8. Toilet: The Musical #ShitHappens

1. 1779778_10201504431799626_1500508962_nFeb. 20, 2014, Thursday — Every school year, I make sure I get to watch at least one Blue Repertory show: from Rock ‘n’ Rule, to Breakups and Breakdowns and Stages of Love and to watching Stages of Love twice. For my last semester as an undergraduate student, I got to watch Blue Rep’s Toilet: The Musical. It is an original play by Blue Rep with music by Ejay Yatco.

Enzo, Kevin, Jigs, Ange and I were supposed to catch the Feb 12 show to watch Carlos Quiapo. But due to the bomb scare in the Ateneo, we had to reschedule. The soundtrack (click here to listen in SoundCloud) has been playing on loop in my iTunes since yesterday.

Aside from a good soundtrack, the play had dynamic characters. I would say that I am a Tiffany. :’) To those who have seen the show, #FIYOLO! But to spare others from spoilers, I shall speak/write no more.

P.S. Jose Mari Chan was part of the audience. His son is part of the play. 🙂

 

7. Starting Over Again

How can I unlove you?

My love is greater than your failures.

If you insist, how can I resist?

Feb. 19, 2014, Wednesday —- (spoiler alert) Filipino movies are known to be cheesy and corny. But from time to time I allow myself to indulge and give in to my jologs side (and I sort of drag friends along, too). France, Dale and I watched Starting Over Again in SM Marikina. As expected, the movie had cheesy quotable quotes such as the ones above. But thinking about it, these lines seemed to stand out because the viewers are able to relate. On another note, there is something predictable about Filipino movies. You can rely that the ending is predominantly, unless it is an Indie movie. But for Starting Over Again, I like how the ending was realistic and not the happy ending that people expect.

P.S. Let us not kill the Philippine cinema. Let’s catch a Filipino movie once in a while 🙂

P.P.S. Hi, Dale! If you are reading this, I hope you got over the ending already! 😉

6. Longest Day (since that paper for Fr. David’s Class)

6. Longest Day (since that paper for Fr. David's Class)

Feb. 18, 2014, Tuesday — I had to check my 2013 planner to verify whether or not I have broken my record for staying up to finish a paper for a class. I stayed up for 27 hours to finish the 15-page paper for Fr. David’s class last year. Apparently I did break the record by an hour last Tuesday. I was awake for 28 hours because I wanted to finish my project before I go to sleep. (I learned my lesson last time when we almost failed project on time because my roommate and I failed to wake up to our alarms.) The thing is I was already done with all the computations the day before. I even started writing the paper Tuesday afternoon. But it must have been that OC part of me that caused me to stay up so late to produce the project report about the Microwave Link Design. So you might be wondering why I was happy despite having stayed up so late.

Here’s the thing. My room for the past four years has windows facing the east. But I rarely wake up early to witness the sunrise. But on the longest day on the last week of regular classes, I was able to see the sunrise 🙂 The photo was taken on Wednesday, but for me it was still Tuesday since I haven’t slept.

P.S. I slept in the afternoon. When I woke up to submit my project, I felt terrible. Thanks to my roommate, Angela, for volunteering to submit my project.

P.P.S. Please do not do this. I am not encouraging people to neglect sleep. I felt nauseous after.

5. With Graduating ECE Scholars

5. With Graduating ECE Scholars

Holding our empty AASA piggy banks after the Graduating Scholars Meeting with the Office of Admission and Aid. Soon we will be returning these piggy banks with an amount that could help other students to have the opportunity to study in the Ateneo. ❤ I am forever grateful for the gift of education our benefactors gave us 🙂

4. Stand by me still

4. Stand by me still

I attended mass at the Church of Gesu and decided to not sing with the choir and listen as part of the congregation instead. I sat at the far end just enough for me to see their expressions and hear them as they sing. I’m glad I sat out and heard DMC sing the a cappella version of Take and Receive for offertory, Pag-ibig Ko and Love is the Answer for communion. But I just couldn’t help but sing with the choir when they sang Stand By Me Still for the recessional. Kudos to DMC for sounding so good today, I hope the music you made brought the congregation closer to God as they prayed. 🙂 

On another note, it is such a blessing to get to sing songs of praise and worship with people who practically become your family. #TFTG

“God’s way is my way.God’s love surrounds me. God’s hosts defend me saving from ill.

Angels of heaven drive from me always all that would harm me. Stand by me still.” 

2. Fear of Rejection, Fear of Injection

I wanted to do something special today. I didn’t want it to be another Single Awareness Day. I spent the afternoon of Valentine’s Day 2014 with friends in SocSci conference room lining up to donate blood. The thing is, I fear the sight of blood and I fear injections. The process of blood donation includes a pre-test that they do to check if you are an eligible donor — the fear of rejection (#feels #hugot).

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I could not explain how scared I was when it was my turn to be tested. I hate even the slightest prick on my fingertip. But I thank God for my supportive friends who were there — Dale (the one who encouraged me to donate), Patricia, Clarisse and Krystal. It was the first time I donated blood and I don’t think it would be my last.

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A happy day spent with friends and conquering my fears 🙂

How about you? How was your Valentine’s Day?

P.S. Thanks to the nurse who kept reassuring me that everything would be fine.

1. Postcard from Across the Pacific Ocean

1. Postcard from Across the Pacific Ocean

I have joined the bandwagon and accepted the 100 Happy Days Challenge.

Yesterday, there was a bomb threat scare in our university. It really touched me that friends made an effort to message me to confirm if I was alright. Some of the them are not even from Metro Manila or the Philippines for that matter. One of the people who posted on my Facebook timeline is a friend whom I met almost a year ago during the Go Green in the City competition. Today, upon coming back home to my room, I spotted the postcard he sent me from the US. It is mounted on the door of our refrigerator. It made me smile knowing that people, even though separated by distance, still care. Reading his message on the postcard also reminds me that each person has the to create an adventure of his/her own.

If ever you do come across this post, please do share a moment that made you happy today. 🙂 Knowing others are happy inspires me to be happy 🙂

P.S. Another thing that made me happy was to see that Bea, the girl who lives next door, had the courage to shave off her hair as part of Ateneo Kythe’s Cancer Awareness Campaign. 🙂