Halfway to Heaven

I don’t know what this will say about me, but this new year, this is my new favorite song – Halfway to Heaven by POP ETC.

Also, POP ETC is my new favorite band! Yaaayy!!! 😀

Fun facts: 1) according to Spotify, they’re originally called The Morning Benders, and when they learned that the term “benders” is a homophobic slur in some parts of the UK, they decided to change their name because they love their fans that much. Sweet! ❤
2) Their song "Speak Up" is a part of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt.2's original soundtrack. So if you're a fan of the series (either the books and/or the films), you better check that out if you haven't yet. 😉

The first time I heard this song at Old Navy during my shift, I fell in love with it. Now it's on my Spotify and their album has been playing on repeat ever since!

What I love about this song, first of all, is the melody. Old Navy plays a lot of music but half of it is not my type and this song was just very spot on the first time I heard it. The music is clean and very soothing, and when work gets rough and dragging, I hear this song and poof! Everything's okay again. 🙂

I also love the lyrics. I can relate a lot. I'm a very confused person; when life hands me lemons, I cry because I don't know where to put them since I already have so much in my hands. Lol.

In fact I don't know anymore where this post is going…

But before I say adieu, please check them out on Youtube and Twitter (@popetcetera). It's definitely going to be a good night! 🙂


I survived the apocalypse…err, 2012.

Hello Wordsmiths! Happy New Year! 🙂

2012, as predicted by the Mayans, was the year that the world would be destroyed, but we all lived through it, and this blog post is proof. Yay!!!

Tell me in the comment box below how your 2012 Holidays were! I’d love to hear your stories! 🙂

For some, the past year has been hell and for others it’s been heaven. I was able to have the privilege of experiencing both. However, I’m not sure if it was a good or a bad experience.

See, I got to do things I didn’t think I’d be able to, and at the same time, I lost the ability to do some of the things that I always did. I was able to come to America, explore foreign things, get a job, and meet new people. But that also means I wouldn’t wake up in my home anymore, with my sister and the rest of my big family around me, and my friends who lived just some kilometers away from me.

But I guess that’s life, you know.

You win some, and then you lose some.

The difference is, I won’t let anything make this situation last forever. I’ll work hard so I could go back to Manila; or better yet, take them here to California. I’m not saying that by the end of this year everything that I desire will be granted, although I’d take it if given the chance; what I’m saying is I’m going to persevere to make it through this year successfully by completing my goals one by one.

How about you? How was your 2012?

We lost some and we gained some.
That’s how life is going to be for eternity. We’ll be happy one moment, then knocked out on the floor next. It really is just up to us if we will stay in the  bottom or if we will get back on our feet again and fight back. I say never let your demons stop you. Remember that you have your angels and they will forever guide you.

New year means new beginnings. I know things could get rough sometimes but that doesn’t mean there is no hope. Just have faith and pray, and things will be better. 🙂

Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Before I went to work yesterday, mom said she couldn’t pick me up on time and it was okay with me, of course, and it prompted me to being the book I’ve been trying to read and finish with me. So right after I clocked out, I headed to Target, which was just 5 minutes away from the store where I work, with yogurt-shopping and a Starbucks‘ Iced Caramel Macchiato in mind. I did what I had to and then proceeded to their cafe. Instead of getting myself a fix of my favorite coffee, I ordered myself a tiny pizza that came with 3 breadsticks and a large, refillable drink. I picked my spot in the small array of tables and chairs, put the book out of my bag, and started to pore over the page where I’ve left off weeks ago.

I have started reading this book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben early last month when we got home from our weekend getaway at Capitola, CA, same place where I found this very beautiful bookstore and purchased this book and two more, plus a shirt. I never really had the will and motivation to actually finish reading it, although I know it must be really inspiring, because for one, it’s a bestseller, and second, my fellow blogger Brittany got her inspiration from this book.

Going back to where I have left off, I felt a jolt of inspiration kick in and it felt good! I don’t think I’ve had this inspiring feeling ever since I got here in California, and I believe this is a good time to shake things up a bit, considering that I can pretty much do more stuff on my own now compared to my first few weeks here.

My idea is to make my own happiness project.

As ashamed as I am about this confession, I am unhappy. That means this project will definitely make me feel better! I am not lonely, like heartbroken-kind-of-lonely, just so you guys know. I just don’t feel that genuine happiness in me. There are times when I would, it’s like some electric cables’ spark when their fibers touch each other, but of course it could only last a moment. And I want to be really happy. So why not do this? I’ve nothing to lose.

So to give myself a little something little to start with, here’s an open-ended list of things that I want to start doing:

  • Do the “One-Minute Rule”
  • “Evening Tidy-Up”
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat right. Eat less.
  • Sleep early, wake up early.
  • Water over tea over coffee over soda.
  • Read more. Write more.
  • Spend less time on the internet.
  • Challenge yourself.

Tonight after work, I shall tweak once again this blog of mine and create a page for the purpose of this project. 🙂

PS I don’t own that pretty cat in the picture


On Placement Tests

Today, I technically passed and failed my placement test.

So how was I able to get both results in just one test? Well if you are not familiar with it, let me take you on a little detour: In the United States, you have to take a Placement Test in order to enroll in the high school/college that you prefer. You will encounter only the subjects Mathematics and English to 1) determine your language and math skills, and 2) for the school to know which kind of Math and English classes to place you. The results of the exam don’t specifically say if you “passed” or if you “failed”. The proctor of the exam will hand you a piece of paper that says the grade that you got from each test, and then at the bottom you will see which English and Math classes you’re supposed to take.

…or at least that’s how it went for me.

I am planning to take Medical Assisting at the College of Marin here in Novato, California, and in order for me to enroll in the said college, I have to take their placement test. So I did. Twice.

Okay, not entirely two times but it still went that way…kind of. Well the first one was a bummer and a waste of time because after the first 40 minutes of the test, all the computers started to crash down. At first, the proctor just went back to the website where the test was at, and entered his password. But like I said, all computers were crashing down so he had to do that to every person’s computer in that room. We were just 8 that day, but it still took at least a minute for him to access the website. After he does that to every computer, we were able to go back to the same phase we were at before the computer crashed down, then after answering two questions, the same problem happened again. That little charade the computer system had going on continued for some 15 minutes until the older guys who were taking the test got pissed. The proctor finally came out with the idea that we should all just call the office the following Monday (this happened last Friday, by the way) and set another appointment to continue the exam.

That’s obviously not a pretty experience.

So from last Friday up to this week’s Thursday, I honestly did not review some more except on the way to the college. My exam’s part two took some 2 hours and 30 minutes. Reading comprehension, sentence structure, college level Math, elementary algebra, arithmetic, and essay writing. Yes. It was that difficult.

So the results of the exam was a mixture of awesomeness and retardation. Well my English tests had excellent scores, while my Math tests’ scores just went straight down the toilet. However, I am not shy to share them to you. So here goes a snapshot of it, straight from Instagram:

My Course Placement said I can enroll in English 150, as I’ve understood, it is the “college level” English, and it’s a transferable course to US/CSU. However, I cannot take the Math 130, their “college level” Math. I can take Math 95 though. 😦