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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Commonly Misused Words

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People who are close to me know that I have a knack of correcting misused or mispronounced words during a conversation. Not that I am a grammar Nazi of some sort but I think it just came from having English as my favorite subject in school and the love of writing.

Most often, we use words we thought were right and then we find out that it has a different meaning. Awkward, right? I sometimes get into the same kind of situation when I thought I used the right words just because it sounded right. That is why it helps to double check if we are using the appropriate words.

Last year, I participated in an integrated business communication course facilitated by our conglomerate’s L&D team. It made me refresh my vocabulary and grammar knowledge. Today, I thought of sharing with you some commonly misused words that I have learned and would come in handy when we make written communication at work.

Advice / Advise

Advice is a noun which means a guidance or recommendation. When used in a sentence: “She is asking for your advice.” Advise is a verb which means to inform or recommend. In a sentence, “Please advise her.”

Effect / Affect

Effect is a noun which means a result or consequence. When used in a sentence: “It is the effect of Global Warming.” Affect is a verb which means to cause something to happen. The verb affect means to have an effect on something. It can also be used to mean to have an impact on someone. In a sentence, “It affects her badly.”

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Some Kind of Miracle – A Novel by Iris Rainer Dart (Book Review)

This is probably the very first book I’ve finished reading from beginning to end. I admit I was not an avid reader of thick books, including novels, before this actually happened. So it’s safe to say that this book helped unlock the book lover in me. If my memory is clear, this was the book I purchased at a Book Sale Shop in General Santos, PH circa 2006. I was not into the romantic genre so this book’s cover (I first believe were sisters) caught my attention.

I read the blurb at the back and got interested as it was about two girl cousins who consider themselves as best friends and both share a mutual love for music. Being a music lover that I am, I got more curious of their story.

For my review, I’m gonna give it 5 stars. I was too engrossed in the story. It was about family, friendship, love and second chances. It was captivating and I felt an involvement in the characters’ lives. Add up to it learning how to make the right choice in a dilemma: self-interest or others’ interest. Moreover, it was too engaging because I always wanted to know how it will end. If you are looking for a novel that is not too “cheesy” and can be realistic, this a great book to read. Be emotionally ready as it will stir your feelings.

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Having A Guy Best Friend

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I am one of those people who have best friends of the opposite gender. I am a girl and my best friend is a guy. It is rare to find individuals who share such kind of friendship. In my case, I am fortunate enough to have found a best friend that happens to be a guy.

Most girls hang out with their other girl friends who can relate to them and have the same interests as them. Of course, I also have my own share of girl friends and I am in a tight relationship with them. But, there is something with my guy best friend that makes him unique and sets him apart from all of my other friends.

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Having a guy best friend have its own advantages and disadvantages. Let me give you some of those (I am only going to provide five for each since there are a whole lot. This entry would get too long!)

First off, the disadvantages (let’s start with this so that by the end of this post, you’ll get why it’s cool having a guy best friend).

  1. They are too honest. Why is this a disadvantage? Let me defend that. We know that most guys are known to be more straightforward rather than cautious especially when it comes to expressing their opinions. Most often than not, they forget to be sensitive. There are instances when you would hear comments from him that, I swear, you would never have expected to hear. For example, you want him to appreciate your looks but he instantly tells you that you actually don’t look good. Haha! But hey, that kind of feedback helps if you take it in a good way.
  2. They find it hard to understand the “girl” thing. By “girl” thing, I meant those stuff that girls do that guys do not. They won’t understand why we take so long taking a bath, why we find it hard to choose the right clothes to wear for the day, why we wear make-up, the mood swings we often have and the like. And oh, how could I ever forget the times when our monthly visitors come! The cramps and all – they will never understand.
  3. People’s impression and judgments on your relationship. Other people who absolutely have no idea what kind of relationship you both share would think that you’re a couple. Even those who know about your friendship would think that you’ll end up together in the future. This is a disadvantage because people misjudge you. It will make the friendship awkward (well, not really). People will always look at you and keep track on what’s going on between the two of you even though there aren’t (really) anything at all. I find this one funny, though. I would explain further on number 5.
  4. Other guys will forget about pursuing you because somebody’s on guard. THIS. When other guys become interested in you, they hesitate to get near you finding out that you have a guy best friend. Guys know stuff about other guys (I think?). The best friend will always be vigilant of the other guy, making the latter intimidated and hesitant to get you.
  5. You can never risk your friendship to turn into something beyond “friendship”. The friendship that both of you share is special, something that’s very rare. You won’t ever want to break each other’s hearts nor give each other pain. Moreover, as I have mentioned in number 3, I find it funny because getting into more than just friendship will be very difficult. Know why? Because you know each other too well, you know each other’s secrets (even the darkest ones). Being too comfortable as friends would bring both of you to a very uncomfortable situation later on. Well, I am not speaking in general because there are couples who started out as best friends then turned into lovers that have magical relationships (fairy tale-ish, that is). In my case though, I don’t have the time thinking of that with my best friend. I bet he doesn’t have time for that too. I think it is overly awkward.

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