2013 Highlights

– Hong Kong/Macau Trip with Steve and his family

– Fainting while hiking a small mountain in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija (lesson learned: Breathe!!!)

– Zambales Trip

– Ilocos Trip with my Dad

– Mount Pulag Climb

– 10k Milo Marathon

– Bali Oasis Condo

– Losing Tantan ­čśŽ

– Marriage proposal on my Birthday

– Mike and Maricris’ Wedding

– JR and Marianne’s Wedding

– USA Trip: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Oregon

– Snow Experience for the first time!!!

– Reuniting with my best friends Gena and Kate and meeting new friends in the US

– Gena and Rich’s Wedding, being Gena’s Maid of Honor

– Spending New Year’s Eve on the plane back to Manila

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October Wish

It’s that month of year again where I have to remember the time I was brought out to this world.

Lemme just give a sum up of what my life is about right now.

Family Aspect

Hmm, my Dad’s in Bahrain, he’s miles away and calls very seldom while I haven’t seen my mom for more than a year now plus we still have that misunderstanding going on. It’s already a good thing that my Dad gets to come home every 6mos and I know I could fix things so easily with my Mom but somehow I’m pretty much liking the way things are with us. It has given me and my Dad this certain freedom. It’s a long novel on how and why we feel that way. I find it difficult taking care of our assets alone though, especially with our dogs left at our house way back in Laguna. I need to always find time to go home and provide them with food. If only I could live and work in Laguna instead, but work is in the big city.

 Money Aspect

In the case of money, I guess that’s the part I should be most Thankful for because I am well provided by my Dad. Even if I don’t earn much with my job, I am well provided. It just gives me the guilty feeling that at my age I’m supposed to be the one helping out my parents financially. It also goes to the expenses I am faced, more money more expenses is the game. When I get to save, there will always be an unexpected incident where I need to spend more as well. I guess that’s how emergencies work.

Relationship Aspect

I am very grateful the way things are with me and my boyfriend right now but some things are still not in place. I guess I’ll keep it to myself for now. With my friends, I’m pretty proud of myself that I am able to maintain a lot of friends for the longest years which tells a lot about how I handle friendships. Being an only child made me treasure friendship that much. I’ll never trade them for anything else.

Work Aspect

I can’t really say I’m proud of my choices when it comes to career, the regret there is a very long list. But this is the kind of path life has led me to. I guess I haven’t found that purpose that will change the way I see my job but nevertheless, I am thankful for the people I work with, full of humility and optimism. An environment for someone as disturbed as me really needs.

October WISH!

It’s not such a tough time right now but I have my struggles and anxiety attacks so all I ask for is strength to face these struggles, faith to make it through, humility to accept my weaknesses, courage to take charge and wisdom to make the right choice.

THANK YOU LORD FOR ANOTHER YEAR!

From the Inside Out

A thousand times I’ve failed
Still Your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
I’m caught in Your grace
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending Your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart and my soul
Lord I give You control
Consume me from the inside out,
Lord, let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love you from the inside out.

Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself
In bringing You praise
Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart and my soul
Lord I give You control
Consume me from the inside out,
Lord, let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love You from the inside out.

Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart
Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out

In my heart and my soul
Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out,
Lord, let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love You from the inside out.

Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart
Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out.

Everlasting Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart
Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out

*I just wanna share how much this song relates to how I feel about myself and my struggles in life. This song secures me that the Lord God will always have mercy on us sinners as long as we make a commitment to Him that we will be a better person and that we are worthy to be saved.

Run for your Health!!!

I’m an avid fun runner. I have joined 8 fun runs in two years now. My first fun run was the Energizer Night Run in 2011. It was a superb first time experience coz we got to run in the evening since I hate waking up at dawn, the usual fun run call time. No wonder fun runs and marathons have become a booming business because of singlet designs, charity causes, freebies, medals and of course the health benefits.

Running is not as easy as you think. If you want to be serious, you need to train at least twice a week. I run once a week but I include brisk walking daily when I commute to and from work. Not to mention our 9 flights of stairs in the apartment when the elevator shuts down past curfew(i know right?). Anyhoo, I used to run 10mins per kilometer but I have narrowed it down to 6-7mins now which is progress. I used to wake up with sore muscles and body ache the next day coz of all the running. I didn’t even run the full distance, I had brisk walking in between. The last two runs didn’t give those aches anymore though, I guess it’s just a matter of getting used to it.

Just so you know…

I call myself a Fun Runner because I have never tried running for 21km.. yet, which is the half marathon. I ought to someday. There’s a difference between a marathon and a fun run. Fun Runs consist of distances from 500m to usually 10km which sometimes can be 16km or 18km while Marathons start at 21km which will take you about 2hrs 30mins or so, if you’re an average runner, then 42km for a full marathon. Some marathons even go further to 80km or more.

Things I consider in joining Fun Runs:

1. The singlet design and freebies

– Yes, I consider the singlet design and freebies. Nuff said.

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2. If there’s a medal

– The distance I often run don’t include medals which is the 5k category. It’s a plus if they do. I’m promoting my running distance to 10k so I’d have better chances in acquiring more medals. 21km distances always include medals and Finisher’s Shirts sometimes. I aim to run in the 21km distance in 2014.

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3. The cause

– Fun Runs started for a cause like Run for Pasig River, Run Against Diabetes, Run Against Breast Cancer etc. until some organizers made it a business. People think they benefit from the running with a few freebies but they don’t know that the organizers benefit more from the sponsors and the unreasonable high price for the registration. C’est la vie!

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4. Popularity

– If a number of celebrities and politicians joined the run, expect more people to join too. However, the runs I don’t wanna join in again are the ones that are way too popular that wouldn’t give me a chance to actually run at my own pace.

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5. Location

– I highly recommend that people who join fun runs should also consider the location. Most of the fun runs I joined were held in Bonifacio Global City, one was held in Tagaytay. I didn’t mind the location that much before until I joined a run held around Mall of Asia, we had to run past this river in Macapagal Ave and whoah does it stink! It gave me a headache after the run instead of making me feel good.

Joining fun runs has been my motivation in being more physically active because I’m naturally lazy. It motivates me because of the money spent, the call time and the other runners who join. I get so inspired seeing runners who I think look less active than I am run nonstop during these events, it’s such a challenge!

RUN FOR YOUR HEALTH!

Another Loss, Another Gain

I gained another angel last August 26, 2013. This happened when our neighbor, who’s a police shot one of my dogs to his death just because my dog tried to “threaten” him behind our house gates. I don’t believe his term though since he was behind our gates and my dog fell like one foot behind it after he got shot.

In all ways our neighbor gets the blame for he is in no position to do such a thing even if my dog bit his daughter the night before. Besides, it’s his daughter’s fault because she climbed our Bayabas/Guava tree on our front yard and got her foot stuck in our grills. As a guard dog, it is only instinct that my dog, Tantan, would defend his territory. Even so, it’s understood for me to take charge of their expenses since the child was bitten by my dog but with what my neighbor did, I called it quits. He was off duty and with no reason to use his gun and put justice into his hands to take an innocent life. All cases point to them, trespassing, abuse of authority plus violation of the animal welfare act.

Every now and then I still blame myself for not being there but I guess it’s part of the grieving phase. I didn’t cry much but I had my moments. I am truly grateful for my dog’s service to our family and God knows how much I treasure my pets. I love them so much. Even more than humans.

I’ve grown attached to my pet dogs because I’m an only child and pets are the only ones who are always there for me when no one else will. Dogs will never judge you, they will always be loyal and faithful and they’ll never pretend to show what they feel. I’d say they’re even better than humans.

The Lord will take care of the offender and I’m sure he will learn his lesson the hard way.

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I will forever miss you Tantan. I will always remember you as the sweet and quiet one who will always stay in the corner. You loved drinking water so much no matter how weak you are when you got your rabies shots. You wouldn’t eat standing up which looked adorable and you never started a fight with the others. Thank you for the 6yrs you’ve been with us. I love you.

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Driving Solo

Took a selfie during stop light. :)

Selfie during red light. ­čÖé

I have always dreamed of driving around the city alone in my car jamming to the songs playing on the radio. Alas it came true!

Until now I can’t believe I’m able to do that these days. Although I’ve tried driving around during high school and I took up driving lessons after college, I am only able to drive back and forth around the city, I still call it an achievement!

For almost a week, I drove to and fro Manila to Makati and vice versa to visit/fetch my Dad. I dunno, I gained the confidence that I can already drive alone during the time my Dad accompanied me to my flat just so I’ll have a co-pilot. I guess I felt guilty that he had to commute back to Makati all alone.

CHEERS!

Thank You!

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Minutes after the fall. Yeah, I can still smile. Smile despite your pain. lol

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Hours after the fall.

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Covered in ointment.

After exactly 7 days. Scars present but not too obvious.

After exactly 7 days. Scars present but not too obvious.

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The ointment I used that made my wounds heal faster. Thank you Calmoseptine!

What happened?

I fell hard on my face during a mini hike in the province last Good Friday. I was unconscious so my body lost its motor skills that’s why I didn’t get the chance to use my hands to at least prevent my face from hitting the ground. Factors that caused myself unconscious was lack of air (i didn’t breathe┬ácontinuously) and the scorching heat that day.

Lesson Learned: Never stop breathing especially when you’re tired. Your body needs more air when you’re tired.

Anyway, we cut short the hike and went back home to treat my wounds instead. I felt bad that we weren’t able to reach the peak since it was just a really small mountain compared to the other mountains I want to climb.

The next day, I decided to go again and hike the mountain but of course I am more cautious this time. I DID IT!

Here’s the view….

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Never give up! Everything’s worth a 2nd try…