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Don’t ever trust Google translate.

Halaman, or Plant in English, is a living organism typically growing in a permanent site, absorbing water and inorganic substances through its roots, and synthesizing nutrients in its leaves by photosynthesis using the green pigment chlorophyll…okay, stop. In order words, they’re asexual living organisms.

We used the word Halaman to analogize the state of being of someone who doesn’t have any sexual feelings or desires to the opposite sex. Being asexual is also, somewhat, relates to being a celibate–a person who abstains from marriage and sexual relations.  However, celibacy is already far from being a halaman. Probably, the nearest word to describe this is Alexythimia.

Alexythimia derives from Greek, which literally means, having no words for emotions. According to Psychiatrictimes.comalexithymia implies a glitch in the process that permits the expression of feelings in words that capture the body’s involvement in these feelings. Though this is a very specific term for emotionally detached people… ooppss… did I just say “emotionally detached?” Yes, that is right. Halaman people are emotionally detached people.

You mad at me for beating around the bush? Well, I just want to let you know the clinical term for this. Peace!

So to those people who doesn’t really give a piece of sh*t about St. Valentine’s Day or others call it, Self Awareness Day or Independence Day, I made some compilation of quotes, tweets, and memes for you.

1) This time when you starred at a Jollibee commercial

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“I never felt like a superstar before!”

2) When you’re just really dead on the inside

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3) Or maybe your zodiac sign is really Aquarius?

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Happy graduation my halaman friend!

4) When you’re not a bitter gourd this Valentines

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Best halaman friend award goes to…

5) When you’re doubting yourself, you know what to do

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6) When your friend is annoying you with food

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7) Hail to the Halaman Anthem!

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Even though you’re a halaman, don’t worry. There’s still someone out there who loves you (even though you won’t ever love them back, perhaps?).

Happy Halaman Day!

Screenshot from Love Myself

 

 

Bye College! Hello Adult Life!

 

Hi! This is the author speaking (or writing). Well, enough with the corny introduction, I’m here to show you what I did on the day of my college commencement exercise.

Since my graduation is early in the morning, 8:00 AM to be exact, I did my own make-up and styling. It’s a good thing that I already went to wax and thread out those unwanted hair, so I’ll be lookin’ fresh on my graduation day (yow!).

Add that Snapchat filter for a PAK! GANERN! effects

My grandma came for my graduation, so I’m really happy and excited!! (Doki doki suru!!)

Selfie with my Madera the first!

My whole family was there too! Who wouldn’t be happy to rock their toga?

Coz selfie’s the way!

Here’s some live videos of my graduation, well most of the content are just me being the overly active me. (Open link below to view videos)

Officially Graduated!

FB LIVE: Commencement Exercise

FB LIVE: Malapit na kami

FB LIVE: Got my diploma!

Guess what? I just received the diploma holder not the diploma itself. #OhWell

Of course! I won’t forget to have photos with my beloved friends!

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More photos on my FB!

Here’s a shot of my batch mates!

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I spy… Euei!

These past 3 years has been one hella ride. College taught me and showed me a lot of things. Who would’ve thought that a half-hearted, unconfident, self-doubting Faye would turn out to be a strong, versatile, and mature Euei? I never did. I just believed in myself that whatever trial I may encounter, I can surpass it.

Now, that I finally put the tassel on my left, I am ready to fully pursue my dreams. I just need to plow out some weeds I guess?

Adult life… bring it on!

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Ganern!

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Char!

To all students who are doubting right now like I did before, if everybody’s telling you that you can’t do it, sino ba sila? sila ba ikaw? NO. You know your capacities and capabilities. Why not try first before giving up? I promise you won’t regret it.

That’s all. Au revoir!

またね!

Mata ne!

15 Memorable Experiences on my First Trip Abroad

Before I bid “Adieu!” to my college days and “Salut” to my adulthood, I’ve decided to make a memorable experience by joining the Pan-Asia Model United Nations 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan, last November 9-16 2015.

Although the journey before I set my feet on the soil of the formerly known Formosa was not that piece of a cake, I still enjoyed it.

Allow me to show you the highlights during my first travel abroad (though mostly, we just attended the conference).

1. Our pre-departure

Selfie with my mom before I leave!

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Selfie with friends!!

Of course, I wouldn’t miss to have a photo in our Team Benilde hoodie!

And this clingy pose with Ricca!

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This obligatory passport (with Team Benilde hoodie) photo

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Gotta love our hoodie!!

This before and after

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It was my first time, but it didn’t feel like my first at all (WHAT?). Maybe that was because I was with my friends and a very caring and understanding adviser.

2. The flight and arrival

Loving the sea of clouds from my window

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Selfie with my seatmate, Nicole! Though I transferred seats later on because I want to see the view

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Touch down Taipei!!!

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Eunice tryna steal my spotlight. HAHAHAHA

Rode this awesome bus. It became awesome because of my tired yet still energetic friends!

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Janna was so tired, she decided to rest

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The lobby of our hotel was so full of lively Filipinos! Other guests were probably wondering why.

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Eunice and I were roommies!

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And you will love the view of the street from our room

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Yeah, I know, it’s just an intersection. But hey! Ain’t it Instagram worthy??

3. When we had an ocular visit to the conference venue

With our wonderful adviser, Sir. Rene, as our guide

 

We had heaps of fun along the way!

I was so excited! Even in the MRT, I didn’t let the chance pass

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To take photos of my favorite people

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And more of them!!!

Even if it is hard, Jackie did her best.

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And this time when Victor had the time of his life. Boys are now jealous of you, Victor.

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And that smirk.

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I won’t miss this when Trix makes landi with Victor while no one is watching. Well, I do! BWUAHAHAHAHA!!

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Way to go Victor!

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I will never forget this “THE COOL KIDS ARE HERE, MOVE OUT OF THE WAY!” walk, which basically made my night.

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Don’t mess with the drunkards if you want to live long!

 

I love you girls! Forever!

4. The actual conference

This time when we had our opening ceremony

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Subtitles please?

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Loving this train outside the venue hall!

Welcome to DISEC!

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Wherein I met new friends!

Benilde Delegates in DISEC are also featured!

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And this “The delegate of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, is present and voting” greetings every roll call

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When we just decided to have a photo shoot after the conference because we don’t know what to do and where to go

What’s with the senti mode Jade… and Euei? Uhm… You both are not in a music video so…

This photos of Jay that became my favorite

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This moment when I asked Jay to take a photo of me

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But the shot in my camera looks like I’m seducing him. Why, Jade? WHY???

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This sassy *flips scarf* which Jade can only pull off

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This bad ass picture of me and Jay

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Because he opposed the “Gangstah” idea

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We got tired of being fierce, so we decided to be candid

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But Jay seems to like this pose better, which I was not informed to do

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Matchy-matchy scarf!!  ❤

When we got many awards!!!

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Thanks for the flowers Kuys Rae!!

5. Social nights!!!

When I asked someone to take a photo of me with the Taipei 101 at the background, but it can’t become any more blurred.

I’m talking about me. The photographer has a problem with me. What’s the problem… uhm… Jade?

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Apparently, this attempt too:

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Seems like I have no luck with Taipei101

This one too when I asked Jade to get me a good shot

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I look like an Emo Mama. HAHAHAHA

But then I suddenly twisted my ankle

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This was really painful. No kidding!

6. When I became their official photographer for their “look back” pose

“Did you say picture?”

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“Oops… too much. A little candid I guess?”

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Take 2 for Einas

 

Kuya Rae was feeling artsy with it

Jayjay’s the master for this pose. No questions asked.

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Bad photographer ruined it. Sorry Jay!!

Meanwhile, Eunice can’t be stopped!!

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She’s very grateful that this pose was invented; feeling every moment of it.

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It seems like this “look-back pose” will bring her soulmate to her!

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Blue-jacket guy for the win!

She requested for more! This time, Jackie joined her.

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Of course, I should at least have some of that pose too right? We need equality in this nation.

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What’s with the wind??
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Opps, wait! Gotta pose fist before I chase my soulmate! lol, just kidding!

But this is what I love the most!

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Let’s make that a little alluring…

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Uhhh… that’s not alluring Euei, you look like you just pooped. AND THAT’S NOT EVEN “LOOK-BACK” ANYMORE!

 

7. When we went to Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO)

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I got a chance to have a photo with the MECO Director

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And after the visit, I decided to have that fail “grab a cab” pose

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Why fail? I’m facing the wrong side. So, I decided to do it again

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Gotta do that pose fast or else a real cab will stop.

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I did it again when we go to the National Museum

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See?

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8. That time when we weren’t able to follow our itinerary because YOLO

9. TAIPEI101!!!

Pau went to the observatory floor and this is what happened while waiting for her

PHOTOSHOOT!

Pau discovered what we did behind her back, so she made us pose for more. With her of course

10. Night market and street food! (Deym those strawberries)

Yum!

More photos of my fam!!

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11. When I saw my baby panda at the Taipei Zoo

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SO ADORBSSSSS!!!

12. The Taipei Zoo adventure itself with Eunice!!

Eunice trying to be part of the panda family

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Us trying to interact with these creatures

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And when I thought I saw my soulmate

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FANGIRLING!

 

13. That dinner at the very hygienic Modern Toilet Restaurant

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This piece of shit was tasty!

Photo retrieved from Pau 🙂

I wan’t able to hold myself, I marked my territory immediately.

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And they were overwhelmed!

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14. And of course, those strategies to get a stolen photo of my friend’s crush by taking a portrait of my other friend

It was really a friend’s crush! I have my own! Lol

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He’s the guy at the back ^

 

But then a photobomber came in and thought that I was taking a photo of him. LOL.

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^ Laughed so hard when I saw this. HAHAHAHA

So I just went and took my other friends’ shot so I won’t look suspicious

PS: I’m such a great friend! Jayjay got kilig afterwards. HAHAHAHAHA

15. Lastly, when I never had the chance to talk and have a decent photo with my “for that event only” crush.

So I went back to our hotel heartbroken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No photo?

Read #15 again.

But I got a group photo with him! Look for him at #4.

Bye!! Huhuhu

 

What do you think of my first travel abroad? Send me your insights by leaving a comment and liking this post!

Thinking of You (Music Video and Cover)

What if you missed that chance to confess your feelings to the person you love the most? This is a story of two best friends who were too afraid to forsake their friendship and express their own feelings.

Disclaimer: This music video is only a college project. We don’t own the minus-one used in this video.

Video taken at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in 2013