28 Things

  1. Not everything you need to learn, you learn in kindergarten. I’m sorry, but the guy who said you can learn “everything you need to learn in life, you will learn in kindergarten”, is stupid. You only learn about life by living it. Heck, I’m almost 30 and I still don’t know shit.
  2. Nobody is THAT special. You can be the smartest, most beautiful, or most talented schmuck in your little circle, but there’s always someone who’s smarter, more beautiful, and more talented than you are in the world. No one is indispensible.
  3. Be nice to people. You never know when your paths will cross and how big that person’s influence in your life will be.
  4. Love your family. You might have several disagreements, but your family is, and will always be your family. They will be the ones who will stay when your so-called friends leave you hanging dry.
  5. Have a pet. Treat them like part of the family, but don’t treat them like babies.
  6. Nothing is ever set in stone. Don’t believe in impossible.
  7. It never hurts to have a plan, but…
  8. Sometimes, you have to be prepared to just wing it.
  9. Travel. Travel whenever your budget or time permits it. Soak up the culture of the place. Go where the locals go, eat where the locals eat. Don’t be a tourist.
  10. Live within your means. Save. Don’t splurge but don’t be too frugal either. Treat yourself once in a while.
  11. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you can do something about a problem, do everything humanly possible to solve it. If you already did your best, and you still can’t solve it, leave it to God’s (or Allah’s, Buddha’s, Faith’s, The Universe’s, Tom Cruise’s, or whatever-Supreme-Being-you-believe-in’s) hands.
  12. You are not invincible. Don’t think you’re going to be healthy forever. Invest in your health, not on washboard abs.
  13. Always try to be a better version of yourself every day. Even in small things, always strive to be a better you.
  14. Sleep.
  15. If you make mistakes, take steps to redeem yourself.
  16. Make time for those who mean a lot to you.
  17. Don’t let a small argument ruin a great friendship.
  18. Never regret spending money on two things: Food, and Books.
  19. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. As Kurt Vonnegut said, “Unannounced changes in life’s itineraries are like dancing lessons from God.”
  20. Everything’s a miracle.
  21. Read. Write. Draw. Do something creative. Let me rephrase; Read a lot, write a lot, draw a lot. I can’t stress this lesson enough.
  22. Always try to look for something to be grateful for.
  23. Find what you love and pursue the hell out of it. Don’t ever, EVER give up.
  24. “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca
  25. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Probably one of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned.
  26. Not everyone will like you. Deal with it.
  27. Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” – Michael Caine.
  28. Don’t depend on others (or some list on the internet) to tell you how to live. Live your own life. Savor both the great, and the shitty parts of it. Because in the end, it’s your experiences that shape who you are, and what tiny influence you might leave after you bite the dust.
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28 Things

Looking back, looking forward

Last January, I wrote a post saying that 2010 “has been the year of disappointments and A LOT of waiting.” Now, as we welcome 2012, I’m glad to say that the past year has been a significant improvement compared to 2010.

In the same post, I wrote that I hoped to “go to places I haven’t been to, and experience things I haven’t experienced”, which I’m happy to say that I did. I was able to meet adventurous new friends that were able to take me food tripping and photowalking in Binondo, camping at Anawangin,visting Marinduque, road tripping in Pangasinan, and exploring (and almost dying in) Cebu.

This year didn’t come without crazy ups and downs: I became friends with several awesome people at work, some have left but were replaced by equally amazing people, I bought a notebook that was eventually stolen and was immediately replaced with a sexier notebook. I was also able to enroll and finish module one of my French language classes at Alliance Française de Manille and I was also able to buy an Android device which was the first real expensive(?) thing I bought since I bought my old, trusty Nokia 6600 (I’m cheap, what can I say).

Last year, I was also complaining of my lack of direction in my so-called career. I think I started to do something about it when I applied, and got the RTA apprentice job at work. I know it’s not that big of a deal, doesn’t pay a single centavo more than my current pay (boo!), and causes me to be hated constantly by people I yell at; but it’s the new tools, new lessons that I learn that keep me wanting to learn more about how the industry works. And hopefully, it’ll be a step towards finally finding the direction I’m always looking for.

Hopefully, the next year brings us more blessings and more experiences. More friends, good health and more chances to be a better us. I’m not really into resolutions but mine falls to the lines of  getting a better health, 365 photos, 100 movies, 50 books. I’ll work on the specifics within the year. Have a great year you guys!

Looking back, looking forward

Three things I’ve learned from being robbed

Hey, sorry for the lack of updates regarding this blog but I’m sure you’d all understand when I give out a perfectly valid reason: We got robbed.

We got robbed and my laptop was taken, along with all the notes, pictures, movies, comics and sentimental shit it holds.

Now, I’m not going to get into much detail on how it happened but believe me when I say that being robbed sucks big time. It especially sucks when you’re not there to do something about it. It majorly sucks when you still have to pay for the damn thing knowing that it’s being used by evil men plotting evil things, but I digress.

But like a real trooper, one has to face the situation and at least try to get something useful from it. So, I give you several lessons this experience has taught me:

1. Some people REALLY suck

This is actually the first time this sort of thing happened to me and even if I hear this story everyday from the news, it still kind of surprising how some people knowingly take from other people (i.e. me).

Their lack of respect and regard to other people and their bellongings astound me. That’s why I’m 100% sure there’s a special place in hell reserved for these motherfuckers.

2. It’s not the price but the value that counts

The first time I heard about the news (after verifying that everyone’s safe), I didn’t think about the price of the stolen stuff right away, I immedately thought about its value. Its sentimental value.

I know it’s surprising that beneath this tough, muscular exterior of mine, is someone who’s sentimental about material objects. But what I remember is the time planning to buy the item, looking at the specs, and searching for the right store to buy it; only fot it to be taken from me in one evening. That bastard.

The price is just secondary.

3. The power of zendagi migzara

When I tell people that I lost my laptop, the most often response I get is, “Really?!”. They can’t seem to fathom that a guy who just got robbed can talk about it in the most nonchalant manner. See, I read this line in The Kite Runner that stuck to me even until now: zendagi migzara. Life goes on. It’s so simple yet, so meaningful.

So whatever it is you’re going through, be it as small as losing something or as huge as losing someone, remember: life goes on.

Grow some balls and show life you can, and will move on.

EDIT: Also, it’s hard to type/blog on my phone so excuse any wrong spellings, ya?

Three things I’ve learned from being robbed

Just when I was about to give up on Humanity…

Last week, I (stupidly) left my glasses and wallet on top of my locker. I was actually on the fence about it because I’m not sure if I really left it there or I put it inside the locker.

Later that night, I hurriedly checked inside my locker to see if I was just a little confused or I was just being a lazy dumbass. Apparently, I was a dumbass.

My things were gone. I checked the top of the locker, hoping for a miracle that people would’ve left my things there. Turns out, people don’t just leave wallets or glasses when they see them lying around (except for me).

I went to the guard, still praying to the Lord Almighty that someone with a golden heart turned over my things to them. After filing out several paperwork, and carefully construct detailed descriptions of my things (“Yung wallet ko? Brown tapos may pera!”), someone really did turn over my things to the guard’s station!

I grabbed my things, grabbed a pen, and wrote down the name of the person who returned my stuff. I thanked the guard and went up to the office hoping to find that helpful Samaritan and thank her properly. I was grinning from ear to ear and told my officemate what happened.

After telling the story animatedly to her, happily telling her how awesome this person is for surrendering my things (hey, it’s still money) to the guard, my officemate calmly told me, “Ano ka ba, binalik nya lang yun kasi may CCTV dun and may na-fire na dati dahil hindi sinurrender yung gamit.”

My officemate, what a spirit crusher.

Just when I was about to give up on Humanity…

The Lazy Bibliophile

I’m the kind of person who’ve always loved books and reading (read: nerd). And even though I’m not a good writer or a technical book reviewer, I’ve always appreciated the written arts. I often wonder how some people have no inkling or drive to read. It feels so abnormal.

I’ve always admired writers that are able to masterfully put their thoughts into a blank sheet of paper and take us to other, unexplored places and experiences.

However, for someone who loves books and reading, I’m also notoriously lazy. Since I get bored easily, which I should really get checked (ADD?), I tend to read my books halfway and move on to a different activity like internet, DVDs, and sometimes even other books.

Since September is the International Literacy month, I’m going to make a stand against procrastination and go through some books that I’ve been meaning to buy (and read, of course), and I’m not going to make another book purchase unless I finish each and every one on this damn list.

May God have mercy on my soul.

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The Lazy Bibliophile

My Kryptonite

So, I recently joined Twitter and GetGlue. Which definitely means that I’m gonna have less time for my already dying Plurk account. Joining these social-network sites made me realize one of my biggest faults as a person. And that is that I lack focus. All I do is start something and end up not finishing it when I’m done with the interesting parts of it. Just look at the books I’m reading. There are a lot of them but they’re all just piled up and only half-finished.

I lack follow through. Just look at this blog which ended up like a depository of reblogged pages and links of videos I found interesting. I used to write more in my old blog than in this one. And don’t get me started with my “career”. When I think about it, all the job interviews I had was just taken in a whim. Napag-trip-an lang. It looked ok, and there’s no harm in going, so I went for them.

I procrastinate a lot. That may be the reason why my life is on a runt. I know it, and it’s a matter of time before I’m going to have to do something about it.

Maybe tomorrow.

My Kryptonite