That kilig feeling you get when you hear “Nan yi wang ji chu ci jian ni” from the first few lyrics of Meteor Garden Theme song. Ugh HAHAHA!

     — Dew

Today is the day I try my best to catch up with my tumblr friends and tumblr life! I thank you Yesha for making me realize this. ♥

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Congratulations to all the graduating students! 
It’s definitely that time of year when many of you are graduating from college! Isn’t it exciting?
For high school graduates: I hope and pray that you may be able to choose the right College course. Choose wisely. You don’t want to end up course hopping, don’t you? 
For College graduates: It’s another chapter of our lives. All the hardwork, tears, sweats, efforts and sleepless nights paid off! You deserve it. I wish nothing but the best to each and one of you. 

Congratulations to all the graduating students!

It’s definitely that time of year when many of you are graduating from college! Isn’t it exciting?

For high school graduates: I hope and pray that you may be able to choose the right College course. Choose wisely. You don’t want to end up course hopping, don’t you? 

For College graduates: It’s another chapter of our lives. All the hardwork, tears, sweats, efforts and sleepless nights paid off! You deserve it. I wish nothing but the best to each and one of you. 

Date a Girl who Eats

Date a girl who eats. Date a girl who spends her money on fancy food instead of clothes, who has problems with refrigerator space because she has so many variations of mustard (and don’t even start with all the hot sauces). Date a girl who keeps a list of faraway restaurants she wants to visit, who has been eating foie gras since she was twelve.

Find a girl who eats. You’ll know that she does because she will always have a half-eaten bar of artisanal fair-trade chocolate in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the produce at the farmers market, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the first morels of the season. You see that weird chick sniffing the leaves of vine-ripened tomatoes at the supermarket? That’s the eater. She’ll never ever buy that supermarket tomato, but the leaves will remind her of the garden that she’ll plant in the Spring.

She’s the girl eating while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the heavy cream has coagulated on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in the scrumptious world of a buttery, flaky croissant. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who eat do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the croissant.

Buy her a pain au chocolat.

Let her know what you really think of umami. See if she got through the first chapter of Escoffier. Understand that if she says she prefers early James Beard, she’s just saying that to test you. Ask her if she loves Alice Waters, or if she would like to be Alice Waters.

It’s easy to date a girl who eats. Give her fine wine for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of terroir, in oddly-marked bottles. Give her Petrus, La Tour, La Tâche, Montrachet. Let her know that you understand that wine is love. Understand that she knows the pros and cons between corks and screwcaps, but by God, she’s going to argue for real cork until the day she dies. She understands the ceremony of cork.

She doesn’t collect antique corkscrews for nothing.

Lie to her about picking out all the shrimp and sausage from the jambalaya. If she understands food, she will understand your greedy urge to horde the tastiest morsels for yourself. She will make due with an extra helping of rice, and whatever shrimp and sausage you’ve left behind. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail to leave her the last slice of cake. Because a girl who eats knows that the last slice is the bittersweet slice. Because girls who eat understand that the last piece of cake may have been a little stale anyhow, and that the promise of cutting into a brand new cake is really the best part. And that reminds her — she has a raspberry tart stashed in that closet where you never look. Sucker.

Why be frightened of foods you have never tried? Girls who eat understand that someone, somewhere, had to eat the first oyster. Or the first escargot.

If you find a girl who eats, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a slice of cold pizza and daydreaming, offer her a napkin and hold her. You may lose her for a few minutes but she will always come back to you. She’ll mention that sometimes, cold pizza can taste even better than oven-fresh pizza, because sometimes, it just does.

You will mock vegetarians together. And especially vegans. But never to their delicate faces. Only with sly knowing glances, as you hear them whining to the waiter at the next table over.

You will eat so much that you will wonder why your heart hasn’t already congealed with butterfat and seized up in revolt (don’t worry — it’s the French paradox). You will talk about lunch during breakfast, and dinner during lunch. She will introduce your children to braised pork belly and duck confit, maybe during the same meal.

Date a girl who eats because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most delicious life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale bread, and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone (and hungry). If you want to taste the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who eats.

Or better yet, date a girl who cooks.

travelgurrl:

Dear Mr. Aquino,
You may not remember me but we’ve met before.  I can actually name at least 3 times that we’ve met.  The first time was when your mum was in the hospital, God rest her soul.  You were obviously occupied then.  The next time we met, you were running for president then.  It was 2010 and I was graduating from my pediatric residency.  I remember part of your speech then where you encouraged us to stay in the Philippines, be good doctors here, serve the people.  You asked us to prevent any more brain drain than what the Philippines was already experiencing.  Help build the country, you said.
Well, you’re the president now, it’s been 4 years since that day and I’ve held up my end of the deal.  I’ve voted, I’ve been vocal about my opinions and my wishes for the country.  I’ve stayed, when I could have left, I’ve treated the patients, I’ve done my best.  I’ve put the welfare of others before my own and my family’s and I have given blood, sweat, and tears in the service of my fellowmen.  I have done my civic duty and I have been involved.  Most of all, I have helped bankroll the many activities this country has been doing because I have paid my taxes properly, in full and on time.  A quick perusal of my tax history should tell you this.  And in return for all that, I am still characterized as a cheat and a tax evader, a burden to the people.
Never mind that I hardly make enough to pay off all my expenses.  I’m a young pediatrician, considered lucky by many standards, and I’m not one to waste money.  Yet I still am just barely able to make ends meet.  When I pay my taxes, I’m not sure if I’ll have enough left over for rent.  Or for gas.  Or to pay off my vaccines.  Or will I be able to save money at all.  In my line of work, we don’t get retirement benefits.  We either save up and build a nest egg or work until we drop dead.  But I still pay my taxes.  Never mind if a patient who hadn’t paid before decided to pay all in one go.  I swallow and take a deep breath, knowing that that receipt I’ll issue could make or break my month.  I still issue a receipt and pay my taxes.  Because that’s what good citizens do.
So when I open the newspaper and I see that people have siphoned off billions of pesos of my hard earned money, it makes me angry.  When their children use it for a million-dollar birthday party to be with Justin Bieber, it makes me furious.  How many children in the hospital could that party have saved?  How many people could that have housed and fed?  How many vaccines could it have bought?  How many farmers helped?  It makes me sick to my stomach.
AND THEN, this ad comes along.  I’ve known that BIR has issues with the medical community.  I don’t know if it’s some unspoken angst you all have for the vaccinations we’ve given you as children or it’s because of your belief that you won’t ever get sick and have no need for physicians. But this was downright insulting.  To portray physicians as a burden, to make a sweeping statement through this ad that physicians evade taxes and therefore are burdens, is not only irresponsible, but is reprehensible.  Whilst I will not dispute that not all doctors can say this but I for one pay my taxes properly.
I still pay taxes but always with a heavy heart.  And you sir, have not kept up your part of the deal.  I’m not asking for protection, I can handle it.  But because of the continued attacks on my profession, I am now seriously thinking of giving up the practice here in Manila and moving somewhere else (I think I hear London calling).  Good luck with the doctors that are left behind.  The numbers applying to medical school are getting smaller, and those that do graduate will not want to stay around if this is what they’re looking forward do.
Good luck.

travelgurrl:

Dear Mr. Aquino,

You may not remember me but we’ve met before.  I can actually name at least 3 times that we’ve met.  The first time was when your mum was in the hospital, God rest her soul.  You were obviously occupied then.  The next time we met, you were running for president then.  It was 2010 and I was graduating from my pediatric residency.  I remember part of your speech then where you encouraged us to stay in the Philippines, be good doctors here, serve the people.  You asked us to prevent any more brain drain than what the Philippines was already experiencing.  Help build the country, you said.

Well, you’re the president now, it’s been 4 years since that day and I’ve held up my end of the deal.  I’ve voted, I’ve been vocal about my opinions and my wishes for the country.  I’ve stayed, when I could have left, I’ve treated the patients, I’ve done my best.  I’ve put the welfare of others before my own and my family’s and I have given blood, sweat, and tears in the service of my fellowmen.  I have done my civic duty and I have been involved.  Most of all, I have helped bankroll the many activities this country has been doing because I have paid my taxes properly, in full and on time.  A quick perusal of my tax history should tell you this.  And in return for all that, I am still characterized as a cheat and a tax evader, a burden to the people.

Never mind that I hardly make enough to pay off all my expenses.  I’m a young pediatrician, considered lucky by many standards, and I’m not one to waste money.  Yet I still am just barely able to make ends meet.  When I pay my taxes, I’m not sure if I’ll have enough left over for rent.  Or for gas.  Or to pay off my vaccines.  Or will I be able to save money at all.  In my line of work, we don’t get retirement benefits.  We either save up and build a nest egg or work until we drop dead.  But I still pay my taxes.  Never mind if a patient who hadn’t paid before decided to pay all in one go.  I swallow and take a deep breath, knowing that that receipt I’ll issue could make or break my month.  I still issue a receipt and pay my taxes.  Because that’s what good citizens do.

So when I open the newspaper and I see that people have siphoned off billions of pesos of my hard earned money, it makes me angry.  When their children use it for a million-dollar birthday party to be with Justin Bieber, it makes me furious.  How many children in the hospital could that party have saved?  How many people could that have housed and fed?  How many vaccines could it have bought?  How many farmers helped?  It makes me sick to my stomach.

AND THEN, this ad comes along.  I’ve known that BIR has issues with the medical community.  I don’t know if it’s some unspoken angst you all have for the vaccinations we’ve given you as children or it’s because of your belief that you won’t ever get sick and have no need for physicians. But this was downright insulting.  To portray physicians as a burden, to make a sweeping statement through this ad that physicians evade taxes and therefore are burdens, is not only irresponsible, but is reprehensible.  Whilst I will not dispute that not all doctors can say this but I for one pay my taxes properly.

I still pay taxes but always with a heavy heart.  And you sir, have not kept up your part of the deal.  I’m not asking for protection, I can handle it.  But because of the continued attacks on my profession, I am now seriously thinking of giving up the practice here in Manila and moving somewhere else (I think I hear London calling).  Good luck with the doctors that are left behind.  The numbers applying to medical school are getting smaller, and those that do graduate will not want to stay around if this is what they’re looking forward do.

Good luck.

I am a Mcdo Fries lover. I love how they cooked their fries crispy and salty. Having to see this surprised me and gave me the idea to do this someday with my Barkadas. Mmmmmm.

I am a Mcdo Fries lover. I love how they cooked their fries crispy and salty. Having to see this surprised me and gave me the idea to do this someday with my Barkadas. Mmmmmm.

I haven’t been updating my tumblr for a while now. I’m sure almost all of you are wondering why I’m no longer replying to your questions and why I’m no longer posting that much. I guess there’s a point in your life that you end up doing the things you prioritize first. I am really working hard right now by earning money through articles since I wanted to help a good friend and make sure I’d save enough before I study med school. I’m sure you really understand this, right? Anyways, I’ll try my best to catch up with you guys! Update me with your life! :)

I haven’t been updating my tumblr for a while now. I’m sure almost all of you are wondering why I’m no longer replying to your questions and why I’m no longer posting that much. I guess there’s a point in your life that you end up doing the things you prioritize first. I am really working hard right now by earning money through articles since I wanted to help a good friend and make sure I’d save enough before I study med school. I’m sure you really understand this, right? 

Anyways, I’ll try my best to catch up with you guys! Update me with your life! :)

Today is my 1st day this year 2014 in Iligan City. Mmm. Home sweet home!

     — Dew

An act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.

     — Frozen

A Place to be for beach lovers and sun worshippers!

Our first day island hopping was more on lake hopping while our second day was more like hopping different paradise-looking beaches. There’s no doubt that you’ll be able to appreciate the fine white sand on beaches, relax under the fresh and green trees and enjoy the clear waters. 

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Do you just love everything that you see in this picture? 3S. Perfect sea! Perfect sand! Perfect sky! :D

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This resort surely greeted us with a sight to see! Since they have cottages, tourists can actually stay overnight here but it has different prices during peak season and off-peak season.

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What you can do here: During the day you can play volleyball and basketball but if you want an exercise, better ride a kayak while exploring around the island;

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or if you want to relax, you could just read a book while lying on a hammock! That’s what you call pure relaxing! 

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If you are a view lover, you could just stay at their huts to just feel the wonderful sea breeze and consume the beautiful scenery..

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…but as for me and my family? we decided to play with the fishes! :D

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Just as when I took a dip in the water, I can really see the school of fishes surrounding us. One doesn’t need snorkeling to visualize these magnificent creatures in all their glowing colors and sizes! That’s how clear the water is.

For the safety of others especially to those who do not know how to swim, it’s best for you to wear your life vests because a few steps from the shore, I couldn’t feel my toes touching the sand anymore. Haha! Probably because of my short stature. How pity.

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If you are a confident swimmer and can float, snorkeling can be fun, simple fun for all ages, and has the added benefit of providing an escape from the heat. Get your hands on a mask and snorkel and play with the fishes!

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Pigging out with family!

Morning snack

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I love noodles or should I say, pancit in filipino! You can say that I am a big fan of any dish made of noodles. My love for noodles extends from soup, pasta, and my family’s favorite guisado and my forever favorite, Bam-i. Haha! However, I love how they served the food with loaf bread. This was supposed to be our 10am morning snack but we didn’t show up at the restaurant earlier before 12nn so they served it together with our lunch instead. So delicious and filling!

Main Course

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Steak with vegetables. Mmmm. It looks so good, doesn’t it? This steak with their secret gravy was the star of the meal. Good thing they added veggies on the side of the plate. My favorite veggies! :)

Dessert

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Mashed potatoes with sweetened honey. It was not the best mashed potatoes that I had but I love how soft and creamy it was. At least my little sister loved it. :)

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With my very big big family! image

A mandatory shot before eating the delicious meal! Let the feast begin! :D

Masaya ako, sana masaya ka rin! :)
- Anonymous

Hahaha of course, I’m happy! May I know who this is? Hoping you won’t ask me anonymously the next time you message me so that I don’t have to post it publicly. Don’t worry. I’m not mean! :)) Thanks for asking though. God bless your kind heart!

Keep posted on my next blog! :D

spiritualinspiration:

My times are in your hands… Psalm 31:15, NIV.
In life, oftentimes we are waiting for something; waiting for a dream to come to pass, waiting to meet the right person, waiting for a problem to turn around. When things aren’t happening as fast as we would like, it’s easy to get frustrated. But you have to realize that the moment you prayed, God established a set time to bring the promise to pass.
God has a set time for your opportunity. There is a set time for that problem to turn around, a set time for your healing, your promotion, your breakthrough. It may be tomorrow, or next week, or five years from now. But when you understand the time has already been set, it takes all the pressure off. You won’t live worried, wondering when this is ever going to happen. You’ll relax and enjoy your life knowing that the promise has already been scheduled and your answer is on the way!
Prayer for Today:
Father, I choose to trust in Your timing. I trust that You have my best in mind. I believe that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. Thank You for ordering my steps and leading me in the life of blessing You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

spiritualinspiration:

My times are in your hands… Psalm 31:15, NIV.

In life, oftentimes we are waiting for something; waiting for a dream to come to pass, waiting to meet the right person, waiting for a problem to turn around. When things aren’t happening as fast as we would like, it’s easy to get frustrated. But you have to realize that the moment you prayed, God established a set time to bring the promise to pass.

God has a set time for your opportunity. There is a set time for that problem to turn around, a set time for your healing, your promotion, your breakthrough. It may be tomorrow, or next week, or five years from now. But when you understand the time has already been set, it takes all the pressure off. You won’t live worried, wondering when this is ever going to happen. You’ll relax and enjoy your life knowing that the promise has already been scheduled and your answer is on the way!

Prayer for Today:

Father, I choose to trust in Your timing. I trust that You have my best in mind. I believe that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. Thank You for ordering my steps and leading me in the life of blessing You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

CURRENTLY READING: The early bird catches the worm but the second mouse catches the cheese.
Life is a matter of perspective. Even when we talk about a sensitive subject matter such as love, it all depends on how you see it and it all depends on your perspective.
THE ORIGINAL VERSION USED TO BE LIKE THIS:
If you love something, set it free…
If it comes back, it’s yours; if it doesn’t, it never was yours in the first place.
THE PESSIMIST’S VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free…
If she ever comes back, she’s yours, if she doesn’t, well, as expected, she never was.
THE OPTIMIST’S VERSION: If you love somebody, set her free…
Don’t worry, she will come back.
THE SUSPICIOUS’ VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free…
If she ever comes back, ask her why.
THE IMPATIENT PERSON’S VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free…
If she doesn’t come back within some time limit, forget her.
THE PATIENT PERSON’S VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free…
IF she doesn’t come back, continue to wait until she comes back… 
THE PLAYFUL VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free…
*If she comes back, and if you love her still, set her free again, repeat*
THE LAWYER’S VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free…
Clause 1a of Paragraph 13a-1 in the second amendment of the Matrimonial Freedom Act clearly states that…
THE STATISTICIAN’S VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free…
If she loves you, the probability of her coming back is high. 
If she doesn’t, your relationship was improbable anyway.
THE POSSESSIVE VERSION:
If you love somebody don’t ever set her free.
THE MBA VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free… Instantaneously… and look for others simultaneously.
THE PSYCHOLOGIST’S VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free…
If she comes back, her super ego is dominant. If she doesn’t come back, her IQ is supreme.
If she doesn’t go, she must be crazy.
THE FINANCE EXPERT VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free…
If she comes back, it’s time to look for fresh loans. If she doesn’t write her off as an asset gone bad.
THE MARKETING VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free…
If she comes back, she has brand loyalty. If she doesn’t, reposition the brand in new markets.
Now you probably know what I mean when I say that life is not what happens, but it’s how you look at it and take it.
HERE’S MY VERSION:
If you love somebody, you will care enough to share your life to help, to give, rather than to get or to receive.
If you love somebody, you will begin to invest more of your time, listen carefully to what that person is saying.
If you love somebody, you will rejoice at that person’s success.
And most importantly, if you love somebody, you would pray for that person and bring him or her to the Savior.
Now that’s what the real issue in love is all about. And this should be the right christian perspective. 
-Francis J. Kong

CURRENTLY READING: The early bird catches the worm but the second mouse catches the cheese.

Life is a matter of perspective. Even when we talk about a sensitive subject matter such as love, it all depends on how you see it and it all depends on your perspective.

THE ORIGINAL VERSION USED TO BE LIKE THIS:

If you love something, set it free…

If it comes back, it’s yours; if it doesn’t, it never was yours in the first place.

THE PESSIMIST’S VERSION:

If you love somebody, set her free…

If she ever comes back, she’s yours, if she doesn’t, well, as expected, she never was.

THE OPTIMIST’S VERSION:
If you love somebody, set her free…

Don’t worry, she will come back.

THE SUSPICIOUS’ VERSION:

If you love somebody, set her free…

If she ever comes back, ask her why.

THE IMPATIENT PERSON’S VERSION:

If you love somebody, set her free…

If she doesn’t come back within some time limit, forget her.

THE PATIENT PERSON’S VERSION:

If you love somebody, set her free…

IF she doesn’t come back, continue to wait until she comes back… 

THE PLAYFUL VERSION:

If you love somebody, set her free…

*If she comes back, and if you love her still, set her free again, repeat*

THE LAWYER’S VERSION:

If you love somebody, set her free…

Clause 1a of Paragraph 13a-1 in the second amendment of the Matrimonial Freedom Act clearly states that…

THE STATISTICIAN’S VERSION:

If you love somebody, set her free…

If she loves you, the probability of her coming back is high.

If she doesn’t, your relationship was improbable anyway.

THE POSSESSIVE VERSION:

If you love somebody don’t ever set her free.

THE MBA VERSION:

If you love somebody, set her free… Instantaneously… and look for others simultaneously.

THE PSYCHOLOGIST’S VERSION:

If you love somebody, set her free…

If she comes back, her super ego is dominant. If she doesn’t come back, her IQ is supreme.

If she doesn’t go, she must be crazy.

THE FINANCE EXPERT VERSION:

If you love somebody, set her free…

If she comes back, it’s time to look for fresh loans. If she doesn’t write her off as an asset gone bad.

THE MARKETING VERSION:

If you love somebody, set her free…

If she comes back, she has brand loyalty. If she doesn’t, reposition the brand in new markets.

Now you probably know what I mean when I say that life is not what happens, but it’s how you look at it and take it.

HERE’S MY VERSION:

If you love somebody, you will care enough to share your life to help, to give, rather than to get or to receive.

If you love somebody, you will begin to invest more of your time, listen carefully to what that person is saying.

If you love somebody, you will rejoice at that person’s success.

And most importantly, if you love somebody, you would pray for that person and bring him or her to the Savior.

Now that’s what the real issue in love is all about. And this should be the right christian perspective. 

-Francis J. Kong