About Haifa Carina

Hi! I'm Haifa Carina

from the Philippines.


iOS developer. Events Organizer.

Adventurer. Ponderer. Dreamer.


I am real.
I like green!
I give hugs!
I love challenge.
I hate leeches.
I want to travel the world!
I wish I could teleport.
I need you to be real.
I will build my underground house.
I was always impulsive.
I feel restless inside.
I think I can do anything.
I say "Life is short, enjoy all the way!"


Email Me: haifa@baluyos.net
Facebook: haifacarina
Twitter: @haifacarina
Instagram: @haifacarina



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Code Familiarization vs Road Familiarization
Saturday, 30 April 2011 17:16



I've always been bad at road familiarization. I get lost many times because I can't remember which way I passed. One night, while walking with my father on our way home, I made a wrong turn. I was walking 5 steps ahead from him then he called me. He said I'm making baseless turns. In our language, "Gapataka rajud ka ug liko". Then he added being too forgetful, I can't be a good programmer because I'd keep on forgeting the code. I disagreed. I justified dealing with code and the road are not the same.



1. I created the code. I didn't create the road.

2. I modified the code. I can't modify the road.


Just that. Familiarizing with something you've put effort in creating or improving is far more easier.

She Who Laughs Forever by Danilo Punzalan Jr.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 15:40

Here's one beautiful piece my dear friend has written. Thank you so much Dan! You may be a crazy person but you're one the great friends I have.

Extracted from: http://people360.tumblr.com/post/3942389350/she-who-laughs-forever



Haifa Carina Baluyos. Okay so how do I begin.

The timid girl turned student org president really had a long way to show the world how amazing she could be, and here you go. Nothing less than one smart, hardworking and one who laughs forever. You see, when Haifa laughs, she really does laugh, no second thoughts, no hold backs. Just a pour of laughs. I mean, there’s just no way to stop her from blunting the seemingly mute giggles. Her tickle bone seems to be, well everywhere her body.


Inspiration from Atty. Lesley Cordero
Thursday, 14 April 2011 03:48


The woman who inspired me to become something more... Atty. Lesley Jeanne Cordero, National Youth Commision Commissioner-at-Large March-July 2010.


The Beginning: I AM A HOPE WARRIOR

I first met her during the Project Hope Warrior - Xavier University Leg last July 17, 2010. Student leaders from different student organizations in the university were invited. With me from Xavier Computer Enthusiasts' League (XCEL) were Kim, Donna, Dani and Dave.

She was one of the speakers. So what's the big buzz? She shared that one time in her life she attended a seminar. One speaker, a woman, came up stage on a very decent and professional outfit with a matching bag. Then she told herself, "I want to be like her." I apologize if I might have missed some points in her story but this is what I remember.

During her talk, she was story-telling on the critical events and decisions in her life. I felt like a kid back then listening to her as if she was telling me a fairytale. I can still remember her stories. They were exciting and thrilling and plain awesome.

Here's one of her stories worth sharing. She was called in for an interview. While waiting outside, she found out that the other 3 interviewees came from Oxford, Yale and Harvard. Her turn came. When she was asked the golden question which was something like, 'why should we choose  you over the other interviewees?'. I'll never forget her winning answer. This may not be verbatim but it's more or less like this. She answered, 'I may not have the credentials the other inteviewees who come from Oxford, Yale or Harvard. But if you would choose me, I will double, triple or even quadruple my efforts just to prove I deserve it.' That was the winning answer. Beautiful, isn't it?


Out with Friends at Trinoma
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 21:03


The last time I saw these guys was graduation (March 26). So what's new after the 18 days? Dan dyed his hair brown (not so obvious. lol) and Julian got slimmer. Kim's the same, still pretty.

Dan was with his nephew, Phillip. Phillip has this high enthusiasm on games. Later Dan and Yoyin, Julian's friends joined us. Both are from UP graduating tomorrow.

We strolled around Trinoma. Kim was looking for office shoes. Dan was looking for different things. We went in to different stores. Then we had our break at Krispy Kreme. Another round of mall strolling then we went home. I missed those chika moments with them. XD

L-R: Kim, Julian, Yoyin, Dan, Haifa and Dan

Post-it Obsession
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 07:07

I love Post-its. They make my life colorful. lol. They help me out with visuals mostly. Books. Reminders. To categorize pages of notes. Letters. Notes.

For books, I use them for labels. I do color coding most of the time by category. Then sometimes I use them as bookmarks. They're pretty useful as reminders in my notebook, books, walls and desks. Another very helpful role of post-its during college was using them as notes/letters to our moderator/chairman/whoever is concerned to sign paperworks or for just some reminder. Then at home, just to inform someone or everyone about anything such as, "There's Mango Float" or "I'm out. Be back at 3pm." Aside from its helpful role, I JUST LOVE LOOKING AT THEM! XD

Popsi just gave me two new adorable stacks of Post-its. Have a look!

Here's my old collection:

If food has a classic/original flavor, I have mine too! Here's my classic post-it:

This post it is SUPER ESSENTIAL to me so I have to have them with me ALWAYS. So I attach some of them to my HANDY DANDY NOTEBOOK.

I use 'em as page labels.

As notes. This was during our economics class. Calculating tax.

Here's one beauty of randomness:

This post-it was given to me by a special someone. This was the last piece left so I used it as a reminder for the finals week. I posted it on my desk. It's neon green so you can just imagine how distracting it was. XD

Another last piece of its kind. How I used it was quite symbolic. (drama.drama.drama.haha)

You want to know why? It was 19 of March when I had to really let go of someone. I made attempts to stop the war. The other side was then receptive no more. So there.. how sad. :(

Anyway, you might (or might not) have noticed I use green pen. Yes. I use green Pilot G-tec-C4. I've become attached to using it. If I'm not using this kind of pen, I would always feel uncomfortable... I don't feel like myself. But of course, that's just mindset. nyahaha.

Having an identity of your own matters to me so I continue using this yellow Post-its and green G-tec.


Review: Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
Saturday, 09 April 2011 13:27


I didn't have the intention of being a millionaire when I decided to read this book. I DO NOW!

At 2am, I found this book in the self-help category of our bookshelf along with John Maxwell books. Millionaire's mind? Is there such thing? Out of curiosity I pulled it out.

The first five pages of the book I already found myself laughing.. and it's not even a comedy book! I enjoyed reading, learning and laughing at the same time. I like this author. I like the way he shares ideas and stories. I think I like him more than Maxwell and Greene! Who wouldn't love his humor??

Part I talks about Money Blueprint and Part II about the Seventeen Ways Rich People Think and Act Differently from Poor and Middle-Class People. Every page is a treasure. I learned so much and I want more of it! When I was on my last few pages, I wished the book was thicker. I was enjoying so much that I didn't want to finish reading!

Also, he has this declaration I enjoy doing. When I see the bold word DECLARATION on the page, my mind says 'yey! declaration! i like this.'

Overall, I rate this book 10/10. Super highly recommended! Every page is a treasure. And the book knows how to make you laugh. Good for the heart! <3

If You Had a Second Chance with the One that Got Away
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 01:39


Surely each person feels differently about this movie. It's about temptation during marriage.


I feel disturbed. What if I'm in Jo's plight? What if I'd then be happily married then bumped into him one day? O.O

Fruit of Today's Labor
Tuesday, 05 April 2011 14:53

Haifa's so happy! She finally got her NBI clearance after a two-hour wait! Today's wait produced two results: first, the NBI clearance itself and secondly, i was able to finish four chapters (ch.4-7) of the book Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi.


Then I decided to cut my hair. I had plenty of split-ends. Here's how I look now! There's not much difference though. haha XD

In the beginning
Monday, 04 April 2011 03:35

I miss you.. but that I won't tell you. Not anymore.


Beautiful Eyes
Sunday, 03 April 2011 01:45

HAHAHAHA. I can be vain at times. XD



Once Upon a Time With Blessy
Friday, 01 April 2011 23:30

FRIDAY!! Met Blessy the first time here in Manila today. She's having her on-the-job training at a company at the Fort. I love her company a lot. Glad we finally saw each other!

I was waiting for her at the park in front of Glorietta 5. Nice park.


Our meeting was like we haven't seen each other for years. lol. Anyway, we had snacks at Sbarro at Glorietta 5. You have to love the view up there! It's just sad I forgot to take even one picture. Maybe I was just too occupied chatting with Blessy the whole time. She shared about her experience for the past two weeks: the situation back at school, that Danish company at Makati, a certain guy, the stress of the two-hour travel and the work itself. I shared about ECC and future work. Then we made plans after her OJT! I'm very much looking forward to it.

After walking around Glorietta 4 & 5, we stopped at Timezone. We played dance mania, basketball and bowling. We went home around eight in the evening. I had a great time! We'll see each other again at Trinoma. :D

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