Have a Happy New Year!


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
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.

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!

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. 

waaaa definitely!!

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

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.  
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