My ETEEAP Journey – STUDY while you WORK hard and PLAY harder (Part 1)

It’s getting late but I am not yet sleepy, currently counting days to my graduation. Just earlier I had my graduation pictorial and just cleared almost 95% of my requirements and I am definitely on my way to it. The feeling is surreal, I can’t imagine how long the journey was and I am finally marching this May, I am still hyper and overwhelmed right now so let me use my energy to create something that might be very useful and a life changer to some.

This is going to be long, but if you want to finish your school without leaving your job or sacrificing all the time that was left to you after your work then bear with me, this article is for you.

Four years back, I called my uncle who was a Professor and told him that I want a diploma but I don’t have time to go back to college and got limitted savings for it, he told me that my only way was to go back to school. Now, I have some money in my pocket but literally don’t have time, so I thought there must be some way for professionals to finish their studies without going through all the regular students’ work.

I started searching for Open Universities and alternative education program but nothing fits to what exactly I am looking for. I can’t commit to open universities because of the demanding nature of my work plus it can get too expensive and there will be too many subjects which will take longer to finish for someone who doesn’t have the luxury of time.

(You might think I am looking for a shortcut, which is kind of true but I’d say that the best word for it is “perfect alternative” because I am supporting my family and my siblings’ schooling, I also wanted to work on my career path and growth, while at the same time juggling all my musings like maintaining this blog, taking care of my travel bug bite and my much-needed photo walks and sartorial gigs from time to time.)

It took me a while of researching about school programs before I stumbled upon Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Acceleration Program (ETEEAP).

What is ETEEAP?

Ang sagot sa mga gustong makapag tapos ng pagaaral pero walang sapat na time, dahil may work, family, friends, aura at lovelife :). At para sa mga na reject sa work at promotion dahil hindi degree holder. Char lang pero totoo!

OPPO F1s: Valentine’s Dream Date

Eight years ago, we booked our first random trip together as a friend. We enjoyed the company of each other so much so it was followed by countless of weekend getaways. One time, we took a bus, then pay  for the furthest route we think we can go to, then impulsively alight at a beautiful coastline. Since then, we became both obsessed with the idea of a free flowing trip.

So, what's the best way to celebrate the heart's day with your partner who’s also into getting lost somewhere far and unfamiliar than a spontaneous backpacking trip?

I can imagine filing a leave, packing our backpack and hopping on a bus.

Weekender: Staycation at Microtel by Wyndham Mall of Asia

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Last month (December) we celebrated our Christmas party at the SMC Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia, the location is far from home which makes a worthy excuse for a staycation.

We’ve seen few nice and interesting place to stay around, mostly from AirBnb and others were from the hotels around. However, considering the distance from the venue and the budget we decided to stay at Microtel by Wyndham Mall of Asia.

What’s good about it is that, its five-minute walk close from the venue, the rate is somehow high compared to AirBnb’s accommodations but the sea side view compensates the cost, not to mention my peg window view of MOA’s Eye.

It was around 12:30PM when we arrived at the hotel and like what I’ve always shared, I love hotels who let us check-in earlier whenever there’s an available room set. I also asked if we can request for the view with MOA’s Eye and it was granted. So nice of their accommodating staff.

The Room 

DIY: Masquerade Ball Mask in four easy steps.

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Masquerade Ball is a 15th century feature of Carnival seasons, then extended into a public costume public festivities in Italy. Carnival of Venice is one of the famous festival known for its elaborate mask.

I have always dreamed of attending the Carnival of Venice, reading about the preparation and the grand costumes on the day of the event gives me goosebumps. However, dreams like that are far fetched. The good thing is that masquerade themed parties are very common these days, especially during holiday seasons, no wonder why this theme won the vote of most employees for  our Company year end party.

Having this theme, I’ve made sure to prepare my mask, of course this is one of the most important part of the outfit. I skipped buying some ready to use one and opted to do the DIY mask using an old one I had in my closet.

So, if you are looking for ideas how to pimp some old mask this post is for you!

What you need?

My ma-ARTeng weekend at Pinto Art Museum

We’ve been hearing much about the Pinto Art Museum and its picturesque set-up, we even scheduled a visit here for a photoshoot which ended up in Pampanga.

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Last weekend though, having nothing to do after lunch, we decided to go straight to Pinto Art Museum from SM East Ortigas. We took a van going to Antipolo and ask the driver to drop us at the Ynares Sports Arena (Fare:Php30.00) and then hailed a tricycle to the museum for Php60.00.

The travel time is around 20-30 minutes from SM East Ortigas to Ynares then 10-15minutes from Ynares to Pinto Art Museum. We were dropped at the entrance of the museum where all the private vehicles of other guest were parked and proceed to the entrance gate then fall in line. Entrance fee is Php200.00 for regular visitors, Php180.00 for senior citizens and Php100 for student with ID while children 3 years old and below are free. Then, with the map and guide on hand from the registration area, off we start our Artistic tour.