Category: Personal Thoughts

Who is the most important woman who has influenced your life and why?

This was the question raised by and Raintree Restaurants for the International Women’s Month

While almost everyone answered “their moms,” which is an obvious answer, I chose my youngest sister, Nini. Please take time to read my answer below: 

The woman who made the most impact in my life will definitely be my youngest sister. I will forever admire her courage, faith, and strong will while fighting the dreaded leukemia. In spite of her young age (she was 16 when she was diagnosed), she bravely endured all the tests and needles, as well as the endless rounds of chemoteraphy. She never complained, nor blamed God for what happened. She maintained the positive attitude and her loving nature even if she was enduring everything to hold on to her dear life. 

I learned from her two most important lessons in life – 1)that we should life life to the fullest without regrets; and 2) that God blesses those who believe in him. After 3 years of fighting, my sister is well and back to her normal life. She’s my inspiration and I’m sure all the others around her will also learn from her how to celebrate life.
by May Buendia on 2010-03-09 09:55:29 

I didn’t really join to win, I thought it would be a nice “little non-material gift” for her. But then, should I win, I’d have to take my sisters out for some serious girl bonding session. Hahaha. Cheers to the good life! 🙂 


Lomo Love

My sunset lomo photo shot in Puerto Galera was chosen as the “shot of the day” of BXLOMO! Wala lang, I was just thrilled to see mine with the best photos of other lomoistas all over the world! Thank you so much, Toon and Ina! 🙂

I started getting into lomography in 2009 when I was introduced to it by a friend. My first camera was a Holga 120 cfn that I bought from Jennie, an online seller. However, it’s so hard to find 120 films and they’re expensive too! Imagine my excitement when C gave me a new Holga 135 camera last Christmas! That has been my new travel companion since. 🙂

Here are some more of my favorite lomo photos. I’ll share some more soon. 🙂

Angeloat Puerto Galera

Caliraya 2009
Subic 2009
Oblation at UP

The Long Wait…

… is killing me! 🙁

For about a month now, i’ve been eagerly waiting to hear from this group of people regarding a decision that could change my life. Initially, I was amazed by how fast everything was churning in. Until I was asked to wait for a week… and the waiting dragged on and on and on… I’m now at a point wherein pinapasa-Diyos ko na lang. If t’s for me, then thank you Lord. 🙂

But still… haaay… sana tumawag na sila. I just need one phone call to end this waiting game. Grrr! Ang hirap talaga pag “low EQ!” :-S

It’s a Date! Rent Gala Night Preview on Feb4! :-)

C bought us loge seats for the “Rent” Gala Night Preview on Feb 4! And I’m so excited! We’ll, i’m not really a die-hard fan of plays and musicals such as this one, but it’s going to be a very different experience… and I can’t wait! 🙂

About the Show (from ABSCBN where we purchased the tickets):


Robbie Guevara directs RENT, the East Village-set 1990’s musical that will run this coming February 2010 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

Santi Santamaria, 9 Works Theatrical’s Executive Producer in a statement said, “Rent is set in New York City’s gritty East Village, and this revolutionary rock musical is an imaginative retelling of the classic Puccini opera, La Boheme. This unforgettable and timeless story of a group of starving artists, who, despite poverty and illness, learn to fall in love and find their voices, brings a universal message of hope for everyone. We’re thrilled to bring this important piece of Broadway musical theatre to the local Filipino community.”

Gian Magdangal leads the cast as Roger Davis,  a songwriter who is HIV positive, with Fred Lo as Mark Cohen, an independent filmmaker and Roger’s roommate and Nicole Asensio as Mimi Márquez, an exotic dancer with HIV.

Going Cold Turkey

COLD TURKEY:  universally understood to mean to quit smoking abruptly, often without forethought or preparation, nor a gradual reduction in amount smoked. Most people also assume cold turkey means to quit smoking without using any smoking cessation aids such as nicotine gum or patches.

Today, I’m officially smoke-free for 14 days. Not that long, but quite a peat for someone who used to consume 6-10 sticks per day. I started this habit in 2004, when I started working. From a stick per day, my consuption gradually increased through the years. I didn’t think of giving it up, not even once.

Until now.


2009 Year-Ender

I wanted 2009 to be the year of being able to finally move on. From past loves, to annoying habits, to insincere friends, to self doubts, and selfishness. I just wanted to go with the flow and start a whole new cycle towards my happy ending. I was happy with how I managed to survive the year, and looking forward to a happier, more exciting, but peaceful and fulfilling 2010.

2009 started on a very challenging note though – my aunt died of heart attack and I got sick so I was on leave for more than half of january.

I was so excited to start the year because I was considering it as my moving on year and a fresh new start towards greater things. I have resolved to stay with the company I’m in for another year because of the shaky economy and i wasn’t disappointed. I’ve met one too many challenges at work that made me a better professional. I know these challenges won’t cease and will even get harder as I go along, but I know I’m ready for greater challenges this year.

I’ve also explored places in 2009, more within the philippines. That Ilocos trip was very memorable. This year, I discovered countless restaurants, hangouts, shot photos in UP and high street, memorized megamall, shangrila, and market market. I’ve discovered hidden getaways near manila and squeezed in weekend trips whenever our schedules and budget permits. I also discovered a new hobby which is lomography.

When I lost THAT person, I found myself again. I developed new friendships. I learned to mingle with other people and renewed relationships with those I have neglected. It paved the way for me to get closer with my sisters and angelo as well. I loved who I became and stopped looking. I learned I can be happy as I am.

And then I fell in love.

C – is my dream guy. Cheesy as it sounds, but, he’s the one. I knew it since the very first day we talked. How we clicked. How there were one to many sparks in that one memorable night in high street. He was able to bring out the giddy school girl in me again. I never thought that my admiring-him-from-a-distance-drama could be real. He’s the best gift God has given me in 2009. And I intend to take very good care of it. 🙂

In 2010, I still want to maintain the go with the flow attitude. I have written my must dos and in a nutshell, in 2010 I want to explore more places (more hidden getaways, and a tour of asia), be more adveturous and be more flexible, and start living healthy. It already started with an edgy haircut from tony and jackey a few hours before new year. 🙂 no regrets.

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