Would apologizing for being away for two months matter or make any difference? No? Okay.
But seriously though, after my solo trip to Iloilo last January, I thought I was going to have more productive days. But I was wrong to expect things to magically change. Well, some things did change, though. I wasn’t very visible online anymore (not that I was that visible in the first place). I spent most of my time connecting more with people offline rather than spending endless hours on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (plugging, hehe), but I also spent a lot of time being idle. I don’t know what got into me, but I didn’t feel like doing the more productive things I did when I had time — reading books and articles, blogging.. I mostly resorted to things that didn’t require much use of my brain — playing games on my phone, watching TV series, lying down.. I wasn’t even able to continue my French lessons.
I realized it’s all because at the end of the day, I feel so drained after doing all the paid work, and I don’t have a choice but to finish them because of the deadlines. Add the backlogs (both real and imaginary) to the list of reasons I’m having a hard time moving on. Lately, even before the day starts, I don’t want to do anything. I just feel so uninspired. I lack the right motivation. And this is why I’m writing this entry. I don’t want to be stagnant for the rest of the year. I want to keep doing the things that got me going before. I want to have more achievements. I want to push the limits. I just haven’t figured out yet how to get back in the groove. Maybe I need to read more self-help articles. Maybe I need someone to personally tell me that time is better spent on things that make me grow. I know it’s not easy to get back on track, but I sure don’t want to stay on the sidewalk.
I spent the next two days of my solo trip roaming around Iloilo City. I thank God for Google Maps and mobile data! It proved to be very useful especially because I only planned the places I’d visit the night before, after I ‘finalized’ my resolutions.
I mostly walked from one place to another, when Google Maps tells me that the next stop is just around a kilometer away. When it’s farther, though, I ask for help from the locals regarding public ride, and I was glad I didn’t get lost. :)
As some of you might already know, I went to Iloilo last January 2-5 for my first ever [local] solo trip, and first for this year. I don’t really have a specific reason for choosing Iloilo, but I do have a reason why I went there alone, and it’s to reflect on life and make some resolutions.
I was amused that I got seat 1A — probably because I checked in online a day before my flight. :P
Hey there! I’m still alive, you know! I’ve been away from my blog for, what, almost 2 months? A lot of things happened during the gap that I didn’t even have time to pause and write it all out. So here’s a summary of what went down.
Yolanda + Relief Operations
After the earthquake that rocked Cebu and Bohol, another catastrophe (a super typhoon) happened that affected Leyte, Samar, and other provinces in the Visayas. Of course, Filipinos were fast to conduct relief operations, and I was glad to volunteer. I joined a team who went to Medellin and Daanbantayan here in Cebu to conduct a survey for the Roof for Relief project.
I once looked in the mirror, and somehow, I got the story of the girl on the other side…
She isn’t the girl she used to be in 2008 and the years before that — one with strong personality who, most of the time, let her pride get ahead of her. Perhaps, her prideful side was caused by her immaturity. She often forgot to put herself in other people’s shoes, that’s why she always thought she was right. She was also one who got controlled by her anger easily. When provoked, she would always do something to get even. Her anger wouldn’t slip away just like that. Even during times that she was at fault, she found it hard to say sorry, and she also found it hard to forgive. But she apologized and forgave anyway. To simply put everything she was before in a statement, she was a hard one when angered, but she was actually a good friend.
When 2009 came, she changed a lot, and it made her an almost new person. One of her friends even mentioned that all her experiences during the year that passed did her good. And other people who knew her way back also saw the transformation.
It was the year when she grew up. The once naive little girl was unknowingly led to maturity by the persistent bites of reality. She laughed, she cried; she frowned, she smiled. She went on a journey she never thought she could handle. A lot of times she was challenged, and for what it was all worth, she would’ve given up hadn’t she realized that it was all for the reason she held on in the first place. She has undergone the sweetest of moments and the fiercest of times. She learned how to open her heart to the people around her, though it entailed the pain of being attacked off guard. She took the risk of doing some things she has never done before. And though it didn’t turn out to be always totally favorable, she was happy to be able to free a part of her. She learned how to sympathize and empathize. She understood how it was to swallow her pride and to control her emotions to prevent it from going wild. Everything that happened to her last year, especially during the second half, shaped her into the person she is now — softer, more understanding, more mature.
If there’s one thing that didn’t change throughout her years of existence, it’s her sunny nature. She strongly believes that if there’s a time to get serious, there’s also a time to get silly. She tries her best to keep her high spirits all the time.
She figured she was kind of a drama queen last year. She seemed to find it very liberating to be able to pour her heart out, especially about things she either has undergone, or could relate to. Why is it, you ask? I say it’s just her sentimental disposition.
When I was browsing my blog archive using the Wayback Machine, I came across this post and immediately concluded that I was such an emoterang frog back then! I wrote that entry at the start of 2010, and I can say I wasn’t kidding when I said that 2009 significantly changed me.
Sometimes, though, I feel that there are still remnants from my past clinging onto my skin. My head still gets clouded every time my emotions are stirred, but I try my best not to let it influence my decisions. And I won’t be too humble to admit that I’ve made some progress.
Anyway, I’m just thankful for all the experiences that made me a better person. It’s not easy going through all that trouble, but it’s all worth it in the end. :)
I’ve always known myself as a homebody from elementary until early college. The only places where you would most likely find me were home (plus the neighborhood), school, and church. And at times, the mall if I’m with my family. All I mostly did were watch TV, study, listen to music, and pray. I’ve never really explored the world back then.
Before Saturday last week, we received the ‘surprising’ information that the participants for the Manabayukan trip for Kultura Kamp were only me and Mumu (with 2 facilitators). Of course we expected more, but it was okay. At least the trip was going to push through. Or so I thought.
I don’t call myself a bookworm, but I do love reading books. And ever since Harry Potter (I was in grade 6), I’ve developed a love for fiction books of any kind, especially book series. I’ve made it a point to read books every year (I’ve turned to e-books since smartphones & tablets happened). I even made a goal of reading 10 books this year. Unfortunately, I’m just on my 3rd book pa lang. Hahaha! I spent most of my free time going on adventures, so I guess I have an excuse? :P
Currently, I’m reading The Last Olympian, the last book of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. I actually wanted to read Fyre (the last book of the Septimus Heap series) next, but since I’ve read all the previous books on paper, I might as well continue the tradition and look for a paperback version. I just decided to proceed with the sequel series — The Heroes of Olympus — when I’m done with the current one.
The 4th book will be released on October this year and the last book isn’t gonna be released until 2014, but I think I can live with that. :)
I haven’t been able to blog about these experiences last year because I’ve been inactive in the blogosphere for months. When I came back, I "rebranded" my blog. And if you’re wondering, I also have been missing for the past days because I got so occupied with work and business, which I was also enjoying so I’m not complainin’. ;) I’m just hoping to be back on track this month. So while I’m still out and about with what’s keeping me busy, here is a short recap of my unposted adventures of 2012.
Island Hopping - May 2012
My college barkada together with Mumu’s college barkada went island-hopping for summer (May 2012) last year (no la blanca swimwear sale happened, hehe). Our route: Sulpa Island —> Pandanon Island —> Caohagan Island —> Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. We spent most of our time in Pandanon Island where we played frisbee and the snake game. And we were just swimming at every stop, not actually staying in the islands. :P
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A few weeks before the big event last March 23-27, I’ve decided to join the Bayani Challenge 2013 in Bohol. But for this year, I didn’t go there as a participant — I was with the service team.
I was appointed Social Media Coordinator for the event at Antequera, Bohol, but because the network signal there wasn’t entirely reliable, I missed to post some [personal] updates, so I’ll just post them here through lots of pictures. ;)