I might have depression. I had depression and am concerned that I might pass the genetic tendencies to develop depression if I have children. So my focus is to be healthy and happy before getting married and having children.
P and I met at the overpass of Quezon Avenue and Edsa. We talked about a school assignment. Then we walked along several alleys and passed through the fence of a house. We went inside the house and the owner got mad at us. He threatened to tell the bar examiner. We apologized and got out of the house. S saw us outside and we all went home. Then I woke up.
Today is the start of Advent. This is the season for waiting for the coming of Christ. All my life, I have been waiting for something better.
I just wait because I simply obey what people tell me. I obey my mother and my father when he was alive. I obey my professors and superiors. I ask people what they want and I comply if it is good. I usually wait and know what will happen.
But sometimes the recent events in my life still surprise me. I passed the bar. My father died. I got a job in a law firm. So many things have happened this year, and I am grateful for all, good and bad.
I am thankful that in the homily today, our priest said three important things:
1. God is in control.
2. Trust in God.
3. Persevere and do good.
So please help me Lord as I avoid masturbation, pornography and erotica. I will wait for a loving husband and good children or whatever is your will. Lord, you are in control. I trust in you. I will persevere and do good. Amen
Nakakalungkot at nakakagalit ang mga balita ngayon tungkol sa "tanim bala" sa mga paliparan sa Pilipinas. Mayroon nang mga misyonaryo, matatanda, at kabataan na napahamak dito. Paano ba natin maiwasan maging biktima ng "laglag bala" sa mga paliparan?
1. Ikaw mismo ang mag-empake ng bagahe mo. Kunin ng mga litrato ang bagahe bago isara. Balutin ang bagahe sa plastic para maiwasan malagyan sa loob.
2. Maging maingat sa mga paliparan. Huwag buksan ang bagahe nang mag-isa. Huwag tumanggap ng gamit na padala mula sa ibang tao.
3. Kapag may inspeksyon, magkaroon ng testigo bago pabuksan ang mga bagahe. Maaaring maghintay ng abogado bago buksan ang bag.
4. Maging kalma at alerto. Tingnan, makinig at makiramdam sa paligid. Huwag matakot sa mga tao sa paliparan. Irekord ang lahat ng sinasabi nila at kunan ng litrato ang mga pangyayari.
Sana maimbestigahan na ang "laglag bala" at mahanapan na ng lunas ang problemang ito.
Kung bumalik ang Papa sa Pilipinas, baka may makita ring bala sa mga bagahe niya.
Today I read Strengths Finder 2.0 and took the online test. I found my top 5 strengths: Context, Connectedness, Intellection, Adaptability, and Restorative.
Context means thinking about the past. In Filipino, we say: "Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa patutunguhan." Those who do not look back to where they came from will never reach their destination.
Connectedness means having faith in the links among all things and believing that everything happens for a reason. "Ang lahat ng bagay ay magka-ugnay." Everything is connected.
Intellection means thinking about ideas and reflecting about your life. Think with your head and feel with your heart. "Mag-isip muna bago magsalita." Think before you speak.
Adaptability means going with the flow. "Hindi problema ang kaibigan sa taong marunong makisama." Being a friend is not a problem to a person who can adapt.
Restorative means solving problems. "Lahat ng problema, may paraan." Every problem has a solution.
I still use my top strengths as a lawyer. I look at the past, see the connections, think about ideas, adapt to the situation, and solve problems. But I hope to use more of my strengths in my work and my life.
In the past, I always felt out of place at school because I just
wanted to listen and read. I was called “out of the blue” in high school
because I always say things that are not connected to the subject at
hand. At one Christmas party, I even won an award called “Right to
Contrary to type, I studied law to help my family. Now I do
litigation for labor, estate, and civil cases with the goal of an
amicable settlement if this is favorable to clients. Maybe I can work
in compliance like your editor. I still do not like conflict, but my
work seems better when I remember that I am here to help.
I crammed writing my memorandum. I don't want to do this again. I should finish a pleading within a week after I receive the notice. I also have a cold and no more medicine so I have to get weel naturally. The good thing I got from my experience is that I read excerpts of The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law.
Becoming a lawyer is easier than being a lawyer. When I was still studying, I just focused on the basic laws and general rules. If I failed, I only have myself to blame. Now that I am working as a lawyer, people seem to look up to me just because I passed the bar exam. With great power comes great responsibility.
We went to the province last Sunday for the christening of our cousin's child. I just read books in the morning and met friends in the afternoon on Saturday. I organized books on the first Sunday of August. I attended a seminar on the stock market on the first day of August. Just start small. Write a few sentences everyday.
Yesterday, I organized my clothes. I started at 9:45, took a lunch break at 12:15, continued at 1:00, and ended at 2:45. Surprise! I had to tutor yesterday so I stopped my organizing.
Today, I sent emails to inquire about values of shares of stock. One bank already replied to me. If I ask a certification from the Philippine Stock Exchange, that would take five days and fifty pesos for two companies.
I hope that I can do the tasks that I planned for these two months. Good day!
I ate sausage and leaves for breakfast, pork and leaves for lunch, and sardines and leaves for dinner. I was told not to stutter because women are more fluent. I just did collection today. We drank milk tea today. I walked to Lawton, rode on a jeep, and rode with mother from the gym. I helped my niece with math.
June 1, Monday - This is my first day at work. Everyone is kind and helpful. I reviewed collection cases and wrote a memo about an estate. I walked to Market to find new shirts but didn't buy any.
June 2, Tuesday - I reviewed a civil case.
June 3, Wednesday - I reviewed the same civil case and the same collection cases.
June 4, Thursday - We prepared for cross exam in the civil case. I got my postcard from UP.
June 5, Friday - We went to Laguna for trial and returned to the office for lunch.
June 6, Saturday - I went to UP to pay for my sablay and tassel, met high school friends at UP Town Center, and got corporate documents at McDonalds.
June 7, Sunday - I heard mass.
June 8, Monday - I reviewed a labor case.
Jume 9, Tuesday - I reviewed a corporate case.
June 10, Wednesday - I reviewed the collection cases and the corporate case.
June 11, Thursday - I drafted a simple pleading and got the few files for a labor case on Monday. I went to Makati to meet my aunt. We went to Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
June 12, Friday - This is the independence day of the Philippines, the 40 days of the death of my father, and the death anniversary of my grandaunt. We prayed for the souls of our faithful departed. We went to Batac and Laoag in the morning and Fort Ilocandia in the afternoon. It rained in the afternoon. Walang himala!
June 13, Saturday - This is Kuya's birthday. We packed our things, visited the house next door, and ate at Max's Restaurant. We dropped off our aunt and returned home safe and sound.
June 14, Sunday - This is our rest day. We will hear mass in the evening. Happy Sunday!
Today I am resting because tomorrow I will start my employment with a law firm. I am grateful that I got two job offers after applying to only six law firms. I am also glad that the law firm is near my home so it's just one jeep ride away from home. I am happy that they offered the job to me and I will learn here.
The law firm has two partners, two associates and six paralegals. I already went to the office last Tuesday for a closing of a merger and acquisition. Everyone is good to me here. I am grateful that they treat me well and like family. I hope to be a great lawyer and do good work here.
There are so many things that I let go after I passed the bar exam. I exercised and blogged less often. Then my father died this month. I stayed up late during the wake and now I have bad acne. I want to be a better person. Let's do this.
Here are my goals for this month:
1. Learn and practice law.
In the first firm where I interviewed, the partners said that lawyers there attend one to two hearings and write one to two pleadings per day. That should be my standard. I should prepare to attend a hearing and write one to two pleadings everyday. I should be reading the laws, rules and jurisprudence often.
a. Review the laws.
b. Read new cases.
c. Attend hearings.
d. Write pleadings.
e. Blog on the law.
2. Stay healthy.
I asked the Army Judge Advocate on how to join the Judge Army General Service but I did not continue when I accepted employment with a law firm. I should still strive to be as physically fit as a soldier. I want to improve my health and fitness so that I could be prepared for war if need be.
a. Drink 6 glasses of water everyday.
b. Eat rice, vegetables and fruits every meal.
c. Exercise: walk half kilometer and strength train.
d. Have good posture. Sit straight. Do not read in bed.
e. Brush my teeth after every meal. Floss my teeth at night.
f. Be kind to my skin. Apply only one medicine at day or night.
3. Be happy.
After my father passed away, I remembered that life is short and can be taken anytime. I should continue doing the things that make me happy. I should also try to live and let live. I should allow others to be happy as well.
a. Learn a new song or hymn every week.
b. Draw or color in my sketchpad every week.
c. Attend a lecture or a cultural event every week.
Yesterday we went to Market Market. I was able to buy two white cotton shirts of my own choosing. Then we bought food at Mcdonalds.
Today we just stayed at home. My cousin put oil and calamansi juice and massaged my hair.
I tried to get my barangay clearance today, but I failed. I decided not go get it from Southside, Makati and I did not wait for the afternoon shift at Gate 3, Western Bicutan. My Land Bank savings account was closed even though I had more than the remaining balance. So tomorrow I will go to the Western Bicutan barangay hall for my clearance and community tax certificate.
April 13: Go to Supreme Court for my clearance. Inquire in restaurants in Makati. Talk to the Judge Army Advocate. Hear mass.
April 12: Talk to Manong. Offer mass at Divine Mercy Sunday. Eat at Italianni's.
April 11: Mother drives Ading to Colegio San Agustin. Buy at McDonald's and inquire at Max's.
April 10: Go to Market and get school ID at Makati. Get mother's birthday cake.
April 9: Prepare food. Hear mass. Eat at church basement.
April 8: I can't remember.
April 7: Celebrate my birthday and feast day of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Hear mass. Eat at Amici's.
Today is my birthday. I'm just grateful for everything that has happened in the past year. I passed all my academic subjects, had an internship at the Office of the Solicitor General, submitted by supervised legal research, and graduated from law school. I reviewed within five months and took the bar exam.
I spent my holidays, namely Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year, with my mother and brother in the United States. I was moved by the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines. I took a rest at home, exercised my body, organized things in the house, and taught myself to play the piano.
Last month, I passed the bar exam. I learned from the career fair and reflected during Holy Week. Yesterday, I had an interview with a law firm. Today, my family and I celebrated my birthday with good food and good company. Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings you have given us.
Yesterday I had an interview with a law firm. First, I had to write about their vision and mission and my five-year plan. Then I listened as they interviewed a classmate of mine. They were happy.
Then it was my turn. Four partners were in the panel, two men and two women. All of them are litigators. They asked me about what I wrote. Then, they talked about my grades of 4.0 and 5.0 and my participation with alternative law organizations.
I appreciate their honesty in talking about lawyering for the other side of the fence and describing their typical day in a law office. They told me that in litigation, they have to write one to two pleadings per day. They handle the corporate work for the rich and defend clients that are famous.
When I asked them for advice, they all said that I should reflect and think about what I want to do. They also said that practice in a law firm is different from government service. They even added that the Office of the Solicitor General gives good training.
I was just grateful for the interview. The partners and associates were happy and some were laughing. A partner even congratulated me on passing the bar exam. I talked to my classmate after the interview.I saw her office and told her about my interview.
While the work is great, the people are friendly, and the pay is competitive, I don't think I want to work there. While I can do the work and handle the personalities, I'm bothered about defending clients whom I don't believe. It's hard for me to fake something if it's not for the greater good. It's not a good lie. I really appreciate their honesty and insight even if I cannot join their law office.
Today is Good Friday. We walked the way of the cross, venerated the cross, had communion, and went on two processions: Santo Entierro and Soledad. Walking so much made me realize that Jesus sacrificed everything for us so that we can all be saved. Thank you, Lord.
When we got home, we got a message from my brother that he got in an accident. We called him and everyone who can help, but there are no tow trucks today so my brother will go back tomorrow. May God help us.
The gospel for today is to love one another as Jesus Christ has loved us. I planned to send resumes today but did nothing for work at all. We walked to church, heard mass, walked home, watched Ekstra and Himala. God bless for tomorrow.
I read that we can just write one sentence per day. Here's my one sentence for today: I applied for work, met my friend, and heard mass.
Here are lessons that I learned: 1. Include your experience in business. 2. Exercise even just one set everyday. 3. Think before you speak. Speak slowly. Think of how you will explain something before you explain it. 4. Review what you write. You might still find mistakes. 5. Plan for tomorrow today.
Write just one paragraph about a bar subject from Monday to Saturday. Here's my paragraphs:
Taxes are the lifeblood of government. However, taxes should be proportionate and reasonable. In the Philippines, we have some of the highest income taxes and corporate taxes.
In economics, we studied demand and supply. Higher prices tend to decrease demand, while lower prices allow more people to buy the good or service. Incentives like lowering prices can increase demand, while costs like higher prices reduce demand.
If we impose taxes, we increase the price so that government can have some revenue. However, taxes create some loss of efficiency, known as the deadweight loss. The bigger the tax, the bigger the deadweight loss. In the Philippines, higher taxes can create bigger deadweight losses. I just don't know the deadweight losses of the various taxes in the Philippines. That's a job for economists to research.
I dreamed that I still had to pass papers in securities regulation, family law, and private international law for law school. My classmates told me that the deadline was tomorrow, and they wished me good luck. Then I woke up and remembered that I have already graduated.