On this blog, I’m asking you a small favor… Please allow me to boast a little as I need to share the-one-who-always-raises-hand-and-volunteers stage of my life. I learned so many things by volunteering on a lot of things – joining an aerobics competition, competing in a declamation contest, directing and playing the lead role in a school play, running for school senator, modeling, writing for a school paper, volunteering as a teacher for the alternative learning system (ALS), submitting a romance novel to a publishing house, competing (and winning some) on quiz bees (math, science, cultural arts, and spelling), joining a dance competition, competing for a position in CAT, etc.
That’s how a I learned a lot of things. I tried almost everything except for eating live chicken or walking on top of flaming charcoal. Again, allow me to share with you a part of my life.
11. Performer – I love to perform. I don’t know who among my parents influenced me to be one. Both my parents are friendly, but they are a little shy compared to me. So, I don’t think it is the genes. I think that my love in performing is because of my eagerness to overcome my introvert personality when I was younger. During the past 31 years of my life, I have performed so many times in front of an audience and I love the feeling – the thrill before I enter the stage and the happiness after hearing the audience’s applause.
12. Achiever – My mother is such a disciplinarian – and I love her so much for that. But it took me years to understand why she did not allow me to watch the television on school days. (Trivia: I never watched the Simpsons, Sesame Street, Adams Family, etc.) I wonder if I got addicted to watching TV shows, I wouldn’t have won the Math, Cultural Arts, and Spelling Quiz Bee, I wouldn’t be the class salutatorian, I wouldn’t be an academic scholar or a dean’s lister. I’m glad that my mother led me through this role.
13. Writer – This is the role I never imagined I will ever play as I never got high grades in any of my language subject when I was younger. In fact, one of my highschool classmates made fun of my writing when she consistently saw my “You is” statements on one of my essays. I’m grateful that I became part of team portfolio and was trained by our editor-in-chief, college professors, and colleagues to write (if not very well at least better than decades ago). Truly, a person’s past does not define his future.
14. Teacher – Few years ago, I volunteered as an instructional manager for Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System – an alternative class which is conducted once a week (usually on weekends) and is dedicated to teach out-of-school youths, elderly, and anyone else who did not finish elementary or highschool. The program usually runs for approximately seven months to prepare the students for an exam that will give them an opportunity to have an elementary or high school diploma if they pass the exam. The process is very rewarding for us, teachers, knowing that our little help can change the lives of all the students. It made me appreciate more that I’m lucky to have the privilege to study as a full-time student in a privates school.
15. Mentor – Most of the time, I’m faced with a lot of life-changing questions from friends who need advice. Questions like “Should I take my graduate studies now or later?,” “Should I leave my current job and take the offer from another company?,” “Should I leave the country or not?,” “Should we construct a house near my parents or should we buy property somewhere else?,” etc. Some listened to my advices, some didn’t. But I’m glad those who listened were happy with their decisions. I guess, the success of a mentor is not measured on the number of his mentee/s, but on how successful the mentee became after the mentoring.
16. Model – Who doesn’t love fashion? It’s everybody’s obsession. Those sleek leather bags, those designer clothes, those animal-skinned boots, those fancy cars… Ahhh, fashion is everywhere. Once in my life, I enjoyed dressing up so much. “Mommy Ate” – my father’s elder sister, used to have an RTW shop in a public market in Pasay. And, I, being the cutest niece (haha! Sorry cousins, this is my blog!) get to were whatever is new on her collection. Way back in highschool, I was also one of those hand-picked to model for Tony Galang’s bridal collection. There I experienced how it is to be a ramp model – the glamour, the excitement, the fun…
17. Researcher – I’m obsessed with researching. I practically research everything. I research for the class schedule of my crush when I was younger, I research for alternative medicines, I research on how to make processes easier and simpler, I research on how to perfect toasted garlics, etc. I’m thrilled everytime I am asked to research and I believe I’m good at that. I’m good chasing people, I’m good at chasing information.
18. Chef – I always tell myself and people close to me that I never thought I will love cooking until I got married. I shocked the entire mankind (!) when I posted several photos of my dishes. A lot didn’t believe that I cooked the dishes myself. Well, I can’t blame them because I can’t even fry an egg before I got married. I realized that cooking is a really good therapy; it gives an incomparable kind of relaxation. Part of this blog is dedicated to showcase some of my dishes. You can find it on my “Sarap at Home” page.
As my birthday comes nearer, you get to know me closer by reading the 18 roles I played during the past 31 years of my life. I’m half-way through on sharing my life with you. Thank you for taking time to ready my blog.
Happy to share my life with you,