Happy Anniversary!

I just got the news and I’m sorry. Although there’s only 2 hours left before its another year for us but I am glad to have you as one whom I could always count on. Yes, I’ m talking about the blog. HAHAHAHA

 

oh well.

 

there’s a lot I can say but so little time! A new year for us, a new set of adventures!

hopefully i’ll be able to survive 😀

 

thanks for all those who have supported this blog! more will come soon just not now at the moment because I’m studying for an exam. So spare me.. haha!

 

have a great day all of you!

with love,

 

clang2

New Found Glory

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So it’s official! Apparently, I’m taking this blogging thing seriously.

I shall not be talking about that famous band but something else. Something so much more different but equally glorious! 🙂

What began as a “What-did-i-do-today-logbook” for my intern duties at a firm I used to work for last summer and an emotional hideout has turned out to be one of my greatest anchors to sanity. Although, I’ve only been really consistent for just a short period but I’m happy to say that I have planted some roots that has got me digging into this thing we all call blogging.

I’ve heard people doing this for a living and I’ve witnessed how it changed their lives in so many ways. So, I’ve seen it as something as both a leisure and  a really serious thing and always thought that they come in separates. Didn’t really realize it until some time.

Exclusive, hard, poetic, experienced (something someone awkward like me wouldn’t drift)- were one of the few words I can totally associate with blogging that even an attempt to make blogs such as this one is a scary move. Always have I thought that blogging is a department I can never get into especially with the writing thing & the whole featured stuff people post about.

But then again, one never really knows if one never really tries, right? I garnered all my strength into pulling off something like this – a place where I can just be me & let the virtual world know that “me” is pretty awesome and that maybe, just maybe, I can help in any way just like how my bookmarked-blogs have helped me.

Constructing the blog was easy, but the commitment was the real challenge for me. There are those moments where I almost (keyword:almost) regret making this in the first place. No one really cares. But then there’s that moment where everything just changed when a little star turned bright orange right in the corner telling you someone REAL ( a breathing living thing) actually reading & liking my post – and then voila, I become the blabber, noisy & very talkative girl that I already am. Just translated into writing. Somehow, I just wanted to be better, not only for me but for all those who find time & read these very words I’m writing.

*INSERT — Heavenly lights, Angels singing, & Orchestra music*

A blessing, as one would have it, Cebu Blogger’s Camp came into picture. A real opportunity to meet real bloggers and understand the whole blogging community. It took me 2 camps & really happy camper-friends to realize how this kind of thing can be so much fun and I’m sure I’m not letting this one slip away without me being a part of it myself. Since I’ve never been to such before, I’m really terrified, scared but really excited to learn so much more. But what do I expect out of this experience? Let’s see..

A pair of lenses. I have eye defects but these lenses are not for my eyes. Since this is a conference of so many bloggers from all walks of life, I’m expecting & looking forward to gaining new perspectives.Seeing & experiencing far more than my own eyes so that I can put more substance and gravity to every posts I make, though I still want them to be as crazy like me. 

Unconventional. I am inspired of anything that is really creative & crazy; random & weird because they make me happy. The thought of how different it is (and beautiful) whether or not its a thing, a picture, a song or just a thought – makes me realize that there is more to this than what has already been taught in school, at home & all those stuff. Searching for everything that’s unconventional then, will be a life-long endeavor I am willing to partake.

Adventure. Since this is a camp, I expect it to be as adventurous as possible. Since it’s a term that almost encompasses everything, I expect to be high on so many stories, experiences, challenges, lessons and thrill during the event. That’s a lot to squeeze for a one-day thing but I am determined to make it a worthwhile experience since I am determined to live everyday of my life as an adventure always worth telling the world through my blog.

PURE AWESOMENESS. I know I’ll never regret ditching a gig for this because I know I’ll be met with pure awesomeness. Just the thought of my friends being there, I expect it to be an atmosphere where everyone’s learning from each other & that we come into a life-long mission of always infecting other people with inspiration so that they may also share whatever wonder there is to share in the virtual reality and beyond. 

BOOM! Timex. Haha (Just kidding, its a term I learned from FlipTops)

So, that’s it. Pretty interesting this camp is. Excited and cannot wait for Friday. 🙂 Thanks for just a wonderful opportunity to Cebu Blog Camp for yet another awesome adventure & to the sponsors (below) who have been so supportive to all this.

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xxx

Clang2

GAME PLAYERS CHANGE, THE RULES STAY THE SAME

In the age of TV Show and Live Internet Streaming, almost all teens I know have their own list of shows to watch and download. So, I know how we’re all familiar with whose shows that always have “The Game” as one of their main themes. Let me have as an example and focal point here one of my all-time favorite TV shows – How I met your mother. One of the characters in the movie, a crowd favorite: Barney, with how he is, speaks so much of himself and human nature in general. He’s the star player who never settles and has really good game in scoring chicks and biddies in NYC. How he does this, of course, was not like manna from heaven which just eventually came out of the blue. How he plays the game is guided by his one true bible in which he calls – The Playbook. The book guides you in the game of dating which is played with more games, lies, deceit, and pretending. Thinking about it makes me want to burn the damned book. But here we are, still loving Barney & still being a part of the game he’s playing and voila! As proof, HIMYM is on its 8th season. Countless of pretty faces has come and go, but the game still goes on.

Even I myself wonder how it’s so addicting and how we all love the complication of it all. And I’m sure you can relate to that when it comes to Philippine politics. Even until our age, the rules of politics and elections remain the same as ever, even worse. Countless faces of candidates have passed, old timers and new comers, still- they abide to the rules as prescribed in the playbook. How I wish it was as amusing as how Barney played it but this one is far more scary and dangerous. And that’s the big difference that lie between what we see in the show and what we experience first-hand.

Now that national elections is nearing, it has been such an eventful couple of months for aspiring position holders that ComElec has been flooded with numerous CoC’s like a barrio fiesta. Like the Playbook Barney has, these politicians also have their own rules in the game of politics. One thing that bothers me is how there’s little space for newcomers in congress because there’s a good 70% of district representatives are re-electionists. It’s either that or these reps do whatever it takes to stay in power by letting their spouses, children or siblings enter the race. If only pets were allowed, they would’ve thrown in the family dog too.  Not that some are not of great potential, some of them are really good. It’s just that the performance of the others overshadow those who have proven their capacity as public servants.

As soon as I heard of Atty. Leni Robredo, wife of the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo, running for a congressional post in Camarines Sur’s 3rd district reminded me of a trend that has long been used in the game of politics. Take late Pres. Cory Aquino, FPJ’s wife Susan Roces and even Imelda Marcos. Part of what carries to victory relatives of popular politicians who died, you get the sympathy vote. This one is a tough cookie, because it involves the heart and feeling sorry plays a part. It can generate a lot of votes, but not everything.  In the end, politics is about the numbers and capitalizing sympathy is one way to get there.

Also capturing the spotlight, once again in a different fashion, are our celebs who try to enter the political arena many unaware of its harsher realities.  It has long been a cliché that entertainment personalities would join the race. Ever since the former president Estrada won, the nation witnessed a massive reception from celebrities where famous faces we see in movies are running for national and local posts. I hope they realize that what they’re up against is the harsher and scarier realities of electoral battles which mere smiles, make-up, *char* showbiz answers and drama cannot fix.

What I dislike most is how everything is so obvious yet we don’t do as much as care. We always have this rule about a certain period of campaigning and I’m pretty sure it’s not in a few months or so, but try walking in the streets of Cebu you’ll see a lot campaign materials already and candidates delivering speeches already to woo the people to vote. Just notice the vehicle bearing “type O” which really screams early campaigning. Although, these are pretty subtle it sticks and already creates an advantage. These politicians do know how to play; bad thing is we’re the ones who get played. Our outdated system isn’t helping either. When I went to Comelec to get myself registered, there are tons of papers and files stacked and are buried in dust. Gone are the days of log-book and writing your control number. We don’t get our ID’s too, and they told us not too demand from them anymore. And let me tell you that these people do not kid.

Just like on TV, when everything is just as it is, there’s always that character who steps into the picture and just changes the whole equilibrium of things, like how Robin did just that to Barney. She changed Barney and the rules of the game. It was a breath of fresh air because every episode we are seeing a whole new Barney, a better Barney. In reality that Robin character comes a little bit massive and general – and it’s us, the voters. When we get into the feel of being voters, there’s this excitement and escalating feeling of finally changing things. Then, you see all the tricks and mind plays being done and we get rather disappointed. But fret not, my friends, because I too feel the same sometimes. But not participating would only add up to this unfortunate situation. Whatever you do not choose still makes a big difference. So choose to change the rules of the game by mastering the game and making sure you don’t get swallowed up by those cheats and tricks these veterans put up with. Let’s continue educating ourselves and others to be able to have an informed choice in the coming National elections 2013.   You know the biggest difference of a TV show and real life? It’s the power to change the ending. As being part of the latter, choose an ending that deserves a standing ovation.

xxx

Clang2

Kudos Obama!

I am very happy to see Obama win even if it was just from television. It’s really inspiring how he drove the Americans and the world into a surging force of hope and change. I do have some reservations especially with the campaign days he had but I am very hopeful that he will come back to Washington stronger and determined. Obama, sir, you are an inspiration. Thank you and I hope you’ll bring about good change to your country and the world. Here’s a link to Obama’s speech in his victory! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5cjW4CXiG4&feature=g-u-u

Here are some of the quotable lines Obama has said over the years–

On Values

“If we aren’t willing to pay a price for our values, if we aren’t willing to make some sacrifices in order to realize them, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all.”
– quote from his book, “Audacity of Hope” (Chapter 2)

“You can’t let your failures define you — you have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time.” -BARACK OBAMA, National Address to America’s Schoolchildren, Sep. 8, 2009

You can’t let your failures define you — you have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time.

On Change

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
– Speech following Super Tuesday results, Feb 5, 2008.

“All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart or whether we commit ourselves to an effort, a sustained effort to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children and to respect the dignity of all human beings.”

On Hope

“Hope is what led a band of colonists to rise up against an empire; what led the greatest of generations to free a continent and heal a nation; what led young women and young men to sit at lunch counters and brave fire hoses and march through Selma and Montgomery for freedom’s cause. Hope is what led me here today–with a father from Kenya, a mother from Kansas; and a story that could only happen in the United States of America. Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have courage to remake the world as it should be.”
– speech, Jan. 3, 2008

That is why we fight — in hopes of a day when we no longer need to. – BARACK OBAMA, speech at Arlington National Cemetery, Nov. 11, 2009

xxx

Clang2

San Francisco, CA…….MOTES!

05|01|2012

Just after a few hours till the May sun has risen, the Best Practices forum was followed with a site visit in San Francisco, Camotes together with the people who were at the forum to see how it is exactly done the San Francisco “purok” system way. Props to the San Franciscans for doing a job well done for making their municipality a place to be. XD

To know and understand what incredible experience we had, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. XD Here’s my photo diary —

Really, it was a learning experience. I was inspired in a lot of ways. If they can do it, why can’t we? I’m hoping to see a beautiful and progressive community in Lapu-Lapu soon. Its a big challenge I know. But if we get started NOW then all our what if’s will vanish and become a sweeping reality.

More adventures to come. 🙂

XXX

Lil Miss E.