November 2014 Summary

I’ve got a horrific backlog of posts for this November. Work and school kept me busy, and they have their own backlog too. Quick summary of what’s happened so far, starting with the latest.

NaNoWriMo Winner!
50,312 words in 30 days. Validated my words on November 3o, 2014 10:30 PM (GMT +8). About 20k of those words were written in 14 hours of Nov. 30. I do not recommend it. Story’s not done, but I’m putting it aside until after my finals on the 13th.

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Canva Creatives Conference
I feel lucky that I was able to attend and I got to meet the people behind this online tool. I love the site, and it has been an invaluable tool for me at work. A proper post with photos to follow.

#CanvaConference kit. Had an awesome time.

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Filipino Reader Con
My second year to volunteer! Got great books, met awesome people and had a really amazing time. Post and photos to follow as well.

#FilReaderCon volunteers. Had a wonderful time. Next year ulit! Photo from @fantaghiro23

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There’s still a lot in between, but that’s it for now.

Oh my, it’s December already!

10 Reasons Why NexCon Rocked: Part 2

Continued from 10 Reasons Why NexCon Rocked: Part 1

5. The awesome panels
Most cons here are about the merchandise, cosplay and stage events. It’s only in book or comic related cons do I get to see any panels. NexCon had three of them, and each one was something worth attending. I managed to go to the Komiks Reborn and Cinema Fantastica. I know a lot of people were hoping to see foreign guests (actors particularly), but the NexCon panels were jampacked with Filipino greats in the field of comics, movies, and literature.


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4. Geekfight
Geek trivia game amped to the higher level! Fellow Whovians made a group of six and named it “Gallifrey Stands” (represent, Torchwood Manila as well). We didn’t win, but it was a respectable finish all the same. It was also their 5th anniversary, so the game was pretty intense. Lots of laughter and shenanigans, and thankfully I don’t have to turn in my geek card.


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Continue reading 10 Reasons Why NexCon Rocked: Part 2

New Topcase

After five years, my laptop went in for repairs. I had separation anxiety the day I left it at the shop, but I thought it was for the best. My laptop and I have never really been apart since I got it. It’s integral to what I do for a living, and it’s also a way for me to keep in touch with people. Not that I’m super attached to my laptop that I’ll die without it, and it’s not like I’ve been without it for a couple of days, but there is a need for it in order for me to make a living.

I left Manila for a four-day vacation in Palawan, and I survived nicely without it. When I got back, I fired it up so I could upload the photos that I took. Surprise, I couldn’t log in. After assuring me that nobody used it, I finally figured out that it was a keyboard problem.

Initially, I didn’t mind using the virtual keyboard to write status messages and other simple stuff. But as a writer, I needed a full keyboard. I called up the shop that my uncle goes to for an estimate. The cost was pretty ok, but it did take a chunk out of my savings. Still, it’s a cycle. I need to make money but in order to do that I have to spend money to get the instrument I need to make money fixed (awful sentence, I know).

I have my laptop back, and it’s got a brand new topcase. It’s as clean and as bright as it was when I first got it, and it makes me ashamed to see the other parts of the laptop so dark and dreary. I need to clean that up. But it’s nice to have a full keyboard back, and I can go on writing.

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So clean!

Post Birthday Thoughts

On my birthday last year, I ran my first marathon with Outbreak Manila, then had lunch with my mom, my aunt and her family. This year’s celebration is pretty low key, and probably the first I’ve had that didn’t have my parents or any of my siblings around. I spent the morning watching “Rooftop Prince” then later met up with Ching. We went window shopping (seems like I’ve been doing that often these days hehe), and off to Hana in Little Tokyo.

I was asked, “How does it feel to be a year older?” I replied, “No different from how I felt ten years ago.”

I’m thankful for all those who sent their birthday greetings, friends and family and even acquaintances who took time to send a message. I haven’t replied to everyone, but I will.

Thank You for another year, for the many chances and opportunities I know will come. Thank You for the past year, the travel opportunities, the new friends I met and the old ones I became closer to. Thank You for opening my eyes to certain truths, positive or otherwise.

Here’s to another year of adventures and shenanigans and life lessons!

One day at a time

It’s been about three weeks since I started working in an office again. Odd how I’ve been working for nearly ten years, but a year out of the workforce is making it a little difficult for me to adjust.

The work itself is not so bad. It’s a writing job, so it’s a comfort zone of sorts. However, it’s in the technical field again so I’m a floundering a little. In so many ways, it feels like I’m back in college: a journalism student hanging out with computer science students and zoning out when they all start talking.

I will be honest and say that this isn’t what I imagined I’d be doing with my writing skills. It pays well, no doubt, but it’s not what I feel like doing for the rest of my life. I do vow to be a better money manager this time around, so the bulk of what I earn goes into my savings.

Anyway, I’ll take each day as it comes. I’m also weighing some options, like going back to school in preparation for a future job that I’m not entirely sure I want, but it is really quite attractive.

I’m backed up with blog posts, and I have to edit some photos for a post that I should’ve uploaded last week. I’m spending ten hours plus at the office, and when I get home I have just enough energy to eat dinner, watch some TV and go to sleep. Two Mondays ago I found myself saying “Where did the weekend go?”, something that I didn’t expect to say again.

I’m itching for a trip to somewhere. My Hanoi trip didn’t push through (because I didn’t keep track of my passport’s expiry date) so my wanderlust has yet to be appeased. I’ve no plans for any trip this year, though I do want to see if I can get to Batanes before the year ends. Or at least, go somewhere I have never been to before.

I’m quite excited at the prospect.

On the tech front, I got a pocket wifi from Smart. Downside? My phone won’t connect to it. Boo. I’ll fix it this weekend. Have a good one.

Simple things

I began 2013 with plenty of hope and optimism. Admittedly, I still tend to tread lightly, and am fearful that little things will set things off on the wrong path again. I still hold a little grudge, but I am trying my best to let it go. No sense in wishing for good things when there is something that’s holding it back.

Exploring Options
I’ve been living in the province for nearly two months now, with a trip or two to Manila for a few days to see my friends. It’s somewhat more cost effective this way, and I don’t feel quite like a burden. I’ve been able to work a little better, but I’m hoping for some improvement. Who knows? Maybe before I hit my next birthday I’ll be back in Manila again.

Photographs
One of the things I do when I’m here is go around and take photos. Most of the things I photograph are plants, a few insects that don’t make me go screaming, and my toys. I’ve still got a long way to go when it comes to improving my skills, but I’ve taken a lot of pictures of fascinating things… even if they’re not so very well composed or taken. Hey, I’m not saying I’m a photographer. I’m just a girl with a camera who has plenty of room for improvement. 🙂

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Maybe I should start taking photos with themes. Hmm.

Hello 2013

Final 2012 Project

My favorite new year greetings from one of my favorite people in the world, Neil Gaiman. I did this just today. I hope you like it.

Here’s to 2013. 2012 was a very bumpy ride, and it wasn’t exactly the best. But I believe that it was meant to happen for a reason, and that come what may, I, my loved ones, my family and friends will come out triumphant, happy and stronger.

Peace and happiness to you all.