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WEEK 50

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#OOTD

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Lazy nails! Plain neon green this time ;)

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It’s been a while since I last had my favorite chocolate!!! Yes, it can take me a long time and not get it myself because it tastes better if someone gives it to me LOL Silly thought, I know haha

Oh btw, Congratulations to my brother for passing the PT board exam in the Philippines! I’m a proud sister, hoping to see him soon 

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August 13 was scary.

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Bipolar 13th and 14th of August weather! =)) 

WEEK 47

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Ooovoo with Kev, Niko and Trina! So happy to see these people, it’s not everyday that I get to video chat with them LOL We missed each other so much we started when I woke up til 4pm- total of 7 hours! 

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Basically spent the day with them and they chose me over sleep! They were included in the list of the people I get to spend a lot of time before I left the Philippines so there’s really a lot of missing this and missing that.

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#OOTD 

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Cold Stone to beat the heat! 

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Cookie Doughnt You Want Some! =P~ Yummy but too sweet though.

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WEEK 46

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July 15-19, 2013 3rd Annual Bike Camp in Maryland. iCan Shine conducts over 90 bike programs in 32 states and 2 provinces in Canada serving nearly 2,500 individuals with disabilities. The impact of learning to ride a bicycle as their high level of success in helping individuals with disabilities accomplish this milestone continues to drive demand for their programs and fuel their community’s growth.

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My cousin, Michaela, as an incoming senior highschool student of a private institution, has a certain number of hours of volunteering for the community as a requirement for her summer break. She chose to volunteer for this camp and I am so grateful to be able to join her too.

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iCan Bike Camp is a five day program for people with disabilities ages 7 and up. It is understood that the vast majority of people with disabilities never experience the thrill of independently riding a two-wheel bicycle during their lifetime. Research shows that over 80% of people with Autism and 90% of people with Down Syndrome never learn how to ride a bike. Defying these odds is why this camp exist.

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A pair is assigned to a single biker per session, since Michaela and I did three sessions per day (75 mins per session), we were assigned to three bikers for the entire week. (Keith with Down Syndrome, Evan with Autism & Promise with Cerebral Palsy/ Sickle Cell Anemia) I’ve been assigned to the same bikers for the entire week though my partners vary. First day, our bikers were able to ride the bike in the gym with rollers as their training balance. We should be at least an arm length away from them all the time. All my bikers were so active that I had to run with them for a number of laps (with changing directions) in 75 minutes. It’s like running for about 4 hours per day not to mention non-stop talking that goes like “Look straight” “You got it” “Great Job” “Now turn” “Slow down a lil bit” “Keep it up” “You’re amazing” Our bodies were so sore! Second day was the Tandem Bike day where they were able to experience, of course, riding the tandem bike for a few minutes then back on their roller bikes. They change the rollers from less wobbly to more wobbly before transitioning to two-wheel bikes. 

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I got this injury from the second day of camp, it happened when Keith was having his tantrums because he scratched his leg on the bike’s chain and messed up his sock. From that incident on, he started going so fast that he can’t control his turns so I had to catch him before he falls so my leg scratched the edge of the roller and gave me big bruise surrounding a tiny cut. I never noticed it was bleeding til I used the bathroom after the session LOL He’s still my favorite biker though! Third, fourth and fifth day, the bikers started riding the two-wheel bicycles with the handle bar at the back where the volunteers can help them control the bike. This time, we had to go outside and it’s freakin hot. Everything was really worth it seeing them ride their bikes independently, all the volunteers were like proud parents on the inside! :”>

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Fifth day was heartwarming! Biking sessions ended 10 minutes earlier for the Awarding/Recognition of the bikers as well as the volunteers. It feels really amazing to be part of this milestone for individuals with disabilities who were able to learn how to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently. Being able to connect with them from start til the end of this bike camp gave me a heightened feeling knowing that I made an impact in their life, helped them build their confidence in doing things that they never thought they could do and gave them hope that they can accomplish their goals.

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Seeing them smile, hearing our bikers and their parents say “Thank you, we really appreciate it” and “we will miss you” is priceless. This heartfelt experience will always be my inspiration to continue giving a direct positive effect to life. These are few of the things that always remind me that I chose the right profession (NURSING), I will always have this passion about serving other people and this goal to make the world a nicer place to be. Life is such a beautiful thing 

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Nai art of the week btw! Finally got those almond shaped nails ;)

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WEEK 44

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Boy London shirt from @seashop! Follow them on Instagram ;)

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Watched Monster’s University with the family at AMC theatres!

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Nik and his Monster’s Univ Identification Card LOL

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Fresh berries! =P~

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Best combo for dinner- baby back ribs, baked potato and veggies!   LOL I stopped taking photos of food made at home but this is just too beautiful not to capture hahahaha yum =P~

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Fourth of July weekend movies: White House Down and Despicable Me 2 - Funny movies that are perfect for the whole family!

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Happy 4th of July!!! 

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Blue&Red polkadot nails ;)

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Nik baked red velvet cake! =P~

WEEK 43

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Watched World War Z with the family! 

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@ Regal Movie Theatres in Bel Air

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Photos can make waiting a lil bit faster LOL

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My first take on polka nails! Black & White ;)

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Baked Black Bottoms with Michaela! Yuuum =P~

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