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On the verge of going crazy doing my strama paper. Will I ever get this right? I’m trying to put myself together and just look at things from an objective point of view. I’m not getting it right, I haven’t gotten it right even when I’ve been pouring out my hardwork, my time and almost every waking moment possible into this paper.  Maybe “almost” is the operative word.  That 5% of not thinking about it, that other 10% of delaying things, maybe that’s what’s wrong.  And again, it’s me, that’s all me.  Last night I finished another subject in grad school and this is the last thing I’m going to have to go through before I get that coveted title of having an MBA degree.  Maybe I have to push myself a little more to really, truly want this so I don’t give up at any point.  Yes, it’s so near but the challenge of getting there is the most difficult I have faced in my scholastic life.  I have to let go of my pride thinking I already have a job, I’m stable enough, I know the stuff I’m made of. I have to let all those go and remember that I still have a long way to go, not just in terms of my career but more so of what I can do with my life.  I have to believe and want it bad enough that I will go further lengths just to push and keep moving.  I have to. I really have to.  There’s no other option to begin with.  

Some of the most compelling occasions for me to write my thoughts are during endings/ beginnings.  I feel most creative, most expressive and maybe even most meaningful during times like today.  And today I say  adieu to my 20’s, the last ten years that rolled by before my eyes, sometimes in a hurried pace that I could hardly keep up and sometimes in a slow, boring rhythm that irritated the hell out of my little hyperactive self.  If there’s anything wonderful I’m looking forward to about being the 3.0 version of myself, I think it’s because I’m older I will (or should anyway) look at things in a more mature, more understanding and intuitive way.  I’ve gone through quite interesting experiences throughout my 20’s that it feels as though I’ve somehow earned grown-up points I can easily dispense.  But who knows.  In all honesty, I thought being in my late 20’s would be all that jazz but apparently sometimes, even to this very day I still feel like my 12 year old self or, okay, maybe 25.  Whether that’s normal or odd, well, I’ll leave you to judge.  Another thing I learned in my 20’s is nothing is ever guaranteed so it’s all about keeping up with what’s on your plate.  When you think something’s for you or when you feel someone’s for you but things and life in general get in the way, it’s always the universe’s way of letting you know that you have to get up, move forward and just eat.  Yep, to hear that from me seems like an understatement but what I mean here is that whole process of eating.  At the risk of sounding like a total glutton, let me explain.  Tasting something, savoring it, digesting it and taking it all in, both good and bad, isn’t that how we live?  And it’s a wonderful realization because now there are more choices, more options to choose from even how to react or how to view things because everything is now backed up by some sort of wisdom and a whole lot of experience. Ah, the things I can’t fully explain intelligently, I can account for through food.  Now that’s how I’d like to think of my 30’s, a big celebration, or maybe even an awesome revelation.  Like anything of this earth, it isn’t gonna be perfect but in any case it’s just an amazing and essential life lesson, to have more compassion, to be more understanding and maybe even become more tolerant but always, always more grateful because at some point I can now see the bigger picture and it may not be all hearts and flowers but it’s beautiful just the way it is.  Whew! That was a…handful. So let’s get it on, let the good times roll as I say a warm and loving hello to my dear 30’s.  Yep, let’s do this!   

Cherry blossoms in South Korea. Fell in love at the sight of them ♥♥♥

We must move from asking God to take care of the things that are breaking our hearts, to praying about the things that are breaking His heart.
Every passing moment is another chance to turn it all around.
Penelope Cruz from Vanilla Sky
As with Jesus, so with us, it is not only what we do that matters. What matters even more is the love and compassion with which we do it.
When things are at their worst, keep on going, this means they can only get better from here.

here’s a cute song by one of my latest finds on youtube, a korean indie artist who goes by the name “Coffee Boy”. i love how relaxing and uplifting his songs are. this one is just a sample of what i’ve been listening to the whole day. the transalation’s not as good but the message is there. i was led to this artist on youtube and i fell in love. yes, i don’t understand the lyrics but that’s the power of music i guess :) of course i can totally relate to the idea of the song too. *sigh*

Nice! :)


Writers can use these 12 Archetypes to create characters

The 12 Common Archetypes by Carl Golden

The twelve archetypes are divided into ego types, self types, and soul types. 

1) The Four Ego Types
1. The Innocent
Motto: Free to be you and me
Core desire: to get to paradise
Goal: to be happy
Greatest fear: to be punished for doing something bad or wrong
Strategy: to do things right
Weakness: boring for all their naive innocence
Talent: faith and optimism
The Innocent is also known as: Utopian, traditionalist, naive, mystic, saint, romantic, dreamer.
2. The Orphan/Regular Guy or Gal
Motto: All men and women are created equal
Core Desire: connecting with others
Goal: to belong
Greatest fear: to be left out or to stand out from the crowd
Strategy: develop ordinary solid virtues, be down to earth, the common touch
Weakness: losing one’s own self in an effort to blend in or for the sake of superficial relationships
Talent: realism, empathy, lack of pretence
The Regular Person is also known as: The good old boy, everyman, the person next door, the realist, the working stiff, the solid citizen, the good neighbour, the silent majority.
3. The Hero
Motto: Where there’s a will, there’s a way
Core desire: to prove one’s worth through courageous acts
Goal: expert mastery in a way that improves the world
Greatest fear: weakness, vulnerability, being a “chicken”
Strategy: to be as strong and competent as possible
Weakness: arrogance, always needing another battle to fight
Talent: competence and courage
The Hero is also known as: The warrior, crusader, rescuer, superhero, the soldier, dragon slayer, the winner and the team player.
4. The Caregiver
Motto: Love your neighbour as yourself
Core desire: to protect and care for others
Goal: to help others
Greatest fear: selfishness and ingratitude
Strategy: doing things for others
Weakness: martyrdom and being exploited
Talent: compassion, generosity
The Caregiver is also known as: The saint, altruist, parent, helper, supporter.
2) The Four Soul Types
5. The Explorer
Motto: Don’t fence me in
Core desire: the freedom to find out who you are through exploring the world
Goal: to experience a better, more authentic, more fulfilling life
Biggest fear: getting trapped, conformity, and inner emptiness
Strategy: journey, seeking out and experiencing new things, escape from boredom
Weakness: aimless wandering, becoming a misfit
Talent: autonomy, ambition, being true to one’s soul
The explorer is also known as: The seeker, iconoclast, wanderer, individualist, pilgrim.
6. The Rebel
Motto: Rules are made to be broken
Core desire: revenge or revolution
Goal: to overturn what isn’t working
Greatest fear: to be powerless or ineffectual
Strategy: disrupt, destroy, or shock
Weakness: crossing over to the dark side, crime
Talent: outrageousness, radical freedom
The Outlaw is also known as: The rebel, revolutionary, wild man, the misfit, or iconoclast.
7. The Lover
Motto: You’re the only one
Core desire: intimacy and experience
Goal: being in a relationship with the people, work and surroundings they love
Greatest fear: being alone, a wallflower, unwanted, unloved
Strategy: to become more and more physically and emotionally attractive
Weakness: outward-directed desire to please others at risk of losing own identity
Talent: passion, gratitude, appreciation, and commitment
The Lover is also known as: The partner, friend, intimate, enthusiast, sensualist, spouse, team-builder.
8. The Creator
Motto: If you can imagine it, it can be done
Core desire: to create things of enduring value
Goal: to realize a vision
Greatest fear: mediocre vision or execution
Strategy: develop artistic control and skill
Task: to create culture, express own vision
Weakness: perfectionism, bad solutions
Talent: creativity and imagination
The Creator is also known as: The artist, inventor, innovator, musician, writer or dreamer.
3) The Four Self Types
9. The Jester
Motto: You only live once
Core desire: to live in the moment with full enjoyment
Goal: to have a great time and lighten up the world
Greatest fear: being bored or boring others
Strategy: play, make jokes, be funny
Weakness: frivolity, wasting time
Talent: joy
The Jester is also known as: The fool, trickster, joker, practical joker or comedian.
10. The Sage
Motto: The truth will set you free
Core desire: to find the truth.
Goal: to use intelligence and analysis to understand the world.
Biggest fear: being duped, misled—or ignorance.
Strategy: seeking out information and knowledge; self-reflection and understanding thought processes.
Weakness: can study details forever and never act.
Talent: wisdom, intelligence.
The Sage is also known as: The expert, scholar, detective, advisor, thinker, philosopher, academic, researcher, thinker, planner, professional, mentor, teacher, contemplative.
11. The Magician
Motto: I make things happen.
Core desire: understanding the fundamental laws of the universe
Goal: to make dreams come true
Greatest fear: unintended negative consequences
Strategy: develop a vision and live by it
Weakness: becoming manipulative
Talent: finding win-win solutions
The Magician is also known as: The visionary, catalyst, inventor, charismatic leader, shaman, healer, medicine man.
12. The Ruler
Motto: Power isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
Core desire: control
Goal: create a prosperous, successful family or community
Strategy: exercise power
Greatest fear: chaos, being overthrown
Weakness: being authoritarian, unable to delegate
Talent: responsibility, leadership
The Ruler is also known as: The boss, leader, aristocrat, king, queen, politician, role model, manager or administrator.

Note: There are four cardinal orientations: freedom, social, ego, order. The types have a place on these orientations.

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And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
Paulo Coelho

i watched Pitch Perfect before New Year’s eve and i have a bit of a hangover as it was really a fun movie. been listening to songs they used and this one happens to be one of the most sung by the Barden Bellas…Here’s the original by Ace of Base…ah childhood memories :)

gotta keep in mind these dates.


Plan your year ahead. Attached is the list of 2013 nationwide holidays and special non-working days.

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it’s absolutely more fun in the philippines! :)


New Year in the Philippines

The view of the Metro Manila skyline from Monterey Hills in San Mateo, Rizal.

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil (capturedphotos)

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me and some of my work friends having fun :)