A Tribute to Friendship

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  According to the most recent statistics on the world’s population, there are about 7.4 Billion people on this planet. In a lifetime, we can meet and interact with just around 100,000. And out of the 100,000 people you will bump into during your entire existence,perhaps only a few will have touched your life in unique, unprecedented and memorable ways.
   I just recently reunited with a good friend  which I have not talked to for quite some time now, and I also got a chance to hang out more with my usual set of friends, and I’ve realized that I have been blessed with awesome people who make my life great.
   Friendship is indeed a special gift, so never take your friends for granted. Spend time with them everytime you get the chance.
   Be thankful for your friends whom you have grown up with. They probably know your deepest darkest secrets and all your flaws and pet peeves, but still they accept you and love you (or hate you sometimes)…and they are your golden ticket to an awesome night out in town with booze coupled with wreckless juvenile bliss without you having to worry about your parents constantly texting or calling and asking where in the world you are already. The kind of friends who will remember your birthday and plan a surprise party for you, or totally forget your special day but still get away with not remembering.
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   Be thankful for your friends who treat you like family and look after you. Friends who never tolerate your foolishness and keep you on track with what is right and just. Friends who advise you and mentor you to become a better version of yourself.

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   Be thankful for friends who have your back and support you all the way. Friends who admire you for the wonderful things they see in you. Friends who are always ready to give you a pat on the back and believe in you even if you don’t believe in yourself.
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 Be thankful for friends who are just a call or text away… Friends who painstakingly comfort you while you go through the motions, fits of anger, bouts of depression and what not…  Friends who don’t grow tired of listening to your whining and respond right away.

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Be thankful for friends who share your dreams and passion …

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…friends who gave you the best childhood, elementary, highschool, college and working experience…

 

 

…and friends of the cute and furry sort who take away your stress and make you smile in an instant…

 

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This is a tribute to the friendhips that I keep, including the ones I pushed aside and the ones that faded away. To most of my friends, from the bottom of my heart thanks for staying and still wanting to stay, to some, thanks for dropping by.

 

Sincerely,

Patricia

P.S. To the friends whose photos are not in this post, feel free to complain, I’ll make it up to you somehow. LOL 🙂

A Day in Dreamland

Here is my first ever travel blog feature lifted from  PattieTales  🙂 Follow me there for more travel and adventure stories!

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Okay, first off, I live in an island that’s shaped like a sock. It’s called Negros. It is one of the 7, 107 island of the Philippines.

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Photo Credits to bestofnegrosisland.com

The island is divided into two parts, Negros Oriental and Occidental. I live in the Oriental part. And this place called Dreamland can be found in one of our municipalities called AMLAN.

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When I first heard about Dreamland, I already had an idea that they kept animals of different kinds like a zoo, so I was pretty much uninterested to go because personally I don’t like zoos.  But when I found out that the place was more like a sanctuary and that most of the animals weren’t caged, I was more than delighted to pay them a visit. I actually host and write for a local travel tv show, and we featured them in our second episode. For the full story I’ll attach a link to our episode featuring the place once it is up on YouTube, but here’s a link of the video I made as a sneak peak of it.

So the town boasts of its nature and adventure park. The nature park is a sanctuary of exotic animals. They have 8 mammal species, 13 avian species and 3 reptile species. It was so surprising to find out that these animals existed here in my island. I never thought that I would be able to get up close and personal to such wonderful creatures. They have an in house veterinarian who takes good care of these animals too. The animals had big “play pens” similar to their natural living environment.

These are the miniature horses, and I am most especially fond of them because we have something in common…short legs! Lol. But these guys are so cute.

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That’s me and my friend Claudine posing with the mini horses.

Now this right here is a full breed Stallion,I named him Mustang. And just like the horse of Zorro , this fella is big , tall and strong! I may have a smile on my face, but deep inside I felt so nervous because I have not tried mounting a stallion ever. The local horses that we have here are way smaller.

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The smile of terror! Special thanks to kuya who directed my Mustang. Lol

These two beauties had to be caged for obvious reasons. Meet Acron and Byron, they are baby tigers. Take note, baby…they aren’t adults yet. They have their own bed and bath in there. They feed on chicken heads and other meat. So I heard that taking a tiger selfie is one of the forms of animal cruelty, but I hope we can put this in the right context. Though the animals are caged,they are being taken cared of, they have their own vet who checks up on them,and they are fed properly.

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Now meet Romeo the Arabian camel. He has a companion, another camel within the park. They are still training him to walk in a the course, that’s why he is in this bamboo enclosure.I thought I would’ve had to go to the middle east to ride a camel, but lucky for me, we have two here.

camelThese are some of the birds in the aviary. What caught my eye was the peacock. Seeing it made me feel so bad because I have peacock feather accessories. I imagined that in order to make these peacock accessories these poor animals might have to be plucked of their gorgeous feathers, but I was relieved to find out that its the feathers that fall off naturally that are made into accessories. Never the less, no more peacock accessories for me.

Another exciting activity we did was feeding the love birds. All we had to do was place some bird seeds in our palms, and the love birds would just flock to our hands.

We took a much needed break from the tour and headed to Escosa’s Beach Resort. There we feasted on a sumptuous lunch prepared just for us, and we ate halo-halo! For those who don’t know what halo-halo is, it is actually a famous Filipino dessert that’s a mixture of shaved ice,milk, fruits of all sorts, “ube” , corn flakes and all of which topped with ice cream. The resort has a function hall perfect for weddings, birthdays and other special events. They also have a mini bar, a pool and lots of guest accommodation rooms.

After eating we proceeded to the Adventure park, a few kilometers away  from the Nature Park to conquer their obstacle course and to go river rafting. Here is our picture after the ride. I couldn’t take a lot of pictures because I don’t have a Go-Pro just yet, so I asked the park for some of their photos so I can share them with all of you.

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Here are more pictures I got from the brochures of Dreamland 🙂

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This was the obstacle course I hurdled. If you are scared of heights than this not for you. Although the highest rope course is only at 14ft.

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This is what river tubing looks like.

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The complete set of birds in dreamland.

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It’s interesting to note that they also have the Civet, Spotted Deer, Wild Bore, and Macaques.

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They asked me to carry the Albino python over my shoulder, but I was too scared!

Finding Lost Inspiration

It wasn’t so long ago when I could write on and on and on day in and day out. I could fill booklets with stories from my wild imaginative mind and radical opinions on almost any topic. I would pour my heart out on each page, and I didn’t really care if people would read my scribbles and compositions.

I was a writer back then, and I was only 12 years old.

So, what happened?

Well, I finished high school, then got my mass communication degree in college and eventually studied a year or two in law school. Life happened and I got busy. And yeah, you got that right,  I earned a degree in masscom, a writing extensive course. But I simply wrote for compliance. I wrote to beat deadlines. I wrote to graduate. Since then, writing became an obligation rather than a form of self-expression.

I drowned in the many articles I had to make and I lost my voice along the way. Opinion is my middle name, both literally and figuratively, but when one has to write for good grades, there were times I had to tweak my opinion and just write for that A! After that, the worse came when I just stopped believing in what I had to say because I was educated to write for my audience… to consider what was interesting to them, what made headlines, what garnered likes and shares. I guess that’s also the reason why I found it so difficult to blog! I cared more about what you guys would think of my writing and if my posts were “like worthy” and interesting enough rather than the pure joy I had felt of just being able to express how I truly feel by doing what I love.

I’m 24 years old now, and I realized that I was better off when I was half my age. I am ashamed of what I have become.  So starting today, I will stay true to myself and go back to doing what I really love.

I am a writer, and I write to express emotions and feelings, to convey information and ideas, to inform and wield opinion, to have fun and simply be heard. I am a writer, because I simply am 🙂

What about you? Why do you write?

P.S. I now have a food blog and a and adventure travel blog as well. Follow me at foodtripdumaguete.wordpress.com and pattietales.wordpress.com.

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I would like to thank my 26 followers, for choosing to follow me, either by chance or by purpose.

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Back with A Grateful Heart

It’s been a long while since my last post. So many things have happened and a lot has definitely changed in my life.  However one thing remained and this is my love for writing and social media:)

I am truly happy and thankful to the people who followed me,  I owe you guys a lot.  Don’t worry ’cause I will surely feed your minds and imagination with more of my stories.  I am so excited to announce as well that I am already working with my childhood friends on a food and adventure blog foodtripdumaguete.wordpress.com
I hope you guys could follow us as well:) Moreover I am writing for Traveler’s Today, an online Travel magazine, so expect me to be sharing some of my pieces there too.

This would be all for now, I’ll see you in my 1st comeback post! For now I leave you with this saying:

‘it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are’

Feel free to comment!  What are your thoughts? Are you brave enough to become who you really are? Better yet do you know who you really are?  🙂

Happy day everyone!

A Beautiful Reflection from a Random Conversation

I had a very interesting conversation with a new friend today. You see, I helped facilitate a career symposium in one of the universities here in my city, and the organizer (my new friend) invited me for lunch. Together with my office mate I accepted the invite since it was already past noon time and I could hear my stomach growling.

We talked about a lot of stuff, including work experiences, the academe and educational system of our country. Don’t get me wrong, we are not the boring and perhaps nerdy people that you guys might be thinking of right now. Although I can’t blame you if you thought that, ’cause  after all who bonds over lunch talking about the Philippine educational system, right?  But you see, the reason we were talking about such things is because I am a former university teacher and she was the current guidance counselor of that institution. It was inevitable. However in the middle of our ham and egg omelet feast, spur a topic that left me contemplating about how I have been living my life for the past few blogless months.

We began talking about the decreasing attention span of children. Now a days, it is very difficult to get students to read a book in the library or to listen to a lecture without them tinkering with their gadgets. We also talked about Facebook, and the social media becoming a distraction rather than a utility or convenience.  She told me that it was always a challenge for her to log out and refrain from visiting the site in the middle of the day, in between work shifts or even when she is studying and supposed to be focused on something. I told her that she shares the same sentiments with probably the rest of the tech-savvy , internet literate world. I share the same sentiment as well, and had to deactivate my Facebook for 4 years just to make a stand that we, the human race, can live without it! I was a mass media student, (now a graduate) without a social media account for four straight years, just to prove that it can be done. So the point is that we can either let technology control and own us, or we can take charge of how we ought to use it.

I recently watched a film in YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRl8EIhrQjQ) , and according to it the average human spends 4 years of his/her lifetime just looking down on the cellphone. I am guilty of raving over my gadgets, and upon hearing this, it made me think that 4 years is all it takes to finish my law degree too. I could either use the time looking down on my iPhone or make my dream of becoming a lawyer come true.(Hence the reason why I am reconsidering enrolling back into law school) Although in the film the blame was thrown at Zuckerberg and how he should reclassify the social network as anti-social, I don’t agree that it should be blamed. After all, social media exists for good purposes such as communication,sharing of information and entertainment . It’s just us humans using it for all the wrong reasons of self-gratification, cyber bullying, and creation of false personas and using it as avenue where people can go on anger sprees. It’s about us and not the social media, or technology or our gadgets. Because to put it simply, you don’t own your iPhone or iPad anymore, it owns you. So are you alright with that?

Our conversation was so deep indeed that she even planned to make it the topic for her thesis. She is currently taking up her Master’s of Psychology. But just as we were about to stand, my office mate blurts out that “yeah technology can own us, but the ultimate owner of human flesh is money”. Automatically an alarm sounds off from deep within my subconscious and I engage the topic immediately. I had to share my two cents worth on what he said. True enough,  at times, we can be enslaved by money, our need to earn more, so we can have more, and then when we have had more, we just need more and more and more. Human want and need is indeed insatiable, and we think that having more money is the solution to that insatiable thirst. But we forget that not everything has a price tag. Cliche as it may be, most of the best things in life are free such as love, happiness, family and friends. For those/ us who are too preoccupied with wanting to make more money, let us stop and smell the flowers from time to time, shall we? Count our blessings, see how much we  have, be thankful for it and appreciate what we have been given and accorded. And since we are already on a roll, perhaps contentment will creep in somehow 🙂

Last but not the least, after saying our goodbyes , and while heading back to the office, in my mind I realized that apart form technology, and money, one more thing that can take control over us are our emotions.

Just recently, I adopted a new mantra- an addition to my collection of wise sayings. It goes this way, “don’t make promises when you’re happy, don’t talk back when you’re mad, and don’t make decisions when you’re sad”.  More often than not, we are held captive by our emotions as well. Relationships are lost and  friendships broken.  People around us get hurt  when we let our emotions get the best of us, and what’s worse is that we never notice until bridges have been burned. Buddha simply put it “rule your mind or it will you”. Applying the same logic and principle, rule your emotions or it will rule you.

We must take charge of these things, whether it be technology, money or emotions. I am not much of a mathematician, but somehow I made up my own equation to my life, it’s L+I+F+E. I start with the Lord (L)— the source of everything, our maker, my Redeemer, my Savior. And of course no one else can live my life except I, no one else should take charge except I. But since I cannot do it alone, I need Faith (F) that the beginning of life the L, the creator of my life the Lord, will see me thru everything and anything. And lastly, I must Endure (E), for I know not all the time it will be easy and  it will be happy. There will be times where I will be tried and tested and bent, broken and burned. But I must endure.

So what about you guys? Who did you talk to today and what did you talk about?

Responsible Media

The media should be forwarding good moral values.

However, in this day and age, this industry has already been split between the good and the bad.

There’s the side of media that can be bought, corrupted, profit-oriented with no moral and social conscience, media that promotes violence,aggression,conflict and crooked values- but there’s the other side that upholds ethical mass communication, pursues the truth, defends the oppressed,gives voice to the unheard, exposes the wrong, fights for justice, upholds good moral values,stands firm in righteousness, after the good of the people, socially responsible , and Christian media.

Please, as a mass com student and media practitioner it is my prayer that people will choose to read the pages,flip on the channels, listen to the frequencies and log in to the good kind of media. The media we deserve. One of the greatest gifts we have is free will, but let us choose what we read,listen to, watch and surf wisely:)

When you’re done

While I was surfing the internet looking for images in Google about “running” , I came across this saying “don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.” I kept on thinking about it until several hours passed. I finished my shift and walked all the way from my office to our community oval.

On that day I had already planned to jog and kick off my fitness routine, so I immediately put it into practice. For each round I jogged I felt like I couldn’t finish, and my knees and legs felt more and more pain with each step. But I continuously pushed myself to keep going. I told myself over and over again “don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.”

Now it has been 3 days since I started working out. My whole body is aching and everyday it gets harder and harder to get up in the morning. But still I try not to let the pain get in the way of jogging 6 rounds in the oval day after day.

It is now my new mantra. Even in the tasks I handle in the workplace, I don’t stop when I’m tired, but I only stop when I’m done. Now I am more productive. I guess you guys should give it a try. If you suffer the following symptoms:

1. eager to jump start a task but have difficulty finishing it

2. you procrastinate

3. give up easily

4. struggle with getting things done

5. you are packing a few extra pounds you need to shed off

6. you are insanely stubborn

I strongly recommend this mantra. However, don’t forget that this will not work if you’re not willing to put your heart, mind and soul to it. Humans as we are, we do get tired, but we are always stronger than we think, because our minds quit first before our bodies do.  It’s really doable because believe me, I have all of the 6 symptoms, but hey, ain’t nothing to it but to do it, and I’m doing it alright. Most of all, don’t forget to lift it up. No one can sustain us like He can.

My fitness buddies:) On weekends, I walk with them:) Even when I'm done with my rounds, I still can't stop unless they're done with theirs.

My fitness buddies:) On weekends, I walk with them:) Even when I’m done with my rounds, I still can’t stop unless they’re done with theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wandering Albatross

There is said to be 50,000-70,000 thoughts that occur in your mind in a day. This is according to Bruce Davis’ article in the Huffington post. But Davis was very specific and attributed these thoughts as supposed to be getting in the way between you and your partner. This article is not about relationships though or psychology,it’s just that often times  I hear myself, along with a lot of people saying that we have a lot of things running through our heads. So I wanted to know exactly how many thoughts the human mind can generate and handle in a day.

Just when I thought that I was thinking of so many things already, stumbling upon the 70,000 figure made me laugh. Because as I started to recall what got me all worked up today, I could still count with my fingers the mind boggling thoughts I had.

As I sat in a cafe to ponder on my thoughts, I scribbled 4 words on a blank sheet of paper. Empty/ Hollow. Purpose. Superficial.

And while my mind was on a roll,I allowed it to wander, remained quiet, drank my gigantic cup of caramel macchiato,  and waited for my good friend to talk to.

But here  was my train of thought, which i’m sure some one out there could relate to: feeling empty and hollow inside- cant’t figure out my purpose in life- resorting to superficial desires. Such a vicious cycle, and a very depressing one at that. But really perhaps there are just some days that you know what you want, and what you’re doing, and some days that you totally haven’t got a clue. But I don’t think we ought to settle with that, and I must say i refuse to settle with that conclusion. Because in my pursuit of the truth and meaning and peace…I would like to believe we all have a purpose for existence. But what exactly is it?

There could be so many answers, and it depends on your belief, faith, religion, philosophy, knowledge,discretion etc etc etc…  and having considered all of this, this is what I choose to believe in. My Christian friend, whom I met with to unload such thoughts of mine,  shared with me that  our purpose here on earth is to know God, love God and share God and His word to others. Very simple yet profound and true. Wow!  So becoming a doctor, lawyer, or an HR executive is just an itsy bitsy part of fulfilling that purpose. Having been gifted with talents, skills, and knowledge, a degree or a title is just a means of being able to fulfill that purpose.

It made a lot of sense. It’s not about us, my friend said, but it’s all about Him. If we find purpose in the things we do based on our success, our passion or the things we are good at, when we fail we tend to lose it, hence the confusion and emptiness. But if in all the things we do, from the moment we wake up, to the start of our shifts at work, to our ministries, hobbies, passion and practically if in everything,  we seek to know Him, love Him and share His love and word, even in confusion, hardship and failure we will find purpose.

In everything we do, we just have to seek Him. Love Him. And let Him be seen and revealed in the lives we live and the things we do. To  let His love be felt to others through us. Though it is difficult to do, and we may never be able to do it on our own, that is why we pray, remain faithful and depend on God’s grace.

Everyday is a battle then. In as much as everyday is an opportunity to worship and praise Him and fulfill this purpose,  everyday may also bring temptations to deny and turn your back on Him. Now I understand the need for fervent prayer and sincere reading of the Scriptures.

Indeed it is such a blessing to be surrounded by Christian friends, and I’m lucky to have thought of spending time with one. Thank you ate Crystal. Thank you J.C., for leading me to her.

So since my mind is so prone to wander, and question and doubt and worry, I know better now, to cut that train of thought and go back to the truth in Jesus, as to what my purpose is. Then I won’t be so lost in 70,000 thoughts anymore of what ought to be should be must be could be will be.

Emptiness and being hollow will turn into being  filled and overflowing with the love of Christ.

Purpose will be found in everything I do.

And superficial desires and happiness will be replaced with what matters most, salvation and eternal life.

Amazed. Excited. Enlightened. Hopeful. Prayerful. Delighted. Loved. Important. Precious. Blessed. Humbled. Joyful. A dozen of the thousand more thoughts in my mind right now as I end this entry.

What about you? What are you thinking of?

Have  a blessed day!

Romans 8:18-30

New International Version (NIV)

Present Suffering and Future Glory

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[b] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified;those he justified, he also glorified.

 

A Fresh and New Perspective

  1. Esprit Libre Belle Ame: A Free Spirit with A beautiful Soul

This was the title of my previous blog. I decided to make a new one because as the title suggests, I have a fresh and new perspective in life now.

My mantra remains the same: Free your mind and let your dreams take flight. I am a dreamer. I am a proud owner of a dream book with a lot of crazy things written on it, But in 23 years, almost all of those crazy things came true.

Everything that I have been blessed with all started with a dream. From the simplest dreams of having my own small furry lap dog (which is Cashmiere, plus Stark) , to becoming a teacher, host, and young professional. And so, here I am trying to make, yet another one happen.

My small furry lap dog babies.

My small furry lap dog babies.

 

 

 

HR Executive/Trainer at last.

HR Executive/Trainer at last.

Even though i just lasted for a Sem. Still, dream come true.

Even though i just lasted for a Sem. Still, dream come true.

This was my first travel alone without my family. An achievement I hold very dear to my heart, because it's the first trip I was able to afford out of my own salary. And it was a divine "mountain top" experience.

This was my first travel alone without my family. An achievement I hold very dear to my heart, because it’s the first trip I was able to afford out of my own salary. And it was a divine “mountain top” experience.

My sweet stint as a College teacher.

My sweet stint as a College teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My passion is telling stories. I would like to write about the beauty and truth in life. I would like capture moments and memories.

My previous blog was just so very vain. This time, it is my prayer that I am able to TELL STORIES that show the BEAUTY and TRUTH in life, FOR REAL. To God be the glory this time around. hehehe

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 ESV .

My inspiration: God, Family and these people i like to call my earth angels, a.k.a the CYAF.

My inspiration:
God, Family and these people i like to call my earth angels, a.k.a the CYAF.