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. 

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Suddenly It's Magic

First, let me express three important points about the movie. 1.) Ang gwapo ni Mario Maurer! 2.) Ang gwapo ni Mario Maurer! 3.) Ang gwapo ni Mario Maurer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHA! Tsong, no matter how much he hurt me for kissing Erich Gonzales a lot of times, still, I'm willing to welcome him with my arms widely open. I like his eyes. I like his nose. I like his lips. I like his hairstyle. I like EVERYTHING about him. Parang kelan lang, he was my P'Shone and now, he's definitely my Marcus. 

I have too MANY pending posts but I really have to push this on top of my list. HAHAHA. After a very busy and tiring day, Mario Maurer took all my anxieties away. Phew. I highly recommend the movie to those who believe in fairytales. To those who are bitter enough, uhm, go get your pillows and sleep now. HAHAHA. Sorry. I really don't think I'll end up posting a decent post. Wait. How do I get there? *1 minute reflection*




Suddenly It's Magic has a predictable ending, so to speak. I know you are too familiar with Snow White, Cinderella, and how they lived happily ever after. Although the idea of watching romantic films doesn't sell to me recently, SOMEHOW, the movie redefined my perspective a LITTLE BIT and made me believe that I can actually fall for someone even if i have known him for quite a short time. 

Nothing really new in the movie's plot. Girl once hurt so she's afraid to love again. Guy so hurt because he was just dumped. Guy feels lost. Guy wants to find himself again. Guy meets girl. They fall in love. They encounter a lot of trials. With all fairness, the two stars pulled it off. KILIG MUCH

The movie is CUTE. It's actually like an invite for you to get through the feels of falling in love over and over again. 

Thursday, November 01, 2012

6 Things I Love About CPAR

My upbringing moved me to look back to the people who helped me reach this dream-turned-reality (be a CPA!) So here's a little something for CPA Review School of the Philippines (CPAR) my one and only partner during review days. :)
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To be honest, I didn't consider any option with regard to entrusting myself to a review school that would help me prepare for the toughest battle. Hehe! Let me share to you some of the reasons why I chose CPAR. (Not to mention Sir Christian Valix, of course. Miss you, Ser. Lelz! Hahaha!)



1. CPAR has a good location. 
The review center's complete address follows: CPAR Building, 837 Florentino Cayco Street, Corner Espanya Street, Sampaloc, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines. 

Churches, malls and establishments for your convenience are just an FX or a jeepney away. Hehe! The rural-like-though-urban-feel in Espanya is a perfect ambiance for a future CPA like you! Yes, you! :) If you aren't familiar with the aforementioned address, just look for the University of Santo Tomas (UST).

You'll find a blue overpass, walk a little bit (around 250 steps! Yes. I had lots of time counting. Lelz!) then you'll reach CPAR!

2. CPAR has the most welcoming staff. 
CPAR won't make you feel that you're far away from home. It has the most friendly security guards, registrars, and other personnel. They are very courteous in answering your needs and they never fail to smile amidst the go-getting jobs they are handling. Service wise, superb!

3. CPAR has Atty. Conrado Valix (He's in fact, the owner!)
I bet you know him. Hehe! He is the author of our Financial Accounting books, to mention one (well, just saying!) Nothing but salute for his humility!

4. CPAR has awesome facilities. 
Of course. Nobody wants to stay in a gloomy place, what you think? One thing I like about CPAR is its cool building and the facilities in between. Once again, the ambiance is perfectly good for studying. (Assuming that you really study. Ay'g sige'g pabebe!)

5. CPAR has the superstars in the field of Accountancy!
Now get your Accounting books, focus on the cover page, read the name of the author, read the name of the author, read the name of the author. Paulit-ulit. Paulit-ulit. Hahaha! I saw them there! Define star struck. They were like the Hollywood Stars that I once saw on the big screens. They were like the stars I have always stared up above.

The reviewers in CPAR aren't just witty. They, too, are extremely funny. I really didn't dare miss even a single lecture. 

I didn't want to miss any lesson. CHOS. #ICAPSLOCKMOPARAINTENSE But more so, I didn't want to miss every single joke they cracked. 

6. CPAR's handouts are more than enough. 
Don't be shocked when you'll be hearing so much rumors specially when the actual board exam is nearing. You'll hear things like "Sabi nila sa @#$% daw kukunin yung TOA tapos sa @#$%^ daw yung P2. Sa @#$%6 naman daw yung AT, etc etc." Well, somehow, it's good to be resourceful since you'll gain confidence if you get to answer the questions and some problems from other review schools. But pretty please, learn to prioritize. 
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Now I'm being sentimental about what I've been through in CPAR. I remembered the way I ran from my dorm to Room 7 in CPAR because I was always late for about 5-10 minutes. (Something that I'm not really proud of. Haha!

I really miss Espanya now... CPAR, most especially. I just wish that I could go back to the place, which, in one way or another, pushed me to have this name realized: Shola Mae Rose G. Zamayla, CPA. 

Photo taken few hours AFTER the ACTUAL Board Exam. hence the eye bags. Lelz!
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