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My First Leadership Training

The Annual PWC Leadership Training initiated by our school’s Office of Student Affairs was the first Leadership Training that I’ve ever attended. It was a truly remarkable experience for me, it was truly a first of its kind. I’m still quite overwhelmed by all the good vibes I’ve brought home with me from the said event.

At first, I thought that I was quite out of place. I’ve only returned to study this school year, and even though I was blessed to be the Vice President of the PWC IT Club, it still seemed like I didn’t quite fit into the picture. Everything has changed.

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Finally, I’ve connected with fellow student (leaders) of my High School Alma Mater and my current College.

Day 1

Editors Note: The place was quite nostalgic. This was were we had our Fourth Year High School Retreat when I studied at PWC.

Day 1 started off just how you’d expect a first day to start, it wasn’t quite significant as the following day, it did, however, serve as a good starting point for the next days activities. During the first day, we learned more about ourselves and about each other. It’s pivotal that you learn more about yourself first in order to become a more efficient and effective leader, whilst it’s of course, also important to get to know your fellow colleagues and as well as constituents more. Despite some tearjerking stories of my fellow group mates, we still managed to end our quite intimate sharing of our lives on a high note. We laughed, we had fun. It almost felt like we’ve known each other for some time. Well, one of my group mates has been my classmate during my Junior and Senior High School Years at PWC.

The Epic Day 2

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Day 2 started with most of us being quite groggy and still offbeat. We had loads of discussion and sharing after our sessions with the facilitators back in our rooms before we went to bed. Logically, we didn’t quite get up on the right foot on day 2.

Our Facilitators, most notably Geber, the facilitator assigned to our team, Team Natural have really hyped the second day to be the most exciting, enjoy and yet exhausting and physically taxing one. Jeez, they were spot on with that.

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Photos during the vacant time of Day 2.
Photos during the vacant time of Day 2.

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The second activity has really pushed some of my teammates’ patience to its limits. The task may sounds simple, but we barely made it. We had to bring a Hula-Hoop down with the use of just two fingers apiece without detaching our fingers from the Hula Hoop. It was a tough call, really, and while some started to get upset, it was really understandable. All of us wanted to finish the activity on a high note. Nobody wanted to give in. Even though the odds did not seem in our favor in that particular activity, it was great how everyone was still so cooperative, positive and energetic.

When managing a team, you really need to have a lot of patience. You need to have good communication with your fellow officers/leaders and of course, with your constituents. Let’s not forget also, that no man is an island. Everyone has to do his or her part.

The Race to 100

There was one activity wherein everyone has really shown their competitive side. Well, almost everyone. Save for one who has really thought it through. Our group was actually leading in the game, where we had to haul the most number of balls as possible — or that’s what we thought. We were merely one round away from walking away as champions when one of the other groups approached us. A girl from another group, in particular, was wondering whether we’ve all got the mechanics of the game right. For her, the instructions, although rather vague, had a little twist. All of us, together, had to cooperate, and instead of rumbling for the most number of balls, place our Hula-Hoops over the place where all 100 balls were stacked. She justified that the instructions merely said that we should all get, if possible, 100 balls… and the only way to achieve this would be by everyone cooperating.

Kudos to my teammates and the other teams who were still in contention to win first place if the smash and rumble had gone on for the fifth and final round. Kudos because, even though it had a slight hint of being a trick, everyone agreed to it. No more students got wounded, or scratched or kicked in the hyper competitive rumble in the middle of the pitch. Instead, all of us have won. I find it awesome that we didn’t realize the true instructions right away, because in this way, groups who were leading have shown that despite their competitiveness, they’re willing to give it up for the greater good of everyone else.

I could go on and talk about the other activities we’ve had, like the Nuclear Wall (where one of our teammates got injured when she fell) or the Mysterious Maze, however, the lesson of these activities are still very similar to the learnings of the previous one. So, let me go straight ahead to the most epic activity which also concluded our Leadership Training.

The Epic Finale

If you think about it, the instructions for our finale were quite simple.

All we had to do was pass along a few balls using half-cut pipes and have them safely delivered to the other end – without dropping them. Acting out the instructions was anything but easy. In no time, we’ve already dropped two balls that have somewhat upset our facilitators. It was only with the third and fourth ball that we really got our game together.

Team Natural
Team Natural

I didn’t quite follow how the third ball fared because I was more focused on the fourth ball of ours. Our setup was simple, Whoever was carrying the ball on his or her pipe had to have people on both sides to support him or her if in case the ball moves towards either side. To go on with the game, the ball had to proceed to our right. Yet, there was one moment when our fourth ball, and thus the third of five balls, had almost fallen down to the ground. The incident happened at one of the short corners near an elevated platform. The support of the next one carrying the ball has already left to prepare the line ahead of us. Unfortunately, it also meant that no one was there to support the next one. While the one carrying the ball didn’t pay attention to the ball, and instead glanced over to her right to check the position of the next pipe, the ball exited the leftmost exit of her pipe… jeeez, and that’s when my contribution came in. I was about to head towards the head of the line because I have already finished my job near the tail a few pipes earlier. Luckily, I didn’t leave the scene and managed to catch the falling ball with my pipe. It was so clutch. Sorry for the word, but it was really so fucking clutch. It felt good. It felt good because I have finally felt being needed and because I have finally done my important contribution. Of course, everybody has contributed in his or her own way, but it wasn’t until this moment that I really got involved with it all. It was epic.

all Participants of the Leadership Training.
all Participants of the Leadership Training.

Once again, like how I’ve done a handful of times on Facebook already, I’d like to thank and congratulate everyone involved with the Leadership Training of PWC. From the Office of Student Affairs, down to the instructors present, to the facilitators, to our very own Geber, to my fellow teammates and of course to all the other leaders who were part of this epic event.

Our facilitator, Geber and yours truly.
Our facilitator, Geber and yours truly.

Here I’m hoping that everyone took home some good vibes, some good learnings, some new friends and more. 🙂

PS: Team Natural, let’s not forget ha, Geber invited us over to her place some time. Adto ta pag kanang gutom ta? hahaha!

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3J and Kadayawan 2014

I thought that last year’s Kadayawan was quite something. Kadayawan 2014 has been the best Kadayawan for me thus far — save for the time when I was still studying at Sta. Ana and performed during Kadayawan.

The introvert in me has started to make a few friends and connections. If last year, I was mainly accompanied by my (ex)-girlfriend that time, this year, I have the presence of friends to brag about.

Let’s start with Friday

Jonas and Alyssa committed to a food tasting event, while I attended Globe’s pre-Kadayawan Press Conference.

The time slot of our events was quite untimely, since both events were scheduled at the same time. At least, we’ve got the whole afternoon vacant.

3J planned to go to Abreeza Ayala Mall. I was the one who has initiated the idea. It ended up to be not quite a grand idea because I had left my Max’s GCs at home.

Our Friday afternoon turned into a bore pretty quick since it turned out that Alyssa’s friend/s were busy with other things. We couldn’t watch a movie at GMall either, because that would have meant that Alyssa would go home late. Instead, we decided to go to Matina Town Square and chill out.

At MTS, we tried a new Milk Tea shop, JellyCitea. The Milk Tea was alright, the serving however, was a little on the **bitin** side of things.

Friday was pretty bland compared to how last week Saturday’s gimmick turned out.

To make sure things will be better come Saturday, we laid down an almost perfect game plan.

– Indak Indak
– 3J gets together somewhere downtown
– Max’s food trip
– Crocodile Park visit
– Parokya ni Edgar @ Roxas

We were able to follow the plan exactly how we laid it out, but not without any hiccups along the way.

I went to bed at 2AM. On the 3J thread, I left a note that I may not join them in the morning. Still, I decided to get out of the house and enjoy Kadayawan on the streets.

The joy of Kadayawan was on the verge to be sucked out of me pretty quickly. Dummy me, forgot that backpacks were not allowed in downtown Davao for the duration of the street dances and performances. Luckily though, the things in my bag were just a few wires and my powerbanks that I managed to tuck away in my sling bag.

After taking a few pictures and scouting for the presence of Sta. Ana participants, I went to Chowking Bolton for a Halo Halo.

Together with Jonas, we roamed San Pedro a bit and wandered along San Pedro street. A friend of his invited him to go to the UCCP building, which gave us an almost perfect spot to take photos of the performances with only one hiccup, they were facing in the opposite direction.

At around 12 noon, Alyssa joined us to make 3J complete. We went back to UCCP to check on a few more performances. It was Alyssa’s first time ever to see Kadayawan performances firsthand.

It was almost 2 when we reached Abreeza Ayala Mall to have our Max’s food trip that didn’t push through yesterday. We were just about to confirm our order with the waiter when we received an unexpected text from our co-blogger, Thunder Chick (hahaha, isip ka na ng bago). Naturally, we changed our order to accommodate her presence. It was great fun to have been in the presence of these three peeps. Jonas pulled off his usual scary stare at Alyssa (ehem) and told Jaiza what he knows about her zodiac sign and then some. Yours truly, on the other hand contented himself by eating. I was very hungry that time. We all talked and laughed like we’ve known each for some time. In fact, it’s been the first time that we all got together. Hopefully, that wasn’t the last. It was an extremely unique and special gathering because of Jaiza’s presence; we tried to invite her to our *laag-laag* since last week *pa eh*. Nakakasawa na ang mukha ng dalawa. Hahaha. Joke. :))

J3 + Jaiza at Max's Abreeza Ayala Mall.
3J + Jaiza at Max’s Abreeza Ayala Mall.
3J + Jaiza  goofing around at Abreeza Ayala Mall
3J + Jaiza goofing around at Abreeza Ayala Mall

The good time wasn’t going to last forever, since 3J had to go to Crocodile Park for another event.

In summary, the visit to Crocodile Park was a total mess. Of course, it was fun to talk with the other ‘old school’ bloggers of Davao and flashback to many notable events that took place in these 6-7 years we’ve known each other. It also meant that Jaiza and her friend that we left behind had to find a way into the PNE jamming place on their own. Again, luckily, the situation pretty much resolved on its own.

After staying for a while and talking to Elvin from Smart, we headed straight for Roxas Avenue for the Parokya ni Edgar performance. The TM Republikaravan was brought to us by Republika ng TM / Globe.

Jonas, Kevin (me), Alyssa and Jaiza [L to R]
Jonas, Kevin (me), Alyssa and Jaiza [L to R]

It was an awesome jam. It was even better to see everyone enjoying the TM Republikaravan so much.

A lot of handsets were raffled off by Globe/TM. There have even been a trio of comedians that kept us entertained.

The front act to Parokya ni Edgar wasn’t bad either…

Once Parokya took over the stage, the crowd just went wild. Even my friends have lost it. Hahaha. And yes, of course, ako rin.

Specially when Parokya performed songs that I can relate to. Jeez, kahit nga sobrang dami ng tao, nakita ko parin ang crush ko in the crowd. Unexpected pa talaga. How would I know she’d be there din? Perfect. Well, not really… kasi hindi ko siya na-picturan. Hahahaha. 🙂

Sa uulitin!

Nice photos can't replace the experience. Bitter kay maot ug kuha. :))
Nice photos can’t replace the experience. Bitter kay maot ug kuha. :))
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Mic Test… Anyone there?

It’s been a while since my last entry here. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that long if you consider this other post that I had published. Seriously though, this is the first time I’m really dedicating some time (and effort) into writing something.

I’ve been blogging for so long now. I’ve had a lot of ups but I’ve had a lot of downs as well. It’s only been recently that my groove for blogging has somewhat returned. Something has been bugging me; I don’t know how to explain it though. It’s as if there’s something odd, something wrong, heck, maybe even something missing. I can assure you, that it doesn’t have anything to do with my ex. Okay? 🙂

Let’s just put it this way.

I’ve had high hopes with a new acquaintance that I have on Facebook. I know that particular person for quite some time already. The conversation started out relatively smooth and without any hiccups but it has turned a bit dull.

I don’t know how to make the conversation lively. I don’t know where to pick up from. I don’t know what to do about it. It’s as if like from one moment to the next, everything has changed.

Jeez. Maybe I’m just worried too much, that I could mess this up.

This feeling of being too paralyzed to act, and never knowing how the outcome could have been, is killing me.

IN OTHER NEWS

I’m a student (yet again), but this time, promise I’ll push through with it. 🙂 For the first time ever, I have passed my Math 1 in College. I even managed to get a fairly high grade in it. My English has also gone back to its normal line of 9~, after the disastrous line of 7~ grade that I got in Ateneo. LOL.

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Party in Warmth this Winter


Just because the nights are slightly colder, doesn’t mean you have to put the party on hold till summer. Winter is a great time to host an event, with endless themes, plenty of devices to keep you warm, and the opportunity for lazy guests to don their most comfortable winter garb. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas for your next winter party.

Serve Hot Food and Drinks

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Serving hot food and drinks is a great way to defrost your guests and keep the winter chill away. Hot food will heat your guests from the inside out. Soup and warmed bread is easy and very warming. You can have a few soup varieties in different pots, ready for guests to serve themselves. You could also serve up a nice curry or even piping hot meat pies. Warmed cake, waffles or pancakes would make a good desert.

Another great way to keep partygoers warm is to serve hot drinks. Coffee, tea and hot cocoa are great for non-alcoholic drinks. Or you can make a big pot of hot chocolate so guests can serve themselves; add marshmallows for them to sprinkle on top. Mulled wine is a tasty and warm alcoholic beverage. Mulled wine is easy to prepare. It’s really just a combination of wine and lovely festive spices like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. This brew should be heated gently so the flavours have lots of time to combine and you can ladle it straight from the pot into wine glasses when your guests arrive.

Choose a Winter Theme

Choose a winter theme and decorate in wintry colours, like white, grey and blue and even add some fake snow. Pick a theme that allows everyone to dress up in their warmest clothes. Why not throw a pyjama party and have everyone turn up in the warmest flannelettes? Or a secret agent party where trench coats are the preferred costume?

You could hire a projector from Modern Party Hire and get everyone to bring blankets so you can have a snug movie party. Just add popcorn. Heated inflatable spas are also available for hire, so you can have a great pool party in the middle of winter.

What about a penguin party? This can be a really cute theme for a winter party. You can make some stuffed penguin decorations and even make penguin shaped invitations. Add a bowl of blue punch with a sign saying ocean. Penguin costumes are simple to make, will keep you warm, and even serve as a great icebreaker. After all, who doesn’t like ridiculous in a penguin outfit

Firepits and Heaters

When the warm clothes simply don’t cut it, opt for an outdoor fire pit or heater. These can be found at any hardware or home décor store, and are easy to install and maintain. Fire pits are a great investment for outdoor living area, offering versatility and instant ambiance. Just think: Roasting marshmallows, relaxing after a long day with a glass of wine, or even cooking a hearty meal!

Don’t let the cold weather deter you from having a good time. Winter party ideas are really only limited by your imagination. If you have any winter party ideas we’d love to hear them, just add them to the comments box below. Happy winter partying!