Pink Notes: I Miss Blogging

I have had this website for the longest time and I remember having my own [dot]com was like a teenage dream of mine. So when I finally had a job I finally purchased my own domain and I actually had high hopes for it. True enough, I had found some of the nicest people through Twitter and blogging and its just inspiring how they are so creative with their thought processes, creativity and just putting it out there for the world to see. I got caught up in real life and sadly enough I wilted away from writing. It was a matter of choice between being able to get enough sleep or staying up late and not being able to function well for work.

Also I think I got scared of writing. I became so critical of it. It doesn’t help that you go through an English exam and your lowest grade is writing that was a huge insult for me considering this was probably the most practiced skill I had after being out of the university for 8 years. I did pass those exams but you know you just had high hopes I was expecting that I would be worse at maybe speaking or listening. But then again its formal written English so that is a whole different story.

I am trying to overcome my fear and here I am revisiting my blog. It has been lonely and truthfully this is not how I envision my blog  (does anyone even call it a blog anymore?). So I am tapping my inner teenager when I was visualising what I would do with this. This was supposed to include my adventures in anything and everything I love. I shall document my travels, food trips, shopping find and my love for makeup and maybe I can dabble back to writing and just any of my random and crazy thoughts and who knows I may get to inspire someone.

Its actually very therapeutic to write. I am glad I kept this up and running because this has like my own personal timeline and it reminded me of how much I have grown as person and it reminded me of how I used to be and what I can become.

Keep moving forward…

Pink Bonnet Girl

Pink Notes: I’m NOT Perfect

I was privileged enough to be a part of a campaign initiated by my good friend Tammy from The Life of the Live.Love.Laugh Girl called #ImNotPerfect a declaration of embracing imperfection and this could not come in a perfect time. I think that every one has their moments of not feeling pretty enough, not being confident enough, or simply just not doing enough… sad to say nothing is ever enough for anyone.

I cannot help but be critical of myself and let us face it there is always a lot of room for self doubt when you have a low self esteem. They just creep right in and before you know it, it eats you up from the inside. I have been a countless victim of this scenario over and over. I know you should give yourself more credit, you can do it but the truth is it is easier said than done.

I just think that people need that release, that opportunity and chance to acknowledge their imperfections and hardships. It does not make them less of a person for doing so. We are allowed to commit mistakes but the important thing is we learn from it and eventually overcome it. We all deal with it differently and we want to acknowledge our imperfections and sometimes that is all it takes to be able to move forward and get on with our lives.

So here I am declaring my imperfections

I'm NOT Perfect

I’m NOT Perfect

Thank you so much Tammy for such an empowering and therapeutic project. It was such a pleasure to do this project and you made me write again. Cheers to you and to the rest of the lovely lot who has supported this cause.

Pink Notes: Relief Packages

We went to the grocery warehouse to canvass and look at items we can use for our relief package. We set on a price of Php 200 per relief pack so we were there going through lanes discussing what is feasible for their everyday survival. We even talked to workers there asking them and their opinions since most of them grew up in provinces similar to those hard hit by the typhoon.

I didn’t really think that a trip to the grocery store would be such an eye opener. I was there standing staring at rows and rows of canned goods with five to six kinds of corned beef choosing which is the best but still with a good value for the money. I just felt so guilty because on a regular day if I wanted corned beef I’d have a specific brand in mind pull it out of the shelf and drop it in the cart.

It makes you wonder the simple everyday things that you decide on became a decision that will depend on someone’s survival. I literally had tears in my eyes at that moment. It overwhelmed me at first but it fueled my desire to help even more. That’s why I’m so passionate about this cause thousands of people are depending on our help.

It’s so nice to see that I go to different grocery stores and see people just like me buying goods for donations… there is still a lot of kindhearted people around doing their part to help our kababayans. There is still faith in humanity.

Php 200.00 ($5) can go a long way it can give a person 2 liters of clean water, 6 packs of noodles, 5 canned goods, variety of biscuits, instant coffee mix, 2 toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap and a laundry soap.

Thank you to the generosity of our Rotary Club members and some of my family and friends we have been able to collect a substantial amount for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. With this we would be able to start making our relief packages to be sent to Central Philippines.


Pink Notes: Typhoon Haiyan & Helping Out

The super typhoon Haiyan hit us last November 8 and nobody could have been prepared with the wrath of that magnitude. Manila was pardoned from this great tragedy and was left intact. But a lot of people from Central Visayas were greatly affected by this event. The devastation is unexplainable and seeing the news and the people is so heart breaking.

As I see more news coming in from the devastated areas my urge to help grew stronger. I knew I had to do something. This was important and actions need to be taken.

Currently I am affiliated with the Rotary Club of Mandaluyong North and we are finding ways on the best way to help out. We have sought solicitations from our members and the money collected will be used to buy goods needed for everyday existence such as food and water. We are also encouraging them to look into their closet and donate some of their old clothes.

These items will then be collected together with the other clubs of Rotary within our district and will then be sent directly to the victims of the typhoon.

With this post I wish I could encourage others to help out or spread awareness about the situation. A lot of help is coming in but the recovery from this situation is a long process and they need all the help that they could get.

To my friends overseas thank you for your concern I was overwhelmed with countless messages asking how I was and to everyone I greatly appreciate you taking time to check on me and my family. Our friendships go beyond our bond over books and stories and forever I am grateful for these relationships.

Let us all do our part to help out. Every action will go a long way. Let us all try and make a difference.

Ways To Help

Ways To Help via our Rotary Club

Pink Notes: The Ripple Effect

These past few days seemed to be way too HOT on Twitterdom and it all started all because of the TINGLES. So that happened and everybody felt it at one point or another thus the ripple effect.

And then came the acronyms of F*CK*RY which I for one thought is a challenging word to form. Temperature was escalating that LYING NAKED seemed to be like a good idea. But that just lead to SEDUCTION and mind you that was just the beginning…

Then an untitled post unofficially called 55 came about and yes I think the temperature increased 55 degrees further after reading this single descriptive words but when entwined together are like a ball of fire.

Oh this is where it got really hot and heavy F set ablaze everybody and it got every one’s heart raising, some may have been flustered or better yet #flourished (the f poem & flourish read in that order makes a very deadly combo– ok that was a shameless plug for you D lol).

And if that was not enough a PLAY DATE might be in order. Or if you want something to calm your nerves a numerous forms of HUG  is a suitable option. There are also #poemup tweets by @YrMonAmi that can make you swoon and feel your heart melt.

So enough with the breathers and on with the action. A SEDUCTION PART DEUX  is in order to get the ball rolling. If that did not make you HORNY I don’t know what else will.

So I sort of made up this story as they were a FIGMENT of my imagination. I did not know if it made sense but it was fun just to tell about it.

Love Lots,

Joan Gillen

(The girl who loves creativity)

To the #esteemedpoets you are all as wonderful as your work and thank you for supporting #poemup. 

Pink Notes: Poem Up and Write On

I know you have been seeing some #poemup hashtags and AVI around Twitterdom today and to be honest this started out from a casual conversation with Mr. Blake and it evolved into something bigger an idea which I think has a great and positive message.

#poemup encourages everyone to write may it be in a form of a poem, essay, short story, fan fiction, letter anything as long as it gets you to write. 

A lot of people take for granted the power of words. It is a great form of release and expression. It stimulates creativity and it is therapeutic. Poetry also has a positive effect on people as we can see with our community on Twitter. We get to interact, share our thoughts and support one another.

I am very fortunate enough to have come across these three ESTEEMED POETS and their words made such a difference in my life. Once in a while I get to talk to them and they have always encouraged me to write. And they do this also for others. So with their help we are doing #poemup.

Its really simple all you have to do is every time you tweet about poems or writings just add the hashtag #poemup and well if you can reblog or share about the initiative then that would be good as well. As long as we get to spread the word, create awareness and encouragement.

The AVIs are additional ways to spread the word and if you want one I’d be more than willing to assist you with it.

To Darwin, Deidre and Beth thank you for your time and help. This is nothing without you guys and you are such an inspiration and I think I say that in behalf of everyone who reads your wonderful prose.

So let’s start to #poemup and write!

Love Lots,

Joan Gillen

Pink Notes: Things About Me

I love to sing… but not in public.

I enjoy dancing… but only on special occasions.

I like listening to almost all types of music.

I will always love some boy bands… yes they were a big part of my teen years.

I people watch… but not in a creepy way.

I love to read novels… I like how I get lost in the emotion and be in a bubble.

I watch a movie almost once a week… its my reward for a good work week.

I enjoy traveling… its an escape, love to experience new culture and take pictures of places.

I’m a gadget geek… I’m a happy little camper every time I get to play with new toys.

I’m always in search of a good cup of coffee… americano to be exact, no sugar and milk.

Not much of a drinker… but I can hold my own.

I have never been drunk (I think).

I want to make a difference… but I do not know how.

I like helping people… it makes me extremely happy.

I hate snakes and any other reptiles for that matter.

I’m scared of heights and thrill rides… it’ll be the death of me!

Scary movies give me nightmares.

I don’t like surprises… I am an anxious person.

I over think a lot… And I am pessimistic.

I worry about my future… more than an average person would spend on a daily basis.

I have never been in love… if it happens it happens type of thing.

I’m a hopeless romantic.

A sentimental dreamer.

I enjoy writing… even if a few people read my thoughts.

I express myself better in writing than in person.

It takes a while for me to warm up to people.

I am awkward.

And I love the world wide web and all its amazing possibilities.

Love Lots,

Joan Gillen

(The girl with the messed up body clock and I am pretty sure I live in a different time zone.)