Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sojourn



Averting the heat of last summer, we geared up to check what was rumored to be the one of the best island destinations these days, The Boracay Islands.


Caticlan's aerial view.. 

This was our first time to visit the island. And YES! it was an absolutely insane experience. Boracay, really as good as advertise. With its amazing sights and sounds, there were never a dull moment in the island.


parasailing mode...
So dust off your passport and get fired up in the BORACAY ISLANDS....


checkin out bora's immaculate coast...

BRIAN JAMES PADILLA

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Our Lives

JUST thought that these lines, from the author Maggie Young, are worth sharing and is so on point....

“Millennials: We lost the genetic lottery. We graduated high school into terrorist attacks and wars. We graduated college into a recession and mounds of debt. We will never acquire the financial cushion, employment stability, and material possessions of our parents. We are often more educated, experienced, informed, and digitally fluent than prior generations, yet are constantly haunted by the trauma of coming of age during the detonation of the societal structure we were born into. But perhaps we are overlooking the silver lining. We will have less money to buy the material possessions that entrap us. We will have more compassion and empathy because our struggles have taught us that even the most privileged can fall from grace. We will have the courage to pursue our dreams because we have absolutely nothing to lose. We will experience the world through backpacking, couch surfing, and carrying on interesting conversations with adventurers in hostels because our bank accounts can't supply the Americanized resorts. Our hardships will obligate us to develop spiritual and intellectual substance. Maybe having roommates and buying our clothes at thrift stores isn't so horrible as long as we are making a point to pursue genuine happiness.”




Thursday, December 4, 2014

Boundless

"Love knows no distance, no boundaries"---these are the words that keep me holding onto my romantic relationship now. Apparently, I am engaged in a long distance relationship. People would often see it as absurdity as they would often think that it will not work  because the proximity is deemed essential in a relationship. They would often doubt the sense of faithfulness of one to the other. A normal couple would have their candle-lit dinners, for us, we have always our exclusive virtual dates over "Wechat".
 


Being apart entails a lot of sacrifices and challenges to deal with. It is a matter of test; a test of patience and faithfulness. Aside from our distance, we have also to deal with our ages although some would say it is just a number and it is the maturity that matters the most. Despite of it, it is just surreal that we were able to continue with our relationship. I admit that this is really hard for both us, knowing we both experience sadness and wish that our relationship could just be the normal one. Even if we are together for a short period of time, there is always the small twinge of desolation because we both know the moment is fleeting.


However, when i started law school, I already appreciated my long distance relationship, it gives me the time to work on to my priorities and to fully determine what i really want for my life. He supported me in my law school studies and gives me all the time I needed to cope with my everyday struggle. I appreciate that he respects my decision when it comes to future issues like marriage. He wanted me to finish my course first, then pass the Bar exams, have a decent work and enjoy all the fruits of my success before settling down. 


This is the best time to gear up for a better future and the time for self-improvement and development. He may not be present when I need someone to hug me after having a bad recitation in Constitutional Law or to have a companion during lunch time or take me out on a date during "Valentines Day",  but he is definitely more than a chat away. This relationship provides me a chance to be on my own but not definitely to feel alone. To love someone is to sacrifice, for this situation is only temporary. I do not know where the future will take us but I know today is that I have someone who can stand by my side even he is in the other side of the world. 

These words though... Thanks Gellian... :)


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Accumulated Punishment

Another phenomenal display of talent was shown by the 35 year old Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao of the Philippines in his latest bout against the American, Chris Algieri. Before the fight, various speculations are heard and people seemed to have divided views regarding  the match. Some said that it’s considered as “mismatch of the year”, yet others believed that it's gonna be an interesting one to see, considering Manny who uses "southpaw stance" will battle  Algieri,  who is a very unorthodox boxer.
 


Looking closely, the challenger, Algieri had been so consistent in his battles against tough players. He has an outstanding record of 20-0, with 8 wins by way of KO before losing to Pacman. His reach and height, which proven to be his advantage against the smaller Pacman, was the primary concern of the Pacquiao team and all boxing enthusiasts around the world. 


The fight lasted for 12 rounds, in an unending exchange of jabs and uppercuts everywhere.  Pacman, though, the more experienced fighter with his blatant display of ferocity and pure world-class boxing skills knocked down the tough challenger a total of six times, making it  impossible for his opponent to bounce back. The Filipino champ won the bout in a unanimous decision. It nearly ended the drought for Pacman after 5 years of no KO wins.
 



Aside from his latest accomplishment, the veteran boxer has proven to all Filipinos around the world his prowess in all facets of his life. He doesn't seem to stop, doesn't settle down and continues to do his best in everything he does. Truly, the pound-for-pound champion has resurfaced.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lo and behold...

For the woman who needs no further introductions... 
(alai wa??)



who has a bunch of pseudonyms I've never heard of (gwellian??)


  
who has always been there...  (echos!!)


who often  eats in her dreams  (takaw)




who would rather hang out than read law books (tamad)





who always threatens me of lines "you're not gonna find another me" (duh!!)




who will always be my alarm clock in the morning (but it's still early!!)



would never stop bugging me even if the wifi connection is out! (suffocation)



who rocks malls, just to pursue her catwalk dreams.. (lol.. )



Anyways, I wrote this not to impress you of my literary prowess, I know I suck hahaha... Just like to bug you, and wait, am sorry I went through your fb's photos. I don't normally stalk on other people's post and photos like you usually do. hahaha... 

Thanks a bunch, you  just cause a huge chunk of inspiration in my poor blogging thing! 
Times have been very unforgiving and if there's one word to describe what happened to my page here, ah.. it's gonna be...an ebola virus that infects and interfere with my daily writing activities, my page died down in an excruciating manner. I was hoping you would love this though.



It's just surreal and it was unbelievably remarkable how we manage to recuperate from all the issues we've been through. I don't know why, you're just as cruel like drones that lurks around looking for suspicious targets and ready to strike. You always paint hypothetical pictures in your mind that lead us to an unending argument every time. lol.. Still, in the end, there's always a glimmering hope and we always get along just fine...

I'm pretty sure that we at some point would make everything all mapped out and make the best of our lives. YOU have taught me patience, keeping calm and breathe in the good shit, breathe the bad shit, out. I taught you victory loves preparation. But it's kinda funny how we are both "askholes" most of the times. lol...

( a person who constantly ask for your advice, yet always does the opposite of what you told them)








P.S. I want you to know that i'm not gonna stop bugging you.

        Galingan recit hahahaha...

        Good luck on your future endeavors... And stop reading...


"YOU SHOULD BE DOING SOMETHING NOW"




(taxi sa kahabaan ng mandaluyong, kabisado ko lugar promise. We're not gonna get lost sure na!)



Friday, September 20, 2013

Oh.. Uttaraditt

It's been a while since the last I've posted here. The last thing  I remembered was the time  I've made a decision to move and try a different place. It's indeed a crazy decision. But just like what my friend said... "life's a bitch"! It bites you in the ass sometimes. lol... Forgive and forget and move on with life, yet sometimes memories will haunt you back and you can't do anything about it. 

To cut this short, we were assigned to help someone in an essay writing competition. Surprisingly, she needed to write something about her place, and lo and behold, she was from the same crib where I was before.

“My Town”
“Round my hometown, memories are fresh
Round my hometown, ooh, the people I've met
Are the wonders of my world, are the wonders of my world”

These are famous lines from my favorite song and it reminds me of my lovely hometown. I was born in Uttaraditt, a place in the northern Thailand. There are numerous reasons why I would consider myself lucky to be from my town. First and foremost, my town was blessed with an abundance of natural resources and due to its somewhat central demographic location, going to different cities and other prominent places in Thailand is very easy and convenient.
Aside from that, life in Uttaraditt is extremely laid back and the people are very warm and welcoming. It is easy to move around and see different landmarks because you could ask for directions from anyone whom you may happen to come across. The environment is conducive for learning because of the prestigious schools and universities that the city has to offer. It is indeed a lovely place to call home. People have a sense of hospitality and most of them are cheerful givers. Almost everyone greets one another and the environment is always friendly. Furthermore, although the town is a bit far Bangkok, children are able to inculcate knowledge. As one strolls around town, they can definitely sense that there is no segregation in Uttaraditt. The gap between the rich and the poor is nonexistent here. A gentleman with a BMW or Mercedes could sit along street and eat dinner with common folks and this would be nothing out of the ordinary.

For those of you interested in nature, the largest Teak Tree in the world happily resides in Uttaraditt! However, the tallest and oldest Teak Tree in the world is the Kannimara Teak located India; but as for the largest, this one happily sits in the Tree Forest National Park in Nam Pat District, Uttaraditt. It has an approximate age of 1,511 years and measures in at a massive 37 meters in height and 6.57 meters in diameter. It is a must see if you are ever in town!
  
Another lovely and breathtaking scene in town is the Sirikit Dam. The dam was created for irrigation and to supply electricity, but its beautiful characteristics capture people’s attention when they visit. People from out of town  can rent and ride bicycles and even surf the North part of the dam to see "Lake Suriian Moon."

I often go home during weekends because I miss my family and my town. What even surprised me the last time I went there was that I happened to see a lot of foreigners enjoying their stay in Uttaraditt.  This place is like an oasis!  One could completely take a sit back and relax here and enjoy their stay. Everything in my place is just stunning and spectacular and I could not ask for more. Though it’s small and simple, it has been nesting and hiding a beauty so unique and wonderful. I really do appreciate it.