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09/26 – Day 308: Work + Passion = Happiness

There are those days that suck the happiness in me. There are those days that were too great. Today, I am positive after I go bruhaha of how crappy my yesterday was.

Oh well, we finally decided on our new work schedule… and it’s awesome. Weekends off!!! Yes! 12am – 9am — not bad at all. πŸ™‚

I feel so guilty not able to help the new Red Cross Youth officers in their transition year. I guess it’s not easy to let go of something that has been part of your system and today I decided to go back to where my heart belongs. Thanks to my new schedule, I can balance work and passion. My work and my passion are not the same you know that’s why I feel so AMAAAAAZING that I can be working and then go back to my life as a Red Cross volunteer! πŸ™‚

I am feeling the last quarter of the year work slump. Here I go again on thoughts of resigning and finally move to somewhere far away from my comfort zone and live the fast life. (Be careful what you wish for, I say.)

Am I ready? I guess I will if I really need to.

I am not saying my work is crappy. I learned to love it, or should I say enjoy it. I love working with people, enjoyed being with the SME team as we get along so well, I love doing those mentoring sessions especially if our scores show significant improvement. And I always say, one’s scorecard does not define him or her. Work performance can be behavioral, some just have personal problems to struggle, demotivation — just like me on random days and well — luck. Blah. I am tired of talking about work… it bores me. haha

Anyways, life is doing well right now. It’s okay, nothing really great is happening but it’s something one can be grateful of. I still don’t have a lovelife to boot but at least I am inspired. πŸ™‚
But how long will I settle for less if I know deep within myself that I am made to be better than who I am today?

I know that my passion is in Red Cross, serving people, all the inspiring talks and leadership trainings bring sheer joy but I know in reality that it won’t provide the lifestyle that I want. Yes, it’s a noble decision to live serving others but then I also have a dream life that I want to live. Cars, a house and all the dream vacations… oh well.

Whatever makes me happy, I’ll go. I’ll choose later on if it’s the life I really wanted. πŸ™‚

I want to be a volunteer again, I don’t know until when but I just want to be. My future seems to be jaded as of the moment especially of some plans. I don’t know if I am meant to stay or live away from Philippines. While there’s uncertainty on what the future brings, I’ll stay for a while and be that fish who swims together with the tide and let time and fate decides what will happen next. I decided to go back to where my heart is because I know it will help me decide on what I really want. At least I’ll bring great memories with me incase I will leave. (If I really need to leave… πŸ™‚ )

I know some of my posts were a bit intriguing but I just don’t want to talk about it until every thing is A-OKAY.

Oh the hassles of citizenship issue and whatever, just the thought of it — confuses me.

Anyways, I am positive. This too shall pass — all the confusion, the daunting questions of self discovery and all the crazy things life has to offer… it’s all part of a grander plan.

Thanks Lord for a dynamic and crazy life I am living. I trust you and thy will be done. Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there… with a wide grin in my face and arms wide open.

Live. Laugh. Hmmmm… LOVE. πŸ™‚

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in life, work


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08/09 – Day 260: Philippine Red Cross

Join the premiere humanitarian organization in its quest to alleviate human suffering…

From the PRC website:

August is International Humanitarian Law Month

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), along with the, Department of National Defense, Department of Foreign Affairs, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Commission on Human Rights, and the Department of Interior and Local Government will spearhead the commemoration of IHL Month with a series of activities aimed at heightening public awareness and respect for IHL.

I decided to post about Red Cross because I would like to pay my respect and kudos to the volunteers who left their homes and families just to be of help to our fellow Filipinos affected by the flood due to heavy monsoon rains. I admire their courage to face adversities head on. I am proud that I was once an active Red Cross volunteer.

When a Red Cross volunteer comes knocking in the Philippines, you answer!

The Philippines is no stranger to typhoons, with an average of 20 hitting the country each year, usually between May and October. But the cycle in recent years has changed. Either typhoons come back-to-back leaving a trail of destruction – Ketsana, Parma and Mirinae in 2009 and Nesat and Nalgae in 2011 – or they are not unanticipated at all – Washi struck one week before Christmas in 2011.

This year, residents of Manila were caught off guard when torrential rain poured down on the capital for 72 hours, swamping the low-lying areas, flooding major roads and shutting public facilities. The deluge created vast lakes in portions of the city, more than 400,000 people had to flee their homes and seek temporary shelter elsewhere.

Margarita Morales, a resident of Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City, was one of them. Late in the evening on 6 August she lay awake, unable to sleep due to the unusually heavy rain. Sometime around midnight she heard a loud knock on the door, and a voice telling her to leave her home quickly as the floodwater was rising fast.

Margarita recognized the voice. It was Ching Serencio, one of the 143 Red Cross volunteers living in their barangay. (β€˜Red Cross 143′ is an initiative that aims to reinforce Philippine Red Cross’s presence in all 42,000 barangays [villages] across the country.

Under the project, the National Society aims to recruit and train 44 volunteers, comprising a team leader and 43 members from every barangay.) Margarita, together with four children, rushed to an evacuation center higher in their village. A few minutes later, her house was washed away as the riverbank burst.

She and her children stayed at the evacuation center for five days and returned to salvage what was left in their house. There was nothing. “I can’t imagine what could have happened to myself and my children should we have failed to flee our home ahead of time,” Margarita says.

Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City is flood-prone as it lies beside a river which overflows when there’s heavy rain. The growing number of Red Cross volunteers in the village – there are currently 30 – are always on alert when there’s a storm coming or any type of bad weather.

“As Red Cross volunteers in this barangay, we make sure that the residents here do pre-emptive evacuation to save more lives in times of disaster,” Ching Serencio says. At the height of the heavy rains, she went house-to-house blowing her whistle – which volunteers use to signal evacuation – informing people in the barangay which evacuation site to go to.

“I may not have been able to save anything from my house except the clothes we were wearing when the floods came, but I will forever be thankful to Ching and the Red Cross for the early warning to flee our home,” Margarita says.


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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in life, work


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07/25 – Day 245: Missing the Red Gang

Who won’t miss the good times with great people?
I do.

I miss my Red Cross friends especially the leadership trainings, meetings, deployments and random activities. I miss my officers who became my true friends until now. I miss the members who are now the best leaders of their time and of course, they never cease to make me proud of who and what they become.

Siammo Tutti Fratelli!

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Posted by on July 29, 2012 in college, life, people, work


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05/08 – Day 167: World Red Cross Day

“There is no noble heart than a heart of a volunteer.”

Today is World Red Cross Day and all Red Crossers are celebrating the birth of our founder Jean Henri Dunant. He was the brain behind the humanitarian organization that caters for the vulnerable especially in times of war, disasters and accidents. The Red Cross always live by their principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

The Red Cross… always first, always ready and always there.

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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in hobby, life, list, work


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04/22 – Day 151: Unity Amidst Diversity

We may be different individuals with different ideas but in order to achieve success, you need to find your weakness in other people’s strength and work together to reach your goals.

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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in hobby, life


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03/23 – Day 121: Turnover Ceremony

Finally, we are turning over the responsibilities as Chapter Youth Council Officers to our successors. May the challenges and learnings you encounter along the way will help you grow as a leader and as an individual whose passion in serving the humanity never ceases. Good Luck and God Bless! πŸ™‚

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Posted by on March 25, 2012 in life


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03/20 – Day 118: Past Dream

As I scan my college yearbook, I was able to see that part of my bucket list is to be a Red Cross Trainer. It’s been one of my dream to be part of a group of individuals who just not train new leaders but inspire them to be the best leader that they can be by motivating them to make use of their potentials and enhanced their skills by participating in worthwhile activities.

By May, there will be a 2 – week long training and due to my kind of work I surely cannot participate. It was hard at first especially to let go of something that you have waited and wanted years ago. I am 22 and that dream was conceived in my mind when I was 15. I always tell myself that if it’s bound to happen then it will be so I guess I’ll just let it go. I know I can never get what I want but who cares, I am still breathing and as long as I am alive I will never stop conceiving dreams. I will never stop myself from being the best person that I can be. I know I am made for something and that something is the one that I am searching. We all seek for a job that we are paid well and at the same time we are happy doing it. I am not saying that my job sucks today but I no longer see myself enjoying it 2 – 3 years from now so I need to look for new opportunities.

Oh well, I’m writing a novel again.

Aha! Bottom line is, I’ll just let this one pass. Whatever may happen, it’s according to God’s awesome plan.

Let it go… let it go.. let it go. πŸ™‚

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Posted by on March 25, 2012 in life


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