I was shocked by the weirdness of the school who interrupted the speech of Ms Krisel Mallari, Salutatorian. I had to make a small chika chika with my friend about it because as I've told her,
#relatemuch talaga.
Anyhow, that would have been my speech had I graduated in my former high school. To tell you the truth, my speech had been prepared since I was in 6th Grade--- few hours (could be) after I discovered that despite my being the school representative in almost every subject except Filipino and Math (and actually winning 1st place in everything, except in Music where I placed 4th after being picked on the spot because our representative got sick), I only got the second spot -- Salutatorian! I mean, how can I be the best in these subjects when the Valedictorian is 5 pts. ahead of me in the report card! You should have sent her instead of me in all those subjects, I don't think she'd been busy representing the school for the subject... dan dararan! >>> FILIPINO!

How was I the best in those subjects to the point of representing the school in district and division meets and yet, get so far behind in the report card?!! 

How how the carabao?!! I mean for those who are clueless, 5 pts. sa card sa isang subject is "huge deal" sa calculation, as in lampaso ka na to the max... ang hirap rumecover from that!

Well, I was bitter. Yes. I have my speech all prepared waiting 4 years to be presented, lol!! Until my most dreaded day came, I actually became first honors and I said, what am I to contest?! I should have something to protest about. Whoaaaa... being in the first place doesn't really feel good after all.

I had crushes, I had my stupid COCC obsession days... I did not care for the honors! It was like, keber, kung ano nalang... Imagine, it came to a grading period that I became in 4th place sharing with someone who was so surprised I've fallen that far. I said,
4th place is HELL, I gotta move back to where I belonged and it was too late. The competition is very close, I only managed to be #2. What the hell. It was my fault.
Naging bwakaw na naman ako. I cannot believe I've become so far behind, I started losing interdistrict contests. Those whom I've consistently beaten since grade school managed to sweep me to 3rd or no place at all, it was yeah... another hell for me. I mean, mayabang ako eh. I cannot be beaten so once again, I've made it a point to come back.

Little did I know that something would happen shortly after that will totally change my so called life. We had to move to Saudi Arabia. I moved to a school where I got nothing even ang pinagkamatayan kong CAT na nagkapasa pasa ako during initiations rites and na-bully ng mga officers todo todo for so long kakaalipin sagigilid sa amin. All were for nothing because I was not given a chance to be an officer in my new school or kahit exemption man lang sa CAT or be a medic (pero sila nagbibigay ng ganung recommendations sa transferee nila ha pero sa incoming --- nothing!) So yeah, I lost everything, even the drive to be top all the time. It was killed for me by the mere fact that I've moved in my senior year. It's not like I cry about the prom or something, nothing like the teen flicks you see direct to DVD :)
PS: Ang tatalino rin ng mga taga new school ko especially our Valedictorian. I really love how her brain works. 
Anyhoo, I am proud of Krisel's drive to make such speech pero is there a point to my story? Of course there is, thank you for patiently waiting for it.

I was vindicated (and felt being so) a year after high school when something drastic happened to my honor roll rival. I was happy in a way when people approached me and said,
buti ka pa ano? 
There's a sense of pride and victory in a way. And then the very weird rumor back in college na people were talking about me having graduated summa cum laude, hahaha. You got to laugh at that! I was far from being cum laude. Let's just say, in college --- I LIVED.  I may have been part of the dean's list for some semesters but yeah, not summa cum laude. But you know what, that rival? She actually went back to school and studied hard and actually graduated cum laude. It was too late for her to get re-vindicated because people had the final say when the former happened. But then the strange thing is...
I may be doing well at work right now, I may be having the time of my career having been given an opportunity to practice my degree. But this is not the life I've dreamt of. As simple as it may be, I actually wanted to be a high school teacher (check mo pa high school yearbook ko). I want to teach in my supposed alma mater. I want to be there and build a home somewhere near the place.  You know what? That's her life right now. She became a teacher and she's actually now a head teacher or something, for all I know, principal na sya!
Point is, it's not going to matter what you were back then. It's not going to matter how many medals you bagged! An altar of trophies is worthless and pointless when you are living life itself. Hindi yan bibilangin habang tumatawad ka sa binibili mo sa Divisoria.

Looking back, I realized I've wasted so many years hating when I could be living life happily. Bilog ang mundo. Those who wronged you in the past, God knows nasan na sila ngayon. Ang importante is how you're living your life NOW.

Walang kwenta ang nakaraan because it's today that matters. I may not know how she is feeling right now (we became friends later on but haven't communicated for like a year now) but one thing I'd say about her, I am inggit sa career nya. Walang speech na kayang mag explain how happy I am for her and sana ako rin teacher like her. So I am actually thankful for getting transferred in my senior year...
Salamat sa Dyos because that speech I've been meaning to give did not happen. Otherwise, mine would be a lifetime of regret that only lobotomy or Alzheimer's could relieve.
But to your school Krisel --- >>> 
They could have done their damage control better.  Ruining your moment made it harder for them to justify themselves to the judging public. They wasted their chance. And that faculty member on stage na gigil na gigil sayo? Kaloka sya ha!
Today, I realized that I am so fat, yet again. I have a habit of losing weight quickly but not whenever I want it. It's like when I realize I am fat, there's nothing I can do to change things... like a curse or something! I got so depressed this morning while looking for possible good angle in my face and I realized, there's no angle at all because it's so fat. I found a blog (source) that teaches few exercises into achieving a sculpted jawline and I must say, they are all doable, I just hope it's effective. Credits to John, the one who originally posted the article.

Face Exercise #1: Sit up straight and drop your lower jaw. Now, push your jaw outwards, as far as it will go until you feel a tension build up in your cheeks, near your ears. Hold this position for 10 seconds and then draw your jaw inwards. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Face Exercise #2: With your mouth closed, smile as wide as you can without parting your lips. Hold for 10 seconds and then relax your lips. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Face Exercise #3: Stretch out your neck as far behind as it will go. Then, without changing the position of your head, open mouth and then close it slowly feeling the tension build in the muscles of your neck and lower chin. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Face Exercise #4: When sitting upright, stick your tongue out and try to reach your chin with the tip of your tongue. Hold this position for 10 seconds and then release. Repeat this exercise 10 times. You should feel a slight tug just under the apples of your cheeks. Seems easy right? It could also be a lot of fun! I am going to try this at home.
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Don't you wanna be John Wick? I mean, not the wife dying and the dog getting brutally killed in front of you, but yeah, his power and intensity? I kind of wish I were him.

Imagine getting "cleaners" using the "secret phone" paying in gold coins, sooooo underground! The mob has its elegance in getting things done. I would not know how they are in real life but seeing movies about them, makes me think that they are more elite than the bankers. Well, they probably are. Don't you think?

I remember an episode of Suits where the banker boss of Mike belittles lawyers like Harvey, implying how they make less money. Well, it could be true but I think it depends on how the writer wants to play it because if you look at how the lawyers are in Boston Legal, they seem like they are "gods of riches" and that no one is richer than them (although of course, a lot is). So yeah, it depends on how the story is being played.

Back to John Wick --- I love how fast the story is and he was not even moving The Matrix way! I wish there were less deaths though. It made life look so dispensable. I can't get over the fact that poor people (myself included) would spend millions of hard earned (likely begged for) money just to save a loved one's life and people get killed randomly just by being in a wrong place, in a wrong time. How twisted is that?!

I recall seeing some parents go on national TV humbly requesting for financial support for their babies with biliary atresia because the surgery would cost around 3-7 million PHP at that time. One father in fact was walking around soliciting for help because of time pressure to raise such fund to save his baby while people just randomly kill themselves for what? Lack of funds? I can't understand!

John Wick was desperate. His wife just died and some mob son bullies him into buying his car and later carnaps it, ransacking his place, beating him, and then killing his dog -- his one and only connection to his dead wife, something his wife has given him, to be with him, to grieve with him... but yeah, he took him away from John. Of course he would go ballistic! Even the mob dad got frightened of how John would reach so he was trying to cut some deal with John but to no avail! Of course. I love how dignified the mob dad was. I love how he was willing to be humble to save his stupid son, but yeah, given that the son is stupid, it just made it harder for the dad, costing them their lives.

Keanu Reeves is a great actor and a great individual. Seeing his videos go viral about him living a simple life even taking the subway and offering seats to women and elderly... wow!

I wish there are more rich people like Keanu Reeves. I wish there are more people like Keanu Reeves (period).
I am giving this movie 4.5 stars for being so awesome!

The month of February had been so unfavorable for me. It was so horrific. I have cried so many times for some things that are not necessary. I mean, who needs unnecessary stress right? But that's life. You will get a lot of accusations, blames and you'd swallow it because you've exhausted your energy explaining but to no avail... people will still believe what they want to believe.

I am rethinking the course of my life. I feel like I am not going any farther and I am even being sucked by the curse of being an OFW, all cash out and no savings. I should start thinking not just an individual, but as a family person.

I am just so depressed because I live a life of no choice.

The only thing that keeps me happy is that knowing I have loving family and few good friends who stick by me and believing in me without thinking twice.

Nakakatuwang merong mga tao na would take your word for it, di kagaya ng iba na kahit ialay mo na ang buong buhay mo, questionable pa rin ang efforts mo. God bless them.

Think about it, it could be better for you.

When you feel like settling down, make sure you checked some other things that engaged or married people forgot to navigate before committing to forever --- your Valentine's date forever that is.

  • Will he narrow down your options?
  • Will he enclose you to his own little circle?
  • Will he make you stop working?
  • Will he make you a plain housewife who bakes and cooks?!!!
  • Will he not drive for you when you need him too?
  • Will he restrict you for seeing your parents? Your friends?
  • Will he be irritated to hear anything that seems you're having a life?
  • Will he not give you a home of your own?
  • Will he not allow you decide for your family because, well yeah, the previous item?
  • Will he not let you save for the rainy day?
  • Will he get you stuck in a life you never dream of having?
  • Will he dictate your every move?
  • Is he boxed into a small world that you'd got to live with for all eternity?
  • Will he not celebrate Valentine's with you?

Well, have some pondering and check out your life.

from: http://pocketrangerblog.com
A lot of women are drowning on quicksand with their hopes and dreams attached to them... The girl in the photo is certainly having a harder time than you sulking about being dateless on this very much commercialised day. Think about it. Do you think it's all about candies and red roses? Fancy restaurants with fancy suits and ties? Think again.

A lot of women rushed into situations only rich people can afford getting out from. Some are still there because of the silly hope of forever that others plotted for them to believe --- not even promised. 

I am not saying don't get married. But don't get all giddied up by brights eyes and romantic words. See what's in store for you after the exchange of vows. Some even have an opportunity to see it before the vows but are too stupid to run away. Check his life, his background, his social circle, his family... check everything about your dream Valentine because before you know it, you're stuck in a quicksand... you might get away from it and escape alive... but yeah, that muddy feeling will live to give you nightmares for the rest of your life!
So I thought I was watching yet another college flick to kill time, I was not at all aware that I am watching a film about the rapture. I am a Christian who knows what my life will be after death. I know I am given the privilege to be part of God's family in heaven and that He has prepared me a mansion over the hilltop but hey, rapture still scares me to the max. I wouldn't want any of my loved ones experience the tragedy of tribulation and of course, the idea that a lot of us are going to be raptured, I feel so scared for those who won't be. Some may say Christians are arrogant for claiming such... and to some, we may not even make sense...

In John 14:6 it says... Jesus answered,
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He has given us a promise that we will be with Him in His Kingdom. God has given His only begotten son in order to free us from captivity --- from sin and whoever believes in Him will not perish but have an eternal life in heaven. If we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, we can claim confidence that we are now part of His family in heaven. For me, it's not arrogance  --- it's FAITH!

Of course, my husband said he got terrified and that he is scared of the rapture and I told him he should not be afraid because he has surrendered his life to Jesus. I advised him to have fellowship with the Lord in order for him not to feel lost. I sincerely hope that he will continue to build his relationship with the Lord so he would truly feel the Holy Spirit's work on him.

Whoever reads my blog and you feel that you haven't built a relationship with the Lord, feel free to read on this link >> click me.

I also want to share one of the classic songs I've learned in the 80's... It's called Pass It On,
It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around, can warm up in glowing. That’s how it is with God’s love, once you've experienced it, you spread His love to everyone, You want to pass it on. What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding. The birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming. That’s how it is with God’s love, once you've experienced it, you want to sing “It’s fresh like spring,” you want to pass it on. I wish for you my friend, this happiness that I've found. You can depend on Him, it matters not where you’re bound. I’ll shout it from the mountain top – PRAISE GOD, I want the world to know; the Lord of love has come to me, I want to pass it on.
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