Dec 31, 2009
Dec 29, 2009
1) Smile and Laugh more. (HEART)
Believe it or not, I'm a very shy person so I usually don't have the initiative to greet people when they pass me along the corridors. Yes, i'm a bit of a snob. And when they do greet me, I just return with a weak half meant smile - that doesn't look like a smile at all.
And is it just me or does laughing require much effort to do? I need to laugh naturally.
2) Avoid Rice and eat more Fruits (BODY)
Here's to a healthier 2010! I'm taking healthy eating and weight loosing to a whole new level this year. I need to get back to my 110lbs weight. Emphasis on the NEED. That's all.
3) Finish at least one book every month (MIND)
Who reads leads. Reading is to the mind as aerobics is to the body. People often take for granted the benefits of reading because they have so much work to do or that reading isn't as instant as "downloading/installing" knowledge to your brain. People whom i know reads often can articulate themselves more and they are more sensible to talk to, so try to dust off your book shelves this 2010 and fill up those empty minds.
4) Travel more (SOUL)
Not only locally but also at least three countries around Asia this year. I'm planning to go whale watching with my friends after this hellish semester (really looking forward to this one), have a pool party birthday in Tagaytay and hopefully visit my mom or dad's provinces.
I'm also with this organization where we'd be visiting ecovillages around Asia - try to observe and learn their lifestyles and bring them here in the country. So I'm expecting a lot of travels and hopefully I can meet new friends on the way.
Dec 25, 2009
2) Go on a date
3) Whale watching with college friends at CamSur
4) Do volunteer work for a charity foundation
5) Exercise 3-5 times per week
6) Wake up earlier than usual
7) Watch at least two musicals
8) Beat a video game
9) Get my driving license by January
10) Travel to at least three countries
11) Experience "hanging" on a heavy traffic
12) Watch a movie by myself
13) Cry in a movie
14) Learn a different language
15) Have breakfast in bed
16) Donate blood
17) Bake for a relative / friend
18) Make a list of things that make me happy
19) Visit at least 10 museums
20) Lose 10 pounds
21) Reconnect with a childhood friend
22) Become more organized
23) Swap books with a friend
24) Go on a road trip
25) Have a firefly themed party at Tagaytay
26) Ride an elephant
27) Recommend a restaurant to a friend
28) Read at least one book a month
29) Go on a spiritual retreat
30) Pay the car behind me at the toll booth
31) Travel abroad without any family member
32) Eat something exotic
33) Get lost with friends
34) Learn to meditate
35) Experience weightlessness
36) Go whitewater rafting
37) Swim at midnight
38) Redecorate my room
39) Get my art published in our school magazine
40) Be a motivational speaker
41) Have my palm read
42) Watch a foreign film
43) Go for an early morning jog
44) Catch a firefly
45) Have a beach bonfire
46) Adopt a pet
47) Paint using oil on canvass
48) Collect more art books
49) Cram a major paper
50) Sleep overnight in a friend's house
51) Play a board game at Starbucks
52) Meet new friends in other countries
53) Plan a high school class reunion
54) Make at least one short film
55) Keep a secret secret
56) Puke in public
57) Attend a wedding
58) Have an overnight pool birthday party
59) Shop from 9am til 12midnight
60) Watch a complete tv series
61) Go Visita Iglesia with cousins
62) Prepare for our 10th year friendship anniversary:P
63) Go to Philippine Fashion Week
64) Write a poem
65) Be a good example to my lil' sister
66) Get at least two A's
67) Visit a rainforest
68) Edit my closet
69) Help build a house with charity
70) Interview someone important
71) Go spelunking
72) Buy something very expensive
73) Treat a beggar to lunch /breakfast
74) Build a sand castle
75) Watch the sunset on a hilltop
76) Send letters via snail mail
77) Visit a cemetery
78) Join a tree planting activity
79) Live for a weekend on an EcoVillage
80) Attend an international youth conference outside the country
81) Do not sleep for at least 24 hours
82) Say "I love you" to my dad
83) Ride a canoe
84) Reconnect with a high school teacher
85) Take a minor in International Business
86) Go to a water spa
87) Karaoke with friends
88) Go to the mall in a wheelchair
89) Wear my cascading necklace and fur hat to school
90) Smoke and quit smoke
91) Get a massage
92) Rent a butterfly costume or something similar for the yearbook photo
93) Sleep under the stars
94) Save at least P10,000 from my own allowance
95) Fly a kite with my newphew
96) Have the car re-tinted
97) Paint at least 12 paintings
98) Donate at least 10 jackets to charity
99) Become the Comm VP of Harvard Project for Asian International Relations
100) Start writing a book
101) Make 101 steps for 2011
I'll print this and hang it in my cork board.
Every time I accomplish something, I'll cross it out.
I hope I can do at least 80% of the stuff here.
Make your own 101 steps for 2010! It would make your year more memorable:P
Happy Holidays everyone!
I worked with Stephie before (together with 3 more European student volunteers) in a psycho-social relief operations of UNICEF for an elementary school in a distant town in Laguna. She said that she wanted to feel how Filipinos celebrate Christmas (because it was relatively solemn and sad from where she came from) so my cousin and I invited her to stay with the family for a couple of days.
So how does a typical Filipino family celebrate Christmas and what makes it so unique? The food? songs? church traditions? last minute shopping? exchange gifts? lechon?
We took her in the Simbang Gabi and introduced her to Bibingka and Puto Bumbong. She was actually amazed by the church attendance here because back in Cologne, Germany, few people go to mass. She said that it was such an experience shopping at Divisoria because there are loads of great finds there and the prices are ridiculously cheap.
We asked her about her most memorable experience here in the country and she mentioned the Aetas. They showed a film in the Aetas' village and all the people there got excited so much because their village had no electricity nor even a good water system.
She's been to most of the good places in the country and in her remaining days in the Philippines, she'll visit Palawan, Bohol and the Rice Terraces.
1) My dad can actually speak straight English for hours when he's drunk and in front of a foreigner.
2) It was difficult to define/exercise how a typical Filipino Christmas should be because we don't practice it often nor appreciate its uniqueness. Or maybe, the Philippines is just one big cultural melting pot that formulating a Filipino Christmas identity is difficult.
3) We still live in a traditional society wherein the values of a society are more important than the value of an individual, and we have the Church to blame for this; thus a lot more people have been marginalized/discriminated.
4) Some foreigners know the country better than I do. I met this lawyer and playwright from New York in the Philippine National Museum and as embarrassing as it may sound they were the ones giving me lessons on Philippine History.
5) Santa was drunk when he got to our place! He gave me this book from John Maxwell: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Workbook. He should know that I suck in law class - only got a C.
***I hope this yuletide season, you will see the incarnated God whom we call Jesus Christ as someone who transcends the boundaries of religion. He is the Sensate that allows us to experience the love of the Supra-Sensate. We should experience God more in our relationship with others, than see him as an Authoritarian deity who rewards the good and punishes the wicked.
Dec 21, 2009
That is, for me, a difficult, maybe even impossible question to answer, because I am drawn to each place for a different reason. I have found that in any place, anywhere, no matter how near or far from where I am from, I will be able to find something that speaks to me on a unique and personal level.
The trick is getting into that state of mind where you are open to any experience that may present itself. Children have this method down pat, for them everything is new, and for them nothing else exists but the present. Every moment for them is a medley of sensations.
I like watching children run. There is something extraordinary about the abandon with which they throw themselves into it; their legs churn, their arms flail, their eyes shine, reveling in the sensation of half flying, half falling. I tell myself, this is how you should travel - enjoying everything: the heights of wonder, the missteps that challenge you, but always, always be in that moment you currently inhabit.
I realize that if every place has, at its core, something singular and specific to itself, it must be true that every person is uniquely the product of that place that he calls home. And every place I have been has added to my understanding of others, has deepened my appreciation of myself and where I have come from. How good it feels to be home, for here is always where I return.
I write about my travels as an attempt to recapture those moments, so that I might, as a child, cup them briefly in my hands like fireflies - my own stories of wonder, triumph, and humility - before releasing them, pieces of moonlight to guide me onwards as I navigate through life.
I was torn between getting this Van Gogh planner, this Italian Sapien (which I don't understand) planner and the Navi 2010 planner. Good thing I chose the last option. I am expecting a lot of travels around Asia this 2010.
5% of the proceeds will go to MioFightsCancer (http://www.miofightscancer.com). I'm really big on these products with social benefits.
Buy now! It's really good. And there are loads of freebies!
I bought it at Fully Booked Powerplant (and I got the last copy), but I guess it's still available at other Fully Booked stores.
Dec 5, 2009
- You can smoke freely and independently using the batteries and toggle between the manual and automatic switches
- You can smoke the e-cigarette using the additional USB cable via your computer or directly from the electricity network, giving you constant full power and full satisfaction
- You can smoke using the exchangeable battery that is inside the USB cable
- You can connect your Classic cigarette to the cigarette lighter in your car for full power and satisfaction
Nov 29, 2009
We got lost because most of the buildings look the same (Spanish architecture) and people/students were everywhere so I kinda got dizzy seeing so much of them. Yes, i’m allergic to people and students in uniform.
My brother was thankful he was wearing running shoes coz he ran round the walled city like a lost cat in Ray Ban’s, while i had to struggle with my Paul Smith floral embroidered high cuts while strutting along the cobbled stone streets.
We arrived at our target destination – San Agustin Museum – where it houses religious relics of the 300 year Spanish occupation and luckily, we saw Carlos Celdran (best tour guide ever) so we joined the tour. And I got loads of insights from him!Yes, the museum tour was interesting but the part where we enjoyed most was when we were walking along Muralla street and students from the universities were staring at us while the wind is sweeping our hair and the sun shines on our noses! haha!
Nov 28, 2009
Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won - for a slide show on Global Warming.
Nov 26, 2009
Oo, mas madaling magbulag-bulagan at magbingi-bingihan sa mga nababalitaan nating karahasan sa Maguindanao. Mas mabuting mag aral na lang ng Finance or magplano ng susunod na inuman o mag-shopping. Natatakot rin akong malaman ang mga detalye dahil ayaw natin ang pait at hirap na kasama ng katotohanan.
Ngunit may puntong hindi mo na kayang salagin ang nakabibinging mga balita sa karahasan at kahayupang nangyayari sa atin.
Personally, nanghina ako ng nabasa ko ito:
"My wife’s private parts were slashed four times, after which they fired a bullet into it. They speared both of her eyes, shot both her breasts, cut off her feet, fired into her mouth. I could not begin to describe the manner by which they treated her.” — Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu
"Naiiiyak ako sa mga nakikita ko sa balita. Mga inosenteng tao kinitilan ng buhay. Meron ba silang konsensya? Yung iba madaming anak na iniwan, sila na lang inaasahan ng pamilya. Di ba nila naisip yung kinabukasan ng mga anak ng mga pinatay nila? Paano na sila? Nagagalit ako. Wala silang mga puso. Walang mga kaluluha.Wala lang. May masabi lang."
Nov 23, 2009
Me: Aren't you more interested in what i'll say?
Dondie: Haha! No.
Me: Well if i had the money, i'll call Joey Samson/ Ivarluski Aseron and ask him to collaborate with Ang Kiukok for a neutral coat inspired by the Vintas of Davao. My shoes will be designed by my friend Will Valeriano which will look like a modern bandaged mummy feet.
It might not be United Nations, but this is it! cross your fingers and toes...
I'm happy to announce that before the year ends, i'll be going to a distant country known for its shopping district (yey!) to participate in a 3-day international youth convention/conference. I'll not give the exact details until december 8 because baka ma-jynx. haha!
But do pray that the funds will be enough to cover my clothes expenses (chos!) and that my Finance102 long exam won't take place in the same day (sigh!).
This is one step closer to achieving an ecologically sustainable development for the country. The proects have started in (as far as i know) in Nueva Ecija (w/c i'll visit on dec 8), Boracay... and i hope villages in Manila and Cebu would adapt to the practices soon.
As of the moment, i'm trying to work out with my two 2lbs dumbells so that i would look fierce and fabulous there:P wish me luck!
Nov 15, 2009
The nerve of this Filipino taxi driver causing mega commotion inside an international airport!
I love staying at airports because they have different energy. There's always something interesting to look at - either couples whom you know won't be seeing each other for such a long time (because of the way they french kiss!) up to families who are reunited because their dad has finally returned.
But here's something you don't see everyday:
We went to the Centennial Airport tonight because my aunt, uncle and cousin are going to the US to visit their nephew who's celebrating his 4th birthday. And as i was about to step my red hot Paul Smith shoes outside the car, people were screaming and the guards were chasing something.
At first i thought a waterbuffalo was running wild around the airport but I got to my (common) senses when a man was running and screaming "yung bag ko! yung bag ko!"
Based from what I heard, this guy went out of the taxi (with his hand carry) to get his bigger bag at the back when the driver sped away thinking he could pass the dozens of guards waiting for him below!
The nerve diba! He's going to commit one big kahihiyan in front of those foreigners! What will they think of the country!?!
And I thought Manny Pacquiao victory day was crime free day. Sigh!
Nov 14, 2009
We are humans and as creations who are free, we do not mindlessly follow a set of rules that limit us to what we wear. We are not robots programmed to grab the same set and design of clothes everyday, so the best way we can cope up with this INHUMANITY is to accessorize and customize the clothes. (i think my blue-yellow-and-white-haired philosophy teacher will agree with this)
Back in high school (below), uniform was mandatory so in order to keep my sanity put, i tried to accessorize - putting different jackets/blazers everyday, wearing bracelets and necklaces, spraying different perfumes/colognes and trying to stand out among the rest with the way I talk and walk.
I went to University of Santo Tomas with my brother last month during their enrolment and I was wearing something that made people look and stare, and i got the reaction i was looking for:))
It was actually overwhelming for someone like me who advocates freedom and beauty to see so much students with the same outfit all at the same time!!! AND IN A UNIVERSITY!!! What will the Greeks think of this!?!
But amids the tragedy, girls were pulling their skirts up, people were wearing different designs of jackets, shoes, bags and even socks which i think reflects their personality, even their hairstyles are different.
Somewhere in that ugly white uniform ay isang kaluluwang gustong kumawala, ipagsigawang tao rin siyang may karapatang pumili at manamit ng maganda, nagkukumawalang ilabas kung ano siya to stand out above the rest. And i feel these people, ramdam ko sila, especially the ones who are at school of fine arts and design.
So i think when 2012 comes, and people are animalistically trying to scavenge the last remaining resources and when people start eating each other, let's not forget to dress up and look fabulous.
I think dressing up is the corner stone of our humanity. Historically, people were considered civilized with the way we dressed. After gaining knowledge, Adam and Eve found out that they were naked so they clothed themselves - i wouldn't be surprised if Eve tried making lingerie or gowns out of banana leaves. There's more basis for this claim and i hope you see light in what i'm suggesting.
Fashion will save humanity!