Yesterday’s Goodbye

May 16, 2017

The day to where I left the Philippines. Yes, and I know that my stay there is over. I made several memories during my 2 months stay there. I remember the last thing I ate at the house was garlic rice and corned beef. Prepared by my loving grandmother/lola. I already missed her. I am happy because of her. PicsArt_05-18-09.34.11-01[1]

Though I know that goodbyes aren’t the end and I’ll be back in 7 months, I still have this sentimental feeling whenever I’ll leave my relatives but at the same time, I would be able to focus on myself religiously. Things do change. It does get busy, I get busy with my photography career and they get busy as well. So the sentiment fades away. The first week will definitely be an adjustment period to the timezone you’re currently in.

Here are the struggles that follow:

“Ugh so hot here! I cannot breathe! *pant pant* ”

“Ugh I cannot sleep huhuhu!”

“Ugh why the time is so sloooow?”

 

So so much more crap that goes along your way. But at the end of the day. You made memories during your vacation stay in your destination. I hope there are more memories to come in my crazy, beautiful life 🙂 May God bless us all.

 

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AHEAD FAM <3

Unexpectedly memorable,

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This is my AHEAD FAM (KSHS1-17) <3. I’ve been with them since April 24 for my advance review for the upcoming entrance exam for senior high school. They are my #squadgoals and my new family! We came from different parts of Metro Manila and some provinces here in the Philippines. We came to Ahead with one objective and that is to pass the entrance exam. IMG_20170510_231852_754[1]

We started the review program last April 24, 2017 with an unexpected, bloody diagnostic exam. I was really shy at that time with no one to talk with. We were asked position ourselves 1 seat apart when sitting in the classroom, you know, the typical exam setup. My professor was kinda strict and serious at that time. I inferred myself that he must be a college student from Ateneo, La Salle, or UP. Upon answering the exam, I was shocked on what I will answer. It was a WTF moment for me because there were some items that I haven’t taken yet. So I just answered with the best of my abilites. Before finishing the 1st exam, time is over! O shoot, i’m not finished with this exam yet! Huhuhuhu.  We had 6 subjects: Reasoning, Language Proficiency, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, Science, and Critical Analysis. Out of the 6, I only finished the Language Proficiency part 🙂 . It was my first time answering an exam with 285 items! It was a shock for me.

As the days pass by, I started to talk with my classmates and develop a bond with one another. I did not expect the love that I received from them. There were no one sided conversations with us. All of us were talking. 😀 I thought that they were the typical famous people who are not easy to approach with because of their looks. (I know kinda stereotypical tho) I WAS WRONG! I was able talk with most people in our class with ease. All of them were genuine. I listened to some of their stories and told them my story in Saudi in a nutshell. But at the same time I prioritized my review lessons for a better future hehehe. Break time was the best opportunity to hang out with them and chill around.

The fun thing in our review lessons is that we play games! That is one factor why we developed our bond. The games were fun and informative at the same time! We enjoy and laugh during the games we played. Sometimes it gets crazy as the game gets more intense HAHAHA. At the end, we were sports to one another.

The whole course of the review program was spectacular. I recently finished the review program earlier. (May 10, 2017) I have no other words to say during my experience at Ahead and to describe my new family right now. This helped me prepare for my entrance exam, gain more friends, and communicate with other people. My squad will always have a place in my heart! I will remember this experience when I get back to Saudi soon. I hope we will have a hangout together this Christmas hehehehe. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! 😀 ❤ I love you all. ❤

2 weeks with Batangas

My 2nd hometown.

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San Nicolas, Batangas

Batangas is where I stay during summer vacation in the Philippines. I stay at Taal, my grandmother’s hometown, for a few weeks to bond with my cousins, relatives, and of course my grandma. Strolling around the park and eating street foods are the usual stuff we do during summer. Not a very luxurious yet an awesome family bonding experience for me. We communicate with our cousins about our lives, academics, activities, and fetishes we do in our daily lives.

Photography is also ideal there in Batangas. You could see different sceneries in Batangas especially the “golden hour” around Taal Park.

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What’s photography without the portraits? Portraits were overflowing in my camera but of course as an “amateur”, I need to choose quality pics that I could enhance and post on social media platforms. Luckily my cousin is good looking so I had her as my subject. With a little guidance on how she should pose, these are the final products.

I also dedicate this portrait to my dearest grandmother. ❤

Every day is an enjoyable moment for us because I got to distance myself from the city and receive some fresh air. The most unforgettable moment during my stay are my relatives. They will always be in my heart wherever I go.

Those 2 weeks in Batangas were the most precious because I enjoy every bit of it every day. I may not visit them as often as I would before but I would never forget the moments and the memories Batangas gave me. I am looking forward to see them more often when I study senior high school here in the Philippines.