Jeepney Chronicles

              It’s a typical Monday. Traffic. Cars are literally not moving. The road seems a long stretch of parking lot. Along with other passengers, you are fervently praying that it would move. Hoping to arrive on time. While stuck, passengers are either fully asleep, half asleep or maybe, daydreaming. Wandering thoughts. It’s usually the third scenario. Thanks to music playlist that has been with you in your daily journey. It fuels the thoughts. Random thoughts with random situations and tons of what ifs. Well, most of the thoughts are mainly consumed with questions about your career, what to do with it, future plans, where is it leading, love life, what will happen? Where and how to meet a good, sincere and genuine person? They said, asking is immaterial for it will just come to you in an unexpected time. Okay, let’s keep it at that. Also, it is a continuous evaluation of everything that’s happening around you. What do you plan to do? What do you plan to buy? What do you want to eat? Where will you eat?  Where do you want to go? Who do you want to see? Okay, let’s be honest here, set aside other things, it’s mostly about a certain person who actually tops the list. You only want to see and talk to one person. Be with him. That’s constantly the topic of your brain especially during these moments. Traffic helps your mind wander with all the possibilities even if you know that everything is really far from reality. No matter how you try to be hopeful and positive it still boils down to that one sad reality. It. will. never. happen. The thought makes you kilig and sad, anyway. How crazy could you get? You’ve been liking this certain person for quite some time now. You are well aware of everything that he is into but because of crazy traffic, you allowed your brain to think and swim with possibilities. You are too hopeful even if it means totally giving up. Forming questions that sure no answer will ever be given. Creating a long term scene. Creating a beautiful, simple and happy scenario with that someone. Hoping that one day, he would express his real feelings towards you. Uy, baliw! It’s makes you sad and kilig at the same time and sad again.You are stuck. 

                   On other occasions of wandering, you are thinking of clear ways to express your kept emotion so that, you can move on. No expectations but plain admission. For real? Okay, of course, you would want beyond what you have now, more than being friends but hey, self! It will never happen. You have to constantly remind yourself and be awake in your dreams. You need to get out of that zone. Everything that you have will just remain as it is. That’s it. Such a cruel world! Well, you just plan to express because it’s been heavy on your chest. Maybe, you are at fault for letting these things run into your crazy mind. No, blame it on the traffic! Also, the music in your ears! 😀 Slowly, you are realizing that you also have to help yourself to move forward. Which is good, huh? Tap on the back! Of course! Your mind is battling with different sides. It’s a constant battle of which side to do and follow. One question always leads to the other. What is the worth of letting this person know about your emotions? Is it really worth it? Will it matter? Does it still matter? Will you be finally happy if you let this person know? Are you ready? The other part of you fires back with answers and justifications to every plan. But, it’s clear to both sides that it is unfair on your part because you are the only one dealing with this situation. You were locked in this for the longest time and it’s just about time to shrug everything and move forward. Be happier. Be more thankful.   It’s better this way. Also, it’s the perfect time to appreciate other beauty. Who knows? 🙂 But, another situation happened. Little things mean a lot to you and you consume a whole day smiling over simple gestures. You suddenly go back to…What if? Then big sigh. You go crazy. You start smiling again.  And be sad again. Oh gosh! The cycle just continues..  Reaching your destination and finally getting off the jeepney helps you be awake and live in reality. Bitin!

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Oreo and Creamie

Let me introduce the two lovely members of our family, Oreo and Creamie.

               Before bringing a new pet in the house, I quite had a hard time convincing father that I would be bringing one. It’s not that he is totally against it but maybe, he’s more concerned with how hard it is to raise one, physically and emotionally. We just lost a dog a year before Oreo came. It was indeed painful. Dogs are part of the family. Any pets in general, become a part of our family. I believe there is a bigger responsibility than just having them around the house. I admit, I didn’t give much attention to Brando before but he was sure a sweet, strong and playful dog. I remember, he always enjoys sneaking out of the house everytime he sees the gate open. We had to follow him immediately since he runs fast plus, he’s not familiar with the outside world because he never goes out of the house. Those were one of my fondest memories of him. When we lost him, everyone was clueless with what really happened to him. It still remains a mystery. Another mysterious thing that happened was when he left us, one pregnant cat always  stays in our house. Of course at first, we just ignored her. As long as she doesn’t do harm to us. Until one day, we decided to let the pregnant cat stay with us until she gave birth. They stayed  with us until the kittens know how to walk,run and maybe, survive the world outside. Thank you to them. Few months after that, I finally decided I would get a dog. I told myself that this time, I would be more hands on, more caring  and more attached. Oreo came. You can already guess why I named her Oreo. 🙂 Even if father strongly disagrees to it, I still insisted. Upon seeing the black little puppy, he immediately carried her with his hands. Ayaw nya talaga ng dogs! Haha! I was happy na din. Oreo bibi celebrates her birthday every 10th of the month. She is a playful, hyperactive dog. She’s also very sweet.  She’s content just sitting on your lap, charmingly stare at you and that’s it. She’s happy with that. We are happy. Creamie, on the other hand, is the total opposite. Why I named her Creamie is very predictable, right? 🙂 Anyway, Creamie bibi came few months after Oreo. It was father’s idea. Ayaw na ayaw nya talga sa dogs. 🙂 She came to us on the 31st so, we greet her on that day. Pag walang 31, di wala shang greeting. haha! She’s more hyper than Oreo. Her way of being sweet is also different. She easily reacts to everything a person does. She doesn’t sit on your lap unless you force her. She would come to you and ask you to play with her. If you stop, she would insist. Iba rin. 🙂 They both love to eat and destroy things. They know when they made a mistake, quiet lang sila  but if everything is well, playtime lang lagi. They love it. We also do. They may have deliberate differences but we both love them. As much as possible, no favorites. I believe they feel it, too. In fact, I’d like to believe that animals are more emotional than us, humans. Wala, just my theory. No one is above the other. Everyone is treated with equal love and affection.

Here is a picture of them.

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Guess who is Oreo and Creamie 🙂

                 How about you? Do you also have a pet? Whatever you have, I’m sure you are giving them utmost love and care. If not, it’s about time to let them feel that you truly love them. You can do it. 🙂

                                            Thank you for reading. Let’s show our adorable pets unconditional love they deserve like a real member of the family. Happy weekend! Cheers!

Family

                          Last Friday, I attended the Post Christmas party celebration of my beloved UEC. I was thankful that they thought of inviting us, the alumnae. It is known to many that some relationships in the group went a bit sour while some still remain intact. I’m still hopeful though that everything will be all right in due time. In due time. The party was generally a great time. We arrived at the venue like super late and they were actually in the middle of the meeting( yes, meeting. Christmas party is not complete without a meeting. cool! :)) when we arrived. Since we are there, they had to stop na.  Good riddance, huh?! haha! Everyone was pleasant to meet us. The bubbly and pleasant way. The UEC way. They welcomed us with all smiles and with arms wide open. Finally, we had the chance to meet the new batch. It felt like old meets new. They are so young. Just like us when the group was just starting. It felt good and nostalgic at the same time. After a numerous his and hellos, we had to settle because they will perform their impromptu arrangement. Of course, the more artistic, the better. All guests were judges as usual. It was fun listening to them. After that, the fun continues. Eat. Hi – hello. Smile. Tell stories. Endless chika chika. Sound trip. Random topics. Out of the blue topics and everything in between. Question and answer portion. Thought provoking questions and opinions. Laugh. Reminisce. Jamming. Drink. Hearty laugh. Repeat. Everyone is just free to do whatever they feel like doing. Ganun lang ka-random. The rest of the night til day was basically spent that way. We were actually the last people standing. Just like the old times. Before they slept, they were very accommodating to our needs especially when we were eating. It was flattery. I felt that the legacy of welcoming and accommodating people was  still preserved. Nice discipline. Let’s see sa music. haha! Still, thank you to them. Well, they woke up early to prepare for breakfast and they were very surprised to see us that we were still awake. 🙂 In the morning, they had to explain why they slept early and what happened in the afternoon. According to them, they were really very tired because of the physical games they had. Now, we understand. Nakakatuwa that they had the initiative to explain themselves. Ayos! It was still fun so, they don’t need to worry. Really! I just had to leave earlier than them because I’ve been wide awake since yesterday and it’s already almost 10am!

                   During the party, I’ve come to know different people along with their colorful stories.               I was surprised and flattered that they actually come to me and openly tell their stories.    It was about life and love, in general. I appreciate the fact that they are comfortable opening themselves to me. I’ve listened to different and interesting stories. Hearing them gives me a chance to understand people more. I am amazed at how they carry on with their situations. I was trying to relate myself to them but honestly, I cannot remember a serious situation when I was their age. Maybe, I was innocent, not so serious and simply addicted to music..to singing. Super auti mode.   >.< Times are really changing. Going back, I realized, sometimes, people tell their stories because they just want someone to listen to them. As simple as that. No judgement. It’s not really about seeking advice but plainly an open ear who would willingly listen to them. But me, being the ‘ate’ (eversince), will still try to give advice without any biases. I like that I am still learning. I am happy. 

Thanks for the invite. More to come. This group has become an extension of our families. I hope they will, too, in the future.  I will be forever proud to be part of the family. 

More in the future 🙂

Start

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                                    We are now officially on the first week of 2016. Well, even before this blog, I really enjoy reading and saving inspirational articles and thoughts to live by. Now that I have the chance, I’d like to share with you how we can jump start the year with a bright and positive mindset. Changes are definitely not easy but these guidelines might be helpful in achieving a sound mind. They are actually very easy to follow but because of our busy lifestyle, we tend to overlook them. Hope this helps. 🙂

  1.   START noticing the beauty of small moments.        Instead of waiting for the big things to happen — marriage, kids, big promotion, salary increase — find happiness in the small things that happen every day. Little things like having a quiet cup of coffee early in the morning, the pleasure of enjoying the things you enjoy doing and sharing it with others, having the chance to talk, laugh with loved ones. Noticing these small pleasures on a daily basis make a big difference in the quality of your life.

     2.  START accepting things when they are less than perfect.   Remember, ‘perfect’ is the enemy of ‘good’. One of the biggest challenges for people who want to improve themselves and improve the world is learning to accept things as they are. Sometimes, it’s better to accept and appreciate the world as it is, and people as they are, rather than trying to make everything and everyone conform to an impossible ideal. No, you shouldn’t accept a life of mediocrity, but learn how to love and value things when they are less than perfect.

3.  START working toward your goals every single day.  Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Whatever it is you dream about, start taking small, logical steps every day to make it happen. Get out there and DO something! The world awaits. Take that leap!

4.   START taking full responsibility accountability for your own life.  Own your choices and mistakes, and be willing to take the necessary steps to improve upon them. Either you take full accountability for your life or someone else will. And when they do, you’ll become a slave to their ideas and dreams instead  of a pioneer of your own. You are the only who can directly control the outcome of your life. And no, it won’t always be easy. Every person has a stack of obstacles in front of them. But you must take accountability for your situation and overcome these obstacles. Choosing not to is choosing a lifetime of mere existence

5.     START being more open about how you feel.    If you’re hurting, give yourself the necessary space and time to hurt, but be open about it. Talk to those who are closest to you. Tell them the truth about how you feel. Let them listen. The simple act of getting things off your chest and into the open is your first step toward feeling good again.

6. START being attentive to your stress level and take short breaks.  Slow down. Breathe. Give yourself permission to pause, regroup and move forward with clarity and purpose.

7.     START listening to your inner voice.   If it helps, discuss your ideas with those closest to you, but give yourself enough room to follow your own intuition. BE true to yourself. Say what you need to say. Do what you know in your heart is right.

8.      START forgiving yourself and others.  We’ve all been hurt by out own decisions and by others. And while the pain of these experiences is normal, sometimes it lingers for too long. We relive the pain over and over and have a hard time letting go. Forgiveness is the remedy. It doesn’t mean you’re erasing the past, or forgetting what happened. It means you’re letting of the resentment and pain, and instead of choosing to learn from the incident and move on with your life.

9.         START entering new relationships for the right reasons. Enter new relationships with dependable, honest people who reflect the person you are and the person you want to be. Choose friends you are proud to know, people you admire, who show you love and respect — people who reciprocate your kindness and commitment. And pay attention to what people do, because a person’s actions are much more important than their words or how others represent them.

10.              START helping those around you.  Care about people. Guide them if you know a better way. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. Love and kindness begets love and kindness. And so on and so forth.

Happy 2016! Cheers to loving yourself better!

…Firsts

We are down to the second half of the year… so, here it is 🙂

JULY  

RAVE (Rainforest Adventure Experience)      —            One of the places I’ve been hearing ever since and finally, I had the chance to go and experience it. This is where the real pictorial of the engaged couple took place. Thank you to them! It was actually a nice and quiet place. There are a lot of amenities to enjoy with minimal cost. The beauty is that  once you are inside, you wouldn’t think and feel that this place is located around residential areas and indeed a busy city. Nice! Another check in the list!

MOA Arena           —               Oh gosh! This is definitely one of the best firsts this year. I don’t know how and when I became crazy with this young sir and watching a CHRIS BROWN concert was way beyond my imagination but wah! it happened. I.Watched.It! We all know that this is a venue for great performances of great performers local and international and CB is definitely one of those. I conceded to calling myself a ‘late bloomer’ (of almost all sorts, but that’s fine, anyway :)) One of those  ‘late bloomer’ incidents is that I didn’t know that CB was supposed to have a year end concert last year but for some reasons and issues it didn’t push through until later this year, it became a reality. Since I became hooked to this young sir, I was extremely happy to have witnessed his first ever concert here. (Not sure though if there will be a second because of controversies :/) Anyway, the concert was really great. It felt like a dream. A great performer indeed. CB is one of the best artists in this generation. This experience was more memorable because of emzychelby! Absolutely ahhhmazing!

Zark’s Burger       —             It still is the talk of the town because of their unique creations of burgers. A lot of variants to choose from. They brought burger in another level. Must try! Sharing it with friends is highly recommended because they actually have big sizes but if you have a big appetite, enjoy! 🙂

AUGUST

Sitio Elena Garden at the Valley     —          Very unexpected to find a place like this in the area where you have to pass by residential areas. We had to ride a tricycle going to the venue. Can you  imagine how ordinary was that? But, this place is like a rare gem that you really have to find in the middle of nowhere. During the time when my sister was scouting for a reception venue for her wedding, this place really stood out from the rest. We are so blessed to have found this place. Very simple  but you can feel its elegance. It even shouts at you.  A perfect description of “simple pero rock”. (That’s how we always wanted things to be :)) Close to perfection!

UP Town Center (The Clean Plate)       —                I’ve always been curious what to discover here. It really takes an effort to go here because it is not along the way unlike other malls. It feels like a mall and a park rolled into one. The structure is not the typical mall we know. There are a lot of stores to choose from as well as new restaurants to explore and introduce to your taste buds. I happen to dine at an unfamiliar restaurant. According to them, everything was made organic and I’d like to believe them. They were right. Everything was made simple but really sumptuous.  It nice to have that experience once in a while. Try! 🙂

SEPTEMBER

Topiary Garden          —           I often go to Gateway Mall but I’ve never been here. Another surprising discovery. It is located at the top floor of the mall. Well, it’s a garden, so, it has to be in an open space. It was really hot when we went there but I would love to go back when it’s not hot anymore. 🙂

St. Therese of the Child Jesus            —                      Fortune in misfortune. A blessing in disguise. On my way home, traffic was heavy and so, the kuya driver tried to get away with it. Instead of crossing the intersection, he turned right. It was actually a long stretch to Katipunan and U turn slot was really far. Since I already know where it was going, I felt excited that we would pass by the church. I got off upon reaching the slot.  I went inside the church without anything to offer but myself feeling very thankful and blessed. The church is famous for offering eggs with special intentions. My heart was really happy and felt like a kid. The church was at its simplest and calm. I felt peace. I walked out of the church smiling inside. Thank you dear Jesus for this another simple but beautiful experience.

OCTOBER

Philippine Arena               —                    The “Tamang Panahon” concert. Not really a fan of whatever but they are making history and it will be a once in a lifetime event so, why not be part of it? I went there in support of my siblings and with father. It’s like showing the same support they give me every time I scream for CB. Give and take lang 🙂 The venue itself is extremely overwhelming. The event was nothing really special for me. It is just like a typical variety show brought in a  bigger venue with a lot of production numbers and ads but what amazed me was the capacity of this show to maintain peace and order. And imagine, how powerful media is to influence thousands or even millions of people? People listened to whatever this show asked people to do. Good communication was really evident during the process. They constantly gave reminders to people in a polite and civil manner. People followed. All viewers were treated like real part of their family so the result was a successful, record breaking, orderly, peaceful and brought a lot of good vibes show. I know and understand how difficult it was for the production people and everyone who was involved in the show. A big congratulations and thank you to them! The show was true to their objective. It was fun and everyone really felt good. Good vibes, they say. I want to commend them for being intelligent enough to use their show, the media as a powerful medium to bring back a lot of things that is being lost and forgotten in our society. Our basic manners. Our Patience. The capacity to sacrifice and the power to  love genuinely. Listen. Follow. Respect. Be happy. Everything at the right time. Let’s face it, we are now living in a very fast paced life so, maybe, they were instruments that God used to remind us not to forget the basics of a simple life. Go back. Look back. Slow down a bit. Chill. Let us not forget our values. It’s our treasure. I am proud that I was part of this history. Congratulations to us! Smile and be happy all the time.

Maginhawa St. (Food Clinique and Gayuma ni Maria)      —          This place has been featured many times on tv, blogs, articles, etc. This has become a food haven since the entire stretch of this street has a lot to offer.  I cannot really choose where to eat because I wanted to try everything but it’s impossible naman. We ended up eating at a very simple dining place. Everything was really very simple. No arte, ika nga. The elegance was later discovered in their food. Ang sarap! Not even pricey so,it’s surely a must try! We went out happy and satisfied. Heard of Gayuma ni Maria? It was also featured many times as a themed resto. Gayuma means love potion so, from the name itself, you already know what to expect. I just saw the interiors on tv but seeing it and being there for the first time made me feel something different. We just had dessert there. It was actually good but I am not really sure about the ambiance. It was interesting, anyway. I am not sure if it’s worth recommending but for the sake of experience and something different, still, a must try!

NOVEMBER

Riverpark Alabang      —          This is located at the back of Festival Mall and it looks newly built to me. Or, I might be wrong because I rarely go there. 🙂 The place is surrounded by unfamiliar but interesting restaurants. Thank you for the opportunity!

DECEMBER

Tagaytay at Night       —     I’ve been here many times and usually go here in the morning. It’s usually with a clear itinerary but this one is different. Aside from the fact that I went there at night, it was definitely unplanned. How beautiful is that? I was invited by a good friend for her post birthday celebration. The supposed check in at a hotel for a birthday party did not materialize. Since we are complete, we had to think of another better option to do. Who wants to go home anyway? No one! We found ourselves riding a van going to Tagaytay. That’s the nearest we could go to. Enroute to Tagaytay it is. So, while on our way, our minds are busy thinking of what to do there. We need to maximize this adventure. I found it really exciting. So, the first thing we decided on doing was to get a full body massage. Yes. A full body massage in Tagaytay. It was nice. Next stop, Sky Ranch. This is another added attraction in Tagaytay. There was not much to see since it’s dark. Just the bright lights but not the beauty of the nature. Overlooking at night is definitely not a good idea. Silly, huh? 🙂 But sure, it was fun. We were screaming especially the moment we reached the peak since it’s moving really really sloooow. We did crescendo screams. We barely felt we were actually moving. Galing! So after that noisy experience, we had dinner in one of the famous bulalo restos. When in Tagaytay, eat bulalo. We were full. Can you expect where would our last stop be? Coffee shop of course! That’s where we stayed until they asked us to leave. Polite and friendly approach naman shempre.  Last customers standing. 🙂 Anyway, we still need to wait for the first bus trip so, where is the next best place to stay? Mcdo na yan! Finally, the bus arrived and it’s time to bid goodbye to the place. We are bringing with us a good and fun packed adventure. Thank you!

Pink Sisters Convent       —                  Another church that I’ve been wanting to visit. I had few hours to spare while waiting for sister. She wanted to be with me going home so me, being the kind and understanding ate(eww!:)) , I agreed to it. This was the place I thought of visiting. I find it always surprising that these notable churches are mostly located in the busy streets of the city. It always feels like finding peace in the middle of a chaotic world. It was quiet and calm. I sat there. Prayed. Made a wish. Thanked the Lord. I told Him everything I feel like saying. I left the place feeling really blessed.

         —–>>                While writing it, I realized how colorful and exciting the year was. If you notice, most of the expressions I used were ‘finally’, ‘surprisingly’ because it is true that these experiences happened unconsciously. They were already in my mind and of course, hoped that someday, I get to experience them myself. And I did. 🙂

Lessons in this journey:

                     Be patient. Believe.  Have Faith. Don’t lose hope. Be positive. Be happy. I know there are times that we really lose it but we always have to be reminded of these powerful words. There are times or most of the times, we just tend to give up because things are not going our way. No matter how we try or force things to happen, if it’s not yet the right time, it will never happen. Little did we know, the Heavens above is creating something special for all of us. We just have to wait and everything will just fall into its proper places. You see, most of the it were really unplanned and they were created out of somewhere. They were even created out of what seemed a crumpled paper. situations. That’s the beauty of adventure. Many things will unfold right before your eyes. Savor and enjoy them. 🙂

                        Thank you for reading. I hope this will serve as an inspiration to people who are afraid of trying. Try. There’s no harm in trying. Really. Remember to just have fun and enjoy every moment. Happy New Year! Smile! Cheers to a better and happier life!