September 28, 2012

After a whole week of stress


For this semester, at least the early weeks of it, Thursday nights have been sometimes spent with classmates in a place nearby the university. So much talk, beer, juice and some caramel popcorn. Since most of us have no classes on Fridays, this somehow becomes our weekending where we pour all our thoughts and feelings and share laughter after a whole week of stress. Comforting.

September 26, 2012

Love can be everything

Love.

It's not solely about having someone to romanticize with rather something that I know I will forever cherish. It doesn't mean I can't love someone for a long time, though. I could and we could do something that he might love, too.

It could be anything that makes you feel good. Such as songs that keep you sane; television series that take away your stress; books that help you escape from reality; or movies that you still love no matter how many times you've watched them.

It could be watching the sunrise. To feel the sunlight on your skin which reminds you that you are alive and you are capable of laughing among all other things. Or it could be watching the sunset. To remind you to slow down because tomorrow's going to be another day. To remind you to take a rest because being alive doesn't always mean to take actions of everything and finish everything in a day. You have to rest for it has been a productive one.

It could be being with friends, laughing, talking, dancing, singing, walking, running, getting a massage, drinking tea or coffee while watching the rain outside your window, or maybe being with someone in the rain. It could be wearing your favorite shirt, being in your favorite place at home, school, or in a coffee shop surrounded by strangers along with their favorite cup of coffee. Also, books. It could be gardening, writing in a piece of paper or notebook, or blogging.

It could be shared to others by talking, hugging, cuddling, kissing, holding hands or you know what I mean. At least looking eye-to-eye with someone you know very deeply.

Love.

It is not only a feeling but also an act. If you are happy with your actions, then that's love.

Everyone is capable to love.
Everyone deserves to feel it.

September 24, 2012

Watercolor Post Card




I made a watercolor post card for my sister Rachel and her husband Melbert in Dubai. It's an animated version of their photo where my sister wore a pink shirt and blue shirt for Kuya Mel on Easter Sunday of 2009. :)

I wanted to try out painting using water colors. And the first thing that came to mind was to paint the sea. While doing some drafts, I realized that I could use a photograph as a model because my drafts were kind of boring. Found myself painting an animated version of Ate Rachel and Kuya Mel's photo. Look, my sister took a photo of my card! (The upper part was slightly crumpled though, that's what you get when you pay only an ordinary shipping for mails. Hihi.)


From Paris with love. (In your dreams, Debie. In your dreams.)

September 22, 2012

Moving closer and closer and closer

I feel like moving closer although I am not sure what is there. All these happenings forced me to change my attitude, views and way of thinking in which I think will lead me for the betterment of myself. It happened so fast that it took me a while to realize that it has a big impact in my life. During that time, it is in the process of building up and, little did I know, after a while the abstract is making its own clarity. Some things really force you to grow up... even if you don't want to. You have to and you must. The changes in other persons' lives will definitely, somehow, change yours too. Any way you view it, we are interconnected with each other (whether you like it, or not).

I say betterment of myself because even though sometimes it hurts, I learn something.

Looking forward for more as I am still young to say I learned a lot. There are more problems to face and more laughter to make. I am not only moving closer there but I am grasping everything, soaking up everything, lovely or not.

September 20, 2012

Greenwich Pizza Blowout

I was invited to The Greenwich Pizza Blowout at SM City Davao last September 14, 2012. It was my first time to attend a blogger event so I got so excited to meet some of the Davao Bloggers. Also, I was so excited to take a bite of the Greenwich Special Overload Pizza and the Extraordinary Greenwich Crispy Glazed Chicken!


Look at that! I can still remember the juiciness and the awesome taste of this pizza. And I can feel you're craving for some while reading this! :p




I have to admit, it's pretty cool to eat with awesome strangers who have the same passion as you: blogging. Not to mention, they are very friendly. =)


The next blowout is the Greenwich Crispy Glazed Chicken! 


Fried Chicken is one of the most popular food in the Philippines. And this, my friend, is the best Fried Chicken I've ever tasted. Best when partnered with rice! It isn't the boring kind of Fried Chicken you can taste. It  tastes sweet and spicy at the same time plus it is marinated with some goodness! So it's very delicious up to its core!



Combo!


You can avail the Greenwich Crispy Glazed Chicken at an affordable P79 only! 



Thank you Greenwich and Davao Bloggers for this opportunity to be part of this awesome treat! You guys are awesome!

Visit your favorite Greenwich store now! Or visit their web site and order these new goodness that Greenwich is offering. :)

September 19, 2012

Crimson Red Heart-shaped Stone



My sister got this heart-shaped stone the first time I brought her to Canibad with neighborhood friends last two years. We were supposed to go to some nearby beaches in Samal Island but since it was Easter Sunday, all the beach cottages were full. So, I decided to bring them to Canibad which takes up to an hour of up, down, zigzag travel. It was worth it. :)

After two years, we finally decided to paint it with Crimson Red.

September 17, 2012

The Old Man And The Sea



The Old Man is Santiago. He had gone 84 days without any catch. Manolin, a young boy, wanted to fish with him again but Santiago wanted him to stay with other fishermen because they're lucky. The young boy had gone fishing with him on the first 40 days but his father and mother did not want him to fish with Santiago anymore because he is now finally salao (a worst form of unlucky).

Santiago taught Manolin how to fish and this is why the young boy love him so much and would love to go fishing with him again so he could learn more. But Santiago went on fishing without the young boy. Santiago did not give up. His hopes are still up. He had gone fishing all by himself but this time farther than the usual. He caught the biggest Marlin he ever saw after three days in the sea. When he got back, fishermen saw it and was amazed, too. But they couldn't do anything about it since the meat was eaten by sharks along Santiago's way home.

During Santiago's sail, he kept saying and wishing the boy was with him to help him with the big fish which pulled him farther from the island for three days. He didn't give up. He caught the biggest fish but he was so tired. He got scars but still continued to work. His perseverance is amazing. He is still strong as his younger self.

The story somehow explains how fishermen's lives are. The life in the sea is difficult but, according to Santiago, it is better to catch fishes than to catch the sun or moon. His determination to catch the biggest fish was shown during those three days of sailing. He had less water and food but he stayed strong because he knew he's still as strong as his younger self. When he got back, Manolin said that he must rest because he still wants to learn more from him once he wakes up.

His skills as a fisherman was put to test. And he still got those skills -- perseverance, determination, and faith led to a fruitful outcome. He wished too many things while in the sea. One is wishing the boy was with him. It could have been easier if the young boy was with him. When he got line cuts, he said: "Pain does not matter to a man". He is very brave to not letting go the fish even if he felt sick, tired and hungry.


Santiago is a good example of a brave man. Outright as he is, he never gave up his standards that "man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated." He knew that being salao isn't long term that perseverance is key to success. As cliche as it may sound, I learned that when the going gets tough, it's worthy to get going because there will definitely be a fruitful outcome. It may not be the best outcome you could ever think of but at least your best actions and decisions and ideas could come up with something that could inspire others, make them happy, and even satisfy your self.

You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and  you loved him after. If you love him, it's not a sin to kill him or is it more?

This book is definitely a must-read. There are other things to consider from the story. It could be religion-related arguments. But I'd rather keep it to myself. Read this book and you will be inspired, I promise. :)

September 14, 2012

Gardening: new plants

We've added new plants to our little garden but I don't know their names! My sister and cousin, who've selected them from the farm, don't know or have forgotten their names, too. 

Baby's breath. I visualize a beautiful garden surrounded by these little cuties! :P



It finally bloomed after 3 months! So damn sexy flower hahaha


My cousin transferred my Pechay seedlings so he could take care of them while I'm in school. 
Rose! 
Romel, my cousin, brought three of this kind from work. So pretty and pure.

Transferred them into old pots.

I get so happy when I see them bloom! :)

September 11, 2012

Now or never

Dare yourself. Because sometimes, it only boils down to Now or Never.

I am not a daring person but sometimes I play with my own emotions. There is always fun in every little thing in this world; there is more fun in trying the things you are afraid of. I did several stuff through the years and I am glad I've done them because if I didn't I will be full of regrets as I grow old. And I don't want to live a life full of regrets!

Life is soooooooooo beautiful! Go, dare yourself. Do the things that you've been wanting to do but can't because you're too afraid. It won't hurt so much, I promise! Take care and have fun! :)

September 8, 2012

Sun City

Another afternoon spent with friends, food and some hardcore longboard players in Sun City. It's been years since the last time I was there. The first time I was there (2007), I made a school project (music video, I guess?) with high school friends. We were like prisoners who got out from prison for years because we were running around the place, shouting. Now, when I got back, I didn't get to play longboard for a long time because I enjoyed watching my friends and their friends go downhill and/or doing some tricks. I even witnessed a slight accident. Ha!

To be honest, I was hesitant to play around because I was too shy and nervous to know that people are going to watch me hahahaha 

Jaja! A high school friend/neighbor/bandmate (in high school). We finally saw each other after years!! :)
Tipin!
Jaja, Daboy, and Eileen
So clear!





Kevin carrying our bags :P









All photos are taken (by: Tip or me) using Tip's camera.

September 6, 2012

The joy being with happy friends is priceless

It was a humid afternoon and I wanted to be out with friends. I've been wanting to try Glenn's Pintail for a long time now and we planned to play longboarding days before. On a Friday, around quarter to three when Glenn asked me if we'll go play, I undoubtedly gave it a go! So here we are playing over one longboard. Hahahaha! 


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* Myt being a rock star!
Glenn and his very own Pintail!


Myt on board and Mark with his Holga Lomo cam
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It was Myt, Mark and Tip's first time to play longboard. And I think they got addicted to it.

* Mark! Also, skimmer duuuuude!
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* Tip!

* Yay!
It was a fun 3-hour play! It would be nice if we all have our own boards, though. Also, it would be nice if I know some tricks (but I don't want to see blood... so no, I won't practice anything hahaha) :P I just love playing longboarding. The sense of balance relaxes my mind and body. And the joy being with happy friends is priceless.  :)

All photos are mine except for some taken from Tip's camera (captioned with an asterisk).
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