The story of 2020 has been tough or even the worst one for most people. Days of mental anguish, financial strain, ailed relationships and existential career crisis. True as it could be, it wasn’t easy. But as always, after every experience paves us way to different life realizations and learnings.
This year, I did nothing but to motivate myself not to stay asleep with my dreams and rather wake up and chase them amidst of all the happenings in the world. I’ve gotten the ideal career where I excel the most, expanded my circle, kept the financial resource flowing and taught to look after myself.
It may be the year that is way far from what we’ve all expected it should be, but it taught us all lessons that we can definitely say, it made us better and stronger in a way.
After all, we always got to choose our own story and everything which makes our life inspiring. It may always not as great as we expected to be, but there are parts that can be captured by the heart which makes everything worthwhile.
In just a snap it’ll be the fourth quarter of the year already. I accepted the fact that we still keep on trying these times as we’re still on quarantine. During this time of the year, we should be decorating several piles of stuff in the house, looking forward to Christmas break vacation getaway, have some plans with friends and many more. And yet, we’re still stuck, and we still have to keep ourselves sane and safe.
So how’s my September have gone? Let’s get started, shall we?
So many things happened from September 1st up to this day, and I am thrilled to be spilling it all in my blog. Grab whatever you please and get pretty comfortable as you read.
3 Years in the Academe
Like most things, life in the academe can be both happy and stressful at the same time. Though I have considered this as where I’m most likely to endure greater job-related stress, it does not take away the fact that I still gain happiness and sort of fulfillment from teaching, which makes me choose to dedicate my time in educating people whilst being educated.
Since online classes have been the new normal setup for schools now, there’s a work-life balance. I got to enjoy the time being at home while being flexible to do other tasks, responsibilities and deadlines I needed to get into.
3 Months in the Corporate
So it’s the 3rd month of my work-from-home setup just yesterday! In my stay, I think I really had a good one, as I have discussed in my august run-through, you gotta nourish to flourish. And I believe, my growth in the company is perceivable. We have everything virtual, and I like it.
5 Months in Blogging
And to keep my inner thoughts flowing, few stuffs to share, and to continually inspire people in a way, somehow, I’m keeping things written. My circle often told me that I’m very brave in sharing some of my life experiences and feelings on a public platform. Well, it’s indeed a fact. Aside from the bravery, I chose to blog because as I keep everything written, I’m being reminded of stories whether happy or sad that I once or never expected that it could happen in my life. Yeah, it’s my 5th month, to more blogs to share!
And some random stuff…
MOVIES/SERIES: I finished Still 2gether (will miss the casts totally) and currently keeping myself updated on Blackpink’s 24/365 Episodes on YouTube, also watched Enola Holmes (which left me so many life lessons and questions) and Glow up2 (because of my fond of arts) series on Netflix. I’m wondering what to watch during my spare times. MUSIC: Disney Songs on-repeat when I work. It gives me the feeling of calmness, the magic, and it keeps me in a good spirit. HAHA. And of course, the release of Chromatica’s 911 music video, the twist at the end really caught me. It was genius! OTHERS: I finally bought the land near our town as my investment for now. I’d be happy to share about it on the upcoming blogs. I’m also reading Lang Leave’s Lullabies that I’ll be soon sharing some highlights of it on the next blogs as well.
Life is way too short for bad vibes, let’s all be happy. And as for me I’m grateful for all the good, bad and everything else in between that have happened leaving the lessons I will continually learn all throughout. Now, I keep on working and striving on this whole adulting journey and have to say, I’m a big fan so far from this episode.
How about you? What have you been up to? Any big events and experiences so far? I’d love to know it!
They say life is full of surprises and uncertainties. Even though we don’t know where we’re predestined to be, we still keep going. One we’re certain about is that there are ups and downs ahead of us, and we don’t get to be assured of what awaits for us next. Things which prepares us for something that is meant to come.
When we were born, our future is already written in our palms. The so-called “destiny lines” are believed to drive our undertakings to a certain direction.
But whatever these lines tell the possible life path we may have, ourselves and our minds play a pivotal role in shaping our own destiny. We create our own will, and this kind of stuff is just a mere guide.
In real life, there are some people who live by what itches their interest. Everything is already planned from the moment they eat breakfast up to what book to read before bed. All the things that went through were already expected and happened the way it was planned priorly.
Come to look at the bright side if everything is unplanned, we don’t get to know what’s going to happen next. There comes the excitement at the moment where we’ll either be happy on the outcome or wiser the next time because we learned from what happened. See? Both a win-win situation, plus there’s a thrill and an element of surprise. It’s like watching a movie, there’s a twist in the end that we didn’t see coming base from our expectation.
We may not have gone to where we intended to go to, but we may end up where we didn’t expect we needed to be at.
May we not be afraid of taking risks and have imperfect circumstances in life. We just need to have a heart and soul which are brave enough to let things happen unexpectedly. Be it job promotion, feelings from the person you love, a tragic or happy ending in a movie and even a yay or nay moments on a travel escapade.
Sometimes we must let go the need to control the outcome of what our plans and expectations are, trust the process and see what happens.
I can still remember from the onset of the year 2020 I swore that I will save money in a piggy bank. I got inspired with the shared practices of Financial Coach Chinkee Tan. Something that everyone can use for different purposes such as Calamity, Emergency and Investment Fund.
Henceforth, I will place every peso and bills left in my purse and shoot in my container, but still keeping some cash-in-hand on the spot and cash-at-hand whenever needed.
I know that this is quite challenging to be everyone’s resolution, but we all know this is something that we could benefit from. This exercise will then shift everyone’s money mindset in different areas as well.
Filipinos are trying creative ways to save and stay motivated, until different ipon (saving) challenges emerged. One which caught my drive was the Peso Sense Ipon Challenge.
Here’s the Ipon Challenge template I followed:
I set no particular rules on saving, soon as I already have the spare specific coins and bills I persist to deposit it in the money box.
What did I do to make this happen?
#1 I challenged myself
Growing up, I used to save money in my DIY piggy bank, money jar, or even a box. Even though I have my own bank account, I’m feeling something special, (if you know what I mean) about having a money box, it’s like I’m pouring water on a soil waiting for something to grow and harvest it on the latter. So, I challenged myself from weighing what are the needs and just the wants.
#2 I tracked the progress
So, I got to finally decide this method, the Peso Sense #IponChallenge, but I did it in my own way, something which I think is doable and I’m confident with. I got to easily adjust the amount I save depending on to what my budget allows. Also, consistency is really the key. If I didn’t save up last week, I’ll make sure I’ll be able to save double this week.
#3 I changed my mindset
As part of the Generation Z, I came to face paying bills early. So I got to spend what I can and save what I should. I do not compromise to pay the bills just to save, so I set saving as part of the bills as well haha. If I can’t pay it now, I’ll definitely make a way to increment it next time.
#4 I gave
I also need to take a part of my salary to give. To share to my parents and some sort to my sibs. If I give, it would lessen the money on-hand, then I will be challenged to save again to have something to give in the future. Simple as that, yes, they’ll be asking for some, but they won’t always ask. The important thing is that I have a saved back-up whenever needed.
#5 I set goals
Obviously, the reason behind this stuff is that I have goals, the reason why we all save. Of course, also having in mind about emergency fund, or something to use to what I aim for. It’s good to have things or go somewhere using the money you’ve hard-earned and saved all throughout.
Now, where’s the money?
Well, it’s all in good hands now. Something is soon to rise that I’d be gladly to share with you all. There’s nothing left from the money box. It’s all gone. Why do I feel that it’s so hard to start over again after the months that I’ve been through with this challenge? HAHAHA
Anyways, maybe the same routine again. One step at a time, until I got to finally shade all the empty circles completely again.
Saving is essential, but don’t ever compromise your wants. We only live once, we should spend the most out of it. Money can’t buy us happiness, yeah it’s from Price Tag. Just see to it that you don’t spoil yourself too much.
It’s not your salary that can make you rich, your spending habits will. Investment for yourself is a smart move, it’s a good catch for your short-term or long-term goals (coming from me huh?).
Ta-dah! Here’s to my first ever book review as I have found myself full-book mode in the midst of uncertainties, with all of these happenings in the world, and being entrapped with lots of things in mind.
I never knew who Lang Leav was until my friend introduced me to the words of this novelist & poet. So, I searched all of her masterpiece online, read it and like I swear, her words were so inflicting. It feels like I was the one whose in it. There were too many moments in her collections which I found echoes to and yet to transpire for me.
Memories is a collection of poetry and prose, hand selected from Lang Leav’s two previous books, Love & Misadventure and Lullabies.
What I love about the book is that it has words that are indeed simple, yet so striking, that it could enthrall everyone’s heart. I feel so connected with each of every line.
This book embodied nostalgic lines and stories that strike a chord of twain realizations, happy and sad about my experiences for the past years.
Here are some of my favorite lines:
It was words that I fell for. In the end, it was words that broke my heart.
I do know there are all kinds of barriers to love. I do believe the world needs less of them.
When love finds you, it doesn’t come with crashing waves or thunderbolts. It appears as a song on the radio or a particular blue in the sky. It dawns on you slowly, like a warm winter sunrise- where the promise of summer shines out from with.
You were the storm that changed the skyline. After the damage and the deluge, I could see things so much clearer. There hasn’t been another like you since.
Because losing someone isn’t an occasion or an event. It doesn’t just happen once. It happens over and over again.
When I got to finally have this book, next thing I knew in mind, I wanted to complete the set of her books. Feels like I want to make a deal with a Lang Leav book’s spree.
It’s 31st and I’m here again, sharing some recent happenings about work, personal life, along with a lot of additional randomness, or everything in-between.
The full implementation of online education is real as the unprecedented COVID-19 happened. A thought or two came in my senses, what if this won’t work, as there is really a thick line between self-paced vs. face-to-face leaning.
Well, we all have to adjust. In my current institution we have this new normal setup. A BorderFree Education as they say. De La Salle Lipa BorderFree Education is the “School of the Future,” empowering students to take greater ownership of their learning process. It integrates Academics, Campus Life, and Campus Services supported online by faculty, staff, and other shared services personnel – offering Education-on-Demand. So what’s in store for the students and us, teachers to this type of education? Click on my blog post here, about that.
I believe we could be able to fully adjust gradually and adapt the deliverables to have the milestone that awaits.
And for my full-time job, I learned to master the art of sleeping at 8 PM and waking up at 2 AM have my morning exercise and grind the job until 8 AM. Then sleep again for two hours and prepare to teach, if I still have spare time, I will then stream movies, read a book, or anything under the sun.
Basically, this is how my month of August went on and has been.
It’s BER months in a bit, though it’s going to be a way different season compared to before, I’m still oh-so grateful that we’re safe and for myself, I’ve been blessed having my full time, part-time and freelancing job all at once without feeling the extra weight as these careers have been my daily dose. Foremost to be thankful that I’m healthy in all aspects to do all the routine.
I just want to continue living life to the fullest, of course with the things, foods, happenings, places and people I love and will have eventually.
Soooo as for you, how’s everything with your August?
How’s everyone doing these times? It’s been ages since we’re stuck at home, right? As a sword to fight for productivity, I know very well that some of you had some engaging to webinars, whilst some are having their perfect fitspiration to tone up, or catching up with a multitude of books, grinding their mobile games, binge-watched some series, decluttered storage and closets, and even tried new recipes like dalgona coffee or something that’s all over TikTok, so to speak.
And of course, you can’t forget to keep in mind that you’re also missing everything about school, perhaps. Rushing your way to school, hearing the sound of the busy city, seeing your colleagues, standing by the chez and having some snack, eating at the secret shop, doing some research at the Library, and Nexus Labs (while freezing) as you wait for your next class.
I believe you guys also missed your professors, their lectures, the activities, exams, and projects and some kinds of school stuff, right? Hmm, I wonder if you really do? Hayy, how I wish and all of us wish that these happenings in the world end in no time. The good thing is that you guys are all safe.
Now, it’s official! Welcome back to school. Yes school, it’s not actually a classroom nor a physical school. It’s what we call now the borderfree classroom. So what is actually in store for you, and us teachers with this term?
In response to the challenges in the education system as well as the constraints brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) is moving forward with its Borderfree Education program.
What is BorderFree Education?
De La Salle Lipa BorderFree Education is the “School of the Future,” empowering students to take greater ownership of their learning process. It integrates Academics, Campus Life, and Campus Services supported online by faculty, staff, and other shared services personnel – offering Education-on-Demand.
Why BorderFree Education?
DE LA SALLE LIPA endeavors to create an environment that forms learners to participate in the creation of a just, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive society through the experience of:
A BORDERFREE COMMUNITY of learners that promotes the excellence of the whole person and that together and by association, give witnesses to Faith, Service, and Communion;
A BORDERFREE CAMPUS that is responsive to the needs of learners and supportive of their success in the learning journey;
A BORDERFREE CLASSROOM where learners are guided to become actively engaged in the design of their learning experiences.
The BorderFree LMS powered by Canvas is designed to help usher in a new era of education for De La Salle Lipa students. With the LMS in place, you can take better control of their learning as we, instructors provide important guidance along the way.
The LMS is also designed to foster confidence and collaboration among the students. You are given more meaningful roles as you take part in Borderfree Education made possible by the LMS. Slowly but surely, the LMS helps you become more independent learners.
DLSL BorderFree Classroom
Flexible, self-paced, self-directed programs
Gamified Assessments that may be finished anytime within the 20-week Semester Cycle
Life-skills training at age-appropriate levels
DLSL BorderFree Student Life
Enriched and engaged Student Life
Online athletic and varsity coaching activities
On-demand life-coaching services
DLSL BorderFree Campus
Much reduced costs and higher value-for-money
Full-service help desks to help stakeholders navigate the platform
Full online access to libraries all over the world
Sooooo, this school year will be fully equipped with online modules, there will be modules given good for the whole semester. Each module has Formative and Summative Assessments to take. Each module will be consumed for several weeks. Isn’t it long enough? You don’t have to feel extra pressured to keep hustling and fill your time to complete and finish the tasks you have.
We are all going through this global pandemic phenomenon, and we are being inundated with tons of anxiety-inducing news about coronavirus update which really affects our mental health. We are stuck in this traumatic experience which adds to our emotional discomfort and unsteadiness. It’s indeed hard to process when we’re still in the battle, so it’s really not a bad idea to give some grace and be more gentle with ourselves during this time.
We are all adjusting, so we have to bear with each other as we face this new normal realm. We have to be open-minded at all times.
To my students, I am thrilled to guide you all on this journey!
Care to share some of your quarantine stories? And what do you expect to this BorderFree Education? Thread on the comments section below.
I admit that I’m a non-dog lover. Maybe because I’ve got bitten when I was young. I have lived to be scared of dogs, like every time I walk by in our narrow street, I will always bite my tongue, so I won’t get noticed by the pack of dogs as I pass by. I don’t know but, I believe in its magic.
Until my brother had one, it took him a long time to have a dog, since I’m really not into it, we always argue. The barking, the shredding fur, the pooping and peeing, the smell, and stuffs — some minor issues I’m concerned with. I’m glad he considered my shallow plead. So, we adopted a native dog that has no breed, an Aspin. Having one require less maintenance than purebred dogs.
His name is Kobe, a great addition to our family just right before Coronavirus pandemic rebellion. He is 2 months old when we adopted him on 30th January. I can’t touch him, really scared of him, even though he’s that small.
There were consecutive mid nights and dawn he barked which put me into a really awful sleep. Agh, I don’t know why I’m the only one who complains about it in our family. I always come closer to his shed to talk to him that he’s really noisy. I always scold him because of his behavior. Funny how he stares at me and listen intently as if he can understand what I am preaching. I heard that he’s compulsive barking is normal since he’s into a whole new environment.
As the day passes, I’m getting used to his barks, and he as well got used to our place. There was a time that he really wanted to come out his shed, and he kept on barking. So, my dad let him out of his house, he hastily ran away beside a distant tree and peed, later he also pooped. I just learned something from that day. Those barks may be a sign of a comfort break, aside from attention seeking, or he wants to play, he’s hungry, and there’s a stranger.
On weekends, I used to feed him since my brother is out of town during those days. I got annoyed that sometimes he will make noise even though it’s only 10 AM, not his feeding time. He will stretch his body just to allow me see him because I always do my work in the kitchen near his shed. Poor boy, we have no food to feed him that early and wait for us to finish our meals first before he could finally eat. But I can’t take his appeal, I will then open canned goods for him to eat and stop the noise already. And I will start my preaching again as I feed him.
He became part of our daily routine. We let him out of his shed in the morning and sunset to play in the field, feed and wash him too. For the passing months I haven’t touched him yet. I just really can’t but, I love how I used to feed him and play without touching him. It has been 8 months since he’s home. I can’t believe the fact that we already incorporated Kobe in our everyday lives. He became quiet and adaptive as he age, he became comfortable to our place as well. The only time he will make noise is when he’s going to have a comfort break, when he wants to play, when he’s hungry, and he saw someone peculiar. Not to the point that we can’t get a comfortable sleep at night.
We really can’t avoid unfortunate events to happen in our lives. One morning, where the sky’s gloomy and the rain’s about to drop, my dad noticed that Kobe went missing in his shed. We all started to look for him all over the place. Asked the neighbors by any chance that they’ve seen Kobe. One of them said that he saw a dog walking outside our compound, he wasn’t sure if it’s Kobe. Until the rain came, we failed to find him, we really had no idea where he was. Whilst, my brother had no idea that his dog went missing because he’s out of town.
We ate lunch, I’m the one tasked to do the chores and stuff, I already had everything cleaned. I stopped and sat for a while, I’m suddenly reminded of how I prepare Kobe’s food after our lunch. As the rain came heavier, thoughts of where Kobe could have been situated hit my senses, tears in face came streaming. Maybe he’s shivering, wet and lonely and had no place to shed off. I just really can’t take to be reminded of those unfortunate instances and of course our bittersweet memory together.
Two days passed, we had no idea where he was. I missed the morning walks and plays, the sound of his noise. I used to look around our place if Kobe’s just hiding or nearby. I just can’t control my feelings and let my tears drip on my face, it hurt me so much. I can’t let go of thoughts that maybe he’s into another family, he got by the authorities, hit by raging car, and even worst, dead. But I’m still hoping that he’ll make his way home. And I won’t get tired of waiting for him.
Six o’clock in the morning, one of our neighbor came knocking on our door together with Kobe telling us that our dog was seen heading inside our compound. He looked so sad, starving, and chilling. We didn’t know where he had been, he just walked by inside the house, he knew the place, but he seemed to be aloof. Maybe he’s dealing with emotional trauma after being lost. We fed him, gave him water and pet him. We really missed him.
You’re really a grown up dog, our Kobe! You once got lost but you found your way home.
I felt relieved the moment I saw him eating the foods we gave him. It felt like he didn’t eat for ages. You are safe, you are home now.
I can’t deny that I really got inflicted by this happening. I still can’t consider myself as a dog lover, a frustrated dog parent in such different way, perhaps.
The moment he came back gave me deep realizations and affection towards him. He made me realized that in every fall, do not lose the hope for there might be a great come back. Thank you, God, we’re together again.
Here’s to more bittersweet memories with you, Kobe. 🐕🐶
Yeah, it’s our first day at kindergarten. I saw her with a pink ribbon on her hair. She’s sad and anxious, I took the seat beside her and gave the chocolate prize that my dad rewarded me because I woke up early that day. She loved the sweet treat and she smiled. Glad we became friends.
Why did she have to be so forgetful? She forgot the book our teacher asked us to bring? I lend her mine, so she won’t stand at the corner as a punishment — I did. Yes, it’s embarrassing but for her, it felt nothing on me.
We bid our goodbyes as the school year ended. Primary school was extra fun with her. My family have to move to the city, because of dad’s job. I won’t be able to be with her on middle school. I’ll pay her a visit when time permits.
I haven’t mentioned her that my dad was reassigned back to our town, and we have to move back. It’s sophomore year, I surprised her and took the seat beside her, “Surprise”. We’re together again. Shookt face was painted on her face.
I really enjoyed today’s bond with her, I liked the cookies her mom baked for us after a tiring day of teaching her to solve complex math problems. She’s a fast learner, her focused face makes her even more cute.
John asked her to be his date for JS Prom, I failed to ask her first. She already said yes. I felt like I don’t want to go to the prom.
Today is a normal day, no JS prom in mind. She messaged me that she was ditched by John, I asked where she is, I know she’s upset to what happened and brought some sweet treats.
It’s college. I wish we had the same University. I missed her.
We’re both free today, we talked. Seems she’s doing fine with one of her guy classmate. Someone who gives her sweet gestures. I smiled during our talk. And here I am, wishing that it should be me. I’m sappy (sad but happy for her).
It’s her special day. I stood behind his groom. As I hug her, I whispered congratulations. I’m glad I took part on her wedding day. Nothing’s changed. I know she’s fine so am I.
This is my diary of feelings I’ve had towards her. I wish I had the courage to tell her earlier, but I was scared of losing the value of our friendship, and her. So I kept our relationship that way. If and only if I dared to let my feelings and thoughts in mind out.
I have loved her since childhood.
We should learn how to trust our feelings and take chances, don’t hesitate anymore or else you’ll miss it.