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Say please

Even dogs know how to say please in their own little fluffy way:)

Say holla to Yuki, our very sweet Pomeranian spitz.

   

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WAIT..IF IT IS MEANT TO BE, IT WILL BE

IF IT IS MEANT TO BE, IT WILL BE

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God knows what is in my heart and God has better plan for me. That is what i always tell to myself whenever I feel the frustration of not being able to push through my medicine degree after nursing. I had plans: a timeline of what I want to achieve until 30’s and that includes studying well in order to finish right away and to become a doctor. I want to do it as soon as possible. In my mind, i know that I might not be able to do all of my plans; but ,at least, I have a backbone of what i want to achieve.

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. I had my heart broken upon knowing that I cannot proceed at that time. Almost everyone is telling me to just pursue my nursing career because it had a lot to offer. Of course, part of what I saw in my mind were houses,cars, luxurious items and being able to bring my parents in the US(because my relatives live there),not only for myself but for my family now and in the future. That vision is not bad at all. (But, there will always be a “but”.) After I passed the local board exam of june 2-3 2013, I Immediately took the opportunity to undergo a post graduate training in a special hospital in the heart of QC. I also engaged myself to another pre-employment training for hospital. I was one of the youngest but I did not mind that while all the other are batch or batches ahead from me. After all, Professionalism has no age. I tried to change my mindset to build another timeline.

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On the contrary, the phrase,” if it is meant to be, it will be” will only be true if you have the courage to pursue against all odds and possibilities. If you want something, just pray. God listens. But God sometimes answer in such ways we cannot imagine. All we have to do is trust Him. I prayed to God.I cried myself to sleep. I storm the heavens to let me be a doctor because this is how i exactly want to serve him. This may sound cliche but I really want to help others by being an instrument of his healing hands. I couldn’t hold my tears back whenever I think of this. I know it is possible and I firmly believed that He will give it to me maybe not when I want it but in his own time. and all I can say is,” in God’s own time, His will be done”.

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I want to be a doctor. Why? I wont tell my reason so I would not influence your thoughts of becoming doctor. But I would say that you really need a good reason for you to hold on to that dream. It will be like your covenant so that you will not give up when the difficult times test you to move on further with the medicine degree. You have to rationalize it. Clinging to the fact that it is your dream ever since you were a child is not enough. It is a lot easier back then. Gone were the days when all the profession you know when asked ,”what you want to be when you grow up” are salesman, policeman, fireman, doctor, nurse and teacher. When you grow up, you will realize that life is more complicated as it seems to be and that great achievement equates to hard work and perseverance.You have to know what you really want. If it is for money, you surely have wrong insights about this because this career will take more of you than giving of you. It will be is really soon before you return those investments. The investments not only include money, it includes time, sacrifices and effort.

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My inclination of becoming a doctor deepened when i saw those people who were not able to pursue what their dreams are(regardless of any field) just because they are financially unable but are so determined to find a way . It is like asking myself, if they cannot do it why can’t I?  Again, you may think “Iba si Pedro kay Juan. At ang mangyayari kay Pedro ay maaring mangayri o hindi kay Juan”.BUT, Nothing can be concluded unless tried and experimented, right? And, Nothing beats a heart that is burning with desire to achieve a dream. .

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

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I thought I should hold my blog content until I got in to a medical school. I have to wait. Yes, i must exercise patience but it must be couple up with perseverance and exhausting all effort. I am solely relying to scholarships so I passed my applications to all school that I know has scholarship grants.While it is true that money cannot bring genuine happiness, money is also necessary to have a more convenient and enjoyable life. So yeah, it matters. I may not have the money but at least, i am determined. In time I will see what is set for me. Let us see what will happen after a year…. Dated: May16 2014

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Hmmm,Stocks???

i had been thinking of investing in stock market ever since.However, i was always discouraged by the people i know. They would say, “you are just going to lose your money”.”it is evil””dont ever think about it”. I have never really come across to those people who can confidently say that buying stocks is good investment.

Luckily,i  met a person who is as interested as i am. let us call her madam razem!:)She regularly attends the weekend programs of The feast in PICC. It is a catholic worship group which is related to Bro.Bo sanchez. Although, i have not attended any of their session.the books of Bo sanchez and other financial-related books found its way to reach the home of my friend. It is so amazing that i got to read them free and without due dates.
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As i have read,i have learned that most of my existing habits when it comes to money have the actual potential to make me rich.that is me being strict on my budget and by not being an emotional spender. It just depends on how i will continue to do it. Also,  I attended the COL financial seminar,it is the EIP or easy investment program.it is free. It is not for me to talk about this because I am not the right person to do so.You can register to their free seminar in their website. I am moved that i immediately opened an account that will rightfully give me an access to the philippine stock market.

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This is the list of the books i found in their house.I suggest that you devote your time to invest in your financial literacy,if you want to be rich. These books might tap your inner self to push regarding the matter.i also think it is best for you to practice the applicable principles as soon as you read it. Good thing about the three books is that they are easy to read. i even remember myself reading it from north ave mrt station up to taft.

1.my maid invests in stock market
2.pera tools
3.ang perang hindi bitin ardy o. Roberto,jr
3.8 habits of a successful person
4.rich dad poor dad
5.midas touch
If you are asking me if i am rich now,well, i am going to tell you i am not.of course,my wallet and pocket did not bloat after reading the books but my mind has acknowledged that being rich is never impossible. You have to admit that you are also responsible with your own faith.

You do not need a high salary,big amount of money and to be born rich to get rich.It depends on how you handle your money. The Pursuit to acquiring wealth is not easy.there is always a risk with every investment and failure must always be expected.
The thing about being rich is not merely for the purpose of buying luxurious items and living an extravagant life. It is more of being able to extend yourself for others. Buying the things you want is more of a bonus to you.

If you do not know anything about stock market, let me share some of the things I have learned. This is how most people and books define stock market:
“Stock market is the place where you can invest in publicly-owned or pse listed companies.”

If you are going to say that you do not know how to play the stocks or You do not know when to buy or sell or you do not know how to read the graphs, well let me tell you that there are two types of people in the stock market. First are the traders or those who are knowledgeable about the market timing. They have the time and skills to monitor,analyze and predict fluctuation of the stocks. It is the nature of their work or their work are related to it. But,this involves great risk. This is what most people think about when they first hear stocks;thus creating the misconception that it is something difficult to manage. Little did the masses know that these people also invested their money and devoted their time to financial education to practically gain serious amount of knowledge regarding this matter. And honestly, I cannot do that too.

The second group of people includes me. These are the investors. They just co-own a company and buy shares. This is for the people who got no time to enhance skills and keen perception to find proper timing. This,however, requires consistency for long-term investment. It is only passive. You get money through price appreciation in the long run or through dividends given by the company you bought. Of course,buy a share of a strong company,a company that you think will last a lifetime. (Do your research)

Financial freedom can be gained through effort. It is your responsibility though if you want to raise your disposition in life as well as in stocks. You can start now.Your best asset is time. We always say that we do not have time. But time has been there all along we just have to realize that we need to prioritize or at least acknowledge its importance so you can take a step to initialize your actions.

Too many people think that it is the amount of salary that makes a person rich. But no, it is more of how you handle the money. We have to save for ourselves first.(according to our ninong robert kiyosaki. Better read rich dad poor dad now). We should not also let fortune to handle our lives nothing happens if we only wait. We have to move if we want something.(Reminder:When you invest,make sure you also have emergency money so you have something to use when needed instead of pulling out a share at low cost)
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Since i mention the word “Reading”, it is another important matter if you want to be wealthy. Educate yourself. Invest in your mind. It is all in your mind after all. That is why it is said that it is better to pay for such seminars because it has a biggest return. well, it is true and mind you there are groups with free seminars regarding financial literacy. Just take advantage of it.

Again, there are two kinds of people in the stock market. One who plays driving a car inside Timezone (investors) because you do not really need to learn how to steer the wheel or know which pedals should be stepped on as in “nakikiangkas ka lang kailangan mo Lang maghulog” and the one who drives manual car (traders) along commonwealth or expressway. You have to pay for the gas.You have to learn how to drive and even to know when the perfect timing is to change gears.

Just imagine if many filipinos do this.

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Go.Go out if you want to.

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Spare some time to go out. Spare some time to commune with the nature and appreciate God’s creation. Spare some time to recreate your inner peace. It is not a want, it is more of a need: an obligation to yourself, that in life you get to explore, experience and enjoy what is given to us. More than anyone else it is you, yourself that you enrich. In this fast-paced lifestyle, you may often forget what matters most.

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It is a must to constantly remind yourself to slow down and take a rest by trying out different things apart from what you usually do such as work or studies. Adventures are not only limited to the things you see in the posts in your news feed or blogs. You have your feet to do the wandering. But you have your senses and mind to tap your screens out and choose your itinerary. Go where you want.
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Humans are born to move and they are not supposed to stay on one place and restrict themselves in their home, offices or classroom. There is more to life than the stresses of that. You may forget that earning money is as equally important as spending to what actually matters. Think of no regrets. Invest to your life experiences. There will always be euphoria when you get to respond to the desire to look or do something new. Chase for that happiness. Crave for that experience. It is worth it. Do what whatever you want to do.
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Whether it is solo or you are with your family and friends, do not let yourself be hindered by excuses or self-made obstacles. If you do not have money, find a cheap DIY tour. If you do not have anyone to go with you, date yourself. Embrace the privilege to treat yourself for a job well done or even pat on your own back to cheer yourself up if you are depressed. Believe me, you will thank yourself afterwards. Of course, you will not be alone. There are billions of people in he planet. And more often than not, your next concern is your safety. Exercise caution. Do not let yourself be carried away.Just be vigilant and pray. but go out if you want to.
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You do not have “forever” in this world. That’s why you have to make the most out of it. But please,spare yourself from the self-destructive kind of YOLO thing. Still,Live a life that matters. Be prepared. Make a list of all the things you want to go or do so it will remind you to create time for it. Write it on the board, on the well in your comfort room. This is not to tell you to drop your entire business and all your the important stuff down. We do not have all the time in this life. However, Do not blame time. Even though it is gold and you have the power to create it. Make time. Prioritize.
So yes,just go out if you want to.

Notes/reminder to self.

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It’s the climb!(Pico)

(Inside story: So i just had my 1st climb last Sunday, you may have gone mountaineering many times but i found it challenging though because it tested my faith. It had been raining hard the night before in our area(quezon city.)I am almost halfhearted to go since my parents discouraged me. They thought I’m just putting myself in danger with the activities that i choose to do. But this is adventure. Nevertheless, I couldn’t blame them. They are my parents. I am also confused whether to go or not because i did not sleep the whole day and night. I got the answer when we attended Saturday’s anticipated mass and the message is about the faith in the storm: That the disciples are on a boat but they are very troubled with the strong wind and rain. Terrified they were , they woke up Jesus who was just sleeping.But Jesus said, be still, do not be afraid! )

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Despite the rain i still went to my friend’s house with full confidence that the rain would stop until the next day. Also, it does not mean that if it rains in QC, it will also rain in pasay or batangas.image
The organizer,Sir Ger, told us to prepare because we would be pushing through the event rain or shine unless there would be a storm. We’d decide if we are to hike when we reach the jump off.
So to speed up the story, i got safely to my friend’s house to prepare my gears and things. We got to go safely at the meeting place in alabang starmall by a taxi cab booked via Grab-a-taxi. We were so early that we arrived at around quarter to 2.

We waited. The other climbers also came.We barely talk but we smiled at each other knowing that probably we belong on the same group.We rode a van and arrived the DENR jump off point at 6am,we had our registration and breakfast prepared by the organizer.

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Read this first:)

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 Registration area with Papa Bear(Kuya Nathaniel)
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We also have ID’s.Very cool.

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Before the hiking,make sure to empty your bladder for your comfort.

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There is a little briefing with our organizer. At around 6:45, we started to hike.There is this new trail where you can pass through a stream of water at first. The trail was muddy,just like what we expected, adding up to the challenge.

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I really hoped I would not slide or get wounded or injured.I just did my best with all the stuff that I had. Ionly got my red umbrella as my trekking pole. Others bought bamboo sticks or woodsticks which we called “pang-ermitanyo”

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There are parts where the trail was really slimy that we really had to help each other to climb up. There are lots of trees and different plants that I couldn’t name. I love how it feels to be surrounded by the trees. It seems i want to breathe 100 cycles per minute just to compensate the times of inhaling toxins in the city. One thing i noticed there is i did not see any animals nor insects in the area. I do not know if they hid far away from the people.

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If you think you are slow, it is okay as long as you make sure that you did not join a race so you can finish it at
your own pace. There are also times that you will get ahead or others will get ahead of you. Of course, you have to have couple of minutes to rest and gather your endurance for another bunch of km hikes. It was father’s day so i really did my best not to prolong it. There was a little rainshower so i had no prob cause all i have to do is use my umbrella.

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There is also a halo-halo stop somewhere along the mountain trail.So imagine how they get to bring the ingredients and the ice and how serious their business is. They had to literally “mamundok” every weekend just to quench our thirst for something cold in the middle of our trip.

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We reached the campsite and of course, it felt so refreshing to see everyethereal thing that lies below. The view is not something you usually see in the metro on a daily basis. You won’t also feel the rush of answering the bombarding calls because there is no signal until you reach the campsite. It was really windy. i got a little scared that my cellphone might be blown into the cliff.

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After series of team pictures, selfies,groupies,etc,we trekked to the summit. We are cautioned by locals there to be careful because it is slippery. Well, thank God I’m still alive,alive enough to document the experience. We enjoyed the view up there. Aside from the picturesque view of other green mountains,we got to see the cove and the monolith.

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Ready to jump, Master!

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There is a sense of achievement at that moment, especially it was the first time i climbed a mountain, it was slippery and i had no sleep the previous day. (You might think it is easy,but i feel really proud of myself ) Later on, we could no longer see view as it was hidden by fog. there was zero visibility that time and too unfortunate for us because we couldn’t climb the monolith. (You know,nature has its own way of making you come back to them) well,we just ate our prepacked lunch baon on top. It was really fun.

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We started to descend after that.and i find it more challenging cause it showered a little.and im like, ” uh-oh, it got a more slippery” so i was determined to bring my whole body uninjured and woundless. Thank God i did it. Of course,there are minor slips.

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I think our group was one of the firsts to reach the foot of the mountain that day so we took advantage of the vacant bathrooms to at least clean ourselves and get dressed. You have to pay 10php for that.

We rested and chat while we wait.

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After that, we ate sopas as merienda. We left the place at about 3. Well, the whole experience went well. Thank God nothing bad happened plus it didnt rain. Moreover, We enjoy the trip and appreciate the beautiful mt. Pico de loro/mt.palay palay. We also got to befriend several adventure enthusiasts and mountain climbers from various areas. There are also soloists.

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Well, it is my first time to climb and definitely it will not be the last. Now,i am thinking the next mountain i will climb.:)

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Thanks to my dad and movill cycle shop for my trekking necessities.

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Thanks to sir Ger corvera,the organizer; Thanks to the PH ultimate adventure club.

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And most of all,Thanks to you Lord God.

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Cafe travel Manila

Would you not love to bring your friends or special someone in this café along taft avenue?(yes,the one that is near Vito Cruz station. I am sure the cozy and comfy ambience will definitely make you stay and return to this place.

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As you enter Cafe travel, pictures of different customers posted orderly on the wall will welcome you. The counter is also bright and the crew members are accomodating.

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imageimageWell, there are confined spaces with  stringy curtains that will promote privacy for you and your friends. You can choose to stay on top or on the ground.  I really like their way of maximizing the space. There are post-it’s  sticked on the walls, but the place still looks clean. The voices are kept at minimum since there are walls built within the slots. Weird thing though they are playing OPM songs in a korean cafe. the ambience is still good.

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imageimageimageIt feels home because you can sit or lie down on the floor, do whatever you want, make your school projects or have nice chit chats or long catching up . Because you are going to stay on the place for a significant amount of time, each person going inside must order at least one on their menu(so you may somehow estimate the prices). This may have existed long before in the area but Taro and I hope they have a branch in QC.

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Casa Renato

if it weren’t for the blogs and some words of the mouth, we would’t know that within this area in fairview,dahlia lies a restaurant with cool european/. mediterrenean ambience. Perfect for important occassions and romantic dates. 

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       Here are some food that we have tried:


 

Surf and turf

  

Fresh Seafood Pasta

  
 

“I-forgot-the-name-but-it-is-good “Salad

 
I missed this cozy place and I just decided to return.This time I showed it to my lovey,Taro.It was actually a super late celebration for his birthday and monthsaries because we had been very busy for the past few month.

I still find the place warm and comfy.We just had a pasta kind of night.Here are some of our pics: