How it Feels Like Being Lost Again

For the longest time, I thought I’m way past behind my insecurities in life goals. I left my first job because I thought, it’s making me hate myself for being stuck there when in fact, I was at the floor of my “dream job.” Now, I am here in the same field but in a different perspective which I didn’t expect I’d be in because number one, news is not my thing. I don’t care what or who I am in the company. I felt secure. I felt contented. I felt happy. I felt sure.

 

And as I am typing this, this is the first time in few months that I felt lost again. Being left out. Not with the people I am with now, but with life itself. Because of that one post I saw, it reminded me of how it feels like to be lost and down again. It feels like there’s a huge baggage at your back trying to push you down whenever you attempt to lift it up.

 

I realized, the thing about achievements is being self-fulfilled and contented with what you did, do and will do even if you think others are getting ahead of you; way faster than you do. I told myself: “know this, no matter how long it took you to get that dream, the most important thing is that you will get there.”

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What Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, Taught Me

After more than four decades of waiting, the Philippines has come to reach its most coveted victory in the Universe. It’s been a week already since Pia Wurtzbach was crowned as the Miss Universe 2015 yet, most of us are still not over with it.

It took her three attempts to bring home the crown that every beauty queen is aspiring for. From her first try to join the Binibining Pilipinas in 2013, she ended up as the first runner up while on her second try in 2014, she went home with nothing. But this year, Pia proved that third time’s a charm because she bagged the title Binibining Pilipinas-Universe. Meaning, she will represent the country in the most prestigious beauty pageant in the universe.

Knowing her story, I realized something. Successful people are the ones who know what they want and do something about it. For Pia, she wanted the crown so bad that it didn’t stop her to chase her ultimate dream. Look at where she is now, the elusive crown is on her already. Because of her good example, she has inspired many people. And I have to admit that, I am, too. With her journey to victory, she taught me some things:

1. Never settle for something good. Go for the better. The best, rather. I’ve always believed in this and keep on telling to the people who think that I dream too big: Mangangarap ka na lang din naman, bakit hindi mo pa taasan? I don’t see the point of success if you’re out there with the “good” when you know you can have better.
2. It’s okay to fail sometimes. And I mean it. Everybody fails, though some are afraid to admit it. Failure is inevitable and there’s nothing you can do to change that except to embrace it. Some people lose hope and become unmotivated when failure blocks them. But guess what, the more you fail, the stronger you get. Don’t fret if you’ve failed many times already because it just makes success that much sweeter. To succeed after multiple failure is one of the best feelings in the world. You’ll feel a great sense of satisfaction because you know that everything you went through was all worth it.
3. Don’t ever stop, because the moment you stop trying, that’s the moment you failed. There’s nothing wrong with trying and trying and trying all over again. Your road to success will not be easy as one, two, three and it will never be. So what if they tell you that you’re trying hard? Let them and be it. Try hard because you want it so bad. At the end of the day, everything you’ve worked for will pay off.
4. Be confidently beautiful with a heart. Show the world what you can do. Be proud but not arrogant. Just like Pia, being confidently beautiful with a heart will win you so many things and your dream is part of it.
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Ending Comes With A New Beginning

At this moment, I am still stuck in a phase where my mind grasps the thought that I cannot ask the driver for a student fare anymore and that, I will now enter the so-called real world.

Few weeks ago, I was with so many people dressed in identical caps and gowns at Manila Hotel to attend a very special event. And that day marks the end of my life at CEU.
It may be the end but I see it as a new beginning. Very cliche, I know. For us graduates, as we step at the center stage and take a bow, we welcome the new chapter of our lives. It may be thrilling because there are lots of competencies out there juggling that job interview you’ve been dreaming to have ever since and all you think is how you will ace that. Now, I am grateful to land a job in a well-known media company in the Philippines before I even graduate. Imagine, a college girl already has her job before her graduation. Lucky I am says other people because only few are given this chance but to me, it’s not just luck that I have. I have my confidence and rosary with me. That’s what keeps me achieving things I want.

Keep Doing What You’re Doing

I was sitting in a dimmed-light auditorium yesterday. There were a lot of people inside, all of them were buzzing around. I feel pressured. I can feel the intense heat between me and them though I don’t know them personally. There’s a thing that ignites the anxiety in me and I was not sure what it is.
Maybe it’s the thought of having the same interests with them. Maybe I feel tensed because I know there’s a lot of people inside that same auditorium that are better than I. Maybe because I’m just envious because most of them know what they want to do in the future already. Well, not that I don’t know what I want to do. I was not just sure of what I will do in the future that will make me happy. Then, someone said keep doing everything until you find that certain thing that makes you happy.
It seems to help me. No, it really helps me. From the beginning, I was trying to do everything. I was trying to excel in every thing I do.
But it leads me to a fall down. I failed. Not just once but many times. I thought of giving up because I can’t handle the pain and failures anymore. It’s like, things were crashing my pride. My future. My dreams. My life.  I realized, I can’t do everything. I almost gave up.
But I didn’t. I realized, there’s a lot of ways to go. That if I give up, I wouldn’t reach where I am now. I have come this far to give it all up. I learned to accept failures. Well, I have to because in that way, I can fully accept myself, too. I suffered but I grew stronger.
I must say, the person who said to keep doing everything is right. We should not stop just because we failed. We should not stop just because we think it’s not meant for us. We should strive hard to get what we really want to do because eventually, we will grasp it in our hands if we don’t stop.
Like what the 5SOS boys said in their song… don’t stop, doing what you’re doing.

What’s Stopping You?

How could something happen if you don’t do something to make it happen?

The moment you say I can’t, it’s the time you accept the defeat.

I’m sure that you’ve already said those two words before, maybe until now. I assume that you said it because you felt hopeless. Maybe confused. Maybe someone told you so (which is very rude). Or maybe, you felt of uncertainty.

But, should you stop there? Of course not! You are not born not to do things but to create amazing things. You are capable of anything. Even if others (or your inner self) tell you that you can’t, don’t let it rule you. Prove them wrong. Nobody can ever tell you that you can’t do anything. It is you who knows your capability. You just have to believe in yourself that you can do it.

Sometimes, the problem is not with the things or people around us. Sometimes, it’s just us. It’s our inner selves that toxic our minds. We are scared of what might the outcome be. Truth be told, we are just scared of regrets and mistakes. We don’t want to face errors in life. All we want is to succeed. But that’s not how it is. Life is not about perfections, success, and the likes. There are also mistakes and bad things and that’s what makes life more interesting. With its imperfections, we can explore and learn more about life.

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14Four Cafe

It’s been so long that I wanted to visit this place after I watched it on TV. Those sumptuous meals shown made me crave for this. And finally, I got to visit 14Four Cafe. At last! Actually, I’ve been here two times already. The first time was when I’m with my boyfriend and the second was when I’m with my boyfriend (again), his mom, my mom, our mom’s friend, and my sister.

14 Four Tapa

This is one of their best-sellersI love how it tastes but one thing I dealt was, it’s hard to chew, not like other tapas.
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Country Fried Chicken

I’ve never tasted chicken like this before. It’s soooo good!

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Aligue and Tuyo Pasta

This is one of the dishes I wanted to try since I read many reviews that this is good. Well, to be honest, I didn’t like the pasta. (please don’t get mad at me 14Four Cafe) maybe it’s not just my type. I’m not a seafood lover. I guess I didn’t get what I expected. But my boyfriend loves it!
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Sesame Crusted Dory

If only I had the chance not to try it, I wouldn’t. I really didn’t like this. But like what I said, I’m not a fan of seafood so it’s really not my taste. And I don’t like cucumber, maybe that’s why I didn’t eat it lol. Although, my mom and her friends loved it.

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Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

Time for dessert! And yes, I loved it!
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Amaretto French Toast

Oh m gee! This has got to be my favorite of all! I love it to bits! Enough said

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And the first thing and main reason I fell in love with the café is the place itself! It’s like a hidden paradise perfect for a getaway. I’ll definitely go back here.

How to Deal with Failures

Can you still remember the last time that you were rejected? And the first time you shed your tears because you felt that nothing went right?

There will be times that we will see the darkest side of the day those days that everything bad might land in front of you; days that we’ll suck at things— and we can’t run from it. As part of becoming a worthy and successful person, you’ll have to face so many rejections, shortcomings, etc.
In short, failures.
Nothing is perfect in this world (like what I keep on saying here on my blog).
We can’t control what can or can’t, what will or won’t, and what should or should not happen.
What only we can do is to deal with that and try to surpass it. So, here are my suggestions on how to deal with failure:

  • Don’t let it bring you down. Ever!
  • Move on. There’s more to life than that. Besides, it’s only the beginning of your journey. You never know, you might be the next Bill Gates (I hope you know his story so you could relate to this lol)
  • Take time to read. Maybe try to research or know what happened
  • Don’t blame someone. (Even if it feels better, for your own sake I bet. Been there, done that!) )It’ll never make the situation better. You just make yourself worse than a monster.
  • Instead of putting others down, try to put them up! Nothing beats a helping hand.
  • Be optimistic. Always look at the bright side. It happened because something better is waiting for you.
  • Smile.

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