What Changed?

Your style has gotten classier.

You don’t fret over sales.

You value quality over quantity.

You don’t say yes to every invitation.

You don’t bother to please everybody.

You pause.

You laugh at yourself.

You listen.

You shut up.

You don’t stress over every single thing.

You stand up for yourself.

You choose your friends.

You choose your battles.

You are confident.

You are wiser.

Nothing changed.

You just got older.


If people were waves

That come and go,

Can there be a constant

That tie them to their roots?


If you were a constant

Amidst a sea of people

How much effort do you require

To keep you from drifting away?


Written on an early morning while walking the streets of Paranaque. 


Finding my Footing

I was browsing thorugh my drafts and I found this unfinished post. I wrote this in May 2013. I wondered why I never got to post this. So here’s a sort of flash back Friday post:

Last night my brother told me, “Should I go out of the country next year?”. He then followed up with, “What should I do about the promotion offered by the company?”

I just replied, “Do what you think will be best for you. If you feel you like doing something, then try it.”

There was a time when I have also been bothered so much by such questions. I was very envious of my peers who are already leaving the country to get their PhDs. I felt bad seeing pictures of people who  were able to travel to different places. I was jealous of people who already know what are the things they are good at. I was too consumed by the so called “quarter life crisis”.

I don’t know how  but thankfully I am slowing easing out of the stage already. These days, I am less bothered by how far my peers has achieved, how many places they went too and whether they are now rich by mastering their craft. Instead, I have diverted my energies on trying out different things such as finally booking a ticket to go the place that I want to and enrolling in a course even if  I am not yet sure if it’s the track I want to pursue. I now don’t feel so bad that I haven’t achieved yet the things that I want to do when I was 23. I have now appreciated the investments I have made to secure not only mine but my brothers’ future are as well. In short, I have finally found my footing and I am now in betters terms of myself as far as capacities and experiences are concerned.

The path towards this state was not easy and I am not even sure how I came to such kind of peace and understanding. However, one thing I have always acknowledged is that every one of us is unique but at the same time share certain universal traits. By understanding individual differences, I realized that is no point in competing with anybody. When we strive to improve, it should not be because you want to beat someone but because you know you are lacking in certain areas. And by acknowledging that we share certain universal traits, I realized that despite status differences, people still seek the same thing… happiness, acceptance, contentment.

Whoa. I was thinking  of these things when I was 23. But I feel happy that I still feel the same way I felt two years ago. You  don’t compete with anybody but yourself. 🙂

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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(Travel Diary) The Ilocos Adventure Part 2: Laoag City

In the first part of Ilocos Adventure post, I shared about the places I visited in the towns of Batac and Paoay, Ilocos Norte. For this  part, I will share about my quick stop in Laoag City. I and my co-workers just stayed in the city for a half a day but I can say every second we spent in Laoag was worthwhile. The city proper was smaller and less urbanized then I expected but I was surprised that it was this fact that made me love it even more. So onto my Laoag hullabaloos…

Seat of power in Ilocos Norte

Seat of power in Ilocos Norte

Laoag City

On August 9, during the last day of the conference, most of officemates went back to Manila already while I and four co-workers (Ate Kate, Shei, Sab and Io) decided stay to visit the rest of the Ilocos provinces. We were also later joined by Ate Kate’s husband, Kuya Vince who flew all the way from Manila.

La Preciosa Restaurant

 After checking out of Plaza Del Norte, we proceeded to the city proper of Laoag. We then checked in at La Eliana Hotel, a budget accommodation. We agreed to just stay there for the night since we will be leaving for early in the morning anyway. After resting for a bit, we went out to start to our half day tour of Laoag. Our first stop was the the La Preciosa Restaurant, which was situated just across La Eliana Hotel. They are famous for their cakes and a poqui-poqui, an eggplant dish. La Preciosa seems to be an old Spanish house converted to a restaurant. The interior is reminiscent of old antique houses and is very homey.

La Preciosa Restaurant.

La Preciosa Restaurant.

Since it was just around 2 PM, we decided to try the cakes and reserve poqui-poqui for dinner. We ordered three flavors: carrot cake, toblerone cake, and blueberry cheesecake. All the cakes were good but my personal favorite would have to be the carrot cake!

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Thoughtful Paper in 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 28,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

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Unofficial Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

As there was no official weekly photo challenge this week, Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? has posted a challenge and would love you all to join in. See here:: http://wheresmybackpack.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/reflections/

As for my entry, it’s rather uninspiring this week as I can seem to find a proper picture for the word “reflection” I just took a picture of my shoes mirroring each other. But come to think it, the left and right side of our body are perfect reflections of each other. =) Body parts, especially the external ones, often come in pairs. If not, they are perfectly symmetrical. Interesting. 😉

Summer Kickoff at White Rock Waterpark and Beach Resort!

Last March 30-31, 2012, our office held its annual teambuilding at White Rock Waterpark and Beach Hotel inSubic, Zambales. The place is ideal for companies and organizations that are looking for summer getaway without the hassles of long road travels.

White Rock shoreline.

How to Get There

Since it was an office activity, we had no problems getting there courtesy of the bus arranged by the Transportation Committee. (Side note: We have committees every time there’s a big office event. I’ve been a part of the venue committee for the office’s past two teambuildings). The group left Bicutan at around 8 AM. We arrived at Puregold in SBMA proper at around 12 NN already due to the heavy traffic we encountered in EDSA.

Front lobby.

If you are going there via public transportation, all you have to do is a board a Victory Liner bus going to Olongapo. Travel time is about four to five hours depending on the traffic. From the Olongapo terminal, you have to walk a bit to the main highway then board a “red” jeepney. White Rock will be situated on your left just after the strip of beaches in barangay Baretto.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Regret

I found this week’s challenge very difficult. I tried and tried thinking whether there was one moment that I regretted but there is none. I don’t know if I should be thankful for this or does that mean I had a good life in general? “Regret” is largely dependent on how long we dwell on our mistakes and how fast we act to make up for those mistakes. If we make a bad decision, we should not regret, instead we should learn from it and move forward. A lot us remain stagnant in life because we’re too busy regretting what could have been.

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My 2011 Year in Blogging

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,300 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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So Long 2011!

I was debating on how to start this “goodbye 2011 post” and what things should I say but since my brain can’t seem to produce anything coherent, let my just say, “Goodbye 2011! You have been another great year! Cheers to whatever is in store for me for 2012! ” 🙂

Kidding aside, 2011 has been a good year. I can’t help but be thankful for the blessings God has given me and family. Two of biggest prayers were answered: for my kuya to have a job and for Miko (bunso) to graduate already. On a personal note, my year was neither bad nor great. Just good. And I think that’s where my dilemma stems. I tried new things but I am still very much in my comfort zone. And so I’m still stuck in a limbo and my era of “soul-searching” persists.

(credits to backstagepass.blogs)

At times like this, I can’t help but be pensive. Another year, another chance… Chance to prove myself, chance to do what I failed to do, chance to improve, chance to look for answers to my questions, etc. So hello 2012, I can’t wait for you to arrive!  There are so many things that need to be done and I can’t wait begin this new journey with my first step!

Cheers to 10 Years of Friendship!

I almost forgot but thank God a high school batchmate reminded me. Being the “oh-so-good-at-dates” person in the batch, I’ve been blabbering since January that this year marks the 10th year since all of us met.

So, without further ado… Happy 10 years Mamaws/Taukappahbah/ PSHS-BRC Batch 2005!!

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Day 04: Religion

My views on religion.

I am a Roman Catholic. I am Christian. I may not be very vocal about my faith but I know my stand. I place my Creator above anything else. I may disagree with some views of the Church and how it can be so close-minded sometimes BUT I recognize the fact that without Him I am nothing.

I won’t elaborate much because faith should be never be described using words. It should be practiced.

30 Day Challenge

Here we go….