Something Borrowed

Make sure that your borrowed time is not wasted time! Hope everyone has a happy week ahead!

Dory the Explorer

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With the hectic schedule that comes from being a Physical Therapy student, one would really learn how to appreciate and make the most out of every hour of every day – from the 30 minute power naps in the middle of the night to the twenty-minute episodes of Awkward you can squeeze in while eating your meal, you realize the truth in the cliché that time is gold. As an irregular student, I could still feel the stress and the pressure brought on by the numerous handouts I have to highlight and lectures I have to replay in my mind, even though some people may think I’ve got it easier. I, too, feel that 24 hours isn’t enough. I even use my free time just to sleep! Hahaha! Thank God my Regnum Christi family had their annual convention this weekend in Tagaytay and I was able to borrow some of my precious study time to…

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Summer 2015

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Dory the Explorer

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Its been only two weeks since the school year started and I’m already craving for (not just food but also) another trip!!! I’ve been thinking of going back to Baler for the next holiday, which is from October 30-November 3, but I can’t seem to get the dates in line with my other events. See, my friend invited me to a Halloween party she’s co-hosting called Assemblage, which will be on the 30th, but I also have to leave that same night with my travel buddies for Baler until November 2nd… but since I still have time to figure out the details of that vacation, how about we do a little #throwback of how I spent last summer?!

TIDES

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The first night was kind of a blur… just like this photo. My third year blockmates and I went to this chill drinking spot called Tides in E. Rodriguez ave. to celebrate our last…

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#somethingnew2015

Happy 2015!!!

Wow. I have been gone for too long and I must say, I missed expressing myself in writing. It seems like as the end of every year approaches, I face a slight turbulence in my life that causes me to crash or to lightly put it, brings me to a bit of a pit stop. I know that these things should serve as lessons or challenges to overcome or whatnot, but it does help to set time for yourself to sulk or cry. Despite the low points, life then only shows that you have nowhere to go but up. Isn’t that what they always say? And I believe that to be true. That is why I’m starting my own campaign this year called “Something New”.

Year after year, people encourage us to start fresh or become a new you every year. Why not be a better you? And what better way to become just that than by trying out new experiences you never thought of doing or things that you keep on putting on a pause because of some other priority? The challenge is simple: at least once a month, experience one new good thing that you have never tried. May it be to travel alone, finally try peanut butter (I’m putting this on my list), model, sky dive, swim with dolphins, or any other outrageous thing you might wanna try but have been too scared of doing, make it all happen this year. If there’s one thing I learned from all the craziness that has happened to me, it’s that no one can build yourself back up but yourself… and prayer.

So I challenge all of you to try #somethingnew2015. I’ll be posting my new experiences too so I can also motivate people in being bold and not be afraid of embracing the unknown, because anything could happen.

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Every .5 Counts

Remember in my previous post where I was ranting about how stressful third year was? Well, it finally caught up with me. Yesterday, I found out that I failed a subject by .5 points… that’s .5 worth of new block mates, a new year, and a new obstacle. I have never failed anything ever when it comes to academics so it was definitely something that hurt me a lot. I was even telling my best friend that this hurt more that any break-up I could ever have haha. I talked to my professor about it and he said that he would double-check my grades for me but I started to lose the one quality I took most pride in – strength. With my strength, I was able to be there for others and be the strong one when they were weak. With that same strength, I was able to pull out a rainbow when people were going through storms. Because of this point five madness, I’ve lost that strength and I wondered, who would be strong for me this time?

With all honesty (and I’m not trying to sound cheesy), no one can really help me this time but God. I turned to Him for prayer, asked for guidance, and I looked for that strength I used to have in me. I’ll be having my Spiritual Guidance soon, which I haven’t had in over 6 months now, so I’m really glad we’re having a long semestral break this year. My parents and other relatives have also been so supportive of me and were very encouraging (that made me cry so much more) so I guess I need to build myself back up again. Wow, I think I’ve said that line so many times in this past year already. Damn, I’m so unlucky. Haha. On a serious note though, I don’t blame anyone but myself for what happened. I pulled my other subjects higher, and most of them were much higher than what I expected, that I failed to pull this one subject up. I guess this is a blessing because the universe knows how burned out I already am haha.

To all my PT batchmates, bye! Lol. My reaction is so inappropriate but seriously though, make me proud! I wish I knew each one of you more and got to spend time with you. I heard that the second semester will be more intense but you just have to focus AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, TREAT EVERY SUBJECT EQUALLY. Always pray to God and thank Him for your blessings. If you feel tired as well, please power nap then power through. If you fail, don’t think of it as the end of the world. Trust me; I know. I’ll see you in your graduation! I’ll be the crazy and loud girl at the back screaming her head off because she’s so proud. I love you guys x

P.S. I have deactivated and will be on a hiatus on Facebook, Twitter, Viber and Snapchat. Will be back when I feel like it haha. I need to be the description of this girl again, and when I do, you’ll hear from me soon – “She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.” -Marilyn Monroe

There We Have It

WOAH.

That was my first reaction when I clicked on the ‘New Post’ button because a lot of things have changed since my last post, apparently, including WordPress. But don’t get me wrong; change is good! It’s been exactly a semester and my lack of, or completely missing, posts indicate how busy my schedule has been. From all-nighters in reviewing for the next quiz (after quiz, after quiz, after test, after test) to org duties (and sacrificing some… details later), I barely had any time for my occasional R&Rs, which some of you might know is a must for me to keep my sanity.

I really tried my best to squeeze in some time to drive away from the hustle and bustle of a Physical Therapy student’s life. I love my course and the people in it who have inspired me or have made it a little less crazy, but third year is no joke. There would be times when I’d grab that iced coffee in the refrigerator, try my best to stay awake, but still head bang then cry because I was already too sleepy to function. There would also be times when I’d have to put studying for Physiology on hold just so I could study for Anatomy. Juggling all those subjects and dealing with their difficulty really stressed me out. This semester, I learned a lot about sacrificing some things in order to make way for something else to bloom. This does not only apply to studies, but it also applies to hobbies and relationships as well.

This semester, I also had to give up dancing due to my Editor-in-Chief duties. It was really hard to see my other orgmates performing while I was on the sidelines taking pictures. I had to run so many errands during college events that I gave up time for training, which I also consider as time for myself. Another thing I had to sacrifice earlier in the semester was a really close friend. It was difficult for me at first because I didn’t understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of what was going on. I was completely left in the dark, but I was eventually enlightened when I learned the truth… the whole truth. I’ll spare you guys the dramatic details of that story but basically, it became so much easier for me to let my friend go for their relationship to grow. A chance to love and be loved is a blessing, and I wouldn’t want to hold anyone back from it. I know that in the end, giving up our friendship will be worth it because love, or even the slightest opportunity of experiencing it, is worth it.

There we have it – a semester full of stress, change, and sacrifices. More updates soon x

Viaje Del Sol 2014 Post 3

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From Liliw, we traveled next to Lake Pandin wherein we rode a raft to cross to the pathway leading to Lake Yambu. They served us ginataan and fresh coconut juice. I loved this part of the trip because it was breezy and the views were amazing. I thought I was somewhere in the amazon!

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Because I was live blogging on my twitter and instagram + had music during the car ride, I slowly lost my battery! Good thing Kuya Jim brought his portable Bavin charger!

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Lake Pandin

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Lake Yambu

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With Kuya Jim! This was our second trip together after Cavinti. He’s my super traveler idol!

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After our trip to both lakes, we had our well-deserved dinner at Sulyap Gallery Cafe. The ambiance and the food were so amazing that I would definitely go back there just to eat their dishes again. I had beef sirloin in red wine sauce with mango shake and half of Kuya Jim’s best-seller dish. Afterwards, we unfortunately had to end our road trip day and say our good-byes.

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VIAJE DEL SOL ITINERARY RECAP:

  • Breakfast at Casa Vida by Lake Sampaloc + tour of town

  • Ugu Bigyan Potter’s Garden

  • Lunch + tour at Sitio de Amor

  • Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

  • Shopping at Tsinelas st. in Liliw Laguna

  • Rafting + merienda at Lake Pandin

  • Trekking to view of Lake Yambu

  • Dinner at Sulyap Gallery Cafe

My road trip for Viaje del Sol was only part 2 of my last summer hurrah. Last July 4, 2014, I attended the eighteenth birthday party of one of my really good friends, Mojah. You looked stunning girl! I enjoyed that night with my friends and previous blockmates who I won’t be seeing much of anymore because of the shuffling. I got home at around 2am, took a shower, and had a short nap before my trip at 5am. I thought it would be hard to go to sleep with wet hair and alcohol in my system but I was wrong. Haha. Blackout bar knocked me out but good thing I was still about to wake up in time for my trip. Wishing for more nights like these with my friends!!! A new chapter of adventures await and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me.

BONUS POST: BLACKOUT BAR PARTY FOR MOJAH’S 18TH RIGHT BEFORE MY VIAJE DEL SOL TRIP

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The early birds! We were the first ones to arrive… we even got there before the debutant did in her dressing room.

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The only shots I promised I would take that night. What happened.

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My friends and I with the gorgeous debutant!

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