Counting Blessings

Just SOME of the things I’m grateful for:
  • My bags: Through you, I learned how to appreciate and treat myself better
  • An upcoming business with Mary: Great way to release the negativity is to earn money out of it :)
  • My car: 3 years baby! Even if I crashed it many times, it always kept me safe and brought me anywhere I want to go.
  • My job: 3 years too! I just love the people I work with and I’m blessed I HAVE a job ;)
  • My MacBook: Without you, I will just die!
  • Internet: Do I have to explain further?
  • My sneakers and jeans: When I don’t feel like wearing heels or showing my legs off
  • The Sun: I don’t know why, but I love it when it shines right to my face. The warmth and just squinting makes me smile. :)
  • The beach: My escape from all the stress!
  • My beat up phone: Sorry I kept on dropping you, but you help me keep in touch with everyone :)
  • YM, Skype, Facebook, Gratitudelog: Interaction via cyberspace is so convenient, especially when you’re super busy with work
  • My blog: A new way for me to express myself and to share my happiness to others
  • Twilight: EDWARD!!!
  • Vuze and Limewire: I’m always updated with shows and music
  • Office warehouse, Japan Home Center and National Bookstore: I’m obsessed with school/office supplies and different knickknacks
  • My wonderful family: My weirdo, spaced out, caring mom + My super funny and hardworking dad + My irritating and sweet brothers + the very accommodating helpers + The hyperactive dogs = LOVE :)
  • I get to go out, party when I want to, hang out with the people dear to me and just enjoy life!
  • Hair ties: When I’m lazy to blow dry or iron my hair
  • My hoodies, jackets, shawls and scarves: I get cold pretty easily.
  • Our house: We just moved this year and we’ll be spending our first Christmas and New Year here! I’m excited!
  • The best friends: Old friends like “The Familee”, cheer leading friends, those from high school. Those from work. New friends like Mary and Manuel. I love all of you! THANK YOU!
  • Cheer leading & NCC: I still get to do it after college and share my passion with kids!
  • Enemies: At least I burned you out of my life and I’m left with just the greatest people in the world! haha! boooyah!
  • Good conversations with my family over a meal.
  • Emails from my friends in the States: I really miss you!
  • Tagaytay, Bag of Beans and Starbucks: Great way to bond with friends, just laugh and forget all the worries
  • Enchanted Kingdom: When I want to get a dose of adrenaline in my blood
  • My room and bed: ESCAPE. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
  • My height: I can hide in small spaces if I find myself in a horror-movie like situation
  • Bob Ong and his books: Funny, easy to read, with a lot of sense – right at your face
  • I get to do whatever I want: I’m free!
  • The sleep-full days: My favorite hobby
  • Coffee: the drink that gets me goin’!
  • All the memories: Both good and bad.

These are just a few of the things I’m thankful for on a daily basis, and the list keeps on growing.

How about you? Have you thought of the things you are happy you have?

Happy Holidays!!!


"Toe Touching" Our Way Around the Country

The National Cheerleading Championship (NCC) coaches went to Cagayan de Oro (CDO) for the 5th Season’s Mindanao Qualifiers. My first time waaaaaay down south of the Philippines. :)

FYI: What do we do, exactly?

Go to the
NCC Website for more info.

This trip is only one of the 5 we had for this season’s regionals. The others were held in:
1. Central Luzon

2. South Luzon
3. North Luzon
4. Visayas

In every region, we would hold a camp then a competition for all interested squads in that particular area of the Nation. NCC coaches fly or would get on a 7 hour bus ride just to get to these regions to give both high school and college cheerleaders a chance to show off their skills. We are the one and only cheerleading organization in the Philippines that gives a venue for these teams to compete. The top 3 from each region, from high school and college, will then have a chance to be named the National Champion during the finals. Bragging rights? Yes, NCC can definitely give you that. :)

Where the fudge is Cagayan de Oro anyway?

It’s only an hour and a half flight away from Manila!
Here are cheerleaders goofing around the airport :)

CDO wooot!

The Camp

Every regional, the NCC holds a camp before the qualifiers. This gives us, the coaches, the chance to share our passion and help the different teams clean up their routines. We also give them tips on how to hit stunts easier. I really enjoy this part of each regional as we get to really know not only an entire team, but to be more connected to each of the students. We get to do what we love, we teach and we also learn.
A cupie with Garde. Yes, those are my feet!
Straight ride basket toss by Elaine

White Water Rafting Time!

Cagayan de Oro is well-known for river rafting. Right after the camp, we exchanged our NCC shirts for bathing suits and board shorts to try it out. I think, in some way, we were able to use our cheerleading expertise in this extreme sport… emphasis on the “I think”.

This is one of the perks. Whenever we go to the different regions, we get to experience what the place has to offer… FOR FREE! Hahaha! :)

Aimee, Me and Boom on our way to the rapids

River rafting is so much fun! I will definitely go back to CDO and do it again!
The Competition

I have been judging for the NCC for almost 3 years already. Seeing different teams from the different provinces of the country is definitely a blessing. So many good teams are left undiscovered and we, the NCC are here to give them the opportunity to show their skills, on a national level!

Here are some photos from the competition in CDO:

Mic and Celine, my co-coaches/judges.
And that’s me at the background being so serious about the judging sheets…

Time to unwind…

After 2 fun but TIRING days, it’s time to set aside our rubber shoes and Mueller tape. :)

Below are photos from Lim Ket Kai, CDO’s party place. What a great way to spend our last night in CDO!

Who wants to go back with me? :)