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No, I don’t travel out of the country often.

Since 2011 though, my sister and I pledged (to ourselves, hahaha) that we ought to ride a plane at least once a year.
It can be a local or an international travel.
2011, we went to Boracay.
2012, we went to Palawan.
And this year, we will be going to…….(secret for now)
I hope I can go to space in the future too!!

It is confirmed!
I paid for my flight yesterday and well, of course aside from the fact that I haven’t gotten a return flight because I’m still waiting for a promo fare and I still have to save for my expenses there, I think there’ll be no reason for this trip not to happen.
Hey, don’t judge.
I’m still a student. 🙂
YES!! Very much!

My last international flight if I’m not mistaken was with my grandparents and cousins.
I was in grade school back then when 17 of us went to China.
Of course, my very generous grandparents paid for all of us ^^

Any tips for travelling you want to share?
Feel free to tell them 🙂

– – – wanderrwithmee

The end doesn’t always indicate an end.. it can also mean an “and”.
A lot of people think that when something ends, it is the end.
That nothing can spring out from it any more.
That nothing can be done already.
But they are wrong.


I’m sure someone once asked you about a glass being half full or half empty.
(Half full –  optimistic, half empty –  pessimistic)
It is just like that.
Choose to look at the brighter side of things.
I know sometimes one can’t help by be sad and think about negative thoughts but that is just part of life.
Instead of thinking of it as an end –  may it be a farewell because you are migrating, a school year that ended, being fired from work – think of it as an and.
How will you have a “new” life abroad that you will enjoy if you keep on living in the past?
How will you be able to meet and have new friends if the school year/term doesn’t end?
How will you be able to grow, learn from experience, possibly have your dream job and even your own business if you are too busy working there?

There is always a brighter side.
Look for it and you will be happy.

If you’ve read my previous blog posts, I mentioned that I took a basic Korean course – which I promised to blog about.
It was actually just a short one. 10 weeks, 3 hours each = 30 hours.
Though we only had a short time to learn and discuss, we actually finished the whole module –  Sogang University’s Korean Module 1.

Two weeks before our exam schedule, our class and our teacher was planning a farewell dinner after the final exam.
Our teacher said that we can bring friends and that he will try bringing some of his korean friends too so we can meet them.

Last March 16, 2013 was our final examination which is composed of a written exam (50 questions) and an oral exam (self introduction & 3 random questions to be drawn).
Thankfully, we had a mini review before the test began so I found the written exam easy to moderate.
As each of us finishes the written test, our teacher will be calling us one by one for the oral exam.

When I was called, I instantly became shy..not because of my teacher but because two of his korean friends were there!
First, my 선생님/teacher introduced them to me then he looked at me and said “begin your introduction”.
He wasn’t looking to me AT ALL and the chair I was sitting on was faced to his friends so I said, “to them?”.
And he said yes.

I think I was pretty successful in introducing myself and saying 5 random facts about me but my heart was just racing so fast that my mind went blank after the first question.
Thankfully, the one who was asking the question, Victoria, was really very kind. They were actually helping me answer the question by helping me dissect the sentence!
For the second and third sentence, I think I answered better.
After my turn, I felt so relieved that my turn was done but also nervous at the same time cause I don’t know my grade yet.

After everyone was called, we planned our transportation.
How we will go there and who rides with whom.
We dined at Woorijib! A korean restaurant near the school.

Unfortunately, just minutes after we settled down, Victoria needed to go already because she needs to attend a band rehearsal (for their church I think.)
And so she left.

Almost everyone in our group had unlimited sampgyupsal for dinner!
For only PhP 399/₩10,700/$9.7, we had unlimited pork, lettuce, soup and a variety of 반찬/banchan/side dishes – which were all very delicious!
It was really worth it!

ze holy grill!

Because of the arrangement of seats, I was mostly having conversations with 선생님/seonsaengnim/teacher, my 언니/eonnie/sister, My 친구/chingu/friend, my classmate who was a teacher, my seatmate in class and Marco, my teacher’s 한국 친구/hanguk chingu/ korean friend which is also our friend now. ^o^

Though it is like a farewell dinner, it is not the end.

It is only the start of new friendships and more memories to be made.

I have no regrets in taking up this class and I am looking forward to seeing them again.

Here are some of the group pictures we have 🙂

my eonnie and me

my eonnie and me

me - Jay-R seonsaengnim - eonnie

me – Jay-R seonsaengnim – eonnie

some of my close chingus!

some of my close chingus!

me - Marco - eonnie

me – Marco – eonnie

group picture!

group picture!

That is it for now.

Always remember: “Not all that ends signifies an end. It can also signify an and.” -wanderrwithmee



Please please answer!! It’s for my finals. It is super short and is about Sexual Ethics. Thanks!! 🙂

Trimestral System: The Good Side

Prioritizing La Salle graduates in the work force

By Carina Cruz and Rafael Tan

Graduates from De La Salle University – Manila (DLSU-M) tend to have lower waiting time and higher employment rates compared to graduates from other colleges and universities.

An ABS-CBN news article entitled “UP, Ateneo, La Salle grads hired faster, paid more” last January 2013 claims that graduates from DLSU, “actively looked for a job for an average of 2.4 months, but got a mean income per month of almost P11,900.” The data was based on a Graduate Tracer Study conducted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in 1999.

DLSU Job Placement Coordinator Dr. Ma. Paquita Bonnet said that an online study conducted by the Office for Counseling and Career Services (OCCS) in 2009 discovered that Lasallian graduates took two to six months to find employment; most graduates, however, found employment in three months.


Being practical

Several alumni believe that companies set a certain standard and choose to invest on graduates who received more quality education from the Philippines’ most esteemed universities.

Key Accounts Manager at Benby Enterprises, Inc. Anjo Dela Cruz (MKT, 2010) believes that quality education from a good university is a privilege for students.

Business Development Associate at EON: The Stakeholder Relations Firm Kim Dy (OCM, 2012) has similar beliefs. She explains that the existing notion that graduates from the top three universities perform better and have better opportunities in true, but she adds that students from other universities and colleges also have a chance to be successful.


Promoting equality

While the school or university plays a role in hiring and compensation, Senior Manager from the Talent Department of Del Monte, Philippines (DMPI) Marylou Gomez acknowledges that there are other factors. Gomez furthers, “It is difficult to generalize the duration and mean income because the university where an employee is from is not a strong determinant of these factors.”

Gomez adds that graduates from the top three universities as well as those outside DLSU-M, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), and the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP-D) possess the qualities that DMPI is looking for such as passion and commitment, among others, but there are also those who do not.

She explains, “Very few students from the top three schools could be considered overqualified.”


Lasallians in the workforce

Gomez also relates a recent finding. She explains, “Not to generalize, [but] we received feedback that graduates from UP-D and ADMU are more extroverts that DLSU-M.  We noticed that more DLSU-M graduates are with our Finance Division.”

Last year, Dr. Bonnet conducted a studied employer feedback of DLSU-M graduates. Forty-five Human Resource (HR) representatives from twenty-five industries were invited in a focus group discussion (FGD). The study, “Employer’s Feedback on Lasallian Graduates,” was completed last December 10 and was presented to Parents of University Student Organizations (PUSO) last December 15.

According to the study, most Human Resources (HR) representatives observed that compared to graduates from other schools, Lasallians are willing to go on overtime to finish their work because they are afraid of failure.

Another observation is that Lasallians are more humble and less arrogant compared to other graduates. An HR head who attended the FGDs explains, “Yung yabang ng Lasallians ay positive. Mas natatanggap ng tao kasi meron namang ipagyayabang (The pride of Lasallians is positive. It is more accepted by people because their pride is well-founded.)”

Dr. Bonnet also adds that the HR managers invited to participate in the study were one in saying that Lasallian graduates are marketable and employable because they are perceived to be target-driven self-initiators.

The study also showed that Lasallian graduates are well placed in industries. She summarizes, “If you look at the profile of the FGD reports, Lasallians are in the middle-up in the industry ladder. Lasallians are chief executive officers, assistant vice presidents, senior directors, heads of units, managers, trainees, etc.”


Lasallians’ distinguished traits

Dr. Bonnet adds that based on the conducted study, the most prominent qualities and skills that Lasallians exude in the workforce are proficient communication skills and technical competencies in the manufacturing and engineering industries.

One company even explains that graduates from DLSU are more reliable when assigned to accomplish tasks and communicate duties to their team members.

Lasallians also exhibit confidence, which is an ideal trait in the field of sales. As stated by an online portal firm, “We normally prioritize Lasallians over the other universities for our sales. We specifically put them in the frontline position.”

According to the study, other notable traits of Lasallians in the job industry include leadership, creativity, sharpness, proper business attitude, competitiveness, as well as skills in problem-solving and decision-making.


Effects of the trimestral system

Dr. Bonnet believes that the university’s trimestral system helps Lasallians hone these attributes. She argues, “Here in La Salle, after 14 weeks, you change your courses and your [professors]. You are challenged differently in many aspects.”

She adds that the trimestral system also helps sustain their competitive advantage. “The original reason we have the trimestral system is that we really want to challenge the potential of Lasallians. I think we still have that competitive advantage of Lasallians between and among themselves against other schools.”

As much as I want to tell everyone how I am enjoying the holy week which is a national holiday, I just couldn’t.

I was supposed to go to Laguna today and stay there till Sunday but since our professor in Managerial Accounting gave us our Business Case 2 which we are supposed to accomplish by group and my group mates and I have no common free time but tonight, I decided not to go and stay at home instead.

While some universities and all primary and secondary schools are now officially on summer vacation, our university isn’t.

We observe a trimestral system remember? If not click this.

I needed a breather for awhile so I am blogging now.

So this is what I’m currently doing…. all computations.





Read 37 pages of Philippine Revolution and typed a 4-page “summary”.

My eyes, hands and back are painful now.

But thanks to this guy..



I smiled and forgot about the pain for a while.

Hmm. Thinking if I should blog about something today ^o^


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