May 2018 FMS Photo A Day Challenge Prompt

I have once shared here that I got featured by Little Moments App on their Instagram account as part of the FMS Photo A Day Fab Four, March 14: Clouds prompt. Now, I am sharing the FatMumSlim’s prompt list for May 2018.

Got the image from FatMumSlim’s website. I’m quite excited to share my photos for this month as May brings a lot of memories to me, be it good and the not-so-good ones. May is both my parents’ birth month. Since they are both gone now, we only get to celebrate it by simply offering prayers, candles and flowers. It is also the month of “fiestas” that I really look forward to when I was a child. May 1st is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker and this is celebrated in “Royal” (Barangay Apolonio Samson), where I spent most of my childhood and teenage years. It is a chance for cousins and other relatives to get together and chit-chat over good food. May is also the month where in Buhi (Camarines Sur) town celebrates their fiesta. Buhi is my Mom’s provincial hometown where I studied 3 years of grade school. A number of beautiful cousins also celebrate their birthdays this month. Indeed a lot of celebrating to do, right? Great number of chances to capture a lot of photos that can be shared in Instagram – and include in the Photo A Day challenge.

Join us too and challenge yourself in bringing out creatives juices in you – and photography skills that you may already have but has yet to discover. The hashtags to use for these prompts are also posted in my Instagram account, @stef0930.

Our Super Blue Blood Moon Experience

Imagine the excitement of people world wide as they have anticipated this unusual phenomenon; A Super moon, Blue moon and a total lunar eclipse rolled into one – the Super Blue Blood Moon.

A Super moon is said to be a full moon which has a closer distance to the Earth’s orbit which makes it appear a LOT larger. And since it is closer to the Earth, it illuminates brighter. The Blue moon on the other hand refers to the “second” full moon of the month.

When I learned from the news about this Super Blue Blood Moon phenomena, I decided to let the girls experience witnessing it a little special. I know our phones would definitely not give us the best capture of the moon, so a telescope viewing would be perfect. Glad that I have searched for places where we can have it experienced – see the moon a lot closer than from the Earth’s ground. Roey and I went to SM City North EDSA and met up K there. We arrived exactly when K’s class is dismissed. We saw the full moon, yes, but there was not much happening yet and so we decided to eat dinner at the Burger King first. And as soon as we are done, we joined the people at the Sky Gardens as they have formed lines and took turns in using several telescopes brought and set up by student volunteers from different universities in Metro Manila.

People exclaimed their delights as the eclipse started happening. We were then almost at the half of the line. K and I kept clicking our phone cameras to get a good shot we can compile and keep as remembrance of the event and, of course, our bonding. Roey too used her phone (that she only uses for Minecraft) to take photos of the moon – even if it has a very low quality, and gladly shared it to her classmates (using my phone’s data connection). The photo above is a screenshot of K’s captured images of the moon. The good ones are shots of her OPPO A71 phone through the telescope and the others are of the same phone directly from where we stood while waiting for our turn. I, too had few shots which one I have shared in my Instagram account already.

This is our photo as the lunar eclipse happened and as we finished our turn at the free telescope viewing. I am but glad to have experienced this with my girls. We all learned a lot too – about the phenomena, and about patience. Since their Dad is still on his way home from work, all we can do is relay to him our experience and how beautiful the moon was through the telescope. We had to meet him at the Trinoma past 9pm when the moon has fully changed its color. That, he got to witness.

Source: Wikipedia (Totality from California)

This photo clearly shows how the moon looked like last night as the Super Blue Blood Moon happened. And there were many other beautiful and captivating shots of the Super Blue Blood Moon all over the internet, from different parts of the world and in different social media platforms.

Miss Intercontinental 2017 1st Runner-up, Katarina Sonja Rodriguez

Katarina Sonja Rodriguez is a stunning 24 year old athlete-turned-model-turned-beauty queen. She finished Philosophy and Business Administration at the De La Salle University. Fans loved her when she represented the Philippines alongside Jodilly Pendre in the second season of Asia’s Next Top Model. She was a runner-up in the said reality show.

In an interview, she mentioned that she has decided to join Bb. Pilipinas as fans and friends would always ask her to enter the pageant world. It was a little later when she realized that she too has gained interest in it and realized that it could be a platform where she can campaign and continue on her advocacy in life. She took to her Instagram account the said advocacy on being healthy and fit which also pushes the #SaveSexy campaign that promotes HIV/AIDS awareness. She once said that “My family has taught me to work hard and well for everything I want and need, and once you have excess, they’d say, you extend a helping hand to those who have less. I have worked hard to have enough for myself and a little more to give back.”

After having been crowned as 2017 Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Katarina had to clear the confusion that she is not accepting her crown. She had asked the public to stop making assumptions and said it is not true and that she is sleeping with her Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental crown. For which has led her to excelling in her training up to her representing the Philippines in the recently concluded Miss Intercontinental which was held at the SUNRISE Garden Beach Resort in Hurghada, Egypt.

Pilipinas! Alam ko na nahihirapan tayo sa pagboto para sa akin pero huwag po sana kayong mawalan ng pag-asa sa akin at sa Miss Intercontinental organization. Naniniwala ako na kung tayo ay magkakaisa sa panalangin sa ating Panginoon, maiuuwi natin ang minimithing panalo na ang rason kung bakit ako nandito para makuha ang korona ng Miss Intercontinental. Alam ko po na maraming nagnanais bumoto para sa akin ngunit nahihirapan dahil hindi makaboto pero lagi po nating tatandaan na sa pananalig natin sa Papa Jesus, kahit gaano man ka-negatibo ang ating nararamdaman, malalampasan natin ito at mapagtagumpayan. Sama-sama po tayong magdasal at gagawin ko lahat ng aking makakaya para makuha ang korona para sa inyo, para sa ating bansa at para kay God. Marami pong salamat sa inyong walang sawang suporta at pagmamahal at sana manatili po tayong positibo. Sa lahat po ng natatanggap kong suporta sa inyo aking mga kababayan, MARAMING SALAMAT PO. ?????? Philippines! I know that the voting has not been working and for me specifically, but please do not give up hope on me or Miss Intercontinental. Instead just pray to Papa Jesus that I win what I came here for, the crown. I know everyone wants to vote and is frustrated that they cannot vote, but let us remember by grace through faith and that being negative no matter how heavy a feeling we have will help us triumph. Please pray with me and I will do my best here to perform for you, our country and God. Thank you so much for your passion, but let us keep positive. With all the gratitude in this universe, thank you. ?? ??? #MissIntercontinental #MissIntercontinental2017 #MIO2017 #TheMostBeautifulWomenOfAllContinents #Egypt #SUNRISEResorts #SUNRISECrystalBay #SUNRISEMeetsBeauty #KatareynaMIO2017

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During the pageant’s finals night, Katarina Rodriguez was declared as Miss Intercontinental Asia and Oceania as she placed third in the online voting of the pageant. So, her plea for support in the photo above that she posted in Instagram resulted positively.


During the Q&A, Katarina was asked as to what is the most important thing she learned in joining Miss Intercontinental. Her answer was “The most important thing that I have learned in joining Miss Intercontinental is an Arabic word named after one of the Sunrise Resorts and that is Meraki. It means to do all things with passion, soul, and creativity. When I heard this word and its definition, it resonated with me until now and I think it will for the rest of my life. Therefore, that is the most important thing I learned while participating at Miss Intercontinental. That is to do all things with soul, passion, and creativity.”

Here is the EXACT moment where I turned FULLY into a woman. Congratulations to Miss Mexico @veritosalasvallejo the new Miss Intercontinental 2017! You are a vision, truly. I came to Egypt for one thing and one thing only: the Miss Intercontinental crown. This crown to me represented my becoming a real woman. Myself, and DOZENS of people behind me dedicated so much time and effort to ensure I would win. I cannot say I would have done anything differently because I was very aware from the moment I stepped into the NAIA airport of every action and word I produced. I can tell you that after rewatching the coronation last night I can confidently say I was FLAWLESS. Never had I been more ready for anything in my life. I had hundreds of thousands of people right behind me and each of you were the gas to my fire. It was not about me anymore it was about YOU. Here is the thing though, a queen does not necessarily have to be flawless. The Intercontinental crown did fall off Miss Mexico’s head when she was crowned and YES, I did have to pick it up and hand it to her. How could I not say it was such a painful thing for me to do? But when giving the crown to her I swear to you there was this energy that went through her and straight to me and this is where I knew I am no longer a child but a woman. Seeing her beautiful face while handing it back to her, well, I felt PROUD for her, and no pain at all. It was the lightest feeling I have felt in weeks. That crown was never mine and somehow always her’s. I don’t want to read any comments talking superstitions or anything hurtful especially from my Filipinos. Vero is a queen and she is MY queen, MY Miss Intercontinental 2017. She is a sweetheart and very much deserving. She taught me grace by her energy and warmth in a matter of seconds and only a true queen could empower another woman in such a manner. Let us keep that grace Philippines, for this is only the beginning. Viva Mexico, Viva Pilipinas. ?????

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Katarina gracefully accepted ending the pageant as 1st runner-up. I personally think that the experiences, friendships and learning she gained by representing the Philippines has changed her and in her words, she “turned FULLY into a woman”. She actually has a beautiful message of love and congratulations she also posted in her Instagram account for the newly crowned Miss Intercontinental Veronica Salas Vallejo of Mexico.

We can definitely say that Katarina Rodriguez has represented our country so well and although we all wanted her to take home the crown and be the first Filipina to win the title, she is still a queen.

We want You at ESLIA

Eastern Summit Life Insurance Agency is looking for Part Time and Full Time individuals to become licensed Financial and Insurance Consultants. We need more hands to work with us in reaching out to more Filipinos and share with them the value of savings, investments and protection.

With this, we have exclusively prepared an AWESOME career preview for you.

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When:  November 11, 2017

Time:    Registration starts at 1PM

Where: Mayuree Ballroom 1
Dusit Thani Hotel , Makati

Get to listen and learn from the premiere wealth and life coach, Mr. Chinkee Tan! Attend the session for FREE! And, be inspired as successful people in this career share their journey.

Pre-registration is required. Please comment or send a direct message.

Christmas Budgeting Tips

I have recently discovered Lumen5 from a friend and fellow freelancer. She made a very nice video for a client we are both working with and it is impressive. So, I got really curious of it as it will sure help me out in creating VLOGs which I can of course, use. Now, here is the first vlog I made based from my previous post “Financial Tips This Christmas Season“.

 

Lumen5 is indeed a great tool! It is a video creating platform to produce high quality social media content. It is user-friendly and has a wide range of free materials that you can use in your videos. This video I created is a mixed of my own images and from their media library too, including the background music.

Build Your Business; An Exclusive with Chinkee Tan

If you’re a college graduate (any course) and a purpose driven individual who wants a business that:

 gives you an additional source of income

 allows you to continuously learn, grow and help people
 lets you SEE THE WORLD FOR FREE
 doesn’t restrict you to do the things that you want
 lets you enjoy the FLEXIBILITY OF TIME that you so deserve

Then, join our business forum on JULY 20, 2017 at the Dusit Thani Hotel. Discover how you can maximize your potentials and how great it is to be part of a winning team.

Light dinner is on us. Message me to reserve a slot.


Jackie’s Food Hub

I’m all support for a dear friend’s business venture. I have seen how she has diligently planned for this to come true.

People from the North, let me inform you that Jackie’s Food Hub has opened its first 2 food carts at Howmart Road, Brgy. Apolonio Samson. My friend Yang and her partner had their dreams slowly turn to reality.

Jackie’s Food Hub offers Sisig, Lechon Kawali and Nachos for only Php50. Japanese siomai and pork siomai is also available at a very affordable price. Yang also offers her very own, home-made condiments such as shrimp paste, Chili paste, Garlic oil, Ginger oil, Pickled chili, and Pinakurat (Spiced Vinegar). All these products and her biz itself is of course, DTI registered.

Pork Sisig and Nachos was a hit at yesterday’s launch. Soon, few more food cart “branches” will open in the nearby areas.

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I am but a proud friend. Who would not keep going if your mere presence is much appreciated by her very own granddaughter, Mica? Mica has always been Yang’s inspiration and so as her blessing. I am sure Yang will succeed in this business venture.

Family Movie Day!

Happens at  SM Cinema!

Make your family day worthwhile and memorable, include movies! And what better way to watch a movie than from a big screen? Getting free tickets, that is!

Yes, it is true! Since July 2 of this year, SM Cinema has this great offer. When you purchase two (2) SM Cinema tickets, you get additional two (2) movie tickets for free. The free movie tickets are applicable to kids 4 ft. below and must be used on the same day the tickets were purchased. By the way, there are specific movies for this promo, here:

  1. August 20 – 21: Sammy 2: Escape From Paradise
  2. September 10 – 11: Ultraman Ginga
  3. October 15 – 16: Ooops: Noah is Gone 3D
  4. November 19 – 20: Dino Time 3D

Your kids will sure enjoy as SM Cinema offers these free movie tickets plus exciting activities. So, if you haven’t been out last weekend because of the monsoon rains, like us, this your chance to spend a fun-filled weekend with the kids. Too bad, my eldest kid is almost 5ft. tall.

Go grab this opportunity as the promo runs until December 31, 2016 only.

 

The info in this post came from the email announcement by SM Lifestyle Entertainment. 

Take The Civil Service Exam This October

Are you someone who wants to serve the government and be part of Duterte administration?

Are you someone who already took but failed the Civil Service exam in the past?

Are you 18 years old and above?

If you are anyone of the above, then it is your chance to take part of the nationwide Career Service examination, Paper-and-Pencil (CSE-PPT) on October 23, 2016. An announcement has been posted since last year. A cousin of mine took and passed the exam scheduled last  April, 2016. With that, I am interested in trying it again, for the second time. It felt bad to have failed and realized you are just a percentile away from the passing score.

Application form can be downloaded from the CSC website. Deadline of application is on September 1, 2016. For other qualifications and information, check out the Career Service Examination announcement here.