Saturday, March 31, 2012

I Testify to Love

Today, I am a witness to the Lord's ridiculously miraculous ways. Today, I am a witness to GOD's generous provision. Today I am a witness to His great love for me. 


I have been dead worried when I found out that I need to get 98.75% in the ES13 Final Exam to pass the course. Holy Shmoly. There is in no way I would be able to perfect the exam!

To be honest, I have been complacent. The average of my first three long exams were passing. I didn't think there was a chance that I would get such low scores for the remaining two exams for my grade to cascade that low. But it did. And the thing is, I only found out about it, the day before the final exam.

As I've mentioned in an earlier entry, I opted to not sleep for two days to study for the Finals. I even literally dragged Reygie to tutor me with the things I couldn't understand. I know it was a losing battle. I mean, seriously, a perfect score? WHO AM I KIDDING? But instead of being such a nega-star, I opted to just work hard for it still. Give it my best shot. And fight til the end regardless of chance.

I'm pretty sure I did well in my Finals Exam. BUT I am also as certain that I will not be able to perfect it. I was counting on my professor's words that they might curve the grades. After all, it was my only hope. Mom cried for days when she found out about it. She was so scared that I won't be able to graduate yet. To be honest, it made all the pressure more unbearable. I couldn't sleep for days!

Today, I literally dragged my lazy depressed ass off the bed to brave going to Engg and checking if Sir posted the final standing. As of 4PM, he still hasn't. I don't know which was scarier, the uncertainty or the possibility of a certain FAIL.

I lightened up a bit when I met with someone for dinner earlier in the evening. It was nice to be in a mall and not have to worry about deadlines and other academic requirements. Although, I still didn't help but worry about Trese. And so right there in Trinoma, with Kobe (my laptop) and Sunshine (my broadband plug-it) I sent my professor a message via email. By 9PM, I opted to go home. I left Trinoma and dropped by Quiapo Church to pray for a miracle. My last haggle to the Lord before I'll call it another sleepless night.

In the middle of my sincere prayer, I saw that a lot of people were walking along the center aisle on their knees. I suddenly had this urge to do it. To walk on my knees from the end of the church towards the altar! I didn't know where to start right away. I had to observe the people doing it first. It was kinda embarrassing looking all clueless in the middle of the church, y'know. But the next thing I knew, I just found myself walking on my knees towards the altar, praying with all my heart.:) It wasn't easy. It hurt BIG TIME. It started hurting even before I reached halfway. I cried both out of sincerity and pain on my knees! hihi :) BUT I claimed that if I reach the altar, I will pass the course. I claimed that by the time I go home, my professor would have replied to my email and he will tell me the good news. I claimed that come Sunday this weekend, I will be walking on my knees again, NOT to ask for anything, but to give thanks for the miracle I am yet to receive. And I cannot contain my happiness, when I went home this evening and saw my professor's congratulatory reply. He said I passed the course! :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

College is officially over! I will graduate this April! I will be able to march in a pretty ecru dress and wear that iconic sablay. I will be able to make my parents proud!

Tonight, I am a witness to GOD's unfailing forgiveness and relentless generosity. I am Ahjh and I testify to Love. :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Summer is here!

School is officially over! :) Yahoo! And summer is here! Yehey to colorful clothes :) I can't wait to do my summer shopping. *wink* All the summer dresses, floral skirts, bikinis, sunnies, hats and scarves and a whole lot more! It's my most favorite fashion season.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday Madness

Sometimes, it is the people we give much importance to. It is the people we value. It is the people we allow ourselves to be vulnerable to. It is they who eventually lets us down.

But then we ask, were they really the ones who let us down? Or do we just expect too much from them?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Handog Ngiti

Dito ko natutunang di ko kailangan MANGARAP MAGISA.


Dreams have always been something we delightfully envision and build up on as individuals. It is more often centered to our desires making us feel obliged to work hard for it alone. UP PRIME taught me this shouldn't always be the case.

I have always been a BIG DREAMer. In fact, this is exactly what my first execomm evaluation as President contained. Mapangarap daw ako. :) It gained me both commendation and criticism. May mga natuwa. Mayroong hindi. But amidst the mixed reactions, I was blessed to have an executive committee who was willing to DREAM BIG with me. AND who worked hard as ONE TEAM towards the realization of what has become our SHARED DREAMS. ♥ HANDOG NGITI was one of those dreams. Something we initiated as executive committee but WON over and executed with the generous support of the members and even the alumni. :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Creative Juices!

Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something. — Kurt Vonnegut

Saturday, March 17, 2012

FOOD: Carinderia Buffet

Filipinos love BIG gatherings. We love being with people- whether in large crowds or intimate circles. We love sharing moments, memories and of course, food. :)

So if you are hundred percent Pinoy at heart, I'm pretty sure you'd love to try this place. Carinderia Buffet is a one level restaurant in V. Luna Quezon City that offers unlimited food and beverages for any guest or group of guests. You can feast on a large variety of Filipino cuisine (appetizers, main courses and desserts included) and staple drinks for two hours. All for the a surprisingly cheap price of Php 119.00! What a bargain!

From the outside, you wouldn't miss the bright and colorful sign calling out to every passerby. For those who will be bringing cars, you need not worry because there's enough parking space in front of the restaurant. Never judge a restaurant by the name because although this restaurant's name is Carinderia, it’s interiors aren't that of a shabby eatery that the name implies. Their fixtures and decorations are a mix of modern and native materials.

As you enter, you will not miss the wooden roof structure that houses the long tables on which the food is served. Surrounding it are wooden tables and chairs that you can gladly choose from. The guest need not fall in long queues or wait for food to be served. You may actually go straight to the food tables, get your plates, fill it up with food and eat right away. Waiters are all around the place to assist you with your drinks and other things as you please.

There are a lot of things to commend this place for. First and foremost, the service. The guard, outside the restaurant, pleasantly welcomes and assists guests when parking. There are no queues for ordering and the waiters are all around the place ready to be of service to the guests should they need any assistance. If you purchase their unlimited beverages, you need not ask for a refill. The waiters will automatically fill it up! Bill out is as easy as a breeze too. Fast service= happy me! :)

Cleanliness is evidently a priority. Every few minutes, the personnel sprays cleaning mixture on the floor and mops. :) All the tables are tidied up the minute the customer leaves the them. I'm very particular with plates and utensils that I use. I like using different plates and utensils for different types of food. I'm glad Carinderia Buffet allows you to use as many plates as you wish. You can actually just get any type of plate piled up at the side counters, every time you go for a refill. The utensils are just within anyone's reach as every table has a utensil tub in its center.

I'd give the food 3 out of 5 stars. The good points are, they really have a wide variety of food. From fish, pork, beef, chicken and even vegan dishes. Also, the crew refills each container by the minute the supply reduces into half! It's like the buffet tables are always full! However, most of them are a bit more oily than I'd hope for. Quality/taste wise, they aren't that exemplary. Hey, this is a carinderia anyway, not a fine dining-restaurant. It stays true to its name :P

Final Verdict: If you are really hungry and you want to feast on as many food as you can reach for, GO for the Carinderia Buffet. Super worth the Php119.00 But if you prefer quality of food over quantity, I guess this isn't the right place for you.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The thing about fireworks is that, no matter how amazing they are, they were never meant to last. So we stop and stare. We let their awesomeness take our breath away. We savor the goodness while it's there. We wish for it to never end. But it will. Of course, it will.
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