Looking forward to weekends

I have finally understood why a lot of people always utter the maxim, “Thank God, it’s Friday” during the end of the week and why a lot of people are looking forward to the weekend.

For the longest time, I have been working during weekends that I have not really had the time for rest and recreation. It’s as if weekends just passed me by.

And now, I am now of the many who look forward to weekends. I admit, I utter “Yes, It’s Friday already” with a big grin. Although, my weekends are still as busy as ever and sometimes more stressful. But now, there’s a big change to it. 😀

Home – Michael Bublé

I have heard this song twice – once during a wake and once during a wedding. Extremes, huh? Anyway, I loved the melody. I didn’t know the title nor the artist and I was like looking for a needle in a haystack. I was lucky enough to have listened to the lyrics and google-d it! So, here you go…

Michael Bublé’s HOME:

Another summer day
Has come and gone away
In Paris and Rome
But I wanna go home
Mmmmmmmm

May be surrounded by
A million people I
Still feel all alone
I just wanna go home
Oh, I miss you, you know

And I’ve been keeping all the letters that I wrote to you
Each one a line or two
“I’m fine baby, how are you?”
Well I would send them but I know that it’s just not enough
My words were cold and flat
And you deserve more than that

Another aeroplane
Another sunny place
I’m lucky, I know
But I wanna go home
Mmmm, I’ve got to go home

Let me go home
I’m just too far from where you are
I wanna come home

And I feel just like I’m living someone else’s life
It’s like I just stepped outside
When everything was going right
And I know just why you could not
Come along with me
‘Cause this was not your dream
But you always believed in me

Another winter day has come
And gone away
In even Paris and Rome
And I wanna go home
Let me go home

And I’m surrounded by
A million people I
Still feel all alone
Oh, let me go home
Oh, I miss you, you know

Let me go home
I’ve had my run
Baby, I’m done
I gotta go home
Let me go home
It will all be all right
I’ll be home tonight
I’m coming back home

 

I feel that it’s more than coming home to someone who loves you, as they say, home is where you (whoever that is) are. But it’s also coming home to the Father. So kindly take note: I would like to have this both in my wedding (if ever I’ll get married) and my wake and funeral.

First Day at Work for 2011

Today is my first day at work for the year 2011.

I woke up at 6 in the morning and made all the necessary preparations. I left the house at around 7 fearing that traffic will be bad. I was surprised that it was not that bad. Actually, I was in the office at around 7:20. I realized that classes and some offices within the area where I work will start tomorrow. Oh well…

I admit… I have so many backlogs at work. I even brought home some of it during the holidays so that I can work on them. But well, I didn’t have the time to do so. Anyways, even though I have some backlogs, I was able to finish two targeted tasks for the day. Yay! I will work on those backlogs little by little. I hope I’d be able to finish them soon.

Tomorrow, it’s back to my usual routine. 🙂 It’s time for hyper-mode!

A New Year Blessing

Happy New Year Everyone!

This is my first post for the year. I hope that the New Year brings peace, love and prosperity to all!

For this 2011, I’m still going to use Modularity Life for the theme of this blog. However, I will be experimenting on the color schemes. I will still use my favorite color, purple, but I’d also use earth or dark colors from time to time.

For posts or entries, I will try to be diverse as possible on the topics that I’m going to write about. Let’s see if 2011 will usher in new ideas and inspiring stories.Well, I do hope so.

So, let me end this post with Joyce Rupp’s A New Year Blessing:

I hope for you in this new year of 2010

That the single, most significant dimension of life is your relationship with the Source of Goodness who never ceases to sing love songs to your soul

That you find meaning, purpose, and vitality in what you do daily

That you treasure your loved ones and let them know how dear they are to you

That you make choices and decisions that reflect your truest self

That you look in the mirror at least once a day and smile in happy amazement

That you remember relationships are what count above all else – more than work or money, or all the material things we spend so much time tending

That you live in an uncluttered manner, enjoying the freedom to be content

That you keep your sense of humor when things don’t go the way you want

That you find adventure in each new day and marvel at the wonders of creation
which constantly present themselves to you

That you never give up on yourself when others turn away or do not understand

That you are attentive to the health of your body, mind and spirit

That you take risks and accept the growth-full challenges that come to you

That you draw on your inner strength and resiliency when you are in need

That you carry peace within yourself, allowing it to slip into the hearts of others
so our planet becomes a place where violence, division, and war are no more.

Have a great 2011!

My To-Do List for 2011

It has always been my practice to write my to-do list at the beginning of every year. For a quick review, this is my to-do list for 2010:

  1. Work on breaking my paper down to chunks and submit for publication or presentation – NO PROGRESS!
  2. Involve myself in research project/s – NO PROGRESS!
  3. Possibly enroll in another Master’s program or well, PHD program – SUCCESS! I’m currently enrolled in a PHD program in UP
  4. Travel more (and possibly with my mom) – SUCCESS! One local and 2 international travels! Winner!
  5. Spend less – EPIC FAIL!
  6. Save more – DOUBLE EPIC FAIL!
  7. Get in shape and shed off pounds gained during the holidays– I have to attend to two weddings (as of my last count) – PARTIAL SUCCESS! I did manage to shed off some pounds for my sister’s wedding but gained weight at the end of the year. By the way, I attended 3 out of 5 weddings this 2010.
  8. Read at least one book or two books per month – PARTIAL SUCCESS! I managed to read only 11 books this year; I lacked one book to complete the one book per month requirement. *sigh*
  9. Be active in community service again. – SUCCESS! Nothing beats being active in the parish and community!
  10. Work on my 4 secret tasks – SUCCESS! I managed to accomplish these 4 secret tasks although these  yielded different results – pleasant and unpleasant. No matter, the important thing is I have finished all the tasks.

For 2011, here is my to-do list:

  1. Travel. – One local and one international. For the local trip, I would like to go somewhere I have never traveled before, like Sagada, Mt. Pulag or Batanes? I would certainly like to go back to the US but if it does not materialize, I would settle for one Asian destination.
  2. Get in shape. Stay Healthy. – I will watch what I eat and exercise (Good luck to me!). I have managed to lose weight the last time because I went on a diet. I will continue with such program but this time, with walking. This also means that I have to be an obedient patient when it comes to doctor’s appointments and such.
  3. Work on breaking my paper down to chunks and submit for publication or presentation. – I really, really have to do this, this year. Otherwise, I’m dead!
  4. Be involved in a research project. – I really, really have to this one too or else, I’m dead!
  5. Work on publishable articles. – This I really need to do as well.
  6. Read at least one book per month. – I will just stick to the one book per month rule. I would be happy if this 2011; I’d be able to read 12 books.
  7. Seriously start with my saving programs. – I’m not getting any younger and I have to think of the future. I really have to start with these (I’m thinking of three); but I still have to study and choose the best programs.
  8. Work! Work! Work! – Meaning Raket! Raket! Raket! However, this is questionable as I don’t know if I’ll have the energy to do this. Provided that I won’t get sick as well!
  9. Study! Study! Study! – I really have to study well for my PHD subjects. This is going to be one helluva journey. I wince every time I ponder on how long this is going to take me to finish and how hard this is going to be.
  10. Settle/decide on a definite workplace. I have to decide by the end of 2011 where I am to go. That’s too far anyways, 2011 is just about to start. A lot of things can happen, right?

So, how about you? Do you have a to-do list for 2011? Care to share?

October: A month of possibilities, opportunities and decision-making

Japanese Garden, Maymont, Richmond VA, Sept 2010

After spending the previous month in reflection and relaxation, October is offering me different opportunities and possibilities.

An opportunity to focus on what I want to do as regards my chosen career. I passed the board examinations for counselors which gives me the possibility to further my career in the guidance profession.

An opportunity to spread my wings and explore other facets of my chosen career. Yes, the possibility of a new work. (Need I elaborate on this?)

An opportunity to engage in a higher and specialized learning. I got admitted to the doctorate level and I’m considering the possibility of enrolling this second semester.

An opportunity to travel again. Yehey! This time to Korea, the Land of the Morning Calm. Visiting Korea has been one of my fondest dreams and it will be a reality this month. (Don’t forget to visit this blog for updates on the trip).

I am very honored and grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way.

Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings.

Rush, rush!

Yes, it’s the first day of September. And the preparations for my overseas trip are still underway.I had to make several errands and to make last minute purchases.

The past few weeks have been really stressful and exhausting. I had to finish some work at the office before going on leave. I had to take several examinations too. Imagine the cramming that I did. Actually, I started reading and studying in May and it lasted until July. However, I wouldn’t consider that in-depth review. When August came, review had taken a back seat because of the so many tasks that I have to accomplish.

However, tomorrow is a new day. And so begins my journey…

I cannot wait for September!

I cannot wait for September! There are so many reasons why I am so looking forward to September.

First, I am going on a much-needed vacation. To say that it is an overseas trip for month is an added bonus. I plan to write a sort of a travel blog when I’m there and will update you on my journeys and experiences, hopefully, everyday.

Second, since I will be on vacation, I will now have time to read. Yay! I recently acquired three Frank McCourt books through the thoughtfulness of a student. He knew that I will have more time to reflect during this period and so he gifted me with books which will accompany me in what he calls, “a possible new journey.”

Books by Frank McCourt given to me by a student

Third, I have reason to hope that September will usher in new opportunities, possibilities, experiences and friendships.

Lastly, I have good and special friends who will be celebrating their special days. I am so grateful for your coming into my life!

August: The Longest Month of My Life

Baluarte Butterfly Garden, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, 2010

Ha! It’s been a while since I wrote my last entry. I really thought that I wouldn’t be able to write this month because of the super, oh so many things that I have to accomplish. But here I am, tapping my laptop’s keyboard noisily.

August is undoubtedly the longest month of my life. Actually, I deem it so because there is something big that is going to happen in September. And the “waiting” meaning, the whole month of August is so loaded with tasks, issues, and problems which make it all the more exasperating and wearisome. However, I take comfort in the fact that after all hardships, struggles and work, there is peace, joy and rest and recreation. Yes, VACATION!

But in the meantime, back to work!

One Great “Heartist,” Joselito “Joey” Velasco

Fifth Commencement Exercises, April 18, 2009

Today’s entry is my own way of paying tribute to one great “heartist.”

I did not have the chance to meet Mr. Joselito “Joey” Velasco while preparing for the Fifth Commencement Exercises of Kalayaan College way back in April 2009. Sir Joey was chosen to be the Commencement Speaker for the said graduation ceremony. I recall that I would text him from time to time to confer with him details about himself and his works and also to remind him of his commencement address/speech.

I finally met him on the day of the graduation itself. I was struck by his humility and sincerity. I was touched by the simple delivery yet profound message of his speech. He inspired the graduates and the rest of the audience with “Looking beyond.”

Looking beyond the physical because there is inner beauty; looking beyond the adversities because there are blessings, and looking beyond wealth because there is legacy. He also made us reflect the sources of our light and if we also serve as light to others. His speech was so inspirational because it also focused on the very essence of humanity: HOPE. He saw HOPE at the eager and happy faces of the graduates that day.

Delivering the Commencement Address with his Hapag ng Pag-asa

He brought with him his “obra” (or masterpiece) “Hapag ng Pag-Asa” which depicts a picture of the Last Supper with Jesus and hungry street children as his disciples. He also shared that it was the first time for him to wear a toga because he was unable to join the graduation march because of an injury in college. I remember that he was so happy that day, as if he was part of the graduating batch.

I consider myself lucky to have met this wonderful person. I am grateful that we had the opportunity to listen to his message.

Goodbye, Sir Joey. Thank you for sharing your light and for being a light to us.

Who was Joey Velasco?

Joselito “Joey” Salvador A. Velasco was a Filipino visual artist known for his pieces that focus on religious themes in realistic settings. One of his most notable pieces, “Hapag ng Pag-asa” (Table of Hope), is a painting of the Last Supper depicting Jesus Christ sharing his last meal with hungry street children.

Dubbed as a “socio-spiritual realist,” Joey Velasco drew inspiration from the many  instances  of  social injustice  that he observed and produced pieces that give hope and uplift the spirit. Some of his colleagues have remarked that his works appear so real that if a blade were to cut the canvas, it would bleed.

Mr. Velasco was also an entrepreneur, author and filmmaker. He wrote They Have Jesus, a book containing the stories of the children of Hapag, whom he found living in cemeteries, under the bridges of Metro Manila and in the depressed areas of Payatas. He single-handedly produced three independent films, “Sa Kambas ng Lipunan” (2006), “Ang Lumang Paintbrush” (2007) and “Kakaibang Kulay” (2008). (From Kalayaan, Official Newsletter of Kalayaan College)

He joined our Creator on July 20, 2010.