SIMPLE RULES TO HAVE A POSITIVE LIFE.

I don’t know how to start this but first of all, I ought to write this one because I just want to. Two days ago, I went online on my Twitter fan account (you know, fan girl stuffs) and I opened my direct messages. While I was checking it, I saw a message from a mutual of mine whom I really don’t talk to.

She said, “Hi Mary! I just you to know that your tweets always makes me smile because you’re so positive. Sorry for feeling close, that’s all!!” 💗

I was so speechless when I’ve read her message. I mean, I didn’t expect that someone would message and tell me that I always made him/her smile by my tweets.

And so I’m here to tell you some of my simple rules you may need in your daily life. 😊

  1. If you don’t step forward, you will always be in the same place.
    Try stepping out of your comfort zone, you wouldn’t lose anything if you would. You’ll also be able to discover many things about yourself that you aren’t fond of doing or anything that might interest you.
  2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
    There’s nothing wrong if you would ask someone about a certain thing. Whenever you’re curious, just ask. Besides it will help you more to do the right thing and to strive harder.
  3. If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
    Don’t let your dreams stay as just what it is. Dare to chase it. Take risks if you really need to. Explore everything and anything. If you really want it, then go for it!
  4. Always grab the opportunity when it comes to reality.
    For example, you want to be a writer and there’s this local newspaper who needs aspiring writers for their paper and has an open call, try it. Prepare your portfolio and yourself. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t accepted, what matters is that you were able to try it. Don’t get to the point that you’re going to regret because you haven’t tried anything. You never know when will it happen again, so while it’s happening now, do your thing.
  5. Everything happens for a reason.
    Never regret all the things you’ve done before. Everything happens for a reason, just remember that. If you weren’t able to do what you’re supposed to do before, then maybe today is the right time for you to do it.
  6. Know your major goals in life.
    Set your goals you want to achieve while living a happy life. Take note of all the things you want to do or you want to achieve ever since you were a kid. It doesn’t matter what it is, what matters is you’re going to achieve it soon. Make a bucket list of ALL the things you want to do, happen or achieve.
  7. If you want to learn a new language or new things, try it!
    Try everything that makes you happy. If you want to learn a new language and you can’t afford or you don’t want to study in a language school, find ways. There’s Google, search everything you can. Don’t be afraid to try anything you want, it’s for your own benefit too.
  8. Everyday is a new beginning.
    Forget what happened yesterday or the other day. It will pass by. Its your chance to make it right. Everyday is an adventure for you and for others. Do something good everyday.
  9. Never compare yourself to others.
    Each one of us is unique in our own ways. We are different with each other. Never ever compare yourself to others just because you can’t do what they can do. Remember that you can do it too, as long as you’ll believe in yourself that you can do it.
  10. Be happy. Prioritize yourself than anything else.
    Stay healthy and be happy. Always believe in yourself that you can do it. At the end of the day, you yourself is the only one who you can trust. Love yourself even more.
  11. Pray.
    It works all the time. Don’t doubt Him just because your wish/es hasn’t happened or granted yet. I tell you, it will happen in the right time. You don’t need to rush things just because you want to, be patient. Do your best and God will do the rest.

When I was just a kid, being positive isn’t really my thing. But when I’ve reached my teenage life, I realized that you’ll be able to be motivated if you’re going to be positive. Even if things went wrong before and I’ve doubted myself for all the reasons that happened to me, it didn’t become a barrier for me to stop being an optimistic person.

I hope those who’ll read this would never stop believing in themselves. Just because you haven’t reached your goals, you’re going to give up. No, you shouldn’t. Don’t listen to those people who’s saying you can’t do it and you’re just wasting your time. Prove them that no matter what happens, YOU CAN DO IT. I believe in you, so you should believe in yourself too. 💓

Don’t degrade yourself just because you don’t know how to do this or that. You’re living because you have and need to. You should aim high. Never underestimate yourself just because you lose. Whatever it takes, just remember to do your best-est every time. ✨

“Open their eyes and have no fear.” – No Fear, Somewhere Over My Head EP

This line is what I really love from Greyson Chance‘s No Fear from SOMH EP. Though the song talks about opening yourselves from love, I just want to emphasized that the line also applies to our own selves. Don’t let yourself be covered up with your own fears. If you let your weaknesses to surround your goals, you can’t achieve them. Instead, use your weaknesses to build a strong foundation of strength for yourself. 😊

A daily reminder that you are loved by everyone. If anyone hates you,  don’t stoop down on their level. Chin up, smile on your enemies, keep moving forward. Don’t stop until you’re proud of yourself. Believe in the person you want to be in the future. Do the things that your heart desires even if people don’t want them for you. You’re doing it for yourself, not for them. You can’t please everyone. As what Dr. Seuss says, “You have to be odd to be number one.” 

Don’t wait for things to happen, instead DO THEM NOW so it can happen.

You are loved, you are strong, you are beautiful. You can do it, I believe in you. 💝


DISCLAIMER: I don’t own the calligraphy quotes pictures. All credits to Google.

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#YSOpenCall at Cup Fiction

Young Star held its open call again last March 11, 2017 at 141 White Plains, Katipunan Ave., 1110 Quezon City. (The second batch of open call will be on March 18, 2017. Same time, same place. 11AM – 5PM!)

The said open call are open to all aspiring writers, illustrators, photographers and multimedia artists and take note, no age limit!

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Time to get the dream job everyone! ~

What I did after seeing the poster, I contacted my friends: Nikka, Klarisse and Jem so that the four of us would try to apply. I would apply for the position as a writer, Klarisse as a photographer while Nikka and Jem would apply as illustrators! But unfortunately, Klarisse wasn’t able to make it last Saturday with us. ☹️

March 11, 2017

Nikka, Jem and I were accompanied by our mothers ~ (see, we’re still kids.. Kidding!)

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141 White Plains, Katipunan Ave., 1110 Quezon City, Philippines

Cup Fiction is a cafe and restaurant that serves good coffee, comfort food and plenty of stories. It is located at 141 White Plains, Katipunan Ave., 1110 Quezon City. It serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and is open at 10 AM – 12AM!

Services are:

  • Good for groups
  • Good for kids
  • Takes reservations
  • Take out
  • Waiter service
  • Walk – Ins welcome

You can contact them at the following sites:

  • Email: info@cupfiction.ph
  • Official website: http://cupfiction.ph/

Okay… That was just a little advertisement to promote Cup Fiction! 🙂

We waited for like an hour or so before we were interviewed. And of course, we shouldn’t miss the food they serve here! Mom ordered a breakfast menu which I forgot what the food name is because honestly, I wasn’t paying attention ‘coz I’m so nervous that time! Applicants are currently being interviewed while we were waiting for the food to arrive.

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Nikka was the first one who wrote her name at the applicant’s list so automatically, she’ll be the first one to be interviewed, next is Jem and the last one is me. The above picture was the one we took before we head to the line up for the interviewees.

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Pre – interview picture again ~ this is where the three of us are waiting for our turn, which is Nikka will be the first one! (Faking a smile because I’m REALLY nervous!!)

I obviously don’t know what to say because this is my first ever open call and interview in my whole life… I was very tense and I don’t know what to do.

After they interviewed Nikka and Jem, I was the next one. We were in this room where the panel of the Young Star’s team were sitted and they’re like the six of them which I don’t exactly know their faces because I was focused on looking at Marga who is the editor and Maine who is the creative director. The two of them are mainly the ones who asks questions.

As far as I can remember, here are the questions they’ve asked me:

When did you start reading Young Star?

If you could write an article for Young Star, what would it be?

What is your favorite article in Young Star and why?

What is the position you are applying for?

And I also don’t know if I forgot any of their questions to me because I struggled a bit while answering them and speaking in English so I also speak in Tagalog like, taglish! Dude, its very nerve – racking facing the team and think about that, they’re all professionals! I can’t even look at them straight in the eye which I think is a minus point for me for not  having an eye contact with them.

After I was being interviewed/asked by them, they asked each other if they have any questions for me and fortunately, they don’t have any and they asked me if they could keep my curriculum vitae which I said sure, they could.

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While our Moms are waiting for a taxi, the three of us took pictures after our interview and yes, we survived! Even though we struggle a bit in speaking, I can say this is our first exposure and an experience ready for our future ahead of us.

I present to you the aspiring writer and the illustrators! 🤗🤗🤗

(Crossing our fingers before, during and after our interview because the results will come out after the second batch of the open call…)

Hired or not, this will always be an amazing experience for us! 😊

(You may see or may not see us again on next year’s open call if we aren’t hired… 😂)

THE NEXT OPEN CALL WILL BE NEXT WEEK! (Saturday, March 18)

SAME TIME, SAME PLACE! (11 AM – 5PM at 141 White Plains, Katipunan Ave., 111o Quezon City, Philippines)

Check out Young Star’s official websites for more information:

— Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll go to the next open call! 💚

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5 days in a week. | February 2017

I rarely post any blogs here anymore and I’ve been posting a lot of poetry which is I think is good ‘coz I’m improving then. I’ve also decided that I should try blogging more and make this as one of my daily journal. So, I’m going to have a daily blog every month which I’m giving myself the freedom to choose any week of that month which I’ll be writing and putting here. (I hope I would be able to complete February to December… LOL!)

So anyway, this is my first entry for my 5 days in a week for the month of February.

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02/20/17 – with Joanna @ Cafe Belman

Monday
• First day of the week: means we have flag ceremony at school, physical education is our first subject, we have one vacant, we have media and information literacy and we have statistics. I guess it went well. I was able to submit my research paper because it was due on that day. I know I’ve messed up my Statistics exam when I’m taking it last week and I wasn’t surprised with the result our professor gave us. I was also with Joanna before I go home. We went to Cafe Belman and there we have our little chitchats about love, life and love – life. So all in all, Monday will always be my favorite day! ❤

Tuesday
• I crammed a bit while doing my research paper and speaking about my research paper, my professor said that if she have to give me a score, it would be 10/100 because I don’t have any citations at all! I guess she only read the first few pages but I swear I have put proper citations in my RRLs! After that, we have our next subject which is again connected in thesis making and I have this classmate that thinks s(he) was the only one working on our thesis questions which I don’t agree any at all. (We’re all are busy with school stuffs and we’re quite having difficulties in making questions because we all think that all of them are just interrelated to each other.) I was so annoyed but I just ignored it because acads is lifer!! That day is also our schedule to visit an orphanage located in Pasig City. There’s this one kid that really caught my attention when we’re about to choose whom we’re going to teach and talk to. His name is Rence and is a small, cute and very charming one and he’s very shy. At first, he doesn’t want to come with me. He hides in every places of the room but after persuading him to come to me (because I said we’re going to play and I’m going to give him giveaways), I was able to read him a book and to teach him many things. I asked him how old is he, where does he study and what he wants to be when he grow up. He said he wanted to be an aswang because he want to bite and scare people. (Its a bit odd because he was the only kid I’ve ever encountered in my life who wants to be like that! (By the way, aswang is a mythological human/monster that eats another human and most commonly eats animals and lives in Western provinces in the Philippines.) to add up, Rence also likes Baymax from Big Hero Six. Our group visited the babies and the toddlers who were also in the orphanage which we really find them so cute! (P.S: I missed Rence. He was such a cute and charming little kid!)

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02/22/17 – with Ish

Wednesday
• I wasn’t able to attend class because I feel very sleepy the time I woke up very early in the morning because imagine, I slept at 2 AM and I need to wake up at 5 AM?! Uhh, I need enough energy to go to school. Anyway, I woke up at 1 PM in the afternoon. My best friend, Ish called me and asked me if I’m ready because we have a planned meet up on that day together with Cyrile and Joyce. But since I was absent that day, Ish said its okay if it’ll only be just the two of us to hang out. (Sorry Cyrile & Joyce!) and yeah, she waited outside the house and we went to Sumilang, Pasig City wherein her family has a house there. We eat, talk and laugh and I guess I can call it a day! 🙂

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02/23/17 – with Klarisse and Nikka @ Tea Prime

Thursday
• Everyday is filled with projects, submissions and performance tasks that we need to submit the next day and next week, which is very tiring and stressful to us. We finished tallying our data we have for our group thesis. Nothing much happened this day, its just full of school stuffs and works we need to do in the weekends. After dismissal, I treated Klarisse and Nikka at the milk tea store near our school. We talk and talk a lot about different things which in the end made the three of us laugh!

Friday
• YES, THANK GOD ITS FREAKIN’ FRIDAY! Which means I have two whole days to have a loooooong sleep without setting my alarm clock at 5 AM! And yes, I also have two whole days to finish all of our school works which is due next week. Isn’t wonderful? LOL! We only have 7 subjects for this day and all of them are either we fall asleep, we’re on hype or neither. I think we have 2 more research paper and a thesis, a homework in Stats, an upcoming shadow play in CPAR (Contemporary Philippine Art from the Regions) and a musical theater performance in Performing Arts, an upcoming thesis defense on Tuesday which my group is the first one to defent and ALL other school works that isn’t mentioned here. Imagine that, we’re going to spend our last 2 weeks at school doing all of this things on our stressful days and sleepless night. I just can’t! So again before I can call this a day, Klarisse, Nikka and I spent the day buying all the things we need for school, eat some street foods, and finally they went there in our house to eat (again) and the three of us watched Suicide Squad and we took a pic using my Instax! Its very tiring but its fun!

— Hi! So here’s my first entry for my blog post 5 days in a week!

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A LITTLE BIT OF HER

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Lately, I’ve been feeling very different. A lot. I’ve been experiencing mental blocks whenever I’m in the mood to write anything. I wanted to write because I need to let out all of the words and thoughts inside my head. But when I’m about to write, there are no exact words coming out. I’m so frustrated! Its like I’ve so many drafts of my own poems and spoken words in my phone but I can’t even put them here.

Last night, I scanned all of my books. I happened to have 2 unread books and a few more books that I need to continue reading. Its not like I don’t like reading but I haven’t got any time to read all of them because of our busy schedule at school due to the projects and performance tasks submissions.

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In Case You Come Back  is one of my unfinished books. It is a book of poetry written by Marla Miniano and Reese Lansangan, which I’m posting a book review of it within this week even though I’ve bought the book a year ago.

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My grandmother gave me a papemelroti stuff (shown above). I tried that thing in which you need to close your eyes and you’ll need to point anywhere the paper in any direction you want. After that, you need to open your eyes and if you’ve pinpointed a certain box, you need to do what it says. For me, I pinpointed out the words, “know thyself” which I think suits my situation now.

The past few days I was really unproductive like I always cram every night before the said day of our project’s submission. But on the brighter side of being a procrastinator, I always end up finishing all of them which I guess is such a relieeeeef!

Last week was also our preliminary examinations and I really messed up while taking our Statistics exam. I was absent the day before the exams because Klarisse and I were very busy finding our own RRLs (Review of Related Literatures) for our Research in Daily Life subject which is an individual work. Fortunately, I was able to find a book! All thanks to Klarisse!

To sum up everything, I spent the whole last week being with my friends and finishing my research paper that was due today. 🙂

— Hiya, watch out for my In Case You Come Back book review on Thursday and 5 days in a week on Sunday!

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