Hello FUN!

I just turned 26.
I don’t want to talk about it. 
Joke. The truth is I can’t stop talking about it but since I feel like thoughts are cluttered here in my personal space, I needed to organize and formalize a new space for my unconventional fashion + travel stories. Of course there’ll be some little things about beauty and wellness in it! 

What am I wearing on my birthday? Find out more here: http://aymisayra.tumblr.com

I felt so loved and I would like to thank you for making my special “I-am-old-I-panic” day wonderful.

Here’s the glimpse on my special day:

When the clock struck 12, I received a small cake with lots of huge candles and a special box from a person with small eyes. I miss my dad too much cause he has always been the first person to greet me right before it strikes 12 cause he couldn’t stay awake anymore at 11pm of the 18th! Haha. 

Oh! That reminds me of spreading the info about a wonderful family and how you can help their dad win the battle against cancer, here’s the link from my friend, Benj.

Wishing for more wonderful and fun years!

Just like last year…

25 and looking forward!

Note to everyone: this is a bit mushy and very personal blog entry, please bare with me, I know this is too girly. Haha.

“Every scar, pimple and wrinkle in your body is a sign of a life well-lived,” uttered by my ever cheerful mom who always tries to be positive despite the difficulties. For the past 25 years, I lived by that principle and will continue living with it for the years to come.

As 2011 ends and as I come to the realization that I am finally 25, the moment of self-evaluation comes with a celebration. I think I was blessed with a very supportive family and friends and lucky to have met wonderful people along the way (and hoping to meet more for the next years!) who taught me how to do things right and not to stop dreaming and believing. Just like what Elle Woods says, “Believing in yourself never goes out of style.” I listed the 25 things that I dreamed and gambled to achieve in 25 years:
  1. Hiked and Climbed mountains (dreamed and experienced before I turned 18).
  2.  Surfed (finally!).
  3.  Delivered speeches in public.
  4. Produced and directed a documentary about New People’s Army (NPA)– Basically, this was the reason why I took up Journalism, when I experienced being in the middle of the NPA and RP Military encounter when I was in high school then wondered why they were doing such things.
  5.  Camped (with and without electricity)- I grew up with this!
  6.  Won a provincial quiz bee.- Subject: Filipino.
  7.   Had different sort of relationships (long, short, quick, emotional, and easy. Haha)
  8. Published in newspapers (hope there are some in blogs too in the near future. *fingers crossed* Hope I’ll be able to do something interesting and beneficial to others.
  9. Graduated with honors. – those days. Haha.
  10. Worked in TV Production and News & Current Affairs department in one of the biggest TV networks in the Philippines.
  11.  Backpacked in and out of the Philippines.
  12. Slept in the airport and train/bus terminal.
  13. Couchsurfed and explore cultures.
  14. Played basketball and got a medal. (haha. Only award in college)
  15. Got drunk and threw up.
  16. Composed a song.- I used to write poems a lot so it was easier to put a melody.
  17. Appeared on national TV. Haha.
  18. Had a broken heart (twice!).
  19.  Became a manager.
  20. Partied til I dropped.- I can’t do this anymore! It comes with the age. Haha.
  21. Got a degree! – I think this is always in the list of achievements of Filipinos in my generation. I got a few staff interviews and when I asked them about their achievements, it’s the “degree!”
  22. Brought a gift for my dad. I was too glad to finally buy something expensive for my dad last Christmas, watch. I hope this Christmas too!
  23. Got good friends.
  24. Now learned and having the best. *kilig*
  25.  Travel abroad. – I promised myself that I must be able to reach this goal before I turn 25. I thought about it all the time, wrote it over and over and travelled 3 times before 25.
A friend once said that when you’re 25, it’s too early to give up on your dreams and settle for less but too late to not know what you want in life. I suddenly felt that I’m in a very critical age. Haha. I need to start the 5 to 10 years plan again cause I just finished the first 5-year plan that I did when I was 20 and included in my list are the following:

·         Have a few good businesses: Flower Farm & Shop with my Mom (oh! Please help me God!), (Recycled) Paper & Accessories Shop or Travel Essentials Shop because I get high with these stuffs, Coffee Shop and maybe a Marketing & Events Management Company (if I can survive the fast-changing creative industry and will be able to invent and reinvent all the time.  Just like what Jeff Benjamin said in Spikes Festival 2011, “Invent or Die.”)
·         Good savings for retirement! (me and my parents)
·         Europe & South America Trips (Italy hello!)
·    Have good blogs and eventually publish an e-book or books about Marketing & Advertising as a mirror of each nation/culture and a fiction or novel.
·         I secretly dreams of being a travel show host or a show about cultures and nations. Shhh…
·         If lucky enough and fate permits, I’d love to stay happy in love and finally have my little angels. *hmmm*

Just like when I first written my goals when I was 8, I didn’t know which will be achieved but I knew that it must be written to be remembered for me to be better every day. 
Let’s all make 2012 a better year for a better us!

Family Times Two.

Whenever I talk to foreigners, they always talk about how Filipino families are so tight and how we care about each other. In other countries, when you bump to someone with the same family name, most of the time, you just care less or not care at all but for Filipinos, it’s like a magical moment—determining your connection with each other, then thoughts fly so fast that we think that we might be relatives, etc. That’s what good about Filipino values but when we care about each other too much, that’s where complications start. Well, that’s why people are saying “when you marry a Filipino, you also marry his/her whole family! And that’s how you’ll understand your spouse.” Haha. 
Well, today is my (2nd degree) cousin’s house blessing and we had a mini family reunion and played Bingo where I won 100 pesos! Yehey! I just realized that every year when I celebrate my birthday, my cousin Zarah always provide me with a cake! And today, she bought a humongous Black Forest Cake (with dark chocolate and cream cheese) from Conti’s. Well, she actually just want to eat the cake and made my birthday as her excuse (Haha) but it was really sweet of her to give me cake every year. Thank you couz and to her fiancé, Ego, as well!
On my 24th birthday!
Talking about cousins, please don’t forget to vote for my cousin Katchie Mejias as your favourite Hair Stylist in Mega Fashion Crew by liking her photo in Facebook. We’re proud of her dedication in her craft. 
Her mom, our Tita, will tell us stories about how she appreciates the passion of her Katchie seeing her study about her hairstyling even if she’s alone in her room. Who would ever think of a very quiet girl becoming a very passionate Hair & Make Up Stylist? We’re so proud of her and don’t forget to watch het at Mega Fashion Crew at ETC! 

Haven’t thanked you for this couz!

I came across with this blog post and I wanna say “I love you Couz! Thanks for everything and I miss our Yoga classes! (Oh Tina! Haha).” I love your title, though I know that this is just a euphemism to make me feel better  when I was too impatient and was trying too hard to find the right guy through DATING 101: Trial & Error. Haha. Mua. I’ll see you soon!

The Z Projects: For The Girl Who Never Runs Out of Men Who Love He…: “Happy Birthday, Cy! May you find the one faithful boy among the many who love you. Ha ha ha!”

Officially the last day as 21.

Today is officially my last day of being 21.

I just can’t believe that tomorrow I’m 22 already. And as what Mj told me, my nirthday should be the most important day of the year because it’s the day that I was born. *tears* I’m glad that with that statement he seemed to be too thankful that I was born *kilig*. But unfortunately, I didn’t prepare anything for that special day.

I just want Red Ribbon’s Smores cake.

And i’m gonna eat it later with my most-loved couz, Zha, when the clock strikes at 12.

I just wanna be with my super miss na miss mom and sis…but I cant.
I thought I’ll spend the day with dad but he’s home (at Lopez, Quezon). *teary-eyed* Wish I was there also.
Well, I love to spend the day with my MJ. And I will tomorrow.

I have that hobby of jotting down all those who greet me on my birthday with time, so I’m thinking of doing it again this year!…later. Hehe. 

I was reminiscing my past birthdays a while ago, and I just realized that my past two birthdays were too memorable.

2006: I celebrated it with Aillete under my favorite Orion’s belt in our house’s roof, with pizza. Then, Darren showed how he appreciates me.. It’s memorable cause I too much love stars and Orion’s belt. And I love aillette cause she appreciates the smallest details of me. She’s one of the best friends i’ve ever had. Darren is a good friend. Some things are not just meant to be… And I’m happy that he accepted that. *wink*

2007: I can say that it was the BEST. Best efforts made by my angel, Mj. He drove me home (Quezon) and let me spend my day with my most-loved family. It was the most memorable gift that I had ever in my life. Thanks for that dude. Pag naaalala ko, super happy ako. nkasmile ulit. hay…

I just received a call from dad. Mom, Tito Eddie and Kuya Jodel greeted me. It feels good. I love life. 

I’m excited for tomorrow.
Note: the bouquet with heart is made by my budz, Glenn and was given to me on my birthday last year. Thanks budz. i miss you.