Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Remembering 2013 Through Scenes

     2013 has been a very memorable year for me. I've been into different places and adventures, which an architect/blogger should explore to. What fascinates me the most during my 2013 ride were those breath-taking scenes provided by our mother earth. They were very priceless! Good thing that I had with me my Samsung Galaxy Young (my partner in taking instant pictures) and thank goodness that Instagram (my instant photo-sharing partner) was invented. Here's a quick look at some of those shots I've shared with Instagram:


February 2, 2013
     A dramatic sky greeted us while we (core team, volunteers, and beneficiary of U! Happy Events) were having our event entitled "Bright Lights 2" at Liter of Lights Center, San Juan. This event was in partnership with My Shelter Foundation.

April 1, 2013
     Such a memorable way to end the 2nd semester. This breath-taking view appeared right before our eyes after we have submitted our final requirement for a particular subject. It was an epic sem-ender for me.

 
April 26, 2013
     The sun bids goodbye as we were waiting for the Green Guitar Festival. The event was organized by the School of Urban and Regional Planning. It was a post-Earth-day celebration, which was participated by guitarists, artists, and environmentalists. 

May 5, 2013
    A view form one of those expressways. I took this shot while we're taking our ride home from U! Happy Events' very productive team building and mid-year planning session at Subic.

November 24, 2013
     U! Happy Events took the kids and scholars of Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid for a memorable environmental trip at the La Mesa Ecopark. Read the article regarding the event HERE.
La Mesa Eco Park Tour with Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid - See more at: http://uhappyevents.com/past-events/la-mesa-eco-park-tour-with-tulong-sa-kapwa-kapatid/#sthash.PxKY3QbJ.dpuf
La Mesa Eco Park Tour with Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid - See more at: http://uhappyevents.com/past-events/la-mesa-eco-park-tour-with-tulong-sa-kapwa-kapatid/#sthash.PxKY3QbJ.dpuf

December 9, 2013
     Another reason to smile in spite of a very tiring Monday. Starting November this year, my Mondays became really tiring due to my work-study-work schedule. And it takes a huge amount of energy, dedication, and passion to carry on. Good thing that a view like this appeared before me just to cheer me up.

December 23, 2013
     Sunset welcomed my arrival in Iloilo. Finally, after five years... I came back. This is my first time to come home as an architect and an as an academician.

December 27, 2013
     Such a breath-taking view. My first time to visit a now-popular subdivision in Iloilo. I'm truly impressed with how skies in provinces differ from skies in urban places. Very dramatic, indeed.

     Thank you so much for taking your time in reading this year-end reflection. This is your blogger, Arch. Matthew Sanchez Chua a.k.a. Artistmat, wishing you a very meaningful and productive 2014! Thank you so much for being with me this 2013! Let me end this post by leaving you this simple thought:

"We share the same view, but we don't share the same way we look at them."

Monday, December 30, 2013

You are the Hope

     It's two nights to go before we officially end this year. While many of you started getting busy preparing for the dawn of another year, let me first emphasize the meaning of Christmas.

     Christmas has been celebrated by Christians by means of attending mass, exchanging gifts, or expecting gifts from Santa Clause. But, what is Christmas? Christmas is about the coming of our Savior into this world. A savior, who undergone the process of being born. Thus, hope was implanted. 

     Christmas is all about hope. It is a kind of hope, which was delivered to us through an innocent child. And this innocent little child changed the world - discipleship went through, faiths were rebuilt, sins were saved, and Christianity took place.  This event simply tells us that anyone can bring CHANGE to this world regardless of size and strength. 

     Christmas is about that child, who carries hope with him. We, on the other hand, also carry that same hope when we were brought out into this world. We brought hope to our parents, to our family, to our community, and to this world. We carry that hope for the same reason that we will bring change. All we have to do is to start developing that hope within us and start making change happen.

     How to bring change? It will naturally come out. We are all change-makers. No doubt about that. The only possible question is... What kind of change will you make?

Merry Christmas!

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Rise of the Guardians: Summoning the Believers

     It has been a year since "Rise of the Guardians" was first released for public viewing. I wasn't been able to watch the film on the big screen for some reasons and it took me a year to finally watch it. I've just finished watching the film and it gave me not just total entertainment, but also realizations. 

     Most of us experienced being a child and we probably did enjoy it. But, we failed to at least know the core reason behind all those beautiful laughter and hill-moving imaginations. We were growing up too fast and we were so busy attending to all those responsibilities that the world gave us. We were so much busy that we forgot to appreciate magical things that only childhood allowed us to experience. We forgot... and we just moved forward without looking back and appreciate all those childhood spices, which nurtured and prepared us in becoming who we need to become. 

     "Rise of the Guardians" is a perfect film to watch especially during this time when Yuletide season is fast approaching and imaginations are getting stronger. This film talks about four guardians - North the Santa Clause, Toothiana the tooth fairy, Bunnymund the Easter bunny, and Sandy the sandman -, who were chosen to protect children's wishes, hopes, and dreams. They were all called together to bring and maintain wonders, hopes, and dreams to every child here on earth. And when a conflict starts arising made by Pitch the boogeyman, Jack Frost needed to step in and starts accepting his responsibility as a new guardian. He was destined to bring the fun back into places and to let every child believe what they used to believe in. 

     The core value of this film is that children need to be a believer for them to appreciate their childhood to the fullest. It is during our childhood when we experience creativity at its finest. We were at the peak of our brilliance when we were creating wonders out of our authentic imaginations. We were so genius when we started believing in things we thought would be possible without looking at limitations. We don't mind what people might say... all we ever cared was our belief. And our belief is the only element, which made us happy and optimistic. We were so happy inventing things and we were so optimistic in hoping and wishing. And that, I think, is the most unique element that childhood taught us. Believing is everything we ever had back then. And that [alone] prepared us in walking our destined path.

     We can still bring back our brilliance and creativity just by being a believer. Let's start believing the way we used to be; let's start building skyscrapers of dreams just like we used to build; and let's start hoping audaciously just like the way we hoped before.After all, there's more than innocence in every child... there's a warrior of believer in everyone of them.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Gyuma Captivated Me

     It's been months since the last time I bought a perfume for myself. Perfume has been permanently deleted from my list of must-buys until last night. 

     Me and my office mates stumbled upon a fragrance stall named "Gyuma" while strolling the mall. The name is so catchy that me and my office mates decided to take a look and test the scent of each product. Each scent carries out inviting odor, which captivated my senses. And as a result, I bought one for myself.

     I'm wearing one right now and I must say that the scent really lasts long. I traveled miles from home to school; rode different modes of transportation; sweated a lot during my walks; exposed to smoke and dusts and still... the scent lasted. I'm really satisfied with this new perfume and I know that I'm going to buy this product again and again. Try one for yourself and enjoy what I'm currently enjoying. It's truly a product worth spending.

Interesting names. Unique branding. Captivating scents.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Indian Movie: Like Stars on Earth Every Child is Special

     I finally had the time to watch "Like Stars on Earth Every Child is Special". This movie was recommended to me back then by my three friends. They gave me the impression that it is a must-watch movie, but it took me ages before finally watching it. And upon watching... the rest is history. It just made a mark on me.

     The movie talks about a boy, who struggles from catching up with his school lessons. He has been labeled lazy, dumb, stupid, and any other harsh adjectives there is that can be associated with his poor performance in school. But amidst his poor academic state, he stands with a gift. He has the gift of imagination, which allows him to see a world that is completely different from the world seen by ordinary people. 
     He is a talented boy, but people doesn't see his worth. Everyone, including his parents, were blinded by things set forth by norms. And this poor boy continuously lose his confidence until a new art professor stepped in and started noticing his struggle. This art professor took time understanding him, started caring for him, and began transforming him into what he should become. At the end of the story, that poor worthless boy became worthy to the eyes of everyone. Such a success story to end.

     This movie made liter of tears came out from my eyes. It is such a masterpiece to begin with and it gave me the time to rethink things all over again. This movie gave me the chance to look back to my younger years and contemplate on how I struggled with my earlier academic life; it gave me the opportunity to appreciate the people around me, who have greatly contributed to my character and belief; and it gave me the perfect reason to continue my advocacy and to bring that advocacy to the next level. Truly, this movie is an eye-opener, which everyone should take time watching. 

     If I will be asked to end this post by giving a simple thought that would give justice to this movie, it would be something like this:
Let's stop looking and start seeing. 
     Let's not look for something that's not there. Instead, let's start seeing things that we often neglect. Let's start seeing those gifts hiding in each and every individual; let's start realizing their true worth; let's start appreciating their gifts; and let's start seeing them as a new and valuable people. And at the end of the day, we will realize that these people are special and we need them for us to see how beautiful this world is.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Disconnect: A Reflection of Love, Responsibility, and Value


     Three different stories, one common place - the internet. "Disconnect" is a powerful movie, which portrays three facets of normal life gone tremendously wrong because of how they behave on cyberspace. 

     One story talks about a reporter and how she enters into an engagement with a teen, who offers intimate pleasure on cyberspace, just to get an exclusive report regarding human trafficking; another story talks about a lonesome boy, who seeks understanding from a fraud but eventually caused him to cross beyond his personal limits; while the other story talks about a mother seeking for love, who gets herself into private conversations with a total stranger.
 
     The common element among these three stories is love. Love in different form and how people want it. This kind of element led characters of this movie to become more attached with the internet and behave irresponsibly. And as consequences of their acts, they fell victims of destroyed relationships, exploitations, cyber bullying, and even suicidal attempt. The plot revolves from how these three lives were changed because of their irresponsible behaviors and how they dealt on it. At the end of the story, one element emerged - value.

      We need to value everything we own in reality. We need to value relationships, we need to value friends, we need to value our future, and we need to value our self. Cyberspace is truly a complex place to meet people and be someone who we want to become. But the real world is still the world we need to cling on. Let's be responsible in everything we do in cyberspace because our personal life still needs to be protected. Let's not forget that the internet was made to deliver necessary information other than to expose our closet filled with dirty clothes. We may enjoy the internet all-day long, but we have to remember one thing: We need to disconnect.

     I personally recommend this movie because it reflects us citizens of this world we call cyberspace. Try to put your 100% attention while watching this movie because it will definitely give you a realization you need to realize.

Photos courtesy of Disconnect

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Academe: A Dream in Progress

     Not so long ago, I dreamed of entering the academe. It was not a good choice for the majority. But for me, it was one of the nicest and selfless decisions I had made. One thing that convinced me to enter the academic world was my belief that teaching is my simple share towards nation-building. It was such a noble belief I had there, which made me desire more to become an academician.

     Now, my simple dream has finally became a reality. I am now an academician and I teach architecture. I started this career last June of 2013 and since then, I became a much better person. It was a blessing, indeed, to finally see myself in a whole new perspective wherein I work not just for my own good, but for the common good of everyone. And even though there are a lot of sacrifices to take, I still am grateful for this career.  

     As of the moment, my journey as an academician is still in progress. And I don't see any reason to stop because I still need to pursue effectiveness. Being a teacher without the value of being effective is useless at all. And for me to become effective, all I need to do is to hone aspiring architects. 
     I need to exert a lot of effort and patience in molding my students into warriors. I need to prepare them for their battle as they face life's challenges and surprises. I do need to inculcate in their hearts the value of becoming selfless. And lastly, I need to reshape their perspective for them to know what they are capable of. I need to do all of these simply because... I have a dream. I am dreaming of developing great architects, young achievers, and new generation of nation-builders.

I am an academician... and this is my dream.  


Photos courtesy of J Jacobo Photography

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Investing in Foreign Education

     A good quality of education is very important for someone, who wants to achieve much more in life. For some, education is a gold-like investment. And we cannot argue with them about having education as an investment. We've spent a lot of money just to acquire that piece of paper, which we think will give as the assurance of being employed. And because we are investing on this, it's important for us to invest in a good way. We need to look for schools, which offer quality education and do promise a bright future for us. We need to be sure that the success we're looking for is [indeed] possible to reach.

     Education is my main motivation in collaborating with Sara Collins for this article. Sara is also a writer, who took a moment in reading one of my articles here. She contacted me for a possible writing spot and after several exchanges of emails, this is what we've come up. An article simply dedicated to students wanting to study abroad. For my readers, who are interested in knowing where to look for schools in America, this is your chance.

The College Experience: International Students in America
     Are you living outside of the United States but considering applying to college in America? College life in the U.S. is an opportunity for learning, having fun, building a career, making new friends, and discovering your passions. But there are so many factors to consider when choosing what school is right for you. Here are some tips to get you started.

Financial Factors

     While some universities require foreign students to prove that they have adequate financial resources to fund their education, others may offer generous scholarships or grants to attract international students. Be sure to check on college websites to find estimates of the total costs of tuition, room and board, books, and living expenses. Then add in your own costs of travel to the U.S., think about your financial situation, and decide which schools are affordable for you. You might also consider a work-study program to help fund your own studies. If you are a graduate student, you might be able to secure a paid teaching assistant position.

Here are some institutions that offer particularly good financial aid to international students:

-Amherst College
-Yale University
-Reed College

Academic Strengths

     When choosing a school, it’s also important to think about what academic experience you are looking for. What will your major be? Research schools with strong programs in your area of interest. Do you want a research-focused institution, or a liberal arts college? Research universities are often internationally renowned and are may be publicly funded, which results in lower tuition costs. Smaller liberal arts colleges provide great opportunities for individual attention, with smaller class sizes and personalized teaching approaches. As most liberal arts colleges are private institutions, some will have higher tuition.

International Student Support

     Does the school of your choice offer specific support for international students? A school with a large international student body can offer the benefit of seasoned students who can help new students adjust to the challenges of American life. These schools also tend to have more resources, services, and activities devoted to international students.

Location and Lifestyle

     Are you accustomed to country living or the hustle and bustle of the city? In a big city you can easily experience the abundance of American culture while also finding the cultural niche of your own countrymen. You’ll easily be much more likely to find part-time work or internship opportunities. Disadvantages of an urban location include a higher cost of living and a potentially overwhelming environment for new students.

     You will find many prestigious schools in small towns as well. Though they are more rural and the pace of life is slower, small towns are still a great setting for college life because they have a lower cost of living and enable students to focus on their studies. You may even find it easier to make friends with students in a small town, where personal company outranks noisy, expensive outings.

Regional Factors

     When considering location, it’s also important to account for the U.S.’s quite massive regional differences. Here’s a breakdown of different regional stereotypes.

     The Northeast is an economic and political powerhouse with large, busy cities, a high cost of living, academic prestige, and four distinct seasons of weather, ranging from snowy and cold to hot and humid.

     The Midwest is full of honest and friendly people, cheaper costs of living, industrial history and farm-driven economy, unique culture and musical creativity in cities, and great prairies and lakes.

     The Pacific Northwest is home to dramatic landscapes of mountains, forests, and canyons, cultural diversity, a tolerant and progressive mindset, an outdoor lifestyle, and a cool and rainy climate.

     The South has its own distinctive mix of customs, literature, music and cuisine, represents a traditional way of American life, has warm weather most of the year, and tends to adopt a slower, friendlier pace than the North.

     Of course these are generalizations, to which there will always be myriad exceptions. No matter where you stay, you will find a broad variety of individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds and personality types.
Tips for Applying and Making the Most of College

     Now that you have an idea of what you are looking for in an ideal school, how many should you apply to? Ten to fifteen schools is a good number. Break it down into three top schools to which it may be difficult to be admitted, four or five target schools where you will likely be accepted, and a few safety schools where you are certain to be accepted as a back-up plan. 

     After you’ve chosen a school that is a great fit for you, make the most of your four years in the States! Join a club, activity, or sport as a way to unwind and make new friends. Take excursions off campus to explore your surroundings. Find a job or internship and get a taste of the American workplace while gaining valuable work experience. Participate in a language exchange or cultural event to celebrate and share your own roots. Study hard, but don’t forget to have some fun along the way.


Sources: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]
Image sources: [1], [2], [3], [4]

About the the co-author:
     Sara Collins is a writer for NerdWallet, a website that helps students manage their financial goals by learning about college tuition planning.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Help Simply Because You Care

     My country, the Philippines, has been experiencing continuous rain since the weekend. And as I write this post, the rain keeps on pouring in. Classes and different companies had cancelled their operations since yesterday due to the bad weather and the flood it caused. Most of the people here are just staying inside their homes while others are already taking refuge under the roof of evacuation centers.

     Productivity has gone to zero and damages are getting worse. Many of my fellowmen needs help now. If you are reading this post, let me have this opportunity to knock on your conscience. Please do help the victims of typhoon Maring. I don't believe on coincidence, but more on chances. You happen to read this post because you have a purpose for the victims of this devastating typhoon. There is kindness in your heart that you need to express. Let it out for you to experience joy. Help the victims of typhoon Maring. 
     Your little effort will create a big impact to the lives of the victims. Believe me, there's a hero in you. You just need to let it out by doing simple, yet heroic deeds to the people in need. In case you are still in doubt of your heroic capability, let me end this post by saying...

Help not because you have excess resources... 
help simply because you care for your fellow being.

Think about it. My fellowmen need you!

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Blogging Comeback

     It's been months since the last time I blogged due to blogging tool concerns. And believe me, I really miss blogging so much! Now that I have acquired a new tool to work with, I must say that I'm definitely ready and definitely on-the-go when it comes to blogging. Blogging is indeed one of those things that make me happy.

     Buying a laptop was one of those actions I needed for me to cope up with my hunger towards maintaining this blogsite. I have my iPad, but it offers lesser comfort when blogging especially when attaching photos. And even though I had downloaded a blogging application before, it still doesn't work well for me. 

     The only possible action is to buy a new blogging tool - a laptop. As the famous leadership writer - Stephen Covey - once said, a leader must be equipped with proper knowledge-set, skill-set, and tool-set. And in my case, this laptop is the perfect tool-set for me to resume my habit of sharing inspiring articles worldwide. 

     To my avid readers, thank you so much for visiting this blogsite from time to time longing for a new article to read. This is the moment you've been waiting for. The dark period of my blogging career is finally over and this serves as my comeback. Watch out for my new blogpost...SOON

     For my new blog readers, please do like our official online community on facebook, "Blogged by Artistmat". Have a good day everyone!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Blending Contrasts

     I've been busy attending a three-day seminar last week. I was required to attend the said seminar before I can officially start my new career. The entire three days were filled with different interesting topics. One of which required us to act as if we were the lecturer's students. The lesson was something to do with adjectives. We were divided into four groups and were obliged to create a title together with an adjective-filled story out of our chosen painting. Our group chose this very nice painting, which we think really caught our attention. The title of the painting was "Bulb fields" - painted by Van Gogh.

     Since the activity is only for five minutes and because I'm a blogger and I can definitely feel the figurative emotions portrayed by the artist, I initiated in composing the story and let my group mates give their comments or reactions on what I've done. They agreed on the outcome and we ended up presenting this short story in front of everyone. 
Blending Contrasts

     Once upon a time, I woke up in the middle of a world filled with contrasts. The sky looks gloomy yet the field was filled with lovely colors. I felt a little scared yet there's intense emotion of gladness blooming inside of me. What a contrasting yet perfectly blended world there is. I came to realize that our world is indeed full of contrasts. We were all born different from each other, but we all have to blend and complement one another for us to successfully mend this broken world. 

Photo courtesy of Van Gogh Gallery

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Why We Volunteer

     A friend of mine asked me earlier through Facebook, "Don't you have any work right now that's why you're [just] volunteering? Just volunteering... Attaching "just" with "volunteering" is a little bit off for me. I ended up answering him (still in a friendly manner) that I'm a volunteer regardless whether I have a work or not because it is my simple dedication towards building this nation. 

     Being a volunteer is not "just" an option when one does not have a job. We don't volunteer simply because we need to offset our free time and use it as our pastime. Volunteering is a personal commitment and one, who engages in this kind of activity, should have passion for it. 

     We volunteer not because we expect something in return... we volunteer simply because we care for others in dire need. We inspire people and we change lives. These are our main motivations and prime reasons why we are still active in volunteering. We don't [just] volunteer, we make CHANGE happen.

     For people interested to volunteer with cause-oriented projects, I strongly encourage you to do so. Being a volunteer is not a money-making career... It is more of a chance to express your love, time, and talent to the society. Happy volunteering!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Demi: Warrior

     I've introduced Demi Lovato as one of my favorite singers on my previous post. And I've also mentioned the release of her latest album - DEMI. One of those songs included in this album was her song. "Warrior".

     "Warrior" is one of my favorite songs and I must admit that I've been playing this song repeatedly (about 10 times or more) during nighttime alongside with "Nightingale". It's my usual habit every time I hear songs that are capable of touching my soul. 

     This song was a product of Demi's outburst of emotions, which she got from her dark past. For people, who haven't known it yet, Demi was a victim of bullying and she's just one of those million victims worldwide. With this song, Demi was able to relay to the listeners her feelings and her struggles. And someone, who has the same kind of history, can really relate to this.

     This song basically tells the negative effects brought by her dark experiences and how it literally changed the way she perceives life. One thing that is special about "Warrior" is her personal decision to move on from that horrific incident and tries to improve what remains from her. From someone, who's been bruised and wounded, life has to go on. One should get up from that hellish downfall and should continue the battle. Life is a battlefield and we, the survivors of our past fights, shall act as great warriors battling our way towards triumph. Let's stop blaming others for what they've done to us. Instead, let's try to move forward and prove them that we are not weak anymore and we deserve to end this battle victoriously. 
     "Warrior" is both inspiring and motivational. Let this song encourage you to be a real fighter. Demi was a victim of bullying; she attempted ending her life several times during her younger years; she surpassed her depression; and now, she's still standing up and tries to deliver the message of hope to everyone. 

     Same with her, I'm also a victim of bullying... and yes, I'm still here pursuing my dreams and I'm here doing my very best in inspiring people worldwide through this blog. Victims of bullying, your battle isn't over yet. Go on, gather your armor, and prepare for your next fight!

Photos courtesy of Demi Lovato

Becoming World-class: An Artist's Dream

     Digital t-shirt printing business is blooming fast in the industry just like how mushrooms multiply in their environment. I've seen a lot of these digital t-shirt printing ventures everywhere and I don't consider it a phenomenon. It's just that the idea is so trendy and one would only  need a machine, some Photoshop know-hows, a taste for good design, and you're done!  Some of the people I know both in Facebook and in person are already gaining money out of this business. And a good friend of mine has recently joined the group.

     This friend of mine has just started her digital t-shirt printing business with her brother. They bought the equipment just days ago and they're now doing some test runs. Yes, theirs is just days old compared with the others. But it's not an excuse not to treat them as a threat by their competitors. Months before buying the equipment, we were already conceptualizing and collaborating series of designs, which will [soon] be sold to costumers. Yes, "we". They commissioned me to be their main artist, Photoshop trainer, and web developer at the same time. Now that's flexibility... agree?

     Just a couple of days, my friend was able to talk to a prospective client based in the United States and she instructed me to create a design that will suit for the theme of this year's Philippine Independence Day Commemoration, which will be held in Hawaii. I did make one last night and earlier this morning, she told me that they've closed the deal and my design is now subject for production. The news really gladdens me because it is considered an overwhelming feeling for an artist, whose design will be worn by thousands of people living across the globe. I'm really thrilled to do more designs for them and I'm really looking forward to grow more as a world-class artist not just through the aid of Deviantart, but also through the help of global brands!

     This is your author, Matthew Sanchez Chua/Artistmat/Zymedruoun (in Deviantart), and this is my dream... which is slowly becoming a reality!


Photos courtesy of: Ciiwa and Lulusoso



     For people within Manila interested to learn Photoshop, I'm still conducting one-on-one tutorials. Read the article by clicking THIS

Monday, May 20, 2013

Introducing Demi

     For the first time, allow me to introduce one of my favorite artists, Demi Lovato! Take a look at these videos, which talks about the making of her latest album - DEMI.




     One of those reasons why I like this girl because of her inspiring choice of standing up in spite of the pain she's been struggling before. That's all for now!

Overcoming the struggle is a choice!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Imprisoned Heart

     Sadness... I found myself trapped in this kind of emotion. I felt so helpless as if my heart is being chained with metallic thorns while my whole body is being imprisoned. I felt like I can't escape this kind of life sentence. Yes, the penalty is lifetime and it seems like this kind of penalty is breaking my heart piece by piece until it becomes inexistent.

     How can I be productive with this kind of situation? How can I forget the feeling of being rejected? And how on earth will I be able to move on from that tremendous love failure?

     It's just so degrading how this life sentence appeared. This doesn't only break my heart, but my whole being. I'm very weak right now... very helpless and hellishly suffering. The ache made me totally numb, but the feeling that my memory produced still made me feel pain. And I can't live like this.

     It's almost midnight and my heart started bleeding emotions again while my eyes started its routinely devotion. I wish I could scream as loud as I can just to release this pain. But then, words of sorrow won't even come out. What's wrong with me?

     Silent wishes visited my consciousness: If only I didn't get to know love; if only my heart was already numb; if only I never get the chance to know her; and if only those silent wishes did happen, then I’ll never feel how it is like being rejected.

     I'll be like this until the sun breaks dawn. Days, nights, and midnights... all I do was suffer.  And all I could do was wish for a different ending. Sigh! This is such an impossible wish. All that I really need right now is to move on... and someday, I will. But not until my heart is like this – imprisoned, helpless, and still breaking. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

AD PART

     Exposure... this is very essential when it comes to marketing matters. Exposure helps the product become visible to people, who are considered consumers. And product's visibility creates a sense of familiarity to the people. And, of course, that sense of familiarity gives the product the highest probability of being considered by consumers.

     Being a pro-blogger, who considers reviving the advertising platform of this blog site, I am much concerned with creating and providing a good advertising method or formula. I do need to make sure that my advertising ways are very effective and very helpful for products/services that needs proper exposure.

     With this, I was able to formulate a new kind of advertising method that is suitable for small to medium-scale businesses, which has lesser allotted marketing budget than other businesses. I call this new advertising platform, "AD PART".

     AD PART allows small to medium-scale businesses to have their own products being exposed to consumers on a worldwide scale just by paying a small amount of money. AD PART can be found at the end of a blog post, which lets products be seen by readers reading the article. Here, blog post traffic is being converted to product's exposure. It's like having the host-parasite relationship.

    AD PART includes a 6.35 mm x 12.7 mm image with link that directs readers to the product'S website along with 50 words or less description of the product. All these marketing opportunity only for a very cheap price! It's like enjoying the sachet concept - less money allotted, but very beneficial for the end user.

     Below, shows the actual look of AD PART.
 
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Summer Musical: The Recital

     Tomorrow's the day (May 11, 2013) for our Summer Musical and this only means that tomorrow will be Uno kids' very special day - recital. 

     It has been a month-long preparation for all of us just to make this event happen. We (U! Happy Events core team) did everything to hone the talents and to boost the confidence of these kids. The foundation provided seasoned acting coaches, vocal coaches, dance choreographers, and a very conducive venue for these kids.

     Uno kids did take a lot of effort and commitments in every workshops set for them. They showed us their talents and their willingness to be transformed into the next shining artists of this generation. Good thing they were given such opportunity like this.
     The production team are also busy doing all necessary elements - which includes doing video presentation, PowerPoint presentation, painting of backdrop, and creating props. I'm part of the production team and that alone requires me to unleash all my hidden gems - from being their layout artist to being their painter. 

     As you are reading this post, allow me to invite you to be one of our audience/volunteers for tomorrow's event. This event means a lot to me because I can really relate with these kids. I was a former theater actor and acting was one of those things I love doing. But, I grew up very shy and really lack confidence that's why it took me several years before I finally reveal to the public that I love acting and I really love performing in front of the crowd. And if it wasn't because of the right people I've been with, I bet I won't have the chance to change myself, to explore my other skills, and to let people know my talents.   
     Be sure to be part of this Musical, which will allow you to reminisce those happy moments during your younger years. Catch the event at CCF Makati (3rd floor of A. Venue Mall, Makati Avenue), 10:00 AM. The ticket only costs 300.00, which includes ID, food, and up-for-grab items. See you tomorrow guys!

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Thai Movie: ATM

     I just finished watching "ATM", which is a romantic comedy Thai movie. I heard of this movie before, but it took me this long just to watch it. I'm already familiar with the movie's lead actor because he is the same lead in the movie "Hello Stranger", which I've watched several weeks  ago.  

     Watching "ATM" is actually by chance. I really intended to watch "Hello Stranger" for the second time in order for me to blog about it. The humor and the plot of "Hello Stranger" is really good to the extent that it is worth blogging. But, I got pissed off by the low quality graphics that the current YouTube version gave me and I still can't find the other version. That's when I decided to drop it out and turned my attention to "ATM".

     The movie talks about love complications within the workplace. Having relationship within the workplace is not really new. It happens in any company because of the thing called "attraction". Yes, attraction is too strong that one will find himself/herself being attracted to someone whom he/she meets and works with everyday.

     The whole story focuses on the love-within-the-workplace issue and starts becoming too complicated when the guy proposes to get married. Getting married will only mean revealing their relationship publicly and that one of them needs to quit the job. The story goes on when one of their company's ATM got messed up and started giving extra money and it's their duty as employee of that bank to return those money back.
     The couple decided to use the mission as their way of determining who needs to quit the job so that they can get married. The two went on the race to trace back the people, who withdrew money from their ATM and whoever wins this mission gets to retain his/her position while the loser quits the job.

     The movie depicts how complicated love is especially when hidden behind the strict company rules. And just like any love story, this movie tells about making choices - to sacrifice one just to enjoy the other. I do recommend my readers to watch this romantic comedy movie because it's worth it. It's worth the time and the laughs. Fun, humorous, and entertaining are just three words I could think of at this moment. Enjoy watching!   

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Kokoro Ramenya: One Year After

     Kokoro Ramenya turned one (1). And as a way of celebrating their first year anniversary in business, Kokoro Ramenya offered 50% off on all ramen and noodles, which ran from April 15  up to April 28, 2013.
     Being the pioneer blogger to tell the world about this new-born Japanese restaurant located at Roxas Boulevard, I made sure not to let this moment pass. Me and my four friends (that includes Arch. Cheery Dominguiano, who acted as my photographer during our interview with Mr. Eddie Go) went to the place and had our dinner. 

    Our new recruits didn't regret joining us just to experience authentic Japanese flavor, which  is only offered best by Kokoro Ramenya. With this, another memorable food experience was given by this one-year-old restaurant... another food experience that is definitely worth sharing! 
     Thank you Kokoro Ramenya for giving us a delicious, flavorful, healthy, and half-the-price dinner, which we truly enjoyed! I personally hope that your restaurant will continue to grow and compete well in the food industry. Happy first year anniversary Kokoro Ramenya!

 Beef Shoyu Ramen

Gekikara Ramen

Hakata Classic with Kokoro Iced Tea

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