Sunday, January 25

Support DKDC's campaign. :)

About the Campaign
Smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive. Like heroin or other addictive drugs, the body and mind quickly become so used to the nicotine in cigarettes that a person needs to have it just to feel normal.

People start smoking for a variety of different reasons. Some think it looks cool. Others start because their family members or friends smoke. Statistics show that about 9 out of 10 tobacco users start before they're 18 years old. Most adults who started smoking in their teens never expected to become addicted. That's why people say it's just so much easier to not start smoking at all.

Smoking & Alcohol causes many deadly diseases, harms nearly every organ of the body and reduces the overall health of the smoker/drinker. The many diseases caused by smoking are leukemia, stomach cancer, cataract, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, kidney cancer, pneumonia, and periodontitis. These diseases are the newest additions to the harmful effects of smoking. We are very much aware of the diseases caused by smoking, including bladder, laryngeal, lung, oral, and throat cancers; coronary heart and cardiovascular diseases; and chronic lung diseases. Even non-smokers are affected. The smoke exhaled by smokers passes into our lungs and can cause almost the same damage that it does to the lungs of the smokers. It does not only damage our lungs, but also our environment.

The Campaign
The DKDC's Campaign against teen smoking and alcohol will kick off this February. The campaign's cost for this year alone is around P350,000.00 (detailed financial plan is available from the Treasurer), including: Public information campaign materials, travel expenses, and other miscellaneous fees. The Campaign area for this year will cover Laguna, Cavite & Batangas. There are also plans to setup a concert against teen smoking and alcohol to boost up campaign support.

Campaign Objectives
1. To persuade minors who don't smoke and drink alcohol to not get started.
2. Help minors who are into it quit.
3. Suppress the "cool culture" of smoking and drinking alcohol among minors.

Campaign Program
  1. Visit selected schools to promote to students about the bad effects of smoking and alcohol.
  2. Post Anti-smoking/alcohol posters to schools, churches, and other public places.
  3. Campaign for imposition of higher penalties to stores/individuals who sells liquor and cigarettes to minors.

Please do support our campaign. You can help us in anyway you can. You may contribute or volunteer to our campaign. Help us spread the word!

By supporting our campaign, you are helping someone quit, and preventing someone from trying. HELP SAVE LIVES!

Campaign Donors
(as of January 25th)

P150.00 - Sarah Capili
P150.00 - Zia Wycoco
P400.00 - Carmela Sotelo
P400.00 - Mark David Empremiado
P400.00 - Donovan Dequilla
P400.00 - L.A. Roberto
P400.00 - B.J. Santos
P400.00 - Sean Lacar
P400.00 - Mark Borillo

If you want to contribute/volunteer in our campaign please contact any of the DKDC Officers or call the DKDC Hotline at (02) 214-0344.

DKDC ( Do Know. Do Care.)

Monday, January 19

Entrance Exam Results

Experienced depression or extreme euphoria? Have you spent sleepless nights and endless prayers? Did you jump on the walkways of Makati? I now diagnose you with entrance exam syndrome. HAHAHAHA.

Okay. I so made that up, you can guess. 2009 is the year that we, seniors all figure out where the hell we'll go next. It may be a school to train in or a school just to get by. And I wasn't exempted from all the happenings and activities of a senior.

Let me take you back to Sept. 13, 2008. I took my ACET in Ateneo of course. I didn't like the classroom, ew, no aircon. HAHAHA. I was confident that I could do well. Oh boy, did I think wrong. Last January 10, the ACET results were released and I, didn't pass. Boohoo. I did feel like I was some worthless person, but decided I still had UP to fail so I could go moping around like that.

JANUARY 17. We went to Nikka's confirmation and Kyle sent a group message that the results were out. And I couldn't stop fidgeting even while I was fitting my prom gown. Who stays calm when their future is at stake? So we went to an internet cafe, but then I had to go to the dentist so Nikka was left there to check my results. And I PASSED!

Thank you Lord, which leads me to my point. God wants something else if you didn't get to pass the schools you wanted to study in. I didn't pass Ateneo, because I was meant for something else. It doesn't make you less of a person if you didn't get to pass. So what? When a door closes, a window opens. :)

Goodluck seniors '09! We're almost graduating!

Thursday, January 8

Quick and Painless Enneagram Test--grabbed from Anj

Take the test!

Your result for The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test ...

6 - the Questioner

Thanks for taking the test !

6 - the Questioner

you chose CY - your Enneagram type is SIX (aka "The Loyalist").

"I am affectionate and skeptical"

Questioners are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.

How to Get Along with Me

  • Be direct and clear.
  • Listen to me carefully.
  • Don't judge me for my anxiety.
  • Work things through with me.
  • Reassure me that everything is OK between us.
  • Laugh and make jokes with me.
  • Gently push me toward new experiences.
  • Try not to overreact to my overreacting.

What I Like About Being a SIX

  • being committed and faithful to family and friends
  • being responsible and hardworking
  • being compassionate toward others
  • having intellect and wit
  • being a nonconformist
  • confronting danger bravely
  • being direct and assertive

What's Hard About Being a SIX

  • the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind
  • procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself
  • fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of
  • exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger
  • wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right
  • being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations

SIXes as Children Often

  • are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn
  • are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger
  • form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent
  • look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel
  • are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families, and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent

SIXes as Parents

  • are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty
  • are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence
  • worry more than most that their children will get hurt
  • sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries

Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy
Discover the 9 Types of People
Harper SanFrancisco, 1994, 161 pages

Sunday, January 4

New Year means Newer Me?

Stop laughing. I mean it. 2009 is here and ready to enter my life full of chaos already. And because a new year means change, I've decided to change my layout! I've decided on this one because it's much simpler, depicting that I want to be simpler this year. (Stop laughing!) I didn't make any New Year's resolutions this year because I am now changing my principle in resolutions, I think if you want to change a bad habit or something you are accustomed to, do it now! Why wait for New Year? A newer me also signified a new bag! I shopped for one in SM Mall of Asia today using my money! Isn't that a change?

I've realized I've done the biggest mistake in not filling you in the details of my Christmas Break and because it is about to end, I just wanted to commemorate (dead person daw?!) este remember the last Christmas Break as a high school student. This break, I've experienced commuting to Enchanted Kingdom! Seriously. I've always went there on car or at least some kind of vehicle. I've never experienced riding a tricyle to EK. It was fun especially because my classmates were there tooo. Share in the agony! Hahahaha! I also experienced the Christmas Party of our big family in which they included my sister and I in the adults' Kris Kringle! Ma, it's about time, duh, I'm 16?! My dad gave his annual raffle with Php 12k as the first prize. I also had a Christmas Party with the Bahay Kalinga kids who were so sweet (pictures in my Multiply). Moreover, I got to spend this Christmas season with my childhood barkada. We never get to hang out so often. I met my cousin's girlfriend for the first time. This Christmas break, I believe, was very productive and exciting.

2009, I didn't know, meant rekindling old flames. No, I'm not talking about my love life. I'm talking about a different love, my love for dinosaurs! We went to Dinos Alive Tour in Manila which was located in the SM Mall of Asia. And imagine my excitement and I tried so hard to hide it. I mean, wouldn't normal people ask, "What is the 16 year old doing jumping up and down after seeing a robotic dinosaur?" I saw most of my favorite "pets" including the Stegosaurus, Triceratops, T-REX (which starred in my first book-written in the first grade!) and Bronteosaurus. I had such a fun time there.

I guess now, I'm expecting a lot of changes. I won't be a high school student in March anymore. I won't be hanging out in studios or coffeeshops after exams. I will miss it. I won't get to hang out with my family a lot often anymore. NO goofing around, seryoso na.

Before I end this entry, let me give my warmest thanks to Vince who picked me as his monita. He got me the Fall Out Boy Concert DVD I'd been eyeing for a year. So thanks so much! I watched it and I wasn't disappointed which now makes me want to watch FOB in February if they come here.

School tomorrow so I'm gonna turn in now. Toodles! :)

Friday, January 2

Goodbye '08!

So I know I'm a little late in saying goodbye to good old 2008, but today was the only free time I had to update this blog! 2008 was a pretty good year for me. It was busy, but good. Let me elaborate the meaning of A GOOD 2008 for you guys:

1. CAT- I finally. finally. finally. became a CAT officer! And cadet captain at that! :) It was so tiring but it paid off.

2. KRUHAY- It was a new experience and a busy one too. But I had a lot of fun during Rosetta and Traje de Boda. We're still rehearsing for a new play.

3. A New Bestfriend- Early in the year, I became so close with someone I never thought I would be close to. Tada! Mark became my new confidante. Thanks for a wonderful year, Burjer!

4. Arielle- I became close to Arielle too. Arielle and I fought in sophomore year and I thought we'd never make up, but we did and that brought us closer. Thanks for this year Arielle!

5. Roan- my bestfriend throughout high school. We had some ups and downs this year but we made up! She's someone who I can call my safe zone. Thanks for everything, Bru!

6. Friends- Who are there until the end! :) Thank you so much guys!

7. Possidius- My loving and chaotic section! Thank you so much for being there. To our three months together!

I want to thank God for letting me live another year, my parents for not nagging too much and for being so loose with me now, and everyone who made my year awesome! Cheers to 2009! May I graduate with honors, pass the college of my dreams and rock! :)

P.S. I didn't bother to come up with a New Year's resolution anymore. What comes, comes. :)