My Stella!

 

I got little Stella!!!!!

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My little Stella!

I’ve always been so picky when choosing caps for myself for several reasons.

The very main one is that my face shape doesn’t fit any type of caps, and mind you, this is why I rarely get one for myself. I hate spending so much time in selecting. Next reason is that I like my hair down always but I occasionally put it up when wearing a cap, now stella does have a selection of cap styles.

Yet, the moment I saw this cap from stella, I immediately fell in love.

If I’m not mistaken, they do retail and wholesale. The quality of the cap is really good. The embroidery is very precise and well detailed. This is not a paid post nor am I being sponsored by Stella.ae, but definitely, their page is worth checking out.

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When I fell in love under the sea

 

​​​I’ve always been the type of person who never gets tired of the water. I sometimes take a day off from work when I feel exhausted and you’d find me by the beach. 2017 has been so great to me, giving way to new experiences and adventure. This year marked the very first time I have properly explored the water. This as well marked the time I have decided to take diving lessons and eventually aim for diving license, and I mean PADI thing.

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Diving meant seeing the hidden beauty you can never see from the surface.

Before this experience, I thought of diving as purely something part of my bucket list, but I ended up knowing it is so much more than that. It was more than just getting into the water and seeing all sorts of fish pass-by you. Discovering that such type of fish or creature is silently beautifying beyond the surface.

I have found my type of luxury in life. We call it, EXPERIENCE. As I grow older, I aim more to forget my fears and embrace chances. The moment I ended my very first diving experience, I knew I left my heart underneath. I knew as well that I’ll be coming back for more.

 

Purchase Experience in Holiday Factory

Holiday factorySo, I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of fuzz about Armenia and its beauty. I have decided to look for the cheapest way to get there. Been searching left and right then I found several options including Holiday Factory

I wasn’t really the cheapest I guess cause the 999AED was no longer available plus, I preferred to stay in a 4-star hotel so there was like about 400AED price difference. The way it actually work is that once you purchase the travel voucher, you are suppose to submit an online request for your travel date through their website. Now, I have indicated my first name and last name on the online form and submitted hoping that they can inform me when I can travel. 3 days later, I received a voucher and invoice confirming that my alternative travel date has been approve. Mind you, it was all find with me. I later realize that it was only my first name and last name which was on the ticket which kind of freaked me out. I tried getting in touch with the holiday factory team to get hold of the situation, but the conversation started to heat up when Sally from their team called me up to say that I have to pay AED 500 to add my 2nd name which appears on my passport and said that I may not be allowed to travel because the name on the ticket is a different person. Guess what, IT’S NOT! It is the exact same first name and exact same last name that is in my passport. I have decided to get hold of the Fly Dubai social media team to have much better assistance and better understanding as you can see below.

As you can see on the image, Fly Dubai has confirmed that first name and last name are the mosunnamedt critical information. What I don’t understand is why Holiday Factory did not even manage to inform me about this (which I am pretty sure they already know) instead, tried to make me pay the amount of AED 500 just to add my freaking 2nd name on my ticket?

I just hope nobody falls into this kind of trap. As a consumer, I sort of felt as if I was attempted to be robbed. Considering that it was my first experience purchasing a holiday with them, I might be 200% extra careful next time. I hope you are too.

A Thought on Success

It’s impossible to live without failing on something. BUT it would be more impossible to succeed without getting up and trying once again. Regardless of the number of times you try what matters the most is that you have within you the eagerness to grow and reach your goal. Success isn’t how much you earn nor what other fancy things you can buy. Success is having to know what life is about. Better yet SUCCESS is knowing within yourself that you are and will be capable to surpass all the struggles and hardships that life set in for you.

Don’t dream about having the amount of income that could buy you most of the material things. DREAM of having a life worth sharing to others that would make them get up when their down, cause at the back of their mind, they are looking back at you saying “He/She did it why can’t I”

(Just a thought)

A COLLECTION OF FAILURES

Tonight, I joined two of my flatmates for a little run at the park.395b8a0274a511e1989612313815112c_73

There were so many people there, some are families, friends, workmates and such.

I saw this little bench and decided to rest for a while as I listen to music.

Here’s what bump into my mind;

Life for me and for a lot of people is a gift from God.

Life is that particular reason why I get to wake up each morning. Have a seat at the balcony as I have a cup of coffee thinking about so much that I wanted to do for the rest of the day.

Life is a gift we should not stain of any regrets. A gift to act on our goals and dreams.

As a person I do fail at so many things.

That’s me. A FAILURE. but I never run out of courage to get up. I am not ashamed of calling my self a failure because someday it’ll change. as what my favorite quote said,

“A COLLECTION OF FAILURES WILL THEN BE CALLED EXPERIENCES

THAT WILL ALL LEAD US TO SUCCESS.”

I may have wasted too many or too much chances in my past but now, I’m weighing all the chances and choices.

I have wasted my shot to top my class as a student. But I cannot waste this chance in learning from the classroom of the real world.

I may have wasted my chance to top the sales chart back to the days when I was working for an advertising company. But now, I’m putting on extra efforts to sell my credentials and experiences to different companies I can find.

I may have wasted the chance to be the best player of all time in taekwondo during my athlete days. But now, I’m running endlessly as fast as I can in the race of life and success.

I am not the best in this world at any aspect of life. All i know and believe that as long as I am willing to run this race. I can reach that finish line with no regrets. I may run fast, I may run slow. I may stop for a while but I won’t forget I am bound to finish something.

People may love me or hate me. Build me or break me. At the very end, it’ll be God’s decision to where I am rightful to be. As long as heartaches, heartbreaks, disappointments come my way. I will smile. For me they’re nothing but proofs of God’s presence by my side every single day I am blessed with.

I do not wish to be the richest person there may be. But I do wish that I provide well for the life and family I am gifted so well.

I do not wish for people to look up to me, but I pray the they simply appreciate all the choices I have made. I do not wish for people to idolize me, but I pray for them to see my worth and my hopes.

Live a Good Life

would you rather lose something you already have or something you will have?

 it’s called “choice”.

which needs the right “REASON”,

and definitely does not require nor need “REGRETS”. 

Sometimes in life, what gives us all stress is the mere fact that we bother doing everything to get everything.

Makes us all forget the things we really need and what we really have

The key to “CONTENTMENT” is not gaining so much in excess of what we need.

The key is seeing the value of what we already have and making them enough for your journey to happiness. 

At the end of the day, all our wants should be set aside and soon be forgotten, not because we gave up on trying to have the “wants” but because we found both “CONTENTMENT” and “HAPPINESS” in embracing God’s gift.

it’s called “SIMPLE LIFE”

 What you’ve all just read is a very short blog post I had back in 2011 of which, the said blog was already deleted (at least that’s what I think) 

Anyhow, I’ve come to write that down out of nowhere, only with the thought and hope that I would come to live a very simple yet contented life. 

I haven’t proven that one until I’ve read Mr Bo Sanchez ‘s book (Simplify & Live a Good Life).20130604_155627

Yes I’am young, (I still believe that I am at the age of 24) and I can say this is probably the age where you’d want to have everything that you can buy in the world especially on pay days. I don’t intend to keep my hands clean at this matter but I honestly think I am not one of those people at my age or so. 

As Bo Sanchez mentioned at the book Live less & Delight in it more.

I currently live and work outside my home country but that doesn’t mean I desire for more luxurious life. It was my own choice and decision to leave my family and friends behind in my homeland because I knew within myself that there are so much more I can learn. Frankly, never was there any moment that I regret that choice I have made. I was basically the main source of headache of my parents, which I know I shouldn’t be saying but I am saying it anyway because I know that whatever I did back then that gave my parents headaches, I have come to prove myself by now. That I can stand up for my own decisions but most of all, that I can decide responsibly on and for my own life. 

I believe that if in my soul I deeply respect & value myself, people around me will sense that. They too will value & respect me-whether I’m wearing an Armani or not.

I honestly wasn’t able to say anything but to smile upon reading this one. Yes I dream about having branded bags and clothes. Yes I can afford them. But I haven’t tried purchasing any clothing or dress that would probably exceed to AED 40/= per pc. I haven’t tried and I don’t see the point in trying. 

I enjoy wearing the same stuff over and over. I enjoy wearing the rejected items from those clothes I used to sell house-to-house as an extra income. Though my mom once stopped me from doing so and she was saying that it wasn’t really necessary because what I was earning was good enough. But I knew somewhere down the line I had to do something to have extra income, because I knew what I had to learn. 

After all, I am more than the brand of my watch, logo of my shoes or the name of my car. (Simplfy) oh by the way, yes I have not-so-recently purchased a car out of what I am earning as of now but I am very proud to say that I bought a second-hand 2006 Peugeot and had ran for a massive amount of mileage already. I am happily driving it despite the fact that I have the choice to buy a brand new one and monthly pay for it for 5 years. But then that monthly amount which I’d rather send to my bank account in the Philippines would definitely save me a fortune already. At least I saw my family happy that I managed to buy a vehicle of my own without knocking down their own pockets. I thank God for that moment. 

Satisfaction is not getting what you want but wanting what you already have.

Need I say more?

Seriously at my age, I’ve learned a lot from this book exactly what I should know by now. In life, responsibility and choices. I am fortunate that I was raised by my family as I am. I never tried, not for once, to be someone I was not and that’s keeping  me simply contented with my life and what I have. 

If you think you still need a lot to know about saving up, or spending or whatever it is in life. If you think you deserve more in life, or you have a lot in life. I’m telling you this book is for you.

 

Realized in one fine weekend

20130524_071054 copyit was a beyond “FINE” weekend.

It gave me enough relaxation to get myself back together before a new challenging week at work. A weekend packed with realizations.

 

Life away from home is being away from your real comfort zone. I choose where I am right now not because I wanted freedom.

I have chosen to be where I am right now because it is where I know for myself that I will enable myself to learn things in a new perspective.

I have learned so much at home living with my family, but I knew there are a lot more things I needed to learn. I knew I had to learn them all on my own.

My parents had taught me since I was a child how to respect people how to be nice to people.

But how much was I able to learn about trying to get along with people from different parts of the world, people from all sorts of orientation. but outside my comfort zone, I am practicing this and learning more of how to deal with people.

My parents taught me how to keep things at right place. Yet how much of an organized person have I become? Living alone made me learn and adopt how to organize my schedule, my life, though I have mastered the art of disorganizing my things somehow I am in the process of mastering the art of organizing them as well.

Though I was also taught how to cook or clean the house, do my laundry or iron my clothes, do the groceries or budget the amount of money I have.

Being away from home enabled me to learn more than what I was taught and practice each learning I have in life.

 

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8 years of Distance;10 years of just knowing.

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My fellow Lasallians. My batchmates. A real good friend and a new bonded friend. 
 
One weekend not far from today. I had a few visitors from California and Dubai.
 
Surprisingly they were the visitors I never expected to have at my paradise home.
 
Rawlin is a good friend of mine back in highschool. Since she migrated to California, (I think) I never had the chance to see her or spend time with her. 
 
While Ivan on the other hand was just a random friend in high school as well  whom I just say “hi” or nod my head a little whenever we bump each other at the hall way of our classrooms or by the discipline office. Just a typical batchmate to make it short. 
 
So there it was, an afternoon to spend and have some fun with this two along with Ernan and Grace whom I also met here in UAE.
 
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Few bites of chicken by the Sea shore. Few gulps  of cola from the plastic cups. Few pieces of french fries. Then comes a moment of fun by the sea of such a wonderful place where I live. 
But then again, it didn’t end there. We then went on for a dip by the pool. Then it was time for the ladies to sit back and relax as the two chefs we were with do their thing at the kitchen. 
 
It’s one of the priceless things in life I really appreciate at that very moment. Sharing stories while having dinner and having a few drinks after. Appreciating a renewed friendship and the new ones. 
 
For once which hopefully won’t be the last I have shared my relaxing then with a good old friend and the new. 
 
I appreciated life more as I took a few relaxing moments with them.