Tis the Season to be Jolly :)

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Christmas will always be the most awaited season in the Philippines. With all the perks it has, ranging from 13th month pay and bonuses for employees to oh-so-tempting mallwide sales and the 20+ days Christmas break for the students, it is definitely one of the most beautiful time of the year! Not to mention the excitement everyone feels for the unlimited food and gifts everyone receives. πŸ˜‰ but don’t be misled, Christmas is about giving, not receiving. It’s about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Check out John 3:16. πŸ™‚ It’s absolutely the season to celebrate freedom and redemption!

But. This Christmas is not the best for me. Family problems are normal but on a Christmas eve? Ugh.

Anyway, I’m glad I had those candy canes (refer to the photo). I randomly gave it to the adorable kids I met. Twas a very nice feeling to see their genuine smiles and hear their sincere ‘thank you’s”. Merry Christmas everyone! And Happy Birthday Jesus Christ! πŸ™‚

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Meditation :)

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Recently, in my daily devotions, I was reminded by the Word of God of being satisfied/contented of what I currently have. The verse specifically said:

Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaninglessβ€”like chasing the wind. (Ecclesiastes 6:9 NLT)

I’ve meditated on it that day and here’s an excerpt from my journal:

“This may sound cliche but what we currently have has been what we’ve been asking for before. The problem with us humans is that after receiving a long-awaited gift, we feel thankful and blessed but after such a short time, we occupy ourselves with asking for another blessing. Hindi kasi natin masyadong inaappreciate kung anong meron na tayo. Palagi tayong hingi ng hingi. WE MUST LEARN TO BE CONTENTED OF WHAT WE HAVE. And some side-comments, don’t just dream, don’t just chase your dream, LIVE your dream. And of course, your actions and efforts are one of the keys to success.”

I’m posting this over again publicly not just because I’d like to remind every one who stumbled upon this blog about the essence of contentment. I’m actually posting this because me myself has been and actually is currently experiencing this… and it’s more of me encouraging myself to acknowledge this revelation/reality. Cos even if I’ve been taught to be satisfied of what I’ve been blessed, there are still times wherein after appreciating blessings, I’d thought of things like “I could have had more if…”

It’s the end of the semester and well, grades are out! As mentioned in my earlier post, it was a very tumultuous journey. I’m thankful cos I wasn’t expecting myself to be once again awarded as a college scholar (read: dean’s lister) considering the darkness I’ve encountered during my journey this semester. But God has better plans for me and yes, He was true to His Word in blessing the work of my hands and of course, in helping me excel in class by being “at the top, never at the bottom” (Jer 29:11). And I sing praises to the Lord for that! All glory and honor are His because I obviously couldn’t make it by myself. πŸ™‚ However, there is this part of me that says that I could have done better. That I could have had better grades. Sabi nga nila, “nasa huli ang pagsisisi” and I guess that’s a big high five to my face. If I could have worked harder, I could have had higher grades. But once again, God’s word flashed to my memory telling me to “enjoy what I have rather than desiring what I don’t have.” And yes, that’s what I’m doing right now, treating myself with a lot of carbs in lieu of those numerous days that I haven’t had the time to eat. And there’s another thing that God told me, He said:

Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny. (Ecclesiastes 6:10 NLT)

Now, the picture is clearer. I was destined to have those grades, no more no less. And I thank God because it’s just overwhelming to be destined to have good grades. Thank You so much Lord! No one will ever be more awesome than You πŸ™‚ I love You! :*

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Short Preview of the Recent Past ;)

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Perhaps, 1st semester of hopefully my last year in college was one, if not the most, stressful, bumpy, busy, nerve-wrecking and brain-exhausting experience. Balancing my time with a full load of academic schedule mixed with an on-sem OJT was never easy. Not to mention that by the end of the sem, we have to present a Japanese production and submit 5 major papers namely a research paper/thesis, feasibility study, financial analysis of certain companies, brand asset management paper and company analysis of our designated OJT-companies. All those papers needs thorough research not just by “nerd-ing” at the library but by conducting actual field studies. Wow, I just realized how God’s strength empowered me to surpass this semester’s excruciating and sleep-depriving challenges.

Of course, some of my efforts were paid off although I admit I’d never be able to achieve those without God’s grace. πŸ™‚ Got my first ever flat 1 on a major subject and none other than Prof Tan’s Brand Asset Management. I’ll forever be proud of this. πŸ˜‰ Although there are also other hard-worked projects and papers which our efforts were not reciprocated. I also had my share of disappointments on grades which I think we don’t deserve but who am I to judge? And well, the most heart-breaking experience for this semester was being asked of my credibility as one of the students of UP. The latter simply pushes me to ask myself, am I really worthy to be called an iska/ iskolar ng bayan?

As I move on with my life’s journey, all these will just be memories but should never be underestimated. These are part of my history that shaped me to who I am today. And no matter how cruel life will be, at the end of the day, there’ll be always sunsets that could brighten up my mood and sunrise that would remind me how every day is a brand new day. A new history to make and another day to make a change.

Photo above was taken during one of my trips on my way home. One thing that would always want me to look forward for the end of every semester is the thought of being home again with my beloved family. And now, I’m blogging this, not just with a grateful heart but with a satisfied appetite. Food + family = forever fun-filled vacation. πŸ˜‰

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The Perks of Being a Roadtrip Maniac :)

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Appreciate. That’s simply one of the recipe of a memorable adventure.

Roadtripping is and will always be my thing. I love the feeling of lazying inside the car, singing my lungs out, staring outside the window and swaying with the motions of the moving car. Yes, I practically love doing nothing. That’s naturally my hobby.

This post is dedicated for a long overdue update of the Surigao-Siargao trip I had last summer. As much as I want to reminisce the trip, my hectic academic schedule doesn’t allow me. But thank God, I can now spare a little time for this. πŸ™‚ Yey!

The photos above are taken abroad! Hahaha! Kidding! πŸ™‚ That’s actually somewhere in Surigao except for the photo at the lower right which was taken in Cloud 9 Siargao. See, I can actually prove that traveling is not just about exploring your destination but also appreciating the beauty in every stopovers.

The architecture behind those things deserves a slow clap. Traveling will always be fun in the Philippines!

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HOME :)

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As cliche as it may sound but “There’s no place like home.” Really.

To the person who first spoke that statement, I absolutely definitely undoubtedly agree with you! πŸ˜€ Home is where you can freely express yourself and do everything you want without thinking of what others might think, what you should do based on what the society dictates, blah blah blah. Yes, it’s the place where most, if not all, people feel very comfortable.

And YESSS! I just arrived from Cebu. After more than two excruciating and stressful months, I’m finally home. πŸ™‚ And guess what? The first thing I did was EAT! With my parents and our relatives from Canada who visited the Philippines for a few weeks. It’s good to be back here and spend SIX AWESOME STRESS-FREE (hopefully) DAYS. Yey! I’m excited to laze around, wake up late, eat A LOT. Yes, that’s my routine at home. πŸ˜‰

*this was supposed to be posted last August. I just saw today that it failed to publish.

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Cheer up :)

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Cos there’s gonna be sunshine after the rain…

Anxieties and worries are normal in one’s life. Life is not a bed of roses. In fact, there are a lot of thorns that occasionally hurts us. But always remember this:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

Everything’s gonna be alright as long as you trust in Him because we have our hope in our caring and loving God. There’s no reason to worry about tomorrow for today has enough trouble of its own. Just remember that our future is in the palm of His hands. πŸ™‚ If it’s not a happy ending, then it’s not yet the ending. Just wait. πŸ™‚ Remember that the sun shines every morning. There’s a rainbow after the rain. Cheer up. Move forward. Trust God.

I realized how much of a complainer I am for the past days. In fact, as I back-read my posts I had at least two posts ranting about someone. Of course, it’s not just about the person’s imperfection but it is as well my impatience and tactlessness that made me blog it. I just always feel light and free after expressing my thoughts through writing.

How I wish I have the luxury of watching sunrise and sunsets as awesome and as wonderful as the picture above. It could have had at least calm and relax me from all the stress. God is present every dayβ€” sunsets and sunrise just allows me to truly feel His presence. πŸ™‚

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Darkness

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Don’t write your judgments on the proposal evaluation just because you want to, do it because of the purpose behind the task (which is to help us improve our study).

Perceptions CAN BE reality. But NOT all the time. Corrections are always appreciated but make sure that when you do so, you are consistent with your points. And mind you, you just contradicted your point right at the last part of your argument. Yes, sa last sentence.
Oh come on. Please lang. No one is perfect and please don’t be too full of yourself that you think you’re right all the time. Don’t value yourself too much.

I understand that you’re playing the role of the devil’s advocate to help us fully and clearly understand our research topic. But while you throw us a series of questions, can we have a little of your precious time to at least defend our study? I mean, don’t be too overwhelmed in attacking our topics to the point that you already forgot your actual role as a teacher (which is to facilitate and GUIDE us in making a research paper).

This post might show my defensiveness but trust me, I accept criticisms, not just to the point that you do it way beyond it’s purpose.

Instead of giving us light and hope, you gave us darkness and helplessness.

And again, to my friends who’d probably read this later, I understand that you know who I mean. This is just my way of expressing my emotional outburst to a respected professor who seems to be oblivious of her students’ concerns.

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Explore :)

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There’s no such thing as ‘limitation’ when one is eager to travel and explore.

Time is precious that we can never afford to waste it on senseless things. So if you’ve got time and a few resources, travel and explore. It doesn’t need to be in an awesome and luxurious destination; you may not know that your neighboring provinces got some enchanted tourist spots. All you’ve got to do is take the risk and travel there. πŸ™‚ One thing I learned after all the journeys I’ve had is this:

Exploring places is a trial and error. A breathtaking, jaw dropping and mouthwatering destination is not always guaranteed.

However, in my case, this is always compensated with the fact that I’m traveling with my loved ones. Also, the roadtrip alone is enough to cover up. I always love road tripping; in fact, I’m always looking forward to one every time I’m home. My dad is also a sucker for it and I guess it’s just how bonding in our family is done. πŸ™‚

The photo above was taken during one of our travels this summer. Hinatuan’s enchanted river is definitely a must-see destination! The 500+ kilometer ride we had was not wasted. πŸ™‚ And of course, Siargao’s beach is also worth a dip! Unfortunately, we we’re running out of time so I wasn’t able to try surfing in Siargao. I wanted and was very eager to learn surfing cos when I was young, we used to live by the beach and I used to have a surfing board. Although our beach doesn’t have those huge waves, I still played with my board and learned to balance myself standing above it. So well, it’s just sad cos Siargao was the ‘Surfing Capital of the Philippines’ and the opportunity was one snatch away. But there’s always a next time. πŸ™‚ hopefully. πŸ™‚ Anyways, I want to thank our sponsor for the Surigao-Siargao trip. I actually haven’t spent a dime during our stay there, except of course for some little expenses that doesn’t even cost me a hundred. Obviously, I have nothing to contribute cos I’m not yet earning some income. That’s always the privilege students get: being a free-rider on trips. Woohoo! πŸ˜‰

So much for this post. pictures of our summer adventures will be posted here (with lesser captions, maybe). Not sooner though, a fully loaded semester and an OJT is not a good combination which is the main reason why I’m chasing time these days. But well, I can do this. Philippians 4:13. πŸ™‚

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GainWeight 101 :)

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Laughter could really be the best medicine especially when you’re so stressed out. But I’m just overdosed with it for the past few days and I need another form of medicine to help me with my other problem, which is quote unquote my “very thin figure”. Nyahehe πŸ˜‰

Apparently, my eating habit isn’t enough. Probably, the lovely pet in my stomach has a healthier appetite than me. Hahaha! πŸ™‚ So yeah, an appetite stimulant is needed for me to be healthy. It’s actually a mixed emotion to have my skinny figure but hey! Most of the time, it’s just so frustrating when everyone I meet (especially those who rarely see me) would say I’m too thin. Argh! Blame it to my belly who’s just so greedy to the point that it takes all the fats in. Thus, every time I eat a lot, it is only my belly that gets fat. Haha πŸ™‚

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Facade :)

An individual’s physical shape does not imply his/her eating habit. :p I am a living evidence to prove that point.

I’m have a very skinny figure but I eat a lot. The photos above (sorry for the very low quality) are some of the food I usually eat especially during summer (where I don’t think of the expense in acquiring those foods — that’s the job of my parents :p). My all time favorite are the seafoods and mango float! The crabs will always be the best! Although it would take a lot of time to get those yummy parts before enjoying the food. And of course, dark chocolate! Yes, dark. πŸ™‚ I love it’s taste than all those other types. πŸ™‚

This summer, I’ve been addicted to ice candy and pizza. Haha! I discovered this very delicious local ice candy with various flavors. I love the avocado and mango float flavored ice candy. πŸ™‚ Mom even got annoyed because me and my sister tend to buy in bulkssss and just store it in our fridge instead of always going out to buy one. Haha!

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