Friday, September 28, 2012

My Life So Far....

...had been going through some necessary change.

It is not the drastic kind however. I was asked by my boss a couple of weeks ago if I could perform additional tasks in the office. Realizing the urgent need, and given the fact that I've done the task previously in a different account, I decided to jump in.

I started with the task last Monday and it will be until the second Monday of October.  so far I've learned new skills -- from attending to concerns over the phone and creating appointments between lawyers and clients. There was an instance that I almost screwed plotting a meeting but I was able to perform the needed damage control. If there is another good thing about the activities I am handling these days, it's the fact that my boss has enough patience in teaching me the how to's of things (especially with the ones that I'm not quite familiar of) despite his busy schedule.

My colleagues overseas were most helpful. One of the lawyers had given me clues on who to give what on the first day which indeed made my task easy. And they aren't that hesitant to give a pat in the back sending emails even commenting on a job well done once in a while.

If there are funny changes this "paradigm shift" has brought me, it's learning how to finish a sandwich in three minutes (the last time I did that was during my days as editorial assistant), wearing my nightrobe as early as 6:30 pm and crawling beneath the sheets at 7:30 pm.

I know this assignment is just temporary. My sacrifice will surely pay off, and I'll be on a long weekend until Monday.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

There Will Always Be One Guy

-Who will view your being lonesome as independence;
-Who will not mind the way you look regardless if you don't have your make-up on.
-One knows it is you walking down the street even from the farthest distance;

-Who will be brave to lay his cards despite the possibility of an impending judgement.
-Who will compliment your hairstyle, not because it was a product of a break up but because it suits you.

There will always be one guy...

-Who will go the extra mile for you; even if he could prefer the easiest, simplest way which is of his convenience.
-Who will regard you with the way you use stock knowledge.

-Who knows how to use "good morning" in making your whole day REALLY bright and wonderful.
-Whose voice and laughter is like a song you would love to play in your heart and in your head over and over again.

Who can describe love in four, powerful words -- IT IS A GIFT.

And there will come a time, that you will find yourself including this one particular guy in your prayer -- that he be spared from hurt and the evil perils of the world; that he will always be safe and guided by the Light.

But mostly, that this guy would always be happy and that he would eventually have your heart.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Poem of Advice for my (Future) Son

Someday I'll be a mother
I shall tell my little boy
That the world is full of laughter
And he has filled my life with joy.

I'll teach him to chase the sunrise
On each day that God would give
And to wish upon the stars each night
As I tuck him off to sleep.

When he is old enough, I'd let him know
Life has ups and downs, soon it will show
Your test in school becomes real in life
Learn to fight and you will survive.

Go find a girl, treat her right
But don't dwell too much with love at first sight
Use your arms to comfort and hug her tight
But never use them to hit her when you fight.

Cherish your wife profoundly, make your heart her home
Profess your love sincerely and to her alone
Saying sorry when wrong will not do you harm
Doing so won't either make you less of a man.

You'd win or lose with each game
But worry not for the day that arrives is not the same
And one thing more, don't forget to utter a prayer
It always helps to make things better.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Wisdom from a Power Couple



I've been down sick for four days now; but I actually feel better today compared to the last three days -- I am just watching out if this simple cough and cold would lead to another asthma attack like it normally does especially during the "ber" months. I'm just relieved that there are not much tasks at the office this week so in a way, I got to really slow down on things.

On the other hand, I don't have any idea that being under the weather would somehow do me good. I chanced upon this interview of US First Couple, President Barrack and First Lady Michelle Obama on the Oprah Winfrey Show aired in May. I've always wondered how life is like being married to someone in politics, much more being hitched to such a powerful authority and finding this video was just in the nick of time!

I got hooked watching this. In particular, I liked how they answered some questions concerning President Obama as head of state, living a normal (read: common) life and Mrs. Obama's response on marriage. To which I quote:

On carrying the problems of a nation:

From the President:
"It's important to remember that I'm not there alone. I've got this incredible cabinet who do great work; there is a  bunch of people in our government who are everyday thinking how do we do a good job in behalf of our customers and our bosses. And I pray a lot."
 From the First Lady:
"Getting children in the good habits of being thankful, being grateful. We try to give back what we get because we know that there are a lot of people praying for us. That we know everywhere we go."
The First Lady on marriage:
"It has to be a true partnership. You have to really, really like and respect the person that you are married to. It is a hard road. Don't expect it to be easy molding two lives and trying to raise others and doing it forever. There are highs and lows but in the end, you can look at him in the eye and say 'I like you.' You'd go through that wonderful love stage, but when it gets hard, you need a little bit more."
President Obama on family:
 "What keeps me sane, what keeps me balanced, what allows me to deal with the pressure? It is this young lady right here and our two daughters. 'Cause when I come home, no matter what I'm dealing with, I've got people there not only do I love but whose company I just enjoy and will bring me down to a level of basic humanity, humor and make sure that I am not taking myself seriously. Not only she had been a good first lady but she is just my rock and I count on her on so many ways every single day."
When they were asked about the subject of rearing their daughters, it impressed me that they did not let fame get too much into the heads of their kids. Despite being first daughters, the first lady instilled that their kids know how to do household chores. In one way, this gave me a different  view that not all kids born into a political family would grow up to be spoiled brats.

These are just some of my observations. In all honesty, while I can't put all of them in words, this had answered the inquisitive thoughts in my mind. And I love the way President Obama threw glances at his wife as she spoke. It just means that as  cliché  sounding as it is, one thing still is true:

Behind every successful man is a woman -- in this case, it's his wife!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Caught Off Guard

Calling it a night after meeting a friend over post-work snacks and stories weeks ago:

FLICKERLIGHT: Ihahatid na kita sa inyo ha?

ME: Dyan? (pointing to his motorcycle)

FLICKERLIGHT: Oo.

ME: Ay, it's okay. I'll commute na lang. I can manage.

FLICKERLIGHT: Ano ka ba? Single ka na ngayon. Wala nang magseselos kahit makita tayong magkasama.


Okay. He has a point. :-D And I had to throw a split-second "what did he say?" stare.

In the end, still insisted on my decision of commuting as I have fears of riding a motorcycle; much more doing it without a helmet. But whenever I recall this incident, I can't help but shake my head in funny disbelief. And I will not be ashamed to say that I liked how he looked as he waved goodbye, and the way he steadily  glanced at my direction as the trike whisked me away to bring me home.

Call it dreamy, even such a scene from your usual sappy movie. But in my own words, seeing him like that moved me.



Sunday, September 2, 2012

Blessings are Bigger Than Your Fears

I just attended the How to Find Your One True Love  seminar yesterday. Currently, I'm still regaining my strength since I had been away from home for almost the whole day.  When I first received the email announcing the seminar last August 16, I was naturally excited that I sent my inquiries and all eager to participate to an event I had, in a sense, yearned to attend to. Call it being caught in the spur of a moment but that's the apt way to describe what I first did.

But just when everything has been settled and I was only waiting for the directions and the big day, I found myself having these jitters and cold feet. Yes. I had worries. I did not tell my mom that the seminar I will be attending was about those single people who would want to get the know how of hopefully giving their current status a change and hoping to find answers to some questions. I was scared of being tagged as doing a "desperate move" so I just kept it to myself until when I came home last night. Days before the event, prior to getting the directions, I had been worrying if I'd be able to figure out the way to the venue and much more,  I had this fear of getting lost and being unable to make it to the event.

The thought of quitting came to my mind. But one advice worked.

"Never choose in the presence of useless fears."

I realized my fears were indeed of the useless kind. When I was on my way to the venue yesterday morning, I never got lost nor have the difficulty in locating Valle Verde Country Club -- thanks to the cab driver who was with his wife on the trip. Being in that event did not mean doing a desperate move for I met new people -- even friends at that. If you still want to call attending so a desperate move, well, I'm not alone at it (and that's too shallow for me  to be concerned of).

And talk about meeting people, if there was one thing that highlighted this endeavor that I braved, it would be this:

Dream come true! Yeah!

I finally had the opportunity to meet the guy behind some of my favorite Catholic inspirational books! Bo Sanchez was among the speakers in the seminar. I've seen and heard him preach on TV but the experience of hearing him speak in person was more thrilling. He talks with full conviction, faith and humor. I was also able to mingle with another speaker, Rissa Singson-Kawpeng who is the editor-in-chief of Kerygma Magazine. It's now that I think if I opted to back out with what I originally planned, I would have missed the chance of seeing and realizing one of my dreams come true right before my eyes.

It's just the second day of the "ber" month. I'm still 27 and little by little my "old" wishes are coming true one by one. Now, I'm starting to believe at what my colleague Sunny once told me. That often it's good to have some challenge in your life -- and braving it!