Hating 2016

Most, if not all, hated 2016 with a passion. Good thing that there’s an end to it. Hello 2017, bye 2016! And in all things we hate, we must have learned a thing or two… how about five? 

They say that we, millenials, are so entitled. But up to what point? Yes, we’re all entitled to our emotions. We are entitled to feel them. We are entitled to be happy, sad, depressed, mad, excited, etc. etc. However, we are not entitled to our actions. We are beholden to our actions. We need to remember that every action have consequences. So if your emotion is pushing you to do a certain action, better think twice! 

You will learn this the hard way. 2016 for me is full of No-s. Every job application I’ve been sending out since June were negatively responded… except for one. Which was just positively responded this December. Those month in between were a bit hellish but they are part of the journey. I love those No-s!!! Why? Because I strongly believe that every No will lead you to your real destiny. Never fear a No for it might just be the best thing that will happen to you. 

How many heartbreaks can 2016 throw you? Add those to the heartbreaks that were thrown at you from 2015, 2014, 2013, and so on. That’s a lot of baggage to carry! But maybe time can heal your wounds. It will. However, I’ve discovered, that travel can heal certain wounds as well. Travel nourishes my soul, it renews me. Travel locally, travel out of the country. Travel in style, travel cheap. Travel to places you’ve never been to, travel to places you know like the back of your hand. Travel with your eyes, travel using your feet, travel and smell that different air. Travel to catch sunrise and sunsets. Travel to touch oceans, travel to sleep in another bed. Travel to take pictures, travel to make memories. Travel to write, travel to tell stories. And when you’ve done all those things you’ll see your wounds healed.

They also call it the art of Letting Go. This is hard too, you need a 4.00 in your Philo classes to even try this. Well, ehem… Anyway… Back in the old days of my youth I’ve learn a thing or two about detachment. Some may interpret it as “not caring” but it is more than that. Detachment in the sense that I can let go of things that are simply not meant to be. Detachment in the sense that things can be replaced, that I’ve survived without them before. Detachment in the sense that I don’t dwell too long in situations that are beyond my control. Detachment in the sense that I cared but I understood enough to let go. Maybe this is why I’m always “chill”… 

Remember that movie with that hot Jack Frost in it? This is the piece of advice he took that made him a successful Guardian. What’s your center? Maybe it’s joy. Maybe it’s hope. Maybe it’s love. What can keep you going when everything else fails you? What can you hold on to when everything falls apart? Anong panghuhugutan mo? For me… it’s  faith. Faith in goodness. Faith that all things happen for the greater good. Faith in humanity. Faith in love. Faith in faith. Faith keeps me going. 

For being such a bitchy year, 2016 definitely taught me a lot. Here is just my top five. Well, top lessons that sounded so mature and philosophical. LOL! 

I am happy though. Happy that this year happened. Happy that it will end soon. Happy to have experienced it with people who are fun to be with. Goodbye 2016… maybe, just maybe, your worth looking back on. 

Here’s to an exciting 2017! 

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Top Ten Things

Since the world didn’t end here in this part of this world I have the time to post things like those Top Ten thingy.

They are not actually ten dear readers. I just want to list some random things. Here it goes:

1. I was able to go to Disneyland!
2. I lived in two different cities.
3. Enrolled in two different school in the same semester.
4. One of those is my language class, I’m learning Spanish again. Muy bien!
5. Got a new Samsung Galaxy Note. Yeay for generous parents!
6. Got my left ear pierced, 2 piercings, upper side and middle. I would want to add some more or get a tattoo.
7. Dropped a subject/course/class for the first time in my academic life.
8. Resigned from work.
9. Pursued my graduate degree! Oh God, let me finish it.
10. Didn’t get a haircut!!! Wow.
11. Buy and read books that I wanted. I also got some great books as gifts for my birthday.
12. Experienced a very nasty “habagat” here in the country. Because of this we donated goods and clothing for those badly affected.
13. Graduated from the various classes in my church. I am so thankful for this because it made me a better person. I learned a lot especially about love.
14. Celebrated lots of good birthday parties plus mine!
15. Gone to movies by myself. Forever alone mode on.
16. Been able to lose a lot of weigh but, unfortunately, I gained some of them back. Oh well.
17. Purchased tickets for our Singapore trip next year! I’m so excited for this one!
18. Been emotional but I always end up happy. It’s not easy sometimes to live a life wherein you need to be selfless but at the end of the day I am happy because I know who I am serving. All for His glory.
19. Survived December 21. It’s not the end of the world dear reader.

Enjoy life dear readers! Live life as if it’s the end of the world.

Get excited for 2013!

Life is full of surprises, so better get ready.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Birthdays and Blessings

2012 is nearing its end and, I must say, it is a very wonderful year! It is a blast dear reader.

Its that year end thing again wherein all people are feeling nostalgic and remember all the blessings that they’ve received. Well it is a good way to end your year. Count your blessings and expect to exceed them the next year.

So I’m making a list. Why 2012 made me such a happy girl? Here they go…

January
Hmmm… Well, I could not remember any thing major now but I bet it was a blast even if I was still working and got no breaks. Haha.

Oh, I remember! I posted a new year greeting here and that was a start.

February
Ahhh, love month. No guys were involve which is actually fine by me because greater things are about to happen. One of my favorite highlights was when I went to UP Fair. It was at the night that was sponsored by Destiny Church Manila. It was awesome!

This was also the month that I told my boss that I am going to quit my job. Well done feb…

March
I submitted all my requirements for my application for my graduate studies. Yeay! It was also my last month as an employee. Bittersweet indeed.

April
This is summer already. I think I was always with my family going here and there. Me and my friends went to the beach too!

May
We celebrated my mother’s 60th birthday which means it was such a party and my family is complete. A big cheer for May!

June
Ok, I like June… a lot! This was my travel month. Me and my friends went to Cebu then a week later we went to Hong Kong! That was so fun!

I was admitted for graduate studies at UP Diliman. This was also the month of that first gruesome experience they call enrollment. Then there was also my “first day high” (first day of classes).

July
Here comes trouble… Oh no!!! Well….. I, for one, was not a big fan of July. Oh acads, why?

I moved in at new house! Hello Balay P6. Nice meeting you.

August
It was an ok month. Haha. I cannot remember anything about this month except for the fact that this was the month of my highest stats here at wordpress. Yeay for me!

September
Start of ber-months! It was a happy month. Fun.

October
At last! I was able to complete all of my requirements for my classes. Sad to tell that I dropped one of my subjects for that sem, sad but still happy that I did that. Haha. Grades are more than what I expected, pats myself on the head. I love ber-months!

November
I really really loved November! It was all fun fun fun fun and more fun! Haha. All the foods, family and friends that I was able to get was so wickedly awesome! I so love ber-months! Food galore!

December
What’s not to be thankful for? It is my birthday month! By default, this month is the winner! I love all the love and gifts I had receive. From simple heart warming birthday cards to a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 10″ and a new camera. Loving this month so much!

This year is so awesome that I cannot imagine what more could I expect for next year. But you know what they say, the best years are yet to come.

Thank you 2012, thank you so much!!!

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Sweet November

Oh November you are so sweet! If I knew you were going to be this sweet, I could have wished for you harder. Oh well…

My November started eerily alive. Well, here in the Philippines we celebrate like the “day of the dead” during the first of this month. I love it. Many of my relatives came to town and I ate a lot… like a lot. The first week of November was gastronomically satisfying. Mmmmm, yummm….

This month was also the month to start my second semester which implies that I have been successful with my first. Hello graduate studies we meet again. The enrollment was (I highly hoped that I can be optimistic but…) still the same grotesque bureaucracy that makes little sense. Anyway… I am still optimistic that it will eventually improve.

So far November has been more than nice and I’m really thankful for that. I am looking forward for the rest of it. I’m going to take up language classes too! And I’m going to visit museums and try cultural things for one of my class! November seems so sweet.

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Sunday Wonderings

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What I like about life is that it is so random. Like, you’ll never guess what picture I will post next or something like that. Life is random dear reader.

Have you ever wonder why you are “there”? Why those people are your friends? Why are you doing these stuff? Why are you watching that movie? Why this song is playing? Why do you read this post? Maybe because you are just random.

Life is random in the sense that it is never boring or predictable. Not random in a chaotic sense. It is random in the sense that even if you chose this path, unexpected things still happen. And I like that a lot dear reader. I don’t think I would be able to enjoy a life that is too predictable. Good thing is that life is full of surprises.

It is even funny sometimes that you get this out of body experience wherein you just…. see yourself. And you wonder. How you are now bestfriend with your enemy from high school? How you are now standing at some place you never thought of? How you are working for a company that is just there around the corner? How you are eating a cake that reminds you of him? Or how you are in love with her? Funny, right? It is somehow funny how you got to be there.

It wasn’t that you planned all of the things you have now. We, I think, already figured out that even the best of plans goes awry. So how did we get here? Life is random.

Like what I always say…

Life is full of surprises, so better get ready!

Eiga Sai: Happy Flight

It is the annual Eiga Sai again and this year I was able to watch, albeit, just one movie out of the ten. I was able to watch “Happy Flight” by Shinobu Yaguchi with my friends from college! How fun it was dear reader! I love spending my time with my friends and this was quality time. Eiga Sai, in the simplest term, is a Japanese film fest. I am happy that we were able to watch “Happy Flight”. It is a good film and indeed it was a flight that will make you happy…

 

I like movies like this, multiple protagonist withΒ satisfyingΒ ending for everyone… happy endings. What a day it was for Flight no. 1980! I think I fell in love with all the characters especially “miss sunshine” and the mechanic boy. Do not expect me for names of the characters, the whole film is in Japanese and I did not focus on names when I am reading the sub-titles. What I like most about the film was that everyone grew because of that one flight. They all have gotten their hearts desire… what is more joyful than that? You just can’t help but root for everyone of them! All of them are also so contagious, they were all so happy that, after the movie and some hours, I can’t help but smile. I highly recommend this movie for everyone, definitely not to be missed.

Hoarding Hong Kong

You can assume from the title alone that we had plentiful experiences during our trip to Hong Kong. Indeed dear reader we had hoarded Hong Kong. Again, it is a trip wherein we’re on the save side rather than the splurge side. Also, it’s a diy tour yet again!

Be sure to wear your most comfortable pair of shoes because Hong Kong main mode of transportation is walking (oh, the horror!). I think this is why you usually see them looking sexy and fit! If you are on a spontaneous tour buy your Octopus card already at the airport, it’s your electronic ticket for the MTR, buses, and a lot more. Plus, any left amount from your card can be redeemed again from their airport stall.

It was forecasted in the news that on the day that we will tour Hong Kong there would be a thunderstorm. Well, it wasn’t sunny for sure but there’s no thunder nor storm. Still, Hong Kong is a very humid place so wear light clothes during this season. We first tried our luck with The Peak. We rode the tram to reach it then a bus to go down, made us saved some hk dollars to be added to buy our pasalubongs. It’s a little bit disappointing reaching the peak of The Peak because of the weather, it was so foggy we couldn’t see anything. So after there we went to Tung Shung to ride the cable cars going to the Ngong Ping Village where this big Buddha is located. Since we were limited in time we were not able to roam around the village that much which is too bad because it is so pretty there! The cable car experience is not one to be missed. Tip, if you’re afraid of heights opt for a one way trip cable car and ride a bus to go down.

After those stops, lo and behold, we had reached Hong Kong Disneyland. I’m a happy girl dear reader. We rode the Mickey Mouse train going there, it was so cute. I was so excited to go back to Disneyland! First and foremost we ate at Tomorrowland, I had this sumptuous chicken wings and fries. Yum! Then the Disney Parade started, it was simply magical. My favorites are the princesses’ float, elegance and beauty oozed and Toy Story’s float that represents my childhood. We also watched a show there presenting The Lion King. We rode rides and lots of attractions. My favorite is Small World and Space Mountain! Then during the night the fireworks at Sleeping Beauty’s castle was just amazing, red, gold, and lots of animation lighted up the sky.

After Disneyland we went to Tsim Shia Tsui which is very anticlimactic, I mean really…after Disney. We went there to check out the Avenue of Stars and see the scenic view of the water and the city. You could all see this big buildings and famous company names.

Last stop for hoarding Hong Kong would definitely be their airport! You can do your shopping there and everything is already there. It is really really really huge plus it is also beautiful. Shops are many and variety is offered. I love their airport!

That’s it dear reader. I did hoarded Hong Kong a little. I will definitely come back a third time up to the nth time! It’s really worth hoarding.

Wearing My Red Flat Shoes

Last Wednesday was the first day of enrolment at University of the Philippines Diliman. Ah, dear reader… I never had any idea that it would be like that. Well, first and foremost, I want to announce and congratulate myself on my admission to their Masters in International Studies program (UN here I come). That’s my reason for being at UP that day. The memoirs of Bonaparte, Gen. McArthur, and Private Ryan have nothing compared to the horrors of that day…

Ok, maybe that’s a little bit exaggerated reader but I wasn’t prepared for anything like that. In my past experiences of enrolment all of them are smooth sailing and hassle free. Good thing that I wore my red flat shoes. I’m so grateful in that decision because I felt that I walked all day round. I walked, walked, walked and walked. Oh, and did I mentioned the heat?

Anyway, putting aside my woes and sufferings I can still say that I had a blessed day. Well, first, I was able to finished my enrolment. Starting from zero enlisted subjects to having 9 units then there’s the bloody path of validation, assessment, and payment. All of that torture in just one day! Second, I made new friends. This might be the best part of the day. I truly enjoyed eating lunch with them and I acknowledge that without them I wouldn’t be able to complete my enrolment or worse I’ll end up crying in a corner looking very much defeated with the school’s system.

With this kind of situation, referring to the enrolment, you need to be always positive. Think positive and that’s what going to happen. Second, be prepared. Have water and music at hand. Third, wear flats ladies. Lastly, make new friends. Smile and everything will follow…

Tips and Tales on Travelling

Tales:
I just came from the beautiful land of Cebu, Philippines! I had a blast with my friends and all of it within my budget. It seems that it is our last hoorah for the summer. Cebu is very historical and that’s why it is essential to visit historical places here, the most famous is Magelan’s Cross at Cebu City. The original cross though is now encased within the wood but this place is really a must-see spot. You can’t say you’ve gone to Cebu without going here. There are lots of places to see at Cebu such as the Fort San Pedro, Yap-San Diego ancestral house, Casa de Gorrordo, and temples like the Taoist Temple at Beverly Hills! The list can go on and on. Also, don’t limit yourself with Cebu City for Mactan is just a short bridge away! Mactan is famous for the Lapu-lapu shrine wherein the cheapest pasalubong can be bought. Mactan also boasts beautiful and cheap resorts, the ocean is really blue! If you’re feeling to splurge then go and enjoy Plantation Bay for only 2000php. Like any pinoy culinary you will not find any fault with Cebu’s dishes. If you’re on a budget just opt to eat Aa’s Barbecue, they have lots of branches in Cebu and Mactan. Be on the budget but don’t forget to indulge yourself with Lechon Cebu. The lechon there is not only sumptuous but it is relatively cheap, the best out there is CnT. This tour is really another experience for me since we made the tour ourselves. Lastly, I enjoyed my 2nd trip to Cebu because I’m with new friends that are really positive and beautiful…

Tips:
1. Buy your tickets early! Wait for promo fares. Despite the recent news about flights getting delayed and all the hassles our flights are all on time. Maybe, a big factor here is that it isn’t the peak season anymore. Don’t hesitate on getting a trip to Cebu after May (summer), Cebu have longer summer days so expect it to be sunny there even if it’s gloomy somewhere else.
2. Look for promos for your hotels. Of course, hotels that are nearer to the airport and malls are more expensive than others. The hotel we stayed in might not be five star but it is more than acceptable (hot shower, tv, free wifi, clean beds). Search for Alba Uno.
3. Rent a van! It might not be cost-effective but it’s surely time-effective. We rented the van for 8am to 4pm. The driver such knows the places where tourists should go plus if he doesn’t he can contact his colleagues. Also, it is very comfortable. In the long run I think we save money from renting a van instead of riding taxis after every destinations!
4. Utilise the front desk! Hotel receptionist do knows a lot. They’re locals for God’s sake! Ask away and they have loooots of suggestions to give.
5. Research before the trip. There are lots of site there that can help you with you diy tour.
6. Be alert and enjoy! Nothing can ruin a trip more than having bad experiences along the way. Be cautious, especially with pick-pockets. Lastly, enjoy! It’s a vacation! Forget about your worries and smile a lot!

There you go dear reader. Live your life to the fullest!