2012 has arrived and whether or not it’s our last year on earth, I intend to make the most out of it. This brand-spanking new year has also brought about the feeling of a new beginning. A blank page.
Speaking of blank pages, I have vowed to be better at preserving memories, ideas, or areas of interests in an attempt to better document my life and my growth as a person. I want to possess a treasure trove of good memories that I can look back at one day. I am doing this for myself and not for anyone else. In line with this, I will attempt to post on my blog frequently. After all, I did name my blog Glory Days and these ARE my glory days so I might as well document them here.
Every year I am guilty of being one of those people who comes up with resolutions and forgets about them a month later or doesn’t keep them. This is because my heart was never really in it. They were more of ideas at the top of my head of things I wanted to change rather than a commitment of changing those things. With rumors that this year might be the last year, I have scared myself enough to finally commit to my resolutions! Instead of coming up with resolutions such as “go to the gym more”, I have come up with guidelines or general rules of HOW I should live this 2012 - my 12 Commandments for 2012.
Lighten the load
Only what is needed
Change what you don’t like
Act the way you want to feel and be
10) God at the center
Change the world – one day at a time
The commandments is a compilation of things I’ve read from books, such as the Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben, movies, and quotes from things as random as cards. Some of course were of my own creation, from what I believe I needed to work on in my own life. Each commandment has a number of concrete actions under them such as “run more” for Move, but they are not limited to these listed concrete actions alone. I hope I can stick to it!
Something tells me 2012 will be a great year!
What are your resolutions for the new year?
Caviar cake, crackers, and wine to welcome the new year
Celebrating the 1st day of 2012 in a sandwich full of love, between my sister and cousin
I realized that I’ve made a lot of promises in the past, of blog entries about whats been going on. Here’s my attempt to finally deliver. I will however, be relying heavily on pictures to do most of the updating.
Last September 30 - October 3, I went on a Hong Kong-Macau field trip for school. It’s trips like this that make me love being a Tourism major. Let’s just say the trip involved A LOT of walking, heavy amounts of noodle soup in Hong Kong, Egg Tart and Milk Tea in Macau, and great company while roaming and commuting the streets of this foreign country.
Let’s start off with Hong Kong:
Peanut noodle soup: The first of many noodle soups
Commuting around Hong Kong
View from Avenue of the Stars
Cable car to Ngong Ping and the Tian Tan Buddha, the world’s tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha
View of Hong Kong on a rainy day from Victoria Peak
Rednaxela Terrace, where our national hero, Jose Rizal, stayed while in Hong Kong
Let’s move on to Macau and its beautiful churches, amazing casinos, and mix of Chinese and Portuguese architecture.
Ruins of St. Paul’s
Pockets of Portuguese architecture around Macau
I never realized how much I could walk. I guess when you’re enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of a new place you keep marching on, hoping you can absorb as much as you can in what little time you have. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of things didn’t really go according to plan…for me most especially. But when I woke up in a different country, I decided to just go with it.
As I attempt to scrape out the molds that have slowly started growing on my Tumblr, I will use the sharp edge tool known as “an update on what has been happening”. With this tool, there is a risk of leaving scratches depending on what I say, but an equal chance of cleaning it of molds. Since I fear allergies and lung problems I have decided to remove the molds with whatever tool I can, interesting or not.
This weekend was pretty busy because of mid-terms. I am currently taking up BS Tourism Management in University of the Philippines Diliman and I am loving every minute of it! It’s the perfect combination of business and leisure, it satisfies my childlike wonder of the world and different cultures, and it brings me one step closer to my dream of traveling all around the world. I have a lot of interesting classes, for example I am currently taking a World Tourism class where we talk about tourist destinations all around the world. Of course being a management course I am also taking up accounting, which by the way is currently killing us all. The best part about being a Tourism major? We travel every semester. I am going to Hong Kong at the end of the month to retrace our national hero, Jose Rizal’s footsteps.
Saturday was a monumental day because I was finally allowed to drive at night to a place that was not my university. BAM! I am slowly gaining mileage. I had dinner and caught up with some high school friends at the Fort, then decided to pick up my cousin and have some drinks with her since it was her last weekend in Manila before flying back to the States for school. We ended up going home at 2am and having an even crazier time in the car. I always have fun when I’m with her! She’s pretty crazy…in a good way…i think. Hopefully I can visit her and my other cousins this summer and see what college life is like in the States.
Which brings us to today and my attempt to slowly scrape off the molds of this blog. You are slowly learning about me. Hopefully you’ll get to learn more about me in future posts and piece together just who I am and what type of person I am. Till then, over and out.
P.s. today was a…
had Dim Sum for lunch. I get excited…I’m still Asian.
With all the recent drama surrounding Philippine Dragon Boating, my sister and I decided to go to Manila Bay at 5am last August 14 to find out what Dragon Boating really is, and to learn the truth about the issues surrounding the sport. My sister was also able to interview the POC to get their side of the story.
As dutiful citizens, I believe it is our responsibility to see all sides of the issue and not just blindly follow popular belief.
More on this in future posts! :)
Here are some photos I took during the training of the Philippine Dragons:
…Merrily Merrily Merrily Merrily, life is but a dream.
Feel like you spend too much time online? What if I told you, that you could help make a difference whenever you’re on Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr?
Last Saturday, August 14,2011, my sister asked me to accompany her to the 6th ICCS Convention on Mass Communication held at the Ateneo de Manila- Henry Lee Irwin Theater to photograph and listen to veteran broadcast journalist, Maria Ressa, speak about the changing media landscape.
Maria Ressa highlighted the power of the internet and social networks, as well as our individual capacities to make a difference. She had likened it to Malcom Gladwell’s Tipping Point where the participation of individuals build up to a mass epidemic or until it reaches a “boiling point”. She encouraged the audience to harness the power of the internet and social networks to make a difference.
How? Start by liking Move.ph on Facebook and contribute to the discussions.
An interesting lesson learned from an unusual encounter.
My older sister, Ashley, had been trying to sell her Blackberry for a couple of weeks and decided to post an ad on sulit.com. One of the first interested buyers that contacted her was Dax. Over the long (and I mean LONG) course of their exchange about the price and item details, my sister and I developed inside jokes about Dax. We made jokes about how he/she was very persistent in asking for a lower price no matter how many times my sister said no, or how he/she spelled out “Smile.” instead of the usual “:)”, or how his/her English was very formal but with a number of grammatical errors.
When Dax finally decided to buy the Blackberry, my sister asked me to text Dax with her phone to coordinate where they would meet. Instinctively, I texted Dax in Filipino along the lines of “masyadong malayo…mas malapit sana sa….”(that’s too far…can it be closer to…), Dax then replied “Text in English please, I don’t understand Tagalog.” Shocked, my sister and I came up with a couple of theories on how this could be so.
Theory 1: Dax is Korean
Theory 2: Dax is Japanese
Theory 3: Dax is European
Theory 4: Dax is Indian
Then we started to dissect the name “Dax”. Could be Korean. Could be Japanese. Then we thought what if it’s pronounced DA-H, silent X, then it could be European. No, we were not bored while stuck in traffic on our way to meet Dax (or is it Da(x)? )…evidently.
My sister was worried that Dax had not texted to confirm that they were meeting but I reassured her that unlike Filipinos, foreigners stick to prearranged plans without the drama of following up an hour before with “tuloy pa ba mamaya?” (are we pushing through later?). True enough, Dax only texted at exactly the time they agreed to meet saying that he/she was already there, supporting the theory that he/she must be foreign. We, on the other hand, stayed true to our Filipino roots and arrived 30min. late. (Actually, you can blame it on the traffic and my bad sense of direction.)
Meeting time. Dax texted that he/she was wearing a peach colored shirt. My sister went to meet Dax and I stayed in the car. A minute later my sister texted me to give her something she had left in the car, and I went to meet her. I was shocked to see that all our theories were wrong…Dax was a Filipina. I went back to the car because we left it at a no parking zone. Five minutes later my sister came back to the car and said that Dax was actually a deaf-mute. Guilt.
Who would have thought? I was convinced Dax was Korean. My sister was convinced Dax was Norwegian. We even went as far as saying her name was pronounced DA-H just to consider the possibility that she was European, but we never thought she would be deaf-mute. Dax was nothing we expected. She proved all our “theories” wrong. Our “theories” based on nothing but the way she texted.
Presume nothing and keep an open mind. Be open to infinite possibilities.