Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Everything Was Perfect (Summer blog #1)

     Everything was perfect for almost 3 days in Terrazas de Punta Fuego, Batangas. It was one of the best places that stayed written at the back of my hands knowing that this was where I first learned how to swim. It's some kind of a memory lane because when I was a kid, I enjoyed this place even if it was just for a day. Never could have had this great memory without my childhood buddies Shannon and Gian. Everything was perfect. 

    First time to try kayaking. I was with my brother and we both paddled through our first kayak experience. He would always tell me that we should go to the edge of the boundary where we shouldn't pass through, well we did it and we even touched the rope floating around it. Well I was scared of course! But that fear was the spice to this sweet sweet chance of getting out of my comfort zone. There were chill moments were we weren't paddling, just letting the ocean breeze sweep our small boat (kayak boat, whatever) and we'd relax even though we know that we are at a deep point. Perfect. 

     The key to a perfect beach momentum is the spot, the place where I wished was the spot I could always go to whenever I wanted to. You lie there, you listen to the waves, forty winks, you read a book, you listen to your favorite music, you forget the world. Perfect. 

     The nails. Jamin if you're reading this then by now you already know that I've removed the nail polish you violently painted on my nails, and my hands (yes he did that, he placed nail polish on my hands for I don't know what reason) but I understand you're a guy and you don't know how and we were just fooling around with it haha, but you doing me this favor is really/extremely cute. You're amazing. Yes, I've changed the polish, but the story itself and the guy in it? Perfect. 

      The house where we stayed, need I say more? I'd like to thank Ninang for letting us stay here, she has a wonderful rest house and the location is breathtaking. It was filled with tranquility and it made us realize that there are really things out there that would make you say "life is good". She's amazing. Perfect. 

       It was mom's birthday on the 15th. That was our second day there. It was planned. The food was planned. On that night, dad grilled pork chops and fish. I repeat. GRILLED PORK CHOPS and fish. That satisfied my tummy more than you know. There's nothing you could ever compare to grilled pork chops on a night during your vacation, a celebration, on a peaceful place with your family. Perfect. 

        I've always wanted to watch how the sun rises and how it sets. How it changes colors and how it stares at you for a minute like it was bidding you goodbye and next thing you know, it's already night and the sun's on the side we cannot see. The view. Oh I thank God for making me see how wonderful it is, how beautiful and majestic it is to have eyes to see. To love and to see. I love it. Perfect.

    Sharing the same feels with my family made it all seem so special to me, that feeling you get when you're spending quality time with them and you all cherish the simplest things. When you hear nothing but their voices when you're chilling inside a cabana, seeing your pops and bro playing ping pong and billiards, having your mom as your photo-buddy, capturing everyone's candid faces on cam, getting to eat together, swim together, sleep in one big room together, laugh together. This is the family, a family. Perfect. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

There's something about suitcases

     There's something about them that leads me off to another thinking. I may be referring to this blog where I show the life outside "me" and how it is being able to fit myself in a suitcase and where my suitcase brings me- or my tumblr blog, the life inside the suitcase. I am a girl with countless perspectives though I could narrow them down into two. You may not be able to distinguish how my blogs are different from each other by the way I explained it, but scan them yourself and you'll see how both reveals both sides of me. I don't want to sound mysterious because I am not that type; there are times when I express more of what I really should.

     Tumblr feels more of an expressive way of how I feel at the moment, through the pictures and even the write ups I reblog. It's more of like connecting my thoughts with what I see in my dashboard, being able to relate to other people. One more thing, this is where I started to blog and you have no idea how much of an impact it is to me as a blogger. I've posted write ups before and I wanted to read them again because it feels good to have something to look forward to, but back in those days I wasn't in favor of this and at some point I deleted them. 

This is the first time I'm introducing the vulnerable side, I just thought you guys would go check it out. :)
Lastly, my tumblr is open for QUESTIONS. Go anon or not, fine with me. http://insidesuitcases.tumblr.com/ask

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Footprints of Faith (17th SPC LTC)

     First day of congress. This is when butterflies start rummaging in your stomach. Registration started as soon as we finished settling our luggage inside our room on the second floor, luckily near to the convention hall. It has been an annual tradition for us Paulinians from Makati to join the congress, and this was my third and last (aww). I wrote my name, as well as my friends' under the Socio-Civic group and by that time, we still didn't have that much of an idea of how that would work. We were scanning faces, some were familiar and the others were pretty much pleasing (more butterflies) - if you know what I mean. We were looking forward to the Fellowship Night wherein delegates would present a performance in front of everyone that would represent the culture of the place you're from. Now here's what we're good at- nope not the performance, but the last minute planning. So our presentation went something like this.. 

"Claire's intro. The "techy students" scene. Kirk's mash-up that went great (Thank you Ate Gay for the inspiration). Pitch Perfect's Treblemakers inspired cheer. "It's alright, It's alright, It's alright, It's alright, It's alriiiiiiight, Bright lights in Makati Cityyyyy. We're from Makati City, everytime you need our help just tell it to us, we're here to be your friends, we're from Makati-katikati Makati-katikati awoooo, we're from Makati City!" Cheers to you who sang it in the tune of Bright Lights Bigger City and Magic. *clap clap*

     Day 2. We had this activity in the convention hall where we were asked to find people among the 900+ of us having the same name. There were tons of lucky Annes, Isabellas, Marias, etc. and I'm an unlucky Kamiya. They also asked those with unique names to come up on stage, I was then with my friend Raia. I enjoyed the view from up there, that was when I realized that being with all of these Paulinians in one Leadership Congress was beyond epic. After lunch, we had the first and second breakout sessions. We were given an ID, with your name and group (Holla to you Gs!). I was classified under G1 which was a subgroup, then we had some activities and sharings. I met new friends, and this is the point in my blog post where it will all go cheesy if I still continue it so let's move on to the Talent Night. Kirk was our representative, there was no doubt that as soon as the spotlight was on him he was already ready for his mini concert. 

     Day 3. JUMP IN! Meeting all the other Socio Civics. I belonged to the 2nd subgroup, Lester as the Prime Minister and Erika as our Secretary. We had to create a feasible project regarding Child Labor, and I bet that was the hardest of all. Everyone had their own ideas and thoughts about the topic, the report was presented in front by Lester the Prime Minister from St. Paul Buug. Day 3 ended fast, I wasn't able to finish the second part of the Talent Night. Unfortunately I was having cramps. Hashtag girl problems. 

   Day 4. OUTBOUND! St. Paul College San Rafael- REALLY HUGE CAMPUS. They have this Learning Ville, lakes, mini zoo, fishing spot, butterfly garden, and more. We had our Amazing Race there, and I was again with my G1 groupmates. The facilitators were really friendly. Nothing got in the way well aside from me being a grumpy old sunburned lady walking around the stations. Oh and yes, I was that girl who tripped and fell on her knees right at the start of the race. Cool right :( my knees got bruised but it's okay. Totally. Summer isn't summer without sunburns, right? I had fun under the sun though, even though we weren't able to finish all the 32 stations well the Amazing Race was the best summer kick-off I've ever had. Way to go for my summer, it's going to be a blast! Thank you G1 for making this experience awesome. 

Our last night in SPCP. Fourth day of congress, our last night. The last breakout was within schools so I was with my congress mates. We had the Igniting of Candles that night, each of us lighted a candle that signifies the ignition of our passion and commitment as leaders, servant leaders. The sight was, amazing. It gives you feels, that each and everyone of us were connected in a way where the beam that was coming out of our candles were lighting up the night sky. We've got to celebrate right? Last congress for us incoming seniors, last night, last, last, last. It was sad, for a moment. Pizza night! PERFECT. Together in one room, we were just kids with pizza slices. Leaders with potentials. Teens that had the time of their lives. This will forever be a memory worth keeping. 

Day 5's missing, I realized that my camera lasted for almost 5 days without the recharge, so it gave up on the last day. 

There's something more than everything that I have already mentioned. I was in the company of the best people I could ever spend 5 days with. We were the YOLO-est. Congress mates, you know what I mean by this. All of our crazy adventures were too many to be mentioned here. We were the craziest crowd, we just had to have the fun while the chance is right in front of us. I'll surely miss this kind of fun. 
#SENBEH ;) Haha go Claire! I mean.. Darna 

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