I’m Moving On From My Breakup

Dear Flaring Feliciters,

I recently discovered that publishing e-books on Kindle Amazon is way too easy!  I started my e-book journey just this month and uploaded two already.  If you’re on Amazon, please grab a copy of the first book I wrote, “I’m Moving On From My Breakup.”  It costs 2.99USD but you can read it for free until today.

Cheers!

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Check out my ebook here.

Whatever You Do

I could have been
a writer, a musician..
a chef, a painter..
a model, a photographer..
an actress, a dancer..
a foreign language teacher..
a fitness trainer..
a tour guide..

the artist in me just wants to DO A LOT.

I realized sometimes we focus more on
what we could do than who we could have been.

These are two different things.

I don’t want to be defined by what I do, I want people to remember me for who I am.

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Last night, I asked the Lord about what he is preparing me to do in the next months and years.  I have my own goals, own timeline, but I just get frustrated since what I want isn’t happening at the phase I want.  That’s when the thoughts of “I could have been” bugged my mind.

I was even questioning my past decisions, the career path I took, and where I am today.

I know being anxious is getting me nowhere. I cannot change what already transpired. The least I can do is get relief through seeking direction about the future.

The answer I got in prayer wasn’t what I expected.  I sought the scriptures and was encouraged to look within, and put more importance on who I am, than what I do.  The phrase WHATEVER YOU DO from Colossians 3:23 still echoes in my mind, and reminds me that my character matters more than my job.

“Your attitude is more important than your skills. Work on it more. It opens to a world of opportunities.” The quote from my favorite motivational speaker Francis Kong agrees with the idea.

Don’t get me wrong, we spend 8 hours a day and more than 40 hours a week for our jobs hence we should really consider our occupation to be something we enjoy doing and utilize our skills. Our work should also be seen as a means to achieve a greater purpose, it is not the end-goal.

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We just all want to be successful, don’t we?  And we also have different definitions of success.  I’m still in the process of defining mine.  Don’t expect our points of view to be the same.  I will create my own definition, or else I will be swayed by how other people sees it to be.

At this point, pursuing success is tiring.  Instead of something to aim for, I’d like to look at it as a result that will follow me if I keep a heart of service and gratitude.  And yeah, I’ve been working hard but need to change to working smart soon (now searching google on tips to work smart)

Yes, I can still pursue my game plan and sail towards WHATEVER PATH I want.  I’ll do it with a more relaxed attitude this time.  In the end, this journey isn’t just about our personal happiness. I believe we are called for more.

whatever you do

Confessions of Cyber Envy

biting laptop

I browse through facebook and see officemates in their LaBoracay adventure.  I was on staycation, enjoying the water with my laundry.

A friend’s engagement photo has gathered likes on her Instagram while I take a break off from work.  I was having an intimate date with my coffee.

An acquaintance tweets about his newly bought car while I’m stranded in the MRT.  Good for him, he can now test his patience treading the traffic.

I watched YouTube videos of inspiring females younger than my age.  It made me start to wonder what happened to the video clips I took months ago.  Never posted them because of my scraggly hair.

I saw photos of the ex on my newsfeed.  He was with girls so I blocked him again.

I’ve been staring blankly at my blog without any inspiration to write a post since December.  Except for tonight. I got to do something about my cyber envy.

Dear Cyber envy, I want to attack you with a punch!  Thanks to Pacquiao I won’t just run around the ring.

It’s unfair, how you made me feel this way.  I do not have a clear picture of your reality yet I’m envious of the moments you have captured and shared in social media.

I missed the fact that the new IPhone6 plus she posted was a replica. And his overseas vacation gave him a credit card debt. Wow. I was fooled.

You have been working during this time when I’m pushed back to wait.   There’s payback time, you’ll see!

You almost made me forgot about my happy selfies, of me when I was sexier, of days when I was out of town with my family, nights I was enjoying with my friends.

To evade you, I had to stop watching other people’s lives.  It was good because I discovered new books instead.

You got me trapped in a routine of changing blocks to unblock.  But I eventually got tired of getting disconnected. It’s just impossible to stay offline forever.

I NOW GET YOUR SECRET!

Tonight I acknowledge that you exist. And the only response your posts needs from me is to like, unlike or ignore.

This makes it easier for me.

Thanks for reminding me that I have a choice.

LET’S CELEBRATE!!!

*P.S. Don’t worry it hasn’t come to a point when I’ve bitten my laptop. I’m a tech friendly person.

Fantastic Memories from 2014

Facebook recently came up with a summary of 2014 highlights which users can access. I didn’t have one on my wall yet.  I felt it will be more fun to still work on my annual tradition of counting blessings here in my blog before end of the year.   Hence, I personally consolidated my photos from FB to craft made my own sets of photo collage for this post.

There are ten things I’m grateful for this year which I’d like to share with you, most especially to people in my life who journeyed with me this year. Here’s my list!

1. Time Spent with Family and Relatives

familyIn this photo: Rachel Fajardo’s Reunion , Simple weekend bonding with family at Kenny Roger’s, Mother’s day treat for moms in the neighborhood facilitated by my Nanay Rosal and Auntie Eva, Meeting the Librojo family again after many years, Ate Weena’s birthday bash and Halloween party, Christmas eve at our home with Ate Michelle, and playing loom bands with my nieces Aaron and Aarden.

Most favorite moment: I really enjoyed Ate Weena’s birthday celebration. Thanks again Ate Weena for organizing this one and special regards to Chipeco family! I’m thankful for the time to meet relatives of my dad, and cousins I haven’t seen for a long time.  It was also a time to bond for me and my mom. I had fun taking the dance floor with her! And yeah, did I mention we both came in costume and really partied like teenagers that night?

Most favorite female relative of the year: Auntie Claris! It feels good to be reconnected with her and her family again. Wishing you good health, wealth and more love for 2015.

Most favorite male relative of the year: My Tatay Ruel! Thank God he finally learned how to chat in viber and facebook! Thanks for catching up Tatay and for the gifts you send me and my siblings most especially the warm ‘virtual hugs’. WE LOVE YOU!!!

2. Travels

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In this photo: Ilocos Norte adventure – Check out my blog posts here on places we visited, Trip to Santa Fe Cebu (I love the beaches here!), Sky Ranch Tagaytay (where I spent a romantic Valentines date), Laiya Batangas (for my friend Mabelle’s wedding), and La Mesa Eco park (with my cousin Michelle).

Most favorite travel experience this year: I don’t have as many travels this year compared to the previous years but I really had a blast with my Ilocos Norte experience! Thanks to my friend Berline for inviting me here during my birthday month. All the places we visited were AMAZING and our travel companions were also SO MUCH FUN.

Most favorite travel companion this year: Tara Dingson! Wouldn’t have done the exotic photo shoots in the beach without you!!! Haha.

Mabelle Formaran- Bajada's Wedding day with Rika Roman and Kids, Tara Dingson, Donna De Leon and Myself.

 Rika Roman and Kids, Tara Dingson, newly weds Mabelle and Melan , Donna De Leon and myself at Laiya Batangas.

3. Moments with Friends

friendsIn this photo: Batangas get-away with Nani, Day-off at Intramuros with Jigs, Reunion with my ATS batchmates, lunch with Vinna and Donna at Greenbelt, and Vanessa’s wedding.

Most favorite moment: This is not in the photo, but it has to be my breakfast chat with Nani at Pancake House Harbour Square.

I’m also grateful to have been in touch with my mentors Jun Godornes, and Kate and Daniel Tibayan. I had fun watching Nine Works’ The Last Five Years with my college besty Berline, too. Cheers sis to your soon-to-be wedding!

Male Friend of the Year: Nicki of Hangout Club!! (Hi Nicki ;))

Female Friends of the Year: I met these awesome ladies this year who inspired me to be fab and fun: Meanne Melad, and sisters Paolina and Marthina. Thank you for the warmth you make me feel whenever I’m around.

with Thina, Meanne and Pao taken in Antipolo Rizal

Posing with Thina, Meanne and Pao taken in Antipolo Rizal

 

4. Simple Joys at Work

workIn this photo (left to right): Lunch date at Enterprise with Anthony Fernandez (my awesome friend who joined my company this year), Music jamming with officemates (we organized a band this year and play during our office devotions), MET Open Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum with Crizia, Meetings with Cesar Montano and Bearwin Meily, Chats with Junie, Videoke with friends from Habitat Indonesia, ‘Strumms Showdown’ with Arlene and JM Lago, Greenbelt Charity Auction, My friend Jay Mamon’s devotion talk and team building activity, Toshy’s weding, and the DLSU seminar with Jap, JM Dalida and Renz.

Most favorite hang-out experience: Work accomplishments would fall under the annual performance evaluation report in the office!  Hehe, so let’s share the best hang-out experience instead! I really enjoyed jamming with JM and Arlene at Strumms! The food and musicians was great, I’d like to sing again for the open-mic stage.  I’m also thankful for my team mates in Marketing and the opportunities we have to fellowship with one another.

The core members of the Mass Market Development Team: Anthony, Louie, Jonah, Tosh and Jenny

The core members of the Mass Market Development Team at Spicy Fingers Greenbelt: Anthony, Louie, Jonah, Tosh and Jenny

5. Opportunities to Give Back

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In this photo: Habitat for Humanity Philippines’ Pamaskong Handog gift giving activity and our family’s neighborhood party for kids. (More photos on my mom’s ministry page Freedom through Christ).

6. Exploring New Adventures

new adventures
Two new things I’ve done this year would be to cosplay with my siblings (that’s me as Elsa!!) and to join a bazaar for my online shop SAYONATO (We sell imported bags!).  My sister’s shop also showcased her polymer clay items.

 

Related blog post: What to do in cosplay conventions

7. Spiritual Retreats

We all need to pause and reflect in some points.

Retreats can be fun and meaningful at the same time.

In this photo: SAFE training at Saint Michael’s retreat house in Antipolo and Victory weekend retreat.

Special greetings goes to Sheryl and Jackie for their prayers and guidance in my spiritual walk. Love you ladies!! XOXO.

8. Favorite Things for 2014

favorite things
In this photo: My candy rush fun run medal, Aaron’s loom band kit, Cold Stone Ice Cream, Panizza fron Uncle Cheffy’s (my top resto pick this year) , Margharita from Kapuluan Vista resort, my brother’s Doodle Art, My Craypas and Sketch notebook (for my break-up therapy), Strawberry cake from Mom and Tina’s (Thanks for the treat Kuya Dan and Ate Kate!!), Kindness Never Goes Out of Style Canvass bag (Thank you Robert Alejandro!!), Oolong Tea (tip from ex-lover whenever I feel sick), My Fendi bag (first item which got sold in OLX and encouraged me to post more stuff there), and the lavender bouquet I arranged for mom (I realized I like flower arranging and may excel at it).

9. My Fashionable and Fit Self!!!

fit and fabIn this photo: My batchmates at Make-up by Kiran Workshop, and random selections from my DIY photo shoots.

Thank God I stayed healthy and pretty and sexy throughout the year!!! Hahaha.  For 2015 I look forward to maintain my fit bod and attain a smaller waistline.  (I gained some inches the past months).   I’ll also explore a variety of make-up products, apply my Project Runway knowledge in selecting clothes and model for more pictorials.

10. My Celebrity Encounters

celebrities
In this photo: OJ Mariano from Rak of Aegis (oh yeah, I enjoyed the show)!, Alden Richards & Daniel Matsunaga (new Habitat ambassadors), “Tolits” from Rak of Aegis, Chef Tristan and Chef Nino (taken from Gardenia’s Sandwich Battle), and Pop Talk host Tonipet Gaba.

My most favorite celebrity experience: Riding the same van and having chats (while eating fruits) with Cesar Montano. He’s so cool especially when he plays the guitar and sings.

I don’t know if I mentioned in the blog that I like watching stage plays.  I was able to see only two this year: Rak of Aegis and Nine Works’ The Last Five Years.  I look forward to see more next year.

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So that’s it!! The year 2014 was an AWESOME one, don’t you think! It’s one of the most colorful years not just for the blog but my personal life as well. How was yours? I hope to catch up with you again soon.

I thank the Lord for how He is concerned in all areas of our lives. Looking back, the happy moments outweighs the trials, heartbreak and stress I also went through this year. If we focus on the good things, we will wake up each morning with renewed hope that life will be better each day.

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND BE THE BEST IN 2015!!!!

Hugs and kisses,
Jonah XOXO.

Coca-Cola’s STAR Empowers Women in Manila

Coca-Cola Philippines is up for heartwarming surprises every holiday season.   From last year’s volunteerism campaign aiding Typhoon Yolanda survivors in partnership with Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, Coca-Cola  chooses to give back to the community once more.

The STAR in store for us this year is something that brings the same sparkle of hope to many.

Coca-Cola’s STAR stands for Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources. This is a program which aims to empower Filipina micro-entrepreneurs.  They will be provided with access to business skills training courses, financial services and connections with peers or mentors who will help grow their businesses. Coca-Cola’s goal is to reach 5Million Filipino women for this initiative by 2020. This target was also named and promoted by the company as 5by20.

I look forward to how Coca-cola will give back to their customers through the STAR project. In my local community alone, there are many women entrepreneurs who could benefit from this.

I’ve been working full time for NGOs for 5 years now and has seen how corporate social responsibility initiatives of global brands like Coca-Cola succeed. My holiday wish is that this effort would gather the same support from various stakeholders and become sustainable.

To my blog readers, please be on the look out and support campaigns that help your local communities. Get involved, and your experience will surely give you a deeper appreciation of life and people around you.

Happy Holidays!!
Jonah XOXO