I believe in the saying that everything happens for a reason. I witness it to one friend who is a music maniac and his ability to create good music made him popular in his town. I met him 10 years ago during one music event happening in their town when I paid a visit to visit the festival happening there. The moment he performed on stage I became a fan after. His only using a tambourine and he created a good sound and rhythm on playing it. I found it very creative. My friend is his good friend and I was luckily introduced to him after. We had drinks and couldn’t help to beam in amusement on how appreciative I am on his performance. What made me amuse is because his blind. He told me that the Tambourine became his life. It was just a gift to him by his grandfather when he was a child. He then didn’t know about music but it became his toy and played with it everyday until he discovered his ability to create good music and later on he was engaged in other musical instruments but of course tambourine is still his forte. He has collection of it given to him by fans and close friends. According to him if not because of the tambourine he wouldn’t be on his place right now despite his inability to see. I’m proud of what he is right now and soon he’s opening a workshop for kids who love to play musical instruments.
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Summer is the most loved season by many including myself. This is the time of the season where I would always throw myself into the wilderness of the beach waves and park myself in the soft beads of the sand with one good book in hand. One summer, I organized a get together with my close friends and went to this island where none of us have seen yet nor knows where this beautiful place is. We hit the road with few information on how to get there and I just leave it all to the signage on the road and highways that will help us get to where we want to be. After 2 hours of stop overs and road tripping we still couldn’t find the right direction. We asked strangers down the road but none of them was helpful and others have lead us into maze. The supposed to be 3 hour drive became 6 hours because we were totally lost. It took us another 1 hour to reach the paradise and we were thankful to this one guy who had joined us in the van and instructed us to the right direction. I just wondered why is it in the modern age that we have there are still places that don’t have enough signs where there are cheap yard signs that can be found nowadays here and there. The trip would have been shorter if there were enough yard signs in that town. To my dismay I contacted the owner of the beach club and complain about the experience we had and I even came to the point of suggesting cheap yard signs makers that I know that they contact so that it would e easier to find their place and made them realize that it is also a good promotion/ advertisement of the beach club.
My brother loves cars ever since he was a child and as he was growing up his love for the cars became an obsession. He started collecting from cheap toy cars to expensive ones in the market. His obsession doesn’t stop from collecting toy cars, when he graduated from university and started working in a corporate world, he got bored just sitting on his desk and he wanted to earn more out of his passion. He then challenged himself by having double job, one that require him to work out of his major and the second is out of his passion that he really enjoyed. He started a car wash and auto detailing shop that was set up in the abandoned garage of our neighbor where he was paying a small amount for the rent since they are a family friend of ours. His car wash business grew in a span of 1 year and he upgraded his business into an auto-repair shop. He also took an effort to be in the know of car world. He did self study and asked helped from his good friends who also shared the same interest. As his little sister I really admire him and we became proud of what he has become today. When he reached the 2nd year anniversary of his business, my parents bought him auto shop equipment including auto lifts because my brother doesn’t have enough equipment yet and we know that one of his priority is to buy auto lifts. We surprised him oh the eve of his anniversary, as he opened his shop he was surprised to see the new equipment he has including a new four post alignment lift.
The wisdom of growing up is you are bound to a realization of things that matters the most in life. It is true that learning is a never ending process. Learning doesn’t stop when you close your book or get out of school. We learn every single day and it won’t stop even if we get older. We are adults who learn to be wiser because we learned from the mistake of our early days. We learn that living is far different from existing. How do we really differentiate those two? It is given that we people really exist in this world but we tend to forget that we have a gift to know how to live. Existing just means you are letting whatever things come or happen to you. It is about just going with the flow of life without knowing how long the flow would be. But the art of living is knowing what you want in life and who you want to be. It is about doing things that you want with passion. When you live, you let your hearts desire to reach your goals and dreams in life. As we grow older we then realized that it is easier to live than to only exist.
I dreamed of having a rest house in a place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A place where it has a spacious garden full of colorful flowers with bermuda grass that I can sit on anytime. I want to have a relaxing spot in my dream house and place where there are few water fountains outside that will become the relaxing spot of my place where I will place a native coffee table in a perfect spot. The sound of water free falling is soothing in the ear that is for sure will have a calming effect. I came up with this ambitious idea when I pass by a store full of garden furnitures. When you are living in the city, you will be appreciative of these small things so visiting this kind of store is like visiting a museum where you will look at each item as a masterpiece. As I was examining the store, there was a beautifully designed water fountain that is carved with beautiful angels in the middle of the store that really caught my attention and not only the beauty that captures me but the relaxing feeling I felt when I was walking in the store. That is when the time I appreciate the water fountains and came to my dream of putting few in my dream place.
Last summer I visited my grandmother because it’s been a long time that she haven’t heard from me since we moved to our new house. The moment I came to hug my grandma, I felt nostalgic because I remember my childhood days on how special and good she treated me. She used to spoil me and let me play as long as I want in her backyard unlike my parents who were very disciplined and strict. One thing I won’t forget on my memories with her as a child was the time I gave them different silver coins that I got from my relatives and parents of my friends who loves to travel in different countries. My grandmother loves to collect silver and gold coins and have shown me her boxes of collection and I saw how happy she is whenever she cleans her small space full of her coin collection. Since I love her and want her to be happy whenever we visit her I always hand her the silver coins and she would happily accept it even though it’s not really part of her collection. And now even I’m grown up already and have traveled in different countries I always thought of her and sent her coins that would pass on her collection. My last visit with my grandmother, she told me that when she’s gone on this world, she would only pass it to me and no one else because according to her I am now expert on searching the right coins for collection.
Spring of last year my friend invited to me visit her boyfriend’s hometown and spent few days for vacation. The place was so calm and serene because all I saw was mountains, trees, and a lot of green scenery. Not to mention the cold breeze of the fresh air in the morning that is hard not to appreciate because it is far different from the city where I came from. It was a memorable spring break because we were given a chance to ride a horse. It was something I was scared of doing but because the family of my friend’s partner were so kind and convincing, It was really hard to say no so I gave it a try. The experience was so great because the one that was guiding us is a professional equestrian and became my crush that very same day. He then invited us to watch him on his tournament as he would compete with other professional equestrians. I was not fascinated by horses and equestrians until he invited us. When I saw him looking so professional because of his well fitted equestrian apparel with complete horse riding accessories. After that experience I decided to go back there next vacation and enroll myself in horse back riding with full equestrian gear with me.
After graduating from college, I have bravely left my hometown to work in a different city where I know for sure would give me better opportunity than staying in a place where I grew up. It was really a leap of faith as I have to do many things of my firsts as an adult and being independent. First thing I did was to look for a comfortable yet affordable place to stay and luckily I was able to find a decent one with good price. Well compare to years back, prices of things were reachable compare to now that everything is expensive. The hard part of designing my little space was the floor, because I didn’t like the old-dirty-looking style of tiles in the whole bedroom. Part of me is an interior designer that is why I am particular in styling my own room and our house back home. Changing the flooring became my project the next day so I shopped and looked for some flooring options, from wooden to tiles and then I opted to go for carpet flooring in my room. I bought the individual precut squares that I can install myself. The fact that I can install it on my own challenged me and had convinced me to buy it. The quirky me bought different textures so my room would look fashionable too. The challenged began as I placed the colorful carpet squares, it was a hard job to do but it was worth it when it was done. My combined living and dining room is left with vinyl flooring that I am very well satisfied.
My sister who is based in Phoenix, AZ will get married in the next few days to her German fiance and they decided to tie the knot in the city of Phoenix where they first met. This is my first time to visit Phoenix and while driving earlier I was in awe while watching the scenery of vast mountains of the beautiful city. Phoenix is known for its resorts, spas and golf courses like the one that we are currently staying in. We are going to help my sister in preparing for her big day. The weather in AZ is inviting to bed and all I wanted to do is tuck in the sheets and sleep. Good thing they have a good heating facility in the room to keep us warm all night and day. My sister and I were in bed and talking about the cold weather of the city and I shared how thankful I am to the heater otherwise I would die in the sheets. She shared that the Arizona heating repair service was her savior when her heater failed her one winter. Since she was new in town at that time and alone she has clueless of these things so she needed help of strangers in the neighborhood to ask where is the repairing service for her heater and one old man who looked like had lived long in the city suggested the best heating and cooling installation and repairing service in Arizona and he gave her the phone number. Before she freeze to death she called the number and just after asking her address, after an hour the rescuer came to save her from freezing. She said they got the complete job done in less than 3 hours, her home was clean when they were done. They did a great job and even made a follow up quality visit the following week. She was very impressed with the service and now that she’s moving into different home she already negotiated with the service crew that she wanted them to install both heating and cooling facilities in their new home. They were even kind enough to give her discount too because she mentioned that they are newly weds.
Last night party at the Annie’s crib was a blast as everyone enjoyed her shisha party. Her brother came home for her birthday all the way from Middle East and brought home 6 different types of shisha that he hoarded in a shisha shop because he got in on sale since the shopping festival is currently happening that is why all the malls and shops are on sale. Her brother bought it to add on his own bar at their hometown. Since it’s her sister birthday, he set it up for a shisha party. It was a complete package because he bought it with shisha pipe and shisha tobacco that comes with different flavors for us try like fruit, mint, and tropical flavours. Even the design of shisha is beautifully designed too and you won’t even tell that those were bought on sale.
I had my vacation at my Aunt’s place last summer in San Diego, CA and I didn’t have a hard time getting comfortable in her place. The house is cozy because it’s perfectly clean and the interior decoration is inviting for the guests. The best part of their place is their flooring. The house has complete types of flooring, from carpet to tiles, even vinyl flooring can be found in their home. My Uncle got fascinated in flooring stuff when he worked at Northport Flooring America and from then on what he learned from the company had inspired him to prettify his own home. Coming from a flooring company, he was the one who did the flooring installation at their home. My Aunt said most of the time he is the one who does the cleaning because he knows how to properly clean the carpets, tiles, and vinyl. I just know how to wipe the floor but broader way to clean the flooring is something that my Uncle knows that is why sometimes even their neighbors are asking him when it comes to flooring stuff. Since we have vinyl flooring at home too I asked my Uncle to teach me also so that I can share it with my Mom and Dad so that we won’t have to replace it often. He asked me to also visit their site at Northport Flooring America for thorough explanation about flooring. Well I’m not fond of it so I just shared it to my dad so he became aware and got informed too on where to buy flooring materials just in case he wants to replace what we have at home. Few days after when I came back from my University seminar, my dad surprised me a new carpeted flooring in my room which i absolutely love because the one that I had badly needs replacement. I did call my uncle and told him the news that someone might get hooked on flooring stuff.
As a Carrie Bradshaw fan, I became fascinated of her simple apartment style in the city of New York. I am in love of her mini walk in closet, it is what most of the girls dream of having. I just thought that interior design is something I can do after every time I watch the series of Sex and the city and see Carrie’s apartment. Even in our home where I am sharing with my family, I love rearranging our furniture because I always opt for something fresh in the eyes when I come home. Inspirational ideas of interior designs keeps me company before I sleep and during my lazy days. I buy books on sale about interior designing and online browsing where you can find your design inspiration here which is one of my favorite site to go to. I became keen now in the details of the furniture, type of flooring, and even details of bedding materials too. I became knowledgeable of this ideas since I let myself become familiar of these things. I realized that it is also therapeutic. I have a project in my own room this year so I am keeping myself inspired with the books and online finds to make it happen.
Who would have thought that second hand pieces are very useful especially where you can use it to earn money. Garage sale is something I learned from my best friend before she’s gone to live for another state. It was a learning for her because she had been a certified shopaholic when we were in college and few years when we started working. What she wants she will get it right away without thinking twice. Maturity hit her and she realized how much stuff she stored in her room that were not useful at all. She then decided to have a garage sale. It was fun when we first had it back in their own garage and the effect on both of us was great as we learned to be wiser when it comes to shopping and not to mention the benefit of saving too. Garage sale had helped her pay debts and it inspired me to do it as a business quarterly. Selling the things we have at home that are no longer valuable for us but valuable for others.
Being fit has been my priority for years now and I have been very strict to myself of going to gym after school and now after work. Dance class is what I go for when going to gym and I just seldom use the gym equipment on times that I feel that I have cheated on my diet. Since I have been passionate on getting fit, I decided to put my own gym in our area. Having a partner that works in construction field helped me to build my little haven. One thing I became very particular of building the gym is the flooring. There have been numerous times that what we do all day and night was to shop hardwood flooring selections just to find the perfect flooring that I want. I also have my research done on the the types of flooring for a fitness center. Since I’m new in the business I have been very careful of everything that I put in my gym because the safety of my clients is at sake. Whether it is online or an actual shop I would really allot my time to find something that would fit my standard and style. The quality of the flooring will first take place especially in my dance studio. I want my clients to feel comfortable and safe while stepping or while having their dance on the floor. I want a flooring that will not require very high maintenance because I am also thinking of the budget. The rubber mats for the gym equipment is my personal choice as well. Even the carpet in my reception area is well chosen too. Since my partner and I are going to move in a new house, He then leave to me on where and how to shop for hardwood flooring.
It is my first job at financial company where obviously the employees should be financially literate and It is an advantage to be involved in this circle because I myself needs to learn more about financial matter. I was just lucky to be hired here because they urgently need a secretarial position and I was just recommended by a friend who is working at the same company for years now. At first the financial terms are jargon for me and needed assistance for me to relate myself on what I was doing. Aside from ledgers and other paper works I also take phone calls and most of the inquiries i receive is about annuity. Since I was new to this field, I get most of the assistance from my office mate Marie who is seating next to me. I learned from her that Annuities have become one of the most successful financial products nowadays that is why we received a lot of calls inquiring about it and one of her tip is to advise our clients to get immediate annuity quotes here.
My cousin once been in loved with a rock star who is famous in our University and I remember she would always stay late at night every time this guy has a gig in a bar. That cute rockstar guy was her first boyfriend that’s why she was telling me that the feeling was like a teenage dream. She was madly in love at that time and feel inspired every time we go to school. Whenever they stroll to the mall they always pay a visit in a shop full of musical instruments. I remember her boyfriend always trying the guitars and would test it by strumming the guitar and as a fanatic girlfriend that she was, she would always request for him to sing a song for her. On the day of his birthday, we surprise him with a lap steel guitar at Musician’s Friend and she couldn’t forget the happiness on his face. The guitar was beautifully designed by two colors (blue and white) which are his favorite colors. Since then her gift became his favorite guitar among his collection. Now things were over for them but every time my cousin see a guitar, still she thought about him.
In the world of Social Network, everything that you need to know is just in one type. I’m glad that I am able to experience the modern phase of high technology and as a student I consider myself lucky. This realization hit me last week as I was in the middle of doing a lot of paper works and projects where the deadline is to be submitted all at the same time. Not to mention my internship that I am finishing as well for the same week. I was already at home and it was late at night when my supervisor called me up and reminded me bout the project that she handed me over before I left from home. The project is to put labels on the CD’s and DVD’s that we are stacking for filing before the year ends. I remembered that the assignment was something urgent and unfortunately I wasn’t prepared to finish it because I don’t have the blank labels yet to put on the CD’s. Since I didn’t have time to go around to find one I tweeted my friends and asked for their help. Minutes had passed and almost all of them replied and recommended begalabel.com for blank labels. It was a relief because as i open the website, everything I needed for the project was there.
Moving to a new place can be quite difficult for me as I have my list of requirements before deciding to move to a new apartment. Apart from proximity wise to my workplace, one important thing for me is the accessibility to supermarket and pharmacy, it would be great if they are open 24 hours too. I don’t like being away from convenient store because you will never know when something emergency happen it’s hard to be in panic on where to get a thing you need right at the moment it happened. I just became wiser this time because it happened to me few months back where I moved to this place and I didn’t even realize how inconvenient it was to stores and shops. I took it because the place was nice and fit to my style. Emergency came that I had an allergy and to my surprise I am out of stock already. I was just lucky that when I asked the security guard he handed me two options to where I can find apothecary products. One is to go online where I can order by phone or simply order online and the other one was to drive and it would take 15 minutes to reach the pharmacy. Since I badly needed a med I just chose to drive but I used online option after more often because the site has variety of apothecary products to choose from. Thank heavens to internet, we can get everything right at our fingertips.
It’s my best friend wedding today and I am glad for her that she found the love of her life to one of the famous musician in town. The groom is always called “The Promil Kid” as he knows how to play all the music instruments his hands can play with. His band will play at the reception and he will have also a surprise number for my best friend because he will personally sing their theme song using the blue mic at Musician’s Friend band. The blue mic is catchy at the stage because of it’s bright color as it is standing in the center of the stage. It’s like everyone is waiting on who is going to perform and sing his/her heart out on stage. As a best friend of the bride, I can’t wait to see all the surprises waiting for my good friend on her big day.
One thing I couldn’t live without is perfume or cologne. It’s my next accessory and I love wearing it everyday. I’m allergic to perfumes with very strong scent but there’s just one particular brand that I really love which has a very mild scent in it and doesn’t trigger my allergies. I envy those who doesn’t have allergy to perfumes like me. Whenever I pass those perfumes section at the mall, if I take a sniff even just a little of those other perfumes with strong scent then I will surely start sneezing which could last for the whole day unless I’ll take my medicine. I am still lucky I found a best selection of fragrance oils that doesn’t hurt my sensitive nose.