First and foremost, I would like to say that I have finally decided to transfer domains. New domain will be: http://mausarcon.blogspot.com. Will buy my own domain.
Second of all, would like to greet everyone Happy New Years. Stay happy and find your happiness this 2014.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
Will give this blog 3 months before I delete it. See you in my new domain.
Hello guys. After a very long hiatus, I’m finally back in blog.com. As you all know, this blog has been off the hoops. Meaning, it has been silent for a while. Don’t blame me though. All I wanted was just uptime, if you know what I mean. I have been trying out blog sites here and there and has also been exploring their different features. I want to blog freely you know. No strings attached or whatsoever. No fixed templates and themes. I want to arrange my blog’s layout the way I want it. Gahd! I am so rebellious. Blogging is my way of life. ( Haha That was too exaggerating of me).
Anyway, I might delete this blog after I’ve exported out some of my original posts. This blog has held most of my memories and I am about to throw all of them away. JK aside. I am transferring domains. Haha.
I might put my final say on my blog after I’ve finally settled down on my own domain.
Anyway, this is a short post so this will have to do for now. Ciao!
For Roman Catholics, it has always been a practice to celebrate mass in the wee hours of dawn consecutively for nine days before Christmas. It is known as ” Simbang Gabi”. According to Wikipedia, it is a devotional nine-day series of Masses by Roman Catholics and Aglipayans in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary in anticipation of Christmas. Simbang Gabi is composed of two Tagalog words namely simba and gabi. ” Simba” means “mass” and “gabi” means “night” in Filipino. From those two words, you can simply picture out Filipinos celebrating mass at dawn which has the same darkness that of the night.
Simbang Gabi is usually held from December 16 to December 24. It may start from 3 to 5 o’clock in the morning usually held in every Roman Catholic church. The last day of the SimbangGabi, which is Christmas Eve, is called “Misa de Gallo”, which literally means “Rooster’s Mass”. Wondering why it’s called as Rooster’s Mass? Usually we hear a rooster crow at dawn, mostly from the country side in most countries. But since Philippines is a very agricultural country, a rooster’s crow is common at dawn. Thus, the name.
This goes back from the Spanish Era when Philippines was still under the Spanish colony in the early 1500′s. The original tradition has novenas and singing before the mass begins. From this popular Nine Mornings, festivities emerged and many people participated; families and friends gather in church to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ. This is an annual event for Roman Catholics and is a cherished and practiced Christmas custom which eventually became a distinct feature of Philippine culture and a symbol of sharing.
There are hundreds and thousands of people who are willing to wake up early and attend the mass. It gives hope, happiness and strength to each and one of them.This is really a good occasion to show that the church is mainly the people of God.Even two little kids managed to wake up early morning to hear mass. They didn’t mind the time as long as they can witness and experience the said event. They are so proud to be a part of it. There is a belief that if you complete the nine mornings, God will grany any wish you like.
Years ago when Spaniards came to the Philippines and colonized the country, they brought with them Christianity.”Simbáng Gabi” has become a form of socialization for Filipinos.
After the mass, churchgoers are also in for a food trip. Buying and eating well-known local delicacies, such as bibingka, suman, puto bungbong, salabat and hot chocolate in the vicinity of the church are very popular among Filipinos.
Filipinos are also known to celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world from the month of September until early January. Filipinos working abroad would come home to celebrate Christmas and New Yearswith their families. “There is no place like home.” as an OFW says. So try to visit the Philippines to experience this known tradition and be a part of it. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Written by Marilou Quijada and Jendy Caballera
Edited by Maureen Sarcon
Hello guys. I decided to post my future outfit shots in a different blogging site. Meanwhile, this site is for random events and blog-worthy happenings in my life. Haha. I am so random nowadays. Anyway, I decided to do that for the sake of this being organized. Organized in a way, that I don’t have to go all the trouble to filter all my posts under the category “Fashion”. I also want a site wherein I don’t get to mix my personal ramblings with my other categories.
The categories Photography and Fashion will be my main focus on the other blog I recently made hosted by http://wordpress.com. It is convenient for followers. It doesn’t require you to sign up on Persona just to comment. It is user-friendly. ( I talk as if I’m a traitor). * If you guys know what I mean*
I’m going to buy my own domain name in wordpress and I don’t even have a friggin’ paypal. ;_; The odds are never in my favor. NEVER.
And yeah, tomorrow is my birthday so… expect another blog coming early.
P.S. I have a feeling I have so many grammatical errors in this post, so… screw that. Haha.
AND WORDPRESS LETS YOU UPLOAD YOUR OWN FAVICON! GET THAT! YOUR OWN FRIGGIN’ FAVICON! ♥ For those who don’t know what a favicon is, it is that small logo across the site’s address. The ” Mau” you can see above is my very own favicon! :”3
Check my wordpress blog and of course, my favicon, here.
I already posted some fashion-related posts earlier this month. Might unless you want to check it out and all. Will be posting my outfit shots there and also my photography projects in the future.
Your RANDOM blogger,
I am currently tweaking a site’s features and is testing it out. I may do a little bit of trial and error, so to speak and may give it a duration of 3-4 weeks before I have my final say. I know you guys don’t understand what I am talking about and I apologize, but in near time, you guys will. Eventually.
This will be a short post.
Will update this blog after all is well.
Keep smiling and keep safe, guys.
Losing someone close to you really really hurts. And I might want to express my feelings and grief onto this blog, so let me be. I am really depressed. REALLY. And every time I would think of her, it saddens me because I won’t be able to see her again.
One of my closest friends, Princess Angob, passed away yesterday, November 27, 2013. She left the world at a very young age. And as I would remember her, the words ” hyper”, “energetic”, “noisy”, “funny”, “random”, etc. and all the synonyms of those words, would pop out in my mind. She would keep things at her own pace, mostly in a bad way and it sometimes annoys and pisses me off. But that’s her, and I accept her as who she is. And I definitely won’t change her.
No wonder I didn’t have the appetite for lunch yesterday before noon. She passed away at that time. After work, I received a text message from a friend while I was getting my things from my locker, stating ” Cess is gone. :C “. I just stood there. Stunned. Shocked. In total disbelief of what I had just read. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to believe it. I replied to the message as I hurriedly drove home. I want to see it for myself. To see is to believe, as the saying goes. As I cruised over her Facebook profile, wall posts of ” R.I.P.”s, ” Thanks Cess for everything…”, sad messages like those, consumed me. I also read a status from her brother about her passing. ” Even though we’ve fought a lot of times, and mostly because of misunderstandings, I will always love you my little sister. R.I.P. Princess Angob”. All of a sudden, a flashback of our memories together and a giant feeling of pain suddenly overwhelmed me at that instant and tears suddenly fell. I started crying. Sobbing. Calling out her name, hoping her spirit would hear me. Imagining that she’s just standing there in front of me. Would see me in dismay. Letting her know how much she means to me.
We’ve shared problems, played countless Counter Strike games against each other, drink to our heart’s content on silly matters such as love dilemmas and the like, and call each other insulting names as an endearment. But that’s what our friendship was all about. It was true. It was magical. It was lovely.
She was such a strong girl. When I asked her how she’s holding up when she heard the news about her illness, she answered ” God has plans for me. You will always be my sweety, remember that. Don’t worry. Everything’s going to be alright. I’m strong just like you.” What I didn’t know was that …
… those were her last words to me.
Reminiscing all the memories I have with her is all I can do now. She has gone to a place where I can’t reach her. She left her family and her friends in the material world. And to where she is right now, I know she isn’t suffering and is in the safest company. She is happy. With Him.
Losing her made me realize that life is easily lost. And you only get to live it once. First thing, you’re hanging out with someone; laughing, having so much fun and the next thing you know, that person is gone. Just like that. In an instant. That quick. It’s so painful. But what’s more painful is that, she isn’t there anymore. It’s not like those moments wherein a person moves to another country. You’d still have means of communication, even if that person is on the other side of the world. This is different. She is permanently gone, and it breaks my heart. And as I am typing this now, I am sobbing.
My friend sent me Cess’ mobile number and told me to send her my last message. She reassured me that Cess is REALLY going to read it. And so I did. Without a second thought. It is so ironic that I have so much to tell you, but life is really short. Really… really short. Remember our favorite quote: ” Sweety, I’m blinded by the white light.” We would say this every time you would throw a flash bomb at me in Counter Strike. Oh, those times. </3
Sweety, I really treasure our friendship. You are one of the greatest gifts that God gave me. You’ve let me experience new things and new feelings. I know you are in a very wonderful place right now, but I just want you to know how much you mean to me. I really really love you Sweety. If only I could feel your touch, see you smile, see you have fun while you’re playing your guitar, hear you laugh and call out “Sweety” one more time… And also, would be given enough time to tell you one last message, I’d gladly accept.
You were like a sister to me. My partner-in-crime against boys and their odds. My personal clown when I feel the blues.
And especially, you were my brightest ray of light during my darkest times.
My deepest condolences to the Angob family.
Rest in Peace, my one and only Sweety.
See you when I see you. ♥
You will be forever missed.
Okay. I just want blog.com’s interface to be back to normal. -_-’ It’s really getting on my nerves. I know that I have a cheating way of posting new ones; but heck, I want the normal way of things.
Anyway, made this blog post just to check if photos will appear once published because as far as I can see it, it doesn’t show here in the “New Post” page. I may sound like I’m ranting, and a small part of me is, and I want you to ignore that part of me. ;_; *cries in the corner*
Anyway, random photos, here goes:
These are some of my favorite shots from different photographers in deviantart.
I hope this goes published and seen.
P.S. I have an engagement shoot scheduled this December. I simply cannot wait! Yaaaaay for opportunities.
UPDATE: THE PHOTOS ARE THERE! Yaaaaaay!
ANOTHER UPDATE: The login interface is finally baaaaaack! ♥♥♥
I haven’t been able to post anything new right now because blog.com’s annoying maintenance is up again. The header interface won’t let me log in. And it’s been down for a week now. I just managed to post this through some cheating magic I found online from a fellow blogger.
I hope they can manage to fix this soon. I’ve sent this site’s team a ticket regarding this matter but so far, no response.
If this keeps up, this would leave me no choice but to transfer to another blogging site. This site’s server is always down. Can anyone recommend me some blogging sites that aren’t always down? Lol! The one thing I love about this site is that it has only one word connected to your domain name. Ex. mausarcon.BLOG.com. Simple and short. Not like other blogging sites.
Well, I like simple and short.
So to say, to sum things up, I may be in a bit of hiatus right now because of what this site is facing. The bloggers of this site, have been complaining. LOTS. I hope this site’s team would address this matter ASAP.
This will be a quick post. Yolanda has just left the country’s area of responsibility and that one line just filled the scared hearts of Filipinos with relief. Although its passing is gone, this destructive typhoon placed under Category 5, has left the country in ruins. Unlike the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October 15, 2013; we had time to prepare for this Super Typhoon. I was thinking to myself that since we had that justified time, there will be no casualties at all but I was wrong.
In its wake, Yolanda has already left 3 people dead in Masbate, Zamboanga and Surigao del Sur, 7 injured and 145, 641 families affected in 581 evacuation centers, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRMMC).
The two fatalities from Masbate and Surigao del Sur were eletrocuted after toppled electric posts fell on the, while one died in Zamboanga after he was struck by lightning, NDRMMC reported. - Yahoo
I just saw an update on Yahoo, that over a hundred are feared dead in Tacloban City. Not three. Article regarding this here: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/philippines-says-least-100-dead-typhoon-haiyan-014133996.html.
Philippines is lucky enough to survive through this turmoil. We were given time to get ready. That was our luck, I guess. Thanks to PAG-ASA for the foretold warning.
Now, here are some heart-breaking photos of Yolanda.
My prayers are with the Philippines. We have encountered destruction after destruction because of the Pacific Rim. First the earthquake, next was the Tornado that hit Cebu, and now this. Philippines is a strong country. I know my fellow countrymen won’t give up hope despite all the natural disasters we have encountered and will stand up as a country once again.
P.S. We are still experiencing a black out in my area. So I was able to blog about this at work since the power’s out since yesterday morning up until now in my place. I hope the electricity will be back anytime soon. I saw a toppled electricity post on my way to work and I’m pretty sure that was the reason for the black out. I hope the VECO will be able to fix it within this day.
Keep safe everyone.
From what I mentioned earlier from my previous blog post about me having a very sexy thing for portraits, today’s feature would be on my second photography project.
BTS of this blog will follow. Didn’t take a lot of BTS pictures on this one. Mac was too busy shopping online. Lol! Anyway, this was just a small shoot – y’know, just to practice myself.
I edited and published the photos a week later after the shoot. There are two reasons for the delay. First, I wasn’t feeling well the day after the said shoot and three days later, I was brought to the nearest hospital’s emergency room. Second, I didn’t have any editing programs that would read a RAW file. And after days and days of searching the wonders of Google, I finally found one.
Now, without further delay, here is my second photography project. In short, my prography (project photography). Lol! Forgive my neologism. It’s hitting up again.
I amazed myself on this one. How did I manage to edit this so professionally? Lol!
I have a sucker’s talent at editing photos. Ugh! I need to improve. I need to do more shoots. I am currently saving up for another camera body and some portrait lenses and I really want someone to teach me the basics of photo-editing. Photoshop is such a complicated and sophisticated program. Note: Just so you know, I didn’t use Adobe Photoshop for editing these photos nor did I use Lightroom.
Gave this blog the title of ” Shine Bright Like A Starr” because Starr was, well, so bright at that time. Haha. She has this very cute laughter that makes you want to cuddle her and the way she was emitting her yellow aura was beyond giddy. ( Yes, people. I can see auras). And what I love about her was that no matter how tired she was for putting up with this project of mine, she still had the energy to continue. Thanks Starr. xoxo
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Shine Bright Like A Starr
Your RANDOM and sometimes a photographer-wanna-be-blogger,
P.S. Super Typhoon Yolanda is heading its way to the Philippines. Weather is dark, cold and cloudy. I hope everything will be okay. Please help us pray for the passing of Yolanda. Everyone, keep safe!