Dear My 16-Year Old Self



The flies so fast – it is fast that I can’t remember all the events that came by. I have survived all the challenges.

To my 16-year old self,

How are you doing today? I hope you are doing just fine. How is life been?

I know you are tired in school. You are now a senior high school student. Greater responsibilities, I know that. And I am sure you are just doing fine. Academics wise you are okay, not the top of your class but almost there at top 10. Tough competitions right?

I know you have enjoyed the extra-curricular like being a choir member, you have bagged several championships when you were in your junior year (third year). And until now you still know few lines of your winning piece in the Choir Speech competition and some lines of the song “Himno ng Pangasinan” (Pangasinan Hymn). You memorized most of the steps and the blockings.

Some things I want to point out. I hope you never took sleep for granted for months. There are times that you sleep past midnight to finish your homework but still crams in the morning to finish your study. You need to help mother in her household chores. Do it without you being asked. You are the eldest, you should know your responsibilities. You are already 16, you should be helping and teaching your siblings on household chores. Lead by example.

I know you don’t want to go to the meadows to tend the cows. Just enjoy it. You don’t want to be scolded by father. Enjoy life and don’t take things seriously for now. Enjoy your life. Go to the river and swim, or to the beach with friends. And after you go to the library, that’s the way it is, your time does not have the technology that we have right now. And please take care of yourself.

Love lots,

Your Older Self



What’s Up (with me)

What’s up Blogjob friends. Good day or night.

After the daily point limit was decreased by 50, there was not a single that I have reached my goal. It has been a week since I am like this. I can only post one or two. The highest points I produced , I think, was around 100+ points. Bummer right?!

I also have tried visiting some post, yes, your observation is correct. I don’t visit or comment on most post or forum here. No time? I definitely have time to spare for my friends on Blogjob. I tried.

I have lost the momentum maybe when I my daily limit was reduced by 50. Fifty is still fifty. I think my motivation is not working anymore or I am just too lazy to work on my goal here.

Lately, I am too tired because of my schedule, I go out at 4 AM. I don’t have all the time. I prepare breakfast – after the meal, I go to bed. I see to it that I get 6 to 8 hours of sleep. Right now, as of this writing, my eyes are heavy. (I was typing this around 11 AM, Philippine time)

I was unable to publish this. I was able to type 180 words , I did not know what happened next. I just woke up. What’s up with me? I need sleep – that is the most important thing for now. I will visit and comment on your works tomorrow. I miss reading posts, stories and posting my blog posts of course.

And yes, I only had 7 points before the new daily limit replenished. Yes, 7 points. It was not like that before. Is it writer’s block or what? I don’t know. What’s up with me lately? I am stuck at six thousand points.

I am preparing for work now – done with my meal , off I go to the shower room.

See you later.

 

Sold Out?

I knew it!

I won’t be able to get a ticket or two for the final game of the UAAP78 Volleyball tournament women’s division. It is either sold out or all tickets if not most are distributed to the school admin of the participating schools. What a way to waste my time in front of the computer waiting for the tickets to become available. It was a waste of time. I almost got two but they are general admission tickets. I don’t want to watch that far from the court. So I did not book the tickets. And still waiting for the seats to become available.

It is the final game of the seniors in the collegiate level – Alyssa Valdez, Amy Ahomiro and Mae Tajima of the Ateneo Lady Eagles; Ara Galang, Mika Reyes and Kim Fajardo of La Salle Lady Spikers will be bidding goodbye to those who loved them.

Booking a ticket is never easy everytime these two teams are up to win the finals title.

I am still refreshing the page waiting for somebody to give up that tickets that are being held up waiting for their card information.

If I can’t get a ticket or two online, I would ask people via Twitter or Facebook if they have extra. I saw somebody selling a Lower box ticket for three thousand pesos. I am not that crazy to buy a 3,000 pesos ticket. No way! I would rather watch the live telecast than spend that big.

Sold out or the hoarders are getting all the tickets to sell for higher price. Hay, Philippines!

 

 

I Missed the Fun on the Sand

I got two invitations three weeks – one was from my friend in the province and the other was from a former colleague in the call center. My friend invited on the 23rd to attend the simple birthday celebration of her son. That was held in Pangasinan – at the Lingayen beach. My colleague invited to visit another colleague in Batangas on April 24th. I cannot commit to these invitations. One north and the other is south bound. I have decided to go to the birthday celebration in Pangasinan. However, on April 17th, my schedule has been modified. I have a new day offs which I can’t altered. I can’t file shift slide or schedule change. I need a two-week notice to do that.

So, I missed the invite. My friend messaged me yesterday. They had fun on the sand under the sun.

While my colleague tried to reconnect. I had a missed call from his number but I have never returned the call. I managed to message him on Facebook messenger but got an answer four hours ago. He said that they went to the beach.

Another missed opportunity to have fun on the sand under the heat of the sun.

I have missed my favorite food as well. Pasta, spring rolls (chicken spring rolls), and my favorite paella. My friend grew up in Pampanga, so she knew how to prepare the Kapampangan version of beringhe (paella).

I want to see the sunset in Lingayen Gulf 🌅. And have fun under the sun 🌞. And do some water activities 🏊🏄🚣. Or just a simple walk on the shoreline🚶. Or biking 🚴 maybe in the Capitol grounds. Enjoy the waves 🌊🌊🌊. I want to experience surfing again 🏄but not in Lingayen. Best surfing spots are La Union or Zambales.

I wanted to be away from all of these for a moment 🚂🚊🚕🚖🚗🚘🚚🚥🚦.

Tiring Day | Cool Keyboard App

It was a tiring Saturday morning. As early as 12 midnight, I sorted the used clothes for the week and I was ready to head to the laundry area. I started at 4 AM instead. I did not sleep. After spin drying the clothes, I let them sit first in the basket. I immediately went outside to buy chicken for breakfast. Yes for breakfast. I prepared a recipe with tomato sauce on it. Good thing the mini-market stall in front of the apartment opens early everyday except Mondays.

It was a tiring day. I told my brother to do the dishes after we have eaten. I was able to sleep at 7 AM. I woke up at 11 AM and rushed to post only 2 articles here. That was a 4-hour sleep. I did not get back to bed but instead watched the men’s volleyball tournament between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and National U Bulldogs. The Blue Eagles won in 4 sets – to take game 1 of the best-of-3 finals series. And in the afternoon, I watched the women’s game between the Ateneo Lady Eagles and the La Salle Lady Spikers. The Lady Spikers bagged their first win in three straight series. Dismantling the Lady Eagles was so easy for them. I wonder how the camps, NU and Ateneo will adjust on Wednesday for the second game. If both Ateneo Men’s and La Salle Women’s win that upcoming match, they will be proclaimed as season 78 champions.

After the game, I went straight to work. I did not sleep and eat. I was like zombie, literally. After my work, I went straight to bed and the next happened I was in dreamland. I woke up at 12:20 PM, 40 minutes before the new point limit will be replenished – and this is my first blog post today.

Still on my bed typing on my new keyboard app.

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Do you use keyboard apps? This is my first time to download such app.

I Miss Home

I went home last month, it was long time ago since I visited my sister, her kids and my father. I miss the simple life in the province. No air pollution, no traffic. I can feel the curfew is in effect. I don’t see teenagers on the street after 8 PM. In the morning I saw kids playing in the grassy lot. Oh those days.

I miss the lot where we usually hold our activities. Hide and seek, tag-along, luksong-tinik, luksong-baka, the childhood games we used to play. I did not see my playmates. I wonder where they are. My grade school classmates are nowhere to be found. I heard others are still working overseas – Taiwan, Dubai and Singapore. My grade school has new classrooms. I remember the time when I fell from the stage. It was a painful fall. Thankfully, my head did not hit the floor but broke my arm. Just a little fracture.

I went to our relative’s funeral who passed away 10 days after my aunt died. I had the chance to see and mingling other relatives, those who came to my aunt’s wake.

I bonded with my niece and nephews. I am proud of my niece, she received her medal during her recognition in school for being the top 2 in her class. She was also recognized for her participation in the math competition where she ranked third among other many school-participants. Woooooooo! We have a future math wizard.

When I visited on October 2015, the bridge is a work in progress. Last month, it is almost done.

Photo:

Photo: nerdieeds

This is how we travel. There is an improvised bridge attached to the main bridge. More than half is already repaired so it is a short walk to the bridge. Once we get to the repaired part, transportation is already available.

Excited But Nervous

Ateneo Lady Eagles by nerdieeds

Ateneo Lady Eagles by nerdieeds

I can feel the excitement going to the Araneta Coliseum to witness the greatness of the UAAP Volleyball matches. For the fifth time in the history of UAAP, Ateneo and La Salle will battle again for the coveted crown.

Tomorrow is the first game of the best-of-two series. At 12 noon, the men’s match will air live on ABS-CBN Sports and Action followed by the women’s at 4 PM.

I have reserved seats for the 4 PM match. I planned to get a lower box seats but the online selling says no more available. I booked two Upper box tickets just to witness the live AGAIN.

I am excited and at the time nervous. I am excited to hear the thunderous applause and cheers of each sides. And to see the crowd sporting a blue and green shirts. I am planning to watch the men’s game but I will only buy tickets on-site. I will think about it. It is a separate ticket unlike the previous seasons, we were able to watch men’s and women’s in one ticket.

I like to hear the orchestrated cheer of the De La Salle side. And wish to hear loud cheer from the Ateneo side.

I already have the link to print my tickets on my inbox. Will have printed tomorrow. For now, I am watching their previous matches.

I am cheering for Ateneo to get the win against their rival La Salle. I am cheering for the ladies to have a good fight against the opponent. They are number 1 with 12-2 record. And La Salle has 11-3 win-loss record.

It will be again an exciting matching and a nerve-racking one. This time I will sitting on the Lady Eagles side. So more cheer from me. It was awkward last time because I was seated with the opponents’ side.

I am excited to see the finals game.

 

Random Facebook Statuses

While scavenging for possible topics to write, my first stop was Facebook, where if not all, most trending topics can be found. Aside from Facebook, I glanced through my Twitter timeline and the trending topics are mostly on the overrated loveteams in the Philippines. Of course Prince is still trending, yeah?

After few minutes of flipping and juggling Facebook and Twitter, I finally saw a potential viral topic. I saw a former co-worker who shared an update post that he was followed by a local male celebrity on Instagram.

Another post I saw is a joke – and I was tagged. 

Here is the first post.

He posted “One of the best actors/directors followed me on IG” (actor’s name omitted)

I’ve read through the comments – like my former co-worker, I was irritated with the other comments. Most were “wow” and uhuh comment. He got all those praises – thanks to you but one. He is sporting a sexy outfit. He is obviously naked with just the apron on. And surprisingly a person from local showbiz spotted him. That person really know how to appreciate beauty. He was right! Undeniably, my former officemate is oozing with sex appeal. That even a male can appreciate him.

Appreciate Life

Know who you are. I think someone needs a mirror so he or she can check himself or herself. Before you comment something against a person, I think it is very vital to know where you stand. To know who you are in the first place.

Respect Other People

Respect begets respect. So why can’t others do this. They see the negative side of a person. Why not just say “wow, you have been noticed” or “glad to know you have been followed by a celebrity”. Instead of saying, “ah because he is gay too”. So what’s wrong with being gay? Tell me.

And joke post from my current team:

It was a knock knock joke. She actually posted this and tagged us (the team) yesterday. We were all waiting. We were all hoping that the joke is something funny or sort of. And 2 hours ago, she responded.

“Knock, knock” 

“Who’s there?”

“Money”

“Money who?”

Then she posted the then infamous Pricetag song popularized by Jesse J.

“It is not all about the money, money, money…” and so on.

I was like, ah okay. You nailed it in the head girl. Lol. I was thinking of a different song, but was literally from that song. And no one reacted.

The ETix Site is Up | Almost Sold Out

I have waited for 30 minutes. I was already logged on to the site before 10 AM today. I posted on FB that the site is currently down. Talked to few people about their online experience. I saw tweets that the ticketnet website is down. So I am not alone.

I tweeted “The site is down”. My cousin and my friends liked the post update. Then a former colleague commented on the photo I posted about me getting points from the visitors I got. He commented, “when is the online selling of tickets?” I answered him with — “it is down”. He said that he went to SM Ticket booth to get his ticket for the Saturday’s game. I told him the event will be held at the Araneta Coliseum. He might be confused. When the site is up, I messaged him immediately but he did not reply.

When I got in – I checked the available location. The levels are general admission and upper box. Oh no, not again. I immediately grabbed my card for the purchase. The upper box option is not giving seats. I refreshed the page. It is still giving an error message, saying there are not enough tickets for this option (not verbatim). I added two general admissions tickets to my cart. And I was about to check out when I have changed my mind to refresh the page. I did that twice until the Upperbox option showed up. I had my card on my left hand while the other was navigating through the site. I chose two tickets and immediately hit add tickets. On the next page, it asked me for my information and the card number. And rushed to the checkout. On top of the page was my remaining time to book the seats.

I was trembling while supplying my details knowing that I only have 10 minutes to hold the ticket. I made sure that it was error-free. Once I completed the form, I submitted it and thank goodness two seats are reserved.

As of this writing, gen ad seats are the only available levels — I know most tickets are given to the schools for their students / alumni.

And We Are Waiting | Site is Down

The epic battle will again begin on Saturday as Ateneo de Manila University battle for the 5th time their bitter rival De La Salle University in the women’s volleyball competition of the UAAP Season 78 finals.

Ateneo Lady Eagles and La Salle Lady Spikers will battle each other for 5 straight seasons. Each teams has a 2 win 2 loss record in the finals. Now it is time to break the time.

We are waiting for the tickets to be posted online but the ticketnet website is down. Where are we going to get our tickets now? Most definitely tickets are now distributed to the school administrators. What about the supporters and the volleyball sports-wannabe? Where do we get our tickets.

It is always an adventure reserving tickets online. When I go to the ticket booth, all I can see are the expectators waiting in a very long queue for tickets to be released. And ending up with an “upper box” or worst “general admission” tickets.

This is indeed the battle of all battles. Ateneo and La Salle are sure people magnets.

I am online now since 8 AM waiting for an announcement on Twitter but to no avail. Where can I get tickets – I don’t know anyone from Ateneo. I know someone but he is from De La Salle and he knows I support Ateneo. I can’t ask him to reserve a seat or two for me.

Site is still down. I think I am going to the ticket booth at the Araneta Coliseum, Cubao just to witness this two teams battle again – and to hear the noise of the snare drums from both sides.

My cousin will miss game 1 but she said she wants to watch the second game on Wednesday next week at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

It will be an excited match and an epic clash.