My (very own) Graduation Speech!

Tomorrow, I finally reach one of those milestones in life- I will graduate from the University of Auckland! Now for some, graduation may not be a big deal at all, but for me, it means the world. Let me share … Continue reading

The Year We All Fell in Love 2

I always write year-enders, just to make sure I wouldn’t forget all the special ups and the downs which has made me stronger. So here goes!

An excerpt from my New Year 2010 entry:

2010. Fresh start. Oh, maybe that could be my somewhat mantra of the year. 2010 should be The Year of Fresh Starts. The year of getting back on my feet. I’ve adjusted pretty well last year, now I know what I’m up against, I’m more familiar and comfortable with my surroundings, I’ve grown closer to my friends, I’ve learned to be more assertive (which was part of my 2009 resolutions), and more or less, I’m getting a vague idea of what I want out of Life, and who I could be, for myself, and for everyone around me.

I loved 2010! It felt so good to finally be able to feel like I belonged in my new home. I was no longer an unfortunate castaway in a strange land. New Zealand slowly grew on me, and soon enough it felt like Life was back to normal.

My 2010 Highlights:

1. Something as good as this is. I love theater! It was part of my list to be able to watch a play and a concert. I was incredibly happy I got to watch RENT! It’s my favorite stage play of all time (I love the movie version too). I love all the songs! I watched with B, back when we were still beating around the bush, haha!

Dream come true! :D

I was also able to watch Miss Saigon with my WTF family! The road trip was awesome! And the Miss Saigon made me cry. Nice story, amazing props!

Finally, what I thought I’d never be able to do last year: watch a concert of an artist I actually like. I almost died of happiness when I heard Adam Lambert was coming to New Zealand. So I watched the concert with my mom. It was crazy! I loved every minute of it (okay, maybe except for the part where we had to wait for a million years to be let in the stadium). Adam is the hottest gay man alive. I love Adam!

2. We are family. My year with the girls started with lots of nights out, clubbing and partying (this was the year we were able to convince Karyn to join us). During the day we’d go to the beach. Our barkada grew this year, and it made me very happy. I love how cramped we’d get when we’re all chilling in someone’s living room. I love our inuman nights. And I love all our random dates. This year was Dom’s baptism. This year, Kg, Kurin, Owy, Dexter, Tonio and Louis (a.k.a B) joined the gang.

3. Study hard, party harder! I became more active in FSA (Filipino Students Association), and organizing events was really challenging but fulfilling as well. I’m so thankful to have had Rachel for a partner in organizing the parties. It was very tiring, but at the end of the night, seeing a club full of happy people was more than enough as a job well done!

 

I also continued my part time job as a Girls in Science tour guide in uni. This year was much better because Marnelli was with me. Free pizza for 2 days! Plus fancy food and wine left overs from the faculty dinner. Just like last, last year!

And finally, this year I realized that Med really wasn’t for me. I took two Bio classes during the first semester, and although I immensely enjoyed some parts, I was almost always questioning myself. I wasn’t that interested to devote my time and become a doctor. I really want to become a Psychologist. 🙂

3. Controversial. Another one of my Life’s Goal: Get something published that actually has an impact on society. The “I’m a Filipino, and I’m not proud” article of mine really caused a stir. Even my own Ninong said it was controversial. I even received a Facebook hate mail about it…during my first day in school! It made me learn a lot about myself and the Filipino people. First, love is different from pride. We can’t be proud if clearly, our own country men are suffering and we are choosing to turn a blind eye on it. I just want to inspire people to act. To say enough is enough. No more corruption. No more killing. Secondly, this experience made me grow as a writer. This was the first time I have experience people with strong opinions against what I wrote. My parents told me how you can’t change everyone’s opinions, no matter how hard you try. I guess what’s important is that if you know it’s right, stick with it. Panindigan.

4. MANILA!!! I was able to save up for my trip. After two years, I was finally able to see all my friends and relatives again! I really missed Christmas and New Year, Pinoy style (I still miss my family and barkada back in NZ though! Sana puwede nalang icombine lahat!)


4. July 10, 2010 . The best surprise in my life. I love you. Enough said.

 

So thank you, 2010! So far, you’re my favorite year! I look forward to 2011! I’m ready now!

Cheers to my lovely friends, all over the world!

Cheers to my family!

Cheers to new experiences! And cherished memories!

Happy New Year!!! 🙂

 

The Year We All Fell in Love 1

Thank you 2010.

You were so filled with love and good fun.

I grew closer to my WTF family.

I was able to go back home, in Manila. Seeing all my friends and family made me whole again.

I realized how a great vacation still isn’t complete without my parents and brothers.

I had a chance to play out my strengths, and identify my weaknesses (hopefully I can change all that for 2011).

I was finally able to accept.

And the highlight of my year… I found love ❤

Happy New Year everyone! Happy 2011! God bless!

(a longer entry to come!)

I’ll give you my heart.

Last night was Christmas Eve, and as I held B’s lovely gift in my hands, I told him I never received anything as beautifully wrapped as the one he gave me. I must have spent 10 minutes simply holding the package in my hands, admiring the weight, the shape, the texture of the lavender wrapper, and the carefully tied bow. I almost didn’t want to open it.

But the actual gift made me very happy. It was the complete series of Paulo Coelho books, all international editions! And between the titles Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym, was a small, gold envelope. It contained another item on my Christmas wish list: a locket.

It sure put my tie and cuff links present to shame. Oh well, there’s always next year.

I’m just glad to say that this year, I was able to spend Christmas Eve with B. The midnight mass was lovely, I really missed hearing such talented choirs for church, the Noche Buena was absolutely delicious (turkey, pasta, sweet ham, and more), and the atmosphere was festive.

I still miss my family though. I guess all the lights and good food won’t make up for it.

I pray for one Christmas with everyone I love just within arms reach.

But for the mean time, I’m happy. I hope everyone’s happy!

I loooove it. But not as much as I love you 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone! Happy Birthday Jesus!!! We love You 🙂 Thank You!

Paulo Coelho International Edition Series 😀

Waking Up.

2 weeks in, and I’m still stretching and rubbing my eyes, trying to wipe off the last remnants of sleep and dream that has kept me in this little, safe bubble of a life.

Honestly, it’s not my cup of tea, but it’s making me realize how weak I am and how very sheltered I was, growing up. And I understand why, but I’m also (sort of) thankful for the experience because how else could I live my life if I never wake up?

It’s a growing up thing. I may not have enjoyed every minute of it, but looking back, I believe it was a valuable and necessary part of learning how to be independent.

Metaphorical much? I’ll let the photos do the talking now.

My favorite little girl, Giann 🙂

 

These kids were so talented in dancing!

Smile 🙂

Playing 'Caterpillar'

Face-painting. Hearts, clowns, and dragons!

I admire everyone who goes to that area weekly to visit the kids.

I admire my best friend who organized the Christmas party for them.

I admire the kids, who given their living conditions, still manage to laugh, smile, and be very polite to everyone.

 

Thank you, I think I just found inspiration.