We can help!

Ciao! It’s Chams. 🙂 For today’s blog post, I just wanted to share with you all something that I learned today (real quick!). I came across a video online, promoting this web search engine called Ecosia. 

So basically, Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees using its ad revenue. The system is really easy. You just have to search the web using Ecosia, then all of the ad searches will generate income for Ecosia and they will use all the money to plant trees! Amazing, isn’t it? 😉

They have already planted 17 million trees as of now and they have 7 million active users! You see, even if you’re on the other side of the world, sitting in front of your computer, sipping a cup of coffee while searching for random stuff on the internet, a team of passionate people will plant trees using the ad searches that you generated.


It’s really  easy! 

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Step 1:  Go to Ecosia and click “Add to Chrome”.

 

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Step 2: After clicking the first button, this will appear. Then click “Add to Chrome” again.

 

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Step 3: Congratulations! You did it! Now, click “Continue to Ecosia”.

 

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Step 4: Now, you can help plant trees! Yay! 🙂

 


 

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Search as much as you can so you can contribute more. Personally, I think this is a really good movement because you’re literally doing your normal thing but you can help the environment. 🙂 And, you don’t have to worry about “where did all the finances go?”, because they keep track of their financial reports and receipts. Transparency is first for Ecosia and for that, they earned my trust. I hope you support this one! Please spread the word! 🙂

 

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PS not sponsored, I just love the mission! xx

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Self-care is necessary

Ciao! It’s Chams. 🙂

I know there are days when you feel exhausted, lonely and sometimes, getting up in the morning is like the hardest thing to do. Don’t worry, you are not alone. I’ve been there too, and though it was not as easy to get away with that phase, I know that you can do it! 🙂 As for me, I practiced self care to help get myself together and be a brand new person. It was really helpful, because you know, the only person that can take the best care of yourself is YOU! So, here are some self-care ideas that you can try!

If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you're not out there, you'll only hear about it.

 

I hope you try some of these ideas. 🙂 I’ll see you soon!

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Gogh-ing where?

Ciao! It’s Chams. Welcome back to my blog!

If you’re an art junkie like me, you probably know Vincent van Gogh. He’s a post-impressionist painter from the late 1800s. His works are far different than the other painters from his era, mainly because of his play with colors and the life behind his creations. 

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“The Starry Night” – Van Gogh, 1889 // this is a moving version of The Starry Night, to show the life behind this creation. 

Vincent lived an unhappy life. He was broke most of the time, he didn’t have a decent job, he jumped from one city to another, his love life was a mess, he had mental illness, he was treated by his neighbors as a freak, no one was interested in his paintings (during his lifetime), and no one appreciated him as an artist (again, during his lifetime). The only thing that was good about his life, was his relationship with his brother Theo. They were really close, and he got Vincent’s back since day 1.

As much as I wanna talk about his life more, but this will be freakin’ long, so if you wanna know more about Vincent’s click HERE.


What brought me here?

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“Irises” – Van Gogh, 1889 // One of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. It’s currently displayed in the J. Paul Getty Museum at Los Angeles, California.

I never knew about Vincent van Gogh, until I watched an episode of Doctor Who, where the Doctor and his companion Amy, went back in time to meet Vincent, with high hopes of re-writing time and prevent Vincent from killing himself. It was a really lovely episode, I shed a good bucket of tears when I watched it. If you wanna watch the tear-jerking moment of Vincent travelling to time where everyone appreciated his work, watch it HERE.

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“Sunflowers” – Van Gogh, 1887 // The Sunflowers were actually a series of paintings. Vincent made four of them, and as of the moment, they were displayed in Japan, Amsterdam, Philadelphia and the other one is in a private collection.

Since then, I was interested with his life and his works. I watched a few documentaries about him, and read biographies. I didn’t realize that someone whose life was tragic, can be so inspiring. What made me really sad, is the fact that he was underappreciated when he was still alive. His paintings then, were treated as trash. (I really wish I could give Vincent a hug rn)


Painted with Words

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One of my favorite biographies/documentary of Vincent was Painted with Words. It was produced by BBC, and the best bit here is that Benedict Cumberbatch played Vincent. The whole story was based from the exchange of letters of Vincent and Theo.


Loving Vincent

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Loving Vincent was the first ever fully painted animation film and it was about the circumstances of Vincent’s death. Each of the 65,000 frames was painted using oil in canvas by a team of 115 painters. I watched this film at SM North Edsa with my dad and my sister. The ticket was only priced at Php 150 and it was such a good deal! When we went inside the cinema, there were only like 15 people inside! I feel so bad for the others who didn’t get to watch this film, because it was amazing. The animation was incredible and I was in awe with how it was all put together. The story-telling was great as well, it showed a different point of view of Vincent’s passing.

If you still have a chance to watch this film, watch it now or you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. 

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I know this post was a bit random, but I just wanna express my love for Vincent van Gogh and tell the world (in case some people don’t know him yet) how awesome he is. If you like Vincent too, give me a virtual high five in the comments box below! 😉

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Portrait Sessions Vol. II | My sister

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It was a chill afternoon, Ate Tin and I decided to have a little shoot session around our house. This was taken at our garage. I really love our textured walls and how it gives earthy color to the photo.

This is Christine. She is my sister.

There is a lot to say about her. But, let me tell you a story about courage and faith, and how these two words best describe her.


Rainbows

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We were aiming for a weird, rather odd photo shoot.

“It’s been over a month since I gave birth last June 13, 2017, 5:43AM via Normal Spontaneous Delivery, my due was June 19, we have been waiting for that day when we’ll be able to meet our little girl. Even if I have been too scared to think about giving birth.

I started to feel mild cramps at 10pm, June 12, I was thinking maybe those are just Braxton Hicks contractions or false labor since I have read all about them but at 1AM the contractions became noticeable and intervals are getting closer. My husband, Gelo gave our OB a heads up and told us to rush to the hospital as soon as I feel that the contractions are getting painful and at close intervals. 3AM, I told Gelo to help me get a warm bath before we head to the hospital which is less than 10 mins away from home. While he was bathing me, I noticed the mucus plug and excitedly told him that I know I am about to give birth that day. When we arrived at the hospital I was rushed at the Operating Room and all I can feel was excitement and anticipation despite the pain. The resident OB checked and told me I was fully dilated. The nurses checked for Prism’s heart tone but they’re having a hard time to locate it.”


“I asked the nurse what’s happening she told me maybe Prism is pushing closer to my pelvic bone that’s why. That time I never felt something was wrong all I can feel was the calmness and I have great faith that my baby is doing fine, I believe God is with us, since we can still feel her moving that night when Gelo was kissing my tummy. My OB arrived, it was an easy delivery, I was pushing with great ease…then the episiotomy, then came baby Prism at 6.6 lbs.”

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“My OB laid her in my tummy for a while then I saw the doctor held her and was giving her a CPR, that moment I know something was wrong…I was murmuring Jesus help us, Mama Mary pray for us… St Gerard Majella pray for us… I was groggy and sleepy but I was fighting it because I wanted to hear my baby cry… Until sleep found me… I never heard my sweet Nayeli Prism’s cry.

I woke up at the recovery room, saw my husband with my OB carrying our little girl, sad look on their faces. I was still sedated and feeling sleepy when they broke the news that she was gone. She already poop inside my tummy and she ingested her meconium which was the cause of her death, I know the doctors tried to save her by putting tubes to suction the meconium.”


Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain

“We lost another child and gained another angel in Heaven. I didn’t received an epidural, all I had was IV Sedation, sored muscles and aching body…I was numb from everything, numb from all the pain…no tears fell from my eyes and sleep found me again…”

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Ate Tin lost her first child, Andrei from a miscarriage last year, August 2016.

“One by one people came in to see me inside the recovery room, my husband Gelo, my Mom, my Dad, my sister Charlene..all with sad eyes, no uttered words, they just held me close because our heart speaks the same sadness and grief instead of the happiness that we’ve been anticipating for the last 9 months. Before the nurses wheeled me to my room I requested if I can see my baby again for the last time, I was able to have a moment with our beautiful little girl, our sleeping baby angel, she who has never had a glimpse of light, my dear Nayeli Prism which means I love you Rainbow. I claimed her to be our rainbow baby after the loss of our first angel, Andrei due to miscarriage on my 3rd month of pregnancy but it seems like our Heavenly Father is in great need of angels and so we wholeheartedly offer them to Him who is Holy and Great and All Knowing. We were glad to have a moment with Prism to held her in my arms as if I am cuddling a sleeping baby, to know her a bit more, I carefully studied her face, her arms, hands and feet. I was looking for birth marks but she has none. I kissed her and breathed her newly shampooed hair. I felt the softness of her skin. She was beautiful, soft, and calm…and maybe she’s meant to be an angel.”


Letting go, and letting God

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“We prayed for her and still praised and thanked the Lord even in the most saddest times, we know that it is His will. Our human minds cannot fathom His Divine wisdom, our plans is different from His plans. One by one we offered her a prayer, my loving husband held me closer as we rocked our baby, feeling every bit of her, preserving that moment in our hearts, and took our first and last picture as a family…Mommy Tin, Daddy Gelo and Baby Prism… until the day when we will finally held her in our arms forever and meet her again in Heaven together with her sibling, Andrei…”


 I am always proud of my sister. She’s a woman of faith, and hope. Her beauty and grace flows from within and spreads to everyone who knows her. 

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The italicized words above came from her facebook post.

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camera used: Canon 1100D, 50mm 1.8

 

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Having Kids

“What the heck are you talking about? You’re only 22!”

That’s what I told myself when I wrote the title of this post.


I know, it’s a bit too early to talk about this. But you know, at some point in your life, you will be asked about your plans with regards to having your own family or having kids. It’s not like a bad thing to talk about though, but more like getting yourself prepared of what’s to come.

Mom told me it’s okay to get married at the age of 26. And if I think about it, I’m only 3 years and a few months away from that. Geez. It scares me. A lot. Like, I’m not even financially ready for it. I don’t have a life insurance. I can’t even look after myself. Could I be THAT responsible?

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Months ago, I was with a colleague and we were talking about our future plans. Career. Having your own family. Then kids. I told her I might not want a kid. Of course, she asked why. I told her I am scared.

I am not scared to experience labor pains or the excruciating feeling of giving birth. I am not scared of the responsibility, nor the sleepless nights my mom always told me. I am not scared of waking up early to make breakfast for them for the rest of my life.

I am scared of the world. I am scared of what they’re about to experience. The judgmental society, the calamities, the changing environment– you know what I mean. And I don’t want them to live in a world where they have to meet the society’s standards for them to be accepted.

 

I don’t know. I’m not really sure. Am I being selfish? Am I being too paranoid because I don’t want them to experience the same struggles that I’m experiencing? Ugh, I really don’t know.

/ brain dump ends here// k thx bye ///

 

 

Awards Night!!!

Ciao! It’s Chams! I’m sorry I was gone for a while.

BUT I AM BACK!!! (with three awards!!! r u kidding me)


The Unique Blogger Award

The Rules:

  • Kindly thank the person who nominated you!
  • Answer the 3 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers for this award!
  • Ask the people you nominated 3 questions.

The Versatile Blogger Award & One Lovely Blogger Award (both have the same rules so 14 facts about yourself in total if you want hehe)

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you!
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers of your choice.
  • Link your nominees and let them know you nominated them!

Thank you so much Thea for nominating me! This is actually my first (three?) awards and I was really happy when I saw my name on your list! Yay! So excited to do it! 💛

Thea’s Questions:

  1. What is your advice for someone who had a friendship break-up?

          WOW. THIS QUESTION IS TIMELY. Well, talking from my own experience, I lost a friend who was really close to me when we were still in college. But, just last year, we kind of drifted apart. For some reason, she had petty issues with our clique and she just left us. I was pretty casual with her, since we used to work together in the same company. I was still talking to her, but not in the way we used to talk before. The sad part is, we were still open to have her back in our group, but she really kept herself away from us. In this kind of situation, I figured out that you can’t force anyone to stay with you, or assume that you’ll be with them for a long time. You have to accept that people come and go. And if your friend wants to move on without you in their life, you have to let go. But, the great part here is that you’ll actually know the people who will stick with you and won’t mind your flaws and accept you for who you truly are.

     2. Are there any regrets you have? What are those?

Just last week, we went to Hong Kong Disneyland with my family. And one thing I learned from going there, is that one day is not enough. So I regret not having a 2-day pass for Disneyland. Hahaha!

     3. What is the most memorable and proudest moment you have in your life?

The most memorable and proudest moment of my life was when I passed the Licensure exam for Nutritionist-Dietitian. And when I spoke in front of my colleagues, professors and other students for our testimonial. 🙂

 

14 Things About Me

  1. I have a mini collection of postcards from the places I’ve been to. So, if you went somewhere and I ask for pasalubong (takeaway), you know what to give me.
  2. I am a Sherlock and Doctor Who fan. My Doctor is 10 by the way.
  3. I was 8.9 lb when I got out of this good world. I’m a freaking giant. The nurses thought I looked like a 3-month old baby.
  4. My favorite shops when I go to the mall are National Book Store, Typo, Fullybooked and Gourdo’s.
  5. My dream car is a Mazda 3. I always wanted one ever since I was in high school.
  6. When I was a kid, I used to sing. I recall climbing up a table and sing in front of everyone with a brush as my microphone.
  7. I love to sleep with pillows all around me.
  8. I can’t sleep with socks on.
  9. We have a total of 9 cameras at home. Including DSLRs, Film Cameras and Action Cameras. I think we’re really into Photography. Hehe
  10. I never lost a phone or a gadget or anything valuable to me. (I don’t want that to happen please)
  11. I am bad at Math. I was never good at numbers.
  12. I really wanted to be a figure skater when I was little, but up until now I haven’t set my feet to an ice skating rink.
  13. I am a family-oriented person. I grew up sharing a room with my sisters, that’s why we’re very close. We don’t fight much, but if we do, it’s always because of me. And it’s not because I am a brat or whatnot (yeah well when i was a kid), but because I am a reserved type of person and I’m not really good at sharing personal stories with others. That is also something I really want to learn someday.
  14. The wordpress community is unbelievable. It’s like I’ve known everyone for ages. I can totally say that it’s not just an online community, but an online family. I love you all. 💛

My Questions:

  1. If you could trade lives with one person (dead or alive, famous or unpopular), who would it be and why?
  2. Share your favorite quote and why do you like it so much?
  3. If there is one thing that you could have unlimited supply of, what would it be and why?

My Nominees:

Okay, so I’m totally breaking the rules because I don’t know who else to nominate. Haha!

Pauline

Chloe


I promise to be more active in blogging! I was a bit busy with life and adulting haha

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21 things + 1st month of blogging!

Ciao, it’s Chams!

Today marks my first month of blogging and I’m literally in shock because of the little achievements I’ve made in the past month. I decided to write 21 things about me and a small appreciation post for you all, to celebrate my first month here in the Blogosphere. 💛


21 things you might not know about me

  1. My full name is Charlene Mel De Jesus Agosila.
  2. When I was in grade school, I have two other classmates who are named Charlene. To avoid the confusion, the other Charlene was called by her first name (Charlene), the other Charlene was called by her second name (Roxette). And as for me, my friends kind of combined my first & second name. So it turned out to be Chams.
  3. I am the youngest in the family. I have two sisters.
  4. I am a licensed Nutritionist-Dietitian by profession;
  5. But I love eating pizzas, and sweets. (basically yung mga pagkain na nasa taas ng food pyramid)
  6. I love to bake. And cook. My signature bake would be Lemon & Chia seed cookies and Lasagna for my signature dish.
  7. I have another blog site in collaboration with my friend, Pauline. This is where we blabber about baking & coffee– which are our two favorite things on Earth. [ visit Doppio Artisan PH ]
  8. I was a Starbucks Barista before. I consider this as the best job I ever had, and I definitely miss having pastries and two Tall drinks everyday (for free; the perks of being a barista).
  9. My go-to drink at Starbucks: Iced Grande White Chocolate Mocha. But, when I was still a barista, I loved to have Iced Double Tall White Chocolate Mocha. (libre kasi yung add-ons kapag barista ka, kaya kebs lang mag-double shot)
  10. I know how to play the piano, guitar and ukulele. (know, not good)
  11. I always have a hard time finding shoes, because I’m size 10.
  12. I was in grade school when I started to write short stories. I can’t find any of my stories now.
  13. I’ve made 5 blog sites in the past, which weren’t really good.
  14. I have three dogs named Dagul, Cookie and Sky. Dagul is a labrador-retriever, while Cookie and Sky are Aspins.
  15. I love crafting. I love to make DIYs of all sorts. (thank you, Pinterest)
  16. My obsession with bands slightly fluctuated now. Back in college, I would go to my favorite band’s concert and spend thousands of money for tickets. Now that I’m working, I realized how hard it is to earn a living so I started to value everything and carefully decide whether I attend a concert or not.
  17. My dream destination is always, and will be London, because I’m a huge Doctor Who and Sherlock fan.
  18. I have a major crush on Cole Mitchell Wright Sprouse when I was still 12. I always watch The Suite Life before on Disney Channel and my love for him was too strong haha I literally know his favorites by heart.
  19. Being the stalker that I am, I found his friends on Myspace and added them. There was one time, I was chatting with his friend on YM (his name is Dillon James), and during that time, Dylan and Cole was at his house. So I got myself a little hello from the twins. Major fangirl moment. I copied the whole conversation and saved it because it was a true gem. Hahaha!
  20. I love shasta daisies. They really look cute and summery! I’ve only seen one in Baguio City.
  21. I always keep a diary and I started to have one when I was in high school. I love how I can easily go back to the past and remember all the good times.

Thank you!

My first month of blogging turned out to be really cool, and I never expected that it would be like this. I told myself before that this would only be an online journal for me, but now, I have awesome people who actually read my content! I am so overwhelmed with all of your kind words and I appreciate every love you give me through your lovely comments and likes. 💛 To you, to the one who is reading this, thank you big time! 💛✨

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