Have the courage to sail the sea, if you don't you'll never see what lies beyond the horizon.

  • In Between

    Keep calm and feel the breeze.

  • Courage

    Reach your limit.

  • Hope

    Another sunrise is always another hope.

  • Lost

    Find a light that will guide you back to reality.

  • Aim

    Never give up. Believe that your halfway there.

Five Things I Have Learned and Valued Most During My Leadership

In one school year of service as the President of Student Council in my department, I have acquired so much learnings and I want to share these learnings to everyone who also aspire to be a leader.

1. Let the flower bloom.

Never force a flower to open its petals, you will never see the work of its pigments. The more you force a flower to bloom, the more you expose it to its demise. I have seen a flower bloom, it blooms amazingly. It spreads it's petals slowly as it sways in the wind of judgement. Many were shocked about the colors it possess. Many have suspected it. But very few understands it's waiting. Waiting for a butterfly to accept it's color. I will miss this flower who offered all its nectar to an unknown butterfly.

2. Don't sing with the rhythm all the time.

Sometimes, you might think that it's perfect singing with the rhythm. However, the worst feeling is to think that you're in the right track when your actually not. Learn to criticize the notes. Choose the best song. Sing what is best for your audience's ears. Never what is best for you alone.

3. Appreciate the goodness of strangers.

There are people who will lend their hands to help you, but very few will stay until the end of tomorrow. I have witnessed the goodness of strangers. Unexpectedly, I felt that I was loved. Thank you.

4. Learn to eat your hated food.

You should learn to eat the most unpleasant and bad tasting foods. If you did not, you will always vomit. Vomiting isn't good, especially when people sees you. Condition your stomach to accept all the food you intake unintentionally. I have eaten exotic foods which made me vomit. And I regret it. There are more of it just waiting to be served. Learn to eat it. Sometimes it's a blessing in disguise. Who knows, it might grow your abs.

5. Never tell yourself you lose, when you know you never get into the battle.

Expectations sometimes are your greatest opponent. You might felt you lose because you expect to be on top. Expect less and do more. Have the passion to serve and consider it your greatest consolation. You will always know if it is a playground or a battlefield. If it is a playground, then enjoy every single moment, cherish it, and keep it fresh forever. If it is a battlefield, then fight, do your best, and don't give up. You will only lose if you give up. If you didn't, your death will never conclude the victory of the other side, because you fought until the end.

1st Colonial: Bicol Twists and Delicacies

The taste of "lutong bahay" and bicol's local delicacies has always been my favorite. I am also into cooking and I manage to experiment my own blend of dishes which I will soon publish. Though I have that craving to try unique dishes in the world, I would always go back to glutton the authentic bicolano recipes.

I was hanging out with my sister and we've seen this restaurant called 1st Colonial based in SM Naga. This is an authentic fine dining bicol restaurant and serves variety of bicolano delicacies. This has been featured in a TV program because of its unique "sili ice cream".

So, we made a reservation and got a table instantly. I like the ambience. It wasn't so crowded. The colossal painting of Mt. Mayon hanging in the wall caught my attention too. The crew were accommodating and friendly. Attitude matters to me, so it was a good catch. We were served water and utensils while waiting for the order (10-20 minutes serving time). From then on, this has been our comfort zone whenever we need a break.
We both love seafoods so we tried the following dishes:

Sinigang na Hipon

Hot soup served in a nice bowl. It tastes really fresh like you've gone back to the sea. The serving is good for three persons but we devoured all of it. It's not so sour nor salty. Every sip gives me a soothing relief as if I am just eating at home.

Tinapa Rice

It is served in a pan which I find seemly ravishing. It has a smokey taste because of the tinapa (smoked fish). This is a bit comparable to the famous Chao Fan because you can eat this alone. It is topped with tinapa, salted egg, tomato, indian mango, and onion leeks. This serving is good for 3-4 persons so we had a take out (lol).

Grilled Mussels

It was served in a sizzling plate arranged symmetrically like a widely opened tail of peacock. It was topped with cheese, garlic, and onion leeks. It is tender, juicy, and fresh. The cheesy taste and garlic blends in with the mussel and every bite feels like an explosion of a thousand flavors inside my mouth. This is my favorite so far.

Sisig na Pusit

This one is a solo meal served with rice and kamote flakes. Unlike other Sisig, this one is different. It has the blend of vinegar, bell pepper, ginger, chili, the option of lime, and spices that I couldn't name anymore. At a very affordable price, I have tasted the fusion of an unusual treat.

Halaan Soup

This seafood soup is a combination of sweet corn, ginger, chili leaves, white onion, and clams. This has the taste of tinola with a twist. There's something in the soup that's making me crave for more. This soup is a big check to be added on my favorites.

Sili Ice Cream

This is the kind of ice cream that will make you crave for more scoops. The spicy kick of chili flavor which conflates in the sweet blend of this cold treat is paradise. I think they used coconut milk in this ice cream which is more creamy and luscious. You have the option to decide for the level of your ice cream from level 1 to the level of volcanic eruption. This dessert is the synthesis of fire and ice melting together in your mouth. If you got to visit bicol, complete your trip by tasting some of our native treats. Doing such is also learning different culture and practices. Give it a bite! Have you ever tried the local delicacies in your own native land? If you do, let me know how was it and why should I try it in the comment box below.

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