It is already known to my old readers about my passion for travel and my dream job – to be a cabin crew.
Recently, I made a step towards that dream.
The change in course (and school) that I’ve been deciding on for months have been given action.
Yes, I feel a little guilty for leaving my former school.
I can’t say anything bad about the school, professors, students and the other school personnel there.
They have all been nice to me.
Even though it was risky transferring schools even if I transferred to a sister school (it isn’t guaranteed that the same treatment will be given to me as what my former school have), I still pushed through with the transfer.
Because I value myself.
I want to do what I think will make me a better individual and do what I think will help me to achieve my dreams.
If making that move entails risking my study environment, extending my school years and be forced to not spend as much time with my friends from my former school, then so be it.
Being in a university, the main purpose is for the student to learn, build character and build relationships.
One needs to focus on that.
What students sometimes don’t understand about university life is that it isn’t an escape from secondary school.
Your student life will NOT be easier.
Sometimes it will seem like it but it isn’t and though that is the case, it should not be the focus.
Self-improvement should be.
School started last week and it marks a new chapter in my life.
I am now officially a HRIM – Travel and Tourism Management student.
(Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Management)
February 17, 2014
Today, I have finally secured my exam permit for an entrance exam I will be taking next month.
My cabin crew dreams are at stake and of course, I shall make sure that no matter what happens, I’ll make that dream come true.
I’ve been easily distracted lately and haven’t really – seriously – studied.
What I can say though is that the “normal” way students study doesn’t really work for me.
I can’t be one of those who studies like there is no tomorrow.
Probably because instead of my brain relaxing while studying, it gets pressured too much that I end up not absorbing everything?
Don’t get me wrong..
I cram study a lot and from experience, my brain actually copes up well with that kind of stress.
It is like I absorb even more when I know I really need to understand whatever it is I’m reading.
In this case though..
I’m still not decided what i should do.
Given that it is a VERY long exam, I cannot just cram study last minute cause that will be suicidal.
When I’ll start studying bit by bit..
That I’m still weighing.
I was thinking this Saturday or Monday next week.
I still am not sure what I’m supposed to study!
God knows how badly I want this.
And that I’m willing to do whatever I need to for this.
Wish me luck!
February 15, 2014
I have been losing my focus lately.
Honestly, I have
again succumbed to the lazy life.
I should at least be trying to study for my upcoming entrance exam next month.
What made me lose focus?
That I am not sure.
I sure do hope that when I secure my exam permit on the 17th, the adrenaline will be back and make me want to study.
I have taken their entrance exam before entering college and have passed but then I chose another school.
I don’t know how much this test will be different from the first but I don’t wanna risk not studying even though I have passed this test before without studying.
“My life depends on it”.
Which is really the case because this is what I really want to do in the future and if I don’t pass here, I’m going to have to wait for another term – or even year before I can retake the exam.
And taking it after a term or a year might be too late already.
Any tips on how I can get back on the right track and regain focus again?
February 6, 2014
My sister (Cams) and I slept over at our eldest sister’s (Carmi) home last night.
Even though it was a weeknight, we chatted until 12 MN!
We cut our conversation short because my eldest sister had less than 4 hours left to sleep before she needs to prepare for work.
One of our topics was how am I supposed to tell my parents about my want to study Tourism instead of Marketing Management which I’m taking up right now and Customs Administration which my dad wants me to take up for our family business.
To cut the chase, we agreed on not telling our parents first.
What I’ll do is that I’ll get all the requirements needed by myself and have it processed first.
Then, I’ll take up the entrance exam.
If I pass, that will be the only time I’m going to tell them about my want to change my course.
So for now..
My only concern is that I NEED to pass that entrance exam.
I need to pass because I badly want that course.
I have to study for the exam while not getting their attention.
I am not sure.
I’m going to try answering random tests online I guess.
It’ll really mean a lot to me.
February 5, 2014
Today, I started with my law of attraction.
What would I like to attract?
A good future.
Even though I have been talking about it on my last few posts, I will still explain it a bit.
I would like to shift courses.
From Marketing Management, when I pass the entrance exam, I will be under a Tourism Management program instead.
This is so because I realized just a few days back what and where I would really like to see myself someday.. and that is being a cabin crew for an international airline.
My law of attraction basically involves researching about the industry, my dream company *Emirates Airlines*, cabin crew tips, interview questions and cabin crew testimonies.
I have just started today but I’ve already learned a lot.
Also, I gained a deeper understanding about what a cabin crew really is.
What other people can see are only the glitz and glamour of the job but it is more than that.
The cabin crew are not just there for display.
They are the ones responsible for everyone on the plane.
They serve and think of everyone before themselves.
To be a cabin crew, you have to be selfless, alert, kind in every way and most of all, patient.
For all the testimonies I’ve read, I know that I still have a long way to go before I can be the best flight attendant I can be.
One thing I can assure myself though is that I will not stop until I reach my dream and not only be a better cabin crew but also a better individual.
That is it for now ^^
February 2, 2014
Last night, the two sons of my brother slept at my sister and I’s room.
For them to sleep early because when they sleep with their parents, they sleep late.
I woke up earlier than usual today given that it is a Sunday.
As soon as my sister and I woke up, we readily heated the soup from our dinner last night and cooked breakfast.
Of course, we fed our nephews first then readied ourselves to go to the mall.
My sister and I just wanted to chill out of the house.
Since there was a very exciting basketball game that will take place at the arena beside the mall we were going to, we decided to check out the prices because we wanted to watch.
When we got there, the line was soooooooooooo long and they were no seats left!
And that is left were standing tickets – we didn’t wanna stand up for 2 hours!
We then decided that we let this basketball game pass for now.
Our late lunch was from Kenny Rogers.
Of course, the discussion for my supposed transfer was not left out!
I also texted my eldest sister about what she thought about it.
Before I slept, I received a text from my brother-in-law that really made me think..
Follow your passion. It will set you free. Que sera sera
February 1, 2014
I still haven’t 100% decided if I would shift courses or not.
I’m really torn.
But since I believe that one should always hope for the best but expect the worst, I was looking for other reasons to not push through with shifting courses.
The funny thing is that instead of coming up with more cons, I still listed more pros than cons!
Like for every con I can think of, I am able to think of two pros!
Is it a sign?
Yes, yes? 🙂
I even tried tossing a coin yesterday cause I am really confused.
For the next few days, I really plan to think about it more.
I’m actually giving myself until this week to decide.
Why am I rushing myself?
Because if I do shift, I have to fix my requirements and study for an entrance exam.
Yes, another exam.
Before I went into my first year of college, I actually took an entrance exam for the school I might transfer to.
I was actually considering it to be my school.
Though the course I applied for that time is different from what I want to shift to now.
That is about it for now.
Even though I ended up only having three hours of sleep because I was reading a lot of articles related to Tourism last night, I still went to work.
Today was not like any other day at work I’ve experienced.
Usually, we were going to other places processing documents.
This whole day was spent at the office instead.
My dad taught me office work.
I was literally in front of the laptop screen for almost the whole time I was at the office!
I’m not complaining though.
It was actually okay for me.
I somehow find satisfaction every after finishing a document or excel file.
While I was taking short breaks, I was thinking of my supposed transfer of school and change in course.
I had a chance to talk to my friend and sister over dinner.
We considered a lot of things.
When I first broke the news to my friend she only said one thing..
“Why just now?”
And it surprised me a bit.
Yes, we all knew that travelling had a special place in my heart but it was just recently that I actually, seriously, considered it becoming my career.
Since it interests me a lot, I frankly don’t think that I’ll have a hard time adjusting to a new course.
At the end of dinner, they were very supportive of me and told me to go for it.
I am still weighing the pros and cons just to be sure.
What do you think?
Today is Sunday.
And Sundays are supposed to be rest days…
But here I am with my homework.
You may ask what homework do I have since I am technically on leave in school.
Well.. I have a set of notes to review.
My dad made it and it is for me to read and understand so that I’ll get a hold of the work we do everyday faster.
Even though I explain what it is in, I’m pretty sure you won’t understand it.
To the exciting part of this post..
My high school friends are planning a Boracay trip!
Since one of my friends’ mom bought shares for a resort chain, my friend said that she’ll be in charge of our accommodation for our whole stay there and we just have to pay for her plane tickets!
That bargain is actually good!
For me, it is fine since I don’t wanna contact my sister’s godfather who happens to have a resort in Boracay also.
Back in April 2011 and just last December 2013, we already stayed at their resort for free.
I don’t want them to think that we always contact them for free stays alone. (We really have nothing to talk about)
If it pushes through, I’m sure that we’ll have loads and loads of fun and unforgettable memories!
I won’t let the chance of joining another Pub Crawl pass too!
I’ll make sure they experience it 🙂
Before I go there..
I’ll make sure that I’ll be able to take a bikini picture worth showing to someone but myself.
So fitness first!!
What do you think? 🙂
I am a third year college student. Turning twenTEEN January of next year. And I am confused. An early mid-life crisis perhaps?
All children are asked what one wants to be when they grow up. We had numerous – and some really hard to reach – jobs that we want like being an astronaut. As for me, I can only recall answering two: to be a dentist and to be a model.
It is not an alien idea that what we answered back then may not be the case when asked 10-15 years later or maybe even 20.
What has changed?
The fact that we have been exposed to more things and occupations may be the reason. As one grows up, we begin to know ourselves better. We start discovering “who we really are” and what are we “meant to do or be”.
Realizing it as early as possible is great but realizing it before it’s too late is even better.
When realized early, one can hone his/her skills already. Passion builds up from there. It seems as if your life has a direction and you’ll never feel astray again.
But why is realizing it before it’s too late still better?
Because you still realized it even though it took time. The mere fact that you realized it makes it good. With everything that you went through to find out what you really want that will make you happy, that makes it better. There is this saying that goes something like,
Because you earned it the hard way, you value it more.
I realized it already. What now?
Now, it is up to you to make that happen.
Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not. —Deepak Chopra
Yes, it is easier being said than done because of course every one has this ideal occupation and ideal life inside our heads.
Even though this is the case, always go with your passion. Life may be harder (or easier) this way but you can never enjoy more without passion in what you do. You’ll always feel like you’re obliged to conform to things that you really don’t enjoy doing. That makes one feel as is life becoming harder and harder.
And as for asking if that dream is realistic, be honest to yourself. Ask if it is REALLY REALLY REALLY far-fetched. Like only 1 out of 1 billion people can achieve that, then maybe you should strategize well before attempting to reach that dream.
But if what you want isn’t far-fetched, get up and do something! Do something to get closer to it! Small things really count. Also, it will help to do some law of attraction. I personally believe that the strongest shield that humans have is their mind. One can never go wrong if you believe that you can achieve something.
Nothing is impossible. Never give up.
Now, you may ask, why am I confused?
Because I tend to mix up my passion with my dreams with my emotions.
I must admit that there is an inner rebel in me. I don’t want people dictating me or getting credit for something that was really decided or done by me.
For example, the course I’m going to take for college. Yes, a lot of people gave me suggestions and I did try to consider them but what stood out most was what if I took this course suggested by personA but I didn’t like it, I would want to blame any one – maybe not directly but in my head silently – for the time wasted because I followed his/her suggestion. Or perhaps a course suggested by personB that I loved and excelled in but he/she tells every one or even just me that he/she is the reason that I excelled. Yes, they can credit themselves and I’ll thank them but somehow, I think, I’ll really feel indebted towards that person forever. And I don’t want that either.
Right now, I feel as if that rebel in me took over me for 4 years – which is bad by the way.
Frankly speaking, I am taking the next term off in school to learn everything in my dad’s business. I want to give it a shot not because my dad has been constantly advising me since high school to take a course related to it and have a license for it someday but because I am doing this for myself.
I am doing this to test myself if I actually enjoy doing it and if I’ll miss what my course asks me to do or even if something in me will be triggered if I do – may it be a new passion or a new dream job. I want to expand my horizon and my knowledge about life outside of school.
This new journey of mine is effective next term which is around the first week of January till March then summer break till May (around 5 months).
I shall write my weekly – or even daily (I hope) – musings here in my blog to keep a record of my supposed progress and at the same time help others like me who are confused out there.
Before I forget to mention them.. Here are my (as of the moment)
Dreams – to be a travel blogger, to have a show related to travel/eating out/cultures, to travel, travel and travel
Interests – travel, cultures, gadgets, blogging, different cuisines, interior designing, architecture, etc
and yes, I am more of an art inclined person. But you know what is so ironic? I think I am a frustrated artist. HAHA! I do floor plans pretty well though ( I think) because I am a bit OC.
How about you? What are your passions and dreams?
Have a nice day!
Given that my school observes a trimestral system, we only have short breaks.
Each year, the longest break we have is that of summer.
The summer break differs each year but this year mine started from April 17 because my final exams ended early.
And yes that means I’m currently on summer vacation..
Or am I really?
Aside from the perks of not having to wake up at any specific time of the day, or sleeping around 6-8 hours before the time you should be prepping for school, I don’t feel that I really am on summer vacation.
What plans do I have for summer?
Watching korean dramas and foreign films for my bucketlist, getting in shape (which is a sure fail this time) and…
I do go out but my schedule is so irregular that I cannot plan for other days in advance.
Since I bought round trip tickets for September, I almost have no money left which makes it harder for me to make plans.
Lee Min Ho oppa’s album too will be out soon which means less $$$ for me.
I know it might sound a bit weird to want this but I really hope school will start soon!
I need my daily allowance!! =))
Luckily though, the next semester starts earlier than usual – May 27.
I am not sure whether to rejoice because I will have my daily allowance or not to because of the obvious reason… 대학교.
대학교 / hakgyo means big school or university; 학교 = school.
대학교 = school works + most of your time + stress + professors (may be an advantage or not) + deadlines + hardwork + etcetcetc.
For the upcoming semester, I hope everything goes smoothly.
Joining an organization and being active in it are on my plans as well.
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
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!
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 🙂
That is it for now.
Always remember: “Not all that ends signifies an end. It can also signify an and.” -wanderrwithmee
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^