Hey guys! I hope you all are having a great day so far. Life has been steady for me the past week. Nothing much has happened. I have only been struggling to get 8 hours of sleep as I'm easily interrupted nowadays. Also, I and my sisters started to workout/exercise as well. We have been planning to do so months ago, but we always get too lazy to do it. I just hope that we'd be determined enough to get the hang of it and faithfully work on it.
Anyway, this post has got to be one of the exciting ones I'll be doing as it is one way to discover new blogs and be discovered by answering questions. I have been tagged by Abbie of abbiechic.com and here it is... The Blogger Tag
Hi everyone! I would like to greet you all a Happy Halloween — well to those celebrating it. To be honest, I grew up really not celebrating this occasion as I was brought up that way. But since pumpkins are really popular nowadays, I've decided to share with you a squash meal to make up for it. My mom loves cooking this meal because of the health benefits we get from it. Also, I'm really fascinated on how food blogging works and would certainly love to explore further!
Let's get our Jack-o-Lanterns ready and start the slicing!
Hi everyone! This is a post going to be about my birthday last Monday; specifically the food on the table that day. It's been years that I was dreading the day I'd be 20. If you know me personally, or if you're someone closest to me, then you'd understand why. I really don't understand why I automatically felt that way but my 20th didn't turn out that bad after all. The night before my birthday, we ate chocolate ice cream and watched the movie Me Before You. That film was incredible and at the same time, I also have a little of a love-hate relationship with the author for making such a tragic plot. Uggghh. The tears I was supposedly going to shed so I'd be a little emotional for leaving my teenage years behind, was all used up because of the movie. So when the clock ticked 12 at midnight, I was crying too much for Will choosing to die leaving Clarke alone. Forgive me for being such a spoiler but you're surely going to cry if you haven't watched the film yet.
Anyway, here's how my day went: We didn't have car so we didn't go out or roamed somewhere else aside from our house. We stayed in and my mom just cooked some yummy Flipino food to make up for it. You know, I'm not the one who'd necessarily want grand celebrations or something expensive. What makes my birthday a better one is when people remember it that makes my day a lot more special. I've had loads of greeting on Facebook and on Twitter too. I was also extremely happy that day as I hosted #beechat on Twitter. There were lots who greeted me over there. Thanks to Charlene!
Also, I've been really eating so much and decided that this post would be a shout-out to the food we gobbled up. Here are some of the photos. I tried to be as good as a food blogger but obviously I'm not good enough, forgive me!
Few months ago, I completed a Foundation in Psychology course. One of the topics addressed were depression and anxiety.
At that time, I was so curious to learn, curious to understand where depression even began. I learned about bio-psycho-social factors used to assess a patient and everything else. I found out that stress could cause depression and if not taken care of, can lead to suicide. My heart goes out to all those suffering from depression and anxiety. I'm just thankful however, that my anxiety hasn't gone any farther from losing appetite and sleepless nights. So for all those who are depressed and suffering from anxiety, here's what I want you to know.
Hello guys, hello October! It's been a week after October started and ooooff, I can't help but be excited for the start of the winter season here in the UAE *widest grin* and also, I can't help but frown a little when I think of October as my birth month. Few more days and I'll be saying goodbye to teenage years. I honestly don't know how to react to this process in life which I call 'adulting'. The stage where I slowly have to get rid of all those childish thoughts, manners, and ways of doing certain things. The idea of growing older to me, is like a pain in the butt. Seriously though, I feel like my life has been a series of disappoints and failures that I didn't really get to enjoy as much as I would have wanted life to be.
When I turned 18, I surely was happy, but I was sad too. I was still groping on the changes that were taking place at that time, especially when we moved to a new church which to me, was like leaving old friends and family behind in the hope of finding a new 'home'. I met a few people thereafter, those from the Youth Group. Unfortunately, most of the people I got to be friends with or hoped to get acquainted with left Dubai to continue their studies in their respective hometowns. To say that I was devastated would surely be an understatement. I'd rather say, I was struck with disbelief that I left my home, to be well... friendless and alone. Though I got to meet a few people and that I'm happy with the people in my life right now, the sense that I'm getting older and soon enough, I wouldn't be with my sisters anymore, makes me shiver. My sisters have found friends within their age groups, attend youth services, and join the worship team. While I on the other hand, I'm here... waiting on what life throws at me and decide whether I react to it negatively or positively, until I turned 19. ( And I'm so lazy to talk about it here, forgive me)
If I want to, there's also a group for 20s and above; the young adult group. The problem with it is that I DON'T FEEL CONFIDENT ENOUGH to communicate with people who are professionals, travelers and have achieved so many things in life already. I would often brainstorm whether I join or not, which resulted in me working with kids all the time. The best thing about being with kids is that they like you, whether you're a businessman or just a simple man. In the church I go to, there's a vast majority of people who have achieved so many things in life at a young age. Call me ignorant, a pessimist or a selfish person..whatever. I'd say that half of my life I spent on my insecurities. I fed it that it grew bigger and bigger -- I'm almost convinced that I am good for nothing. This blog, this is my outlet. I may not show everyone what I truly feel on the inside but here, I get to be me for awhile. I get to be Hannah who's full of worthless rants, the Hannah who's always happy but hurting deep inside. Sigh. If I could only write the real score about what's happening in my life, I would. But I AM AFRAID OF BEING JUDGED , of being TURNED AWAY and of being MISUNDERSTOOD.
Now that I'm really turning 20, I don't know what to say. Should I be happy, should I be ready for the things to come, or should I just go with the flow every time? I wanna have that sense of achievement in my life that I could finally be proud to showcase myself when anyone would ask me. Often times, I smile when people ask how I am. Deep inside, I feel lost. Not in my relationship with people nor with God. Rather, I feel lost in my own thoughts, in my own self; trapped in my cynical view of the world and how people could be merely people. People who hurt and break the trust of others and people who would look at me and say: Wow, that's great! but inside, they look at me — doubtful of my capabilities and my credibility as a person.
The truth is, I'm not ready. I'm really NOT READY in regards with so many things. Quite a few of my friends have told me that maybe I should have a boyfriend, or have a love life, get married, have a family. I'm like: I'm just 20. Too fast? Should I hold a placard that states I'm 20 and need to get married? Of course not. I may be confused with everything, but I know that there is a right time for everything --even my love life. For now, I hope things get better, problems get at least lighter and my heart stronger. I am afraid, but I know that this is just a phase in my life that will come to pass. So when October hits the 24th, I hope I'd be able to greet it with a smile and be happy for awhile. Pray for me, wish me luck and who knows what love... I mean life could bring! Haha! Thank you and sorry for sticking around with me in this very long rant of mine.
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There are some things in life that we learn better when we teach it to others.
Now that our homeschooling has started for this school year, I also, on the other hand began to teach writing to my sisters’ and their fellow home-schoolers as one of their subjects once again. I believe that my love for writing has brought me to this place. However, being the imperfect person that I am, I admit that I sometimes make mistakes. Grammar and word-construction wise. What’s best about this experience though, is that I get to learn from those that I am teaching. As I look at patterns on their writing such as in essays and stories, I am amazed that they’re not the only ones learning to improve in their writing — I do as well. From reading and re-writing historical biographies, Folklores, or random essays written down by different personalities, teaching writing has taught me to explore different ways to write and improve in this creative field that I chose. Not only that. Teaching also helped me know more about the history of people I never even knew existed. As I read and check “my students’” works, I realized that each of us have a unique pattern or voice in our writings. No matter what the age, writing truly reflects our minds. And for that, I want to share some of the few things I learned in writing while teaching it.
1. Writing doesn’t necessarily have to be fancy
Having read tons of different blogs about a jumble of things, this fact is already too noticeable not to mention. I’ve read some works which included a lot of jargon words that might not impress the reader as they would’ve expected. Using deep words in a piece is definitely okay but sometimes, when the words doesn’t seem a bit familiar to the reader, it can totally be a turn-off — and that is what I’m trying to work-on. I am totally used to using a much formal theme when writing unlike the others who are simpler, yet better. So my goal is…to make my words understandable yet competent enough.
2. Copying others' work is not a bad idea
As a blogger, I have read on different tips and advises on how to make my writing unique in my own way. The steps always included the word “pattern”. When I say copy, it certainly does not mean plagiarism. Not only would it be disrespectful, but rather, an act of harassment when you claim others’ work as your own. Basing this on the subject that I teach I can prove it to be true. When my students outline their work, they get it from an official text and from that, create their own, using their own words. This is true for the bloggers. We don’t have to COPY others, but get ideas from them. It’s like getting a mixture of everything until you find your own flavor.
3. Reading helps a lot!
Right now, I’ve been busy reading two psychology books (just because I wanted to explore how cognition and intuitive thinking works), a lot of poetry, academic books and classic novels. Not only that, I’ve got this app on my phone called “Medium” which is a great resource for writers and readers alike. I’ve mentioned this because I want to tell you that READING is important. Reading captions on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram aren’t enough. Reading e-mails aren’t helpful either. If you want to get better at writing, start with reading. One book per month, why not? Also, if you aren’t that much of a bookish type, then you could start out by reading simple articles. Why does the brain work like this, why does the cow say moo, there are billions of informative articles that you can find online. If you love writing, you definitely have to love reading. This is one of the lesson I constantly learn when I teach: Writing doesn’t just happen in a blink of an eye; it takes a lot of reading, research, brainstorming and re-editing over and over again. Trust me!
4. Choose the criticisms you respond to
Lastly, here’s what I learned: Not all criticisms are constructive — even when it sounds constructive. Practicing will help you delve in deeper to your writer-self. Until then, you will begin to know what is wrong from right, even when no one tells you about it. Sometimes, when I correct some mistakes in my students’ writing, they don’t always follow right away, simply because I make mistakes too. In that way, it just means that they have learned to master things over time making them masters of their own works. In blogging, I get to hear criticisms from left to right especially when I am passing a piece to an editor of an e-zine or something alike. First thing I do is figure out how and where things went wrong; when the editor has a point, I re-edit my work. But if I’m confident enough with my work, I e-mail them straight away telling them that they have called out a non-existing mistake.
I can honestly say that teaching others to write has helped me become a better writer myself.
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I would say that 2016 is the year where I got involved mostly with kids. Whether it be at kids' church, different summer-camps or our homeschooling group, I had the chance to hang out with people a lot younger than me who all taught me different things that includes patience, perseverance, gentleness and a whole lot more. What I would consider as the highlight of my year though is the recent summer camp I've been a part of – KidsGames. A lot of you may know what it is and some of you may be totally blank. If you want to know more about KidsGames, do read my previous post about it last year here.
I know this post is a bit out-dated and really late but to tell you the truth, I have been working on this for a few weeks now but never really got to edit and successfully publish it. Thankfully, it's here now and here's what you have to know and figure out in a volunteer's perspective.
Summer in Dubai is definitely the time to do something 'summer' related. As some of you may know, I and my sisters have volunteered in a kids summer camp hosted by WellSpring. WellSpring is a company based in Egypt that pursues teaching children of this generation some of the values that are quite necessary in life like integrity, excellence, teamwork and a lot more. Having been part of different kids events in the UAE like Awana and Kidsgames, the thought of volunteering really excited me plus the fact that I was looking forward for a good time there too. Although it's not based or related to anything about Christianity, it nonetheless freshened me up as I really wanted to get some valued time to spend with kids. The event took place in Ras Al Khaimah Academy where most of the students there — went to school.
We had joined the team during the second week and stayed there for the whole five days, and I'm quite amazed that we have survived five day without the parentals — completely on our own.
Our life revolves in the present and that is for sure. Although we don't have a time machine on sale to bring back our past, there is always a chance to build something and dream for the future. While dreaming may often be perceived as an "illusion" or something that is beyond man's reach, I still believe that we always have a role to play in the steps we take, and the ability to make decisions that will either benefit us or harm us.
Looking back to a few weeks ago, I can only be grateful that there are things that opened my eyes to all the wide -range of possibilities. Things that I expect to happen and things that I don't. When last month started, I am very privileged to be able to do the 'dream mapping' with the people I know from homeschooling. It was indeed a good experience. It's a type of program or shall I say "strategic planning" mainly for teenagers who aim for that "wow" thing to happen in their lives someday. It started off with a reflection of how we were in our relationship with God and how we were doing with our lives. It then moved on to opening our imaginations and forgetting all the things that were holding us back from dreaming. Moving on, there's this thing that the initiator said that made me realize few things: " God is the supreme dreamer who dreams His dreams through us." I can assure you that those words are still in my heart until today for I used to believe that based on certain situations, those life-long dreams become limited and eventually forgotten, but I was completely wrong. If God is that "Dreamer" who dreams His dreams through us, then I think there is no way for us to ever stop that. There will definitely be no end to those – no limits or hesitations.
I honestly don't want to spoil the whole thing as I want everyone to have the chance to somehow do it or experience it first- hand, but I just want to share all those realizations, misconceptions and lessons that I learned from it.
1. Not all dreams are God-breathed dreams
As I've mentioned above that God is the Supreme dreamer, there are some twists to that. Yes, we may want to dream without limits and be who we want to be. Even then, it's important to remember that everything is still in God's hands. Every dream in the map, every detail, every imagination must be entrusted in God's hands. Sometimes, our dreams don't align with God's plan for us and that's where intimate prayer comes in. There are dreams centered on ourselves and there are also Kingdom dreams. While dreaming for ourselves is not a bad thing, prayer and communication with God is that one thing that will help us stick to God's plan and keep it the main thing.
" The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."
2. Sticking to the reality is not an option
I admit that I am guilty for this. I have been told many times to expand my thoughts and forget the reality because everything, eventually will end up there. The result for this perception is indeed the limitation to the imagination. When we withhold our abilities to dream big, our view becomes so narrow that we often miss out on the multitude of opportunities coming our way. It's definitely not a mistake to appreciate what's in front of us. Nonetheless, it's always part of the plan to dream big!
3. It requires an open mind
Dream mapping does require an open mind. It takes the courage to step up and plan on taking whatever risks are on the way. It is not just on paper – it takes a whole lot of dedication, effort and the will to do it which are all outside the areas of our comfort zones. Nothing does come in handy at first, but it takes the mind of an adventure -seeker, the strength of a bull and the determination that comes from God to act on the plan and step up whatever the cost.
4. Fix your mind and focus
Dream mapping also requires another thing – focus. Having the focus to do all the things written in the paper is a big must. No matter how many goals you want to achieve in life if you don't know where the priorities come in, everything will just be messed up. No one, at one time, can do all singing, studying, and traveling and more at the same time. Focus is another significant principle that comes with dream mapping. Setting each priority will also help in determining what you really desire to happen.
5. Don't do it just for yourself, do it also for others
Most of the time, we tend to plan about events that we want to take place in our lives. In this case, we often forget that there is more to it than just ourselves. We have our families, friends, acquaintances, and most importantly the world that needs someone like you and me to help change it and make a great impact in the society. I guess, if we try to put ourselves the least and give thought to others more, it's where we can truly experience the best that life can offer us.
Dream mapping is basically created for high school students who want to build a better future. In my opinion, it is better and much more helpful when teenagers around the ages of 14-18 try to do it because it's usually where the crisis come in and the years where teenage life becomes, well – a bit critical.
Dream mapping helped me to focus on things that I didn't think were that important to me prior to doing it. It's a great way to get minds together and weigh stuff down. Most importantly, it challenged me to stick on a planned schedule. Spiritually speaking, it's a great guide to help me draw not only closer to my dreams, but also closer to God. I knew and still know that without Him, none of what is written on paper will eventually become reality unless I entrust it to His care.
Thanks to Armandee, Jolene and family for accommodating us and imparting to us new ways to become effective in our youths and beyond.
Before I start, I just want to tell everyone how proud I am to be Filipino. I'm simply proud and blessed because of the richness of its culture. Like no other. I am a Filipino with Spanish and Chinese descent (as my parents told me) but I'm fully Filipino by heart. So this blog is all about the things I realized about being who I am -- about being a Filipino :)
You know you're a Filipino when:
1. You or your girl friends straighten your/their hair (rebond) just because it's kulot or in other words curly.
2. You love wearing loose or ugly clothes at home (pambahay), but when you go out the house, you actually look like you're the best dresser in town!
3. You are happy with the little things life can give you.
4. You are either really good in music or not. There's nothing between that.
5. You're used to greet older people with holding their hands and putting it on your forehead. Others call it Bless in English and Mano Po in Tagalog.
6. When you're in abroad, you know whether that man or woman walking down the street are Filipinos just because of how they dress up. (I know right!)
7. You love rice! It's either you pair it with tuyo (dried fish), sabaw (soup), any main meals/viands or simply anything.
8. You love the traditional Filipino chocolate -- Chocnut which is made of nuts.
9. You bow down when passing between two people or more who are talking as a sign of excuse.
10. You never, never butt in during conversations unless you're involved in it.
11. You are so emotional when you watch "teleseryes" and get carried away for real.
12. You truly love art and nature!
13. You love storing plastic bags and used water bottles thinking that you can use it again someday.
14. You have a great respect for our elders. Usually, we are more closer to our grandparents than our parents ourselves.
15. You love defending the celebrities you love from their haters even if you know that they don't care. (Haha!)
16. You have big and extraordinary dreams but that doesn't take contentment away from you.
17. You have a really huge desire to help your fellow countrymen because you feel like if you were the president, there'd be a better chance of progress in the country.
18. You love having big TVs at home and you don't care having NO more space available.
19. You know what "ukay-ukay" means and you love it!
20. Pacquiao's fights are a big deal to you.
If you know more, don't hesitate to comment! Big Smiles :D
For more fun facts about the Filipino Culture, I recommend you to watch Hey Joe Show! You can watch them on Youtube..
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