Pop Quiz: Embarrassing Childhood Memories

This week’s topic suggested by: thebookishowl

The Time I Lied About Baguio

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My friend (I don’t even remember which one, I think it was Mikki) in 3rd grade called me over the phone and she said her family was going to Baguio. I said, “oh, my parents are going to Baguio too!” – I think that was the only truth on my end. She said her family would be visiting relatives. I asked for names and after each name I said, “ay kilala sila ng parents ko!” and she asked her mom for a list of people they were going to see in Baguio and I just kept saying my parents were going there to see those same people. I don’t know why the heck I did that. In the end I told her I wasn’t telling the truth and she said, “Saab, my mom says I can’t be friends with you anymore.” We still stayed friends after that. I mean, how can you resist having a good liar as a friend, right? Ugh that was unnecessarily embarrassing in retrospect.

The Time I Said Approvement

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I was Editor-In-Chief and founder of my high school paper. I used to get so stressed because my writers and contributors refused to meet their deadlines. I did everything from editing to laying it all out and printing it on my personal printer before finally getting it photocopied for the whole school. Yup, I was a nerd, get over it! Anyway, one time at a meeting – I was telling the team off for submitting late. Let me remind you that I am the worst at confrontations, I get so nervous when everyone’s eyes are on me and when I get angry I cry. I started tearing up and my heart was beating so fast and I said “If you really want to be a part of this, you have to submit on time!! Siyempre your articles need time for my approvement before we print it!!” I realized it just as I said it but I was too caught up in the moment to laugh it off because HELLO I was crying and making a statement. It was so ground-please-swallow-me-alive embarrassing. But now it’s a good story for the LOLZZZ.

The Time I First Started Wearing A Bra

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I was in 6th grade, a late bloomer. My mom got me my first training bra from Marks & Spencer – it came in a cute pink box with instructions and stuff. So I ditched my sando-under-my-uniform for my training bra. Days into it, I was playing chinese garter with my classmates during lunch break and apparently my training bra bunched up ABOVE my pre-boobies. You know how some girls’ school uniforms are made of super thin material? Ours was like that in Assumption. I noticed a bunch of my friends being jerks in a corner whispering and super laughing looking at my chest. Hahaha! Joke’s on them, I’ve got what I think are the perfect breasts. LOLOLOL. I was so embarrassed ;_;

Can’t think of much right now.. I think more embarrassing things are happening to me as an adult haha.

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Donate From Anywhere in The World

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The Yolanda Typhoon death toll has reached 6,201 according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as of yesterday. More than 16 million individuals have been affected by the typhoon with over 4 million people displaced.

I just want to remind everyone that helping out isn’t just a fad, you can always donate a portion of your salary or your daily coffee money (it’s okay to sleep you know?).

BPI e-Donations makes it easier for us to share our blessings. No more excuses about being too busy to run to the bank, etc. Admit it, you’re online for the better part of the day so please take the time to check this out and donate whatever amount you can. Yup, I’m guilt tripping you!! Haha, sorry I’m not sorry!

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One of the foundations you can donate to is TEN MOVES

TEN Moves is a campaign led by the Philippine Business for Social Progress and the League of Corporate Foundations in response to the Department of Education’s appeal to the private sector to help address the country’s severe classroom shortage. TEN Moves – which also means The Entire Nation Moves – urges 2 million Filipinos to donate P10 a day for 10 months to help build 10,000 classrooms nationwide.

TEN Moves and iGive.ph have partnered to raise funds for the reconstruction of classrooms in Typhoon Pablo and Typhoon Yolanda affected areas. Together, we hope to mobilize resources to help rebuild classrooms in Mindanao and Visayas. All donations during this period will be received and managed by Philippine Business for Social Progress.

After logging in to BPI EXPRESS ONLINE, select PAYMENTS and RELOADING, then select E-DONATION

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Select the foundation you’d like to donate to and input the amount you want to give

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The reference number changes according to the foundation you’re donating to. Click here to see the full list.

I donated a lump sum of P3,000, the total amount if I set aside 10 pesos every day for a total of 10 months! Again, if more Filipinos do the same, we can build a LOT of classrooms! I don’t think 10 pesos everyday is too much to ask from you, is it?

Spread the word about e-Donations by sharing this blog post with your family and friends!:) Thank you!!<3

 

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Albums

I can’t recall the first song I illegally downloaded on Napster but I do remember the excitement I felt waiting for my Linkin Park b-sides to reach the 100% mark on Kazaa (fuckyeah, Carousel haha).

Free music was a hard thing to resist for a young girl with low EQ and no ride to Tower Records. It’s still hard to resist for a 25-year-old girl earning her own money but somehow I am glad to pay for my own albums now. What a good citizen of this Earth. Pat pat pat (I am patting myself on the back).

It’s easy to reason out that Beyonce’s got enough money in the bank – she wouldn’t miss a couple of bucks. I paid $12 for her new album on iTunes and I am very satisfied. It includes 14 new songs and 17 music videos, most of them showcasing her beautiful booty.

“But what about bands I’m just getting to know? What if their albums aren’t worth my money after all?” I don’t know. I personally stream new songs online when they’re available. Thank the tech gods for LTE.

Then there are the bands that put their music out for free download. Is it a marketing strategy? Are they very generous people? Is it a “fuck-the-system” kind of thing? Or are they just not thinking at all?

There’s also the pay-what-you-want option that artists can offer their listeners. It’s a great system, yes, but it’s bittersweet to me. An artist puts all that effort into his work and releases it pro-bono because he knows people don’t really pay for music anymore these days. He’s happy just having people hear his songs. Pat pat pat (I am patting that artist on the back now).

Are physical albums dying/dead? Is the Internet the way to go? Let us know your thoughts. Because we’re releasing ours this year. YEAH!

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Only on SKYcable!

“What’s the use of autonomy when a button does it all?”

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This is one of the lines from Incubus’ Idiot Box, a song dedicated to opening the minds of people about brainwashing done through media – most commonly facilitated via our television sets at home.

The song’s got a very powerful message but hey, not all television shows are crap. Perhaps Brandon Boyd, lead singer of Incubus (and the love of my life back in high school), is just watching the wrong channels. Kailangan lang niya nang mag-subscribe sa SKYcable. Haha!

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There are four reasons why you should switch to SKYcable, too.

  1. It’s got the most number of standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) channels – over 180 channels for the entire family for a world of possibilities and limitless discoveries!
  2. You’ll have the option to add channels & packs that you like to your basic plan. For example, you can add the HBO pack (both SD and HD) at just P350/month and you’ll get to enjoy HBO Family, HBO Hits, and HBO Signature!
  3. The power is yours with iRecord. You can pause, record, rewind LIVE TV! SKYcable has the first and only Personal Video Recorder (PVR) feature in the country.
  4. Get access to special shows and events through SKYcable Pay-Per-View and Free View!

My personal favorite channel is Cartoon Network HD!! Hahaha! The TV has been dubbed the idiot box for years. There are a lot of crappy shows out there but there’s also a variety of channels for the informed and smart viewers like us!

I’m giving away this gift set from SKYcable!!

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Simply leave your favorite SKYcable channel along with your Twitter username on the comments section below!:) Winner will be picked at random and he/she must claim prize at Bonifacio High Street! ONLY ONE COMMENT PER PERSON PLEASE!:)

Note: this post has been imported from my old blog. Winner is Darci Catimpo (@lady_emelye)

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Blue Valentine (2010)

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I watched the 2010 film Blue Valentine for the first time recently. There are many reasons why you should watch this film.

Here are 5:

  1. Ryan Gosling is in it.
  2. Michelle Williams is beautiful.
  3. It’s not the usual movie love story.
  4. It will bring out so many feels.
  5. The story-telling is brilliant.

This is a couple you want to root for, their love is beautiful. Blue Valentine is a powerful film that doesn’t overdo it. It’s so real, the actors did an amazing job. I refuse to spoil it for you, go watch it if you haven’t yet.

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GIRL CRUSH: Lauren Young

GIRL CRUSH, n. 1. A girl you admire or someone you simply want to kick it with.

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I call Lauren my “beautiful besh” because she is so gorgeous inside and out. She’s like a sister to me the way I can open up to her about anything! There are people who are just “hang out friends” and then there are those who actually listen to your problems and help you plan out your hopes and dreams. Lauren is a true friend in that sense.

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She’s 5 years younger than me but she can be way more mature than most people my age. I think we click because she’s hard-working and determined (started acting at the age of 11) but she still knows how to have fun (she’s the biggest goofball).

Lauren is one of the most admired young actresses of our time. She has done several indie films and she has 2 new ones coming out this year (Gatas ng Ina, Overtime).

Since she’s such a good drama queen (both on and off screen CHAROT!! HAHA), I asked her for 5 songs that are sure to make her cry. Here’s her playlist:

Follow Lauren on Tumblr: loyoung Twitter: @loyoung Instagram: lo_young <3

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Win An SM Accessories Package!

My first giveaway for the new year! Here’s a cute set of ka-kikayan from the fashion accessories authority, SM Accessories!

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You will win a jewelry box that contains (I just made up these names, FYI):

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Bullet Journal

My ate Unna sent me a link to www.bulletjournal.com over the Holidays and I started on my own bullet journal today!!

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The idea is pretty simple but there are people like myself who have so many thoughts and ideas but no structure. I never really learned how to make outlines for my essays either, one of my weaknesses as a writer is not being sure how to start and finish a thought. It’s something I am currently working on. I need more order in my life.

This not-entirely-new system is helpful for me since I never really had the chance to learn how to organize my thoughts and tasks.

I’m thankful I learned this at the start of the year because I’m one of those suckers that think a new year means a clean slate. My wish list from my Secret Santa over Christmas was a large writing pad with the spiral spine on top, it’s my favorite kind of writing pad and since it’s brand new, I decided to use it for my bullet journal!

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Hehe yes, see, I am so unorganized I forgot to send one 1 out of the 5 Witty Will Save The World planners I gave away and I haven’t gotten around to sending out the Sony phones!! Finally sending them out tomorrow though, thanks to the new and organized me! HAHA.

Looks pretty empty right now because tentative schedules will be written in pencil! I took a photo before I could add them hehe and I didn’t want to give too much away, like that one item on the 18th that’s a secret for now. Hehe.

To learn more about Bullet Journaling, visit www.bulletjournal.com :) Happy new you!

EDIT January 7: I’ve migrated my bullet journal onto a smaller notebook for mobility. It will be my planning notebook. My writing pad will be more for… well, writing.

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Trip to 2014!

I’m getting ready for a huge trip I’m taking tomorrow past midnight! The doors of 2014 are about to open and I’m jumping in. There are some things I am taking with me and a few I’d rather leave behind.

Yep, you guessed it. This is my year-end blog post. Now I will stay true to my blogging style and come up with things as I go.

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One of the best things that happened this year was BEYONCÉ. Yes, the person and yes her album!!

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Let’s not forget, 2013 is also the year she sang the American national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration. The next time the media saw her was at her press conference for the Superbowl.

Wait, need to insert a photo of that realness!!!

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At the press conference, she admitted that she lip-synced the anthem because she was not feeling a hundred percent and did not want to take a risk at such a high profile event. Before saying anything though, she asked everyone to stand up and she sang the national anthem perfectly. AND THEN SHE ASKED “Any questions?” HOW MOVIE MOMENT IS THAT????

I believe 2013 is also the year www.poormichelle.com was created just to poke fun at the least famous child of destiny. LOL!

One of Beyoncé’s new songs, Pretty Hurts, falls under the same category as TLC’s Unpretty – tackling our common insecurities and how to overcome the pressures of being a girl in today’s society.

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I love you, Bey! I love the line ‘pageant the pain away.’ I admittedly cringed the first time I heard the line ‘it’s the soul that needs the surgery’ just because I found it so cheesy… But I know cheese is an important ingredient for a successful pop song. Allow me to guzzle down the cheese as I get a little surgery done before tomorrow night’s big trip!

Things I’m Getting Done:

  • Eyes – I’m getting new eyes. Ones that don’t always find the worst in everything. I personally think I have done a great job curbing my “wrong radar” that finds fault in all things. Remember when I was such a cranky teenager dubbed as The Incugirl? Ugh! Haha! But I think I can do even better next year!
  • Nose – I would like a nose that prefers to smell the roses. When I turned 25 I realized that I am actually old! Imagine, I have been blogging for TEN years?! Naloka ako. I decided I need to slow down and appreciate things more. I need to love life more. Thank God I do not have a nose that sticks itself in other people’s businesses. If you have that kind of nose, get a nose job stat!
  • Mouth – I need to cleanse my palette. My taste for adventure has gone stale. I dream of traveling the world but there have been days when I’m just in bed watching TV series. It makes me so sad that I am not planning trips even to nearby towns. I have to stop making money an excuse not to go on adventures. It does not have to be Europe right away! It can be as simple as exploring Marikina or something. Jim and I are so bad for each other when it comes to exploration because we both love to stay home, watch movies and get massages. We are creatures of comfort!! I brought this up when I turned 25 and cried about not living my life to the fullest (LOL DRAMA) and it snapped us out of our lethargy! We’ve made a pact to have adventures outside of our condos at least once a month! YAY <3
  • Ears – I would like eager ears for 2014. I barely listened to any new bands this year!! What a shame. It is probably because I was very focused on starting my new band Cheats. I have to do more research and actually LISTEN in the year to come!

Since I’m going on a year-long trip to 2014, I have to get packing!

Here are some of the 2013 memories I would like to bring with me:

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Jim and I went to Hong Kong to visit his ate Mia who works for the company that handles Cartoon Network (yes, she gives me Adventure Time goodies I LOVE HER). Ate Mia graciously let us stay at her apartment. It was the first time I went abroad without staying at a hotel and it was the best experience I’ve had in Hong Kong by far!!! I did things so differently, I felt like a person actually living there. I took the tram more than the train, I walked instead of taking a cab, we even woke up early one morning and went jogging around the horse race track near ate Mia’s place. Ate Mia and her boyfriend Rahul took us to a tiny bar that reminded me so much of Route196/Saguijo and we watched an amazing jazz singer with a blind Filipino keyboardist. Swear, it was magical. Jim and I also went grocery shopping to stock up the fridge as a thank you before leaving! It gave me a taste of living far away from my comfort zone and I absolutely loved it. Naiiyak ako thinking about it. Hahahaaha!! I would really like to live abroad for a while. Maybe in a few years! For now, I am very happy with this memory.

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I formed a new band with my best buddies, including my boyfriend! It’s been so much fun! Always exciting! There’s so many things to look forward to regarding Cheats this 2014! Follow us on Facebook!

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This year we recorded Duster‘s new album! It was my first time recording and I was so nervous but it turned out great, just a few more tweaks and waiting for our lead singer Katwo to get back from the States so we can finally release it!!<3

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GRRRL SCOUT held its first gig at Cubao X this year and we didn’t expect such a huge crowd, we should have hired more bouncers. I’d like to share that I had my worst public flip out that night. It was a mix of stress and alcohol, I admit. No I didn’t threaten to buy Cubao X haha but backstage some people were talking about one of the monitors (speaker) being stolen. Okay, I wasn’t thinking straight because DUH ang laki laki ng monitor para manakaw. The crowd was so rowdy so I took to the stage and told this group of guys in front to calm down and behave. They started mocking me by dancing magulo so I told them to “get the fuck out of here” ewan ko ba kung sinapian ako ni Dave Grohl or what. Basta namura ko sila and their girl friend was screaming expletives back at me. It was so embarrassing, I am SO not confrontational. I cried backstage out of frustration. Apparently, the monitor was not stolen but it was definitely soaked in beer because of that group in front. I apologize for that incident but I’ll keep this memory with me to remind myself that I am not one to get into fights. Number one reason: because it’s so chipazzz (cheap). HAHAHA SORRY!!!

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My Joey bear turned 1 this year <3<3<3 She is now huge but her body still isn’t able to contain her love for me. So unconditional. I love her so much.

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These 3 became my barkada for a while. Got highly addicted to GTA V. I think I’ll play it all over again this 2014!

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I landed a new show on GMA primetime – ADARNA! Kontrabida once again, I love it! I missed taping! I think I took a 5-month long break from TV but I’m back and I am so happy with this role. I just read the script for the coming 2 weeks of taping and it’s requires a lot of emotion aside from the usual taas-kilay and smirks I do. Haha! But I am totally up for the challenge! Yay!! Mondays-Fridays after 24 Oras on GMA7 :)

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Jim surprised me with a trip to Palawan for my birthday! It was my first time there AND also my first time to go snorkeling!!! What a perfect first time because fishing in that area is forbidden to preserve the coral reefs. They were amazing, I want to cry because I didn’t have an underwater camera with me huhuhu. Also the best because my BFF Candy also went with us!!<3

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Lauren and I spearheaded Ukay Alalay twice this year. The first time was for her brother’s friend with cancer and the second time was for Yolanda victims and with the help of our friends, families and followers, we raised over P112,000 in just 4 hours <3 THANK YOU!

My beautiful beshies never failed to make me happy once again this year. Sorry, missing from this picture are Megan and Janna!!!<3 MORE COMPLETE SESSIONS THIS YEAR PLEASE.

Our besh Megan won Miss World 2013 and this is the first time I’m releasing our reaction. Hahaha nakakaloka. HAPPINESS! PRIDE!

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Got another job as a segment host for GMA News TV’s Taste Buddies! Best job ever. I really really enjoy doing this show! Saturdays 540PM on GMA News TV <3

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Oh I have to mention the fact that I had my hair colored this year because it totally changed my look! Yay!!

I’m sure marami pang ibang pangyayari na hindi ko na-lista dito pero napaka-bilis ng 2013. There were a number of big calamities that happened this year, a lot of public scandals and break ups, so many heartbreaking moments. Still, there are a million reasons to look forward to the new year. Your parents, your siblings, your kasambahays, your dogs, your house, the grass, the clouds, the ocean, the food on your table, the friends who make you laugh, the friends you can cry to, the higher being that keeps you going.

I will remember to fill my backpack with humility and determination this year. Leave behind bitterness and anger. It will be a trip to remember. Good things will happen if I have a positive outlook in life. Down with the hate blogs. Hindi kailangan maging negative para sumikat (kaya sana wag niyo rin tangkilikin ang mga hate blogs). The Incugirl 2.0 is here! CHAROT!!! Sama ng ending kung ganon. Hahaha.

By the end of the year, not everybody in this world will know how to spell S-A-A-B but more people will be under my spell. SAAAAAAAAABEHHHHHHHH?! I love you, guys!

What are the things you’ll be packing for 2014? Blog/tweet/comment about it and share with me!<3

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12th Book: A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

I’m giving away one book a day for 12 days! Each book giveaway will run for only ONE day! It’s very simple, just make sure you are willing to pick up your free book at Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City, Taguig within 30 days of notification!:) If you don’t like to read, please don’t join so you can give actual book lovers a chance!!:)

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In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in a ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Join by using the Rafflecopter widget below. Make sure you are tweeting about this giveaway correctly — click the option “tweet about the giveaway” and click the tweet button!

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Good luck! That’s the last book for 12 Books of Christmas!! I hope you guys enjoyed!!<3

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