Sunday, December 31, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 298 - Thank you 2017

A few days before Christmas, I was expecting my days to wind down. Like the previous years, I intend to spend my two-week break at home. But life or my mind made other plans. Some freelance works happened and last minute shopping came in. My organisation skills didn't work this time. An errand made in the nearby mall is more than enough to ruin my budget. Other than my financial state, I also noticed how my physical health deteriorated. My resistance is beginning to slow down. Headaches, episodes of dizziness and the more prevalent, aching soles. Both prolonged walking and sitting cause numbness and mild pains on my soles. My mother suspects it's my weight to blame. I fear of having gout or rheumatism. I hope not. Looks like old age came to me so early. Moreso, my sinful food intakes are killing me now.

A few days ago, I chanced the airing of Bea Alonzo and Sam Milby's film. I forgot the title, but it's the film that cause all the magic 8 ball to disappear (sold out) in local toy stores. :p Believe it or not, much of the events in the film's plot were driven by the silly magic 8 ball. Going back, there were several lines in the film that caught me. The most significant was how people often misinterpret the phase of "moving on." I love how the film emphasised its real meaning. Moving on does not simply mean continuing our daily lives. Having "moved" entails changes. One cannot be in the same place or position and claimed to have moved on. I'm keeping this on my list of important mental notes...... To which I realised, the better mantra should be change finally happened and not change is coming. :p 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Birthday

A few months ago, someone asked me what was my earliest childhood memory. It didn't take me long to respond, it was my third birthday. I was surrounded by my parents and cousins, I was about to blow my birthday cake. It didn't happen because the camera's flash frightened me. :p I cried and hid my face on my mother's shoulders. Fast forward now, the camera has become one of my best friends. ;) I'm still reluctant taking photos of myself but I discovered still photography, aka flatlays in my language. :)

My earliest childhood memory can probably explain why birthdays mean a lot to me. It should be special and memorable. Unfortunately, not all birthdays happened that way. I had my own share of sad and miserable birthdays. Years ago, all I wanted was a birthday cake. It took several years when a friend felt my longest shallow wish. :p Thank you T and A!

Having been born in December, I had birthdays that landed on Christmas parties. It's the fate of anyone born on this month. It's also quite a challenge to gather friends, everyone is tired and busy. While I appreciate the festive atmosphere, I would choose another birth month if given the chance. Hahahaha But as always, life has it's own plans. #Destiny Some things are meant to happen that way. I don't have control of other people and some of life's circumstances. On a positive note, life never fails to surprise me with unexpected sources of happiness.

Thankful for the gift of friendship and the rare times, I get decent selfies. :p - I have a  support system apart from my family. I would not have survived half of my struggles without my friends.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 297 - Christmas 2017

Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas! 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 296 - Vacation Mode On

And finally, I'm on vacation mode. The last week at work always meant reaching home the next day. :) I attended several Christmas parties, met a few friends, and went several times to SM Mall of Asia for my MacBook, that ended not being repaired. I didn't expect that one loose key would cost Php 15,000 for replacement. I maybe disappointed, but the holiday atmosphere changed my outlook. There are more than enough reasons to feel better.

I'm savoring my relaxing and quiet time at home while typing this post. I'm feeling thankful because I don't have to endure what was predicted as the worst traffic in Manila. It's the last work day before Christmas. Everyone is eager to go home. Some are probably doing last minute shopping, squeezed in reunions, dinners and Christmas parties. I also had my share of the holiday traffic. I cannot count the hours of road trips I had in EDSA. Despite of everything, I will never trade the happiness this season brings.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 295 - Holiday Madness

A few days ago, I had the need to drop by SM Mall of Asia. In as much as I wanted to avoid bigger and populated shopping malls, my out-of-warranty MacBook Air needs to be brought to Power Mac's Service Center.  Much to my surprise, I was told that all files will be erased upon diagnosis. Take note, the process does not entail actual repair yet. The diagnosis will only establish the amount of repair costs. I already made an inquiry on the same branch two months ago. Unfortunately, the staff didn't inform me of this hassle. I wanted to express my frustration, but the pressing task overpowered me. I bought a 32 GB flash drive and stayed in a coffee shop to start my file transfers. I thought I found the perfect solution. Turns out, I needed a day to finish everything.

Power Mac Service Center has not been not performing well, at least from my past encounters. I had another frustrating story with my iPhone replacement months ago. I'm not sure if someone from Power Mac Service Center will be able to read my post. One mistake is more than enough to cause unnecessary expenses and wasted time to any client. If there's anything positive from this experience, I realized the power of being an employee, particularly being a front liner. More than getting the job done, employees can shape the fate of their clients. I hope Power Mac Service Center gets my message. :) 

Moving on, but I'm about to relate another upsetting experience. :p I held on to one of my lifelong observations. Some people seem to have the talent to perfectly ruin our day. I can't control the behavior of other people so borrowing a favorite millenial thought, sino ang mag-a-adjust? ;) (Who will bear the adjustments?) As always, I'm left with the task of trying to grow up and reaching that stage of being unaffected aka maturity. :p 

Meanwhile, here are some photos from the past week

Postcards from Terra and Marieken - Thank you Terra and Marieken. :) Some of them arrived in the post office last October, it was only delivered last week.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 294 - First for December

Hello December! It's real. ;) The last month of the year, endless Christmas parties, meeting good old friends, endless food marathon, long lines everywhere, traffic and all the holiday rush. In my case, I look forward for the remaining days at work, Christmas mass, seeing a few friends, and having a relaxing time with my family. A few freelance works during my two-week break will also be a much welcomed earning opportunity. 

Last week at work was tiring and I guess, fulfilling in some ways. Our team organized a flea market, showcasing mostly our pre-loved items. I took the opportunity to sell mostly my clothes and shoes. I wasn't expecting my items to capture interest. I have weird preferences, which often make family members and friends refuse my old stuff. ;) Much to my surprise, some colleagues and guests bought them. I was able to earn a significant amount of money, which my eBay account can't generate. :) I'm so happy with my unexpected earnings. At the same time, my closet is almost compliant with Marie Kondo's standards. ;) This opportunity also strengthened my belief in one of Marie Kondo's principles. You learn more of yourself when you declutter. I learned what kind of clothes and bags I really use. Case in point, heavy leather bags are not for me. With clothes, I noticed that those bought online or from a mall wide sale end as rarely used. On the contrary, clothes bought in full price tend to stay longer and useful. So I guess, next year's buying decisions will be different. :)

Other than manning our flea market, I was able to squeeze in shopping for additional Christmas presents (the list doesn't seem to end). Before the week ended, body aches started to attack me and some not-so-good things also happened .... On weekends though, everything felt better starting with the much needed full body massage and a great meal with my mother. 

Here's more of the past week in photos

2017 to 2018 - So happy that Papemelroti continued the supposedly limited edition anniversary planner. I was spared from the temptation of acquiring a more expensive planner.

Friday, December 1, 2017

2017 Blog Giveaway Winner!

First day of December!!!! As promised, I'll be announcing the winner of my blog giveaway today.  Many thanks to the readers who joined my contest. Allow me to mention everyone: Jep Buendia, Jackie Uy, Karina Cellona, Yunita Gena, Auggielyn Carandang, Claire P, Hazel Joy, Zigrid, Sharon, Rose, Lourdes and Marivic. Thank you for taking time to answer my questionnaire.

After reading all your insights, the winner is

Jep Buendia 

Congrats, Jep! I will personally contact you for the delivery of the book.