Sunday, October 15, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 287 - Confused no more

Confused was the past week's theme. Everything started when an unexpected opportunity came. Cliche as it goes, it knocks only once. I used to adhere to this principle, not until years of experiences changed me. I learned that not everything is worth the risk. Reading my words, one can easily deduce my decision. I'm not taking any chance. I sound frustrating and disappointing. If there's anything good that transpired, it's realizing (again) what I really want. I was on the same state almost a decade ago. Back then, I remained firm with my decision. My parents considered me hard headed. Looking back, I never felt any regret at all. This time, I intend to carry the same level of hard hardheadedness. I knew what I want and will never make any compromise. Typing this, I let out a long sigh. I hope everything will be worth it. 

So much of the serious side, the past week has it's own share of great experiences. One of which is the 100% defense passing rate of my thesis advisees. One of my best moments as an educator is when students personally see me to deliver, both good or bad news. They inform me way before posting the news in their Facebook accounts. ;) Rare times like these made me realize, a messed up person like me is still capable of getting the job done.

Friday ended so exhausting. In effect, I treated myself to another unhealthy breakfast on Saturday. ;)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Few Novels Perfect For Autumn

What is it about the autumn season that makes reading so appealing? It’s difficult to say exactly, but it’s probably the season’s close association with pure comfort. We begin to wear our warmer (and more cuddly) clothes; we sip flavored lattes; we spend a little more recreation time inside, which means curled up on couches and the like. Maybe it’s just that opening up a fresh novel in this situation is particularly appealing.

Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that this is a favorite season for a lot of readers. So I thought I’d look over some of the novels that best suit the season – from the whimsical and fun to the spooky and unnerving. Maybe one of these will strike your fancy this season!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 286 - Memories

I just got home after a long and tiring day. As much as I'd like to call it a day, some freelance works are waiting to be accomplished. Added to this, my mind is trying its best to recall anything significant last week. There were actually a lot. Too much that my planner cannot contain everything. Unfortunately, some details are not meant for sharing. ;) Otherwise, I might lose both my friends and day job responsible for my survival. :)

Some months ago, I remember sharing my thoughts about violating rules vs. breaking rules. In my own school of thought, there's a thin line of difference involved. Breaking rules is not tantamount to violation. In the course of time, some rules become obsolete and inapplicable. Some regulations tend to prevent the free flow of information and creativity. If someone did not take courage to break or challenge rules, more than half of the improvements or innovation we enjoy today would not have existed. Consider one of my favorite women, Beatrix Potter. She followed her heart and passion, even if it meant contradicting her family. It was a risk, but the outcome was all worth it. Her work became the timeless classic, Tale of Peter Rabbit. 

From my end, I had my share of challenging rules. Some ended as great decisions. It paved the way for some rare and significant accomplishments. In like manner, I had incidents of breaking rules. It's not something I wish to brag. But over time, I realized that both occasions made the best years of my life. :p  (I wish my students will not be able to read this.) In my lifetime, I learned that being highly compliant is too boring. Sometimes, being perfectly obedient does not lead you anywhere. In some days, life felt great when I was brave enough to take on the challenge. 

I'm not sure about everyone but in my case, breaking or challenging rules with the most trusted friends make the best stories. :p So here's a huge shout out to friends who came along. :D 

Enough of my outpour of thoughts, here are beautiful things that happened last week

Christmas is in the air - And just like that, stalls selling puto bumbong and bibingka are sprouting again.

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