LETTING GO

 

 

 

Breaking up is the most difficult moment in a lover’s time. What even makes it harder is, lovers aren’t prepared enough when does it really end.

 The usual scene in a relationship, when boyfriends planned in leaving their partners; girlfriends are still swinging in a fairy tale embracing the line of a “HAPPY EVER AFTER” epilogue.

 

Overtime, letting go are still in sinkable and unacceptable in our hearts and minds.

 

So, how are we to know, that behind the rope of happiness lies goodbye?

 

“It is me, not you”. We hear these phrase don’t we?

When boyfriends are fed up these words are common. It sometimes bewildered us along with conflicting situations. But when he says these be aware that your relationship isn’t going anywhere.

 

“Give me some space”… Again, it hurts but you must prepare to accept the worst. Although it’s a good excuse for you to have time for yourselves but if you truly love each other being away is never an option.

 

Those phrases are just an example which all of us hear them already. Having a relationship with a person you love is a wonderful experience. But as they say, love is a gamble. You don’t know what lies ahead.

 

However, we must learn that in love it has its limit. There are things which we cannot push through. Hold on if you think its worth it. But when you feel that is just in vain regardless of your unfailing effort to survive your relationship then you have to  accept the word of “ LETTING GO”.

An afternoon delight

We came home early morning from Jumeira beach. After sleeping 4 hours an adventure which I never expected awaits.

Its my second come back to Dubai but never had these chance to visit some nice places. This time I will never let it pass again.

First stop. Dubai Old Souq. But going there you need to ride on a boat. The ride is only 1 AED.

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A wonderful experience. The water. The boat. The ride. Lovely.

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Finally, we arrived at Dubai Old Souq.

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 A beautiful, stunning capture of a sun.

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Next destination is Dubai Creek. With an entrance fee of 5 AED.

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Ate Ann, Waqas and TahirImage

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Dubai Creek before sunset.

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Thanks guys for the treat. Next time again.

“..Sky rockets in flight… Afternoon delight…. Afternoon delight.”

A new beginning

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2 years before (2009) I told myself I will never come back to UAE again. Though there are good memories to keep but the bad side is dominant.

January 2011 I’m dreaming that I was pregnant.

“How could it be?” , I thought.

Months passed my dream of being pregnant kept on recurring. So I told my cousins about it. 

Expert says that pregnancy dream is usually common. Its symbolizes something we love most inside, ready to come out in this world. In some other way its about  conceiving plans, goals and desires which you long to have it.

Its a sign. Some new opportunity will come which soon will change my life. 

My wildest imagination arises. “Am I going to become a millionaire?” hehehe

“Why not.”

Its like being a literal pregnant also, the baby inside me is moving and growing. As I go surfing the net, the baby in a dream represents a new idea that will need nurturing. When the baby comes out its a blessing.

I’m getting excited but circumstances swift it away and I forget it.By the following year, the dream came up again. “Why I kept on dreaming about it?” but this time I labor. 

It was Sunday when my mom said my cousin needs to talk with me over YM ( Yahoo Messenger)

“Ate, I need you to come in Dubai, as soon as possible.” 

2 weeks later.The Visa is ready. That’s the only time I finally realized I’ll be going to Dubai soon. Very soon.

It took 1 month to sink in my mind that I’m already here in Dubai. Then I remember my dream. The pregnancy. The baby. And suddenly my life changed. A new opportunity. A new start and A new beginning.

A Letter to Nicole

Dear Daughter,

Seems like yesterday when I first held you in my arms. Couldn’t believe how time flies so fast you are now 9 years of age.

It is so amazing how God bless me and made me experienced this wonderful gift to be a mother.

We share things together that no one could ever share with. We do things together day and night. You eat what I eat. You drink what I drink. When I’m sad or happy you will feel the same way too. My music became your music and my thoughts became your thoughts.

I know you will be a good daughter just as you helped me when I gave birth to you. You listened to me and came out smoothly. When I heard your cry and saw you I couldn’t explain how I regain strength immediately.

During your first week I was so worried don’t know how to carry you, or bath you. You don’t even drink milk from me. But it is you who taught me how to become a mother to you. Every day became as easy we learn together as mom and daughter.

I was there watched you grow. You’re first solid food, your first word, your first step, your first haircut, your first ear-piercing, your first birthday, your first day of school and even your first surgery.  I know you came out to the world when we don’t have anything. You experienced a lot of pain but you grow strong and have “faith” just as I named you FAYE.

On your birthday, all I am praying is for you to be humble in whatever achievement you will have now and in the future. Learn to be strong, take courage and trust Christ Jesus always.

I don’t ask for you to be great in school but what I am always telling you is to embrace education. It is the only wealth that I can give you. If I’m gone.

Do not worry on what will other people would say about you what is more important is you believed in yourself. Love yourself. You cannot give love to others if you do not love first yourself.

Do not misinterpret the way we discipline you. It is for your own good not to become a good person but for you to learn to take responsibility of your action.

Do not worry on anything my child, let mama handle it. Just don’t complain be thankful of what you have. Be a child like other children in the world.

You don’t have any idea how we are so proud of you, how much happiness you bring into our lives.

We always love you. Mama loves you.

Happy birthday.

Mama

Top 3 most difficult questions ask during job interviews

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Sometimes the easiest questions are the one so hard to answer.

Here are the top 3 most difficult questions ask during job interviews.

Top #1: Tell me about yourself?

This question actually is very easy. As easy as 1,2,3. But sometimes during job interviews most of us panic when we hear this words. I don’t even understand why?

According to one of my friend who’s now a supervisor in a food chain when they conducted an interview all they wanted to know is a little more of you. More on what is written in your résumé or CV. The big mistakes sometimes were not able to be hired was we tend to tell them the story of our life.

Let me give you a simple answer to that question. This is base on my experience on most interviews during applications. I would only point out 3 important thing about myself and that is my status, my weakness and my strength.

“I am single, I sometimes get discourage but out of it is my will and commitment to finish whatever task I was assigned into.

Top#2: What will you be 5 or 10 years from now?

Some of us don’t really know how to answer this. We even think twice with the “ahhss.. and ammss..” which interviewees would easily noticed. And the bad impressions; We’re arent prepare.

Before coming to the interviews one must write their goals.  Although we all have dreams but it would be better if we write them. In this way we can check were we are at already and what will be our next step in achieving those for the future. To answer this, it should be realistic that it can be achievable within the specific years.

” 10 years from now I would be a Master Teacher. With a Ph.D”

Top# 3: Why will I Hire you?

Of course your goal is to be hired. But it is imperative to tell them our sincerest honesty.

” If I will be hired, I will give all my best to be an asset in your company. To impart my knowledge and skills not only for the company’s development but as well as my personal growth and achievement”

Note that this is base on my experience during job interviews. And luckily I got easily hired. Hope this serves as a help to those on the job hunting. Not to mention also one must show good manners and etiquette during interviews. You can also search for some tips online.

My classroom. From plain to colorful.

I started teaching in public school last year. And my first assignment was the preschool. Teaching them isn’t really a big deal. They are the most easiest student to teach on planet.

But what I am worried most is my classroom. It’s all plain. How can I make it beautiful and attractive to look so that my preschoolers would love to come in.

Looking at the yellow painted woods. I started to draw vegetables and fruits out from colorful art papers then cut them into squares. I write the names in a bigger font.

Then I cut animals, a star, moon still from art papers and post them on one empty chalkboard and labeled it as my science corner. LOve this much for it took me 2 days to finish them.

I want everything to be in bigger prints for more noticeable in the eyes of children. Just like with this next art I make.

After few weeks, when I made all this stuff most of my children are present in my class.

I love it. Of course my inspiration are the children. I am sure they will remember their first classroom as beautiful and colorful. I hope that it will serve as an inspiration too for them. That it would always be fun going to school.

My classroom. Simple Plain now became colorful and beautiful.

For men (How to understand your woman)

Woman is miraculously created by God for it was taken out from a man’s rib and was given life. For this reason, woman should be protected under his arms and love her as if he loves his own self. But why most of them are neglected, dishonored, discriminated, unloved and even abused?

The answer is simple. They don’t understand the meaning of such creation.

A close friend of mine got married from her 7 years boyfriend.  To her, their wedding is a fairytale but after she gave birth to their son everything changed. The reason, her husband doesn’t love her anymore.

If man can understand what a woman want maybe the world will be turning differently. Woman doesn’t need love actually for love itself comes within her. You can never experience love without a woman.

Men always complain that a woman is so hard to understand. Actually, you just don’t know how to communicate. If you know, perhaps you don’t know where to start. Why not try to complement how beautiful she looks on her nail polish? You will be surprise of what will happen next. An open communication with your woman will make her feel you’re always there for her.

Women are demanding. Honestly speaking yes. But may I point out that it depends upon the situation. If a man is sensitive enough he will get the clue right away. It doesn’t mean you should buy her expensive gifts. Just an example, a husband once picked a flower from a neighbor’s garden one time and gave it to her wife, well it doesn’t matter It’s the thought that count is more important. This will only show that women are still adorable even if their waist triples than before.

Women nagged. To avoid this, most men particularly husbands go away without trying to solve the problem. Listening is the only key, like what she told you to keep the soap away from the shower or flush the toilet bowl after using. Girlfriends and wives are not superwoman, they also need help.

Women are overprotective. Wrong. They are just jealous. Like men women can feel jealousy too. The common mistakes men always do, they tend to forget that women are human beings. Women have a heart and feelings, too.

A patient man somehow can understand us women. It will not take a month, or a year but a lifetime. I can only say that men already understand women if by then he knows how to make her smile even if she doesn’t want to.

Tying a knot or not?

Tying the knot isn’t much important these days. The making of invitation cards, listings guests, food preparation, looking for nice scenery plus the wonderful wedding gown are getting lesser and out in the show. For some couple it has to do with incompatibility issues others would blame their financial status. The list of reasons on marrying maybe long but on the other side living in together is now a trend.

Young people are more enjoying this trend. They think that living in together is better. Both will have freedom. No responsibilities, no hassle. And even if they will have siblings after 10 years of living together it’s still easy for them to come out from the relationship once they found someone new or if their love simply fades away.

A person doesn’t want to tie a knot simply because he is afraid of commitment. The wholeness of marriage is being committed to your partner for better or for worse, for richer of for poorer, in sickness and in health till death do you part. I’ve known a lot of married couples who are married for 20 years; others are halfway on their golden wedding but how come it has to end?

I really don’t understand at first but somehow I then realized that maybe those married couples I’ve known, both of them choose to give up. According to some experts and Marriage Councilors the first 3 years is a very difficult stage as it is when both partners are in adjustment phase but when couple reached 10 years they are more both strong in commitment. But for me numbers isn’t much important but rather its how married people value their vows.

Base on my experience too, it doesn’t have two people to tango. Regardless if the music stops just keep on dancing and hold her hand until she dances again with you. Whether tying a knot or not? choose not to give up.

Meeting my hero at the distance

I like Dr. Jose Rizal much in fact one of his novel is my favorite ” The El Filibusterismo” It’s more on Crisostomo Ibarra who disguises as Simoun to rescue his lover Maria Clara along with the cast in the novel was Basilio his brother Crispin and their mother Sisa whom later became crazy looking for them and eventually died.

Sisa is a very difficult piece in declamation. But I am proud to say I won first prize. Although I love reading Jose Rizal’s writings and books I just came to know him more in college when we study his life’s journey. Again as his fan I got a highest grade of 98%.

He’s on our history now. Sad to say I will never have this chance to greet him personally. Perhaps.

Rizal At Fort Santiago where he was imprisoned.

His 150 steps before execution at Bagumbayan now Luneta.

The  ‘El Filibusterismo” was preserved at Rizal Shrine.

The lamp he used inside his cell.

Rizal’s coat and chaleko during his childhood.

The cell.

Rizal inside his cell.

To Dr. Jose Rizal,

It is a great privilege meeting you and to know you as my National Hero. Truly your life is an inspiration to the children, countrymen and to the nation.

“He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination ” – Jose Rizal

A walk to Luneta Park

I remember when my grade school teacher told me before that If I’ll be given a chance to visit Manila I should never forget Luneta.

Well, I’ve been to Manila 3 times already but.. never had this chance. So when I  attended the National G12 Conference, I know this is it. After the 3 days conference, early next morning was so busy getting ready.

Time check :

  •  4am - Sending SmS to some of my friends and cousins who will come along with me.
  • 7am – From Bicutan to Pasay.  Riding LRT (Light Rail Transit) from Pasay to UN Ave. Ticket cost 15 Pesos.

It's my first time to ride on LRT

At last we arrived safe. From the LRT station you will see the Luneta Park already.

Lapu Lapu

 Luneta Park

The Kalesa

250 pesos per one ride 1000 pesos  Luneta-Intramuros-Fort Santiago-Luneta

Jose Rizal‘s Monument.

It was December when I went here and during night Luneta will have a fountain light display.

Love to see the lights. When can I walk here again?

BoyScouting

The first sunrise during my training in boy scouting at Malagos Calinan, Davao, Philippines.

Basically if you take up this course it should be a one sem but according to our Boy scout Councilors they shrink them down into a 3 days training highlighting only the most important details.

And to credit,  indeed they imparted knowledge and skills which we all need to know.

This is our campsite with 200 participants in every school district around Davao Region.

We learned the

History of boy scouting

Objectives, principles and laws.

The morals, meaning of campfire.

How to be effective Kawan Leader to the BSP, Institution, Parents, Kabscout and for Ourselves.

We are trained how to understand the needs of every child, their differences and special skills. As well as the program planning, concepts, activity planning, game choice and types of ceremonies.

But of course every lesson you’ll have during seminars and training’s there is always a favorite. That is the Lesson I learned about Life and my existence as person and a Filipino.

Base camp activities we have is the right folding of our National Flag and the ceremonies to follow. It is a mortal sin if we drop it.

This is my group the Luntian II with 4 green ribbons, 1 Yellow, 2 Blue and 1 Red as our awards. Nice to meet them all.

The singing of our National Anthem, Hand salute to our Council Flag, Reciting Scout Oath and Scout Law made me proud to become a boy scout.

Wood-badge  will be my next target.

I met them.

The camels.

I saw them coming so we stop by and took some photos. Luckily there is much closer for me to take another with these Ostrich.

The Donkey.

I just saw them on T.V. who else couldn’t recognise the “annoying donkey” on the movie – SHREK.

On our way to Hatta I met this cuddling dog named PADDY. Love to bring him home in the Philippines.

A quick tour in Brunei

The street.

Near the market

A government building.

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

A delicious barbecue

It’s sad to say that we had a bad experience in this place. Let’s say some people lured us just to gain their own interest. Hope it will never happened again.

Next time we visit will be a memorable one.

Quick review of Motorola XOOM

I’ve seen lots of Android devices even from the China version but this Motorola Xoom is the promising competent and standout for Android technology. Gadget buyers will surely fall in love even at the first glance for this new device and no wonder it won as the Best of Show at CES 2011 held at Las Vegas.

Although Apple will be launching its newest iPad 2 later this April, Xoom will be the first to hit the market. So what’s in this Motorola Xoom made it won the show?

The design:

Xoom has a sleek sexy design that has a dimension of 249 x 168 x 12.9 mm. It weighs 730 gms and has a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with its 1280 x 800 pixels.

Specification:


The device:

It runs on a new Android operating system called honeycomb or better known as Android 3.0. It is the first and only Google software for tablets. It has 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor which made multi-tasking efficient faster like a PC just in your palm. Its ram is 1 GB and supports 32 GB internal storage compared to Apple which only has 256MB of RAM. It has a connectivity of Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 with a microUSB 2.0 and comes with 3G support that will be upgradable to 4G. So this only means that Xoom will never be a fast obsolete.  It has also HDMI output to display content on larger HD screen.

Special Features:

Xoom has Adobe flash player 10.1 which is essential in watching video content, playing music and optimizing game application which Apple’s iPad owner would envy. Another best features of Xoom that standouts is its dual cameras, Five MP rear-facing camera with dual Light Emitting Diode flash and a Two MP front-facing camera for video talking

Other Functions:

It has ten-hour video playback than iPad, built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting for new types of applications. And Xoom can now download from Android markets over 200000 apps and games. Optimized and updated YouTube viewing, millions of Google eBooks will be read in both portrait or landscape in 3D mode and can make it into more personalized.  The Google map 5.0 is quick and speedier than other tablet devices.  The Gmail is more optimized that you can open two sections at a time. While replying in your inbox you can also see other preview messages. It also caches your previous task when you’re out of connectivity and signals.

Applications as well as the features of this new device are really astounding.  I’ll give two thumbs up for Motorola Xoom and can’t wait to have a deeper, closer look once it will release on the market

DXB the land of city lights.

I was 15 when my father asked me, if I am going to ride on a plane?

” No..I will not. I don’t want to die yet.”

Well, lots of plane crashes excessively reported that time. Who’s to blame anyway.

But never would I imagined that the day will come for me to ride on a plane. My heart pumped loudly, I can hear them the moment the plane takes off.

The funny thing was..I’m on the window side.

It’s one of my most unforgettable experience. You’ll appreciate  nature more plus the scenery when your on top.

My first stop over was in Hong kong via Cathay Pacific. I travel 4 hours from Manila.

Hong Kong airport is in a whole island and I’ve read that it is the world’s largest airport.

After 4 hours of waiting, I went aboard to my last destination. I traveled 8 hours from Hong kong and arrived at exactly 8:20 in the evening GMC time. Finally, I’m in Dubai.

After 3 days staying at our home in Ajman, I went to Deira, Al ghurer and Carrefour : the two famous shopping malls. Wherever I turn Filipino faces are everywhere so I feel like at home.

The popular landmark in Deira Dubai was the clock tower. Going inside and outside the city, all land transportation will pass here and foreign people like me is easy to remember the road back home.

The next place I visited was the Gold Souq in Sharjah. They said it is the meeting place of Filipinos during weekends.

From Ajman you’ll ride a bus for 5 dirhams or you can take a cab  for 15 dirhams. Gold souq is where all pure golds are sold in a low price.

When I finally got my Pataka and work there too, I learn to love the place already though it’s totally different from a warm Filipinos to a strange mix races plus the climate of sunny/ rainy to sandstorm and winter I embraced it as my second mother place.

During winter, they will open a great place to unwind and that is the GLOBAL VILLAGE. Where all places in the world are here.

You can buy perfumes, cultural clothes, furniture and foods from each country which participated in this event. Countries like Egypt, Thailand,China, India, Australia, Japan and Europe. etc. at least you can feel you’ve been there and see some of their pieces and culture.

THAILAND

INDIA

EGYPT

Summer time. we went to the side  border of Emirates which is Oman.

Along with me are some of my closed friends. It was really a great adventure for the rest of the team. The place was different from the lights of Dubai.

We can see lots of dates here. Dates are the native fruits from a date palm tree and cultivated for thousands of years. It can be eaten fresh or dried. For people living in Middle East they will served it as a dessert or a snack.

Hatta Heritage is a place where you can also see some of the historical events, cultures and preserved things from their ancestors.

After staying 1 night and 1 day in Hatta, we went to DRAGON MART. A Chinese store where you can’t room around in 1 day. It has a dragon like structure. All you can find here are Chinese stuff. Prices is lower than malls. You can buy items in wholesale too.

It will never complete your stay in Dubai if you don’t visit their hot spot pride. THE DESERT SAFARI.

It is my first time to see a real camels and a donkeys. You can also ride in this bike for 100 dirhams.

Promo tours is also available to experience desert safari with belly dancing, dune bashing, sisha, sands ski, BBQ dinner and camel ride. Around 500 people a day would come here just to visit.

For 2 years of staying in Dubai, I met new friends, learn how to speak Arabic language, adapt their culture and environment.

Gain experienced both good and bad things that help me develop more of my personality. Discrimination is always there but what’s important is you have principles in life. Mostly you have faith in Christ.

I experienced 2 Christmas eve in UAE. Although, they have Christmas trees in homes, fireworks and gift giving Christmas in the Philippines still the best, nothing compares to our warmth season.