Student programs are a priority, not an option

TED Talks are supposed to make you feel a lot and after I saw Kate Simonds’ I’m 17, what I felt was a surge of belongingness. I wasn’t the only one feeling that way. Her experiences and ideas isn’t entirely different to what I had for the past few years and to what I sometimes feel right now.

Ask us about social security, ask us about environmental destruction, ask us about anything. Let us know that we matter because we do.

It’s true that not all of us will understand these policies right away. Just because we’re teenagers doesn’t mean that we don’t understand politics and similarly, just because you’re an adult, doesn’t mean that you do.

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Love can wait but my dreams can’t

I finished my priority list for the last quarter of 2016. And when I pinned it on journal dashboard, I realized that I didn’t put any room for dating in it which isn’t a surprise at all. With a lot of things happening in my life and goals that I am focusing on, seeing other people aside from my friends and family would be out of the question.

I’m at that stage where I am starting to build things for myself, my career, the community I am volunteering for, my health routine and my financial portfolio. The sum of all of that takes up most of my time and drains my energy.

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Sorting priorities

I always dreamed of big things, like being able to travel for a living or be a founder of a NGO. I started putting up my bucketlist since I was 20 and I get this adrenaline rush whenever I tick off an item on it. Achieving goals I’ve set for myself is so fullfilling and maybe that is one of the reasons why I never ran out of things to do.

But sometimes, it gets overwhelming and I find it hard to focus on what goal should I aim for next. I wanted to do a lot of things and I really hate to admit this, but I really suck at this whole what-should-I-prioritize drill. And because I get lost at what should my priorities be, I tend to multitask, which I am also a novice at. Continue reading

Stop doubting love.

Avatar: The Legend of Aang is still one of my most favorite shows and recently I decided to watch again the series in its entirety. And this scene hit something in me.

“There is nothing wrong with letting people who love you help you.” – Uncle Iroh

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This made me think of how much love is present in my life, from my family, friends and even colleagues.

I have this habit of asking endless questions, of doubting people, of mistaking generosity as pity, of thinking that maybe their concern comes with an ulterior motive.

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Light it up.

I am amazed at how Filipinos celebrate Christmas, from the decorations, food preparation, reunions to traditions.

One thing that I love most in this season is how places light up. People start decorating their homes as early as September, malls try to outmatch each other by their design themes and parks offer light shows.

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Filinvest City’s The Light of Christmas (photo taken from Filinvest City FB Page)

 

A video of Ayala Triangle’s Lights and Sound Show 2015

But aside from the usual eyecandy, the lights give me a sense of warmth and hope. And if the man-made lights are not enough, the moon showed its full glory on Christmas day.

It is a fitting end to my 2015 and I am really looking forward to the start of another year.

Inside the doctor’s office.

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Some people won’t believe if I tell them that I’m in my 20’s, like the stingy guy on the convenience store who refused to sell me a beer because he insisted that I’m a minor and the tutorial center’s manager who thought that I was enrolling for advanced mathematics. Maybe it is also because I dress like a teenager whenever I go out: shorts, loose shirt, pair of sandals and a sling bag.

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