I'm Still Alive, For Sure!

10:55 PM Beatriz Jardenico 0 Comments

Woops, I almost forgot that my blog existed. I will say that my February, March and April has been one heck of a roller coaster ride and I honestly planned to blog about it, but it would be too much work to actually blog about each individual entry so I decided to just compile everything in this entry instead!

First of all, it's summer break for me right now. (Yeeeey!) Seeing that I'm already free from all my academic responsibilities, it would be the perfect time to blog right? Well, as much as I wanted to be active in my blogging activities again, it's been hard for me to find the motivation. I'd rather give you guys genuine content rather than half-assed ones. But I guess it's better that I keep this blog alive and actually update, yes? (Though I am working on writing some content soon. I'm still unsure what to post here since this place is like my personal diary haha!) I'm actually planning on working on my reviews section though, I think it would be the best place to start as I would love to share all my fandoms and favorites with all of you guys! I'll work on it---Eventually

But let's get to that update! Warning: A very long summary of my life the past few months haha!

February was a month that really brought in a few surprises for me. For this year's Valentines, I decided to write to one of my darling buds, Rui. It was funny since the barista who did the latte art for my drink made a cute heart for me. It was pretty sweet of him! Although everything was hearts and romance for love month, I actually struggled with my letter. It's very ironic since writing is one of the only things I'm actually good at. Rui makes it hard for me to convey things Luckily, I did manage to finish writing the letter but I wasn't able to send it before Valentine's Day. It arrived after and actually, it was supposed to be a surprise, but then that failed miserably because I got worried about the letter and asked Rui if she received anything. So she basically found out that I sent her something and you know what else was ironic? The letter arrived a day later. LIKE WOW MAILMAN THANKS FOR RUINING THINGS </3

But the craziest thing that happened in February? I had my first art exhibit!

One of the photos I had for display! It's titled "Odd One Out"
Did I ever plan on having an exhibit? Absolutely not. In fact, the exhibit was kind of on the spot lol! My best friend met up with me one day and suddenly asked me if I wanted to join the exhibit she was planning on showcasing in a few weeks. Initially, I wanted to turn down the offer since my schedule was a bit hectic due to university. But when I thought about it again, this was a rare opportunity and I probably won't be able to get another one like this in the future, so I decided to go for it! It was a really crazy experience to be honest, like very crazy. Usually it takes months for an artist to prepare all their material to be showcased in an exhibit right? Well, I had to cram my materials in roughly a week. Yes, a week. I wanted to die in that week too tbh :)) 

It was a ridiculous experience because I had to desperately think of what kind of photos I wanted to present. Due to time constrain and my determination to produce the minimum amount of works, I went all out and went as far as to skip some of my classes. Thankfully, my professors were very supportive and understood my situation. In fact, some of them attended the grand opening! I had a total of five pieces that were displayed in the museum. I was so nervous during the program since I was yet again, chosen to be the emcee at the last minute. Why y'all doing this to me But I managed to live through the program with little to no mistakes. You guys have no idea how relieved I was when I finally reached the "And now may I request _____ to assist in the ribbon cutting" part of the script. Because right after that, I scurried off behind everyone and hid from the world. (Okay not really, afterward we had snacks and chatted with all our friends and family that attended the opening night!)

Before my February ended, I was able to get the chance to visit Bacolod City again! It was a quick trip with my mom and her friends because we went there to attend a contest that my aunt's daughters attended. (Not really my blood aunt, but my mom's friend.) I actually expected that during the trip I would not be allowed to roam and would accompany my mom with everyone else. But to my surprise, I was allowed to meet up with my friends Ban, Kai and Mac! I was able to meet two new friends as well and we had such a delicious dinner at this very cute restaurant in town. I really liked the place because of their interior design and overall aesthetic! It had a nice retro diner feel and if you go further on the inside, the rest of the tables are similar to the setting in actual Korean restaurants! And that means, sitting on the floor :') But it was a cozy floor, it reminded me of a tree house <3

Fast forward, fast forward and I'm back in Bacolod. Didn't expect that huh? :)) We came back for a different reason this time. When we visited Bacolod last March, it was more of a quick vacation and we got to go around the city and act like tourists. (But really we're not) We were able to visit "The Ruins" and actually got to see our favorite tour guide, Roger! If you guys are familiar with the local reality show in the Philippines called "Pinoy Big Brother",  Roger was one of the housemates last year! He's such a fantastic guy to be around with and he's extremely funny. He really made the tour around the mansion entertaining and he got everyone interested with the mansion's history and origin. This wasn't the first time I've visited the ruins however, I've actually been to this site a few times already! I've visited the place so much that I can actually remember the whole story behind the famous sugar baron and how this beautiful mansion ended up in ruins during World War II. I would love to go on and explain the tale but I think I'll save it for another entry! 

Besides visiting the famous tourist attractions, I also got to meet up with my Bacolod friends again too! Ban, Kai, Mac and Cidnie were kind enough to get some time off to meet up with me and basically show me around the city. Although with Cidnie, we ended up eating and ranting about life as usual. I love you gurl <3 I did get to enjoy a nice dance game with Mac at the arcade before we went off for dinner though. I actually got to meet up with him first and we talked about Kpop and I got to interview him for an article I was writing about the city. Thanks for the help Mac! There was way too many food during our trips to Bacolod. I ate a whole lot of things but I did not regret it :)) If there was one big highlight during my recent visit, it was definitely seeing all the artworks that were displayed in the hipster bar right across Cafe Bob. There were so many amazing artworks being displayed and I was deeply in awe with each masterpiece. They weren't there when I last visited, so I definitely took the opportunity to take photos and spam it on my instagram feed.

Fast forward to March! This was probably a great month for me because there was a lot of things happening. It was a roller coaster ride to pass all my subjects and try to balance the extra curricular activities I had. I only had one motivation to get through this month, SUMMER. We were close to having a taste of summer vacation and I for one, wanted to get my vacation as soon as possible. Therefore, work our butts off to pass all the requirements! 

During this month, we had our culminating activity in our PE class. We were taking up ballroom dancing and our wonderful instructor Miss Sheila, had taught us a variety of dance styles during each session. The challenge was, she wasn't going to give us a final exam but instead, our overall performance during the culminating night will determine our grades. That being said, we had to choreograph our own routine for the competition, work out our costumes and had to compete with other sections that were also taking up the same subject. If that wasn't bad enough, our instructor also added that the previous champions during the activity was from our curriculum and that she had high expectations that we would be able to keep the title. This was definitely one way to pressure us last semester haha! Surprisingly, everyone cooperated really well during practices. It was really a time where I saw that each and every one of my classmates wanted to win this and even I wasn't really the competitive type, I really did have the desire to win. After tiring hours of practicing, getting mad at each other and adding a pinch of drama in between, WE WON! <3 Everyone had happy tears at that moment and I couldn't help but feel so proud of my classmates with the things we were able to achieve together. It was a really fun night! Although I'm not the best dancer in the world, I can't deny that I like to dance to good music :))

But of course, the exhaustion doesn't end there because the next morning, we had to attend a tourism convention. If that wasn't bad enough, I was suddenly called to the Dean's office a few days after. To my relief however, the Dean wanted to me to receive a letter and it was actually an invitation to participate in a photography contest for World Water Day! I didn't know how to react because the letter had only arrived at the beginning of the week and the deadline of entries was literally 3 days way. I am not kidding, I had 3 days to produce an output that I believed, matched the theme of the contest. How was I able to do it? I had no idea. But thanks to the help and support of my friends, I was able to get some shots and work on a concept that for me, embodied this year's theme. I was especially motivated to give the contest a shot because of the overwhelming support I received from my professors, college dean and student administrator! They were so kind to me and encouraged me all throughout my preparation. Words couldn't express how happy I was that my hobby would actually be well received by the people around me. I am not a professional photographer and quite honestly, I only take photos for hobby. I like to believe that photographs are the best memoirs to keep and often times, I like to look at pictures and look back at the fond memories I had when that picture was taken. So when I was receiving praises and encouragement from everyone to continue pursuing photography, I was very very happy. There was an overwhelming joy that filled my heart and I told myself that I'll continue to take pictures that held meaning to me. :) I wasn't able to win a place in the contest, but I enjoyed the experience of it! 

By the way, my cousin Timi came home and got married! Well, they technically got married in America, but they wanted to have an intimate church wedding with their family and relatives here in the Philippines; so here we were! It was actually really funny because the moment I arrived at the church, my cousin Clark shoved a camera to my hands and told me that I was to take pictures for manong Rogeric. (My cousin's husband) Of course, my initial reaction was "wtf why me" but then I knew that this was the least I could do to help make my cousin's wedding memorable. So I told myself, why not? Then I regretted the decision later because I absolutely had no clue how to use manong Rogeric's camera. (It was a pretty camera though, the design was a vintage film camera but it was digital!) I spent most of the day fiddling with the contraption and getting frustrated as to why I couldn't adjust the image's brightness to the way I wanted it. Luckily after the wedding ceremony, manong Rogeric was kind enough to teach me how the thing worked while I went around to take photos during the reception LOL. I had a love-hate relationship with that camera that day but it was fun! It was definitely worth missing PE class for :)) Sorry Ma'am! 

What else happened in March? Adventure with my soul sisters! I was really happy because after I finished my requirements in school, I immediately had dates with my best friends! First order of business for the summer heat was to eat halo-halo at Sam's family restaurant. They had an "all you can eat" halo-halo buffet and it was for a cheap price! Of course Daph and I took the opportunity to get good food for a cheap price. (Because we're cheapskates HAHA) We ended up teasing Sam a lot because she promised that the buffet would cost us Php 50 and when we asked the cashier she told us that it was indeed Php 50 but if we wanted ice cream with our halo-halo we had to pay Php 80. Like, who eats halo-halo without a scoop of ice cream? Dreading the price, we went with it because we wanted our cold treats. To our surprise however, Aunt Rosy paid for our buffet and we only paid for the extra ice cream bars we ransacked from their fridge. Daphne and I eventually teased Sam afterward as we left, going "You lied" while she defended herself :)) Funny thing was, it was an "all you can eat buffet" but the three of us only managed to eat one full glass of halo-halo haha!

Daphne, Sam and I got to visit this very beautiful resort just a little bit out of town. I forgot the name of the resort, please kill me It was Aunt Rosy's birthday and we were invited to celebrate with Sam's family at the resort. The moment they said pool, we packed our swimsuits and literally jumped into the water when we arrived. :)) The resort was fairly new but it had such a beautiful view of the sea! Oh hey, SHINee song reference haha! What probably made that trip fun was the fact that we talked about our favorite roleplay while we were swimming in the pool. We were making jokes about how our characters would act if they were spending time at a resort during summer. There was a lot of funny and inappropriate humor that I would rather spare you all from reading but at least, we got to end the trip with some good food and some really really good beer. I'm not really a beer person myself but that apple flavored beer we got tasted delicious! (Funny thing was, after that I had to run off for a fan meeting event for the Kpop cover group I was managing and the special guests that arrived from Manila. Thank you Daphne for being my makeup savior like usual) 

Now April was definitely another crazy month. Why crazy? Because who suddenly calls you and then tells you "Hey Bee, we're going to Manila in two days." Like, who does that? :)) Apparently Sam does! The story is, Sam was applying for a job which was located in a different city from our hometown, so she had to fly over to the location in order to have her interview. Usually, Daphne and I would just wish her a safe trip and ask her to bring food when she gets back. To my surprise, Sam's mom told her to bring me along since no one was there to accompany Sam during her trip. Since it was Aunt Rosie who decided, the trip was basically finalized and next thing I know, I'm flying to Manila with Sam. :)) But of course, since this was a rare opportunity, I decided to surprise my friend Rui! 

First of all, I contacted all my mutual friends with Rui informing them that I was visiting. Our friends were in my surprise and I also invited them to meet up in case they were free on the day of my visit. Thing is, Rui never knew I was coming. My alibi? Rui was kind enough to buy and style the wig I needed for a new cosplan. So, I decided to use that and told her if it was alright if she could settle a meet up with Sam to give my wig and receive payment; to which she agreed. Of course, I left out the detail that I was tagging along :^)) I could not forget the look of surprise she had when she saw me enter the shop. I couldn't stop smiling either tbh because aahhhh I missed her so much! Funny enough, I invited around three of our close friends to join us, but strangely all of them couldn't make it on the last minute. It's funny because all of them confirmed they were available and were ready to meet up with me along with Rui and Sam; but for some reason, they had responsibilities to attend to and had to cancel on the last minute haha! Sam and I laughed at the timing to be honest. Fate was probably telling me that I was really reserved for Rui that day! (Pero sige lang guys, may next time pa tayo mag hang out promise haha) I actually wanted to meet with other friends but we were only in the area for a day and we'll be flying home in the evening. :'(

After the reunion, Rui had prepared a gift for me and I was legit fangirling so hard at the airport when I opened it. I saw the notebook first and knowing how much of a Miraculous Ladybug trash I am, I felt so happy seeing Rui's art of Ladybug on the notebook. Bonus? The notebook was lineless! <3 mmmm blank page goodness But what probably got me all giddy was the letter that came along with everything. I honestly had a hard time concealing my rapidly growing grin. Sam was already looking at me  strangely and silently judging me. I tried but miserably failed. Rui if you're reading this, I love-hate you so much but thank you ❤ I can't wait to be reunited with you soon!

Oh! Daphne celebrated her birthday as well! (It was during March but she decided to celebrate on the weekend) It was a fun intimate gathering with all our close friends and enjoyed the afternoon with Cards Against Humanity plus super good food. We actually surprised her with a gift bomb filled with a lot of cute things. Mainly rabbits lol It was funny because Daphne didn't notice the gift we placed on the table and didn't get the hint even while we were holding up our cameras to record her reaction. Luckily she caught up and eventually spazzed when she saw all the gifts we had gotten her haha! Happy Birthday Daph!

My April ended with a quick trip out of town! We went to visit my mom's friend in order to celebrate her husband's birthday. It was pretty fun! I actually missed having long road trips. I think I'll probably visit Dad at his workplace when I get the time, I prefer to take the bus since it makes the trip more satisfying compared to taking a private vehicle. What probably makes out of town trips really nice is the fact that there is so much green around! I really loved being surrounded by nature when we went to visit Dao. Plus, the amount of fresh air is so refreshing! 

May has started and the month has been pretty mellow except for the upcoming event I'm currently participating in! We're currently in the final stages of our organizing and it's just a week away until the event! Other than that, I think I'm finally back to blogging. I think it's time I go back to my love for posting my shenanigans online. Oh! Before I end this entry, my lovely friend Ady sent me a very cute package with my latest fictional crush. :^))

Do you see the amount of Chat Noir? Thanks so much Ady! Love you!

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