Thursday, December 31, 2015

My 2015 Reflections

2015 has taught me how to seize rare opportunities and be humble amidst proud moments and accomplishments.

It is during this year when I discovered and unlocked my potential as a college educator. I started to take on a turnaround in my career – from being a practicing reproductive health nurse to becoming a college instructor – since 2014. I thought it would just be one of those “I’ll-get-this-over-with” types of endeavors, which I usually do just for the sake of trying something new. However, it turned out that teaching was one of my untapped potentials and unkindled passions. I never thought I could teach my favorite high school subject (English) and one of the challenging ones I studied during nursing days (Anatomy and Physiology) – all in the same school year! I marvel the gift of teaching, for I have now a very good excuse to inculcate nationalism to as many youth as I could possibly meet and teach, in the guise of English and General Physiology instruction. *winks*

This year has also showed me how I am truly blessed to become a [struggling] working law student. If it were not for the toxic schedules both at work and school, I would not learn the value of hard work, perseverance, and humility. It was hard shifting gears from an eloquent college professor in the morning to an anxious and insecure law student in the evening who, despite reading and “munching” on tons of pages, still [feels] and appears clueless during recitations. These experiences gave me the maturity to approach problems and challenges with critical thinking and grace. I look forward to doing this until I finish my Bachelor of Laws in ______. (?)

As there is only a couple of hours left before the coming of 2016, I can only hope and pray that I be given another series of opportunities to enrich my studies and career; another set of challenges to make me stronger and bolder; and more love and affection so I could give more of the same to others. I know that there is nothing I couldn’t do with the guidance of the Almighty, my unwavering determination to achieve greater heights, and support from loved ones!

2016, please allow me to show the world, the universe rather, that I am confidently wonderful with a heart. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Top Five Selfie Considerations to Save Your Credibility and Future

What is known before as the “solo” photo is now popularly coined as SELFIE. And what used to be a little awkward and embarrassing shot to make has now become one of the latest fads and favourites. Thanks to the era of smart phones and the technology of front-facing cameras, the cyber world is now flooded with gazillion of pictures and faces. Kidding!

Okay, before I proceed, please don’t get me wrong. I am not a hater of selfies. Actually, I love taking some for myself. I love how vanity is immortalized in every piece of Instagram or Snapee photo, and become available for the whole world to see. However, as I am also a believer, advocate, and “worshipper” of internet propriety, I see to it that my SELFIE-ing doesn’t go overboard. Notwithstanding the absence of a written code on taking photos for online upload, I strongly submit that people should do things the proper way.

Now, this leads me to the next issue – the relativity of propriety of selfie shots. Here in the Philippines, we see almost all types of selfies. There are those who selfie alone; selfie way too much; selfies with some breast exposure (Yeah, seen them myself!); with too much bangs; with overboard photo filters; taken with another person (which I think such shouldn’t be called selfie in the first place because there’s already two of you in the photo); selfie for a cause (like the one my friends did to support the passage of the Reproductive Health law, and which I think is the most guilt-free and most noble of all selfies); selfie with bling; and selfie with god-knows-what-in-the-world-he-is-doing-in-that-shot.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Blurbs from 2013 -- A Categorically Long Overdue Post!

Heya, 2014!

Okay, I know this is a bit "off". Posting at the beginning of a new year, without even writing more insightful and meaningful posts in the previous one, is by far the worst thing I've ever done in my writing and/or blogging career... Or maybe not. 

Anyway, I know I would have a year-long ahead of me to catch up both on the lost opportunities to write for 2013 (Oh please, I know there is such a thing!) and make this blog or website a whole lot better. Hopefully, more articles and projects to come up!

But for now, let me share with you the highlights and shortcomings of my 2013.

2013 is yet the most peculiar year of my lifetime. It gave me all sorts of things I never imagined I'd experience ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Pain. Success. Frustration. Hope. Challenges. Triumph. Uncertainty. LOVE. Freedom. Happiness.

2013 taught me the value of hard work and the importance of using the same to reach one's aspirations in life. It made me realize that reaching my dream should never be postponed and taken for granted. 2013 year has enabled me to advance further from the hiatus I had in 2012. Entering law school this year is by far the greatest leap I had undertaken -- a bold first step to reaching my lifelong dream.

Among others, 2013 also made me appreciate my true potentials and capacities as an individual. In fact, I had been surprised myself after finding out that there are things -- special things -- I am capable of doing. I never thought I can make a positive difference to most people I encounter and deal with. Even more, I never thought I can bring life-changing influences to them.

However, my 2013 is not a perfect year. It was also a life phase when I almost succumbed to challenges and yielded to frustrations. It has been a time when I almost doubted and gave up on myself. Part of it gave me a taste of one of life's sweetest yet most stubborn miserableness.

I would have to be honest about my feelings and/or reservations. I am happy that a new year is coming, which I would love to equate to new beginnings, clean slate, and HOPE. But then, given my unfinished businesses and unresolved issues in 2013, I am also having some fears of what lies ahead of me.

I can only hope that 2014 would be as good as my previous years, if not better! This year, I fervently pray that I would have more strength to continue on the journey I started in the past and courage to traverse new and unfamiliar paths. May I be blessed the perseverance to overcome challenges and accept those circumstances I know I can never change...

And finally, may 2014 teach me how to love and give more unconditionally. I hope I can use this year as a phase of HEALING and FORGIVENESS, so I can leverage to continue from where I took off in 2013. May I find just enough contentment so I can have more room to do more and improve. And may I stumble upon just enough sadness and frustration, so I can truly appreciate life's smallest and simplest joys.

The quoted year-in review is the same one I wrote for my personal facebook account. While I choose to open such profile page to family and close friends only, I made a Facebook called When Writing Means Sharing to give me the chance to connect with everyone. If you have questions, creative ideas you'd like to work on with me this 2014, or simply want to drop by and say "hi", please feel free to like the said page and send me a message. :)

As for you, what are your plans for 2014? I'll be glad to know. ;)
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