From Dogs Perspective : We Are There World

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“Dogs have given us there absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made” – Roger Caras –/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1cf/80396601/files/2014/12/img_3314.jpg All my life I’ve always been very familiar with dogs, they were all around our house all the time. Eventually, I’ve grown to love them, and in return they’ve always shown such loyalty. Growing up I can remember how they always go with my father when he goes to our rice farm and at night, they’re like the night-watcher, guarding the house and the family from unwelcome guests. Although sometimes, they could get very annoying. Barking and barking all the time, but you’ll get used to it eventually. Over those years, I could only remember one dog in particular his name was “Panther”. He was kinda brutal and protective, but he was an effective night-watcher and he was very close to my heart. He lived a long and fulfilling life I supposed. Sad thing was he died due to old age, but I had to move on. Years past and we’ve adopted a lot of dogs, they just come and go really. Not until I finished college when I found a perfect puppy his name is “Hamster”.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1cf/80396601/files/2014/12/img_32651.pngHe is originally owned by my sister’s friend – Rica. When I first met him he was that cute, little, short-tailed, brown puppy – about two months old. He was 6 inches small, he even fitted inside a tiny box. I spent the whole week with him in the city, everyday I would let him drink his milk, I tidied him and tucked him to bed every night. Week after, I took him home with me to my province, my family loved him! The time we spent together were all unforgettable, we would play all day, I fed him and at night he would settle on my tummy and sleep there. When I had to go back to the city, I left his custody to my parents./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1cf/80396601/files/2014/12/img_3274-0.jpg He’s been with the family for almost three years now and although we don’t spend more time together, we always have that special connection. Whenever I go home, he always welcomes me at our front gate, wiggling his tail, he’s always so excited to see me, always. I still play with him when I have time. Funny thing is, he’s kinda spoiled and he acts pretty abnormal compared to our other dogs. He’s very tame, he don’t try to wander when our gate was left open, and he likes to take bath a lot! Currently we have more or less six dogs in the province, guess my parents are very fond of adopting dogs.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1cf/80396601/files/2014/12/img_3307-0.jpg Just recently I got myself a puppy for my 25th birthday. A big step for me as I know, looking over and taking care for a dog alone is too big a risk but I did it anyway. All for the love of dogs. So I bought myself a puppy from my colleague (Cynthia), sort of birthday present for myself. A pure breed Maltese, She’s four months old now, she’s covered with all white fur so I named her “Snow”. Sure did, taking care of her is quite a big responsibility. From taking her to the vet for the deworming shots, multivitamins, 5-in-1 shots for parvovirus, and anti-rabies. To walking her daily around the streets, and cleaning her mess. Not to mention providing her with the suitable food, milk, vitamins, dog accessories (toys, leash, clothes). But you know, at the end of the day when I come home from work she’s the first thing I look for some cuddle and I say to myself – “All the efforts paid off, and more”

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1cf/80396601/files/2014/12/img_3318.jpg I’ll never get over my fondness for dogs and how cute and loyal they are. Indeed, dogs are man’s best friend.
Special shout-out to Rica for giving me Hamster and to Cynthia for Baby Snow.

You Only Live Once #YOLO : Make The Best Out Of It

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste, to experience the out most, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience” – Eleanor Roosevelt –

This quote has always kept me going, somehow her words seemed to linger in my mind. Living the moment and experiencing life to the fullest. Taking chances, exploring possibilities. Making the best out of every chances the life has to offer. Being fearless to try anything, anything at all.
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Having these thoughts I always make sure to grab ever opportunity that comes my way, no matter how hard and difficult it is. People may judge me and label me impulsive but I don’t care. This is my life, I won’t let anybody control it. I will collect as many memories I can collect, i will enrich myself with experience and train myself to be wise. When I get older, I don’t want to wonder what could have happened if I did this and that. I don’t want to look back to my younger years and ask myself, What if. I can only live one, and I intend to make the best out of it.

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“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul” – William Ernest Henley –
True indeed, we are the once that are responsible for ourselves. What we will become is the sum of the choices and risks that we make in our lifetime. We are responsible to enrich ourselves with ideas, memories and experience that worth reminiscing when we get old and no longer capable of doing the things we used to do.

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I may not be that organize and I don’t usually plan my next move, but what I am certain of is that I am always grateful to those chances that life presented me. Some don’t turned out great, some even failed and went straight to the drain, but I know that as I continue my path to life I gathered a lot of experience and memories that somehow made me wiser and wiser. Failure after failure I learned, and I became wiser within.

Live your life with such eagerness to experience and learn, only by then you can say you lived a life to the fullest.

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Lawn Tennis : Memories From Childhood to College

“I don’t know anything that builds the will to win better than competitive sports” – Richard M. Nixon, 37th US President

Back when I was a child (during weekends), I would wake up early and race with my friends to whoever comes first to our neighborhood’s tennis court. The reason – first three kids to arrive would become Ball boy/girl for the entire day’s match. In return, the players would compensate us for our service, we would sum it up and divide the amount equally to the three of us. After every set I would borrow the player’s racket and play with my fellow ball boy/girl. And that’s when I learned how to hit a ball or two.

IMG_3060-0.JPGI can still recall how I used to argue with my fellow ball-kids to whoever can get the larger cut of the amount. (Kids really, we argue a lot). After every game though, we still end up friends. We would even rush to the nearby store and buy ourselves snacks. I guess that’s really the best thing about being kids, they argue a lot, some get to be bullied, but at the end of the day they still end up being friends. Kids are just so forgiving.

IMG_3059.JPG And then I grew older, and the adolescence kicked in, so I stop doing the things I used to do. (Well you know, I am the only girl in that neighbor who pick up balls for the players, eventually it was awkward to run around the court.) And then there’s high school, I got tangled up with other sports. (Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Karate, etc.)

IMG_3061.JPG College finally came and I got interested to lawn tennis once more (who wouldn’t, when the tennis court was just outside our classroom. For the entire 5 years of my college life I spent 1/4 of it playing tennis. Even when it’s 12 noon and the sun was on its peak. My classmates and I would play for hours. I played for the engineering Department during intramural, I was so blessed to be coached by my mentor and one of my college instructor. We see him as our second father when we’re out-of-town playing and representing the school. He’s been very supportive and understanding when it comes to practice and actual match. And even when I sucked literally on the match he always keeps my spirit up. It was so amazing how huge his faith in Me, in our team, in our ability.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1cf/80396601/files/2014/12/img_3113-2.jpg On my fourth year as an engineering student, our team qualified to play for the regional held in Bohol. It was kind of big deal since it was our first time to be able to play and represent the school. Although we didn’t win that time, I hold much pride for what we achieved that year. I thought that would be the highlight of my college days tennis career, a year after I proven myself wrong.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1cf/80396601/files/2014/12/img_3114-0.jpg On my last year as an engineering student and a senior tennis player, our team got qualified for the nationals. It was pretty awesome year for me. My college days almost over and everything’s falling unto its proper place.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1cf/80396601/files/2014/12/img_3116-0.jpg Whats great about the Nationals was that I had a week off from school and I was exempted from my exams and all, not to mention the team had to travel by plane to Manila for the competition. The Nationals took place in Ilagan, Isabela, Philippines – it is located on the right-most part of the Northern Luzon, facing the Pacific Ocean. To get there, we had to travel 12 straight hours by bus from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Longest bus ride I ever had in my entire life, but never did I feel bored. I was captivated by the mountain-view, seeing the Sierra Madre Mountains in person was breathtaking (best bus ride ever).

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1cf/80396601/files/2014/12/img_3115.jpg The highlight of the Nationals I must say was the experience, traveling to a completely unfamiliar place, the people I met, and the bonding. I made a lot of new friends and though the Region 7 delegates was composed of variety students from different universities in the Central Visayas, we showed great deal of team work and camaraderie. And no that’s not it, I also made a lot of friends from delegates from other region. Although, my team didn’t win during our matches, but the experience was all worth it. We didn’t win any medal, but we took home an award no one can take away from us – Memories… And oh, when I graduated my bachelor’s degree I was awarded ” Athlete of the Year”. Pretty awesome way to put an end to my college life.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/1cf/80396601/files/2014/12/img_3118-0.jpg Three years after, I am still in contact with those people I met during the Nationals, I know we’ll see each other again sooner or later,

Special shout-out to : Ton2, Stephanie, Rem Pasaol, Leonor, Roxanne, Aileen, Anjalieca Tan, Reyshell Alayacyac, Sir Edgardo Ceniza Sr., to the players from Bohol (BISU) and CNU, and all the people I failed to mention,  Thank you so much for the memories!!

Loren Adong
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2011 National SCUAA Meet

Life At Sea : Free Dive Moment

“Yes I Live it. The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert where man is never alone for he feels life. Quivering around him in every side. There is supreme tranquility. The sea does not belong to despots. On its surface iniquitous rights can still be exercised, men can fight there. Devour each other there, and transport all terrestrial horrors there. But at thirty feet below its level their power ceases. Their influences dies out, their might disappears.
Jules Verne – 2000 Leagues Under The Sea_

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Taken at Kontiki Dive Resort – Lapu-lapu, Philippines

I can say I am lucky to be living in a city where the beach is just a ride away. Whenever I have time, my cousin and I would prep our snorkeling gears and hit the road. I never get tired of doing it, in fact I am always excited… ALWAYs!!! The beach – or the sea in general gives me a kind of energy that I can’t explain. There’s no boring moments in the beach!

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I know exactly why I love free diving; for one it gives me a satisfying feeling – of knowing that I am conserving every bit of oxygen in my system just to stay under water for as long as I could. I can barely stay longer but couple more tries and I know I’ll get there soon. Second – is that knowledge of being one with the sea, I am all alone, I can relax my mind and focus to what is in front of me – the water world. Third, is that it gives me the opportunity to explore what is beneath the clear blue water. I get to discover the beauty of God’s creation. Forth is the thrill – of not knowing what Sea creature will I encounter next. May it be an ordinary fish, a clown or even a lion fish. If you’re lucky enough you may get see sea turtles. That is actually one of the main reason why I love free diving that much. The sea offers a lot of surprising things, things I never thought I’d be able to see. It is full of endless possibilities.

IMG_1719.JPG At the end of every beach day, I would look back to the day’s activity and admire myself! God! I’m that brave. FYI, I don’t swim that good, in fact I really don’t know how to swim. If not for the fins, i would never dare to go 7ft – 8ft water deep. But see, I’ve conquered my fear over & over again. That’s how big a risk I get into, every time I free dive. But with the right companion and a bucket full of determination, everything is possible. You just have to have faith to yourself. We can all conquer our fear!!!

IMG_1926.JPG During our free dive in Kontiki Dive Resort, while we were practising on how to expand our lungs to conserve oxygen, hence, prolong our stay underwater, a group of people are doing there recreational dive (background)

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