Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 25 - Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 24 - A recent purchase

Purchased something I will be using for this one great endeavor. Please pardon all the suspense I've been making. I promise to blog about this as soon as I can say "mission accomplished"

For now, please pray and send me all the luck in the world. :) I am so nervous and restless about everything. Whew! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 23 - Something you crave a lot

Crave? I always associated such powerful word to these

Happy Monday! :)

PS I'm joining Mary's Little Red House Mosaic Monday Party

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 22 - Something I will never get tired of doing

Here we go for another ala Miss Universe question ;-) Here's my honest answer for this question: I will never get tired of loving, writing and working for my family. Three things: LOVE, WRITE and WORK.

I would never get tired of loving. Remember the greatest quote from Moulin Rouge?

I think this already explains everything. Like all the songs mention, it is the greatest gift, my only wish, can move mountains, we all have the perfect descriptions for love. At the end of the day though, there is no other thing in this world that could replace or even appear as a close substitute for love.

I would never stop writing. As in never!  Writing gives me freedom and the feeling that I still have self worth. Writing will forever remain to be my first love. You can take away everything from me, but never my love and passion for writing.

Working.. Though I have a love and hate relationship with work, this is something I will never regret doing. Working has opened doors of opportunities, success, failures and best of all, a lot of learning. And though it is called work, working makes me feel that I am forever a student who thirsts for knowledge and never gets tired of learning things. Working entered me to the real school of life. I met and learned from different people, gained and lost friends, and taught me real theories of life that can never be felt and understood in the four corners of the classroom.

Five to Ten years from now, my answers might no longer be the same. Priorities and point of views might change. New people may enter to my life. But as of today, I will hold on to these choices. No one could even force me to trim down my choices. All I know is that as of now, these are the things that will always complete me.

Happy Sunday to everyone.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day 21 - Current TV Show Addiction

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I am not really into TV series. I remember watching Sex and City in an on and off basis. I accidentally discovered this show on a lazy Saturday afternoon. I enjoyed the teaser and vowed to purchase a DVD copy of the series. Well to be honest, even though I love Jess (Zooey Desschanel) I missed a lot of episodes already. The show airs when I am usually out of our home... Friday night. Perfect ruin!

I love how Jess hillariously deals with a bad break up, especially when she would utter her sentiments to a forced song. To some extent, I wanted to have Jess' male friends too. Jess and her equally unique male housemates create the best comedy riot.

I have a lot of things to accomplish today. I will meet one of my girlfriends, errands and prepare some important things for next week. So this explains why I have this short and lousy post. ;-) Bye for now, wishing everyone a great weekend.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Day 20 - Exactly a year ago

I cannot recall what exactly happened to me a year ago. I checked my 2010 planner and to my dismay, I made no entries for the month of November. Failure! But I will not give up in fulfilling the task of this challenge. Allow me to instead recall some things that made last year's November.

In the Philippines, November starts with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. My family headed to the cemetery to visit my paternal grandmother.

After five years with the Research Department, I was transferred to the Planning Office. I was already getting adjusted over my new job. It was also during this month when I started handling Economics subjects. When I started teaching, my assignment is usually concentrated on Research related subjects, since much of my experience is within this field. I almost thought that I have to bury the law and theories I have painfully learned in four years. I was given the chance to teach the subject of my expertise.

Off from work, we had the annual Employees' Awards Night. These are the rare instances when everyone is forced to dig their cabinets and dust off those formal attires.

My paternal grandfather celebrates his birthday on November. My paternal family treated him for a sumptuous dinner. This reminds me that we need to meet up on Sunday.

When November comes, I am usually starting to feel the most awaited holiday of the year. The shopping, dinners, parties and reunions are coming in. The rush, excitement and happiness are felt everywhere. But as of this date, I still can't feel Christmas because of something that I need to accomplish. Allow me to save the details of this endeavor on a future post. For now, may I humbly request for your prayers and support. I promise to blog about this soon....

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Day 19 - Someone I'm terribly missing

(From Left) Baby Sophia, Jo Ann, Me, Lani and Baby Jasmin
Jo Ann and Lani are one of the world's few best girlfriends. The three of us met when we were pursuing our MBA. They came unexpectedly, but have proven to be one of the greatest additions in my life. When I went back to school, all I wanted was the degree. I was determined to finish my studies in the soonest time possible. Never had it come in my mind that I will gain a new family in that chapter of my life. These girls brought out the best in me. They were with me in those trying moments of my life. When I thought that there was no more future for me and when I stupidly fell  ..... past is past hahahaha When we finished our academic years, our meetings became less frequent. We went busy with our respective lives. I tried organizing a reunion last year, which later gave me major disappointments. I vowed to never accept this role again.

Christmas is coming and I hope God will make a way for us to spend some time together. I miss you guys.   

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 18 - Self Appreciation Day

Today, I will be writing a topic which I am not comfortable to deal with. Self appreciation or writing positive things about myself is the task of the challenge. Being a painfully shy and silent person, I really avoid bragging or telling other people my few and humbled accomplishments. In social gatherings and family reunions, you would most likely see me quietly observing and mingling with my small circle of acquaintances. This perhaps explains why some would label me as a sore, boring and single loser. Whatever! ;-) Tag me with all the names you want, it was never my dream to become everyone's apple of the eye anyway. I will never buy the idea of becoming the woman every man wants. I'd rather be the woman he only wants. (Oh, where did that come from? LOL)

I mentioned in a previous post that I also hate self proclaimed achievements or titles. I made a lot of encounters with them, let's not just mention where. Otherwise, some gossipers and squealers will be treated to a feast. (Again, I can feel you LOL) What I will instead share here are some words of appreciation I received from a few close persons.

One of my former superiors told me that I always get the job done on time. I can prepare the reports and beat the deadline. Wow, that was all music to my ears. At least, I have proof that I am not an employee who only works for payday. Some of my former students also told me that I am so patient and considerate in dealing with them. At the very least, my students recognize the efforts that contribute to the early unwanted lines and years on my face.

Aside from my teaching and office jobs, I also handle free lance works. I help masteral students who are writing their theses. What I could proudly say is that all of my clients successfully passed their defense. Little do they know, I am equally nervous on the outcome of their papers. Their grade also serves as my performance indicator as a research consultant. So far, my record remains unblemished. Thank God. :)

I guess that would be it. Love me or hate me, at the end of the day.. this is the true me. :)

Photo owned by Roger Hargreaves "Little Miss Shy"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 17 - Trying the shoes of another person

Photo source here
For this day, the challenge is to identify someone you would want to switch lives with for one day.

I am a silent and boring person. I know some of you will not agree with me because I talk a lot in my blog. Added to it the fact that I am a part time educator. How come? Who would ever thought that teachers are quiet and shy persons? If we meet in person, you will surely find me shy and quiet. I admit I wasn't born with excellent interpersonal skills. To some extent, this even made me earn a negative reputation from a few cousins and relatives. Well this is what I have to say, I may not interact that much in person but that doesn't give other people enough reasons to criticize me. My few close friends can prove that I am not after all the worst person in the heads of some narrow-minded people.

Knowing I have this weakness, I avoided careers that require a lot of talking and socializing. This could also explain why I fell in love with writing. I also ventured to a full time job that doesn't require much interaction with other people. I spend the day in front of my computer reviewing policies, conducting some statistical analysis and writing technical reports.

If I would be given the chance to switch or try another person's life, I wanted to be in the shoes of someone who appears to be my complete opposite. For at least a day, I wanted to experience a "loud" and highly interactive career. Sorry for the lack of term ;-) The life of a famous celebrity, talk show host, or perhaps a journalist. I'm just curious how it feels when everyone in the country equally knows your name and half of your life, meeting countless number of people, thousands of acquaintances and friends and seeing different places. If given the chance I wanted to see for myself how some people find happiness in the life I never imagined to have.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 16 - Do you collect something?

Before I answer that question I just have to say this, Wohooo!!! I'm half way of my 30 day blog challenge!!!!!

Now back to regular programming ;-) Yes. I collect a lot of things during my younger years and this has become a source of those petty arguments with my mother. I always irritate my mother as a result of my desire to accommodate a lot of things in my small room. Before, I collect scented stationeries, stickers and letters from my friends. And those personally handwritten letters? I still keep them. I also mentioned in a previous post that I used to collect this

Stamps from all over the world!
I wanted to revive this collection but the problem is how? The presence of email and social networking sites made communication faster and easier, which somehow defeats the nostalgic and personal approach of letter writing. Despite the fact that we are already in the digital age,  I still appreciate receiving personally handwritten notes.

My Jet Li film collections
One of my greatest wishes is to complete his entire line up of films. So to my local friends, you have an option what to give me this Christmas :-) Aside from Jet Li, I also collect DVDs of my favorite movies because if I become a millionaire, I will surely construct a mini theater in my new home. Okay, somebody has to slap me to wake me up from dreaming.

Today is a Monday and to start my day I'd like to recite my favorite "Monday chant." You want to hear it?

Here I am shouting this



Wishing everyone a great week ahead!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day 15 - On Dreams and Ambitions

A week ago I have posted my birthday wish. Some of my blog friends greeted me already but the truth is, my birthday is still on December. ;-) I made that post because all of a sudden, I found myself contemplating on my past birthday celebrations.

For this day, I will not be sharing another birthday wish, but some of my short and long term goals.

My first wish is to finally shed off the excess lbs I have gained in a year. Sorry for ranting so much about my weight gain. But the truth is, I am affected every time a colleague or relative would tell me that I am becoming healthier! A painless way of saying "you are getting so fat" In a span of a year, I gained 20 lbs and you know that is something not healthy too. I wanted to lose weight not for show off purposes. I just want to become healthy for the rest of my life.

I hope to find my own niche of specialization at work. Before, I always dream of promotion and position. But I later realized that position doesn't necessarily mean superiority and earning the respect from your colleagues.

Pay my debts and cut my credit cards.... Hopefully the hormones responsible for producing my shopaholic attacks will cease. ;-) I wanted to live a life without those plastic electronic devices.

A fat fat fat savings account! Not because I wanted to purchase something. I wanted to feel secured and financially independent.

I wanted to become a great educator in the eyes of my students. No, I don't mean any award or citation. I just wish that my students will remember me as one of their greatest teachers.

My first international publication! A dream that would make me feel that I still gave self worth. I wanted to become immortalized in print. Hopefully, my first attempt to enter the international field of research will be a success.

And of course, that one great wish....

Wishing everyone a great Sunday!

Day 14 - Regrets

If there is one thing in your life you regret doing, what would that be? Why?

I often hear this question in beauty pageants. And the equally often response I encounter is "I never felt any form of regret in my entire life." Boooo! hahahaha Seriously and honestly, I could never render such kind of response. Come on, no one is perfect. We have a perfectly imperfect life, so there's a sure chance that you regret doing or not doing something. But you see, I don't totally view mistakes and wrong decisions negatively. These mistakes turned regrets simply gave me a painful way of learning things. Things just didn't turn out the way we wanted or expected, so that's when regret comes to the picture.

I have my own share of countless mistakes which I later regret. Most of them uprooted in my inability to become courageous enough to discover things.

One of my greatest regret is my inability to learn any musical instrument. I have been fascinated by women who can play the flute and violin. I envy them and this is one thing I regret not doing. I never pursued my interest in music.

I could have performed in school better. I struggled in my Elementary to High School years. But when college came, that's when I started gaining small recognitions. It was only in college when I realized that I can make things happen. It's just that during my Basic Education years, perhaps I wasn't brave and hardworking enough to give my parents good grades.

I was forced to burn bridges, which I regretted to a certain extent. I adhered to the belief that friendship should not be a burden. Friends are supposedly there to support and pull you up. I distanced myself, kept quiet and decided to let go. This experience gave me a lot of lessons about friendship. After this storm, I became careful and literally chose the people whom I will call friends. Burning another bridge is something I never wanted to do again.

I discontinued blogging for a while and I deeply regret this now. I started blogging in 2005 and that was it. I made a lot of blogs from different platforms, which I just allowed to sleep and fade away. If only I have sustained my interest in blogging, I should already have a deep archive of 6 years.

I know this is not one of those posts that I should be proud of. But my 30 day challenge is about myself, so this is just a proof that I have my own honest mistakes turned learning experiences.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 13 - Communicate to a long lost friend

The task of today's challenge is to communicate to a long lost friend. The first person that entered my mind for this task was Lea, one of the few best persons I met in my college years.

Lea used to be my morning chat buddy. Since our homes require two to three hours of commuting, we often overestimate traffic and travel time. The two of us always end up arriving an hour before our first subject. While my friends were not yet around, I end up sharing stories about TV shows, cute actors and sometimes people we both hate.

When I had a conflict with my circle of friends, Lea and her own group whole heartedly adopted me. They became my new lunch and study buddies. If Lea was not around, my college days would turn out to be so lonesome.

My fondest memory with Lea was when we were organizing a seminar about solid waste management in their place. Her family accepted us in their home and spoiled us with the best meals. 

My friend is now having a prosperous life in Australia. She worked her way and made all those sacrifices to achieve success. Soon, she will have her own bakery and I'm very excited for her.

If ever Lea is reading this, I want her to know how much I am happy and proud of all her achievements. You deserve the best and I'm looking forward to seeing you soon.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 12 - A Picture that makes you happy

The adorable kids in the picture are my niece and nephew. I rarely see these kids because they reside in the province. I think I only see them once or twice a year. I received so far two compliments for this picture, both from my friends. Hahaha, well sometimes that's what friendship is all about right?

For some reason, this picture never fails to make me happy, especially after a long day at work.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 11 - First Five Shuffled Songs

I got this topic from other bloggers who engaged in the 30 day blog challenge. The task: enumerate five random songs playing in my iPod

1. I do

2.Only Reminds me of You by MYMP

3. Return to Pooh Corner by Kenny Loggins

4. Daniel by Wilson Phillips

5. Time for a Cool Change by Little River Band

I will be too busy the entire day, so here's one lousy and quick post. :-( Wishing everyone a great day.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 10 - 10 Facts About Me

1. I don't enjoy receiving forwarded email and text messages - (unless the message is hilarious enough to make me fall from my chair or so touching to make my entire day) I actually prefer to receive simple yet personally crafted messages. A simple "how are you?" "i miss you" is always better than those chain messages.

2. I love sweets but not chocolates - I am perhaps the only person in the world who doesn't appreciate chocolates. When I was a kid, I don't eat chocolates. Yes, I was such a weirdooo. It was only when I reached my teenage years when I started to eat chocolates.

3. I don't drink coffee and other hot drinks -  I mentioned this already in a previous post. To keep me awake, I consume a bottle of Coke, which I believe has been the main culprit of my weight gain.

4. I love old songs - I grew up in the era of Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys and all those boy bands. I love them but I also enjoy hearing songs from the 80s. (Please don't laugh at me)  I love Wilson Phillips, Madonna and Debbie Gibson.

5. I look older than my age... unfortunately and I hate it - A lot of people, especially some of my students always see me older than my actual age. When this happens, I almost wanted to tell them "Well this is all your fault. You make me look older than my age" LOL

6. I feel older everyday (this perhaps explain number 5) - When I stepped 25, I began to feel so old. My early 20s were the best, school is over, I'm very eager about my career and I have a lot of plans ahead. But when I reached my mid 20s, it felt like the world stopped. All of a sudden, I felt the need to change my lifestyle and priorities.

7.  I don't know how to cook - Let us clarify this, I don't hate cooking. I just don't know how to do it. My mother had spoiled me with the best dishes at home. So most of the time, my role at home is to sit, eat and sleep. LOL

8. I am lazy and I love to sleep at home - This is me during weekends. I wake up late, brunch, read some books, movies and zzzzzzz.

9. I'm most of the time available for my friends - I maybe the laziest person in the world but when a friend calls me for dinner or something, expect me to be there. The fact that I'm single and so laid back can perhaps explain. So if you still have single friends, you are still so lucky. Singles are always available :)

10. I'm a grown up who still wear braces - Yup, I'm living a life with those metal wires for two years. If this makes me look young, then I want to have them forever. Contrary to what others say, having braces is not exaggeratedly painful. In my case, it took me two weeks to become adjusted to it. My first week was all about soft foods. On my second week, I can already eat potato chips, nuts and all those forbidden foods (I'm such a bad patient. Good thing my dentist don't know that I blog.)

What about you? Do you have some unique traits you want to share? I would love to read them. 

Wishing everyone a great day!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 9 - Quotes to live by

Happy Monday to everyone! We have another week to become happy and productive.

Monday for me is one the most difficult part of the week. I for sure have a weekend hangover and it takes a lot of effort to move my lazy ass from bed.  So perhaps to inspire me? Or just to uplift my lazy spirits, I will try my best to write an inspiring post. No, I will not write a heart warming dramatic story here, I will instead share some of the best quotes that have (hopefully) moved me to better appreciate my life.

Here are some of my favorite quotes, hope you enjoy and appreciate them too.  

To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.

I don't know who is the author of this quote. I ended up receiving this as a forwarded text from a friend. A little confession to make though, I don't enjoy getting forwarded messages, except if it's the funniest joke or a powerful quote. I better appreciate personally crafted text messages.

These few words are perfect for me. I often find myself ranting and complaining about my life. I am always praying and hoping for better changes and improvements in my life. But come to think of it, I never realized that changes also spring from changes. If I want improvement, then I must do new things that lead to improvement.  

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart - Helen Keller

Enough said, Helen Keller just captured everything my heart says... 

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet - Plato

Admit it! Even those who hate writing suddenly learned to write because of love. To my fellow bloggers, I believe you have once written something for someone you love, whether they are part of your past or present.

Don't find love, let love find you. That's why it's called falling in love because you don't force yourself to fall, you just fall.  - Author unknown

Hmmmm, I need my married friends to validate this. LOL!

Lastly, some months ago, a blog I follow shared this powerful Psalm

Psalm 103
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
   and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
   and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
   and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
 1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
 6 The LORD works righteousness
   and justice for all the oppressed.
 7 He made known his ways to Moses,
   his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
   slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
   nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
   or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
   so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
   so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
 13 As a father has compassion on his children,
   so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
   he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
   they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
   and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
   the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
   and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
   and remember to obey his precepts.
 19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
   and his kingdom rules over all.
 20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
   you mighty ones who do his bidding,
   who obey his word.
21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
   you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the LORD, all his works
   everywhere in his dominion.
   Praise the LORD, my soul.

I printed a copy of this Psalm and for some reason, I feel healed and relieved whenever I read it. To my blog friend (sorry I forgot) who introduced this to me, thank you very much for sharing it.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day 8 - Great words someone told you

This is another tough topic to write because honestly, there were only counted instances in my life when I was left with great words that marked a great impact in my life.

In my few years of teaching, there were only a few students who took time to personally express their gratitude to me. Though they were only email and text messages, the thought that they took time to sent those short and heart warming words are more than enough to make an impact in my life. My students don't know that I blog but in case they will discover, I would also like to thank them for the positive ratings and nice comments in my teaching performance appraisal. Words of gratitude and appreciation made me feel that I still have self-worth.

In my Basic Education years, I was the typical struggling student. My mother even has to incur additional cost for my Math tutor. When I reached college, I told myself that I would never want another hell of four years. I studied well and for the first time, I started to receive some pat from the back from some professors. One of my professors who believed in my capability is Sir Villa. He was my professor in the deadly subjects of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Mathematical Economics. Pardon some bragging, but it was only in his subject when I received a grade of flat 1.  He even left some encouraging words in my class card. He told me to keep up the good work and vie for honors. Simple words that made me believe that I am capable of excelling.

Back in my senior year in High School, my mother gave me a Palanca letter for my retreat. My mother is not the most affectionate person in the world so the fact that she exerted the effort to write is already overwhelming. In the letter, my mother told me that she appreciates my hard-work and diligence in studying. All the while, I thought that I was only giving her headaches and worries about poor grades. That letter was powerful enough to inspire me to strive more in college.

When I started working, I was under one of the strictest bosses in the company. At first, I thought that I had the typical boss. But when I started gaining friends from other departments, I learned about the notorious image of my boss. She was strict and fears almost no one in the institution. I have no regrets of having her as my first boss. I am in fact thankful because I learned a lot from her and more importantly, I developed the discipline and patience not to become one of those hated and underestimated employees. My first boss also gave me a lot of opportunities. At the age of 21, equipped with less than a year work, I was given my first research presentation. I have to thank her for trusting me because she made me believe that I am capable to speak. She may not have told me, but those opportunities are more than enough to make me believe that I can make things happen.

So after enumerating all those significant experiences, I was moved to one realization. Whenever someone leaves me with sincere words of love, gratitude, trust, appreciation, then that is enough to make me feel great and remind me that I have done something good in my life.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 7 - What made you blog?

Before I answer this question, allow me to relate my own blogging story. I started blogging in 2005. Back then, I was starting to work and pursuing my masteral studies. Those were the days when I am 115 lbs and can survive months of no shopping. ;-) I made my first blog in a defunct social networking site, Friendster. I usually post lyrics of my favorite songs, ranted about my life and expressed the story of my unreciprocated whatever!  (Oooops, do I remember someone?) My everyday internet exposure made me discover other platforms that provide blogging services. I explored and opened accounts from Blogger, Multiply and Livejournal. These efforts were all products of my impulsive curiosity and enthusiasm. In effect, these accounts remain dormant and later fade away.

When I finished my masteral studies, I was determined to recover my expenditures and earn money apart from my regular job. That's when I decided to reactivate my sleeping Blogger account. I wrote again and signed up for Google Adsense. To my biggest surprise, Google told me that my blog was suspected of doing illegal activities. How come? How can a dormant Blogger account be capable of spreading malicious internet activities? Perhaps my account was hacked or spammed. I didn't dare to discover the reasons. I instead shifted to Wordpress to revive my lost interest in blogging. However, I learned that most earning writers use Blogger as their platform. So the prodigal daughter had no choice but to return to Blogger and opened this account.

As I read stories of successful bloggers, I learned a common denominator. Most of them opened a blog to pursue their passion to write. Earning later came as a bonus surprise. My blogging story is evidently a huge contradiction. God perhaps wanted to awaken me so more than earning, He gave me another significant reason to blog. I earned something more than money. I gained blog friends all over the world.

So to all my followers and friends who regularly take time to see my blog, thank you very much. The thought that there are people who devote part of their precious time to read my silly posts already makes me shudder in delight.  If I didn't gain some friends in the blogosphere, I will for sure relate a different blogging story.  But knowing I have friends to share stories is more than enough reason to make me love blogging.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 6 - In the past month, what have you learned?

Whew! I wanted to answer this question by relating in detail a recent experience. But I don't have intentions of providing some squealers and gossipers their dream feast. (Hey, I can see you LOL!) I will instead share some realizations from a not-so-good experience I endured over the past months.

When you have a dream, chase it for yourself. Never wait and expect for other people to help you fulfill that dream.

Though things are gradually getting better for me, I have learn this lesson the hardest and the most complicated way. We all have dreams and most inspirational books I've read always relate that successful people are marked by their capacity to dream. So in one way or another, we could say that each of us have the potential to become successful. However, what often differentiates successful people is their capability to make each day as a path to that dream. Successful people also depend to only one person in fulfilling their dreams. And that person happens to be their own self.

I wish I could always live and abide by those principles of success. Problem is, no theory or principle could ever explain and dictate life and success. Life is meant to be perfectly imperfect. We cannot depict any trend, pattern or formula in achieving our dreams. Each of us will surely have our unique bitter sweet story of success.

If you have a dream, then go forth and chase it! However, fulfilling a dream is not easy as dreaming for it. Expect sleepless nights, sacrifices, tears and all forms of tortures. Oh did I say to prepare for some antagonists camouflaged as angelic protagonists? I have countless experiences with them. I know I sound too pessimistic but this is just the painful reality of life. Life is made of battles that would injure us. Ironically, we still choose to venture in endeavors that will surely hurt us. But at the end of the day, no matter what other people say, it's only us who can say whether we have achieved real success.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 5 - A Birthday Dream

I usually spend my previous birthdays at work. Though I could easily take a leave on my day, I prefer not to do it for reasons I don't know. I have been blessed with superiors who easily approve vacation leaves but unfortunately, I don't take advantage of it. I know a lot of people might slap me for not using this privilege. I'm throwing an opportunity which some people have to beg and pray for. Well, sometimes life is painfully designed that way, right? You cannot get what you really want. If you are one of those who are bored and unhappy with a blooming career and lovelife, then consider me as your greatest envious enemy. LOL, so we are now even. 

On my past birthdays, I wake up early for work, get up in a new dress, treat my closest friends for merienda and later have dinner with them. I go home late and check my Facebook and other social networking accounts. This is my usual, monotonous but happy birthday celebrations.

Over the past days, I found myself contemplating on the idea of changing my usual birthday celebrations. All of a sudden, I am longing for a three-day birthday vacay. If given the chance, I would like to spend my birthday in a relaxing place. I wanted to be in a place that is quiet, tranquil and close to nature. My ideal place is a combination of Tagaytay, Caleruega and Club Balai Isabel.

I will sleep in a relaxing log cabin that provides me a spectacular view of the entire place

have breakfast in the terrace while enjoying the view and sunrise

feel the cool morning breeze and walk along the shores

In the afternoon, I'll be served with my favorite dishes

and in the evening, I wanted to experience this
Photo from Wikipedia
which I fell in love from this movie,
Scene from Tangled
Some may find this silly, but I still believe in the magic of these childish things. Not all people know, but I am a proud grown up who remains to be very kid at heart.