Hi! I am Joice. I have been blogging publicly since 2007, and also have been overwriting my blog since then due to sheer stupidity. So here I am, trying to make this new one work and hopefully keep for good.
I was born in the late 80s, and I enjoyed growing up in the 90s. Not sure though if it was really the 90s era that I loved, or the fact that I was a carefree kid then, or both. My childhood was awesome anyway.
I was born and raised in Batangas, Philippines in a loving family of six — my beautiful parents and three lovely older siblings. Because I was the youngest, I was instantly my parents’ pet, and my siblings hated me for that. But what can I do? I was a cute and cuddly baby, I was a funny and talented little girl with an above average IQ, I think I deserve the VIP attention. Haha. Although this was the case, my siblings and I all grew up living by the values that our parents taught us, and ended up being best friends as we grow older. I could not ask for any better siblings than my two Ate’s and my Kuya.
Teaching is what I do for a living, and coincidentally, what I do for passion. As a kid I enjoyed teaching my classmates how to read. I loved helping them solve Math problems, and I believed I was effective at it. My parents disapproved of my want to be a teacher though, as they wanted me to be the first doctor in the family.
So I took up Physical Therapy in college. My initial plan was to take Medicine after my BS, but as I immerse myself into the PT life, I loved it more than anything. As I was appreciating my PT life so much, my Medicine plans were to put to the side. Besides, med school’s way too expensive. I graduated in 2009, took and passed my licensure exam that same year, and decided to find myself in the PT practice instead of pursuing Medicine.
Less than a year after starting my practice, I was invited to teach PT. What could be more wonderful than reliving my childhood teacher dream, and continuing the practice that I love and enjoy? Of course I took the chance. I started teaching PT in 2010. It sure feels like it was yesterday, but I actually am already turning four years old as a teacher. Teaching in itself is a thing that is most wonderful to me, and what could be more awesome than teaching the practice that I respect and love the most? Being a PT teacher is just the dreamiest job I could ever have. There’s nothing more I would love to do than teach PT.
To pursue further professional education, I took up my Master’s degree in PT in 2010, and graduated three years after (2013).
When I’m not at work, I enjoy baking. I started this hobby a few years back and I have been trying to perfect my recipes — cookies, cupcakes, and cakes. Baking is what I usually do in my free time especially when I’m at home in Batangas. I’m still not an expert at it, but I try, and I genuinely enjoy making photogenic baked goodies. Hihi.
When I’m not at work, and I don’t bake, I do make up. As a teen, make up was not part of my system. I could not care less about how I look back in highschool and college. My relationship with cosmetics started after college graduation. It was my professional oath taking after board exams, and I did not want to go to the salon for hair and make up, so I went to my trusted old youtube and looked for make up tutorials. I was pretty successful with my first make up gig on myself, and the rest was history. I started expanding my collection, and began to do make up for my sisters and my friends. Until I got invited for photoshoots (since photography was a budding hobby/profession as well), events, and the likes. I still do make up, and am planning to enroll in a make up school in the future (hopefully this year).
Traveling is a luxury that I spend a lot on as well. I grew up in a family where our basic needs were met, and traveling was not one of those. So when I got the means (and time) to explore the world, I took every chance there was. I have also found the joy of traveling alone. Although I have not explored a lot of places locally, I’m getting there. The Philippines is such a beautiful island, and it will be a shame to not be able to see the rest of it.
My life is beautiful.
And yours is, too. You just have to think it to feel it.