Tuesday, February 25, 2014

With Feelings

 This is what I wrote for the Personal Experience section of my last hard bound requirement this college. Thank Heavens, I'm going to graduate this March 28, 2014. Really thankful but I'm scared to face the real world. I don't want to be underemployed or worst unemployed. Haha. Excuse my DIY flower crown. :)

Every other path leads to a dead end! Whether I push myself or quit, the chances of failing and losing are just like shadows that I cannot escape.
                        As much as I want to isolate myself to every school requirements and activities, I always ended up as “The Challenged Student”. I don’t know why. But I always feel that I am the only one who is being pushed beyond my limits- socially, emotionally, (somehow) academically and even technically. Thanks to my perfectionist pessimistic alter-ego! I really don’t want any commitments and responsibilities be put upon my shoulders. I was never a volunteer! I’m a lazy teenager who wants nothing but to explore the world. Unfortunately and fortunately, there is some kind of sorcery my own mind cast on me not to be a bum I’ve always wanted.
                        The past 7 months of my school life had been tough and quite dramatic. It came to a point that I cannot bear anything more than to give myself the benefit to cry. As if crying will help ease all the tortures away. This may sound absurd, but the only reason why I took the EM 9 and 10 subjects is because it is the only way to get my college diploma!!!
                        However, this business helped me realize that the risk to pursue is worth the challenge. It did open not only the business reality right in front of my very eyes but also proved to me that the people you love & love you, as well as motivation would make the difference. Our store not only served as a business place but also a special bubble for my friends and I.
                     Seeing each and every one working their butts off in the store until almost 10pm (in “Nag-alaga ka ba ng sampung bata?” look aka haggard) and bringing home undone shirts just to finish the bunch of orders is enough to show that we value what we started. Infiniprint Lifestyle Co. also rescued an on-a-cliff friendship damaged during the whole feasibility days. The fun and happiness in the store are priceless! And, ugh can I just say? Meeting different people is really fun! I had the chance to be friends with people out of my age bracket. I got close to security guards, tricycle drivers and even to jeepney callers.
                         This business implementation also reminded me that GMRC is not only a subject for pre-schoolers. It is a subject for a lifetime that everyone should put in their hearts and minds like how they put their wallets and hankies on pockets.
                        I am truly blessed that all the dramas I experienced before vanished as all these life lessons came to wake me up from the hatred I used to have for this business implementation idea. HAHA.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy Father's Day

Magkamukha raw kami eh.. 

Daddy! Happy Father's day. Thank you for all the support I'm getting from you kahit sa simpleng pagbili ko ng sapatos. Haha! Ilang months na lang, may diploma na ko. I know you like it and Imma make you a more proud dad in the years to come. Thank you for being a hardworking father. <3

My boyfriend? He's ok. Alam ko namang kebs lang sa`yo yun pero saka ko na gawing official kapag may diploma na. Date date na lang muna. Hahahahahaha! Charot!

I know we may not have the same perspective towards some situation but you know what Daddy, I got your back. I am blessed to have a father like you. Not all children can speak straight to their parents on what had happened to their day. Thank for being a cool dad. You're not perfect and no one ever is. Always remember that I, your eldest and most beautiful daughter (Ehem! Haha! =)) accepts your flaws.

I love you Daddy! <3

Happy Father's Day also to the wonderful Dads and Papas all over the world!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Reblogged: Date a boy Who Travels

Date a boy who travels. Date a boy who treasures experience over toys, a hand-woven bracelet over a Rolex. Date the boy who scoffs when he hears the words, “vacation”, “all-inclusive”, or “resort”. Date a boy who travels because he’s not blinded by a single goal but enlivened by many.

You might find him in an airport or at a book store browsing the travel guides – although he “only uses them for reference.”

You’ll know it’s him because when you peek at his computer screen, his background will be a scenic splendor of rolling hills, mountains, or prayer flags. His Facebook friend count will be over-the-roof, and his wall will be plastered with the broken English ‘miss-you’ of friends he met along the way. When he travels, he makes lifelong friends in an hour. And although contact with these friends is sporadic and may be far-between, his bonds are unmessable and if he wanted, he could couch surf the world… again.

Buy him a beer, maybe the same brand that he wears on the singlet under his plaid shirt, unable to truly let go. Once a traveller gets home, people rarely listen to their stories. So listen to him. Allow him to paint a picture that brings you into his world. He might talk fast and miss small details because he’s so excited to be heard. Bask in his enthusiasm. Want it for yourself.

He’ll squeak like an excited toddler when his latest issue of National Geographic arrives in the mail. Then he’ll grow quiet, engrossed, until he finishes his analysis of every photo, every adventure. In his mind, he’ll insert himself in these pictures. He’ll pass the issue on to you and grill you about your dreams and competitively ask about the craziest thing you’ve ever done. Tell him. And know that he’ll probably win. And if by chance you win, know that his next lot in life will be to out do you. But then he’ll say, “Maybe we can do it together.”

Date the boy who talks of distant places and whose hands have explored the stone relics of ancient civilizations and whose mind has imagined those hands carving, chiseling, painting the wonders of the world. And when he talks, it’s as if he’s reliving it with you. You can almost hear his heart racing. You can almost feel the adrenaline ramped up by the moment. You feel it passing through his synapsis, a feast to his eyes entering through those tiny oracles of experience that we call pupils, digesting rapidly through his veins, manifesting into his nervous system, transforming and altering his worldview like a reverse trauma and finally passing, but forever changing the colors of his sight. (Unless he’s Karl Pilkington.) You will want this too.

Date a boy who’s lived out of a backpack because he lives happily with less. A boy who’s travelled has seen poverty and dined with those who live in small shanty’s with no running water, and yet welcome strangers with greater hospitality than the rich. And because he’s seen this, he’s seen how a life without luxury can mean a life fueled by relationships and family, rather than a life that fuels fancy cars and ego. He’s experienced different ways of being, respects alternative religions and he looks at the world with the eyes of a five-year-old, curious and hungry. Your dad will be happy too because he’s good with money and knows how to budget.

This boy relishes home; the comfort of a duvet, the safety stirred in a mom-cooked meal, the easy conversation of childhood friends, and the immaculate glory of the flush-toilet. Although fiercely independent, he has had time to reflect on himself and his relationships. Despite his wanderlust, he knows and appreciates his ties to home. He has had a chance to miss and be missed. Because of this, he also knows a thing or two about goodbyes. He knows the overwhelming uncertainty of leaving the comforts of home, the indefinite see-you-laters at the departure gates, and yet he fearlessly goes into the unknown because he knows the feeling of return. And that the I’ve-missed-you-hug is the best type of hug in the whole world. He also knows that goodbyes are just prolonged see-you-laters and that ‘hello’ is only as far away as the nearest internet cafe.

Don’t hold onto this boy. Let this boy go and go with him. If you haven’t travelled, he will open your eyes to a world beyond the news and popular perception. He will open your dreams to possibility and reality. He will calm your nerves when you’re about to miss a flight or when your rental blows a flat, because he knows the journey is the adventure. He will make light of the unsavory noises you make when you – and you will – get food poisoning. He will make you laugh through the discomfort all while dabbing your forehead with a cold cloth and nursing you with bottled water. He will make you feel like you’re home.

When you see something beautiful, he will hold your hand in silence, in awe of the history of where his feet stand, and the fact that you’re with him.He will live in every moment with you, because this is how he lives his life. He understands that happiness is no more than a string of moments that displace neutrality, and he is determined to tie as many of these strings together as he can. He also understands your need to live for yourself and that you have a bucketlist of your own. Understand his. Understand that your goals may at some points differ, but that independence is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship when it’s mutually respected. You may lose him for a bit, but he will always come home bearing a new story and a souvenir he picked up because it reminded him of you, like it was made for you, and because he missed you. You might be compelled to do the same. Make sure that independence is on your bucketlist, and make sure it’s checked. Independence will keep your relationship fresh and exciting, and when you’re together again it will forge a bond of unbreakable trust.

He’ll propose when you’ve breached your comfort-zone, whether it be a fear like skydiving or swimming with sharks, or sitting next to the smelly person on an overcrowded bus. It won’t be with a diamond ring, but with a token from a native culture or inspired by nature, like the penguin and the pebble.

You will get married somewhere unassumed, surrounded by a select few, in a moment constructed to celebrate venturing into the unknown together again. Marry the boy who’s travelled and together you will make the whole world your home. Your honeymoon will not be forgotten to a buffet dinner and all-you-can-drink beach bars, but will be remembered in the triumphant photographs at the top of Kilimanjaro and memorialized in the rewarding ache of muscles at the end of a long days hike.

When you’re ready, you will have children that have the names of the characters you met on your journeys, the foreign names of people who dug a special place in your heart if only for a few days. Perhaps you will live in another country, and your children will learn of language and customs that open their minds from the very start, leaving no room for prejudice. He will introduce them to the life of Hemingway, the journey of Santiago, and empower them to live even bigger than both of you.

Marry a boy who travels and he’ll teach your children the beauty of a single stone, the history of the Incas and he will instill in them the bravery of possibility. He will explain to them that masking opportunity, there is fear. He will teach them to concur it.

And when you’re old, you’ll sit with your grandchildren pouring over your photo albums and chest of worldly treasures, while they too insert themselves into your photographs, sparked by the beauty of the world and inspired by your life in it.

Find a boy who travels because you deserve a life of adventure and possibility. You deserve to live light and embrace simplicity. You deserve to look at life through the eyes of youth and with your arms wide open. Because this is where you will find joy. And better, you will find joy together. And if you can’t find him, travel. Go. Embrace it. Explore the world for yourself because dreams are the stuff reality is made from.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

She is my mother. I call her Mommy. She is generous and gorgeous. She doesn't like the way I dress up. Here's her dialog, "Ang jologs mo! Lagi kang naka-sneakers. Ayaw mong mag-sandals at doll shoes. Pati shoulder bag ayaw mo rin." Haha!

However, she is cool enough to allow me do the things I enjoy the most and listen to the keme stories of my outside-home adventures. She maybe a terrorist and a drama-queen sometimes but that makes our home more colorful.
 Life in the Miranda household will never be the same without her. I thank the Lord for she is a wonderful mother to us.

Mommy, salamat ng bongga! Ang supportive mo teh. I LOVE YOU! Haha!

Happy Mother's Day to all mums in the world! <3

Friday, April 12, 2013

Chinese Hotpot!

My Chinese friends never fail to fill my stomach with good tasting and healthy food. Months ago, after I helped them with their report in one of our major subjects, Xiaofan (Sherry) texted me early in the morning if I can go to their tower and have some Chinese hotpot. Of course I said yes. Matic na yun. Haha!

Every time I visit them, I am always as in always surprised with the amount of vegetables they have! Grabe lang. Taong rabbit sila. Haha! 

The Head Chefs of the day. 

Wash the vegetables first before cooking them. ;)

Of course I was their assistant. Ako yung taga-abot ng plates at nag-assemble sa table. Oh ako rin pala taga-tapon ng mga dahon-dahon.


I don't know what is this called. I know, you already noticed the Hello Kitty. Haha Mixed pica ata. 

Hotpot Soup seasoning

Hotpot recipe would never be successful without an electric stove. Haha

Put them in, wait for some minutes and eat! 


Sobrang sarap kahit puro gulay. Haha! The best yung unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter paste na hinahalo. Kaya nga lang maanghang tapos mainit yung soup. Good luck taste buds. :D

US! ♥

It is not about the language and Scarborough island issue. It is about how you care for each other. I love my Chinese friends like forever. Seryoso. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Soundtrack of my Summer ♪♫♪

Hi, from me and from my neglected blog. =( Eto na nga ba eh.  Sobrang walang laman tong “blog” ko. Hindi naman sa walang nangyayari sa buhay ko, sadyang yung story-telling-skills-via-blogging ko ay hindi nag-a-activate. HAHA.

This is would be the most unproductive summer of mine. Waley eh. Nganga walang raket unlike the previous years. But anyhow I’m 55% happy because of school and 45% chasing blanks. I passed all of my 3rd year 2nd semester subjects. I mean, I wasn’t able to sleep and think straight for one week or so! Crucial eh. Monsters sila tapos di pa ko nag-aral ng maayos. CLEARLY, MY FAULT. Pero ok na rin. Akala ko talaga uulanin ako ng tres, wala naman. Thank you Lord.

Ang haba ng intro ko. Hahaha. Aside from Lord, family and friends, music will always be there for you no matter what. Di naman kasi all the time kailangan mo ang f&f. Sometimes, you just want to have quality time with yourself, with the things you enjoy alooot and the Savior. At dahil, karamihan satin staycation ang ending ngayong summer, malamang sa malamang ang bestfriend eh internet.  Pero ako, nagsasawa na lalo sa Facebook. Oh gooosh, everybody’s on it! Thanks to music I’m enjoying my staycation. <3
Just in case you want to know what are the songs currently playing and on-repeat to my playlist, read below.  Sobrang random niyan. :”))) In no particular other and artist. ♪♫♪

Camikalyo's playlist

1. Stranded- Plumb
2. Kiss Me & There She Goes- Six Pence None the Richer
3. Brighter- Paramore
4. After All This Time- Itchyworms
5. Eroplanong Papel- December Avenue
6. Emily- Paraluman
7. Pero- Gracenote
8. Fairytale- Sara Bareilles
9. Heartbreaker- Patience Dear Juggernaut ft. Cj de Silva
10. Hero- Regina Spektor
11. Sana Kung, Bakit II- Mayonnaise
12. Indak, Luna –Up Dharma Down
13. Everything is Sound- Jason Mraz
14. Stuttering- Jessica Sanchez
15. Landed- Ben Folds
16. Little Lion Man- Mumford and Sons
17. Just a Dream- Nelly
18. Piano Man- Colton Dixon
19. Raspberry Girl- Chicosci
20. Soulmate- Natasha Bedingfield
21. Ugly Girl- Fleming & John
22. Semi Charmed Life- 3rd Eye Blind
23. Follow Me- Uncle Kracker
24. I Knew You Were Trouble- Taylor Swift
25. Synesthesia & Your Universe (Cover)- Jarl Manaligod on Soundcloud

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

25 Things To Do Before You Turn 25

I already have my "foolish and crazy" list of things to do before graduating college but I think this one is nicer to accomplish. Hahaha. In less than 2 months kasi I'm turning 20 na, so I'm planning to make my life a better one by doing things like in the movies. 
Let's start with.....
1. Make peace with your parents. Whether you finally recognize that they actually have your best interests in mind or you forgive them for being flawed human beings, you can’t happily enter adulthood with that familial brand of resentment.
** No, I don't have to because we are perfectly a-OK! Close kami. :") Nagku-kwento ako sa kanila. Nakakahingi ako ng opinion sa mga bagay-bagay. Nagku-kwento rin sila sakin.  Cool parents ko pati grandparents. Masarap sa pakiramdam na nasasabi mo sa kanila yung mga bagay na trip mo. Kahit maraming side comments, masaya kasi nakikinig nila sa'yo. Hahaha! 
2. Kiss someone you think is out of your league; kiss models and med students and entrepreneurs with part-time lives in Dubai and don’t worry about if they’re going to call you afterward.
**Oww, hahahaha! Di ko alam kung kaya ko. Pero mukhang masaya naman kasi YOLO. Sino kaya iki-kiss ko? Pero mukhang malabo talaga to eh. I don't drink alcohol so there's no chance to be crazily wasted.
3. Minimize your passivity.
**Maybe I should work on this one. I'm the type of person who doesn't like to argue with people. Waste of time lang kasi so to avoid non-sense things I just shut-up. (But my mind keeps on talking. Hahaha!) Pero kung di talaga ok yung sinasabi niya, I speak up but not that much.
4. Work a service job to gain some understanding of how tipping works, how to keep your cool around assholes, how a few kind words can change someone’s day.
**DONE! :") Nag-service crew ako sa McDonald's 20 days. The experience was FUN! I met co-workers and customers with yin-yang attitudes. Don't let your cool and patience level go down more than half! Hahaha. Yari ka kapag ganon. Sabon ka sa manager. XD
5. Recognize freedom as a 5:30 a.m. trip to the diner with a bunch of strangers you’ve just met.
** I do jogging kapag walang pasok. Saka na yang 5:30 am trip kapag nagta-trabaho na ko. Haha.
6. Try not to beat yourself up over having obtained a ‘useless’ Bachelor’s Degree. Debt is hell, and things didn’t pan out quite like you expected, but you did get to go to college, and having a degree isn’t the worst thing in the world to have. We will figure this mess out, I think, probably; the point is you’re not worth less just because there hasn’t been an immediate pay off for going to school. Be patient, work with what you have, and remember that a lot of us are in this together.
** Oo nga naman. Pero ako, I value education at hinding-hindi ko iisiping "useless". Maybe some of us we're destined to earn money even if they didn't go to college. Nasa tao naman kung pano niya gagamitin pinag-aralan niya.
7. If you’re employed in any capacity, open a savings account. You never know when you might be unemployed or in desperate need of getting away for a few days. Even $10 a week is $520 more a year than you would’ve had otherwise.
**Already have one in BPI! :")
8. Make a habit of going outside, enjoying the light, relearning your friends, forgetting the internet.
**Present! I go biking and walking when I want peace of mind. 
9. Go on a 4-day, brunch-fueled bender.
**Aww! This I can't do! Strict ang lola ko. I should be awake before 9am! Seryoso!!! Sana lang magbago pa yung rule niya sa mga susunod na taon. HAHA.
10. Start a relationship with your crush by telling them that you want them. Directly. Like, look them in the face and say it to them. Say, I want you. I want to be with you.
** S H _ T! Nooooo! Hahaha. Kung joke time sa boy classmate/friend kaya pa. Pero kung sa crush ko talaga, hell NO! 
11. Learn to say ‘no’ — to yourself. Don’t keep wearing high heels if you hate them; don’t keep smoking if you’re disgusted by the way you smell the morning after; stop wasting entire days on your couch if you’re going to complain about missing the sun.
** I should start telling myself, "No, you will not eat rice this vacation". Self-discipline period.
12. Take time to revisit the places that made you who you are: the apartment you grew up in, your middle school, your hometown. These places may or may not be here forever; you definitely won’t be.
** Pano? Di naman kami naalis ng Cavite. Haha. Siguro, pupuntahan ko na lang yung mga lugar na gusto ko. Yung maraming puno. 
13. Find a hobby that makes being alone feel lovely and empowering and like something to look forward to.
** Biking and walking. Nare-relax talaga ko. Dami kong naiisip na magandang bagay. Day-dreaming ba.

14. Think you know yourself until you meet someone better than you.
** Alam ko naman na laging meron na "MAS" aangat sa'yo whether positive or negative trait. :)))
15. Forget who you are, what your priorities are, and how a person should be.
** Gusto ko to!!! Pupunta ako sa isang lugar na malabong may makakakilala sakin tapos i-YOLO na! :D
16. Identify your fears and instead of letting them dictate your every move, find and talk to people who have overcome them. Don’t settle for experiencing .000002% of what the world has to offer because you’re afraid of getting on a plane.
17. Make a habit of cleaning up and letting go. Just because it fit at one point doesn’t mean you need to keep it forever — whether ‘it’ is your favorite pair of pants or your ex.
**Masaya na ko ngayon dahil sa isang tao kaya I'm on the process of fully letting go of the first and the longest heart issue of mine. :") 
18. Stop hating yourself.
** I hate myself occasionally lang. Haha.
19. Go out and watch that movie, read that book, listen to that band you already lied about watching, reading, listening to.
** I'm always doing this. <3 
20. Take advantage of health insurance while you have it.
** Hahaha! Sige, uunahin ko sa school clinic namin. 
21. Make a habit of telling people how you feel, whether it means writing a gushing fan-girl email to someone whose work you love or telling your boss why you deserve a raise.
**Checked! Hihi. Sa Soundcloud ko madalas gawin yan. <3
22. Date someone who says, “I love you” first.
** N O T E D.
23. Leave the country under the premise of “finding yourself.” This will be unsuccessful. Places do not change people. Instead, do a lot of solo drinking, read a lot of books, have sex in dirty hostels, and come home when you start to miss it.
** Places sometimes change as time goes by but memories do not. ;>
24. Suck it up and buy a Macbook Pro.
** Hahaha. Definitely! 
25. Quit that job that’s making you miserable, end the relationship that makes you act like a lunatic, lose the friend whose sole purpose in life is making you feel like you’re perpetually on the verge of vomiting. You’re young, you’re resilient, there are other jobs and relationships and friends if you’re patient and open.