My Super Late Birthdate Post


[Somehow the post I made last November 11 got erased… or my final output wasn’t saved properly… so I’m editing this one…]

I promised myself to – at least – post during my birthdays.  So I’m fulfilling that promise.

It’s been 3 months to this date since my birthday.  I had every intention of writing a post last August 11 (but I missed out that time.  Blame the lackluster drive to write) … the 11th of September… then I didn’t even try anymore last October.

You’d probably say “How pathetic!”  And I’d… somehow agree.  So instead of making excuses and justify with lame reasons, I’m going to simply jump in and share what’s been going on (to you my dear readers who’ve been patiently waiting).

Can you think of a time that you needed to accomplish something but just couldn’t get to really doing it?

This post would be one example for me.  I’ve been writing and rewriting it in my brain as if it were my birthday yesterday.  And yet I still could not make myself open my app.  Maybe the idea of turning an age older and not have accomplished much since last year was not even worth celebrating.  Even my boss has already encouraged me to take the time off then to finish my research paper revisions in time for my birthday to really have something to celebrate (the second example of something I needed to accomplish… you get the drift).  And I ended up coming down with the flu and fever during my birthday week.  Maybe celebrating for myself is just so passé. I haven’t been really feeling celebratory about my own self. Celebrating for others… well that’s another matter.

I guess it’s easier to celebrate for others than for myself. Glad to discover my “creative juices” have been free-flowing. I’ve been juggling from sketching, diys, and just about any stuff that catches my fancy. So I’m posting some photos of the ones I’ve done so far.

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DIY Projects
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Sketches and Artwork

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That’s all for now. If you want to ask about the DIYs I’ve made, feel free to post a comment and I’ll try to get back to you. I’m currently helping out the English Department of my grade level in preparing for a production. So i’m quite busy with that. I hope to write about it once it’s done. So keep posted!🙂

In the meantime, if you want to be updated on some of my arts and crafts, check out my Instagram account at the right side of this site.🙂


I took up Psychology in college.

But until now I still feel awkward spouting out technical psych terms.  I feel inadequate or too labelly if I do…

Counsel as a friend or a counselor?

Alone


There are many things in life that you go through alone.  Being born, surviving the death of a loved one, duties at work, your thoughts, your emotions, writing your own paper…authentic happiness, getting sick… death.

It is so amazing that amidst the billions of people in this earth, no one else goes through the same thing as you.

(Terminal, Ecoland, 05.09.15)

—- unfinished

Off My Foot


So I met a slight mishap a couple of nights ago causing extreme pain to my right heel whenever I take a step.  At first I thought it was just a bruise… but as I kept on walking, it became more painful everytime my heel touches the ground.  I ended up not going to work the day after the incident and went to the doctor for a check up.

Turns out my foot got traumatized with the impact as I alighted from the moving jeepney.  If the pain won’t go away by Friday, I’ll need to have an x-ray just to rule out calcaneal spur… or what the doctor explains is an extra bone under my foot.  [This said bone got the impact as I landed… can’t exactly explain the pain.]

Therefore I’m under medical orders to be off my feet with my medical certificate stating “Traumatic Rheumatism”.

Geez… such a mouthful.  And so medically-sounding. Lol

Anyway, now I’m literally and figuratively off my feet.  Still a bit ambiguous as to how I should feel about it though.  On the one hand I get to rest from work (although it’s only been less than a week since the start of school) on the other hand it sucks that I can’t do any physical activities that involve my feet (walking, jogging, biking) and missing out on a number of activities slated over the weekend.  Being a couch potato isn’t as appealing as before.  Living alone isn’t exactly easy when you can’t walk.

At least I get to sleep during the day, catch up on series reruns, and put my feet up.

I just hope the pain goes away.  It would be a bummer to walk on my own for my xray.

Oh well.  Challenge accepted!

Bugsay Mindanao 2: Paddle for Peace


Not too busy this Saturday?  

Head down to Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao on May 16, 2015 to watch different dragon boat teams of Mindanao as they compete at the Bugsay Mindanao 2: Paddle for Peace Dragon Boat Competition.

Witness visiting teams from CdeO (Liceo Dragonoids of Liceo de Cagayan University), Butuan (FSUU Blue Dragons of Fr. Saturnino Urios University), Iligan (Team Bakunawa) as well as local Davao teams such as the Dragons del Sur, Base Camp Davao Dragons, and Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw paddle for peace… For one Mindanao!

  
Race day activity starts at 6:00AM.  Free admission.

Hope to see you there!  Please support my team, Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw as we slice the waters with purpose… For the love of the sport, for peace, for the environment, and for one Mindanao!

Kindly visit and like our Facebook Page for updates by clicking the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/hirayaminokawadabaw

  

Struggling


[A failed and an unfinished post last October 24, 2013]

My life in one word.

Everyday.  It’s a struggle.

I so badly want to detach.  To just scream and shout.

But that’s not me.

I’m not depressive.  I brood instead.

It’s been a habit to stay tough.  To put up a thick front.

My days are currently bombarded with tons of pressure from all sides.  I find it difficult to concentrate.  Whenever I try to work on a specific task, I end up losing focus… thinking of the other things I need to work on.  By the end of the day… I can’t accomplish anything.

Fail.

Focus on What We Can Control


I posted this on my group’s Facebook page almost a year ago (last April 25, 2014 to be exact).  I don’t remember anymore the exact situation that was happening then… probably had something to do with boat training… A lot of frustrations from a number of members were thrown out here and there, slowly dwindling in our steps and our desires for the team… getting discombobulated…

Fast forward to the present day.

After having our own training boat, a change in training, joining 3 dragon boat competitions, the lose and gain of members… It still feels a bit surreal to have reached passed our one year of existence as a team.  Still, a we have such a long way to go.

Regardless of the may issues that may arise, allow me to share this one again (as apt as it may seem st this time).

With all that has been happening since the start of the training for the neophytes in dragon boat racing, it may seem like we’ve been taking one step forward and two steps back.

A lot of things are out of our control.  So allow me to urge each and every member to be “Proactive” (Stephen R. Covey).  Let us all channel our energies and efforts in things that we can control (e.g. Continuous training, our relentless spirit, and channeling our energies to more important and productive things).

Because, just as any other mythical creature awaken after decades and centuries of sleep, we begin our rise disoriented and at a loss.  So I think we’re all in the same boat (pun intended) when I say the road to success is never easy.  But like most greenhorns, we learn to adapt.  We may not yet have the right instruments but we persevere with an unwavering drive and make use of our resources.  We are steered by our goal and set our minds and heart to it.  And in turn, it leads us to where we all want to be.

Dreams aren’t meant to be easy.  For if they were, then it wouldn’t be worth the effort.  The beauty of reaching for dreams is that constant struggle in achieving it – its elusiveness as we grasp for it.  Remember… A caterpillar does not become a beautiful butterfly without struggling from its cocoon to show to the world it’s transformation.

Let us be reminded why we chose the name: Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw.  Hiraya – the offspring of our dreams, hopes, and aspirations; Minokawa – an icon to represent our dragon boat team that calls attention to our awakening spirit; and Dabaw – representing our land.  In short, we aspire to be an inspiration in our advocacies and that “out of nothing, we become more than something.”

Someday soon we’ll all look back on these struggles and reminisce the moments we’ve experienced during our rousing.  How, from being an ignored and forgotten entity, we soar above diversity united and surpassed our trials through being agents of change by checking our form (our stand), knowing which stroke to use (the route to take), and to always move forward and ride the waves in life.

So chin up, claws down.  Paddle up!  Attention… Ready… Now!🙂


I guess I’m not graduating from my Masters this coming graduation…

Another missed opportunity.

I don’t want to make any excuses or reasons.  There’s just no point in elaborating why.

I just need to push forward… somehow.

For now, I’ll wallow on the sorrow that seems to be burgeoning inside.

Christmas Musings


Christmas Eve is just a few hours away.  Pretty soon the quiet will settle and I will have the house all to myself.

A couple of my friends have been incessantly inviting me to spend time and have Noche Buena with them.  Repeatedly telling me (and others) matter-of-factly that I’m spending Christmas with them.  However, I politely declined each offer.  I have such great friends who are so sweet, so giving, and so loving.  I know they mean well and they don’t want me to be on my own for Christmas.  But I don’t want to be an imposition.  And frankly, I prefer to be at home for this season.  To be closer to the memories of my parents.  Where I can be myself. (Put it this way, it’s easier to treat this season in a normal note rather than be reminded of things that have gone.)

When my parents were still alive, we didn’t have any Christmas traditions (the must-have foods like what’s commonly commercialized on TV).  As long as there was food on the table, and we went to the Christmas Eve mass that was already enough.  It was just like any normal day at home.  So I guess our celebration was just downplayed.  I guess as I grew up and we all grew older, Christmas was more celebrated in solemnity rather than being a party.

For someone who’s sometimes tagged by friends as a “social butterfly” in most occasions, I honestly prefer the quiet of my home during this Christmas.  I guess the past few years (since the time of my dad’s first hospitalization) I’ve lost my moxie in holiday preparations, cheers, and even spirit.  But then again, my Christmases were usually spent at my grandma’s house with my relatives.

Wow… I forgot about those memories…

Anyway, now that I’m currently on my own I should start on making my own traditions.  Maybe go out and ride my bike, turn up the volume on my music, visit my neighbors, play dress-up, map out my lifeplans… Lol. Well, whatever I may have planned, it’ll be something of my own.

To my bffs, if you’re reading this, please don’t worry about me.  It’s cute (and annoying!) that you’re constantly monitoring me but I am totally fine being on my own for this season.  I know (and you keep on reminding me) that I’m not an imposition and that I’m practically part of your family but I can’t help feeling like a spectator from the outside-looking-in.  And there are some seasons I have to celebrate on my own.  You guys enjoy your own traditions while I celebrate (for now) .  I’ll see you real soon!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Bugsay Mindanao with Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw


It’s the middle of the week and I’m still on a high from one of the most memorable weekends I’ve ever had.  My last Facebook status read like this:

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Remember a few months ago I posted that I took on a new sport?  Dragon Boat?  Well in case you forgot, you can read it here.

My team, Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw (HMD), decided to join the Bugsay Mindanao, the 1st Northern Mindanao Dragon Boat Race once we knew about it.  Aside from being able to put into play what we have practiced, the event’s advocacy was right up the alley of our team.  And since the race was just in Mindanao, traveling concerns would be easily handled.

The race was hosted by Liceo de Cagayan University, the home of the Liceo U Dragonoids.  Other dragon boat teams from all over Mindanao also joined the event.  Iligan City was represented by Team Bakunawa, Butuan City by the Fr. Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Blue Dragons, and 3 more teams from Davao: 1. Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw; 2. Dragons del Sur; and 3. Base Camp (Dragons) Davao.

I don’t think my words can do enough justice to the hype that was going on during those moments, so I’m sharing some photos instead.

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stretch!

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other side!

photo op!

photo op!

Some race photos…

Blue Dragons

Blue Dragons

Dragonoids

Dragonoids

Team Bakunawa

Team Bakunawa

The Heat is on!

The Heat is on!

Women: Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw

Women: Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw

Base Camp Davao

Base Camp Davao

Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw

Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw

The Heat is On!

The Heat is On!

Bakunawa

Bakunawa

Heat up!

Heat up!

HMD Lady Minokawas Wacky Poses

HMD Lady Minokawas Wacky Poses

1600m Men's Open

1600m Men’s Open

1600m Mixed HMD

1600m Mixed HMD

ZEMgear

ZEMgear

Cool Down

Cool Down

Still Cooling Down

Still Cooling Down

It was truly a memorable experience!  We won as Overall Champion with the following awards in our name:

200m Men’s Open Category – 3rd Place

200m Women’s Category -3rd Place

200m Mixed Category – 1st Place

1600m Men’s Open Category – 2nd Place

1600m Mixed Category – 2nd Place

But aside from the awards we won, and the medals, plaques, and trophies we received, it was the feeling of being one with all the other paddlers who joined the race… uniting as One Mindanao!  Aside from promoting the sport, the advocacy of safeguarding the river and promoting the conservation of the environment and being part of something positive and life-giving makes all the muscle pains all worth it!  Not to mention the bonds we’ve forged with other dragon boat teams in Mindanao.

Always slice the water with purpose.

If you want to view more photos, you can also check our Facebook Fanpage here.

I’m also sharing one of the most memorable moments during the whole event.  The coolest cool down ever.

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