I just want to share with you what I read this morning:
If you have a tendency to despair over lost opportunities or if you worry about the future, ask yourself this question: "What is right in front of me?" In other words, what circumstances and relationships are currently available to you?
This question can get your focus off a past regret or a scary future and back to what God can do in your life.
Nothing beats a fresh glass of shake in a scorching afternoon. What’s the catch? I sipped on (are you ready?) WHEATGRASS SHAKE!
I know, i know. It’s the most interesting shake ever made. I love trying out strange concoctions. Looking at the menu, the wheatgrass shake looked promising- and it was, surprisingly. It didn’t taste like grass like one would imagine, it had a tad of sugar to go w/it. Preferred honey, though but sadly, they ran out.
This cute little cafe/dental clinic rolled into one named HEAVENLY DENTAL CAFE is located along P.Guevarra street, Sta.Lucia Pasig.
Out of curiosity, I decided to go over my old mailing address and found this email I sent to Saz, which was over 2 years ago. March 18, 2009, specifically.
Hello Mr. Armand Sazon,
This is Cyril Belarmino, incoming Externals Officer of CADs. Roanna has forwarded me your email on the ESEA Conference hosted by our very own English Department. Regarding her request, I will be the one coordinating with Ma’am Corey. I shall contact her first thing in the morning and will update you on what happens thereafter. Thank you so much, sir!
Mary Cyril Anne P. Belarmino III AB COM, Ateneo de Manila University Course Representative SY 2008-2009 Company of Ateneo Dancers Deputy for Social Involvement 09179782180, firstname.lastname@example.org
So let’s start off with my long wavy hair with side-swept bangs back in high school onto my semi-straight, layered one in college.
I used to just twirl my hair so it would easily drape down in nice, natural and effortless waves..not too curly since my hair weight would still straighten out the initial curl- I even used a pencil to make the waves stay for longer periods. Luckily then, I didn’t need a curling iron. It was Vidal Sassoon back then that was popular (and expensive!)..The cheaper ones weren’t visible yet, unlike now that we can find hair irons with a length of an Iphone!
I thought the weather was too unbearable to pull off my long hair so I had my stylist cut some inches off…and played around the length w/volume and the lack thereof.
Until…….I finally had my sporty pixies going. Thanks to my bf who really encouraged me to go for it. I was happy with the results!!
At the moment, I still have my short hair but it’s a bit longer now and I look more mommy-ish than ever (not that I hate it, at least its suitable for work) and I have the unwanted “fly-away” areas, which I guess are all part of the awkward stages of hair lengthening. I just have to suck it up, huh?
I am growing my hair back and I cannot wait to experiment with colors and cuts again. I miss being a girly-girl.
This morning, my partner Pek showed me this product and I found it pretty interesting. The other day, Saz paid me a surprise visit and he gave me a pack of gummy candies. (NOM NOM NOM!) I was just thinking how people, especially children, came to like gummy worms. I mean.. just imagine a real worm swarmed with soil! To actually make a product out of a slimy creature! And now imagine drinking water..with a gothic twist! Black Water, as advertised, has an amalgam of beneficial elements such as antioxidants and electrolytes, among others, which are supposed to be very helpful to the human body. Interesting, right?
“I will not wait to love as best as I can. We thought we were young and that there would be time to love well sometime in the future. This is a terrible way to think. It is no way to live, to wait to love.”—Dave Eggers (via ireadintothings)
Saw this article about the famous Japanese writer and a personal favorite of mine for his incomparable talent for words, Haruki Murakami and his “affair” with exercise and fitness. Pretty interesting read.
"When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 a.m. and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometers or swim for fifteen hundred meters (or do both), then I read a bit, and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 p.m. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long—six months to a year—requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity."
I really think that being physically fit helps keeping a sound mind. My Gold’s Membership really came as a blessing ‘cos it ultimately helps me keep my focus and energy at work. Aside from sustaining long hours in the office, physical activity makes me an overall happy person. Well, I guess we can blame it on the endorphins- its natural euphoria. I really cannot believe why I played flake before. Used to be an eager beaver in my teens but 2 runs after, I jumped out of the supposed workout plan and got back to my binging. Hihihi. Well at least it’s different now.
I’ve been hitting the gym for almost 4 months now and although I regret not keeping the habit early, it’s never too late now that I’m 23 *ehem*, turning 24 for the record.
I’m just in search of some ”super/mega/ultra”-vacation destinations..for future use. Hahaha. But seriously-this, remains to be a dream. ‘Di naman masama mangarap diba? I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini, Greece but on the flipside, this place tucked away in the island of Maldives completely won my heart. I love the beach and the effortlessness and exclusivity of this luxury resort, which by the way just opened this month, are plus points.
Any person would hold his breath seeing this beautiful scenery. I mean, Boracay now is a far cry.
Ahhhhh. :) If only this won’t cost around half a million!!!! Hmm. Someday, someday.
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”—Gilda Radner (via kari-shma)
This well-written blog entry by one of my inspiring friends, Isa, just kept me on the edge of my seat. I felt tears welling up reading this and one thing came to mind: I already met my Mr.Right, my Nice Guy.
A dose of reassurance, indeed.
Thank you, Lord, for this reminder.
P.S. Nic, if you’re reading this, you are worth it and you’ll soon find your Nice Guy in God’s time. Love you.
Jill Stuart’s pieces are so cooling in the eyes, Rodarte’s print on prints ensemble, the purple charm which i cannot pull off, the 7o’s-inspired dresses w/fringe accents, J Crew’s well-tailored pants and semi-adrogynous pieces i want for work.
I was never fond of listening to AM radio until I started working.
Since I’ve been hitching a ride with my dad to and from the office, I had no choice but to succumb to his usual ways- one of which is listening to AM radio in the morning. And so that’s when I began disliking the egotistical Noli De Castro aka “Kabayan” for his pessimism and sarcastic blurts of commentary (considering he was once our Vice Prseident!) while liking Ted Failon for his frankness and wit. That’s my personal sentiment, guys, don’t mean to crush feelings!!!
Now the point of this blog entry is really about an observation that my dad and I share:
99% of news are bad news
I don’t know, I still think there is an equally same number of good news to report about and talk about by our fellow media practitioners particularly in the field of news. I just feel like an early morning should be filled with positivity and good vibes! It’s such a heavy feeling being smacked by morning traffic but it’s even more depressing to add murder, robbery, and fraud stories to start your day.
C’mon, can we make a morning show that shares various feats and successes of the Filipino people?
After a string of excruciating nights, I decided to postpone my brunch date today with my blockmate Sab at Mom and Tina’s Katipunan and headed to my dentist. Had my teeth checked ‘cos I was feeling painful throbbing since Thursday night and it was becoming unbearable. It’s tough having an embarrassingly low tolerance for tooth pain, really! I can withstand a deep cut or an intense dysmenorrhea, but never a tooth ache. I was one of those kids who dreaded dentist visits and not even a piece of candy (usually placed in a bowl at the reception counter) made it any better. :P
Anyway, thankfully, I was luckily squeezed in to my dentist’s Saturday morning schedule. Mom called around 9am and my appointment was set at 930am. I had a full thirty minutes to fix up- did everything double time! Left the house at 918 (sigh) and still was able to make it to her clinic at a quarter past 930. Thank you Lord for less traffic to weave through! I was done by 1030 and I was meditating whether or not I should stop at a cafe or restaurant to grab a bite before I go to Ateneo to pick up my sister after her Accounting class. But I thought..why not just wait there at eat at the cafeteria??? Kinda anticipated a nice stroll in Ateneo, too, so I went straight to Katipunan.
I was driving my sister’s car, which had an Ateneo sticker so I had the privilege to park near Xavier Hall, which was time-saving! I remember how it inconvenienced me, then, for lack of parking space!!! There was a time when I had to stall for a good 20 minutes before I found a slot. Ahhhck.
So anyway… I walked around school for a bit, feeling a little displaced and alien- especially since I knew nobody. I felt OLDDDDDD. Huhu, it was annoyingly hot so I just stayed at the caf. Ohh, brought back memories. I saw so many familiar faces of the kuya’s and manang’s. I felt good seeing them!!
This morning cracked up the nostalgia and I missed school so much. Oh, Ateneo.
At the caf with my English blockmates. It looked the same 4 years ago, except for new food stalls, of course.
“Our brains simply weren’t built to understand the fabric of reality at the very small scales (quantum mechanics) or the very large (the cosmos). As Blaise Pascal put it, “Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.”—An interview with David Eagleman, neuroscientist – Boing Boing (via ceandersen)
“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.”—Charles de Lint (via frivolousandreckless)
“If you want only one thing too much, it’s likely to turn out a disappointment. The only healthy way to live, as I see it, is to learn to like all the little everyday things.”—Lonesome Dove (via julie911)
KADA Clothing believes in simple ideas. So we founded our company on one simple but powerful model: for every 20 shirts we sell, we will send one child to preschool.
That’s it. There’s no catch. Every shirt you buy is one step to improve the life of a child in need.
KADA believes that people are always willing to effect change. They just need opportunities. This precisely is our mission - to give people this chance to help.
We are committed to making the biggest impact out of our idea. We thus decided to focus on education.
Education provides two important things: basic literacy for children and the means to improve their lives in the future. This is especially important for families in rural areas with insufficient resources to send their children to school.
By using part of what we earn to send children to school, we in turn give them the ability to steer their own destinies.
So last week we went to the city of Baguio. This place is one of my favorite local places mainly because of the relatively colder weather compared to practically all cities in the country. I was with officemates this time, and we stayed at Europa- a condominium well-known in the 80’s. It was my officemate’s ancenstral resthouse, which made the trip cheaper ‘cos we didnt have to pay for the place. I think I almost just spent P1,500!!!
We visited Burnham Park and Minesview. It was such a looong time since I last came here, it seemed crowded than before.
A favorite local treat- strawberry taho! Taho with a twist, of course, made with the freshest strawberries!
The last memorable time I came there was when I was a kid- 5 years old, if not mistaken; and it was my first time to actually sit on a horse!
And that’s me, riding a horse with its cool Katy Perry/Lady Gaga-inspired hair. I wonder how they did this. I prefer its natural color though.. They transformed the horse poorly into a life-sized toy. You remember Lisa Frank? You got it. (And and! Look at my thunder leg! Hahahaha.)
That night, after having dinner at SM Baguio (Yes, you heard it!), we shopped a little for drinks and headed back to the house. Let’s just say that we kicked off the party too early and started drinking at around 6pm.
This is me, still sober, and AWAKE.
Two hours later…. Cy begone- I dozed off as usual. WHAT’S NEW??? And then 30minutes later…. VOILA! I was up and about! Look how all the chips and cookies surrounded me. Now you got an idea what I did all night. Hahaha. I think I consumed 3,000 calories that night- munched chips, chugged down a little beer (‘cos I promised myself I wouldn’t drink a lot anymore) ‘cos they didn’t have a wine opener. Yes, I did bring a bottle for myself. :P
After the calorie fest, if you may, we were ironically craving for REAL FOOD. We hurriedly got to the van and looked for a local pares/noodle house; for the lack of it, we landed on a carinderia and to our dismay.. the stall owner tried to trick us by her skyrocketing prices. We initially wanted bulalo, we found it there, but hers was at around P180 a bowl! No chance, we left and looked further and ended up in "Good Food". It was a pretty decent place, (not fancy at all) with superb food-thank God it lived up to its name! Most of us didn’t even finish our orders, though, ’cos serving was huuuge. But we all left with happy tummies.
The night ended quickly for all of us. As soon as we got back, and that was around 11pm, we hit the sack right away! To best capture how we looked as we called it a day is this unflattering, rather embarrassing, yet painfully truthful portraits of me and Pek.
My immediate boss took a paternity leave and he’ll be gone until next week. The Department’s left with me and my partner Pek, and I’m quite left with a tough challenge to beat.
Right now, we’re pioneering Corporate Sales- another avenue for selling real estate properties. It’s an alternative channel, which is why our department’s handling it. Well, upon discussion and agreement with our boss, he decided to designate Corp.Sales to me and the usual department work to Pek.
Basically, we’ll be our own bosses for a week. And you see, peeking through my desk(top) are tons of reports, memos, drafts and the likes. It’s not pretty. But you know, I like the idea of building the “im-on-top-of-everything” character in me. I have yet to see if i’ll fare well. One thing’s for sure..its going to be a week of hell! (Kailangan rhyming!)
“Whatever career you may choose for yourself - doctor, lawyer, teacher - let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it. Become a dedicated fighter for civil rights. Make it a central part of your life. It will make you a better doctor, a better lawyer, a better teacher. It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man. Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.”—Martin Luther King, Jr. (via thoughtsdetained)
I had recently found renewed joy in my friendships. Both old and new. In my fight against isolationism, the people I reached out to didn’t disappoint (but God’s always looking out for me like that.) One of the girls I’ve had the pleasure of meeting recently is Isa. How we met deserves another…