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Archive for July, 2011

Desiderata

Yesterday a dear, dear friend of mine offered me such wise words, as she very often does. While it may not be hers per se, it helped to be reminded of  to go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and that there is peace in silence, and that while things may be difficult, to be at peace with all of the chaos that surrounds, knowing that despite all of this, it is still a beautiful world. And that there is reason to keep striving to be happy.

Yes, she reminded me of Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata.

And the part that meant the most to me was this…

Desiderata

Yes, Tink, be kind to yourself. Be still and know that despite feeling like you’re caught in the eye of a storm, everything is unfolding the way it should.  Remember that always :)

 

 

 

Missing the Playground

I have been so caught up in grown up work these past few weeks that I can’t help but miss being a preschool teacher even more than usual :( I feel so old all of a sudden…like I have aged a hundred years all of a sudden. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, I know, but seriously, I miss being silly. I miss standing on my tippy toes and running in the grassy fields. I miss playing with sand and climbing the slides. I miss painting with my hands and getting all sticky in glue.  Sigh. I can’t help but wish my grown up world had space for the kid in me….I wish there were grown up playgrounds I tell ya…complete with one of those connecticut jungle gyms installed in it….I wish I didn’t have to read journal articles and instead I could read The Rainbow Fish and The Giving Tree again….

To be fair, this grown up world I am in now also has lots of good things in store. For today, however, I miss my playground :(

Yoga Bear

When I first discovered yoga, a good friend of mine quipped that I am her yogi bear. She said she was really happy I found my way to the practice and since practitioners are called yogi’s and that I give great bear hugs, I am not a yogi bear. Haha.

The other day, when I went to yoga class, one of my classmates had the cutest shirt…it had the classic cartoon character Yogi Bear in yoga poses!!! SOOOO CUTE!!! I tried to find a similar image online but couldn’t. She said she bought it in one of the local department stores in the section with all the adult tee shirts that have cute designs that are either spoofs or inspired by cartoon characters, all for such affordable prices. She said it was like less than 200 pesos only!

I really wish I get to see one of those shirts when I go to the store. Fingers crossed!!!

In Transition

In the past month or so, I have come to accepting one thing: that I am in a stage of transition, lost somewhere between here and there, not knowing exactly where I am.

I'm that person who belongs neither here nor there, just floating in between. - author unknown

When it really started, I guess I don’t know, but I do realize that I have gotten to the point when I can say I cannot keep on being where I am or being too focused on the end goal alone. As my yoga teachers always say when I’m trying to learn a new asana: keep in mind that the destination or the final pose is not the only thing that matters, but that the journey to that asana is just as essential.

For the longest time I have been struggling with that: appreciating the ride to that final destination, that is. Although I must admit, I had welcomed the year with so much excitement and anticipation. What I did not realize, however, is that I had started out with so much expectations and a set of seemingly well-planned ideas that left very little for change, spontaneity, and in essence, for winds that blow elsewhere. As such, whenever I’d find myself in places where I did not expect to be, it would be difficult for me to respond. It doesn’t help too that finances are tight (maybe giving up my preschool job was not the brightest idea…haha) nor does it help that the economy isn’t getting any better. Writing my thesis (or at least trying to) isn’t helping much either, at this point in time. I just feel stuck, caught between that proverbial rock and a hard place, with no way out. Read the rest of this entry »

It All Ends Here: Harry Potter’s Grand Finale

The beloved Harry Potter series finally comes to a close with the release of the final franchise of it’s film installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this Thursday, July 14, 2011. It is a bittersweet end for many of the Potter fans who have followed the story from it’s very beginning, whether in book or movie format.

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Tonight I got to catch the press screening of the film (thank you Warner Bros., Philippines :)) and I guess I can sum it up with these words: Harry Potter was amazingly breathtaking, captivating and enchanting :) And yes, it is soooo worth it to see it in 3D format.

I’m sure many of you are more familiar with the story than I am (yes, I am not a big fan of the written series hehe…but the movies I loooove!) so I won’t bother to try to explain the story or whatnot (plus you may just hate me for accidentally giving out a spoiler or two, right?) so I will go with this instead. While driving home from the screening this evening, it dawned on me that the film reminded me of 7 very important life lessons:

1. In general, no amount of planning ahead is ever enough. Ergo: always leave room for spontaneity.

2. You always have a choice, even if it means choosing between a rock and a hard place. Despite that, however, the rock and the hard place, always have surprises in store.

3. Sometimes, people just surprise you.

4. Just as the song goes, you always get by with a little help from your friends. Whether or not you realize it. Or want it for that matter :)

5. Like I said in my last blog post, sometimes all you really need to do is ask .

6. All good things really do come to an end, but it isn’t all gone…perhaps it just evolves and becomes something better, even if you don’t see it at the moment.

7. Lastly, even if things change and people go separate directions, what is truly essential always, always, always remains intact.

And so while the curtain falls on Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, as well as all the other characters from Hogwarts, it’s magic will live on in many hearts forever.

Catch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in cinemas starting Thursday, July 14 :) Like I said, 3D, well worth it!!! :) Pre-purchase your tickets NOW!!!

 

Growing Up

I  think the theme of the past month for me has really been about growing up. It’s been quite a challenge, I must say. I have been thinking about making serious changes in my life and I guess this is really what growing up is all about, right?

For one, I am seriously trying to think about the current state of my finances. I realized I don’t make very wise spending choices.  And so I am thinking about checking out investing in those insurance plans and so I’m checking out sites like Wholesaleinsurance.net. My colleagues from the clinic I work in are also set to meet with someone to talk about investments. This might be a good thing for me, right? I should really stop shopping for clothe and eating out and the like and so this might be a good option.

I’m also seriously making changes in terms of my educational status. It’s been overwhelmingly difficult to get started, but I’m really hoping to make better strides this week (so help me God!).

Lastly, I am trying out this whole “keeping my mouth shut” kinda thing. I realized I often blurt out things without thinking about it (yes, quite like an impulsive child) and so, as a friend once told me, I’m finally learning how to be still and silent.

I will admit, however, that from time to time, this growing up thing can be exhausting…

Diet Challenges…

These past two weeks and a half have been a serious challenge to my weight loss efforts, I tell ya. Call me hormonal, call me weak, call me hungry…I don’t know. All I can say is that I found myself eating and eating and eating. Sigh :( This is one of those times I kind of wish I could rely on some diet pills that work. While it may not be a “permanent” fix, it sure can help me get the ball rolling, right?

Well, until I decide on that, here are some things I plan to do in the meantime:

  • drink more water
  • quit it with the rice!
  • oatmeal please.
  • go with more fresh food (veggies and fruits)
  • more tea!
  • get back to regularly practicing yoga
  • STOP with the chocolates!!!!

Egaad. Wish me luck.

 

I Miss My Sunny Days

It’s been raining for about three days now. Sigh. I miss the sun. To be fair, it did come out a bit last Friday, at least during the morning, but when I woke up from my nap, it was raining cats and dogs.

I so miss days that look like this:

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