Typhoon Haiyan.

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(Photo Credits: Retrieved from ABSCBN’s twitter account)

I live in the Philippines. I have seen, witnessed, and even experienced some natural calamities and disasters that happened here in our country. I thought, all the while, that I have experienced the worst when it comes to typhoons because we used to live in a low-lying area, and floods are quite “normal” to us every time there is a storm or typhoon. But now, my whole perspective changed when I saw some clippings and video footages of how Typhoon Haiyan, or as we locally call it “Typhoon Yolanda”, literally destroyed some parts of our country. I can’t put into words all of my emotions whenever I watch news programs. Honestly, I can’t stand watching the news anymore. My heart breaks whenever I see the current situation in the provinces of Samar, Leyte, and Bohol.

For those who don’t know, the eastern part of the Philippines was hit by “the strongest typhoon in the world, EVER!”, or as we all call it, Typhoon Haiyan. Such event happened few days after a strong earthquake literally destroyed some parts of the provinces of Cebu and Bohol (here in the Philippines). So, you see, a strong earthquake hit our country in the month of October, and then the strongest typhoon hit our country in the month of November. What’s in store for us for the month of December? I don’t know. πŸ™

Now, I am asking for your help. Yes, all of you. If you have few extra clothes, toiletries, hygiene materials, canned goods, bottled water, etc., please donate it for the typhoon victims. In my case, I donated some of my clothes and some of my savings. This is best time to share and take an active participation in our community. Again, I humbly ask for some of your “treasures”. My fellow countrymen needs it.

Oh, to those organizations, clubs, associations, countries, unions, etc. who helped the typhoon victims recover from their loss, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I know, at some point, we, Filipinos, will repay your kindness and generosity. Again, thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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Bored no more.

Hi! πŸ™‚ I miss you! Yes, all of you. I miss every single one of you! πŸ™‚ first term of school year 2013-2014 just ended, so I don’t see any reason why I should not make a blog entry. So, here it is! πŸ™‚

 

First up, please excuse my LOOOOOONG absence from the blogosphere. I need to focus on school. Grad school is definitely time consuming and soul wrenching. Hahaha. So, as of this school year, I am on my second year already. Two more years, and I am done with this. I can actually say that I am having a “career”. Hahah.

 

Next, after a week or two, I’ll be doing my usual chaos again, so, I may have no time to blog again. I promise, with all my heart, that I’ll try to find time to blog. I am almost always on Twitter (@jen_speaks), you can contact me there. πŸ™‚

 

Also, I need to widen my social life. Actually, I am torn between sleeping and catching up with old friends. I want my sembreak to be fruitful, but I want to sleep! In fact, I love sleep. This will be my only chance to make up for the lost hours of sleep that I never had during the school days, so, yes, sleep is important to me. Hahah. (Or, maybe, I am just being plain lazy).

 

Lastly, I have piles of novels to read! I might be doing another book review, or I might post a blog entry inspired by the recent book that I read. I have all the time to read non-academic books, and I am loving it! Yay! πŸ™‚

By the way, do you know a website where I can download free e-books? I really, really, really need to download more novels!! πŸ™‚

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Sure shot.

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I kept on asking myself “why the heck all of these sh*t need to happen to me?!”, few moments thereafter, I found this quote (the one in the picture above). Crazy as it seems, you have to go through something that will pull you downward, so that you can bounce back again. Let me called that the “arrow effect”. The Arrow Effect is whenever something is pulling you back from your own pursuit of happiness, but you were able make a perfect shot through all of those negative things in your life that keeps on pulling you back. A good example, maybe, are your setbacks and/or your insecurities. If you cannot forgive your self and break free from your setbacks, that will result to some kind of insecurity that will pull you back from your own progress. You don’t want that, do you? πŸ™‚

Now, I am in the first stage of the Arrow Effect. I am on my lowest. And no, this is not about my setbacks and insecurities anymore. It is more than that. It is more of an interpersonal problem, rather than an intrapersonal one. It seems like every single thing in my life are crashing down, and those circumstances are beyond my control. Sure, I tried to think of ways on how to gain control over the situation, but it seems like there a little or no chance at all for me to actually control everything that is happening in my life. So, for the meantime, I’ll just let things fall down, hoping that it will land on the right places, at the right time. As of now, I will feel whatever pain I am going through right now, weakness has no room in my heart, so, the only option that is left for me is to be strong.

Again, I am on my lowest, as if something is pulling me back from my own pursuit of happiness. But one thing is for sure, I’ll take a good aim, I’ll fire away, and probably make a perfect shot through all these shiznits that I have, right now. I will fire a good, clean, and sure shot.

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It takes time.

 

I know, I know. I know that I have been out of the blogosphere for 34536345345 light years. (Exaggeration intended). Well, anyway, I am here. And, I’m back. πŸ˜›Β  Actually, I’m here to post about my latest realization, and that is about SELF-HELP.

Remember the old saying “You are your own medicine”? Well yes, it is true! True to the core! It took me a great while to notice that if I change my perspective about a certain person or situation, I might make a big difference in my life too. Why? Because lately, life has been very very tough to me. As if I have no reason or right to live peacefully. I’ve been stressed, depressed, lost, alone, vulnerable, all of it enveloped in my heart, and it has been there for months already. I really want all of those negative emotions to get out of my body. I want to free my self from agony, to put it simply. You know what I did? I started not to hang out with the “negative people” in my life. Not that I closed my doors to them, it’s just I stopped being with them all them time. And, man, it feels great! From there, too much positive vibes went in to my system. So, I think I was able to lessen the stress that I feel by one degree. Haha.

 

On to my second step. The next step that I did was to stop thinking negative thoughts. Whenever a certain challenge comes my way, be it big or small, I always keep in my mind that I am the strongest person alive. I think you should try that too, you’ll love it! That’s why I started to have this “I-got-this-shit” type of personality. To be honest, I was an alpha-female. Yes, I WAS an alpha. I tried to tame my “alpha-ness” before because I was being scooted as an arrogant person, which, obviously, is so not me! But now, I think I need to bring back my alpha attitude. So, I guess that is the real me. An alpha-female. But now, I am more refined than before. I should call my self an “alpha-lady”. Haha. Once an alpha, always an alpha. πŸ™‚

 

And now, I am in the process of my third step, which is to respect my body. Your mind tells you what you want, your heart tells you what you need, and your conscience tells you what to do. So, yes, I respect whatever my body tells me what to do. I cannot actually tell you if I am successful on this step, but rest assured, I am 80% through this. I hope I can make it!

 

My mantra for this month: What my mind can perceive, my body can achieve.

 

So how about you? How can you free yourself from agony?

 

 

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