Tuesday, March 17

Bright Leaf Awards 2015: The Road to Excellence Starts Here

It is time once again to celebrate the best of the best as the 9th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards for 2015 officially opens.  

Since it was launched in 2007, more and more journalists from all over the Philippines have been submitting their stories and photos hoping to bring home the trophy for the following categories:
  • Agriculture Story of the Year
  • Agriculture Photo of the Year
  • Tobacco Story of the Year
  • Tobacco Photo of the Year
  • Best Television Program or Segment
  • Best Radio Program or Segment
  • Best Agriculture News Story National
  • Best Agriculture News Story Regional
  • Best Agriculture Feature Story National
  • Best Agriculture Feature Story Regional, and
  • The Oriental Leaf Award.  

Saturday, March 14

Introducing the Country's One Stop Shopping Destination for Busy Ladies

When I was still in college, I really loved window shopping. I go to the malls and check boutiques one by one before I make my purchases. Since the money I had during that time came from my allowance, I had to make sure that the items I’d buy are definitely worth it. After "every" window shopping, I return to my “chosen” stores and that’s the time I get the things I want. That way, I am able to get the best value of my money. But at the same time, it also costs me a lot of time and most of all, it was completely a tiring process. 

Now that I’m in law school, things have changed a lot. I hate to admit it but since 2012, I preferred online shopping. The best part about it is that it allowed me to shop for the things I want without living the comforts of my own room. Even if I'm in coffee shops or at school, I also get a chance to browse for some cute finds online. As we can all see, there is a great increase in the number of online stores that cater to the different needs of ladies like me --- those who do not only want to save time but also some cash.

Monday, March 9

"Love, Rosie" Reminds Everyone to Take "That" Chance

Who would have thought that “Love, Rosie” could bring me to tears on a Sunday night? Well, I got tired reading a novel so I decided to take a break by watching Youtube videos on how to braid my hair. When I got bored from my random browsing, I decided to check a film from my “Must-Watch Movies for 2015” folder. I chose Love, Rosie and then, I realized that as I watch the film, I could not stop crying. To be honest, I did not expect that this movie could affect me this much.

Monday, February 16

When Something Becomes Something Else

When does something become something else? Maybe when you stop hoping. Maybe when you start to realize that you’ve been wishing for “it” to happen for too long but it never did. Maybe when you start to get tired for trying so hard but “it” didn’t turn out to something you’ve always wanted. Or maybe when you wake up one day and realize that you deserve better.

Friday, February 13

It's Okay to Be Single on Valentine's Day

There are only a few days left before Valentine’s Day. My newsfeed is full of V-day related posts. Some of my friends are already sharing about their weekend plans with their beaus. There are those who look forward to celebrating the “Hearts’ Day” in a fancy restaurant, enjoy the sunset with their loves at beach or do any intimate activities at romantic places. Some are also talking about the gifts they are planning to give their partners and the presents they wish to receive from their lovers.

Then… There are those who talk about their frustrations (but yes, in funny way) about Valentine’s. Some are bitter about their lost love, the love that got away, the love that never had a chance, the love that ended before it even started, the love that never came and/or the love at a wrong time. 

I’m pretty sure that I don’t fall in the first category – the group of people who are happily in love on Valentine’s Day. At the same time, I'm also not sure on whether or not I fall in the second group – those who has issues about love and yes, the Valentine’s day. All I know is that I thought this year’s February 14 is going to be different. But as I see it, it’s going to be that same happy-yet-boring-do-not-mind-me day for me.

February 14, 2015 – the third Valentine’s day that I’m still (yes, proud, happy to be and sometimes wondering why) single. I’ve learned to count the years because my friends never failed to remind me (every single year) that I’m still loveless during V-day. 

Monday, February 2

Of One Who Was Destined for Better Things

It's the first day of the week and I can't believe that I'm feeling oh-so-good after everything that happened for the past few days. There's no doubt that I woke up at the right side of my bed! The first thing I did was to grab the first book I saw on my bedside table - Lang Leav's Love and Misadventure. It has always been my thing to flip the pages of a particular book, randomly stop at a certain page and read anything written on it. For this morning, I landed at page 107 of L&A:

Swan Song
"Her heart is played 
like well-worn strings;
in her eyes,
the sadness sings,
of one who was destined
for better things."

Image source: pinterest.com/wfy0708

Friday, January 30

Dear Future Me

illustration by Iguanamouth
Dear Future Me,

I hope that today you are the person you always set out to be. I hope you accomplished everything that they said you could never do. 

How many lives do you change in a day? 

Do you speak out for what is right, or sit there regretting your silence? I hope you are what I’m not. I hope you speak out with such a voice that everyone around you can hear it even when you aren’t speaking. I want you to have power in the way you speak- giving light into someone’s world filled with darkness. 

I hope you live as if you are the only one capable of making a difference, and embracing that ability in the best way possible. You don’t need to have your name written in the text of a history book, but you need to live to make your words give life to the ones who thought they didn’t deserve one. 

When you read this letter, I hope you are somewhere where all of you previous goals can be made accomplishments. I hope you still remember your past, and pass on your story to those who need to hear it most- to show them that they are not alone. 

Tuesday, December 30

Signs of Happiness: Supporting 5by20 by Coca-Cola

If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, you have probably noticed that most of my posts talked about happiness. I am a firm believer of the law of attraction which is why I love talking about happy things, thoughts, circumstances and individuals. I feel more alive whenever I read happy stories or see happy people. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog entry about #HappiestThankYouToYou where I jotted down the blessings in my life that I am truly grateful for. The said video was an ad by Coca-Cola where it reminded everyone the value of making other people feel how thankful we are for everything that they do.

In this post, allow me to share another successful video created by Coca-Cola Philippines - Signs of Happiness: