Daughter’s Love of Arts and BTS

My daughter K, @heyitskea on Instagram, installed AutoDesk Sketchbook and made herself busy with a few small artworks.

           

This one below took her a week if I’m not mistaken. She is a fan of BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan or Bulletproof Boy Scouts), specifically Kim Taehyung a.k.a. V. She must have thought of challenging herself to try a little more complicated image, thus chose this one. I just had to take a screenshot of both the reference and her accomplishment. Along the way, she got worried saying she can not do the teeth and hair parts as they seem too difficult. There was even an outline at first, but I had to ask her try without it instead to add to the already significant difficulty.

Also, I had to tell her that it is indeed difficult as she is obviously a beginner. It will go easy along the way. The “keep trying” and “never give up” advises worked for her. This was a chance for me to remind our daughter that “All things are difficult before they become easy.” And nothing will ever be accomplished if you just keep telling yourself that the situation or task is hard, you gotta face that fear, start and keep going to achieve success.

She posted her finished artworks in her Instagram account @heyitskea_. As a Mom, I can not help but be proud of her.  Oh! By the way, she made this using her mobile phone, no stylus used, just her bare fingers. With the satisfied look on her face after posting her “Taehyung” artwork, I know that she will be creating a few more, more of BTS. She has received email messages and direct messages too expressing their admiration of her works.

Her love of drawing and designing has made her decide to take Arts and Design Track, Visual Arts strand in Senior High. She even has another mobile phone app installed called Design Home (Crowdstar Inc) and I guess it helps her learn more about interior designing and sharpen her skills too. She has not completely decided yet if she will push for Architecture or Interior Design in college, and it may still change as she face the fun and challenges of senior high. For us her parents, she has our support and guidance – to anything that would make her happy and give her the feeling of fulfillment – all the way.

 

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.

Labs Kita, Okey Ka Lang: Hit with the Millennials

Late last Sunday night, the digitally restored version of one of the most memorable Pinoy hugot movies was aired. Both my girls know Jolina Magdangal as the Momshie they get to see hosting Magandang Buhay on weekday mornings and that made them a lot more interested with the movie. Again, it was aired past midnight already so I only allowed them to see the first few scenes. But does not include this scene recorded by my elder daughter’s friend…

Bujoy: Yes kaibigan mo ko … kaibigan mo LANG ako! And that’s all I ever was to you Ned – your best friend. Takbuhan mo kapag may problema ka. Taga sunod, taga bigay ng advice, taga enroll… taga-gawa ng assignment. Taga pagpatawa sa iyo kapag nalulungkot ka, taga-tanggap ng kahit na ano. And I’m so stupid for making the biggest mistake of falling in love with my best friend! Dahil kahit kailan hindi mo naman ako makikita eh. Kahit kailan hindi mo ako kayang mahalin na higit pa sa isang kaibigan.”

Ned: “Bujoy … Bujoy..”

Bujoy: Ngayong alam mo na, I think you can get out of my life!”

Ned: Bujoy, mahal kita! Mahal kita Bujoy! Mahal na mahal kita kaya siguro duwag ako. Kung magka-relasyon tayo, paano kung masaktan kita? Baka yung Bujoy na kaibigan ko mawala pa. Bujoy, hindi ko kayang mawala ka sa buhay ko.”

Apparently, it was not just my daughters who actually wanted to stay up that late to see the movie. Jolina and Marvin’s movie was a hit during our teenage years in 1998 and it is still because of the relatable story. Bujoy (Jolina Magdangal) and Ned (Marvin Agustin) are childhood best friends who really treated each other like a family. It was only until they started to date other people when Ned realized he loves Bujoy who has long kept her love for her childhood friend. The realization then led to that particular scene above.

Millennials were shookt! Those who were “Friendzoned” sometime in their lives, especially! A lot were able to relate their own stories to other scenes too if not this one. Famous lines, photos and video clips from the movie has somehow trended in Twitter and on Instagram. Someone from IG even said: “2018 na pero yung kilig feels 1998 pa rin.” Instagram user “fkwlf2_ (I honestly like this best) posted a photo of a scene and captioned:

“Yung feeling na isang linggo ko itong inabangan and yes natapos ko siya and worth it! Huhuhu Nakakakilig na nakakaiyak, worth it ang puyat. Worth to watch! Yung hihilingin mo na lang na sana nabuhay ka na sa panahon na yan. Sheemmmsss yung walang internet walang gadgets, yung aamin yung crush mo sayo ng harapan at hindi sa messenger. Pinakadabest na panahon to para sa akin kahit di pa ko buhay niyan at thank God napanuod ko itong napakagandang movie na ito at feeling ko tuloy batang 90s ako. Sarap ulit ulitin!!”

And a lot others expressed their hopes for a sequel. Perhaps what happened after 20 years?

*video credit: eveanecy

Build Your Child’s Castle of Dreams

* A juvenile (child) insurance cum investment plan serves two purposes:

Financially secure your child’s future.
Finance the turning points in his/her life such as college education, graduation, business start-up and marriage.



In all honesty, there were a lot of debates about juvenile insurance. Indeed widely controversial at the start, but life insurance for children eventually gained acceptance, worldwide. In this fast-faced world of ours, a juvenile policy is also being considered as a form or part of a sound financial plan. An investment tool to be exact. Our kids have big dreams. Might as well start saving for their dreams….now!

Be there in every step of the way. Get to know more about juvenile insurance. Send me a message to schedule a face-to-face presentation of Pru Savings and understand how it benefits you and your child.

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.

Dear Millennials

Dear Millennials,

We are amazed of your generation’s achievements. We are genuinely happy that many young people like you has proven more than just being stereotypes. You have a vision. You are a dreamer. But then, life is not just about being a dreamer. Something must be done to achieve these so called dreams. Along with the actions needed for such achievements, you have to be protected. Some kind of “assurance and protection” is necessary.

Getting a PruLife VUL is a combination of care, love and responsibility. Be a responsible Millennial, be insured! DO something your future self and family will thank you for. Ask me how.

DO

 

The LIFE That You Want

 

 

We all go through a phase in life where you are wanting something you cannot really name or have a hard time determining what. Then you hear and read words that are not really in the encouragement category and may not really be pointed or thrown at you but affects you so much and breaks your heart a lot more. That confusing feeling that somehow stresses you out because it keeps bothering you day and night. Then this confusion causes depression and then makes you feel that you have become a little crazy that you find yourself crying over the littlest of things. Well, we all are, crazy. At some point, end of last year and early this year, I somehow have gone through this phase. I think I have been coward to go for what I really want for a long time. It doesn’t mean that I opted for something I do not want and something that is not right though. It just came to a point that I came to realize that there is a gap within me – a blank space I needed to fill in with something beautiful maybe. Something happy. Something warm. Something brighter. And that something will sure allow me to go further, fulfill dreams and help me a lot to become the better version of what I opted to do and be at the past and of course, be the best version of me for the future. And at the end of it all, this big step I took is not really about me after all… but for the people I love most. We are all like plants that needed water and sunlight to be at our best and give either fruit or flowers to the people around us. Sometimes you (the plant) can even give both flowers and fruits, and even more.

I came to realize that this quote/phrase from Eckhart Tolle  I have read sometime ago is indeed true. I would like to share it with you too.

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There are times that stress is also cause by not “wanting to be there” but also by over thinking. By being so negative by some thing or someone new to you even if you have not given it a try or chance to prove its worth.

LIFE is a battle for some, a game of gamble for some and even like a wheel of fortune for others. No matter how you look at it, no matter how you go with the flow, no matter how take it…we all are going for the life that we want.

 

 

*credits to the image owner

 

5 Day Gratitude Challenge

I was tagged by a dear friend, Joy of  JoyRide and so I decided to create a 2-in-1 post at first. To not lose the momentum, I guess.

Sept. 14, I am grateful for..

– the person who found Nhald’s wallet. Our faith in humanity is still there because of him/them.
– the ability to recognize something good out of an obvious mistake. We got the chance to go out together as partners, it was quite an adventure.
– the simple fact that my kids’ have the ability to take care of each other while Mom & Dad is out.

Sept. 15. I am grateful for…

– an additional rest day for the kids and that Malacañang initiated the suspension of classes as early as last night because of thypoon Luis.
– my awesome clients for the trust they have given me.
– Keanna’s achievement for the 1st grading period.

I have this posted in my Facebook account but since we are promoting something really good here, it is best to share it in public too. So, if you were tagged by a friend, be it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or through blogs and other social media websites, go ahead and join in. You will be surprised as to how much there is to really be thankful for instead of wasting our time with all the what-if’s and I should have’s.

Have a great day everyone!

To the right path…

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I was browsing through new posts from my Instagram account, and then I saw three consecutive posts from Kristine Hermosa Sotto (@khsotto ). I was inspired, really. So inspired I made this (quoted from her posts).  I found out from the photo comments the posts were from All Devotion Bible application. Inspiring message from Psalm 25:5.

Feast of The Divine Mercy

Today, I got up a little late for the Sunday mass on TV. Still, I decided to start my day with the mass. I missed about 80% of the mass but really learned something great. There, I found out that today is The Divine Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter.

When I was a still a kid, I remember that my Grandmother (who was then a member of The Catholic Women’s League) would always encourage me and my cousins to come with her to church and attend the mass and even join processions. Now, I have realized that the procession that happens every Sunday after Easter is for the feast of The Divine Mercy.

I have then made a little research about the Divine Mercy Sunday and I am glad I did because today is also a special and blessed day for all the Catholics in the world. Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized today. The canonization of the two former Popes will be presided by Pope Francis during a Mass at the St. Peter’s Square. Huge crowd has poured in Rome as this is yet another global media event to look forward to.

Everything that follows herewith are the information I got from Wiki:

Divine Mercy Sunday is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus, and is associated with special promises from Jesus and indulgences issued by the Church.

Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun reported visions and visitations from Jesus and conversations with Him. He asked her to paint the vision of his Merciful Divinity being poured from his sacred heart and specifically asked for a feast of Divine Mercy to be established on the first Sunday after Easter so mankind would take refuge in Him:

“I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it.” (Jesus’ words, Diary 341)

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The first Divine Mercy painting by Kazimierowski (1934) at the Divine Mercy Sanctuary / Author=Alma Pater

“Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it.” (Diary 742)

The devotion was actively promoted by Pope John Paul II who, On 30 April 2000, canonized Faustina Kowalska, and officially designated the Sunday after Easter as the Sunday of the Divine Mercy in the General Roman Calendar.

A year after establishing Divine Mercy Sunday, on April 22, 2001 Pope John Paul II re-emphasized its message in the resurrection context of Easter:

Jesus said to Sr Faustina one day: “Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to Divine Mercy”. Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.

The devotion to Divine Mercy Sunday grew rapidly after its designation by Pope John Paul II and is now widely celebrated by Catholics.