10 THINGS I’VE LEARNED (SO FAR) THIS 2016 ​

Thanks for actually making me think, Arra Abella of Style Reader. It took me a while to sort through my experiences, and then my emotions, and then myself, to come up with this list. I think one of the main realizations I had this year (so far) is that you always have a choice. ALWAYS. And it’s yours.

Life is too short for a long story, but there’s a lot to do in this life, and it can be pretty exhausting, so take a step back, relax and chill. 🙂

  1. Pace yourself, life is not a contest

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I have always lived by the idea of actually doing things than waiting for them to happen. A nagging feeling that I needed to do everything at once, such as planning my life, experiencing everything, getting to the top, figuring life out, and finding my purpose. I got so fixated that I ended up burning myself up, forgetting that I still have my life ahead of me.

I am 23 years old and I definitely do not need to rush things. I am young and I could actually afford failures. Plan. Execute. Enjoy.

2. You can’t please everyone

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Social Media has proven to empower people with the throng of voices continually shouting about their unverified facts and reckless, aggressive and abusive comments. Simply commenting your stand on a certain issue can guarantee you one of two things, a flock of support, or death threats from random strangers. I have learned to actually use the Unfollow and Unfriend feature on Facebook BECAUSE one less friend is one less person encouraging their attention-seeking ways.

While it is normal to seek that feeling of belongingness, it shouldn’t be at the expense of your integrity, happiness, and values. One day, all will be forgotten, and that’s good news because there’s absolutely no reason to not be the person you want to be.

3. … and you can’t force friendships

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but that’s okay. Not everyone is your friend, and not everyone will do good by you. Oftentimes, people are present in your life just because it is convenient.

‘True friendship isn’t about being inseparable, it’s about being separated and nothing changes’

Paulo Coelho once said, “Close some doors. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead anywhere.

4. Stop making excuses for failure!!

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One thing that pisses me off these days would be to hear the excuse, ‘I’m a millennial, so it’s okay for me to make stupid shit’. NO. We are adults, and we need to take responsibility for our actions. Our generation makes too many excuses and it has to stop.

Burnouts are so common in our industry, but that doesn’t entitle us to fuck up and to forget about your priorities. Let’s not forget that we are actually working with other people, who have their own lives to think about.

5. ..and saying sorry is not always enough
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Sometimes, you actually have to change. ‘nuff said!

6. Working out is good for you!

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It helps you sleep better, compels you to eat healthy (or I at least try to), and builds and maintains your muscles, bones, and joints! HAHAHA. Going to the gym actually gave me more confidence, losing a lot of weight, and gaining toned muscles, strength, and stamina! This also helped in relieving my  stress and anxiety!

Thank God we now have a gym in the office! ❤

7. You don’t have to win everything

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Never despise yourself for your losses, because you needed them to learn! Winning is challenging you to be better. I read a quote somewhere that goes like this, ‘Mistakes can turn you into something better than you were before.’ It’s okay! Again, we have our lives ahead of us.

8. Overthinking leads to negative thoughts

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And more often than not, it leads to self-destruction and unwanted actions. So STAHP EET!!

9. Polite boys are so much more attractive!

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Stop going for the broken-selfish-douchefaces, they will just take you down with them.

10. And finally…

I think I like who I’m becoming. 🙂 HIHI.

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The best time for new beginnings is now. So go!

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Finding a Reason to Celebrate 🙌🏼

I’m still in the process of reeling from the incredible weekends that the end of May to June has boasted, and the times are only showing me better days to come. Now that’s the way to ring in Q3 of 2016. I mean, this is the year of me saying YES to things within reason.

At this point, my weekday social life has been limited to the gym, or having dinner, then heading straight home. Sleep has been my greatest weakness, thanks to the traffic on EDSA, combating my survival for those glorious early morning hangovers.

Here’s a quick recap of my awesome summer weekends:

May 15 – Nike Women’s Run

First 21K Half Marathon in my life. Had to run and workout almost every day, for two months, to train and practice for this. The goal was to finish in less than 3 hours, however, we, my partner and best friend, Arianne, finished it in about 4 hours. This was definitely one of the craziest things that I have done in my life. But I’m definitely joining and training for the next one. 🙂

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From Nike Run Club. Apparently, this was how long it took me to finish the race. :))

May 21 – 22 Spirit Cup (Discney Princesses)

One of those gender-specific leagues, where my all girl team, Disney Princesses, joined. We battled it out for a weekend but came short at second place. As much as the loss for the Championship hurt, I love the enthusiasm and fondness that this team has for food. So it was a weekend of Food and Games. 🙂

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Your Spirit Cup 2016 All Women’s Division, 2nd Placer

May 27 – 29 Virus Summer Outing

This was definitely one of those moments you wish would never end. The fact that this also served as a send-off to some of the people closest to me in the office, it was fun yet a very emotional weekend.

I actually can’t remember the last time I slept before dawn, drinking and talking with friends, or having a massive hangover. This actually ignited the drunk that I was before the traffic on EDSA barred me from having a Social Life.

Being more sentimental, this showed me how much this company means to me. How much I grew from being naive, selfish and entitled to being the person that I am today. The challenges that I faced at work moved me to the point of humility and understanding. And I have Virus to thank for that. 🙂

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Virus in Montemar 2016

June 4 – 5 Mei’s Birthday and Chang’s Send-off

Drove to Tagaytay for a weekend of fun and genuine, uhm, feelings? All we did was eat. And it was absolute heaven. So glad to have spent this weekend with the girls that matter. ❤

There is no easy way to let go of someone and move on. I typically don’t get bent out of shape when a person leaves, but knowing that one of my office best friends is leaving, had me in pieces. The fact that I actually didn’t expect for us to be this close breaks me. My heart still goes out for you Chang. I missed you!

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Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs

June 8 – Blue Team Potluck

A whole day social gathering for Chang and Kim’s Farewell and most especially, the ‘Huling Hirit ng Blue Team’, before we get disbanded and separated for good.

What started as a Blue Team initiative turned into the whole office participating. This has been one of the most successful food trips that the Blue Team has hosted. :))

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Initial List for the Potluck
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June 11 – 12 Lui’s Walwal in Baguio

One of my officemates have never been to Baguio, so about two months before this weekend, Mike, the boss, sent an email invite for a weekend in Baguio. 🙂 2 days, 3 provinces, and one of the best road trips I had in my life.

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With Virus’ Awesome Media Team

 

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June 20 Late night road trip to UP Los Banos

One of my friends’ dad died, and we decided to make the trip down south on a Monday night.

2 reasons why we did it:

    1. We didn’t want to miss work the next day
    2. Avoiding traffic

PS. I was tired the whole week cause of this. We left at around 11:30PM and got back home at 4AM. (I wasn’t entirely sure if this was actually a great idea, after all 😂)

June 24 – MTV Music Evo

The first time I heard from Marella that One Republic would be here for this event, I immediately told her that I wanted to go and see them. I was awarded (from joining a contest) 2 Gen Ad tickets about a month before the event. Little did I know that my younger sisters wanted to come to the event but weren’t able to secure tickets. Luckily for me, my college best friend works for Nickelodeon and was able to give me 4 VIP tickets.

It was raining during the event, and tho we were given rain coats, the VIP area was golden. It was not only elevated, but it also had seats, more space and, of course, a tent. I only knew that One Republic would be there, but didn’t expect to see Bebe Rexha and the Far East Movement. It was a glorious moment for music.

I was also given a pass to the After-party at Chaos City of Dreams and was fortunate enough to be upgraded to the VIP lounge. Free flowing, high tier, drinks is one of my weakness. After a glass of Johnnie Black, white wine and finally settling for Gin Tonics, I found myself dancing to in-house DJ, and one of my childhood crushes, Tom Taus.

If the night wasn’t even more auspicious, I was also lucky to be with friends who checked in at the Nobu hotel, and retired there, not even remembering how we got back to the room. It gave me a massive hangover the next day but it was one of the best times I had with strangers.

June 29 – Moving Up Day at Virus

After several months of construction, the 4th floor of our building was finally able to house the Social Media, the Insights and Media, and the Business Department of Virus. It was definitely a drastic change, moving from a very tight environment to a spacious, roomy and new office. It was also my first time to be in the same room with my department after almost two years of separation. It was sad that we had to leave some departments below, such as the Creatives, on the third floor, but I guess its time for us move on also.

June 30 – Virus Monthly Celebration

There are a lot of things to be thankful for, such as the awesome people that I work with. I think this dinner celebration capped off June for me in a new perspective. I am happy to be part of the milestones in Virus, and also in my friends’ life.

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Photo taken by Andro Bañadera at Nomads BBQ Refuge

 

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The Best Roadtrip Ever: Lui’s First Baguio Trip

The trip was over three weeks ago, so I thought it was about time I write about it.

One of my officemates have never been to Baguio, so about two months before this weekend, Mike, the boss, sent an email invite for a weekend in Baguio. 🙂 2 days, 3 provinces, and one of the best road trips I had in my life. 

The first stop after NLEx was Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan. Mike decided to have his car finally blessed. We almost got lost going there but we eventually found our way around. We also had to buy P300 worth of candles for getting assistance from a guy. HAHAHA!

Arriving at the hotel an hour earlier than check-in time, we decided to eat lunch at Yumi, which was right outside the hotel. The food was outrageous and very disappointing. DO NOT EAT HERE. I REPEAT, IT IS A WASTE OF MONEY!

After settling in, the gang went to Bencab Museum. The drive going there was crazy sketchy, but it was worth it. The view was breathtaking, the museum was perched on the side of the road, overlooking a garden. There were four levels going down, making up the exhibit, so you have to go down (the stairs) to explore. The best part was when the clouds started to cover the entire building.

We immediately went to the lowest level, bought coffee at Cafe Sabel and enjoyed the view on the terrace overlooking the garden and took photos.

We then went to the Burnham Park. Take note that I am with the Media Team, on an Independence Day weekend, therefore, ads must be boosted sooner or later.😂  This was one of those moments when they needed to boost something.

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Runaway as fast as you can
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With the Media Team, From L-R: Mac, Jovel, Lui, Mike and Me

We had dinner at Pizza Volante on Session Road, stopped by 711 to get beer and chips, and then went back to the hotel where we would drink and play cards all night. This wasn’t my usual MO which was drinking till the sun goes up, getting real hammered, or whichever comes first.

The next day we left before lunch, dropping by the Public Market to pick up pasalubong and headed to Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Gerona, Tarlac to meet up with Mike’s friend.

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Trying out Tacsiyapo with the team. 🙂

The whole trip we were listening to Kanye and singing our lungs out. I couldn’t put into words how this trip was the best for me, I guess it would be the fact that we’ve all been, except for one, in  Baguio, so there was no rush to do things, we were chill and we had no one to please but ourselves . :))

 

 

The Leader

In the past two weeks, I’ve been trying to write about you and our adventures, but the more I think about it, the more I hurt.

Recalling the first time I met you, reminds me of just how long it has been since our lives changed. When you told me you loved my playlist I immediately knew that we would go a long way, and we did.

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I don’t know what to tell you, or how to tell you the things that  I wanted to say. I am still hurting but I can’t be too selfish to not let you go. But I will tell you why I love you, and I hope you feel it too.

I love how we live close to each other that my 2 to 3 hours travel from home to work and back, became bearable. I also found a drinking/ party buddy with you. I would never forget you waiting for me to finish my work even if you didn’t have to and you never complained how late I end.

I love how I can just drag you anywhere, because of your go-with-the-flow attitude. Inviting you to CDO with my friends was one of the best decisions that I have made in my life.

I love how we can be silly around each other, and how easy it is to make you smile, how singing ‘Tatlong Bibe’ and ‘Hala Nahulog’ would make you laugh so much. You were one fo the few who made us feel that work can be play, and play can be work.

I love how competitive we are, either thinking of ways to win or just plain teasing someone else.

Lastly, I love how I instantly feel better when I hear your voice. How you understand me and that I can tell you anything and everything. The way you can keep a secret and how comfortable you made me feel. I would never forget your advice. How we discuss and try to fix my problems. How much you push me to be the best and to never give up.

I love how I found a family in you, Pei and Mei. How I know that you are always going to be there for me.

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I love you because you kept me sane.

I love you because you made us whole.

I don’t know what the future holds for us, but I definitely treasure the moments we shared. I wish you also found a family in us. ❤

Our days in Virus were long, but the year was short. Promise me we’ll make more memories soon! I know you’ll do greater things in the world outside Virus. Please infect everyone! #MischiefManaged

Planned Spontaneity: March Edition (late post)

Work, meeting up with friends or working out,  has taken me away from the blog for a few weeks, sorry to all 6 of you that might have been waiting for an update! 😉 I just wished I was traveling tho.😞

Anyway, what keeps me sane during the weekends is being with friends, hanging out, and usually acting on a whim. Yepp, my friends and I, most of the time, make spontaneous decisions to do or go somewhere random, attend a music festival hosted by college students or the Cosmo Summer party, or just plain meeting up.

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At the event BMS: UNPLUGGED Music Festival, March 12, 2016 (L-R: Danna, Me, Andro, Caysee) Not in the photo: Mark and Lui

Long story short, we usually end up in Tagaytay.

Last minute decisions usually surprise us with finding new places, and having a stronger bond with your friends.

Finding Your Niche (1)

Oftentimes I find myself in a conversation about work and the question always turns to ‘Why do you like working in Virus?’

Here’s how I usually respond:

‘I found my work family!’

What might you ask happens in the office? Lots of laughter! Music. Games. Challenges. Food. Friends. Night outs. About the only place you won’t see us huddled together would be the restroom.

I think a large reason why we get to hangout like this is the young average age in the office (25). Other than the very tolerant bosses, encouraging our escapades, even joining us at times, it was the environment that the office afforded us was definitely liberal, and/ or open-minded. Everyone was trying to keep the office a ‘positive and creative community’Nike Amistoso, Senior Social Media Manager.

 

The most recent activity that we’ve done together was going to BallPit Manila!

 

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Team Virus in the BallPit

 

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The Virus Crew.  Christine, Caysee, Danna, Arra, Frankie, Dani, Roch, Nike, Andro (c) Frankie Torres

 

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Dani Bonifacio, Social Media Manager
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Caysee Pallagud, Social Media Manager
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Nike Amistoso, Senior Social Media Manager of The ElectroMagneticChick, nikeamistoso.blogspot.com
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Danna Olaya, Social Media Manager,  travailsofahighschoolgraduate.wordpress.com (c) Danna Olaya

 

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Arra Abella, Senior Social Media Manager, arraabella.com

 

 

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‘Goodbye cruel world’ – Christine Cruz (c) Frankie Torres
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How they show my love for me – Rashmi Daswani, Strat Department Head, (Resigned, but still the best <3) (c) rashmi
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Roch de Mesa, Business Development, thewanderingpopsicle.blogspot.com (c) Roch de Mesa
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Frankie Torres, Senior Strategist, actuallyfrankie.wordpress.com

 

Because when we stop and look around, this life is amazing!

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
Glad to be part of this bundle! #VirusLife

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Review Concert: Bastille 2015 (1/2)

In light of my recent dilemma, missing GoodVybes Fest on then 20th of February, I’ll be sharing my experiences from two of my favorite bands and their concerts, last year! 🙂

It was September in 2014 when news about Bastille visiting Manila got viral, and immediately, my officemates and I booked our tickets. Three months later, a delayed flight back to MNL from the province, and a traffic Roxas Boulevard into the World Trade Center, we have arrived. The line outside the venue was long, it was humid, there were no food stalls (outside), but everyone was excited, so no one cared.

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Photo Credit to Rochelle de Mesa 🙂

Past 9pm when the band took off to ‘Bad Blood’! Everyone was singing/ shouting their lungs out, one song after the other! The crowd was in unison! It was amazing! 10428548_10205642045189259_3740501715098027565_n.jpg10891970_10205642019348613_380781837249363902_n.jpg

I couldn’t believe I was actually listening to them live, they sounded exactly like they were on record.

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“Mabuhay!”, Dan Smith shouted, and the crowd goes wild! “Thank you so much for coming out to see us”, the crowd chants “Mooooore!! Pompeii!! Moooooore!! (Whatever song they wanted them to sing)!! MOOOORE!” And they did! 🙂

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