the candydoll files.
i've moved to tumblr and you can visit me there if you still want a piece of me.
Watch the girls strut by like it's a catwalk
Meet my planner. Look how packed up my senior year is right now. The monthly calendar page serves as my outlet for assignments, quizzes and other important reminders. As for the main weekly pages, it's like my "diary" of the best (and worst) of the day.

Last Thursday, I got my USTET result via mail. And yes, I passed Communication Arts. I won't be going there though since I decided to go to DLSU already. 

On the other note, the big envelope from La Salle arrived last Wednesday.It looks like DLSU and I will be very great friends.

I changed my Tumblr URL again yesterday. If you want more of my favorite stuff, then follow me at http://dolledupinplastic.tumblr.com!

[3OH3!]

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Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM.
There's a world out there we should see
At the stroke of midnight last Thursday, I officially turned the Twilight age of 17. Hours before that, I was worried no one will write on my Facebook wall or remember my birthday. When the day ended, it turned out to be better than expected.  I didn't end up as the Forever Alone guy on my birthday because I received a lot of greetings from my classmates, schoolmates, teachers and relatives. It felt great for the people who care for me to have the 20th marked as my day. 

A big thanks to the Lord Almighty, my family, IV-3, schoolmates, friends, teachers and online buddies for making my 17th birthday one for the ages! It won't be possible without your help. It was KASAMAHAN session that day and I enjoyed playing with the day care kids. At dismissal time, dad picked me up and along with my ninongs and uncles we had an escapade first at Banapple for dinner then Metrobar for pure quality entertainment. Plus there's a lot of food tripping! Be prepared to see the sight of these yummy dishes:

At Banapple:

Crispy Chicken Bellpepper Sandwich w/ Potato Chips

Cheesy Penne Pasta w/ Garlic Bread

After dinner, we headed straight to Metrobar and was there up to 1:30 AM. Even though the show wasn't as entertaining as I wanted, it was great to be with my dad and relatives on my birthday. And what an experience to enter a comedy bar! At around 2:30 AM, my dad and I headed to Cavite so I got to miss school. 

Friday and Saturday was amazing. On Friday, we went to SM Dasmarinas for some strolling. We were supposed to watch The Green Hornet but by the time we entered the cinema complex it was already closed because the last full show was being played. The next day, I had a heap of spicy chicken burger, French fries, onion rings and sundae at Burger King and it was the most amazing lunch I've had in a while. 

At dinner time, my cousins arrived at my grandparents' house for a celebration. There were lots of food galore and photos with the whole family. Thank God for my camera!


My favorite photo of Abby and me (current Twitter DP) - forgive me for my chinky-eyed cousin!


Reese in color accent

At around 1:40 AM, we left Cavite to drop off Dad at the airport. I got home at around 3:00 AM and did some Internet surfing. Hihi. 

On a lighter note, tomorrow is our outbound trip to Mt. Banahaw. I'm so excited to go there! Won't be entering the scary Husgado cave though.

[Far East Movement]

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Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 9:33 PM.
I Am Turning Seventeen Today!

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Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 5:25 PM.
Future Little Miss Green Archer
I hate to sound bitter and all but I finally decided to go to La Salle for my freshman year. DLSU is not at all my dream school; Ateneo is. It sounds disheartening to accept the fact I'm not going to ADMU anymore. When my name didn't appear in the online search database, I was stunned to weep. My dad came home for my birthday and we checked out the result together. It is too surreal to think about it one more time.

Call me retarded, a no-brainer or whatever you want but at least I have a school already.

It sickens me up until now to read my batchmates' tweets and statuses saying they've passed (or got waitlisted) in Ateneo. I'm happy for them that they've made it but thinking about my failure tightens my stomach into pretty little ribbons. The words kept on repeating in my mind: You are not intelligent enough to go to Ateneo! Settle for La Salle instead. I wanted to jump off the cliff and die when I learned of my rejection. I'm extremely jealous of the people who passed or got waitlisted. I was thinking that they'll be the most successful people in the country because of their school.

Which was supposed to be my school.

I wanted to curse in this blog entry but since I'm keeping this wholesome, I decided not to. I'll just shave off the swearing to myself. I already have a FML story in mind:

"Today the ACET results came out. I prayed for five months telling God to give me an opportunity to study in Ateneo. Unfortunately, I didn't make it while everyone in school did. Now I have to go to another school. FML."

Why did God said NO to my prayer? It's not fair. Some of the passers effortlessly made it to the school of their choice. I am more deserving to be a Blue Eagle  than some of the people who passed this "grueling" exam. In my personal experience, I answered all of the questions and prettified my essay. Still, God shook his head depicting rejection. Why is He mean to me? I thought He has better plans for me that's why I didn't get the UPCAT success. Now He said NO to me when I begged Him to let me go to a Top 2 school, my dream school. For now, I have to settle to a university nearer to home. La Salle is a good school but I want to go to Ateneo because according to many students it's the best outlet for aspiring communication students. I have a reason why I am jealous of the people who passed ACET. First of all, their classmates and teachers will congratulate them and regard them as "intelligent". I didn't get that distinction when I passed DLSU. Everyone was like "Um, okay" when they learned I made it. Second, ADMU is a Top 2 school. Not all can be admitted there. And third, all graduates of Ateneo turned out to be world-class, successful and phenomenal in their respective careers. I haven't heard of an ADMU graduate who didn't get a job nor failed in life.

I thought of making an appeal; it might work if I get lucky. But a lot of people suggested that I should go to Taft instead. Right now, I am very demotivated to pump up for graduation considering my failure. Buti pa lahat ng ka-batch ko pumasa sa ACET. It's not that I have anything against La Salle but I really want to prove to everyone that I am not mentally challenged nor unintelligent. Mom wrote in her e-mail to me upon learning I won't be an Iska nor a Blue Eagle:

"Don't ever question God, okay? He has better plans for you! He wants you to succeed and be happy with the school you'll be in."

My aunt didn't pass DLSU (her dream school) when she was my age so she studied at College of the Holy Spirit. I cannot imagine what life would have been had she not decided to go there. I guess I wouldn't be born by now because in that very school, she met my mom who would marry her (auntie's) brother who would be my dad. Several years later, my aunt began teaching at DLSU Dasmarinas. She told me that she didn't have any regrets studying at Holy Spirit. It was a tremendous road to her success. She may not have the chance to study in DLSU back in college but she was given the honor to teach Lasallians in her adulthood. 

For all the seniors who are reading this, my piece of advice: there is more to life than passing your dream school. There are better plans why you didn't get in your first choice. Who knows, you might get the highest grades, meet your friends for life or even meet your future wife / husband. There is always in store for you. Think about it.

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Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 9:37 PM.
Forever Forgotten
I don't want this to happen on my birthday - in six days.

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Posted on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 7:51 PM.
Kick Off 2011 With A New Look
Posted on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 7:03 PM.
Survive the only way that you know
Meet my new baby - the Canon Ixus 210! It was last Thursday after school when I received the package Dad sent to me from abroad. Although it's kinda expensive, the price is worth it. If you want high-quality photos and lots of vibrant colors, then go ahead and get this one. But save up first, okey dokey?

Let me give you an exclusive look of my 2010 and 2011 Belle De Jour Power Planners powered by my new camera!

2010 and 2011 BDJ Planners with my Stabilo pens

Inside my 2010 Planner


Miscellaneous pages


2010 Wishlist (ADMU, memory card and contacts are still unfulfilled)


My customized cover of BDJ 2010


The last pages of my planner and first week in Cavite during Christmas break


Costumes of seniors during the Family Day held last year and Forever Alone :P


 My (fail) drawing of the Rage Guy


Planner post for the week of the Bandfest


2011 pages


First planner post for the current planner

I'm done with half of my new layout. Just hold on to your horses and wait for the unveiling of the blog's new look! 

[The Gossip]


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Posted on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 6:12 PM.
Now it's nothing but my way
 
In the Facebook message Dad sent me last night, it's clear that he read my status message about not passing the UPCAT. When I didn't see my name on the online list, I didn't cry. Had I not passed DLSU-CET then that would be my definite reaction. I'm still waiting for both ACET and USTET results. I believe that God has a better plan for me. 

Lord, please let me pass the ACET for several reasons. Not because I want to be in the school of the most intelligent nor the richest. It is because I believe they offer the best education for my career in life. Everybody's saying I won't pass anything. Please don't listen to all the people who doubt my intelligence. I hope you'll unfold this in due time.

Intrams for the past two days were so tiring. As much as I don't know how to play patintero, my team managed to win two games. BTW, I'm eating chicken nuggets for dinner. Haha! =))

[Britney Spears]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 6:53 PM.
Next time you point a finger I'll point you to the mirror
"You will not pass any college entrance exam because of your below average intelligence. No offense but the top schools are only accepting those people who are good with numbers." - a statement directed to me back last year

Those were the most offensive and pathetic words I've ever heard in relation to my college entrance exams. In the previous post, I uploaded a screenshot of my DLSU exam result. I even posted it on my Tumblr page and made a status about it on my Facebook. Surprisingly, I got a lot of likes from schoolmates. Whoever said the above statement should be embarrassed by now. I guess she was shocked to know her words were all the opposite. Let me tell you a little in-the-know: DLSU-CET was the hardest entrance exam ever and the English and Math parts were bloodier than the macabre movies I've watched in my lifetime. In light of this, I didn't expect to pass the exam. The day before the results came out, I saw the green card with the reference number in it. Unfortunately, the numbers were washed away by some form of liquid. It raged me a lot so I planned to make a phone call addressed to the College Admissions Office. The morning came around and I refreshed a gazillion times to be redirected to the .MyLaSalle University Portal. A search form came up and there came a link for forgotten reference numbers. It asked me to fill out my e-mail and when I checked my inbox, it was there. I typed in all of the necessary information.

Status: Accepted (1st Choice).

I screamed when I saw my result. I woke up my sleeping lola and told her about it. My tito suddenly woke up with my presence. Everything rolled around. So far (as I know), all seniors in STC who took up the DLSU-CET got accepted, a repeat of last year's (all 87  seniors passed). It was so shocking. Last night, I prayed hard to God; I tossed and turned in my bed the whole night. My mom told me God won't fail to please me. And in the midst of fear, I got a miracle.

Whoever told me I will not pass any university should be crying in shame by now.

Two weeks without Internet access deprived me of real-time updates from the blogosphere and my schoolmates. I wasn't able to access Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr all those times. I registered for a Tweetitow account only to turn out a failure. To add the mess, Globe's signal was poor. So during the times my parents called me up, there were screeches and interruptions in their voices. But through it all, one thing's for sure: the Christmas and New Year vacation at my grandparents' house in Cavite was the best I ever had in a long time.


In this photo (L-R): Reese, yours truly and Abby

I arrived in Cavite on December 19 at around 2 PM. At 4:30, I joined my cousins Abby and Reese and their parents in attending the luau-themed Christmas party at the Pacific Parkplace. There was the 5 PM mass before the party proper at around 6 PM. After a series of games, a buffet was in place and it was my favorite part. I filled my gurgling stomach with two pieces of Chickenjoy, lechon skin, palabok, rice and softdrinks. Talk about a humongous appetite, haha!

Abby with the lei made from papier mache

Thursday was free for all day. I went swimming with my cousins at the same place. It was freezing even if the sun was shining. But I enjoyed playing with the water somehow.



A snapshot of the Pacific Parkplace pool in color accent effect



Pacific Parkplace at sunset

On Christmas Eve, I went to the aguinaldo mass and had noche buena at my cousins' house nearby. There were lots of eating and talking. On Christmas Day, the whole family was complete. All of us family members spent the day at my grandparents' house. 

My belated Christmas greeting to all of you! \:D/

Fast forward to New Year. The whole family went to La Salette for a Saturday mass and some strolling. What's more without pictures? Warning: humorous photospam for a more revolutionized storytelling!:P



Finally, the last stop of my vacation was SM Mall of Asia. I felt like a kid again when I played with inflatables and burned calories by rocking Timezone. When we entered the Selecta Kid Universe, I dreamed of going to a time portal and return to my five-year old self. It was paradise: Barbies, Sanrio, Polly Pockets and fairytale castles.To cap off the day, I enjoyed a KFC feast with the help of a bucket meal and the super delicioso to the max Double Down. Now here's a series of photos that will show how delirious Reese, Abby and I were:


 

Definitely one for the record books. In those lost weeks, I was fiddling with my laptop and completing a story. 

2010 was a great year. There were so many blessings: I met the Sweet 6Teens / Lucky 9 kada, had the best retreat experience ever with my IV-3 lovey dovies, enjoyed my review classes at Gateway, took the Big 4 entrance exams, a position at the Theresian Magazine in my senior year and many more. I'd like to thank the Lord and all the people who made everything possible.

Just keep on cramming ideas down my throat.

When I came back from Cavite, I heard a new website making waves: threewords.me. I don't know if I should make one or not. Some anonymous user might bash me again. This decision is up to me.
[Paramore]

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Posted on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 6:35 PM.
I passed La Salle!

I didn't expect to pass the bloodiest entrance exam of the Big 4.

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Posted on at 9:49 AM.