Down Memory Lane, Gathered Thoughts

…was, am, and will forever be a Candy Girl ♥

Just last March, the Philippines’ #1 teen magazine — Candy — celebrated its 13th anniversary!

Next, next month, I’ll be celebrating a decade of being a loyal reader.  Yes!  It was in July 2002 and I was in my sophomore year in high school when I first became a Candy Girl. 😉

It all stared with THIS issue! Haha! (photo courtesy of CandyMag.com)

And then six years after that, I made my teenage dream come true when I was given the chance to be one of its contributing writers (as well as appear in the magazine itself from time to time!) 😀

some of my Candy features (articles not included)

It started in the year 2008, I was 18, and I just graduated from college.  And even though I decided to have some sort of a “gap year” by focusing on my Master’s Degree and not diving into the corporate world head-on, Candy gave me a sense of self-worth by helping me develop my writing skills, gain a new and once-in-a-lifetime experience, while getting paid all at the same time!  So you can say that my “glory days/years” were those when I was still with Candy. 🙂

Anyway, even though almost two years have passed since my last article was published, I still continue to be a very loyal Candy Girl. 😛  And just today, I finally got my last charm for my Candy bracelet!  Hahaha!

this “Keep Calm Candy Girl” charm comes with the June 2012 issue

The Lady’s personalized Candy charm bracelet!

Why PERSONALIZED?  Simply because during my Council of Cool days, Candy happened to celebrate its 10th anniversary (2009).  And that year, they also gave away a free charm bracelet.  You can say that for the past three years, I’ve been wearing my own Candy charm bracelet — which included acquiring my own charms, apart from the free ones.  And knowing me, each charm has its own meaning.  Haha!

5 charms; 5 meanings

The “C” (middle) was the very first charm I had.  It represents the Candy logo.  And well, it doesn’t hurt that my surname starts with this letter too!

The Mini Cooper with the Union Jack (top left) represents…  err…  my Anglophilia. 😛  It was also my niece’s Christmas gift to me, so that makes it extra special!

The Cross (top right) represents my faith.  Roman Catholic all the way, AMEN.

The Heart with the Universal Studios Singapore logo (bottom left) represents my family.  I bought it during a family trip to Singapore, and the heart shape just says it all.

The “Keep Calm Candy Girl” (bottom right) represents my two loves: the U.K. (Keep Calm and Carry On, anyone?) and of course, Candy!!!

For those who collected, collect, and will collect the Candy charm bracelet, you may ask what happened to the other bracelet and charms?  Well don’t worry!  I’ve been keeping them…

…and I’ve been planning to give them to somebody.
(I still just don’t know WHO!  HA HA HA)

So TEN YEARS, huh?  Well, I can truly say that it was the sweetest decade of my life!  It just amazes me to think how one simple form of media can affect not just my life, but the lives of many Filipino teenagers!  And I know that some of you may say that I’m already too old for THIS…  you’re right.  After all, Candy‘s main market is girls aged 13-21.  But for someone like me who actually grew up with the magazine, it’s a whole different story.

Yes, I’m 22.  And yes, I’m still very much proud of being a loyal Candy Girl.  In fact, I think that if there’s one thing Candy has taught me, it’s loyalty — loyalty to my family, loyalty to my friends…  but most of all, loyalty to myself.  And as cliche as it may sound, you can’t deny it: it always pays to be true to who you are.  And for that, I’ll forever be grateful.  Grateful for Candy for being my best-est friend for the past sweet ten years…  and for the many years to come.  May you continue to inspire the current and the next generation of Filipino teenagers!  More power to you!  And of course, Happy 13th Anniversary again!!!

Having said that, know that The Lady was, is, and will forever be a Candy Girl.  I, thank you. ♥

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Gathered Thoughts

The Holstee Manifesto

I think I’ve already encountered this before, but I have to give credit to Ms. Cara Manglapus (who also happens to be my featured traveler for the month of April) for reminding me of The Holstee Manifesto when I visited her blog and stumbled upon one of her entries. 🙂

As some of my friends (and colleagues) know, may pinagdadaanan ako ngayon…  and reading THIS really helped me a lot.  (Especially the fourth line!  AHEM!)

So for those of you who’ll read The Holstee Manifesto for the first time, I assure you that you’ll get a thing or two (or more) about living your life; as for those who already know this, then be inspired all over again! 😉

This is your life.

Do what you love, and do it often.

If you don’t like something, change it.

If you don’t like your job, quit.

If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.

If you’re looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.

Stop over analyzing, life is simple.

All emotions are beautiful.

When you eat, appreciate every last bite.

Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences.

Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them.

Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.

Some opportunities only come once, seize them.

Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating.

Life is short.

Live your dream and share your passion.

Very well said, don’t you think?
The WHAT’s have already been stated…

Now the question is WHEN???

Good luck to us all!!!
Keep calm and live your life the way you want it to be ♥

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Marked on the Calendar, Mi Familia y Mi Amigos

“Wilt thou wed me?”

WEDDINGS.  They’re expensive, stressful, time-consuming…

This is actually my sister when she walked down the aisle... ♥

…but most importantly, they bring TWO PEOPLE together — two people who are so full of LOVE they actually give Romeo and Juliet a run for their money…  two people who are selfless enough to spend and share their lives with one another for as long as they live.

As Alice Cullen put it, “Weddings, they bring everyone together!”

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But even before we get to the “formal” I DOs, one I DO must be uttered first — which brings us to THE PROPOSAL!

And as wrong timing as this post may seem (since it’s DECEMBER, not JUNE!), I’d like to share with you the video that started this whole “wedding” idea:

Aahhh, FLASH MOBS.  From the moment I’ve seen them in Friends with Benefits, I instantly fell in love with the entire concept!  And yes, hopeless romantic guys sure thought well for using a flash mob to execute one of the most nerve-wracking questions they’ll ever ask in their life:

“Wilt thou wed me?”
or if you prefer the modern translation,
“WILL YOU MARRY ME?”

Although it’s been said many times, many ways (oha!  I can still make this post sound Christmas-y!  Hahaha!), one thing remains: that when THAT one question is properly answered, it opens a whole new world to the people involved!  It’s not just the kilig factor anymore…  It’s more of the fact that two people will finally turn a new chapter in their lives, and embark on a journey…  a journey which most likely leads to HAPPILY EVER AFTER!  Enough. said. 😉

Just so you know, I recently got married, too…

If you don't DREAM BIG, what's the use in dreaming? Mwahahahahaha! ♥

…IN MY DREAMS, that is! 😛

with my cousin and fellow bridesmaid, Nadine ♥

Oh well.  Always a bridesmaid, but not really looking forward to being the bride (at least NOT YET!),

Mikhaela Georgette Chiong-Jobs =))

P.S: I’d like to share with you another video here.  Wala lang.  If you watch it, you’ll notice the location.  Sabi na dapat tumira na’ko sa CALIFORNIA ehlalo na sa Palo Alto!!!  Heehee.

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