Yey to Good Works (plus Giveaway #1)

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I'm super happy for Kelly Dempsey, an incredible designer from Boston. She's totally my bet to win Project Runway Season 14.

Even though, like Nina Garcia, I was also skeptical about her capabilities and fashion sense before. My wrong judgment based on first impression, ugh!  Yet she was surprisingly transforming like a caterpillar to a butterfly in every challenge. She amazed me! I find her journey in this contest inspiring and amusing.

I'm excited to see her Finale collection in the New York Fashion Week. I expect to see more from her. I know she can push herself further. I like her style: edgy, cool and out of the box. Plus, it’s evident that she puts her best in everything she does and so she deserves to win!

Most importantly, I admire her good character and work attitude. She's very humble; competitive yet a good sport. And throughout the whole season, I cannot remember her talking ugly about her fellow designers. She's critical yet fair enough.

I know that every designer has a unique perspective and gift of creativity but one struggles if ever he/she lets her be eaten by fear or insecurities.
"This is a designer who works hard and works smart." ~ Tim Gunn’s comment on Kelly, PR’s Season 14 Episode 12.
I pray for the best for Kelly. Win or lose – I believe she'll get more and more clients and fans. At the end of the day, people will love you because of your good heart and passion on your work.


I can also relate the first-ever piece I wrote for RightNow.ph: Online Tambayan ng Mga Kabataan where I gave some Tips for Freshies at Work.


I'm working in fashion retail industry for some years now. I was privileged to try various fields of work and worked with mix of people. I had days of success, failure, doubt, fear, hope, joy and losing myself in the process but my God is so gracious to hold my heart all along and let me be back on track.

Whatever we will accomplish in the future, we will never go wrong with our right values and hard work. It's also an advantage to take the extra mile to continuous learning and improving your craft. This is loving what you’re doing - called passion. Your passion will then fire up the outcome of your work.

And these are what I've also learned from Kelly's journey in Project Runway.

Today, I recommend the books of OMF Literature's Author Yay Padua-Olmedo: Going Up? and Now that You're Boss. I’ve already read both books and I must say that all the featured stories, advice and encouragements are absolutely beneficial to (new and longtime) employees, bosses (of a company or your own) and students who wants to explore and prepare before going to the "real world".



All of us will encounter more challenges as long as we live and fight for our hopes and dreams. And now is the time to give our best in everything we do. Choose to “be a blessing in the workplace today” as reminded Ms Maloi Salumbides over and over again for sooner or later, you’ll receive the reward for your hard work.


While here comes a bonus! As promised, I’m having a giveaway as part of celebrating my blog’s awesome 5th anniversary!


Below is a Rafflecopter box and just follow the instructions.
Giveaway duration: October 24-November 7, 2015. Available only in the Philippines.
A winner will be selected with Random.org.
The name of the winner will be announced on November 10, 2015 and be contacted ASAP thru email. He/She will get both (1) Going Up?: Making Right Choices at Work and (2) Attitude 101 by John Maxwell (Taglish) books.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rafflecopter Mechanics:

  1. Answering this question: How important is good character and attitude for you? (Also leave your Name, FB page link, City and E-mail address)
  2. Visit and Like BetterCurlyBlog on Facebook
  3. Visit any of my previous blog posts and just leave a comment.  Make sure to leave a message at https://www.facebook.com/bettercurlyblog or my Google+ account https://plus.google.com/u/0/117098940494052181071/ regarding your visit and comment  :)
  4. Follow BetterCurly on Pinterest
  5. Follow BetterCurly on Instagram

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any other person/company.


C'mon, join and share this giveaway too! :)
I'm excited to read your answers and meet you in my other social media accounts 
God bless! Happy weekend!

Love,
M

Bettercurly x New Opportunities

I started this blog five years ago just to release my heart's tension. I was hopeful that through writing I'd be able to overcome my anger, bitterness, pain and much of my negative thoughts. I posted random ideas that encouraged, motivated and made me happy. Yes, I was doing a reverse psychology to myself and I never realized this idea until now.

And through the years, this blog became an open letter of my life to the world. Happy and broken people read and connect with my words. The confident and those needy ones became my friends. People find my blog by searching good music, life advice, great quotes from books, movies, documentaries, et al.

And now I am glad that my blog finally found its identity after several struggling years. BetterCurly is dedicated to God Almighty thus my aim is to inspire the world through His Word, His love and my journey of faith. His love saved me. I was lost but then found.

Feeling uninspired and out of boredom, I was supposed to close my blog last year. Thanks God I did not.

Because I surrendered my future and what else to write here, He opened doors of opportunities for me. I’ve came to meet inspiring people especially authors and co-bloggers. I’ve attended concerts, seminars, book launching, conferences and fellowships. I was more surprised to rub elbows with people who I just dreamt of meeting in person. I’m so blessed to know their stories and share joyful moments with them. Some of them give me teachings, counsels and encouragements regularly. Thank you dear wonderful people!


Oh well, I’ve learned that if we truly let go and let God, we’ll be so much amazed by His next steps. God is sovereign you know! So keep writing, dreaming and doing what makes your life fulfilled.

And because I’m so blessed with everything God gave me, I’m not finalizing the mechanics for my blog giveaways. Hope you’ll continue to join me in this journey of hopes and surprises.

Thank you and God bless!
A great new week and superpowerhug to everybody!

Love,
M


P.S.
You may vote for me at Bloggys 2015 "People’s Choice Award" until end of October. BetterCurly is nominated for Personal/Diary Category. Visit the link here: http://bloggys.ph/section-1/

Voting Mechanics:


  • In order to vote, you need to have a valid: Mobile Number, Email Address, Facebook Account
  • You can vote for multiple blogs (Just select the nominees that you want to vote).
  • You can only vote ONCE per section (i.e. If you have already cast votes in Section 1, you can still cast votes for Section 2-5, but not on Section 1).
  • Creating duplicate Facebook accounts to cast votes is strictly prohibited.
  • The finalists and winners will be revealed in the gala night, November 21, 2015 at SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Taguig.



Win Presence Band's Only For You CD Album

Yesterday I got an email from the Edge Music Crew for their latest music survey and a surprise message was included!

I’ve been answering this kind of survey since last year and I truly enjoy every song they feature on it. These songs are random Christian Contemporary Music that need feedback from the The Edge Radio Philippines listeners through the Positively Pinoy website. For they also come up with Top 10 CCM songs monthly. Checkout The Edge Philippines' Top 10 songs for October 2015 playlist here.

Well, about the surprise…


Yup!  Everyone who can complete the survey will have a chance to win a brand new new CD from the Presence band, “Only For You: The New Sound of Praise”.


Presence is one of the Philippine’s leading contemporary worship bands. Their latest album was launched last August 2015 and it features heartfelt praise songs such as "Ikaw Lamang," "Ikaw," and "Only for You."

I actually came to know about the songs of Presence through listening online at PositivelyPinoy.com. It is a team of God-loving people with a vision of bringing awareness of God's manifest presence to the four corners of the world through their music. They aspire to share the songs of heaven and God's touch to those who are seeking. This is why I admire their creativity and their mission to draw people near to God through music.

Here's the Presence band's lyric video, "Ikaw Lamang" and live performance of "Only For You" during their album launch at FisherMall. Anyway, they also have a Youtube channel:  PRESENCEteam and Facebook page. .




So if you love Christian music and support OPM then go and answer the Edge Music Crew and get a chance to win the Presence’s Only For You CD :)

This survey is up to October 21, 2015 only. So hurry and take the survey (link here) so that the Edge Philippines can tabulate your scores and comments along with everyone else participating. God bless!

*This is not a paid advertisement. I just love the PositivelyPinoy team and I want people to be inspired through positive music with powerful message :)

Michael W Smith is coming to Manila!


"An Evening with Michael W Smith".

You read it right!

Just announced via Michael W. Smith's Facebook page that the American Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter is coming to Manila in November 17, 2015, 8PM at Smart Araneta Coliseum for his Sovereign World Tour. 


Tickets are now available for purchase via Ticketnet. All for reserved seating. See the event's seat map of Smart Araneta Coliseum below.

Ticket Price per section:
  • VIP    P 5,300
  • Patron A   P 3,710
  • Patron B   P 2,650
  • Box     P 1,590


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And based on Smith's tour schedule; he's also going to visit Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo in November.


Oh! I'd love to hear him live! His Sovereign album, which was released in 2014, features "You Won't Let Go", "Sky Spills Over" and "The One That Really Matters" with Kari Jobe are my personal favorites. Sovereign was Smith’s first worship album since 2008 and his first project since signing with Capitol Christian Music Group in 2013.

Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, an American Music Award recipient and has earned 40 Dove Awards. Also selling more than 15 million albums, scoring 28 No. 1 hits! Here I Am to Worship, Above All, Awesome God, Breathe, Open the Eyes of My Heart, Healing Rain, Place in this Word and Forever are just among his massive collection of amazing songs that gives praises unto God Almighty and are still used in our churches up to now.