New Chapter

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For more than 6 years of being connected with Accenture as a Software Engineer, I officially ended my journey with them last December 28, 2018. It was not an easy decision, and it took a lot of time for me to finally make a decision, but with the grace of God, I did it.

I will now be working as a full-time Financial Advisor of Pru Life UK. Yes, it is a total career shift, very different from what I was doing in Accenture for the past 6 years, but I am so excited for this new path.

To be honest, as of this writing, it hasn’t really sunk in yet that I already left Accenture. Maybe I got used to be with the company, and it is weird to think that I no longer work there. But this is just temporary, and this new setup will slowly get into my system.

 

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Trusting The Process

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Waiting in Faith – This is something that I always hear from my Christian friends and also a phrase that I always use when advising other people as well. I sometimes use “Ka-FAITH lang!” to make it somehow memorable to them and to incorporate to their lives that waiting for God’s signs requires perseverance and patience and it is an act of faith.

But when things do not seem to make sense, do you still “wait in faith”?

I learned that from Habakkuk 2:3, where God’s promises come according to His time. If it really seems too long, then all the more that you wait in faith. But as I go along in reading the whole book of Habakkuk, it gave me a new meaning.

Let me point out the striking verses for me:

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#NoShaveNovember: A Reflection After The Challenge

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Before the month of November started, I declared that I will be doing the No Shave November Challenge. I’ve had my attempts on completing the said challenge, but I easily gave in. The last time I took the challenge, I raised the white flag and shaved on the middle of the month.

The challenge already started, and I am so determined in completing it, because I don’t wanna be tagged as one of the INTRO BOYS or BACK OUT DANCERS. I am so focused in completing the challenge this year. And now here I am, finally declaring that I HAVE COMPLETED THE NO SHAVE NOVEMBER CHALLENGE!

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Morning Sun

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Here I am with my late night thoughts.

While I was browsing the photos in my phone, I noticed that I saved this beautiful sunrise shot that I took way back in 2013.

This photo was taken while I was in Olango Island in Cebu for a local tour event. I woke up due to the ray of the sunlight, and when I saw this magnificent view, I immediately grabbed my point-and-shot digicam and took a snap of this. Hence, this is the result. See how the horizon is kinda tilted? Yeah, that’s how amateur I am when taking photos, but I’m so proud of this shot.

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Where did my mojo go?

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OK, it’s been months since I last posted in this blog. There were several attempts to post a new blog post over the past months, but there was no ounce of luck that it materialized. I had so many adventures worthy of a blog post, but as you can see, no new entries for the past 6 months.

So yeah, where did my blogging mojo go?

So silly of me to ask this via a blog post, right? I mean, of course I am the only one who can answer this stupid question. Well, I just wanna share it because there are other bloggers like me who took a different life and put blogging in parking mode for a long time.

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Waiting Outside The Lines

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I am a type of person who tries to comfort myself by listening to songs that fit my mood. If I’m in a happy-dancy mood, then EDM tracks are my partner for a day. If I just wanna relax and chill, I turn to Coldplay, One Republic, Hale, and the likes. Yeah, my song playlist varies depending on my mood.

Recently, I was on a depression state, due to several problems exisiting in my mind at the same time. As usual, I am trying to ease myself by listening to music, especially when I’m alone. Then, I remembered this song by Greyson Chance that was released last 2010. Below is the song I am talking about:

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Escape from the Big Boss!

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“What if you are in a situation wherein a big syndicate captured you and you need to make your way out before the big boss arrives and kill you?”

That was the setup when we entered the Lady Luck – Blood Money game of Breakout Philippines, a real-life escape game. The goal of the game is simple, make your way out of the room within the 45-minute timeframe by searching for clue in order to answer the tricky questions in order to escape. Simple as it may seem, but it is not what you think it is inside.

Right after a quick dinner over at Wangfu Chinese Restaurant (which is by the way a thumbs up!), our squad, consisting of our Senior Manager Bogs, Girlie, Jem, Jayvee, JM, Marlon and myself, headed straight to Breakout Philippines Serendra branch to try our luck if we can indeed survive the room. We had to wait for quite some time because there are other groups who are inside, trying to make their way out of the puzzled room. It was the time to share each other’s expectations about the game. Some are guessing if there are extreme activities inside like jumping or running (for their lives hahaha), others were very clueless as to what will be happening inside. The group prior to us stepped outside the room, packed with faces full of frustration and sadness, because they were only able to make 40% progress. In short, there were not able to make it out. Our group was eager to ask them questions, hoping that we can get even just a simple hint about the clues. It simply shows that we are indeed scared that we might not be able to get out within 45 minutes.

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Girlie, me, JM, Jem, Bogs, Jayvee and Marlon, preparing ourselves to conquer Breakout by a pigging out sesh :3 (Photo by Jem)

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Petit Biscuit

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I bet all of us are music lovers, no matter what type of genre you’re into. As long as you are enjoying the kind of music that you listen to, then you, my friend, belong to the clan.

The kind of music I listen to varies depending on my mood, so there is definitely no specific genre of music. Yep! Even international music like Indian songs are part of my playlist. But what strikes me lately is chill music. To be specific? Petit Biscuit.

Petit Biscuit. Photo by TheWebTape.net

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Protect the Thresher Sharks! Sign the Petition!

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Thresher shark is my favorite shark specie. I love them because of its majestic tail, which not only looks beautiful when it swims, but because of ita unique function and how the thresher sharks use it for their survival. Basically, the tail acts as a whip that the shark uses to stun its prey, mostly small fishes and squids.

The Majectic Thresher Shark. Photo from Google.

Back in Cebu, thresher sharks can be found in the famous Monad Shoal, located near the island of Malapascua. The island itself is famous for being a diving spot, that’s why many tourist, both local and foreign, are storming into the island to plunge the waters of Malapascua. Of course, a lot of these visitors wanted to experience a surreal encounter with the thresher sharks in the wild. These activities helped the locals greatly in terms of income and livelihood. Indeed, thresher sharks are a gift to the people of Malapascua

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Last Moments in Cebu

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It has been a month since I moved here in Manila. Since then, there are so many new things that I have experienced. It is my first time to be away from my family and my hometown for a very long time, and honestly, it’s not really easy, but good thing fate is so good to me and I managed to cope up.

But I can’t help but feel homesick. There are times that I think of Cebu, my family, the place, the friends I left there. Well, Cebu has been my hometown and my domicile for more than 20 years, so this feeling is really expected of me.

Allow me to share my last moments in Cebu before I got relocated in Manila:

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