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Friday, November 29, 2013

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Videoke Nights

Here's my friend Bopeep 

and here's me.

Both  are friends for more than 10 years now, and both were about to experience our 

Here's how our conversation went before the Bridal Shower.

Me: Dili lang ko mujoin join anang kanta ha.  Dili baya ko singer. (Hey, don't let me sing, ok? I am no singer.)

Bopeep : Ako sad. Dili ko tig videoke. (Yep, same here.  I don't really sing and do videoke.)

During the Bridal Shower...

Guess who has the microphone, singing with all of her being?

And me?

I already sang Sex bomb, and rapped with my soul and innermost shaman to TLC's, Waterfalls, minutes before the video was taken.

I sang  like 80% of my life energy was transferred to the microphone.

No kidding.

And the weird stare from me in the vid?  

That was me after 3 bottles of strong beer... wink wink

Actually the others already had that and maybe drank more.  As you can see...

Yep, we're girls alright. ;)

Shoutouts to Donna, who made the peace out sign, Rain, who was as emotional in singing as Bopeep, and Katrina, then a bride-to-be, who was singing at the corner.
Publisher: Shy - Friday, November 29, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

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What a Traveler Should Already Have Done 3 Days Before a Trip Abroad.

3 Days left before my major trip to HongKong

3 measley days!  

Am I ready? 

Yes I am!  

Ask me this 2 months ago and I would feel like puking, that just means that I had a lot of work to do.  But I'm done with all of the major work, and I feel confident that I've already ironed out the majority of things, without going crazy on the details and preparations. I feel like I got this.  I may not be able to know where to eat and what to eat, but if I have a daily budget in mind and a general route, I think I'm good to go.  Besides the trip isn't planned for me to follow everything to a tee, but it is for me to have fun, and that I make sure I will.

So 3 days left? Here are the things that you should have gotten out of your way already.

1. Book all the hotels and print the vouchers
2. Buy the tickets and have them printed too.
3. Have an itinerary and determine the route and landmarks you will be checking.
4. Figure out the things you can and you must do, same with places.  When you're already tired of walking, scratch off the not so important ones and move straight to the MUST.
5. Replay the script that you're going to say to the immigration officer and prepare to present all evidences required.  Replay it with a smile- the more charming, the better.
6. Secure the money needed for the trip and have extra for emergency.  Don't forget to bring credit cards or debit card and have the latter activated for international use.
7. Plan out your outfits for everyday, and don't forget the toiletries and meds, and make up and the sunscreen, and the blower... (ok, I'm a girl, I get carried away.)
8. Leave contact numbers of hotels and outline of your trip to your loved ones at home.  They would feel at ease to have them.
9. Travel Insurance, and secure visa if required.
10. Find out how a public toilet looks like.  You'll need it.
11. Know basic tourist phrases (for non-english speaking countries) and know how to pronounce them.
12. Read about what is good and bad ethics for that country.  Show some respect bro!

That's all I can think of right now.

If I missed on any, do let me know.  Your creative ideas are very much welcome! :)
Publisher: Shy - Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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3 Major Reasons Why 20-something Women Don't Get out of their way to Date Men.

My girlfriends and I are all single and yet even with our age almost lapsing the calendar, we refused to actively get in the dating scene.

Here are just a few reasons why.  It may or may not hit home with you.  But this is what's true for us.

1. We needed to take time to heal our hearts.  I know, I know, there should be a limit to all these heart-healing, we all have varying capabilities on that.  Some people are blessed to be ok the following day after a break up.  I think we just suck on that area.

2. We'd rather focus more on pursuing our dreams and be the person whom we would like ourselves to be.  It's easier to get lost once you're in a relationship and you haven't decided on your path in life.  So right before getting in one, decide and live your dream.  

3.  The knowing that 'he' will come in the right time.  They say that love strikes when you least expect it, so we needed to focus on something else because it would be the time that we would least expect for love striking us.  Do you get the flow here? wink wink

We refused to wait for our men to get to us, instead we prepare by becoming our truest selves and living the way we want to live.  When the guy sees your authenticity and what you stand for, and if and when he sees that you are a match to his true self,  then that's when the magic happens

So gals, don't wait, but prepare and live your dreams. He'll come knocking eventually. 

PS: I don't own any of these pics shown above.
Publisher: Shy - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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My 39 day "Clean up my Unfinished Business" Project.

Yesterday I got my bags.  I got them shipped in from Thailand in August and 3 months after, here they are.  Something that could be done in less than a week was finished in months.


Well there's complacency.  The feeling of having a lot of time in your hands.  It does screw up momentum.  But Iyanla Vanzant say,  as long as you keep on moving forward, you will not fail.  And I guess I'm doing just that, but ideally, I should be moving faster to welcome in more projects that I'm also eager to embark on.

This calls for urgency.  I should have accomplished many things in that span of time.  But I opted to set things aside.  And even though I've tried to plan things ahead, I failed to follow through with these plans.  I failed to check on my planner, which is just stacked up with a book I haven't read, or that Spanish book I failed to study.

It's a pile of unfinished businesses.

I often remind myself that whenever I feel sadness, my body is calling out for me to ACT.

So that's what I should do then.

I will therefore embark on a "clean up on my unfinished business" Project before this year ends.

Here are the list of them:
- Get into a habit on studying Spanish
- Finish reading my friend's book "When Mars and Venus collide."
- Finish reading "Food Medicine"
- Launching of the Secret Project I've been working on for months
- Loose 5 kilos. (this has been forever in my to-do list)

When I should start something, I should also know which to stop; taking the time for productive things from time on doing useless things.

Here are the list of items I should stop doing:
- Facebooking (aren't you all surprised.)
- Youtube-ing
- Staring at the ceiling
- Spying on our neighbors

Kidding aside, the last 2 are just fillers, because the first 2 are really the only deadly things I spend my time on mostly.

I've got 39 days to do these things, I trust I could achieve it since my plan is specific, manageable, achievable/attainable, relevant, and time-bound.

I hereby commence my 39 day 

"Clean up my Unfinished Business" Project!

Oh gif, I shall love thee forever. 



Publisher: Shy - Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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My First Madhouse Bridal Shower.

Last night was a blast!

It was my friend Katrina's Bridal Shower

It was the first time I attended a shower party and many firsts happened that night which I don't wish to divulge.  But take clue from our smiley, happy, satisfied face. :)

Everything was last minute, but it just came out perfect!

Cheers to our long friendship!


Congratulations Ringgut!

It's always great to do things for the first time, especially when you're with great friends!
Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

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Finding that Rainbow after the Rain: A Tale of a Typhoon Haiyan Survivor.

Rainbow days after the massive typhoon.

Just an hour ago, I had spoken to *Marco, an old friend of mine, about his nightmare.  He is one of the survivors in Tacloban, the city completely devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.  And just an hour ago, I heard a story of despair, hope, blessedness, mercy and love.

The story started off with me welcoming him in the cafe with a hug and an eager question of, 'How are you?' .  He faintly answered  'floating', as he tried to make himself comfortable on the chair opposite to me.  Truly just 8 days after the incident, the memory and the wounds were still fresh.

Everyone in Tacloban were well aware of the incoming threat; people living alongside shorelines had been evacuated few days prior the incident; panic buying were rampant the night before the typhoon.  People tried to prepare themselves for the greatest typhoon known to modern history.  Little did they know that stored food and a roof on top didn't really cushion them for what was to come.  Houses were easily washed away like boxes made out of matchsticks, winds were howling blowing violently as ever, sea water was gushing in massive currents, everyone was trying to hold on to dear life.  Marco who then was checked in Grand Manor hotel, stayed outside his room just in case a flying object from outside would hit his room's huge wall glass;  he placed his luggage in the comfort room thinking to hide there just in case the building collapses; he wrapped fire hose around his body just in case he needed to jump out of the nearest window.  He was thinking of all possible ways to prepare himself for the worst.  The chaos lasted for hours, and had trickled down until the damage had revealed itself upon the survivors.  The once Tacloban city had turned into a remnants of war.

In his desire to get out of the ghost town, he decided to head on to Tacloban airport where he met a number of survivors along the way, and together they managed to make their way cautiously on top of the remains of dilapidated houses and buildings; they walked along the major streets where bloated bodies of drowned kababayans were lying randomly on both sides.   They've heard moaning somewhere beneath the rubbles; they've seen people walking aimlessly striving to find their lost love ones.  Hopelessness and weakness were seen everywhere. Surely, it was a war.  Once again mankind had fallen victim over the wrath of mother nature.

After almost 2 hours of walking towards the airport, 2 days of not eating and sleeping well, and having to nap on the ground, he finally was able to land in Cebu and was reunited with his sister.  And today, he's in Davao to tell me about his experience, to take me with him, as he went back to the nightmare he was telling me about over a chat in facebook - our first contact after the incident.  The images he showed me on his phone were no different as to the ones I've seen on tv, the only difference was that his face was in them.  As someone who didn't experience the tragedy, I empathize, I feel hurt, but I know fully well that I was just scratching the surface of what he had been through. His hurt was way deep.   And yet amongst all tragedy, the despair, pain, agony, hunger, and suffering, I saw mostly a renewed spirituality- an immense feeling of thankfulness of the mercy and protection that he feels came from above.

I see him now, stronger, better.  

I see so much the irony and polarity of life- that there's strength after suffering, that there's blessing after the pain, that there's joy after a tragedy.

I am glad that Marco lives to tell about it, because I know that he will never be the same again.  He is now more awakened and more appreciative of life and see things only a survivor from a life threatening event can see and understand.

For a diamond would have to undergo friction, shaping, molding, pressure, abrasion, cut, sliced, until, alas, it glitters and glows and becomes all that it was made out to be...

* - Not his real name
Publisher: Shy - Monday, November 18, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting into a Relationship.

I am no expert on love.  Almost nearing my 30's, I have had only 2 serious relationships to date, the first being my longest which lasted for 5 long years.  Having said that, I still feel that I have lot to learn.  And strange enough, it's only after 2 failed relationships did I start to really read about it in books and find out what went wrong.  Only then did I realize and did regret for not having educated myself beforehand.

 So to spare young ladies out there of the pain and confusion that a relationship sometimes bring, here is a post for you.  

1. Love is an investment.  Whether or not you got into a relationship half-assed or wholeheartedly, it will take a portion of your resources. It could take out more resources out of you more than you expected to, or more than you were willing to give out.  

2. Don't settle for an asshole. If that person had committed cheating before then he will do the same to you, unless of course they have matured, then yes, there might be a chance, but a slim chance at that.

3. Love takes work.   Boredom could spring out of routine.  At this point, something needs to be changed. It takes conscious effort to get things into stir again.

4. Never loose yourself in love.  When you're young and you haven't established who you are and who you aspire to be, it's easy to get lost in a relationship and life in general.  With the demands of a functional relationship, you get easily swayed by scenarios and choices, by opinions of people around you.  

5. Your happiness is your responsibility.  This is the area where I failed.  I don't know with you, but I'm a kind of person who can't function well knowing that an important part of my life is or, at least what I thought as to be dysfunctional.  It goes down.  I go down with it.  Sometimes we need to learn how to let go, to be numb, if need be, and hold on to an assurance that it will be better in time.  

6. Don't settle when it doesn't feel right.  Never give yourself out and commit to someone who hasn't proven his love to you in words AND in actions.  He needs to be deserving of your heart before you entrust it to him.  If you haven't made sure of that, then most likely you'll end up getting more pain than happiness.

7.  Don't get in a relationship just for the heck of it or because you're lonely. You don't get in a relationship so you can get a free shrink or a guidance counselor.  Get in a relationship with good and pure intentions which is to love and to be loved.

8. Don't feel forced to love someone just because they claimed that they would move mountains and split rivers for you.  No.  Take time to really get to know the person and sense his intentions.  When you see that words were just merely words,  then it's easy to pull out of it. Having said that, it's OK to say Thank you when I love you too isn't something that you truly feel like saying yet.  Don't worry, you're not being impolite for speaking the truth.

9.  Know yourself as an individual.  Know your principles, dreams and what you stand for.  Your partner would respect you more for it.  Plus, it would be easier for him to help you achieve whatever you want to achieve.

10.  Have a standard for men.  Know the qualities you want for a man as well as the red flags.  Get to know more the ones who have most checks on your list, and stay away from the red flag violators.  

Publisher: Shy - Thursday, November 14, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

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So Here's the BIG Reveal!

Image via visualphotos

If you happen to follow this blog in its early stages, you'll know that my blog had been in different directions, landing on different categories in the blog-o-sphere.

How did this blog come to be?

Back in November 2011, I've immersed myself in this world of travel bloggers.  Hitting on links that had the words travel, budget, fun,world in it, and discovered that there are a few very fortunate people who travel the world and get paid for it.  The thought of that elated me and gave me a surge of excitement and fantasy, thinking that I could be him too!  That lousy ass dude who has another selfie picture behind, him yet again, another UNESCO Heritage that I've been dying to go to.  That grin on his face, saying to me, "Haha, I bet you want to be here, and get paid!".  It was personal.  I was envious.  And what any other jealous person would do but to heed to the inner gut voice saying 'me too!'.  And there I gave birth to 'Shy on Foot'.  A blog bred out of envy of other people and my lust for life.

Not good right?

Two international trips and 6 local trips later

I soon realize that I don't have the patience to list down all the details.  It's tasky, and it rids me of some time to have fun.  Instead of me anticipating for the next destination or even chat with my friends or either my brothers and sister about what fun we had just experienced,  there I was, listing all the information in my handy-dandy notebook.  No bueno.  I also found myself in times where I wanted to defecate, for the lack of better words, the emotional shit I have had, and I happened to choose this blog as my toilet seat- a go-to place for my relief when my friends already had a truckload from me. Thus  this emotional constipation took its form in words, or what modern people call these days as journal writing

But too much emotional shit gave this blog different directions.  It was a hot mess.  

So the whole point of this post was to clean everything up, and give this blog a streamlined direction and format. It will still be a journal blog.  But this is not only dropping ideas and leave it floating there.  Ok I promise, enough of this shit reference).  I figured I would create something useful for everybody.  A lesson at the end of each post.

What I really was trying to say is that this blog would feature life lessons that I've picked along as I try to pursue my dreams.

Really, that really was it.

What started as something out of a negative emotion had lead to something positive.  Like in life, it doesn't matter what or who we were in the past, but who we made out of it in the present. The power of choice.
Publisher: Shy - Monday, November 11, 2013
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