The biggest typhoon ever recorded in history made its landfall in the central part of the Philippines on the morning of November 8, 2013. Thousands of lives were lost and millions worth of property and livelihood got destroyed. Less than a month before that, Central Visayas got hit by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake – which was equivalent to more than thirty atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima, Japan during World War 2. While these are natural disasters and outside anyone’s control, some people try to blame others for what our countrymen suffered. Instead of playing the blaming game, we, Filipinos who were not directly affected by these calamities should do our part. Yes, we are entitled to our own opinion, but wouldn’t it be nice to just shut up if all that would come out of our mouth are words against our fellowmen? Besides, we won’t benefit from pointing fingers. People of Visayas need our help, our support, our attention. No amount of help is too small for people who are in need.
Our social committee in the office tied up with Red Cross, and employees were offered to volunteer in sorting and packing stuff for typhoon Yolanda survivors. Who cares about deadlines at work? When needed, we can always extend our working hours and stay longer in the office just to finish our deliverables. So our group signed up to be Red Cross volunteers for an afternoon.
From L to R: Marq, Chinggay, Jan, Anne, Jo Anne, Denise, Kathleen, Icel, Rex, Jen, Darcy, April, Yayo, and Leah (from Red Cross)
First, we were asked to clear our work area by moving boxes of bottled water into a cellar.
Then we started sorting and packing clothing donations from various sources. We divided the group into two - one group sorted clothes (segregated rejected stuff from clothes in acceptable state) while the other group folded and packed clothes.
Someone donated a Rain or Shine championship shirt. :P
From L to R: Chinggay, April, Jo Anne
Jan is always happy to help out people who are in need.
While in the middle of sorting and packing clothes for the victims, a truck came by to pick up boxes of biscuits to be delivered to another location. This is when we formed a human chain to transfer boxes quickly and easily.
One major challenge though - not all of us are athletic like Anne who carried the boxes with ease. :P
Monetary donations and donations in kind offer huge help and relief to our affected kababayans, but doing volunteer work and rendering service feels like reaching out to survivors in a different and more personal way. It felt like we were on a whole new level of helping the victims. If only we could go to Visayas and hand these stuff over to the victims… But for now, here’s the best we could do from Luzon.
Conquer your fear ;)
Been wanting to share this for sooo long. I really am scared of blood and needles that’s why donating blood is a huge thing for me. I actually included it as part of my “Top 25 things to do/experience before I turn 25” list in 2011-2012.
November 15, 2012 | Makati Medical Center | Between 4:30PM to 5:30PM
Even if I lack sleep, I still wanted to pursue my first blood donation because I only have a few days left then before my 25th birthday.
First step was to fill out a Blood Donation form and to submit it to the nurse on duty.
Next is to go the interview room for initial screening. The doctor asked several questions, got my blood pressure, and my body temperature.
Then, another nurse got my weight…
One has to weigh at least 110 pounds in order to qualify as a donor. An itty bitty secret - I was a pound shy of the weight requirement, but was able to push through with the process. Thanks to a heavy lunch and lots and lots of liquid! :P I was really worried when I stepped up on the weighing scale, but my plan worked. That moment, I weighed exactly 110lbs! :)
So I went for the next step, which was the complete blood count (CBC) test. At this point, I could hardly breathe. The nurse asked me several times if I would still wanna continue.
Even if I am scared of blod and needles, I said yes, I could do it.
After the test results came in, I was called for blood collection. I panicked a little and asked for a 10-minute break because I felt really dizzy and I swear I almost puked that time. I continuously told myself that I must go on with the process. After all, I voluntarily came to the blood bank and I don’t want the doctor’s and nurses’ efforts go to waste.
Boy, was the needle so thick!!
I was given a stress ball and was instructed to squeeze it once every five seconds.
A nurse told me that I have small veins and the usual 10 to 15-minute blood collection would, in my case, last for about 20 minutes.
Blood being pumped out of my veins.
So after 20 minutes, the nurse who checked on me once in a while came back to remove the needle from my arm. Taking out the needle hurts more than putting it in! I was advised to apply pressure for five minutes on the part where the needle was inserted.
After taking a rest for a few minutes, I was asked to fill out a Discharge Instruction form.
A nurse also walked me through the do’s and dont’s after blood donation.
I successfully donated 450ml of Type ** blood! :)
Boracay 2013: Halloween Weekend
Every year since our friend, MJ, moved to San Francisco in 2010, we spend a couple of days in Boracay when he comes home to visit.
The following photos were from our 2011 trip…
While the following were from our 2012 (not-so-sunny) trip…
This year, we chose not to do any other activity aside from eating, drinking, and beach bumming. My friends and I meet up at around noon, we eat lunch, hang by the shore, drink (and eat again), share stories, laugh together, go swimming until the sun goes down, have dinner, wash up, then we PARTY!!
Apparently, this is the only photo we have that shows all seven of us who made it this year (Ivy, Trina and Aica weren’t able to join).
From L to R: Ponchy, Denise, Ica, Nikka, Kat, Krizzie
My bestfriend, Ponchy, and I posing for the camera.
Pre-swimming selfies. :P
With our main man, MJ! :)
We have a similar photo as this, way back 2011 but I wouldn’t dare post it now. :P
Never a dull moment with this group. Perfect company! :)
Beach bumming in Sur, where they serve the best onion rings and Mojito in Boracay. :)
Partying in Epic has never been more fun than this year!!! :))) Here’s why - we the sip club, for one. Getting several rounds of extra free drinks for another… and etcetera.. ;)
Para-para-paradise! ☀️ (at Boracay Island)
What’s your color? One of the most difficult decisions a woman makes twice to thrice a month is picking the right color of nails that will match her mood and her personality. ❤️💚💜💙💛💗
Timing is everything. That’s what I always say.
Best proposal like everrrr
On April 13th I proposed to my girlfriend Emily at the restaurant where we had our first date. I told her I was running late, had the restaurant opened just …
“Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble… And there is always time.”
Happy first month, baby Gari! 🎉 I love you so much, lil princess! 😘
Surfing in Bagasbas
If you would ask me if there is one sport that I enjoy doing the most, I’d say surfing in a heartbeat. I first tried surfing August of 2010 in Siargao island in Surigao del Norte, Mindanao. I really enjoyed my first wave, like it was something I can’t get enough of. Imagine how guys would get too excited when their favorite NBA team gets to the finals or how girls would get too happy when they go shopping or how gays would go crazy when Ms. Philippines gets in the top 5 of Miss Universe - that’s how I feel every time I ride waves. So after Siargao, I tried surfing in La Union, Baler, and Zambales. My most recent surfing trip was in Bagasbas in Camarines Norte, Bicol. Here are some photos from that trip.
Flashing the peace sign
Approaching the shore
Getting off the surfboard before it hits the shore
Because if you do, it can damage the surfboard’s fin…or worst, approaching waves (depending how big is coming) can drag you to the shore, toss you out and injure you.
Paddling back to catch more waves