Sunday, October 25, 2009


“When you say YES to things, you embrace the possible. You gobble up all of life’s energies and you excrete the waste”

If you’re a YES MAN, you embrace this philosophy!

Carl (Jim Carrey), the main character in the film says NO to life. He keeps ignoring phone calls, declines all loans presented before him, avoids parties and the like. He keeps making excuses to people around him and even to himself. Then one day he was invited by his friend to this so called “YES” program where you’re life will totally diverge by saying YES to every opportunity that comes your way. He tried his luck and pursued the program. True enough, saying YES to everything and anything made his life startlingly better. It brought out so much delight and good fortune. But eventually, life for him was never like a smooth sailing; some things got worse leading to his own despair. Saying YES even if he knew he never wanted to do it got him too much trouble. Just like Allison (Zooey Deschanel), his new girlfriend, who can’t trust him anymore after knowing that he just says YES because he has to. He (me too) eventually realized that:

YES! It was wrong to always say YES without even thinking about it or if it’s against one’s will.
YES! One should not let an opportunity to pass by and say YES when you mean it.
YES! We should also say YES, not because it’s out of obligation or there's a covenant telling us to do so BUT because we knew in our hearts that we wanted it and then we should grab it, do it and let it happen.

On the side of my coast, there had been a couple of times that I should have said YES but I repudiated to do so. I know I want it, but my fears keep on prevailing over my desires. I sometimes think too much and over analyze things so negatively. I’m so afraid to risk and end up crying (So pessimistic indeed). Even though I know life is all about taking risks. I sometimes find it hard to compromise my conflicting ideals, principles, priorities and wants. I care about what people say and think; leading me to say NO even if I know I wanted it in my heart. Maybe because of my fears or maybe wanting is not yet enough to say YES or I’m really uncertain of how I feel (Is that really confusing or it’s just really me who’s making things complicated? I bet it’s ME! haha). This sounds foolish, I think I’m somehow living life like on what they called “closed off little box” being too much engrossed by my ideals which every so often sucks. I know people would be relaying to me these same lines of Jim Carrey saying “Wake up! You’re missing out the little thing called LIFE ”. A friend once told me, thinking is good but over-thinking doesn’t help.

AGAIN YES! YES! YES! I accept it as true. I missed a lot of chances already.
I’m still accumulating the audacity to face LIFE and the wisdom to still make it right. Then by then I’ll be a YES WOMAN too. *crossed-fingers*

P.S. I quote this from the movie too “The world’s a playground, you know it when you’re kid, but somewhere along the way everyone forget it”- Sounds true right?

Impatient Grade Six Teacher

Being a teacher is not an easy task. It requires P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E. (Long and bold!)

I was my brother’s tutor for three days and my patience was really stretched out. We studied Filipino, English, Science, Computer and TLE. We studied the endocrine system, pronouns, food groups, etc. He’s lazy on reading his notes and his attention span seems so short. He seems not listening and sometimes he would even ask questions that are out of the picture. He doesn’t take initiative on studying in advance and he slacked most of the time while I’m reviewing him. He was even more excited for their practices at school. Irritation was very apparent on my voice as I shout from time to time just to get back his attention.

But I realized I was wrong and my reactions can be considered as immature. I forgot that he was just Grade six and I am already a 4th year college student. Our level of knowledge is far different at the moment and I won’t be expecting him knowing everything so easy and fast. I remember saying out loud “ I told you already, it’s thyroid gland. It’s so easy”. Then, I observed that the more often I yell at him, the bigger possibility of losing more his confidence in answering my questions and losing his interest too. I felt guilty. I should have been more enduring and understanding. I’m sorry. I realized how important it is to recognize his correct answers and explain in the most compelling and nicest way the corrections for his wrong answers which I believe could be a lot helpful in boosting his self-confidence and interest too.

I just realized that I, myself would hate being shouted out. I just felt guilty for behaving that way. I just remember how much he wanted me to assist him to his studies. I’ll surely make it up to him.

Again, I’m sorry.

Ooops! Teaching not only requires patience, it will also demand understanding, effort and love! I think smiling will help too. :)


Hanging out with some of my highschool friends even for two days was REAL FUN. I only met few of them (Some we’re still in Davao, some were not yet done in school while others simply can’t be reached). I wished I could stay longer so I could have more time to bond with them. I’m not celebrating Christmas at Alabel this year, thus losing the opportunity of seeing them too. So sad.

Anyway so much for cheerless thinking!

First STOP = Robinson Mall. It’s the newly opened mall in General Santos City. We roamed around as what we usually do, and exchange thoughts about school, our college life, requirements, graduation and the like. It’s somewhat astounding to know that most of us are already graduating. We just can’t imagine how fast time flies. We reminisced some moments together in highschool that made us giggle in laughter. Highschool days will always have a special place in my heart (I believe to most people too).

Second STOP = KCC Mall of Gensan. We’ll forever love this mall. Prices for food and commodities are still fairly low and sensible. We’re practical buyers by the way. There were only three of us (Pretty, Lester and I)then when we ate two double pizza, two chicken strips, two nachos, softdrinks, lasagna and pearl shakes at Greenwich. Gluttony? Ooops sort of contradicting also of being practical buyers.LOLS. The exciting part on our stay at the mall is playing like kids once more at Worlds of Fun. Playing crazy hoops (basketball) and pang pang paradise (throwing balls on targets on the touch screen) is quite strenuous but really enjoyable!

Hoarded tickets were exchanged for “AKO MISMO” barges/bar pins and some candies. We had so much fun watching VICE GANDA too. His "horsy" actions and tremendous punch lines made me pee in hilarity (just kidding). He/She (both. haha) sings well too and I can’t help admire him/her. I was laughing out loud the entire time. I would love to watch his/her shows again. Yeah! Vice Ganda Rocks! Indeed, doing stuffs like these with friends are truly incomparable. I just love it! I arrived home 11:30 pm and it was too late, I know.

Third STOP = Gaisano Mall. The mall is just the same. We enjoyed touring around furniture and fixtures department, acting as if we will buy some. Plans for Christmas were brought up that sounds exciting! (To them. Haha. Bitter? LOL) I hope it will be FUN ofcourse.

Priscilla, Lester, Argenel, Deo and Oliver, thanks for spending time with me and to Jamilyn, Joyce and Mae-Ann, it was good to have short talks with you as well.

To all my highschool classmates, I miss you a lot. Maybe I’ll see most of you by March. MWAH!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

First Time Voter?

I am 19. Therefore, it’s legally okay to be married, to drink liquors inside those restricted bars demanding people to be above 18 or watch R18 films. Haha. But that’s not my point or my interest for this time being. I wanted to stress out that aside from these so-called legal dispensations (though nuisances for some) attached with having the age of 18 and beyond, there are more other imperative things I am (or YOU) entitled of. Things I am more capable of doing and worth-mentioning at present.

"I am very much qualified now to register for elections! (the first step in exercising my right to suffrage!)" - Now that’s what I’m pertaining of.

Conversely, I am finally registered (Oct. 19, 2009) :) Thanks to Uncle Bo, for accompanying me and my brother to COMELEC.

And it’s very easy I tell you.

First, bring an ID with you (your school ID will be enough or any type of ID that could be used for validation purposes). At the COMELEC office, you will be given out a form (3 copies) to fill up. Afterwards, you returned the filled up form to the officer-in-charge and with her as witness, you will sign the said form. It will be forwarded to another member of staff who’s assigned to input the stated information on the database. Your name will be called to take your picture and your digital signature required in preparing your voter’s id. The next step will be the replication of your thumb and index finger’s mark completed digitally as well. You will also have it done manually afterwards.

Then that’s it, you’re done and registered. An acknowledgment receipt will be handed over to you that signify the completion of registration.


We keep on saying we want change in our government and we want progress for our country but this boils down with the motivation of choosing the right leaders for the position. Therefore, every vote counts. You can only vote when you’re registered! It legitimates us for voting the leaders we believe will make a change and lead us to progress. Well, CHANGE AND PROGRESS do not solely depend on choosing the right leaders but it is also about us, working together to make things and changes happen.

Well, I will be a first time voter come this 2010 elections and I know my SINGLE VOTE counts. Registration, by the way will be until October 31, 2009.

P.S. In preparation as well for the coming elections, let us be vigilant at all times and be engaged in electoral engagements being done in school or in our respective communities. We should take time in knowing the candidates, their platforms and their means of solving the problems we wanted to be addressed. Let’s also check one’s credibility and capacity of doing so. Let’s not tolerate promises being broken again and again! Fellow FILIPINOS, WE LOVE PHILIPPINES! Let the mistakes of past administrations and the calamities that had happened be adequate reasons and lessons for moving forward on making things better. Let’s all be DRIVEN to make things happen, to make things change for the better of us all! "MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS!" (Long live Philippines!)

Sunday, October 18, 2009


I saw on facebook a "sembreak to-do list" made by Maris (one of my claimed daughters at school) and thought of having my own listing for the entire week of my stay here in Alabel. I just arrived around 9:45 pm. Again, my mother was worried because it was already too late. I have the same opinion that it was no longer safe in our town during nighttime considering we also have fewer lights on highways. Sorry mom.

Anyway, I want this week to be worthwhile and be able to catch up with my beloved friends and family whom I miss so much. So, here’s my list:

1. Pamper myself. Have enough rest!
2. EAT. EAT. EAT. I really miss eating REAL FOODS, and I mean not the usual noodles, fried and canned stuffs.
3. REGISTER for election. I felt guilty for the past electoral activities we had been doing at school like engaging the youth to register and all the while I’m not yet registered. I’m positive that within this week, I will be a registered first time voter. Weee! I’m excited.
4. Assist my little brother for his exams this week.
5. Visit my friend Daniela. She just lost her little angel. It makes me sad to remember what had happened to her baby.
6. Hang-out with my highschool friends. I miss them a lot.
7. Stopover to ROBINSON, Gensan. It’s our newest mall in the city. I’d better drop by as well to its neighboring malls such as Gaisano and KCC.
8. MOVIE MARATHON! Thanks Jen, for the new movies.
9. Watch my favorite primetime bida shows : DMII and PBB (addict mode)
10. Prepare ahead the needed materials for BUKLOD ATENISTA. It will be on Oct.27-30 at Zamboanga.
11. Bonding moments with my brother and lil’ bro.
12. Help my mom on household chores. We don’t have a maid by the way.
13. Play with my little cousins. I might be a baby sitter too which is fine anyway.
14. Prepare the authorization letter for enrollment. Thanks ahead to yang2.
15. Play plant vs zombies and take my daily dosage of yahoomail, gmail, facebook, blogging, surfing the net, etc. Be ONLINE.

This would be a perfect time to reconnect with old friends and loveones and a time to give myself a rest from the stressful and work-loaded days of the 1st semester. I believe this would be a good opportunity also to evaluate my performance at school as well as the responsibilities I am holding. I hope my classmates and friends will also enjoy their short vacation. WE deserve a BREAK! I also pray that we all get good grades and that our teachers will be considerate and generous at the same time. :p



This is how I feel :)
I will be leaving this afternoon (an hour or two after I post this blog) to be back home.
I just miss being with my family, sleeping on my old bed, eating “lutong bahay”, seeing my highschool friends, and more.
It's been quite a while.

Alabel, Sarangani Province and General Santos City! See you very soon!
I therefore commence my semester break today!
Seize the day!

P.S. I had an overnight stay at Jenny’s apartment! Another first time! Yang, it was already too late to inform you. BTW, we had our dinner at MCDO (AGAIN) and slept at around 4am. Weeee!

Friday, October 16, 2009

An exclusive night with Jenny

AT 6th FLOOR. Soon after Yang left us (Jenny and I) to attend her Friday bible service and worship, the two of us decided to stay. I uploaded the pictures taken from my webcam yesterday and do my daily habit of visiting facebook, my highly recommended blog sites (jen,yang and Lloyd’s site :P) and my mail. Jenny all the while was doing her daily dose of facebook too.LOL (I’m not really sure of what she was doing though I remembered sneaking a glance to her laptop and saw her editing some of their Techno files.)

DEPARTURE. It was already 8:00 pm when the security guard told us that by 8:30 we should leave the place or transfer to Gazebo instead. Time flies and by 8:45, the security guard came back and made some obvious gestures of making us leave. We fixed our things and left the lounge.

I don’t know exactly why Jenny thought of walking our way to MCDOnalds, Bajada (the venue she suggested for our dinner) aside from the fact that we were still not hungry by the moment and by doing such will lead us to hunger. LOL. I agreed anyway and we started walking while talking about boys (that covers those who were pretty much involved in our lives these days, someone from the past, etc.) Well, it was purely sharing our experiences with those “boys” and attached were our little advices and opinions. It’s not about gossips or negative impositions over them, just to be clear. :P Later on, she started complaining that she’s already tired and we should ride a cab when all the while we were already few steps to our destination. (How witty of you Jen!LOL.)

ARRIVAL AT MCDO.We find a vacant seat and sat down immediately. Yes! We felt tired knowing that we were bringing with us our laptops at the same time. She asked me to order for us and treated me a SUNDAE icecream (She just got her pay from work, the fruit of her labor :P Thanks jen!) BTW, before we entered Mcdo, our topic was speaking in English and she confessed that she speaks poorly in English of which I opposed. So while eating ,we decided to speak in English that became a reason for laughing. A lot of times we were halting our words or sentences that made us sound so funny. I even told her that we should start speaking in English by the beginning of 2nd semester so that we’ll get fluent and better in speaking in English.

THE GIST OF THE STORY. I enjoyed the night and I enjoyed spending it with Jenny.

AND TO JENNY. A million thanks for the company not only for tonight but for all the days we’ve been together. I may not have told you but I’m really glad to have you as my partner for OJT and for saving me from doing our progress reports. Thanks for the advices! (Not to touch my face by my filthy hands, justifying my blog entries, etc ) I’m learning a lot from you!promise. And I believe God will always reward your hard works! So, continue your passion and smile from time to time. :P I’ll surely miss you best. See you then!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Savoring the last days of 1st sem

Nothing compares when you’re with these people

Whom I really treasure, love and care for

Today was filled with FUN and LAUGHTERS

Taking pictures with high hopes of more memories together …

Kimberly Dawn Yuste, Diana Marie Lee and Jenny Lucille Gallegos: Thanks for this day! I love you so much! I hope Winky Lawrence So was with us too.. More more memories for sure. :p

An Early Jogging

(Phone rings)

It must be Kim (I told myself). There were two missed calls and it was actually her (I was so right :p) It was my wake up call then.

Time check: 4:50 am- Oh, I only slept for about 3 hours I guess. But I’m not feeling so deficient of sleep anyway. I was excited! I guess that was the finest reason why.

I called her (Kim) back to say that I woke up already and subsequently started dressing up. I borrowed my sister’s rubber shoes without her knowing. She was still asleep so I didn’t bother waking her up. I left her with a note anyway. I was wearing my jersey for volleyball and an old HS jogging pants. I brought a towel too. Around 5:20 in the morning, Kim (wearing her sexy shorts) and I met and together lead our way to Ladislawa.

Just a few tips before, during and after jogging:
1. Start with stretching. Inhale, exhale.
2. Remember to be at ease to what you are doing. The length of your stride will depend on you and again be sure to be comfortable. Start your pace slow and stop when necessary. You can fast walk in between 3-5 minutes of jogging. Though everything depends on you anyway. Exercise proper breathing for a better and lasting jogging experience (I hope I’m doing my breathing right as well). Keep in mind this word : "E-N-J-O-Y".
3. Cool down and smile! You’re on your way in getting healthy and fit!

To be honest, it was my first time to do jogging early in the morning. I remembered doing this only as part of our warm-up activities before playing volleyball or for PE purposes. It was a fun experience with Kim. Waking up early was worth it as you get to see the fine-looking clouds and feel the cold fresh breeze of air. How wonderful indeed! You must try it too!

I also remembered my dad who used to jog early in the morning to stay fit and bring pandesal at home afterwards. I hope we could also do the same thing together.

BTW, thanks Kim for inviting me. Hope to do this with you again. BEAUTIFUL morning to you dear!

P.S. We were so proud of ourselves of having done it. As a reward, we ate at MCDO. LOL :P It feels good to be fit. Time check:7:55 am. Laundry here I come! :p

Because of amnesia

I just finished doing my laundry (For the first batch of clothes though. Haha. Yah its weird doing laundry this late-11:30 PM) when the word “amnesia” just popped out in my mind. Amnesia is a memory condition in which memory is disturbed. In simple terms it is the loss of memory (Wikipedia 2009). Forgetfulness is something I’m afraid of. Nonetheless I know as we get old, we also get poor memory. But before this so-called “amnesia” strikes me and be totally confined to the idea of having it or even before I reach my “old age”; I thought of writing 11 (this is my favorite number) things/trivias about me. So I won’t forget some of the things about myself too. Here's the list:

2. My full name is Kristine Aspacio Reyes and I am the third child in the family.
3. I joined a beauty and brain contest when I was in Grade 3 (I ranked 1st runner up :p)and represented the country Philippines during United Nations Pageant in school when I was in grade 4 (I got the Best in Talent award).
4. I joined a singing contest when I was 2nd year highschool .The song was STAY by Carol Banawa. I totally messed up. That was a poor, humiliating performance. LOL :P
5. On our Physics Class in highschool we had a role-playing and I was awarded BEST ACTOR. Yes. I was the best actor for playing Isaac Newton’s role. Our group presented Newton’s law of motion. How can I forget! :)
6. I had my first cellphone (Unit:Nokia 3330; No: 09194285805)when I was grade six and first to have one among my siblings. It was snatched at Gaisano Mall, Gensan , a day before our Christmas party during my sophomore year in highschool. I was crying that whole night. Tsk2
7. I was the president of the class for seven times already (Grade 2, 3,4,5,6, 1st and 2nd year college). I was the president of a club (KASADYAHAN-a theater club)during my senior year in highschool and a consistent club officer during my lower years. I’m not bragging. :p
8. I was part of student council both in highschool and college. 3rd year Representative (3rd yr HS); Peace Officer (4th yr HS); Computer Studies Representative (3rd year College) and Secretary-General (4th yr College). Hmmm... I smell having a good future in (INDAY KRING2?)
9. My dream position in class or even in club is "MUSE". No joke. At last it came true ! I made it in my last year in college. FINALLY! (sounding so desperate) I’m the MUSE of PIGLASAPAT! Yes! Congratulations to ME! *laughs*
10. When you say the word “promise”, I often give my trust on your words! Or If it was me who said that word, I mean it. I do my best also to do what I just said-with all sincerity and optimism.
11. I love letters, foods and treats. (Oh c'mon, who doesn't love treats-free food, free ride,etc.? lol :P But be careful though.. )

More trivias soon… I should get some rest before Kim and I actualize our plan of JOGGING later (Oct. 15, 5:00am). Hope to get up on time :P

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bruce - belated birthday

I never really knew when Bruce’s birthday was. I even can’t remember celebrating his birthday last year. Not only today when Justine told us that yesterday (October 13) was his birthday. I even checked his ID to be sure. LOL. We all greeted him as if today is his birthday. And the next thing in mind: WHAT WE WANT AS BIRTHDAY TREAT? So we started shouting for PIZZA, ICE CREAM and COKE. *with claps* With all these things in mind, his only comment was: “Basta kayo bili” (As long as you will be the one to buy it) We all agreed right away and he handed me over two thousand pesos. There is no question to his kindness to all of us and to you, Bruce I leave this message:

Hey Bruce Melvin Tan!

Happy happy happy birthday!!!Oooopps.. Belated Happy 21st birthday! (to be more accurate) Thank you for treating us today. We were craving for pizza since last week and you made our wish come true. Thank you for being my friend. Jenny was right on saying that two years ago, we still don’t know much about you. But I am glad that this time around we’re good friends, sharing jokes and good/bad times together . Well, I was amused not knowing your birthday but I hope we made you feel special through our simple and belated greetings today! Thanks for the times you welcomed me and my groupmates to your office in doing our SAD project and for the times you drove me home. Thanks also for representing the division as the model for Jazz Up your jeans and for granting my request (the dried mangoes). I appreciate a lot as well the times you will call me “SEXY”, though I don’t fit to such adjective anymore. And my advice to you: "WORRY NO MORE" (the unforgettable tag line of your Techno Elevator pitch)! LOL :P

Again, happy birthday and thank you. God bless you more!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Funny encounters with TAREX

Whenever Sir Rex Rola (Philosophy teacher/SAMAHAN Moderator) and I will have an unexpected encounter, there will always be a TWIST. Often odd and funny.

Take this case for instance.

As the Secretary-general of the student council, I am responsible of informing the officers including him about our meetings. I should indicate the agenda, venue (though always the same) and TIME. But on one email I sent (@yahoogroups) regarding our Friday meeting, I unconsciously made a mistake of indicating the time. Instead of a 9:00 PM meeting, I specified it as 9:00 AM. I did not realize such mistake only when Jazi (SSE Rep) texted me that Sir Rola came to the office at 9:00 am or even earlier. Jazi stated also that Sir Rola was surprised seeing no one but only her. She even emphasized that Sir Rola hurried his way to school just to be present in our meeting. He missed his breakfast too. I was worried! I even wished of not seeing him that day. When I arrived at around 10:30 am to school, our paths crossed surprisingly. I thought I would see him furious for my being careless and I also thought of crying infront of him for being sorry for such mistake. Well, he was very cool when we started talking. It turned out to be a funny petty mistake. I swore to him that I will be a lot cautious and mindful of my notes next time :p He just said: “KRISTINE, YOU OWE ME BREAKFAST ! *laughs* I was relieved!

Another time was when I went back to school after my OJT. I was walking my way to Claveria gate while he on the other hand was about to go home. He caught my attention and then I asked him “Where are you going sir?” and he answered: “I will go home ”. And then I asked again “So, you‘re not going to attend tonight’s meeting sir?” He replied: “I will eat first and go back to school for the meeting”. I don’t remember exactly how the conversation went afterwards that I ended up going with him to his home to have dinner. I might have told him to treat me or I volunteered myself to join him without his consent or he offered to have dinner to his house and I agreed instantly.LOL. I ate (I was so full after eating. Thank you sir!), saw his amazing library and borrowed a book (Now and Forever by Ray Bradbury). Best word to describe me that night: SUPER THICK-FACED! *laughs*

And just today, we met along the corridor and he asked me for updates from our previous meeting. I quickly told him about BUKLOD and who will be SAMAHAN’s representatives this year. After that, we went to the Dean’s office and he copied some of my movies. We had some few talks about external hard drive, cost of his LCD monitor, why he went to Bohol, etc. Out of the blue, he asked me this question: “Favorite color?” Then I replied: “Ahmm. GREEN……….GREEN, RED and VIOLET!” He laughed. Too many colors :P . Then there was this VIOLET TARSIER KEYCHAIN he threw over me! He bought it from BOHOL
Thank you sir!

Unexpected encounters... I so love it!

Monday, October 12, 2009

On my way home...

Early this morning, we had our Technopreneurship Business Plan defense. Finally, it’s over! *Sigh* Quite a relief indeed! Though it’s pleasing to know that it is over and done, we still have to do some refinements for the documents and submit other required papers for the subject. In short: “one project down, more to go- (documents, networking, OJT requirements, philo exam, etc.)!” The defense ended at around 2pm and we (IM4 girls with Morny) ate lunch at KFC, Gaisano mall. We had so much fun talking about PBB latest updates, Enchong Dy, Coco Martin and many more. The sudden brown-out serves as a signal for us to go back to school. At school, I edited our business plan document and then I went home. (Sorry Yang and Jenny for leaving earlier). I was alone and it doesn’t matter. All I wanted is to have some rest since it has been three straight nights that I felt like being restrained of getting a good and sound sleep. I was also excited to go home since I will be able to catch up the TV shows (DMII and PBB) I missed watching. :P

I decided to pass through the Church (@ Redemptorist) first before I walk my way home. I said my prayers of thanks very shortly. After doing so, I went outside. I brought out my umbrella as it started drizzling and two kids suddenly approached me. I thought they will just beg again for some coins. I was already used of meeting kids at the church saying “Piso Te.. Ipalit nako ug pan ,te”(Give me a peso. I’ll buy a bread). But this time it was different. They shared with my umbrella and I agreed anyway since they’re going home as well. We’re taking the same path home, I presumed. While walking together, I asked them some questions like “Gaskwela mo?” (Are you studying?) One of the kids answered proudly “Siyempre eh, gaskwela pud mi” (Ofcourse we do. We’re also studying) . I laugh quietly for an answer said so conceited. I was a bit embarrassed of asking such question. :P And then I asked again, “Ngano man mo gapangayo ug piso beh?” (Why are you begging for money then?)The same kid answered and told me “Para naa pud mi balon ugma” (So that we’ll have some pocket money for tomorrow’s school). I reflected silently. The intention was good. The three of us had an exchange of questions and answers. I was already nearby my place when I realized that they intended to accompany me until I reach home. Such a sweet gesture! I truly appreciate. Thanks Jobert (grade 4) and Francis (grade 2) for the company! I was not all alone after all.

It’s a tiring day. I’m pretty exhausted. But thanks kids for making my day. A company from strangers is not that bad at all.

Time to sleep then! ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz........

P.S Thanks and Congrats to my groupmates (Cyrus, RJ and Ryan) and all the rest of my classmates in TECHNO. You deserve some rest too!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Will you take the Aboitiz One Million Trees Challenge?

“YES! I took the Aboitiz one million trees challenge!”

I remembered receiving an email last September 15, 2009 regarding the Aboitiz Annual Groupwide Tree Planting. The primary goal is to plant one million trees on October 10, 2009 which will be done simultaneously across all business groups of Aboitiz Group of Companies – as other business units nationwide will also have their respective tree planting movements on that very day. I was very eager to be involved in such endeavor as I realized how important it is to plant trees these days due to climate changes and happenings in our country. I know Davao City is far from experiencing typhoons but still we need to preserve and sustain our nature. I sent immediately a confirmation that I will join the said activity. I said to myself: “GO! I will take the challenge! “

OCT. 10-THE CHALLENGE BEGINS. Due to so much enthusiasm despite the pressures from school projects, I reported early (6:45 am) at Davao Light, Ponciano Branch. I immediately recognized Ate Kiara who is an alumna of the school and a fellow Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit participant. Well, I was really happy to know that we belong to the same group color- GREEN! (GO GREEN TEAM!) I also assisted in distributing food chits for the participants. It was a very blue day as all of us were wearing the blue shirt with the tag-line: “I take the Aboitiz one million trees challenge”. The following Aboitiz business segments and groups were also there to join the said activity such as Hedcor, 2Go, Union Bank, Aboitiz Transport System, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Davao Light and Aboitiz Future Business Leaders Summit (where I belong). Aldwin, a fellow Atenean also took part to the said event along with his fellow AFLBS participants such as Jade and Sonny (from UP Min) and Sarah (UM). It was nice meeting you guys! And together we planted trees (tugas and mangroves) at Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya.

Just a few trivias about Punta Dumalag and why is it the area chosen for the tree planting activity:
1. Punta Dumalag is an area here in Davao that is known as the turtle sanctuary (Well, I saw four turtles there :) )
2. The water in Punta Dumalag is part of the marine protected area here in Davao City.
3. Trees were needed in the area to restore the biodiversity of the place.
4. Punta Dumalag is roughly nine hectares and that includes the foreshore area (It’s quite big and the view as you are fronting the sea is truly invigorating! I tell you.)

It was fun having such experience. You get the chance to deal with other people, you make new friends, and you take many pictures and eat for free as well.

It was definitely fulfilling also to be involved in an environmental project which I find very noble in nature. I personally recommend the continuation of this kind of project which will truly help our environment. And for my fellow youth out there, if ever there will be tree planting movements like this, let us grab the opportunity and show our love and care for our environment. Please join us in prayers that all that we’ve planted will grow and be of help in restoring biodiversity in that place.

So, will you take the challenge too?

Friday, October 9, 2009

Happy birthday PA

When I was a kid, I was afraid seeing you at home
I'd get rid of you and hide on my room
Many times you tried to hug me and even invite me to play
But I will constantly drive you away
You were like a stranger then
But my heart longs for you back then.

I was jealous to so many kids
Even to my very own siblings
Wishing to feel that same joy I see
Of being carried at your father’s back
Or being caressed by hugs

Things have changed and now I’m old
I regret the days that I was not that bold
To tell and show how much I care
And say the things I want to share:

You are my inspiration, that’s why I always do my best at school.
I am really proud and blessed to have you as my father.
To you I offer all the awards I received at school
Thank you for all your hard work and sacrifices!
Please be healthy and God please guide him too.
I miss you and I love you so much.
Happy birthday Pa! “

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mon Adviento HERE!

Mind you people... Case in point... What is critical...

These were some of the remarkable words of our Operations Management (Prodman) professor, Engr. Ramon Adviento. He is frank, stout and outstandingly brainy!

I never imagined how time flies so fast that I just realized that I’m almost over this semester as today is our last day of class for the subject (it goes the same with Theology and Philosophy). I just realized that there were so many things that transpired during the semester and I would love to recall some of the memorable happenings in class:

1. GROUP REPORTS. My groupmates were Winky, Ryan, RJ and Jan Paul. Well, it was quite taxing researching for information regarding operations (including the product planning, quality control and forecasting) of certain companies that are mostly foreign to us. What makes it a bit burden as well, is the uncertainty that we have not read and gathered the necessary data our professor might ask us for the Q & A portion (Right Jen?) most especially if that is a mining company which is an industry he belongs. Anyhow, all efforts were paid off (though I would admit at times we no longer deserved it) after getting a grade of 100 for our 1st report about BHP Billiton Iron Sea Trade, a grade of 95 for our 2nd report regarding Shell Athabasca Sand Oil Operations and another 100 for our last report regarding 3M. Don’t be too impressed, our reports were not that exceptional. My classmates would agree that Sir Adviento was quite generous to us in terms of grades. For that, THANK YOU SIR!

2. PALM READING SESSION. Who could ever forget Diana’s destiny of not being loyal or for RJ’s case to be an underwear collector (hidden meaning or Bruce’s bright future for having a consistent wealth line. Everyone enjoyed that day! My destiny: STRONGLY INLOVE, NOT LOYAL, WORKING PERSON, FINANCIALLY STABLE and GOOD HEALTH LINE! Not bad at all. Lesson learned: It is still in our own decisions that will define our future. So, no more worries Maris and Suppie for any health problems in the future as your destiny will tell you. We can do something after all! Again thank you Sir for reminding us to do something before certain bad things will hit us and to strive for more to achieve our goals in life.

3. ADVICES. Sir Adviento: “Ikaw Diana kailangan mo ng asawa na makikinig sayo. Madada ka kasi!” (Diana, you will need a husband who will listen to you. It is because you’re very talkative) Sir Adviento: “Ikaw Kristine, pumunta ka sa Europe. Marami kang madadali dun!” (Kristine, go to Europe. You’ll get as many guys there). Again, thanks for those advices! Point taken sir!
Woah! It seems most of our time were spent on exchanging advices and the like. I may be not able to discuss well in details certain operation management terms or concepts but practical application and thinking like a manager are things I can do somehow! Still, I learned something!

Just wanted to quote some few last words from our professor:

“Your future looks bright. The decisions you will be making will define YOU.

… And for you girls, CHOOSE WISELY! I hope that once you decide you will decide with your heart and your mind acting together.

…What is more critical is COMPANIONSHIP!

… Keep the lord at the back of your mind. Everything you do will reflect upon you, your family and your total upbringing. ”

Thank you sir!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


It's 1:09 am in my clock when I thought of visiting my friend's (Jenny) blog. I go over her page and read some of her blogs again. I had fun though some notes were heartbreaking.

Jenny, one of my treasured friends is a very good writer and I truly admire her for that. Reading her blogs moved me. Indeed, I was inspired... I was inspired to write. :)

Well, I just thought that writing about one's experiences or writing about your opinion on certain issues or topics would be great. And so when you get old, you will remember those things:) especially memories that are to be cherished!

I am not really good in writing. But this time, I wanted to share my own story (as well as my thoughts and point of view on issues, events, etc.) and in one way or another improve my writing skills too!

Just a thought: "FIRST time experiences will always be memorable... I believe!" Can't wait to write and reminisce my first time experiences. (Sounds exciting!)

Well this is another FIRST BLOG!