Last week, I got into a fight. So let’s skip the “love” part first. Haha!
It wasn’t really a physical fight, more like a “war of the words” with a person who has no purpose in life whatsoever. Excuse the negative comment at this point because he didn’t have the right to insult me. Yes, it’s a “he.” An old male person who has totally lost my respect and who I decided to completely write off of my life forever. I’ll call him D.O.M. — stands for Deranged Old Man! Period.
What happened? In the first place, we’re not close. At all. I don’t give a damn about him and his life and I don’t talk to him — so you can say that he has no right to comment about me and lecture me about what I should do with my life. He’s not my parent, he didn’t raise me, heck like I said, I avoid having conversations with him because doing so would just be a complete waste of my time. Besides, at his age, the life he’s living isn’t really something worth emulating so maybe he should comment about his own life first and the way he should live it. So when he called me something offensive behind my back (at least he thought I didn’t hear him), he totally crossed the line. All those years of trying to ignore him all boiled down into one bloody exchange of words. Swearwords included. Damn. Call me someone who stooped down to “his” level, but whatever. Minsan, nangyayari talaga yun sa buhay. #GalitNaGalitLang talaga ang naging peg ko.
Who he is and what he said that ticked me off, I will not disclose to you anymore. What I’m willing to tell you is what he commented on: my unemployment once again.
Yes, I’m unemployed once again. But before you judge me (like what D.O.M. did!), at least know the story first.
D.O.M. thought that I’m not good enough, that I couldn’t keep a job because of lack of skills or whatnot, and that I’m not destined for any greatness in this life — WITHOUT knowing anything about what really happened. All he knew was that I was at home that day. All he was, is, and will forever be = one judgmental person.
Well EXCUSE ME, I know what I’m capable of and I know how to make the most out of my skills — I’m just unlucky these days career-wise, that’s all.
The truth: our team got laid off. Hence my career-hunt AGAIN for the past few days. Wish me luck!
You see, we can’t really get EVERYTHING we want. I want a writing job (bonus if it pays well!), along Ayala Avenue, with normal office hours AND a team composed of great people.
Guess what? I got all that and more in my latest job. For the first time, I even found myself calling it a long-term “career” and not just another day job because I loved everything about it so much, I already saw myself working there for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, God has other plans for me and my teammates. So after working there for years and months (them); 17 days (me), we all had to say goodbye to our beloved company and to each other. #LongStoryMadeShort #StillCoping :’(
So yeah. Right now, I’m JOBLESS, I’m MONEYLESS, but I can still feel luuurve all around me. (And it’s not just because Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Hahaha!)
Love for writing
About six months ago, I was writing a draft post entitled, “The Question I Still Haven’t Found The Answer To.” At that time, I think I was referring to what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I kind of wrote that there will come a point in your life when money won’t be a major factor anymore. There will come a point in your life when PURPOSE will be what you’ll finally seek for. I’m not saying that I don’t need money because I do. I really do. Heck, who doesn’t? I don’t think even Bill Gates will ever say that he doesn’t need it. Because he will, maybe for his business and not his personal life, but he needs and will always need money.
The point is, I’m just more drawn to another thing these days: PURPOSE. The kind I’d be willing to be paid less than expected because I know that I’m doing something worthwhile. I found that purpose in WRITING.
I admit, I may not be the best writer in the world, but I know that it’s something I believe I’m good at and enjoy doing both at the same time!
So I can say that I’ve Already Found The Answer to The Question. I now know that I want to write, write, write, for the rest of my life. The only follow-up question is WHERE???
Now, that, I still haven’t found the answer to yet again. So help me God! Wahahahaha!
Love from my family
I’ve already said once, twice, for the nth time that my sisters are truly my biggest IDOLS and INSPIRATIONS. And that when all else fails (i.e. experience retrenchment), I’ll ALWAYS have THEM! And that — THAT is something no one, as in NO ONE, can ever take away from me! True THEN; true NOW. Click HERE and HERE. Haha!
Love FOR and FROM Paul
Just because I’m experiencing bliss in my love life, my work life should suffer? Ganun-ganun nalang, Universe?! Well, I refuse to give in to that whole you-can’t-always-get-what-you-want thing in this department. I want HAPPINESS in both my love life and my work life!
And so far, everything’s getting better and better everyday just because Paul‘s always there by my side. So thanks, hon! I love you!!! :*
Aahhh. Blogging truly is still “therapy” to me. Imagine, I’ve been trying to control all my emotions this past week and writing has been my answer. It truly never fails me.
When I decided to create this post, I didn’t really have a main point (so I apologize for the ramblings!). All I wanted to achieve was feel a little better and unload myself of this “excess baggage” I’ve been carrying lately. I say, mission accomplished! Thank God for WordPress!
But most of all, thank God for LOVE. ♥
*superheroes bit by eight-legged creatures not included!
It’s that time of the year again — a time for year-ender posts (at least for bloggers!). It was exactly a year ago (December 29, 2011) when I posted my first year-ender on this blog, and I just realized that the universe heard my plea. When I said that I wanted to be “amazed” this year (inspired by the movie New Year’s Eve), I think I got more than what I asked for!
Last year, I wrote this:
“This coming year, I also dare ALL OF US to be AMAZED!!! I don’t know… be amazed by EATING. TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS. PRAYING. TRAVELING. LOVING. WRITING. Actually, ANYTHING. As long as you get to have your own interpretation of the word “AMAZING,” do it! Just. be. amazed!”
Eating, taking photographs (hello, Instagram!), and praying are already givens. They’re practically part of my everyday life, so I’d like to focus on the remaining three: traveling, loving, and writing.
Let’s start with TRAVELING.
During the first half of the year, the travel bug was at work in my life because that was the time I decided to TRAVEL just because I could! Hahaha! I don’t know what happened, but I just suddenly found myself traveling to Brunei in January, Bohol and Cebu in April, Vietnam and Cambodia in May, and Hong Kong (for the nth time!) in June.
I have a feeling that it’ll be a long time before I can do THIS again, so I’m grateful that I was given the chance to do so in 2012.
Aside from my own travels, I also launched my 2012 blog project (yehesss, “launch” talaga!) wherein I featured “people like you and me — who just happen to have ‘wanderlust’ as their middle names” every month. To know what I’m talking about, CLICK HERE. Haha! So to my featured travelers this 2012 — Minnie, Danica, Pia, my sisters, Cara, Joanna, Carol, Anthony, Arlene, Gian, Rema, Madel, Bianca, George and Angelo — I want to say THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! for sharing your travel stories and making my blog project a success! It was as if we also went to the places you’ve been to through your words and pictures. I love and thank you all!!!
This 2013, I’ll still feature travelers but it won’t be a monthly thing anymore. However, I still hope that you’ll read and enjoy them as much as you did when I was still doing it every month. Heehee.
Let’s move on to WRITING.
This is the part where I talk about my “chosen career” (as opposed to the “default” one). @_@
2012 has been a roller coaster ride for me career-wise. In May, I decided to leave my first full-time job after working there for two years and nine months. Three months after that, I landed my next job wherein I was finally able to pursue my passion for writing. But I believe that God has a better plan for me, so that “next job” lasted for only three months. I’m still thankful, though, that I was given that “experience” because I did learn a thing or two from it. In fact, I’d like to share with you my favorite “assignment” during my short stint there: FOOD REVIEWS!!!
(excerpts from “Family-friendly Restaurants”
found inside BC Magazine Philippines’ November 2012 issue)
This 2013, I still hope to pursue this “chosen career” of mine, BUT I’m hoping that I’ll also
have the luck to be given the chance to pursue my “default” one. Take a hint, my dream job! (Universe, are you listening again? Hehehe.)
And to end this post, let’s talk about LOVING.
I don’t know how to start this without being cheesy and mushy. Alam naaa!
Okay, this is a continuation of what I wrote on my year-ender post last 2011:
I wrote THAT in December 2011. And even though I didn’t really meet Zac Efron in person this year, I still got to have my very own Paul — who I met nine months after telling the world that I wanted to be amazed!
(pagbigyan na ang cheesiness at mushiness! Wahahahaha!)
I love you, hon!!! ♥
So yeah. Universe, excellent job! Consider me MORE THAN amazed!
I, thank you. ♥♥♥
This coming new year, I hope that I’ll continue to be GRATEFUL and AMAZED.
I wish the same things for ALL OF YOU.
Happy 2013, my dear friends!!!
I’m no expert blogger. You can call me a “hobby blogger” or whatever. But me, I’m simply a “blogger” — no need to precede it with any adjective found in the dictionary. I’m simply just a person who enjoys rambling for I just can’t keep my thoughts to myself.
A blogger. A simple blogger. (And there goes the adjective! Hahaha!)
Anyway, THIS “simple blogger” can seriously say that BLOGGING is for EVERYONE. And since overgeneralization is in vogue nowadays, heavens yes — that includes YOU!
So why? Why should there be more <insert adjective here> bloggers in the cyber world? Well…
…a form of “therapy.” Whether you’re angry, happy, sad, IN LUUURVE, or just plain bored, blogging can help you! Well, at least that’s what it does for me. Expressing your feelings through words is, no doubt, therapeutic. If you’re not convinced, the only way to prove that is to TRY IT. So go ahead, blog away!
…a “time capsule.” Aside from ALWAYS thinking of topics that may interest your readers, why not just document how your day went. It can be as simple as going to a mall and then suddenly bumping into an old friend you haven’t seen in years, or it can be as grand as traveling to Antarctica where no one else has been to except for scientists (oh yes you can!), blog about it.
A picture can PAINT a thousand words. But a blog? Aside from already having pictures, a blog can SHOW exactly your feelings through words. It can show how you felt on that exact same day you went to the mall or traveled to Antarctica. Plus, it’s easier to “go back in time” through your “archives” widget, don’t cha think? Heehee.
Blogging can give you…
…improved (writing) skills. I may not be a big shot in writing, I may not be friends with J.K. Rowling (which sucks ’cause I hear she’s even richer than the Queen!), I may not be a Freshly Pressed blogger here on WordPress (are you hearing this WordPress?! Haha!), but I get to be “published” with just a click of a button!
On top of that, there’s no pressure. I don’t have to worry about what my editor will say or what errors I will commit. I don’t even have to get disappointed when my “marketing strategy” fails for not having enough hits on one blog post. Why? ’Cause I’m ALL that when it comes to my blog. I edit it, I proofread it, and I “market” it (thanks Facebook and Twitter). Most importantly, I “learn” every time my fingers get in touch with my keyboard. Count them together and I already have a total of FOUR SKILLS I was able to improve just by blogging. So if you’re in need of a budding editor/proofreader/marketing assistant/learner, just give me a call, will ya?
And oh! Before I forget, some people have actually been telling me that there’s a big improvement in my writing skills (yay, another improved skill!) compared to the way I wrote in one of my previous blogs — all thanks to the never-ending “lessons” I get, one blog entry at a time.
…followers. In the form of your
stalkers readers, of course. Kidding aside, whether they’re your family, friends, colleagues, or even strangers, be appreciative for being appreciated. After all, they took the time to read what you typed for hours. Bonus is if they LIKE what you typed, too!
So to you my dear readers, A BIG THANK YOU!!!
…self-fulfillment. Aside from being read by others, you should also think of YOURSELF. In the first place, you blogged because of YOU — yourself, and YOU. Your readers, number of likes, comments — those are just icing on the cake. Your actual “cake” should be blogging just the way it is. The way you were able to finally let all those thoughts out. Fulfilling? Most of, if not all the time, YES!
…the meaning of passion. If you don’t call something-you-keep-doing-because-you-enjoy-it-thoroughly-even-though-you-don’t-get-paid-for-it A PASSION, then I don’t know what that is! ’Nuff said.
Through blogging, you can inspire others in your own little way.
I’ve had some people (okay, less than 10 but more than five peeps) tell me that they’ve been inspired to blog because of my blog. THIS blog — this very blog you’re reading right now. (Whew, that’s plenty of “blogs” in one paragraph!) Anywhooo…
For me, that person was Patty Laurel.
Like I’ve mentioned, I’ve been blogging even waaay before I thought of “being a lady,” but I still wasn’t THAT into it. But when I stumbled upon Idol Patty‘s blog, I knew that she was the “push” I needed to go all the way. So thanks, Patty Laurel — thanks for inspiring me to blog!
As for you, yes YOU! As in the one reading this post — I hope you get to be inspired, too.
So why should YOU blog?
Honestly, you’re still the only one who can answer that. I’ve already told you my reasons… and if you don’t see any point in them, well, that’s really not my problem anymore. I say (for the nth time), to each his own.
At least I get to do something I enjoy. Heck, I can even choose any adjective I want to describe my form of blogging. Question is, do you get to do the same thing?
Oh what the heck, you don’t even have to answer that! I say, START BLOGGING NOW!!!
Your resident Lady blogger,
(At the end of the day, I still settled for being called The Lady! KCACO.)
I call this day (October 15, 2011) a blog-worthy one because I was able to attend this:
I’m so grateful for my school (yes, ANIMO LA SALLE!) for inviting established bloggers who are really worth emulating — especially for “aspiring” ones LIKE ME — to share their experiences with blogging! Also, I heard that this is going to be a quarterly thing (as in every school trimester) so YAY! YAY!! YAY!!! I just hope next time, they include my MOST FAVORITE BLOGGER, Patty Laurel! Heehee.
Anyway, the chosen speakers for this 2nd Bloggers Congress were:
Rob was just a replacement for his friend Christian San Jose, but I’ve to say, I think he did a good job at it! And he’s not just a talented artist, he’s really funny too! Haha!
Oh Saab! I think her talk was really simple, but very insightful. She kept on telling us that she wasn’t “prepared” because she didn’t make an outline or a presentation… but honestly, kung hindi pa siya prepared sa lagay na yun, pa’no pa kung prepared talaga siya? Her talk was really good — it was simple, funny, and a little “anything goes,” but I really think she pulled it off! And of course, she’s really, really pretty — as always!!!
Camille was stunning!!! I really learned A LOT from her talk (nice visuals, by the way!) I also really kept on staring at her (talk about being fashion-struck! Haha!) She’s. that. good-looking! An ultimate “eye candy.” Plus, she’s really nice too!
So the three aforementioned bloggers are all Ateneans! I love Arrneoww too (I’ve a lot of friends who think, live, breathe, and bleed “blue”), but of course we still can’t help loving our own! Heehee. Last BUT definitely NOT the least… the only Lasallian speaker… is…
Food and Travel Blogger
Two things you should know about him: Mercato Centrale and Midnight Mercato!!! Add to that his love for the country (and his passion to explore it) and you have one. awesome. FOOD AND TRAVEL BLOGGER! Inspirational indeed!
PLUS, he gave a lot of helpful tips (just zoom in the pictures):
Thanks again, La Salle!!!
Now for the other blog-worthiness of this day…
After the Bloggers Congress, my friend Lorenz and I went to the Mall of Asia to have our very own food trip!!!
But honestly, THIS is the highlight of it all:
Big Daddy’s Chicken
If you love MILK TEA just like MEEE, then I guess you’re already familiar with eating chicken chops from one famous local milk tea brand! But lo and behold, I think Big Daddy’s Chicken is the original — straight from Taiwan! I’m so happy I discovered this today!!! Simply DELISH!
Entertainment. Fashion. News. Travel. Whatnot. These are just some of the things you can stumble upon in the blogging world.
For me, my love for blogging started in my senior year in high school — but back then, all I did was sign up on different weblog servers, write a post or two, and that was it! I wasn’t really able to keep track of those. But fast forward to college, social networking was already at its peak, and Multiply became my blogging medium. Most of my Multiply posts are a tad personal, so if you’re not my contact, you won’t be able to read them. But just to give you a gist, they were mostly about the beauty of living the teenage life and the wonders of experiencing your first heartache (oh college!) HA HA HA
Anyway, after college, my blogging stint leveled up because I finally got paid for doing it! Of course it was short-lived (it was a one-year contract), but that experience is what I credit for truly sparking my interest in blogging.
After that… voila! I suddenly discovered WordPress, and here we all are today! But if you’re going to browse through my blogging history (see right column), you’ll notice that this blog and I kind of had a love-hate relationship AT FIRST. Again, emphasis on “AT FIRST.” Heehee. But thanks to Patty Laurel (she’s one of my favorite bloggers, but more on her later), my “relationship” with THIS BLOG and blogging in general just got better and better! Having said that, I actually refer to 2011 as MY BLOGGING YEAR! ♥
In fact, I think blogging and I will have the BEST relationship ever! Aside from writing my own blog, I’m now also drawn to reading other blogs — which is actually the whole point of this post! Hahaha! So I’ll stop rambling now and go straight to the point — LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I’d like to introduce to you the other bloggers who keep me company whenever I do one of my favorite hobbies: surfing the net!
Of course each blog (and blogger) is unique, so feel free to find WHAT and WHO interest you:
The Good That Won’t Come Out
I’ve already said it before, and I’ll say it again. The girl’s not just a talented actress, but a skilled writer too! I love her play with words and her honesty in her posts. I love the way she writes! Period.
The Diary of A Supergirl Wannabe!
She’s Bianca freakin’ Gonzales! She’s a celebrity, model, host, traveler, and of course, WRITER! What more could you ask for?
Camille Tries to Blog
Camille Co is a fashion goddess! I always find myself in awe whenever I STARE (yes “stare” and not just “look!”) at her fashion posts! If I were to meet a genie, I’d wish to have Camille Co‘s closet! Heehee.
And she replied:
Traveling’s what he does best! And not just simple traveling or budget traveling, but GRAND TRAVELING! This guy is a licensed medical doctor by day, and a traveler most of the time! Sometimes I even wonder how he does it… you know, be a doctor and a traveler? Where does he get all. that. TIME? Siya naaa!
The Tangled Web
Jiggy Cruz is a self-proclaimed geek! And yes, that’s a good thing, people! If I may say, his blog is “geekiness” at its best. And I swear, I really DON’T mean that in a bad way!!!
Brave New World
Thinking. Running. Feeling
Maria Ressa = GREAT JOURNALIST. If you don’t know her and still need more convincing, I have only one question for you: SERIOUSLY?!
But anyway, heads up! Her posts are all about serious stuff — REALLY, REALLY SERIOUS STUFF. No “haha-s” or “LOLs” allowed.
Another fashion blogger! I don’t exactly know how to describe her blog, but I guess I’ll go for cute AND sweet? Hehe.
Oh, just be prepared to have that I-want-to-have-a-makeover thinking once you read her blog!
Come Waste Your Time with Me
Weee! I can’t emphasize enough how I adore and thankful I am for Idol Patty! Yes, I even call her “idol.” Simply put, she’s the “Kate Middleton” in my blogging life! Haha! Idol Patty talks about anything and everything under the sun, but what I like best about her is her TRAVELS! If you want to know what I’m saying, check this out! Plus, drop by her blog EVERY TUESDAY for her “Travel Tuesday” posts. Simply looove.
Saab Magalona is a freelance blogger. Her posts are entertaining, prizes/contests interesting, and just overall WORTH EMULATING! ’Nuff said.
And then of course, there’s my BLOGROLL!!! If you want MORE interesting “blog” reads, then I suggest you see my complete list on the right column of this blog. The more, the merrier indeed!
I’d also suggest THIS BLOG OF MINE but then again, if you’re already reading this very post, then you’re already reading my blog! Hahaha, redundant much!
Anyway, HAPPY READING!!! ♥
Seated on a chair, cigarette stick tucked in between one ear, gum being chewed, a pen in hand that glides smoothly on a smooth sheet of paper or fingers never endingly tapping on key after key, and most importantly, ideas that follow through without being blocked is how I’ve always pictured a writer. That is, until I realized that in my own unique way, I am one.
My love for writing is something that hasn’t started at an early age, and it just bloomed much later on in my life. As a child, I don’t have any recollections of having the intention of being a writer. As usual, I never pictured what I’ll be in the years that’ll follow and I just went with wherever the wind took me. However, I’ve always been a reader and I believe that that was the first step I stumbled upon in realizing my writing skills.
When I was about six years old or so, I remember that my older sister, Malou, was the one who introduced me to the world of reading — she started buying me copies of Nancy Drew Notebooks, hoping that I’d be a fan just like her. However, I wasn’t successfully drawn to the antics of Nancy and the writing of Ms. Keene. So, it wasn’t a surprise when I stopped reading them mid-way and just abandoned them for good. But all that was changed when I was introduced to the magical world of Harry Potter. It was a decade ago already, back when I was still in fifth grade, when all the excitement about this best-selling book filled the corridors of my grade school. Of course as a student, my teachers required me to read textbooks, but those don’t count because they will always be there, present in our everyday lives whether we read them or not. As for entering the magical world, I’ve only read the first four books of the Harry Potter series, having Prisoner of Azkaban as my most favorite among them all. However, I still owe my love for reading to the Sorcerer’s Stone because that was the first time I learned not to put down a book. I can still remember reading it on a Saturday, sleeping late that night, and on Sunday the next day, I was still reading it inside our car on the way to church. Finally, that same Sunday afternoon, I was done reading it and as they say, the rest is history.
Looking back, I have to say that my love for reading has already evolved in the past ten years. Starting from Young Adult books like the Harry Potter series, I managed to take a brave new step into the world of non-fiction. Nowadays, I alternately read Filipiniana and autobiographical books, as well as online articles and newspaper columns, and I can’t be any happier. I may have lost a little of my interest in reading Young Adult books but my love for other fiction genres will forever be in my system because if it weren’t for them, I never would’ve learned to appreciate the efforts of an author to write a masterpiece that has life-changing capabilities. Reading a book enables me to escape, even for just a while, the problematic world we are living in today. From William Young, Danielle Steel, Dan Brown, Mario Puzo, James Patterson, Andrew Gross, Sophie Kinsella, Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling, and other authors I’ve managed to become a fan of, I was able to learn that all forms of “magic” also happen in real life, though it doesn’t literally mean that one has to have a wand and some stardust all the time. And yes, who even thought about the possibility of an-ordinary-person-turned-famous-author like Ms. Rowling can make her dreams come true by creating a whole new world through writing and in the end, turn out to be even richer than the Queen? Hence, I continue to read, that I call myself a certified book-and-magworm for I read just about any book, and including magazines, as long as I know that they’ll benefit my knowledge in the long run. And of course, I continue to write, with the hope that I can improve my craft much better and one day experience the kind of success the aforementioned authors have encountered in their creative and passionate lives.
Next to reading, another star that led me to the path of writing was a group of people I shared the same interest with. Back in high school, my barkada and I used to call ourselves The Storykeepers (SKs). Our past-time was writing our so-called “story notebooks” which were basically fan-fictions of our crushes, dreams and aspirations, current trends, and just about anything and everything under the sun that interested us in our early teenage lives, with each of us having our own pen names and specialty genres. I, being a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, obviously dwelled on the “teen romance” part. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish any of the story notebooks I’ve written and I seldom have contact with the rest of the SKs since I entered college. However, I can say that my writing has evolved through the years and I tried venturing out to other forms of writing such as scripts, short stories, essays, and even poems — but for this one, I had to experience “pain” just so I can excrete out my creative juices.
It was in college where I found myself writing several poems and I must give credit to the person who gave me the inspiration to do it all: my college crush. As mushy as it may sound, I’ve had the biggest crush on this particular guy for three years or more, which means my entire college life. The problem was, he was my closest male friend, even best friend, and that made things much, much complicated. My simple crush turned into a serious infatuation, and eventually developed into unrequited love. To make matters worse, he had a girlfriend at that time. But my “love” for him was so strong that I spent my entire college life with my eyes fixed on him ONLY, to the point that whenever I had suitors, I didn’t entertain them anymore. Sadly, time came to pass when we eventually drifted apart and my so-called “unrequited love” for him caused our friendship to end. Besides, if being personally told stories about his life with his girlfriend was not hurtful enough, then I don’t know what is. And that was where my creative side emerged.
Writing became my outlet for expressing my repressed feelings for him. My first poem about him still had a positive tone since I only did that because as much as I want to deny it, the guy can write and I thought that maybe, just maybe, sharing the same hobby can be some sort of a leverage on my part. But when the sweetness of our situation turned sour, most of my compositions became one with me — they all turned out to be “bitter” as well.
However, I don’t regret even one day of that occurrence because it made me realize a lot of things, and one of which is to make me aware of the fact that I have what it takes to make my own masterpieces that all feed from the heartaches I encounter in my young life. I was able to create several stories, poems, and even a song — all taking inspiration from him.
Following that, I believe the one that gave me my biggest break so far, after college, and truly believed in my skill as a writer was Candy magazine when they chose me to be part of the Candy Council of Cool 9 (CoC 9). I’ve been a Candy girl for almost nine years now, since I was 12 years old, so it’s not surprising to know that I’ve always wanted to be involved with the Candy team in any way whatsoever — and being a CoC 9 member was a chance-in-a-lifetime for me. Basically, Candy magazine has been choosing eight girls every year, since 2000, to be contributing writers and reach their teen market in the most approachable way as possible. In my batch, we were called “The Lucky Nine” for it was the first time they chose nine girls — nine girls who qualified that they cannot let go of, I guess. I won’t deny that I felt flattered and proud when I found out that I was chosen, and my stint with Candy was something I can describe as a year full of fun and surprises that opened a lot of doors for me. Aside from writing, I was able to appear on the pages of the magazine itself from time to time, and I was able to attend events and meet celebrities. And of course, we got paid for the assignments we wrote and the blog we maintained for almost a year on the magazine’s website. I think this is a bit cliché but it is true that those things are just what we call “icing on the cake” because the one that truly mattered the most to me was the part where I was able to practice and hone my writing skills.
Having said those, I may love to write but I still don’t consider myself a “writer” — at least not a professional one. That’s why I call it a “happy frustration” because I may not have the proper training nor enough credit from doing it, but why should I care anyway? What’s important is the way I experience happiness whenever I let out my thoughts on paper and hopefully inspire even at least one of my readers. I know that this is something that I’ll continue to hone and make room for improvement for the rest of my life, and it’ll always be a testament to the world that I was lucky enough to be given the skill or at least the interest to do so, whether I’m good or bad at it; whether I get famous or not.