Thursday, May 31, 2012

Time Flies

Really, it does. You see, this is the last day of May, and I am about to face another month in less than twenty-four hours. Not just that. In a few days, classes will start, and I will be facing my final phase as a college student. Soon, I will be busy because of my academic obligations like examinations, feasibility study and defense, etc., and also, occupied with jobs related to being an executive officer of JPIA-PLM. I have wanted this, and I still want it now. That burning desire of me to serve JPIAns continues to flame out.

And yet, I just feel like time is getting on too fast for me. Seems like it was just yesterday when I graduated in high school and now, I'm in my final year as a college student. Shizz. This gives me chills. 'Kays. :))))

Fine. Have nothing more to say now. Hihi. B-D I'll just finish one last book to close my summer vacation. Ciao! :D

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Final Summer Blow

It was a big splash for our finale. :)

We (BCBP families) met up at Phoenix gas station at Molino at around 5:30AM, and had breakfast at Jollibee in Tagaytay at around 6:30AM. After filling in our stomachs, we then drove our way to Punta Fuego in Batangas. We were quite in number because a total of twelve families joined the jaunt.

At around 8 or 8:30AM, we already reached the place. Upon reaching our destination, it rained. Hoho. Imagine swimming while the rain’s pouring down? Well, that was almost it!

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However, it was too kind for the rain to actually stop right away and let us enjoy the sun while swimming on the beach. Good thing was, even though you’ve already reached quite far away from the shore, the water wasn’t yet that deep. The waves crashed strongly, and yeah, the water tasted really salty, but dear, I, actually we, really enjoyed the punch. :D

Since we got tired of swimming, we decided to try the so-called Banana Boat. You know what’s so cool with that? It’s when you’re with your friends and while the boat’s being dragged fast on the sea, you’re jump-seating and shouting and waving and laughing. Haha! Yeah, we were so noisy.

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The best part of the experience was the “drop part” wherein once the boat reaches the middle of the sea, and I swear that part was already really deep, the operators would drive the Banana Boat so fast that no matter how strong you hold on to the rope, you’ll be thrown to the sea and feel that drop-experience-excitement. Adventure it is! We were dropped three times and I swear it’s really tiring but really so damn cool. :)))))

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Meet Keilah! Isn't she adorable and cute? This English-speaking bright kid will blow you off once you talk to her! :D

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After lunch, we went to Terrazas de Punta Fuego wherein only members could enter and enjoy the facilities. Oh my, I fell in love with the Infinity Pool and the view that could be seen while bathing on the waters. Plus, the water on the pool was warm and it’s really relaxing to stay there.

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Jenny, Patricia, Pamela, Diane, Nicole, Xander, Xavier, Colleen and I also had our pool-trip activities like Underwater Planking Sessions, Diving, Find the Coin and other stuff you do when you’re with your friends and you’re bumming the pool.

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Photo opportunities were never gone for a chance, of course. What do you expect? Vanity exists in almost every one of us!

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And yes. BCBP isn’t just a community. We are ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY! :)

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Indeed, after having a lot of splatters this summer, this culmination is my favorite. :D

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Final Week

...of summer vacation. After this coming week, it's already back to school and as part of the JPIA-PLM@25 Executive Officers (EOs), it's really going to be a busy year for me.

Well, to actually close our summer vacation, we're going to Punta Fuego in Batangas tomorrow. Splash, baby! Other BCBP family friends will also join us. The more, the merrier! :D

For now, I am currently working with a JPIA-related stuff, and I'm keeping myself busy with that. Er, I'm going to miss my novel-marathon nights when class already starts! I'll be stuck with accounting books again and poof! My escape would be JPIA-related things. Well, I chose this life, then so be it. :)) I'm enjoying it anyway. Even though it's, yeah, I admit, tiring, I'm enjoying it. For whatever reason, it's fun to be busy. :)

I really have nothing to talk about right now. I just felt like talking. LOL. :D

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Busy Week

Geez! After some time, I'm baaaaack! It had been a busy week, really. After our Leadership Training Seminar (LTS), we had our company visits the week after.

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Our LTS happened lasted from May 11-13 at Barangay Village, Paranaque City. It was really a bonding time with my fellow JPIA-PLM officers. However, Kristel wasn't able to come because it was her parents' wedding anniversary.

And yeah, it was Mom's Day last Sunday (May 13) and we had this for our Mom:


As I've said, after LTS, we had our company visits right away. We had Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co. (Ernst & Young) for Monday, Punongbayan & Araullo (Grant Thornton International Ltd.) and Isla Lipana & Co. (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) for Wednesday, Manabat, San Agustin & Co. (KPMG) for Thursday and Manabat, Delgado, Amper & Co. (Deloitte) for Friday.

Let me share with you my favorite outfits in our Makati getaway. :)

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first picture: dress by Julia
second picture: dress by Casual Elegance, bag by Celine
third picture: polo and pants by Bado, bag by Tyler Rodan
shoes (4-inched wedge) by Effegi

Let me give you some pieces of advice when dressing-up when you're going to a corporate spot. :)

First of all, be smart! Chin up, baby, and be confident. That's actually the most important thing. Everything else will follow after that. And when it comes to choosing what to wear, make sure you're comfortable with it. Don't wear high heels if you can't manage to stand with them until the end. You will really just suffer. However, I guess it's a must for girls to always bring flats with 'em whenever they wear high heels. Who knows? The rain might come and it's really uncomfortable if you'd still wear high heels then.

And make sure that you dress appropriately. Be stylish as possible, but keep it quite simple. Remember, you're not going to a fashion show. You don't have to over-decorate yourself with accessories as if you're going to a party. Don't wear too short dresses and super mini-skirts and blouses with low cleavage cuts. Remember, you're not going to a fashion show or a party, so dress right.

And heyyy, I had already been enrolled, by the way. Geez! My final year in college, hunnnn! :D

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

She Writes

There was once a girl who never thought that writing would really be a big deal for her. She started keeping a diary when she was in Grade 3, but for some reasons, she burned it when the pages were already full.

She didn't take writing seriously back then. All she did was comply with her teachers' requirements.

When she was in Grade 5, she transferred to a new school wherein clubs were active in their own areas. In her old school, clubs didn't exist so the club engagement was actually new to her.

Aside from being engaged in her club, she's also an excellent student. Well, in her old school, she was actually one of the top academic performers. In fact, she was the consistent recipient of the Best in Conversational English award from Grade 2 to 4 in their batch.

As a transfer student, she adjusted with her new school's environment easily, made friends, and performed academically well. She used to have Math as her favorite subject, but eventually, she learned to love English (which was divided into Reading and Language proficiency). She was already a bookworm back when she was in Grade 3 that's why she didn't find it hard to cope with their Silent Reading Activity even though her classmates were already ahead of her level at the beginning of the school year. Actually, she was able to be ahead of them after a few weeks! She also discovered that she has a say in public speaking and drama.

She never would've have realized that without her English teachers' help. In Reading, Mrs. Villarama would always commend her for being a fast reader who has good comprehension. With those good comments, she continued to read novels which became her greatest form of escape, and also enriched her vocabulary.

In Language, Sir Ben would ask them to write a diary of what had happened the whole period. Oh, it was her favorite part of the day! From the day Sir Ben had asked her to read what was written in her diary, he had already told her that she was going to recite what she wrote everyday. They also had an Oral Communication Activity wherein they would present something in front of the class. It's up to the assigned student if she'd act, sing, dance, whatever. The main point is, you had to talk in front of the class. On her first turn, she brought her collection of novels - Sweet Valley High, Don Quixote, The Little Prince, et cetera. She shared her favorite parts of the stories and told her classmates that reading is a great way to spend one's free time. For their second round, Sir Ben asked her to be the first presenter. The class would be reciting Footprints in the Sand with matching actions.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
written by Carolyn Joyce Carty

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:
"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me."
The LORD replied:
"My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."

She got perfect scores for both. Maybe Sir Ben had seen so much potentials in her, so she invited her to write for their school paper. She gladly accepted it then. During summer, she was also called by Sir Ben for a Journalism Workshop together with other selected students.

When she was already in Grade 6, she was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief for the Elementary Division of their school paper after being one of the top scorers in their aptitude test (they wrote an essay). She then became the representative of their school in the Cavite Schools Press Conference for Editorial Writing in English. After several days of training with Sir Ben, she was lucky enough to bag the first place for her contest. It was really a feather on her cap because that was the very first time that her school participated in such inter-school competition.

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This was the very first medal that she has ever received for a writing contest. :)

When she was in high school, she transferred again, this time, to a campus with special science curriculum. Unfortunately, doors weren't opened for her to continue her career in journalism. However, she didn't stop writing. She kept a diary, blogged, wrote poems, essays and short stories. Her teachers would also commend her for doing a job well done in her essays, both in English and in Filipino. Well, with her poems, she has her collections of those.

1:

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2:

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You see, those were just ordinary notebooks. She wrote her poems there, getting better as time went by.

When she entered college, she continued writing poems. With enough inspirations, she was able to write as many as 82 poems (as of now, poems as school works excluded).

3:

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4 (Present):

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And fortunately, she was able to continue her journalism career. She joined their course's pool of writers for their course-wide magazine. She also joined writing contests and fortunately, got awards in most of those. She won inter-school competitions and also contributed works in the Cavite Weekly Chronicle.

When she was in third year college, she was given the Literary Editor position of the magazine's Editorial Board, and being the only non-graduating member of the EdBoard, she really considered it as an achievement.

And now that she's a graduating student, she currently holds the Editor-in-Chief position, thanking GOD from bestowing it upon her. Not only that, she's a Wattpad writer now, sharing her works of fiction with readers out there.

Well, all thanks to Sir Ben who actually gave her the hint that she has a future in writing. She owes him a lot. He was one of those who first believed that she could do great things through writing. And swear, she'll always remember Sir Ben no matter what. :)

I could testify that all of the above statements are true. I know Sir Ben, and I owe him a lot. I owe him a lot, because I am her.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Water Camp Sunday

Sunday is basically Lord's day and family day. So after the mass, we prepared ourselves for a splash treat at Josephine's Water Camp Resort located in Kawit, Cavite. :)

With the entrance fee of Php 240 per head, we had experienced the slides, rain showers, river-like pool and waves! B-D

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Shades: Hannah Montana Collections (Don't get me wrong. I'm not a fan, k? Haha!)
Swimsuit (upper): Faster
Swimming shorts: Avon
Cover-up: Summer Salt
Our first plan for the venue of our swimming was at Antel Grand Village because Tita Evelyn, one of our family friends, offered that place. It's an amenity in the village wherein the pool's a resort-like one. Unfortunately, there were already lots of people there that time so we just proceeded at Water Camp.

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The lazy river!

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Rain shower!

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Waveeeees!

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Slideeees!

I planned to actually wear my two-piece swimsuit but when I saw that there were too many people there, I have had second thoughts and simply settled with swimming shorts instead of bikini.

Colleen and I really enjoyed the slides and the waves - especially the waves! The swimming crowd was like a united mob wherein we partied while enjoying the artificial waves of the pool. So what if my tan skin became dark tan? Haha! What matters is I really did have so much fun bonding with my family and some family friends! :]

We went home at around 5 o'clock and heyyyy. My muscles are kind of aching now. Swimming much? :D

Thursday, May 3, 2012

2-Day Family Dine Out

Yesterday, we went to Festival Mall - just because we felt like it. We were supposed to eat at Cabalen but since we wanted to try something new, we went to Giligan's. It was worth the try because the food was great and I loved the pirate pirate-ship-inspired motif of the restaurant.

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Pretty cool, huh? ;)

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I couldn't remember how this one's called but this chicken recipe tasted great.

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Their lumpia recipe really tasted good! The dip really matched the rolls. :-)

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The shrimp and the quail eggs made a good combination with the sauce in this recipe.

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I loved the tender beef and the soup. Really. :)

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This one's my favorite! The patatim was like wow! B-D

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And oh, I bought new pants from Unica Hija. :)

I was supposed to have a meeting together with my fellow JPIA-PLM officers but I had chosen not to attend it 'cause my family had already planned to go to McDonalds - Daang Hari opening. Tito Larry (Dad's eldest sibling) also joined us. And having been the 65th customer, a card was given to us wherein we're entitled to one burger Mcdo.

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Well, maybe it's already pretty obvious that I really am so much drowned with novels. After a week, I had already finished Succubus Series and I was so touched with the happy ending. Truly, True Love is something that couldn't be defied by Hell when Heaven had already drawn the fate. :"] Indeed, the series had already been listed under my favorite books. :)

And I already have a copy of Insurgent! I started reading it right after finishing Succubus Revealed (book 6), and I'm already in the seventh chapter now. I guess I'll be done with it until tomorrow. B-D

It was a pretty good day. :) I don't know how to close this post, so let me just end it this way:
"Sometimes it takes more courage to know when to retreat than to keep fighting." (Carter, Succubus Heat - Book 4 by Richelle Mead)
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