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ASEAN CULTURE

I am planning to go back to Manila on Wednesday morning since my class will start on 12:00 pm,but yesterday I received a message from our PRO that our block is required to attend a seminar, so obviously my plan was wrecked but in a lighter note, the seminar is very useful for my course. At first I am thinking how to encourage my blockmates to attend until there was a follow-up message that we MUST not ignore the invitation because it will serve as an attendance in our major subject, “South Asia”under Sir Ernie Mabahague, so I guess it will not be a pain in the ass to think for a reason because it is clear, ATTENDANCE IS A MUST!  So now let me give you the details and hope to see you there ASIANS, ARTLETS, and THOMASIANS!

(source: Asian Studies Society)

The Asian Studies Society
in collaboration with
National Youth Commission

A seminar on “Preservation of ASEAN Culture: The Role of Youth in Fostering its Cultures and Tradition”

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Date: August 22, 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 7am-12pm
Venue Tan Yan Kee Auditorium (Fourth Floor), UST
Speakers:
1) Julius Caesar Flore
Director, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Division2) Anna Karina Jardin
Founder and President, Artistikong Kabatan Philippines, Inc.

3) Georgina P. Nava
Luzon Commissioner, National Youth Commission

4) Ivan Anthony Henares
Fellow, Asia 21

This will be the second seminar  I will attend for this school year , so looking forward to the information it will provide for the audience most especially to Asian majors. Hope to see you there!
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Bubble Tea

WE WANT BUBBLES!

Around 8:30PM last July 25,2012, we had a quick preparation to celebrate the19th birthday of Jo at Bubble Tea, Tomas Morato. Since she is kinda fond of Milktea and Bubble Tea’s different kinds of food that make you drool, she chose to bring us there. Bubble Tea is known here in Manila for its two-in-one purpose, you can EAT+DRINK. They are offering rolls, sushi, sashimi, pizza, pasta, burgers and many more! When it comes to drinks, of course their Tea originated in Taiwan, milkshakes with pearls also, and many kinds of smoothies.

Actually, it was as if we rented the place because if you were there I guess you will be pissed off with our hell-raising laughter, and since we are all loudmouthed people, I guess you will request us to pipe down.Anyway, It just came to show that Bubble Tea is a cozy spot for teens like us, for circle of friends who wants to unwind, for young peeps who just want to be themselves.

So the way for tummy’s happiness and Jo’s start of her last Teen is definitely on!

Here’s the birthday girl on her Orange outfit! I did not able to capture her whole get-up but guys you know what, she was soo sexy that night with The Ramp’s top!
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Time for you to get jelly! Food will blast in one…two…three…

Jo ordered Mocha, Strawberry, and Taro Milk Shakes but of course I preferred Strawberries:”)

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Now, Let us all roll with the ROLLS!

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As usual, group pic will not be forgotten. Sayang kasi if the one who took that photo stepped lil backward, I think he will be able to capture the cutiepie spot in Bubble Tea where we decided to dine. It was like a mini room with pillows, very very comfy.

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After enjoying what Bubble offered, we did everything just to be included in jo’s picture. Here you can definitely understand the meaning of “flexibility”.

Finally, here’s the picture of the birthday celebrant who I think can never live without a kooky picture.

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Another night passed by with my sisterfriends. Another year for Jo to learn and experience lots of things that life is offering.

Thankyou Bubble Tea for that astounding menu and place you have. We love the food so much and made some of us forget that they are on a diet! We will visit your other branches too!

So for those who are not yet visiting the place, hurry now and may Bubbles be with you.

HAPPY AVERY’s DAY!

No Birthday Greetings!!!

July 25 was supposed to be SOMEONE’s special day but from the moment she woke up until she left for school, she did not receive any greetings from her two special friends, basically because her two friends were still cotton to the dreamland.

When two of her friends woke up, the other greeted her and even posted on Facebook a photo with sweet notes but what happened to the other friend?She was already awake but still she did not greet this SOMEONE not because she was tied up but simply because she planned not to greet this SOMEONE. This friend of SOMEONE usually post  pictures on Facebook and tagged the one who is celebrating his/her birthday but still SOMEONE did not find any or did not even receive a text message. So what do you think is the reason? Is SOMEONE’s friend has anger or any grudge with SOMEONE or there was more reasonable plan?

Since I already set the mode of curiosity, I think it’s time to reveal the story and characters behind this very epic “Birthday Greeting”.

Let me now introduce to you the SOMEONE who celebrated her birthday, who waited for I guess 10 minutes for her friends to wake up just to hear candied words, and who was the main reason why SOMEONE’s friend did not greet her on her special day.

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SOMEONE is named as Jo Avery Lucas Matias who just turned 19.

One of Jo’s friends who did not greet her early as she woke up will also be revealed. Actually, she is not just Jo’s friend, but half-sister, and Yaya. Yah they call each other as “Yaya”, and many people hearing that seem to be so curious why, but even me, I don’t know if who is the one who is really telling the truth, who is the real YAYA? They have been friends for so long and I think if one of them is a guy, they will be vowing in the church with the words, “through thick and thin”, because seriously, you will see how tight their relationship is and the fact that they are not having serious quarrels because they are simply used to bully each other. Anyway, let us now expose Jo’s yaya.

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She is Krizzy, the Yaya of Jo, but if I am doing a blog for Krizzy, my caption would be She is Jo, the Yaya of Krizzy.

Now I guess, you are already prepared to know who is this mean friend of Jo who did not greet her early, instead, greet her when it is time for Jo to treat her circle of friends.

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It’s me! I love this picture of us, I wanted to pur this as my display picture but I don’t wanna crop her so I decided to let go of that dream.

Yes, I was the one who became mean that day not because I don’t love her but because I want it to be more special. You may think that I am having various reasons here for Jo not to get mad at me, but what I am telling is true, I have my reasons and I am now ready to reveal it. I remember when she saw my blog for Krizzy’s birthday and she commented on my Facebook post saying she wanted to have the same too, and I told her, “okay sa birthday mo”, and there, I planned not to greet her because I want to state everything here. By simply allocating my time here though it is my prelim exam week (oh no, hindi kita kinokonsensya :)), I guess it is enough to compensate on the damage I have done with her feelings. I planned to put up this entry not just because she requested it from me but because she is one of the special people in my life, and I can not afford the days to pass without doing a blog for her.

JO is SOMEONE who is..

1.like B2- Jo is my vocal side. If you are close to us you will easily understand it but if you are not, I will try to explain it. Whenever both of us are thinking about a reaction to anything, iniisip ko, iniisip rin pala niya. So remember Bananas and Pajamas? We are like that but the difference is, I only remain a particular thing on my mind, while she speak that particular thing to people. Even our friends get a little bit goose bumps whenever that’s happening, but I don’t know what kind of brains we have, all I know is, our brain cells are always working on both intelligible and nonsensical matters.

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We got lots of pictures wherein we appear as each other’s background

2. Fashionable and Music addict

She is mix-matching outfits whenever she is in the mood, if not, a shirt and shorts will do. What she is always telling to us, we should always be prepared because we’ll never know when will we see our crush or any man of our life.

As a music addict, we are again the same. We love our playlist to be always updated, we less talk whenever we are in the bus because our earphones are doing their business, and most of our taste in music is very very the same. A little trivia, whenever she is using her iTouch for sounds, she normally put the volume into the maximum level, I wonder how her ears manage it.

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OTD ang peg!

3. Smart,Wise, Classy Chic

She loves surfing the web for random information that’s why her stock knowledge is very fruitful(suddenly I can’t think of more appropriate word :D)000 As a Microbiology student in UST, Krizzy and I are really encouraging her to pursue Medicine because of our personal reasons, and that would be a dirty lil secret. As a lovely lady, she deal with the boys in an intelligent manner, meaning, heart is still important for her but feelings are just on the mind, dealing with boys is like voting WISELY. As a normal person, she behaves with class, as what every woman should do. Way back she was involved with petty fights but she is not the type of gal who quarrel publicly, she uses her mind and ideas to deal with the conflict intelligently.

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Our future Doctor! Heyeyeyy, kaibigan namin yan!

4. Jolly, Crazy, and VERY VERY (excuse me for this Jo) PRANING and OLDIES!

She doesn’t like corny jokes but she is able to make us happy on her simple ways. As what the song goes, it comes naturally! She fond taking photo of her with those crazy poses and upload it to Facebook. She is more delighted seeing her iTouch filled with those wacky shots than serious. To keep her private life, I will not discuss the last two adjectives, misteryosa ang peg! But, seriously Praning and Oldies siya, (I think I deserve a slap here), I should not include this since this is for her birthday but if only I can reveal the reasons, I would love to, but you know it’s better if you ask her, like, “JO, bakit ka PRANING? BAKIT KA OLDIES?VERY VERY PERFECT!:)

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5. VERY LOVING

She values her family so much. If there is someone who is always in full swing to go back to the province, that is her. She makes sure her gift for her dad or mom during birthdays or Christmas will be the best gift ever. She has this darling affection with her siblings even though sometimes they have small fights. Even on her favorite nephew, she always tell us how nice and loving Joaquin is, and since they are look-alike, napagkakamalan siya na mother ni Joaquin, but it doesn’t insult her, rather, it made me more feel cloud nine.

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*Sorry I can’t find a phot of you and DADDY GENERAL, also with your SKINNY ATE. Naka-private kasi albums mo teh!:))

Of course, she is also VERY LOVING to her friends. Whenever someone has problems, she is there to tell advice and most especially to protect us. She treats us like her super real sisters to whom she undoubtedly give her trust. Personally, I appreciate the things she have done to me, like whenever I am sick she tells me to drink medicine, if ma-late na ko for school she reminded me, she help me on some of my homework, she listen to my stories and do not tolerate me,she do things for me whenever I am busy, and so many other things na di mo aakalain na si JO pala un. JOKE! HAHA, But kidding aside, she is SOMEONE who can never be like ANYONE.

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I decided to post this gift of Mara because I am having a hard time to think of best picture that will include everyone of us, if you guys know what I mean. 🙂 But I bet, you know 🙂

So to the girl who thought I did not remember her birthday, this is for you. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! As what the cliche goes, don’t ever ever change because I love you just the way you are! (SABAW!) Anyway, I am very thankful because I got to have deeper relationship with you (sound lesbo), I mean, we became closer, we became more open to each other. Always remember, your Mama Sarah is here to defend you from anyone else. Even others may look you as if they don’t know you, don’t even bother to care, because we are here, I am here who knows the truth.

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You will always be the one who will be the topic of Krizzy and I every night, the one we bully whenever you are doing those crazy and old stuffs, and who will always give spotlight to you while you are sleeping just. If struggles may come, don’t hesitate to let me know, both of us will fight in a classy manner and beat them with our ideas rather than trash talks.Just a little request, do not forget about your health, I don’t wanna see that NUDE lipstick again (I know you know what I mean). You are the ONE Jo Avery!

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A Tour To Remember

Not everyone was given a chance to be part of the 2012 AB CAMPUS TOUR that’s why when I was offered to be part of the Campus Tour for freshies of Asian Studies, I didn’t think twice. Together with my classmates, we toured 1ASN2 and it made me think about the moments way back in first year, when I was being toured by people I don’t know. Those times when I was afraid to roam around because I might get lost, but now, I was the one touring them, acting this very-mabait-na-ate, and making myself sound very knowledgeable about the places in UST. Fortunately, I survived their questions, and a big thanks to the papers containing all necessary information about our university.

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As I reminisced the past, it just came to show that time is really fast, I am already a junior, then later on senior. Oh my tone here seems to be so excited to finish my degree, fast forward please!

Anyway, I was fortunate to handle 1ASN2, they were all nice, some of them surpassed my “kalog’ side, and they even had this cheer “NANANANA! TAKE YOUR HEAD OFF!”. Their confidence seemed to show that they are not freshmen, they are not new to the campus, rather, all of them are perfectly part of the Thomasian community. It was a very tiring day but still I enjoyed. At least, I have done something for my course and most importantly,it was another college experience for me.

SPELL AB: S-T-R-O-N-G

STRONG Leadership Training Seminar
(Strengthening Organizational Network for Good Governance)

Learn to accept that we cannot do everything alone. Asking questions or asking for help is not wrong.

Do not let your emotions dominate your leadership.

Study should be the first priority because you did not enroll in the university just to major extra curricular activities and just to be a student council.

Love what you are doing.Be confident enough to face people.

If your project went well, be proud of it. Ang problema sa mga Pilipino, itinatanggi o kinakahiya ang isang bagay na maganda naman kinalabasan.

Respect everyone’s opinion.What if their suggestions are better than yours, right?

 

You are not a slave, you are a leader to guide your members.

Learn how to trust people.

Be a model to everyone.Kung ikaw palang pasaway na,ano pa aasahan mo sa iba.

Be sensitive to the needs of others.Hindi dapat tayo namimili ng gusto lang natin tulungan and pakisamahan.

Thank Lord for giving you the chance to lead.

Lastly, know how to EME, KIMPER.Wag lang puro Peebeebeeteens! Or else, mamatay agad agad!! Hindi kami magaadjust for you. Turururut.

The best experience! The best way to start my acad year!

Anyway, patikim pa lang yan, whole awesomazin’experience will be posted in few days.

Go AB! STRONG! :”)

Happy Last Teen, Krizzy!

Non-stop party all night

April 27 we celebrated one of our Sisterfriend’s birthday and it also became the getto of old-time friends. Krizzy planned a head of time, thus many of us fixed our scheds. This was one of her special days since it was her first time, I guess, to celebrate with us because obviously, her birth date is summer time, meaning, most of us are with our families, I guess 2012 is a luck because she got to celebrate her birthday with her lovin’awesomazin’ friends.

Krizelle Veil “Krizzy” Navarro is already 19 but as the cliche goes, “looks can be deceiving”. She keeps on telling to others that she’s just 16, or 18. Aside from that age issue, she is sweet, loud, BULLY, pretty, and has a superb personality. She boosts the energy of the group because of her ever phenomenal voice. I bet you, if you are on the 2nd floor, and she is telling stories or laughing hard inside the room (3rd floor), you will clearly distinguished, ahhhh that’s Krizzy! What a powerful voice she has!

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Krizzy on her Sexy-baby-hot Birthday outfit.

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The big time celebration happened in Palladium, New World Makati across the street from Greenbelt.. Actually she let us choose between Pall or 7th High, but we go for Pall, and yes, it was our first time on that gig house. It is the newest Party getaway in the Metro. The lounge was very suited for us and we fed our ears with the party rockin’ songs brought by various DJs.

Here are the photos of featured set that night.(Photos by Palladium)

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Seeing each other again gave us energy to stay up all night, and as what we commonly do, we started by taking pictures. No one brought Dslr, thus we used my cam and Mara’s.

Let’s start with the birthday gal!

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Trio With Mapua Boy

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SisterFriends with Cabs

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DeLasalle’s Sweet pride in the house!

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Lemme introduce you to that guy. He’s Josel Yap, future Engineer. 🙂

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Lovebirds of the night. (Jena, and Boo Kevin)

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These hottie ladies (Kevin, Celsie, Arvin, Ali, Josel) Trying to imitate Celsie’s trademark pose.

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New found friends, Magaling sa Dance Floor. (Attorney, Cousin Bok, Kuya Joco, Birthday girl’s baby boy Lloyd, and Jake/Karl)

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Then the party starts at one… two…three..

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My Fave Shot that night.

Confession 101: At first I was bored, I did not like the songs playing, very out of this world.You know I am used to the songs hittin’ the chart but my ears got tired of those songs that I don’t think you’re gonna enjoy too. But after so many hours..oh USHER. He kicked my oh lazy ass and started to enjoy the beat.

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I came to dance!

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On stage (Ali-Odin-Krizzy-Kevin)

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Low quality? I don’t care. Most of us were here and this photo, time, place, is a remarkable to us. It was our first time to hang-out together with this kind of surrounding, I mean, we used to stroll out in the mall or in the universities we are in. Krizzy’s birthday celebration became the instrument of a night we could treasure forever.

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Hope there’s a repeat soon kahit hindi birthday or though the’re no special celebration. I mean kahit a normal day wherein our sched will allow us to. Sure fun when there are people looking around feigning apathy ❤ Gotta love `em all.

=)Jac

Back at One

The melancholic night makes me think eagerly about the times I pick up the doll in a muddy spot. As well as walking in a lengthy journey with tears brought by someone else because of breaking my precious possession that time. Suddenly the sunbeam strikes my eyes and another lesson will be stuck on my mind and opportunely I’m with the people who caused my sobs yesterday.

I couldn’t conceive how the wind wafts every bit of my memory but still manage to arrange it in place. There are entities jammed in my whole being and I guess even I lose breath it will be eternally retain. A pointed sign that the imprint left on my soul is so inseparable.

Exuberant times with packs of chocolates and sweet candies until the dentist gets mad and repeat several times to brush your teeth. Rather do as you are told, you run in the nearest store with your partner in crime to revel in the pieces of sweets. Until one day you wake up without any tooth at all to munch your favorite food from your favored food chain.

It must have been childhood with all the Disney characters until innocence will diminish little by little. Pimples on faces, stylish clothes, hanging with friends until sunset and various requests for every parent are lessen then abruptly you find yourself as a kid no more.

Before, one emotion could state a whole episode of each year then all of a sudden they will have a race until one swallowed your whole day. Certainly a day of reckoning if anger, sadness, and disappointment will arrive on the finish line on the same time. The one who used to be so exultant would become a doomster.

No matter how negative life proffers you, it will never be that kind if you could only focus yourself on different angle. Sometimes it is so hard to fix yourself in the point of certainty and chances but remember the wind that blows your mind; it will definitely eradicate whatever disappointments you have if you let time do it for you. It will hold on to things that are worth remembering not only because you relished it but because you got something from it.

It is so natural to bear the pain which is worse than the wound we completely experience ago when we were practicing how to drive a bicycle. Even if the wound before left a scar at least the menace that we have been experiencing now would absolutely mark another chapter of life if we deal with it prudently and valiantly.

Sentiments would drown us and drive us crazy. Since we are no longer kids, instead of playing dolls and guns, we should now learn the mechanics on how to play and control our emotions.

* What inspired me to blog about being a kid was the birthday celebration of Joseph “Osep” O. Libunao, my nephew. Of course i did not let myself miss that one special day of his life

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I had a chance to go back to the happiest moment of being a human, and that is being a KID.

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We even played the “balloon relay” but unfortunately we did not have photos since my cousin also joined the contest. I named our group as “Beki” and again, unfortunately, we were losers. However, i was able to capture the delightful moments of the kids playing different games.

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Of course, in every birthday celebration, Happy Birthday song is always present.

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and since the birthday was held in Jollibee, Jollibee and his friend Popo also joined the “kulitan” moments of everyone.

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Lastly, every birthday celebrant deserves a birthday wish, since, Osep was not yet really known to what was happening, his parents were the ones who gave him their birthday wishes.

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Everyone enjoyed the day. Our belly said “HappyKiddyUs!!”. I forgot that I am already a teen and not a kid anymore, and that is the essence of attending parties like this, you once forget your present life, because you are busy enjoying looking back to your past life.

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Again, Happy Birthday Osep! We love you! :))

Oh wait, Dear kids, Enjoy your Childhood! Please, do not rush things. Everything will come to you little by little.

=)Jac