Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ako'y Batang Creative

102511. tuesday.

sembreak. sounds exciting? well, we found a more exciting yet fulfilling way of starting ours.

we helped out  and gave back to the kids of brgy. 3, the sweet, jolly, and playful kids. haha!

originally i was not part of this community service project  because i belong to another group, the Youth Got Talent group. but when madam myla asked me to join, i wasn't able to say no anymore. i don't know why but she's got that charm in convincing me that i'd just have to agree with all her requests. haha!

yvonne, hanawoods and i met the other volunteers at sto. tomas church (monica, masa, jestine, rox, rhisgine, marlon, jl). we went straight to sto. tomas gym where the program would be held. there were still few things to finish - setting up the chairs and tables, inflating the balloons, putting the biscuits in the bags, and rehearsing for the program proper. since it would start by 1 p.m., we went to a near cafeteria and had our lunch first. haha! when we returned, we got to relax a bit and then the kids, together with their parents, started to arrive. here we go now. haha! paul and i were starting to feel the tension 'cause we knew that things were not gonna be easy. haha! we thought we'd be dealing with kids. we knew how kids are. makukulit. malilikot. some are easy to please, some are not. every kid is different. we readied ourselves for this day yet we still felt unsure if things were gonna turn out well. the original Ako'y Batang Creative group said these things 'cause they have already held the same program last sem. according to them, the kids really were hard to assist and deal with. some kids would be leaving their seats to roam around the gym. some would cry. some were not cooperative. some were not energetic while some were too energetic. haha! see, those were our fears. haha!
then, myla, ms. a, ms. lyka, ms. marlene, monica lois, mame, and kuya driver arrived. when everything was into place, the program began. haha! there were a lot of prepared activities, both group and individual activities. haha! there were bring me with a twist, puzzle, creative tinapay making, and proper hand washing demo. the facilitators were assigned to each table where kids stayed. haha! almost all the kids got medals. i was so happy every time one of the children in my assigned table wins. i feel as though i was the one who won. haha!  we also gave away loot bags containing soap, pencil, eraser, and towel. for the kids' food, they were provided with biscuits, cupcakes, and water. haha! 
group picture of the kids after the program. haha.
i can say that everyone did enjoy the activity - the kids, the parents, and the facilitators. haha! the goal of the project, which was to let the kids learn while having fun, was achieved. it's such a nice feeling whenever you see the faces of the kids with smiles on them. i am not related to them in anyway,  but they gave me so much happiness. i don't regret that i woke up early because i know that these kids would drive away the stress that i have. it was such a fulfilling activity. this is among the things that would satisfy the soul. through this, we were able to share a part of us in helping the kids to know that they are not neglected but given enough attention. i believe it is very important to every child. i hope next time there'll be more activities like this, there'll be more students who'll participate, and there'll be more kids who'll benefit. hehe.

on november 9, we'll also be having our own group's community service program for the teenagers. YOUTH GOT TALENT. i wish more will attend. i am looking forward to another self-fulfilling activity. hehe.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

3RD DEGREE by JAMES PATTERSON

102711. thursday.

there's no stopping now. haha! i am now catching up with everything that i missed when i was busy. books are piled up on my desk waiting to be read. 

right after reading 2nd chance, i started with james patterson's 3rd degree. as i said, there's no stopping now. haha. 
this is the funniest part. i read this name "hannah wood." eh we have this classmate joanah who we call "hannawoods." haha! coincidence.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

why read?

110511. saturday.

i am currently watching a show which has nicholas sparks as guest. he shares his stories on  how he got his first break as a writer, how he writes his novels, and why he writes in the first place. haha! everything is from a writer's perspective. 

now, i got inspired to blog. this time i wanna write from a reader's perspective. 

more and more people are beginning to read novels and short stories. but still, there are far more people who don't understand why readers are hooked in reading. 


i wanna share my countless reasons why i read and why i will never stop reading.

as for me, i read to escape, well, to be some place else. when you read, at least you forget about everything for a moment. no worries, no problems, just the novel. it's like the book takes you away in a place where only the two of you are there. reading helps you to somehow not think of the other things. you won't have to be disturbed by other thoughts for awhile. 


i read so that i can go to places. you know, when you read, you are brought to a different dimension, in a dimension where you become a voyeur to the lives of the characters you follow. at one point, you get to have a feel of what it's like to be in that particular place or situation, may it be a place you haven't been to or an incident you haven't encountered yet. 


i read to know. when you are a reader, you are open to an endless pot of knowledge. first and foremost, you will have a wider vocabulary. you will learn so much from encountering unfamiliar words, learning about cross-cultural differences, meeting different people, understanding job descriptions, to even getting a bit of idea about some technical things on different branches of study, and a whole lot more. you see, there're a lot of opportunities in learning you'll get as you read. this is among the things that make me love reading all the more. every time i learn something, even if it is the smallest and simplest thing, i already feel like i am enriched and nourished. it's like every new detail learned is my own dose of supplement for the mind.


i read to feel. you'll laugh, cry, lament, hate, curse, and most of all, you'll love as you read. you'll feel thrill, excitement, sadness,  fulfillment, envy, or happiness depending on what kind of novel you're reading. what's best about novels and stories is the fact that, most of the time, a novel will let you feel not just one emotion, but three, four, or more. but, there will always, always be one emotion that will out-stand all other emotions, again it depends on what genre you're reading. sometimes, novels let you feel something you haven't felt yet. at that one point, a novel can make you fall in love for the characters though they are just make-believe. some would call it fantasizing, but i would rather call it 'feeling for a moment.' by letting you feel something you haven't felt before, you'll have an understanding why people act like such whenever they feel that certain feeling.


i read to think. each novel has many ways of making you think. some novels will leave you hanging in the end of them 'coz they want to move your mind to put your own ending or to just keep you thinking of what could have happened to the characters. some will not let you stop thinking until you reach the solution of the story. and sometimes, especially those suspense novels, they will just make you think in every chapter. you'll be surprised in every page's revelation. that's the magic these novels got that they won't make you drop them the moment you open them.

as for me, i read because every book teaches me a lesson, lessons i'll sooner or later apply in my life. every book is a different story, every book has a different lesson. i read because i wanna be enlightened. i mean, you can read a novel about pain and it will show you why there's pain and why it's happening, of all people, to you. you can read a novel about love, tragic love, and it will tell you why, in the end, it is not tragic after all and that it is, sometimes, only you who think it is tragic.


i read to be free. to be free from worries, to be free from stress, to be free from distractions, to be free from ignorance, to be free from dumbness.


lastly, i read because it is a gift. always remember that not everyone is able to read. you are among the few who are given the opportunity, that's why be grateful for it and use it. you'll never know until when you can read, so enjoy it while it lasts. inspire and encourage people to read.


there are a million other reasons why i love to read, but these, for me, are the most important.


you, you better start reading before it's too late. :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

impressions

sometimes, other people's wrong impression about you becomes your own thought of yourself. you get too consumed with what they say that you are suddenly becoming just what they think you are, though that's not the real you. you are confused that you start thinking if you really are like what they say you are. you lose yourself for one moment and it is suddenly hard to get back to what you really are. be careful with what you hear about yourself, intentionally or unintentionally, 'coz what you hear might just turn you  into someone you don't know.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I N T I M E

110311. thursday.

this day of mine was spent with my beautiful and fun-loving friends. haha! i'm talking about ago, je, jonas, and ri-ri. haha! originally, i don't have any plan of going out today. jerome wanted to hangout, so we all met to watch a movie. haha! haven't been to the moviehouse in awhile so i said to myself why not. haha!

after eating at KFC, jonas and ri-ri had to go 'coz they have other things to attend to. haha! only the three of us were left but it's all right 'coz we still had a hell of a great time.

we watched IN TIME. haha! actually, we were about to waste our own time by falling in line at the wrong cinema. ago and i thought that the long queue was for IN TIME until jerome told us that it's impossible for all of those people to line up for IN TIME. and he was right. those on the line were there to see praybeyt benjamin. haha! if not for jerome, we wouldn't have seen the movie on time. haha.

the truth is i don't really have the tiniest bit of idea at first. i thought it was some animated film when i saw its poster, but i was wrong. hell wrong. haha! 

http://www.google.com.ph/imgres?q=in+time+movie&um=1&hl=tl&sa=N&biw=1366&bih=677&tbm=isch&tbnid=FivUTu-K6o7GYM:

http://www.google.com.ph/imgres?q=in+time+movie&um=1&hl=tl&sa=N&biw=1366&bih=677&tbm=isch&tbnid=55EA9MF3T0F


IN TIME is  a film where the lead characters are played by justin timberlake and amanda seyfried. haha! its story is literally about time. it's like time makes their world go round. in the movie, time is the counterpart of money in reality. haha! time is so important to them that it is the thing that runs their lives. time is what they use to pay for everything. they buy food, they pay them with time. they ride a bus, they pay the ride with time. they pawn their jewelry for time. they apply for time loanthey work, they are paid with time. haha! isn't it cool? can you imagine? haha! and just like money, it is also transferable. haha! if you're running out of time, you can ask someone to give you some by just putting your forearms together. haha! they also have social classes, there were richer people and there were poorer people as well. their status in life is dictated by how much time they've got. haha! and just like money, time  can also be stolen from anyone. there's actually where the story began. they thought justin timberlake stole a man's century when in fact it was given to him. hehe! the way the movie showed time's importance is so cool and unique. i mean, i haven't seen anything like this one.

the moral of the story is seen even in the littlest things in the movie. VALUE TIME.  haha! i mean, some always think they have a lot of time left that's why they don't put so much importance in it. they'd spend time wastefully. they only start thinking about what they can do and what they must do when there's not much left of them. meanwhile, some would just abuse time. abuse in a sense that even the time of others they steal, if you know what i mean. and sometimes, you will only know how much you mean to someone depending on how much time he/she can give you. am i right or am i right? haha!

it made me realize what time really means and why we shouldn't keep on spending it on the useless things. let's spend time with the people we wanna be with. let's start doing the things we wanna and gotta do before our time ends. nobody knows how much we got 'til it's over.

this is highly recommended especially to those who waste their time and even the time of others. so, this goes out to me as well. HAHA! this gotta teach us some real lesson. haha! 

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