Tips for the incoming Thomasian Freshmen


  • UST has a very special way of welcoming freshmen. You would walk through the Arch of the Centuries and have a university-wide welcoming event. Aside from that, your own college or society will prepare welcome activities for you guys, so make sure you have a camera handy and ready. Because you wouldn’t want to miss these moments.
  • Do not always eat at the Carpark. Explore the streets of Dapitan, Lacson and P.Noval, or you can even walk as far as P.Campa. You’ll learn that there are A LOT of good carinderias around. Special mention: Do not miss Lovelite and the tusok tusok in Concepcion. If you smoke, the best spot is the kanto of Antonio and try to go to Tapsi for inuman sessions, that place never gets old.
  • Join Organizations! You are lucky that you are studying in a big university. Some colleges/universities don’t have many organizations. Roam around Plaza Mayor during Recruitment week and look for the group you’d like to be part of. Join an organization that is in line with your passion. This is an opportunity to broaden your group of friends and the people you know. Let’s say you are into acting or theater production, you can join Teatro Tomasino or Mediatrix. If you’re good in dancing, you can join your college dance troupe or if you’re that good, might as well join Salinggawi. If you’re good in writing or you are interested to be part of the news team, you can join Thomasians Writers Guild or The Varsitarian. Join as many as you like, pursue what you’re passionate about. College is not just about studies, but also about extra-curricular activities.
  • Recite. Do not hesitate to answer when the teacher asks. This isn’t high school anymore where if you answer incorrectly, your classmates will laugh at you. In college, if you recite, you look smarter and some of your classmates will be glad if you volunteer to answer. That would spare them from being called out to recite.
  • Memorize the UST Hymn. It is not necessary. But I think 30% of UST population only knows the exact lyrics of the UST Hymn. Be proud to be one of them. Plus, you get to sing it if UST wins during UAAP.
  • Try living in a dorm. Even if it’s just a year. It will complete the feeling of the college life. It will give you that sense of independence. And you’ll learn a lot from it. You’ll learn how to save and how to manage your allowance and how to spend wisely. And you will probably meet there you best friends. It is not a joke to live in a house with your friends for one whole year.  You’ll learn their best and not-so-good side.
  • Be prepared during rainy days. I guess, even before you took the USTET, you are fully aware that UST is an island. I wonder why they don’t count it as the 7,108th island in the country. But kidding aside, UST is known as one of the most flooded schools in the Metro, alongside FEU and other universities in U-Belt. So when it is around July or August, make sure you bring your umbrella and boots (Remember, you are no longer in high school, suspension in college is very rare). In addition, be prepared to be stranded inside the school. Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it seems, your college will provide your food (just make sure you’re inside your building). And like what most Thomasians say, “Hindi ka Thomasian kung hindi ka sumuong sa baha o na-stranded man lang“. It just became part of the culture.
  • Love your professors and be nice even to the staff (guards, ate and kuya/s) of the school. You’ll learn a lot of things from them.
  • Lastly, enjoy your whole stay. Make a lot of memories. College is just 4 years of your life (or more than 4 years, to some). Don’t rush, I know everyone wants to finish college so we can all earn our own money. But I swear, once you graduate from college, you would want to go back to these 4 years of your life.





Week 30: July 20 – July 26, 2014

  • Started the week with my family, then I spent Sunday evening with my sister at her dorm. We had lunch at Lugang Cafe in SM North, The Block. After last week’s cravings for Japanese food, this week we had Chinese food. We had Spinach Soup, Fish Fillet, Roasted Chicken and Salted Squid.  A bit pricey, good thing it was my Papa’s turn to pay the bills. Yey! The food was ‘just okay’. I personally prefer Mann Hann or Hap Chan when it comes to Chinese food. Though I would give them 4 stars for the ambiance but probably a 3 for their service (very slow).
  • Commuting made easier and faster. Thanks to the MRT Store Value Card (P100.00) and Tap BGC Card (P50 for the card + 100 Load). That was my first time to buy the Tap BGC. Somehow, I felt that I am saving money for travel expenses because I only buy MRT card and reload the Tap BGC once in a week or two.
  • Finally, found time to catch up with Say (the one in the middle picture). I missed her so much. We rarely spend some time together, 1 hour is longest time we’ve been together. And I super want to make it up to her but I always fail. We had dinner at Banapple (since there was a newly-opened branch in Fairview Terraces) and we had my usual order Bacon Fried Chicken Steak with Mushroom Gravy (which she liked! Good thing!) and their Snicker Fudge Cheesecake (which we didn’t like. Meh).
  • One of the things I look forward to this week was my 2nd yoga session. This time I went alone. Unfortunately, my friends who I went with last week, both had little sleep the previous night, so they need to catch up. But, you know, there are perks for being alone. This time, I was able to concentrate more on the positions and I was able to “meditate” for real. Hihi.
  • And of course, some of my cheap thrills for the week: Sandwich Guy’s Cheesy Bacon with Potato and 711’s Schlurp (milk tea).


“In leaving behind the routines and assumptions of home — in taking that resolute first step into the world — you’ll find yourself entering a much larger and less constrictive paradigm.”  – Vagabonding

Maybe I know what I need in my life right now: a jump-start.

I’m a self-proclaimed planner than a doer. You could see me cutting out pieces from a magazine for my dream board, writing in my planner or creating list of what I should accomplish for the next few months or years, but I rarely follow them through. People who know me so well may already be pissed, because they know how often I plan for the future, but somewhere along the road, something gets in the way and I change my plan.

I am not fond of spontaneity, I am afraid of taking risks and leaving my comfort zone. But I guess that is what I need to conquer. Maybe that is what I am missing. I always plan things ahead, but then I forget not everything goes the way I want it.

Maybe I should stop saying “someday, I will…” instead, I should start saying, “I am doing this…”

Maybe I shouldn’t wait for the perfect time and plan for the perfect journey, maybe today is the right time and any journey is perfect.





Week 29 of 52: July 13 – July 19, 2013

  • This week was rather breezy, windy, rainy, stormy… Typhoon Glenda hit the Philippines, and I think Quezon Province was the mostly affected area of the typhoon. Here in Manila, we experienced ultra-mega-super-duper lakas ng hangin kinda day. It was so strong our office glass door fell. Moreover, I conclude that employees are deemed waterproof by our employers. We didn’t even get a suspension! But we had food stubs. Meh!

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Week 28 of 52: July 7 – July 13, 2014

That week was officially my cheat week! Sudden cravings for Japanese Food, Milk Tea and Cheesecakes!

  • First photo:  I’ve never been fond of maki or Japanese food in general until this April. And when I started liking it, I swear I’ve been addicted. Lately, I’ve been eating maki almost every week, sometimes twice a week. Good thing, there is a cheap stall in our office where I can get a quick fix. But Last Friday, I discovered the best among all the maki I’ve ever tasted: Omakase’s Boston Roll. It has lean bacon inside, that’s why. So for all those who love bacon (I assume, everyone?), I suggest you try this!

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4th of July: Magnum Manila Cafe


Fourth of July. Friday Night. No work! It could have been a perfect Friday if it was not for the traffic and the rain. We planned this few weeks back, since my cousin just got back to the Philippines and the last time we saw each other was almost a year ago. So, we thought it was the perfect date to see each other. Despite me having a terrible cough, we pushed through with the plan.

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I sometimes get too overwhelmed with my emotions that I have to write it down when I can’t contain it anymore. But I’m afraid that if I write it down, my words will give no justice to how you make me feel. I think there is a scarcity of words to describe what turmoil you’ve caused me. And in my attempt of converting these feelings into another form, I let it flow from my core through my veins until it reach my hands, giving the pen the power to give life to these million thoughts in my head, dashing past one another, until it reach the end, scattered into the paper and lost of all it’s meaning.

Gayuma Ni Maria: Post Valentines Date

February 20, 2013

If you and your partner have been together for a few years now, one of the things you should have learned by now is that Valentines Day is just another day. You don’t have to squeeze yourselves in the jam-packed malls and restaurants, because you know you could always have your date tomorrow, or next week or maybe next month. And it’s all the same.

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I think I stumbled upon Narcissus this morning…



Brief Introduction: In Greek Mythology, Narcissus fell in love with himself when he saw his reflection in the water. This is where the term narcissism originated from.

Narcissism (noun)

Inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self love; vanity. Synonyms; self-centeredness, smugness, egocentrism .

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Mann Hann: Father’s Day treat


Sundays are meant for families. That’s why every Sunday we try to free up our schedules to hear the mass and eat afterwards. We love Sundays because it is our official cheat day. It gives us the chance to try new restaurants in the area, without shelling out any money (applicable to my sister and I).

But since I already have a job, I find it just right to pay for our food sometimes. So, I proposed one Sunday that we take turns in paying the bill. My father will go first, then me, then my mother. Of course, my older sister is exempted since she is still studying and cannot pay for our meals, unless we want to eat at Mcdonalds. (Kidding, ate!)

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