A Peek into My Day

I have not done memes for a while now so I decided to join Yuuki’s “A day in my not so boring life – a 24 hr chronicle of your typical day“. August 1 was a pretty good day. I received really good news at the end of the day that I forgot what happened earlier in the day. I will talk about the good news soon!

So, I picked August 2 for this meme.

I woke up at 630 AM to walk the dog. I can hear his loud barking. He is my alarm clock. This is our usual route.

After I walked the dog, I had my breakfast. My typical breakfast is : 2 pandesal+ half a fried egg+ meat (made into two sandwiches) and coffee.

On some days, I have fruits and native delicacies but not yesterday.

My cousin and aunt usually do the cooking. I do the dishes. Yesterday was no exception.

The fridge is quite empty so it was time for us to go to the market and the grocery.
We stopped by the flower stand and my aunt bought some flowers for the altar.

Because of the unfavorable weather conditions in the coastal areas, fish supply is scarce and super expensive. We bought these instead. (Didn’t I just write about my eating habits catching up on me? Ooops.)

Market time is also grocery time.

While on the tricycle home, I snapped a quick shot at the Rizal park. The park is undergoing renovations and although it is not yet completed, it was cleaned up for the “Adlaw hong Butuan“. August 2 is a holiday in Butuan. Butuanons celebrated the 62nd “Adlaw hong Butuan” yesterday. In August 2,1950, Butuan was declared a Chartered City.

While my aunt prepared lunch, I worked on my computer.

We had a simple lunch.

The lunch was simple because we had the king of fruits for dessert. Durian! <3  (El cheapo. We can’t resist.)

After lunch, I worked again while watching a UAAP game between Ateneo and UP.

UP lost. 🙁 Cheerdance is our only hope.

I continued with work until dinnertime. I forgot to take a snapshot of our dinner. We had champorado and dried squid . Yummy!

We prayed the rosary after dinner time.  It has been sort of a family practice ever since my grandfather died in 2000.

 

Usually, my aunts would hurriedly turn the TV on after the rosary to see if they can still catch their favorite teleserye.

I went back to my room to prepare for my nightly shower. When I do not have to meet people (aside from family), I do not usually shower during the day. (Is it weird?) I shower at night instead because I sleep better that way.

I still have piles of work to do so I continued to work on them until I got sleepy.

I also remembered that I need to draw my August planner.  Here is the thing: I got the printable planners from Alessa  and Jen. I liked their planners so I wanted to ditch my own planner .  However, I scrimped on my ink and the planners did not print the way I wanted. I took it as a sign to continue using my DIY planner.  It was a simple planner envy gone awry. Haha!

Yes, Bourne Legacy is on my schedule. hehe

After I was done with this planner, I called it a night.

Source: etsy.com via Anita on Pinterest

 

Off to dreamland…

Source: flickr.com via Ande on Pinterest

 

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5 Things I Want to Do Before I Grow Old

I always love lists. If you happened to read my previous posts, you would notice a few of them in list form.  That said, I still have not written my bucket list. I fear that if I make one, I will be forever putting an item into the list.

Not having a bucket list welcomes a lot of possibilities.

 

Thanks to Anne for suggesting this meme to BC Bloggers. In this way, I will have a simple bucket list.

Here goes my list:

1. Travel.

Travel opens my mind to different cultures, people and places. It is best to travel when my feet can still walk miles without much complaints from my body.

2.  Read.

I hope that I have read as much as I can before I grow old and before the eyesight fails me.

  Source: bookriot.com via kat on Pinterest

 

3.  Never stop learning.

Right now I am fascinated with typography. I hope I can design my own font one day.  I might be interested in something else in the future. I hope new things will continue to fascinate me.  I hope to never become an expert at anything.  Einstein once said, “Once you stop learning, you start dying.”

 

4.  I hope I will never forget this.

5. Ready to grow old.

I welcome growing old. As I step into each decade in my life, I feel that every decade is the best decade ever. I enjoyed my childhood, teenage years, young adult life and I am having a blast in my 30’s.  I am so looking forward to wonderful years ahead.

I wish I will be able to do this:

 

What is on your list?

What’s FUN for you?

I love to travel. I dedicated my second blog post of the year to Philippine travel.

Last week, the Department of Tourism  (DOT) tapped social media to launch its tourism campaign. Launch date was scheduled on 10 a.m of January 6. Days leading to the launch date, the DOT hyped up the hashtag #1forFUN on twitter. Prominent bloggers met with Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez to discuss the campaign.  Mr. Jimenez even opened his own twitter account (@MonJQuotes).

I got curious. When January 6 came, I was on Twitter waiting for a word on the launch.  The official tag line was finally announced. Drum roll please. “It’s more fun in the Philippines”. The official website was also launched.

The criticisms

The campaign had some constructive criticisms, namely:

  1. It lacks the brevity and brand recall compared to other countries’ campaigns. Think “Incredible India” and “Malaysia, Truly Asia”.
  2. One does not need to compare Philippines against other countries to gain tourists. Hello, crab mentality.
  3. Grammar police took notice of the incomplete comparative sentence. More fun than what?
  4. The tag line was already used in the 1950’s tourism ad of Switzerland. The black and white poster read “It’s more fun in Switzerland.”

The praises

The campaign was received well.  The hashtag #itsmorefuninthephilippines became a trending topic on Twitter worldwide. Even acclaimed writer, Neil Gaiman, joined in the fun. As of this writing, the mood meter in Maria Ressa’s Rappler.com showed  64% of readers are happy with the campaign and 26% are inspired.

Screenshot of rappler.com

My 2 cents

I was a bit disappointed when I first learned of the new tagline. I have to agree with criticism number 1. I like Anna Oposa‘s suggestion better. It rebuffs all the criticisms raised.


*Note: (1/13/2013) I just read Anna Oposa’s article. Taiwan used “Fun Taiwan” in  one of its tourism campaign.

The memes

Despite my initial feeling about the campaign, the FUN started pouring in. I had to join in. On twitter, I tweeted about why Philippines is fun.  Mon Jimenez might really be the ad genius that people say he is. The end of work week was the perfect time to launch the campaign because by the time weekend arrived, people had the time to create memes.

A meme is "an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture." - Merriam-Webster online dictionary

Taking the cue from the three photos from the official website, people started creating their own campaign images.

I made my own set of photos from my travels and uploaded them on Facebook. I got positive responses from friends.

Photo credit: Leo Borras (1st photo)

Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet has the best collection of memes made by people who joined the fun. I sound a bit biased. It’s because the two photos I shared to Anton ended up in the page. Check them out here.

Want to join the fun?

Download and install the Harabara font. Don’t worry it is free! Check your Philippine travel photos and think of a nice caption. Use your favorite photo-editing software to create the meme.  I use Photoscape.

I’m loving this Harabara font. Simple. Clean.

Tourists, choose the Philippines!  It is really fun in the Philippines.