Saturday, December 31, 2011

High School Graduation Speech

just found my high school graduation speech when i sorted out my stuff today. here's what i said:

Una po sa lahat,  ibig ko pong batiin ang ating kagalang-galang na Officer-In-Charge, Head Teacher III na si Bb. phondora S. Capistrano, ang aking mga minamahal na guro, kamag-aral at mga magulang na naririto ngaun ng isang magandang araw!

Ilang araw na lamang po at sa wakas ay araw na po ng aming pagtatapos. nararamdaman na po namin ang nalalapit naming paghihiwalay sa isa't isa. Bagamat nakalulungkot ang paghihiwalay na ito ay may kasiyahan din sa aming mga puso dahil sa wakas ay tutngo na kami sa panibagong hamon sa buhay: ang kolehiyo.

Kami, bilang "Senior Students" ng paaralang ito ay naatangan ng mga responsibilidad dito sa paaralan. Ang mga responsibilidad na humubog sa amin  at tumulong sa amin upang maabot ang kinatatayuan namin ngayon. Sa loob ng apat na taon ay ginampanan namin sa abot ng aming makakaya ang responsibilidad na pag-ibayuhin at paghusayin ang samahan ng mga mag-aaral at pangalagaan din ang kapakanan ng paaralan bilang kabahagi nito. Ang responsibilidad na ito ang nagbuklod sa amin para sa iisang pangarap: Ang maging pinakamahusay na paaralan. Dahil po dito ay unti-unti kaming nahubog upang higit na maging mahusay na mag-aaral at mamamayan.

At ngayon po, sa nalalapit naming pagtatapos at paglisan dito sa paaralan na minahal namin at naging bahagi ng aming pagkatao ay ibig namin ihabilin sa inyo, kapwa namin mag-aaral na maiiwan dito, ang maraming bagay na pinangalagaan at ginampanan namin sa loob ng apat na taon ng aming pananatili dito.

Ibig namin ihabilin at ipasa ang responsibilidad sa mahusay na pamumuno nina John Jerry Basada at Kathleen Faye Colorado kasama ang mga dating opisyales ng Pamunuan ng mg Mag-aaral kina Alvin Cacut at Gladys June Borbe at kanilang mga kasama sa Pamunuan. Ang husay naman nina Kathleen Faye Colorado at Alexander Cedillo sa larangan ng Sining sa Teatro ay ibig namin ipagpatuloy nina Liezel Arellano at Josephine Rojas. Ako po, kasama ni Buenaventura dela Cruz ay humihiling din kina Alvin Cacut at Rubilyn Letada na sana'y lalo pa nilang pahusayin ang nasimulan namin sa siyensya. Ang kaalamang pang-matematika nina Chris Adrian Magarro at Christian Daryll Fabrid ay ipinapasa naman namin kina Sheryl To at Carolyn Dancel. Ang kagalingang pangkomunikasyon nina Christopher Alonte at Charmin Blair Baluartenay ibig namin ipasa kina Alvin Cacut at Gladys Borbe.

Ang mahusay na pagdadala at tiwala sa sarili na hinangaan ng lahat kina Ma. Reina magnifico, Angesyl Manaog, William Domingo at Bryan Bruan ay ibig namin ipasa kina Julie Anne Martelino at Christian Perez, Melissa Manaog at Julius Amier. Ang husay sa pag-awit ni Tiffany Anne Bernardo ay inihahabilin namin kay Rachelle Malen. Ang husay sa larangan ng isports nina Karla Garcia at Alvin Taylan ay inihahabilin namin kay Ana Cristina Moratalle at Jenny Rojas. Ang husay sa pagsasayaw nina Janelyn Bangkat at Ruben Rosanes ay inihahabilin naman namin kay Shara May Castillo kasama ang iba pang "Crissa Girls". At higit sa lahat, ang pangkalahatang kahusayan sa akademya ng mga mag-aaral na magsisipagtapos ng may karangalan ay ipinapasa namin sa mga mag-aaral ng ikatlong taon na tulad namin ay nagsumikap din.

Ngayon na lilisanin na namin ang paaralang ito at tutungo sa higit na malawak na daigdig ng kolehiyo ay iniiwan na namin sa inyo ang responsibilidad sa pangangalaga ng paaralan at pagpapahusay pa ng aming nasimulan. naniniwala kami sa inyong kakayahan at umaasa kami na hindi matatapos ang lahat sa amin, sa araw ng aming pagtatapos. Bagkus, ay mapaunlad pa ng mga mag-aaral na iniwanan namin ng aming responsibilidad upang kanila namang gampanan at paunlarin. Nagpapasalamat kami at nawa'y gabayan kayo ng Diyos upang maging mahusay ang pagtupad ninyo sa inyong mga tungkulin. Muli, maraming salamat at magandang araw!

*** whatta long speech i had. I graduated as 2nd honorable mention so i was assigned to do the turn over of responsibilities. hehehhehehe

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Sweet Life

What's a sweet life? Maybe it's about having what you want or being who you want to be. As for me, a sweet life is the life I have now. Imperfect but worth living.

I am very thankful once again that for 8 months, I have been spared from another terrible heartache. For 8 months, I remained a strong, independent woman who has an appetite for life and everything that comes with it. Yes. My life is not perfect. I'm not rich, I'm not tall. My face is nothing but ordinary. But so far, I'm doing good and I'm happy and contented. I've learned some lessons the hard way and I am forever thanful for that because it groomed me to become a better person than what I was before.

One of the sweetest part of it is having a family like mine. God knows how thankful I am to be blessed with a very understanding Mom, who despite my stubborness, still love me as her child. I am also very blessed to have 2 Fathers. My real dad who became my tough competition when it comes to achievements and hard work. He's a perfectionist and somehow, having a dad like him did me good. It's not just about the pressure of performing but that also involves the love for what you are doing and setting goals for yourself. My second Dad, is the the dad who taught me that relationships can last long and that even without marriage, a happy family is attainable. He wasn't blessed with overflowing cash and he can't marry Mom because it's my Mom's choice. But he continues to love and respect her the way no other man can. Mom is so lucky to have him. I. Also feel very blessed to have a sister and a brother who inspires me to keep on fighting despite the many challenges. I serve as an inspiration to them but what they don't know is that they are the reason why I have come this far.

It's a sweet life for me. Just like my strawberries and cream frapp without whip cream and with non-fat milk. :)

Smile everybody! Your life itself is a miracle. No matter how bad things go, take it this way... It's a sweet life.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Moment Of Truth by FM Static

Here we are, in the best years of our lives.
With no way of knowing, 
When the wheel stop spinning cause we don't
Know where we're going
And here we are, on the best day of our lives.
And it's a go, lets make it last, so cheers you 
All to that, 'cause this moment's never comin' back

I used to know her brother, but I never
Knew I loved her, 'till the day she laid her eyes on me. 
Now I'm jumpin' up and down, 
She's the only one around, and she means 
Every little thing to me.

I've got your picture in my wallet, and your
Phone number to call it, and I miss you more, 
Whenever I think about you,. I've got
Your mixed tape in my Walkman, been so
Long since we've been talkin' and in a few
More days, we'll both hook up, forever and ever
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/f/fm_static/moment_of_truth.html ]
And here I am, on the west coast of 
America and I've been tryin' to think for weeks of
All the ways to ask you, And now
I've brought you to the place, Where I've 
Poured my heart out, a million times, for a million
Reasons, To offer it to you
I used to know her brother, but I never
Knew I loved her, 'till the day she laid her
Eyes on me. Now I'm jumpin' up and down, 
She's the only one around, and she means
Every little thing to me

I've got your picture in my wallet, and your
Phone number to call it, and I miss you more, 
Whenever I think about you,. I've got
Your mixed tape in my Walkman, been so
Long since we've been talkin' and in a few
More days, we'll both hook up, forever and ever

I used to know her brother, but I never
Knew I loved her, 'till the day she laid her
Eyes on me. Now I'm jumpin' up and down, 
She's the only one around, and she means
Every little thing to me

I've got your picture in my wallet, and your
Phone number to call it, and I miss you more, 
Whenever I think about you,. I've got
Your mixed tape in my Walkman, been so
Long since we've been talkin' and in a few
More days, we'll both hook up, forever and ever

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/f/fm_static/#share

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

This Christmas is probably one of my happiest Christmas. For some reason, I feel satisfied with how everything went this year. I have a lot of things to be thankful for. If you know you became a part of my life this year, please read my message for you below:

I am very thankful for the friends I have right now. Crazy as they may seem but at least I know they are real. Some of them give too much crap about relationships, some of them don't. Some of them are party goers, some are conservative. Some are rough and some are refined. Some are young, some are old. Some are Filipinos, some are foreigners. But despite the differences, i love them all. Thanks for being there for me when the times are tough and for taking the time to listen to my crappy stories sometimes and for partying with me when I felt so down. Through thick or thin, let's stick together and let's continue fighting in this battlefield called life.

I am also thankful for my family who stayed with me during the ups and downs of my career and relationships. You have always been very supportive of every goal I have and at the same time, you also became honest enough when you felt I wasn't doing things right. I appreciate everything you've done for me, specially you, Mom. You spent late nights in our room and comforted me and told me how beautiful I am as a person just when I was about to give up on myself.

This Christmas might be different than how I have celebrated it in the past two years but i can say that i am happier this time because of what i have now. I may have failed at one point but I realized that if I keep on fighting, I can keep on winning. And as long as I have all of you by my side, life will continue to be a happy one.

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are as thankful as I am. :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thank You

Today is my last working day for 2011 since I'll be off starting tomorrow and will be back on January 3rd 2012.

I just wanted to drop by and say THANK YOU to the friends I have in this office.

IT'S A PLEASURE working with you all throughout 2011.

IT'S NEVER BORING since  you all gave me the best reason to go to work and continue working despite the ups and downs of things.

Through THICK and THIN, let's stick together and welcome 2012 with a BANG!!!

LOVE YOU !!! :) We made a good 2011 and I see 2012 to be a lot better.

MORE PLACEMENTS TO COME!!!

Cheers! :)


Quotes About Life

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. 
Delicious Ambiguity.” 
― Gilda Radner


“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.” 
― Marilyn Monroe


“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, 
Love like you'll never be hurt, 
Sing like there's nobody listening, 
And live like it's heaven on earth.” 
― William W. Purkey


“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” 
― Albert Einstein


“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” 
― Oscar Wilde


“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. 
Life is beauty, admire it. 
Life is a dream, realize it. 
Life is a challenge, meet it. 
Life is a duty, complete it. 
Life is a game, play it. 
Life is a promise, fulfill it. 
Life is sorrow, overcome it. 
Life is a song, sing it. 
Life is a struggle, accept it. 
Life is a tragedy, confront it. 
Life is an adventure, dare it. 
Life is luck, make it. 
Life is too precious, do not destroy it. 
Life is life, fight for it.” 
― Mother Teresa


“This life is what you make it. Not matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, somg go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And babve, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up becuase if you give up, you'll never find your soul mate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” 
― Marilyn Monroe


“Just when you think it can't get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can't get any better, it can.” 
― Nicholas SparksAt First Sight 


Taken from: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/life

Monday, December 19, 2011

Timeline

WELCOMING FB TIMELINE! :)

This reminds me of my Multiply header. Thanks to Ariseo Bonifacio for this photo and Mr. Ross Capili for inviting me to model for Cannon Users few years back. This pic is priceless! It will forever remind me that for once, I loved being in front of the camera. ♥♥♥

Sunday, December 18, 2011

20 Life Lessons

I just read this article this morning. When I saw it in Linkedin, I suddenly realized this article is very timely since year 2012 is fast approaching. A new year, a new beginning for everybody. It’s never too late to start. ( I did not copy the complete article. Just the 20 Life lessons from http://mashable.com/2011/12/18/steve-jobs-20-life-lessons/ . For the complete article please see the link ).

Don’t Wait
When the young Steve Jobs wanted to build something and needed a piece of equipment, he went straight to the source.
“He began by recalling that he had wanted to build a frequency counter when he was twelve, and he was able to look up Bill Hewlett, the founder of HP, in the phone book and call him to get parts.”
Make Your Own Reality
Steve Jobs learned early that when you don’t like how things are in your life or in your world, change them, either through action or sheer force of will.
“As Hoffman later lamented, “The reality distortion field can serve as a spur, but then reality itself hits.” – Joanna Hoffman, part of Apple’s early Macintosh team.
“I didn’t want to be a father, so I wasn’t,” Jobs later said, with only a touch of remorse in his voice.
Control Everything You Can
Steve Jobs was, to a certain degree, a hippie. However, unlike most free spirits of the 1960s-to-1970s love-in era, Jobs was a detail-oriented control freak.
“He wants to control his environment, and he sees the product as an extension of himself.”
Own Your Mistakes
Jobs could be harsh and even thoughtless. Perhaps nowhere was that more in evidence than with his first daughter. Still, as Jobs grew older and began to face mortality, he more readily admitted his mistakes.
“I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was twenty-three and the way I handled that,” Jobs said.”
Know Yourself
While not always aware of how those around him were reacting to his appearance or demeanor, Jobs had no illusions about his own formidable intellectual skills.
“Then a more disconcerting discovery began to dawn on him: He was smarter than his parents.”
Leave the Door Open for the Fantastic
Jobs was a seeker, pursuing spiritual enlightenment and body purification throughout his life. He wasn’t a particularly religious person, but did not dismiss the existence or something beyond our earth-bound realm.
“I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery.” — Steve Jobs
Don’t Hold Back
Apple’s founder was famous for his outbursts and sometimes over-emotional responses. In product development, things were often amazing or sh_t.
“He was an enlightened being who was cruel,” she recalled. “That’s a strange combination.”– former girlfriend and mother of Jobs’ first daughter, Chrisann Brennan
Surround Yourself with Brilliance
Whether he was willing to admit it or not, Steve Jobs could not do everything. Yes, he could have a huge impact on every product and marketing campaign, but he also knew that there were others in the world with skills he did not possess. Jobs’ early partnership with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak perfectly illustrated this fact. His early success with Wozniak provided the template for future collaborations.
“After a couple of months he was ready to test it. ‘I typed a few keys on the keyboard and I was shocked! The letters were displayed on the screen.’ It was Sunday, June 29, 1975, a milestone for the personal computer. “It was the first time in history,” Wozniak later said, “anyone had typed a character on a keyboard and seen it show up on their own computer’s screen right in front of them.”
Build a Team of A Players
Far too often, companies and managers settle for average employees. Steve Jobs recognized talent and decided that any conflict that might arise from a company full of “A”-level players would be counterbalanced by awesome output. He may have been right.
“For most things in life, the range between best and average is 30% or so. The best airplane flight, the best meal, they may be 30% better than your average one. What I saw with Woz was somebody who was fifty times better than the average engineer. He could have meetings in his head. The Mac team was an attempt to build a whole team like that, A players. People said they wouldn’t get along, they’d hate working with each other. But I realized that A players like to work with A players, they just didn’t like working with C players.”– Steve Jobs
“I’ve learned over the years that when you have really good people you don’t have to baby them,” Jobs later explained. “By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things.”
Be Yourself
Steve Jobs was often so busy being himself that he had no idea how people saw him, especially in his early, dirty-hippie days.
“At meetings we had to look at his dirty feet.” Sometimes, to relieve stress, he would soak his feet in the toilet, a practice that was not as soothing for his colleagues.”—Mike Markkula, Apple’s first chairman.
Be Persuasive
While it’s true that early Steve Jobs was a somewhat smelly and unpleasant person to be around, this same Steve Jobs also trained himself to stare without blinking for long periods of time and found that he could persuade people to do the seemingly impossible.
“If it could save a person’s life, would you find a way to shave ten seconds off the boot time?” he asked. Kenyon allowed that he probably could. Jobs went to a whiteboard and showed that if there were five million people using the Mac, and it took ten seconds extra to turn it on every day, that added up to three hundred million or so hours per year that people would save, which was the equivalent of at least one hundred lifetimes saved per year.”
Show Others the Way
Jobs wasn’t truly a programmer or technologist, certainly not in the way that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is, yet he had an intuitive understanding for technology and design that ended up altering the world’s expectations for computers and, more importantly, consumer electronics.
“To be honest, we didn’t know what it meant for a computer to be ‘friendly’ until Steve told us.” — Terry Oyama, part of the early Macintosh design team.
Trust Your Instincts
I have, in my own career, navigated by gut on more than one occasion. Steve Jobs, though, had a deep and abiding belief in his own tastes and believed with utter certainty that if he liked something, the public would as well. He was almost invariably right.
“Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?” — Steve Jobs
Take Risks
Throughout his career, Steve Jobs took chances, first with the launch of Apple, then in walking away from it and then returning in 1997. In an era when most companies were figuring out ways to diversify, Apple — under Job’s leadership — shed businesses and products, and focused on relatively few areas. He was also willing to steer the entire Apple ship (or at least some aspects of it) in a single direction if he thought it would generate future success.
“One of Jobs’ management philosophies was that it is crucial, every now and then, to roll the dice and ‘bet the company’ on some new idea or technology.”
“I had this crazy idea that we could sell just as many Macs by advertising the iPod. In addition, the iPod would position Apple as evoking innovation and youth. So I moved $75 million of advertising money to the iPod, even though the category didn’t justify one hundredth of that. That meant that we completely dominated the market for music players. We outspent everybody by a factor of about a hundred.” — Steve Jobs.
Follow Great with Great
In everything from products to movies (under Pixar), Steve Jobs sought to create great follow-ups. He wasn’t so successful in the early part of his career (see Lisa), but his third acts to Pixar and Apple proved he had the sequel touch.
“There’s a classic thing in business, which is the second-product syndrome,” Jobs later said. It comes from not understanding what made your first product so successful. “I lived through that at Apple. My feeling was, if we got through our second film, we’d make it.”
Make Tough Decisions
Good managers and leaders are willing to do hard work and, often, make unpopular decisions. Jobs apparently had little concern about being liked and therefore was well-equipped to make tough choices.
“The most visible decision he made was to kill, once and for all, the Newton, the personal digital assistant with the almost-good handwriting-recognition system.”
Presentation Can Make a World of Difference
The Apple founder hated PowerPoint presentations, but perhaps somewhat uncharacteristically, believed elegant product presentation was critical.
“Packaging can be theater, it can create a story.” — Jony Ive, Apple designer.
Find a Way to Balance Your Intensity
It’s unclear if Steve Jobs ever truly mellowed, but he did learn that a buffer between him and the rest of Apple could be useful.
“In a company that was led by a CEO prone to tantrums and withering blasts, Cook commanded situations with a calm demeanor, a soothing Alabama accent, and silent stares.”
Live for Today
Even as Steve Jobs struggled with cancer, he rarely slowed down. If anything, the disease helped him focus his efforts and pursue some of his grandest dreams.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” — Steve Jobs
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs
Share Your Wisdom
Steve Jobs was not a philanthropic soul. He had a passion for products and success, but it wasn’t until he became quite ill that he started reaching out and offering his wisdom to others in the tech community.
“I will continue to do that with people like Mark Zuckerberg too. That’s how I’m going to spend part of the time I have left. I can help the next generation remember the lineage of great companies here and how to continue the tradition. The Valley has been very supportive of me. I should do my best to repay.” — Steve Jobs

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Night Out With Friends

berna, jany, me and gliz


The entire group
                                     
marky, loyd, paul


Here are just some of our pictures from last night. I missed these friends of mine! :) We haven't seen each other in a long time and really, this reunion was the BEST!!!! More of these to come. :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

What I Bought For Myself This Christmas

What's Christmas without shopping right? Here are some of my recent purchases in preparation for the season and for the coming 2012. Cheers! (excluding the blazers as I have posted them already in the previous post )

Landmark Dress
Kimbel Bag (got it on sale!)
Be Like A Star Dress

As Promised...

White Blazer inspired by Rosie Huntington-Whitely hihihhiih

Red Blazer
Finally, the Leopard Print Blazer

As promised, here are the blazers I purchased from SM Department Store.  These blazers aren't cheap in price but they are reasonable to purchase because blazers are the safest fashion find you can ever have. It's easy to pair them up with any clothes available in your wardrobe to make your look chic, formal and edgy at the same time.

When it comes to choosing blazers, I am very particular with the fitting. I am not a fan of loose fitting blazers simply because I stand only 5ft 1 inch tall and wearing loose-fitting blazers will make me look shorter and stout. Of course, I wouldn't like that right?

As well, I opted for blazers that I can pair with my existing clothes. The white blazer will go really well with my red, black and brown dresses. The red one will go well with black dresses and flower printed tops matched with short skirts or maong shorts and tank tops. The leopard print will best match my black, red and brown clothes to make them look more edgy.

Tomorrow, I will be using the leopard print blazer for a casual dinner with my friends. I will post the entire outfit I will be wearing for tomorrow. :) Watch out for it!

ILML.