LIFE LESSONS

Paano mo malalaman kung handa ka nang magmahal?

Habang tumatanda, nag-iiba na ang pananaw ng tao tungkol sa pag-ibig. Hindi na lang ito basta crush lang or admiration.

When adults speak of love, they already speak of a lifetime partner. In my circle of friends, this is how they see love. Iba na talaga kapag #adulting.

Sa ika-59 na araw na Quarantine sa Pilipinas, hindi ko rin alam kung bakit may dalawang kaibigan ang nagtanong sa akin nito. Sa akin pa po talaga tinanong samantalang malapit na ata akong mawalan ng emosyon. Haha!

Pero paano mo ba masasabi kung handa ka na (ulit) magmahal?

Handa ka nang magmahal kung…

1. Handa ka nang masaktan.

I guess, we all know that love and pain is a package, na kapag nagmahal ka, asahan mo na may sakit talaga sa simula, sa gitna, lalong-lalo na sa dulo. Handa ka bang sumugal? Handa ka bang mag-risk sa panibagong tao? Handa ka bang masaktan ulit?

2. Handa ka nang magkwento ng sariling bagahe

Sa ¬†pag-ibig, lahat may kanya-kanya tayong dalang bagahe. Ito ‘yung mga alaala at karanasan na nakuha mo sa dating ispesyal na tao sa buhay mo. Alam mong handa ka nang magmahal kapag ‘yung mga bagahe na nakuha mo noon ay kaya mong i-open sa bagong taong makakasama mo. Hindi ka na magdadalawang-isip mag-open up kung handa ka nang magmahal.

3. Handa ka nang magpatawad.

Napatawad mo na ba ang iyong sarili? Napatawad mo na ba ang mga taong nakagawa ng kasalanan sa iyo noon? Kung oo, bukod sa handa ka nang magmahal, handa ka na nga talagang mahalin pa ang iyong sarili. Magkakaroon ka rin ng kapayapaan dahil alam mong sa pagpapatawad natatapos ang lahat ng sakit.

4. Handa ka nang kumilala ng iba.

Ito ‘yung estado ng buhay na sobrang nakilala mo na ang sarili mo. Alam mo na kung sino ka, naabot mo na totally ang ilan sa mga pangarap mo, nasa estado ka ng buhay na handa ka nang maging bukas sa pagkilala naman ng ibang tao.

5. Handa ka na sa kung ano man ang susunod na mangyayari.

Maaaring nasaktan ka nang paulit-ulit ng iba’t ibang tao sa pare-parehong dahilan. Pero alam mo ba, malalaman mo kung handa ka nang magmahal ulit kapag ipinaubaya mo na sa Diyos ‘yung mga susunod pang mangyayari. Let God work. Allow Him to guide you.

Sa ilang taon kong paglalakad sa mundo, nasa punto na rin ako ng pagsuko sa ganito. Malapit na akong mag-trenta. Pinaprangka na ako ng magulang ko na mag-asawa na. Pero naniniwala pa rin ako sa oras ng Diyos. Darating ang panahon na makikilala (o baka nakilala ko na? ‘di lang kami aware?) ko na ‘yung ni-reserve na tao ni Lord para sa akin.

‘Wag sukuan ang pag-ibig, mga kapatid. ūüôā

LIFE LESSONS

Your failure is an opportunity to grow.

This blog post is dedicated to those people who are questioning their existence especially in this time of COVID 19. Dear friends, I know it is not so easy to plan any grand gestures/goals because we are quarantined. Kaya sa blog na ito, ibabahagi ko sa inyo ang ilang quarantine thoughts na napag-usapan namin ng best friend ko.

The Story Behind This Post

Pang-ilang araw na nga ba ng quarantine? ‘Di ko na mabilang. Halos lahat ng araw kasi na lumilipas, pareho na lang. Nakakalungkot na ring isipin na ang dami nang COVID19 cases sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo. Marami rin namang good news, sa kabilang banda. Kaya lang, pagkatapos mapansin lahat ng nasa labas na balita, hindi talaga natin maiiwasan na tumingin at bumalik sa panloob na sitwasyon ng sarili.

Bago matapos ang araw, naranasan mo na bang tanungin ang sarili mo kung productive ka? Nakagawa ka ba ng maraming bagay? Natuto ka ba ng bagong skill? May nabasa ka bang libro? May naluto ka ba? Nakapagsimula ka na ba sa dream project mo? Lagpas isang buwan na kasi. Anong natapos mo? Ang haggard isipin ng konsepto ng productivity ngayong may crisis. Lalo, mas mahirap isipin ang konsepto ng success sa mga ganitong panahon.

Paano ba natin ilu-look forward ang success sa ganitong panahon? Para bigyan kayo ng ideya, in-interview ko ‘yung classmate ko nung high school na si Paul De Vera. Sa ngayon, ‘di niyo pa siya kilala, so I suggest, check his Facebook page muna.

On Success

Sumali ‘tong friend ko sa dalawang singing contest sa TV. Singer siya at hilig niya talagang sumali sa contest. Kaya lang, hindi talaga sa lahat ng pagkakataon ay happy moments. For him it is okay not to win. Proud naman siyang sabihin na bagamat hindi siya nanalo, hindi siya nakaramdam ng sama ng loob. Alam niyo kung bakit? He is surrounded by a good group of people. He is with a good company.

Ibig sabihin, kailangan natin ng tama at mabuting kaibigan in order to succeed.

Be surrounded by the right and kind people.

Some people would appreciate you even at your darkest moments and even at your weakest point. You won’t feel bad if you are with those people.

Habang nagmamaneho siya ng sasakyan, tinanong ko ulit siya kung paano ba siya nag-cope sa failures at downfalls. Ang hirap kaya ng dalawang beses natalo on national TV. Tapos, heto sinabi ni bes.

Your failure is an opportunity to grow.

If we only try to embrace opportunities as we fall, then we will grow. To those who are reading this, tandaan niyo sana ‘tong sentence na ito. Alam kong alam niyo na ‘to, pero pinapaalala ko lang ulit.

On taking risks 

People nowadays are fond of taking risks. (Ako rin! Dati!)

My good friend told me na dapat daw piliin ang mga bagay na may risks. Kung may iti-take kang risk, make sure na meron ka pa ring plano once na bumagsak. Plan B, ikanga. Kapag hindi ka nagtagumpay, anong sunod na plano?

Sa pag-take ng risks, minsan, mismong pamilya natin ‘yung hindi sasang-ayon. Alam mo ‘yon? Alam natin na gusto lang ng mga mahal natin sa buhay na nasa comfortable state tayo. Kaya lang, is there growth in your comfort zone?¬†

My friend is a freelance host, and singer. I strongly admire people who work freelance. Hindi kayang madaling i-maintain ang ganoong estado ng buhay. Sabi niya lang naman na ang tanging pinagsisihan niya about freelancing is not trying it earlier.

Sana pala ay noon niya pa nasimulan. Kung maaga daw siya nag-take ng risk to freelance, mas marami siyang failures at mas marami siyang matututunan. Lahat ng ito ay later on magagamit niya talaga as an opportunity to grow.

I agree that my failure is an opportunity to grow if I would take it as a challenge. Dapat ko rin i-handle nang maayos ang lungkot at the same time. Marami akong trust issues since birth. Ako ata ang trust issues na naging tao. Kaya sobrang kailangan kong pag-aralan mag-cope sa failures, sa lungkot, at sa frustrations.

How are you coping, friends? I hope you are all doing fine. 

 

TEACH

Pros and Cons of Online Seminar for Teachers

It’s the 43rd Day of Enhanced Community Quarantine in the Philippines. Since everybody is mostly at home, some private companies are taking this opportunity to reach out to their possible clients.

In the field of education, there are several publishers who gave free online classes and seminars. These are offered to the teachers who are working from home. For teachers with reliable internet connection, this free online course and seminar is a great opportunity for them to work on their professional development. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, some teachers still exert effort on this. 

However, as I scroll my newsfeed on Facebook, I realise that there are pros and cons of online seminar given to teachers. Everything is in local context and is based from what I have witnessed for the past weeks.

Pros of Online Seminar

  • It is convenient. One can attend a seminar at the comforts of his home. Also, the attendee does not have to travel.
  • It is free. That’s it. Everything is accessible online. Materials are given online, too.
  • There is immediate feedback from the speaker. They also answer questions during their live discussions.

Cons of Online Seminar

  • Learning is not guaranteed because the attendee may be distracted while attending the online seminar. It is not assured whether he is really listening or not. Unless, he is very dedicated even no one is supervising him. (Who knows?)
  • Is there really free online seminar? Some facilitators of online seminar do not give the digital certificate to their attendees. Since it is free, some courses online (in the PH context), take time to provide feedback to their learners.
  • Lastly, it is easy to procrastinate especially nobody will supervise your progress. Only deadlines are given. Hence, it is quite challenging for procrastinators.

In my opinion, I still prefer the traditional seminars for teachers. I can be more attentive while I listen. I feel the sense of responsibility since I exerted time and money to attend that seminar. Still, since there is a COVID 19 crisis, this is not applicable to all. Maybe, I will try to look for more courses that will suit my learning style.

Share your thoughts, friends. What do you think? :>

PERSONAL

My Quarantine Routine

Staying at home for two weeks is tolerable. But, staying at home for two months is a bit challenging especially for an outgoing and busy person. I am used to doing lots of works all the time. I always plan my schedule one month advance. Hence, to stay too long at home is a challenge.

Good thing, we were able to cope. I decided to make my own routine *wow* to be productive without pressure. What is my quarantine routine?

My routine has no specific timeline because I still want to be kind to myself. I have decided to take a break from too much work.

Upon waking up, I drink water and play my wake up song on Spotify. When that song ends, that means that I have to get up. Sometimes, I change to my yoga clothes. After yoga, I prepare my breakfast. Of course, I would not miss my coffee. Then, I take a bath.

After my morning routine, I need to start working at 9:00AM until 12:00NN. If I finish my task earlier, then, I can have free time to scroll on my social media accounts.

I eat lunch at 12:00NN. Sleep from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. I force myself to go back to work at 3:00PM. Then, I take a break at 4:00PM. I usually take my early dinner at 6:00PM. Then, watch news and series later on. Sometimes, I evaluate my day whether I was able to achieve something or not.

Up to this writing, I was able to write more reflections on my Facebook page. Then, I also made vlogs for our diocesan youth page and St. Paul’s Facebook page. Also, I watched more series. I learned how to cook by myself.

Stay at home, friends, and always wash your hands.

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PERSONAL

Tuna Pasta Recipe for Beginners

It’s the 15th day of quarantine, and upon stumbling on Youtube videos, I’ve decided to cook Tuna Pasta. I never cooked anything before (except for fried eggs). I never had the luxury of time to cook. It’s not just for me. I’m just lucky enough to have a loving lola who cooks everything for us.

Thus, this day was a extra-special. I’ve learned how to cooked Tuna Pasta. Mwahaha. I think, this is so far my greatest achievement last week. Tadan!

Recipe for Tuna Pasta (For Beginners)

Here are the ingredients. These are so basic that you can easily find them in your kitchen.

You just need Garlic, Onion, Tomato, 1/4 pasta, 1 can of San Marino Corned Tuna and Salt and Pepper to taste. (Naks. Legit?)

How to Cook Tuna Pasta (if you are a beginner):

  1. Saute onion, garlic, and tomato.
  2. Add San Marino Corned Tuna. (Not a sponsored post but who knows.)
  3. Add the cooked pasta.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Tadah! And that’s my easy-to-cook Tuna Pasta! I’m so happy that I learned how to boil pasta and saut√© the rest of the ingredients.

Please help me pursue this career. Comment any recipes which you think are easy to cook and to prepare for a dummy like me. Hahaha! Xie xie!