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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Creative 2014: Creative Problem Solving

For the longest time, I have been a member of Coursera.org -- a database wherein you can take free courses on topics you're interested in. It's like being in class. You will have lectures, homework, and readings, but all on a different platform, which is on the Internet. From the time I registered on the website, I was never enrolled on time in courses which I liked so I really haven't tried it.

Coincidentally last week, I checked the website and a course on "Creative Problem Solving" was about to start... so I enrolled in it! Why? It's in line with my life goals for this year, which is to be more creative! Thus, Creative 2014. You may see this in my tweets sometimes (#Creative2014) well that means I'm actually doing something to get my creative juices flowing! My professors are art and design teachers from the University of Minnesota and this course will take 7 weeks. I'm exhilarated and nervous at the same time! Exhilarated because this will be a new experience for me, nervous because doing new things scares the hell out of me (hashtag "routine" girl)

It's always great to be learning new things plus with the globalized web space we have right now, information sharing is so much easier and free! I hope you guys would also have that drive for learning! Here's to a more creative 2014! :)

P.S. 
I will have a "Do Something Different" assignment every week which I will be posting here as well! Right now, I'm still going through the lecture videos my professors put up. :-) 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Eat Out: Brunch Desserts Ice Cream Boutique

My bestfriend (Ken) and I decided to hang out a little bit more together since she'll be leaving for Dumaguete next week because her internship in Cebu is already coming to an end! It was already late in the evening so we both decided to stay somewhere near the place she's staying... so we went to St. Patrick's Square. I haven't been here before so it was an "uncharted" place for me! 

Good thing Brunch Desserts was still open at that time. We ordered Chocolate Crepe (95 php) to share with each other because everything was so impromptu, I didn't bring extra money that day! Also, we were full from dinner, so "sharing is loving" ang peg. Hehehe

The crepe was very simple. It was topped with dark chocolate syrup and chocolate icecream. There is not much to say how it compares to other crepes I've tasted in other dessert shops in Cebu, but I think it's very simple and there's nothing really special about it.

It's great that the place had a fun vibe in it since it was really cute and colorful... though I don't think it's such a nice place to study out and make projects since they charge 100 pesos or so (an hour) for plugging your laptops. 

Probably I'll be coming back here to try their Mango Tango ice cream sundae (it's their best seller). This place is definitely for those who want to stay in places that are not too crowded. Brunch Desserts is located behind St. Theresa's College, in St. Patrick's square. It's after St. Mark Hotel, if you're coming from Redemptorist. :-)
P.S. All photos are from Ken's phone! :>

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Haves and Have-nots

I Timothy 6: 7-10 (KJV)“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
I purposely opened this passage of Scripture tonight to remind me some very important life lessons straight from God’s Word. It specifically talks about contentment – that state of mind where you feel satisfied with what you have. I think contentment encompasses a lot of different aspects, whether it be material, physical, emotional, and spiritual. In this post, I am gonna talk more about the MATERIAL aspect.

Lately, God placed me in a situation that tested this. Our generation right now is so bombarded via media about the latest trends in fashion, gadgets, phones, bags, places, and anything under the sun! A prominent tactic for advertising is by “word-of-mouth” which is a.k.a. Instagram/Twitter/Facebook feed! It’s very easy to be updated about what’s in and what’s not cause you get to see it all the time as you keep scrolling down – bringing about feelings of covetousness and envy. I’m not saying that I haven’t fallen to this trap before. I have (a couple of times, actually). It’s just so unfortunate that it’s already so common to hear people complain about the things they don’t have, rather than appreciate what they have at the present.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tell Me You Love Me in a Way I Would Understand

Our youth program in church today was themed around LOVE, with the title “When you fall inlove”. I didn’t get to join the ALI Lectures this year cause unfortunately my class ends very late at night during the weekdays. Of particular interest to me about our program was the discussion on the “Five Love Languages” which I think most of you know about, conceptualized by Gary Chapman. Your love language is basically how you would want your special other to express their love for you in a way that YOU would understand. This is not specifically limited to romantic relationships, but it goes out to everybody in your social context—whether it be your family, friends, neighbors, or just people you interact with from time-to-time.

The Five Love Languages are:
  1. Words of Affirmation – People with this type of love language always want to hear verbal affirmations like “I love you” and compliments (e.g. “You look great today”) as often as they can. To them, actions don’t always speak louder than words. Word of caution: Watch your tongue! Criticisms will always be hard to forget.
  2. Quality Time – Words do not hit the spot unlike pure quality time together. He/she wants your undivided attention. They enjoy hanging out and just living in the moment together.  Word of caution: Postponed dates, distractions, or the failure to listen can be particularly hurtful.
  3. Receiving Gifts – People with this love language do not necessarily mean that they are materialistic. Rather, they feel loved when they see that the person who is giving the gift put effort and thoughtfulness in the gift. These are two important aspects for them in terms of “gift-giving”. Word of caution: Forgetting their birthday, anniversary, or just giving a gift (for the sake of it) will not make them understand the feelings you want to convey. It could be disastrous!
  4. Physical Touch – If the first thing that came to your mind is what I thought you would think, then maybe you’re green-minded! (Jk!) Physical touch does not only translate to things that happen within the four walls of a married couple’s bedroom. It also means pats on the back, holding hands, and hugs. These are all ways that would make you feel genuinely loved and cared for. Word of caution: Barriers to communicating this type of love language is geographical access. Of course you wouldn’t be able to hug someone if you’re not physically there! However, your neglect and abuse would also be emotionally destructive.
  5. Acts of Service – The last but not the least love language, is acts of service. (I personally think that Isaac had this type of love language, as he was willing to serve for Rebekah’s hand for 14 years of hard work!) If you feel the other person’s love and concern when they help you out with chores and your responsibilities, then most probably you have this type of love language! The words “let me do that for you” would sound music to your ears! Word of caution: laziness, broken commitments, and adding more burdens rather than easing it would convey that their feelings are not important to you.

Friday, February 7, 2014

What I Should Be Doing in my Free Time

Ahhhh the things I need to do in a short span of time. I promise to do all these things when I get a little space from my crazy schedule:

1. Go to Colon. Since I drive the car all the time, literally, I never got the chance to visit busy thrift-friendly Colon. First reason? I do not have the freedom to indulge my allowance on extra gasoline for the car. Next, parking space is one of the hardest things to find downtown. If meron man, it's such a loooooooong walk from the places I want to go, plus parking fees pa. Third, walking in Colon under the heat of the sun is the most exhausting thing ever. Reasons, reasons. But really, I want to go and splurge a little bit for myself (I'm a thriftyyy) without hurting my wallet so much. So my game plan is, get my heart, mind, and body ready, ditch the car, ride the jeep, and just get over it! 

2. Jog a few rounds in Abellana. I've missed the days when Jon Mark and I had the time (and the energy *gasp*) to jog there once in a while. I think that's one of the places you can legitimately jog without getting bored and getting tired so easily since everybody around you is in the HYPE! Everywhere you turn, people are so into their fitness so ma-pressure ka rin kahit kunti. I've honestly succumbed to that subtle peer pressure so I got to run a little more than what my mind tells me to.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Unearthed Secrets

Tada!
I was browsing through my Blogger Dashboard yesterday when I came across this drop-down menu under posts. I noticed that I had 82 imported posts (in the picture it's already 72 since I published some posts already) and I wondered why that could be. I thought that all of my previous blog posts from Multiply where already imported in my blog so it was really a surprise when I found out there were more!

If you're wondering why I have so many imported posts, let me tell you a story. Way back in high school, nung hindi pa uso ang Facebook, us DCHS students thrived in Multiply. It was a social media service that boasts of unlimited photo storage (my friends and I had thousands of pictures back then), blogging options, and a lot of different things you can share such as music and videos! It was a great site! 

I have always remembered myself blogging about my day, or blogging about my friends, or posting "surveys" which were very prominent in those years. Since Multiply sadly closed in 2013, I had to import everything inside my account somewhere else so I brought it here! Buti nalang may options ang Multiply to do that. It's always fun to read how I viewed things when I was just  a young teen! Matanda na talaga ako.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Day by day

Simple moments like this is what makes our relationship worth it by the day. As they say, "love is not always about the grand gestures"... it's the little things that count in the long run. I will always be thankful for each and every moment with you!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

48-hour trip to MNL

Okay, so I'm about to tell you about my QUICK trip to Manila last month. It was pretty quick considering that I spent only 48 hours there! I really want to tell you a secret. Promise that you'll keep it between the both of us but, it's my first time to step on the island of Luzon. Hahaha! Parang achievement unlocked lang ang peg! Anyway I went there to attend the 27th Annual Convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines Junior Affiliates. Pretty long, but let's just refer to it as PAPJA. We could've stayed longer in Manila if only our trip wasn't on the same weekend as Sinulog -- and you know how Cebuanos are with their well-loved festival! 48 hours it is. It was a very tiring trip, I tell you. Our flight was at four in the morning so we had to be at the airport at around 2. You could have imagined how groggy I was. Good thing I got to sleep on the plane.

Upon arriving in Manila, NAIA was not as bad as I thought it would be. It looked really nice contrary to what they call NAIA as one of the "worst airport terminals in the world". I beg to differ. The place looks quiet neat compared to all the other local airports I have been to.

Okay I would not want to bore you with my words, so here is just a photodump of some of the pictures I think describes my manila trip, with some captions on the side. Enjoy!

Taxis outside NAIA

5000 students attended the convention (not seen in photo cause we were a bit early)