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Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

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Metro Manila is the metropolitan of cities.  Here is where the national capital is located and the neighboring cities are already indirectly considered as part of it.  To have a glimpse, below are the different pictures I’ve collected in years of staying here.

This is Makati, the Industrial capital of the country.  Here is where I work.

This is Ortigas Pasig Center located in the heart of Pasig, the newly progressing city in the metropolitan.

This is Manila, the national capital of the Philippines.  This city has this Spanish influence that is so obvious in almost every street corner.

This is The Fort Global City in Taguig.  It’s the little Dubai in the Philippines for all the electrical cords and wiring are underground.

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Posted by on March 10, 2013 in Phoneography Challenge

 

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Daily Prompt: VIP

Daily Prompt: VIP: Who’s the most important person in your life — and how would your day-to-day existence be different without them?

My mother.  She’s the one.  At this point of my life, she’s the one who matters most.  I’m here in this big city opt for work and I’ve been here for more than three years now yet I was only able to visit my hometown for just five days.  I’m not really alone here.  I live with my relatives and got my own circle of friends — the real ones.  I got my life here as well for work has always been here now.

Yet, though how settled and independent I am for I can surely take care of myself now, I still can’t take it off my heart that I still miss my mother.  I really miss her so much especially at times I’m all alone and the world seems to have closed its doors on me.

I got to have a lot of friends.  You name it, I got it.  I got them almost everywhere.  Wherever I go around the whole Metro Manila, I got friends.  I meet them sometimes.  I even catch time with them.  Yet friends are friends.  They come and they go.  They stay and they leave.  Some are worthwhile and some are so-so.  Some truly understands you and pick you up at times you’re down while some are what we call fair-weather friends.  They stay when you’re upbeat but they leave when you’re no longer of use for them.

Regarding relationships, I don’t know.  I’m not searching for one for I’m all happy for what I have now.  I’m not looking for someone to be with in the future for — this is my future!  I already got the past.  I’m happy being Single.  Oh no. I am Single and happy!  That’s it.  Besides, love is not just about an intimate relationship with a partner but it’s all everything that’s beautiful around us.  I can make myself fall in love at anytime.  I just look at one thing and I’m in love.

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But my intimate love is my mother.  She’s my whole life.  I don’t know if I could handle it if I’ll lose her.  She’s been there for me way before it all started and even now, she’s still there for me though she’s miles away.  She welcomed me and took me for who I really am after all these years and after all that happened.  She got a few questions yet she accepted what answer she got from me.  She’s this type of person who befriends her daughter and loves as a mother.  She’s my unrequited love.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in Daily Prompt

 

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Daily Prompt: All Grown Up

Daily Prompt: All Grown Up: When was the first time you really felt like a grown up (if ever)?

AT MY AGE, I still go back to my yesterdays when I was still a little child for no matter how grown up I am now, I still miss my fixation stage and the times I spent with my mother, crack jokes with her, act childishly, boisterously laugh with my big sister, hanging out with  my high school friends, and above all, my undisputed fifteen years of being with my late twin sister.  They’re so sweet and familiar yet my present is quite more upbeat and adventurous though.  In the past, I can hardly recall the times I acted so grown up already for there were a lot of instances when I had to stand for what I believe in and they all took a real an adrenalin rush.  Partly I enjoyed, partly I got scared and partly I felt lonely and just wanted to run home.  A lot just happened in my life and funny how I can still recall most of them while the other some, I just can hardly remember.

My photo taken yearback December 2009!

My photo taken year back December 2009!

YET, IF THERE’S this first time I ever felt like a real grown up, I would say that, it was the time I moved away from home and got myself here in Metro Manila for a Call Center job.  It was an adventure for me for, though I had already previously visited Manila, I still had never settled for good and that time, I had to and it surely excited me.  Just to say that, though I was still in my own country, the place was still very foreign and strange.  I got culture shocked at first time for life here was just so far different from my province.  Here, life was so fast yet back in my hometown, all was easy and lay-back.  I wasn’t used in a severe traffic, then I had to hurry for I’ll be late.  I had to work in Makati and the travel was long.  Everything here was just too expensive and I was still on a very tight budget.  Overall, lifestyle was really different.  I also had to be very mindful for I never knew whom to trust.  Life here in this big city was so difficult and I can never count the number of times I used to say, “I’m quitting!” and I just wanted to go back home yet I just can’t for home was just miles away.  I can never forget my many sleepless nights and crying times.  It took time for me to adjust and thank GOD, I was able to.  He helped me out in this big city and He guided me all along.  He was my only refuge and I got no one to hold on but Him.  And here now, I’m all grown up now.  I’m already stronger and I already learned a lot from this sole journey.  This is the only place I’ve stayed longer than usual except for my hometown.  Though I can never deny that I easily get depressed lately and I once again have this feeling of being homesick and just want to go back home but I’m fighting it because — it’s all here!  My life is all here.  I have already settled here and I already made it for three straight years.  There’s just no room for quitting anymore.  Besides, my work is here, my circle of friends, my relatives, my life.

My photo taken last January 2013!

My photo taken last January 2013!

GOD is indeed good.  He gave me adequately.  He never came too early nor too late.  And, I’ll say it again — HE DOES NOT COME TOO EARLY NOR TOO LATE!

 

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2013 in Daily Prompt

 

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Weekly Writing Challenge: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

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A real moment in time!  This is an old picture I uploaded on Facebook captured last June 29, 2011.  I was with my sister by heart but not biologically related best friend named Wilmzie with his brother, Chris who captured this caught-in-a-moment, self-detailed photo for without any warning, he just flipped his camera from its case and decided to take our picture in this not-sure-to-be-trusted place at night for some reported phone snatch scenes randomly occurred.

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It all started so funny for the three of us, so unplanned, unprepared, without any permission from the elders, decided to go to Enchanted Kingdom in Laguna, Philippines where all different kinds of Unlimited Rides of a lifetime can be found and enjoyed for the whole day.  So many things and unexpected events occurred along the way as we traveled to this nearby province just an hour and a half away up north Manila yet, we still managed to get there safely around three in the afternoon.

Then the magic began and the day started just right!

We enjoyed the whole day, taking unlimited pictures in almost every corner of the whole park and bravely taking breathtaking rides.

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We enjoyed the food as well and talk along the way.  Everything in there was already almost nearly perfect and though we arrived there late in the afternoon, we still all felt like we got there since morning and enjoyed the rest of the day.

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We did enjoy everything in there and the companionship of us, three as well.  We were like little kids running from one ride to another, laughing at one joke to another, eating from one store to another and living our lives like there was no tomorrow.  Bottomline is, it was all F-U-N!

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It’s already night when we left the place and commuted a provincial bus back to Manila and along the way, we’re still very happy.  A lot of talks and chit-chats and knickknacks on the other hand.

I happened to be the walking map at this one-day out and I somehow got confused on where to stop to get home.  Bravely I assumed I knew it all along and so we stopped at a certain bus stop.

As we got off the bus, I looked around and definitely, it’s EDSA, the main access road in the whole Metro Manila that takes a traveler from one city to another city within the metro.  I proudly said, “Yah, we’re here!  And all we need is just one more bus ride and we’re home.”  Then so I tried to call for a bus yet none of them stopped over.  There were a lot of buses passing us yet none of them even dared to look at us.

“That’s weird!”  I whispered then I looked around again and there I realized that we made a wrong stop.  The right one was still almost half a kilometer away which we needed to walk at that time.  I so hated it.  I hated it because it was my mistake.  I always hate making mistakes and above all, to suffer the consequences there is to take.  Worse was that, it even took us minutes for us me to realize it.

So there, we walked until we got to the right bus stop.  Wilmz and I realized where we were and felt a little chill right up our nape and so we not-obviously glanced our eyes to each other like pretending that we understood each other’s thought, and alertly looked around while waiting for the right bus.

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Surprisingly, Chris, her brother, without any negative thought and unaware of the place, took his camera, positioned the lenses and was about to take our picture which startled us and made us unconsciously react in very different unprepared ways that got so lousily caught in the above picture.  Funny how we reacted that got captured in the very first undeniable photo for what we actually told him was “Huwag!” a Filipino word that means, “Don’t!”  That’s because there were a few passers-by anywhere and not to take the risk, one in a million chance, the camera may get snatched.

I’m not saying here that this certain place along EDSA is indeed a notorious place.  It’s only that time where random occurrences were reported almost every night.  This time, I even walk the place some time at night all alone and I no longer get scared as how the place used to scare me before.

So, that’s the story of this cannot-be-denied startled photo.  I didn’t really like it at first time for I was so unpretty on the capture yet, looking back over the years, well, I still looked so unpretty yet the photo itself was so honest and genuine.  It’s funny to look back right at that time yet, though without words, the picture alone is enough to tell the whole long story about the three good friends who traveled out-of-town so unprepared and unplanned.

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Weekly Writing Challenge

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

OrtigasWELCOME TO ORTIGAS PASIG CENTER — the second home that welcomed me the time I departed from Makati, the industrial capital of the Philippines.  Here is where I was given a second chance, a second time, a second attempt, a second move to continue what I have started.  Here is where I once again dreamed and relived.  Here is where opportunities opened up for me.  When life hits me down the cracks in Ayala, I run here in Ortigas and it’s always been my routine ever since.

THIS IS QUITE SIMILAR to Ayala Avenue for this place is full of life with big-time cars and high buildings.  It’s just that traffic is less here for mostly private vehicles and just some cabs and public mini van utilities are allowed to pass through unlike in Ayala where all kinds of buses and jeepneys are allowed for it’s really the city’s main access road from and to other cities in the whole Metro Manila.

THE LAST TIME I’VE VISITED the place was last month when Team Makati visited Team Ortigas for a lunch out get-together.  It was fun and I was with my whole team.  I may be visiting the place again some time next week and I’m looking forward to that.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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