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.
I woke up yesterday with my right eye feeling a bit swollen. It didn’t look like it was bitten by an insect, so I didn’t give it much thought. When I got to the office, Gio commented that it was somewhat red. The nurse at the clinic gave me some eye drops to help relieve it. Later, I went to see the company doctor who told me that I might have viral conjunctivitis. She gave me a med cert and told me to go home.
I missed out on the office get-together, but that’s all right. I’d rather be here than infect everybody, then we’d all be out on Monday. Weeee. The business would love that.
Human Heart Nature haul After a long time, I finally got to order some things from HHN. They’ve released several new products this year, which replaced some of the things that they’re removing from their line up. I’m a bit sad that the mango butter conditioner line is phased out, and they’re just emptying out their stock. It’s my favorite conditioner, and the peppermint one is really very nice.
I decided to get their new balancing facial wash. Fristine had the privilege of testing that before it launched and she said it was great. I must agree. It’s made for normal, oily or combination skin, which is exactly what I have. This wash is so refreshing and it makes my skin feel very clean. I haven’t tried the toner yet, but I will hopefully soon.
I also have the hand sanitizer, which is small enough to fit my bag. I didn’t like the smell at first, but when I got used to it, it was pretty nice. They also have a new make-up like called “Love Minerals” but since I don’t wear make-up, I’m not sure if I want to try it. Still, HHN has a lot of hits with me. I look forward to trying out their new products.
I’ve been really lazy with blogging in past year or two. When I first started I could write about three entries a day. Now, I’m lucky if I would get in the mood to write one a week. I’ve got tons of drafts, but hardly get them posted. I must change that.
For now, I’m going to go through my week really quick, if you’re interested.
Friday, April 23 Went with Presea to Saleng: The Traveling Bonfires at Conspiracy Bar & Garden Cafe on Lornadahl‘s invite. It’s a fund-raising event for ACAY (Association Compassion Asian Youth), a non-profit humanitarian service organization for youth at risk and run under the Missionaries of Mary. Screening of several short films (my favorite was Khavn de la Cruz’ “Cans and Slippers”), poetry reading (best poems of the night were from Of Wisdom and Love) and music was the entertainment of the night. Artists like The Sleepyheads, Anak ni Aling Juana, Ka-Laya, The Late Isabel and one of the ACAY beneficiaries performed to a very appreciative audience.
I enjoyed The Sleepyheads, as Jayvee del Rosario’s playing style reminded me so much of Gene Krupa. Conrad Garcia’s words (poems turned lyrics) were hypnotizing and inspiring. I had a great time with my friends, even though I had to leave early (early by Lornadahl’s standards haha).
Sunday, April 25 I met with Drew late in the afternoon to watch Kick Ass. Since we didn’t make the 4pm screening, we went around the nearby shops to pass time. I had him taste Dr. Pepper (which comes in ridiculously small cans now), looked at comics, furniture shops (I saw an Eero Aarnio ball chair, not sure if it was an original but it sure looked like one) then headed to food court. He had his early dinner, while I just nommed on hakkao from President’s (ironic that I had it here instead of Binondo). While waiting we saw some men sleeping at the Glorietta 4 park. It started off with one man, then two, then three. I couldn’t stop laughing at the scene.
Kick Ass was great! Bloody, violent, but fun and in an odd way, sexy. I liked the audience too, because they just watched appreciatively and reacted well to the scenes. No irritating commentators (like when we saw HTTYD), and I got to love the two guys in front of me who moved to different seats, leaving the seats in front of Drew and me clear. Yeeha. No more obstacles! Thanks for the movie Drew 🙂
Monday, April 26 My grandpa arrived the night before, to my surprise, because I thought it was going to be my dad and my brother. Turns out Lolo had his check-up scheduled so he had to come here. Miks accompanied him for his morning appointment, while I went with him to his evening appointment which we almost missed. The findings were good, his heart and cholesterol were normal and healthy for someone his age (going on 85), but the doctor wanted to check his kidneys. I hope that turns out well too.
Thursday, April 29 Salary came in early and I immediately set aside a substantial amount for savings. I didn’t want to end up using all up of my money and not knowing where it went. Lunch was free since the company was hosting a birthday luncheon for all the April celebrants (something they do monthly). My only expense was the iced caramel macchiato I got when the team went to Starbucks. My boss gave me a mug as a gift, which was actually a request from me.
There were some parlor games during the lunch too. My team lost, because the guys didn’t want to strip. The team that won had the guys stripping down to just their pants, much to the audience’s delight. I didn’t get a prize but since one of the winners already had one before, he gave me his extra. Yay!
After work, I headed to Cubao to meet my family. Tita Marilyn was here with her husband for my cousin Biboy’s oath-taking to the bar. We had dinner at Seafood Island and had a great time. The food was great, the company more amazing. It was wonderful to see my cousins, and get some goodies from Dumaguete. Tita knows how much I love the chicharon there.
Nunik and Cindy arrived home a little later from their road trip up north. They told us stories of what they did, and showed us the stuff they got. Nunik bought two kilos of Vigan longganisa, which I shall cook tomorrow.
Friday, April 30 For lunch, the team went to Cafe Lydia in Marikina. Our manager Mryla suggested this as a sort of belated birthday blowout. It’s a “hole in the wall” place, and I can’t tell you how to get there except ride a jeep from Pasig and when you get to Marikina, it’ll pass by there. I had some pasta with bacon and mushroom sauce, and we had anchovy pizza and buffalo wings for appetizers. It’s a lovely place, with great food (the servings are more than enough for one person) at a very affordable price. Lunch and dinner usually require reservation due to number of people who come there but our lunchtime visit had only a few diners, surprisingly.
Oh, and we did three cities in 5 minutes. Yeah. 🙂
Tomorrow, I’ll be seeing my friends. I hope we make it to where we want to go. Details after.
Slow day at work today, at least for me. I don’t think I spoke more than a hundred words from the moment I logged in. My co-worker was busy, and it was rather hard to talk to each other when we’re facing the opposite directions.
I spent a good time reading all sorts of things today. I caught up on the news, read some design and travel blogs.
I wouldn’t say I was bored, though. My mind was active the whole time, thinking, analyzing and processing — and I didn’t feel sleepy. At one point however, I was so tired of being holed up that on my afternoon break, I went out and took a walk.
I don’t know how long I took, but it was good for waking my mind up. See, as active as it was, it was still sort of asleep. It was a good walk though, and I managed to take some pictures on the sly.
My editing skills suck. This building reminds me of the hotels you can see in U.S. cities.
Bakugan inside the mall. Kids still play this?
Someone left their notebook. I don’t know what’s inside, and yes, that is my takoyaki. 🙂
Points of interests today: – I was down to my last P100 today. I had to budget everything: fare, my meals and snacks. I’m happy to say that I had breakfast, lunch, dinner and merienda, and I didn’t really go hungry. Still, most of what I ate didn’t include rice, which isn’t really odd, and it’s not as weird as those 3 days in 2006 when my brother and I had an unwilling fast.
– Heading home, I passed by the lavatory at the mall. I heard some children’s voices and presumed they were some woman’s kids. A stall door opened and I expected a mom and the kids but all I saw were the kids, a boy of about six and a girl of about four. The boy was telling his sister to “hurry up and don’t forget your Timezone card” while the girl was fussing with worry because she wasn’t really sure what to do. Cute kids, and sorry, didn’t get a pic.
See? I told you there’s bound to be something interesting in every day. 🙂
Oh yes, what do you think of yoga? There’s a Bikram Yoga place in Eastwood, and I’m interested.
A few years ago, I started doing a weekly “Thank You” list. Every end of the week, I list down the top five to ten things that I was thankful for.
I did that for a few months, then I stopped. Mostly out of laziness, and the fact that I lost interest in blogging around that time. Back then, it was no big deal.
Recently my cousin started a blog that listed in detail the things she was thankful for. It was, by all means, an account of her everyday but she wrote it in a way that was nothing but positivity and praise and thankfulness. Every little thing about that day that made her realize what a great life she had, she wrote down, and every sentence began with a “salamat.”
In most Filipino languages, “salamat” translates to “thank you,” and you pretty much use it the same way as you would in English or in any other language. I find that using it instead of thanks, thank you or even ty feels so much more genuine and heartfelt.
Reading my cousin’s blog makes me realize again that there are so many things in our life that we take for granted. Things we wouldn’t normally notice until it’s been taken from us, and usually in a very abrupt manner. It makes you think that the problems we encounter are so few as opposed to the blessings we receive. It’s just a matter of how we look at it and how we react to it.
I am going to try to be more attentive to these things, and start doing my own thank you entries. I know I can’t start on it full blast at once, but I’m going to take it slow. I have been inspired and humbled by my cousin (who seemed to have inherited our grandfather’s serene disposition), and I hope that I’ll never forget the things in this world that I am thankful for.
Thank you for the good night’s rest. Thank you for being able to check my email and other online stuff early in the morning. Thank you for the safe trip from home to the LRT station via tricycle. Thank you for the walk that serves as my daily exercise. Thank you for letting me get my favorite spot on the train and for the music that kept me entertained the whole trip. Thank you for getting me to the office and not be late. Thank you for letting my computer restart fast after it unexpectedly shut down. Thank you for the breakfast of siomai and coffee. Thank you for letting me finish me work quickly and noticing the mistakes that I was able to correct ASAP.
Thank you for the good lunch and Ate Tess’ looking out for us. Thank you for the occasional entertainment in between work. Thank you for the help in making the team’s work faster. Thank you for my teammates especially Marc and Maya for being so diligent. Thank you for merienda. Thank you for being able to finish my tasks. Thank you for the walk with Winston and the safe trip home. Thank you for the seat on the LRT and the little reminder that technology, albeit convenient, is far from perfect. Thank you for the entertaining shows on TV. Thank you for the ates at the eatery downstairs and for the family who owns the store below. Thank you for letting Nuks get to Candelaria safe & Miks home safely. Thank you for the chat with my friends online and relieving me of any doubts that I had. Thank you for the books I read. Thank you for today.