping for the best! Oh and by the way, if you're already in Uni/College and is struggling with the course you've enrolled in, why not try to embrace and love it instead of shifting to another? You never know, right? It might just work out for you, too! :)

Are you loving the course you've chosen, too? Let me know! :)
May 7, 2013

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...

DAY 7: THINGS I'M MOST AFRAID OF

Finally found a nice photo of a girl plucking eyebrows! Ha!
  • 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 just come hunting me before I sleep at night. Just typing this gives me the goose bumps already. But I'm slowly overcoming this fear. The trick? Think of happy thoughts or sing worship songs! :) It totally works, believe me!
  • The end of the world. Who doesn't fear the end of the world right? Earthquakes, tsunamis, fire(!), screams here and there. Totally dreadful! I've just watched the movie 2012 a while ago and saw the probable catastrophe we'll be facing when the world ends. Hopefully, and I pray to God, the world won't end. 
And on top of all of these (and all the other things unmentioned here) is losing the people closest to my heart.  I never would want to lose my family and friends.

Have you posted for the 7th day of the challenge yet? 
Let me know! :)

The Perks of being in the Tourism Industry

 

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 them!
  • Our industry is one of the major contributors to economic development. Need I say more? :)
  • We are many jobs roll into one. We teach/educate, we make plans, we make presentations, we organize tours, we attend to people's needs...we do pretty much more than that.
How about you? What do you do?
May 5, 2013

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. :)


DAY 5: FAVORITE BLOGS

 
LOVELY SERENDIPITY
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! :)

Photo by Xiaxue
I can't recall how I found her blog - probably while aimlessly surfing the internet. She's another gorgeous blogger whose posts I find funny at times! I love her adventures and how she expresses herself. And her nearly-fairytale love story is one of the most wonderful stories I've ever read! She's just had her house renovated and I super duper love her new home! One of the comfiest houses evahr!

Photo by The Road is Home
I found Nirrimi's blog through Tumblr and was mesmerized by her writing and photography! I always look forward to her travels and adventures in life. She lives in Australia (where I dream to go someday) and I just can't resist looking at photos of her cute little Alba! Charming little girl! :)

How about you? What are your favorite blogs? :)

A Quote to Inspire


DAY 4: MY FAVORITE QUOTE AND WHY


There goes my high school yearbook motto! Sometimes, the moment you're about to quit is the moment 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! :)
May 4, 2013

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). :)

DAY 3: THINGS THAT MAKE ME UNCOMFORTABLE
  • 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. :3
  • Talking 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-fitting clothes. Self explanatory?
  • Strolling by the mall wearing my school uniform and suddenly being mistaken as a saleslady. I had it several times already!
  • Couples having PDA. *forever alone.
  • Wearing slippers when going out. Lately, I find wearing slippers in public so uncomfortable! It's as if I don't know how to walk in slippers anymore. Perhaps, I got used to closed shoes?
  • When my parents take a peek of what I'm doing on the internet. This blog is the reason why I always seem so busy even without school. Mehehe :3 I immediately change tabs when they enter my room because they don't know I have a blog and well, I don't want them to know. Heheh. That's why it's called secret obsession, isn't it? :)


How about you? What makes you uncomfortable? :)
See the rest of my Blog Everyday in May Challenge here!

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 Paper
  • Rubber Cement
  • Damp Paper Towel
  • Plain 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 sneakers on parchment paper to dry. Once dry, insert insoles, lace up and get strolling!


Isn't it just simple, cutesy and fun? I'll be making my own one of these days. Perhaps next week when I receive my ushering allowance (I was supposed to get last month) and immediately buy a cheap pair of white sneakers! Ha! 


Head over to Erin's blog and find more creative ideas from Christine's biweekly column entitled MakeKind!
Photos are by Christine Wisneiski for Design for Mankind.

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! :)


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DAY 2: EDUCATE

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 mothers in the Philippines.           
According to the World Bank, the Philippines is among the top ten countries where there is an increasing number of teenage mothers. These statistics often translates to a higher incidence of poverty in the country. Women's groups are alarmed by the steady increase in teen pregnancies. Seven out of every 10 women who are pregnant are teenagers, and most of them are younger than 19. And, believe it or not, every year, at least 64,000 teenagers have abortion. This should not really be happening to us since we live in a civilized society, and as civilized individuals, we must first think before we act. We must think of the possible consequences before doing something that could possibly ruin our young hopes and dreams for the future. But why does this still happen? 
As in Mel’s story, the main reason behind early pregnancy is Premarital Sex or PMS. Without PMS, there wouldn’t be teenage pregnancy. According to studies, most teenagers engage in PMS to satisfy oneself or the other while, 1 out 3 teens aged 15-17 were pressured to do so. Peer pressure, curiosity and perhaps the feeling of being unloved is the main reason why these things happen. What comes next? A girl gets pregnant unexpectedly. Early pregnancy makes it difficult for a girl to continue with her education. Based on studies, only 41% of girls who give birth to children before the age of 18 graduate high school. Some may never even step into high school because of their situation and the poor kind of life that they have. As a result, finding a regular source of income in the later years might be difficult as every job position nowadays, demands certain skills and a certain degree of education. 
Children born to such young parents often display retarded psycho-social development and malnutritional effects, since a teenage mother lacks parenting skills. Teens haven’t developed well enough in themselves to have the responsibility of raising another life. She could sometimes fail to understand what her child needs and could probably lack the maturity and patience that a parent needs to have. Thus, the son can become a bad influence and possibly end up in prison. On the other hand, the daughter may follow in the footsteps of her mother and become a victim of teenage pregnancy herself. And what would become of them someday? Nothing! In the future, if these acts persist, what would become of us? What would happen to the hope of the fatherland?
Rearing a child at an early age comes with a lot of responsibility. Being pregnant at such an early age will most likely ruin your plans for your future. All your treasured dreams and hopes – or maybe most of them- will certainly vanish. As for Mel, she now lives in a shelter for teenage mothers. She is hoping that when the baby arrives, her parents will give in and accept them back. 
Ladies and gentlemen, let Mel’s story be a lesson to all of us. Let’s not rush into things and dare to try to do things which we know could go beyond our control. Think about our parents who have been working endlessly and sacrificing themselves to send us to school and give us a better future. Our parents believe in us. They trust us. Are we going to break that trust? I certainly hope not. Think about the people who have been there for you, who have been supporting you in building your dreams. Are you going to let them down? Think about yourself. Think about your future, your reputation, your dreams, your plans… will you just let it fall apart after years of working hard for it? My friends, there is a big world waiting for all of us. Let us prioritize our studying because right now, this is what matters most. Learn to say NO to PMS to avoid early pregnancy. And say YES to a brighter future! :) 
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It is sad how the statistics are rising fast. Hopefully, teenagers will wake up and face the reality of the situation (getting pregnant at an early age). We, the young generations must take part on endeavors that are for the good of the community and for the betterment of ourselves. We still have so much more to do with our years. I advice you to get into motherhood when you are capable and very much ready.

I hope you've learned something from this. :)

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 both an advantage and a responsibility.  I’m very good at singing and dancing when I am alone. :)  I can be very shy sometimes but I’m a crazy kid when I’m at home. 10+ years of school has taught me very important life lessons and made me the person I am now.  I’m proud to say that I've have brought honor to my town when I won the District pageant during my last year in high school. Epic win! I am currently going to be in my senior year of college. I am totally excited for the future, whilst scared of what is in store for me. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. Whatever it is, we’ll know sooner or later. :)



Have you participated yet? :)
See the rest of my Blog Everyday in May Challenge here!
May 3, 2013

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 uncomfortable
Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
Day 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 member
Day 6, Monday: If you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question, 'what do you do'?
Day 7, Tuesday: The thing(s) you're most afraid of
Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
Day 9, Thursday: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)
Day 10, Friday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill. 
Day 11, Saturday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less
Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life...)
Day 13, Monday: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or as serious or as creative as you want it to be.
Day 14, Tuesday: Ten things that make you really happy
Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day - this could be "a photo an hour" if you'd like)
Day 16, Thursday: Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it
Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why
Day 18, Saturday: Tell a story from your childhood. Dig deep and try to be descriptive about what you remember and how you felt.
Day 19, Sunday: Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them
Day 20, Monday: Get real. Share something you're struggling with right now.
Day 21, Tuesday: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives
Day 22, Wednesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)
Day 23, Thursday: Things you've learned that school won't teach you
Day 24, Friday: Your top 3 worst traits
Day 25, Saturday: Something someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget (good or bad)
Day 26, Sunday: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you'd like.
Day 27, Monday: A letter to your readers
Day 28, Tuesday: Only pictures
Day 29, Wednesday: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post
Day 30, Thursday: React to this term: Letting Go
Day 31, Friday: A vivid memory
Given that I have nothing much to do (except daily chores) this summer, I accept the challenge! :) Hihi.


DA RULES!
1. There really aren't any rules. If you miss a day, you can make it up or skip it. The blog police will not come knocking.

2. I will be including a linkup option at the bottom of my post each day, so you are welcome to leave your links here for others to peruse, as well. 
3. You can still post other things every day, too. I plan to do normal outfit posts, life posts, around-Austin posts, and sponsor posts just like usual.
4. I'd seriously love you if you also include the "blog every day in May" button (you can just right click then copy the url of the image above) either on your sidebar or at the end of your posts, but again, the blog police will not come knocking. My main goal here is to get us all back to the basics of blogging, not to gain a million new readers (though I wouldn't mind that). 
5. Here are the topics. You can be as creative and awesome or as boring and bland as you like with these. Take 'em and run with it. Use creative post titles. Interpret each "prompt" however you like. There's no wrong way to do it. Have fun.
 So there you have it guys! I guess I'll be going with the flow and start with Day 1. Gotta go right now 'cause I have some catching up to do! :)