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Got my life in check. A tearful adieu.

It’s been four months since I wrote something on the though ladder. The last time I wrote here, the NBA season had ended and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for their first NBA title in forty years. Thus, another year in which my team the Houston Rockets fell short of the goal. Afterwards, I came into a decision to get myself in check about where I would go with my own life.
During that period, I went on a Twitter hiatus and a semi-hiatus on Facebook and Instagram. I tried to find something I can do to work for a living. It took me an extra five weeks from the time I went on hiatus to find that call in life. Then on the last week of July, I finally found it. It had been 16 months since the time I finished my college education to finally find something to look forward to. I finally got off the dreaded unemployment line. It was a scene of euphoria that came through me during that time. Because, I accomplished my goal to get myself in check and get going.
I found my reason to wake up every single morning and give out my small yet humble share to society. It was also an opportunity to meet new people from my colleagues to the clients we encounter on a daily basis. A chance to learn something new with every single day I get into the office and hone my craft. I found a place where I can make a living and start saving for the future. The best part about the new opportunity is that I didn’t need to go far from home to get to the work place. Along the way, I gained experience. Good and bad. I grew up even in the smallest of ways with every single task that was given. I formed bonds with my colleagues, where every single one is a part of the family. It was something I looked forward every single day I head out from home.
Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. I had to make one of the most difficult decisions in my life. It was time for me to go. It was a moment that completely broke my heart. I did my very best to try and make things work. However, certain circumstances and situations led me into that fateful decision. It was all for the best. On the last day of the pursuit, there was still signs of heartbreak, but there was also the sense of relief that a huge weight has been lifted on my shoulders.
It was not the storybook ending I tried working hard for. But I will always be thankful for the company of the family I got to be with for the journey. Thankful for the experience I gained along the way. All of the simple joys and tough stretches of life at the office.
So a pursuit has come to an end. Another pursuit will soon begin. It will be a daunting challenge to try and get myself going again. Yet, I’m taking everything in a positive life and a step at a time. I’ll always keep the faith and some day, just like the first time. It will fall into place.
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The hardest lessons learned. Practicum, here I come.

It’s official. The semester is in the books. I will say with a open mind and heart that this was the toughest and the most difficult semester I ever had in the 3 1/2 years of my Thomasian journey. It pushed me to my very limits. From the very tough start to the year to the huge effort I gave to recover and bounce back at the same time the balancing act I did between my academic life and pursuits when it comes to competitions outside of the university. It was also took a grueling toll on myself both physically and mentally as I went through a lot of things in every day of the semester.

Even though this was the toughest semester I had and I fell a bit short on my goal for the semester, There are still things to cheer up about, I’m glad that made it through without any failures in all of my subjects both related to tourism as well as the few general education subjects we had to take this semester. At the same time, my winning ways continued into the semester with the two competitions I competed in.

With this semester over with, my academic life in college comes to an end. Also, I will not be able to see my classmates on a regular basis as we will now carve our own paths in the next semester, as we will enter the workplace and the industry itself for Practicum. I still have one last shot to prove my worth and most importantly get the necessary experience I will need to work well in the industry I decided to work on. It’s going to always be a challenge, but I’m sure it will be all worth it. I will work hard and do good in wherever workplace I will end up with when the right time comes. At the same time, I will get ready for my last tour of duty in tourism competitions, as I will soon pass the torch to my current teammates.

Seven semesters have come and passed, we’re all down to the last semester, our days as students are already numbered and on March 27, 2014. The Thomasian journey will come to an end and a new journey begins thereafter.

Almost there to the finish line. Got to finish strong.
K-Smoove

The busiest month has arrived. Because saying it’s the "love month" is too mainstream.

One month in 2013 is in the books, now the month February has arrived. Well, it’s the love month as most people would say because of Valentine‘s Day coming up a few days from now, but in this blog entry, saying that it’s the love month is too mainstream. I say, that February will be the busiest month for me.

I rant about it all the time every time this time of the year comes, because Valentine’s Day for me is “JUST ANOTHER DAY in my LIFE.” Well because, I got no special someone to spend it with. Others may not agree with what I say, but that’s how I see things on that day. Ask me a Valentine‘s Day question and I will not answer. It’s my personal choice of doing this every year. So when that day arrives, expect no flowers nor chocolates coming out from me as well as me making a move on a lady, well because I’m not into giving gifts because I don’t have enough money with me most of the time. Maybe one day, I could say that it’s really the love month, but now it’s just too mainstream in my view.

So that’s enough of the love talk, like the title says, February will be the busiest month for me. That’s because I got a lot of things to do. I’ll be joining competitions once again this year, not one, not two, but three! A week from now, we’re off to Baguio to compete for a quiz bee as a team(it’s also a consolation for me to get some cold weather since I’m not joining my classmates and batchmates who will go to Seoul, South Korea this month) and some of my friends who will also compete in other contests will join along, then a week later we’ll be competing again in UP for a Ecotourism quiz bee, it will also be the last time our team over the past year will compete together since both my teammates are graduating this March. Then finally, it’s The Big One!, as I will compete at the end of the month in the UFTE Quiz Bee at The Fort. With all of that, I’m now into intense training and preparation every after class until the end of the month to prepare myself for these things. I’m hoping for the best in all the competitions I’ll be joining this month. I made this and got some inspiration from shirt designs and slogans of adidas.

Photo ©Karl Carandang
 
Aside from the competitions I’ll be joing this month, I’ll also get busy with school work, because there are a lot of requirments to be passed, as well as work on different activities like quizzes, seatworks, assignments, among others. Even projects where I’m the captain, I need to step up my game a notch. It is going to be tough, yet it will be a rewarding experience when it all ends soon.
 
It was also tough to see one of my great mentors leave before the semester came to an end, well because that mentorwas great in their craft, at the same time being an inspiration not only to me, but also to all of the students that this mentor has touched over the years. That lead me to ask the question, “Why do the great mentors leave so early?” I have a lot of mentors throughout my entire life, however there are some who leave their mark and I remember very well of them than others. There are some who can relate to the students, some who have great minds and a lot of wisdom, and some who gave a lot of faith in you over the years. For that mentor, I wish all the best in their future endeavors and I hope to see you soon.
 
Anyway, this month is also All-Star month as the 2013 NBA All-Star Game comes to the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. This will be the second time in my lifetime, that I’ll see a All-Star game play out in Houston, home of my favorite team the Houston Rockets. I cannot wait to see James Harden play in his first all-star game after a breakout season with the Rockets after the trade from the Thunder before the season began, also a note on Chandler Parsons who will also make an impact in the Rising Stars Challenge.
 
Well, you can call the month of February anyway you want, but we should remember to make each day count. Time is flying fast these days.
 
Blessed and loaded for the win!
K-Smoove