Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 262 - Last for April

The month of April flew so fast for me. A few weeks ago, I remember feeling sentimental because another semester has ended. Then the annual graduation came, with our usual role behind the scenes. The Holy Week came in perfect timing as it provided the much needed break. The happenings over the past week were too much for me. It felt like a week was not enough for everything. The week started fine, some good things happened in between but in the end, there were so much worries, disappointments and some questions of regrets?  I always have the tendency to overanalyze everything. While I advocate for simplicity, there are days when paralysis by overanalysis happen to me. I'll be faced with the most analyzed options. In the end, I will make the least reasonable decision. Beat that! Hahaha When will I really grow up? 

While I'm trying to figure out everything, I'm ending this post with my favorite photo this week. We had our annual summer outing at the workplace in a beach somewhere in Batangas. I originally planned to write a long post. Unfortunately, some minor yet stressful concern came along the way. My mobile phone broke down. :( A replacement is NOT in the budget. As consequence, my plan to acquire my dream Sony Camera a5000 will be set aside. (Insert selfish and childish cry hahahaha)

On the positive side, we're having an unexpected long weekend. Hoping to spend it making the best memories. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 261 - Stronger

Hello everyone! Before anything else, Happy Easter! I hope everyone had a meaningful break. I spent the past few days at home with my family. Like the past years, I had plans. Clean my room, arrange documents, exercise, but most dealt with work related tasks. I'm happy to report that I'm done with my freelance works. Outputs were delivered and deadlines were met. 

I wanted to give myself some pat on the back for a job well done. So in between accomplished tasks, I rewarded myself with some online purchases.:p Yesterday, I also treated myself with some movie marathon. I was one of the many fans who lined up for the first screening of #FF8. Eight installments, each was released every two years. If my estimates are correct, it has been 16 years. I literally grew up with this film! I felt sadness when I saw Dominic Toretto and Bryan O'Conner parted ways on #FF7. I also got used to watching the movie, until the credits are finished. Unfortunately, #FF8 never had one of those sequel teasers. So to fellow fans, don't bother finishing the after credits. We are left guessing and waiting again. 

Meanwhile here are the few beautiful things that made my most awaited break. 

Summer rain and a gloomy Easter Sunday - We have been experiencing rain showers in the afternoon. It's a great way to end a long summer day. 

Afternoon picnics and summer sunsets at home - You know you're getting old when you start appreciating silence, stillness, and all the comforts of home. 

Found some inspiration and ideas from postcards

Good Friday treats - It has always been a family tradition to cook Filipino merienda on Good Friday. Over the past years, we even had family reunions. This year, there was no reunion organized. Quite sad, but I enjoyed my quiet time with my own family. 

Another weekly round up - More stickers and post its!!!! Lately, I realized that my definition of happiness and relaxation meant writing entries in my planner and playing with my collection of colorful post its and stickers.

So much thoughts are running in my head while writing this post. Much of it are grown up concerns, priorities and life plans in general. My thoughts are all scattered. It doesn't help that I'm watching a stressful movie, those that deals with unfaithful husbands. Hahaha I'm nowhere close in experiencing such problem. Going back, I wanted to express my constant wish lately. And no, it's all about my crush again. Hahahaha I'm on that stage of trying to figure things out, defining directions and discovering my path. It doesn't help that time is not on my side. My age and responsibilities add to the list of pressures. So much things scare me, but once in a while, I find refuge on unexpected people and places. 

I guess those things that happen in between make up for everything. Hopefully, I'll be able to figure things out. Borrowing some lines from this stressful movie, we are stronger than our weaknesses. :) 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 260 - What I thought

When one my major projects ended, I thought the remaining weeks will be slow and relaxing. Monday started with an appreciation lunch for the team and the rare times I reached home early. The succeeding days went surprisingly crazy and exhausting. Receiving news about death. Discovering works to be accomplished. Cramming for preparations. Rendering my usual contribution in the pre-graduation activities. The most that drained me was something that happened before the week ended. It was one of those days when someone made me feel stupid and disrespected. My saving grace was as always, the company of a great friend. Had it not because of my friend A, I would suffer from another drama anthology. Hahahaha We spent the remaining hours of the week with pizza, pasta and tons of heartbreaking stories. Shallow as it seems, all I needed is a friend who never gets tired of listening. 

Everyone here is looking forward for the upcoming week, the Holy Week break. Everyone is on vacation mode. In my case, I'm all contented with my slow and quiet time at home. It's like the usual weekend, except that I have longer time to rest and opportunity for another family reunion. I hope one of my cousins would take time organize a family lunch or merienda. 

Meanwhile, here are some of the beautiful things that happened last week

The default photo of the week  :)

Happy Mail, thank you Terra!

A typical weekend morning

I seem to follow a default pattern in writing my Sunday posts. Pardon the boredom but my creativity juices were also drained by the summer heat. :p And for those who have been reading my posts, you can easily predict how this post will end. I saw my crush this week hahahahahaahaha Unfortunately, the encounter was useless and frustrating. (insert teenage tantrum here) Hahahaha It also didn't help that I saw some demotivating posts about him on Facebook. I somehow regret doing some online stalking.  Nevertheless, I'm not giving up. :D The battle is still alive, same goes with the setback that happened before the week ended. Aja, aja! 

Gifts from

When this year started, I developed a new interest. Decorating my planner, or if this can qualify as "journaling", then let it count as my new found venture. I have been maintaining planners over the past years, but most contained text accounts of my usual day. Back when I regained my interest in blogging, everything has been transferred in this online platform. The additional social media accounts also made me more attached with other online mechanisms. I thought there's no more turning back from the manual approach. But my constant exposure to Instagram changed everything. I discovered communities of bloggers and non-bloggers showcasing their traditional planners and journals. This time though, a different and higher level creativity is involved. I discovered Moleskines, Midori Notebooks to simple planners with drawings, paintings, calligraphy works and what seems to be a different level of scrapbooking. 

In my case, I don't know how to paint, draw or render a calligraphy work. I used to draw in my Elementary days. Looking back, part of me is wishing I still have the interest. My skills would have improved and I have a creative outlet on the side. For now, I content myself with a little scrapbooking approach in my planner. 

A few months ago, the people behind offered to send me some planner goodies. I received some washi tapes, jute string, desk decor and a kinetic toy.  My favorite has to be the washi tapes. I love seeing a stack of washi tapes of different colors and design. My weird self finds it therapeutic and refreshing. Aside from decorating my planner, the tapes will be useful for my other interests, like letter writing and postcards. Thank you These goodies will go a long way.:)  

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Postcard Series : Jorge Pineda of Manila and Ramon Guerin of Cuba in 1905

I'm not sure if there are people who share my interest with used postcards. Most people would probably find it as a weird and unusual hobby. My interest started when I scored this postcard from Baltimore from an vintage shop in Sta. Cruz Manila. Upon browsing the dusty pile of old cards, I started to notice pieces of used postcards. Like my usual purchase behavior, it started with one card and the rest was another story of shopping addiction. ;) 

Lately, my reliable shop in Sta. Cruz, Manila hibernated again. I'm not even sure if the shop is still on operation. When I checked my archive, my last attempt to feature a used postcard was in August 17, 2016.  I thought that my weird and old hobby would die. Fortunately, my recent visit to the Manila Central Post Office opened another alternative. I encountered an old woman offering used postcards. Her collections are great, except for prices. And because I miss my old hobby, I took the bait of making another unnecessary and expensive purchase. 

The postcard originated from Cuba and sent to Manila in 1905. It features the Havana Central Park. The illustration is more than a century old. Hence, I was expecting some major transformations. True enough, I can't find photos that feature the tamed and seated lions.

The postmark is still clear in actual. It's just difficult to capture the details because its color blended with the design of the postcard. The postmark is important because it confirms the age of the postcard. 

The postcard is intended for Jorge Pineda. It would have been easier to track Jorge Pineda if his actual address was used. Using P.O. Box as a delivery address didn't help my research. 

There are surely a number of Jorge Pineda in the Philippines. However, I knew an artist with the same name. I'm inclined to believe this card belongs to a prolific painter. I knew him as one of the first Filipino cartoonists and a painter depicting Filipino hometown scenes. A few years ago, his name became popular among art collectors. His heirs denied the authenticity of a painting in a local auction. They were claiming that the original painting is still under the family's custody. Some art collectors explained the possibility that Pineda might have created duplicates or miniature of the Las Buyeras (Betel Nut Vendors).  This case also happened in some of Fernando Amorsolo's art works. 

If my details are valid, Jorge Pineda was born on 1837. He is around 26 years old when he received the postcard. He died in 1946 at 67 years old. 

As for the sender, I almost didn't notice that he provided his name. On the left is a stamped name of Ramon D. Guerin, Box. 5, Cienfuegos. I verified Cienfuegos and learned that it serves as the capital province of the southeastern coast of Cuba. This provides additional support of the postcard originating from Cuba.

I tried to search details about Ramon D. Guerin. The nearest I found was an online census record.  He was born about 1884 in Cuba. If such detail is correct, Ramon D. Guerin was 21 years old when he sent this post card.

It is too difficult to translate the handwriting in the postcard. However, a great friend helped me extract the message. Thank you Mother E!!!!

He recibido con places su bella postal for la le day mil lo que por las diele que use envia que desea y le feara la ver rauictis le tengo que pedirly i la por no es esta. esperas do mas gratus noticias. Quedo, S.S.R.D.G

Google Translate's direct translation 

I have received with places his beautiful postcard for the day one thousand what for the diele that he uses sends that he wishes and he fears to see him rauictis I have to ask him and I for it is not this. Waits for the most gratus news. Quedo, S.S.R.D.G

I failed to cull details of their relationship. I'm wishing that anyone here can help in the translation. 

For now, I'll leave this post hanging in my tree of uncertainty. 

Summer Wishlist from Stylewe

A few weeks from now, I'm hoping to temporarily refrain from wearing my usual office uniform. It's thick and heavy fabric is not complementing the upcoming summer weather. I've been wanting to wear my comfortable jeans, trousers and cotton tops. Unfortunately, my weight gain problem has been causing me some wardrobe problems. :p Adding my adherence to the KonMari principles, I'm often left with a few pieces in my closet. I'm preventing myself to commit purchases. Instead, I often entertain myself with some online window shopping. That's life for me lately. :) Recently, Peter of StyleWe invited me to browse their clothing line.  I have compiled the few pieces that captured my interest.

Left to Right Clockwise 1 - 2  - 3 - 4 -

There are more styles and fashion pieces available at StyleWe. For summer, they have varied sets of black kimono and for formal events, some sequin jumpsuit

For more information about StyleWe, check out their Frequently Asked Questions page here

Chic Mall

It's that time of the year again. Working in the academe, this is a prevalent expression whenever the months of March to May arrive. My colleagues are busy with their respective roles for this yearend activity. Graduates meanwhile savor the remaining days of preparations. A significant part of a graduate's preparation is the dress, especially for the members of the female populace. Of the years I've been exposed to graduations, I noticed that the little black dress still prove to be the safest option. A black dress fits all body types, height and occasions. However, finding the cheapest black evening dress is not the easiest task. Recently, I discovered Chic Mall, an online shopping place for dresses to wedding gowns. 

Among the different LBDs I saw, here happens to be my favorite
Natürliche Abschluss Fallen Appliques

günstige schwarze abendkleider

Visit Chic Mall here for more details. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 259 - First for April

This weekend has been one of the most awaited. Contrary to expectation, I don't have travel plans or any activity to look forward. I just wanted to rest. The past work week has been the most exhausting this year. It entailed reporting for work at 7 am and leaving the workplace beyond 9 pm. Running around offices again like a headless chicken. Revising a 100 page document within the day. Waiting for results until 9 pm. I have anticipated all the exhaustion at the end of the week. Hence, I filed a leave on Friday. My rest day started with a trip in Binondo with my cousin. We walked the entire stretch of Ongpin, ate hand pulled noodles, dimsum, and capped the day with some shopping at 168 mall. I was tired but not stressed. It was refreshing, despite the summer heat and relaxing to temporarily escape from reality.

I had the best sleep last Friday. Waking up late on Saturday compensated for everything. Savoring my long bath with my favorite milk body wash, smelling my favorite Green Bamboo scent from my humidifier, beef in tamarind broth for lunch, potato chips and Coke and another opportunity to savor the best sleep. True enough, the best rest comes after the longest stress. :p

Meanwhile, here are some of the beautiful things for this week

And the default photo of the week hahaha

I have so much stories written in my planner. Some are worth sharing and the rest, I have to keep it to myself. My recent project enabled me to work with another group of colleagues. Hats off to my colleagues, who rendered unwavering support and cooperation. My heart is overflowing with gratitude. The least I can do is treat them for lunch. We ate the best barbecue and fresh green salad to end a successful endeavor. In a way, I also felt that I gained new sources of friendships. Thank you L, P, J, D, and N! Let's continue working, hoping and praying for the best! 

My loot from Binondo - When in Binondo, most people visit the popular Eng Bee Tin stores. In my case, I prefer the old Salazar Bakery. I love their ready-to-eat tikoy rolls. I also bought a childhood favorite, Haw Flakes and sunflower seeds. Also in the photo is a charm bracelet given by my cousin. Thanks Ite A!

What weekend mornings are made of - Enjoying freshly squeezed juice, brojas biscuits, and a nice coffee table book define the best weekend morning.

The upcoming week will be my last week in teaching. Where did 6 months go? I'm not sure if I will still be given the chance to teach next school year. Much of it can be explained by the transition period of the K-12 system. On the next school year, colleges and universities will not have freshmen and sophomore students. There will be lesser teaching assignments and being a part time faculty member, I'm aware that I'm not a priority. I'll be stuck with my office work, while waiting for another set of drastic changes to be implemented. 

In the last part of my previous post, I expressed my "grown up" and "childish" desire to encounter my crush. I would like to believe that some of you prayed with me. Hahahahahaha Seeing the person you admire is the best antidote for a demanding workday. I have the same wish this week. Please continue praying with me. Hahahaha A date with my crush will surely be a great material for my blog. ;)

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 258 - First Day Cover

Stressful and exhausting. This was the theme of the past week. I was running around like a headless chicken, visiting offices and seeking documents. I leave the office beyond 8 pm everyday. Five days were not enough, we had to continue the work on Saturday. There were signs of extending on Sunday. Good thing though, I had a great support system. We were all done last Saturday. We beat the deadline, but my legs are aching. I acquired colds. My eyelids are swollen for a week already. As much as I wanted to rest, the real work will happen on Monday until Wednesday. I can't wait for this event to end.

They say that being highly occupied makes you immune with some issues and nuisances in life. As the week was about to end, I had my taste of classic worklife politics. Someone used me as a scapegoat and puppet to stage the antagonist's most awaited drama. If this happened on a regular workday, there will be a long rant here. :p I will stress eat and some impulse purchase will be made. But I'm already drained to heed another adult drama. Part of me wanted to say, I'll have my own time. I'll handle everything in my own terms. But the grown up in me is overpowering. I just want a better life ahead. I wish to hear some good news, enough to outweigh some attitude problems I have to deal with. 

Meanwhile, here are the beautiful things that happened last week.

The planner seems to be my default photo every Sunday. I'm turning monotonous and predictable. But this is life ever since the year started. I don't have trips and other interesting stories to relate at the moment. Unless otherwise, everyone here would like to hear the details of my work. :) Creating automated forms in spreadsheets, discovering behavior and unearthing information from numbers, administering surveys, writing reports that no one bothers to read hahaha 

In the middle of the week, I managed to squeeze in a trip to the Post Office. I was able to score some old First Day Covers (FDC). This one features a painting of  the Tsubaki (Camellia) flower, released last March 20, 1961 in Japan. The best thing about this FDC is the intricate design of the postmark. I love the stamped illustration of the two Japanese ladies.

Another FDC I scored within the week, alongside with my other collections of used postcards. Since this FDC comes with a name of the recipient, my other hobby will finally be revived. I have yet to trace the original owner. I'm feeling excited.:)

This is my favorite score last week. Though admittedly, I find it expensive. It came from another seller, not from my favorite shop in Sta. Cruz, Manila.  I have a feeling that this postcard belongs to a national artist. It dates back 1905, originating from Cuba. I have yet to discover and make an extensive blog post about this.

Sunday is about to end and I still feel all the exhaustion. As much as I'd like to say, the "cold" never bothered me anyway hahahahaha I'm hating its existence. This is not the best time to endure any sickness. To make me feel better, another encounter with my crush might work as great antidote Hahahaha I noticed, my crush has become another default parting statement in my Sunday posts. ;)

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 257 - To be great and extraordinary

This Sunday is a rare work day for me. It's a long day ahead. I'm hoping to be productive and finish everything early. I still want to savor the few hours left for Sunday. I plan to buy special dinner for my family. It's been a while since we enjoyed our favorites from Burgoo, Yellow Cab or Army Navy. While typing this post, I'm enjoying my usual Saturday night. Dinner at home, watching the same TV show, coke and potato chips on the side. This is the life! Boring but very peaceful and relaxing. 

Last week was filled with activities, both expected and unexpected. It started with an unplanned work due on Tuesday. The next day, I had a random trip to the mall with my friend A. The mall had problems with their supply of electricity so everything went to total darkness. I will not lie, part of me panicked. On the way home, the train's services were suspended. In effect, I had to endure longer travel hours. Thursday felt fulfilling because I was able to complete some tasks. I also had a great lecture with my two classes. Friday was the best because I was able to watch Beauty and the Beast. Finally!!! No one could have done it better than Emma Watson. I read countless reviews, both praises and criticisms. Setting aside everything, what remained on me was Disney's first attempt to incorporate "gay love" in their film. Apologies for the spoiler. ;)   

Meanwhile, here are some beautiful things for this week

Weekly planner mess - The highlights of this week included Beauty and Beast, letter I received in celebration of National Women's Month and some items from a faraway branch of Japan Home. 

I'm adding rubber stamps in my stash. Anyone interested? I will share it to anyone interested in journaling. I hope I'll be able to generate interested fellows. I'm actually testing the water for this venture. Crossing my fingers, I hope everything will be successful.  

Postcard from Terra-  Thank you Terra for being one of the few friends, who make life beautiful and worthwhile.

Hello Marieken! Thank you for the postcard. I'm trying to track the years when did we start exchanging postcards. Can't remember and figure it out anymore. Hahaha 

Also in the photo is the all time favorite Vcut and Coke and the most awaited Sony a5000. Give me more time, I will earn that camera!!!

The beauty of weekend mornings - Goto (rice porridge) with strips of bagnet (crispy pork belly), lemons for juicing and an elegant coffee table book, everything feels so refreshing. 

Every now and then I discover friends who deactivated their social media accounts. Most complained of the unnecessary stress they gain from selfish, rude, cruel, and misconstrued thoughts of people to organizations. I will not deny, I had days when I felt irritated and provoked after checking my social media feeds. What usually affects me are people declaring their opinions as facts. In my own world, facts meant having data and concrete evidence. Unless you have decent proof, everything appears as mere assumptions. Then there are people enumerating their credentials and use it as take off point to lambast another person. Another breed include those who impose standards of excellency and use it as reference to elevate themselves. But truth is, everything will be directed to make someone appear so low and unworthy.

Recently, I read someone defining the standards of a "great" educator. I felt bad that some educators have the tendency to belittle fellow educators. While we have our own standards of defining what should be ideal, I'm leaning to the belief that everyone is already extraordinary in his / her own way.

A teacher or any person is already filled with life changing experiences. These experiences both forced and inspired them to become better individuals. Little do we know, it meant taking selfless decisions entailing years of sacrifices. Some may have been continuously immersing themselves with endeavors leading to priceless achievements. Unlike most people, they don't document every phase of their experience. No traces or evidences in social media, because they prefer to be humble and discrete.

An educator is not defined by his or her capability to venture on travel, acquiring a degree from an expensive university, a high grade in his or her thesis or dissertation, speaking engagements or her set of beliefs eloquently defined in her social media bio. I'd like to take everything on Brandon Stanton's words, When you look at a person, remember that everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed them....

Apologies for the sudden outpour of thoughts. Blame my newsfeed, hahahaha 

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!

P.S. On a lighter note, I hope to feel inspired today. Maybe a sight or a conversation with my crush will suffice. Hahahaha 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 256 - Halfway March

I was away from home the entire week. It was the longest time I stayed in a hotel not for vacation, but work. The tasks were manageable, my room was great, except that I miss home. After a day, my body demanded a different scenery. I spend the remaining hours of the day in the nearby mall. I wasn't familiar with the place so it took me several attempts to figure out the cheapest way move in and out of the hotel. Speaking of cost efficiency, having dinner in the mall everyday is the easiest way to ruin your weekly budget. :p My taste buds and stomach were rejoicing, but my mind and pocket are suffering. Added to this, I miss the company of some great people. I was counting the days to be with my family and friends. Now that everything is over and done, I'm enjoying my slow and quiet time at home. Pajamas, popcorn, movie marathon, and family are priceless. I have waited for this the entire week.

Meanwhile, here are the beautiful things that happened this weekend 

Weekend mess - It feels like I'm aging backwards. I'm obsessed with stickers, rubber stamps, and different stationery items. But my weirdest addiction is collecting vintage items such as movie tickets, classic bus tickets, and brand labels. Should you find something online or offline that sells cheap vintage paper items, please tag me! :)

Treasure from Book Sale - While I can easily google the origin of stamp collecting, learning everything from the book is way better... coming from the old soul in me. What I miss though is scoring old postcards from Sta. Cruz Manila. My go to store has been operating in an on and off basis. My research skills are longing to be practiced. I miss the challenge of tracking the real owners of used postcards.

Another treasure from Book Sale - An addition to my collection, The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies!!! I still have a long way to go. Hoping to complete this classic layout edition of Beatrix Potter's collections.

Manila Hotel's Cafe Ilang Ilang buffet is one for the books.  - I cannot remember when was the last time I flooded my blog with food posts. 

Twinning with my friend :) - I'm excited to give this pouch to one of my greatest girl friends. Advance happy birthday A! Enjoy your upcoming trip. Thank you for being one of the best women who never fails to empower me. 

During the past week, my Twitter and Facebook feed were filled with events about the National Women's Month #BeBoldForChange. Every now and then, I encounter articles, stories, quotes, to advocacies aiming to empower women. While I'm in support of anything that will benefit women populace, part of me feels the need to improve of  how women treat each other. Unfortunately, I have been a witness and sometimes, a victim of women who underestimate, discriminate and devastate other women.

On the positive side, I have been and continuously inspired by women who chased their dreams and opened opportunities for other women. One of my favorites is Beatrix Potter. She defied restrictions and the traditional belief that women are only meant for marriage. 

The past week was also filled with some unexpected learning and realizations. Loyalty, honesty and hardwork will never be enough to gain that much needed trust and confidence. Some things are destined and manipulated not to work out. Sad reality. Although this one sounds too cliche, much of life's disappointments can be eliminated if expectations did not come in.

Sunday is about to end and looking at my notes, I have another long week ahead. Wishing everyone a Beautiful Sunday and a great week ahead! 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 255 - First for March

I was given a new task a few weeks ago. It was my first time to document a series of Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and later prepare a comprehensive report. The process felt like being in charge for the minutes of meeting, which I actually enjoy doing. I love the process of writing. In a way, I feel powerful because I have the capability to make someone appear either so smart or stupid. Hahaha I feel like a writer in another field. I work on my own terms. The only thing I dislike is the lengthy hours of discussion. It's draining to sit down, listen and shut up for several hours. :p 

If I'm not mistaken, I sat on 5 FGDs last week. Initially, the process felt repetitive. Different faces, same old thoughts. When immunity started to enter my bored self, I started to hear surprises. There were insights and unsaid sentiments, which I secretly adhered. While being an FGD researcher is empowering, it posts a trade off in the freedom of expression. I cannot be involved in the discussion. Nevertheless, I'm all good because I heard people speaking my unsaid sentiments. I'm not alone in the battle. It's also refreshing to hear people offering bright ideas. If only such ideas will be implemented, half of the organization's problems will already be addressed. But then again, I have to drift away from the immunity of an ideal world. When reality bites or in the world of grown ups, some ideas are destined to be said than done.

The past week went like a rush, literally and figuratively. While writing entries in my journal, I was quite surprised with the tasks I accomplished. It felt fulfilling not until I realized that there are more things needed to be attended. Like a presentation, unanswered emails, and requests from freelance clients. I guess I have to postpone my longest plan of getting a haircut. Thinking about everything already drains me. :p The least I wanted is to look good, especially when I encounter my crush :p Hahahaha It's been weeks since I last saw him... after the Facebook incident, which I will relate in the future. Hahahaha

Newest and weirdest hobby lately  - I'm starting to like origami again. Even though the paper crafts will be useless, I enjoy producing anything from paper. In my mind though, I hope this will lead to somewhere worthwhile. 

What weekend mornings are made of - All time favorite suman and taho for breakfast

And another weekend scene - Slow breakfast, movie marathons, quiet time with the family, potato chips after dinner while watching our favorite weekend shows, these are the simplest yet priceless things I look forward. Weekends at home with the family are the best. 

Added to all of these, it was raining when I woke up yesterday. This weather is best spent in the comfiest pajamas, crisp bed sheets, softest pillows and blankets, mouth watering soup for lunch, great read and a fast internet connection. :p 

I hope to have a great week ahead. I want to receive positive news which can include a new client, another opportunity to the shallowest thought of encountering my crush. hahahahahahahahaha 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 254 - Last for February

I was listening to a series of TED talks while taking photos for this post. Of the talks I heard, the speaker who dealt with failures left me affected. I think this was the first time I encountered a scientific explanation of how failure alters our biological function. In an experiment, it was found that the brain activity of people who encountered failures were more active and responsive. People who failed demonstrated higher propensity for creativity and were more motivated to succeed. If this applies to all human beings, then there's something to be grateful of my current state. For a change, it's no longer an article, book or a quote from my Facebook newsfeed that moved me. Science made me believe I haven't been knocked out. 

Surprises and chances, these words best described the past week. Surprises because I found more underlying problems. There were also a few work related tasks that came along the way. It felt both tiring and fulfilling. At the end of the day though, all I wanted is accomplishment. As for chances, I made another attempt to an endeavor I failed two years ago. Part of me feels more pessimistic, as always. If I will fail again, I'll take it as my signal to move on. I'm meant for something else. Having these thoughts, I remember this article I read a month ago. Who can better speak about turning failures to success?

Setting aside my personal issues, here are other interesting links I encountered last week

Tomoro Mizuno's Pottery - Hats off to this intricate and distinct pottery design!!

A girl who decided to face her fears in 100 days summarized her full account here.

I likewise didn't expect this song to appear as a teaser for the upcoming season of The Voice.

The process of making a Pandora, gave me justification behind its expensive price. But still, way beyond my capacity. :p

What weekend mornings are made of - Taho in a slow and relaxing weekend, finding some inspiration on a planner, and the brochure of my dream camera!!! Sony a5000 is love!!! Crossing my fingers, this camera will be mine. 

Found a set of old ballerina paper dolls, these should be intended for a project that didn't push through. I found a new use for these beautiful pastel pieces. :) 

Nick Bantock's series!!!! My two books finally arrived. Thank you ThriftBooks!!! I just need two more books from The Morning Star Trilogy to complete the series. If you share the same love for letters and postcards, you will likewise enjoy Nick Bantock's series. 

It will be the last full week of February tomorrow. Two months have passed for 2017. I'm wishing for more strength, freelance work and some good news. Have a great day ahead!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 253 - Pursue

This rare cold weather!!! If I'm not mistaken, the coldest temperature in Manila was recorded last week. Walking to the train station while feeling the cold breeze felt so relaxing after a long day. This is already a treat for someone who has lived in a "forever summer" city. While typing this post, I'm still enjoying the rare coldness even inside the comforts of our home.

We often equate coldness with sadness. It was actually my devil's wish for everyone on February 14. hahahaaha The weather was cold, but I'm enjoying it even on the 14th. I had evening classes and it appeared as a relief. I was spared from Valentine's Day traffic. When I was about to leave, I got invited to two different dinners. (Taraaay!) Hahahaha Unfortunately, it was not the dinner my friends were praying for. A colleague held his farewell party. On the last minute, my friend MFA wanted to have dinner. I attended both dinners so imagine how bloated I was. I felt like Baymax. :D My mind was screaming for exercise but my body had other issues. I had a bad case of back pain and stiff neck. Borrowing John Green's line, pain demands to be felt. The struggle is real until this day. My only consolation, the degree of pain is gradually diminishing everyday. 

Aside from what seems to be an endless food marathon, here are the other good things that made the past week. 

What relaxing weekends are made of - Writing and reading existing entries from my planner and having a different breakfast. I love French Baker's raisin bread and newly discovered Amor bakery's thin sliced cookies.

Papemelroti's limited edition postcard - Before meeting my friend MFA, I dropped by SM Department store for some toiletries. I was surprised seeing a Papemelroti postcard hidden on the shelves. Part of me believes that someone intentionally left it. :) No one claimed ownership, so I took the card. I checked out the nearest Papemelroti branch to buy more pieces. Unfortunately, the racks of cards didn't have it. I didn't anymore approach the salesladies because I was in a hurry.  A few days after, I learned why it was not available. Apparently, it was a limited edition card given to shoppers for the entire month of February. I'm happy that I got the card for free, with some stroke of luck and destiny. ;P

Everything vintage - Thank you Marieken for the vintage postcard of Nijmegen, Netherlands 

I wanted to acquire Beauty and the Beast's special edition book for the longest time. I only saw copies from Amazon and Book Depository. As expected, the cost is enough to make me forget about it. I was thinking of acquiring Funko Pop's version of Belle, Mrs. Potts' tea set or the popular Enchanted Rose in a glass instead.

In the  middle of the week, I learned that Fully Booked carries this animated and illustrated version. It is still expensive, but way cheaper than US or UK prices with the shipping fees and taxes. The book transpired as one of my expensive purchases. At some point, I felt a degree of regret for the splurge. Seems like it wasn't a wise purchase. However, when I saw the price of other Beauty and Beast souvenirs, particularly the Enchanted Rose.... I was taken aback. This local store that distributes real and preserved Ecuadorian roses, scared me. Friends, prepare Php 3,850 to 5,250!!!

Some Cath Kidson mugs :) - Thank you Mother E for saving some pieces for us. This will complete my collection.

Before the week ended, I encountered a reminder posted by a famous social media personality.

I needed this.

Unknown to probably some of you, writing my regular Sunday post is quite a challenge. Everything boils down on my difficulty of recalling the things that happened last week. Maintaining a planner to document everything may help but oftentimes, I don't write entries everyday. In addition, it's difficult to stick with the good stories. As much as I make a conscious effort to maintain a positive outlook, my pessimistic side is dominating. Having this tone now, it's easy to predict the outcome of this post. The past week was not one of my best.

I was haunted by some grown up concerns again. It amazes me how one problem breeds more problems. Thinking about everything frightens and weakens me. While addressing my struggles, people who will make everything harder will emerge. In the midst of everything, bad things will happen to good people. Undeserving beings will be endowed with the best opportunities. I have no control over other people but at the very least, all I wanted to is to surpass this struggle.

I'm wishing for more strength. Give me more time, I will find my own place. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 252 - To love

The past week ended with the annual employee recognition night at the workplace. While it has been the same event every year, one thing makes all the difference. The speeches of colleagues, who have rendered 30 years of service, never fail to make those painful pinches in my heart. It took decades before these heartwarming stories were heard. Sadly, it also meant spending a lifetime before their little yet significant contributions were appreciated.

It was supposedly a night of celebration, but part of me feels otherwise. I fear retirement beyond death. Part of me feels worried of my colleagues' retirement. Not everyone has kids to support them. And as much as I don't want to think about it, I'm wishing that everyone has enough money to support their remaining years. This is actually one of my motivations for pursuing a career in freelancing. When the law already forbids me to work, I still have a source of income and the opportunity to feel useful and productive.

I was suppose to write a happy post here. So setting aside this melancholy atmosphere, here are the beautiful things that happened last week. :)

Two of my freelance clients are done with their dissertation - It felt like a huge thorn in my throat was finally taken away. It's a rare privilege to help people achieve their career goals.

Tried the famous Ramon Lee's fried chicken in Binondo for the first time - I've been working in Manila for a decade. Binondo is only a few minutes away from my workplace, but I haven't fully explored the popular restaurants. In the middle of the week, me and my friend MFA got to try Ramon Lee's chicken. Thanks to the unexpected traffic and a bad day that forced us to walk towards the train station. We got tired and decided to have dinner. ;)

What weekend mornings are made of - Puto Calasiao in a slow and relaxing weekend 

Love Letters of Great Men and Women - It finally arrived, thank you Book Depository! Although to be honest,the book gets a little boring with all the historical accounts. On a different note, I noticed that the most cherished letters are products of forbidden love. :p

Thanks Ash and Muff for my personalized and embroidered pouch 

Surprised to see a few sheets of Papemelroti's old stationery! -  If I'm not mistaken, I had this pad back in High School. I used it to write my palanca letters for my friends.

When the week started, the local ad of McDonald's caught my attention. It has been initially shown months ago, but it was only last week when I started to appreciate its message. Parents are love. :) It spoke so much about me.

Days after, Jollibee's series of Valentine's videos came in. Tears!!!!My favorite is about the father who passed away. 

The entire team behind the concept should be commended. To say it was a success is an understatement.

Then just this weekend, a local brand of cooking oil broke all records. Minola's Valentine series is a LEGEND!!!!  Hahahahaaha I cannot even choose a favorite. Hahahaha I'm wondering if Minola still have something "hidden" for us. I'm secretly hoping, there will be installments lined up. The team behind Minola's ad from its conception to execution should be given a bonus!!!! 

More than the attention drawn by these ads, I once again saw a living proof that promotions are no longer on TV or print.  Social Media is the new platform to beat.

It's already halfway February and I'm starting to recall what have I accomplished. Soon enough, two months of 2017 is over. I haven't really set specific targets. At the very least, all I wanted is to feel accomplished and get closer to that dream of discovering my best domain and hopefully, build a more established career as a freelancer. 
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