At last, the Final Day!

This last item is for a motto or philosophy in life. I have come across this term while researching about North Carolina. You see, they have a very interesting state motto:

Esse quam videri

That is a Latin phrase which means “To be, rather than to seem [to be]”. Quite a number of schools and organisations are using this phrase as their motto, and I can see why. It is a wonderful motto. Be true, be who you are, be proud of what you are made of and are capable of doing, rather than pretending to be. In this fast-paced world that requires us to perform different roles, staying true and being true is hard to do. So I use this powerful Latin phrase to remind myself that everyday.

(Now, you may send in the Mariachi band! I have finished the 30 Day Challenge! Ahhhh!!!)


Day 25: A recipe

I love cooking. I subscribe to different websites that offer weekly emails of recipes. We were taught to cook at a young age, and by the age of 11, I could cook our family’s meals – usually I follow a recipe. Once you have tried something you can’t forget about it.

I love cooking pasta, especially with olive oil. I am not really a fan of spaghetti and other recipes with heavy sauce so this recipe I’ll share is light, healthy and tasty! 🙂

Fettuccine with broccoli and shrimp


250g Fettuccine pasta, cooked al dente (set aside)

1 cup broccoli florets (or more, depending on how much you’d like to add, really)

1 cup shrimp, shells removed

3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

Olive oil (this depends on how much you like oil in you pasta)

a pinch of dried chili flakes

salt, ground pepper and basil to taste

Cooking instructions

Steam the broccoli to your desired tenderness. Set aside.

Heat the pan and pour in the olive oil. Saute the garlic and chili flakes. Add the shrimps, saute. Once the shrimps are cooked, add the broccoli. Mix in the pan. Add salt, ground pepper and basil to taste.

Add to pasta and viola! 🙂

It’s easy to prepare and easy to cook, plus, it’s healthy! So go try. 🙂

Check out some yummo recipes below!

Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love

Inglorious Basterds.

I haven’t seen any of Quentin Tarantino’s films before Inglorious Basterds. He was notorious for gory scenes, and I am not particularly fond of that, but I tried Basterds because it is a historical fiction with a very interesting cast of characters.

I am completely in love with this film!

Who is a Basterd?

It got mixed reviews due to a lot of factors – no participatory value, unchecked facts, truth stretching, and the likes.

The film may have been silly and disconcerting due to historical inaccuracies and inane representations, but perhaps the movie was portrayed as wildly entertaining, audacious and thrilling for the benefit of an alternative to the horrendous reality of World War II? I don’t believe that this film wanted to undermine the violence, moral implications, or the realness of the World War II. True, violence does not solve everything, and it never will – but this movie sure used a lot of that, guts and imagination. In the end, Tarantino did make this film that entertained and annoyed a lot of people for all various reasons.

But personally for me, I think the movie is one hell of a ride.

Day 23: A Way in which you want to be remembered

Passionate, go-getter, and one hell of a woman!

We all want to leave great legacies behind, but all greatness starts with the little things.


I want to be remembered as an avid reader and book collector. Reading is one of the best ways to educate ourselves, that is why I try to pass it on to everyone – family, friends, acquaintances, even strangers! Reading is a lot of fun, and like any other worthwhile activity, it is best shared. I read all sorts of things – classics (I am having trouble with these though, haha), poetry, philosophy, history, fiction especially mystery/thriller, historical fiction, horror, contemporary, the occasional YA, adventure, fantasy, and children’s. I believe in strong relationships, that is why I cherish and nourish the relationships I have. We play various roles in the lives of different people, and we try to be the best person possible with them. I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, a lover, a confidante, a work colleague, a student – and I do my best to excel on these roles. I may not be able to change the world as we know it, but I’d like to make a significant impact on the lives of the people in my world.


They say we can’t always get what we want, but I believe when you work hard enough, you can and you will get it. It’s all about the mind set. Work hard for it, strive hard. As they say, no guts, no glory. There have been a lot of those little victories in my life, and while they may not be listed under World’s Greatest Achievement, they are reminders that success is a one step at a time thing, and eventually, we will all get there.

One hell of a woman!

I believe in what I can do. But even the most confident person in the world knows that doubts creep up behind us and hit at a most unexpected time. The courage though, to get over these doubts and obstacles is what makes a person strong. So you have fallen, well then get back up! There are far more important things than gaining knowledge, riches, and recognition – integrity, dignity and respect are equally important things we also need to consider. Oh and love, of course. I believe that a woman can be everything she wants to be, and this I try to live up to. Hey, we only live once, right? Sure there are a lot of pain in being a woman, but the fun and the surprise never stops when you are one. 😉

Day 22: A Website

Oh wow, this is tough.

I visit a lot of websites and keep a lot of personal ones, but my favourite would have to be Tumblr for various reasons. Now according to (UNOFFICIAL, but official to Tumblr users, sort of) a silent, unwritten consensus, we do not talk about Tumblr outside, we do not explain what it is, what is happening, or what we do in there but for the sake of this post, I shall break that rule. (Please, don’t expel me from Tumblr University!!)

I am largely entertained by the bloggers there. You have all sorts of blogs that blog/reblog things, everything, and I mean everything – music, photography, illustrations, geography, science, math, designs, fashion, celebrities, history,  poetry, books, films, news, everyday shenanigans and anything that tickles your fancy – it is I believe the all-in-one website. EVER.

We even have our own language. If you understand how asdkjasfkljhsgl feels, then you are probably from Tumblr. We also have “I can’t even”, “right in the fels/pheels” or simply “the feels”, “I ship,” “OTP”, “shippers”, “what is air”, and others. No words are needed when we put GIFs on posts – they are both hilarious and the bridge every gap imaginable.

There are also loads of fanboy/fangirl moments – especially when you love something so much – the more popular ones on Tumblr are Harry Potter, The Avengers, Titanic, and (insert your other OTP, ship, or obsession here).

Tumblr people are also very humorous! There are innumerable funny posts in there. Everybody is game for fun times, oh but don’t think that Tumblr users are unintelligent – you’ll be amazed at the intensity and number of debates, opinions and editorials released on Tumblr everyday – it may be a response to a post, a news item, a world event, a literary work, etc. There is no lack of wit, wisdom and intelligence in this site.

It’s like a condensed form of the whole world wide web.

Plus, we have a handsome, nerdy daddy in the form of David Karp, the Tumblr CEO and founder.

Try it out -post, follow blogs, reblog and join in on commenting – you’ll be surprised. 🙂




Day 21: Something you know you do differently from other people

It is not an uncommon condition, but I have a bit of an OCD, and I probably belong to the counting or number group.

I count when I brush my teeth, the pattern is the usual 16 count used in exercise, the 1-8, 8-1 count. If I failed to count, I repeat it. I make sure all of my teeth get the equal amount of brushing per side. It relaxes me to know that they’re all cleaned up well.

There are the little things, too like counting the steps, the tile squares I walk on, counting while vigorously washing my hands…

It’s a kind of subconscious thing, the counting.

Should this counting be raised to an expert now? :O

Day 20: A Hobby of Yours


We have been taught to read since we were toddlers, and frankly, it is one of the most pleasurable activities ever!

Reading is where my mind can get both privacy and provocation. It opens new avenues for me, it takes me places I have never been and it acts as a time-machine, too – I experience different eras through it.

I read almost anything, but especially works of fiction. I love well-established characters, highly-charged scenarios and detailed dive in the human psyche – mental, emotional, physical, spiritual. Fiction touches my heart, my soul and my mind. It is an escape at the same time a time to look into my self. It’s just the way it is with me with reading and books. 🙂

I am never giving up this hobby.


Day 19: A Talent of Yours

This is a very uncomfortable post to write, haha. I have this notion of talent being something really amazing and polished, and I simply do not have anything amazing.

I sing, dance, and write a little. I’m also pretty OK with public-speaking like declamation and oration.

Sadly, I have not enrolled in any specialty classes to polish these gifts, but, I’m happy to just be able to sing in tune, dance in sync, write a bit, and speak in front of people without freezing up. 🙂

I’m thankful for these. It’s better to think I’m some kind of unpolished gem. Oh yeah. The power of positivity!!! 🙂

Day 18: A Time When You Felt Passionate and Alive

Definitely college.

English: University of Santo Tomas (1611)

University of Santo Tomas (1611) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seal of the University of Santo Tomas

Seal of the University of Santo Tomas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in Espana, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts. The program provides the students with trainings in communication as an art, science, and service to the community. It teaches the ethical significance of, as well as the responsibility involved in the use of print, radio, television, audio-visuals, and film.

Seal of University of Santo Tomas Faculty of A...

Seal of University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: University of Santo Tomas' St. Raymun...

University of Santo Tomas’ St. Raymund de Peñafort Building (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Needless to say, I had one heck of a time in college! We were always on the go – to do research in the library, write scripts, create advertising, marketing and PR plans for our ‘clients’, shoot TV shows, documentaries, and films. Oh and don’t forget about the thesis – a year and a half’s worth of continuous revisions. Whew! Every day was a rush. Our weekends were dedicated to our course requirements – we did not have a moment’s peace. But it was all worth it in the end. We learned so much from our professors, who not only shared their expertise on their respective fields, but imparted with us their wisdom. We all learned from each other. It was a very enjoyable time of my life, that plus my friends and classmates make one hell of a college experience I’ll never forget.

Here we were in action:

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Day 17: An art piece

Let’s see… when I hear the words “art piece” I immediately think of paintings. There’s Degas, Monet, Da Vinci, Picasso, Dali, de Goya, Matisse, Rembrandt, Raphael, Manet, Cezanne

For a  moment, let us pretend I am a great con-man, art thief, forger and I could steal any art piece from the world. Haha, sorry, I am describing my favourite con-man, Neal Caffrey, from the hit TV Series White Collar.

Now, I don’t know what his take is on Vincent Van Gogh, but I’d sure would love to get my hands on the The Starry Night painting.

Vincent van Gogh
Painting, Oil on Canvas
Saint-Rémy, France: June, 1889
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, New York, United States of America, North America
F: 612, JH: 1731

This painting evokes in me that feeling of nostalgia and longing for lost youth. I love its peacefulness. I don’t know why, but I am sure that when I was younger, my amazement at the night sky, the stars, the moon and the skies above our rural town was different from how I perceive all of them now. Somehow, with age, you just see things differently. Ah, to be young and free.

Starry night…