Question from Anonymous

July 29, 2014 / 1 ♥

What courses did you pick? And what are you going to take?

My course & campus choices are as follows:

  • UP Manila
  1. BS Biology
  2. BS Public Health
  • UP Diliman
    1. BS Biology
    2. BA Psychology

    Aaand I’m going to take BS Nursing at UPM in just a number of days.

    My UPCAT Story

    July 29, 2014 / 8 ♥

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    I remember myself being so anxious a year ago as my assigned date to take the UPCAT draws nearer. On contrary to popular belief, being a science high school student and attending a review center for a month does not make it any easier to pass the said test. However, it did help me to handle it strategically.

    One of the tips that was repeatedly emphasized by my teachers at the review center is to choose a course and campus that’s not going to be most likely chosen by other students. By doing so, it increases the chance of getting in to the university. Be that as it may, I still chose sought-after courses and campuses. It’s definitely a risky thing to do, but I know myself. I cannot stand a year being trapped in a course that I don’t like to be in. (Or maybe, I’m just stubborn.)

    Oh, and I found out about the IntarMed just right after the deadline for the UPCAT form application. It pissed me off bigtime.

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    I took the exam on the second day. The people who had it on the first kept on telling how the time given wasn’t enough and the science part was a pain in the ass. Another warning which was given to me by my cousin is that the traffic was crazy. She went to the university hours before her sched but still arrived late.

    I was also worried that I might get lost on the way. Going to UP is easy, but getting to your testing site brings challenge. That is why I thank God for twitter. Just one tweet and I got tons of replies. Until now I still am very grateful for the people who gave me tips and directions.

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    Being the punctual freak that I am, I arrived 3 hours before schedule. Hence, me and my sister toured around the place for a little while (which explains the photos you’re seeing right now). UP Diliman, the main campus, is beautiful. The air is great, the surroundings are great, the vibe is great. No wonder why a lot of kids, me included, wished to gather all the luck we can get to make it in.

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    Another crucial thing is what to wear. A lot of people told me to put on something light and comfortable because most buildings in UP Diliman aren’t air conditioned. However it was freezing cold at SOLAIR where I spent 5-6 hours in. I really wished I could have brought a jacket with me. The challenge of thinking while shivering is one of the experiences I will not do again. Ever.

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    Now, to the exam itself. Probably only 5% (or maybe less) of what I reviewed showed up. And take note, I spent most of my summer last year just reviewing. For me, the time given was just right as long as you keep on answering continuously. No long breaks or whatsoever. It also helped that the proctors are writing the time left on the whiteboard. Yes the countdown was damn pressuring, but it keeps you aware on how longer you’re going to squeeze your brain for smart juices.

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    I’m not gonna lie, most of my answers are just guesses. I am not a genius, a nerd or a topnotch pupil. I consider myself just an average student. Based on what I recall, as it is known for—the exam was hard. Super hard. But I didn’t let it intimidate me. And I think that’s one of the most important keys.

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    If I’m going to give someone a tip, it would definitely be mindset. It is important that they keep reminded of their goals (not by others, but by themselves). They can make deals and promises which can either result for rewards or punishment. I usually go extreme on me, but I’m not saying that that will always do good.

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    Amusingly, my UPCAT schedule last year is the same date as the Welcome Ceremony for UP Manila’s First Year Students this year. And just to let you know, I’m going to take a course that’s not in any of my four choices. But I got in to the campus that I like and as obvious as it is, I have grabbed the opportunity.

    The University of the Philippines College Admission Test 2013 was deadly as it has always been, and if you look in to the statistics, you’d know that you really have to pass through a needle hole just to make it to the passer’s list. If you’re currently a senior and going to take the test soon, let this post not frighten you. You’ll do just fine. I’m sure.

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    P.S. Do not believe anyone who tells you you’re not gonna pass or graduate if you take a picture with The Oblation. It’s just like any other myth who’s trying to scare you. Good luck!

    Tagged with: upcat · life ·
    July 25, 2014 / 4 ♥

    Before and After

    Just when you thought that your life is going just the way you like it, there will always be ‘that happening’ that will ruin everything. But come to think of it, downfalls are necessary. It may ruin your smooth sailing, but it will make you a better sailor.

    As for me, I’m still teaching myself to deal with my emotions with control. I used to drown myself with my own feelings—letting it get through my brain that suddenly I’m someone I will eventually regret. I may still have my own hands around my neck, but now I know when to let go and breathe.

    Important thing is no matter how worse what we’re going through has become, it willsubside. It has to. However, we all know that the cycle doesn’t end there.

    Tagged with: life · landscape · long exposure ·
    July 23, 2014 / 2 ♥

    2nd video of me and my bebe Star! Nothing much to see here, just wanna wish you all a good night :)

    Tagged with: puppy love ·
    July 21, 2014 / 7 ♥

    Always on the lookout for some bokeh.

    "Thank you for being you."

    July 21, 2014 / 4 ♥

    It has been months since someone told me that, but it still stands as the nicest thing anyone has ever told me. To the point that I just had to put it up on the blog.

    I’ve realized that when I’m talking to different people, restraining certain emotions and characteristics had become normal for me. Not that I’m fake or pretentious, it’s just that through time I’ve been clearly aware that the hundred percent me isn’t acceptable to everybody.

    However when I found out that someone was out there who appreciated me for being me, my soul wept. After so long my lame jokes and stories are now  being heard. I can be miserably sad, effervescently happy or immensely annoying without being stopped. I can show what I feel without the fear of being rejected.

    For the first time in forever, my frozen heart can finally let it go.

    Tagged with: life · appreciation post · K ·
    July 18, 2014 / 4 ♥

    A video of Star being playful.. and grumpy.

    July 16, 2014 / 3 ♥
    Truth be told, my sadness had been consuming so much of me lately that I tend to hate everything that comes in my way. So tonight, I’m basically going to try to transform my way of thinking and (hopefully) evolve into someone better.
I don’t really know the exact mechanics of The Grateful Project but I can recall someone who did this before which started it with the line..
Today, I am grateful for:
The cold, chilly weather.
Nikki (my camera). I honestly don’t know how I can survive life without her. Nikki had extended so much of me.
Sammy (my laptop). Staying in front of Sammy too much is my guiltiest pleasure. Even so, I’m not stopping.
Fast internet.
Star (our growing little furball).
My bed. My own soft and comfortable cocoon.
Having a sister.
Having a mother.
Ate Raei, a photographer, who told me I have ‘nice shots’. Eep!
Edcel. Who called me a ‘kind and awesome lady’. Honestly this really made my night :)
Jayson. Who told me that he enjoys my company because I ‘always have that decent intellectual side of things’.
K. Come on, who wouldn’t be thankful for the alphabet’s 11th letter?
Breathing, and being alive. I won’t be able to post this otherwise.
You. Who’s reading this. I’m very thankful for you :)
I think you’ll be seeing a post like this often. Especially when I’m at the lowest point of my emotions. It helps me a lot, I can feel it. And if you happen to know other cool challenges, please don’t hesitate to tag me up. I’ll appreciate it a lot.
Now that I’ve actually finished writing up the things and people I am grateful for, they make me look forward into living another day. I’m happy, I hope you are too.

    Truth be told, my sadness had been consuming so much of me lately that I tend to hate everything that comes in my way. So tonight, I’m basically going to try to transform my way of thinking and (hopefully) evolve into someone better.

    I don’t really know the exact mechanics of The Grateful Project but I can recall someone who did this before which started it with the line..

    Today, I am grateful for:

    • The cold, chilly weather.
    • Nikki (my camera). I honestly don’t know how I can survive life without her. Nikki had extended so much of me.
    • Sammy (my laptop). Staying in front of Sammy too much is my guiltiest pleasure. Even so, I’m not stopping.
    • Fast internet.
    • Star (our growing little furball).
    • My bed. My own soft and comfortable cocoon.
    • Having a sister.
    • Having a mother.
    • Ate Raei, a photographer, who told me I have ‘nice shots’. Eep!
    • Edcel. Who called me a ‘kind and awesome lady’. Honestly this really made my night :)
    • Jayson. Who told me that he enjoys my company because I ‘always have that decent intellectual side of things’.
    • K. Come on, who wouldn’t be thankful for the alphabet’s 11th letter?
    • Breathing, and being alive. I won’t be able to post this otherwise.
    • You. Who’s reading this. I’m very thankful for you :)

    I think you’ll be seeing a post like this often. Especially when I’m at the lowest point of my emotions. It helps me a lot, I can feel it. And if you happen to know other cool challenges, please don’t hesitate to tag me up. I’ll appreciate it a lot.

    Now that I’ve actually finished writing up the things and people I am grateful for, they make me look forward into living another day. I’m happy, I hope you are too.

    Tagged with: the grateful project · life ·

    Question from Anonymous

    July 15, 2014 / 1 ♥

    Gweyyy channn

    Nyaww thank you Can-knee :)

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