Sunday, July 27, 2014

Looming before it's too late

Hey guys! I'm finally back!

I've been missing blogging big time. And because I have more leisure time now, I guessed this is the perfect time to be a blogger again. 

So, how's your day?

I surfed the net and I found out that some of the blogs that I used to follow also lie-lowed with blogging. I don't know, but maybe because other popular social media sites are the craze right now. People don't have the time to read what a blogger has to say. They just want to see instant photos, short posts and make internet friends. Well, what I can say is that we're free to choose what we want. 

So, as long as my page continue to exist on the net and people are still searching for the things that I posted, I would do my best to keep my blog. I'm not being sentimental but having a blog is a better way to connect with people around the world. At least, you have your own page where you can share whatever you want. And as for me, I'll try to keep up with my blog objective: to spread creativity vibes and share my crafts. 

Okay. Okay. So much for that part. 

While I'm away and busy with school and work, a fun craft had been the talk of the town (here in the Philippines). It's the Rainbow Loom Bands. Kids and adults alike had been crazy about looming these colorful rubber bands into bracelets, necklaces, flowers, hearts and other cute things. And of course, even if it's a bit late, I tried it too.

 They say that its a good way to kill time and at the same time it's addicting. So, I bought some bands and loom them into a bracelet. Here's the first loom band bracelet that I made.



I came up with a simple band bracelet and added up a snowflake flower I learned from YouTube. I had a great time doing it and it's addicting indeed. Plus, this craft uses the same hook as crochet so I had no problem with the hook and I think they somehow got the idea with crocheting, because it looks like crochet. Kids used to sell their bracelets for fifty pesos, some are cheaper. It depends on how complicated the style is. It's a fun craft because you have plenty of colors to choose from and a lot patterns to make. Just like crocheting, the pattern is almost infinite (just exaggerating).

I remember my grade school days when beads are the famous crafts for kids. There are a lot of colorful beads, in different shapes and sizes too, plus the colorful plastic threads that you can choose from. I made a lot of bracelets and necklaces that time. I guessed Loom bands is the beads of the new generation. I might buy some more and try to make other patterns too while it is still available. 

How about you? Have you tried making them? Share them below. 

Have a great day!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

What happened lately?



As you can see, I failed to update my blog lately because of work and school. I tried to come up with a post at least once a week but honestly, I don't have any idea what to write about. I don't have any inspiration and was actually loosing motivation again.

I'm on this period of life crisis again, where I lost all the motivation to continue what I am doing. This is the time when I lost interest on things and even interaction with people. But I am not depressed or anything it's just that I always had this point in my life once in a while, a time to crave for change, to try new things, to learn something new, a time to challenge myself to step up to the next level and learn from the past. To actually forget this chapter and write a new one.
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Easy Strawberry Milkshake to Welcome Summer

Hey guys!

Summer is here! So, to welcome the heat why not make your own milkshake. This is a super easy thirst-quencher you can make in 5 mins.



First thing you'll need..strawberries...




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Saturday, January 04, 2014

My Goals this 2014!!!


Goals are set. Now, it's time to make them happen. I will really do my best to accomplish them all. This is actually a challenge for me, so, we'll see how many will be achieved by the end of the year. 

Goals:
#1 - I have to passed my subjects this semester so I could enroll for next school year. Hopefully, my professors would be good to me.

#2 - I couldn't find time to finish that project but this Summer I would try.

#3 - I've been planning to buy the bag ever since but I always end up using the money for more important things. This time I really have to buy one. 
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DIY: Graham Balls and Marshmallows

Here's a super quick and easy sweet snack you can make for the whole family. 

DIY: Graham Balls with marshmallows


This has been a hit for kids and teens so I'm sure everyone in the family would love this. It only took me about 20 mins to make 'em. So let's set the table and start rolling the balls.

Ingredients:

marshmallows and 200g crushed Graham crackers

a regular can of condensed milk
choco powder (optional)

Procedure:
1. Mix the crushed Graham crackers (setting aside one tablespoon of crushed Graham) and about half of the condensed milk. The mixture would depend on how consistent and how sweet you want your graham balls to be.
2. Then, the exciting part...form them into balls. The size is up to you. 
3. After molding them, pinch the center the ball using your thumb and put the marshmallow on the center.
4. Cover the marshmallow and mold the Graham into balls. 
5. Roll the balls on left over crushed Graham. Freeze for 10mins.


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Saturday, December 28, 2013

DISTRACT ME - reblog from TUMBLR

1. selfie
-most recent :)

2. what would you name your future kids?
- I don't know yet but I'm in love with names like Daniel, Dave, Erin, Lian
3. do you miss anyone?
- my college friends
4. what are you looking forward to?
- finishing my To-do list esp. my research
5. is there anyone who can always make you smile?
- Yeah, one of my officemates. Not just smile, laugh really.

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Things I ought to do


Before 2013 ends, I am certainly hoping that I can finish my to-do list. Instead of having fun this holiday season I prefer to stay at home and read my notes. Honestly, now I can say that it's hard to study while working. It's difficult to manage your time even if you really want to. Because at work you should focus with your job when you arrived at home you'll be tired to do other things aside from going to bed and stretch your legs.
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Saturday, December 07, 2013

What's Up Blogging World?

Hey guys! How's everyone!

Sorry it took me awhile to update my blog. As I've said before, I'm kinda busy with my M.A. class and have I told you that I am now working? Yeah! I am working at a clinic as a Psychometrician, the one who is responsible for administration, scoring and interpretation of Psychological Exams. Nothing's official yet 'cause I'm just starting but I can say I enjoy the job especially when I have to interview my clients. I learned a lot from them, from what they shared with me, and of course, everything's confidential.

So, I just wanna share what I've been to lately...

Since I got hired, I have attended two seminars on different hotels and that was a great experience for me. I get to socialized with other psychometricians and psychologist as well and learned more about personality tests. It's a good opportunity for me and I'm thankful that my employer allowed me to attend those events.


My first seminar certificate at work. Thanks to NMC! Sorry, I have to blur out my name for privacy purposes :)
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Friday, November 01, 2013

What I learned from CIC?

Hey guys!

This is not a DIY post but a post about my MOOC at Coursera.org. I mentioned before that I joined a massive open online course about Creativity, Innovation and Change, and now, I was about to finish the course.

As part of our final requirement we have to come up with our own CIC Synthesis. And so, I thought that my blog would be a great place to share about it.


Taking a MOOC is something new to me. So, I got really excited when the CIC course began. I never thought that online classes would be that fun. It's something new, something different and something that should be shared across the globe. How I wish everyone who has an internet connection would get the chance to discover this new way of learning.

Well, I actually don't know where to begin or how to come up with my own synthesis. All I know is that I learned a lot from the professors and also from the discussion forums.

Changes? There had been a few changes about myself since the course began. At first, I really had this stereotype about creative people.

CREATIVE PEOPLE:
-expressive
-weird
-self-centered
-spontaneous
-impressive
-overflowing ideas about anything under the sun

And I always had this in mind:
"Not all people are creative."

Then, I thought CIC would be about honing our creative side, the one that's inclined to expressing ourselves through the arts like singing, dancing, crafts, acting or anything impressionistic.

But I was wrong...

CIC is a serious thing. This is about understanding more what creativity really is and how we are going to use that creativity to innovate things and change the world. It doesn't have to be that big but you can start innovating simple things that can change you, your neighborhood, your community and then everything will follow.

Creative Diversity

Professor Kathryn made me realize that Creativity isn't just for a few people. She made me remember that  "All people are creative" it's just that everyone has different levels or style of creativity. I also learned from her that creativity is part of everyone's way of thinking and solving everyday problems. Creativity is diverse and that diversion, if we put them together can come up with wild innovating ideas that can help make our world a better place.

The C.E.N.T.E.R.

One of the coolest concept throughout the course is Professor Darrell's CENTER strategy. I really had a great time completing my own CENTER acronym.

Character: I am A PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE HOLDER, I will be A PSYCHOLOGIST SOMEDAY.
Entrepreneurship: I run experiments and risks toward my dream of BECOMING A PSYCHOLOGIST.
owNership: Based on my CHARACTER, I choose to STUDY HARD ON MY M.A. CLASS.
Tenacity: I will hold on in my pursuit toward FINISHING MY M.A. DEGREE, amidst all barriers.
Excellence: I plan and focus hard work on gaining skill in PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING.
Relationship: My family is MY MOM AND DAD AND MY THREE SIBLINGS. My home is VALENZUELA CITY, PHILIPPINES.

I promise to always keep this in mind so that I would always be in focus towards achieving my dreams.

Intelligence Fast Failure

As the saying goes "learn from your mistakes," Professor Jack not only reminded us that we learn from our mistakes but we should also accept Failures. And from accepting those failures, it can give us a hint on how to succeed in life. It's just a matter of how we are going to face failures and stay on track. IFF is essential to learning. So, I learned that we should not be afraid to fail. We just have to "fail...learn...fail again and learn again" as the professors said on their last lecture video.

Things that got stocked on my mind...

  1. Everyone's creative so don't feel down when you can't come up with a cute drawing. It's just that different person have different creative style and level.
  2. I fall under the more adaptive creative style which is true because I stick with the rules and I always feel uncomfortable when something is uncertain.
  3. There are times when we have this sudden burst of ideas, and that happens to me. But most of the time I just let them slip away. After I've learned about the Idea Journal, now, I always carry a handy notebook at the ready for AHA! moments.
  4. In every goal it is important to acknowledge both the things that enables us and the things the limits us from achieving it. If we took the time to think about them we'll surely find a way to push through our goals.
  5. Collaborating with other people who has different styles and levels of creativity is a great way to solve problems. That way you'll get to see the problem from different angles and help each other to come up with solutions to solve them. 
  6. Be open for changes.
  7. Use your creativity to innovate and start changes.

Thanks CIC staff for all the things that you imparted to us! 






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Sunday, September 29, 2013

My Ventures

I just wanna share some activity that I'm into for the next couple of days.

As I said on my previous post, I've enrolled myself into a MOOC on Coursera.org and now, we're moving on to the 5th week of the class.


I can say that I learned a lot from the professors and all activities and quizzes are so enjoyable and useful. That's why to give you a glimpse on my class, let me share to you one of the exercises that I'm actually doing right now.

The Exercise is called Ventures.

And on this activity I made some sort of a promise. Which is the same reason why I'm going to post it here, so I would always be reminded.

These are my Ventures:

Starting on September 16, 2013, I give myself permission to try new ventures in...


1. Video Editing
2. Learning how to play guitar


I will "play" at these ventures, learn rapidly, recognize that I must map the unknown with my failures and have FUN!


My progress...

As for my first venture, I did a research on websites giving out free video editing tutorial. Then, I also watched tutorials on YouTube. However, I found out that there are a lot of things to consider first before  editing a video. Like the video format, the quality and the software you wanna use. So, to do these things I have to conduct another web search to know which software to trust or what's the universal video file format. I will also try to ask some friends to help me out. The reason why I chose this venture is because I want to help my sister with her project at school but it's also for me. I want to try editing myself.

For my second venture, learning how to play the guitar...it's actually my frustration since I spend all day at home with our guitar just hanging around the corner and no one's using it. I wanna learn that really. I'm not musically inclined but I can try. So, I watched guitar tutorials and printed guitar chords too so I can practice. At this point, I memorized a few chords and I think I could play three songs from Taylor Swift. However, I'm not actually sure if my guitar sounds right. So, I still need help...and luckily, just tonight I saw this new MOOC on Coursera.org "Introduction to Guitar" from Berklee College of Music. And I'm planning to enroll on this MOOC. The class would start on October 14 and hopefully I can squeeze that on my schedule. 





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