Sunday, April 17, 2016

Beautiful Sunday # 208 - Summer is for real

Now that the airing of my favorite K. drama, Descendants of the Sun is over, I don't anymore have reasons to write about Song Joong Ki. Hahahaha I will surely miss him though. My Wednesdays and Thursdays will surely feel different now. No need to rush home to catch the episodes and watching everything again with the English subtitles. Yes, I watch an episode twice. One for excitement and the other for fully understanding the plot. I wanted to watch another K. drama although my mind is telling me, I should revisit my book collections. It's time to get back to reading.

These days, work is lighter because of the absence of teaching. I'm back as a full time office employee again. Writing research reports and getting used to the silence at the workplace. The kids are already enjoying their two-month summer break. Hence, 80% of the workplace's building remains unoccupied. In the afternoon, colleagues have their own version of horror stories. As they claim, ghosts love to thrive on old, quiet and dark spaces. I stay in the oldest wing of the building whose age is around 300 years. In my years of stay, I don't ever recall any horror or ghost encounter. So whenever those ghost stories are starting to be shared, I feel bored and unamused. 

Meanwhile, my Facebook newsfeed is dominated by two themes: the presidential candidates and graduation photos. Most of the people within my circulation is voting for that "popular" candidate. Truth to be told though, I'm feeling quite saturated with all the articles about the presidentiables. While information is best needed by the voters, I feel frustrated that some articles are misleading and worst, fabricated. If I had it my way, I would wish for a large matrix that compares the qualifications of all the candidates.And probably, Andreson Cooper will individually interview all the candidates. Why Anderson? Absence of the conflict of interest. Hahaha  

As for the graduation photos, this is something I experience every year .... it's recurring since I work for a school. Sometimes, I feel nostalgic with the entire graduation atmosphere. There were instances when some unexplained sadness attacks me. But the more prevalent sentiment is the reminder that I'm getting really old. Whenever I check the birth year of my students, I can't believe that they were already born in the 90s?!? The recent class I handled had students born in 1996!!! Age gap is for real! Hahaha

Before I make a long and boring post, let me share some beautiful things here

Trying my best to eat green salad at least once a week.... minus the sinful Caesar salad sauce. I rarely read non-fiction, the Freakonomics duo is one of my rare favorites in this genre

Escolta at night - I've read and heard reports that there's a initiative from the local government to revive the place. I hope it's for real and not only used as an election propaganda. 

Of letters and the intense summer heat!!!! As much as I'd like to enjoy summer, the heat is discouraging. Marikina and all the more, Manila feels like a big oven these days.

Postcards from my favorite, Marieken! - Happy Birthday dearest friend!!! 

My father's malunggay tree surprised me! I didn't realize that my father's tree was that tall already. It exceeded even the third floor of our neighbor's home.

I didn't realize that it's already halfway April. I feel that summer just started for me. More than the summer escapade (which I will not have this year), I have other plans for the next months. Hopefully, everything or at least half of it will materialize.

Wishing everyone a beautiful week ahead!


  1. Love this post! I especially like the Escolta pic.
    May Syvel's pa pala. When I was in grade 5, I had a new pair of patent shoes from Syvels. Tapos biniyagan ng classmate ko. May natungkab dun sa patent layer na tinapakan. Huhubelles. Saklap.

    I unfollowed na a ton of friends sa FB na very vocal sa isang candidate. Nasusuka na ako. If, for a moment, eh I considered that candidate, hindi na ngayon. So many of his supporters are rabid and I fear chaos that will be brought about by his supporters if he win.
    Pero bet ko ang interview moderated by AC. Might fly to Manila. Hehehe

    1. Unfortunately, Syvel's is just a building. Deadmadels na.

      I have friends na araw araw... may updates about the popular candidate with matching status message na mega tangol ever

  2. What a beautiful orchid in your photo! My Christmas orchid lost it's blooms and then bloomed again! Mine is yellow with purple accents. I know how it is to finish a series. I always feel a bit empty for awhile but soon something else takes its place!

  3. Hi, Diane! Same here, the presidential election has dominated my FB feed, and sadly they're not even informative. I'm going to vote next week at the Manila Rep Office here in Taipei, and I have not figured out who to vote as president hehe I have few more days para mag muni muni. For your green salad pala, there's this dressing called Kewpie, not sure if you've heard about it, pero masarap siya, parang Japanese sesame dressing :)

    1. Good to know that you made efforts to include yourself sa overseas absentee voting. Alam mo I encountered Kewpie na... just can't remember kung saan. Might try it lalo na at addicted ako sa Japanese mayo and other sauce

    2. Sawsaw lang, may Kewpie sa Rob.

  4. I've seen a lot of images of Escolta from Tricia Gosingtian's blog. I think they are also offering a tour around that place to revive and also to inform others about how it looks like before.

  5. re: Election related posts on FB - this is the primary reason why I've unfollowed (not unfriended) a lot on my friends list. Sus mio yung mga kaklase ko sa high school, parang hindi mga professionals kung magparinigan sa FB.

    Can you teach me what filters you use in your photos? :)

  6. They really should revive Escolta! Sayang ang makasaysayang lugar. Gusto ko rin ang Freakonomics duo. Two books nila nabasa ko (Freakonomics and Superfreaknomics). Meron na palang bagong libro! Yung malunggay tree namin sa Bacoor nagtampo ata, pinutulan kasi namin, eh nabalatan sya, ayun, pakonti konti lang ang sulpot ng new leaves. :(


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