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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Eye for an eye

To end 2013, I actually got myself a new pair of eyes! My eye grades for both eyes are different from each other but the grade is not very high so it's not that serious. Anyway, an added bonus is that it gives me a new look for 2014! Nerdy, smart girl look? Pwede! Very non-evasive way to look different since I think I'm not cutting my hair till graduation (maybe). :-)

Other than having a literal new pair of EYES(glasses), most importantly, I pray that God will give me renewed spiritual eyes that will see the world in a way that will glorify God. I pray that I can always see the good in people... because somehow, somewhere, there's always something great in them that maybe no one ever took the time to notice. I also pray that I can see the need of those people around me, especially those who need the Savior. How blessed would that be! Here's to seeing in 2014!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Year-enders: Imba girls

On the 26th, the imba girls (the name we "call" our highschool barkada) had our lunch reunion! It wasn't like last year where we had a sleepover. The time we had this year was so short and limited, but nonetheless enough to suffice catching up with each other's lives. We had lunch at TGI Fridays (last minute plan!) and good thing that we were all complete. Second time pa namin to na kumpleto kaming lahat ever since highschool.
All of us
Our side of the table
Their side of the table
Of course we had our traditional exchanging gifts which we started as a Valentine gift exchange but later on evolved to being a barkada Christmas tradition to make it more intimate and mainly because all of us were mostly back home for the holidays.

Barkada Selfie! (Aking face ang pinakamalaki dyan kasi ako naghawak sa camera)
please forgive my thumb here... weird ang form! pero dito lang din O.o
Conversations where mostly about our plans after college. 4/6 are graduating this March! We're definitely growing older, and hopefully wiser! It's so crazy how time flies so fast... I remember when we were just all highschool girls struggling through the typical teenage drama. Pathetic, but always and forever part of growing up. I love how we grew independently and in so much different ways. The good thing is that we haven't outgrown each other and still find the time and effort to be with each other's company. 

We plan to see each other again on the 30th... hope it pushes through! xoxo <3

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas is just around the corner...

“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness.” 
                                                                 ― Bob Hope

Hi! I'm writing this blog from my very peaceful hometown, Davao City. Going home during the Christmas season feels so different compared to going home on ordinary months... there's just that feeling in the air. A feeling of pure love and joy and excitement to be able to spend time with people who matter the most. I am going to try my best to archive what I've been doing here in Davao the next few days. I can't wait!

Christmas has always been a special time for our family. Not because Jesus was born specifically on December 25, but it's a special time for the family to bond and be thankful of God's greatest gift to mankind -- salvation through Jesus Christ His Son. We spend Christmas with the Curato side, and it has been that way ever since I can remember. What we usually do on that day is that we eat a festive dinner which is called noche buena in Spain, Latin America, and the Philippines. Then, we have a devotional about the Christmas story, then we share God's blessings in our lives throughout the year. It's an emotional moment, I tell you. Last year, I was trying hard to hold back tears in my eyes because my heart was really happy! Tapos, we open the presents! Hehe we don't usually wait for exact midnight to do all this because the kids (p.s. including myself) start to be restless. I think this is one of everybody's favorite part, don't you think?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What do you know?

Hi! I just got home from one of the most fun nights in my college life!

USC Psychology Society in partnership with JPMAP had their Trivia Night awhile ago. It was indeed a time of fun and energy! I think I might have lost my voice from shouting and cheering for our group, La Shunga. My groupmates were Ana, Marlon, Bing, Jaika and Jessa. 'Twas a fun experience because we really did not feel any competition -- the night was just meant for pure fun. Maraming times na parang di na ako makahinga sa sobrang tawa!

This was the view from our side of the room. (or... just in my perspective.)

Left view....
 Right view...
 Front view...

Let the games begin.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

To love at all.

Love isn't perfect. It isn't a fairytale or a scrapbook and it doesn't come easy.
Love is overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, fighting to be together,
holding on and never letting go. It is a short word, easy to spell, difficult to define, and 
impossible to live without. Love is work, but most of all, love is realizing 
that every hour, every minute, every second of it was worth it because you did it together.

Love and life -- they both go together. Love makes life more meaningful, life makes it existentially possible for love to happen. Both are two beautiful things. With that, I will write about my lover, and my bestfriend.

Jon Mark and I initially knew each other back when I was in elementary and he was in high school. We have a three-year gap, just so you know. We weren't really friends, just a mere acquaintance. Of course we had different worlds back then, but I always admired him every time he sang in our church or during school activities. He was my little secret crush. I remember casually bringing him up during family conversations when I was much, much younger. Crush-crush lang, nothing serious back then. Years passed -- I went back to Davao because we had to transfer back-and-forth from Cebu every now and then so naturally, thoughts about my little crush faded away.

He was always known to his friends and my old schoolmates as playboy/chickboy/just someone who really didn't commit to anything or anyone. I vividly remember the day he called me one day when I was just a highschool senior. I didn't know who was calling... I asked, and he said that it was "Jon Mark". I knew it was him! Well duh, primarily because I was also in a relationship back then, I didn't give any care about his out-of-the-blue phone call.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Surprises in Cafe Caw

Hello, I've been really busy lately with internship, thesis, and school. It was such a breath of fresh air when Ken and I planned a date in another cute coffee shop called Cafe Caw! Actually this is the second branch located in Lahug... the first one was also cute, but was more quaint compared to this new one. 

Here's pics of one time my Mak and I hung out in the Cafe Caw Talamban branch:

Similar with the first branch, Cafe Caw Lahug had the same pastel, cute, Asian coffee shop theme. However, the new one boasts a bigger space and a wider menu range. Ken and I ordered something called 'waffle surprise' basically because it sounded delicious and because usually waffle servings can easily cater two.