Aura’s Corner

My PBB Audition Story

MAYΒ 29, 2016

Here I am, talking about PBB again as if the hype hasn’t died down yet. As much as I want to move on just like everyone else (hello / goodbye haters LOL), seeing this date on the calendar triggered all sorts of emotions for me.

Hence, this window for writing is open once again. I wonder how soon I will publish this, or if will publish this at all. You have no idea how many PBB-related blog drafts I have in my computer. All I know is – I. Must. Write.

Dear Aura,

Remember that time last year when you bravely hopped on that North-bound bus at 5 am and set out for your biggest adventure yet?

Yes, it’s been more than a year since you auditioned for Pinoy Big Brother. Too bad you’re only writing this now.

Again no, what were you REALLY thinking???! One day, you’re going to ask yourself this question, and you’re going to want a more honest answer than THIS. Nice try. Now where’s the no-sh*t reason?


13 Reasons Why You Have To Be at Bloggers United 13 #BU13!

The biggest bloggers bazaar in the country is ready to go #BackToCool for its 13th installment thisΒ June 3, 2017 at the Whitespace Events Venue, Makati!

And yes, for the first time ever, I’m finally joining! This came at a perfect time because I NEED to clean up my closet so bad. I’m excited to meet you all too! Let me know naman in person if you’re a reader / subscriber so I can thank you in person he he he. πŸ™‚

Thank you Ana for this opportunity. I actually met Ana way back in high school through our little stint as Council of Cool Members in Candy Magazine!

Here are 13 Reasons Why you shouldn’t miss #BU13!


My Youtube Experience So Far #YTFFPH

It’s Saturday today, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to edit the vlog that I filmed for this weekend because I didn’t have a laptop. πŸ™ I really thought I could be consistent with my weekly videos, but instead of giving myself a hard time about it, I’ll just take it as a reason to pause and write again.

Besides, I don’t like how my last few entries have all been about promoting my videos on Youtube. (But yeah, subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already LOL).

I decided early on that this blog will still be my main portal, and that means I have to keep on writing.

It’s a little challenging because I’m back to work in the hospital again. That means I don’t have a lot of free time to make videos AND write, but oh well! Now I understand – this is a lot of hard work, and (not but!) I like it!

I actually look forward to shooting, editing, and sharing my med school related contentΒ in this new format, and to just beΒ my wordy introspective self in this blog. I wonder to what direction this will take me, but I promised myself I will put my newfound influence to good use, so this is what I’m doing.

Speaking of influence..

Youtube Fan Fest PH #YTFFPH

Last night, I attended the Youtube Fanfest in Manila, not really knowing what to expect. When I got there – wooooow – I didn’t know Youtube fans were that solid!

It was my first time to meet avid viewers in person, and the biggest surprise for me was realizing most of them were actually kids and teens!

When I was their age, I remember being so impressionable and excited about everything, and I didn’t even have Youtube back then! Growing up, I was a super fan of Hilary Duff, but she was way too far-fetched that I never felt like I could do the things she did. (Sing to me Paolo!!)

I wonder what it’s like to be in these kids’ shoes. At least Youtubers today are relatable, reachable, and real people that they can aspire to be. I wasn’t surprised that at least ten kids came up to me and said “Ate Aura, say hi to my vlog!!”

Of course they have a vlog!!!

Why not, right? Once upon a time, even Alex Wassabi and LaurDIY had their own hesitations, but they uploaded their first videos anyway. Now they have this modern platform to inspire others to just be themselves.

One day, as much as everyone has a favorite color, a favorite movie, and a favorite actress – we will all have a favorite Youtuber!

Who’s yours? Comment down below and share the good vibes!

P.S. Here’s just someΒ of mine:
Itsjudyslife – I’ve been watching for years and I want to cry I think it’s time for a baby boy!
Anna Akana – my kind of comedy!!
TheStriveToFit – for med students like me
ChannelNotes – for those who want to start a Youtube channel
Christina Grimmie – I love you, RIP.

How To Justify Your Selfish Decisions aka Why I Joined PBB

So here’s another throwback entry, written around the time I was kind of sure I was going to be accepted in PBB. It’s pretty personal and borderline dramatic, but I’m used to it. I even love it. I love reading old entries and laughing at my then problems. I high five myself every time I am able to write a wise justification for my not-so-wise decisions.

So here it is – paragraphs worth of why I decided to allow a minor interruption, a little detour. I keep looking at it that way. I keep thinking this is how I would make “paliwanag sa presinto”.

Why I Joined PBB

Or better yet… WHAT!!? Were you thinking??

Dear Aura. If anyone asks you again, lead them to this entry. This is why you decided to join Pinoy Big Brother in the first place.

Party In The PBB House! My Honest Thoughts About Being Back

Right after the appreciation dinner, we went straight to the PBB house and had an epic thanksgiving HOUSE PARTY! In this post I’ll share to you some more exclusive pictures and videos, plus my five random and honest thoughts about being back inside the house.

1) Bakit ang daming tao!?

Having so many people talking, eating, dancing, and partying inside the house was so weird. At first I even had a heavy feeling in my chest! Deep inside I was thinking, “NOOO people you’re overwriting all the precious mental images I have of this house.” πŸ™

In my mind, when I think of my PBB moments, we had that place all to ourselves. It was always just me and Kuya Jerome chopping in the kitchen, me and Baninay dancing in front of the umm altar (with the huge mirror kasi), Cora and Tanner in the corner beside the fridge (pun intended), and Wil doing yoga somewhere/anywhere.

Now my last memory of being inside the house is something like this.

It’s like forever committing to memory a loved one’s peaceful, resting face during his funeral, and him suddenly coming back to deliver a haunting message in your dreams.

I got over it eventually. Party pa rin!!! πŸ™‚

By the way, that cool video above was created by Reggie, the same guy behind my introduction VTR! Thanks!! πŸ™‚

2) Close sila sa amin, pero hindi kami close sa kanila.

Here’s another fleeting thought upon meeting some of the crew for the first time – from the story editors, audio guys, production assistants, cameramen, etcetera. These guys know us, but we don’t really know them!

I know that it was inevitable for them to feel a certain fondness (or hate!) for us housemates. They were on the lookout 24/7 and so more than Kuya, they were the ones who knew ALL about us.

While inside the house, we liked to pretend we knew the guys behind the two-way mirror. We always thought one of them had to be “Boy Report” – the guy who always tells on us so we can’t get away with violations.

Whenever any of these lines pop up on the screen..
“Cora, nasaan ang iyong lapel?”
“Bakit naliligo si Kisses? Hindi pa oras ng pagligo.”
“Housemates, mag-Tagalog.”
… Sisihin si Boy Report!! Ang aga aga! Hahaha πŸ™‚

Another one was probably “Boy Suggest“, whose job is to snoop in on our conversations to get ideas for the next activity.
“What if tug of war yung next challenge?”
“Pagawa mo na sa akin lahat wag lang may ipis.”
“Sana may pa-wine si Mayor.”
… Uy baka marinig ka ni Boy Suggest!

Hay. I’m pretty sure at least one of them has seen me in the bathroom.

I got over that too, eventually. Sorry / congrats / you’re welcome. Party pa rin!!! πŸ™‚

3) What I really missed the most – the perfect lighting.

What else was left to do? Take. Shameless. Selfies. This time we got to use our own cameras, the type that doesn’t add ten pounds. Bwahahaha.

4) Walwal Time – SILA LANG

As much as I wanted to go all out that night, I had to save my energy because I had an early call time the next day. Same was true for most of the other housemates. πŸ™ Nonetheless, we had a lot of fun!

Here are the rest of the pictures from my camera that night. I had to keep it safe in the girls’ bedroom as soon as the pool party started.

5) When it comes to PBB – never say never!

Every time I’m back for anything PBB related, I keep on thinking it will probably be the last, only to get surprised with another invitation soon after. Never say never, ika nga. I’ll be back one day, Kuya! I’m still convinced you were there partying with us that night. πŸ™‚

That’s it for now! A lot of you are asking me to start vlogging as well, but I enjoy writing way too much to let this go. I’m thinking of sometimes incorporating my own video contents instead. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below. Suggestions would be appreciated! πŸ™‚

PBB Lucky Season 7 Thanksgiving Dinner

Here’s a quickΒ entry to share to you some moments from lastΒ week. We attended the appreciation dinner for the PBB housemates, creators, and staff, hosted by Mr. CLK, the ABSCBN President and CEO.Β It was also the first time the Dream Team was reunited in the outside world! Hellloooo guys!!! πŸ™‚

pinoy big brother lucky season 7

LUCKY to have been given the chance to meet the big bosses of ABSCBN. MayWard at the back though! Hahaha!

Here are more pictures from my camera. Hover or click for the captions. πŸ™‚

Regular Housemates Represent!

Come to think of it, all of my shining moments in PBB were shared with these people. They brought out the best in me for sure! Cora during Double Trouble Week (book smart LOL!), Tanner during the Big Jump Challenge (palaban me), and Kuya Ome who allowed me to be 100% myself throughout my whole stay.

I’m incredibly PROUD of everyone in this picture – all mature, reliable, witty, and determined individuals who just so happened to be very good looking and damn fun to be with as well. (Yes!Β Buhat pa ng bangko go.)Β  I love you guys and I’ll always be here to support! Thank you for sharing the whole PBB experience with me.

This Is Why They’re OUR Big Four

As much as I wanted at least one regular or celebrity housemate to join the Big Four, I also knew what everyone else knew – the teens DESERVEΒ to be up there together. Click the individual pictures to know why. πŸ™‚

Thank you guys for allowing me to be an Ate. As much as possible, I didn’t want to treat you as babies because you were “older” teens anyway. You guys proved me right. There’s a certain level of maturity and independence in all of you that inspired even the adults in the house. Congrats! You were there during the start and end of my stay, and I can say I really felt the difference. I’ll always be proud of you! πŸ™‚

Next Post – Party Inside The PBB House!

As if this is the first time we partied in the house, right? The difference is we got to take selfies this time. See you on my next post! πŸ™‚