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And So I Was Told

Published March 26, 2012 by The OC

Folk tales are defined as stories handed down to us through oral tradition which means it has been passed to us because of continuous telling and listening. Folk tales are different from fairy tales. Fairy tales, according to Wikipedia, involves characters like fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants, mermaids, or gnomes while Folk tales, specifically Filipino folktales involve characters like tikbalang, nuno sa punso, manananggal, aswang, engkanto, tiyanak, kapre and diwata.

Characters in Filipino folktales often are misinterpreted or at least being identified as something else. The Filipino’s kapre should not be compared or called as a giant. A kapre is a creäture that lives as a tree demon that is hairy and is smoking a tobacco. Diwatas are not fairies and so as tiyanak is not a goblin. There is much difference between these creatures compared to those monsters of the western world. Our culture is rich in its own way which cannot be compared to any other.

Growing up, my grandmother would always tell me folk tales and such. Though it is prevalent in our country, it is not worldly “accepted” as compared to fairy tales. Having these stories go with me from being a kid to a teenager, I can say that it has helped me a lot with the way I act and think. Folk tales may not always have the moral lessons and happy endings, but in the midst of the story, you get to learn some things.

Stories about the diwatas, dwendes and engkantos taught me not to mess with nature and take care of it or else, I can end up messing their home and have me cursed or such. Stories about the kapres, white ladies, and manananggals made me think twice about lurking around at night. These tales are mostly scary and creepy but it implies the so-called lessons just in a different way. This is how our ancestors have their beliefs put in action and be passed on to the next generation.


Yet Again

Published December 23, 2011 by The OC

A few days after my first award here in the blogosphere, I received another award, The Liebster Blog Award, from nepaliaustralian. I don’t really know what to say. :’) I’m yet again, lost for words. I feel really happy and appreciated. Since I have been given these awards, The Versatile Blogger Award and The Liebster Blog Award, my blog has received hit after hit after hit. You see, I thought I’ll only get hits from my friends and acquaintances because I ask them to check out my blog every time I post (talk about desperate to have traffic on my blog. HAHA.). It’s so hard to be seen and be known in this world. And honestly, I don’t really know how am I going to let people know that The OC even exists.

I know I can’t keep up with how fast the other bloggers have done here that’s why every time I read a blog, I look at how many people comment on their posts, how many people follows them, how many hits they received and how many things I wish were happening in my blog, too. :( I guess it’s my own (for lack of terms) “fault” because I don’t really have the qualities a good-always-noticed blogger should have. (this is purely based from how I see it, okay?)

1. Blogging isn’t really my first priority, I am still studying and trying to get really good grades. I’m just a college freshman and I’m still trying to make sense of my world so I’m really focused on my future and my goals now.

2. We only have one computer here at home. As I’ve said in Flawed, I live in a perfectly adequate world. We get what we need. I have an older brother who makes the desktop his office and who thinks he’s the boss here so if you do the mathematical ratios, computations and whatsoever , one is to two.. not enough. :|

3. I wish I have all the time in the world. I wish. Yeah, right. As hard as I try to give more time here blogging, I can’t. I just have a lot to do and 24 hours is not enough.

4. The creative juices. Don’t have much at the moment. HAHA. Well, not much really everyday. :(

5. Confidence. I don’t really have it. I mean, I want to tell A LOT of things but I just don’t know if people would even care to notice.

Even if this blog post seems to be full of despair. I still want to make it a bit joyous since Christmas is near! :D So, I would to give my utmost and deepest gratitude to nepaliaustralian for giving me this award. >:D<

Die Liebster Blog Award

Thank you so much for loving my blog! And as I’ve read one of your posts, the Transformation of my social life, I want you to know that in this blogging world, you’re like a mother to me. :’) Your love and support makes you a perfect mother for anyone and you don’t have to feel like you have to know things about being a mother. ;) *hugs* So thank you so much! (Now all I need is a father and a brother in the blogosphere! HAHA! :P)

And following the rules, here are my 5 top picks!

The journal of everyday life



ThE cOnFuSeD gRAdUaTe


You all deserve it, so cheers to you! Your blog posts are one of the best I’ve seen here in the blogosphere. So I hope you feel appreciated! ;) You’ve earned it. ;)


Why I Don’t Believe In Fairy Tales

Published November 28, 2011 by The OC

Fairy Tale


1. A fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures, usually intended for children.

2. A fictitious, highly fanciful story or explanation.

Warning: Before anything else, you must know I am not in the business of ruining a little girl’s dream of becoming a princess. Trust me, I am not. That’s why this entry must not be read or even be told to them for my heart cannot bear see a child’s simple fantasies be shattered into dust. Guilt will haunt me ’til the very day of my death if that happens. So please, don’t.

Been there, done that. I once believed in fairy tales, you see. I had always dreamed of becoming a beautiful princess, to be come the damsel in distress and be saved by Prince Charming who’s destined to meet and save me from all the evils in the world.

I held on to that belief for years and years and years. Until I did find a prince who I believed that he was the one I was fated to be with. Well, at least, I did believe.. at the moment.

Obviously, you guys already know that I did fell in love, I repeat, I DID. I mean, who doesn’t? (For those of you who hasn’t fallen in love YET, you will, trust me, you just have to wait.) And it’s also obvious that the relationship didn’t work out. But before you call me “bitter” or anything else by the book, I want you guys to know that I am writing this to let you know the reasons why I’ve thrown everything about princesses and castles out the window and not because I want people to know every minute detail with my past, if you know what I mean.

I guess it’s true what they say, you’ll wish you were a kid again when your heart gets broken ’cause skinned knees are easier to fix than broken hearts. Though both may leave scars on you, at least there are what we call “The magics of dermatology”. But no matter how bad you want to fix your own heart, you can’t. There’s no heart surgery that can ever heal or make the scars in your heart disappear. (I know the heart doesn’t really do all that and it’s just used as a metaphor for what’s in the mind, but do let me use it for generality’s sake.)

Being heart-broken makes you feel lots of things like:

1. You feel worthless.

2. You feel that you’re done for.

3. You feel you’re in a prison and can never get out of it.

4. You feel the world is ending.

5. You feel so alone that no one will ever come to love you again.

and so on.

But for me, I think the worst part of getting heart-broken is when you believed everything was just like what you thought it would be and the next thing you know, it already took a three hundred and sixty degree turn. This very fact made me realize that fairy tales are for kids. I am not a princess and definitely, my life isn’t a fairy tale.

Though Cinderella may have been hurt by her step sisters and step mother, or even if Sleeping Beauty was put to sleep by an evil witch, their princes never hurt them. But for us people, in reality, it’s not always the case. You may feel the best feelings in the world but never be too sure that it will last. Nothing is permanent as they say, except for change.

Another reason I don’t believe in fairy tales is because I certainly do know that life is not like the movies. I frankly, think that these fantasies (the fairy-tale-like ones) created by people and shown on the big screens are just mere translation of what most people wish that their life would be, of what we think life should be. We shouldn’t even bother dreaming that our life will be just like that. I tell you, I maybe too young to say this, but there will always be hits and misses when it comes to chasing dreams. You have to go through a lot.

Yes, it does seem that my little childhood belief has left me and is now gone but that doesn’t mean that I’ll never believe in it again. I am not closing my doors on the opportunity of getting my fairy tale or having my movie. Remember, I just said “I don’t“, I NEVER said “I can’t“. And besides, just because I don’t believe in fairy tales, doesn’t mean I don’t believe in happy endings. :) If you think about it, you would rather have a happy ending without the fairy tale-like story than to have the story like those of princesses but with no happy endings. I know it would be great to have both but in this life, you can’t have it all.

You may have not thought of this yet but we are the one’s responsible for our own book. We’re the ones who write our own stories. In my case, I can’t write it as a fairy tale because it just isn’t the right genre for me. I know that one of you or at least a few of you still believe that your life can be just like those in Disney and you don’t agree with what I said, well, I respect that and I am not stopping you guys from believing. Just be sure that in your book, you make sure that you write everything and not just those that will make yours seem to be perfect. :)

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