New Year... New Beginning

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

It's the start of the year and there is sooo much to do - at work and at home.

What better way to start the year than to declutter and organize things. When I say declutter, my dear sister has done that for us. She just threw away everything she thought was not used and that included my branded shoes, which as of this writing, must be in the trash or in someone else’s closet. I have no idea where it is.

By organizing, I mean putting everything in their proper order. And that includes my children’s stuff. Extra shoe boxes were transformed into beautiful boxes to hide their toys and tiny things.

R chose this wrapper

Plus, we have decided to take out gadgets from the kids entirely and allow only two hours of television time. It is quite difficult for all of us. Trying to figure out what to do for the rest of the day. But it is all for the best. We'd like to inculcate reading and rely solely on their imagination for things to do.

I’ve also started to learn new things as well: how to take better photos with my iphone and how to write better - essays, poems, letters and all. I've subscribed to Udemy. Well there are other platforms out there. There's Masterclass, Skillshare and others. I start with this.

And because I have to put everything in practice, consider this as my first essay. And here is my first photo (well, I chose this one for publication):

Nightlight of Davao City

I do not want to explain why the photo is such. If you like it, well and good. If you don’t like it, I really wouldn’t care.

Learning is never easy but it should be fun, well at least on my opinion. We have to enhance ourselves, not only physically, but what's on the inside. I will try to post more, if not here, maybe on my other social media account. 

How about you, what's in store for you?

Doctor's Advise

Monday, October 30, 2017

The thing with people is that we always try to find the easy way, or that we try to get everything for free even though we know we're capable or paying for it. 

I don't mind conversing with friends and being asked about certain diseases and medications. Those are just friendly conversations. In my many years of working (please don't make me mention my age), I have crossed paths with certain kinds of people. And it is in these many years that I've honed my skill of detection. I can sense a question when it is trying to squeeze something different from me. And then an alarm turns on inside me. Face starts to heat up, everything inside me starts to buckle up. If I am trying to be cynical, I would say, "Google not helping much?" But I try to be nice and so I say, "Let them come and have the doctor try to look at it and tell you what it is." 

Red Stethoscope with Red Waterman Fountain Pen

Although we took an oath to never do harm and help sick people, this doesn't mean that you can abuse our kindness... or our intellect, whatever the factors may be. We will try to be as courteous and as helpful as we could but please do not abuse us. We know your kind. We also know the kind of people who grabs every opportunity, not minding other people who might get hurt.

My advise is, "If you're not feeling well, come and see a doctor yourself. We would like to see you up  close and personal and examine you. We would be very happy to help you in your ailments. If you did not get well, come and see us again. We would like to know what happened. Don't go shopping for doctors. We are not mere commodities you find in the supermarket. Tell us everything and we would be happy to be your friend."

The Trouble With Shimmering Inks

Sunday, October 29, 2017

In as much as I love inks with sheen, they somehow tend to clog my pen. And it is so irritating.

I find myself forcing the ink out by waving my hand hard downward hoping to flush the ink. Or I have to disassemble my nib and wash it just so it'll take the clog out. And I have to choose a pen that I can diassemble the nib so that I can wash and brush the sheen out of it. Kinda frustrating really.

I now have a love-hate relationship with them. But they just makes writing more interesting.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

There are so may thoughts going through my mind right now and I'm trying to sort it out. It has been a crazy week. Wait, it's always a crazy week. I long for the days when it won't be crazy.

I have talked about not wanting to work and not wanting to be in a conversation with anybody other than the usual people that I get in close contact with in the office. Then I also mentioned of having to talk to people against my will, meaning I'm not in the mood for a chit chat. Sometimes we realize things that we have already thought of before but have forgotten.

You know when you're sad or angry, it doesn't take much effort to frown. Really. All muscles go down your face, going where gravity pulls it taking with it your energy and confidence. But when you smile, it takes so much effort to move your muscles against gravity and keeping a positive outlook despite all the negativities being bombarded your way, seeing other people frowning. And it just made me realized how big of an effort that is for that person to smile to someone who is frowning.

I was at the office the other day, so many things to do as always then someone walked in with smiles and positive energy despite the day that she had. Here I was, thinking, "hay... ano na naman kayang problema to?" and I wasn't really in the mood to talk about anything much so do some planning. But with her smiles and energy, she managed to change my mood and motivated me to do some thinking at a time when I was almost drained to the max. Kudos to that person. I know her job is not the easiest in the world but I applaud her for always putting up a smile in front of different people.

So if somebody comes up to you with a smile, be glad that someone is trying to cheer you up. I know that there are some exceptions to this, especially to those people that you hold grudges and are not willing to make up just yet, that's your call. The moral of this is that, appreciate the effort that people exert and HAVE COURAGE, BE KIND!

Morning Boost

Friday, October 27, 2017

Sharing to you my morning tea fresh from my herb garden.

It's a mixture of strawberry mint leaves, peppermint leaves, and stevia leaves. Refreshing in the mouth, great for boosting senses. Have a great day ahead everyone!