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Stay awake for that late afternoon class

17 Oct

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 “Oh God, please don’t let my teacher see me sleeping” – Me in a Math class

Sleeping in class is bad. I mean, way too bad (especially if you get caught). But there  are those crazy times when you just can’t fight the urge of closing your eyes and SLEEP.

I had been a victim of this “Sleeping in Class” Syndrome. My eyelids where just so heavy and I can’t open them anymore, and whenever I try to, my teacher seemed to be a giant walking pillow to me. I tried my very best to stay awake but I failed. The next thing I knew, my classmates were all staring at me because I drooled. 

So to stay away from my greatest horror, I came up with 5 personal means of staying awake.

1. Mint Gums. I know this is an old line but they sure work. Pick the ones with really strong flavors that would keep you awake. They’re small bombs, you know. 

2. Sit up straight. Sitting like a vegetable will increase your chance of sleeping. I’ve tried that. Trust me. It’s better to sit up straight as this will help you focus on your teacher and the things he’s talking about.

3.  Stretch. I’m not asking you to to have a little “stretching” in front of your teacher, unless of course, you wanna get slapped in front of everyone. Excuse yourself, find a private place and move those joints.

4. Don’t think of falling asleep in class. Seriously, girl? Yes. I’m serious. That’s how Law of Attraction works. You think of sleeping in class, then you’ll find yourself sleeping. Think of something more positive like “It’s just an hour, I’ll learn a lot” (Visit this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_attraction for more of LOA.)

5. Sleep. Ditch your late-night parties, late-night TV’s and God knows what other late-nights it may be. Sleep on time so when you wake up in the morning, your lost energy are already replenished. Nothing beats a good night sleep, you know.

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PS: If those tips didn’t work, I don’t know what will. Seriously guys.

XOXO, KC Cabrera

Mr. McDreamy

13 Oct

 

Most girls probably has an endless checklist about her preferred boyfriend or “Dream Guy” as it is called.

Mine goes like this…

“MY MR. MCDREAMY”

  • BRITISH preferably (if not, then I’ll go for ITALIAN or FRENCH)
  •  Athletic
  • Conservative (I hate PDA)
  • has an IQ more than mine
  • Can sing
  • Can play the guitar
  • someone who smells like a rose
  • at least 5’11 tall
  • can read and write
  • at least 5 years older
  • has a pool in his house
  • has a nice car
  • knows how to cook
  • sweet
  • has clean nails (insane! yeah i know)
  • funny but knows when to be serious
  • driven
  • focused
  • smart-mouthed
  • NOT shy
  • confident
  • can get along with my parents
  • not a womanizer
  • not a drunkard
  • has a smile that would turn everyone else’s knees to jello
  • FILTHY……RICH
  • HANDSOME
  • WHO WILL LOVE ME forever
  • LOVES GOD

And so the list is endless….

When I read my list I always end up laughing at it. I know pretty well that this kind of guy doesn’t exist and even if he does, he won’t be for me (and yeah, makes me cry.. =’C ).

Let me share an article written by a writer who married a Filipino singer. She had a list much longer than mine, she didn’t get the perfect guy according to her but with the perfect guy God wants  her to be with.

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Long before I met my husband Raymond, I had written God a wish list.  In it were about 84 items, the characteristics I wanted in my “dream guy.”  I had some really profound entries (“Must love God more than me”), some were inane (“Must look and smell good”) and some were insane (“Must have a nice car”).  I figured if I had to ask the Lord for my dream guy, I might as well be specific, right?

So years ago, when I knew my relationship with Raymond was moving from professional to personal, I whipped out that prayer list and scanned it.  Raymond got about 79 items covered (including the three mentioned earlier), which left out about five things.  I know that’s about 94 percent right there and I should have been happy, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get all I asked for. 

Just before our wedding I took a look at that list again.  There was nothing I could do about the five items, but I realized there was a prayer written at the back of my list. I knew I’d written it, but I never really bothered to read it again until then.  In it I said, “Lord, this is my wish list.  But you know me better than I do, so You pick the best guy for me.”

That was when it dawned on me that I really didn’t get the man of my dreams, because dreams can only go so far.  I never thought of asking for a husband who would stroke my hair in the morning and wake me up with kisses.  I never thought of asking for a man who would want me with him every single moment of day.  I never thought of asking for a man who, in the middle of his cooking, would embrace me then suddenly thank God in prayer for me and the   gift of marriage, right there in the kitchen while the osso buco is simmering.  I never thought of asking for a man who would assure me of his love in the middle of a heated argument. I never thought of asking for a man who would push me to try things I never would have dared if I didn’t know he believed so much in me. 

Sharing a bed with him almost always means a tangle of legs, arms and sheets, sometimes even a sleepy tug-of-war over a pillow. But I never knew how an arm resting on your waist, a leg wrapping itself around you, or a sleepy hand over a cheek caressing you out of a bad dream could bring about some of the most wonderful feelings in the world. Some things just never felt so right. 

Everyday I am thankful that the Lord disregarded my wish list and heard my prayer instead. And there are times when I wake up in the middle of the night and marvel at how , in the darkness, our hands somehow found each other as we slept, and I fall asleep again, thinking that really, I have all I need. 

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The above  article was written by Mia Rocha Lauchengco (a writer who married   Philippine singer and actor Raymond Lauchengco).

This is just one of the million proofs that we don’t need a list full of inane and sometimes insane items of our “DREAM GUY”. God has someone for us. He knows who is our perfect match. We just have to trust Him. HE knows what’s best for us more than our mothers do.

I’m not telling you to shred your list and burn it (but if that’s what you wanna do, go on). I mean, you’ve spent hours putting that list together!

All I’m saying is that, you don’t have the slightest clue of who you’re gonna end up with. If you stick with your list, you might end up disappointed or discontented.

XOXO, KC Cabrera

 

 

 

 

 

CHEATING UNLIMITED

10 Aug

Usual exam scenario

“Be Honest. Even if others are not.

Be Honest. Even if others can not.

Be Honest. Even if others will not.”

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Where is this “Be Honest” thing now?  In today’s generation, Honesty is only a word that comes before Honey in the Webster’s universal dictionary.

In school, dishonesty is shown mostly by cheating. I know this whole dishonesty/cheating  thing  because my eyes weren’t closed when I took the exam in Physics and Math (and all those subjects which require the burning of the midnight candle).

The cheaters I know use a lot of strategies/techniques in cheating. I don’t know where they have learned it, but it had worked. These cheaters even got codes and all things necessary for cheating (they’re experts ya know!)

It is sad that cheating,nowadays, has been considered part of studying by few dumb-witted morons. Research says almost 95% of students are experts in the state-of-the-art cheating. Imagine that 95%!! That’s almost everyone in the class!

Worst thing is that these cheaters are proud of being cheaters.They are proud of having invented creative ideas and styles (as they call it) to cheat. I must admit, their cheating styles are creative. However, the world doesn’t give recognition to evil geniuses. So, no matter how “smart” your cheating style may be, no reward will be given to you my friend.

I even know a classmate who told me, “You should try cheating. It is a simplest way of getting an A with just a little effort.”—- this is where they are wrong. We go to school to learn. We go to school to develop skills and boost morale. We are supposed to be molded to become good citizens of the country.

How are you going to be productive citizens if you exercise dishonesty? Are you proud of getting high scores by cheating?

Cheating is the same as saying  “Hey, World! I’m dumb! I can’t answer my exam by myself so I cheat! I don’t trust my capacity! Check me out!” out loud.

Now, do you trust yourself? Do you believe you are smart? If yes, then welcome to righteousness my friend. Stop cheating! =)

XOXO, KC Cabrera

The Science in Romance

7 Aug

My friend had a really bad break-up with her boyfriend last week, and cried her eyes out for weeks. Being a good friend that I am, I talked to her and comforted her. She asked my why we fall in love. I was honest to tell her I don’t know, but she said “Would you mind doing a research about it?”

I know my friend was just kidding when she asked me that, but being such a dork, I tried to Google it and found something interesting. Brace yourselves world. =)

Falling in love is a magical experience that happens between two people. If you have been in love or is in love, I don’t have to explain how it feels, you know it better than I do. So why do people fall in love? Researchers has been exploring the dynamics of what happens when two people are falling in love:

Q:  What motivates people to seek out love?

A:  Our primary motivation as human beings is to expand the self and to increase our abilities and our effectiveness. One of the ways we accomplish this is through our relationships with other people. We have learned in our research that it is important to feel that you have the ability to be an effective person, especially in our relationships.

Q:  How does this theory of self-expansion explain the process of falling in love?

A:  Usually, we fall in love with a person that we find attractive and appropriate for us, but also someone who demonstrates that they are attracted to us. This creates a situation where a great opportunity is open to us for self-expansion. The fact that they are attracted to us offers a significant opportunity — when we perceive this, we feel a surge of exhilaration!

Q:  Does it always work this way?

A:  No, an interesting exception to this occurs if we feel badly about ourselves. The process gets thrown off if we can’t believe that another persons finds us attractive — like the Groucho Marx joke where we don’t want to belong to a club that would have us for a member. We tend to miss out on opportunities for falling in love if we don’t feel good about ourselves.

Q:  What conditions are best for meeting someone and falling in love?

A:  When you meet someone under conditions that are highly arousing — a political demonstration, turbulence on a plane, a stimulating performance — a time when the body is stirred up and excited, we tend to experience attraction at a heightened level. This effect is well documented but the explanations for it are very controversial. I tend to believe that we come to associate the arousal of the situation with this person and our own self-expansion.

Q:  When do we fall in love?

A:  Contrary to what most people think, the statistics show that most people fall in love with someone that they have known for a while. People only report falling in love quickly about 1/3 to 40 percent of the time. Of course, this varies from culture to culture. Falling in love happens differently between cultures but it does occur in most cultures.

Q:  How does our appearance factor into the equation of falling in love?

A:  This is interesting; we have found that if you are very unattractive, it can hurt you a lot in forming romantic relationships (let’s just be honest!). However, being attractive doesn’t help that much (one point for the not-so-attractive folks! rejoice! LOL)

Q:  How do you explain that?

A:  We have found that two important characteristics, kindness and intelligence, are extremely important in the process of falling in love. And attractiveness is not connected to these things. These two attributes are things that people learn about someone from knowing them over time. Intelligence is important in all aspects of life, especially in love. But kindness is the strongest indicator for a successful long-term relationship.

One of the research findings isn’t so complimentary: Love works chemically in the brain like a drug addiction.

 BOTTOMLINE: The source of love is the HEAD, not your HEART. What your heart does is pump blood. It is your brain that produces chemical hormones like dopamine and oxytocin which makes you feel like you’re in cloud nine, makes you feel really good.

XOXO, Karla Cabrera

Would you forgive a cheater?

29 Jul

Seriously, I wanna run and hug Robert Pattinson and run another mile and slap Kristen. He’s obviously devastated, but that’s life. This happens all the time.

If you are Robert Pattinson, would you forgive Kristen Stewart for cheating on you?

For the past couple of days, fans of Twilight stars 22-year-old Kristen Stewart and 26-year-old Robert Pattinson were shocked by Stewart’s revelation that she had cheated on Pattinson. Reports reveal that Stewart had a fling with 41-year-old director Rupert Sanders, who was her director in Snow White and the Huntsman.Sanders is married to a 33-year-old model named Liberty Ross and they have two children, a seven-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son. Both Stewart and Sanders issued public apologies for their fling. The “cheating scandal” taints the idyllic notions of fans who have been rooting for the Stewart-Pattinson match since the two were paired up in the first installment of the Twilight franchise.

The infidelity scandal

In a People article written by Alison Schwartz and Julie Jordan, Stewart said, “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.”

Some reports allege that Stewart and Sanders had no other choice but to come clean when, on July 24, Us magazine released some exclusive photos of Stewart and Sanders’ engaging in a “makeout session.” According to the article, “Kristen Stewart’s Cheating Scandal: A Timeline of Events” written by Us writer Nicole Eggenberger, it seemed as if Stewart and sanders “couldn’t get enough” of each other.

The aggrieved party

Pattinson was devastated by Stewart’s infidelity. Reports say he has left the home he shared with Stewart and has gone into temporary seclusion. Despite what has happened, there are still those who believe that Pattinson will forgive Stewart and their relationship will recover from her fling.

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You as ladies and as gentlemen, would you forgive your lover and take them back if they ever cheated on you? Can your love still stand? Is your love strong enough to withstand the trials that would come? Would you still trust and play the game of Love? Or would you let go?

Come on, comment below. I wanna hear your opinions.

This doesn’t happen only in Hollywood, it could happen to someone you know or even you yourself.

The Uncontented Horse

1 Jul

Was there a moment in your life where you asked God for more of what you have, not because you NEED it but simply because you want it? Just because it is what you think makes you more admirable?

I have read a story yesterday about a horse who asked for more, and I’m sharing them to you.

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There was once a cosmic god who owned a beautiful horse. To many, the horse is already perfect. It has all the good qualities  any horse could ask for. However, the horse is still unhappy. Instead of thanking its god for the gift of beauty, it always prays for more and more and more beauty.

One day the horse said to the cosmic god, “Oh Lord, you have given me beauty. You have given me other good qualities. I am so grateful to you. But how I wish you could make me more and more  beautiful. I would be extremely, extremely grateful if you could make me more beautiful. I wanted to be perfect.”

The cosmic god said, “I am more than capable to make you more beautiful. Tell me in what way you want to be changed.”

The horse said, “It seems to me that I am not well proportioned. My neck is too short. If you can make my neck a little longer like my neighbor, my upper body will be infinitely more beautiful. And if you can make my legs much longer and thinner like my other neighbor, then I will look infinitely more beautiful in my lower body. I will then be perfect like what I wanted to be.”

The cosmic god said, “Then be it!” Then immediately he made a camel appear in place of the horse. The horse was so disheartened that it started to cry, “Oh Lord, I wanted to become more beautiful. In what way is this kind of outer form more beautiful?”

The cosmic god said, “This is exactly what you asked for. You have become a camel. You have longer neck and much longer and thinner legs.The horse cried, “Oh no, I do not want to become a camel I wish to remain a horse. As a horse, everybody appreciated my good qualities. Nobody will appreciate me as a camel.”

The cosmic god said, “Never try to achieve or receive more than I have given you. If you want to lead a desire-life, then at every moment you will want more and more. But you have no idea what the outcome will be. If you cry for a longer neck and legs, this is what will happen. Each thing in my creation has its own good qualities. The camel is not as beautiful as you are, but it carries heavy loads and has a tremendous sense of responsibility.”

 
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Think about it. Reflect.
 
 
If you ever wished to be more beautiful, start from within. Be contented of what you have. Being beautiful doesn’t mean a colored face and dresses like royalties wear.
 
 
Beauty is not skin deep. Beauty is appreciating God’s grace.
 
 
 
I believe that we are who we are for a reason, and we are how we look for a reason.
 
 
 
Stay beautiful. XOXO, KC Cabrera
 
 
 
 
 

Palawan- A City in a Forest

13 Apr

Virgin of its natural beauties, Palawan is one of the most beautiful places around the globe.

There are more to Palawan than just the famed  Underground River. The people are very friendly and hospitable that you’ll feel

at home away from home. If I am to blog about Palawan, it would take maybe, ten posts. (haha) So I’d suggest that you take a trip there

yourself.        –KC

Since I didn’t find Stallion Riding Club in Palawan, I opted to take a picture with

an artificial horse in Baker’s Hill. (haha)

It is actually a candid shot my friend took…but uhm, I loved the way it appeared

This is in Kuyba Almoneca…you have to wear a helmet or else you’re gonna break

your head into pieces when you bump into one of those stalagmites.

It is very HOT in there, hence the sweaty face. =)