The 30 Days Blog Challenge, Day 28: I Miss…

Day 28 – Something that you miss.

Libraries. I can remember recess and lunch times spent inΒ  the school library during my pre-college years. First, I’d go straight to the section where the newly acquired books are displayed. Second, I’d search through the fiction shelves for interesting reads. Third, I’d find a spot where I can read my chosen book in peace. πŸ™‚ Ilovebeing surrounded by books and silence. It makes me feel like I have my world, one where I happily do anything and everything I want at no cost. Although I haven’t checked around much, I wish there was a public library accessible for everyone. And by library, I mean one that has a variety of reading materials, not just specific to the Philippines.

CSA Makati's GS Library.

CSA Makati's GS Library. Wow, they have "He's Just Not That Into You"?!? I guess some Grade Schoolers have love problems.
Photo grabbed from: http://csamakati-gslibrary.blogspot.com

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The 30 Days Blog Challenge, Day 26: People I Like.

Day 26 – What kind of person attracts you.

People of different personalities, backgrounds, beliefs and whatever what-nots there is intrigue me. Although I’m not the friendliest person in the world (read: shy), I am drawn to people who are:

Compassionate.Β  My parents raised me with the belief that the best way to give thanks for all the blessings we have received is to give back to those who are in need. It doesn’t matter if you can only afford to give PhP10, a piece of bread or a prayer for the little kid begging in the streets. What matters is the act itself. To live in a world where most of us are jaded, those who still step outside their comfort zones to sincerely reach out are just topnotch in my list.

Give. Image from blogsenseby-barb.

Give.

Appreciative.Β  Of anything and everything. With all the hustle and bustle of today’s times, we rarely get to take a step back and be at awe of the wonders, small or big, all around us – may it be the gentle breeze on usual hot days or the keychain brought by an officemate as a gift from a recent trip of his/hers. There seems to be a few people who are genuinely thankful or at least doesn’t automatically say thanks. And those few people are the ones I would like to be around with.

Thank you. Image from Pictures Depot.

Thank you.

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The 30 Days Blog Challenge, Day 22: Me, Only Better.

Day 22 – How have you changed in the past 2 years?

I’m a work in progress. My life, as this blog implies, is still in the making. There’s still a lot more of life’s experiences I have yet to meet. However, If I have to look back in the last 2 years and share what has changed in/with me, I’d say I’ve:

  • Become a tad bit girlier. Believe it or not, I’m a tomboy (well, not the nik-nok kind, as my current officemates would term a lesbian). I could teach you a bit of Nihongo; but I could never give you advice about what to wear to a party. I would rather paint a room’s wall than paint my (non-existent) finger/toe nails. However, I’ve started to “girl-up” and dabble into the wonderful world of skirts, high-heels, lipsticks and more! πŸ˜€
It helps when you're surrounded with fashionista friends!

It helps when you're surrounded with fashionista friends!

  • Managed to smile more and be more optimistic. A few years back, I was one big grouch. Certain circumstances and events then made me pessimistic and paranoid. I forgot that for me to feel helpless and hopeless, I would have to let others make me feel that way and this made me retreat, which was a great idea. Slowly, I started to be more tough and infuse positivity along it. Sure I still look like a snob from time to time but if you do get to know me, I’m actually a crybaby. If you’re desperate to make me smile, just point a camera at me and I’ll flash you a winning one! Hahaha! :))
I was crying my eyes out here but showed my pearly whites when I sensed a camera nearby. Haha!

I was crying my eyes out here but showed my pearly whites when I sensed a camera nearby. Haha!

  • Deepened my love for travel. I thank my parents, most especially my dad, for bringing me up with a love for travel. The last 2 years, I’ve added 2 new countries into my list:Β  Japan with my family and Korea with some of my office friends. I love being able to experience what a country and its culture and people can offer. You get to realize what a big and wonderful world we have and that God did such a masterpiece.
In Osaka, Japan, my dad & I tie up our own fortunes in a shrine, as a sign of fatih in the gods that they will fulfill it.

In Osaka, Japan, my dad & I tie up our own fortunes in a shrine, as a sign of fatih in the gods that they will fulfill it.

 

Trying out Korean food! Yumeeeh!!!

Trying out Korean food! Yumeeeh!!!

With the way things are going, I’d say life’s great! Just as long as I continue to focus on the good and positive things that happen and let the bad and negative ones serve as a life lesson. πŸ™‚

The First of the Year.

Saying goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012 was done simply, without much fuss and with big smiles and loud laughter. πŸ™‚

With only 4 people left living in our humble home, we prepared the essentials for a yummy Media Noche and the plastic horns for making noise when the clock strikes midnight.

So here we are, getting ready to greet 2012 into our lives:

Awesome four-some.

Awesome four-some.

I hurriedly took pictures of the countdown on tv and the clocks in the kitchen to emphasize that time will not always be synced.

Tick-tock!

Tick-tock!

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The 30 Days Blog Challenge, Day 18: Get Into My Head.

Day 18 – Your beliefs.

I’ve already shared one of my beliefs, one tackling religion; so for this particular post, let me share a few more:

Family can be your best travelmates. The very first time I set foot out of the country was back in 2000 and it was with my dad, mom and li’l bro. My older twin siblings didn’t get to go because they had just started working. It is that first trip that made me want lust to traipse around the world. I was clueless but with my dad and mom, the trip was fun! My dad was the walking-atlas/guidebook. With his over a gazillion (close to a hundred, I think) travels around the world, he always had a trivia or a historical fact to share to us. My mom, however, had her share of travels; but I love that she becomes this “motivational shopper” and urges me (and my siblings) to buy clothes, shoes, bags and nick-knacks that she knows cannot be bought back home in the Philippines. There are still a lot more places I’d want to go to with my whole family (including in-laws) and I hope we’ll have the time and cash (eeep!) to do so. I can’t wait to walk on the Great Wall of China beside my dad who I know would go on and on about China’s history. My li’l bro would have his heavy arm around me, trying to irritate me while he tries to hear out my dad’s lecture. My mom would be beside my older sister, my bro-in-law and my niece to give her own version of China’s history and insert a few suggestions for my niece to practice walking on the Great Wall. My older brother, on the other hand, would have his arm around his wife and chuckle at our dad’s efforts to walk and talk but is secretly worried for our dad’s health. When a group picture is to be taken, I’m sure each of us would smile a huge smile. πŸ™‚

Osaka Castle with the 'rents and li'l bro.

Osaka Castle with the 'rents and li'l bro.

Everyone! Gonna watch The Golden Mickeys.

Everyone! Gonna watch The Golden Mickeys.

Good friends can pick up where they left off. Most of my dearest friends are in other, different countries; while some are still in the Philippines but are understandably busy or have other plans. However, despite distance or unavailability, I am reassured by the fact that when I do get together with those close friends, I have no worry that we might act as though strangers. My only worry, and one that I’m quite fond of, is when we do act like hyenas laughing crazily amidst our chatter about our own lives. πŸ™‚ Of course, if we needed to have a shot of crazy from each other, there’s always technology to keep us connected.

Circa 2006: One of the rarest moments we're all online.

Circa 2006: One of the rarest moments we're all online.

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