Monday, December 31, 2012

Thanking the Year That WAS for the Year That IS: 2011 vis a vis 2012

We always have the tendency to forget the past and UNCONSCIOUSLY claim that they don't have any bearing as to who we have become after rising from a terrible fall back. Well, count me in to a few who definitely don't dwell on the past but still look back to what has been with a whole new perspective of seeing events that have concurred. Isn't it through 'looking back' that we're being reminded that for once in our life, we cried for the deepest agonies? And yet, look at us now, just by a peep to what was once, we're proud to say that we have still emerged to be the strongest and the bravest for passing a heck of 2011.

2011 was the perfect transition for me to reach this priceless maturity. Call it fate or what, but 2011 was a blessing in disguise. ;)

A year ago, I fell so deeply in love with the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants. [JPIA] I joined almost all of its activities and screamed the Ateneo chant wherever I go. You know I don't mean this literally,do you? Haha!

I got too attached with my College bestfriends. Here are some of them. AND.. 

I fell in love with The Crusader Publication more and more each day of 2011. It's always good to know that you always have a SWEET HOME at STC 302. Oh how I love Ateneo!!! :) Nothing really extra special last 2011.Then I kissed the year goodbye. 

*drumroll* 
2012 IS MY YEAR! Nothing beats the happiness you get when you're whole, fulfilled and inspired to aspire for a fabulous 2013! And since my site is based on honesty and trust, I must admit that I had a hard time pulling back the things I used to have, most especially, bringing myself back in its old-times-giddiness!!! It was difficult, yes, but the smooth-sailing transition allowed me to better my perspective, redirect my once crooked road to wholeness and it reminded me my potentials, way beyond what letter grades slash latin honors can define nor any relationship status can bluntly show. 

At the onset of 2012, I still had with me my adorable blockmates who helped me love again the course that I refused to nurture in 2011. They totally INSPIRED me to read my books once more and rekindle the PASSION we've got - all for the LOVE OF ACCOUNTANCY and the challenges in between. Pass or fail, they moved me to believe that we'll be rounding up the course with our heads up and hearts on. *Wipes my tears.* I love you, guys.

I had myself involved in activities which gave me opportunities to meet people that I've always looked up to. One big smile for Miss Shamcey Supsup. Very purteee and kind!!! 

I exerted a very CONSCIOUS EFFORT last January to March for me just to march on March! Hahaha! Like what my classmate told me, I should be glad that I was able to experience the thrill of passing or failing a major subject while I'm still under the Accountancy program. Fair enough, I had with me all the THRILLS of passing, at the very least, my LAW 4. It was awful to think that I've embraced the thrill for my LAST SEMESTER in college. My Gosh! BAWAL HYMINGA?!!! Hahaha! But just after the LAW FINAL EXAM, now you start figuring my MWAHAHA FACE. Come on, I MADE IT! Wohooo!!!

Graduation moments will forever be priceless. Graduating with an answered prayer even made me utter my favorite POWER, POWER! *With matching clap-clap!* Haha! It was also cool to graduate with my bestfriend, Kimson. That's supposed to be a wacky picture. Why so epal?!!! NOT FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS!!! Grrrr. 
Graduation: MARCH 24. Birthday: MARCH 25. Need I say more?! Mwahaha! 


2012 is also special because I met my long lost Brother, Paolo Esguerra. Awww. :''> Although we are not biologically related, I'm really glad that I have a cool, awesome brother in his person. He's among the few that I could talk for hours without getting bored and all that. He's extra caring, witty and most of all, we think alike most of the times. Hahaha! You know there will always be that one person who knows what you're thinking even without uttering the right words blah blah. Thank you so much, Bru! Cheers to more years of friendship and craziness with your pretty Liam, of course. :>

Bru's also an instrument for me to RECONNECT with my BFF, Lester. Here's a catch of our cutie prep photo. Effort na effort ang dancing peg?! Hahaha! Kidding aside, I'm happy that I've found him again. Although Marionne is no longer around, I'm sure that he's happy knowing that we now both have each other as friends for life. What I like about Lester is his genuineness. And I couldn't be more thankful for having him around. :''>

A+ for awesome trivia nights at MBB! Check this out.

I won't forget my short vacay at SBMA too! I told you!!! I'm NOT FAAAAAAAT. Hahaha! 

I also love my Tita Faith's place at Zambales. What a treat for an intense review for the toughest battle. 

We started the review with a mass at UST. See we're smiling? Smiling with our hearts beating fast for the boards. Mwahaha! 


Put all the blame to the following photos for a noteworthy hibernation from the world wide web! Boo!!! 


Too colorful, right? I just had to convince myself that I was doing something. Hahaha! Highlight-highlight slight, tulog-tulog big time. Kidd. 

Emphasis on the face of pressure LOL best in eyebags look. Mwahaha! Sorry I don't really put anything on my face. Bear with me. asdfghjkl I settle for a kiddie powder but I'm starting to color my lips now I don't know how it's still 'sablay' come on I'm not making any sense here. Hahaha! 

I've already shared this before. Kalerks.  Immediately after the board exam, I visited my favorite salon and had my bangs on. Thanks to 'Ate' for CLOWNING my face. Like a Madame! Hahaha!

AND THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL, *Insert fireworks here* [coughs] I PASSED THE CPA BOARD EXAM!!! 


Less than a week after passing the boards, I immediately went to the Camiguin Island for Miss Camiguin 2012. Click this sentence lol for the full story. It was also nice catching up with my pretty bestfriends. I know. Such a makulay-na-buhay dress. Don't you just love that?  

My parents are very kind that they had a Thanksgiving Party for me. Too many photos. Just check my albums. And the guy beside me, yes, that little dude out there is my Chubby. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. HE'S VERY CUTE makes me wanna kiss his chubby cheeks forever nomnom. :* 

My precious job is more like an icing to my 2012. I still don't have the courage to share about my work. Prolly after the busy season. I don't want to write something that is half-baked and I'd still LOVE TO LEARN more before I share some tiny bits about my work. AND I don't have the guts too to post a photo with me wearing a corporate attire. Hahaha! I'M TOO SHY QWERTYUIOP but I'd be glad to share it the soonest. *Fingers-crossed*

Before 2012 closes its curtains and as 2013 lays its carpet to us, it pays to remember that 
"when we pursue our dreams, every second is an encounter with God."

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I kissed 2011 goodbye. I hugged 2012 for bringing out the best in me. I hope that I'll be kissing 2013 next year definitely NOT for a goodbye but for granting THE NEXT BIG THING that I've been praying for. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! :) 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Face of Kindness

I was updating an infamous card when life slapped me - just hard enough to leave a mark on my face. Not. My life. Whatever. 

It was a sunny afternoon. Though tiresome, I had to catch up with tons of requirements and make it all up for the deadliest line invented of all times --- DEADLINE. Wait, did I just say that?!

So the story goes like this.

I was lining up for a card update at *insert government institution here* while on the queue, a man, probably in his mid 40's, politely inquired 'this crew' about an identification card. I thought that it was just a plain scene, like any other fiascoes that I get to observe, BUT the crew's response really made me raise my eyebrows. She humiliated the man with her stern, wicked voice and ended up their conversation with 'Imma-devour-you-alive-face'. I never expected that a professional like her would give such insulting response to a not-so well-off man. I was left shocked, felt sorry for the man, all the more for the crew who didn't know how low she appeared on us. 

I don't want to be preachy or what to tell you that WE NEED TO BE KIND all the time because  I also have my own lapses. At times, I am stubborn and oftentimes, I have my fair share in this 'Certified sa KaMalditan' title BUT...

I am actually extracting all the lessons that I could possibly get from the scene which slapped me straight to my face. It all boils down to KINDNESS... and it is not perfected unless I/we act it out. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

9 Mornings and Her One Great Wish

There's a little bit of mystery and a GREAT sense of awe in this lovely place. The true essence of Christmas, the birth of our Baby Jesus, could really be felt in this serene spot on earth!!! The long travel was worth it, and I'm pretty sure that this is going to be one of my best Christmas celebrations ever! Hooray for food overload and all else in between!!! Away from urbanism, I'm happy that I get to spend this Yuletide Season with a few of the people that I truly care about. I just can't stay in the city alone. A BIG NU-UHHH!!! No fancy meals nor shining Christmas Trees can overpower the warmth of love and joy you'd get with family and friends. 

As I prepare for the coming of our Saviour, I always see to it that my Simbang Gabi's attendance is definitely COMPLETE. Awww. Please bear with me. I do get my childlike attitude everytime I share this. Hahaha! Tomorrow's the last day of Simbang Gabi so I'm setting all the alarm clocks around me again and again and again. Hahaha!!! I'll be completing the Simbang Gabi for SEVEN CONSECUTIVE YEARS already (I started when I was a Junior High Student)!

On a serious note, I know that we all have different preparations and beliefs as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some share their blessings in orphanages and other kind institutions; some choose to donate a part of their earnings in charitable works... and apart from gift sharing and love giving, one of my PERSONAL promises to the Lord is my completion of Misa De Gallo. It's actually my devotion in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary in anticipation of Christmas. Day by day, I seek for guidance through Mother Mary's intercession and Simbang Gabi's just one of my ways to thank Her for EVERYTHING.

Moreover, I'm quite sure that you guys have heard about this 'WISH' thing. Old folks say that your wish will come true if you get to complete the 9 Mornings (given that you pray by heart and live by faith). If you'll ask me, with all HONESTY, well... MY WISHES CAME TRUE FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS. Year by year, they all came up to me as answered prayers. Some were simple wishes and some were amazingly impossible but they were still granted. :)

I have known a very few whose wishes aren't granted but I have known a lot who can be living proofs with this miraculous wish. However, we always have to remember that the very reason why we go to church would be OUR STRONG FAITH IN HIM and the answered wish just comes out as a bonus.

And for this year, I wish that ASDFGHJKLZXCVBNM hehehe ZXCVBNMASDFGHJKL hihihi QWERTYUIIOPASDFGHJKL nyeeeeehkkkk. Aside from this big time prayer, I pray that He will give me a better eyesight jklsjkls. It sucks to be eyeglass-dependent since I'm not really considering wearing contacts. A 20-20 vision is incredibly SEXEEEY so please?!!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Hohoho :D :* Lovelove!!! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy 1st, Repudiate Sarcasm!!!

First, I wish to thank our sponsor for treating us a very sumptuous dinner. Isn't it a happy thing? Hahaha! The good company of my group mates even made the dinner EXTRA HAPPIER. So this means I'm updating again my  personal list of the beautiful people who made my 2012!!! Cheers to that! I've been blessed with several people who literally come and go in my life and I'm really really thankful that everyone's an instrument in making me as happy as Jollibee!!! Hahaha. Kidd. 

Speaking of happiness, I would just like to greet REPUDIATE SARCASM a happy happy birthday! My cheerful little space in cyberspace just turned one!!! I can't believe this!!! It just started from zero (like any other) and now, it's running 30,000 page views. This thought makes me too giddy so I think I need to make a bumble shake?!?!!! Hahaha!

Anyway, whatever your reasons are for spending your PRECIOUS TIME with me, I thank you for having extra patience in reading my meaningful and sometimes, just 'sabaw' posts. Hahaha! Putting all my giddiness aside, I SERIOUSLY THANK EVERYONE OF YOU for leaving good comments in my social networking site accounts and for even telling me personally that you like reading my posts. YOU INSPIRE ME SO MUCH to write even more and spread positivity all throughout the world. (HA?!!) Hahaha!

Although my heart tells me to spend more time here now, I still need to prepare lots of stuff. Long travel is long travel. QWERTYUIOP. And just because there's a lot of catching up to do with you guys, (got too busy with this career thing), I wish to blog about the following topics before 2012 closes its curtains. 

12 Men who Made my 2012
9 Mornings and her One Great Wish
Rebirth - 2012 Year Ender 

I might also share the origin of my blog's name and how it all started. Haha! I may not be able to publish all those three topics stated above I'm TOO BUSY naaaaaaaw. <//3 Another QWERTYUIOP. But I'll try my best. Have a happy Christmas Break. Happy Holidays!!! :) 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Prelude to the 'Next Big Thing'

I've never been this happy and fulfilled in my entire life. Even the-best-words-used-of-all-times seem not to capture this sense of completeness and worth that I feel as a woman. I've prayed hard for this long enough since college and FINALLY, He granted my heart's longing and even blessed me MORE than what I have prayed for. It's just too awesome how He directed my life in the MOST CHALLENGING way that He could and made me His 'best actress' in my very own life story. Admittedly, I never liked some of the scenes He had me portrayed - He had me crying, stumbling and falling but the greatest part was, how He made me realize that I needed all of those for me to APPRECIATE this beautiful feeling that I wish to share right now. 

Finally, He granted me one particular moment yesterday for me to claim His most precious gift. I don't intend to share details, but it was really just another ordinary day which eventually turned out to be one of the best days of my life! I never thought that He'd grant it in the most casual, unexpected manner so it just came across my senses while I was walking along. Perhaps He didn't grant it during any other awarding of honors slash crowning slash passing the boards or what moment because He wanted me to appreciate the beauty of this 'wholeness'  in a very humbling setup. 

I am praying that you too, my dear blog readers, could feel this sense of INDIVIDUALITY fair enough. True, we are social beings... and we need love and affection from a few, but at the end of the day, it's still best to reassure ourselves that we achieve our PURPOSE and hit our GOALS as His steward even with these genuine people around. 

I GUESS I'M NOW READY FOR THE NEXT BIG THING. JUST SO YOU KNOW. I GUESS I'M NOW READY FOR THE NEXT BIG THING. JUST SO YOU KNOW.I GUESS I'M NOW READY FOR THE NEXT BIG THING. JUST SO YOU KNOW. Just so you know. ;) 

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Paradise of Love

I felt so much love early this morning. Well I always do. But the recognition of this beautiful gift from above was perfected by the radiance brought by Father Sun plus, the noisy chitchats of my forever dearest girlfriends woke me up. I remained still for a while and remembered an experience of love not so long time ago. 

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What was once 
More than a decade ago, I was already a MAKULIT BULILIT. HAHA! I won't let my Mommy Lola sleep without sharing her childhood stories. So even  if we never grew together for obvious reasons, I still feel that we're childhood best friends. (Yes, I'm a Lola's Girl. So deal. Mwehehe!) I was fascinated with her Camiguin stories and everything in between! With this fascination, I grew up loving the island. Mommy's upbringing and the entirety of Camiguin made her as awesome as now. I'm just certain that like Mommy, the people of Camiguin are proud too of sharing how beautiful their PARADISE is. 

For a love that can't say no
As I grew up, Mommy's such an eager beaver! Haha. She really wanted me to join Ms. Camiguin. During college, I kept on declining her request since I was too busy coping with my course. But last October, I just don't know why saying 'No' was just too hard. In the middle of intense review in Manila, I got excited because finally, I'll be returning a favor to my Lola who has always loved me with her entire heart plus, I'll be representing the place (Sagay, Camiguin) that I have learned to love for years. 

I honestly like Ate Chiery's answer when she was asked of her 'joining this prestigious pageant' even when she already joined national pageants. It all boils down to one word:  HUMILITY. I believe that even if I already proved myself in some other pageants, it pays to go back to where I'm from and bring honor and glory to the place that honed me to become a better individual.

Pageant Random Ramblings
Do you still remember THIS POST? Go figure. HAHA. Winning this pageant was never easy. Just click the link whenever you feel like reading my rants. I thought that it would end there!!! QWERTYUIOP!!! I shed so much tears for my talent! We practiced it for only two hours. I owe a lot to Sir Henry who was so brave  grabe grabe grabe!!! (Kuyawan kaayo siya magsakay ug pump boat. Ermahgerd!!!) But praise God he arrived safely.

Friendship Overload!!!
More than any other, I'm just blessed to have found GOOD FRIENDS during my 1 week stay in Camiguin. My fellow candidates were so KALOG! They're really fun to be with. Instead of making me feel that I was in a competition, they touched my life as my new angels who'll always be there for me no matter what. I LOVE YOU PRETTIES!!! :)

Love is the Answer
Q&A is my favorite part every time I join pageants. Modesty aside, it's actually the portion where I can pour my heart out. Although the 'rampa thing' boosts my self-esteem and all that.

I wish to share my final answer but I cannot remember what I've said word-for-word. HAHA! (The question was something like, 'Why is Camiguin called the Island of Paradise?') It's really a whole new thing if you'll just read my answer. So I might just keep it myself??? Hihihi. The gist is, I just answered the question based on how I felt during those seconds. I was even teary-eyed when I shared something about my Lola. My answer was straight from my heart. My answer was real. My answer was all about LOVE.

Thank you!!! 
Thank you, Camiguin for giving me an awesome experience. I wish to mention names but I might forget some so here's a BIG HUG FOR YOU!!! Yaaaaay! Let us continue to promote Camiguin Island, all the more for the following years to come. After all, it isn't just a paradise. CAMIGUIN IS A  PARADISE OF LOVE. :)

*Written last November. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Why I'm not on Facebook"

I usually get bored during long travels, specially when I travel alone. For me, seventy-five minutes of a ride up up in the air without doing anything is unimaginable!!! The thought of being idle is a bad idea, isn't it? So just like my latest plane ride, I bought a newspaper to keep my senses busy. 

After reading some of the recent issues, I came across the lifestyle section and got hooked with an article entitled "Why I'm Not on Facebook". The man behind the article is too awesome. I mean, he bluntly put in words how guys perceive this 'Facebook issue'. It may sound petty, but for anyone who's in a severe relationship, (I don't count myself in since I belong to the league of happy singles for the time being!), this Facebook thing really sucks. I thought of writing my own version but I guess today isn't just the right timing.

There's always a first time, what you think? So I'm sharing an article in my blogsite for the first time evaaaaaaaar!!! Again, the following article is NOT MINE. It's written by Joshua AF Dy, found in the Lifestyle section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. You may also find a copy of this article here: WHY I'M NOT ON FACEBOOK Thank you so much, the Philippine Daily Inquirer for giving us sensible posts. 

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Why am I still friends on FB with my ex, my current girlfriend wants to know. Here’s how social media can make relationships more complicated.





Eric, 17, was texting furiously while we waited in line to watch an action flick in the mall. His new girlfriend was angry with him; he had not yet updated his relationship status on Facebook.
Now, Eric is a handsome chinito who probably has more female friends than male friends on his Facebook account. Not a single day goes by without a posting on his Wall from one of these female friends expressing admiration for Eric.
Among these female friends online is his current girlfriend, who, minutes after she accepted Eric as her boyfriend, updated her relationship status, tagging Eric. He has not yet approved the tag, nor has he changed his relationship status on the popular social media website. Now, she’s furious over it.
I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Eric. I had been in the same situation, although I think, unlike me, Eric had it coming. You couldn’t punish a man for being good looking, but when a girl feels wronged, she is often wronged. That’s why, unlike Eric, I had totally dropped off the edge of the digital planet. I have no Facebook account, and  bliss quickly took over my two-year relationship.
If you are on Facebook and are currently in a relationship, chances are you have experienced a fight over a status. Worse, you and your girlfriend would have fought over a “like” of some sexy photo your female friend posted.
Much ado
One could argue that you shouldn’t be doing it, but it seems justified to rail that there has already been much ado over an overexcited comment on your ex’s post. But hey, why are you even friends with your ex? Why not, I say!
I had been in the same situation as Eric. Somehow, that is. That’s why early this year, I deleted my Facebook account. Deactivated it, actually, but don’t tell my girlfriend that. You see, I’m friends with my ex-girlfriend. It was quite a long relationship, so there’s bound to be some feelings left, or maybe it’s just really deep friendship between the two of us. We went to the same school, and had some common friends who we have both known for years. So, I was thinking that somehow it was  inevitable that we would bump into each other, so we might as well be friends on Facebook.  As Spock would have said, it’s only logical, right?
If only  it was that simple.  I posted a photo of mine one day. Lo and behold! My ex-girlfriend was the first one to comment on it. She cracked a joke, which I thought was funny, so I liked it and posted my own comment to her comment. Well, it isn’t like we’re strangers. Clearly we had much to say to each other; we were together for  a long time.  I was happily exchanging comments with my ex-girlfriend when I was notified that my current girlfriend liked one of my comments!
I already smelled trouble somehow, but being the optimist that I am, I continued my exchange with my ex. I would later on realize that a like is not a green light to continue. It’s more like, “I know what you’re up to.  You better stop it.” Of course, I didn’t know it then, so I got into trouble with my present girlfriend for it.
Just when I thought that the storm had passed, another one hit me, with a stronger signal. You see, Facebook has this way of thwarting the continuum of time. You can’t actually say past is past, since a quick scroll down your Timeline reveals a comprehensive overview of what you had been doing on social media.
Worse, Facebook  has a way of bringing up the past. For example, when a friend makes a new comment on your old photo, it would reappear on your News Feed. It becomes current news on your and your friends’ News Feed.
This introduces a whole new problem when trying to bury the past, hidden from the mind of your somewhat love-crazed girlfriend. Old wounds could easily be opened, even after you have successfully healed it with a romantic harana outside her house. It may have been forgiven, but it will never be forgotten. Thanks to Facebook.
Undone
Some time after the first storm had already passed, my ex-girlfriend posted a new comment on some photos.  It was then republished on my News Feed as well as on my girlfriend’s.  All the work that a dozen red roses had done to get it behind us was undone by a single comment. We fought again because she thought that I was rekindling my romance with my ex-girlfriend. Why am I even friends with her in the first place, she asked. I said, we’re just friends. Besides, it’s only Facebook.
It wasn’t our last fight, nor was it the worst. But I thought it illustrated how Facebook “digitalized” (and supposedly simplified) our relationship with other people. I thought it was a whole new way of relating to other people, free from the drama of the real world. But it turned out to be basically the same story, except that, since info travels much more faster, it also complicates things faster.
The funny thing is, guys easily dismiss their digital “indiscretion” as if it’s far removed from the real world, although they are experiencing its pervasiveness and potential to complicate the real world at the moment.
So, after a few more fights, made all the more exhausting because I thought we were fighting over a petty thing, I deleted my Facebook account. We still fight, though not as often as we did when I was hyper-connected with my friends digitally. Occasionally, I  activate my account quickly just to check on the lives of friends, but only when she’s asleep and wouldn’t know.
We were nearing the entrance when Eric decided to turned off his cell phone, and for a while forget about his new girlfriend, who just wouldn’t let the matter go. He would soon face the music, though, but at least, for now, he could watch the movie with us. Besides, I told him my experience after we went out for coffee. I hope he’ll be better equipped to handle it. If not, he still has those expressive eyes and winning smile.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Atenistang CPA - The Testimonial Dinner

I booked a flight a day before our Testimonial Dinner simply because I value the significance of this event so much. The dinner, so to speak, is a tribute given to us (the new Atenistang CPAs) by our Alma Mater. I can miss any other dates, but definitely NOT this one. More so, I joined the event because I wanted my parents to be VERY HAPPY! :)

It was actually a night of tears - the joy of surpassing the hullabaloos of Accountancy and the breath-taking CPA Board Exam. It was a night filled with laughters too --- the joy of seeing each other once more and the joy of refreshing the bumps we conquered! A+!!!

Most of all, it was a NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING to our teachers and parents who INSPIRED us wholeheartedly. But before I get emotional, (We already had too much last night HAHAHA), let's keep this post rolling with photos. Too bad I can't include everything. Mwahaha! You can catch a glimpse of the people who attended the event by clicking the following link: TESTIMONIAL DINNER "Feasting with the best from the test".

So this is my cousin, Kent. I love this guy so much. He has been a very good cousin ever since. Right, Couz? HAHA Sorry for the bottom-right photo. Parang tanga2x pose lang. Mwahaha! We weren't prepared for that shot. 

Do you still remember my pretty girlfriends? I often talk about them here in my little space. I'm just blessed with these crazy smarties. I love you, MG! 

We were asked to wear something that is candy-inspired. I opted to look like a little bit girly-girly so ayan, I look like a kindergarten kid. HAHAHA Say hi to Jessa, Kimberly, Geraldine, Razel and Kent. 

I thought that this could only happen when I'll be walking down the aisle. Hihi. We were recognized one by one as we moved forward to the stage. I was teary-eyed during this moment. I'm sure Mommy's being sentimental too. Awww. Hihi. Meet my parents. 

I wasn't surprised that we had to be the last in line. Insert "Z" initial here. HAHA Then.. we were instructed to get a candy and stay in front. Surreal feeling. TEARS. I never thought I'd be too emotional. Naaaaaw. 

After dinner, we had picture taking with some of the people who helped us achieve wherever we are right now. This is Sir Beneff Salinas. He's DEFINITELY one of the best!!! Managerial Advisory Services (A Board Exam Subject) seemed to be easier because of his AWESOME teaching. Thanks to you, Sir. 

So let's move to one of my favorites: GAAAAAAMMMMEESSSS! See how competitive we are! Ginacareer bisag games. HAHA This is the ''Gapas-gapas'' game. We had to keep the cotton floating in thin air in order to get a point. 

Nga-nga pose. Come on!!! Hahaha. 


And the WINNER is.. 

Second game: "The Hikap-hikap Game" We laughed to death, grabe. 

Again, we won. Mwahahaha! 

We lost in this game (the third one). AWFUL POSES. HAHAHA

Tagging Razel. The Last KISS. HAHA *Inside joke here." 

We sang a song to our dear parents and everyone was given the opportunity to say something. After giving our individual messages, we gave them roses + cards + awesome hugs and kisses. HAPPY FAMILY!!! And oh, Mommy was asked to say something. GRABE I WAS TOTALLY CAUGHT OFF GUARD. HAHA She was so talkative. So many revelations. From study life to love life to etc. I just had to cover my face. Oh well. *Insert shameful face here* HAHAHA 

We were then blindfolded. Our parents guided us towards the poolside. When we were asked to get the blindfold, tears started to fall. They formed CPA out of these beautiful candles. I have to commend the officers for this surprise. The host shared how much we value these THREE LETTERS. True enough. Before, we were just aspiring, trying-hard bulilits who wished to become CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS. FINALLY, WE ARE NOW LIVING IN OUR OWN DREAMS. 

We were also asked to complete the sentence, "As an Atenistang CPA, we commit to ______________" My God. Goosebumps. Each of us shared our COMMITMENT - to live a life with competence, conscience and commitment as we strive for excellence. We commit ourselves to HONESTY and INTEGRITY - the values that Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan taught us. After all, we are not just CPAs. We are ATENISTANG CPAs. 

It was perfected by the SKY LANTERNS. Too lovely to be ignored. Enough said. 

Congratulations to the JPIA officers for giving us a MEMORABLE testimonial dinner. This is Justine, XU-JPIA's President. Congratulations!!! 

Here are some of the officers who made all this FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE possible. I love you guys!!! 

I'm just sad. I don't have any photo with Mr. Jessie Salon, the Accountancy Department's Chairman. I LOVE SIR SALON SO MUCH. He's like my Father while I was still in the Accountancy program. 

We owe all of this to our Supreme God who has always been present in the faces of our dear family, teachers and friends who keep our passion burning ever since. 

Months ago, we were just Atenistang JPIANs. Now, we can humbly tell the whole world that we are Atenistang CPAs. 

P.S.:  Officers, where in the world did you guys get our photos from Padis Point - Tomas Morato? Kaloka video with mas kalokang photos!!! HAHA 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Secret Affair

| Decided to watch 'A Secret Affair' just to kill the time. Here's a bit of the movie if you don't know anything about this yet. Click THIS! |

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Nothing personal.

How can we possibly sort through so many complex issues about a secret affair? How can we possibly counterattack third parties, without being rude? How can we possibly continue staying with someone who chose to break something too fragile? (I'm talking about trust.) Uhmm. Forgiving will always be easy. Trusting again? Not so much. 

I had a wrong impression with this movie. I thought that it's the usual awful-third-party-story where you'll end up booing the flick and then that's it. Derek will always be Derek. Anne will always be Anne. Andi will always be Andi. (I'm talking about their characters in the story.) Truth be told, the catch in the story is the three character's strong personalities - each being a villain to each other. Derek not falling for the hysterical Andi; Andi being a frenemy to Anne; Anne being the sole reason why Andi can't get Derek; and  the web so continues. 

A round of applause for the movie's lines. It's actually the type of movie which will make you wish how VIVA Films will lend you their script. I'm suggesting this movie to everyone who doesn't like playing pretends. This is really for you. 

Most of all, I love the movie's ending with my entire heart. There's actually no point in staying even if  LOVE is still there. Love should be constantly fueled by trust. Without trust, you'll just end up hurting each other more and more each second. Betrayal is never and will never be cleansed with ANY excuses, be it good or bad. To quote Anne Curtis,  "Betrayal in all forms is painful. Betrayal and infidelity in secrecy is still betrayal and infidelity." 

Just a movie review. 

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Thank you so much, Razel Marie and Ishna Anjela for today's date. I love you, pretties! :* 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Priceless

I've always wanted this little space of mine to be a source of inspiration to you who really find time in dropping by. I couldn't just express how grateful I am to you, my dear readers. Thank you for being with me just by reading my posts and all that. SALAMAT GYUD KAAYO.

Tonight, I would just like to share my friend's post in his Facebook Account. While reading the post, something divine touched my heart and soul. I really find this worth-sharing. I hope you could somehow reflect and feel how special you are in His eyes. You are PRICELESS. 
Me: God, can I ask You a question?

God: Sure.

Me: Promise You won't get mad?

God: I promise.

Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do u mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late.

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start.

God: Okay.

Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait.

God: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call.

God: All right

Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one
of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that

Me (humbled): OH

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.

Me (embarrassed):Okay

God: Your phone went dead bcuz the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I'm Sorry God

God: Don't be sorry, just learn to Trust Me.... in All things , the Good & the bad.

Me: I will trust You.

God: And don't doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.

Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.

God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children...



Saturday, November 10, 2012

Ikaw Lang ang Aking Mahal

Sometimes, I just sit around the corner and do nothing but think about a million of things. Career building I guess isn't easy. Well, who says it is? I definitely know where I am going --- God knows my desires and how I have worked so hard just to achieve wherever I am right now. But the problem is, I don't usually plan every minute detail of my life. I'm fond of making unexpected decisions that would absolutely give me a mega adventurous life. I love thrills. I love challenges. I love to think that I might not get it, inspiring me to push myself  a little bit harder and want "the thing" so badly. This, perhaps, is the very reason why I'm thinking about this shift. 

I struggled with the way I picked my course more than four years ago. Accountancy isn't really my thing. Admittedly, I wanted to be a Pre-School Teacher WAY BACK (Ever since I was a kiddie too, actually). I always love kids. It's good to be with fantastic cuties whose innocence and sincerity are beyond compare. Crazy how I entered my course and ended up loving it but still, *Insert Smile here*. 

To those who are still in their crossroads, isn't this a great time to seek for HIS intervention? 

I mean, I talk to HIM everyday of my life and tough times like this strengthens my faith more. It is just beautiful how He guides us and how He lets each chapter of our lives unfold better than how we planned and designed our lives to be. I wouldn't forget how Atty. Tristan Lopez, my once reviewer from CPAR shared, WE SHOULD NOT FORGET TO RECOGNIZE OUR DEPENDENCE ON GOD. 

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Anyway, the words you have just read were unplanned. See how talkative I am. HAHA. If my closest friends will get to read those, they'll definitely laugh to death, NOT because I'm not being true to my words but they always say that "Wala kay angay magserious oi. Di bagay. HAHA." Crazy friends too! (Can't you just accept that I have a serious side?!? Mehehe) 

Initially, I was just planning to share this video. Too comforting and lovely.


I'm NOT dedicating this song to anyone. I am just a fan of Kz Tandingan AND I am a fan of the BRAVE GUY who sang this song for my best friend. Wowed at his harana skills and guts. Sweet guy.  Mushy. HAHA! Felt his sincerity and love. Dude, don't make her cry. I love her pretty much. Okay I'll stop sharing details now. She might pm me with these words: FRIENDSHIP OVER. HAHA! Sorry. I just find this cute, Bb. ;)

Friday, November 09, 2012

Tara sa Isla!

A day after the pageant, my friends and I decided to have extra fun in some fantastic spots in the beautiful island of Camiguin. Since it was already 2 o'clock in the afternoon, we thought of going to accessible places where we can unwind after a very busy week. Tehee. 
Welcome to Old Church Ruins! The place is perfect for meditation. Surreal feeling when you get there. Go. Figure! 
I thanked the Lord for giving me heartwarming blessings for the past 21 years of my life. I love you, Papa God!
Meet Rey John, Kimson and Melanie. Rey John and Kimson are my best buddies since Grade School. Melanie is one of my favorite friends since high school. They got awesome cheering skills! Too grateful to have these smart, crazies. Mwehehe.
Who can resist this awesome scenery? I've been here for a number of times but why do I always keep on falling in love with the place? See for yourself.
This Sunken Cemetery stopover won't be completed without actually going to the cross itself. We rode in a banca for only Php 100.00. Not bad for an awesome experience PLUS, Kuya Bangkero took charge of  fab and cutie-pie camera tricks. Some photos were uploaded by Kimson and Rey John in their Facebook Accounts. Heehee. 
I'll bring my boyfriend here next time. Scratch that. I don't have a boyfriend. Geeez.
To complete our day, we've decided to go to Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin. Such a lovely place. I'll go back to this place with my hubby a DECADE from now. A perfect love nest!
BBC has fab cottages. I wow-ed like a kid!!! Too beautiful. Naaaaaw. :*
Cousin, why you so lonely? Mwahaha.
We fell in love with their food too. So yummy! Happy stomach after eating.
We had to go home a little bit earlier since they had to take the first trip the day after. Had a great time!
Thank you so much, Camiguin Island for making me happy. After the stressful CPA Board Exam, I couldn't imagine any place as perfect as you for a perfect treat.