Last Haul for 2013

  • HerBench “Becoming” Body Spray inspired by Kim Chiu
  • Bench Amour “Cuppycake” Body Spray inspired by Anne Curtis
  • Erase Deep Cleansing Facial Cleanser in Avocado
  • Green Cross Sanitizing Gel with Moisture Lock
  • Myra VitaSmooth Shine-free Face Powder with SPF 15 in Light
  • Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Pink Lolita
  • Johnson’s Baby Powder with Milk

I #ChooseToShine with these hair products. Thank you so much, Pantene Philippines and Belle De Jour! ❤

  • TRESemme Keratin Smooth
  • Pantene “Total Damage Care” Daily Intensive Conditioner
  • Pantene All Day Smooth Miracle Water

We all know what these are. 😉

Lacoste slippers.

  • Last year I #MadeItHappen with Belle De Jour Everything Is Possible. This year I’ll #MakeItHappen with Belle De Jour Power Planner. More photos of this planner on a separate post.
  • And finally, I got my netbook. And it’s red.

How about you? What was your last haul for 2013? 🙂

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The Year That Was 2013

When one is a certain age, memories grow fuzzy around the edges. It can happen when you’re 79 or like me, at 24. I find myself forgetting a lot of old yet important details in favor of absorbing day-to-day information. This irks me to no end but then, what are blogs for?

I don’t want to be overly melodramatic here so I’ll keep it short. The past year has been incredibly amazing, for me. 2013 was my year of big leaps of faith. I think I’ve done quite a number of scary jumps this year, some are public, some best left under the hood. While mostly, I’ve stayed put, it was nice to have undergone several changes. It’s the year I finally got to travel the 11 island municipalities of the province of Tawi-Tawi, the year I got married and the year I managed to be a full-pledged Editor-in-Chief of my university’s student publication. It’s a year of discovery, of seeing just how far I can push the envelope. Many of my dreams came true. This gave birth to new aspirations for 2014, naturally!

Here are a few highlights of my 2013. I hope you don’t feel like I’m bragging or anything, as this is just a useful way for me to reference how my year went.

January – February

  • Municipality of Bongao
  • Municipality of Mapun
  • Municipality of Turtle Islands
  • Municipality of Languyan
  • Municipality of Simunul
  • Municipality of Panglima Sugala
  • Municipality of Tandubas
  • Municipality of South Ubian
  • Municipality of Sapa-Sapa
  • Municipality of Sitangkai
  • Municipality of Sibutu
  • Bagged the TCTO Student Publication’s Editor-in-Chief position being the sole passer of the Editorial Exam.

March – April

  • Zamboanga City
  • Butuan City
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Bukidnon
  • Iligan City
  • Proved just how strong I am and how independent I can be.
  • Dipolog City
  • Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte

May

  • Exercised my right to suffrage. Voted for the first time.
  • Got married to my then-boyfriend, Raja.
  • Moved in to our little love nest.

June

  • Enrolled as a 2nd year college student taking up BS Statistics.

July

  • Organized KAWASA staff.
  • Bagged the BEST TABLE Award at the Joint Induction Ball & Acquaintance K-Pop Revo.
  • Started to FAST.
  • Got my 2nd LandBank ATM card.

August

  • Celebrated Eid with family and friends. Wore abaya.
  • Cosplay-ed during my Lit1 play. I was Aladdin.
  • The College Editors Guild of the Philippines contacted me and invited my staff to the Lanog 2013.

October

  • Got sponsored products. Tokyo Love Shop and Hayan Korea.

November

  • Shifted course from BS Statistics to AB English.
  • Zamboanga City
  • Iligan City
  • Marawi City
  • Published the comeback issue of KAWASA.

December

  • Turned 24 and made peace with my age.

That’s as far as I can remember. Photos will be posted at a later date. I can’t find my photos right now because this laptop I’m currently using is new and I haven’t transferred my files here yet. Happy 2014! And may the Year of the Horse be ever in our favor! 🙂

And We Thought of a Brilliant Idea

The past few days, R and I went out to eat. For breakfast, lunch, or brunch, and dinner. So we thought, why not review restaurants and eateries in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi? Tawi-Tawi is attracting more tourists now, and I have a blog anyway. And we were like, why not review hotels and inns, too? It will go like this – restaurant/eatery, their best dish, the good thing and the bad thing (customer service, pricing, etc.). For hotels and inns it will go like this – hotel/inn, amenities, the good thing and the bad thing (customer service, pricing, etc.).

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Discovering the World of Film

I haven’t blogged for a long time!

My excuse is a mix of busyness (academics, extracurricular activities, home life) and laziness, blah blah blah…

Anyway, I’m up since 3am browsing YouTube. I really can’t fathom not sharing my good finds with you guys (assuming I have readers and followers who really care).

I found an artist who makes good music. If you want to, you can subscribe in her official channel Lorde Vevo. I love her ‘Tennis Court’. Indie but relate-able.

I also found films in Ateneo de Zamboanga Communication Department’s official YouTube channel AteneoCommCom. I tell you, they’ve got some serious filmography talents.

See what I mean guys? And it’s through AteneoCommCom‘s channel activities that I’ve found this great Filipino Indie film find.

Don’t shy away from checking out the film just because of the film cover. There’s more to the kinky stuff. I mean, it’s not all about the kinky stuff. hahha 😛

A Thing for Redheads

My mom-in-law, Jendra (a friend), and I went to watch The Mortal Instruments (City of Bones). The movie is like the Twilight, only there are no vampires, and with an indie-hipster-goth twist to it.

I REALLY love Clary Fray's (Lily collins) red wavy hair and leather biker jacket! :)

I REALLY love Clary Fray’s (Lily Collins) red wavy hair! Oh and her style — the biker jacket! ❤

Figment of my Imagination

…a man I could be completely myself with. A man who I could be vulnerable around without the risk of looking weak.

Changes. Adjustments. I feel like I’m stuck and bound. Bound by what the society dictates as the norm.

And I can’t take it. I refuse to take it. I highly value my freedom. I do not just rejoice by the mere word of it, I taste it.

Dream Vacation

The realities of life can sometimes be cruel and harsh. We have to live with regret, disappointment, anger, and suffering every day. Sometimes, when the pain is too much to bear, all you can do is close your eyes and imagine the perfect escape: breathtaking sites, comforting surroundings, friendly faces, and helping hands.

Palawan Underground River

Palawan Underground River

Massage oils, you like? :)

Massage oils, you like? 🙂

Massage Therapy by the beach...

Massage Therapy by the beach…

Fruit plates + amazing scenery.

Fruit plates + amazing scenery.

When You Want To Do It All

…then freakin’ get started!

The right discussion isn’t one that scolds you into making one final decision about the future of everything that you ever do.  That’s just impractical.  And silly.

The problem with trying to figure out what to do is that the “figuring” part demands more of your time than the “doing” part.  And without you doing things, everything you want to do is just wishful thinking.  A waste of your time.

Which is why when you want to do it all you need to start doing something.  Here are a few key things to start with:

  1. Put together a list of everything that you want to do and the reasons why.
  2. Make sure that you spend time ensuring that you have your personal finances figured out.
  3. Gather together your top advocates and ask for help where needed.

You can go places if you start heading that way.

That’s the basics of achieving big goals.  That’s the essence of doing it all.

Time isn’t the issue, your activity is.

Sure priorities matter. So too do finances and managing the unknowns.  Your education matters.  And your experience.

But the biggest factor in you doing everything that you want to do is how hard you want to work.

If you want to do it all you just need to do a little more than everyone else.  Sometimes, a lot more.

Two Things I Know For Sure

Here are some of the things I know for sure, reaped from the tumultuous months I’ve had.

  1. You will lose a couple of friends just by being who you are. And it’s okay. I made the mistake of acting accordingly to what people around me were saying and I regretted it. Today, I have less friends than I had some years ago but it feels much nicer, knowing you can act your real self in front of your true friends and not be afraid of being judged. Of course if they do, you are to be comforted with the thought that you just eliminated someone not worthy of your time. In the end, don’t be afraid to act like who you think you are. Don’t act as if you’re ugly when you know damn well you’re pretty. Don’t act as if you’re in pain if you’re really having an easy life.
  2. Only you can say who / how / what you want to act and to be. Just because you were an activist, a simple person, a complete anti-thesis of who you were ten years ago, it doesn’t mean you cannot act the way you want to be now. If you want to flaunt every single asset that you have, no one bears the right to tell you otherwise.

What about you, what do you know for sure?