Life Lately 2020 Vol. 5

Hola Friends!

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 up 2 (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!

Life Lately 2020 Vol. 4

Jeez! August is ending already?

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.

As I welcomed August on the first week, the thought of school starting to weigh in my mind.

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.

Here’ a look with the platform where I have all the deliverables in one of my subjects in this setup.
To gamify this canvas course, here’s the awarding of Badges after completing each module and its requirements.

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.


This has been my mantra for the whole month.
I purchased Lang Leav’s Memories book earlier this month, and will be posting a review about it after I finish this masterpiece.
The bonus track of Taylor Swift’s folklore was released. Another song which is a melancholy love letter to an ex-lover. © Harvey James
A surprise collaboration between Blackpink and Selena Gomez also made my August tuned. It’s really new for me to hear the group to sing almost the whole song with English verses.
The Rain Season 3: Expected Release Date, Cast Info, Plot, And Other Detail  - Thakoni
A series which I badly finished in just one corner for straight hours. Ahhh it’s amazing. It’s just so sad to know that it’s the last season. I wonder if there’ll still be a chance for more.

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?

What’s In Store For You With De La Salle Lipa’s BorderFree Education?

It’s New Normal!

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

Read more about it on https://www.dlsl.edu.ph

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.

Life Lately 2020 Vol. 3

What’s up everybody? Hi, how are ya? (Jeffree Star, don’t hate me for using your spills).

It’s been a month again, July’s really fast. So, I’m still here alive and blogging. Also, trying to be consistent for my weekly blog with what itches my interest, mostly motivational write-ups since there’s still restrictions to explore the outside world. So, there’s nothing much to share about my go-to’s. Nothing but what’s on my mind, the thoughts I have been pondering, and what my soul wants to speak.


Work and Blogging

July was filled with so many adjustments and learnings in my new work which is really a big blessing which I really prayed for so many years, I’m glad I made it through. Also, I promised to myself that no matter how busy I am with the work from home setup of my corporate job and part-time teaching, I would at least have some writings once a week.

As the pandemic hampered everyone’s sanity, all are doing everything to cope up. Because I loved reading blogs myself, for me this writing and blogging became my avenue to have quite opportunities I didn’t expect in the first place. I got to be invited to several online communities to share some tips on the platform (even though I’m really new, swear!) it’s not a bad idea to give it a shot, so I did.

Sometimes I’m having thoughts, who wants to know about my life, what I write and why I do? Well, I can’t deny that I also have big dreams for my blog. So I’m keeping my senses tuned with this. In a way, I know that I needed to learn more to grow, someday, somehow.

Life and Leisure

From balancing my work and blogging, I’m also so much drawn to self-care and solitude. This quote spoke to me “I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude”.

When the absence of my extrovert side reigns, I got to easily find my way to be with the company of my interests.

MOVIES/SERIES: Funny how I watched Train to Busan 2: Peninsula freely online. Also, still catching up with the missed episodes of Dark Series on Netflix. I’m planning to watch next, Anne with an E.
MUSIC: Dropping the surprise album of Taylor Swift by the end of July got me really shookt as a Swiftie. It’s called folklore, it has 16 songs in it which were all beautifully written and well-thought of. There’s really a mystery and connections between the songs. It’s genius!
OTHERS: I’m working on a project, I’m developing a management system for a private company, our agreed technology transfer date is on mid September, so I still have an ample time. Also, earlier this month, I had the chance to have Samgyeopsal with Friends which I got it written. We really missed each other’s company, so we spent the quick escape to talk about how our lives have been with good food.


I guess that’s all for now. Let’s see what’s going to happen tomorrow and the coming days, it’s August in a blink. I’m looking forward to positive happenings and for the betterment of the world. May this coming months bring us only goodness and goodies.

Hope you enjoyed these bits and pieces of how my July went. I’d also love to know how things have gone for you. Let me know in the comment box below.

How Much Of Your Life Has Already Been Lost To Waiting?

I just woke up from a deep sleep. This morning smells like dreams which I can’t remember. My eyes were blinded with the glare of the sun on the window pane. It’s 10 o’clock, woke up this late because I needed to work and finish my stuff last night to reach my quota and tick all the boxes of tasks to accomplish until my exhaustion. I’m fully recharged now and I want to write something motivating.


Let me ask you, how long have you been waiting? How many wins and how many losses? Think about it.

Learning to wait for things always fall into place, they say. But, you wait and wait for something then you felt sad about the outcome. Are you still going to wait?

Perhaps yes, I know you. You believe that, if it’s for you, then it will be given to you. And if it’s not for you, maybe it’s a redirection.

What if I tell you that there is no such thing as perfect timing and circumstances?

Waiting for the perfect time, waiting for your dream job, waiting for the promotion, waiting for the approval, waiting for someone to love you back, maybe someone to come back, or someone who will slap you and wake you from the reality that, timing doesn’t favor those who were ready, timing favors those who try and those who were not afraid.

Don’t wait for the perfect time, or for the things to get better. Don’t wait for the right opportunity, or even for the right one. Know that life will always give you lemons which will make things complicated. Why don’t you pull up your sleeves, burn the midnight oil, grit your teeth to get everything you want? It is just like riding a bicycle, you must step on the pedal over and over again to keep you moving.

The person you’ve been waiting will come if you’re worthy to be loved. The promotion and approval you’ve been wanting will happen if you worked even harder than those who work hard as well. The job you’ve been dreaming of will happen in your life if you’re willing and able to pursue it. And the perfect time you’ve been waiting all along will eventually come depending on when you will put yourself into the real action. Guess you’ll run out of time if you don’t do it now.

As I am writing this piece, the mood rises and the mixture of positivity is overflowing. Let me wind down this a bit and ask you.

What if you tried your best, and you still did not succeed?

There is the drive and the passion to get what you want, and yet life doesn’t give the favor to you.

Remember, timing favors those who try and who were not afraid. Yes, you tried but, were you fearless? Vanish the thinking “I tried but, I failed. Maybe it’s not for me, I’ll wait for the perfect time, instead.”

Oh, com’on! Have you not read or heard to someone about the proverb, “Fall seven times, stand up eight” Choose to never give up and strive for more.

In the end, it still depends upon you, I may not know where you are coming from, maybe it’s good for you to try and just wait for some time whenever you’re ready. Um, maybe if you try, sometimes the grass is greener on the other side, or you’ll succeed. Who knows?


Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up
.

Galatians 6:9

Life Lately 2020 Vol. 2

June has come and gone. What I like about this month specifically is that we’re half-way of the year and of course it’s my birth month, who wouldn’t like theirs?

July is already waving, alongside with the excitement as it approaches, I’m surely gonna miss what went in June. So, here’s to my second entry of Life Lately series on this blog. If you haven’t read the 1st volume click here.

**I can still remember the time when I started to write simple blogs on FranzeG’s back then in 2015, having a niche of Philippine History but I stopped since a colossal amount of academic stressors and stuffs were present in college.**


Now that our lives have been altered by this COVID-19 crisis, we had our own different ways of how we’ll be able to cope up and stay sane on this situation. And for me, this blog became my outlet on how to pour out things on my mind, which really worked indeed. Without further ado, here’s a read on how my June went.

#Blogging

I’ve been writing lifestyle and story contents for about 2 months, and was able to publish 12 blog posts with approximately 10,000 page views accessed from different parts of the world (Philippines, USA, UK, India, Canada, Australia, etc.). Supposedly, I’m doing this just for a hobby until I decided to get it monetized. I have written several creative and fictional stories which I haven’t published yet. I guess when the time is right perhaps.

This blogging journey wouldn’t scream colors and flavors, insightful, and possible without the people I got to know virtually on this platform. Warm hugs to Travel with Karla, Yourtitaja, Christian Foremost, Sarrah’s Stories, and the people behind Bloggers PH. I got engaged in their creative minds which inspired me to keep going to expand my horizon.

#Work

Life in the academe wasn’t easy as the new normal phase approaches. Since De La Salle Lipa went through Border Free Education which will empower students to take greater ownership of their learning process. As I am a Lasallian partner I needed to integrate my materials online to get ready for the Education on-demand. I spent most of my days of June on the preparation of the Learning Management System — a border-free platform where Lasallians will be guided to become actively engaged in the design of this learning experience. I was able to receive recognition of membership in the Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator program. Here is the list of online certification and courses I took amid this busy schedule:

  • Getting Started with Office 365 and Windows
  • Transform Learning with Microsoft Teams
  • Teaching Sustainable Development Goals
  • Presentation Design 101: How to create visual slides with impact
  • Windows 10: Create a world of tomorrow in your classroom!
  • Getting Started with one Note
  • Microsoft Forms: Creating Authentic Assessments
    Udemy Courses
  • Python Bootcamp 2020 (Build 15 Working Applications and Games)
  • Complete SQL Bootcamp with MySQL, PHP, & Python
  • Google Drawings: Complete Guide to Google Drawing

#Life

This month also allowed me to do things which I usually do in a day, celebrated occasions being quarantined, and reflected about things in life most especially how am I now.

MOVIES/SERIES: I rewatched and finished Avatar: The Last Airbender, I am currently watching Dark series, RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, and Game Boys.

MUSIC: This month Taylor Swift’s lullabies never failed to keep me alive, my playlist of her songs was put on repeat every night. I also waited for the release of Lady Gaga’s chromatica, including her collaborations with Ariana Grande (Rain on Me) and with Blackpink (Sour Candy). And my inner blink soul screamed for the major comeback of Blackpink where they dropped their newest single: ‘How you like that‘.

EVENTS: We celebrated Father’s Day, and I was able to celebrate my 23rd birthday with family and relatives, which I guess went splendid. I was invited to join the Rotaract Club of Downtown Ibaan — an international organization for young professionals and students that are committed to service and leadership in their communities. I also went to some of my friends, relatives, and colleagues homes to deliver pastries that we sell.

PLANS: I plan to finish the #IponChallenge earlier. Start to build our garden and include my plants to my blog niche. Pay all the insurances I’m paying to lessen the monthly dues’ haha. Other plans are to be announced soon.

I like to keep everything in-detail, but I like you more haha kidding. This post will be very lengthy so I keep it slightly short. If I missed something that would definitely be you, kidding again haha. I’m surely gonna remember it to the next volume, hey there July!

Bye for now! So how was your June?

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

What Makes You Happy?

I used to worry about my current situation for the future, but I realized how much important it is to focus on myself for once.


Suddenly, I felt like getting away alone somewhere far, or with someone I love. Listen to my old records of High School Musical tapes as I drive fast. Catch the waves of the sea, smell its brine, and spend hours sighting sea stars. Take pictures of the sunset. Start bonfire on an island. Lay with the sand under my feet and go star gazing. Sleep in the tent and play with the shadows of my hand.

But, all these things are way too far from reality. The truth is I’m stuck that sometimes I feel like I’m losing the drive to play my game.

Mid June, I am bombarded with stuffs to do, a sword to fight the new normal realm. I so wanted to start it in no time because it requires time and my full potential to get it done. There is my passion but I’m lacking the drive towards it. These feelings hit me and I realized it seems like I’m doing things because it’s necessary and I keep doing so because it’s what’s needed to keep going.

I’m dealt with situations like these asking myself, do I really want to do this, or I am just not ready? It feels like I’m stuck because I’m pushing a door that says pull perhaps.

I’ve been having twain realizations about this matter for a while now. It says this isn’t what my body want to do, it is somehow I am being forced to do such, so everyone can see that I’m on the right track and I’m doing the right thing. But my inner saboteur says, this is just a phase, maybe I need to rest and recharge to start again.

Well, in the first place I won’t be placed to where I am now if I really have no sense of likeness about what I do frankly. Maybe the negative feelings which bother me are just signs which tell me it’s not the right time to do these stuffs which make me mentally drained. Seems like I’m getting hard on myself to keep pushing so people can’t see negative or let say weak sides of me, so to speak, so I can avoid getting the invalidation about what I do. Causes me to carry the weight of their expectations.

I don’t know but, it’s just so sad to feel that most people, including me, do stuffs because we’re living up with other peoples standards.

If you can relate with this, I believe in the end, what’s left on you is the choice. Maybe the choice you’ve been choosing all along is what’s right and can make you feel unworried, but the question is are you happy? For once in your life, choose something that is not just right, but rightfully can make you happy instead.

I still have a choice, so whenever I feel like exploring places, get away with my car, listen to music, go to the beach, and meet people — I would definitely do. I think it’s brave from choosing my own happiness than to sacrifice it over the rolling waves that I know I can push away and decide to start and fight again anyway.

So this time, Breathe. Feel alive. Choose happiness — it is free after all.

Have You Ever Felt Tired Of Living Your Life?

Life moves pretty fast. Why don’t you stop and look around once in a while?


You may not notice your favorite toy when you were a kid that you liked to throw here and there and break its parts is now fully covered with dust. The childhood scent of crayola box that you used to sniff, faded overtime. Along with the leaves falling by your window from the tree that you used to climb back then, now drifting.

You may now blink, right before you set your foot forward to your whereabouts for the day, you will pass by the stray kids goofing and playing around on your way. You will hear calls on repeat from the peddlers of goods. When you caught a sight of them, you’ll notice wrinkles of hardship painted on their faces, and hard-earned sweat streaming down their necks. Hard sacrifices for their simple dreams — to eat for a day and live for another day.

While you stride on the narrow streets of your childhood place on your way to the bus station off to school and work, something in mind will hit you. A thought or two which will make you ponder about what you just saw, has something changed? Then, you’ll realize there’s none.

Now you’re sitting in the bus, and since your drop off point is the last, you chose the back seat to feel like you’re the main lead of the movie. You noticed the people standing in front of you. The one facing left who seems to be late incessantly looking at his wrist watch. On his right is the serious senior student, looks like he’s ready for a one-seat apart examination. Then there’r the recliners, seems like the whole world has heard all the battles they’ve started this morning. And of course the sleepers, whom are tired from a night-long wakefulness to finish their reports and staffs for work or school.

You will just ask yourself, do these people you are with, share the same problems as yours? You think maybe you all do, but fall into different categories. A long way ride it is, you can’t do anything but to think of some things and your mind is occupied with unwelcome thoughts which makes you emotionally tired. Bills are waving — electricity, rent, internet, plans, maintenance and others. You will then check your email inbox where requirements and duties are giving you a heads up to finish it in due time.

So maybe right now you’re stuck, you are asking yourself how can you get out of the hole you dug for yourself?


What you try to do is to stay positive and have optimistic point of view in this kind of negative situation. Realizations will bubble up like maybe you’re just feeling lazy, or somehow you made some sort of mistake which makes you feel stressed.

Then you’re looking at these messed up things as a chance for you to grow, because you believe that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonades which means you keep yourself feel encouraged in the face of adversity.

You believe in fate and faith, though at times it’s hard to trust faith because your fate tends to deny you for so many times. It’s hard for you to believe in hoping for something you expect to happen or have faith in someone to come in your life when wrong things ensue over and over again. But you still believe on its power. You believe in His will and His plans for you. And so you pray and trust Him.

Though the phasing of life is real fast, it is way too short to live it like you’re just existing.


You can live your life because you keep doing action to flight. You are capable of building a castle out of all the bricks that life is throwing at you. Yes it’s a hard journey that’s filled with obstacles and failure but you’re used to it now. Every day is a battle, but what’s waiting for you is worth the struggle.

***

The sky turned velvet, you’re on your way home now, as you walk through the narrow streets, the playing kids were gone to rest. The place became quiet as the peddlers earned enough today. You’re like them, they have routines same as yours, and they never stop.

So, you will wake up 5AM tomorrow to start the day, it’s the process. I know it’s tough, but so are you. For now, you can rest. Don’t worry. You’ll be fine. Okay?

Be The Reason Someone Believes In The Goodness Of People

Light from the fireflies appropriately represents hope, guidance, inspiration, and awakening

It’s past 12 midnight, there I was again — tired of counting sheep just to fall asleep. My brain begun to buzz and overthink things as my thought or two kept on racing which made me gnaw.

I’m lying in a comfy bed inside my serene room. As I close my eyes, I think of happy thoughts and take a deep breath. I tried playing the sound of blowing ocean waves in my head like I always do but, I can no longer hear it. It’s the distinctive sounds of crickets chirping outside my window echoing in my intellect —uhmm quite relaxing too.

I started to feel the cold wind blow into my face and absorbed the warmth of my own breath as I fill it in my lungs.

Subsequently, it felt like I was transported to another dimension. The cold wind vanished as I felt the heat of the sun striking onto my skin, the echoing cricket sounds turned into a looping and knocking rage of the vehicles in the city rhyming with the blabbering sounds of the people who pass by. I found myself crossing the street near the school of De Lasalle in my corporate attire.

Abruptly, a barefooted and dirty kid (evident on his white shirt) approached me and held my hand. I’m in a rush but I can’t do anything aside from being frozen at the moment because he might spit on me if I urged to pull back. Painted on his filthy face were the bruises and on his legs were marks maybe from a hit or violence. And his feet covered with sludge dirt walking into the city barefooted.

He’s way too young to be a beggar, not too old to provide the needs of his family. He needs help from the older one, an urge plead from the authority. This kid knows nothing about education aside from reading vandalism across the walls of the city. He’s been exposed to shenanigans, rascality or hooliganism maybe, instead of dreaming, playing freely, climbing trees, and running around here and there. His innocence was already filled with the foolish things of the world. Oh, poor boy.

Those thoughts ran through my mind to that moment he held my hand to ask for some pennies. I felt awful about my ruminations about him. I needed to give him food for he has still a long day to overcome and some coins to spend. As I get my wallet inside my bag to search for some, unconsciously the young boy was gone. He ran through the street and jumped inside the Jeepney (public transportation) to ask for money. I missed the chance of giving him a small help, a favor that could at least fade a little of his worries in life. For him to believe about the goodness of people. To give him hope that there are still some who offers help to those who are in need. But I failed, if I only didn’t hesitate at the first place.

I started to walk inside the hall of De Lasalle with the boy running in mind. I felt the wind blew hard on me, it was cold. The boisterous sounds turned rhythmic, chirp of the crickets calmed my mind. I found myself back in my bed, I opened my orbiting eyes and I saw the reality. It was a dream which brought me to a realization — a realization that everyone has an impact to the lives of others. In any form, whether you can help them, guide them or inspire them. Because it can also pave the way on how we can help ourselves. As we are to do unto others, as we hope they would do unto us in proper time.

And I want to start it now. Will you?

Life Lately 2020 Vol.1

It’s May and I haven’t seen the outside world for so long as it continues to stagger from the COVID-19 Pandemic— a gruesome phenomenon in which everyone thought that could happen only in movies. We’re being quarantined, and it happened to be extended as if the occurrence of this dangerous virus was unprecedented, a truth to be told. Also, curfew hours have been imposed in some places, which gave me The Purge vibe. We stay home where it’s safe and flinch in our seats every time the news drags new cases.

Life has changed dramatically for many of us, the usual daily routine has been greatly affected. Few turned to be a virtual being– stuck in front of their PCs and mobile phones. Meals have been scheduled for different times of the day. And for some, their body clock pattern has also changed. Well, we don’t have any choice anyway.

With the overabundance of time on hand and a changed mindset, I wanted to share the daily routine and habits that I have implemented on being quarantined.

Since I stayed home for so long now, here are a few things I’ve begun to make a habit:

#1 Write On My Everyday Journal

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A goal without a plan is just a wish. My journal is the haven for my thoughts. It is my safe place, to write what’s my plan, my dream, and I know I’m free from judgement. When I write, it feels like I’m talking to my inner self and saboteur. I’m glad I have this to spill everything, especially during the times when I’m feeling worst.

#2 Morning Workout

Before I’m doing a 30-day light challenge, I struggle a bit but it’s a great start and I pushed myself! Now I’m on my 45th day and I tend to do it every morning so that I have enough energy to make it through the rest of the afternoon and evening, the time I’m inclined to do other tasks.

#3 Check Emails and Do WFH Tasks

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I check my email first thing in the morning as I have important business to look after. Then straight ahead to school works if there’s any given task to accomplish or any task plan for the week to update and feed it on our online learning module. It is also the time to look for online training and certifications. And uh, my paper on graduate school.

#4 Leisure Activities

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Connecting with some of my best pals became a part of my leisure time when I’m away from Netflix (series/k-dramas), reading books, playing Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, TikTok, and social media. Since I don’t have bae, colleagues are always around. We had the opportunity to afford mutual investment on each other during this time.

#5 Nighttime Regimen

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This nighttime skin-care regimen aims to address my skin issues before the sleep begins. I usually use a water-based cleanser with brush to gently massage my skin, and rinsing my face with cold water. Having this routine every night will surely help me to slightly look better soon as I step on the outside world.

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You, what routine have you brought on being quarantined?

No matter what habits or patterns you have or having none at all, it’s totally fine as we are all coming from different uncertainties and struggles to cope up during this quarantine. You can be enough to be yourself. As long as You Are Doing Your Best To Cope And Survive, It’s Enough. You Are Enough.

Life is tough lately but so are we. Let’s just do what we can and God will do the rest. Soon, when all things went back to normal, we’re going to look back on this point of our lives, and we’ll be proud of ourselves that we never gave up.

Till my next blog