Monday, December 31, 2012

Feeling Good

This is my last post for 2012, but unlike some people who really took time to write such "year-ender post", I am all doing this in a jiffy. There are actually so many things that I want to say, and so many memories that I want to share... but this moment is not "right" enough. 

I learned from Bianca Gonzales that we should always "LIVE THE MOMENT" with the most important people in our lives rather than face all the technological stuffs we have. Updating our twitter and facebook accounts are okay as long as it doesn't eat up the time that we should be spending with the more important people in our existence. 

Anyway, I am posting this (in advance) to say HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! :)

ALOHA 2013 !!!

I'm very positive about the upcoming 365 additional pages that I'm going to write. Hell yeah! 
I'm feeling good! 

Say hello to my beloved Carly Rose and her very own version of the song "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone 

Feeling Good 
Song Lyrics

Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin' on by you know how I feel

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel


Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don't you know
Butterflies all havin' fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
That's what I mean

And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel 


Off I go now. I will LIVE THE MOMENT first <3


Thursday, December 27, 2012


My ultimate dream is to travel. 
And yesterday, I read a book that ignited that little flame of hope and adventure inside my heart.

It's "Like the Flowing River
by Paulo Coelho

This is an excerpt from that book. I wish to follow such. Someday. 

My top 9 travel tips

I realised very early on that, for me, travelling was the best way of learning. I still have a pilgrim soul, and I thought that I would use this blog to pass on some of the lessons I have learned, in the hope that they might prove useful to other pilgrims like me.
1. Avoid museums. This might seem to be absurd advice, but let’s just think about it a little: if you are in a foreign city, isn’t it far more interesting to go in search of the present than of the past? It’s just that people feel obliged to go to museums because they learned as children that travelling was about seeking out that kind of culture. Obviously museums are important, but they require time and objectivity – you need to know what you want to see there, otherwise you will leave with a sense of having seen a few really fundamental things, except that you can’t remember what they were.
2. Hang out in bars. Bars are the places where life in the city reveals itself, not in museums. By bars I don’t mean nightclubs, but the places where ordinary people go, have a drink, ponder the weather, and are always ready for a chat. Buy a newspaper and enjoy the ebb and flow of people. If someone strikes up a conversation, however silly, join in: you cannot judge the beauty of a particular path just by looking at the gate.
3. Be open. The best tour guide is someone who lives in the place, knows everything about it, is proud of his or her city, but does not work for any agency. Go out into the street, choose the person you want to talk to, and ask them something (Where is the cathedral? Where is the post office?). If nothing comes of it, try someone else – I guarantee that at the end of the day you will have found yourself an excellent companion.
4. Try to travel alone or – if you are married – with your spouse. It will be harder work, no one will be there taking care of you, but only in this way can you truly leave your own country behind. Traveling with a group is a way of being in a foreign country while speaking your mother tongue, doing whatever the leader of the flock tells you to do, and taking more interest in group gossip than in the place you are visiting.
5. Don’t compare. Don’t compare anything – prices, standards of hygiene, quality of life, means of transport, nothing! You are not traveling in order to prove that you have a better life than other people – your aim is to find out how other people live, what they can teach you, how they deal with reality and with the extraordinary.
6. Understand that everyone understands you. Even if you don’t speak the language, don’t be afraid: I’ve been in lots of places where I could not communicate with words at all, and I always found support, guidance, useful advice, and even girlfriends. Some people think that if they travel alone, they will set off down the street and be lost for ever. Just make sure you have the hotel card in your pocket and – if the worst comes to the worst – flag down a taxi and show the card to the driver.
7. Don’t buy too much. Spend your money on things you won’t need to carry: tickets to a good play, restaurants, trips. Nowadays, with the global economy and the Internet, you can buy anything you want without having to pay excess baggage.
8. Don’t try to see the world in a month. It is far better to stay in a city for four or five days than to visit five cities in a week. A city is like a capricious woman: she takes time to be seduced and to reveal herself completely.
9. A journey is an adventure. Henry Miller used to say that it is far more important to discover a church that no one else has ever heard of than to go to Rome and feel obliged to visit the Sistine Chapel with two hundred thousand other tourists bellowing in your ear. By all means go to the Sistine Chapel, but wander the streets too, explore alleyways, experience the freedom of looking for something – quite what you don’t know – but which, if you find it, will – you can be sure – change your life.

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PS. Thank you (you know who you are) for giving this book  <3

Swallow your pride, Woman!


It is a word that contains a handful of meanings. It can mean something positive to one, and completely negative to the other. How you look at it, matters.

Life is such a whirlwind at times. Situations, events, and moments happen very quickly, and are very difficult to control. One moment passes another one without us noticing such. Whatever situation passes us, difficult or not, we will always have our pride within us.

The “pride” that I’m talking about is that feeling of satisfaction, and sense of respect that you have for yourself. Let that lurk deep in our hearts and soul for we need to have that inner belief about our self and our capabilities. Love yourself, so that you may be able to spread such to others.

Too much is never enough.

On the other hand, too much pride will never be enough. There are some moments that we need to reconsider. Sometimes, there’s a feeling within us that makes us think that we are better and more important than other people. “Pride” will never be valuable enough if we use it negatively. That superior feeling we have must not be allowed to swallow the depths of our hearts.
And for that, I always make a note to myself.

Swallow your pride, woman!

It’s hard, for we always think that our pride will only be the thing that we’ll give ourselves after some troubles and insults in life. It’s a combat between our ego, and some force that makes us think otherwise.

May the best man win? On this case, may the best decision win.
Take a moment first to reflect before making decisions. Remember that the triumphant one should be the most applicable one to use. May “pride” in that sense be something more useful for us to spread the love we have, and not to overpower people with superiority. May we learn when to say, “Swallow your pride, woman!” and when not to.

Whatever it is, I’m a woman. I have pride.


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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Tribute to Rizal

I've been VERY BUSY these past few weeks :'( Yes. Studies first! 
I just want to share this essay I wrote for my Rizal class. Obviously, this is our "tribute to Rizal" project. 
I don't really write that much, but I hope you like it :)

The Supermodel

            One day while wandering through the dark, prejudiced, and unfair colony of Spain, a young man dared to make a change. He challenged his leaders. He challenged his faith. He challenged his countrymen. He challenged everyone to stand up for change. This man fought without using guns. This man fought by using his brilliant thoughts. He’s a proof that a pen is mightier than a sword. He’s a legend, a hero, a true Filipino.

            Heroism in the Philippine context equalizes self-actualization of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. One’s greatest achievement in life would be reflected when he is considered to be a man of spirit, of essence, and of valor. We may admit it, or not, but there’s an eagerness deep within our hearts that strive for such valor. We would all want to be called a champion, a victor, a hero. But what does it take to be a hero? Do you need to have superpowers? Do you need to have that medal, or that trophy? Do you have to show courage, and fight in a war? Do you need a degree, or a Ph.D. to be considered as one? Most of all, do you have to die first before everyone else calls you a hero? And would you rather be called a hero, or a true Filipino?

“Where I’m from, everyone’s a hero.”

            This is such a famous line that has been circulating all over the world, thanks to social media. There’s so much hype and attention given to it especially by us, Filipinos. Well, why not? It’s created by a Filipino, for the Filipino people. Of course, all of us will feel happy, pleased, and proud. “I’m from the Philippines and I’m being called a hero! How wonderful could that be?” This and those other thoughts that are running through our minds whenever we read such line will surely enlighten our spirits, and hearts. But does it just start there? We will act as heroes just for of the typhoons that destroyed properties and lives, and because someone else needs our help? Does a hero show up if, and only if, there’s a damsel in distress? Ask yourselves now. Is that your concept of a hero?

            There’s too much darkness that surrounds us nowadays. Natural, or man-made, name it! We all have these problems that exist at present. Fires, earthquakes, typhoons, floods, all of these, and more inevitable things are sure to come. Here and there, there is corruption, discrimination, wars, maltreatment, abuses, prejudice, prostitution, racial discrimination, and many more! Naming the difficulties we all have in our country nowadays will surely be vague, and impossible. But it is still a living fact that with every battle against such problems, there are still heroes who arise. And most of them started from being a true Filipino.

            Philippines is such a beautiful country. With thousands of wonders to offer, we are very fortunate to live in such paradise. We have a rich environment that could suffice the existence of thousands of endemic plants and animals. We have beautiful beaches, mountains, volcanoes, that captured not only our hearts, but also of foreigners alike. We are the greatest gold-producing country in Southeast Asia. We have the world’s longest discontinuous coastline. We are poised on the brink of agri-business and aquaculture revolution.

We are a unique nation with four cultural heritages – Asian, European, Mexican, and American. No other nation in the world can claim to have such a varied and extensive experience with all four cultures. We are famous for warm hospitality, musical and artistic talents, romanticism, deep religiosity and faith, and bravery. And as what Gregorio and Sonia Zaide said, “We have the resiliency of the bamboo and the durability of the narra.” And thanks to our ancestors, we are the first republic in Asia.

How can we give back to our mother nation, the Philippines, who has given us so much life, beauty, and wonders? How can we give back to our heroes who risked their lives only to keep the Philippines, and our lives at peace?

We may never model high fashion in London, New York or Paris, but as Filipinos we model our country, the Philippines. Before we aim to become heroes, let us start by being supermodels first. Start within ourselves, start within our own. Consider every pathway as a catwalk. Walk the walk. Consider the sunlight to be the limelight. Take every pose as a movement towards nationalism. Let us call ourselves a supermodel.  Show the world that we are not just Filipinos by name, but we are Filipinos at heart. Let us be proud, be confident, and be happy that we are Filipinos! Because out of 7 billion people in the world, we belong to such a beautiful nation. Let our everyday speeches, smile and laughter, movement and actions be a tribute to our country. Let us not waste the sacrifices of our heroes. Let us not wait for a damsel in distress before we act as heroes. Let us be supermodels. And by being supermodels each day, we will eventually become heroes of our nation. Hello fellow supermodels! Let us all make Rizal proud.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I Adore Thee

*This is such a short post :)

Have nothing to do?
Then watch her videos. 
Have fun! 
Loosen those wrinkles.

Follow this youtube sensation :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

I Will

If I could get another chance
Another walk
Another dance with him
I'd play a song that would never ever end
How I'd love love love 
To dance with my father again

Dance With My Father by Jessica Sanchez
 originally sang by Luther Vandross

This is one of my favorite songs ever. I actually cried when I first listened to it. 
How wonderful it is to have a phenomenal song like this.
Thank you to those people who made this song :) cheers!

I Heart You

Ever felt alone? Sad? Lonely?
Well, I surely did. 
You know that feeling when you're trying your best just to keep the day happy 
then someone or something will just ruin it? It sucks right? Too bad we can't do anything about it. 

Good thing there are places built to keep our cool. 
Such as this haven :)

Yes, McDonald's is such a memorable place to me <3

I'm a little weight conscious, but I really like to pig out on this two. 
Burgers and fries are like my favorite pig out fast food since time immemorial! 

Some of my guilty pleasures, I guess :))))

There are a lot of other tasty foods out there (let's admit it kiddos), but because Mcdo is so close to our homes and schools, it will also be close to our hearts and tummies.

I will always have a special room inside my heart for MCDONALD'S. 
Not just because of the food.

It's because thousands of sad and happy moments were shared here.
Kaya nga, LOVE KO TO! 

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

For keeps

This girl loves everything vintage. 

People tell me that CHANGE IS THE ONLY THING CONSTANT IN THIS WORLD. And yes, I do agree. Many factors contribute to this change. It may be internal, or something within us. It may also be external, or the outside forces which we usually can't control. What affects us the most? That I cannot answer. People vary. And so do the extent of influence other people have on them. 

I, for one, is not afraid of accepting changes. I just don't know if the changes I keep on accepting are the right ones. I don't want to make mistakes, but I still do. That's life. Take it, or leave it. But before I completely change, there is one thing I wish.

I wish to keep that vintage loving girl on that photo.

Blogging about this will surely be useful. Someday. And when that time comes, I hope realization would hit me twice as hard as Pacman hits his opponents in boxing.