One-Word Thursday: Tissues

What can I associate with the word "Tissues"?

Funny - I can think of a few words that are not quite related. Here are a few: pencil, marker, mummy, bathroom, Christmas, joke, comfort, art, etc. 

Tissues are actually "glorious" things that are very handy to have around often. For example, whenever my brother spills something on the floor, I immediately think: "Get tissues" while others probably want to get a mop or something of the sort. 

Another example would be when I draw on my sketchbook and need something to smudge a portion of it. I grab a tissue and not an ear bud. I know ear buds are better at smudging smaller portions, but if you're me and you normally want to smudge a BIGGER part of the drawing, tissues are there to save the day.

Another use for tissues, aside from it's importance in the bathroom, is for writing down notes when you have no paper available. My friends and I did that the other day, when we ate at McDonald's after P.E. class. We wanted to make the memory of our eating out a little more memorable, so we took out our ink pens and started writing random stuff on the tissues. We even wrote a letter to anyone who would see the tissue.

Now, I don't really know why I came up with the word Christmas after "tissue". Perhaps, now that I think about it, I remember the snow and the cheerful "White Christmas" my favorite Christmas songs sing about. I'm still waiting for the day I get to see real snow and experience making snow angels on it!

How about you? What do you think of when you hear the word "Tissues"?

#140: End of numbered posts! *heart*

Right then.

Today, I had the liberty of surfing through the web and looking for inspiration for my blog. I so happened to come across blog memes and prompts that, after some consideration and much thought, I decided to stop numbering my posts and instead focus on the theme for the day.

I saw a lot of great websites which feature great inspiration, but for now, I'm going to get my blog posts' themes from The Write Prompts. They feature different themes for each day of the week! How cool is that! Head over there to start your own blog meme. :)

Note: I'll only number my posts if I'm blogging about something totally random and personal. :)

Image Tuesday: Cracked Earth

Hey there!

"Image Tuesday" is an image prompt (from here) that is held every Tuesday (as the title obviously points out).  You are given a picture and after some observation, are prompted to write your thoughts or ideas about it. So, let's get cracking and start the prompt!

Prompt: Sept. 27, 2011
cracked dirt with people in distance

Friendship is like this portion of the ground, strong, sometimes dirty, but strong nonetheless. However, trials/storms come and try to break that friendship, and if it succeeds, the relationship ends up like this - broken, and hard if not impossible to mend.

I've been at this situation in my life and believe me, it hurts more than a breakup (also based on observation because I have never been in a relationship to experience the latter first hand). It happened during high school, and there were three of us in the group. In the first two years of friendship, everything was great and even though we didn't agree on some things, the relationship worked for the three of us. However, because of an innocent joke I pulled on one of them, my friendship with her received a crack, much like the one in the picture above.
She told me that she was hurt about what I did and even though it was only a joke that didn't really tease or insult her, she explained that she had been experiencing already rotten feelings because of others, and my little joke blew the fuse. I apologized sincerely, and we resumed our friendship after that. But we weren't able to mend it to the way it originally was. Sure we were never hostile or cold to each other, bu the closeness was gone and I really regret that point in my life.
The single time I thought of being funny and silly turned out to be the biggest mistake I could make in a friendship as good as ours. 

But of course, I learned something valuable through that event, and that is to be more aware of other people's moods before doing anything sudden and unlike me. I don't want to plant bad seeds and regret planting them afterwards.

#138: More Facts!

Before I share other random things, I must post another entry that describes who I am, so please bear with this other post! I promise the next one won’t be like this. It’ll be more substantial. :) I promise.

  • I’m loud.
  • I’m sarcastic.
  • I cry easily. 
  • I have a bad temper. 
  • I’m easy to get along with. 
  • I have more enemies than friends.
  • I’ve smoked
  • I drink coffee. 
  • I clean my room daily.

My appearance:

  • I wear make-up.  (eye liners only)
  • I wear a piece of jewelry at all times.
  • I wear contacts.
  • I wear glasses. 
  • I have braces.
  • I change my hair color often.
  • I have a piercing.
  • I have small feet.

Relationships:

  • I’m in a relationship now.
  • I’m single.
  • I’m crushin’. 
  • I’ve missed an ex before.
  • I’m always scared of being hurt.
  • I’ve told someone I didn’t love them when I did. 
  • I’ve been in love more than two times.
  • I believe in love at first sight.

Friendships:

  • I have a best friend.  
  • I have at least ten REAL friends.
  • I’ve gotten a phone call in the last 48 hours from a friend.
  • I’ve beaten up a friend. 
  • I’ve been in a serious fight with a friend.
  • I can trust at least five people with my life.

Experiences:

  • I’ve been on a plane.
  • I’ve taken a taxi.
  • I’ve taken a city bus.
  • I’ve taken a school bus.
  • I’ve made a speech. 
  • I’ve been in some sort of club.

Music:

  • I listen to R&B.
  • I listen to pop.
  • I listen to techno.
  • I listen to rock. 
  • I’m one of those people who play songs repeatedly until I hate it. 
  • I download music. 
  • I buy CD’s.

Family Life:

  • I get along with both of my parents for the most part.
  • My biological parents are still together.
  • I have at least one brother.
  • I’ve been kicked out of the house.
  • I’ve sworn at my parents.
  • I’ve made my parents cry. 
  • I’ve lied to my parents. 
  • I’ve lied to my parents about where I am. 
  • I’ve lied to my parents about what I’m doing.

Hair:

  • I’ve had streaks.
  • I’ve cut my hair in the past year. 
  • I’ve dyed my hair in the past year.
  • I’ve been blonde. 
  • I’ve had black.
  • I’ve been red.
  • I use conditioner.  
  • I’ve curled my hair. 
  • I’ve straightened my hair.

#137: Facts.

I came across this post in Tumblr and since I wanted to let others know more about me without being too wordy, I decided it would be a great idea for me to just post this up. If you'd like, you too can post this on your blog. Just bold the ones that apply to you.

[Appearance]
I have/had piercings besides the ears.
I want piercings besides the ears.
I have many scars.
I tan easily.
I wish my hair was a different color.
I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color.
I have/want a tattoo.
I can be self-conscious about my appearance.
I have/had braces. (retainers)
I have more than two piercings.

[Embarrassment]

Disney movies still make me cry.
I’ve laughed so hard I’ve cried.
I’ve glued my hand to something.
I’ve laughed until some kind of beverage came out of my nose
I’ve had my pants rip in public.
I’ve touched something sharp/hot/etc to see if it would hurt.

Health

I’ve gotten stitches.
I’ve broken or dislocated a bone.
I’ve had my tonsils removed.
I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed.
I’ve had chicken pox.

[Travel]

I’ve been to Florida.
I’ve driven/ridden over 200 kilometers in one day.
I’ve been on a plane.
I’ve been to Asia.
I’ve been to America.
I’ve been to The Middle East.
I’ve been to Australia.
I’ve been to the Caribbean.
I’ve been to Europe.
[Experiences]

I’ve gotten lost in my city.
I’ve seen a shooting star.
I’ve wished on a shooting star.
I’ve seen a meteor shower.
I’ve gone out in public in my pajamas.
I’ve pushed all the buttons on an elevator.
I’ve slapped someone.
I’ve kissed someone underwater.
I’ve chugged something.
I’ve crashed a car.
I’ve been skiing.
I’ve been in a musical.
I’ve auditioned for something.
I’ve been on stage.

I’ve caught a snowflake on my tongue.
I’ve sat on a rooftop at night.
I’ve pranked someone.
I’ve ridden in a taxi.


[Honesty / Crime]

I’ve been threatened to be arrested.
I’ve broken a law.
I’ve done something I promised someone I wouldn’t.
I’ve done something I promised myself I wouldn’t.

I’ve sneaked out.
I’ve lied about my whereabouts.
I’ve cheated while playing a game.
I’ve been in a fist fight.


[Death]
I’m afraid of dying.
I hate funerals.
I’ve seen someone/something die.

Someone close to me has attempted/committed suicide.
I have attempted suicide.
I’ve thought about suicide before.
I’ve written a eulogy for myself.

[Materialism]

I own over 5 rap CD’s.
I’m obsessed with anime/manga.
I collected comic books.

I own a lot of makeup.
I own something from Pac Sun.
I own something from The Gap.
I own something I got on E-Bay.
I own something from Abercrombie.
I thrive on compliments.
I thrive on hate.

[Random]
I can sing low key.
I’ve stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant.
I open up to others easily.
I watch the news occasionally or always.
I don’t like to kill bugs.
I sing in the shower.

I’m a morning person.

I’m a sports fanatic.
I twirl my hair.
I care about grammar.

I love spam.
I’ve copied more than 30 CD’s in a day.
I bake well.
My favorite color is either white, yellow, pink, blue, red, black, purple, or orange.
I would wear pajamas to school.
I like Martha Stewart.
I laugh at my own jokes. (LIKE A Freakin' BOSS)
I eat fast food weekly.
I’ve not turned anything in and still got an A in a certain class.
I can’t sleep if there’s a spider in the room.
I’m really ticklish.
I like white chocolate.

I bite my nails.
I’m good at remembering names.
I’m good at remembering dates.
I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.


[People]
..used to ask if I was anorexic/bulimic.
..called me fat.
..say I’m skinny.
..have said I’m ugly.
..have said I’m pretty.

..have spread rumors about me.
..force me to eat.
..say I eat too much.
..say I eat too little.


[Eating]
I’ve lost weight.
I’ve gained weight.

I’m at my thinnest.
I’m at my biggest.
I’ve lost weight and kept it off.
I’ve lost weight, but gained it back.
My weight affects my mood. A lot.
I diet.
I’m vegan/vegetarian.
I exercise.
I’ve fainted from exhaustion.


[Family]
I’ve sworn at my parents.
I’ve planned to run away from home before.
I’ve run away from home.
My biological parents are together.
I have a sibling less than one year old.
I want kids.
I’ve had kids.
I’ve lost a child.


[Relationships]
I’m engaged.
I’m married.
I’m a swinger.
I’ve gone on a blind date.
I have/had a friend with benefits.
I miss someone right now.
I have a fear of abandonment.

I’ve gotten divorced.
I’ve had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back.
Someone has/had feelings for me when I didn’t have them back.
I’ve told someone I loved them when I didn’t.
I’ve told someone I didn’t love them when I did.
I’ve kept something from a past relationship.

[Sexuality]

I’m a cuddler.
I’ve been kissed in the rain.
I’ve hugged a stranger.
I’ve kissed a stranger.


[Bad times]
I regularly drink.
I can’t swallow pills
I can swallow numerous pills at a time without difficulty.
I’ve been diagnosed with depression at some point.
I have/had anxiety problems.
I shut others out when I’m upset.
I don’t have anyone to talk to when I’m upset.
I have taken/take anti-depressants.
I’ve slept an entire day before.
I’ve plotted revenge.

#133: From the ACP to the Fiesta Break!

Whew!

More than a week has passed since our Pre-Final Exams, and I'm actually sort of excited to see the results of our remaining tests. I know I didn't get a perfect score in -ehemm- Math, but hey, at least I know I got a lot of the items right. That in itself is worth being proud of (in a not-so-conceited way).

Anyway, last Sept. 13, Ateneo held its Alternative Class Program (ACP), a day where you get to choose a single topic (eg. blogging, cooking, cardistry, etc.) and attend a lecture about it, instead of having a regular class day. I had a dilemma while choosing because there were a number of topics that I wanted to learn more about, which would help develop my current interests and hobbies.

On the first day of the registration, I roamed around Xavier Hall to see ALL the topics available, even though it was sort of crowded in more places than one. In the end, I chose Blogging, Journalism, Digital Photography, Cartooning, and of course, Voice Lessons. But what I didn't know was that each student was allowed only ONE topic. That disappointed me sooooo much! What a waste of class time! I was hoping for the ACP to be for the whole day, and that we could choose more than one lecture to attend. I mean, there were morning and afternoon sessions, so it wouldn't really be a hassle for students who have the desire to learn more and do more. Given the conditions, my choice was hard at first, but satisfying in the end: Voice Lessons.

I learned soo much from our speaker, Sir Reburiano, and gained knowledge of breathing techniques and how to distinguish great music from the good, down to the worst sounds. I found myself agreeing to most of his sentiments, which got me even more interested in the topic. It got me thinking, "Hey, we actually have the same beliefs regarding music!" I'll leave the details out and save them for the reflection papers required to be submitted next week. :)

All in all, though there were a number of cancelled topics and a sudden change of schedules and venues, the ACP was a good refresher for students who are constantly busy with school work. I really think the ACP should be held more than twice a year, and that it should be for a whole day. Imagine the knowledge a student can acquire in that period of time!

Now, moving forward.

As mentioned in the title, this week is for the Penafrancia Festival, which means more vacation time! Yeah! Sadly, however, that also means MORE projects, more homework, and more reflection papers to do before classes resume on the 20th. Add to that the sudden switch-back-to-serious-student mode and it'll be one heck of a first day back.

One thing I must leave you with, folks, is the fact that no matter how tiring life can get, there will always be that single moment or day in the week that will make you feel at peace and relaxed. It may not be noticeable, but it's bound to be there. We all just have to look for it harder. :)

Happy vacation week, fellow Ateneans! Enjoy!

#132: My Weird Day

Two really weird (perhaps even terrifying) things happened to me this day. Both happened just at the front of our house, while I was waiting for a tricycle to take me to Ateneo. Now the first incident wasn't really scary in any way - a lady just asked me if there were any vacancies in our compound and asked how much it cost. I told her to just copy the contact number (posted on a small sign by the gate) and inquire through the owner, since I really had no definite figures to give. After that, she went on her way.

The second incident happened just after the lady and her companion left, which is why I classified these two things as weird. Anyway, as I was waiting by the road, I saw this man (maybe in his early 30's or so) dressed up like a teenager, with chains and his cap placed backwards - singing and walking in a "weird" way. I fought the urge to look at him, since that might give him a false hint that I was open for conversation.
Well, I might have failed because when he was just in front of me, he stopped. This is how our talk sort of went:

Man: "Sino ang presidente ngayon ng Ateneo?" (Who is the current president of Ateneo?)
Me: (hesitant to answer) ...
Man: "Ah, si Viray. Ano'ng first name niya?" (Oh, Viray. What's his first name?)
Me: "Primitivo po..."
Man: "Ah primitivo. Mabait naman? Laging nasa school?" (Ah, Primitivo. Is he kind? Is he always at school?)
Me: "Opo, mabait naman po. Nasa school po siya lagi." (Yes, he's kind. He's always at school.)

By this time, I was already silently praying to God that either this man leaves (and doesn't harm me) or I find a tricycle to end our "talk". My eyes met his only twice, and I did my best to look as far away as possible. He was actually kind, but he seemed a bit "off" if you know what I mean. He was fluent in English, but he ate some of his words and he really had this creepy aura.

Man: Pwede kaya akong pumasok sa Ateneo? (Do you think I can go inside Ateneo?)
Me: "Hindi ko lang po alam. May guard po kasi lagi." (I don't know. There are always guards around.)
Man: Ahh. Pwede makita ID mo? Ikaw na ba bumili nitong case? (Can I look at your ID? Were you the one who bought this plastic case?)
Me: "Opo." (Yes.)

I knew it was dangerous to let other people know contact numbers and names, so I showed him my ID but covered everything except for the Ateneo logo at the top. I had really bad vibes from the guy!

Man: "Ako, hindi ko na sinurrender yung ID ko. Ginawa ko na siyang souvenir." (Ah, I didn't surrender my ID. I kept it as a souvenir.)
Me: "Ah, ganun po ba?" (Oh, is that so?)
Man: "Oo. Meron pa bang APO sa Ateneo?" (Yes. Is there still an APO in Ateneo?)
Me: "APO? Ano po yun?" (APO? What's that?)
Man: "APO. Fraternity. Meron pa ba non?" (APO. A fraternity. Does it still exist?)
Me: "Ay, wala po kasi akong alam sa mga frats sa Ateneo." (Oh, I don't know any frats in Ateneo.)
Man: "Ano apelyido mo?" (What's your surname?)

At that, alarm bells echoed through my brain. I thought, this isn't right. So i told him straight out that I don't give my surname to just anyone, especially strangers. He then asked me if he could see my ID just one more time. I refused, and he didn't persist, much to my relief.

Right that moment, I saw an empty tricycle and really signaled for the driver to stop. Perhaps he noticed my nervousness? Before I sped away, the man told me something that I didn't quite understand, but it sounded like he was wishing me luck - or something else. I don't know! Everything was a blur from the moment he asked for my surname until I got into the tricycle.

Now you guys might think me stupid, for letting a stranger talk to me for more than 5 minutes, and I don't blame you. But somehow, my curiousness got the better of me. As much as I wanted to get as far away from the man as possible, I wanted to stay and learn more about him, but with no intention of friendship and such. It intrigued me that this man, who was already in his early 30's, was still wearing a teenager's style of clothing, knew about Ateneo, was probably a student there, and conversed well in English. For all I know, he could've been really smart and went nuts because of it!

But now that it's over, I'm more in a wondering state. What if I had talked with the guy longer, and discovered something about Ateneo and a former student?

#131: Pre-Finals.

There are a million of things to be done before the end of this semester, and right now, I have absilutely NO IDEA where I should start and which tasks I should prioritize. (I'm even wondering why I'm blogging when I have Prefinal exams tomorrow! Argh.)

1. The Humanities project which we still haven't verified details for yet;
2. "Talumpati" (speech) for Filipino class that, although is easy in English, is proving itself very stressful;
3. The small group project that requires acting skills and good memorization (still for Filipino class!);
4. And finally, the dreaded Pre-final and Final examinations on Sept. and Oct.

How will I get through this? A question with the simplest, most obvious answer continues to stress me out. Of course God will be there with me, every second of the day, with or without exams. :) How comforting is that? Awesome.

Gotta scram and focus on studying for English and Philippine History. Have I mentioned these two subjects are both heavy on the brain and they follow each other every Tuesday and Thursday! Sometimes, school can be such a cactus.