Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Watch and live

I like how I can live vicariously by Facebook. When I see other people's status and photos, I feel like I am living their lives. Many of my Facebook friends were my batchmates in grade school, high school, and college who I haven't seen for years.

It's funny that I use "vicarious" because I only learned about the word in law school when we had to learn about the vicarious liability of employers, parents, and guardians. But I like reading, watching, and observing people. It must be the INFP in me.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Say goodbye

My aunt, cousins, and niece left this morning for America. We all had a good time here. It's back to winter for them and back to no baby for us.

I am starting a time log and to do list in my Moleskine journal in my iPad. I will keep track of time in 15 minute increments so it's easier for me. I hope to build my foundation habits so I have better health and do well in life. I will start with something that I can do for a month then aim for something a little bit better on the next month.

1. Sleep from midnight to 7 am.
2. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
3. Walk to school and back home.

1. Write my to do list in the morning.
2. Track time in 15 minute increments.
2. Dispose receipts and needless paper.

1. Read provisions and digest cases for class.
2. Read provisions and reviewers for bar.
3. Write supervised legal research.

1. Write in my blog.
2. Draw Quest.
3. Sketch pad.

1. Greet people on their birthdays.
2. Greet people when I meet them.
3. In silence, ask people about their life.

1. Read the gospel from my email.
2. Say prayer of Jabez in the morning.
3. Pray and bless people at night.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Eat load

I always seem to have cell phone problems during the holiday season. I will let the messages do the talking.


Hi! I receive a text from 2363 when I have load and it consumes my load. I loaded 100 on December 23 and 50 on December 26 and my load was gone. I texted STOP and DELETE to 2363 but it won't stop


Dear Valued Subscriber,

Thank you for raising your concern. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you.

For us to better assist you with your concern, kindly provide us the following:
• Your 11-digit mobile number
• Reloading channel used for Php 100 and Php 50 (AutoloadMax, Share-A-Load, Call Card)
• Total deducted amount

We will immediately attend to your concern upon receipt of the above-mentioned information.

If still receiving offers and unnecessary messages coming from 4 digit Value Added Services access number, just reply it with CHECK to know the active subscription/s to that particular access number. Replying CHECK is free of charge.

Or unsubscribe your account by following the STOP, CANCEL, OFF, REMOVE, QUIT or UNSUBSCRIBE procedure on the lower part of every VAS (Value Added Services) messages that you will receive. Balance threshold is Php 2.50 to push unsubscription.

We hope to receive your response soon.


Hi! I'm XXXXX. My number is XXXXX. The loading channel is AutoloadMax. The total deducted amount was Php 145 to Php 150.

I already called the Globe hotline (7301000) and raised this concern. Globe will investigate this matter for five working days.

I also replied with CHECK to 2363. But their reply is: "You do not have any active subscriptions in 2363." So I can't unsubscribe from 2363 because apparently I am not subscribed to it.

I don't have any load balance right now so I can't use the push unsubscription. If I get load, it might be automatically deducted so I am not getting load for now. I also don't know of any subscriptions that I might have.

The reference ID for this Globe transaction is XXXXX. If you could help us in speeding up the investigation, that would be great! Thank you!


Dear Valued Subscriber,

Good day!

Thank you for raising your concern. As checked, the reference ID: XXXXX was made dated 12/27/2013 11:00:28 AM. Please monitor feedback after 5 days. This is the standard monitoring time for the case.

Thank you very much for your understanding as we work on this matter.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Be vocal

Here is my plan: I will write stories everyday. Here's my story for today.

We ate dinner at a restaurant. After finishing the food, my mother asked for a glass of water. She asked us if we wanted some. I said yes, but my mother didn't hear me. So the waitress came back with only one glass. So I had to ask the waiter to bring me another glass. My brother said that I should be more vocal.

Monday, December 16, 2013


I am glad to have our relatives stay in our home. They are so chill and fun people. Our home is livelier because our niece plays and asks about everything. Thank you for being with us.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Ten books

Ten books that have stayed with me in some way:

1. Four Gospels by Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal
5. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
6. Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
7. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
8. The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren
9. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
10. The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Aim high

Haha! I got 95 on our quiz. I made a mistake due to carelessness. I confused deaf and deaf mute with blind. We can do this, guys!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

I have Asperger's syndrome

Hi! I think I might have Asperger’s because I need to do the right thing, don’t have many friends, and have low social skills. But I can’t memorize well. My personality type is INFP so maybe I’m just extremely introverted, intuitive, and perceiving.

“You have to actually want to be close to one person.” While I want to marry, have children, and homeschool them, being close to people is a problem. When I am out of the house, I study by myself, eat by myself, and even watch movies by myself. I just go to class, listen, take notes, and recite as best as I can. I do things with people when they ask me, but I seldom ask them to do things with me. It would feel like I am imposing myself on them.

“You need to find the thing that’s going to work for you so you can have that one intimate relationship.” How do you find this thing?

“So part of getting along in the world with Asperger’s is accepting that not everybody has to have a high IQ job just because they have a high IQ.” I’m in law school because we had a legal crisis in the family. My family said to me that I could study in law school and do whatever the lawyer was doing. I knew about my personality type in college, but I didn’t know that it would be a bad fit in law school. I can’t memorize well, can’t think fast on my feet, and don’t compete well. Sometimes I think that I should have pursued art or stuck with being a researcher.

“The other thing you can do with work if you have Asperger’s is specialize.” I read the book Do What You Are, and the only job related to law is legal mediator. I can do that. I read a lot of self-help books, even though I don’t apply all of the ideas. I like the Myers Brigg personality test and think about the personality types of people I know.

“The person with Asperger’s needs to understand that they need a life partner and they need a job.” I understand that I need a life partner and a job. A job is something that I could do with hard work. When I applied for my first job, I applied for at least 100 jobs and got 10 interviews and 2 job offers.

But when it comes to having a life partner, my first thought is always, “Who would have me?” I like people but don’t want to be close to them. Should I apply what I did to get a job to find a life partner? I’m not even attracted to men. How could I date them? Maybe I should find someone like me.

Saturday, December 07, 2013


Today I recited in intellectual property law, but I will still recite next week to resolve two seemiglt contradictory provisions in the Intellectual Property Code. We also had criminal law review, but no one was called there.

Tonight I went to the surprise birthday party of my cousin. Happy birthday! The last time I saw her was in November last year. Now I just met her boyfriend of one year and his family. I also met her cousins from her mother's side. Happy weekend!

I just discovered the Draw Quest app. It's very simple and fun to do. They give you an idea or a quest of what to draw. Then you can draw whatever you want using a brush, a marker, or a pencil. You can erase or undo previous strokes. After you're finished, you can just post it. If people like your work, they can give you a star. I own the copyright here because copyright vests upon creation.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Alalahanin si Bonifacio

Tumira ako sa Fort Bonifacio ng maraming taon bago kami lumipat dito sa bahay namin ngayon. Malapit sa puso ko si Boanifacio kasi parehong sundalo ang mga magulang ko noong nagtratrabaho pa sila.

Gusto ko sana sabihin na kasing tapang ako ni Bonifacio, pero hindi ako ganoon katapang. Sapat na sa akin ang gumawa ng mabuti at tumulong sa mga nangangailangan hanggang kaya ko pa.

Kaya malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa ating mga bayani, noon at ngayon, na tumutulong sa mga kababayan natin bukod pa sa kanilang mga tungkulin. Mabuhay ka, Andres Bonifacio! Mabuhay kayo, mga bayani ng Pilpinas!

Clean up and set up

Today we cleaned things in the bedroom because our relatives will be coming tomorrow. I just put books on the shelves, put things in the cabinet, and set up the desktop computer. Here are pictures:

Spiritual books on a shelf

My books in a book cabinet

Things stuffed in a bottom shelf

Old computer, new setup

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Map of Panem

I found an official map of Panem, the place of the Hunger Games, and filled in the districts based on information from the internet. Take a look:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Celebrate life

Yesterday we had Courts of Law. We won in volleyball, dodgeball, and futsal. Then we went to Jam and Je's wedding. It was beautiful and amazing. Today I just studied for civil law review and conflicts of law. I am still sleeping late. Good luck!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Stay alive

Today I watched the Hunger Games. It is so amazing. I like all the action scenes. I even jumped in my seat when I saw the poison, the baboons, and the lightning. I highly recommend it. The ending has a cliffhanger because this is just the second book. I hope to watch the succeeding movies next year and the year after next.

In other news, we finally met our professor for intellectual property law. She lectured that we have intellectual property law for the common good and there is conflict mainly because of access and control of intellectual property. She gave us an assignment for next week.

For criminal law review, our professor just lectured to us and narrated the cases without notes. He really remembers the facts and the rulings. He even told us about jueteng and criticized some of the decisions.

Then I went home and saw that we have new furniture. It is nice to be home.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Yesterday I recited in private international law and answered all the questions. Today I recited in civil law review and it was a failure. I was not responsive and gave unrealistic answers. We were only discussing the provisions, and there were no examples or cases yet. The professor gestured me to sit down. At least I took a break from reciting. This means that I have to memorize and understand the provisions and master the cases. I just have to prepare harder. Know all the rules and exceptions. We can do this.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Be a Time Warrior

I am reading Time Warrior by Steve Chandler. The first thing I got is to do it now or never. If I don't do a thing now, I either never do it or I write down the time that I should do it. The second thing I learned is to give more time for myself to think and to be creative. Reduce distractions and give youtself more time to solve problems. The third thing I got is to make process goals. Make brief goals that you can achieve in the short-term. This is a great book for everybody because everyone has to make time for what is important to oneself.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Study while sick

This week I have been sick with the cold. I took NasaThera (phenylpropanolamine) twice a day and later discovered that it increases the risk of stroke in women so I stopped it. We had a lecture in commercial law review, a quiz and recitation in civil law review, and a lecture in medical jurisprudence. I read the cases in the book on conflicts of law today. I just rested this afternoon.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Begin school

Today is the first day of the second semester. I have two classes on Thursdays. Today our medical jurisprudence professor did not show up, so we had a free cut. We also met our professor in private international law who also taught persons and family relations and is also my professor in supervised legal research. We won't meet next week so she just told us to read her book up to chapter 3. I have more time to study and research.

I went home and watched the Senate hearing with Janet Lim Napoles. She just answered with "I don't know" or "I invoke my right against self incrimination." It would have been so funny if it weren't so tragic. As we learned in taxation, taxes are the lifeblood of government. Then we see billions of pesos being wasted by our government officials and corrupt persons. I hope this would change with us.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Start a blog

Today is a productive day. We went to the bank and I paid my tuition. Then we went to another bank, withdrew money, and deposited money in another bank. We had our car repaired and ate at the new Chow King branch. Then we went home and ate lunch.

After lunch, I checked my email and saw the Start a Blog Challenge. I signed up and challenged myself to write everyday. I plan to write what I learn everyday in law school and in real life. Since I have to write at least 500 words per week, I can write at least 100 words per post. My goal for this month is just to write everyday. Next month, I can write more useful blog posts.

Later I will write a review of related literature for my supervised legal research. My topic is support for illegitimate children. Tomorrow I will start school. Good luck to me!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Visit and win

This week we visited my grandfather's grave at Libingan ng mga Bayani and our grandparents' graves in the province. Today we also won Php 1,720 ($43) at the lotto. Tomorrow I will enroll for the second semester. My Form 5A says that I am graduating. Good luck!

Monday, October 28, 2013


Today I voted in the barangay elections. We also shopped for groceries and paid bills. The neighborhood children had their trick and treat this afternoon. I am just taking a rest today. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dream well

I dreamed that I was in school. Then I picked up the final exam from a former dean, our professor in international law. I got the instructions around 11 am and the test was due at 3 pm. The last thing I remembered was writing the exam in the library past 2 pm. Whew! Thank goodness I already passed public intrernational law.

In other news, I passed all my subjects for the first semester. My grades even exceeded my expectations. I was just hoping for grades of 3.0 or passing in all my classes. But I got 2.75 in negotiable instruments and agency and partnership. Both subjects were taught by bar topnotcher professors so they were both strict. I got 2.0 in public officers and election law and 1.75 in labor law review and remedial law review.

Today is the last day of the bar exams. I was not at UST, but I prayed for all our bar examinees. We hope we will have a successful bar exam when our time comes. Thank you, Lord!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Review the Third Quarter

Did I fulfill my last quarter goals?

I did not make goals for the last quarter. I just wanted to do my best in my studies. I reached that goal because I attended all my classes and studied all provisions, cases, and readings.

What were the most important words the Lord gave to me this quarter?

I do not know the most important words the Lord gave to me this quarter. I just remember: "Seek first the Kingdom of God, and everything will be given to you."

What were my greatest blessings these past three months?

The greatest blessings I have received these past three months are my family, my friends, and my studies. I am a quiet person, and I like when my blessings also come quietly.

What are my most pressing needs for the next quarter?

My most pressing needs for the next quarter are my studies, my family, and my money.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Go to Katipunan

Today I did not recite in class. I went to Katipunan to buy a pen and eat chicken teriyaki. I finished reviewing agency and negotiable instruments. Tomorrow will be for trust.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Recitation day

Today we were able to move to my boarding house early. Then I was called to recite in election law and remedial law review. I finally finished the commentary on the general provisions on agency. Tomorrow I will read labor relations, finish agency, and review negotiable instruments.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Family day

First, I studied agency, public officers, and negotiable instruments. Second, we ate a family dinner at Amici. Third, we are safe in our home despite the strong rains.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Three Blessings

Today I write about three blessings I had for the day. Studies say that writing down blessings can boost one's health. First, I learned more about special proceedings in class, such as when to apply for judicial settlement and how to prevent escheat. Second, my family and I heard mass today and the priest was very lively in the homily about the wicked steward. Third, I got home safely even though it was raining very hard. Thank you, Lord!

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Cultivate daily habits

Today I started doing eight daily habits:
1. Wake up at 6 am.
2. Eat breakfast.
3. Study in the morning.
4. Draw from reality.
5. Read the Bible.
6. Review for the bar.
7. Exercise for 7 minutes.
8. Greet people.

I use a free app called Daily Goals to track them. I just do the bare minimum.
1. Wake up any time before 7 am is fine.
2. Eat food with carbs and protein before 11 am.
3. Study for at least one hour before noon.
4. Draw something that I see in front of me.
5. Read the gospel, psalm, and readings.
6. Read at least twenty provisions.
7. Do the 7 minute workout minus planks.
8. Greet people on their birthdays on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Political Values

Radicalism 72 
Socialism 37.5 
Tenderness 56.25  

These scores indicate that you are a moderate progressive; 
this is the political profile one might associate with a university professor. 
It appears that you are skeptical towards religion, 
and have a pragmatic attitude towards humanity in general.  

Your attitudes towards economics appear capitalist, 
and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of 
someone who would generally be described as a political centrist.   

To round out the picture you appear to be,
political preference aside, 
an egalitarian with primarily strong opinions.  
This concludes our analysis; 
we hope you found your results accurate, useful, and interesting. 

Unlike many other political tests found on the Internet 
which base themselves on untested 
(and usually ideologically motivated) ideas, 
this inventory is adapted from Hans Eysenck's own political inventory
which was developed after extensive empirical investigations in the 20th Century.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Rain, rain, go away

There has been a perfect storm here in Metro Manila for these past four days. It started when we visited our aunt on Sunday afternoon. Then I stayed at the boarding house because I have a midterm exam on Monday. That exam was cancelled and moved to Wednesday. The weather was so bad that work and classes were suspended on Monday and Tuesday. Today is a holiday, but our exam was also cancelled and moved to Monday. So I am just here in the boarding house. I hope everyone stays safe and sound in this weather.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

No day classes

Yesterday I ate at Pancake House because there were no more pancakes in the fast food places. That was expensive for me, but I have to give an incentive to myself to eat breakfast. I didn't have Public Officers so I just studied Agency. I was able to read 20 cases but haven't digested them yet. I also got called in Remedial Law. Our professor asked us why special civil actions are different from ordinary civil actions. This wasn't in the books at all, but he told us that the nature, parties, and reliefs are different and very limited in special civil actions.

Today I was out most of the time. I ate bread and crackers and drank hot chocolate. Then I ate lunch at Chow King. Then I volunteered at the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. The people were very friendly but I won't tell their names in case someone really reads this. I ate at Jollibee and rode with our chairperson in our inactive organization. Haha. I ate seafood pasta along JP Laurel Street. Then I attended class, and I'm so relaxed because I won't be called. The best news came at night when I learned that we won't have Agency tomorrow (or today since it's 2 AM now). I just digested 7 cases then stopped when I heard the news.

Tomorrow, I will just review for labor law review and attend remedial law review. Happy weekend!

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Enjoy your weekend

Today is UPCAT weekend so I don't have class. Yesterday we went to the car dealer and had the car seats installed. Then we went to my cousin because it was her husband's birthday. Today, they got the refrigerator, bed, and mini table. I  just did a seven minute workout, but wasn't able to do any of the pushups or planks. I also finished my nego readings. I will just digest them later.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cancel everything

Many things were cancelled: nego class yesterday and prison visit today. I just read puboff and wrote remlaw. Tomorrow, I will review puboff, remlaw, and nego. If I have time, I might do the envi research. I just read creepy pasta and drew rainbows on my apps.

Monday, July 29, 2013

No class

We have no nego class today. I can study puboff, write remlaw, and review nego today. Yesterday we sent off Our brother to the airport to Palawan. We also sold our old paper and got P957 for it. I also read creepy stories over the internet.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Make habits stick

1. Make “micro quotas” and “macro goals”

a. Macro goal: Graduate.
- Read lessons and cases.
- Digest lessons and cases.
- Practice reciting if on deck.
- Practice answering exams.
- Research and write papers.

b. Macro goal: Pass bar.
- Read provisions and digests.
- Memorize important provisions.
- Practice answering exams.

c. Macro goal: Be healthy.
- Sleep on or before midnight.
- Sleep from 6 to 8 hours.
- Wake up from 6 am to 8 am.
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water.
- Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Eat rice, fruits, and vegetables.
- Brush teeth after every meal.
- Stand and sit up straight.
- Drink milk before sleep.
- Wash before you sleep.
- Drink your medicine.

d. Macro goal: Be organized.

1. Organize time.
- Make a to-do list for the next day.
- Wake up, take a bath, and eat breakfast.
- Work in the library or a quiet restaurant.
- Charge the tablet in the library.
- Take breaks or eat between sessions.
- Call home, drink milk, and wash.
- Work at the study table before midnight.
- Keep the tablet in the bag, not at the bed.

2. Organize paper.
- Sort school papers in locker by subject and use.
- Sort school papers in house by bar subject.
- Use colored folders to sort school papers.
- Sort family papers by person and use.
- Use folders and racks to sort family papers.
- Dispose old newspapers, receipts, and flyers.
- Sell used paper and other recyclable items.

2. Create behavior chains

If it is 8 am on weekdays, then get down from bed.
If it is 7 am on weekends, then get down from bed.

3. Eliminate excessive options

- For breakfast, eat at Rodics, McDonalds, or Jollibee.
- For lunch, eat at Gyu, McDok, Lola Lita, or UFS.
- For dinner, eat at Gyu, McDok, Lola Lita, or SC.

4. Process plan (but don’t fantasize)

- Planning: focused attention on steps to reach goal
- Emotion: reduced anxiety.

5. Eliminate “ah-screw-its”

- Examine your habit and find exactly where things start to break down: It was easier to just stay in bed.

Dream travel

I had a dream. I went alone to Romblon because that's where the husband of my cousin lives. I waited for my cousin near the city and I finally met her in the afternoon.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Eat breakfast

Today I ate breakfast at McDonalds so that I could wake up earlier and study before lunch. For the past few weeks, I don't eat a big breakfast and just eat lunch as my main meal because I don't wake up early. So I will be eating the kind of breakfast that I like so that I could wake up early.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Try and try

I wrote a post but forgot to save it. Here's a shorter version. I recited twice in nego, wrote a paper for remlaw, and finished reading for puboff. Tomorrow, I will read nego, puboff, and remlaw. I download a lot of books. Lebron James is coming to Manila and I hope my mother and brother can see him live.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Let sleeping dogs lie

I wrote a letter to an advice columnist about my problem last year. I just read her answer today: "Take a deep breath and be mature and open-minded about your perceived problem. Let sleeping dogs lie. Nobody is going to die if you never find out the truth."

This is good. Now I can rest easy and not worry about this problem. If some people who know about this secret ever ask me or my family why I am not doing anything, I can just show them this answer.

Let sleeping dogs lie. Each word has multiple meanings. Let can mean allow or make. Sleeping can mean sleeping or dead. Dogs can mean the animals or persons who act like dogs. Lie can mean rest or falsehood.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Better late than never

Today I was late to class because I woke up late. I woke up late because I slept late. I can and ought to sleep early. I was called to talk about co-ownership. Good thing I knew about it. Then I found only one annotation for the remedial law paper. I went to SM Aura for the Philippine business expo. I got freebies and a raffle ticket. Then I went home and tried studying for negotiable instruments. I should review the book and cases tomorrow.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Give and receive

Last Tuesday, I learned that one of my professors was in the hospital. I thought of donating to the law student government. I went to their room and gave them Php 500 ($12.50). For me, that's a lot of money because it's almost the equivalent of one-fourth of my weekly allowance of Php 2,000 ($50). The P500 I gave could have been my food for two to three days.

I usually give P500 when the person is someone I know or when there is a big cause or emergency. I'm amazed that I can give such a big amount even though I have limited personal cash. Maybe it just shows that we can thrive even if we have so little. Of course, when we have more money, we ought to give more.

Get well soon, professor, and God bless!

Review and rest

Yesterday I started my bar review by reading codal provisions. I was also called in puboff last Tuesday and in nego yesterday. I don't know if I understood the cases for puboff but I will read them later.

My cystic acne is getting worse. I already sent home my powders and makeup because they might be the cause. Then I read that sleep deprivation, high glycemic index, and dairy products can aggravate acne. So I could try sleeping earlier, say at midnight. I can cut down on sweets and try soy milk.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Make it just in time

Today I woke up from 6 am to 8 am only to sleep again. Then I finally left my bed at 8:30 am. I ate breakfast, prepared myself, and went to school before 10 am. Thank goodness I was not called today.   So I started with 10 pages out of the assigned 50 pages for Wednesday.

I ate at Katag after thinking they have roast beef again. I was wrong. I didn't like any of their rice meals so I just ate pasta. Long Island still has better pasta. I studied the public officers book in a reading room in Palma Hall. I slept and played games as well.

Then I went to Katipunan to buy lotto tickets. Afternoon is a bad time to travel along Katipunan. Then I went to Cubao because I still have my LRT card. I have to use it before it expires. I called my grandmother in the province and thanked her for the food she sent us.

I went to the bookstores thinking I can read my cases in a chair there. They don't have chairs. So I went to the food court and read the public officers cases. Then I ate dinner from Oriental Bowl. The honey chicken is good but the pancit was not good. I remembered to buy milk so I bought 3 packs of milks for less than P20 each in the grocery.

 I called my mother when I went home. Then my lock exploded so I fixed it. I was able to put it back together but it doesn't work now. I paid my landlord. I studied part of my lessons. I watched television. I blog. This is my life.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Health is wealth

Last Friday, I just had one class in the evening. I woke up at 9 am and stayed in bed till 11 am. I ate at Katag in Faculty Center. They have delicious food at affordable prices. I will eat there on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.

Yesterday I recited in partnership and remedial law. The first recitation was better, but both were good enough for me. We will have makeup classes in remedial law on July 20 and in partnership on July 27. So I will go home late on those nights.

Today we celebrated mass and visited my aunt. She is now better at home. Then I had a headache after our visit. Maybe I should rest more and avoid anti-histamine medicine. Health is wealth. Mommy read a touching letter from my grandparents. I should call them tomorrow.

I talked to the dayghter of my landlord and my room mate. I forgot to pay the rent even though I saw my landlord today. I am reading on Amazon a book by Jared Diamond called A World Until Yesterday.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Leave the tablet alone

I should leave my tablet in the closet and not bring it with me to bed. I end up sleeping one hour later after going to bed because I still use my computer. So I will try it later at night. Good luck to me.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013


Yesterday I was called to recite in public officers. Today I was called to recite in negotiable instruments and labor law. It was good because I answered the questions and did not fail. I will probably be called in remedial law tomorrow and partnership on Saturday. This week is my recitation week. I can prepare every day as if I am going to be called.

Today I learned how to find free ebooks on Amazon.This is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-eBooks/zgbs/digital-text. Choose the top 100 free in the category you want. Download the books and the Kindle app to your computer. I must have downloaded hundreds of ebooks from Amazon but I just keep them in the cloud. I only keep about a hundred ebooks in my tablet.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Think of solutions

Here are some business ideas for the Philippines:
1. Online Shepard's citations of Philippine cases
2. Online registry of job history and skills
3. Online directory of all public officers
4. Community libraries with free wifi
5. Cheaper housing in urban areas
6. Cheaper property registration
7. Database on public roads
8. Good flood management
9. Cheaper book publishing
10. Honest security service

Monday, July 01, 2013

Start from scratch

Today I reviewed nego and volunteered in class in the morning. It was ok because the professor did not penalize me. Then I wrote the paper for remlaw and spent P100 in the computer lab in the afternoon. In the evening, I went to Katipunan to buy lotto, went to Cubao to eat dinner and read the puboff book, went to the house to read puboff cases. I haven't reviewed for the bar today.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Finish the first half

Today is the last day of the first half of the year. It is the end of the beginning. Tomorrow is the beginning of the end. I have to study well for my classes.

Here is my simple study schedule:
AM (8-12): NEGO
PM (1-5): PUBOFF
EV (6-12): REMLAW







I have 15 months to study for the bar exams in 2014. We'll set the first review from July to September 2013, the second from October to December 2013, the third from January to March 2014, the fourth from April to June 2014, and the fifth from July to September 2014. For the first review, we'll focus on the codes.

1st month - Constitution
2nd month - Administrative law, local government
3nd month - International law, public officers

1 Labor standards
2 Labor relations
3 Social legislation, procedure

1 - Persons 2 weeks, Succession 2 weeks
2 - Obligation, Contract 2 weeks, Property, Prescription, Sale, Lease, Title 2 weeks
3 - Credit transactions 2 weeks, Torts, Damages 1 week, Partnership, Agency 1 week

1 Income tax
2 VAT, property tax
3 procedure

1 Corporations
2 Insurance, Transportation
3 Credit transactions, Negotiable instruments

1 Principles
2 Felonies
3 Crimes

1 Civil Procedure
2 Criminal Procedure
3 Special Proceedings, Evidence

1-2 Legal Ethics
3 Judicial Ethics

For June 2013, we'll review the Constitution, labor standards, persons, succession, income tax, corporation, principles in criminal law, civil procedure, and legal ethics.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to my brother Fred! He is my opposite in many ways. He is male, big, and loud. I am female, thin, and soft-spoken. He has many friends and goes out a lot. I have few friends and often stay home and study. We love each other very much.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Learn something new

1. If you plan to loan a big amount of money without security, break the total loan into smaller loans of P100,00 each. If the borrower does not pay, you can file an action in the small claims court.

2. If you are the President of the Philippines, appoint the executive officials that must be confirmed by the Commission on Appointments while Congress is in recess. These officials can start working already before the Commission on Appointments can confirm or disapprove their appointments.

Learn something new

1. If you plan to loan a big amount of money without security, break the total loan into smaller loans of P100,00 each. If the borrower does not pay, you can file an action in the small claims court.

2. If you are the President of the Philippines, appoint the executive officials that must be confirmed by the Commission on Appointments while Congress is in recess. These officials can start working already before the Commission on Appointments can confirm or disapprove their appointments.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Try and try until you succeed

Today I got two failing marks in negotiable instruments. The first failure was because I agreed with the majority that the parties to a bill of exchange are the drawer, drawee, and payee. The correct answer is only the drawer and the payee are parties. The second one was because I forgot the definition of a condition. I just said a condition is an uncertain and future event.

The same thing happened lat Saturday in Partnership, Agency & Trust because I was asked by the professor on insolvency, income tax, corporation, and co-ownership because I already took up classes on the. He even said that I should have a warranty for my previous class. Sorry, professors, I will do better.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Be healthy, wealthy, and wise

Yesterday we visited our aunt who suffered a stroke. Only my mother was able to see her, but we're glad she is alive. Then we went home and our uncle, his wife, and our cousin were waiting for us at home. They were able to find a boarding house last night. My cousin suffered appendicitis last year, but now she is all right.

My mother helps our relatives. The money she lent to them was supposed to be a loan, but now it looks like it would be a donation. You need money to pay the hospital for the operation, the scans, and the rooms. They don't have money so they ask my mother. Thank goodness, my mother is healthy and wealthy. By wealthy, I don't mean extravagantly rich, but she has money to spare for emergencies.

The doctor also told mother that stress could cause headaches and strokes. Sometimes headaches could be symptoms of a stroke. We usually get headaches when we're stressed. So we must learn to relax. I should pace myself and do not rush. Don't worry, be happy.

On Saturday, I stayed up to 2 am last Saturday to review cases for partnership. I woke up at 6 am and went to class from 9 am to noon. Though I had a nap from 1 to 3 pm, I still felt bad. I realized the importance of the saying: "Early to bed, early to rise makes man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

Friday, June 14, 2013


I don't have a research topic yet, but I will definitely write about family law.
1. Article 36 (psychological incapacity) is out because it has already been exhausted.
2. Reproductive health (RH) is also out because it has probably been exhausted too.
3. I can write on the divorce bill because I believe marriage should be free.
4. I can write on support, because support can take a long time through courts.
5. I can write on illegitimate children since it's not their fault they were born that way.
6. I can write on maternal health & infant mortality as Millennium Development Goals.
7. I can write on violence against women and their children (VAWC) to stop the abuse.

I already have some research topics for other legal fields based on Facebook trends.
1. Constitutional law - Pol Medina's suspension and resignation over a comic strip
2. Administrative law - How to mitigate the yearly floods and storms in the Philippines
3. Administrative law - Official use of Filipino languages in laws, rules, and regulations
4. Labor law - Contractualization of medical staff in government hospitals - Taguig
5. Property law - Conflict in conditional land donation to local government - SM Aura
6. Property law - Government land leases to private sector - UP Technohub, BCDA
7. International law - Maritime disputes - China, Taiwan, West Philippine Sea
8. Election law - Voter education, election campaign reform, election fraud

Saturday, June 08, 2013

End and begin

Today is the second time that I will blog this month. So many things have happened this week. We turned over our cases to the new law interns and finished our summer legal practicum requirements. For me, I had to submit a form and discuss something with the director. We also enrolled and attended our first week of classes. I have no internet in the house so it is only now that I remembered to blog. I can't believe that I'm in my fourth year of studying law.

We have 16 months to go before the bar exam in 2014. Although I do not plan to march in the graduation ceremony in April 2014, I hope to graduate by June 2014 so I can take the bar exam in October 2014. Our professor in partnership, agency & trust told us that we should study as though we just took the bar and failed it. Imagining this would strike fear in us and force us to study. Fear would force us to stay awake and study better than ice and cigarettes. He also said that we should learn another language and practice whatever language we know. The more we memorize, the more we know. The more we repeat, the more we remember.

Our professor in remedial law review also told us to know the rules by heart. I feel bad in that class because I am unable to answer basic questions instantly and have to look up the provisions in the Rules of Court. I would have to prepare for the bar every day. Maybe I should also imagine every day that I will take the bar the next day so I should study well. Our professor gave us assignments to do, but we would still review the remedial law that we know next meeting. I am reading the Rules of Court every day, but I still feel that I do not know the rules by heart. My next class would be supervised legal research. We are only seven in our class.

Saturday, June 01, 2013


Today is the first day of the month. I just surfed the internet, ate out with my family, and watched television. I also told my landlady that I will be following them in their new house. I was happy to have reliable wifi at home and to see all my apps working with the wifi.

I hope to start reviewing for the bar exam this month. Start with 10 provisions per day. If I study 10 provisions per day for every bar subject, I can be finished with the entire review within a year. I'll just review 5 days per week so I have time to rest. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


I'm such an internet addict.When I did not have wifi in the boarding house, I went to school and tried the wifi there. But I could not get any site at all so I went to the computer lab. But the lab was closed so I went to an internet shop and used a desktop.

I just remembered something that our supervising lawyer said in our last conference. We don't have a best intern in our group because the best intern will ask for more work and go beyond what is asked. We just do what is enough. I hope I can be better in what I do.

Hear and light

Today I had my last hearing for this summer. The court was in the province so our travel and waiting times were longer than the actual hearing itself. We only presented two original documents but the judge granted our subpoena for the third document. However, cross exam for our witness was reset to September. That will be a long time to prepare for the next intern.

When I got to school, there was a vigil for the 110 law students who are in danger from being dropped from law schools. People wore white. Student leaders and alumni were there. The mood was tense. But the office of the college secretary decided not to drop all of them. Those who appealed were not automatically dropped. Is this just delaying the inevitable?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Today is the last day for random enlistment. Last week, I got C for Public Officers, S for Labor Policy, P for Research, and R for Intellectual Property. I'll try to get Criminal Law and Remedial Law. I'll enlist Agency and Partnership, Negotiable Instruments, and Research. 

I just saw on Facebook that there will be a blogging summit in school. I want to join, but I have to stay in school for two more days. Plus, I have to come out with my blog. I can always wait at the last minute to sign up. If it fills up before I sign up, I will take it as a sign. Good luck to all of us!

Prepare and fight

This morning, I just read wikis and blogs on the internet. I'm so lazy in the morning. I should seriously think of another career where I can use legal skills but do not have to report to work at 8 am. I went to the office after lunch, printed a draft letter, and showed it to my supervisor.

He told me to make a subpoena. So I searched the internet and found an application for a subpoena. I went to the library and found a form for a subpoena. I drafted the application and subpoena itself. But I still made many mistakes about the form. At least the subpoena application was signed by 5 pm.

I learned that in addition to the fact that 110 law students may be dropped from the rolls, the college imposed a P 5,000 reservation fee that was non-deductible and non-refundable. This has made UP sound more expensive than Benilde. The irony was the reservation fee is a donation to a scholarship fund, but the fee allegedly has no receipt. I hope we repeal this.

Friday, May 24, 2013


I had a dream. I was going to a hearing. The supervising lawyer was one of my professors. We waited for my client to come. Then our client came with her whole family. The judge came and the venue became a shopping mall. The judge asked for the appraisal of mirrors because it was a settlement of estate. We appraised the mirrors at P10,000 while the opposing party appraised the mirror at P200,00. The judge laughed at the appraisal that the parties gave.  Then we watched a play given by the opposing party for the presentation of facts. I saw a classmate in high school in the play. The play ended and we went home.

I saw my professor wearing a priest's robe and holding a chalice. I asked him if we were going to talk about the case. He said that we will have dinner. I didn't like that because I don't like having dinner alone with men. He also said before that I should wash my face more often. I think he said that because my face is oily. I walked outside until the place became full of grass and some trees. I hailed a jeep to go home. I woke up.

Pass, not fail

We have 26 students in our batch, 23 in the incoming juniors, and 63 in the incoming sophomores who may be dropped from the rolls. That's a total of 110 students or about 1/4 of the whole student population who might be let go by the college. I'm just grateful that I was able to meet the Quality Point Index (QPI) rule. But we still have to support our classmates who were not so fortunate. I can't sleep. I should try to sleep.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Love and labor

Yesterday I went to my supervising lawyer to correct my letter. My teammates went to her to prepare for a hearing. I went to my client and helped her serve the letter to the other girlfriend. My mother called me at the house and she was worried. 

Today we went to our expert witness and head of the DNA lab. She was very kind to us. We went to the picket site of Digitel employees in front of the PLDT in Makati. We read their papers and talked to them. By we, I mean our org mate, volunteers of a student political party, a college representative, and the chairperson of the university student council. We went to the labor center in Mandaluyong and talked to the officers of the union. I got home at 11 pm.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Welcome home

My mother came home from America. She came home on Saturday and had many gifts for us. told her about my adventures in arguing in moot court, trying to donate blood in the hospital, and walking around in a new mall. I also told her about how my father lied to us and asked for forgiveness.

She felt hot here in the Philippines because it was spring in America. Our brother in America was doing well, but she still worries about him. He's a doctor but he smokes and drinks a lot. Our cousin and her family have overstayed their visit in America for years and are struggling to get by in life.

We visited our aunt and uncle. They now have a new household helper. My uncle has a project with a domestic electric company and a foreign manufacturing company. But he wasn't yet paid for his services ever since the project had already started. We told him to ask for his fair compensation.

We just have to be grateful for our blessingsl. We have enough money that earns interest that we don't have to work to survive. We have a good family that we respect, love, and trust. We have studies and work that make our lives meaningful. We have people from all walks of life that teach and inspire us.