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Something Personal: The Ultimate Solo Flight

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Though I originally planned to post this on my Tumblr account, but I could not access it at the moment so I will post this here.

One weekend, I took the plane and head out somewhere unfamiliar. It was just me and I have no idea what I am doing with my life. However, here are some life skills that I have managed to whip out in an instant:

1. Common Sênse
Perhaps solo trips have taught me so much about common sense. In any country that you will be in, you will read a different language and mingle with people who cannot speak a common language. And the closest thing that you can depend on is Google Translate and of course, your common sense.

Be quick in getting your phone and show a picture or translation of the question that you are asking. But when you are desperate to get out of your situation, then you better use your common sense. If your hotel pick up, forgot to fetch you, you should know what to do. If you need to have your money changed, you better not lose sight of money exchan…

Not Too Good with Goodbyes

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If you are my student and you are reading this, you are probably wondering why or if you already have a hint about what this post would be then you might find some answers to your questions ;) The school year has ended and my days in Southcrest is ending as well. It was a short and sweet stay but it was one whole year full of meaning and joy.

For months, people are asking me how, why, what and where because of my decision to not pursue another year in the school. As much as I would want to give out a definite answer to everyone, I could not. Mainly because I am not sure of where life would take me. All I know is that I need to go incognito. I need to disappear from the familiar for a while.

I have been aching to embark on something new and unfamiliar. Somewhere I do not know and test my survival skills. I want to see how fearless I am when I am not in my comfort zone. I want to test myself as to how far am I willing to go in order to find that endless pursuit of happiness and content…

I Brought Someone to the Finals!

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I never thought I could coach a kid but I did! Schools Press Conference Competition is no easy feat. I mean everyone can write and the challenge is how to make your article stand out. For someone who has been writing non-stop for two years now ( thank you, Miss Lisa), I know how hard it is to mold words and come up with sensible sentences. 
For those of you who do not know it yet, I am an SEO writer by night and I thrive on making US businesses known by writing good articles about them. Do not get me wrong, I submit substandard writings too. :P And I never would imagine imparting such knowledge on writing to someone. I just do not think I am that skilled enough.
During the day, I teach and I used to coach for presscon competition and one of my babies, Eanna made it to the finals! It was held last February 19-24,2018.
Did I just go on a trip alone? Never in my whole life have I imagine going on a trip for this kind of competition. I mean I am fine going out with friends but not with th…

Something Personal: Things I Keep to Myself

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Feelings Sometimes opinionated, most of the times neutral. I am one of the few people who can keep everything neutral including my real thoughts. I often find my words misinterpreted by many. Either I have this weird tone when I speak or people just do not find me that amiable. 
For years, I have been trying to adjust as to how I would want the world to see me. I tend to smile upon insults and rumors spread about me even if deep inside I am hurting. All for the sake of not being to hurt these people back. But eventually, I knew that I had to speak up. For the wrong words and for everything said about me. Even if that means having the world turn their back at me. 
Favorites I never share my passion and my favorites. I find myself selfish in keeping these beautiful to myself. I feel like having people share the same likes and dislikes is too close for comfort. I do not want seeing people wearing the same clothes as me nor having the same perfume as me. Heck, I do not even want people doi…

Not Your Typical New Year's Resolution

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Wow! Can you believe it? 2017 is freaking done! The times have changed and the world is turning. But I am still the same old me. The same old dreams keeping me alive. The same old thoughts eating me alive. It feels like some poetic rhyme but really it has been costing me dimes. ( can't help to make a couplet thought)

How was my 2017?
It was a year of taking risks. I took the risk of signing that one year contract in the school I am currently teaching. If you do not know me well, I hate staying in one place for a long time, but I guess being locked up in a contract is one thing that tests my patience and my abilities.

We took the risk of making a new home for us. Despite the lack of abundant cash. Despite the lack of resources but we took the risk. It cost me a lot of moolah. It cost us emotional exhaustion but we are more than halfway there. In no time, we will be seeing the fruits of my labor.

But the in-betweens of my year was horrible. It mostly consisted of ranting, complaini…

Things You Should Never Spend More than Five Minutes On

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Every day, we are bombarded with stress. From our daily activities up to our own thoughts-- we can become so restless throughout the day. Today, in particular, is very disappointing for me. I was not in the mood for anything. I was not in the mood to wear my mask on and pretend to be that cheerful being who is carefree and happy.

Ever since I turned 23, I made this pact with myself to not care about the world anymore. I just do not care whether people like me or they hate me. And the last thing I would want to happen to me is to let this negativity run my day.
If there are some things that I would not spend more than five minutes on it, these would be:

1. My Current Mood
My moods are dictated by the tide. In the morning, I can be as hyper as I can or I can just be as emotionless as a stone. Whatever mood I am in, it usually lasts the whole day. I realize this is not a healthy habit at all.

If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, find a way to switch the mood. It is not healthy f…

On a Perpetual State of Neutrality

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As I am writing this blog, you should know that I am in a trance of Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes" and I have my new favorite coffee with me. Hence, anything written in this post could be in the midst of a heightened anger or a surge of overwhelming feeling.

But all the niceties aside, my point of writing is that I feel open and exposed. Lately, I have been learning the art of smiling and laughing out loud. Laughing at small things. Smiling at stupid situations and even at my own mistakes. Although for a person who has always been composed and my emotions bottled up, this is quite liberating.
Freely letting people in, in my life is a big leap of faith. I hate having too many human beings inside my small territory. I hate having people know my likes and dislikes because by then, I might have made an emotional investment and even creating connections with strangers. This is a part of growing up. Inevitable even. But I hate this transition period.

It is terrifying but …