Meet “Georgia”

the big purchase

I wanted a white or urban titanium Honda Civic 1.8S MT but I gave in to what Melvin wanted and I couldn’t be happier. 🙂 It is automatic, 2012 edition, fuel efficient, and… well, orange.

Thank you God for all your blessings. May You continue to bless me and my family so that we can also be a blessing to others. Amen.

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The Prodigal Daughter

Finished reading this book while here in Singapore. It was my first time to read Jeffrey Archer and I can say it was a good experience reading him.

The story was about Florentyna Rosnovski, who was destined to be the 43rd President of the United States. I finished the book in three days but could have finished it in one day if not for the many wife-y duties here. I could not put the book down and would not close it even if the only light in the room was a dim lampshade. My poor eyes! It was an exciting novel, which tackled the life of Florentyna and how she became the first woman president of the US.

One particular chapter which prompted me to stop reading the book was the one about funerals, when the most important people in her life died, including her husband. It was heartbreaking that I found myself so sad I had to hug my husband for comfort.

The most triumphant moment of her life, I think, was when she was the VP of America and the Russians were about to wage was in the US.

I am not very good in writing book reviews but I really want to remember this book because it opened up a lot of feelings and ideas to me. For instance, I am now considering getting Kaila a “governess” like Ms. Tredgold, haha. Seriously, I want Kaila to be as intelligent and well-informed like the heroine of the story and it should start by constantly reading her books and not leave her in front of the TV all the time. Second, Archer reminds me to be passionate about everything I do. Third, everything starts with a dream. Fourth, it makes me want to be closer to my Dad, for Florentyna was the only child of her parents and she was indeed very close to her father. I am not very close to my parents, probably because I am not very vocal about my feelings and because we rarely talk about feelings in our house. Fifth, the book made me utter this statement to Melvin out of the blue: “Pag matanda na tayo, kiss mo pa din ako ha.” Hihi. I normally don’t say things like that to him, because I was not brought up to be very expressive about my feelings.

There are a lot of things a book can do to its readers. This book made me realize/say/feel all that and more. I think I’ll be buying another Jeffrey Archer book soon.

Someday, I’ll Travel the World

Before college, the farthest place that I’ve been to was, o well, Tagaytay. It was fourth year high school and we decided to go somewhere far for some bonding time with my classmates. We stayed in the rest house of my classmate’s uncle (currently the country’s VP), dropped by the market, and then spent the whole day inside the house. (Oh, that was the same house used in one of the most popular movies of Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto, I think that was their last movie together).

The point is, I haven’t been somewhere far before that. Maybe because my Dad has always been away and that we had no vehicle then except a tricycle and that my Mom is not the adventurous/outgoing type of person. We were confined mostly inside the house. I did go out with friends but we only went as far as Caedo (a mini-mall and the only mall in our place way back 1997), which is like 30 minutes away from our place.

Up to know, almost 10 years after, I have not visited many places. I spent almost nine years in the Greater Manila Area but I was not able to go to Divisoria, where almost all people go to during the holiday season to find the cheapest gifts for their loved ones for Christmas. I was in Quezon City for four years but I only knew the routes going to SM North, to Delta (where a college friend used to live), to City Hall, to GMA-7 and ABS-CBN. I have only been to Araneta Coliseum twice (to watch cheerdance competition during my first year; and on a date with my then-bf-now-husband Melvin). I lived in Makati for two years  but most of my time were spent inside the beautiful malls of Makati. When I transferred to Manila, I spend most of my time inside the bank, in the condo, in Robinson’s Ermita, in Makati with my million-dollar business venture then.

It must be a boring life, you may be thinking. I guess it is. I do not go out. I prefer to be alone instead of socializing with friends. I prefer to watch TV, read a book, or sleep instead of partying. Sometimes, I regret those moments when I should be with friends, deepen my relationship with them, or simply spend time with them. But most of what I regret is that I didn’t take time to go out and visit wonderful places.

Every time I see photos of my friends going to different places in and out of the country, how I wish I can do that too. I want to spend my time with Melvin and Kaila away from the city like these two. I want to be alone for at least a month or two and experience the world.

What is preventing me from doing this? Well, budget is number one. If you are an avid reader or if you are my stalker, you know that life is not as easy as it used to be. If budget is not an issue, it is because I do not have constant companion to travel. Well, my family does not travel a lot. My husband is not the type who wants to step out of his comfort zone. My friends, o well, we are all busy with our own lives that our schedule will not fit in.

How about traveling by myself? I’m planning for it. Maybe a 12-day European tour in two or three years. Or maybe I’ll seek a study grant in the US after I finish law school and pass the bar. Or I’ll wait for Kaila to grow up and we’ll travel together anywhere in the world. Then we’ll bring Melvin with us, by then he won’t have an excuse. 😉

For now, well, I’m always traveling, that is from my house to school and back.

Welcome Law School

I’m not yet enrolled but I passed the qualifying exam and interview. I will be enrolling on June 4 since I have to wait for the other possible scholars Yey, 50% off because I graduated cum laude in college.

I was actually unprepared when I took the exam, thinking that the exam would cover logic and the usual entrance exams. I was surprised when I read the essay questions (implication of this and that, my stand on this and that, and all those stuff). The questions reminded me of my journalism subject with Prof. Teodoro. haha.

I would have wanted to study in UP or San Beda or Ateneo but I did not take their entrance exams. I wanted Kaila to be with me but it was simply not possible. I checked UB’s passing rate in bar exams and ok naman, almost 100% passing rate since 1997.

So it’s really back to school for me after five years. I am pretty excited. Law on Mass Media was my favorite subject in college and Atty. Avecilla (sorry guys) was one of my favorite professors (because I was one of his favorite students and gave me 1.25 in the said subject). My sister’s back to school also for her Master’s Degree in Psychology while our youngest is now included in the employed statistics.

I am looking forward to law school and so many readings and recitations.

On Writing: Writing is a Learning Experience

I’m currently writing about diabetes. I’m actually learning lots of useful information about it, specifically about what a diabetic diet should include. It is surprising to know that there is no such thing as diabetic diet. There is no need for a special meal plan or food selection. It simply includes healthy foods eaten in right amounts at regular times everyday. However, it is important to be consistent with the amount of serving and the schedule of each meal.

Being a web content writer expands my knowledge about plenty of things. I learned how to concoct tequila drinks without even knowing how tequila tastes like. I discovered bath seats for the aged and disabled, which make bathing easier and safer for these people.

At times, writing becomes stressful especially when there are deadlines to meet. But most of the time, it is my way of releasing my innermost emotions, of contributing something to the world, and of influencing and moving souls.

Yes, I’m definitely looking forward to more writing projects.