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Friday, October 23, 2009

The Next Chapter of My Life (Student's Article)

Sushmita Mae Rose Contreras 

My life is always full of new lessons, new discoveries, and new knowledge about it. I guess life is truly full or surprises. You’ll never know when another chapter of your life is going to be revealed.

For me, there are some things in life that we need to learn by ourselves. Sometimes, wisdom is something you gain through your own efforts. Like for example, acquiring knowledge based from your own experiences. Anyway, experience is and will always be, the best teacher, only if you can apply what you’ve learned.

I strongly believe that every person has already experienced a life-changing moment in his life, even just for once. It is when one small thing caused a huge impact in your life. Afterwards, you’ll have this sudden feeling of enlightenment, like a bright light struck you and carried away your entire burden.


Now, I’m facing a new chapter in my life and the feeling is overwhelming. After all those challenges I’ve gone through, another beginning is to start. Mixed emotions take over me—excitement, joy, curiosity, and fear.

I feel like I’ve overcome the biggest threat and largest problem that ever existed in this world. It’s like being able to carry the cross with ease, without feeling even a single pain. I don’t know why, but I suddenly felt like God took away the entire burden within me.

Maybe it’s about time for me to impart that wisdom to the people around me. And I also want to share to others what I’ve learned in the past challenges which changed my life completely. Overcoming my fears and self-doubts made the process much difficult but without them, that trial won’t be as tough as it was—which only made me stronger. Every undertaking was all worth it.

Day by day, I learn to understand my purpose in this world. Through those undertakings and problems, I managed to overcome my fears and realized the true meaning of life. Yes, every beginning has its own end, but every ending corresponds to another beginning, another chapter. Another chapter of my life has ended and I’m all set to take the next.

(Sushmita Mae Rose Contreras)

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Monday, September 07, 2009

The Icon of Peace

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At 76, she bid her final farewell…

I first saw her face on a news magazine, Reporter, embossed on the front page showing a peace sign amidst countless people. I was seven and I barely comprehend what Martial Law or democracy signifies but peace I understood…thanks to her.

Launching into description of her would be like committing a grave sin of injustice. Nothing would suffice really. Her story was like a fairy tale- only that she didn’t have a happy ending with her husband who was cruelly assassinated.

However, it was full enough of colourful trappings to amount it to a movie story- born in an influential clan, married the man of her dreams, served as a plain housewife for many years, lost her husband in the most painful way,  catapulted into presidency without preparation, and braved the odds to defend her youngest daughter in many controversies and finally, succumbed into colon cancer.

She wowed the whole world with her silent forbearance. She’s a mother, a writer, a painter…an advocate of peace. The right one needed after the whole country suffered under the hands of tyranny.

Farewell to Cory Aquino. Her legacy was written in the heart of every Filipino- the legacy of PEACE.

She wowed the whole world with her silent forbearance. She’s a mother, a writer, a painter…an advocate of peace. The right one needed after the whole country suffered under the hands of tyranny.


Tapestry of Unequivocal Adversity

-endless piles of works which seem to add up every time I accomplish something…

-Sacrificing personal aspects of my life…

-Enduring the weakening resistance of my body…

-Heightening pressure to prove something in the class…

-Giving up the luxury of Sunday relaxations… 


Ahhh…the noxious life of Doctor of Jurisprudence!!!

Now, Saturday vigil for next meeting’s quiz!


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Toxic Joy- The Journey to the Doctor of Jurisprudence


Two weeks seemed to just pass at a glance. Doctor of Jurisprudence started and another leaf of my life is being unfolded.

Case digest- 26 in a week!
Hundred of pages to be studied…
Endless assignments…
Nerve- wracking recitations…
Long hours of travel…

Three gruelling hours in a room full of cerebral people listening to highfalutin words (interim, Dura Sed Lex, Ignorancia Legis Neminem Excusat, Stare Decisis, and others)…

…and guilty feeling after not conforming to somebody’s opinions.

TOUGH.

However, there is also joy.

Joy that finally I’m into the world I’ve always dreamed to be…

Joy that I’m in the process of widening my horizon…

Joy of having a chance to know people who came from different worlds…

Joy whenever studying hard pays off…

Indeed, a toxic joy. I have fallen for it head over heels. Will I make it?


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thirty Real-Life Lessons on My 30th Birthday



Thirty years…

Thirty years
of living a life…
of loving with my heart…
of feeling with my soul…

Thirty real-life lessons…

1. Love has no expiration date. It’s ever present. It’s stronger each day. It’s a beautiful feeling.

2. Some people are lucky to experience two different worlds. One of the world of sincerity and the other of mendaciousness, deceit and insecurities. I’ve experienced both- Yes, bitter- sweet it is.

3. Some people are enemies pretending to be friends but majority are friends- real ones if you know how to pick.

4. You would just wake up one morning, full of zeal to chase your ultimate dream. June 15 is coming; Doctor of Jurisprudence is soon to begin. And if you fail, it is okay what matters is you tried.

5. It is great to be a teacher but it’s greater if you will not stop learning.

6. At the lowest point of your life, the time where you think there’s no more tomorrow, family and real friends will always be there for you.

7. There is no such thing as best friends but real friends.

8. If you have planted only good seeds, you wouldn’t be afraid to face your future.

9. Birthdays are not date but reminders that we must cherish each day for it will never come back again.

10. Never be afraid to trust and love. If at the end you get hurt, the beautiful feeling that embraced you is worth the pain.

11. I’d rather be the one to get hurt that be the one to cause hurt. I sleep deeply that way.

12. Losing a family creates a vacuum in your heart- one that could never be filled.

13. Dream man is not “dreamed” at all nor is he planned. He would just come to your life one day and will make you realize, he is everything you want and more.

14. Future is not in our hands but we are responsible to work with what we want to happen in the future.

15. You don’t need your own kids to give motherly love, there are always kids out there waiting for your love.

16. You need to be careful of those who use Religion to create their image. It’s not what it seems to be.

17. Help is not being asked. You’ll receive it if you deserve it.

18. You don’t need to pretend to be somebody so others would love you. Being the real you would be more appreciate and loved.

19. Sincerity can not be dictated but you can start with yourself so others would be ashamed to be insincere with you.

20. It is true, you learn the lesson in a hard way but you can always lessen the burden if you’ll always do the right thing.

21. There would always be people who will put you down but just what the old adage says, “You can not put a good man down.”

22. Life is a journey. You meet people. You love them. You leave them. Then you start with new ones. However, those you love will always be in your life.

23. Sisters will always be the best. In all your failures, in all your successes, they’ll be your spectators to help you when you fall and cheer you up when you emerge victors.

24. My greatest accomplishment is not the publication of the Diamond Jubilee coffee table magazine, or the countless awards given, but being able to stand when my whole world crumbled.

25. You don’t expect anything in life. If you do, you’re opening your life to painful disappointments.

26. You don’t do things because others said it. You are the master of your life.

27. Sometimes, the realization that you’re in constant competition in life will just hit you. It’s futile. It’s a waste of time.

28. The world may not be the best place to live but life is what we make it. Either sulk or rejoice. Your choice…

29. Many people with concealed motives are out there to manipulate us. Don’t throw caution. Be wise. Wake up.

30. Fairy tale does come true. My prince swept me off my feet.
A dream is a wish your heart makes…

The world may not be the best place to live but life is what we make it. Either sulk or rejoice. Your choice…

Monday, May 04, 2009

Silver Book Musings- The Joy of Creativity


It is already the first week of May. Supposedly, this is the time for much deserved fun under the sun, or lazy hours in bed. But, here I am again. Sleeping at 3:00 a.m. and waking up early to be in school and continue the work there. This isn’t the first time actually. It all started with my first big project- the NPS Diamond Jubilee Coffee Table Magazine and now it’s the turn of the SNFSS Silver Book and Yearbook 2009.

Surprisingly, despite of long hours and lots of efforts needed to be poured in these responsibilities, I feel like I’m always hype with that unfathomable euphoria to create something new. It starts always with a blank page- nothing at all. Then words are being combined, then sentences, and slowly paragraphs. A little bit of creative imagination and there's a page full of life. I guess this is what you simply call PASSION. I love what I am doing and this I guess is the real JOY.

It starts always with a blank page- nothing at all. Then words are being combined then sentences and slowly paragraphs. A little bit of creative imagination and there a page full of life.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Important Realizations that My Quest for Love has Taught Me

We often launch ourselves into the world of meaningless search for love seemingly unaware of the tremendous weight of pain we are opening ourselves into.


The quest for the deeper meaning of love has been the focal point of what we do. We create standards of how a love should be and gets hurt when it does not work the way we want it to be.

We look for the best man or woman with the decisive factors we thought are best for us and would give us that sense of pride we finally found THE ONE.

We define a dream love with our perception that it is like a fairy tale we thought it to be and of course with our knight in shining armour coming to the rescue and freeing us from our malady.

Conversely, I never had any inclination of what was love before. Then love whispered and I have realized…

Love is strange. It caresses your heart with that inexplicable feeling of bliss but also causes pain beyond words could express.

Love is a sweet blend of waving dreams, calming fears, and sharing secrets.

Love is not about having the best man or woman but of acceptance for who they are.

Love is the best lesson in life because it teaches your heart.

Love is boundless. It does not know the beginning nor the ending.

Love is enduring.

Love is an invisible connection of hearts and meeting of minds.

LOVE is indefinable. It is a touch of magic into the world of realities.

LOVE is a dance with silent music and invisible steps.

LOVE is a bond only the two of you understand.

LOVE is a sweet entrapment.


Most of all, I have realized that a dream relationship is a selfless act of love between two people. It does not matter whether you are together or not but what’s important is the realization that love is powerful enough to cross bridges of distance and to fade away the pain of longing.

The paradox of love; only the hearts could feel and only the hearts could hear when it whispers.


Pages of My Life- The Journey to the World of the Doctor of Jurisprudence

Time is an emblem that signifies the ending and the beginning of each leaf of life. As I turn each page, I never failed to get enthralled with the beauty that life encompasses. I always believe that the splendour of life is hidden in the treasury trove of heart where the trials, trepidations, feats, happiness and successes we have experienced are all kept.

When I was young, my joys were simple. Paper dolls and candies made me think that I was living in the world of fantasy. Then I started weaving dreams. Some of them, I have successfully reached but, majority of them, I have not fulfilled yet.

Two years ago, I thought that my purpose in life was done. My mission was accomplished, and my fate was to finally bid goodbye. I would not say that I was ready. I was devastated and found myself utterly lost with the cruelty bestowed upon me.

The road toward healing was long and arduous. My life had a great avalanche and my world totally crumbled. I blamed nothing but myself for failing to realize the dreams I have written in the stars. They were waiting to be unleashed but I was so hesitant to even dare in trying.

Life however, was full of surprises with its paradoxical complexities. It was a painful yet a beautiful realization for me that the beginning of life was not always where I thought it to be. Life was more than that.

I finally found the courage to stand and face reality with nothing but confidence in my heart. I made it. That leaf of my life was gone and I was ready to start anew.

I lost once but I gained a lot- love, strength and the faith to try again.

When I was at the middle of taking the Qualifying Test for College of Law in the University of Batangas last Saturday, I had so many realizations. But more than anything, I have felt that finally. I was ready to turn another page of my life.

During the interview, swirling emotions overwhelmed me. Thanks to the people who supported and believed in me. I was no longer the teacher who was terrified to try something new. As I stepped on the threshold of the University of Batangas to take up Doctor of Jurisprudence, I knew that chasing my star is within my grasp.

Yes, it would not be easy. However, if I learned to stand once full of scars of the past but with chin lifted then I could do it all over again.

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