How I Started To Love Writing

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Let me share to you how I started to love writing. Ever since grade school, English has always been my favorite subject. I believe my mother influenced me to love it because as far as I can remember (well, based on my mom’s story), even before I started going to school, she made me read books already. She always makes sure that all that I have written are in perfect grammar, she corrects me if I pronounced words incorrectly, and she always sees to it that I can converse well in English.

But in all honesty, I did not love writing right away. We had this daily required journal or diary in grade school. I dreaded it so much that I repeat the same entry every single day: “Dear Diary, I woke up at 5:30 AM today. I took a bath then I wore my clothes. After that, I ate my breakfast and then brush my teeth…..and so on.” Basically a morning routine that I believe my teacher was so sick of reading, she can close her eyes while putting check marks on it. Hahaha, I wonder if she can still remember me.

Anyway, so how did I love writing? It started in high school – the teenage years. You know, the “teenage emotions” which fuel every decision you make in life – the choices that would make you who you are today. I started to keep a personal diary where I jot down entries of how my day went, my secrets, funny things that happened in school, frustrations, basically anything. Unbeknownst to me, my daily diary helped me to practice my writing skills (and improve it) which also made my grades in English pretty high.

The fuel that started the fire. I did not make a big deal out of writing until my 2nd year High School English teacher, Ms. Selfa Aventura, personally called my attention. (I do not know if she knows how grateful I am to her or if she still remembers me.) She did a one on one with me and told me, “I have read your essays in our exams. You are a really good writer. If you want to improve more or to write more, I encourage you to join the school paper.”

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Day 04: My Dream Job | 30-Day Blog Challenge

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If you have read my Day 03 entry yesterday, I once dreamed of being a dentist but it all changed growing up. My career as an HR Practitioner is already fulfilling and a dream come true for me but there is always a passion inside me that is waiting to ignite some fire – to teach.

I am never used to speaking in public but whenever I am given the opportunity to do some lectures at work (trainings, seminars, orientations), I would most likely volunteer – as long as I have studied and know what I am teaching by heart. This is the primary reason why I took up a Master’s Degree – to teach future HR professionals in shaping organizations’ most valuable assets – human resources.

They say teaching is a very demanding yet fulfilling job. It can be emotionally draining at times dealing with diverse individuals, making dynamic ways to make teaching a fun learning experience to learners, and the struggle to keep up with the changing trends. As you know, anything under the sun can become obsolete.

Despite the struggles, I still find the beauty of teaching – in sharing knowledge, ideas, and thoughts to others. Why? Because of the following reasons:

Teaching can transform lives. Students do not only learn academically but also through you, they can also learn emotionally – to handle responsibilities, to grow up exploring new things, and to discover their potentials which may contribute to society.

Teaching can unleash undiscovered skills and talents. Teachers are often expected to give various methods of teaching. Gone are the days that students focus on the ordinary lecture sessions. They are more engaged when they are entertained. Thus, teaching makes you bring out your creative juices that you did not know you have.

Continuous learning. Learning does not stop when you teach. Our constantly changing world drives us to keep up with it. Thus, doing research, seeking opportunities to grow and learn, and to develop professionally make teaching more fruitful for yourself and for students.

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Day 03: 20 Facts About Me | 30-Day Blog Challenge

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Hmmm… Twenty facts about me? This kind of question is always difficult to answer on the spot as everything I know about me suddenly turns into a blank page. I am an HR practitioner and my job includes interviewing job applicants. I usually ask them, “Tell me something about yourself that is not written here in your resume… something that’s interesting about you that you would like me to know.” And now that I am asked of the same question, I now understand why sometimes my interviewees take a lot of time to think about what they want to share. Oops!

The past few days, I have been thinking about what I will share and I still have not come up with a good list so I am randomly typing in right now any fact about me that I could think of.

  1. Japanese food. I have been craving for Japanese food since this morning. I love this cuisine especially Ramen, Sushi (California Maki is my favorite), Katsudon, Gyoza, Ebi Tempura, Chicken/Pork Karaage, name it! Before, the sight of these food made me cringe, but when my boyfriend introduced me to and  made me try this cuisine, I loved it since then.

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  1. I love chocolates, dark ones. A Kitkat dark chocolate is always a go-to purchase whenever I am craving for it. I also love ice cream. Any flavor will do as long as it’s ice creeeeeeaaaaam.
  1. I suffer from severe menstrual cramps every month and my only remedy (aside from hot compress and pain reliever – only when it is too painful) and comfort are dark chocolates and gummy bears.

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  1. I love splurging on skin care and hair care (CGM) products. Whenever I have the money to splurge, I always go to Watson’s and purchase skin care products. Not that I have clear and beautiful skin, I just like how it feels to have a skin that is well taken care of. Also, I purchase a lot of hair care products because I have naturally stubborn curly hair. I just discovered the Curly Girl Method and I am trying my best to consistently follow it. Girls who are strictly following it makes me envious of how good their curls are. — This item gave me an idea to share my skin care and hair care routine, soon!

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  1. This is a secret I have been keeping ever since. My childhood nickname is “Epew”. I entirely blame my elder brother for giving me this nickname because when he was around 1 or 2 years old, he cannot pronounce my real name (Jennifer) right and said “Epew” instead. Haha. I only started revealing this after I graduated college – when I was mature enough to face this truth. But only those who are close to me can call me this nickname. Just because. If you call me Epew, I could hate you all I want. Hahaha!
  1. The one item I always bring with me when I go out (aside from money and phone) is an umbrella. It is a habit since grade school. I guess this is because my mom let me get used to it. (I got it from my momma!) She always tells me you will never know when the sun strikes hot or when the rain pours.

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  1. I love collecting notebooks and colored pens. I believe they are my prized collection.
  1. The first job I wanted as a kid was to become a dentist. It was because my parents always bring us to the dentist and I admire the dentist so much, I wanted to be like her. What made me like her were the treats she gave after being so behave during check-ups.
  1. There is always a story your barkada speaks of you. Mine in particular is when I once fell off a tricycle. We were on our way to my best friend’s house after we were done with our research from the City Library. I was seated at the back of the tricycle, eating Nova (snack food) while having a conversation with my friend when suddenly, the driver drove past a broken part of the road (with a puddle of water) which made all of us lose control and I went straight to and literally lied down the puddle of water. I was stunned for a few seconds and cried so hard; I did not know what to do. I did not cry because I was hurt but because I knew my mom would scold me. Years after that incident, my friends always tease me for falling down a sikad. Hahahaha no hard feelings though. For me, it is always actually a funny thing to recall.
  1. I do not know how to swim. Again, I lied to a lot of friends before that I knew how to swim. Sorry! But honestly, I love going to the beach, snorkel, island hopping, among others – as long as there is a life vest and someone near me willing to assist and pull me anytime, I am okay.

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  1. My favorite color is blue – all shades.

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Day 01: My Blog Name | 30-Day Blog Challenge

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I know it’s the 26th of April and I am just starting the challenge for April when it’s almost month-end. Well, they say, it’s better late than never, right? I finally have the time to take a break since a lot is going on due to the current world’s crisis (Covid-19).

I started blogging circa 2007 (Tumblr days) and I have considered it as a place for me to let my feelings out – an online diary. I have tried several platforms – WordPress, Blogger (Blogspot), Tumblr, among others. I find it difficult to maintain a blog especially when I have too much going on at school and work. However, one of the silver lining of the current crisis for me is that I have realized that this is something I have always loved and that I made so much excuses of not pursuing this passion. I knew I have so much time to do this if I just didn’t let my laziness and procrastination get in the way.

So, I thank my friend, Little Misadvencha, for inspiring me to be back at it again.

For Day 01 of Little Misadvencha’s 30-day blog challenge, let’s get into the bits of this blog and why is it named the way it is named.

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Sunday Currently 01

Summer has ended and I am hit with the reality that I won’t be having the time of my life going to the beach or any getaway soon because it’s June – which means another semester in graduate school is approaching and I’ll be busy again with additional school work (this is my last semester so I am crossing my fingers to get it done and over with!)

Right now, let’s forget about past and future things for a while and see what I am currently being busy with. Thus, my first Sunday Currently entry in this blog. I have been doing these Sunday Currently entries in my former blog. And while I keep myself committed to this one, I will try my (very) best to consistently do it.

To give you an idea on what “Sunday Currently” is about, well, I actually discovered this from Maine Mendoza’s blog (yep, I am a fan, so to the haters, shooooo away!) and found out that it is a trend set by Siddathornton. Link-up your entries here: Join The Sunday Currently link-up by siddathornton!

So, let’s start!

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reading The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. What made me read this book was actually the cover page. I once went to a bookstore in a nearby mall and I was so attracted with the cover because of the dogs! But I got no extra money to buy it at that time, so I decided to download an e-book. To see how the cover looks like and read reviews about the book, visit Goodreads.

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On Positive and Better Changes

Lately, I have been reading and following some articles online that inspired me to become a better version of myself — in all aspects of my life. I realized how important it is to notice my own self and actually do something worthwhile to “improve myself for myself.”

So you see, I am not really an expert on anything and I am not really good at giving advice or tips about everything. As a disclaimer, everything I am going to share to you is solely based on my own experiences.

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While evaluating myself, I discovered that I have five important aspects in life to improve (in case we are on the same stand, I hope these help!):

Spiritual Life

I am very blessed to have grown up in a family where Jesus Christ has always been the center of everything. My parents have always demonstrated this love for God and His word and how important they are in everything that I do in life and that involves my choices and decisions. I am so grateful to be saved by Jesus Christ, my Lord and Personal Saviour, for saving a sinner like me from my sins, for giving up His life on the cross, and for giving me the promise of eternal life. My salvation is very important to me and as much as I can, I want to spread this gospel to others so they can experience God in their lives. I know in my little ways, giving the most available time I have in sharing the gospel is something big for God’s glory. I believe I must improve on this – winning souls. And aside from that, I need to be diligent in attending church activities, my bible reading and devotionals, as well as my prayer life. I firmly believe that I can do and achieve these because God has promised us that with Him, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

Health and Lifestyle

For the record, I am not a health buff nor a fashionista nor a beauty conscious individual. I often reject the idea of being too conscious of how I look like and how other people see me on the outside because I personally believe that what always matters is what is in the inside. However, I changed that perspective because it is equally important to pay (at least) some attention to how you look outside as a reflection of what’s inside – unless you want to look like you haven’t taken care of yourself for the past 23 years.

I am not the typical “hey, she has a great body” type of person and I am definitely not a girl who makes guys turn their heads twice because I possess a beauty of an angel or a porcelain doll. I don’t like make up until I realized how I need to at least put something on my face so I won’t look like a zombie. Moreover, my body type (I don’t call it fat) is on the chubby side. I am fluffy – that’s how I always describe myself. It didn’t really matter to me if I am thin or chubby. But lately, I realized that I must now focus on my health especially in my food intake and the need to exercise. I am not getting any younger!

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