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Day 30 – Hopes For My Blog

Wow! Finally, today is the end of this challenge. I failed four times to post on the actual day, but I’m still proud to have been consistent for 26 days. But I am more proud of my husband for being consistent on 30 days blogging despite of his busy schedule. He enjoyed this challenge and I think he will continue to blog in the future. You can read his blog here.

I have met wonderful and beautiful people here and I’m happy that I gain more and more followers everyday. It’s nice to know that someone is interested in what you write. I hope that I will be able to write more and exchange experiences from other bloggers. I hope that one day when I read my blogs again, I will smile because I had gone a long way and learned a lot of things and also able to help or inspire others because they could relate to what I wrote.

I still have number of things to document through my blog and maybe someday my children will have an idea what their parents had gone through and appreciate us more. Thank you WordPress bloggers for giving me inspirations and for sharing your lives.

If you want to do this challenge, please read the Start blogging with the 30-day blogging challenge post.

Day 29 – A Confession

My mom was selling meat in a wet market from the day I was born until I graduated from College. Although my mom would never force us to help her in the market sometimes we volunteer to help her. My mom worked hard so she could send us to a private school. My classmates were well-off. My school things were simple while my classmates’ were cool and pretty. When I was in highschool, my mom enrolled us again in a private school. My classmates would invite me to go to the mall and hang out with them but I couldn’t afford it because I never had money for it. I envied them and wished we were rich. I badly wanted to go out with them so one time I helped my mom in the wet market but I took money from the what the customers paid me. I did it a number of times so I can go with my classmates. My mom would count the money before we go home and wondered why it didn’t tally from what were sold. She never thought that I would steal money from what we sold. I was really foolish. My mom was the best. That’s why after I graduated from College, I immediately applied for a work and asked my mom to stop working because she had worked hard for us to finish our studies and I wanted her to rest and enjoy her life.

Day 28 – My Most Embarrassing Moment

It was May 14, the weather was perfect. It was 12 am and we were getting ready for the climb. I was so excited that finally we will get to climb the second highest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Pulag. We started walking but after 5 minutes I was already out of breath and my lungs were burning. I was starting to panic. It was embarrassing that it was so quiet everyone could hear my heavy breathing. In my head I was asking myself why I put myself in this, why did I think I could climb a high mountain.  I realized I was exerting too much effort to breathe. So I decided to close my mouth and breathe through my nose, and after a while I was breathing normally. I just needed to calm myself and try something that would make my breathing normal.

It was dark and I was foolish for not bringing a headlight, I used the the flashlight of my cellphone instead, thinking that my husband has a flashlight anyway, and thought we could walk side by side but it turned out you can’t do that because the trail is narrow. I know you’re saying I’m stupid. We didn’t have much time to prepare because we just came back from our honeymoon. I knew I had some headlight in my room but I couldn’t find it.

We reached the rocky part of the trail and I had tripped a lot of times and fell on my knees a lot of times but I never imagined that one those trips will be the most embarrassing moment of my life. I tripped on a rock and lost my balance that it pushed me forward ending up bumping in someone else’s leg. I bounced to the edge of the mountain but luckily saved by a tree where my butt landed with my left hand holding on to a branch and my right hand still holding my cellphone. The woman whose leg I bumped into shouted because she was afraid that I would slowly fall at the side of the mountain. Everyone had his flashlight on me as my husband and the woman pulled me out from where I was nesting.

I slowly tried to gain back my composure and was telling everyone that I’m okay even though I feel my hand was burning and my knee was aching. For a second, I thought I’m gonna slide down at side of the mountain and die, it was a horrible thought and I was very thankful that God protected me. It was a terrible experience. We continued to climb and reached the summit after 4 hours of climbing. The sun slowly came up and the sea of clouds greeted us and I knew that my most embarrassing moment was worth it. It was a magnificent view and  it’s a mountain I would never regret climbing.

How about you? What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Day 26 – My Hidden Talents

I’m thinking if I still have any hidden talent because I think have shown it already to a lot of people. I like to sing to alot and I play instruments too. I also love hosting parties and school events. If there are other talents that people don’t know about me maybe it would be these things.

#Using photoshop

My bestfriend taught me how to use Photoshop years ago. Though I am not as creative as she is, I can make something out of my basic knowledge like invitations, business cards, t-shirt designs, tarpaulins, fancy resume and images that I use in this blog.

#Editing videos

If you don’t know I put up a channel in Youtube to upload some videos I edited. I’m not really good at it but I enjoy doing it and I’m happy when my husband tells me that it’s good. I’m dreaming of being a Youtuber someday but I’m still camera shy and hope someday I can be comfortable with it. If you want to see the videos click here.

#Hardware and software troubleshooting

I worked as a technical professional before so I was trained to assemble computers and install Operating System and other software. I guess I have this techy personality inside me. I like exploring and navigating tech gadgets. I specifically enjoyed setting up this blog and customizing the appearance. I had spent numerous hours trying different themes and figuring out how it works. Sometimes I wish to have taken computer-related courses like IT or programming and earn money from doing it.

#Dancing

My husband say I’m a good dancer so I’m including it! Lol. This for sure will not come out in the open. Never. Haha.

It’s a nice feeling when you get to learn new things and be able to use it and share it with other people. My relatives would ask me for help or make something for them and it’s a wonderful feeling that I can put smiles on their faces.

How about you? What’s your hidden talent?

To participate in this challenge, please read the 30-day blogging challenge post.

Day 25 – My Biggest Regret

The biggest regret in my life is the way I treated my father when he was alive. I grew up with so much hate for him. Remembering this makes me so sad right now. When he went to Saudi Arabia to work I was 9 years old. He seldom send us money and there were rumors that he has other woman there. When he came back I was already 19 and he was different. He was always angry and causing trouble wherever we go. He always shout at my mom and our home was like a living hell, there was no peace. I was so angry with him that there was one time I was so furious I cursed at him.

My brother and my sister remained respectful to him, but not me. I rebelled. I hated him to my bones that I prayed that he would die. We had no face to show to our neighbors and relatives because he would always bring them trouble.

My brother and my sister told me that he might be suffering from some mental illness. But in my mind I thought he was just really a terrible, selfish father who doesn’t care if his family is embarrassed because of how he behaves. When we brought him to a psychiatrist, he was diagnosed with Bipolar. He was given some meds and for the first time, he was calm and quiet in his room. And it remained like that for some years. When he show signs of hyperactivity again we would bring him to the doctor to check on him. It was the time I started caring for my father.

My father was already calm and quiet but he would always seek attention from us. There was one time, he would complain his knees because they hurt and that he couldn’t walk. So I would always assist him in going to the bathroom. But there was one time I found out he was faking it. When he knew I was not looking, he would walk normally. This became so annoying for me and when he complains that something hurts, I don’t pay attention anymore. I thought he was a burden to us.

But I know my father loves me, there were times he would try to make a conversation with me, but I would ignore him and go to my room. Sometimes, he would knock on my door with food that he bought but I won’t accept it and I would say I’m full.

2 years ago, he was hospitalized for a month, when he came back from the hospital, I suddenly changed. This time my heart became soft for him. Maybe God had touched my heart because he was going to take my father already. One night, I checked on him and see if he was able to sleep with stomach ache. I went to his room and got some oil to rub on his stomach. He was so happy when I did it. I couldn’t forget his face. He said “God, thank you for my daughter.” That night I prayed that God would heal my father.

We thought he already recovered but after a month he complained that his scrotum was painful. We brought him to the hospital. The doctor said he needs operation. The day he was about to be operated, he was so strong. He asked my mom to accompany him and walk by the corridor while waiting for his operation. He went back to his bed and asked my mom and my brother to pray for him. When my mom finished praying, she noticed that my dad’s face changed. There were tears in his eyes and there was water that came out from his ears. He was not breathing. The doctor and the nurses tried to revive him, but he was not revived.

My brother called me on the phone crying and said that dad had already died. I didn’t know what to feel. I went immediately to the hospital. And there I saw him, on the bed lifeless.

I hugged my father and placed my head on his chest, and I cried. I said “Father, forgive me.”

I remembered those times that I treated him with coldness, disrespect, and rebellion. I never understood that he was emotionally and mentally ill. I could’ve been more patient with him. My heart was full of hatred for my father that it blinded me of my love for him. How I wish I could turn back time and change how I treated my father. I didn’t know how much I love him. When I did, he was gone.

Tay, tomorrow is your birthday. How I wish I could walk you in the park and listen to what you have to say. They say I look like you and I got most of your attitude. I’m hot-tempered like you and I’m easily overwhelmed with problems like you. And I remembered what you said before that you loved me the most because we are the same. I’m sorry Tay for all the things that I’ve done. I remember you now and though I didn’t have enough time to express my love for you, I will always treasure those moments that you felt my love. I want to see and hug you in my dreams. I love you Tay…

Day 24 – What Attracts Me In Love

Here are what attracts me in love…

#1 Intelligence

When I was in Grade 6, there was a cute guy in another classroom who expressed interest in me. He said he wanted me to be his girlfriend. I invited him to church and also tried talking to him with different things but he couldn’t say anything that make sense to me. Since I was young, I wanted a meaningful and intelligent conversation. When I got to college it became the top trait that I want. I want someone who I can argue with different issues and would make me think and defend my reasons.

#2 Music

I am always attracted to a musician. I guess because I like to sing so much and I feel like musicians have deep personalities which I really like.

#3 Kindness and Respect

I know there are women who don’t like goody-goody guys because they say there’s no challenge, but not for me. I like guys who are really respectful and kind even to other people. I don’t like guys who shouts during arguments because for me there’s no self-control and respect in it. That’s what I like the most about my husband. We had major arguments but never did he raise his voice at me. We talk with respect for each other.

#4 Empathy and loyalty

I’m very loyal and committed in my relationship and I want my partner to be the same. When I started dating my husband, I made it clear that he can’t go out with any woman  unless I permit it because it’s necessary. I told him he cannot entertain other women. I told him I want total honesty. He agreed because he said if I were to go out with other guys, he would not like it also. Now in every situation he puts himself in my shoes and think how he would feel if I do a certain thing.

#Tall and Long eyelashes

I don’t know why I like someone who is taller than me. Maybe because I like to be wrapped around with someone’s arms especially when walking together. I feel so secure and loved. I also like guys with long eyelashes, I really find it attractive. I’m lucky because my husband has those physical features that I like.

How about you? What attracts you in love?

If you want to participate in this challenge, please read the Start blogging with the 30-day blogging challenge post.

 

Day 23 – If I won The Lottery

Today’s topic is If you won the lottery.

If this question was asked to me when I was younger, I’ll definitely go with all material things I can think of. But you know, as you age your preferences change.

Here are the things I’m gonna do if I won million dollars.

  1. I’m gonna buy a piece of land and build an earthship house. I’m gonna plant a lot trees, plants, and vegetables. I’m gonna buy some animals too. I’ll bring all my family there and they don’t have to work for living but do productive things and help other people.
  2. I’m gonna buy a mobile home and travel all over the country and the world.
  3. I’m gonna support missionaries to spread God’s word.
  4. I’m gonna build a school for less fortunate people.

I wanna live a life of minimalism and bring back life to earth with my lifestyle. I will spend my life with my family and my husband and live a simple life.

How about you? What would you do with your money?

If you want to participate in this challenge, please read the Start blogging with the 30-day blogging challenge post.

Day 21 – What Makes Me Sad?

Here are the things that make me sad.

#1 I feel sad when I know someone that I care about has issues or ill-feelings towards me.

When I was growing up, my heart is full of anger and bitterness. This is the reason why I have a gloomy and serious personality. When any member of my family has ill feelings towards me, instead of fixing the conflict, I let my pride overtake. There were many times that I didn’t talk to my mom and siblings for days, weeks, and even months. But I realized that pride, arrogance, and unforgiveness bring me to a pit of darkness and misery. I thank God for changing me everyday. I’ve learned to be meek even if it was not my fault because it’s a waste of time to hold of any grudge, anger or bitterness especially with your loved ones. Life is full of surprises and tragedy. We can lose our love ones anytime. Being stubborn in heart is not worth it.

#2 When at the end of the day I haven’t accomplished anything.

I think this is a good thing in a way that it makes me want to improve my discipline and organization skill. It’s not good when it makes me beat myself up and sulk in regrets.

#3 When I read or hear news about my country, the Philippines.

I feel hopeless for my country whenever I read or hear the news. It’s full of negativity everyday. Politicians are fighting, people are divided, people are dying, and people are still poor.

There are lots of reasons to be sad because the world is cruel and most of the time unfair. But sadness is an important emotion that should be given credit too. You can feel the real essence of happiness because of sadness. It’s what makes us compassionate and generous with other people. It gives us the ability to empathize with other people’s trouble or tragedy. It creates friendships and camaraderie. It makes you appreciative and thankful for what you have. When you’re sad, it should not always be seen as negative. There’s a time to be sad and there’s a time to be happy.

But what if sadness has already taken control of our lives? I don’t have all the answers but one thing I’m certain, God is always there to listen and walk with us if we will let him. We don’t have to go through the process alone. If there’s anyone who knows us and understands us, it is God. People may not be there for us all the time but God is. Why don’t you pour your heart to him now?

How about you? What makes you sad? How do you deal with it?

If you want to participate in this challenge, please read the Start blogging with the 30-day blogging challenge post.

Day 20 – What Makes Me Happy

I can’t believe there are only 10 days left to this challenge. Time flies!

Today’s challenge is to write about what makes you happy.

#1 Praying

Prayer has a very powerful effect on me and my life and my whole being. I always feel comforted and relieved whenever I talk to God. I pray for almost anything, most of all I pray for my loved ones. There is this sense of security that I feel when I lay down all things that I worry about, the things that I need, the things that I hope for. Knowing that God owns everything and knows everything gives lightness in my heart.

#My husband

I feel happy whenever I spend time with my husband. That’s why in all my tasks and activities he is the priority. When he calls me, I stop everything that I do.

#Blogging

I feel happy when I get to blog and publish something in a day. It’s an accomplishment. And of course, when someone reads, like and comment on my blog, it makes me happy.

#Dancing

I’m happy that I’ve been consistent in dancercise. I feel happy whenever I do this knowing that I get healthier. I will also add some stretching and planking every day. I’ve learned that it’s good for my back.

#Family

I feel happy when my family gets together and go out. It’s fun when we eat out, talk, and laugh.

There are a lot of little things that can make me happy, but most all I’m happy knowing that there are people who care for me and love me for who I am. I most happy because I have a husband whom I can spend the rest of my life with. How can I not be happy?

If you want to participate in this challenge, please read the Start blogging with the 30-day blogging challenge post.

Day 19 – My Favorite Movie

One of the things my husband and I always do is watch movies. How do we watch a movie when we are miles apart? We play the movie at the same time. Lol. Most of the time we pause and talk about a particular scene. We also take turns in picking the movie. I pick a movie that I have already seen that he hasn’t seen yet. And then next time, I pick a movie that both of us haven’t seen. Same goes when it’s his turn. I can say that I liked all the movies that he picked that some became my favorites. Here are the movies that I liked the most.

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I fell in love with this movie because the story is really interesting. I was amazed how the script writer linked Forest Gump’s life to a lot of famous people. Forest Gump’s innocence made his character so colorful. The story is so unpredictable and very entertaining.

shawshank-redemption

This story is about a man who was accused of murdering his wife and was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment. His life in prison was very extraordinary.   The movie also gave a surprise ending. I’m not gonna tell you what happened because I don’t want to spoil it.

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This story is really inspiring because it is true to life story. It’s about a poor girl in Uganda who learned how to play chess and was able to compete in different places. I like it because it shows how compassion and dedication can make a difference in other people’s lives.

The movies that I like has dark stories. Stories that leave you a lot of question in the end, while the movies that my husband likes contain social issues. Watching movies is quality time for us because we get to exchange our point of view and get to know each other more.

How about you? What are your favorite movies?

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