Which ‘Wildflower’ Character Are You According to Your Personality Type?

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So I decided to have a little ‘fun’ post on this blog. I always come across articles or fun quizzes on the Internet which deal with personality types and tests, but it usually just involves characters from worldwide, famous movies/shows such as Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Suits, Stranger Things and the like.

“Game of Thrones” fans for example have started a thread here to analyze the characters and their possible MBTI (Myers-Briggs) personality type. But to hell with international and big-budget franchises, let’s do something similar for local teleseryes such as the insane, overly dramatic and action-packed “Wildflower” on ABS-CBN.

“Wildflower” is about to end their one-year (?) run on ABS-CBN tomorrow (February 9, 2018). I used to watch the show everyday last year, but I failed to keep up once classes started by June of 2017. I still managed to watch some episodes every now and then, so I am still updated with the flow and the events of the story.

For those who aren’t familiar, “Wildflower” stars Maja Salvador as Ivy Aguas/Lily Cruz whose parents were killed by the patriarch and daughter of an infamous political clan in the town of Ardiente. The Ardientes thought Ivy/Lily was also killed along with her parents, but she actually survived and was adopted by a nurturing foster mother. Ivy/Lily became a successful woman later on and vowed to exact revenge on the people who destroyed her family.

The thing that I like best about this show when it first started is the usual family and political drama. I admit, it relied on too many theatrics along the middle and up to the near-end of its run, but it was still a highly entertaining show – and quite popular among netizens as well.

So anyway, I’m going to start with the character analysis here using the MBTI scale. Continue reading

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From INTP to INTJ: Yes, People Change!

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My college roomie was a Psychology major, and she was the one who first introduced me to the so-called Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

For those who are still unfamiliar about MBTI, you can read about it from this wonderful resource here.

We took the test together and found out that we’re both INTPs. It was no surprise for the both of us – we were bookworms after all and we love intellectual discussions, but we mostly kept to ourselves and maintain just a really small circle of friends at school (a trait common to INTPs).

At the time, I honestly believed that the INTP personality described me well. I have considered myself open-minded, curious and quite imaginative although socially withdrawn. I also tend to go against social norms if I truly believe it is obsolete (which is a weakness common to INTPs).

However, life after college definitely had an impact because it tweaked my personality a bit. After college, I already forgot all about MBTI – though I still believe that I am and have always been part of the INTP strata. Continue reading

Top 3 Advice for Aspiring Filipino Freelancers

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I’m no expert or leading authority in freelancing – let’s just clear that thing up. There are many more freelancers out there who are better and have been longer in this industry than me. However, I had enough experience to be able to share some of my personal insights – and I only realized this when a growing number of friends got curious about what I do for a living.

I never really thought much about freelancing as a serious thing. For some time, I just went into it because 1) I love writing and I want to constantly improve it, and 2) I love the extra income.

I just focused on freelancing recently when I finally decided to enroll in law school. I figured out it was the best income-generating option for me while I labor for 4-6 years in the tedious study of law (booo).

Well anyway, it was also in law school where I met friends that had no idea about the possible opportunities that freelancing can bring them. Most of my friends from my previous workplace were also freelancing ninjas then, so it was a normal thing for us there.

Although most of my law school friends know that freelancing gives you flexibility, they usually have doubts when it comes to actually JUMPSTARTING their freelance career. And it’s not just them. People who have no experience in freelancing or don’t know anyone close to them will have valid doubts too. Continue reading

Battle of the Facial Scrubs: Neutrogena vs Celeteque

Another skin care/beauty post! Haha! Please bear with me, because I just can’t help but share my good and bad experiences in my chosen skin care routine. Like my previous Battle of the Day Creams post, this is not sponsored or paid in any way. This is just my honest review of the experiences I had in both brands of facial scrubs.

First, let me explain what are the benefits of including a facial scrub in your daily skin care routine.

A facial scrub can be either used in place of a cleanser or in alternating ways with the cleanser. Its basic function is to exfoliate the face – meaning, it removes dead skin cells to help reveal your face’s natural and youthful glow.

Its exfoliating properties are made possible through small beads and particles that can effectively remove dead skin from your face. It also helps clean out your pores and lessen the appearance of blackheads, whiteheads and other impurities with regular use. Continue reading

Resolutions and To-Dos: Putting Money to Good Use this 2018

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2016 and 2017 was a bit of a financial slump for me. Although I was earning quite well, law school and the instability of some freelance writing gigs affected my financial discipline.

I was spending too much on unnecessary stuff, and I lost the habit of tracking my expenses. I just spend whenever I can, and I even neglected my mutual fund investments for a while.

Before 2017 ended, I managed to do an overhaul and review my finances. A month before 2018 officially started, I already jotted down the things that I should give priority funding from 2018 onwards. I want to put my money to good use and avoid from constantly wasting it on unnecessarily expensive coffee, make-up and other stuff.

I am sharing my financial resolutions below just in case you are also thinking of straightening up your finances. I hope it can give you a good idea about the things that you should invest on and prioritize – especially if you are still young! Continue reading

Battle of the Day Creams: Olay vs. Myra-E

So okay, this is yet another post about beauty and skin care. This time, it’s all about my go-to day creams! To clarify, I am not paid to do this post (heck, I don’t earn anything from this blog). This is simply my personal take about two drugstore day cream brands that oily-faced Filipinas like me might find helpful.

So first thing’s first. What’s in a day cream and why do you need it?

The main purpose of a day cream is to act as a moisturizer for your face throughout the day. Depending on the brand, it can have other benefits such as Sun protection, anti-aging, lessening dark spots, etc. And yes, you still need a moisturizer even if you are oily like me! Continue reading

Cagayan de Oro’s High Peaks: Ultra Winds & Hugo’s Skye Lounge

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Peacocks at Ultra Winds

I spent Christmas alone in Cebu (boo-hoo!) because I failed to book a ticket on an earlier date and every ship was already fully booked by December 21st (not to mention the bad weather which cancelled a lot of trips and delayed many passengers).

Anyway, I managed to book a ticket on Dec. 25 bound for Tagbilaran. From Tagbilaran, the ship will sail to Cagayan de Oro – arriving the next day, on the 26th. I still consider myself lucky because I can spend the New Year with my family.

So anyway, both my mom and sister were thinking about where we can go for a family outing on the weekend before New Year’s eve. This has become an annual family thing (sort of), because last year, we went to Carmen and Mantianak. Continue reading