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Last year it was my dear inspiration Christian Bautista’s Bloggers conference that completed my 2011.  I can’t explain how I feel that time but let’s just say that I’m in a cloud nine moment.  My tummy’s trembling both in pressure and thrill as that fateful afternoon of November 13, 2011 came.  There I was seated with all the bloggers and throwing a question on the charming Asiansation Christian Bautista for the very first time.  It was really a dream come true for me.  An aspiring writer and fangirl wish granted.

I’m the girl seating 2nd to the right of Christian

And I really dressed up for this event only to see that most are in their jeans and shirt only.  Oh well you’d know that I am a fan in an instant. 🙂  A picture beside Christian sealed that day!  For a more detailed story see my full blog post

onsite Christian Bautista’s Bloggers Conference

the picture that completed the day!

This year, I think November is really a lucky month for me as I got another invite for a thing close to my heart.  As a testament of my Korean addiction and blogging world presence I got a seat at the grand opening event for media/press/bloggers of Korea’s No.1 coffee chain Caffe Bene in Eastwood.  As of writing they are opening tomorrow, November 29 at 8pm in Eastwood City Walk 2.  Thanks to this career blog post My Caffe Bene blog I have written and juggled in my busy full time corporate word that I’m getting this rare chance.

Caffe Bene sample interior (cr. to Caffe Bene Facebook)

Just thinking of being with all of these people of the writing and media world I can’t help but be elated. Caffe Bene is dubbed as Korea’s Starbucks in terms of popularity and number of stores.  It’s a favorite filming location of Korean dramas, the most recent and popular of which is Secreat Garden’s kilig scenes (for more information about Caffe Bene follow them on twiiter @CaffeBenePH) Anything about Korea ignites a smile on my face and to add more to my giggles the handsome Asia prince Jang Keun Suk (star of hit kdrama You’re Beautiful and the more recent Love Rain) endorses the brand.   Waah, I heart him much and this could be a chance of bringing him here in Manila.  So that’s two bird in one shot, blogging and Korean stuff, enough to make my hyperacidity attack again in excitement. 🙂

Caffe Bene website cover

Jang Keun Suk for Caffe Bene (credits to owner)

I am just thankful given the above two chances of a lifetime.  My blog has been up only for a year and I do not blog that often, posting only about 2-3 titles per month.  Despite of this I’m so grateful that rare chances to be on the limelight were presented to me and that’s a big thing for me.  I’m sincerely glad up to the top of my lungs.  It gives me a venue to post my craziness, the things I love and some inspirations to my readers.  I just wanted to thank all friends and colleagues who were so appreciative of the things I write.  Special mention to my creative writing friends who opened me up to pursue this thing and help me in my poetry, grammar and to learn more about my craft.  Looking forward to more next year as we are preparing a yet another dream come true for me.  Of course golf course I wouldn’t forget to thank Starbucks Matalino for being my friendliest and most conducive place to write.  Have written loads of things inside that corner in Matalino Street, I could not count them to date, hahaha. And they also helped me to promote my blog site as I get a lot of hits with my “Loving Starbucks Matalino” blog post. 🙂

So friends see yah all at Eastwood Caffe Bene grand opening tomorrow and hoping you will support me on my next blogging gig. 🙂  Fighting!

 

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May is indeed a month full of surprises as well as some disaapointments.  A whirlwind of emotions, the happy-sad-happy-sad-happy transitions made me think through but still enjoyed it a lot. A spontaneous Hongkong travel to satisfy my fangirling thing, failing my first ever national writing workshop application (first timer’s high), looking forward to a thing that turned out not to happen in the near future anymore (oh well maybe its not really for me at all), a good friend and crush finally tieing the knot (at least I’m over him now), almost dating a pilot, and last but will always be my favorite classic Starbucks Matalino crazy moments, and so many other things brought colors to my ever epic May.

Kangsahamnida, I feel I grow wiser and beautiful inside and out as I cry, smile, laugh my heart out loud and just being myself in every day of my birthday month.

Cheers to 7 more months of 2012.  Aja-Aja, Fighting.  Blessings in disguises are always around the corner everyone! 🙂

P.S.

This Blog post is written in my second home and most loved coffee shop in town, Starbucks Matalino!  And just now I received a belated Happy Birthday greeting and Free Tall beverage gift from all the friendly baristas.  This is life! 🙂  Saranghe Starbucks Matalino!

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I can still remember how I silently cried in pain last year.  It was one of the saddest birthday month ever as I can’t eat, birthday travel cancelled the last minute, can’t work even with a little stress and basically can’t open my mouth to smile.  Oh well what can stress and depression do to you.  But those were all part of the past and I can say that I’m thankful I was in that hell for it gave me so much in return after.

Been serious for the past years of my life but everything turned around as I turn another year.  I learned to appreciate the little things around me.  Keep on doing what’s close to my heart and didn’t care much of what people say.  Crazy as it may seem but my blogging, Kdrama addiction, fangirling adventures, pogi Pinoy and Korean celebrities indulgence and barista moments kept my sanity and made me happy.  Shallow and so childish for someone past her teenage years but i know I’m doing well. There’s something deep within all of them.

I’m taking things slow but at the same time seizing every opportunities given to me now.  Not anymore that afraid, except maybe for adventurous sports and the likes.  I learned that putting all of your energy on something so badly wanted can harm you.  Put your heart into it but remember if its meant it will happen, if not learn to accept and procced to option 2.  And most of all everything in life is a blessing, some are in disguises most of the time but everything happens for a reason guys. What your heart desires will come at the right time, and it comes always in a grand manner. I learned that late but happy its not too late and so now I’m so looking forward for another year of wisdom and true happiness!

Borrowing from my favorite Koreanovelas, Aja Aja, Fighting Reg!  Cheers to more blogging, fangirling, new outlook at work and hopefully love soon. 🙂

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Been busy…with corporate work, with weekend bookings, with Starbucks moments.

On a Friday night without a dinner or meet up with friends my excitement to finally shut from a whole week of corporate stress is a relaxing massage and facial for only 250 bucks.  Physically I’m solved.

Next I tried one more thing, to endulge in a tall cold beverage from a coffee shop in Matalino St.  Yummy, though it feels a little empty with an all girls barista night. Hahaha, he’s not there for a change on a friday night.  I guess I will be spending some of my Saturday afternoon at Starbucks to see my eye and heart candy 🙂

Then I hurried home to catch two more gorgeous human beings on earth.  It’s the awaited first kiss of Lee Min Ho with his beau in the korean action drama series City Hunter plus of course a Myx Live performance of the one and only Asiansation Christian Bautista.

My night seems complete with of all of these stress busters.  But there’s something weird that made me write in these wee hours of the morning. Out of watching the news and reading tweets and facebook posts of friends these random things tickled my soul:

  • A documentary on old women trying to fulfill their dream to learn reading and writing with the help of volunteer teachers.  Its never too late to learn, to dream and to help.
  • A friend who resigned from a high paying job and a car to give in to her fashion career of a low profile startup organization.  Can I do the same?
  • Someone I looked up to and inspired me to write gets another mark launching a new masterpiece in poetry.  I want to go back to writing poems.
  • Watching and endulging on Christian Bautista on TV again after a long while (a month almost) take me to the time when a glance and smile of him in Trinoma made me feel alive and kicking after a 2-month long sickness.  That’s how he inspires me, beyond the rare handsomeness he exudes.

Suddenly I felt like missing something, like I want to do something.  Its not a soaring career in my corporate world.  Probably next to a soulmate or lovelife I know what I long for now.  To do something to inspire people.  I’m not a celebrity like Christian, nor a teacher-material but I just want to spare my time to help people reach their dream and be inspired, and in return I’ll be inspired to do more.

Gonna find my niche soon.

P.S.

I missed writing this like this.  Glad to blog again!  🙂

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We all dreaded Mondays. It’s back to work after a short weekend that we always wanted to extend. But just today I can say that there are some exemptions to that rule. After my whole Sunday was spent in prepping up a long overdue Kim Hyun Joong blog (will post this promise in a few days) and an already sleepy me stayed awake watching the much anticipated comeback of Mr. Christian Bautista in The Kitchen Musical TV series premiere last night,  these are the things that surprised me and made me jump in excitement on a Monday morning. 🙂

A retweet by Christian Friends’ twitter account (official fans club of Christian Bautista) on my Kitchen Musical tweet reply to a friend.

My smile caught attention of my fellow commuters in the FX ride. I was going gaga when I opened my twitter this morning on my way to work. It’s as if Christian himself tweeted me for the second time around.  Flashback: Even though I’m too sleepy last night waiting for the 11pm premiere on ABS-CBN I still managed to watch it till the end and make that tweet not expecting a reaction. Oh yeah, it’s me and my clever blogger ideas that made me worthy of a retweet!  Even his Indonesian fans tweeted me back.   This just proves that I’m still his most avid fan in my own sense of the word.  I always say that I’m not that excited anymore to see Christian everytime he has been far away for a long time, that I’m not so eager waiting for his comeback.  But when I saw him last night on TV I can’t help it, he is so gorgeous and realized I missed him so much.  I’m just in denial since I waited for him so long, as if I didn’t see him in that ultimate Christian B day on A Special Symphony’s red carpet premiere.  Sorry guys if I sounded like a girlfriend but he just inspires me in the deepest sense (emo mode).  Yahoo, Christian is back!  :) 

Got my General Assembly (GA) invite for the Korean heartthrob Kim Hyun Joong’s official fans club Henecia Philippines.

Yes don’t be surprised, I really joined the Korean star’s fans club. 🙂  I’m super envy my fellow Henecians (fan club members) who already got their GA invites last night. My yahoo unread messages inbox is still empty. I’m 99% sure it was sent through my work email so for that reason I’m excited to go to work on a Monday. I’m not disappointed, it’s there and it’s the first email I read and opened. There’s this unprecedented thrill when I saw Kim Hyun Joong’s forever handsome face on the official invite and the fact that they are giving loot bags full of KHJ items. Now I have to decide if I will still go to the Citibank Community day early in the morning or just go straight to this lunch general assembly of Korean addicts.  Anyway no matter what I’m just super overly excited for Oct 15, too anxious on what to wear (wishing our K-pop  golden boy would grace us).  This is my first time to attend a fans club gathering in my entire life. 🙂   Nevermind the Korean haters.  I just love Kim Hyun Joong.   So my next is for Christian Bautista’s CF fans club.  Oh well, dont be surprised that I’m also a member now. 🙂

A possible workshop to attend for a short story writing this coming Oct 21.

Still browsing through my work emails another one tickled my attention. It’s from Filipinas Heritage Library – the organization that opened me up to my writing craft last year. It’s a short story writing workshop this October. I paused for a while before I clicked the link. Hmmm, why not.  Though I know fiction is not my forte this workshop information popped an idea on looking for a writing boot camp of some sort.   Now I know how to spend my 2-week work leave in November.  This is it; maybe I should really give focus to my writing craft in the remaining months of 2011. Truly a change of priorities for me and just lie low on corporate stress in which I have immersed myself for the last 9 years.

I know these things are so trivial (particularly the first two) but this is me now. I just enjoy and learned to appreciate simple things that others may find childish. I’m just a late bloomer on these.  I’ve been too serious for the first 31 years of my life, now it’s time to just laugh and do what I love most.

Today I had to leave from work earlier to attend to my dentist appointment. It’s a pain both physically and financially since I have to do this twice or once a month after I got this sort of jaw and bite problems last summer.  But with a Monday full of surprises I felt I’m going to a mall for shopping.  I dropped my office bag and changed to a a casual top and shorts outfit for my regular check-up. I ended up doing grocery shopping (with a few head turns from cute guys in the shopping complex) after seeing my dentist. Who says going to a clinic is dragging?

Before I end there’s one more thing I forgot.  Just when I thought my day is complete an old friend sent a message of concern that touched my heart.  He is just a concerned individual I guess and thank you for that.  Don’t be too curious friends hahaha.

With the malls now decorated with Christmas trees, there’s a lot of reason to be jolly these ber months right, Reg? Aja aja!  Fighting! 🙂

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[Another repost, this time from my facebook http://www.facebook.com/reg.cagampan.  This is my most favorite piece of all time.  My friends immediately told me to start a writing career as a contributor in a local newspaper or even Readers Digest!  Happy reading guys :)]

Last February 8 was my DFA appointment for passport renewal. For some reason I am excited on that day, getting up earlier than usual and put on my best casual and comfy outfit. I can’t explain if I feel thrilled, happy or simply refreshed because it’s a day off from work. I just found myself drafting this blog while waiting for my turn in the crowd of applicants. Just some thoughts and tips to share, hoping to inspire my blog followers. Some may already be clichés but nevertheless it’s healthy to get reminded of 🙂

1.  It’s necessary to be prepared for things inevitable.

Before going to the DFA office please make sure to have all the requirements needed from original passport and photocopies of the selected pages to the processing fee to be paid (Php 1,200 for express 2-weeks lead time). Oh there’s one more, don’t forget the directions on how-to-get there just in case you are not familiar with their new building near SM Mall of Asia. Reminder: you needed to be present 30 minutes before your appointment time. Surely you should be aware and be prepared since you would not want wasting your time getting an appointment (which already takes a month’s queue getting it online) and going all the way to Pasay and not getting your application done. Just the same, there are things that are predictable and controllable in our daily lives. It’s as simple as bringing an umbrella during the rainy season. Don’t get caught off guard and find yourself wet and sick just because you forgot that essential thing in your bag.

2.  Live life and get excited, everyday.

I came here like a newbie job applicant dressed in my best casual. I know it’s just passport renewal but like getting up each morning it’s a new ordinary day to live and celebrate. And I tell you it’s one of my proven and tested therapy to dress up and look good. Trust me it makes wonders that when you look good you can feel good about yourself. You just have to add a dash of positive thinking. It’s an ordinary day at DFA but it’s my passport to travel more and see the world outside my box so it’s best to look forward to this new day right?

3.   Maximize every bit of your time.

I heard exaggerated stories of long waiting time from colleagues. They didn’t disappoint me, it’s very true. I’m on the third and last step of the application. After securing a queue number the guard says that it will be around 40 minutes before I get served. An hour has passed but there are still around 200 numbers before my turn, and I haven’t taken my lunch. Instead of wailing and ranting what time I should be finished, I thought of why not use it on something productive, on what you can’t do during your busy work days. I am so relieved that I have a notebook and pen with me, I then drafted this blog piece. It’s weird that as I enjoyed writing I didn’t notice that my turn is coming (hahaha, nabitin pa ko).

 Who says you always need an ambiance for creative writing (just turn your headsets on)? Who says you can’t squeeze in doing what you love most on a couple of hours in between everyday tasks? Just do it, no time will be wasted if you will stop complaining and start moving.

4.  Dream and hope for the best, but don’t forget to start your Step1.

Looking around my co-applicants, I noticed that most of them secure a passport for work purpose while I’m ticking the box for Travel/Tour. Yes I don’t know what’s out there for me, or if I could really get what my heart desires for so long. I don’t know if I could write and publish a novel or an inspirational book in a quiet place of my own across the Metro, or while living in the familiar streets of Seoul or while I’m in the romantic city of Paris. I don’t know if I could find my soul mate while I’m on a serene beach, or feeling the snow of winter, or working on another Asian country or just by staying here in my comfort zone. But still I continue to dream and may it be here or abroad at least I’m ready. I have my passport, my Step 1 to welcome opportunities ahead.  So guys don’t just stop on the dreaming part, you have to start some baby steps.

5.  Expect some difficulties, unexpected nuisance along the way.

It took me almost 2 hours to get to DFA. I’m thankful that I anticipated a tight traffic jam going there and still arrive in time for my appointment. This traffic jam along with a surge of people, irate and irresponsible applicants and a lot of waiting time — these are the things that I endured just to get my application queued and logged on DFA’s system. I bet my close friends expected me to get pissed of and be my usual mataray self when confronted with these crowd. Yes, I won’t be a hypocrite here, I did give in to my temper (but just once, hahaha) on a girl who refused to move when all of us are waiting behind, hahaha. But after that instance I just feel tired of minding the people around me. I just turned my headset on and listened to my favorite playlist as I patiently waited for my turn on the application window. It would really be help to expect some difficulties along the way. What’s important is at the end of the day all of us there will get our passport renewed. Just like reaching for our own dream, it won’t be a walk in the park. Expect some pain, tears, hard work and sometimes getting tired of it. But you will get there for sure.

So are you ready to get your passport renewed? Just follow my tips above. They can be of help to your everyday life too. =)

PS. To get an application appointment online please visit this website http://epassport.com.ph

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