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Memories From The Past : Digging Up Year 2011

I was checking my Facebook account when I came across a button that says “Notes”, I can vaguely remember what it’s about and so I clicked it and was surprised to know the content of that page. It was actually some sort of Journal back in college. And today I am publishing one entry from that page entitled ” A Year That Was 2011″.

It’s 2011 baby – Just like every other year, it started with a new year’s celebration. It’s the only occasion my whole family actually celebrate at home (with lots of foods and fireworks), Only yearly occasion my parents and brother would allocate budget and we get to bond like every other families. And it’s always a memorable one, It’s always a good way to start another year. Two weeks after was the celebration Sinulog. It is a yearly celebration in Cebu, Philippines. Where you get to see colorful floats, 9 days Novena mass at Basilica del Sto. Niño. Parties at every street corners, Experience the street dancing and street concerts. And the Mardigras on its final day.

February – month of hearts – for some but not for me. I was more than excited for the National Olympics, February 17-25, I represented my school for the Lawn tennis women’s category together with my 4 other teammates. It was held in Ilagan, Isabela, Philippines. It was a dream come true, I meet new friends, Experienced new things, got to Flunk school and get away with it, and at the end of that trip, lessons learned.

March 25 – Graduation ceremony Finally, I graduated from my 5yrs course Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. I was recognized as the Ambassador for sports – Lawn tennis women. All the hardwork, stress days, sleepless nights, patience, worries and tears. All paid off with degree and diploma in my hand. I know my parents are proud of me.

May – Started my first real job But not in the field I wish I’d land into. Nevertheless, got my first salary, Lived independently, Meet new friends/colleagues (cool people), learned many things, got to present in a room full of political people, people never in my life I dreamt on discussing something with. I went out of my comfort zone and embraced the real world. The world of employment, Where mean people are in abundance.. *laughs* In a more serious note, it introduced me to reality. To the pros and cons of life, to fresh experience, with fresh faces, Same old me but more mature.

Then I had to cut my employment days short.. “RESIGNED from my job” Got to focus on my review for the licensure exam for mechanical engineer. Back to the good old me, sleepless nights, allowances, house rents, problem solving, stresses, anxieties, excitement..

For four months I strive hard, sleepless months studying, memorization, stress, anxieties, but at the end of it, i all my sacrifices, all I’ve ever hoped for, the biggest goal I’ve ever had, and I failed. But looking on the brighter side, I gained lots of new friends. People I never expected I’ll get along with, people who touched my heart one way or another. New experience, new faces, new places. Lessons learned: you can’t always get what you want. But you’ll get what you deserve, and after every downfall, you will always learn to pick yourself up.

  It was late October I finally decided to let go of the love I had for someone. finally tried to move on. And finally put what we had to my past. If I have any consolation, when we were together I felt I was very wanted. I was cared, I was liked. Only it didn’t end up the way i like it to be. For a while I was hoping things will be fine but then it didn’t. And I had to deal with it. And I did great. I was hurt, but it doesn’t mean I was broken. I’m tough, and I don’t break that easy.

November- started looking for a job Realized how hard it is to do so.. Allowance & energy draining:-(

December- holiday season The month went quickly, Next thing i know it’s christmas eve.Celebrated it with family, foods, Bonding, Movie marathon, fun.fun.fun. Then came 26th, get together with high school batchmates. And just like old times, t’was fun. like good old days.

A year that was 2011… Collection of new experience. Happy memories as well as sad, new friends, realizations. And learnings… At the end of 2011, i’ll leave a qoute that goes…

“It’s not the prize nor the score. It’s not the fame, nor the win. It’s never the glory or people’s cheer. It’s not even how far or how fast you are. Life is a race and we should run. But in the end what matters most is WHO YOU ARE & WHO YOU BECOME”

Spread positivity.:-)

Having read my “2011 Highlights” I realize how far I have gone since that year, although I still have failures and challenges along the way I know I can make it through.

Year 2015 : Please Be Good To Me

I’m not much of a New Year’s Resolution type of person, but I do believe that New Year brings us opportunity to start anew, a chance to do what we failed to do from our last year’s list, a new beginning, and a greater opportunity for greater achievements. And so for this year I will make a change and make a list of what I should have done years ago. This will become an outline of what my year 2015 is going to be.

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1. Eat More Healthy Foods – As much as possible, I will try to eat one healthy meal per day and be conscious of my daily food intake. I have noticed for the past years that I have become chubbier each year and each year I am anxious to look at myself in the mirror and see a completely different person than I once was during college days. Thin, sturdy and healthy person.

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2. Be More Fit – I will regularize my exercise habits. Jog more often, stretch some muscles, and play more lawn Tennis. I should engaged into a sport where I can sweat more and burn more calories. I aim to restore the body I used to have back when I was very active to full contact sports and lawn tennis. I missed my abs, my biceps, and my sturdy body.

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3. Be more time conscious – Time is money; a second loss, is a loss of money. Be more time conscious and be early on scheduled meetings and get together. Anticipate traffic and allocate extra time for travelling. Time is the most precious gift you can give to someone.

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4. Travel More Often – Yes it is a fact that traveling costs a lot of money, and unless you are earning more than what you need you can travel as much as you want. But for me, being an average person earning an average monthly paycheck travelling is big a deal for me. I believe that travelling is a very essential part of living, It is what lets you experience and learned things that not taught in the four corner of the classroom. It teaches you to be wise, it enables you to do the things you never done before and it opens your eyes to endless possibilities. I resolve to continue what I started two years ago, Travelling to places I never been to before and exploring my country. Travelling aboard is on my list too, But I guess it would have to wait. I haven’t been able to travel half of the island of the Philippines, I still have a long way to travel.

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5. Less Coffee, More Green Tea – In connection to being more fit, as much as possible I will decrease my caffeine in take and be more fond of drinking tea instead. Although they both have good benefits, according to the articles I read. But I would prefer tea over coffee for some personal reasons, and as per articles tea have more benefits that relates to being more fit and healthy. Since being more fit and healthy are the top two in my list, it is just right to choose tea.

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6. Quit Smoking – last year I was almost successful on quitting smoking, for almost three months I survived not lighting a single-stick of cigarette then some circumstances revealed itself, and I got tempted to have a puff, one more puff, some more puff, and more, that’s when I got back to square one. Although I am not a chain smoker, I’m not even a daily smoker. But when I smoke specially when I’m hanging out with friends I tend to smoke a lot. Like “a lot” a lot. And so for this year, I will try my best to really lessen, if I can’t stop my smoking habit. But it would be very fulfilling if I can totally stop smoking, though.

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7. Drink Less Alcoholic Beverages – you know I’d like to put “stop drinking alcoholic beverages” but who Am I kidding. I’m being realistic here, you can’t stop things like that. There are lots of reasons why we should drink every now and then, evidently it defeats the idea of stop drinking. It is a very good way of socializing, closing deals, meeting new acquaintances, drowning your sorrows and problems, most importantly I think when you get drunk, like wasted drunk – it brings out the honestly in you, like you can cry your heart out. And you really don’t care coz you’re having a good time and nobody can take that away from. Yes there’s a lot of cons to that, but there’s no harm in getting wasted once in a while. Hence, my 7th resolution, drink less.

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8. Save More, Spend Less – Last year was rather a low year for me, in terms of savings. I had a lot of unwise spending and impulsive purchases, although it was all worth it I guess I could have been more wise and bought things that are more valuable. But enough of the “what could have & What If’s”, and so for 2015 and the years to come. I aim to be more wise in spending and purchasing things. To weigh the pros and cons of each purchase, and to really decide if I really need it, or is it just for luxury. This is in connection to my fourth resolution, in order for me to travel more I should have enough savings and budget to do so.

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9. Be More Loving & Caring – I aim to be more loving, Caring, understanding, patient, giving, and to be always full of positive vibes to share.

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10. Be More Generous – The best feeling of happiness is when you’re happy because you’ve made somebody else happy. Nothing really beats the feeling of happiness you feel when ever you reach out and help someone. This year and to the years to come, I aim to help more people; give food to those who are hungry, clothes to those who have nothing to wear, or even the simplest act of kindness can go along way. Just because I don’t have much, doesn’t mean I cannot help others in my own little way. I know I have touched some lives, and the feeling of fulfillment will forever linger.

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11. To Show Appreciation To The People Who Loves Me – One of the things that I will change this year is to be more appreciative of the people who surrounds and love me. To show them that I am aware that they exists and I am very grateful to be able to spend some time with them and share some memories together. I will be more transparent and tell them once in a while that I love them and that I care for them. I may not be very vocal and sometimes can get so insensitive and thoughtless, but I can be very emotional at times. I wish I can put into one single word and tell it to them, how happy I am for being a part of there lives, and them to mine.

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12. Have More Love, Faith & Hope – To be more faithful to our creator, to be forever thankful for the things that I have, the people that I’m with, for all the opportunities, the second chances, all the blessings, the challenges and hardships, for all the things that He made possible. For giving me another year to live and always believing in my potential. To Him that in spite of all my wrong doings, failures and sins; have always been there for me. Silently looking out for me and guiding me to the right path. To God almighty, who makes all things possible.

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Lawn Tennis : Memories From Childhood to College

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“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.

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I 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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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).

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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.

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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
Beah Tiwaken

_February 21-26, 2011_
2011 National SCUAA Meet