manifesto

This site was initially set up to vent out my curtailed emotions. I’m a typical Virgo who just keep things to herself and then explode at the “right” moment. Yup! That’s me! However, I don’t want to get heart problems so I’ve decided to be vocal about my pent up feelings whichever method that is deemed necessary.

 Moreover, I’m a very quiet and shy person. :p Ok, some of you may disagree but that’s my nature since I was a kid. I exerted great effort to overcome it, yet, it still pops up every now and then.

Going back to the site, I decided to make it public because a lot of people shows interest in knowing my whereabouts, what keeps me busy, etc. Hence, TheCuriousMe (http://www.thecuriousme.com) is made available for “public consumption”.

Just a heads up, I’m not earning from this site so I don’t have a budget to pay for a copywriter. Poor me. Tsk tsk tsk… @TheSoulfulVixen and Majesty helps me every now and then (in which I’m very grateful) nonetheless, I can’t possibly bug them and take up their time to proofread my articles all the time. Sigh…

thecuriousme manifesto

 FYI, I’m not an English major, so if you find some missing “S” or more “F” & “S” than it should be… or any grammatical error, pardon me. I would greatly appreciate if you call my attention and help me correct it. You can shoot me an email at info.thecuriousme@gmail.com.

I hate English eversince I was in High School. I’m more of a Math person (I totally love Calculus and Algebra  ) but I can’t seem to shake off my passion for writing

Thus:
…Take it or leave it…
…Love me or hate me…
… I’m going to write until the end of time! Aja!

English

I’ve always thought that if you have good command of the English language, it will be enough to make you “global”. Hence, I did everything within my mighty power to learn English even though I abhor the intricacies of its “technical” aspect.

A lot of people say I speak and write English well… Hmm.… I might have succeeded in a certain way but I know in my heart that I still have a long way to go.

My accent turned topsy-turvy after communicating with people having various mother tongue such as:

  • Filipino (Ilokano, Tagalog, Bisaya, Ilonggo, etc)
  • Dutch
  • German
  • French
  • Singaporean Mandarin
  • Chinese Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Hokien
  • Bhurmese
  • Bhutanese
  • Nepalese
  • Indonesian
  • Malay
  • Arabic
  • Ethiopian Language
  • Hindi
  • Tamil

I usually adapt the most prominent accent but my tongue seemed be confused on what accent to follow. Strange huh? Even so, I did manage to improve my accent  slowly and it got better when I worked at HSBC. We were dealing with American clients, so, we were taught to neutralize our accent to minimize communication barrier. After a few months, I can already speak English with that American twang.

However, when I went to work in Singapore, I needed to unlearn that American twang and speak English the “local” way inorder to get the message across and minimize receiving blank stares. (See related article -> Singlish).

Now, I need to unlearn the Singlish and bring back the North American way of speaking English. It’s a work in progress and it’s a bit difficult because I’ve also adapted the unresponsive nature of Singaporeans. It’s a total struggle!

Looking at the brighter side of things, I know things will work well in the next couple of months. The naturally bubbly, giggly. and chatty me will soon surface.

How to think English is also added in my to do list. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not removing Ilokano and Tagalog in my system. I’m a Filipino and will always be. I just want to improve myself and make my Mama proud (wherever she is now).   (Note: Writing is given. :p)

Thus, my mantra now is:
“I must speak English and think English.”

Why don’t we do this together? Aja! 🙂

note to self

  • smile often even if you can’t find any reason to smile
  • find your tongue, you’ve been tight-lipped for quite sometime
  •  wear your eyeglasses when you’re using the computer. it hurts badly when you don’t.
  • work out regularly since you can’t stop yourself from eating
  • refrain from daydreaming especially when you’re driving
  • teach your right foot to accurately distinguish the gas and break pedal. don’t interchange!
  • ignore those people who talk behind your back
  • stay away from hypocrites, they emit negative energy which is bad for the health
  • don’t just meet expectations, exceed them!
  • continue writing and inspiring other creatures
  • never entertain negative thoughts
  • choose the guy whom you love and who loves you dearly… someone who proves his words with actions… someone who has a concrete plan for the future… be firm or else you may end up like a fool (again.)
  • love yourself
  • stop hibernating, get a life!
  • join a cruise
  • meditate once a week
  • stop planning your life, it’s not working

Sorry, I’m just talking to myself.  Why don’t you do the same? :p Aja!

Korean Aficionado

First things first.
I’m not a Korean.

I’m a true blooded Filipino who was born and raised in the Philippines. I stayed momentarily in Europe and Singapore then eventually migrated somewhere in North America. Moreover, I’ve never been to Korea… and nobody paid me to write this. :p  However, if Koreans would like to treat me with an all expense paid trip to Korea… that would be awesome!  If given the chance, I want to see the Jeju Island, Seoul and the Namsan Tower.

Korean Hanbok

I can’t really understand why am I so hooked with Korean TV Series.. maybe because it’s an excellent stress reliever? Koreans make simple stories into a great feel good and charming series. I’ve finished watching five (5) series plus one (1) in progress. Every episode lasts for an hour and the usual series have 17 to 25 episodes.

Only Hearts of 19 has 160+ episodes. I’m now in the 95th episode but currently I stopped watching so that I can focus in writing entries for my blog site and at the same time, live my life like normal human being should do. :p

Until next time!  Aja!

writing

Dr. Jose Rizal, Philippine’s national hero, once said that the pen is mightier than the sword. Writing is absolutely a powerful tool in getting the message across to a wider group range. If not for Mrs. Mila Julaila, my English teacher in primary school, I would have never discovered my “talent” in writing.

Being chosen to represent our school for an inter school letter writing competition helped a great deal in cultivating my passion for writing. Our school principal, Mr. Edilberto Aricheta, supervised my training and also gave interesting tips to enhance “my so called writing skill”.

I was thrilled because it was my first time to join such contest but a bit nervous because I heard that most of the contestants were “veterans” (a.k.a. old timers). I did clinch the second spot and there were over 20 participants from different schools. Not bad for a first timer eh?

I never thought that it’s a historical moment for our school. If I remember it right, in any of the competition that they have joined, it’s the first time that the school landed in the top 2. The school officials and teachers were very happy because we were able to beat some of the “elite” schools.

The next year, they asked me to compete in the news writing category. I managed to land on the 5th spot with over 20 participants. I think newswriting is not my thing. Hmmm…

I did put into practice my passion for writing by doing a daily prayer journal during my high school days. After two or three years, I stopped. It’s only when I was contemplating to set up my own site when I started writing again and that was last year 2009. I’ve accumulated a couple of articles which I’ve already posted in this site (www.thecuriousme.com). For some topics, I’m still working on it and I will share it once it’s done.

I noticed that majority of the articles found in the different personal sites tend to become an outlet to “vent out” frustrations. In my point of view, most of it emits negative elements. Hence to neutralize this, my ultimate goal is to “radiate” positive energy in every article I write and post in this site.

I’m not a high caliber writer but I hope the readers will feel at least a bit of that positive energy and be a good energy boost to bounce back and move on with life. I know I have a long way to go. And I’m determined to take the baby steps and work towards the goal!

Your feedback would be very much appreciated. Suggestions and comments can be posted at the bottom of each article or send an email to info.thecuriousme@gmail.com.

Aja!