Archive for April, 2006
Nature Tripping
Posted on: 30th of April 2006 | Under: Life & Love

at our farmI love nature tripping. I love walking in a jungle, or simply seeing a group of trees around. That’s why when my parents told me that they were heading off to our family farm early on a Saturday morning, I knew I just had to go.

We’ve had the farm for a little over 2 years already. My parents go there at least twice a month (a lot of times, with my brother and sister), but it was actually my first time to visit yesterday. Yes, that’s how busy I’ve been.

Despite not getting some sleep the night before (thanks to my twisted sleeping habit!), I enjoyed every minute of the experience. Never mind that I got itchy all over. Never mind that I was practically toasted under the sun. Never mind that I went home with my white slippers looking like I dyed them light brown. I still had fun.

I went black pepper picking with my mom and our 2 house helpers. I never knew peppers looked like this before they turn black. Apparently, they need to be dried under the sun before they turn black and are ready to be served. Interesting!

The entire land was filled with different trees: santol, coffee, bananas, avocado, lanzones, durian (just planted a year ago), coconut… and a few others. Too bad avocados and lanzones weren’t in season. I shall go back to see how those are harvested. :)

The soon-to-be rest house is still in its pre-planning stage. I can’t wait for it to be built. We sure need a place to stay to relax, unwind and get away from the our busy lives back in Manila.

I loved the entire place and I can’t wait for it to be fully developed. Looks like I found a new place to love going back to. :)

“I Do?”
Posted on: 22nd of April 2006 | Under: Life & Love

I attended my last required seminar in school today – Tips for Marriage. Convenient and quite appropriate, you may ask? Well yes, actually. Not because I’m thinking of getting married just yet, but because as I was pretty much mistaken, the entire seminar wasn’t only about marriage after all. It was more of a guideline, really: some tips on mate selection, on how to handle relationships (happy moments, plus conflicts) and understanding our individual needs and the importance of satisfying those needs.

Despite having to sit from 8:00am to 3:30pm (with breaks in between, of course) and being sleepy throughout the entire time (I only had about an hour and a half of sleep!), I still enjoyed every minute of it. The highlight for me was learning…

The 5 Languages of Love:

  1. Words of Affirmation
  2. Quality Time
  3. Receiving Gifts
  4. Being Served
  5. Physical Touch

Each one of us have an innate need of feeling all 5 languages of love, but we also have a principal and distinct one that we need the most. That one language of love is what we need on top of everything else. Metaphorically speaking, we all have a “love tank” that needs to be filled up. We can fill it up to the brim with 4 of the 5 languages of love, but if the one we need most is not there, then there’s practically no use for all the other 4.

After a quick test that we did earlier, I found out that my principal language of love is none other than number 2 – Quality Time. It didn’t really come as a surprise to me, because I pretty much knew that already. I’m the type of person who needs to be given time. Time to spend together with friends and loved ones uninterrupted. Quality time when nothing will and should matter but the actual “spending time” together. I feel loved when those around me actually take the time to be with me: to talk to me, laugh with me and do things with me. I’ve known myself for being pretty demanding when it comes to asking for time from people around me. I know a big percent of that is a result and can be rooted to some of my family issues. Somehow, in one way or another, I’ve always felt quite selfish for being demanding with time. But, after the seminar, I realized that I’m not really being selfish at all. I’m just in need of filling up my “love tank” and Quality Time is what I need most to be able to do that. I just need Quality Time to fell loved fully.

I’m not a fan of long seminars, especially if I was merely just forced to attend in the first place. But, today’s seminar was different. I’m actually glad that I forced myself out of bed early, because I learnt to see myself from a whole new perspective today.

I finally understood a big part of me.

Happy 25th!
Posted on: 18th of April 2006 | Under: Shoutous

Bebe 25Happy Birthday to the most patient person I know. You know you’re the only one who can put up with my weird and unpredictable mood swings. XP

Thanks for comforting me and making me laugh today – every single day, actually. :)

I LOVE YOU! ♥

Make him happy, guys! :)

A Need to Get Away
Posted on: 17th of April 2006 | Under: Travel Junkie

I’ve had to deal with so much stress lately: the last few days of school and family dealings too. All I need right now is to get away Away from everything. Away from everyone.

A trip to a secluded beach would do. Maybe even a couple of days somewhere I’ve never been to. I’m not going to worry about finding a job yet. I know I’m not being pressured by anyone anyway. I will just take my sweet time to get some rest and to have fun.

Road trip, anyone?