Survey: 30 Questions

It’s Day 14 of my 127-day summer, and I honestly felt like I haven’t done much. But, well. Haha. Here’s a survey in the meantime. I’m looking forward to next week, for obvious reasons. Here goes:

1. Do you have any regrets?
Definitely. But if there is one thing I really, really regret and would maybe bet my life on it, there is only one.

2. How would you like to be remembered?
Uhm… haha. Nothing grand, really. But I’d like to remembered as someone who is simple, unassuming (wow, this word!), and reliable.

3. Was there one event that changed your life and the way you think?
I can’t think of an exact event, but I think travel-related events often give me a paradigm shift.

4. Are you happy with who you are?
That’s a… funny question! Hahaha.

5. Are you pursuing your dreams?
And I quote, “Far from what I once was, but not yet what I’m going to be.”

6. What is something you would never do?
Kill, take drugs… you get it.

7. What makes you uncomfortable?
Awkward conversations (especially through voice chat), wearing heels for a long duration, and freezer-like temperature.

8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully already a college graduate, taking up a masters degree (yep, dream big), working for dream international organizations!

9. What are five things you want to do before you die?
Visit all the provinces of the Philippines, travel and conquer the ASEAN region, go on a study abroad program anywhere (but Zhongguo and Sverige top the list!), see my ultimate idol (name listed below) live and up close, meet my penpals and language buddies in person. I’m quite boring, I know.

10. Are you scared of the future?
Yes.

11. What are your last five opened tabs?
Must I link? Haha. Google search, Khalil Fong – Dangerous World MV, CollegeFashion (in my defense, I’ve been reading this blog since I was in grade five, haha, what is growing up too fast?), Google Translate, Pinyin Annotator.

12. What is your preferred writing instrument?
Dong-A 0.5 mm black gel ink pen!

13. What is your favorite month and why?
January, because it’s cold? And it’s the start of a new year. Haha.

14. What brand logo is closest to you currently?
HP.

15. Who is a musical artist you love that isn’t well known?
I wouldn’t consider him as someone who isn’t exactly well known, but probably in my country, he is. Let’s just say he’s underrated all over. Khalil Fong!

16. What is your desktop background currently?
A black background with white typography-ish text saying, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, wisdom to know the difference.” Wonderful prayer.

17. What is a color you can think of that isn’t part of the rainbow?
Cyan? Haha.

18. What kind of headphones do you use?
Blue Philips. Not sure what kind it is.

19. What is your inspiration behind your url?
Nai cha, what else. Haha.

20. What is your favorite item of clothing?
Chambray shirts! They are so versatile.

21. What is one book you loved as a child?
The Little Prince. Still do.

22. What did you have for dinner today?
Burger patty, seaweed, sashimi.

23. If you could study anything, what would it be?
Degree-wise, International Relations. Dream course! And of course, languages and culture.

24. Do you use anything on your lips? (eg. lip balm, lipstick)
Not regularly, unless it’s given as a gift. I recently used a lip tint from Face Shop. Too bad I lost it at the mall… sigh.

25. How many devices do you own which can access the internet?
Just two.

26. Is there anything guaranteed to always make you happy?
Trips! Okay fine, travel. :)

27. How about something that always makes you sad?
It used to be school. Wow, used to being the operative words. Haha. This is a joke, obviously.

28. What programs do you have currently open?
Chrome, QQ Yinyue, Notepad.

29. What is the last formal event you attended?
Grad ball.

30. What is your favorite place to shop?
168! Went twice this year, and was just there yesterday! It’s my shopping mecca.

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When in Seoul: Explore Gyeongbokgung Palace

Missing Gyeongbokgung Palace when in Seoul is like missing Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei or Fort Santiago in Manila. One can’t say he or she’s been to that particular country without visiting such historical landmark—there is so much to see and feel in terms of history, and of course, culture. And for a landmark that’s such a standout in the city, it’s not hard to overlook this piece of history.

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I was filled with much awe the moment I saw Gyeongbokgung close up. It was that type of landmark you would see on Korean historical dramas, and it sort of felt unreal. More than the artifacts and ornaments we saw at the Folk Museum, this place truly gave me a chance to immerse myself in Korean culture—minus the hanbok traditional clothing and what not. Nevertheless, it was a lovely feeling.DSC02638

You know, just casually windblown… haha.

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The admission fee varies for adults and kids. We got our tickets for 4,500 won each. For a wonderful and maintained landmark like this, it’s hard to believe it only cost around 135 pesos that time! Relatively cheap, if you ask me. And worth it. Korea lead me to a lot of surprises, actually. Surprisingly affordable things are just a few of them.
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DSC02654Joy’s baon which she shared with us that day—barley tea (called màichá in Mandarin—yep, I am amazed!) and sweet rice drink.

DSC02655Gyeongbokgung Palace offers quite a lot of traditional activities like monthly tea ceremonies and calligraphy sessions. We experienced neither, unfortunately.

DSC02661When you’ve gone past the palaces, there is this stream you’ll pass by. With the clean, green waters, it was so calming and serene to look at.

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And another regret… I swear we only had like less than 10 touristy pictures with our faces actually in it throughout the trip. I don’t know why either. Haha.DSC02672Media men from Korean TV stations such as KBS, MBC and SBS were present during that time for some reason I’m quite unsure about. It was a cool scenario.

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I haven’t been to a lot of capitals but I have to say that Seoul is one of the most genuinely beautiful ones out there! There’s always that contrast of tall buildings and towering skyscrapers with mountain views—don’t forget the palaces and temples that add culture and vibrance to the city. It’s a beautiful mix of everything.

Bits + Pieces

Tumbleweeds are all over this place, it’s sad. But anyway, here’s a photo dump of many different things so far:

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So there’s a newly-opened franchise of Starbucks nearby. People are pretty much still excited—it’s always annoyingly full—jam-packed with college students, highschoolers, and the like… but, well, it’s not like I’m a regular there or what. It took us around 40 minutes to an hour to get a table inside! Went with a busmate and a batchmate who live within a two-kilometer radius. You see, my school and house are separated by this long stretch of highway, so knowing people who live in the same district is something like… omg, we’re instant buddies now!!

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I was amazed with the Philippine map, including its tourist spots and geological formations, entirely made of Lego blocks!

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A cupcake-and-Korean-cuisine-kind-of-night with the junior year peeps aka the Soju Crew!DSC03913

I fixed my room and revamped my shelves! Well, to be exact, I simply sorted and rearranged all my journals and books and added some space-occupying stuff like the globe and cameras. This picture was taken a month ago or two, I believe, so obviously, everything’s messed up again, like how it always was, including the plant that pretty much died.DSC03918 DSC03924

We got an ice cream maker! Don’t let its toy-ish features fool you; this little machine can whip up a small batch in 20 minutes. Ice cream making is like baking—the measurements of the ingredients have to be exact, or it would come out as a yogurt texture, like the one above. I promise myself to experiment more this summer.

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My dage’s nüyou went to Hong Kong during the Christmas break and gave me all of this as pasalubong! Everything combined weighs like my brother’s grade school textbooks, I’m not even lying. Imagine what hassle it might have caused her when she had her luggage weighed or something. Didn’t even expect this, so imagine how touched I was! Trash composed of Chinese characters, and I mean that in the best possible way. She even got me two long-sleeved shirts! It’s always a wonderful feeling to be remembered. She is the nicest—nicest sister I never had. Hehe.
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She also got us cha! She also gave us tea that sprouts a flower when hot water is poured—not quite sure how you call that.DSC04280

Study well for the UPCAT! Cross one box out of your bucket list and make that dream come true. Make your parents proud and do it because you aim for it. Lift up to God everything. Be a good Lasallian and be of service to others. Don’t care about what other people think of you. Do it for your country.

Just this week, my adviser gave us back the papers we wrote our goals and messages to ourselves on during the first day of school. I honestly don’t remember half of what I’ve placed here, let alone the thought of writing all of this. It’s nice to have a little reminder of the things we aimed and wished for 10 months ago. May it be a good or bad thing, I attained most of my goals, if not all, but I’m getting there… I think. DSC04303 DSC04304 DSC04305

It’s the annual garage sale! I’m not quite sure where the idea of selling pre-loved items to fund future trips was adapted from, but it’s a very practical and resourceful thing to do, I believe. Screenshot-4 Screenshot-5

I’m back to my old self, and that is, being a gamer once again. I’ve been playing The Sims 3 non-stop these past few days! Considering that my one-week break has barely started, it pretty much tells how many hours I’ve already consumed in playing. Here’s to hoping that it doesn’t kill my productivity level. TS3 takes up all my time. It’s very unhealthy.

Well, what else? I’m officially done with high school. Marching on.

Barely six days of school left, five months before university, 127 days of summer, a few more weeks before the trip of a lifetime (as cliche as it sounds), studying in a college I have never even stepped inside for the next few years of my life, permanently bidding my second “home”of 13 years goodbye in 20 days.

Everything is so overwhelming.

Underground springs, carabaos and caves

Five* cities, four towns, three national highways, two regions, one day!

It’s that day when walking on hanging bridges,

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doing some bucket list-worthy rappelling on that very same bridge,

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or maybe, you know… just casually wading through the cave springs,

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trembling twenty feet above the ground,

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the sight of war torn, century-old trees,

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hanging out with the national animals,

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strolling through the lush, green fields,

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and going beneath the fields that lead to dark, historical caves (who would have known?)…

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*Five cities, including those we passed by en route to the place. Site-seeing and people-watching are always part of the itinenary!

It’s the last field trip in this chapter of my life, and who knows when the next will be… so nope, no regrets.

San Miguel, Bulacan

I made it 2.0

YAY!

It’s a bit of a different feeling for me because this time I was the one who checked the results myself. As was I about to click the enter button, my nervousness and anxiety really had the best of me.

I made it to my other dream university!!!!!

I got into the program I really wished for, so I’m very grateful for that. In hindsight I shouldn’t have changed my second program choice on the test day itself, because, well… I am wait-listed for it. The number of people who applied for it is overwhelming, I swear. But yes, I (still) blame no one but myself. Haha.

I just realized how my college entrance exams experience is a combination of all sorts. I’ve experienced so many things and been labeled many different statuses, and as my dad jokingly said, nasa akin na raw ang lahat—qualified, wait-listed, barely passed (read: got accepted for my second campus choice). Lol. So now I understand how people really feel, say, such as those who got wait-listed for a course they really want to take. There’s that glimpse of hope, but then you still feel there’s something lacking… yep. Wow, this is one of the few times in my life I feel I am one relatable person out there. Haha.

Anyway… now I can say my long wait for all of this is over. Next thing(s) to figure out: Where am I really heading to next? I wish to be students of both schools at the same time, and I don’t even know how that’s going to be possible…

Lord, it’s up to You how my life story should go on.

I think I’m thinking too much, as always. Time to look for more shallow things to ponder on, such as what prom dress to wear. Oh no.