Friday the 20th: Day Out With IceBucket

Due to the delay of examinations and few free days without an exam, the ice bucket people decided to go out and have fun. Thanks to our pool provider Mr. G, we all enjoyed the lazy day.

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This is us but without Ate Lin. 😢 The house is being renovated and everyone was not choosy at all because we aimed to talk and enjoy the day with friends rather than focusing on the background. What a fun day!

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This was my view while lying on the poolside. Such beautiful weather for a Friday.

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Who wouldn’t love sunglasses loving friends? Aaah. So much sun! We loved the sun last Friday. It kept us warm on a supposed-to-be-cold November days.

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And another one for happy sunnies!

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By the poolside. Ladies of IceBucket without Ate Lin. Such cool people to be with on a crazy course called Law!

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Sorry for the background, we just let the workers tend to their business. Happy ladies chit-chatting on about anything under the sun. ❤

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The little girl in me is happy in the kiddie pool. ❤

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We bought two bottles of wine- strawberry passion and something peach. Ahhh.. I am a modest drinker but I really appreciate wine.

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Pretty friends. Oooooh. Valerie looks like a wine model. And Ate Wilma looks like a kid. 😂😂

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I took this photo and I love it. I love hanging ojt with these people. MIA is Ate Lin, Ate Ivy and Ate Imee. Such looooveee.. ❤

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Friends and wine. Irreplaceable. ❤

xoxo,
Riva

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Foodie Tuesday With The Girls…

Hello there November! Ahhhh. It has been a while indeed. I am glad that this smartphone application of WordPress makes me post easily on my blog.

Tonight was lovely. Except for the part where I had to walk fast because I had to rush to buy my mom’s wish of McDonald’s take-out.

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For the next 50 years or so of my life, this is my motto.

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The girls posing because we are complete! Well, for tonight, we are! Yaaaaaay!!

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We had finner at Pop Up Kitchen. Yes they pop up, hence the name. They change places by the way. 😁 What could be more amazing if you have good food and good company all in one night.

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Checking out this creative lights. Recycled car plates. One wicked ideaaaa!! I love it!

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Thr lovely menu of the Pop Up Kitchen. Each one of the menu is made differently but with the same doodle-y features and are 100% hand-drawb by someone gifted with the talent of art! Thumbs up to you!

This is all for now,
Riva

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Thoughts…

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Have you ever thought about almost reaching your goals and suddenly you fell short on a certain point? I am currently comparing my life with the game Minesweeper.  They are the same in some ways.

I did my best to find all 37 mines. I did everything in my life to seem to be perfect and trying my best to beat the previous me. The non-achiever me. But I cannot have it all. I am also imperfect. Even games made by humans also has its imperfections. Can you see that the mine with an ‘x’ and the one beside it? They can be interchanged and i can’t see why my mine (x) was incorrect. It would not have changed anything.

I failed the game because I was not careful enough to press the flag button. The button beside the timer, if you click that, it changes into a flag then when you press the grid, flags would appear instead of popping mines. One negligent act can cause your entire life. It can change a thing or even cause a domino effect in your life. Then suddenly you just realize it is already over. Then you decide whether you start anew or get stuck at your lowest. You do a new game or stop playing.

My point is, after the game you move on and pat yourself and stick it in your memory that not everyone gets past 10 mines. Always look at the bright side of life. Think positive. Be the optimistic self that you are. And there you go, you move on. Start a clean slate and play the game again.

My minesweeper life is still improving. After a few years I want to achieve a winning game. And for me to achieve it, I will do everything I can right now to win life. I’ll make good decisions, and if I am unsure, I’ll keep on thinking, weighing, and reflecting.

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Coldness

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Snow is falling on the other side of the world and here I am in a tropical country experiencing a blizzard of feelings, feeling so sad about the coldness of the environment. 

Mr. Sun, stay with me as I journey into a renewed life. Take away the coldness and make me feel your warmth again. 

It is a new life I suppose. 

 

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A Letter of Thanks To All The Donors

It is with utmost sincerity that I express my gratefulness to the international community for having extended their help to the Filipinos. We will be forever indebted to the help that you have given me and my countrymen and it is with my whole heart that I say, “thank you”!

To each and everyone of you who has extended help to the Philippines, thank you. No words can ever describe how grateful my family is receiving help from you.

During November 8, we did not receive any goods even from our local government units. Everyone was a victim. We looked for food, buried our dead, and sought refuge to the castigated homes we have had before Haiyan struck us. The survivors had to help themselves to survive the following days.

All of your help reached the Philippines, nevertheless, there were slight problems because of my fellow Filipinos in the capital. I do not blame you but I blame the government for allowing this kind of atrocity to happen. I am ashamed to all of you who has extended donations worldwide but had to read from news reports that some of your donations have been placed in shelves and were sold in a mall in Makati City.

To the innovative people all over the world who donated water purifiers in the areas ravaged by Haiyan, thank you for those, without which my kababayans would not have any potable drinking water.

To the people who has donated in- kind, thank you so much. No matter how many or how few you have donated, my fellowmen are grateful. Numbers are just numbers, it will always be the thought that would count.

To those countries who have lent their brave soldiers in helping us recover little by little, you also helped us recover our almost defeated spirits. By helping us fix our infrastructures, you have also fixed our hearts and added hope to us.

To the medical teams sent by different countries worldwide- the survivors you have treated shall forever be indebted to all of you for helping them by extending their lives. Without the medical teams of the international community, the victims could have suffered far worse and intensely.

To the search and rescue teams and rapid response teams, you do not know how much blessed we are for your help in getting our loved ones body in the midst of all the debris. Finding them and putting them to their final resting place are important to us Filipinos. It hurts that we have lost loved ones during the typhoon but it has lessened our burden and our pain that we have recovered their bodies and we have finally put them in their resting places. It is the least we can do for our dead aside from offering prayers for them.

To those who have lent us their cargo ships and aircrafts- we are glad and grateful for everything. You have delivered to the affected areas the relief goods they needed and have also carried soldiers back and forth to help in relief operations and search and rescue efforts.

We are all indebted to non profit organizations, international charities and foundations for also extending their help to the Philippines. I am thankful. You have instilled in us more the spirit of camaraderie and love for our fellowmen. We are grateful. We are blessed for have received such great help from such great people all over the world!

Thank you!

Maraming salamat po!

Damo nga salamat!

Daghang salamat!

Mabuhay kayong lahat na tumulong sa amin!

Dios magbalos! (God will repay you.)

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PS: It is with pure honesty that I am suggesting (it is not too late) that I hope when each government sends help, it should be directly to the victims because the corrupt officials of the Philippines steal it from the supposed recipients.