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Shit man. 2014 hasn’t even started and there’s already alot to look forward to. 2014 is gonna be EPIC

  • Sinulog
  • Wicked
  • Phoenix
  • 7107 International Music Festival
  • Turning 20 and celebrating it out of the country w my closest friends 🙂
  • Wanderland
  • Student Media Congress
  • ACG Events
  • Univ Week
  • OC Activities

and AAHHH EXCITEMENT FOR ALL THE GOOD THINGS TO COME

25 Lessons You Learn The Hard Way When You Graduate

REFERENCE. Almost graduating soon. AAAHHHH

Thought Catalog

  1. Unless you happen upon some high-paying, prestigious, prominent position as a venture capitalist, you can expect to see a significant drop in your disposable income. “Pay Yourself” first, and take care of your obligations.
  2. If you’re single (and an asshole, like me), you will have a lot of sex with people you don’t care about. For ≈ 75% of these occurrences, you will be highly intoxicated, and will use this detail to justify your actions to both yourself, and your closest friends. You will experience feelings of self-loathing immediately (or shortly) after the event, post-coital cuddling notwithstanding.
  3. You will lose touch with the people you said would stand in your wedding. This will help you specify those who truly matter to you. The people you would strangle a puppy for, if it meant their joy.
  4. You will come to the unpleasant realization that dreams you had whilst getting shitfaced in…

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How You Choose Change

Thought Catalog

Nobody is going to tell you when it’s time to go. Nobody is going to tell you how to move on. They can offer you advice that has worked for them, but at the end of the day, those words of wisdom can only be road signs. You can’t always replace your own GPS. I mean this earnestly, and I mean this even in light of all the advice I spew out. I don’t expect you to always follow it. I don’t expect you to agree. I just hope that, if you’re struggling, something will reignite a fire inside you and fuel you forward until you are able to yourself.

Nobody is going to come and hand you your life. If you are unhappy, nobody else is responsible. At all times, you have two choices: complain or change. And if you continually refuse to choose the latter, you will die…

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Love Yourself First And Last

To That Person I Fell In Love With When the Timing Was Just Not Right

wew

Thought Catalog

First of all, let it be known here and now that I did love you. I was only ever cold to you that one time because I cared too much. I didn’t know how I was supposed to act when you heightened such a keen sense of passion in me. I could never think normally when I was around you. Some say that infatuation is different from love but what I felt for you bordered in between. I loved you despite your faults but I also crushed on you like you were the best thing since coffee. You woke me up. You did wake me up.

I was raised by vintage Harlequin books that I used to secretly read when my parents weren’t around. I used to believe that love was breath-taking, consuming and potent – it was all these things and more. Love has the ability to break you…

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I feel so shallow. The world has bigger problems. I should be more grateful, and I shouldn’t take things for granted. Listening to my friends’ problems makes me realize how blessed I really am. There are so many people out there struggling, but here I am always complaining and whining.

After a series of embarrassing situations I realized that I should really stop chasing boys. I really do have better things to do, other things to focus on. It shouldn’t be the center of my world. I have bigger things to accomplish, to contribute, to share. What can I do to help? To make this life better? To make this world better?

I need to cultivate a positive attitude, a strong, resilient and independent character. All these struggles will just make me a better person. Different strokes for different folks, I get it, we all have our problems, each a unique one. Some worse than the others, a heavier weight to carry, but we need to keep going.

Anyway! Lately

  • Been glad cause I’ve been having constant communication with my high school friends (Zhiela, Kevin, Loise, Vitt, Vick, Lao, Stephen etc). Chat on FB everyday, text, making plans for the summer and all that. Plus we’ve been spending time hanging out again which is AWESOME!
  • Yeah you can say that my FB chat box/message has been full lately. :))
  • And yay, still consistent with the BFF! Calls, texts, chat. Yeah. Happy happy.
  • Plus had Happy Thursday with my (girl) blockmates. Feels good man.
  • Catching up, hearing their problems, reminds me that even though life is hard, friends make it easier to get by. I love these people.

Gratitude.

Friends really are the family you choose. And although I might be depressed almost always, I know I’ve got my friends to help me. 🙂

  • To my best friend, Dan, for being so patient and kind to me. It’s the little things. Thank you. When you text me random stupid things, ask me where I am so we can hang out in school, going to where I am, messaging me on Facebook asking me how I am, being more sensitive etc. I’m so glad we’re like this again.
  • To my best friend, Vitt, for always knowing what to say. Someone I can really count on, who truly knows me inside out. You always know how to pick me up whenever I fall. I wish I could do the same for you.
  • To Cath, who is my moral support. There for me in all ways, always.
  • To Gabgabe, who is sensitive to how I feel, and is someone who cares.
  • To Kevin, whom I don’t get to see or talk to very often, but is still such a good close friend of mine after all this time. I missed the guy!
  • To Justine and Kiara, my crazy groupmates this term. I know we don’t work well together, but I can say that you guys are good company and good friends. Glad to have bonded with you girls this term!
  • To my mom and Papa office, I know you want the best for me. And I will do everything to make you both proud, to give back to what you’ve blessed me with. 🙂

Inhale the good, exhale the bad

Gonna focus on the good stuff. This week was good because:

  1. Warm welcome from the BFF. Well, this was last week after I got back from HK, but it still counts HAHAHAHA special mention on Twitter, aawww.
  2. Bitstrips. Reaaally good stuff. I’m so amused. Wahahaha.
  3. COMMUNITY = new favorite show. Cool. Cool cool cool.
  4. New shows and movies from Lao’s hard drive. FUCK YEA
  5. Getting to bond w Lao in the cab drive to Stephen’s. It’s been more than a year…. HAHAHA
  6. Hanging out with the TCrew (w/o Vick though, huhu) Dinner, drinks & scary movies!
  7. and meeting Vitt’s new girl… ish….
  8. Getting drunk hahhahaha YOLO the night before my case presentation
  9. Having my 2 bros Stephen and Kevin to take me home 🙂
  10. BFF calling me up randomly on Thursday night. Hehe
  11. And the BFF asking me to hang out after hell week
  12. Going back to Church
  13. World Youth Day meeting and plans!!
  14. Talking to Therese and helping her out
  15. Being okay w Enzo YAAAYY HAHAHAHA
  16. Being sharegroup w my Ex HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA idk why
  17. Reggie’s hella awesome talk
  18. Being bullied by The Amorins lol
  19. Nolitaaaa for socials
  20. bonding w papa and mommy in papa’s new apartment
  21. Cath messaging me after my emo post. Thoughtful as always 🙂

All part of His plan

I am finally free.

Last night, I ended things with him. It went very well. I guess this is the happy ending after all; moving on – to better things.

We’ve accepted that maybe it’s just not meant to be, and maybe we’re not right for each other…. right now (who knows?) Nonetheless, our doors are still open for each other. Maybe we’ll happen someday, maybe never. We did try, and it just didn’t work out. Things were too complicated, and the timing was off. It’s best that we let it go. 🙂

I’m just glad I made the right decision. It really was all just part of His plan. 

This week was a rollercoaster ride. With all the prom proposal expectations, to realizations, to disappointments – I’m glad things happened the way they did this week. No regrets. Maybe God really didn’t want Enzo to ask me to Prom so I could take Dan and finally clear things up with him. And Gabgabe was there to help make things happen.

I felt stuck, trying to figure out my feelings for both Enzo and Dan, but in the end, I emerged, SINGLE AND FLYING SOLO. Hahahaha. Just like it always should have been. I know now I should use this time to better myself, and who knows, if I get lucky, I just might find good love.

I was torn because here it was, a new potential thing with Enzo, but then he was too scared to take it, and I’d been dumb enough to wait again for another guy. I do appreciate that he wants to keep his distance as to be cautious and not to spoil the friendship, but it really does suck. Ohwell, again, I just need to trust in His plan. He really can’t avoid me forever. I just hate it there’s drama in the community again.

I’m really happy I can be bestfriends with Dan again, without the complications anymore. I’m glad we did the right thing. I’m bummed it ended, but a much greater part of me is relieved.

I know this is just the start of better things falling into place. 🙂

 

There are some things College Ara should learn from High School Ara.

  • Like how art was her passion, how it inspired her to live, how it showed her to be grateful for her life and for all her blessings. Art taught her to appreciate what was around her, to appreciate what she had — and it was more than enough. I guess not being around artists in school is really sucking out the life in me. Without them, I just can’t create. College is just a little more dull without them. :< I need color back in my life! Where are these people!
  • Like how photography was always meaningful, in a sense that a phone or an iTouch cannot capture. How her photographs would show her the beauty of her everyday life to make her realize that there is alot to be thankful for.
  • Like how she was never afraid to be herself, and how she didn’t give a damn about what other people thought. That Ara who just did her own thing, for herself, because she can. That passionate and motivated Ara, who just had so much energy for life. That confident/awesome chick who stayed inspired no matter what. That Ara who knew what she wanted and just went for it, with nothing holding her back. She knew how to balance her life, she was independent and she did all these things because she wanted to be a better person, and ultimately, because she valued and respected herself. That Ara who loved herself. (SORRY THIS PARAGRAPH IS SO SELF-ABSORBED BUT HEY, THIS IS RARE)
  • Like how she had true friends who loved and accepted her for who she was. She didn’t have to pretend. These people knew. And they loved her anyway. True friends I can be REALLY weird with (cause nobody in college can be as fucking weird as me and my friends.) True friends I’d laugh with all day and night, friends who knew how to make me smile.
  • College has changed my identity so much, and I guess I’ve aged since then. I’m no longer that muchier girl that I knew from before. I feel boring sometimes. I used to feel like a child, with so much wonder and curiosity. Now I feel like I’ve aged so much that I’ve lost my sense of wonder. The little things no longer amuse me, and I forget to partake in all the beauty surrounding me.
  • I can’t even connect to the people around me in school. It’s so rare (actually, never) to even have deep conversations with these people. I feel like an outsider sometimes. They weren’t kidding when they said college would be diverse, but they never said how hard it would be to find real, genuine people here. Sure enough we meet alot of interesting people, but where are the people that will change our lives and make us better?
  •  Sometimes I think it’s cause I know I should be in the other school because I feel like that’s where I really belong, the place I call home, where I can call my friends family. Where I will love my course and be active in all my orgs, and everyday would be a wonderful adventure. Just thinking about living my dreams, in my dream school drives me crazy. But hey I’m all the way in Taft. It’s not bad here I guess, but it’s not great! or amazing! either.
  • Sometimes I think people try way too hard to fit in college. Sometimes we change ourselves to be liked by people, to be accepted, that we forget who we really are. The more time we spend in college, the more we erase our past selves. We forget about all our little quirks and the things that made us unique, the things that made you, you. We lose our sense of individuality. Suddenly, we’re not different anymore. Suddenly, we try to be what they expect us to be. I think it’s really sad. I wish we didn’t need to impress people to find our place here.
  • I was thinking that college would be the time for me to bloom, but everytime I think about it, it’s like I was a much better person back then (in some certain aspects).
  • Anyway no more moping! Time to be better!! just glad I got to look back and reflect, now I’m inspired to live again. 🙂