#52 July!

#52

I cannot believe that it is already July! As cliché as it sounds, time is really flying so fast because it’s already the second half of the year! The next thing you know, 2016 is over and we are ushering a new year! It’s crazy in a good way. It’s pretty an exciting second half for me and there are more things to look forward to! Let’s start it with 4th of July weekend where I spent it at Chicago, IL and Saugatuck, MI with some Chicago friends. It was my first time in a gay resort and it was just interesting to experience such stuff. Let’s just say what happens in Saugatuck stays there.

The house progress is practically done. I have scheduled my closing date to be July 21. Originally, I set it at July 22, but I figured I can just do it on a Thursday, so Friday I can do some cleaning, and fixture changes already. I’m also quite overwhelmed with all the things that I need to do for the house. My top priorities though are: (1) W&D, (2) office table (standing desk), (3) dining table and chairs, (4) new door knobs and locks, (5) lawnmower. Big ticket items, right? Well, I still want to get a new bed & frame, new television, and add more furniture. Then, I also want to update my basement, change the carpet in my “entertainment” area, and open up my kitchen with a bar or island. Yes, I am ambitious!

I want to do so much work in my house that maybe my knee problem is a blessing in disguise. Yes, my knee is still a problem unfortunately. Since my pain meds are gone and the knee pain still persisting, my PT has already referred me to go to a specialist. I will see how this will work out. I played volleyball yesterday since I will be restarting my knee pain treatment plan. Yes, I am terrible in the sport. Ugh. It’s friggin’ bad.

The perfect distraction while I wait for my house is this Pokemon Go game. It’s been fun but I’ve realized that I’m not a gamer anymore. My attention span is too short for this.\

PS: It’s my birthday month too! Cheerios for being 33 this year.

#51 Quick blurb.

Okay, since I seem to not find the time and strength to sit down and write a proper post, I’ll just ramble it down here. This will probably be incoherent.

I’m still tired generally but getting better. I’m focusing better and maybe that’s because of L-Thyrosine. Read up on it. Pretty interesting.

House is still moving along. Everything is squared except my loan. So once that is approved, I’ll be officially a home owner by the 22nd of July. Cross fingers for me.

Pride last weekend in Cincinnati! First time to march and it was awesome! Great positive vibes from the crowd and the team. I wish we just shower each other with love and not be hateful. Thoughts to Orlando massacre victims and their families. That totally put me in a funk.

I played volleyball twice and now I’m paying for it. After my meds wore off, I’m experiencing knee pain again. I guess the pain killer was hiding away the real effects. PT is not working as per plan. No volleyball again for me most likely. Started the Limber 11 though. Let’s see if this helps.

 

#49 updates

Super nice weekend again! I am really loving yung mga ganitong weekend where the weather is cooperating and there’s really nothing too drastic to do. Happy mode. Anyway, let me put out some quick updates…

House. As I blogged before, I’m looking for a house. The Boloquis are returning soon so kelangan to find a new place for me. It’s exciting but also nerve wracking. I had a ton of flip flop thoughts about this because I was not so sure if I wanted to really plant my feet and settle in a way. After all the thinking, I just really closed my eyes and just proceeded with it. My offer to a house was accepted yesterday so I just need to let the process happen. I have home inspection planned this week and then if there are no issues with that, then I am ready for appraisal and finally closing this down. The journey does not end there because I need to personalize/update the house with my taste. Let’s see. 

Knee. I still have not played volleyball. The last time I played was the Saturday before I left for SAPPHIRE in Orlando. It’s been 3 weeks already. I went to my doctor and got referred to a PT. The official diagnosis is PFPS (Patellafemoral Pain Syndrome) or Runner’s Knee. I believe it’s because of my heavy squats and also my frequent volleyball dives. Well, I am paying for it so I’m still resting it and I already opted out of the Chicago volleyball tournament. Leche. Next step for me is to send a follow up email to my doctor that taking Naproxen did not really help much even after 1 week of taking it. I’m still doing the PT exercises so let us see.

Fitness. Since I have not been playing volleyball, I’ve been swimming in the LA Fitness pool. The only problem is that it causes acne break outs for me. It’s so annoying. I don’t know what to do about it but I have not been doing any solid cardio lately so I’m fattening up! 

#48 hike

I told myself that I will be more “outdoorsy” this year. To kick this off, I went to Sharon Woods and actually paid for annual membership to get into the parks around the area. Also, I am on hiatus for volleyball because of my knee pain. PFPS sucks. 

#47 SAPPHIRE to Miami

This is a late post when I was in Miami. Better post it than never, right?

It’s Sunday morning and I’m enjoying my Paul chocolate eclair and a cup of coffee. Nothing too fancy but enough to give me enough good vibes this morning. So I haven’t been really put so many updates because I’ve been busy with Philippine elections trying to push and convince people to vote for my candidate, Grace Poe. I didn’t unfriend anyone and I think I just got into some healthy debates which is the spirit of democracy. Duterte won with a good margin so he’s the presumptive president-elect. I was disappointed but all I can do is give him the benefit of doubt that he really means well and he can lead the country effectively. 

I’m still in Miami and in a few hours, I will drive back to Orlando later for my flight back to Cincinnati. I was in SAPPHIRE last week, and decided to have a weekend getaway here in Miami. I wish I planned it better because this trip is costing than what I was hoping for. It’s a pricey weekend vacation but I’m just really chalking this up to experience. I know better now. 

SAPPHIRE was such a mind-opening experience. I really enjoyed listening to what SAP has developed to further enhance the ERP solution with S/4, hearing the keynote of Woz, and watching Coldplay in VIP seats to close the conference. It was very overwhelming as well because you are just bombarded by too much information and sales pitch that they all become noise and you have to filter through them and decide what you can takeaway from all of them. A lot of them are good ideas but you also have to determine if its something relevant for you or if you are organizationally ready to jump to these disruptive ideas. 

Coldplay closing SAPPHIRE
Woz – the nerd rockstar

Miami is so awesome. The weather was perfect for relaxing and the feel was very laid back and fun. I will definitely return here!

#46 House

I have a blog entry saved up in my iPad that I forgot to post but I do not have it right now — I am at Coffee Emporium in Oakley passing some time before my dinner with Dave. It has some updates on the elections, SAPPHIRE, and Miami. So, I’ll just skip that for now and just post a more pressing item going on in my life. Jose and Irene are going home! A big part of me is pretty happy that they are back here in Cincinnati because that means I can move out of West Chester, but the problem is that I am not put in a position that I have limited time to get myself a new place.

The objective at the moment is to purchase a house. It seems like a daunting task considering that I am not psychologically prepared for this to be honest. Part of me is telling me that I do not need a house and I can just rent an apartment / townhouse. I do not need more responsibility on my plate. However, another part of me identifies this as an opportunity to “adult” it up. I am 33 this year, and I want a sense of achievement / investment.

Either way – I am giving this a chance. The plan is to find a house and see if something is attractive enough for me. If not, renting will be the way to go. I am giving my self an internal deadline of finishing up my house search by July and pivot to an apartment search by then. I want to move out before Aug 3 — the start of the Chinese ghost month. I’m not superstitious but my parents believe in these things so the only setback I see is that I put more pressure to myself. Push comes to shove, I have August.

This is my current project now and let’s see how this pans out. Because of this, I have side plans that I need to postpone or cancel. I need to focus on my house search so June travel plans for Columbus, Indy, etc for Pride is cancelled. My Chicago 4th of July trip is on hold right now. The biggest thing though is my London trip. :( I just cannot afford it right now with this house purchase.

I am afraid about the idea of making such a commitment but I need to just decide and move on. The idea excites me because it’s life altering and it’s something I can control. I just need to PM the shit out of this.