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National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Antipolo City, Rizal.

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Here are selfies taken from Via Dolorosa - White Cross and Mystical Cave’s mountain peak respectively. We went there for our Maundy Thursday travel. It was tiring but fun. It won’t be a great experience for me if it wasn’t for the great company of my boyfriend, his family and friends. More photos to come later!

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Apr 8

"It’s not what people do to us that hurts us. In the most fundamental sense, it is our chosen response to what they do to us that hurts us." - Stephen Covey.

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Cheers to life and success, baby!

I am happy (and I feel special) that I was there when you got your diploma with your mum and your sister. I was there, taking numerous photographs of you on that very special day for us. I’m happy that our families were all accepting and supportive of us.

I hope you liked the cake and the many sushi that I all got for you. Thank you, too, for letting me sleep beside you and for holding my hands while we were asleep. It was the sweetest thing ever. It was a good thing, too, that my barong did fit you!

Our relationship has been through ups and downs but we were never rattled. We didn’t give up, as you didn’t with your studies.

I love you to the moon and back and to the moon and back again. You are one of the few best things in my life and I don’t just thank you for that; I owe you everything.

Congratulations, baby, and happy 18 weeks to us! Mahal na mahal kita! Sobra! Walang pagsidlan ang pagmamahal ko sa iyo. ♥

PS. I can’t wait for the weekend to come, you know what I mean!

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Here’s to us for our 17 weeks of being together!

Thank you for spending the whole weekend with me and my family for my brother’s graduation celebration. It was special to me because you were the first guy - even though you weren’t my first boyfriend - to meet my family.

You are one of a kind.

With that, I’m finally crossing out that life bucket list of my boyfriend meeting my family.

I don’t know what else to say to you but thank you and I love you. :-)

P.S. People kept saying we do look alike, I don’t know why.

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Monday selfie before going to work. Good day y’all! :-)

Monday selfie before going to work. Good day y’all! :-)

After everything, it still is a beautiful day. #Life #Saturday

After everything, it still is a beautiful day. #Life #Saturday

"Wala."

Sinong makalilimot noong una mo akong niyakap at tinanong mo ako, "Ano na nga ba tayo?"

Hindi ko mawari ang naramdaman ko. Para bang may biglang pumasok sa puso ko na hindi ko na mailabas pang muli. Nanlamig ang mga kamay ko ngunit siyang nawala naman no’ng hinawakan mo ang mga ito.

Hindi ako nagsalita agad ngunit binigyan kita ng isang matamis na ngiti at doo’y sinabi ko, "Oo."

Wala nang ibang salitang lumabas mula sa atin. Bagkus, ang mga puso natin ang siyang nangusap.

#Self #Monday #Life :-)

#Self #Monday #Life :-)

So, my boyfriend’s family found out about us… and they’re totally cool with it.

It happened when I lent him my old Blackberry phone because he got his phone confiscated by his mum due to a personal reason. It wasn’t because of us, okay? It’s more of something in their family. Anyway, I lent him my phone over the weekend for him to use and I told him that he can use it until his phone is given back to him by his mum. On that night, when I tried calling him, I forgot to tell him that my phone was not on silent/vibrate mode and it rang so loud in their house that his siblings got so curious and all. It was the time that his siblings interrogated him already about us and his eldest sister even saw a photo of me on the phone that I lent to him. It was totally crazy!

Above all, it really excites me to meet his brothers and sisters soon. Come Friday this week, hopefully, I’ll be meeting his eldest sister before I go to work, and by Saturday, I hope to meet his fourth sibling who works at KFC. I hope everything will turn out well and I hope that his siblings may find me 'okay' for him.

On the 28th of this month, it will be his graduation day and I’m invited to come over and spend the day with him and his family. Now that’s something I have to prepare and to look forward! I’m scared and happy at the same time that it freaks me out right now! Yay!

On Keeping A Positive Outlook In Life

I think one of the most difficult things to do in life is to always keep a positive outlook towards everything. It becomes challenging when rough times come and you got no one else but yourself.

Maybe — just maybe — we really aren’t supposed to keep positive outlook always and give some room for negativity in life. Why? It is not because of the ‘benefit of the doubt’ but it is for experience; hence learning something from those things we constantly encounter, regardless if positive or negative.

So, if we are bombarded by negativity, then just let it be; allow your emotions and your ideas to spread out, but we shan’t forget to exercise maturity, critical thinking and decisiveness in dealing with such things in life. I think that is what should be kept positive in life, not just our view. It won’t be enough.

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jettyxfierce:

12 BOYFRIEND RULES
1. Always pick him up from the airport. Don’t drive by and pick him up. Be there when he comes down the stairs. Anyone who’s seen Love Actually knows how important this is.
2. Sometimes leaving him alone for a bit is the best love you can give.
3. Even if he says he doesn’t like flowers, give them anyway.
4. No matter how annoying, ALWAYS say good things about his family. Even if he doesn’t. At least for the first year.
5.  Cooking him dinner is the best gift you can give. Anything that shows you worked your butt off just for him.
6. Sometimes you don’t need to give any advice. Don’t ever say “well you should have…”  Just listen, support him and say “it’ll be ok.”
7. If he says he doesn’t want help, he doesn’t. He probably wants to impress you. Let him.
8. When in an argument don’t bring other people’s opinions into it. “My Mom thinks…”, “Dana at work thinks…”. They only “think”. They don’t “know”. This is YOUR relationship. Only you two know the whole story. Others don’t.
9. Ask what you can do in bed that would make him crazy. Even if he says there’s nothing, he has something.
10. If he has a favorite movie, even if you don’t like it, watch it with him a couple of times, and keep your negative opinions to yourself.
11. Celebrate his birthday, no matter what he says.
12. On second thought, cooking BREAKFAST is the best thing you can do for him.

jettyxfierce:

12 BOYFRIEND RULES

1. Always pick him up from the airport. Don’t drive by and pick him up. Be there when he comes down the stairs. Anyone who’s seen Love Actually knows how important this is.

2. Sometimes leaving him alone for a bit is the best love you can give.

3. Even if he says he doesn’t like flowers, give them anyway.

4. No matter how annoying, ALWAYS say good things about his family. Even if he doesn’t. At least for the first year.

5.  Cooking him dinner is the best gift you can give. Anything that shows you worked your butt off just for him.

6. Sometimes you don’t need to give any advice. Don’t ever say “well you should have…”  Just listen, support him and say “it’ll be ok.”

7. If he says he doesn’t want help, he doesn’t. He probably wants to impress you. Let him.

8. When in an argument don’t bring other people’s opinions into it. “My Mom thinks…”, “Dana at work thinks…”. They only “think”. They don’t “know”. This is YOUR relationship. Only you two know the whole story. Others don’t.

9. Ask what you can do in bed that would make him crazy. Even if he says there’s nothing, he has something.

10. If he has a favorite movie, even if you don’t like it, watch it with him a couple of times, and keep your negative opinions to yourself.

11. Celebrate his birthday, no matter what he says.

12. On second thought, cooking BREAKFAST is the best thing you can do for him.

#Mondate with this lovely monkey a.k.a. “Colour-Your-Own-Planner-Day.” Thank you, Red Mango, for the GCs! Monday is so lovely, isn’t it? ♥

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Jan 8

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Last Tuesday, my friends and I, together with my boyfriend, spent time together at my best friend’s place. We went swimming, played bowling on Kinect and ate some good foods all prepared by my best friend, Kevin. It was fun even though I didn’t really have enough sleep for work at all. I really am happy that everyone was there. It was such a nice time. I hope we can all do it more often than usual.

Hi, boyfriend! I love you more than how I love all the strawberries in the world.

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Jan 6
So long, 2013!
I bet nobody told us it would be an easy ride. I knew no one predicted what was bound to happen to each of us. It was not really a bumpy ride but more of just a topsy-turvy one. I really had a good, worthwhile experience in 2013. Now, let me give a quick recap on how 2013 went for me.


January 2013: I was an intern at the DLSU Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance. It is named as one of the research arms of the De La Salle University towards the drive for good governance. I became a Project Coordinator for a tie-up project with the Kapatiran ng mga Kabataan para sa Kaunlaran (KKK), professional student organisation of the Development Studies majors in DLSU, called Alalay sa Kapwa Kabataan (AKAY) Project, wherein we were able to conduct tutorial sessions for identified non-readers and slow learners in the Rafael Palma Elementary School for Grade 2 students.


February 2013: I had a date during the Valentine’s Day. That’s all that I could really remember for that month. Plus, I saw Up Dharma Down live during the Animo Fest!!!!






March 2013: I became a delegate for the Philippines (we were 6 that time) at the Chulalongkorn University Youth Exchange Program 2013. I studied different topics ranging from the history of the Mekong Region up to the economic regional architecture of the ASEAN Integration in 2015. It was such a nice experience not only because I represented the Philippines but also because of the fact that it has been my dream to travel alone outside of the Philippines and it has been a dream come true when I arrived and stayed at Thailand, specifically in Bangkok + I met my grandparents at Bangkok that time, too, for their vacation. I met many friends and I gained a bigger network.

April 2013: I finished my intern assignment at the DLSU Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance and I finished my undergraduate degree program as well. I never thought that it would be that fast. At that time, too, I didn’t know what I was thinking. I didn’t know where my life is heading towards… I was lost.
May 2013: Job hunting season + hibernated from almost everything in life. It was the time, too, when I thought of going to another diet program and I still am doing it until now. Also, I volunteered for a Lasalian Leaders Conference this month.



June 2013: Graduation from college + birthday celebration.
July 2013: Job hunting season. I went from almost all academic institutions to research firms around the metro but my luck was nowhere to be found. Thank goodness, too, IBM did contact me and my application process moved forward.
August 2013: I moved to Cainta, Rizal with my grandparents, since it was more accessible to me to go to the metro if I am from there. It was nice because I could feel independence from there. I knew what my priorities were and I knew where exactly I do belong.
September 2013: I started my part-time work at the Asian Institute of Management at Makati City + sideline of job hunting, still, whenever I had time to be interviewed on or before my work. I was a Surveyor for a research study being conducted by the AIM Policy Center regarding electrical rates and electrical cooperatives in the Philippines. I interviewed the general managers of cooperatives and it was a success, at least on our part. I also got accepted in the UP-CSSP Project as a field interviewer but I didn’t push through with it because of personal reasons and because of the fact that I don’t think it would sustainable and it would be permanent on my part because I was just employed for a fixed-term basis.
October 2013: On the very exact date of my end of work in AIM, I started working in IBM for a night-shift position as a Benefits Service Associate for a Compensation and Benefits account. Thank goodness for full time work, I can fully provide for myself and share a little something to my family! This month, too, I met the man of my life. We met each other through playing volleyball with my friends and his friends and it was totally cool!
November 2013: I received my first pay in my work this month and I was able to finally share it with my family and friends. I’d like to thank IBM keeping us well-compensated despite everything. This month, too, my boyfriend and I decided to get into a relationship. I am very thankful for that one. I feel blest and I feel lucky.



December 2013: We had our first month together as boyfriends and I think that this is only the start. Also, I was able to celebrate the Holidays at our house with my family because my dad went home from Europe.
If there is one thing that I learnt from the previous year, then that is the value of life. We all go to different phases in life and I’ve been through mine; perhaps just a chapter or two but who cares? The more important thing is that I learnt many things through this journey we call life. I may not have been the very best this year, but I sure am on my way there.
To those people who became part of my 2013, I really would like to thank you all for keeping my head up. I am not just happy but I am really content with how everyone influenced me and made me a better person.
To every blessing that went my way, it was a pleasure having it. I could not wait any longer to give it all back and share it to others. I want not only to become a relevant person to someone’s life but also be a blessing and be a good ground for happiness and hope.
To my beloved ones, I thank you all for everything. For without anyone of you, I would not be the person whom you are seeing, feeling and being with now. I owe many things to you all and if there is one thing I can do for all of you, then that will surely be to give back everything you have shared with me.
To my boyfriend, you are my one and only. The happiness that our relationship brings to us is overwhelming. The thing that keeps our relationship moving is its simplicity; that we view things as simple as possible; that we value contentment. I don’t know how it started but we know it just grew in us — our love for each other, that is. Thank you for being there and thank you for sharing everything with me. Most of all, thank you for being a good guidance to me. Mahal na mahal kita!
To me, thank you! Here is something for many more years of success, happiness and development!
I welcome you, 2014, with the warmest smile and embrace! :)

So long, 2013!

I bet nobody told us it would be an easy ride. I knew no one predicted what was bound to happen to each of us. It was not really a bumpy ride but more of just a topsy-turvy one. I really had a good, worthwhile experience in 2013. Now, let me give a quick recap on how 2013 went for me.

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January 2013: I was an intern at the DLSU Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance. It is named as one of the research arms of the De La Salle University towards the drive for good governance. I became a Project Coordinator for a tie-up project with the Kapatiran ng mga Kabataan para sa Kaunlaran (KKK), professional student organisation of the Development Studies majors in DLSU, called Alalay sa Kapwa Kabataan (AKAY) Project, wherein we were able to conduct tutorial sessions for identified non-readers and slow learners in the Rafael Palma Elementary School for Grade 2 students.

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February 2013: I had a date during the Valentine’s Day. That’s all that I could really remember for that month. Plus, I saw Up Dharma Down live during the Animo Fest!!!!

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March 2013: I became a delegate for the Philippines (we were 6 that time) at the Chulalongkorn University Youth Exchange Program 2013. I studied different topics ranging from the history of the Mekong Region up to the economic regional architecture of the ASEAN Integration in 2015. It was such a nice experience not only because I represented the Philippines but also because of the fact that it has been my dream to travel alone outside of the Philippines and it has been a dream come true when I arrived and stayed at Thailand, specifically in Bangkok + I met my grandparents at Bangkok that time, too, for their vacation. I met many friends and I gained a bigger network.

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April 2013: I finished my intern assignment at the DLSU Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance and I finished my undergraduate degree program as well. I never thought that it would be that fast. At that time, too, I didn’t know what I was thinking. I didn’t know where my life is heading towards… I was lost.

May 2013: Job hunting season + hibernated from almost everything in life. It was the time, too, when I thought of going to another diet program and I still am doing it until now. Also, I volunteered for a Lasalian Leaders Conference this month.

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June 2013: Graduation from college + birthday celebration.

July 2013: Job hunting season. I went from almost all academic institutions to research firms around the metro but my luck was nowhere to be found. Thank goodness, too, IBM did contact me and my application process moved forward.

August 2013: I moved to Cainta, Rizal with my grandparents, since it was more accessible to me to go to the metro if I am from there. It was nice because I could feel independence from there. I knew what my priorities were and I knew where exactly I do belong.

September 2013: I started my part-time work at the Asian Institute of Management at Makati City + sideline of job hunting, still, whenever I had time to be interviewed on or before my work. I was a Surveyor for a research study being conducted by the AIM Policy Center regarding electrical rates and electrical cooperatives in the Philippines. I interviewed the general managers of cooperatives and it was a success, at least on our part. I also got accepted in the UP-CSSP Project as a field interviewer but I didn’t push through with it because of personal reasons and because of the fact that I don’t think it would sustainable and it would be permanent on my part because I was just employed for a fixed-term basis.

October 2013: On the very exact date of my end of work in AIM, I started working in IBM for a night-shift position as a Benefits Service Associate for a Compensation and Benefits account. Thank goodness for full time work, I can fully provide for myself and share a little something to my family! This month, too, I met the man of my life. We met each other through playing volleyball with my friends and his friends and it was totally cool!

November 2013: I received my first pay in my work this month and I was able to finally share it with my family and friends. I’d like to thank IBM keeping us well-compensated despite everything. This month, too, my boyfriend and I decided to get into a relationship. I am very thankful for that one. I feel blest and I feel lucky.

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December 2013: We had our first month together as boyfriends and I think that this is only the start. Also, I was able to celebrate the Holidays at our house with my family because my dad went home from Europe.

If there is one thing that I learnt from the previous year, then that is the value of life. We all go to different phases in life and I’ve been through mine; perhaps just a chapter or two but who cares? The more important thing is that I learnt many things through this journey we call life. I may not have been the very best this year, but I sure am on my way there.

To those people who became part of my 2013, I really would like to thank you all for keeping my head up. I am not just happy but I am really content with how everyone influenced me and made me a better person.

To every blessing that went my way, it was a pleasure having it. I could not wait any longer to give it all back and share it to others. I want not only to become a relevant person to someone’s life but also be a blessing and be a good ground for happiness and hope.

To my beloved ones, I thank you all for everything. For without anyone of you, I would not be the person whom you are seeing, feeling and being with now. I owe many things to you all and if there is one thing I can do for all of you, then that will surely be to give back everything you have shared with me.

To my boyfriend, you are my one and only. The happiness that our relationship brings to us is overwhelming. The thing that keeps our relationship moving is its simplicity; that we view things as simple as possible; that we value contentment. I don’t know how it started but we know it just grew in us — our love for each other, that is. Thank you for being there and thank you for sharing everything with me. Most of all, thank you for being a good guidance to me. Mahal na mahal kita!

To me, thank you! Here is something for many more years of success, happiness and development!

I welcome you, 2014, with the warmest smile and embrace! :)

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