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For the past week, I’ve been on a soft diet (meaning goodbye red meat, deep fried goodness, junk food and almost everything that is not liquid-y or water-y or as soft as fish) so I’ve decided to come up with my Food Wish List just because I have to really think about the food I may eat in order to plan my Christmas diet.

(pictures are not mine and are cited below)

1. Flaming Wings Buffalo Wings and Chicken Tenders

2. Cupcakes by Sonja

3. CYMA’s Saganaki

4. Yellowcab Manhattan Meatlovers

5. The irresistible lechon

6. Cello’s doughnuts and dips

7. Baby Back Ribs

8. Lapid’s Chicharon

9. Serenitea – people seem to rave about this drink

10. Sausage McMuffin + Hash brown + Hot choco (or orange juice)

 

References for the pictures used:

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http://s3.amazonaws.com/foodspotting-ec2/reviews/9277/thumb_170.JPG?1265094245

2. http://static.flickr.com/64/173912569_b00da0b834.jpg

3. http://farm1.static.flickr.com/208/463445374_14b4dd685d.jpg

4. http://www.eraig.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Manhattan-Meatlovers.JPG

5. http://onliindapilipins.wikispaces.com/file/view/lechon.jpg/151786281/lechon.jpg

6. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v469/pink_liagiba/05_CCP_Cello_369x267.jpg

7. http://www.about-recipes.com/imgrec/303502-BourbonBabyBackRibs.jpg

8. http://lh6.ggpht.com/_C9zOzLEte2o/SWCkliYvTiI/AAAAAAAABjM/h7hAHThU1ek/lapids-chicharon.jpg

9. http://multiply.com/mu/serenitea/image/6/photos/8/600×600/5/Gyokuro-Oolong-Genmaicha.jpg?et=%2B9gI8SDrnwqN9RLlX2Psaw&nmid=163388215

10. https://hiphiphurray.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/spm_a0296.jpg?w=300

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If there was one thing I’d like to be other than a lawyer, I’d like to be a full time ballerina–or at least until I become bored, tired and old to do it. When I was growing up, I thought that it was just a hobby because academics were always my priority. But every time I see people dance (either live or in Youtube), I feel a little envious and wish that I was also performing out there. However, ballet is such an expensive sport and it requires dedication and 100% focus and attention. With the little time I have for myself, I can’t afford to lose some of it to dancing. And if we can’t give our 100%, it feels like we’re robbing the audience of their precious time.

My primary motivation for dancing ballet when I was a kid was to have a tiara. I never stopped until I got one–and when I finally had one, I still continued dancing. And then when I was old enough (and hopefully graceful and pretty dancer haha), I was given roles and they really thrilled me. It made me do things I wouldn’t normally do. Like 32 counts of fouettes!

Black Swan (Odile) in Swan Lake was my dream role. I said to myself that if I get to do it, I’d be happily retiring my dancing feet. But after actually performing it three years ago, I realized I was yearning for more dance pieces. For tougher, stronger ones. I think I was ready to “transcend” to another level!

But sad thing is, I can’t. Because of law school.

I guess it’s the price I have to pay for wanting to be a lawyer more than a dancer.

I remember about a year ago, on our orientation day, we already had to prepare for our mock recitation. I spent two or three days reading two short cases, memorizing every detail. I walked around the house, trying to tell everyone how the story went on. But on the day of our mock recit, it felt as if I didn’t know a thing. When you’re sitting in front of the professor who made you feel insignificant, you’d just wish the earth would just swallow you alive. But I was lucky because I wasn’t called. As the weeks progressed, my inferiority complex just sucked the better of me and almost made me quit.

I was contemplating on quitting after a week in law school. I even had a long, tearful talk with my mom and dad. It was so painful, I couldn’t stop crying when we went to Church to hear mass. I didn’t know what I was doing in law school–heck I could be earning money with my college degree or dancing in a professional ballet company–but not this. I thought that maybe I was in a haste when I decided I want to be a lawyer.

I was told to hold on for one more week; we were even computing how much money I could refund from my tuition fees. Then the weeks became months. What we initially planned, and agreed upon was to take an LOA after first semester, then reflect hard and seek other options. But I guess as the weeks went by, the hardships became more bearable; until I became so used to it that I look forward to reading cases, to waking up early only to be shouted when we get to school, to preparing for recitations and skipping lunches just to have a decent grade.

My first year has been one heck of a roller coaster ride and I’m enjoying the thrill. It’s exhilirating–with all the UPs and DOWNs, I don’t think I’d ever be needing songs (or drugs) to psyche me up. My family and friends helped me have fun during the trip, and I’m forever grateful to them. And of course, to HIM.

So long summer.

Second year, here I come.

Tuwing pumupunta ako dito
Naalala ko lahat
Parang kahapon lang

Parang ang tagal na naming magkakilala
Yung mga gusto ko, gusto rin niya
Tapos biglang…

At kahit hindi rin kami naging sa huli
Siya pa rin ang first love ko

AYOS

I’d gladly take an LOA for 6 months and take this job if I was a good swimmer. Maybe I could take a crash course (now while there’s still time) in basic swimming and diving. Hmmmm.

“Living above the Great Barrier Reef for six months is a pretty unique benefit, but you’ll also be well-paid – a salary package of AUD$150,000 for a six-month contract. Plus, your accommodation will be provided on Hamilton Island. And there’s plenty of room if you choose to share your experience with a friend or your family. “

150,000.00 AUD = 4,776,914.85 PHP

DEMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Australia offers ‘best job in world’ on paradise island

SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian state is offering internationally what it calls “the best job in the world” — earning a top salary for lazing around a beautiful tropical island for six months.

The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US dollars) and includes free airfares from the winner’s home country to Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland’s state government announced on Tuesday.

In return, the “island caretaker” will be expected to stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of “a few minor tasks” — and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

The successful applicant, who will stay rent-free in a three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, must be a good swimmer, excellent communicator and be able to speak and write English.

“They’ll also have to talk to media from time to time about what they’re doing so they can’t be too shy and they’ll have to love the sea, the sun, the outdoors,” said acting state Premier Paul Lucas.

“The fact that they will be paid to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, swim, snorkel and generally live the Queensland lifestyle makes this undoubtedly the best job in the world.”

Lucas said the campaign was part of a drive to protect the state’s 18 billion Australian dollar a year tourism industry during the tough economic climate caused by the global financial meltdown.

“Traditional tourism advertising just doesn’t cut it sometimes and we are thinking outside the box by launching this campaign.”

Queensland Tourism Minister Desley Boyle said some people might question whether it was risky to let an unknown person become an unofficial tourism spokesperson for the state.

“I think the biggest risk will be that the successful candidate won’t want to go home at the end of the six months,” she said.

“This is a legitimate job which is open to anyone and everyone.”

Applications are open until February 22. Eleven shortlisted candidates will be flown to Hamilton Island in early May for the final selection process and the six month contract will commence on July 1.

Job-seekers can apply on .

More details here.

I couldn’t find a more fitting title than this.

Happy Rizal Day!

But I just needed a reason to blog.

I’m such a God of War fan (well, not really)– I finished God of War 1 and 2, enjoyed the storyline and the gameplay. I also finished God of War in PSP, but did not like so much the gameplay since I found it a little easier than 1 and 2. Nonetheless, it’s still GoW!

I was Youtube-ing when I came across GoW 3 — and an OMG moment. Finally, trailers! I’ve been waiting for GoW3 all this time. (Apparently, GoW3 was announced a long time ago, I’m just not aware) I watched the trailer and it was short. Haha! But I think this would be the last installment since Kratos said something about the end. I hope not! 

Sony has released GoW3’s official description:

IN THE END, THERE WILL ONLY BE CHAOS…

God of War® 3 finds Kratos raining carnage and destruction upon the Gods who have betrayed him and the entire Ancient Greek world. Armed with his deadly double-chained blades, Kratos will take on mythology’s darkest creatures while solving intricate puzzles on his merciless quest to destroy Olympus and the mighty Zeus himself.

Set in the realm of Greek mythology, God of War® 3 is a single-player game that allows players to assume the climatic role of the ex-Spartan warrior, Kratos, as he scales the intimidating heights of Mt. Olympus and descends into the dark depths of Hell once more to seek revenge on those who have betrayed him.

But the sad thing about GoW3 is that it’s going to be sold in PS3. So that means you have to have a console in order to play the game. Unless I win in the lotto or some form of money falls down from the heavens–that’s the time I’ll be able to play the game. The non-working class like me can’t save money for something as costly as the PS3!

But if there’s a will, there’s a way. LOL. Anyway, the release date is still TBA so I hope it’ll be long enough to allow me to save enough moolah. Or that Sony release a PS3 bundle for GoW3.

I wish I had learned how to play the piano. So I could play like David Sides: