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    The Girl with Broken Dreams

    Here’s a letter to a girl who has goals and endless dreams, but suddenly got stuck and lost in the middle of chasing them. She has the guts to support other people’s dream but little did she know, the spark of her own dreams are slowly fading away.

    The year 2015 and 2016 were indeed good to her, she accomplished many things and was very thankful for it. She was happy, productive and she believed that the path to her goals shine bright like a North Star. Year 2017, the year where she lost her way and got distracted by unnecessary things. She even used to love her online diary blog which was starting to get successful back then, but chose to give it up. (Didn’t even dare to back-up her 2017 blog posts. lol). This girl became bum, unproductive and lazy. She knows what she wants, but what went wrong? Why can’t she find the right way?  Why all of a sudden, she lost her North Star?

    There’s nothing she can do to change whatever may have happened to her in the past months, her dreamless days, but I salute this girl for remaining strong, adventurous and outgoing. She may have stopped chasing her dreams for a while, at least she did not stop praying and believing that she will eventually reach her star again.

    So to this girl with broken dreams, you may have thought that you had lost them, but no, the pieces are just there in the dark, waiting to be picked up. Just keep on dreaming and doing what you love, until your North Star shine again.

    Love,

    The girl who believes in you

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    #CosmoMoveIt 2016

    My friends and I were able to attend the second and final part of the #CosmoMoveIt by Cosmopolitan Philippines that was held on April 21, 2016 at the BGC Amphitheater.

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    Cosmo shirt that you can style any way that you want, Fruit Magic’s Pure Nectar, Jergens and Belo products were given away on that day! FREEbies! All the booths were very engaging as well! 🙂

    Our group along with the other bellas were also selected to participate in the Jergens’ game before the Body Jam and Hip-Hop dance workout sessions. Joanne and Pao were able to bagged the first place! 🙂

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    We have totally enjoyed the whole event! Thank you Cosmopolitan Philippines for hosting such a fun and fit event. 🙂

    #SquadGoals

    #SquadGoals

    “We Don’t Sweat, We Sparkle”

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    We Live To Explore

    In my previous blog, I have shared that I bought my first camera, Fujifilm X-A2! The Fujifilm X-A2 is a mirrorless camera that is good for entry-level and upon research, these are the key features of X-A2:

    • 175° tilting LCD screen with face and eye detection (hello, selfie!)
    • 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
    • Newly-developed Eye auto focus (AF), Auto Macro AF and Multi-Target AF
    • 5.6fps burst shooting
    • Built-in wi-fi (photos from the camera could transfer immediately to mobile phones)
    • A pop-up flash and external hotshoe
    • Classic Chrome film simulation mode
    • Full HD video recording capabilities at 30 frames per second and a multiple exposure mode

    I am currently using the new XC 16-50mm II (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens, which I think is the most basic kit lens of X-A2 (correct me if I’m wrong). What I also like about this camera are the built-in range of film simulation modes and creative effects, which helps me to take better photos. 🙂

    Last week, I have spent my off-days to get lost and wander with my camera, just so that I could try out its different features… They think I’m crazy for doing it, but no! You know how much I like going out, right?! Haha! That’s why the title of this post is “We Live To Explore“. With that being said, let me share with you the unedited photos that I have taken. SOME of the photos that I have uploaded on my Instagram account are edited and filtered using VSCO app. However, if you’ll look at the unedited photos, there’s no need for filter anymore. 🙂

    Any thoughts, comment or suggestion about my shots? 🙂 If you haven’t noticed, I like playing with sunlight and shadows. <3

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    My Life Lately: February and March

    Supposed to be a monthly series by I have missed to post “My Life Lately: February” so I’ll just post it together with the month of March. 🙂

    1. I was so ecstatic about my U.S. Tourist Visa being approved so I have shared it immediately in my blog. Even though every detail was already there, a lot was still asking me about it. I guess it excites them too!

    2. I went to Baguio with two of my office mates. It was an unplanned one! We didn’t even know that it was the start of Penagbengga Festival. Haha. The unplanned trips are one of the awesome trips. 😉 Makes me want to try a solo trip soon.

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    3. I will be opening a business and this one is still a secret. Don’t worry, I will reveal it soon! 😛

    4. Went ice skating at SM MOA with my office mates. I missed my skates and also being inside the ice skating rink! I somehow regret selling my skates. Ugh.

    5. Bought my first camera, Fujifilm XA-2 Mint Green (Yes, my favorite color). I was eyeing the XT-10 model, but the price is too much for me. 🙁 So I’ve made up my mind to buy a cheaper one yet with a good quality and will just upgrade after a year…sss. I also met a guy who is a solo traveler, he will be in Europe for 3 weeks. I’m so envious! I wonder what camera did he bought after I convince him to choose Fujifilm instead. Haha!

    6. I’m happy to see that my blog views are still high even though I’m not updating it consistently. Though my Alexa rank and statistics went down, big time.

    7. Two of my closest friends went back to PH so yeah, got to celebrate their homecoming!

    Photo with my girlfriends using my new camera Fujifilm XA-2

    Photo with my girlfriends using my new camera Fujifilm XA-2

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    U.S. Tourist Visa Application Experience

    Getting U.S. Tourist Visa is one of my goals for this year! It was January 15th when I set a schedule for my visa interview and the earliest possible date by that time was February 2nd; I chose February 5th at 8:00AM (Friday).

    For Non-immigrant Visa application, these are the 3 steps:

    1. Go to www.ustraveldocs.com and answer the DS-160 online form (Note: You will need to upload your picture, preferably in a neutral facial expression).
    2. Pay the visa fee, which costs $160; keep the visa fee receipt because you will need it during the appointment.
    3. Schedule your visa interview thru their website or call center agent. Remember, gadgets are not allowed so better leave it at home.

    I’m ecstatic about the interview, so I kept on Googling about U.S. Tourist Visa blogs and then I have noticed that these are the questions that the consular commonly ask:

    1. What is the purpose of your visit?
    2. Do you have any relatives or friends in the U.S.?
    3. How long will you be staying?
    4. Countries you have visited for the past 5 years?
    5. What is your work?
    6. How much is your monthly income?

    U.S. Visa Appointment Day

    My boyfriend (he only accompanied me) and I have arrived at the US Embassy around 6AM and I think I’m the 6th person in the line for the 8AM appointment. At 7:45AM, we were on our way inside the embassy.

    Once inside the embassy, the first step would be a pre-interview (checking of printed DS-160/appointment form) this is also your last chance to change any answer in your form, the second step is a fingerprint scanning and lastly, the start of a waiting game for your number to be called for the interview.

    Calling out of the number is randomized, as what the guy staff explained, it is random because the number that was first to enter into their system after the fingerprint scan will be called immediately, so don’t get mad if you saw the last person in your line to be called first. 🙂

    I wasn’t wearing a watch on that day (because I thought it is also prohibited) so I assume that it took me an hour before being called. Maybe I’m just lucky that there were fewer people went for an interview on that day, other people waited for 2-3hrs. (Tip: Bring a book that you want to read while waiting because it might take hours before you’ll be called).

    The consuls looks nice, approachable and good anyway, unlike the stories that I have heard. Before my turn, I could hear a lot of people being interviewed and most of them got approved.

    The Interview

    I was feeling nervous while waiting for my number to flash in the screen, but during the interview, my nervousness suddenly went away!

    Consul: Hi, how are you?
    Me: Good morning, I’m good. *smiles*
    Consul: So, what’s the purpose of your visit?
    Me: I will visit my relatives
    Consul: What is your relationship with them?
    Me: My aunt and my grandmother
    Consul: How long do you plan to visit?
    Me: For 2 weeks
    Consul: So you work in *********?
    Me: Yup
    Consul: For how long?
    Me: For ** years
    Consul: From which department?
    Me: From **** department
    Consul: Oh, the **** store. What’s your work?
    Me: *explaining my work*
    Consul: Who will pay for your trip?
    Me: Myself
    Consul: Okay… So you’re saving up for yourself?
    Me: Yes

    And that’s how I got my U.S. Tourist Visa application approved! 😀 The excitement and the visa fee are all worth it! Haha. After 5 business days, my passport was delivered to our house… The US Embassy gave me 10 years! I think most of the questions were about my work because it will be the main reason why I’ll return here in the Philippines. Also, they didn’t ask for any supporting documents during the interview. My ultimate tip for the interview would be:

    BE HONEST AND BE CONFIDENT

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