I got nominated for an Award?!

So. I got nominated for an award called the Liebster Award. 😲 What this is is a chain internet reward that is passed on from one blogger to another. It is primarily awarded to newer blogs, or blogs that have a small following of around 200 or less. It is a way of recognizing new bloggers and helping them stand out in the blogging community. 😄

Liebster is a word of German origin, with several translations that include dearest, sweetest, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, endearing, and welcome. It’s a great way to describe what the award stands for. 😄

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I was nominated by the lovely Louise of ItsLouLou and I’m very very grateful. Go check out her blog! 😄 She gave me a list of questions to answer, and following these are a few facts about myself. Here we go. . .

  • What is your favourite type of snack?
    • It depends. If you’re talking about something savory, I’d say chips. If something sweet, I’d say Ice Cream (specifically mint chip or coffee crumble). 😂
  • Have you ever seen a ghost?
    • Nope. And I really wouldn’t want to. 😳
  • What is your favourite colour lipstick to wear?
    • I tend to go for mauvey nudes or really dark vampy lips. 😘
  • If it was your last day on earth, what would you do?
    • I would try to fit in a visit to everyone that mean the world to me. 😁
  • What is your earliest memory of when you were younger?
    • Weirdly enough, one of the earliest memories I have is playing this game called Spelling Blizzard on our home computer. 😂 I don’t even remember what age I was then, but my mother always encouraged learning so that kind of explains it. 😂
  • Describe your proudest moment…
    • As of right now? It’s probably graduating from college. It was a really rough ride full of ups and downs, and so many times that I just wanted to give up. I made it though, through all of that, and I’m proud of myself. 😁
  • If you were a cocktail, what cocktail would you be?
    • In the Philippines, we have this cocktail called weng weng, and it’s a mishmash of a lot of different alcohols. I think I would liken myself to this, because there are many sides to myself, and I might not look like much, but put together, I am nice, strong, and unexpected. 😂
  • What is your favourite season, and why?
    • Definitely Autumn. 🍂 I’ve only experienced one autumn in my life as of yet (I live in a tropical country), but I am incredibly fascinated by the browning leaves and the chilly weather (that’s not too cold just yet). 😍

Some facts about me:

  • I love to cook and sharing what I cook with others. 😁
  • My dream is to one day open up my own cafe somewhere. 😊
  • I have a huge collection of plush toys that all mean a lot to me. 😊
  • I spend waaaay too much time on Youtube (and watching anime). 😂
  • I have way more lipsticks than I need (but they’re so preeeeetty). 😂
  • I’ve studied in one area all my life–from preschool to university. 😲
  • Japan is one of my favorite countries, and I plan to have trips there a lot in the future. 😍
  • Since learning about it in Asian history class in high school, I’ve wanted to visit the Maldives. I still do. One day, I will. 😁
  • I’m always on the look out for really good burgers 😆
  • I crave for sweet things after every meal. 😢 😂

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And my nominees are. . . 🏆 😁

I have 10 questions for you to answer 😊

  1. Do you have a tattoo/tattoos? What is/are the story/ies behind it/them?
    • If not, would you get any tattoos? Why or why not? What would you get?
  2. What’s your favorite dish/cuisine?
  3. Where would you go for holiday if you had 1 week and unlimited resources?
  4. What’s your guilty pleasure?
  5. If you had one super power, what would it be and why?
  6. Which social media site/application can you not live without?
  7. What’s your ideal Friday/Saturday night?
  8. If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, past or present, who would it be and why?
  9. Why did you start your blog?
  10. What keeps you going?

The instructions for accepting this award and passing it on are as follows:

  • Create a new blog post on your blog thanking the person that nominated you, link to their blog, and put in a graphic of the award. (You can use the same one in this post 😊)
  • Answer the questions that were provided, and then share some facts about yourself.
  • Create a new set of your own questions for others to answer.
  • Nominate ten others and share your blog post with them so they can accept their award! 😁

Thank you everyone for sharing your blogs with me and the rest of the world! 🌎 And thank you for sticking with me. 😊

’til next time,

🐰❤️

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The ultimate throwback.

I always find myself talking to my friends about those things that we used to watch when we were younger, and how we would love to watch them again. In the past few years, I had bouts of freak out moments due to this throwback thing, which seemed really far fetched at the time, that seemed to be becoming real. 😆

First it was the announcement of the NickSplat block on TeenNick about a year ago (although finding out it wasn’t going to be available in the Philippines kind of crushed me), then a few months ago, it was the announcement of Raven’s Home. Then about a week or two ago, they released the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, and I got so excited (but also disappointed I don’t have a PS4 and therefore no means to play it) and was psyched even just watching playthroughs on Youtube. 😆

I thought that this was it, and honestly, it was plenty. Then the 90s sent another wave of nostalgic feels my way last week with the release of clips from two of my absolute favorite shows from back in the day–Hey Arnold! and Rocko’s Modern Life. GAAAAAAH. 😆

Over the weekend, NickSplat, Nickelodeon’s block that’s dedicated to its 90s programs, released two videos. One of these is the first clip from an upcoming Hey Arnold! Movie. If you haven’t watched it, click here. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but it pretty much just gives a summary of the amazingness that is Arnold thus far. 😄hey-arnold-jungle-movie-slice-600x200

The other video that NickSplat released over the weekend is a first look at a new Rocko’s Modern Life TV Special. The air date hasn’t been announced yet, but watching this video will probably get you hyped for it like I was. Whereas Arnold gave more of a throwback moment, Rocko, perhaps just perfectly considering his show’s title, goes into our time now, the 21st century. Check it out here. 😄

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So yeah. Breeeaaathe. I’m so so excited for these two specials. Watch the videos yourself and maybe you’ll get why I’m so psyched. For now though, my fangirl moment is over. I know I owe a few more posts, and I promise they’re coming. Thank you for sticking with me. 😄

’til next time,

🐰❤️

 

What I needed to do.

Let me preface this by saying that a large part of this was written when I was struggling with this decision a few months ago. I didn’t know whether publishing it would help me, but it turns out that just letting my feelings out helped me a lot. I’m putting this up now, edited and added onto, because my story wouldn’t be complete if this important part was left out. At the same time, perhaps someone will read this, relate to it, and find that difficult decisions like these need to be made, and there is nothing wrong with following your heart. Here we go.

For a while, I was feeling lost and dejected, and the monologue in my head began to say, over and over, that I wasn’t doing anything with my life. I had bouts of random break downs, as well as times that I found myself spaced out and staring at the ceiling. I felt lost, and alone, and wanted so desperately for things to turn around. Or something.

I decided to do something kind of drastic, something to shake up where my life was going. As the plan unfolded, I found that that decision hurt someone important to me more than I thought it would. Just to clarify, the decision wasn’t something permanent. I really just wanted, and needed, to take control of something in my life, just me with no one really intervening.

Nonetheless, this person was hurt. And I felt bad, and still do feel bad that this person was hurt. There’s something deep inside me pulled me down because I knew that this was the case. The thing was though, I really felt that this was something that I needed to do. I had this sinking feeling that if I didn’t push through with this plan, I would stay stuck in the rut I was in and wouldn’t be able to move forward.

I decided to go back to Manila to get a little more experience and to find myself. Cliche as that line is, I think that right now this is where I need to be to get a better grasp of what I can do and where I can go. This is just something I needed to do to grow and grow up. So yeah. Things will be okay.

’til next time,

🐰❤️

You are more than your resume.

I’m not sure about you, but I grew up being worried about how my decisions and actions in school would affect my future. I was always wary of what I could put in my resume and how things I participated in would help me. That said though, I think I have to disclose that I didn’t do everything just because it would be “beneficial” to me, nor did I skip out on things just because it technically wouldn’t.

Anyway, I think this was because of the illusion of the pedestal that excellence is put on, and in connection to that the more concrete things that tend to constitute excellence, especially in the educational setting–awards, classes, degrees, certificates, and the like. In this sense, your resume is your greatest trophy, a one page declaration of your concrete achievements.

This, unfortunately just made entering into the real world a bit more pressure-filled for me. As I was applying for jobs, I made sure that my resume was the best I could make it. I was more or less confident about the experiences that I wrote about. I was a fresh graduate and given that, I assumed that my resume would at least suffice for consideration. When I barely got any responses, I was crushed, and I started to think more and more that I didn’t amount to much.

I started to spiral into a loop of self-questioning and self-belittling. I was sinking pretty deep into a depressive state and I was just unsure of myself, my capabilities, and my worth. Then one day, I decided that enough was enough. I was talking to a few friends who helped me through this tough situation. I forced the negative thoughts away, and just reflected.

I realized that my worth is not defined by those things that I put on that piece of paper. There is so much more in this world to learn and experience, a lot of which will probably never end up on a resume. That doesn’t make those experiences irrelevant though, some of them might even be more substantial than a previous job or certification.

I realized that, yes, I needed to start to stand on my own two feet. Yes I needed to get a job, which I would only be considered for if employers are impressed by my resume. This is not meant to set aside the importance of this document. It’s really more about what we are beyond this piece of paper and the words written there. We dictate what’s written, but the reverse is not true.

This was the realization that I needed to get out of my funk. My mistake was focusing too much on the approval of complete strangers and thereby letting their feedback, or lack thereof, stick to me like super glue. I should have focused on putting my best foot forward looking for a job, whilst still remembering that that’s not all that I’m about. Since then, this has been my constant reminder to myself: Those things are not anything against you. It does not diminish your worth at all. Just keep going. You’ll find something soon.

I decided to put this here as a reminder to myself, as well as whoever is reading this. If you ever feel like you’re in the position I was in, perhaps this could serve as a little nudge. You are worth so much more than you think you are, and you’re strong enough to push forward. So yeah. That’s it from me right now. 😄

’til next time,

🐰❤️

Busy bee.

Hi! I know I’ve been MIA for a while now. I thought I’d drop by and fill you in a bit. It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks. 😳 I got sick straight after I landed in Chicago, that lasted about a week. On top of that, I also had to start getting ready for my trip home to Manila, which included packing and buying things to bring home to family and friends. After that was my actual flight, and the bit of readjustment that comes with travelling about halfway across the world. 😔

I have a long list of posts that I can’t wait to share with you. I know I’ve been idle recently, but I’m readjusting and working to get back on track. I’ll be back as soon as I can, with the Cali gallery posts, and then a bunch more after that, and I’m excited for things to get back to how they were. For now though, thank you for your patience. I appreciate every single one of you. I’ll be back soon! 😊

’til next time,

🐰❤️

Cali galleries: Introduction.

Hey! 😄 So, the past two weeks for me have been spent in California, visiting family and friends. Initially, I planned to write one post about Disneyland and another about the rest of the trip. While here though, I realized that the number of places I ended up going to, if put together in just one post, would make for a very long one indeed. 😳

Instead, I decided to do this: in the next days I will put up the photos I’ve taken throughout this trip, a bunch at a time. Most of them will be the exhibits, plants, and views that I’ve seen. They will be accompanied by some information on the setting of the shots, and other things. 😊

I want to share with you the memories from these amazing two weeks, and possibly give you ideas of where to go if ever you find yourself in this part of the world. 😆 I hope these galleries will achieve this through these galleries, and I thank you in advance for checking them out. ☺️

’til next time,

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P.S. – I’ll be updating this as the posts come. Links will be below 😄

West coasting.

This isn’t going to be a long post, kind of just a mini update, but I’m really excited so let’s see how this goes. 😅

I’m going to California! 😄 I’m going to be flying out early this week, and will be out there for about 2 weeks. I’m gonna be meeting up with one of my friends, going to Disneyland for the first time, and will be spending some time with our relatives, some of which are also flying in from other states. 😳

I’ve been so excited for this trip, I was already half packed since last week. 😆 Right now I can say I’m pretty much good to go, just a few days before the flight. The next two weeks are going to be kind of hectic, but I’m going to document this trip as best as I can. I can’t wait to get out, explore, and eventually share this experience too! 😄

’til next time,

🐰❤️