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~ Merry Christmas! ~

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May you share your blessings to the people with less

Encourage every person to always give their best

Remember those times that made you laugh like a child

Regret not the mistakes you’ve made and just smile

You will feel better, lighter, and be merrier for a long while

 

Chase those blues away with a “fa, la, la, la, la…”

Hear the sounds of giggling and laughter from afar

Reconnect those bridges that was once forgotten

Increase the happiness a couple more hundreds

Savor the flavor of Christmas, eat anything you want

Thank every person who’ll give you gifts and whatnot

Make time to give something to someone you love

And utter a  thankful prayer to the Lord up above

Sincerely greet, “Happy Holidays!”, “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” to all

 

XOXO

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This post is inspired by the Writing Prompt of LanguageIsAVirus: Write an Acrostic poem or story: in which the first letter of each word/sentence/paragraph forms a word or sentence.

 

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Lacuna No More

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It’s been a year of hiatus on this blogsite but it didn’t mean emptiness. Not at all. It’s just an absence of enough time to spend on writing a blog, I only had time for 140 characters on Twitter and bits of a rant or rave statuses on Facebook.

I missed writing. Modesty aside, I have always believed that I was born to be a writer. It would seem that I have abandoned this belief but that is not the case. I have been busy with a bunch of different things other than writing: with arts and crafts (handmade projects), some upcycling seminars here and there, coordinating a churchmate’s wedding for this month, an administrative job with one of the most respectable wedding suppliers in the country, and assisting my dear mother-in-law in the family business. I should also include being an active member of our Highschool Alumni group in charge of some fund-raising projects and upcoming reunions plus being appointed as the new Secretary of our homeowners’ association. Yes, my plate is overflowing with tasks and activities, but I see them as opportunities to learn and upgrade myself. I don’t plan on growing old as a dull, close-minded woman.

Now, the real reason why I am writing again is because of this website called Language Is A Virus. It provides good writing exercises to help you knock off that writer’s block. Today I’ve got a writing prompt: “I care about…” And this is where I have decided to write about it.

I care about my children. I would like to think that I have been doing a great job raising them but in reality it is a daily struggle for me to decide whether I have to be a protective mother or not. Both of them are teenagers now. *sigh* I just took a cue from Dude Crush when he told Marlin, “…when they know, you know, y’know?”  At least I am confident my teenagers know that I am always here to guide them, whenever they need it.

I care about the environment. If you have seen my other blogsite with posts of my handmade creations I think you have already noticed that I am very fond of upcycling stuff. Climate change is not just a myth now and this is one of the reasons why I love sharing my self-acquired knowledge about upcycling, simply known as creative recycling, to other people particularly with the younger ones. I would like to believe that I can make a change by planting a seed of caring for the environment to other people by doing these upcycling seminars. A small drop of water can still cause a ripple in the ocean.

That’s all for now. Thank you for taking time to read this. See you again soon. 🙂

xoxo

An End of an Era & a Start of Something Not-So-New

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Change. Change is good. Do not fear change. Change is inevitable. Go with it or deprive yourself from seeing something more beautiful, more awesome, more life.

The end of an era. After almost 3 years of being a “wizard” of the Wedding Wizards I have decided to hang my non-existent magic wand and wizard’s hat. I will not be enumerating here the reasons why I decided to do so but let’s just say that I have finally seen the bigger picture, a realization: the Wedding Wizards team isn’t for me anymore. I have seen changes (which I have chosen to ignore for a couple of years) and I am now moving on with the change. I have left the “old cheese” in pursuit of a “new cheese”. You should read “Who Moved My Cheese” for you to understand the metaphor. It was scary at first, I admit, but there’s no use in staying any longer in a place where you don’t belong in the same page anymore. I am doing this for me, for my own sanity and for my own happiness. I say enough. I say move on.

The start of something not-so-new. As I am still navigating this new maze that I am in I thought of going back to what I can really do best: honing my arts and crafts skills. Way before I joined the Wedding Wizards I have already been crafting and creating something from scratch with my own hands.  I always see things in a different way, in a better light, that’s why I can create a crafting project out of any kind of material. That is also the reason why I almost do not throw anything away. Yes, I am a pack rat. Give me the crafting tools I need, leave me alone with my crafting and I can make a masterpiece out of a garbage-bound material. Thanks to the 3 crafting and DIY influences in my life: my two grandmothers (both really great in sewing, and one of them in crocheting) and my own mother. I have also created some customized items and accessories for the past weddings of the Wedding Wizards.

Now, in line with this not-so-new venture, I have created separate blogsites for my arts and crafts projects. One in Blogspot and one in WordPress. They both have the same content (almost) so you can follow either one. Pardon the quality of photos posted there, I can only do minor adjustments with them. Either I need a new and better digital camera or I need better lighting and more knowledge in camera settings. 😀

Oh, I also have created a Facebook Page for my handmade creations. I hope you will “Like” it. 😉

My final words for this post are already clichés but they are clichés for a reason. Life is too short: Live it. Love it. Laugh with it. Learn to know when enough is enough. Move on as quickly as you can. Accept change. Challenge yourself. Pursue happiness.

Until then.

xoxo

[Short Story] Irony

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Sitting inside a coffeeshop. Doing what I do while waiting: people watching. To the right corner, a lady in her early 40s sitting alone, ranting on her phone to a friend about a man (maybe her husband or somebody else’s) that was caught cheating but continues to deny it. To the left slightly hidden corner, young (probably in their late teens) couple sitting side by side, whispering and giggling to their own little secret. All happy and smiling like there’s no reason in the world that can separate them from each other. And in the middle of these two quite interesting corners there’s me.

[10.19.14 @ Starbucks SM Bacoor]

Brave by Sara Bareilles

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An awesome single from her 2013 album, The Blessed Unrest.

One of my “good vibes” songs. There’s something seriously wrong with you if you do not feel like dancing to this song. 😛

Quitting and Letting Go

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I have been told that quitting is only for the weak, “A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits.” That was when I was in training for the NOQC (Naval Officer Qualification Course – to become a CAT-1 Officer) in high school. Quitting was never an option for me despite heavy training (physical and emotional) since I’ve really wanted to be an officer back then. My never-say-die-attitude paid off because I became the 4th Battalion Commander and one of the trainers for the next batch of CAT-1 Officers.

Apparently, there are many reasons why someone becomes a quitter. It doesn’t mean that you are weak, but you are just that strong enough to let go of what you have. You quit because you can’t do it anymore. You quit because it is bad for your health. You quit because someone very important to you have told you to do so. You quit because it’s necessary. You quit because you think it is the right thing to do. You quit because you wanted to start on a new path. You quit because you just have had enough of it.

In the real world, outside the comforts of my home and my schools, I’ve learned how to be tolerant with difficult people around me especially in my workplace. I tried not to talk back and just agreed politely to avoid “word wars.” Some had even thought that I am a coward because I chose to be quiet. I guess I was just too busy earning a living for my family at that time (I dropped out of college to help out my parents – because I am the eldest among the five children) and I’ve never really thought of quitting a good job for years until I’ve decided to move on to a different path…becoming a stay-at-home mom.

As I grew older I have learned that being tolerant with other people’s attitude and character problems, immaturity and stupidity is not the way to live. And so I quit on being quiet – I’ve had enough. I started to speak up – honestly and most of the time so bluntly. Some people would understand my point, but most of them (the ones who got hurt by my honesty) didn’t. And so I am branded as “disrespectful”, “cold-hearted” and a “bitch.”

Another thing I’ve learned in life is that you can never please everyone so quit trying.

One friend described me as passionate. I am indeed very passionate. Passionate towards my family,  my children, my friends, my hobbies, and my careers. Unfortunately, in my case, being passionate is a double-edged sword. According to Merriam-Webster, one meaning of passionate is “having, showing, or expressing strong emotions or beliefs.” And because of me being very passionate, I’ve seen people (yes, even my friends) get scared (and angry) because I always speak my mind. But I don’t feel sorry in doing so. Some people (yes, even my friends, too) just couldn’t take it and could never understand it. Some would also say that I am just being so judgmental. Not really my fault.

I can’t recall the first time I realized that I have this so-called gift (or a curse?) of knowing something about someone’s personality and background even if I haven’t spoken with them yet. And when I do get the chance to talk to them it will only prove my “theories” right, 99.9% of the time. Now you know why I am being called judgmental and why they get to be so cautious around me.

By now I think you already know that I am very particular in picking out friends who I allow to get very close to me. But once I get hurt, offended or undervalued by my close friends, I shy away immediately. Of course I would give second chances, because everybody deserves one, but hurt/offend/undervalue me again and I will turn my back away for good. Life is too short to be spent on letting someone offend or belittle your value over and over again.

And so I am letting go…quitting from bothering myself with their issues. Better to not know what they are up to since they don’t really like knowing and hearing what I have to say about it – good or bad. They wouldn’t want to hear nor follow my advice and warning. For them, I am just a nagging friend. And who would want that around, right? So from now on, these are the only two words that they will hear from me if ever I am again asked about my opinion whenever they talk about their issues: no comment.

This is not me being stubborn. This is me in my self-preservation state. I don’t expect any of you to understand what I am saying right now. You don’t even know the whole story behind it all, this is only the tip of the iceberg. It’s just that I have had enough. I am now moving on.

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P.S. This song by Katy Perry has been an earworm for me lately. Kind of an opposite to my “no comment’ vow but I don’t care! Anyway, here’s the cute (though very difficult to immitate their ’emoji’ texting) lyrics video. ROAR!

Supporting Handmade: PAPEMELROTI

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Handmade[5]

I was first introduced to Papemelroti products by a good friend of mine, it was way back in 1994. She was very fond of their recycled papers and notepads, and she’s always sending me handwritten notes back then. Oh how I have loved receiving those!

Since then I have grown to love Papemelroti, even dreaming of having a store like it myself. Their recycled, repurposed, reused products are very inspiring to me (since I am a pack rat myself LOL), and going to one of their stores give me immeasurable happiness.

Fortunately, I am sharing with you that same happiness. (Yay!) Papemelroti is now having an online promo/raffle and the items at stake will surely bring you happiness. For more info, just click this LINK. ^_^

*photo credit to U Create