Last week, my boyfriend (WIW BOYFRIEND!!!!!—it still feels weird to call him that) and I spent the weekend at Dahilayan. I’ve been there a couple of times before, but I guess it’s true when they say that the beauty of a place depends on the person you’re seeing it with. Okay, I made that up. But really though, the place looked and felt different that weekend—the grass was greener, the view more pristine, pine trees were more pine-y and photogenic—perhaps my glasses were the cleanest they’ve ever been? or maybe that’s just what love does, and I’m not sorry for feeling it, not even the slightest bit. Before we left for Dahilayan, I got a little bit worried after seeing the forecast for the weekend which composed mostly of cloudy skies and rain, but when we got there, we were graced by the presence of Mr. Sun amidst a clear blue sky. It was perfect. Right there and then, I knew for a fact that our little trip was blessed, that we have the approval from the big guy above. Thanks for the thumbs up and the beautiful weather, G! Too much cheese, I know, but it’s true, the weather cooperated, the view was superb, I had fun, Poy had fun, we got to try the 120ft free fall drop, we ate lots of good food, and most of all, I won twice in Billiards. Ha! What a loser, Erram, but thank you. Thank you for letting me win, I knew I sucked at billiards but you still gave me some sort of chance. Thank you for walking around with me even when your knee isn’t fully well and you’d have to spend twenty minutes on the floor to cover it with ice after. Thank you for making the effort to learn how to use my camera and patiently taking my photos even when you had to sit on the ground and ended up with mud on your shorts. Rest assured, your effort was much appreciated and now I am suffering the consequences of teaching you because now I’m having the hardest time choosing photos. Thank you for carrying the heavy stuff; I’m never gonna get over how great it felt to have someone who was more than willing to carry a backpack the whole day just so all of our gadgets and essentials are in one place and so that I wouldn’t have to carry anything. You really are something else. For someone so huge, it still amazes me how sweet you are. It doesn’t add up sometimes because of how manly you look from the outside, but I am beyond grateful to have such a sweetheart inside that 6’7 goodness. I can't thank you enough, G!
It isn’t easy being in a long distance relationship, but I’m glad we’re both getting through it just fine. It’s going to be long until we won’t have to wait any more, but if this is how our weekends are like before we finally decide to close the gap, I doubt I’ll be complaining. This has been one of my best weekends, yet. I can not wait for more.
I hope you enjoyed the weekend I planned, Avatar. You’re up next. I’m so excited to see what you'll come up with. See you on March, my love.
Thank you for the best weekend yet, love.
Looking forward to more.
(Watch it in HD, please.)
Meet Miss Marivic--my accounting teacher who made me fall in love with accounting. Also the reason for my current sleepless nights, haggard face, and my about to explode brain. Hahaha
My favorite professors hailing the queen. HAHAHA
I love you guys!
Thank you for everything, mom! You're the real MVP!
Recently, I found myself talking a lot about my college life version 1.0--where I studied, what course I took up--and it got me feeling nostalgic. I can’t believe it’s already been nine months since I graduated from Enderun, I remember being so excited to finally finish school and getting that diploma, only to go through all the stress and sleepless nights again months later in the hopes of pursuing a life long dream. Most people are asking “Aren’t you tired of studying?” Of course I am, but I know I’ll never get to my goal if I won’t do something about it. So here I am, finally doing something about it and pep-talking myself every single day that this time it isn’t solely about achieving something my parents can be proud of or fulfilling everyone’s expectations; this time I am doing it for me.
This serves as a reminder to myself to study harder, persevere, and never give up. I’m aware that my dream is within reach, I need only to exert the necessary effort to grab it. I know it’s not going to be an easy walk in the park, but I’m certain it’s going to be worth it in the end. You can do this, self! One semester down, five more to go. You got this.
My ever supportive friends who I can't thank enough for always having my back. I love you guys.
What started out as a desperate attempt to earn extra credit, resulted in me having to face a huge crowd of JPIA members from Region X & CARAGA.
I really did not see this coming--joining a pageant, winning a pageant and seeing two crowns in my bedroom. To be honest, I didn't even know joining the school-wide pageant entailed having to represent the entire organization in two inter-school JPIA events. The first two pageants were a breeze, there was no drama and most of the crowd, if not everyone, were happy with the results (well, at least that's what I want to believe), but in this recent one, drama was everywhere; from our disastrous theme wear that got all of our team crying in despair (which thankfully our mentors and fellow XU JPIA got to improvise at the very last minute, or else it would've been the end of us), to the coronation drama!
Frankly, I'm still a bit confused as to what went on during the coronation night, but a strong contender, Ms. BSU, was called as the second runner up and the crowd (including us on stage, actually) went berserk and started booing because it was obvious that she deserved a higher spot. Even the judges were surprised about the result. Anyway, long story short, fifteen or so minutes after the mild commotion, the results were reviewed, and when the final ones were out, crowd favorite Ms. BSU, Mr. MSU-IIT, my partner Kristian, and I, were the ones left vying for the titles of Mr. and Ms. Ambassadress of Goodwill. I remember when the 1st runners-up were about to be called, Kristian and I were about to go forward even when we weren’t called yet because we just really wanted the night to end already and honestly, hearing the whole crowd cheer for another candidate was a tough act to follow, I was even scared I’d get the exact same boos as the other candidate did, but somehow, God had a different plan for us, instead of being awarded as first runners-up, we were both crowned as the winners sans the boos (Thank God! I wouldn’t know what I’d feel had I been booed while being crowned. :O).
I’m truly still in a daze, it still hasn’t sunk in that we’re representing the region in the upcoming National Midyear Convention this October. I’m not expecting to win, but I’m definitely putting my best foot forward to try to bring the crown home. I know it’s going to be a long shot, but who knows? We had no idea we’d win in the regionals, maybe our lucky streak isn’t over just yet. We’ll see.
Hair/Makeup/Casual Wear/Resorts Wear/Long Gown are all from Juniel Doring of JDD Design's
(JDD Designs is located at Yacapin-Aguinaldo Sts. in line with Maxandrea Hotel)
First four photos are from Joie Tan
Resorts wear photos are from Jigo Racaza