Friday, January 9, 2015

Things I've Learned in 2014

Looking at my blog today would mean that I would also have to my face my irresponsibility and laziness to update the past year. I really plan on making my 2015 more productive, hence a blog post finally about some of the things I've learned the past year. Just like in most things, I just felt the need to do some proper closure of what the previous year has brought to me, before I can move on to other things in store this year. :)


1) Admitting or asking for help is not bad.
In my case, I used to be hesitant about asking for favors or questions to a lot of people. This changed when someone told me that there is really no harm in asking. And oh my, to this day, my motto in life has now become, " The answer will always be no if you don't ask." This applies to so many levels in my life!!! When it comes to job hunting, asking people about certain things or about their choices, and also in commuting, which leads me to my second lesson….

2) Even simple acts  of kindness really do matter.
Most throughout my job hunting phase, I've commuted mostly to these places I haven't even been before. And that means getting lost and asking a lot of people for direction. I am so thankful for the times I've asked strangers for directions,and all of them would always be game to help me out in their best possible way. Thank you,thank you,thank you! On another note, let me share this story wherein I exhibited kindness din hehe-- During one job interview, there were 3 of us in the room, and there was this guy who seemed to have forgotten his pen when we were supposed to fill out application forms. He asked me if I have an extra pen to borrow, and I gave him my extra pen. Sounds silly, but I could have chosen not to give him, if he was my competition for a job spot at that time! In the end, I got to talk to him when he returned my pen, and turns out that he was actually applying for another position in the company! Hahahah good thing!

3) After graduation, it's okay to feel lost.
I felt so confused after graduation, and I started to worry so much in the event that I don't get a job. Sure, it took me six months to land one, but I've honestly never felt so confused and hopeless during the whole unemployment stage. There were a lot of questions running through my head-if I chose another course, if I had been active in orgs, if I actually pushed myself more into doing the best I could when it comes to academics, and so on and so forth. And I really think it's okay just to give yourself more credit. It's okay to feel a little lost, as long as you are actually doing something to improve your situation, or answer some of the questions going through your head.

4) It's always good to have a back-up plan.
I made sure to apply to so many companies, and go to interviews as much as I can because it's always good to have a back-up. In case you don't get accepted, you can always opt to see what another company can offer. Trust me, I've been rejected so many times by companies where I really wanted to work, but it's all good now. It's just not meant for me :) Aside from that, when I was not attending interviews, I went home to my province every chance I got. This went on for months, going back and forth from Manila to Legazpi, and vice-versa! I think going home really made me not go crazy, since I was able to help out in our business and just enjoy being with my family.

5) Rejection feels bad, but it is just a redirection.
My mom send this quote to me every time I would receive a rejection notice haha! But rejection truly truly sucks!!! Until now, I still have this little bit part of bitterness with some companies haha! There's no escape when it comes to rejection, but it's always important to do better than what you were able to do before, and just move forward. There's still so many opportunities out there.

6) Taking care of your skin is a must.
Okay, so maybe enough with my job hunting issues and lessons, and let's move on to vanity! I really really think it's IMPORTANT to take care of your skin. I want to force other people I know to just use sunblock please since it's really important. I'm still in my very early 20's, but I love sunblock to death, and I know I'll thank myself later when I'm older for using it daily. Also, I have acne prone skin, so I really make sure to be mindful of the things I'm applying to my face.

7) Don't lose yourself.
Gahhhh! I had a hard time thinking of what to put, because I'm so tired of always hearing "Just be yourself," kaya "don't lose yourself" na lang! hihihihihi. I've read and watched Gone Girl last year, and it's hard for that film not to make any impact on anyone who's seen or read it. The lead character, Amy Dunne, talks about being pretending to be "the cool girl" in order to get a man. I love that part when she says that because it's really the truth. There are so many things we change, just because we wanna be though of as cool or in order for people to like us. Thankfully, I avoid being that kind of person as much as I can simply because I have a very little tolerance towards people who don't like my true self.


I've learned a lot more than these seven that I've listed before, and that makes me thankful for the things that happened in the past year, for the blessings, and the things to come this year!! :))

Friday, November 14, 2014

Feelings

Today, I realized how irresponsible I have been when it comes to updating my blog. Truth is, I have really felt a phase wherein I felt that there are really nothing that important for me to tell or to write a post about. But then, remembering one of the things that have really kept me going, I tried to reassess certain things in my life, including this blog. I have started this blog as an outlet for me to express or to write about things that I love, and also the random things that I have been doing in my life. For some time, I have questioned the goal of my blog, and I can honestly say that my mind has been able to process this question FINALLY. All I can say right now is that I would blog to share my voice, no matter how silly or weird it can be at times. Time after time, I have felt a certain connection with a blog writer once I felt a connection or a surprising connection that I share some similarities with a blogger when it come to beliefs, likes, dislikes, and many more. I would say that I want to have that same kind of feeling shared when a reader comes upon my blog. :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Coming Up

I guess my narcissistic side has finally won over my laziness today that I decided to blog about this overdue photo set! Honestly, I've been refraining to blog simply because I thought it would be better to settle other important priorities such as finding a job first. With that in mind, I really am hoping for the best about this job opportunity that I really want! 

After graduating, I was under the assumption that I could do the things that I've been holding back for a while such as blogging, working out, or going to other places. However, I really can't have a peace of mind unless I have a job. There are so many things that I keep putting on hold simply because of this reason.  I even went home to my hometown for one and a half month because I had to help out in our business, instead of bumming around in my condo ( just like now) hihihi.

I can't even think of an adequate theme for this post so I apologize for my random babbling.

Moving on,these photos were taken 2 months ago by  Noreen!! My hair grows really fast. It's probably because of the amount of beef and scrambled eggs that I eat. Thus, my hair  looks quite different now. It looks more like a long wavy bob! I hate middle length of hair for myself because it's such an in-between. I'd rather have really short or really long hair! Yes, I just have to dedicate a paragraph for my hair simply because the photos here were taken to celebrate my new hairstyle! hahaha
As what they always say, once a girl cuts her hair, she is ready for something new in her life. Hoping to embrace a new chapter in my life really soon :) 


Much love,
Nikki

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Noreen


One of the things that I've learned in college is that you never know or you really can't expect who you'll be friends with. You would certainly meet a lot of people, but you'll be surprised that as time goes on, only a few would be for keeps even right after graduation.It's very fitting that I'm blogging about this right now, just a few weeks of finally joining gaining the title of unemployed right after graduation. 
For this post, I did a quick photo shoot with Noreen. We had a free time right after submitting a hundred copies (haha) of our resumes during the job fair. The funny thing is, I was already classmates with Noreen for an elective class right after I shifted out of my original course. We didn't know each other personally at that time, and we didn't even had the chance to talk to each other during that one term. When I started my majors in my new course, I was very surprised to find out that she was also taking the same course as I am! Of course, I didn't really expect us to be close friends because we rarely had the chance to talk to each other back then. It's really funny how life works.

Among all things, I think the reason why we click so well is because we share so many similarities with one another. Even after graduation, since we're both eager to find work, we would even go walk-in at a company and help each other out whenever we would think of a prospective company to work in. And since her birthday is coming really soon, I really hope that we both find work soon! :)) 

Also, since the both of us are sporting short hair, it's only fitting that we give extra amount of attention to our hair haha!



Much love,
Nikki

Friday, June 20, 2014

Life Lately

During my last post, I was ranting about balancing my time between thesis and my internship while maintaining my sanity and me-time in between. I can't believe that it's all done and I'm simply done with college! I just graduated last week, and I've never been so unsure with my life right now. What people say is actually really true, once you graduate, you have to prepare yourself for the real world. 

Right now, I spend my time either waiting for a company to call, walking-in at some companies, and just bumming. I've honestly never felt so unsure with my life until now. Back then, I had this feeling that I wanted to do certain things and pursue a profession, but now, it's all in a blurry state. It's like you want to do so many things, yet you don't know where to start and how to do it.  I could't afford to be a bum for a few more weeks because it is the most frustrating thing! Haha. I really want to start working for a good company to start paying bills and expenses on my own. :))

Anyhow, here are some photos taken during my grad rehearsal! I'm terribly missing school, but I'm already so eager to work. :))


Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy


AFter a long break from blogging, I'm back with this post for today! A month ago, I've joined this 100happy days project  in Instagram. The idea is to post a picture that shows something that made you happy for the day.Allow me to share some of the photos that are some of the simple things that have made each day a happy one, up to this point.
Hooray for Today!
Before going to OJT, I used to come to Mcdo for breakfast and order the pancakes + hot choco. I've made a promise to myself that I would try to avoid skipping breakfast, which I tend to do A LOT for many years. It's such a perfect time to get ready to go to work. Mcdo would serve as the waiting place for me and my friend before we go to work together. Kahit ma-late kami, worth it naman because of the simple breakfast that we had. Whenever I think of Mcdo pancakes, I immediately associate it with my OJT days, which has ended already few weeks ago. And I looveee Mcdo during mornings, it's not that noisy or crowded, but it's lively enough to keep you awake.
Time Card
I enjoyed using the time card so much, as in. Even though my record shows my tardiness, I'm so excited to work just to insert my timecard in the machine! Sobrang babaw, but it still amazes me how it works.
Chillin'
It's rare for me to experience a chill day during my OJT. If I'm not translating or researching, I would be helping with tours. Naks! But during the times that I do get a free time, it's fun  to explore the artworks in the museum and take pictures ( only on selected artworks, of course!)... Aside from that, there's also this part in the exhibit wherein selected scenes from Oro,Plata,Mata was being played continuously. I am guilty for lingering too much and watching the movie simply because of Joel Torre! He looks SUPERRRRRR handsome in the film, and I've always been a fan of him. Eto na yung isa sa mga inspiration ko for work - seeing Joel Torre's scenes in Oro, Plata ,Mata.
Change is good.
After four years, I've finally changed my laptop decals into this one. This is a super steal, as in less than 60 pesos! :))
Mad Mark's
All my close friends know how much I spend much of my time in Glorietta/Landmark/Greenbelt. I honestly think I spend more time there as compared to school. It's like my second home already. I feel so safe and so happy everytime I'm there. Of course, I have Sonja's cupcake for my favorite tambayan. Hindi pwedeng walang Strawberry ginger iced tea + red velvet fix for the week!! Also, for lunch, I used to go to Chowking. As in every week for my solo lunch time at the mall, I'm there just to save more money. But during the past few weeks, I've been religiously going to Mad Mark's since they have really good and affordable steaks! I'm always an earlybird, so I get the whole place to myself! :)
Written in the Starr's
My mamita,Symba, told me about this place and encouraged me to try it one  time since they have yummy shakes. Thankfully, I was able to try it when I went to Katipunan. I was surprised to see how small the place was, but it was really full of people. I ordered the Red Velvet Shake, and it did not disappoint. Worth it ang sipon next day!
Tossed
I've been wanting to go to Juju Eats for quite some time now, but I still don't know how to go to the place haha. So I'm only glad that Tossed opened in MOA! It serves yummy and affordable salads and salad wraps. At least, the place is really convenient for me to go to.
Love me not
This was taken during the opening of Old Navy. While I'm typing this, I almost typed "Army Navy"  because of my burrito and iced tea cravings right now, haay. Anyhow, whenever I go to a fitting room and try on some clothes, I always have some sort of categories for the clothes that I try on. Usually,in my mind, it's "worth it," "nay", or "under consideration." I'm so glad when I saw this inside the fitting room of Old Navy. Perfect, don't you think? :)
Mummy Madness
For the past few weeks, I've been extra makulit to some of my close friends about thesis and thesis defense. I've been so worried and I kept bugging anyone for advice. This was taken during a spontaneous meeting with my mummy J! Of course, we talked about thesis and academic stuff, but it's always comforting to know that there are also some people who undergo the same concerns/difficulties as you. At least, I have a kadamay and we would support each other to get through an obstacle.
Thesis is a Battlefield
Earlier today, I had my thesis defense! I don't know how many times I've asked the most important people in my life for support and tips to get through this day. And just when I thought I wouldn't survive this, I did! Thank you, Lord! Honestly, I have a lot of "what if's" with my thesis. If I could go back in time... I would give my best for my thesis and not settle for mediocrity. Parang ung sa Q and A lang sa BBPilipinas last night na tanong! It's true what they say, you'll feel major relieved once thesis is done. All those late nigthers, and constant disappointment, stress would be worth it in the end. There are still many revisions to do before submitting the final copy, but I am almost done!!!! :)) 

Much love,
Nikki