6am wake up, make breakfast, qt, take a bath
8am START WRITING
10am goes to the office to CONTINUE WRITING
12 pm watch UFC video or some inspiring documentary (recently “Klitschko” (2011). haha)
2pm CONTINUE WRITING
2:12 pm stand up, stretch, tulala, nganga
2:30 pm CONTINUE WRITING (while nibbling on corniks or dried mangoes or some chips)
4:30 pm content of what I’ve been writing doesn’t make sense anymore. stop. stare at the ceiling while still nibbling on whatever food
5:00pm CONTINUE WRITING
6:00pm pack up. go home. thinking while walking.
7:30pm CONTINUE WRITING
12:00pm brain shutdown.
So far, I’ve been like this since Monday and I’ve come up with about 60 pages (1.5 spacing) of Chapter 4 (Results and Discussion) but that’s only about 1/4 of total manuscript. Tomorrow, the schedule will change as I have 10-1, 1-4 classes and exercises to check. Aah, such a refreshing change (not sarcastic).
You can guess I’m having a hard time coping up with the demands of work again. I couldn’t even sit down to write three things.
I was not able to blog anything for the following dates:
March 29-April 4
April 26- May 2
Yep, 8 weeks. I still hope to be able to write things I’ve learned from those weeks for chronicling’s sake but with the rate things are going, my next blog could be after June 22 (my thesis defense).
Well, anyway, the thing is there’s the gnawing uncertainty of being unable to graduate (yet. again). I have been teaching in UPLB since 2008 (Goodness. It’s been seven years!).
By the rules, I have until May of 2015 to finish my MS degree or else my contract with the University will not be renewed.
I’m not yet finished with my thesis and so I have to request for an extension of even until the Mid-year of this academic school year. I pray the Lord will help pull through this and provide answers – His answers.
For this week, I’d skip ThreeThings. Instead, I’d like to write (briefly I hope) about our anniversary celebration.
I told Jed ‘I leave the day’s planning to you‘.
Girls tend to want to always be surprised – I’m not an exception. But I couldn’t help not meddling with his plans and he was not very good in keeping secrets either (haha) but the day went pretty well, very well I should say.
Jed is a Quezon City boy. He was born there, went to school there until high school before he went to UPLB but he didn’t get to move around much and explore all of their huge city. We agreed that we’d spend the day in QC since we spent the previous week in my city (Batangas City).
After church, we went home for lunch with his mom and sister and off we went to only he (at that time) knew where. Turns out, he wants to us to visit Cubao Expo (fondly called Cubao X) just a couple of blocks from their house.
Some information about the place:
“Cubao Expo (formerly Marikina Shoe Expo) is a hub of novelty shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars well-known among the literati, painters, photographers, collectors, celebrities, and indie musicians, and filmmakers.” – WikiPilipinas
While a journalist wrote of the place as “perhaps the last artiste’s haven in Manila, Cubao X – where intellectual rebels, indie designers, comic book geeks and gamers, rock purveyors, and the odd restaurateur find refuge”.
It was the main shopping area for shoes from Marikina before the large shopping malls dotted the Cubao area. It has evolved through time to accommodate the niche market of ‘literati, painters, photographers, etc’ that it has become known for. Recently also, it has an added attraction with the Art in Island (we’ll come back for this next time).
Jed prepared a ‘budget’ for us. ‘I saved the whole week for this. See I prepared‘, he’d remind me. Haha. I have to admit, I did not expect how he’d plan it all out being the homebody that he is. ANYWAY.
We started walking around, it was really not a very big place but there are lots of interesting stuff so we ended up staying for about 4 hours.
We first went in to this quaint shop ‘The Reading Room’ and looked around (forgive me as I’m still saving for a decent camera so there’s not much photos of the place). You can check them out here. We bought two cutesy stationery for keeping tabs of our reading list. Apparently, the store’s been in Cubao X for about 8 years now.
Next, we went in to a couple of antique shops. We didn’t really buy anything, more like looked around and basically stayed to listen to the various vinyl records playing. “They sound really, really good and sharp,” he’d keep saying.
We went to the antique shop called Remnants at the end of the U-shaped expo area and started going through their book selection. And then Jed found Terry Pratchett’s Nation hardbound book for only P280.00. Whoa! I almost knocked over a shelf of figurines because of excitement. He also got the CS Lewis’ Narrative Poems.
We had a small chat with the owner Kuya Chito Soliven and he said they’ve been there for quite a long time already. He said they were also the book sellers at CAL in UP Diliman. Mid-April, they hope to get their new stocks of books out of the customs. We should check them out again, he added. We said ‘sure we’ll visit again’.
A bit hungry, we went to this shop ‘The Appraisery‘ because we saw the box of table top games on display and we knew they served food so that would be the perfect place. We went in, ordered coffee (P80-90.00) (they didn’t have cold drinks besides Iced Tea then) and a Seattle dog sandwich (P150.00). Jed went to the second floor to look for games for two players only.
When Jed went down with this big box ‘Le Fantôme de l’Opéra’ (The Phantom of the Opera), I couldn’t quite think what to make of it. ‘This is the only game for two players and it says about 30-minutes of playing so I got it’ he said.
So we had about 10 minutes of figuring out the game then we had our first try of it and it was actually fun, a bit confusing at times, but fun. He won the first round as the Phantom while I won the second round also as the Phantom. We had quite a harder time being the Investigator, I guess. Another two games and we’d probably get the hang of it more, however I had to go home to LB so we promised ourselves we’d play it more.
The sandwich was good, as well as the coffee but the place is really interesting because of the games. It was like a cheaper and more accessible version of Ludo from my previous post, though, I think The Appraisery was established earlier.
Before leaving for home, we dropped by an ukay-ukay store a bit and scanned their stuff. Jed quickly pushed a small stuffed toy to me. ‘Here, this is for you’
We named it Piganda (a pig panda who constantly appears in the photos with our loot. hehe).
Before leaving, I told Jed I enjoyed our time and we’d definitely come back to explore Cubao X more. He said ‘hooray!’.
The weeks have been passing by pretty quickly. The days become a blur when your work piles up. You wake up, go to work, try to finish work, bring work home, sleep and repeat.
This week’s no different. I go to work, try to finish work, realize it can’t be done, and bring home work.
Last Thursday, though, I guess everything just had to happen that day and I was particularly emotional too (the time of the month, you know). Forgive the vagueness of the post but I cannot divulge much information as most are work related (I don’t want this blog to be a ‘space for rant’ – that was witty of me. haha). Anyway, here are my three things.
1. Leadership (or administration) is a very important aspect of an institution’s life, and now I have first hand experience and learning of this cliche statement. If people ‘below’ don’t feel the sincerity and support of their superiors, they’d most likely have less motivation to do the things they do at work. On the other hand, I also realize how tough being an administrator is – balancing the nuances and difficulties of the ‘system’ as well as making sure that your people understand this. Also they must make sure that the people are not oppressed and depressed.
2. Jed’s patience is commendable, one for the books, ‘awardan na yan’ level. If I would be asked to describe him, one standout feature would be his patience – not docile or feeble, but strong, enduring, and wise patience.
3. I am a cry baby. I admit that now. I try to appear tough and strong but once you prick certain points, I’ll get teary and I’d not be able to hold it in. [It might also be the time of the month, but last week, I cried and almost-cried six times].
It’s almost the middle of the new week now. So much has happened already. Besides the sleep-work-sleep mode, I’m looking forward to lots of new learnings and new adventures too.
One adventure I’d be celebrating this weekend is our first anniversary <3
1. One of our beloved cat left us all too early. Seeker (sleeping on my crabby pillow below) died early Wednesday. He was believed to be hit by a car as he was prowling about the neighborhood. This is one of risks of living beside a main highway. One of my housemates said, ‘pet lovers are so strong. We get our hearts broken so many times and yet we still love’. So true. Goodbye our obese, suplado, tenacious cat.2. Celebration of life. I attended Moriah Praise Wagan’ dedication this weekend at Dad’s (buffets are always, always fun). From weddings last year, events are now centering on the babies. I’m still expecting more weddings this year, though. As usual, when college friends meet, there’s non-stop kwentuhan and tawanan. After the event at Dad’s, we went to Dolcelatte gourmet restaurant and bakeshop in Quezon Ave. We kept joking how we do not seem to fit in because of our being ‘masa’ in contrast with the places’ ‘sosyal’ atmosphere. We were so loud, I was half afraid they’d kick us out for being so noisy. 3. Creamy Delights Greek Yogurt. I’m recently addicted to this. I could eat this 3x a day, all week (as long as my tummy allows for me to). At one time, I bought two 4-pack sets of these. YUM!