I meant to write sooner or publish a piece before my birthday, but whenever I try to, something yanks me away from doing so. It’s either I am too occupied doing things in the office, or I am too tired and couldn’t be bothered. Sleep is golden nowadays.
So, I just turned 30.
Three decades on Earth. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Life has been giving me a lot of nudges lately—maybe to see if I am still breathing. Because the last time we had a stare down, I blinked and I looked away. What a coward. Life saw that my appetite for life has been fading fast and that is why I have not written anything in a while.
Last Thursday was officially the last day of our team together. It was the end of an era. I have been contemplating on what to write to immortalize our time together as a team; all the laughter, stupid jokes, and even the small bickering that happens from time to time. Every time I try to string words together, I get stuck. There’s so much to say. So much emotion swinging me around.
There it was sitting on my e-mail inbox. A confirmation that I have been accepted as a part of ACE Talent Program. It is a program for high potential talents as future leaders. Your manager will need to nominate and fight for you for a spot. Think of it like an elite membership club.
I was just six months old with the company when I first heard about it and it has been part of my goal since. I wanted it. I wanted it so bad I can taste it. 3 years later, my acceptance letter (Hello Hogwarts, I am still waiting for yours) came. I almost punched an office friend in the face when he asked me to cancel attending the launch to attend something else. BITCH I WAITED 3 YEARS FOR THIS. I AM NOT GOING ANYWHERE.
The launch day came and I saw familiar faces. There were a lot of internal screaming happening while I was finding myself a seat.
The host told us that they hid questions under the chairs and we need to look for it and answer it if we do find one.
The first question was WHAT IS ACE TALENT? The guy answered, “I don’t know, I actually have no idea what it is and why I am here.” I wanted to strangle him and break his glasses into million pieces. He was given a privilege and he does not have any idea why he is here. I wanted to escort him out the building myself.
An ACE alumnus spoke about the program being the highest form of recognition anyone could achieve in our company. Being nominated means you are already a star, the best of the best, and joining ACE will develop you to become a superstar.
Our faces glowed with hope, drive and inspiration. Our goals were the same, to be a super star in our ways. And we were all taught that when you dream, always shoot for the stars.
Except me. I want to be a supernova.
Yung may makikilala kang tao na magiging ka-close mo at mag uumpisa kayong gumawa ng mga masasayang bagay na magiging dahilan ng pag kahulog ng loob mo sakanya.
Dadating sa punto na pareho kayong high sa isa’t-isa. Araw-araw kayong nag uusap at nagkkwentuhan. Yung isang araw na magkasama kayo, pakiramdam mo katumbas ng isang buong taon. Nakaka aliw. Nakaka baliw.
There are a lot of articles circulating the internet about the best islands in the Philippines or in the world, and Palawan has always been a part of those lists.
One netizen even commented that “Palawan is every beach lover’s dream destination” who regarded it as a “wonderful and magical place” referring to either El Nido or Coron –Palawan’s best—the first things that will pop into your head when someone mentioned Palawan. The two islands were the bread and butter of Palawan’s tourism for the past few years.
I’m here to give you something to rave about. Something worth putting into your bucket list: BALABAC