First days have always been a mystery to me. I always think of it as a beginning of something BIG because I don’t know what’s in store for me. I can almost recall my first day of school way back 1999 where I met my closest friends. First days are seen as special days because it marks a new beginning- life’s refresher they say. Make or break of any situation you want to own. I remember my first day in college where not much people really know me, an avenue where  I can start anew. This is why first days are treated with such sanctity. It gives us hope and another chance to change and correct what has been done wrong in the past.

But somehow a mark of something like a first day can never erase whatever there was in the past. You needed those moments to move forward and grow. As much as I want to forget all the heartaches I’ve had over the year, my mistakes..I can’t. Cos at the end of the day what I am now is a sum-total of the chains of decisions I have had in the past. But like any other day, first days have been given such reputation that allows us to have clean sheets. One thing I’ve learned from the year that has been is don’t do to much over-thinking and expect less.

If I’ve had too much expectations, i would be in such a major disappointment right now. My first day started out great with our annual first-day-of-the-year beach escapade and everything went well until I went home and found some good ol’ rest. I was surprised to see my cat sleeping beside me and what surprised me more was the pain I felt all over my body after resting. I was not feeling good. Oh scratch that. I AM not feeling A-okay! Now I’m finally paying for the holiday escapades I’ve been doing – my MCDV Overnight and the NYE party I had with the soccer kids that ended at 4 AM! Over fatigue or what you call it, it’s not a good feeling to start a year with. So, I’m here now blogging as a form of “rest”. Yeah right, as if I actually rest. I don’t rest cos I’m always occupied and that’s how I am. So yeah 2013 although I’m not feeling pretty good but I’m still determined making this year a lot better than how I am right now.

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To another year of chances, hope and making it better— Cheers!


Happy New Year loves,



Last Friday night

If you may recall perfectly, last Friday night was supposedly the end of the world. Until it got postponed.

Nonetheless, thinking that it’s gonna end in any way we can imagine, my friends and I threw an end-of-the-world party. It was the most prepared party I had for my closest friends since time immemorial but only a few cam due to some reasons which we will still scrutinize. I mixed the drinks for the first time. At least I had a first in my supposedly last day on Earth, right? 🙂 We had barbecue, pizza and mallows. After the bountiful food we had, we went to the rooftop, a little dizzy, and decided to watch 2012 to laugh at it. But we were kinda bored so we watched The Dictator instead. Damn, that movie was funny, my stomach was aching from an hour of laughing. It was reaaally racist and if you were so serious, I can’t imagine what you’ll do from anger!

After the movie, we had to exchange our exact 43.50-peso gifts. It’s impressive how one of our friends got a gift that really had that amount when all the others are struggling looking for one. Others just added coins to make it sum up to 43.50 pesos. And because I only prepared the gift an hour before the party, I just crafted my own gift certificate that entitled the receiver a free hug and tap in the back.Really creative and fun! You should do that too, saves you time and money but fun nonetheless.

Finally, we had another round of an unfinished bottle of Jose Cuervo; we didn’t finish it too. It was tequila-> favorite! 😀 and being our usual kiddy, weird selves we played with the bubbles and remembered that we had to take a picture of us that day because it only happens once until we were told that the end of the world was postponed . So I guess there’ll be another end of the world then. Looking forward for another awesome party.

Here’s what I got from my cam…


SIX and a Half


You’ve probably seen this picture featured in one of my posts. Yup, that one. So you probably know that this post is dedicated to how I ended my November. Spare me though that I did this one so late, I was packed up with so many things to do and places to go. Nonetheless, I’m just happy I’ll be able to share this one to you before another good week starts.

So last Friday which was the 30th of November was a holiday which means there were no classes & we can wake up really late. But since we’re different, we were so energetic that day we woke up real early (and by we i was referring my friends – Clark, Bogs, Bonx) to join a camp on Thanksgiving & Bonifacio day! The camp didn’t involve smores & campfires though because it was about blogging. Yes, you heard that right, we went to Cebu Bloggers’ Camp 3 @ the Cebu International Convention Center.

And damn, out of all the things that would’ve happened – we were too early for our standards. So we ate breakfast first @ 7-11 with my Papa. He even joked about making a convenience store of his own named “9-11” since he thinks it’s more catchy, original(?), and historical! Whoo! What inspiring ideas my father always gives it makes me laugh. hahaha 😀

The camp started around 10 so we had enough time to socialize and extend our network of bloggers. Its funny how you think they’re all intimidating people but then when you get to know them and get past the shyness you’ll discover you have so much in common. What’s amazing is that I;m sharing this moment with my closest friends in the world. At least, I have them to talk to when all else fails. 🙂

They grouped us in 10’s and I was in group 6 where people seemed really quiet. I’m the noisy type so I was feeling awkward but I finally warmed up after a few good minutes. The series of talk were inspiring, it opened us to prospects of making money out of our blogs. But since I’m a newbie, that’s a long road for me tread yet. I expected something different though, more of like the 101’s of everything including this. I didn’t really know what to feel because as the hours dragged, so did the talks. I had to entertain myself with my group mates – we paper-chatted each other and had to know their “how-did-they-get-into-the-blogging-business” story. Some started out really early, some used blogging to spread their advocacy, some for business, some for educational purposes, some a place for their unheard thoughts, some for their art and some, like me, to satisfy their souls. haha yeah right, forgive the melodramatic me.

Lunch came and there was the festive feel again, the groups dispersed and back to their cliques (more like their blogging niches). And I was back to my college friends while my 2 girls are in the back involved in such a lively discussion with the pros of the blogging biz. We just laughed our lunch away with jokes and silly puns we had on each other. Food was great and there was a special treat that I tasted for the first time which was Pastilan! It was a 25-peso treat that can fill your stomach in no time. Good for people who are in a rush but would still want to eat good food. Try Pastilan everyone cos its amazingly delish. 🙂


PHOTO credits goes to Dindy Garcia (6 1/2’s team leader)

Others went home so the groups are waning. Groups 6 and 7 combined thus the 6 1/2 name. Haha The things we did were funny, though they were silent, each respected each other. We shared some thoughts about our common interests and our group cheer which was totally lame. hahahah The talks continued and it dragged on to some kind of marketing thing which I was not really interested in. Though it helps a lot to listen but my mind oftentimes wandered to some place else. Like how I wanted the camp to be something that would make me figure out what I really wanted for my blog – it even confused me more. I know marketing is always a good future for a blog to prosper but since they invited bloggers and non-bloggers alike, I would’ve wanted to have all those inspirational crap we always love to hear on camps cos it makes us feel good and inspired. Nonetheless, I met new friends and learned a few valuable lessons along the way.

Thank you Cebu Bloggers’ Camp for the opportunity of widening our horizons to infinite possibilities. A major thanks to the sponsors too for supporting things like these for people to come together and share whatever ideas they have. And of course, to the readers for inspiring each blogger to give a part of ourselves with the aim of inspiring you in any way we can. What a wonderful experience we had and it wasn’t even the best part yet.

The best part of course was what happened after. Since its TGIF, a holiday and a good week in total – a group tradition was to meet up and do whatever. This time we planned on going local and went back to our very own city to discover new places we can hang out. We rode the multicab that says “Soong”  because we were heading to the Tiki place in Maribago. We debated whether we were there yet, about to be there or have gone past by it already. So we decided to stop in the middle of the road and just walked our way till we saw something else – An italian bistro alongside Karancho Beach Resort. And *light bulb* it was like WIFI connection when we agreed to ditch the Tiki place to this –  A classy Italian dinner at La Bella Napoli.

We ordered 2 family pizzas cos our other friends were coming from their own “camp” just playing DOTA all day. haha In a classy dinner, a good wine would always do the trick. There were a few bumps along dinner like not having corked-wine and paying 100 bucks for corkage? haha Nonetheless, the whole experience was perfect. It felt like we weren’t really in Lapu-Lapu. We even went to Karancho for a stroll FOR FREE! We just told the guard that we’re looking at the place as our Christmas Party venue. The natural con-artists that we were, we got in and enjoyed the view for free. We had good food, a good laugh & a good amount of drinking enough to make me feel so warm. 

After dinner, we dropped by a karaoke place to sing some songs for the road. Its funny how irritating our voices were and the boys can’t do anything about it. We were all having a good time and enough – when my Papa called me that he was waiting for me somewhere so that we can go home together. Always the typical end to the extraordinary stunts we do. 🙂 Atleast there was something to keep me on the leash and checked from time to time.

What a good week I have had. Hope you had the same! 🙂 Here’s to 6 and a half days of being happy and then some…

Cheers for a better week,



It’s never easy meeting ends when you’re bored and do not have the means to not be bored. Like one Sunday when I finished early with chores and was left alone at home. I only had a few bucks that could sustain a few buys, if ever. What did I do then?

I just called one of my thriftiest friends who can join me anytime as much as possible in having fun without even spending so much! Well, that’s what we usually do so we’ve had years of practice.

Nonetheless, there are still things that one should prepare. Yourself, of course. So, I washed my face, changed going out clothes and kept a little money in my secret pocket. Just that and I was good to go. Since transpo is hard to get by in my place, I just hitched with my cousin’s bike, which gave me so much adrenaline-rush cos he was such a fast driver and a PLUS was I wasn’t able to spend so much on transpo already 🙂

A good place to go to is something you’re not so familiar with–like this one. J-Centre Mall found in Banilad, Cebu City! Finally found a mini-Eiffel tower. Had been looking for it for months now. So we did some strolling and a little buying. Obviously, we had an obsession of taking pictures near art pieces.

Scroll down and you’ll see what we did. You can do so much more even without that much money. See? Happiness, my dear, is free after all. haha well not totally, but getting there is so much more affordable than you think. 😉 What you need is a good company and a right attitude to enjoy even the simplest things you encounter! Open your heart and mind to all the possibilities that’s out there & enjoy!



The Chase

When you want something so bad, you would do anything- Beat the odds, go through whatever to have it, reach it, or experience it. *Play MUSIC*

I have been having a crazy fascination over Ferris wheels and any of that kind lately. My past experience of the ride have been so happy that I desperately wanted to try again and again..and again. Just thinking about it already makes me so thrilled, excited and happy.

In the hopes of experiencing this again I devoted a part of my free time looking for carnivals or peryas as a portion of every hangouts I have with my High-school friends. So imagine the places where I’ve been searching for my Ferris wheel.

If you’re asking, why not St. James? We did go already but always on the wrong time. The time we went there, it was closed and without any other amusement options, we decided on some things that lead to a happy horrific memory. The trekking days with my friends go unwasted because ideas of my amusement ride linger at the back of my head. It took me a lot of weekends (sembreak weekends), with no luck I was not able to find what I was looking for. There were disappointments, obviously. Trust me, I told myself to stop already but there are reasons which I myself could not understand on why I’m being so stubborn that I’m already contradicting myself. I just wanted to STOP but I could not bring myself to.

But then again, when you want something so much, you go through whatever to have it even if there are occasional heartbreaks along the way.

Up until this weekend I was seeking desperately for my amusement ride. As luck would have it – the annual fiesta is nearing which guaranteed that there had to be rides somewhere in the city.

Saturday came and I got really excited. I finally convinced my friends (who were not-so-willing boys) to help me look for the rides in the market place where I expected it to be. I imagined it all perfectly – the adrenaline rush, the thrill, the ride and just the whole festive feeling. But after hours of strolling, we got hungry & never found what we were searching. I did not get my ride and had a few extras on the heartache department along the way, direct or indirectly related of the search – it doesn’t even matter.

Sunday came fast and I was a little down. Out of sheer boredom, I decided to go to Gai-Mac (Gaisano Island Mall of Mactan) with me friend BOOGERS to see the one that completes us 3, BONKIE. We chatted a little, ate ice cream, laughed over lame-ass jokes, and did our “obligatory” trigrups hug. Bonkie left because she was chaperoning her sister while Boogers and I had different plans. And when we say plans, it is yet to be planned.

Just when you thought all hope is dead and gone — you have that PROFOUND, SURREAL moment where everything around goes slow-mo, your friend becomes a blur and the sounds slowly deafening its way to silence and the only thing you see is the sight of the FERRIS WHEEL from afar turning and turning with its colorful lights on. Of course, It had to be here – where it had been every year. Good thinking Clarissa. Ha ha ha and I hope you feel the sarcasm.

So we were literally jumping our way to the park’s entrance and got really excited. We squealed, we rushed, we jumped up and down, we shouted, we ran and then —


Finally, the thing I’ve been wanting and searching for a very long time slowly materializing in front of me. All those efforts, heartaches..I felt completely nothing. I didn’t even want to ride the old metal thing twirling its way to amuse the visitors.

Funny. Funny how I thought I’d be so devastated not finding it. I’ve spent so much effort trying to look for it but the excitement just went away with the wind when I saw it.

Maybe I’ve wanted it too much that all the excitement consumed me there’s nothing left to exhaust anymore.

Maybe I’ve accustomed myself of being happy even just at the thought of it. Now that its in front of me, I only see the screws, its parts going rusty, the badly decorated banderitas and for the lack of better word, sad (?) audience there is.

I’ve wanted it too much I don’t want it anymore. I was so busy searching I forgot why I was doing it in the first place. The searching thrilled me. But that was it,

I loved the whole chase. The idea that what I wanted can still be a possibility I might enjoy when I find the ride. But when reality slowly dawned on me in a 20-peso-ticket ride @ your own risk amusement they’re offering, everything felt different. Everything felt alien. Everything started to make sense.

So we went out as fast as we could but made a mini-stop down by the karaoke machine and sang Hands Down for the road. We went out after the praiseworthy performance, no regrets but with many realizations.

And I know you know, It’s not just the FERRIS WHEEL I’m talking about.