My Love Letter to FL p2

Dear Future Lover, 
How are you tonight?

You know, I’ve been missing you even if I don’t know you yet. But nevertheless, I have been enjoying my life so far. πŸ€—πŸ‘Š

In the previous years, I have been asking God for contentment and a change of heart for my career. Do not get me wrong. I love what I do but projects and the dream of going abroad to study had consumed me for the past three years that I just look forward for the future, not realizing I have not been living in my present reality. But through God’s grace, He allowed me to stay at my current company even after being rejected for scholarships and not regret after all. πŸ’Ÿ

Just these past weeks, I have been in Visayas and Mindanao for work, doing what I love — sharing about new technologies and elearning, training teachers and learning more about my industry. I have traveled from one place to another, and my colleagues are all a joy to work with. Only lately that I realized I have been blessed in my career.

So, when I meet you,  I’ll make sure to tell you all about my work, and what we do to make a difference in the area of education. I’ll be sharing about the places we’ve been to, and the smiles of the students and teachers we’ve trained. I’ll be bringing you pasalubong every time we’ll go out of town, because I know you’ll be ecstatic to receive a gift from me. I know that once we meet, it would be a joy to share to you my travel experiences, and hopefully, someday, I get to travel with you as well.

For now, I’ll document all the ups and downs of my career because I know, you’ll have a glimpse of how I work and enjoy life at the same time. I’m keeping tabs at how I live my life — making sure I enjoy the blessings God has given me so I’ll be contented just as what God says and I’ll be sharing how God has provided enough for me. I know, when that time comes that we’ll be together, we’ll be sharing all about our faith and how God has been so good to us during the waiting season of our lives. 

For now, I’ll just wait for you and enjoy life to fullest. God has given me enough to be thankful, and yet, I know, when I meet you, God has answered my prayer for an overflowing blessing to love and be loved in return.
And so, Future Lover, I’m looking forward to meeting you soon! For the mean time, I hope you enjoy life as well as I am enjoying mine. πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ€—

Sincerely, 

Yza 😘

Thank God for Friends

I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster ride for the past weeks and if not for my friends, I may have gone crazy.

 

You are better off to a friend than to be all alone, because then you will get more enjoyment out of what you earn. 10 If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (CEV)

I’ve had a broken relationship with my sister and lately, I’m feeling at a loss. I’ve also been so busy with my tasks that I think, if I have gone through all this alone, I know I can’t take it. God just knows and provides what you need, exactly when you need it.

 

So here, I wanna introduce you to my friend Venice. She has helped me through my most emotional times this year.

Our Story 

I’m attending Victory Makati since 2013 and every week, we have what we call a Victory Group (VG) . It is a support group where we talk about God, our careers, relationships and dreams, and all relate it to how God wanted us to live a life pleasing to Him.  When our group leader Yasmin died in an accident in 2015, I took over and led these women here in our journey through life.

Our Victory group, with Yasmin in orange as our leader

The women I started leading in 2015

 

Eventually, life brings us to our destined purpose and we separated ways. Some of them took another job, and some went abroad to pursue a graduate degree and career. I thankful enough I get to influence their lives at one point in time.

 

As it is, Venice and I were the only ones who remained in the group. Since we also wanted to share the love of God to other people, we started our own Victory group in her dormitory. After a year, I have gained new friends and together, we are walking in this journey with God’s guidance.

 

Why am I sharing about them? Well, I just wanted to honor these people and make them feel special in this online space that I have.

 

For today, I just finished talking to Venice and I’m thankful enough God gave me friends who can rebuke me if needed, help me and encourage me when I’m down, and also, celebrate with me if I’m happy. I’m thankful enough to God because the relationships I have with these people are not disposable. I’m just thankful because I realize, if your friendship puts God at the center, you know that friendship will last. Lastly, I’m thankful enough because I know, I’m not alone in this journey called life.

 
PS: I’m still hoping my relationship with my sister be fixed in due time, and that my friends will also get to know my future partner so they can hang out together. For now, I’m thankful because even if not everything is sailing smoothly, I have friends I can count on most especially when I needed them.

 

How about you? Are you feeling down, discouraged or you just needed someone to talk to? I hope God can also give you a friend you can cherish for a long time. But if you haven’t met these kind of friends yet, you can talk to me and I can introduce you to the greatest friend of all.

 
Really, I’m here to help and talk to you if you need one. Just tag me in Twitter or Instagram @itswyza and I’ll do my best to help you out. πŸ™‚

 

Trip to Bohol

I had the opportunity to visit the beauty of Bohol last year, where I’ve seen the Chocolate Hills in person, chilled in Panglao Beach Resort, and toured the Bohol Bee Farm, where I’ve tasted the very delicious iceΒ cream.

Since I’m on reminisce mode, let me share to you my journey and pictures (no filter) of my travel: πŸ˜€πŸ˜

 

Bohol Bee Farm: Buzz Ice Cream

 

Bohol Bee Farm: Ocean View

 

Panglao Island: Public Resort

We found a place to chill here without paying too much! I think we only paid less than a hundred bucks for the entrance fee.

 

Bohol: Chocolate Hills

We went there 1st week of October 2016 and at that time, the hills were not so chocolatey.

 

Ancient Church

I forgotΒ the name of this church but it is one of those churches during the year that was affected by the great earthquake.

 

So there. I’m trying to document all my previous travels so pardon me if some are dated years ago. But heck, I enjoyed life by traveling once in a while so I wanna have some documentation to inspire others, and that includes you!

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Inspired by Teachers

Just today, my task was to compile all the videos of The Many Faces of a Teacher from their facebook page. The Many Faces of a Teacher (TMFT) is an advocacy campaign of Bato Balani Foundation to provide inspiration to educators alike that being a teacher is a very noble profession, and that the sacrifices they do for their students, their region, their country are honored and celebrated. And so, I set on my task and checked out their Facebook Page:

A Few to Inspire the Many: A Tribute to Teacher

 

Upon clicking each video link, it is inevitable that I get to watch each educator and how they are considered as the true catalysts of change in their barrio, in their classroom, and in their region. For this year 2017, I learned about the four (4) TMFT honorees and their story. Maybe, instead of sharing their story, I would recommend that you go watch their videos:

 

Teaching for Renewal

Dr. Bernadeth Bernalte Gabor, PhD

 

Caring for Wildlife for a Better Life

 Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion Dupo, PhD

 

Creating Solutions through Science

Mr. Ronaldo Reyes

 

Keeping the Culture Alive

Ms. Lord Jane Caballero Dorda

 

Also, the videos for the 2014 – 2016 honorees are posted in this page:

A Tribute to Teacher: 2014 – 2016 videos

 

Upon watching each video of the teachers, I marvel at how passionate each of them in teaching. But more than just teach, I also realized they are zealous in their pursuit to uplift the lives of their students, community members, colleagues, and continue to inspire their fellow countrymen in their service. I’ve thought to myself, “Do I have the same purpose? Do I have the same zeal in what I believe in? Do I make a move to uplift the lives of my fellow countrymen? What is it that I really like doing that can help other people?”

 

Lately, I’ve been contemplating on my dreams and goals, and if I compare myself to these teachers, I have nothing to boast. However, I am inspired to at least become a catalyst of change wherever God has placed me. Currently, God has given me a career where I enjoy developing materials, innovating, and sharing my thoughts to people. I get giddy when I am able to try new EdTech stuff, and I get serious when I am given the chance to brainstorm how we can use this to put inside the classroom [and make a difference]. I just thank God for giving me a career where I can work and play at the same time.

 

How about you? Have you found your place in this world yet? Are you just like me who still doesn’t know what to do next in your life? 

Well, my friend, you are not alone. After being rejected for my scholarship applications, I am confused on what to do next. I guess, one thing is for sure: whatever we do in this life will make an impact to other people. The question is, will you make it a positive, or a negative one?

 

As for me, I’m leaving everything in God’s hands. I do not know yet what the future may hold, but I have that hope that whatever I will do in the future, God will use me to make a positive impact to another person/s. πŸ™‚

My Bucketlist

I have been thinking lately of writing my own book.

Well, lately, I’ve been thinking of the things I’ve done and what I want to do for the next 5 or 10 years. Β A bucket list per se of the goals I want to achieve, dreams I want to fulfill and the life experience I want to feel and witness before I die.

While updating this bucket list of mine, I’ve realized that life is too short and I’ve been confined to looking forward to only studying abroad. Well, I guess those plans change. Haha. It’s not that it is a race against time, but it is something how I want to maximize every moment of my life and live life to the fullest. This is one insightful exercise for me, and upon checking my list, you might also want to write yours and experience life to the fullest.

  1. Study Graphic Design.Β 
  2. Visit Coron, Palawan.Β 
  3. Bring my family to Coron, Palawan.Β 
  4. See my father after he left us.Β 
  5. Tell my father I’ve forgiven him.Β 
  6. Travel outside the country.Β 
  7. Experience the beauty of Batanes.
  8. Go horseback riding.Β 
  9. Go scuba-diving.
  10. Travel with friends.Β 
  11. Travel outside PH alone.
  12. Have my own blog domain.Β 
  13. Create my own website from scratch.
  14. Develop my own mobile game.
  15. Create an app that would help students learn.
  16. See the Northern Lights.
  17. Visit China.
  18. Study Chinese.
  19. Attend a course on mobile game development.
  20. Finish a course on 3D animation.
  21. Sing in a bar.
  22. Listen to my favorite live band.Β 
  23. Watch Boyce Avenue in concert, live!
  24. Reach the summit of a mountain.Β 
  25. Do overnight camping once a year.Β 
  26. Go stargazing on top of a mountain once a year.
  27. Climb to Mt. Sagada.
  28. See the sea of clouds at Sagada before sunrise.
  29. Say I love you to a special person and be loved back.
  30. Go Ice Skating.Β 
  31. Visit Thailand and its night market.
  32. See a snow in person.
  33. Walk Baker Street in London!
  34. Visit a castle in Ireland.
  35. Reach the summit of a mountain with my special person.
  36. Handwrite love letters for my special person.
  37. Receive handwritten love letters.
  38. Read a book per month.Β 
  39. Blog a book review for every book read.
  40. Interview a popular figure in the field of educational technology.
  41. Attend an EdTech Conference abroad.
  42. See the Eifel Tower in person.
  43. Ride the Gondola in Venice.
  44. Take a Masters degree abroad.
  45. Kiss under the rain.
  46. Host an online training for education.
  47. Take photos of a wild animal.
  48. Build my own game development business.
  49. Work from home.
  50. Teach a child how to read.Β 
  51. Plant trees.Β 
  52. Receive a bouquet of roses.
  53. See the whale sharks and swim with them.
  54. Ride a hot air balloon with my special person.
  55. Pray for a stranger.Β 
  56. Write a book.
  57. Attend a garden wedding.
  58. Put my head out the car during a long road trip.
  59. Serenade my special person.
  60. Play a guitar.
  61. Go ballroom dancing with my special person.
  62. Get a complete makeover.
  63. Shout at the top of a mountain.
  64. Live in another country.
  65. Bake for my special person.
  66. Swim in a waterfall.
  67. Kiss under the water.
  68. Conquer my biggest fear.
  69. Interpret dreams.
  70. Help a non-government organization in helping kids further their education.
  71. See the cherry blossoms in Japan.
  72. Give a book.Β 
  73. Enjoy picnic.Β 
  74. Ride a helicopter.
  75. See Queen Elizabeth in person.
  76. Romantic evening at Enchanted Kingdom.
  77. Be as open and upfront as I can in a relationship.
  78. Travel the Southeast Asia.
  79. Bring my family for an out-of-the-country trip.
  80. Invest in stocks.
  81. Save up at least 6 months of my current salary.
  82. See my friends get married.
  83. Become a reporter for a day.
  84. Speak for a research engagement.
  85. Troubleshoot a car.
  86. Ride a ferris-wheel.
  87. Go island hopping.
  88. Confess my love.
  89. See the floating lanterns in Taiwan.
  90. Wear the national costume of South Koreans.
  91. Perform a spoken word poem in front of many people.
  92. Troubleshoot a desktop PC on my own.Β 
  93. Become a part-time student.Β 
  94. See Pixar or Disney Animation studio for real!

Book Review: Every Soul A Star

This Β book has been recommended by a close friend and I do, too, for reasons below. πŸ™‚

every_soul_a_star_book_cover

 

Every Soul a Star is a young adult fiction that shows the point of view of three teenagers who unlikely met each other at a campground to watch a total solar eclipse, and developed genuine friendship along the way. It is a story set in approximately about two week-time frame how three three kids, with very different personalities and under normal circumstances would never meet, learned from each other and grow individually.

 

The author, Wendy Mass, did a great job describing the characters in detail given a first-person point of view. It was like looking at one character in three perspective, which made me appreciate each character, with all their strengths and flaws. The main characters Ally, Bree and Jack are just normal kids, at varying life situations, who are able to share their passion for science, fashion, books and drawing. Additional characters Melanie, Kenny and Ryan are also described in a way that showed how their friendship developed as a whole. Β I’ve seen in this book a very innocent characterization, with raw definition of how life is treating them, in their own perspective. Puppy love can also be interpreted, but again, in a very innocent depiction. Also, I thought the parents of these kids were depicted as killjoy overall, but their actions were given justice eventually and how the kids resolved family issues on their own highlighted a normal family circumstance — that kids have to accept things whether or not they like it, and just learn to make the best out of it.

 

The pacing of the book is just so, so, but since there are so many mentions about astronomy, stars, sun and the love of characters for this subject, I came to love it as well. I have been fascinated with heavenly bodies, but not to the extent to really do research and run after it. After reading this book, I felt like I want to experience a total solar eclipse, and made me want to see it on my own. With this book, my close friend was inspired to watch and experience for himself the total solar eclipse last August 21, 2017. It is also the same for me. After reading this book, I want to catch the next total solar eclipse and experience the magic, mystery and life-changing effect this miracle of the universe can do to people.

 

So, overall, if you want a good read with a bit about science, astronomy, and a story of how a genuine friendship can develop from very unexpected places, this one is for you. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Coron Escapade

Back in February 2016, I had one of the most memorable vacation in my life. It was when for the first time, I traveled with my family for a 4-day, 3-night bonding.

 

Day 1

We arrived early at Coron and were picked up by the crew of the hotel where we stayed for the duration of our stay. Originally, our tour package included a city tour around Coron which involves trekking to the City’s hilltop. Thinking my mom would have a hard time doing this activity, we changed itinerary: 3 days for island hopping and then a day for rest in the city. 

So there. By 9am, we were ready for our island hopping. I forgot the names of the islands we visited, but one thing is for sure: they have pristine white beaches, and untouched beauty that one would be so giddy to explore. 

In the afternoon, our tour guide stopped in the middle of the sea,  only to join other boat guides in their party showdown. Loud sounds and a party playlist exploded in my senses. The other guests were also hooked. This was just the 1st day and I was enjoying my stay.

Day 2

For most of the day, we visited the shipwreck sites and had some snorkeling. We also made some new friends along the way. 

Here’s some of our sumptous lunch that included fish, seafood meat, and veggies.


Day 3

Our last day for the island hopping included some trekking at the Kayangan Lake, and another swimming exercise at the Lagoon. We didn’t forget to have the famous shot by the sea, though. πŸ™‚

This is by far my favorite groufie shot. πŸ™‚

The tide was high and we had rough seas here. Yet, we managed our winning smiles in both photo.

Lastly, when you see a pig by the beach, you’ll know your stay will be an enjoyable one.

Our Coron escapade was really an enjoyable one. If you happen to visit the Philippines, don’t forget to see those world-class beaches and islands in Busuanga (Coron), Palawan. Aside from island hopping, you can also do a Safari Tour and a City tour if you’re the nature and forest type of person. πŸ™‚