Expressway

I like SHINee. There, I said it.

I used to be one of those people who gag when hearing KPOP songs on the radio. Well, okay there were some exceptions but I’ve never been one to really follow a Korean idol group and listen to their music and watch their music videos. I have friends who live and breathe KPOP, study Hangul just to understand the songs, and even spend huge amounts of money on albums and concert tickets. Their passion for KPOP was a mystery to me… until I started watching To the Beautiful You last April.

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Top and cap, Skechers x SHINee

When I’m going through something, especially when it concerns the heart, I lock myself up. I’m not keen on the idea of meeting every single person, repeating the story, and crying my heart out because 1) I don’t like that kind of attention and 2)it can be very exhausting. I was going through my daily routine of waking up – eating – lying down – listening to music while crying when I decided to turn on the television. Showing was To The Beautiful You where the leading man was SHINee’s Choi Minho, who didn’t really appeal to me at that time. I was more interested in the story of his love interest, Sulli, who pretended to be a man so she ca go to his school and… well you already know how the story ends. Anyway, I downloaded the episodes and eventually found myself watching it on a daily basis. I enjoyed the story, I  fell in love with Choi Minho’s character, and before I knew it, I began looking for his other dramas. My research brought me to his band, SHINee. I looked for their songs, listened to them, and found comfort in the beat and lyrics that didn’t make sense at all. I remember the first song I heard was “Why So Serious”, then after that, I heard “Helllo”, and then “Replay”. I liked the last two songs so I downloaded them and played them on loop. From then on, I became a SHAWOL (a SHINee fan). I’m still not into the whole KPOP idea. I just like SHINee plus two or three other groups and that’s it.  I now understand why my KPOP crazy friends behave the way they do. 🙂

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Top and cap, Skechers x SHINee | Dress, Kashieca | Shoes, Converse

In case you’re wondering, these photos were taken in an expressway in Thailand. Our taxi had a flat tire and we had to wait for hours for the repairs. To distract ourselves, my mom and I went outside the car and started to take pictures. Yes, it was annoying that that incident happened, but we didn’t want to let it ruin our day. Things happen no matter how hard you plan your trips abroad. What’s important is you open yourself to the possibilities and allow yourself to see the positive side when things don’t go as planned.

 

A Que Hora Es?

I really have a wonderful mom.

She gave me this watch as an early birthday present.

It’s cool that it’s silver, it matches my age-to-be this year.

Another reason why I love her for giving me this watch as a present is because time is one of the best gifts that you can give another person.

Thanks for this ma, love you! 🙂

ISO 400. Shutter speed 1/20. Aperture F4.0. Raw.

Another Milestone

I remember receiving an email from Unicef Manila and Unicef Cotabato during the third week of January about the 2011 San Marino-Alexander Bodini Foundation Children’s Awards. I was able to follow the exchange of messages from the Manila and Cotabato offices of Unicef and it was fascinating to see that they immediately thought of us when they saw the call for proposals. We received the email THREE days before the deadline. Lovely. To write a proposal at that short a time may seem impossible, but my mom and I did what we had to do. We went to our writing.

I distinctly remember Angela Travis’ (Chief Communication Officer of Unicef Manila) call just to make sure that we received the email and that we will be sending a proposal. She said that we have  a big chance of winning because the nomination criteria has us written all over it. I was thrilled to know that they believed in us so much. They were rooting for us and that meant a lot.

I can also remember our exchange of emails filled with corrections and suggestions on what to add and subtract to the proposal. We were both juggling some other things that time, but we did not want to let the opportunity go. I remember just hours before the deadline, my mom had to attend the meeting so she said “it’s all in your hands, you can do it”. I shuddered. I wanted to quit but when I thought of my foundation, I knew I had to do it.

Writing the last few lines of the proposal brought tears to my eyes. In my heart I knew it was no longer about me. In my heart I knew, that if we won, it will change the lives of many. I just closed my eyes, drowned the noise by losing myself in the beautiful symphony created by my fingers as it danced along the keyboard. With tears in my eyes I saw this on my computer screen:

“It is said that the youth is the hope of the future, but in our case we believe that we can have a better future by doing something today. The Kids for Peace Foundation started with humble beginnings; with the desire to empower the youth and to let them embrace the fact that in this society, they matter. We matter. That desire remains true today. We are honored to have made this nomination”. 

With those words, I saved the PDF file, sent it to my mom and said “it is done”. After finalizing some attachments we finally submitted the proposal with happy hearts because deep down we knew that no matter what happens, we gave our best.

Just two weeks ago, I received a call from Angela. It was around 7 in the evening and my mom and I just got home from dinner. Angela sounded really happy and she announced that we won! My mom and I rejoiced of course and then we shared the good news to the ChildHeal Facilitators.

So, winning the 2011 San Marino-Alexander Bodini Children’s Awards is another  milestone for the Kids for Peace Foundation, Inc. Here’s to showing the world what we (the youth) can do! We made it! 🙂