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 02: Quote I Live By | 30-Day Blog Challenge

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We all have a quote we live by but mine is not necessarily a quote but a Bible verse. I grew up in a Christian home and my parents have influenced me to always read the Bible, have my daily personal devotional, and always put God as the center of everything.

In everything that I do, be it a simple or a complex situation, I have always set my mind and heart with my life verse:

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This verse has always been an uplifting reminder to me that God is the only One that makes things possible as He leads, guides, and directs me to the right path. He is the one that supplies me with strength to endure whatever circumstances and trials that come my way.

I first encountered this Bible verse as a memory verse in Sunday school but I never really understood its context heartily until our church’s Youth Camp in 2011 which has this exact Bible verse as its theme. In that camp I have learned that Apostle Paul is saying in verse Phil. 4:12 (KJV), “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”, that we shall know how it is to be in need and how it is to have plenty – we shall know how to be contented in any situation – whether we are in need or in abundance.

It is a realization that when we do not get our desires or goals, we must not allow these circumstances or disappointments to cause us to turn away from God or to lose faith in Him. Most often, these are the times when our faith is tested and revealed. The whole point of this verse is that being contented can be felt and revealed in situations after we have learned to let things have its way (according to God’s will) when things don’t always go our way (personal desires).

Whatever life throws at us, just learning how to be content in everything is what helps us through our journey in life while we are going through it and that in Christ, we can do all things. Wherever I or you may be at in your journey through life, always walk with the Lord. Never doubt that we are already victorious through Jesus Christ just as how the hymn goes, “He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign.”

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Carpe diem,
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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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Little Misadvencha: The Ultimate 30-Day Blog Challenge

My friend, Cha Esper, influenced me to join her recently-launched 30-Day Blog Challenge for April 2020. See her original post HERE. I am taking on the challenge so that I can consistently update my blog. I guess one post per day won’t hurt plus it comes with a lot of advantages. Below is a peek of Cha’s 30-day blog challenge. You might want to join, too!

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Carpe diem,
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