…although sometimes it’s nice to just go outside and feel the rain
free slice of cake from starbucks aince it’s my birth month. what a deal! birthday isn’t complete without cake! I just turned 21 last June 11 and I feel so old.
Since the day I started working, I feel more responsible. Earning and working hard for your own money is such a thing. It changes you. It’s a big shift from getting allowance from your parents to actually working your ass off to sustain your lifestyle.
while the rain enjoyed itself, boss decided to push through ocular inspection and site visit. it was a surprise activity and i can’t even… shoes were dipped in mud like marshmallows dunked in chocolate fondue
January 4th this year, I doodled in this doodle space of my planner. I wrote here the plans i had for the first half of 2014. So far, I’m still on track on accomplishing them.
On January, Focus. I didn’t waste time on things that are not thesis-related. My father was here for a visit last January so I made sure to balance my time for my family and thesis. I sacrificed out-of-town trips to make sure I’d finish on time.
On February, passing thesis was the highlight of the month. Though I didn’t get an uno, which is unlikely because of the level of difficulty of my chosen project, I’m still thankful that I was able to make it without any problem.
Marched my way to success March of this year. As thesis considered a passport, and passing it is the visa all the way to graduation.
Since my last year in college have been abusive in any way, I demanded for a vacation. Sidelines, though, kept me busy for a while. I had to earn money to sustain my lifestyle, since parents cut off my allowance a little. I went travelling first with my friends and family. Ilocos on end March, went back to Ilocos on the first of May and Palawan trip with college batchmates. I know those trips were not enough to totally relax from all the stress I got from school, but I was balancing my budget based on what I earn and what I spend.
Being fit, however is a continuous process. I quit boxing for two weeks now because of work and because I get sleepy and tired everyday from work. What I do, is to eat 1/2 cup of rice 3 times a day, I’m sure it helps me not to gain weight. Aside from that diet, I also take long walks on my way to terminals going to office and going home.
God secured and cleared the way for me in finding my first job. He made it easy for me, the same thing He did in my thesis deliberation. This week, I’m hitting my 3rd week as working girl. I also got my first paycheck last friday, making it legit!
I’m happy reviewing what I wrote last January knowing it’s coming true. Now I have think of 6 more goals to achieve for the next 6 months! God is with me in my plans, so I’m affirmative that I’m taking the right path.
2nd day of work today and questions about my sexual orientation never stops. Some thought I was a boy because I was introduced as JC, my nickname, and it’s usually named to a boy. This haircut, and having boyish style in outfits, of course, I cannot blame them for thinking that I am a lesbian.
I may be need to wear a flower crown from now on
When Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have been very much accessible when using my smartphone, I kinda find it hassle to post in tumblr, especially on times when I want to post a long journal. It needs a little effort to compose using laptop since I seldom use my laptop on a regular day.
Joining the Work Force
I had my first job interview last Friday (05-23-14) at Quezon City Hall. I was referred by mom’s friend who also works there as an Architect. It was a little easy for me because maybe I was too prepared for it. I had an AutoCad exam and a little chitchat with the heads. Thank God, He made things really easy for me. As of now, I’m making myself ready for it. Half of me wants to continue my vacation and half of me wants work already because I need money for my mom has already cut my allowance and I’m getting fat being lazy.
I just wanna impress my boss and the people in the office because I don’t want them to see me as a baby who is powerless. Having this young-looking face and a cute height is bringing me nowhere but the play pen. I would want them to give me the impression that I do have a mind of my age.
Let’s see how I can work this out.
On the second day of Ilocos Trip, we planned to go to pagudpod. Countless visits there but still mesmerized by its relaxing beauty. We were supposed to visit the Blue Lagoonbut there’s newly opened attraction in Pagudpod, the Hannah Resort which offers the longest zipline over the sea, banana boat ride, biggest banga (which is a pool) in the world and a lot of huge statues attractions that is trending now when it comes to resorts in the country. We rented a vacation house near the resort because headcount was around 18 persons.
Along the way, we visited the Burgos Lighthouse, from there you will see this beautiful view of the sea.
Next stop is the BantayAbot Cave
It was really a hot hot day but I never wanna miss any photo op with the natural wonders
This one taken at Bridge to Cagayan.
And finally, the beach!
I’ve been seeing a lot of affordable travel packages for Ilocos. Php 3k and up only! That’s already cheap, fyi. For all my visits in Ilocos, I’m lucky to have explored almost all the places they are offering for the tour.
Touring up north won’t disappoint you, it will surely make you appreciate our country more. And if ever you visit Laoag, Ilocos Norte, make sure to eat at La Preciosa and try their Carrot Cake, it’s to die for. The best empanada is located across the plaza of San Nicolas City. Also, I’ve been to Kapurpurawan Rock 3 years ago, and I say it was marvelous. I heard it’s a little strict when it comes to tourist activity there now. Make sure to see it!
Night after my graduation last March 26, 2014, we headed to Ilocos Norte to spend my sister’s last days in the Manila. Her flight was scheduled April 2, we could’ve gone there earlier but we are afraid of the pamahiin, that graduating students are prone to accident. Anyway, Ilocos is my mom’s province that’s why we decided to visit our relatives there and since there are a lot of new tourist spots blossoming there that we haven’t visited before.
View from our backyard.
On the first day, we visited the La Paz Sand Dunes, more popular of this type of place in the same region is the Paoay Sand Dunes, but both offer breathtaking views and exciting adventures.
The 4x4 rides available in the site, maximum 6 persons/truck, rent fee is Php 2500
Truck driver stops over to the places that are worth appreciating.
Here’s my family while we were in the 4x4 ride.
Panoramic view of the sea near the desert.
Our driver said that the best time to take the 4x4 ride, “pagkatapos ng konting ulan, para mabasabasa ang daan at makapit ang gulong” Our ride struggled a little and we had bitin and almost there! Almost there! moments as we go on higher areas. It was indeed an uphill battle. The driver said that the sand is too dry, so madulas. Therefore moisture in the sand is a factor.
I won’t spoil with too much photos of what you’re gonna see there. You should visit this place, whether the La Paz Sand Dunes or the Paoay Sand Dunes because, YES! WE HAVE IT HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES.
I believe you can negotiate with the handlers to drive the 4x4 as long as you’re really expert in extreme driving. The drivers are trained to drive to such terrain. There are no news about accidents caused by the resident drivers. Though there’s one caused by a customer who volunteered to drive the 4x4 for his guests.
Sand surfing was pretty fun too! Sliding down is easy but going up to the starting point again is a different story. The use of it is unlimited, or ride all you can once you avail of the 4x4 ride. I’m not sure if there’s a fee if the only activity you wish to do is the sand surfing.
On the next post: Short Trips and Pagudpod
I received my graduation photos prior to graduation. Upon holding my printed photos that was the time I started to get excited about my graduation. I remember as a child, I was counting years and figuring out when would be the year of my graduation, how old I would be by then, and finally, that time came, and I was perfectly on time just like what I planned years ago. I am proud of myself for I know I did everything just to stay on track and be not left behind. That was my goal, it has been in my heart.
As much as I did not want to fail myself, I never wanted to fail my parents as well. There are maybe moments of rebellion and stuff I did that I know would disappoint them, I still made it a point that this part of our lives would be a gift for them. It was clear to me how hard it is to invest in education, since money is an issue to survive in a demanding course in a prestigious university that’s why wasting time and money should never be considered.
Although my family was not complete on my graduation day, I was still grateful that my sister was able to come and be there for me on my special day. She came back last December in Manila to spend time with our family (and attend my graduation) here since she will be entering the US Navy bootcamp on July 2014. And of course, with my pretty mom, Alpha, who has been there to take care and support me and also for being the most patient and understanding mother through all these years. And to Tita Divine that has been praying for my health, career and spiritual life. To my father who was there for me in spirit, thank you for being a huge part of my journey as a student, for supporting me, morally and financially, for being my inspiration and idol. To my family, this is all for you. Fruits of my hard work will be shared with you as soon as I get a decent job. Lol
Of course, graduating with the people you loved since the day you tied your heart together is one of the most precious things that you will forever treasure. Through thick and thin, they were the ones who helped me stand up, the people who pushed me to do better, who offered me a hug to comfort me, who celebrated with me for successful events. Reaching this success together was the greatest feeling ever since they were the ones who was with me battling to reach the goal. To my 1-9 family, the TF, thank you very much for being there for me, for everything, you guys is why I loved and survived college. To my bestfriend since first year, Nico and to my favourite friend, Francis, thank you both for everything, alam nyo yan! To my AR-2 family, thank you for the 3 happy years!! We were not that close as a class, but I know we still enjoyed the company of each other whenever our weirdness meet. I will miss you all
And for my man, Andoy. Thank you for everything, thank you for keeping me sane for 4 years in Architecture. I can’t imagine college and life without you. Thank you for making college more awesome and easier for me. You are the best thing happened in my college life. Congratulations, my love! Congratulations to us!
Congratulations UST College of Architecture Batch 20141!
Congratulations to all graduates of 2014!
March 26, 2014