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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)
Finally ♡  


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.

Honestly though..

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 mindset?

“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.

Any recommendations?

It’ll really mean a lot to me.

Ciao! 🙂


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 3, 2014

Since I’ve decided that I will push through with taking an entrance examination so that I can study Tourism, I wanted an inspiration.

After researching and checking out different airlines, there was one that really stood out for me.

It is no other than Emirates Airlines.

Aside from their crew being multi-cultural, the numerous blogs and websites that I’ve read highlighted how great their crew training is.

Yes, it scares me a bit but I know that if given a chance, I’d readily grab it and train as hard as I can to be the best cabin crew I can be.


I am 100% sure that I will take the opportunity.

They even have the best facilities that make their training seem real!

For now though, Emirates Airlines will serve as an inspiration for me to better myself in this new endeavor I’m about to face.

I’ll throw away all the shyness in me and release my stronger self.

I will do my best at the university I’m about to attend and will participate at organizations so that I will be trained well.

I want to beef up my resume so that when I graduate, Emirates Airlines will notice me and I’ll hopefully be given a chance to be part of their cabin crew.

For now, I still am not sure if they are accepting interns from the Philippines.

When I need a company for my internship though, I hope they do.

I’ve been reading and reading about being a cabin crew at their airline and it excites me more every time!

I can guarantee that this won’t be the last time I’ll be writing about Emirates Airlines.

What do you think about my new inspiration? 🙂


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

As usual..

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?


*Warning: Not proofread. Sorry in advance.

My confidence has plummeted, yes.

But now, I’m trying to revive it.

I have been thinking about my future a little too often than usual lately.

Well, this is the main point of me being under load in school anyway.

I want to figure out what I really want to do..

How I see myself in the future..

What can keep me on my toes and be a way for my constant hunger for self-improvement.

I am still weighing the pros and cons of what it is I am thinking of doing.

One of which is to shift courses.

I am currently a Marketing Management student at a  university here in the Philippines.

It is not that I dislike my course but I feel a bit obliged to go to school.

Not because classes are boring because a lot of Marketing professors are actually funny but because it just doesn’t interest me enough for me to want to learn something about it and for me to actually feel excited every morning or afternoon to go to class.

When people ask me even before what I want to do in the future, I always tell them that I do not know and that all I know is that I want to travel and travel someday.

They normally would just tell me that when I work and earn my own money, I can travel afterwards.

Why didn’t I take up Tourism for college?

I know that before, my sister wanted to take up Tourism but my mom didn’t want her to.

Little did I know that she didn’t even insist taking it up because she actually wanted to take up Culinary Arts just a little bit more than Tourism.

And so she did.

Since then, I thought that no matter what I say, my mom wouldn’t actually allow me to go through with it.

I just learned about this yesterday!!

Well, I haven’t actually tried telling my parents what I plan to do yet cause I wanna be sure of it before I actually do.

No matter what though, I still plan to learn about my father’s company.

Not taking up a course related to it doesn’t mean that I wont handle or manage it somehow in the future.

Besides, I owe a lot of things to it.

And as for crossing the road, my current university doesn’t offer Tourism.

The sister school of it, does.

The sister school is just literally across the street of my current school hence, the title.

If I actually transfer schools, my course would require me to wear a uniform.

My uniform would be a corporate attire.

It doesn’t bother me at all.

Actually, it is a big bonus for me!

I find corporate attire classy and sexy at the same time!

That is it for now.




Letting go is probably one of the hardest things to do in life.

The relationship acquired, the time spent or just the mere value of a certain person or thing to us will be tested.

But why do we need to let go?

Can’t we just hold on to it a little bit more?

Every situation is different in itself.

Re-evaluation is needed to get those timely answers.

Not right answers because i think *right* is subjective when it comes to relationships.

It is always best to try hard in doing everything that you can and not giving up but one should learn to let go as well – if it is for the better.

Finally decided to let go?

Let go and move forward.

Many people find it hard to move on after letting go but I still think that with these things, no one else can see the bigger picture better more than yourself.

We cannot expect anyone to vouch for us except for ourselves.

One should learn to fight and stand up.

I’ve thought about it for such a long time already and I think I am ready to let go..

And that I actually have to let go already.

I have to let go of the other side of me.

There is always a room for improvement.

Not that one has to be perfect but I believe everyone should maximize their potentials for us to live our lives to the fullest.

You may wonder what I mean by letting go of the other side of me.

Well, I want to change my lifestyle starting today.

Yes, today.

I’ll start by changing my sedentary lifestyle.

I want to be more active and do other activities – those that require me to get out of bed.

Starting next week, I will try my very very very best to go to the gym near my house at least twice a week.

I need not spend the whole day there or lift weights.

30 minutes of running is enough for a “gym day”.

I will change my sleep cycle.

As crazy as it may sound, I can’t remember the last time I slept at 10 PM or even till 12 MN.

I always sleep late.

Usually around 4 AM but last week my sleep cycle has been even more crazy – I sleep at around 6 to 7 AM.

I am definitely not a morning person but I think I should train myself to become one.

Waking up early.

This may be the hardest thing to do since I LOVE SLEEPING more than I love food.


I usually don’t take breakfast since I am still asleep at that time.

My body clock tells me after 8 hours of sleep to wake up and if I sleep at 4 AM, after 8 hours, what do you think the time will be?

You do the math.

Clothes, things and my room.

Everyone grows physically.

(Not necessarily horizontally.)

But until when should I hold on to the clothes that did fit me a year or years before and now it doesn’t?

I keep holding on to it thinking that I can still wear it when I lose some weight.

For my things, I am sometimes too sentimental that I keep even the things that are considered trash by many.

The result?

A messy room.

And so I’ve decided to let go and just sell them for cheap so that I’ll have funds to buy new clothes and things.

A cleaner environment = a more stable mind.

There have actually been studies that proved how a clean room boosts one’s mental capacity!

I am a student.

I SHOULD go to school everyday and not be lazy even when I have no tests.

I’ll try joining organizations and be active in them since it will be for my future.

Even though I have no tests, I should still study at home even for just a short while.

For now, that is my plan.

Right after I post this, I’ll start cleaning my room. 🙂

How about you?

Any plans of letting go?


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…

Nothing else.

Seriously, NONE.

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.

잘자요 여러분!


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.”

In my university, we follow a trimestral system – three terms in a school year. Hence, the hours allotted per subject is definitely less than the usual. Due to this, our school officials are really strict when it comes to holidays and suspensions due to the weather. Also, the pace of our study is a bit faster too.

Some may see it as a negative thing but in my university, they ensure that even though we graduate earlier because of our curriculum, we are very much capable, we are trained well and we are given enough experience and practical knowledge for the new world we are going to transition to. Talk about quality education!

In every university, they call the week before finals the “hell week”. This is so because this is the week where everyone is making up for whatever they missed, finalizing all the projects, studying for the final exams, preparing for thesis defense and much more.

Though our university is still far away from the supposed “hell week” which will be around the 2nd week of April, my schedule has really been hectic that I am sometimes up until around 4-5 a.m.

Last Saturday marks the end of my Korean 1 classes. (WHICH I PASSED. YAY!) After 10 weeks of “diligently” studying and memorizing, I really want a breather. School works are suffocating already. Because of this, I am trying my best to slack off – which is normally not a good thing – to release stress by watching movies & dramas online, by surfing the net and blogging which hopefully I can do often.

This post is getting too long I guess. Until the next one! ♥


—wanderrwithmee ✈

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