Ballet Manila’s Cinderella, Making Dreams and Magic a Reality

Love, dreams, magic and “A Happily Ever After“. Ballet Manila has once again awakened the dreamer within me, rekindling my passion for the arts and igniting my inner desires to be part of a Ballet performance. Aliw Theater has been enchanted once more as they showcase the beautiful and classical story of Cinderella and how she has reached her dreams. Together with Prince Charming, The Fairy godmother, Her Adorable animal friends and her evil Stepmother and Stepsisters, Lisa Macuja Elizalde’s Cinderella will make you and your family fall in love, laugh with the Stepmother’s antics and remember the good ol’ days when fairy tales were all you ever needed to watch and it was perfect.

(All photos were taken and edited by me)


I honestly never thought I would have this much fun. I repeat, THIS – MUCH – FUN. I wasn’t even able to look at the time on my watch or my phone. When the show started, I immediately had my eyes glued at whatever was happening on the stage — Clapping at stunts, cheering at moves, laughing at funny scenes, “Ultra Kilig” for Cinderella and the Prince. It sounds so cliche, but the show literally lasted like a blink of an eye. One minute, the curtains were just rising to begun and then the next, the cast were saying their goodbyes. I guess time really does pass by whenever you’re having fun. 


The moral of the story? Sneak out of your house at night and ride a weird but magical carriage to attend a party and meet some boys. . . Just kidding!

So if ever you’re wondering why I had SO – MUCH – FUN, here are the 5 things I loved about Ballet Manila’s Cinderella;


1. The Costumes and Props – I know, I know, costumes are always supposed to be beautiful whenever there are plays and concerts, but hey! Cinderella’s costumes were more leveled-up than other shows. Why? Well, not only were they colorful, magical and beautifully made, they were also part of the choreography and the story as a whole. From the brooms to the gowns to the glass slippers, each and every prop had a part in telling the story and the whole time I was watching, I wished I could also have some at home with me. (Especially those gowns)

2. The Acting and Dancing – There’s a really big difference with just dancing and just acting. You could determine if someone on the stage is just dancing or just acting and most of the time, It’s really difficult to do both. But with Ballet Manila’s Cinderella, everyone on stage was both Dancing and Acting— complete with the appropriate facial expression and the swift hand gestures that all mixed together with the scene of the story. Everyone was so immersed with the story that even the audience would think that they were also part of the story. (I know, I did.) You could really tell that the people behind the production were all well trained, had practiced real hard and is really dedicated to their craft. Bravo! 

3. My most favorite of all – The Stepmother – I laughed so hard when she started dancing at the beginning, not because she was doing anything wrong but because her stage presence was so strong that you would immediately notice if anything was changing in her facial expressions or appearance. The stepmother had brought color and fun to the show, not only with her amazing dancing but also with her funny antics that was intended to make you hate her but ended up making you cheer for her more. She was also very consistent, starting the show strong and ending it strong.

4. The Stage effects – One word, Three Letters – WOW. Not only were they eye catching and appealing, every stage effects had everyone on the audience clapping and waiting for the next big happening. From the interesting backdrops of the living room and the palace to the beautiful lights and sounds of the scenes, each element were crucial to the success of the show and Tbh, they did not disappoint.

5. Last but not the least, The Message of the story – “No matter how your heart is aching, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” Cinderella did not fail on inspiring all of us, both children and adults to keep chasing our dreams and working hard to finally make it come true. See, if Cinderella never believed, then perhaps she’s still captive at that fireplace, working for her stepmother and sisters. Also, Kindness and Sincerity — Fairy godmothers and magical carriages aside, the prince fell in love with Cinderella not because of her flashy entourage and her “pak ganern” outift, but because she was real and that she wasn’t like any of the other girls at the ball — and also because of her killer ballet moves. (Hehe)


BONUSAudience Participation – I gasp and cheered when I saw the Prince with his soldiers walking at the Audience Aisle, dancing while holding Cinderella’s slipper and looking for his one true love. It was fun and interactive how he went to different rows and asked different girls to try on the Glass slipper, hoping to find the mystery girl she met and fell in love with at the party. Kudos to whoever thought of that, it worked!

Love, Dreams, Magic and “A Happily Ever After”, mixed together with creative designs and magnificent muscial scores, Lisa Macuja Elizalde’s Cinderella by Ballet Manila was short yet meaningful. Dreams, just like what Cinderella had really does come true, all you have to do is believe. (And maybe, have a Fairy Godmother.)

It was magical and at the end of the show, I had the chance to take a photo with the cast. Look at how adorable this photo is. 

Your dreams are certainly worth it and someday they may actually come true, but for now, just like me, rekindle your passion and dreams by catching Ballet Manila’s Cinderella at Aliw Theater on these dates – November 26 and December 3, 2016 at 8:00PM and November 27 and December 4 2016 at 3:00 PM.



PS : This would not have been possible without the love and dedication of Ballet Manila and ARC Public Relations. I would like to thank Ms. Krissy for the opportunity and for being fabulous at all times. 
Follow Ballet Manila @ Balletmanila on twitter and like their page on Facebook at Ballet Manila.

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Ukay-Ukay Top Tips – Things you should remember when Thrift shopping

” I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket.” 

I know it’s not a popular opinion but I totally adore going to ukay-ukays (Thrift Shops) and rummaging for clothes that are not only fashionable but are also very cheap and affordable. I’ve heard so many negative things about this hobby of mine from other people but I never seem to quit it. Even though they’re pre-loved, I still find it so fun to do and I think at least once a month, I find myself going to my favorite branch. 


Some of you would eek with shock or disgust with the thought of thrifting, I mean come on, you’re buying a piece already owned and used by someone else. That must be dirty, you might think but hey, Fashion doesn’t need to be brand new. Fashion knows no brand.

For you fashion savvy, thrift loving people, I made these Top Things you should remember when you go to an Ukay-Ukay store. (Especially in the Philippines)

If you’re reading this, whether or not you’re a fan of ukay-ukay, I hope you  appreciate these tips. 

Before Going


– You got to make sure that the thrift store you’re going to is safe and located at a place really familiar to you. There are hundreds of Ukay-Ukays in Metro Manila. There must be more than twenty (20) Thrift stores fully operating in Cubao, Quezon City only. We should be careful of our belongings and money. You don’t know what might be lurking around those areas. Try reading about the ukay-ukay branch first and bringing a friend or two would be really helpful.

– Dress appropriately and accordingly! Its crazy hot in most stores. There is Air Conditioning in a few stores, but these don’t really work that well. If possible, look as basic and avoid wearing anything that might indicate wealth. Store clerks are vultures. They have the ability to change prices according to how much they think you can pay for it. Watch out! I used to visit ukay-ukays wearing boots and a coat and got charged really high (like 150) for clothes that were hanging at 50php and below. Total shocker!

– Make a budget. Allocate money thats meant for clothes and hide the rest. Most people get too overwhelmed by the price of the clothes they could buy that they spend more than what they planned. Dont be an over spender, (me) dont buy too much.


When you’re there

– Get ready for battle. If the branch isn’t packed with people, it’s fine to take your time in choosing and “rummaging” clothes. Explore the place and decide whether you wanna check out the bags section or look more at the coats and jacket areas. If the place is crowded, make sure you hold on to your finds so that they won’t get nabbed by other Thrift shoppers.

– Make sure you’re always checking your belongings. Keep your phone, wallet and other important items safe and tucked in your bag and if possible, avoid taking them out as not to attract any attention.

– Never leave your things at the baggage counter if it’s not being manned by a guard. 

– Prioritize the items on sale. Look for tags ranging from 20php – 60php first. Look for anything thats would suit your style or would look great on you. If there are none, move on to the next areas. 

– Dont worry about the smell. You’re sanitizing and washing that later on.

– Check every part of the clothing. Make sure that there aren’t any damage on the piece. Even the smallest hole or stain should be noticed. You’re buying pre-loved clothes not clothes that are supposed to be thrown away.

– Search every nook and cranny. You’ll find the most amazing pieces buried deep within the pile. For most thrift shops, clothes are hanged. You should check every piece if you wanna really feel the ukay-ukay vibe.

– Be sure to check the sizes of your chosen pieces. It may look really good but it would be a waste if it doesn’t fit you. 

– Lastly, Never try them on. These clothing have never been washed. They’ve been touched by other people and has reached who knows how dirty, places. Wear them only after sanitizing and washing the clothes.


When paying

– Haggle! Haggle! Haggle! If your total bill is 235php, ask if it could be 200. If the clerk doesn’t agree, ask if it could be priced for 210php. Meet halfway with the clerk. Haggling is a really great skill. It may not be as effective when you start doing it but after a few practice, you’ll surely get the hang of it.

– Smile and be courteous. Remember that they have the authority to lower and increase prices. 

– Make friends with the branch crew. If you’re going to be a frequent customer of that branch, it’s gonna be advantageous if you make friends with the crew. You can ask them to keep pieces for you that you still wont buy. You can ask them to look out for clothing that you might be interested in buying. And ultimately may be able to give you special discounts or bundle promos. Be friendly!

– Ask for an environmental friendly yet easy to use container to put your bought clothes at. Make sure you get them all home with you.


After Thrifting


Time to sanitize

– Remember : Do not mix your newly bought ukay-ukay finds with your dirty laundry.

– What I do is that I make sure to soak my finds with boiling/heated water. 

– Boil/heat a large enough amount of water and soak your finds.

– Then proceed with the proper way of washing your clothes.

– You can opt to boil/heat them two times to really clean them

– Dry and Iron


Now you’re ready to wear them.

Wasn’t that easy? Now Ukay-ukay doesn’t look that foreign and hard for you. After reading these tips I hope your love for ukay ukay would rekindle. 

Always remember – Style does not and will never depend on the price, branded or how brand new your clothes are. It’s all about identity and diversity. 

Now looking your best is as easy as a-b-c.

What did you think about these tips? Do you like Ukay-ukay? Did you think this post was helpful? Share it with me! Comments/rants/questions are welcomed below at the comments section. 
Let’s talk? Much love! – Chardy


Amor Bakery : sBread your love – Katipunan Branch

1. Nothing pains me more than going to my favorite coffee shops (To study for hell week, duh) and finding out that there are no more tables available for me. 2. Worst : Waiting 5 – 10 minutes hoping for someone to leave but getting your heart broken because no one does. 3. Worst than worst : Moving on and finding out that your back-up favorite cafe is ALSO full and no one has plans on making you study. 

Do you give up and not study? NO. You visit Amor Bakery.


If you’re tired of the usual hustle and bustle of Starbucks, CBTL and other coffee shops then boy, do I have news for you. 

Amor Bakery, as shown on the pictures below, has space for your whole lecture class. (Just kidding, but really, it’s so big.) Located at 297 Katipunan Avenue, Loyala Heights, Quezon city (They have branches also at Mindanao Ave, Binondo, Ongpin.) has 2 floors filled with tables, couches and areas conducive for your next alone-time studying or “Inarte”. 



I fell in love. And I know you will too, especially with this branch in Katipunan that recently Grand Launched the start of October.

Here are 3 Things I love about the Katipunan Branch.

1. The Instagram – Worthy Interior.


You cannot miss this. Their heavily thought of design is prevalent even outside the place. It becomes even more appealing inside, especially when you see all the lamps, chandeliers and book cases. (I looked really weird, taking photos of every part of the place.)


Every side is worth the shot, as each area has a different story. Tables and chairs are not similar in design and every table has a lamp and a chandelier to light up your world. (LOL)
and hey, the comfort rooms are funky too. (And also have chandeliers) 


2. Their Menu ( Food especially their Bread and Coffee.)

Imagine French Baker topped with Statbucks Coffe but better.

Wasn’t able to try everything but I’ll make sure to come back for more. Definitely going back for the cakes!

In the meantime, I got myself a taste of their Bread with spicy floss and the one with almonds and a large serving of Caramel Macchiato.


PS: Take outs are available and you don’t actually have to stay there to enjoy their delicious meals.

What about the costs? 

– Medium to Pricey.

Bread and Coffee are priced relatively the same as other coffee shops and bakeries. I found their bread cheaper and more satisfying tbh. (But hey, Try for yourself.)

3. The Ambiance

Yup. We have found it folks. No need to worry about studying as almost everyone who’s inside are busy with their workload/acads/org work and are too consumed with their laptops to even make noise. Ofcourse, we can’t really stop anyone from talking or making any noise as this is a public place but trust me when I say that, you wouldn’t really hear them as the place is really wide and their “fancy playlist” is balancing the sounds enough to help you focus on what you have to do. Productivity = Check!

You’re surely going to finish a lot of work here as the place is also OPEN from 7AM to 12 MN. No stress with hearing staff announcing last orders or closing time. 
CONCLUSION : Perfect for your next study session or for dates. (With your loved one or yourself)

Alas, because the branch had only opened early October, the place still do not have WIFI available for their customers. Cons – No access to the net and won’t be able to uplaod your gorgeous selfie. Pro – More time to study, less distraction and hey, more reasons to interact or chat with your friends without being distracted by your phones. Good thing is you asked me. 🙂

Ratings:

Interior – 10/10

Ambiance – 10/10

Food – 8/10 (Because I haven’t tried everytying yet.)

Price – 7/10 (Because of expensive coffee, but bread and cake prices are good.)

Space + Comfort – 10/10

Instagram Worthy Photos – 10/10

There you have it! I hope you found the place as lovely as I did and I hope you check them out! Nothing beats having to check out a place and being able to write about the experience. How exciting! 

Visit Amor Bakery’s Social media ccounts @ amor.bakery on Instagram and AmorBakery @ twitter.com

Thanks for dropping by! You should go visit the place and rate it for youself. In the meantine, you can go to the comment section below ⬇️ if you have any questions, concerns or stories you wanna share. Happy Blogging! 

If you’re feeling a little rejected and ready to say good bye to happiness,  check this post out – EMBRACING REJECTION

Photo Walk: The Beautiful city of Sorsogon

You can never really know the beauty of a place until you have been there and had seen it for yourself. Pictures and videos are not enough to capture how amazing the location is — it must be experienced, it must be felt. This is what I had proven last Friday, September 16, 2016, when me and 22 other students from the College of Development Communication, UPLB had traveled to the city of Sorsogon, Bicol for an academic requirement and also for us to be exposed to the things happening in the “outside world” of our University, and for our Participatory Journalism class.

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Getting there:

We started our journey to Sorsogon city by first riding a rented Jeepney from the UPLB Campus to the DLTB Station at the Turbina Terminal. We arrived there at 6PM and left immediately as traffic was already worsening and the travel duration was 10-12 hours. The DLTB bus was comfortable, aside from the horrific and bloody movies being shown on the TV screen, the travel was a breeze. No hassle, no problems! #ThanksDLTB.

We had a total of 3 Bus stops: One at Tagbilao Quezon, the next at Camsur and the last, at Naga City Bus Terminal. At 4 AM we arrived at Sorsogon City and headed immediately to Novotel (Thanks Novotel!) to rest.

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The Purpose of our Visit

Our trip, because of the amount of work and requirement that we had to do, had very few chances to visit tourist attractions. The areas that we covered are mainly located at the Sorsogon City proper and sadly, we did not have the chance to visit the famous tourist destinations here like: The Donsol Whale sharks attractions, Bulusan Mountains and Volcano, Barcelona Historical Churches and the Irosin Hot springs.

But nonetheless, me being an avid fan of beautiful locations and amazing food, still had the opportunity to take snapshots of the amazing city of Sorsogon and all the fun things you can see here. Below are the photos that I took while touring the city of Pili Nuts.

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The locals, enjoying the windy breeze at the Capitol park.
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A wider view of the park.
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The Majestic Government of Sorsogon City Building.
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The Sorsogon City Hall. Beautiful right?
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Jose Rizal’s Statue. Erected at the center of the Capitol park.
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Sorsogon City’s Welcome Ark.

Quick Trip # 1 – Rompeolas, Sorsogon City

Just a few meters of walking or less than 5 minutes tricycle ride from the city is the popular family destination in Sorsogon, the Rompeolas. Buzzing with families, children playing and lovers holding hands, the Rompeolas is a place where people, young and old alike visit to refresh and relax. Families take their time strolling the long street filled with food stores, restaurants, grills and karaoke spots. Visitors can also see the view of the sea, the nearby islands and ofcourse, the enormous MT. Bulusan (The volcano that erupted while we were at the place). If you’re into eating street food and Pancit while enjoying the sea breeze, then the Rompeolas should be on your bucket list.

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Friends riding a motorbike around the Rompeolas. (Tried taking silhouettes)
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The large Pili Nut statue that is at the center of the place.
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Small boats nearby.
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The scenery.
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This is where visitors hang out. There are more around the place.
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The View of the Mountain.

Quick Trip #2 – Paguriran Island, Bacon, Sorsogon City

As a reward for completing all the class tasks for the day, our adviser, rewarded us with an unforgettable visit to the beach. The place was beautiful. No words can truly capture and describe the island of Paguriran. The resort had no entrance fee, this means that everyone can enter and swim at the place. However, the cabins and cottages have to be rented. Ours was 200php for the whole stay. There were a few shops nearby and a canteen was located at the entrance, this is where our team had rice cooked.

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The beach was the best part of our whole trip. The sands were white and clean, the water was  clear and cold. Not one of my classmates were able to resist swimming at the beach.

Also, Take note that the time you visit the island is really crucial as the high tide and low tide drastically changes the views of island. We arrived at the time when high tide was hapening, so we weren’t able to see much of the rocky island exterior and the much talked about land bridge that you can walk at to get to the island when there is a low tide. The place is crawling with Instagram-worthy shots and locations so you better charge your gadgets first before you visit.

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My classmates, crossing  the beach to the Island of Paguriran.
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The serene atmosphere of the beach.

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The huts that surrounds the beach and the visitors.

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Blurred image that focuses on the lining of the clouds.

To end

Over-all, the trip to Sorsogon city was filled with educational and recreational activities that marked me and changed my perspective so much. The place not only has remarkable destinations for tourists, their food is also worth every penny (To be blogged about soon).

I am definitely going back here as there are still many places in Sorsogon that are raving in reviews from tourists that I have to see for myself. What about you? Do you know any tourist destination is Sorsogon that you would like to share with us? Or do you have any inquiries about my experience/adventure?

Hit me up with your kwento/comment/questions below! <3

Thanks for dropping by!

#NoPlaceForHate: Empowerment of Netiquette or Anti-freedom of speech?

 

(Please note that this post was created to fulfill an academic requirement in Development Communication 80 – Communication and Society.)

 

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The Onslaught of Trolling and Social Media Wars

If you have ever engaged on an online discussion regarding certain national or political issue, then for sure you have seen how dangerous it is to voice out your opinions or question and argue with someone who has already commented. No matter what you say, what side you are on or who you are, there will always be someone who’s ready to bash on your comment and even about who you are. The comments’ aim is not to support or argue with the idea presented but to attack and try to humiliate the one who questioned what they are saying. These “trolls” as what people are now calling them has finally found their match. The online social news network, “Rappler”, has begun an aggressive moderation and clean-up of all the nasty and disrespectful comments that are posted on their social media platforms and on their individual news stories. The campaign, started on August 26, 2016 gathered hundreds of reactions, a mix of rejoice and anger.

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The Abuse of Media Freedom and its Gullible Audience

 

(Please note that this post was created to fulfill an academic requirement in Development Communication 80 – Communication and Society.)

It was April 22, 2014 when thousands of Filipinos and their foreign relatives rejoiced after news about the removal of US Visa requirements for Filipinos spread like wildfire on social media platforms. It was shared by 10 thousand people on the social media app, “Facebook” and had exactly 711 “5 star ratings” and 540 comments on their main website, the Adobo chronicles. The post was good news for many people, as getting a US Visa as very difficult and traveling to the US was not possible without having a Visa approved. The post received many positive interactions, a mixture of happiness and inquiries, of when it will be official, flooded social media websites, none of which questioned the validity of the post and actually confirmed it.

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5 Things I Learned from my Strong Mother

To all the mother’s boys, mommy’s princesses and everyone who has a love/hate relationship with your mommas, this post is for you. No, it’s not yet Mother’s day but hey, do you have to wait for that once in a year event to show how much you love your mom?
Right. Read on. ❤️

Whenever I find myself at the center of attention, may it be because of an award or an acknowledgement for something good I did, I often think about attributing the recognition to my mother. You know how, like whenever I get awarded medals, I would in an imaginary way think of the situation as me awarding the medal to my mother. (Is it just me or is that really a thing?) Most of you may agree with me when I say that, “wherever I am, whatever my title is or whatever recognition I get awarded with, it will always still lead back to my mother and what she had taught me. No matter how talented, how powerful and how famous you are, the one person to thank, for being able to get there is your mother. None other than her. (You can replace mother with father, grandfather, grand mother, uncle or aunt if this doesn’t suit your experience.)
I know there are times (I’m sorry but this is real mom) when they’re annoying, sometimes controlling and most of the time judgmental of your choices, your friends and that Friday night out outfit you’re so eager to wear and look miserable in, but aren’t they just looking out for us? Trying to prevent us from making the same mistakes they did or have heard from other amigas? There may be times when they really wouldn’t make any sense but trust me when I tell you that, sooner or later you’re going to realize how correct your mother is and how stupid it is that you even got angry at her for giving you advice.
If you’re like me, who’s blessed to have such an amazing mother, here are the top 5 things I learned from a strong and independent mother.
1. “Nothing is wrong with over preparing. A bigger bag full of things you can use is better than a stylish one that doesn’t have any use.”
I would always find myself arguing with my mom about bringing an extra shirt, any kind of extra clothing, or umbrellas whenever I think I don’t need it and end up being regretful that I didn’t heed my mother’s advice. Call it a lucky guess or psychic powers but when I didn’t bring an umbrella to school just like what my mother advised, I ended up walking a thousand miles, soaking wet, going home. After that, even the extra underwear, I’m definitely sure would not be needed, has a space in any bag I bring.

2. Gratitude and appreciation goes a long way. Longer than the time it takes to pass through EDSA on a rush hour. Cultivate gratitude.

Mother always take the time to show appreciation to all the people who had helped us in anyway. May it be hired service or just genuine kindness, my mother had taught us to repay or appreciate those people in any way possible. This exchange in support and kindness creates a cycle of love that extends throughout time. Whenever in trouble, we could always find a friend or a past client to provide assistance to us. No hassle.

3. You may have all the friends and fans there is in the world but no one can be as honest and blunt to you than your mother can.

Yup. I have experienced those times when I feel like the prettiest, sexiest, the most attractive person in the world. Sporting my ripped jeans, floral polos and extremely heavy boots, I would hear my friends tell me how fashionable and cool I look. You would think that your mother would definitely approve of this. But no, definitely No. Not my mother. You may hate her for not supporting “who you are” and what your style is, (I know because I had and sometimes even now, we still fight about it) but maybe, just maybe take a look in the mirror and gauge closely if this is how you want to be seen. 50% yes you look fierce but is the other 50% catering to appropriateness and decency? Also, are you going to the church??? Because your family and friends may approve of that sexy chic look but everyone else may not be as understanding.

Anyway, point is, your mother would know what’s best for you. Maybe you can understand a little more if she gets angry at that metallic bra you’re wearing because it makes you look 1964 try-hard scifi film. Hey, Not everyone can understand art, at least you can right? Kudos to mom for telling you an honest, not jealous comment. She’s looking out for you.

4. No, does not mean “I’m not letting you because I’m not fun/I’m boring/I have no friends or I want you to be miserable.” No, is not some power trip. It’s worry and care.

There will be times when we get invited by friends to travel to far away places, hang out at like 3 in the morning with the coolest kids in the block or party all night and “yolo” the semester away. If you’re like me, who still values permission and yes, still ask for weekly allowances then you surely have experienced a devastating “No, you’re not allowed”. I don’t have anyway to make this look good or cool to you because hey, I hate it when my parent’s don’t allow me to join in on the fun but there really is a reason why. If you find it in your heart to actually listen to your mom/parents then you’d know they’re just worried about what may happen and the scary recent events that had happened to the place you’re planning on going to OR the amigas of manila have chika’d to your mom about the bad insects living in that place. Summary is, she’s not letting you go and there’s a lot of reasons for that. Not because she’s cruel or doesn’t have any friends. Chill!

5. “Papunta ka palang, pabalik na ako ng sampung beses” – Where Ever you’re going, I’ve been there and back ten times more. 
I’m not sure if that’s the right translation but what I’m trying to say is that, our mother’s have definitely been through a lot. This may be because of her age or because of all the different work she had to do. She has experienced so much and trust me when I tell you that she’s credible when she’s giving you advice about all the different things in your life. You may heed or advice or not. I know, I’ve been through times when I don’t listen to her and I follow my own decisions. It’s wonderful, knowing you can do whatever you want and follow your own choices but there were times when I wished I followed her and what she had to say instead. Maybe things would have been better for me. Our mothers may not always be right, but they’re surely looking out for us, for you. If ever you find yourself wanting to disobey your mom or just ignore her warnings., think twice. Why would she even give effort to scold you? Is it for her or is it for you?
Who you are right now, what you’ve been doing or thinking, half of it or more may be because of who was there when you were growing up. Lucky for me, I have been with my mother for the 20 years that I’ve been alive. Call me a Mother’s boy and I would definitely wear the title with Honor. I’m thankful for my mom and everything I’ve learned, accomplished and experienced, I thank my mom for all of it. For who I am.

What about you? What are the things that you’re thankful to your mom for? How much has she influenced who you are? Share it to us down at the comments section. Share this with your Mom and friends!
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Embracing Rejection

At 6:00 AM the other day, the shuttle service I was going to ride had no seats available. 9:00 AM of the same day, the elevator wouldn’t close because it was too heavy and since I was the closest to the elevator door, I had to go out and wait for the next one. Rejected again, I thought. Last night, my best friend, messaged me about being sad she wasn’t included to attend a business meeting. And just this morning, my sister complained about how her professors were so strict about deadlines — rejecting her output. Every day, whoever you may be or where ever you are, we are faced with a thousand different choices that may or may not lead to rejection. 

These rejections, whether they be as big as wedding or business proposals or small ones like homework submissions or elevator ones like what I had experienced, can all and will surely make us feel sad or dejected. But was it really meant to make us feel like losers? Was rejection a way for the universe or the higher beings (whatever it is you believe in) to put us in our place and let us realize how much we’re lacking? Or was it meant to teach us a lesson?

I remember my mother telling me about this “Winner’s Mantra”. I don’t entirely remember the words correctly, but to sum it all up, it was telling me and whoever heard the mantra to “never accept rejection. Only winners survive and succeed”. I was sure it was meant to heal hearts broken by rejection and I appreciate my mother’s attempt to make me feel better, but something about it seems off to me. Like it was escaping what happened and making yourself believe that winning and acceptance were the only options. It made rejection look bad, unacceptable and something that is only okay if you’ve already given up on achieving anything. 

That, my friend, is something I cannot accept.

Think about it. If all parents would say this mantra to their children and those children would share it to their friends, wouldn’t it create a community of winners and hard workers? That’s something I would like to think. But if you’re already a veteran of reality and you know how hard life is then you would know that not everyone can be successful and winners. 

For competitions, there is a set of criteria to determine who the champion would be — there can be two champions in some incidents but there can never be three or twelve. For jobs and careers, only one person can be the best, the CEO or president — again there are some corporations with two or three bosses of the same level and power but not every worker can be the boss. Get the drift? There will always be a winner and if there’s a winner, a loser is sure to be around. I can use as many analogies and comparisons as I can and it would only mean one thing. Winners get the prize and losers can cry all night.

So what then can the rejected losers and those not good enough do? Chardy, what the hell is your point? 

Drum roll please. . .

I’m sure you’ve heard this somewhere before. I would just like to re-emphasize it.

You embrace rejection. You learn from it. You make it your own and you use it as a stepping stone to succeed the next time you try. This may seem cheesy or cliché for you but I would gladly and whole heartedly accept this more than pretending that rejection and losing can mean the end of the world for me.

Maybe you wake up ahead of the alarm and go to work 30 minutes earlier than you usually do to get a seat. Maybe you edit the business proposal 3 hundred more times or take a different approach before you submit an output. Maybe rejection was meant to tell you that you can do better. That you’re almost there? Or maybe rejection is telling you that this isn’t for you and that there are other things, people or jobs that you can explore and experience.

I would like to believe that everything that happens in our life was meant to happen. That a strange mechanism somewhere is making sure that we are where we’re supposed to be. Destiny, if we must name it. In my heart, I honestly believe that destiny is real but I also believe that in order for things to happen, we must take destiny into our hands and learn to control our fates. Because who else will?

Phew, this was a really long rant. And i’m pretty sure I didn’t make any sense at all. If you lost interest halfway through what I was saying or you decided to scroll down to the end, here’s the summary to whatever I was trying to say ->

Embrace Rejection. Learn from it, make it your own and use it as a stepping stone to succeed the next time you try. You may not always win and being rejected may be something that’s regular for you but doesn’t that show how much perseverance you have? If you keep on being rejected, doesn’t that mean that you also keep on trying? 

I would rather be the person who always get rejected but keeps on trying and learns from it than a person who wins but never actually get to develop character and attitude. Schools should change their standards. It’s either you succeed or you learn from it. Not fail. Never fail. Don’t you think?

This Time Last Year


This time last year I was afraid. I was afraid of all the things I still didn’t know, of the people that might harm me and of the things I would lose when I decided to study at a university so far away from home.

This time last year I was juggling between new friends and not-so-new friends; gathering people who, just like me, were alone in a new environment. Testing the waters and trying to learn who would leave after the party or who would stay to clean up the mess.

This time last year I was a fool; thinking I could survive in a competitive school with just the limited knowledge I had.

I pretended that the little time I used for studying was enough to pass my exams and to succeed in my chosen course.

This time last year I was thrilled. Thrilled to try the different things in life I could do and I could learn. The places I could go to and the money I could spend on useless things that would never last, not even taking into consideration the sacrifice that my parents were doing to provide all those luxuries and the work they had to endure.

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3 Things You will Love about White Beach, Puerto Galera

There came a time in my life when I needed to really just escape all the busyness and stress that school was giving me. You see, at first I thought college would be totally bearable and by that I mean, I only needed to study 3-4 hours a day and give enough effort in order to pass my classes. Boy, I have never been so wrong in my life. Each day was like more and more requirements were being given to us and every day it gets harder and harder. But enough about my academic rants, let’s talk about what I did in order to reclaim my burning passion for life and love. Ofcourse the obvious—and I know most of you do this as well, I traveled. Hooray Travel Buffs!

So me and a bunch of good friends decided to visit one of the most beautiful, very affordable yet close to the Metro (Drum rolls please…) White Beach, Puerto Galera.

*Note that our visit was only limited to enjoying the beauty of White Beach, other places in Puerto Galera was not in our itinerary.

– Getting there

From Metro Manila

Go to any of the following bus terminals in Metro Manila:

Bus Terminals near the corner of Taft Avenue and Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia), Pasay City – nearest the Airport.

Bus Terminal near Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

Bus Terminal in EDSA corner Kamias Street, Quezon City.

Bus Terminal in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Then ride the bus going to Batangas Port and board the Outrigger ferry to White Beach.

– Taken from www.puertogalera.org


From Los Banos, Laguna

Since we were all UPLB students from Los Banos, Laguna, our first move was to get to Calamba City terminal. The Calamba Terminal had all sorts of jeepneys and vans that were going to a lot of places, we got into a jeep that was headed to Turbina Terminal. It was around 6 am but the place was already very busy. Every 10-15 minutes jeepneys would leave the terminal filled with people. After arriving at Turbina Terminal, we then transferred to a bus going to Batangas Port. This is where we then rode a outrigger ferry going to White Beach, Puerto Galera.

Costs and Travel Time:

Bus from Metro Manila to Batangas Port – Less than 200php (1 hour and less than 30 minutes)

Jeep to Calamba City – 20php (15 – 20 Minutes)

Calamba Terminal to Turbina – 10php (10 – 15 Minutes)

Turbina to Batangas Port via Bus – it was around 100 – 125php (I don’t remember this one very much) ( 1 hour and 30 Minutes and more depending on the traffic)

Batangas Port to White Beach via Outrigger Ferry – 500php round trip ( 1 hour and 15 minutes)

Passengers apparently also pay a 50-100php Terminal and Environmental fees but I suppose I was too sea sick to remember. But prepare for it just in case.

* Please don’t forget to confirm the date and time of when you will be returning. This needs to be schedule right after you arrive at the beach.


It was love at first sight. Not only was it the perfect escape for the broken hearted, it was also a perfect venue for Instagram and photography enthusiasts. No wonder almost every one was raving about how wonderful White beach was. The place was like no other. To further this thought I had to make a list (I love lists), and this list would have to show you how much Puerto Galera was worth the visit. Here is my top 3:

1. Puerto Galera Activities


The beach, with all the white sand and brilliant rocks, is full of people swimming, sun bathing and forming sand castles. Flags of different brands and products populate the sides of the beach while the stores, restaurants and lodgings are situated just a few meters away. In the day, visitors can opt to play volleyball, run around with each other or could also avail of the Jetski and other paid services like island hopping and cave visits available almost any where, You just have to look. 

At night, performances and concerts are held, all of which have various interesting things to offer. There are fire dancers and eaters that would amaze you and at the same time scare the brains out of you (if you come too close), Drag Dancers who are really fun to watch and some stores just play party music and allows customers to sing on Karaokes. The one we visited was at the isolated part of the beach, where bonfires were being made and friends get clingy to watch the stars.

2. The Beach

One thing I really loved about the place was that you are able to choose on which side of the beach you would like to hang out at. If you’re on a vacation vibe, the left most part of the beach, away from all the people and stores, is perfect for sun bathing and just chilling around. No one would dare bother you when you’re already lying down, facing the beach and taking your photos. Not unless they’re adorable dogs— who are roaming the beach, or birds. On other hand if you’re feeling social and ready to mingle, the activities side of the beach is flooded with people ready to talk to, hang out with or flirt with (hehe). The visit to white beach would not be as fun if you don’t meet anyone. Be friendly and smile whenever you come across people, I’m sure you wouldn’t leave the place without making a friend. Also those who are playing volleyball loves to invite other people to play with them. Be ready just in case.

3. The Scenery


Nothing beats the view of the sunset while you’re on a beach. Must be one of the most romantic things I would ever see. And hey, I believe there were at least 3 couples kissing all around me. Sucks to be single around them. Nonetheless it was a sight to behold and forever remember. The feeling of surrender and just forgetting about everything that was bringing you stress and pain was something I definitely would want to repeat 400 times. The sun set marks the end of the day but also the beginning of the night— something that beautiful shouldn’t ever be ignored.

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” 

― Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

Puerto Galera is without a question, one of the best. That’s one place crossed off on my bucket list. I don’t regret visiting the place and I would definitely come back for more. Not only did it help me recharge my heart for more studying, it also inspired me to visit and travel to more places around the Philippines. 

What about you? Have you been to Puerto Galera? Or do you have other places you find gorgeous? Tell me all about it on the comment section! I would love to hear all about your visit. Thank you for dropping by. Till next time. ❤️