Monday, November 16, 2015

10 Things Women Should Already Know in their Thirties

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When I was in my late 20's I have mixed emotions -- excited, anxious, uncertain -- trying to imagine crossing the line towards big 3-0. My heart cannot comprehend how do you say goodbye to exciting and vibrant 20's and transition to mature 30's? But science has proven, this is something we all cannot escape.

By experience, hitting that mark is not that bad at all. I eventually realize my 30's developed that confidence and provided freedom my 20's failed to serve.  So I am paying forward to all the 30-something-women-like-me-once-in-their-life who are still struggling, surrender honey! Keep calm and embrace 3-0-something, there so much thing to learn and look forward to.

1. Save like crazy
Independence starts with your finances. Pay all your debts. Set-up an emergency fund. Invest. Live within your means. Stop procrastinating. Most importantly start now!  

2. It's not how many friends you have
As long as you are surrounded by a handful of genuine friends.

3. Be expert in something
"Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life" --Confucius

4. Find happiness inside out
It's not fair to look for happiness from a person or a job or an accomplishment. Happiness should start within you it overflows that you influence those people around you with your joy.

5. Invest in relationships
Relationships pay the best interest rates in the long run.

6. Travel 
To countries you've never been to. To places you only see on postcards. To immerse yourself in culture, arts, people and cuisine.

7. Take care of your health
Get a balanced nutrition. Exercise. Start a skincare routine. Moisturise. Do not miss your annual general check up. Get enough sleep.

8. Stop comparing yourself to others
You are fearfully and wonderfully made, you should know this by heart by now. Learn to love yourself so no one need to. Embrace your imperfections because no one will.

9. Know how to have real fun
So much fun that you miss out the time and don't bother to update your status in Facebook or upload picture in Instagram.

10. Forgive
Yourself and others. This is no longer the time for harbouring grudges. Enough for your excuses and please stop blaming others. You made a mistake, Fine! Everyone does. Learn from it gracefully and move on.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ten Skills Singapore Taught Me

Living in a foreign country different from the culture you grew up challenges your ability to adapt and your capacity to be normal. You will struggle for the first few weeks that can extend through months and years because whether you admit it or not, everything is no longer the usual. But the sooner your body and mind recognize and accept that you are thousand miles away from your accustomed-life and that you just need to make a-new-routine-on-your-new-environment you'll be surprised you will slowly learn to swim with the tide.

But remember, this not-your-typical-life comes along with new experiences, people and learning you pick up along the way. These experiences may not suffice your "normal best" but they will always transform you. For better I hope.

Here are the skills and not-so-skill I harvested in my three plus years stay here in Singapore.

1. Cut a whole roasted chicken. 
We are used to Philippines where roasting outlets chops the chicken for you saving you all the hassle of knife. Imagine how do you consume a whole roasted chicken especially if you are alone. In Singapore you can buy roasted chicken in local groceries like Fairprice and Cold Storage way cheaper than in kopitiam but you need to call your friend Google to help you do the chopping step by step.  
2. Make a bake and no-bake a cheesecake.
Friends and colleague's birthdays are opportunities to practice baking skill. Way cheaper than buying ready made cakes plus you're incorporating a personal touch to home-made cakes making them priceless.
3. Learn yoga poses and routines.
For some time yoga mats became my buddy.
4. Train and run half marathon.
Running my first ever half marathon this December with Standard Chartered.
5. Organize DIY parties that looks professionally made.
With Dgroup's full support and cooperation we were able to pull off few DIY parties, this made us excited for the coming events.
6. Eat alone in kopitiam. 
While I felt miserable when eating alone in public, well that's part of my past now, somehow I got used to it. My present tells me, more than feeling gloomy when eating by myself, I eat anyways because I need to. I have to.
7. Peel a whole pineapple.
Because I needed to make my first edible fruit bouquet for a friend of mine, I need to learn to peel a whole pineapple in case the design will require of it. Practice makes perfect.
8. Skillfully pack items inside travel luggage. 
Yes this is a life skill especially if you travel often.
9. Distract myself from boredom.
I need to be creative otherwise boredom will make an alliance with loneliness to tear me apart and take away my sanity. Baking, cooking, colouring, running, blogging, badminton, gym are some of the casualties of my do-something feat.
10. Love pasta dishes.
Learned to love pasta because it's fast to prepare, versatile and very practical. I learn to find it fascinating to experiment with different pasta shapes and sizes with diverse pasta sauces.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Movie: Heneral Luna

After avoiding watching Philippine movie in big screen for the past five years plus because I find it a waste of money and time, Heneral Luna brought me back to the dark alleys of local movie houses. Being able to catch the film in SM cinemas after move than 2 months since the release dates(September 9, 2015) is one of the best birthday gift I got when I went home last November. Plus I got to watch this with my folks who by the way haven't watch a movie longer than I did. I would say it runs in the family :)

Heneral Luna directed by Jerrold Tarog, produced by Artikulo Uno Productions is a historical biography film exhibiting the life of General Antonio Luna, probably among the most unappreciated heroes in the Philippine history. Started as Indie film and ended up one of the most sophisticated history film ever released in the Philippines.

John Arcilla was exceptional on bringing General Luna to life, not to mention the cast are not your typical lime-light celebrities but remarkable artists who embody their character.

The movie features Luna's valuable character -- his passion for the country, genius in military force and uncompromising pledge for the independence of Philippines during the American war, including his sharp character that eventually led to his assassination by the same people whom he is supposed to fight with. Luna's tragic death depicts what was wrong and what is still wrong in our country.

Henaral Luna not only reformed the quality of local Philippine movies, it also revolutionized the hearts of the Filipino viewers.

Be part of the revolution!

Quotable quotes:

Heneral Luna: “Negosyo o kalayaan? Bayan o sarili, pumili ka!” 

Mabini: “Nasubukan mo na bang hulihin ang hangin?”

Joven: “Ganyan naman po ang mga Pilipino, palaging inuuna ang pamilya.”
Heneral Luna: “At ‘yan din ang sakit natin. Kaya nating magbuwis ng buhay para sa pamilya, pero para sa isang prinsipyong makabayan?”

Henaral Luna: “Mga kapatid mayroon tayong mas malaki kaaway kaysa mga Amerikano – ang ating sarili.”

Isabel: “Wala na tayong panahon sa mga bagay na hindi natin kayang panindigan.”

Heneral Luna: “Ang taong may damdamin ay hindi alipin.”

Joven: “Kung panaginip lamang ang umasa sa pag-unlad, managinip tayo hanggang sa kamatayan.”

Dona Laureana Luna: "Walang nakaaangat sa batas.”

Heneral Luna: "Artikulo Uno: Ang hindi sumunod sa utos ng Punong Heneral ay tatanggalan ng rango at ipapapatay ng walang paglilitis sa hukuman ng militar."

Rusca: “Ang hindi ko maintindihan — Bakit kailangang patayin ng Pilipino and kapwa Pilipino”

Heneral Luna: “Mas magandang mamatay sa digmaan kaysa magpasakop sa dayuhan.” 

Isabel: Giyera ang asawa mo. Ako ang kabit.
Heneral Luna: Hindi ko asawa ang gera. Krus ko siya. 

Heneral Luna: "Isinusuka ko ang digmaan, Joven, pero ang kompromiso, wala ba tayong karapatang mabuhay nang malaya?"

Heneral Luna: "Mas madali pang pagkasunduin ang langit at lupa kaysa dalawang Pilipino tungkol sa kahit na anong bagay."

Heneral Luna: "Mas mahalaga ang papel natin sa digmaan kaysa sa anumang nararamdaman natin sa isa't isa." 

Heneral Luna: "Alam ng mga Amerikano kung bakit natin ipinaglalaban ang ating kasarinlan dahil buong tapang at buong bangis rin nilang ipinaglaban ang sa kanila. Iba ba tayo sa kanila? Wala ba tayong karapatang mabuhay nang malaya?" - 

Joven: Natatakot ba kayong mamatay Heneral? Yung parang halos nanganganib ang inyong buhay.
Heneral Luna: Sa gera? Hindi. Pero ang mamatay para sa prinsipyo. Oo. 

Heneral Luna: "Marami ang makabayan. Marami ang pwedeng magsabi na makabayan sila. Pero iilan lang ang tunay na makabayan na handang ibuwis ang kanilang buhay para sa kanilang bayan."

Heneral Luna: “Pagod na akong mag-Ingles. Arestuhin na niyo yan. Rapido. Ingles-inglesin mo ko sa bayan ko?! P*nyeta.” 

Buencamino: Mahal ko ang Inang Bayan!
Heneral Luna: Pero hindi sapat para ipaglaban siya o mamatay para sa kanya!

Heneral Luna: "Kung pagpapalaya sa mga traydor ang pakikipolitika, ayokong maging bahagi niyan."

General Elwell Otis:  “You killed the only real general you have”