January 19, 2016

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In the last five years, I have been to eleven countries including the United States, Japan, China, and ASEAN countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. It is my passion, I can never feel more alive whenever I am amidst foreign sights, different tastes, and most especially, different kinds of people and cultures. 

But having no career that enables me to visit a lot of countries, I am not a pilot nor a flight attendant, so I thought of something that can make me travel across the latitudes and longitudes without spending so much. Then on, Cutout Steve, was born. 

Me at San Francisco, Where "Cutout Steve" was taken

I chose this photo of me because I really like this shirt that my brother got me at SF Centre and my form looks sturdy. I also love the fact that I am wearing a backpack which makes me look ready for any adventure I may be in!

As of now, Cutout Steve has been to SIX COUNTRIES on FOUR CONTINENTS around the world. Thanks to my family, friends, and dear students who have helped me send cutout to different places. I may not be there physically but something of myself is at that very moment, at that very place.

Philippines                                        Taiwan 
     USA                                               Malaysia
   Australia                                         Switzerland

Unfortunately for some, they can't grasp the concept of this project and just told me I should just use photoshop and edit the photos and I can be in all 200 countries in less than a day! But it's not just about that, it's about me, or should I say, part of me with the person taking the photo of me, on that very place he or she is in. It's like I really am on that place with them and I can never be thankful!

To all my friends from all the beautiful countries around the world, I am asking your help to bring me, or should I say, Cutout Steve, around the world! CAN WE BRING HIM TO AT LEAST 50 COUNTRIES THIS 2016? I can never do it without you!

The link below will lead you to Cutout Steve's Document file:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7u3vc7QBUY7T1hKb1NNRnh1eVk/view?usp=docslist_api


January 11, 2016

Five Dream Trips for the Coming Years

One of my best mottos in life is "Dream Big" and as I do, big chunks of these dreams are always about trips and adventures. Here are five of my most awaited trips, hopefully checked on my list this coming years.


1. Eastern Europe (Hamburg - Warsaw - Prague)


Everybody dreams of having a European Getaway at least once in their lives! Seeing the Eiffel Tower, having a meal of authentic pasta in Italy, and cruising through the canals of Amsterdam! Honestly, I would really want to experience those three! But if I were to choose to go somewhere in Europe as soon as possible, I would definitely want to visit Eastern Europe. Just as they say, expenses are relatively cheaper on this side than their western neighbours and I really find the strong medieval influences in their food, architecture and their culture absolutely magical!

Another reason why I would love to visit Hamburg and Warsaw is I have two friends who are born and living in Germany and Poland who have been so nice to me through these years. It would be such a delight to see them finally once and for all. Stephan and Adrian, please wait for me! I'll visit soon, I promise.


2. Bali, Indonesia

From Eat, Pray, Love to the real life love story of my friend Eyna and her husband, Bali has really become somewhat the Verona of Asia. With it's mystical aura and magical tropical landscape, who wouldn't be in love with such a place! Also, Me and my sister Judy and friend Abbey have always been discussing about visiting Bali through the years and who knows, this year might just make it an addition to our memories!

The Kecak, or the Balinese Monkey Chant, is something I have always wanted to watch. It is usually performed by a large group of men chanting which is a traditional form of dance and music drama. 


3. Mongolia

This for me is one of the most exotic places not just in Asia but in the whole world. I have often dreamed of being on the Mongol Steppe surrounded by the friendliest and strongest of the nomads as they chant along the night around the fire. What enchants me about Mongolia is not just its surreal landscape but the amazing lifestyle of the Mongol Nomads who have been living their vagabond lifestyle for centuries now.

Getting there, I would love to do the train from Beijing in Northern China to Ulaanbator, the country's Capital. I have read accounts of people who took those rails and how amazing it feels to be on that journey.


4. New York City

Do I even need to explain this? New York City has been on lists of people who wanted to see the world since forever! I know a lot of family members and friends who have been to the big apple and most of them telling how unappealing it is when you are actually in there. To be honest, I really don't care! Seeing the good and even the bad of places is part of travelling, really travelling and not just touring some place.

Central Park, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building - these are just some of the landmarks I would love to be in for it has always been a symbol of the city especially on the movies and TV series I have seen which are set on New York City.


5. Mexico City

Growing up being a big fan of telenovelas, I have always had this fascination with Mexico especially its beautiful men and women! But what really made Mexico on my list is my love for Our Lady of Guadalupe. Home to delicious cuisine, colourful buildings, and rich Spanish culture, Mexico City is definitely surprising even if I have never even been there.

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With all these wonderful places, I really hope someday I can make it to each and every one of these five places, hopefully in two or three years! I have always been so gracious for all the traveling blessings and mercy from the Lord and all the loving people who helps and supports my trips these past years.

January 10, 2016

Welcome 2016

Anaheim, California, USA (June 2015)

It's been a couple of hours past 12 midnight and I still can't put myself to sleep! My body is ready for it but my mind just can't stop processing, so I thought I might write something here.

2015 has been a great year, I must call it a transition year. As they say, in with the new and out with the old. but before I officially welcome the new year that we are all living in at the moment, let me recount just a few major things that happened to me last year.

1. Resigned from DLSU-D

This was bittersweet, truly, honestly, it really is. Hard to say goodbye to my home for more than 9 years both as a student and as a professor. Hard to detach myself from the friends I made in and out of class. But most of it all, hard to imagine my life without students in front of me, listening attentively not just to my lessons but also to the corniest of jokes I make. Sweet and exciting because I have no idea what lies ahead after my years as a teacher. Shall I be a programmer? An auditor? A writer? Or still teaching students on a different setting. All I know that time is that God has something bigger for me and I have to discern what it is myself.

2. Back in the United States after almost 20 years

The trip was really a once in a lifetime adventure for me. My first connecting flights, seeing my brothers and my family out there after a long time, and embarking on adventures I failed to appreciate during my earliest years in America. I spent the whole months of June and July trudging major cities on the west coast including San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco. It was an amazing experience and I can't wait (hopefully) to explore more of America some days soon.

3. My Grandmother passed away

A week after I got home from the states, my grandma got really sick and she spent months in and out of the hospital until she finally laid to rest last October 4th, the feast of our city's patron Saint Francis of Assisi. It was a peaceful exit after 87 years of giving pure love to all of us her family. It hurts so bad, the fact that she left us. But knowing she is free from all of worldly pains and sadness, it relieves my heart.

And now, here I am, writing something through my laptop, hoping for the best of this year for everyone, and most especially to myself. Now I am 25, in my quarter-life, unemployed, but with so much to offer to this world. I hope I'd find something that would definitely add up to my life's delicious recipe and wishing that this year would bring me a lot of ingredients to spice things up.

WELCOME 2016!!!

In Memory of
GENOVEVA MANALO QUE
1928 - 2015