Quick thoughts for the day.

A good reminder to live by. From José Micard Teixeira, but popularly attributed to Meryl Streep.

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.

I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”

Fun times with friends!

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The weekend was one of the good ones this year. I was able to spend some time with friends and myself that made me feel less stressed out. I was able to get new experiences that totally blew my mind but at the same time, made me test my limits.

Last Friday, I went to King’s Island for Pride Night. It was so much fun! I was able to go to most rides that I enjoy. Diamondback is still my favorite. The new ride, Banshee, was pretty awesome as well! Of course, company was good and everyone was up for the thrill so that made it extra fun.

The next day, I took the Megabus to Chicago for the weekend. I was due for a visit to the German embassy again earlier. I was out almost the entire first half of the ride because I ended up sleeping at 2am and had to wake up at 6am. But, the stay was pretty cool! I met up with Joel and finally had a “it’s a small world” experience. One of Joel’s friends is the sister of one of my people back in Manila. It was pretty good how we end up getting connected somehow. Saturday night was fun but unfortunately, a public blogpost might not be the best way to share that experience. It’s a private post waiting to happen.

Sunday was more chill and spent it with Joel most of the day. I ended up walking around the Magnificent Mile in the afternoon and took a nap. Chicago is such a lovely city talaga. It’s certainly a desire to move there and experience life.

As for today, I had to wake up early to work but I was able to end early as well due to my German embassy visit. It was pretty smooth and just needed to email 2 more supporting docs then I’m good. If there will be changes to the Cutover dates, I might be screwed. But, I think I can justify to fly to Manila for a biz trip instead. I don’t think I’ll survive managing the cutover from Cincinnati. That’s just crazy.

Bus ride is still ongoing and really thankful for finding awesome people in life. Simple things that people do can really make a big impact. It’s all a matter of perspective. Brian woke up early to bring me to the bus stop and he will pick me up later. There’s Joel who is such an amazing host! I usually get caught up in my personal selfish issues that I ignore that good people surround me as well. It’s all about gratitude and appreciation. So let’s try to continue love love love!

Dragging myself out of bed today was extra difficult. I don’t know but I’m just not feeling well today, but I need to get my ass to work and make sure things get done. 

I need ways to motivate myself. Sighs. On the bright side, I’m eating champorado for breakfast! So good!

I really need to blog some more…

I really need to blog some more. I need to just write, write, write and examine how I live life. It’s been a pretty strange few weeks for me because work has totally taken over most of my life. A glimpse of my day —

  • 430am: wake up and then wash up a bit to shake off the sleepiness.
  • 5:00 am: go online already and start working.
  • 6:00 am: prepare breakfast and get ready for work while checking emails, IMs
  • 6:40 am: leave the apartment for the office (bus or car)
  • 7:15 am: arrive at the office and work again.
  • 12nn: lunch break
  • 1:00 pm: work again.
  • 3:30 pm: head home via bus or car
  • 4:15 pm: arrive at home and do some work again while eating a light snack 
  • 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm: post-work life (volleyball, gym, food, TV, etc.)

I’ve been feeling really tired lately because of work and also the physical activities I do. It gets to the point that I say to myself, what’s the point of this? And, that is the million dollar question that I wish I can answer clearly. I wish I can say I’m living for my passion, or for a certain personal purpose, but there’s not. Work is there so I can earn a living and be able to live a comfortable life. Volleyball plays as my break to all the things I do but it’s really taking a toll on my body. I guess I need to research more on conditioning and maintaining my body so I do not suffer in the long term. 

I don’t want to just end this with my usual rant so I want to write about 2 movies I’ve seen that I really enjoyed — Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Volume 1. It’s weird to see it in the same sentence but those are well-made and well-written movies. I like Boyhood with Linklater’s storytelling of chronicling a boy’s life from his younger age to being an adult. It’s a nice way to put things in perspective on how things affect children, and how they change through age. Nymphomaniac is an interesting one though because even as it is graphic, there’s a sense of sadness in the story of Joe. I like how this volume ended where Joe cried “I can’t feel anything“. It just goes deep as her nymphomania also reflects her life. 

 

Connections.

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Pic is from Pinoy Strong!

It is nice to be able to just wind down and connect with friends. Even if I consider myself as an introvert, I equally crave alone time with my thoughts, and time with people I like to be with. You’re able to get different perspectives and share life experiences. Yesterday was just that. I got to spend some quality time with Dave and Diane. The weather was amazing as well so it was very relaxing. Hoping for more downtime with friends!

Bye Toyota, Hello VW!

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I finally said goodbye to my old Toyota and got myself a new one — a 2015 VW Golf! I was supposed to get a Mazda 3 SGT, but it was just not going anywhere so I ended up with a Golf. 

So the story here is that I really wanted to upgrade my car already and get a nicer one with all the bells and whistles. A friend of a friend was moving to Cincinnati and was looking for a car. He checked the trusty Toyota and he was interested to get it. So, I had to scramble to get a new one. 

To be honest, I was really deadset to get a Mazda 3 Hatchback. I checked out a white one and LOVED driving it. The problem was that the white color bothered me coz I knew it will be a dirty car. I was gunning for a red one, but no one had it available and the dealers did not really checked on it quickly. Last Sunday, JV wanted to test drive the Beetle convertibles and we headed to the VW dealership. I was just exploring around the showroom when I inspected further the new Golf. Apparently, it just arrived a few days ago and it’s the 2015 Golf! I got curious and got sold to it when I did a test drive. I closed the deal on that same day! It was unexpected, but expected at the same time since I was really planning on getting a car, but not just a VW. I guess this is my birthday gift to myself! Haha!