Graduation Day : Tassels worth the Hassle!

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Congratulations, Seniors of Batch 2012 – 2013! Kudos!

I know you’re all feeling a bit mixed up about almost everything that’s going to happen in the months to come, knowing it wouldn’t be the same anymore. But trust me when I say, It’s going to be hella fun! (You’ve never seen anything better yet) I went through that stage too and you know what? I never wanted to have it any other way. I’ll try to make you veer away from the vagueness you feel, don’t worry. There are a lot of opportunities waiting for you! All you have to do is grab and go for it. Let me tell you my graduation story, and how I faced my life in college.

High School. They said it’s the best part in a student’s life. Lots of friends, lots of mistakes and lessons, lots of clumsiness and whatnot. It’s the stage where you start to grow up, make better decisions for your future and just be yourself – ALWAYS BE YOURSELF. It’s the stage where everyone thinks Popularity’s the only answer to get everything (but believe me it isn’t) and where you try to fit in with the whole community. Fitting in may be good, but setting a different and rather great flow is much better. Okay, let’s make a big skip with all of these and start where it all ends. 🙂

I will never forget that day, hearing the sound of my fast-paced heart thumping and pulling me down from the ground. Actually, I almost felt numb because I was happy and eager and scared and nervous and everything all at the same time. “I’m going to graduate and I won’t be able to go in this school for the next school year, I won’t see familiar faces again rather different and odd ones, and it’s like I’m gonna start from scratch – new teachers, new classrooms, new everything” I thought, while waiting for my turn to enter the auditorium. At least I managed to walk down the aisle gracefully even though my feet were a bit wobbly. The mass started and it’s like everything’s in a cassette tape in a fast forward motion. There may have been some “slow-mo times” where you just look around you and everything seems to be falling into place. That’s where the “sinking in” stage starts (That stage may end in about a day or a week or maybe a month after, depends on you). After mass and the program where all were given recognition and awards, the closing remarks finally arrive and the Valedictorian of the batch will have a speech in front. For me, everyone must be given the chance to talk in front, for we have different experiences and lessons learned, but time is a difficult foe so yes, the Valedictorian is the only one that can speak (If you are the Valedictorian of the batch, better say everything you need to say! You’re lucky you have that op) So basically, everything’s just blurry and vague to me after that. My friends and I grabbed every bit of the moment to have photos together. Camera flashes and clicks were all over the place and we’re just there, smiling and having fun with each other. And that moment ended. We all headed in each of our families and ate and went home.

Graduation is not an ending, rather a new beginning. It’s the real deal. The nature of being new in a different place can make you very nervous (that’s okay, it’s part of it) Lucky for me, I had a few selections of what and where I will continue my studies. La Salle is a pretty big and good university (no doubt about that) and International Studies, for me, fits me best. But there’s something in me that’s telling me not to take it, rather take the one that’s going to make me feel even more challenged. It is God’s plan working on my life. I didn’t really see myself as an Interior Design student (or even as a Thomasian) but He really works in mysterious ways. He’ll put you where you’d grow best. (And He won’t fail you in any way)

Now, I’m currently a regular student in UST, taking up BS Interior Design, and I’m an upcoming 3rd year student next school year. I’m working hard on every plate, every project and every test this course gives me. The sleepless nights, the eatless days, and the tiresome weeks combined doesn’t matter to me anymore, what matters is the output I get to have after everything that I’ve done and sacrificed for. I’m really thankful that I took up this course and hopefully someday, I’d be a successful Interior Designer myself. I advice you nothing but to trust God and just do your best in everything. Everything good will fall into place. Pray hard and be happy 🙂

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Love,
M

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Pretty Little Liars Spring Finale : A dAngerous gAme

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In Pretty Little Liars’ final episode of Season 3, A dAngerous gAme, there are a lot of  revelations that really shocked us and even left our mouths hanging. For me, almost everything that happened was a shocker although some things were kind of cliche. It  introduced a whole lot of questions like is Toby “Pretty Eyes”? Why does the lady call him that? What does Shana, Melissa, and Jenna up to? What did the pretty liars (and mona) found in the police car’s trunk? and in the final act, who pulled Ali’s body (this is just a clever guess) from the ground? There were tons of questions boggling in our minds right now, i know. But before having guesses, let’s try to tackle the main scenes in the said ep.

The title (A dangerous game) just shows how sadistic this “A” is. In fact, the term dangerous can’t even stand to cover it. In A’s mind, there are a lot of “fun” to be had over burning people alive, dragging vehicles out of lakes, and just knocking your alliances out with big shovels. This episode surely moved from mysteriously complex to downright unimaginable.

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SPENCER HASTINGS

In the beginning of the ep, we knew that Spencer’s back from Radley and is presenting a good front, but the girls are not so sure their friend is fully back after seeing how vulnerable she was a day or so before. In the latter part of the show, they all came to know that Spencer joined the A team, kidnapped Malcolm (and is the reason why Aria and Ezra broke up) just to get Mona’s trust for a really big Sabotage shown in the next scenes.

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TOBY CAVANAUGH

All Keegan Allen fans (including me) surely screamed and shouted and did everything they can possibly do on their own seats when Toby showed up in the diner (yes i feel you) It was such a great feeling that Toby’s back and he’s got Spencer’s back now. Just imagine a hot guy like him show up in the next episodes in Season 4. I’m so stoked already!

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Finally! Toby and Spencer got the chance to meet up and had an “alone time” with each other. Not to be biased but hey, they’re a pretty sweet couple after all (or may i say, ever since!) I totally loved the part when they finally talked and opened up realizing that Toby’s the masochistic guy who’s doing all the A-work just to protect Spencer (how sweet is that?) Let’s see how their relationship stand through A’s upcoming plans and schemes. Spoby all the way!

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We all feel bad for her. Even though her love for Ezra is so big but is indeed excruciatingly out-of-hand, having all the distractions and hindrances between them, she finally decided to let Ezra go and make things easier for them (that’s what she thinks). Let’s just wait and see how things will go for her after that massive breakup. EZRIA NO MORE?

EZRA FITZ

The end is also a new beginning. Having his career back again (teaching, that is) I think he’s given the chance to do new things in his new life. I mean, yeah, Aria again became his awkward student and I think a lot of things will happen in the next Season. Let’s just see how the story goes.

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I really like her role because she knows how to play it up. She gets to be Malcolm’s babysitter to crash some time and to earn extra money then she pretended to be “Red Coat” after, just to test Spencer if she’s still on their side of the team. Even though Hanna’s the happy-go-lucky girl in the team, she knows how to be damn straight serious when it’s time to be.

CALEB RIVERS

It’s so sad Caleb’s not in the finale. Well, let’s just cross our fingers that he’ll show up in Season 4’s first ep and fix his problems with his dad. We miss you, Caleb!

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We saw how extremely happy she was knowing that Toby’s still alive. But some people say, “Don’t get too happy. Something bad might happen later on.” That line did sweep off her feet when she saw Melissa, Shana, and Jenna talking about something. Let’s see what these three girls are up to and why are they gathering up (Are they part of the A team too?)

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Looks like the girls outsmarted her this time but I think she’s back being the ‘victim’ again. Let’s see how she pulls it off together in Season 4!

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RED IS TH NEW BLACK

What do we actually want to find out in this episode? WHO IS RED COAT – ALISON OR HER TWIN, COURTNEY? It’s pretty hard to say who’s Red coat between the two. Perhaps there is another more evil “A” leader out there, since Red Coat is actually saving the girls (weird saving them right?) So much for everything getting wrapped up!

In the final scene, Ali’s hand is being pulled out (but by whom?) Maybe red coat? One of the liars? Possibilities are endless.

Who or What can possibly be the reason why the Liars and Mona were terribly shocked upon seeing what was inside of the car’s trunk? Could it be a corpse? A dead person? A warning? I know we’re all stoked for this and we surely are gonna get the answer right away according to Troian Bellisario in the first scene of Season 4 Episode 1.

Could Mona be possibly joining the Liars this time? Will they trust her? Will she trust them back? I don’t know but this will surely be a great twist in the story!

Who started the fire? Let’s just say that A really loves a place getting burned up (with people in it) yikes!

All our questions will be answered in the next Season of Pretty Little Liars. June 11’s the date! Better countdown now PLL fans! Even I can’t wait any longer!

All in good timing,

– M

SUMMER BODY TIPS 101

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Dear Reader,

As you know summer’s nearly approaching and the heat’s too overwhelming for us to bear. What is summer for anyway? Why do we keep on wishing for it to come?

Well for me, summer is the time of year where you can relax and be stress-free with your school works (in our country, that is) and just excruciatingly enjoy the sun’s heat while having a very worthwhile vacation with the fambam. This is also the time of year where others socialize, make new friends, and even fall in love. But in this blog post my dearest reader, I will share you how to get that summer body you’ve always been wanting to have. Well, I don’t guarantee if this can work on every body but it does work for me (and my mom) ’cause she’s more health conscious than I am. (Did I just say that) SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR GETTING READY THIS SUMMER:

Tip # 1: BE HYGIENE CONSCIOUS.
In order for you to have a very appealing body this summer, you have to make sure that you’re clean and fresh. Take a shower (make it twice a day), brush your teeth, clean your nails, brush your hair, you know the drill. Imagine yourself not doing those things properly (That’s just gross, right?) You can not look good if you don’t feel good.

Tip #2: DRINK LOTS OF WATER.
Water is really good for your body. It makes up, on average, 60 percent of your body weight. It makes your body hydrated, making your skin glow and you get better complexion (Trust me on this) and actually, our body depends on water itself – perspiration, breathing, digestion, everything! And since it’s summer, you really need to drink water for as many glasses as you can. I always drink water before and after every meal (it helps in digesting food).

Tip # 3: SHAPE YOUR DIET BY EATING REGULARLY.
Yes. Don’t even think on skipping meals because that’s very unhealthy. Try to lessen the amount you’re eating though and make sure you eat the right kinds of food. Green leafy vegetables are food you can eat regularly to improve your health and of course, your body! It’s also a good source of iron and calcium. Eat fruits at least in one meal a day. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like fruits or veggies, try experimenting like you can turn them to smoothies, milkshakes, or salads, and many more.

Tip # 4: SHAPE YOUR BODY, EXERCISE!
Each of us has his/her own routine exercise. As for me I’ve been doing some crunches and stretches for the abdominal part only but I’ll try to advise more than what I’m doing. Here goes:

SIT UPS
I usually do sit ups at home. You’ll be needing a clear flat area such as a carpet or a rug.
– Lie flat on your back on the floor with your knees bent at 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor.
– Extend your arms and place your palms on your thighs.
– Slowly curl the torso, raising your head and shoulders and sliding your hands along your thighs until they reach your knees.
– Lower your head and shoulders back down to the floor.
– Repeat until you have completed your set. If you’re a beginner with this, you don’t need to rush. You can start with 20 sit ups, 10, or maybe 5. It’s better to do 5 sit ups than none.

SIDE PLANK
– Lie on your left side with your elbow directly beneath your shoulder and legs stacked. Place your right hand on your left shoulder or on your right hip.
– Brace your abs and lift your hips off the floor until you’re balancing on your forearm and feet so that your body forms a diagonal line. Hold for 30 to 45 seconds. If you can’t hold that long, stay up as long as you can and then repeat until you’ve held for 30 seconds total. Switch sides and repeat.

HIP BEND
– Stand straight, close your legs and put your arms on your side.
– Gently put your arms up, in a praying position and inhale slowly.
– Lean on one direction (left or right) and start stretching while exhaling. If you feel your hips aching a bit try to hold it as long as you can. That means the stretching’s taking effect. Repeat the process.

CRUNCHES WITH GLIDING DISCS
Someone told me this is very effective and I’m very happy sharing you this type of exercise.
– Lie down with discs (or paper plates) under the heels, hands gently cradling the head.
– Crunch the shoulders off the floor a few inches while sliding the heels in.
– Sit all the way up as you slide the heels in. Lower the shoulders, slide the heels back to starting position and repeat for 1-3 sets of 8-16 reps. Avoid this move if you feel any pain in your back.

Tip # 5: DRESS COMFORTABLY, WITH STYLE.
Everyone wants to look good may it be inside and out. I wear comfortable clothes because I can move and breathe freely with them but I always see to it that I wear them with style. (lol at that) Whatever clothes you’re wearing, be sure to add a touch of class and a dash of elegance and grace in you. Smile. That’s the best thing you can wear. You can also apply make up but not too much (we don’t want to have a cakey face, do we?)

Tip # 6: BE CONFIDENT AND STAY CONFIDENT.
Love your own. I guess that explains everything 🙂 Chin up, smile, and just be your own self.

THIS IS MY FIRST BLOG EVER AND I’M GLAD I SHARED SOMETHING WITH YOU, READER. Have a happy Summer! If you have questions, comments, and suggestions, please do tell me about them. I would really appreciate it!

LOVE,
Miriam ❤

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Hey there, you 🙂
Welcome to my blog site! Obvious as it may seem, I’m a newbie here in wordpress but don’t worry! I’m starting to get the hang of it and hopefully I can manage to make this account better for your eyes. So, I will start blogging this month (last week of march, maybe?) and I really wish you guys can come and visit my site and read my posts. It will be very much appreciated ♡ I’ll be blogging about reality and emotions, love, advice and experiences, places i’ll go to, things i’ll be doing, my likes and hobbies, and lots more that i hope can inspire you guys. You are very much welcome to visit my site and comment and just ask or tell me whatever you want. Thanks for spending your time with me by reading this. Take care always!

Love,
Miriam

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