Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Saved by a Song

My day was spent dealing with tons of tasks that mostly involved accounting and numbers. As luck would have it, a bout of migraine decided to join my busy day bandwagon. No wonder no one can blame me if I would say that I was at the verge of blowing my top off (don't take it literally as it's an idiom) with the fast pace and the pain that I was trying to balance with my schedule.

And just to keep things in equal measure, I had to keep this Jason Mraz song playing in repetition and I am particularly loving these lines:

You let yourself get mad
And in those times when you stop lovin'
That woman I adore
You can relax
Because, babe, I got your back

I don't wish to change you
You've got it under control
You wake up each day different
Another reason for me to keep holdin' on
I'm not attached to any way you're showing up
I'm just gonna love you like the woman I love

For now, I'm off to Dreamland as I am too consumed to think and write. I'll take time to come up with a better missive as soon as time permits me to, hopefully the soonest.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sometimes Fate Cooperates in a Weird Way

Sorry for the spelling. I'm not a jejemon. I'm just sleepy.

I was exchanging messages last night with Ma'am Cez, my former professor and the discussion we had led me to respond with those words. In a way, I was honest at telling her that I miss a friend. And as weird as it seemed, as I was listening to the radio on my phone while sending this message to her, the station played this song:

Call it a silly coincidence but when I think of it, sometimes fate intervenes in a funny way it wants. In my case, talk about good timing.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Southbound for the Weekend

Photo: Google

Going on a field trip just like school. 
Gonna go somewhere that's really cool
Destination: Vacation traveling around 
the nation.

                                                                                                             -Swirl 360, Candy in the Sun-

Tomorrow, a couple I know will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary, while someone turns 31 years old on the same day. As I type this down, my travel bag is packed and ready. I'm not celebrating anything myself but I'm looking forward to Saturday morning for I will be having my first out of town trip for this year.

It's been two years since I went out of town somewhere north. Before I left the office this afternoon, I made sure that my desk and my PC are squeaky clean (READ: free from pending legal documents). While I was doing my last-minute errands, I realized, the perception of out of town trips tend to differ as you grow older. To children, hearing the word "travels" elicit giddy, excited reactions. But if you are an employed person, in your late 20's who spends 40 hours a week in the office just like me, an out of town trip is a well-deserved diversion from the normal routine -- even at least for a couple of days.

I'm repeating Swirl 360's Candy in the Sun in my mind. Tomorrow, I'll savor the road trip and everything involved in it. But for tonight, I'll dreamily think the sea and sand :-)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

To Trust in God's Providential Timing

God has been good to me in many, countless ways.
He answered prayers when I least expected.
Each and every day, I keep coming back
to give thanks and to pray that
He would allow me
to hold your hands

I was killing some time in the mall post work this afternoon. Today's another workday but I am thankful that the workload was bearable. Despite the scorching heat, the whole day was a breeze.

Just like the usual, I had my moment of silence at the nearby church. Today's another 18th of the month. While other people might be celebrating a birthday or an anniversary, I silently contemplated what it was to me. I realized it has been 52 months that I've been on my own status wise.

Four years and three months that I've been used to being on my own and being used to the questions of people around me. But then, life is good. Yes, I cannot hide the fact that one by one, people I know and those close to me are getting hitched one after the other. I am happy with my current state, especially that things are starting to fall in its places little by little. Lately, the question of "am I ready to welcome change in my (single) life?" kept paying me a visit.

And in those instances, staying in the place pictured above offers me solace. Conversations with God always assured my whole being peace. There was one occasion that on one of those pews, I told God in prayer how much I wanted to see someone go to church. And while I dismissed it, God took my prayer seriously by answering me on the fifth Sunday of Lent. (funny but prior to that, a cab with the name Fifth Sunday kept passing by my office building in the afternoon and I was like, what could be behind the five Sundays?).

I know for sure it would be a waiting game for me as I don't hold God's Plan in my hands. I am thinking of prolonging this period for another year for good measure. For now it's going to be stopping to smell the roses, admiring the view and taking the time to enjoy crowd (and dog) watching.

Someone out there is meant for you. Just wait.    
-How I Met Your Mother-   

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

8 Lines to a Good Life

Dropping by for a quick word (from me). I'm posting this entry inspired by the text message sent 
to me by my friend, Januver, this afternoon. But due to my hectic schedule at work, I only found out about it tonight. 

It's about how to live a good life (and it's far cry from the usual, expensive suggestions of advertising).

Click on the image for better resolution.

Now who says happiness and living the good life always comes with a price tag? More often than not, the best things in life are the ones that you can't buy anywhere -- to have a good life, just like happiness, is a choice.

It will always be like that.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Short Yet Significant

“Five years ago, during one of the worst days of my life. When everyone was walking out of me. A girl, walked into my life. And I never thought that, that day. Hindi ko alam na, yun palang kaharap ko, yun na pala ang future ko.

-Miggy Montenegro, It Takes a Man and a Woman-

In case I tend to forget, but these lines struck a chord.

Enough said.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Figuring Out in the Cold

Today is the first time in two years that I saw myself reporting for work on a holiday. In the midst of relishing the not so ordinary scenario that surrounded the whole office, I had these thoughts:

  • My former office mate James tied the knot over the weekend and browsing on Facebook, looking at their wedding pictures, I just realized, I am undeniably getting old. It is now I know that the things that used to scare the shit out of me for so long (marriage and having kids) were actually part of reality, of which I had thankfully learned to accept.

  • I am no longer used to being at the office on a holiday. I know silence is my favorite ally but going to work on a holiday leaves me with a weird feeling. Being here in my seat while the silence and the cold enveloped me, looking at those empty couches and passing through a quiet, dim-lighted lobby which is normally occupied with busy HR people and young ones hoping to land a job, there's this difference that's indescribable. This is one of the times that I thought excessive silence is unbearable.

But when I think of it, doing this has its perks (aside from the monetary side); the road is not chaotic, commuting to work is a breeze. The power of imagination and concentration is working far better than how it is on a busy day. I simply console myself with the thought that someone out there is on the streets either trying to respond to a the call of duty, mingling with strangers trying to know how he can be of any help.

In the end, thinking of where am I and where he is makes me mumble that doing this is worth a sacrifice -- at least once in a while.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Weeknight Flick: It Takes a Man and a Woman

After what has been a long wait, I finally got to watch It Takes A Man and a Woman. At first I was just only after the "feel good" element of the film only to find that there was actually more to the "kilig" factor" of the said flick.

In this third installment of the Miggy Montenegro-Laida Magtalas tandem, they try to coexist as individuals while working together; back in the same company but facing different circumstances-- Laida is now a fiercer, much improved version of herself while Miggy is the  same guy who tries to save the family's business and is now in a relationship with Belle Laurel (played by Isabelle Daza). The movie tackles a more mature perspective of romance (as compared to their two previous movies). When I first saw the trailer, I was already curious especially when the teaser said "a love story we thought would have a happy ending ....ended", my first question was why was that and what is Isabelle Daza's role in the movie. I just knew I had to squeeze it in my schedule to see that film by hook or by crook.

Watching the film, it can't be denied that despite that this the third installment of their love team, John Lloyd and Sarah never fails to elicit giddy (READ: KILIG) reactions from the audience (I swear those are evident as it's audible for you to hear). I'd agree with another blogger when he said wala kang itatapong eksena. The writers of the film are that creative to have injected some scenes reminiscent of the first two movies. 

Isabelle Daza's character is not as strong (or should I say daring) as what I first thought it would. But the way she portrayed her role was just right (making me realize model-type girlfriends in movies need not be given harsh notions). What I also loved about this film are the punchlines of "Zoila and friends" (Matet de Leon, Gio Alvarez and Joross Gamboa). The way the lines were delivered were indeed one for the books. I watched the film twice and it never failed to give me tummy-aching laughter. For sure, you'd love to have office mates like them :-D

And if you think the movie is just about the usual kilig-filled genre, it's nice to note that aside from a mature perspective of love and romance (reality ever after is often better than just happily ever after), it also emphasized on other traits including forgiveness and kindness. I loved how Irma Adlawan reiterated that to forgive someone is a decision. And if you can choose to love, you also have the capability to choose to forgive. Yet, it was Dante Rivero's speech of the latter part of the movie that won me. At one point, I thought of politics because of what he said:

Being the best means being the least. To be good is being able to say sorry and to forgive those who hurt you. To always believe in goodness, dahil sa kagustuhan natin maging pinakamagaling, nakakalimutan natin maging mabuti.

I did not mind watching the movie twice and I even plan to get a copy when this one is released on DVD. They say save the best for last and Star Cinema really proved it to the audience as this one is the best among the three movies. Of course, I will not tell you how the movie ended, but if you haven't seen the movie, do so and don't miss it for the world. It's worth watching and paying for.

Friday, April 5, 2013

From Phones to Another Useful Lesson

As I type this, I just arrived from my "me time" after a day filled with case files. But before this day ends, let me share something that left me and my teammates Karla and Duncan laughing first thing in the morning while dealing with the technical side of the job. This email:

On that note: disregard how my boss spells my name.

We were trying to resolve the issue on our phones but my boss's answer to my second email really left me laughing my heart out. While I was not expecting this "goofy" response from him, I found his reply to be enlightening because it gave me a idea on the usual male behavior particularly about the "art of listening". 

Upon reading this, for a second or two, I tried to picture out how they argue (being both lawyers) as a couple. But on the other hand, this is one of the valuable lessons I got from my boss. At least, when I would have a boyfriend and eventually, a husband, I have an idea on how I could possibly deal with it this early. :-)

A challenging job, a cool boss and today's my 13th month with the firm.Who says my JD is limited to the usual stuff?  Things like these make my job unique and really interesting (and sarcasm is not needed to describe that).


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Because I am Currently Busy...

I could not blog much. Work has been overflowing after the five days (including weekends) of vacation for the Easter holiday. If you were to click on the picture below, that's the screenshot of my office calendar. It has most all of the events both personal and professional (READ: WORK RELATED).

Pink, green and white = eye candy.

I just returned to work two days ago but I've been extremely busy. I am anticipating that the pink marks will increase as each day arrives.

I know that what I need is a good night's rest and some soothing music to calm me down. And for now, Heartbeats by  José Gonzáles does it for me to hush my being when things get nerve-wracking

Two days more to go before another weekend arrives.