To Rise Over and Be More

It’s 1:12AM in the morning and I have just put Calum to sleep for the nth time.

I wanted to blog with all my might but I just couldn’t find the time.

Motherhood really changes you, and your clockwork.

Not that I am complaining, but it just reminds me to rise over and be more.

Now that I am a Mom, I particularly have imposed to myself that with the new role given, the discipline to be able to juggle more things should ever be stronger.

It’s a constant and everyday battle actually.

But everytime I see this smile, I thank the heavens that I was able to produce such egg cell, own ovaries that triumphed over PCOS, and sustained a functioning uterus.

I am a mother, and I get to hug my little miracle everyday.

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7 Times I Felt Fearless, Fierce and Playfully Bold (Some Secrets Revealed!)

Have you ever had that moment when the world agrees that you are weak, obsolete, and someone who cannot do anything better with her life?

If your answer is yes, same here! 😀

Everybody has those periods of weaknesses, but it doesn’t matter how many times you felt betrayed, disappointed, hurt – all that matters is that you were able to rise up, and be a phoenix from those ashes.

Let me share something personal today because I’m feeling sentimental and extra motivating. Haha 😀 Because nothing is sweeter and worth-reading that those inspiring stories that let you reflect on your own to do something that will yield growth for the next 24 hours.

On Family and Friends

  1. I am a registered nurse, and obviously, I didn’t pick my course, but I had to do it because that’s what my Dad wants. I had to be a good daughter, and I know he just wants the best for me. After graduation, and passing the boards, I knew I had to do something with my life, and that doesn’t include using my PRC license.

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My Dad and I had a discussion, a long and gruesome one. He wanted me to join the family business if I don’t intend to work in a hospital. I was so thirsty with the life outside of school, so I made my stand. I said I want to work and experience how it is like to be part of an organization that does not involve any assistance or connection from my parents. I want to know if I am cut for a job, just by being me.

And so, I got hired and became an SEO Copywriter! No assistance, no connections. License not needed. Just me, and whatever I have in this frail little body.

  1. Sometimes, it really takes a whole lot of courage to be honest with a friend, especially if you think that the truth might hurt them. I once had an experience with a friend who wants to change her life and attract a mate but didn’t know where to start. I had to tell her that she needs to love and take good care of herself, to invite wealthy situations and wonderful people in her life.

Golly, I was so cautious to pick the right words so I wouldn’t have to hurt her feelings, especially when I told her she needed a makeover. But that’s something I am not regretting, because she was able to change her disposition towards herself, and that’s quite enough for me.

On Career

  1. I took 3 board exams. The Nursing Licensure Exam, which I passed. The Real Estate Broker Exam, which I passed, again. And the Real Estate Appraiser Exam, which I failed.

I have never felt such a failure in my entire life. I have always been accustomed to winning, to getting what I want, and not anticipating anything might go wrong. As for my plans for the 3rd exam, I got a taste of something I never even planned of cooking.

My boss back then told me, that I don’t have to prove anything, as far as career is concerned. I am good at what I’m doing, and a failed attempt for a third license is not going to diminish my value as a professional and as a person.

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I soon realized that failures are just disguised blessings, because fate and Someone Up There has their way of giving you something more, something you deserve, and something that’s going to weigh more than the other failed plans you even bothered conjuring.

After that, I became a Shoe Designer and a Public Speaker. Not bad, don’t you think?

  1. I was too shy to raise concerns about my needs and directions as a professional, thinking that I may be regarded as too ambitious or too demanding. But after months of contemplating and reflecting, I was able to finally find the nerve and the bravery to speak up.

I filed my resignation. And soon started a career on freelance, and put up my own business.

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I knew the career path I wanted to take, and I am thankful I found the guts to follow it; knowing that my dreams will not be handed to me, I have to get them myself.

On Love

  1. It’s funny how some people advise you that no one goes away from someone who is tall, fair, beautiful, rich, an heir to a business empire, etc. But nobody tells you that it’s also okay to let go when you think the relationship is going nowhere.

How is that even possible? I once had this perfect guy, and he was all sweet and nice, and gentlemanly, and everything you can think of your ideal prince charming. Only that, he was not customized for me. He was a generic Ken doll, and  I’m a specialized Barbie.

It took me almost a year to realize that, and muster the sanity that I have to get out of that relationship. I was kidding myself that maybe I was too “maarte” or too choosy. He was indeed a perfect guy, but not the perfect One for me.

So I guess do not be afraid of walking out on the love that you think you don’t deserve.

  1. I’d like to use this part on how I met my husband. I was definitely the epitome of fearless, fierce and exceptionally bold. I met him on Christmas of 2015 in a club in BGC.

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He was like a shiny new toy. Chinito, may braces, makinis, rosy lips, very Oppa! Someone I think will not even give me a second look. We chatted for a while, maybe around 45 minutes tops, and then my tita friends said we had to go home.

It was 3AM! But I was so engrossed in his personality and our conversation, that I asked them (my friends) for an extra 15 minutes. But my girl buddies were on haste. So I had to decide if I should go home or not.

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In about 2 seconds in my mind I was thinking like: If I go home, I will always wonder what will have been had I stayed? But if I stay, I will find out. After all, you only live once. And it’s just one adventurous night, that I can tell my future grandkids!

Yes, for 2 seconds!

So I said, “I’ll stay! For 30minutes. Then I’ll leave, promise!”

Haha 😀 At the back of my head, I was taking a chance. On a total stranger! That I just met that night! Allowing myself to have 30 minutes of a chance at a possible boyfriend, or friend, or connection. Haha 😀 Assuming!

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If I knew I was staying for a chance at love, marriage, and for the rest of my life, I could have dropped that 30-minute detail in my disclaimer! Haha 😀

You can imagine my friends’ reactions when I told them I’m choosing to stay. Haha :p

So the lesson is, take risks! But choose them wisely! 😀

On Life

  1. The most difficult downfall I ever had was to witness my mother pass away from the life as we know it.

You can never prepare enough for a death of a loved one, especially with someone who was entirely essential to make you alive for your first 9 months of life.

She was my hero – my biggest influence. I still get teary when I talk and write about her. I feel so honored to be her daughter, to be her extension, to be her legacy.

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There is no forgetting, you may just get used to the pain, in that small hollow part in your heart. I may have moved on, but her memory will always flourish, and the fact that she has shared her strength, her wisdom, her talent, her passion, her love, her life to me is what’s going to making me fearless, fierce, and playfully bold for the rest of my years until I see her again.

And that my merfriend is how you own life, be unabashedly beautiful, confident, unfazed by nothing, and empowered from within.

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So let us all celebrate to see ourselves sassy, edgy and fabulous, even on red days. Always be present, and don’t lose focus on your goals, with nothing to stop or distract you.

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I hope this post inspired you to become a better version of yourself and to never lose sight of who you are, what you want, and why you’re doing it.

Remember, above anything, you have to always like yourself amidst all these new things and changes happening in your life.

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As always, you have my support! Whisper does too!

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A Piano Concert You Can, in Any Way Not Miss

Abelardo Galang II is a world-renowned Filipino piano artist. And he is my uncle.

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In Butuan, where my dad and his siblings, including Tito Abel (how I call him) grew up, it is a common knowledge that a kid bearing the Galang surname is well-adept in playing the piano. My grandmom is a directress of the Galang Piano, Organ and Voice Studio for crying out loud! So you get the picture AND the pressure?

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I recall befriending a kid in one of the resorts there, and when he learned that I am a Galang too, it seemed to him that it was natural to ask, “So magaling kang mag-piano?”. OMG. How wrong he was! The only piece I know how to play is “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. And no others.

I never had the interest as a child, or I was too afraid to learn. However, if I can turn back time, I would definitely want to acquire the skill, or rather develop the talent my Tito was able to nurture throughout the years.

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(Circa 2011 *No smartphones yet and makeup skills)

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Every Christmas, or in any time of the year that we get to be as complete as we can, my grandma or Mommy Two Carmen, (Mommy One is my real mom.) and Tito Abel would serenade us with their classic tunes from the grand piano. It’s such a wonder to hear them play every time, not to mention for FREE! Haha Thank God I’m family! Considering that they perform at concerts every once in a while.

To give you a background, you may read his bio below:

Abelardo Galang II,PhD.

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Berlin-based Filipino Pianist Abelardo Galang II learned his early piano skills from his mother, Carmen. Later, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance (1992) from the University of the Philippines. In the first and only piano competition Galang participated, he was awarded the Grand Prix in the 1992 Philippine Piano Competition along with a scholarship from Japan Solidarity Committee for Asian Alumni (JASCAA). Through this grant, he obtained two Master’s degrees in Music (Piano Solo Performance and Chamber Music) from Musashino Academia Musicae, Tokyo, Japan (1996) and the Hochschule fuer Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, Germany (2000) where he trained with the German Pedagogue, Klaus Bäßler, a former jury and chairman of the Robert Schumann International Piano Competition. He was also a recipient of the Alfonso T. Yuchengco Foundation scholarship. Galang obtained his Doctorate degree in Music with honours from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany (2010).

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Photo Source: Jun De Ocampo

Galang performs regularly in solo recitals, chamber concerts and as Lied pianist in Europe and Asia. He was featured in the All Nation’s Festival in Rome (Italy), the International Piano Concert Series in Oberkirchen (Germany), the Artists’ Festival in Berlin (Germany). He has worked with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (Philippines), Manila Symphony Orchestra (Philippines), and the Otto Symphoniker (Germany) and collaborated with international artists including Jonathan Kelly (Solo Oboist, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Juan Pechuan, (Solo Oboist, London Symphony Orchestra), Arthur Hornig (Cellist, Rundfunk Symphonic Orchestra Berlin), among others.

His pedagogic accomplishments at the Berlin Piano School include his student Mr. Kon-Ui Pak, who won at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in 2010 and was awarded the Baerenreiter Urtext Prize. Galang teaches at the Berlin Piano School since 2010 and is currently the Director of Music Performance and Chairman of the Piano Department of Philippine Women’s University. He is also a senior lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Music.

Speaking of concerts, I bring you very good news! I’d like to share to you the chance to listen to the music that has played in the majestic walls of the Galang home.

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After his Berlin performance, he’ll be flying to Manila to conduct one next month! Yay!

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October 22, 2016, 6:00 PM
“A Night of Passion”

Works of Frederic Chopin & Franz Lizst
Venue: Francisco Santiago Hall
BDO Corporate Center, South Tower, Makati Ave, H.V. De La Costa St.,Makati City, Philippines

MMCO 15th Crystal Thanksgiving Anniversary Concert to benefit the street children of Payatas with Soroptimist International of Makati

Tickets are available at MMCO tels.216-6487 / 0917-533-5747 / 727-1657

Features:

Ace pianists Galang and Panganiban in duo concert at the CCP – See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/211926/cbb/ace-pianists-galang-and-panganiban-in-duo-concert-at-the-ccp#sthash.zDNwnHTa.dpuf

Pinoy pianist stars in Germany’s festival of artists – See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/232554/news/pinoyabroad/pinoy-pianist-stars-in-germany-s-festival-of-artists#sthash.NPJspG1X.dpuf

Download his music on iTunes,  follow him in Facebook.

You can also reach Abelardo Galang II, PhD. via:

http://www.abelardogalangii.com/
Address: Erich-Weinert-Str. 17 , 10439 Berlin, Germany
Email: abelardoII@t-online.de
Tel: +49 (30) 44678442

Just to share to you also this goofy photo of our family, taken last July 2016. 🙂 Hope to see you on October 22, 6PM at Francisco Santiago Hall BDO Corporate Center, South Tower, Makati. 😀

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It’s going to be marvelous, I tell you. So ready your heels and tux, we all are going to have one classy and amazing night!

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