Category: Personal

Lessons from the Fall

Lessons from the Fall

As some of you may know, I got into an accident 2 weeks ago.  I missed a step, then fell while I was going down the stairs of a garden inside The Hills in Cavite.

I’m feeling better now considering I got both my foot sprained and got several wounds & bruises on my body.  While this was an unfortunate accident (it will take months or even years for my wounds to heal), I considered this a learning opportunity.  I was once again reminded of the wonderful things in life and how I should never stop appreciating them.

I’ve been careful, trust me. I got my ankle fractured over a year ago and that made me look at the floor often when walking.  I guess no matter how hard we try to be careful, things happen.  That’s why it’s called an accident, right?

an unforeseen event or one without an apparent cause

My key takeaway from this unforgettable experience are the ff:

  • It’s Embarassing

I attended a wedding with over a hundred guests.  Imagine having all those people see you fall down the stairs in full view.  Yes, that happened!  It even went to a point that I fainted and had my colleagues carry me up the stairs to the reception as I was obviously handicapped.

I experienced pain but what made me feel awful is that I had to make a scene.  On that day, none of us should be noticeable.  The only two people that mattered was the groom and bride.  I was sad that I had an accident causing extra work for some folks to help/carry me out.  I felt sad as well because I wasn’t able to see the beautiful wedding ceremony of my friends.  However, I wish them all the best.  They’re a wonderful couple and I’m sure they’ll live a happy and loving life 🙂

  • My Colleagues are Awesome

As soon as I fell, my colleagues immediately went to my side to help.  Whether to carry my things, offer support, carry me (!), offer prayers & perform first aid, they were just there.  I’ve always known that my colleagues are smart but I got reminded that they are also beautiful inside and out 🙂

  • I have a Family

I always consider myself as a loner.

Last year, I started meeting people that I consider my family now.  My stalkerbugs family, my church family and yes, some long-lost cousins!

When the accident happened, I was in a far away place.  My churchmates cancelled their dinner plans and immediately drove to Cavite from Manila just to rescue me.  I felt so blessed.  Everyone was ready to help me in whatever way they can.  As some of my friends picked me up and drove me to a hospital, some went to the hospital to bring food and some went to drive my car back to my house.  A family lent me a wheelchair.  A sister offered me her home to sleep for the night and other friends visited me at home when I was recuperating.  Even a cousin who I haven’t seen for more than 10 years, stayed with me for one night so that she could assist me.

I’m humbled, truly humbled!  I actually feel ashamed for thinking that I don’t have a family because I do, I really do.

  • God is Good

I learned to accept the Lord early this year.  My life changed since then.  When He says that He’s there for us, it’s very true!

During that time that I was helpless, I felt him.  All the prayers from my sisters, brothers and friends were answered by the Lord.  It was a miracle that I didn’t get any fracture.  What was more apalling is I was able to stand and walk a bit after one day!  If you only knew the pain and the impact of the fall, you wouldn’t even imagine that I will be able to recover that quickly.  Miracles do come true!  Praise the Lord!

We learn things every day.  With this experience, I get reminded as to how good life is!  I’m truly thankful for a lot of things and I hope people won’t get tired of me as I try to improve myself each day.  I hope in the future, I’ll be able to help change someone’s outlook in life for the better too just like how my friends did.

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Roch Finally Got Baptized

Roch Finally Got Baptized

According to my favorite dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Baptism is a Christian sacrament marked by ritual use of water and admitting the recipient to the Christian community and it’s also defined as an act, experience, or ordeal by which one is purified, sanctified, initiated, or named.

When I was an infant, I was already baptized.  It was a tradition that most people follow.  But what happened next?

I rarely prayed.  In fact, I lived most of my life as an agnostic.  I was even an atheist at one time, but when I did pray, it was always to wish that my life would end.

I saw life as suffering.  I lived a hard life.  I focused on my struggles and challenges in life.  Self-pity became a habit.  I rarely felt loved because whenever I achieved something good, I don’t have anyone to share it with.  I was alone physically, emotionally and mentally.

As you can see, my mind’s been filled with thoughts of sorrow and negativity.  It continued when I grew up, though of course I got happy sometimes.  Like for example when I got to buy my favorite gadget. But the feeling of happiness was temporary.

I lived life one day at a time.

When I faced extreme challenges last 2004, I tried to get to know the Lord.  I joined an organization that I ended up judging as a social community rather than a family of Christians.  I left that fellowship and ended up being an atheist for a few months after that.  I’ve been invited to several more ‘Christian’ gatherings, but I always turn them down.

Fast forward to last year, I faced another difficult chapter in my life.  I don’t know what got through me but I learned to open my heart to Christianity again.  When I had lunch with friends, they asked me if I could join their Bible study.  I said yes.  Things that transpired after that were wonderful.  I attended the Bible studies week after week.  I met people who I can feel genuinely loves the Lord.  It changed my outlook on Christian organizations.  For the first time, I felt that there’s a group who’s there to serve the Lord, meeting friends are just a bonus, it didn’t feel like a social organization.  For me, this group was a gathering of true Christians.  I can feel the goodness of their hearts.  I felt welcomed.  I felt that I can grow spiritually through their guidance.  I felt the Lord in them.  The impact was great, far greater than what I expected.

My impression of Christians really changed.

I started opening up. For the first time, I felt… hope.  I maybe working on my spiritual life. I maybe changing my outlook in life.  In one of the Bible study sessions that I attended, I witnessed a baptism ceremony.  It was a declaration that they are abandoining their old lives and they are embracing life with the Lord. THey asked if I would like to join them.  At the time, I wasn’t simply ready. I felt too much of a sinner. I said to myself that I’ll finish reading the Bible and be a better person before I go that route.

Last December, I got sick. I got admitted to the hospital for a week. I hated it. I NEVER ever want to be confined in a hospital. I know I don’t have a family here. I was already expecting a miserable life in the hospital. I may have some friends who would visit me, but I’m sure it’ll be a one day thing. I would be facing weird looks and facial expressions from hospital staff wondering why a person like me don’t have a family to take care of me.

But I wasn’t alone!!!  I may not have a caring biological family, except for my female cousin who I care for deeply, but I have a family in Christ.  Everyday, I get visitors who brought me food, having fellowship with me, reading Bible verses for me and sending me love and care.  It was overwhelming, and I was truly humbled!  I then realized that God is with us.  We may not see Him but we certainly feel him.

As I laid down the hospital bed, I decided on several things.

I came to also realize that I’ll never be perfect.  There will never come a time that I can say that I’m completely a good person.  We are all sinners.  We don’t follow the commandments everyday.  Thou shall not lie right?  But we always utter white lies in order to prevent conflict.  Thou shall love your neighbors right?  But every single day, we judge people and we criticize them (consciously or not).

I finally understood what the saints (that’s what we call the people in our church) have been telling me — that Jesus Christ saved us from all of our sins.  All we need to do now is just accept Him in our lives.

I started reading the Bible…  Everyday I would send what I learned to my ‘family’ via e-mail.  One day, I told one of the sisters that I want to be baptized.  She was so happy that she broke the news to everyone!  They prepared the event on Chinese New Year (January 23, 2012).  Incidentally, my mom was here on vacation so I asked her to come along.

The night started with our usual Bible study.  We read the verses for study. We shared each other’s understanding of them, and when we closed the Bible study session, we prayed.

I requested for my baptism to commence after the Bible study.  We all went up the 2nd floor where the bathtub is located.  That tub would be the place where I’d get baptized.  I was excited!  I couldn’t wait to exclaim and announce to the world that I’ve accepted the Lord in my life! 😀

We all prayed first…

prayer before Roch Baptism

Then brother Frank explained to me how the baptism would go… I was really happy!  I couldn’t wait for my new life to begin!

Roch Baptism

I asked friends to capture the moment for me.  I knew it was really important and I really really wanted to record this very crucial moment in my life :):):)

I’m now a true blue Christian.  I’m still not perfect.  I missed several weeks of my personal Bible study and I still feel like a sinner.  However, I know that it’s okay because I have God with me.  I continue to seek Him as I try to live this world through the words in the Bible.  I’m still the same person but I have a certain feeling of peace.  I’m not alone anymore…

Roch Friends at Baptism

I leave you with thoughts about Baptism from my sisters and brothers in Christ.

  • Baptism is saying, “I do!” to our Lord Jesus Christ, an outward affirmation of our inward acceptance of Him.” – sis Luc
  • Baptism is a declaration that you now belong to Jesus Christ!” – sis Jo
  • Being baptized was about accepting God for everything He is and everything He has done.  By accepting is allowing Him to deal with all of my sins, transforming me into man in Christ, a living testimony of Grace.” – bro Mike
  • Just like marriage is an outward confirmation of the love of 2 people, baptism is an outward confirmation to accompany the inward reality that you accept and now belong to the Lord Jesus” – sis Meng
  • Baptism is not a requirement for you to become a member of a group or religion.  Baptism is a declaration to the whole world, even to Satan that you now belong to God.” – sis Debbie
  • Baptism is the end of old life, and beginning of newness in life with God.  Doing everything and living with Him.” – sis Ane
  • Baptism means my old person has died and been buried with Christ, and I’m raised together with Him as a new person in new creation.” – bro Joseph
  • It is a transfer from the kingdom of satan into the kingdom of God.” – sis Shilo
  • It is the leaving of the old creation in the water, and rising up a new man.  Also affirming to God and men that you accept the Lord as your savior.” – bro Mark

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HeaRty’s Project 365

HeaRty's Project 365

As the year 2012 came in, I started a project that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time.  It’s called HeaRty’s Project 365.  A lot of people have been doing their own Project 365.  In the past, I’ve been browsing through those and was hoping I could do one of my own.  However, most of Project 365s are photography-themed.  I don’t consider myself a good photographer yet.  I felt that I might be disappointing viewers (myself included) if I push through with a half-baked project.

At first, my plan was to take pictures of my daily outfit.  I had friends recommending me to do it.  I thought this must be a great time for me to start it plus I can also use that as a reference to what clothes I have in my closet.

But then, as January 1 came, I decided to change my 2012 theme for HeaRty’s Project 365.  I realized I have been doing my own Project 365 already and it is far more important than any of my other goals for year 2012.  Why not just share it to the world?

I was keeping that Project 365 to myself and some close friends.  It just came to me that instead of having two Project 365 simultaneously, why not just stick to one?  I can do the daily outfit project next year.

It all came to me when I was hospitalized last December.  Even though I have been attending Bible Study sessions, I wasn’t making too much effort in getting to know Him.  When I was sick, I felt God.  I felt ashamed that I have been taking Him for granted.  In spite of that, God forgave me and was there when I needed Him.

So I said to myself that this time around, I’ll read the Bible and I will definitely finish it in year 2012.  I don’t wanna falter so I found myself a guide to follow.

You’ll see my daily Bible read throughout 2012 in my Tumblr site.

List of themes:

  • Year 2012 – Chronological Bibly Study
  • Year 2013 – Daily Outfit (tentative)

The website address is http://rochellesychua.tumblr.com.

Hope you could visit daily 🙂

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HeaRty’s Project 365
starting year 2012
http://rochellesychua.tumblr.com

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Wishful Thinking in 2012

wishful thinking in 2012

I have specific goals in the upcoming year, 2012.  However, material-wise, I do have a lot that I wish to have.  I know that I won’t be able to buy most of them.  I do want to keep a list here so I can be inspired enough to at least, make some of them a reality.  We’ll never know 😉

On the other hand, I’ll be updating my Bucket List soon.  Recently, I have reflected on several things.  I decided that I have been focusing on the wrong things.  I will be changing it and making the items more actionable and attainable.  I’ll do that soon.  If you’re interested, please watch out for it.

For this post, I’ll be concentrating on the material things I have always wanted or have always planned to purchase.  Some are attainable but most are just my personal wishes.  If I win the lottery, I’ll be buying them all.  For now, it’s all just wishful thinking…

Apple Products

I believe it’s no secret that I’m an avid fan of Apple.  Steve Jobs is my ultimate idol and I felt affected when he died, to the point that I bought an iPod Nano impulsively to honor him.

I have a lot of Apple products.  iPod Video, iPod Nano, iPhone, Apple Extreme Base Station and MacBook Pro are just some of them.  But you know I can’t get enough of Apple products!  Every Apple product is so cool that I want to own each and every one of them.  Yes, I’m that crazy with Apple.  I’m a hard core Apple fan!

  • Apple iMac 27″ 3.1 GHz ($1,999)

iMac

the iMac is such eye-candy.  Whenever I see them in Apple stores, I dream that I use it everyday at home.  I’m planning to buy one either in year 2012 or 2013.  A lot will depend on my budget, but this will definitely be on my shopping list for the next two years.

  • Magic Trackpad ($ 69)

Magic Trackpad

When I get the iMac, I’ll surely get this accessory called Magic Trackpad.  I’m so used to the multi-touch technology on my MacBook Pro that I don’t think I can live without it.  Since Magic Trackpad is created for the iMac.  It’s just perfect to get it together.

  • Apple Battery Charger ($ 29)

Apple Battery Charger

Again, another accessory that I will buy together with the iMac.  The iMac comes with the wireless keyboard and magic mouse.  Both need batteries to work, and since I’m an Apple fanatic, I want my batteries and charger to be Apple-branded.

  •  Time Capsule – 3GB ($ 499)

Time Capsule

When I bought my Apple Extreme Base Station (router), the Time Capsule wasn’t released then.  I think it only took a few months for Apple to come out with Time Capsule.  I was a bit devastated.  If only I waited, I could have just bought the Time Capsule.  I wanted to retire my Apple Extreme Base Station.  This 3GB Time Capsule model is a perfect replacement for it.  For now, it’ll only be my wish.

  • Apple TV ($99)

Apple TV

With iCloud officially out, it makes sense for Apple users like me to get an Apple TV.  The Apple TV is just a small gadget but it’s powerful.  It can easily access our purchased movies, TV shows, music and photos right on our widescreen or flat screen TV.  I heard rumors that a new version will come out soon.  So my wish will be to have the next version of apple TV 🙂

  • iPhone 5

iPhone 4S

iPhone 5 isn’t out yet but that’s the next phone that I will definitely purchase.  I know iPhone 4S has just been launched a few days ago.  I almost bought one, like really bought one!  I know my finances will be compromised if I went through it, so I’m glad I wasn’t able to.  If there’s a wish, that is to have an iPhone 4S but as a goal & plan, I’ll get the iPhone 5 by 2012.

  • iPad 3

iPad

Rumors are saying that iPad 3 will come out very very soon.  So I hope to get that or probably the iPad 4.  To be realistic, I don’t think I have any budget for an iPad in 2012 🙁  It’s sad… I don’t have a tablet yet and I’ve been wanting to have an iPad ever since the first version came out.  I’ve been joining raffles and contests hoping to win one.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any luck with it.  Well, right now, owning an iPad will continue to be a wish.

Fashion Accessories

In the past, I never appreciated the value of branded bags and accessories.  I’ve always felt that women were just throwing money away buying those expensive Louis Vuitton and Hermes products.  However, after buying so many Php 1,000-priced bags and throwing them away after just two months of use, I learned that I’m actually wasting more money buying cheap and poorly made stuff.

With this new outlook, and my new appreciation for branded bags, I now have a list of fashion bags and accessories I would like to have in the future.  Looking at my shopping goals for 2012, these items will still not be something I would buy.  I wish that soon, I’ll get the chance and the will power to finally buy them as I know I want them and need them.

  • Louis Vuitton Long Wallet Origami ($ 705)

Louis Vitton Long Wallet Origami

I want a Louis Vuitton bag so it just make sense that I would want a matching wallet with it.  Upon browsing through the whole Louis Vitton wallet catalog, only one design caught my eye and it was the Louis Vuitton Long Wallet Origami.  It’s pretty simple outside but when you open it, you can see the uniqueness of the interiors.  The wallet is inspired by the traditional Japanese art, Origami, which I really, really personally love! 🙂

Features: grained calf leather and monogram canvas lining, shiny golden brass hardware, rear zipped coin compartment, 12 credit card slots, two large interior bill compartments and three smaller interior bill compartments.

  • Louis Vuitton Totally GM ($ 1,290)

Louis Vitton Totally GM

I want a huge everyday bag.  I bring too much stuff that normal-size shoulder bags just doesn’t cut it.  I don’t have a point & shoot camera but I always bring my DSLR which is a bulky gadget.  Only a big bag can fit it.  So I’m glad that Louis Vuitton has one!  Now I want to have this!  However, the price is just too steep that I don’t know if I want to shell out that kind of big amount for a shoulder bag.

Features: two flat straps fit comfortably over the shoulder, wide zipper closure, three flat pockets on the inside, interior D-ring to attach to pouch or key holder and golden brass pieces.

  • Rolex Watch – Datajust Special Edition 81338 ($43,260)

Rolex DataJust Special Edition 81338

I love my Nano watch but just in case I want to keep a watch as a treasure, I would want to own a Rolex.  It’s damn expensive so I don’t think there’ll be a chance for me to get one.  Well, there’s no harm in dreaming, right?

Features: 34 mm yellow gold & diamonds, white mother-of-pearl set with diamonds and diamond-set pearlmaster bracelet.

  • Tiffany & Co. Jewelry

They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend.  In all honesty, it doesn’t have an appeal to me.  If I have to choose between gadgets and jewelries, it would be a no-brainer, I’d choose gadgets 🙂  However, if ever I need to own jewelry, I would want the ff.:

Jean Schlumberger Lynn bracelet ($ 21,500)
Bracelet in 18k gold with round brilliant diamonds in platinum.

Tiffany & Co. Jean Schlumberger Lynn bracelet

Jean Schlumberger Lynn earrings ($ 2,500)
Earrings in 18k gold with round brilliant diamonds in platinum, for pierced ears

Tiffany & Co. Jean Schlumberger Lynn earrings

Jean Schlumberger Lynn necklace ($ 37,250)
Necklace in 18k gold with round brilliant diamonds in platinum. 15″ long.

Tiffany & Co. Jean Schlumberger Lynn necklace

Photography

My best gadget purchase for Year 2011 is the Nikon D7000!  I loveeeee it!  I’ve been using it heavily since I bought it last February 2011.  It’s the best mid-range DSLR out there.  However, I only have one lens (35mm prime).  During travels and events, I realized that having only a prime lens is really hard.  Like for example in the FHM event I attended this year, I had to borrow a zoom lens as my prime lens just wasn’t good enough, considering I was seated far from the stage.

If I had enough resources, I would buy more accessories for my Nikon D7000.  Here’s my wish list:

  • Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ($ 800)

For wide-angle needs, this 10-24mm Nikkor lens would fit perfectly.

Nikon 10-24mm f:3.5-4.5G ED

features: DX-format, ultra wide-angle 2.4x zoom lens with focal length ranging from 10 to 24mm (picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of 15 to 36mm in FX- and 35mm formats), Newly developed optical system features two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements, Superior reproduction capability, with the distortion that is common with ultra wide-angle lenses dramatically reduced, Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures smooth, quiet AF operation, Two focus modes available – M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus), Seven-blade rounded diaphragm for natural blur effects and Internal focusing (IF) system means the lens barrel length does not change during focusing

  • Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR DX ($389)

For telephoto lens needs, this 55-300mm Nikkor lens would fit my taste perfectly.

Nikon 55-300mm f:4.5-5.6 VR DX

features: Super-telephoto 5.5x zoom lens covering 55-300mm focal range (angle of view is equivalent to a focal length of 82.5 to 450mm in FX/35mm format), Vibration Reduction (VR II) enables sharper pictures while shooting at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible, Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements minimize chromatic aberration for superior picture quality and High Refractive Index (HRI) lens achieves high specifications and optical performance.

  • Nikon SB-910 ($ 550)

For my flash needs, this newly released Nikon SB-910 would be perfect!

Nikon SB-910

features: Three illumination patterns (standard/even/center-weighted), with increased light distribution accuracy, are available to match every shooting environment, Automatically detects Nikon FX and Nikon DX formats and selects suitable light distribution angles, Power zoom function covers wide 17-200 mm (in FX format) or 12-200 mm (in DX format) zoom ranges, AF-assist illumination, compatible with multi-point AF system, covers wide 17-135 mm focal length range, New MENU button enables quick access to custom settings, while improved LCD panel GUI (graphical user interface) enhances operability, Durable and heat-resistant, easy-to-use, hard-type color filters (fluorescent or incandescent) included and Automatically detects color filter types and transmits filter information to camera for optimum white balance setting

  • Nikon EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery for Nikon D7000 ($72)

Nikon EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery for Nikon D7000

My camera battery always runs low on power.  Sometimes, I tend to forget to charge my camera so it really makes so much sense for me to get an extra battery for my beloved Nikon D7000.

Entertainment

Another interest of mine is gaming.  I remember I used to give up sleeping time just to be able to level up my character in a game.  When I was very young, when Super Mario Bros. was all the rage, I already showed that kind of love for gaming.  Even after so many years, gaming is still something I really love.  As of now, I play a lot of games on my PC and iPhone.  However, I still want to have a gaming console for myself.  And of course, I would want to have the complete experience thus would want to upgrade my entertainment system for it! 🙂

  • Sony Playstation 3 320GB Move Bundle ($350)

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Sony Playstation 3 has been in my wish list for 3 years.  You know what?  I actually bought two units of PS3 already!  However, the PS3 system was lost/stolen not once, but twice!  Talk about tough luck!  I was devastated!  Maybe, if I buy it the 3rd time, situation will be different.  Third time’s the charm, right?

Bundle includes: 320GB PS3 system, DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller, PlayStation®Move motion controller, PlayStation®Eye camera, Sports Champions™ game

  • Sony Playstation Dualshock 3 Controller ($55)

Sony Playstation Dualshock 3 Controller

One Dual 3 controller is not enough for Sony PS3.  That’s why I will get an extra controller if I end up buying the Sony PS3 320GB bundle.

  • Sony Playstation Move Motion Controller ($30)

Sony Playstation Move Motion Controller

One move motion controller isn’t enough, it should have a partner! 🙂  Two is always better than one! 😀  It’s definitely sad playing alone.

  • Sony PS3 Wireless Keypad ($ 50)

Sony PS3 Wireless Keypad

It’s difficult to chat using the dual shock 3 controller so I would want to buy at least one of these (at least for the main controller).  If I have extra money, I will get two.

  • Samsung 55″ LED 3D TV – UE55D8000

Samsung 55" LED 3D TV - UE55D8000

I currently have a 32″ Samsung LCD TV.  Since 3D is getting popular, I think it’s time for me to upgrade.  I want a bigger screen TV (55″) and a 3D capable one!  I hope to fulfill this wish in 2013 or 2014 🙂

Home & Living

For me, living comfortably does affect our moods.  Especially since we consider our home our sanctuary, then it should be something we invest our hard-earned money with.  You might not agree with me but I’ve come to that conclusion from personal experience.  I believe that we should only have a FEW items in our home so it can be maintained better.  Cluttered spaces really is a pain (believe me!).

I’ll be fulfilling one of my biggest dreams in 2012.  In preparation for that, I want to buy tons of things!  Since I’m starting over, I literally will not bring anything from my old home.  However, I can’t afford all of the new items in 2012 so they’ll stay in my wish list for now.

  • Tempur Cloud Mattress 25 – Queen Size

Tempur Cloud Mattress 25

I haven’t had any good sleep.  Even if I try to lie down for hours, I still can’t get myself to sleep.  But when I go to a nice expensive hotel, I tend to sleep easily.  So I conclude that my beddings currently at home aren’t good for me.  Thus, I want to invest in good beddings.  Where else can I get high-quality mattress but in Tempur, right?

  • 2 pieces Tempur Original Pillow – Queen Large

Tempur Original Pillow

In relation to the Tempur mattress, I would want to match it with good pillows.  So I’m sticking with Tempur as well.  I know Tempur’s products are so expensive.  However, I thought, aren’t we spending more time in bed than in any other place?

I want two pillows, since I’m getting a big bed 🙂

  • The Travel Set
JP_Travel_Set_greyI realized that I needed this after the retreat that I attended last December 2011.  For me, if I need to bring something so I can have a good sleep then it’ll be Tempur-branded.  I also think that when I get to buy the mattress and pillow above, I will surely find it hard to sleep without them when I travel.  Thus, my wish to have the Tempur travel set.

*** Photos are taken from manufacturers’ websites ***

So there, that’s my list for Year 2012.  I’m sure there are more items that I want but that’s what I remember for now.  I’ll be updating this list throughout 2012.  Items may change as well if upgraded versions come out.

I have a feeling that my wish list for 2013 will be the same as this one! hahaha!  I hope I’d be able to at least clear out at least 1-3 items in this list in 2012.  Let’s see. 🙂  Do you have a list of your own?

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Things I Want to Do Before I Die

Things I Want to Do Before I Die

I’m not getting any younger.   I know that I only have a few years to live.  If I think about it, I might be in mid-life already.  This made me think about the things that I want to do but haven’t done so.  There are so many of them.

With this in mind, I decided to write here my list of Things I want to Do Before I Die.  I guess, I can go back to this entry every now and then to check my progress.

Maybe you can relate to some of them.

Roch’s Things to do before dying:

  1. Finish reading the Bible (target: year 2012)
  2. Own a condominium unit (target: year 2012)
  3. Own an SUV car (target: year 2014)
  4. Own a successful business.
  5. Travel all around the World.
  6. Travel all around the Philippines.
  7. Learn to play a guitar.
  8. Learn to play the piano.
  9. Be a successful Blogger (target: 100,000 unique readers per month)
  10. Be a writer/contributor for a newspaper (completed Year 2011: Manila Bulletin TechNews).
  11. Try Car Racing.
  12. Try Gun Shooting & own a Gun.
  13. Learn to Play Badminton.
  14. Learn how to Swim (target: year 2012)
  15. Learn to Scuba Dive.
  16. Run a marathon (42k).
    • Prerequisite: Run 5k, Run 10k, Run 21k
    • Target Date: Year 2015
  17. Learn to ride a Bike.
  18. Ride a Jetski. (completed 2005: Boracay, Philippines)
  19. Ride a Banana Boat (completed 2005; Boracay, Philippines)
  20. Go Kayaking. (completed 2009: Pangasinan, Philippines)
  21. Go Parasailing (completed 2009: Boracay, Philippines)
  22. Go Zorbing (completed 2009: Boracay, Philippines)
  23. Go White Water Rafting (completed 2011: Davao, Philippines)
  24. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon (completed 2010: Clark Pampanga, Philippines)
  25. Watch NBA Live.
  26. Watch WWE Live. (completed Year 1998: Anaheim, California)
  27. Watch Olympics Live.
  28. Work in one of the best companies in the world (completed Year 2006: Procter & Gamble).
  29. Have a career in the IT industry (completed Year 2008: P&G-IT department).
  30. Be ITIL-Certified. (completed year 2009: ITIL version 3.0)
  31. Be PMP-Certified.
  32. Be very active in a charity organization I believe in.
  33. Complete all Toastmaters certifications and participate in a public speaking contest.
  34. Teach in a university (completed Year 1999: Centro Escolar University, Advanced Mandarin)
  35. Experience true love.
  36. Learn to bartend.
  37. Go into space.
  38. Be on radio (completed 2010: DZRH for Blogwatch).
  39. Be seen on TV (completed 2009: QTV).
  40. Be in a movie.
  41. Be a model (completed 2003: m|Ph Magazine).
  42. Have a dog as a pet.
  43. Achieve my ideal body weight and shape (target: 105 pounds)
  44. Played Basketball (completed 2006: Women’s Basketball P&G office tournament).
  45. Learn Ballroom Dancing.
  46. Learn Belly Dancing.
  47. Learn Pole Dancing.
  48. Fly first class.
  49. Fly in a helicopter.
  50. Go on a cruise.
  51. Invest in the Stock Market (completed 2001: Online Trading, Philippines)
  52. Become a millionaire.
  53. Have a WoW character that reaches the highest level possible.
  54. Learn to Drive a car. (completed 2004: drove the same day after 5-hour driving lesson).
  55. Sponsor a child’s education.
  56. Own a Louis Vitton wallet & Bag.
  57. Own a Rolex watch.
  58. Own a Tiffany & Co. Jewelry.
  59. Meet Steve Jobs!!! (not reachable anymore as Steve is now gone, RIP)
  60. Attend an Apple Conference.
  61. Dye my hair. (completed 2012: I’m now a redhead!)
  62. Make a will.
  63. Have a tattoo.
  64. Be a part of a reality show.
  65. Participate in a TV game show.
  66. Learn Cross-Stitch again & complete 5 works.
  67. Learn Paper Tole again & complete 5 works.
  68. Learn how to Cook and Bake.
  69. Solve the Rubik’s Cube.

I know 70 things aren’t enough.  I never thought it’s that hard to come up with a list.  So I’ll just make this a working list.  I’ll update this as I think of more things to do 🙂

How about you?  Do you have a bucket list?

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