Saturday, January 31, 2015

Keep track of days

Monday 26: Watch Miss Universe. Organize tools.
Tuesday 27: Apply for jobs at Bayani Road online. 
Wednesday 28: Go to banks. Apply for work at Serendra.
Thursday 29: Organize shelves with MBG files.
Friday 30: Organize bills, brochures, and papers.
Saturday 31: Review January. Plan February. Hear mass.

Plan for February

For February, I hope to continue these habits and do more of the following fun activities:

1. Read the Bible. We pray and read the Gospel everyday. For January, I read Acts, Romans, and Isaiah. It sounds bad but I get sleepy while reading the Bible. Maybe the Word of God relaxes me. I hope to read the whole Bible in February. That means I will read about 40 to 50 pages per day. I'll read the Bible in the morning so this will take about an hour each day.

2. Read the law and jurisprudence. I read the news and keep up with current events, but nothing can replace knowledge of the law. But to make learning fun, I'm going to take the problems of the day and write two short articles (300 to 500 words) discussing and solving them. I'll write one article in the morning and another in the afternoon and post them on my blog from Monday to Saturday. 

3. Draw from real life. I enjoy drawing girls from my imagination, but it would be great to practice drawing what I see. I know taking a photograph is simpler and more accurate. Just as writing is practice for developing clear thoughts, drawing is practice for having clear vision. I normally use ink, pastel, and colored pencil. I'm going to draw a person or object in real life on my sketchpad everyday and date it.

4. Play the piano. The only songs that I can play are Happy Birthday and Do-Re-Mi. Last year, I learned how to play Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star for my niece. I'm going to play a new song each week. I'm going to learn our national anthem (Lupang Hinirang), a school hymn (UP Naming Mahal), a folk song (Bahay Kubo), and a pop song (Let It Go). I'll play everyday, starting with the easiest song and progressing to the hardest on my piano app.

5. Teach. I have applied for tutoring jobs this week but don't know if I would be accepted. I'll teach when I'm accepted. If not, that is all right too. I'm just amazed that people are willing to pay for tutors. Just like what I wrote in my applications and said in my interviews, I just want to help students learn and succeed.

Review January

Today is the last day of January 2015. I look back and see what I have done for this month.

1. I wake up early. When I was in Alabama, I used to wake up during the mass on television at 7 a.m. When I came here, I wake up on or before the siren at 8 a.m. I even joined an email course called How to Become a Morning Person. I hope to wake up even earlier (6 a.m. to 7 a.m.) so I can do more before I eventually go to work.

2. I exercise. I do the seven-minute workout on my iPad and lift free weights based on the Top Shape workout. The dumbells at my brother's home are heavier (5 and 12 pounds) than those at our home (4 and 8 pounds). The hardest part is working out my abs, so I just do what I can. I hope to continue the seven-minute workout, lift more free weights, and walk a kilometer. I still have a lot of fat in my abs, so doing a cardio workout should help.

3. I follow social media. I now use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I read news articles, follow links, take photos, make posts, and share them. I greet people on their birthdays and wish them good luck. I am a quiet person and always feel that I have nothing to say. But when I write, I can say things that I used to be afraid to say in person. I hope to be kinder, more caring, and more responsive in person.

4. I organize things in the house. When my mother and I got home, we came to a clean and tidy house. But behind closed doors, we have much clutter inside the cabinets. I tidied my clothes, books, and papers in the house. Then I organized my mother's things and put like things together. I found her hand bag, her grocery booklet, and her song book. I also filed our bills and discarded statements before 2014. I hope to tidy the rest of the house and the small house next door.

So far, I am happy at what I have done during January. I believe we can do a lot of things in a month.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Meet friends

Today I met college friends at Greenbelt. We met at Starbucks, ate at World Chicken, visited Greenbelt Chapel, and talked more at Seattle's Best Coffee. We had a great time and laughed a lot.

Keep track of days.

14 Wednesday: Go to Market. Buy grocery, flower, pizza, and load.
15 Thursday: Watch Pope Francis arrive.
16 Friday: Drive mother. Watch Pope Francis at Malacanang, Cathedral, and Mall of Asia.
17 Saturday: Watch Pope Francis at Leyte.
18 Sunday: Watch Pope Francis at University and Luneta. Hear mass.
19 Monday: Watch Pope Francis leave. Read Acts of the Apostles.
20 Tuesday: Pay water, deposit at PAFCPIC, buy pancit, celebrate mass.
21 Wednesday: Exercise.
22 Thursday: Cousin goes home. Fail to exercise.
23 Friday: Sweep leaves. Exercise. Water plants.
24 Saturday: Sweep leaves. Celebrate mass. Water plants. Exercise.
25 Saturday: Sweep. Hear mass. Meet friends. Water plants. Cousin arrives. Exercise.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dream of the bar exam results

I dreamed that we got our bar exam results. Instead of seeing our names on the internet and newspaper, we have to get our bluebooks from baskets. So I got mine in mercantile law and my score was 89. Then I got my bluebook in labor law but it was 59. I also got mine in legal ethics and it was 29! Masyadong mababa at baliktad yata. I never got my bluebooks from the other bar subjects.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Welcome the pope

Pope Francis came yesterday. We watched him land, come out the plane, and go to the apostolic nuncio. I got pictures of the pope on the television. Today my mother went to Manila at 2 a.m. Then we watched Pope Francis at Malacanang, Manila Cathedral, and Mall of Asia. He talked about his sleeping Saint Joseph statue and inspired me to dream about having a good family.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ask personal questions

These personal questions force self-disclosure and can create intimacy that could help people fall in love with each other. I have answered the first set of questions. 

Set I

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

Pope Francis

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?


3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

Yes, so I can say everything I have to say and anticipate questions.

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

I exercise in the morning, eat pancakes for breakfast, read articles I enjoy all day, eat pasta for lunch, walk in a park, eat steak for dinner, pray with my family, and read the Bible while not falling asleep.

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

Today, I sing to myself everyday. I sang "Anything for You" Oliver to my mother last week.

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

Body of 30-year-old and mind of 90-year-old

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

Yes, in my sleep

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

Not applicable, I have no partner.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

I am still alive.

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

I wish that my father never cheated on my mother and that my mother never called me stupid. I still have trust and confidence issues.

11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

Not applicable, I have no partner.

12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?


Do not sleep

Today I was reading the Bible (Isaiah) and fell asleep. I woke up to the sound of my mother calling for me. I opened the door and let my mother inside. She said that she was calling me outside and on the phone. But I slept throughout it all. Maybe next time, I should not sleep when I am alone at home.

Thursday was PAFCPIC and SM Aura day. Friday was mass day. Saturday was mass day. Sunday was Lagro, Lunch, and Ayala day. Monday was PAFCPIC, PEFTOK, and snack day. Tuesday is cleaning and Bible day.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Return home

Monday was cooking, cleaning, and packing day. Tuesday and Wednesday were flying days.

My mother and I arrived home last night after more than 24 hours of travelling. We flew from Montgomery to Atlanta then to Tokyo-Narita and finally to Manila. Airports are fun. Montgomery has a rocking chair. Atlanta has an interfaith chapel. Tokyo-Narita has cool toilets with bidet, spray, and flushing sounds. We met a doctor on the plane.

Our flight was delayed in Japan so we got free snacks. We also checked in our carry-on luggage because the overhead bins are small. We landed safely and got our baggages after 10 minutes.

We were fetched by my brother and my cousin. The airport wifi failed along the road so we waited and prayed. There was heavy traffic in front of the airport. We arrived safely at home and found Christmas decorations are still there. It's good to be home.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Live within your means

Today is Sunday so we heard mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, ate lunch in a Mexican restaurant, met friends there, and shopped at Target and Walmart.

My brother is a very savvy shopper. He looks for the best deals online, uses store cards, and shops for clearance items. He seldom eats out because it costs more and he tips 20 percent. But he shops and dines out with us because he knows that these things will make my mother happy.

This evening, my cousin called my mother and told her that they needed money. They already asked my aunt who lent them a big amount of money. My mother asked my brother to lend them money.

My brother and I both know that this will not be a loan, but a donation. My mother said that they spend more than what they earn. Anyway, my brother still wrote a check for them. We hope it will help them in their lives, even if my brother never gets back his money. It's truly better to give than to receive.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Keep track of your progress

Sunday was mass, Selma, and grocery day.

Monday was cooking day.

Tuesday was cleaning day.

Wednesday was the new year's eve! It was also grocery and cooking day.

Thursday was the first day of the new year! It was also mass and shopping day.

Friday was packing and configuring day.

Saturday was shopping day.

It is hard for me to keep track of my progress. Ideally, I should monitor what I eat, drink, and do daily. But I always forget because I just like to read articles and surf Facebook when I am on the internet.

So I only keep track of my daily events when I am resting, which is usually on the weekend. Maybe I should just accept it and keep track of my events every week.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Take courage, do not be afraid

Happy new year to everyone!

I'm thankful for the past year. I graduated from law school, took the bar exam, and visited my brother in the United States. I'm proud that I was able to submit a research paper and not postpone it until forever. I'm also grateful that I talked sincerely to my family about problems (dating, marriage, and children) that I have been thinking about in the past but didn't talk about because of law school.

I'm writing now because I watched Mike and Molly and the writer played by Susan Sarandon said: "Write about the things that you don't want people to know." It means that we should be able to face our fears and be brave when we write. For me, there are many things that I do not want people to know because I do not want to bring shame to myself and to my family.

The things that I do not want people to know are my depression during college, my polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and the abandonment of my father of our family. But I am saying these things here to face my fears. As Elsa sings in Frozen, let it go.

Maybe what seems shameful may not actually be so. My story may even be what is interesting or different about me. In fact, I may even realize that what happened to me is something that other people could learn from so I can even help them by writing about my experience.

I am now resolving that I will write often. Even if the post is just one sentence or it sounds bad, I should still write. I have to make mistakes to learn. My story is not shameful. I try to live as honestly, as kindly, and as best as I could.

In all other things, I will make an effort. Get out of bed when I wake up. Make the 7-minute exercise. Read another law. Digest another case. Greet people. Sit up straight. Show up for the invitation.  Pray when I remember. Stop using the internet when everyone is asleep.

So help me God.