Happy 45th, ASTRVM SCIENTIS!

The UP SORORITAS ASTRVM SCIENTIS is a duly recognized all-female organization at the University of the Philippines. Their mother chapter was chartered at Diliman on August 14, 1972. It was founded by 14 charter members with the help of SCINTILLA JVRIS FRATERNITY.

Inspired by their principles on the rule of law, intellectual integrity and academic excellence, AS has spearheaded various social and civic activities on and off campus all throughout their existence.

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The sorority gave me an opportunity to meet friends for keeps. It made my last year in college a memorable one. It taught me how to be a more responsible student (e.g, going to class even if I am drunk. Kidding. Haha!) It also helped me build and improve my self-confidence because I need to make pa-cute to the pogi brods. Hahaha! #charot.

From moni sessions with chismis to the most intellectual conversations over coffee, from isaw and CASAA food to steak and ribs, from flipflops to heels, I could never ask for more.

Here’s to my stars! I love you all!

 

xoxo,

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Neozep #YakapDelivery

Twitter has always been my go-to SNS. I can express more of myself through Twitter. Yesterday, I just tweeted a good friend a get well message and that I am also not feeling well, and that I have cough and colds when @Neozep_PH asked me to DM them my number and current location.

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So I checked on their hashtag and their Facebook page and thought to myself that there was really no harm in trying. I DM-ed my contact number, and someone from their team called me and asked for my current location. That time, I was on the road with friends. I told them that if they can go to the National Museum until 1700H, I can meet them. They didn’t arrive so I thought they already changed their mind.

At around 1800H, someone called and texted me again and asked where I was heading to. I told the staff that I was on my way to Marikina for dinner. I told them to no longer bother sending me the delivery because I will be in my residence at around midnight pa, but they insisted, and advised me that the delivery man will meet me at my location.

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I was surprised when two delivery men from Neozep arrived at my location and handed me a #YakapDelivery!! Ok, it wasn’t a hug or a yakap. But I kind of hoped it was. Because why not, pero like mahahawaan ko sila ng sipon and ubo. Haha! They said that they came all the way from Paranaque. I was so touched by Neozep’s gesture. Well, nag-expect ako ng kaunti na si Alden ang maghahatid ng delivery. Chos!

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Thank you so much, Neozep! You are so sweet! Thank you for the #YakapDelivery! Thank you for making me feel better, as always. And thank you to the two kuyas who delivered the package to me even if it was drizzling. 🙂

Isang mahigpit na yakap para sa lahat!

xoxo,

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Channeling Our Inner Van Goghs

I’ve been planning on visiting Sip & Gogh for the longest time. This May, since my little sister is visiting us, I decided to give it a try. I pre-registered online and decided to enroll on their Eastwood branch Eiffel Tower 2:30-5:00pm session for Php900 per person. I learned that you can add Php100 per person onsite of you wish to have a glass of alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink and a plate of appetizer (biscuits and cheese) while painting, thus Sip & Gogh.

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We arrived at their place and it is similar to an art studio with tables, canvases and easels, and can accommodate at least 20 students/painters. I felt excited when the instructor handed us the oval paint tray.  It was our first time to paint, and upon seeing the Eiffel Tower painting, I thought it was difficult for it has mini details and has different hues.  Well, thanks to our instructor. She was so helpful and patient with us. She taught us how to mix the colors, what brush to use and different strokes. She supervised us every step of the way.

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What I also love about the gallery is that there is no pressure to anyone. We were allowed to take mini breaks and laugh and talk and take photos and eat, as long as we are done or as long as we can catch up.

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What’s great is that Sip & Gogh has no age limit! However, there are sessions that are inclined only for adults. Sessions for the family and kids below 5 years old are usually held on weekends. You just have to check on your preferred branch the schedule, or visit their website.

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Indeed, time flies when you’re having fun. I didn’t even realize that we were painting for 2 hours. And *drum roll*, I’d like to present to you our obra maestra!

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We will definitely go back and try other sessions! You should try it too!

Sip & Gogh Eastwood Branch
Unit LG3-4, G/F Eastwood Le Grand 3, Eastwood City
Bagumbayan, Quezon City, Philippines
+63 2 942 30 35/+63 998 886 61 07

xoxo,

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2017: A New Beginning

I can’t believe 2017’s first month passed by already. It’s amazing how for 30 days, I did nothing but lie down in bed all day. Haha! 

2016 was so good to me. I travelled to Singapore, Indonesia and Japan. I bought a small condo unit. I was able to finance my family’s travel to Boracay and Cebu. (Okay, I promise that I will take time to write about my travels). My brother passed the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination. Our business also did well.

This 2017, I am hoping to achieve more and see/experience more positive changes in my life as an adult. Naaaks! I know we really don’t need a new year to start anew. Hey, every day is a new beginning. As a young adult in this cruel world, I look forward to a year of challenging myself for me to become a better person.

I came across this blog post by Joyce Marter months ago about self-love and understanding it. I realized how abusive I was to myself the past years. This year, I will be more positive and will make sure to affirm myself every single day. It’s time for me to love me.

1. I will read more books

When I visited my family in Bicol for the holidays, there was no electricity and mobile signal was bad. So I spent my days reading e-books. After every book I finished reading, I feel a sense of accomplishment and relief. Reading helps reduce stress and stimulates one’s mind. So I urge you to read more, too. You’re welcome.

2. I will travel more, if possible, alone

In 2016, I experienced traveling solo in Cebu. I enjoyed traveling solo. There’s no one to worry about and you are free to go anywhere you want, at your own pace and time. Solo traveling also makes you more independent and it’s more cost-efficient. It also makes you more confident and it helps you get to know more about yourself. This year, I plan to travel solo to Bangkok and Brunei. My fingers are crossed.

3. I will work hard (or invest in a new business venture)

DCS Travel has become our baby. However, in life, sometimes you need other source of funds in order to sustain your needs. With enough perseverance, knowledge and money of course, I hope this year, I can get into another successful investment.

4. I will learn a new language

Learning a new language isn’t that easy. It isn’t that cheap. It will be expensive. I guess this will be my least priority. I am thinking of learning Spanish or French. I did try French in college but really, I suck. Big time.

5. I will apply for an MBA degree

I miss studying. I miss attending classes. I want to learn more. I am craving for more knowledge. I’ve been looking for universities offering masters classes in tourism and I came across one university offering an MBA in Tourism and Hospitality Management. I need to try it. I really do. This is for me, and the future.

Achieving one’s goals for the year isn’t difficult. I know there will be bumps and hurdles along the road, but if you persevere, if you are really willing to try, your success is within your reach.

xoxo,

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Thank you, 2016! You have been great. It’s been a rollercoaster ride for me and my business partners, but sure 2016 is helluva great year. I was able to visit Japan! Thank you, Cebu Pacific for the free tickets.

My photos: (1) Fireworks display in Tokyo Disneyland, (2) The key to my new condominium unit, (3) Butterbeer at the (4) Harry Potter Wizarding World in Universal Studios Japan, (5) Coldplay in Manila concert ticket, (6) Tokyo Disneyland, (7) Blue Lagoon in Coron, (8) Twin Lagoon in Coron, and (9) Shibuya Crossing in Japan.

*Sana sipagin ako na i-update ang blog posts. 

xoxo,

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I Crave For You

So today, after doing personal/family errands, I met with a friend in Trinoma. It wasn’t exactly a long-time-no-see-we-need-to-catch-up kind of meet-up. We always talk to each other online. The meeting was spontaneous. He wanted someone to talk to, and I also wanted to talk to someone sensible on a Sunday.

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To share sexual tension but not giving in to temptation. To share a goodbye kiss but not feeling anything (or not) afterwards.

I crave for intellectual conversation, and intellectual guys. I crave for you.

xoxo,

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This Is My First Blog Post

I feel so ecstatic knowing I now have my own domain. Yay! I am kilig all over. Please don’t judge me. This is a dream come true!!

I am not  good writer; my grammar may suck at times, my thoughts will be crazy, my topics will be off, my photos will be blurry. So there is a high probability that what I post may upset, offend, or annoy you. Help me improve, will you? Just hit me up using the contact button.

Thank you, and I hope you visit my site often!

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