Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Books Vs Movies: The Maze Runner Experience

I have thought of this a long time ago that when you exactly execute a story from a book to a movie, it won't make sense at all. Perhaps you know why, not all senses can be applied to both. And mostly you get disappointed when it appears on the screen.

But not for THE MAZE RUNNER.

I have watched it first before I finished reading the book. Movie is really good, I was even screaming inside the movie theater for its outstanding cinematography. However, reading it was better. Why? You get to know more details that didn't appear in the movie and you'll understand why it can't be there (You do not need to be a film or a Communication Arts major to understand, just using your common sense will do). Just like the ending of the movie, they were rescued by men and brought to the helicopter. In the book, they were rescued but brought to the bus. The people watching the movie needed more visual excitement than just flat watching a boring bus going to its destination. Showing the entire maze from above was better, yes? There were so many alterations from the original story, but you can still appreciate both. And I'd like to congratulate the screenwriter for not disappointing me. He actually did well in his part.

Bottomline, just because you have watched the movie based from a book doesn't mean you'll lose your excitement when you read it. If you think you know the entire story by just watching, I promise you, you haven't. I have proven that to myself several times by watching and reading both counterparts of different stories. Cite, Twilight Saga! I bet majority of you got hooked in the movie even if you know the books were way better (and just so you know, the screenwriter of Twilight really sucked but many still enjoyed watching. It could have been better, right?). So as The Mortal Instrument, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games trilogy, Nicholas Sparks stories and many other more.

P.S. If you have read it first before watching the movie, try to ask yourself "Will it be flabbergasting if ________ in the movie?"


P.P.S. Screenwriters also have a big responsibility to keep you interested watching the movie.

P.P.P.S. I suggest you do the same. It's a good exercise for the mind!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dear Future Husband,

this song speaks a lot for us ladies, even some aren't necessarily true. Just listen and give it a try :)


Friday, October 31, 2014

Sleep Is A Luxury

When I was still a grade schooler, my mom would force me to sleep every afternoon and early at night even if I don't feel like to. And when she's not around, my aunt would do the same. I asked my aunt why they have to do that to me. I expected to hear "For you to get taller". Instead she said: 

"Sleep is a luxury for us working people. So when I tell you to go to sleep, you better."

I took my chances to sleep whenever I can for granted. I chose to play outside or watch my favorite cartoon in the afternoon. I only understood her when I eventually entered college. It is when I have to accomplish a lot of school work in just a small span of time, I have to sleep late or sleep early than usual just to finish an assignment or to study for an examination. Worse, I have to sacrifice my sleep just to finish a major project and meet the deadline.  

But thank God! The first semester in my senior year just ended! It was was hell awful than the previous semesters I had! And since it's finally sembreak I can have that luxury now!  

Oh yeaaaaaah!

Seen 9:40 AM

I want to bring back those days when all instant messaging don't notify people if their messages have been read, when "seen zoned" doesn't exist. I guess only e- mails and regular text messaging don't have that. YET. 

Why?

Because people will start questioning you:

"Why didn't you reply to my message. I know you read it"

"What's taking you long to reply when you are able to see it there and then"

"Why why why?????????????"

Sometimes, they will even flood you messages because they know you're reading those until you finally reply to them.

Worst case scenario, they'll get hurt. They'll jump to conclusions of why you won't reply as soon you read their messages. Because of these, you are pressured to respond immediately, because they're already demanding for your time and it is really annoying when the truth is:

1.) You really don't want to reply to their messages because those aren't important.

2.) If you're the kind of person who is on work mode like me, you'll only have split seconds to read their messages, but have no minute to give a reply.

3.) You can't send a message yet, because you're trying to confirm something to someone before you get back to them OR

4.) You're still thinking of what to answer back especially if that's a serious question.

It's really better if they don't know whether you have read their messages or not. The demand isn't that much. You are also not pressured to send back a message immediately. And by "You" meant ME. 

I Have Failed This... Dream

                  

Do you watch the Arrow? The guy who says, "You have failed this city", every time he catches a bad guy?

I dreamed about him last night as himself, Stephen Amell. He was in our country having a mall tour. And I was there at the very first row of the seats. The weird thing was, we were only less than 20 people who went to that mall tour. However, that's better because I was able to talk to him longer and asked a picture with him. He said, "Sure pretty babe. Let's have as many as you want". He hugged me so tightly and he even kissed me on my forehead and I didn't see that coming! The guy who was taking our picture was very jolly and I almost wanted to ask a picture with him too.

It felt so real I even checked my phone as soon ad I woke up! And as expected, my pictures with Stephen weren't there :(((

What a disappointment. I should have stayed asleep. I wanted more time with my celebrity crush :((( sigh.

                            

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It all started with a lemon and now I sticked to DIY natural beauty products

I used to have acne problems back when I was still a teenager. I tried almost every product that will help remove my acne. I've also been to a derma clinic, but none helped me solve my problem. I'm about to accept the fact that they will never disappear until "Rated K", a magazine show hosted by Korina Sanchez, featured a topic related to acne. From there, I found out that just an application of pure lemon extract on your face (well, she dipped a cotton ball) every night before you go to sleep will dry the acne instantly.

I've got nothing to lose but a few pesos to buy a lemon. So the next dat I went to a supermarket, bought one and tried it at home.

Guess what! It worked! I consistently applied lemon for a week and and it's like something magical happened to my face!  I really couldn't believe it! My face is finally pimple free! I should have discovered this earlier! I regret spending a lot of money for those facial cleansers that didn't work from the past. However, what the tv show didn't mention is that it hurts every time you apply lemon on your face. There is this certain reaction when you just want to scratch your face but you can't. You'll get used to it eventually. And I guarantee that you'll get good results too.

Because of that one natural ingredient- lemon, my perspective has changed. I stopped buying commercial shampoos, moisturizers and scrubs. I replaced them all with my DIY natural beauty products. They showed better results than those products that you see on television. Not only that, I am able to save more money because the ingredients I needed are way much cheaper than the commercialized.

Now, if you ask me what I use for as a shampoo, I'd say a BAKING SODA. As for my body scrub, I use BROWN SUGAR w/ EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL.  For my facial moisturizer, I apply a dip of pure HONEY and of course my facial cleanser, LEMON.

I'm still doing a research to use as a lotion. And with the help of eating lots of fruits and  vegetables, I can say I AM ALL NATURAL.

If you have the same problem as mine, give a DIY NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCT a try! ;)

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Copywriter's Creative Resume

Today, I presented my creative resumé in class as a final exam. The goal is to sell myself as a copywriter. And after excellently presenting it to the panelists, who have high positions in the advertising industry in my country, I also gained confidence to share my work to you.

I made my resumé looked like a salad recipe book. And from the cover page you will immediately find out what kind of person I am and what principles and values I hold in life. For those who don't know me yet, I am a senior communication student graduating few months from now, and just because I do not major in visual design doesn't mean I cannot execute something like this.


So... why a salad recipe book?

I personally love salads, green and fruit ones. And I believe I am a salad. It has several vibrant colors that exactly represents who I am, for I am an energetic person who can contribute abundant and fresh ideas for a given project, and that's just what a copywriter should have. In addition, I promote health and fitness to everyone (A passion I'll always live by). 

"Inside are the fresh ingredients I have that will give you a reason why you should hire me as a copywriter", I confidently said. I know one of the panelists was impressed when he said, "You are now hired!"

Below is the first page of my recipe book. I extended my concept inside by placing variety of salads in each page. This is also where I placed the summary of the contents. And since this book is less than 10 pages, I changed the paging with the image of salads instead of the usual numbers. 

"I want people to know me as the young fit copywriter. Young means new and fresh; and Fit is synonymous to capable and competent. And a copywriter like me have them all!"


The next two pages are basically my objective, summary of qualification, and work experience.


 Inside are just a few of my works; such as product description, concept statements, movie poster, flyers, copies, tv scripts, radio scripts, short stories, commercials, media kit and done productions.



The last page is where I placed my interests in an article type (I also dream of being featured in a magazine someday, you know! ).


et voilà! A creative resumé! I hope you liked it too :))) And to those who are searching for a creative resumé, I hope this inspires you :)))


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Worthless Blog Entry

I know my blog posts usually start with "It's been a long time since I posted anything here" because I'm no longer active blogging like I used to. Blame Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for that.

But it's really been such a long long long long long time. A lot of things already happened in my life such as; I had an amazing internship last summer, my ex boyfriend broke up with me before I celebrated my birthday, I turned 20 this May, I'm finally a college senior, thesis makes me have less time doing my workout, I have a new boyfriend again who is really supportive, protective and really really charming, and a lot more; but I still can't find a good reason to post one tonight.

Sigh. 

But I wanted to update this blog, to let people who follow me know that I'm still here, reading theirs too while thinking of a good topic to post. Unfortunately, I have nothing.

I actually had few minutes ago when I was inside the bathroom contemplating about how I drastically changed from being picky with guys to not anymore. But meh. Are you even interested to know about it? I don't think so. But if you're interested, just message me and I'll be willing to share that to you.

So, here I am again in my bed going to sleep without anything in my head.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The "New Year"

I don't know about you - but I certainly feel more excited for the new year that starts in July, than the one that starts in January. There's always more motion, more of a buzz, and quite frankly - I make twice as many resolutions at the beginning of the school year than I do on New Year's Day. It's easier to fit things  in as I make a new schedule.

SCHOOL.

Everybody.

Maybe it's because it's my SENIOR YEAR, but I feel a very special buzz on this, the first day of school.

I'm smiling on campus.

This is new. Well, sort of. Typically I keep my eyes turned down, hastily trying to speed-walk to my next destination. Fend for yourselves slash survival of the fittest, you know.

But I'm excited for the people and the places and the classes.

Not to mention my great schedule.

I'm excited for the resolutions, the gym, the ambitions and habits I've already begun. Like the fact that I'm actually taking time to READ BOOKS. Reading. I am reading them all. All of the books.

And I have this big, squishy feeling that it's going to be a great year!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Natural Healing?

Hmm...Maybe not so much.

But close!

See - for years I've been into the idea of "natural" hygiene products. I don't mean that I'll go so far as to spend oodles of money on some sort of snake-oil. However, I have been known to smear bananas all over my face (a natural softening agent!!) or tomatoes all  over my face (their acidity and antioxidants restore something or other) or use cranberry juice as a natural astringent, and egg yolks as a moose-like curl booster.

Yes, I've made myself oatmeal masks, and stood over a pot of boiling water to open and cleanse the pores.

Go ahead - ask me. I know you're dying to know. Did any of that work, right?

Nope.

But did I feel cool doing it?

You betcha.

But let's not be pretentious, here. No matter how good it felt to be using fruits and vegetables in place of chemicals, and no matter how much it made me feel like a do-gooding flower child, I only did them once or twice. Why? Well, because I didn't feel they worked any better than my large pump bottle of Costco Cetaphil.

But the other day I bought a "Family Circle" magazine because it advertised some really great slow-cooker recipes. And let me tell ya - they're really great. But another article in the magazine talked about some quick and easy beauty enhancers and you may as well cue the gospel choir now, because I found one that worked!!!

Honey.

Hooray for my feel-good picture of honey!



That's right, folks, honey. It's a natural moisturizer and it's naturally antimicrobial. I'm assuming that means it really doesn't like microbes.

Anyway - just mix a pea-sized dollop of honey with your regular moisturizer (I do this on the top of my hand because it's less absorbent than the bottom part of the hand) and then you spread it all around your face like normal.

I LOVE IT.

It actually feels like I've got moisture in my skin, and my face is supple and radiant (and if you're not careful, a little sticky) and did I mention that I LOVE IT?

Go ahead - be skeptical. But I dare you try it.

You'll like it, too.

And your face will smell really good

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Basic Belief

I like to believe that people are basically good. Isn't that a nicer way to see the world? To be able to go out and about and believe you'll come home alive with your house untouched?

Frankly, I believe in the great, good potential of humanity.

I wish that more people would believe in this, too. I also wish that more people lived in a way that proved it to be true. I hate to say it, but sometimes I hear things on the news or see people do any say things and I have to consciously remind myself that I believe people have goodness within them.

Sad that I have to remind myself of that. 

More sad that some people act in a way that make it so I have to remind myself.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Another Night to Blog

Everyone wants to write something, i think. They want to write something that changes lives, that affects someone and that really hits the spot, whatever that spot may be. It's gotta have "it!" Whatever the "it" refers to.

I don't think this is that blog.

I think this is just the blog that everyone writes when they're trying to write the spectacular memoir on life and religion, or on living in harmony - as one with oneself and with the world. This is that blog - that pseduo-spectacular thing - that is interesting to none but the reader.

Thought number one:
Isn't it delightful to be touched? I think so. It's quite pleasing to have someone want to be close to you. It gives you the impression that they care and may have particular interest. Juxtapose it with all the strings attached and it's not so much fun anymore.

Thought number two:
"Isn't it funny?!" She says and looks at me, laughing with mutual appreciation and understanding, while simultaneously he spouts "Isn't it funny?!" with that same look of awareness and comprehension. And then, looking from her to him, him to her, it all makes sense. The phrase "middle man" comes to life, as does the phrase "3rd wheel." And it all makes sense that Dan in Real Life is biographical and so very, very true tl life. All you can expect is to be surprised, and..SURPRISE! Sometimes things just happen. Which is good! But why, then, is there so much apprehension? And why is it that the unwritten rules are what keep everything all at bay? Doesn't it just make sense for everything to work out great? But - are personal insecurities, and self esteem more important than mutual attraction and happy endings? Probably. And that's when reality sets in again. Don't you just wanna kick it and smash it with a frying pan?!?!

And then there is everyone else. It's good that there are other options. It makes it a little easier pill to swallow. It's nice that everyone else is kind, and attractive and mildly invested, perhaps. I'm too used to it, though, i suppose. I should be independent and take time to "figure myself out" but...no. That's not what i want.

Mostly, I do just want to not have to try. It scares me to have to get to know people - i dont' know how! I've gotten too used to being myself, my whole self, all the time and not being judged for it. What then? What if it's not desirable. What if it's not wanted or appreciated. 
Why can't we all just be honest and say what we feel!?

Matthew 6:25-27

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink... Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Just Some Mind Vomit for Another Thoughtful Evening

Oh, all right then. Just this once.




Think about it - it makes sense.

Really, pick any metaphor you like

The Clock Is Ticking!

With just a blink of an eye, it's April. We have past a good quarter of year 2014 And I'll officially hit 20 in a month now. And yes, a good quarter life has passed on me (assuming I will age till 100 that is.. )

TIME. is so valuable. it's so Precious because we can never turn it back. 
TIME. is a ticking clock, or an hourglass that slowly, and surely, minus off the remaining of our seconds, minutes, hours, days or years of our lives.
TIME. we sometimes chase it so much to complete our task and after it's completed, we sit there wondering what is it we have contributed to.
TIME. will never stop running.

And so, amidst all the forecasts and predictions that 2014 will mark the end of the year- again, shouldn't we appreciate it even more? Shouldn't we make the most out of the Time, instead of being so fearful that this world will end?


This year is going to be a make it or break it year for me. A year to evaluate my report card on my results in this journey i embarked on. I swayed and now I am back. I doubted and now I believe. My vision was slightly out of focus and now, i am back on track.

I still think that I'm young. and I can actually take my time. That is until I'm hitting twenty, I realized, I wasn't going anywhere. I had a vision, and that was it. I literally took things for granted.
It was always the I Wanted to succeed.

Now it's, I Need to succeed and I Dare to succeed. Since I'm an incoming senior student, which is my last year in college, my goal is to make it to the dean's list this school year, receive that best thesis award and pass all my subjects to graduate on time.

How about you?  Are you making a progress in your life? Or are you contented with what you already have? And the thing with contentment is, it is a voluntary contentment of "I have all good things in my life" or a forced, because-I-have-tried-all-sorts-of-way-but-I-failed-and-I-am-sick-of-trying-again sort of contentment? 

You can't turn back time but given the opportunity, how would you like to redesign your lives again?

I don't know about you, I firmly believe that I can. Redesign and create my life in a way that i want it to be ;)

Speechless


WHY DO I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE BLOGGING IN THE MAD WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING?!?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thin Slicing

I'm reading a book that I enjoy.



It's Brilliant.

In it, I've read about the concept of "thin slicing." A concept so profound and so true that until it's pointed out to you, you'd scarcely see that you do it all day every day! Thin slicing refers to the fact that when we are faced with new things, new situations, new people, and sometimes even old situations - we deduce almost immediately how to feel about it, and how to react. I loved it.

Based upon the smallest and almost imperceptible things we can realize so much.

An aspect of thin slicing that I've become painfully aware of recently is the fact that the WAY you "thin slice" someone or something can often depend on external influences and factors. It's the concept that you're more likely to do well on a test when you shift your mind into a more professorial mindset, rather than the "unprepared, ignorant student" mindset. Nothing changes about your knowledge or preparedness - only your mindset. One aspect I find exceedingly interesting (and often quite obvious) is that when you surround yourself with positive influences, you're more likely to associate positivity with the world around you.

Here's a test straight from the book:

"We make connections much more quickly between pairs of ideas that are already related in our minds than we do between pairs of ideas that are unfamiliar to us. What does that mean? Let me give you an example. Below is a list of words. Tap your finger in the approrpiate column to assign each name to the category to which it belongs. Do it as quickly as you can. Don't skip over words and don't worry if you make any mistakes.

Male ------------------- Female
.............John................
.............Bob.................
..............Amy...............
.............Holly..............
.............Joan...............
.............Derek.............
............Peggy...............
............Jason..............
............Lisa..............
.............Matt...............
............Sarah...............

That was easy, right?....That was a warm up. Now let's complete an actual IAT [test]. It works like the warm-up except now I'm going to mix two entirely separate categories together. Once again, put a check mark to either the right or the left of each word in the category to which it belongs.

Male or Career-----------------Female or Family
.....................Lisa.........................
.....................Matt.........................
.....................Laundry......................
.....................Entrepreneur.................
.....................John.........................
.....................Merchant.....................
.....................Bob..........................
.....................Capitalist...................
.....................Holly........................
.....................Joan.........................
.....................Home.........................
.....................Corporation..................
.....................Siblings.....................
.....................Peggy........................
.....................Kitchen......................
.....................Derek........................

"My guess is that most of you found that a little harder, but that you were still pretty fastat putting the words into the right categories. Now try this:

Male or Family------------------Female or Career
....................Babies........................
....................Sarah........................
....................Derek........................
....................Merchant........................
....................Employment........................
....................John........................
....................Holly........................
....................Bob........................
....................Domestic........................
....................Entrepreneur........................
....................Office........................
.................... Joan........................
....................Peggy........................
....................Cousins........................
....................Grandparents........................
....................Corporation........................

Did you notice the difference? This test was quite a bit harder than the one before it, wasn't it? IF you are like most people, you took a little longer...That's because most of us have much stronger mental associations between maleness and career-oriented concepts than we do between femaleness and ideas related to careers.

Interesting, right?

Today - I looked around my room, listening to George Benson, the Beatles, jazz and other such hopes, I saw 3 books on my desk next to my joy journal; "Blink," "Between The Lines," and "Sophie's World." I saw a painting of Brian Andreas that says "Feels like some kind of ride but it's turning out just to be life going absolutelyyy perfectly." I saw a Beatles poster, a picture of my grandfather, my sister, my friends, and Jesus. And as I remember where I've been and who I've left pieces of myself with, I feel content.

I think I'm attracted to positivity. I think we all are- but sometimes feel guilty about it. But because of that, I almost want more of it - to be freakishly optimistic is, admittedly, a strange goal I have in sight.
And so, I can only hope that these external factors really do help my perspective. I think that sometimes I feel them in the things i do and the ways i react. And that - well, that makes me happy.

And happiness is certainly a step in the right direction, after all.

Blogging

I think I want to start again.

Because yesterday, while drinking the most delicious chocolate mousse frappe I've ever tasted. And every time I go up there, whether to drink, explore or play, I'm always inspired. I really should go more often.

I decided that it's about time I start doing the things I want to do and being who I always thought I would be.

Ever thought of that? Just being who you want to be? Just start.

That's what I'm going to try doing.

And I will accomplish it by doing the following things:

Eating less
Running more
Disconnecting more frequently from technology
Reading books I like
Finding my spirituality
Spending time with people I Love
Taking care of myself and others
Loving
Getting rid of so much of the "stuff" I own
Working hard (increasing work ethic)
Redefining, and strengthening personal values

Ah, summer resolutions. They always seem to work out better for me than the January kind.

Not a Deep Dark Secret Anymore

Have you ever thought about what you would do with your life if EVERY option were available, regardless of time, talent, education or money?

I have.

Do you know what I would choose to do?

I would make music videos.

Not sleezy semi-pornographic videos, no no.

Neat ones:

Why? Because they're beautiful and creative and fun. And I want to make things that are beautiful, and sometimes I feel like I'm creative and it would be fun to do.

Will I ever do it?

Probably yes.

 I think I might even make one like this for kicks:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This Is A Great Exercise.

I actually got so much from this.

"We always focus on what we lack. And we put so much time worrying about the things we do not have. Sometimes, even just the little things.. How we can speak, listen and see.. Our 2 hands and our feet. We should be happy for even just that..." said by my guidance counselor.

It's true. In fact, lately, I have been sulking so much and almost losing my mind due to all the negativity that it has been driving me pretty insane for the past few days. In which, of course, answered to my zero energy.

So instead of continuing that way, because God knows it gives me zero productivity and more chances of hating myself, my guidance counselor proposed that I write down on a piece of clean A4 paper the things that I am grateful for. With both sides of the paper filled.
I decided to also share it out to all of you out there so that you can give me a friendly reminder if ever I bring myself down again. Also, who knows. It might inspire you to do the same as well ;)

Enough said, so here goes (in no particular order):

  • I am grateful for being alive
  • I am grateful for my mom
  • I am grateful for my dad
  • I am grateful for my brother
  • I am grateful for my sister
  • I am grateful for my grandma
  • I am grateful for the house that I live in
  • I am grateful for my aunt and cousins I am with
  • I am grateful for my clingy/crazy friends
  • I am grateful for my boyfriend
  • I am grateful for my arms and legs to commute around with
  • I am grateful for being able to see, listen and express (Goddess of Mercy)
  • I am grateful to my God for always protecting me 
  • I am grateful to Mariela Beautie
  • I am grateful to Kristine Cinco
  • I am grateful for my years in Miriam College
  • I am grateful to my high school friends
  • I am grateful for my cats
  • I am grateful for my outlook
  • I am grateful for being able to smile
  • I am grateful for being right-handed
  • I am grateful for my health
  • I am grateful for all my talents
  • I am grateful for being 19 ;)
  • I am grateful for being smart, and at times creative
  • I am grateful for the love I get from people around me
  • I am grateful to the people that i have encountered with
  • I am grateful for the opportunity to make life better
  • I am grateful for the clean water I drink
  • I am grateful for the food that I can enjoy
  • I am grateful that the world is still intact, and to all the efforts put in to make this place a better place to live in
  • I am grateful for being ME.

     Without which, I will never become who I am right now. So Thank YOU!

    As I was listing down each and every one of them, I have so many things to be thankful for. And so many things that i already have. I truly got to know myself even better, and relive the things that I cherish most in life.

    I know that what I have is a privilege and I am truly a blessed one.

    My dears, I urge you to do the same. Start with an empty piece of paper and write down the things that you are grateful for. I believe, you won't regret ;)

    Thank you dear guidance counselor for this wonderful assignment. (I got more from typing them one by one again ;))


FESS UP (I'd rather make a fuss.)

I'd rather make a fuss about you, and them, and all the laundry that's left to do rather than fess up about what's wrong with me. I'm not talking about things like my thighs are too big, my face broke out again, and my hair has split-ends. I'm quite good at that, thank-you. I'd probably tear myself down in every imaginable direction before realizing that those things aren't even what's wrong with me.

It's not about finding myself. It's not about discovering who I am. It's not about accepting my inner being. It's not about finding peace or meditation.

This is about digging deep and opening doors that I closed. This is about opening that mystery container in the refrigerator that has been conveniently forgotten. This is the scary part where I'd rather hide, but if I know what's best for me, I won't.

And now is the time to come face to face with myself because nobody else can do this for me. Here's to changing for the better because it's what God wants, and what I want too.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Internship, Fitness and Productivity

I know, I know. It's been six months since I last posted an entry on my blog. I was just really so occupied with things in school, such as my dissertation (which btw a super big deal!), my feature-length screenplay in my Film class, issues happening in my radio production class and more. But thank you, Lord! I made it this semester and finally school is over! I am straight off an incoming senior student in college next school year. Hooray!

Moving on, it's already summer in the Philippines and many are planning to spend their vacation in another country, at the beach or in a province, but not me. I'll be expending my time, specifically 200 hours, in the company I'm working at right now. I just began yesterday and I had fun doing the tasks my supervisor assigned to me, like updating the company's website and their social media platforms, research news and other articles related to their company (Which is more about green living and technology ;)).

And since my work schedule is really flexible, I also planned to spend half of my day everyday working out! Yep, that's right... WORKING OUT! My goal this month is to lose more fat, retain my body toned, and have that bikini body when it's time to go to the beach! After all the work in the office, I'm sure I still want to show off my torso (just hoping that my school won't give me a violation. Bahaha!)

I'm so glad I found a way to make this summer productive! Yay!

I promise to keep this blog updated from now on :))) just keep in touch. I have go, time to go to work ;)

Xoxo.

Books Vs Movies: The Maze Runner Experience

I have thought of this a long time ago that when you exactly execute a story from a book to a movie, it won't make sense at all. Perhaps you know why, not all senses can be applied to both. And mostly you get disappointed when it appears on the screen.

But not for THE MAZE RUNNER.

I have watched it first before I finished reading the book. Movie is really good, I was even screaming inside the movie theater for its outstanding cinematography. However, reading it was better. Why? You get to know more details that didn't appear in the movie and you'll understand why it can't be there (You do not need to be a film or a Communication Arts major to understand, just using your common sense will do). Just like the ending of the movie, they were rescued by men and brought to the helicopter. In the book, they were rescued but brought to the bus. The people watching the movie needed more visual excitement than just flat watching a boring bus going to its destination. Showing the entire maze from above was better, yes? There were so many alterations from the original story, but you can still appreciate both. And I'd like to congratulate the screenwriter for not disappointing me. He actually did well in his part.

Bottomline, just because you have watched the movie based from a book doesn't mean you'll lose your excitement when you read it. If you think you know the entire story by just watching, I promise you, you haven't. I have proven that to myself several times by watching and reading both counterparts of different stories. Cite, Twilight Saga! I bet majority of you got hooked in the movie even if you know the books were way better (and just so you know, the screenwriter of Twilight really sucked but many still enjoyed watching. It could have been better, right?). So as The Mortal Instrument, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games trilogy, Nicholas Sparks stories and many other more.

P.S. If you have read it first before watching the movie, try to ask yourself "Will it be flabbergasting if ________ in the movie?"


P.P.S. Screenwriters also have a big responsibility to keep you interested watching the movie.

P.P.P.S. I suggest you do the same. It's a good exercise for the mind!

Dear Future Husband,

this song speaks a lot for us ladies, even some aren't necessarily true. Just listen and give it a try :)


Sleep Is A Luxury

When I was still a grade schooler, my mom would force me to sleep every afternoon and early at night even if I don't feel like to. And when she's not around, my aunt would do the same. I asked my aunt why they have to do that to me. I expected to hear "For you to get taller". Instead she said: 

"Sleep is a luxury for us working people. So when I tell you to go to sleep, you better."

I took my chances to sleep whenever I can for granted. I chose to play outside or watch my favorite cartoon in the afternoon. I only understood her when I eventually entered college. It is when I have to accomplish a lot of school work in just a small span of time, I have to sleep late or sleep early than usual just to finish an assignment or to study for an examination. Worse, I have to sacrifice my sleep just to finish a major project and meet the deadline.  

But thank God! The first semester in my senior year just ended! It was was hell awful than the previous semesters I had! And since it's finally sembreak I can have that luxury now!  

Oh yeaaaaaah!

Seen 9:40 AM

I want to bring back those days when all instant messaging don't notify people if their messages have been read, when "seen zoned" doesn't exist. I guess only e- mails and regular text messaging don't have that. YET. 

Why?

Because people will start questioning you:

"Why didn't you reply to my message. I know you read it"

"What's taking you long to reply when you are able to see it there and then"

"Why why why?????????????"

Sometimes, they will even flood you messages because they know you're reading those until you finally reply to them.

Worst case scenario, they'll get hurt. They'll jump to conclusions of why you won't reply as soon you read their messages. Because of these, you are pressured to respond immediately, because they're already demanding for your time and it is really annoying when the truth is:

1.) You really don't want to reply to their messages because those aren't important.

2.) If you're the kind of person who is on work mode like me, you'll only have split seconds to read their messages, but have no minute to give a reply.

3.) You can't send a message yet, because you're trying to confirm something to someone before you get back to them OR

4.) You're still thinking of what to answer back especially if that's a serious question.

It's really better if they don't know whether you have read their messages or not. The demand isn't that much. You are also not pressured to send back a message immediately. And by "You" meant ME. 

I Have Failed This... Dream

                  

Do you watch the Arrow? The guy who says, "You have failed this city", every time he catches a bad guy?

I dreamed about him last night as himself, Stephen Amell. He was in our country having a mall tour. And I was there at the very first row of the seats. The weird thing was, we were only less than 20 people who went to that mall tour. However, that's better because I was able to talk to him longer and asked a picture with him. He said, "Sure pretty babe. Let's have as many as you want". He hugged me so tightly and he even kissed me on my forehead and I didn't see that coming! The guy who was taking our picture was very jolly and I almost wanted to ask a picture with him too.

It felt so real I even checked my phone as soon ad I woke up! And as expected, my pictures with Stephen weren't there :(((

What a disappointment. I should have stayed asleep. I wanted more time with my celebrity crush :((( sigh.

                            

It all started with a lemon and now I sticked to DIY natural beauty products

I used to have acne problems back when I was still a teenager. I tried almost every product that will help remove my acne. I've also been to a derma clinic, but none helped me solve my problem. I'm about to accept the fact that they will never disappear until "Rated K", a magazine show hosted by Korina Sanchez, featured a topic related to acne. From there, I found out that just an application of pure lemon extract on your face (well, she dipped a cotton ball) every night before you go to sleep will dry the acne instantly.

I've got nothing to lose but a few pesos to buy a lemon. So the next dat I went to a supermarket, bought one and tried it at home.

Guess what! It worked! I consistently applied lemon for a week and and it's like something magical happened to my face!  I really couldn't believe it! My face is finally pimple free! I should have discovered this earlier! I regret spending a lot of money for those facial cleansers that didn't work from the past. However, what the tv show didn't mention is that it hurts every time you apply lemon on your face. There is this certain reaction when you just want to scratch your face but you can't. You'll get used to it eventually. And I guarantee that you'll get good results too.

Because of that one natural ingredient- lemon, my perspective has changed. I stopped buying commercial shampoos, moisturizers and scrubs. I replaced them all with my DIY natural beauty products. They showed better results than those products that you see on television. Not only that, I am able to save more money because the ingredients I needed are way much cheaper than the commercialized.

Now, if you ask me what I use for as a shampoo, I'd say a BAKING SODA. As for my body scrub, I use BROWN SUGAR w/ EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL.  For my facial moisturizer, I apply a dip of pure HONEY and of course my facial cleanser, LEMON.

I'm still doing a research to use as a lotion. And with the help of eating lots of fruits and  vegetables, I can say I AM ALL NATURAL.

If you have the same problem as mine, give a DIY NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCT a try! ;)

A Copywriter's Creative Resume

Today, I presented my creative resumé in class as a final exam. The goal is to sell myself as a copywriter. And after excellently presenting it to the panelists, who have high positions in the advertising industry in my country, I also gained confidence to share my work to you.

I made my resumé looked like a salad recipe book. And from the cover page you will immediately find out what kind of person I am and what principles and values I hold in life. For those who don't know me yet, I am a senior communication student graduating few months from now, and just because I do not major in visual design doesn't mean I cannot execute something like this.


So... why a salad recipe book?

I personally love salads, green and fruit ones. And I believe I am a salad. It has several vibrant colors that exactly represents who I am, for I am an energetic person who can contribute abundant and fresh ideas for a given project, and that's just what a copywriter should have. In addition, I promote health and fitness to everyone (A passion I'll always live by). 

"Inside are the fresh ingredients I have that will give you a reason why you should hire me as a copywriter", I confidently said. I know one of the panelists was impressed when he said, "You are now hired!"

Below is the first page of my recipe book. I extended my concept inside by placing variety of salads in each page. This is also where I placed the summary of the contents. And since this book is less than 10 pages, I changed the paging with the image of salads instead of the usual numbers. 

"I want people to know me as the young fit copywriter. Young means new and fresh; and Fit is synonymous to capable and competent. And a copywriter like me have them all!"


The next two pages are basically my objective, summary of qualification, and work experience.


 Inside are just a few of my works; such as product description, concept statements, movie poster, flyers, copies, tv scripts, radio scripts, short stories, commercials, media kit and done productions.



The last page is where I placed my interests in an article type (I also dream of being featured in a magazine someday, you know! ).


et voilà! A creative resumé! I hope you liked it too :))) And to those who are searching for a creative resumé, I hope this inspires you :)))


Worthless Blog Entry

I know my blog posts usually start with "It's been a long time since I posted anything here" because I'm no longer active blogging like I used to. Blame Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for that.

But it's really been such a long long long long long time. A lot of things already happened in my life such as; I had an amazing internship last summer, my ex boyfriend broke up with me before I celebrated my birthday, I turned 20 this May, I'm finally a college senior, thesis makes me have less time doing my workout, I have a new boyfriend again who is really supportive, protective and really really charming, and a lot more; but I still can't find a good reason to post one tonight.

Sigh. 

But I wanted to update this blog, to let people who follow me know that I'm still here, reading theirs too while thinking of a good topic to post. Unfortunately, I have nothing.

I actually had few minutes ago when I was inside the bathroom contemplating about how I drastically changed from being picky with guys to not anymore. But meh. Are you even interested to know about it? I don't think so. But if you're interested, just message me and I'll be willing to share that to you.

So, here I am again in my bed going to sleep without anything in my head.

The "New Year"

I don't know about you - but I certainly feel more excited for the new year that starts in July, than the one that starts in January. There's always more motion, more of a buzz, and quite frankly - I make twice as many resolutions at the beginning of the school year than I do on New Year's Day. It's easier to fit things  in as I make a new schedule.

SCHOOL.

Everybody.

Maybe it's because it's my SENIOR YEAR, but I feel a very special buzz on this, the first day of school.

I'm smiling on campus.

This is new. Well, sort of. Typically I keep my eyes turned down, hastily trying to speed-walk to my next destination. Fend for yourselves slash survival of the fittest, you know.

But I'm excited for the people and the places and the classes.

Not to mention my great schedule.

I'm excited for the resolutions, the gym, the ambitions and habits I've already begun. Like the fact that I'm actually taking time to READ BOOKS. Reading. I am reading them all. All of the books.

And I have this big, squishy feeling that it's going to be a great year!

Natural Healing?

Hmm...Maybe not so much.

But close!

See - for years I've been into the idea of "natural" hygiene products. I don't mean that I'll go so far as to spend oodles of money on some sort of snake-oil. However, I have been known to smear bananas all over my face (a natural softening agent!!) or tomatoes all  over my face (their acidity and antioxidants restore something or other) or use cranberry juice as a natural astringent, and egg yolks as a moose-like curl booster.

Yes, I've made myself oatmeal masks, and stood over a pot of boiling water to open and cleanse the pores.

Go ahead - ask me. I know you're dying to know. Did any of that work, right?

Nope.

But did I feel cool doing it?

You betcha.

But let's not be pretentious, here. No matter how good it felt to be using fruits and vegetables in place of chemicals, and no matter how much it made me feel like a do-gooding flower child, I only did them once or twice. Why? Well, because I didn't feel they worked any better than my large pump bottle of Costco Cetaphil.

But the other day I bought a "Family Circle" magazine because it advertised some really great slow-cooker recipes. And let me tell ya - they're really great. But another article in the magazine talked about some quick and easy beauty enhancers and you may as well cue the gospel choir now, because I found one that worked!!!

Honey.

Hooray for my feel-good picture of honey!



That's right, folks, honey. It's a natural moisturizer and it's naturally antimicrobial. I'm assuming that means it really doesn't like microbes.

Anyway - just mix a pea-sized dollop of honey with your regular moisturizer (I do this on the top of my hand because it's less absorbent than the bottom part of the hand) and then you spread it all around your face like normal.

I LOVE IT.

It actually feels like I've got moisture in my skin, and my face is supple and radiant (and if you're not careful, a little sticky) and did I mention that I LOVE IT?

Go ahead - be skeptical. But I dare you try it.

You'll like it, too.

And your face will smell really good

My Basic Belief

I like to believe that people are basically good. Isn't that a nicer way to see the world? To be able to go out and about and believe you'll come home alive with your house untouched?

Frankly, I believe in the great, good potential of humanity.

I wish that more people would believe in this, too. I also wish that more people lived in a way that proved it to be true. I hate to say it, but sometimes I hear things on the news or see people do any say things and I have to consciously remind myself that I believe people have goodness within them.

Sad that I have to remind myself of that. 

More sad that some people act in a way that make it so I have to remind myself.

Another Night to Blog

Everyone wants to write something, i think. They want to write something that changes lives, that affects someone and that really hits the spot, whatever that spot may be. It's gotta have "it!" Whatever the "it" refers to.

I don't think this is that blog.

I think this is just the blog that everyone writes when they're trying to write the spectacular memoir on life and religion, or on living in harmony - as one with oneself and with the world. This is that blog - that pseduo-spectacular thing - that is interesting to none but the reader.

Thought number one:
Isn't it delightful to be touched? I think so. It's quite pleasing to have someone want to be close to you. It gives you the impression that they care and may have particular interest. Juxtapose it with all the strings attached and it's not so much fun anymore.

Thought number two:
"Isn't it funny?!" She says and looks at me, laughing with mutual appreciation and understanding, while simultaneously he spouts "Isn't it funny?!" with that same look of awareness and comprehension. And then, looking from her to him, him to her, it all makes sense. The phrase "middle man" comes to life, as does the phrase "3rd wheel." And it all makes sense that Dan in Real Life is biographical and so very, very true tl life. All you can expect is to be surprised, and..SURPRISE! Sometimes things just happen. Which is good! But why, then, is there so much apprehension? And why is it that the unwritten rules are what keep everything all at bay? Doesn't it just make sense for everything to work out great? But - are personal insecurities, and self esteem more important than mutual attraction and happy endings? Probably. And that's when reality sets in again. Don't you just wanna kick it and smash it with a frying pan?!?!

And then there is everyone else. It's good that there are other options. It makes it a little easier pill to swallow. It's nice that everyone else is kind, and attractive and mildly invested, perhaps. I'm too used to it, though, i suppose. I should be independent and take time to "figure myself out" but...no. That's not what i want.

Mostly, I do just want to not have to try. It scares me to have to get to know people - i dont' know how! I've gotten too used to being myself, my whole self, all the time and not being judged for it. What then? What if it's not desirable. What if it's not wanted or appreciated. 
Why can't we all just be honest and say what we feel!?

Matthew 6:25-27

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink... Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" 

Just Some Mind Vomit for Another Thoughtful Evening

Oh, all right then. Just this once.




Think about it - it makes sense.

Really, pick any metaphor you like

The Clock Is Ticking!

With just a blink of an eye, it's April. We have past a good quarter of year 2014 And I'll officially hit 20 in a month now. And yes, a good quarter life has passed on me (assuming I will age till 100 that is.. )

TIME. is so valuable. it's so Precious because we can never turn it back. 
TIME. is a ticking clock, or an hourglass that slowly, and surely, minus off the remaining of our seconds, minutes, hours, days or years of our lives.
TIME. we sometimes chase it so much to complete our task and after it's completed, we sit there wondering what is it we have contributed to.
TIME. will never stop running.

And so, amidst all the forecasts and predictions that 2014 will mark the end of the year- again, shouldn't we appreciate it even more? Shouldn't we make the most out of the Time, instead of being so fearful that this world will end?


This year is going to be a make it or break it year for me. A year to evaluate my report card on my results in this journey i embarked on. I swayed and now I am back. I doubted and now I believe. My vision was slightly out of focus and now, i am back on track.

I still think that I'm young. and I can actually take my time. That is until I'm hitting twenty, I realized, I wasn't going anywhere. I had a vision, and that was it. I literally took things for granted.
It was always the I Wanted to succeed.

Now it's, I Need to succeed and I Dare to succeed. Since I'm an incoming senior student, which is my last year in college, my goal is to make it to the dean's list this school year, receive that best thesis award and pass all my subjects to graduate on time.

How about you?  Are you making a progress in your life? Or are you contented with what you already have? And the thing with contentment is, it is a voluntary contentment of "I have all good things in my life" or a forced, because-I-have-tried-all-sorts-of-way-but-I-failed-and-I-am-sick-of-trying-again sort of contentment? 

You can't turn back time but given the opportunity, how would you like to redesign your lives again?

I don't know about you, I firmly believe that I can. Redesign and create my life in a way that i want it to be ;)

Speechless


WHY DO I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE BLOGGING IN THE MAD WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING?!?

Thin Slicing

I'm reading a book that I enjoy.



It's Brilliant.

In it, I've read about the concept of "thin slicing." A concept so profound and so true that until it's pointed out to you, you'd scarcely see that you do it all day every day! Thin slicing refers to the fact that when we are faced with new things, new situations, new people, and sometimes even old situations - we deduce almost immediately how to feel about it, and how to react. I loved it.

Based upon the smallest and almost imperceptible things we can realize so much.

An aspect of thin slicing that I've become painfully aware of recently is the fact that the WAY you "thin slice" someone or something can often depend on external influences and factors. It's the concept that you're more likely to do well on a test when you shift your mind into a more professorial mindset, rather than the "unprepared, ignorant student" mindset. Nothing changes about your knowledge or preparedness - only your mindset. One aspect I find exceedingly interesting (and often quite obvious) is that when you surround yourself with positive influences, you're more likely to associate positivity with the world around you.

Here's a test straight from the book:

"We make connections much more quickly between pairs of ideas that are already related in our minds than we do between pairs of ideas that are unfamiliar to us. What does that mean? Let me give you an example. Below is a list of words. Tap your finger in the approrpiate column to assign each name to the category to which it belongs. Do it as quickly as you can. Don't skip over words and don't worry if you make any mistakes.

Male ------------------- Female
.............John................
.............Bob.................
..............Amy...............
.............Holly..............
.............Joan...............
.............Derek.............
............Peggy...............
............Jason..............
............Lisa..............
.............Matt...............
............Sarah...............

That was easy, right?....That was a warm up. Now let's complete an actual IAT [test]. It works like the warm-up except now I'm going to mix two entirely separate categories together. Once again, put a check mark to either the right or the left of each word in the category to which it belongs.

Male or Career-----------------Female or Family
.....................Lisa.........................
.....................Matt.........................
.....................Laundry......................
.....................Entrepreneur.................
.....................John.........................
.....................Merchant.....................
.....................Bob..........................
.....................Capitalist...................
.....................Holly........................
.....................Joan.........................
.....................Home.........................
.....................Corporation..................
.....................Siblings.....................
.....................Peggy........................
.....................Kitchen......................
.....................Derek........................

"My guess is that most of you found that a little harder, but that you were still pretty fastat putting the words into the right categories. Now try this:

Male or Family------------------Female or Career
....................Babies........................
....................Sarah........................
....................Derek........................
....................Merchant........................
....................Employment........................
....................John........................
....................Holly........................
....................Bob........................
....................Domestic........................
....................Entrepreneur........................
....................Office........................
.................... Joan........................
....................Peggy........................
....................Cousins........................
....................Grandparents........................
....................Corporation........................

Did you notice the difference? This test was quite a bit harder than the one before it, wasn't it? IF you are like most people, you took a little longer...That's because most of us have much stronger mental associations between maleness and career-oriented concepts than we do between femaleness and ideas related to careers.

Interesting, right?

Today - I looked around my room, listening to George Benson, the Beatles, jazz and other such hopes, I saw 3 books on my desk next to my joy journal; "Blink," "Between The Lines," and "Sophie's World." I saw a painting of Brian Andreas that says "Feels like some kind of ride but it's turning out just to be life going absolutelyyy perfectly." I saw a Beatles poster, a picture of my grandfather, my sister, my friends, and Jesus. And as I remember where I've been and who I've left pieces of myself with, I feel content.

I think I'm attracted to positivity. I think we all are- but sometimes feel guilty about it. But because of that, I almost want more of it - to be freakishly optimistic is, admittedly, a strange goal I have in sight.
And so, I can only hope that these external factors really do help my perspective. I think that sometimes I feel them in the things i do and the ways i react. And that - well, that makes me happy.

And happiness is certainly a step in the right direction, after all.

Blogging

I think I want to start again.

Because yesterday, while drinking the most delicious chocolate mousse frappe I've ever tasted. And every time I go up there, whether to drink, explore or play, I'm always inspired. I really should go more often.

I decided that it's about time I start doing the things I want to do and being who I always thought I would be.

Ever thought of that? Just being who you want to be? Just start.

That's what I'm going to try doing.

And I will accomplish it by doing the following things:

Eating less
Running more
Disconnecting more frequently from technology
Reading books I like
Finding my spirituality
Spending time with people I Love
Taking care of myself and others
Loving
Getting rid of so much of the "stuff" I own
Working hard (increasing work ethic)
Redefining, and strengthening personal values

Ah, summer resolutions. They always seem to work out better for me than the January kind.

Not a Deep Dark Secret Anymore

Have you ever thought about what you would do with your life if EVERY option were available, regardless of time, talent, education or money?

I have.

Do you know what I would choose to do?

I would make music videos.

Not sleezy semi-pornographic videos, no no.

Neat ones:

Why? Because they're beautiful and creative and fun. And I want to make things that are beautiful, and sometimes I feel like I'm creative and it would be fun to do.

Will I ever do it?

Probably yes.

 I think I might even make one like this for kicks:

This Is A Great Exercise.

I actually got so much from this.

"We always focus on what we lack. And we put so much time worrying about the things we do not have. Sometimes, even just the little things.. How we can speak, listen and see.. Our 2 hands and our feet. We should be happy for even just that..." said by my guidance counselor.

It's true. In fact, lately, I have been sulking so much and almost losing my mind due to all the negativity that it has been driving me pretty insane for the past few days. In which, of course, answered to my zero energy.

So instead of continuing that way, because God knows it gives me zero productivity and more chances of hating myself, my guidance counselor proposed that I write down on a piece of clean A4 paper the things that I am grateful for. With both sides of the paper filled.
I decided to also share it out to all of you out there so that you can give me a friendly reminder if ever I bring myself down again. Also, who knows. It might inspire you to do the same as well ;)

Enough said, so here goes (in no particular order):

  • I am grateful for being alive
  • I am grateful for my mom
  • I am grateful for my dad
  • I am grateful for my brother
  • I am grateful for my sister
  • I am grateful for my grandma
  • I am grateful for the house that I live in
  • I am grateful for my aunt and cousins I am with
  • I am grateful for my clingy/crazy friends
  • I am grateful for my boyfriend
  • I am grateful for my arms and legs to commute around with
  • I am grateful for being able to see, listen and express (Goddess of Mercy)
  • I am grateful to my God for always protecting me 
  • I am grateful to Mariela Beautie
  • I am grateful to Kristine Cinco
  • I am grateful for my years in Miriam College
  • I am grateful to my high school friends
  • I am grateful for my cats
  • I am grateful for my outlook
  • I am grateful for being able to smile
  • I am grateful for being right-handed
  • I am grateful for my health
  • I am grateful for all my talents
  • I am grateful for being 19 ;)
  • I am grateful for being smart, and at times creative
  • I am grateful for the love I get from people around me
  • I am grateful to the people that i have encountered with
  • I am grateful for the opportunity to make life better
  • I am grateful for the clean water I drink
  • I am grateful for the food that I can enjoy
  • I am grateful that the world is still intact, and to all the efforts put in to make this place a better place to live in
  • I am grateful for being ME.

     Without which, I will never become who I am right now. So Thank YOU!

    As I was listing down each and every one of them, I have so many things to be thankful for. And so many things that i already have. I truly got to know myself even better, and relive the things that I cherish most in life.

    I know that what I have is a privilege and I am truly a blessed one.

    My dears, I urge you to do the same. Start with an empty piece of paper and write down the things that you are grateful for. I believe, you won't regret ;)

    Thank you dear guidance counselor for this wonderful assignment. (I got more from typing them one by one again ;))


FESS UP (I'd rather make a fuss.)

I'd rather make a fuss about you, and them, and all the laundry that's left to do rather than fess up about what's wrong with me. I'm not talking about things like my thighs are too big, my face broke out again, and my hair has split-ends. I'm quite good at that, thank-you. I'd probably tear myself down in every imaginable direction before realizing that those things aren't even what's wrong with me.

It's not about finding myself. It's not about discovering who I am. It's not about accepting my inner being. It's not about finding peace or meditation.

This is about digging deep and opening doors that I closed. This is about opening that mystery container in the refrigerator that has been conveniently forgotten. This is the scary part where I'd rather hide, but if I know what's best for me, I won't.

And now is the time to come face to face with myself because nobody else can do this for me. Here's to changing for the better because it's what God wants, and what I want too.

Internship, Fitness and Productivity

I know, I know. It's been six months since I last posted an entry on my blog. I was just really so occupied with things in school, such as my dissertation (which btw a super big deal!), my feature-length screenplay in my Film class, issues happening in my radio production class and more. But thank you, Lord! I made it this semester and finally school is over! I am straight off an incoming senior student in college next school year. Hooray!

Moving on, it's already summer in the Philippines and many are planning to spend their vacation in another country, at the beach or in a province, but not me. I'll be expending my time, specifically 200 hours, in the company I'm working at right now. I just began yesterday and I had fun doing the tasks my supervisor assigned to me, like updating the company's website and their social media platforms, research news and other articles related to their company (Which is more about green living and technology ;)).

And since my work schedule is really flexible, I also planned to spend half of my day everyday working out! Yep, that's right... WORKING OUT! My goal this month is to lose more fat, retain my body toned, and have that bikini body when it's time to go to the beach! After all the work in the office, I'm sure I still want to show off my torso (just hoping that my school won't give me a violation. Bahaha!)

I'm so glad I found a way to make this summer productive! Yay!

I promise to keep this blog updated from now on :))) just keep in touch. I have go, time to go to work ;)

Xoxo.