One piece

I am so into the One Piece manga right now. I used to watch the anime version back when I was in college. I started reading the manga almost 2 months ago and I was hooked.  It’s about a young man’s dream of becoming the Pirate King, Monkey D. Luffy. On his way to realizing his dream,he met his kickass nakamas aka crewmates. I could go on and on about all characters and their adventures.

The creator, Eiichiro Oda is just amazing.  He is talented to boot. He can not only draw but he was able to create a world that is so cool and complex at the same time.  It was the age of piracy and though it was a violent world the story focuses on following your heart’s desires and building lasting and deep friendship along the way.  The story is heavy in action and comedy but there are several times that it also made me cry,like right now, I am in the part where Luffy and Whitebeard are trying to save Ace from his execution.  I am so amazed at author’s talent, how he painted a beautiful picture with so many characters with different motives all participating in a war between the Marines and Pirates.  There are so many heart wrenching moments and sometimes I almost cried. And here comes the moment that just broke my heart, after all they have done, all the sacrifices, Ace still died not at the execution block but trying to save Luffy. I just cried.

The way he creates those back stories and how they relate with the others. In my book he is a genius.

Last Day of Work for 2014

Thank you Lord, it’s the last day of work for the year 2014 already!  Not that I hate my job, I love it actually, it just that these past weeks has been hell in terms of traffic and crowds.  Just today, I was at the LRT station by 1:30 pm and I was so surprise that the lines are so long.  I mean it’s not even rush hour yet.  Imagine how bad it would be later.  Traffic is so bad everywhere, I have to spend 2 hours just for the commute alone and its so exhausting.

As I am celebrating the last day of work for 2014, I want to thank the Lord for guiding me all through out the year.  This year has been so challenging for me.  There were moments of sheer frustrations and happiness.  I had my own share of highs and lows.  My patience has been tested several times, there were times that I felt overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done.  In short, this year has been so busy and almost made me crazy. Thank God he supplied me with all traits I need to overcome all challenges I’ve faced.

I am looking forward to a  brand new year and I know God will continue to guide.  I know it will never get easy but I am confident that I can do all things with God’s help.

Bye work, for now, see you in 2015.

I am so making the most of the Christmas break.  Tons of books are waiting for me and TV series and will definitely catch up on my sleep.

A Beautiful Year

The year is almost over.   The festive aura is in the air.  Like that classic song of Jose Mari Chan, people are making list, buying special gifts, taking time to be kind to one and all.   Most people are so busy attending Christmas parties, traffic is so bad everywhere, and people flock to every mall, bazaar and market place known to men.    It could be annoying but I’d rather focus on the beautiful side of Christmas, New Year and the most beloved month of the year, December.  I love giving and receiving gifts (who doesn’t), I love the Christmas parties, and people just seemed to be extra nice to each other.   I love that December is also cold (but not too cold), I love the simbang gabi, the puto bumbong, the Christmas carols, the lanterns and Christmas lights.  This season also reminds me that the year is drawing to a close, which made me look back at the events that made this year special, unforgettable and amazing.

I remember my post in January 2 here in Word Press; I wrote about my excitement and hopes for the new year.   I shared my thoughts and plans for the year 2014.  I made a list (something like a New Year’s Resolution) and looking back I realized that I did well with most of my plans.  Some were left forgotten, some I started but stopped due to some reasons, most I was able to accomplish.  It was actually more of a reminder for me with a short list of my priorities for the year 2014.  For my lists in 2014:

  1. Wake up earlier than I used to, stretch a bit or do a quick exercise routine, prepare for the whole day physically, mentally and spiritually.  Note: leave work on time, so you can go home early, go to bed early and wake up early –  I did exercise regularly but only for a couple of months, I tried eating healthy (and I still do) but it is really not easy. I still stay way too late at night and rarely wake up early.  I don’t always leave work on time, (only when I have class to attend).
  2. Save, save, save. I was able to save more compared to last year but not much.  This is still an expensive year.  My sister graduated from college already but there are still bills to pay, food to buy and another sister who is still in school.  What’s great is that I was able to pay for my tuition for my 1st term in DLSU (my 2nd term I was granted a 50% tuition and fee scholarship).  I was also able to have our roof fixed just this month (and it cost more than we expected).
  3. Read more, write more. This I was able to do with flying colors. I am so proud of myself, despite my addiction to romance novels and One Piece manga (for 3 months I read this manga every day and night from chapter 1 to 768), I was able to complete my 30 book challenge in Goodreads.  Also, I was able to write regularly in this blog (my goal was to write at least once a week but not bad), though I no longer write in my journal.
  4. Take and pass the Civil Service Exam. – Another item off my bucket list. Last October 26, 2014, I took the Civil Service Exam and just last week I learned that I did passed the exam!  I was ecstatic.
  5. Enroll in MBA.- Another accomplished task. Last July 2014, I applied and took the entrance exam for DLSU MBA program and was able to pass both the exam and the interview.  Last week was my final exams and we also had a term-end party with my MANPRI classmates (it was a blast).  This is awesome, just last year, I was only contemplating of pursuing my MBA here in DLSU and here I am officially a Lasallian.

That’s it for the list but I was able to accomplish more, this is a great year. I applied for the SFA Financial Assistance Program and I was granted a 50% tuition and fee scholarship, not bad huh?  I was also able to went to Puerto Princesa, Palawan and visit the world famous Underground River.

Socially, I tried to reach out to old friends and be more outgoing.  I shed all traces of shyness in my body, became more comfortable with my own brand of beauty, I became more “adventurous” in my fashion style and I felt that I am more confident.  I was able to went out of town with my closest friends and go out regularly despite all our busy schedules.

With regards to my family, as usual my brothers broke mine and family’s heart countless of times but I held on.  I decided to just give them all that I got and if that is not enough, well, that is just too bad.  I tried to be closer to my father and brothers. We got out as a family more.  I am nearing my 30s and I want a place of my own and few years from now I’ll probably have my own family.  I just want to make the most of everyday and chance that I get to spend with my family.  I want to look back and say to me myself that I did my best to hold this family together even if I don’t have to.

I am still single but I don’t mind, yes, I do wan’t a boyfriend but not having one will not make my life miserable just a bit brighter.

I felt that this year has been so challenging but equally rewarding, I went out of my comfort zone, pursue things that I been only planning for quite a while and explored uncharted territories and I got to say it was amazing.  What a wonderful journey so far and a beautiful year.

Another Good News, Keep it Coming Please

Almost a week ago I just found out that I was granted a 50% tuition and fees scholarship from the university.  Yesterday, I received another great news/blessing.  I passed the October 2014 Civil Service Examination!  I remember telling myself that if I failed the exam, I will not try again. The test was really hard and I was thinking it’s not worth the headache, and all the works it takes to be able to take the exam that I might not be able to use in the future anyway.  I have no plan (so far) of working in a government office I just wanted to take the exam (I wanted to give it a try back when I was fresh college grad) and prove to myself that I can ace it.  Turned out it wasn’t that easy, the questions are tricky and math problems and I have never been able to get along ever since the world begun (ha-ha).

This year has been so fruitful for me.  I embarked on a journey that proved to be both challenging and rewarding. This year I decide to man up and starting doing all those things I only dream and prayed for.  I am so grateful for all of the beautiful things God has bestowed upon me.  For so many years, I worked so hard and felt like I got so so little in return.  I just realized that there is really time for everything.  And it’s my moment to shine (ha-ha).  God is amazing!

Dear God, thank you for everything and may you continue to shower me with blessings. I will continue to pray, work hard and live life according to what is pleasing to you.  I love you.

Basking in Glory

I just have to write this down while everything’s fresh and I am still basking in my “glory”.

I just received a great news, a news that should have put me in a very good mood last week but since I was so busy I forgot to check the status of my scholarship application.  So this afternoon, I suddenly remembered to check if there is any update and got the best gift of the year (so far, I’m waiting for more since December just begun).  I got a 50% financial assistance for tuition and fees.  Couple of months ago, I applied for the financial assistance program, was interviewed 2 weeks ago and here I am officially a scholar of De La Salle University.  I am so happy, I almost screamed when I read the result, I wasn’t expecting the see the result, I was thinking they would release it next week so I was really surprised.

Again, this amazing experience taught me that things might be impossible to achieve but just give it a try, you’ll be surprised at what you are capable of doing. I am a bit of a skeptic, I used to think of the worst scenarios and plan ahead but I have realized that worrying is a useless way of using my imagination ( I read that somewhere) and I made the decision to stay positive and always believe in myself.  The things that I want in life are not easy to achieve (when I think of it, there is really nothing worth having that can be gained easily), sometimes I get sidetracked or intimidated with the things I wanted to accomplish, but I never gave up.  I kept moving towards those dreams no matter how far they may seem.  Slowly I made my way to that path that I have always wanted to walk and here I am finally doing it instead of just planning it over my head.   I just have to keep going, to not falter, stay focused and stay motivated and always remember why I am here, what I did to make this possible and what are the things I have to go through just to be here.

This year has been very productive to me.  Everyday I thank God for each and every blessing that he shower me with.  I don’t have a perfect life, it’s far from that actually but after so many years I am finally where I wanted to be.  It would be a long journey, the road will be bumpy, things will not always go my way but I only have to remind myself that I have worked so hard and come this far (for some this maybe nothing but for me it means so much) and I can always do more.

Another thing I have learned is that the more you pushed yourself and decide to take on harder challenges, the more you realized that you are actually capable of doing great things.  It’s like you decided to go for a walk for a mile then decided to walk for another mile, then you realized you can actually run so you did and while running your realized it wasn’t that hard.  It’s like a domino effect and that what is happening in my life right now.  I decided to take charge, to throw caution to the wind and started working on my goals.  It was not easy it never will, but sometimes all you have to do is take that first step (the hardest) and every thing seemed to fall into their right places.

Thank you Dear God, you are amazing, you keep on surprising me with beautiful things.  I know I ask a lot but I will do my part too.  I know sometimes I get distracted with different things and unable to focus but I will try to be more centered.  I know I am not the nicest person in the world but I  will always try to be a better person and eventually the best version of myself.  Thank you for loving me. Thank you for the guidance and understanding.  May you continue to look after me and steer me to the right path.  I love you.

This is so amazing!