Have a Happy New Year!



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Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
how do you measure, measure a year?

Seasons of Love ~ RENT
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Sooner my five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes will be over.  I am about to face another year, another challenge to face and another mountain to climb.  The days had gone by so fast, this year has been, hmm dunno I don’t want to label it as heartbreaking but it is. Although tragic and sadness filled my heart this year, I am thankful that I am still alive and kicking; blessed with everything.  I have a lot of good memories this year and a lot of first times too; the places I've visited, the contest I joined and crazy adventures. 

For the last three days, I successfully detached myself to the web world. I decided to travel, to my hometown to visit the grannies. I missed my place, the air, the sunset, the sea and the people. I missed everything and how I wished I stayed longer.  I had a good and gentle rest, and truly enjoyed my short visit.  For me, those are precious times. I needed those moments of silence and serenity.  I am glad I have followed you oh dear self.

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I don’t want to write New Year resolutions; I know I’ll end up in disappointment.  Instead of writing those resolutions, I will write little goals for the coming year and will take it one baby step at a time. I want to be more productive this coming year, but I don’t want to deal with major changes for I know, I have to practice self-control and use my willpower to its fullest potential, you know how hard is that, right?  I’m not really that pretty good in ignoring my desires and unhealthy impulses as of the moment. I am, however, a little frustrated of myself lately.

I hated to think that I am trapped with the body of a young lady with a sixty year old mind. Well, I am, you know have difficulties in recalling things, mother earth scolded me every time I forgot where I place my things  and I worry a lot if I can’t remember them. I should try to practice the habit of mind relaxation. Hehe. 

Yay! 2012 is coming; no one really knows what is up for us this coming year but I hope people learned something this year, I hope so.  The mistakes and pains are spices of life, they say. Let us welcome another year with high spirits! And measure the life in love. Have a bountiful New Year to all!

This one is really kawaii Zooey and Joseph *big wide grin*



Have a Merry Christmas!


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I know it was tough to celebrate Christmas this year because of the tragedy but still we should celebrate Christmas despite of everything. I am indeed thankful to God for everything, for taking care of my family, loved ones and friends. Although we are not complete this year it is not the reason to be sad. I'll see you soon ate fam, we truly miss you and I pray for your safety. 





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Let's help the victims of flood in CDO and Iligan City

Last Friday, I couldn't imagine that this tragedy would happen here in our place. Friday, December 17, 2011, a storm named Sendong washed out all the people's houses here in the city where I lived for almost 5 years. It was disheartening; I saw dead bodies of people and children on the street. I couldn't believe that in that moment while I was sleeping, other people were at the top of their houses, screaming for help, it was so dark, there was no electricity, everybody was busy saving their own lives. It was just 5 hours of heavy rain and there are hundreds of people found dead even hundreds are missing till now. The City is now in the state of calamity.

Here's the aerial view in CDO:




Here's how you can help. 

In CDO area:







Send cash through Bank account:

Xavier University
BPI CDO Divisoria Branch
BPI Account Number: 9331-0133-63

Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental:
Panday Bulig Relief and Rehabilitaion Center
Tabang Mindanao Center
12th-22nd streets, Nazareth
9000 Cagayan de Oro City
T/F: +63 (88) 856 6413
E: pandaybulig@gmail.com
(look for Ms. Beryl Tranco)


Let's help the victims in Iligan:



For Iligan Victims Cash Donations, you may deposit in this account
Account name: Association of IIT Alumni Foundation Inc.
Bank: BDO – - Iligan Quezon Avenue Branch
… Account No: 003120169026
They will be providing complete financial audit documents to ensure that your money will help the hundreds of displaced victims in Iligan City, especially the evacuees in MSU – IIT Gym.

Iligan City:
Rural Missionaries of the Philippines
Northern Mindanao Sub-Region
Room 01, Kalinaw Lanao Center
0016 Bougainvilla Puti, Villaverde
9200 Iligan City
T/F: +63 223 5179
E: rmpnmr@gmail.com
W: www.rmp-nmr.org
(look for Ms. Ida Melody Bucog)
Dropping Center in Metro Manila:
c/o StartArt Project
10A Alabama st New Manila Quezon City
Mobile: +63926 7112450
email: info@startartprject.org or nikkiluna@startartproject.org

For Iligan Victims Cash Donations, you may deposit in this account
Account name: Association of IIT Alumni Foundation Inc.
Bank: BDO – - Iligan Quezon Avenue Branch
… Account No: 003120169026

They will be providing complete financial audit documents to ensure that your money will help the hundreds of displaced victims in Iligan City, especially the evacuees in MSU – IIT Gym.


Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Title: To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee


Finally, I’m done reading this book! I decided to read the book when I saw the video from Sparknotes.com. I have downloaded videos from them and I started to listen to each of them. I like the way they review the whole story and the lessons you will learn from it. This is basically a family and growing up story. *Spoiler Alert*


The story revolves around with the main characters, Scout, Jem and Atticus Finch in a sleepy town of Maycomb Alabama. Atticus Finch is a lawyer and a widowed father living with his two children, Scout and Jem with their loyal black cook Miss Calpurnia. One summer, Scout and Jem befriended a boy named Dill. One day, Dill was fascinated by the mysterious house on their street which was called the Radley place. The house was owned by Mr. Nathan Radley, living together with his brother Arthur known as Boo. Dill dared Scout and Jem to let Boo come out of his house. Boo has been in the house for as long as Scout or Jem could remember and both never seen him before, not even his shadow. They have made attempts but to no avail. 



Atticus soon learned their scheme and reminded Scout a very important lesson. Atticus said to Scout, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it". Scout doesn't know what it meant that time. 




Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.

Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” 


Little miss invisible

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A girl who sits alone in a room full of people. No one ever saw her, even care to approach her. I know she smiles but deep inside she's hiding something. A crowd wouldn't even notice her presence. She even pretend that she's busy, though deep inside she wanted to cry.  

I experienced being miss invisible when I was a kid. Tell me, who wants to be alone? I wanted to have friends but they didn't even notice a kid like me. I started to asked myself, what's wrong with me?! But I couldn't figure out what was the problem, I was just a kid though. I tried so hard to fit in but nobody wants to be with me. I was bullied and I cried every-time until to the point that I don't want to go to school but of course my mother forced me to go to school hehe, I didn't told her that I was bullied at school. I started to approached them but they said they don't like me, they said I was ugly.Duh?Big deal?But as a kid, I felt so sad. Just because of my physical appearance they don't want to be friends with me.  

My Grown-up Christmas List

I know Christmas is coming so I wanna share one of my favorite song during this special holiday. Enjoy!




what is carpal tunnel

carpal tunnel or carpal canal is the passageway on the palmar side of the wrist that connects the forearm to the middle compartment of the deep plane of the palm.  source

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I was searching about what is carpal tunnel syndrome cause I have this numbness on my fingers due to typing for long hours. I've heard this syndrome from friends and colleagues. So, I'm just curious about this carpal tunnel syndrome and decided to search it on youtube. Kindly see the video below for the clear explanation about carpal tunnel. 

The attack of Canker Sore


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I can’t eat well these past few days. I have this shallow white wound with a red border on my tongue and it was really painful. The canker sore is now an inch inside my mouth and I felt uncomfortable especially when I try to eat and drink something, there is that burning feeling and I felt like crying. I was like:


Ouch.


Owh!!!



Help! 

Uwaaaaa.

I want this canker sore to be gone forever and ever unfortunately the sore wants to stay for awhile argggh how long will it take? I don’t have to worry since canker sores are not that contagious. In the first place what’s the reason behind this and why do I have this aphthous ulcer? According to kidshealth, there might be a connection between canker sores and stress. I’m stress?! I don’t think so! –insert denial moment here. 

One reason might be a sharp tooth or other dental use such as the braces and/or ill-fitting dentures. Well, FYI I don’t wear braces more importantly I don’t have dentures. Maybe I bit my tongue hard, but I can’t remember really. One cause is about dietary deficiencies such as not getting enough vitamin B12 and Iron. Anyway, I don’t have the time to think if I have those deficiencies, all I want is this to be gone so that I can eat and drink well. Actually, most canker sores will heal on their own in a few days or a couple of weeks. My canker sore was 6 days now so I hope dear God that it will heal before Saturday since I have a choral practice on that day.ugh! 

Here are the ways to treat a canker sore.
  • Various over-the-counter medicines can help to take the sting out of canker sores. Carbamide peroxide is a combination of peroxide and glycerin that cleans and coats the sore to protect it. Other over-the-counter remedies have benzocaine, menthol, and eucalyptol in them. These need to be applied repeatedly and may sting at first, but they can numb the sore and cut down on how long it lasts.
  • Try brushing and rinsing with toothpastes and mouthwashes that do not contain SLS.
  • Some homemade mouthwashes can ease pain as well. Try rinsing your mouth four times a day with a mixture of two ounces of hydrogen peroxide and two ounces of water or a combination of four ounces of water mixed with 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Swish the mixture in your mouth for about a minute and then spit it out — do not swallow it!
  • Dabbing a mixture of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide directly on the sore, followed by a bit of milk of magnesia, may reduce discomfort and speed healing.
  • Some doctors suggest putting wet black tea bags on sores. Black tea contains tannin, a substance that can relieve pain. You can also find tannin in some over-the-counter medicines. Link Source
I tried the 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) of salt mixed with water and used it as a mouthwash 2-3 times a day. But the burning sensation was still there. Here are the foods that I have to watch out: spicy and acidic foods such as lemons, tomatoes, nuts and potato chips. Now this is really helpful, brushing teeth with a soft-bristled brush and flossing daily will keep a mouth free of foods that might trigger a sore. Hmmm, this is actually a nice tip. 

On the other hand, I have to keep this in mind: if a sore is large, a sore that last 3 weeks or longer, difficulty in drinking fluids, and a high fever. If ever I have these symptoms, I really need to see a doctor. 

I am praying that this will heal soonest. 

Say it!

I was trying to look for the script of the Vagina Monologue: Say it! For the Comfort Women by Eve Ensler, which is about sexual violence among women.

We have performed this monologue during the 5th Anniversary of the company. Though, it was my first time to perform a monologue and was my first time also to encounter such a heavy story. At first, I couldn't believe that this happened long ago during the Japanese war, I guess. Eve Ensler has plenty of vagina monologues which is of course relates to vagina, but the piece that she wrote is that a vagina is a tool for female empowerment.  Since, I couldn't find the script, here's the video performed by the student of Hampshire College.

Just get here if you can

I don't want to be sad.argh! drama queen. I realized I love this song. This is just a short post. lmao. Anyway, hmmm, errrr.. I dunno --- I know, I'm just kinda annoyed lately. I hate it. waaaa I miss someone everytime I heard this song. Can you get here? get here if you can. 






To find a place in this world

I don't know what I want, so don't ask me. I totally agree with Taylor Swift, I think she was 13 or 11 when she wrote this song. At that age, does she know already her passion or what she wanted to do in life? I have this moment of silence, thinking what I want in life. I'm still trying to figure it out really. They say "follow your heart, follow your Passion" weeeeeee that's so easy to say but sounds hard.

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I know that I'm not the only one who feels this way. Maybe others discover their passion when they're still a baby (seriously?) haha! I kid. I know for a fact that I will struggle if I try to push myself on thinking what is it that I want. What area in my life, my skills, my talent that I'm so passionate about?

done something stupid


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Gah! I've done pretty stupid things today. As you can see I changed my house, my blogger-template-again. I've done something wrong on the html codes and the blogger post was GONE! All my posts were nowhere to be found! huhu. I don't know how to put it back; I started to worry but I kept my composure. 

uwaaaa, the problem was, after uploading the new template, I have 2 blog posts under the layout area. 

weeeee, I dunno how to delete it since I cannot delete it on the layout page. I'm so desperate to delete the other blog post, what I did was, I stupidly deleted it on the HTML codes and save the changes! To my horror, I saw my blog with no post. Whoa! I was thinking to start a new blog again, but how about all my post? Oh heavens, I was like:

what should I do?


OH NO!

 

I should fix this!!

 

30-day Studio Ghibli Challenge

Yay! It's October already! I'm so excited for December actually, hehe, for the reason that a special person will be home this Christmas! yey! I'm wiggling my tail. hoho. Anyway, this is my first post for October. I actually love this challenge, just found this out on tumblr, so why not give it a try. I like/adore/love Japanese animated films especially from Studio Ghibli. I've posted this challenge on my tumblr blog, but I decided to post it here since I want to read this over and over again. 





1. First Studio Ghibli movie? My first studio Ghibli film movie was Spirited Away. Our neighbor told us to watch it, so we did. What I like about the movie was it has a unique plot. The characters are so cute. The scene and soundtrack complement the whole story. It was a fulfilling fantasy movie. I love watching animated films and that’s the first time I fell in love with Studio Ghibli films.

2. Favorite Studio Ghibli movie and why? Howl’s Moving Castle would be my favorite. There’s something about magic fantasy and I just love Howl so much. haha! The story was entertaining and really cute. Howl has a moving castle, it looks like a monster outside and operates by a fire demon named Calcifer. It has a switching door which takes you to different places. The cute love story of Howl and Sophie. I just love them both. The story was based on a fantasy novel by the British author Diana Wynne Jones. 



3. Least favorite Studio Ghibli movie and why? My least favorite studio Ghibli movie was Ocean Waves. I just don’t like the girl. She’s so mean but I know she was doing that on purpose. I don't like that she's pretending to be a bad person, though she's not. Actually the guy slapped her on the movie for being so mean. haha! Whatta guy! The story was neat but kinda not into it.





















4. Favorite female main character and why?  That would be Princess Nausicaa. She’s strong and kind-hearted girl. She’s willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good.


5. Favorite male main character and why? Howl. He’s a hottie wizard, pretty good with magic, attractive and a gentleman.  He loves Sophie :)





6. Least favorite character and why? Hmm that would be Witch of the Waste. She’s heartless and very mean. She turned Sophie into a 90-year old woman so that Howl won't like her. Not to mention she's huge.


7. Studio Ghibli movie(s) you haven’t seen? Tales from Earthsea - haven’t done watching this ;) Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas.

8. Favorite Director? Of course the one and only Hayao Miyazaki weeeeeeee..

Award from a Beautiful person






This post is pretty special since this person is my sister! Yes, she's my beautiful sister with a very big heart. This person is the one who made me appreciate the life that I have now. She's a good sister and very charming as always. Thank you sis for the thought, I don't know how to show my appreciation. You're in my prayers sis sie and wish nothing but happiness for you and your kids especially with your quiet angel. Just remember, I'm always here for you ate sie. I can't wait to see you. You're my sweetest ate.





I wanted to pass this award to the following blogs.


Most of all, this award is full of hearts yay.! Thanks a lot ate sie, you really have plenty of hearts and thanks for sharing the love around the blogging world. Love can make our world go round and I love pretty much the feeling. The feeling where people love and appreciate you for being you without doubts. Thanks ate sie, I will take care of this with all my butt, cause my butt is bigger than my heart. hehe. weeeeee. >.<




passing this awards to:


I found this one on the net, I wanna share this to you ate sie and to your quiet angel, it's a cute way of saying I love you to each other hehe.. this is really cute. *wink*

5 Ways to escape Boredom.









When boredom strikes me I make sure that I have to run off and divert my attention to other things that would make me more productive.  Some of my friend would ask me what I would do if the state of being bored hits me. Well, that’s not kinda hard. Haha! Anyway, I want to share my simple five ways to escape boredom.

1.    Watch a movie. Yes, hehe, I frequently download movies that suits to my taste.  I love watching films especially animation, romance, comedy and pretty much suspense with a matching twist and turn of the plot. I usually go to IMDB.com to check the movie ratings which is pretty much important in choosing a good movie to watch; of course you don’t want to waste your time on watching with a predictable plot.

2.     Read Books online and offline. I have plenty of books in hand and there are amazing post in the web world which is actually helpful and inspiring. I usually read self-enhancement blogs, I subscribed to their blog so I won’t visit their blog all the time. If you subscribed to their blog you’ll receive all their post and updates straight to your inbox, that’s more convenient.

3.     Blogging. Yay! Hehe, one of my favorite places online is my tumblr page. I can post whatever I like, whenever I want on that blog. That blog was actually my jpg blog; most of the posts were all images.  I like manga, anime and taylor swift and quotes and random ideas that comes to my mind.  I enjoy discovering new tumblr pages and anime images. I typically spend 2 hours just browsing and reblogging post haha! My blogspot blog is somehow more a serious type of blog hehe. Anyway, I love these two blogs of mine. This is my medium of craziness.

What is forgiveness?

Today’s homily is all about forgiveness. I thought of it for awhile and I said it’s so hard to forgive someone who made your life miserable, isn’t it? I’m only human; I can get angry and hate that someone, a natural instinct especially when I’ve been hurt badly. But God can forgive us that easy. Is it because God is not a human? Or God loves us that much that he doesn’t want to lose us? Matthew 18:21-25 is about the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant.

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

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I thought I could never ever forgive the person who has done something so bad to me. I have tried but I couldn’t. I actually turned to God and asked him, why should I feel this way? Is it wrong to hate someone? Is it wrong to get angry at them cause of what they did? How can I forgive them dear God? I can’t find the nerve to forgive them ever. I hated them much.


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Forgiveness is a choice. We must trust God to work on us so that forgiveness will flow easily within our hearts. Forgiveness involves time as well. Maybe we can’t forgive that person now, maybe in time we are ready to move on and let go of that anger and hatred inside our hearts. So true that forgiveness is a slow process.
When we learn to forgive someone we receive the award of freedom. Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian woman who survived a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust, said, "Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you." We know much that we suffer most because we choose not to forgive and that we imprisoned ourselves to hatred, anger and bitterness.  When we forgive we let go of those negative feelings.


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“Anger is like flowing water.
There’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow.
Hate is like stagnant water.
Anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow.
Water that you gathered in one place and left to forget.
Stagnant water becomes dirty, poisonous, deadly.”
C. JoyBell C.
Flowing water allows forgiveness.
It allows you to acknowledge your feelings, feel them, and then let them pass.
Allow yourself to feel whatever it is that you feel.
Instead of attaching judgement to your feelings,
Embrace them with compassionate curiosity.
Let your waters of forgiveness flow. 
Let them push out the hate.
And make room for love
Matthew 6:14-16 

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NIV)

Top 10 love songs of Kenny Rogers


Kenny Rogers is an American singer and song writer. For me, he’s one of the timeless artists I have ever known and admire. Actually he was my favorite singer and I love dearly some of his love songs. I wanted to share the top 10 love songs that I personally love.  Enjoy listening!

1. You Decorated My Life

2. Crazy


3. Through the years


4. She believes in me


5. Lady


Safe Haven

Safe Haven is the new book added to my Nicholas Sparks collection novels. I guess my goal 101 is on the move now. hehe, I stopped buying books since I felt like I was book hoarding already. I bought plenty of books which turned out I didn't have time to read --- I mean all of them. 

But this book was a gift from a very cutie friend of mine, I didn't expect that. It was her birthday but picture this out she gave me a gift. hehe, She's really a kind hearted lady. She knows that I adore Nicholas Sparks and I'll be ecstatic to have one. Safe Haven is my fourth book now. Yehay!! I will read this one maybe this weekend so I can post the review. Thank you so much to my cutie sister Elj for this book. waaaa I told her I have to buy her one. I will, next time *wink*


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Here's the summary:

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
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A Special Award

Yey! This is a very special post. A pretty sister of mine gave me this award. She believes that my blog have touched the lives of other people, that's so sweet really. I never expected that my not-so-pretty-awesome-blog would received such an award. I'm so happy knowing that somehow she felt that way. Thank you so much pretty sis for this award. I really appreciate it and this is such an honor. This award is so special to me because my pretty, lovable sister  Sie gave this, of course yehey!!!! I'm just a girl who is trying to find a place in the blogging world and wew I'd never ever thought.  




Anyway before I forgot she passed along tag questions and I have to answer it. It was a late post actually since I've been very busy this week. I dunno why? hehe.. Weeee.. I like answering questions like this , the other one was sheena tagged me also. Kinda like this tagging thingy. I hope I won't disappoint you with my answers. Kinda immature pa so hehe that's why *ROFL*

A Memo from GOD

I wanna share something. This was from my friend Janice, so I would like to share it. It's nice to reflect once in awhile. 


To:YOU 
Date: TODAY 
From: THE BOSS 
Subject:YOURSELF 
Reference: LIFE 
Author: Sis Jhet

I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help. 

If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours.

Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.

If you find yourself stuck in traffic; Don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work; Think of the man who has been out of work for years! 

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