Rest in Peace, dear classmate

A few weeks ago, my high school batchmate, Kathrina Tiu Dy, passed away from complications from Dengue. She would have been 27 this February 2.

For the longest time, I had been on escapist mode upon hearing the news of her passing. For some reason, I didn’t want to address it. I did not properly know her, and I barely remember when we became classmates. But I knew her. I remember her face, I remember her voice.

Then I read one of her closest friend’s blog entry of what happened, and it suddenly became a reality for me. The disbelief hit me. How can someone our age die?

What horrified me the most about her death, was that the sickness could have been detected earlier. As I read through her friend’s account, of what really went on, I found myself feeling unbearably sad. And angry.

This shouldn’t have happened. Not to someone like her, not to someone our age. We were BATCHMATES. We are young, NONE of us should even be attending wakes of our classmates yet. It should have been a Baptism or a Wedding or a House Warming. But not a wake. Not under these terrible circumstances.

I suddenly wanted to do something.

And then on Facebook, our batch page posted this . And I knew that this was my chance to do something. Kathrina was confined at The Medical City, and they had to hook her to a lot of machines while she was fighting for her life. Her bill amounted to P700,000. Her family is struggling. Aside from the fact that they are shell-shocked from the death of their daughter, they haven’t paid even half of their bill. So our batchmates have taken it upon themselves to organize a fundraiser for our dear Tiu Dy, to help her family.

I am not doing much by posting this, but in my own way, this is me trying to help out. For all of you who have stumbled upon this entry, please reply to this post if you know of any contacts for performers, a venue, or suppliers so we can properly organize this fundraiser.

If you would like more information, check this out.

May you have a blast celebrating your Twenty-Seventh in Heaven, Kathrina. (+)

Life is short, let us all live it in love and good vibes. Love with all you’ve got, embrace every little thing with joy, and LIVE.

Project 52: Week 2/52

Kokoro (*Heart)

From the Kimmidoll series. ❤

This set of Japanese dolls is so heartbreakingly pretty.
My Mom received three of these dolls for Christmas from my sister.

Kokora symbolizes the HEART <3.
This is what she says:

Hi, my name is Kokoro.

My spirit brings warmth and love.

By living with an open, kind, generous and forgiving heart, you share my loving spirit. Be guided by the spirit of love in all that you do, and you will enjoy a fulfilling and abundant life.

Well-said, my dear Kokoro. 🙂

My Life So Far (according to this survey, that is)

I think it’s about time to take stock of my life so far and reminisce. I’m using this survey as my default reference for my past interests and life. Present answers in bold italics this time.

September 21, 2005
JUNE 4, 2008
January 12, 2010

1. What is your full name?
Tanya Cerina Valenzuela Cinco
TANYA CERINA VALENZUELA CINCO
Tanya Cerina Valenzuela Cinco

2. What color pants are you wearing?

black pinstripe
BLACK
blue jeans

3. What are you listening to right now?

ahhh..phone conversation from the other cubicle, Aqua’s Turn Back Time (old school! haha)
APOLOGIZE BY TIMBALAND AND SHOCK VALUE
She & Him

4. What was the last thing you ate?

mentos cool chews
LAY’S POTATO CHIPS
oatmeal

5. Do you wish on a star?

hmmm..come to think of it, no.
NOPE.
I still don’t.

6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

silver!
HMMM… YELLOW. SOMETHING CHEERY. =)
still a bright, cheery yellow

7. How is the weather right now?

perfect! not too hot, and not rainy. (but it’s damn cold here in the office)
BACK TO SUMMER WEATHER!
not rainy, not humid, not too hot. In short, the perfect weather.

8. Who is the last person you spoke to on the phone?

hmm..some credit card offering person
MIKEY, ABOUT HIS FUTILE SEARCH FOR A BANANA. HAHA
Momsy. Asking if I wore her black bangles to work (I did!).

9. Do you like the person who sent this to you?

i actually, got this from kelay’s blog..hehehe and yup! me likes her!
I’M JUST REHASHING THIS SURVEY. HEHE BUT KELAY’S STILL COOL.
Ditto.

10. How old are you today?

tsktsktsk..22!
SILVER YEAR, BAYBEE! 25. (I PROMISED MYSELF I WOULDN’T FEEL BAD FOR BEING OLDER THIS TIME.)
26 going on 27. WOW. It boggles the mind.

11. Favorite drink?

right now, C2 apple flavor
CAFFEINE. (THAT INCLUDES COFFEE DRINKS AND COKE! WOOT.)
Still hands-down, caffeine. But I am cutting back on coffee and especially softdrinks.

12. Favorite sport to play?

swimming forever! and i’m currently addicted to badminton
STILL SWIMMING. BADMINTON, NOT SO MUCH. =) BASKETBALL (SHOOTING ONLY) AT TIMEZONE. HEHE
swimming, running

13. Hair color?

black, but who says it has to stay that way? :p
BLACK, DYED DARK BROWN (WHICH REMINDS ME, I NEED TO RETOUCH MY ROOTS)
black, dyed a dark, reddish brown, which I’m planning to change to something lighter.

14. Do you wear contacts?

can’t live without it!
YEP, BUT I CAN LIVE WITHOUT IT NOW. I SOMETIMES FORCE MYSELF TO WEAR GLASSES TO REST MY EYES.
yup.

15. Do you have any siblings?

Yup
YUP.
yes.

16. Favorite month?

hmmm..december and march

JUNE, DECEMBER AND MARCH
June, December, March and January (
’cause it’s one party after another)!

17. Favorite food?

chocolates!
TOO MANY. I’M TRYING TO CUT BACK ON SWEETS, SO DAPAT HINDI CHOCOLATES. HEHE
steak. sashimi. oh joy. chocolates.

18. What was the last movie you saw?

hmm..di ko natapos, One Missed Call 2 (hehe), yung complete..umm..fudge i can’t remember!
21 – COOL FILM!
The Rebound!

19. Favorite day of the year?

christmas!
CHRISTMAS =)
Christmas 🙂

20. What do you do to vent anger?

hmmm..i write, i break off a pencil, i eat, i bitch..depends on how mad i am actually
I WRITE, I RANT AND BITCH AND WHINE TO SHARKBOY (THANK YOU! *mwah*), THIS TIME I LOSE MY APPETITE WHEN I’M INIS, SO I DON’T EAT, I JUST DRINK STRONG COFFEE.
I write, blog, rant to Sharkboy and go on a shopping spree.

21. What were your favorite toys as a child?

barbie dolls!
BARBIE DOLLS WITH THEIR ACCESSORIES AND CLOTHES. I LOVE CHOOSING OUTFITS FOR THEM. MY BARBIE DOLL USED TO CHANGE CLOTHES 5 TIMES IN A DAY!
Barbie dolls, My Secret Places, My Little Twin Stars

22. Summer or winter?

summer, definitely!
SUMMER SUNSHINE
Summer

23. Hugs or kisses?

eep, depends kung kanino galing! hehe:p
BOTH. =)
Big glompy hugs >:D<

24. Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate! tinatanong pa ba yan?
CHOCOLATE!
Chocolate

25. Who is the friend you have had the longest?

ummm..c bom2 yata eh! (since grade 2?)
YEP. BOM2! OR CHIARA? HMMM…
This is getting boring, it doesn’t change, okay?

26. What did you do last night?

nanuod ng TV, naligo, natulog
MCDO WITH MIKE, WENT HOME, WATCHED A BIT FRENCH OPEN, WORKED A BIT, DOZED OFF.
Had Pepper Lunch dinner with Mike, finally, went home, exercised, had a bad case of hiccups, and slept deeply.

27. Plain, buttered or salted popcorn?

Buttered.
EXTRA-BUTTERED
buttered

28. Favorite car?

nissan exalta
MAZDA 6!!!
a Mini Cooper

29. Favorite flower?

daisies! (kasi sabi ni meg ryan, they look so happy!)
DAISIES DAISIES DAISIES
daisies, forget-me-nots (they’re so photogenic!)

30. Number of keys on your key ring?

i am crazy. i do not have housekeys, or any other key for that matter.
I HAVE KEYS NOW!!! 4 KEYS IN MY KEYRING.
my home key ring has 4 keys, my office key ring has 3 keys

31. How many years at your current job?

2 months and 10 days..
OOOOOH. ERR.. 8 MONTHS on the 10th.
1 year and 6 months (this is a record, folks)

32. Favorite day of the week?

Wednesday (which is today! wooohooo!)
FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE! =)
Fridays and Saturdays

33. What did you do on your last birthday?

ah masaya yan! halos sabay sa grad ko, so paartay! hehe
WENT TO WORK, HALF-DAY ‘CAUSE IT WAS HOLY WEDNESDAY, THEN HAD A MOVIE AND DINNER DATE WITH SHARKBOY =) THEN WENT HOME TO MY FAMILY AND OPENED MY GIFTS. YEY.
went to work, church, then went home for a  sushi dinner party with my family and Sharkboy.

34. How many states have you lived in?
1?
EMF.
meh.

35. How many cities have you lived in?

does still being in my mom’s womb count? if yes, umm..3! ay wait lived in a boarding house pa pala nung college, kaya..4?
THREE (INCLUDING COLLEGE). I’M DISCOUNTING THAT SILLY “IN MY MOTHER’S WOMB” QUESTION.
the same.

Angst is so last decade and other promises for the coming year

So, 2010. Resolutions. Some will be shallow, most are for my health, let’s get this started.

  1. Have alternate coffee months. In essence, I will have coffee only on alternate months. So, February, I cannot wait for you to come along.
  2. Jog more. I work right in front of Ayala’s purdy park, why in the world am I not taking advantage of this?
  3. Do more back exercises. And in the same vein, wake up earlier so I can have time to exercise.
  4. Oh, speaking of my back, I should take calcium pills more religiously.
  5. Learn one skill. Sharkboy and I have decided, it should be drawing. He’s gonna be my err… teacher. I don’t think we’ll get any progress done. HAR.
  6. Save more! I have to quit the random shopping outbursts.
  7. Find a sideline job/business/whatever. I seriously need the extra moolah.
  8. Back-up files more often.
  9. Project 52!
  10. Less angst, less negativity.

Let’s do this 2010!