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My Childhood Companion

One of the things I hated a lot about my childhood was that I was allergic to a lot of things around me. From dust to pollen, and even to heat, everything always affected my health or my skin in some way. I remember having skin asthma on my arms and legs for most of the year, most especially near the summer season. It was tiring all the time, to have to apply and re-apply medicine on my arms and legs to make the asthma go away, or torture myself with scratching them and having them bleed time and time again. It was especially awful since I always had to wear long sleeved clothes so that I’d avoid scratching my skin asthma, or that I’d avoid disgusting people because of it. It was especially difficult growing up in a country that had only 2 seasons, hot and hotter, which made the asthma even worse.

One of the things that remind me a lot of those days was a constant companion that I had throughout my childhood, a bar of dove unscented soap. It was this bar of soap in a box with green designs, tucked away in my mom’s closet. Actually, it wasn’t just one box but tons of boxes tucked under her cabinet, well within me and my siblings’ reaches. Everytime the soap in our bathroom would run out, one of us would run to my mom’s closet and grab a box, and proceed back to the bathroom. Overnights and out-of-town events were the same thing, with none of us worrying about not having any soap since there was always more than 10 boxes in stock at any given time. Actually, this scene seems very familiar since I still constantly find myself running to her closet to grab a box whenever I have to pack toiletries for one trip or another.

Around the end of January, it was my greatest pleasure to get invited to participate in a project that tackled one thing I’m a closet-advocate of, the power of Women. Last Wednesday, March 18, I was invited to the launching of Sara Black’s portrait book (by Dove) entitled “When I look in the Mirror”. So together with my mom, without whom my health would not have been an important concern, we watched the launching of a book that featured the real beauty of women, women with flaws but who are beautiful. The whole event was about featuring women who were beautiful despite their flaws, and might I say, Sara Black was just really beautiful, and her photographs were just as amazing. She was able to capture the beauty of all the women who were featured in her book. Women with beauty marks, women who have gone through an event that caused them to have a scar or a burn, women whose genes gave them certain distinguishing characteristics, etc.

When I look in the mirror

Quoting from the press kit, “Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty is a global initiative of the brand to build awareness in women of all ages to embrace their natural physical attributes, regardless of how imperfect societal standards say they are. Through the campaign, Dove hops to inspire women to see themselves as unique and beautiful individuals who are not defined by the hue of their skin, or the gloss of their hair, or the measurements of their body parts. When I look in the mirror is yet another positive addition to Dove’s growing roster of projects to strengthen every woman’s self-esteem and build a world of positively empowered women who will not be boxed into society’s limited and limiting definitions of beauty. Through them, every woman can truly say that every woman is beautiful in her own right.”

It is true. I believe, women today need to be empowered that they are beautiful, no matter what physical flaws may be present. Beauty is not only physical, but as the cliche always go, it’s what’s inside that counts. Speaking from experience, I can say that I have never found myself beautiful; from the genetically-passed-on curly hair that I have rebonded every year, to the un-Chinese double eyelids and full lips, to my big hips and only 5’3 height, and to my small child stubby hands and only 6 feet feet, I can go on and on enumerating my flaws. I am not the best example for a woman who considers herself beautiful despite her flaws, but this could be a turning point.

Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and no one is picture-perfect pretty, not even models. Why should we continue to aspire to a body that we know will never be ours? Why can’t we just be satisfied with what he have, and show off to the world how comfortable we are in what God has given us? We should.


Book Review: An Ocean Apart, A World Away

An Ocean Apart, A World Away

Review on: An Ocean Apart, A World Away by Lensey Namioka

Rating: 3/5

An Ocean Apart, A World Away is basically a story that deals with a young Chinese girl who wishes to take medicine. The story takes place about 10 years after the 1911 Revolution (toppling of the Qing Dynasty). The main character (a Chinese girl) is born into a fairly liberal well-off family who sends her to a Western-run school. Experiences at home, with a close friend, and with what one can call a “lover” leads the main character to re-think her decision to take up medicine. Eventually though she makes a decision that leads her to America, where she struggles with her studies, her environment and with the people, before she finally realizes what she really wants in life.

The book is quite a short read. The plot isn’t that hard to understand, and it’s quite an interesting read since it involves little tidbits about Chinese history. I found this a bit off though since the inclusions of Chinese history are too random, and aren’t concise with the flow of the story. The story in itself, is also very fast-paced, and does not contain a very detailed timeline of events. To some, the story can be a bit lacking in the sense that, an angle has just been formed within the story, before it suddenly disappears and isn’t thoroughly tackled by the writer. It may leave some to be a bit frustrated with the quickness of the flow of the story, but in the end, it still tackles a very good issue within the story.

What I liked about the story is that it incorporated a lot of humor into the plot, adding in very many modern ideas (a little too modern I think). The humor and the “intrigue” injected into parts of the story kept the plot interesting enough to continue the story.

I don’t wholly recommend this book to people who are busy with their work/studies/activities/hobbies. If one is able to free up about 1-2 hours though, you can read this book for leisurely purposes. With less than 200 pages, it’s not that difficult to finish.


Ateneo Bonfire 2008

In relation to my previous post, in celebration of the various achievements of the varsity teams throughout Ateneo, the Ateneo community is holding a bonfire later (Sept 30, 2008) at the Ateneo de Manila Campus. Details are as followed, via email to the Ateneo community.

29 September 2008

To The Ateneo Community:

Congratulations to the Ateneo community for the following achievements by our various teams:

Loyola Schools: UAAP Season 71 Mens’ Basketball Champion and Ladies’ Swimming Champion
High School
: UAAP Season 71 Juniors Basketball Champion and Swimming Champion
Grade School: Small Basketeers of the Philippines Champion

The following are the details of the thanksgiving Mass, bonfire, and program tomorrow, September 30:

6:00 PM: Thanksgiving Mass at the Church of the Gesu
7:30 PM: Program at Bellarmine Field
(across the Gesu)

Tribute to the various Ateneo champion teams
Autograph Signing
Performances by the Blue Babble Battalion, Migs Escueta, APO Hiking Society, Chicosci, Kjwan, Parokya ni Edgar, Spongecola, and other bands

1. Food & Beverage

Some 30 concessionaires have signed up to sell for the duration of the evening. There will be also be complimentary Pepsi products while supplies last. Beer will be sold ONLY to adults, ages 21 and above.

2. Tents, Tables and chairs

Some tents, 100 tables and 1,300 chairs will be provided free of charge and made available on a first-come, first-served basis. People are free to bring their own tents, tables, and chairs but can set up ONLY AFTER 5:00 PM on September 30 AND ONLY at designated areas. For the designated areas, please inquire at the information booth on Bellarmine Field, Xavier Hall side.

3. Merchandise

Ateneo shirts, caps, and other merchandise will also be made available for sale at designated areas.

4. Webcast powered by Mozcom

Date: 30 September 2008
Time: 6PM to 10PM

http://stream. ateneo

Thank you.

Fly High! Blue Eagle the King!

Jun Dalandan
Director for Alumni Relations
Ateneo de Manila University


UAAP 71 Champions

Congratulations to the Lady Tankers, Ateneo’s Swimming Team, to the basketball team and swimming team of Ateneo’s High School division, and to the basketball team of Ateneo’s grade school division. This season has been a really rigorous and exciting season. I would like to congratulate, most especially, the Ateneo Blue Eagles – Ateneo’s Men’s basketball team, who persevered this season and came out as the champions. To everyone on the basketball team, good job and great effort. Thank you also to Coach Norman Black and everyone else who worked hard with the team. The 6 year drought has been a really hard obstacle to overcome, but you have shown everyone that determination persevers in the end. For that, the whole Ateneo community would like to thank you.

Game 1 and 2 of the Finals were really very exciting matches. Even though I wasn’t able to watch the games live for both matches, I was in spirit with the team as we cheered on for our players. Game 2 was most especially exciting because that match against DLSU would determine whether or not we’d finally come out as champions, or we’d have to face the Green Archers in a steaming Game3. I was at the edge of my seat for the most part because my 3-6pm class prevented me from watching the entire game. Thankfully though, as our class was dismissed at 6, I and many of my Philosophy101 classmates rushed to Escaler Hall (on campus) to watch the rest of the game with our other schoolmates. It felt as if we were in our own Mini-Araneta, amongst fellow students and teachers, cheering on for the team. The Blue Eagle gym, as well as the Moro Gym and Loyola Schools cafeteria were also home to various groups watching the game on tv. And as later on shared to me by some friends, GMA7 was at the Blue Eagle Gym taping the game and the Ateneo community as they cheered on the team.

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It was great being a kid. Why did we ever want to be an adult?

You know, growing old is one of the hardest things some people have to face. For me, it’s one of the things I dread the most. But it’s funny how everyone starts out getting all excited about growing up, even questioning the fact that Peter Pan doesn’t want to grow up. Suddenly those teenage years start and everyone’s hyping on finally getting into a PG-13 movie without parental supervision, or going out to parties with a later curfew, staying overnight at a friend’s house, and taking that first swing at an alcoholic beverage. But the excitement doesn’t last, and you find yourself regretting that you made yourself grow up too fast and that you didn’t spend your years acting as much as a kid (without much consequence) as you could.

Here I stand now, 4-5months from celebrating another birthday, and not just a simple birthday at that. It’s the big 2-0..the first year out of teenage-hood. Nothing physically changes of course as a person crosses that day from being 19 to turning 20. But deep inside, it feels really different, or it would probably feel different – not that I know it would be different, I haven’t crossed that line yet.

I’ve called myself an “oldie” these couple of months, only to be laughed at by the parents and relatives who are years and years older than me. This has in some way made me feel a bit better, knowing I’m not the only one suffering from this so-called disease. But one recent event has made me come to the realization that I’m only about 20 weeks away from leaving my teenage years…Click5 concert.

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love in A noun, verb, adj ©toki88

you are the Apple of my eye and
my heart is Attracted to you so.
i Ache for your presence.
i Appear in love with you,
because i Am.
i Always yearn to hear your voice
and i Answer your every need
even if i Already know,
you Aren’t in love with me.
yet why do i Assume that deep down
you’re Attracted to me too.

poem written by me © Christa Uymatiao 2007,

Isn’t it funny how we humans become ignorant of things that are placed squarely in front of us. We ignore the most obvious of things, and suffer the consequences for it. Such is love. Even if we already know that some things won’t work out the way we plan, we pursue these far-fetched ideas and get hurt in the end. All around us are signs of a “mistake waiting to happen” situation, and we choose not to follow our instincts.

How can humans be so completely foolish, and still survive up till now. I wonder.


Hataw Hanep Hero3: The Lucky Star story


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