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Panibagong Simula sa Buhay ng Potato Girl

26 Jun

Napaka-overwhelming ng mga araw na lumipas. Tila ba nananadya ang tadhana at talagang sinusubok ang aming katatagan. NAMIN??!! wHAT the??… sinong namin? ahemmm… usyusera!

Ng aming pamilya… yupp.. Isang talagang napakakahindik-hindik na pangyayari ang sumambulat sa amin kahapon. Di ko na dedetalyehin pero nabibilang na ang aming pananatili sa aming bahay. Yun. Period.

Panu nga ba naman, eh retired na nga naman si Papa, pero kung tutuusin, ang problema eh kasi, hindi continuous ang sistema. Sabi, di raw approved ang appeal namin, giving us only 7 days to vacate. Nam*$&##!! (O, kung anu anu ata iniisip mo? naman yun!)

Biruin mo.. wala man lang konsiderasyon! Kung tutuusin, mga chuchu kasi. Alam mo yun, ginagawa na namin ang lahat para makacope sa buhay, pero ganun pa. Sabagay, hindi lang naman kami ang nagkakaganito. For sure, marami pa dyang iba. Kitams!

So ngayon, ano na ang plano? Eh di magsipag, magsipag, at magsipag. Anu pa nga ba? Ipagpaliban na muna ang happy-happy at magfocus sa kung ano ang priorities. Mahirap bang intindihin yun? Di ko alam sa’yo.

Kung ako ang tatanungin, madali lang naman eh. Ang SOLUSYON: PERA.

Oo, hindi nga importante sa kaluluwa ang pera, pero pano tatakbo ang mundo kung wala nito? Ang mga tao ngayon, ang focus ay pera. Kelangang makiride. Kung hindi talo ka. Ang labanan na lang, kung tatagal ka. Kung masisikmura mong ipakain sa pamilya mo ang mga nakaw na yaman. Kami, hindi eh. Hindi nagnakaw si Papa. Yun lang yun. Kung nagnakaw siya, e di siguro general na sya ngayon at kami ay hindi namumuhay nang ganito, parang mga dagang pinapaalis sa lungga.

Well, wish us luck. Kung makapagsulat pa uli ako after 7 days, ibig sabihin nahabag ang mga mokong. wahaha!

P.S. Hindi kami dapat kaawaan. ito ay isang realidad lamang na dapat makita ng gobyerno — na kung hindi babaguhin ang sistema, hindi aasenso ang puro middle class sa Pilipinas.

P.P.S. At para sa mga walang magawa kundi manisi, itigil nio na yan. Hindi ngayon ang panahon para manisi at bumalik sa nakaraan. Bumangon at piliting magpakatao. May mga bagay na hindi inaasahan. Kung isasarado ang utak sa akala mong tama, hindi uunlad.

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November 2009 Nursing board exams results jitters

31 Jan

The Nursing board exams are past some months through now, but with the tension building up right at this very moment due to the anticipation of the results, there are just so much to look out for.

Whenever would the results be posted, I am just so excited and nervous at the same time. It is a combination of butterflies and bees rumbling in my stomach, which all contribute to the feeling of anxiety I have today. The November 2009 Nursing board exams have made me thought about various options too. I am thinking about the possibilities that can occur once the results come. It seems like Bahala Na Si Bro… Everything I have now is the faith and trust that God finds a way. Whatever are His plans, gogogo na lang. But still, I am really hoping that I get to pass.

My family and close colleagues would tell me, “Pasado ka niyan, panigurado. Baka nga top 1 pa!” Ahahaha!!! Well, I do hope so. Being at the top 10 is certainly great, but that’s just a bonus. First, what I look into is passing. Seeing my name on the list of passers shall be enough. But if ever I make it to the top 10, then that would be really a blessing! Let’s just see.

I’m not sure, but from what I’ve heard, the review center we enrolled at will be giving the topnotchers who have made it to the roster a refund of the review fee.

Oh well, that’s certainly a jackpot. Besides making it again at the tarp in school, there will be a chance to make it to my dream job (in line with psychiatry/psychology).

What the results would be? The November 2009 Nursing board results may just be some days or hours away, but pretty sure, the end is near and I am dying to see them.

For the results and more info, also see http://coeline-a-holic.blogspot.com/

Metanoia through PBB

20 Oct

Watching Pinoy Big Brother Double Up certainly is a part of my everyday routine. Come 10pm, I make sure that I am free and just in tune with the show. True enough, watching it makes me realize lots of human values and tendencies. Being an aspiring professional in the field of psychology/psychiatry (even though I graduated from Nursing), I see the reasons why Big Bro lets the hoursemates do some stuffs.

In comparison to a housemate, I think Carol is more like me. During her stint at House B, I feel like I’m on her shoes, though I want her to be really strong and to fight for what she thinks is right.

I really hate those back-stabbing housemates. They keep on telling each other bad things about another housemate, when in fact, they should try to consider their own personalities before doing so. Or if they really want to make things better, it should be proper but to confront that housemate.

Also, upon watching tonight’s episode, when I saw how welcomed Carol was at House A, I just wish that she would stay there for the rest of the show. She will be better off if she was there. The housemates at House A see her for who she really is, not judging her by mere seeing what she does not do.

In fact, I wish Kuya would read my blog and see how I get affected by the show, to the fact that I try to reflect every night with regards what I watch.

In reality, we all have personalities that we need to enhance. I understand that we are unique in every single way. But if we will be looking at how one wins in this game called Life, I guess one of the things that considers us victorious is through a fruitful change that only comes from genuine metanoia or “change of heart.”

Araw ng Kabuluhan

27 Apr

Dahil sa pabago-bagong panahon dito sa Pilipinas, or at least, dito sa Timog-Katagalugan, paiba-iba rin naman ang takbo ng buhay. Mayroong mga bata sa paligid na walang magawa (halimbawa na nito ang napaka-cute kong kapatid!) kaya naman inaya niya ako kahapon kung gusto ko raw bang magpagupit sa kanya.

Aba, at pumayag naman ako! I thought trim lang talaga na konti lang. Aba, aba, aba… Makailang saglit lang eh unti-unti nang nawala ang humigit-kumulang 1.5 to 2 inches ng buhok ko. Ang gulat ko eh… Not that bad naman ang pagkakagupit niya. In fact, sige na nga. Ayos lang. Hindi naman ako nagmukhang baliw. Para sa latest photo, tingnan lamang ang pic ko sa baba. Haha!

New haircut
New haircut

Summer nga naman, at kahit umuulan-ulan ngayon, ayos na rin. Parang nagpasalon! *with matching pa-sway-sway pa!*  ..  Siguro nga, napapanahon na rin kahapon upang putulin ang mga buhok kong may split-ends.

Anyways, aside dun sa haircut, napuna kong nitong mga nakaraang araw ay tila baga napaka-makabuluhan. Siguro ay dala na rin ng eagerness na makapasa ng board exams. Pero hindi rin… Siguro bugso ito ng power of the mind. Ika nga ng mga psychological experts, “You are the most powerful magnet in the universe! You contain a magnetic power within you that is more powerful than anything in this world, and this unfathomable magnetic power is emitted through your thoughts,” (Rhonda Byrne — from http://woopidoo.com/business_quotes/mind-quotes.com/).

Tunay nga naman, hindi ba? Well, kung hindi ka naniniwala sa akin, nasa sa’yo yun. Ang point ko lang eh nasa atin lang talaga ang kakayanang gawin ang nais natin. Oo, at maraming maaaring humadlang. Pupwedeng may mga aksidente o hindi inaasahang pangyayaring dumarating sa buhay natin. Ngunit bukod sa mga ito, tayo lamang at TAYO lang (oo, uulitin ko… IKAW at AKO) ang may hawak ng bukas natin.

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Maiba tayo… Sumagi lamang sa isip ko — napakaraming blogs talaga ngayon, at sa lahat ng mga ito, samu’t-saring mga ideya ang kanilang pinopromote. Kumbaga, bawat blog, isang produkto. Lahat may kanya-kanyang istayl. Masasabi kong sa buong blogging life ko, marami na akong naging inspirasyong bloggers. Either natuwa ako sa kanyang paraan ng pagcommunicate o kaya naman, sa layout, o di kaya naman sa kanyang kakaibang mga ideya.

Naaliw ako sa pag-eexplore ng Internet nitong mga huling araw. At mula sa pagssite hopping, nadiscover ko ang ilang magagandang paraan upang bukod sa maging kaaya-aya ang blogging experience natin, ay mabahagi rin natin ang kagandahang ito sa ating mga viewers.

1. magpacontest! (yupp, maraming paraan nga… at inspired by Sir Jorge’s blog, natanto ko ang kahalagahan ng audience impact. Well, not necessarily namang dapat laging aim natin ay ang maaliw ang readers. Pero take note, kung nais nating maging meaningful ang buhay (including ang bloglife), mas okay na rin kung i-aapply ang konseptong ‘the more, the merrier.’ Kumbaga, as we grow into more experienced bloggers, lalabas at lalabas din ang tunay nating personalities. Kasi, attributing oneself into a work of art will definitely bring out the best in such crafts (para bang David’s Salon? 🙂 ).

2. i-express ang sarili – Syempre, ito ang isa sa main purposes ng isang blog, ang ilabas ang saloobin. Kasabay nito, ang pagbblog ay nagsisilbing avenue upang bigyang-diin ang stream of thoughts present sa atin. Pupwedeng nakaimbak na pala ang nais nating ibahagi, ready to be typed na lang. O kaya naman ay iniisip pa natin. Maalin man, ang lahat ng ating ilalagay sa blog ay sumasalamin sa kung sino tayo.

3. Magbigay-pugay sa mga natatanging sites, books, music, etc. – Sa pagbblog, tayo rin ay gumagawa ng tila mga review ng sari-saring paborito natin. Bukod sa mga ito, nagkakaroon din tayo ng pagkakataong magkomento sa mga latest events, trends, news, issues, etc. Kayapanaman, usong-uso ang mga ganitong uring blogs, dahil through them, we get to learn other people’s views on certain ideas.

4. Information pool – Yes, ang blog ay source ng kung anu-anong impormasyon. Kadalasan ngayon, dahil sa high tech na mundo, karamihan ng mga estudyante, kabataan, propesyonal, homemakers, atbp. ay kumukuha ng ideas o nagreresearch sa World Wide Web. Sa kabutihang-palad at dahil sa constant improvement ng blogging tools, pag sinuswerte nga naman, bigla na lang mapupunta ang mga net goers sa ating blogs. Maaaring dulot ito ng ating blogging home (like sa WordPress, may instant access na ang ibang tao dahil sa ‘ping’ access nito) o kaya naman ng ating sariling sikap. Pwede na pala tayong maglog-in sa Google at iregister ang ating site sa kanilang interface. Pronto! May possibility na mapabilang ang site sa online traffic.

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Well, hindi lang naman para sa pagpapapansin ang silbi ng ating kinaaaliwang blogs. It is more of putting our hearts into it, seeing to it that we don’t get carried away by the hub of blogging. Making sure that we don’t lose our identities because of the trend that modernization lends into our souls.

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On the other hand, as I was stumbling along one of the Stumbleupon sites, may isang site specializing on the mind ang aking natuklasan. Ito ay ang LiteMind.com. Sa site na ito ni Luciano Passuelo, isang Brazilian, ipinapakita ang magagandang facts, insights, atbp. ukol sa kapangyarihan ng ating utak. Napakasayang isipin, sapagkat dahil sa usaping ito, marami nga pala talagang very interesting things na dapat malaman ng bawat nilalang tungkol sa brain power.

Kaya naman pala ako ay naging super interested sa Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at ilan pang mga topics related sa mind, personality, emotions, intelligence, behavior — sa kadahilanang ito ang tunay na nilalaman ng puso ko! Naks naman! Yepp, in fact, habang iniisip ko kung ano nga ba ang purpose ko sa buhay, natanto kong isa pala yun sa mga pangarap ko — na sana ay matupad.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon sa nilalaman ng site, pumunta lamang sa link na nasa itaas. c”,)

Not too late for Earth Day

26 Apr

April 22 — The world celebrated Earth Day through various charitable programs solely intended to care for nature. As I browsed for the latest activities here in the Philippines related to this, I came across various sites that may be useful for the other bloggers who feel like going environment-friendly virtually.

Rock Ed (www.rockedphilippines.org)

a volunteer group program that promotes alternative education through various means (teaching, poetry, visual arts, performing arts, music, print ads, photography, etc.)

Duly inspired by their advocacy, I really feel that to function better as citizens of our countries, we, as individuals, have the responsibility to be advocates of our own fields. As writers, for instance, we can promote a certain cry for the environment, etc. We can lift the hearts of those who love to read by the wondrous ideas we have. Somehow, in our little ways, we serve as a bridge towards a goal that’s never hard to accomplish — if only we have the desire, patience, and determination to succeed.

An Inspiring Day to You!

15 Apr

Just watched my best friend’s recital yesterday (April 14) at UP. Roxanne, a violinist, rose through the night with her splendid rendition of classical and Filipino obras. She played Chaconne in G Minor, “Melodie” from Souvenir Du’n Lieu Cher, Sonata no. 5 in F Major “Spring”, Habanera Filipino no. 2, and Concerto no. 5 in A Major K. 219 “Turkish”.

Being the musician that she is, Roxanne manifested what it seemed like a child prodigy who has grown up already. At 20, she is now ready to face a brighter world ahead. Wow, I can really imagine us as kids before, hanging out at each other’s house and wondering what life will bring. And now — hmm, what do we have? A soon-to-be virtuoso violinist and mental health professional/writer… c”,)

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‘Outliers’ –> As Celine perceives it

Upon reading ‘ Outliers’ ‘ first chapters, I was really exhilarated. But just like the other success books I’ve been reading before, I felt like I don’t want to finish reading at once. I want to take it slow. Y’know, digest the facts, reflect, and hopefully, apply them to my personal life.

These are some of the things that I’ve learned from the Introduction and the first chapter:

  • Being an outlier is being different from the rest.
  • It doesn’t take enough explanations why people grow older enough (say, reaching about 90+). The Rosetans (from Italy), to be exact, according to studies, outlived the others because of their culture. No diet restrictions whatsoever — they just practiced very close family and neighbor ties, mingled with the townsfolk, and basically were happy people from the looks of it.
  • Upon studying the Canadian hockey players’ profiles, it was evident that most of their birth months are ranging from the first quarter months of the year. Thus, it was noted, also through the other successful people’s  profiles, that most of the outliers have their birth months as indicated. But of course, this does not go with everyone. The experts were just pertaining to the majority.

From Potatoes to Presents

13 Apr
yummm....

yummm....

Whoa… Matapos managarap na makakain ng mashed potatoes ngayong araw na ito, natupad din ang mithiin kong ito. Thanks to my family *sniff.sniff.* who thought of bringing me home “pasalubongs.”

Kaso, sa gutom ko, though alam ko nang may darating, kumain na rin ako ng Yakiudon. Yumm! Kahit maanghang-anghang, nagalak din naman ang aking panlasa sa linamnam na dulot nito. Yun nga lang, kailangan ng sangkatutak na tubig upang hindi ako mahirinan (mabilaukan).

Masarap… Yummy…

Anyways, sa sobrang galak, di ko rin napigilan – inubos ang isang bowl nito… Ngunit… marahil ay dahil sa kabusugan sa pancit, nang malapit nang maubos ang mashed potatoes, parang nasusuya na ako rito. Whaaa!! Hindi ito maaari.. (sabay tono ni Ate Gay)… Hindiiii!!! Lumalaki na ang aking tiyan. Hindi dahil sa kung anuman ha. Ngunit dahil nga sa pagkabusog, hindi ko inakalang mauumay ako sa mashed potatoes.

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Samantala, habang nasa hapag-kainan, biglang tinawag ni mama si Pia (ang aking kapatid) at may ibibigay daw sa akin. Hmmm… Kahit alam ko na naman kung ano yun, syempre, tuwang-tuwa pa rin naman ako.

Ano yun?.. Well, yun kasi yung gusto ko sanang bilhing libro ngayon eh — yung ‘Outliers’ ni Malcolm Gladwell.

According kasi kay Br. Mawel, DLSL school president, nung nagwelcome remarks sya sa clinical grad namin nung Mar 26, maganda raw yun. In fact, shinare nia samin yung tungkol sa ‘10,000 Hours’ principle.

*The 10,000 Hours principle tells us about how earning such number of hours for an endeavor has produced very successful people all across the globe. One of them, Bill Gates, according to him, (as told in the book) sneaked up late at night to produce what we enjoy now as the Microsoft Systems. Several other renowned persons also practiced such. And as guaranteed by the principle, these men and women took top spots in their own leagues.

* Kaya naman todo inspired din ako ngayon eh. Ewan ko ba, medyo nalift ang spirits ko today. Siguro dala na rin ng eagerness na gawing makabuluhan ang buhay ko for the nth time. heheh…