on being happy

Sunday, March 29, 2009 1 Comments

Don't rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can't love and respect yourself - no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are - completely; the good and the bad - and make changes as YOU see fit - not because you think someone else wants you to be different.

Stacey Charter

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When I read this, the words couldn’t have been written more bluntly and more true. It was stated so plain and yet the meaning is very profound and deep. Plus it is so applicable to where I am in my life right now.

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Alice in Wonderland brings me back

Sunday, March 29, 2009 0 Comments


I used to do a lot of sketches while reading this book. The old book I had, had very few pictures in them. So I'd just let my imagination run wild and try to picture Alice as she coursed through the main story plots. The doodles I made sparked my love for drawing.

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Honda, Chocolate Kiss and Earth Hour

Sunday, March 29, 2009 0 Comments

IMG_0028 My day started early yesterday at around 6am, I was scheduled for an appointment to bring my car to Honda Cars Libis for its periodic maintenance check up. I only slept 2 hours the night before, I fell asleep way after 3am. I couldn't because I was worrying about seraph and I got so engrossed playing Patapon 2 on my PSP which I'll be blogging about soon. Anyway, I got there at around 7:30am prepared with my laptop loaded with a bunch of movies, e-books and comics plus I also brought my fully-charged PSP. The customer's lounge had pretty comfy seating and a big-screen tv where they played movies all day long but I brought my stuff anyway. Unfortunately, they still had no wifi there. I expected to be there until 4pm, like the last two times that I was there. After having my car assessed, I started watching some episodes of Heroes that I missed. At past nine, seraph came. We watched Bolt for awhile. Surprisingly, my car was done by lunch time and I thought we'll be there the whole day. Goodness.

choc kiss I asked him if we could have lunch at Chocolate Kiss Cafe at UP and he agreed. I missed going there and it was very nostalgic for me to be at UP again. We had a very full meal. He doesn't want me to skimp on my meals because I was growing very thin but sadly my stomach is not very accustomed to eating a lot. So he ends up eating most of my leftovers. The food was great, just as I remembered. It was nice to bond again and I had a great time just hanging out with him. We were together til 7pm. Sadly I had to see my day with him end but with renewed hope that everything about us is going to change again.

I spent dinner with my college friends at Trinoma. By this time, I was really running low on energy. After all, I was like a walking zombie and I lacked sleep! We talked about business over dinner and we brainstormed pretty good ideas. I can't wait for us to be able to set this thing up and get started. It's going to be awesome.

earth hour Earth Hour in my part of the globe was at 8:30 pm last night. Since I wasn't home and I was at the mall, I didn't expect anything to happen mallwide. I was wrong. They decided to participate. The mall at earth hour was very dim. They left only a few lights on in observance of this event. It was very warming to note that at least people still cared about the world. Back home my parents told me that they also switched the lights off. That's a very good thing.

While driving home I can't help but smile. Although I was very very tired, I had a pretty good day today. I haven't had a good day for quite a while now and this is very nice. I wish more days can be like this one.

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Reflections

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 0 Comments

Location: My Room Current Time: 5:06am Music: Dub in Ya Mind (Beach Club Mix – Afterlife) Mood: low-spirited

Last night a friend reminded me of very important notion. He said that I should at least be grateful that the goodbye isn’t final. The communication is still there, I can see that person whenever I choose to. As opposed to him not being there at all, forever. This saddened me a little but it also cheered me up at the same time. He was right. I AM grateful. I got my wish after all. A fraction of a time to be given a chance instead of wondering about what would have happened if I didn’t take the jump. And he gave me two and a half years, enough memories and love to be permanently imprinted in me.


Love really is very powerful, It has the power to give you an all-natural high and it also that same power to drag you down until you don’t want to do anything anymore. I acknowledge this power.
Last night he told me that he doesn’t want to say goodbye. Inside I was grateful, because I can’t bear to hear him say it. I know the friendship will persist. We’ve gone through so much to sacrifice that. Still I know this is going to be hard.

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Well, so this is my bucket list, what's in yours?

Monday, March 23, 2009 0 Comments

See the northern lights
I have mentioned this once in my blog before. I want to do this because not all people will get a chance to see it in their lifetime. Just think it's one phenomenon that proves of an existence of space particles that are several years old just coming into contact with our atmosphere. I would just sit there entranced by the whole thing.
Leave my mark in my career field
I want to be a really good designer, not just a good one who produces good interiors but one who will innovate a trend or an interior design element. I want to be remembered as someone who at least made a difference in the field of interior design.
travel to vacation spots with someone I love
This would be a really great escape. Trust me when I say that in my field of work, even sleep becomes a luxury, much less a very looong vacation. But this is not impossible though, so I guess when I get to save up (a lot) and find that special someone...I'm good to go.
Dive
I have very poor eyesight. I just wear glasses and contact lenses everyday but without them I'm almost blind. Everything is blurry. My vision is clear at about a foot from my face, farther than that and it's just a swirl of colors. That's why if I dive, I won't be able to see anything down there. Wearing contact lenses isn't even an option. The salt water makes my eyes sting a lot. That's really painful. I've tried to apply for laser surgery but they said my eye grade wasn't high enough. :-(
Get married and settle down
Well if I'm doomed to be single...I guess I'd just make the most of my situation and cross this off my list. Hahaha


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Meet my beagles

Sunday, March 22, 2009 , 1 Comments

 IMG_0008 (2) This is basically a long overdue post. No thanks to my crazy schedule for the past months.  Last November my beagle gave birth to four very cute puppies. It was the 27th, just three days after my birthday. She underwent a very gruelling labor of two days. All members of my family did everything we could to make her feel comfortable during this time. She started giving birth a little past midnight and the first one that came out was stillborn. We had to wait at hourly intervals for the pups to finally come out. We barely got any sleep.

These are the pics of the pups when she gave birth. They were just several hours old.

IMG_0027 IMG_0021 Of course I was so excited to name them all. All of our pets had the letter "K" at the start of their names except for Serene (my Siberian Husky), because I adopted her and I didn't want to change the name she was used to. I named the pups Kimono, Kayenne, Keira and Kung Fu. Unfortunately, Kung Fu died two days after because of dehydration. Since it was Kahlua's first time, I think she accidentally lied down on poor Kung Fu. I hope he's happy in doggie heaven now.

These are the pups when they were one month old.

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Here they are at two months.

IMG_0084 (2) It was a delight when they started walking. At first it was just awkward steps then they learned to run. Then all of a sudden it was a beagle puppy pandemonium inside the house. They were so playful (up until now actually). They've really lived up to their reputation on being on the list of the most destructive dog breeds in the world. No slipper, magazine, throw pillows, towels and socks are safe when the pups are on the loose.

As they grew older, the pups began to develop their personalities. Each had their own quirky habits that we've learned to love.

Kimono, being the only male in the litter, is the initiator of all naughtiness and reckless behaviour. I had no worries though because I know he'll be trained later by Druce. He was the pup I promised I would give him. Kimono knows how to make puppy eyes when he wants something and it will take all your self-control not to indulge in what he wants. He's often the first one to fall asleep and the first one to wake up.

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Kayenne, has very pretty eyes. When she was still nursing from Kahlua, she would whimper a lot (we don't exactly know why). It seems she's carried on her crybaby trait until now. She loves playing with Kahlua. The only problem I have with her is that there are times when she is very picky with her food.

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Keira, I call her the ugly duckling. She looked like a Rottweiler when she was still very small. She is getting quite fat because she loves to eat. It's really interesting watching her grow up because her face markings are changing and the brown is becoming more prominent now.

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Well these are my beagles and I love them to death. Just this morning I've registered them officially to the canine association here in the Philippines. Although they can be quite a handful at times,  they never fail to take the stress away whenever I come home really tired. Plus, they love unconditionally and that in itself is one very good thing.

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Red PS3, please

Sunday, March 22, 2009 0 Comments

Believe it or not I still have my eye on a red PS3. hahaha It's something that I have had on my wishlist for a long time now. It's definitely on my will-buy-immediately-when-there's-extra-cash wishlist. Hahaha It will make my life better because...come on! I will also be forced to buy a good LCD TV (which I think is good :-p ) plus I'd finally get to play all the good games that I've been reading about on game sites. It's another thing to keep the stress away. :-)

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I’m casting my vote

Friday, March 20, 2009 2 Comments

This is taken directly from the earth hour website where I’ve just signed up. Take the time and participate.

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What is it about?

VOTE EARTH

YOUR LIGHT SWITCH IS YOUR VOTE

This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.
We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.
VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.


Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

Don’t forget. Mark it on your calendars and set alarms on your phones.

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The perks of a body massage

Friday, March 20, 2009 , , 0 Comments

Last week, Seraph and I went to Island Spa along Jupiter St. in Makati. I can’t remember why exactly we agreed to have a massage that night but I think it had something to do with me always complaining of my backaches. 709E5F57-7E53-4A53-B7D9-121EBF3F386C

The interiors were pretty well-designed and the lighting was subdued just enough to cast a relaxing ambience. Whenever I enter a spa, I inhale deeply, I love the way it smells of a mix of aromatic oils. Upon entering I’m instantly relaxed. The couples room was a bit so, so because it was a bit awkward that 2 adjacent rooms share one split airconditioner in the center with an opening that should’ve been artistically cut out to avoid eyesore. There were LCD tv’s in the rooms though, I don’t really get the purpose of putting them there. You’re not there to watch the TV anyway.

We had the Swedish massage and it was sooooo good. I loved the heated towels especially the heating pad. The moment that heating pad touched my back, I was in heaven. Hahahaha Oh and by the way, they wipe the oil off your body after the massage so you don’t feel like a greased turkey afterwards.

I’d definitely come back to this place whenever I need to escape and just relax for an hour or hours. Afterwards we went to the noodle place downstairs (I forgot what it was called), I had freshly made noodles there and it was sooo good as well.

The night wrapped up great, I had my wish after all. Just to unwind, chill and enjoy good company.

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Look at what I did ^_^

Thursday, March 19, 2009 , 3 Comments

I recently signed up for a beginner polymer clay class workshop that was being conducted by Ms. Angeli Sobrepena (also known as the Bead Lady). You can view her works here.
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IMG_0079 First, what is polymer clay? In a nutshell, it is a PVC based material that is used by hobbyists on a lot of creative crafts. It's not clay really, but it has the pliable properties of clay, that's why it's being called as such. Polymer clay remains soft until it is cured or baked on low temperatures. I won't go into details about the chemical compositions of this material because I might bore you to death. There are a lot available here locally but according to Ms. Angeli, Premo! is the best brand out there although it has a limited selection of colors. I bought clay years before that was carried by a craft store in most malls and it was Fimo brand but apparently it's not as good.
After a bit of discussion about the materials, we proceeded on working the clay (kneading). This was fun for a while. I learned how to make my own custom colors by mixing the clay. I didn't know you could do that. After a while, my hands began to hurt. The clay wasn't exactly "play-dough soft", it was pliable but it takes a lot of grunts to make it soft enough to mold.
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The 10 hour workshop provided us enough projects to help us learn the basic techniques in the craft. The first exercise was making a tiny doll. I made something sort of japanese. Of course, when I got home this was the first thing that my sister nabbed from my bag. I loved making the cupcakes and the miniature doughnuts. I found making the rose quite the hardest. I think I need more practice making those petals.
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I'm really thinking if I should pursue this as a serious hobby. I would need the right tools to start with and that's going to cost quiet a hefty chunk of money. Well if I do, (which I think I just might) I have a ton of projects lined up. This is perfect to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Oooh my sketch pad will be filled up with design ideas again.
IMG_0037 One of the cupcakes is now on my keychain.
Do you think you have the patience and the creativity? Then I must recommend this as a hobby worth doing.

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And so I did Muay Thai…

Friday, March 13, 2009 0 Comments

 60360560_c40017a7f5 Just to give a little background, Muay Thai is referred to as "The Art of the Eight Limbs," as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A practitioner of Muay Thai ("nak muay") thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight "points of contact," as opposed to "two points" (fists) in Western boxing and "four points" (fists, feet) used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts. Well that's how Wikipedia says it anyway.

muay_thai2_small I attended my first session last week without knowing anything about the sport. I arrived 15 or 20 minutes late (guess why) and donned my leggings and shirt ensemble. My first hurdle, I didn't know how to put on my hand wraps properly, much less doing it alone. It's a good thing the trainer offered to show me how. I don't think I was able to memorize the proper steps but I'm sure I'll get it in time.

The class was small, during that time we were only 7, two girls and five guys. I was there with my bestfriend and his wife.

As with any sport, we needed to do proper stretching. I didn't have much trouble catching up. Mostly we worked on flexibility and control. It's a good thing that I did yoga months before because the stretching exercises were a breeze for me. After stretching, since I was the newbie they had to assign a person to teach me one-on-one about the basics of muay thai. The first thing he showed me was the proper fighting stance. I tried to mimic how he looked as best as I could, sans the feeling that I looked ridiculous (which they assured I do not). I had trouble at first because I was so conscious with keeping the form but in the end I got used to it somehow. Next they taught me how to do straight and jab punches. Hooboy, my punches were weak during the first tries but it got stronger as I tried a few more. I also learned how to do left and right hooks and uppercuts. Whoopie! My arms were feeling stronger. Next I tried out some kicks. The kicking exercises were fun except that I was growing a blister on my big toe and I was having a hard time because it hurt a lot. I kicked high for a beginner. Yay!

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There was a one-on-one review after the group exercises. I punched and kicked as hard as I could. They told me the trick was to channel my anger to my punches and kicks. Hahaha but it worked!

At the end of the session, my body wasn't surprisingly sore but I felt the effects a day after. It was a new and refreshing experience for me.I'm definitely going to keep this up. Next time I’m going take pics.

Time to buy purple gloves!!!

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whooopie I want one!

Thursday, March 12, 2009 0 Comments

Current time: 3:12 pm

Location: IDeal office

Music: The Great Escape from the Ultimate Chillout album

Mood: Slighty sleepy

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I definitely want to get the tiger and kangaroo one! Got this from a plurk friend who has a turtle bag. So so cute! smile_wink

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Watched over by the full moon

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 0 Comments

Leaving the office today I had every intention to stop by at a coffee place and just work there. However, when I got into my car, I decided to go straight home instead. I was zoning out on the drive home, just lost in my thoughts (at least I wasn’t crying). Then I saw the full moon. My gosh it was so bright. I wish most nights were clear like the one tonight. It somehow helps mask the loneliness I’m feeling. heart_broken

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