Life Update

It’s now halfway through summer. The Ateneans who went to Boracay are back. Summer classes have started for those with Summer semester. Some of my batchmates are preparing for law school, some for med school, and some have already signed contracts and will begin working by June—a few will work already next month. How about me? Much like other fresh graduates, I’ve been spending my time contacting companies I wish to join…and I have been doing a bunch of other things I deem productive for the soul.

On dull days, I spend time with a certain book I bought during Summer of 2010.

DSC_0016 copyA part of me regrets I didn’t join the French Study Tour offered by the Modern Languages Department. It’s a month-long program of immersing one’s self to French language and culture. I have friends who are currently in Strasbourg and they are really enjoying! As much as I’d wish to enroll myself in Alliance Française de Manille, right now, I believe my focus should be to secure a job and once I have started working, that’s when I shall enroll myself in French language classes. To keep myself not rusty with the language (I only have minimal knowledge on the language), I have been entertaining myself with this book. I have been answering the exercises and although I am not able to practice orally, at least I am learning more and more to read and to write. I guess that’s good, right?

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As it is the week of the TnT Auditions, I have decided to swing by yesterday. Sadly, there weren’t a lot of people when I visited but I was able to do some catching up with some TnTs. I’m excited for Training Day 3 and OrSem Day 2 (because for this school year, there are only 2 days) because us alumni will visit and that might be the first reunion we would have. Definitely excited and hopeful for everyone who will be able to make it! Really hoping I will have more friends and A’16, N’14 who will be TnTs for OrSem 2013!
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No visit in Ateneo is ever complete without a visit to the Church of the Gesù. It has become my second home, in a way. A lot of time have been spent here thanking God for all the blessings, and a lot of time have also been spent here figuring out how to overcome certain life challenges.

Besides those, I have been spending time as well looking through websites that have been serving as “creative inspiration”. I really want to be better at graphic design and photography. Art just feeds the soul and makes it more alive, in my opinion. This Saturday, Heima, along with co.lab and Status Magazine, will be hosting their annual Design Discussions. Really looking forward to it! My friend and I will also go to the Brixton BBQ Party that will take place after. I guess I’m calling my Saturday as “Taste-of-The-Hipster-Life Day”? Excited!

Recently, I have also been searching for ebooks to read and I am just lost trying to figure out where I can download free ebooks that are of good quality. It’s really frustrating because I saw a lot of books which I wish to read. Some Fantasy books and Philosophy ones as well…maybe I should just be patient for now.

Pretty much my life has been just so..monotonous after graduation. Really surprised. I am hoping though that my life will have new beats, new rhythms soon. I just can’t stand doing anything, really. I am craving for things to do, I wish to start learning new things and attain new skills, and of course, to meet more people who will inspire me.

DSC_0014 copyAnd by the way, I have been making my brother jealous by telling him we have cookie butter at home. Haha!

 

 

Life Update

Simple Joys in Life

This is the start of my weekly blog entry which I promise to faithfully follow even if nothing eventful happens in my life…which is quite impossible because if you know me I’m practically a party on my own. I promise to at least have 53 blog entries by the end of the year but I will try my best to have more. It kinda sucks that my memory here is limited and so once I have started working, I will be upgrading my account to be able store more images and finally do some video embedding and the like. Yay me!

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Christmas of 2012 my brother gave me a Moleskine planner which I really love. If you know me I am an avid planner user and I have actually started using planners back in 2005—the first one being a Starbucks planner where every month there’s some postcard and envelope themed to that month. Come 2008 I made the big shift of using a Moleskine planner and I’m amazed that I am on my 6th planner this 2013. I am proud of myself. Haha!

But I consider this as a “simple joy in life”. I am a semi-obsessive compulsive person sans the orderly chaos of my room. Add to that I always have something to do, always something to attend to and having a planner organizes my life and without a planner, I will not be able to keep track of everything going on. The only time when my planners aren’t needed would be when it’s near finals and because profs keep on saying the deadline(s), then I have already memorized what has to be done, when it should be done and other details.

Moving back to my planner. The color is different this year. I always opt to get a black one even though red is my favorite color because black just looks so classic and it doesn’t really catches people’s attention that much. This year it’s…I’m not exactly sure what it is..exactly. It’s like blue/blue-violet-ish/indigo…something. And I originally wanted the Star Wars “Do Or Do Not There Is No Try” but (1) I’m not a Star Wars fan and (2) ran out of stock. I opted to go for the Le Petit Prince one because (1) It’s French, (2) I like the story of The Little Prince and (3) The inside looks just adorable!

DSC_0044It was really difficult to capture the real color of the planner! But you can just check it out in the site of Moleskine!

What made me even happier about it is that it came along with a calendar which I can just put in my desk when my laptop nor my phone aren’t with me! Apologizing in advance if it looks “Instagram-like”.hehe

What also made me happy is when my brother gave me two MUJI no-rules notebooks which I can’t find here in Manila!

DSC_0040You see, I love MUJI notebooks…only if they don’t have rules. I hate it when they have those dots or when they have those lines. I have often used MUJI notebooks for sketching my thoughts or just freely writing down things and having dots or lines prevent me from having a good look at what I have written or drawn. And one thing about me is that I couldn’t care less about the brand of notebooks I buy when it comes to my “creative thoughts”, but the pages are supposed to have a certain texture and color and smell that would make me feel comfortable using them….and MUJI is just a “go to” for that.

DSC_0042I guess beyond sharing what my brother got me for Christmas, this post is also about how I’m, in a way, preparing for a new book in my life. As some of you may know I will be graduating this March and  I will be joining the workforce soon. More importantly, life happens after I receive my diploma. And the thought of it is quite scary. But how fitting that this should be at the inside of the back cover of my planner and perhaps it shall encapsulate what will happen to many of us graduating seniors and superseniors this 2013.

DSC_0050Antoine de Saint-Exupéry writes, “Pour les uns, qui voyagent, les étoiles sont des guides.” (“For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides”) and, “J’ai des amis à découvrir et beaucoup de choses à connaître.” (“I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand”).

Simple Joys in Life