19 things I’ve learned in 19 years

Since I turned 19, I want to share some of my learning throughout my year. I have learned more than these 19 lessons in my 19 years on earth. But I could only sum up everything into these 19. Take time to read this, I tried to make it shorter.

  1. Everything happens for a reason.

Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, GNT)

Madaming ganap at pangyayari simula ng naging ganap na dalaga na ako. Yung saya at lungkot andiyan na yan e. Nasasayo na lang kung ano pipiliin mo. One thing is all I know, “Everything has a purpose according to God’s plan”. May rason yan! Hindi sa lahat ng pagkakataon aayon sa mga gusto mo ang lahat ng mga nangyayari sa buhay mo.  Hindi palaging nasa taas ka, hindi rin palaging nasa baba ka. Hindi parating okay lang lahat. But then, it’s always a matter of CHOICE.

I must confess, I undergo to one of the painful decision in my life when I stepped on being 18. I must admit, those were aching and tough moments. Natagalan din akong tanggapin ang mga bagay-bagay non. I didn’t see it coming, if I knew I should’ve prepared for it. Sometimes, it’s hard to accept the things you didn’t expect to happen. It’s one of the hardest part in the healing process; ACCEPTANCE. Maraming oras na napatanong ako ng “Why did this happen to me?” o “Bakit ko pa kailangan daanan to?” Ang daming tanong sa isip ko na hindi masagot-sagot. But, It always lead me to 4 words “Everything happens for a reason”. And I believe, God has better plans for me. And it keeps me going! There are better times for that ‘thing’ to happen. Trust GOD, good or bad? It’s a lesson and the trip happened for a reason.

  1. Step outside of my comfort zone.

I will lead the blind along an unfamiliar way; I will guide them down paths they have never traveled. I will turn the darkness in front of them into light, and level out the rough ground. This is what I will do for them. I will not abandon them. (Isaiah 42:16, NET Bible)

Lately, I have been challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone. Amazing things have happened. I’m one of a kind of person that is driven by fear of failure. Kaya, sometimes I always make sure na magiging successful ang result. Takot gawin to, takot gawin yan. Baka di ko magawa, baka mag-fail lang, nahihiya ako, di ko rin kaya yan, di ako magaling sa ganyan.

Lemme’ share you something… Mahiyain po ako in front of many crowds, hindi ko kayang magsalita sa harap dahil feeling ko wala kong masasabi parati or feeling ko di naman ako magaling magsalita. (I’m sure walang maniniwala but for those people who really knows me. Who knew me behind the preparation of every speech, I’m sure you know what I mean.) Sobrang kabado po talaga ako. Pag napipili po ko magsalita sa harap madalas tumatanggi yung bibig ko pero gusto naman talaga ng heart ko. It just “it takes a lot of courage for me to speak in front of many people”. Another thing, hindi ko din kaya mapag-isa. Hindi ko kaya kumaen alone. Hindi ko kaya bumili ng something ng magisa. Kahit saan ako pumunta nagpapasama pa ako noon.  Isa talaga to sa naging achievement para sakin, yung maovercome ko na ang di magpasama parati. Babaw ba? Hehe.

Sabi nga ni Max DePree, “We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.”

When I started to step outside my comfort zone many new oppurtinities came. I discover new abilities and strengths I thought I never had. Pag hindi mo talaga triny yung mga bagay na uncomfortable ka at paulit-ulit ka lang dun sa mga bagay na master mo na, you won’t grow. Try mo muna kasi. Instead of saying I can’t, say ‘I can.’. Get out of the box. Try new things. New foods, new adventures, new skills. Make it new everyday! God makes all things new. (Revelation 21:5)

If you just stay there and sit, you will gain nothing, apart from more fear of the unknown and more worries of all the things you don’t have or have never done.

  1. Always give my best shot.

Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom. (Ecclesiastes 9:10, NLT)

Madalas ko tong sabihin sa sarili ko simula ng tumungtong ako sa third-year level ngayong college. Di naman talaga maitatanggi na may mga mahihirap na subjects. Meron akong subject last semester ang hirap niya po talaga mapapa-HUHU ka.  Matinding dasalan tuwing exam, board exam nga daw ika-nila. (Hi comscie’s, you know what I mean) Kailangan mong mag exert ng maraming effort para maabot ang goal mo. Ilang kape sa isang araw ang kailangan mo para lang magising ka sabay habang nainom ng kape sisigaw ka pa ng “laban lang! wooh” hahaha, nakakatawa man pero, ginagawa ko to. Try niyo din effective po.

Bata pa lang ako tinatak ko na at binaon ko na sa aking puso’t isipan na “gagawin mo na lang din yung isang bagay, bigay mo na yung pinakabest mo. Mag-aaral ka na lang din naman, galingan mo na, make it on top!” It was my motivation every now and then.

I remember one of the meeting in digisciples. Ate Zy Bambico told us ‘Kung ano yung role mo at kung saan ka nilagay ni Lord, dapat ikaw yung pinakamagaling doon. Kung floor director ka, dapat ikaw yung pinakamagaling na floor director. Kung designer ka, dapat ikaw yung pinakamagaling na designer.’

Put all your effort into everything you do. If you’re okay with putting in half the effort, you better be okay with half the results. If you want the best then give your best shot. Ayos ba yon? Go girl!

  1. Hard work pays off!

With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort. (1 Corinthians 15:58, MSG)

Every semester, “worth it! talaga”. Everytime I see my name on dean’s lister, I always says ‘hard work pays off!’. Di sayang lahat ng effort basta you give all credit to GOD. Malinaw sayo kung bakit mo pa kailangan laanan ng oras at panahon ang isang bagay. Everything is to give glory to our God. Mapa-saang aspeto man yan. Ang mga challenges andyan na yan e, sometimes it won’t be fun trying to get there, sometimes you will feel the tiredness and you’ll want to give up. But, if you keep going on, in the end, it’s all worth it. Goals are attainable if you put in the effort to achieve them.

You don’t remember the struggle or pain to get there, you remember how awesome it feels once you succeed and you already get there. You are more than conquerors, kaya tapusin mo na hanggang dulo. Ngayon pa ba?

  1. Sing it out.

A Psalm. O sing to the LORD a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him. (Psalm 98:1, NASB)

I know that I’m not a good singer but, I can sing. Like everyone else, all of us can sing. Yun nga lang hindi lahat gifted ng magandang boses and I’m one of them. But, no one can stop us from belting out some tunes. Sing your heart out! Even if you’re out of tune. I believe it’s about your heart and it’s not about your good voice. Kaya, may mga boses na alam mo yun, yung ramdam na ramdam mo, may hugot mula sa kailaliman eh. Because, singing is breathing for the soul. It’s something that you can express and say. On key, or off key, okay lang yan. It’s good for the soul.

Sometimes, we also have to consider what we sing. Kasi, kung ano yung kinakanta natin yun din ang usually na dinedeclare natin over our lives. Much better if we sing praises for the LORD. so He can feel your love for Him. Siya yung pagkinantahan mo di lang nasatisfy yung soul mo. Pero, pag kinantahan mo Siya, aside sa napangiti mo na Siya at na-glorify mo Siya, you are also acknowledging and inviting His presence and it will empower and strengthen you more. Often times, we think only of singing when we’re happy and we just feel a good times, but singing is not just that, it brings spiritual strength as well. Read Acts 16. Paul and Silas are persecuted and suffered unjustly imprisoned for the sake of the Gospel, and what do they do while they’re in prison? Sing! (Acts 16:25) Even in suffering, ikanta mo lang yan bes!

  1. Show appreciation for everything.

But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction. (1 Thessalonians 5:12, NASB)

O’ kay sarap magappreciate ng tao. The smallest gestures of appreciation and love from people around you would really mean a lot to them, minsan hindi lang natin alam. Pero everyone deserves to be appreciated. Hindi lang pag may okasyon. Hindi lang po masarap maappreciate ng iba pero, I realized na minsan mas masarap pa yung ikaw yung magaappreciate, we don’t even know what’s the impact of that to the person you appreciated. It can be as simple as “I appreciate your *tell him/her what’s good to him/her”. Just a simple compliment will make them feel loved. Do nice things for others. Kung hindi keri iappreciate ng personal, pwede mo naman siyang sulatan just to appreciate him/her, there is nothing more satisfying and heartwarming than putting a smile on someone else’s face. Be a blessing to other through appreciating them.

Take time every day to initiate random acts of kindness. Be kind to others, you don’t know what they’re going through. You can appreciate a person in many different ways sometimes, you also have to figure out his/her love language. “Do good and feel good.”

  1. Learn to forgive.

Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him. (Luke 17:3-4, NKJV)

Well, natural talagang may makakasakit at makakasakit sayo. People will fail you. (but God will not). People are going to hurt you your entire life but forgiveness is not based on other people’s treatment to you but on your own attitude and decision. Last year, there was this person who hurt me (medyo bonnga), and I can’t explain the feelings I felt at first because I’ve never felt them before in my life. Yung ganong ka-O.A. Yes, I felt betrayed, discouraged, bitterness, hurt, pissed and many many more. But, after a month, I was able to forgive that person after all the process I’ve done, it doesn’t happen in a day, process talaga! Pero dapat faster ka din mag-process bawal slowmo, kasi the more mong pinapatagal the more mo lang sinasaktan at sinasaktan ang puso mo. After all the dramas na ‘why you do this to me?’, when I really forgave that person from deep inside of my heart, natanggal yung mga tinik eh, all the emotions that normally stirred no longer existed.

Forgiveness is the key to move forward. You cannot be stuck with anger and resentment forever but also acknowledge that healing takes time. Choose to move forward. – Ptra. Lovely Santiago

Yes, I can’t forget what that person did, It is hard to look at someone the same after they have done wrong to you. How do you forgive the person that caused you too much pain? Ano yun pagtapos ng lahat, limot mo na, nauntog lang? Syempre, hindi ganon yun. But I just decided to let go, and I choose forgiveness. You can’t forget but, you can forgive! I also realize that I have hurt a lot of people too (tao lang rin nasasaktan at nakakasakit) and I deserve forgiveness just as much as the next person. Everyone deserves forgiveness regardless of how bigger the offense is. God always forgives, so why can’t we?

  1. The older you get, the friendships are to maintain.

A man with many friends can still be ruined, but a true friend sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24, ISV)

Sobrang naging mahalaga talaga sa akin ang quality time for every friendship that I had. I believe it’s one of the important thing that a friendship could have; yung oras. At yun yung way para mamaintain ang isang friendship. We all need friendships? right? Meron bang kayang mabuhay mag-isa? or rephrase na lang natin meron bang nabuhay sa mundo na automatic solo na siya? Wala naman di ba? Pero, as we getting older mahirap naman talaga imaintain ang friendship lalo na kung ‘hindi mo sasadyain na iwork-out to’. Sinasadya din yan! Graduating student in college, they’re a lot more work compare to last sems’s sched. But, I always make sure to have time for my friends. Because, I believe that’s the best love that you can offer to your friends, a quality time. I don’t want to make an excuse that I’m busy. Kasi, ‘pag mahal mo, lalaanan mo ng oras’. I-maintain ang friendship. It’s the best treasure that you can have.

Many find their significant others. Some of the people will be okay with the way you communicate and keep in touch, and others won’t. Friendships can also hurt you. But then, it’s important to realize we all lead busy lives, so showing your friends grace when they don’t meet your expectations is also an important thing to keep in mind.

There are also friends who won’t stay. But, will remind us to focus on the awesome people who stayed with us as opposed to focusing on the person who left. We, as humans, have a tendency to focus on what’s left, but the grass is not always greener on the other side. When you take a minute to think about the people in your life, you realize that you are too blessed with these people.

  1. Stay encouraged.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2, NLT)

Madami talagang pagkakataon na gustong nakawin ang joy mo at ididiscourage ka ng ididiscourage talaga but, it’s always a wise thing to stay encourage! Ikaw lang din ang talo pag nagpadiscourage ka. Strain forward to what lies ahead.

So lemme’ share you somethin’… I was invited to one of the largest event for the web. (can only explain the further details in personal message) I must admit that I felt that I’m not for that, I’m not good at it and I’m not fit for that. I have a lot of *gusto-ko-ng-lumubog-sa-lupa moments* that time. There’s this one person there who was about to discourage me and tells me a lot of things. Na-na-na-na. I honestly felt discouraged. But then, it suddenly reminds me that I should stay encourage. When you go through deep waters, God says ‘I will be with you’. Deep waters can symbolizes fields. Kung saang field ka man ni Lord nilagay ngayon, God is with you. You have nothing to be feared. There’s no reason for you to be discourage because, everyone has their own great qualities, great skills, great abilities and capabilities about themselves, and sometimes some people’s progress, and going to the next step takes a bit longer than others, but never be and let others discourage on how slow a progress you are making. Just keep going! Sabi nga ni dory, ‘just keep swimming, just keep swimming’. Have continual progress that is not stopping and just do your best. Always look forward in life.

May time na magfafail ka talaga but, the sign of failure means that you are trying. Nobody is a failure. You might fail at doing somethings, but never make that into a weakness. And it will never be your identity. Failure means success in the long run. Stay encourage! *tap yourself on the back.*

  1. You’ re not living for yourself alone.

Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.” (Mark 12:30-31, MSG)

This month of february, it’s my everyday prayer to God na ‘Lord, enlarge my heart. I want to love more people’. Love one another by extending a helping hand also. It is so rewarding to show someone compassionate and kindness. I think everyone deserves to have that kind of feeling, to love and to be loved.

You also need a discipleship group or a faith group to grow in all area of your life. And to experience a godly love from one another. Remember you’re not living for yourself alone. Even Jesus doesn’t lived Himself alone. Want to join a discipleship group? Attend Sunday Service at Faithful Jesus Church at SM Muntinlupa Cinema 3, Tagalog Service: 9:30 AM and English Service: 10:40 AM. Someone will approach you there to join a small group. See you there!

  1. Don’t be afraid to try again.

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. (2 Chronicles 15:7, NIV)

Because I’m afraid to feel that again, to happen that again because of the same reason, I’m scared that I would make the same decisions which have caused me severe regrets, pain and self-pity. Hindi naman porket nagkamali ka ng isang beses eh ayaw mo na agad, ayaw mo na ulit magtry. Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart. Every failures should be treat as a lesson. Nagkamali ka hindi para ulitin ulit. But, it will mold you to become a better person. You will become wiser if you encounter thiings like this. Lahat naman tayo may pagkakamali but it is not our identity. Bumagsak man, nadapa man, don’t be afraid to try again! Trust people again, take risks, don’t bury yourself again too deep. But, be wise to handle everything.

  1. Dogs are man’s bestfriend.

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. (Proverbs 17:17, NLT)

For those who followed me on instagram and use to checked my ig stories, you know definitely about this. Dati talaga hindi ako mahilig sa dogs. Takot pa nga ko sakanila para kasing ang sakit sakit pag kinagat ka nila. Pero, nung dumating si Shelby (my pet’s name) sa buhay ko, blessing talaga! As-in! Mapa-anong weather kaibigan mo talaga siya at kaibigan ka talaga niya. Tipong galing ka from school, galing ka from OJT, pagod and all pero everyday sasalubungin ka niya, lalambingin ka niya, nakakawala talaga ng pagod. Aside sa stress reliever siya sayo, comforter din. One time nung pumunta ako sa room ko ng naiyak pinuntahan ako ni Shelby, nung time na yun ramdam na ramdam ko na nararamdaman niya yung nararamdaman ko, inakyat niya pa ko sa kama tapos yung mahimas mo lang yung dog mo feeling comforted ka na. Dama niya din kapag malungkot ka, mapa-anong season man yan. Masaya ka, malungkot ka, alam mong nandiyan lang siya. Indeed, my dog is a great blessing for me! Hindi complete ang 19th ko kung wala si Shelby.

  1. Busyness is a choice.

But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! (Luke 10:40-41, NLT)

If we read the whole story it symbolizes a great example of the consequences of busyness. We rush around doing “what needs to be accomplish,” while missing the glimpses of Jesus all around us and spend time with our love ones because, we are too busy to do a lot of things. Let us all allow ourselves to take it easy for a while. Now if you know me personally, you will know I am a ‘doer’. It’s in my nature to do a lot of different things and try different things as well, nabobored ako kapag hindi busy. Kaya, bata pa lang ako hilig ko na talaga sumali ng mga organizations or clubs sa school. Aligaga sa ganto, sa ganyan plus isasabay sa aral. Stressful naman talaga at overwhelming. It was really hard. But, I realize that sometimes busyness doesn’t help me anymore, mas lalo lang akong nagiging lituhin at nawawala yung quality sa bawat works. And because of this, I challenged myself. Magkaiba kasi yung busy ka sa productive. Kapag productive ka, from the word PRODUCT, ibig sabihin may naproproduce ka, may output. Pero, pag busy ka hindi automatic na productive ka. Magkaiba yun.

Sometimes we just have to manage, organize and find a way through a particularly exhausting tasks. Relax ka lang! Wag mo masyadong i-pressure ang mga bagay-bagay. Especially for those who have their thesis. Alam naman natin gaano kalaking oras ang kinakaen sa atin ng pag-gawa ng thesis? Ako po, from Monday to Thursday may OJT ako sa IFE Elevators Philippines. It takes 1 and half hour from here to Madrigal Alabang. Depende pa yun. Kasi ang hirap sumakay ng umaga. Makikipag-gitgitan ka talaga. 8A.M pasok ko hanggang 5P.M then paguwi naman yun yung time ko para i-check yung mga dapat namang gawin sa school. Time to review, time to take online quizzes, time to do my thesis. Pag friday naman pumupunta akong school yun na lang kasi yung time na makapagpacheck ng papers and all. 1P.M ng friday may cell group naman ako sa AMA Senior high then 4P.M pupunta akong church para mag CYOD-Wise Kids naman haggang 9P.M ako sa church ng friday. Then, saturday talaga yung pinaka klase ko simula 8A.M hanggang 5P.M after class dederetso naman akong church para i-meet yung disciples ko and umaasang maabutan pa ang CYOD. Ang sunday naman 8:30A.M ang call time namin sa digisciples. Of course, it’s sabbath day, time to worship GOD, time to serve people and after sunday service mentoring naman with my mentor after naman non, I have to bond with my family. In all of this, I don’t want to label myself as a busy person. But, I want to count myself as a productive person. Chinallenge ko talaga yung sarili ko ng bonggang bongga na “yes, graduating student ako. But, it will never be my excuse to love GOD and to love people.” Busyness is a choice. Make time for everything!

  1. Anxiety doesn’t help you.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)

Anxiety does not define me. Isa talaga sa mga nagiging alalahin ko taon-taon, monthly-monthly, basta every semester. Walang iba kundi ang mahiwaga kong scholar. Maapprove ba o hindi, matatagalan ba o hindi, makakaexam ba ko o hindi. Laging nakabingit sa katotohanan ang peg ko every examination sa school. And I have to always remind myself that God is in control over everything so I don’t have to worry about it. If you have always been so incredibly self-conscious about your anxiety, leave it to GOD. Most of the time, it’s a test of faith. You will realize that anxiety will only affect you as much as you allow it to.

  1. Cherish your parents.

Honor your father and mother, as the LORD your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you. (Deuteronomy 5:16, NLT)

Ever since, my parents are my priorities. And it should be maintained. Spend time with them, watch a movie with them, stroll with them, keep them updated, talk to them about your everyday, because parents really like that. Treat them with love and care. Minsan mas close pa tayo sa mga kaibigan natin pero try to reach out your parents, you can talk to them anytime. The more na kinukwentuhan natin sila, the more nabuibuild ang relationship. Parents are your bestfriends also. Keep yourself close to them and show them that you love them so much.

  1. Quality always wins in the end.

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24, ESV)

If you are about to build anything that is successful in the long term (mapa-business man yan, mapa-discipleship, mapa-pagaaral) you need to focus on ‘quality’. One of the great example of first quality that Jesus mentions is that a true disciple “denies himself”. Para magkaroon ng quality sa lahat ng bagay, there is something that you have to suffer. Si Jesus hindi nagfocus sa quantity, nagfocus Siya sa quality. Kasi, pag nagfocus ka sa quality kasunod na nun ang quantity. Invest in things that focuses on delivering quality and being the best, then it will prosper in the long run, too.

  1. Sleeping early is good for the health.

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for He grants sleep to those He loves. (Psalm 127:2, NIV)

Ito talaga isa sa mga chinallenge ko sa sarili ko. If you know me, alam mong nocturnal person talaga ako at hirap na hirap talaga ako makatulog noon. I’m worried at staying up all hours of the night, but I have found, lately, that sleep is very important. When I started to have a proper sleep and have a good night sleep, it helps me function throughout the day. Sleeping early is really good for the health + you know, we all need a little bit of beauty sleep. It’s a gift from God.

  1. True joy lies in the act of giving.

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25, NIV)

We all know how great it feels to receive gifts. But, as I grow older I realize that it feels better to give rather than to receive. Our lives are richer when we give and that great ‘inner joy’ comes from reaching out other through their needs. Truly, the more you give from the heart, the more your life fills with joy, lots of happines and nourishes your soul. You attract the blessings that is coming from the Lord, whenever you bless other people in different ways.

 A Chinese proverb says: “If you always give, you will always have.”

  1. I am choosen. (period-no erase).

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9, NLT)

January 23, 2017, it was last month, I felt that I’m not chosen that time. May pili-factor na naganap between me and another person. Di lang pala felt, suddenly, hindi pala talaga ako napili. Syempre, sad yun. Kahit sino naman siguro ayaw yung feeling na hindi siya mapili. Mapa-contest, mapa-best awardees, mapa-relationship. But, we have to accept it in the end. Of  course, we all want to be choose, but not all the time you’ll be choose by someone. Minsan mapipili ka, minsan hindi din. Pero, si Lord pag pinili ka, pinili ka na talaga. Wala ng atrasan yun! Ang malupet pa dun si Lord pag pumili hindi bumabase sa galing mo, mas ginagamit pa ni Lord yung mga ordinary na tao to do extraordinary things for His glory alone! Habang dito sa mundo pinipili kung sino magaling, kung sino ganto at kung sino yung ganyan pero, si Lord hindi ganon. Kaya, pag si LORD ang pumili sayo, humanda ka kasi kakaiba yun more than people who chose you in this temporary world. I remember that day, I told to Him, “Lord, hindi man ako yung napili neto, pinili Mo naman po ako” and I just pour it out to God. Just imagine, King of all kings, Lord of all lords, pinili ka! sinong hindi maamaze nun? Yung ‘chosen’ na word hindi yun base sa mga tao dito sa mundo pero yung description mong ‘I am chosen by God’ it will lasts eh. And that’s what matters to me most.

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What I Want VS. What God Wants

June 02, 2016 exactly 12 a.m in the morning it was announced in Manila X Festival’s site that I won 2 tickets. Obviously, I was so surprise and glad. Before June 02, 2016 around last week of May, I really prayed and did an action to win in that contest because, I really wanted to be there and witness the first ever Manila X Festival. And most of all, I want to see my favorite artist and bands there like Yeng Constantino, Up Dharma Down and The Juans. hehehe. So, I don’t want to miss that opportunity. But, to make the long story short, I couldn’t make it. (Right now, I’m very sure the concert is on going. lol.) Last night, after my night class, I went to church for worker’s meeting. And then, my mentor already knew it that I will not be able to attend CYOD even if I didn’t tell her earlier so one of my ka-mentee teased me hahaha. Plus, travelling back at home my disciple PM’ed me. She told me that she will attend CYOD. So, I am more confused If I’m still going on Manila X Festival or will attend CYOD. Huhuhu. I talked to GOD. And praying for a wisdom. Because, that moment I don’t feel a sense of “peace” to go in that concert. Although, that’s once in a lifetime. Yes, honestly, I don’t want to miss the opportunity to see my fav’s. But, it will break my heart if I miss the opportunity to meet my disciples.

June 04, 2016, 9 a.m in the morning it was all set. I’m very prepared and excited for the concert but still my heart is not at peace. After a few hours, my best friend called me that she can’t make it today. I felt sad about her news. So, I texted my other friends and one of my friend is willing to be with me. But then, I decided not to go anymore. So, I already told my mama & my mentor that I won’t go on Manila X Festival. My mama told me that maybe “it is God’s will”. And my mentor told me that “God has His ways.” In any decision we have the opportunity to choose. And this is one of the opportunity to practice wisdom. There is a purpose behind everything. I am so busy planning for the concert not even asking God’s opinion about it. Now, I learn to lean. I learn to ask and seek. I learn to be more obedient [obedience out of love]. I learn that my God is so powerful enough to do and fulfill EVERYTHING in EVERY WAY. I want Him to direct my path even when I’m about to make choices in life. So, yeah, I was about to take a bath a while ago when GOD spoke to me, I just cried.. To be honest, I want to be in Manila X Festival but, I want to obey and submit to God [out of love]. I should be serious about following God’s will, and I have to recognize that it’s not about getting what I want, but what God asks. His will is what’s best for me. 2PM, me and my ka-meente went to te amo and 4PM, I attended CYOD. I’m telling you, “It’s worth it!”. Worth it to choose HIM first and put GOD above all else.

18 Years of Existence

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It’s already 12:00 in the morning, February 27, 2016.

I officially turned 18 years old. Hello legal age!

Happy 18th birthday to me! Praise God for another chapter of my life!

Of course, it will be a long day ahead of me. I have no idea what will happen later. No plans at all. But, I just give it all to God.

My 18 years of existence is such a great life! Especially, when I started to have an intimacy relationship with Christ, life with Him is truly the best. Though there a lot of failures, mistakes, pains, difficulties and hardships, it is all the ones that make me to keep going. I keep trying harder and keep making things in proper order to rebuild things rightly. But then, it’s not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit. I may not be perfect but His grace is more than enough.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)

18 years of existence, full of ups and downs and lessons and twists and turns and happiness! Truly, I will be forever grateful to our God, to my family, relatives, mentor, leaders, friends, churchmates, of course for without them I won’t be who exactly am today. I love you all.

I’m super blessed, grateful and happy to have experienced another year and looking forward to what’s coming up.

Proverbs 9:11 • Lord, no word could describe how thankful I am for everything You’ve done in my life.

XO,

Sheim

My Roller Coaster 2015

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365/365. This is the last day of 2015. So before 2015 ends, I decided to share some experiences,  tell you what has been happening in my life. And share the things that excite me. I just want to share this verse, readers! Deut. 31:6, masasabi kong parang roller coaster talaga ang 2015 ko, masyado ng gasgas ang quotation na “Ang buhay ay parang roller coaster, may ups and downs. ” Pero yun naman talaga yun eh may ups, downs, screams, laughs. Pero, sa lahat ng yon, Deut. 31:6 ang pangako ng Diyos na aking pinanghawakan sa buong taon.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6, ESV)

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For the last couple of months, I have been in transition. Okay tapos hindi, okay tapos hindi okay. Tataas sabay bababa, tataas sabay bababa. Pero sa lahat ng yon, dun ako mas lalong naging matatag, dun ko mas lalong nakilala yung sarili ko, dun mas lumabas yung tunay na ako, dun ako mas na transform, and it’s all because of His unending grace in my life. Too many to mention sa mga nangyare sakin, sa mga natutunan, sa mga big events sa buhay ko, lalo na’t pagdating sa school. Looking back on 2015, being a president of Junior Philippine Computer Society – AMA Biñan Local Chapter is one of the longest and hardest journey in my life. The rest of the time, I have to deal with people issues. You really have to be strong and courageous to handle everything, in terms of physical and emotional area. In all my year of leadership and representing JPCS, I can hardly recall a time when I was not dealing with an issue as such.  Some people issues are small, some are big, and some are unbearably painful. But, as I grew, I was able to handle those issues by the help of our God. Because of God’s wisdom in my life, I was able to manage all those issues, as long as I know my identity in Christ. Maybe, If I am not careful and was not able to manage, it can keep me up at night, and send me into bouts of depression, discourage and anxious.  Why?  Because understanding, inspiring, organizing, aligning, and keeping a group of people focused and passionate is simply difficult. Also, I always have to remind myself that I don’t have to please people. Being a leader can be a rewarding experience but it also means facing a host of anticipated and unexpected challenges.

Dumating din sa point na kailangan kong ayusin yung mga priorities ko sa buhay. The most challenging year as well. Struggle sa scholar, struggle sa pagpapataas ng grades, struggle na lang sa lahat. But then, I always have to remind myself ano nga ba talaga ang first priority ko? It is then that I should play my role as a wise, focused, and resolute servant of God. Time management is very important as well. Yan naman yung taon-taon na gusto kong iimprove sa sarili ko kung paano ko mamanage ang time ko.

Sa buong 2015 ko, alam ko si Lord ang aking kasama. Kaya nagagawa ko ang lahat ng ito. Sa lahat ng scars, hurts, pains, burdens, brokenness, sadness, I still thank God for everthing dahil walang panahon na pinabayaan Niya ko. Wala kong maisip na oras na iniwan Niya ko sa panahon na walang wala ako, sa panahon na down na down ako. Though, I feel tired and my breathlessness is still there in the wings, I have rested as much as I can so that I can try and fight this journey that little bit more. I’d say 2015 has been an incredibly tough year, It’s certainly been one of my most difficult, confusing years I’ve triumphed thus far & I know I’m not the only one in that boat. Right? But then, this scars reminds me how good and how faithful the Lord is. Sa pagtatapos ng taon ko, akala ko okay na, tapos na, akala ko magiging smooth na lahat, pero hindi pala. Isa sa mga painful experience ko yung pagtatapos ng taon (Too private). Pero kahit ganun pa man, dun mo pa din talaga makikita kung gaano kabuti ang Diyos sa buhay ko. Kahit na naranasan ko yun and I know everyone of us will experience that o yung iba na experience na, lahat naman tayo pagdadaanan yung sakit na ganun, always remind yourself : “Deuteronomy 31:6” Alalahin lang natin lahat ng pangako ng Diyos. God is so faithful. God is so good. God is so gracious. God is so awesome!

I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. (Psalms 16:8)

After all, I think we are only just at the beginning of a very long and unknown journey. And as they say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

So this was 2015 and it was fully packed and intense but in the end it was lacking far behind a lot of my personal goals and hopes, it’s good to be on a longer time out to find time to think about it again and make 2016 a bigger, better year and prove that mistakes can be made as long as you learned the lesson and adjust.

I have seen many failures throughout the year by myself but still God’s mercy and grace still remains. I thank God for having my family, church mates, mentor, disciple, and friends which I am tremendously, incredibly thankful. Thank you sa mga nag-stay. Thank you sa mga naging parte ng 2015 ko at sa mga susunod pang taon. Thank you sa mga nandiyan parati.Hindi ko na kayo iisa-isahin. Maraming salamat sa inyo!

There are many things in life to be thankful for.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28, NIV)

Marami pa rin ang mga blessings na dapat ipagpasalamat sa Diyos. Sobrang dami. Sobrang dami at sobrang dami. Una na sa lahat diyan ay ang makasama yung family ko magsimba tuwing Linggo. Kung meron man akong sobrang ipagpapasalamat sa Diyos yun ay yung blinessed ako ng family na ganto. A big shoutout to my family for standing by my side through this whole year. For my family who held my hand and said, “You got this!” in the times I was so close to giving up. My family who’s always there for me. Thank you, for an open ears to all my never-ending rants, for all the dramas, for all the kwentos and laughs. For my family who really cheered on me and supported me all through out the year, thank you so much and i love you.

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After all, It’s a “BLESSED 2015”, looking back at the past 12 months, it has really been such a blast. This year has been one full of surprises. God gave me more than I expected and more than I think I’ll ever need. Thank You for all the answered prayers, Lord. As much as I want to repeat 2015, all I can do now is look and move forward to the new year. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me!

This year, I started writing the things that I want to achieve within this year and I am glad that most of those that I’ve written were already crossed out. Super excited na ko ngayong taon. Since, this 2016 mag dedebut na ko. Wuhooo! I’m turning 18 on February 27, 2016. *Oops!*. Excited na ko sa mga gagawin pa ni Lord sa buhay ko. Since, isa pa sa mga unforgettable experience ko ang maranasan ang Fire Camp nung Dec. 27, 28 & 29 kelan lang siya, so eto ako on fire na on fire. Wuhooo! And praying na mamaintain na to, ggang matapos ang taong 2016.

Making goals is one of my favorite things to do. I love having a plan, something to work towards.

Let’s make goals this year:
1) Share the Gospel to at least one person each month & build a cell group on my campus and on LNC as well, ask for they’re commitment towards the gift of eternal life the Lord Jesus offers.
2) Consistent spiritual discipline – quiet time in the morning (prayer, devotion, bible-reading, and quiet time/listening to God) and praying unceasingly as each moment goes.
3) Being productive and excellent on Digisciple (Ministry). To learn more and improve my commitment as well.
4) Encourage others through God’s Word as the Holy Spirit leads. Include prayer, too, and best done together if you can.
5) Use my planner every day I would really like 2016 to be a year of staying organized and on track. Checking on the short-term and long-term goal and make it happen as well.

Hoping to learn more in 2016 and a more productive year ahead of me and of you, too. Yow, Happy New Year!

It is always my goal to make the next year even better than the previous. I’m very excited to see what surprises God has in store for me this year! yay! 2016, I’m sure you will be amazing!

I’m so excited to embrace 2016. Not just with New Year Resolutions but, with an openness to receive more visions & goals coming from the Lord.

Another year of success and happiness has passed. With every new year, comes greater challenges and obstacles in life.

Thank God for everything that happened this year. There may be bad times but there’s always good times.

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Can I Tell You a Secret?

It’s not about what we do, or the amount that we do, it was always about how we do it.

“It’s about who you are, never about what you do.”

ASHLIN HORNE

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Some days, it feels like we’re all just lost in the woods.

Like we’ve been dropped out here and that we’re supposed to figure out how to make it home. We’re looking for that thing, that moment when we’ll reach the right door. We are waiting for a place to wipe our feet, a place that’s safe. Something entirely our own.

We’re all looking for home and some of us don’t even know what that means.

Would I know it if I found it? This thing, this person, this place where I can rest my head, take off my shoes, finally be myself? I’ve never known that kind of life, but they tell me it exists.

It mostly seems like a race, a competition, a challenge. Who can find home first? Who gets out of the woods first? And can they help everyone else find the way?

So we read books…

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You’re Not a “Plan B” Kind of Girl

YOU ARE WORTHY!

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DeathtoStock_Spring7You deserve better than someone who is afraid to commit to you. It may seem like enough for now. You’re just taking things slow. Oh, how I know those little phrases of “one day” and we just need time.

You believe them.
And I’ve believed them.

But you’re not a “Plan B” kind of girl.

You need to know that you’re not the invisible one standing in the back who gets chosen last.

You’re the girl who the team captain will be frantically hoping doesn’t get picked by someone else before he gets a turn. You’re a first-pick kind of girl. And no one worth having sits back and lets those girls wait around.

‘Cause every good man knows that the good ones get gone fast.

He should be jumping out of his skin in anticipation to call out your name and say “I pick you.”

“But he’s…

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It’s Okay to Cry

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Jesus wept. (John 11:35)

I always ask God things like “why me?’ or “Am I that worthy?” and even if how many times He answer, even if how many verses He show me, I will never understand. Sometimes, I feel that I’m not worthy of all of this. But thanks be to God for His unending grace.

I will never be able to grasp that love of Yours. I will always be in doubt, not with You, but with myself. But at the same time, I will always burst in tears because I know that even though I cannot understand and although I cannot grasp that thought, it is true. It will always be true.  And it will never ever change. I know You have something better plans for me.

Sometimes it’s hard to express your feelings and your emotions to the people around you. Not because you’re afraid of what they’ll say, but because our generation doesn’t seem to be very keen on being honest about their pains.

The reality is that way too many people are putting on a facade of perfection in order to keep people from knowing how they are truly hurting. It’s as if everyone feels like showing pain is a sign of weakness.

Definitely, I’m on pain. I’m confused. Everything is not clear for me, but that’s where the beauty of faith comes in. I admit that I don’t know what to do, but I know that this is the first step in finding peace and comfort in my situation.

God, You are the only constant in my life. The one who makes me flexible,  who makes me worry-free. Because though I cannot control things, You can. And You are my friend, my best friend, my father, my Savior, my God. By those simple words that can describe who you are in my life, I can understand that one thing. You are not going to let me fail and fall. I have you no matter what.

” We can’t do everything on our own, so admitting this will not only show a sense of humility in your life, but will also show God that you have faith in His strength and promises. ”
Just want to encourage you today, Keep holding on Jesus!

Well, writing seems to be an option for me nowadays, that is the only option I have. I feel so drained not to write words, I can really feel the sadness that could make me crazy in one day just when I don’t hold a pen for one day. I have the insight that I really need to write my pains. And seriously, tears are the only ones I can produce these past few days. It’s okay to cry, even Jesus, wept. So maybe, the next few entries of mine would be the stock I have in my folder.

MATH-irap ba talaga o Pinapa-MATH-irap mo?

MATH-irap ba talaga o Pinapa-MATH-irap mo?

MATHirap

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Bakit ko ba kailangan mag-aral sa Math? Pag ba magtratrabaho na ko, kailangan ko pa sukatin ang mga angle angle sa bawat gagawin ko? magpapatayo ba ako ng mansyon na ang area ay equal sa seventh root of xy minus x cubed plus 4y squared x over 2sin30cos60 plus ln 350 raised to infinity! o kailangan ko pa isimplify lahat? blah blah blah. sayang naman ang oras, pawis, utak, pati na tinta ng ballpen ko (eh lalo na pag g-tec 0.4 at frixion pa ballpen mo, bawat sulat kaya nun mahal haha)? Bakit ba importante malaman ang equal ng (x+y)2 at ang (x2+y2) Kaya minsan kapag hindi na kaya, sisisihin mo yung mga nag-imbento ng Math. Hahaha Sino ba kasi nag-imbento nito?! Gagamitin ba natin to kapag bibili tayo sa palengke x+y?

Matindi na ang isang given sa Math kung saan pinagsama-sama na lahat ng mahirap sa mundong ibabaw. Kawindang itechawa! May fraction na, may exponent na, may bracket na, may parentheses na, at may decimal ka pa! Tapos maloloka ka na kasi sabi unahin daw ang nasa bracket. Pero mas lalo kang mayayamot dahil may exponent pa pala at yun pala dapat ang unahin. Eh kala mo naman whole number yung katabi ng exponent at bracket, eh FRACTION pala yun. Ulit ka ulit. At umulit ka pa. At sige punit ng papel. At sigi bura.At sige pa. At halabira! Sige lang ulitin mo pa. Malapit ka na sa sagot.Kerubumbum mo yan!

Isa ka ba sa mga taong sumusumpa sa Math? Kahit ano bang pukpok sa ulo mo di mo makuha-kuha ang math equations? Ito ba yung subject na panira at epal sa mga grades mo at class card mo? Nakailang exam ka na sa Math pero di mo padin master no? Galit na galit ka din sa math no?

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Alam naman natin na tayong mga future programmer na ay Logic ang puhanan. Math ang pundasyon. Nganga ang di marunong. Hahahahahahaha. Pero syempre matutunan din natin yan mga karamay sa math, TIYAGA lang!

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Sabi ng mga estudyante madali lang naman daw ang College Algebra at ang College Trigonometry, + with matching sinister grin ng prof “Madali lang iyan class. Basic lang iyan, mga pinagaralan niyo lang yan nung High School kayo. kayang-kaya niyo yan” . Ako lang ba talaga alien na di makaintindi-intindi at hirap na hirap sa Math? MATHirap ba talaga o PinapaMATHirap ko lang. Let’s find out.

The true story why I hate math..

I was always a failure at math. Numbers never like me.

Nung elementary ako mahilig ako sa Math. mahilig akong sumali sa mga Math Quiz Bee’s basta Math-Mathsaya! pero nung start nung grade 5 ako. (sa pagkakaalam ko grade 5 ako non) humina ako sa Math. lalo na nung tumapak pa ko sa High School. Siguro dahil nawala talaga yung interest ko sa Math. lalo na nung High School ako ng naging mahina talaga ako sa Math at pakiramdam ko bumaba ang IQ ko gawa ng lagi akong hindi nakakatulog non (insomia kumbaga), laging puyat at palaging lumilipad ang utak ko. Medyo na overload din sa mga activities at di na natuunan ng pansin ang Math. Madami na akong advices na narinig mula sa mga taong matatalino sa math, mga kaibigan ko, teachers, mentor at syempre sa magulang ko. Pero madaming pagkakataon na nagiging self-pity ako. I have a deterioration of the brain (The results of physical brain deterioration can be dramatic. They include neurocognitive deficits, such as diminished attention span, verbal skills, spatial perception, deficits in abstract thinking and creativity, along with increased difficulty learning new tasks and retaining new information, flagging memory, and deteriorating sleep quality.) Pero ayokong i-declare. I know I am healed because God is my healer. at ayokong isipin na meron akong ganun. Nung wednesday, masyado akong emotional ng dahil sa Math. Oo, talagang iniiyakan ko ang Math since nung third year ako. Naiinis ako pag hindi ko makuha. Kahit na alam kong kaya ko. Kung kaya nga ng iba edi kaya ko din di ba? Pero pag nakikita ko na yung mga sasagutan ko sa Math nakakapanglumo at napanghihinaaan talaga ko ng loob. Ewan ko ba. Last week (Friday) nagkaroon kami ng Quiz sa lahat ng subjects. at dalawa na doon ay Math subj. (College Algebra at College Trigonometry). sa English nakakuha ako ng 78 (Nagtanong pa ko sa prof. namin kung bakit ganun lang nakuha ko. tapos sabi niya mataas na daw yun. Hahaha, 0-base nga pala. pero may isang naka-100 samin. sayang naman kahit sa English kapos pa din -_- ) O tanongin niyo naman ako sa math kung ilan nakuha ko? Hindi ko natapos ang algebra ganun din ang trigo sobrang disappointed talaga ko sa abilidad ko sa Math last week. hindi ako maka-move on non for the whole week ng dahil sa mga di ko natapos sagutan. para bang wala talaga kong tinatago kahit unting galing sa Math. at talagang wala. Nung panahon iyon, naisip ko ngayon di na ko nagtataka kung bakit mahina ko sa mga entrance exams kung bakit hindi ako nakapasa sa mga pinagexam’an kong University. at kung bakit hindi talaga ko nadala sa Engineering. siguro nga. siguro nga. kung anu-ano ng pumasok sa utak ko. Siguro nga di talaga ko matalino sa Math. Sa trigo 55 lang nakuha ko. tapos sa algebra hindi samin sinabi pero dalawang Test ang di ko nasagutan. Yung Test B at yung last part na prove. nasagutan ko yung unang Test pero nagkabali-baliktad yung na multiply ko. Sobrang baba ng mga nakuha ko. Wala naman akong dapat sisihin kundi ang sarili ko. Tapos nung wednesday, hindi na kinaya ng sarili kong umiyak. Nagkaroon kami ng grouping sa College Trigonometry. may ibibigay na sasagutan si Sir sa board. at kailangan naming masagutan syempre.. Eh may +20pts. kasi sa Prelims. Ako lang ata ang kinakabahan sa lahat ng magkakaklase. Gustong-gusto ko maperfect. Samantalang yung iba kong classmate lalo na yung mga matatalino sa Math sobrang chill lang sila samantalang ako, sobrang kabamuch talaga hahaha. Breathe & take a break! Nananalangin na kong masagutan ko talaga lahat. Syempre ayoko din kasing ma-disappoint yung mga kagrupo ko sakin. kumbaga kung di ko aayusin pati sila walang +20pts. sa exam, lalo na’t inaasahan pa naman nila ko. naku. Sabi pa ni Patrick Non, kayang kaya na ni Sheim yan. Sa isip ko, hala ako? paano na to? hindi ako magaling sa Math. tapos yung chukchakchenes na .11 na sinasagutan namin Math Error pa sabay Syntax Error. Salamat ha. hmp. Sobrang mabagal ako magsagot. Matagal mag function ang utak ko gawa ng deterioration of the brain ko. here we go again, flagging memory. Hinati ko kami sa dalawang grupo sa number 2 kami nina Patrick Non, at yung isa namin bagong kaklase ang nagsagot. at yung number 1 sina Bien Simeon, at Amiel Lopez at the rest na mga natira. Naprepressure na ko ng marinig kong +20pts. ang ibang grupo. habang kami madaling madali na matapos. natapos namin yung number 2. yung number 1 naman di nasagutan nina Bien. at hindi pa namin napansin na may number 3. Kahit +1 point man lang wala kaming plus (+) kahit pinilit ko pa si Sir na +5pts. man lang kasi tama naman yung number 2, wala pa rin. Ayun nung lumabas na mga classmates ko pinipilit kong di lumuha pero di napigilang pumatak mga luha ko. May phobia na ata ako sa Math dati pa. Dati ko pa naman iniiyakan yung Math. kaya nagflashback na lang lahat ng mga kahinaan ko sa Math. Hindi ako umiyak ng dahil di kami nakakuha ng +20pts. naging self pity lang talaga ko na ang pakiramdam ko ang hina hina ko sa Math. nakakainis. Mahal ko ang Math pero bakit hindi ako mahal ng Math :'(((( Pinipilit ko magaral sa Math kaso mukhang ayaw talaga sakin ng Math. Akala pa nina Amiel galit ako sa kanila dahil di nila natapos yung binigay kong sasagutan nila pero hindi, sinisisi ko talaga yung sarili ko na napakabagal ko magsagot. At pati sila nadamay kasi di ako magaling sa Math. Lagi na lang ako nahihirapan pag time pressure. katulad nung quiz namin sa Math nung lastweek (friday) nakikita ko yung katabi ko na nasa Test B na habang ako number 2 pa lang sa Test A. huhuhuhu. Dahil may papasok sa Room 203 ayoko namang may makakita saking naiyak. Tumakbo ako ng C.R ng umiiyak at nakatungo. doon ko binuhos lahat. Nagpapacomfort lang ako kay Lord hanggang sa canteen at hindi ako kumaen nakinig lang ako ng Worship Songs. tapos umakyat ng Library ganun pa din nakatungo at nagpapacomfort kay Lord. hanggang sa lumabas ako ng library pumunta ko dun sa likod ng library kung saan maganda yung view at mas nakakarefresh ang hangin. Nagkwento lang ako kay Andrea at kinomfort niya ko. Maya-maya pumunta na kaming room. tapos tulala lang ako ng bigla kong sabihan ng classmate ni kuya na si kuya tobi na umiiyak daw ako. kaya pumunta muna kong canteen bumili ng milo. Salamat din Liriel Alvarez at Mariella Mercado sa pag-comfort. Tapos nun pagkabalik ko sa classroom nagisip-isip ako. na kung palagi lang ba kong magiging self pity at iisipin ko na di ko kaya may manyayari ba sakin? Oo nga no. Pagtapos akong i-comfort ni Lord agad-agad naman niya ko binigyan ng wisdom. Na kaya ko to! Matututo din ako kailangan ko lang mag-aral ng mabuti sa Math. Kung sana pala high school pa lang inintindi ko na yung mga tinuro sa algebra at trigo, kung sana nagkainterest na ko sa Math una palang at kung sana di ko pinaeasy easy di sana di ako nahihirapan ng ganto. Kung sana lang talaga. narealize ko na malaking pundasyon din pala ang pagaaral nung high school. Nakakapangsisi pero alam kong di pa huli ang lahat.

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Para sayo ano ba ang Math at Paano ba mapapadaling intindihin ang Math? (Let’s hear it from the math experts):

Math? Just like a life with one problem and answer. Paano mapapadali? Do the basics. In short kung san ka mas comfortable yun ang gawin mo. Pinaka madali, nood ng youtube regarding problems.

Engr. Jethan Jeff Dulay

Ang math para sakin? yun yung para siyang word puzzles. Maiintindihan mo lang ung math kung aalamin mo kung anu ano yung basics. Madali yan kapag master mo yung mga basic math.

– Engr. Jeff Dreo

Math is all about calculation and solutions that you will encounter in our daily life. How to make it easy? I think you’ll just analyze it deeply and learn to be patient to all the calculation until you get the answer.

Engr. Ralph Madronero

Ang math pala for me, Hindi lang sya consist of numbers, variables etc. It’s more on being persistent to analyze and solve problems. Yung hindi mo, basta basta sinusukuan until you know how you come up with that answer. Gumamit ng code switching, kasi not everyone can understand English very well, tapos good approach ng professor as students if there are questions, para may interaction at the same time, natatanong ng students yung prof. sa mga Hindi nila naintindihan .

Engr. Elcia Marata

Math makes people cry But if you learn it, it will make you smile.  Math is fun if you know how to solve, Math is boring if you don’t know how to. The best way to understand it easily is by practicing it always.

Engr. Lyndon Libed

Ang Math para sa akin, isa siyang “Discipline” kasi dito mo masusukat kung gaano ka katiyaga sa isang bagay. Kung sa mga simple problems eh wala ka ng tiyagang palabasin ang sagot sa bawat problema what more sa totoong problema edi wala ka na ding tiyaga. Paano mapapadali ang Math? Simple lang. Mag practice ka mag solve. Kung hindi mo kaya mag isa mag solve magpaturo sa Math Prof. At ang pag aaral ng math hindi kung kelan mo lang gusto. Dapat inaaraw araw yan kahit 1.5 hours per day.

Engr. Patrick Mosquera

Ang math ay isang subject na iba sa lahat . Ang math ay isang skill na hindi masyadong kailangang mag memorize . Um mapapadali ang math kung uumpisahan muna sa basic hangang sa mas matataas na level nito .

Cedrick Untalan

Math ?? Yun yung subject na kailangan ng matinding pagiisip concentration.. It’s all about numbers kaya kung minsan masakit sa ulo pero once na naintindihan mo na ung buong subject magiging madali lng to. Para namann mabilis lng maintindihan tong subject na to.. walang madaling way actually you need to study it.. tas magfocus ang seryosohin dapat hindi ung ginagawang joke lng.. karamihan kasi sa mga estudyante ngayon porket alam nilang mhirap yung math di na nila iniintindi kc alam nilang di nila kaya w/c is wrong.. kung iintindihin lng nila mas magiging madali yun.

– Ricky Berug

Math ay pag-aaral tungkol sa paano mo masosolve ang isang problem kahit anong problem, basta isipin mo lang na para ka lang nag-aaral ng iba pang mga subject.

– Kyle Avedaña

Para saken yung math, nakakatakot. Pero nakakaenjoy. HAHAHA mas magiging madali siya intindihin kung magaling yung nagpapaintindi sayo.

Angela Cruz

Math is very complex but it can be easy by enjoying it and applying it on your personal life.

Samantha Sarcia

You need to love it. because if you don’t love it how can you understand what is math. Kailangan talaga mahal mo ang isang bagay para mas madali.

– Arnold Bartolini

Medyo drama to pati malalim. ‘Yung math po para saken, para siyang isang little “challenges”. Kumbaga sa buhay, parang eto ‘yung kung papano gawin ang isang sirang tv, magsaulo ng mga ganto at ganyan, kung paano ka matututong magswimming. Syempre mahihirapan ka sa umpisa, yung feeling mo sa sobrang hirap, susuko ka na. Pero kahit ganon, kahit alam mong mahirap, nakakaenjoy pa din. ‘Yung tipong, curious ka kung ano yung result na makukuha pagkatapos ng mga effort mo. Wala naman nakakapagpadali sa Math. Actually hindi siya ganon kahirap (wala sa pagmamayabang ha. :P), kailangan mo lang magenjoy sa ginagawa mo. Make Math your passion lang.

John Rey Tungul

Math is interdependent with science.. Math helps us understand science, science improves math. 

Melchor Ortaleza

Math, parang life. May kulang, may nawawala, may problem, pero at the end… nahahanap, nakikita kasi may formula, and theres always solutions in every problem… And syempre may specific formula sa bawat problems. Hindi mo masasagutan ng tama kapag ang solution mo palang mali na.

– Renato Alba

Masasabe ko lng sa lahat ng di nakakaappreciate sa math eh sila yung hndi alam kung para san ba talaga ang math.

Jefrey Silang

Kung hindi mo kaya ngayon, hindi ibig sabihin hindi mo na kaya habang buhay. Mahirap pero kakayanin kung hindi mo susukuan.

Tyrone Jasper Reodica

Tips sa Math from ememalberts (http://memealberts.wordpress.com/tag/help-in-math/)

1. HUWAG MONG ISIPING MAHIRAP ANG MATH. Ang nangyayari kasi, wala pa yung problem iniisip mong mahirap kaya inaabsorb ng utak mo at buong katawan mo, ang nangyayari tuloy nagiging close minded ka at inaayawan mo na yung lesson. Puro ka nalang “ANG HIRAP! ANG HIRAP!”

2. Learn and MASTER the basics. Dapat mani nalang sayo mag-add, subtract, multiply at magdivide ng simpleng numbers. Sounds elementary huh? Pero believe me kasi kung hindi ka marunong sa basics, paano pa kaya yung komplikado(DUH!)? Tsaka yung operations of integers. Alam ko medyo masakit siya sa ulo pero kapag namaster mo na yung mga equation na may iba-ibang signs, magiging madali nalang yung iba pang problem.

3. Take down notes(especially yung mga example). Makinig ka sa klase. Sayang naman laway ng teacher kung hindi ka makikinig di ba? Wag mong idahilan sa akin na hindi mo maintindihan. Kung willing kang umintindi, magegets at magegets mo yan. Huwag kang mahiya magtanong. Hindi naman porket nagtanong ka eh indication nun na mahina ka, ibig sabihin lang nun willing kang matuto.

4. Siyempre hindi lang practice. CONSTANT PRACTICE. Kapag alam mong hindi mo gaano nagets yung lesson, aralin mo notes mo. Pag-aralan mo yung diniscuss tapos magpractice ka. Kuha ka ng papel, kunin mo yung problem(yung problem o question lang ha) tapos ilayo mo notebook mo sayo. Try mo kung kaya mo na ba siya isolve. Kung hindi pa, review mo ulit notes mo until makaya mo na. Sanayin mo sarili mo sa ganitong routine, sinasabi ko sayo TIYAGA LANG TALAGA.

5. As you go along the way with Math, mapapansin mo yung patterns ng Math. Pare-pareho lang naman kasi halos yung mga ginagawa sa Math(ex. basic operations) familiarize yourself with the patterns at magiging madali nalang ang mga bagay-bagay sayo.

6. Dahil mahihirap ang Math hw, siyempre kumokopya din pero make sure na magpapaturo ka dun sa kinopyahan mo. Kung hindi sa kinopyahan mo, dun sa marunong. Wag mahiyang magpaturo, kaklase man o teacher. Pero kung kaya mo na, ikaw na mismo gumawa ng assignment o homework mo. There’s no harm in trying.

7. Give time for Math. Para yang kasintahan, bigyan mo ng oras at gaganti sayo(in a good or bad way depende kung paano mo siya tinrato). Mahalin mo siya, mamahalin ka din niya.

8. Wag mo icompare ang sarili mo sa ibang tao pagdating sa Math. Ang issue ay ikaw, kung natutunan mo ba yung lesson at kung papasa ka ba? Mind yourself, not others. Kung magaling siya, eh di siya na. Kung ikaw hindi pa, eh di mag-aral at magpractice ka.

9. Hardwork, determination and commitment. Do I have to explain this?

10. Last resort na ito. Kung hindi mo talaga makuha, maghire ng tutor. O kaya kausapin ang isang kaibigan na magaling sa Math tapos sa kanya ka lagi magpaturo. Last thing nga pala, yung mga willing lang matuto ang tunay na natututo.

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Just like what Sir Anothony Sibayan said on our first day in class.

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“Simplify the complicated” at hindi “Complicate the simple.”

In most cases, liking math in the first place comes from being good at it, and if you’re good at it, you probably don’t need help learning math facts. How if I’m not good at it? 😦 For many of us, math is drudgery: doable, but requiring so much work and practice and intensity of focus that it becomes too much, and we turn off to it. “Math is hard for me” becomes, “I hate math,” and usually quite quickly. But now, I want to change my perspective when it comes to Math. I know I can do this. I know I’m better than this. Since Monday is our first prelim examination, I have to study hard either love it or hate it.

 Mahirap ang subject na ito, at mapapatingin ka sa langit para humingi ng gabay at para maintindihan mo yung lesson. Pero hanggang ngayon napapaisip pa din ako, bakit kaya may mga hinahanap na ‘x’ and y, bakit may slope, range, domain.. Yung mga ganun! Kawindang eh!

Sabi nga ng classmate ko nung quiz namin, MATH – It should be analyzing, understanding and learning how problems are being solve because not all the time you can still memorize those steps but if you learn how to solve those problems its easier for you to find any solution to that. Remember, its better to know how that happened than just memorizing the steps to make it happen.. Hahaha anyway. That’s only my opinion.

Totoo naman. Sha, tatalino din ako sa Math. Hahahaha. Ang anak ng Diyos, matalino! kailangan lang ng determinasyon, tiwala, willingnes, at tiyaga.

I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13, NIV

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Faith without action is death.

Hello College!

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

Just began one of the biggest chapters of my life, so I might as well keep a record of it, starting today. My 1st day in college life.

My eyes darted from each passing stony face. My heart pounded. Butterflies infiltrated my stomach. It felt like the first day of high school all over again. Except this time, I was completely on my own. (Iba nga daw ang college sa high school, So what to expect?)

First day at college is the most stressful day of their lives because they don’t know what to expect or they just don’t want to go through an embarrassing situation (based on observation a while ago), but for me it was the most exciting day of my life. 50% Excited and 50% Not yet ready. First, I met new people who I shared my interests with. Second it was a whole new experience & new knowledge for me in which success made on me, and third it was the first day that I started studying something that I really liked. The goal of a college student is not to merely survive; it is to thrive: academically, socially, and otherwise. Sir. Yolito says “This ain’t high school anymore. This is not a competition neither, no one can dictate on what you have to do. You have your freedom here at AMA.” Going to college automatically changes my perspective of life. New opportunities, new environment, new friends/classmates, new experiences, learn new things and a whole new world opens up before you. This is the time to make mistakes and learn as you step towards your future to become someone in life, but it all begins from that first day:

Preparing for monday:

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I miss those composition notebooks that’s why I took those pictures. then I finally bought a Cute Kitty Cat Notebook Binder + Green Ballpens = Preparing for college. (Naninibago pa talaga ko sa papamili) It tooks a lot of time to choose my binder then, finally found a good one. When I’m about to prepare my bag, my kuya is laughing at me, because I have scotch tapes, scissors, color pencils, ruler, pentel, and a lot of ballpens. He was just teasing me, Ano high school? Ano elementary? Eh Girl scout to eh!

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A lot of adjustment is setting up..

Sandata bago sumugod sa school:

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My Schedule: (Thank you, Lord for this schedule. I have a whole time on church every saturday)

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On the way to school. First day of school – medyo late (di naman super) hehe. Enebenemenyeeeen! Well, I realize that heading to college gives us a sense of responsibility as well as freedom. Ikaw mamimili. gigising ka ba ng maaga o hindi?

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Promise 5 minutes na lang gigising na ako. teka 10 minutes na lang talaga promith. Ang hirap gumising sa college, Masasanay din ito!

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First the room was like a solemn spring.  I bet everyone was so nervous on our first day at college. But, I met lots of people who were as excited as me for their first day at college. I really enjoyed that day because everybody I talked to were people who were going to study CS/IT with me, so we shared the same interest. My new friends and I talked a lot that day about the first things that crossed our minds, and then we exchanged our facebook, instagram and twitter. Thanks to AMAstudents-wifi. In my case I tried to look for the people who where completely interested with this course, and I think I overdid. I stand up on my sit and shake each other’s hands to all of them, I also introduce myself and ask all of their name. I thought I was on Campus Youth of Destiny. I really enjoyed to know them, to meet them and to be part of CA Section.

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They’re checkin’ out our Certificate of Registration + write your name, section, course on a 1/8 sheet of paper:

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(8:00-9:00am – College Algebra) Mr. Yolito Lucenio is about to ask us one-by-one.

What are your expectations? & Why did you chose AMA? (But I wasn’t called).

They also ask who are the honor students, and scholars. (Sir, here sir!)

(9:00-10:00am – Trigo) Mr. Anthony Sibayan our Math teacher. He leaves us a saying:

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He call us one-by one, and introduce ourselves in front of the class. Sir Sibayan says, ‘tell me about yourself. your name. strength & weaknesses. expectation with this subject. why do you prefer this course. & 4 years from now, what are your plans? & anything you can add on?

ME: Sheim Jarra Palmes. Taking up BS Computer Science . Uhmm, my strength is logic while my weakness is arithmetic. Pinili ko tong course na ito, because I know I’m born for this! 4 years from now, I’m one of the best web developer or web designer (it’s either) in the Philippines. (But, when I already told that I realize my vision was too small, let’s make it bigger – WHOLE NATION na lang pala. Hahahaha! too late to tell)

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28 ESV)

Mangarap ka ineng/totoy!

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3 ESV)

Let it happen! & Let’s wait for the right time!

Had a great time and great lunch with them:

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That’s it. Thanks for those who message me. & for those who do a novel message for me hahaha! Good luck & God bless by my friends. You’re too many to mention. Thanks my brothaa (Jomar Palmes) for cooking a carbonara for my breakfast.

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