Aura’s Corner


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Baninay Bautista (Tagalog To!)

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Dear Baninay,

Una sa lahat, alam kong ayaw mong nagbabasa ng mahaba, pero for the first time e may article na tungkol sayo na sinulat ng taong may kilala talaga sayo. Kaya sana magustuhan mo to.

(Kung hindi niyo pa alam, birthday ng isa sa mga pinakamalapit kong kaibigan ngayon. Hindi ako makakarating sa party niya dahil aral mode na, kaya ito na lang ang mareregalo ko ngayong taon.)

“Sampung Bagay Na Hindi Niyo Alam Tungkol Kay Baninay Bautista.” Naks!

Sayang at kaya ko pa sana gawing dalawampu’t dalawang bagay tong nasa listahan ko. Sakto sana sa bagong edad mo, diba?

Kaso ayaw mo ngang magbasa ng mahaba diba, kaya sampu na lang…

(Yun nga pala ang unang trivia. Sana walang magregalo sa kanya ng libro.)

PANGALAWA

Sinong makakalimot noong saktong birthday mo rin last year e naevict ka sa Bahay Ni Kuya? Hindi ata nila alam yon!

James Reid and Baninay Bautista

A greeting from James Reid! Pakonswelo ni Kuya kasi evicted pala siya nung gabing yun. Hahahuhu.

Ang gulo kasi, yun ang una mong eviction. At dahil sa swerte mo, may dalawa pang sumunod.

Welcome back to the outside world! Repeat three times!!!!

PANGATLO

Hindi nila alam imbyerna ako sayo noong una kitang nakilala sa PBB. Sabihan mo ba naman ako ng, “Wala kang talent?! Bakit ka pa sumali dito?

Naisip ko pa nun, “Bad trip, kailangan ko tong pakisamahan.”

Baninay and Aura's first meeting

Omaygad! Badtrip ako nito! Kung maka-hug ka dyan! Hahaha!

E ikaw nga, ang talent mo pala ay gayahin ang pagkanta ni Lyka. “Hete eke!!”

Tawang tawa talaga ako kahit paulit-ulit mong binibirit yon habang humihithit ng mga sinusunog mong bote para sa parol.

Adik? Kaya pala nagkasundo tayo.

(Hindi pa nila alam yung joke na “hete eke” kasi hindi pa umaappear sa vlogs mo! Sobrang nakakatawa kaya yooooon.)

PANG-APAT

Hindi nila alam na sobrang talino mo rin pala.

Ikaw kaya tong maraming achievement sa school! Tapos sa buong Batangas, Top 2 ka kamo sa ano gang test i-yon?

Pilit ko ring hinahanap kung may video tayo noong tinuturuan mo kami nina Tanner at Tyler kung paano mag-solve ng Rubik’s Cube. Step by step tutorial pa! “First of all! Second of all!” Eh hindi nga ako umabot sa Fifth Of All! Paano ba kasi ulit yun?

PBB Blue Team Rubiks Cube

Alam niyo bang idea rin ni Baninay na gawing parang hollow blocks ang tower namin kaya kami nanalo? Ang baduy, hindi pinalabas yun!

PANG-LIMA

Hindi nila alam, high school ka pa lang eh mahilig ka na magpost ng mga vlog kuno sa Facebook.

“Hello! Nandito tayo ngayon sa _____!” Yan na ang intro mo dati pa. Natural lang pala talagang vlogging ang magiging trabaho mo.

Baninay Life Before PBB

High school Baninay vlogging inside a jeep LOL

Buti na lang at nabigyan ka ng tamang inspirasyon, guidance, at exposure para makapagsimula. Hinding hindi ka naman nakakalimot magpasalamat. Pero kailangan ko ring masabi na..

PANG-ANIM

Alam ko namang hindi to lalabas sa bibig mo mismo kasi humble ka. Pero sana makita rin ng iba ang nakikita ko.

Hindi nila alam na hindi lang ikaw ang Youtuber na tinulungan ni Wil. Hindi lang rin ikaw ang Youtuber na nagsimula sa PBB.

Pero ikaw ang pinaka-bongga ngayon. Tipong kahit magkakasama tayo, ang tao eh sayo lang lalapit at magpapapicture. Ano na lang kami, others. Matinde.

Baninay Bautista silver play button

Parang kailan lang, tuwang tuwa tayo sa 30,000 subscribers mo!

Kaya ang totoo, ikaw na yan girl. Ikaw na lang yan. Alam niyo kung bakit?

PANG-ANIM

Hindi nila alam, ginagalingan mo naman talaga.

Ano man ang nakita nila dati sa TV, higit pa doon ang nakita ko. Malaki naman talaga ang tiwala mo sa sarili mo. Sobrang lakas kaya ng loob mo!

“Iphone ang puhunan, confidence ang labanan!!”

Aura Baninay PBB

Ano ba kasing pabebe ginawa mo sa TV teh hahaha!!!! Love this moment. 

Hanga ako sayo sa pagpopost mo ng bikini pictures at song covers na walang kemerut sa bashers. (Ako nga hiyang hiya! Huhuhu!)

At nang hindi ka makuntento, why not magpa-concert sa Music Museum!? Iba!

Lahat ng ganap pinuntahan – kahit walang kakilala, kahit walang kasama – basta “always show up!”

Lahat gagawin! Pero hindi lang “para sa vlog!”

PANG-WALO

Para rin talaga sa pamilya mo.

Minsan ka nang nasabihan ng magulang mo na “maaga ka lang mag-aasawa at iiwanan mo rin ang pamilya.

Pero hindi nila alam, na kaya mong higitan ang ano mang naging ekspektasyon sayo. Na ginagawa mo ang lahat ng ito para sa kanila.

Na kahit na gaano ka pa kapagod, kalayo, at kahectic, uuwi’t uuwi ka pa rin sa iyong pamilya.

PANG-SIYAM

Hindi nila alam na simple ka lang tignan, pero sobrang taas ng pangarap mo.

Pinalaking prinsesa, pero kaya mo palang mag-isa. Kaya mo palang makipag-sapalaran kahit saan ka dalhin, kaya mong makipagsabayan kahit sino pang kilalanin, at kahit sinong AFAM ay kaya mong paibigin. (LOLOLOLZ)

Balang araw, magkakaroon ka rin ng sarili mong bahay. Makakaranas ka rin ng graduation.

Baninay Bautista Jollibee Crew

Napakaraming memories ng Jollibee sayo talaga! Nako kung alam nila! LOL

At ang pinakasikretong hindi dapat tinatago – na mula sa isang employee, ay kaya mong maging endorser, at balang araw, isang may-ari na ng Jollibee!

PANG-SAMPU

Hindi nila alam na sobrang saya mo lang talagang kasama, at natural ka lang na simple at masayahing tao.

Na okay lang sayong humiga sa sahig ng van, at magbeach nang naka So-En imbis na totoong bikini.

Na kahit anong hugot mo sa Twitter e okay ka naman, may lovelife ka man o wala. “Masaya lang tayo dito!!”

Baninay Bautista boyfriend

Naaalala mo pa ba kung kanino ka kinikilig sa picture na to? Ang saya mo a!

Na kapag island hopping e uupo ka lagi mag-isa sa harap ng bangka, at kahit natutulog na kaming lahat sa pagod at hilo, e sumisigaw ka pa rin sa tuwa (o takot) kasi maalon tapos nababasa ka.

Naisip ko nun, “Pucha muntanga si bebe, bakit ang saya niya. Wala namang camera.”
Pero ang totoo, “Pucha nakakainggit si bebe, ang saya niya. Kahit walang camera.”

Happy birthday, Baninay!

Tuloy mo lang lahat ng pangarap mo. Wag ka magugulat na nandito lang kami, patuloy na mambabash at susuporta sayo. Saka gumising ka na ng maaga para mas marami kang magawa sa araw araw ha! I love you bebe!! 🙂

Baninay Aura Caramoan Tugawe Cove

Hindi ka na Forever 21 kasi walang forever! Happy 22nd birthday. We’ll have so much fun this year I promise 😛


Real People, Reel World

Finally, our lucky season is over. The hype has passed. Is it okay to start talking now?

I originally wrote this post just a few weeks after I got evicted, and it’s been on draft mode ever since. It’s time!

I may no longer be as relevant at the time you are reading this, but what I personally learned and what I am about to share will always be. Especially since the show is said to be returning sooner than we all think. *Source – not so reliable.

To all fans AND haters of Pinoy Big Brother - you wouldn't know, you weren't there.

I fully understand that I agreed to be part of a show that will project me as a person with both likable AND non-likable traits. As was noted by the more discerning viewers though, in that altered reality, anything could be overly emphasized to tell a good story.

Do I sound like I’m bitterly bashing? Haha, believe me, I’m good. Here’s why.

Let me be the first to admit to you that that storytelling has worked in my favor more than once, or at least more times than it has put me in a bad light. The same is true for the other housemates.

So mad props to the real dream team for weaving together our bits and pieces, and coming up with characters that are entertaining enough for primetime, and inspiring enough to be voted, defended, and supported by loyal viewers nationwide.

What I am about then to say is only my assumption.

None Of It Was Scripted, I Swear

It appears to me that we were picked out of thousands who auditioned because our respective backgrounds and personalities fit perfectly in the CHARACTERS they wanted to project. From the start, we already had our roles in the story they wanted to tell.

Individually, we could have been portrayed as someone soft spoken or frank, goody goody or rebellious, quiet or energetic, chill or uptight, goofy or dignified – and a house full of which should naturally end up with an exciting storyline. But there’s more to us than that.

We were real people put in a reel world, to say the least.

That means if some of our actions and reactions were inconsistent with the “character” set for us, the audience will probably not see it on TV.

Here’s a more specific scenario. I was introduced as the “med student who also has a fun side”. I suppose any chance I am caught sounding intelligent ala-doktora but crazy fun with a drink in hand (six times in our season) just a few moments later – that should make it to the narrative.

That made for a very interesting story line, and I guess I don’t mind playing the part especially since a lot of other hardworking students who just want to make their families proud were able to relate. But am I really like that? Do you seriously believe I had zero fun in med school, and I had no time to chill? Luh.

Likewise, the assigned comedian of the group is not trying to be funny 24/7, nor is the resident “bitchesa” always so hard to get along with. It’s just that those parts of their personality are the ones that are most often emphasized on the final edit to elicit good reactions from the viewers. But inside the house, we had no idea what was being aired and what was not. Still, we’re all good.

You Wouldn’t Know Cos You Weren’t There

That said, of all people – only the housemates knew each other best. Even in that altered reality, we learned to get past tolerance and mere “pakikisama” and move on to become actual friends. We enjoyed each other’s company, depended on each other during tasks, and cheered for each other on our individual and group victories.

What’s crazy is how the fans have a tendency to pit one housemate against another, just because of an assumed rivalry or an ongoing tension seen on TV. We can’t blame you. It’s hard to not get carried away if there are matching sound effects and zoomed-in reaction shots of bickering and eye-rolling.

We were even forced many times to nominate each other and to pick our Big Winners, which often subjected us to misinterpretation. It is so, so hard to believe – but I honestly didn’t want anyone evicted, and I didn’t mind being evicted myself.  

Chill people!! Kami sa loob masaya lang! Bakit warla kayo dyan online!
(What I really wanted to say the moment I got out LOL)

I can no longer change the way the audience were made to react during all my facepalm moments, and sometimes I feel weirdly undeserving of all the praises and compliments during my “redeeming” scenes. I admit I still cringe at myself even up to now LOL.

Nonetheless, despite all the twists and whut-whut moments that I only saw much later than all of you did (hindi man lang ako nakareact ng maayos), I had a blast! I never felt like I was being held captive even if I was there for three long months.

Over-all, it was a positive experience for me – mostly because I chose to look at it that way.

Having been a fan of the show since I was a kid, I am definitely looking forward to watching the next editions with fresh new eyes.

As future viewers (I’m just going to be a viewer now), let us always remember to just take the show for what it is – a source of entertainment, inspiration, and for a select few, a ticket to a life changed in an instant. And P.S., just because we saw it on TV, and everyone else on Twitter thinks that way, doesn’t mean it’s how it actually happened in real life.

After all, maybe the pabebe, papansin, and maldita housemates are not actually like that in real life (check the vlogs!), and everyone’s bet for Big Winner really has no idea what she’s doing, and was actually just being.. skrengge!


Inspiration From Dr. Cat Begovic

Cat Begovic, or @beautybydrcat on Instagram, is definitely one of my favorite people to follow online.

She’s a board certified plastic surgeon who likes to post informative and empowering videos for her 1.1 million followers. Yup, we all get our welcome dose of Brazilian butt lifts and labiaplasty procedures on the daily – and I don’t mind!

I never really saw myself as a surgeon, but seeing her kick ass on IG stories makes me think to myself – why the hell not?

The other day, she posted this. I almost felt as though she was talking to me specifically!

Cat Begovic

My favorite part – “Success, spotlight, glit and glam includes also being able to disappear for a while and work on your goals.”

It was just what I needed to hear. I’ve always known I made the right decision to finish my internship despite other possibilities, but I admit I still need a little reminder sometimes.

Yes, it sucks that I was left behind by my batchmates. And it sucks even more to stay in a hospital where everyone yet no one really knows you at the same time.

Nonetheless, I’ll let myself “disappear for a while to work on my goals”. There’s actually only just one. I am so, so excited.

Excuse me while I doctor.


What’s Good?

Hello! I’m now doing my Surgery rotation wherein our call time is earlier than usual at 6:15 am every day.

Despite my perpetual struggle with poor sleeping habits and alarm clocks, I actually LIKE having to go to the hospital that early. We get to do our chart rounds and patient endorsements before 8 am, and sometimes we even have time for a quick breakfast as a group before we assume our posts for the day.

Today we didn’t have that though, because after around 30 minutes of trying to book a ride to the hospital, I got a text that said classes and work in Manila have been suspended for the day due to the weather.

HHHYYEESS!! Usually it’s only the clerks who benefit from cancellation of “classes”, because interns and residents are no longer students. I’m so glad I don’t have to do anesthesia clearance today. <3

So far, so good. I have already changed back into my pajamas, finished my morning cup of coffee, watched one episode of This Is Us, and I’m now ready to post this blog update. I figured I should do more of this instead of tweeting in threads and posting “TLDR” captions on Instagram.

(I finally know what TLDR means after someone commented it on one of my posts. Umm thanks!)

How about you? What’s good?

 


Feeling Domesticated

Life update!

It’s been three weeks since I started my Community Medicine rotation. That means I have no overnight shifts at the hospital, and I have all my weekends off. Most days I even get to go home by lunch time!

So what have I been doing with all this free time?

I’ve been attempting to study and shoot and edit videos in advance so I can have time to study, but most of my time are actually eaten up by..

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Blogging Like It’s My Business

It’s been two years since I bought this domain, with the original intention of somehow making this website my productive hobby slash profitable sideline. Well, that didn’t happen.

I’m mentioning this because I just got an email that my self-hosted blog is due for a renewal of contract in a few weeks. Mind you, that comes with a HEFTY price tag – in freaking dollars. Damn.

I also bought a new laptop in the hopes of making it another profitable investment. We’ll see!

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