Anything Goes

The Promise

One thing I’ve been dying to do for the longest time is to go back to blogging. I will make it happen… Soon.


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Nakakalungkot isipin na minsan kung sino pa yung kapwa mo Pinoy, kung sino pa ang tunay na kalahi; sila pa yung unang maninira at sisira sa iyo.

Pasensya na po kung nawawala na naman ako sa sirkulasyon. Nakakuha po ako ng isang part-time job na siyang pinagkakaabalahan ko ngayon. At ngayon ay siyang sanhi rin ng sama ng loob para sa isang kapwa natin Pilipino.

Pagbigyan niyo na ako kung dito ko nailabas ang aking saloobin. Alam ko naman na marami pa rin ang handang makinig sa aking mga hinaing. Hindi ko na ii-elaborate ang mga pangyayari dahil masakit pa rin sa akin na matapos kong ituring na kaibigan at gawan ng kabutihan, siya pa pala ang agilang dadagit sa akin. Pero ngayon ko lang napatunayan na totoo pala ang ganitong mga kuwento. Akala ko ay kathang-isip lamang ng ilan sa mga kaibigang OFW.

Nakakasama ng loob. Sana ay hindi danasin ng iba pang OFW mula sa kapwa Filipino.


Let Me Draw Again

Drawing/sketching used to be my favorite hobby when I was young and persevering in the way that I could freely express my emotions through line art or just by doodling around. Each stroke of the pencil gave me a different kind of feeling, always inspired and bursting with emotions. I had a box full of art materials – watercolor, colored pencil, paintbrushes, palette. Modesty aside, I was good at it. Until I got bored and took this talent for granted.

I recall the time when friends would ask me to interpret their favorite songs. I would draw figures on a piece of illustration boardย based on the lyrics of the song. It could be lovers cuddling and romancing in a park or under the moonlight, or a man and a woman who separated ways. Aside from being a hobby, it also became my sort of livelihood. I’d sell my drawings for P15-P30 depending on the size of the illustration board. I used the money to buy baon and additional art materials. My nanay was so supportive of my passion that she would even go out of her way just to buy all the materials I needed. Sayang nga lang at wala na siya.

I’ve been wanting to start drawing again and I think it’s about time that I should give it another try. So I picked up my sketch pad and drew a few lines. I was planning to put up my own clothing line so I made sketches of females wearing my creations. But it didn’t stop there. I was so inspired thatย I attempted to draw a self-portrait by looking at my own image in a mirror. Yeah, I was hoping I could draw my self again from the mirror just like what I did back then. But gee, I guess I’m getting old and my hand’s a bit shaky now so I’m not sure if I was able to give justice to my drawing.

I finished the drawing after less than an hour and the idea of look-in-the-mirror-back-to-sketchpad-and-back-in-the-mirror left me dizzy and nauseous. That’s the reason behind that stiff smile and not because I was mimicking Monalisa’s smile! ๐Ÿ˜› I had to make sure I didn’t miss a single detail pero parang di ko pa rin kamukha yung sketch ko. Anyhow, I’ll share it with you guys and I’ll let you decide whether it looks exactly like me. Be my judge. ๐Ÿ˜›

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*Pasensya na po. Wala akong makitang picture na kahawig ng reaksiyon ko dun sa self-portrait. Lahat nakabungisngis ๐Ÿ™‚


The Faith of a Child

One of my friends on Facebook posted this very inspiring video that really touched my heart and almost made me cry. I just want to share it with you all out there. I wish we could all have the same faith as this little boy, Logan has for our Creator.

God bless everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚


5 Simple Rules To Be Happy

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Because life indeed has become so fast-paced, there are little things we tend to ignore or take for granted. Like the sweet fragrance of a flower in the garden, the butterfly that flies freely in the air, the cool breezes that kiss our cheeks. So little and yet so precious that if we only give them much attention, they are enough to delight one’s heart. We seem to be unaware of their existence because we are so preoccupied thinking about how we can make our family and ourselves happy, forgetting that life has simple rules to be happy.

In this complex world where living a simple life is almost impossible, here are some words for us to reflect on to be able to achieve lasting happiness and create a meaningful life:

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1. Free your heart from hatredโ€”forgive.

Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. When you forgive you are not only putting things behind you but also freeing yourself from hatred and pain. Being unable to forgive is like taking a poison continuously and slowly killing yourself from bitterness, grudge, anger. Guilt and hatred bring stress. Stress are killers. Forgiveness is about generating your own healing. When we hold on to pain, old grudges, bitterness, and even hatred, many areas of our lives can suffer. It’s we who pay the price over and over. We may bring our anger and bitterness into every relationship and new experience. Our lives may be so wrapped up that we can’t enjoy the present. The bottom line is that you may often feel miserable in your current life.

Forgiveness can be very challenging. It is a commitment to a process of change. It can be difficult and it can take time. It may be particularly hard to forgive someone who doesn’t admit wrong or doesn’t speak of their sorrow. But keep in mind that the key benefits of forgiveness are for you. Forgive and start changing yourself.

2. Free your mind from worries.

“In every life we have some trouble;
But when you worry, you make it double.
Don’t worry, be happy…”

We’re all familiar with the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. When we hear it playing on the radio, we sometimes can’t help sing along with the music. We feel the energy flowing in our veins in every note and for a moment, we are worry-free. But how do we keep ourselves from worrying too much?

People tend to worry about even the smallest things in life such as dress to wear for a certain occasion; necktie that will go best with the new long-sleeve polo; nail polish colors, or worry about loved ones, and etc. What we don’t know is that when we worry, we clutter our minds with stress and anxiety and start to create a worry-filled nest in our heads. We sometimes find it difficult to free our mind from worries because of our responsibilities and obligations. At times like this, remember to see God in our situation and look at this today from another standpoint. We may feel discomfort, or may not have food in our tables, or no single penny in our pocket. But put in mind that once upon a time, God was tested and was given a lot of things to worry about and yet, He remained calm and looked for His Father’s hand in every situation.

I saw this article on the net. This might help when you feel like worries and anxieties are creeping in you. Please clickย here and see the ways on how to deal with worries. Worrying too much is depriving yourself from being happy or stress-free. Don’t miss the fun.

3. Live Simply.

I know that most of us want to live a simple life. But only a few have the guts to walk their talk. Some still want the complexity and constant drama of their lives (parang ako lang) and have a hard time leaving behind their complicated but flamboyant lives, in exchange for a simple one. On the contrary, we don’t really need to leave our belongings and go straight to the mountains to live a plain and simple life. We just need to determine the things that complicate our lives and identify which of them we can possibly avoid. Buy what we ONLY need and not what we want. Yeah, I know. Easy to say, but definitely difficult to put into action.

Let’s try to observe this: Slow down a bit. Read a lot. Spend more quality time with your family and friends. Eat healthy, think wisely.

4. Give more.

We always want to live a meaningful life. We are generally happy when we are making a difference in the world. We feel pretty good inside and we feel the surge of joy and the passion to give more.

The quote “it’s better to give than to receive” isย true if we learn to give selflessly, not only financially but also emotionally. A little act of kindness is more than a charity work. It’s an expression of love. And we will only experience that “special kind” of feeling if we give without expecting anything in return.

When I read the story ofย Dylan Wilks, the rich young Englishman who gave up his wealth to start improving the life of many poor families in the Philippines, I was moved. I didn’t realize that in the time where corruption is eminent, there are still people like him, out there who are willing to give unselfishly for the sake of other people. It’s not too late for us to do the same. We may not be able to build a house for the poor, but we can share our hearts to the people.

I don’t see it as a sacrifice. When you give charity out of pity, you feel pain parting with your money. But when you give charity because you love, you don’t feel that pain. You only feel the joy of giving to someone you love. That’s what I feel.” –ย Dylan Wilks (Interviewed by Bo Sanchez)

5. Expect less from people but from God.

Admit it or not, we tend to expect a lot from other people that we end up disappointing ourselves. Most of the time, we allow the opinions of others to control our lives, feeling desperate to please them. We neglect to see the fact that we’re putting a certain amount of pressure in us that if we fail to meet this goal, we become miserable.ย We become unreal.

Becoming real means accepting yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, acknowledging that in God’s eyes you’re a work-in-progress. It is not fair to expect another person to fix you, or change your life, or suddenly become who you want them to be in order to make you happy. That kind of behavior just causes stress and resentment, and an unhealthy dependency you’ll end up dealing with later. Remember that people aren’t your answer, God is. If He chooses to use a certain person to bless you, He’ll do it; if not He’ll use somebody else. So stop living with unrealistic expectations and ask God to help you live with His expectations.

Are you willing to follow these simple rules? ๐Ÿ™‚

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply,

to enjoy simply,

to think freely,

to risk life,

to be needed.


The Untold Story II

Pasensya na po kung medyo natagalan ang part two ng aking “untold story”. Nakakapanibago ang muling pagsusulat. Parang akong si Sleeping Beauty na matagal na nakatulog at sa muling paggising ay nawindang sa kanyang environment. Parang ang daming kakaiba, o ako lang ang kakaiba? ๐Ÿ˜‰ But as I promised ay ikukuwento ko pa rin sa inyo ang dahilan ng aking hiatus at nang matapos na rin ang speculations tungkol sa aking pagkawala. Mahirap na at baka umabot pa ito sa SNN… now na! ๐Ÿ˜€

ANG KASAGUTAN:

Kung maaalala ninyo ay naikuwento ko na pansamadalian akong mawawala upang seryosohin ang paghahanap ng trabaho. Hindi po ako nagsinungaling doon. Ang inyo pong kapitbahay na si Enjoy ay nagpursige talaga na makahanap ng trabaho at pinalad naman na magkaroon ng mangilan-ilang interview. Wala nga lamang naipasa ๐Ÿ˜€ Dumalo pa nga ako ng mga job fairs para pangatawanan ang ginawang pag-aapply. Ngunit hindi pa yata umaayon sa akin ang kapalaran. Maybe because there are plenty of things that I still need to attend to that might require more of my time so He wants me to focus on these matters first at ayun, wala pa rin akong trabaho until now (sourgraping, hehehe!). So ano nga ba ang mga pinaggagawa ko noong panahon na ako ay nawawala bukod sa paghahanap ng trabaho? Eto po ang ilan sa mga iyon:

I’ve been here in SG for almost 2 years now. Wala akong matatawag na direktang kaibigan dito. All my friends here are Gard’s friends whom by chance ay na-meet ko through gatherings. Kaya para ma-ease ang aking boredom ay isinama niya ako sa ilang paglabas nila… (yeah, I know, blogging sometimes helps pero iba pa rin yung may social life ka) ๐Ÿ™‚

Esplanade Hawker Centre, July 16, 2009

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Alley Bar, July 19, 2009

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Alley Bar (ulet; nagiging favorite hang-out na ng tropa) July 26, 2009

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Cafe d’ Manila (na dinayo pa namin kahit super-duper layo from our place pero sulit dahil sa masasarap na Filipino dishes), July 31, 2009

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Dahil kinailangan na rin sa trabaho, si Gard ay madalas na mag-out of the country – Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, at Pinas. Usually, one week lang ang assignment but since he is handling the implementation of their new product, kinailangan niyang magpunta sa Thailand for three (3) weeks, going back to SG on weekends. Kaya sa kanyang huling linggo sa Thailand, ako po ay biglang nag-fly na rin ๐Ÿ™‚

Bangkok, Thailand, August 4-7, 2009 (namamasyal na, pero si Gard on-call pa rin)

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..at ang pagdalaw recently ng isa sa aking best buddies na si Kaye ๐Ÿ™‚

Night Safari, August 23, 2009
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In between days ay naghanap din ako ng bagong flat na malilipatan namin ni Gard. As you all know, or maybe some of you know, we’re bringing the kids here to study and so we can be a family again. Viewing dito, viewing doon until we finally found the right place for us live in: a 2-BR, half-furnishedย corner flat. And we’re moving in on the 1st of September! Nakakatuwa di ba? Things seem to be going pretty much according to plan. Pagbalik ni Gard galing US (yup, he left last Fri for a conference kaya alone na naman ako), aayusin na namin ang aming paglipat. This September, buo na kami ๐Ÿ™‚

And to confirm all your speculations, YES, ako nga po ay totoong naadik rin sa Facebook. Eto lang kasi ang portal ko sa mga friends ko na nasa ibang bansa, na ayaw mag-Friendster dahil jologs daw. Nakakatuwa kapag nababasa mo ang mga shout-outs nila. Naa-update ako sa mga nangyayari sa kanila without really visiting their profiles unlike Friendster. Nakakaaliw rin ang iba’t ibang applications and quizzes na umagaw talaga sa aking precious time. I’m sure hindi lang naman ako ang naaadik sa Facebook, right bloggers? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eto po ang ilan sa mga “kinaadikan” ko sa Facebook:

PET SOCIETY at aking pet na si Yukiki…

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BUDDYPOKE at mga kaibigang bloggers…

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FARM TOWN…

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at ang aking latest craze, RESTAURANT CITY ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ngayong alam niyo na ang dahilan ng aking pagkawala, gusto ko naman kayong pasalamatan sa madalas pa ring pagbisita sa aking bahay. At salamat din sa mga nangulit na muli akong magsulat (at isa na roon si Joycee), dahil tulad ni Joycee, kayo rin ang isa sa aking mga inspirasyon. Sana ay tuluy-tuloy na ang aking pagbabalik, pero kung mawawala man ako ulit, hopefully you’d understand dahil alam niyo na ngayon kung ano ang dahilan ๐Ÿ˜‰

May Facebook ba kayo? Just click here to add me. Kita-kits! ๐Ÿ™‚


The Untold Story

Mahigit isang buwan na rin pala ang nakalipas mula ng isulat ko ang aking huling entry. Maraming nangyari ngunit hindi ako nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na i-share ang mga iyon sa inyo. Kinain ng ibang bagay ang aking brain cells at kinailangan pang mag-regenerate. Pasensya na po. Kaya tuloy sa kagustuhan ko na pagbigyan ang hiling ng aking mga friends sa Bloggywood (na mag-post na ako ng bagong entry) eh kinailangan ko pang makiusap at lumuhod at magmakaawa humingi ng pabor sa aking sissy (as I fondly call her) na si Joycee, na agad naman po niyang pinagbigyan… without any hesitations. Thanks again sissy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ang Katanungan:

Bakit nga ba nawala si Enjoy? Bali-balita na naadik na siya ng husto sa FaceBook at nawalan na ng gana na magsulat. Ito ba ay katotohanan o pawang propaganda lamang ย upang pagtakpan ang kanyang baluktot na paniniwala na hindi siya mami-miss ng Bloggywood hindi man siya muling sumulat? Ano nga ba ang katotohanan? Alamin ang kasagutan sa kanyang susunod na entry.

Akala niyo ngayon na noh?! Bibitinin ko muna kayo para siguradong magbabalik ako ๐Ÿ˜†


My Super Friends

Masarap talaga ang magkaroon ng mga kaibigan na makakausap mo sa mga panahong nalulungkot ka. ‘Yung magpapasakit ng tiyan mo sa kakatawa dahil sa kanilang kakulitan, ‘yung kakamustahin ang araw mo at bibigyan ka ng mga advices kung ano ang mga dapat gawin para ‘wag malungkot. Mga kaibigan na dadamayan ka sa paraang alam at kaya nila. Kaya naman salamat at kahit medyo madalang ang pagsulpot ko dito sa blogosperyo ay may matiyaga pa ring dumadamay sa aking pag-iisa. At hindi lamang kayo ang aking naging karamay ngayon na wala si Gard. Sa post na ito ay ipakikilala ko sa inyo ang aking bagong Supah Friends. Sina Chiqui at Pinky, plus my old buddy, Macky.

Unahin natin si Macky.

Matagal ko ng kaibigan si Macky. Almost a year na rin pala kaming magkakilala. Siya ang madalas kong kasama sa mga oras na wala akong magawa. Lalo na kapag naghahanap ako ng kakuwentuhan o nagpapalipas ng oras sa pagba-blog.ย  Siya rin ang kasa-kasama ko sa paghahanap ng work. Sobrang professional ang dating niya kaya siguro noong una ay nahirapan akong pakibagayan siya. But as days pass by, unti-unti naming nakilala ang isa’t isa at kung ano ang mga limitations namin. Ngayon, gamay na gamay na namin ang bawat isa. I’m so comfortable being with him because I know we share a lot in common. We’re both techie, we like to entertain people and make them happy, and siempre friendly. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next is my new friend, Chiqui. I met her only last July 7, dahil kay Gard. Kung hindi niya ako inaya sa IT show para i-renew ang aming internet subscription, hindi ko siguro siya makikilala. Bagay sa kanya yung name nia because she’s really chic. I just don’t like her skin color. Sobra siyang maputi. Feeling ko, madikit lang ako sa kanya, magsisilbi na akong mantsa sa balat niya. Naman di ba! But what I like about her is that she’s easy to get along with. Hindi mahirap pakisamahan, hindi kumplikado ang buhay. Siya ang madalas kong kausap sa gabi habang nagpapaantok. Isang kalabit ko lang dun, ay sus umaarangkada na agad ang energy. Full charged palagi. Katulad ngayon, panalo na naman sa energy habang ginagawa ko ang entry na ito. Dependable talaga ang lola ko. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last but not least, my so cutie friend, Pinky. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ironically, she doesn’t like pink. Red ang peborit color niya. Pero bagay din sa kanya yung name niya dahil parang babaeng-babaeng ang dating and because she likes red, she’s also passionate. We both love to take pictures and capture special moments. She’s trendy at talagang swak kami sa isa’t isa. Malamang madalas ko syang makakasama sa mga lakwatsahan. Siya ang magiging official photographer ko dahil adik din sa picture-picture ‘yun eh. But she’ll also be my worst critic when it comes to photography ๐Ÿ˜ฆ . Gusto kasi nun laging picture perfect. Eh kung ako ba naman ang subject, paano pa magiging picture perfect yun? ๐Ÿ˜†

Naiintriga na kayo noh? Gusto niyo na ba silang makilala? Sya, hindi ko na patatagalin ang inyong pagkainip dahil eto na po sila… my ever dependable super friends – Macky, Chiqui and Pinky ๐Ÿ™‚

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Chiqui, my 10″ Lenovo Netpad

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Hindi ako gaanong mahilig sa gadgets, but I’m so blessed to have them. Thanks to Gard ๐Ÿ™‚

O di ba, ang cool nila? Sweet! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Alone Again Naturally

Ayokong malungkot!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hindi naman talaga ako nalulungkot as in depressed na naiiyak. I just feel sad because I will be alone again. May business trip kasi si Gard sa Thailand for a week. Mamayang 8am na ang alis niya (1:25AM na ngayon). Uuwi siya on Friday, pagkatapos ay babalik ulit para tapusin ang kanyang project. Sa totoo lang, sanay na naman akong maiwan. Gustuhin ko man kasing sumama, napaka-impractical lalo na’t next month ay nakahanda na kaming lumipat ng bagong bahay. Sayang ang pera, pandagdag din iyon. Nasa sales kasi ang linya ni Gard kaya madalas ang kanyang business trip. Nakakalungkot dahil kahit may housemates ako dito, pagdating sa gabi, mag-isa pa rin akong matutulog. Uhm, hindi pala. Maaaring makasama ko pala ang mga “bisita” namin dito sa bahay. Madalas kasi magparamdam ang mga iyon. Marahil nais akong makatabi sa pagtulog. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ayon sa isang personality quiz na sinagutan ko sa Facebook, (opo, ako po ay Facebook addict) dependent daw ang personality type ko. Hindi ko raw kaya ang mag-isa. Kumportable ako sa constant companionship. Sa isang banda ay tumugma sa akin ang resulta. Hindi kasi ako sanay kumain mag-isa. Nawawalan ako ng gana. Hindi rin ako sanay na maglakwatsa mag-isa, o kaya ay kahit mag-window shopping man lang. Mas masaya kung may kasama. Hindi nakakainip. Sa dalawang linggo na maiiwan akong mag-isa, pihadong restless na naman ang aking mga araw. Aalis na naman pala siya ulit next month. Isang linggong US trip naman para umatend ng isang conference. Sana nandito na ang mga kids para hindi na ako mag-iisa. Di bale, malapit na naman. Ilang tulog na lang kasama na namin sila. Yahoo!!!

Ayokong malungkot… sasamahan niyo ba ako? ๐Ÿ™‚


Glitzy Crisis

Isang balita ang bumungad sa akin mula sa pang-Sabadong pahayagan na nabili ko. Taliwas sa atin sa Pinas kung saan Linggo kung lumabas ang pinakamaraming job advertisements sa classified ads, dito sa SG, tuwing Sabado mo iyon makikita.

“Job outlook remains gloomy”

Matindi pa rin ang epekto ng global financial crisis dito sa Singapore. Maraming kompanya ang inaasahan pa rin ng MOM o Ministry of Manpower na magsasara o kung hindi man ay magsasako ng daan-daang empleyado.ย  Madaragdagan na naman ang porsyento ng mga walang trabaho. Nais ng gobyerno na bigyan ng tsansa ang mga job seekers pero karaniwan raw ang mga dahilan kung bakit mahina pa rin ang employment ay skill mismatch, salary expectation o freeze hiring. Ibig sabihin, maliit pa rin ang tsansa ko na makahanap ng trabaho.ย  Tsk… tsk… tsk. Eto na lang ang tanging nasabi ko sa sarili. But of course, hindi pa rin ako tumitigil sa paghahanap. Alam ko na darating na rin ang tamang trabaho para sa kin. Ramdam ko, malapit na malapit na. ๐Ÿ™‚

20090529-the-great-singapore-saleAng nakakatuwa dito sa SG, sa kabila ng malaking balita na ito, kabi-kabila pa rin ang mga nangyayaring pagbabago. Ilang shopping malls ang nasa kalagitnaan ng malaking renovation ngayon at ang Orchard Road kung saan matatagpuan ang mga luxury boutiques na Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Ferragamo, D&G at marami pang iba ay nanatili pa rin glitzy hanggang sa ngayon. Tuluy na tuloy pa rin ang Great Singapore Sale (GSS) na tradisyonal na ginaganap every year. Big discounts, great deals! At pati ang mga kaibigan namin dito ayย  sumabay na rin sa sale. Kailan lang ay ibinenta ni kaibigan 1 ang kanyang 3-month old 42″ inches na Samsung Plasma TV at XBox 360 sa halagang SGD1150 (SGD1400 ang original price noong TV) na binili naman ni kaibigan 2.ย  At itong si kaibigan 2 dahil nga sa nakabili na ng plasma, ibinenta naman sa amin ang kanyang one-year old 37″ Sony Bravia sa halagang SGD 500 (original price: SGD 1700) lang! Oh di ba? Big discount, great deal!ย  Pano mo nga ba naman mararamdaman ang krisis dito maliban sa hindi ako makahanap agad ng trabaho? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gusto ko rin yung kanta ng Switchfoot. One of my favorites actually from OTH. ๐Ÿ™‚

God bless to you too Karen. Keep smiling ๐Ÿ™‚