Nordstøldalen, Sauda Norway

Nordstøldalen sommer 2014
A great place for nature lovers and hikers. This place is located in Sauda kommune, north for Stavanger. You can travel to Sauda by the boat or by car and from Sauda center you can walk/hike to Nordstøldalen. The hike takes about an hour. Photo taken this June 2014.

Summer Vacation Part III: Feast of St. Ignatius de Loyola

The feast of Saint Ignatius de Loyola is celebrated on July 31. Saint Ignatius is the patron saint of the soldiers, the founder of the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) and he is also one of the patron saints of Liloan Southern Leyte.

It’s not my first time to celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius de Loyola in Liloan because my mom is from there and we have relatives there as well.

Anyway, we arrived in Liloan 2 weeks before the fiesta and it was raining (July is rainy season in the Philippines) but it wasn’t that bad compared to Manila. I’m thankful because the sun shined a couple of days after the arrival so we got the chance to go for a sightseeing and swimming. Then every morning, the sound of drums and lyres woke us up-yes there’s parade everyday before the fiesta! My cousins said that they celebrate their patron saint for a week and there are lots of activities before and during the fiesta. Like for example, the Lilo-Lilo Festival and the beauty pageant.

As a girl who grew up in Manila, I find fiestas outside the city more lively and more fun because people are cooperative and care about their community.

Past, Present and Future (I’m Confused!)

Daily Prompt : One-Way Street Congrats! You’re the owner of a new  TIME MACHINE. The catch? It comes in two models, each traveling one way only: the past OR the future. Which do YOU CHOOSE, and why?

If I had a time machine that would take me to either the past or the future, I think that I would not use it unless if something evil is threatening the existence of the whole humanity. In most of the movies that I have seen, people who has time machine has been given the chance to change the past/future in order to fix the present time but I still cannot understand how going back in time (for example) and talking to your younger self would help you (You in the present). It seems that when the past version of you takes your advice then it would affect what you are in the present? Does it mean that you have copies of yourself? We are talking of one time machine here right? So it does not make sense to me how going back to the past would change the present or future if your present is already happening.

 

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My money is not good enough.

The Daily Prompt for today: Ready, Set, Done. Write about anything, unfiltered and unedited for ten minutes!

When it comes to spending money, I admit that I ain’t perfect. Sometimes I have to tighten my belt because my costs seem to exceed my budget for the month. I hate it when it happens that’s why I try my best to avoid temptations, avoid impulse shopping and I always findalternative brands or products (which are cheaper) to the normal stuff that I usually buy every month. I’m happy that I’m doing good these past few months because there is growth in my savings account. It’s not much but at least my balance didn’t turn into a zero or worse a minus.

It’s always good to have extra money just in case of emergency. However some people have a little understanding of me (for example) having some extra cash. I’m not a fulltime worker nor a big earner but when a friend or some friends of mine needed help, I would try my best to help. Last month, a friend send me a message online saying that she had an emergency and she needed X-amount of money. I lent her but only one fourth of the X-amount that she asked for because I don’t have so much and besides I have bills to pay. She said that it’s okay and that any amount will do but when she got the money, she was still asking for more. I got surprised because she said it’s okay but I replied her politely and said that I can’t lend her more anymore because I still have bills to pay.

I feel bad because I can’t give the help that she really needed but at the same time I feel that she’s just using me because she needed something and I feel like I wasn’t appreciated. Oh well, let’s hope that I’m just wrong.

But then, let me ask you guys. How do you deal with friends/family who borrow money from you?