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Take a Chance

Taje Chances

First of all, this post is not about Zac Efron. It’s about a movie he starred on. Charlie St. Cloud. A 2010 drama film based on Ben Sherwood’s best-selling novel, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. It’s about two brothers with a love so strong that no force can separate them. Then a car accident happened one night that lead to a roller coaster kind of story. Revolving around Charlie choosing between keeping a promise he made to his brother, who died in a car accident, or going after the girl he loves. I’m no critic but I  really recommend you guys to read the book instead.

What is great about the movie was the inspiring poem by E.E. Cummings. It tugged my heartstrings. That is actually why I still look up to the film. It inspired me to seize every moment; to trust my heart; to take chances and dare never to be trapped in a the past with myriads of regrets. The poem really had a great impact on me, especially on what I’ve been through these past couple of months. Believing in your own dreams and you only is really hard and this poem helped me get through it. That is why I’m sharing this to you guys. For you to be able to stand on your own every time you feel the world is against you. Be brave. Pursue your dreams. Don’t just try. Do it. Opportunities knocks but once.

And here I’m sharing you guys an excerpt of E.E. Cummings poem.

Dive For Dreams

dive for dreams

or a slogan may topple you

(trees are their roots

and wind is wind)


trust your heart

if the seas catch fire

(and live by love

though the stars walk backward)


honour the past

but welcome the future

(and dance your death

away at the wedding)


never mind a world

with its villains or heroes

(for good likes girls

and tomorrow and the earth)


in spite of everything

which breathes and moves, since Doom

(with white longest hands

neating each crease)

will smooth entirely our minds

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Grad School Vs. Real Life

Very thought-provoking.

Thought Catalog

Days Off

Grad School: You never “clock out” when you’re in grad school. I mean, yeah, you have to go to seminars and everything, but in general you pick your own seminars which is kind of like picking your own hours. There’s no time sheet, and you don’t have any jealous co-workers monitoring where you are. That sort of freedom is priceless. Also, you only work 9 months out of the year which means you always have the summers off to do whatever you like.

Real Life: People who have to report to the office at certain times hate getting out of bed and can’t wait for three-day weekends and Holidays because it means they don’t have to go into the office. In grad school, you don’t have to get excited about a three-day weekend because you can have a three-day weekend whenever you want!

Work Itself

Grad School: If…

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Q&A Portion in College


I was granted an interview by a local university. It truly was an honor to be interviewed by them. So to prepare myself a good ‘show’ (LOL.) for them. I’ve researched some questions and wrote answers for each. I practiced them until the day came. It was a panel interview. Hoping I could impress the interviewers but it went completely opposite of what I expected but in the end, I got in. I don’t know why.

Anyway, here are some types of questions you may encounter and tips for answering them. NOTE: This is just me. If ever I would be asked these questions, the bullet-ed statements would most likely be my answers. But remember that interview questions are desultory. Interviewers are sometimes random, too. Questions maybe personal or unrelated to what you know. He may be testing you of what some other things knowledgeable.

1. Tell Me About Yourself

  • I’m passionate about making a difference. Best.
  • I’m a graphics and photography enthusiast.
  • When I’m with the people I love, I feel very lighthearted.
  • Every part of my life makes me laugh.

2. Why (Name of College)?

  • The name and reputation that goes with being a graduate of (Name of College) is like life. PRICELESS. 🙂
  • What I’m saying is you get a degree from (Name of College) and you’ve already won half the battle. Simply the best.
  • I see (Name of College) as a castle who continuously trains bold knights.

3. Why Engineering/Applied Physics/Computer Science?

  • I grew up watching mostly tv shows on Discovery Channel. Namely, Mythbusters, Unchained Reaction, How Do They Do It, How Its Made, Extreme Engineering, etc.
  • Engineers make a difference. Challenge. Creativity. Discovery. Society needs us.

4. Recommend Me A Good Book.

  • The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. It’s about two brothers with a love so strong that no force can separate them. Then a car accident happened one night.
  • State E.E. Cummings’ quote. Refer it to its film adaptation. “Trust your heart if the seas catch fire. Live by love though the stars walk backward.”
  • Dive For Dreams, 1950.

5. Tell Me A Challenge That You Overcame.

  • Academic Challenge. (Problem Solving). Specifically, my study habits. Low self-esteem. Ranking. Student Organizations/Councils.

6. What Will You Contribute to Our College?

  • I’m planning to join organizations. Either related to my course or not. I want to be part of university wide projects like recycling program, fund raising programs to help fellow students.
  • I don’t just want to be inside the library after class. I want to feel divers-ed as possible. I’m more of a social kind of person.

7. Any Questions About (Name of College)?

  • What would you say is the most remarkable feature of (Name of College) that isn’t known by many people?
  • That’s all, Sir/Madam. Like I said, it’s all about taking chances. I’ll take my chances. How can you be found if you’re not lost in the first place?
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Hubbers’ Summer Getaway 2013

Hubbers!Last night was one of those nights where it’s just smiles and high-fives all around. Setting aside differences to make this night unforgettable. A night where we, THE GOMEZ HUB, once again make history in our family. A night where we once again reunite as a whole. Though distance was on our side, the fact that we’re all gathered in one place, nothing to do but make memories together, makes those nights really special. A night where there are no labels, sometimes nephews and nieces are treated as cousins or friends and relationships are treated as family members, too. That night was one of those nights that remind me that I can never truly imagine life without them.

Swimming! I’m actually thrilled enough with the fact that we (family) would spend the night together swimming until we get cramps but I never thought that we would spend the night at a really great place. The name of the resort is Villa Amparo. Located at Pansol, Laguna. The place really gave justice to its’ name. From waterworks up to the comfy accommodation, it really shown reasons why myriads of families and friends chose to spent the day or two at this kind of place.  I heard from my mom that getting a reservation was actually hard. You should get reservations months before the actual date. She added that she reserved way back December 2012 and the dates for April and May were almost taken. Can you believe that?

The day went pretty well for all of us. There were a lot of things going on. A whole lot of catching up conversations and picture taking sessions.  Some of us even decided not to sleep. I was pretty disappointed with myself for being a sleepy head, ’cause I felt like I’ve missed out so much while I was off to dreamland. Reasonable to sleep ’cause it was like three in the morning but yeah like I said I didn’t even get the chance too see Ate Cherry’s photo shoot session. Hihi. FREE swimming lessons from Ate Cherry (with free drinking water in the pool! LOL.). Like diving, breast stroking, treading, etc, all thanks to her! We even got to try the ‘mabilis kausap’ slide because it really was. The slide was too fast and slippery or maybe it’s just really short? So it was actually quiet no fun but when you have Tito John, all things can be fun. He tried every position you could think of. Supine or Prone position. Any position!

The food was DE-LI-SCIOOOOUS! Adobong Manok for dinner part 1. Tito AJ’s Arman Jerrickos (sweetened chicken wings and it tasted great. Too bad, I only took a bite. ]: ) for dinner part 2, Sinigang na Baka for lunch and the classic Macaroni Soup (that tongue burning dish) for meryenda! And all the treats you can think of.

At the end of the day, we went back to Manila with smiles plastered on our faces; carried back  the memories we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives. The gentleman pose whenever someone takes our picture. The  ‘basic bobo attack’  (stupid basic attack) positions for every swimming technique we learn. The ‘sumusunod lang ako sa protocol’ (I’m just following the protocol) phrase whenever we do something stupid with the slide. These little things that can and will make you smile everyday. It is really true that happiness is only real when shared and I’m glad I have a whole bunch to share it with.

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The Story Behind My Mona Lisa Smile


Everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed them. Perhaps, even by just hearing or reading someone’s own story, many lives were changed. With the world’s never-ending multiplication of human race, my story will most likely be a hearsay to many or maybe none at all but I’m taking my chances. My name is Marvin and this is my story.

I’m nothing but a John Doe to many. I was pretty contented at first but now I refuse to be one. The passion of making one’s own mark in this crazy world has grown stronger within me. Mankind can never be truly satisfied.

I’m self-proclaimed of many things. Singer, dancer, writer etc. It depends with my in-need-of-fine-tuning brain. It really goes to show that the only permanent thing in this world is change. It really does. Sometimes, I’m spontaneous, Sometimes, I’m cautious. Or  sometimes both.

I’m a hopeless romantic. I dream that one day, I will find that special girl and I will surely sweep her off her feet the moment I lay my eyes on her. Well, excuse me for my homosexual tendencies but when I think love, its something magical to be quite over acting for others. A feeling of needing love just like the air and the water that one cannot function without. Now, that’s deep.

All things start with a nice dream. Not exactly dreams but ambitions. I see myself graduating with my chosen field of study, passing the licensure examination and owning an international company.  I’ve got ambitions as high as Taipei 101 I know, but before I reach to that reality I need pure determination, just like those engineers and contractors who made that Taipei 101 possible. Who would ever thought this had all started from a dream that turned blueprint that turned into a 1671ft building of what is known today?

These words of mine may seem insignificant to most of you, but these things made me the person I am today. These are the silver linings I’m holding on too each and every day. These are the things inspires me to do the best I can to pursue the impossible dream.

But there’s still a long way to go.  I’m still that boy who my mother used to love. I’m still that guy who wants to find true love. I’m still that man who wished to be different, to make a mark of my own, to be known at something good. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow or the day after that but what I know is that I should be ready for anything that is to come. It’s just amazing how destiny works.

And that is my story.

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