Thank you and Sorry Heneral Luna

Heneral Luna will let you feel sorry
for our country
for what it has turned over the years
for how we are still longing to be free.
And the most heartbreaking of all, for Filipinos have remained divided.

Grabbed from Heneral Luna’s Facebook Page. From Erad Crowley Source: puradworks.deviantart.com

The empathy for our sacrificial lambs who fought and died for our freedom rises as Jerrold Tarog’s Heneral Luna hit the screen for its third week already. To label Heneral Luna as a good movie is such an understatement. The team behind the movie did more than that. Kudos!

Heneral Luna is a great awakening to all sleeping Filipinos on their own Homeland. It challenged us to do something NOW and learn from our past mistakes.

In the midst of issues like corruption, serious traffic jam and the upcoming 2016 election, Tarog showed what we can do and what we can contribute. The message was blatantly strong but it was delivered soft and comically that a normal Juan can grasp. Tarog did not choose a particular audience for his message, but he chose everyone of us – whether students, businessman, leaders. etc.

The movie slapped all trapo leaders and politicians who’ve been running the government for years or decades already. Perhaps Heneral Luna would straightly tell on their face, “Bayan o sarili? Pumili ka!” And it is also a smacked to all Filipinos who have embraced colonial mentality and have let themselves alienated to their own country.

It will throw you questions like, what have you contributed to your country? Were you part of those people who just complained and never made an action? Or were you just part of those who settle and just accepted the harsh situations?

It’s been a long time since I last got struck by a Filipino movie. I was struck and was challenged to revisit the history that was seemed to be forgotten by many. Indeed, we can learn from our history and once more appreciate it.

My heart for national transformation gets burned once more and reminded me that we can still do something. It’s not yet too late to raise another generation who will take the national leadership. There is a cry and hope in my heart that it is not yet too late.

Tarog implied through his movie on how we should choose on the upcoming 2016 election. And here are the leadership values I learned from the movie:

  1. A leader is a strength of his follower
    When situations get tough, the leader gets tougher. There is no room for faintness when you are in the middle of war. As the leader, you have to show how valiant you are to your followers and you have to be with them come hell and high water. Because when followers are discouraged, you role is to boost their confidence and  encourage them.
  2. Leader must have an ardent heart for his purpose
    If you have that zealous heart, you can do something more than what you can imagine. The leader must have purpose higher than himself so that he is always after for other people.
  3. A leader must be wise and strategic
    It’s not enough that you have the heart and the vision, you must be wise and strategic enough to carry out what you have seen.
  4. Build other leaders
    If you want to keep the legacy, you must learn how to build successors. This is the reason why our country turned to be like this (if you know what I mean), the reason why there are still remaining trapo leaders in the country.

When will be the time that we will encounter another set of leaders like Heneral Luna, Jose Rizal, and Andres Bonifacio? Do we have to wait for the sequel of Heneral Luna to do something for our country? Let’s not be the problem but let’s be a solution.

Grabbed from Heneral Luna’s Facebook page. From From @somemidnights Source: https://instagram.com/p/7wFlHePGKv/

Mabuhay Pilipinas!

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Nomination and Realization #bloggys2015

Simply AMAEZING 🙂

I just made a Facebook status recently about my nomination on the Philippine Blogging Awards #bloggys2015 and I was flabbergasted  how people reacted. Mainly because their comments sound like I’ve already won. (Why not? Nothing is impossible at all.)

Thanks to an unending support from my friends. I just felt that I won already. :)

Thanks to the unending support from my friends. I just felt that I  already won . 🙂

Looking at the #bloggys2005 Hall of Fame under my category personal/diary, I found out that I was up against established bloggers (Feeling underdog here. hihi) But no matter what, I will be attending the most awaited #bloggys2005 gala night on November 21 at SMX, SM Aura.  See you there!

I was also reminded by a very good friend as we chatted after reading my Facebook status that I’ve been running my blog for so long, “2011 pa pala blog mo” she noted. And that comment made me nostalgic for awhile. (quite dramatic. hihi)

Flashback when I started blogging, I think blogging doesn’t ring a bell yet that time. It was actually my personal diary composed of rants, complaints, and all negativity surrounding me. If you will spend your time stalking my blog back 2011, you will see what I mean. 

But turn 2015, my blogging life has blossomed. No more maligning or freaking post whatsoever. It already found its voice and purpose. 

So what blogging has taught me? 

  1. Keep your passion burning
    When all else fades and time limits you to do things, the fire flaming in your heart will push and motivate you to put an extra mile. Being skillful isn’t enough, you have to have that burning passion and the answer to why so that in the end you won’t return empty and meaningless.
  2. Find your voice and have an advocacy

    I am here to inspire and do AMAEzing things 🙂


    There should be meaning in everything that you are doing no matter how small it is. Your writings are useless if you don’t challenge and influence someone to do something, and if people don’t get affected on it. You have to make sure that your message that you want to send was received by your readers.

  3. Meeting new people is priceless

    I met my cyber mom/co-blogger all the way from London through blogging. Here is the Christmas letter she sent to me a year ago. Sweet 🙂

    Meeting new people 🙂

    What’s more fun and wonderful than meeting new people? You’ve got to learn from their experience and they will help you contemplate on life and other matters. Usually, I come to meet people older than me. Their experience are beyond what I have that’s why their pieces of advice are such treasure to keep. Perhaps this is the reason why people tend to tell me that I have an old soul. 

  4. Your life itself is a blog worth sharing
    Tell your stories. Some people tend to look for other stories to inspire others where in fact their life itself is already worth sharing. You may feel that your story isn’t worth sharing, but trust me, you will never know who you are inspiring. 
  5. Love and enjoy what you are doing
    When you love and enjoy what you are doing, it will always manifest on the product/result. Don’t do something just because a lot of people are doing it or just because it is the trend. Do something out of love and conviction. 

I won’t maintain something for more than four years if I don’t love and enjoy it. Blogging has taught me a lot and I love it. So to all who are reading this post, I encourage you to find your passion as well and inspire other people. If you found it already, then congratulations! Hone it and share it. 

#MovingReads OMF Literature launches New Books

Offering another inspirational and insightful reading materials, OMF Literature launched their new books which will be showcased on the 36th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) last September 15 at Privato Hotel

Among their newly published books are: Lovestruck: Sweetheart Edition and Pass or Fail 2 of Ps. Ronald Molmisa, BOBOto ba ako? of Sir Rei Lemuel Crizaldo, When a Good God allows Rape of Ms. Joy Tan-chi Mendoza, Present: The Secret to Being in the Here and Now of Ms. Grace Chong. 

OMF Lit writers during the media launch at Privato Hotel (Photo credit: Edwin Arceo)

You can check OMF Facebook page for more updates

Ps. Ronald Molmisa plastering his new books, Lovestruck: Sweetheart Edition and Pass or Fail 2. (Photo Credit: Sir Edwin Arceo)

I had these two books already plus his signature. And I already finished reading Lovestruck: Sweetheart Edition yesterday while I am stuck in a traffic jam for 5 hours. haha (Will post a book review for this)

Ardy Roberto and his book, Real Men are POGI

Grab the copy of  Real Men are POGI! Mr. Ardy Roberto was also present on the launch. In all fairness, he’s more handsome in personal. I thought he’s komedyante but he has this serious side pala. I observed him while he was being interviewed by other blogger and I find him intelligent. 

Ps. Ronald Molmisa, Ms. Joy Tan-chi Mendoza, and Kuya Rei Crizaldo

I also had the chance to talk with Ms. Joy Tan-chi. Hands-down to her life and how she was able to cope with her darkest moment in life. You’d better pick her book, When a Good God allows Rape. And Kuya Rei’s book is perfect for this season as politicians are now declaring their interest for the upcoming 2016 election. (I had his book with signature as well,. Will also post a book review for this)

Don’t forget to visit the aisle 1 at MIBF happening now at SMX, Mall of Asia to buy all these awesome books with great discounts. Hurry up because MIBF is until this Saturday, September 19 only. 

See you at MIBF! I’ll be there on Saturday. Whooo! I think I’m going to splurge. Anyway, this is a great investment for you and I’m pretty sure you won’t regret getting these books. I’ll post another blog about my experience on this launch (Sneak peak: I had a short but meaningful conversation with Ps. Ronald Molmisa, author of Lovestruck) 

YSA Skincare Review: Diamond Peel

Thanks YSA skin and body experts and to Light Network

Thanks YSA skin and body experts and to Light Network

Growing up, I’m not the type of girl who religiously takes care of her skin . Of course, I know the proper hygiene like washing the face every night and the like. Thanks to my mother dear for introducing me her beauty rituals and products. Here’s the result: 

Thanks to puberty! haha

 Did you see it? Were you alarmed or shocked? Haha. I just can’t get enough with this photo. Because I’m a lefty, the after portion was placed on the left. The left side was just taken last year and the right side was my high school moments. Anyway, enough with the introduction.

Last month, YSA clinic has given me the opportunity to try their diamond peel and IPL hair removal treatment as part of the Light Network Bloggers’ Group.   I decided to visit them at their Greenfield branch since it is the most convenient place and nearest branch to me. 

Greenfield branch of YSA

 YSA’s Greenfield branch

I had the diamond peel for the first treatment (will post another review for their IPL hair removal treatment). Peeling your skin is one of the most relaxing treatments. Are you curious why it was called diamond peel? It is simply because the tip of the instrument used is filled with real diamond dust that scrapes the top of your skin. 

This is the YSA's equipment for Diamond Peeling treatment.

This is the YSA’s equipment for Diamond Peeling treatment.

After the treatment, I can initially feel the glow on my skin that it was able to breathe for a while. Diamond peel is open for all especially if you wanted to rejuvenate your skin and have a better complexion.  It typically removes all the dead skin on your face. 

Before the diamond peel treatment

Before the diamond peel treatment

Diamond peel is best experience when you have your facial treatment first. I wish they’d let me experience the facial treatment first before the diamond peel. Anyway, I still felt my dead skin removed after the procedure. 

So why try Diamond Peel Treatment at YSA Skincare Center?

  1. They have an affordable price plus promos and packages! 
Here's is their packages. You can zoom the picture or just visit their website

Here are their packages. You can zoom the picture or just visit their website

You can visit their website at YSA Skin and Body Experts or their facebook page.

          2. YSA gives you relaxing and cozy ambiance

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I just love the color 🙂 

With their staff

With their staff

              3. Nobody can love you better! #Nobodylovesmebetter

After the diamond peel treatment :D

After the diamond peel treatment 😀

So to all ladies, go to your nearest YSA branch to pamper yourself and have your skin treated. You deserve the best service, try YSA skincare clinic. 

Robert Kiyosaki Live in Manila

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Learn the most effective way to handle your finances! Get fresh strategies and tips directly from the one of the most influential businessmen and New York Times bestselling author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki as he will be in the Philippines for the first time for a one-day business conference on November 30 at SMX, Mall of Asia.

Together with other renowed Master of Wealth speakers six namely Mr. Bellum Tan (also known as “Rich Dad Asia”), Mr. JT Foxx, Mr. Rob Riopel, Mr. Mario Singh, Mr. Peng Joon, and Andrew Matthews, Kiyosaki will challenge, motivate, and empower people to reach their personal and financial goals. He has influenced a lot of people all over the world on how to think about money. 

This will surely guide you for your next business venture and will help every existing and  aspiring future business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and interested individuals like YOU achieve outstanding results  in your financial aspect on this  increasingly competitive world.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss this chance to hear from this pool of financial experts. Get your tickets now via online at http://www.richdadphilippines.com/beta/events or call (02) 689-7194, 0922-8908880, and 0917-5996875.

You are one step away from financial freedom! Let this business conference enlighten you to take the risk and reach your goals

This event is made possible by Laurus Enterprise and SRPL.